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  • Do you have wedding photography dread?

    Our August issue, which is out now features amongst all of our regular favourites, a spectacular wedding feature. With this in mind here is a feature we ran last year, compiled by Lizzie Melvin of Elizabeth Melvin Photography: As you are planning your wedding, everything should be exciting and...
  • The Austin 7

    A Tale of Two Austin Sevens: Gina and Minerva Until the early 1900s the motor car was a rich man’s toy. Still in the early stages of development, automobiles were big – and expensive. Herbert Austin had set up a factory in a disused printing works on the outskirts...
  • The Arty Bit

    The Benefits of Shopping locally with Barry Whitehouse of the Artery in Parson’s Street,  www.thearteryonline.co.uk During the recent recession, art shops nationally went into decline as more ‘savvy’ shoppers left their traditional bricks and mortar suppliers in favour of online shopping with a belief that the internet had all...
  • Enter Mr and Mrs

    With the August issue now out and with it holding our extensive wedding feature we thought we would share a piece written a year ago by Cathy Black on surving the early years of married life: …So, more than a year’s worth of planning has culminated in a fabulous...
  • August in the garden

    August in Britain is all about flower shows and church fetes. These however are becoming less and less common every year. Many site things such as running out of money, committee fall outs or lack of help from the local community as reasons for the decline. But there are...
  • Got the hump?!

    Following on from our web story of unusual day out from earlier in th month here Four Shires Editor Jeremy Wilton visits Joseph’s Amazing Camels in Warwickshire. Back in the 12th century, when Richard the Lionheart returned to Britain a grand party was thrown to make his return seem...
  • Summer Painting

    Top tips for painting outside with Barry Whitehouse, www.thearteryonline.co.uk Make sure you have all the equipment you need, but limit it to the least amount possible for carrying. 7 colours, one pencil, a pad, and a few brushes should give you a nice enough range to get the painting...
  • Some of These Boots Were Made for Walking!

    Man has been protecting his feet for thousands of years. A shoe found in the ice in the Italian Alps with the remains of a man who died more than five millennia ago was made of deer hide, with a bearskin sole, a bark strip lining and grass padding....
  • July in the garden

    Fingers crossed the sun should be shining and you are enjoying all those long warm July nights. These evenings are not just to get more work done in the garden but also to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labours. One job that will be daily at...
  • And now for something completely different….

    With the ‘6 week’ Summer Holiday’s almost upon us thoughts turn to how to entertain the family. Here are some more unusual days out to consider. Segway racing Experience the unique feeling of riding a Segway. Segways are upright two wheel scooters that guests stand on and use weight...