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  • 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...
  • In the Garden August

    Well it has been extremely hot over the last couple of months and I have had a hose pipe and a watering can permanently attached to my hands! The warm weather is set to continue for the rest of the summer which is great, as we don’t often get...
  • New Pottery opens in Woodford Halse

    Hagstone Pottery is opening a new gallery and studio shop in the grounds of Tews Farm, Woodford Halse, selling hand-made pottery “warm from the kiln” of Northamptonshire potter Jacqueline Rappaport. Employing traditional throwing skills, Jacqueline uses stoneware and porcelain clays, which she hand-glazes and then fires to very high...
  • 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...