I was recently sent a new magazine to try – I hardly needed much persuasion. There is very little in life I enjoy doing more than whiling away a lazy afternoon, flicking through the bright shiny pages of a favourite magazine.
Landlust is bi-monthly published in Germany and is one of the best selling magazines in the country, with a readership of over a million. The magazines tagline is Spirit of the Countryside so I guessed it would be the German answer to Country Living, but once I started reading I descovered it was actually, so much more.
To celebrate the magazine’s 10th anniversary they have produced a British version of the magazine and it was this version (which is thankfully in English) that I was kindly sent.
I have to admit, I was sold before I even opened the magazine – attached to the cover is a small cookery booklet containing delicious sounding recipes such as Moist Marble Cake, Carrot and Apple Cake, Red Wine Loaf, Fruit Loaf and Hazelnut Cake. I am trying to avoid sugar at the moment but may have to try one of these soon – for research purposes you understand.
Landlust splits its content into 6 main categories; Garden, Kitchen, Interiors, Country Life, Nature and Regulars which includes the letter from the editor and other messages from the editorial team.
The first section I turned to was the gardening section. I am no gardener but I love looking at other peoples gardens and planning what I would do to mine if I had the time and the money to transform it. I am not going to lie, I read the article about growing your own salad vegetables with my notebook at the side, noting salient points – this is something I definitely plan to try.
Next I turned to the kitchen section – well who DOESN’T love a bit of Food Porn, especially when you are trying to eat well. In Landlust I found a wide variety of recipes with something to suit everyone, from tasty sounding alternatives to the Sunday roast, to sumptuous Christmas treats for all the family.
Interiors seem to be having a moment right now – with all of my favourite bloggers doing regular posts and videos about how they are styling their homes. I love interior posts and reading home magazine and I have to say this section of the magazine did NOT disappoint. Being the November/December edition, the articles centere around Christmas but forget tacky tinsel and brightly coloured Santas, Landlust has articles on making simple yet super stylish Christmas features that will help you transform your home into a fashionista’s dream.
I am a city girl through and through so wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy the Country Life and Nature sections but I actually found them really interesting. There were articles on crafts such as knitting, crochet, and even step by step instructions for building simple pieces of furniture such as coffee tables and benches. In the Nature section I particularly enjoyed a fascinating article about Bird’s of Prey.
I sometimes find that when I sit down with a magazine, I spend half of my time flicking past adverts but Landlust wasn’t like that at all, there were no adverts just page after page of interesting and useful features and tutorials that kept me engrossed all afternoon.
What is your favourite magazine? Are you a Glamour girl or do you prefer House Beautiful? If you think you might enjoy discovering Landlust for yourself, you can check out there website here.