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Country Recipe: Traditional Christmas Cake

Along with gingerbread men and mince pies, Christmas cake is one of the most popular culinary classics of the festive season. Whether enjoyed with a warm cup of coffee or as an after-dinner treat, this yuletide delight is a must for the Christmas period and a firm favourite with us at Fur Feather and Fin. While some Christmas cake recipes may seem a little complicated, we’ve provided one that’s simple yet sure to produce amazing results! 

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The History of the Macnab Challenge

The shooting season is well underway, and there may be some of you who have already ‘bagged a Macnab’ this year, a challenge which runs between mid-August and mid-November. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at what the Macnab is and its roots. The challenge is simple enough on paper, to stalk a stag, bag a brace of grouse and catch a salmon in one day!

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Guide to Spaniel Gundogs

Spaniel breeds are often considered to be one of the best for gundogs due to their natural hunting and retrieving instincts. With lively and energetic temperaments they are perfect as working dogs, and also make great pets, though can be a handful when not adequately trained. In our guide to spaniels, we will shed some light on the breeds, requirements and why spaniels are the right choice for your gundog needs.

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The Fur Feather and Fin Guide to Wildfowling

Along with clay pigeon and pheasant shooting, wildfowling is one of the most popular yet lesser known about field sports in the UK. Not only does it present the opportunity to bag some of the country’s wildest game birds, but it also enables wildfowlers to experience the very best of the British coast and push themselves to the limit when it comes to braving the winter elements. Below, we’ve provided our very own guide to wildfowling to help you decide whether this is the field sport for you! 

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Country Gifts for Her this Christmas

With Christmas on the horizon, many of you will now be starting your Christmas shopping or at least thinking about the kinds of gifts you could bestow on your loved ones this festive season. Whether it’s your mum, daughter, wife, sister or a friend, we’ve listed just a few gift ideas for the country-loving ladies in your life, from ladies country clothing to home accessories.

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Country Gifts for Her this Christmas

With Christmas on the horizon, many of you will now be starting your Christmas shopping or at least thinking about the kinds of gifts you could bestow on your loved ones this festive season. While our Country Gifts for Him Christmas guide may have given you a few ideas for gents, you may still be stuck for inspiration when it comes to the ladies. Whether it’s your mum, daughter, wife, sister or a friend, we’ve listed just a few gift ideas for the country-loving ladies in your life, from ladies country clothing to home accessories: 

A present wrapped in which paper with a garnished with greenery and a pinecone

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All About: Barbour International

At Fur Feather & Fin we stock a variety of iconic country clothing brands. One of the most well-known British brands, Barbour, and how they came to be one of the most famous manufacturers of coats and jackets in the world. Please note, we do not stock Barbour clothes, but have a variety of country clothing and accessories from top brands: take a look here.

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Expert Blog: Gundog Nutrition

Keeping your gundog well-nourished is incredibly important, especially in the run-up to shooting season when they need to be at their best. However, due to the huge range of dog food brands and types to choose from, it can often be difficult to decipher which is the best option for your dog. To help you make the right decision, we’ve enlisted the help of gundog and shooting expert, Richard Reeve, who has provided a basic guide to arm you with all the information needed to ensure your gundog receives the best possible nourishment. 

A black spaniel holding a pheasant in its mouth

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