• The late John Mattley’s extensive collection of agricultural books, pictures, and paintings went under the hammer last week as his family took the tough decision to sell the majority of a collection that took more than 30 years to create.

  • We’ve all got them – old plastic drums, empty mineral/feed buckets, jam jars, abused bikes, and clothes – that have long served their purpose and are now desperately seeking a new home rather than being recyled or worse still thrown in the skip.

  • Gourock Highland Games, now in its 59th year, once again marked the start of the Highland Games season in Scotland.

  • Here’s ones for the dads as well as the kids. The North East Model Farm and Construction show will be held at the Newmachar Axis Centre, at Newmachar, on Sunday, May 3, from 10am to 4pm.

  • Two West Lothian butchers had cause for celebration after picking up a plethora of awards at the 2015 British Pie Awards.

  • What’s your favourite wild flower? Now you can take part in a national choice to register your vote along with the rest of the UK, in a quest to find our favourite wild flower. 

  • UK dog owners are being warned to keep Easter treats away from pets after figures released today from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) revealed that over half of UK vets (54%) had treated at least one case of chocolate poisoning over Easter 2014.

  • This April, East Lothian’s award-winning Mercat Grill has something for all the family with an ‘Easter Treasure Hunt’ for the children and a ‘Charity Race Night’ for grown-ups!

  • The Government has struck a £5bn deal with service providers to improve mobile phone signals for hundreds of thousands of people living in the countryside, with 85% of the UK to be covered within three years.

  • THE CHINESE New Year, Year of the Goat, starts this Thursday, February 19.