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ENTERTAINING AL FRESCO

Maggie Alderson’s houses

with party perfect gardens

AUGUST NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with hand

picked events going on

around the Weald

BLAZE A TRAIL

An Instagrammer’s country escape

GET THE LOOK

Put Lucinda’s neon

highlights into practice

WEALDEN TIMES

MIDSUMMER FAIR 2017

A round up of this

June’s fabulous fair

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INVESTMENT PIECES

Art and jewellery that

will hold its value

JUST SPRAY ‘I DO’

Josephine Fairley’s

bridal fragrances

PAINTERLY STYLE

This month’s bitesize

health news

H20

Julie Simpson reiterates the

importance of keeping hydrated

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Beautify your behind

with tips from personal

trainer Sarah-Jane Holt

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SOME LIKE IT HOT

Jo Arnell’s tropical garden picks

FEELING BORED?

Susan Elkin explains that,

for children, this isn’t

necessarily a travesty

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COMPETITION

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Hill Hotel & Golf Club

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard explains the reasoning

behind the names of her animals

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OVER THE SHOP

Explore a home that lives and

breathes St. Leonards cool

GET THE LOOK

Try out Helen’s relaxed

coastal style

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WORLD INFLUENCE

Hamerton+Jones share four

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· Snooker room and gym · Equestrian facilities

· Grounds approx. 4.5 acres · EPC: n/a

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Attractive unlisted oast house · Four reception rooms

· Kitchen/breakfast room · Utility room · Six bedrooms

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approximately 1.7 acres · Ample off road parking

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Stunning barn conversion with annexe · Barn: Two

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· Three bedrooms (two ensuite) · Annexe: Reception

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· Approx. 7 acres · Outbuildings · EPC: n/a

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· Off road parking · EPC: C

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Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4PF

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A handsome and beautifully appointed, detached Victorian country

house, set in an idyllic rural location in approximately one and

half acres of enchanting gardens and grounds, with breath-taking,

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Situated on the outskirts of the sought after village of Horsmonden,

being a short distance (3.3 miles) from the main line train station

located at Paddock Wood (London Bridge 42 mins), Churn Siding

dates to the 1880’s, with later additions and this light and spacious

4 bedroom home has been recently extended and refurbished to

exacting standards.

A stunning handmade kitchen / breakfast room with impressive

‘Total Control’ electric Aga with high tech time control, central island,

slate flooring and granite work tops lies at its heart, while bright and

airy adjacent reception rooms, with warm oak flooring and an open fire

place, provides ideal and welcome entertaining space. The thoughtful

and impressive attention to detail in this inviting, family home has

clearly been created with modern living in mind. The useful utility

room and immaculate and stylish bathrooms are testament to this.

The pretty, well maintained grounds include an original platform

from an historic, no longer used railway siding and is perfectly

complemented by a delightful rose garden, an attractive kitchen

garden with raised beds, a patio for entering and a large paddock

suitable for equestrian use. The attractive oak car port / garage is a

welcome addition and houses the garden store and gym / office.

Situated on a quiet country lane in ‘Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty’, there are excellent local amenities both in the village and

in nearby towns such as Cranbrook and Tunbridge Wells, a wealth of

well-respected schools and superb transport links – the A21 is easily

accessed and nearby Paddock Wood Station (only 3.3 miles away)

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

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Entertaining Al Fresco

Maggie Alderson uncovers homes that are garden party perfect

Opening an article with the context of the weather on the day of

writing guarantees it will be an entirely different clime on the day the

magazine, or newspaper comes out (just as watering your parched

garden will guarantee a downpour of biblical scale within an hour).

Knowing all this I will still venture that today I ate lunch and dinner at the table

in my garden – it was heaven and it’s not the first time I’ve done it this year. I can

only hope that after writing those words I haven’t condemned it to be the last.

As a nation accustomed to – and a sneaky little bit proud of – our very

changeable and ‘unseasonal’ weather, we Brits know to grab such blue sky

days when they come along, which is why every bank holiday with a positive

weather forecast leads to supermarkets sold out of barbecue charcoal, sausages

and coleslaw, as everyone plans a mass stampede to their outdoor plots.

And the fact that the incident of such al fresco frolicking

opportunities might be countable on one hand each year makes it

all the more important to make the most of them by having your

outdoor wining and dining facilities in place well in advance.

The same is true for general outdoor lounging arrangements, because just as

every kitchen must now be ‘eat in’ and feature at least one sofa and a TV, so families

embracing the indoor/outdoor lifestyle expect this set up in the garden too.

Popping out to panic purchase a garden dining set, loungers and allweather

coffee tables on the morning of August bank holiday Sunday is

unlikely to lead to wise investment buys. And well before you even get to

that stage it’s vital to have a level surface, within easy reach of the house and

with the most pleasant outlook from and of your plot ready for them. No

one wants to be Ethelred the Unready for one of our precious scorchers.

Better still, buy a house which has a fabulous outdoor entertaining

and lounging area already in place – as these four do.

1.

1. Upper Crisbrook Mill

Where? Upper Crisbrook Mill

sits in a nature conservation area in

the beautiful Loose valley, just a 20

minute walk along the river from

Maidstone town centre. High speed

trains to St Pancras take one hour from

Maidstone West, the M20 is nearby.

What? Built in the 18th century

as a water mill, it was converted into

a house in the 1970s and has been

completely renovated by the current

owners, who got the original mill wheel

working again. It now supplies all the

electricity for the house and enough for

the National Grid to bring in a sizable

income. The mill pond also provides a

superb spot to sit and eat, serenaded by

the sound of the stream. Across a floor

area of nearly 5,000 sq feet, the ground

floor features a cellar and snug, dining

room, kitchen, utility, and bathroom.

Upstairs are two bedrooms and two

studies and a further bathroom.

How much? Upper Crisbrook

Mill is listed with Fine & Country,

West Malling at £1,100,000

Call 01732 222272 or have a

look on fineandcountry.com

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2. Fernclyffe House

Where? Fernclyffe House has a

perfect position combining the leafy

appeal of a large mature garden – 20

minutes’ walk to Tunbridge Wells

station. Equidistant between Calverley

Grounds and Dunorlan Park, all the

retail and dining delights of the town

are within happy strolling distance.

What? A substantial sandstone Grade

II Listed villa, Fernclyffe House is one

of the largest and finest residences

in the town, built in the early 1850s

by architect William Willicombe, a

protégé of Decimus Burton. Arranged

over four floors, the garden level has a

kitchen/breakfast room, den and a onebed

apartment. Ground floor houses

the drawing room, morning room,

dining and a splendid conservatory.

Arranged over the two upper floors are

eight bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Outside to the front there is a gravel

terrace with a dining area and a giant

chessboard overlooking the lawn, to the

rear is a sleek new swimming pool and

contemporary dining and lounging area.

How much? Offers in excess of

£3,250,000 are sought for Fernclyffe

House, in the care of Knight Frank,

Tunbridge Wells. Telephone 01892

515035, or browse knightfrank.co.uk

3. Penally

Where? Penally is located within

the picturesque hamlet of Monks

Hampton, on the North Downs, east

of Ashford, on a quiet country lane

surrounded by beautiful countryside.

There are good road links via the M20

and it’s five miles to Westenhanger and

trains to London in less than an hour.

The Kent coast is just 7 miles away.

What? With its low eaves, dormer

windows and attractive brickwork, you

would never guess that this house was

built in 2002. Greatly expanded and

improved by the current owners it has the

charm of a period property with all the

comforts of a modern one, including a

cinema room, a gym, a one-bed annexe

and equestrian facilities with a manège.

The swimming pool is designed for

open air chilling with a pool house, an

outdoor kitchen – and an outdoor TV.

The modern eat-in kitchen flows into

a large reception room. The ground

floor also features the screening room

and a spare bedroom with en suite.

Upstairs are four more bedrooms, one

en suite and a family bathroom.

How much? Penally is priced at

£1,600,000, looked after by Fine and

Country’s Tenterden office on 01580

766388. Or visit fineandcountry.com

4. Lested Hall

Where? Lested Hall is set in a

semi-rural location on the edge of

the village of Chart Sutton, five

minutes from Sutton Valence and

15 from Maidstone. London is less

than an hour from Headcorn or

Staplehurst and the M20 is handy.

What? A very unusual Grade II listed

house with medieval origins and 17th

and 18th century additions, it looks

completely different from each side,

with a splendid Queen Anne façade

to the front, timbers to the side and

a striking modern treatment on the

converted grain store annexe opposite

the house at the back. Between the two

are professionally landscaped gardens,

with water features which would be a

wonderful party setting. Over 5000

sq feet of house continues the mix of

500 years of architectural styles in a

drawing room, morning room, dining

hall, kitchen and breakfast room.

Upstairs are six bedrooms and five

bath/shower rooms. The annexe has

a further two en suite bedrooms.

How much? Lested Hall is

on the market at £1,750,000 with

Jackson-Stops, Cranbrook. 01580

720000 jackson-stops.co.uk

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Blaze a trail

Having decided to swap London life for a home in

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It’s often said that we have no idea what goes on behind

closed doors – and for many of us that’s a blessed

relief. Even those of us who like having guests may

still break out in a cold sweat at the thought of people

arriving unannounced, before we’ve had a chance to

wash the dishes or have a quick tidy up. So, imagine if

more than 30,000 people had looked around your home,

made themselves comfortable on your sofa – in their

minds at least – and felt free to comment on your decor.

Welcome to the life and home of Lucinda Mitra, a former

English teacher and now an Instagram sensation.

Arriving at the pretty brick house on a cul-de-sac in rural

Sussex, there’s nothing on the outside that gives away the

building’s exciting other life. Perhaps unsurprisingly though,

as you come into the house it feels strangely familiar. Lucinda

is as welcoming as you might expect from someone who

is happy to share every corner of her home with a raft of

‘followers’. She’s also extremely down-to-earth and not at

all phased by her almost accidental rise to online celebrity.

“I was a secondary school teacher up in London, then we

moved out here and I was due to start teaching at another

school but got pregnant.” Lucinda now shares the house with

her husband James and their daughter Sienna, 19 months. “I

Previous pages & this page: Lucinda has painted

her living room in deep, rich Farrow & Ball Hague

Blue. The Be Big poster is from Print Club London

and the sofa is French Connection for DFS


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This page: Lucinda wrapped fairy

lights left over from Christmas around

a branch that she found whilst out

walking. The circular mirror above

the fireplace was from IKEA

didn’t just want to sit in the country and

let my brain turn to mush, so I started

writing a blog.” Since having Sienna,

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Instagram I can just take a picture, write

a caption, and put some hashtags on it.”

Sounds simple really – though it’s clear

that having impeccable taste helps too.

As we come into the hallway, artful

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Above left: Lucinda sourced the velvet sofa in the playroom from DFS and the zebra rug is IKEA. The wallpaper is ‘Honolulu’ Palm

Green from Graham & Brown Above right: A photograph of her grandfather has pride of place on a cow hide drum that belonged to

Lucinda’s parents

runner – IKEA – and an array of candles reflecting the trend

for Scandinavian ‘hygge’ or cosiness. “We had these all out

around the BBQ at the weekend... which was lovely though

it did all start to look a bit like a vigil!” says Lucinda, with

typical lack of pretence. I notice an ancient Singer sewing

machine in the corner: “My mum picked that up in the 80s,

from an ad in the local paper. My parents used to store all

their plastic supermarket bags under it!” Not any more...

“A lot of things in the house are from my parents: the

dining table, the Arab chest in the living room, the cow-skin

drums... they were all just things they had in the garage.

My mum was from Uganda and my dad grew up in east

Africa, so a lot of things in the house are from Africa.” Such

personal items prevent the rooms looking like a brochure.

French doors lead through to an equally dramatic living

room, which Lucinda has painted in Farrow & Ball’s

Hague Blue, with an unusual feature wall painted to look

almost industrial. “It’s a special lime paint that comes in

powder form, from a company called Kalklitir. The shade

is Concrete.” Dark and muted shades make the perfect

backdrop for pops of colour such as the bright pink velvet

cushion on the sofa and the ‘Be Big’ pop-art-style print

from Print Club London on the wall above. Opposite is

another quirky print, also from Print Club London, called

66 on the Moon. What with the dark blue, almost black,

walls, huge round mirror, round clock, and the print it

feels as if there is a bit of a moon theme. “Oh, I hadn’t

thought of that!” says Lucinda. Either way, it works.

Leading off the living room is a room which is currently

Sienna’s play room, though not for long. “It’s going to become

a bar area,” says Lucinda. “Poor Sienna’s going to have

nowhere to play, but she just runs around the house anyway

so she doesn’t necessarily need a dedicated space.” The room

works well as playroom and prospective bar, with retro palmleaf

wallpaper, a mock zebra-skin on the floor and two large

African drums as low-level tables. “The sofa I bought with

a voucher from DFS, after we collaborated on Instagram,”

adds Lucinda, highlighting some of the benefits of

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Since having Sienna the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat. “I don’t

have as much time these days,” says Lucinda, “but on Instagram I can just

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Left: The kitchen units are painted in Farrow &

Ball Railings. Lucinda took the knobs and the

cooker hood details off and sprayed them copper

Below: Lucinda’s parents used to store their

plastic supermarket bags under the Singer

sewing machine before it found a new home in

her dining room

building up an Instagram presence. She currently works

with DFS, Warren Evans and BHS Home, amongst others.

Upstairs, the main bedroom is dominated by a

simple wooden Warren Evans bed which the couple

brought with them from London. “I already really liked

the company so it was great when they asked me to

collaborate and do their first ever Instagram takeover,”

says Lucinda. “It’s all British-made, which is great.” The

bedside tables are also from Warren Evans, fitting neatly

in the limited space on either side of the bed, while the

funky little clip-on reading lights are from IKEA.

Lucinda is great at mixing up items from affordable

high-street shops, independent shops – the over-sized

mirror in the corner was from Hoopers in Tunbridge

Wells – with family heirlooms and up-cycled items. “The

wardrobes were left by the previous owners and were orange

pine, so I painted them with Rustoleum’s Winter Grey

chalk paint. That was my first up-cycling project when

we moved in.” It’s a lovely, light and comfortable room,

but it’s clear that Lucinda’s keen to redecorate. “It’s time

to re-do this room,” she says, confirming my hunch.

The en suite has already had the magic touch. “We’ve

just had the en suite done. It’s quite a generic house in

terms of structure, design and general look so I said to

James that I wanted to go for more unusual fittings like

a black shower tray and black shower door – I quite like

the industrial look.” Monochrome works well here but

has been brightened up with the addition of a large Swiss

cheese plant leaf and little succulents. “I’m not one of

those people who can commit to one particular style

throughout the house. I like so many,” says Lucinda.

Across the landing the main bathroom has had a similarly

refreshing make-over, with clever painting and up-cycling

again saving the family money: “It’s quite a generic bathroom,

so I wanted to give it some character and drama. The radiator

was already in here and I really liked the shape of it so I

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This page: Liking its shape, Lucinda painted the radiator in the main bathroom black and updated the basin unit with sample

pots of Farrow & Ball

just sprayed it black. My followers have gone crazy for it,”

says Lucinda. The basin unit got a similar treatment... “I

painted the basin cabinet using a tiny Farrow & Ball sample

pot, so it cost me about £7.50. Why spend more than £100

on a new unit when I could just paint this one?” she says.

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for Lucinda and James when moving out of London and,

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with pops of reds and orange. “I got some bedding from

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geometric cushion is

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these cushions are

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Left: The suspended lamps in one of the two spare bedrooms

are from Wickle in Lewes Below: Lucinda covered the laminate

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character, including lamps from Wickle in Lewes and bulbs

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geometric cushion is from Made.com and these cushions

are from IKEA to match the rug on the floor.”

Over the bedstead is a branch with fairy lights wrapped

around it. Lucinda collected the branch from the school

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repeated in the living room. “I went to boarding school

and my dorm was always spotless,” says Lucinda with a

smile. “I’d win the weekly prize for tidiest room and I was

always meticulous about posters and how they lined up!”

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but in the end I got a cowhide from

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throw from her home on Norman Road – is no different

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Previous pages & above: In the main room, the theme of

white walls and vintage items in bright and pretty colours

creates a space that is both intriguing and tranquil

Anyone with an interest in where the next

cool place in the constant progress of urban

regeneration/gentrification will be might

want to get a satellite fix on Helen Robinson.

In the late 1970s she opened her first shop, for her

fashion label PX – which was to the New Romantics

what Vivienne Westwood’s Seditionaries was to punk

rock style – in James Street, Covent Garden. This was

after Eliza Doolittle’s market had closed – but long before

anyone else saw its promise as a retail destination.

Her next stop was Endell Street (where milliner

Stephen Jones had his first workshop in her basement)

and when rents started to get silly there she headed – can

you guess where? – east to Shoreditch, then Hoxton.

This was when Commercial Street, now home to

every upscale brand from MAC to Chanel, was still a

grotty dump of rag trade sweatshops and the adjacent

Huguenot houses of Spitalfields were pretty much slums.

From there she made what seemed at the time – the

early 2000s – another radical move: out of London to

Hastings Old Town, before deciding on her current base:

St Leonards-on-Sea, which must currently be one of the

coolest regeneration hot spots on the whole planet.

Helen now lives – and trades – on Norman Road,

a micro-neighbourhood worthy of a PhD study

of the process of urban renewal. The western side,

which we might in the New York style call WeNor,

is a joy of independent shops, salons and cafés.

The most glorious of them is the corner spot Helen

runs with her daughter Holly, as SHOP, selling


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“I had a vision for it – I wanted it as light and white as possible and open – the

whole Greek light thing. It was a massive amount of work and I’d never done it

before. But if I want to do something, I’m driven to do it anyway,” says Helen

a wonderfully mixed and gloriously displayed array of

goods, in a casual perfection of chic bohemian style.

Nothing pretentious, or overstyled – just right. It’s one

of those shops which makes you want to buy everything

in it, or possibly just move in… Which makes it no

surprise that Helen’s own house has the same effect.

She’s one of those people who puts a bowl of lemons on

the kitchen table and it somehow looks like an art work – so

you are immediately sure that your life would be perfect

if you could buy exactly that bowl and those lemons…

So how did this lovely house – and shop

– happen to be in this location?

“In 2007 I came down to St Leonards to have a look,”

she says. “I then found out that my grandmother had

worked in St Leonards at Eversfield Hospital, as a TB

nurse in 1910, that was the connection. I looked in the

window of John Bray and thought ‘how much?!’ and

bought a house in Croft Road in Hastings Old Town.”

The move to St Leonards came in 2000 when Holly –

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Above: In one corner, Helen has uncovered part of the cottage’s

sandstone walls, something she has also done in the courtyard –

stripping back render to the bare rock

open a clothes shop. “By then Hastings Old Town already

had stupid shop rents,” she says. “When a large corner space

came up – it used to be occupied by Eras of Style antiques,

now in Bexhill – we saw the potential and pounced.

“We took that over and I bought a very large apartment

in a big house further inland in St Leonards. It was an

amazing place – the whole ground floor – but it was

too far out. I’m a city girl. I like the noise of a town and

people passing. There were no shops, no community.

“I put it on the market and it sold immediately and I

hadn’t even thought where I was going to move to. Then

early one morning, I saw this house in Norman Road

online. I’d seen it before and I knew it was right for me.”

The house is in a row of exquisite workers’ cottages

built in the 1830s by Decimus Burton, the great Georgian

architect who designed Wellington Arch, Regent’s

Park Inner Circle, as well as the splendid buildings in

this part of town, known as Burton St Leonards.

“The cottages were built for workers to live in while

they constructed all the big houses. I knew it was perfect

for me, because I love living above the shop – and this

house is as close to living above SHOP as I could find.”

But while the location and bones of the house were ideal,

everything else about it was dark and ugly. “When I bought it

everything was yellow and dark brown – even the window

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This page: Just about everything in the kitchen is from

SHOP. This includes the rack of wooden shelves by Garden

Trading and everything in them: enamel bowls and jugs of

various sizes, vintage cups and saucers and cook books

frames – with orange pine doors and floors. There was a

nightmare 1980s gas fire which occupied a space in the

newly-exposed sandstone wall, and the kitchen was dark

brown wood and orange. The outside was pebble dash…”

But with her designer’s eye, Helen could see

beyond the dark brown and ginger pine to the simple

elegance of the house beneath – starting with that

pebble dash, which had to be chipped off by hand.

“I had a vision for it – I wanted it as light and

white as possible and open – the whole Greek

light thing. It was a massive amount of work and

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Above left: Double doors open out from the sitting room into the courtyard where Helen has decorated the space with driftwood and

pebbles and bunting from SHOP Above right: The bathroom

something, I’m driven to do it anyway. It was the same

with SHOP. You have to speculate to accumulate.”

Also giving her confidence, one great thing

was in place – the ground floor had already been

knocked through to create one large airy room.

“I just put double doors out to the courtyard, so you

can see right through from the front door, which makes

it look much bigger and brings in light from both sides. I

also asked the builder to strip back the 1980s plasterboard

from the back left corner to see what was underneath

– and it was the original sandstone, so I’ve left it.”

Apart from that, the main structural work Helen did

was to remove the ceiling on the first floor, where the two

bedrooms are, creating a lofty vaulted space, which completely

transforms the cottage proportions. So rather than the

pokiness so often found upstairs in small houses, the top floor

of this one has the airy romantic feeling of a Paris garret.

Helen has played up this unexpected scale further by

putting in an oversized vintage metal ceiling light, found

at Ardingly antiques fair, at the top of the stairwell. On

the landing wall is another surprisingly big – and therefore

perfect – item; a portrait of Christopher Isherwood by

Fraser Taylor, Helen’s friend, that she bought during an art

sale at renowned Soho restaurant L’Escargot, in the 1980s

(when it was the most fashionable place to eat in town…).

Just as the top of the house is so much more spacious than

you’d expect, down at the bottom of it, the lower ground floor

kitchen has no basement feeling, because of the large window,

looking out onto stairs leading up to the front of the house.

Here is an area Helen has planted very boldly, with wooden

box tubs of dramatic succulents and lavender, enclosing a front

patio area with a table and chairs – a perfect spot for her to sit

and watch the urban world go by, in this close community.

The kitchen itself is very simple, with a St Leonards

junk shop table – “the only thing I could fit in” –

and Greek-style rush seat chairs from IKEA. “These

chairs have been every colour known to man.”

The design is deceptively simple with whitepainted

Shaker-style cabinets, which look more like

pieces of furniture than a built-in kitchen.

“It was built by a local carpenter – Mark Tomlinson

– out of wood, not MDF. He also did all the windows.

Helen added a new back door and tongue and groove

panelling to go over the original sandstone walls, so they

can breathe. That’s how it would have been when the house

was built. It had to be bespoke to get the right beading.”

The kitchen floor is old scaffolding boards supplied by

Hastings and Bexhill Wood Recycling Ltd., cleaned

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This page: Helen’s bedroom is a gloriously pared back ‘homage to a Greek bedroom’, with white walls and shutters, a bed by Loaf, an

Indian quilt and Romanian cushion and paintings from a fellow Norman Road trader

and waxed, read to lay straight onto the concrete.

Just about everything else in the kitchen – including that

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This includes the rack of wooden shelves by Garden

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Even European floor brushes, similar to the one hanging

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Kitchen implements stored in colourful empty sardine

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sign, wartime Ministry of Information posters (‘Tea revives

you’, ‘Eat your greens’) and a mix of those lovely bowls,

add a cheerful blend of bright colours, also reflected in

paintings. The one of a tiger in a jungle on the stairs, was

created by Holly for a competition when she was five and was

subsequently displayed in the Commonwealth Institute.

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This page: The spare room’s vintage arsenic green shelf has been

a feature of all Helen’s homes

It’s from this wonderfully diverse collection of

vintage and personal objects, where all the colour in

the house comes. No feature wallpaper walls here.

“I love colour,” says Helen, “but not painted on walls.

I like all white, or all grey – walls, ceilings, windows,

woodwork. I like everything the same colour.”

Up one floor in the main room, the theme of white

walls and – mainly vintage – items in bright and pretty

colours creates a space that is both intriguing, with so

many interesting things to look at, and very tranquil.

The squashy old Heal’s sofa, covered in ecru linen

and scattered with interesting cushions, beckons

you to curl up and would be equally appealing in

winter, sitting across from the wood burner which

Helen put in to replace the old open fire.

The cupboards on either side of the fireplace are original

to the house. The stunning front window, which all the

houses in the terrace have – redolent of Jackanory’s arched

window – was rebuilt using traditional methods.

But while the overall feel is wonderfully peaceful,

looking towards the back of the room, it’s easy to

imagine lively dinners around the table, with more

IKEA ‘Greek’ chairs where Helen entertains.

On the wall at one end of the table is a striking Hindu

mask, found at the antiques market in Covent Garden

in the 1980s and to the side another brilliant find, this

one local to her current residence – a 1960s tourist

poster for St Leonards. More than just a lovely thing,

reproductions of it are a staple down the road in SHOP.

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Above left: Helen has planted wooden box tubs of succulents and lavender at the front of the house, enclosing a patio area with

a table and chairs – a perfect spot for her to sit and watch the urban world go by Above right: Many of the items that Helen has

furnished her home with have come straight from SHOP

example of Helen’s lifelong skill for finding beautiful things

in unexpected places. Long before architectural salvage

became big business and a regular source of homewares,

she rescued the mirror from the old Lloyds building in

the City of London, when it was being demolished in

the late 70s. She’s always been ahead of the game.

The large English storage cupboard opposite was

from Heathfield market and is a crucial item in a

house much smaller than Helen’s previous three

residences. “It’s got my life in it,” she says.

Leading on from the corner of sandstone wall

next to it, she did the same thing in the courtyard,

stripping back render to the bare rock and decorating

the space with driftwood and pebbles collected on the

beach and bunting from – where else? – SHOP.

Upstairs, Helen’s bedroom is a gloriously pared back

‘homage to a Greek bedroom’, with white walls and

shutters, a bed by Loaf, an Indian quilt and Romanian

cushion and painting from a fellow Norman Road

(definitely WeNor…) trader, Andrew Hurst of Wayward.

The spare room next door has a wonderful ‘arsenic

green’ vintage shelf with pegs, which just happened to

fit perfectly into the space over the bed, although Helen

has had it for years. “It’s been in all my homes.” The

lovely floral painting on it is another old Greenwich

market treasure. The bed was a Friday Ad £50 special.

“I had some friends coming and needed one quickly. It

was brown pine, so I painted it and got a mattress from


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The Oak Glasshouse Company

We design & build oak sunrooms, oak kitchen

extensions, oak orangeries and garden offices.

Please phone or email to request a brochure,

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www.theoakglasshouse.co.uk


This page: SHOP sells a wonderfully mixed and gloriously displayed array of goods, in a casual perfection of chic bohemian style

Mattress Man. They’ll make one to any size for old beds.”

Having inspected every corner of the cottage, we head

down Norman Road for a cup of tea in the café within

SHOP, relaxing into the cocooning atmosphere of a

retail space both perfectly realised – and different every

time you go in it. None of this is a happy accident.

“SHOP is not just about shifting stuff,’ says Helen,

looking round her beautiful space. “We buy things because

we love them and we want other people to love them. We

like a free flow, quirky things that work together and we

move things around all the time – change is everything.”

The – always brilliant – set up of the merchandise is

Holly’s job. Before starting the business with her mum,

she worked in visual merchandising for Topshop.

They divide responsibilities up in this way – but do

all the buying together, choosing whatever appeals to

them. “Stock is very flexible – there’s no ‘that is or isn’t

what we sell’.” The only fixed thing is that it must be

what they like. It’s the best kind of family business.

“There’s a lot of love in SHOP,” says Helen, which is probably

why it’s such a delightful spot to visit. “It’s really important

to be surrounded by things that you love. Even if you only

have two chairs, have lovely ones…”, a philosophy Helen has

put into perfect practice in both her home and her shop.

Address Book:

Visit SHOP at 32-34 Norman Road St Leonards. Find them

on Facebook and follow on Twitter @ShopNormanroad

Ardingly Antiques Fair iacf.co.uk/ardingly

Flowers throughout the shoot were from

Blue Hen Flowers bluehenflowers.com

Hastings & Bexhill Wood Recycling Ltd.

01424 715566 recyclingwood.org.uk

Heal’s heals.com

Loaf loaf.com

Mark Tomlinson 07761 233785

Mattress Man mattressman.co.uk

Wayward St Leonards wayward.co

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LIVING SPACES MADE BEAUTIFUL

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www.hks-uk.com


Textured Mini

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B&Q

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GET

THE

LOOK

Jessica Hogarth Beach Huts

Framed Prints, £35.00

Athena

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Multi-coloured Pom Pom

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Boutique Camping

boutiquecamping.com

Katie Alice Festival Folk Breakfast

Cup And Saucer, £16

Creative Tops Ltd

creative-tops.com

Builders Tea Tin Tray, £10.50

The Contemporary Home

tch.net

Avenue Floor Lamp

Wood complete

with Shade, £167.40

Dar Lighting Group

darlighting.co.uk

Colman’s Mustard Tin, £4.99

Jeremy’s Home Store

jeremyshomestore.co.uk

Set of 2 Nibble And

Share Tapas Jars, £7.50

Garden Trading

gardentrading.co.uk

Pampelune Chair in

Turquoise, £159

PIB

pib-home.co.uk

Chateau Grey Country Dining

Table 140 X 90cm, £320.40

Element One House

elementonehouse.com

Chehoma Octopus

Bowls x 4, £25

Berry Red

berryred.co.uk

Ivory Sheepskin Rug, £55

The French Bedroom Co

frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

The Pen Duick Model Boat, £65

The Nautical Company

thenauticalcompany.com

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Antiques

of stylE

Restoring

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restoration with over 25 years experience. Specialising in early

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gilding, veneering and waxing. Onsite work available. Never

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AND VINTAGE INTERIORS

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Plus “Coffee in Style”

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Homemade Cake

and light Lunches

We are open

Monday to Saturday

9am – 5pm

nominated

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of the year

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Restorer of Fine Antique Furniture

Call me for a quote or advice:

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For examples, please visit www.susansurgey.co.uk

Over 2000 sq.ft. of Antiques,

Collectables, Vintage, Retro,

Handcrafted & Unusual Items

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The Old Forge Emporium

The Street, Appledore, Kent TN26 2BJ 01233 758585

abbeylace@aol.com www.theoldforgeemporium.co.uk

The Old Station Stores,

Bexhill West Station, Terminus Road,

Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN39 3LR

Phone 01424 217640

Mobile 07974 178760

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Art & Antiques

Investment Pieces

WT chats wise art and

jewellery buys with

two knowledgeable

antiques experts

2

1

1.‘Conversation’ by Sherree Valentine Daines, signed with initials, oil on board. Sold for £13,970. 2. ‘Two Young Girls on the Beach’

by Sherree Valentine Daines, oil on board, signed with initials. Sold for £11,430.

Ewbank’s Andrew Ewbank discusses

Surrey artist Sherree Valentine Daines

“As we’re based in Surrey, it is appropriate to focus on

contemporary Surrey artists, as these will, of course, have an extra

appeal to local enthusiasts. Sherree Valentine Daines, who lives

with her family in Dorking, was born and raised in Surrey, and is

one of the most consistently popular local artists for our buyers.

Ewbank’s has had a number of her modern impressionistic

paintings on sale in recent years, including 13 works in Fine

Art sale in March 2017. There is always a tremendous amount

of interest from buyers in the room and those online and on

the phone, from all over Surrey and beyond. Recent high

prices for her work include an oil entitled ‘Conversation’ which

went for £13,970 in December last year, and another oil of

two young girls on a beach which sold for £11,430 including

hammer price. Sherree’s husband and son are also artists, so

do watch out for work by these other members of the talented

Valentine Daines family, too!” ewbankauctions.co.uk


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AUCTIONEERS AND

VALUERS OF FINE ART

ANTIQUES AND

COLLECTORS’ ITEMS

FREE ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES

VALUATION DAY

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH 2017, 10AM TO 4PM

THE TOWN HALL, TENTERDEN, KENT

Antiques and collectables

Jewelry and Watches

Paintings and sculptures

Ceramics, Medals and Militaria

Antique and sporting guns, Coins

Come along and meet one of our specialists.

No appointment required.

1920s emerald and diamond ring

Sold for £1,200

Also every Friday 10am to 1pm at our Saleroom in Canterbury.

thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com

Victoria Military General

Service Medal, Sold for £5,700

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THE LEADING AUCTIONEERS IN THE SOUTH EAST

• Regular selected sales including Fine Art,

Asian Art, Jewellery, Silver, Clocks,

Medals, Watches, Wines and Furniture

• Weekly sales of antiques, collectables and

general items from £40 to £1,000

(Payment made in two working days)

• Free internet listing for all sales

• Free auction estimates

• Valuations for Insurance

and Probate

• House Clearance

A pair of 1930’s

Art Deco jade,

black onyx and

diamond-set

pear-shaped drop

earrings, L 4cm.

SOLD FOR £3,000

For a FREE valuation on items you would like

to auction, simply email your images to:

tunbridge.wells@gorringes.co.uk

To arrange an appointment call:

01892 556 860

www.gorringesauctions.co.uk

Grosvenor House, Grosvenor Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2BF

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Andrew Ewbank’s

jewellery pick

“Buying and selling jewellery through

a sale-room with a high level of

knowledge is crucial. Amber jewellery

is increasingly sought after by buyers,

the demand is largely due to strong

interest from buyers in the Middle

East and China. Increasingly popular

is organic jewellery like amber and

coral. Ruby, sapphire, and emerald

are perennially popular, as they can

be both beautiful and hard wearing.

As testament to this, at a recent

jewellery sale in the summer, one

of the most dramatic prices, against

estimate, seen, was for a Victorian

coral bead necklace. It sold for an

estimate-busting £3,810 to an online

buyer. Plus, at the same sale, an

online battle between two buyers

competing for a 45cm long Indo-

Chinese amber bead necklace saw

a final hammer price of £1,651.”

ewbankauctions.co.uk

1 3

2

Art & Antiques

1. Burma ruby and

diamond cluster ring,

oval cut ruby of 2.28

carats within a surround

of ten round brilliant

cut diamonds, in

18 ct yellow gold.

Ruby certificated by

IGI stating the ruby

origin as Burma and

free of treatment.

Sold for £6,604.

2. Victorian coral bead

necklace, graduating

beads slightly off

round in shape.

Sold for £3,810.

3. Indo-Chinese

amber bead necklace,

with oval shape beads

ranging in colour from

yellow to orange with

white metal spacers.

1 The team at Gorringes take a look at

Cecil Rochfort D’Oyly-John (1906-1993)

“D’Oyly-John was a self-taught artist who took up painting as

a pastime whilst convalescing in hospital from bomb injuries

in 1945. His output was considerable during his lifetime and

he was chiefly notable for his painting technique (the thick

application of paint with a palette knife instead of

a brush) and the vivid colours of his Mediterranean scenes.

He achieved wide public recognition in the 1950s and

60s due to the publication of many of his works in print

form, which seemed, fortuitously, to tap in to the increasing

2

1. ‘Sunset at Cannes’ by Cecil Rochfort D’Oyly-

John oil on canvas, signed. Sold for £1700 2.

‘Cannes’ by Cecil Rochfort D’Oyly-John, oil on

canvas, signed. Sold for £1900 .

market for foreign holidays in the sun, now taken for

granted, that could be enjoyed by the general public for the

first time. Admirers of his work included the Queen Mother,

then Queen, who acquired paintings for the Royal Collection.

D’Oyly-John’s early life was both adventurous and

shrouded in mystery (his parentage is unknown, but he

claimed to be the illegitimate son of the artist Augustus John).

He was born in Durban, South Africa and lived and worked

all over the world before eventually settling in Brighton,

then Rottingdean, where he and his wife, Joan, are buried.

His work continues to be popular at auction, with

their strong colours and bold, rather poster-like imagery

complementing modern interiors, at an affordable price. In

1998 D’Oyly-John paintings were selling for between £200-

400 at auction. This month, Gorringes sold two paintings of

Cannes for £1,700 and £1,900 respectively.”

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17 Mix it up

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18 British blooms

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All in the

Detail

Photographs: David Merewether

Stylng: Helen Barton Model: Jade

Location: The Old Rectory Estate, Bletchingley


WT Wedding Supplement

Flowers, prices on request, Blooming Green bloominggreenflowers.co.uk 01622 298676;

Dress, £550, Real Green Dress realgreendress.com 01276 513368

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flowers (in hair),

Blooming Green

bloominggreenflowers.co.uk

01622 298676;

Theia Emma dress, £1080,

Frou Frou Bridal Boutique

froufroubride.co.uk

01892 541381


Every bridal

whim granted

Swattenden Lane | Cranbrook | TN17 3PS

01580 713189

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Telephone 01892 546846

www.misskayseamstress.co.uk

35 Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8AA

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Flowers, prices on

request, Blooming Green

bloominggreenflowers.co.uk

01622 298676;

Dress, £425, Real Green

Dress realgreendress.com

01276 513368


WT Wedding Supplement

Flowers, prices on request, Blooming Green bloominggreenflowers.co.uk 01622 298676; Charlie Brear Arlette dress, £1845,

Frou Frou Bridal Boutique froufroubride.co.uk 01892 541381; Guglielmo Rotta shoes, £195, The Golden Boot

thegoldenboot.co.uk 01622 752349

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Together we will create your unique, perfect day

Summer Sale Now On

01580 292992

Sissinghurst Road, Biddenden TN27 8DQ

www.bloomsburysbiddenden.com

Hawkhurst - No6 The Colonnade Rye Road Kent. TN184ES

01580 752118

Rye - No12 High Street Rye East Sussex. TN317JF

01797 224369

Lewes - No27 High Street Lewes East Sussex. BN7 2LU

01273 480896

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cashmere and silk knitwear

New Collection from Barbour available in store NOW

END OF SEASON SALE

Starts 15 th August 2017 with 50% REDUCTIONS & more!

23 High Street, Tenterden TN30 6BJ

Telephone 01580 761222 Email sales@cashara.co.uk

Shop online at www.cashara.co.uk

Tel: 01797 224271

16 Lion Street, Rye, E.Sussex TN31 7LB

e: shop@thegoldenfleece.co.uk

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Quintessentially British Bridal Boutique filled with

bridal lace, tweed & jewels..

Stephanie Allin, Eliza Jane Howell, Charlotte Balbier,

Rembo Styling, Minna, Rachel Simpson and many more..

By appointment only.

01304 389710

info@boutiqueofjules.co.uk

www.boutiqueofjules.co.uk

26 Dover road, Walmer, Deal, Kent. CT14 7JW.

www.countyclothesmenswear.co.uk

“...don’t mind if

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WT Wedding Supplement

Macarons and meringue kisses, prices

on request, Canary and Cuckoo

canaryandcuckoo.com; flowers, Blooming

Green bloominggreenflowers.co.uk 01622

298676

Pedro Miralles Fidela sling backs, £149,

The Golden Boot thegoldenboot.co.uk

01622 752349

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WT Wedding Supplement

Nina mini dress, from £600, Tara

Deighton taradeighton.co.uk 07825

585051; flower headdress, from a

selection, Real Green Dress realgreendress.

com 01276 513368

We would like to say a big thank you to Trudie from The Old Rectory Estate. To find out about hiring the grounds of this

beautiful Georgian manor house for your own wedding marquee, visit oldrectoryestate.com or call 01883 743388 / 07515 394506

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85 All Saints Street, Hastings, TN34 3BH 07825 585 051

Opening Hours: Tuesday—Friday 10.30am—5pm

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Dale Hill

Hotel &

Golf Club

Wedding Fair

Sunday 8 th October

11am–3pm

FREE ENTRY

Join us to view our outstanding venue and see

what we can offer to make your magical day

special. Browse amongst suppliers and see

how they can enhance your Wedding day.

• Canapes & Fizz on arrival • Goodie bags

• Competitions • Mini Beauty treatments

Wedding dresses and accessories • Magicians & Artists

Plus so much more!

Register in advance to get a free goodie bag on arrival and to

be entered into some of our amazing competitions on the day!

For more information or to register

attendance please contact 01580 202103

or email marketing@dalehill.co.uk

All Inclusive

Wedding Package*

• Ceremony Room Hire

• Evening Sandwich Buffet

• Arrival Berry Fizz

• Room Hire for Wedding Breakfast & Evening Function

• Three Course Wedding Breakfast With Coffee & Mints

• Draping of the Function Suite

• Half a Bottle of House Wine per person

• A Suite for the Bride & Groom

• Glass of Sparkling Wine for toasts

• Four Superior rooms available for guests of your choice

• Evening Disco

Dates between May & October £3950

Dates between November & April £3450

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w. dalehill.co.uk *Subject to availability


WT Wedding Supplement

Peter Kaiser ‘Emine’,

£119, The Golden Boot

thegoldenboot.co.uk

01622 752349

Mavala tolueneformaldehyde-

and parabenfree

nail colour, £4.95 each,

Fenwick fenwick.co.uk

Mix it Up

5 Rose Gold &

White Confetti

Balloons, £7.99,

Candle & Cake Ltd

candleandcake.co.uk

Lakshmi Beaded

Crystal Bridal Train,

£306

Gibson Bespoke

Designs, Etsy

etsy.com

Spice up your special day with our vibrant wedding picks

Mavala Happy Zen

lip colour collection in

‘Nectar Red’, £12.50 each,

Fenwick fenwick.co.uk

Heaven Sends -

Wishes Wooden Box,

£10.99, Magical Story,

magicalstory.co.uk

Rose Gold Hair

Comb, £25

Rock My Vintage

rockmyvintage.co.uk

Gold brass antique style

lantern, £29.95, Made

With Love Designs

madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

Pearl Bracelet, £17.99

Historic Royal Palaces

historicroyalpalaces.com

Ivory Pearl Clutch,

£25, Rock my Vintage

rockmyvintage.co.uk

Interlocking Moroccan Tile Stainless

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Blooms

Lara Haynes from

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her favourite bridal

bouquet trend

The current trend I

am noticing is brides

requesting natural and

unstructured bouquets

using seasonal flowers. I

am delighted to see a move

towards seasonal blooms

and source mainly English

flowers for this style of

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roses including Romantic

Antique, Juliet and

Margaret Merrill with trails

of garden honeysuckle

and jasmine, dainty wind

flowers, dahlias and fluffy

alchemilla mollis. The pop

of deeper colour provides

contrast that really makes

the peaches and pinks

sing and the scent was

amazing – which I also

think is very important.


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• 25ml Cocchi

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• 10ml Boudier

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• soda water top

- approx 50ml

1. Shake and strain

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over cubed ice. Top

with soda, stir.

2. Serve in a rocks

glass and garnish

with a spiked

blackberry and

raspberry.

Aviation

• 40ml Silent

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• 20ml Maraschino

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• 20ml freshly

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• 2.5ml Crème

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1. Shake and strain

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Albury Flip

• 50ml Silent Pool Gin

• 25ml Merlet cherry brandy

• 3ml saline

• 10ml Monin Orgeat syrup

• 25ml pasteurised egg yolk (we use Cocovite)

• 25ml double cream

1. Spray chilled glass with Silent Pool

Christmas Mist (available online).

2. Shake and fine strain all ingredients.

3. Serve in a coupette and garnish with fresh

grated nutmeg.

Silent Pool G&t

• 50ml Silent Pool Gin (from freezer)

• 125ml chilled Fever-Tree elderflower tonic

• 5ml fresh fine filtered lime juice

• 2 dashes Bitter Truth cucumber bitters

• 2 dashes Jade 1901 absinthe

1. Dash glass with absinthe and bitters.

2. Build remainder of ingredients

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3. Serve in a Silent Pool glass and

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Sorbet

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Beauty

Just spray

A

wedding is a new start. A door

to a new life. (Even if you’ve

been cohabiting for years, I

can promise you: you will wake up next

day and feel very different.) And so not

surprisingly – unless your beloved has

requested otherwise – it is the perfect

moment to mark this new beginning

by veiling with a new fragrance.

But shopping for that all-important

fragrance should be seen as much, much

more than simply another item on your

‘To Do’ list. Why not take a day – or at

least a morning – and devote yourself to

the sensuality and pleasure of the search?

‘It’s very important not to be stressed,’

insists perfumer Lyn Harris, founder

of Miller Harris and now working out

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Crawford Street which (trust me) is a

wonderful place to while away a few

hours. ‘If you’re in a hurry or feeling

anxious, you can have a negative response

to a scent that you might otherwise love.’

What’s more, Lyn adds, the production

of stress hormones can itself change the

way a fragrance smells on your skin – so

she suggests shopping with a friend,

planning a lunch and taking it easy.

Importantly, fragrances should always

be skin-warmed before you make up your

mind about them. Perfume blotters are

‘I do’...

Josephine Fairley recommends romantic wedding scents

fine for helping you to dismiss a fragrance

– if you don’t like it, move on to the next

– but you really need to wear a fragrance

on your body, to know whether you love

it; individual chemistry subtly alters a

perfume’s character, on our skin – that’s

part of the magic, and though sometimes

we can fall in love-at-first-spritz, it takes

up to two hours for the base notes (which

are the lingering fragrance elements we

really live with) to emerge. So: try up

to half a dozen fragrances on blotters,

initially. (Even before that, I tend to sniff

the caps and nozzles of perfume testers

– because the oils concentrate there as

they evaporate – as a first clue, telling me:

that’s a possible, that’s a no-no.) Label

them; even I can’t remember what I’ve

sprayed where (and I do this for a living!)

Have a coffee. Smell those blotters

and narrow your choice down to no

more than three, which you should

then apply to the skin: one on each

wrist, one in the crook of one elbow.

(At this stage, don’t apply any of them

to your neck: it will dominate.) Then

go off and have that lunch. Chill. Ask

your friend’s advice about what smells

great on you, if you’re unsure – and

ideally, ask for samples to take home

and try, longer-term. (Most fragrance

consultants are more than helpful, if

you explain it’s for your wedding.)

10

Wedding

fragrance choices

Estée Lauder Beautiful – not

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Chanel No.5 – or for a young

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Jean Patou Joy – a classic,

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Christian Dior J’adore – a

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(including opulent Grasse

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as if warmed by sunlight.

Jo Malone London Red

Roses – one of the most

swooningly romantic rose

perfumes ever confected.

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Beauty

Something else to bear in mind, though:

your fragrance choice should also reflect the

style of your wedding. If you’re wearing

white or ivory, white flower fragrances

can be perfect, with traditional notes of

jasmine, lily, gardenia and lily-of-the-valley.

If your style is more flamboyant and

exotic, you may go for something more

sensual: an Oriental, or a floral-oriental

(which is slightly lighter and fresher than

an Oriental, but still has beguiling woody

or spiced undertones). The time of year

is relevant, too: ‘Lighter for summer, as a rule – unless

you’re a very outgoing, dark-haired bride,’ advises Lyn.

But what’s absolutely crucial is to ensure that whatever

fragrance you choose doesn’t come as a big surprise to

your intended. What happens if the first time he smells

it is at the altar – and he hates it? So: you’ll need to

wear the fragrance around him – and let him get close

enough to nuzzle it – to ensure it gets a thumbs-up.

And just what strength of fragrance is perfect, for a wedding?

Ideally, you wouldn’t wear something stronger than an eau de

parfum – which should last you through the reception. (You

might want to buy a Travalo travel fragrance spray – which

can be filled with your chosen fragrance – to give to your

matron of honour. You might want to turbo-charge your

chosen eau de parfum’s staying power, though, by ‘layering’:

if they exist (there’s a big perfumed bodycare revival going

on right now), buy the bath and body products that match

your chosen scent, using them while you bath, applying

a body lotion and powder and – as that finishing touch –

the scent itself. Then the fragrance is subtly ‘time-released,

during the day – especially if you’re going to be dancing.

Be sure to put on your fragrance before you step into your

dress, meanwhile, or it can stain – and I suggest applying not

only to the pulse points at wrist, elbow and neck, but also

tucking a cotton wool ball that has been sprayed with the scent

and then allowed to dry, between your breasts inside your bra.

Why not spray your garter, too? And hair is a wonderful vehicle

for fragrance: spritz the air and walk through it, or lightly mist

the hairline. Then your guests will get a lovely whiff of your

fragrance while you’re kissing them, in the receiving line…

The simple truth is, your wedding fragrance is much,

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It is important to discuss:

• your expectations

• the benefits of the surgery to you

• any risks, complications or

limitations

• family history of breast cancer

• the need for a mammogram if

you are 35 years or over

THE PROCEDURE

After pre-operative photographs,

your surgeon will mark the new

position for nipple in a position

higher than the old, reducing

the size of the nipple as well as

marking the area of skin and

breast tissue to be removed.

The procedure usually takes

about two to three hours.

Techniques for breast

reduction vary, but the most

common procedure involves

an anchor shaped incision

that circles the areola, extends

downwards and follows the

natural curve of the crease

beneath the breast.

Glandular tissue, fat and

skin is removed and the nipple

with areola is moved into its

new position. The skin will be

brought down from both sides

of the breast and around the

areola, shaping the new curve

of the breast. The nipples

remain attached to the breast

and its blood vessels (known as

a ‘pedicle’). There are several

variations of the direction of the

pedicle. I often use the ‘superomedial’

or ‘superior’ pedicle.

However, in some cases, the

nipples and areola may have

to be removed completely and

grafted into a higher position,

especially if the breasts are

very pendulous with the nipples

extremely low.

Sutures are dissolving under

the skin and do not require

removal.

YOUR AFTERCARE

The hospital stay is normally

1-2 days. It will be necessary to

organise two to three weeks off

from work. If your job involves

heavy lifting, longer time may

be needed.

POST-OPERATIVE BRA

You will need to wear a good,

supportive, non-wired support

bra, as advised by your

surgeon, for 6-8 weeks. This is

to help support the underlying

tissue and suture lines while

healing. After surgery there will

be swelling and your breasts will

seem high and firm which may

seem unnatural to you.

It is essential to wear a good

quality sports bra and if possible

a lycra crop top too, to prevent

the breasts from moving up/

down and to maintain the

results from surgery.

If you are considering

having a Breast Reduction

and would like to discuss

your options, Miss Anita

Hazari offers free 15

minute consultations.

To book yours call us on

01892 741150.

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Health & Beauty

Painterly Style

Wealden Times talks to Cathy McClymont, an artist who’s

a regular exhibitor at Wealden Times Midsummer Fair

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do you have a beauty

regime? To be honest I’m

not really one for a beauty

regime and never have been.

My skin is very colourful

with freckles which I’ve

always hated. However, now

I’m in my early fifties, I’m

starting to think they hide

Superfoods...

English Walnuts are harvested

from late August until the

end of September and,

once dried, can be stored

in their shells in a cool, dry

place for several months or

shelled in the fridge for six

months. Walnuts are rich in B

vitamins, potassium, copper,

magnesium and antioxidants

and are an excellent source of

anti-inflammatory omega-3.

Try these instant veggie

a multitude of flaws and

maybe – just maybe – help

with a more youthful look!

I wash night and morning

with Tropic skin cleanser,

tone with rosewater and

moisturise with Boots

No.7 anti-ageing cream. I

keep fit by caring for my

meatballs, adapted from

Liana Werner-Grey’s recipe,

which take just moments to

make: Put 1½ cups walnuts,

1 cup sundried tomatoes,

2 tablespoons olive oil, salt,

pepper and 1 tablespoon each

of fresh thyme, rosemary and

oregano in a food processor

and whiz till the mixture

resembles fine bread crumbs.

Roll the mixture between

your palms into walnut-sized

disabled daughter Kitty.

do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

without? I have a Guinot

Age Summum facial once

a month from my beauty

therapist Yvonne at Aura.

I paint with oils and

turpentine – not the best

things to inhale – so a good

moisturiser is an essential.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? Being out

of doors is a real treat and,

as an artist, I spend most

of the summer and winter

outside in my studio with

the doors open. I’m so lucky,

I’ve had my four children

and can now address my

first love – painting – and

make a career out of doing

something I really enjoy.

Who’s your style icon?

My style icon would be

my Gran, she had so much

personality and style. I think

a great smile is an essential

part of being a ‘beauty’

and so is being happy.

See Cathy’s work on

Facebook or email

cathyge@hotmail.co.uk

meatballs and chill in the

fridge for 30 minutes. To

serve, warm the meat-free

meatballs for 15 minutes on

a baking tray in the oven at

150˚C. They’re delicious with

pasta and fresh tomato sauce.

Cleanse &

Moisturise

It seems particularly apt in

August to go to the sea to

find a treatment for hair

depleted by sunshine and

swimming in the summer.

VOYA’s Forget Me Not

Smoothing Conditioner and

Silky By Nature Nourishing

Shampoo are created from

organic seaweed harvested

from the Atlantic waters of

County Sligo. The seaweed

comes from Ireland but

the skills of the cosmetic

scientists, marine biologists

and dermatologists who

have created this ethical,

organic skin-care range

have been sourced from all

over the world. Seaweed is

rich in minerals, vitamins

and trace elements and its

extracts have a pronounced

moisturising effect on the

hair, increasing lustre, adding

body and counteracting

any fly-away, electrostatic

charge. Both shampoo and

conditioner are great to use

with a silky texture and

subtle scent.

Forget Me Not Smoothing

Conditioner, £23 for 200ml,

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Shampoo, £19 200ml voya.ie

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Health

H2O

Every organ in the body requires

fluids to function. Nutrients are

transported to cells in fluids,

they flush away waste and prevent

constipation. Another big benefit of

staying hydrated is that your mind

will feel sharper, your energy levels

will increase and – here’s the big one –

drinking plenty of fluids will prevent

you from overeating! As your body

can’t store fluids for long periods of

time, regular hydration is essential.

The amount of water we should drink

is individual and can range from 1.5

to 3L a day depending on your body

mass, the amount you perspire and

how much you exercise. For example,

if you’re petite and don’t sweat much,

1.5L may be fine but if you are 6 ft 4ins,

exercise for 1 hour and sweat a lot, 3L

is more appropriate. A good indicator

of whether you’re drinking enough is

the colour of your urine, it should be

clear over the day and not too dark first

thing in the morning. If you wake in

the middle of the night and are thirsty,

start tracking your water intake to see

Nutritionist Katie Peck explains

that our bodies are biological

machines which thrive when

well-nourished with water.

how many millilitres you’re drinking over

the day. Teas and coffees count towards

your total fluid intake, but make sure

that the majority of your daily fluid

intake comes from drinking water.

During the summer months, we

tend to drink more to compensate for

our bodies losing water in the heat.

Timing of when and how much water

to drink is important: you don’t want

to drink large volumes (say more than

1 pint) at once and, if you aren’t used

to drinking much water, increase the

amount you drink gradually over

several days. I recommend drinking a

large glass on waking and before meals

to stimulate your digestion but avoid

gulping large amounts with food and

drinking too much in the evening before

bed so as not to disrupt your sleep.

Getting your water intake right is a

balance. Begin by tracking your daily

intake and paying attention to your

urine. Overall, trust your judgement

to know what you feel is right for you

and, if you feel you need individual

advice, speak with a health professional.

Give your

water the

wow factor…

Flavoured ice cubes

Mint or borage ice cubes can

transform a simple jug of water from

functional to fabulous. Place borage

flowers or chopped mint leaves in

an ice cube tray, cover with water

and freeze. Add to sparkling or still

water moments before serving.

Cucumber water

Nutrient-rich cucumbers are made

up mostly of water but they are also

an excellent source of vitamins and

minerals, making cucumber-infused,

filtered tap water a deliciously

refreshing way to rehydrate on a

summer’s day. Slice a peeled cucumber

into a 1 litre jug, top up with ¾ litre

of filtered water, topped up with

ice to stop the slices floating, and

marinate for an hour in the fridge.

Try adding freshly squeezed lemon

or lime juice for a bit of extra zing.

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impressions First

Personal trainer Sarah-Jane Holt gives

her tips for a peachy posterior

During a traditional wedding ceremony, the

main view guests will have of the bride and

her bridesmaids is from the back. From

entering the church or registry office, to the final

moment when the bride and groom are pronounced

man and wife, can take a while so it’s vital that the

bridal party’s dresses and hair look great from behind.

A well-defined waist and shapely silhouette (think

bridesmaid Pippa Middleton’s back view at her

sister’s wedding to Prince William in 2011) sets off

a wedding or bridesmaids’ dress to perfection.

We asked personal trainer Sarah-Jane Holt for

three pre-nup exercises to ensure that the bride and

her attendants look their best on her big day!

Squats – These are a great all-round exercise that not

only work all three glute muscles, helping to firm and tone

a beautiful bottom, but also work on strengthening and

toning the legs and core as well. To perform a perfect squat,

start with your feet just wider than shoulder width apart

and turn your toes out very slightly. On the way down,

make sure that your knees are tracking over the second toe,

keep your chest up and imagine you are sitting down onto

a chair. You will be pushing your bum back slightly then

bending your knees. On the way up, focus again on knee

position and on squeezing your buttocks all the way through

the movement until you are back to a standing position.

Repeat 15 times, weight can be added to increase strength.

Raised glute bridges – Lie on your back with your

knees bent and the bottom of your feet on the edge of a chair

or sofa so your feet are off the floor. With arms by your sides,

push through your feet and squeeze your bum to lift your

hips off the floor. Really focus on squeezing your buttocks as

hard as you can whilst lifting your hips up. Pause at the top of

the movement for 3 seconds, squeezing your buttocks all the

time. Bring your hips back to the floor and repeat 20 times.

Rear elevated split lunges – These are tough

but very effective, the elevated back foot places more

emphasis on the opposite glute working to really tone your

bottom as well as working to develop leg shape. Stand

with the back of your knees touching a bench or chair,

take a decent step away with one foot and then place the

back foot on the bench behind you. This set-up will help

to make sure your front foot is the right distance away

from your back foot. When in this position drop your hips

straight down to the floor by bending your front knee. On

the way back up, focus on driving through your front heel

and squeeze the glute of the front leg. Repeat 15 times on

each side, you can also add weight for a stronger effect.

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Crowning

glory!

The Rye Retreat has a great reputation for

preparing brides for their big day. We talked to

them about this season’s trends, wearing a veil

and how much time to allow in the salon…

What are the most popular styles this season

for long-haired brides wanting to wear

their hair up? ‘Relaxed chic’ is what our

Brides are looking for at the moment. They

want something un-done, un-structured

and whimsically romantic. Tendrils are

left at the nape and around the face and

braids are often incorporated to give the

look a suggestion you might have almost

done it yourself (if only you could!).

Does wearing a veil restrict a bride’s hairstyling

options? A veil doesn’t restrict a

Bride’s style options at all. Here at The Rye

Retreat, we sew veils into the hair so that

there’s no need for lots of clips. We also apply

this technique to add jewellery to the hair.

How much time should a bride allow in

the salon on the morning of her wedding

day? We will accommodate any time

necessary, but 2–2 ½ hours is average

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Food

influence

World

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Chloe Cottingham

Following successful careers in ethical homewares and

the restaurant industry, Kali Hamerton-Stove and Sarah

Crysell have combined their passions for food, home design

and Goudhurst to create Hamerton+Jones. Together they

create fresh and flavourful food, including salads inspired

by what’s growing right here in Kent and cooking trends

from around the world, alongside their curiosity shop cum

general store. Here they share zesty, colourful dishes, perfect

for serving at a barbeque or garden party, which would be

equally at home at a casual dinner party or family lunch.

Charred Broccoli &

Fresh Green Salad

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 12 mins

• 200g tenderstem broccoli

• 2tsp cumin seeds, lightly toasted

• pinch of salt

• 180g runner beans

• 120g mangetout

• 200g frozen petit pois

• 170g fine French beans

for the dressing:

• 2 tbsp tahini

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 lemon juiced

• 2 tsp sumac

• 2 tsp honey

• crushed chilli flakes, to taste

• salt & pepper, to taste

1. Pre-heat oven to 200˚C. Split

broccoli stems and place on a

baking tray. Crush toasted cumin

seeds lightly with some salt and

sprinkle over broccoli with a

drizzle of olive oil and bake for

6-10 mins depending on size

of broccoli – you want a nice

black char around the edges. Let

broccoli cool in baking tray.

2. Blanch remaining veg in

boiling water for 2 mins, drain

immediately in cold water

until completely cooled and

place in a bowl of ice water.

3. Once all veg is cool, mix together

in a large bowl and scatter over

your serving plate or platter.

4. Mix all the dressing ingredients

together and add crushed chilli

flakes with salt and pepper to taste

– a cleaned screw top jar is the best

for this and the dressing will keep

in the fridge for a day or two.

5. Drizzle dressing over

veg and tuck in.


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Garlic Roasted

Romano Peppers

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 12 mins

Food

• 4 red romano peppers

• 250g baby heritage tomatoes,

cut into 2 lengthways

• 250g baby plum tomatoes,

cut into 2 lengthways

• 1-2 red chillis, keep whole

• 2-4 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

• sprinkle of lemon thyme

• 1 lemon, cut into thin wedges

• glug of olive oil

• red wine vinegar

• capers

1. Pre-heat oven to 200˚C. Split

peppers in half including the stalk

(makes them more robust) and

clean out the seeds and white pith.

2. Place on a large roasting tray cut

side up. Pop inside your thinly

sliced garlic slices and then scatter

in the tomatoes and chilli(s).

3. Sprinkle over some fresh

lemon thyme and place in

your lemon wedges.

4. Drizzle with olive oil and pop in

the oven to roast. Keep an eye on

the peppers as they can turn very

quickly and go too soft, but 10-12

minutes should do the job – you

are looking for slightly charred

edges to all the veg and the lemon.

5. Take out of the oven and sprinkle

over some red wine vinegar

(to taste) and some capers.

6. You can take the peppers straight

to the table if you wish, or serve

warm or cold the next day.

Quick Flatbreads

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 16 mins

• 200g plain or wholemeal flour

• a twist of sea salt

• 110ml warm water

• 2 tbsp olive oil, plus

some for the pan

1. Place flour and salt into a

bowl and trickle the warm

water in whilst mixing – it’s

best to get stuck in with

your hands so you can feel

when it’s coming together

– then add the olive oil and

form it into a soft dough.

2. Kneed the dough for 5

minutes until smooth. Divide

the dough into 4 pieces and

roll each one out with a

rolling pin – I never worry

about the shape as flatbread

is meant to be artisan!

3. Heat a large frying pan and

wipe over with olive oil and

pop in your flatbead. It should

rise in bubbles which, in turn,

turn golden brown – about 2

minutes on each side. Keep

warm in foil until devoured.

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We use fresh, seasonal ingredients, most of which

are grown in our garden to inspire our ever changing

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Tours and Tastings

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Food

Mini Cherry

Bundt Cakes

Makes 10-12 mini bundt

Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

• 125ml whole milk

• 150g plain flour

• 125g caster sugar

• 2 large eggs

• 75g melted butter

• 1 tsp almond extract

• 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

• a good handful of fresh

cherries, de-stoned and cut

in half (reserve any juice

left from de-stoning)

• 175g icing sugar, for drizzle

1. Pre-heat oven to 170˚C.

Grease and flour mini bundt

tins and pop into the fridge.

2. Place flour and bicarbonate

of soda into a bowl and

stir in the sugar. Add eggs

into the middle with the

melted butter and almond

extract. Mix together and

then add the milk and

continue mixing until

the batter is smooth and

glossy. Add in the cherries

and give it a swirl.

3. Pour until ⅔ full into the

cold prepped tins making

sure all the mixture reaches

all corners of your bundt

tin. Give a little bang on

the work surface to even

out. Place in the oven for

12-15 minutes and check

with a skewer when cooked.

4. Cool on a wire rack in

their tins and then turn

out when cool enough to

handle. Mix icing sugar

with water or lemon or

even cherry juice (left from

de-stoning) until mix is

still slightly runny. Drizzle

artfully over your bundt!

Find out more about

Hamerton+Jones at

hamertonjones.com

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Garden

What’s

New?

After Morus rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’

won RHS Plant of the Year 2017,

Sue Whigham takes a look at the latest prizewinning

breeds coming to a nursery near you

Photos: RHS

A

four minute walk from Victoria Station takes

you to Eccleston Square, a wondrous three

acre garden tended by Roger Phillips for the

past twenty-four years. Roger is not only a long term

resident of the square but a complete plantsman

and author of books like Trees in Britain, a well

thumbed reference book here, and Wild Flowers of

Britain which became an international bestseller.

There were great wisterias towering up into the trees

as they would in the wild, a National Collection of

ceanothus and gorgeous roses, not normally hardy in

the UK, in full bloom. And this was in late spring.

But I digress, an added bonus was to meet a

lady on this visit whose last project, whilst working

at RHS Wisley, was to get the Plants for the

Future initiative up and running. This project,

set up in 2014, encourages and advises non

professional British plant breeders in how to get

new plants to the market. The idea is to provide

encouragement and information to anybody who

might have bred a new plant either intentionally

or unintentionally and who might want to bring

it successfully to the commercial market and to

‘support the horticultural industry as a whole’.

As well as showing you how to progress your ‘new

plant’, the initiative also gives you a comprehensive

understanding of the vital PBR or Plant Breeders’

Rights and how to apply for them. These are a

form of intellectual property rights which will

Right: RHS Plant of the Year 2017,

Dwarf mulberry bush, Morus

rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’


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Garden

Left: Clematis

koreana ‘Amber’

Below: The 21st

century mulberry,

Morus rotundiloba

‘Charlotte Russe’,

grown by 89 year old

Hajime Matsunaga

from Japan

give you, as the breeder, exclusivity over the propagating of your

new variety as well as the marketing side of things. It’ll protect

your potential income from the plant for several years as long as

you register the plant within a year of it first coming to market.

I’ve had a good look at their pretty comprehensive website

which is well worth looking at if you tinker around in your

greenhouse cross fertilising plants or even if you find an

interesting seedling in a flower bed. I always hope that I

might find a hellebore that is unknown as the parent plant

produces so many little seedlings each season, none of them

resembling their parent, that surely there must be just one

little darling waiting to be discovered. Thompson & Morgan,

who have a huge plant breeding site outside Ipswich, tell

the story of a lady finding a primrose yellow foxglove in

her own garden with flowers emerging around the stem.

After some time finessing her one foxglove the plant finally

emerged as Digitalis ‘Primrose Carousel’ and was launched

onto the market some years later. So it can be done.

In less than a decade the Plant of the Year award, judged at

the RHS Chelsea Flower Show each spring has become arguably

the premier plant award. This year there were thirty-five entries

which were delivered to a closed room somewhere in the

showground by, I suspect, horribly nervous nurserymen and

growers. Just think what a difference winning this award must

make. Anyway, the thirty-five plants are then whittled down to

a short list of twenty which then go through to the final round.

These are then put on show in the Great Pavilion. On

the Monday, Press Day and the day of the annual Queen’s

visit, at precisely 11am the judging takes place. The judges

have to take into account whether the plant really is not only

new, but also innovative and likely to last the course rather

than become a ten minute wonder. The voting audience is

usually made up of the great and the good from all corners of

horticulture. By lunchtime it is all over and everyone knows

who the winner is. I don’t know whether there is a grand

announcement or whether word gets out by osmosis.

Last year’s winner was a rather lovely clematis, Clematis

koreana ‘Amber’ exhibited by Taylor’s Clematis. This year,

however, the award went to an ‘edible’ in the form of a dwarf

mulberry tree, Morus rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’ which has

been bred over many years by 89 year old Hajime Matsunaga

from Japan and was exhibited by the Horticultural Trades

Association in the Great Pavilion. I see that it is already for sale

and is described as a 21st century mulberry. Bearing in mind

that mulberries normally can take up to ten years to fruit, this

one, a cross between a white and a black, sounds miraculous.

Apart from being pretty dwarf and absolutely ideal for smaller

gardens and containers as it only gets to 150cm, it has a list of

attributes including being able to fruit on both old and new

wood, with a crop ripening in May on one-year-old plants and

going on right through until autumn. It is also self-pollinating.

What else? Yes, it produces delicious fruits which I’ve never

seen for sale in the shops. I think there’ll be a run on these plants.

The runner up this year was Salvia ‘Crystal Blue’ which

was exhibited on Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants stand at

the Show. This plant was spotted on a nursery in Michigan,

USA seven years ago growing amongst thousands of S.

‘Mainacht’. It was isolated and grown on whilst the breeders

anxiously waited to see if it would revert to being dark but

this didn’t happen and its distinctly branching habit and

exquisite pastel blue flowers obviously caught the eye of

the judges. I can’t wait to join the queue for this one.

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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Some like it hot

Jo Arnell goes in search of exotic-looking plants that thrive in the great British weather

The garden can be a sultry place in August; it’s often warm

and humid, sometimes thundery, but (fingers crossed)

it can also be hot and dry. The light is different at the

end of the season and the fresh, clear colours of early summer

are softening and deepening. It’s time for a change of tone and

for richer, deeper hues. You could start small and just give your

houseplants a holiday, as many will appreciate a breath of fresh

air. Just be careful to put them somewhere shady and don’t forget

to bring them in before the weather starts to cool. For more

long-lasting impact there are some exotic looking, but surprisingly

hardy plants out there to ensure that even if we can’t get away

for a lush and steamy holiday, we can create a relaxing outdoor

space, even a little patch of tropical paradise. It is good to know

(especially for those of us in a permanent holiday mood) that we

can turn up the heat in the garden borders, whatever the weather.

Practicalities

Many of the large leaved, high impact plants come from areas of

high humidity (hence the large floppy leaves and big bold flowers

to attract tropical pollinators) and need plenty of moisture to keep

them looking good. Containers will need lots of watering and

borders will benefit from a deep, damp mulch of organic matter.

If the winter is frozen and wet there may be casualties, as these

plants are eking it out at the edges of their comfort zones. Cannas

and some Dahlias will need to be lifted and stored over the

winter somewhere frost-free, where they will wait in a dormant

state as they retreat into fleshy rhizomes for the colder months.

Unless you are able to offer protection to tender plants over the

winter it is best to stick with hardy plants that have a jungle look,

rather than dicing with the properly tropical. There are plenty of

lush and leafy plants that will look good all year round and

Top left: Day Lily Top right & bottom right: Dahlias Bottom left: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

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many spectacular flowers that will keep going until the first frosts.

Lush leaves

Plants that come from warm and humid places grow big floppy

leaves because they don’t have to conserve water. In general, plants

with big, lush leaves will not appreciate scorching, dry conditions

and will quickly frazzle if planted in poor, free-draining soil and

exposed to harsh sunlight. Many of them would be instantly killed

by the faintest touch of frost too, but there are some large leaved

plants that are able to withstand the worst of our weather without

much help. The castor oil plant, Fatsia japonica, with its big,

shiny, palm-shaped leaves will manage well in a shady corner. If

you have really damp soil, try Rheum palmatum (an ornamental

rhubarb), Rodgersia, or Ligularia for the lush, leafy look. If you

are looking for a sun-worshipper, then an architectural cardoon, or

artichoke will provide large-leaved impact. And for something that

puts up with almost any conditions, try a plume poppy (Macleaya

cordata) with big, beautifully sculpted leaves; but beware – mine

pops up (is this why they’re called poppies?) all over the place.

Exotic climbers and creepers

Vines are an essential part of a tropical theme, adding height

to the heat and helping to create a mini jungle. Climbers

can be trained on walls or fences to provide a backdrop, but

they can also work well when grown up supports or obelisks

within the border. If you want a really jungly look, they can

be left to scramble about through the borders, using the

other plants for support, or as trailing ground cover. Choose

perennials like Passion flowers (Passiflora), the Trumpet vine

(Campsis), or the deliciously scented Chocolate vine, Akebia

quinata. Some fast growing, tender climbers are grown as

annuals and once planted out (after the frosts have passed)

will race up their supports and flower by late summer.


Top left: Dahlias Top right: Canna Middle & bottom: Colourful, lush borders like these need plenty of water to keep them looking good

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Above: Plume poppy (Macleaya cordata)

Try the Cup and Saucer plant, Cobaea scandens, Black-eyed

Susan (Thunbergia alata) or Spanish Flag (Ipomoea lobata).

Annual impact

Tender annuals need to be sown under cover in early spring

and kept in a frost free place until it’s safe to plant them out

in the garden. They grow quickly – many will be flowering

by June and, because setting seed for the next generation is

their only aim in life, if regularly deadheaded they will keep

on flowering until the first frosts. Reliable favourites like

Cosmos (try a gorgeous bright pink one called C. ‘Dazzler’),

Tithonia, Antirrhinum and Nicotiana will ensure that any gaps

in the border will be packed full of colour for the summer.

Late summer dazzlers

Whites and pastels can look insipid and dull in the sunny parts

of the garden; the colour bleaches away and looks wishy-washy

in strong light. Perhaps it’s something to do with the change

in light at this time of the year, or the stillness of August, when

nothing seems to happen, that makes me want to shake things

up and cause a stir in the borders. Or is it the holiday mood/last

hurrah that makes me relax and enjoy the clash of hot colours

around now: a searing pink Dahlia next to a clear bright orange

Tithonia? Why not? Or lime green Nicotiana, even a bright

yellow daisy (‘surely not yellow?!’ I hear you cry) up against the

deep burgundy leaves of Cotinus coggygria, or Heuchera ‘Plum

Pudding’? Clashtastic! Dahlias, Fuchsias, Rudbeckias and Cosmos

will happily put on a carnival of colour and will last for ages if

deadheaded regularly. Jazz it up and let the brash blooms abound.

It is exciting playing with colours and leaf shapes,

whether that’s in the garden borders or a few containers

on the patio. Our seasons seem to be changing and the

summer and early autumn stays warm for longer now,

extending the time we can spend outside. So we can stay

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Feeling Bored?

Susan Elkin explains that, when it comes to school holidays, this isn’t necessarily such a negative

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It’s the summer holidays – when we tell our children and

anyone else who cares that they get bored by the second day.

If it’s true, and I’m not convinced it is, then it’s a new thing.

I wasn’t a child who adored school. It was just something

you had to do. It was OK but I’d far rather have been

somewhere else: at the swimming bath with my friends,

playing in the park or curled up on my bed with a book

and a Mars bar, for example, as I did day after day during

the glorious holidays. Boredom was rarely an issue.

Today’s children, for all sorts of reasons – some spurious,

some driven by commerce and some very sensible – are less

independent than we were. And the loss of freedom to do

things unsupervised seems to have led, for some, to inertia and

boredom. And that, I think, is a very sad, pretty destructive thing.

On the other hand, it has led to the burgeoning of a wide

range of holiday activities for families who can afford them.

There is, for example, some sort of performing arts summer

school local to almost every child in the country – they’re run

by theatre venues, local branches of chains such as Stagecoach

and Theatretrain, drama schools and specialist organisations.

Typically participants work together for a week or a fortnight

learning skills and then present a mini-show for family and

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where they can undertake activities including art, drama, sport

and more. Look out for entrepreneurial local independent

providers too. I recently interviewed the man who runs the

very successful Holiday Drop Off in south London – lots

of sport and happy children (and parents), it seems.

So the boredom-busting industry is alive and well. It’s

also doing a good childcare job – another relatively new

requirement now that in so many families, both parents

have to work. Although, unusually for my generation, my

parents both did too. We lived, literally, over the shop so

they were always around and able to keep half an eye on

us as we wandered through en route for a friend’s house or

the library for another half dozen books to gobble up.

Twenty-first century school holidays seem to be a matter

of “Time is something to be killed. Every minute must be

filled” as John Betjeman pithily put it. I think that if children

could only be left to their own devices just a little more

during the long summer break then they might be a) more

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Arts & Crafts

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Entry: All included with usual

music has over 70 events a

Sat 19 Aug – Sun 3 Sept

admission except face painting

Fri 18 Aug 10am – 12.30pm

day for a full week. With craft

Lewes, Seaford and surrounding

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Woolbeding Gardens, Brambling

workshops, camping, a craft

areas, East Sussex

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Lane, Woolbeding, Midhurst,

and music fair and Concert

Art Wave 2017

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Marquee, there is a great variety

One of the most popular arts events

Mon 21 Aug – Sun 3

Gardeners’ Workshop:

of things to do at any given time

in East Sussex, and well worth a look,

Sept 10am- 5.30pm

An Introduction to

in this beautiful coastal town.

Art Wave 2017 comprises over 100

Groombridge Place, Groombridge

Vegetable Growing

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venues organised into town and rural

Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge

Woolbeding Gardens’ kitchen

trails. Enjoy a mix of arts and crafts

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gardener gives great advice and

Thurs 24 – Mon 28 Aug

including paintings, prints, sculpture,

Wild West Adventure

practial solutions to growing your

Various locations in

jewellery, textiles, ceramics and more.

A fun filled day of Cowboy crafts,

own vegetables at home, from

Rye, East Sussex

Entry: Free

fire-side songs, story-telling and

seed sowing to harvesting.

Rye International

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much more including access to

Entry: £19

Jazz & Blues Festival

the Enchanted Forest, Crusoe’s

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A collection of the finest Jazz,

Children & Families

World and birds of prey displays.

Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk,

Info: 01892 861444 /

Sat 26 and Sun 27 10am – 5pm

contemporary and crossover

Sat 22 July – Sun 3 Sept

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and Mon 28 Aug 10am – 4pm

stars including Kandace Springs

McArthurGlen Designer

St. Mary The Virgin, Maytham

and Seth Lakeman and venues

Outlet, Kimberley Way,

Food & Drink

Road, Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4LT

such as Simply Italian restaurant

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Rolvenden Church

and St. Mary’s Church.

Summer Shop

Sun 20 Aug

Flower Festival and

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The Ashford Designer Outlet

The Corn Exchange, The

Art Exhibition

offers up to 60% off brands such

Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge

At this year’s “Matthew’s Gospel”

Fri 25 – Sun 27 Aug

as Levi’s, Barbour, Hamleys and

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themed Flower Festival there will

Mt Ephraim Gardens, Staple

Superdry, and this summer the

Macaron Masterclass

be an art exhibition by local artists

St, Hernhill, Faversham,

centre is transformed with an open

This hands-on half day course at

at the Village hall, a variety of stalls

Kent ME13 9TX

air summer festival garden complete

Rosemary Schrager’s cookery school

and a Swing Night in the church on

A new Day Festival

with ice cream stand, inflatable Water

will teach you to make your own

Sunday 27 August with the Rye Bay

The best of prog, rock, blues,

Walkers, and performances from

box full of macarons with that

Crew performing all of your favourite

and roots all in one terrific

local musicians. All this is topped

perfect crunch on the outside, a

classics. Morning coffee, ploughman’s

festival, with a great line up

off with extra weekday events every

soft inside and delicious filling.

lunches, and cream teas will also be

of classic bands including

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Entry: £75

available throughout the weekend.

Slade, Big Country and the

including a giant keyboard, digital

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legendary Uriah Heep.

graffiti and T-shirt making.

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Sat 26 – Sun 27 Aug

Music

Summer Activities

Mon 31 July – Sun 3 Sept

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Historic Dockyard, Chatham

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Thurs 10 – Sat 12 Aug

Sat 12 Aug 3.30 – 7pm

Doc. Yard Summer Fun!

Artisan Cider Festival

John Darlings Farm,

Hythe Imperial, Princes Parade,

The Doc is back with opportunities

A weekend festival with over

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Lee Fest

Opera in the Park

curves, how ships work, and how

sample as you enjoy live music,

In 2006 sixteen year old Lee Denny

A perfect chance to check

to make curves in water. There

family entertainment, talks,

founded this festival in his back

out Hythe Imperial’s new

will also be an inflatable lifeboat

demos and local shopping.

garden on the basis that while his

formal gardens and Gazebo

with all the accessories and the

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holidaying parents told him not to

(especially if you’re scouting

chance to dress up as a lifesaver for

have a party, they said nothing about

out wedding locations) in an

a great family photo opportunity.

Mon 28 Aug

festivals. Leefest has since risen to be

evening of Opera with inclusive

Entry: Included with annual ticket

Kent Life, Lock Ln, Sandling,

the UK’s most celebrated independent

sparkling wine and canapés.

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Maidstone ME14 3AU

festival, dubbed ‘a mini version of

Entry: £38

Ice Cream Festival

Glastonbury’ by BBC Radio 1. This

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Sun 13 Aug 11am – 5pm

Ice cream vendors, chocolatiers and

year is Neverland themed with a

Chiddingstone Castle,

sweet stalls all gather together to

line up including Annie Mac, Jake

Fri 25 – Mon 28 Aug

Chiddingstone, Edenbridge

offer you some scrummy samples.

Bugg and secret special guests.

The Milk House, The Street,

TN8 7AD

To keep you entertained between

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Sissinghurst, Kent TN17 2JG

Ancient Egyptian Day

tasters there will also be a face painter,

Milk Fest

An Educational trip back to ancient

music from The Boogie Woogie Gals,

Fri 11 – Fri 18 Aug

The cream of Kent is showcased

Egypt with a chance to handle

animal activities and a fun farm ride!

Various Locations in

in a full fat long weekend

3000 year old artefacts, learn from a

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Broadstairs, Kent

which celebrates all the good

professor of egyptology and visit the

Broadstairs Folk Week

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drink including the Milk House’s

Full Fat Festival Top, good music

from local artists such as Indigo

Sea, and good produce at the

homegrown and handmade fair.

Info: themilkhouse.co.uk

Thurs 31 Aug – Sun 3 Sept

Dunorlan Park, Pembury Road,

Tunbridge Wells TN2 3QN

Moscow State Circus

The Royal National Lifeboat

Institution hosts the UK’s largest

bigtop with its new art-deco

production, Gostinitsa, Hotel

of Curiosities featuring awardwinning

clowns and Europe’s

only double Russian swings.

Entry: Adults from £16.20,

Children from £14.40

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Theatre

Sat 5 Aug

Mote Park, Mote Avenue,

Maidstone, Kent ME15 7SU

Outdoor theatre:

Alice Through the

Looking Glass

Follow Alice and Quantum Theatre

through the looking glass and into

the mad and fantastical world

of Lewis Carroll in this family

friendly outdoor production.

Entry: Adults £6, Children £4

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Mon 28 Aug 6.30 – 10pm

Walmer Castle and Gardens,

Kingsdown Road, Deal,

Kent CT14 7LJ

Outdoor Theatre:

Jane Eyre

Pull up a picnic blanket at the

exquisite Walmer Castle and

Gardens, as the Chapterhouse

Theatre Company presents a

moving open-air adaptation of

Charlotte Bronte’s mysterious and

beautiful tale of undying love.

Info: english-heritage.org.uk

Wedding

Thurs 17 Aug 6.30 – 8.30pm

Brandshatch Place Hotel &

Spa, Brands Hatch Road,

Fawkham, Kent, DA3 8NQ

Wedding Open Evening

This lovely Hotel and Spa

welcomes you to explore a variety

of bedroom styles and photo op

spots with their expert wedding

co-ordinators and shop wedding

suppliers with their stamp of

approval, covering everything

from stationery to photography.

Entry: Free

Info: handpickedhotels.co.uk

Mon 28 Aug 10am – 2.30pm

Port Lympne Hotel,

Aldington Road, Lympne,

Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD

Wedding Venue Open Day

Be sure to register ahead of time for

this popular wedding open day. Get

a feel for what this unique venue

has to offer as you meet the Hotel’s

award-winning team as well as a

selection of trusted suppliers and

explore the venue’s beautiful reception

rooms, gardens, restaurant and bar.

Info: aspinallfoundation.org

Workshops

Weds 2 Aug 2pm – 4pm

Smallhythe Studio, Tenterden

Dreams and Journeys

Where does your imagination go

when you take it travelling or let it

roam free? Spend a playful afternoon

exploring your dreams and journeys

and put down some words on a page

through fun and creative exercises and

you could connect with yourself and

gain new insights into who you are.

Info: smallhythestudio.com

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Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next issue

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DESIGNER MAKERS

OF CONTEMPORARY AND

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

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CRAFT

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THROUGHOUT SUSSEX

Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East

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26 - 28 August

PASHLEY

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Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst,

East Sussex TN5 7HE

www.pashleymanorgardens.com

www.thesussexguild.co.uk

01273 479565

3 - 6 August

MICHELHAM PRIORY

with craft demonstrations

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Garden Services

Home & Interiors

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Creating gardens

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INTERIORS

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Telephone 01233 850829

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www.dhallcabinetmaker.co.uk

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Events

Cabinet Maker

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MAKERS FAIR

5th & 6th August

Demonstrations of traditional

& contemporary craft.

Admission free.

10am - 5pm.

KING JOHN’S NURSERY

SHEEPSTREET LANE, ETCHINGHAM, TN19 7AZ

2nd & 3rd

SEPTEMBER 2017

10am - 5pm

OPEN

STUDIOS

40 artists working in a range of media showing

in 19 studios in and around Crowborough

www.crowborough-arts.org.uk

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Competition

Win A CoUPLeS retreAt At

dALe HiLL HoteL & GoLF CLUB

To celebrate the new partnership with their local

salon, You Time, Dale Hill is offering Wealden

Times readers the chance to win their new Spa

Package. The Couples Retreat is designed for two people

and includes accommodation in a Standard/Superior

room, a two-course dinner, breakfast and full use of leisure

facilities, plus one treatment each at You Time salon –

choosing from either a Full Body Massage or Classic

Dermalogica Facial. Both treatments are 1hr 15mins each.

You Time salon is only a six minute drive from Dale

Hill Hotel & Golf Club. With so many wonderful

treatments to choose from, it’s hard to know which

one to start with. Their beauty therapists have a vast

amount of knowledge and experi ence in all areas of

tanning, massage and beauty enhancing treatments,

such as facials and nail care for both men and women.

Dale Hill has always enjoyed leisure facilities, dining

and accommodation but has not had a Spa. Partnering

with a local salon who can provide treatments in excellent

settings means customers can indulge in a treatment

before or after a swim or afternoon tea at Dale Hill,

settle down for a sumptuous dinner in their Wealden

View Restaurant and relish a peaceful night’s sleep in

one of the Hotel’s newly refurbished bedrooms.

Dale Hill also offer Spa Day packages, Spa

& Golf packages and Hen packages (which, for

£87pp include leisure facility use, Afternoon Tea

and a trio of treatments). For more information

call 01580 202103 or see dalehill.co.uk.

HoW to enter: Dale Hill Hotel

& Golf Club are offering one lucky

reader a Couples Retreat Spa Package.

For your chance to win* just answer

the following question: What is Dale

Hill’s restaurant called? Enter your

answer with your contact details**

in the online form at wealdentimes.

co.uk/competition or post to: The Dale

Hill Competition, Wealden Times,

21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent

TN17 3HF by 18 August. There is

no cash alternative and the prize must

be taken before 30 November 2017.

*Prize is valid Sunday-Thursday,

must be booked in advance subject to

availability and comprises a Couples

Retreat Spa Package for two plus

accommodation in a Standard/Superior

room, a two-course dinner, breakfast

and full use of leisure facilities, plus

one treatment each at You Time salon

– choosing from either a Full Body

Massage or Classic Dermalogica Facial.

**All entrants’ details will be passed

on to Dale Hill and Wealden Times

Events. Please let us know if you do not

wish your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Jill Todd who wins our July competition for 20L of Autentico Paint

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane explores what’s in a name when it comes to bloodlines

When our holiday cottage

visitors wander around the

farm they always want to

know the names of the animals they meet

along the way. But truth be told most of

the stock on the farm – and certainly those

that will end up as Sunday lunch – don’t

have a name. So for the younger visitors

we sometimes make it up – Lucky, Stripy,

Spot... whatever. All good until they come

back another year and ask where they can

find Lucky, Stripy and Spot. But there’s

always another brown cow, spotty pig or

bottle fed lamb to serve as a doppelganger.

But we do have names

for all the pedigree stock

– that’s the cows, the bulls

and sometimes the rams. I

spend a great deal of time

contemplating blood lines

and potential suitors for our

herd of pedigree Sussex cows.

Luckily the names are predetermined

– the Coopers

pre-fix, followed by the

mother’s name and then a

number. Our female “lines” are Daffodil,

Snowdrop, Delia, Lofty Lily and Heedless

so among this year’s crop – which is how

farmers refer to a batch of calves – we

have Coopers Daffodil 17th and Coopers

Lofty Lily 10th. Some of the older herds

in the country, like the Petworth herd at,

well, Petworth were founded more than

200 years ago and their female lines are

now numbered well into the hundreds –

we’ve hardly got off the starting block!

“the names are

pre-determined

– the Coopers

pre-fix, followed

by the mother’s

name and then

a number”

To run a pedigree herd you breed and

keep your cows and then every three

years you buy a new bull to bring in

fresh genes. He “works” for three years

after which time he has to be sold on

because his daughters would then be old

enough to need a bull. And along comes

a new younger model. No comment. In

our time here we have had a Supreme,

a Major, a General, a Wellington and

now Gorgeous George who is more

correctly Regent 7th of Goldstone.

But George came three years ago so

when he has finished serving the cows

this summer it will be

time for him to move on

to pastures new and for

us to find a replacement.

But increasingly this is

a problem, for only five

or six Sussex herds breed

bulls – there’s a great deal

of time, effort and expense

involved – and the gene

pool is getting too small

for comfort. So another

option is to get new bull bloodlines by

crossing the cattle to another pedigree

breed – a Limousin, Angus or Shorthorn

say – and then take it from there.

How does that work? Well the first

generation cross is 50% Sussex and, say,

50% Angus and is referred to as an A. If

that A beast was bred with a pure Sussex

the next generation would be 75% Sussex,

B, and one more time and you’d have

one that was 87.5% Sussex and 12.5%

other, a C at which point it is considered

to be pure and can be registered in

the Sussex Herd Book. All good but

it takes about 10 years to get there.

But not everyone agrees with this cross

breeding. There is a core of breeders who

consider it vital to retain the original

Sussex bloodlines. It was back in 1840

that the lineage of Sussex cattle were

first recorded and the official Herd

Book was opened in 1879, so it’s not

difficult to trace back those animals that

have never had any “dodgy” ancestors

and can truly claim to be 100% pure.

And not surprisingly there aren’t many

of them. These are identified by an *

after their pedigree name, as opposed

to an A, B, C, D or E, and although

we don’t have any, I can quite see there

is a role going forward for both.

Genes, George, Generations….

plenty to think about as this

glorious hot summer continues.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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