BASSET HOUNDS: Incorrigible, vocal and partial to unguarded food, basset hounds are as human as a dog can be, reveals devotee Flora Watkins.
TOY SOLDIERS: Lining up Wellington’s infantry or the ‘Arabs of the desert’ was once a childhood staple, but no longer, rues Charles Harris .
WINTER CITRUS: Citrus fruits, from familiar lemons to exotic calamondins, will light up winter, advises John Hoyland.
MY FAVOURITE PAINTING: David Bradley, actor, chooses Monet’s poppy-strewn meadow .
WALKING LIFE: Fiona Reynolds tackles the steep slopes of The Wrekin .
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SAUDI ARABIA: Saudia Arabia to the South Downs via Cornwall and Milan.
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