Cover of Country Life August 15 2018

Country Life August 15 2018 goes snail racing, plants a garden to get maximum colour and takes a look at the best things that America has to offer.

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ARCHITECTURE: A eastern-inspired house in the Catskill Mountains goes under the microscope.

SNAIL RACING: James Fisher investigates whether this country eccentricity really is as exhilarating as it sounds.

PROPERTY: Two superb country houses with links to Tennyson and Milton. Penny Churchill explains.

FAVOURITE PAINTING: Sir Tim Rice chooses a classic Holbein portrait.

LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE: The sheep shearer.

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ICE CREAM: The secret history of everyone’s favourite dessert.

GARDENS: A Somerset delight by a Dutch master.

EXPLORERS: It’s 250 years since Captain Cook set out – we look at his achievements, plus those of Lewis and Clark, Darwin and more.

RECIPES: Sticky toffee cake with plum and ginger. Your thanks will go to Melanie Johnson.

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