I've been lucky enough to be asked to review a brand new magazine, well brand new to the UK newsstands that is .... it's been available to folk in Germany for the last ten years and now we are lucky enough now to have our own version of it.
I love it, there is something in it for everyone, well in our house that's just the two of us, but you know what I mean.
Veggie recipes for me, there are meat ones too and instructions on how to roll and tie a joint of meat ... but I won't go into that!! Those Chicory and Pear Tartlets made us both drool :-)
A bit of gardening, Winter gardening at that so it's just right for now.
Lovely Hubby was very taken with this idea .... turning old floorboards and reclaimed wood into benches and tables, and has asked me to save the magazine so he can copy these ideas .... as if it wouldn't be saved!!
There is so much to read in the pages both relaxing reading and informative reading, and something that we both noticed and loved was the lack of advertising. In the whole of the 130 pages and the covers there were only five pages of advertising and these were whole page adverts for tractors and a car, which are just Lovely Hubby's sort of adverts anyway so he was happy.
Of all the articles there was only one that didn't hold my interest and that was about 'The Queen of Musical Instruments .... organs. The other one I thought I wouldn't 'get into' was this one about falcons, but it was brilliant and really sucked me in.
In complete and utter clarity I have to say that along with my magazine I also received this wonderful box of goodies. I didn't know I was getting it until it arrived, I expected only a copy of the magazine, so I was amazed and delighted to unpack this little lot, it was like an early Christmas present.
I'm a very lucky girl :-)
And now down to the nitty gritty, would I buy it again - YES
It's got so much to read for women and men, although Lovely Hubby thought it veered a bit more towards a female readership, and in his opinion was 'country stuff for town folk', I think he wanted more smallholding type things, pigs, chickens etc, but that is a market that in my opinion that is already well catered to.
Do I think it's worth the cover price of £4 - YES
Many monthly magazines are at this price point and higher, this has a lot to read and is the sort of publication you would keep to re-read in the future. The lack of advertising cluttering up the pages makes it very good value at this price, I do hope they can keep future issues this free of advertising.
Was there anything I didn't like about it - YES
The next copy isn't out until 22nd March 2016 .... how can they make me wait that long :-(
Landlust is hitting the UK magazine shelves for the first time TODAY 5th November 2016.
If you do buy yourself a copy please let me know what you think about it, it would be very interesting to compare notes. HERE is a link to their website where you can peek through a few more of the pages of the magazine and read more about it.
And HERE's the link to their Facebook page which makes for good reading too, you can nip over and be one of the very first to 'Like' it.
Thanks to all at Landlust UK, and especially Joe, for the chance to review this lovely publication and THANK YOU so much for the lovely box of goodies, no doubt the contents of which will be appearing on the blog in the not too distant future being put to very good use.