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Landscape Magazine January 2020

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LandScape magazine is a breath of fresh air, capturing the very best of every season. Every two months, join us to: - Celebrate the joy of the garden - Learn simple seasonal recipes - Enjoy traditional British crafts - Wonder at the beauty of nature and the countryside The magazine is a haven from the pressures of modern living; a chance to slow down... and most importantly, a reminder of the good things in life. Take time to appreciate everything that nature creates and inspires.

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United Kingdom
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
dear reader...

EVEN IN THE coldest month, there is much to experience in the countryside. So, on a freezing day, I step out into the weak sunlight to enjoy a short walk before the light fades, and the warmth of a fire and a mug of tea drag me back indoors. January has a stark beauty. Nature’s framework is revealed in trees and bushes devoid of leaves, their intricate network of branches still and lifeless. Despite appearances, a closer look reveals buds patiently waiting for their moment to burst forth. Following the line of a bramble hedge, the path climbs slowly. I walk with purpose; coat fastened to the top; my warmest hat pulled down as far as it will go. Halfway up the hill, I notice some tiny shapes in the trees. A…

4 min.
readers’ letters

In praise of a superior apple I was recently introduced to LandScape magazine and cannot say how refreshing it is to have such a great selection of interesting articles without the interminable adverts. A very pleasant surprise in October’s issue was ‘Sweet Harvest’, commenting on our many varieties of apples, including the history of the ‘Bramley’s Seedling’. Henry Merryweather was my great-grandfather, and the culinary world owes much to his foresight and the great qualities of this apple. In qualification, the recipe for the Bramley and cider pudding cake is definitely worth the effort. I look forward to more excellent cooking and reading in the future. Eileen Connet, Northumberland Rare encounter at the water’s edge As a longtime subscriber to LandScape, I have always admired the quality of the photography and writing accompanying the…

1 min.
star letter prize

This issue’s Star Letter writer wins a brilliant bundle from Dairy Diary. It comprises a Dairy Diary, Pocket Diary, Notebook and Quick After-Work Cookbook. With week-to-view pages, there is plenty of space to write in the Dairy Diary, which also features a triple-tested recipe each week, fascinating features, a useful notes pocket and stickers. The Quick After-Work Cookbook is crammed full of nutritious and delicious meals to prepare in half an hour or less. To find out more, visit www.dairydiary.co.uk…

3 min.
our landscape

CAPTURED IN SOFTNESS A solitary whitewashed house sits under a swirling ashen grey sky, blushed with rosy pink. Captured in felt, the picture is made using wet and needle felting techniques and finished with embroidery, to add the finer details. Inspired by a love of the coast, artist Alison Kemp based this design on a house called The Lookout, which sits on a hill overlooking the sea, near to her Devonshire home. It measures approximately 13 x 13cm and comes with an oak frame, which is lightweight and easy to hang. Winter Snow Felt Picture £44, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StudioDevon A WINTER’S SONG On a slender branch coated in nature’s frosting, a robin redbreast perches expectantly, its plaintive song fluting from a shiny black bill. In mild winters, courtship starts as early as January, and the male…

9 min.
the frosted garden

THE LOW WINTER sun brings a touch of magic to the Somerset countryside on a frosty January afternoon. Among the side-lit skeletal trees and ghost-bare fields, Yarlington House sits like an exquisite dolls’ house, encompassed by the framework of its handsome gardens. The shape and symmetry of the elegant 18th century building is echoed by rows of pleached limes, box and yew hedges. The outlines are etched keen and flawless in silver, creating a faultless illustration of classic design and period architecture. When the Count and Countess de Salis, Charles and Carolyn, bought the house more than 50 years ago, they began the gardens from scratch. “It had no garden of any sort,” says Carolyn. “Charles simply told me one morning: ‘I’ve bought a house.’ It’s what you did in those…

12 min.
a verdant home

DURING THE WINTER months, when there is far less going on in the garden, houseplants offer a plethora of colours and shapes to bring a feel of the garden indoors. Luxuriant foliage, feathery fronds and sculptural shapes can transform the home into a verdant oasis. Easy to look after, houseplants are also claimed to have health benefits, with studies having shown they can absorb household pollutants, particularly welcome at a time of year when windows are closed. In addition, it is believed that being surrounded by greenery lowers stress levels, and there is no doubt that having plants to brighten or decorate the home is not only pleasing to the eye, but lifts the mood and brings people closer to nature. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”William Shakespeare, Troilus…