Country Living

Who Are We Really Trying to Please When We Move to the Country?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jethro Shirley-Smith

Maybe because we're both Londoners, we find it hard to make the break. But looking out at the undulating shades of green, I begin building the image of my perfect house, just down there in the valley near the old oak tree.

Seven Great Places to Sleep in the Cotswolds

Mette Poynton | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mette Poynton

Whether you're into sleeping al fresco under the stars and in the middle of the woods or bunking in a luxurious hotel bedroom with a beautiful view of the rolling hills, there's a bed in the Cotswolds with your name on it!

Life in the Shires

Cameron McCulloch | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Cameron McCulloch

All this time only barely seeing the beauty of the world go by and getting time to take it all in. Always living by the routine that works so that when the weekend comes it can be used to party or visit the countryside although once there, it is more often than not bypassed as heading to a smaller city to have lunch and shop is more familiar.

A Bottle of Inspiration Please

Leila Monks | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Monks

So if inspiration is so important - how do we find it? And more importantly - how do we give it to others? Well finding it is easy. It may not be sold on the shelves of Waitrose but it is readily available to those who know where to look.

Why Has There Been Such A Huge Backlash Against Johnnie Boden and His Jaunty Prints?

Karen Maher | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Maher

The Boden Brigade feature the kind of women who make school runs everywhere a nightmare with their judgemental looks and their hatred of anything fashion, or sexy. A friend of mine once rocked a Balenciaga biker jacket on the school run and was subsequently blanked for six months.

Life In the Country (Winter Part 1)

Kate Holmes | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK
Kate Holmes

As winter finally arrives with a vengeance, with trees blown down and the River Wye bursting its banks, an army of redwing birds nest in the derelict pigpen in the top muddy field. The new kitten, Lily, is settling in very well...

Hay-On-Wye: The Fight Against a Major Retail Development

Kate Holmes | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK
Kate Holmes

Basically, Hay has been given a choice...the town gets a new school (around 240 pupils) and a "major retailer" who funds the school gets to plonk a "retail development" bang in the middle of Hay. The implications of this affects the future of a small market town filled with individual shops, with no real traffic infrastructure which is bang in the middle of a National Park.