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Country Life 29 November 2023 is our advent calendar special issue, featuring seasonal wine, medieval homes and our annual Christmas gift guide.
Here’s a look at some of what you’ll find inside.
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Country Life’s section editors reveal their festive fancies
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The Nature writer selects a work in praise of the Southdown sheep
Glory of the garden
Tiffany Daneff marvels at floral creations from Rachel Siegfried
Hitting the sweet spot
How did marzipan take Britain by storm, asks Matthew Dennison
Raise your glass
Mary Miers on fears for the craft of stained-glass window making
Mastered in every detail
Jeremy Musson explores the houses of Henry James novels
Kate Green on Aylesbury ducks
Joanna Lumley’s luxury picks and Hetty Lintell’s latest finds
Going full tilt
Rob Crossan takes a tour of Britain’s most crooked buildings
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Melanie Johnson on kalettes
The scents that came in from the cold
Lia Leendertz goes in search of sweet-smelling winter plants
The stuff of salvation
There’s much more to sage than turkey stuffing, finds Ian Morton
I’m berry fond of you
Lia Leendertz hails holly, a winter wonder and symbol of eternal life
The pen commandments
Harry Pearson chronicles the history of the calligrapher’s art
Doing a sterling job
It’s time to dust off the family silver, says Christopher Wilson
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And much more.