Limited Edition
February 2013
No. 217
- A shepherd’s tale
- Deco-rating in the thirties
- Out of the shadows
- Grand designs
- The language of pot making
- Signs of spring
- Secrets of the White Horse
- Mumms the word
- The food of love
- ‘How a curry should be’
- Social climbers
- Tales from the riverbank
- Cromwell’s Oxford
- Take a letter . . .
- Better by design
- Style trends for the home
- Lifting the gloom
- Where the living is easy
- A fine romance
- ‘A wise minister knows his own children’
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A fine romance - in People
A fine romance The English rose is legendary — and never more beautifully captured than in a book with Oxfordshire connections. Spirit of the Rose is the kind of book that keeps you turning the pages and gasping in admiration at the most stunning images created by photographer David Lloyd and styled by art graduate Annie Beagent, from Witney.

Denise Barkley meets the creative duo behind a spectacular celebration of the rose.

Deco-rating in the thirties - in Antiques
Deco-rating in the thirties The style that dominated architecture and interior design in the 1930s was Art Deco. It is claimed that Art Deco began in Paris in 1925. The French are often better than us at displaying their love of art and chic lifestyle. The Exposition International des Art Decoratifs at Industriel Modernes was no exception. The style it celebrated spread around the world from New York to Shanghai and from London to Mumbai (Bombay).

Sylvia Vetta explores Art Deco style and introduces the ‘pottery ladies’, who symbolised this fabulous era in design.

The language of pot making - in Arts
The language of pot making Pottery in all its diverse forms plays quite a large role in our lives. From archeological digs to our morning cup of whatever, it is there, providing a quiet link back to our earliest ancestors.

Mary Zacaroli talks to artist Harriet Coleridge about her passion for pots and what has influenced her work over the years.

Signs of spring - in Country
Signs of spring February is often a dank month with plenty of water around in one form or another. Cold spells may bring sparkling hoar frosts when ice crystals form on branches, twigs and grasses that have been chilled to freezing temperatures overnight, producing a magical winter scene on a bright morning.

Changes are afoot in the Oxfordshire countryside, writes Jenny Steel.

The food of love - in Food
The food of love When the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, rose from the sea on an oyster shell and gave birth to Eros the winged cherub, later to be named Cupid, a myth that was to secure the oysters undisputed role as an aphrodisiac was born.

Helen Peacocke reveals the secrets of a perfectly romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day.

Social climbers - in Garden
Social climbers Ihave been living at Homefield (my Hook Norton garden) for about 17 years and I feel very lucky, because my third-of-an-acre garden basks in sun due to its

Val Bourne reflects on a favourite early flowering clematis which brings colour to her winter garden.

Tales from the riverbank - in History
Tales from the riverbank Fish: fish and fishing on the Thames

Claire Webster looks at just a few of the exhibitions opening in the county this month.

Style trends for the home - in Interiors
Style trends for the home Design gurus are predicting there will be a return to some sleek, sassy sophistication in our homes this year. They are suggesting that shabby chic and painted floorboards will be out, along with chandeliers, white painted furniture and large floral patterns.

Sarah Edwards talks to interior designer Jill Trelogen about this year’s new trends for the home.

Where the living is easy - in People
Where the living is easy Iexperienced a strange phenomenon on a weekend break we took a couple of weeks ago. The weather, in

Denise Barkley is pampered to perfection at Summer Lodge in the heart of Dorset.

‘A wise minister knows his own children’ - in Wordplay
‘A wise minister knows his own children’ Last month I suggested a game that you can play with proverbs, but there are several other ways of playing with proverbs. In a letter written on December 27, 1910, the poet Wilfred Owen said:

Tony Augarde suggests some entertaining ways to have fun with proverbs .


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