One magazine I have been subscribing to since well before I moved to Bend, so over 10 years ago, was The English Home. To receive each of the six issues every time they arrive in my mailbox throughout the year was to slip away into comfort, cozy (or should I say cosy ?), history, beauty and cottage living as well as regal beauty in the English countryside.
It was upon reading The English Home that I learned what an Aga stove was after inquiring about the ubiquitousness of its presence in seemingly every country home in each issue. It was upon reading The English Home that I traveled vicariously to the grounds and homes of Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and many more recognizably literary giants. And it was upon reading The English Home that I realized how fond I was of the English countryside and how its comforts were the comforts I most enjoyed having grown up in the country and now trying to incorporate them into my homes along my journey and everyday living.
Don’t get me wrong, watching Midsomer Murders, Downton Abbey and Masterpiece Mystery (just to name a few of my favorite British series) certainly solidified my affection for the seemingly constant green foliage and historic homes and towns, but to hold a magazine in your hands, to enjoy a glimpse and then read the story of how a house became a home without the drama of a plot or a director is a sweet escape on a weekend, afternoon or weekday evening (complete with a hot cup of tea).
I have saved many issues of The English Home, and I don’t intend to stop as I have yet to read an issue where I do not find at least one room, decor item, interview or an idea from Mrs. Minerva’s regular column “The Art of . . . “ that I want to remember or incorporate into my home or way of living somehow.
In fact, one of my favorite regular features is the profile interview with actors, artists and well-known English individuals who answer a series of questions. It is the last question that I make sure never to miss: “What should no English home be without?” Below I have shared a few of the responses.
“An extremely good drinks cabinet. I think it’s very English to want to make people feel welcome in your home and to offer them a drink straight away, be it a cup of tea or a gin and tonic.”—Jess Collett, a milliner for the Royals, rock stars and the fashion elite
“Comfort and welcome. I also like a certain degree of tidiness, but English homes must have personality and flair.”—Sir Roy Strong, historian, writer adn landscape designer
“That’s simple: a kettle, right?”Rosamund Pike, actress
“A Wembury Warmer. My mother designed it. It’s for serving food and very good for keeping things warm when you don’t have an Aga. It’s essentially a copy from onemy father inherited from his parents’ house that could no longer be bought. Her design rather took off into a business.”—The Marchioness of Cholmondeley
“A gate or door that affords total privacy and refuge from the world, working fire places and an Aga in the kitchen to keep warm in the middle of the night in winter when the heating is off to toast your bum against. And of course, the person you love most in the world to share it all with.”—Richard E Grant, actor
All of which is to say, I could not think of a better idea for a giveaway for TSLL’s inaugural annual British Week than to give not one, but THREE lucky TSLL readers a year’s subscription to The English Home or one of Chelsea Magazine’s other British focused publications – The English Garden, Discover Britain and Britain.
Open to all readers from around the globe, you will have the opportunity if you are one of the three lucky winners (announced Sunday May 26th), to choose which one of the four you would like to subscribe to.
How to enter, you may be wondering? 😉
Good news! You can be entered twice.
- First entry: Simply leave a comment on this post. If you are the winner, I will respond to your comment on this post, as well as announce your name on the final post of TSLL’s British Week which will go live on Sunday May 26th.
- A second entry can increase your chances of winning. Simply share the above image on Instagram (or an image of your own with one of the four magazine covers in the shot) and include the below text so your followers know where to enter should they be interested:
Be sure to enter by Saturday May 25th as the winners will be announced on the blog Sunday May 26th.
Below, have a look at three of covers from each magazine and simply click the image to visit each magazine’s entire website which are all full of detailed posts, home and garden tours, travel ideas and inspiration, and of course beautiful images.
~If you would like to subscribe to any of the four magazines and bypass the giveaway entry, click below on your preferred magazine:
TSLL BRITISH WEEK 2019 Posts:
Sunday May 19th
~Do you enjoy reading TSLL blog and visit regularly, but would prefer to read the blog without ads? I have some good news for you. For a limited time, during British Week, the price for a monthly or yearly ad-free subscription has been reduced. Simply use the following promo codes below when you subscribe (or learn how to subscribe) here. The discount runs through Sunday May 26, 2019.
$69.99– Now $60/year – use promo code YEAR60Ad
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