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  • Thorpe Walk

    From the Archives with Peter Jones My last two walks have been fairly easy strolls around Warwick and Deddington and it is now time to cover some serious miles in the wonderful four shires. For the third successive walk I am joined by my regular Four Shires reader; we...
  • Health Kick or Garden Feature

    With Maggie Chaplin Have you joined the fig fan club? The fig in all its guises is very popular at the moment, or, as one might say, trending. Fig trees have featured in many grand Four Shires gardens, both public and private, for several years, but recently they’ve been...
  • What to do in the Garden July

    With David Williams It’s July and the sun should be shining, fingers crossed! Hopefully you are making the most of the long, warm, sunny evenings. Remember these summer evenings are not just about getting more work done in the garden, but they also offer the opportunity to sit back...
  • A-Z of Summer

    A-Z of Summer It is a little under a month now until the children will break up from school for the summer and the joy of finding them things to do and keeping their cries of ‘We’re bored’ at bay will start! Working parents will often only have one...
  • Decorating your home with a 1970s style

    An era of bold new design, brown walls and rainbow motifs! That’s 1970s interior design, writes Cathy Black. (First published 2018) Thanks to a change in mortgage laws during this decade, more people in Britain than ever before were able to buy their own homes. This in turn fuelled...
  • Clerical Errors with Maggie Chaplin

    Summer of 1549 and it’s market day in Chipping Norton. There’s the usual hubbub as the crowds jostle to see what the traders have to offer and the pedlars shout their wares. There are sacks of grain, bales of wool, carts piled high with fruit and vegetables, and crates...
  • June in the Garden with David Williams

    Your garden should be growing like mad and will be ready to burst into bloom at this time of the year! Be prepared to be busy in the garden as with the weather generally being warmer and the days longer and sunnier it means that everything will be growing...
  • Creative Space

    Working on our arts feature this month got me thinking about the spaces in which artisans choose to create their pieces writes Cathy Black. (Article first published in the May 2018 issue of Four Shires magazine) I do like to think I have a creative streak, albeit a small...
  • Decorating with the 1960s in mind

    While 1950s home styling was starting to gain some colour momentum it wasn’t until the 1960s that home décor became much louder. While the 50s focused on family values the 1960s were a time of change and rebellion with many different political and social events going on during this...
  • The Mighty Hawthorn By Stephen Melhuish …(Plant Sales Team Leader) at Nicholsons Nurseries, North Aston. Oxfordshire

    Although a number of flowers bridge the gap between winter and early spring none more than the mighty hawthorn in full bloom during May can claim its rightful place as the number one contender for heralding the arrival of ‘full-on’ spring. This plant is only second to the English...