Tag Archives: Great Britain

Lifestyle: Country Life Magazine – Jan 18, 2023

Country Life Magazine – – 18 January 2023:

Blue-sky thinking

Glasshouses can be havens for people as well as their plants, Caroline Donald discovers

Getting a few words in hedgewise

Alan Titchmarsh speaks out in defence of the privet hedge

All aboard for Ironhenge!

In the first of a two-part series Marcus Binney explores the park of Fawley Hill, Berkshire

Are you stark raven mad?

Ian Morton lauds the intelligence of the much-maligned corvid

Walking Tour: Glasgow In Southwestern Scotland

Tourister (January 2023) – Glasgow, Gaelic Glaschu, city, west-central Scotland. It is situated along both banks of the River Clyde 20 miles (32 km) from that river’s mouth on the western, or Atlantic, coast. Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, and it forms an independent council area that lies entirely within the historic county of Lanarkshire.

The city occupies much of the lower Clyde valley, and its suburbs extend into surrounding districts. Most important commercial and administrative buildings lie north of the Clyde. Area council area, 68 square miles (177 square km).

Previews: The Economist Magazine – January 7, 2023

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The Economist – January 7, 2023 Issue:

A realistic path to a better relationship between Britain and the EU

The question of Europe has caused a decade of turmoil. Here’s how to use the next ten years better

What the Kevin McCarthy saga means for America’s Congress

Power struggles, public humiliation and a government shutdown may follow

Tours: Plas Newydd House Snowdonia, North Wales

National Trust – Set on the shores of the Menai Strait, visitors to the gardens at Plas Newydd in Wales can take in the sea air and enjoy views of Snowdonia.

The gardens, dating back to the 16th century, owe much of their dramatic beauty to landscape designer Humphry Repton who in 1798, who planted trees to make the most of the views. Repton’s legacy influences the way the National Trust cares for the gardens today.

Discover ornate courtyards, a vibrant rhododendron garden and a tree house – features when the 6th Marquess of Anglesey lived at Plas Newydd with his family. You’ll also pick up a gardening tip to help you keep your flower beds happy and healthy over winter. The gardens at Plas Newydd are only open at weekends during the winter.

Seaside Towns: A Tour Of Historic Whitby, England

MemorySeekers (December 2022) – Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, northern England, split by the River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Nearby is the Church of St. Mary, reached by 199 steps. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived, displays paintings and maps. West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts. 

Cinematic Travel: Sights And Streets Of London

London, city, capital of the United Kingdom. It is among the oldest of the world’s great cities—its history spanning nearly two millennia—and one of the most cosmopolitan. By far Britain’s largest metropolis, it is also the country’s economic, transportation, and cultural centre.

London is situated in southeastern England, lying astride the River Thames some 50 miles (80 km) upstream from its estuary on the North Sea. In satellite photographs the metropolis can be seen to sit compactly in a Green Belt of open land, with its principal ring highway (the M25 motorway) threaded around it at a radius of about 20 miles (30 km) from the city centre.

The growth of the built-up area was halted by strict town planning controls in the mid-1950s. Its physical limits more or less correspond to the administrative and statistical boundaries separating the metropolitan county of Greater London from the “home counties” of KentSurrey, and Berkshire (in clockwise order) to the south of the river and BuckinghamshireHertfordshire, and Essex to the north.

The historic counties of Kent, Hertfordshire, and Essex extend in area beyond the current administrative counties with the same names to include substantial parts of the metropolitan county of Greater London, which was formed in 1965. Most of Greater London south of the Thames belongs to the historic county of Surrey, while most of Greater London north of the Thames belongs historically to the county of Middlesex. Area Greater London, 607 square miles (1,572 square km). Pop. (2001) Greater London, 7,172,091; (2011 prelim.) Greater London, 8,173,941.

Filmed and edited by Jack Lee
Music credit to Lexin Music

Nature: 2022 UK Landscape Photographer Of The Year

Country Life Magazine – 2022 Landscape Photographer of the Year winners:

The overall winner, by William Davies: ‘Brecon in Winter’, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. Dawn sunlight warms up a winter’s morning in the Brecon Beacons. 

‘Rough and Tumble’ Photo by Lloyd Lane Photography (www.lloydlane.uk), runner-up in the 2022 Landscape Photographer of the Year. 

Tryfan by Aled Lewis. A photo of the iconic Tryfan in Snowdonia National Park. 

‘Sycamore Gap Sun and Moon’, by Brian Eyler. Sycamore Gap Sun and Moon. Northumberland, England. 

Lifestyle: Country Life Magazine – Nov 16, 2022

Country Life Magazine – November 16, 2022 issue:

SURVIVING WINTER: Joe Gibbs summons the fortitude of our forebears in a bid to survive the cold season in an old house with rattling windows, draughty chimneys and a leaky roof.

NEWS: What impact will inflation and the cost-of-living crisis have on our historic houses and churches?

MASTERPIECEThe Forstye Saga‘s enduring appeal.

ARCHITECTURE: Drapers’ Hall: An enduring force for good.

FURNITURE: The joys of gilded furniture.

INTERIORS: Fat, often glistening metallic tassels, fringes, cords and braids—known as passementerie—have been beautifying interiors for centuries, reveals an admiring Matthew Dennison.

Opinion & Analysis: A Low Price Bar For Britain, Risky Bidenomics, Iran’s Women

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Rishi Sunak’s promise of stability is a low bar for Britain, (10:35) the risks of Bidenomics and (18:20) will Iran’s women win? 

Preview: Country Life Magazine – Oct 12, 2022

Country Life – 12 October 2022

Country Life Magazine 12 October 2022 is an interiors special, but also looks at ancient barrows, Roald Dahl and much more.

Masterpiece

Jack Watkins on Ronald Blythe’s seminal Akenfield

Roald’s medicine

Rural life was a joy to the author, says Matthew Dennison

In praise of decency

Thoughtfulness abounds in the countryside, writes Margaret Casely-Hayford

Splendid isolation

Legendary interior designer Veere Grenney talks to Giles Kime about spending lockdown in a Palladian folly