Country Life December 6 2017

Country Life December 6 2017 champions magnificent rescue dogs, reveals the very finest mail-order food and explores the art of clock restoration. Find out more here:

INTERVIEW: The actor Nigel Havers talks 
to Jeremy Taylor about initially turning down Chariots of Fire, meeting Mick Jagger and his new poodle puppy

RESCUE DOGS: Whether you’re after a walking companion or a working dog, it could be waiting for you at Battersea, says Katy Birchall

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Emma Hughes searches out the finest mail-order food

GARDENS: Decorating Tudor Burton Agnes Hall in East Yorkshire is a family affair, finds Jacky Hobbs

LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE: Fan maker

COMMENT: Carla Carlisle wonders what to do with her silver mountain

MY FAVOURITE PAINTING: The children’s author Helen Oxenbury chooses 
a classic, seasonal Giles cartoon

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ARCHITECTURE: 
The magnificent 1760s theatre at Cesky Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic carries the visitor back to the Baroque world. John Goodall is captivated

CLOCK RESTORATION: Jonathon Savill meets the men who keep antique clocks ticking

TEDDY BEARS: The attachment between bear and child can last a lifetime. Katy Birchall visits the British company bringing teddies to life

NUTMEG: As the taste of Christmas, nutmeg may seem likely to end up on the nice list, but it has a wild side, says Emma Hughes

COOKING: Melanie Johnson makes the most of red cabbage

INTERIORS: Guy Goodfellow’s drawing room for entertaining, Nina Campbell’s party tips, plus tree baubles and Giles Kime on the next big thing in lighting

PERFORMING ARTS: Theatre critic Michael Billington considers an unusual take on Dickens’s Christmas classic and dark Elizabethan dealings

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