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Contents

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ALL IN THE DETAIL

Maggie Alderson’s homes

for downsizers

WEALDEN TIMES

SUMMER PARTY

A review of our

advertisers evening

JULY NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with handpicked

events going on

around the Weald

GRAND DESIGN

Explore Karen Hahnel’s striking

St. Leonards apartment

GET THE LOOK

Style your home monochrome

MONOLITHIC MAGIC

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St John Ambulance station

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recreate Marta’s look

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GARDEN PARTY

Relaxed summer fashion

BEACH BEAUTY

Josephine Fairley’s tips

for beach chic

SAVOUR THE SUMMER

This month’s bitesize

health news

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Sarah Maxwell’s tips for

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BEAUTIFUL EATING

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THE MAKINGS OF A GARDEN

Sue Whigham describes the evolution

of her own outside space

SECOND OUT, ROUND TWO

Jo Arnell’s late summer veg

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In all about 1.44 acres.

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A substantial American oast in a rural position with immaculate gardens

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Period detached house in beautiful cottage gardens. Living

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Annexe with home office and gym. Double garage with store

and shower over. Parking. Stunning garden. EPC E

Playden, Nr. Rye, East Sussex - £850,000

Detached country cottage with views on the edge of Rye.

Sitting room, dining room, orangery, family room, kitchen/

breakfast room, master bedroom with en-suite, 2 further

bedrooms. Roof terrace. Garden. Home office/studio.

Garage. Parking. EPC D

Beckley, East Sussex - £695,000

Spacious detached house in quiet edge of village location.

Large sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast

room, utility, master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms.

Single garage. Parking. Front and rear gardens. EPC D

New Romney, Kent - £395,000

Grade II Listed period house with double fronted shop. Living

room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, 1st floor drawing

room, 3 bedrooms, double fronted shop. 2 substantial

outbuildings. Off road parking. Part walled garden. Detached

Grade II listed unconverted bake house available separately.

Rye, East Sussex - £535,000

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Beckley, East Sussex - £650,000

Detached single storey building situated on the edge of the

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It’s a beautiful and vibrant Sussex village with a community feel,

an exceptional range of individual shops and pubs, and good

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

1.

All in the Detail

Maggie Alderson explores homes for downsizers

When I helped my mum move house three years ago she had four full services of

Staffordshire bone china. The grandest design featured real gold rims, which

meant they had to be washed by hand. Such fun. (Not.) As well as twelve

settings of four sizes of plates, plus half-moon salad plates and soup set she had no fewer

than twenty-two cups and saucers. That’s a big bridge party. And with all that to choose

from, on what did she eat all her meals? Plain white pottery plates and bowls from Dunelm.

So at her own insistence, when she moved into her beautiful brand new

apartment in a complex specially designed for the over 70s, it was the Dunelm

she took with her. She says she likes their simplicity. She doesn’t miss the posh

china at all. It was just a load of stuff that lived in her cupboards for years.

But while she was happy to unload that, she didn’t get rid of everything.

She has all her paintings, her favourite pieces of furniture and her good

whisky glasses, from which she enjoys a dram most evenings.

This is the reality of ‘downsizing’ and we really do need to think of a

better word for it. Done right, with a move to one of the new generation

of mid-life (55 up) and retirement homes where every detail has been

thought of and done beautifully, there’s nothing down about it at all.

In her light-filled one-bedroom apartment – where she still has post and milk

delivered to her front door – my mum finds life not at all lessened without her

collections of small pieces of wrapping paper that might possibly fit something

one day, carrier bags too nice to re-use and possibly useful elastic bands.

In fact she feels enormously freed from it all and takes daily pleasure in

windows which open and close by pressing a button, glow-in-the-dark light

switches at elbow height and the sheer freshness of a brand new home.

With a move into an expertly designed, purpose-built property, with

all mod cons on the site, moving on from the family home can be more

freestyling than downsizing. Take a look at these developments, which

show just how great twenty-first century retirement living can be.

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1. Wildernesse House

Where? Wildernesse House is

surrounded by acres of rolling Kent

countryside in its own extensive grounds,

rich in mature woodland and specimen

trees, right by the village of Seal and two

miles from central Sevenoaks, plus a 40

minute rail link to Charing Cross and

proximity to the M25, M26 and M20.

What? A superb conversion of a jawdropping

grand house with historical

links back to the 14th century (the oak

trees planted for Henry VIII’s visit are still

there) into a selection of 23 one- and twobed

apartments, plus eight two-bedroom

mews houses in the newly built stable

block, exclusively for people over 60.

While floorplans vary all the homes are

light and spacious with open-plan living,

dining and kitchen areas. Some have an

additional study or dressing room. The

development is fully staffed and has superb

shared spaces, including a library, a spa and

a restaurant, plus features in the grounds

such as a croquet lawn and a folly.

How much? Apartments in the

main house start at £940,000 and the

mews houses from £735,000. See more

on the website wildernessehouse.co.uk,

or ring 01732 510150. Sales are via

Savills, Sevenoaks, call 01732 789700.

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2. Terlingham Gardens

3. Regal Gate

4. The Coachworks

Where? Terlingham Gardens is

situated in the village of Hawkinge,

which sits in countryside on top of

the North Downs at 508ft above sea

level, with stunning views of nearby

Cheriton and Folkestone. An excellent

connection to the M20 makes it just

twenty minutes to Ashford International

station, with its fast rail link to St Pancras.

Folkestone is under ten minutes’ drive.

What? A gated community of 20 two

and two/three bedroom semi-detached

bungalows and chalet bungalows,

aimed at the over 55s, with landscaped

communal gardens and step-free access.

Maintenance and care packages are

available to residents, offering services

from window cleaning to personal care.

Those buying at early stages can have

house details tailored to individual

needs, as well as choosing from a range

of designer kitchen, bathroom, flooring

and decorating finishes. The first

phase of a larger development, which

will include family homes, it would

be a great opportunity for different

generations of one family to live nearby.

How much? Bungalows start

from £329,995. For more information

call 01303 893080. You can look at

the properties on rightmove.co.uk

Where? Bang in the middle of

Tunbridge Wells, with all its amenities,

so close to Hoopers you could

practically walk there blindfolded.

The station with its one hour link

to Charing Cross, is similarly close

and The Pantiles area, with all

its lovely shops and restaurants a

mere saunter away. A walk up the

hill takes you to theatres, Fenwick

and Royal Victoria Place shopping

centre, urban living at its best.

What? While not specifically

designed for the retirement market,

these four apartments (three onebedders

and one two-bedroom) would

be a great choice for downsizers wanting

to trade the big family home on the

outskirts, for a beautifully fitted out

modern pad right in the thick of things.

How much? The guide price

is £200,000. Telephone 01732

450184 for more information and

look on the website regalpoint.co.uk

Where? The Coachworks is located

in the heart of the lovely Wealden

village of Ticehurst, surrounded by

beautiful countryside, with trains to

London from nearby Stonegate and

the A21 five minutes away. Wadhurst

is the next village along and it’s 20

minutes to Tunbridge Wells.

What? A new development of

25 luxury two-bedroom apartments

and penthouses for those aged over

65, built in red brick in the local

vernacular style. The apartments are

light and airy, with kitchens adjoining

the sitting areas. Ideal for downsizers

looking for stress free living and

peace of mind, the development

features a concierge service, gardens,

parking and lift to all floors.

How much? Prices start at

£340,000, with sales via Savills,

Tunbridge Wells 01892 507005,

or look up The Coackworks on

their website, savills.co.uk

Please note: because these are new developments and conversions still in progress, some

of the images used are computer-generated representations of the finished properties.

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arranged on the console table in the spare bedroom.

The candlesticks alongside them were found in the

antique emporia around St Leonards’ Norman Road

Above: The striking drawing room features wonderfully

large windows which span the full length from floor

to ceiling Right: Boris the wild boar head is mounted

on the wall above a French army folding table

From the moment you walk into Karen Hahnel’s

ground floor St Leonards apartment your face

changes – and with every step further inside it gets

more pronounced. Your eyes widen, your eyebrows travel

progressively up your head and your mouth drops open.

Wow. Wow. Wow. It’s the wow factor writ large – very large.

Not just in the fabulous proportions of the main room,

with its three metre plus ceilings (with original mouldings)

and dramatic dark red marble fireplace, which was once in

a reception room in a major Victorian house. Nor even the

huge window, right down to the floor giving onto a sea view.

Although all of these are ticks on the dream home wish

list, what makes Karen’s flat so impressive is the way she’s

taken on the massive scale of the place – and run with it.

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Above: The sitting room has a wonderfully restrained palette of white and ecru,

a perfect backdrop for Karen’s gorgeous cockerpoo, Mabel

asymmetric piece by French designer Serge Mouille. No fussy

wall of fanciful French-hung artworks, but a huge drawing on

one side and a supersized decorative hanging on the other.

And then on the back wall something even

more amazing: a human-scale wire sculpture of an

angel, her wings threaded with Swarovski crystals,

looking down on all within. It’s magical.

A quick scan makes it immediately clear that even beyond

her ease with large scale, Karen is a very confident decorator.

The sitting room has a wonderfully restrained palette

of white and ecru (a perfect backdrop for her gorgeous

cockerpoo Mabel, who is exactly the same colours) with

no temptation to reach for splashes of feature colour.

Her confidence is also gloriously apparent in her fearless

decision to paint every surface in the apartment the same

shade of dark grey. Walls and ceilings are all finished in

Fired Earth’s Mercury, which wonderfully enhances the

sense of flow between the rooms, bringing it all together

and making the flat seem bigger at the same time.

But there is one good reason she feels comfortable

decorating such a space… she moved to it from

an almost identical property in Richmond.

“I had a flat there in a similar era building, with similar

proportions and I just transported everything down to

this one,” she says. “The only difference is that there

everything was painted white and here it felt right to go

for this rich dark grey with a tiny bit of warmth in it.”

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flat is so similar in style to her one-bedroom London

one – it was that extra bedroom that she was looking

for when she moved, not a new style of home.

So unlike most DFL (Down From London) decampers

to St Leonards, Karen wasn’t looking to trade in a tiny

flat in the smoke for a huge mansion; she transplanted


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Above left and below right: Karen has framed a postcard of a

work by a Egon Schiele in an ornate frame on the mantelpiece

Above right: A collection of coral, feathers and candles is

gathered together in a tray on top of a buttoned pouffe by

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herself from one splendid Victorian flat to another,

which had that extra bedroom and the sea view.

“In Richmond I couldn’t afford to upgrade to a two

bedroom,” she says. “It was going to be an extra £500,000

for another room and I didn’t want to move to a less

lovely part of London to get it. Then I was chatting to

my hairdresser, who told me she and her partner had

just been looking at property in St Leonards.

“I hadn’t even heard of it, but I started looking and two

days later I put an offer in on this flat. It all felt meant to

be. Once I came down and started looking I was really

specific – I quickly knew it could only be one of the 25

houses in this terrace, on the ground or first floor.

“I looked at seven or eight of them, but the moment I

saw this one online I knew immediately. It needed a lot of

love, it had broken windows, it hadn’t been looked after

for a long time, but it was definitely the right one.”

The work to be done on the flat was mostly putting right this

lack of care – overseen by Project Manager Carl Ross – there

were no walls to knock down or move around. The layout,

with the kitchen very cleverly arranged along one side of the

long wide hall the front door opens onto, was already in place.

“I only had to paint it and put up shelves,” says Karen,

“but I gutted the bathroom and started again.”


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The wire angel is by French artist Marie Cristophe, bought on a trip to Paris.

“She does a lot of work for the big fashion houses,” says Karen. “I saw the

angel in a gallery and knew I had to have her in my home.”


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Above: The beautiful bird cage on the sideboard in the drawing room was from Lille

Now featuring a deep contemporary oval bath with

a central hand shower, star design floor tiles on the

characteristic bold scale, plus a basin atop a black painted

unit, the bathroom, while relatively small, packs just

as much dramatic punch as the rest of the flat.

And it turns out that one of its standout features

– the tasselled light cord pull – was another of the

treasures Karen brought with her to her new home,

although this one pre-dates even the Richmond flat.

“It’s a curtain tie back I’ve had for 25 years and never

done anything with. I bought it in the Conran Shop when I

first moved to the UK from Australia. I saw it and thought

‘I’ve got to have that, I’ll find somewhere for it…’ I’ve had

it all those years and not used it and it turns out this was

the place,” which is another example of her decorating

confidence – the light pull might be from one of the country’s

most respected interior shops, but the designer-looking

bath was bought from an online bathroom supply store.

This juxtaposition of elite brands and clever finds is found

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This page: The free-standing kitchen is very cleverly

arranged along one side of the long wide hall which

spans the front to the back of the apartment. There’s

even space for a stylish chrome washing machine and

dishwasher in a little alcove by the bathroom

to be called anything else – on one end of the mantelpiece

is a design classic, the Tizio desk lamp by Artemede.

Suitably impressed, I ask where the smaller lamp on

the side table next to the sofa is from – presuming it

will be another treasure fit for the Design Museum.

Karen laughs as she replies: “IKEA! The sofa is from

there too – the covers are washable, which is great.”

But the round buttoned pouffe, upholstered in cream

linen, next to the IKEA sofa is from George Smith.

The high/low trick happens again when I enquire

about a beautiful small drawing which sits in a frame

on the mantelpiece, assuming it will be a find from a

gallery in one of the many European cities Karen visits

frequently for her job with a large software company.

It turns out it is a work by a major Austrian artist –

Egon Schiele – but it’s a postcard, which she popped into

a frame, the wide mount adding to the posh effect.


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Above left: In keeping with the grand, rich feeling of the whole apartment, Karen’s cooking utensils and cutlery are kept in a

collection of pressed glass jugs and vases Above right: The long hallway is lined on one side with round mirrors of assorted sizes

But while sources may vary from seriously grand

to canny bargains, one theme that weaves through all

Karen’s treasures is her love for European style.

The formerly mentioned wire angel is by French artist

Marie Cristophe, bought on a trip to Paris. “She does a lot

of work for the big fashion houses,” says Karen. “I saw the

angel in a gallery and knew I had to have her in my home.”

The industrial-style dining table at the windowend

of the room is also French, inspired by a

Paris trip, although not bought there.

“It’s a French army folding table. I saw one at Merci in

Paris, then searched on line until I found one. It weighs 80

kilos! I don’t know how it was ever thought of as portable…”

The chairs round it, though, are modern design classics:

Danish designer Verner Panton’s cantilevered plastic chair,

designed in 1960, bought by Karen from The Conran Shop.

The stuffed wild boar head – called Boris – mounted

over the table, was a find at the famous annual Braderie

flea market in Lille. He was wearing a bowler on the day of

our visit, but, says Karen “…he changes his hat often.”

The beautiful bird cage on the sideboard was also

from Lille: “I brought it back on Eurostar.”

The large armoire at the back of the room is more

genuine French Provincial – but sourced in the very

British West Sussex town of Arundel, an hour and a half

to the west of St Leonards, in an emporium specialising in

antiques from across the Channel, called French Loft.

Another, even bigger, armoire from there is one of

the major features of Karen’s bedroom. It’s so huge, I

wonder how they got it in there. Karen explains:

“Large antique French furniture like this can be

dismantled and put back together again, flat pack


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This page: Karen’s flare for scale

is evident in the master bedroom

where an Old Master painting has

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size. The armchair was found on the

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style, because they used to take it from their town

house to the country house, so it came in pieces which

could be put together and taken apart as needed.”

This room also hosts another example of Karen’s flair

for scale, in the detail from an Old Master painting,

blown up to a magnificent size, from Surface View, setting

the atmosphere from the moment you walk through

the door of this otherwise downplayed scheme.

Featuring the same restrained, calm colour scheme as

the drawing room, there is just a simple grey linen padded

headboard by Paola Navone and an armchair of great

character, which Karen found on the online antiques

site The Hoarde, upholstered in plain ecru canvas.

The only other standout features in this haven of tranquillity

are the lights: a very decorative chandelier which was already

in the house and a bedside lamp of delightful whimsy, from

Designers Guild, so pretty against sheer white curtains.

The bedroom is one place in the house where

Karen did undertake some construction, taking

advantage of the ceiling height to put in some large

storage areas, which disappear into the walls.

Walking out of this room and through the vestibule to

the kitchen takes you past another example of Karen’s bold

flair in a wall papered with a bold design featuring the

pressed tin ceilings found in houses in her native Melbourne,

dating from a similar period to this St Leonards one.

There’s more feature wallpaper in the spare bedroom

at the back of the flat, featuring old books stacked in

bookshelves. The room has rather theatrical lighting,

quite dark as you step in from the door, but with sun

pooling in from the window on one side to the rear.

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This room is richly accessorised with treasures

from Karen’s trips to France, notably the gold mirror

with a leaf surround. “I dragged it back from a Paris

flea market – and it cost me more in physiotherapy

to recover from that than I paid to buy it!”

The two striped tins on the console table, which

add to the ‘Hollywood Regency’ feel of the room,

once held soap and were another find from the Lille

Braderie, while the candlesticks alongside them were

found closer to her new home, in one of the more junky

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Heading from this room back out into the kitchen,

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Contents

4 Cool Forest

Our woodland-inspired

mood board

7 Sand Storm

Beach and desert chic

8 Hot Tropics

A taste of the exotic

11 Pure Form

Accessorise with

beautiful glass

12 Scented Candles

Through the Seasons

A year of perfumed

interiors with Atlanta

Bartlett and Dave Coote

14 Get the Look

Purple velvet cushions

14 Directory

The interiors A-Z

Traditional & Contemporary

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Editor’s Letter

The WT editorial team love getting creative, and this

Interiors Supplement provided the ideal opportunity

to get hands-on creating our mood boards. From

the shade of the forest to the burned ochre tones of the

desert, we’ve got a comprehensive selection of fabrics,

wallpapers, paints and trimmings. Turn to page 11 for glass

accessories and find out how Pale & Interesting’s Atlanta

Bartlett and Dave Coote scent their home all year round.

‘Our philosophy is to inspire and create

beautiful and unique interiors which are a

reflection of your unique style and personality’

Pure Form, page 11

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Cool Forest

Harness a woodland palette with our pick of

paints, fabrics, wallpapers and flooring

Harriet Emerald Green by

Aqua Clean (84123538),

available for use in a variety of

made to order furniture pieces,

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Woodland Chorus Wallpaper

in Sky Blue/Multi (215706) by

Sanderson, £61/10.05m roll,

Bell House Fabrics & Interiors

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Botanical Wallpaper Nostalgia,

£85/10m roll, Woodchip & Magnolia

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Series Woods Professional

Harbour Oak Laminate Flooring,

£27.01/m2, UK Flooring Direct

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Fern c.1960 in

Green, £74/10.05m

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Anais Sunflower Fabric by

Prêt à Vivre, £44.90/m,

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Sand Storm

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Transform your interior with a sunkissed golden

glow reminiscent of beach and desert holidays

Japonica Fabric in Saffron

(PON-52), £49.50/m,

Vanessa Arbuthnott

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Bonnet Shell Fringe

in Pearl by Samuel &

Sons, £50/m,

Jenny Blanc

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Celtic Stripe in Natural by

Marsons, £27.50/m, Bell House

Fabrics & Interiors

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Draycott Terrace

(143) Marble

Matt Water Based

Emulsion Paint

1 Litre Pot, £23,

Mylands

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Rope Washed Cotton,

available for use in

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Rose Gold Metallic

Luxe Fabric Lighting

Cable 8 AMP, £3.79/m,

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Rose Theatre

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Emulsion Paint

Sample Pot,

£4.25, Mylands

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Little Greene Paint

& Paper Colour

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Home Choice Engineered

European Oak Flooring

in Cappuccino Lacquered,

£54.55/m2, UK Flooring

Direct ukflooringdirect.co.uk

Landscape Plains

Wallpaper in Pebble

(106/2019), £75/10m

roll, Cole & Son

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Bark c.1961 in Tundra

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Ardmore Wallpaper,

Senso Spot (109/6030),

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£65/10m roll,

Ground in Pigeon

Cole & Son

(Ground-19), £48/m,

cole-and-son.com

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Wild Jungle by Chivasso

(CH2814/070),

£79.90/m, Jenny Blanc,

jennyblanc.com

Kravet 25703,

£65/m, Jenny

Blanc

jennyblanc.com

Bright Turquoise Chalk

Paint, 100ml Sample Pot,

£5.95, Autentico

autentico-paint.com

Echeveria in

ceramic pot, £10,

Happy & Glorious

happyglorious.co.uk

Zesty Green Smooth

Satin Sheen Fabric

Lighting Cable 8

AMP, £3.79/m,

Dowsing & Reynolds

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Peony Soft Velvet fabric,

available for use in a

variety of made to order

furniture pieces, Arlo &

Jacob arloandjacob.com

Brazilian Bird Chalk Paint,

100ml Sample Pot, £5.95,

Autentico

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Fern Chalk Paint, 100ml

Sample Pot, £5.95,

Autentico

autentico-paint.com

Raspberry Brushed

Cotton, available for use

in a variety of furniture

pieces, Loaf loaf.com

Sunshine Yellow

Smooth Satin Sheen

Fabric Lighting Cable

8 AMP, £3.79/m,

Dowsing & Reynolds

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Monstera Wallpaper,

£99/10m roll,

Woodchip & Magnolia

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Green Pina Colada Fabric,

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Atlanta Bartlett and

Dave Coote, the

husband and wife team

behind the Pale &

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their perfumed candle

picks to fragrance your

home all year round

“We just love scented

candles and how they

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and Napoleon, to Bella

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in Rye are building up a

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Scented candles

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Cire Trudon - Manon £70

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Get the look... purple velvet cushions

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When a former St. John Ambulance station in Rye came up

for sale, it took interior architect Marta Nowicka only three

hours to decide to take on its renovation. After removing

endless partitioning and flattening a 1970s extension, she has

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Previous pages & above: Marta wanted to use the original St. John Ambulance station doors, but they didn’t

meet building regulations, so are used on an internal wall instead as decoration and to reference the historical

use. A new set of functional doors have been made in the same style. The double sided wood burning stove and

adjacent log pile are housed on a huge concrete plinth, creating a focal point, whether the fire is lit or not

They say that home is where the heart is, but if you

spend half the year in one place and the other in

a completely different space, you must have to

have two hearts (make that two sets of everything), in

order to feel at home. Award-winning Interior Architect

Marta Nowicka appears to manage two-heartedness

brilliantly, living for half the year at her home in London

and the rest of the time at her home in Rye, letting out

whichever house she’s not living in. “It’s all a bit Mapp

and Lucia!” Marta laughs when we meet at the former St

John’s ambulance station in Rye Citadel. Rye may have

been the setting for the most recent TV adaptation of EF

Benson’s Mapp and Lucia books (in which the occupants

regularly swap their homes about) but as I look around this

stunning contemporary conversion, it is definitely where

the similarity ends. Tilling this isn’t. When Marta first

came across the property she was (half) living in nearby

Camber, in an old coastguard’s cottage. “It began to feel a

bit remote there,” she says. “I wanted to be in Rye for the

ease of access, the shops. It feels like there’s more life here.”

“My assistant came across the building first, but it

was in the middle of a sealed bids race. I didn’t have

time to see it and by the time I contacted the agent

they said, ‘sorry, it’s been sold.’ I asked them to let

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Above: A central feature of the open plan kitchen/dining/living area is a huge dining table, which has been designed

to be reconfigurable – it can be a square or a rectangle, depending on how many are coming for dinner

me know if anything changed, and six months later the

buyer pulled out – there was so much to be done: rewiring,

re-plumbing, you name it. The agents put the

property back online at 9am one morning. By 9.30am

I had seen it and by midday I’d purchased it.”

Marta explains that the building took a long time to

get planning permission, as it is in Rye’s conservation

area. “Rye is very medieval. The wall in the front is listed

and the other wall behind the property is part of Rye

Citadel. My style is quite monolithic, which works well

with the medieval wall. There is also a feeling of medieval

hall house going on in here, so this was the inspiration

for the plan. The fire had to be central so that people

can gather in the middle of the room.” The double sided

wood burning stove and adjacent log pile are housed on a

huge concrete plinth. It is a focal point, whether the fire

is lit or not. Another central feature is the huge dining

table, which has been designed to be reconfigurable, so

that it can be a large square or a rectangle, depending

on how many are coming for dinner. The open plan

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Above: The entrance hall windows look out onto a beautiful old brick wall which is illuminated at night

living area is ideal for entertaining. “It’s magical with

candles in the evening and with the fire,” adds Marta.

The rest of the plan flowed from the hall house idea,

with hints at the building’s previous incarnations as both

coach house to the adjacent Georgian property and, more

recently, the St John Ambulance station. Marta wanted to

use the original ambulance station doors, but they didn’t

meet building regulations, so are used on an internal wall

instead as decoration and to reference the historical use.

They mirror the new functional doors that have been made

in the same style. There are other nods to the building’s

recent history with medical and industrial inspired pieces,

such as the nurse’s trolley in the upstairs bathroom and a

sleek brushed stainless steel island unit in the kitchen.

The property has had several lives then, transitioning

from coach house to ambulance station to stunning

contemporary home. Marta explains, “The original coach

house building was demolished in the war and rebuilt

to the same design, being made into an ambulance

station to help with the war effort. Then St John

Ambulance took it over, housing two ambulances and

making a warren of rooms, some for training and for

use as public spaces, others for admin and office space.”

Marta knocked down the 1970s addition at the back

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This page: A concrete plinth has been cast at the base of the

stairs. Marta has weaved rope through the metal handrail. Rather

than hanging from the ceiling, a huge glass orb has been set down

in one corner to provide illumination

of the building and extended it to make a downstairs

bedroom, bathroom and generous reception area.

Upstairs “it was the worst of the worst,” she laughs,

describing the flattened ceilings and endless partitioning.

“It was a warren of little rooms, fluorescent lights and

magnolia paint.” Marta’s builder Pat Gill, from Kent, with

whom she’s worked for over 20 years, demolished all of that

and together they completely reconfigured the building.

Now the only traces of the ambulance station are the

large doors and a paper sign that is taped onto the front

window. “I’ve redesigned it to be a family home with as

many bedrooms as possible. The bedrooms are deliberately

small as they’re only used for sleeping – and it’s all about

being together. It’s great for weekend gatherings.” She

adds: “The large space downstairs had been made into

two rooms by St John Ambulance, so I put that back into

one large space. I love space, my remit is to have space.”

That feeling of space has been made by physically moving

walls and taking down partitions, but also through Marta’s

clever ideas and design skills. On the ground floor the

whole area is unified by the limited palette of materials.

The wide limed oak floorboards continue, in narrower

form, to clad the central walls, fusing floor with wall,

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Above & above right: A family bathroom neatly slots into a

space under the sloping roof upstairs Right: Wide limed oak

floorboards line the staircase. “I see the staircase running through

the centre of the building like a spine,” Marta says

as if the staircase is rising up through the middle of the house, like a

monolith. “I see the staircase running through the centre of the building

like a spine,” she says, and then adds intriguingly, “I love the spaces

that other people overlook or want to hide – the awkward gaps and

places under the stairs. I expose them and use them to make interesting

spaces.” Having no need for under-stairs cupboards – or much storage

at all from what I can see, also opens up the rooms and enhances the

feeling of light and space. There is no need for storage, it would appear,

because there is not much to store. Marta travels light, which I guess, is

a necessity if you are often between two properties and renting out one

of them each time. Home is wherever she lays her laptop then. “Yes, I

keep my life in my bag,” she laughs. The key to a streamlined home,

as Marta stylishly demonstrates, is not more storage, it’s less stuff. I

suddenly feel the need to rush home and have a massive clear out.

As we move through the house, each area informs the next, anchored

by the central staircase. Exposed brickwork, concrete plinths and

the steel beam in the living area contrast with the highly finished,

sleek timber cladding and floorboards, and the clean, sharp lines of

the slightly industrial furnishings. It is this well judged juxtaposition

that makes everything in the building come together so seamlessly.

It wasn’t all smooth progress, but Marta and Pat the builder were

able to overcome most of the obstacles. Marta points to the cast

concrete plinth at the base of the stairs. It went wrong, apparently.

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Above: Marta’s son Lucas’s room has been designed with friends

staying in mind Right: The spare bedrooms

“It was supposed to be smooth and monolithic, but

these pock marks and craters appeared in it. Now I like

it, but at the time I wasn’t happy.” There is a definite

seaside or rockpool feel to the finish, but anyone would

think it had taken ages to deliberately get the effect.

An old wall dominates the view from a fantastic double

height window at this end of the building – a vista that

can be seen from the other end, as it is all one big space,

just divided into zones. A similar thing happens upstairs.

The old bricks continue to echo through the house,

giving little pointers to its origins, to the ancient town

and to each stage of change and regeneration. This is

clearly evident in Marta’s son Lucas’s room, which is at

the end of the original part of the building and features

an old wall that has been pared back to the brick of its

first incarnation – with remnants of the ancient paint still

clinging on in patches. Lucas’s room has been designed

to function as both a sleeping room – for him and his

friends, and also as a study or games room. This is achieved

through the ingenious use of partition doors that open

out, or give privacy, depending on requirements.

The master bedroom features an amazing triangular

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This page: Throughout the house, exposed brickwork contrasts

with the highly finished, sleek timber cladding and floorboards.

Son Lucas’s room has been designed to function as both a

sleeping and study or games room. This is achieved through the

use of partition doors that open out, or give privacy, depending

on requirements

window that spans between the twin gables of the roof

from which there are wonderful views of the tiled roofs of

the surrounding buildings and the countryside beyond. A

bathroom has been cleverly tucked behind the bed. It’s a

very creative use of space – more of an en-bed, than en suite

facility. And the wonderful ‘Citadel’ window at the other

end of the building can be seen directly from this bedroom.

Marta clearly enjoys the whole process of designing, and

then making, living spaces out of unloved commercial, or

slightly industrial buildings. She has several other properties

in Sussex and London, including a development of five

apartments created from the building that was once the

old Labour Party headquarters in Hoxton. She has recently

decided to stop designing for clients and focus on her own

property portfolio, letting out spaces – her own and other

stylish and interesting homes. The company is called DOM,

a Polish word for home, which references her Polish roots

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This page: On both floors there are hints to the building’s former use as an ambulance station in

the form of medical and industrial inspired pieces of furniture – a steel and glass cabinet housing

towels on the landing, and stripped back metal chairs in the master bedroom

and the company’s ethos. “I want DOM to be the go-to

site for people wanting to rent unusual and contemporary

spaces to live in or holiday in, or even to buy.” She has a

tagline that sums up the service: ‘DOM stay and live.’

“It can take ages to trawl through Airbnb to find the

right place. DOM will cut through all that. There will be

a range of spaces to suit everyone – small and cosy, big

and industrial, by the sea, in the city… I want it to be the

go-to platform for people wanting to live in a beautiful

place in England or abroad.” As the website grows she

plans to take on other properties around the globe –

already there’s a fabulous place in Warsaw signed up.

It takes determination, creative vision and a huge amount

of steely pragmatism to achieve such a breathtaking

transformation in a building. Constructing a family

home from a tired old industrial or municipal space is

no easy feat. Marta has achieved it by celebrating the raw

materials of its construction – the bricks, concrete,

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“The bedrooms are deliberately small as they’re only used for sleeping – and it’s all about

being together. It’s great for weekend gatherings.”


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Above: The master bedroom features an amazing triangular window that spans between the twin gables of the roof from which there

are wonderful views of the surrounding buildings and the countryside beyond

wood and steel. Through these elements she has managed

to pay tribute to the origins of this building – the

medieval setting, the former lives of both coach house

and ambulance station, and has used them as a bridge

into the present. The principles and the materials may

be Brutalist, but the pared down, sleek and simple lines

of the interior serve to create something more refined.

She has created an optimistic, welcoming and light filled

space. Truly a home for people to live, stay and relax in.

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in through doM at domstayandlive.com

For information on Marta’s design studio,

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Bring your wellies

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~

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£35 for 4 courses and £65 for 7 courses.

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The last 11 years have been dedicated to the culinary cause! I have

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Daniel Clifford and Tom Carr. This experience has enabled me to

develop my own style of cooking and I now have the opportunity to

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I was born in Devon, very close to the sea, and hence have always

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meat and game as well as a bountiful supply of local fish.

I am two weeks into my new role and all my new ‘toys’ have

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From brunch through lunch to Lunch menu

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Frasers the only limit is your imagination.

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~

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Rosemunde silk dress, £125

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jewellery, model’s own

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01435 883394 or 07831 258582

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White Stuff shirt, £65,

pink skinny jeans, £49.95,

Seasalt hat, £25, Charity Farm

Countrystore, Cranbrook

charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk;

jewellery, model’s own

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Embroidered cotton kaftan, £35, The Prial, Farnham theprialnightwear.co.uk;

jewellery, model’s own

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01732 454445 www.lovellandvie.co.uk

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cashmere and silk knitwear

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Luisa Cerano dress, £335, Eves,

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jewellery, model’s own


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White Stuff dress,

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Sol Sana heels, £135, Odyl,

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WT would like to thank

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allowing us to photograph

in their beautiful garden

in Benenden, Kent,

where they grow scented

flowers, herbs, and foliage

for special occasions and

events. Find out more

at bluehenflowers.com

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Beauty

Josephine Fairley shares her essential cheats

for an instant summer body

I’m sure I’m not the only person whose heart sinks at

the sight of yet another ‘Get Yourself Beach-Ready’

magazine article. My idea of being ‘beach-ready’ is

ensuring there’s enough sandwiches, potato salad and

soft drinks to keep the family happy. (And quite often,

making sure we’ve got macs and a windbreak.)

That doesn’t mean we don’t want to look good for summer

– but it’s not all about prepping for two weeks in a swimsuit, is

it? One of the glories of living in these isles is taking advantage

of these precious few months of warmth and sunshine: all

the more special because they don’t last year-round. If you’re

anything like me, that means you’re outdoors as much as

possible – on walks, in the garden, at barbecues with friends.

Yes, we all want to look and feel our best – but why waste

precious time in the bathroom when we could be taking

advantage of the great outdoors? So: I’ve focused here on

great ‘cheats’, which will minimise your time getting ready

for the beach – and maximise your actual time on it.

STep one: buff with an oil-based scrub. These are, in my

book, just about the most body-transformative products

out there. They slough away dead, dull skin cells (and can

actually revive a tan, as a result), while leaving skin veiled in

nourishing oils. Any fake tan will go on more smoothly if

you use an oil-based scrub first. I prefer sugar-based scrubs as

salt can sting if you’ve any nicks and cuts (as a gardener, that

invariably means me). Top of the scrubs for me are VOYA

Effervescence Nourishing Scrub, £34 for 259g (it features

plenty of hand-harvested seaweed in a base of almond oil,

sunflower oil and seaweed oil – and who knew there was

such a thing?), and the perennially fabulous, deliciously

rose-scented REN Moroccan Rose Shea Sugar Body Polish,

£33 for 330ml. Both leave skin gleaming and nourished

and are so enjoyable to use – well, you’ll use them. And

at the end of the day that is the key, with all products.

STep TWo: fake a tan. Who wants a body that’s pastrypale

on the first day of a vacation? Dita Von Teese, and that’s

about it, I reckon. There’s no need to go anywhere near a UV

tanning salon – the health risks of which become more and

more evident – with all the fabulous fake tans there are around.

My advice isn’t to go for a deep instant tan, but to apply a

gradual tanner a couple of evenings in a row, before you leave

for holiday. That’s all it takes to build up really quite a fabulous

skin tint, and it’ll look more realistic than one dark coat. Bathe

and exfoliate first, pat skin dry, and smooth body butter into

any dry zones such as heels, knees and elbows. These areas go

carrot-y because the dry cells take up more of the self-tanning

ingredient; if they’re well-nourished, that won’t happen.

Over the past few years I’ve slathered my way through

plenty, with three that I return to time and again. First off,

from an oddly-named brand called Eco by Sonya (available

from lovelula.com). Their Winter Skin, £25 for 200ml is

deliciously ‘slippy’, like a gel-cream – and is incredibly easy

to spread. ESPA Gradual Tan Body Moisturiser, £34 for

200ml, has an almost identical texture – and I can honestly

say I’ve never had better results from a fake tan. If you really,

really have a bare-leg emergency on Day One, nothing

fixes that faster than This Works Perfect Legs Skin Protector

SPF30, £40 for 100ml, which is a perfecting and blurring

product for legs that minimises imperfections and improves

appearance in a flash, with mica and natural caramel evening

out skintone – and with that SPF30, it protects while it gilds.

STep THRee: protect your face before you hit the beach.

I walked along the sands in Dubai back in January literally

aghast at how almost every woman was lying there with her

face turned to the sun, in the midday heat. You know why they

call it ‘tanning’? Because skin turns to leather. L-e-a-t-h-e-r. I

honestly cannot counsel anything less than an SPF30 on the

face, beneath a hat, and preferably with your head in the shade,

too. I rely on another product from This Works, the fantastic,

weightless In Transit Skin Defence SPF30, £29 for 40ml,

for facial protection – and am delighted it’s about to become

available in an SPF45. Also brilliant for sun-sensitive skins

like mine is Green People Scent-Free Facial Sun Cream SPF30,

£16.50 for 50ml, which not only protects against UVA and

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STEP FOUR: reach for an

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damage that goes along with that) – or do as I do and slowly

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or something way up in the SPF stratosphere – and not much

any expert is going to say will change your strategy. What I will

say is that there are some terrific sunscreens out there, in textures

that are more skin-compatible and pleasurable to use than ever;

ranges I like include Clarins, Clinique, Lancaster and (at the

affordable end) the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration range.

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STEP FIVE: stow your favourite, richest hair mask

or conditioner in your beach basket. Make a ritual of

slathering generously onto wet hair straight after a dip;

you can shower it out later, but the sooner you put back

what seawater and chlorine take out of hair, the better.

And honestly, this is all you need to think about. Anything

else you choose to do will be because it’s actually part of your

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Do you have a beauty

regime? As I approach my

50th year, my beauty regime

starts in the morning by

looking in the bathroom

mirror and thanking my life,

that way I feel more beautiful

with age! I have devised my

own natural honey bee, twostep

beauty ritual. First, I apply

my honey, seaweed and aloe

facial cleanser wash and, if my

face is feeling particularly tired,

I use it as a face pack too. I

follow this with my face and

body balm which is natural

and nourishing both night

and day. The two products

together are all I need,

Do you have a particular

product you couldn’t

live without? My face

feels lost without my face

balm (also known as BEE

NOURISHED) as it’s so

versatile and nourishing. I

made a handy travel size

so I can take it everywhere.

Regarding make-up, I find less

is more but mascara is the key

for me. I love Kevyn Aucoin

mascara from Space NK. It’s

light, does not smudge or

flake and is easy to remove.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I lived

and worked in Bali for a year

and massages and pedicures

were so cheap that you had

them every week so they no

longer felt like a treat. To

feel truly indulged, I need to

receive the pampering from

someone I am fond of! So, a

foot massage after a long day

from my partner is great and

so is a facial treatment from

my friend Rachel Heavens

who I run pampering

workshops with. In our

workshops I demonstrate

how to make natural skin

care products while Rachel

teaches the facial part. It’s

pampering on another level.

Who’s your style icon? Style

icons for me don’t only look

good, they create good. My

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painter Georgia O’Keeffe

and installation artist Louise

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the idea of conventional

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art, they both leave a legacy

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As we move into high summer,

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the health benefits of cooking

tomatoes: they’re a great source

of the antioxidant lycopene,

which helps protect against

cancer and heart disease.

Scientists have discovered that

when tomatoes are eaten raw,

very little lycopene is absorbed

but when cooked with a good

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Beauty

Never too late!

We asked fitness guru and personal trainer Sarah Maxwell for

her advice on building an exercise routine later in life …

1

IS IT EVER TOO LATE TO START?

I believe it’s never too late to start exercising.

The positives are huge for the over 60s, there

are diverse improvements ranging from increases

in strength and flexibility to improvements in

circulation and bone density. I run a variety of exercise

classes and have many people over sixty involved.

I encourage everyone of all ages and levels to go at their

own pace and enjoy themselves whilst doing it.

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There are a wide range of classes, as close as your local

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but this doesn’t mean there aren’t many other ways to exercise.

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. Yoga

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groups

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It’s a great time to try new things and find out what

works best for you. Classes are great because you can go

along on your own or take a friend for support. Start

with a beginners’ class and let the teacher know you’re

new to exercise so they can help, encourage and get you

on the right track safely and effectively. Exercising with

others is proven to be the most effective way to maintain

a routine and encouragement plays an important role.

3

HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK?

I would suggest a minimum of two sessions

a week to get results. Start out gently and

build up gradually so you improve consistently and

prevent injury. Space the classes a couple of days

apart so your body gets a chance to recover between

sessions. Try to fit in some regular cardiovascular

exercise between classes such as walking or swimming.

As your fitness improves you’ll notice that you have more

energy and confidence and are more active in everyday tasks.

4WHAT BENEFITS CAN

I EXPECT TO SEE

FROM EXERCISING?

Regular exercise will tone your

body, increase your metabolism

and make you feel great on the inside and

outside. It also has many benefits for your health

and wellbeing in general: research shows that

physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood,

sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing

your risk of stress, depression, dementia and

Alzheimer’s disease. The best medicine you can

give your body and mind is a regular exercise routine,

even one that just involves walking and moving more.

5MOTIVATION

Getting started with exercise is one thing,

keeping it up is another. I advise my clients to

set short term goals that are easy to stick to. People are

motivated when they start but without goals they find it

difficult. Planning sessions ahead in your diary is a great

motivator. Teaming up with someone in your class or a

friend can also help enormously. Fun is the name of the

game. If you dread going along to your class it’s time to

change and try something new. Make a list of all of the

classes/activities you would like to try and give them a go.

Sarah Maxwell is a professional

PT and group exercise

instructor based in

Cranbrook. She is HAB

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of the year. Visit

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long and good your life has been.

So, as a sixty-year-old with a lot of

dementia in my family, it’s great to hear

of any progress in the battle to fight

this horrible disease which affects 30

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Drugs take a long time to develop

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as it’s now thought to have a variety

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if the research is correct, then making

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bring about serious problems later.

Admittedly, the trail was small: the

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The programme was built around

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Beautiful

Eating

Recipes: Madeleine Shaw

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Food

Following her appearance at Wealden Times

Midsummer Fair last month, bestselling

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Madeleine Shaw shares wholesome, flavourful

recipes supercharged with all the vitamins

and minerals your body needs to keep

you glowing with health all year round.

Oregano-Infused Potato Salad

with Fennel and Leeks

Potatoes have had a bad rep over the years. Sure, they

are a bit carby, but cold potatoes are rather spectacular.

You see, cold potatoes contain lots of starch... which is

amazing for your gut. And a healthy gut means clear

skin, so let’s get munching on those spuds – yum!

Serves 4 Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 25 mins

• 2 leeks, trimmed

• 1 tbsp avocado

oil or butter

• salt and freshly ground

black pepper, to taste

• 400g Jersey Royals

• 50ml veggie or chicken

stock, just boiled

• sprig of fresh

oregano, leaves

picked and chopped

• 100g rocket

• 1 fennel bulb

• 2 spring onions

• 30g walnuts,

roughly chopped

• 2 tbsp chopped

fresh parsley

• 1 tbsp olive oil

1. Finely chop the leeks into thin slivers. Heat

the oil in a large pan and sauté the leeks

with a pinch of salt and pepper for 20

minutes, until golden and caramelised.

2. While the leeks are cooking, boil the potatoes in a

pot of simmering salted water for 20-25 minutes

until tender. Drain them and slice in half, then put

back into the same pot you cooked them in. Pour

over the hot stock and add the oregano and a pinch

of salt. Leave while you prep the rest of the salad.

3. Place the rocket in a bowl. Thinly slice the fennel

with a mandolin into fine ribbons and add to the

rocket, then tip in the cooked leeks and potatoes.

4. Finely chop the spring onions and throw them

over the salad, along with the nuts, parsley, a big

pinch of salt and the olive oil. Toss and serve.

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Food

Chicken Ramen

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins

This is my take on one of our

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• 1 red chilli, deseeded

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• 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

• 2 chicken breasts or

thighs, cut into strips

• 100g rice noodles

• 2 eggs

• salt, to taste

• 2 carrots, julienned

• juice of ½ lime

• 2 spring onions,

finely chopped

• 1 tbsp toasted

sesame seeds

1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the ginger and garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Next

add the stock, mushrooms, chilli, tamari and chicken pieces. Cook for 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, cook your rice noodles as per the packet instructions in a

separate pot. In another pot, boil the eggs in plenty of water for 4 minutes,

until the whites are cooked but the yolk is still runny. Once cool enough

to handle, peel and slice the eggs in half and sprinkle on a little salt.

3. Just before serving, throw the carrots and cooked noodles into the

soup and squeeze in the lime juice. Top with the boiled egg halves,

spring onions and sesame seeds, then serve immediately.


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Serves 2 Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 40 mins

• 2 large beetroots

• 1 tbsp avocado oil or

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• salt and freshly ground

black pepper, to taste

• 100g buckwheat

• 1 cucumber, chopped into

1cm chunks

• 1 mango, peeled, stoned and

chopped into 1cm chunks

• juice of 1 lime

• 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

• 1 jalapeño chilli, deseeded

• 4 tbsp hummus

• 1 tbsp chopped walnuts

For the dressing

• 2 tbsp almond butter

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• 1 tsp nutritional yeast

(if you can find it)

• 1 tsp tamari

• pinch of chilli powder

• pinch of smoked paprika

• 1 tbsp cold water

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/

gas mark 6. Peel and cut the beetroots

into 2½cm chunks. Put in a roasting

tray and mix with the oil and a big

pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for

30-40 minutes until cooked through.

2. While the beetroots are cooking, cook

the buckwheat and make the dressing.

First rinse the buckwheat in warm

water, then place in a pot with 250ml

of cold water and a pinch of salt.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 12

minutes until cooked through and all

the water has been absorbed. Whisk

the dressing ingredients together.

3. Mix the cucumber, mango and lime

juice together with the coriander and

jalapeño. Plate up the roasted beets with

the cooked buckwheat, hummus and

walnuts, plus the cucumber and mango

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It’s not a coincidence that I love

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soft shell-shaped sponges

blossomed at a young age, but I also

lived in France for a brief time when

I returned from Australia. I’d just set

up my blog, and was experimenting

with how to make some of my

favourite treats gluten, dairy and

refined sugar free. Well, I finally did

it with the madeleines, but I have to

say I’m yet to crack the croissant!

Makes 16, serves 6-8

Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 10 mins

• 50g coconut oil, melted,

plus extra for greasing

• 60ml almond milk

• 85g maple syrup or honey

• grated zest of 1 lemon

• 1 egg, beaten

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 120g buckwheat or

white spelt flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the strawberry chia jam

• 400g strawberries

• 4 tsp chia seeds

• 3 tbsp maple syrup

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/

gas mark 5 and brush a madeleine

tray with melted coconut oil.

2. Make the jam by blending the

strawberries, chia seeds and

maple syrup until smooth.

Leave on the side – the chia

seeds will soak up the liquid

and the mixture will become

gelatinous after 10 minutes.

3. To make the madeleines, whisk the

coconut oil, almond milk, maple

syrup, lemon zest, egg and vanilla

together in a large bowl. Sift in the

flour, baking powder and bicarb

and stir to mix. Pour the batter

into the madeleine moulds and

bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

4. Serve the madeleines with a

dollop of jam. They are also

great dipped in chocolate.

These recipes are taken from A Year of

Beautiful Eating by Madeleine Shaw,

published by Trapeze in hardback and

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The makings

of a garden

Sue Whigham talks about the evolution of her own

garden and perfect plant combinations

It was 1996 when we first saw the garden, and it

was love at first sight. There was a paddock for our

donkeys and an orchard behind the house with old

lichen covered apple trees. And many of them are still here,

looking a little elderly and some of which have become

climbing frames for roses. We’re eternally grateful to Miss

Richards who planted the orchard in 1952 and who left

us a now very faded hand written plan of her trees. What

wonderful varieties she sourced. A row of Peasgood’s

Nonsuch is still standing as well as the old Yorkshire

variety, Ribston Pippin, grown since the 18th Century,

and one of my favourites, the robust and delicious cooker,

M. ‘Arthur Turner’, still laden with fruit every autumn.

We’re trying to remember what we did first apart

from taking down some of the hurdles around the

orchard which housed a few pet sheep here and there

and rather foolishly buying a few tiny grass and ghost

carp to control the water lilies that had become triffid

like in the dew pond to the east of the house.

We think it must have been some of the

climbing and rambling roses that went in first.

One mistake was to plant a couple of climbers

up two of the Peasgood’s Nonsuch and whilst

they are still very much there, their nature

doesn’t really suit being trained up trees. We

didn’t really know then that ramblers are so

much better suited for the job whilst climbers

have a rather more complicated pruning regime

which is so difficult to carry out when they are

clambering around in their host’s branches.

We’d been reading Robin Lane Fox’s book,

Better Gardening, which we think might have

been the only gardening book we had then.

So taking his advice and reading what he said about Rosa

‘Blairii No. 2’ we started with that, seduced by his description

of a rose whose petals are so ‘tightly packed that the scent,

too, is doubled, like the fruit of a sweet white German

wine’. And it is true except that much of the bloom is now

too high to do anything but admire from ground level.

Rosa ‘Paul Transon’ was another early arrival and we can’t

“We’d been

reading Robin

Lane Fox’s book,

Better Gardening,

which we think

might have been

the only gardening

book we had then”

Hypericum and ‘Fox and Cubs’

recommend it more. We’d worked out by then that a rambler

was more suitable for the trees so this went in. It’s a repeat

flowerer, a rich salmon with ‘coppery overtones’ but the best

thing about it is its unusual and rich scent.

And then there were ramblers like Rosa

‘Phyllis Bide’ first spotted whilst on a bus

driving through Odiham, R. ‘Rambling

Rector’, too vigorous for its host, but showy,

and the delicate R. ‘Cecile Brunner’ which is

just coming out now and which uses a rather

decrepit old prunus as a climbing frame, the

soft pink of the rose combining with the

purple foliage. Later additions include R.

‘Wedding Day’ and two less vigorous roses,

R. ‘Apple Blossom’ and R. ‘Open Arms’,

both charming. Then Peter Beales sent us

a few shrub roses with delectable names

and these went in between the apple trees. R. ‘Madame

Hardy’ is lovely; white with a green eye but alas, no scent.

A few trees arrived, perhaps two or three a year, from Robert

Vernon’s Bluebell Nursery. These were bought as small plants

but soon grew on and we had few fatalities. I think it is a

good idea to start small if you feel you have the time to wait.

The trunk of the beautiful birch, B. ermanii split and


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Garden

R. ‘Open Arms’

hornets feasted on the sap. It had to be bandaged with the

remains of an old sheet but made a remarkable recovery. One

of the slowest trees to establish, a beautiful lime introduced

by Ernest Wilson from the wilds of China, Tilia henryana,

is now romping away and maybe one day soon it will start

to produce its autumn flowers. Look out for this one. It has

huge ovate leaves which are toothed and so very striking.

Clematis were planted here and there. Some have

thrived but in this last dry spell, two or three seem to have

disappeared. The soft pink C. ‘Duchess of Albany’ has gone

in this year with the idea of it providing late summer interest

through a grey leaved Elaeagnus ‘Quicksilver’. I love the late

flowering clematis. Their bell-like flowers appear when you

are least expecting them. The house and sheds are

smothered with C. montana ‘Wilsonii’. Many of

the plants have self seeded and combined with

a Persian ivy which arrived as a cutting from a

friend’s plant in Benenden. C. ‘Wilsonii’ is a

good doer and its fragrant white flowers come

a little later than many of the other montanas.

Gravel in the garden has proved to be

a fantastic growing medium as there is

always something new popping up and

there are now interesting combinations

of self sown hypericums and the prolific burnt orange

flowers of ‘Fox and Cubs’ which came from a Winchelsea

garden open under the National Garden Scheme and

a low growing Euphorbia cyparissias ‘Fens Ruby’.

Borders were dug and filled with a mixture of shrubs and

perennials. One border proved to be too ambitious and the

soil baked hard in the summer. As its nutritional value didn’t

seem to improve despite the addition of copious amounts

of compost and grit, we’ve abandoned ship and a third of it

has now been sown with a wild flower and grass mix from

Emorsgate Seeds. It’s a huge success this year although a

few less ox eye daisies in the mix would have been better.

What survivors these are. I have never known anything to

proliferate quite as much! The other parts of the border are

“It took years to

take out a huge

and exceedingly

geriatric privet

hedge from

round the little

vegetable patch”

R. ‘Blairi No.2’ in the trees

waiting for attention and meanwhile the teasels and purple

fennel have taken up residence and look very happy too.

It took years to take out a huge and exceedingly

geriatric privet hedge from round the little vegetable

patch, apparently highly prolific in our predecessors’ day.

Getting rid of this and replacing it with a picket fence

now planted up with a cultivated blackberry, boysenberries

and that really decorative Japanese Rubus

phoenicolasius is a great improvement and

it’s much more fun to see a few dahlias

and salvias growing together through the

kitchen window rather than the hedge.

A giant purple fennel has appeared and

reaches great heights by the end of the season

too and provides a good backdrop to Salvia

‘Amistad’ and that lovely variety, Salvia

confertiflora. Both of these need to be lifted at

the end of the year and a few cuttings taken but

they strike easily and are worth the effort. S. ‘Amistad’ starts

flowering in July – earlier if it has been kept in a greenhouse

– and its dark purple flowers are still going in November.

And so each year things change – a little. Some

plants start to outgrow their space and have to be hard

pruned; the apples need attention each winter and

gradually need replacing. Moss seems to take over the

lawn but by early June everything is looking rosy.

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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Garden

Second out, round two!

Jo Arnell explains that it’s never too late to get the most out of your veg garden over the summer months

I’m all for trying again when I don’t succeed, for never

saying die and persisting in the face of unsurmountable

odds; in another life I might be climbing mountains or

swimming the channel. In this one I’m attempting to grow

vegetables. It would be easy, if it weren’t for a myriad of

factors that conspire against me (my own nature probably

being one). There’s the weather – it is either too cold, too

windy, too hot or too many things in rapid succession; there

are pests galore helping themselves left and right, from above

and below. And then there are mysterious problems linked

to the soil, or the general health of the plants. Let’s not even

mention the events in life and work that take us far away

from thoughts of vegetable growing. It can be easy to lose

the plot. If you’ve been lucky, or very diligent, you may have

managed to avoid most pitfalls and already have harvested and

cleared a space. On the other hand (mine’s a grubby, blistered

one) one, or all of the above setbacks may have occurred;

the weather, the pests, or just life in general, have prevented

a harvest of any kind. In either scenario, this is the moment

to jump back in and start again. There is still time (you’ll be

glad to hear) to sow some vegetables from scratch this year.

Catch-up Crops

The weather and the soil have warmed and anything

sown now will be faster to germinate, in fact

some crops will grow so quickly that they almost

catch up with those sown earlier in the year.

Choose fast maturing vegetables and those that

don’t take long from sowing to harvest:

Radishes are so quick that they can even be grown in

between rows of slower growing vegetables, as they’ll be

harvested before their companions need the space.

Baby beetroot can be nearly as fast, with the added bonus

that you can harvest the young leaves for salads too.


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Summer crops can be prone to bolting – that is,

running to seed before you have a chance to harvest

them. Make sure that they get adequate water and sow

bolt proof varieties of things like beetroot, coriander

and spinach.

Fast maturing vegetables will give you a harvest

in just a few weeks, but this is also a good time for

sowing crops to harvest in the autumn and winter.

Salads, mange tout peas, baby carrots and dwarf beans

are quick croppers, while a row or two of kale, Swiss

chard, broccoli or spring cabbage will provide a harvest

during the colder months.

Pests can increase to plague proportions in the

summer months and decimate crops, so make sure that

you protect them with fine netting or fleece. Grow

carrots in raised containers to keep out carrot fly.

Tender plants like beans and courgettes must be

harvested before the first frosts arrive and need about

10-12 weeks from sowing to cropping.

Peas are useful to grow in succession – there’s a fast

one, aptly called ‘Meteor’ and then there are mange

tout varieties, which are eaten as young pods.

Dwarf beans are faster than climbing beans because they

don’t have to make a giant beanstalk before starting to

flower and form pods. Sowing to harvest time should be

around 10 weeks. Make sure that beans are well watered

in dry spells, especially when they’re forming their pods.

You should just get away with a sowing of courgettes

now too. Remember that courgettes and beans are

tender, so the latest you can sow for a harvest before

the frosts is probably July. Some years it stays mild until

December, but frosts can come as early as September…

July is generally the last month to sow carrots for an autumn

crop. Choose smaller varieties – there are quite a few stubby

ones around – ‘Chantenay’ is quite a good one, or a quick

growing variety such as ‘Amsterdam Forcing’. There are

even tiny round carrots, almost like orange radishes. Small

carrots can be eaten whole and don’t need peeling either.

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Salad days

Lettuce needs cool, light conditions in which to germinate.

They will grow in partial shade, which may be a better

place to sow it in summer, as lettuce is prone to bolting

in hot, dry conditions. Sow in succession if you eat a

lot – a pinch of seed every four weeks or so. Loose leaf

varieties like Salad Bowl, Lollo Rosso, or salad mixes

that contain a combination of leaves are useful, as you

can treat them as cut-and-come-again crops – just cut

and more leaves will grow from the base of the plant.

Rocket does what its name suggests, but may bolt

(run to seed) in very hot conditions, so might be

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Herbs, especially annuals like Coriander, Chervil, Dill and

Parsley (a biennial) are very easy to sow and grow. Depending

on how much you need, sow small quantities right through

the growing season. Coriander is prone to running to seed

almost before it grows any leaves, so grow a leafy variety like

Cilantro, which is less annoying and has the same flavour.

Planning ahead

This is a good time to start thinking about sowing crops for

the autumn and winter such as Swiss chard, perpetual spinach

and kale. These leafy stalwarts will provide harvests right

through the winter and into the early spring. Protect kale from

caterpillars in the summer, and pesky pigeons in the winter.

Oriental greens like pak choi, tatsoi and mustards like

mizuna (I also grow a pretty dark leaved one called ‘Red

Frills’) can be sown towards the end of the month. These

are best grown either side of the summer – so in the spring

or at the end of the summer. They are good and reliably

fast (pak choi may need a little watering, so that the base

swells – and it can get attacked by caterpillars). Sometimes

the leaves of oriental greens become peppered with tiny

holes, which are made by flea beetles. A really fine net or

fleece will protect them and ensure a supply of perfect

stir fries and spicy salads right through the autumn.

The rush of early season growth may be over, but the

soil is warm and welcoming and conditions are less prone

to extremes than they were back in the spring and early

summer. Watering may be an issue (let’s all wish for warm

dry days and rain at night…) and the pests are still as

hungry as vegetarian micro-wolves, but if you provide some

protection for the vulnerable crops and water judiciously

– when and where needed, you will soon be harvesting

some (more?) wonderful, home grown vegetables. So, if it

all went wrong back in the spring, or if you’re twiddling

your thumbs and looking at a nice empty space on your

plot, or even if you are finally getting round to thinking

about it, this is a very good time to get growing again,

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Susan Elkin explores the demand for unqualified tutors

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Tutoring is a mixed blessing. In my time I’ve done

plenty of it – teaching all day in school and then

coaching children privately from other schools

in the evening because I had a young family and there

was never enough money. And of course many parents

buy extra help for their children because they are not

satisfied with what happens in schools especially when

there are entrance tests or public examinations at stake.

But what about tutors employed by schools? It seems to

be quite widespread. Earlier this year I saw, at Southwark

Playhouse, School Play by young playwright Alex MacKeith

whom I also interviewed. The play, now published by

Oberon, is inspired by Alex’s experience of being employed

as a new graduate, to tutor groups of primary school

pupils. The aim is to get the SATS results to the right

level so that the school qualifies for the level of funding

it needs. He was so fascinated by the dynamic of teachers

and tutors (and he knows lots of others) working alongside

each other in schools that he wrote a play about it.

Then, the other day, I found myself sitting at a family meal

next to a distant, by-marriage relation on her gap year. She’s

due to start a bio-chemistry degree at a prestigious university in

September. Meanwhile she’s working in three secondary schools

tutoring small maths and English groups to boost GCSE results.

“They’re not interested in science because it’s the maths and

English which affects the statistics,” she told me ruefully.

I find this both intriguing and worrying. The concern seems

to be driven entirely by figures, tables, the status of schools

and the future of the people who are working in them.

I’m surprised, too, that the teaching unions aren’t jumping

up and down, furious that their members are being “sidelined

by unqualified teenagers”. My dinner companion tells me,

incidentally, that she is paid even less than a teaching assistant

so it’s a good bargain for the school. She works in the north of

England and is paid partly by the schools she’s in and partly

by the local authority. She is, of course, one of dozens.

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grandmother and my mother trained as teachers through

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except that I doubt most of today’s tutors will go on to be

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time with archery, crafts, music and

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Paintings, Sculpture, Ceramics, and

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Jewellery taking inspiration from

Sat 1 July 12-5pm

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Rivers, Seascapes and Foreign Lands

51 Church Street, Boughton

Sat 8 – Sun 9 July 10am-5pm

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King John’s Nursery and Garden,

Saturday 1 July 7.30pm

Susan Moxley and lovely handcrafted

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Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham

St. George’s Church, Church Street,

jewellery from Wendy Penrose.

Boughton Monchelsea

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Gravesend, Kent DA11 0DJ

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The Cobnut Food Fair

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Pack your picnic basket and visit

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Gravesham Choral Society will be

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Mon 24 July - Mon 7 Aug, Mon -

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food and drink. There will be cookery

Eloise Irving as soprano and Malcolm

Weds 9am-6pm, Thurs 9am-8pm,

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Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and

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Duruflé’s Requiem. Tickets available

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Textile Studio Exhibition

Thurs 6 – Sun 16 July

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An exhibition of contemporary

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Sat 8 – Sun 9 July 11am-6pm

Entry: £12, students £5

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Stade Open Space, Hastings Old

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Romney Marsh to life as locations

Fish Festival

Sat 8 July

Info: 01634 714477

dotted around the 15 mile marshland,

Learn to expertly prepare and cook

Leeds Castle, Penfold Hill (B2163),

including its beautiful medieval

fish and seafood, try your hand at

Maidstone, Kent ME17 1RG

Children & Family

churches, host a line up of 32 free

sea themed craft activities and enjoy

Leeds Castle Classical

and low priced events in a spectrum

live music from artists including The

Concert

Sat 15 July – Sun 3 September and

of music and art which embraces all

Kytes and Violet Jive.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sat 9 – Sun 10 September

Info: jamconcert.org

Entry: £1 advance, £2 on the gate,

is set to deliver another masterful

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Under 18s free (tickets cover both days)

programme hosted by Aled Jones. Sip

Tonbridge TN11 8DG

Fri 7 – Sun 9 July

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Summer Maize Maze

Kent Showground, Detling,

Rigby conducts the orchestra, the

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Patriot Girls perform old classics and

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Kent County Show

a 1940s spitfire takes to the skies.

maze is great fun for children and

A typical country showcase

Sat 8 – Sat 15 July

Info: 01622 767865 /

adults. It has been designed with a

celebrating rural farm life by

Pashley Manor Gardens, Pashley

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literary theme by Mazescape, and has

combining the best of Kentish

Road, Ticehurst, Wadhurst

clues and riddles hidden throughout

animals, food and entertainment to

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Sat 29 July 6pm

its mysterious depths, all leading you

bring you a wonderful family day out

Kitchen Garden Week

All Saints Church, Waldron, East

to discover the Maize Maze message.

with over 400 exhibitors and trade

July sees the Kitchen Garden of

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stands and over 300 competitions,

Pashley Manor ripe and ready to

Musical Evening

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activities and displays.

enjoy. During Kitchen and Garden

Enjoy an evening of beautiful music

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Week, the gardeners behind this

with soprano Katherine Adams and

Tues 25 – Sun 30 July

re-creation of the manor’s garden will

the Waldron Handbell Ringers.

Arundel Castle, Arundel, West

Sat 15 – Sun 16 July

give advice and answer questions.

Entry: £12 (including a glass of wine

Sussex BN18 9AB

Boldshaves Garden, Woodchurch,

Entry: £10, HHA members free

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Kent TN26 3RA

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Summer Activities

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Sat 8 July 2pm

knights, hailing from across the

enchanting Boldshaves Garden

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Tues 4 July 10am-8pm

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Returning after great success at last

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Sat 22 July

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great romantic tragedy than the

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tale of death-marked love will be

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Entry: Adults £12, Concession £10,

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Thurs 27 – Sat 29 July

Haslemere Museum, 78 High St,

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The Guildburys Theatre

Company – Nell Gwynn

The Guildburys Theatre Company

are delighted to be performing Jessica

Swale’s award-winning comedy. This

warm hearted production tells the

story of an unlikely heroine, the

lowly orange seller who won the

adoration of the public and the heart

of the King. The beautiful grounds

of Haslemere Museum provide the

perfect setting for outdoor open-air

theatre, so grab a picnic, uncork the

wine and head to the lawns for a

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Workshops

Sun 16 July 10.30am-4pm

Belmont House and Gardens,

Belmont, Belmont Park, Throwley,

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Spoon Carving

For any readers looking to learn a

new skill, book now to get yourself

into this fantastic workshop with

limited spaces. Badger Bushcraft’s Phil

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on how to make your own spoon

safely and expertly. The suggested age

range is 13 and up, and lunch and

refreshments will be provided.

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane is thrilled to see that her wildflower meadow is a blooming success at last

Summer has at last arrived. Everyone

who is going to give birth has

done so, the sheep and cattle

are all happily grazing outside and the

grass is not yet high enough to make

hay. So it’s a time of relative peace and

calm and our focus has turned to our

six- rather than four-legged friends.

I have written before about the flower

meadow we painstakingly planted two

years ago. Quite a performance, for first

we had to kill off five acres of grass – no

mean feat, three times we sprayed it and

twice it bounced straight back – and then

we had to rip up the

dead thatch to reveal bare

soil. Then we sowed a

typical Weald assortment

– including the now

quite rare Ragged Robin,

Yellow Rattle and Corn

Cockle – and while we

were thrilled when the

bare brown earth turned green, the first

year was mainly common annuals such

as poppies, daisies and cornflowers.

This year however, I am happy to

report, the meadow looks much more like

the meadow I imagined, a kaleidoscope

of delicate flowers against a backdrop of

green leaf and red sorrel. Lovely. Even

better news, while last year there was

a definite lack of insect life, this year

it is positively humming with a huge

variety of bees, beetles and butterflies.

This is great to see, as here at Coopers

Farm our thoughts are turning more

“There are more

than 2,500

different moths

native to the UK”

and more to encouraging pollinators.

And while we have five beehives in

another part of the farm, honey bees

account for a surprisingly small fraction

of pollination. Wild bees, and a huge

variety of bumbles, hoverflies, moths

and butterflies do most of the work!

To encourage butterflies we have been

busy cutting glades into a woodland

along a fence line where it meets the field.

Every few hundred metres, ideally near a

pussy willow if we can find one, we have

chopped down some trees and saplings to

make small clearings that are south facing

and open to the sky

but entered on an eastfacing

edge. It’s called a

scalloped margin. Once

the sun gets in it will

only take one season

for dormant seeds on

the woodland floor to

burst into life providing

a varied habitat. But our property

developments don’t stop there and we are

also making bee ‘hotels’ – oak logs drilled

with 5mm and 6mm holes for solitary

bees to crawl in, lay eggs and hibernate.

Needless to say, to achieve these

new habitats and to make sure our

endeavours are as des res as they can

possibly be we have had a lot of help

from Laurie, our local expert from the

charity Buglife. And very excitingly she

turned up one evening last week to carry

out our first nocturnal moth audit.

This is quite a palaver but, full of

anticipation of what we might find,

we filled our Thermos (and hip) flasks

and set off about nine o’clock into the

woods. The moth trap is rather like a

sawn-off dustbin, placed on a white

sheet, filled with egg boxes and topped

with a clear dome holding a bright

light bulb to draw in the moths.

And hey presto, along they came.

There are more than 2,500 different

moths native to the UK, so you can

appreciate the English names get

quite weird and wacky at times. The

Common Wave (as opposed to a royal

one?), the Puss moth, Triple Lines,

Carpets, there’s even a Tunbridge Wells

Gem out there, but not that night

in our Sussex fields. Some of them

have adorable fluffy faces like kittens,

others look like dead tough hockey

goalies. Some are plain like the Straw

Dots, while others were marvellously

patterned like the Marbled Carpet.

A whole new journey of discovery!

On the night, we trapped (and

released) more than 30 different

moths. Only 2,470 to go!

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

Credit: FreeImages.com/Eva Schuster, Vincent Kilpatrick

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