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December 2015







John Graham-Hart finds

properties with former

lives, from an old laundry

to a classic oast


What’s going on near

you this month




A nod to fabulous female

pilots and their adventures

over the Weald



Tips to keep you feeling









Jane Howard goes

‘upstairs downstairs’ in

a country house near

Wadhurst in Sussex


Fabulous home accessories




A Sissinghurst home

captures the imagination

of Jo Arnell


The versatile interiors

trend that is sweeping

through town and

country homes alike


Little but lovely presents

for children – and

grown-ups too









Look after yourself – starting

from the ground up


Nicci Gurr whips up a

couple of canapé recipes


Jo Arnell on the importance

of looking after your soil


Penny Kemp on climate

change and how it affects us


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Win a selection of gorgeous

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart


Changing faces

John Graham-Hart finds properties with former lives


can’t remember his name and doubt, after all these years, he’s alive enough

to remember mine. However, I do remember we spent a very pleasant hour

or two together with his granddaughter, who spoke the English he didn’t,

on a hillock overlooking an impossibly beautiful corner of the Pacific Ocean.

He had been a fisherman and, when his fishing days came to an end, had

dragged his old boat on to the hill, overturned it, cut a little door in the hull,

fitted a couple of windows prised from a long-dead Chevy and moved in.

His granddaughter explained that his sons had built him a house in the village

but he preferred to live here. When I asked him why, his eloquent answer was just

an incredulous wave of an arm, over his home and out in an arc across the sparkling

water. Was I completely blind?

Over the centuries, humans have developed the skill and will to transform any

item or structure of sufficient size, into a shelter or home. And so it continues to this

day – from railway carriages on Pagham beach to textile factories in Tribeca, from

Boeing 727s in Mississippi to shipping containers in Costa Rica, from double decker

buses and aircraft hangers to fire stations, forts, follies and, of course, fishing boats.

Virtually any enclosed space is game and these conversions are much beloved by

creative architects who now grandly term the process of conversion ‘adaptive reuse’.

And who can blame them? The opportunity to give a neglected and disused structure

– often with a considerable historical or architectural value – a completely new lease

of life as a much-loved home is exceptionally attractive.

In the Weald we are, perhaps, a little short on abandoned 727s but the Wealden

Times usually has a rich stock of oasts, barns, mills, stables, chapels and former

workhouses. Alas, we’ve yet to find a forsaken fishing boat for you but if you fancy a

home with a history all its own, here’s a selection…

1. Oast Barn

Where? Oast Barn is on the edge of

the small town of Edenbridge, close to the

Kent Surrey border.

(Google Maps TN9 6LE)

What? The Grade II listed property

is an outstanding conversion of a 17th

century oast and its barn, renovated to

an exceptional standard by its present

owners. The heart of the building is the

vast vaulted and galleried space that is the

drawing room, with soaring windows and

bi-folding doors opening out to the garden

on both sides. On the ground floor there

is also a circular family room in the base

of the roundel, a kitchen/breakfast room,

dining room and two bedrooms, one with

an en suite shower room and doors to

the garden.

Upstairs are three more bedrooms and

two elegant bathrooms. Outside there is

a lovely stone-walled terrace, as well as

attractive gardens, a large pond, summer

house and views over the surrounding

countryside. There is also an old piggery

with great potential for a new life as

garaging, a gym or office.

How much? Oast Barn is on

the market at £1,700,000 and is with

Fine & Country in Woldingham.

Call 01883 653040 or visit








2. The Old Laundry

Where? The Old Laundry is in the

village of Westcott, just over a mile from

Dorking (Google Maps RH4 3PX).

What? This was once the laundry of

a substantial country estate and later

became a boys’ school, before being

converted into two private homes.

The property for sale is the beautifully

renovated southern half of this Grade

II listed building. On the ground floor

there is a superb open-plan living area

that encompasses the dining room, with

French doors to the garden, a family

area and kitchen. Also downstairs is a

drawing room, sitting room, boot

room and a laundry area.

Upstairs there is a honey-timbered master

bedroom with en suite shower room, four

further bedrooms and a large and elegant

family bathroom. Outside there are

attractive secluded gardens full of variety

and interest and an extensive terrace –

perfect for entertaining – that sweeps

around the property to end outside the

French windows to the dining room.

How much? The Old Laundry has

a guide price of £1,250,000 and is with

Jackson-Stops in Dorking. Call 01306

887560 or visit

3. The Coach House

Where? The Coach House is on the

west side of the village of Warlingham

(Google Maps CR6 9JB).

What? Converted in 1965, the property

has been continually upgraded and is

now a bright, spacious and stylish family

home. All the main rooms open on to the

garden, making it ideal for entertaining.

The open-plan kitchen/dining/family

room is outstanding, opening on to the

garden through bi-folding doors. Also on

the ground floor is an elegant drawing

room, a TV room and a study. Upstairs

there is a master bedroom with dressing

room and en suite bathroom, and three

further bedrooms, one of which has an

en suite shower room. The rear garden

is private and well-screened by fencing,

hedging and trees and has a wide terrace,

lawn and raised flower bed. The double

garage has an electric up-and-over door as

well as side access to a utility room.

How much? The Coach House

is on the market at £1,200,000 and is

being marketed by Fine & Country in

Woldingham. Call 01883 653040 of

visit Call 01883

653040 of visit

4. Andwell Mill

Where? Andwell Mill is on the banks

of the River Lyde in the pretty hamlet of

Andwell, between Old Basing and Hook

(Google Maps RG27 9PA).

What? A beautiful 17th century,

Grade II listed converted mill house

with an 18th century extension, Andwell

Mill has charm and elegance in equal

measure. Downstairs there is a spacious,

bright drawing room with an excellent

herringbone brick fireplace and French

doors to the garden, a kitchen/dining/

sitting room with a similar, equally

attractive fireplace, study and laundry

room. On the first floor there is a master

bedroom with en suite bathroom and

large dressing room and three further

bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms.

Further accommodation is provided by

two ancillary thatched cottages across

the lane from the main house – both

with double bedrooms, kitchens and

bathrooms and one with a reception

room. The gardens are stunning, with the

River Lyde running through them to

the millpond, both of which are

teaming with trout.

How much? Andwell Mill is on the

market at £1,650,000 and is with Savills

in Farnham. Call 01252 729000 or visit

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st. george’s george's hill, weybridge

Brand Grand new reception luxury hall home ø drawing built by Octagon room ø dining Developments room ø kitchen/breakfast/family electric gated entrance room ø study,

cinema 5 reception and bar rooms ø master 6/7 bedrooms with separate twin bathrooms staff accommodation and dressing room with living ø 4 further room, suites

bedroom ø staff accommodation and shower room to second triple floor garage ø large landscaped games room garden ø lift with access infi nity ø pool triple garage

ø over approx 1 acre 1 acre south of west backing backing grounds grounds stunning ø open views weekends and access 10am-4pm to golf ø course EPC=B EPC=C

Guide £9,500,000

£9.5 million Freehold

Savills Weybridge

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Join Shooting Star Chase for a wonderful evening of Christmas

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Crafty Christmas...

This year Farnham Maltings is hosting a

wonderful Christmas Fair. It will be held on

Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 December from

12 noon till 9pm. This annual event is full of

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Decorative charm...

Create something to be truly proud of this festive

season. Visit Witley and Milford Commons for

their wreath making workshop from 10am-3pm on

Sunday 6 December. Using locally sourced materials,

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your creative energy topped up. To book visit www. or phone 01372 220644.

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Reindeer will return to Garsons at Esher on

Saturday 21 November to delight animal lovers

young and old and mark the beginning of the

festive season. Staying at Garsons in their specially

built stable, the reindeer can be visited every day

until Christmas Eve, when they will return to help

Santa on the busiest night of the year. There is no

charge to visit the reindeer, but a collection at the

reindeer enclosure will raise money for Garsons’

chosen local charities. For more information visit or phone 01372 460181.

Soulful chorus...

Visit G Live, Guildford on Sunday 13 December

at 3pm for a seasonal celebration. This charming

show will feature a festive cocktail of familiar

and much-loved traditional carols with plenty of

choral and instrumental music to enjoy. Guildford

Choral Society is delighted to be joined for this

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ingredients and equipment will be provided, but

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For those who love Christmas, the month of December brings

much excitement, from Christmas shopping trips and drinks

parties to planning the festive feast. Others will be looking

forward to more simple pleasures, such as time off work and

bracing country walks with friends and family. Whichever group

you fit into, this month’s magazine has masses to inspire you

and keep you entertained.

If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, or still have

a few little things to buy, our Stocking Fillers page will help

– as will Jo Fairley’s fantastic insider tips on the best beauty

gifts on sale this festive season. For aspiring hosts and hostesses

we have Nicci Gurr’s super-special canapé recipes, which taste

as good as they look – believe us we’ve tried them – and an

inspiring festive photo shoot at a country house near Wadhurst.

Escapists will find sanctuary in our gardening pages, where

Jo Arnell gets earthy, singing the praises of soil and compost,

while a look inside the Gardener’s Cottage at Sissinghurst

Castle offers us a taste of times gone by. If, after all this, you still

want to flee the country before the relatives arrive you can take

inspiration from our fashion shoot at Headcorn Aerodrome,

dress up warm – and stylish – and imagine yourself taking off in

a Tiger Moth.

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Top left: former owners have left pictures which they felt it was only fitting

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Above: the huge and informal family kitchen was once the library, and some

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lovely sketches and watercolours of the house were kindly

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A secret door in the wood panelling by the fireplace opens

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The other room that leads directly off the main hall is

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Above: a fireplace which was once home to a kitchen range now acts as the focal point of the front room. A large bay window bathes the room in natural light

Approaching the gardener’s cottage at Sissinghurst,

I’m imagining how hard it must be to live in a house

that’s only yours while you remain in your job.

Perhaps it’s a mind-set. It was once a fairly normal thing to

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common, built for workers in towns, on farmland and in the

grounds of country houses. It makes sense, but times have

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gardens in the world, and treading in the footsteps of such

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A privilege. A little unnerving perhaps, and here my

imagination is running away with me. Is it rather haunting?

From the outside, this modest, Thirties-style cottage

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The National Trust look after the outside maintenance

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glazing downstairs, which is a boon: “It always used to

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structural – is entirely up to the tenant. When she first

moved in eleven years ago, the house had been empty

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shade of cream. She has carefully used a combination

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within the house, like the light outside on a cloudy

As we go into the house, I feel as if I’m entering hallowed space, as atmospheric as

anything in the castle itself. I can feel the weight of history pressing in already.


Above: a rustic farmhouse table overlooking the kitchen garden is the perfect

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day. Much of the paint comes from Little Greene. “I

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Claire has used considerable ingenuity to personalise the

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changes can only be decorative. “I have to be more

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money I’ve spent is on a chest of drawers in my bedroom

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John Lewis that I really liked, but it was over £600, which

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Above left: A much-loved teddy sits guard on the upstairs landing, next to Claire’s bedroom, which looks towards the castle and was once the bedroom of a

Land Army matron. Above right: Chunky knits and bright fabrics hint at Claire’s love of sewing and making, while a Lloyd Loom chair looks perfectly at home

gave the dimensions to a friend who made it with me.”

The cottage and the adjoining cottage were originally

built by Vita Sackville-West as accommodation for workers

on the estate. Claire’s cottage was once the home of former

head gardener Pamela Schwerdt and her partner Sibylle

Kreutzberger. They gardened here at Sissinghurst for many

years, originally working for Vita, then continuing to work

in the gardens after her death in 1962 and once the National

Trust took over the running of Sissinghurst in 1967.

Claire often finds echoes of Pam and Sibylle popping up in

her garden: “Plants that they once grew appear unexpectedly

from time to time, which always makes me smile,” says

Claire. It is Pam and Sibylle’s work – their planting schemes

and landscaping – that we can still see at Sissinghurst today.

The latest head gardener, Troy Scott Smith, has

plans to bring the garden closer to the way it was

when Vita was around — “allowing a rose to billow

or a meadow to flourish”. He has been working on

the ‘loosening’ for a couple of years now but, as Claire

explains, “it’s a big thing to turn around. The changes

are happening, but they’ll take a little while to show.”

The kitchen is small and neat with a secluded view

out across the back garden. “I think originally it was a

scullery and pantry, with the main kitchen in the other

room,” says Claire. “There must have been a range where

the fireplace in the living room is.” The space is now

beautifully crammed with logs for the fire in the room

next door. The front room is the largest downstairs space,

with plenty of room for a rustic table and chairs and

some additional comfortable seating. Not much has been

installed by previous occupants, but Claire thinks that

the ‘built-in’ cabinet in the front room must have


Above: Claire’s sewing area – with magazine cuttings and other inspiring images – is in the larger upstairs bedroom, which is now used as a guest room. During

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patchwork quilt herself and has filled another unused fireplace with Chinese Lanterns to add some colour and a sense of warmth to the room.

been made by someone who once lived in the house. “I

can tell from the way it seems to be made from odd bits

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from pieces they found around the place.” The room is

pared back and uncluttered with a distinctly retro feel.

“I love all that ‘digging for victory’ ethos; I love the

clothes, the feel, the British spirit — and they all looked

so stylish while doing it.” Claire has good reason to

feel a connection too, as six Land Army girls and their

matron were billeted to the cottage during the war to

help on the farm. “The matron slept in my room and the

girls slept in bunk beds in what’s now the spare room.”

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Vita Sackville-West is

the author of The Women’s Land Army guide, published in

1944. She writes: ‘“Gardening is surely an ideal profession

for the woman who likes it. The work is not so heavy as to

put too great a strain on her physical capacity; and in the

more expert branches the possibilities and range of interest

is really unlimited.” Claire finds the work of the Land Army

just as inspirational. “My fortieth birthday party was on the

theme of a Forties VE Day celebration and everyone had

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Above: A vintage ‘Make do and Mend’ poster decorates the spare bedroom,

and sits above the homemade quilt and alongside Claire’s much-used sewing

area. Left: Flowers from the garden complement the ‘mood board’

The bedrooms are simply decorated,

highlighting Claire’s sense of colour in

accessories and soft furnishings. There are jars

of buttons and ribbons where you might have

seen face cream and hairbrushes and, by the

window is a desk, or rather, a sewing station

shape of the dresses, the spirit of the times, the mucking in

together” a spirit epitomised by the Land Girl organisation.

Upstairs, the spare room and the larger of the bedrooms

— where I try to imagine the serried ranks of bunks for

strapping land girls — doubles as a workspace for Claire.

She has been resourceful in furnishing the bedrooms, even

managing to find almost identical bedside tables for her

bedroom from two completely different places, and restoring

them, so that they now look as if they came as a pair. The

bedrooms are simply decorated, highlighting Claire’s sense

of colour in accessories and soft furnishings. There are jars

of buttons and ribbons where you might have seen face

cream and hairbrushes and, by the window is a desk,


Above: a galley kitchen continues in the retro theme Above right: there is no

shortage of flowers for the dining table in this cottage Right: Patterned quilts

are folded up on a bedside chair, ready for use when the weather gets cold

or rather, a sewing station. “I love sewing,” says Claire.

The views from the upstairs windows are captivating —

you can look out in one direction across the roofs towards

the castle, then in the other direction to a vista across the

Kent countryside to the Greensand Ridge in the distance.

What happens here in the winter once the gardens are

closed to the public? “Well, the winter is really when we do

all the work,” says Claire. “As soon as the garden shuts at

the end of the season we get stuck in pruning roses,

hedge-cutting, clearing herbaceous beds. There’s lots

of preparation to do before we get ready to open

again in March.”

Then there are the bulbs. “This year we’ll be planting

37,000 bulbs! It used to be a nightmare but now we have

a spreadsheet to help us work out what goes where. Every

week in summer we have our Friday Tidy, we sweep and

dead-head, collect seed and generally clear out the beds;

‘primping and preening’, is what Adam (Nicolson) calls

it,” she laughs. Back downstairs, the cosy little sitting

room is the perfect space for Claire to spend winter

evenings in front of the fire, making things and sewing

smaller items like Christmas decorations. Striking


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Above: Colour-blocking with cushions keeps things simple, in front of the

vibrant zig-zag wallpaper. The bookshelf is made from scaffolding boards

and was inspired by a version that Claire saw in a high street store.

Left: Mismatched chairs complement the informality of the rustic table

zig-zag wallpaper in green and blue has been used on

just one of the walls, and helps to make the room feel

larger. I spy the Conran-inspired bookcase looking

very effective along the side wall of the room, neatly

and stylishly housing ornaments and photos. Claire is

obviously a skilled craftsperson, frugal and practical. “I

cook too, but there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m

thinking that I might make some jam soon, I bought

some lovely quinces the other day that I really need to

use, but we’ll see, I shan’t beat myself up about it.”

As we prepare to leave, a wave of duck egg blue

nostalgia washes over me and, for a moment, I’m

transported back to a glorious period: of hard work,

camaraderie, thankfulness and skilful make-do-andmend.

Claire has managed to pay homage to that

past in the styling and decoration of the cottage,

but at the same time transcends it and lives very

much in the present. This house might belong

to the National Trust, but within its walls Claire

has created a stylish home that is all hers.


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Top: The view from upstairs in the cottage Above: corners of Claire’s informal garden, including a pair of her old work boots planted with sempervivums

Address Book:

You can visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden over the winter

months and enjoy a walk around the estate, lunch in the

restaurant or a cup of tea in the café. There will be special

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Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition, which will be at

the castle from January 16 to February 28, 2016.


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Natural reclaimed

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Cowhides, £249,

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Camo Watch at

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Designer Outlet, £80,

Aria Earrings, £14,

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Bracelet by Gaby’s in

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Proto-col Miracle

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Fox Head Cufflinks, £169,

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Apron, £30,

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The Penguin Family

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Gerry Weber poncho, £75, The Masai Clothing Company

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Wealden Times talks to Briony Wilkinson from

textile and stationery company, English Folly ...

Do you follow a

beauty routine?

Yes, but I have to keep

it quite simple as I have

quite sensitive skin which

reacts badly to too many

lotions and potions. I

discovered a Japanese brand

called SK-II when I lived

in Asia, so I now cleanse

with their facial wash every

day. Luckily I can still get

it in the UK, but only in

Harrods. It’s a real beauty

luxury! I use Nivea Q10

day and night creams too,

which I find are gentle

on my skin and give me

the basic SPF protection

I need during the day.

Do you have a particular

product you couldn’t

live without?

I definitely couldn’t live

without YSL Touche Eclat.

Working long hours on

close graphic and textile

pieces is not kind to

the eye area, and it’s my

saviour when I’m tired

and suffering with dark

circles. Unless I am at an

event, I don’t normally

wear masses of makeup,

so for a natural daytime

look, I use just a touch

here and there to even out

my skin tone. It replaces

a full foundation nicely.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat?

It has to be a spa day

and a massage. When I

lived in London I would

treat myself to a day at

the Sanctuary in Covent

Garden every six months,

but now I only really

find the time when I am

away. I have to give my

back the chance to recover

from being hunched over

a sewing machine every

day so I find a solitary spa

day is a fantastic way to

completely relax, recharge

and centre my thoughts.

Who’s your style icon?

It would be really hard

to pin it down to just

one person, but my

absolute favourite style

era would have to be the

50s. I love and admire

the timeless beauty and

elegance of Grace Kelly,

but Doris Day’s style is

so cute and quirky!

English Folly was launched

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a wedding stationery

business, but has since

grown into a huge range of

gifts, accessories, stationery

and homeware. Using a

variety of classic colours

and prints Briony designs

and creates bespoke and

personalised items to

order. Take a look at www.

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Save Our Soles!

Our feet take the weight of our entire body, so it’s no

surprise that poor foot health can lead to a whole host of

other problems. There are, however, many easy ways to

keep them healthy. We speak to a few specialists... Beliczki

The shoe fitting expert

Clare Wigston has been fitting children’s

shoes for over 15 years...

At what stage of a child’s development should a parent consider the first pair

of shoes? There are three main stages children go through while learning to walk

and becoming confident on their feet: crawling, cruising and walking. Barefoot is

considered best until a child takes the first steps on their own. However, this isn’t

always practical, so some soft slippers may be necessary for a little extra protection.

What are you looking out for when fitting a pair of shoes? When fitting children’s

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length and width for overall fit, as well as the depth, ensuring the top line of the

shoe isn’t catching on the child’s ankle. We then check the closure of the shoe and

make sure they don’t slip when they walk. This observation is very important.

Are there any common problems that can be caused by badly fitting shoes?

Ill fitting or bad quality shoes can cause a number of problems. Shoes that are

too tight can cause serious deformity, while shoes that are loose and offer no

support can cause the arch to drop. This consequently affects a person’s gait,

causing pronation (feet turning inwards or outwards), leading to other muscular

skeletal issues. Poor quality shoes are also made with synthetic fabrics that often

don’t allow the feet to breathe, leading to fungal infection and smelly feet!

Clare is the General Manager at The Golden Boot, Maidstone and specialises in

fitting shoes for children of all ages. She’s also a member of the Society of Shoe Fitters.

For more information speak to a member of staff in store or call 01622 752349.

The Reflexologist

Laurel Wickham is an expert

Reflexologist based in Marden...

What is reflexology? With its origins based in ancient civilizations, simply stated,

reflexology is a therapeutic foot massage for health and wellbeing. It is based on

the principle that there are reflex points on the feet (and hands) which correspond

with each organ, gland, skeletal and muscular structure in the body.

How does it work? Nobody is entirely sure how reflexology works, but it does

free up the energy that flows through various zones of the body. Using finger and

thumb pressure to stimulate the precise areas corresponding to the different parts

of the body, it unblocks any tension and stagnant energies to restore health and

harmony to all the body’s systems, and induces a state of absolute relaxation.

Who can benefit from reflexology? Women, men, the elderly, teenagers, children and

babies. Reflexology does not discriminate. Anyone of any age can derive the benefit.

However, as in any therapy, there can be contradictions and a full medical history is

always required. The benefits are endless. They include an improved immune system,

better circulation, pain relief, stress relief, it can assist with post operative recovery,

eliminate waste products from the body and encourages the body to heal.

Laurel is a member of the Guild of Holistic Therapists as well as a qualified

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The Chiropodist

Afsaneh Smith works

from her clinic in

Lenham Heath...

Why is it important to look after your

feet? The condition of a person’s feet

reflects their overall health. Many of my

patients have long term problems associated

with poor circulation or chronic fungal

infections. In these cases good foot hygiene

is essential. I explain that daily washing and

drying of feet with the appropriate use of

foot cream or fungicides can result in a big

improvement. Younger patients often have

verrucas or corns. In these cases a return to

a pain free life is the objective of treatment.

How often should you have your feet

treated? Nowadays people pay more

attention to their feet. Even if you have

perfect feet you need to take care of them.

For individuals with chronic problems they

should see an expert every six weeks. For

hard skin or corn removal a single visit to

a specialist may be all that is required.

Do your patients enjoy their treatments

and what do you enjoy about your job? I

hope so. When customers depart the clinic

happy and pain free it’s a good feeling.

Some patients don’t want to leave as they

feel so comfortable! For customers treated

at home I am often their only visitor all day

so like to think that this is an important

part of the care I can offer. I like to help

and care for people and by doing this job

I get a real satisfaction. Some of my clients

ask me “How can you touch people’s feet?

They are dirty and smelly!” But really I

don’t see it like that - I think how can I

relieve their pain, to make them better and

comfortable. This is a big reward for me.

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visiting clients’ homes, if they’re unable

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Nicci Gurr, a former student of the

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photographs: David Merewether

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Spiced lamb palmier

Makes: 20-25 Prep time: 45 mins

Cooking time: 20-25 mins Chilling time: 1 hr

You will need

• 1 bunch of fresh rosemary

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 2 shallots, finely sliced

• 300g minced lamb (speak to your local butcher)

• 1 garlic clove, peeled, crushed

• 1 tbsp cumin

• 2 tsp garam masala

• 1 tsp cracked black pepper

• 375g ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry

1. Heat the oil in a small frying pan, then

gently fry the shallots over a low heat,

with the cumin, garam masala, and

garlic clove for 5 minutes until soft and

fragrant. Transfer to a bowl and cool.

2. Add the lamb mince to the bowl, season

and mix well. To test if the seasoning is

right, fry a little of the mixture in a pan

until cooked, then season to taste.

3. Unroll the pastry sheet and spread evenly

with the lamb mixture, leaving a 1cm border

around each edge. Roll up each long side to

halfway so they meet in the middle. Chill

in the fridge for at least 1 hour (or wrap in

cling film and freeze until ready to cook).

4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6.

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Chilling time: overnight

You will need

• 225g (9 oz) fresh watercress

• 4 medium eggs, separated

• 250g (9 oz) red beetroot

• 200g (7 oz) soft rindless goat’s cheese

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• 100g (3.5 oz) of crème fraîche (Hinxden

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• Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Jo Arnell reminds us of the importance of garden soil Berg

This isn’t a very festive topic, I know, but I’ve just

discovered – in the nick of time, that 2015 is the

International Year of Soil. Oh well, every year

is a year of soil to gardeners, as we struggle to manage

it, improve it and remove it from under our fingernails.

It’s not only gardens that need soil, either – there’s a

growing body of evidence that says that people need it too;

connection with the soil is implicated in the prevention

of allergies, asthma and some mental disorders.

no clue about, as only 5 per cent of the bacteria in soil has been

identified. There are huge implications for the health of our

planet in the micro biome, and the more we’re discovering about

this mysterious world, the more interesting it’s getting. Children

playing outside and interacting with the soil are much less

likely to develop allergies and other immune system disorders,

and scientists have discovered that being near to the bacterium,

Mycobacterium vaccae, could reduce depression, causing us

to produce serotonin, the hormone that improves our mood.

Soil creatures great and small

We all know that earthworms are good for the soil,

incorporating dead and decaying matter, aerating and

generally improving things. Charles Darwin once wrote:

“It may be doubted whether there are many other animals

which have played so important a part in the history of the

world, as have these lowly organised creatures.” Just as vital

to soil, plant and our health, are billions of microscopic,

soil organisms. Get this – just one spoonful of soil contains

more microorganisms than there are people on earth.

Know your soil

Understanding your soil will give you an indication of what

is going to thrive in your plot. There are several types of soil,

derived from particles of the rocks from which they’re formed:

sand, clay, silt, chalk and peat being the main ones. Then

there’s the acidity level which, combined with soil type, will

determine which plants will grow happily. You can buy soiltesting

kits that show how acid or alkaline your soil is (most

hovers around the neutral mark), but you can easily test soil

with your hands, or a jam jar filled with soil and water.

Micorrhizae and soil bacteria

Gardeners have recently been introduced to the benefits

of Micorrhizae – tiny fungi that form mutualistic

associations with plant roots, helping plants to obtain

nutrients that they can’t otherwise access. Sprinkling a

powder containing the mycorrhizae on to plant roots

when planting will help them to establish and grow.

Bacteria are found in vast numbers in the rhizosphere – the

area around the roots of plants – and their actions work in

a similar way to the beneficial bacteria within the digestive

systems of animals. One group, called Rhizobia, live in

symbiosis with leguminous plants (peas, beans, lupins) in

root nodules. These fix atmospheric Nitrogen and make

it available to the plant in return for shelter and sugar.

Some bacteria are pathogens to be avoided, but many, like

the Rhizobia, are vital to plant health, and the rest we have

Clay soil

Clay is fertile and tends to be slightly alkaline, which many

vegetables – especially brassicas – appreciate. The main problem

is that it is hard to work, it’s claggy through the winter, slow

to warm in spring, and is like concrete until the autumn. To

improve clay soil, keep adding organic matter and grit. Clay

and silty soils can be prone to forming ‘pans’ of compacted

soil, leading to problems with drainage and poor penetration of

roots. If your soil is compacted, you will need to dig down and

break up the compacted areas and incorporate organic matter –

whether this is compost, manure or spent mushroom compost.

Sandy soil

This is lovely and easy to work, fast to warm, so the season

can start earlier. The problem with this type of soil, however,

is that it is very free-draining, so water and the precious

nutrients dissolved in it leach quickly out of the soil, leaving




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Hedge trimming and reduction

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it parched and dry. Adding bulky organic matter will

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(shredded stems, paper and card). These need to be added

to the compost heap in roughly equal measures and be

well mixed. If too much ‘green’ stuff is added, the heap

will become a stinky mush and if too much ‘brown’ stuff

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The other vital ingredients are air and water. The heap needs

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turning over of the heap will also help it rot down.

Leaves can be incorporated into the existing compost

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and nutrients being lost in winter – and keeping out weeds.

I’ll contemplate the microbial population lurking under my

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For twenty-one years, with varying degrees of success,

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present, if we do nothing, climate scientists are telling us that

we could see a temperature rise of around five degrees by 2100.

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What’s On In December

Children & Family

Tues 1 Dec - Fri 29 Jan 10am-4.30pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,

Surrey GU23 6QB

Winter Walk

Explore this newly created winter

walk full of winter scents, colours

and textures. With architectural

outlines softened by modern mass

plantings and new views to enjoy.

Entry: Free with normal

garden admission.

Info: 08452609000 / www.

Tues 1 - Thurs 31 Dec

Museum of Farnham, 38 West

Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DX

cycling activity trail

Ready, steady, on your bike! A

new self-guided activity challenge

along the family cycle trail.

Info: 01252 715094 / www.

Wed 2 & Thurs 3 Dec 5-8pm

Painshill Landscape Garden,

Portsmouth Road, Cobham,

Surrey KT11 1JE

Crystal Grotto

Festive Walk

Enjoy a magical moonlit walk in

the 18th century landscape garden.

Follow the special festive route

past follies and trees lit up with

colourful lights to the amazing

sparkling crystal Grotto. Advanced

booking required. Adults only

Info: 01372 464348 /

Fri 4 Dec - Wed 23 Dec

Polesden Lacey House, Great

Bookham, near Dorking,

Surrey RH5 6BD

1930s Christmas

house party

Experience the sounds, tastes

and aromas of glamorous parties

in the 1930s. Sip mulled wine

before taking in the fabulous

festive sparkle in the house.

Entry: £4 Adults, £2 children

and £10 families

Info: 01372 452048

Fri 4 Dec - Sun 3 Jan

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Millbrook

Guildford Surrey GU1 3UX

Jack and the Beanstalk

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre are

full of beans to announce that Olivier

Award-nominated actress, singer and

comedienne Dillie Keane will star as

the Fairy in this year’s magical family

pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

Book your tickets now for some feefi-fo-FUN

this Christmas: it would

be a GIANT mistake to miss out.

Info: 01483 44 00 00 / www.

Sat 5, Sun 6, Sat 12, Sun 13, Sat

19 - Tue 22 Dec 10am-5pm

Ham House and Garden, Ham

Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-

Thames, Surrey TW10 7RS

Visit Father Christmas

Follow our Christmas trail in the

gardens to visit Father Christmas

in his grotto where every child will

receive a Christmas gift. Booking

not needed. Children welcome.

Assistance Dogs only are welcome.

Info: 020 8940 1950 / www.

Sun 6 Dec 1-3pm

Gatton Park, Reigate,

Surrey RH2 0TW

Santa’s Grotto

Enjoy a golf buggy ride to the

start of a trail of clues leading

to Santa’s Grotto, then return to

Gatton Hall to make a Christmas

decoration. Tea and cake available

to purchase. Prebooking essential.

Entry: £5 per child

Info & Booking: 01737 649066


Weekends in Dec 9am-5pm

RHS Garden Wisley Woking

Surrey GU23 6QB

Decorating gingerbread

& storytelling with santa

Come and make festive gingerbread

and enjoy storytelling with Santa. 3+

years, accompanied by a responsible

adult. Booking essential.

Info: 08452 609000 / www.

Thurs 10 Dec

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue,

Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ

The Chimes & A

Christmas Carol

These classic tales of man’s search

for redemption are beautifully

told in this festive double bill.

Info: 01293 553636 /

Thurs 10 Dec - Sun 3 Jan 2016

Princes Hall, Aldershot Princes

Way, Aldershot GU11 1NX


Experience the magic and excitement

of another Aldershot professional

pantomime. This enchanting story tells

the rags-to-riches tale of a beautiful

young girl who is confined to the

kitchen, and is picked on by her Ugly

Sisters and Wicked Stepmother.

Info: 01252 329155 /

Thurs 10 Dec

Petworth House, Church Street,

Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0AE

A Festive Feast

Join Miranda Gore Browne, finalist

from the ‘Great British Bake

Off’ in the Historic Kitchens for

a wonderful Christmas baking

demonstration with festive treats for

you to taste and recreate at home.

Info: 01798 342207 / www.

Sat & Sun throughout

Dec 10.30am-4.30pm

Ham House and Garden, Ham

Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-

Thames, Surrey TW10 7RS

Family art activities

Create an art piece inspired by

your visit to Ham - free family

art activities in the below-stairs

rooms. Booking not needed.


Tues 22 Dec 10-11.30am

The Living Planet Centre, Brewery

Road, Woking GU21 4LL

Arctic christmas craft

Find out how polar bears are so

perfectly adapted to where they live

in the chilly Arctic. Make your own

polar bear and snowy Arctic habitat

to hang from your tree. Suitable

for children aged 4 and over.

Entry: Suggested donation £3

Info: 01483 426444 /

Fairs & exhibitions

Tues 1 - Thurs 24 Dec

Grounds All Saints Parish Church,

Clarence Street, Kingston Upon

Thames, Surrey KT1 1JS

Royal Kingston

Christmas Fair

You will be spoilt for choice by

the exhibitors, offering everything

from jewellery, skin care, massages

and unique gifts all displayed in

a large marquee on the green.

Tues 1 Dec - Sat 9 Jan

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon

Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS

Contemporary Textiles

Included in this showcase are quirky

textile sculptures by Jule Mallett

and Corinne Young. Jule’s take on

animating owls is humorous and

complemented by Corinne’s’ faux

taxidermy of deer and hares. The work

is bold and intricate, from scarves and

ties to detailed maps. There will be

something to suit all tastes, perfect

for gifts or a treat for yourself.

Info: 01252 713208 / www.

Sat 5 Dec 10am–2.30pm

St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church

(opposite The Bourne Club)

Frensham Road, Farnham GU9 8HA

Christmas Market

The Christmas Market at St. Thomason-The

Bourne returns for another

fantastic year with unique and exciting

stalls: Christmas gifts, bric a brac,

woodland santas, cakes, garden gifts,

homemade preserves, books, tombola,

raffle, silent auction and more.

Entry: donation £3, children free

Info: 01252 729446 / www.pth.

Sat 12 Dec 10am-5pm

Church Rooms, Send Road,

Send, Surrey GU23 7EU

Christmas Tree Festival

An exciting and original display of

Christmas trees presented by local

groups, organisations and families. As

well as trees to admire, there will be

a Christmas tree themed sales table, a

raffle and light refreshments available

all day. During the day there will be

musical entertainment, and at 4pm the

lights on the community tree will be lit

and we will have some carol singing.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483768420 /

Music & Dancing

Fri 4 Dec 7.30pm

Dorking Halls, Reigate Road,

Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ

Let’s Hang On

The Music of Frankie Valli

& The Four Seasons

A musical journey through the career


What’s On In December

of one of the most successful bands of

all time. From the early 50s, the show

takes you through hits such as Grease,

Bye Bye Baby, Sherry and Can’t Take

My Eyes Off You, and many more,

with a spectacular finale, of course.

Entry: £24.50 Groups 10+ £22.20

Info & Booking: 01306 881717


Sat 5 Dec 7.30pm

St Andrew’s Church, Downside

Bridge Road, Cobham,

Surrey KT11 3EJ


Featuring Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ Christmas

Music and Carols Soloists - Jane

Searle & Sarah Ince & The Ravens

Ensemble. Retiring collection

in aid of Surrey Air Ambulance.

Interval refreshments available.

Entry: £12 (under 18s £6)

Info: 01483 280756 / www.

Wed 9 - Fri 11 Dec

The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street,

Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ

Mozart’s Così fan Tutte

Così follows two young officers

(Matthew Palmer and James Savage-

Hanford) who are manipulated into

attempting to prove their love and

fidelity to their betrothed (Aoife

O’Connell and Claire Filer) by the

wry puppet-master Don Alfonso

(Gheorghe Palcu) and the girls’

maid Despina (Clare Treacey) – with

darkly hilarious consequences.

Info: 01483 444789 / www.

Join us for our Winter Concert.

Downland Chorale is an enthusiastic

local choir, who perform three

concerts a year at St John’s. Join us

for a winter’s evening of relaxing and

atmospheric choral music, including

traditional carols celebrating the festive

season. The programme will also

include music from Bach’s Christmas

Oratorio and from Handel’s Messiah.

Entry: Adults £10 Children

£5 Family £25


Sun 20 Dec

Colour House Theatre, Watermill

Way, London, SW19 2RD

Music among friends

Sunday Evening Music Among

Friends, now in its nineteenth year, is

a monthly series of informal chamber

concerts in which both seasoned

professionals and gifted young players

perform the music they love for

your and their own enjoyment.

Info: 020 8542 5511 / www.

Wed throughout Dec 7.30pm

Faygate Village Hall Park

Road, Faygate, Horsham,

West Sussex RH12 4SG

Beginners Ballroom

and Latin Dance Class

Learn to dance Waltz, Quickstep,

Rumba, Cha Cha and other

Ballroom and latin dances

Entry: £6

Info: 01293 851927 / www.

Denbies Wine & Gift Shop

Wide range of gifts for all the family

Late Night Shopping until 8pm every Thursday

The Gallery Restaurant

A la carte & fixed price menus

Open daily for lunch and every Thursday,

Friday & Saturday evenings

Please visit the website for Jazz Night

information throughout December

Santa’s Cellar Grotto and

Vineyard Train Ride

Every weekend from 28th November

& selected dates

Visit website for details

Christmas Winter Fair

Tuesday 1st December, 5.30 – 8.30pm

Monday 14th December, 5.30 – 8.30pm

Great Festive range of stalls perfect

for gift ideas

Santa will be arriving in his horse drawn

carriage with rides throughout the evening

Wide range of entertainment

Free Mulled Wine & mince Pies

Santa’s Charity Fun Run

Sunday 13th December

Perfect fun run for adults & children


for full details & entry

Children’s Christmas Disco

Saturday 19th December 11am & 2pm

Enjoy a Christmas bop with our favourite

DJ ‘Boogie nights’

Fancy dress welcome

£7.25 per child

Denbies Wine Estate London Road Dorking Surrey RH5 6AA

T. 01306 876616 / email / On-line reservations

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Fri 11 Dec 7.15pm

Carshalton Methodist Church,

Ruskin Road, Carshalton,

Surrey SM5 3DE

A Christmas Ceilidh

Join the Knock-kneed Bumblebee

Band with caller for this livemusic

event, part of Carshalton

Village Ceilidhs all-year round

programme. Music and dancing held

among our lit Christmas trees.

Entry: £10

Info: 07866 969147 / www.

Sat 12 Dec 7.30pm

St John’s Church, Canon’s Hill,

Old Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 IHA

Winter Concert

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The Farm

Jane gets festive,

collecting sloes and

hunting for a yule log

Steamer Trading Cookshop is a family-owned and family-run

business based in Lewes, East Sussex, selling an outstanding range

of top quality cookware, kitchen gadgets and tableware from

world-leading homeware brands. The company prides itself on

outstanding customer care, thanks to its friendly and expertly trained

staff who are always on hand to offer a demonstration or answer

questions. Steamer Trading has stores nationwide, with many in the

counties of Sussex, Kent and Surrey. As well as offering online sales at the company also offers a click & collect service

for extra customer convenience.

Steamer Trading have a rainbow of stunning, top quality kitchen

electrical items from coffee machines, juicers, blenders, food mixers

and processors, toasters, kettles, sous vide machines, hand blenders

and so much more.

In addition to well-known brands, Steamer Trading also prides

itself on finding those ‘extra special’ items from new and upcoming

companies. This Christmas the trend is very much the gorgeous

lustre of copper – in many different guises. To celebrate this we

are offering one lucky winner the chance to win all of the glorious

copper items in this picture, plus a few additional surprises.

The prize includes: four copper mugs; four copper shot glasses (two

sets of two); bamboo bowls with copper coating, large (shown) and

small (not shown), a slate with copper serving bowl, copper water

jug, storage jar (shown) and two storage jars (not shown).

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December 2015. There is no cash

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let us know if you do not wish your details to be passed on.

The cows are now all in the sheds and, at this

time of year – before all the muck builds up and

they have generally wrecked all the gates and

partitions – it’s still rather a novelty. There’s nothing

better on a cold wet winter’s evening than sitting by a

log fire imagining them all tucked up in deep beds of

straw happily munching away on lovely summer hay.

When it comes to logs, there’s special work to be done

in the next week or so. My children call me an old hippy

and there is much mirth every year as I badger the whole

family to come with me into the woods to choose our

special yule log.

The ancient Druids spent most of their lives outdoors

and, not surprisingly, they worshipped the sun which was

seen as a wheel that changed the seasons. It was from the

word for a wheel – houl – that the word yule is thought

to have come. They believed the sun stood still for twelve

days after the winter solstice on December 21 so, during

this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil

spirits and bring luck for the coming year. Hence the yule

log – or actually, yule tree.

As we live in Sussex our log will be oak, but the Scots

use birch and the French cherry, which gets soaked in wine

before being burnt to give off a pleasant aroma – how

very French! So we will, as a family, traipse around the

wood, everyone humouring Mum, to choose our windfall

log. This is also when the 2014 vintage sloe gin gets

ceremoniously opened for its first tasting. Although I say

so myself, it’s usually pretty good. But next year’s might

prove to be the best ever. This autumn I have never seen

such huge sloes, and such an abundance, which is very

fortunate because my friend Jilly gave me a huge 2-litre

preserving jar with a little spigot at the bottom for my

birthday in October – so I felt obliged to fill it.

Then we have to think about decorating the house. At

the beginning of December, many of the holly trees in

the woods are laden with bright red berries, just like a

Christmas card, but as we creep nearer to the big day the

blackbirds have a field day and strip them bare. So this year

I shall be taking a handy tip from Monty Don and picking

my holly early in the month and storing it in a bucket of

water in a cold shed.

Then it can be brought inside with the ivy to create

general Christmas loveliness and hide all the cobwebs.

Incidentally, the pagans (yes, the yule-log lot) considered

holly to be male and ivy to be female. Whichever was

brought inside first would determine who would rule the

home for the following year. Guess which is coming in first

at Coopers Farm!?

Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm

Congratulations to Vicky Ashley, who wins the November competition for

a one-day cookery experience for two at Rosemary Shrager’s award-winning

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