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Contents

January 2016

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46

WATER’S EDGE

John Graham-Hart finds

waterside properties

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114

UNTYING THE KNOT

Expert advice on coping

with divorce and separation

141

128

THE GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp is keeping an

eye out for otters in Kent

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40

IT’S JANUARY

What’s going on near

you this month

FUN AT THE FAIR

A snapshot of the Wealden

Times Midwinter Fair

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114

SHARING THE LOVE

Jennifer Stuart-Smith visits a

home with a warm heart

TONE AND TWO-FOLD

Start the year with bright,

bold clothes and accessories

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149

WHAT’S ON

Find out...

COMPETITION

Win a night in the Love Nest at

The Bell, Ticehurst, tickets to their

comedy night, supper and breakfast

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LIGHT & FANTASTIC

John Graham-Hart visits an

unassuming Dorking home –

with a spectacular interior

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Fabulous home accessories

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HAPPY TO LEARN

How happiness and

achievement go hand in hand

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128

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BEAUTY SUPPLEMENT

The latest products for your

face, body, hair and nails

A HEALTHY START

Revitalising recipes

from Cocolicious

SEEDS OF SUCCESS

Jo Arnell shares her passion

for seeds and seed catalogues

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154

INTRODUCING

Kaboodlebag

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard marvels at

her new-born calves

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Originally built around 1873 as a single

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Flat 2 is an attractive two bedroom

ground fl oor apartment with high

ceilings and retaining many period

features. All rooms are accessed from

a central hallway and include spacious

sitting room with open fi replace and bay

window fl ooding the room with natural

light, fully fi tted solid wood kitchen/

diner with integrated appliances, two

double bedrooms with garden views and

spacious family bathroom. Externally

the apartment benefi ts from its own

private garden enjoying a sunny position

Situated in the heart of Tenterden

with its beautiful tree-lined high street,

offering a range of local facilities

including shops, bars and restaurants.

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Spacious three bedroom semi-detached

family home in the highly desirable hamlet

of Stone. The living space comprises

sitting room with log-burning stove,

dining room, kitchen leading to utility

room/breakfast room with cloakroom

and shower room. The fi rst fl oor offers

two double bedrooms with fi tted

wardrobes, further single bedroom

with a fi tted cupboard and bathroom.

The stunning southerly aspect garden

is a particular feature of the property

and is a must to view to fully appreciate

the space on offer. The current vendors

have lovingly landscaped the garden

which offers a patio area, which is

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Guide price £1,250,000

Brenchley

A newly converted barn on the edge of the popular

village. 5 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms.

Detached triple garage. Paddock. EPC rating C. In all

about 6.6 acres.

Guide price £995,000

Goudhurst

An attractive attached converted oast house.

6 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms.

Mature gardens. Detached garage with store

room. EPC rating D. In all about 0.5 acres.

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Sandhurst

A substantial family farmhouse with equestrian

facilities. 7 bedrooms, 5 reception rooms, 5

bathrooms. Swimming pool. Tennis court. Triple

garage with annexe. EPC rating C. In all about 25.72

acres.

Guide price £1,175,000

Matfield

Detached family house on the edge of the popular

village. 4 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 4 bathrooms.

Triple garage. EPC rating E. In all about 0.83 acres

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Tunbridge Wells

An impressive detached townhouse in the heart of the

town. 5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms.

Rear garden with paved terrace. Gated entrance.

Detached garage and off-road parking. EPC rating C.

Goudhurst

A beautifully positioned Grade II listed country

house. 6 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 3

bathrooms. Ancillary accommodation. Swimming

pool. Tennis court. In all about 2.2 acres.

Pembury

An attractive Victorian house with ancillary

accommodation. 5 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 2

bathrooms. Detached 1 bedroom cottage. Swimming

pool. EPC rating F. In all about 2.62 acres.

Guide price £1,695,000

OIEO £750,000 Guide price £1,500,000

Salehurst

Attractive Grade II listed period house in a rural

location. 6 bedrooms, 5 reception rooms, 5

bathrooms. Swimming pool. Detached barn. Double

garage. In all about 3.17 acres.

Mayfield

A well-presented family house in the heart of the

village. 3 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms.

Indoor swimming pool. Attractive gardens and

grounds. EPC rating C. In all about 0.24 acres.

Benenden

A unique, architect-designed family house.

6 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms.

Swimming pool. Spectacular views over the

countryside. Garaging. EPC rating C. In all about

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Greatstone, Kent - £465,000

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A newly renovated and remodelled Sussex style property on high

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

1.

Going with the flow

John Graham-Hart finds waterside properties

I

once met up with a friend to celebrate the birth of his first child. He

was both elated and depressed. Elated for obvious reasons, depressed

because his wife had decided on both a home birth and a water birth.

The birthing pool had been set up in their bedroom and all went swimmingly

until there was a crack like a rifle shot and pool, wife and 200 gallons of

water started to disappear through the floor into the drawing room below.

The mother-to-be scrambled clear with surprising agility but my friend’s

beautiful Georgian drawing room would never, alas, be the same. “It looks

like the Norwegian whaling fleet has been through,” he muttered.

What is it about our love-affair with water? Why are we so fascinated by it?

Humankind just can’t keep away from the wet stuff. We are the only non-aquatic

mammal that has such a close relationship with H2O. Most of us have at least

one close encounter with water every day, in the form of a bath or shower. When

we come to select that hard-earned holiday, many of us choose to spend it on a

beach. We love to watch it in motion and will even go to great pains to get it to

defy gravity and flow up into the air.

Whatever the reason, we certainly do like to be around water and have water

around us. Properties on the coast, with seas views, by rivers or on lake-sides all

come with a premium price tag. From a humble pond to a dramatic beach, we’re

up for it. So have a look and see if one of these homes whets your appetite….

1. Upper Crisbrook Mill

Where? Upper Crisbrook Mill is set

in the lovely Loose valley, just south of

Maidstone (Google Maps ME15 6XR).

What? This beautiful Grade II listed

mill began life in the 18th century and

was converted into a home in the 1970s,

with the water wheel retained as a purely

decorative feature. The current owner,

however, has adapted it to provide not

only power for the whole house but an

income from the National Grid. They have

renovated the building too.

On the ground floor there is a dining

room, snug and kitchen/breakfast room,

while on the second floor there are two

bedrooms, a drawing room, office and

study. On the top floor there is a master

bedroom with en suite bathroom and three

further bedrooms. Outside, in two acres

of landscaped grounds, is a large decked

terrace, a romantic mill pond and a triple

garage.

How much? Upper Crisbrook Mill is

on the market at £1,100,000 and is with

Fine & Country in West Malling. Call

01732 222272 or visit

www.fineandcountry.com

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2. Rosemary Cottages

Where? Rosemary Cottages overlook

the shore of the east end of Bewl Water,

near the village of Flimwell in an Area

of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Google

Maps TN5 7PT).

What? No 3 has been extensively and

beautifully redesigned to provide either

an elegant family home or an exceptional

holiday retreat. The bright and spacious

kitchen/dining room opens out through

double bi-folding doors on to a stunning

terrace overlooking Bewl Water with a

second set of glass doors opening into a

spacious drawing room.

Also opening on to the terrace is the

master bedroom, which has oak flooring

and an en suite bathroom with Victorian

roll-top bath as well as travertine tiling

on the walls and floor. There are two

other stylish bedrooms. Outside is a front

garden with lawn, borders and off-street

parking for two or three cars.

How much? No 3 Rosemary

Cottages is on the market at £775,000

and is with Fine & Country in Tenterden.

Call 01580 766388 or visit www.

fineandcountry.com

3. Boarsney

Where? Boarsney is in a rural location

with fine views, in Salehurst, a couple of

miles from Robertsbridge (Google Maps

TN32 5SR).

What? An attractive Grade II listed

property, Boarsney dates from the late

16th century and is a spacious and elegant

family home. Accommodation includes

a large drawing room and dining room –

the former with some fine oak panelling

– as well as a sitting room, library,

conservatory and impressive kitchen/

breakfast room. Upstairs, on two floors,

there is a master bedroom with en suite

bathroom and five further bedrooms.

Outside, in grounds of about three

acres, there are outstanding gardens

encompassing a pretty pond, a large lake

with two islands, a swimming pool served

by an air source heat pump, a croquet

lawn, walled vegetable garden and a

superbly renovated barn with stone floor

and outstanding timberwork – perfect for

entertaining.

How much? Boarsney is priced at

£1,695,000 and is on the market with

Knight Frank in Tunbridge Wells. Call

01892 515035 or visit www.knightfrank.

com

4. Number 6 The Mill

Where? The Mill is on the Little

Stour River in the centre of the village

of Wickhambreaux, about five miles due

east of Canterbury (Google Maps CT10

1RQ).

What? The mill was converted

into apartments in the 1980s and No

6 occupies the top two floors of this

imposing building although it is accessed

by its own front door and staircase. On

the lower floor there is a kitchen/dining

room, three bedrooms, a bathroom and

a separate shower room and WC. Above

there is a vaulted reception room which

extends the full length of the top floor.

There are exposed timbers and stripped

pine doors throughout the property

and fine views from both floors over the

adjacent village green, church, rooftops

and the countryside beyond. There is offroad

parking too.

How much? No 6 The Mill is on the

market for £225,000 and is with Hobbs

Parker in Ashford. Call 01233 506221 or

visit www.hobbsparker.co.uk

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I think you must have been

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the plight of the humble

hedgehog. These appealing little

chaps, who are commonly

considered the gardener’s friend

because they feed on some of

the pests in the garden, have

suffered a severe decline in

numbers. The current population

is estimated to be around 25%

down in the last decade, which

may mean there is only a million

or so left.

This may be caused by a

reduction in their natural

habitat, the countryside. Which

means more of them are

resorting to living in towns,

where unfortunately a whole raft

of new threats exists. The most

obvious is getting run over by

vehicles - possibly 50,000 come

to grief on roads. We all know

that the hedgehog’s first defence

mechanism is to curl up, so they

present a prickly ball, not many

predators will find an attractive

proposition. Sadly this doesn’t

work in any way to deter cars,

they just squash them!

The list of bad stuff that can

happen to hedgies (as I like to

call them) is lengthy: many

drown in garden ponds because

we don’t think of putting

something in there to help any

hapless creatures climb out. They

are also poisoned by careless

gardeners who still haven’t

cottoned on to the fact that

slugs eat slug pellets, slugs are

then eaten by hedgehogs, then

hedgehogs die a very nasty

death from poison!

The list continues with getting

trapped in netting, which can

result in horrific injuries when

they try to escape, being burnt in

bonfires that seem to be a nice

place to make home, until it is

set on fire, and apparently

strimming accidents are fairly

common too.

So what can we do to help?

We can avoid leaving netting

around for them to get caught

in, also check carefully before

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animals that will get hurt when

you let rip with the machine,

and check the bonfire hasn’t

become a hedgie hotel. If you

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find a wildlife friendly version

that isn’t going to harm any

animals.

If you are of a kind nature you

could try feeding them a little

cat food and please don’t forget

the water.

Hedgehogs used to be able to

move much more freely

between gardens, finding a

variety of locations to feed and

make a home. Nowadays we are

all a lot keener on fencing in our

properties, and sturdy

gravelboards at the bottom of

fence panels probably have put

an abrupt stop to many an

established hedgie run.

Here at Jacksons we’ve tried

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there will probably only be a

small percentage of our

customers that will opt for

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their fence run, but it will give

us, as a company, the chance to

talk about the hedgehog decline

to our customers and anyone

else who will listen. The sincere

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At Maidstone Museum, The Scottish Mask and

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Festive fun

at the fair

This year’s Wealden Times Midwinter Fair took place once

again in the Walled Garden at Bedgebury Pinetum, near

Goudhurst. With pre-booked ticket sales up 47% on last year

the event attracted a huge number of shoppers and fans of the

Fairs. Despite torrential rain, which made parking a very muddy

issue and wellies a necessity, visitors, stallholders and WT staff

didn’t let this dampen their spirits, and pulled together with true

British grit, to make this another successful fair.

Inside the bustling marquees, stallholders did a roaring

trade, while shoppers mixed meeting friends with shopping

and browsing the food stands. Huge, colourful balloons, by

Bang-On balloons were used to decorate and colour-code each

marquee, helping visitors to navigate the vast array of stands.

Amongst the many eye-catching displays this year was a working

Aga on the Burlanes stand - which was used to heat mince pies -

hot-tubs at Homewood Leisure, and Katie Brinsley’s WT prizewinning

stand, made almost entirely from cardboard.

Those who needed to keep their strength up, when shopping

for Christmas presents or treating themselves, were spoilt for

choice, with Cocolicious on hand, serving delicious cakes and

mouth-watering toasties, as well as newcomers Mucky Duck

serving savoury muffins and warming soups. Other popular

stands included Coffee Real and Spade and Spoon.

The WT team would like to say a huge thank you to

everyone involved in the Midwinter Fair and wish you all a

Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you again at the

Midsummer Fair at Hole Park, Rolvenden on June 9-11. May

the weather gods be smiling on us!

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Editor’s

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Here’s wishing all of our readers a Merry Christmas and

a Happy New Year! Whether you are holed up with

your January issue of the Wealden Times, enjoying

your Christmas break, or are already looking to the

year ahead, this month’s magazine is sure to brighten

up your day – before you’ve even got past the cover.

This month’s cover star is a dazzling 1920s home, in

Dorking, Surrey, the interior of which will make your heart

sing. Bright, light and airy, it’s testament to the power of

clever design and the benefits of having an artist in the family

whilst underlining the point that good taste is not all about

having a big budget. Closer to home we visit a classic Wealden

farmhouse near Ulcombe in Kent, transformed by its owners,

Sarah and Dean, into the perfect, cosy house for country living.

As well as our two interiors features, we’ve got some

mouth-watering and revitalising recipes from Lou Lou

Hamilton at Cocolicious – perfect if you have over-indulged

over Christmas – Jo Fairley’s expert ‘beauty resolutions’

as well as five pages of health and beauty products to

help you feel tip-top as you go into the New Year.

Enjoy your Wealden Times!

Wealden Times Team

Editor .................................................................................Jennifer Stuart-Smith

Fashion & Beauty Editor.................................................................Helen Barton

Design ..........................................................................................Powerful Pierre

Design Team ...............................................................................Anthony Boxall

Rob Cursons

Phoebe Gilbert

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Sales Manager ...........................................................................Hayley Biddulph

Sales Team .......................................................................................Mandy Agar

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Sales Director......................................................................................Joy Adams

Events Organiser .........................................................................Fiona Saunders

E-Commerce & Marketing Executive............................................James Godfrey

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Above: The kitchen space was once three rooms and a corridor, but is now

open-plan light and airy Right: Pops of colour add to the general brightness

of the rooms

Once upon a time we lived in caves. It wasn’t ideal

but it sure beat rubbing two sticks together in

the pouring rain. However, after a few tens of

thousands of years, some bright spark grew tired of the

damned great hole where his cave met the elements and

decided to build a mud wall across the entrance. It probably

collapsed two or three times in the making but ultimately it

was finished and he stood back to admire his work. His wife

joined him and after a moment or two he turned to her.

“Architecture is reaching out for truth,” he grunted. “A

great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go

through immeasurable means when it’s being designed and in

the end must be immeasurable.” In the blink of a low-browed

eye, architecture had been born and with it, architects.

Both are, by and large, A Good Thing. The latter, however,

can have a tendency to eclipse Miss Piggy when it comes

to pretention – the words above were not actually spoken

by our caveman but by the great American architect Louis

Khan. There are of course, exceptions and one of the most

notable is Sir David Chipperfield whose contribution to

architecture worldwide is truly immeasurable and whose

pronouncements are invariable enlightening and inspiring.

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Above left: Kate has mixed designer items with affordable pieces from shops such as IKEA and Made.com Above right: The ‘simple yellow’ of the Tesco bar

stools in the kitchen is echoed by lamps in the living room and the painted doors of a downstairs storage cupboard.

“There is a danger when every building has to look

spectacular, to look like it’s changing the world,” he says.

“I don’t care how a building looks if it means something,

not to architects but to the people who use it.”

Which brings us, perhaps a little circuitously, to Kate

and Jason’s house in a leafy residential street in Dorking.

Externally it certainly does not have ambitions that rock the

universe. It is, however, my favourite in its street. It was, in

1928, the first to be built here and today is set apart from

its rendered neighbours by its individual style, warm-andweathered

brown brick and general air of gentle welcome.

However, the house’s unassuming exterior belies an interior

that is one great basket of light – an interior that, while not

changing the world beyond the front door, has certainly

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Above: A light and well-equipped home office makes Kate’s one day working from home much more pleasant. ‘It’s a really nice place to work,’ she says

changed the lives of all lucky enough to live here. Kate

and Jason took over a house that was designed for 1930s’

living and updated piece-meal over years, and transformed

it into a truly outstanding home for a 21 st century family.

Two years ago the couple decided to move from

their previous home to be closer to work and to have

more space for the family which includes nine-yearold

Amber and seven-year-old Joe. They started looking

in the Dorking area and, as fate would have it, this

was the first house they looked at. “I don’t think I was

wild about it but I knew it would work,” says Kate.

The property had only just come up for sale for the

first time in a generation and the market was moving

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Above: The stylish white-topped oak desk in the home office space once served as Kate and Jason’s kitchen table. The white bookshelves are from Ikea and the

on-trend grey sofa was £100 from Homesense. A white leather rocking chair, to the left of the picture and on the previous page, was from Habitat

sale and again fate took a hand and it sold within 48

hours. In two weeks it was a done deal. There was only

one slight problem -- they were going to have to do

a considerable amount of pretty radical work on the

property, had nowhere to live and winter was coming on.

The answer was to move into a campervan in the driveway,

make swift decisions and watch builders tearing apart walls,

interior and exterior, as temperatures began to fall. They did,

however, have a design heavyweight on their team – Kate’s

mother, the artist Gill Wyche. Gill and her husband designed

and built their own home, Tyneham House in Caldy, a

property shortlisted in this year’s Northern Design Awards.

“My mum has had a big influence on this house,” says Kate.

Looking at the acres of glass at Tyneham House, one can

see the importance Gill attaches to natural light and it’s a

priority she has brought to her daughter’s home. From an

inter-war property with many rooms serving a family with

six children, it has become a contemporary home with fewer,

larger rooms and fewer walls – both internal and external.

Wherever possible, entire exterior walls have been replaced

with great expanses of glass in the shape of bi-folding doors.

The new kitchen space, for instance, was three rooms

and a corridor and is now one glorious space with one

wall entirely composed of bi-folding doors with oversized

panes opening out on to a patio and high-banked flower

beds. “This side of the house is south-facing so the light

pours in all day,” says Kate. “The doors were a real drama

to get in but they were well worth it in the end.”


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Above: A central landing allows light to flood into every room and is an

attractive focal point of the home Left: Although many of the rooms have

been knocked through to create open-plan living, there are still intimate

spaces such as this dressing room on the first floor

All the units are bespoke and in a Little Greene grey.

The walls are white. Any particular kind of white? “Just

trade white,” says Kate. “Sorry but to me white is

white and that’s what I asked for and that’s what they

are.” The Corian surfaces are also just white and the

£30 Tesco bar stools are just yellow. On the walls is a

selection of bright Anthropologie prints and a daffodil

still-life by her mother. The floor is a lightly limed,

not-quite-white Fired Earth herringbone parquet.

The fridge is called Goliath. This is not an

anthopromorphic affectation by the family but a

model name assigned to it by its makers, Fisher &

Paykel. “I was so tired of having such a tiny fridge in

my previous kitchen that when I found a fridge called

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Above: Amber’s room is painted in a ‘simple white’ but livened up with bright and cheerful fabrics. Kate, rescued the miniature wrought iron day bed from a

florist’s shop, where it was being used for display. Original oak mullion windows throughout the house are a reminder of its 1920s origin

More glass doors lead into the drawing room, this

time doors with more regular-sized panes and then more

bi-folding doors with larger panes open out into the garden.

This means, optically speaking, that the entire garden

becomes part of the kitchen. “The window manufacturers

and fitters were seriously concerned that the large panes at

one end of the room wouldn’t match the smaller ones at

the other,” says Kate, “but we worked it out in the end.”

The fireplace was pretty much as it is today except that

the grey tiles have been replaced with slate. Kate has retained

the oak mantle above it. “When we came to look at the

detail, so much in this house may have dated back to the

‘50s and beyond but, given a slightly different treatment,

looked very contemporary -- so we retained as much as

we possibly could.” This included the oak mullions of the

windows, which were stripped, and a stunning staircase that

again was stripped to put the natural oak centre-stage.

The two high sofas are from the Sofa Workshop gather

round a Habitat glass-topped coffee table, while underfoot

the original oak flooring has been stripped and limed. The

rug is from Homesense and the TV unit from MADE.com.

The study is not so much a mere study but a cool

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Above: It’s clear from the layout of all of the rooms, including those of the children, that there is a designer’s influence at work. Here, two playful gingham

lampshades and classic bedside tables add symmetry and order to the space, while not being overly formal

and elegant office. Kate is Head of Strategy for the

NSPCC and takes one day off from her desk in London

to work from home. “It’s a bit over-kill for one day’s use

a week but it is a really nice place to work,” she says.

The centrepiece is a stylish white-topped, oak-legged

desk which once served as Kate and Jason’s kitchen table.

The white bookshelves that cover one wall came from

Ikea and a swish grey sofa that looks as if it should have

cost considerably more was bought from Homesense

for just £100. My favourite piece, however is a million

dollar white leather rocking chair from Habitat.

Upstairs, past a Habitat tripod standard lamp standing

sentry on the landing, is the the master bedroom

fashioned, along with its bathroom and dressing

room, from a number of smaller rooms. The oak bed

is Habitat and, beside it, an Anthropologie flamingo

head sticks out of the wall. One half expects to find the

rear end protruding into the bedroom next door.

Amber’s room, like virtually all the rooms in the house,

is ‘just white’. Hiding behind the door is an old school


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Amber’s room, like virtually all the rooms in the house, is ‘just white’. Hiding behind

the door is an old school desk and, in an opposite alcove, a Victorian washstand


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Above: Bright dashes of colour and touches of humour, such as the flamingo’s

head protruding from the wall, prevent the rooms feeling at all austere –

despite the liberal use of white paint on the walls Right: Kate’s love of colour

and preferred palette is reflected in her shoes

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desk and, in an opposite alcove, a Victorian washstand.

Under the window is a miniature wrought-iron day bed

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Joe’s room really could not be more of a boy’s room.

Virtually every sport known to man is represented and

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understand, just any pedal car. This is the car in which Joe

competes in the Settrington Cup at Goodwood Revival each

year. “It’s really just a great day out,” says Kate. “It’s not really

meant to be that competitive.” A boy in a racing car on a

racing track in a race and it’s not competitive? Please.

Not that Joe cares but his great red-striped blinds are

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The house’s unassuming exterior belies an interior that is one great basket of light – an interior

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from Houzz and his elegant desk from Habitat. He chose the

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This house, however, most certainly is. Alas, does it reach

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Education –

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The pressure put on young children to achieve academically is constantly increasing, with SATS,

league tables and Ofsted ratings often a priority for pupils, schools and parents. But is this

pressure counter-productive? We look at the link between happiness and achievement – whatever

‘achievement’ is seen to be – and the rise in popularity of Forest Schools.


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Wellbeing and attainment

Hilary Wilce: Education expert and personal

development coach

As soon as our children go to school we get very interested in

“how they are doing”. We want our children to do well and make

the most of themselves, so issues of achievement and attainment

loom large. But what we don’t always realise, is how much of

what they achieve at school is rooted in what happens at home.

Children can only do their best at school if they are loved, looked

after and encouraged at home. But how do we do this? It can

help – mentally, of course – to chop children into three parts:

Bodies Young bodies need to be well fed, exercised and rested

if their brains are to be alert and functioning, so it’s good to ask

ourselves some tough questions. Are they getting enough sleep?

Are we giving them the wind-down routine that will help them

go to sleep, and a quiet, well-aired bedroom that will also help

them rest at night? Are they getting a good amount of exercise

and is at least some of it outside? Are they eating well, with a

good balance of fresh food against occasional sugary and fatty

treats? Do they drink enough water? Are we giving them healthy

things in their lunch boxes?

Minds Are we looking after their growing minds? Young brains

need to acquire good mental habits if they are to seize all that

school has to offer. Are we encouraging them to be curious

and interested in the world, to find out more about things that

catch their attention, and have a go at challenging tasks? Are we

helping them learn to take risks and make mistakes? And to ask

for help if they need it, and bounce back when things go wrong?

Spirits Odd as it may seem, how kind a child is, or how honest

and authentic, relate directly to their classroom performance, so

it’s good to ask ourselves how well we are doing at helping our

child develop their own inner spirit and light. Are we showing

them how to have a good relationship with themselves and with

others? Are we encouraging them to be thoughtful, considerate

and positive? And do we guide them away from blindly following

others, and towards exploring what they themselves feel is right?

There are hundreds of ways we can put these body, mind and

spirit principles into practice, from working out a good ‘screen

policy’ for our children, to exploring new types of exercise,

establishing a system of family chores, or tweaking the ways we

talk to each other at home. There is no single answer, but the

power of love trumps everything. If you can love your child for

whom they are, not what they achieve, if you can make sure your

child knows that you love them in this way, and if you can help

your child grow up warm, secure and confident in this love, you

are already raising a winner.

Hilary Wilce’s latest book, Back Bone

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Achievement

Antonia Beary

Confidence, resilience, friendship...

Miss Antonia Beary is the headmistress of Mayfield School, an

independent Catholic boarding and day school for girls.

What do you think is the key to happy children?

Superficial things that make a child happy initially can have

a detrimental effect in the long term. Success can make you

happy, but in a school environment, success needs to be

defined as more than just ‘results’. Girls need to be challenged

and encouraged, but not to feel like failures if they are not

‘perfect’. Working hard to fulfil your goals is important, as is

coping with setbacks. The more you do for others, the happier

you are: I think that encouraging and providing opportunities

for our young people to volunteer, especially with those less

fortunate than themselves, is important.

What non-academic activities do pupils take part in?

We have over 65 clubs and activities every week, from

fencing to textiles, drama to pig-keeping. Girls need to have

opportunities to learn new skills outside the classroom and

to have fun. Exam results are important, but there is much

more to education than simply exam results. Through being

involved in a wide range of activities, girls learn to investigate

where their strengths – and weaknesses – lie. Not everyone

is academic and it is important that girls have opportunities

to flourish outside the classroom. Such endeavours cement

friendships. Opportunities to take risks and make mistakes

allow girls to push themselves, take more responsibility, make

choices and decisions. Experience of leadership, teamwork,

speaking confidently in public, or even being able to look

someone in the eye with a smile and a firm handshake, are just

as important as a clutch of A* when it comes to making your

way in the world.

Is happiness reflected in pupils’ achievements?

When you come to look around the school you see happy,

smiling and welcoming faces, but everyone happy all the time?

Of course not! It is important that each girl learns how to cope

with difficulties; to dig deep and find strategies to deal with

events (or relationships) not turning out the way they hoped.

Supporting girls in having a sense of perspective and finding

ways to cope with the pressures they will and do undoubtedly

find themselves under is something we as schools need to see as

a priority.

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Happiness, individuality and self-esteem...

Mrs Alison Eckersley, Assistant Head Welfare, SENCO and

Rev Daniel Rutherford, Assistant Head Pastoral, Chaplain and

Head of Religious Studies, at Dulwich Prep School

What do you think is the key to happy children?

daniel: Every child has the right to be happy. A happy school is

safe and secure, where children know what’s expected of them,

and a place where everyone is listened to and valued.

Alison: Appreciate children’s individuality, praise the effort,

creativity, hard work and the persistence that goes into achieving.

Offering children new skills enhances their self-esteem and they

are more likely to be happy when they are nurtured in a caring

community. Stability, continuity, dedicated care and a relationship

that is built on trust are all key.

How do you try and ensure this?

daniel: Children should be encouraged to be themselves and not

fit into a mould, and be helped to find something they can excel

at. Working together as a team with a clear sense of purpose is an

important skill to learn.

Alison: Taking the time to talk to children and parents and

listening to their concerns. Children are encouraged to persevere

even when the going gets tough, and we help them to understand

their feelings when things go wrong. We help children develop

greater coping skills and take time to prepare them for changes at

school and beyond.

What activities do pupils take part in, besides academic work?

Alison: Outdoor learning introduces bush craft skills including

fire-lighting, knot-tying and building. The aim is to give all

shelterconfidence

that develop after a few days away in the mud.

the children an opportunity to

work together to become more

independent and to allow them to

try new things where there is no Mrs Alison Eckersley and

wrong or right way. It is amazing Rev Daniel Rutherford

to see the new friendships and

daniel: Our sports facilities are second to none, and all children,

regardless of ability, will play competitive sport for the school.

The performing arts are very strong with a programme of

concerts and plays. There is every opportunity to try a new hobby

-- including cooking, gardening, mah jong, sewing, chess, art,

DT, badminton and triathlon to name just a few.

Is a child’s happiness reflected in their achievements, either

academic or non-academic?

daniel: It is happy children who really learn effectively and

grow to be balanced, successful adults. I am convinced that the

opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, available to our

pupils, plus a supportive nurturing community, give them every

chance to succeed both at school and in the world beyond.

Alison: By treating every child as an individual we can nurture

their potential, whatever their talent, and celebrate all their

successes both large and small. It is so rewarding to see a child

blossom before your eyes.

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Forest Schools

Forest Schools offer regular opportunities for children to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem

through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or wooded setting. It is a specialised learning

approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education as well

as conventional classroom learning.

Motivation, concentration, resilience

Flora Haynes is a Level 3 Forest School Leader, who has worked

with students in woodland at Godinton House, Ashford

Why are Forest Schools becoming so popular?

The importance of free play for holistic development as well as

the positive impact that the natural environment has on wellbeing

have been gaining more recognition. The UK government’s

Learning Outside the Classroom manifesto launched in 2006

encouraged schools to find ways to get children learning outside,

which is something that is already done in many other countries.

However, we live in a risk-averse society, especially when it comes

to children, and this is often a barrier to teachers taking children

outside the classroom. Forest School centres can, through correct

risk assessments, policies and staff expertise, manage these risks

and help to make learning outside the classroom accessible. The

woodland also provides a stimulating environment in which to

develop holistically, which the school setting may be lacking.

Forest Schools really work. The benefits are clear and the success

of Forest School programmes has helped to build their popularity.

What effect does forest

schooling have on children?

This will vary for each child

as we all develop and learn

differently and the effect should

be measured in terms of the

whole programme, usually

a minimum of six weeks.

Flora Haynes

Benefits would usually include increased

confidence and social skills both with peers and adults, improved

motivation, concentration and resilience which is often translated

back to the classroom, improved language and communication

skills and improved fitness including fine and gross motor skills as

well as an increased knowledge and understanding of the natural

world. A Forest School should only aim to complement the

curriculum, not replace it. Although a Forest School leader will

inevitably share knowledge with children, it is equally important

to facilitate the children to learn the skills which can’t be taught.

Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford, 01233 643 854,

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Our new extended, high quality facilities, including a magnifi cent Art

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Engage, motivate, inspire

Teresa Rapley is Head of Nursery and Forest School Leader at

Battle Abbey School, an independent day and boarding school

How long have you worked as a Forest Schools teacher,

where did you train and what is your qualification?

I trained three years ago as a Forest School Leader with

the Circle of Life Rediscovery; an important aspect of this

qualification is also that you must hold a current 16-hour

Outdoor First Aid certificate.

Why are Forest Schools becoming so popular?

Forest Schools started in Scandinavia back in the 1950s,

through the belief that children benefitted from having close

contact with nature and the natural world. The practice

was introduced in the UK 20 years ago, and its continuing

popularity is down to the positive impact it has upon its

participants. How often can we escape from the modern world,

mobile phones, tablets, traffic and environmental pollution?

Forest School is an amazing opportunity to explore and engage

with the natural world in a playful and educational way

through planned, hands-on experiences and child-initiated

learning.

What effect does a Forest School session have on children?

The children are excited to have this opportunity to learn,

explore and take appropriate risks alongside their friends in

the woodland. Forest School brings out the best in all the

participants, provided of course they are well-prepared for the

variety of British weather we experience! Studies have shown

that Forest School participants develop better emotional

balance, self-confidence, co-ordination, health and social skills

than those who do not have this opportunity. We have also

noticed increased levels of self-esteem, fitness, problem solving

skills, literacy and safety awareness.

Who can attend?

We offer this Forest School experience to our Nursery,

Reception, Year 1 and Year 3 children.

What sort of things do you get up to?

The Forest School sessions aim to engage, motivate and inspire

the children, using the seasons, children’s interests, physical

and mental challenges, teamwork and the natural world as

the inspiration. The children develop creative thinking, selfesteem,

teamwork, communication skills, resilience and an

understanding of risk within the boundaries of safety. Activities

include den-building, balancing, climbing, using tools such as

saws and loppers, camp-fire safety and lighting, knots, weaving,

investigation of habitats, plants, trees and insects, stories, poetry,

mapping, music-making, singing,

nettle cordage, camouflage skills,

role play, exploring textures, colours

and growth -- to name but a few!

Battle Abbey School, High St,

Battle, East Sussex TN33 0AD,

01424 772385,

www.battleabbeyschool.com

Adventure, play, imagination

Bob Payne is the Estates Manager at Vinehall, Level 3 Certificate

in Forest School Programme Leadership who will be working

with a group of pupils, the Woodland Trust and the Duke of

Edinburgh scheme to clear an area of woodland on the 47 acre

site and set up a Forest School programme.

Why are Forest Schools becoming so popular?

There is a greater understanding of the benefits of allowing young

people to enjoy the outdoors and Forest School is an inspirational

process that offers all learners the opportunity to achieve, develop

confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences

in a woodland environment.

What effect does a Forest School session have on children?

The children are excited and relaxed in the woodland

environment and learn at their own pace through play and

adventure. The children look forward to the Forest School

sessions and those who attend regularly show improvement in

other areas of education.

What sort of things do you get up to?

Building bivouacs, cooking on fires and making woodland

artefacts, but Forest School is not adult-led but child-led, so the

Forest School leader will have a plan of activities that they will

do with the children but inevitably this moves to something

else. A nature walk may turn into a session building bivouacs

or splashing about in water in welly boots. We try to use the

outdoors imaginatively and to weave opportunities into our

curriculum. For example, Nursery and Kindergarten use the

woods to match colours and camouflage items, they might make

bird feeders and tree rubbings. They have created fairy gardens

and made potions as well as been on a bear hunt (or two) in the

woods and a walk to discover who laid the egg in the forest (it

was a dinosaur!) Reception go out weekly to the same woodland

area and notice seasonal changes, and they might build dens for

themselves or a soft toy. They use the environment to support

their learning, for example, finding letters to build words or

comparing and measuring twigs. Year 1 have used the outside to

support their storytelling, making a stick man in the woods after

reading Julia Donaldson’s book of the same name, then describing

their character and writing a story about him. They have been

‘hunter gatherers’ which linked with their history topic on the

Celts; they collected fruits and berries to cook over the camp

fire. Year 2 have used the camp fire too which has enriched their

‘Fire and Ice’ topic. They tried lighting a camp fire and cooked

marshmallows over it. Before participating in fire pit activities the

children play games to encourage safety around the camp fire.

Vinehall School, Robertsbridge, 01580 880413,

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Inspiration, teamwork, communication

Laura Flannigan is Head of Pre Prep and Nursery School at

Claremont School, near St-Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex.

How long have you worked as a Forest Schools teacher, where

did you train and what is your qualification?

Claremont School has run Forest School for over four years and our

staff members are trained through Archimedes. We also use Circle

of Life training and have had separate training for bushcraft skills.

Recently, we have branched into Beach School training, which we

find goes hand-in-hand with our outdoor curriculum.

Why are Forest Schools becoming so popular?

Children are stimulated through outdoor activities in an inspirational

learning area where child-initiated learning is at its best. The benefits

of Forest Schools are vast, supporting many areas of learning that

simply cannot be taught or experienced within a classroom (such as

den-building or building campfires).

What effect does a Forest School session have on children?

All children can access Forest School and explore the natural world.

The children learn to problem-solve, work as a team, develop

communication skills, build confidence and self-esteem while

enhancing independence. The unique environment of a Forest

School is deeply rooted in a child’s emotional wellbeing, while also

allowing them to take risks in an environment that teaches them

about nature and can spark many areas of imaginative play.

Who can attend?

Any child can attend Forest School. At Claremont we run Forest

School sessions from our Nursery age up to lower key stage 2.

What sort of things do you get up to?

The list that never ends! This term we have been focusing on bushcraft

items: from learning techniques such as weaving, leaf-printing,

and making broomsticks, to using our steam bank to produce items

out of clay. We have used teamwork to construct dens large enough

to fit a whole team in, and then used a variety of materials found in

the wood to waterproof it. The children have regularly created camp

fires to cook s’mores, nachos, popcorn, heat hot chocolate and bake

bananas - with many other delicious items too. The children have

been able to experience the forest changing from season to season

and have learnt about the variety of trees and bushes that grow in

our woodland. We have looked at animal tracks and the different

habitats found in our forest, from within the tree roots to what lives

in our lake. During the wetter days we still make sure we go outside,

enjoying stream-walking, creating mud monsters from natural

materials and even mud-sliding (very messy but huge fun and a

confidence building technique, too!).

Claremont School, Baldslow, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

TN37 7PW, 01424 751555, www.claremontschool.co.uk/

Junior School Open Day

Saturday 19th March

10.00am – 12 noon

“Pupils are eager and co-operative learners who are

able to work independently and think critically,

and whose creativity is very well developed.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2013

Walthamstow Hall Junior School,

Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3LD

For more information please contact

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Government extends permission to convert office

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Brandon Lewis, the Housing

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recently announced

that the Government

has permanently extended the

permitted development of officeto-residential

properties.

The Government initially introduced

the scheme in May 2013, and these

temporary measures were due to

expire 3 years later on 30 May 2016.

Now, the permitted development

rights have been made permanent.

This will effectively extend the time

limit for those who already have

existing prior approvals to complete

the conversion by May 2019.

Developers will have further

permitted development rights

to allow the demolition of

office buildings to then rebuild

as residential dwellings. This

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use from light industrial and

launderettes to residential use. A

developer will have three years

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The announcement is clearly good

news for developers and owners

of office units that are currently

underused. The shortage of

residential housing coupled with

empty office space, particularly

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the scheme was an attractive

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However, with an upturn in the

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Under the current scheme, local

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It is envisaged that this will be

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with local authorities having to

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Another concern has been raised

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that whilst they are not opposed to

the idea of an offices function being

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under the policy are exempt from

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As the Housing Bill passes

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Embracing the future

When it comes to the difficult subject of divorce, and all that this entails, the legal process can

seem overwhelming. To help bring some clarity, at what can be a confusing and challenging time,

we’ve asked three local law firms for their advice on three key issues: from the initial stages of

divorce and dividing assets to deciding on childcare...

Reducing the pain of divorce

Melanie den Brinker, Consultant

barrister and collaborative lawyer

at Buss Murton, shares her expert

opinion on divorce

What is the first thing you

should do, if you are thinking

of divorce?

Divorce can seem overwhelming,

but don’t panic. The future

may seem very uncertain and

it’s true that there may be a lot

to consider, but not everything

needs to be dealt with at once. Speak to someone

who can explain your options clearly and give you an idea of

what to expect. Some divorce lawyers offer a free initial halfhour

meeting at which you can go through the basics and find

out what needs to be considered and how best to go about it,

in as pain-free a way as possible.

How long does the process take and what are the stages?

Firstly a Divorce Petition is filed at court. Next the

Respondent completes and returns an Acknowledgement of

Service form, stating if he/ she wants to defend the divorce.

If the divorce is undefended, the Petitioner then files a

statement confirming the contents of the petition and the

court then grants Decree Nisi. At least six weeks and a

day after Decree Nisi, the Petitioner can apply for Decree

Absolute and it is the pronouncement of this which actually

dissolves the marriage. Assuming there are no complications,

this process usually takes around six months, but financial

negotiations often extend this timescale.

What can couples do to minimise the trauma of divorce?

Communicate! It may not be easy, or even possible to

communicate directly, but there are people out there who

can help. Alternatives to court, such as collaborative law and

mediation, allow a couple to resolve issues relating to children

and finances by agreement. Remember that although it

might be tempting to want to “win at all costs”, there is life

after divorce and it’s far better to try to sort out arrangements

between yourselves than have something imposed on you

by a court.

Buss Murton offers a free initial half hour meeting to allow

clients to meet one of the family team and to discuss the

various options available to them. To make an appointment in

their Tunbridge Wells, Cranbrook, East Grinstead or Dartford

offices, please call Louise Huxstep on 01892 502 338.

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Childcare and the courts

Sarah Brissenden solicitor in the Family Department of the

Tenterden office of Whitehead Monckton, gives her advice

Do separating parties need a legally binding agreement

with regards to childcare?

It is not mandatory for parents who separate to have the

arrangements for their children drafted into a legally binding

agreement (a court order). In fact, court orders can be inflexible

if applied to the letter. However, if a parent is unlikely to

comply with arrangements unless they are compelled to by

the court, a court application may be the only way forward.

If the parents are experiencing difficulties, then it is always best

to seek legal advice in relation to how best to deal with the

dispute, perhaps by mediation, collaboration or whether an

application to court to put the childcare arrangements into an

order which binds both parties is the best course of action.

Do fathers and mothers have equal parenting

rights/obligations?

The law does not assess the ‘rights’ of mothers and fathers

in childcare matters: it considers the welfare of the child or

children when looking at particular arrangements or proposals.

In terms of obligations, provided both parents have Parental

Responsibility for the child or children, they must be consulted

when certain arrangements or events happen in the lives of

their children.

At what age can the child decide with whom they live?

The Dispute Resolution Advisory Group has recommended

that children and young people from the age of 10 should have

their voices heard in dispute resolution processes including

mediation. At present, it is normally the role of the court and

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Who decides how joint assets are

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Ultimately it’s for a judge in the

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assets are to be decided, but you’ll

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agree between yourselves. The law

provides guidelines, such as that

children should be the first consideration and the outcome

should be fair. It’s not always easy to get agreement about

what is the fairest outcome though. If you can’t agree, you

can ask the judge to decide.

Has the law changed recently, with regards to a spouse’s

entitlement?

The law has not changed, in the sense that parliament has

not voted in a new law changing either spouse’s entitlement.

However, since the economic downturn hit in 2007/08 many

judges have gradually changed their expectations of spouses

who give up work to look after children. As a result, I have

often seen greater pressure on those parents to return to work

after divorce if it is deemed reasonable. However, paying

parents don’t have things all their own way and we are still

seeing maintenance orders being made for lengthy periods

in many cases.

Does being married, rather than simply ‘partners’, affect

the court’s decision?

Definitely. When unmarried couples split up the law can

only decide what the parties’ intentions were over who owned

what. The judge cannot take property owned by one partner

and give it to the other. In some circumstances, property can

be transferred temporarily between ex-partners but only to

meet the needs of children. When the children grow up, the

property must be returned. When a married couple divorce,

however, the law largely disregards who owns what and can

redistribute assets between spouses in order to achieve a fair

outcome.

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Above: A Welsh ‘deuddarn’ cupboard takes pride of place in the kitchen

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designed by the artist Belynda Sharples. “I’m not making

it up, but I was on a hen weekend in Norfolk, and met the

artist,” says Sarah. “There was this fantastic craft market in

Burnham Market – I was nipping round – and was drawn

to her work. I decided then and there I would find a place

for it in our house.” The downstairs loo was one of the few

places with sufficiently straight walls for wallpaper, one of

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Yet, for a house of this age, it’s surprisingly warm and

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For a house of this age, it’s surprisingly warm and draught-free. ‘It does take

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Above: Sarah used a darker version of the pebble flooring in the wet room for

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the unspoilt views from every room, out over little Wealden

fields and hedges, or across the expansive lawns. The main

bedroom has the pick of the views, across the garden to a

newly built oak-framed cart shed, and paddocks beyond. It

is also home to an impressive roll-top bath: “It’s meant to

look like cast iron, but we would never have got it upstairs,

and I was worried about the floor taking the weight,” says

Sarah.

Hidden behind doors next to the upstairs chimney breast

is a generous walk-in wardrobe, with textured pebble

flooring to echo that of the wet room. It works surprisingly

well and, as Sarah says, is ideal when your floors are so

uneven; tiles just wouldn’t work.


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THE STORY

The story starts in 1959, when Pasquale Natuzzi opened a workshop producing

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the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1998 the Headquarter

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The Natuzzi Group expanded to Europe and the Far East.

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Above: The duck pond at the back of the house is thought to be the result of digging for clay to make roof tiles. When the couple decided to clear the pond and

dig down to its original depth, they discovered that it was 20 feet deep. ‘The digger and driver completely disappeared out of sight,’ says Sarah

One look in the second bedroom, and you can see the kind

of uneven floors the couple have had to deal with; floors so

uneven that they had to have a special bedside table made,

with different-length legs.

Short legs are needed upstairs, in the attic bedroom –

though on guests rather than on the furniture. Nestled into

the upper beams of the house is a gorgeous, almost secret

bedroom which has been made extra cosy with the addition

of thick luxurious carpet, a reindeer skin on the floor and

discreet lighting. It is reached by a quirky and steep ‘paddle

stairway’, as you sometimes see on boats, and Sarah and

Dean had a loo and basin installed en suite, to save guests an

awkward climb down the stairs.

This kind of consideration is typical of Sarah and Dean,

consummate hosts and now a key part of village life.

Both these facts are borne out by a story about the end of

their restoration and decoration: “At the end of the job, we

had all of the tradesmen – about 20 of them – plus some

of our neighbours, round for a party. The guy with the

digger, who dug out our pond, brought round some of his

homemade cider, and we all got extremely merry,” says Sarah.

What an appropriate way to celebrate moving to Kent.

Address Book:

Bell House Fabrics and Interiors Cranbrook

01580 712555 www.bellhousefabrics.co.uk

Belynda Sharples (Wallpaper and fabric designer)

01508 531171 www.belyndasharples.co.uk

Cranbrook Iron 07765 344298 www.cranbrookiron.com

Headcorn Hardware 51 High Street, Headcorn

TN27 9NL, 01622 890409

John Bly 020 7351 7799 www.johnbly.com

JM Interiors Frittenden 01580 291221 www.jminteriorsuk.uk

Symonds Salvage Ltd Bethersden 01233 820724

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T J Smith Headcorn 01622 891025

www.timsmithfurniture.com

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HillyHubb

What was the most exciting moment for your business

in the past year? It’s been amazing to have my products

featured in magazines and being picked as Kirstie

Allsopp’s maker of the week

at The Handmade Fair.

Did you have a best selling

product or range? My most

popular design is ‘Long

Dog’, whether he is just

natural or parading with the cupcakes, which he

did actually steal in real life. Other popular designs are

the hares and the mad scaredy-cat which is very much

based on next door’s very vocal moggy!

What was the biggest challenge you faced? The most

challenging aspect of designing is which ideas to add

to the range next. I have loved meeting and growing

a following of loyal customers at the fairs. It is a thrill

when they pull one

of my phone cases

out of their handbags

to show their friends

what they bought last time and to ask what

is new to buy this time.

Tell us about your plans

for the year ahead? Next

year will see the two

favourite designs put on

tea towels and brooches

after the sellout success of

the Christmas decorations.

Even more exciting is the prospect of having my own

fabric produced, and after that, who knows!

Shop online: Wealdenfairs.com/hillyhubb

or Hillyhubb.com

Rare Skills Gallery

Did you have a best

selling product or range?

Our most popular series

is called ‘My England’;

it’s evocative of railway

posters of the 1930s, and

features places of interest,

predominantly in Kent,

Sussex, Devon, Cornwall,

Suffolk, Norfolk and

Northumberland.

What was the most

exciting moment for

your business in the

past year? Turning

a tiny, forlorn shop

into a stimulating and

vibrant space which

people often describe

as ‘So uplifting’.

What was the biggest challenge you faced? Though

very beautiful and historically notable with the Corn

Exchange as one of its most prestigious buildings, The

Pantiles is increasingly off the beaten retail track. As

a result, footfall is less than on a normal high street,

and so rather than waiting to be discovered, we have to

continually build awareness and encourage referrals.

Tell us about your plans for the year ahead? We’ll be

expanding the ‘My England’ series with new pictures

of Rye, Great Dixter, Penshurst and many others, and

we’ll be attending a number of prime exhibitions and

events. We’ll also be talking to local businesses about

helping them bring life to their walls.

Shop online: Wealdenfairs.com/rareskillsgallery

or Rareskillsgallery.com


Tone &

To start the New Year, here’s a few bright and

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Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

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Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020 7607 6327 www.wealdenfairs.com/eclecticajewelleryltd / www.eclectica.biz; Maharaja short pendant, £80,

Maharaja bracelet, £75, Maharaja earrings, £65, Bill Skinner www.billskinnerjewellery.co.uk


Irresistable fashion jewellery and accessories

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It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to

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Ochre blue cashmere jumper, £99,

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lambswool scarf, £46, Darcey Sussex Boutique,

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and labradorite necklace, £70, gold and

white agate Bonbon bracelet, £60, silver and

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victoriousbee / www.victoriousbee.co.uk


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dressing undeniable beauty

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Glen Prince red lambswool scarf, £46, Darcey

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faux fur huff, £25, Spice, Cranbrook 01580

714156 www.spicecranbrook.co.uk; Second

Female grid jacket, £138, Odyl, Cranbrook

01580 714907 www.odyldesign.com; Tallulah

necklace, £45, Tanglewood Studios www.

wealdenfairs.com/tanglewoodstudios; Elektra

RX Optikals in The Blues, £249, Rock

Optika Ltd, St Leonards On Sea 01424 430

007 www.wealdenfairs.com/rockoptika


orange multi wrap, £55, pink striped jumper, £50, Cashara, Tenterden 07966 033000 www.cashara.co.uk; gold and blue agate Bonbon

bracelet, £60, silver and purple agate Bonbon bracelet, £55, Victorious Bee 07734 848911 www.wealdenfairs.com/victoriousbee /

www.victoriousbee.co.uk; 1970s multicolour pendant, £125, 1960s earrings, £55, Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020 7607 6327 www.

wealdenfairs.com/eclecticajewelleryltd / www.eclectica.biz; red bag, £40, Spice, Cranbrook, 01580 714156 www.spicecranbrook.co.uk


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As a long time proponent of slouching and poor

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Get yourself into a new routine for the New Year.

Getting out of bed isn’t easy at this time of year, but the

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December!) and when you wake, have a cup of hot water first

thing, with a slice of lemon and a teaspoon of honey. It helps

cleanse your system and brings your glucose level up, to kickstart

the day.

Clean your make-up brushes. They’re a big investment,

and an essential tool, so take care of them. Use a professional

brush cleaner, or simply clean by using gentle shampoo and

warm water. Let the brushes fully air-dry before using.

Then treat yourself to a new lipstick. Go on. There’s no

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don’t be a slave to them – but try a new texture (gloss instead

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perfect red – or at least try an alternative to the seven ever-soslight

variations on a theme (see above!) It’s amazing how such

a simple change makes you look fresh and new.

New Year’s

Resolutions

Beauty

Josephine Fairley shares her top beauty tips, for

starting the year afresh

Illustrations: Susanne Hayes

It’s that time again. Clean-sheet-of-paper time. The

wonderful ‘fresh start’ moment. But while some New

Year’s Resolutions are just too hard to stick to (or just

too ambitious) – lose two stone, go to the gym three times

a week, climb Kilimanjaro etc. (you know the sort of

thing) – I honestly believe there are, however, small healthand-beauty

shifts that will make big differences to how we

look (and feel). So here are my recommendations – in no

particular order – for simple resolutions that will genuinely,

seriously improve your wellbeing and looks, over the next

year. (I’d offer a money-back guarantee, if I could...!)

Clean out your make-up bag. First, dump everything

on the floor and throw out anything that’s two years old or

older. From there, weed out anything that’s broken, smells

funny or you haven’t touched in over six months. Remember:

foundation in bottles and loose powder are meant to stay at

home – if you put these in your make-up bag, you’re bound

to have a big mess to deal with sometime. If you’re carrying

around seven shades of the same lipstick, or half a dozen lip

balms, stash some at home – and at least you’ll lighten the

handbag load.

Re-evalulate your skincare regime. Our skin changes

with the seasons, stress and environmental factors, and New

Year is a great time to look at how your skin looks and feels,

and to make changes. Keep it simple: all most women need

is the right cleanser, moisturiser, neck cream and a great, nongreasy

eye cream. If you want to add in more, then fine – but

resolve to use the extra products.

Take care of yourself, physically and spiritually. As

modern women, we’re pulled in so many different directions

that we’re often the last priority. Make a pact for 2016 to take

time out for yourself to exercise, get manicures, facials and an

occasional massage; get plenty of sleep and relaxation to keep

you energised. Eat a healthy diet for life, not for the moment.

Centre your energy on feeling good about yourself, instead of

trying to be what you’re not.

Take two nights out of your week and treat yourself

to a mask at home. You’ll get the best results when you

apply a moisturising mask and sit for half an hour in a

deliciously, hot bath: the steam opens the pores.

Drink more water. Heard it before, and from me, you’ll

hear it again. If you can’t hit your target of drinking eight

glasses of water every day, try drinking 1-2 litres of water daily

before a special occasion for three days; on the third day, skin

will be looking luminous and dewy.

Have a free makeover every 3-4 months. You might

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What will you

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Wear a minimum SPF15 each and every day. Winter

and summer. Just do it. (I recently had a facial analysis at

Sarah Chapman’s new Skinesis Clinic in Sloane Square via a

very high-tech skin machine which benchmarked me against

women my age for age spots, wrinkles, etc. – and I left

feeling quite smug. Entirely down to my daily SPF15 habit, I

reckon.)

Discover why Essential Fatty Acids really are

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vitamins – so eat oily fish three times a week, or take 500 mg.

of omega-balanced oils, daily, to strengthen skin and brain

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3 to just about every woman I meet, which you can find at

www.victoriahealth.com)

Turn to pure essential oils instead of prescription

drugs to shift your mood. The scent of lavender is proven

to slow the brain and restore peace of mind, while a few drops

of rosemary in the bath is an instant pick-me-up. Better still,

add the essential oils to a bathful of Better You Magnesium

Oil Original Flakes, the other product that I witter on about

to readers/friends/colleagues constantly. Flipping miracleworkers,

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Wipe away worry lines by getting work/life balance

right. Create some ‘me’ time by holding back some holiday

allowance to book the odd day of beauty treatments. I was

inspired by reading Beating the 24/7 by Winston Fletcher

(John Wiley & Sons), to see how business leaders get the

balance right! Make this the year, meanwhile, that you also

banish all electrical devices from the bedroom. Your body –

and most of all your whirring mind – will thank you for it.

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Body brush daily. My, but this really works, if you use

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dead skin cells and improves skin tone and condition.

Layer your body products. For truly nourished skin,

apply a rich cream or balm and then ‘seal’ it in with a fine

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Wealden Times talks to Lou from Send Me

Cakes, the letterbox friendly baking company...

do you have a beauty

regime? I’m a ‘beauty comes

from within’ practical

kind of a girl, so my daily

lifestyle is my regime. Nice

and early I’m straight out

of bed to the soap, water

and moisturiser, but its

what I do and eat that

makes me feel good. Five

fruit & veg, and limiting

meat and white carbs with

meals means I justify my

cake fix relatively guilt

free! I insist on some daily

outdoor time, and when

I’ve finished baking in

the afternoons I squeeze

in a dance or stretching

exercises when a good

tune comes on the radio.

do you have a particular

product you can’t live

without? Moisturiser! My

skin gets so dry. I don’t really

mind which brand and I have

definitely reached an age

where I love receiving it as a

gift. I do also have a couple

of special creams I can’t do

without as I get heat rash and

sore ears (from wearing ear

plugs when I lived in a noisy

rescue centre years ago). I also

love my Back Buddy stick

which enables me to do my

own physio when I need it.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? A deep

massage session. I’ve got a

few aches and pains from

my previous outdoor horsey/

farming/animal rescue

lifestyle, and I love being

professionally pummelled

by a good practitioner!

The only problem is that

I am very tickly. I own a

couple of working ponies

so any snippets of time

I can get with them is

also a perfect pamper.

In fact, since becoming

a working mum any ‘me

time’ counts as a pamper!

Who’s your style icon?

I value what people say

more than how they look.

Although I do see style

as a gateway to presence,

which is important when

forging a business. We

aren’t all naturally beautiful,

and making the most of

what you have, creating

your own style, and being

confident with it leaves

a memorable impression.

You just have to make sure

that this is positive. As for

my style, it can range from

tweedy country browns

to flamboyant colour

mixes – but always one

rule – flat shoes only.

Lou specialises in ethically

produced, homemade cake gift

boxes, that are created using

British and locally sourced

ingredients. They’re lovingly

wrapped in recycled packaging

and delivered straight through

your, or a friend’s, front door.

Choose from Kent Apple

and Almond, Cinnamon

Shortbread, Ginger Drizzle

and loads more at www.

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Milk Thistle has been used

for over 2000 years as a herbal

remedy. Several scientific

studies suggest that milk

thistle can protect the liver

from toxins consumed,

including pharmaceutical

drugs and (ahem, possibly

over the New Year?) alcohol,

which can cause liver damage

in high doses. Native to the

Mediterranean region, it’s

a member of the asteraceae

family, which includes

sunflowers and daisies, and

can now be found everywhere.

The flowers are a red purple

and it grows in sunny, dry

areas, with spiny stems and

wide leaves, which, when

crushed, produce a milky white

sap. The active ingredient is

known as silymarin, which

is extracted from the seeds

and has antioxidant and antiinflammatory

properties,

encouraging cell renewal

and protection. It’s widely

available in health stores as

a capsule, a liquid extract

or a tincture, but be sure to

check with your GP first.

Hot Toddy...

We love this time of year.

Throughout Christmas and

the beginning of the New

Year, homes are filled with

festive scents. Cinnamon,

clove, even fresh pine from

the tree bring back joyful

memories of past celebrations,

but let’s be honest, loving

this season doesn’t mean we

want to actually smell like

a Christmas tree. So this

is where another cracking

product from the team at

Lush is very welcome. We

tested their aptly named

‘Celebrate’ body lotion and

it certainly gave our skin

a reason to celebrate. This

luxuriously thick cream is

made up of an intoxicating

mix of lime oil, Brazilian

orange oil and a cheeky

splash of Cognac. Cocoa

butter and almond oil go to

work at giving winter skin

the ultimate hydration it

needs and obviously, it smells

fantastic. Perfect for use

on dry hands after long winter

walks, and great for a night out.

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Rich foods and too much alcohol can definitely leave us all

feeling sleepy, sluggish and a bit rubbish. After a little over

indulgence during the festive period we’re talking about

digestive health, so we chatted to a few specialists...

The nutrition & lifestyle coach

Fiona offers consultations in both Optimal

Health and Sports Nutrition...

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What is healthy digestion? Healthy digestion requires adequate chewing to allow stomach

acid and digestive enzymes to chemically break down food particles small enough to pass

through the gut wall into the bloodstream. Adequate elimination of toxins, as well as excess

hormonal metabolites e.g. cholesterol, is also part of healthy digestion. Healthy digestion

additionally involves feeding the beneficial bacteria, which live in our digestive systems, which

manufacture various vitamins and play a huge role in supporting our immune systems.

Other than gastrointestinal symptoms, what other effects can bad digestion have

on our bodies and lives? As healthy digestion is key to optimum well-being any

imbalances in the digestive system can have an impact on almost all aspects of health

including skin, cardiovascular, hormonal, mental and immune health. Often people do

not make the connection between their symptoms and that it may be an issue with an

underperforming digestive system. As the digestive system plays the most important

first line defence for the immune system, supporting it is key to optimum health.

Can this be treated through diet alone, or are there any other lifestyle changes that

can help? In addition to diet and appropriate nutritional support, addressing stress levels is

equally important for digestive health. Lifestyle management techniques that lower breathing

rate e.g. meditation or any activity where a sense of calm is achieved can be particularly

helpful. Also identifying triggers that exacerbate symptoms, which may involve removing

specific food groups for a period of time, may be essential for allowing the body to heal.

Fiona Brenninkmeijer is based in London, Tunbridge Wells and is also available for home visits

by appointment. For more information visit www.mylifestylemenu.co.uk or call 07980 611668.

The specialist for Integrated Medicine

Christine is a homeopathic physician

and medical acupuncturist...

What is Candida and how does it affect our digestion? Fungal related disease and

specifically Candidiasis is common and often triggered by frequent consumption of

antibiotics and refined carbohydrates. Candida albicans constitutes one of the yeasts, which

are found in small amounts in even a healthy bowel. Antibiotic use destroys harmful and

beneficial gut bacteria, creating space for an overgrowth of yeast in the bowel. Refined

carbohydrates like sugar let them thrive. This aggressive activity creates damage in the gut

lining and the fine filter mechanism of the bowel becomes compromised. Enlarged holes

or ‘leaky gut’, allows incompletely digested food to enter the blood circulation. These

particles mimic natural cytokines leading to migraines, asthma, eczema, arthritis etc, and

natural hormones causing mood swings, fluid retention, bloating and weight gain.

What are the symptoms of yeast overgrowth? Symptoms include the following: chronic

fatigue, generalised malaise, gastrointestinal complaints (bloating, wind, diarrhoea), IBS,

food intolerances, recurrent infections, allergies, skin problems, decreased concentration or

‘brain fog’, depression, irritability, craving for sweets or carbohydrates, hypoglycaemia (low

blood sugar) symptoms, migraine, arthritis, asthma, obesity, reduced alcohol intolerance.

How can this be treated naturally? Candidiasis can be successfully treated

naturally with a combination of a herbal anti-fungal medicine, a homeopathic

organ support made up of natural remedies to support liver, pancreas and kidneys

to deal with the ‘die off’ effects of the fungus, a probiotic to recolonise the gut with

healthy bacteria, and a diet avoiding sugars, yeasts and fermented foods.

Christine is based at Rose Cottage Homeopathic Clinic near Maidstone. To book an

appointment visit her website www.homeopathykent.co.uk or call 01622 741086.

The Ayurvedic doctor

Dr Asmita Jani deals

with a huge variety of

clients and patients...

What are the principles behind Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a very sophisticated medical science and

emphasises the need to prevent illness and maintain

health. The main principle is about having a life of

balance. This can be achieved through understanding

our own body type or ‘Prakriti’ (wrongly described

as dossier in the West!). The healthy function of

the body’s numerous processes is governed by three

physiological energies briefly categorised as Vata

(air and ether), which determine activity-motion,

mobility and breathing; Pitta (fire and moisture)

which governs metabolism, intellect and immunity;

and Kapha (water and earth) which oversees

growth, reproduction, water and fat metabolism.

What other factors should be taken into

consideration? Ayurveda recommends that we

should select our well balanced fresh and nutritious

diet according to our body type, digestive capacity,

age, medical condition, and our imbalances (Doshas).

Regular appropriate fasting is also advisable for good

health and preventing illness. We should eat regularly

at the right time according to our bio-rhythms,

with a pleasant mood, concentration on our food

and chewing well. Do not rush when eating or

completely fill the stomach. Avoid a noisy or negative

atmosphere and negative emotions particularly

anger, distress or jealousy, as this changes the potency

and quality of the digested food in the body and

influences the brain, liver and heart function.

When seeing a new client what are you assessing

and how do you help them? It is important to

establish the client’s trust in Ayurveda. Once I have

established their needs, state of mind and emotions,

I take their full medical and social history and assess

their body type with them, sharing the characteristics

applying to them: their diet, habits, lifestyle issues.

I work out a plan for them to restore balance and

achieve a disease-free body with enhanced energy and

clarity of mind. I may also recommend Ayurvedic

herbal remedies according to the condition.

Asmita is also trained in traditional Panchakarma

and offers an Ayurvedic cookery course. For

more information and to book an appointment

call 01273 298286, email info@asmita-ayurveda.

co.uk or visit www.pavilionhealth.co.uk

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Soda Bread Tartine with Beetroot Hummus,

Avocado and Shaved Fennel

For 4 portions

• 300g cooked beetroot

(buy precooked or roast

gently yourself)

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 150ml olive oil

• 1 tin of chickpeas in

water, drained

• 1 lemon zested and

squeezed

• 2 tbsp tahini

• 100-125ml extra virgin

olive oil

• salt and pepper

• 4 slices of soda bread,

toasted

• 2 ripe avocados

• 1 fennel

1. Place cooked beetroot in food processor and blend until

smoothish.

2. Add chickpeas, lemon zest and juice, tahini and garlic

with ½ of the olive oil and blend until smooth. If you

feel it is too dry and needs more liquid add the remainder

of the olive oil or water until the desired consistency is

acquired.

3. Taste and season accordingly and store in fridge until

ready to use.

4. When ready to serve, spoon hummus onto toasted bread,

top with sliced avocado and shaved fennel, drizzle with a

little more olive oil and lemon, season if needed

Smashed Avocado with Persimmon, Pomegranate

and Pumpkin Seeds

Serves 4

• 4 slices soda bread

• 2 ripe avocados

• 1 or 2 persimmons

• 1 pomegranate

• a handful of pumpkin

seeds, toasted

• olive oil to drizzle

• juice of 1 lemon

1. Cut the avocados in half , remove the stones and scoop

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over ½ of the lemon juice to flavour and also to stop the

avocado going brown.

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delicious seeds out. Sprinkle over tartine together with

pumpkin seeds.

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• 2 large sweet potatoes

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• 2 shallots, peeled and cut

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• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive

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• 5cm fresh ginger, peeled

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• pinch of salt and pepper

• 1l of good chicken or

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• 100g of cooked quinoa

• 50g flaked almonds,

toasted

• 50g coriander, de-stalked

and roughly chopped

• pre-heat your oven to

200˚C

1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chunks. Put into a

roasting tin with the shallots, drizzle with olive oil and

season with salt and pepper, toss until all well coated.

2. Roast for about 25-30 minutes until the sweet potato is

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Seeds of success

Jo Arnell shares her excitement for seed catalogues

Hark! Is that the merry thud of the Christmas post,

or rather, the post-Christmas post landing on the

mat? The arrival of the seed catalogues is - for sad

old me anyway - part of the magic of the season. It might

be dire and dismal outside, but inside their glossy pages it’s

already high summer and looking gorgeous. The fact that

these are just pictures and ideas of what could appear after

laborious sowing, growing and nurturing is, right now, in the

depths of winter, a side issue. I’m ashamed to say that even

before the turkey’s cold I’m ready to settle down in front of

the fire with a pile of them and start my spring dreaming.

flavour and for the un-buyable taste of home-grown and

freshly harvested. The heirloom, or heritage, tag is banded

about in much the same way as ‘vintage’ and ‘retro’ are

used in fashion and interiors, but to be a proper heirloom

variety, the seed needs to be at least 70 years old and ‘open

pollinated’. This means that it will reliably come true from

collected seed each year so, in theory at least, you need

only buy once. Heirloom vegetables are renowned for their

flavour, rather than supermarket uniformity. If you want an

‘uber’ crop (think of all those lovely straight rows standing

Seed sowing trends for 2016

The gardening world turns fairly slowly, so many of last

year’s trends are still in our minds for this year, but the

seed catalogues are a good place to look for up-and-coming

ideas, especially for new plants and new colour schemes. The

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the grow-your-own front, and more people are growing

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now: everything from rainbow carrots and purple-pod peas

to beetroot with a candy stripe. We’re also growing for

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to attention) then choose an F1 variety. This denotes seed

that has been bred to create a champion plant with all

the best characteristics of its parents, plus an enigmatic

superpower called ‘hybrid vigour’ to make the seed extra fast

growing and high yielding. These are the racehorses of the

seed world, so they come at a price; not quite the price of a

racehorse, but much more expensive than ordinary seed.

Meadow flowers - We are still stuck on the meadow theme

it seems, but the loose, romantic look is becoming more

sophisticated, and interesting flower combinations are

appearing. It’s a style of gardening that looks carefree and

simple, but requires some thought and co-ordination in

order to avoid a messy tangle of competing plants. The good

news is that a blousy, meadow-style border can be made

from scratch in an instant (a horticultural instant, that is)

from just a few packets of seeds. It’s a fun and relatively

cheap way to experiment with colour and style too.

Butterflies and bees

Pollinators need nectar rich flowers and our crops need

pollinating. This is true on a macro scale, and in our

domestic spaces too. We are mad about the bees; for very

worthy, planet saving reasons and because they bring our

gardens to life. Growing companion plants in the veg

patch and simple (as opposed to over-frilled and sterile

double) blooms in the borders will bring beneficial insects,

beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees into your garden.

Cut flowers

Annuals make ideal cut flowers because the simple act of

cutting them keeps them flowering, and the more you

cut, the more you get. Flowers like sweet peas, cerinthe,

cosmos, and sunflowers are easy to grow from seed and once

they start to flower, will fill your vases all season long.

A perennial problem

I don’t want to put anyone off growing perennials from

seed, but it’s worth looking into it a bit before you do.

Many perennials need stratifying to break their dormancy.

It’s a trick of mother nature’s, enabling the seeds to

germinate only when conditions are right. So they may

have to go through vernalisation (a period of cold, such

as the winter), or the seed coating needs some form of

abrasion, (many are triggered out of dormancy by

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may need to be sown fresh, covered by soil and kept in

the dark, or left to germinate in the light - or all of the

above. Annuals and biennials on the other hand, haven’t

got time to mess about waiting for the equivalent of a

handsome prince to stir them into action. Their life is short

and to the point - their only job is to flower and set seed

for the next generation, so they’re under starter’s orders as

soon as you tip them out of the packet, and will virtually

germinate before your eyes. If you’re growing plants from

seed for the first time, or want to encourage the children

to join in, growing annual seeds is a good place to start.

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Six of the best seed catalogues

There are lots of good seed suppliers to choose from (see

bottom of page). The following catalogues stand out for

me, but I can’t promise a scientific comparison of them.

It’s not all about yield; half the fun is being inspiredplanning

the perfect patch and choosing what to grow.

Chiltern Seeds - has quirky and charming descriptions of

the plants that make for an entertaining read, even if you

don’t end up placing an order. The printed catalogue is

description only, but the online version now has pictures of

the plants too. Chiltern offer an enormous range of seeds,

and it’s easy to get tempted into sowing seeds of unusual

plants or even giant trees. You have been warned…

The Real Seed Catalogue - sells new and unusual

heirloom vegetable seed, although most varieties

have been around for at least 100 years. These vegetables

have been grown for their flavour, reliability and beauty.

You won’t find any F1 hybrids in this catalogue.

Kings Seeds - this company have been producing

their own seed for many years, both for wholesale

distribution and direct to the public. They offer

very good value for money and have a broad

range of no nonsense vegetables and flowers.

Seeds of Italy (Franchi) - are very generous with their

seed and good for Mediterranean vegetables like tomatoes,

courgettes, and also salad leaves, green beans and cavolo

nero (Tuscan black kale). I like their strapline too - ‘you will

reap what you sow.’ It must sound less ominous in Italian.

Sarah Raven sends out ravishing catalogues and

has a great website. It’s a really good source of

inspiration, especially for cut flowers, colourful veg

and companion plants. The instructions that arrive

with each order are excellent, but their seeds are quite

expensive and they’re a bit mean with quantities.

Special Plants is run by Derry Watkins, a well

respected nurserywoman and plant hunter based in

Wiltshire. Much of the seed is collected from the

nursery and is supplied very fresh. They are helpful,

informative and respond quickly to queries.

It might still be several months before we can start sowing

all the enticing seeds from the catalogues, but just thinking

about it makes the spring feel a tiny bit closer. From

the depths of bleak, dark January, let’s march forward

with Seeds of Italy’s motto ringing in our ears. We will

indeed reap what we sow. Happy new growing season!

Contact Jo for border designs, planting and garden

advice: 01233 861149, jo@hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Other seed companies to consider:

DT Brown, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8

7PQ, 0845 371 0532, www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk

Dobies, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7SX, 0844

701 7625, www.dobies.co.uk

Marshalls Seeds, Alconbury Hill, Huntingdon, PE28

4HY, 0844 557 6700, www.marshalls-seeds.co.uk

Mr Fothergills, Gazeley Rd, Kentford, Suffolk CB8

7QB, 0845 3710518, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

Nicky’s Nursery, 33 Fairfield Rd, Broadstairs CT10

2JU, 01843 600972, www.nickys-nursery.co.uk

Thompson & Morgan, Poplar Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk,

IP8 3BU, 0844 573 1818, www.thompson-morgan.com

Suttons, Woodview Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4

7NG, 0844 922 0606, www.suttons.co.uk

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The European otter, or to give it its splendid Latin

name Lutra lutra, is part of the family Mustelids,

which are the same family as badgers, stoats and

weasels. The young are called cubs, their burrows called

holts and they communicate by whistling to each other.

The otter used to be a common sight in our rivers but,

unless you are of retirement age and beyond, I doubt that

you have seen an otter in the wild and certainly not in the

past few years in the south east. The widespread use of

organochlorine pesticides in the past century, which then

leached into our rivers, wiped out most of the otters and,

by the 1960s, they had virtually vanished from these shores

bar Wales and Scotland and a few remote places in the West

Country and Northern England.

A survey of 2940 sites, all known to have been home to

otters previously, was carried out between 1977 and 1979.

The surveyors found otters in just over five per cent of the

sites. The fourth otter survey carried out between 2000 and

2002 brought welcome news: more than 36 per cent of the

sites showed signs of otters returning and, in the fifth survey

carried out in 2009 and 2010, the figure had risen to 60

per cent with otters reported back in every English county

except Kent. Then, in 2011, the Environment Agency

reported sighting at least two otters in Kent in the River

Medway and the River Eden.

The otter’s return is a success story for those who have

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prevent the use of damaging and dangerous pesticides.

Our rivers are the healthiest they’ve been for over twenty

years and the otter, which is at the top of the food chain,

indicates how successful all those involved in

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Lastly, if ever you are lucky enough to see an otter in

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Maidstone Museum & Bentlif

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Maidstone ME14 1LH

3D Fantasy Masks

Create a full face fantasy mask of

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Fri 1 - Mon 4 Jan 11am-4pm

Fri 1 - Sun 31 Jan Wed

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

- Sun 11am-4pm

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN

Linden Hall Studio, 32 St

Arthur’s War

George’s Road, Deal CT14 6BA In a black metal trunk, hidden away

Translucence exhibition in the attic a team of volunteers have

An exhibition of glass, paintings discovered a treasure trove from the

and drawings by John Corley.

personal collection of a commanding

Info: 01304 360411 / www.

officer from the First World War. This

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winter Scotney Castle will be displaying

items from his collection including

Starting Tues 12 Jan 10am-12pm his war diaries in our exhibition,

Smallhythe Studio, Smallhythe Road, Arthur’s War. Booking Not Needed.

Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NB

Info: 01892 893868 / www.

drawing Classes

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Join the team at Smallhythe Studio

for this 4 week course, perfect for Fri 1 Jan - Sun 31 Jan

beginners wanting to learn to draw. Hythe Imperial Hotel, Spa and Golf,

Entry: £75

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honouring this tradition by offering

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Smallhythe Studio, Smallhythe Road, sandwiches, delicate pastries and freshly

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baked scones with clotted cream.

Creative poetry

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4 week course with Samm Short.

Entry: £75

Fri 1 Jan

Info: 07905 948525 / www.

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy

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New Year’s Day Trek

Discover something new at Ightham

Sat 16 Jan - Thurs 24 Mar

Mote this winter and book on our

Artichoke Gallery, Church

New Year’s Day trek. Enjoy a full

Street, Ticehurst TN5 7AE

English breakfast in the Mote Café

Pattern

followed by an informal led walk.

The team at Artichoke Gallery have Info & Booking : 01732 811314 / www.

selected a collection of beautiful nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote

knitwear and accessories, which

proved so popular in early 2015. Mon 3 Jan

Pattern has been at the forefront of Turner Contemporary Rendezvous,

their minds as they chose jewellery, Margate CT9 1HG

ceramics and paintings to complement Easy Sunday - Family

Workshop

Try something new on every

visit to Turner Contemporary

at our family workshops.

Entry: £3.50 per child / free for

adults, under 3s and families

living in CT9 postcode

Info: 01843 233000 / www.

turnercontemporary.org

Wed 6 Jan 11.30am / 1pm

South of England Rare Breeds

Centre, Highlands Farm,

Woodchurch, Ashford TN26 3RJ

Storytelling Days

Come along on the 1st Wednesday of

each month for a 30 minute magical

storytelling session throughout the

winter months in the Discovery Zone.

Relax with your little ones as they

watch and listen to a variety of different

tales as told by our Master Storytellers!

Entry: free when farm

admission is purchased

Info: 01233 861493 / www.

rarebreeds.org.uk

Sat 9 Jan 7.30pm

Folkestone Comedy Club Dance Easy,

19 The Bayle, Folkstone CT20 1SQ

Welcome 2016 comedy show

The Folkestone Comedy Club

presents its New Year Show with

musical comedian Rob Deering,

searingly brilliant Sean McLoughlin,

Stuart Hosmer-Wright, Ian Miller

& resident MC Dan Atkinson. Five

fantastic comedians, local ales, a tiptop

way to forget the January gloom.

Info: 07905 475647 / www.

folkestonecomedy.co.uk

Sat 30 Jan 10am – 2pm

Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne

Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

We’re taking part in the RSPB’s Big

Garden Birdwatch. Come along and

help us to identify some of the River

Cray’s birdlife. At the bird hide in

the nursery, follow the signs onsite.

Entry: Free

Info: 01322 621238

markets

Sun 31 Jan 10am-1pm

Cliftonville Farmers’ Market,

Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade,

Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2HL

Cliftonville

Farmers’ Market

Cliftonville Farmers’ Market

was established in 2001 by the

Cliftonville Residents Association

and is run entirely by volunteers.

Award-winning Farmers’ Market where

producers will be selling bread, cheese,

honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit

juices, fresh meat and much more.

Info: 01843 226033

Sun 31 Jan 10am-3pm

Old School Hall, Lower Road, East

Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent ME15 0JL

Antique & vintage market

Browse from a huge selection of

hand picked antiques including

furniture, vintage clothes, jewellery

and a beautiful selection of homeware.

Tea, home-made cakes and lunches

are available at the back of the hall.

Entry: £2 before 12pm, £1 after

Info: 07703 525138

Music

Sat 2 Jan

Shirley Hall, The King’s School,

Canterbury CT1 2ES

The Merry Widow

Following their highly successful

performance in the summer,

Canterbury Cathedral Garden

Opera presents Lehar’s The

Merry Widow comic opera.

Info: 07974 800408

Sun 17 Jan 3pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence School

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music society

The cellist Ori Epstein won both

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What’s On In January

Schubert and Brahms.

Entry: £12 including afternoon tea

Info: 01622 863002

Jan 2016 Vestry Hall, Cranbrook

Sat 23 Jan

& Village Hall, Rolvenden

The Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks School

Morning courses 11:00-13:00hrs

Evening courses 19:00-21:00hrs

Handel’s Messiah

£12 for 2 hours or £60 for a 6 week course

The Cantate Choir, along with

Enhance emotional, cognitive,

orchestra and 4 very fine soloists will

& physical wellbeing

perform this beautiful music to raise A great way to alleviate stress & depression

money for Hospice in the Weald.

Allow a new insight & meaning that

might not be achieved by thinking

Entry: £20 includes a glass of bubbly

consciously or by talking

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Mon 25 Jan 7pm

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www.giliart.com

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Canterbury Choral Society and

Joseph and the Amazing

its Youth Choir are joined by the Technicolor Dreamcoat

world-renowned English Chamber Stage Theatre Society are back during

Orchestra to sing Vivaldi’s everpopular

Gloria, and Haydn’s great musical spectacular, ‘Joseph’. Set to a

the pantomime season with the family

Nelson Mass, the most Beethovenian score by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and

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with lyrics by Tim Rice, ‘Joseph’ tells

dramatic, and one of the towering a story of jealousy, betrayal and envy

masterpieces of the classical age. that ultimately leads to forgiveness.

Booking: 01227 787787

Info: 01622 758611 / www.

parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

Mon 25 Jan 7.45pm

The Grey Lady, 70 The Pantiles, Sun 24 Jan

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5TW Theatre Royal Margate, Addington

Singer’s Open Mic Night Street, Margate CT9 1PW

Singers of all ages are invited to sing The Snow Queen

with a pianist and a bass player. Singers Join Ballet Theatre UK in their

should bring a lead sheet for their beautiful re-telling of Hans Christian

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1 30/10/2015 10:36

After all the good living and late-night partying that’s

been going on in recent weeks it’s pleasing to be

back to normal in terms of meals and bedtimes

– except that we’re not. Last year our new bull George

arrived at Christmas and, being keen to get on and use him,

we let him run with the cows earlier than usual, from late

March, so the calves will start arriving in early January.

It’s a very special time, and after fifteen years, still every

bit as wonderful as a new calf slips into the world, usually

in the dead of night. All being well, after all the heaving

and pushing, the mum will be straight up again licking

her newborn – that’s where the saying ‘licking into shape’

comes from – talking to it in a low, gentle moo and

generally encouraging it to get up and start drinking.

And that’s very important, because the calf needs to drink

2½ litres of colostrum – the thick milk produced once the

calf is delivered – in the first six hours of life. This special

milk is full of the mother’s antibodies and, during the first

hours, the calf can absorb these large molecules which protect

it from all the local microbes. After six hours the gut lining

changes and the antibodies can’t pass through, so the calf that

hasn’t drunk has no resistance to disease and will succumb,

most commonly to E. coli, in the first few days of life.

If it’s been a difficult birth and the cow and calf are

exhausted, it is best to leave them for an hour or so to

recover, but you can’t leave it too long. As a beginner, I

used to really worry and was never sure if the calf had

drunk or not drunk. Now, if it’s an older experienced

cow, they’re both up and about and she’s speaking to

it and shoving it in the right direction (towards her

udder) then chances are that all will be well and it will

soon be sucking. There are four options after all!

But with the heifers you can’t be so sure. For these firsttime

mothers you can quite understand why, after pushing

out a 30kg calf, they are sometimes startled, cross and not

the least bit enamoured with the prospect of motherhood!

So you then have to tether mum, usually between a gate

and the wall, and encourage the small, slippery calf to stand,

find the udder and latch on – without either of you getting

kicked. A good trick is to squirt some warm milk from the

teat over the calf’s nose and ideally into its mouth – along

the lines of a ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ message.

Quite often you miss and squirt milk up your sleeve

or into your own face, and all this as the mum sambas

this way and that, swishing her mucky tail around your

head. Not a job for the squeamish! But heavenly when

at last mum and calf get it together and you leave the

cowshed covered in milk, muck – and worse – but

very content. I’ll take my coffee black, thank you.

Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm

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