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If the wig fits

Rugby boys in dresses, bankers in tights, aristocrats in full Mars and Venus regalia: why do we Britons shed all inhibitions in the face of fancy dress, asks Kit Hesketh-Harvey

4 mins read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

The top 10

From grande dames to brand-new boltholes and everything in between, COUNTRY LIFE rounds up the hotels and villas that should be top of your wishlist in 2021

10+ mins read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

The big picture

THE world’s largest island (home to the world’s largest national park) hit the headlines in 2019 when the 45th US President announced he wanted to buy it. Unfortunately for Donald Trump, the sale didn’t go through (not that the place was ever up for grabs anyway). Fortunately for Greenland, there’s no such thing as bad press.

1 min read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

Through the lens

Wildlife cameraman Bertie Gregory has travelled all over the world in pursuit of the perfect shot. He talks to Rosie Paterson about a few of his favourite moments

4 mins read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

Parental guidance

Gap years no longer mean saying goodbye to your offspring for months at a time. Giles Kime jumps on the bandwagon and joins his daughter on her long-haul travels

4 mins read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

Murder in the cathedral

Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was famously murdered in Canterbury Cathedral exactly 850 years ago. John Goodall revisits this brutal event and considers its consequences

5 mins read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

Climbing to new heights

If you don’t want to spend the winter perched up a ladder, consider planting a modern climbing rose, which gives you more flowers for longer from less ground space, advises Charles Quest-Ritson

6 mins read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

Go with the tide

Nigel Tisdall falls for northern India aboard a luxury river cruise on the country’s greatest sacred river

3 mins read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

An Irish inferno

Between 1919 and 1923, in the War of Independence and the subsequent civil war, nearly 300 country houses were burned in Ireland. To mark the centenary of the events, Terence Dooley re-appraises the motives behind this destruction

8 mins read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

If You Go Down To The Jungle Today

On a trip to Africa’s self-proclaimed safest country, John Goodall finds a Rwanda free from the grip of its turbulent past and comes face-to-face with two of its most astonishing and heavily protected residents

6 mins read
Country Life UK
December 30, 2020

Who killed cock robin?

Referred to by Chaucer as ‘Robert redbreast’ and long a cheerful symbol of Christmas, the sweet-songed robin is so combative it will attack its own reflection, reveals Ian Morton

6 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

Remembrance through rose-tinted glass

Hauntingly beautiful, stained-glass scenes keep the memory of our Fallen alive in glorious technicolour. Andrew Green visits country churches to seek them out

7 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

Let's talk turkey

They’re easy to rear, they’re friendly and they needn’t only be for Christmas. Kate Green talks to turkey experts, who explain why we should be eating the heritage breeds

6 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

Oh sing, choirs of angels

Loosely translated as ‘when the cock crows at dawn’, Plygain carol services have been held in Welsh churches on Christmas Day since the 13th century, as Aeneas Dennison reports

3 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

Riches not measured in coin

The Cathedral of St Mary and St Ethelbert, Hereford This year marks the 700th anniversary of the canonization of Thomas Cantilupe, Bishop of Hereford. John Goodall looks at the story of this building and the way it was shaped by a remarkable figure

9 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

Rockin' around the Christmas tree

Bombarded as we are in the preceding weeks, for many, it is the ritual choosing and dressing of the tree that marks the start of Christmas, says Jack Watkins

7 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

Born to be wild

Once widespread across the British Isles, there are now fewer than 100 pure Scottish wildcats left. Joe Gibbs considers whether curiosity or interbreeding killed the ‘Highland tiger’

4 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

Christmas comes but once a year

And when it does, it (mostly) brings good cheer, although some professions certainly enjoy it more than others

7 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

A High Road To Clean Energy

THE path to ending fossil-fuel emissions by 2050 is ‘ambitious and affordable’, according to a report published last week.

2 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

Because You're Mine, I Walk The Line

Crunching across winter stubble on a frosty December morning, John Lewis-Stempel gives thanks for the wildlife sustained by the old millet stalks and endeavors to train his labrador to walk to heel, aided by a handful of cheese

4 mins read
Country Life UK
December 16 - 23, 2020

The two faces of Magdalene

An assistant emerges from Leonardo’s shadow, a pastel portrait defies its years and potters receive deserved accolades

4 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

Our flowers of Scotland

Two substantial estates demonstrate Scotland’s sporting and environmental potential

5 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

Remembering the New World

Carolside, The Borders The home of Mr and Mrs Anthony Foyle An enigmatic house on the Scottish Borders yields up unexpected connections with America and shines a light on 18th-century architectural practice, as Roger White explains

7 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

Give me one moment in time

Award-winning wildlife photographer Stephen Dalton explains his lifelong love of Nature and why, when it comes to capturing creatures on film, persistence and experimentation pay off

4 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

Flights of fantasy

The dodos, parrots and pelicans that grace the pages of our favourite books might seem comical, but they usually have some moral wisdom to share, believes Madeleine Silver

6 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

Future proof

The latest materials and technology can create homes of outstanding beauty and comfort

2 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

Freeze frame

Bryan’s Ground, Stapleton, Herefordshire Helena Attlee recalls how a fresh fall of snow helped the then new owners of this famous Arts-and-Crafts garden to understand the underlying geometry of the land and so begin the property’s restoration

5 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

Crowning glory

Matthew Dennison explores the life of the Dancing Marquess of Anglesey, whose penchant for sparkle led to him owning one of the most magnificent tiaras of all time

3 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

All dried out

Already dead and lauded for being so, dried flowers are enjoying a stylish resurgence, discovers Hetty Lintell

3 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

Grace And Flavour: The Best Herbs To Grow

I Recently moved to a new garden; thankfully, it came with a house attached.

4 mins read
Country Life UK
December 09, 2020

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