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Country Living UK February 2020

Whether you live in the town or countryside, in Country Living you’ll find a wealth of ideas for your home and garden, learn about traditional crafts, keep informed of rural issues, enjoy irresistible dishes using seasonal produce and, above all, escape the stress and strain of modern-day life.

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2 min.
this month…

…means frosty mornings, plucky little snowdrops and the promise of spring just around the corner. It’s nature’s cue to clear out the cobwebs and make a fresh start. Our ‘spring clean’ for Country Living includes several exciting new features and initiatives. First, there’s our new profile section. We kick off with Laura Silverman’s candid interview with Countryfile presenter Anita Rani (p34), who shares some hilarious behind-the-camera stories from our favourite Sunday evening TV show. And, as we know you like to see what the Country Living ‘family’ looks like, we have included a picture (left) of our acting features editor Lauran Elsden at the photography shoot. (“Anita was charming, but the goat was very headstrong!” Lauran confides.) This month, we also launch our 2020 campaign, Let’s Stand up to Loneliness (p51),…

6 min.
february

“While it is February, one can taste the full joys of anticipation. Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch” Patience Strong Sense of the seasons… woodpeckers LISTEN OUT FOR THE INTENSE DRUMMING OF THE GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER ESTABLISHING ITS TERRITORY BEFORE SPRING BEGINS IN EARNEST. HAMMERING ON DEAD WOOD AT UP TO 40 STRIKES PER SECOND – AN IMPACT EQUIVALENT TO HITTING A WALL HEADFIRST AT 20 MILES AN HOUR – ITS DRUM ROLL IS IN LIEU OF A SONG, PRODUCING A SOUND THAT CAN CARRY UP TO HALF A MILE TO ALERT OTHER BIRDS OF ITS PRESENCE. 5 OF THE BEST… Romantic spots YNYS LLANDDWYN Make a Valentine pilgrimage to this island off Anglesey, dedicated to St Dwynwen, Welsh patron saint of lovers (visitwales.com). YORK Kiss under the Minster’s West…

4 min.
view from here

We are getting a dog. That much is decided. Our cheeky Jack Russell, Biscuit, died three years ago, just as my daughters were leaving for university, so it seemed like a good opportunity to take a break. Now, with my new working-at-home status, the time feels right to once more share our space with a canine companion. But what to choose? On this, it seems, everyone has an opinion. I’ve dismissed one daughter’s plaintive cries for a pug and ignored an acquaintance who owns a cockapoo and has, like half the nation, fallen in love with the breed. Friends who have just acquired the soppiest chocolate Lab puppy – their third in a row – say they “would never have anything else”, while others are adamant that a ‘Heinz 57’…

1 min.
how to shop our pages

1 LOOK FOR THE ICON Wherever you see this symbol, the items featured on that page are shoppable. 2 GO TO THE WEBSITE Using your mobile phone, visit shop. countryliving.com/uk. 3 TAP THE CAMERA ICON Once you’re on the website, simply tap the camera icon and focus on the product you’d like to buy on the magazine page (it even works where multiple products are layered on top of each other). Take a photo – you’ll then be redirected to a separate page for the maker or company that sells the piece.* 4 ENJOY SHOPPING! To make this quicker next time, create a short cut to shop. countryliving.com/uk on your home screen. If you have an android phone, you should be prompted to do so. If you’re an Apple user, open the browser’s menu and select ‘Add…

2 min.
emporium

Editor’s choice “I’m quite smitten with these quirky handcrafted stools. They will add a subtle hint of whimsy to an interior” FOR STOCKISTS see Where to Buy PRICES AND AVAILABILITY CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRESS. *YARN SOLD SEPARATELY…

3 min.
the good life in the country

AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST Sally Coulthard Tractors are the workhorse of the farm. We rely on ours for so much at this time of year. With its bucket, we shift huge volumes of felled wood and scoop up the compost heap; with its forks, we can move straw bales, lift water butts and make light work of any big deliveries. Not to mention all the haymaking the tractor does in high summer and the snowdrifts it can push effortlessly to one side in the winter. Without it, we’d be lost. And yet, for such a common piece of farm machinery, buying a tractor can be a minefield. Most smallholders don’t have the budget for a new model and, unless you are running a busy commercial operation, you don’t really need one. Used…