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Contents

February 2018

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AND SO TO BED...

Maggie Alderson finds houses

with hideaway bedrooms

FEBRUARY NOTEBOOK

Interesting things to take note of

this month around the Weald

KALEIDOSCOPE EYES

A set designer’s Margate

house is a technicolour riot

of colour and pattern

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by Amy Exton’s

masterly mix up

TOWN & COUNTRY

Caroline and Simon Kyriazis

created a contemporary home,

preserving all the original

Victorian features they love

GET THE LOOK

Mix rich textures with

chic neutrals, as in our

second feature house

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MIGHTY OAKS

Bespoke oak-framed buildings

go up fast – and look like

they’ve always been there

DOORS OF PERCEPTION

First impressions count,

so make your home’s

entrance is fabulous

BOXES OF DELIGHT

Try before you buy with

beauty sample boxes

says Josephine Fairley

NATURE’S BOUNTY

Get the update on February’s

latest health and beauty news

GET FIT FOR SPRING

IN THREE MONTHS

The second instalment of

Sarah-Jane Holt’s programme

HOMEMADE WITH LOVE

A romantic Valentine’s dinner

that doesn’t take all day to make

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READY STEADY... VEG!

There might be a whiff of spring

in the air, but hold off from

planting veg warns Jo Arnell

BIRDS AND BEES

It’s time for schools to rethink

sex says Susan Elkin

WHAT’S ON

Find out...

COMPETITION

Win an overnight stay at Denbies

Wine Estate, with lunch,

tours and a case of wine

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard is concerned about

the state of Britain’s trees (and

all the deer aren’t helping...)

WEDDING

SUPPLEMENT

30 pages of

gorgeous

inspiration for the

most special day.

After page 104.

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correct at time of going to press.


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The Farthings

Leatherhead Surrey

New

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Designed with retirement in mind

Designed exclusively for the over 55s, The Farthings is a new

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Leatherhead

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Prices from £495,000

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Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February

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Forming part of the eagerly anticipated Marks and Spencer

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

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1. Knightons Court

And so to bed...

Maggie Alderson finds homes with hideaway bedrooms.

February always feels like a cheat. We’re well over a month

past the shortest day, but it somehow always feels darker and

gloomier than January.

Maybe it’s because Christmas is long over, but the memories of

the festive season linger on, in the form of a spare tyre round the

middle and a credit card balance so overinflated it wakes you up in

the night.

Searching around for reasons to be cheerful, Easter seems a

long way off (and alarmingly fattening) and February’s traditional

‘holiday’, Valentine’s Day can be problematic, if you happen

to be single, or not talking to your other half as a result of the

aforementioned credit card statement.

So there’s only one thing for it: spend as much time as possible

in bed. Accompanied, or alone, either is great. And even if you

don’t have a wall-mounted bedroom telly, the dream team of an

iPad with Netflix and all the TV channel catch-up sites, means you

can watch some of the best television ever made from the comfort

of your duvet-snuggled nest. While snacking.

The amazing Feud, with Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon as

Joan Crawford and Bette Davis would cure any malaise.

Extended waking-hour bed dwelling has never been more

enjoyable, so why not choose your next home with a really

splendid master bedroom as your main priority? Here are four

houses that fit the bill.

Where? This impressive country house occupies a

secluded position, at the end of a country lane, close to

the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It

is just half an hour outside Guildford and seven miles

from Milford station, from where it’s 50 minutes to

Waterloo.

What? A classic 20th century country house, on a

butterfly plan, it has been refurbished to the highest

contemporary standards. The large hall leads through to

the 40ft open plan drawing room/dining room and on

again to the orangery, with views over the garden. To

the left is the cinema room and study and to the right

the kitchen/breakfast room. Upstairs the master suite

has a marble double bathroom, en suite ‘Gentleman’s’

shower, an amazing dressing room and French doors

to Juliet balcony. The main guest room is ensuite, with

two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. There

are two more bedrooms and a shower room on the top

floor. The garage complex has a gym and a log store.

The house sits in 3.75 acres of mature grounds, with

large areas of lawn and an outside entertaining area

with a fireplace.

How much? This property is listed with

House Partnership at £3,000,000. 01483 266700

housepartnership.co.uk

surrey-homes.co.uk

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2. Eastwater House

Where? Eastwater House is situated on

the fringe of Bramley Village. Guildford is

within easy reach with first class shopping,

a wide selection of restaurants, cinema and

theatres. The main line station provides

regular services to London Waterloo

in about 38 minutes and the A3 at

Guildford gives access to London and the

south coast and via the M25 to Heathrow

and Gatwick Airports.

What? This Grade II listed country

house has origins from the 15th century

and has been extended and renovated for

modern living. On the ground floor there

is a large drawing room and three further

reception rooms and a spacious kitchen/

breakfast room with French windows on

three sides. The extensive master bedroom

has his and hers bathrooms and dressing

rooms. For leisure there is a tennis court,

swimming pool, gym and a party barn,

with original beams (equipped with stage)

and a mezzanine level games room. The

grounds covering 3 acres were renovated

by Chelsea medal winner, the old stables

has been converted for storage, parking

and home cinema by Bang & Olufsen.

How much? Eastwater House is with

Hamptons International at £6,950,000.

01483 905647 hamptons.co.uk

(This house is co-listed with House

Partnership, see details on previous page).

3. Highfield Court

Where? Highfield’s exclusive new

homes are surrounded by stunning

scenery, situated close to the historic

village of Lingfield, with a variety of

shops, pubs and restaurants in picturesque

streets of Tudor buildings, Lingfield is best

known for its horse-racing at Lingfield

Park racecourse. Lingfield is just under

24 miles south of London with a railway

station running trains to Victoria in under

an hour.

What? The hall opens into the large

kitchen/breakfast room and family area,

with French windows into the garden.

The integral garage opend into the utility

room. There are three more reception

rooms on this floor. Upstairs the master

suit has a dressing room and a large

balcony, with three further bedrooms,

two en suite and a family bathroom. On

the second floor there is another large

bedroom, a shower room and a media

room. There are lawns laid front and back

amd mature trees.

How much? The five-bedroom

home at Highfield is £1,950,000.

01342 779052 millgatehomes.co.uk

4. Shere-View House

Where? Shere-View House sits in an

elevated position with stunning views over

the adjoining farmland and surrounding

hills. It is within yards of the charming and

historic village of Shere, a quarter of an hour

outside of Guildford by car where you can

hop on a train and be in Waterloo in 40

minutes. The village has its own lido...

What? This substantial tile-hung, oakframed

family home oozes character from

the oak front door through its bright

vaulted entrance hall and on. The ground

floor rambles through five reception

rooms, kitchen, utility and boot room,

with multiple doors onto the back garden.

Upstairs the master bedroom has a walk-in

wardrobe, dressing room and en suite, while

with glass double doors onto a covered oak

balcony with far reaching views over the

gardens and rolling countryside. Outside the

homely grandeur continues with a canopied

pathway of pleached lime trees and and a

sunken barbeque patio to the rear.

How much? Shere-View House is

marketed by The Grantley Group with a

guide price of £2,250,000. 01483 407 620

thegrantleygroup.co.uk

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83 Bates Road, Brighton

cliveemson.co.uk

01273 504232

Clive Emson Auctioneers are the UK’s leading independent regional land

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Mill Lane, Dorking

A semi-detached cottage situated at the

heart of Dorking town centre and offering

easy access to local shops and amenities.

The property has a gas heating system via

radiators and double glazing and has off-road

parking and a detached garage to the rear.

Currently let at £11,940 per annum.

Guide: £300,000+

Sold: £300,000

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Avondale

Road

Sandy Lane, Kingswood, Tadworth

2.6 acres (1.05 hectares) of freehold land

situated within the desirable Kingswood Estate

in Surrey. Comprising open paddock with

timber stable block and woodland, the land

offers good road frontage to Sandy Lane.

Guide: £60,000-65,000

Sold: £285,000

Church Gardens, Dorking

A ground floor flat situated in the centre of the

market town of Dorking. Now in need of some

Guide: £170,000-175,000

Sold: £170,000

Ordnance Survey © Crown Copyright (2017). All Rights Reserved.

Licence Number LIG1016. Plans are for location purposes only.

Avondale Road, South Croydon

A freehold site with vehicular access from

Avon path. Planning Permission (now lapsed)

modernisation and refurbishment the flat offers

0m 25m 50m was 75m formerly granted for the construction

well proportioned living accommodation and of a single storey garage/storage building

Ordnance Survey © Crown Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. Licence number 100022432. Plotted Scale - 1:1250

external store cupboard.

extending to just under 90 sq.m. (968 sq.ft).

Site rear of 55 Avondale Road, South Croydon, Surrey

Guide: £30,000-35,000

Sold: £51,500

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Central Saint Martins graduate Amy Exton’s terraced

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Previous pages & above: Amy has hand painted her unique and colourful designs, sourcing a good deal of her furnishings from

Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite junky and there’s a lot of mid-century stuff around the place.” The bright

pink sofa came from the Yard in the Old Town

The sky is leaden and it is pouring with rain as I

drive past the quaintly named Sea Bathing Hospital,

then along the seafront towards the giant shed

on the beach that is the Turner gallery. We’re in not-sosunny

Margate where an incoming tide of creative energy

is steeping the town in art and contemporary culture. In

drab late winter sadly it is mainly hiding indoors. By the

time I reach Amy Exton’s house in Cliftonville I’m more

than ready for a little colour. Amy opens the door and I

come out of the rain – and into the blue. A bright and

brilliant cobalt blue. It is like stepping from grey old Kansas

into technicolour Oz. Oh my! As Dorothy might say.

The dazzle continues as we head out of the blue hallway

and into the kitchen diner. On one side there is a black and

white monochrome kitchen area, a sensible practical space,

but on the other it’s definitely playtime. Kitsch, glam, and

joyous, this is Acid House meets Hilda Ogden (except that

Amy is far too young to be that familiar with the eponymous

style queen). There are lions and tigers and leopards (not

bears). Opposite the kitchen there’s a huge mural of a beach

scene and on the adjacent wall and ceiling she has created

and hand painted her unique and colourful designs.

Amy studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins before

becoming a set designer for fashion and music videos in

London. She has designed and decorated this house to be

a location. Appealing as a set for photo shoots and videos,

it is also a proper, functioning home. Amy explains: “I

wanted to get into interiors and I lived with someone

who had a location house in London – it was on a 1930s

scheme, basically because they bought it from someone

elderly and they hadn’t updated the decor, so it was all

original.” She was able to experience how they let it out

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This page: In contrast to the green of an amazingly shaped cabinet, Amy has painted the sitting room in coral, choosing

silver for the ceiling “to lift the peachy look and stop it looking sticky.”

for fashion shoots and saw the potential for having

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growing knowledge of set design. “So I thought I’d

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This page: Tropical birds and foliage feature on the upholstery of another sofa,

alongside a neon light and a large spray-painted canvas which rests against one wall

somewhere – it all stuck in my head

and then a year later I came back down

and it was still on the market.” Built in

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blank canvas. “Yeah, very beige,” she

says. “Brown carpets everywhere. It

was kind of gloomy. It is a naturally

dark house, most of it is north

facing. The colour makes it cosier.”

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This page: The staircase is a riot of pink and orange and is home to

an Elvis bust spray painted by Amy the day before our visit

Amy confesses that some of the

colourful cosiness has evolved because

the building’s history has made the

place seem a little creepy at times,

something not helped by local tales.

“Some neighbours told us they thought

there was a ghost child here,” she

remembers. “And then that night there

was a lot of noise. It was coming from

the roof, but we thought it was from

all around us.” She pauses, smiling.

“It turned out to be seagulls, but it

freaked us out for a little while – I’m

not superstitious, but I went extra

colourful just in case.” Let’s hope that

ghosts only like the gloom, and exorcism

by paint is the answer. By that adage,

absolutely no ghosts could live here.

No structural work was needed, but

Amy knocked through the kitchen

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This page: Amy has used ferns and evergreens to bring a slightly Victorian parlour overlay to the look of the bathroom, despite its

bright pink walls

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bathrooms. The kitchen units are from Ikea. “They were the

cheapest, and the most interesting of the ones I looked at.”

Painted black, the grain of the veneer still shows through

the paint and gives them a textured look. “IKEA units are

all the same,” she adds, “so you can change the cupboard

doors and put different handles on. Black and white work

well with the rest of the scheme, but to be honest, not many

shoots feature the kitchen.” The kitchen is possibly going

to be put to use in another venture, as Amy would like

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Nicholl of Annie’s Larder. “The kitchen is an important

space, as cooking is the main thing I like to do,” she says.

They are starting with a Valentine’s evening this month.

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courtyard garden as a location. “I’ve been surprised at how

well it’s gone so far,” she says. “It’s mainly fashion shoots and

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saturated colours, rap are darker and use smoke. Once when

I got home, there was a man standing in the bath with a

fish.” She laughs. “Apparently it was part of a grunge video.”

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Above: The walls of the bedroom have been painted a deep teal colour. “I was worried when I painted this room, as it came out much

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quite niche, so I need to keep rotating things around.”

She has sourced a good deal of her furnishings from

Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite

junky and there’s a lot of mid-century stuff around the place.”

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the kitchen diner to have the table in a central position at

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space where it would fit – and it looks OK.” If you didn’t

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just about to give up and choose something boring, when

this suddenly came on the market.” We look down at the

stripy floor. “It’s tiger bamboo – what could be better?”

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This page: The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard

garden. Amy shares a studio in Margate with her fashion

designer housemate and another friend, the illustrator

Sprankenstein, who designed the mural on the wall.

Bubblegum pinks combined with red and potted palms

give the garden an uplifting feel no matter the season

Geometric shapes and bright colours feature in most of

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commissions on the strength of it. “I decorated the loos of

Radio Margate” she says. “I went mad in those toilets with

shape and colour, the brief was that it should be somewhere

where people could go in and take selfies. They wanted

it bold and bright. But they said no leopard print. I don’t

know whether you’ve noticed,” she pauses and grins, “but

I love leopard print. Every room has it and I like painting

it too.” The work went down well, leopard print and all.

The house is not quite finished and she is still tackling

the landing and stairs. A Herculean task. “I’ve not enjoyed

it – it’s so large. The preparation is key and I’ve run out of

steam a bit,” she says. Even with the excellent help of her

father, decorating the house has been arm achingly labour

intensive and tiring, but it has given her an idea. “One of

my next projects,” (there are many) “is to develop some

patterns that can be made into wallpaper to sell.” This

would also tie in with another business she has up-cycling

and revamping reclaimed objects, statues and ornaments.

Once sourced, she prepares them in a studio down the

road that she shares with her fashion designer housemate

and another friend, the illustrator Sprankenstein, who

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ornaments are first primed and then spray painted with

gloss. “It’s amazing how you can transform something

so quickly,” she says. “I did the Elvis bust on the stairs

yesterday. It was really dull to look at, so I sprayed it pink.”

There is, Amy admits, a lot of pink in the house. “I’m drawn

to it in interiors; I don’t know why. Coral is really in at the

moment. The sitting room is coral, but I painted the ceiling

silver to lift the peachy look and stop it looking sticky.” The

look is enhanced by some satin curtains that were bought on

Ebay and, by happy chance, they perfectly match the walls.

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Back to pink in the bathroom, Amy has used ferns

and evergreens to bring a slightly Victorian parlour

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to the other rooms, but still ghost-scarer bright.

Upstairs on the landings and staircase we are saturated

in vibrant pink and orange. “Pink has a weird effect when

it is put next to orange,” says Amy, “especially when it’s in

different lights. This part of the house is lighter, as it faces

south and sunlight comes in through the windows. Some

of the pink looks orange and the orange goes purple.”

As if to illustrate the effect, the sun starts to shine through

the window. The rain has stopped and the sky is clearing.

Suffused with sunlight now, the whole house seems to glow.

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Previous pages: Next to the kitchen is a cosy room known as ‘the snug’. Initially a very light grey, and devoid of much natural light,

Caroline has worked with the darkness, choosing deep tones and adding little pops of colour Above: Caroline initially intended on

turning the playroom at the front of the house into a snug. The walls are painted in Pavilion Gray and Mole’s Breath by Farrow &

Ball and prints on the wall were found at Battersea Affordable Art Fair

So, what exactly have the Victorians done for us? For

those of you who remember the television series of a

similar name, you may well know. Or, if not, its presenter

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circulated to breeders everywhere. From dogs to engineering,

from sports to space and time, the world was becoming

obsessed by standards and the rules that defined them. This

was the world of the Victorians.” Another thing that gives us

a clue about the lives of the Victorians are their houses.

Relatively ordinary on the outside – at least their proliferation

has this effect on our judgement – it’s hard to step inside

a Victorian ‘family home’ without marvelling at the sheer

scale of their interior spaces. By new-build standards, well,

there really is no comparison. At least, this seems to have

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decided to leave Tooting in south London, with their children

Tilly and Oscar, and move to Tunbridge Wells: “We love

period houses,” says Caroline. “We had a Victorian terraced

house in London and before that we had period flats.”

And it wasn’t just the era that was the same: “This house is really

similar in size and layout to our London home,” says Caroline. It’s

easy to see why they wanted something similar: high ceilings, huge

rooms, great layout and just the right amount of period detail

to give it character, but without feeling stuffy. Unfortunately for

them, the appeal of such houses had not gone unnoticed by other

house-hunters. “As soon as a suitable house came on the market,

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Being in London did not make house-hunting any easier. “We

couldn’t get down in time and houses would sell overnight,”

says Caroline. So, they decided to enlist the help of a property

finder: “We wouldn’t have found this place without help from

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agents so knew about this house before it officially went on the

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Simon made an instant decision when they viewed the house. “I

was standing outside and I just got a feeling. It was really weird.

I’ve had that with all of the places we’ve lived. I’ve walked in

and thought ‘I love this house’,” says Caroline. “Fiona also has a

great ‘little black book’ and helped us with everything from the

removals company, to finding swimming lessons for the kids.”

Despite finding their dream home, it still took a little

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This page: The kitchen’s bi-fold doors open out into the courtyard garden.

time for the family to settle in. “It was harder than I expected,

to start with. It’s been challenging making new friends and

building a network if, say, you need help, or someone to

watch the kids and have no-one around you.” More than a

year later, it’s as if they have lived here for years: “Tilly has

settled in brilliantly now and Oscar is at the same school, just

across the road. So, we got there in the end and I have met

loads of people through the children and various events.”

Inside the home, it is clear that Caroline has more than

settled in. A comfortable and seemingly effortless style

throughout makes it a very homely place to be: “It mainly

needed cosmetic work – we haven’t knocked down any walls.

I’ve always had a love of decoration and DIY, and I love

transforming spaces just with paint.” Various greys and dark

blues link the rooms, though few colours are identical. The

only colour that runs through the house is Railings – a ‘soft

black with blue undertones’ with which Caroline has painted

every fireplace as well as the bannisters and balustrade of the

stairwell. “I love the colours that Farrow & Ball do but I often

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Above: A brightly painted chest of drawers contrasts

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This page: Caroline’s workspace emphasises the benefits

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Next to the kitchen is a cosy room that, unsurprisingly,

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was a very, very light grey and I wanted to make it a really

cosy, warm space. It doesn’t get a lot of natural light, so

I have gone with the darkness – then added little pops

of colour. Mustard is one of my favourite colours at the

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Grand Designs

The jewellers Eaton & Jones talk us through a very special engagement ring commission

What’s your favourite engagement

ring commission to date? We were

commissioned to design a ring from two very

sentimental inherited rings. They were antique

pieces set with charming old cut diamonds; a

diamond solitaire and a three stone diamond

ring featuring two fantastic yellow diamonds.

What materials did the design

comprise? Together we carefully selected

which of the large old cut diamonds to use,

alongside the two stunning yellow diamonds.

The ring was a complete handmade one

off piece, made in 18ct white gold.

What was the inspiration/brief

behind it? The brief was to create an

organic, elegant design, with curves and

details reminiscent of Rene Lalique’s work.

How long did it take to make? A

special commission such as an engagement

ring is not something to be rushed. It is a

process that should be remembered and

enjoyed! During the initial design stage

we work very closely with the

customer. This particular

commission took eight

weeks, from the very

first meeting though

to the finished ring.

A similar design

would cost from… To

handmake a ring similar to

this, using the customer’s stones,

would be approximately £2000. To

make the ring as a whole and supply

stones would be approximately £5,000.

Find Eaton & Jones at 102 High Street, Tenterden 01580 763357 eatonandjones.co.uk

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THE SPRING EDIT

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Above: Lisa Kay shoes, £145, Melita of Chobham

motherofthebridechobham.co.uk 01276 856308

Left: Pearl and vintage silver butterfly vine, £320,

Crystal Heirlooms crystal-heirlooms.co.uk 07717 467049;

Vintage kimono, price on request, Tara Deighton Bridal

& Bespoke taradeighton.co.uk 07825 585051

Below left: Eliza Jane Howell Columba dress, £1680

The Bridal Boutique of Jules boutiqueofjules.co.uk 01304

389710; Flower sash, from £145, Tara Deighton Bridal

& Bespoke taradeighton.co.uk 07825 585051

Below: Vintage chandelier earrings, £22, Victorian lace feather

capelet, £180, Crystal Heirlooms crystal-heirlooms.co.uk

07717 467049; Stephanie Allin Lucerne dress, £2175, The

Bridal Boutique of Jules boutiqueofjules.co.uk 01304 389710

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Our beautiful Wooden Letters are made from

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Vintage kimono, price on request, Pearl bias

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& Bespoke taradeighton.co.uk 07825 585051;

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Props – Hire Love, eclectic prop hire

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WT would like to thank the

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The

perfect

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The venue sets the whole tone

of a wedding - here are some

gorgeous spots to consider

Foxhills

How many guests can you accommodate? Foxhills can

accommodate up to 120 guests for your wedding breakfast

and 180 for your evening reception. There are also 70 luxury

bedrooms and suites available on site.

Can you arrange music/entertainment? Depending on what

type of entertainment you wish to have on your special day,

you can choose from our list of trusted suppliers (from a DJ

to four-piece band), or you’re welcome to source and provide

your own.

Do you have in-house caterers or can couples arrange their

own? Foxhills provides their own experienced catering team to

ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible.

Can couples bring their own wine – do you charge corkage?

Couples are welcome to bring their own alcohol, however

there is a corkage charge from £25 per bottle.

How much do your wedding packages cost? Valid until

31 May, 2018, our all-inclusive package is just £9,000 and

includes, for 70 people: a dedicated Wedding Coordinator,

menu tasting for Bride and Groom, Master of Ceremonies,

red carpet, cake stand and knife, drinks reception and

wedding breakfast room hire, two glasses of Prosecco per

person, half a bottle of house wine per person, three-course

meal and evening bacon rolls per person, Junior Suite for

Bride and Groom on the night of the wedding and private

breakfast room.

Foxhills, Stonehill Road, Ottershaw, Surrey KT16 OEL

01932 704448 foxhills.co.uk


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Bradbourne House

How many guests can you accommodate? Up to 100 guests for the

ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 200 guests for the evening

reception.

Can you arrange music/entertainment? Yes, we can. We work

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requirements.

Can couples bring their own wine – do you charge corkage? Couples may

bring their own wine and spirits, however we do charge a corkage fee.

How much do your wedding packages cost? Each wedding at Bradbourne

House is tailored to the couple, so prices do vary. Our Gladstone Wedding

package for 80 guests starts from £8,600.

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John Charles London Satin

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Spring

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SH discovers the most desirable blooms

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Samantha Reynold from Emily&Me

“Spring is full of beautiful flowers. From well-known

favourites like tulips, paper whites and hyacinth to more

unusual anemone and ranunculus. Many popular wedding

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with its numerous varieties and soft fluffy blooms. A good

substitute for these are David Austin Garden Roses. Here

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cherry blossoms.”

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Sophie Hill from Astilbe & Sorrel

“First up, peonies; these blousy blooms look stunning

teamed with eucalyptus and outstanding on their own. I’d

choose sweet peas for their heady scent, popular in

ribbed glass jars and a pretty addition to any

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to bouquets and table centres. Lilac is a lavish

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and style reminiscent of an English Country

Garden. Anemones are foolishly pretty and

popular amongst brides: they’re innocent and

delicate, adding interest to bouquets, table

jars and jugs too.”

Find Astilbe & Sorrel at The Walled

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Good

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Latest in Beauty

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Box of delights

Beauty products can be a serious investment, so

why not try before you buy with sample boxes

delivered to your door? says Josephine Fairley

Britain’s Next

Top Model beauty

box, £18

Latest in Beauty

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Not so long ago, pretty much the only option

for trying a new beauty product to see if you

liked it was to spring for a full size. Sometimes,

you could blag a sample from a consultant at a beauty

counter, but generally only if you’d laid out for some

goods in the range, or a new product was being launched.

Result? I don’t know a single woman who hasn’t wasted

money (as in: lots of money) on skin creams that brought

them out in a rash, perfumes that didn’t suit their skin,

lipstick that was the wrong shade… And so it goes on.

So it’s no surprise that more and more women are turning

to beauty boxes to try before they buy. And whether you

spring for a one-off ‘special’ or subscribe to a regular

delivery, I think they are the very best way for beautyhounds

to trial what’s out there. Beyond that, they’re great

for women who don’t love the process of beauty shopping;

you get new launches and classic products delivered

right to your door by the postie. No sensory overload in

a department store. No dithering at a counter, unsure

of what to buy. And no more beauty mistakes, ever.

So here are some great ways to box clever…


Love Lula

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£13.95/ month

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Beauty

The Velvet

Collection, £19

Perfume Society

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Birchbox (birchbox.co.uk) declares itself to be the UK’s No.1

beauty box, and has tapped right into the current buzz for

‘personalisation’, via a questionnaire which identifies your

beauty issues and your style (are you a fashion-forward beauty?

Classic? Adventurous?). Then for £10 a month, you’ll receive

targeted samples, and get to pick one full-size product.

You can start with just one, no-commitment box, right

through to £110 for a yearly subscription (so that means

one box free). The brands to expect? There are dozens,

from Balance Me skincare through to Benefit via Paul & Joe

and Percy & Reed (the portfolio is listed on their site).

Latest in Beauty (latestinbeauty.com) offers the chance to

build your own box – you choose exactly which and how

many products you’ll receive each month, after browsing their

selection of 200+ treats for face, body, hair. Simply choose

your favourite products and it’s £9 a month for the Beauty

Novice (three products), £15 for the six-product Enthusiast

level, and £18 for the Beauty Guru, all with free p&p.

Latest in Beauty also do some fantastic collaborations

– from the Britain’s Next Top Model box (destined to

thrill a make-up obsessed teenager) through to the Good

Housekeeping Beauty Edit, featuring 12 of the stalwart

magazine’s beauty faves. These boxes are individually priced

(the value of the Top Model box is £120, for just £30).

If you’re more drawn to natural products, you might

want to check out the LoveLula Beauty Box– £13.95 a

month (recurring), focusing entirely on the organic and

natural brands featured on the lovelula.com website.

One recent box contained a full-size of Madara Smart

Rescue Cream (worth £31 alone), along with a fullsize

Inika lipstick, a Laidbare moisturiser, shampoo

and conditioner from The Seaweed Bath Company and

a sample of REN’s talked-about Perfect Canvas primer

(a brilliant new silicone-free under-make-up base).

If you tend towards upscale products, check out the highly

rated luxe box option, Cohorted (cohorted.co.uk). Very glossy

and stylish-looking, the boxes themselves are black, satinfinish

objects of beauty, finished with a hand-tied bow – as

you’d really want from a subscription of £35 a month, frankly.

As an example, their Christmas selection had a value of

£90 – and included a Cargo Emerald City Palette (12 wearable

eyeshadows), either a Huda Beauty Lip Strobe or a Tarte

Glossy Lip Paint (you couldn’t specify which), Eyeko’s fab

Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, and a Becca Shadow & Light Brow

Contour Mousse, another great find. They put together a

very slick online publication to go with each of their monthly

box editions – and also offer special edition themed boxes,

such as ‘The Perfect Thank You’ or ‘My Little Treat’.

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Mintd (mintdbox.com) is the other alternative, at the

luxury end of the scale – voted ‘most expensive but also most

luxury and premium’, in one newspaper review. At £70 a

month, they’re not kidding. Again, you can opt to create a

‘personalised beauty profile’, so Mintd can tailor products to

you. But slightly defeating the object of the exercise, I’d say,

you actually get full sizes (or super-deluxe sizes) of all the

products, which could be a fast-track to a cluttered bathroom

shelf or make-up bag. And while the value of the box of the

items is impressive (£171 for a recent edition), surely the point

of a beauty box is to let you have just enough of a product to

make up your own mind about whether you’d want a full-size?

Last, but not least, if fragrance is your thing, may I suggest

The Perfume Society’s boxes, from the website/hub for scentlovers

which I founded myself (perfumesociety.org)? We offer

monthly themed boxes such as Latest Launches (talkedabout

new scents), or The Velvet Collection, showcasing

some of perfumery’s most opulent creations and seasonal

themes such as the Travel Edition and Beautiful Blossoms.

The Perfume Society boxes are completely unique, being

entirely devoted to perfumes (although we do add a couple

of beauty ‘extras’ to each box, as a gift from us). We feature

fragrances from niche and independent names which thrill

die-hard perfumistas, such as Atkinsons, Map of the Heart and

the hot new brand Floral Street, along with well known names

like Lalique, Prada, Issey Miyake, Annick Goutal and more.

There are bespoke boxes produced for us by perfume houses

themselves, from Ormonde Jayne through to Escentric Molecules

and Shay & Blue, plus discovery boxes specially for men.

Shopping without leaving the comfort of your armchair?

A way to ensure you never again buy a moisturiser or a

perfume that doesn’t suit your skin, or a lipstick that doesn’t

flatter your skintone? What’s not to love about that?

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Nature’s bounty

Surrey Homes chats beauty regimes with makeup artist

and co-founder of Votary skincare Arabella Preston

Health & Beauty

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Do you have a beauty

regime? I cleanse every

morning with a Votary

Cleansing Oil and flannel.

This soothes my skin and

provides a gentle exfoliation

at the same time. I then

apply whichever Votary

facial oil my skin needs

that day. In the evening

I cleanse again with a

cleansing oil and flannel

to remove make-up, then

apply Votary Toning Serum.

This contains low levels

of glycolic to brighten and

hyaluronic acid to plump

Soft, buttery and full of flavour,

the versatile cashew has always

been a favourite with vegetarian

cooks, but the high vitamin and

mineral contents make them a

healthy store-cupboard option

for meat eaters too.

Packed with vitamins E, K,

and B6, along with phosphorus,

magnesium, zinc and iron, they

also have a lower fat content

than most nuts.

and hydrate my skin. I then

apply our Intense Night Oil

which contains a low level

of retinoid. My skin prefers

the lightweight texture and

absorption of a natural

plant oil over rich creams.

Do you have a particular

product you couldn’t

live without? Votary’s

Rose Geranium and

Apricot Cleansing Oil is

my desert island product.

I am passionate about

teaching people that

clean skin doesn’t have to

mean dry and tight skin.

Go (cashew) nuts

Because they’re high in oleic

acid (considered to be the

source of the health benefits in

olive oil) cashews are also more

stable than most nuts and last

for several months in a tightly

sealed container in the fridge.

Add them to sautéed

vegetables or casseroles seconds

before taking them off the

heat, or make a delicious dairyfree

parsley sauce in moments,

It’s simply revelatory the

first time you try it.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I love a

great massage, it has to be

the right mix of relaxing

and effective. I go to Greg

at The Rye Retreat – he is

also a brilliant reflexologist.

I still don’t know why it

works but it makes me feel

so good I don’t care. Most

of my beauty budget goes

on my hair though. The

older I get the coarser and

curlier it’s got, so paying

someone else good money

to make it look decent has

become crucial. It’s not an

understatement to say that

meeting my hairdresser, Lisa

(also at The Rye Retreat),

was a turning point in

our move to the area!

Who’s your style

icon? Currently it’s Emily

Weiss the CEO and founder

of Glossier, a US beauty

company that is disrupting

the industry in a brilliant

way. She also happens to

be super chic and fun.

Votary products are available

at Liberty, Regent Street

and online at votary.co.uk

in a high-speed blender: Soak

a cup of cashews for 6 hours,

drain and add to the blender

with ¾ cup of water, a handful

of fresh parsley, plus bouillon

powder and sea salt to taste

and blend on high till smooth.

Yummy served warm over

grilled fish or roast veg.

Clean

and green

At this time of year your

skin can take on a whole

new persona and trying

to keep the chill out

and the moisture in can

feel an impossible task.

The key is to keep your

skin balanced, nourished

and hydrated, and

incorporating a cream

cleanser into your beauty

regime is an easy way to

do this. We tried Gentle

Cleanse and Make-Up

Remover, by organic skin

care brand Green People,

a no fuss cleanser that

will remove make-up

and purify the skin in

one simple step. Its key

ingredients include shea

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jojoba, which hydrate

and restore the skin’s

vibrancy. The addition

of delicate rose geranium

not only leaves a beautiful

scent, but normalises

and balances, reducing

any inflammation or

redness. It left our skin

feeling thoroughly

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Month 2

weekly challenge

1 x walking – 30 mins

2 x home workout – 20 mins

1

Health

Get fit for spring

in three months

It’s month 2 of Surrey Homes’ home fitness programme!

P

ersonal trainer and nutritionist Sarah-Jane Holt has developed a fitness programme

especially for Surrey Homes readers. This month she increases the fitness sessions from

two to three sessions a week to ensure that you’ll feel fit and fabulous in time for spring.

It’s now time to increase your workout frequency: repeat the January workout

each week (there's a re-cap online at surrey-homes.co.uk/wellbeing) and add in this

second session as well as a 30-minute power walk. The idea is still the same – quick,

simple and effective - but by adding in this second session, it will increase your

fitness levels, improve strength and build on the work from month one.

February: Home Workout

2

3

4

5

Exercise for 30 seconds, followed by a 30

second rest, and repeat each exercise 4 times.

Visit Surrey Homes website for a

video demonstration of all exercises

1. Static lunge – Start with left foot

forward and right foot behind, feet

hips width apart. Keep your chest up,

your weight on your front heel and

drop your back knee down towards the

ground, stopping just before it touches

the floor. Drive through that front

heel back up to the starting position.

Repeat with left foot forward.

2. Reverse flys – With a can in each

hand, reach forward with slightly bent

knees, torso parallel with the ground.

Start with arms in front of you and hands

together. Think about squeezing between

your shoulder blades, drive your arms

out away from each other until hands

are in line with your shoulders. Think

about drawing your shoulders away from

your ears as you bring your hands back

together to complete one repetition.

3. V ups – Begin this effective core

excise lying on the floor, legs straight

out and hands above your head.

Bring your arms over your head

and out in front of you as you

bring your knees towards your

chest, think about engaging

your core muscles. You should

end up in a v shaped position

with only your bum on the

floor. Lie back down to repeat.

Contact Sarah-Jane on 07772 416993 or see sarahjaneholt.co.uk

4. Squat jumps – This will drive your

heart rate up and work your legs. With feet

shoulder width apart, bend the knees and

bring your arms slightly behind you. Using

your arms to drive momentum, jump

into the air, arms going above your head.

Think about landing softly through your

feet, toes to heels, bend your knees making

sure your knees don’t go over your toes.

5. Cobras – A fantastic exercise to

strengthen the upper back muscles that

are integral for good posture. Start by

lying on your front, forehead resting on

the floor, chin tucked in so that the back

of your neck is straight, with palms facing

the ceiling. Squeeze between your shoulder

blades, lift up your chest slightly, rotate

your hands so that palms are now facing

the floor, squeeze your glutes, moving

the shoulders back. Your head lifts a few

inches off the floor, chin stays tucked in.

Relax back down to complete the rep.

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Protein is a very important macronutrient, it

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protein and aim for 1 palm-sized serving of

protein for women and 2 for men at breakfast,

lunch and dinner. Besides meals, another great

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Food

Homemade

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Friends, mums and self-taught home cooks Mandy Simmonds

and Anna Stanford share their family-friendly recipes on

Instagram – here is their take on a romantic Valentine’s dinner


Food

The Instagram feed

and website, Simply

Nutritious Delicious,

was inspired through Mandy

and Anna's shared love

of food and the desire to

feed their families healthy,

home-cooked wholesome

meals that are beautifully

presented and appealing –

yet do not require hours of

preparation in the kitchen.

For years they’ve shared

recipes with other parents who

lacked inspiration for what to

prepare for their families, so

the next step was to put them

out there for everyone. Simply

Nutritious Delicious is not

about faddy eating, omitting

food groups or dieting. Mandy

and Anna believe in the motto

“everything in moderation”

and focus on using fresh,

additive free ingredients and

local suppliers where possible.

Their Valentine’s Dinner For

Two is delicious, romantic and

sophisticated, but doesn’t take

hours to make – and most of it

can be prepared in advance.

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Mandy Simmonds and Anna Stanford


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Scallops on Pea Purée with Pancetta

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes

• 6 fresh scallops – we

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Sankeys Fishmongers

in Tunbridge Wells and

Tonbridge

• 200g frozen peas

• 1 small onion or large

echalion shallot finely

chopped

• squeeze of lemon

• dash of olive oil

• 10g butter cut into two

knobs

• 5 strips of pancetta

Tip

The pancetta and

pea puree can be made in

advance so that this starter

dish only takes 3 minutes

to create when you are

ready to eat.

1. Sauté the shallot or onion until soft in

a dash of oil and a knob of butter.

2. Add the peas and cook for 4 minutes. Season and add

to a blender or bullet. Set aside somewhere warm.

3. Add the pancetta to a hot pan and

crisp on both sides. Set aside.

4. Get a large frying pan hot and add a splash

of oil. Season the scallops and add them

to the pan in a clockwise circle so you

know where to start turning first – you

don’t want to overcook them.

5. Cook the scallops for one minute

on each side. Add the other knob

of butter and the lemon juice.

Coat the scallops quickly and

remove from the pan.

6. Put three spoonfuls of

pea purée onto each

plate, top each pea

mound with a

scallop and

serve with

a crisp of

pancetta.


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Main Course

Food

Côte de Bœuf, with

Truffled Potatoes,

Asparagus and Aioli

Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time:

1 hour 15 minutes, plus resting time

• 0.7kg piece of Côte de

Bœuf – we sourced ours

from Ian Chatfield in

Tonbridge

• 500g new potatoes

• 100g asparagus tips

• Bulb of garlic (one clove

crushed)

• Truffle Oil and/or Truffle Salt

• 4 dessert spoons good

quality mayonnaise

1. To make the Aioli add

one clove of crushed

garlic to the mayonnaise

and stir thoroughly.

2. To make the Truffled

Potatoes, parboil the

potatoes in salted

water for 5 minutes.

3. Drain and steam dry

and cut each potato

in half lengthways.

4. Heat up a good glug of

olive oil in a roasting tin

and add the potatoes, 5

whole cloves of garlic, a

few sprigs of rosemary

and roast in a hot oven

for 45-55 minutes.

5. Drizzle with Truffle

Oil and/or sprinkle

with Truffle Salt.

6. To make the Côte de

Bœuf season with lots of

salt and pepper and sear

in a very hot pan with a

small amount of ground

nut oil for approximately

3 minutes each side to

get a golden crust.

7. Throw in 4 whole cloves

of garlic with the skin

on then transfer to an

oven at 210oC degrees

for 10 minutes.

8. Rest the meat for 20

mins and carve.

9. Steam the asparagus for 2

minutes, drain and serve.

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Food

puddinG

Meringue with Chantilly Cream and raspberries

Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30-60 minutes

• 3 large eggs

• 175g caster sugar

• 125ml double cream

• 50g icing sugar + 1

tsp for dusting

• ¼ tsp vanilla paste

or ⅓ vanilla pod

seeds scraped out

• 100g fresh raspberries

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If

making heart shaped meringues draw two hearts on

the parchment paper and turn the paper over.

2. Separate the eggs placing each white in a cup or small

bowl before adding it to the whisking bowl. Discard

the yolks or refrigerate them for another use.

3. Whisk the egg whites in a clean mixing bowl on a

medium speed for 4-6 minutes until you have stiff peaks.

4. Continue mixing on a medium speed adding 1tbsp

of the caster sugar at a time. Leave 5 seconds between

adding each spoonful of sugar. The meringue mix should

be stiff and glossy when all the sugar has been added.

5. Spoon the meringue mixture onto the parchment paper

and shape into two heart, round or oval shaped nests.

6. Bake in the oven at 100°C (fan), 120°C (conventional

or gas) or in the simmering oven of an Aga until the

meringues sound crisp when tapped underneath and

are just off-white in colour. Put on a rack to cool.

7. To make the Chantilly Cream whip the double cream

and icing sugar to soft peaks then add the vanilla paste

or vanilla pod seeds and whisk for a minute more.

Chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

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into the middle of the meringues, top with

fresh raspberries and dust with icing sugar.

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and stored in an

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The daffodils are up, but don’t starting planting your

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On sunny days in February I’m sorely tempted to

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then hesitate – in the nick of time. I’m forced to

remind myself that frosts can threaten for many months to

come; it is still winter after all. So, on the back of the frostblackened

mistakes of past seasons, I curb the urge to sow

outside too early and distract myself with other tasks. There

are some crops that can be sown early, but there are also

things that need to happen now to make sure they get off to

a good start. Good preparation makes good plants (chant this

whenever you feel impatient to get growing) and this means

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grow in and, when and how to plant them. This way, once

the soil warms up our veggies will get off to a flying start.

Site and soil

Most vegetable plants are greedy and will need the very

best spot in your garden – somewhere sheltered, sunny and

with good soil. The exact type of soil you have will dictate

which vegetables will thrive in your patch. If your soil is

clay then it may be harder to work in the winter – and then

dry like concrete in the summer. Although a light sandy

soil is easier to work and faster to warm in the spring, it

leaches nutrients, dries out very quickly and will be less

fertile. Where I live (on the borders of both the marsh

and the Weald) the soil is fairly sandy and free draining

in the main, which is ideal for root crops such as onions

and carrots. Cabbages and Brussels sprouts are harder for

me to grow, as they like compact, nutrient rich clay. The

perfect soil is somewhere between sand and clay and is

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allotment that has been diligently worked for many years.

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smells healthy and life-giving – I want to say good enough

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addition of organic matter, A sandy soil will hold together

and retain more goodness, and clay soil ‘open’ up and

become more free draining. Organic matter teems with

microscopic life and it is this that helps the plants to

grow. I will stop fetishising about soil in a minute, but the

longer you associate with plants and their surroundings,

the more you will focus on it. A good soil is key to

growing vegetables successfully. So nurture it – build

a compost heap, befriend a farmer, buy a horse…

Sowing and planting

Sowing vegetable seeds directly where they are to grow

sounds like the quickest way to get a harvest, but it can be

fraught with problems. One of the most annoying things

that happens in freshly cultivated soil is when your crop

germinates at the same time as masses of weeds. This is

because the process of cultivation brings weed seeds up

from under the surface of the soil and nearer to the light,

triggering them into growth. The huge rash of weeds that

appears can completely swamp your prized vegetable seedlings.

The outrage continues, as weeds have a cunning habit of

looking just like the crop they grow among – and it’s easy to

pull up a precious baby vegetable along with the unwanted

weedlings. Many gardeners recommend the ‘no dig’ method

and try not to disturb the soil at all – laying down a weedblocking

mulch in the autumn which should (in theory)

break down into a lovely, plantable tilth by the spring.

Sow under cover – this will give you more control over

both germination and the early growth of your plants. This

is useful at the start of the season when it is too cold to sow

directly outside. Early crops like broad beans, peas, kale, leeks

and calabrese (broccoli) can be sown in modules and planted

out in a few weeks time, once the worst of winter has passed.

It might seem like more work than direct sowing, but you will

waste less seed, as no thinning will be needed, and if you sow

into modules you can plant the plugs out neatly into rows at

the correct spacing, without damaging the young plants’ roots.

Sow direct – out into the ground once the soil has

warmed – but that might not be until April. The key to

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for annual weeds. Once the weed seedlings start popping

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straggly weeds. Fast crops like beetroot, radish, rocket,

salads and those that don’t like root disturbance, such as

carrots, parsnips and spinach, are ideal for direct sowing.

Buy plug plants – the garden centres are getting better at

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small strips ready to plant out at the correct distance as soon as

you get them home. This does save time and is a good option,

although you may not get exactly the variety you might choose

if you were growing from seed – and it is more expensive.

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Potatoes – start chitting early potatoes to give them a head

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Tomatoes – these are not frost hardy, but take a

long time to grow and ripen in our climate, so if you

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until the frosts have passed (May or June) so much the

better. You will need to pot them on several times before

then as they grow, so they’ll need plenty of space.

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Lettuce and salad – choose winter hardy salad crops and

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Art

Tues 6 Feb

The Sunbury Embroidery

Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames

TW16 6AB

Thomas Perceval

– Solitary Trees in

Winter

Inspired by the natural beauty of

his surroundings on the borders of

Wales and Herefordshire, Thomas

Perceval has created unique works

etched and engraved into woods

evoking the serene energy and

character of trees.

Info: sunburygallery.org

Sat 10 Feb – Sun 11 Mar

Nash Conservatory, Kew

Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AB

International Garden

Photographer of the

Year Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing

the winners and runners up

of the International Garden

Photographer of the Year

(IGPOTY) Competition in its

eleventh year.

Info: kew.org

Tues 13 Jan – Sat 24 Feb

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon

Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS

Dionne Swift: Maker in

Focus

Award winning Textile Artist,

Dionne Swift paints with cloth

and thread to create an intuitive,

emotional response to the

landscape. The exhibition will

include wall based artworks,

scarves and lampshades.

Entry: Free

Info: newashgate.org.uk

Tues 13 Jan – Sat 24 Feb

The Lightbox Gallery &

Museum, Chobham, Woking

GU21 4AA

Turner in Surrey

For the first time ever, this

exhibition explores J.M.W.

Turner’s work produced on his

various travels, stops and periods

of residence on the Thames, Wey

Navigation and in the county

of Surrey, prior to the London

boundary changes of 1889.

Info: thelightbox.org.uk

Tues 13 Jan 2018 to Sat 24 Feb

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon

Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS

Eastern Influence

Our group exhibition explores the

dialogue between east and west,

featuring four artists who have a

shared expression of the technical

skill and spirit of the oriental arts.

Entry: Free

Info: newashgate.org.uk

Children & Families

Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb

Bocketts Farm, Young Street,

Fetcham, Leatherhead

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February Half Term

It’s the start of spring lambing

this half term. Over 70 gorgeous

new born lambs will be in the

Big Animal Barn and Lambing

Shed, plus there will be Birds

of Prey flying demonstrations

on weekdays and a ‘meet the

shepherd’ session where you can

learn all about Bocketts’ sheep

and lambs.

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Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb 10am–4pm

Runnymede & Ankerwycke,

Windsor Road TW20 0AE

Suffragettes Family

Trail

A historical family trail

celebrating a century of women’s

right to vote in the UK which will

bring the whole family together to

learn about suffragettes and their

links to the Runnymede area.

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Mon 12 Feb

Alice Holt, Binsted, Farnham

GU10 4LS

Fantastic Forest Craft

Club

Combining guided outdoor

exploration and games around the

forest with indoor seasonal craft

sessions, this event is a chance

for children to learn about nature

and wildlife while creating some

beautiful and unique crafts to take

home at the end of the day.

Entry: £20

Info: forestry.gov.uk

Mon 12 – Fri 16 Feb

Brooklands Museum,

Brooklands Road, Weybridge

KT13 0QN

Half Term Family Fun

Vintage-style car rides, the new

Aircraft Factorybus rides, family

workshops, children’s trails and

Kids’ Tours on Concorde are all

on offer this half term to keep the

whole family entertained.

Entry: Adults £13.50, Seniors &

Students £11.50, Children 5-16 £7

Info: brooklandsmuseum.com

Mon 12 – Fri 16 Feb

Birdworld, Holt Pound,

Farnham GU10 4LD

Penguin Activity Half

Term

Birdworld is celebrating all things

penguin this half term with

penguin themed arts and crafts,

feeding talks and exploration

trail. Plus visitors over seven who

complete this trail by 3pm will

even get the chance to feed one

of the park’s two colonies, while

winners under seven will receive a

cuddly penguin toy.

Info: birdworld.co.uk

Thurs 15 – Fri 16 Feb

Surrey Sports Park, University

of Surrey, Richard Meyjes Road,

Guildford GU2 7AD

All Stars Basketball

Camp

The Surrey Scorchers team offer

these fun half term basketball

camps for aspiring players to

develop skills and knowledge.

Junior camps will be running on

both Thursday 15 and Friday

16 February and are suitable to

children from 8-12, while there

will also be a camp for 13-16 year

olds who are already playing at

club level on Friday 16 February

only.

Entry: £36, Members £32.40

Info: surreyscorchers.co.uk

Food & Drink

Sat 3 Feb 5–7pm

The Guildford Institute,Ward

Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

Introduction to Wine

Get a taste for what’s on offer

at Surrey Wine School with an

introductory course teaching how

to taste wine, identify aromas and

flavours, understand influences of

factors such as weather and winemaking

techniques, match wine to

food and choose wine confidently.

Entry: £25

Info: surreywineschool.com

Sat 10 Feb

Albury Organic Vinyard, Silent

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Vineyard manager Alex leads an

insightful pruning demonstration

which will let you try pruning

vines yourself before a tasting of

Albury’s award-winning sparkling

wines and taking home your own

vine cuttings.

Entry: £25

Info: alburyvineyard.com

Sat 17 Feb

Haselmere Hall, Bridge Rd,

Haslemere GU27 2AS

The Whiskey Affair

Kick start 2018 with whiskey all

around. Expect scotch, bourbon,

worldwide whiskeys, cocktails,

free masterclasses, live music,

photo booth and free samples.

Entry: £9

Info: thewhiskeyaffair.co.uk

Sports & Leisure

Sat 24 Feb

Lingfield Park Racecource,

Racecourse Road, Lingfield

RH7 6PQ

The Betway Winter

Derby

A fast track Qualifier with the

winner of this race securing

a place on All-Weather

Championships Finals Day taking

place on March 30th.

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Theatre

Fri 2 Feb

The Stoke Pub and Pizzeria,

Stoke Road, Guildford

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What’s On In February

The Stoke

This club has incorporated You

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the first Wednesday of the month,

and they have now upgraded to

the first Friday of the month.

Entry: £13.50 (plus booking fee)

Info: gaghousecomedy.com

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Epsom Playhouse, Ashley

Avenue, Epsom KT18 5AL

Cirque Enchantment

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cirque performers, and an eclectic

musical soundtrack including

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Faith, and Beyonce, this is a

delightful show for both adults

and children.

Entry: from £15

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Tues 20 – Sat 24 Feb

Yvonne-Arnaud Theatre,

Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Great Expectations

Olivier Award-winning actress,

Nichola McAuliffe leads as the

iconic Miss Havisham in Dicken’s

universally loved masterpiece.

Entry: From £19

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Valentines

Fri 9, Sat 10, Weds 14, Fri 16 &

Sat 17 Feb

1907 Restaurant, Bar & Grill,

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1907 Romantic

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Valentine’s celebrations with the

latest A La Carte menu.

Info: 01932 335720 /

events@brooklandshotelsurrey.com /

1907restaurant.co.uk

Weds 14 Feb

Oatlands Park Hotel, Oatlands

Drive, Weybridge KT13 9HB

Valentine’s Day 5

Course Menu

This Valentine’s indulge in a five

course dinner at this romantic

hotel steeped in royal history,

with options including Valentine

loin of English Lamb, Corn-fed

supreme chicken, Bailey’s crème

brûlée shortbread hearts.

Entry: £44.95

Info: oatlandsparkhotel.com

Weds 14 Feb 1 – 5pm

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham KT11 1JE

Valentine’s Day Tour &

Afternoon Tea for Two

Take a tour of the Painshill

landscape with a guide to take

you to all the most romantic

spots including the sparkling

Crystal Grotto, before enjoying

a delicious afternoon tea of

freshly prepared sandwiches,

scones, cakes, chocolate dipped

strawberries, tea, coffee and

prosecco.

Entry: £45 for 2 adults

Info: painshill.co.uk

Weds 14 Feb

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,

Woking GU21 4AA

Valentine’s Food & Film

This event was a sell out last year

so well worth booking in advance

for prosecco and canapés on

arrival, followed by a four course

dinner and a showing of Breakfast

at Tiffany’s.

Entry: £49

Info: thelightbox.org.uk

Weddings

Sun 4 Feb 10.30am – 3.30pm

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry

Road, Teddington TW11 9NN

Landmark Spring

Wedding Fair

With over 50 hand-picked

suppliers exhibiting and two

fashion shows featuring stunning

bridal gowns, this event is ready

to give future brides and grooms

plenty of ideas for their special

day.

Entry: £4, Concessions £3,

Members and Under 16s free

Info: landmarkartscentre.org

Weds 14 Feb

Glive, London

Road, Guildford GU1 2AA

The Knot

Didy Veldman’s highly anticipated


Woooy week

Spring is here!

Join us for lambing

and watch the

chicks and

ducklings

hatch.

CONTEMPORARY

Textiles

CONTEMPORARY

FAIR 2018

16-18 March

Friday 6-8.30pm

Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

Join us for over 70 stands of the

best contemporary textiles in the

UK; plus a programme of events

on the theme of Eco Textiles

landmarkartscentre.org

Charity no. 1047080

Half term fun

from 10th - 18th

February 2018

Plus! Meet the farmer - Make and take

crafts - Storytime - Nature trail and quiz.

Find out more and book online:

www.godstonefarm.co.uk

01883 742546 @GodstoneFarmUK

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Teddington

TW11 9NN

020 8977 7558

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What’s On In February

work examines the social and

personal significance of marriage

in contemporary Western society.

Entry: £18.50, Under 16s &

Students £13 Info: glive.co.uk

Sun 18 Feb 11am–3pm

Foxhills Club &

Resort, Stonehill Road,

Ottershaw KT16 0EL

Wedding Fayre

Make your special day truly

perfect with the Foxhills Wedding

Fayre. Over 40 suppliers will be

on hand to help and there will be

fashion shows at 12pm and 2pm.

Entry: Free, including

complimentary glass of bubbly,

goodie bag and live music

Info: 07894915114 /

gem@littlestarevents.co.uk /

foxhills.co.uk

Weds 24 Feb

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane, Woking GU23 6QB

Grow Your Own

Wedding Flowers

A bespoke course designed to

give you inspiration and practical

advice on how to grow wedding

flowers for yourself or a loved one.

Entry: £91, Member £77

Info: rhs.org.uk

Sun 25 Feb 11am–3.30pm

Cellar Bar, Farnham Maltings,

Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR

Prestige Wedding Fair

A relaxed event to explore a

collection of over 50 businesses

offering everything from jewellery

to venues.

Entry: Free

Info: 01252 745444 /

farnhammaltings.com

Sun 25 Feb

Hampton Court Palace,

Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU

Wedding Showcase

Explore the range of unique

and exclusive venues on offer

at Hampton Court including

the majestic Little Banqueting

House and elegant Garden Room.

You can also meet a selection of

approved suppliers and the expert

events team.

Info: 020 3166 6507 / hrp.org.uk

Workshops

Thurs 8 Feb

Denbies Wine Estate, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

Flower Arranging

Treat your loved one this

Valentines with a specially made

floral arrangement. Chelsea Flower

Show florist Sue Flight will be

hosting and the price includes

refreshments and lunch.

Entry: £65

Info: denbies.co.uk

Fri 9 Feb 10am–4.30pm

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,

Dorking RH5 6BB

Photography

Workshops

Photographer Eddie Hyde covers

portraiture, landscape, action,

flash and low light photography to

help you get the best out of your

camera.

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Fri 9 Feb 10.30am–4.30pm

Watts Gallery, Down Lane,

Compton GU3 1DQ

Watercolour Textiles

No previous experience is required

to take part in this course which

will have you learning to paint

onto silk, explore effects and add

embellishments.

Entry: £75 including materials

Info: wattsgallery.org.uk

Listings are correct at time of going to

press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next

issue of Surrey Homes for only £15!

Please supply up to 50 words that

should include date, time, venue, and

any entry price to whatson@

wealdentimes.co.uk or send with

payment (cheques payable to JPS

Media) to What’s On, Surrey Homes,

Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone Street,

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF. Surrey

Homes reserves the right to edit text

to fit space allocated. If you would like

your event listing to be accompanied

by a full colour reproduction (42.5 x

62.5mm) of a poster or other pictorial

image, the total charge will be £95.

Deadline for the March issue is 12

February 2018.

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Consignments and bidder registrations now invited.

Contact us on 023 8066 8413, info@barons-auctions.com

www.barons-auctions.com

Online, telephone and pre-sale commission bidding available.

Competitive commission rates - sellers 5%, buyers 10%


Competition

Win lunch, b&b, wine and tours at

Denbies wine estate worth £250

Take some time out with an overnight stay at England’s largest vineyard.

Denbies Wine Estate is located in the heart of the beautiful Surrey

Hills, close to the historic market town of Dorking, with 265 acres

under vine. Denbies Farmhouse B&B accommodation, situated within the

vineyards, offers a uniquely peaceful setting, overlooking the garden and sweeping

vines. The original farmhouse has been tastefully refurbished to accommodate

seven, modern, double en-suite rooms, with a Full English breakfast served

in the light, airy conservatory. The prize includes lunch for two people

at the estate’s Gallery Restaurant, with Denbies award-winning wine, plus

the Ultimate Wine Experience Indoor Tour, and the Outdoor Vineyard Train

Tour. Rounding it all off is a mixed case of six wines to take home. Cheers!

How to enter: For your

chance to win the Denbies

Wine Estate Gift Experience

just answer the following question:

How many acres does Denbies

Wine Estate have under vine?

Enter your answer with your

contact details* in the online form

at Surrey-homes.co.uk/competition

or post to: Denbies Wine Estate

Competition, Surrey Homes, 21

Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent

TN17 3HF by 28 February. Prize

comprises Denbies gift experience,

overnight accommodation in the

Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast,

with lunch and a mixed case of six

bottles of wine. There is no cash

alternative and the prize must be

taken before 28 February 2019. *All

entrants’ details will be passed on to

Denbies and Surrey Homes Events.

Please let us know if you do not

wish your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Ingrid Marsden who wins our December competition for £250 to spend in the Glades Shopping Centre

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Britain’s trees are suffering from underplanting, over felling - and too many deer

The best telly I saw over Christmas,

by a country mile, was Dame Judy

Dench’s documentary My Passion

for Trees. “My life now is just trees,” she

said, “trees and champagne.” How perfect

is that? She has a secret wood at her home

in Surrey where she has been planting trees

for the past 30 years, and every time a

friend dies she adds another tree for them.

“It’s something living that goes on.”

What a wonderful sentiment and the

whole programme inspired me to think

more carefully about the woodland at

Coopers Farm.

2017 was not a good year

for trees in the UK. Less than

700 hectares were planted –

fewer than at any time since

the Second World War. And

this, hand in hand with a

desire to cut down more

and more of our senior trees

especially in towns where

they don’t ‘fit’ with 21st

century urban living.

Part of the problem is that we no longer

understand trees in a way we once did.

Thomas Hardy could identify trees in

the dark by the sound the wind made

blowing through their branches, but in a

recent survey of 2,000 people – readers of

BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, no less

– only one in 50 were able to identify five

varieties of tree by looking at their foliage.

How sad is that?

Closer to home, the situation at

Coopers Farm is far from happy. We

have recently joined up with about 20

“Thomas Hardy

could indentify

trees by the sound

the wind made

through their

branches ”

other local landowners to form a collective

‘cluster’. The idea being that flora and

fauna don’t respect farm boundaries so any

conservation issues are likely to be far more

successful if implemented across swathes of

land, rather than farm by farm.

One of the most pressing issues, of

concern to everyone in the cluster, is the

damage being done by deer and a recent

talk by the Deer Initiative Partnership

– set up to promote the sustainable

management of wild deer – was a real

wake-up call.

Six species of deer exist in the UK: red,

roe and fallow deer are

native species, with sika,

muntjac, and Chinese

water deer all introduced

within the past 150 years.

It is widely accepted that

deer are more abundant

and widespread now than

at any time in the past

1,000 years, indeed there

may be as many as two million of them

in the UK and, without natural predators,

the population just keeps on growing.

What is brutally apparent is that this

number of deer is putting intolerable

pressure on our woodland, leading to

the loss of biodiversity and the decline of

certain species of fauna and flora.

I was quite shocked by the data, so

I set about surveying our woods to see

how bad the damage was. To do this you

have to walk furtively about them with

a clipboard, recording indicators such as

deer seen (easy: none), pellet tallies (saw

lots, but were they rabbit or deer?) and

then a whole raft of clues such as couches,

scrapes, wallows, wracks and slots!

Once you’ve mastered this vocabulary,

you can record bark damage, branches

snapped, brambles nibbled and the

numbers of young sapling trees. And

here is the scary bit. In our 10 hectares of

woodland I couldn’t find a single young

oak sapling. Drastic action required.

As a result Father Christmas delivered

25 oak saplings, with stakes and deer

guards, and I now intend to spend the

next couple of months planting them

round the farm.

And inspired by Dame Judy’s idea of

using them to remember dearly departed,

Mum and Dad are in a hedge together;

Auntie Mary, always a tad tricky, is on

a bank on her own; and some dear

university friends, all taken far too

prematurely are gathered together in a

clearing having a fine old time.

Time will tell if it works, but in the

meantime I will be keeping a very close

watch on them all and making it my

mission in 2018 to eat far more venison.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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