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Country Life 15-May-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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.

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2 minuti
flirtatious spring

THERE’S no finer time to travel through the country than now, when the hedges are puffed up in their new green coats and the verges change colour almost by the day, as red campions and pale shepherd’s purses give way to the frothing umbels of cow parsley. From train windows, green and yellow fields flash past, iridescent with fresh sap, the oaks acid-yellow with catkins and the innocent white May blossom hiding its vicious spines. Checking The Shepherd’s Calendar, in which the Northamptonshire poet John Clare describes the passing months, it’s reassuring to find the timings haven’t changed so much. As it was in the May of 1827, so it is with May 2019: the white thorn bush is bowed low, loaded with its mockery of snow, the delicate red crab-tree…

1 minuti
country life

Editor Mark Hedges Editor’s PA/Travel Rosie Paterson 555062 Telephone numbers are prefixed by 01252 Emails are Editorial enquiries 555062 Subscription enquiries 0330 333 1120 Back issues 01795 662976; Deputy Editor Kate Green 555063 Architectural Editor John Goodall 555064 Gardens Editor Tiffany Daneff 555067 Fine Arts & Books Editor Mary Miers 555066 Interiors Editor Giles Kime 555083 Managing & Features Editor Paula Lester 555068 Deputy Features Editor Victoria Marston 555079 News & Property Editor Annunciata Elwes 555078 Luxury Editor Hetty Lintell 555071 Acting Art Editor Sarah Readman 555080 Deputy Art Editor Heather Clark 555074 Designer Ben Harris Picture Editor Lucy Ford 555075 Deputy Picture Editor Emily Anderson 555076 Group Chief Sub-Editor Jane Watkins 555077 Sub-Editor James Fisher 555089 Digital Editor Toby Keel 555086 Property Correspondent Penny Churchill Group Managing DirectorAndrea Davies Managing Director Steve Prentice Assistant Business DirectorKirsty Setchell 551111 Group Art Director Dean Usher Photographic Library Manager Melanie Bryan 555090 Photographic Library Assistants Paula Fahey 555092; Sarah…

11 minuti
with bells on

ALLAY your fears of the Spanish interloper: the British bluebell is not headed for extinction after all, say scientists, at least not through hybridisation. For the past 20 years, as the Spanish bluebell’s numbers rapidly doubled, many feared the worst—that our ‘little trembling flower’ with ‘silent eloquence’ (as Anne Brontë had it) would be overtaken by the dominant Continental variety, which has peppered forest floors here since the Victorian era and is now found in one in six of our native woodlands (incidentally, see page 108 for properties for sale near bluebell woods). The biggest fears were of crossbreed contamination. Hyacinthoides hispanica (right) has wide leaves, powder-blue conical-bell flowers all the way around its upright stem and no scent, although some say there is a hint of old onions. Native H.…

1 minuti
good week for

Lost property A cylinder drilled from one of the sarsen stones at Stonehenge during 1950s restorations and taken as a souvenir has been returned to English Heritage, whose experts relish the thought of X-rays and core analysis Explanations After widespread criticism, MPs will quiz Defra and Natural England on May 21 over their decision to revoke the general licences for controlling wild birds (Town & Country, May 1) Braw lassies The Scottish Highland Games Association has launched a drive to encourage more female participants in its summer sporting events…

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100 years ago in country life may 17, 1919

ANYONE can keep bees, but it takes a master to keep them for long. My first step was to place myself in the hands of an expert, and the next was to buy a handbook on bees. My expert can remember the bee-masters of a former age and some of their quaint ceremony; for example, the solemn induction of the new master in his robes of office knocking on the hives and repeating this doggerel: Little bees, your master’s dead, But I will see you want no bread. For a time all went well with me. My stock and my ‘nucleus’ prospered. The handbook gives a list of the enemies of bees including birds, toads, mice, wasps, moths and others; but no mention is made of burglars. Did the bees surrender without…

4 minuti
town & country notebook

Quiz of the week 1) A hinny is the offspring of which two creatures? 2) In 1935, who became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California? 3) What colour is the inner ring of an Olympic archery target? 4) Who became UK Prime Minister in April 1955? 5) In Morse code, which number is represented by five dots? Riddle me this I am black when you buy me, red when you use me and grey when you throw me away. What am I? Time to buy Royal Victoria list notepads (set of two), £9.99, Historic Royal Palaces (020–3166 6848; www. Chalkdown Cider 2015 Vintage, £12.95, Chalkdown (01962 217760; www. Seven Seas smoking kit, £4,020, S. T. Dupont (0333 300 1234; www. Five things you (probably) didn’t know about… Chelsea Flower Show • The first RHS flower show in…