15.12.18: It’s uncommon for Roe Deer (along with the Red Deer, the only true native species of the six found in the UK) to bark strip, however this tree shows all the signs. Pinkcombe Woods, Wiltshire.
Allow me to take you around the world of design with our fabulous December issue. First: No one does Yuletide quite like the English. ED visits Amanda and Stephen Clark’s fully bedecked Georgian country home in Wiltshire, England, while decorator @tallfortune recounts a swinging white Christmas in the 1960s. Plus, holiday musings—and a stuffed chicken recipe by @ottolenghi. In the dining room at Seend Manor, the chinoiserie wallcovering is hand-painted, and the pendant and mirror, both custom, are by @altfieldinteriorshk, the Clarks’ furniture and textiles collection. The dining chairs are reproduction Chippendale, and the curtains are in a @jimthompsonfabrics silk. @elledecor#elledecor#wiltshire#england
One of the best bits of visiting my folks (shout out to Carl & JJ) is donning some wellies I purchased back when I was going on girl guide camp about a decade ago and taking Zak, our ageing but still fairly adorable cocker spaniel, out and about in the glorious, green countryside. Sometimes on these walks we catch a glimpse of the lovely Lucknam Park hotel. I’ve tried and failed to successfully capture the building itself about a dozen times so this time have instead sketched a sneak peak through one of their big beautiful gates towards what I always refer to in my head as ‘the secret garden’. Side note: kind of wish there was an emoji for the three-fingered scout/guides honour . . .
🌾🍃Whoever had our garden before us really thought about the seasons when planting and creating it. We have a beautiful display of purple and white Heather around the borders and Holly bushes with bright red berries boldly showing through.
This was a few weeks back when we did our Autumn clear up... Husbands just in background burning things 🌾👍🏻
Yesterday HRH the Duchess of Cornwall attended the Youth Action Wiltshire annual Carols by Candlelight Service at Malmesbury Abbey along with well-known personalities @actualbenmiller, Sheila Hancock, Mike D’Abo, James Gray MP and a host of fantastic musicians and singers. A fantastic night was had by all! 🕯🎄🕯
What’s your favourite place in Britain? One of mine is this magical doorway flanked by two ancient yews at the Church of St. Edwards in Stow-on-the-Wold, England. Wonderful capture by @sasha__wright
This is a very special door indeed. In fact, this door inspired JRR Tolkien's for the Gates of Moria in his wonderful Lord of the Rings series. Moria was a Dwarven underground city beneath the Misty Mountains. It's also said the Bell Inn pub – just 5 miles away in Moreton-in-Marsh – is thought to be the inspiration to the Prancing Pony pub which also appears in the book. The Church of St Edward has parts that are over 1,000 years old and is made from ashlar Cotswold stone. This Norman church stands on the site of an ancient original Saxon church, believed to have been made of wood. What a place to visit! Not only do you have the classic Cotswold cottage homes to enjoy, an ancient church with thousands of years of history but close by is the The Chedworth Roman Villa - a Roman villa located at Chedworth, Gloucestershire. It is one of the largest Roman villas in Britain and was built circa 120AD. We do love all this history wrapped up in tradition, mythology and beauty. “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings.
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Comment where you are in the world to win British Christmas stocking stuffers! 🎄🎅🏻The deadline to post around the world is this week and I'm feeling all wonderfully Christmassy even though the sun is out and unlike this time last year, no snow! So shall we head to the Cotswolds and enjoy a festive cottage shot instead? I'm (@timholt) heading off to the local garden centre today to run wildly under the snow machine....
Now...Keeping in the theme of the season - have you ever pulled an English Cracker? It's a cardboard tube wrapped in colourful paper, filled with a small gift and a bad joke...and it "cracks" when two people pull on it. Plus you also get a paper crown to wear which is an essential part of the day. Even the royals put them on. Although Meghan Markle will no doubt have lots of lovely real crowns to try on this year the lucky sausage. When I lived in America I was able to find this traditional British item in World Market if you are wanting to give it a go. Now the original mastermind behind the Christmas cracker was a London sweetshop owner called Tom Smith. In 1847, after spotting French bonbons wrapped in paper with a twist at each end, he started selling similar sweets with a "love motto" inside. They were so popular as a Christmas novelty that Tom made them bigger and included a trinket. But the real flash of inspiration came when he poked the fire and a log exploded with a sharp CRACK! That gave him the idea for a package that went off with a bang. He launched his "Bangs of Expectation" with top-of-the range gifts such as jewellery, ivory carvings, perfume and miniature dolls. By 1900 he was selling 13 million a year!
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