Prune a fruit tree

Knowing how to prune a fruit tree is useful, although many gardeners find the task too daunting to take on themselves. However it is not as complicated or difficult as it seems and with a sharp pair of secateurs, a good pruning saw and strong ladder, you can have a…

Rehoming an older gundog

Rehoming an older gundog rather than aquiring a puppy is a great option if your shooting companion passes away or cannot manage another season in the field. There are always dogs in need of homes, and good gundogs may lose their master or have a owner who can no longer…

Resize top hats

How to resize top hats is handy knowledge if you’re fortunate enough to have inherited one. No need to squeeze your head into one or risk the embarrassment of it taking flight in an unexpected gust of wind, now you can make your silk topper the perfect fit. Royal Ascot…

Cure colds with liquorice

Knowing how to cure colds with liquorice is useful for the winter months when we all find ourselves reaching for the handkerchiefs. Liquorice syrup works wonders at easing a tickly throat, but it will also come in useful at the annual Christmas get-together. Find out how to use it in…

Elderberry vodka

Elderberry vodka is simple to make and will last for months if you can resist it. Elderberries are not grown commercially, so the only way to get them is to gather the family and pick them yourselves. Just like sloe gin, elderberries can be used to make a liquer and…

Scale a fish

Knowing how to scale a fish is a skill all fishermen need. Rather than leave it to someone else, learn how to scale and gut a fish so that it can be hooked, caught and eaten all in the same day. If you need some inspiration for what to put…

Copy a painting

Knowing how to copy a painting is important if you have a family heirloom that you want to share. To ensure that every member of the family can fully enjoy the painting, having high quality copies is the only answer. Richardson Paintings can provide this very solution. If you are…

How to prune wisteria.

Knowing how to prune wisteria wisely is key to keeping the outside of your house attractively covered. Let it go and you may start to resemble an overgrown secret garden. Wisteria is an ornamental plant and climbs gracefully when taken care of. If left to ramble and tumble into the…

How to find the correct deerstalking hat.

The correct deerstalking hat is a crucial accessory for any stalker. Spot a hunter stood against the edge of a misty woodline and it is apparent that the correct deerstalking hat is the best way to camouflage, and keep warm. A smart and well-tailored piece of kit might look the…

How to judge pectin levels in fruit.

Knowing how to judge pectin levels in fruit is crucial when it comes to perfecting your jam. Not only do different fruits have different amounts of pectin, these levels can vary according to the season or ripeness of the fruit. There are two sides to jam making. One side is…