Star Let­ter

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Hap­pi­ness in a hat

One hun­dred lit­tle hats later, I have sev­eral happy and ex­cited grand­chil­dren. I am not an avid knit­ter, but I thor­oughly en­joyed mak­ing th­ese, fea­tured in the Novem­ber 2018 is­sue. Ev­ery time I see them, they make me smile. Sally Hay­lock, by email

Stand­ing the test of time

My par­ents were mar­ried in 1918, and one of Mum’s favourite presents that year was Mrs Bee­ton’s cook­ery book. Over the years, we have tried many bought and home-made pud­ding recipes, but have in­vari­ably gone back to Mrs B. The book is now bat­tered and worn, with a plas­tic cover to keep the brown pages to­gether. How­ever, the pud­dings still taste lovely. Pat West­ley, Nor­folk

Cel­e­bra­tion of the sun

I love the mix­ture of craft, na­ture and sewing that Land­Scape of­fers: I read ev­ery sin­gle page. With last year’s hot sum­mer, I was able to pick a sun­flower go­ing to seed and make a heart ta­ble dec­o­ra­tion, in­spired by the ideas in the Septem­ber 2018 is­sue. I am busy tidy­ing up my sewing room in prepa­ra­tion for many more craft projects in the fu­ture. Jane Bassling, France

Cre­at­ing a sense of win­ter

I live in a small coun­try town in South East Queens­land, Aus­tralia, so when I saw the snowy scenes and Christ­mas greens in the De­cem­ber 2018 is­sue, it glad­dened my heart. We are in a drought here: our grass is brown and crisp, our gar­dens dy­ing, and sum­mer is in full swing. Here are a few craft pieces in­spired by past is­sues of Land­Scape, in­clud­ing a knit­ted owl, with feath­ers tucked un­der his wings; can­dles in pots with green­ery, and a bark-cov­ered tin which can be used for a vase. Thank you for bring­ing some de­light­ful craft and beau­ti­ful frosty gar­dens to re­fresh my eyes and soul in Aus­tralia. Lyn Wet­zig, by email

Galaxy of shin­ing stars

As an avid reader of Land­Scape mag­a­zine, I was so ex­cited to see your wire star cre­ations in the De­cem­ber 2018 is­sue. The ma­te­ri­als were quickly gath­ered, in­clud­ing a per­fect sil­ver birch log from my hus­band’s prized log pile. My daugh­ter, niece and two great-neph­ews were cor­dially in­vited to a day of mak­ing stars. We had so much fun. The younger helpers were given a sparkling pipe cleaner in­stead of wire so they could join in. The fin­ished stars were a cen­tre­piece for this year’s fire­place dec­o­ra­tions. I am look­ing for­ward to fu­ture craft ideas. Julie Char­ters, Stafford­shire

Mem­o­ries of a tricky climb

Your fea­ture on Lud’s Church in the Oc­to­ber 2018 is­sue took me back 50 years to my rock-climb­ing days and an ex­pe­di­tion I made with my climb­ing com­pan­ion, Keith. I was lead­ing an as­cent when I saw a walk­ing party on the path be­low. Two ladies stopped close to Keith, looked up at me, and said some­thing be­fore con­tin­u­ing on their way. I reached the top, and when Keith reached me, I asked what had passed be­tween them. He told me that one had said: “I hope he doesn’t fall on me.” I did not, but I do re­mem­ber that the top of the climb in­volved ne­go­ti­at­ing and try­ing, un­suc­cess­fully, to avoid a mouth­ful of sandy top­soil, which gave rise to the quip: “You can tell a rock clim­ber by the way he grits his teeth.” Thank you for an en­joy­able mag­a­zine; the pork chop, cab­bage and ap­ple recipe was de­li­cious. Mike Wood, by email

A flock of cosy com­pan­ions

I thought you would like to see my ‘knit­ted flock’, from the pat­tern in the March 2018 is­sue. I have re­ceived lots of com­pli­ments and am busy knit­ting more, which I will use as presents for fam­ily and friends, as well as a lo­cal char­ity event. The knit­ting pat­tern was very easy to fol­low. I look for­ward to fu­ture projects. Julie Haslam, Der­byshire

Ges­ture un­leashes cre­ative tal­ent

I of­ten help my 91-year-old neigh­bour, Wendy, by tak­ing her dog for a walk around the beau­ti­ful vil­lage of Kings­land in Here­ford­shire while ad­mir­ing the stun­ning coun­try­side and wildlife. Af­ter dis­cussing our pic­turesque vil­lage one day, Wendy showed me your mag­a­zine, which she has been sub­scrib­ing to for some time and which had ini­tially been given to her as a gift from her son. I am so grate­ful to Wendy for in­tro­duc­ing me to such a won­der­ful and in­spi­ra­tional mag­a­zine. I par­tic­u­larly en­joy the wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy and craft ideas. The April and May 2018 is­sues in­cluded ar­ti­cles about rabbits and red kites, which I of­ten see while walk­ing the dogs. This in­spired me to start a paint­ing class. I have painted a pic­ture of Wendy’s dog too. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to read­ing Land­Scape again this year and will con­tinue to be in­spired to de­velop my own cre­ativ­ity. Sue Pa­ton, by email

Less work, more en­joy­ment

I only have a small gar­den con­sist­ing of lawn, borders and a pa­tio, but I try to make it as colour­ful as pos­si­ble. I start early in the year, plant­ing tubs, pots and bas­kets, along­side weed­ing and feed­ing, scrub­bing the pa­tio and spray­ing ev­ery­thing for green­fly. I find it very time-con­sum­ing for a work­ing sin­gle mum of three. By sum­mer, my lit­tle cor­ner of the world looks stun­ning; full of vi­brant colours and fra­grant scents, but I do not of­ten have time to en­joy the fruits of my labour. This year, I am go­ing to re­duce the num­ber of con­tain­ers and in­vest in colour­ful plants that will come up year af­ter year. I love the in­spi­ra­tional gar­dens that Land­Scape fea­tures, so this year I am go­ing to re­ally en­joy our gar­den and not just work in it. Ilze Sku­jina, Ceredi­gion

Pro­tec­tion for the en­vi­ron­ment

I love re­ceiv­ing Land­Scape through the post and won­dered if it could be wrapped in a biodegrad­able plas­tic? It is such a lovely read each month. Ruth Wee­don, by email

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