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Tria Stebbing

Baler is a temperamental beast

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The sheep’s feet have remained our main concern over the last fortnight, with Disney Princess still making a good job of limping dramatically when...
June is the traditional month of hay-making and the start of the meteorological summer. PHOTO: Kasiaczernik/Pixabay

‘A dripping June keeps all in tune’

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We dream of June through the dark days of winter; we dream of sunshine and gardens bursting with colour; we dream of a cacophony...
Old cats will be less active but owners should watch out for subtle changes which can help identify any underlying signs of illness. PHOTO: Alexas Fotos

Some common issues in old cats…

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Cats are independent and this makes them very good at hiding signs of ill health. Old cats will be less active and old age...
A Village Choir by Thomas Webster is on show in Dorchester, © The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Image no: 2006al3887

Four takes on famous author’s life

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Fans of Thomas Hardy are in for a summer treat as four local museums hold co-ordinated exhibitions, examining different aspects of his work. Hardy fans...
Comedian/ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, who won America’s Got Talent in 2015, is set to return to the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil.

Puppet master performs for theatre

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Comedian/ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, who won America’s Got Talent in 2015, is set to return to the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. Paul, a patron of the...
Fiona Chapman Inula helenium

Introducing… a favourite herb

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Inula helenium or elecampane is one of my favourite herbs. I started growing it last year but just got the foliage, huge lance-shaped leaves, but...
Rebecca Vincent, Beetroot Recipe

Beetroot is packed full of goodness

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With this recipe we are combining beetroot and lettuce. I have to admit it has taken me years to come round to enjoying beetroot, I’ve...
Take time at the end of each day to look back and focus on three things you are glad about that day. PHOTO: Paul Stachowiack/Pixabay

Don’t live life on repeat: Why we need to put joy first

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You know you feel better after an evening spent laughing – really belly-achingly laughing – with good friends. You go home, sleep well and wake...
Scent of summer in the garden by Sally Gregson

Scent of summer in the garden

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What could be more redolent of an English summer than the perfume of roses scenting the air on a warm June evening? It’s what...
Students at Sturminster Newton High School completed the gruelling Ten Tors challenge in great time.

Students rise to Ten Tors challenge

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Students at Sturminster Newton High School completed the gruelling Ten Tors challenge in great time. Three teams were entered – two 35-mile teams and one...
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