15 February 2010


When I was in Germany over Christmas I came across the latest issue of "Landlust", a living/gardening/cooking magazine.

“Landlust” started in October 2005. In November/December 2005 it had 10 000 readers. Latest known figures:
648 866 sold issues in August 2009. It’s a big success and if you get the chance to have a look in one of their recent issues you'll understand why:
Beautiful images, mouth-watering recipes, useful tips for gardening, inspirational decorating suggestions, peeks in craftsmen’s workshops, knitting instructions for cute gloves... all presented in a lovely way.

When I first found it I really enjoyed reading this magazine, in fact I read six copies in a week. I found it very relaxing, as it was not about celebrities, the hottest clubs and the latest fashion, but about slowing down and enjoying simple pleasures. You’ll find quiet and detailed observations of everyday occurrences, traditional craftsmanship, and sustainable products that are easy to read and that appreciate the finer things of life.

The overall impression of the magazine is extended by the use of matte paper that looks and feels much better than glossy magazines.

Topics are often related to country living. Alongside “Landlust” the publisher, Landwirtschaftsverlag Münster, mainly publishes agricultural magazines, like Top Argar, which my father is reads regularly. I recently read that the chief editor Ute Frieling-Huchzermeyer, who studied agriculture and was writing for Top Agrar before, has no computer in her office. She prefers to dictate her texts and discuss topics. She has finished articles printed out to proofread.

I’m very lucky, my sister gave my mum a subscription for this magazine for Christmas, and my mum keeps all the magazines for me to read when I am back in Germany. :)

I liked their topics; informative, inspiring and beautifully photographed.

I recently became proud owner of a garden. It still looks a bit like the car park it was, but I am trying to do my best to change that.

They also feature on crafting and DIY.

When I checked their website I found they've got most instructions available online.
These cute gloves are knitted with Rowan yarns, and as this is manufactured in a nearby village I am very tempted to go there, stock up with their fine threads and get the knitting needles out.

As a textile lover I was thrilled when I found photographs of old embroidery sample cloths on their website.

I nearly forgot: “Landlust” is published every second month and costs 3,80 Euros. They do subscriptions world wide.

Have a look on their website here: http://www.landlust.de
I just had a glimpse at the March/April issue there and cannot wait to read it.


  1. oh, yes its a lovley magazine...i read it here in germany, too...and you are right...its so fresh and not about the most written topic "design"...so another point of view...love it...thanks for sharing...;)...cheers ines

  2. oooh, so i'm going to have to keep my eyes peeled for a copy! great review b/c now I want one! =)

  3. Hallo Katrin!
    I just found out you are on my BYW team. I can't wait! This should be fun....my mother is from Germany (Würzburg) and I'm so thrilled to have a lovely Deutsches Mädchen on my team!!

    Welcome to The Valley of the Blogs!


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  5. Thanks for your lovely comments.

    @strawberry lemonade girl
    Würzburg?! Both my parents used to live in Würzburg for a while and I used to go to school there during my apprenticeship. It's only 30 Minutes away from where I grew up.

    I had a look at all our team mates blogs today (yep, I have been busy) and I'm so looking forward to work with them. This WILL be fun!

    So happy to be in your team.

    Katrin x

  6. Hi Katrin, it's Dottie from Modern Kiddo and your BYW team member. I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog!

    As a knitter, it must be so nice to live so close to Rowan yarns! Their patterns are some of my favorites.

    Thanks for introducing me to this great magazine LandLust too!