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  • Which medium is right for you?

    The Arty Bit – a quick tip! When mixing several colours together the order you mix them in will help greatly in getting the colour you desire. For example, if you have the four colours ultramarine, cadmium yellow, and alizarin crimson depending on the order you mix them you...
  • All’s Well

    In the 1850s an Indian prince and an English country gentleman are enjoying dinner together in the sumptuous surroundings of a majestic palace on the banks of the Ganges. Despite their vastly differing backgrounds they are good friends. The host is Ishri Prasad Narayan Singh, Maharajah of Benares, a...
  • Gardens

    March is one of the most important months in the gardeners’ calendar. Some people even state that it is the true start of the gardening year. Gardens everywhere are starting to come alive with bulbs  and perennials poking their heads up through the soil. Although the weather can be...
  • The Art Surgery

    Queen Elizabeth I and Her Influence Over British Art  In the days before social media, photography, or television, the only way we would know what our monarch looked like was from our currency, or official portraits. Many monarchs embraced this by getting the best portrait painter they had heard...
  • These Boots are 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....
  • February in the garden

    All your bulbs should be poking their heads above the soil now. Bulbs are one of the earliest plants to start growing. Even in the coldest, wettest soil and weather they start to grow this month, with some already in flower such as snowdrops. There are some great places...
  • snug as a bug

    Your holiday guests have now gone, all the Christmas decorations have been taken down and your house will probably be feeling a little cold and bare. It is the perfect time of the year to update your interior décor with some sumptuously indulgent fabrics and warming accessories. Throws, cushions...
  • Mighty Minimalist

    With the start of a New Year thoughts can often turn to re-defining who we are and the spaces we live in. In some ways it seems a lot easier to clear out the clutter in one’s property after the indulgence of the festive season. All the additional gifts...
  • Are you wearing wool today?

    Are you wearing wool today? You may have to think about it, but two hundred years ago the answer would almost certainly have been, “yes” with no hesitation necessary. The likelihood is that at this time of year you’d have been wrapped up in wool from your underwear to...
  • Preparing your children for their exams

    With the start of 2019 comes the start of the last few terms of the School year. With this comes the impending exams and the stress they inevitably bring with them. Many parents across the Four Shires will be called upon to help with revision and to stop complete...