Balmy July brings with it lazy days to relish outdoors and an opportunity to enjoy the best the height of summer has to offer. Whether it is relaxing at the sea’s edge or enjoying ripe produce, the month is governed by its long hours of sunshine. In the latest issue of LandScape, be transported to a garden in harmony with nature, tucked away in the Norfolk countryside. Colour is everywhere in seasonal plants, from the vivid splashes of shrubby salvia flowers to the more subtle hues of soft scabious arrangements.
Cooling soups deep in flavour and sharply sweet blackcurrant treats make perfect dishes when the weather grows warmer, and the traditional pasty proves a filling picnic meal in itself, wrapped in a golden pastry parcel. Children can enjoy time in the garden painting pots for an ornamental lighthouse, and an easy to sew patterned pouch makes a practical and pretty storage bag for the home.
Thoughts turns to spending time on the water and the leisurely pastime of punting is explored, along rivers winding through distinguished university cities. The pristine sands and crystal sea defining a secluded Scottish coastline are waiting to be discovered, with a wealth of riches to be explored further inland.
Another seaside community provides a quiet haven in nostalgic chalets, unhurried by modern life, and an artist takes inspiration from trips to the shore for her melded glass paintings, which capture the azure intensity and movement of the waves.
Learn about the diversity of clouds making their own brushstrokes across the bright blue sky and how a family are ensuring a rare herd of goats thrive on the slopes of ancient Cumbrian parkland.
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