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The view from up here…

Shropshire is a wonderfully varied county but to find true mountain scenery one has to head west, for Wales. Snowdonia is a vast landscape of

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Good Gardening Tips – November

Get Planting… While the weather is still mild remove summer bedding plants that have finished and replace them with autumn/winter bedding plants. This can include

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A Winter Sleep

2011 will certainly go down as a great year for fruits and nuts. Oak trees draped with deep brown acorns, hazel nuts hanging from hedgerows

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Recipe – Hotch Potch

Hotch Potch dates back to the 16th Century – the same period as The Feathers – and I love the versatility of this heart-warming dish.

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Fruits of the Autumn

Farmers working late into the night getting the last of the crops in; a bushy-tailed fox cub, now old enough to fend for himself, running

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Wild Water

All around the countryside are ponds that have been dug to drain roads and housing estates, reservoirs created to supply drinking water. Even well-established lakes

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Orchid Summer

Huge fields of canary-yellow Oilseed Rape stretch to the horizon. In other fields, wintersown Wheat shimmers in the early summer breeze. From an agricultural point

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Birdsong and Bluebells

Lloyds Coppice rises up from the Jackfield stretch of the River Severn. A tangle of Birch, Elm, Oak and Alder clinging to the steep side

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Butterfly Season

I am on the border between Shropshire and Worcestershire in the beautiful Forest of Wyre. The spring sunlight brings warmth. With that warmth, life returns

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The view from the hide

I get out of my car in the early morning darkness and walk towards the bird hide. There is still a brisk wind whistling through

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A Sacred Tree

Look east and you can see the town nestled in the valley, the twin spires of St. Leonards and St. Marys backed by the dark

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Pumpkin Risotto

The rest are set aside for use by the kitchen team and often we make pumpkin risotto which is sweet, savoury and very creamy. If

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