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LET THERE BE LIGHT
finds bright and
What’s going on near
you this month
Jennifer Stuart-Smith visits
Belvidere Place – a coastal
home and boutique B&B
GET THE LOOK
Fabulous home accessories
Jane Howard finds style
and functionality in this
interior designer’s home
Be enchanted and inspired
by our wedding pages
A focus on mental health
FOOD OF LOVE
A romantic meal for
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Penny Kemp welcomes
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart
Let there be light
John Graham-Hart shuns the dark, for houses
that are bright and beautiful
Some years ago a group of Japanese scientists proved that, like fireflies and
through the same metabolic processes, we humans, too, glow in the dark.
Actually, they found that we glow even more in the daytime. No matter
– the loopies were in alternative seventh heaven. Throughout the country, ley
lines were instantly overloaded. It was official. Auras were real.
Obviously, it proved no such thing but it was, however, another quite
interesting discovery about the most complex organism on the planet. Why a
diurnal creature should have evolved this ability is anyone’s guess but it did and
it underlines, if in a rather oblique way, our love of light.
Throughout our history, light has been associated with good and the dark with
things unpleasant. Wherever we find darkness, whether literal or figurative, we
try to bring light. It follows then, as the night does the day, that among the
places where we value light most highly is the space we call home.
The earliest windows were just holes in the wall that let in all-important light
but alas, they let in everything else as well and so were necessarily small. The
Romans were the first to use glass in around 100 AD but it was over 1,000
years before the windowpane as we know it made its appearance. Finally, in the
1950s, plate glass manufacture was perfected by Sir Alastair Pilkington allowing
the creation of walls of glass and providing architects with one of their most
valuable resources. So let’s hear it for glass – and light.
Where? Cranford is between Hurst
Green and Limpsfield Chart a couple of
miles from Oxted. (Google Maps
What? A handsome Edwardian country
home built in 1912, the property has been
extended and refurbished over the years
and today offers more than 4,000 square
feet of attractive, bright and versatile
family accommodation. On the ground
floor there is a triple-aspect drawing
room, study and, flowing into each other,
a kitchen/breakfast room opening on
to the garden, dining room and superb
conservatory. On the lower ground floor
is a family room. Upstairs there is a
self-contained studio flat, a master
bedroom with dressing room, en suite
bathroom and south and west-facing
balcony plus four further bedrooms and
two bathrooms. Outside, in grounds
of almost eight acres, are formal and
informal gardens, a large area of woodland
– with stream, pond and spring – a
paddock and a leisure centre with indoor
swimming pool and gym.
How much? Cranford is priced at
£2,350,000 and is on the market with
Jackson-Stops & Staff in Oxted. Call
01883 712375 or visit
Where? Westgarth is on the edge
of the village of Woldingham with fine
south and westerly views over an Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Google
Maps CR3 7DN).
What? This Edwardian family home
combines all the traditional architectural
strengths of the period along with the
benefits of a high standard of upgrading
carried out over recent years. On the
ground floor is a large open-plan family
room and orangery with under-floor
heating and full-width bi-fold doors on
to the garden as well as large windows
into the breakfast area of the kitchen. The
drawing/dining room has French doors to
the garden and overlooks Marden Park.
Upstairs there is a master bedroom with
an en suite shower room and a private
balcony plus five further bedrooms – one
with en suite shower room and another
with a private balcony garden and a cellar.
Outside there is a wide terrace with steps
to a large lawn and pond. At the top
of the drive there is a detached double
garage. The whole plot extends to about
three-quarters of an acre.
How much? Westgarth is on the
market at £2,225,000 and is with Fine
& Country in Woldingham. Call 01883
653040 of visit www.fineandcountry.com.
3. The Old Garden House
Where? The Old Garden House is in
Fredley Park, a former country estate in
an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
in Mickleham, just south of Leatherhead
(Google Maps RH5 6DD).
What? This elegant and distinctive
family home has been substantially
refurbished over the past few years and
has impressive views over the surrounding
countryside. Accommodation includes
a drawing room with French doors
to the garden and a traditional open
fireplace, open-plan study, dining, and
kitchen/breakfast rooms – the latter
with bi-folding doors on to a terrace.
Downstairs there is a family room with
access to the garden and a self-contained
studio/gym, wet room and kitchenette.
On the first floor there is a master
bedroom with en suite shower room and
dressing area, a guest bedroom with en
suite shower room and a third bedroom
– all with access to a balcony. On the
second floor are three more bedrooms.
There five acres of secluded grounds
including formal gardens and extensive
How much? The Old Garden
House is £2,250,000 and is with Jackson-
Stops & Staff in Dorking. Call 01306
887560 or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk.
4. Three Trees
Where? Three Trees is in the small
hamlet of Bucks Green surrounded by
open countryside about a mile from
Rushwick and just over four miles from
Cranleigh (Good Maps RH12 3DW).
What? The accommodation, which
is arranged over three floors, includes on
the ground floor, a drawing room with
bi-folding doors to the garden, a dining
room and a bright and spacious open-plan
kitchen/family room with bi-folding doors
to patio and garden. On the first floor
there is a master bedroom with en suite
bathroom, a guest room with en suite
bathroom, two further double bedrooms
and a family bathroom. The second floor
would make an ideal teenager’s suite with
a spacious landing/sitting area, good-sized
double bedroom with en suite bathroom
and a large in-built store cupboard. The
property also as an integral double garage.
How much? Three Trees has an
asking price of £1,125,000 and is on the
market with Roger Coupe in Cranleigh.
Call 01483 268555 or visit
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So what is a pre nup? Essentially it is an agreement
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Understandably, many engaged couples feel that
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Three of the best! February can be a grim month, but
don’t despair – here are three of the best of our customer
projects with some photos of glorious gardens to inspire
you to think of 2016 garden projects and to help get you
through the cold winter months.
Below: You can almost feel the heat radiating off the gorgeous
circular paving in Maureen Vinall’s garden designed by Earthstone
Landscapes. One of the aims of the redesign was to make what
was essentially quite a small garden appear more spacious. This
was achieved by terracing different levels within the garden using
Jakwall to make flowerbeds that radiate outwards and step
upwards from a central round paved area.
Above: Jacksons Venetian panels are used to dramatic effect in
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to introduce a product that will perish or rot. So by installing
Jacksons I can be sure these integral parts of my design will stay
looking great as the garden grows around it.
Below: The lovely garden below belongs to Brian Hattersley. He
saw the Retreat shelter at a show Jacksons were attending and
decided to incorporate it into the design for his new garden. He
explained that he actually wanted something a bit larger than the
standard Retreat shelter, so he’s adapted it to make a ‘one and a
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To the point...
McAllister Thomas are delighted to present the latest work of
Polish born artist Ewa Adams. Journeys in Colour is her second
solo exhibition with the Godalming-based gallery, and focuses
on her speciality; landscapes. Her style is unique, and offers a
contemporary take on pointillism, which is a labour intensive
technique using circles of pure colour juxtaposed next to one
another, creating an optical interaction when viewed at a distance.
Her palette is bright and her paintings buzz with new life.
They’re on display at the gallery from Saturday 20 February,
so be sure to make a visit. www.mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk
Exhibitions & events
near you this month...
The UK and Ireland Banff Mountain Film
Festival World Tour offers audiences the
opportunity to travel the world and experience
a selection of exhilarating, inspirational and
unforgettable adventures. The films highlight
remote cultures, intense expeditions and exotic
landscapes. Visit G Live on 23 February to
make the most of this amazing opportunity.
Book your tickets at www.glive.co.uk
Catherine Sykes and Colin Anthony on vocals
get together with the Moonlight Serenaders
and the Uptown Hall Gang to relive the spirit
of the forties in this great evening of Glenn
Miller music. Featuring all-time favourites like
Tuxedo Junction, Little Brown Jug, American
Patrol, Moonlight Serenade and In the Mood,
you’re guaranteed to be transported back and
to feel nostalgic. To book call 01753 853888
or visit www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
Join Georgian House Hotel on Saturday 13
February for what promises to be an amazing
evening at the annual Haslemere Museum
Valentine’s Dinner in aid of our ‘Museum
in a Million Campaign’. This fun black tie
event combines a delicious dinner, auction
of promises and plenty of dancing. For
more information phone 01428 642112
Enjoy a great day out on Bocketts Farm,
Leatherhead this February Half Term with the
start of the spring lambing. Up to 90 lambs
are due from 12 February and, if you’re lucky,
you’ll see one being born. From Monday to
Friday meet birds of prey and watch the flying
demonstrations twice daily, enjoy pony rides,
tractor rides, animal handling and pig racing, plus
jumping pillows, pedal go karts and play trails. For
more information visit www.bockettsfarm.co.uk
Have a wild time this half term at Painshill. From
16 - 18 February keep the kids occupied with
tracking, wild art, bushcraft and den building,
using the natural resources of the forest. Learn
to make a fire and toast tasty marshmallows on
it, for the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup
of cocoa. Advance booking is required so call
01932 868113 or visit www.painshill.co.uk
Into the jungle...
Banish the winter blues with a visit to the exotic
glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley. Be amazed
at the tropical display of colourful butterflies
of all shapes and sizes and learn everything
there is to know. The new educational tent is
perfect for children as they interact with exhibits
providing information about the life cycle of the
butterfly. Beat the queues and book online at
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Highlights of our Well-being Week
Join us at Silvermere for our free ‘Well-being Week’ with a series of events and activities for all to enjoy.
Activities Day | Monday 21 st March | 10.30am-6pm
Come and try one of our many activity groups running on this day including – Yoga – Ageless Golf
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Falls Prevention Event | Tuesday 22 nd March | 4pm-5pm
Dr Clarence Chikusu from St Peter’s Hospital will be speaking around the prevention of falls
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Wealden Times is always filled with the things we love – and
this month is no exception. If anything, there’s even more love
in the air, as we think about Valentine’s Day, visit a romantic
boutique B&B and play at being princesses on a bridal fashion
shoot at Leeds Castle. There’s also plenty for those who aren’t
‘feeling the love’ but who are looking forward to longer days
and warmer weather.
Sunshine or showers, it would be hard not to enjoy a trip to
the seaside at Broadstairs – and a stay at Belvidere Place B&B, a
dramatic Georgian building just a stone’s throw from the beach.
Owned by Jilly Sharpe, a photographer and entrepreneur, its
atmosphere and style attracts an arty crowd, as well as those
in the mood for proposing. For those who’d rather stay in, Jo
Arnell offers recipes to warm your heart, lift your mood and –
perfect for preparing in advance – leave more time for romance.
Regulars include our health page, which this month focuses
on mental health, Sue Whigham on sweet peas and Penny
Kemp, our Green Goddess, on the benefits of bird tables.
Spring is in the air, as well as love, it seems.
Journeys in Colour
Opens 20 February 2016
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When Jilly Sharpe left Peckham, south London, for Broadstairs, she needed a
home and a way to make a living. Belvidere Place, a run-down and dilapidated
Georgian building that had been neglected for 200 years, was to be her saviour –
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Above: Much of the furniture in Belvidere Place, such as this elegant pedestal dining table, came from Jilly’s former home in Peckham, south London. Jilly was
inspired to paint the downstairs breakfast room in dark grey after using, and liking, the colour of a grey undercoat she had been using to paint woodwork
As well as bringing many of her London friends with her, Jilly also brought the
contents of her London home – items which fit perfectly with
the pared-down rustic interior of Belvidere Place
In the latest film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s
The Lady in the Van, Miss Shepherd escapes her
unconventional Camden existence to spend short
spells by the sea in Broadstairs. Admittedly, she is far
from your average holiday-maker but, nonetheless,
her attraction to this unspoilt Victorian seaside
town is something many of us can understand.
In 2007, Jilly Sharpe was also an escapee from
London, but from Peckham in her case and, rather than
living in a van, her former home was a large London
townhouse. “I already had a house in Broadstairs, so
knew the town, but moving here was a matter of survival.
I was a single mum who needed to make a living – so
it wasn’t just a case of escaping to the seaside.”
It should also be noted that the huge Georgian building
she was about to buy, was not an entirely tempting
holiday destination or home. “Nobody had repaired it
in 200 years and it was rotten to the core,” says Jilly. “It
had been run as a B&B, although initially I bought it
simply as a home for my son Gus and me. It was horribly
institutional, with fire doors and glass partitions everywhere
and many of the original doorways were boarded up.”
Above left: This ‘babyfoot’ table came from Columbia Road in east London and, according to Jilly, ‘it could tell some stories’ Above right: For vintage finds and
quirky items, Jilly is a fan of the Sunbury Antiques Market as well as Dolly Miller in nearby Margate. “I just buy what I like,” says Jilly. “There is no grand plan.”
London is still a big influence here, and Jilly thrives amongst the
creative crowd that has been attracted to Broadstairs in recent years,
either as permanent residents or as guests at Belvidere Place
In its current incarnation, this is difficult to imagine
– and Jilly has had to put in an immense amount of
work, and a certain amount of money, to get it to its
current state. “It took every penny I’d got,” she says.
As funds dried up, Jilly decided that she would return
it to being a B&B – but one that would attract people
rather than repel them. Her background as a fine art
and interiors photographer would stand her in good
stead as far as decoration was concerned, as would a
seemingly huge array of creative friends and contacts.
“At one point, I was at rock bottom financially but
due to open in a matter of weeks. A huge parcel arrived
and it was full of beautiful embroidered cushions made
by my friend Charlene Mullen.” Charlene’s quirky,
distinctive cushions are still dotted throughout Belvidere
Place, adding a touch of Shoreditch cool – as well as
London scenes – to this Kentish seaside home.
London is still a big influence here, and Jilly thrives
amongst the creative crowd that has been attracted to
Broadstairs in recent years, either as permanent residents
or as guests at Belvidere Place boutique B&B.
“Some fantastic people live round here; there’s a great
community and I feel surrounded by friends,” says Jilly.
The paying guests obviously add to the family atmosphere
too. “I love having people around me,” she adds.
As well as bringing many of her London friends with
her, Jilly also brought the contents of her London home
– items which fit perfectly with the pared-down, rustic
interior of Belvidere Place. A characterful refectory
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Above: An Ann Carrington original, this time of a Union Jack, hangs above the bed. The embroidered cushions were made by Jilly’s friend, Charlene Mullen
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“When we first bought the place it was horribly institutional, with fire doors
and glass partitions everywhere and many of the original
doorways were boarded up,” says Jilly
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Above right: The grey-painted hallway is naturally lit by an original fanlight window above the front door as well as more contemporary fairy lights and spots
Sea view or no sea view, it’s clear that guests love the atmosphere
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majestic building, in a quintessential English seaside town
statement. “It’s not a fancy Farrow & Ball colour. I
was doing some woodwork and liked the colour of the
grey undercoat I was using – then had a similar colour
mixed especially. I’ve thought of trying other colours
since, but few things go so well as they do with grey.”
Jilly also takes the same ‘unplanned’ approach with
furniture: “I just buy what I like.” Sunbury Antiques
Fair is one place she likes to visit, as well as Dolly Miller
in Margate and Spitalfields Market in London.
Other sources include boot sales, a doctors’ surgery
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stroll away. “If it’s not right for them, I point them in
the right direction. That way, everyone’s happy.”
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Above left and right: The courtyard garden at the back of the building is filled with potted plants, and is as appealing in winter as it is in summer. “It’s a great
place for parties,” says Jilly. “We recently had a party out here, where we gathered around a brazier made from an old oil drum. It was a really fun evening.”
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“Kingsgate Bay is gorgeous. I make up a little
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At the back of the house, typical of Victorian terraces,
there was a dark and underused dining room leading to
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garden. As is the norm, Justine drew up plans to extend
the kitchen laterally into the side return but then did
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investment on any serious building project, decided it
wasn’t worth it. With two young children she wanted
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Above: Justine describes the living room, which is at the front of the house,
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out feel and flooded light into this end of the house.
With the help of designer Karen McClure the garden
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up to the higher level were widened, thus creating a wide
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and the beds were planted with architecturally interesting
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Wells with open shelving as a design feature in itself and home to colourful
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‘Freds’ Right: Light floods into the narrow kitchen from three sides, including
the large glass doors which lead out on to the garden
topped by polished concrete work surfaces. “This was
an experiment,” explains Justine. “I love trying out new
materials and, although it looks beautiful, it’s not all that
practical; advice I can at least now pass on to my clients.”
The look does however appeal to James’ desire for a
modern minimalist feel, while Justine has funked it up
with colourful displays of oils, spices, books and jars.
Then she’s added quirky touches like the glass lampshades,
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offs’ with Ikea stainless steel shelf units – and, hey
presto, it’s a great look and keeps everyone happy.
What was the dining room and previously used as a
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and a useful family room. Decorated in neutral tones
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complementary ply retro boards used as a splash-back Below left: The layout
of the downstairs was reconfigured to create an ‘inside outside’ feel and easy
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looking for signature items for my clients. Or sometimes
I grab some for my own home. The lamp is a wonderful
1960s Swedish design by Uno Kristiansson, the antique
settle with original blue patina is from Ardingly, and the
dresser is new from Blooms in Southborough. And then
there are all the lovely German 1960s jars, vases and signs
– many sourced from Love Inc in Tunbridge Wells.”
Unusually for a terraced Victorian house, this one has
a large square spacious hall with the stairs leading off at
right angles to the front door. Painted in Farrow & Ball
Elephant’s Breath, with a fabulous French chandelier
sourced from eBay and set off with flashes of bright red,
Justine has created a really smart space that is much more
interesting and useful than a standard narrow hall.
And then surprisingly, under the stairs there is a
bathroom – the only room to retain the original mustard
tiles that came with the house when they bought it, and
they look terrific. It was just a shower room but Justine has
added a bath and painted all the walls in Abigail Aherne’s
dark Bedford Brown paint. It works amazingly well and is
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“Personally, I like quirky, old-meets-new interiors with signature pieces, while James prefers
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art deco and modernist pieces are sourced from another
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Do you follow a
I’ve always loved the ritual
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What are key signs that you may have depression? Common symptoms
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However, feeling numb or an absence of feeling can also occur and this can be
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If you think you have depression, what can you do? The first step is
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or seeing a therapist. There are a range of therapies available and the most
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A few minutes’ daily reflection can bring insight – and the strength to trust in
ourselves. People say ‘I always knew...’ How did they know? Their inner voice
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Meals that help maintain good moods,
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• Add lemon juice or fresh
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• Include essential omega 3 fats daily
• Eat foods high in B vitamins,
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• Eat fruit and vegetables at every meal.
• Make each plate as colourful as possible
• Keep hydrated – drink at least
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• Cut slices of French
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15-20mins until crisp.
• 1 tbsp mayonnaise
flavoured with lemon
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• 1 ripe avocado (a
mood enhancing food)
• 2 rashers streaky
bacon or pancetta,
• 1 tomato, finely
• 1 small handful
of pine nuts
Flavour mayonnaise by adding a little lemon zest, juice
and garlic. Mix in well, then spread a spoonful on
each slice of bread, add a little chopped tomato and a
few pine nuts. Next add a layer of sliced avocado. Cut
the grilled bacon into thirds and place on top of the
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• 2 confit duck legs
• 1 medium diced onion
• 1 small diced carrot
• 1 handful chopped
• 1 crushed garlic clove*
• 1 small handful chopped
• A sprig of thyme (1 tsp)
• 30g butter
• 100ml red wine, plus a
little extra stock if needed
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 600g floury potatoes
(approx 3-4 med)
• 50g butter
• 1 tbsp crème fraîche
• Handful Parmesan
cheese for topping
1. Peel and boil some floury potatoes for the mash.
2. Gently fry onion, garlic and diced carrot in butter for 5
mins until soft. Add the wine and let it bubble to reduce
for approx 15 mins.
3. Shred the duck and add together with the chopped herbs
and simmer for a few more minutes, then transfer to a
4. Mash the potatoes with butter, crème fraîche, salt and
pepper. Spread over the duck mixture and top with grated
5. Cook in the oven at 180˚C for a further 20 mins, until the
cheese topping is golden. Serve with seasonal vegetables.
*Garlic can be omitted on Valentine’s Day…
Dark chocolate tart with pomegranates
Serves at least 2
Use either a half-sized quiche tin (12cm) or make as
• 12 Bourbon or Oreo
• 30g salted butter
• 100g best quality
• 75g butter
• 100ml single cream
• (A little extra sugar
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1. Chocolate biscuits make a fantastic tart base
and save you from preparing pastry. Simply
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or whack a bag of biscuits with a rolling pin)
until you have fine crumbs.
2. Melt the butter in a pan and combine with the
biscuit crumbs. Spread this mixture on the
base of the tart tin and cool in the fridge.
3. Make the filling by heating the butter and
cream in a pan – if you have a sweet tooth,
add a little sugar to the melted mixture, then
add the chocolate. Stir until smooth and pour
on to the chilled biscuit base.
4. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours
(or make the whole thing the day before).
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If you want a variety of birds to visit your garden, one of
the most productive things you can do is make your own
bird table and feeders. There are many designs available on
the internet and one of the easiest is this design from the rural
I particularly like it because it has a roof which keeps the food dry
and offers protection to the birds. If DIY isn’t your forte, the Royal
Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) sell very reasonably priced
tables. And if you want a luxury bird table, Welsh dovecotes make an
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Try and site your bird table away from trees, to stop grey squirrels
from jumping from branches, and a squirrel baffle will deter them
from climbing the pole. Once you have got your bird table, feeding
garden birds does not have to be expensive - although special bird seed
is available. Many of our leftovers provide excellent food for garden
birds. Bacon (not salty) and other fats put out on the table will attract
a variety of birds - and sometimes the neighbourhood cat - so keep a
lookout. Birds like bread but it should not form their complete diet as
bread hasn’t got the range of nutrients needed to ensure birds survive.
It is important to put out only the amount of bread that birds will eat
in a day. Putting out too much bread could attract rats, especially if left
Welcoming a variety of birds into your garden means putting out
different foodstuffs that particular birds like. Tits, thrushes, wrens
and great spotted woodpeckers love fat, including suet. Making your
own fat balls is a great idea and children love to get involved. The
Gardeners’ World website has a good recipe. www.gardenersworld.com/
Grated cheese is enjoyed by robins, dunnocks, blackbirds and song
thrushes. Other goodies include cooked potatoes and fruit such as
raisins, sultanas and currants as well as apples, pears and plums. Pastry
either cooked or raw is another good source of food for our garden
birds. A word of warning though: don’t put salt out for birds as it is
highly toxic to them and harms their nervous system and never put
salt in the bird bath to stop the water freezing. Following the above
steps should ensure that you have a wonderful variety of birds in your
garden for you and your family to enjoy.
The RSPB have their Big Garden Birdwatch at the end of January
and invite people to count the number of birds in their garden for
an hour. Go to the RSPB site below to register your details and
get involved in the many projects they do to keep our beautiful
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e started calving at Christmas and now, as February
approaches, we’re almost half way through. We should
be finished by the end of the month – apart from the
stragglers – and at Coopers Farm there always seem to be one or two.
On many farms, these out-of-step girls wouldn’t be allowed.
Labour is one of the most expensive costs of running a beef suckler
herd and during calving the stockman needs to be on 24-hour call
– and get up at 3am to check all is OK. So, not surprisingly, steps
are taken to ensure the whole herd calves in a tight block of about
six weeks. This includes some simple and obvious measures like only
letting the bull run with the cows for two cycles (six weeks) but it
also pays to have a youngish herd.
When people discover we are livestock farmers the two questions
we are most frequently asked are: a) what time do you get up in the
morning? (answer: not as early as most) and b) how long do farm
animals live? This is more difficult to answer. A cow is capable of
producing a calf well into her mid-teens but as she ages it takes
longer to conceive – often not the statutory two cycles – so she will
be culled in favour of younger models. I should, I know, adopt such
a sensible strategy and, when I’ve been doing that 3am shift for two
months, I always swear I will. But somehow those favourite cows
always seem to get the benefit of the doubt and a few more weeks
with the bull.
While the cows are nearly done and dusted, we’re just getting
ready to start lambing in March. The scan man has been to PD
(pregnancy diagnose) the ewes. Like a human scan he simply rubs
the camera under their belly (though the sheep version seems to
work through wool). A dot is then sprayed between the shoulders
if they are expecting a single, above the tail for twins or a strip across
the rump for triplets – vital information when you have a tricky
birth and need to know how many lambs are involved.
We also have to go shopping for all the necessary bits and pieces
such as iodine navel sprays, castration rings, colostrum powder,
bulbs for the heat lamps, lubricant jelly, latex gloves, dried milk,
bottles and teats. The list goes on and on. And finally we need to
get the lambing shed ready; lots of deep clean straw and individual
‘mothering up’ pens where the ewe and her lambs will spend the first
24 hours or so just to make sure everyone has got the hang of the
mother/ baby bond.
All that will then remain is to bring the ewes in. When the rams
went in with the ewes in November they were fitted with a harness,
known as a raddle, that holds a block of coloured wax between their
front legs. As they mount the in-season ewe they leave a waxy mark
on her rump and, as the colour of the wax block is changed after 18
days, it’s possible to know the order in which the ewes will lamb.
The shepherd, my husband Adrian, is every bit as sentimental in
giving the ewes plenty of opportunity to conceive, so the rams stay
in longer than six weeks and he’ll be getting up in the night well into
May – when at least it should be heavenly weather!
Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm
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Congratulations to Shona Brown who wins the January competition for a
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Inspired by her own hectic lifestyle, Sally Godfrey
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What’s the significance of your company name,
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practicality of the product and that would be catchy and
memorable. Originally, the name comes from the phrase “the
whole kit and caboodle”
which conveys the fact
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anything and everything!
What inspired you
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need! With a busy, muddy
and active lifestyle which
includes a farm and four
sporty children. I needed a
large tub-style bag that was
roomy, waterproof and tough
to get kit in and out of the car. I also needed it to be easy to
store when not in use. After a lot of searching, I realised what
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Have you always been a creative person?
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I also love painting and drawing (in my spare time!).
What’s your favourite product from your
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Top Ten Uses:
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2. Laundry Bag
3. Wet Suits & Life Jackets
4. Beach Bag
5. Muddy Rugby Kit
6. Horse Riding Stuff
7. Gardening Trug
8. Shopping Bag
9. Children’s Toy Box
10. Log Basket
Do you enjoy working for yourself?
Yes, I love working for myself as I can combine and balance all
the elements of my life: my family, the farm, my interiors and
KaboodleBag… I don’t like being bored!
What makes all the hard work worth it?
I love it when I’m at a Fair, people walk past my stall and stop in
their tracks saying ‘that’s what I need!’. When people just “get”
the product and realise it is what they have been missing, it’s
What influences your product aesthetic? As well as
the practical side, I wanted the bags to look funky and fun in a
variety of bright and appealing colours. The bag itself comes in
two sizes and is designed to stand up on its own like a tub but can
be easily rolled up for storage. The handles are very strong and
the perfect length to either carry by hand or over the shoulder.
What is the essence of the business? I wanted to go
back to traditional values, to offer a really practical, well made
product that will last for 25 years and is made in the UK.
Tell us about the process of creating your
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prototypes over my kitchen table. The next step was to scour
the country to find a manufacturer as well as sourcing fabrics
and parts. I went on to designing the logo for labels and letterheads
to start to create a memorable brand. Next I created a
website to sell KaboodleBags and to get the name out there.
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