Country Life 4 October 2023

Country Life 4 October 2023 visits Great Dixter, looks at the art of autumn and takes a look at the Highland cow.

On gossamer threads

John Lewis-Stempel revels in the silvery spectacle of ethereal mist as it coats the countryside, moving in its mysterious ways

Native breeds

Kate Green admires that tousled talisman of Scotland, the hardy and biddable Highland cow

Season of mists and mellow artfulness

Autumn’s beauty is a source of inspiration for artists from van Gogh and Monet to David Hockney, finds Michael Prodger

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Melanie Johnson on apples


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