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July 2017




Maggie Alderson’s homes

for downsizers




Josephine Fairley’s tips

for beach chic




Sue Whigham describes the evolution

of her own outside space








Fill your diary with handpicked

events going on

around the Weald


Explore Karen Hahnel’s striking

St. Leonards apartment


Style your home monochrome


Marta Nowicka’s converted

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Relaxed summer fashion







This month’s bitesize

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Sarah Maxwell’s tips for

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Julie Simpson looks at research

into cognitive decline


Madeleine Shaw’s recipes

for a healthy body


Our pick of in-ground

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An exclusive collection of 12-luxury new homes situated minutes from the

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Don’t miss an opportunity to own the premier retirement

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Bookings for private viewings now being taken.

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A substantial 4 bedroom showhome on a select development, set in the heart

of the beautiful Sussex village of Rudgwick - Now available at £925,000

• Open plan kitchen/breakfast & family room

with bi-fold doors to the garden

• Contemporary, stylish kitchen with integrated

appliances and separate utility room

• Separate living room with log burning fireplace

• Stylish en suites and bathrooms

• Landscaped gardens with extensive rear views

• Underfloor heating to the ground floor

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the main house, together with a series of 8 newly built mews houses available for sale this summer.

These two-bedroom houses benefit from access to all that’s on offer across the estate, from the spa

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Parking Space at Bonnetts Lane Car Park,

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A fantastic opportunity to acquire this leasehold parking

space situated close to Gatwick airport.

The space is currently sub let for the term of two years

expiring in December 2017 at the current rent of £2,000 per


It is considered ideal for immediate investment with future

potential for private use.

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Battle Road, St Leonards-on-Sea

An exciting opportunity to acquire this substantial detached

church with good road links to The Ridge, Conquest Hospital,

A21 and the neighbouring town of Battle.

The building offers extensive accommodation over two floors

including a second floor mezzanine level overlooking the

congregation area. In addition, at the rear of the property,

is a further building comprising three garages and first floor


Guide: £225,000-230,000

Wilton Road,


A lower ground floor

basement flat situated

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centre, mainline railway

station and seafront.

The flat is sold with

vacant possession and is

considered ideal for owner

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holiday home.

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with private entrance

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also within easy reach of

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and offers good road

links to the A259 coast

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London Road,


A ground floor shop

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This busy thoroughfare

is situated on the edge

of Bexhill town centre

within easy access of the

A259, the mainline railway

station and seafront.

The shop is let on a five

year lease with a rent

review at three years and

is considered ideal as

a continued investment

opportunity. epc:b

Guide: £75,000-80,000

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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.


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,

or ring 01732 510150. Sales are via

Savills, Sevenoaks, call 01732 789700.








2. Elmbridge Village

3. Lynwood Village

4. Lion Place

Where? Elmbridge Village is situated

in a leafy location just outside the village

of Cranleigh, which enjoys an excellent

mix of independent and high street

stores and cafes. Cranleigh is just over

twenty minutes from Guildford, with

its forty minute rail link to London and

Gatwick airport is a 35 minute drive.

What? Elmbridge made history as the

UK’s first privately owned retirement

community and still continues to grow,

with new apartments selling out fast.

Facilities are constantly updated and

there is a ‘country club’ style main

communal area called Elmbridge Manor,

plus a restaurant, bar, lounge, a library,

a shop and a surgery. There is also a

very large range of clubs and activities,

including allotments, croquet and

qigong. Properties vary, but the majority

of the new ones are two bed, with one

bathroom and an en suite shower room,

fully fitted kitchen and living/dining

area. There is a 24 hour emergency

service and domiciliary care is available.

How much? Prices at the village start

from £135,000 up to £430,000. A recent

addition of newly built homes is nearly

sold out, but those remaining are priced

from £375,000 to £430,000. Check out

the website at and

call 01372 383950 to find out more.

Where? Lynwood Village is an

award-winning retirement village in

the sought-after village of Sunninghill,

in leafy surrounds near Ascot.

What? A range of properties from

one- to four-bed apartments – some

of them duplex – and two-bedroom

cottages. All fittings are of the highest

quality with built-in storage, en suite

shower rooms, high-level plug sockets

etc. The kitchens have NEFF appliances.

The village has a 24-hour concierge and

emergency support, plus exceptional

facilities including a restaurant, bar,

coffee shop, beauty spa, hair salon and

shop – plus a swimming pool, fitness

and leisure facilities for exclusive use

of homeowners. Taking a long-term

view, there is a specialised team of

permanent staff available to provide a

full range of tailored domiciliary care.

Lynwood also has a vibrant programme

of activities and social events.

How much? Prices range from

£415,000 to £1,270,000. For more

information call 01344 874250, or email You can see

more on the website

Where? White Lion Place sits in the

heart of the stylish town of Cobham, in

the area that has been described by the

Daily Mail as the best place to live in the

UK. Leatherhead and Walton-on-Thames

are each under 15 minutes drive and

London is 40 minutes by train. Heathrow

is 15 miles, making it the ideal ‘lock up

and leave’ home. The award-winning

Painshill Park – 158 acres of 18th century

parkland – is almost on the doorstep.

What? An exclusive gated development

for the over 55s, of two, three and fourbedroom

apartments and two and threebedroom

houses. Six apartments are housed

in a sensitively converted Grade II listed

Georgian building, which was once the

first stop on the stage coach route from

London to Portsmouth, the other 24 new

homes are spread across three buildings.

All are impeccably stylish, energy efficient

and finished to the highest standards, with

generous proportions. They all have some

form of outside space from Juliette balconies

to roof terraces and private gardens. The

main building has underground parking.

How much? Prices range from

£895,000 to £910,000. Check it out on and call 01932 588963.

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.


Award Winning Care Homes

Sussex Healthcare is an award winning

group of care homes providing over 30 years

of healthcare in Sussex. The Group operates

20 homes, predominantly in the West

Sussex area, providing over 600 placements,

incorporating specialist care provision as

well as care for older people.

Care for older people:

Clemsfold House Horsham 01403 790312

Forest Lodge Nutley 01825 712514

Horncastle House Sharpthorne 01342 810219

Kingsmead Care Centre Horsham 01403 265335

Longfield Manor Billingshurst 01403 786832

Rapkyns Care Home Horsham 01403 265096

Upper Mead Henfield 01273 492870

Care homes for people with learning and/or physical

disabilities, neurological conditions, acquired brain

injury and autism:

Beechcroft Care Centre

and Hazel Lodge East Grinstead 01342 300499

Beech Lodge

and Oak Lodge Horsham 01403 791725

The Granary Horsham 01403 327500

Horncastle Care Centre Sharpthorne 01342 813910

Kingsmead Care Centre Horsham 01403 265335

Kingsmead Lodge Horsham 01403 211790

Norfolk Lodge Horsham 01403 218876

Orchard Lodge

and Boldings Lodge Horsham 01403 242278

Rapkyns Care Centre

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The Laurels Horsham 01403 220770

Rapkyns Care Home Horsham 01403 265096

Sycamore Lodge Horsham 01403 240066

White Lodge Croydon 02087 632586

Wisteria Lodge

and Stable Lodge Nutley 01825 713082

Woodhurst Lodge Crawley 01444 401228

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Great care starts with great people – are you one of them?

Due to expansion, Sussex Healthcare has fantastic

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company that provides exemplary care to the service

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To find out more about our homes and the services we offer,

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If you are thinking of a career in care please visit our

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Previous pages: Striped tins that once held soap are

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

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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

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

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chandeliers, instead the ceiling light is a huge 1950s


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.

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angel, her wings threaded with Swarovski crystals,

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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.

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an almost identical property in Richmond.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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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This juxtaposition of elite brands and clever finds is found

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This page: The free-standing kitchen is very cleverly

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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

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The high/low trick happens again when I enquire

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gallery in one of the many European cities Karen visits

frequently for her job with a large software company.

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

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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

been blown up to a magnificent

size. The armchair was found on the

online antiques site The Hoarde

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.

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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



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.

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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.


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.

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

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StEP onE: buff with an oil-based scrub. These are, in my

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sunflower oil and seaweed oil – and who knew there was

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£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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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StEP four: reach for an

SPF lip balm. You may notice

here that I’ve fast-forwarded

without talking about body

suncare. That’s because I think

it’s a matter of personal choice

whether you want to fry yourself

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

build a lovely golden glow from the shade of my umbrella. And

I’ve a hunch you’re going to go ahead and either buy an SPF10

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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thought about) is that SPF lip tint – because the lips are supervulnerable

(it’s the way they’re angled to the sun), and through

a combo of sea breezes and salt can become incredibly dry.

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SPF15, is at; it slicks lips with a sheen of sheer

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frankly flatter any complexion. Protection and glamour, in one.

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

psychological preparation towards switching off. Yes, you’ll

want to get waxed, or at least shave your legs, depending on

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satisfying about lounging with a book and catching an

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But summer is short. Holidays

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Look the age you

feel on the inside

Nita’s Story

Age 67, Mallorca, Spain

Concept Facelift, Neck Lift

& Earlobe Repair

(left to right) Before Nita’s surgery and one month after Concept Facelift,

Neck Lift & Earlobe Repair

Since turning 60, I have felt that everything suddenly started

to change with my appearance. In particular, over the last few

years I have become very unhappy with my jowls and wrinkly

neckline. I knew a surgical

facelift was the only way to

address the issue.

I live in Spain so it was difficult

to come to the clinic for a

consultation in person, but Amir

was really helpful and arranged

a live video consultation.

Before my surgery I met Amir again and he went through

everything with me and answered all my questions. I was a

little apprehensive about the local anaesthetic injections, but

really it was just like I’d experienced at the dentist getting a

filling. Throughout the procedure, one of the nursing team

I would absolutely recommend Amir

to anyone who is interested in a

cosmetic procedure, my experience

at Bella Vou was fantastic and the

results were everything I hoped for

and more.

stayed by my side to hold my hand and she and Amir chatted

to me throughout to soothe any fears and keep me calm and


Despite a little swelling, there

was absolutely no bruising, which

is an absolute miracle as I bruise

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I couldn’t believe how well I felt

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I was so excited to see my results once

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Savour the summer

Surrey Homes talks to Katherine Slater from Bee Potion

Health & Beauty

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

top two icons would be the

painter Georgia O’Keeffe

and installation artist Louise

Bourgois. Like all female

artists who have challenged

the idea of conventional

style or beauty through their

art, they both leave a legacy

in terms of femininity and

identity which is timeless.

Bee Potion creates skincare

products using honey from

their own bees. To find out

more about the range and

Bee Potion’s workshops,


Sulphur, the

beauty mineral

Sulphur, which is found in

the ocean, is known for its

ability to support collagen

production, promote

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inflammation. A new range

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Salt Parlour, a Kent based

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minerals and cold-pressed

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There are six different salts

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We loved it for its subtle

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for making our rough postwinter

limbs beach-ready.

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Mediterranean magic

As we move into high summer,

deliciously sweet, flavoursome

English tomatoes are in the

shops and soon they’ll be

ripening in the garden. While

they’re plentiful, and relatively

cheap, it’s worth remembering

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

quality oil, the antioxidant is

much more readily available.

This successful combination

of tomatoes and olive oil helps

explain the health benefits

of the Mediterranean diet.



Never too late!

We asked fitness guru and personal trainer Sarah Maxwell for

her advice on building an exercise routine later in life …



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.



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

leisure centre or village hall. Gyms aren’t for everyone

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

Some great things to try for beginners are:

. Yoga

. Tai Chi . Walking

. Zumba . Water Fitness dance classes

. Pilates

. Ballet Barre


. Ballroom

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.



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.




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.


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

personal trainer

of the year. Visit

sarahmaxwell. or call

07973 233668.

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The power

of the mind

Julie Simpson looks at new research

showing that lifestyle changes can

reverse cognitive decline

All the older women in my family

– my mother, her mother and

both her sisters – suffered from

dementia in their last years. They were all

in their 80s and 90s before the symptoms

showed, but it is a cruel illness however

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

million people globally and is expected

to rise to 160 million by 2050.

Drugs take a long time to develop

and dementia is a complex nut to crack

as it’s now thought to have a variety

of causes. So, while we wait and hope

for a magic pill to stem the tide, some

recent research showing that lifestyle

changes can reverse cognitive decline

feels like a breakthrough. Even better,

if the research is correct, then making

the changes used by the researchers

could prevent the brain changes that

bring about serious problems later.

Admittedly, the trail was small: the

Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research

and Buck Institute for Research on

Aging at the University of California

put ten patients exhibiting memory

loss due to Alzheimer’s or dementia

on a holistic therapeutic programme.

After 3-6 months nine of them

showed significant improvements in

memory – and astonishingly, six of

the nine were able to return to work.

The programme was built around

four things: optimising diet, getting

plenty of exercise, having 8 hours

sleep a night and reducing stress.

Patients taking part in the research

also had their diet supplemented

with vitamins and minerals and were

screened for heavy metal toxicity but,

for the process of prevention, these

four ingredients – sleep, exercise, stress

reduction and stress management

– seem like a good place to start.

This is how it was done

Sleep: patients were told to get 7-8

hours sleep which is needed to repair the

body and restore the mind. Researchers

included a 12-hour food fast at night,

with supper being eaten three hours

before bedtime, to reduce insulin levels.

Diet: patients were put on plant-based

diets, eliminating carbohydrates, gluten

and processed food. They ate non-farmed

fish and avoided ‘inflammatory’ foods

like red meat, coffee, alcohol and dairy.

Stress: patients did stress busting

techniques comprising a daily meditation

or mindfulness practice plus yoga classes.

Exercise: optimum exercise

involved fast walking, swimming

or cycling for 30-60 minutes a

day, four to six days a week.

As a blueprint for a healthy life it’s

all good common sense and – aside

from some dietary challenges - pretty

straightforward to put into place. It’s

also cheaper than taking a pill and

has far fewer side effects. According

to Dale Bredesen, who authored the

research, it is noteworthy that the

major side effect of this therapeutic

system is improved health and

optimal BMI (body mass index).

I think I can live with that.

To read Dale Bredesen’s reasearch visit




Recipes: Madeleine Shaw

Photographs: Martin Poole



Following her appearance at Wealden Times

Midsummer Fair last month, bestselling

food writer and nutritional health coach

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.



Now available at Majestic and Waitrose stores nationwide.


chicken ramen

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins

This is my take on one of our

Japanese favourites. Ramen has

totally exploded in popularity

in recent years, but what many

people don’t realise is that it’s

so easy to make at home when

you want a warming meal.

Chicken stock is great when

you’re feeling run-down because

it contains immune-boosting

minerals such as calcium,

magnesium, phosphorus, silicon

and sulphur, which makes ramen

such fantastic comfort food.

• 1 tbsp coconut oil

or butter

• 1 tsp freshly grated ginger

• 1 garlic clove, crushed

• 500ml chicken stock

• 200g button mushrooms

• 1 red chilli, deseeded

and finely chopped

• 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.



Summer Lovin’ Bowl

My favourite film of all time is Grease... so you can see where

the name comes from. This is basically a combination of all the

things I love about summer. It’s a real mixture of things, but

it really packs a punch. Say hello to flavour and goodbye to

soggy lettuce in Tupperware, and take this to work instead!

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

• 2 large beetroots

• 1 tbsp avocado oil or

melted coconut oil

• 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

salad. Drizzle over the dressing.


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It’s not a coincidence that I love

madeleines. My love for these

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

eBook, priced £20/£10.99


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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



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.



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.

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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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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

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Susan Elkin explores the demand for unqualified tutors


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

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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.

There’s nothing new in education. Both my maternal

grandmother and my mother trained as teachers through

the “pupil teacher” route. In-school tutoring seems similar

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

teachers. And isn’t the underlying question – to which I

don’t know the answer – that if these youngsters can teach

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Children & Families

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Fitzpatrick’s vision of togetherness

Friday 21 July 6pm – 9pm

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Fri 14 – Sat 15 July, and

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RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

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Sat 19 – Sun 20 Aug

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it’s one of the muddiest runs in the

Guildford Lido, Lido Road, Stoke


Wisley Late

UK and not for the faint hearted!

Park, Guildford GU1 1HB

The flagship RHS Garden is

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Open Air Cinema


taking advantage of these long

Much loved family classics screened

summer days and staying open

under the stars this summer. Enjoy

Sat 8 July 11am – 4pm

late, giving visitors the chance to

Thurs 13 – Sat 15 July

an evening swim from 7pm to 8pm,

Denbies Wine Estate, London

experience the tranquillity of this

Liquid Leisure Boat & Cable Park,

then order a cocktail and a Mexican

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

breathtaking garden after hours.

Horton Road, Datchet SL3 9HY

snack at the Burrito Loco shack, and

One Day Wine Workshop

Entry: Normal admission,

Plastic Playground Wake

settle down with a cosy blanket and

Whether you are an experienced

Members Free, Special offer after

Park Championships

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6pm: Adults £7, Children £5

The all-time greatest male and female

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wake park riders from all over the

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indulge your inner wino and gain /

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some invaluable knowledge from a

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Denbies wine expert. This workshop

exhilarating water sports event to

will encompass all aspects of wine

Music & Theatre

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champion Aaron Gunn, former

Sat 15 July

grape varieties and wine regions, and

Sat 1, Sun 2, Sat 8 and Sun 9 July

world champion Courtney Angus,

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Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,

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Dorking RH5 6BB

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Camberley’s Big Day

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Out and Farmers’ &

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Twelfth Night /

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Thurs 20 July

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Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom

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could find some speciality species

such as Grayling and Silver-studded

Blue around its fluttering residents.

Suitable footwear and clothing

recommended and booking essential.

Entry: Adults £5, Under 14s Free

Info: 07714 271024 /

Sat 8 July

Woking Park, Kingfield

Road, Woking GU22 9BA

Party in the Park

A rocking 60s and 70s themed Party

which celebrates the era’s iconic

music, art and entertainment in

honour of The Jam’s first album’s

40th anniversary and Status Quo’s

Rick Parfitt who sadly passed

away last Christmas Eve.

Entry: Free


Sun 16 July 10am – 4pm

Painshill, Portsmouth Rd,

Cobham KT11 1JE

Jane Austen Day

On the bicentenary of the great

authoress’ death, Painshill is

transporting you back to the

eighteenth century. There will be

readings from Austen’s classic novels

in the follies as well as Georgian

treats, activities and games.

Entry: Included with

standard admission



Thurs 27 – Sat 29 July

Haslemere Museum, 78 High St,

Haslemere GU27 2LA

The Guildburys Theatre

Company – Nell Gwynn

The Guildburys Theatre Company

are delighted to perform Jessica

Swale’s award-winning comedy. It’s

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 open-air theatre, so

grab a picnic, uncork the wine and

head to the lawns.



Fri 14 July

Birtley Estate, Bramley,

Guildford GU5 0LB

Wood Sculpting

Sculptor and founder of Sculpt It,

Ruth Wheeler (whose work you may

have seen in over 100 schools and

parks throughout Surrey) invites you

to her roundhouse studio for a day

of creative woodwork. Learn to use

traditional carving and Pyrography

techniques to create and take home

your own Decorative Art Panel.

Entry: £75 including local

wood, tea, coffee and cake

Info: 07769 906529 / ruthwheeler. /

Sat 22 July 11am – 5pm

Clore Learning Studio, Watts

Gallery Artists Village, Down Lane,

Compton, Surrey GU3 1DQ

Stretching to Pigment

Philippa Abrahams leads this

workshop designed to help you

gain an understanding of painting

materials and techniques, stretch

and prepare a canvas and learn

how to transpose an image.

Entry: £65 including refreshments


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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: Schuster, Vincent Kilpatrick


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