Hobbies

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Country diary: ’Tis the season to spot the bramblings
Marshwood Vale, Dorset: These winter visitors from Scandinavia are as plump and round as knitted Christmas tree decorations

Sara Hudston

02, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: The unenviable life of the noon fly
Wolsingham, Weardale: These important and rather beautiful insects are dependent to a large degree on the defecating cow

Phil Gates

01, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Crossword roundup: exactly how much is a smidgen?
We find usefully vague terms unhelpfully defined in our pick of the best of the broadsheets’ cryptic clues

Alan Connor

29, Nov, 2021 @2:42 PM

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Country diary: I think it’s an earthquake – but it’s not coming from below
Slingsby Bank, North Yorkshire: Some walks you enjoy and forget. Some walks stay with you forever

Amy-Jane Beer

27, Nov, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Crossword blog: checking in with … Tramp: ‘I’m never satisfied’
He’s been setting Guardian crosswords for 10 years, so it’s time to catch up with Neil Walker, AKA Tramp

Alan Connor

22, Nov, 2021 @12:01 PM

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Rhik Samadder tries… flower arranging: ‘I’m expanding the art form – and it looks rubbish’
You need to be in the right frame of mind for floristry – but I can’t stop channelling Match of the Day

Rhik Samadder

22, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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We claim to be a land of hobbyists. But really we’re going quietly mad | Alex Clark
A new study of western nations paints Britons as unusually interested in escaping from everyday life

Alex Clark

21, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Crossword roundup: can you have too many hammocks?
We try to take it easy in our pick of the best of the broadsheets’ cryptic clues

Alan Connor

15, Nov, 2021 @11:54 AM

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Rhik Samadder tries … ghost hunting: ‘There are faint children running around in smocks’
I’m exploring a Victorian mansion after dark, with the help of a torch, a Ouija board and a ‘spirit box’. Is there anyone here but the living?

Rhik Samadder

15, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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How to grow irises | Alys Fowler
Plant now for indoor flowering and enjoy delicate blooms and a gentle scent during chilly January

Alys Fowler

13, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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10 ways to jazz up your garden this autumn… and 10 gardens to visit
How to bring seasonal colours, scents and fruit to your garden – and where to head for fabulous winter days out

Jack Wallington

13, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Country diary: This moonlight reflects nature’s glory
Sandy, Bedfordshire: We have lost our connection with the moon’s illuminating presence so, in a candle-snuffing breeze, I head out into the fields

Derek Niemann

10, Nov, 2021 @5:30 AM

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