Captain Amy Cooper of the King's Troop r

At two years old I remember being sat on a little grey pony named Smokey. It was a far cry from the King’s Troop. I haven’t wanted to get off…

Meynell studied the breeding of hounds like a science

Dig into the history of hunting and one of the names most commonly unearthed is that of Hugo Meynell, widely regarded as the father of modern foxhunting. Deciphering the tale…

There is something so intensely moving about remote churches and other places of worship. Perched on the top of a cliff, nestled into some isolated hillside or buffeted by sea…

Cartoon of a man on top of a small lawn tractor that seems out of control

There comes a moment in many a life when a person finally says “Enough.” My mowing ‘enough’ moment came last summer, prompted by our loyal, 20-year-old Westwood sit-on lawn tractor.…

The River Tweed

In October 1938, shortly after declaring that there would be “peace for our time”, Neville Chamberlain repaired to the River Tweed for some fishing; much-needed respite following the travails of…

A muntjac at home in a garden

While out in the countryside, I am sure that an ever-increasing number of you have heard that little rustling noise and then spotted a small, tan-coloured figure with a white,…

Franchi Esprit side-by-side

This month we look at a Franchi Esprit side-by-side 20-bore from GMK. It has a single selective trigger, multi-chokes and weighs just 5lb 12oz. Our test gun has 28in steel-shot-friendly,…

Rudyard Kipling pictured with his wife Carrie, also a motoring enthusiast, travelling by car to Buckingham Palace in 1925

He was a prolific writer, the first Briton to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, who nonetheless declined the appointment as Poet Laureate and turned down a knighthood. Rudyard…