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Farming’s New Dawn
THE Agriculture Bill has become law, some 11 months after it was first introduced to Parliament. The Government says the bill ‘will empower our farmers and land managers and make sure that we can reward them properly for the good work that they do’.
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Route de Versailles, Louveciennes by Pissarro
Ned Denny is a poet. He won last year’s Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize and publishes B (after Dante), his interpretation of The Divine Comedy, in January WYNDHAM LEWIS wrote: ‘Three names, no more, and the work they stand for—Monet, Pissarro, Sisley—are
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Slip Into Something More Comfortable
I PRESCRIBE dressing for dinner during testing times such as these. Gents, dust off your smoking jackets, and ladies your finest jewels—tiaras work best (they tend to go down well on Zoom calls, too) and pearl earrings give an instant facelift. But,
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Country Mouse
AFTER a long and protracted search, Rachel and I have finally had an offer accepted on a house. It has been a wonderful fillip to have something to focus on during the lockdown. It needs lots of work, but it has a feeling of being loved and a home: a
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Baroque Delights
CHETTLE is the finest surviving Baroque house in Dorset and has recently been carefully restored by Hugh Petter of Adam Architecture. The surrounding formal garden has also been reinstated to the original concept, with axial vistas, claire-voie, refl
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A Work Of History
FEW grand country houses have dodged the ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ as neatly as Sheriff Hutton Hall, which is being sold by the York office of Savills (01904 617831) for the third time since 1998, at a guide price of £10 million for t
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Town Mouse
THE change of the seasons has made the second lockdown feel very different from the first. Evening walks along the Thames are now shrouded in darkness and take me past the fenced-off timber sheds that may—or may not—house the South-bank Centre Winter
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Finding New Purpose
John Goodall; Paul Barker/Country Life Picture Library; Alfred E. Henson/Country Life Picture Library; Will Pryce/Country Life Picture Library;Paul Highnam/Counry Life Picture Library; Justin Paget/Country Life Picture Library; Doddington Hall & Gard
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Looks Can Be Deceiving
In an elevated position in the Northumbrian hills near Ingoe, Grade II-listed South Hall is a charming Georgian home perfect for those looking to live with both history and modern comfort, as well as rural charm. The six-bedroom home is an ideal mix
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Country Life
IN the article on birds’ eggs, the Master of Charterhouse states: ‘I do not know of any theory which does not break down before the blue of the hedge-sparrow’s egg.’ May I draw his attention to the theory of Dr Edridge Green, the greatest living auth
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Wee Three Kings
THE tiny goldcrest has accrued several names over time. Unable to comprehend that such a small bird could cross the North Sea unaided when migrating from Scandinavia and northern Europe, medieval ornithologists supposed that it hitched a lift on the
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Fortified planting Larnach Castle, South Island, New Zealand
A SPECTACULAR location always helps and this particular garden, some 1,000ft above the fjord-like waterbody of Otago Harbour as it quests its way inland on New Zealand’s South Island, certainly has that. Not that it always has, as this view was obscu
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Oh, The Agony!
Q I’m divorced and my friend’s wife has started pursuing me. She asked to meet for ‘coffee’ and when I told her it was inappropriate, she said it needn’t be if she was no longer married. She calls me incessantly, but I never answer. How can I shake h
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More Avian Extremes
• The world’s smallest bird is the South American horned sungem hummingbird (right), which beats its wings 90 times per second. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolic rate of any creature and need to consume half their bodyweight in nectar and insec
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Wind- And Salt-proof Plants For Every Coastal Garden
Griselinia littoralis A very windproof small tree with glossy green leaves, which deserved to be more widely grown. Makes very good coastal hedging Muehlenbeckia astonii Growing to about 6ft, one of many New Zealand shrubs with very dense interloc
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Town & Country Notebook
1) Crème de cassis is a French liqueur made using which berry? 2) In 2017, Findern Primary School in Derbyshire trialled pupils wearing what in class to encourage better grades? 3) What is the name for trees that lose their leaves in autumn? 4) Wh
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Seeing Is Believing
THE wildflower meadow in front of me is a colourful tangle of daisies, poppies, harebells and creeping thistle. A honeybee forages happily among the petals of a greater knapweed and a buff-tailed bumblebee hones in on a plump red clover flower. Looki
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Down With Groundcover
I VISIT a lot of National Trust gardens, the sort that are run on a shoestring by dedicated, but underpaid and underappreciated horticulturists struggling to remain on speaking terms with a property manager who doesn’t know a daisy from a dandelion.
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In The Spotlight
Whiskery and playful, with an intelligent expression, there's something simultaneously cat-like and dog-like in the lissom otter-yet Lutra lutra is actually a larger-framed relative of weasels and martens, with a long body, powerful tail and webbed f
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Say Yes To The Old Dress
WHEN The Duchess of Cambridge wore an Alexander McQueen gown in February this year that she had been pictured wearing back in 2012, she was praised—by the very same publications that have historically shamed public figures for turning up to major eve
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Horticultural Aide Memoire
There is no hurry to plant tulips. Now is early enough. Choose your moment when the soil conditions are right, in the proverbial ‘open weather'. The pleasure of tulip planting is that you can do a different scheme each year. If they are going into co
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Miss Katie Hornyold-Strickland
Katie is an emergency medical technician for the East of England Ambulance Service and the daughter of John and Janey Hornyold-Strickland of Kendal, Cumbria. Her grandmother, Angela Engleheart, appeared on the Frontispiece in 1949. ■
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Wines Of The Week
Wirra Wirra, Church Block, McLaren Vale, South Australia 2018. £9.99, Waitrose, alc 14.5% Ageing in a mixture of French and American barriques and hogsheads adds structure and spice to the generous black fruit, ripe tannins and savoury notes lingerin
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In A Fix: Top Tips For Doing It Yourself
• If you choose to rewax your jacket yourself, Barbour recommends a 4oz wax coating for coping with light showers and a 6oz–8oz wax coating for heavier rainfall • When buying second-hand clothes, don't be put off by the colour. ‘If older garments are
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A Glimpse Of The Good Old Days
A CATCHPHRASE of a now long-dead friend and colleague was ‘Ah! We had fun in the old days’, usually deployed at times when we seemed to be having considerable fun in the present. It came to mind a month ago when I found myself enjoying an afternoon t
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On The Button
A CHARACTERISTIC of the human psyche is an assumption that few things are quite as good as they used to be. No aspect of life is immune: newspaper journalism, public transport and table manners are all subjected to both conscious and subconscious bia
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Letters To The Editor
I ENJOYED the article on Padre David Railton and his role in creating the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior (November 4). It prompted my Uncle Charlie (who turned 100 years old last month and was awarded a Military Cross in the Second World War) to recall
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As Good As New: Expert Menders
Founded in 1776, lighting specialist W. Sitch & Co has been based in Berwick Street since 1903. The Soho company repairs antique lighting fixtures-preserving originality, yet ensuring safe and efficient functioning-and sources accessories, such as ch
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Online Shows Continue In Impressive Style
Many galleries have, this year, learned a great deal about website presentation. During the first lockdown, the Chris Beetles Gallery, Ryder Street, SW1 (, boosted morale with weekly selections of appropriate cartoons. Now, until
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Visit for the perfect Christmas gift *After your first 6 issues, your payments will continue at £34.99 every three months. For full terms and conditions, visit www. Offer closes February 1,
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