• Tottastic Theatre

    Pantomimes aside you may find that the thought of taking your little ones to the theatre fills you with dread writes Cathy Black. My children, at almost seven and five are certainly not known for sitting still for long periods of time and when it comes to being quiet…well...
  • Ginkgo – Living fossil or potential wonder drug

    With Maggie Chaplin “Ginkgo Biloba supports mental focus and memory” reads the label on a bottle of widely available herbal tablets. We could probably all do with a bit of help with our mental focus and memory, and a preparation with a name like ginkgo biloba is bound to...
  • The Arty Bit – Don’t get the January blues

    With Barry Whitehouse of The Artery in Banbury Using the right blue paint can make an amazing difference to a painting. In most landscapes, blue is the dominant colour and is present either on its own, or in many mixes. Wintry Blues: Prussian Blue is the perfect blue for...
  • Mexican Design

    Mexico is a country between the United States of America and Central America which is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the...
  • What to do in the garden January with David Williams

    January is not just the start of a new year, but for the keen gardeners amongst us it is also the start of a new gardening season. Even though the temperatures are cold enough to make a polar bear think about putting a coat on, there is still lots...
  • Four Shires office is now closed until 2nd January 2020

    So that we can all have some much need time off, the Four Shires Office is now closed until the 2nd January 2020. Any subscriptions or renewals completed online will be processed upon our return. In the meantime we would like to wish you all a very peaceful, happy...
  • A Christmas quiz

    Just for fun why not have a go at our Christmas quiz, offering both festive and general knowledge questions there is a question to suite everyone’s tastes! No cheating, the answers are at the bottom of the page.  1: Which Northamptonshire village has previously decorated 24 village windows with...
  • The 12 Four Shires Days of Christmas – a little bit of fun

    On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a visit to a pantomime On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two countryside rambles and a visit to a pantomime On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to...
  • Embrace Nordic look in your home

    Armchair Traveller we will be visiting Scandinavia; a region in Northern Europe that has strong historical, cultural, and linguistic ties. Most Scandinavian interior design makes use of a blend of textures, contrasts, and soft hues in order to make sleek, modern furniture feel warm and inviting. By embracing the...
  • Dealing with Children’s expectations in the run up to Christmas

    Christmas is a time of family, friends and of children writing hopeful lists to Santa Claus. The letter writing (and posting!) has already taken place in our household writes Cathy Black. A sigh of relief took place this year as those lists correlated with the allotted amount we had...