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Contents

February 2017

THE WINTER EXHIBITION

40 6 supplement

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ROOM FOR ROMANCE

Maggie Alderson’s

Valentine’s Day retreats

FEBRUARY NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with hand

picked events going

on around Surrey

CURATED CONTENT

A Victorian home

with a difference

GET THE LOOK

Add some eclectic charm

to your interior

ECO REDEFINED

Christopher Day looks

into eco-upgrading

an old building

WEALDEN TIMES

MIDSUMMER

FAIR 2017

A preview of what’s to come

this June at Hole Park

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

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VALENTINE’S

BODYCARE

Josephine Fairley spruces

and moisturises with

indulgent products

for skin confidence

FRESH IN FEBRUARY

This month’s interviewee,

Charlotte Molesworth,

chats super simple beauty

BEAT THE BUGS

Give winter illness

the cold shoulder

EARLY BIRD

GARDENING

Jo Arnell’s tips for a

happy gardening year

LET IT SHINE

Sue Whigham gives

her conservatory plant

recommendations

MIND OVER MATHS

How should an interest

in mathematics be

encouraged?

WHAT’S ON?

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COMPETITION

Win a romantic day out

at Hush Heath Winery

FABLES FROM

THE FARM

Jane Howard looks

into misconceptions

surrounding meat

consumption

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

1.

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 that 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

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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

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1. Cousens

Where? Cousens is located on the

outskirts of the pretty Wealden village of

Rudgwick, on the Sussex/Surrey border, eight

miles from Horsham and just a handy half an

hour to Gatwick.

What? Like a child’s drawing of a perfect

country cottage, complete with wisteria

around the windows, Cousens is a Grade II

listed timber-framed house, one of over 90 in

the parish. Inside it has a delightful higgledy

piggledy plan with one staircase up to a

bedroom from the kitchen, another down

to the cellar and a third up to the main first

floor, with three bedrooms and a bathroom,

the master en suite with a dressing room.

There is a further bedroom over the garage,

with a sauna. The ground floor has a stonefloored

kitchen, sitting and dining rooms with

fireplaces, a vaulted hall and a double-aspect

family room with an adjoining conservatory.

The south-west facing rear garden has a large

stone terrace and a paddock.

How much? Cousens is on the market

with Savills, Guildford, listed at £1,395,000.

Look at savills.com or call 01483 796820.

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2. The Knoll

Where? Nestled among its own

mature trees, The Knoll is situated in the

highly sought-after North Downs village

of Woldingham, with its two golf courses

and surrounding green belt countryside,

within easy reach of the M25. London

stations are just 35 minutes away

What? The wonderful charm of The

Knoll is that this tile-hung Edwardian

Arts and Crafts gem, surrounded by

lawned gardens, hasn’t yet been done up

or interfered with in any way. It still has

the original radiators people laboriously

source to put back into houses and a

copper-hooded fireplace from the last

time metal was highly fashionable.

Accommodation is generous, with three

major reception rooms and the sitting

room has mullioned windows on three

sides. The kitchen and larder give on to a

generous breakfast room, with great scope

for in-keeping modernisation. On the two

upper floors there are eight bedrooms,

quaintly served by one bathroom.

How much? The Knoll is

being marketed by Park and Bailey,

Woldingham, at £1,195,000.

Visit parkandbailey.co.uk, or

phone 01883 653040.

3. Aylwins

Where? Aylwins sits on a country

lane in the Surrey/Sussex border hamlet

of Ellens Green, near the villages of

Cranleigh and Rudgwick, eight miles from

Horsham and twelve from Guildford.

What? A classic two-storey

16th-century, black and white English

cottage, with an inglenook and cosy

exposed beams, within beautifully

landscaped gardens. The ground floor

accommodation is generous, with a

spacious kitchen/breakfast room of great

charm and a large separate utility room,

a double-aspect sitting room and a lovely

big hallway, with a further room used as

a study, but with an adjoining shower

room, so it could be another bedroom.

Two separate staircases lead to the first

floor, with two beds and one bath in one

wing and the double-aspect master suite

in the other, offering appealing privacy.

How much? Aylwins is listed

at £850,000 with Roger Coupe,

Cranleigh. Browse rogercoupe.

com or call 01483 268555.

4. The Old Manor House

Where? The Old Manor House

sits on the edge of Shepperton, within

walking distance of the legendary film

studios, close to charming upstream

reaches of the River Thames. Chertsey

and Sunbury are ten minutes away.

Waterloo is under an hour by train.

What? You can see the history oozing

out of the beautiful old bricks of this

Grade II* listed house. Once part of

Cardinal Wolseley’s estate, it was built

in the 15th century and extended in the

16th and 19th. Mullioned windows and

atmospheric beams abound. William IV

lodged here and the house has associations

with no less romantic a figure than Lady

Jane Grey. The oak panelled hall has a

large open fireplace, the dining room

and library are also panelled. The kitchen

has 15th century beams. The ground

floor also has a family room and a sitting

room, with access to the garden. Upstairs

there are seven large bedrooms, with five

bathrooms, with another three bedrooms

on the top floor. The beautifully lawned

garden of 2.5 acres has River Ash frontage

and – wait for it – its own private island.

How much? The Old Manor House

is listed at £1,400,000 with Jackson

Stops Weybridge. Check out jacksonstops.co.uk

or call 01932 821160.

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Until Saturday 25 February enjoy an exhibition of paintings and

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Something new...

Modelled on a typical university freshers’ fair, the

retirement refreshers’ fair will showcase a whole

range of clubs, societies and organisations for

those who are retired, or approaching retirement.

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Natural state...

Henry Moore was inspired throughout his life by

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will show the artistic process of Henry Moore’s

work from found object, to drawing and on to

finished sculpture. Entry is £5 per person and more

information can be found at thelightbox.org.uk

Step into spring...

For a great day out during February half-term, pay

a visit to Bocketts Farm in Leatherhead. Open from

10am to 5.30pm daily, there are ample activites

for children and families to enjoy together. Over

70 new lambs are due to be born, and you can

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Soulful celebration...

From classical and jazz to folk and contemporary

music along with dance, theatre, film and more,

an eclectic programme featuring international

artists in venues in and around Guildford

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Williams, Icebreaker, the National Youth Jazz

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few of the many visiting artistes taking part this

year, from Friday 24 Feb to Sunday 5 March.

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A kind of magic...

Creatively choreographed to vintage jazz, Mr

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to inspire, entertain and delight all who watch. Visit

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Picture this...

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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

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

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

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

Victorian house – but there’s not another one like it in the

town. Plus, it has that lovely little draw-bridge moment

as you walk up the path.” It’s certainly very peaceful.

So, what state was the house in when they bought it?

“The previous owners had looked after it and it still had

the period details that we love,” says James. “It just needed

a new lease of life, a new energy.” So, the couple opened

up the windows in every room, pulled up the carpets, and

burned some sage: “We just let the house breathe a little

bit... and let the dog roam around, sniff the property,

get to know it.” The dog in question is an adorable, and

rather photogenic Boston Terrier called Cooper.

“Understanding the light in each room was also very

important,” says James. After airing the house and letting

Cooper wander, the transformation began: “We had a very

clear plan: we wanted the property to feel light and airy at

the top and a little bit darker and moodier down below. A

lot of the paint colours we chose – as well as the fabrics that

David chose for the cushions, curtains and textiles – are

to do with the changing landscape and natural light.”

Starting our tour in the kitchen, the view from the large

basement windows is of a lush, fern-filled courtyard


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“We had a very clear plan: we wanted the property to feel light and airy at the

top and a little bit darker and moodier down below. A lot of the paint colours

we chose – as well as the fabrics that David chose for the cushions, curtains and

textiles – are to do with the changing landscape and natural light.”


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

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

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

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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,

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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

Dyke & Dean to come and look at our house. Then we

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look at the view and it gives you that lovely calm feeling.”


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Above: The sideboard in the studio is 1950s Danish by Hans Moebler, bought from designsofmodernity.com. The ‘fishing rod’ style

lamp was a gift from two of the couple’s closest friends, Andrew and Pip, who own Le Chien et Moi in Nottingham

went to his shop in Claremont and looked at all the flex

colours, all the different cabling, the lamp shades, the light

bulbs. So, each room has a different feel but they are all part of

the same family. They give the house a bit of a marine-like feel.”

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

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elevated position, over neighbouring gardens and the tiled

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

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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:

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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

that still survive, however, are usually dry because wood

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. Ground also

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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.”

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 use as rooms – hence the fashion for loft

conversions. Trussed 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. Nonetheless,

old houses are usually cheaper to buy, often have more character

than new ones – and generally were more soundly built. If

there are structural faults, therefore, it’s worth asking “why?”

What has changed since they were built?

Keypoints

• Buildings from different

times were built differently,

using different materials

• Repairs will cause

damage to pre-1930s

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• Lime-mortar-built solid

walls dampen with rain,

then dry out. Don’t hinder

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suffered depredations

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• Before draught-proofing,

evaluate radon (and

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• Extensions should allow

for differential settlement

with movement joints.

They must not be keyed in

• Most structural faults

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What makes isabelle fox unique?

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We choose to keep our price point lower, because we value

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What makes the hard work worth it?

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When Peter and Murielle chanced upon a For Sale notice on the verge by the side

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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

grandchildren love to frighten me by dancing about on top!”

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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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

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Pronovias Mildred dress, £1870,

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How far in advance should

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What extras are available?

In the past we have

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all booked at the time of

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What makes your bridal

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The bathrooms are out of

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How many people can you

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With 7 other double en

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How did you decide on the

décor? We wanted the wow

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All the decor is stylishly put

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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

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along with bottles of bubbly

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We can also arrange for petals

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Have you ever had any

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We once had a bride who

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How much does it cost? Our

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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

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.

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Look no further!

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please come to our next open day

Saturday 22 nd April 2017

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SH Wedding Supplement sponsored by

Happily Ever

Afters

recipes: Isla Atkins, The Little Ginger Baker

photographs: David Merewether

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SH Wedding Supplement sponsored by

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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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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WT Wedding Supplement

La de

da! vintage

teaspoon with

embossed ‘I love you’,

£14, Spice Cranbrook

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spicecranbrook.

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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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When my surgery day arrived I wasn’t at all nervous until I walked into

Bella Vou. I wasn’t worried about the surgery itself as I completely

trusted Amir; it was the fear of the unknown. Amir talked to me

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throughout and took my mind off what was really happening. The

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I was just so delighted that my double chin had gone, I don’t know

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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

projects in Burkina Faso which has achieved legendary

status with good reason. Me? I actually prefer its

‘sister’ product, L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream, £32

for 200ml, made with karité butter (and so do my

picky Beauty Bible testers, who gave it a Beauty Bible

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

this on my bedside you’ll find the new Gaia Spa

Awakening Body Cream, £38 for 220g (gaia-spa.

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co.uk), made specially for a stunning new spa retreat in Plymouth,

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.

For further information T: 01737 247246

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● 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

skin. Any perfume will cling more tenaciously

if you’ve applied cream or lotion, first.

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February

At the Clinic

LONDON PARIS SOUTH OF FRANCE

Don’t neglect

YOUR

NECK

Your neck is one of the first areas to show

your age because this delicate skin tends

to wrinkle and head south very easily

“The Results:

Subtle, but

noticeable.

Also, because

my neck

muscles aren’t

pulling down

so much,

my lower

face seems to

have lifted

fractionally”

And despite the fact

that it is permanently

on show, we often

overlook this area when

moisturising or using

sunscreen. Add in the

fact that most of us

stare at computer and

smartphone screens for

a lot of the day (resulting

in the muscles at the front

of the neck pulling too

tightly) so over time those

overactive muscles pull

downwards leading to

loose skin on the neck

and a saggy jawline.

Not a good look.

But the problem is

easily solved because

judiciously-placed Botox

injections in the strap

and platysma muscles

work beautifully.

The procedure is

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It’s the perfect

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Beauty

Fresh in February

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Surrey Homes talks to artist and topiary expert Charlotte Molesworth...

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 evergrowing

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

wonderful holiday let,

tucked away in the

Kentish countryside at

thepottingshedholidaylet.

com and see her art work

at the South East Open

Studios in June. Find out

more at seos-art.org

Sweet elixir...

Evidence of humans

harvesting honey dates

back as far as 8000 years,

the Greeks named it

‘nectar from the gods’ and

honeycomb was discovered

to have been buried with

Egyptian Pharaohs. It has

been used for centuries as

a wound soother, sweet

treat, energy booster and

all-round medicine. It’s

antibacterial and anti

fungal, improves brain and

gut health, and can even

help build up immunity

to pollen, improving

symptoms of hay fever.

It works beautifully as a

hair mask, soothing and

smoothing an itchy, dry

scalp. Try making your own

super simple and effective

moisturiser – mix five

tablespoons of honey with

two tablespoons of rose oil

and two cups of almond

oil. Give it a good shake

to combine, and apply to

your face and body. Despite

it being a miracle cure-all

it’s important to remember

that babies under one year

should not consume honey,

as their little digestive

systems aren’t quite ready

for the various bacteria

that naturally occur.

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Beat the bugs

Surrey Homes 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!

Anna Parkinson is a writer and healer whose books include

Nature’s Alchemist, John Parkinson, herbalist to Charles

I, and Change Your Mind, Heal Your Body. She can be

contacted through annaparkinson.com or 07818 061605.

The Homeopath

Dr. Christine gives us an

insight into immunity...

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,

colds and flu. Remedies like Kali bich, Hydrastis and Sticta

pulm are frequently used to relieve sinus pressure, congestion

and headaches. Many cough remedies are available and Ant

tart, Ipecac, Bryonia, Pulsatilla and Spongia are used frequently.

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

cells, one of our main immune system cells.

Any top tips for relieving congestion and headache? Cold

and flu remedies include Aconite, Gelsemium, Belladonna,

Eupatorium perf and Ars iodatum, to mention a few.

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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

few twigs of these make lovely additions

to indoor vases; left in the garden the

nectar they contain is very welcome

to any insects that have woken up

early. Once snowdrops have finished

flowering, lift and divide them while

they’re ‘in the green’ (foliage still

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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Garden

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.

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.

For details of Jo’s new gardening

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Let it

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Sue Whigham gives her tips and picks

for growing conservatory plants

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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 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 and masses of colour.

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.

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)

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.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for gardening advice

and help in the sourcing and supply of interesting garden plants.

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Mind over Maths

Susan Elkin explores her own conflicting opinions surrounding the subject

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

image. So I was interested to visit the Science Museum’s new

Winton Gallery – dedicated entirely to maths – on its opening

day in December and was pretty impressed when I got there.

The message is that maths underpins everything we do, just

as language does. I learned about the principles of flight,

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architecture, medicine, statistical projection and much more.

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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

and presentation of the 2016 ALCS Educational Writers’

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

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

Weltman for This is Not a Maths Book. It’s a “smart art activity

book” with lots of patterns, colouring in and imaginative

ideas for having mathematical fun without doing maths.

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

of being humanised. Not before time. Teachers, parents and

anyone else who works with children need to embrace maths

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

young people will achieve. Tragically, the converse is true too.

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problem solving to real life. It’s

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of achievement and a taste

for Maths.

Not to mention a square or two of

chocolate. (But only if the answer is right.)

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What’s On In February

Children & Family

Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb 10am-4pm

Claremont Landscape

Garden, Portsmouth

Road, Esher KT10 9JG

Children’s trail

Follow a garden trail and learn

all about the romance of Princess

Charlotte of Wales and Prince

Leopold. Find all the clues for

a prize. Booking not needed.

Dogs on leads welcome.

Info: 01372 467806 /

nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb 10am-4pm

Winkworth Arboretum,

Hascombe Road,

Godalming GU8 4AD

Children’s halfterm

trail

Enjoy the outdoors and have

fun with our children’s trails.

Explore the wonderful Arboretum

as you follow our children’s

trail. Booking Not Needed.

Info: 01483 208936 /

nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb 10am-5pm

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill

Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Woolly Week

Join us for plenty of fun on

the farm, plus the reopening

of the Hog’stacle Course!

Info: 01883 742546 /

godstonefarm.co.uk

Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb

Hobbledown, Horton

Lane, Epsom KT19 8PT

February half-term

at Hobbledown

This half-term enjoy some of

our award-winning adventure

equipment, whether it be our

Tree Top Climbing Towers,

Hobtastic High Ropes Course

or daring underground tunnels.

Alternatively check out our 400+

animals and watch daily shows.

Entry: Adults £8.75,

Children £9.75

Info: 01372 848990 /

hobbledown.com

Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb

10am-5.30pm

Bocketts Farm, Young

Street, Fetcham,

Leatherhead KT22 9BS

Half-term fun at

Bocketts farm

Enjoy a great family day out this

February with the start of the

spring lambing. There are over 70

gorgeous new born lambs to meet,

birds of prey demonstrations,

meet the Shepherd sessions and

pony petting opportunities.

Info: 01372 363764 /

bockettsfarm.co.uk

Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb 10am-4pm

Hatchlands Park,

Guildford GU4 7RT

Half-term at

Hatchlands

This half-term get outside and get

messy with activities from our list

of 50 things to do. Explore inside

a tree, build a den or take part in

geocaching, our newest activity.

See how many 50 things you can

enjoy this half-term. Please dress

for the weather, wellies or walking

boots are strongly recommended.

Info: 01483 222482

/ nationaltrust.org.uk/

hatchlands-park

Tues 14 & Thurs 16

Feb 10.30am-12pm

Living Planet Centre,

Brewery Road, Ruffed

House, Woking GU21 4LL

WWF Earth Hour

workshops

At 8.30pm on Saturday 25

March, hundreds of millions

of people across the world will

switch off their lights to show

decision-makers that we care

about our environment and

the effects of climate change.

Come and watch our short

inspirational Earth Hour film,

then create a colourful recycled

lantern with powerful messaging

to shine brightly on the night.

Suitable for children aged 4

years and older. Children must

be accompanied by an adult.

Entry: Free, £3 suggested donation

Info: wwf.org.uk/whatson

Sat 18 Feb 11am & 2pm

Mill Studio, Millbrook,

Guildford GU1 3UT

Peter & the wolf

FInd out how clever young

Peter triumphs with his

animal friends in this classic

tale. This is most suitable for

children aged 5 years plus.

Info: 01483 440000

Sat 25 Feb 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Surrey Hills Brewery, Denbies

Wine Estate, London Road,

Dorking RH5 6AA

Brewery tours

Led by the expert brewing team,

enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse

at how Surrey Hills Brewery

creates their award-winning

ales. Booking recommended.

Entry: £8.50 / £12

Info: 01306 883603 /

surreyhills.co.uk

Music, Art & theatre

Throughout Feb 10.30am-4pm

The Lightbox, Chobham

Road, Woking GU21 4AA

Henry Moore:

sculpting from nature

This exhibition explores Henry

Moore’s use of found objects

– bones, skulls, flintstones,

driftwood and shells – and

the interrelationship of these

objects to his drawings,

graphic work, and sculpture.

Entry: Annual pass £5,

under 18s free

Info: 01483 737800 /

thelightbox.org.uk

Until Sat 25 Feb

New Ashgate Gallery,

Waggonyard, Farnham GU9 7PS

Colour!

This exhibition brings

together two artists of different

generations: John Hoyland,

one of the leading British

painters of his generation and

Paul Stopler, one of the most

exciting glass makers today.

Entry: Free

Info: 01252 713208 /

newashgate.org.uk

Sat 4 - Fri 24 Feb

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church, High

Street, Guildford GU1 3RR

Julius Caesar

Focusing on the cult of

personality, a government

founded on propaganda

and the most famous case

of backstabbing in politics,

Shakespeare’s compellingly tense

thriller still has relevance today.

Entry: £15 - £25

Info & Booking: 01483 304384 /

guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

Fri 24 Feb 8pm-12am

Farnham Rugby Club,

Wilkinson Way, Monkton

Lane, Farnham GU9 9ND

Rock ‘n’ Roll

Charity event

Come and join us for a fantastic

evening of Rock’n’Roll and

fundraising for Phyllis Tuckwell

Hospice Farnham and British

Kidney Patients Association.

Live music from the 50’s and

60’s, raffle and cake stall.

Entry: £8

Info: 07853 040172 /

farnhamrugby.org

Sat 25 Feb 10am-5pm

Trinity Methodist

Church, Brewery Road,

Woking GU21 4LH

Come and sing day

This will be a wonderful

opportunity for choral singers

to sing beautiful work and to

have the input of a vocal coach.

Entry: £20

Info: 01483 756670 /

epworthchoir.org

Valentine’s

Fri 10 - Sun 12 Feb

Oatlands Park Hotel, Oatlands

Drive, Weybridge KT13 9HB

Valentine’s weekend

Treat a loved one to a Valentine’s

weekend away with dinner, bed

and breakfast. Enjoy breakfast

and a five-course Valentine’s

dinner in our Mulberry

restaurant, overlooking the

Broadwater lake with beautiful

views of our grounds.

Entry: £139

Info & Booking: 01932 847242

/ oatlandsparkhotel.com

Sat 11 Feb 9am-4pm

Brooklands Museum,

Brooklands Road,

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What’s On In February

Weybridge KT13 0QN

Concorde

Champagne Day

Join us for a special celebration

of Concorde, hosted by Captain

Mike Bannister, British Airways

Chief Concorde Pilot. The day

includes a pre-flight Champagne

reception, Concorde experience

flight, a visit to the flight deck

to chat with Captain Bannister

and a three-course lunch in

the Bluebird Room at the

Clubhouse. Booking is essential.

Entry: £115 per person

Info: 01932 857381 /

brooklandsmuseum.com

Sat 11 - Tues 14 Feb 12-11pm

The Bear, Leatherhead

Road, Oxshott KT22 0JE

Valentine’s Day

at the Bear

Enjoy the four-course menu

with a loved one, or get together

with a group of friends.

Entry: £39 per person

Info: 01372 842747 /

thebearoxshott.co.uk

Sat 11 - Tues 14 Feb 10am-4pm

Claremont Landscape

Garden, Portsmouth Road,

Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG

Valentine Lovers’ Walk

Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s

walk with a regal twist. Hang a

memento for your loved one at

the venerable old beech known

as the “kissing tree”, then follow

a specially decorated trail around

the 49-acre estate, taking in

period features such as the turf

amphitheatre and serpentine

lake. Booking not needed.

Info: 01372 467806 /

nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Sun 12 Feb 11am-3.30pm

Hilton Hotel, Seven Hills Road

South, Cobham KT11 1EW

Wedding Fair

Located in the heart of Surrey, the

Hilton Cobham hotel is set amid

acres of beautiful countryside

including the hotel’s own onemile

long woodland area. The rich

warm décor makes this a perfect

venue for a Prestige Wedding Fair,

so come along and choose from

a wide range of local wedding

suppliers and see the Bridal

Fashion Shows at 12.30 & 2.30.

Entry: Free

Info: 01276 451498 /

prestigeweddingfairs.co.uk

Sun 12 Feb

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham KT11 1JE

Valentine’s Day

at Painshill

Treat your loved one to a magical

day out and enjoy exclusive

access to the sparkling Crystal

Grotto as well as a fabulous

brunch for two or delicious

afternoon tea. Prices vary.

Info: 01932 868113

/ painshill.co.uk

Sun 12 Feb

Denbies Wine Estate,

Dorking RH5 6AA

Valentine’s Tea Dance

Enjoy a traditional tea

dance with high tea and

delicious sparkling wine.

Entry: £17.25

Info: 01306 876616 / denbies.co.uk

Mon 13 Feb 8-11pm

Cellar Wines, The Old Cellar,

High Street, Ripley GU23 6BB

Valentine’s

sparkling tasting

This will be a spectacular

evening of sparkling wines,

cheeses and chocolates. Have fun

and socialise. Book in advance

to avoid disappointment.

Entry: £45

Info: 01483 610610 /

cellarwines.co.uk

Workshops

Fri 10 Feb 8am-12pm

RHS Garden Wisley,

Woking GU23 6QB

Butterfly

photography morning

Join Adrian Davies for this

morning workshop covering

techniques, equipment and

image processing. You will

enjoy exclusive access to the

Glasshouse before it opens

to the public at 10am.

Entry: RHS Members £52,

non-members £66

Info: 0845 260 9000 / rhs.org.uk

Fri 10 Feb 10.30am-4pm

Watts Gallery - Artists’

Village, Down Lane,

Compton GU3 1DQ

Dress in a day

Join textile artist Elizabeth Cake

to create a loose fitting smock

top or dress. Learn how to

work from and tailor a pattern,

before learning simple sewing

machine techniques. Price

includes materials and lunch.

Entry: £65

Info: 01483 810235 /

wattsgallery.org.uk

Sat 11 Feb 10am-4pm

Watts Gallery - Artists’

Village, Down Lane,

Compton GU3 1DQ

Introduction to

oil painting

Paint on canvas from a still

life scene. Create experiments

and learn the basics of oil

painting from colour mixing

and consistency to composition.

Suitable for those aged 11-17.

Price includes materials. Please

bring your own lunch.

Entry: £15

Info: 01483 810235 /

wattsgallery.org.uk

Sat 11 & Tues 14 Feb

10.30am-5pm

Eastbridge Willows,

Pankridge Street, Crondall,

Farnham GU10 5RH

Basketry

Experiment with basic

basketry techniques on an

array of colourful willow to

produce a simple attractive

basket, herb platter or ‘horn

of plenty’. Price includes

tuition, materials and lunch.

Entry: £60

Info: eastbridgewillows.com

Tues 14 Feb 10.30am-1.30pm

Haslemere Educational

Museum GU27 2LA

Baubles & bow ties

Come and join artist Diana

Burch for a fun-filled morning

making jewellery and bow ties

from recycled materials for

the museum’s new exhibition

‘Celebration Redesigned’

which will run later in the

year. No need to book.

Entry: Members £2,

non-members £4

Info: 01428 642112 /

haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Wed 15 - Sat 18 Feb

11am-1pm & 2-4pm

Clore Learning Studio,

Watts Gallery, Down Lane,

Compton GU3 1DQ

Make! Felted artworks

Listen to music and see natural

inspiration in Watts Studios

then create your own felted

artwork to take home. Led by

artist Georgina Jefferies. Suitable

for children aged 5 years and

above. Price includes materials.

Entry: £7.50

Info: 01483 810235 /

wattsgallery.org.uk

Wed 15 Feb 1.30-4pm

The Lightbox, Chobham

Road, Woking GU21 4AA

Funky Faces

Come and make a wacky paper

face using simple paper sculpture

techniques. Suitable for children

aged 4+, but all ages welcome.

Children must be accompanied by

an adult. All materials included.

Entry: Free, £2 suggested donation

Info: 01483 737800 /

thelightbox.org.uk

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going to press but may be subject

to change. Readers are advised to

check with venues before making

arrangements. We can list your event

in the next issue of Surrey Homes

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LEEDS CASTLE

CLASSICAL

CONCERT

SUMMER 2017

Leeds Castle Classical Concert will return on Saturday

8th July 2017.

Why not surprise a friend or loved one this Valentine’s

Day with a special Celebration Concert Package

- the perfect gift and a great way to experience this

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To book a ‘Celebration Concert Package’ please visit

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@classicalconcrt

11th–26th

February

This iconic and

historic locomotive

will make its

only visit to the

South East. More

information is

available on website.

Family

Weekend

27th & 28th

May

Kids for

a Quid

Visit of Flying

Scotsman

13th–19th

April

BLUEBELL RAILWAY

Over half term,

children travel

for just £1 per

child on any

timetabled trains.

Lots of fun and

games over the

weekend for

children young and

old - keep checking

the website for

updates.

(T&Cs apply, please call or visit our website for details)

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FEBRUARY

11 th , 12 th , 18 th , 19 th

Join Thomas & Friends

at a Heritage Railway near you.

Experience a ride on a real steam

train and take part in

Thomas-themed activities.

Kent & East Sussex Railway

Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE

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WIN the full Hush Heath

Experience for two people

Hidden away in the rolling countryside

of Kent, Hush Heath Estate is

home to a state-of-the-art winery,

acres of speciality vines and apple orchards,

producing award-winning sparkling wines

to rival anything from the Champagne

region, as well as sophisticated and refreshing

still wines, and fresh, fruity ciders. Their

expert team of winemakers combine their

skills to bring you this delicious range.

The Estate’s 400 acres of perfectly manicured

vineyards, apple orchards and ancient oak

woodlands are rich with wildlife, flora and fauna

all of which add to the beauty and provenance

of what Hush Heath produces. What started

as a hobby for entrepreneur Richard Balfour-

Lynn is now a quickly expanding family based

wine and cider business. It’s Hush Heath

team’s passion for what they do that makes

their products unique and very special.

This month you could win the opportunity

to have the full ‘Hush Heath Experience’ for

two people. The romantic day will begin with

a guided tour of the Estate where you will

learn all aspects of grape growing. The tour

continues into the winery where the process of

still and sparkling wine making is explained.

Couples can enjoy a tutored tasting of six of

Hush Heath’s award-winning wines and ciders.

Lastly you will move on to The Goudhurst

Inn, a traditional English pub with boutique

hotel rooms, only a short drive from Hush

Heath Estate. Here you will be treated to a

three-course food and wine pairing lunch

or dinner, specially and expertly prepared,

with a flight of three Hush Heath wines.

How to enter: For your chance to win this fantastic prize of The Full Hush Heath Experience for two people just answer

the following question: As well as wine and sparkling wine, what else do Hush Heath produce? Enter your answer with your

contact details* in the online form at wealdentimes.co.uk/competition or post to: Hush Heath Competition, Wealden Times,

21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF by 21 February 2017. There is no cash alternative and the prize must be taken

by March 2018. *All entrants’ details will be passed on to Hush Heath and Wealden Times Events. Please let us know if you

do not wish your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Stella Bomphray who wins our December competition for a Clarkes two-seater sofa and K. Livingstone

from Maidstone who wins our January competition for a dinner party for six cooked by Matthew Sankey!


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

Credit: FreeImages.com/Andrew Clayton

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