Country Life2 min de lecture
Future Perfect
Made in Collier Webb's foundry in Eastbourne, East Sussex, the Armoury Globe, £14,000, is created from 48 frosted-glass facets framed in Antique Brass and inspired by the hanging globe lights in the hallways of the New York Public Library, founded in
Country Life3 min de lecturePolitics
Red-tape Tangles
DISASTER is beckoning in the world of agricultural schemes. Defra, the ministry charged with dealing with agriculture, the environment and adaptation to climate change, has a pretty difficult brief at the best of times. However, if you add to that Co
Country Life4 min de lecture
A Walk On The Wild Side
IT’S 9am on a Friday morning and I am being stared at by a gorilla. He blinks, I blink back, and then hastily look away, not fancying my chances against a great ape. This is a normal encounter at ZSL London Zoo, which re-opened in April after restric
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The Way We Were
The nursery of 5, Belgrave Square, home of the diariest Sir Henry (‘Chips') and Lady Honor Channon, decorated for their only son, Paul, then about three. The wardrobes are decorated as a school and as a chemist (labelled in German, a notable reflecti
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The Tranquil Reaper
IT was early summer in northwestern Spain and, as if it were a humid cousin of the Cotswolds, its hills were darkly forested and its fields green. One tranquil evening, I walked the lane that led from our B&B and saw a man mowing a hillside paddock w
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Town & Country Notebook
1) Which Surrealist artist is known for his paintings of melting clocks? 2) Now extinct, aurochs are the ancestors of which modern-day farm animals? 3) If someone believes in antidisestablishmentarianism, what are they opposed to the disestablishme
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Country Life1 min de lectureBotany
Country Mouse
A GLASS of Campanian culture is to be served in the hills of Hampshire with a performance of Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia on July 3 and 4 by the young musicians of the Scherzo Ensemble ( This is our local event and will b
Country Life2 min de lectureCrime & Violence
Dog Days
HE serves without servility; he has fought without enmity’. The ‘he’ in these lines is the horse of Ronald Duncan’s poem. Unfortunately, horses and other faithful animal companions have not always been accorded the same loyalty. However, later this m
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A Grey Area
AMONG the multitude of responses to the Government’s new £500 million England Trees Action Plan (‘Best green foot forward’, Town & Country, May 19), the European Squirrel Initiative (ESI) has come forward with a major issue. Trebling tree planting ra
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Pearly Bird
THE lustre of pearls gave them a natural opulence before they were even considered for a piece of jewellery. The Romans believed them a symbol of wealth and class and Julius Caesar created a law that only the ruling classes could wear pearl jewels. H
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Ec1 Little Black Book
This theatre-pub flies the flag for the area's thespian tradition, in the tradition of the 17th-century Red Bull and Fortune theatres (418, St John Street) From seaweed prints to graffiti, this is the place to come for unusual fabrics (44–46, Amwell
Country Life1 min de lectureCooking, Food & Wine
Wines Of The Week
This ancient German grape variety is related to Riesling and you'd be hard pushed to tell them apart. Completely dry, with super-zingy lime citrus, good acidity, purity and zestiness. It feels like having a morning shower with citrus body wash -guara
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‘To See Oursels As Ithers See Us’
THE portrait sittings have resumed (Spectator, May 5). The artist, Eugenie Vronskaya, featured in the recent series of Sky TV’s Portrait Artist of the Year, the only painter without a tablet computer attached to her easel. Computer software can help
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Grow Your Own Crumble
BACK when smoking was good for you, certain activities were almost compulsory. Families gathered to watch the Red Arrows, the whole day was given over to the FA Cup final and everyone—everyone—went blackberrying. As if an inaudible summer siren had s
Country Life3 min de lectureArchitecture
Back To The Future
WITHIN a few years of buying Urchfont Manor in 2013, Chris Legg and Eleanor Jones, with the help of a friend, landscape architect Paul Gazerwitz, had given their home a new vista that unites house and garden, as well as evoking the formal Baroque of
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The History Of Urchfont
There had been a house at Urchfont since Elizabethan times, but the crucial period was between 1685 and 1700, when Sir William Pynsent (1642–1719) remodelled the building, adding the pedimented seven-bay east front. Pynsent, who was elected Member of
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A Collectors’ Work Is Never Done
When Charles Sebag-Montefiore’s interest in Old Master paintings led to a wish to learn more about provenance and history, he began to buy early catalogues of collections. Soon after, in 1975, he, too, found his way to Cecil Court, where Ernest Selig
Country Life4 min de lectureCooking, Food & Wine
The Great And The Good
Strong and sweet native lobster are usually pot-caught off the coast of the UK between June and September. Here’s where to go for a shellfish feast J. Sheekey, WC2 (if you’re a couple, ask to sit at the bar; if you’re with friends, on the terrace; ww
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Dear Reader...
I CANNOT remember when I first discovered Cecil Court, WC2, which runs or, more properly, strolls, between St Martin’s Lane and the Charing Cross Road, but I was not long out of short trousers. There are antiquarian and second-hand bookshops and deal
Country Life1 min de lectureRegional & Ethnic
Simple Suppers
• Melt 180g of chopped butter and 200g of good-quality dark chocolate together in a bain-marie. • In a separate bowl, mix together three eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla-bean paste and 250g of caster sugar. Combine this mixture with the melted chocolate a
Country Life1 min de lectureSocial Science
Local Heroes The Indiscriminate Collector
What started as a childhood interest in stamps, coins and vintage comics turned into a lifelong obsession for Roddy Carr-Boot. Anything is fair game: taxidermy, coal scuttles, ancient pub signs, you name it. His first wife described their marital hom
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Jeepers Creepers!
ONE of the great joys of walking down a country lane is the sense of being between two living walls in the shape of hedges. If allowed to grow and not thrashed to within an inch of their lives—as happens all too often these days, sadly—these ancient
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You Either Love ’em Or Hate ’em
WHETHER peering out from a crowded dresser or sitting proudly at each end of a chimneypiece, Staffordshire figures have long been a part of English interiors. The most ubiquitous examples are the china dogs—solemn, upright King Charles spaniels from
Country Life1 min de lectureCooking, Food & Wine
June At A Glance
THE sun is finally shining, which means that barbecue season is, at long last, upon us. Provenance Village Butcher (multiple locations) has launched a same-day barbecue-box delivery service, which can include classic or themed pre-marinated skewers,
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Good Week For
Sniffer dogs are better at detecting Covid-19 infections than lateral flow tests, says charity Medical Detection Dogs £5 from every Game Fair (July 23–25 at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire) ticket sold using code ‘BGA2021' goes to the not-for-profit organi
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Me Old China
Brighton-based illustrator and designer Emily Maude creates works on glass as well as on paper, featuring Staffordshire dogs and lustreware jugs set against chinoiserie wallpaper. When on furlough last year, she shifted her focus to nearby Charleston
Country Life1 min de lectureNature
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THE accompanying photograph shows the wonderful diagrams formed by the Scolytus destructor. This small, cylindrical, wood-boring beetle, about one eighth of an inch in length, lays its eggs in the bark of the elm, the grubs feeding on the soft, inner
Country Life1 min de lectureMedical
The Healing Power Of Nature
THOSE with green fingers may be inspired to branch out with the launch of a new book, The Garden Apothecary: Recipes, Remedies and Rituals. As well as running folklore and foraging workshops, author Christine Iverson—who cites Pliny the Elder and 17t
Country Life2 min de lecturePolitics
Government And Culture: Should The Twain Meet?
THE resignation of Tony Hall as chairman of trustees at the National Gallery in London (page 84) comes at an intriguing moment. Only a few days earlier, Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), had declared his
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