Country Life 24-Nov-2021

Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
51 期号


time to suspend belief

NO one is too old or too busy for stories at Christmas. From the Nativity, the one from which it all began, to Cinderella, Swan Lake or the fable of Scrooge, they permit us to be temporarily transported from mundanity, a comfort to reach for when things are fraught, a welcome hiatus at a time of heightened pressure and emotion. The 19th-century pastor Edmund Sears, who hailed from Massachusetts in the US, wrote the poem It Came Upon the Midnight Clear in the aftermath of a breakdown; he sums up the universal longing for distraction from ‘the woes of sin and strife’ with the beautiful words: ‘The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.’ Our theme for the annual Advent-calendar cover is the fantastical story of the Nutcracker, an…

town & country

Hello darkness, my old friend WE know December is nearly upon us, as the season’s light festivals begin up and down the country this week. Glow Wild at Wakehurst, West Sussex, is always a good one, home to the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree (121ft; until January 2, 2022), as are the giant glimmering deer at Dunham Massey, Cheshire (until January 2), and Kew’s tunnels of light and Palm House lake finale (January 9). Meanwhile, Windsor Great Park Illuminated features mythical creatures and flower fountains (January 9), Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, is under a Narnian spell (January 2), the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens has a mile-long trail of installations culminating in a display on the façade of Inverleith House (January 2), there are luminescent peacocks and a mirror maze at Longleat, Wiltshire (January…

good week for

Money for old shoelaces A pair of Air Jordan XIII sneakers worn by Michael Jordan during the Chicago Bulls's 1997–98 ‘Last Dance' NBA season will be auctioned online with Christie's (£222,000–£370,000, until December 9) Generosity of strangers An anonymous donation has enabled the National Trust to purchase an important portrait by Reynolds's tutor Thomas Hudson, days before it was to go to auction Strong eyebrows A Frida Kahlo self-portrait has set a new record for the artist, selling for $34.9m (£25.9m) through Sotheby's against a previous high of $8m (£6m) Agriculture Farmers are now able to apply for grants for equipment and infrastructure from the new £27m Government fund, particularly as regards the Net Zero Strategy Keeping it in the family A Victorian carriage used by the Chichester family has been donated to the National Trust's Carriage Museum in…

bad week for

Online security The most common password in the UK is ‘123456', followed by ‘password', ‘Liverpool' and ‘password1'; 132 passwords out of the top 200 can be cracked in less than a second Little wings Europe has lost 600 million (one in six) birds in the past 40 years, find the RSPB and BirdLife International, with the house sparrow, yellow wagtail (right), starling and skylark in most major decline Eyes bigger than your stomach A greedy squirrel in Banstead, Surrey, was rescued by the RSPCA after it squeezed inside a bird feeder, gorged on nuts and got stuck…

country mouse

THE tradition of stir-up Sunday, which falls on the last Sunday before Advent, comes from the collect of the day in the Book of Common Prayer that begins: ‘Stir up we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people.’ Last weekend, instead of performing the traditional task of making the Christmas pudding on stir-up Sunday (we buy ours from Betty’s), we headed out into the woods to cut a few bunches of holly. If we had waited another month, the jewel-like berries would have been stripped and eaten by the blackbirds, fieldfares, redwings and thrushes and the decoration would be somewhat depleted. We store the branches in a cool room, placed in a vase of water as you do with cut flowers. Holly has many good points; the leaves take…

town mouse

THE children have both recently become involved in debating clubs at their respective schools. To judge from the sheer delight they take in arguing at home with their parents—and each other—they must be good at it and I was curious to hear more. One of them explained over a meal this week that their debating club was preparing to contest the motion that graffiti is art. Later that evening, a passionate statement in support was laboriously drafted in the study and the text repeatedly rehearsed as I struggled to concentrate on something else. To my surprise, however, the other debating club has set themselves the task of choosing—and justifying the choice—of one object from their school satchel in the event of a zombie apocalypse (a steel water bottle—in case readers are…