Happy fes­tive sea­son!

Country Smallholding - - Contents - JULIE HARD­ING

I HAVE to con­fess that Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions aren’t re­ally my thing. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like them to be — I adore mak­ing things from nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and was par­tic­u­larly proud of a wreath I con­cocted a cou­ple of years ago. A fam­ily, nu­mer­ous an­i­mals and a heavy work­load all mean that time is too short for picking holly and such like with which to fes­toon my home. I there­fore to­tally ad­mire the small­hold­ers who in­dulge in cre­ative crafts at this time of the year and turn their homes into fes­tive feasts for the eyes. A hand­ful have opened their doors to Coun­try Small­hold­ing to show off their in­cred­i­ble cre­ations. Be in­spired (page 10).

Christ­mas is def­i­nitely a time for giv­ing and we are de­lighted to be able to of­fer our big­gest ever col­lec­tion of gifts avail­able to win. Why not en­ter (page 20) to see if you could be the lucky re­cip­i­ent of hardy footwear, a Co­bra Mini Tiller, a Blink XT Cam­era sys­tem, an Om­let Autodoor, VetSpec dog food and much, much more.

As a life­long horse-mad girl, I have to say that al­though my own equines seem ter­ri­fied of their four-legged cousins with the big ears, I am to­tally smit­ten when it comes to don­keys. There­fore imag­ine my de­light at run­ning an ar­ti­cle en­tirely de­voted to the crea­tures (page 32) which have such a strong link to the Christ­mas story.

My own Christ­mas will be spent with fam­ily af­ter —weather per­mit­ting — a fes­tive horse ride. What­ever you may be do­ing — en­joy!

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