May262011

Air Show

photographicattempts:

My husband’s boss invited us to go to an Air Show a few weeks ago, and of course I wanted to go, just to take pictures :D

She was still holding on, upside down!

The Thunderbirds!

Pretty cool, huh?

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youlikeairplanestoo:

Ah the Lockheed F-104 Star Fighter. Not the prettiest, not the most agile, but boy was she fast. Mach 2+ … Photo by Jeff Kraus. Full version here.

youlikeairplanestoo:

Ah the Lockheed F-104 Star Fighter. Not the prettiest, not the most agile, but boy was she fast. Mach 2+ … Photo by Jeff Kraus.
Full version here.

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A personal list of those things you must do at least once in a lifetime of flying

One year it’s books about angsty teenagers, another it’s novels about owning tractors in Albania or other Eastern European countries. About five years ago books on ‘Things you must see before you die’ were all the rage. Mrs G, who thinks about little else than going on holiday, has got a great stack of these books. Before her husband turns his toes up, we have to go to the Taj Mahal (been there already) Petra in Jordan (and there) and go and see those stone statues on Easter Island (not been there). As much as I dislike being told where to go, these books are rather inspiring. So as it is CAV-not-OK at the moment and I can’t go off on any flying adventures myself, I have put together a list of things you must do in aviation before you… er, become too creaky to climb into your aircraft or simply run out of money.

1. Fly in formation with a Spitfire

There’s a company in the South-East that’ll take you up in a JetRanger and fly you next to a Spitfire. The view must be fantastic but JetRangers are not cheap to fly, so I’d imagine this experience is a touch expensive. There’s a cheaper way: quite often in the summer I’ve been bimbling about in the sky and heard a call over the radio ‘Farnborough radar, G-XXXX is a Spitfire, EGXX to Shoreham, one POB, request basic service’. I tried to catch a Hurricane once, but the Luscombe’s 0-200 struggled against a Merlin. But I’ve also been in the circuit with a Peter Teichmann’s P-40 at White Waltham and I’m sure he wouldn’t have minded demonstrating his slow flying skills for me. And if you’ve got something brisk like an RV, then keeping up with a Spit whose owner is saving fuel is not too difficult, as flat-out an RV is not far short of a warbird in ‘economy mode’.

I was also once in the circuit with a Hunter, but you have to be a bit careful with those fellows as you’re liable to get your feathers singed.

2. Got to Europe with just a toothbrush and a credit card

I have never flown to Europe and returned on the day I intended to. The weather has always stuffed me up, either on the continent itself or back home. Every time in the summer, too. The answer is to pencil-in a two-week flying holiday in Europe. Last summer I toured the Continent on a BMW motorbike and apart from knowing that the ferry would dock in Calais, I had no idea where I was going to go: it would depend on the weather and the weather said ‘don’t bother with the Alps and Austria (which was my vague destination) but go for Northern Italy and the French Riviera,’ which is what I did — and never saw a drop of rain.

If your aircraft will swallow it, take a Brompton bicycle or an equivalent. A lap top or clever ‘phone is useful too so that you can look at France’s Meteo website and send emails to destination airfields and hotels. Oh, and do take a tent.

This lack of fixed plan or route is totally liberating and makes for enjoyable and safe flying as you never feel the pressure to make it to the next stopover because there is no end goal. I’d go on my own, or at least only with one aircraft — that way you have total freedom. A pal of mine used to do this years ago with his flexwing microlight. He really did travel with just plastic money and a toothbrush because he’s a big lad and didn’t have the margin in his MTOW for a dinner jacket or spare pairs of pants.

3. Go wing-walking

Easy to arrange this one, just telephone operations at Aerosuperbatics, the Breitling-sponsored display team. They’ll even fix for you to get married on the wings of a Stearman. This is another experience I’ve yet to try. I did once get as far as my safety briefing and had even been strapped to the wing on the ground, but thankfully the weather suddenly went wobbly on us and we couldn’t take off. The briefing from one of the wing-walking lasses was very pleasant but would have been better enjoyed if I hadn’t been shaking like the reed in a clarinet.

So why do it if it’s that scary? Because I think after looping the loop standing on top of a biplane nothing in flying would scare me again. I’d even be able to enjoy paragliding. And it’s an excuse to get very near to the Stearman’s marvellous great Pratt & Whitney radial engine.

4. Try a new type of flying machine

The eureka moment of 2010 was flying an autogyro. Announcing that you have signed up to be a human canonball in a circus would not create a greater concern from friends and fellow airmen than telling them that you’re about to have a go in one of these devices. They’re safer machines than they were in their early days and besides, any type of aircraft is dangerous with the wrong person holding the stick.

I loved the slow speed flight, the view, the calmness of a practice forced landing and the reassurance that one was permanently in autorotation.

If you really don’t trust autogyros then have a go in a helicopter. Minutes after I completed my skills test my examiner said ‘Now go and have a helicopter lesson.’ He didn’t mean me to take it up, but he rightly thought that I’d find the novelty of a totally different form of flight interesting. He was right, as an hour’s lesson in a R44 proved.

For 2011 I’m going to try a glider. I’ve been in them before, but not since I’ve been able to fly. I like the idea of properly learning energy management. I think it’ll make me a better pilot.

5. Build a bit of an aeroplane

I am not suggesting that you rush out and buy a set of plans for the Whipper MkIX Triplane and spend the next fifteen years fighting with pieces of spruce, aircraft ply, glue and fabric; but until you have spent a bit of time fiddling with the guts of an aeroplane you can’t fully appreciate these cleverly designed machines that take us into the skies.

Colleagues in the car world can’t believe how light aircraft are. My RV7, full of fuel with two passengers and their baggage will weigh less than a Lotus Elise and still do almost 200mph on 180bhp. It is amazing how wobbly the ribs and spars are until you rivet an aluminium skin to them, or how bendy stringers, longerons and bulkheads are before fabric and dope have shrunk around them. This familiarity with aircraft structures also creats a mechanical sympathy with the aircraft and encourages you to land the aircraft and not just drop it onto the ground.

But above everything else, there’s no greater pleasure than being in the workshop with a mate, a couple of mugs of tea, and a soon to be finished rudder. It beats watching the X Factor.

6. Enter an air race

Not Red Bull-type aerobatics/’pylon racing’ or flying super-tuned Mustangs at 450mph around the course at Reno. (The latter would be a serious buzz but I believe that these aircraft are a bit expensive to run.) No, I’m talking about the low-key air races that are organised by the Royal Aero Club’s Records Racing and Rallying association. The races are handicapped so that virtually any aircraft can take part. The course is usually about 25 miles long and consists of a several turning points with competitors having to complete around four laps.

Your aircraft has to be able to do 100mph in level flight, which means that most of us have got something — or access to something — that will qualify. The idea is that slowest machines, those with the greatest handicap, start first and those in quicker kit, like Bonanzas and Mooneys, start later. If the handicapping has been done properly then everone would cross the finishing line at the same time. That is, if everyone has perfect navigation skills, has read the winds correctly and has flown his or her aircraft accurately and in trim.

It strikes me that air racing is an excellent activity if you’re flying to a budget. You get to challenge yourself in the air, possibly win a trophy (and when it’s called The Kings Cup it’s worth winning), and spend the weekend in pleasant surroundings with a bunch of flying nuts, for not much more than the cost of lunch in Le Touquet.

7. Visit Oshkosh and buy something useless

There are lots of good reasons for visiting one of the world’s biggest fly-ins. I’ve not been to Oshkosh and that’s partly down to cowardice because I know that I’ll bankrupt myself walking around all the stalls and the aerojumble. The chances of me coming home without half a Mustang propeller or some other useless artefact are minute.

There are plenty of good reasons to visit Oshkosh, not least the opportunity to look and hundreds of different types of aircraft, many of which are one-offs. They have interesting talks, too, this year from Burt Rutan and Bob Hoover among others. Then there’s the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture museum that’s packed with amazing aircraft. To see the one-off Bugatti Type 100 air racer is almost worth the price of an air ticket.

8. Take someone for a romantic picnic in a vintage aircraft

In the early eighties I was at Lasham gliding club near Odiham, sat outside the clubhouse in the evening listening to the swish of gliders on finals, when a Tiger Moth arrived. Out stepped a very good looking couple in Irvine jackets carrying a wicker picnic basket. A blanket, plates of sandwiches and a couple of wine glasses were spread out and the couple lied back and joined me watching the gliders. About an hour later everything went back into the basket, the Gipsy Major was swung into life and the two aviators took off into the sunset. It was the most romantic thing I’d ever seen and the image of the girl’s blond hair waving in the propwash is with me still. An open cockpit aircraft would be ideal but a Cub or Auster would do. You could pre-arrange landing in a farmer’s field if you want real seclusion but I’d recommend an established strip. OakseyPark near Kemble is the sort of place that’s ideal. There’s an orchard, the place looks immaculate and it’s quiet.

9. Fly to America via Iceland

Not surprisingly I have not ticked this one off yet, and I’m not sure that I’ve got the balls to ever do so. I am, however, not short of inspiration. In 1999, one of my heroes (a hero for reasons apart from flying, too) Sir Torquil Norman, flew solo his Leopard Moth from the UK to Oshkosh. He knew the way because four years earlier he and his pal Henry Labouchere flew a De Havilland Dragonfly across the Atlantic. Sir Torquil’s account of the flight appeared in Pilot (left) and makes a gripping read. Especially the bit where he has a near miss with an iceberg. I’ve had a look inside the Leopard Moth and it’s pretty basic. No Garmin GNS530 on the panel, just a bloke in the chair with loads of experience, great skill and plenty of guts.

Perhaps it helped that Sir Torquil flew in the Fleet Air Arm and preferred flying over water due to the lack of mountains to hit and the flatness of the terrain. I don’t mind flying over water either, but I’m not sure about that much of it.

10. The fun of flying is about taking on new challenges and quite literally widening your horizons. My list of ten is only scratching the surface. You might, for example, like to try taking a seaplane lesson on LakeComo… I’m sure that you’ll be able to come up with some great alternatives.

For more superb flying articles fly on over to the Pilot Magazine Subscription page to order your copies today. Chocks away!

April202011

Top 10 British Islands

With 800 islands dotted around Britain’s coastline you could spend a lifetime exploring them. To get you started here are ten of the best, where ancient history, abundant wildlife and dramatic 360-degree views come as part of the package

Words by Matt Havercroft

1. Isle of Skye

Curving in an arch along the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Skye or ‘misty isle’ is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides, with a proud Gaelic heritage. At the centre of the island, the Cuillin Mountains have long been a favourite with walkers and climbers, while wildlife lovers come to admire the island’s sea eagles and red deer.Inhabited since prehistoric times, Skye is rich in history, with stone circles and castles dotted across the landscape. For an insight into the clans who once ruled the island, make time to pay a visit to the Clan Donald Visitor Centre in Armadale, where anyone with a Macdonald in their family tree can trace their ancestry at the genealogy centre. If you’ve got time for a wee dram, pop into the Talisker distillery to sample the celebrated single-malt whisky.

01478 612 137

www.skye.co.uk

2. Scilly Isles, Tresco

Lying 28 miles west of Land’s End and accessible by helicopter, plane and ferry, the Scilly Isles offer a different pace of life to the mainland, with white sand beaches, azure waters and a favourable climate. Of the 100 islands in the Scilly archipelago, only St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martins, St Agnes and Bryher are inhabited.While each island has its own charms, no trip to the Isles of Scilly is complete without a visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens, home to more than 5,000 sub-tropical and exotic plants brought to the island by Scillonian Master Mariners. The garden was laid on the site of a 10th-century Benedictine Abbey and includes the Valhalla maritime museum, where you will find carved figureheads and cannons rescued from local shipwrecks.

01720 422 536

www.simplyscilly.co.uk

3. Shetland Islands, Unst

If you’re serious about getting away from it all, few places offer the isolated splendour of Unst. Located at the extreme northern tip of the British Isles, in the heart of ancient Viking seaways, this was one of the first stops for Nordic marauders on their way to Britain and the island is rich in Viking remains, including the 30 longhouse sites that have been discovered to date. To celebrate this unique heritage, the Unst Viking Project was launched in 2006, with excavation work already underway at several longhouse sites. For the ultimate Viking experience, don’t miss the annual Up-Helly-Aa Viking Festival in February. Before you leave, a visit to the Hermaness Nature Reserve is also a must, with thousands of nesting puffins, gannets and the rare great skua (known locally as Skooies).

08701 999 440

www.unst.org

4. Holy Island, Lindisfarne

Any trip to Northumberland’s heritage coast should include a pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Only accessible at low tide via a causeway, the island is dominated by Lindisfarne Castle, an imposing 16th-century fortress that was built for Henry VIII. In 1901, architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to create the Edwardian country house you see today. Nearby are the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory. Originally founded by St Aidan in AD635, this abandoned monastery provided a base for the monks as they set about converting pagan England to Christianity. Wander around the atmospheric ruins and visit the Heritage Centre where you’ll discover the story of Holy Island’s monks who lived here until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s.

01289 389 004

www.lindisfarne.org.uk

5. Isle of Wight

With regular ferries from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington, the Isle of Wight is one of England’s most accessible islands, with around 2.6 million visitors every year. Major events on the island include The Isle of Wight Walking Festival in May and Cowes Week – a sailing regatta that has been running since 1826 – in August. But don’t let that put you off. At 23 miles wide and 13 miles long, the Isle of Wight is big enough for everyone and around half the island has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, popular with ramblers and cyclists. Over the years the island has attracted many famous visitors, including Charles Darwin and Karl Marx. Queen Victoria was so smitten she established a country retreat at Osborne House, where she lived until her death in 1901.

01983 813 813

www.islandbreaks.co.uk

6. Orkney, Mainland

Rising above the northern tip of Scotland and just a short ferry ride from the terminals at Scrabster, Gills Bay and John O’Groats, the Orkney Islands are an archipelago of 70 islands, pounded by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The largest of the islands is Mainland, famous for its Neolithic heartland. Highlights of this 5,500-year-old UNESCO?World Heritage Site include the Ring of Brodgar, with its 27 standing stones; the tomb of Maeshowe, a chambered cairn; and Skara Brae, a well-preserved Neolithic stone village that predates the Egyptian pyramids. As one the last outposts of the Scandinavian dynasty to fall to the Scottish, the Orkneys are also rich in Viking relics, including St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. Built by Earl Rognavald in 1137, it continues to be used today.

01856 872 856

www.visitorkney.com

7. Lundy Island

Three miles long and half a mile wide, Lundy is a small granite outcrop 11 miles west of the North Devon coast. Home to just 19 islanders, Lundy offers the perfect escape from modern life with no cars or street lights, and only a shop, a Victorian church, a 13th-century castle and a pub to distract you from the island’s rugged charms. In 1986 Lundy was designated England’s first Marine Conservation Area, sealing its reputation as a haven for nature lovers, who come to spot the puffins, seals and basking sharks that patrol its shores. This year marks the 40th anniversary of opening Lundy Island to the public by the National Trust, providing the perfect excuse to spend £30 (£15 for children) on a day trip from the ferry ports at Bideford or Ilfracombe.

01271 863 636

www.lundyisland.co.uk

8. Bardsey Island

Just a short boat ride west of the Lln Peninsula in North Wales, the tiny island of Bardsey has been a place of pilgrimage since the early years of Christianity. Although it is thought that the first monastery was built on the island by St Cadfan in the sixth century, the ruins you can see today are of the 13th-century Augustinian Abbey of St Mary’s, which was in use until 1537. In 1986 the island was declared a national nature reserve, recognised for its outstanding bird and marine life, with the possibility of glimpsing the cormorants, shags and curlews that nest here, as well as the Atlantic grey seals that bask on the island’s beaches. While day trips are limited to around 3 ½ hours, visitors who want to stay longer can choose from seven self-catering houses managed by the island’s trust.

0845 811 2233

www.bardsey.org

9. Isle of Man

Located in the heart of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is perhaps best known for its annual adrenaline-charged TT motorbike road race. However, when the crowds disappear, the island takes on a more languid charm, with lush glens, rolling hills and deserted beaches to explore. The island is also famous for its marine life, with opportunities to spot grey seals, bottlenose dolphins and minke whales and some of the best diving in Europe thanks to the numerous shipwrecks along its shores. For an insight into the Isle of Man’s history, take time to visit the Manx and House of Manannan museums, where you can find relics of the island’s Celtic, Viking and maritime heritage, as well as the story of the ancient Tynwald parliament, which still governs the island’s affairs.

01624 686 801

www.gov.im/tourism

10. Isle of Arran

Rising dramatically from the Firth of Clyde, between Ayrshire and Kintyre, the Isle of Arran is one of Scotland’s most southerly islands, linked to the mainland by daily ferries from Ardrossan. Often described as ‘Scotland in miniature’ the island has a diverse landscape for its size (19 miles long by 10 miles wide), with mountains and Lochs in the north, rolling hills and woods in the south and pretty villages peppered along its bays.
With a history steeped in myth and legend, the island has a number of ancient sites, including the Machrie Moor Standing Stones and St Molio’s Cave with its mysterious wall carvings in a rare Pictish script. Head east to see Brodick Castle, an imposing fortress with over 600 years of history and unforgettable views over Brodick Bay to Ayrshire.

0845 22 55 121

www.visitarran.com

To learn more about the British Isles why not consider a Heritage Magazine subscription today.

March152011

Reasons to Read a Photography Magazine

There are many different reasons why reading a photography magazine is going to make you a much better photographer, and it is also going to give you a lot of different ideas that you can use as well. There are a lot of different techniques that can be used and applied in the world of photography, and there may be many questions that you have that are answered somewhere throughout the different photography magazines that are available. If photography is one of your favourite hobbies and you are always trying to learn and do new things, then you are going to want to read about it as much as you possibly can.

There are going to be many different articles that you can read that are going to tell you about many different lighting techniques that you can use, and how to set up for indoor shoots and also outdoor shoots. Magazine articles can teach you how to diffuse light, and also how you can use the light to your advantage. They also may provide some interesting items and background that you have never considered using in your photography, along with many different pictures of images you can look at or copy.

Choosing equipment when you are starting out in photography, and also learning how to use it all can be very difficult for many people. A magazine is going to have a lot of the different product information that you are looking for, and also some reviews about what to use at your stage of expertise. You will be able to read about the different accessories that are available, and also what you can do with them and if you really need them or not. There may also be a question and answer section in the magazine, where you can read the questions that others just like you have, and they may also be the same questions that you have.

Looking at other photographers photos is a great way for you to get inspired, and also get ideas for the different work that you want to do. By being able to see what they did and also what type of equipment they used, you can take your photography to a whole new level. There are also many different coupons that come in photography magazines, so you can save money on the different prints that you need, and also on the different supplies that you have to buy. There are many different photography magazines for you to choose from, and you can also get more then one if you want to.

If you think that you work is good enough, you may also want to see if the magazine has a website that you can submit your own photography to. You may be looking at your own pictures in the next few months. Also there may be areas where you can contact the editors about specific pieces, or about other advice that you may need. Since most magazines are going to have a website, you may be able to flip through the magazine online, or use the other different resources that they have available on the site.

Flipping through photography magazines is something that every photographer should do, regardless to whether they are a beginner, or if they are more advanced. It is a great way for anyone to get some extra tips, read about the different quality of equipment that is out there, and also to get inspired.

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January202011

Winter wonderland gardens to visit

Tamsin Westhorpe, editor of The English Garden, discovers gardens that are very much alive with interest through the colder month.

Some would say that gardens sleep over the winter. This is true to an extent but if you’ve never experienced a garden planted for winter interest you’re missing one of the most breathtaking experiences. You’ll be swept away by the beauty of winter stems in red and silver, scent from flowers, jewel like berries and swathes of early flowering bulbs. Evergreens will lead you around the structure of the garden and offer a framework for frost to settle on.

You will find a walk around a garden or arboretum stimulating and uplifting. But, most of all you’ll discover great planting ideas for your own garden. Take a note book on your travels and write down plant names as you go and then make plans to plant in spring. One last thing, try and keep off frosted lawns when visiting as your footprints will leave black marks.

Teaching plants

If ever you thought that winter gardens offered little interest then a visit to Cambridge University Botanic Garden will prove otherwise. The flat site was landscaped to create a shallow valley and it is open to the south so that winter sun shows the plants to best affect. This garden is a gallery of trees, shrubs with winter stems, flowers and most notably scent from plants such as Mahonia japonica and Lonicera x purpusii . This winter garden offers interest from December right through to April demonstrating how much interest and drama can be created at this time of the year.

There are over 40 acres to enjoy – round off the day with a trip the café.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE Tel 01223 336265 www.botanic.cam.ac

Open daily at 10am-4pm from November to January and 5pm in February

Evergreen scene

If you’re a fan of Christmas trees then you’ll find the largest collection of conifers in the world at the outstanding Bedgebury National Pinetum which covers over 380 acres. You can choose to cycle, ride or walk through the 10,000 trees and shrubs making it the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy the season (dogs on leads are welcome). The Forestry Commission care for the National Pinetum that was started in the 1840’s by the Beresford family and they continue to plant new specimens of rare conifers. Trees are clearly labelled with Latin and common names and the date in which they were planted – it’s great fun to see if you can guess the age of a tree.

Bedgebury National Pinetum, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2SJ. Tel 01580 879820 www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

Open daily 8am-4pm in winter (closed on Christmas day)

Snowdrop time

There is something very comforting about looking at swathes of snowdrops – they are one of our national treasures and highlight of winter. The gardens at Colesbourne offer a specialist collection appropriate to those who want to learn more about the many different types of this dainty plant. The garden is home to 160 cultivars. This is not a garden to rush round but one to be savoured – see if you can spot the double versions or the larger specimens. At this time of year you can also enjoy the ever growing collection of hellebores. Enthusiasts may want to take part in the study days and guided tours. Not a garden where children can run free.

Colesbourne Gardens, Colesbourne, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 9NP Tel 01242 870264 www.colesbournegardens.org.uk

Open every Saturday and Sunday in February plus 5 and 6 March (check on their site for weather updates and flowering times).

Northern beauty

Harlow Carr is under the care of the Royal Horticultural Society and is to trial plants that are suitable for a northern climate. As a result, if you live in the area, this is just the place to head to find out what will grow in your garden. The site is 27.5 hectares and it is packed with planting ideas for all the seasons. The winter walk is a fairly new addition and offers colour and drama. When there, take a look at the new Learning Centre that is one of the greenest buildings in the country and will welcome many school children to this incredible garden.

Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB Tel 01423 565418 www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Harlow -Carr

Open daily 9.30-4pm (November to February) except Christmas day

Traditional winter

The impressive renaissance-style chateau is a very impressive centre piece to this National Trust run garden. This Victorian garden with fountains and sculptures has plenty of interest to offer winter visitors, including the new Winter Garden on the way to Tay Bridge. Throughout the garden you will enjoy hollies and shrubs with seasonal interest and the winter bedding is an impressive show. Those visiting in January or February will be met by swathes of snowdrops. Arrive before Christmas and children will enjoy the lights in trees and Reindeer Trial. Waddesdon, under the care of the National Trust offer a traditional family day out.

Waddesdon Manor, Nr Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH. Tel 01296 653211 www.waddesdon.org.uk

Open Wednesday to Sunday 10-5pm up until Christmas and from January to March 30th weekends only.

Family friendly

If you’re looking for something a little different to do this winter but still in a garden setting, then the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens have a lot to offer. There are workshops and events that must be pre booked that include New Year’s Day garden tours and garden and photography workshops. The gardens are managed by Hampshire Country Council and within the 180 acres there is plenty to discover. Winter sees the red stems of the cornus, interest from grasses and colourful bark from specimen trees. It’s a really family friendly place and children enter for free.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermys Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA Tel 01794 369318 http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hilliergardens

Open daily 10am-5pm.

Indoor places to visit

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey

Enjoy the world’s most famous garden whatever the weather. On a chilly day there is no better place to be than the glasshouses, or if you’re feeling adventurous head for the trees. The new Treetop Walkway offers amazing views.

Tel 020 8332 5655 or www.kew.org Open daily at 9.30am

The Eden Project, Cornwall

Rain or shine this is the most amazing place to visit. Experience the famous biomes and learn how plants are so vital to all our lives. This garden, belonging to an educational charity is perfect for every age group and a full day out.

Open all year round – for times Tel 01726 811 911 or visit www.edenproject.com

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

Now is the time to revisit Wisley. The new Glasshouses have had time to settle in and are home to world class collection of plants – they offer an amazing jungle experience. Whatever time of year you go you’ll leave with seasonal planting ideas for your own garden.

Open all year round. Tel 0845 260 9000 or visit www.rhs.org.uk

To keep up to date with more Gardening news and articles why grab yourself a English Home magazine subscription today!

January132011
Love this cat reading on the bed :)

Love this cat reading on the bed :)

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Professional Photographer Magazine - Not just for pros!

I am often asked why professional photographers need a magazine. My answer is simple, to be inspired, to keep informed about what is going on in their business, to make sure that they keep up to date with the every changing world of pro equipment and most importantly of all to feel part of an international photographic community. But Professional Photographer magazine is not only for professional photographers, it is also for anyone who’s careers involve working with professional photographers and anybody who is passionate about seeing and learning about the best photographers in the world past and present.

Photography Magazine

There is often a fear and misconception that photography magazines are for ‘geeks’ and ‘techies’. People obsessed with kit, facts and figures. Professional Photographer magazine dispels this myth by showing that photography informs every decision we make in our lives. Popular culture is driven by photography and if you want to make sure that you know what’s happening a subscription to Professional Photographer is the perfect place to start.

Every month it is informative, entertaining, and thought provoking. It is a magazine which breaks the mould of the traditional photography magazines and an essential purchase for any and every photographer. It’s as vital as a lens is to a camera body to help you see what’s going on.

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