Country Queries

Tips and best advice on matters of the countryside and country and field sports: gun dogs, game recipes, etiquette, shooting, hunting, fishing, food and legal and more

Bee on Lavender

How to move bees

Last summer a colony of bees took up residence in my attic. I have no wish to harm the squatters, but would like them to change address. They are dormant…

Country Queries

How to banish unwanted ladybirds

Help! We are inundated with ladybirds. For the past few months we have been plagued with swarms of the insects of all different colours. We have had to keep all…

Country Queries

How to get rid of the smell of moth balls

I have some lovely old furniture but it smells of moth balls and I am unable to store clothes in it. Do you have any tips to rejuvenate the wood…

Country Queries

Fireworks – what are your rights?

I live in a remote spot and my only neighbours are a charming but feisty family who have taken to celebrating everything with fireworks: New Year, their birthdays or just…

Alamy ONE USE

How to restore and reprint old photographs

I have an old photograph album containing some charming family hunting and shooting photographs depicting a number of days out with several packs and among the coverts. It has been…

Alamy ONE USE

How to restore a club fender

The seat of our club fender has been well used over the years by children, party guests and guns reliving the day's shooting. All in all, it's looking rather tired…

Tree seat

Where to find a good tree seat

We have a large tree in our field that is being slightly damaged by the assortment of livestock that uses it and the ground underneath is no longer suitable for…

Alamy ONE USE

How to restore a gilt frame

I recently bought some gilt frames from an auction house. The gilding on the frames needs repairing and I wondered if you knew of anyone who could restore the gilding…

ONE USE bookplate

How to remove a bookplate

I have acquired a book with a foolscap-size bookplate pasted on the inside of the cover saying "From the library of..." How can I remove the bookplate safely? JB Morvern,…