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  • My love affair with Louis

    It was lust at first sight! One look at the classic lines and sleek body and I knew that one day I had to own a Caterham 7. I’d never seen a car like that on the road before, but there it was on a public highway, all gleaming...
  • July in the garden

    Fingers crossed the sun should be shining and you are enjoying all those long warm July nights. These evenings don’t just offer more time to get work done in the garden but also offer the chance for you to sit back and enjoy your outdoor space. Maybe get the...
  • Art Surgery

    Impressionism was the Birth of Modern Art Impressionism can be considered the first truly modern movement in painting. Developing in Paris in the 1860s, its inspiration spread throughout Europe and later to the United States. Its originators were artists who rejected the official, government-sanctioned exhibitions, or salons, and were...
  • Learn to Drawn a fox!

    A quick ‘Fox Study’ in pen and watercolour Shopping List: Hot pressed watercolour paper Watercolour paints in ultramarine, cadmium red, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow and yellow ochre Permanent pen size 0.3 2B Pencil, size 4 round brush, size 1 rigger brush Putty rubber Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes...
  • June in the Garden

    Be prepared to be busy in the garden in June as with the weather generally being warmer everything will be growing at a rate of an inch a week! It is important to keep staking and tying up the garden plants. The perennials in particular will flop over very...
  • Black gold or problem child?

    In the early summer it’s hard to ignore oilseed rape. Do you love it or hate it? Indifference doesn’t seem to be an option. Is that sea of vivid yellow that stretches to the far horizon a cheerful harbinger of summer, or a garish assault on the eye that...
  • 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...