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Contents<br />

August 2022<br />

48<br />

96<br />

In the garden<br />

In the kitchen<br />

26<br />

Craft<br />

12 Harmonious lochside croft garden<br />

22 The garden in August<br />

26 Intricate detail of exotic climbers<br />

38 Silver foliage for summer shimmer<br />

48 Botanical bakes with delicate flavour<br />

56 Golden parcel of succulent flakes<br />

60 Sweet bell peppers for bold dishes<br />

66 Regional & Seasonal:<br />

Gilchesters Organics,<br />

Northumberland<br />

42 Rainbow displays of gladioli spears<br />

82 Nutritious soap crafted from nature<br />

94 Stationery with a colourful twist<br />

96 Comfort in a carry cushion<br />

100 Preserving pretty petals<br />

124 Readers share their creative talents<br />

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104 82 42<br />

70<br />

Countryside<br />

History and heritage<br />

Regulars<br />

114 The countryside in August<br />

116 Hidden world revealed along the<br />

rocky shoreline<br />

70 On the trail of Wiltshire’s<br />

mysterious white horses<br />

104 Strength and beauty in an ancient<br />

building skill<br />

6 Readers’ letters<br />

8 Our LandScape<br />

35 In the garden<br />

40 Subscription offer<br />

58 In the kitchen<br />

92 In the home<br />

5


LOCHSIDE GEMS IN<br />

A CROFT GARDEN<br />

The owners of a traditional Highland home have made the most of<br />

its far-reaching views with softly hued plantings from exotic climes,<br />

which meld with the stunning landscape


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SPRINKLED WITH THE<br />

TASTE OF SUMMER<br />

Petals and herbs provide pretty, colourful garnishes as well as delicate<br />

flavour to botanical bakes, which are perfect for a sunny day<br />

FOR A SEASONAL touch, botanicals, such as<br />

edible flowers and summer herbs, not only add<br />

decoration and colour to a variety of sweet treats,<br />

but also texture and flavour.<br />

There is a host of flowers to choose from, such as<br />

dianthus, daisy, elderflower, nasturtium, viola and rose,<br />

but it is important they are identified properly before<br />

eating. Faded, dusty roadside flowers should be avoided<br />

as well as those growing in areas frequented by livestock<br />

or dog walkers, and they should always be free from<br />

pesticides. Care should be taken if bees are about, and<br />

the blooms checked and cleaned for small insects.<br />

Picking young flowers in the morning before the sun<br />

warms up ensures an intensity of colour and flavour.<br />

Herb flowers, including basil, chives, lavender, mint,<br />

rosemary and thyme, impart a more subtle flavour to<br />

food than their leaves.<br />

For best results, flowers should be used immediately<br />

or refrigerated in a plastic bag for 2-3 days. Dried or<br />

frozen flowers can also be bought for culinary purposes.<br />

Flower ring biscuits<br />

Makes 20<br />

10g mixed edible flowers, such<br />

as pansies, violas, daisies and<br />

rose petals, torn or pulled apart<br />

into small pieces<br />

1 tsp dried lavender<br />

2 tbsp rose water<br />

230g cold unsalted butter, cubed<br />

200g caster sugar<br />

1 egg<br />

450g plain flour<br />

1 tsp baking powder<br />

115g icing sugar<br />

30ml double cream<br />

2 drops yellow food colouring<br />

large, flat oven tray<br />

baking paper<br />

7cm round cookie cutter and<br />

2cm round cookie cutter<br />

Line the oven tray with baking paper. In a food processor, whisk together the<br />

butter and caster sugar for 2-3 mins until thick and creamy. Beat in the egg<br />

and 1 tbsp of rose water, then mix in the flour and baking powder.<br />

Cut 2 large sheets of baking paper and place one on a clean kitchen<br />

surface. Place the mixture onto the baking paper on the kitchen surface and<br />

top with the other piece of baking paper. Roll the mixture with a rolling pin,<br />

keeping the top piece of baking paper in place, until the mixture forms a<br />

1cm-thick rectangle. Cut out as many large circles as possible, using the<br />

larger cutter, and transfer them to the prepared tray, spacing them out from<br />

each other 1cm apart. Use the smaller cutter to remove a circle of dough<br />

within each biscuit and discard or add to the remaining dough to re-roll so<br />

there are 20 biscuits. Place the tray in the fridge for 30 mins until the<br />

biscuits are firm.<br />

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Bake the biscuits for<br />

15-20 mins until golden and firm. Allow to cool slightly, then transfer to a<br />

wire rack to cool completely.<br />

To make the icing, combine the icing sugar, remaining rose water, double<br />

cream and yellow food colouring in a large, shallow dish. Stir the icing until<br />

very smooth, then dip the biscuits in the icing horizontally so that the tops<br />

are covered. Place on the wire rack, then top with the edible flowers and<br />

dried lavender. Allow to dry completely before serving.<br />

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MYSTERIOUS PAST OF<br />

THE HILLSIDE HORSES


Carved into the rolling, chalky landscape, Wiltshire’s<br />

giant white equines are a fascinating draw to this<br />

rural county and an enduring presence watching<br />

over communities through the centuries<br />

The white horse at Alton Barnes<br />

in Wiltshire appears to be<br />

moving across the slopes behind<br />

golden pyramids of neatly<br />

stacked hay bales; their shape<br />

mirroring the rolling hills.


LIFE ALONG THE<br />

ROCKY SHORE<br />

With the ebbing of the tide, a hidden world is revealed<br />

in pools and fissures, populated by fascinating creatures<br />

adapted to surviving where land meets sea<br />

THE TIDE IS going out at<br />

Wembury Beach in Devon, and<br />

the sea is a surge of white and blue<br />

as it rolls and swells against the<br />

rocks, spilling up gullies and clefts as it is<br />

pulled slowly, inexorably, away. A new<br />

world emerges in its wake; sunlight<br />

trickling across the flat, wet sand; seaweed<br />

piled in ragged lines along the shore.<br />

Mounds of black rock that once lay<br />

beneath the waves are now exposed in the<br />

briny wind that glances round the cove,<br />

their reflections glimmering in the pools of<br />

water that ring their feet.<br />

The sea lingers too, in the ridges and<br />

channels that ruck the cliffs, in cracks and<br />

crevices, and in the dips of soft sand<br />

around sea-scoured boulders. Here remain<br />

secret, sunken worlds of spiky, leggy<br />

animals, of stalked mouths, goggling eyes<br />

and beaked and rippled shells. Rock pools<br />

are endlessly fascinating; at first sight,<br />

seemingly empty, but patience is rewarded<br />

as a sudden flurry of sand or a twitch of<br />

weed hints at the marvels within.<br />

Ben Holt, of the<br />

Cornwall- and<br />

Devon-based<br />

wildlife group<br />

The Rock Pool<br />

Project.<br />

Shifting sands<br />

The animals of the rugged shoreline are<br />

not here by chance, as strays abandoned by<br />

the ocean, but are part of a highly<br />

specialised community primed to survive a<br />

world in flux. The beach is an environment<br />

of constant change, with its inhabitants<br />

buffeted by the waves at every tide as they<br />

swing between the relatively constant<br />

conditions of the sea and the fickle world<br />

of the sands.<br />

“The rock pool environment is harsh,”<br />

says Ben Holt, of community wildlife<br />

group The Rock Pool Project. “In summer,<br />

the water in a pool could be as high as<br />

30°C, but in winter, it can be close to<br />

freezing. At higher temperatures, all the<br />

oxygen in the water will be quickly used<br />

up, and when the sun shines, the UV<br />

exposure will be high. On a hot day,<br />

evaporation will make the water more<br />

saline, but if it rains or an inland creek fills<br />

and flows onto the beach, salty seawater<br />

can become fresh.”<br />

The ability to cope with these<br />

challenges leads to a natural sorting: a<br />

gradient of species stretching from the top<br />

of the shore to the low tide mark. “The top<br />

of the beach is exposed to the air most of<br />

the time, perhaps only becoming<br />

submerged at very high tide,” explains<br />

Ben. “This is very different from further<br />

down, which might be underwater for ❯<br />

Microhabitats are formed among the rocks as the tide<br />

recedes on Wembury Beach. The Great Mewstone, now a<br />

nature reserve, can be seen in the distance.<br />

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The distinctive blister-like air<br />

sacs of bladder wrack, Fucus<br />

vesiculosus, allow it to float<br />

upright when submerged.<br />

The bright blue beads of the Beadlet anemone,<br />

Actinia equina, are packed with stinging cells.<br />

Young fish, such as these herring fry, may<br />

also become trapped in rock pools.<br />

Dead man’s fingers corals, Alcyonium digitatum<br />

surround an aggregation of the instantly<br />

recognisable Common starfish, Asterias rubens.


Glinting in the summer sunshine,<br />

flint-covered cottages, with<br />

their windows picked out in<br />

contrasting red brick, line the<br />

village centre at Burnham<br />

Market in North Norfolk.<br />

TEXTURED WALLS<br />

IN ANCIENT STONE


PINK AND YELLOW roses scramble over the<br />

bumpy, textured walls of a row of flint cottages in<br />

Burnham Market, Norfolk. With egg shapes and<br />

amorphous circles of blue-black, tawny brown, milky<br />

grey and flecked rust, the protruding flints contrast with neat<br />

flat-brick lintels around the windows and doorways, and the<br />

evenly scalloped edges of warm terracotta clay roof tiles.<br />

Fronted by a misty purple lavender hedge and tall hollyhocks<br />

nodding in the summer breeze, these highly distinctive<br />

cottages have not changed significantly since they were built<br />

in the 17th and 18th centuries. “England has perhaps no<br />

more curious material than flint: a stone of obscure origin,<br />

quite unlike any other in colour and texture, and not used for<br />

building in any other country on so extensive a scale,” writes<br />

Alec Clifton-Taylor in The Pattern of English Building.<br />

Flint is one of the most common, naturally occurring<br />

stones in southern Britain. It is a type of quartz, or crystalline<br />

silica, with a cryptocrystalline structure, which means the<br />

crystals are so tiny that they are difficult to see, even when<br />

viewed under a microscope.<br />

Traditional flintwork can add shine,<br />

colour and a rugged appeal to<br />

buildings and ornamental features,<br />

and is a skilled craft that has<br />

endured through the centuries<br />

Early uses<br />

Flint was used by prehistoric man, initially for rudimentary<br />

tools and weapons, and there is a 93-acre, 5,000-year-old flint<br />

mine at Grime’s Graves in Norfolk as evidence of its early<br />

importance. The Romans spotted its durable properties and<br />

used it to strengthen the walls of their forts, such as<br />

Anderida, on the site of Pevensey Castle in East Sussex. The<br />

availability and resilience of flint meant that it continued to<br />

be popular in the Middle Ages, when brickmaking was<br />

uncommon, and other stone was hard to find or difficult to ❯<br />

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