Country Facts: A Town Mouse
The countryside has long been a source of fascination to writers, artists and other
How do you manage?
they demand, unable to comprehend how you canexist without a multiplex/Primark/Currys etc. If it
s not a
of the kinddepicted by Wordsworth or Laurie Lee, it
s the seemingly sweet cover for skulduggery,as in the tremendously popular
series. That small area is so crimeridden, it
s a wonder it wasn
t razed to the ground long ago.As somebody who
s lived in both- in the back of beyond as well as the city- I find it oddbut endearing. So in honour of these people who can
t cope without their daily latte, Igive you ... Country Facts!
Despite the majority of Brits living within towns, there are a disproportionatenumber of books, TV series and films set within grand country houses. Think of Downton Abbey, the current flagship of this trend;
Brideshead Revisited, TheRemains of the Day
are all critically acclaimed novels later turnedinto big movies, the house playing a prominent role. They
re fantastic settings forthrillers and ghost stories- who can forget Manderley from
or the ghost infested Bly from
The Turn of the Screw
re intending to live in the countryside full time or just pay a visit,make sure you observe the Countryside Code. This series of rules andregulations, beginning in the 1950s as the Country Code, offers common senseadvice about things as miscellaneous as tidying away your litter and keepingyour dogs under control. Second nature, you might think- but not to everybody.
often regard farming as a one size fits all activity. In actual fact thereare numerous types of farming across the UK, dependent on factors such as soiltype, weather and flatness/steepness of the land. The chief kinds are arable(growing crops and cereals), pastoral (breeding and rearing livestock),horticulture (flowers, fruits and vegetables) and viticulture (grapes).
Sheepdog trials, where dogs competitively herd sheep around a course, havebeen running throughout the world for decades. The very first sheep dog trialswere held in Wanaka, New Zealand in 1867.
If anybody is regarded as a countryside laureate, it
d have to be James Herriot,whose tales of the life and times of a country vet captivated millions of readers.The series was a phenomenon: not only has the original practice featured in thestories been turned into a museum, and the books televised, but a diesel train