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Contents

December 2016

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140

HO HO HOMES

Isobel Mackay is dreaming about

perfect Christmas houses

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126

RUG-UP, SNUGGLE IN

Wrap-up and keep

warm this winter

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102

DECK THE HALLS

Jo Arnell creates beautiful,

natural Christmas decorations

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DECEMBER NOTEBOOK

Fun and interesting things

coming up this month

WALL TO WALL STYLE

A renowned wallpaper designer

has transformed a wreck into

an oasis of refined elegance

GET THE LOOK

Give your home a

pastel make-over

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123

125

IN THE MOOD

FOR PERFUME

Jo Fairley gives advice on

buying the perfect scent

WEALDEN BEAUTY

Samantha Stone talks

yoga and coconut oil

HEALTH

Top tips for avoiding the

post-Christmas slump

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151

THE WINTER GARDEN

A few creative projects to

add colour to the garden

SUGAR SHOCK

Susan Elkin speaks out on sugar

WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER

Festive fairs, carols and ice-skating

COMPETITION

Win a Clarkes sofa worth £1000

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INTERIORS SUPPLEMENT

16 pages of ideas and

inspiration for your home

126

NOT CHRISTMAS

PUDDING

Scrummy and inspired

alternatives to the

traditional festive fare

152

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Christmas at Coopers Farm means

showtime for the fat pigs and porkers

80

FAMILY FAVOURITE

Snuggle down and immerse

yourself in the cosiness

of this family home

133

SOUP AND A SANDWICH

The perfect winterwarming

combination

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gardens, vegetable/fruit garden, paddock and orchard. Detached garage (currently

used as a gym/cycle room). EPC rating E. In all about 1.83 acres.

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Northiam, East Sussex - £575,000

Grade II listed detached granary conversion. Sitting room,

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master bedroom with en-suite, two further bedrooms,

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Camber, East Sussex - £339,950

A three bedroom detached house situated within several

hundred yards from the vast stretch of Camber Sands beach.

Living room, kitchen/dining room, main bedroom with ensuite,

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Rye, East Sussex - £735,000

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the Ancient Town. Reception hall, drawing room, sitting

room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility/boot

room, 4 bedrooms. Large mature garden. Off road parking.

Garage. EPC E

Winchelsea, East Sussex - £450,000

Victorian town house in the Conservation Area overlooking

the Church. 28’ sitting room, dining room, kitchen, 3

double bedrooms. Outside attached gardener’s store & WC.

150’ garden. Garage nearby. EPC D

Stone-cum-Ebony, East Sussex - £1,100,000

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1.

Ho ho homes

Isobel Mackay is dreaming about perfect Christmas houses

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Claus Esq. is an extremely flexible chap considering his legendary girth,

presumably the result of scoffing the mince pie mountain left on British

hearths on December 24th by hysterically overexcited small people.

Despite a BMI which must alarm his GP, Mr Claus is able to get down the

narrowest of chimneys and even to enter those – increasingly numerous –

sitting rooms where a smart wood burner fills the open bit where he used to

shoot out, boots first.

The really amazing thing about him though, is that he’s able to deliver

stocking swag even to houses which don’t have chimneys, let alone any kind of

fireplace… What a guy.

But while Santa, Prancer, Blixen, Rudolf etc seem able to cope with whatever

roof/fireplace scenario they encounter, for we more earthbound beings a house

that feels all set up for Christmas, without needing to put so much as a strand

of tinsel in place, is magical in itself.

So what’s on our collective letter to Santa for such a house? A fireplace big

enough to get several small children into (and one fat man out of) has to be

at the top, with a generous mantle from which to hang at least one symbolic

stocking (the real things these days seem to be the size of king size duvet

covers). A hall large enough to take a towering tree and accommodate crowds of

wassailers for a Yuletide cup is another essential. The lobby of the Columbia Inn

in Pine Tree, Vermont, as featured in White Christmas, is a handy benchmark,

i.e. big enough to stage a small Broadway musical.

Other considerations for our Christmas dream home would be a generous

drawing room for present opening, an Aga to cook the feast, a big dining room

to eat it and plenty of bedrooms to accommodate extended family. Perhaps in

discreet smaller writing, lower down, we might request from Mr Claus, a quiet

nook to sneak away for post-prandial naps. Possibly a separate wing.

1. Harts House

Where? In the sought after

Boughton Quarries enclave of Boughton

Monchelsea, about 3.5 miles south of

Maidstone. (Google Maps ME17 4LY).

What? This Grade II* listed 16th

century Wealden hall house is the beam

dream home, from its external exposed

timber framework to its leaded windows,

with every room so full of character

they look as though Santa’s Elves could

pop out at any moment. Santa would

have a choice of entry via an original

stone fireplace, or the back-to-back

nook between two reception rooms. The

ground floor has sitting room and study,

kitchen/breakfast room, cellar below. Up

one floor the master suite has bathroom

and dressing room, with three more

bedrooms and family bathroom. One has

a priest hole behind panelling. On the

second floor, two more bedrooms and a

bathroom. Outside the approx. two acre

gardens are equally full of charm, with an

Elizabethan box hedge garden and a lake

with an island, accessible via a bridge, plus

outbuildings and three garages.

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with Fine & Country at West Malling

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million. Call 01732 222272 or look at

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2. West House

Where? West House is in the heart of

the pretty village of Goudhurst, within

the catchment area of Cranbrook School.

(Google Maps TN17 1AB).

What? This beamy Grade II listed

detached brick and tile-hung house,

full of period features, is modernised

just enough. It has high ceilings, wide

floorboards, exposed brickwork, timber

beams, fireplaces and panelled doors - and

a splendid pantry. Accommodation is

over three floors. The groundfloor has a

drawing room with large bay window and

fireplace; kitchen/dining room with open

beams, farmhouse-style kitchen with Aga

and a wood-burning stove in the dining

area. There is also a family/play room,

utility and boot rooms, cloakroom and

cellar. On the first floor a master bedroom

with en suite and dressing room, two

further double bedrooms, a study and

family bathroom. There are two more

double bedrooms on the second floor.

A delightful south-facing rear garden

has a raised patio perfect for outside

entertaining. Parking for three vehicles.

How much?West House is priced

at £895,000 and is on the market with

Knight Frank in Tunbridge Wells. Call

01892 882763 or visit knightfrank.co.uk

3. The Old Vicarage

Where? The Old Vicarage is located

within the Conservation Area of the

ancient village of East Farleigh, about

three miles from Maidstone. (Google

Maps ME15 0JW).

What? A fine Grade II listed house, on

the market for the first time since 1895,

The Old Vicarage has every period feature

you could dream of and serious historical

credentials, as the home of the great antislavery

campaigner, William Wilberforce.

It has four reception rooms – all of them

with impressive fireplaces, including

carrara marble in the drawing room and

an inglenook in the dining room. As well

as a large kitchen, there’s a secondary

kitchen, a laundry, a boot room and a

cellar. Upstairs, a master bedroom with

en suite, five more bedrooms and a family

bathroom, with another three bedrooms –

former servants’ quarters – above. Outside

there’s extensive garaging in the old coach

house, a games room and stores and an

original ice house. The garden, over half

an acre, is part walled, with a productive

kitchen garden.

How much? The Old Vicarage is

listed with Jackson-Stops, Cranbrook,

with a guide price of £1,250,000. Call

01580 720000 or visit jackson-stops.co.uk

4. Risebridge Farmhouse

Where? Risebridge Farmhouse enjoys the

best of rural and village settings, one mile

from the centre of Goudhurst village and

in the catchment for Cranbrook School.

(Google Maps TN17 1HN).

What? Built during the reign of

Elizabeth I (late 16th century) Risebridge

Farmhouse is a magnificent Grade II* listed

Wealden hall house, with two inglenook

fireplaces. Other period features include

ceiling beams, timbers and latch cottage

doors, wide oak floorboards and mullion

windows. The large double aspect kitchen/

family room with lovely views across the

gardens, has a four-oven Aga and walk-in

larder. A garden room was added in 2005.

A wide oak staircase leads up to a galleried

landing with oak balustrade on the first floor,

with a double aspect master bedroom with

en suite, four bedrooms, all with walk-in

wardrobes, two separate shower rooms and

a family bathroom. There are two further

bedrooms on the second floor. The house

sits on approximately two acres of established

lawned gardens, with Yorkstone paved terrace

and a tennis court.

How much? Risebridge Farmhouse is

priced at £1,500,000 and is on the market

with Lambert & Foster, Cranbrook. Call

01580 712888, or visit lambertandfoster.co.uk

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Previous page: The mural in the sitting room is a lino cut called

Poppy Tree, which Louise’s mother did in the 1950s. Louise

found the 1960s Scandinavian Troeds sideboard on eBay. Above:

The wall behind the dining table is papered with Louise’s design

‘Midnight’ from her Forest range. The dining chairs were a

Dunelm find, £5 each Right: The ‘tiles’ behind the cooker are

actually Louise’s wallpaper ‘Old Blue’

Tea and DIY are considered by many to be two very

British obsessions - and, it’s true, the two do go very

well together, perhaps with the addition of some

decent biscuits. At least, biscuits are what some of us need to

muster the strength and enthusiasm for home improvement.

Unless, that is, you are the wallpaper and fabric designer

Louise Body and her husband Jonny, whose Hastings home is

testament to ten years of ‘doing it themselves’ and to Louise’s

incredible creative talent. They wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Most things, we have done ourselves,” says Louise. “We’re

both pretty practical and, if this doesn’t sound big-headed, I

always think no-one will do as good a job as I can do!” When

it comes to design and decor, it would be hard to disagree, and

Louise’s work, as we are to find out, is dotted around every

room. “Jonny can do a bit of plumbing, a bit of electrics,

most things really, so we’ve hardly had to employ anyone.”

Returning to the talk of tea and DIY, it’s perhaps

worth explaining that Louise’s career in wallpaper design

and manufacture began with a wallpaper design called:

‘More Tea Vicar’. After a fine art degree and time spent

living in India, Louise moved to Brighton, became part

of the Maze studio group, and put on an exhibition

called ‘Housebound’ - where her screen-printed design

of teacups and hands went down a storm.


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Above: The Ercol table in the kitchen is from Glass Etc in Rye. The shawl was a gift. The watercolour of Louise’s grandparents’ cat

Bumper was painted by her grandmother, Granny Jean


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“Soon after the Housebound exhibition, I was involved

in a show called 100% Design - a big interiors trade

show in London. At the time there were very few doing

wallpaper - perhaps me and a couple of other girls. That

was it.” Though she is unlikely to say it herself, Louise

was a major player in the ‘wallpaper revival’. “A few of

us were starting to do exciting things with wallpaper

which hadn’t been done before,” says Louise, whose

innovative and fresh approach continues to this day.

As we walk through to the kitchen of this large, Victorian

semi, we are met with a delicious display of Louise’s designs.

The wall next to the kitchen table features ‘Midnight’ from

her Forest wallpaper range, while those with an eye for

Louise’s designs will also notice the ‘Old Blue’ Tile wallpaper

behind the cooker and on the teatowels hanging on its rail.

“The kitchen chairs were my bargain of the century,”

says Louise, who cleverly mixes a few budget brands with

her own high-end designs and gorgeous family heirlooms.

“I got them from Dunelm Mill for £5 each - and they’ve

since been discontinued.” The chairs are a simple, classic

design which fits nicely with 1950s and 60s items dotted

around the room, including a wooden 1960s starshaped

clock which Louise found in a junk shop.

The white kitchen units are wonderfully retro, with pale

blue crackle-glaze Formica tops tying in with the pale blue

walls and grey-painted floorboards. It is a far cry from what

the couple discovered when they first saw the house: “It was

in a complete state when we bought it,” says Louise. “There

was no real kitchen - just a sink hanging off the wall and all

the woodwork was orange pine. Every single thing... skirting

boards, door frames, walls, everything. It was hideous!”

Thank goodness for the house that it was bought by a couple

with such good taste... generations of good taste, in fact.

“I’m slightly embarrassed,” says Louise, “because so much of

our stuff is either from family or from junks shops.” The fact

that her relatives had more than their fair share of creative flair

and that Louise lives in Hastings - a hotbed of ‘junk shops’

and architectural reclamation - all adds up to a lot of potential.

“Both my grandmothers were artists,” says Louise,

before pointing to a pretty drawing on the opposite wall.

“Granny Jean did that pencil drawing and watercolour

of Bumper, our old cat.” Such personal touches add

an immeasurable sense of homeliness to the place.

I’m dying to look around the rest of the house...

Out into the lofty hallway and stairwell we go, and are

instantly reminded of the generous proportions of Victorian

homes. Space was one of the main attractions for Louise and

Jonny: “We were living in a three-bedroom cottage on

Above: The walls in the dining room are painted in Farrow &

Ball Pale Powder. The drinks cabinet was £16 from Courthouse

Mews reclamation yard in Hastings Old Town, the menorah was

from another Hastings antique shop. The low armchair by Ercol,

covered in Louise’s fabric Left: The wallpaper is from Louise’s

Murals collection, this one is called Still Lake. The painting

propped against the wall is by Oskar Barblain

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Previous page: The wall sconce is from Butlers Emporium in

Hastings Old Town, rewired by Philip Oakley Above: The dining

chairs are from various junk shops Left: The lampshades in the

sitting room are from the range Louise used to sell at Liberty, in

her designs Autumn Leaves and Erotica, which was inspired by

the work of Aubrey Beardsley

West Hill in Hastings, but quickly outgrew it,” says Louise,

who now shares the house, not only with her husband Jonny

but also with their two children, Isaac, 10, and Marney, 7.

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But it does make for a very large blank canvas. “We’ve

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head into the open-plan living room-cum-dining room.

The couple knocked through to create one huge room, as

opposed to two, with complementary decor linking the two

areas. A large dining table occupies the rear of the room,

next to a modest fireplace and overlooking the garden.

“The wallpaper is from my new Murals collection and is

called ‘Still Lake’,” says Louise, when prompted, “and the

walls are painted in Pale Powder by Farrow & Ball.”

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Previous page: The painting over the woodburner is by Oskar Barblain Above left: The wallpaper in the porch is Louise’s design

Grapevine, from the Paper Tiles collection Above right: The foldaway table belonged to her grandfather

Beautifully arranged, select items, dot the surfaces. What

looks like a cylindrical copper vase is in fact a shell case,

saved and polished by her grandfather Peter after the war.

And this is not the only copper-coloured decoration;

elsewhere there is a large copper vase, a partially coppered

vase... and in the living area next door, the entire

fireplace has been gilded, with the same warm metallic

hue. I was unaware that you could buy copper leaf, I

remark. “Yup, you can buy copper leaf, just like gold

leaf,” says Louise. “It’s really easy to use - but then you

just want to copper leaf everything!” she adds. Louise

was clearly ahead of the trend for copper homewares.

On the wall, gilded sconces add a classical, rather than

retro tone and tie in with the original plasterwork on the

ceiling: “The sconces were from Butler’s Emporium on

George Street, then my friend Philip Oakley re-wired them

for me,” says Louise. Beside the dining-room table are two

simple, 1950s style chairs including an Ercol chair which

Louise bought on eBay and had covered with her own fabric.

Looking through to the living room area, at the front

of the house, I catch a glimpse of the copper-painted

fireplace. That, and the smell of scented candles, is

enough to tempt me through, to sit on the plush, shagpile

rug and admire the room. It’s hard not to immediately

start looking for Louise’s handiwork, although it’s not

always immediately obvious what is her work and what

has been created by talented friends and family.

By the fireplace is a huge standard lamp and next to it, a

lower table-style lamp. The latter’s shade features a design with

echoes of Aubrey Beardsley... but is in fact a design that Louise

sold at Liberty, called ‘Erotica’. Perhaps Aubrey did have some

influence? The other, a pretty design featuring ferns, leaves

and flowers, is more modestly titled ‘Autumn Leaves’. “The

ferns and flowers were ones I found in a sketchbook of my

grandmother’s about 15 years after she died. So I literally

just put them on to a silk screen and exposed the screen.”

Opposite the fireplace, and overlooking a huge sofa

scattered with plump cushions covered in vintage fabric, is

another of Louise’s murals, this time called ‘Poppy Tree’. It’s a

suitably dramatic backdrop for a 1960s Scandinavian Troeds

sideboard, bought on eBay by Louise and topped with a spaceage

lamp from Snooper’s Paradise in Brighton. A spindly,

spiky Dracaena plant, which stands where the dividing wall

used to be, adds a touch of 70s kitsch to this light and airy

living area. The 70s flavour is repeated as we continue the tour

upstairs, passing a print of a Swiss Cheese plant, with Louise’s

signature in the corner... before arriving on the landing.

The landing not only links the upstairs bedrooms,

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Above: On the landing. Louise made the paper dresses out of old maps Below left: On the stairs up to the attic, Louise’s wallpaper

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Ball. The lampshade is Louise’s design


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Above: The wallpaper over the bed is a work in progress for

a new line Miss Match, which Louise will hand finish with

metallic leaf. The bedside table is another Hastings Old Town

find Below: The print over the fireplace is by Eric Ravilious, a

birthday present from husband Jonny. The footstool belonged to

Louise’s grandparents and has been recovered in her fabric Dotto-Dot.

The jug vase is from Snoopers Paradise in Brighton

but also works as an uncluttered gallery space for

Louise’s art works, her grandmothers’ pictures and a

recent picture of a fox, created by Isaac: “It’s a dry point

etching, which he made on a lovely course in Hastings,”

says Louise, with justifiable pride. It’s clear he’s got the

family talent. Opposite, on the stairwell which leads

to the attic rooms, I notice a rather different style of

wallpaper. Could this be by someone else? “No, that’s one

of mine too,” Louise chuckles, “called ‘Traily Plant’.”

It’s clear that being a wallpaper and fabric designer

comes in handy when doing up your own home, but the

proliferation of Louise’s work also has a lot to do with the

fact that she uses her home as a testing ground and also

for photoshoots. “They always give me a push. The other

day a friend needed to do a shoot for a new interiors book,

called Creative Country, and that gave me a push to get

a few more things finished. So, every time I have to do a

photoshoot, something else gets done in the house!”


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It’s not always immediately obvious what is Louise’s work and

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Left and below: Daughter Marney’s room. The picture over

the desk was a birthday gift from a friend. The perspex ‘illusion

table’ by the bed is by Essey and was bought online ten years

ago. The cushions on the bed are Louise’s designs. The print of

The Tiger Who Came to Tea was free in The Times and Louise

had it framed

A perfect example of this can be seen in the master

bedroom, which features one of Louise’s latest designs

behind the bedstead: seemingly misaligned rolls of

wallpaper featuring colourful splodges of paint. “It was

meant to be a mural, and then I thought ‘actually, I quite

like not hanging it in sequential order’, so you get those

mismatched panels. They don’t join up, but I prefer it.”

The wallpaper is going to be a new line, which Louise is

working on at the moment: “It’s called ‘Miss Match’ and

I’m going to hand-finish it with metallic leaf.” Seeing it insitu,

in this high-ceilinged, period room brings it to life.

Tranquil tones proliferate in the main bedroom, starting

with the ‘Miss Match’ wall. Cushions covered in Louise’s

and vintage fabrics adorn the bed and she has worked her

magic on the little rendered fireplace at the foot of the bed,

lining it with her Buttercup Blue Tile wallpaper. On the

wall beside the bed hangs an ornate, gilded picture frame,

decorated with fairy lights but lacking a picture within: “It

had one of my ancestors in it,” says Louise. “It’s an amazing

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Above: The chair is from Louise’s grandmother. Louise made the rag doll for Marney’s first birthday. Jonny bought the fabric cat from

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out over a long garden, the gardens of neighbouring houses

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have a ‘y’ in her name as it’s much more fun to sign your

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pretty cool, I reckon.” It’s no wonder, given such an acute

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Previous page: In the book room, a roaring fire in the perfect fireplace to hang the family stockings

Above: The mural in the entrance hall was painted by Sue Fields

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This family, made up of Tim and Eve – plus three grownup

children and three grandchildren who regularly come to

stay – has already lived here for 23 years and has no plans

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we just adored, and weren’t thinking of living anywhere

else.” Then one day, a brochure came through the door

from a local estate agent, with the details for this house.

“I thought ‘it’s not in Frittenden. I won’t even bother

looking at it’, and put the brochure in my bag before

driving over to my business partner’s house.” Having spent

the journey thinking about the weatherboarded farmhouse

and 12 acres of land, Tim couldn’t help but tell his


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Above: The snug was created as a room for the kids to watch

television, while their parents enjoyed quieter time next door

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business partner all about it. “I was rabbiting on, and his

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“So, I arranged to look at it,” says Tim. “I drove down

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feeling that this was a house we could live in for the rest of

our lives.” The next day he took his wife Eve to look at the

house and the feeling was mutual. Plus, says Tim: “Eve had

always wanted to live in ‘the last house, down a track’.”

Being the ‘last house down a track’ doesn’t really do

the place justice. “Most days you can sit outside, or open

a window, and all you will hear is the sound of running

water and birds,” says Tim. In 1586, someone must have

had a similar thought, when deciding to build a house

here (though perhaps their reasons were more prosaic,

like the convenience of the two natural ponds).

The five-bedroom house, a classic timber-frame

and brick building, clad with white weatherboard is

typical of the Weald. It sits between the ponds and a

weatherboarded barn of the same age – and is surrounded

by paddocks, ancient hedgerows and mature oak trees.

From this starting point, Tim and his family have

created the perfect home – for them – inside and


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Instead of wallpaper depicting the spines of books, Tim and Eve have a wall

of children’s books dating from the First World War to the mid 1950s


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out: “We’ve tuned this house to how we want to live

as a family,” says Tim, who converted the barn into a

home office and a space where the family could “play

games and loud music”. Stables, a pretty greenhouse and

a home cinema have also been added over the years.

Tim was a television producer for over 30 years and

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purely a luxury. It came about when the couple were rebuilding

and enlarging their garage and were left with a

large roof space: “When Eve suggested a home cinema,

I needed no more encouragement than that,” says Tim.

“I could visualise the Empire Leicester Square on a small

scale. And that’s what we tried to do.... for nine people!”

The home cinema is also especially popular at Christmas:

“The two younger children have what they call pyjama

days, where they come downstairs, grab something to

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They’ll then reappear when they’re hungry, fill up a

plate and go and watch more films,” chuckles Tim.

As we head indoors, through a timber-framed hallway

full of wellies and outdoor jackets hung on pegs, it’s easy

to see how lovely this house must be at Christmas. Tim

agrees: “The children, who now all live in London, hold

this house in such deep affection... They gravitate


Previous page: Looking from the book room into the snug. The

angels are from the Singing Soul Gallery in Cranbrook Above

right: They bought the Fornasetti cushion online Above left:

Tim and Eve’s collection of vintage children’s books Right: A

painting by Rosalind Lyons Hudson

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The plant-filled conservatory was added about 18 years

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Above: Upstairs, Tim and Eve use the large space outside the

bedroom as a dressing room Below: Eve’s collection of glass jelly

moulds is displayed on a shelf over the stairs

back here, especially at Christmas, when they want

all the Christmas rituals that they grew up with.”

At this point, Tim’s wife Eve arrives back with the

horsebox, having taken one of her Highland ponies to

a local event. It might help to complete the picture, to

explain that Tim and Eve, as well as having the pleasure

of visiting children and grandchildren, share the farm

with three ponies, two dogs, three cats, a selection of

ducks and chickens, and a lone bantam cockerel.

As Eve slips off her boots and comes into the kitchen, she

joins in the conversation about Christmas: “We have a very

full house, with our three children, their partners and our

three grandchildren, plus various visitors. It’s very cosy but

noisy too,” she laughs. The extra accommodation in the barn

comes in handy, apparently, for those who want to escape the

noise and excitement. Or there is always the home cinema...

On a day-to-day basis, the kitchen, where we are standing,

is where Tim and Eve spend a lot of time and where they

eat. Dotted around there are original, homely, works of art

as well as books...well, everywhere. Who is the book addict?

“Me!” says Eve. “Tim bought me a Kindle in the vain hope

that I would stop buying books. It didn’t work!” Just as the

home cinema is a clue to Tim’s former profession, so the

books hint at Eve’s career as an English and drama teacher.

Leaving the warmth of the kitchen, we amble to the other

end of the house, to sit down for a cup of tea in the snug,

or TV room. Soon after buying the house, Tim and Eve

separated this room from the next door ‘book room’ by

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with gilding that reflects the warm glow of the fire.

On the subject of art, it’s hard to find a picture in the

house that Tim can’t tell you about. It’s clear that he and

Eve are not only art enthusiasts but also keen supporters

of local artists: “We’ve got a number of paintings by the

late Frittenden artist Anne-Catherine Phillips and several

by Richard Adams, who’s from Playden just outside Rye,”

says Tim. I also notice a ceramic tiger on the mantelpiece

by local ceramic artist Marie Prett. “Yes, we’ve got lots of

things from Marie’s Singing Soul Gallery,” adds Eve.

Next door, in the book room, you’ll find artwork and

decoration in a more unusual form. Instead of wallpaper

depicting the spines of books, Tim and Eve have a wall

of children’s books, collected over many years from book

fairs, jumble sales and second hand bookshops: “They date

from about the First World War to about the mid 1950s,”

says Tim. “They have these fabulous illustrated spines, so

together they are a complete decoration in themselves.”

Opposite the book shelves is an enormous inglenook

fireplace, home to a blazing log fire. Unlike many such

fireplaces, it actually puts out some heat. “When we

light the big fire it just envelops the whole room,”


Above: The bathroom was recently refurbished by their builder friend, Steve Moss. Eve chose the wallpaper, by Colefax & Fowler,

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Above: The teddy on the bedroom mantlepiece was given to Eve when she was three days old. The painting is ‘An Angel Watches

Over Me’ by John Afflick

says Tim. The inglenook also provides the perfect place

for the family to hang their Christmas stockings. These

days there are nine stockings – which keep the family

going until ‘official’ present unwrapping after lunch.

Across the room, double doors lead out into a large

conservatory which was built about 18 years ago. The

additional room has had a transformative effect on the

way the family enjoy the house, with large family meals

including Christmas lunch now eaten in this verdant,

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and jasmine plants encircle the long dining table. Views

are of the garden, pond and neighbouring fields.

You’d think that there couldn’t be a nicer spot to

enjoy a family meal, but there is a new addition to

the home, that Tim is eager to show me. We head out

into the chill of the garden, a low wintry sun offering

a touch of warmth, and stand on the new timber deck,

which partially covers the pond. Two olive trees and a

tree fern add to the continental feel of the sun deck.

“We built this this summer,” says Tim. “It hadn’t really been

planned, it was just a sort of organic thing that happened...”

As well as offering a tranquil spot to sit – it’s true that all

you can hear is running water and birds – the deck also

offers an entirely different view of the house and barn.

Standing back, we admire the 16th-century structure,

with its almost invisible Victorian extension on one

end, and Tim’s more recent addition on the other end,

of larder, porch and utility room. Family members are

laying the table in the conservatory, oblivious to the

pair of us watching from the garden. It’s the perfect

scene – an historic, Kentish family home – and I rather

wish I was coming to join them for Christmas.

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Beauty

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The gift of

Josephine Fairley asks scent buyer extraordinaire Lorna McKay for

her expert tips on how to choose the perfect perfume for a friend

At this time of year, many of us will be thinking about

giving fragrance as a gift – something that’s fraught

with peril, actually. It’s really, really hard to get right.

So I thought I’d seek some advice from my Perfume Society

cofounder, Lorna McKay; she’s certainly got the credentials

for it... Lorna was formerly the head fragrance buyer for

Harrods and later set up the amazing Perfumery at Liberty –

and knows more about buying fragrance than anyone I’ve ever

met. She also likes buying it for herself!

How can I hint which perfumed gift I’d like without

actually demanding it outright?!

“As a child my parents called me ‘Mrs Hinty’ when Christmas

approached and as an adult it’s far better to tell than be

disappointed. I have another friend who gives a list of three

things she’d love, so it’s still a surprise when she opens her

present as she doesn’t know what will be chosen for her.”

How should I choose a perfume for a friend/relative?

“Do your research – look on their shelf to see what types of

fragrance they wear. Are they drawn to fresh scents, or the

more sensuous Oriental fragrances…? Are they an outdoorsy,

country-loving type? This person might enjoy a woody/green

scent. Snoop around! The fragrances they really love will be

the bottles which are half-empty, not the full ones.”

Rather than buy another bottle of someone’s signature

scent, how can I find something else they’ll like?

“Ask FR.eD (short for Fragrance Editor), our virtual fragrance

consultant on the Perfume Society website - it can almost

psychically help choose a new fragrance for someone. Click

on the ‘Find your next fragrance’ tab, then type in the name

of what they like/wear – and FR.eD will recommend six

fragrances that share either similar notes or create a similar

ambience. He’s very clever!”

How can I find a really knowledgeable consultant?

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and passionate staff, but in a department store, look for

consultants wearing badges which indicate they’re fragrance

experts, having completed specialist expert training from The

Fragrance Foundation.”

My perfumista friend already has lots of fragrances. What

other gifts would you suggest?

“Body creams and bath/shower gels are a great way to layer

luxuriously and always a real treat to receive. They don’t

have to match a perfume someone already has, but could be

of the same family. Scented candles are a good choice – but

remember they might not want that favourite smell on their

skin to be surrounding them in their home, so consider

whether the scent suits the style of their decor. If they have

velvet cushions and strong colours they may love a heavier

cocooning fragrance. Modern and minimalists may prefer

lighter, fresher scents. And don’t forget that fresh flowers or a

fragrant plant is always a welcome scented gift, too.”

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Mrs Hinty’s Christmas List 2016

What Lorna McKay is hoping to find

underneath her tree this year

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Prada La Femme

Guerlain Mitsouko

Narciso Rodriguez Eau de

Parfum Poudrée

Liz Earle No 15

Clinique Aromatics

Berdoues Vanira Moorea

YSl Opium

Chanel No 22

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Delight in December

Wealden Times talks to yoga teacher Samantha Stone...

Health & Beauty

Do you have a beauty

regime? Every morning I

cleanse with Dermalogica

Daily Microfoliant which

is fantastic for gently

brightening my skin. I don’t

like too much make-up so

I use Garnier BB Cream

which evens out my skin

tone and gives me a glow

but still looks like my own

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nourish my skin overnight.

Is there a particular

product you couldn’t

live without? Coconut

oil! It’s not just brilliant

for cooking or using as a

hair treatment, I also use it

to practise oil-pulling, an

ancient Ayurvedic cleansing

technique for oral hygiene.

Every morning I pop a

teaspoon of coconut oil in my

mouth, allow it to melt and

gently swill it around my teeth

for 15-20 minutes. It draws

out toxins, freshens my breath

and whitens the teeth. I’ve

definitely noticed a difference.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I do love

a good massage. I’ve recently

found a fantastic therapist in

Ashford called Hannah Guy

at Nourish, and book myself a

regular back, neck and shoulder

massage. As I teach yoga classes

on top of a full time job I tend

to spend most days hurtling

from one place to the next. At

first it felt like a treat but now I

see it as necessary maintenance.

Do you have a style icon? I

favour a more relaxed style so

I don’t have a particular icon

but I do use Instagram for my

inspiration. My wardrobe is split

into two halves; one is filled

with brightly coloured yoga

wear, the other is full of neutral

colours and simple dresses,

shirts and skinny trousers in

navy and cream. I then add

some unusual jewellery, or

metallic or leather accessories

to give my outfit an edge.

Samantha Stone is a yoga

teacher specialising in Hatha and

Vinyasa yoga in Ashford. She

teaches both privately and for

Kent Adult Education. You can

find out more about her classes

via her website samstoneyoga.com

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of vitamins A and C,

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carotene. This improves

our absorption of nutrients

and our overall wellbeing.

It’s a digestive aid and the

essential oil can relieve

rheumatic and arthritic

pain. Beat the congestion

this winter by popping

some black pepper and

eucalyptus oil in a bowl

of steaming hot water.

Put a towel over your

head and relax, whilst

inhaling deeply through

your nose, breathing in the

spicy scents and clearing

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Beat the bloat

Hang up the Christmas hangover and combat the uncomfortable

bloat with a few simple, natural tips from Helen Barton

We all know that feeling. The post-dinner, one glass too

many sluggishness that inevitably follows the festive

overindulgence. It’s not just Christmas Day that has

this effect. It’s the accumulation of the office party, drinks at the

neighbours’, an extra mince pie at the school’s Christmas carols.

Before you know it, you’re slumped on the sofa, headache setting

in, not wanting to move until next year.

Let me tell you, however, that you don’t need to feel like this.

There are a few really simple ways of naturally alleviating this

feeling, without an added cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs.

The H2O hero - Upping your liquid intake is vital (wine

definitely doesn’t count I’m afraid). You should aim to drink

around two litres, if not more, per day. This is even more

important if you’re drinking alcohol. Try to have a glass of

water in-between cocktails to prevent the thundering headache

the next morning, and keep drinking plenty the following day.

Getting water through your system will aid in flushing out those

toxins from your body leaving you feeling fresh as a daisy.

Let food be thy medicine - If you know you’ll be partying this

evening, eat a proper dinner. Alcohol on an empty stomach is

a recipe for disaster. A healthy, wholesome meal will not only

do your body good, it will mean you’ll be the last one standing

on the dance floor. Eat plenty of veg, raw if possible, to get

maximum nutrition in, and top quality protein and fat.

Wonder root - If you are feeling queasy, then a cup of ginger tea

will settle an upset stomach. Peel a thumb-sized piece of ginger

and chop it up, squeeze some lemon into your favourite mug and

add the ginger with hot water. Take this with some milk thistle -

a great natural supplement that helps to cleanse the liver, as it’ll

be working overtime. Tuck yourself back in bed and remember

the reasons why you don’t drink that much anymore…

An apple a day - Consuming lots of rich foods can make our

bodies into an acidic environment, causing acid reflux, heartburn

and indigestion. A simple way of dealing with this, is to

up your intake of apple cider vinegar. Despite being an acid,

it has an alkaline effect on the body and can reduce those

unpleasant after-dinner symptoms. Take a tablespoon of organic

apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before or after a meal.

Work it out - I’m sure the last thing you’ll want to do after an

indulgent few days is move too much, but some exercise can work

absolute wonders. Your mind and body will definitely thank you

for it. You don’t have to slog away on the cross trainer or fling bars

around. A gentle walk will do. The fresh air in your lungs and newly

oxygenated blood pumping round will make you feel brand new.

Green Goddess Smoothie

To release the post-party hangover goddess

from within, try this super green smoothie

for a nutritional alkaline boost.

Ingredients:

• 1 handful of fresh baby spinach

• juice and zest from half a lime

• coconut water

• a thumb sized piece of fresh ginger

• half an apple

• a few sprigs of parsley

• a chunk of cucumber

• half an avocado

You can alter the quantities of each

ingredient, according to your taste. Pop all

the ingredients in a blender and add a good

amount of coconut water to get the smoothie

to a consistency you like. Blend until smooth,

enjoy, and proceed to feeling fabulous.

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Not

Food

Christmas pudding!

(nicer...)

Not everyone loves the traditional figgy pud, so

here are three delicious festive alternatives

Recipes: Juliet Bidwell Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Helen Barton

Champagne Jelly

Serves 6-8. Prep time 30 mins. Cooking time 1 hour 30 mins.

Serve in glasses or a 1.25 litre dish

• 750ml bottle of

Champagne or prosecco

• 7 ½ large sheets of

gelatine

• 150g caster sugar

• 140g blueberries –

washed

1. Pour two-thirds of a bottle of Champagne

with the caster sugar into a saucepan and bring

to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

2. Soak the gelatine in cold water for about five minutes

until soft. Drain and squeeze out the excess water.

3. When the Champagne is hot, remove from

the heat and add the gelatine, whisking

until dissolved and leave to cool.

4. Once the jelly is cool, stir in the remainder of

the bottle of Champagne and pour over the

blueberries in your chosen dish or glasses.

5. I like to serve this Champagne jelly with

an exotic fruit salad in a ginger syrup.

6. This dish is a good choice for those

with a dairy-free diet.

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Food

Queen of Christmas Puddings

Serves 8-10. Prep time 40 mins. Cooking time 1 hour 30 mins.

• 900ml full fat milk

• 40g butter

• 2 lemons – zested

• 80g caster sugar

• 5 egg yolks – whisked

• 160g panettone

• 12 red plums – stoned

& quartered

• 6tbsp brown sugar

• 2tbsp sherry or water

• 4 egg whites

• 220g caster sugar

1. Pre-heat oven to 170˚C.

2. Roast the plums, sprinkled with brown sugar and a

little sherry till they are soft; then leave to cool.

3. To make the custard base, place the milk, butter,

sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan over a low heat,

and stir till the butter and sugar are melted. Crumb

the panettone in an electric blender and sprinkle the

crumbs over the base of a 2 litre pudding dish. Add

the whisked egg to the milk and pour over the crumbs.

Leave until the crumbs have absorbed the custard.

4. Next bake the custard in a bain marie

for 30-40 minutes till set.

5. Set oven to 150˚C.

6. Whisk the egg whites till stiff, add a spoonful of sugar

and continue to whisk before adding the next spoonful

and continue until all the sugar is incorporated.

7. Spoon the roasted plums over the baked custard, but do not

add any of the plum juices. Next, spoon or pipe the meringue

mixture over the plums and bake for 40-50 minutes.

8. I would serve this with cream.

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• 600ml double cream -

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• 4tbsp Kentish cherry brandy

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in cherry brandy liqueur, preferably overnight.

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and mark a 26cm circle in each tray.

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tablespoon of sugar and keep whisking. Repeat this,

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of the liqueur and scatter them over the chocolate cream.

6. Place one meringue disc on the other, top with the third,

and decorate with the remaining melted chocolate.

7. The gateau can be put together quite a few hours in advance.

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New Years Eve

Why not see the New Year in at Frasers this year with a good old

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Soup

sandwich

a

At a time of year when meals can start to feel like endurance events, this new book – by Masterchef’s

Hannah Miles – is full of brilliant combinations for warming light bites with style

Horseradish Borscht with Whipped Cream

Cheese and Chive on Rye

Serves 4

• 450g fresh beetroot

• 2 onions

• 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

• 100g new potatoes or

white potatoes

• 1 cooking apple

• juice of 2 oranges

• 1 tablespoon creamed

horseradish sauce

• 800ml beef or vegetable

stock

• salt and pepper, to

season

• cream, to swirl

(optional)

For the rye toasts

• 100g cream cheese

• 50ml natural yogurt

• 1 tablespoon finely

chopped chives, plus

extra to garnish

• 4 slices dark rye bread

• black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, Gas 4.

2. Begin by peeling the beetroot and onions and then

chop both the onion and beetroot into wedges and

place in a roasting pan. Drizzle with a little olive oil

and season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 30

minutes until the beetroot are just soft. If the onions

start to brown before the beetroot are cooked, remove

them from the oven and set aside until the beetroot

are ready. You can tell they are cooked when a sharp

knife slides out easily.

3. Place the roasted beetroot and onions in a large

saucepan. If you are using new potatoes, cut them in

half and place in the pan without removing the skins.

If you are using larger white potatoes, peel them and

cut into pieces and place in the pan. Peel and core the

apple, chop it into pieces and add to the pan. Add the

orange juice, horseradish and stock to and simmer for

about 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

4. Pour the soup into a blender or food processor and

blitz to a smooth purée. Return the pan and keep

warm until you are ready to serve.

5. For the rye toasts, whisk the cream cheese and yogurt

until thick and smooth in a mixing bowl. Stir in the

chopped chives. Lightly toast the rye bread. Spread

the cream cheese mixture over the slices of rye,

decorate with some extra chives and sprinkle with a

little freshly ground black pepper. Pour the soup into

bowls, swirl a drizzle of cream over the top, if using,

and serve with the rye toasts.


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Sandwich by Hannah

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Costa Rican Black Bean Soup with

Cornbread Muffins

Serves 4

• 1 onion, finely chopped

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 2.5-cm piece of ginger

• 1 garlic clove, finely

chopped

• 1 large red chilli pepper

• 15 g butter

• 6 tomatoes

• 1 teaspoon smoked

paprika

• ½ teaspoon cayenne

pepper

• 1 teaspoon each ground

cumin and cinnamon

• ½ teaspoon ground

allspice

• 2 x 400-g cans black beans

• 800ml vegetable or

chicken stock

• sprigs of coriander

• 1 avocado, pitted and

peeled

• juice of 1 lime

• 4 tablespoons sour cream

• salt and pepper, to season

For the muffins

• 150g fine cornmeal

• 30g self-raising flour

• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of

soda

• ¼ teaspoon hot paprika

• 300ml buttermilk

• 20g soft butter

• 1 egg

• 165g sweetcorn

• a 12-hole muffin pan,

greased

As the muffins are best served warm straight from the

oven, you can begin by preparing these as they will

bake while you make the soup. Preheat the oven to

190°C, Gas 5.

1. Place the cornmeal (or fine polenta), flour, bicarbonate of

soda/baking soda, paprika, buttermilk, butter and egg in

a mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth. Fold in

the sweetcorn and season with salt and pepper. Place the

cornbread mixture into eight of the holes of the muffin

pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30–35 minutes, until

the muffins are golden brown on top. Remove from the

oven and keep warm.

2. For the soup, sauté the onion in a little olive oil in a pan.

Peel and finely chop the ginger and add to the pan along

with the garlic. Sauté until the garlic is lightly golden

brown.

3. Deseed the pepper and chop into small pieces. Reserve a

few pieces of pepper for garnish and add the remainder to

the pan with the butter. Cook until the pepper starts to

soften. Blitz the tomatoes in a blender or food processor to

a smooth purée. Add the paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin,

cinnamon and allspice to the pan and fry in the oil for a

minute to release the flavours.

4. Drain and rinse the black beans and add to the pan with

the stock and tomatoes. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes,

then season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in some

chopped coriander leaves.

5. Chop the avocado into small pieces and toss in the lime

juice to prevent it discolouring.

6. Pour the warm soup into bowls and top each with a

spoonful of sour cream, some avocado pieces and the

reserved peppers. Serve with the warm muffins on the side.

Broccoli Soup with Blue Cheese and

Pine Nut Croissants

Serves 4

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 1 onion, finely chopped

• 1 garlic clove, finely sliced

• 1 head of broccoli

(approx. 300g in weight)

• 1 litre chicken or

vegetable stock

• salt and pepper, to season

• cream, to swirl (optional)

For the croissants

• 4 plain all-butter

croissants

• 200g gorgonzola dolce or

other soft blue cheese

• 50g pine nuts

1. Begin by preparing the soup. Heat the oil in a large

saucepan and fry the onion until soft and translucent.

Add the garlic and fry until lightly golden brown. Cut

the broccoli into small florets and discard the large stem.

Add the florets to the pan with the stock and simmer for

about 10-15 minutes until the broccoli is just soft but is

still a vibrant green colour. If you overcook it, it will start

to lose its colour. Blitz the soup to a smooth consistency in

a blender or food processor. Return to the pan and season

with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C Gas 4.

3. Cut each of the croissants in half horizontally and place

a slice or two of the cheese into each. Toast the pine nuts

in a dry frying pan over a gentle heat until they are lightly

golden brown and then sprinkle on top of the cheese.

Replace the top of each croissant and wrap in a foil parcel.

Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese

starts to melt.

4. To serve, pour the soup into warm bowls, swirl with a little

cream if liked and add freshly ground pepper to garnish.

Serve with the warm croissants on the side.

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Deck the halls

Jo Arnell celebrates the Yuletide tradition – and fun – of decorating your house with evergreens

Traditions surrounding mid-winter celebrations have

been wreathed in evergreen foliage down through

the ages. The Romans decorated their villas with

evergreens to mark the winter festival of Saturnalia, the Pagans

celebrated the winter solstice with holly and ivy and the

Vikings decorated evergreen trees at Yuletide.

It seems that the ancients knew a thing or two about winter

and how to get through it with greenery. Long-lasting green

leaves were linked to immortality; they kept the essence of

warmer days alive and symbolised the hope of spring’s return.

Indoor evergreens were even thought to be safe places for

friendly woodland spirits to hibernate.

So decorating our interiors with fresh and fragrant foliage

is a natural thing to do (except for the hibernating spirits, I’m

thinking – there are enough woodland creatures in my house

already). It’s also ecological, economical – and healthy.

Gathering is good for you

The amount of daylight we directly experience affects the

levels of serotonin, which drop when natural light levels are

low. This can cause depression, suppress our immune system

and affect our appetite and metabolism – so called SAD

(Seasonal Affective Disorder).

This month can be full of tensions and too much indoor

activity as it is, so it’s vital to try to get outside and into

natural light as much as possible. Going out for a walk in

winter is cheek-warmingly good for you and if there’s a

purpose to the walk – as in festive foraging – so much the

better. Added to this is the dopamine effect of picking and

gathering (dopamine is a mood-lifting chemical released in the

brain’s reward centre).

Also, if you want to get the children outside and exhausted,

they might be more willing if the walk is a quest for Christmas

decorations (I only said might). The gathering process can take

hours and hours if needed and can be cunningly spread out

over several expeditions.

Long-lasting leaves

Many evergreens are suitable for bringing into the house and

some will stay looking fresh long past Christmas Day. Some

useful garden evergreens:

Holly – very traditional, but can be a bit prickly and hard on

the fingers, so wear gloves when handling.

Ivy – is still one of the best Christmas evergreens, as it has

Viburnum davidii

pliable stems, attractive leaves, flowers and fruits (small clusters

of black berries). The variegated forms add a touch of white or

gold and look good against other dark leaves.

Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica) – can be used as a wreath

base, or to line a plain bowl piled with nuts or clementines.

Conifer foliage is wonderful as a wreath or swag base and

many varieties are scented. (Christmas is about the only time

of the year when I don’t curse the huge conifers that tower

behind our house.)

Viburnum tinus – is completely overlooked in the garden

for much of the year, a dark green blob that blends into the

background, but it lasts very well inside and often has flowers

too which look effective on wreaths and in table decorations.

Herbs – are lovely fragrant additions and the leaves of bay and

rosemary dry well.

Other long-lasting leaves to try: Ruscus, Pittosporum,

Osmanthus and Euonymus – these have small leaves and are

useful as fillers in table decorations and on wreaths or swags.

Natural decorations

While you’re out on your foraging trip, look around at some

of the other plants. You’ll find that there are plenty of other

living (and dead) things to make decorations with: berries,

seed-heads and interesting twigs (just watch out for anything

sharp or poisonous).

Skeletal forms and the tracery of stems and seed-heads

make delicate and understated decorations that last really

well. Look out for the faded bracts of Hydrangeas, which can

look impressive on wreaths or just in a vase. The flowers of

ornamental grasses can be used to good effect too.

Husks and cones are particularly effective: beechnuts and

alder cones can be left on the twigs and added to vases of

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Garden

Foliage, berries and seed-heads

foraged from the garden

are very effective tied loosely together with a few baubles or

fairy lights hung from them, especially those with coloured or

dramatic stems, like birch, willow or dogwood.

Seed-heads from poppies, alliums, honesty, physalis and

teasel make brilliant decorations, either lightly sprayed with

metallic paint, or left looking beautiful and natural.

Practicalities

Don’t pick too early – lush and glossy evergreens should

be picked as close to Christmas as possible. To prolong the

display, or if you’re incorporating lots of fresh material, wet

florists’ foam can be used. A quick spray twice a day with a

mister is often all that’s needed to keep leaves perky.

Cut stems of plants with berries and store them in a bucket

of water in a cool shed or garage.

Be considerate – when cutting foliage, especially from

garden shrubs. Try not to hack great chunks

out of them – cut from the back and thin the

stems out carefully so that you don’t leave obvious holes

and gaps that will look odd for months.

Pick delicate seed-heads and stem tracery in advance if you

can, before they’re battered by the weather.

Compensate wildlife – birds and small mammals depend on

berries and winter fruits for their survival over the winter, so

don’t pick too many and put out some extra food on the bird

table in recompense.

Equipment – you won’t need much: a pair of secateurs and

gardening gloves (if you’re rummaging through the hedgerows

and pi cking prickly bits), some florists’ wire and ribbon for

hanging things. A glue gun is useful if spherical fruits and

seed-heads can’t be wired on.

Once you start looking in the garden it’s amazing to

discover how many plants are naturally decorative in winter

and it’s creatively satisfying (in a hunter-gatherer sort of

way) that so much of the garden can come inside to cheer

us through the dark days. The other great thing about using

evergreens and natural decorations is that after Christmas they

don’t go into the loft, but onto the compost heap (woodland

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Garden

The Winter

Garden

Colder weather doesn’t have to mean the

end of decorative pots and hanging baskets –

Emma Hardy’s book shows how

Hanging Basket of Heucherellas

Hanging baskets usually make me think of summer when

they are planted up with floral bedding plants, but this

striking basket with heucherellas and heuchera in subtle

colours will survive freezing temperatures and look good all

year round. The heucherellas will tumble beautifully out of

the basket as the plants grow.

You will need

• Hanging basket with liner

• Potting compost (add

water-retaining granules

if the basket will be hung

in a sunny spot, to help

prevent it drying out)

• Sharp craft or DIY knife

• Old newspaper

• Heucherella ‘Gold

Cascade’, ‘Copper

Cascade’, ‘Sweet Tea’, and

‘Burnished Bronze’

• Heuchera ‘Marmalade’

(coral bells)

• 3 x Muehlenbeckia

axillaris (creeping wire

vine)

• 2 x Hedera helix (ivy)

1. Place the liner inside the hanging basket and stand the

basket on top of a plant pot or bucket to keep it stable.

Half-fill the basket with potting compost, spreading it out

evenly.

2. Using the knife, cut a slit in the liner about 4 in (10cm)

long, making sure that you keep the rim of the liner intact.

3. Soak the root balls of all the plants in water for at least 20

minutes. Take a heucherella plant out of its pot and carefully

remove some of the potting compost to make the root ball

smaller. This will allow more plants to be planted in the

basket. Fold a sheet of newspaper into a strip approximately

8 x 12 in (20 x 30cm) and wrap it round the plant very

carefully, enclosing the foliage.

4. Working slowly and gently, push the newspaper through the

Aftercare

Hang the basket

in its position and water

thoroughly. Heucheras and

heucherellas do not like to sit in

very wet soil, so make sure that

the basket is not overwatered.

They are hardy and will

withstand frosts.

slit in the liner from the inside of the basket to the outside,

foliage end first. Stop when all the leaves have been pushed

through the liner.

5. Again working carefully to avoid damaging the plant, remove

the newspaper and gently ‘fluff out’ the leaves, making sure

that none of them are squashed. Spread the roots out a little

inside the basket.

6. Cut another two slits in the liner. There will be three slits

in total so position them accordingly. Push two more

heucherella plants through the slits in the same way as before.

7. Plant the remaining heucherella in the top of the basket,

removing any excess potting compost from the root ball.

8. Plant the heuchera in the top of the basket in the same way,

making sure that the surface of the root ball sits inside the

basket and does not protrude.

9. Use the knife to cut three more slits in the liner between the

heucherella plants, positioning the slits a little lower in the

basket sides. Plant the muehlenbeckias, using the newspaper

technique as before. These will help to hide the liner and

basket.

10. Add the ivies to the basket, removing them from their pots

and planting in the top of the basket, looking at the basket

as a whole to find the best positions for them. Add a few

handfuls of potting compost to the basket to fill it and make

sure that the surface is even.


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Garden

Splendid Succulents

These low-lying succulents in a variety of colours in a shallow concrete planter make a wonderful

miniature winter garden. All the plants, apart from Echeveria ‘Magic Red,’ can withstand low

temperatures, so if your container will be sited in an unsheltered spot, it may be worth substituting it

for a more hardy variety.

Aftercare

The plants used here

will look good throughout

the year, but some are frost

tender. Keep the dish in a

sheltered spot, bringing it

indoors if the weather is

very cold.

You will need

• Shallow dish with a drainage

hole

• Crocks and gravel

• Potting compost, with a few

handfuls of sand

• Paintbrush

• Decorative gravel

• Selection of succulents – I

used Sedum oregonense

(cream stonecrop),

Sedum acre ‘Minus’

(biting stonecrop), Sedum

spathulifolium ‘Purpureum’

(purple stonecrop), Sedum

rubrotinctum (banana

cactus), Euphorbia myrsinites

(broad-leaved glaucous

spurge), Echeveria runyonii

‘Topsy Turvy’, and Echeveria

‘Magic Red’

1. Cover the drainage hole in the dish with a couple

of crocks so that it will not become clogged with

potting compost.

2. Add a thick layer of gravel – ¾ in (2cm) deep should

be adequate – spreading it out evenly over the

bottom of the dish.

3. Put the potting compost and sand mixture into the

dish, half filling it. Press down lightly to make sure

that there are no air pockets.

4. Soak the plants in water for about 10 minutes and

remove from their pots. Start to position the plants

in the dish, removing a little of the potting compost

if the root balls are very large.

5. Continue moving the plants around until you are

happy with the arrangement. Use trailing plants near

the edge so that they will spill out of the container.

6. Add handfuls of the potting compost mixture

around the plants to fill any gaps, avoiding compost

falling on to the plants. When all the gaps are filled,

press the surface of the compost slightly and flatten.

7. Using a paintbrush, carefully brush off any loose

potting compost from the plants, as it can fall into

the crevices.

8. Spread decorative gravel over the compost, again

trying to avoid it falling on the plants (the gravel

helps to protect the plants during very cold weather).

9. Water the container and leave to drain.

Underplanting an Ornamental Tree

This sweet little prunus tree with bare twiggy branches looks

cute on its own, but underplanting it with senecio and cyclamen

transforms it into a garden feature. Winding outdoor fairy lights

around the branches gives it a frosty, twinkly look.

You will need

• Small tree in a tub—this is

a Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-nomai’

(flowering cherry)

• Gardening fork

• Potting compost

• 7 x Senecio cineraria

(silver ragwort)

• 4 x Cyclamen persicum

(cyclamen)

• Fairy lights suitable

for outdoor use

1. Using the fork, dig over the soil around the tree, removing any

weeds. Fork a few handfuls of potting compost into the top 4

in (10 cm) of the soil. Soak the plants in water for 20 minutes.

Plant the senecio around the edge of the tub.

2. Plant the cyclamen in the same way, in a ring inside the

senecio. Firm the soil around the plants, adding a few handfuls

of potting compost to fill any gaps. Wind the string of

fairy lights around the bare branches.

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Aftercare

Once the cyclamen

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them and add other bedding

plants. Or plant bulbs around

the base of the prunus

in autumn to give you

blooms right through

into spring.

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Sugar is not good for you, your child or anyone else. Most

doctors and nutritionists are now agreed – although the

evidence presented by John Yudkin and others in the

1970s was suppressed for fear of upsetting the sugar industry –

that it is a major contributor to obesity, heart disease, diabetes,

some forms of cancer and a terrifying range of other illnesses.

Not forgetting calamitous tooth decay.

So how are we to break the deadlock and ease people away

from their lifelong addiction? Not easily, but there’s a great

deal that schools could do to establish different habits for the

future. Some, however, seem to go out of their way to promote

sugar rather than doing everything possible to discourage it.

It is quite wrong – immoral in fact – for teachers to

reward children with chocolate bars, lollipops and the like.

The child who gets full marks for this week’s spellings or

mental arithmetic test should never be given a celebratory

KitKat or Mars bar but it still happens frequently.

Responsible teachers give stars, stickers or little non

edible prizes. Every school should have a no sugar prizes

rule made firmly clear to staff, parents and pupils by

heads and governing bodies. No sensible person wants

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of the day it’s fine to eat trash. It condones unhealthy

habits and children are very susceptible to such ideas.

School dinners have a long way to go too. Jamie Oliver

has tried. So has Leon co-founder Henry Dimbleby, who

was commissioned in 2012 by the Coalition government to

spearhead improvements. Yes, there are fewer chips around

now in school dining rooms than when I taught in a girl’s

school in Kent and the (obese) Head defended the right of

her students to have fried food and puddings every day. My

lone voice attempts to change her views failed dismally.

But if you offer fruit and salad it has to be made

attractive so that the children actually want to eat

it. Manky apples are not the answer. Neither are

limp lettuce leaves and weary bits of cucumber.

Schools are in a unique position to chip away

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What’s On In December

Children & Family

Throughout Dec

Calverley Grounds, Royal

Tunbridge Wells TN1 1BT

Ice Skating

A favourite destination comes to

life for another year of family fun

and festive food and drink.

Entry: Adults £10.50, Children £7

Info: tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com

Thurs 1 – Sat 31 Dec

Ramsgate Royal Harbour,

Ramsgate CT11 8LS

Ramsgate

Illuminations

Come and see the wonderful

spectacle of boats and local

businesses lit up for the festive

season.

Entry: Free

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Thurs 1 – Fri 23 Dec

10am-4pm

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill,

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Elf trail

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and discover what the elves have

been up to this year. Children are

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Thurs 1 – Fri 23 Dec

12-2.30pm

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Sat 3 Dec 11.30am-1.30pm

The Bandstand, The Pantiles,

Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TD

Christmas carols

The choir of St Paul’s Church

in Rusthall will be singing carols

on behalf of specialist children’s

charity, Tree of Hope.

Entry: Free with a collection

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Sat 3 Dec – Mon 2 Jan

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

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A Tale of Christmas

Relive the classic Beatrix Potter

tales with characters expressed

in delightfully creative ways.

Children will be captivated by

miniature displays throughout the

castle as part of this enchanting

trail across the estate.

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Sat 3 & Sun 4 Dec

Kent & East Sussex Railway,

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Take a magical steam train

journey to meet Santa this

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Fri 9 Dec 5-8pm & Sat 10 Dec

10am-3pm

Cranbrook High Street

Cranbrook goes

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Take part in the Nativity

procession and browse among

the street stalls, visit Santa’s

grotto and enjoy live music

at Cranbrook’s Christmas

extravaganza.

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Sun 11 Dec 10am

Mote Park, Maidstone

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Christmas fancy dress

fun run

Have some festive fun with

family and friends and get into

the Christmas spirit at this fancy

dress fun run in aid of Heart of

Kent Hospice. With Christmas

karaoke, snowstorms around the

course and prizes for the best

dressed, there’s something for

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Sat 17 Dec 2pm

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst

TN3 8JN

Carols at the castle

Come together with friends and

family to sing carols, take the

opportunity to shop for gifts and

enjoy a mince pie. No booking

needed

Info: 01892 893868 /

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Wed 28 Dec 11am

Castle Street, Winchelsea

Medieval cellar tours

Special guided tours of

Winchelsea’s cellars are being

run over the holiday period.

Winchelsea boasts over 50 vaulted

medieval cellars and guided tours

by the Winchelsea Archaeological

Society explain why and how they

were built.

Entry: £5 includes a guidebook

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Fairs & Markets

Fri 2, Sat 3 & Sun 4 Dec 5-8pm

Old Town, Hastings

Three nights of

Christmas

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Fri 2 – Wed 7 Dec 10am-6pm

The Powdermills Hotel, Battle

THE DECEMBER ART

SHOW

An exciting selection of affordable

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Sat 3 Dec 10am-3pm

The Vestry Hall, Cranbrook

TN17 3HA

Kitsch & Stitch

Christmas Fair

A perfect opportunity to purchase

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Enjoy delicious tea and cake and

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at Leeds Castle

Celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter

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Brighten up your winter with the

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden

16 January - 5 March 2017

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© Richard Bloom

The Castle

3rd December to 2nd January

Relive the classic Beatrix Potter tales on the

150th anniversary of her birth through themed

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Christmas Market

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drink. Enjoy nostalgic fairground attractions

and meet the reindeer and our birds of prey.

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Sat 3 Dec 12-6pm

Dreamland, Marine Terrace,

Margate CT9 1XJ

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Fri 9 Dec 3-5pm

Sissinghurst School Hall,

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Bore Place, Bore Place Road,

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Sat 17 & Sun 18 Dec

Hayloft Learning Centre, Knole,

Sevenoaks TN15 0RP

Family workshop

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for Christmas. This fun drop-in

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five years and older, and children

must be accompanied by an adult,

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Christmas at Coopers Farm means fat pigs and porkers (we don’t mean the humans)

Iso love Christmas or more correctly

the run-up to Christmas. By the time

we get back from Midnight Mass

I’ve more often than not peaked and

would happily skip the next few days.

But the build-up is an altogether different

prospect and one I embrace with huge

enthusiasm, much to the amusement of

the rest of my family.

In the world of livestock farming,

early December is traditionally the time

for Fatstock Shows. While the Summer

Agricultural Shows are an opportunity to

showcase breeding animals, the Fatstock

Shows are where farmers

take their fattened beasts to

sell to butchers who used

to come from far and wide.

Buying the prize winners –

and especially the champion

– was a big deal as the

butcher could then display

the rosette during the allimportant

Christmas period.

While there are of course far fewer

independent butchers and even less

Livestock Markets it is wonderful that

those that remain still hold these seasonal

celebrations and this year it is the 175th

Hailsham Fatstock Show.

Despite many attempts to pull down

the market and turn it into another

supermarket (just what Hailsham needs)

thanks to a band of very committed

people the Livestock Market remains; it is

the only one in Sussex, and the Fatstock

Show is the highlight of the year.

“An abundance

of vegetation is

a great way of

hiding cobwebs

and dust”

With classes for steers and heifers, old

cows, pairs of cows, lambs in groups of

three, four and five, fat pigs and porkers

(not sure of the difference between the

two) there is plenty to see and buy. It

promises to be a great way to spend a

crisp and frosty morning helped along by

a bacon butty and a glass of sherry!

By the middle of the month I’ll get

going with the decorations and the halls

at Coopers will be decked out big time.

It was the pagans who started the idea of

bringing greenery into the home and I

think they would approve of my efforts.

In comes the ivy, in comes

the holly (hot tip No 1:

for perfect berry laden

branches pick your holly

in November before the

blackbirds strip them and

store in a bucket of water

in an outdoor shed) and

perhaps, surprisingly, in

comes the oak.

You can usually find some oak

branches that still hold a few leaves and

so keep up another ancient tradition –

the seasonal battle between the oak and

the holly kings. For the pagans these two

trees represent the height of summer and

the height of winter and were always

brought together in the middle of winter

to slug it out.

With the house overtaken by

greenery (hot tip No 2: an abundance

of vegetation is a great way of hiding

cobwebs and dust) thoughts turn to the

Christmas table where we make a point

of serving as much home-grown produce

as possible. We usually have pork, not

the traditional boar’s head with an apple

stuffed in its mouth, but a slow roast

shoulder put into the Aga on return from

Midnight Mass the night before.

We can’t manage a home produced

pudding (which no one really likes)

so opt instead for cheese (which no

one really wants) but it provides the

opportunity for husband Adrian to bring

to the table his home-grown walnuts.

For years the walnut tree we planted

when we first came here didn’t deliver the

goods but having read that you should

beat your walnut tree if you want it to

bear fruit, every spring he gives it a good

thrashing and every Christmas we get

about 12 nuts! A result.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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