Royal visit…

Countryfile Magazine - - Editor’s Letter - Fer­gus Collins, edi­tor@coun­try­

We wel­come HRH The Prince of Wales to our pages this month as he writes about his love for the High­land Games. A new cen­tre cel­e­brat­ing these tra­di­tional sports is open­ing in Brae­mar and Prince Charles is a keen sup­porter. Read about his per­sonal pas­sion for these stir­ring pur­suits on page 61.

The drama and pageantry of the Games cer­tainly raises the hairs on the back of the neck but there are places that do this to us, too. On page 46 we ask why some lo­ca­tions have ‘at­mos­pheres’ that af­fect us on a deep, al­most in­ex­pli­ca­ble level. The an­cient Celts called these ‘thin places’ – where our world is closer to the su­per­nat­u­ral. He­len Moat heads to the Peak Dis­trict to ex­plore its most haunt­ing places.

Artists have to be sen­si­tive to the mood of a lo­ca­tion to cap­ture its essence in their works. On page 77 you get to walk into the real land­scapes that in­spired some of our most mem­o­rable land­scape painters.

Nat­u­rally, when you’re out walk­ing this Septem­ber, you might be tempted to plun­der the hedges for black­ber­ries and other au­tum­nal fruits. So read Adele Nozedar’s com­pletely fresh ideas for for­aged del­i­ca­cies on page 62. And if you’re plagued by wasps when you’re out, heed Seirian Sum­ner’s well ar­gued plea to learn to love the yel­low­jacket, page 36.

The High­land Games have helped cel­e­brate and sus­tain Scot­tish cul­ture for a mil­len­nia, see page 56

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