Whenever I down tools and get out into the great British countryside, I am always struck by the wave of patriotism that hits me – it’s so easy to forget what a beautiful country we actually live in. More and more people are city dwellers these days, and when you’re caught up in the daily grind, England’s green and pleasant land can feel very distant indeed. That’s why I for one think we should all start making more of an effort to venture forth beyond the nearest motorway and celebrate everything our glorious countryside has to offer. So as you can imagine, it was with enormous pleasure that we drove out to the CLA Game Fair last month, a three day event that is all about reveling in our rural resources.

The setting couldn’t have been more picturesque, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, set amongst 2,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland.

And it’s a good thing there was plenty of space because this year there were over 900 exhibitors! All  show casing every aspect of countryside living. We saw everything from exquisitely made leather shoes to handmade rugs and decadent outdoor living rooms, created by true craftsmen. Taking pride in detail, heritage and quality was something all of the exhibitors I spoke to had in common and something at the core of our philosophy at Josephine Home. I really believe it’s that labour of love which makes our products so special. Produce something as quickly as possible and as cheaply as possible, and it shows. If you have come across the videos on our website about the provenance of all our products, you will know the care and pride which goes into every single one of them.

Aside from being a (dangerously tempting) shopper’s paradise, the Game Fair makes for a fantastic day out with family or friends. You can try all manner of countryside pursuits, clay shooting, fishing, archery, 4x4 driving – three days is simply not long enough! Although I must admit I steered clear of the more strenuous activities in favour of exploring the champagne tent, all in the name of research I might add…

Our visit was all too brief but we came away loaded with inspiration and already looking forward to next year’s event, at Yorkshire’s Harewood House. For anyone who needs reminding why we should support country living and protect it for future generations, I’d recommend snapping up tickets as soon as they go on sale, just leave plenty of room in the car for all the goodies you – no doubt - simply could not miss out on and then have to lug back home!

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