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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.
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sitting rooms where a smart wood burner fills the open bit where he used to
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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
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in Pine Tree, Vermont, as featured in White Christmas, is a handy benchmark,
i.e. big enough to stage a small Broadway musical.
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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.
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is priced at £1.95 million with Jackson
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Where? Edgeworth is situated in the
most desirable enclave of St George’s
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views, with rich bespoke woodwork, it
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room, the ground floor has no fewer
than five reception rooms, including
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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
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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 knightfrank.co.uk
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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
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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
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Previous page: The mural in the sitting room is a lino cut called
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found the 1960s Scandinavian Troeds sideboard on eBay.
Above: The wall behind the dining table is papered with Louise’s
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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
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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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propped against the wall is by Oskar Barblain
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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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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
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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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metallic leaf. The bedside table is another Hastings Old Town
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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
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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
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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
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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
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else.” Then one day, a brochure came through the door
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the journey thinking about the weatherboarded farmhouse
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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
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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
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
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As Eve slips off her boots and comes into the kitchen, she
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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
adding wood panelling, so that the children could watch
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Rarely has a snug been so worthy of its name. Dark red
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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
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says Tim. The inglenook also provides the perfect place
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“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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At The Clinic
LONDON | PARIS | SOUTH OF FRANCE
If you look in the mirror and all you can see is
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then you probably have marionette lines.
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Also known as puppet lines,
these are the lines that run
from the side of the mouth
downwards along the chin,
and they develop as you get
older, due to the natural
ageing process, hormonal
changes and genetics. When
combined with naso-labial lines
(which run from the corner of
the nose to the mouth) the
overall effect is not a good look
and apart from a surgical face
lift there’s nothing you can do
Not so fast! That might have
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The PDO Lift has been
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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!
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!
Age 70 Age 73
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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
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,
which will be hosted in Hastings on Saturday
28th January 2017? The price is £10 redeemable
against a box purchase for VIP Subscribers to The
Perfume Society, £20 for guests or non-subscribers.
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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
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
Narciso Rodriguez Eau de
Liz Earle No 15
Berdoues Vanira Moorea
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 samstoneyoga.com
pep it up...
This wrinkly little seed
appears on dinner tables
across the globe, is
sprinkled liberally over
many a dinner and is an
absolute staple in the
spice drawer. Its potential
however, is totally
pepper is nutritionally
dense, and its active
enhances the bioavailability
of vitamins A and C,
selenium and beta
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
those nasal passages.
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
keeps hers on her office desk,
ready to be grabbed for a
moment of calm in a hectic
day. Find this perfect gift set
for £38 at elementalherbology.
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order in time for Christmas.
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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.
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Not everyone loves the traditional figgy pud, so
here are three delicious festive alternatives
Recipes: Juliet Bidwell Photographs: David Merewether
Styling: Helen Barton
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
• 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
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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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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
• 450g fresh beetroot
• 2 onions
• 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
• 100g new potatoes or
• 1 cooking apple
• juice of 2 oranges
• 1 tablespoon creamed
• 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.
Soup & A
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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.
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
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.
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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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
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’, ‘Sweet Tea’, and
• Heuchera ‘Marmalade’
• 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
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
• Gardening fork
• Potting compost
7 x Senecio cineraria
4 x 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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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.
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What’s On In December
Fairs & Markets
Sun 11 Dec 10am-4pm
Castle Street, Farnham GU9 7PZ
Find the perfect Christmas gift
from hundreds of stalls offering
decorations, treats and plenty more.
Info: 01252 712667 / farnham.gov.uk
Fri 16 - Tues 20 Dec
Town Square, Woking GU21 6EP
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 / woking.gov.uk
Fri 16 - Sun 18 Dec 9am-5pm
The Friary Guildford, North
Street, Guildford GU1 4YT
The perfect opportunity for
Christmas shopping. Get your
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you spend over £50.
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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.
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Sat 10 Dec 9am-5pm & Sun
11 Dec 10.30am-4pm
Ashtead Park Garden Centre,
Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, Epsom
& Ewell, Surrey KT21 1NA
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.
Info: 01372 273891 / ashteadpark.com
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.
Music & Theatre
Sat 10 Dec - Sun 8 Jan
New Victoria Theatre, The
Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre,
Woking GU21 6GQ
Snow White & the
This year’s fairest pantomime
of them all is sure to melt
everyone’s heart this Christmas.
Info: 0844 871 7645 / atgtickets.com
Sun 11 Dec 7.30pm
The Great Hall, Charterhouse,
Godalming GU7 2DX
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.
Info: 01483 854706 /
Tues 13 Dec 7-9.30pm
St Nicolas Church, Bury
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
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
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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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.
of vegetation is
a great way of
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.
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– on Instagram @coopersfarm
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