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  • Picture Framing

    The Arty Bit How do you know what paint you are buying? Buying paint can be a minefield as there are so many different brands and qualities out there. I have created a helpful guide to make your shopping easier. Most paints adhere to the guidelines I have given...
  • May in the Garden

    May in the garden Summer is just around the corner. Temperatures are beginning to rise, but just as the days get warmer, the nights can get just as cold, especially early in the month. We can still expect a frost well into May so we really do need to...
  • GAMBLING LAMBS

    A beautiful sent into us some time ago by Neil Andrew, which we share with you here:   Gambling Lambs The Beulah’s were the bookies, The Suffolk’s were the clerks, They bleated six to four the field, Above the song of larks.   The Texel’s shuffled forward, And offered...
  • Novel Interiors

    It is safe to say that we at Four Shires are very much fans of the written word! Every month we aim to bring you the best of our local area through fascinating reads and features. Working with words all day, you could be forgiven for thinking that we...
  • Spotlight on ‘Primavera’ by Sandro Botticelli painted in 1478

    Primavera is painted on wooden panel and measures at 203 cm (w) x 314 cm (h). The painting is hung in the Uffizi gallery in Florence where it has been on display since 1856. It is one of the most widely discussed paintings in Art History,  yet hardly any...
  • God Speed the Plough

    “We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand” These words were written in the 18th century and at that time the land would be prepared for planting, one furrow at a time, using a simple...
  • What to do in the Garden this month

    The garden is really starting to come alive now as all the spring bulbs that you planted in the autumn should be a riot of colour in your garden by now. Like your bulbs however, the weeds will also be starting to grow so you will need to keep...
  • Brailes walk

    Last month I was a bit smug about how flat the walk was. This month we paid the penalty for that with a walk featuring two of Warwickshire’s highest hills! Though we came across a church offering free drink, a deserted farm, a golf course and a butcher, a...
  • Holman Hunt’s Oxford Masterpiece

    Holman Hunt’s Oxford Masterpiece Arguably one of the most used pieces of art work to symbolise Christianity . With three versions of this painting and innumerable engravings after the painting, ‘The Light of the World’ is truly a masterpiece of the Victorian era. The original, painted at night in...
  • The First Celebrity CSI?

    The air of expectation is almost palpable as a tall, handsome and immaculately dressed young pathologist takes his place in the witness box. He carries with him a briefcase containing specimens that he will later display to illustrate the points he makes in his evidence. The year is 1910,...