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  • Garden Jobs November

    With David Williams This month the leaves will be falling thick and fast so sweeping them up will become a daily job to ensure that they don’t get too thick on the ground. Remember that all of the leaves you pick up will make great leaf mold that you...
  • Art Surgery with Barry Whitehouse of the Artery in Banbury

    A Brush with Letters If you want to create interesting envelopes and learn a new take on an age-old career, then try your hand at brush lettering. Calligraphy is almost as old as time itself and is taken from the Greek words Kallos, and Graphe, simply meaning ‘beautiful writing’....
  • The Arty bit with Barry Whitehouse of the Artery

    Look after your brushes – an artist’s greatest tool Unless brushes are looked after properly, they will spoil and lose their shape, leaving them useless. These simple rules must be followed to maintain a well-shaped, soft brush: 1. ALWAYS clean your brush after use and point up the brush hairs...
  • Decorating your home with antiques

    Though antiques may carry special emotional relevance, randomly throwing them up on the wall risks making a home look outdated. But there are several ways to decorate with antiques to keep your house looking timeless. Create a retro look with antiques: The most direct approach for decorating with antiques is...
  • Prepare your pond for Autumn and Winter

    Summer is a busy time for ponds; aquatic plants will have been growing rampantly and water creatures will have been multiplying too. Early autumn is a good time to prepare your pond for winter. By now, pond creatures will be less active and plants will have completed their spreading,...
  • What to do in the Garden October

    October is the month when everything starts to change and die back in the garden. This however, is by no means the end of the gardening season. There are lots of plants that are just about to come into their own, particularly trees. One of the stars of October...
  • Medieval Mayhem: from Fight to Festival

    Summer in the Four Shires is the festival season, and thousands of people get together to have a good time. You could set off in your car on a Friday night ready to camp, glamp or caravan and look forward to an enjoyable weekend. Once on site you’d find...
  • Using dark wood successfully in the home

    Many of us will own or will have inherited a few pieces of dark wood furniture throughout our lives. These pieces can quite often appear heavy within your interior spaces and whilst many will be sturdy enough, the stability of the piece may soon out live the aesthetic quality....
  • 90s Decor

    From the Archive In this, the fifth instalment of our ‘Turn Back Time’ feature we move into the 90s writes Cathy Black. Although born in the mid-80s, I do class the 90s as the era in which I grew up! What springs to mind mainly from this period is...
  • Medieval Mayhem: from Fight to Festival

    With Maggie Chaplin Summer in the Four Shires is the festival season, and thousands of people get together to have a good time. You could set off in your car on a Friday night ready to camp, glamp or caravan and look forward to an enjoyable weekend. Once on...