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Landscape Magazine December 2018

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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1 min.
dear reader...

THERE CAN BE no doubt that there is something magical about Christmas. The gathering of friends and family to revel in the joy of each other’s company is much anticipated. There is no other time of year when there is such a collective feeling of expectation. For me, the days and weeks leading up to the holiday, when I am busy preparing food and wrapping gifts, are to be savoured. I am at my most content when making things, and there is no better time to while away quiet hours than making gifts for loved ones. I have to admit though, that sometimes I underestimate the time needed. I am reminded every Christmas of the year I gave a scarf, wrapped up beautifully but with the knitting needles still attached. Not only did…

1 min.
star letter

Winning weave I enjoy entering the craft category of our local agricultural show. Upon re-reading my old copies of LandScape for ideas, I was inspired by the home projects article, ‘Something new from something old’ in the Nov/ Dec 2017 issue describing how to re-cover a chair seat using old ties. A chair would have been too large, so I decided to make a cushion. At the suggestion of our daughter-in-law, I used the front of a man’s shirt for the cushion back, with a bright handkerchief to emphasise the pocket. At the Cartmel Show, I came 3rd and won £2, which was used to buy an ice cream. Elizabeth Pursell, Cumbria…

4 min.
readers’ letters

WRITE TO LANDSCAPE We love hearing about how our readers are enjoying the seasons. Write and tell us about a craft project you have been working on, an interesting place you have discovered or an issue about the countryside you want to share. Letters or emails should come with one or two good-sized photos, taken on a digital camera or smartphone. Write to Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6EA or landscape@bauermedia.co.uk . Softer face of a predator I eagerly look forward to my copy of LandScape magazine dropping though the letter box each month. There are so many interesting articles about places, gardens, wildlife and crafts. I was inspired by the red kite photographs in the May 2018 issue to paint this pastel of a juvenile. We are lucky enough to see…

3 min.
our landscape

WINTER’S FINE DETAIL In times of extreme cold, the smallest twigs can be coated in ice lasting many hours into the day. This results in an arresting sight as the sun’s low winter light illuminates the frozen tree. At a latitude of 54°, the line nearest to which York lies, the angle of sunlight can stay as low as 12.5°. The rays illuminate the snow and ice coating, casting the skeleton of the tree into sharp relief. SHINING BRIGHTLY On the edge of an ancient woodland, near where the River Trout Beck flows into Lake Windermere, Julie Brockbank shapes delicate silver jewellery. Inspired by the elemental aspects of silver, which link it to the moon and tides, and by the alchemical transformation from dark metal to gleaming treasure, she creates each piece by…

8 min.
keepers of a dramatic garden

DEEP IN THE Weald of Kent, among undulating landscapes and wooded valleys, sits a pretty, late 18th century cottage with a sloping, south-facing garden ringed by sheltering woodland. This one-acre garden, which wraps around the cottage and its several outbuildings, is home to unexpected residents that surprise and delight the eye. Here, evergreen topiary fashioned in the shape of birds and cloud-pruned hedges provide interest all year round, but especially during winter. The Wealden clay loam soil is perfect for shrubs and trees and has been much improved over the years with the addition of barrowfuls of home-made compost and manure from the owners’ donkeys and local farm animals. “Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination” Mrs C W Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden The…

1 min.
growing healthy topiary

• Growing small seedlings which will be ready to plant out in approximately three years will keep costs down. • Topiary takes approximately seven years to shape up nicely with cutting. Thereafter, it will simply grow in size. • Topiary should be trimmed when there is an ‘R’ in the month, except March and April, when birds start to nest inside yew and box. • With the threat of box blight and the Asiatic box moth swirling, it is vital to keep box plants healthy. Approximately every six weeks, Charlotte makes up a foliar spray consisting of diluted, naturally occurring bacteria, whey obtained from the local dairy, and comfrey tea. • A proprietary feed recommended for box hedges should be applied during the year, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. • Boxes and yews are happy…