Fishing

It’s all shootin’, fishin’ and trufflin’ when lads and dads go out to play

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this year I wrote a defence of driven shooting and ended by saying I hoped my children would have…

‘The medium is the message’ has never been truer than it is now

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The medium is the message Sir: In his piece about the tech-savvy Labour party, Robert Peston writes: ‘A party’s values…

‘Return of the Staghunt’ by Edwin Landseer, 1837 (from Highland Retreats)

The Highland dream — from picturesque cottage to fantasy castle

27 May 2017 9:00 am

As well as being a leading architectural historian Mary Miers is an editor at Country Life. For her latest book…

A Tommy rescues two canaries from a ruined house on the Western Front in 1915. Canaries were treasured not only as gas detectors but also in ambulance trains, where their song comforted wounded soldiers

Foreign fields forever England

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In July 1915 the poet Edward Thomas enlisted as a soldier with the Artists’ Rifles, even though, at the age…

A Year 7 pupil from The Elms with one of its prize-winning Hereford cattle

State schools are discovering huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’

10 September 2016 9:00 am

State schools are discovering the benefits of huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’, finds Camilla Swift

Gale-force lyricism from Iceland’s most poetic novelist

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Centuries before their footballers learned giant-slaying ways, Icelanders knew how to startle the world with tall stories. In the moonscape…

The gardens at Stowe House c. 1785

Aristocratic 18th-century England was one long picnic

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Oh, the longueurs of aristocratic Georgian leisure. What on earth did they do all day, with no domestic chores, no…

Secrets of happiness from Britain’s most foul-mouthed angler

4 June 2016 9:00 am

To go fishing on the Itchen in mayfly season, you either have to be very, very rich or very, very…

A whale of a time in the Faroes

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Faroes are a wonderful place to visit, discovers Camilla Swift

Herring girls had to wash their hair six times on a Saturday night to rinse out the smell

The current scarcity of herring may itself be a red herring

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Fish stories come in two varieties: the micro-version of a hundred riverside bars, blokeish boastings of rod-and-line tussles with individual…

Dear Mary: I was at the dinner party when the text came disinviting me

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Q. While renting in Rock last week, I ran into an acquaintance who invited me to join her large house…

The Kenya Fly Fishers’ club makes the Bullingdon look rather left-wing

23 May 2015 9:00 am

   Nairobi Trout were first introduced into Kenya’s highland streams in 1905. Men like Ewart Grogan, ‘baddest and boldest of…

Exclamation marks, no; aertex shirts, yes!

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Meades, the architectural, food and cultural commentator, appears on television in a pair of retro shades and a trademark…

Is my rod big enough? Boris Johnson’s fishing notebook

6 July 2013 9:00 am

You remember the climax of Jaws — the primeval moment when Quint the crazed Ahab-like fisherman goes mano a mano…

Saviours of the sea

18 February 2012 9:00 am

The last time we went out for lobster in Lyme Bay we found a dogfish in the creel.  A type…