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Valu­able les­son

My Christ­mas present each year is a sub­scrip­tion to Land­Scape magazine, and I love the pace, the ar­ti­cles and craft sec­tions. Here is a craft project us­ing old house­hold items, card, twigs and pine cones. It is an au­dio, sensory, il­lu­mi­nated dis­play for young chil­dren, en­cour­ag­ing them to lis­ten, touch and watch. I work as an artist-in­res­i­dence in schools and have ob­served how chil­dren, ever pre­oc­cu­pied with tech­nol­ogy, are at risk of los­ing the ba­sic fun­da­men­tals of child­hood: pud­dle jump­ing, get­ting muddy, paint­ing, sculpt­ing and mak­ing a mess. Land­Scape en­cour­ages the reader to en­joy ‘Life at na­ture’s pace’, and if only this could be ex­tended to our chil­dren be­cause real life should be cel­e­brated. Deb­o­rah Ful­ford, by email

Keep­ing up with the sea­sons

My wife and I have sub­scribed to Land­Scape for more than a year now, and we de­light in its var­ied con­tent, breath­tak­ing images and su­perb writ­ing. I have to smile ev­ery time the lat­est is­sue drops through the let­ter­box and I see the tag line, ‘Life at na­ture’s pace’, be­cause it al­ways ar­rives at least four weeks be­fore the month to which it refers. It takes me all my willpower to put it to one side un­til na­ture has caught up with the pub­lish­ing and postal dead­lines. I do not mind; it means there is even more to look for­ward to. Stu­art Ot­ley, Northum­ber­land

From gar­den to the draw­ing board

I loved the Molesworth­s’ top­i­ary gar­den ar­ti­cle in the De­cem­ber 2018 is­sue. The beau­ti­ful pho­tos in­spired me to do this pen and ink draw­ing. Land­Scape is par­tic­u­larly good at pro­vid­ing in-depth ar­ti­cles, rather than a few para­graphs. It cred­its the reader with hav­ing more than the at­ten­tion span of a gnat. Sue Col­clough-Evans, Kent

Knit­ting a new tra­di­tion

I de­cided to set my­self a chal­lenge to knit the tiny hats Ad­vent cal­en­dar from the Novem­ber 2018 is­sue, for Ge­orge, my 17-month-old grand­son. I had not done any knit­ting for a long time, so this project was a great place to start. We are de­lighted with the re­sult. The gar­land is in pride of place and will be brought out ev­ery Ad­vent. Ge­orge so en­joys watching them on the man­tel­piece and loves ring­ing the bells. Thank you so much for the idea: we now have the start of a lovely tra­di­tion for Ge­orge. An­gela Gray, by email

First steps to a new skill

This paint­ing was in­spired by the fan­tas­tic book ex­tract in the Novem­ber 2018 is­sue. I fol­lowed the in­struc­tions and am re­ally pleased with the re­sult. I had a fun af­ter­noon do­ing it. Yvonne Robin­son, Lan­cashire

Fes­tive faces for the tree

Where would I be with­out Land­Scape magazine? My friend made the Christ­mas tree for me from the De­cem­ber 2018 is­sue, and, en­cour­aged by my grand­chil­dren, I made Santa and his lit­tle helpers as peg dolls. Please keep ‘in­spir­ing’. Jenny Hol­brook, Isle of Wight

Win­dow into the best of Bri­tain

I am 74 years old and, ever since my teens, I have been fas­ci­nated with the UK. Sit­u­a­tions have pre­vented me from vis­it­ing in per­son, so the next best thing is to visit through tele­vi­sion and mag­a­zines. Land­Scape gives me so much en­joy­ment and pro­vides a close-up of not only the lovely scenery and ar­chi­tec­ture, but the peo­ple, wildlife, plants and recipes. Thank you for such an au­then­tic, hon­est ex­pe­ri­ence. Diana Drew, Wis­con­sin

Plants pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion

I am a fan of Land­Scape magazine, which fits in so well with my life­style and in­ter­ests. I am an artist spe­cial­is­ing in land­scape and botan­i­cal work, and teach both. The sea­sonal coun­try­side and gar­den images are per­fect for in­spir­ing my land­scape stu­dents, and the fea­tures on sin­gle species help in our choice of botan­i­cal sub­jects. I have been a print­maker for many years and love read­ing about other crafts­peo­ple and how they work. I am an en­thu­si­as­tic cook, so I try out the sea­sonal recipes and stash them all away. Very lit­tle of Land­Scape ends up in the re­cy­cling bin. When it lands on the mat, I look for­ward to all the good things in store for the next month. He­len Han­son, by email

A tree of glow­ing green

I re­ally en­joyed the ar­ti­cle on mak­ing trees of light in the De­cem­ber 2018 is­sue. I had some deck­ing of­f­cuts, so I joined lengths to­gether to make the trees and de­cided to colour them. I am 82 years old and a re­tired clip­pie, but love read­ing Land­Scape magazine each month. John Padding­ton, Hamp­shire

Na­ture’s au­tumn jewels

In­spired by your love of na­ture, this is my take on au­tumn, with a few trea­sures col­lected on a walk around my gar­den. I love the new monthly for­mat. Dolores Crit­ten­den, by email

Ticket to read­ing plea­sure

I have sub­scribed to Land­Scape since it started. I found a leaflet in York Li­brary ad­ver­tis­ing the first is­sue and was de­lighted from the be­gin­ning. The longer ar­ti­cles have more sub­stance than many other mag­a­zines, and the va­ri­ety is su­perb. I love the craft ideas, es­pe­cially chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, as I am a re­tired pri­mary school teacher. Va­lerie Gilbert, by email

STAR LET­TER PRIZE

This is­sue’s star let­ter writer will re­ceive a bun­dle of kitchen fabric es­sen­tials from Bri­tish home­wares de­signer So­phie All­port. The lucky win­ner will be sent an apron, dou­ble oven glove and tea towel from So­phie’s new floral Peony col­lec­tion, worth £48.50. For more in­for­ma­tion or to view the full col­lec­tion, visit www.so­phieall­port.com or phone 01778 560256.

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