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Landscape Magazine November - December 2017

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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dear reader...

GLOWING FIRES, WARMING food, bright berries, crunching leaves underfoot – what is not to love about this time of year? I may no longer be able to go outside without a coat and gloves, but there is still a lot to enjoy as the season turns. This is the time when I get back into crafting mode, finishing off all the projects I started last winter, but put on one side as the warmer weather arrived and the outdoors called. The problem now is deciding which one to do first, and to stop myself from starting something new. Visits to the wool shop are always a problem. I pop in for a crochet hook or a circular needle and end up entranced by the beautiful colours and yarns on offer. This…

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readers’ letters

Reaping a colourful reward I harvested some agapanthus seed pods from my mother’s garden last year and planted the seeds in the spring. They are now flowering beautifully in pots in my garden! Helena Coles, Hampshire The wonder of nature I’ve often wondered why we grow plants, and wrote this musing on the subject: We grow plants for many reasons, To please the eye, or to placate the soul, To challenge the elements, or to challenge our patience. For novelty or for nostalgia. But mostly for the sheer joy of seeing things grow. Tina C Vowles, Gloucestershire Hebes play a starring role During a recent visit to France, I helped my friend make table decorations for her husband’s 60th birthday party. Inspired by your always excellent craft articles, we reused some bottles from the recycling and set…

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our landscape

A FIERY SPECTACLE For nearly 160 years, a Northumberland village has held a spectacular fire festival. On New Year’s Eve, a procession of guisers in fancy dress parades through Allendale, bearing aloft half-barrels filled with tar and flames. The Tar Bar’l or barrel festival is believed to have started in 1858, although some think it dates back to the Middle Ages. The guisers, a name which possibly originates from disguisers, are 45 local men born in the Allen Valleys. Many pass the role down the family. Only one woman, Vesta Peart, has ever carried a barrel. In the mid-1950s, she was allowed to join in as a thank-you for creating a large number of costumes for the guisers. Many of these costumes are still worn today. At 11.30pm, torches are lit…

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wild winds of winter

THIRTY YEARS AGO, nature unleashed one of its most lethal weapons on the south of England. A hurricane-force wind scythed across the land from Devon to The Wash. In its wake, it left devastation, with damage repair estimated at £2,000 million and the loss of 19 lives and 15 million trees. The Great Storm of 1987, as it came to be known, was regarded as a once-in-a-200-year event, but was in fact followed by a second, less than three years later. Unlike the earlier storm, this occurred in daytime and covered a larger area across England and Wales, with an increased death toll and the loss of a further five million trees. These storms, albeit comparatively rare in their ferocity, happen here because of the British Isles’ position at a crossroads of…

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frosted amethysts

“But fruits, not blossoms, form the woodland wreath that circles Autumn’s brow.”James Grahame, ‘An Autumn Sabbath Walk’ TOUCH OF FROST The intense colour of callicarpa is given a seasonal sparkle using a simple method to replicate frosting. A wash of egg white is brushed on to the berries which are then dipped in sugar crystals. Photography: Flora Press; GAP Photos; living4meida; Alamy…

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the garden in... november and december

“Sharp is the frosty air, and through the far hill-gaps showing Lucent sunset lakes of crocus and green are glowing; ‘Tis the hour to walk at will in a wayward, unfettered roaming, Caring for naught save the charm, elusive and swift, of the gloaming”Lucy Maud Montgomery, ‘November Evening’“They lie as wanton as they fall, and where they fall and break, the stallion clamps his crunching jaws, the starling stabs his beak”Laurie Lee, ‘Apples’ THE NIGHTS ARE well and truly drawing in. It’s time to retrench, watch the garden gradually closing down and leave the lawn to the untrammelled attentions of the moles to ruck and warp the turf until mowing begins again. The fallen cooking apples under the trees offer lean pickings; that late frost in April was probably to blame. I…