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Country Queries
Q Having been deprived of various country sports last year, I turned to the garden and grew vegetables. I struggled with the tomatoes and am hoping to improve this year. In preparation, is there a way you might recommend for ripening green tomatoes?
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Alexandra Henton
THE country has always been part of my life. We live in the Leicestershire countryside and my formative years were spent poking around in streams with my sister, jumping on our ponies with only a headcollar for guidance to race each other up the fiel
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Talk Of The Brown
IT’S May and the sun should be shining. Hurrah! Boris has produced a ‘roadmap to recovery’. Double hurrah! Although I wonder how many in these days of computerised talking maps can navigate a paper map, let alone a BJ-inspired ‘happy days are here ag
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What Lies Ahead For Our Beloved Salmon?
Anyone who has held a chrome-bright salmon beneath the surface, observed its gills pulse as it regains its strength, and then watched as it glides effortlessly back into the current will know that the spell they cast is irreversible. But what is it a
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Art In The Field
COLD and difficult wading as the evening gathers is making you think of calling it a day, when suddenly a salmon breaks the water, massive and muscular, beating upstream through the dusk. For Chris Sharp, such moments are the reason to paint. He says
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When The Nightingale Sang
Close to my home is an ancient valley fen. As befits a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a local nature reserve, its information board promises a bounty of spring birdsong, from nightingales to reed warblers. The warblers still return every spr
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Look Out, Gundog Thieves About
While some people have spent the past year of lockdown perfecting their knitting skills or learning to use Zoom, thousands of others have been busy house-training puppies. Demand for dogs went through the roof in 2020. In May, the Kennel Club reporte
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Flash In The Can
CANNED wines are all the rage and – this time – look as if they’re here to stay. It must be 40 years ago that I saw my first can de vin and heard my father hoot with delight as he flipped one open and knocked it back. Born in 1908, Pa came from anoth
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Six Of The Best Canned/boxed Drinks
LE PETIT ROSE BY LEOUBE NV (£5.99 per 25cl, Daylesford) Gloriously moreish Provencal rosé from one of the region’s leading estates. 2019 CANNED WINE CO NO 1 GRUNER (£16.99 per 3x25cl, Canned Wine Co) Absolutely first-rate Grüner Veltliner from Austri
The Field7 min de lectureHorses
Memoirs of Biddy Wingfield Digby
THE announcement of the cancellation of Badminton Horse Trials, due to take place this month, caught the equestrian public by surprise, having expected it to run this year ‘behind closed doors’. Quite aside from the fans who miss watching the action,
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Six Of The Best: East Anglia & Lincolnshire
OLD NEWTON, SUFFOLK This is a Grade II-listed former manor house, next to the village church, in partially wooded grounds. The property has five bedrooms and there is a large pond in the garden, which is just under three-quarters of an acre. Both the
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Kit To Covert
EMAIL SARAH.FITZPATRICK@FUTURENET.COM Do you catch more fish when the moon is waxing or waning? This is the perfect instrument to tell you, with yellow gold, sapphire crystal and an alligator strap. ♦ Price £135,710 ♦ Tel 020 7493 3240 ♦
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Quick Fixes For Shoot Days
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to understand the biomechanical and mental process involved in shooting better. At another level, I am intrigued by the ‘Zen’ of shooting. However, I discovered decades ago that it is not a simple subject.
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Have Big Teams Had Their Day?
ONE of the familiar sights in the British shooting field, at least on driven shoots, is that of a picker-up walking with half-a-dozen dogs at heel. It’s something that we take for granted, but it’s a relatively new phenomenon. Half a century ago, few
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Incisive Moves
Engraving has been an art form since the dawn of civilisation, and while a shotgun demands the expertise of many trades, an engraver’s mark is the final flourish. First a gifted artist, with knowledge of anatomy, botany, perspective and composition,
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Rizzini Grand Regal 28-bore
THIS month’s test looks at a 30in B Rizzini ‘Grand Regal’ 28-bore. I must admit a bias before proceeding: I am great fan of 30in 28-bore over-and-unders and use two myself. I am also a fan of Battista Rizzini’s guns. He is an important figure in mode
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To Do This Month
With the shooting season cut short by lockdown, many Guns may be hankering for some simulated action. If so, the West London Shooting School has two options: the first is a syndicate day at the Great Tew estate in Oxfordshire, which encompasses an ar
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How To Keep Your Dog Safe
DO: Take plenty of clear photos of your pet, including any distinctive markings. DO: Ensure your pet is microchipped and registered with up-to-date information – and take note of the microchip number. DO: Pay attention to your surroundings and know w
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Sales For The Riverbank
Rigorously tested, the Salar will keep you dry whatever the weather. It is durable and tear-resistant featuring a Gore-Tex three-layer laminate with ripstop, plus a packaway storm hood, handy outer and inner pockets and fully adjustable watertight cu
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BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport PHEV
WE can call the BMW X5 a lot of things but shy and retiring would not be on that list. In gleaming white – which somehow made the Botoxed black front grille stick out even more dramatically – it dominated the farmyard. It’s a big old beast. Size has
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Social Spotlight
With the end of pandemic restrictions finally on the horizon, Fielders have been pondering what they are most looking forward to. For some, it’s grouse shooting, for others, the Game Fair or the smell of gunpowder. But it turns out that a good number
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Fish and Chips
This fascinating short book examines the history and origins of tattoos. John Miller, a senior lecturer in 19th-century literature at the University of Sheffield, didn’t get his first inking until he was nearly 30 but now has a Japanese, horimono-ins
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Where To Listen To Nightingales
Woodlands in east Kent: Blean Woods near Canterbury and Ham Street Woods near Ashford are particularly rewarding. Northward Hill, Kent: an RSPB reserve with several pairs, as well as the UK’s largest heronry. Fingringhoe Wick in Essex: with around 25
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Watch Out! Teme Valley Puppies About
Rose Rodgers; Sarah Farnsworth; Penny Fillingham; Heather Runciman; Kate Bowen; Ellen Jones ■
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Starling Sturnus vulgaris
• Widespread as a garden bird, there are more than 800,000 breedings pairs in the UK even though the population has declined by 89% since 1967.• With glossy, petrol-slicked, iridescent plumage, they are an entertaining garden addition.• Starlings for
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Gundog Awards 2021
IN ASSOCIATION WITH Entrants for Gundog Photograph of the Year, capturing the best of our companions in the field The Field Gundog Awards return with two new categories for the ever-popular Gundog Photograph of the Year: In The Field and Working From
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In Particulars
WHEN I first started writing these property pages, I was renting a cottage from a grumpy farmer – he had his uses, such as lifts to the pub – but most doorstep chats involved the village postman. He joked about his bad back and my delusions of grande
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Igniting A Spark
I became a father a couple of years ago, which, as most parents will attest, is a journey of exhaustion, elation, frustration and (most recently) half-finished apples strewn around the house. One of the aspects of parenthood I have always looked forw
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