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A previous winning shot of Porlock Weir by Bob Small

Achieving the ‘Eureka’ moment

There’s still time to enter the South West Coast Path Photographic Competition 2014 so we picked the brain of judge and photographer, David Noton, about how best to take a landscape shot.

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Doone Valley

The 12 tales of Exmoor

The vast expanse of Exmoor may be most renowned for its rare breed ponies but the Somerset moor has a lot more tales to tell, as Chris Gladstone discovers.

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Queens College

Queens College, Taunton

A brief history of Taunton’s day and boarding school, Queens College

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Taunton School: Green shoots

Over 50% of parents would send their children to independent schools according to a consistent steam of surveys over a number of years. Yet, the big barrier that stands in the way of such a move is, of course, cost. However, with the economy improving and prospects becoming rosier, perhaps there has never been a better time to plan for the future.

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An Emperor Dragonfly by Lynne Newton

A wild walk on Westhay

Matthew Marshall from Somerset Wildlife Trust has set up a circular walk around one of the trust’s most stunning wetland nature reserves to encourage local people to get out and explore the county’s incredible wildlife and record their sightings.

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Horseradish gnoochi with beetroot and blue cheese

Horseradish Gnocchi with Beetroot and Blue Cheese

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with this seasonal beetroot recipe.

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Confit of salmon, smoked salmon mousse, pea purée

Confit of Salmon, Smoked Salmon Mousse, and Pea Purée

This dish by Dan Moon, head chef at Ston Easton Park, was on the restaurant’s five-course tasting menu throughout June but makes an equally tasty starter throughout the year.

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Keep your feet toasty with a Baa Stool

Getting cosy for autumn

The arrival of autumn means it’s time to hunker down and make your home cosy for the season ahead. Here area a few simple updates to ease you into the new season and help you banish the winter chills.

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Baa stools

10% OFF Baa Stools: the luxury sheepskin footstool

Grab yourself a British made Baargain over at the Great British Life Shop

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Celebrity interviews

Mary Berry

The Queen of Baking

With a following now bigger than most rock stars, the presence of Mary Berry will be one of the biggest attractions at this month’s Big Cake Show. She tells Susan Clark why she said ‘yes’ to coming West and why she thinks Somerset’s food scene is thriving

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Big Cake Show founders, Mel Edwards & Kim Vernon. Photo by Matt Austin

The Big Cake Show

When this long-awaited event rolls into town at the end of March, the South West Life magazine titles will be at the fore supporting what will be the region’s biggest ever baking show. SUSAN CLARK highlights the key events that bakers won’t want to miss

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Life TV

*VIDEO* Jack Johnson and Ben Howard at Somersault Festival 2014

Jack Johnson and Ben Howard announced to headline brand new summercamp festival from “Mama & Company” at the beautiful setting of Castle Hill, North Devon. July 17 - 21 2014.

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Climbing the hill near Bossington. Photographer Chris Spracklen, Somerset.

*VIDEO* Hidden beaches walks

One of the joys of walking the South West Coast Path is stumbling upon a secluded beach on a remote stretch of coast and discovering that you’ve got it all to yourself.

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The Fine Cheese Co. Festival will take place at Milsom Place on 25 October

Feast your eyes on this

The Great Bath Feast serves up a glorious menu this October. Nicky Hancock shares some of the highlights.

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The North Somerset Resident E-Edition

The North Somerset Resident

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Christmas guide for the South West

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Great British Life Holidays

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South West Accommodation 2014 

This handy guide will help you decide accommodation and attractions to visit in the South West this summer.

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Restaurant Reviews

The sharing board was delicious

Review: The Battleaxes in Wraxall

This fine country pub, with its trendy décor and fantastically-presented food is a real treat for those of us who prefer quality and quantity at the same time.

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The chocolate orange dessert is based on the idea of Jaffa Cakes

Angelic food

Tucked away down a side street in Frome is the Archangel – a quirky hotel and restaurant with a talented chef at the helm

Words: Charlotte Skidmore

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Statues & Sculptures large garden sculpture worth £99

Win a large Statues & Sculptures garden statue worth £99

The Great British Life Shop has teamed up with Statues & Scultpures to offer one lucky competition winner a garden statue worth £99.

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Simon has a passion for wildlife. PHOTO:

Living the wild life

As I arrive, the Somerset-based charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue is releasing an orphaned wild hare into Simon’s long grass meadow. High in the trees, a brood of baby woodpeckers are venturing out on their first flights and a mallard duck is showing off her fluffy ducklings on the pond.

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Enjoy fine dining at The Swan Hotel

Best Western Plus Swan Hotel

The Best Western Plus Swan Hotel in Wells is perfect for every dining occasion.

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Abbey Tea Rooms

Abbey Tea Rooms

Enjoy a traditional experience at The Abbey Tea Rooms, Glastonbury.

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Homewood Park Hotel, Restaurant Spa

Homewood Park Hotel, Restaurant Spa

Homewood Park near Bath is the perfect home-away- from-home, offering an exclusive country retreat. With an impressive exterior, as well as super stylish interiors, we are a luxury country house hotel idyllically located in the jaw-dropping Limpley Stoke Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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A Life with a View Fragrances

20% OFF A Life with a View fragrances and candles

Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop

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Cafe La Strada

Cafe La Strada

Café La Strada is a family-run, continental-style cafe located in the heart of Frome in one of the most historical buildings in the market town.

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An Equal T boiler near completion with computer control system fitted

Understanding biomass heating

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Discover the benefits of using biomass heating systems in your home.

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be.loved handbags

Save 15% on Be.Loved British made handbags and satchels

Save 15% on Be.Loved handbags this Christmas. All bags and satchels are made by hand in North Wales.

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An Afgan rug in situ

How to Choose an Oriental Rug

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Oriental rugs make a stylish addition to your home but there are a few things to consider before making a purchase.

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Enjoy high quality care in your own home

Get a helping hand from live-in care

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Home is not a place many of us would leave by choice but live-in care services provide the support and companionship you need, enabling you to stay in your own home and community as you get older.

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Hiho Silver

Five mistakes that people make when buying jewellery (and how to avoid them)

If you’re looking to buy the perfect piece of jewellery, you’ll want to make sure you avoid commonly made mistakes

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