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Pastimes

Sounds, and sweet airs

Pastimes: THE great Highland bagpipe is an uncompromising musical instrument: when the pipes sound, they speak with authority

An aerial view

Pastimes: Being a radio amateur is a rather odd hobby, because it is all about communicating with others around the world, and yet much for much of it you are on your own. But amateur radio is also about Morse code; amateur television; computer-based communications with, at the upper end of the hobby, satellite; and space-bounce communications.

Tradition preserved

Brian Minter cooks pickles

Hands on the tiller

IF YOU ever want to discover how to combine time away from parish life and the greatest amount of envy with the least amount of energy expended, then narrowboats win every time.

Sky pilot for real

Gliding, by Vic Van Den Bergh

Hot on the trail

Pastimes: A BEAGLE is a type of dog - this much you may already know. If you were to go beagling, and referred to the animals as dogs, however, you would cause some consternation, especially if the bitch pack were out that day.

Make us a brew

Make us a brew

If you can knock out a half-decent soup or stew, you will have little trouble making a good beer from scratch, says Thomas Wintle

Here be dragons

Josie Gunn: I need to make a confession. Once a week, I like to spend a couple of hours with like-minded individuals, listening to strange music, poring over arcane volumes, and re-enacting rituals that are incomprehensible to the outside world. Yes, I play Dungeons and Dragons.

Go to work on an egg

Pastimes: Simon Nicholas on keeping chickens

Forty shades of green

I CONFESS: I arrange flowers, and I am on the rota of not one church, but two. Floristry has its Jamies and Nigellas, and at its high end is expensively fashionable. Not so with church flower-ladies, who, as a breed, often have a terrible reputa­tion - imperious, intransigent, and taking over the vestry with their paraphernalia.

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe takes the train for a rare visit to the City

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Catherine Fox could not find a publisher for her latest novel, until she decided to serialise it as a blog. She talks to Sarah Meyrick  Subscribe to read more

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