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Contents

February 2017

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20 ROOM FOR ROMANCE

Maggie Alderson’s

Valentine’s Day retreats

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FEBRUARY NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with hand

picked events going on

around the Weald

CURATED CONTENT

A Victorian home

with a difference

GET THE LOOK

Add some eclectic charm

to your interior

WEALDEN TIMES

MIDSUMMER FAIR 2017

A preview of what’s to come

this June at Hole Park

ECO REDEFINED

Christopher Day looks into ecoupgrading

an old building

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FRESH TOUCH

A beautiful Regency property

with an elegant interior

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by Peter and

Murielle’s crisp decoration

WEDDING SUPPLEMENT

Stunning dresses, gorgeous

accessories and delicious dishes

to take you through from

Valentine’s to your big day

VALENTINE’S BODYCARE

Josephine Fairley spruces and

moisturises with indulgent

products for skin confidence

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This month’s interviewee,

Charlotte Molesworth chats

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BEAT THE BUGS

Give winter illness the cold shoulder

EARLY BIRD GARDENING

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gardening year

LET IT SHINE

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plant recommendations

MIND OVER MATHS

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mathematics be encouraged?

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COMPETITION

Win a romantic day out at

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

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Professional property finder Mandy Bissell discusses the challenge of

finding a home in a location that offers the right schooling

One of the many factors that makes Kent

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Whilst the property market may have

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Family priorities

Living close to a top performing school

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Room for Romance

Maggie Alderson finds homes with Valentine’s in mind

Going out to dinner with your special someone can be the loveliest way to

celebrate February 14th – but it’s all about choosing the right venue (and

ordering enough Champagne). Establishments which know how to do it

right, gauge exactly the right level of sweet soppiness, without slipping over into the

fine dining equivalent of a padded Valentine’s card. Botch it and you’ll find yourself

sitting in a dining room full of other couples being ‘romantic’ to a schedule, with

a forced atmosphere on a level with a school reunion or tense family Christmas.

In this scenario, it’s hard to say which stage of couplehood it’s worst to sit next

to. There are the torturously self-conscious newly matched innocents (‘What if I

get spinach between my teeth?’). The overly loved-up lusters (‘How quickly can

we get through this and back to mine…?’). Moving on through the relationship

years, there is the guilt dinner couple (‘I forgot the anniversary, perhaps this will

get me off the hook…’). Or the silent pair who never really had anything in

common and less with every passing year (‘I must book the carpet cleaner…’).

So what to do instead? The singleton solution to Saint Valentine’s

annual taunt fest is to gather in gangs, drink too much and laugh a lot.

The savvy couple might opt to stay in. Alone. (It’s a great night for small

people to enjoy a sleepover at granny’s…). Because what nicer place to

smooch up than in the home you’ve created together? And if, after a lovely

dinner and a few glasses of fizz, you get that loving feeling, there’s only a

short stagger upstairs. If it goes the other way, you’ve got your book.

Of course, anywhere can be delightful with the person you love, but

how wonderful it would be to stay home on Valentine’s night in a house

that’s romantic in its own right, the lovey-dovey atmosphere built in.

Whether it’s the cosiness of beamed rooms and a generous hearth, ancient

panelling, quirky features or a dreamy historic association, some houses

just make you sigh. Here are four such homes currently on the market.

1. Baillie Hall

Where? Baillie Hall is set on high

ground on the edge of pretty Great

Chart village, close to the ancient church,

with views over farmland and as far as

the North Downs from some spots.

What? This Grade II* listed 15th century

Tudor manor house is unusually bright, airy

and spacious for houses of that period, with

good ceiling heights and large rooms. It was

extended in 1914 by the prominent Arts

& Crafts architect Baillie Scott, with details

from that era throughout. The rambling

ground floor has a very large drawing room,

giving onto a study and dining room. The

kitchen/breakfast room has a generous

larder, then there’s a snug, a utility room, a

butler’s pantry and a single storey extension,

comprising a sitting room, bedroom and

bathroom, which could function as a separate

annexe, plus a large three-room cellar. The

first floor has a master bedroom, with en

suite, two further bedrooms and a family

bathroom, with two more eaves bedrooms,

a bathroom and an office on the attic floor

above. Outside there are lawned, box-hedged

gardens on a plot of just under an acre.

How much? Baillie Hall is priced

at £1,495,000, in the care of Hobbs

Parker. Visit hobbsparker.co.uk, or call

the Ashford office on 01233 506220,

or Tenterden on 01580 766766.

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2. Rose Cottage

Where? Rose Cottage occupies

a prominent location, set behind a

50’ garden, giving on to Tenterden

High Street, putting Waitrose

within walking distance.

What? A classic tile-hung Grade

II listed Wealden house, dating from

1750, sympathetically refurbished,

with a later extension to the rear. The

panelled front door opens into the cosy

sitting room (with an inglenook), which

overlooks the garden, while the dining

room looks out to the rear courtyard.

The spacious kitchen/breakfast room

has been renovated in very attractive

contemporary country style, with a

butler’s sink with brass taps and grey

Shaker-style cabinets. The back wall is

glazed, with double doors out to the

courtyard. Upstairs the master bedroom

has a romantic claw foot bath in the

room and adjoining loo, with another

bedroom and a family bathroom. The

second floor has two further bedrooms.

How much? Rose Cottage

is on the market at £650,000.

Visit phillipsandstubbs.co.uk,

or ring 01797 227338.

3. Hope Mill Oast

Where? Hope Mill Oast sits on

the edge of the attractive village of

Goudhurst, in the catchment area for

Cranbrook School, five miles away.

What? A delightful conversion of

a classic Kent oast house, decorated

with contemporary flair – with wood

flooring through the whole ground

floor – occupying a generous 2,957

square feet. The kitchen/breakfast

room has bespoke units, a spacious

dining room and adjoining family area

and a large utility room, while the

spacious double-aspect sitting/formal

dining room has French windows to

the south facing garden. But the glory

is the library in the double-height

roundel, with bookshelves 360 degrees.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms

– one in the second roundel – and

bathroom, plus a study. The double

aspect master bedroom has an en suite

and a dressing room. The house can

be entered via the double garage. The

secluded garden has a covered dining

area and a large stone terrace, as well

as lawns, mature shrubs and trees.

How much? Hope Mill Oast is

on the market with Weald Property,

for £835,000. Look at wealdproperty.

net or call 01580 242700.

4. Cotchford Farm

Where? Cotchford Farm occupies a

secluded wooded 9.5 acre plot in the heart

of the High Weald, on the edge of Hartfield

village, four miles from Forest Row and

within walking distance of Ashdown Forest.

Pooh Sticks bridge is pretty handy…

What? Are you ready for it? This is the

house where Christopher Robin and Pooh

Bear lived and where the little boy’s father

AA Milne wrote Winnie the Pooh. It also has

a glamorous later 20th century association

as the home of tragic Rolling Stone Brian

Jones. Heady stuff. It’s also as dreamy a

house as you could ever imagine in your

wildest fantasies of the perfect English

country home. The oak-panelled dining

room is spectacular and the inglenook‐ed,

split-level living room has outlooks to four

sides. There’s a large kitchen/breakfast

room, study, playroom and shower

room. On the first floor there is a master

bedroom with en suite, three further

bedrooms with one en suite and a family

bathroom. There are two more bedrooms

and a shower room on the second floor.

Outside are beautiful landscaped gardens,

fields, woodland, a wooded stream and a

swimming pool with a summer/pool house.

How much? Cotchford Farm is listed

with Savills at £1,895,000. Browse savills.

com or call them on 01892 507000.

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Captivated at the Castle...

Visit Dover Castle this February half term for a spellbinding

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and venture into the secret wartime tunnels, located deep

underground in Dover’s white cliffs. Family tickets are available

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An evening of

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Spend a romantic Valentine’s night with your loved

one on Saturday 11 February at Leeds Castle. Have

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Winter green...

Hole Park in Rolvenden are organising a delightful

winter plant fair on Sunday 5 February from

11am to 3pm. The park isn’t normally open at

this time of year, but this special event will offer

a wonderful display of bulbs, plants, shrubs and

trees, all for sale from a number of specialist

nurseries. The perfect place to purchase this

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visit holepark.com or phone 01580 241344.

Musical excellence...

From Thursday 23 February to Saturday 4

March, the 13th Hastings International Piano

Competition will be taking place at White Rock

Theatre. These exquisitely talented musicians will

be performing and competing for the opportunity

to win £10,000, a concerto performance with

the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a trip

to the US. Follow their progress and book your

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Thomas the Tank Engine will be pulling into the

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from the reception and head off on an adventure

around the estate. Booking isn’t needed, but small

children must be accompanied by an adult at all

times. This perfect family event will be running

from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 February. More

information can be found at nationaltrust.org.uk

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I’m always envious of the creativity of Hastings residents

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backgrounds in the creative industry, together they’ve collected

and curated an eclectic selection of art and furnishings that’s

continually evolving. Explore it for yourself from page 52.

Our second home this month – a beautifully renovated Regency

property owned by Peter and Murielle – is testament to the

couple’s chic style with a crisp, clean colour palette and plenty of

space for entertaining. Find out how they achieved their look

from page 90.

EWA ADAMS

If you’ve got matrimony in mind, then look no further than

this February issue’s Wedding Supplement – featuring stunning,

modern dresses photographed in a fittingly contemporary setting

(a revisit to previous Wealden Times house photograph-ees, Pete

and Heather Cernis). If you’re looking for the wow-factor on

Tuesday 14th Feb, within the supplement you’ll also find three

gorgeous recipes from The Little Ginger Baker, Isla Atkins. Be

sure to choose a beautiful gift from our shopping pages before

baking your way into your partner’s good books!

Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s

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Full Colour Exhibition Catalogues

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

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Sales Team ................................................................................ Hayley Biddulph

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Curated Content

Retail brand consultant James, stylist David and their Boston Terrier,

Cooper, moved into their Victorian property in the heart of Hastings Old

Town just one year ago. In that time they have completely transformed

the interior with their bold use of colour and an eclectic and fascinating

mix of furniture and art – a continually evolving work in progress

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Previous pages & above: David and James used local carpenter Sam White to rebuild the kitchen. Stewart Walton, a craftsman who

creates things out of Hastings Old Pier wood was commissioned to make the mantelpiece and shelving. David found the fox painting

over the fireplace in a junk shop in Prague

Retail is detail, or so the mantra goes. So, for visitors

to Fern House, it will come as no surprise that its

owner – or one of them at least – is a retail brand

consultant, so carefully and beautifully is each room laid

out. Not in a precious ‘don’t touch’ or ‘breakages-mustbe-paid-for’

kind of way. More that it’s instantly clear that

whoever lives here has impeccable taste and an ability to

create a welcoming atmosphere without using that old

trick of baking bread or putting on a pot of fresh coffee.

As soon as we arrive, we are led by the nose to a warm,

aromatic scent coming from the downstairs kitchen. “Come

on down,” says James, though we need no encouragement.

A candle on the sideboard fills the room with a herby, citrus

perfume. “When we first moved in we burned sage,” says

James. The practice is an ancient method of cleansing a

person or a space, and was employed by Native Americans

and many other cultures. Whatever James and his partner

David have done, it certainly seems to have worked.

“I am a big believer, with some of the brands I work

with, in asking them ‘How do you want your customers to

feel when they come into your stores?’ says James. Having

worked with such names as Paul Smith, Selfridges and,

more recently, Fred Perry, it’s clear that James knows what

he’s talking about. In the case of his home, the feeling one

gets when one walks into the house, is of not wanting

to leave. “We have a very ‘open house’ policy,” laughs

James. “And people often just call in unannounced.”

The house is an unusual semi-detached Victorian property,

in the middle of Hastings Old Town and reached by a

bridge-like path. “The beauty is, it’s hidden. When we

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Above: Cooper stands guard in the living room, with floorboards painted in Chocolate by Little Greene. The leather

chair is one of a pair from France, found by a lady in St Leonards who has a shop called Sideshow Interiors. Artworks by

Russell Loughlan have been carefully placed on the wall.


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Winter Sale Now On

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mantelpiece are from The Clay Den in Hastings

purchased this house, I don’t think we’d actually noticed

it before,” says James. “Some would say it’s merely a

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with very little direct light. The legs and feet of passersby

occasionally catch your eye, though no-one seems to

spot the kitchen-dwellers below. “We love people walking

past,” says James. “And looking in. We love people just

standing outside and appreciating the building!” It’s hard

not to stop and admire a home as pretty as this one.

As we enjoy a coffee in the kitchen, it’s clear that this is a

popular room. It’s also a room that makes you want to rest

a while. James and David ripped up the original carpets,

exposed the brickwork behind the kitchen area and opened

up an old fireplace next to the kitchen table: “It had one

of those shaker kitchens that were popular in the early 90s

so we got our carpenter to put in a new kitchen...” They

also painted the floorboards in Little Greene’s Chocolate.

Painted floorboards are a theme that’s repeated in every

room: “I love floorboards when they’re painted but worn.

There’s nothing better than seeing where people walk, so I am

looking forward to it wearing in a little more,” says James.

A large range cooker is testament to the couple’s love

of cooking for friends and the bare brick wall behind is

illuminated by three utilitarian lights: “We asked Ed from

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Next door to the kitchen is the equally cosy living room,

which looks out over a courtyard garden and, because of its

elevated position, over neighbouring gardens and the tiled

backs of ancient townhouses. “It’s a real sun trap,” says James.

“Some would say we’re overlooked but we don’t feel that. The

neighbours are wonderful. Just waking up and looking out

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over the rooftops is amazing...” His enthusiasm is infectious.

I sit in one of two leather chairs by the living room

window. “They were found for us by a lady in St Leonards

who has a shop called Sideshow Interiors. We were after two

perfect chairs, but they needed to feel loved, worn, and very

gentlemanly... We saw these and just fell in love with them.”

The large Edwardian sofa next to my seat they found in a

skip in Leytonstone, East London, where they used to live.

There is no overarching theme to this room, it’s just

a mix of eras, styles and hand-picked objects – one or

two of which are very ‘of the moment’; think taxidermy,

retro drinks trolleys and a touch of macrame, in the

form of a bright yellow hanging basket. “We did a course

last year. I think the one in the bathroom is probably

stronger in terms of the look – that one’s David’s. I cut

the ends too short on mine!” says James, modestly.

So, what’s the key to this effortless, organic style? “More

people are mixing period pieces and styles and creating

their own look. We buy things we really love. As you walk

through the house you’ll see pieces from East Germany, we

have Danish pieces of furniture, Victorian pieces, French

painted cupboards. The eclectic mix is there but the way it’s

styled should feel a little bit calmer.” It’s not a house that

feels cluttered or cramped, despite its relatively small rooms.

Even the darker basement and ground floor rooms feel

artfully composed and relaxing spaces to spend time in.

To appreciate the contrast in decor and natural light – as

well as the view of the sea – we head up to the studio on the

top floor. “This is one of our favourite rooms,” says James.

“We sit up here, we chat about creative stuff, look at the view

and it gives you that lovely calm feeling.” Next to the window

is what appears to be a well-upholstered, firm sofa. It is in

fact a 1950s, East German sofa bed. “In the summer we pull

the window up... You can just lie here – or I’ll just drift off

in the afternoon. I’m an early bird, so I get up at six, go for a

walk with Cooper. By about three o’clock, it’s time to relax!”

Simply furnished, the other walls are taken up by a

book‐case – in front of a glass-topped desk – and a plain

wall with a rudimentary fireplace. “The fireplace was covered

over, but we knew there was something there, so we made

a hole ourselves.” The space, where a fireplace should go, is

stacked with logs. “We didn’t want it to feel too polished.

The fireplace is a work in progress... as is the whole house.”

Unlike the rooms on the lower floors, James and David

have used a lighter palette on this floor. The walls in the

studio are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Parchment, the doors

in French Grey and floorboards in Pavilion. An ethereal lamp

hovers behind the armchair in which James sits: “It was a

gift from two of our closest friends, Andrew and Pip, who

own the shop Le Chien et Moi in Nottingham. It’s Danish,

very early 50s, but otherwise we know very little about it.”

Rather than nodding off in the calm of the top-floor studio,

it’s time for our tour to continue. Next door is the sparkling,

1930s-feel bathroom, with marble-effect tiling and huge

old bath with wood-panelled sides painted, as are the

This page: The staircase that winds up through the house is used

to display more of the couple’s finds

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This page: The bathroom features a bright yellow macrame

planter, one of a pair made by James and David. “We did a

course last year. I think the one in the bathroom is probably

stronger in terms of the look – that one’s David’s. I cut the ends

too short on mine!” says James, modestly.

floorboards, in the magnificent Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.

Despite the dark woodwork and clean lines, the room is made

‘softer’ and more personal with pretty toiletries, ceramics and

lush houseplants. A comfy chair by the window means that

there is space for someone to sit and chat while the other baths.

Large windows in all of the rooms help to give a sense

of space – even when space is at a premium. High ceilings

have a similar effect. In the main bedroom, James and

David have again been bold in their choice of colours –

and the effect is one of cosiness and calm. “We wanted

this to feel a little bit darker than the top floor but still

moody, I particularly like the colour on the ceiling. When

the light comes through, it’s got a lovely warm tinge to

it, almost peach-like and reminiscent of how the light

reacts with the tiled buildings opposite,” says James.

Two 1950s lounge chairs have been placed by the window:

“On a Sunday we might make coffee and come and sit

up here, and just look at the view.” The bed has been

artfully dressed with rugs and fabrics, while the cushions

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This page: The master bedroom. James found the original

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are covered in a fabric which James saved from a Selfridges

window display he collaborated on with Suzy Hoodless.

Behind the bed are two striking Chinese paintings, whose

colours complement the room: “I found those on a trip to

Hong Kong about eight years ago,” says James. “They are

original Chinese scrolls, on parchment. We love the colours.”

Love is a word that James uses a lot in reference to this

house, its refurbishment and decoration. It’s clear that they

are smitten with the place and that they intend to stay. “Now

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What is an eco-home? What do you need to know to

create one? What is an eco-home? If you more or less know,

and more or less know how to create one, you don’t need to read

on. Or perhaps you do. There may be things you haven’t thought

about, or aspects of things that you haven’t considered in depth or

didn’t know. Some might even be vital issues for how your house

performs and lasts, and how it is to live in – and how long you live.

Everybody more or less knows what an eco-home is, but as

there’s no official definition, nobody actually knows. Is it necessarily

a house? Can it be a caravan, yurt or even a high-rise apartment? Is

it a zero-carbon – or, better, a carbon-negative house? Would that

include a wholly uninsulated house connected to a photovotaic

farm? Or is it a house so nature-friendly that it’s full of wasps, rats

and (suspiciouly ominous) mushrooms? Or should it be so zeroimpact

that living in it means dressing for outdoor temperatures?

Everybody knows it doesn’t mean those sorts of things.

It’s safer, therefore, to focus on what everybody

more or less knows: that it’s something to do

with supporting ecological stability.

What is ecological stability, though? Climate stability is an

absolutely essential part of this, but only a part. Preserving

or recycling key resources (e.g. water, nutrients, perhaps

manufacturing feedstocks) is comparably important, although

this hasn’t yet reached a tipping-point crisis. So is the maintenance

of a self-regulating ecology. This is mostly about reducing

pollution, preserving biodiversity and, indirectly but crucially,

food security. Common to all these, however, is living in harmony

with nature. But can we do this if we live in town? As most of us

do, for life to survive on our planet, this is absolutely essential:

living in harmony with nature doesn’t mean living in nature.

Historically, however, the eco-architecture movement didn’t

start very harmoniously. There were those who focused on

minimising energy use. Hermetically sealed buildings with tiny

windows appealed to them. Others were principally concerned

with occupant health. They liked air-permeable buildings, lots

of fresh air and solely natural materials. Others again sought

hi-tech solutions to everything. Some focused on autonomous

houses and self-sufficient lifestyles; others, on social issues

– even to the point of collectivism. And everybody thought

‘ecology’ meant they couldn’t use their favourite materials or do

anything artistic. Nobody ever considered the risk of dying from

heatstroke, at least not in Britain: at that time, heat retention

(for resource preservation) seemed the issue, not cooling (for

survival). Climate change wasn’t a concern; oil depletion (and

related price rise) was. Also, although some thought meditation

could transcend ecological disaster as this is ‘merely’ material,

nobody discussed the spiritual dimension of sustainability.

Fortunately, those days are behind us – but their echoes still

remain. Few seem to realise that harmony with nature means

embracing and synthesising all of this. If we omit the material

concerns, things don’t work. If we omit the aesthetic, we only

serve the material side of nature and humanity. The climate

crisis demonstrates this. If material solutions don’t work, human

– and probably all – life won’t last. But if concentration on

practical aspects ignores soul and spirit issues, life won’t be worth

living – and (according to statistics) is likely to be shorter.

Does this make what ‘everybody more or less knows’

unduly complicated? It shouldn’t. It just means that there are

many more issues than energy conservation to attend to.

Choosing an old building to eco-upgrade. There are

additional considerations when choosing an old building to ecorenovate.

Any existing building’s location, neighbouring buildings

and orientation are fixed. Old buildings’ construction is rarely in

a perfect condition, may have a limited life and is often different

from what we would choose (insulation, for instance, is rare – and

there may be no room to add it). As all this limits options for

eco-improvements, you need to know what you can and can’t do.

Before you buy a property, it’s important to be able to distinguish

buildings that are easy to eco-improve from those that aren’t, and

faults that are easy to remedy from those that mean ‘don’t buy’.

Old buildings basics. Old buildings may look similar to

new ones, but they’re different in many small but significant

ways. How old is ‘old’? Aesthetically, ‘old’ usually means pre-

1850. In constructional terms, it’s pre-1920. For thermal

performance, however, it’s virtually everything before 2006.

Wooden buildings, being vulnerable to fire, rot and

insects, tended not to last as long as masonry ones. Those

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buffers humidity. They’re also often warm because, as

insulation is easy to insert in the gaps between the structural

framing members, this has often already been done.

In Britain, most pre-twentieth-century buildings are masonry.

Unlike modern buildings, which have concrete foundations,

these are built on brick or stone footings; nor did they use

cement, but lime. Consequently, they’re somewhat flexible. New

or old, all buildings move with changing temperatures.

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“Old buildings’ construction is

rarely in a perfect condition,

may have a limited life

and is often different from

what we would choose.”

Ground also moves (e.g. with moisture, prolonged loading, tree

roots, vibration from traffic). If you’re thinking of extending,

therefore, remember to accommodate ground movement. Under

old buildings, it has been loaded, so has settled, over many years.

Under new buildings, it’s still settling, so, when new extensions

are keyed into old buildings, differential settlement can tear the

two apart. To prevent this, new extensions should be tied across

movement joints so they can slide down as the ground compresses

under its new load. Unless so accommodated, even half a centimetre

of movement can initiate a lot of damage. Similarly, as cement is

inflexible, cement-bonded repairs introduce localised rigidity, which

often causes cracks – into which rain enters, but can’t get out.

Another difference between cement- and lime-mortar is

moisture-diffusion rate: lime absorbs water a bit faster than cement

but dries out much faster. Most pre-1930 buildings have solid

walls. Lime-mortar lets these dampen with rain, then dry out.

Cement-mortar repairs, however, mean they can’t dry fast enough,

and only do so through the bricks, eventually destroying them.

Vapour-impermeable masonry paint has a similar destructive

effect. Whatever a solid wall is built of, however, driving rain

can penetrate through the tiniest of cracks and leave it wet all

winter. Rain-shields (e.g. slate-hanging, timber boarding) over

such walls can easily remedy this. These must be rear-ventilated

so that condensation dampness (and leakage) can dry out.

After 1930, cavity wall construction and cement mortars became

the norm, although some post-war buildings experimented with

solid concrete or concrete panels. From about 1950, breezeblock

inner leaves became common, and (because breezeblock is lighter

than concrete block) also interior partitions. Although considered

to be an insulation material, breezeblock is actually a very poor

insulator. It’s also radioactive (being made from foundry waste) and

too crumbly to fix handrails on to. Insulation blocks came next

(and from 1985 were normally required by building regulations):

these are more insulating but also too weak to anchor handrails,

and most kinds are from similar foundry waste sources, so are also

radioactive. Being in the form of radon gas, this radioactivity caused

little problem when houses were draughty, but it isn’t something you

want in an airtight house. The breezeblock interior partitions are easy

to demolish, but the exterior walls’ inner leaf is part of the structure.

This leaves you with a choice: seal the wall’s interior surface (and

accept loss of its moisture-moderating capability); build an additional

solid-block inner leaf (good for thermal stability but shrinking

room size); increase ventilation rate to well above PassivHaus

levels (but not enough to be draughty); or buy another house.

Before the mid-twentieth century, most roofs had attics. Although

sometimes obstructed by A-frame trusses, most have enough space

to use for storage or as sleeping lofts. Many are big enough to

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rafters, however, became common from the 1960s and 1970s.

These fill the roof-space, rendering it unusable without major

restructuring. Moreover, as they’re made of flimsy timber sections

gang-nailed together, they’re prone to failure if notched or damaged.

Chipboard floors also date from this era and, like trussed rafters,

are still used. These give off formaldehyde, which is a health risk.

Most more recent (British) houses have tiny rooms. If you

want larger (but fewer and multi-function) rooms, it’s worth

measuring floor depths. Are joists (floor depth less 30-38mm)

sufficiently deep to span between external or party walls? If so,

you can demolish partition walls to improve layout. If not, you

can still demolish partitions, but will need to support floors

with beams, and probably posts as well – or just put up with

small rooms. Recently built houses also typically contain many

more VOC-emitting substances than twentieth-century houses.

Being new, these are emitting at peak volume. As you’ve paid

for all this plastic and glue, you may feel disinclined to rip it

out. Or perhaps this is another type of house not to buy?

Most older buildings were well built, with better quality timber

than that available today. In Britain, however, few were insulated,

and, although minuscule insulation requirements appeared after

the war and increased in the 1970s, 1985 and 1995, hardly any

were insulated to current (2006 regulations) low-energy standards.

Most old buildings were also draughty. Additionally, few were

rodent-proof. Typically, therefore, they’re solidly built but cold,

often damp and sometimes pest-infested. Moreover, many have

suffered depredations from time (including rot and woodworm)

and bodging by ill-informed ‘improvers’. Also, with age, lots of

little things that we don’t normally think of tend to wear out

(e.g. lead flashings crack), roof tiles embrittle, brass plumbing

fittings de-zincify, water pipes corrode...). Like old cars, once you

fix one thing, another needs attention – an unending process.

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Previous pages: In the orangery, pale porcelain tiles on the floor reflect the light that illuminates the room from the numerous

windows and high, glazed lantern roof This page: Visitors to the house step into the original, classic Regency hallway with a black

and white diamond-tiled floor and a sinuous staircase that invitingly curves up and around to the upper storey

Kent houses can be deceptive. Many of those that

appear to be classical Georgian and Regency

structures like the ones that line the high streets

of towns like Tenterden and Cranbrook are actually, upon

closer inspection, much older than those 18th century

facades suggest, and though their increased antiquity is

undoubtedly lovely, their medieval timbers support a

very different architecture to what might be expected.

Murielle and Peter’s house however, set along a winding Kent

lane is an unusual exception. This is the genuine article, with

gracious proportions, tall sash windows and royal icing white

stucco that make it look more like a grand villa to be found

in a leafy London borough such as Richmond or Blackheath,

but with its genuinely rural setting and extensive grounds, this

house has the advantage over its confined equivalents in the city.

“It is unlike most of the houses in this part of Kent,” agrees

Murielle. “When we came across it, Peter and I were living in

London and had been staying with my brother in Kent while

we looked for a suitable home down here. We had almost

exhausted the great sheaf of papers that we had with us that

day, when we spotted the For Sale notice on the verge by

the side of the road. It was obviously a private drive, but we

followed it to the end and were very surprised to find this.

“The then-owners were working outside in the front

garden and they told us to make an appointment to see it

with the agent. They could see that we were keen, but they

had previously been disappointed and so I think were rather

wary. When we talked to them at more length, it turned

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out that there had been a particular house in Hythe that they

had wanted to buy, but they had lost out on it and it had been

taken off the market. When they described it to us though,

we realised that it was a property that we’d just viewed, so of

course, they were very happy when we told them that it was

back on the market, and they did indeed move into it.”

Originally built on the cusp between the 18th and 19th

centuries, the house has been cleverly extended by the couple,

so that the additions are almost seamlessly attached to the

whole. To the side, the rather grand entrance to the house

protrudes into the garden, a pleasingly symmetrical lanternlike

outer hall and boot room. The exterior doors are framed

by neatly clipped box pyramids in lead planters and a huge

banana tree that thrives in a sheltered spot adding a touch

of the exotic, a whiff of the Colonial times in which the

original house was constructed – though this almost perfectly

square room was designed and built in the 21st century to

gather up all the accoutrements of the rural outdoors, and

wellingtons, umbrellas, and walking sticks are stacked in

orderly rows. Through another wide door, the visitor steps into

the original, classic Regency hallway with a black and white

diamond-tiled floor and a sinuous staircase that invitingly

curves up and around to the upper storey. To the right,

stands a dark oak Jacobean dresser, a much appreciated gift

given by a member of the family that displays a collection of

blue and white china, including a large Dutch bulb planter.

Directly opposite this, Peter sits at his desk in the study,

painted in a cool blue (Farrow & Ball’s Parma Grey) and

furnished simply with white painted bureau and desk, plus

a white linen covered sofabed, in readiness for extra guests.

From the moment that Murielle answers the door it is clear

that she is a well-practised hostess. With a warm and generous

manner, she doesn’t just welcome me, but seems to gather me

up, before leading the way along the hallway, and towards a

Regency arched window studded with jewel-like ruby, amber

and sapphire-coloured panes of glass. We turn to the right and

pass through the old stable door, retained to control the passage

of dogs and young children and into a sort of ante room,

that serves as a Butler’s Pantry, where a painted Welsh dresser

made by Old School Joinery in West Hythe displays a full set

of early 20th century bone china that belonged to Murielle’s

parents. Either side of this are the original larder cupboards

and as we turn towards the kitchen we pass a desk and shelves

of cookery books – an ideal spot in which to think up new

dishes for the big family gatherings that Murielle loves to hold.

I perch at the central counter, survey the huge orangery

beyond, and admire the gleaming surfaces of Kashmir white

granite, spotted with dots of dark plum amongst flecks

of black and shimmering mother of pearl. The bespoke

kitchen cupboards are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Old White,

and a huge black enamel range occupies the French-style

alcove. To the side of a wide, stainless steel refrigerator,

a set of shelves are not quite what they seem, as in fact

they form a secret door to the wine cellar beneath.


Top left: A stained glass window adds a pop of colour to the cool

white hallway Below left: The study is painted in a cool blue and

furnished simply with white painted bureau and desk

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Above: The kitchen has been extended to include a spacious

orangery Left: A painted Welsh dresser displays a full set of early

20th century bone china that belonged to Murielle’s parents

Murielle, who is that rare combination of the chic and

charming, immediately sets about making coffee – gently

insisting with a twinkle in her eye that along with the milk,

I should have “just a little dash of cream” in it. I feel it is

rather indulgent and almost refuse, but am then glad that

I don’t because the resulting brew is so rich and delicious –

reminiscent of the way that really good coffee used to taste.

“The edge of this counter is where the original kitchen

wall ended,” Murielle explains, “but we were keen to make

the most of the views across the Downs and we needed

a much bigger kitchen and a more sociable space for all

the family and our friends. We got Philip Bainbridge, an

Ashford building contractor to construct it, but we also

had to accommodate the well,” she says, pointing to what I

had assumed was a glass-topped table. I bend down to take

a closer look, expecting to see a small pool of water within

a few metres, but instead I see that there is what looks like

a deep vortex of water a very long way down indeed.

“I had seen something similar in France,” she continues,

“and rather than try to disguise it, I thought it best to make a

feature of it. We built up the sides and put glass over the top

so it can be used as a table. It’s very strong, reinforced glass,

but I still wouldn’t want to walk on it, though of course, the

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The orangery is generously proportioned and handsomely

constructed, with French doors that lead out onto the wide,

paved terrace. Pale porcelain tiles on the floor reflect the light

that illuminates the room from the numerous windows, also

made by Old School Joinery, and high, glazed lantern

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Above left: Shelves of cookery books hint at the big family gatherings that Murielle loves to hold Above right: A reinforced glass

tabletop conceals the well beneath it

roof. Mirrors have been placed at both ends, to extend the

sense of space even further, and towards the far end of the

room there is a long dining table and set of chairs, bought

by the couple some years ago from Lots Road in London. In

the corner, on a stone pedestal stands a pot with a tall fern

that finds an echo in a bold, emerald green fern print on

the wall beside it. A pair of finely carved and buttoned, but

simply upholstered tub chairs that belonged to Peter’s father

stand at this far end of the room looking back to the opposite

end which features a huge woodburning stove, and comfy

looking sofas and chairs covered with unbleached linen.

Archie and Monty, the couple’s Clumber spaniels greet us

as we step through the French doors of the orangery onto the

paved and brick terrace. There is a wisteria-clad loggia to one

side and a table and chairs with a perfect view of the rest of

the garden and the Downs beyond. Giant blue agapanthus

form a natural divide between the terrace and path and lawn

beyond and scented jasmine covers the wooden pergola above.

Through an iron gate, trying not to tread on the huge paws

of the two enthusiastic, but gentle-natured dogs, we pass the

old stables, now converted into garages and a workshop for

Peter. “Apparently, there was another house here that burnt

down in 1775,” says Murielle, “but the stables and outbuildings

survived. In fact, it was when Peter and I saw the stables and

the old piggery with the views across the fields at that very

first viewing that we turned to each other and said ‘This is

it’. At that time, there was a smallholding in the field to the

side and although the piggery no longer houses livestock,

the garden still features an orchard and field.” Beyond the

more domestic garden is a sand school, more fields and a

small lake and shepherd’s hut style summerhouse, an ideal

place to while away the time with the grandchildren.

Following the gravel path, we find the conservatory that

was attached to the kitchen when the couple first moved

in. Rather than demolishing it, they decided to move it

here and give it a new lease of life overlooking the soft fruit

garden, reached through another set of gates (to keep the local

rabbits out). Here, a pretty ornamental tree is surrounded

by a circular seat and to one side, a table and chairs can be

found under a dense canopy of grape vines. Against the wall

is an ingenious fruit cage made by Peter, using timber and

chicken wire. He has made it with a framed panel at the

front that can be simply unclipped and lifted off in order

to pick the raspberries, currants and gooseberries within.

Back inside the house, Murielle shows me the reception

rooms, starting with the music room. The walls are painted

in Farrow & Ball’s Cream, and the gently draped curtains

striped with pale grey and buttermilk yellow that frame

the tall sash window lend the room a quiet elegance.

Pride of place is given to the ebony Challen baby grand

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Above: The music room walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s

Cream. Pride of place is given to the ebony Challen baby grand

piano that belonged to Murielle’s mother. Right: The sitting room

piano that belonged to Murielle’s mother, a medallist at the

Royal Academy of Music and who received it as a gift on her

first wedding anniversary in 1934. Arranged across its glossy

surface is a collection of family photographs and a striking gold

lamp, fashioned in the shape of a palm tree, sports a square

black lampshade. Further light can be gained from the Baccarat

crystal candelabra – an obviously treasured gift from a friend.

There are more family photographs on the bookshelves, again

made by Old School Joinery, and on a low table, an arresting

black and white studio shot of Murielle as a young woman

in a beautifully tailored Jackie O style shift dress is set off on

either side by a pair of gold lamps, moulded in the form of

laurel wreaths, but again topped with black linen shades.

The sitting room, further along the hallway is equally

serene, decorated in pale green and ivory. A pair of stone

coloured devore sofas are dressed with striped cushions

and in front of the sash window, a low, oval table displays

a collection of crystal candlesticks and decanters that

belonged to Murielle’s grandmother. The original shutters

are in working order, but are unusually designed, so that

instead of being folded back against the wall either side,

they slide out of it and across the window panes.

Upstairs, the principal bedroom is all hushed calm. The

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Upstairs, the principal bedroom is all hushed calm. The walls are painted in

F&B’s Skimming Stone and lilac print curtains frame the windows


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Previous page, top left & right: The master bedroom and en suite Above left: A guest bedroom features accents of robin’s egg blue

Above right: A guest bathroom

walls are painted in F&B’s Skimming Stone and lilac print

curtains frame the windows. The bed with its giant linen

headboard is a mountain of soft white linen topped with devore

cushions of a smart, geometric pattern. Either side of the bed,

mercury glass prints hang above crystal shaded lamps that stand

on charcoal grey bedside tables with white china drop handles.

There is a chest of drawers of the same design as the

bedside tables and when I remark on how well the dark

grey works in the room, Murielle is quick to tell me that

far from being designer furniture, they came from IKEA.

The limestone tiled bathroom has a row of mirrored

cupboards, with a useful alcove shelf beneath, twin basins, and

a huge walk-in shower. There is a dainty octagonal Lloyd Loom

linen basket that doubles as a stool, and beneath a circular

framed mirror, an ivory-coloured dressing table and stool.

Further along the landing in the first guest room the walls

are also painted with Skimming Stone, but here the colour

looks more of a cool grey and the accents are in robin’s egg blue.

A chest of drawers displays a collection of Art Deco perfume

bottles and a glass bonbon jar holds a clutch of speckled

robin’s eggs. On the wall above is a Chinese ink painting of

horses in mid gallop and either side of the bed, turquoise

Chinese moonflasks stand on top of the white bedside tables.

In the second guest room, F&B’s James White covers the

walls. Honeysuckle print curtains, limed wood furniture

from The Vintage Home Company in Westerham and

delicate drawings and paintings of landscapes and woodland

animals convey a distinct sense of the outdoors in spring.

Another watercolour painting of a weeping willow executed

by a good friend of Murielle’s and a vase of faux mimosa

adds to the fresh feel. Despite all the leaf greens and pale

yellows though, the room has a warm, cosy feel, perhaps

in part because of the faux fur throw and cushions on the

bed and the thick woollen carpet underfoot. “My daughter

Victoria’s children love to stay here,” says Murielle. “We’ve

kept some toys and books on the shelves for them, but they

also just love to look at all the pictures of the animals.”

The family bathroom next door has been painted in F&B’s


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Above: Further along the landing in the first guest room the walls are also painted with Skimming Stone, but

here the colour looks more of a cool grey and the accents are in robin’s egg blue. A chest of drawers displays a

collection of Art Deco perfume bottles and a glass bonbon jar holds a clutch of speckled robin’s eggs


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Top: A guest room, painted in F&B’s James White, features honeysuckle print curtains, limed wood furniture from The Vintage Home Co

in Westerham and delicate drawings and paintings of landscapes and woodland animals Above left & right: Peter and Murielle’s son’s room

Matchstick and the cupboards in Cat’s Paw, which, Murielle

says, “was my real mistake. It doesn’t work and is too yellow,

too muddy. I was going to have it repainted, but sometimes you

know,” she says with a little shrug and a conspiratorial smile,

“you have to know when to stop. There had already been so

much disruption with all the work in the house, I thought I’d

better not add to it any further, but, I will have to change that

colour I think. Really, it annoys me every time I look at it.”

Despite Murielle’s dissatisfaction with it, the colour

gives the bathroom a warm feel and yet it manages to be

glamorous too. Monogrammed, white pique towels are laid

out on the sparkly granite surface, and a chrome-shaded

lamp stands to one side of the bevelled wall mirror.

The last room at the end of the corridor belongs to Peter

and Murielle’s son, and here the palette changes to darker

hues. The chest of drawers and bedside table are painted teal

blue, and along one wall, a large wardrobe has glossy black

doors that seem to stretch to the ceiling. A photograph of

polo ponies in mid canter is framed above the bed and on

the opposite wall, a collection of school photographs.

It is a while since William lived at home however, and an

obviously proud Murielle tells me that he has recently married

his Greek bride as she shows me some photographs of the

wedding in Spain. It looks fabulously glamorous, and yet

intimate at the same time, and although the images could

easily belong on the pages of Tatler, the strong bonds between

family and friends are evident. “It was a wonderful day,” says

Murielle. “We’re very fortunate, because she’s a lovely girl and

super addition to the family. Later this year, Peter and I are

hoping to move into the wing of a house that our daughter

and her husband are buying, so we’ll see the grandchildren

even more often – we’re very lucky to have our family.”

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The Lounge Co.

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Knitted

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Bluebell three-seat

sofa in Shell, £1340

Sofa.com sofa.com

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WT Wedding Supplement

Love hearts, page 5

Contents

Cover: Catherine Deane

Hayden top &Willowby

Amora tulle skirt, The Pantiles

Bride pantilesbride.com Above:

Terrarium and bouquet,

See Rose Floral Design

seerosefloraldesign.com Right:

Pronovias

Mildred dress, The

Pantiles Bride pantilesbride.com

5 Love Hearts

Successful gifting this Valentine’s Day

6 Pure Form

Helen Barton’s contemporary wedding dress edit

17 Save the date

Our pick of little extras for your big day

19 Suite Dreams

Bridal suites with a difference

22 Happily Ever Afters

The Little Ginger Baker’s Valentine’s treats

Save the date, page 17

Happily Ever Afters, page 22

Editor’s Letter

Gowns, flowers, accessories... if you’re planning

your wedding our special supplement is

packed with beautiful ideas. Helen Barton has

sourced some truly stunning dresses, complemented by

contemporary arrangements created just for our shoot

by See Rose Floral Design. On the hunt for the perfect

Bridal Suite, we’ve interviewed three unique venues to

find out just what makes their rooms so special.

If matrimony isn’t on the cards just yet, give one

of The Little Ginger Baker’s sweet temptations a

whirl for a cosy and romantic Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy your Wedding Supplement

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WT Wedding Supplement

LOVE HEARTS

Treat your Valentine to our hand-picked

selection of fun and thoughtful gifts

Lip balm trio

£10, Bee good

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Pink heart paper

garland, £3.50

Candle & Cake Ltd

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Heartshaped

silicone spoons

£6, Sisters Guild

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Balfour Brut Rosé

£35.99, Hush Heath

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Rose Botanica single

wick candle, £32.95

Wild Planet Products

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Katie Alice heart shaped

pink silicone cupcake cases

£6.99, Creative Tops Ltd

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Cheesiest Valentine’s Day

card, £2, Becka Griffin

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Good Morning Gorgeous

mug, £7, Paperchase

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Neroli Body Oil

£32, Isla Apothecary

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Pastel hearts

cupcake kit, £11

Sisters Guild

sistersguild.co.uk

Little Box of love

chocolates, £11.95

Biscuiteers Baking

biscuiteers.com

Heart pencils

£7.50, Dottie

Rocks etsy.com

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Pure form

Photos: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton Model: Georgia Dispenza

Location: The Walled Garden Flowers: See Rose Floral Design

Astound with a stunning silhouette and sparkling

accessories, or quietly shine with a beautifully

understated gown and subtle hints of colour.

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Pronovias Mildred dress, £1870,

The Pantiles Bride, Tunbridge Wells

01892 514515 pantilesbride.com;

Large crystal ball earrings, £30, Dark

Horse Ornament, Faversham 07713

249604 darkhorseornament.co.uk

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Made-to-measure voile

embroidered wedding

dress, £1150, The Robing

Room, Ashford 01233

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Tassel drop earrings, £25,

Dark Horse Ornament,

Faversham 07713 249604

darkhorseornament.co.uk

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Pronovias Alana dress, £1600, The

Pantiles Bride, Tunbridge Wells 01892

514515 pantilesbride.com; Blush

feather drop earrings, £40, Dark Horse

Ornament, Faversham 07713 249604

darkhorseornament.co.uk


cashmere and silk knitwear

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Above: Pink fringe stud earrings, £45, large crystal ball earrings, £30, Dark Horse Ornament, Faversham

07713 249604 darkhorseornament.co.uk; Succulent table arrangement, price on request, See Rose Floral

Design 07891 379030 seerosefloraldesign.com Below: Catherine Deane Hayden top, £180, Willowby

Amora tulle skirt, £595, The Pantiles Bride, Tunbridge Wells 01892 514515 pantilesbride.com; Neon

pink tassel drop earrings, £25, Dark Horse Ornament, Faversham 07713 249604 darkhorseornament.

co.uk; Bouquet, price on request, See Rose Floral Design 07891 379030 seerosefloraldesign.com

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Art Deco necklace &

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Magpie Accessories

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Cactus paper garland, £9.99

Candle & Cake Ltd

candleandcake.co.uk

Rose gold bunting, £6.99

Ginger Ray

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Decorative vines, £7.50

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Colourful and quirky, or brilliantly glam,

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Crystal Tiara

headband, £168

Magpie Accessories

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Veni Infantino navy

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Rose gold hair comb, £25

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Rose gold & rose

quartz ring, £160

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Ivory Art Deco

clutch, £38

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Bespoke wedding cake,

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Cakes by Nina

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Giant rainbow

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Large honeycomb

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Wooden bow tie

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Suite Dreams

Accommodation doesn’t get more romantic than our

pick of the loveliest bridal suites in the South East

Yoghurt rooms

How far in advance should

you reserve your room?

Our venue normally gets

booked very quickly. Usually

our couple are looking to get

booked around a year and a

half before their big day.

What makes your bridal

suite special? The bridal

suite is a beautiful yurt

set in a gorgeous small

woodland area on the farm.

The Bluebell Yurt has a

lovely double bed. Perfect

for the new Mr. and Mrs.

How many people

can you accommodate

elsewhere? We have 2

further yurts which sleep

8 and 6, all bedding and

beds provided. We also have

‘The Granary’ which is a 3

bedroomed property that

sleeps up to 10 guests.

How did you decide on

the décor? The yurts have

blue painted woodwork

and we decided to run

with the blue theme. We

gathered furniture and made

our own pillows and soft

furnishings. The Bluebell

Yurt is so-called as it is

surrounded with beautiful

bluebells every spring.

What makes the room

romantic? The gorgeous

woodburning stove in

the centre of the space.

Perfect for creating extra

heat and ambiance.

How early can brides

arrive to get ready? Our

packages run from Friday

to Sunday. The bride is

welcome to arrive early on

Friday to start getting ready

for the big day on Saturday.

What extras are available?

In the past we have

arranged Champagne,

chocolates and flowers for

the bride and groom. This

is usually well received!

Have you ever had any

unusual special requests?

No we haven’t really. Happy

to receive them though!

We do like a challenge

here at Yoghurt Rooms.

How much does it cost?

Our packages cost between

£6,000 and £8,000 for

the weekend. Please

visit yoghurtrooms.com to

see what is included!

Yoghurt Rooms, East Grinstead, West Sussex

RH19 4NL 01342 323238 yoghurtrooms.com

Frasers

How far in advance should

you reserve your room? At

Frasers, brides and grooms

have the luxury of exclusive

use of the venue and

accommodation for the night

of the wedding, we offer the

ultimate relaxing stay, complete

with award-winning breakfast,

all booked at the time of

booking your special day.

What makes your bridal

suite special? Situated in our

17th century ragstone oast

house, our bridal suite takes

you into a world of ultimate

luxury and relaxation. With its

own private access, the suite

has been designed on two

levels to accommodate the

bridal party on the morning

of the wedding enabling the

hairdressers, make-up artists

and florists to get to work

whilst allowing the bride to

relax and prepare herself in

peace. The bedroom boasts an

amazing four-poster Queen

Anne bed with sumptuous

cushions and throws, plus

plenty of hanging-space

in the Sleigh wardrobe.

The bathrooms are out of

this world – there are two!

The epitome of style and

relaxation is the custommade

round bath for you to

relax in complete privacy.

How many people can you

accommodate elsewhere?

With 7 other double en

suite rooms and 1 single

plus 1 room, we are perfectly

appointed to accommodate

the bridal party. Complete

with comfy robes and

Noble Isle products we are

the ultimate in luxury.

How did you decide on the

décor? We wanted the wow

factor within all of our rooms

but especially the Bridal Suite.

All the decor is stylishly put

together to complement the

original features of the oast.

What makes the room

romantic? Our beautiful four

poster bed and views over the

unspoilt countryside – it really

is the ultimate romantic suite.

How early can brides

arrive to get ready? We

are delighted to welcome

brides on the morning of

the wedding to get ready.

What extras are available?

We can arrange for breakfast

to be delivered to the room,

along with bottles of bubbly

to enjoy whilst getting ready.

We can also arrange for petals

on the bed and seasonal

flowers to be in the room for

the return of the bride and

groom after their special day.

Have you ever had any

unusual special requests?

We once had a bride who

wanted to ride one of our

horses from the bridal

suite to the ceremony.

How much does it cost? Our

bridal suite is £295 per

night including breakfast.

Frasers, Coldharbour Farm, Barham’s Mill Road, Egerton,

Kent TN27 9DD 01233 756122 frasers-events.co.uk

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We can take care of every aspect of your wedding, from the ceremony to

your dream menu. The Coach House can accommodate up to 80 guests for a

Wedding Breakfast and a further 40 guests in the evening. The Coach House

has large double doors that open on to the south‐facing covered terrace that

has views over the walled gardens. For more intimate gatherings, our new

Victorian Glass House with its own private gardens is perfect for 26‐30 guests.

For more information, please visit www.secretgardenkent.co.uk

The Secret Garden

Hythe Road (A20), Mersham le Hatch

Nr Ashford, Kent TN25 6NH

01233 501586

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Port Lympne Reserve

How far in advance should

you reserve your room?

Our Wedding Coordinators

recommend that if you have

a specific date in mind, you

should look to book at least

a year in advance for both

your venue and your room.

However, if you don’t have a

preference on date, you have

more flexibility. We offer a

variety of packages that are

not only designed to make

planning your special day as

easy as possible, but also include

the eight beautiful bedrooms at

the hotel in the package price.

What makes your bridal

suite special? Our stunning

bridal suite named after Philip

Sassoon, the original owner

of the Port Lympne Mansion,

has all the furnishings and

special touches you could

wish for, including a separate

dressing room, beautiful en

suite bathroom and stunning

romantic views over the

Reserve towards the coast

beyond. You can wake up to

the sounds of lions roaring

and gibbons singing – your

personal animal chorus to

celebrate your wedding day!

How many people can you

accommodate elsewhere?

With several different types

of accommodation available

at the Reserve including

romantic tented lodges, luxury

glass fronted treehouses,

fun camping pods and cosy

cottages we can accommodate

up to 250 people at the

Reserve at one time.

How did you decide on the

décor? Wherever possible

we have retained the original

and very unique 1920s

décor, whilst ensuring that

furnishings are modern,

comfortable and stylish.

What makes the room

romantic? The Sassoon Bridal

Suite has a luxurious four

poster bed, incredible views

and beautiful furnishings.

How early can brides

arrive to get ready? Brides

can arrive as early as 8am,

allowing plenty of time to

get ready without rushing.

What extras are available?

We offer a variety of extras

including Champagne,

strawberries, breakfast, rose

petals, animal encounters,

private ranger guided safaris

and photography days, where

couples can get tips on getting

the perfect animal image from

our resident photographer.

Have you ever had any

unusual special requests?

Being a wild animal park you

can imagine that we have had

some very unusual special

requests, some of which we

just can’t accommodate – no

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one really wants a wild tiger

at their wedding, even if, in

theory, it sounds amazing!

However we are happy to

accommodate requests and

some of our favourites include

the rings being flown down

the aisle by birds of prey!

How much does it cost?

Rooms at Port Lympne Hotel

start from £250 on a bed and

breakfast basis, whilst wedding

packages start from £7,500. You

can find out more and book a

viewing of our lovely venue on

our website aspinallfoundation.

org/weddings or come along

to our next Wedding Open

Day on 19th February.

Port Lympne Reserve, Nr. Ashford, Kent CT21 4LR

01303 264647 aspinallfoundation.org

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WT Wedding Supplement

Happily Ever

Afters

Recipes: Isla Atkins, The Little Ginger Baker

Photographs: David Merewether

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WT Wedding Supplement

Rose & Cardamom Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

Makes 1 large cake. Prep time: 1 hour 35 minutes. Cooking time: 25 minutes

For the cake

• 400g sugar

• 190g softened

butter

• 5 eggs beaten

• 400g self raising

flour

• ½ tsp salt

• 1tsp baking powder

• 190g buttermilk

• 1½ tbsp rose water

• 15 cardamom

pods, seeds taken

out and crushed to

a powder

For the rose syrup

• 2tbsp rose water

• 90g sugar

For the buttercream

• 450g icing sugar

• 200g softened

butter

• 3 tsp milk

• 60g white

chocolate, melted

• pink food

colouring

For the decoration

(This cake is

beautiful with just

the buttercream,

but adding some

fruit, rose petals and

sprinkles creates a real

wow factor perfect for

Valentine’s Day.)

• rose petals

• handful of raspberries

• handful of blueberries

• dried rose petals

(found online or in

Waitrose)

• pink sprinkles

• edible glitter

Treat your loved one to special

sweet treats this Valentine’s Day

with The Little Ginger Baker’s

utterly delicious recipes

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Lightly grease and line

two 17-20cm cake tins with baking paper.

2. For the cake, cream together the softened butter and sugar

until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs – if

the mixture looks a little split add a tbsp of flour.

3. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder and mix together with the crushed

cardamom seeds then fold in half along with half of the buttermilk. Once

combined fold in the remaining flour and buttermilk as well as the rose water.

4. Divide the mixture between the two prepared tins and bake for

20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

5. Prick the cakes a few times and drizzle over the syrup, letting it

sink in. Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tins on a wire rack

then remove from the tins and leave to cool completely.

6. Once cool cut the two sponges in half so you have four

sponges. If the cake has domed on top you can trim some

off so they will sit neatly on top of each other.

7. For the buttercream, beat the butter for a few minutes until quite pale. Add

in half of the icing sugar and beat for another few minutes. Repeat with

the rest of the icing sugar, followed by the milk, until you have a thick, pale

smooth buttercream. Now mix in the melted white chocolate until combined.

8. Take out a third of the buttercream and put to one side. With

the remaining buttercream add in the pink food colouring

and mix until you achieve the colour you want.

9. To assemble the cake put a teaspoon of the pink buttercream on

the plate or cake stand to stick the first layer to it. Spoon some of

the buttercream onto the cake and spread evenly, place the second

cake on top. Repeat with the remaining two layers and cover the

top making sure you have a third of the pink icing left over.

10. Using half the plain coloured buttercream, start to cover the cake all over

with a thin layer. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect as this is just to

disguise any gaps and hold the crumbs down. Chill for 20 minutes.

11. With the left-over pink buttercream, start to spread some small patches

around the cake to randomly fill in the gaps with the plain icing. Now

using a palette knife, start smoothing out the buttercream so that the

pink and plain icing blend together to create a watercolour effect.

12. Time to decorate! Arrange your chosen decorations on the cake

however you like and finish with a sprinkle of glitter!


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Weddings and Events | Pick-your-own flowers | Courses

www.bloominggreenflowers.co.uk

01622 298676

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Cookery Courses ■ Chef’s Table ■ Private Parties

Corporate Events ■ Hosted Meetings ■ Children’s Courses

Valentine’s Chef’s Table

Tuesday 14 th February

Enjoy Fizz & Canapés on arrival followed by a 5 course

tasting menu £60PP - call 01892 528700 to book

Chef’s Table Dining Experience

with ever-changing menus created by Michelin trained chefs

One Day & Weekend Cookery Courses

with Rosemary Shrager & Iain More

Telephone: 01892 528700

Telephone: Email: school@rosemaryshrager.com

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WT Wedding Supplement

Chocolate and Raspberry Tart

Makes 5 individual tarts or 1 large tart.

Cooking time: 1 hour. Prep time: 45 mins

For the pastry:

• 250g plain flour

• 125g cold butter, cubed

• 80g icing sugar

• 1 egg

• 1tbsp cold water

For the filling

• 300ml double cream

• 110ml milk

• 200g dark chocolate

• 2 eggs

• 30g sugar

• handful of raspberries

For decoration

• raspberries

• finely chopped pistachios

1. Heat the oven to 200˚C. Start by making the pastry. Put

the flour and butter in a food processor and blitz until it

resembles breadcrumbs (alternatively you can rub them

together by hand). Pulse in the icing sugar then add the

beaten egg and the water and mix again until combined.

Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a little to

form a dough. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

2. Divide the dough into five equal balls and roll each one out

individually until the thickness of a £1 coin. Line your tins

and prick with a fork before chilling again for 10 minutes

and then blind baking for 15 minutes (line with a square

of baking paper and fill with baking beans). Remove the

paper and beans and put in the oven for another 10 minutes

and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 160˚C.

3. For the filling, put the milk and cream in a pan and

gently heat until almost boiling. Pour over the chocolate

in a bowl and mix together to combine. Whisk the

eggs and the sugar together before adding this to

the chocolate mixture and give it a good mix.

4. Cut up a few of the raspberries and put them in the tart cases,

pour over the chocolate filling and place in the oven for 20-25

minutes until set but still with a slight wobble. Leave to cool.

5. Decorate with the remaining raspberries

and chopped pistachios and serve.


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La

de da! vintage

teaspoon with

embossed ‘I love you’,

£14, Spice Cranbrook

01580 714156

spicecranbrook.

co.uk

Mini Heart Pavlovas

Makes 5 individual hearts.

Cooking time: 30 minutes.

Prep time: 30 minutes

• 3 egg whites

• 300g caster sugar

• 2tbsp freeze-dried

raspberries crushed into a

powder (optional but adds

a raspberry flavour, found

in Waitrose and online)

• pink food colouring

• 100g frozen berries

• 2tbsp caster sugar

• 400ml double cream,

whipped

• fresh berries (I used

raspberries and

blueberries)

• edible pink glitter

(optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.

2. Whisk the egg whites on a high speed until soft peaks form.

Keeping it on a high speed, slowly add in the caster sugar

spoon by spoon until you have a bowl of thick, glossy, satin-like

meringue. Fold in the pink food colouring and freeze-dried

raspberry powder to achieve the depth of colour you want.

3. Line two baking sheets with baking paper. Spoon the meringue

into a piping bag and pipe a heart – or, instead, you can spoon

the meringue onto the baking paper and spread into a heart

shape. Turn the oven down to 150˚C and bake the pavlovas

for 30 minutes. Once cooked turn the oven off and leave the

meringues in there to cool down.

4. To make the coulis, put the frozen berries and sugar in a pan

with a splash of water and place over a medium heat until the

sugar has dissolved and the berries have softened. If it still tastes

too sharp you can add a touch more sugar. Leave to cool a little

before blitzing to a smooth consistency.

5. To assemble, dollop the cream in the centre of the hearts, swirl

through some of the berry coulis and place the berries on top.

To make it look extra special sprinkle over some of the glitter.

Through her business, The Little Ginger Baker, Isla creates cakes, as well as catering for parties and functions. Find out more at

thegingerandspiceblog.wordpress.com Twitter: @Gingerbaker23 and facebook.com/Thelittlegingerbaker or email isla353@gmail.com

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Tours and Tastings

at Hush Heath Estate

Enjoy a fantastic day at Hush Heath Estate & Winery,

the home of award-winning Balfour Brut Rosé. Now

open 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays, from

11am-5pm for visitors and wine-lovers to experience

FREE Self-Guided tours and tastings. No need to book.

New for 2017 – Free Guided Tours on selected dates

Enjoy a free guided tour by one of our winery experts, 2½

hours including: A full Estate tour and winery tour followed

by a tutored tasting of our award winning wines and ciders.

Sun 26 th February & Sun 26 th March 11.30am

Please note there are limited places so please call

01622 832794 to book your place

hush heath estate, five oak lane, staplehurst, kent tn12 0ht

01622 832794 www.hushheath.com

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VISIT OUR

HUSH HEATH

WINERY

NO NEED TO BOOK

7days a week

11am-5pm

FREE

Refreshingly Hush Heath. Passionately Local.

Hush Heath Estate owns two fabulous local pubs that offer great food along with

beautiful boutique hotel rooms, with gardens and dining terraces, all within a few

miles of the Winery. All day dining available.

CRANBROOK ROAD – GOUDHURST

KENT – TN17 1DX

01580 211 451

www.goudhurstinn.com

LOWER ROAD – WEST FARLEIGH

KENT – ME15 0PE

01622 814 717

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PASSIONATELY PLAYING OUR PART AS CHAMPIONS OF GLORIOUSLY REFRESHING ENGLISH WINES AND CIDERS HUSHHEATH.COM

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Weddings

A Wealden Times Supplement

Directory

Accessories

Fashion

Venues & Catering

Designs on Diamonds

07747 824898

designsondiamonds.co.uk

Linda Pope Hawkhurst

01580 753744 facebook.

com/lindapopeopticians

Magpie Accessories

Barming 01622 721252

magpieaccessories.co.uk

Shersby Fine Jewellers

Cranbrook 01580 720003

shersbyjewellers.co.uk

Beauty

Dr Christine Medical

Aesthetics 07928 971683

drchristine.co.uk

Sheldon Spa Sheldwich

01795 532418 enquiries@

sheldonspa.co.uk

William Charles

Tenterden 01580 762564

williamcharleshair.co.uk

Bridal Boutiques

Pantiles Bride Tunbridge

Wells 01892 514515

pantilesbride.com

The Robing Room

Ashford 01233 224985

therobingroom.co.uk

Entertainment

Margaret Watson

Harpist 01342 810641

goldharp23@gmail.com

Cashara Tenterden 01580

761222 cashara.co.uk

Charity Farm Cranbrook

01580 713189

charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk

Cordelia James

Hawkhurst 01580 752118

cordeliajames.com

Golden Fleece Rye 01797

224271 thegoldenfleece.co.uk

Odyl Cranbrook 01580

714907 odyl.co.uk

Swaines Tenterden

01580 763166

The Clever Dresser

Sevenoaks 01732 453002

thecleverdresser.com

WUD Tenterden 01580

761430 wudmen.co.uk

Florists

Astilbe & Sorrel

Hawkhurst 07736 050777

astilbeandsorrel@gmail.com

Blooming Green

01622 298676

bloominggreenflowers.co.uk

Flowers & Daughters

01892 852189

flowersanddaughters.co.uk

Made with Love

Sissinghurst 01580 852144

sissinghurstflowers.co.uk

Bloomsburys Biddenden

01580 292992

bloomsburysbiddenden.com

Bradbourne House East

Malling 01732 897436

bradbournehouseweddings.co.uk

Dale Hill Hotel & Golf

Club Wadhurst 01580

202103 dalehill.co.uk

Eastwell Manor

Ashford 01233 213020

eastwellmanor.co.uk

Frasers Egerton 01233

756122 frasers-events.co.uk

Hush Heath Estate

Staplehurst 01622

832794 hushheath.com

Port Lympne Hotel

Ashford 01303 234111

aspinallfoundation.org

Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery

School Tunbridge Wells 01892

528700 rosemaryshrager.com

The Goudhurst Inn

Goudhurst 01580 211451

goudhurstinn.com

The Secret Garden near

Ashford 01233 501586

secretgardenkent.co.uk

The Tickled Trout West

Farleigh 01622 814717

thetickledtrout.com

The Yoghurt Rooms East

Grinstead 07543 941191

yoghurtrooms.com

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KENT’S LEADING COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA

Bespoke Weddings are our speciality . . .

Packages available from £7,250 for 50 day guests and 70 evening guests.

Dates still available for 2017

Tel: 01233 213020 | Email: weddings@eastwellmanor.co.uk | www.eastwellmanor.co.uk

Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR

Chiddingstone Castle

Wedding Fair

Sunday 19th March 2017

11am – 3pm

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Wild Weddings Photography

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Private Care Service

at Mealtimes


Our Private Care Service carers can come

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Beauty

Valentine’s

bodycare

Josephine Fairley helps revive winter bodies with skin confidence this February

It’s easy to lapse into ‘body complacency’, once the

opaque tights and the vests come out. Many of

us are guilty about not giving the skin from neckto-toe

a second thought, really, from the moment

summer dresses are packed away until the cossies come

out again. For optimum skin health, we should be

caring for skin 365 days a year. But if there really needs

to be an extra excuse, the approach of Valentine’s Day

(and I’ll leave the rest to your imagination) is surely it.

I once heard the quote: ‘Every woman is beautiful

in the dark.’ But actually, if you’ve armadillo elbows,

chicken-y upper arms and are generally papery

all over, that may not be the case. And winter

really poses quite some challenges for body skin:

fabric physically ‘wicks’ moisture from the body’s

surface, drying it out. So if you’re not lavishing

lots of TLC from top-to-toe, you’re going to end

up with skin that is dull, dry and flat-looking –

and feels like nothing so much as sandpaper.

There’s another very good reason to keep slathering,

year-round. Well-moisturised cells allow for healthy

‘cellular communication’. So your skin doesn’t just

appear younger, when moisture levels are kept

topped up; it actually behaves like younger skin.

So my advice is to turn on the heated towel rail,

warm up the bathroom – and take a few minutes

to nourish from neck-to-toe after showering or

bathing each time. The following favourite ‘finds’

of mine will transform caring for your body,

year-round, from a beauty chore into a positive

pleasure – and fragrance skin deliciously, too. What

happens after that…? I won’t be responsible.

You don’t, though, have to spend a fortune: there

are some real ‘steals’ in the bodycare aisles. (You could

do much, much worse than a jar of good old coconut

oil; it goes solid when it’s chilly, but soon warms

and liquefies in a basin, or a bowl, of hot water.)

Personally, I’m not that fussed about body lotions,

definitely preferring the richness of a butter at this

time of year – and a couple of affordable favourites

are SenSpa Relaxing Body Butter, £6.95 for 200ml

– with nourishing argan butter, sense-soothinglyscented

with jasmine, cedarwood and ylang ylang. The

Sanctuary Body Butter, £10 for 300ml, is also fantastic,

melting into skin with its cocoa butter, shea butter,

macadamia and vitamin E-rich formula. And I’m also

a fan of some – but not all – of The Body Shop Body

Butters. Some are really quite highly-scented – fine

if you’re crazy for mango or Vanilla Chai, but not to

everyone’s taste – but I really like the Indian Night

Jasmine, and Wild Argan Oil Sublime Nourishing Body

Butter, £14 for 200ml, whose moisturising power

is impressively turbo-charged. (Be extra nurturing

with these when you’re smoothing elbows and heels,

won’t you? They tend to be the roughest bits...)

Splash out a bit more and you can quench skin

with bestselling L’Occitane Shea Butter, £28 for 150ml:

a tin of all-natural goodness sourced from fairtrade

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Award). Luscious is the only word for this. Alongside

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Boringdon Hall; I discovered this range on a getaway break and am

hugely impressed. (Again, it’s pretty solid, but soon warms up when

softened between the palms. What’s hooked me, yet again, is the

smell: tangerine, geranium, rosemary and peppermint.) And – most

luxuriously and extravagantly – I do also have a whacking great jar

of AERIN Rose de Grasse Body Cream, £64 for 190ml. Pricy, yes –

but I do choose my moments to apply it, and the scent’s so utterly

like sticking my nose in a rose, it’s a total treat for several senses.

Body oils also come into their own at this time of year. I tend to

rotate these, and am more attracted to the all-natural options than

those which feature mineral oil; that sometimes means paying a

little more, but personally I find them less ‘claggy’. A brand new

favourite, actually, is Liz Earle Superskin Dry Oil for Body, £35 for

100ml. Unlike many dry oils, they’ve managed to formulate this

with 100% natural botanicals, without the use of alcohol. (The irony

of many dry oils is that they do feature alcohol – which is in itself

skin-drying.) Those skin-nurturing botanicals, meanwhile, include

rosehip oil, firming Alaria esculenta extract, borage oil and cranberry

seed oil, leaving skin nourished, silky and heaven-scented in no time.

Alternatively you might like to opt for an oil that’s scented with

a much-loved fragrance. There’s been a flurry of perfumed body oil

launches lately, all of them gorgeous; if any of these ‘match’ your

favourite fragrance, you’re in luck – but if you don’t normally wear

these scents, they’re a more subtle way to wear the fragrances. Chanel

No5 The Body Oil, £42 for 200ml, is an astonishingly gorgeous

way to veil yourself in No5. Luminous floral classic Dior J’adore

Dry Silky Body Oil, £45 for 150ml is another sinks-in-fast oil that

leaves skin looking and feeling radiant. I’m also thrilled to have

discovered Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady Hair & Body Oil – well,

I would perhaps be more thrilled if it wasn’t £130 for 200ml, but

it is quite honestly one of the most sublime products I’ve ever

used, with its notes of rose, frankincense and benzoin. And – last

but absolutely no means least – I’m also enjoying the ravishing

Joan Collins I Am Woman Skin Silk Body Oil, £18 for 100ml (at

joancollinsbeauty.com). Sophisticated, sexy – and really very glam.

So: every body may indeed be beautiful in the dark. But that’s no

excuse not to have skin that feels like silk – and smells like heaven…

● Reach for a scrub. The best way to get creams, lotions and

oils to penetrate is to buff away dead surface cells with

a salt- or sugar-based scrub, in the bath, to ‘prep’ skin.

● Double-moisturise. Apply one layer, allow to sink

in, then reapply – ideal for seriously dry zones.

● Use a ‘shower oil’ (or in-shower moisturiser). Or do as

make-up artist Bobbi Brown does, and sloosh on a body

oil while you’re still in the shower, then pat skin dry.

● Switch to a body butter. Look for shea butter, cocoa

butter (and other nut butters) on the label: ultranourishing

choices for the colder months.

Remember: fragrance loves well-moisturised

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Fresh in February

Wealden Times talks to artist and topiary expert Charlotte Molesworth...

Beauty

Do you have a beauty

regime? My regime is

pretty simple. I avoid all

commercial, mass-produced

concoctions, bar Weleda

products. I’ll use these

as a standby if I run out

of my usual favourites. I

prefer the simplicity of

natural oils combined with

Victoria Hughes Evelyn’s

of Sussex face creams. The

Rich Rose Cream or her

Lavender Cream are both

excellent and can be rubbed

on whenever one’s skin

feels dry. Witch hazel is

particularly good for a deep

facial cleanse, and nothing

beats cold water on a fresh

flannel every morning.

Do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

without? The oils I now

buy are from L’Artisan, the

owners go to Morocco to

buy directly from the grower

and producer and I love their

Prickly Pear Seed oil and

the Cactus Oil the most.

It has healing properties

and I use it alongside argan

and coconut oil. I spend a lot

of time in the sun, so couldn’t

live without my sun hat, as I’m

very careful about exposure. I’ll

always head for a broken aloe

vera leaf over after sun lotion,

however. It’s jelly-like juice is the

perfect remedy for sunburn.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I’ll use Weleda

shampoo about once every six

months, otherwise I’ll just rinse

my hair in clean, not too hot

water. As a real treat, I’ll make

my own nettle rinse for my hair,

or wash my face with freshly

picked marigold petals, camomile

or elderflowers. Drinking

plenty of water and getting

fresh air is an absolute must.

Who’s your style icon? I’ve

never had a style icon, I just

mix up or even chop up charity

shop or jumble clothes. I love

the thrill of a spare half hour in

a charity shop to hunt for an

addition to my ever-growing

and eclectic wardrobe. Many of

my clothes date back to my art

school days when I only dressed

from the wonderful rag and bone

man’s huge mountain of clothes

in an old shed in Canterbury.

Take a look at Charlotte’s

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and see her art work at the South

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Greeks named it ‘nectar from

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soother, sweet treat, energy

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and anti fungal, improves

brain and gut health,

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improving symptoms of hay

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oil. Give it a good shake to

combine, and apply to your

face and body. Despite it

being a miracle cure-all it’s

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babies under one year should

not consume honey, as their

little digestive systems aren’t

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bacteria that naturally occur.

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Beat the bugs

Wealden Times wards off the sniffles this season,

with advice from experts on a more natural

approach to immunity

The Natural Healer

Anna Parkinson explains the natural

use and versatility of herbal medicines...

What are the benefits of using a herbal product over

pharmaceutical drugs? Pharmaceutical drugs are crisis

medicine, while herbal remedies and tinctures tend to be

slower acting but far more effective in the long run. When

you take an aspirin or paracetamol for headache, cold or

pain, you are not boosting your immune system to fight

off the cause of the problem naturally, but suppressing the

symptoms. So it’s always more effective in the long run

(and cheaper!) to consider using herbal remedies regularly

for a few days to a week until the symptoms have cleared.

Are there any particular herbs or tinctures that are

specifically beneficial for boosting the immune system?

Herbs that boost the immune system include well known

remedies like echinacea and garlic. Garlic, in the form of

an extract of its essential ingredient, allicin, has even been

successfully used on diseased trees! Botanists achieved 95%

success with diseased horse chestnut trees by injecting them

with the extract. Generally it is best to use herbs as near to

their fresh state as possible, and there are many other useful

herbs easily available to Weald dwellers. Bitter herbs like

thyme, rosemary and sage are antibacterial and antiviral

and these stay green all through the year in the garden.

You can replace your normal cuppa with tea made from

a sprig of rosemary steeped in hot water for 10 minutes.

It helps clear the sinuses and relieves headache. Ginger

tea first thing in the morning, made from fresh ginger,

with lemon if you like it, will clear your digestion and

boost your immune system so it’s a good thing to drink

through the winter. Dark green vegetables, like cabbage

and kale, as part of your daily diet, have the same effect.

Do you have a suggestion for soothing sore throats?

The most effective remedy I know for sore throat and

chesty cough is sage tea. Take a fresh sprig and steep it in

a cup for ten minutes, covered, and add honey if you like.

Drink a cup of this three times a day for two or three days.

If you feel the cold is very deep in your chest, do the same

thing with thyme and drink that for a day or two before

moving on to the sage. The rule is “Thyme for the chest,

sage for the throat, rosemary for the head.” These are all

powerful naturalised antibacterial and antiviral herbs that

we don’t make enough use of. I’ve known sage tea to work

for everyone who has a cold or a cough that won’t shift,

with the notable exception of my husband, of course, who

swore I was trying to poison him when I gave him sage tea!

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Dr. Christine gives us an

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Conventional medicine deals with treating the symptoms

of illness. How does homeopathy treatment differ from

this? Conventional medicine mostly suppresses symptoms,

while natural therapies, in particular homeopathy, strengthens

the body’s own immune system enabling it to fight infections

and illnesses better. Repeated antibiotic treatment will harm

the bowel flora, which is now recognised as a very important

part of the body’s immune system. Regular treatment with

homeopathy of both acute and chronic illnesses will improve

the body’s ability to deal with infections more successfully.

Special remedies are available to treat and to prevent coughs,

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pulm are frequently used to relieve sinus pressure, congestion

and headaches. Many cough remedies are available and Ant

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How can we improve our immune system long-term with

homeopathy or natural methods? The immune system

is of crucial importance to our well-being and survival. It

continually fights invaders like bacteria and viruses, as well

as our own mutated cells. Proper nutrition is very important

for a well-functioning and healthy immune system. Plenty of

fresh fruit and vegetables will provide vitamins, minerals and

antioxidants. It is also important to stay away from refined

sugar, which competes with Vitamin C in our white blood

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Any top tips for relieving congestion and headache? Cold

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Eupatorium perf and Ars iodatum, to mention a few.

Homeopathy is always chosen for the individual patient

taking his/her particular symptoms into account, so a

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which worsens at changes in temperature and lying down.

This way the patient’s symptoms are ideally matched to

the remedy, which will be most beneficial to him/her.

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Early bird gardening

Jo Arnell gets ahead this month in preparation for a productive year in the garden

In the quiet of late winter I’m easily

pleased by the faintest signs of

life – it fills my heart to see a bare

branch laced with delicate blooms and

a few dainty woodlanders spreading

softly under shrubs and trees. Before

long there will be an avalanche of

spring bulbs, a joyous whoosh of foliage

and blossom galore (Pussy’s gardening

sister). It’s still very cold and early,

but the plants are responding to the

increased light levels (remember how

dark it was in December? It really

is much lighter now) and although

only the bravest shoots are peeking

out at us, everything is beginning to

wake up. So if you feel like it (there’s

no mad rush), we can get ahead of

the game and get a few jobs done.

First flowers

You might have to take a magnifying

glass out with you or be prepared to

bend down low, but there are potentially

lots of early blooms to cheer us through

the last bleak winter days. Many of

the first flowers to appear are scented,

especially those on early flowering

shrubs, like Chimonanthus praecox

(Winter Sweet), Lonicera fragrantissima,

or Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’. A

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nectar they contain is very welcome

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growing). You can then replant the

divisions in areas where you want them

to spread around and naturalise.

Wildlife

It gets really tough for animals at the

tail end of winter. Much of the food

has gone, the weather is still bitterly

cold and surviving until warmer days

becomes a daily struggle. We can feed

and provide clean, fresh water for the

birds, but it also helps to grow a wide

variety of plants that will provide

wildlife with food and shelter. Choosing

plants that bear fruit and berries

extends the season and provides us with

interest (and Christmas decorations),

but it is also a vital resource. Existing

native plants are fantastic larders for

wildlife – a humble patch of old ivy

will have long lasting, nutritious black

berries and also provide shelter for

many creatures. Log piles and uncut

herbaceous stems provide shelter for

insects, reptiles and amphibians. It’s

always a source of comfort to me (and

a good excuse) that tidy gardens are

not the friendliest to nature.


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Pruning

There’s always something that needs

pruning, whatever the time of year.

That’s half the problem with pruning

– learning which plant to prune when.

The other problem is matching up

the neat and sensible diagrams in the

books with wayward reality. You can

prune hardy deciduous plants in late

winter and early spring, but don’t

prune tender evergreens until the

weather has warmed up. February is

the ideal time to prune the following:

Roses... Prune shrub roses before they

start to shoot. You can prune roses

quite hard, as they are tough plants

and should respond well. (It doesn’t

sound quite right though does it – ‘as

tough as a rose’?) The trick is to prune

so that the new growth will form an

attractive, rounded goblet shape.

Hardy hedges... Prune deciduous

and any really hardy evergreen

hedges to maintain a good structural

shape. You may need to prune

again later in the year, depending

on how fast the hedge grows.

Late flowering clematis... First work

out when your clematis flowers. If it

has large blooms and flowers in July/

Aug then cut it hard back now. If it’s

early summer, just lightly trim to tidy

and keep to the framework, as these

flower on last year’s wood and hard

pruning will prevent it flowering. If

it flowers in the spring, then prune

after it has flowered – so not now.

deciduous ornamental grasses... Cut

these back right to the ground before

the new shoots begin to grow. Be careful

here because some grasses are evergreen

– they might look dead, but something

like Stipa gigantea or tenuissima just

needs the tatty old foliage combed out

– there will probably be some fancy

‘grass comb’ available for this soon, but

grasses are so tactile that it’s not a chore

to run your fingers through the fronds.

vegetables

Prepare the soil... by layering on a

snug blanket of organic matter and

then leaving the worms and their

friends to do the digging in for you.

If you join in with the digging, you’ll

upset the soil creatures and spoil all

the hard work they’ve already done

for you. The rule for soil preparation

these days is no-dig. Hooray.

Sow some early crops... The soil can

be warmed in readiness with cloches

or plastic sheeting. This will protect it

from the worst of the wet and frozen

weather and allow you to start planting

a bit sooner. Hardy vegetables like peas,

broad beans and spinach can be sown

directly into the soil towards the end

of the month. Sow leeks and onions

this month too, but in a pot under

cover to plant out a bit later on.

Sow tender veg... Tomatoes, peppers

and aubergines need a very long growing

season in order to ripen successfully

in our climate. Tender crops will be

destroyed by the slightest frost – only

sow them from seed if you have

somewhere light and warm to grow

them until all danger of frost is past,

so until May. Don’t despair if you

can’t accommodate all those tender

seedlings, as the garden centres stock

young plants later in the season.

Chit early potatoes... Chitting is a term

that means letting your potatoes start to

sprout sturdy new shoots – preferably

somewhere light and airy (not like

the ones we find at the bottom of the

fridge). The idea is that they then get

off to an earlier start and will produce

a bumper harvest more speedily.

Chitting works quite well with new,

or early potatoes, but is not essential.

Garden

Feed fruit trees and bushes... Sprinkle

potash fertiliser at the base of fruit trees

and bushes to encourage the plants to

produce more fruit later in the season.

Musical plants

If you suddenly decide that a shrub

has been planted in the wrong place,

there’s still time to move it before

growth starts. I don’t know why I call

it ‘musical’ plants, there’s rarely any

music in my garden, but what tends

to happen is that once the first plant

has been moved, you might find that

several have to be relocated to make

the change work successfully overall (I

find the same moving furniture around

in the house). In theory the best time

to do this is in the autumn, so that the

plants have time to establish new roots

over the winter – the recommended

time for moving evergreens is around

October, but deciduous plants go into

dormancy and so there’s still time to

move these. Herbaceous perennials

can be lifted and divided now too.

Spring does still seem a long way off I

know, but I can’t help having high hopes

at this time of the year. All is promise

and plans – and the joyous rustling of

seed catalogues and packets (remind

me not to get so carried away with

them next year). Despite appearances,

the garden is about to burst into life

again. Soon there will be endless

(but rewarding) jobs to be getting

on with, but for now we can enjoy

the last of the quiet winter days and

make plans for a gorgeous gardening

season ahead. Let’s tiptoe out there.

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Garden

Let it shine

Sue Whigham gives her tips and picks for growing conservatory plants

Don’t we all long for a conservatory, whether it’s

one of those gorgeous concoctions displayed

at the Chelsea Flower Show that we look

longingly into or something more down to earth.

And conservatories get plenty of use all year round both in

deepest winter, on wet days and, considering our increasingly

strange and erratic summer weather, in the summer months

too. And plenty of glass means that apart from raising the

light levels and thus our mood, we have borrowed landscape

beyond our windows to peer out at. I think that in a perfect

world, a conservatory would be jungle-like with, of course,

a table and a comfortable chair or two squeezed in and

maybe some staging for interesting succulents, masses of

colour in the form of good old annual pelargoniums, pots

of seasonal bulbs and any manner of favourite plants.

Glazing techniques used in conservatories have moved

on so much in the last twenty years or so – in the past the

room would heat up so much that it resembled the Arizona

desert and be full of exhausted flies and then be icy cold in

winter. Now more ambient temperatures are the norm. No

plant wants extreme variations in temperature, rather like us.

As long as you keep the conservatory at a minimum winter

temperature of 2˚C there is no end of plants you can grow.

At this time of year, I would bring in pots of Christmas

box (Sarcococca) as they begin to flower. Tiny white flowers

growing amongst glossy evergreen leaves give out such a sweet

scent and the pots can go back out into the garden when the

flowers are over. The same applies to camellias. C. transnokoensis

is scented and flowers in late winter – lovely little pink buds

open to simple small white flowers. And the early flowering

camellias, C. sasanqua, do best under glass in our winters. I

have one in a large pot in a sheltered spot outside the kitchen

window at the moment that has flowered for weeks and weeks

but after a brief frosty spell, it is looking a little bit ragged.

You could also bring in pots of plants like fragrant Daphne

odora as they begin to flower and then pop them out again.

My perfect conservatory would have shrubs like Plumbago

auriculata scrambling around in it – either in a large pot or in the

ground. The flowers are such a perfect sky blue and always remind

me of hot holidays. There’s a white form, Plumbago auriculata

‘Alba’ which is rather choice too but the blue is so evocative.

Another plant which the conservatory couldn’t be without

would be Tibouchina urvilleana, the Glory Bush. You’d need a

bit of space for this gem but its combination of downy leaves

and the most beautiful rich blue flowers means it is high up

the list of conservatory plants which flower later in the season.

Under glass, it can flower on until January which is quite a treat.

I’d also grow the night scented jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)

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or Lady of the Night, native to the West Indies, whose creamy

flowers open at night giving off a heady scent to attract moths.

There are so many interesting climbers and twiners

to try. I think that if you have a lot of space, it would

be worth growing the Australian bower plant, Pandorea

jasminoides. The cultivar ‘Rosea Superba’ has large tubular

flowers with a deeper pink throat and purple spots.

And a slightly different version of the twining trachelospermum

but hardier than some is T. asiaticum, an absolute mass of

creamy scented flowers from mid summer onwards. And if

you are happy to have flowers looking down at you from the

conservatory roof, consider one of the passion flowers. My only

gripe with them is that many of them have rather scraggy foliage

but that is made up for by exquisite flowers. Two of them come

to mind – one of them, a hybrid called Passiflora x exoniensis has

rosy red flowers followed by edible fruit. The other one would be

a spectacular plant from the rainforests of Colombia, the most

exotic P. antioquiensis with huge red fluorescent flowers hanging

down from long stems. I may be getting a bit ambitious here.

Maybe try big pots of clivias from South Africa – bold foliage

combined with stunning flowers. And there are any manner of

palms to add to the jungle feel. The Sealing Wax Palm is particularly

nice as it has such brilliant red stems. Or any of the bromeliads,

most of which come from tropical America. They vary hugely but

most of them form a rosette and produce extraordinary strange and

rather lurid flowers. Ferns, brugmansias – particularly Brugmansia

arborea ‘Knightii’ – look great in a beautiful pot. This plant has huge

double and very glamorous white flowers with a knock-out scent.

Succulents of all shapes and sizes, aeoniums, aloes,

plectranthus from South Africa (you can make quite a

collection of these plants grown for their rather beautiful

and varied foliage). Try large leaved colocasias. Look out for

C. ‘Black Magic’. All these will add to your exotic oasis.

This is a good time of year to check out some of the suppliers

of conservatory plants. The Palm Centre near Richmond

(palmcentre.co.uk) has a wonderful choice of plants and, of

course, can help you choose plants for your conservatory’s

conditions. Burncoose Nurseries in Cornwall (burncoose.

co.uk) supplies all manner of desirable plants. And the Plant

Centre at RHS Wisley often has interesting bromeliads and

many succulents for sale in their house plant/conservatory

plant section. Finally, JungleSeeds (jungleseeds.co.uk) 01491

614765 are a reliable source of both exotic seeds and plants.

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Education

Maths has long been in need of better PR. When I

was an impressionable 8 or 9 year old, my mother

– less than sensibly – informed me that she’d never

been any good at maths so of course, she said, I wouldn’t be

either. Her words came true almost immediately. I’ve always

loathed it, been baffled by much of it and certainly never

succeeded at anything remotely mathematical. Perhaps if it

had been presented to me excitedly as an irresistible source

of delight and discovery it would have been a different

story and today I’d be a professor of mathematics…

Probably not. But it’s definitely a subject that needs a better

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Winton Gallery – dedicated entirely to maths – on its opening

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Maths comes entertainingly to life as soon as you walk though the

door and admire the room’s design by Zaha Hadid Architects – all

based on equations of flight used in the aviation industry. I hope

school parties and families will flock to it and realise that yes,

maths really is pretty cool. I’m still awaiting a copy of the associated

book Mathematics: How it Shaped our Work by David Rooney,

Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum.

A few days after that I attended the announcement

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Award. It celebrates the “best of non-fiction that stimulates

or enhances learning”. This time it was awarded to Anna

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So, one way and another maths seems to be in the process

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wholeheartedly and share it enthusiastically. We must do masses of

upbeat awareness raising and bury our own fears of the subject.

Maths should be a journey of discovery and delighted

astonishment. Just as we encourage a love of words and how

they relate to each other in books and other writing, so we

should be promoting maths and its purpose positively.

I’m sure my mother meant well and was trying to be kind

to me but expectations are one of the most powerful tools in

education. The higher you raise them the more children and

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What’s On In February

Art & Design

Throughout February 10am-5pm

Turner Contemporary,

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Liber Studorium

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View a selection of etchings and

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Throughout February, Tues

- Sat 9.30am-4.30pm

Artichoke Gallery, Church Street,

Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7AE

All shapes and sizes

This new exhibition indulges

viewers in the beauty of the

figurative, featuring work by

Bridget Davies, Richard Sorrell,

Mary Jones, Wendy Kershaw,

Alison Swan, Tony Foard and

Karen Elizabeth Vaughan.

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Wed 1 - Tues 28 Feb 11am-4pm

Sissinghurst Castle Garden,

Sissinghurst, Biddenden

Road TN17 2AB

The International

Garden Photographer

of the Year exhibition

Brighten up your winter with a

visit to this wonderful exhibition.

The oast house will showcase

the very best of amateur and

professional garden and landscape

photography from across the world.

Info: 01580 710700 /

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Sat 4 & Sun 5 Feb 10am-4.30pm

Kent Event & Exhibition

Centre, Kent Showground,

Detling, Maidstone ME14 3JF

Build it Live

Now in its fifth year, this exhibition

aims to provide a stress-free route

to creating a truly individual

home with the opportunity to

meet experts and gain invaluable

advice and top tips for your self

build or renovation project.

Entry: Adults £12, Children free

Info: 0203 553 2376 /

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Children & Family

Until Sun 19 Feb 10am-4pm

Chartwell, Mapleton Road,

Westerham TN16 1PS

Family Trail

Explore the gardens and woodland

to find out about Sir Winston

Churchill’s career and history.

Booking not needed. Dogs and

children both very welcome.

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Sat 4 Feb 12-5pm

Quebec House, Quebec Square,

Westerham TN16 1TD

Quebec history

Bring history to life with an

historic reenactment. Join the

eighteenth-century surveyor as

he explains how map makers

played a key role in the Quebec

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Info: 01732 868381 /

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Tues 7 - Sat 25 Feb 10am-4pm

Smallhythe Studio, Smallhythe

Road, Tenterden TN30 7NB

Six of the Best

This is an exciting exhibition of

six pieces of art by each of ten

successful contemporary artists

from the South East: Carolyn

Genders, Tracy Nors, Lucia

Fisher, Mark Godwin, Karen

Birchwood, Birgitta Wilson, Sue

Fields, Rowena McWilliams, Claire

Palastanga and Janet Keith. They

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Thurs 9 Feb 10am-4pm

Knole, Sevenoaks TN15 0RP

Stained glass workshop

Learn the skills and techniques

involved in creating a traditional

stained glass panel in this hands-on

workshop. Under expert tuition,

learn to cut and shape glass,

attach lead came and assemble the

pieces to make a unique panel.

Ticket price includes lunch,

refreshments and all materials.

Info: 01732 467160 /

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Fri 10 & Sat 11 Feb 11am-2pm

Central Brighton, East

Sussex BN1 1UF

Brighton Food Tours

This tour is packed with

the eclectic sights and tastes

from the unique makers and

unsung heroes of Brighton’s

indie food and drink scene.

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Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb 10am-4pm

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling,

Maidstone ME14 3AU

February fun

and frolics

A fun packed week full of

activities and trails. Come and

meet the new born lambs and

enjoy a variety of shows.

Entry: Adults £6.95, Child £5.50

Info: 01622 763936 / kentlife.org.uk

Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb 11am-4pm

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam,

Robertsbridge, East

Sussex TN32 5LA

Making & Mending

Try something new this half

term and experience a medieval

craft. Have a go at weaving using

hand-held looms, try your hand

at natural fabric dyeing and keep

a suit of armour looking its best.

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uk/bodiam-castle

Sat 11 Feb

The Old Sail Loft, Strand Quay,

Rye, East Sussex TN31 7AY

Ghost Walk

Don’t miss this unique opportunity

to visit the locations of Rye’s

hauntings, ghostly sightings,

paranormal activity and the

unexplained. Pre-booking

is essential and spaces are

limited. This is not suitable for

children under the age of 14.

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Sun 12 Feb 12-4pm

Goodnestone Park Gardens,

Canterbury, Kent CT3 1PL

Goodnestone Park

Visit one of Kent’s outstanding

gardens and meander through the

14 acres of garden and parkland.

Picnics are very welcome.

Entry: Adults £7, children free

Info: 01304 840107 /

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Mon 13 - Sun 19 Feb

10am-4.30pm

Groombridge Place,

Groombridge, Tunbridge

Wells TN3 9QG

Wild Adventure Week

There will be plenty to fun to

be had every day throughout

half term. All activities are free

with admission, and include

den building, wildlife crafts

and talks, meeting animals

and building a bug hotel.

Entry: Adults £10.95,

Children aged 3-12 £9.45

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Fairs & Markets

Sun 5 Feb 10am-2pm

Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne

Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ

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What’s On In February

Farmers Market

Browse a large variety of

wonderful local produce at

this charming market on the

first Sunday of every month.

Entry: Free

Info: 07775 736116 /

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Sat 11 Feb 9.30am-12pm

St Nicholas at Wade

Church, Kent CT7 0NP

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Sat 11 Feb 10am-4pm

Highbury Hall, Highbury Lane,

Tenterden, Kent TN30 6LE

Craft Market

This market offers a wide variety

of crafts and produce from local

artists, craftsmen, producers and

retailers. Homemade cake and

other treats are available as well,

along with tea and coffee.

Entry: Free

Info: 07956 295076 / facebook.

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Sun 19 Feb 11am-3pm

The Bell Inn, High Street,

Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7AS

QUIRKY WEDDING FAIR

Looking for something a bit

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Music

Sun 12 Feb 2.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton

Valence School

Sutton Valence

Music Society

Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen

is a Rising Star of ECHO and

is the only British artist selected

for this prestigious programme

for the 2016/’17 season. She

will be accompanied by Huw

Watkins on piano and her

programme will include Schubert,

Dvorak, Smetana and Brahms.

Entry: £12, including afternoon tea

Info: 01622 863002

Fri 17 Feb 8pm

St. Alban’s Church,

High Street, Frant

Joseph Moog

This brilliant young pianist,

nominated for a Grammy

in 2016 and winner of

Gramophone Magazine’s Young

Artist of the Year in 2015,

is returning to Frant with a

programme of Haydn, Chopin,

Liszt and Reger. This is sure to

be a truly wonderful evening.

Entry: £16

Info: frantmusic.org

Sat 25 Feb 7pm

St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden

Gospel Choir

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The Jubilee Hall, Holmewood

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Tunbridge Wells TN3 0EB

Penshurst Choral

Society

Conducted from the piano by

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Entry: £15

Info: 01892 864400

Valentine’s

Until Tues 28 Feb

Eastwell Manor Hotel,

Eastwell Park, Boughton

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Valentine’s Dinner

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Entry: £37.50 per person

Info: 01580 830196 / nationaltrust.

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane reiterates that when it comes to meat and carbon footprints, it’s best to buy local

As the sun still sets early at this

time of year, a typical late

afternoon sees me coming in

from the farm, wellies off, kettle on

and tuned in to the radio (unless the

kids are at home, in which case the

kitchen is filled with surround sound

thanks to Spotify and Blue Tooth,

both of which belong to a perplexing

brave new world I don’t understand).

Anyhow, they weren’t (at home) so I

was listening to Costing the Earth, an early

evening Radio 4 programme about man’s

impact on this planet, when a piece came

on about why we should all give up on

the beef if we really want to

make a difference. Aaaaagh

that old chestnut. I was so

annoyed that I rang the

programme and harangued

some poor researcher for a

good twenty minutes, and I

was not alone. The following

week the piece ran again with a more

balanced view thanks to an unusually large

number of listeners who had called in.

In case you missed it, the

argument goes like this...

Over the past 50 years, UK meat

consumption has risen dramatically with

livestock farming subjected to increasing

industrialization driven by the need to

produce meat cheaply and quickly. Before

that all our beef came from breeds of

native British cattle, raised by grazing

fields of grass in the summer and then

eating hay, also made on the farm,

“Over the past 50

years, UK meat

consumption

has risen

dramatically”

during the winter. Low impact stuff.

Today this form of production has

been largely replaced by fast growing

continental bred cattle that are raised

in covered barns and fed on a high

protein diet – the mainstay of which is

soya often grown in what was formerly

tropical rain forest. Raising beef in this

fashion requires over 15,000 litres of

water to produce 1 kilogram of beef,

results in high emissions of greenhouse

gases (from the cow and the process) and

creates a fairly tasteless, nutrient deprived

product. But it’s quick and it’s cheap.

Luckily here in the Weald the soil and

the terrain don’t lend

themselves to large scale

industrialised farming so

we are fortunate to still

have one of the country’s

greatest concentrations

of small traditional

grassland livestock farms.

This method of farming has many

advantages and should be cherished.

Grazing animals return nutrients and

organic matter back to the ground as they

pass by and reduce the need for artificial

fertilisers made from non-renewable

sources of energy. Pasture farms have a

much greater diversity of flowers, insects,

birds and mammals. The carbon footprint

of grass farms is significantly lower than

that of farms where cereal crops are grown

to feed the animals. Grassland helps to

capture and store carbon so less is released

into the air to harm the atmosphere.

And in addition to the environmental

argument, eating grass-fed meat sourced

from a local supplier also means a much

better quality of life for the cows, more

complex and delicious flavours for you

and healthier local economies. And

yes it will cost more but the simple

solution to that is to eat less of it.

Mindful of this and other matters, we

are about to start calving and deliver a

whole new generation of Sussex cattle

onto the farm and I wonder what the

future will hold for them and us. Brexit?

Subsidies or not? More TB controls?

One could get rather down

hearted by it all, but a trip down to

the cow shed usually does the trick.

Contentment is the essence of cows

and is very contagious. Spending time

with them is very therapeutic and a

great escape from the big issues and

the bloomin’ surround sound!

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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