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Contents

November 2016

THE WINTER EXHIBITION

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GLORIA VICTORIANA

The family friendly appeal

of Victorian houses

115

WEALDEN BEAUTY

Natural, cruelty-free

skincare is Sue Fish’s secret

21

NOVEMBER

NOTEBOOK

Fun and fascinating

things to do this month

116

HEALTH

Helen Barton’s tips

for adjusting to the

new seasons

- Full Colour Catalogue Available on Request -

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67

69

74

77

CONVERSATION

PIECES

Quirky finds transform

a family home into

a funky pad

GET THE LOOK

Give your house a

witty vintage twist

THE WEALDEN TIMES

MIDWINTER FAIR

What to look forward

to at the Hop Farm

GIFT SUPPLEMENT

28 pages of brilliant ideas

for Christmas pressies

MAGICAL

HISTORY TOUR

A house enriched by

its widely read, welltravelled

resident

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DINNER LADIES

Two mums who’ve made

a business out of family

meals share their recipes

VERY BERRY

Sue Whigham is thrilled

by autumn’s visual feast

RAISE THE BAR

Susan Elkin advocates

keeping expectations

high in school

WHAT’S ON IN

NOVEMBER

Bumper bonfires, Hastings

herrings, Christmas

crafts and much more

COMPETITION

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DAZZLE TILL DAWN

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shimmer in the best of

the season’s party wear

SPLISH SPLASH

Jo Fairley rejoices in

the therapeutic beauty

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FABLES FROM

THE FARM

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everyone to have a rest

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to decide who’s boss

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

1.

Gloria Victoriana

Isobel Mackay salutes homes from the glory

days of domestic architecture

When we think of the acme of British houses it’s the likes of Pemberley

that spring to mind – or rather, Chatsworth and Lyme Park, which

have both been used as locations for Mr Darcy’s stately home. On a

more modest scale, it would be chocolate box thatched cottages, with the rosesround-the-door

and hollyhocks-in-the-front garden boxes firmly ticked.

But while we are justifiably proud of our legacy of Palladian mansions and

impossibly quaint (and perilously low-ceilinged) village homes, probably the

housing era that best expresses what it means to be British, is Victorian.

The sixty-three years of Queen Vic’s reign spanned not only the pomp of the

Empire but also the radical social changes of industrialisation and the railways.

So a ‘Victorian house’ can mean everything from a solid semi-detached

stuccoed villa to a two-up-two-down Salford slum, or the myriad streets of

terraced houses that multiple generations have lovingly renovated (fireplaces

out, fireplaces in, fireplaces out…).

The era also saw the erection of some of the ugliest gaffs ever to blight our

greensward: vile pomposities of Gothic Revival arrogance, which expressed the

nation’s attitude at the time: we rule, 4 eva, tru, also random rehashes of earlier

styles, such as Mock Tudor.

I know just how ugly those houses are, because I spent my childhood in one.

And though it crouched at the end of a drive of sinister pine trees, all awkward

angles and ill-judged proportions, like a brick and mortar pterodactyl – it was

the most joyous dwelling in which to grow up.

The era that venerated the idea of family, as much as it did colonising foreign

lands and inventing things, certainly knew how to build houses for them to live

in. So if that’s your housing priority, here are some fine examples of familyfriendly

Victorian dwellings currently on the Surrey market.

We apologise for the unedited - and inappropriate - copy that appeared in the ‘House of the

Month’ feature in some of last month’s magazines.

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1. Lewins

Where? Lewins is set on the outskirts of

the sought-after village of Crockham Hill

just under three miles south of Westerham

(Google Maps TN8 6RB).

What? For sale is the major share of this

lovely Grade II listed mansion, designed

by Scottish architect John Brydon in his

favourite Queen Anne revival style. Built

in the late 1800s, it has retained most of its

period features including soaring corniced

and moulded ceilings, herringbone parquet

flooring, fireplaces and Ionic pilasters.

Downstairs are a superb Great Hall,

drawing room, dining room, morning

room, garden room, kitchen/breakfast room

and cellar.

On the first floor are master bedroom

with ensuite bathroom, guest room with

bathroom and balcony with spectacular

views, three further bedrooms and two

more bathrooms. There is also a further

double bedroom currently divided into a

workshop and storeroom. Outside in 3.5

acres of gardens and grounds are manicured

lawns, a rose garden, paved terraces, an

ornamental fountain and two ponds and

two garages – one a four-bay structure with

a WC and a generous storeroom above.

How much? Lewins is on the market

at £1,750,000 and is with Jackson-Stops in

Oxted. Call 01883 712375 or visit jacksonstops.co.uk


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2. South Lodge

Where? South Lodge is leafily set on

Knipp Hill in one of the most peaceful

areas of Cobham close to Littleheath

Common (Google Maps KT11 2PE).

What? A lovely and substantial period

house, South Lodge began life as a more

modest Georgian farmhouse but during

Victorian times was radically enlarged with

the three-storey addition that now forms

the grand front section of the building.

On the ground floor is an impressive hall,

drawing room, dining room, large sitting/

family room, and triple aspect kitchen/

breakfast room with French doors to the

balustraded terrace.

On the first floor are three of the house’s

five bedrooms including the double aspect

master bedroom suite with fireplace and

en suite bathroom. Two additional double

bedrooms and a family bathroom are part

of the original Georgian area. The second

floor offers two further double bedrooms,

a shower room and a study. The house sits

within a plot of about half an acre, with

formal and informal spaces, a terrace for

outdoor dining and a wilderness play area.

How much? South Lodge is on the

market with Savills in Cobham and is

priced at £1,850,000. Call 01932 586200

or visit savills.co.uk

3. Dragonstone

Where? Set on Esher’s New Road, the

wonderfully named Dragonstone is one

of the town’s landmark period properties

(Google Maps KT10 9PG).

Where? Built shortly after the turn of

the century, Dragonstone offers the best

features of both Victorian and Edwardian

styles – and has been refurbished to a very

high standard. Downstairs is an impressive

entrance hall off which leads a formal

drawing room, study, play room, dining

room, kitchen/breakfast room and large

gym, the latter three rooms all opening

out onto the terrace. Also downstairs,

with access to the garden, is a bright and

vaulted family room.

The first floor boasts an outstanding

master suite with a large dressing room,

his and hers bathrooms and superb views

over the gardens. There are two further

guest suites on this floor while on the

second floor are three additional double

bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside the

attractive, mature gardens are mainly laid

to lawn but also feature mature trees,

herbaceous borders and a private terrace

for entertaining.

How much? Dragonstone is on the

market with Knight Frank in Esher and is

priced at £5,750,000. Call 01372 464496

or visit knightfrank.com

4. Bentley

Where? Bentley sits is in a secluded

position near Dormans Park a couple of

miles north of East Grinstead (Google Maps

RH19 2NB).

What? A handsome late-Victorian

property of considerable character, Bentley

has been renovated throughout and is today

an attractive, bright, contemporary family

home. Downstairs is a dual aspect drawing

room with stone fireplace and access to the

sunroom, a dual aspect dining room, study,

kitchen/breakfast room with access to the

terrace and an adjacent large family room.

On the lower ground floor is a gym.

On the first floor the master bedroom suite

has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite shower

room and superb views, a guest room

sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom with a third

bedroom while four further bedrooms are

served by a bathroom and a shower room.

Outside, the gardens are surrounded by

trees and mature hedge providing privacy

and seclusion, and encompass an excellent

decking terrace that shares the views toward

East Grinstead.

How much? Bentley is on the market

with Jackson-Stops in Oxted and is priced

at £1,950,000. Call 01883 712375 or visit

jackson-stops.co.uk

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Once again the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair will be

buzzing with smiley shoppers on Thursday 17, Friday 18

and Saturday 19 November. This year, however, you’ll find

us at The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood. The Wealden Times

Fairs team has hand-selected stands selling everything from

contemporary and vintage homewares, garden accessories and

gifts to unique jewellery, clothing and the best artisan food

and drink around. There really is something for everyone, and

tickets are on sale now! Beat the queues and get them online

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Exhibitions & events

near you this month...

Wild & Wonderful...

Taking place from Monday 28 November until

Friday 2 December, Richard Peters will be

displaying his breath taking wildlife photography

in the Living Planet Centre, ranging from the

African plains to the back gardens of Surrey.

Richard’s style favours dramatic light and contrast,

and has received international awards. This

exhibition is free, and is a perfect opportunity to

admire and be inspired. Visit wwf.org.uk

Confection perfection...

Experience the world of handmade chocolate and

be inspired by chocolatiers at Denbies Wine Estate.

Try free samples and purchase luxury festive gifts

and advent calendars from 10am-4pm on Sunday

20 November. If you want the festivities to continue,

then pay another visit the next day for the late night

Christmas shopping event, running from 5pm to

8pm. Enjoy carolling, free mulled wine and mince

pies. Admission is free and more information can be

found at denbies.co.uk

Four-fendered friend...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lands in Woking this

November, to have audiences of all ages flying high

with its mixture of madness and intrigue. Having

broken box office records in the West End, this funfilled

production promises lots of laughs and plenty

of magic. The show follows the adventures of

whacky inventor Potts, along with his two children

and Truly Scrumptious. Will they outwit the evil

Baron Bomburst and live happily ever after? Book

your tickets at atgtickets.com

Sweet melody...

Following a devastating fire at its chosen charity

St Michael’s Hospice, Wardsbrook Concerts

has decided to hold a concert in November, at

Milton Court Theatre in London on Monday

7 November. This year’s concert will present

a selection of renowned, world-class artists

including Louise Alder, Ann Murray, Toby

Spence, Sir Thomas Allen and Julian Milford.

The varied programme will include Bernstein,

Cole Porter, Fauré, Schumann, folk songs and

lots of Mozart. Tickets are being snapped up

quickly, so call 01424 456377 as soon as possible

to reserve your seats.

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Festive flare...

Guildford Lions Club is once again providing a

spectacular fireworks fiesta. This year, donations and

proceeds will be going to Headway Surrey, a charity

giving aid to those in the county affected by brain

injuries. Wrap up warm, pop your boots on and join

in with the torchlight procession to the town centre.

There is a suggested donation of £5 per person, and

more information can be found at guildfordlions.com

The Lightbox

Unique charm...

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping on

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November at The

Lightbox, Woking. Featuring stalls from independent

and local vendors, you can browse jewellery, art

and illustration, textiles and homewares, glasswork,

pottery and much more. Enjoy mulled wine and

mince pies and listen to live festive music as you

explore the original gifts on sale. Entry is free, but

donations are very welcome. Visit thelightbox.org.uk

for further information.

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Previous pages: Stuart commissioned the ‘hot dogs’ sign for

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Above: A Coca Cola crate Stuart found at Tower Antiques, in

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Previous page, above: Bi-fold doors at the end of the dining room open on to the garden. The hanging chair is from Sunbury

Antiques Market Previous page, below: Stuart works from a studio in the garden. The walls are painted in Charcoal by Valspar.

Stuart found the technical drawings rummaging through a drawer at Sunbury Antiques Market Above: Stuart found the letters which

spell out ‘wolf’ at McCully & Crane

came originally from lighting designer Philip Oakley’s studio.”

A long scrubbed pine table is surrounded by assorted

wooden chairs with sheepskin coverings and a stuffed buffalo’s

head seems to emerge from the wall as if he has just smelled

something good to eat and wishes to join in.

In the corner of the room, where the doors fold back to give

access to the garden stands a 1950s cocktail bar, shaped like a

giant drum, complete with regimental braiding. Above it, an

old milk churn has been turned into a light with a red light

bulb which protrudes from it rather like a Dalek’s plunger.

On the opposite side of the room a 1960s rattan swing chair

suspended from a stand adds to the vintage feel. With so many

conversation pieces, there seems little possibility that guests

here would be stuck for something to discuss.

The walls of the generously proportioned kitchen are

painted gunmetal grey and at the far end is a fireplace of

enormous proportions – presumably it once accommodated a

range that would have served such a big house, but now hosts

a woodburning stove.

A freestanding set of hotel catering shelves accommodate

dishes and plates and again, was sourced from Sunbury

Antiques Market. Off-white painted wooden cupboards form

a long row along one wall and the counter top above them

is exceptionally deep, giving the impression of being a very

practical workspace, but Stuart is not satisfied.

“It doesn’t really work as we want it to, so we’re thinking of

extending the kitchen out into the outdoor space at the end of

the dining room. We could knock down the wall in between

and have folding doors all the way across, so that we could

completely open the house out to the garden.”

We go out to the studio in the garden, where the walls are

painted in what I now recognize as Stuart’s signature dark

colours – and in his own working environment he’s gone for

the darkest shade of charcoal that is really almost black.

Blueprints and technical drawings in smart wooden frames

are perfectly set off by the ink-coloured walls behind. The

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The family study has the same kind of industrial glamour, with a

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giant chrome arc lamp stands in one corner and in front

of the window, Stuart has placed a vintage wooden desk

and chair, with a 1940s style telephone and desk lamp that

calls to mind a scene from a Raymond Chandler novel.

There are old cabinets and plan chests – and

interestingly, no computer. I expected to see a giant

monitor, but Stuart prefers to work on his laptop.

“Ideally, I like designs to be properly thought out and

drawn,” he says, “that’s why I love those old plans that I’ve

framed. Someone took real care and attention over them.

Computers are useful, but they should be used as a tool,

they’re not an end in themselves.”

On one surface is a set of wooden numbers and letters

spelling out 44th Hill, the intriguing name for his

company. “There are 43 named hills in San Francisco,”

says Stuart, “we just fancied being the 44th.

“I love working here, being able to look up and see the

sea, and I often think it’s strange to think that designs

Left and below: The copper light fitting is by Tom Dixon.

Stuart commissioned the oversized Ace of Spades from

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Kitchen, in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street, and liked it so

much he ordered one for home too. The Kiss Me Quick sign,

Smiley face and the Lucky sign are also from McCully & Crane

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Left: A red Anglepoise lamp sits on top of a chest made from

card index drawers that Stuart and Sarah found in Hastings

Old Town. They have collected the swans from boot fairs and

vintage shops over several years. The pendant light is from Dyke

& Dean. The ‘Wild Banana Club’ print is by their friend Ben

Allen Below: The framed Bang! poster in the master bedroom is

a limited edition print by pop artist William Blanchard

that are destined for London, Ibiza or even further away,

originate here, in this wooden studio in our garden.

“I specialise in commercial projects - and I think all my

clients have actually become my friends - because houses are

just too personal.”

Back in the main house we pause in the family study. Again,

it has a kind of industrial glamour, with another arc lamp and

a black upright piano. There is a metal desk that looks as if

it once did service in a factory or workshop, and a collection

of 1940s bevelled mirrors on the wall. Above the desk, an

illuminated sign spells out WOLF.

Up the stairs and on the half-landing a large photograph in

a battered gilt frame has been propped up to meet the visitor

as they ascend. It’s a late Victorian studio portrait of a young

child in a dark velvet dress and lace collar and is a particularly

arresting image because of the girl’s very direct stare and the

strong impression it gives that whoever she was, (she’s no

relation) she was extraordinarily self-possessed.

At the top of the stairs is a painted wooden sign saying

‘Lucky’ and I’m beginning to wonder whether all the words

that can be found throughout the house are significant. We

turn into the first guest room, and find many more, (some

unprintable) because the lids of old wooden school desks

complete with all that childish and adolescent graffiti have

been used as art and mounted on the wall.

In the main bedroom, the scheme is pared back, with

wooden boards on the floor and a kilim rug at the foot of the

bed. A chest made from card index drawers found in a shop

in Hastings Old Town stands next to the bed, and on the

wall opposite is the word Bang! – a limited edition print of a

renowned black, white and red artwork by pop-artist, William

Blanchard.

The second guest room has a handsome iron bedstead, but

it is also used as a dressing room, and has a pair of vintage

walnut wardrobes and an Art Deco dressing table with a

strong Japanese influence. Its huge curved triptych mirror

seems shaped like the sort of clouds you see in some Japanese

paintings.

On the landing on the top floor of the house stands a

vintage metal ‘firefighter’ pedal car in pillar-box red. Here the

couple’s children can enjoy a whole storey to themselves, with

a smart bathroom and two very individualistic bedrooms.

In their daughter’s room, Stuart has just finished putting

together a new bed, while his daughter coated an alcove wall

in blackboard paint, so she can use it for doodling and as an

aide-memoire for schoolwork and events to remember.

There is a desk at the other end of the room, and above it

a group of cranberry glass vases have been turned upside

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Above left: The Art Deco walnut dressing table is from Little Treasures in Hastings Old Town Middle: The sideshow poster is from

McCully & Crane Right: The Edwardian walnut wardrobe set in the master bedroom was an amazing find in the Red Cross charity

shop on Hastings seafront

down and used as light shades, suspended with varying lengths

of gold braided cable – not often found in the UK now, but

sourced by Stuart when he designed a scheme for the launch

of the Esentai Mall in Kazakhstan.

The design used hundreds of dimmable filament light

bulbs suspended above the catwalk for a fashion show, so they

looked like glowing jewels, but here, the ruby glass looks more

like a bunch of overhanging red berries.

Stuart and Sarah’s son’s room has an elevated bed, built by a

Chichester-based friend, Tony Davey, who Stuart has worked

with on several projects, and has a feel of the wild frontier.

There is an old Afrikaans map on the wall, a vintage trunk and

a brightly painted Penalty Shootout sign from a fairground.

Having examined the house from bottom to top, we set off

for Sarah’s hair and beauty salon Truffle, situated right on St

Leonards seafront, just along from the very traditional Royal

Victoria Hotel.

Just as their house looked from the outside as though a

conservative Victorian family could still live there, the exterior

of Truffle looks conventional enough, with its broad Regency

shop front overlooking the promenade and beach beyond -

but stepping through the door, the space has been transformed

into something that combines both a nod to an elegant past

and a flair for industrial and reclaimed chic.

“This was an old boat repair shop,” explains Stuart, as we sit

on an ochre-coloured vintage sofa and chair, while Sarah tends

to clients. “So it had the space we wanted, and in fact there’s

a basement too, which was originally the ground floor of the

building, but at some point the seafront road was raised, and

so this first storey became the new ground level. We haven’t

developed it yet, but we plan to use the basement for a yoga

studio and possibly a juice bar, so that the place becomes more

of a lifestyle destination.”

The nautical origins of the building have been preserved in

the scrubbed and stained wooden floor and the long wall of

tongue and groove timbers that stretches behind the counter.

On the panelling above our heads as we sit and chat is an

old reverse glass painted pub sign saying ‘ORDERS TAKEN

HERE’ in verdigris green and gold.

“I bought that at Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton

Park,” says Stuart, “along with the reclaimed enamel lights.

Kempton’s a favourite hunting ground of mine. I find loads

of things that I use for the bars and restaurant interiors that I

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Top left: The children have the top storey of the house to themselves. The vintage firefighters’ truck is from London Road Antiques,

in St Leonards Top right and above: In their daughter’s bedroom, Stuart created shelves out of old apple crates. Her vintage turntable

sits on an old bookshelf from Rye vintage market. The pendant lights hanging from gold braided cable were inspired by a project he

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Below: Their son’s room has

an elevated bed made from

stained timbers. The 1950s

chest of drawers was found in

a charity shop in London and

the F - the first letter of their

son’s name - was an online

find. The tiger print is another

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“We also used reclaimed timbers and an old haberdashers’

set of drawers for the counter. The window set into the

wall is just a decorative feature. I used to have an office in

Norman Road just round the corner from here and couldn’t

believe it when I found that old window abandoned on

the pavement one day. I mounted it on the wall here and

surrounded it with those tiles which are similar to some tiles

I used for the redesign of the Old Customs House restaurant

in Hastings. They serve things like Guinness and oysters

there, so the black and white theme seemed to work well.”

Clients at Truffle sit in original barbers’ chairs, all sourced

and bought on eBay. Brushes and combs are stored in

wooden wine crates and towels in reclaimed pharmacists’

drawers. The ceiling and panelled shutters around one

window are painted in dark greeny/charcoal grey. “That

paint’s nothing fancy,” says Stuart. “It’s the Valspar range

from B&Q. The colours are really good and the coverage is

dense. I use it a lot in all kinds of projects.”

As we leave, I spot an old Hastings and St Leonards

tourism poster from 1970s. How is Hastings and St

Leonards changing do you think? I ask Stuart.

“Well obviously, there’s been lots of regeneration,” he says,

“but there’s a real pride in the area. I worked on the design

of the Jerwood café when the Gallery was being built and I

did it pretty much for free. There was a sense that we could

really change things in the town.

“In St Leonards there are loads of new businesses, shops

and cafés – not least the amazing little crepe stall that is

parked on the seafront opposite Truffle. When I redesigned

the interior of the Old Customs House restaurant, we used

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35 Woodbridge Hill, Guildford GU2 9AA

www.cplbathrooms.co.uk ● 01483 537131

Showroom Open Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 17.00

Suppliers of Villeroy & Boch, Hansgrohe, Keuco, Matki, Victoria & Albert and many more.

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Christmas Gifts

A Surrey Homes Supplement

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Opens 12 November 2016

Art For Your Future

McAllister Thomas exhibits original contemporary

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117 High Street

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Surrey GU7 1AQ

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Contents

A collection of beautiful home accessories with

influence from France and Scandinavia.

Gentle calm colours, reflected in soft furnishings,

lighting, gorgeous flowers, room fragrances and so

much more.

For the stylish and homely home.

Come visit...

19 Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7AD

penny@pennyhamiltoninteriors.co.uk

Tel: 01737 221 105

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Celebrat

Gold kitchen utensils, from £14.95, Mia Fleur miafl eur.com

Feeling ready to shop? You will be after you’ve browsed our

28 pages of gorgeous gift ideas, carefully curated to cater

for all the lucky people - and pets - on your Christmas lists

7 GIFTS FOR HER...

11 ...AND FOR HIM

15 GIFTS FOR KIDS

16 AND TEENS

19 BEAUTY BUYS

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Christmas Gift Ideas

FRAMING SERVICE Frame that

special piece, make it personal with the

care & attention it deserves.

Art The gallery offers a wide selection of

original Art along with a collection of signed

limited editions by a vast selection of both

renowned and national artists.

20 HOMEWARE GIFTS

23 GIFTS FOR GARDEN LOVERS

Sculptures and

Bronzes by well

known artists

24 TREATS FOR PETS

27 TREATS FOR COOKS & FOODIES

28 GIFTS FROM MIDWINTER FAIR EXHIBITORS

The Joy of giving at Christmas

11 The Parade, Claygate, Surrey, KT10 0PD

Tel: +44(0)1372 470997 www.trewart.com

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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

The English Rose By Beverly Vos

www.theedgeoftheflorist.com

“I feel as if I had opened a book and

found roses of yesterday sweet and

fragrant, between its leaves.”—L.M.

Montgomery, Anne of the Island

The rose is very much a part of

English heritage and it is tragic that so

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At The Edge of the Florist we’re

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throughout the seasons of the year.

Although an obvious and simple

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flowers. In addition to beautifully

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we’ll also have exquisitely perfumed

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most delicate English sweet peas.

As part of our service in our new

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alternatively, they can select the ideal

jardinière from our own collection.

We will hand tie bouquets of scented

flowers and foliage on request and

personally deliver throughout Surrey

and Sussex for a nominal charge.

I’ve always believed that Formal

flowers have their place but after living

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Our Emporium is a treasure trove packed with beautiful items;

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For that special gift, our Studio Gallery is a showcase for our

team’s remarkable home-grown talent, signed by the artist,

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For opening hours and bookings

call 01428 604404 or go to www.grayshottpottery.com

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GET THE PERFECT

PARTY SHOES

AND CELEBRATE IN STYLE THIS CHRISTMAS WITH ECCO

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Mikimoto white gold, pearl

pink sapphire & diamond

ring, £4400, Prestons

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Round polo pendant

from £35, Deborah

Blyth Jewellery

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Messika rose gold

ring, £4150, Prestons

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Guardian angel necklace

£100, Annie Haak

anniehaakdesigns.co.uk

Silver & pearl earrings

£30, Annie Haak

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Rose gold, moonstone, pink

tourmaline, blue topaz, garnet,

peridot bangle, £3650, London Road

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Gifts for...

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Bold watch, £450

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Florence silver charm bracelet

stack, £299, Annie Haak

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Pop a little sparkly, lacy,

gorgeous something under

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Burgundy strap watch

£175, Coach coach.com

Cocktail watch

£199, Hugo Boss

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Pavid ring stack, £50

Annie Haak

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Rose gold, rose quartz &

freshwater pearl pendant

£350, London Road Jewellery

londonroadjewellery.com

Yellow diamond earrings

£11,050, Prestons

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18ct white gold bangle

£2835, Prestons

prestonsdiamonds.co.uk

Carnaby watch, £130

OWL owlwatches.com

Vintage rose studs

£55, Bill Skinner

billskinnerstudio.com

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Begonia dress, £295

Little Black Dress

littleblackdress.co.uk

Silver shell clutch bag

£30, Rock My Vintage

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Florence dress, £65

Little Black Dress

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White gold, diamond

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London Road Jewellery

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Virgos lounge jumpsuit

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Pewter sandals

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Chrystalle bralette,

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Thelma clutch bag

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Julia gemstone clutch

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Helen Moore burgundy

pompom keyring, £30

Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells

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Black shoe boot

£55, Manuka shoes

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LOVELL & VIE

lingerie swimwear

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Taylor Jayne is an emporium of Avant Garde

pieces, from furniture, lighting and

homeware right down to the large risqué

card selection and gifts for any occasion.

FABULOUS NEW SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE:

X Upholstery - from bespoke to re-covering

X Soft furnishing curtains, blinds and cushions

X Graffiti in your own home and interior styling

X The perfect place for any style junkie

3 - 5 Church Street Reigate Surrey RH2 0AA UK

www.taylorjayne.co.uk 01737 221438

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QUALITY CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICE

This season we are pleased

to be stocking ranges from

a manufacturer discovered

on a buying trip to Ireland.

Irelandseye is a family run

business, based in Dublin,

and creating traditional

knitwear since 1968.

Inspired by the windswept

coastline of Ireland, this

collection of Knitwear,

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the hallmarks of Quality,

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opportunity QUALITY of showing CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICE

you all the new collections

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Canterbury,

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& ACCESSORIES

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CHRISTMAS

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Silent Pool Gin

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Gin Infused

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Albury Limited

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£20, 35cl, 30% ABV

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English

Rose Gin

£30, 50cl

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Albury

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Silent Pool Mist

Kaffir Lime, Bergamot

Orange, Christmas Spice

£10 each, 3cl, 80% ABV

Wry Vodka

£20, 70cl

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Quince, Pear or Plum

Eau de Vie

£30 each, 20cl

50% ABV

Elegant Copa Glass

20cm H x 9cm W

A Best Seller!

£10 each or

£40 Box of 6

Admiral

Collingwood

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£30, 50cl

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Gift Box Set

1 bottle of Silent Pool Gin, 1 Silent Pool Copa

Glass, black velvet insert, in a black gift box

£55 (+1 Extra Copa Glass £5)

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WT Christmas Gifts Supplement sponsored by

Ikon watch

£399, Hugo Boss

bosswatches.co.uk

Block insert ring

£6.50, Topman

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Racer watch

£275, Hugo Boss

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Ambassador watch

£275, Hugo Boss

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Functional watch

mechanism cufflinks

£58, DaWanda

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Gifts for...

Map cufflinks

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From sleek and smart

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Him

Bleecker Chrono

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Pheasant cufflinks, £14

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Edge watch

£350, Movado

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Bracelet watch

£359, TW Steel

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Sign up ring, £107, Etsy

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Canteen

bracelet watch,

£379, TW Steel

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Stainless steel cuff

bracelet, £12, Topman

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Hugo Boss Rafale

watch, £249, Fenwick

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Pyjamas, £29.50

Marks & Spencer

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Barbour tartan

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Barbour slippers

£60, Fenwick

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Him

Lacuzzo leather

laptop bag, £179

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Pure wool checked

waistcoat, £69

Marks & Spencer

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Harris Tweed

baseball cap, £24.95

The Golden Fleece

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Socks in a box

£27.50, Billy Ruffian

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Leather gloves, £25

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Raglan loafer

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Gant boots, £129-

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Bespoke design & build treehouses, playhouses

and elevated platforms.

Commercial & International commissions welcomed

The Supercar Event

1 – 2 July 2017, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Dunsfold Park, Nr Guildford, Surrey GU6 8HY

The Supercar Event has something for the whole family with

attractions and rides for children and adults, including passenger

supercar rides around the famous ‘Top Gear’ track from just £30!

Accelerate into your Christmas shopping with tickets for

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Book by 31 December 2016 to enjoy a 20% discount off all entrance tickets!

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Cookery Courses ▪ Chef’s Table ▪ Private Parties ▪ Corporate Events ▪ Hosted Meetings

Vouchers for Christmas

Chef's Table Exclusive Dining Experience

with ever-changing menus created by Michelin trained chefs

Day & Two Day Weekend Cookery Courses

with Rosemary Shrager & Iain More

Telephone: 01892 528700

Email: school@rosemaryshrager.com

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WT Christmas Gifts Supplement sponsored by

Gifts for...

Children

Keep the little ones grinning

through till next year

Fuzzy friends pug slippers

£12.99, Totally Funky

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Green play tent

£34.90, Kids Concept

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Fox lunch box

£14, Becky & Lolo

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Cameo blue

chunky knit hat

£25, Angels Face

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Stack & Scare

£68, Rume

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Rocking Horse, £90

Little Bird Told Me

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Dual deck trike

£119, Wonderlings

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Wooden toy drum

£24.90, Kids Concept

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Handmade

wooden trees, £12

Forge Creative

forgecreative.co

Mary Jane baby shoes

£18.95, Annabel James

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Cash register, £34.90

Kids Concept

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Pea pod earrings

£9.95, Acorn & Will

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Gaming beanbag chair

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Hand painted

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Sweetheart Darling

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Polka dot knickers

craft kit, £14.99

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Super hero socks

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Two-tone grey hat

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Gifts for...

Smartphone projector

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Teens

Gadgets, gizmos and

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South London print

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Peach blossom

iphone 6S case

£30, Paper Mash

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Slap watch, £49.95

cuckooland

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Skeleton mug

£10.99, Totally Funky

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Psychedelic

art backpack

£29.45, DaWanda

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Podo stick &

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Hand enamelled daisy

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Peace sign pouch, £18

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Oxted, Surrey RH8 0PG

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soaking salts &

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shave duo, £16

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Clean sweep set

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Ginger & lime shower

gel, £7.50, post shave

balm, £7.50 White Stuff

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Christmas ornament

£22, Jo Malone

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Sakura shampoo

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£9.50 each, Rituals

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Jade velvet makeup

bag, £12, Next

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Green fig & basil lip

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Organic beauty

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Beauty addicts

Pots and packs of loveliness to keep them

trimmed, groomed, buffed and polished

Razz Dance & Just

Bitten lip gloss

£13.50, Iconic London

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Nail polish set

£16, Oliver Bonas

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Manicure

set, £10, The

Contemporary

Home tch.net

Men’s wash bag, £15

Sussex Country Gardener

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Tom Smith crackers, £11-£79

Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells

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Red 70s telephone, £60

Bagham Barn Antiques

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Faux fur cushions

£48 per pair, Skinners

of Tunbridge Wells

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Gifts for...

Iridescent hummingbird

Christmas decoration

£3.95, Rigby & Mac

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Christmas train

£95, Lenleys

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Homes

Fill your home with

beautiful things, for

Christmas and beyond

Rabbit & cabbage

apron, £24.95

Clare Loves

clareloves.co.uk

Recipe diaries

£12.95 each

Fenwick

Tunbridge Wells

fenwick.co.uk

Sprout wreath,

£15, The

Contemporary

home

tch.net

Regent Street by David

Atkins, £1950, McAllister

Thomas Fine Art

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Leonardo glass

lantern, £65 Broste

Copenhagen

candle, £5.75

dinner candles

£2.95, and frame

£15, Fenwick

Tunbridge Wells

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Christmas countdown

cinema lightbox, £36

The Drifting Bear Co.

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Malibu lobster

cushion, £10, PASX

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Glass starflake tree

hangings, from

£12, Jo Downs

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The perfect place for your Christmas shopping.

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and accessories sourced from around the world offers

something for everyone in your life. Park outside

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Double hanging

cacoon, £320,

Cuckooland

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WT Christmas Gifts Supplement sponsored by

William Morris potting

gloves, £16.99

The Oak Room

oakroomshop.co.uk

Paper plant pot maker

£9.95, Clare Loves

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Glass terrarium

£9.99, The Oak Room

oakroomshop.co.uk

Water from a stone

£14, Kikkerland

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Gardeners Therapy hand

care collection, £15

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Gifts for...

Gardeners

For long-term green-fingered folk,

or seed-planting novices

Garden twine

£8.99, The

Oak Room

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William Morris

enamel mug, £9.95

Annabel James

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Dibber, £14.95

Annabel James

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Flamingo watering can

£7.99, Totally Funky

totally-funky.co.uk

Potting sieve, £16.95

Annabel James

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Gardeners Therapy hand

& nail cream, £7.50

Sussex Country Gardener

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Succulents cushion, £30

The Drifting Bear Co.

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Orla Kiely grow your

own herb kit, £18.99

The Oak Room

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Gifts for...

pets

Spoil your furry little friends

this Christmas with treats

and places to curl up in

Landmark pet house

£34.99, The Fowndry

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Bite-sized dog biscuits

£10.99, Cuckooland

cuckooland.com

Wipe your paws sign, £7.50

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Previous page The print on the chimney breast in Christine’s

office is Blast by Adolph Gottlieb. The vintage Tan-Sad swivel

office chair was from Sunbury Antiques Market (at Kempton

Park racecourse) Above: Christine sources mid-20th century

chairs and has them restored and re-upholstered for her shop The

Kula. The walls are painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.

The 1960s Ice Glass lamp was designed by Uno Westerberg

Left: Christine specialises in vintage lamps by the Spanish

company Fase. The artworks are Ship of Fools by Tim Pomeroy

and The Unknown by Oliver Crowther

Being a landlord can be a stressful business, especially

when the building you are renting out is a stunning,

characterful and historic Georgian townhouse. It’s a

matchmaking scenario rather like that endured by a protective

parent or friend, for whom no suitor makes the grade...

So, the relief that the owner of this Hastings house and

ground floor shop must have felt, when Christine Shepherd

walked through the door, cannot be overestimated.

Although one can imagine Christine sweeping through

the door, and there being a thunderbolt moment between

landlord and tenant, their actual meeting was more prosaic.

Both worked in the world of interior decoration; Christine

with a stall in Spitalfields Market, as founder of The Kula

interiors company, and Lucian as a partner in the art and

antiques business Myerscough & Mairs. Either way, their

professional union was sure to produce something beautiful -

though beautiful by no means sums up this home on the high

street in Hastings Old Town. Magical is closer to the mark.

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Above Left: The chairs are 1940s English, the table is 1950s Italian. The white china is from the Haphazard Harmony Series by

Maarten Baas Above Right: Looking up the narrow stairwell, which goes up five floors from the basement, to the skylight at the top

The ‘hallway’, as you come in directly from the street,

is the shop known as The Kula. The striking name comes

from a system of gift exchange between tribes in the

Trobriand Islands off Papua New Guinea, documented by

Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski in 1922.

And if that seems like an unusual source of name

for an interiors business, it gives a hint of the flavour

of the house, which has a striking sense of cultural

depth coming from Christine’s wide-ranging travels

and interests - she has a BA in Anthropology and

has also studied Arabic and organic gardening...

In the shop, classic 1940s and 50s chairs mingle with

Spanish ‘Fase’ lamps on top of a gnarled, 200-yearold

board floor, with wood-knots and worn boards

creating an uneven surface where furniture refuses to

sit still. Christine sometimes has to reassure customers

that her chairs do not have different-length legs.

We pass through the shop, where the furniture has a

mind of its own, and into the heart of the building - a

towering yet narrow stairwell, which goes up five floors

from the basement. A roof light at the top accentuates

one’s sense of looking through a keyhole in a very, very

thick door, while the winding balustrade leads your gaze

upwards. It’s impossible to ignore the urge to explore.

Christine leads the way up to the kitchen on the first

floor, where we stop for a cup of tea. A large sash


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Above: The 1950s Dovedale kitchen cabinets were already

stripped of paint, Christine had the steel polished. She bought

the Medusa mask and collection of insects at Greenwich

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by Luigi Colli. The lampshade is from Little Treasures, just

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kitchen: the stainless steel units are 1950s originals which

Christine had polished, to give a more contemporary

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lab worktops, cut to fit and sanded to remove copious

graffiti: “Some of it was pretty bad,” she laughs.

Above the units and range cooker - besides impressively

organised shelves of spices and ingredients - are

numerous artworks, photos and objets d’art which hint

at Christine’s life of travel and adventure as well as her

earlier life in Greenwich and southeast London.

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“I never take ‘stuff’ with me when I move but

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says Christine. “You’ll notice a recurring theme of masks,” she

adds. “I don’t know why, I just have a thing about them.”

Having grown up and worked in London for many

years, in 2000 Christine had what some might call a

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working 24/7, had no hobbies or life outside work and

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and thought who am I? I wanted my life back.”

Unlike many people, who dream of chucking it

all in and starting a new life abroad but never work

up the courage, that’s exactly what she did.

“I sold everything I owned and moved to Greece for six

months. I then visited a friend in Marbella, but there was

too much concrete... So I followed her advice and headed

to Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz, Spain’s Atlantic coast.”

Previous page: The purple velvet sofa and chairs are 1950s

Italian. The plaster head under the coffee table is a 1920s

Austrian copy of an antique death mask, from Tallboy Interiors.

The prints are by Sassy Luke and the chandelier is 1970s from

Chiswick Auctions Left: The third floor houses the bathroom

and Christine’s office Below: The insects in resin are part of a

collection amassed over many years. The basket was picked up at

Sunbury Antiques Market

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Above: All the walls in the house are lime plastered, so the paint used had to be ‘breathable’. The colour in the bathroom is Chappell

Green by Farrow & Ball. The cream paint used throughout the house is Marbles by Earthborn. The plant is a peace lily

As soon as she saw the vast and virtually empty beaches

of Andalucia, she knew this was going to be her home.

Having worked hard for many years and then selling

everything she owned, Christine was able to do “not

very much”, as she puts it. In fact, she studied Spanish

and Arabic and organic gardening, as well as starting

to write with the encouragement of a friend. It was this

friend who not only encouraged her to follow her creative

side through writing but also to try interior design.

“James’s family owned various hotels,

including the Hurricane Hotel in Tarifa,

where I stayed for a couple of months.”

In 2007 James first asked Christine to redo the restaurant

and lounge in another hotel, the Punta Sur, and the family

were so pleased with her work that they then asked her

to transform the hotel’s stable block into luxury suites.

“Once we agreed basic plans they headed off to Val d’Isere

and left me to it,” laughs Christine. To her genuine surprise,

the project was a huge success: “I shocked the pants off

myself!” she says, with a Londoner’s lack of pretence.

After doing a host of other projects for the

family, and after more than 10 years in Spain,

Christine decided it was time to return home.

“There were three reasons really,” she says. “I needed to

work again, I missed trees and I missed speaking my own

language. My colloquialisms were lost on the Spanish!”

It was a month-long visit with another of her friends, this

time in Hastings, that led Christine to the Sussex coastal town.

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the rest of the house. The layout of the tall, narrow

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Left: Rather than use up previous space with wardrobes, Christine stores her clothes on rails in the bedroom - and the study - and

considers them part of the decor. A bookshelf, painted grey, makes a perfect shoe display Right: The needlepoint chair is one of a

pair, with the other one in the kitchen. The gold and cream striped curtains were from the antiques yard in Courthouse Street, in

Hastings Old Town. Instead of voiles, Christine used extra long fringing from Wayward in St Leonards

building means that there are two rooms on each floor, larger

rooms to the front, overlooking the old High Street, and

smaller rooms to the back, looking out over rear gardens

and roofs. Across from the kitchen is what Christine calls

the lounge, furnished with a luscious, curvy, Italian suite.

Along one wall is a series of black and white Sassy Luke

prints, representing literary titles and characters, such

as Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Dog Woman from

Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson. The artworks

are slightly sinister and work well with the gun-metal grey

paintwork, blackened floorboards and the 1920s copy

of an antique death mask peering up through the glass

of an occasional table. Light floods the room via a huge,

curved sash window, helping to keep the demons at bay.

Light also shines down from the skylight at the top of the

stairs, illuminating the narrow stairwell, which continues

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stairs themselves are bare, dark boards, finished simply

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which fits perfectly with this solid Georgian interior.

Just as each room in the house serves as its own gallery

space, so do the walls of the stairwell... culminating

with a huge, blue painting at the top of the stairs.

“I call it The Blue Man,” says Christine. “I brought

him back from Greece... and it most certainly counted as

excess baggage,” she says, before pointing out the blurred

image of a skull at the foot of the painting. It’s as if it

were commissioned for the space, it fits so perfectly.

“I never take ‘stuff’ with me when I move, but I always

take my artworks,” says Christine. I’m not sentimental

about ‘things’ but I love art.” She admits that everything

in her home, at least as far as furniture is concerned, is

for sale... except for the chest of drawers in her bedroom

and the two cane-backed armchairs in her office.

This is truly a magnificent space with a huge glass desk.

It’s a piece that ‘shouldn’t’ work in a period home, but


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Christine’s bedroom - decorated in gold and cream - has

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Previous page: The mirror in the main bedroom is an

original 1950s Chaty Vallauris starburst. The cream chest of

drawers is 1970s Spanish designed by Vidal Grau - and is

the one piece of furniture in the house Christine wouldn’t be

willing to sell Above: Christine brought the painting she calls

‘The Blue Man’ back from Greece

somehow it does, with the added bonus of making the

items upon it appear to float. It also allows precious natural

light to permeate the room and highlight many beautiful

objects: the aforementioned cane-backed armchairs, a

suede swivel office chair and a Fase lamp. There are many

beautiful objects in here, and yet no sense of clutter.

Across the landing is the bathroom. Cream-painted

floorboards give a lighter, less sombre ambiance as

does the cool green-blue paintwork, while tongue

and groove panelling culminates in a narrow shelf at

chest height, that’s perfect for Christine’s collection

of insects in resin. “They may not be everyone’s

cup of tea, but I love them and have collected them

for years. Children seem to love them too.” They’re

certainly a step up from the usual spider in the bath.

A few more steps for us, and we are on the top floor,

which is occupied by Christine’s room at the front and a

cosy spare room at the back. Slightly lower ceilings up here

in the top of the building give the rooms a more intimate

feel, while Christine’s bedroom - decorated in gold and

cream - has a touch of the Hollywood starlet about it.

There is the luscious, cream chest of drawers she’d

mentioned, hand-made in Spain in the 1970s, and

overhead a classic and original Chaty Vallauris star burst

mirror: “Originals are hard to find these days, although

the style is very popular,” says Christine. Over the bed is

a serene picture by Donna Fleming Hall and long, golden

stripy curtains break on the floor into luxurious folds.

Behind the curtain is a very chic and original

alternative to voile, in a curtain of ultra-long

fringing which Christine found at Wayward,

the vintage haberdashery in St Leonards.

Across the landing, the spare room is slightly smaller, and

serves as the perfect retreat for guests, with neat bookshelves

next to the bed and an array of curious prints and paintings

on the walls, from one entitled ‘Before Hiroshima’ to

another of the Lofoten Islands, off the coast of Norway.

Beaded tassel lamps, over and beside the bed, add

a sense of luxury, as do purple velvet cushions. As a

guest, you would certainly feel that your host had

made every effort to make you feel at home.

Everything about this home is thoughtful and

considered, rather like its occupant. It’s almost impossible

to imagine that Christine has only lived in the house

for 18 months, it feels so unique and homely.

“This may sound big-headed,” says Christine,

“but I find interior design and decoration easy - and

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Beauty

Splish,

splash...!

Jo Fairley rejoices in the therapeutic benefits of bath time

Ever since Roman times, we’ve been enjoying the

healing powers of hot water. And mercifully, thanks

to the joys of modern plumbing, it’s no longer

necessary to live near a thermal spring to enjoy its soothing,

calming, restorative benefits. As small pleasures go, there’s

not much to beat lying back in scented waters.

Hot water really should be available on the NHS, I always

think: in my book, there’s little better for beating stress,

soothing heartache or generally banishing a bad mood than

turning on the taps, slooshing something fabulous beneath

running water, lying back and relaxing.

There are those of you out there who prefer a shower to

a bath, no doubt. Showers are the busy person’s get-clean

alternative, for sure – so I’ve listed a couple

of fab shower products. But in general, to get

the benefits of a proper ‘soak’ – especially if

you’re infusing the water with minerals – you

really should give it 15 minutes or more.

Some of the following definitely qualify as beauty steals,

while you might want to think of others as a ‘wellbeing

investment’. Here’s what you’ll find on top of my (somewhat

crowded) bathroom cabinet.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Deep Bath & Shower Oil,

£45 for 55ml. This is so incredibly effective and makes such

a nice gift that I keep a little stash of them in my present

cupboard. With its oils of chamomile, vetiver

and sandalwood, this is knock-out drops in

a bottle. Yes, it’s probably more

than you’ve ever spent on a

bath product in your life – but

a single capful scents the

whole house, never mind

the bathroom.

There’s another fantastic

oil in the range called

Inner Strength Bath &

Shower Oil, also £45 for

55ml, featuring geranium,

clary sage, cardamom and

touches of rosemary: this

“Hot water really

should be available

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was created by Aromatherapy Associates founder

Geraldine Howard when she was diagnosed with

cancer, literally to deliver ‘inner strength’ – and

I like to give it to anyone facing life challenges,

or who just needs general fortitude.

The bath oils by Beatitude are also good

aromatherapy blends (though you have to

be a little more lavish, quantity-wise), with

evocative names like Joy, Peace and Patience.

Prettily-packaged, these, and £40 for

100ml; my personal favourite is Joy, with

its upliftingly citrus fusion of bergamot,

orange, petitgrain, mandarin and grapefruit

– a great morning reviver.

The oil’s actually richer

than many, nourishing

skin while you bathe – so

less need for body lotion

or butter afterwards.

For great value aromatherapy

products, I don’t think you can do

better than the SenSpa range (at

Waitrose or online); I especially like

Relaxing Bath & Body Oil, £7.95 for 100ml,

with lavender, bergamot and rose geranium.

Olverum, £24.05 for 150ml, is a clears-your-passages bath

oil infused with breathe-easy oils of rosemary, lavender,

lemon, thyme, verbena, eucalyptus and pine – brilliant for

this cold-y, flu-ey time of year. As India Knight puts it, ‘it’s

pine city – you couldn’t wish for anything pinier.’

Olverum’s actually been around since 1929 – but while

I’ve always loved the effect, it’s never been something I’d

display on my bathroom shelf. Now it’s been given the most

glamorous and graphic makeover: a stunning bottle and

fab typography, generally turning an everyday product into

something worthy of a film star’s boudoir.

Along the same perfect-for-winter-bathtime lines is

Moa Fortifying Green Bath Potion, £27.50 for 100ml: a

little bottle of concentrated herbal magic, with muscleeasing

fir needle and sweet birch, alongside refreshing


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peppermint and fennel (chosen for

its detoxing powers).

Have you noticed, meanwhile,

that there’s a revival of good old

bath salts? That’s because they

really, seriously work to soothe

muscles and sagging spirits. My

husband keeps a giant sweetie

jar of Himalayan pink sea salt by

our bath, but the real ‘buzz’

is around magnesium salts.

Our mothers’ generation

was big on Epsom salts –

but actually, magnesium

salts are the same thing

(banishing the ‘granny’

image with a little clever

rebranding).

I like to create what my

‘mature’ model friend Dayle

Haddon always describes as

a ‘magic bath’, with a dollop

of this, a drop of that – and

a really generous amount of

magnesium salts. I recommend

Better You Magnesium Flakes, £9.95 for a kilo (victoriahealth.

com), which I add to almost every bath I take; they’re entirely

unscented, so you can use them with any fragrant bath treat

without scent-clash. For something scented, try Aveda Stress

Fix Soaking Salts, £31 for 454g, a blend of lavandin, French

lavender and clary sage.

I’d also like to suggest that you revisit two beauty classic

bathtime products you may well have grown up with. Good

old Fenjal Classic Luxury Crème Bath Oil, £8.99 for 100ml, is

as glorious as ever, with its creamy, powdery, not-quite-likeanything-else

signature scent – and very skin-nurturing.

OK, this is an age test: do things still happen after a

Badedas bath? Well, I’ve never emerged from the gentle

forest-y scented foam and looked out of the bathroom

window to see a handsome man on a steed, but I nevertheless

still absolutely adore this aromatic foaming gelée, enriched

with horse chestnut and with the distinctive aroma I so well

remember from growing up. (Badedas Original Foaming Gelée

is priced £9.95 for a whacking 750ml.)

My final tip is to adjust the temperature of your bath to get

the most out of your soak. Buy yourself a bath thermometer;

they’re really to test babies’ bathwater, but can also be used

for ‘bath therapy’ purposes. The best temperature for a

relaxing last-thing-at-night bath is F99° (C37°); a warmer

(but not hot) bathing temperature helps promote healthy

sleep. The best temperature for a reviving bath is slightly

cooler at F97° (C36°); taking a bath in the morning can zap

tiredness, if it’s not too hot, and makes for a refreshing (but

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November glow

Wealden Times talks to Sue Fish...

Health & Beauty

Do you have a beauty regime?

I used to just use cleansing

wipes and a cheap moisturiser,

but since discovering the

Tropic skincare range I now

cleanse, tone and moisturise

twice a day, religiously. It’s

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my skin looks and feels. For

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with Elixir Oil at night to

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Once or twice a week I’ll use

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and Radiance Clay Mask, and

the Body Oil works beautifully

as a natural perfume. The

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when exposing my very pale

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it smells like Pina Colada!

Is there a particular

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difficult question as I use all

of the Tropic products and love

them all without exception! If I

have to pick just one, I would

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and comes with a bamboo face

cloth, which is naturally antibacterial

and effortlessly removes

all makeup including waterproof

mascara. My skin feels so soft,

clean and fresh afterwards.

What’s your ultimate pampering

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impeccable clothes. She always

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It’s one of the few plants

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and happy. It has external

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it’s the perfect product for

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the skin, increasing blood

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Health

Time to look within

The change of season can bring mixed feelings. Helen Barton presents a few easy ways of maintaining

happiness and developing your wellbeing, despite the wind and rain

There’s so much beauty in autumn, I can’t help but feel an inkling of anticipation when the evenings start to

close in, but not everyone feels the same way. Levels of depression have been known to increase in autumn

and winter because of the late sunrise and early sunset. Many physical ailments can be exacerbated in the

cold - and although visually beautiful - the turning of our surroundings can be a reminder of things coming to an

end. Nonetheless, with every ending is a brand new beginning.

As humans, we are inextricably linked with nature’s transitory cycles. We have our own times of light and

sunshine, darkness and cold. Being aware, conscious and accepting of these external changes, can mean an

acceptance and contentment within ourselves. Here are a few simple, unpretentious and beautifully effective ways

of becoming mindful, peaceful and joyful in this colder season.

Go barefoot - It may be cold and dewy, or

even frosty, but taking a wander on grass or soil

barefoot can have a huge positive impact on

our bodies, minds and emotions. It improves

balance and overall foot health, it relieves

stress and hypertension and can improve PMS,

sleep and the immune system. ‘Earthing’

has gone from a counter-culture trend to a

scientifically researched practice. So pick a nice

morning and whip your slippers off. Experience

the cold and be aware of how it feels.

Forest walks - If you’re lucky enough to live in

the countryside, then you won’t have to travel

far to find a forest or wooded area. Being in

this environment is not only enjoyable, it can

improve overall wellbeing. Forest bathing is

the practice of absorbing the sights, sounds

and smells of your surroundings. Take a walk

and notice all you can. Your mind may drift

back to the office, but persevere. See the

landscape, the colour and texture. Hear the

rustle of leaves underfoot, smell the pine and

the soil. Feel the cold and the comfort of a

soft scarf. Stop a minute and just be there.

Be by water - Beaches aren’t just for summer

time. I’m not suggesting you go for a swim,

but a brisk walk along a bay in winter is a great

way of blasting out those mental cobwebs. If

you can’t get to a beach, then find a river, or

stream - any moving body of water will do.

In Ayurvedic medicine, the element of water

is crucial in balancing the body and creating

physical harmony, and rivers have long been

seen as sacred, being associated with rebirth and

spiritual cleansing. The average human body

is up to 75% water, so it’s unsurprising that

there’s a natural draw to and affiliation with it.

Watch your breath - By simply stopping, sitting

and watching your breath on a daily basis, a

huge transformation can take place. Find a quiet

spot, inside or outside, and sit in a comfortable

upright posture on a chair with uncrossed legs.

Place your hands loosely on your lap, with palms

facing upwards. Close your eyes and inhale

deeply. As you exhale, shift your attention to this

exhalation. With the next breath try and extend

it a little, gradually making each inhalation

and exhalation deeper. Keep your focus on

the breath and try this for five minutes. If you

feel like sitting for longer then do so. When

you open your eyes, slowly, pay close attention

to any change in sensation or emotion.

Be thankful - Work loads, family pressures and

money difficulties can often seem over whelming.

By taking a moment to stop and be thankful, a

real sense of perspective can be gained. Where are

you reading this? Are you safe and comfortable?

Do you have food in your body? If you can

truly and fully appreciate your situation, the

feeling of wintery negativity can be lifted in an

instant. When you wake up in the morning, try

thinking of five things you have to be thankful

for, and take a moment to stop and ponder.

By trying just one of these on a regular

basis, you have the ability to create a

profound and meaningful change in

your outlook, your relationships with

others, and your experience of life.

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Dinner ladies

Two women who met at the school gate now have a successful business delivering home-cooked

meals to hundreds of busy families – here they share some of their go-to dinners

After discovering they were both

keen cooks, Sydney-based mums

Sophie Gilliatt and Katherine

Westwood came up with the idea of

preparing dinners to deliver to timepoor

friends, who wanted to give good

wholesome food to their families, but just

didn’t have time to make it themselves.

What started as a garden shed

project has now grown to a fleet of

delivery trucks dropping off hundreds

of home-cooked meals every day.

Their new cook book The Dinner

Ladies shares their recipes with those of

us not on their Sydney delivery routes.

Easy to make and with broad age appeal,

all the recipes will keep for three days in

the fridge and are suitable for freezing.

“After work or the day’s chores have been

done, children or others ferried around and

the shopping quickly grabbed, we’ve often

arrived home to a pile of unsorted laundry,

unwalked dogs and scary-looking mail.

And then someone – a child, a spouse, a

housemate – will, with an air of happy

anticipation, ask us what’s for dinner…

“It’s a tough gig. We know – we live it

too, with seven children between us and a

business to run. But we still want to cook

for our loved ones and have good times

and stories around the dinner table.

“Our solution is to cook ahead of time.

It might be at the weekend, late at night,

or in the morning when the baby’s asleep.

If you can find half an hour a couple of

times a week, you can

prepare a few dishes

and stick them in the

fridge or freezer –

then, every time you

pull out one of your

delicious, home-made

dinners you will

congratulate yourself

on your foresight and

wow everyone with

your efficiency.”

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The

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Ladies by Sophie

Gilliatt and Katherine

Westwood Photography

by Ben Dearnley.

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Food

Bread Making Classes

A present with a difference.

As well as teaching you to

make your own fantastic

breads, we will make sure you

have a relaxing, enjoyable

day and provide an excellent,

home-cooked lunch (we even

do your washing up for you.)

We offer a range of courses

for all levels of interest

and ability. Learn how to

knock-up a quick pizza,

master the secrets of

sourdough or try great

ciabatta and focaccia for a

taste of the Mediterranean.

Class sizes are small, with

3 - 8 participants, so there is

plenty of time to ask questions

and all our classes are taught

by Claire, an experienced

caterer and home baker.

Duck Ragu

Serves 4. Prep time 20 mins. Cooking time 2 hours 10 mins

• 2 large duck legs (thighs

and drumsticks)

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 3 teaspoons olive oil

• 1 brown onion, coarsely

chopped

• 1 large carrot, cut into a

few pieces

• 1 celery stalk, cut into a few

pieces

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 150 ml red wine

• 400 g tinned chopped

tomatoes

• 2 teaspoons tomato paste

(concentrated purée)

• 3 thyme sprigs, leaves

stripped

• 2 bay leaves

• 250 ml chicken stock

(home-made or low/no salt)

1. In the bowl of a large food processor, pulse the onion, carrot

and celery. Add this soffritto to the oil in the saucepan with

the garlic and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook over

medium–low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently

to lift any of the ducky bits from the bottom, till the

vegetables are soft and sweet.

2. Return the duck legs to the pan, turn up the temperature to

high, pour in the red wine and bring to the boil. Turn down

to a simmer and add the tomatoes and tomato paste, thyme,

bay leaves and chicken stock. Cover with a lid left ajar and

simmer gently for at least 11/2 hours or until the duck is

so tender it’s almost falling off the bone. Remove the duck

pieces with a slotted spoon and allow to cool on a plate while

you finish the sauce. Check the consistency of the sauce –

does it have too much liquid? Boil it off a bit. Too thick? Add

a bit more stock. Just right? Pat yourself on the back and call

in Goldilocks. As soon as the duck is cool enough, shred the

meat off the bone, being very careful to find the thin spiky

bone that runs along the leg.

3. You can discard any bits of skin or fat, or you can smoodge

them between your fingers and incorporate them into the

sauce. It’s up to you – though it does add richness to the

sauce’s texture. Similarly, you can fish out the bay leaves,

though they add a nicely rustic air to the dish. Stir the duck

meat back into the sauce and taste for seasoning.

4. Serve, stirred through a fresh, cooked ribbon pasta like

pappardelle, with freshly ground black pepper and grated

parmesan cheese.


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Food

Vegetable Tagine with Olives,

Eggplant and Chickpeas

Serves 4. Prep time 20 mins.

Cooking time 1 hour

• 400 g butternut squash or sweet potato

(peeled weight), diced into 3 cm cubes

• 3 tablespoons olive oil

• 2 teaspoons salt

• 1 small aubergine, approximately 350 g, cut

into 4 cm chunks

• 1 courgette, cut into 3 cm chunks

• 1 large brown onion, chopped

• 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into thick strips

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 x 3 cm piece ginger, grated

• 3 teaspoons ground coriander, toasted

• 1½ teaspoons ground cumin, toasted

• ½ teaspoon ground allspice

• ½ teaspoon mild paprika

• 1 heaped teaspoon caraway seeds,

toasted and ground

• 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes

• 4 long green chillies

• 2 tablespoons honey

• 400 g tinned chickpeas, drained

and rinsed

• 50 g (1 handful) kalamata

olives, pitted

1. Defrost before reheating gently – the pumpkin or sweet potato will be

delicate.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Line two baking trays with

baking paper. Toss the pumpkin in 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1/4

teaspoon of the salt, and the eggplant and zucchini in 1 tablespoon

of the oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and spread over the two trays.

Don’t overcrowd the vegetables, ot they’ll stew instead of roast. Roast

in the oven for around 35 minutes for the pumpkin, and 25 minutes

for the eggplant and zucchini till everything is caramelised and

cooked through.

3. Meanwhile, slowly cook the onion, red capsicum, garlic and ginger

in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of salt in a

large saucepan over low heat for 10–15 minutes. When soft and

translucent, add the spices and the tomatoes. Add the whole chillies

(in one piece, stalk and all), then 400 ml (14 fl oz) of water. Simmer

for 30 minutes, then add the honey. Add the roast vegetables,

chickpeas and olives to the spiced broth. Stir together gently, adding

more water if it is too thick. Taste for seasoning.

4. Serve with couscous, chopped herbs and garlic yoghurt sauce.

5. Garlic Yoghurt Sauce: Combine 260 g (91/2 oz/1 cup) Greek-style

yoghurt with 1–2 crushed garlic cloves, a good pinch of salt and 1

tablespoon lemon juice. Beat together, taste for balance and adjust.

Easy, hey?

6. Couscous: To lift your couscous up a notch, use stock instead of

water (following the instructions on the packet). After it has cooked,

fluff it up with a fork, then stir through any combination of chopped

fresh herbs, toasted almonds and pistachios, diced preserved lemon,

pomegranate seeds, thinly sliced spring onions (scallions) and currants

or barberries. Maybe not all at once, though you could give it a whirl.

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Garden

Very berry

Sue Whigham celebrates autumn’s visual feast

I

heard David Hockney on Radio 4 talking about a visit

he made to Japan to see the glory of the cherries in full

blossom. He loved them but said he was just as happy

looking down into a Yorkshire valley and seeing clouds

of hawthorn blossom. The May or hawthorn (Crataegus

monogyna) has been tremendous this year, smothered with a

froth of white flowers, which now have metamorphosed into

thousand upon thousand of red fruits. A feast for the eyes and

a generous store of food for birds.

I rather love the grey leaved Crataegus tanacetifolia, first

spotted in the grounds of Stowe. A tansy-leaved hawthorn, it’s

mighty slow growing but its combination of soft grey downy

leaves and a pale orange fruit is charming and unusual and

worth waiting for.

Euonymus is another group of plants that produce fabulous

autumn fruits, varying in range from shrubs and small trees to

climbers and creepers. Celastrus orbiculatus ‘Hermaphrodite’ is

a graceful, strong growing climber, the combination of ochre

yellow berries opening to bright scarlet seeds looks amazing in

the autumn against a backdrop of clear yellow leaves.

Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’ is a selected form of

our native spindle, which is often seen as a hedgerow plant

especially where there’s chalky soil. This is particularly

floriferous, weighed down with red fruits which break open to

reveal orange seeds in a rather startling combination.

Another showstopper is sieboldianus, a subspecies of E.

hamiltonianus, which originates from the Himalayas, with a

combination of pink, yellow and red autumn colour and rosy

pink fruits opening out to orange seeds.

Viburnum opulus or the Guelder rose needs a lot of room

but is worth growing for its maple-like leaves which colour

up well in the autumn and its white flowers in mid to late

summer. They’re a little like those of a lacecap hydrangea,

frothy and exceedingly pretty. It’s a native plant which

flourishes in damp areas and a particularly lovely form,

‘Xanthocarpum’, instead of having glistening red berries,

produces bright and translucent yellow berries. Quite a lot of

the viburnums have good autumn berries and as they’re pretty

easy to grow, they’re worth looking out for.

Another favourite group of plants for their autumn fruit

are the crab apples (Malus). There are so many varieties and so

many of them ‘do’ something wonderful throughout the year.

The better known ones such as Malus ‘Evereste’ and M.

‘John Downie’, the latter being one of the best fruiting of the

lot, are worth growing but it’s fun to look into alternatives.

M. hupehensis, which was discovered in Hupeh province by

Fruits of Crataegus tanacetifolia

Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson, is a lovely thing: combining fragrant

white flowers with masses of small dark red fruits in autumn.

Wilson was one of the greatest plant hunters. He started life

as an apprentice gardener’s boy in the Midlands and worked

his way up to Kew Gardens. Eventually he was employed by

James Veitch and Sons to work as a plant collector. Despite

horrendous conditions in China, including an outbreak of the

plague, malaria and political unrest, he returned with nearly a

thousand plant species along with the seeds of another three

hundred, most of which we take for granted now.

He also discovered M. toringoides in Western China at

about the same time. This has a rather different habit to M.

hupehensis having wide spreading branches and very deeply

lobed leaves. The flowers are just slightly scented and a creamy

white but the fruit is very striking as each one is pear shaped

and ‘two tone’ in shades of red and yellow.

Sorbus are another genus with a huge range of plants with

stunning autumn colour and berries. E.H. Wilson also found

Sorbus hupehensis in China and a particularly good selection is

‘Pink Pagoda’. I love this little tree. It really is so striking and

beautiful, both for its bluish green, sharply toothed leaves but

in particular for its pink tinged fruits. There’s a great example

near the top of Battleston Hill at RHS Wisley and whilst it is

tucked away with a lot of other interesting trees and shrubs, it

always seems to stand out to me because of the colour of the

berries combined with its leaves.

Actually, the more I think about it, the more I think that

it’ll have to be added to my imaginary Christmas list. Even its

branches are decorative as they have a purple hue.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for

gardening advice and help in the sourcing and supply of

interesting garden plants.

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Education

Raise the bar

Sue Elkin praises schools which embrace the journey of education - not the destination

Never tell a child that something is too difficult for

them. Low expectations inevitably lead to low

achievement, as all wise teachers and parents know.

When my younger son was 10 and the elder 14 we

had tickets to see King Lear. I assumed it was likely to be

beyond the ten year old so we booked for just three.

In the event, our elder boy was unwell on the night so

we took the younger. And how glad I am that we did. He

understood the play at his own level, talked about it for a long

time afterwards and enjoyed an evening out with his parents.

We had underestimated our child as so many teachers

and parents routinely do. Education secretaries and prime

ministers have muttered about the downward drag of

low expectations in schools for decades but it’s a slippery

thing to improve. Schools are under huge pressure to

get high, readily quantifiable examination results.

In order to do that, many spoon-feed candidates

with immensely detailed revision sessions, relentless

dull coaching and pep-talks right up until they turn

over their exam papers. And the lessons in the years

prior are far too often based on formulaic, self limiting

‘lesson plans’ from which few dare deviate.

Where’s the stretch which takes every single individual

beyond the standard expectation for that age group?

Too often it’s missing. Everyone is too busy meeting all

those targets which are – frankly – often deliberately

set too low to ensure the school can hit them.

Obviously I’m generalising and some excellent schools

set unlimited expectations. I spoke to an inspiring

head recently who personally teaches a history of music

course to Year 3 upwards because he wants them all to

intelligently explore music of all sorts – way beyond

anything specified in the National Curriculum.

And as for English lessons and reading, well I could

write a book about that (and have: Encouraging Reading,

2007 and Unlocking the Reader in Every Child, 2010).

We must stop fobbing young children off with the

banal, introduce them to good material and demonstrate

continuously that reading is an exciting, very adult activity.

The usual curricular attitude to reading is tick-box based

and nothing to do with intellectual stretch – but a really good

teacher regards the specified curriculum as a mere springboard.

It’s something which informed parents should look at very

closely when they’re choosing a school, at any level, for a child.

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9am - 5pm Sunday

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What’s On In November

CHILDREN & FAMILY

Sat 19 Nov 1-6pm

Gostrey Meadow, Union Road,

Farnham, Surrey GU9 7RH

Christmas Lights

Switch On

Take part in this fun, festive outing

for the whole family. The day will

include live musical entertainment,

a nativity play, fairground rides,

a face-painting stand, food and

drink stalls, plenty of Christmas

gifts and hot mulled cider.

Info: 01252 712667

Thurs 24 Nov - Sat 24 Dec

Bocketts Farm, Young Street,

Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9BS

Father Christmas

Hop on board the Santa Express

trailer for a short ride with

the elves to take you from the

farm park, and enjoy a magical

visit to Father Christmas in his

traditional hay barn workshop.

Entry: Adults, £9.50, Children £9.95

Info: 01372 363764 /

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FAIRS & MARKETS

Sat 12 Nov

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon

Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS

Contemporary Textiles

New Ashgate Gallery presents

work by nine textile makers, all

perfectly balancing the important

visual elements of pattern, colour

and design with the physical

and tactile nature of textiles.

Entry: Free

Info: 01252 713208 /

newashgate.org.uk

Sat 19 & Sun 20 Nov 10am-4pm

Garsons, Winterdown Road, West

End, Esher, Surrey KT10 8LS

Garsons Christmas

Food Market

Mulled wines, Christmas cheeses,

pâtés, pannetone, Turkish delight

and liqueur-soaked fruits are

just a few things on the menu

at this festive food market.

Entry: Free

Info: 01372 464778 / garsons.co.uk

Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov

10am-4.30pm

Priory Farm Shop, Sandy Lane,

South Outfield, Surrey RH1 4EJ

Christmas Food Festival

Kick off the Christmas season

with a visit to this foodie paradise,

with a full line up of fantastic

stallholders. Try before you buy

and get plenty of inspiration.

Entry: Free

Info: 01737 822603 /

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Sat 26 Nov 10am-4pm

Station Road East, Oxted,

Surrey RH8 0PG

Oxted Christmas

Festival

This family-friendly celebration

is set to include a local produce

market, a French market and

entertainment with Santa’s

grotto and free train rides.

Entry: Free

Info: 01737 823208 / loveoxted.co.uk

Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov

Watts Gallery, Compton,

Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DQ

Victorian Christmas Fair

Escape the crowded town centre

and get into the festive spirit at

this traditional Christmas fair,

celebrating Victorian heritage. Take

part in Christmas craft sessions,

enjoy festive food and drink and

shop for original gifts and cards.

Entry: 2 for 1 at £9.50,

Under 16s free

Info: 01483 810235 /

wattsgallery.org.uk

Tues 29 Nov 10am-3pm

ShedArt Studios, Harlow

House Barn, Dukes Road,

Newdigate, Surrey RH5 5BX

ARTISTS’ CHRISTMAS

OPEN DAY

For unique, gifts and cards, pay a

visit and enjoy a free glass of mulled

wine and a mince pie. ShedArt is

a group of local artists with a wide

range of styles and media, creating a

varied and interesting display. Over

200 original paintings and cards.

Entry: Free

Info: shedart@shedart.

org / shedart.co.uk

MUSIC & THEATRE

Sat 12 Nov 7.30pm

Refresh Cafe, Qep Centre,

Guildford, Surrey GU2 9LX

Musical Soiree

Join an award-winning pianist

and grab a mic, or simply sit back

and enjoy the show. Proceeds

are going to The Matrix Trust.

Entry: £10, includes cheese & wine

Info: 07795 023522 /

social@qepark.co.uk

Sat 19 Nov 7.30pm

St. Paul’s, Northey Avenue,

Howell Hill, near Ewell

East, Surrey SM2 7HS

Songs of the Season

Join Bournemouth’s choir

of the year in enjoying its

award-winning programme

and brand new repertoire.

Entry: Adults £12, Concessions

£10, Under 16s £5

Info: 07763 931514 /

impromptu.org.uk

Fri 25 Nov 7.30pm

The New Victoria Theatre, The

Ambassadors, The Peacocks,

Woking, Surrey GU21 6GQ

The Sensational

60s Experience

Returning by huge popular demand

for one night only, seven legendary

names will take to the stage for an

unforgettable 60s performance.

Entry: From £26.75

Info: 0844 8717 645 / atgtickets.com

Sat 26 Nov 7.30pm

High Cross Church, Knoll Road,

Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY

Camberley & District

Silver Band

Join Camberley and District Silver

Band for an evening in concert

with the Somerleaze Singers from

The Abbey Junior School.

Entry: Free

Info: 07858 447463 /

camberleyband.org.uk

Sat 26 Nov 7.30pm

Frimley Green Working Mens

Club, 18-20 Stuart Road,

Frimley Green, Camberley,

Surrey GU16 6HX

Vintage Tea Dance

Make the most of fantastic live

entertainment from international

vocalist and trumpeter Ricky

Hunter, playing music from the

40s, 50s and 60s, along with

well-known and loved Christmas

tunes. Ticket includes a buffet,

glass of bubbly and candy cane.

Entry: £10

Info: 07981 758130 / skiddle.com

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be £95. Deadline for the December

issue is 14 November 2016.

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WIN DESIGNER CHRISTMAS

DECORATIONS WORTH OVER £250

Fused glass artist Jo Downs is one of the UK’s most

recognised designers, with an international reputation

for the beauty and quality of her handcrafted work, all of

which is cut, crafted, fired and finished at her studio in the

heart of Cornwall. This Christmas you’ll find Jo’s galleries

brimming with her distinctive ranges, including gorgeous

glass hangings, bowls, mirrors and coasters, alongside

uniquely beautiful statement interior pieces such as wall

panels, art frames and multi piece installations.

Find out more on jodowns.com

How to enter: For your chance to win this fantastic

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‘Snowflakes’ collection, to include six large ‘Snowflake’

hangings, six smaller ‘Starflake’ hangings, one medium

‘Snowflake’ bowl and one small ‘Snowflake’ bowl, just answer

the following question: Where is Jo’s studio located? Enter

your answer with your contact details* in the online form

at wealdentimes.co.uk/competition or post to: Jo Downs

Competition, Wealden Times, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF by 30 November 2016. There is no

cash alternative and the prize must be taken by November

2017. *All entrants’ details will be passed on to Jo Downs

Handmade Glass and Wealden Times Events. Please let us

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

Congratulations to Jen Tomkinson who wins our August competition for VIP winery tasting tour at Hush Heath Estate

Wed 30 November 3pm - 9.30pm

Thu 01 December 10am - 8pm

£1 entry

Find an abundance of Christmas gifts from Surrey’s largest

Christmas Fair, offering delicious food and drink gifts, vintage

finds and handmade crafts.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

It’s nearly time for everyone on the farm to have a well-earned break -

including George, the bull - but first the cows have to decide who’s boss

It really won’t be long now before

the cows come in for the winter. It’s

always a bonus if we can keep them

out till December, but in the weeks

leading up to them coming into the barn

there is quite a lot of housekeeping to do.

The calves were all born in early

spring, so are now eight or nine months

old. At the end of August we split the

cows with heifer (female) calves from the

ones with male calves. As the girls can

become fertile from about six months

this is a necessary precaution as all the

boys are still ‘entire’ i.e. they

have not been castrated.

As we usually try and

produce one or two Coopers

registered pedigree bulls,

we don’t castrate the boys

at birth but leave them till

now, because by the autumn

you have a much better idea

of which are the best ones.

Apart from the obvious things like

shape and height we also weigh them

and then calculate their 200 day weight

to ensure the chosen ones are in the top

10% of the Sussex breed – if they’re not

that good then it really isn’t worth all the

extra effort necessary to nurture them

into young bulls.

A couple of weeks after the ‘second

division’ boys have been dealt with

(parted from their testicles), we will bring

all the calves back together again and

into the barn to wean them.

“Put twenty cows

together and

they will sort

themselves into a

pecking order”

This is the noisiest time of the year

and we have to be very sure that the

holiday cottage – marketed as a slice of

rural tranquillity - is empty.

Some of the cows seem genuinely

pleased to see the back-end of their

offspring and disappear over the hill,

most however will bellow for 24 hours

and then give up and then there are the

dedicated full-on mums...

These girls will keep up a vigil outside

the barn and moo for two even three

days until they become hoarse so even

though they keep on

bellowing (thankfully) no

noise comes out.

Never mind I tell them,

it won’t be all that long

before there’s another

patter of tiny hooves.

Enjoy the break!

Bringing all the cows

back together in the field before they

come into the barn also gives them the

opportunity to re-establish their social

hierarchy - a crucially important part of

cow behaviour. Put twenty cows together

and they will sort themselves into a

pecking order of one to twenty.

The number one cow will be one

of the biggest and oldest and then it

works its way down with each individual

having a specific place in the hierarchy.

By letting them sort out all the boshing

and joshing – known as bunting –

before they come in results in a far more

peaceful community once inside.

Apart from the cows in one shed and

the calves in another we also need to

think about George the bull who needs

his own exclusive ‘gentleman’s’ quarters.

He went out with the cows in April

and by letting him run with them for

only three months we can be sure that

all the calves will arrive in one block

– pretty welcome stuff when you have

to get up in the middle of the night to

check if anyone’s calving.

So he has been hanging out with the

older steers (aforementioned dealt with

males) since mid-summer and will now

spend the winter in splendid isolation,

quite happy as long as he can see his girls

next door. And then all he has to do –

rather like the rest of us – is to sit back

and wait for April to come round again!

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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