Country Living

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.