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Country Life September 14 2016 uncovers Decorex – insider tips; men and their model trains; the Great Fire relived; and hares under a harvest moon. Find out more:

ARCHITECTURE: Norton Conyers in North Yorkshire, the house that inspired Jane Eyre, has undergone an exemplary 30-year restoration. John Goodall reports

GARDENS: Richness of texture and colour are embroidered into the Co Wicklow garden of celebrated plantswoman June Blake, finds Non Morris

MODEL TRAINS: Far from running out of steam, model railways are going from strength to strength, finds Pippa Cuckson. Just don’t call them toys or train sets

THE MIGHTY OAK: Mark Griffiths marvels at the majesty and longevity of our stately oak trees, which have brought Britain safety, prosperity and power

DESIGN: Few dispute London’s crown as the design capital of the world, as two of its major shows illustrate its unparalleled creative energy this month. Rachel Ogden selects the highlights from Decorex and Focus

BOXING HARES: A warm September day sees John Lewis-Stempel take a trip to the seaside and ends with him thanking his lucky stars for the sight of hares boxing in the light of the moon

COOKING: You may never have made a crumble pie before, but thanks to Melanie Johnson, you’ll want to now

LONDON’S BURNING: Michael Murray-Fennell gets close to the flames at a show celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire

PROPERTY: Penny Churchill discovers some of Yorkshire’s gems and Harrogate has a lot to offer, says Arabella Youens

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