Country Living UK March 2021

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
this month…

Studies indicate that increasing numbers of young people are keen to move to the countryside. It seems that our restricted lifestyles over the past year have opened their eyes to the fact that the gentle pleasures of rural life could be worth trading for the quick-fix conveniences of the city. I recently read an interview with a group of millennials who’d already made the move. They revealed that, for them, the benefits of country living go well beyond more affordable housing and cleaner air. They’d happily given up an urban lifestyle centred around work and socialising and replaced it with a more purposeful existence. And they’d developed a greater sense of wellbeing as a result. As someone who moved back to the country in my late twenties, I understand their viewpoint.…

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2 min
scintillatin spring reads

Clean & Green by Nancy Birtwhistle (Pan Macmillan, £12.99) The winner ofThe Great British Bake Off has whipped up 101 sustainable cleaning recipes – for a house worthy of a Hollywood handshake. Healing with Plants by The Chelsea Physic Garden (Octopus, £25) This traditional ‘Herbal’ covers around 140 plants, giving you the tools to transform your back garden into an outdoor medicine cabinet. Walking in the Woods by Professor Yoshifumi Miyazaki (Octopus, £9.99) The leading expert in ‘shinrin-yoku’ or ‘forest bathing’ encourages readers to embrace this ancient practice and relish its myriad health benefits. Slow Rise by Robert Penn (Penguin, £17.99) As if baking sourdough wasn’t demanding enough, in this book the author sets out to plant, harvest, thresh and mill his own wheat, for the ultimate homemade loaf. One of the Family by Nicky Campbell (Hodder &…

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5 min
a month in the country

“March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight, which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine”LM Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables series TAKE YOUR TIME TO… Tune into the teatime troubadours STEP INTO YOUR BACK GARDEN ONE AFTERNOON IN MARCH AND YOU MIGHT BE REWARDED WITH A SWEET SERENADE. THIS IS THE HOUR WHEN MALE BLACKBIRDS WARM UP THEIR VOCAL CORDS, OFTEN CONTINUING THEIR MELLOW SONG INTO THE TWILIGHT. LISTEN OUT FOR ROBINS, TOO: THEY ARE SOME OF THE FEW BRITISH BIRDS TO SING ALL YEAR LONG AND THEIR SPRINGTIME MELODY IS SAID TO BE MORE UPBEAT THAN ITS AUTUMNAL EQUIVALENT.RSPB.ORG.UK TRY YOUR HAND ATBAKING IRISH SODA BREAD Celebrate St…

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2 min
weekenders

the Roseland Peninsula CORNWALL With the Fal Estuary to the west and the Atlantic to the east, you’re always by the sea on the Roseland Peninsula. It’s home to a mix of bustling villages, including Portloe (above) and secluded coves and creeks, and with miles of coastal path, it’s perfect for exploring on foot. You may even spot grey seals in the surf. WHAT TO SEE AND DO Spring seems to come early here, due to its southerly position. Revel in this at Tregothnan – one of Cornwall’s seven Great Gardens – where magnificent magnolias burst into bloom this month (tregothnan.co.uk). For windswept walks, venture out to St Anthony Head, where the rivers Fal and Truro join the Atlantic. From here, saunter along the South West Coast Path towards Portscatho, looking out for…

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2 min
emporium

Editor’s choice “The matt finish, chalky pink tone and gentle curves all give this modern teapot an elegant, timeless appeal. Inside, there would be Earl Grey tea for me.” Follow @CLArtisans on Instagram for news of our Shop at Home Artisan Markets in 2021 and to see more unique products from our favourite makers FOR STOCKISTS see Where to Buy PRICES AND AVAILABILITY CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRESS. POSTAGE/DELIVERY IS IN ADDITION TO THE PRICES QUOTED HERE. WREATH PICTURE BY HOLLY BOOTH STUDIO…

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4 min
view from here

I look forward to my annual deep clean and declutter in March. The cathartic effect of clearing out cupboards and banishing grime always feels like a new beginning. And now, more than ever, we need new beginnings. But this year, for me, it’s not going to be that simple. It all started when the roof began to leak. We tried to patch it up. Then a length of the old cast-iron guttering fell off, bringing with it the soffit (I am well versed in roofing terms these days). The man who came to look sucked his teeth. “Your slates are flaking,” he explained. It’s hardly surprising: they’re 176 years old. The roof is the original from 1844. Welsh slate laid straight onto wooden battens. No underfelt. You can see daylight through…

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