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Isobel Mackay is

dreaming about perfect

Christmas houses



Fun and interesting things

coming up this month




Top tips for avoiding the

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Scrummy and inspired

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Wrap-up and keep

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Publication The INDEX Magazine - December 2016 - Issue 253

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Date sent 09 November 2016



Ho ho homes

Isobel Mackay is dreaming about perfect Christmas houses


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 that 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. Chantersluer Farm

Where? Chantersluer Farm sits in

rolling countryside near Horley, with

Dorking and Reigate within easy reach.

What? The best kind of English

house made up of bits added on from

the 16th Century onwards, with many

fine features intact from each period.

The ground floor rambles around a

large kitchen/breakfast room with a

walk-in pantry, three sitting rooms, a

study and dining room. Upstairs there

are six bedrooms and two bathrooms.

As well as a barn, stabling and further

outbuildings, there is a separate two

bedroomed cottage on the 12.5 acre

property, which also boasts two lakes

and an all-weather tennis court.

How much? Chantersluer Farm

is priced at £1.95 million with Jackson

Stops in Dorking. Call 01306 887560

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2. Edgeworth

Where? Edgeworth is situated in the

most desirable enclave of St George’s

Hill, handy for Esher and Cobham.

What? Built by St George’s Hill

creator GW Tarrant, the only word

for Edgeworth is mansion, but while

it covers 7479 sqft, within superbly

landscaped grounds and to-die-for

views, with rich bespoke woodwork, it

maintains the feeling of a family home.

As well as a huge kitchen/breakfast

room, the ground floor has no fewer

than five reception rooms, including

a study, a library, drawing and dining

rooms, and most breathtaking of all;

the Grand Reception Hall, with its

minstrels’ gallery. Handy for carol

singers. Upstairs are four bedrooms

on the first floor, the master bedroom

with en suite, plus another bathroom.

Another three bedrooms and a

bathroom are on the second floor.

How much? Edgeworth

is on the market for £8.95

million, with Savills Weybridge

01932 838000 or visit

3. Osborne House

Where? Osborne House is located

in the Southborough conservation

area of central Surbiton.

What? A grand Victorian semidetached

villa with high ceilings and

many other original period features,

which has been thrillingly updated with

an ultra modern kitchen treatment –

who says Santa can’t get with the times?

(The mince pies might have to be

gluten-free…). The entrance hall retains

beautiful original cornicing and leads to

principal reception rooms including a

sitting room with French doors out to a

balcony, a dining room, TV room and

the open plan kitchen/breakfast room,

plus utility room and loo. The lower

ground floor has two guest bedrooms

and a shower room. The first floor

houses two large double bedrooms and a

family bathroom, and the entire second

floor is given over to a spacious master

suite, with an open plan bathroom,

dressing room and additional shower

room. The rear garden has an artificial

grass lawn, a brick summer house/

playroom and a terrace for entertaining.

How much? Osborne House

is priced at £1,995,000 with Knight

Frank, Esher. Call 01372 464496

or look at

4. Lower Farm

Where? Lower Farm sits amidst

beautiful grounds of around five

acres in a semi-rural setting near

Effingham Common, under a mile

from Effingham Junction station with

its excellent connection to London.

What? A Grade II listed Georgian

tile-hung Surrey house with

accommodation over three floors. A

large welcoming reception hall opens on

to the triple-aspect drawing room with a

large open fireplace and views across the

gardens. The formal dining room has an

inglenook fireplace with log burner and

space for a large dining table. A large

family kitchen incorporates a sitting

area with another log burner, leading

on to the terrace, plus a bootroom,

a utility room, wine store and loo.

Upstairs the master bedroom has an

en suite, dressing room and a sitting

room, with two more bedrooms and

bathrooms and a study. The third floor

has two bedrooms and a bathroom. On

the five acre plot there’s a tennis court

and swimming pool, with a pool house

and play room and a guest cottage.

How much? Lower Farm

is priced at £3.75 million with

Savills Cobham. Call them on

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Throughout December, Hampton Court will be

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Co-curated by Cath Kidston, this exhibition

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IIt only seems a minute since I was writing my

first editor’s letter – and suddenly it’s December

and I’m sad to be writing my last one.

But sweetening my imminent farewell is doing it at

my favourite time of year, with all the hustle and bustle

of the lead up to Christmas. I love the busyness and

excitement, party fun, getting weepy at carol services,

decorating the tree and house – and necking way

too many mince pies and glasses of mulled wine.

All of which you will find reflected in this month’s

magazine. There’s a perfect Christmas family house

(page 64), ideas for festive desserts for those who don’t

like the traditional figgy pud (page 110), inspiration for

decorations you can gather in your own garden (page

119) and cosy fashion to snuggle up in (page 86).

And to fill those odd empty days after December

25th and before January 1st, you will find plenty

in our Interiors Supplement (page 62) to inspire

you to plan some New Year redecorating.

It’s been a joy being your editor on Surrey Homes

and I wish you the very happiest of Christmases.

Surrey Homes Team

Editor .........................................................................................Maggie Alderson

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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 &

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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

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Previous page: The wall sconce is from Butlers Emporium in

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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

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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.

Louise grew up with her two siblings in a huge Victorian

house in Surrey (the house was split between five families)

so feels very at home with high ceilings and big windows.

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

worked on it gradually, over ten years,” says Louise, as we

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

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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

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

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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

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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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Last but not least, we take a peek into Marney’s bedroom,

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out over a long garden, the gardens of neighbouring houses

– and the sea. This little room is full of thoughtful touches

and family pieces, including a rag doll made by Louise for

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table’ by the bed, which apparently is a design classic, before

my eyes settle on a woodblock of letters, spelling out Marney’s

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

name with a ‘y’ at the end, isn’t it? And a sweeping ‘y’ looks

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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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have to request permission to enter. For all these reasons,

what it is, is a truly special family home – and one where

the current family intend to stay for the foreseeable future.

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

to move. “We were living in Frittenden,” says Tim, “which

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

in the book room Right: The tiger wearing a red hat is by

Cranbrook ceramic artist Marie Prett

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

wife overheard. She said, ‘I know that house. It’s in the most

fantastic location’.” And that was the second twist of fate.

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

the drive and, when I saw it, I just had this extraordinary

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.

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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

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a home cinema have also been added over the years.

Tim was a television producer for over 30 years and

his eldest son is a film director, so the home cinema isn’t

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

eat, grab a handful of films and head over to the cinema.

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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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

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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

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

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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


adding wood panelling, so that the children could watch

television while their parents enjoyed some quieter time.

Rarely has a snug been so worthy of its name. Dark red

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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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The Secret


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Also known as puppet lines,

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combined with naso-labial lines

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for perfume

In the mood

There’s more to scent than a pretty smell… Josephine

Fairley explains how you can use it to get in the zone

What you’re about to read is deeply unscientific.

Not a scrap of evidence exists for what I’m

about to say. But nevertheless, I defy any

perfume-lover to deny that the fragrances we wear have

a definite impact on our mood – and our ‘awakeness’,

too. A little bit of research has been done into

aromatherapy oils (the scent jasmine, for instance, has

been definitively found to aid sleep), but perfume? Nada.

I’ve always reached for fragrance to ‘put me in

the mood’. I can be yearning for a night on the sofa

with a box set of Suits – and a spritz of something

glamorous will have me reaching for my party

shoes. If I want to feel ‘cosy’, I’ve scents for that,

too. And for feeling that bit more ‘professional’ and

pulled-together. A delusion? I don’t think so.

Having set up The Perfume Society two years

ago – a website that works as a hub for perfumelovers,

with events all over the country, including

this neck of the woods – I hear an endless stream of

feedback from women (and increasing numbers of

men) who turn to perfume as… well, a mood-altering

substance. (One that’s entirely legal, of course.)

In my ‘arsenal’, then – for I truly think of it that

way – there are some very specific scents I turn to.

And here are so me of my suggestions, for you.

When the last thing you want to do is go to a party…

Time to reach for something elegant, grown-up, infused

with invisible glamour. Try the new Chanel No.5 L’Eau,

£68 for 50ml Eau de Parfum, a dazzling, almost sparkling

and modern spin on the classic, or Sisley Eau du Soir,

£81 for 30ml, a classic Chypre (the most sophisticated

of the fragrance ‘families’ – you can read more about

all that on the Perfume Society website, link below)

which almost demands its own chauffeur, it’s so classy.

I often spray myself (and my dress – fabric’s a great

‘carrier’ of scent) with Guerlain Shalimar, £50 for 30ml

Eau de Parfum: sweet-yet-fresh, an enduring classic

for very good reason. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum,

from £41 for 40ml, is the equivalent of slipping on

a pair of those shoes, in terms of getting you partyready,

with a wonderfully woody sexiness.


The Good Surgeon Guide

This is Sally’s Concept Facelift story

I work in sales with a major property developer in London. I certainly

don’t feel anywhere near my 62 years of age, but I’d certainly started

to look it!


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For quite a while I’d been concerned about how the ageing process

had started to affect my face and that I’d acquired a constant ‘tired’

look due to saggy eyelids. Also, this sagginess seemed to have spread

to my neck to the extent that I would worry about going out. I first

met Amir when I attended an open evening. After the presentation

we all had an opportunity to ask questions, which was helpful as other

people raised queries that I hadn’t even thought of.

Carol Age 63

Christine Age 58

I feel so much more confident and love

the natural results…

After a week, I’m thrilled with my new-look face! Looking in the mirror

in the morning is no longer a scary experience and I’m constantly

being told how well I look! I feel so much more confident and love the

‘natural’ results; very subtle, not stretched. Thanks Amir!


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When you need to be the duracell bunny – and your

energy’s flagging… Got 87 presents to wrap, a turkey

to stuff and a long drive ahead of you? This is the time

for energy in a bottle (because an espresso’s just going

to send you into a slump, later). I like to spritz and

re-spritz a classic Eau de Cologne like the just-launched,

sunlight-drenched Maison Francis Kurkdjian Petit Matin,

£140 for 70ml Eau de Parfum – or if you’re on a budget,

good old 4711 Eau de Cologne, £6.49 for 25ml, has

been functioning as an antidote to slumpiness for 300

years or so. Jo Malone Basil & Neroli, from £43 for 30ml

Cologne, is also wonderfully uplifting and invigorating.

When you need something for a ‘hygge’ moment… The

buzzword-of-the-moment, borrowed from the Scandinavian,

is ideally expressed via hunkering down by an open fire,

sipping hot chocolate, watching re-runs of Wallander. I

think gourmand scents are great for this, with their

almost-foodie notes.

New Angel Muse, £45

for 30ml Eau de Parfum,

is wonderfully cocooning,

while if you’re more of

a clean sheets type, try

The Library of Fragrance

Fresh Laundry, £15 for

30ml Eau de Toilette. I’m

personally mad for the

seriously ‘foodie’ Agonist

Vanilla Marble, £115 for

50ml Eau de Parfum,

and Tom Ford Noir de

Noir, £148 for 50ml Eau

de Parfum – as dark and

mysterious as any Scandi

drama, and wonderfully

‘snuggleable’, I find.

Join the perfume Society!

An online hub for perfume lovers - combined with the

fragrance equivalent of a wine club, offering expertly

curated Discovery Boxes of perfume samples and

exclusive events - a VIP subscription to The Perfume

Society is a great Christmas gift itself. Membership

includes a welcome Discovery Box of eight gorgeous

perfume samples, accompanied by smelling notes for

each one, an embossed notebook and other treats.

VIP subscribers also get discount at selected perfume

boutiques and can buy all the curated discovery boxes

at a discounted price. Why not sign up for the next

‘How to Improve Your Sense of Smell’ workshop,

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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?

“Independent perfumeries tend to have very highly trained

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.”

Mrs Hinty’s Christmas List 2016

What Lorna McKay is hoping to find

underneath her tree this year

Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu

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

Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum


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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

skin. In the evening I am

devoted to Liz Earle Cleanse

and Polish as I don’t feel

clean unless I’ve washed my

face and this stuff feels and

smells heavenly. I follow

this with Dermalogica

Skin Smoothing Cream to

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

pep it up...

This wrinkly little seed

appears on dinner tables

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sprinkled liberally over

many a dinner and is an

absolute staple in the

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It’s a digestive aid and the

essential oil can relieve

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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

those nasal passages.

tropical treat...

Create your very own fruity

spa treatment every morning

with grapefruit and mandarin

body wash and mandarin

and geranium hand and

body lotion from Elemental

Herbology. Let the shower

steam immerse you in the

sweet scent of mandarin,

beautifully balanced with

sour grapefruit and be

transported to an exotic

paradise away from the

wintry December chill. Use

the lotion after a hot shower

to invigorate and protect skin

for the day ahead or keep it

on hand to massage into dry

and weather-beaten knuckles.

The convenient pump action

pots sit perfectly by a wash

basin or bath tub. Helen

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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.


• 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. / Adem KAYA / Satendra Mhatre




Christmas pudding!


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


• 150g caster sugar

• 140g blueberries –


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.

This month’s scrummy recipes were provided for us by

Juliet Bidwell, who runs a catering company, providing

canapés and dishes for weddings and parties of all sizes.

For more information call 01797 270347 or visit


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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Now available at Majestic and Waitrose stores nationwide.

Hazelnut Meringue Gateau

Serves 12. Prep time 30 mins. Cooking time 1 hour 15 mins.


• 9 egg whites

• 500g caster sugar

• 3tsp ground cinnamon

• 200g hazelnuts - toasted &

chopped finely

• 600ml double cream -

lightly whipped

• 200g dark chocolate, plus

extra for decoration - melted

• 2 x 444g tins of stoneless

black cherries

• 4tbsp Kentish cherry brandy


1. Pre-heat oven to 150˚C. Marinate the drained cherries

in cherry brandy liqueur, preferably overnight.

2. Prepare three baking trays with parchment

and mark a 26cm circle in each tray.

3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and add a

tablespoon of sugar and keep whisking. Repeat this,

having added the cinnamon to the sugar.

4. When completed, fold in the hazelnuts and spread the mixture

equally over the three trays and then bake for 1¼ hours until firm.

5. To assemble mix the 200g of melted chocolate into the whipped

cream and spread over 2 discs of meringue. Drain the cherries

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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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


• salt and pepper, to


• cream, to swirl


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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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

flowers or paperwhite narcissi. Some twigs and branches



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.


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

spirits and all). Hooray.

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The Winter


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


• 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


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


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


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.



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-no-mai’

(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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Sugar shock

Susan Elkin gnashes her teeth at teachers who use sweets as classroom rewards

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

children to associate sugar with congratulation.

If teachers personally dish out sugary junk to children

it conveys the subliminal message that whatever lip

service is paid in lessons to healthy eating, at the end

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

(pun half-intended) at the sugar culture and give

their pupils a better chance of a healthier future.

It is scandalous that so many still don’t take this

responsibility as seriously as they could and should.

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What’s On In December

Fairs & Markets

Sun 11 Dec 10am-4pm

Castle Street, Farnham GU9 7PZ

Farnham Christmas


Find the perfect Christmas gift

from hundreds of stalls offering

decorations, treats and plenty more.

Info: 01252 712667 /

Fri 16 - Tues 20 Dec

Town Square, Woking GU21 6EP

woking’s Christmas


The town centre will be transformed

into a magical Christmas shopper’s

paradise. The stunning tree will be

the centrepiece of the market.

Info: 01483 720103 /

Fri 16 - Sun 18 Dec 9am-5pm

The Friary Guildford, North

Street, Guildford GU1 4YT


The perfect opportunity for

Christmas shopping. Get your

hands on a gift card when

you spend over £50.

Info: 01483 563562 /

Family & friends

Sat 3, 10, 17 & 21 Dec

Denbies Wine Estate, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

Santa’s Cellar Grotto

Enjoy a warm welcome from Santa’s

elves, followed by an outdoor train

ride to see Father Christmas.

Entry: £7.50

Info: 01306 876616 /

Sat 10 Dec 9am-5pm & Sun

11 Dec 10.30am-4pm

Ashtead Park Garden Centre,

Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, Epsom

& Ewell, Surrey KT21 1NA

Festive fun

Meet Santa in his grotto and enjoy

face-painting, craft activities, a

bouncy castle and sing along with

the local choir. Proceeds are for

the Oak Centre for Children.

Entry: £5

Info: 01372 273891 /

Sat 10 Dec 1-3.30pm

Wharf Road, Guildford GU1 4RR

Mince Pie March

Enjoy a circular walk from Town

Lock in Weybridge and warm

up with a mince pie and glass of

mulled wine at the White Hart.

Info: 01483 531667 /

Sat 17 - 24 Dec 10.30am-7pm

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill

Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Meet Father Christmas

Father Christmas will be returning

to his festive cabin this year. Join

him and his team of elves to

choose a special gift and make

some wonderful memories.

Entry: £8.50


Music & Theatre

Sat 10 Dec - Sun 8 Jan

New Victoria Theatre, The

Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre,

Woking GU21 6GQ

Snow White & the

Seven dwarfs

This year’s fairest pantomime

of them all is sure to melt

everyone’s heart this Christmas.

Info: 0844 871 7645 /

Sun 11 Dec 7.30pm

The Great Hall, Charterhouse,

Godalming GU7 2DX

Carmina Burana

and Messiah

Godalming Choral Society

present their lively and varied

December concert with a selection

of choruses from Handel’s everpopular

Messiah, as well as some

well known seasonal carols.

Entry: Adults £15, students

£8, children ages 5-16 free

Info: 01483 444334 / tickets.

Sun 11 Dec 3-5pm

St Peter’s Church, Windsor

Street, Chertsey KT16 8AT

Family christmas concert

Come and celebrate Christmas

with the Bourne Concert Band.

This concert will be followed

by coffee and mince pies to

get you in the festive spirit.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 854706 /

Tues 13 Dec 7-9.30pm

St Nicolas Church, Bury

Street, Guildford


Christmas Gala concert

Join the Halow Project for a

fantastically festive evening with

a programme of classical and

contemporary pieces from the

wonderful Guildford Chamber Choir,

and a special performance from

Halow’s music group. Price includes a

glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

Entry: Adults £10, under 16s £3

Info: 01483 444334 / tickets.

Thurs 15 - Sat 17 Dec 7.30-10.30pm

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall,

Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BE

Alice in Wonderland

The Woodfield Entertainers are

returning this December with

their fun-filled pantomime. Alice

has to help the good people of

Wonderland defeat the evil queen.

Entry: Adults £10, children £5

Info: 07941 105612 /

Wed 14 - Sun 18 Dec

Gate Street, Bramley,

Guildford GU5 0LR

Wintershall Nativity Play

This nativity will take place in and

outside the Barn Theatre, and will

be complete with shepherds, sheep,

donkeys and three wise men on

horseback. Come warmly dressed and

enjoy tea, coffee and mince pies.

Info: 01793 418299 /

Sat 17 Dec 6-8.30pm

St Barbara’s Church, Deepcut

Bridge Road, Deepcut,

Surrey GU16 6QX

Surrey Police Band’s

Christmas Concert

In support of Shooting Star

Chase, enjoy a wonderful evening

with the Surrey Police Band.

After a sell out event last year,

early booking is advised.

Entry: Adults £7, under 16s £5

Info: 07849 675627 /

Sun 18 Dec 12-1pm

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,

Guildford GU4 7RT

Festive sing-song

Sing along to your favourite carols,

enjoy festive family readings and

handbell ringing by the Arford Bells.

Entry: Adults £8, children £4

Info: 01483 444334 / tickets.

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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 all-important 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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