156th Mendip Ploughing Match

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The 156th Mendip Ploughing Match was held on Yeo Valley’s Priddy Hill Farm earlier this month. A celebration of the local community, the soil, and of the heritage of the countryside, the Match also forms a stage in the progress of the Mendip champion to the National Ploughing Championships.

Want, knead, love: Real, down-to-earth bread baking

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There’s something about bread that is so fundamental, so magical, so right. Our passionate baker boy, Alex Gooch, is here to pass on his bread baking knowhow.

Go meteor-spotting this month


Head outside and enjoy the show! Find out how to spot meteors with our guide.

Wool Week: Join The Wool Ride

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Join fellow yarn-fans this weekend for the capital’s Wool Ride in celebration of Wool Week.

Plants for free: How to collect seeds

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The flowering season may be coming to an end but there is still abundance in the garden. This is the time to collect seeds, propagate and divide.

Recipe: Vibrant autumn coleslaw

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No need to wait till next summer with this vibrant autumn salad from The Natural Cook by Tom Hunt.

Wicca quiz: Which witch are you?


The witches we tend to think of are the stuff of cliche. As followers of wicca continue to grow, we ask ‘which witch are you?’ in this fun quiz.

Competition: Win! A sofa from Graham & Green worth £1,600

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This month’s prize winner gets to curl up on a two-seater sofa, in their choice of fabric, from Graham & Green, the interiors specialists.

Food from afar: Bento box


The art of Japanese nibbles beautifully packed into a box – it’s Bento!

Food on the face: natural skincare recipes


Our gardens and fridges provide skincare that’s healthier, cheaper and more natural than anything we could buy. Try these natural skincare recipes.