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Contents

March 2017

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson finds homes with

open plan kitchen and living areas

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MARCH NOTEBOOK

Interesting things to know about this

month in the Weald

THE WHITE STUFF

Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote’s

masterclass in light and airy beach

house style

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by the cabin’s breezy style

MIXED METALLICS

The new trend for interesting

bathroom finishes

GLAMOUR-AMA

This Hastings house is a gloriously

glam tribute to high fashion

GET THE LOOK

Get going with the glitter, gloss and

gold

FACE OFF WINTER

Jo Fairley urges us to treat our skin

88– and ourselves – to a nourishing

face mask

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TAKING A MOMENT

New wellbeing writer Eminé

Rushton shares her own beauty

routine

GET FIT FOR SPRING IN 3

MONTHS

The final part of Sarah-Jane Holt’s

programme

LET’S HAVE LUNCH

Easy-wheeling spring lunches from

Margate-based artisan bakery The

Baker’s Bicycle

MAKE LIKE A MIXOLOGIST

Silent Spring gin cocktail to make

at home

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SCENTS OF SPRING

Even before your garden is in full bloom

it can be heavenly scented

POTS OF LOVE

Jo Arnell’s tips on how to make a

planted container for Mother’s Day

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SEED THE DAY

Sue Whigham celebrates the spring joy of

swapping seeds

NURTURE THE CHILD

Wise words from our new education

columnist, Hilary Wilce

THE BRAINS OF TOMORROW

Three schools tell us about their brilliant

new facilities

WHAT’S ON

All the happening things this month

COMPETITION

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard is sleeping in the lambing

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WOODCHURCH £500,000

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TENTERDEN £550,000

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Northiam, East Sussex - £1,500,000

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Modern living

Maggie Alderson finds homes with kitchens you can eat and live in

How many hours of sleep – if not whole heads of hair and even

marriages -– have been lost over the stress of renovations? It all seems

so simple, obvious really, rude not to, in fact, as you sweep through

your potential new home imagining how lovely it would be if you ‘just knocked

through’ and then ‘just added a tiny extension’…

In your mind that somewhat dark dwelling, with rather poky rooms, is already

rendered an airy light-filled space, that most desirable of 21st century housing

features. And with those trifling – you think, in your house-drunk state – tweaks

your new home will also have the number one domestic feature de nos jours: the

eat-in kitchen/family room.

What we all long for, it seems, is to make the dinner in the same room our

children are doing their homework in (or, more likely, gawping covertly at

Snapchat), or be deftly chopping up the final ingredients for the salad while our

dinner guests waft around us, with glasses of wine, chatting.

In our imaginations, of course we are doing this family dinner prep in the

harmonious hum of academic concentration, or chopping and chatting in a

floaty dress, the space as immaculate as our nails. Sizzle sizzle, scribble scribble,

chop chop, pop, fizz, clink clink, ha ha ha…

In real life, however, we won’t be able to hear The Archers for kids squabbling

and would be too exhausted to chat with friends, from the time spent deep

cleaning the kitchen after doing the bulk of the food prep before they arrived.

Despite that, the flowing space of the kitchen/family room is what we all

desire. So rather than kill ourselves to get it, spending twice the budget, over

twice the time promised by the builders, while microwaving dinner on the

landing and washing up in the bath… why not move into a heavenly apartment

where it has been designed by someone else to be that way?

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1. Ravensbourne

Where? The Ravensbourne Collection

of houses and apartments sits among quiet,

tree-lined roads, large detached properties

and gated estates, near the pretty village

of Keston and Keston Common and

Ponds. Bromley, Orpington and Hayes

are all nearby. The fastest journey to

London is from Bromley South station (10

mins drive), then 17 minutes to London

Victoria. From Orpington (9 mins drive)

it’s around half an hour to Charing Cross

and Cannon Street and the same from

Hayes to London Bridge. Bluewater is half

an hour and around the same to Gatwick.

What? Ravensbourne is an important

Victorian manor house, the home of the

Bonham-Carter family until around the

1930s, with the likes of Charles Darwin

and Sigmund Freud visiting. The house

is converted into seven magnificent

apartments and four new houses, all with

private terraces or gardens and views across

the 3 acres of mature landscaped grounds.

Apartment 3 incorporates the grandest

room in the original manor house with

large feature windows and has a huge

kitchen/living/dining area (almost 90 sq

m). The master suite has a dressing room

and there are two further bedrooms with a

family bathroom, plus a guest loo.

How much? Apartment 3,

Ravensbourne is in the hands of Alan de

Maid, Locksbottom with a price of £1.6

million. 01689 813333 alandemaid.co.uk


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2. Wildernesse Park

3. Great Maytham Hall

4. The Burlington Suite

Where? Wildernesse House sits in

acres of rolling Kent countryside, in

Seal, just outside Sevenoaks. The station

is a seven minute drive and from there,

it’s forty minutes to Charing Cross or

Cannon Street.

What? Wildnernesse is a Grade II

listed Georgian mansion, now converted

to seriously high spec apartments,

with shared reception areas, an on-site

restaurant, spa, pool and gym. The

Hillingdon is one of the two bedroom

apartments in the main house and

benefits from an extraordinary ceiling,

now in the magnificent open-plan living,

dining and kitchen area, with views

over the estate. There is a separate snug/

TV room to one side and two en suite

bedrooms.

How much? The apartment is

priced at £1,958,950. Contact Pegasuslife

on 01732 510150. pegasuslife.co.uk/

wildernessehouse

Where? Great Maytham Hall is set at

the end of a long, gravelled drive, within

17 acres of grounds, in beautiful Kent

countryside, one mile from Rolvenden

village, four from Tenterden. It’s 20

minutes to Headcorn, then on to Charing

Cross in just over an hour.

What? A ground floor apartment

in this Grade II* Listed 18th century

mansion house, which was the home

of Frances Hodgson Burnett, who was

inspired to write The Secret Garden by

the 18th century walled garden. The

East Wing suite covers 2585 sq ft with a

splendid drawing room with an original

fireplace, Doric columns and sash

windows looking out onto the grounds.

Kitchen/breakfast room and utility room

and second reception room. Two en

suite bedrooms. The original reception

rooms of the house are for the use of the

residents of all the apartments. The guest

apartments are available on request and

can accommodate up to three people.

How much? The apartment is

£695,000, marketed by Fine and Country,

Tenterden. 01580 766388 fineandcountry.

com

Where? Colesdane sits on the rural

periphery of the ancient village of

Harrietsham within the North Downs

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Harrietsham Station gets you to Victoria,

Blackfriars and St Pancras in just over

an hour. Built on the site of a country

house, the grounds remain unspoiled with

formal gardens featuring a croquet lawn

and pavilion, ponds and a communal

summerhouse.

What? The Burlington Suite is set on

the ground floor of this exclusive purposebuilt

development, in the Georgian style.

The apartment has sash windows, lofty

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What to be aware of with

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What is a leasehold property?

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residence or one prohibiting carrying

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If the flat owners buy the freehold do they

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When a flat owner buys the freehold of

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themselves ground rent. The advantage

of owning the freehold is being able to

easily extend the length of the lease and

increased control over the financial and

management aspects that a landlord or

their agent would otherwise control.

Rebecca Hughes

For more information, please contact

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Editor’s

Letter

Welcome to the March issue - my first as editor since

November 2016, as I take over again to cover

for Lucy Fleming while she is on maternity leave.

What a treat to be back here just as spring is starting to burst

forth, especially as the theme of this month’s supplement is one of

my very favourite subjects: fashion.

As a former editor of ELLE, I will never stop being fascinated

to see what new trends emerge each season and the gorgeous

mixed brights in our fashion story have me raring to get out to

the shops to snap up some beautiful coloured pieces.

Spring is also an inspiring time to think about our gardens and

Sue Whigham shares her enthusiasm for the annual promise of

seeds, while Jo Arnell has tips for bringing scent into your garden,

even at this early stage.

At this time of fresh starts we are also delighted to introduce

two esteemed new columnists. We feel very honoured that

Hilary Wilce, a former senior editor with the Times Educational

Supplement, and an education correspondent for The Independent,

has joined us as education columnist.

Writing for us each month about health and beauty, Eminé

Rushton has been a wellbeing and beauty editor for over 15 years

and is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine.

Enjoy your Wealden Times. I very much look forward to

sharing the next twelve months with you.

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Wealden Times Team

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The white stuff

Converting a tired old weatherboard cabin into a spacious coastal retreat, Atlanta Bartlett

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Previous page: Atlanta and Dave removed the original ceilings to expose a double height, pitched ceiling and open up the cabin, to

create one central living space. The floors throughout are old scaffolding planks sanded and treated with a special Danish finish and

several applications of white soap Above: The snug, which can also be used as a bedroom

This talented husband and wife team are

behind the company Pale & Interesting, a

brand producing everything from furniture

and home accessories to interior products, sets and

locations. They run an online shop with a branch in

Rye and holiday homes along the East Sussex coast.

The cabin was the first holiday property to be developed

and was potentially the most daunting. “We cut our teeth

on this one really,” says Atlanta, explaining that each one

is unique, but they are all stamped with the distinctive,

pared-back, but welcoming style of the brand.

The transformation of a modest two-bedroom

building into a dream holiday house that sleeps up to

ten, takes talent, hard work and something more: namely

Dave and Atlanta’s special brand of ‘white’ magic.

Together they have used their vision, design and production

skills - finely honed through careers working in magazines,

photography and furniture design - to maximise the

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Left: the walls of the snug are clad with tongue

and groove made with the original ceiling of the

house. The cushions on the sofa are from Pale &

Interesting Above: a corner near the front door. The

basket is from Pale & Interesting

potential of the property, without extending the

physical building beyond its existing footprint.

“We have kept the template and tried to keep

the 1920s cabin integrity,” says Atlanta. “We

have a passion for old English cabins. We think

they’re not appreciated and should be protected.”

This one had lain empty for a while and at

the time of purchase it looked very different.

“It was all mock Tudor inside, very dark

and with red on the walls,” says Atlanta.

“It was divided into little rooms with low,

‘normal’ ceilings. We went up into the

attic - and knew we’d find all the original

roof supports and timbers. We replaced

the roof, but from the outside, so that

the internal structure was preserved.”

They also reclad the outer walls with

fresh weatherboarding and installed raised

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Above: The bathroom is small by necessity, but the space has been used so well that they’ve even squeezed in a washing machine,

tucked cleverly behind bi-fold doors. The wall and bathside are clad in bespoke panelling which Atlanta and Dave commissioned

specially. The brass plumbing pipes have deliberately been left visible and the taps are garden stopcocks

the house sit more comfortably in its surroundings

and giving it a New-England-meets-Scandi vibe.

Big changes weren’t limited to the cabin either; their fourth

child, Honey-Rose, was also born during the project.

“Honey got very used to the sound of nail guns and

power sanders,” Atlanta remembers, describing how

they removed the original ceilings to make the double

height, pitched ceiling and ‘open’ up the cabin.

“We cleared out the large space in the middle of the house

and then worked out how to squeeze in all the bedrooms.

From the start we knew it would be a beach house and a shoot

location. We wanted one central living space – and to be able

to see right through from one end of the house to the other.”

As a result the cabin is wonderfully light, which is

a key feature when choosing a space for locations and

photo shoots and the vaulted ceiling creates an airy

feeling of space, without being cold or draughty.

“We like to use natural light as much

as possible,” Atlanta explains.

The windows were replaced with a mix of off-the-shelf and

bespoke, to maximise the amount of light within the cabin.

They have also installed Velux windows in the roof in places.

“We put one in the bathroom to bring in light

from above, because it has no wall windows.”

The bathroom is small by necessity, but the space has

been used so well that they’ve even squeezed in a washing

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Left and below: Looking from the sitting area through to

the eat-in kitchen, shows the beautiful flow of the space. The

antlers are vintage and they found the 1970s lamp in Hastings.

The sofas are IKEA cleverly disguised under antique French linen

sheets (Pale & Interesting always have a stock of antique linen)

and the cushions are also from their shop

machine, tucked cleverly behind bi-fold doors. There are

other neat, space-saving tricks around the cabin, in fact

there’s not an inch of wasted space. They’ve been able to

install – and disguise – a huge fridge-freezer, turning a gap

between two bedrooms into a useful ‘fridge cupboard’.

For the ultimate space-saving idea, you only have

to look in the children’s bunk bedroom; designed

and built by Dave, it serves as both a quirky nod to

the sea, with its four cabin-style bunks – and as a

fantastically fun way to stack sleeping children.

The bedrooms all surround the large central

room and are deliberately modest in size.

“Bedrooms in a holiday home are just for sleeping

in,” says Atlanta pragmatically. “The relaxing is done

in the central space. People can congregate in different

areas of it and not feel on top of each other. “They can

use the snug,” which also doubles as a bedroom, “or


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Top: Looking out onto the deck and into the garden, with light

pouring in from all sides. The gloriously patina-ed club chairs

and the cushions – made from grain sacks –are all from Pale &

Interesting. The flowing curtains – the essence of a summery

beach house feel – are antique linen sheets

retreat to their own rooms, or even go outside.”

The space is zoned into a sitting area and kitchen diner,

united by the uniform floor and the clever recycling of

the original ceiling, which has been used throughout

as accents to keep a sense of unity. The floorboards are

scaffolding planks, making them generously wide, sanded

and treated with a special Danish finish, involving lye – a

strong alkali used to bleach the planks and stop them

yellowing – and then several applications of white soap.

This gives a quiet, soft texture to the flooring, and it’s

easy to keep clean; all you do is wash it with more white

soap. Both items are for sale at Pale & Interesting.

The boards from the cabin’s ceiling have been reused

throughout the house to bring a rustic touch that contrasts

well with the smooth white of the walls and floor and

adheres to Dave and Atlanta’s belief in recycling and

reuse. This is a key part of their ethos and also integral

to a look that relies on a limited palette, especially whites

and pastels, because it is the contrasts in textures and

types of materials that provide colour and depth.

This is part of the philosophy lying behind the

relaxed, or uncontrived feel to the interior.

“It’s a bit like an outfit,” Atlanta explains, “you

don’t want to look as if you’ve tried too hard.”

It is quite an art – which they are masters of. Using

whites and pastels could easily make a scheme too


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Above: There is a Velux window over the kitchen table to

bring in even more light, to this central part of the house. The

extending wall lamp is a flea market find. Atlanta and Dave

found the stools in Hastings and the console cupboard is an old

factory piece Left: The clock is from IKEA

pretty and thematic, but that doesn’t happen here, as

the ‘pale and interesting’ style has a definite edge to it.

Dave and Atlanta often use factory furniture and rough,

unfinished materials alongside smooth and delicate.

“Metal has good textures,” says Dave. “It has rough

and smooth together and a worn down, lived-in look.”

The master bedroom is a case in point here. It is a

pretty room with French doors opening out onto the

garden, so you can lie in bed looking out at the view.

The delicate French shutters and twinkly chandelier are

carefully offset by some utilitarian bedside cabinets - the

interiors version of wearing a lacy dress with DMs.

The exciting news is that the Pale & Interesting shop

is moving to bigger premises in Rye’s Landgate Street

this spring; this will enable them to sell bigger pieces like

the cabinets and more furniture in general – and give us

all a chance to try and emulate their signature style.

It is clear that Atlanta and Dave genuinely care for

furniture and objects and the stories they have to tell.


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Above: The dining area, just off the kitchen, is surrounded by windows. They bench is vintage Swedish, the metal chairs are vintage

French café ones and the table is a classic French farmhouse gem. Such unique items in Atlanta and Dave’s signature style are available

from their shop

“We like to repair broken things,” says furniture designer

Dave. “When you repair something, you become a part

of the story, the history that lives on in the piece.”

Together they design new pieces, such as the two

chairs in the front window which are part of the Coast

Collection at Pale & Interesting, and also made a little

table next to the chairs with a mirror for a top.

Many more mirrors can be found on the cabin

walls. Mirrors, it appears, are important in their

styling, but not for traditional reasons.

“Someone once said to me you must be extremely

vain,” laughs Atlanta, “because I have so many mirrors

at home, but I never look in them. Mirrors do other

things. They reflect light back, they can double the size

of a room and set up vistas and other view points, so

that there’s always something different to look at.”

Another misconception about Atlanta and Dave’s

style is that white is hard to live with.

“It’s something we get asked but white is easy. It wipes

down or washes. The linen throws go straight in the

washing machine.”

Atlanta has lots of such tips that can be applied to all

interiors and ought really to become mantras for

modern living.

“I never put a cushion on a sofa that can’t go in the

washing machine.”

It turns out that cushion covers can be made from the most

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Above: The kitchen is brilliantly simple, with cupboard doors

made from boards salvaged from an original ceiling in the house.

The white-painted shelves are scaffolding boards. The splashback

is galvanised steel and the lights are from Pale & Interesting.

The kitchen table provides another preparation area Right: The

earthenware vessels are a secret passion of Atlanta and Dave’s,

who collect them

time Atlanta and Dave are looking for textures, for light and

shade, for satisfyingly subtle changes in the weave and weft.

“These carpet cushion covers have a special quality,” she

says, “they just make whatever they’re next to beautiful.”

Even though this is a holiday rental, attention to detail

is a big part of Pale & Interesting’s ethos. Dave points out

the bespoke narrow-gauged tongue and groove panelling

commissioned for the bathroom and master bedroom. It sets

these rooms apart and gives them a less ‘off the shelf’ look.

Details are often quirky and original - and quickly copied;

whether that’s the use of old French shutters for bedheads,

such as those used in the master bedroom, taps with the

plumbing on the outside, exterior bulkhead lamps and

storm lantern used in the bathroom - it all becomes part of

the carefully considered Pale & Interesting aesthetic.

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Left: The narrow-gauge tongue and groove panelling in the

master bedroom was specially commissioned. There are French

windows out to the garden Above: The glass apothecary bottles

are from Pale & Interesting Top: The headboard is made from

old shutters painted with Farrow & Ball’s Lamp Room Gray. The

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Above: The bunks in the children’s bedroom were designed and built by Dave and

Atlanta to make the most of the relatively small space

“We mix new things with vintage so that it doesn’t look

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“People ask, are you shabby chic?” says Atlanta,

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Above: Sarah loves sheepskins and buys them everywhere from

Dunelm to boot fairs. She found the white leather La-Z-Boy

recliner in a charity shop in Bexhill. She made the heart-shaped

light feature out of strings of fairy lights. Left: The standard

lamp was from Woodcocks in Battle. Sarah glitter-enhanced and

framed the Blondie print, which has a matching Elvis opposite

A

notice hanging in the kitchen of this Victorian

terrace in Hastings says it all: ‘Some girls

are born with glitter in their veins’.

The owner of this house, Sarah, is one of those girls. Her

husband Stephen, not so much, but he’s learned to live with

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“My daughter warned her boyfriend before she brought

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From the moment you step into the hallway, you know

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is painted dramatic black and the chequered floor leads

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up the stairs, to a feature wall papered with black and gold

wallpaper designed by Barbara Hulanicki of Biba, with

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The console table in the hallway contains more hints

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Above: The dining set was a present from a friend. The squiggly

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I discovered designer clothes and the monster was

unleashed – and there’s no putting it back in the box.”

This is clearly apparent in the glory of the house, Sarah’s

dressing room, her inner sanctum and a temple to style. She’s

taken over a whole bedroom, equipping it with specialist rails

from fashion retail fittings supplier Morplan, one of them just

to display her extensive collection of white blouses - and had

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“My handbag passion started with my first serious

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discovered Chanel, Dior and there was no stopping me…”

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display of vulgar extravagance. It’s not about status symbols,

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“Clothes are a big

thing for me. I buy

everything from

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Gaultier – the cleverness

is in the mixing...”

Left: Sarah painted a dark wood

Edwardian cabinet to fit in her white

and cream scheme. The coral is from

Dunelm and Sarah found the Jean-

Paul Gaultier display in an antiques

shop in Norman Road, sadly no

longer there

who has amassed her collection with wit and panache.

A pair of amazing red glitter ankle boots are genuine

Yves Saint Laurent, but sitting next to them is an equally

fab-looking silver pair – which are from Primark.

On Sarah, worked into an amazing look – which she

has the height and presence to pull off - you wouldn’t be

able to tell which pieces are the designer real deals and

which the chain-store cheap and cheerfuls. Equally, from a

distance, you wouldn’t know that her collection of amazing

bright-coloured fur pieces is all of the fake, fun variety.

“I buy everything from Topshop to Jean-Paul Gaultier,”

she says. “The cleverness is in the mixing. You could go

into Gucci and dress yourself from head to toe, but that’s

not using any imagination. And a lot of the fun is in the

chase of sourcing amazing pieces. It would be boring just to

go into a shop in Bond Street and buy it all off the rail.”

Along with the talent to spot the one knock-out

thing among the swathes of crud in shops like Primark,

Sarah’s shopping secret is her address book of designer

second-hand stores, which she visits regularly and has

built up relationships with the owners, so they let her

know when something special, in her style, comes in.

Then there are pre-loved designer clothing

websites, which she can browse from the comfort

of home, although these take a little more care.

“I’m very good at researching things if I buy online, I’ve

never bought a fake, but you do have to be careful.”

Her other secret, to keep it fun and to hold on to that sense

of the chase, is constantly updating and refreshing her trove.

“I do turn things over,” she says. ‘I sell things

back through Mel at The Wardrobe, but there

are some things I would never part with.

One of these is the ankle length chiffon Jean-

Paul Gaultier dress with a print pattern which looks

like dollar bills, but they actually say ‘SEX’.

“I like quirky things,” says Sarah, “the

weird and the wonderful…”

There is a great example of the latter in the window

treatment of the master bedroom, next door to the

dressing room. Sarah found the apricot and gold


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Previous page: Sarah has created dramatic glamour in the ground floor study, with a statement chandelier from Roomings in George

Street, Hastings Old Town Above left: the furry leopard print chest of drawers is from Hastings Antique Warehouse. Above right:

Sarah gave the vintage buttons to her upholsterer to sew into the Chesterfield chaise longue

lamé fabric in the amazing vintage haberdashery

Wayward in Norman Road, St Leonards.

“It was from the same bolt used to make a coat for

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says Sarah. “I have an amazing curtain maker and I

asked her to do the tops ruched into puffballs. She

asked me how big I wanted them and I said, ‘Well, they

can’t be too big…’. Each one took loads of fabric.”

Then, by happy chance, she came across the perfect

bed cover to go with them – on sale in Debenhams,

showing how her approach to clothes shopping,

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just as well for homewares as it does for fashion.

As is shown by the successful combination of

the mirror over the mantlepiece from TK Maxx

and an antique kimono sourced on line.

The same approach is in glorious evidence down in the

living room, a scheme in white, cream, sheepskin – and lots

of glitter - Liberace himself would have appreciated. And with

a detail another of Sarah’s icons, Mr Elvis Presley, would have

appreciated: a cream leather La-Z-Boy reclining armchair.

“My husband hates the sofa,” says Sarah, “but he’s

American and I knew he would secretly love a La-Z-

Boy, so I decided to get him one. I went to Bexhill

and found this one in a charity shop for £35.”

She then Sarah-ised it by popping on a luscious

sheepskin, one of many in the room.

“I’ve got a flock of sheep,” she says, laughing.

“They’re so comfy to sit on and so warm. I’ve

bought them from Dunelm, boot fairs…’

Picking up the fluffy white theme is a magnificent pair

of squiggly wiggly 1960s ceiling light fittings, one in the

sitting room and the other in the adjacent dining room

in the knocked-through space, which Sarah found in the

Antiques Warehouse in Hastings Old Town High Street.

“We went in looking for wardrobes and I spotted

them hanging up. When my husband wasn’t looking

I went over and had my name put on them… It

was a done deal without involving Stephen.”

And it turned out she was right to jump


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Above: The wallpaper on the half landing was designed by Barbara Hulanicki

of Biba fame. Sarah draped the chandelier with strings of pearls Above right:

The landing houses her collection of glamorous make up, set off by feathers

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at them: “They were the key to decorating this whole

room, everything else was done around them.”

Two more standout pieces are the prints of Elvis and Blondie, in ornate

white frames, which hang on either side of the exposed brick chimney

breast – and are lavishly enhanced with glitter. Sarah made them herself.

“I saw a fabulous glitter Elvis in an exhibition at the Dragon Bar in

George Street in Hastings,” she explains. “I wanted it so much, but it

was £2,500, so I thought I would go for it myself. I bought the print

at Posters Online for £6, got some glue and a pot of glitter and that

was it. I already had the frames. I buy old ornate frames whenever I

see them, so I always have some ready to go. I painted these white.”

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Above: In Sarah’s sanctum, her dressing room, her collection of white shirts is displayed on a rack from shop fitting suppliers

Morplan. The gold shoes are by Gucci and the silver boots are Kurt Geiger. Sarah found the chair in the Courthouse Street junk yard

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Above and below: Sarah’s bedroom is a veritable boudoir. She

had the curtains made in fabric from Wayward in St Leonards.

She found the bed cover in Debenhams and the wallpaper is by

Italian firm Dochi. The gold and crystal mirror was from TK

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antiques shop in Eastbourne

there is glitter in the paint on the walls – and the handles

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Even the kettle and toaster are in the theme, being from

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Completing the look are oversized shiny, ceramic floor

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“For some reason, as soon as you want bright white, rather

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Contents

WT Fashion Supplement

Dominic Walmsley

jewellery

Bespoke

Above: Sunglasses, £239, Celine at

Fenwick Tunbridge Wells fenwick.

co.uk; longline jacket, £220, Travelling

Bazaar travelling-bazaar.com

8 BRIGHTEN UP!

Embrace the new season in

mixed brights

18 SPRING FEVER

Leading fashion buyers’

favourite spring trends

21 DARKER DENIM

A more sophisticated

jeans style

22 STREET STYLE:

SOCK IT UP

Socks are fashion accessories

in their own right

24 SPECTACULAR

Fresh frames can give you

a whole new look

26 BRILLIANT BAGS

Shoulder some

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Editor’s Letter

If you haven’t been infected with spring fever yet, we

suspect you might be after looking at this month’s

fashion supplement. We are thrilled with our new

stylist Kate Watts’s bright and beautiful fashion story and

hope you love it as much as we do. You might be surprised

at one of our suggestions, which is to embrace the craze for

treating socks as fashion accessories and even wearing them

with sandals! Take a look at the street style stars who wear

the look and see if it might work for you. After all, it’s

spring – time to try new things.

Cover image: Dress, £65, Who’s Wearing What Boutique

whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk; necklace, £32, Antoine &

Lili antoineetlili.com; scarf worn as belt, £22.50, cage sandals,

£49.95, Manuka Shoes manukashoes.com

Tuesday mornings and by appointment

01435 883394 or 07831 258582

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Come and see

Oscar nominated

Bafta winning

Shuna at her shop

in Heathfield

Market

Men’s and women’s

vintage clothing

and accessories

1920s–1960s items always wanted. Also Vintage

Chinese embroidered clothes, Ossie Clark, Biba.

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Thursday 1 - Sunday 18 March 2018

LINGERIE FOCUS

Welcome to the Fenwick Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells lingerie focus.

When visiting the Fenwick lingerie department you can be assured that you

will receive expert advice in selecting the perfect fitting bra, for every occasion.

So, why is it so important to be fitted? Because studies have shown that up to 80% of women

are wearing the wrong bra size. Why? Because they are not sure how the bra should look and feel.

A badly fitting bra can cause many problems including : neck, shoulder and back ache, discomfort

and even breast pain. However, you will be amazed what a difference a good fitting bra will make.

It will improve both your posture and your appearance, giving you a smoother silhouette and the

confidence to wear close fitting clothes that really show off your figure.

The truth of the matter is that our breasts do not stay the same. Your breast size will fluctuate due

to many factors such as age, weight loss or gain, if you are pregnant, breast feeding or going through

hormonal changes. You also need to be wearing the right bra for the right occasion. We lead very busy

and active lives which means, one bra doesn’t fit every occasion. We need a bra for everyday wear,

for going to the gym, a special event and for breast feeding or if you have undergone a mastectomy.

The only way to get an accurate measurement is to get fitted by an expert, it is really hard to do

this yourself. At Fenwick we have trained consultants who can tell in an instant if you are wearing

the wrong size bra and who will help you get it right without any embarrassment. Remember, even

if you have been fitted before it is advised that you are fitted every 6 months as any weight change

can affect your bra size.

We have a great selection of bras for every shape and every occasion, from luxurious and lacy to

practical and plain, with straps or strapless, the choice is yours. Once you have found a gorgeous

bra in just the right size, all you need are the great-fitting briefs to complete the look.

Remember when you feel good, you look good!

amazing brands available at Fenwick

b’tempt’d : CALVIN KLEIN : CHANTELLE : CHARNOS : ESPRIT : FANTASIE : FREYA

LEPEL : PANACHE : PASSIONATA : SIMONE PÉRÈLE : TRIUMPH : WACOAL

St George’s Street Canterbury Kent CT1 2TB | 01227 766866

Royal Victoria Place Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2SR | 01892 516716

www.fenwick.co.uk

FENWICK CANTERBURY AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS


THE T-SHIRT BRA

A t-shirt bra has seamless contour cups, which

are lightly padded to disguise the outline of the

nipple, which makes this the best type of bra

to wear under close fitting t-shirts.

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1 LEPEL LYLA

The Lyla non-wired moulded bra is super

soft while still creating a flattering shape.

The microfibre cups paired with lace and

contrast bow ensure this bra is perfect for

everyday wear, without compromising on

detail. Co-ordinate with Lyla brazilian brief.

BRA £26 | BRAZILIAN BRIEF £14

2 LEPEL FIORE

The Fiore features textronic lace

to cradle and wings and moulded

microfibre cups, this t-shirt bra is

perfect for everyday wear.

BRA £26

3 LEPEL LILLY SPRING FLORAL

Lilly is a smooth moulded balconette

bra is styled with a spring floral print with

contrasting trims. The centre is finished

off with ribbon bow detailing and cute

button to top off this fun floral bra. It has

underwired cups and adjustable straps.

BRA £26 | BRIEF £12

FENWICK CANTERBURY AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS


THE LACE BRA

The lace bra has more feminine detailing than other

styles. It’s the perfect choice for a special occasion when

the wearer wants to feel romantic or sexy in a subtle way.

Always paired with a matching brief or thong, of course!

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Lace bras are available in various styles to give the

feminine look you desire, we love the Wacoal underwired

bra that gives full coverage and support. The Freya

balcony bra above has wider straps which lift from the

bottom of the cup, which will enhance, lift and shape your

bust creating a rounded shaping to give you a beautiful

cleavage. Whereas the Passionata plunge bra to the right

has cups that join together low between the breasts that

are designed so you can wear low cut clothes and enhance

your neckline. So you see that different styles of bra can

create very different look.

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1 FREYA DAISY LACE

Feel great for every moment

of your day with the Daisy Lace

balcony bra in blush. Offering

great coverage and comfort,

the style is adorned in stretch

geometric lace.

BRA £34 | BRIEF £17

2 WACOAL EMBRACE LACE IN LAVENDER

A necessity for any wardrobe, the Embrace Lace

collection returns in a refreshing Lavender hue.

The Underwired Bra is crafted from intricate

stretch lace featuring a lined cup, great for fuller

coverage, support and lift.

BRA £44 | BRIEF £26

3 PASSIONATA BROOKLYN

Brooklyn mixes a graphic tulle with

flowered lace along the neckline

for a fashionable and feminine look.

The smooth cups make it perfectly

invisible while preserving the sexy

touch. This girly line is perfect for

everyday use. Co-ordinating hipster

also available.

BRA £39 | HIPSTER £17

FENWICK CANTERBURY AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS


THE FULL CUP BRA

A full cup bra offers the most support of any other

type of bra and covers the breast completely, giving

a smooth contour. They are designed for women

with larger cup sizes, looking for comfort and

additional support.

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2

3

THE SPORTS BRA

By encapsulating the breasts rather than simply

strapping them down, Panache Sport comfortably

reduces ‘bounce’ by an amazing 83%, whilst fitting

and feeling like a normal bra. It is Panache Sports

aim to show that all women have it within them

to achieve their goals, whether it’s taking that

first step into the gym or running a marathon.

1 PANACHE THEA FLORAL

The Thea Balconnet bra has 3 sections with

laminated bottom cups and stretch Swiss

embroidered top cups, lined with stretch mesh

for all sizes. It provides support for an uplifted

fit with a controlled stretch embroidered top

cup to accommodate the fuller bust. Fully

adjustable decorative straps with plush backing

give additional comfort and support.

BRA £34 | BRIEF £16

2 FANTASIE JOSIE IN WHITE FLORAL

Josie is a strikingly contemporary design

which seamlessly mixes geometric stripes with

a floral print. Designed to provide effortless

support to bring out the best in your figure,

Fantasies sophisticated styles and blissful

fabrics will wrap you in amazing comfort and

fill you with confidence every single day.

BRA £36 | BRIEF £17

3 PANACHE SPORT IN GREY

The award winning Panache Sport

is the ultimate sports bra, delivering

maximum support, comfort and

stability, enabling women of all sizes

to take part in any sport at any level.

BRA £42

FENWICK CANTERBURY AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS


WT Fashion Supplement

This page: Linen shirt, £69,

Jaeger at Ashford Designer Outlet

ashforddesigneroutlet.com; denim

trousers, £100, Travelling Bazaar

travelling-bazaar.com; suede

loafers, £115, Manuka Shoes

manukashoes.com; clutch

bag, £89, Hall & Co halland.co;

earrings, £22, Who’s Wearing What

Boutique whoswearingwhatboutique.co.uk

Opposite page: Printed tunic, £69,

disc earrings, £19, Who’s Wearing

What Boutique whoswearingwhatboutique.co.uk;

cropped jeans.

£245, Hall & Co halland.co; ankle

boots, £79, Kurt Geiger at Ashford

Designer Outlet

ashforddesigneroutlet.com; bag,

£99, manukashoes.com; ankle

socks, stylist’s own

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Brighten up!

Embrace the new season in mixed brights, bold earrings and fresh takes on denim

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Kate Watts Make Up: Alissia Jankoo Model: Hellen Onyango


WT Fashion Supplement

Dress, £129, earrings, £15,

Who’s Wearing What Boutique

whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk;

ankle boots, £79, Kurt Geiger

at Ashford Designer Outlet

ashforddesigneroutlet.com; bag, £85,

Manuka Shoes manukashoes.com;

ankle socks, stylist’s own

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Wool blazer, £365, 100% silk

star print shirt, £168, Hall & Co

halland.co; wide leg trousers, £110,

Antoine & Lili antoineetlili.com;

sunglasses, £258, Prada at Fenwick

Tunbridge Wells fenwick.co.uk

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Elemente Clemente

Maison Scotch

Ilse Jacobsen

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Part Two

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Come and see the latest on-trend fashion jewellery from

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See the range here at

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Why not mix and match them with our great range of

Spring clothes including lightweight wools, linens and silks!

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01580 714907

Celebrate your past with a personalised blue plaque

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Kent studios, these personalised pendants and

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and key rings in a range of other metals. Prices

start at £25. Get in touch for more information.

Use the code b0rn10 for a 10%

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Earrings, £22, Antoine & Lili

antoineetlili.com; jumper, £120,

American Vintage at Fenwick

Tunbridge Wells fenwick.co.uk

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Shirt, £245, trousers, £375, Joseph

at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells fenwick.

co.uk; bag, £49, Fiorelli at Ashford

Designer Outlet ashforddesigneroutlet.

com; trainers, £55, Manuka Shoes

manukashoes.com

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Cashmere jumper, £199, cropped jeans.

£245, Hall & Co halland.co; bag, £75,

Manuka Shoes manukashoes.com; suede

courts, £54, Kurt Geiger at Ashford

Designer Outlet ashforddesigneroutlet.

com; ankle socks, stylist’s own

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Slogan jumper, £170, check culottes, £250, Weekend

Max Mara at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells fenwick.co.uk;

bag, £80, Hermosa London hermosalondon.com;

suede loafers, £115, Manuka Shoes manukashoes.com


cashmere and silk knitwear

Introducing the new

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WT Fashion Supplement

Mih Marty jeans, £225

Fenwick fenwick.co.uk

Spring

fever

Buyers from some of our favourite

fashion destinations share their key

trends and brands for the new season

Intropia dress, £205

Fenwick fenwick.co.uk

Jordonn McEwan of Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells

Bohemian Spirit Embroidery, prints, embellishments

and long flowing dresses… The best maxi dresses are seen

in Bella Jones, with Moroccan-inspired tile prints in earthy

shades of cedar reds and saffron. Wear with chunky soft

knits and high-top trainers, or strappy flat sandals.

New brands we have for this season, Intropia and Sita

Murt, perfectly embody this laid-back bohemian cool.

One-colour dressing Layering shades of the same

colour is a fresh new look. American Vintage offer light

and airy spring knits in a beautiful pink palette, from

bright raspberry reds to the softest, blush pinks. We also

see this look in prints. Maison Scotch and Weekend

MaxMara have some amazing co-ordinating print pieces.

The New Denim Wider legs, higher waists! Boyfriends,

tomboys, culottes and crop flares are an exciting update for

any denim lover. My favourites are the J Brand Joan culottes

and Mih Jeans’ Marty crop flare with scallop hem detail.

for my own wardrobe: Weekend MaxMara’s Geode

maxi dress in citrusy yellow and neon lime, which I

will wear with my Stan Smith trainers for a laid back

look and with flip flops on summer holidays.

I also love the Insane In The Rain Happy Jacket.

Made of a fabric created from recycled plastic,

it’s eco-conscious and keeps you dry in spring

showers – so perfect for festivals this summer!

Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2SR

01892 516716 fenwick.co.uk

Nicola and Karen of Travelling Bazaar

After a few seasons of hardly any colour, we are thrilled that

rainbow brights are key this season and while you may not

wish to be head-to-toe in tomato orange or vivid yellow, a

nod to this in a top or t-shirt will bring you bang up to date.

We always believe in having two matching colours

in your outfit to bring the whole look together, so be

bold and choose some bright accessories to balance

this look. Des Petits Hauts, glitter/lurex belts and

brooches can tie the rainbow silhouette together.

We have some lovely boyfriend-shaped, knitwear by French

brand, Absolut Cashmere in bright turquoise and Indian rose

pink which will look great with our denim brand, Levi.

In contrast to the brights, pale pinks and sugar almond

colours are also prevalent. We

always like an oversized pink cardigan

for spring which you can throw on over

Breton t-shirts, slip dresses or boyfriend

jeans. Danish brand Second Female has a

beautiful mohair mix one which we love.

Sports Luxe is bigger than ever and while

we won’t be doing the full shell suit, we

do embrace that chic sporty vibe. Our

version is to team refined, print trousers,

soft fabric shirts and Levi hoodies

with Danish trainer brand Woden and

coats and jackets by Ilse Jacobsen.

for our own wardrobes…

nicola “I’ve fallen in love with a

Dutch utilitarian, shirt dress brand,

Bulls Sisters. Think ‘Out of Africa’,

in beautiful vibrant cornflower

blues and raspberry reds.”

Karen “I’m a sucker for a maxi

skirt, white shirt and trainer. Chloe Stora is doing a

beautiful silk, tie-dye one I will wear with

a crisp white shirt, striped canvas belt

and simple gold hoops by designer

Barbara Laws at Gem and Tonic.”

travelling-bazaar.com

Sophie Carson of The

Clever Dresser

One of the main trends this coming

season is the pretty floral print. Best in

silks and chiffons, some of the strongest

prints will be by Alice & Olivia, in

full array of colours. These dresses can

Intropia Maxi Dress, £289

Fenwick fenwick.co.uk

take you to any event, or be worn dressed

down with denim jackets and trainers.

Another key piece is the wide crop jean,

with a simple T- shirt, or silk shirt for a more tailored look.

Complete the look with sandals or trainers. As we go into

the year we will see a more tailored look. Print is still a

factor - and watch out for tartan making a comeback!

The Clever Dresser, 6 Bank St, Sevenoaks TN13 1UW

01732 453002 thecleverdresser.com

American Vintage pink cardigan

Fenwick fenwick.co.uk

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Treat your skin – and yourself – to regular, renewing masks says Josephine Fairley

As friends, family (and my old teachers) will tell you:

I’m not good at doing what I’m told. But there’s

one command I find it pretty irresistible to obey:

to relax for 10, 15, 20 minutes or so, while a face mask

works its magic. I suppose it is possible to work/cook/do

the housework while you’re wearing one, but in a world

in which we scurry from commitment to appointment,

there is a huge amount to be said for the TLC a face mask

delivers to our busy souls – quite aside from

the huge boost it delivers to our complexions.

If you’re in a real hurry, sure, there are quick

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Treatment Mask, £17.50 for 50ml starter kit

(it’s powered by skin-reviving camphor, which

gives it a wonderful aromatic scent), and Lixir

Vitamin C Paste, £32 for 50ml (victoriahealth.

com), which you apply to damp skin for an amazingly

reviving burst of brightening vitamin C in just two minutes.

Aside from fast fixes, masks tend to fall into two categories.

Clay-based options, some of which ‘set’ on the skin, are

designed to draw impurities out, even working to clear pores

and blackheads, sometimes with the addition of ingredients

“There is a huge

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to our busy souls ”

like salicylic acid and charcoal. Then there is the skinquenching,

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In general, the clay style of mask is best suited for oily/

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At the other end of the price spectrum is the

brilliantly decongesting Omorovicza Deep Cleansing

Mask, £62 for 50ml, which is deep charcoal in colour

and features Hungarian thermal mud, rich in calcium

and magnesium. (Curvy supermodel Kate Upton,

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Beauty

Priced somewhere in between is Clinique City Block

Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask & Scrub, £29 for 100ml.

Or, delivering a deliciously warming sensation on the

skin, there is Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox

Mask, £10 for 100ml – very soothing and relaxing (and

doesn’t set too hard, in the five minutes it needs to get

to work). Other excellent masks in this category include

Amie Spring Clean Cleansing Mask, £5.95 for 100ml, or

Argan+ Lift & Renew Clay Mask, £8.99 for 125ml.

As for my preferred moisturising masks, I have an absolute

arsenal, bathside. I tend to rotate them, using one two or

three nights a week, often in the bath where the steam seems

to help them penetrate even better. (Entirely unscientific,

that observation, but I recommend giving it a go.)

Among my longstanding favourites is the ultra-rich

L’Occitane Immortelle Cream Mask, £58 for 125ml –

as creamy as a mask gets, packed with vitamin A and

E. (Very good for evening out skintone, I find.)

A new discovery is the wonderfully radiance-boosting

Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Roll-on Mask, £37 for 50ml. I’ve

long been a fan of metal applicators – for

eye creams, or for ‘rolling’ skin to diminish

puffiness – and this is dispensed by a cooling

metal rollerball, to help with fluid dispersal.

The roller dispenser has an ‘off’ position,

and I like to glide it back and forth along the

cheekbones and jaw for extra de-puffing.

The REN Ultra Comforting Rescue

Mask, £30 for 50ml, is another favourite –

and does exactly what it says on the tin (um, tube).

Then there’s the multi-masking phenomenon. Now, you’ve

heard of multi-tasking (you probably do it all day, every day...),

but multi-masking is a bit of a new buzz-term in beauty circles

and the basic principle is this: few of us have consistently

‘normal’ skin all over our faces so the idea is to take two or

more masks and apply them as required to cleansed (and

ideally lightly exfoliated) skin together, on the relevant areas.

“You’ve heard of

multi-tasking –

multi-masking is

a new buzzword

in beauty circles”

This mirrors what a professional beauty therapist would

do, during a facial – perhaps one clay-based mask from the

paragraph above (or alternatively, something incorporating

charcoal or salicylic acid, which fight breakouts), where a

moisturising mask would be too rich, on areas of the face, such

as the chin and nose, where you’re prone to shine or spots.

Then for the forehead, cheeks – and most definitely the

neck – which tend to be much drier, you want to opt for

a skin-quenching mask. In addition to my suggestions

above, I love the moisture power of Liz

Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment

Mask, £17.50 for 50ml, and Decléor Hydra

Floral Expert Mask, £33 for 50ml.

And there’s another hot new mask

trend – for sheet masks. If you follow any

Instagram beauty bloggers and vloggers,

you’ll have had a good laugh at how

ridiculous some of them look, slathered

in these sheet masks with their cut-outs for eyes, nose

and mouth. But hey, who cares (except maybe a terrified

postman/small child), if the results are impressive?

Basically, these are all single-dose, single-use products.

If you’ve an eco-conscience, you might want to opt for a

more conventional type of wash-off face mask, as these

are a real throwaway beauty treat – but if you do want to

check out the sheet mask craze, I recommend three that

did incredibly well with the testers for the Beauty Bible

Awards (check out all the results on beautybible.com).

Temple Spa The Contourist Mask, £50 for six sachets, is

slightly hilarious because you actually hook the impregnated

stretchy gauze mask over your ears and chin. Serum-infused

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Powerfoil Mask, £16.50

for one mask had one tester’s husband comment that it made

her look ‘10 years younger’, £60 for four. A real steal, Amie

Daybright Glow Brightening Sheet Mask, £6.99 for three,

put on an impressive, skin-reviving performance

considering the super-affordable price.

At this end of winter, when skin’s been

parched by central heating for up to six

months – and really put through it, if you

succumbed to that horrible flu that was going

around - masks are the pick-me-up skin needs.

And if they encourage you to put your feet up,

sit back and do absolutely nothing while they’re

working their magic, what’s not to love about that?

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Taking a moment

Wellbeing and beauty editor Eminé Rushton, who will be writing

for us each month, tells us about her own beauty routine

Health & Beauty

Credit: FreeImages.com/Michael & Christa Richert

do you have a beauty

regime? I do a little skin

ritual when I wake up

and before I go to bed.

My routine is all-natural;

I stopped using synthetic

products around 10 years

ago, and my skin responded

immediately. What I use,

how I apply it, and what I do

in between, vary a great deal

from day to day, depending

on my skin’s needs in that

Miso, please!

Fermented foods contain

probiotics, the good bacteria

which help boost immunity, aid

digestion and repopulate the

gut biome. This repopulation is

important at this time of year,

particularly if you’ve suffered

from winter bugs and been

prescribed antibiotics, which

wipe out everything.

Miso paste, made from

fermented beans and grains, is

a staple in Japan and China.

In addition to containing

millions of beneficial bacteria,

unpasteurized miso is packed

full of essential minerals and

moment, and what it’s

‘telling’ me.

Whatever I’m using I take

time to massage and stroke

the skin, and breathe in

the aromas of the natural

products. Sometimes, this

moment is the only thing

drawing a line between the

busy working day, and the

more restful evening, so I like

to honour it. Oh, and I love

my little jade face roller – it’s

so cool and deeply soothing

– rolling it around my skin

in the morning to help with

absorption of my products

always feels wonderfully

invigorating.

do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

without? I get sent so many

products to test, so when I

am faithful to something, it’s

rather telling. I love the May

Lindstrom Pendulum Potion

(a cleanser) and the serums

by Botane Actives, Romilly

Wilde, and TWELVE beauty.

I am also very loyal to my

is a good source of various

B vitamins, vitamins E, K

and folic acid. Sourcing

unpasteurised miso – as

opposed to the packets

of instant powdered miso

widely available is important,

as extreme heat kills the

probiotics.

Miso soup for 4: make

800ml of low sodium vegetable

bouillon and bring to the boil

in a pan, add a bunch of finely

chopped spring onions and

simmer for 3 minutes. Place

2 tablespoons of miso paste in

a small bowl, mix with water

hydrating masks and think

Josh Rosebrook’s is the best.

I love a good face oil – my

favourites are from Votary,

Herbivore Botanicals, A.S

Apothecary or MV Organic

Skincare. But if I were

allowed only one product

forever it would have to be

coconut oil – I can cleanse,

moisturise and protect my

skin with it (and have done

on many a remote island

escape. Bliss!).

Eminé Rushton has been a

wellbeing and beauty editor

for over 15 years (she is

Wellbeing Director-at-Large

at Psychologies magazine), is

a trained holistic facialist,

and is studying to become

an Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Consultant. She writes a

blog about conscious living

and holistic wellbeing

called the The Balance Plan

balanceplan.co.uk and gives

daily wellbeing advice on

Instagram @eminerushton

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1

This month, personal trainer and nutritionist Sarah-Jane Holt, is focusing

on making the two workouts we’ve been using in January and February

that bit harder and increasing the weekly power walk to 40 minutes.

Visit the Wellbeing section of our website to see Sarah-Jane demonstrating

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2

3

March: Home Workout

Now you are getting fitter, it’s

time to ramp it up a little from

the base we have set in the first

two months. Refer to January’s

magazine, or visit the website, to

look at Work out 1 and add the

following changes to it to increase

the challenge. The framework

is to exercise for 30 seconds,

followed by a 30 second rest, and

repeat each exercise four times.

Press ups with a twist Add a twist

to work the core and shoulders. After

completing a press up, raise one hand

up towards the ceiling, rotating the

body, with hips sideways to the floor.

Bring the hand down, placing it

directly under the shoulder, to start

the next press up. Raise alternate left

and right arms on each press up.

Refer to february’s magazine - or

visit the website – for Work out

2 and add the following changes

to add an extra challenge:

V up with a twist In the V

position, twist one hand across

your body to touch it to the floor

and then repeat on the other side.

Mountain climbers A new

exercise to replace the squat

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the floor, arms straight, body in a

plank position, bring one knee up

towards your chest - this is your

starting position. With speed,

return that foot to the floor and

bring the other knee up towards

the chest, repeat for 30 seconds.

4

5

Leg lowers This is a progression from

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is the same, but this time move both

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High knees with squat

jump Combine the squat

jumps from session 2 with

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1. Complete two squat jumps

followed by four high knees.

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This month, replace processed carbohydrates

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their energy more slowly and have a higher fibre

content. All these elements help to provide the

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Food

Let’s have lunch

Enjoy easy-wheeling spring lunches with these recipes from Margate-based artisan bakery,

The Baker’s Bicycle, using their specialty breads – and leftovers from the Easter feast

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The only Red Tractor certified bakery in the country -

because they use 100% British wheat – the Baker’s Bicycle

range includes such delights as ciabatta-style panini rolls

perfect for toasties, glazed brioche buns and something unique

they invented: the scioche, which is a combination of a scone and

a brioche. All the bread is made from scratch at their bakery, with

doughs proving for 24 to 48 hours – so none of the quick-acting

yeasts used in industrial bread production. You will find the range

in selected food emporia, delis and specialist farm shops (see their

website for details) not in bread racks, but in the freezer cabinet.

Managing director Simon Cannell explains their philosophy: “We

freeze straight from the oven, to seal in all the flavour, freshness and

goodness. All the serious gourmet has to do, is thaw and adore…”

Mini Moroccan Pulled Lamb Brioche Sliders

Makes 4 portions

• 8 Baker’s Bicycle Mini Brioche Sliders,

split in half

• 4 garlic cloves, chopped

• 2 tsp ground cinnamon

• 2 tsp cumin seeds

• 1 tbsp dried oregano

• 1 unwaxed lemon, quartered, pips

removed

• 1.5kg lamb shoulder (bone in)

• 2 red onions, cut into wedges

• 500ml pomegranate juice

• 2 tbsp clear honey

• 4 tbsp natural yogurt

• 50g pomegranate seeds

• 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves

• 50g rocket salad leaves

Method

To marinate the lamb:

1. Put the garlic, cinnamon, cumin, oregano and lemon in a blender with 1 tsp salt and

2 tsp black pepper and blend well. Alternatively, chop all ingredients and crush to a

paste in a mortar and pestle.

2. Place the lamb in a large food safe bag, tip the marinade in over the top & massage

into the lamb. Refrigerate and leave to marinate overnight.

To Cook

1. Pre-heat oven to 140C.

2. Place the lamb and marinade into a casserole dish with the onions and the

pomegranate juice and cover with a lid or foil.

3. Place into the pre-heated oven and cook for approx 4 hours until the meat is soft and

falling from the bone.

4. Remove from the oven and carefully pour off all the juices into a thick bottomed

pan. Leaving the lamb uncovered return to the oven at 200C for 20 mins to brown.

5. Meanwhile, add the honey to the cooking liquor and boil gently, stirring regularly

until the mixture is thickened and syrupy. Place to one side.

6. After 20 mins remove the lamb from the oven, cover and allow to sit for 10-15

minutes. Using two forks shred the lamb into a bowl.

7. Add the syrup mixture to the shredded lamb and mix well.

To Serve

Place the bottoms of the buns onto a large platter. Top each with a small pile of rocket

salad leaves, pile on a generous amount of the warm shredded lamb, top with a dollop of

the yoghurt, mixed with shredded mint leaves. Sprinkle on the pomegranate seeds. Put

the brioche lids on and serve, two to a plate.


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Spring Watercress & Asparagus Soup with Mini Tin Loaves

Serves Four

• 4 Baker’s Bicycle Mini Multigrain Tin Loaves

• 25g unsalted butter

• ½ an onion, finely diced

• 1 large potato (peeled & cut into 2 cm chunks)

• 250g washed watercress

• 150g asparagus tips (chopped into 5mm pieces)

• 600ml vegetable stock

• 100ml double cream

• 1 tbsp chopped chives

1. Gently sweat the onion in 25g of butter for 8-10mins

without colour until soft and translucent.

2. Add the potatoes, cover with the stock and simmer for

20-25minutes until the potatoes are starting to break up.

Food

3. Turn off the heat, add the watercress, mix well and

allow to sit for 3-4 minutes. (Note: keep a few leaves of

watercress back to use as garnish.)

4. Blend the soup thoroughly in a liquidiser and pass into a

clean pan through a sieve.

5. Adjust the seasoning and thin the soup with a little more

vegetable stock if needed.

6. Add the cooked asparagus and gently heat - but do not

boil!

To Serve

Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with a little double cream

and sprinkle with a few watercress leaves and garnish with

chopped chives to taste. Serve with warmed Multigrain

Mini Tin Loaves.


Food

The Ultimate Easter Roast Lamb Sandwich

Serves 4

• 4 Baker’s Bicycle Rosemary Focaccia Rolls

• 4 Thick slices roast leg of lamb (left over from Easter

lunch!)

• 8 tbsp lamb gravy (also left over from Easter lunch…)

• 1 head of crisp lettuce (cos, romaine, or baby gem),

roughly shredded

• 1tsp mint sauce

• 2 egg yolks

• 125g unsalted butter

• ½ one lemon

• 1 red onion (peeled & cut into rings)

• 1 beef tomato cut into slices

Method for the Mint Hollandaise Sauce

1. Melt the butter gently in a saucepan, skim off any white

solids from the top & keep the melted butter warm.

2. Place the egg yolks & mint sauce with a pinch of salt and

a tbsp of cold water in a metal or glass bowl that will fit

over a small pan. Whisk the mixture together well then

place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk

continuously until pale and thick, about 3-4 minutes.

3. Remove the egg mixture from the heat and very slowly

whisk in the melted butter a little bit at a time, until all

the butter is mixed in and the sauce is thick and creamy.

If while mixing the sauce becomes too thick, add a small

splash of water.

4. Season with a squeeze of lemon juice and salt & pepper to

taste. Keep the sauce warm to one side.

To Serve

Heat the gravy in a pan and drop in the sliced lamb to gently

heat through.

Cut the rolls open and cover the base with salad, a slice of

tomato and some rings of red onion. Top with the sliced lamb

and drizzle gravy over to soak into the base. Add a generous

dollop of the mint hollandaise, pop on the foccacia lid and serve.


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Caramel Griddled Apricots on Toasted Scioche

Makes 4 portions

• Baker’s Bicycle fruited scioche, cut in half

• 8 ripe apricots, stoned and cut in quarters

• 1 tbsp icing sugar

• 120g light brown sugar

• 120g butter

• 100ml double cream

• 125g mascarpone

• ½ tsp shredded mint

• 1 tbsp castor sugar

• 2 tsp flaked almonds, toasted

Method

To make the sauce:

1. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over a

low heat until the sugar is dissolved, watching it carefully

to ensure it doesn’t burn.

2. Stir in the cream and heat gently until bubbling, stirring

continually until thick. Remove from the heat and keep

warm.

To make the minted mascarpone:

Place the mascarpone, shredded mint and castor sugar in a

bowl and mix well, then refrigerate for one hour.

To serve:

Griddle the apricot quarters on all sides in a thick bottom

griddle pan until nicely charred.

Just before removing from the pan, sprinkle on the icing

sugar and allow it caramelise, turning them as necessary and

taking care not to allow the sugar to burn.

Arrange the toasted scioche on a wooden board. Top each

with the griddled apricots, then finish with a generous drizzle

of the hot toffee sauce and a dollop of minted mascarpone

cream. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.

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• 125ml chilled Fever-Tree elderflower tonic

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cucumber.

3. Dash an elegant, stemmed glass with the

absinthe or anise. (‘Dash’ is a mixologist

technical term meaning rinse the ingredient

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Scents of

spring

Even before your garden is in full bloom it can

be heavenly scented says Jo Arnell

It seems positively greedy to expect flowers to be fragrant at this

time of the year – a glimpse of colour is treat enough when

we’ve been waiting all winter. The glad news is that there are

quite a few scented plants around in early spring, pumping out

their perfume to attract early pollinating insects. Many of the

dainty woodlanders and demure, shade loving shrubs need to have

fragrance; in fact they might get overlooked if it weren’t for their

scent. In summer, scents abound and we can surround ourselves

with fragrant plants – roses and lilies are a heady mix, with deep,

sensual undertones. Spring flowers exude lighter, fresher notes

– more Doris Day than Gina Lollobrigida, but that’s just what

we need to wake us up to the delights of the coming season.

Where to grow spring scented plants

It’s easy to get lost in the visual when planning a planting

scheme, we’re often drawn to colour or filling gaps in borders,

at the expense of scent. If possible, situate fragrant plants in

a warm, sheltered spot where aromas will intensify and not

be blown away by strong spring winds. Use containers, or

prune shrubs with care to keep scents at nose height.

A well-placed scented plant is an uplifting thing in its own

right, but because our sense of smell is located in the limbic

system in the brain, where emotions and long-term memories

are lodged, the scent may also create, or trigger, evocative and

powerful memories. Fill spaces near paths, seating areas, or

doorways with scented plants and they will be transformed. Just

imagine, the mundane trip to and from the front door could

become a delightful amble through a sensory paradise…

What to grow

In general, the closer you are to the species, the more fragrant a

flower is likely to be; for instance a Primrose (the ‘prima’ rose)

is scented, but its hybridised (I was going to say cultivated, but

I can’t think of them as that) cousin Polyanthus is sterile and

unscented. Flowers bred for their looks will often lose characteristics

like scent. Plants with flouncy double flowers are hybrids and

are usually sterile; they have no need for pollinators, so will not

attract wildlife either. More frilly frou-frou on a flower generally

means less fragrance. Luckily the plant breeders have realised

and pay attention to other attributes than just looks now, so

many cultivated versions of species plants retain their scent.

Woody plants

Blossom on trees and shrubs is one of the great delights of

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fragrance from a tree or shrub, and go for single flowers,

rather than flouncy doubles. The powerful scent will

more than make up for shy, diminutive blooms.

Here are some of the best:

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ All Daphnes are

highly scented, but can be a bit fussy, demanding

conditions that are just right (perhaps they should be

renamed ‘Goldilocks’?). This variety is evergreen with

golden-edged leaves, its fragrant flowers emerging

early in the season and carrying over a distance.

Osmanthus x burkwoodii is another evergreen with

small box-like leaves and tiny white flowers that have an

intense fragrance. This can be grown as a hedge, but if

so, prune after flowering in late spring/early summer.

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ has tiny pink

flowers with an intense fragrance which emerge on

dark woody stems in late winter and early spring. Snip

off a twig and bring into the house to put among your

cut flowers, or even on its own in elegant starkness.

Buddleia alternifolia is technically verging on summer

flowering, but this is the earliest of the Buddleias. Small lilac

flower clusters smother the drooping branches, which is a

gorgeous enough sight, but get closer and you’re in a bath of

pure honey. And of course, being a Buddleia, it’s a magnet for

butterflies and bees. The only downside is that when not in

flower, like a starlet after a party, it’s a wild untameable mess.

Only plant by a path if you can do what they’ve done to the

one at Sissinghurst and turn it into a sort of weeping tree.

Climbers There are plenty of scented summer climbers

– rose, jasmine, honeysuckle, sweet peas – but not so many

for the spring. Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’ is a good

(but rampant), evergreen with large leaves and pale pink

flowers; more fragrant still is the aptly named Clematis

montana ‘Fragrant Spring’. Montanas are the earliest, most

vigorous of the Clematis family and will quickly smother

a wall or shed – ideal if you want total coverage, slightly

overwhelming if not. Wisteria sinensis is another that will

run amok if you let it, but with careful pruning (look at

the beautiful, well-trained specimens on big old houses

or National Trust properties), it can be kept in check.

Perennials and bulbs

Spring flowers thrive at the base of trees, making the most

of the light before the canopy above closes over and many

of these emit perfume to lure insects into the woods.

In our gardens, these plants are brilliant for planting in

containers, where we can raise them up out of lowly ground

hugging situations and appreciate their beauty and scent.

When choosing daffodils, look for the smaller,

less showy narcissi (i.e. not the giant varieties with

hulking great trumpets) and you will find that

many are scented and look good in containers.

The Hyacinth family contains our native (and

scented) bluebell, together with the diminutive,

delicately scented Muscari, or Grape Hyacinth, which

will spread rapidly if allowed to naturalise.

Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ is a graceful, lily flowered tulip; warm

orange in colour, with exceptional scent, it is fairly longlived

and the foliage doesn’t become as tatty as that of some

Tulips. Tatty foliage is an annoying after effect with bulbs; it

needs to be left on, ideally for six weeks after the flowers have

finished, so that the bulb can regain its strength and bulk up

again. If planted in a pot, simply shove behind the shed until

the leaves have turned yellow, in the borders, try planting

among early biennials, so that the bulb foliage gets hidden by

a frothy skirt of forget-me-nots or spicily scented wallflowers.

Spreading carpets of scented Lily of the Valley are wonderful

in shady areas. Once established, they will romp away

and provide ground cover (to the point of being invasive).

Another scented carpeting bulb is wild garlic, commonly

called Ramsons, which look very pretty en masse in a

woodland situation, but will quickly dominate in the garden,

swamping all the other, more delicate plants. A soft spread of

scented native primroses works better on a domestic scale.

The fresh spring air is a lovely thing to experience.

Add some scented plants to the mix and the effect

will be truly glorious. It is possible for us all to create

a fragrant haven in the garden right now. It won’t

get that way on its own, though. So whip-crackaway,

as Doris Day would say; let’s get out there.

For details of Jo’s gardening courses contact

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Garden

Pots of love

Jo Arnell shows how easy – and enjoyable - it is to

make a Mother’s Day treat for mum yourself

The garden centres are packed full of springtime

loveliness, much of it already made up into

generic containers in readiness for Mother’s Day.

But with a little time and thought it’s easy and satisfying

to make an original floral gift. Classic spring flowers are

always cheerful and uplifting, but there are also permanent

plants or plant combinations that will work equally

well and will be a lasting reminder of your devotion.

types of container: Whether you choose a conventional

terracotta pot, bespoke planter, or something more quirky,

drainage is essential, so make sure there are holes in the

bottom of the container. If it’s not possible to make holes,

add a generous layer of gravel to the bottom so that plant

roots don’t drown in a pool of water. If you are planting into

a basket, line the inside with polythene prior to planting, or

even plant in a pot and then place that inside the basket.

The plants to choose

Bulbs are great in containers, providing welcome bursts of

colour at the start of the season. Plant out in the garden,

or tuck out of sight once they’ve finished flowering.

Narcissi Many of the smaller varieties are scented

which adds an extra layer of loveliness. They are also a

better scale for containers than the giant show-offs.

tulips Look out for varieties that have good foliage,

as some have lots of leaf that can start to look tatty

and yellow before the flowers have gone over.

hyacinths are highly scented bulbs and

come in every colour except orange.

muscari (Grape Hyacinth) have delicate blue flowers

that look like tiny upside-down bunches of grapes. These

will quickly multiply if planted on in the garden.

Biennials make ideal companions for bulbs as they flower

early. Basically a biennial is just an annual plant that spreads

the growing period over the winter, so it is ready to start

flowering as soon as the light and warmth come back in the

spring. Once a biennial has finished flowering it will die

and can then be replaced with summer bedding.

forget-me-nots will flower happily in pots and

make a good ‘skirt’ at the base of flowering

bulbs, helping to disguise that tatty foliage.

Wallflowers (Erysimum) are available

in a good range of colours

and spicily scented, they mix

especially well with tulips for a

glamorous container display.

Bedding The first outdoor

bedding plants available at the

garden centres are

happy and tough, so

they should survive any

cold snaps. Don’t be

tempted to choose tender

bedding plants for your

containers just yet.

Primroses and

polyanthus Choose either a

demure natural-looking species primrose, or go for a

jaunty and bright polyanthus. They are low growing,

so work well either singly in small pots, or as fillers.

Pansies and violas will go on flowering for

months if you keep deadheading.

indoor succulent arrangements

These trendy plants make great table top displays for

inside the house, but as the name suggests, succulents

have evolved to store water in their leaves, so are

ideally adapted to grow in arid conditions (perfect

if you are giving them to a plant neglector).

This means that they will need to be potted into

free draining gritty compost. You can make up

your own mix, using equal parts sand, compost and

horticultural grit, and then top with a gritty mulch

once planted in the container. Cacti and succulents

(contrary to popular opinion in my family) do need

to be watered, especially in the growing season, just

make sure that the water can drain away adequately.

Herbs

Planters of mixed herbs are fun to put together and can be

tailored to suit a cook’s requirements. Small single pots are in

good supply at the moment, as the foliage will be young and

fresh. Pot them up singly into attractive containers and group

together, or arrange in a planter. Use a taller plant like

rosemary or lavender in the centre and arrange the

others around it. Herbs might not be as colourful

as flowers, but they will make up for that

with their aromatic charms and flavour.

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Seed the day

Sue Whigham celebrates the spring joy of swapping and sewing seeds

I’m kicking myself for not making the effort to go to

Seedy Sunday in Hove last weekend. It was the thought

of a long journey on a wet and dreary February day

but I know that it would have been worth the effort.

Apart from the seed swap tables where you either swap seeds

as the name suggests, or buy interesting home harvested seeds,

many of them English heritage varieties, and most with a

local provenance, there were over fifty stalls selling everything

seedy. Oh, and as an added bonus, the garden experts from

Gardeners’ Question Time were there to share their expertise

and, by the sound of it, do their own bit of seed shopping.

I liked James Wong’s idea of buying up vegetable

seed packets which are out of date and growing the

seeds on as micro greens – cropping them when they

are still tiny. However, I suspect that most retailers

whisk these packets off the shelves pretty promptly

and replace them with the new season’s seeds.

But what happens to all those perfectly viable seeds

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you but we seem to find seed packets in odd corners of

the shed and provided they have been kept dry, there

is every chance that they will burst into life when sown

even if they are apparently past their ‘sell buy’ date.

Visiting a seed swap is such an easy and economical way

of buying fresh and perhaps unusual varieties and whilst

you’re doing that, you are making a bit of a stand against the

few large seed companies who tend to monopolise garden

centres. Having said that there are still wonderful exceptions

with smaller seed companies producing fascinating plants

and vegetables. And now there is still plenty

of time to pore over catalogues and order.

By the time you’ve done that, the rain might

have eased off a bit as there really is no point

in sowing in wet, cold, claggy ground.

I very much liked the sound of home-made

clay ‘seed bombs’ sold at Seedy Sunday, much

loved by ‘guerilla gardeners’ and anyone else

of like mind who wants to green up wasteland

and roadsides as well as barren patches in their own gardens.

It is always such a treat to see little patches of colour appear

alongside busy roads and on dreary roundabouts where

some like minded person has made a bit of an effort.

We pass a little garden underneath a rather bedraggled

street tree in Brixton quite regularly. The gardener there

often pops out for a little chat to discuss his marigolds

and Mexican daisies that flourish despite the attention

of marauding cats and feral foxes. And of course the

‘bombs’ would be perfect for a school garden.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust recommend one which

contains wildflower seeds for scattering in either spring or the

autumn. They are protected with ‘added chilli’ which, it seems,

protects the seeds from predators like slugs and ants. The only

thing to remember with wildflowers is that they do best on

poor soil and would have a bit of a struggle if sown into grass.

The seed bombs remind me of the story of Ellen Willmott,

an Edwardian plantswoman who gardened at Warley

Eryngium giganteum or

‘Miss Willmott’s Ghost’

“If you want to

encourage bees

to your garden

buy seeds and

sow liberally ”

Place in Essex and had gardens in both France and Italy.

She had inherited a fortune and spent it lavishly on her

passion, employing over a hundred gardeners at one time.

She would, it seem, keep seeds in her pockets when visiting

friends’ gardens and would surreptitiously sprinkle them

in their borders as she passed. The plant that she is famous

for distributing is a beautiful one: Eryngium giganteum or

‘Miss Willmott’s Ghost’. I would happily have invited her

to share a few seeds with me. E. giganteum’s name could

really apply to the plant’s colouring as this big, bold, spiky

eryngium – it can grow to over a metre – has

late flowers which are surrounded by a ghostly

silver ruff. If you want to encourage bees and

other beneficial pollinating insects to your

garden, buy some seeds and sow liberally. It’ll

self-seed and you can then do Miss Willmott’s

job for her and pass some on to friends.

Chiltern Seeds’ forty-second catalogue

has just come out: compulsive reading

for the plantaholic. What I like is not only the variety

available but the fact that it is a family business born

of a keen gardener’s hobby. You’ll find ‘Miss Willmott’s

Ghost’ in there along with scrumptious trees, vegetables,

annuals, perennials and everything else in between.

I like the thought of perennials such as Perovskia

atriplicifolia ‘Taiga’, a new variety of the original species

native to Afghanistan, flowering away in its first season. It

is lovely for cutting and provides a wonderful, nectar rich,

late flowering cloud of blue. We’re going to experiment with

a new tobacco plant this year. Nicotiana hybrida ‘Starlight

Dancer’ is a new colour form of N. langsdorffii with its

small, limey, tubular flowers. The anthers of N. ‘Starlight

Dancer’ are a lovely chocolate brown. The thing about

tobacco plants is that they have such a long season and this

one can be woven through other border plants to knit your

planting scheme together. The Jamaican forget-me-not or

Browallia americana is a self-seeding annual grown from

seed which you might want to try this season. Sow in late

spring in a seed tray in a greenhouse/conservatory or porch.

Browallia americana has tiny, long flowering, amethyst blue

flowers which float in a rather gentle way through other plants.

Great Dixter used it to great effect in their borders last year

and I saw a really striking image taken by Jonathan Buckley of

the browallia growing with Phlox ‘Nora Leigh’ with its white

splashed leaves and a pinky mauve flower. I see that seeds are

available from the nursery at Great Dixter and by mail order.

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Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for

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interesting garden plants.

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Our new education columnist Hilary Wilce believes passionately

that a successful education starts with a child’s sense of self

This winter we got a new Minister for Education

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schools had something interesting to say.

In his first big speech Damian Hinds announced that he

wanted schools to focus as much on developing children’s

character and resilience as on boosting exam results. And that’s

really good news - up to a point.

It’s vital that we help pupils learn how to stick at difficult

things, bounce back from set-backs, and be kind and thoughtful

to themselves and others. This inner strength is the greatest gift

we adults can give to children as they grow up.

But it’s wrong to think – as Damian Hinds seems to – that

teaching these so-called ‘soft skills’ is somehow separate from

teaching reading, writing, maths and science.

In fact, they are indivisible; you can’t make progress in maths if

you are terrified to make a mistake, understand literature without

empathy, or get your head round the hard parts of any school

subject without being willing to stick at it.

So schools should not just be told to offer character education

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turn. And parents must play their part too – a much bigger

part than any school will ever play. Research shows that children

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Investing in the brains

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From theatres to science labs and social hubs, three schools tell us about

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The King’s School, canterbury

What are the new facilities at the school? A collection of

basement rooms beneath Shirley Hall, the school’s main hall and

performing space, has been transformed into an open, modern

and attractive area comprising ‘Chums’ (the new Pupils’ Social

Centre), updated classrooms and a new specialist University and

Careers room which is now rightly positioned at the centre of the

school.

Preparation for the construction of the new Science Centre in

the Mint Yard area of the school has seen two old chemistry labs

relocated from beneath the soon to be demolished Mitchinson’s

Day House. The new labs are bright, spacious and designed to

allow synthesised theoretical and practical work.

Specially designed desks allow pupils to flow from one task to

another and provide ample space for more active teaching and

learning.

Mitchinson’s Day House has relocated to a site just

outside the main entrance of the school, where Count

Zborowski housed the original ‘Chitty

Chitty Bang Bang’ racing cars.

Designed by award-winning London architects Walters & Cohen,

the building provides contemporary areas for both study and leisure

activities, in easy reach of the main school buildings that lie within

the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral.

What was the inspiration to invest in this particular aspect of

school life? To provide a 21st century education within the context

of a World Heritage Site.

What are you most pleased with about the way the project has

turned out? The relocation of Mitchinson’s Day House enables

a transformation of classroom teaching and learning allowing an

integration of the sciences.

did you use any specialist advisors or companies to design or

build the facilities? Award-winning London architects Walters

& Cohen are designing the new Science Centre and the new

Mitchinson’s house. They had previously overseen the conversion of

a former primary school into a new girls’ boarding house at school in

2016. Creative arts specialists Tim Ronalds Architects are contracted

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How have pupils – and parents - responded to the new

facilities? Current pupils have embraced the new facilities with

whole-hearted enthusiasm and spirit. Parents are pleased that the

school is modernising itself even within the constraints of a World

Heritage Site.

Do you have any plans for other new projects? A £50 million

building programme continues across numerous areas throughout

the school, the most ambitious level of investment being

undertaken by a UK independent school.

A Victorian malt house building is being transformed into a

stunning performing arts centre comprising a 350-seat theatre

complete with orchestra pit, dance and drama studios, bar and

dining facilities. This state-of-the art school facility will also be

available for community use.

Alongside the malt house theatre a brand new International

College is being constructed, which will join the family of King’s

Schools. Welcoming pupils aged 11-16 from all over the world the

International College will be a truly global community. A single

purpose-built unit, it will be a striking mixture of concrete and

glass intended to preserve the gentle industrial feel of the site.

The Mint Yard, an historic area within the Cathedral precincts,

will host a new science centre. Due to open in 2020 the building

has been designed to be in keeping with its beautiful architectural

surroundings. Alongside seven new physics laboratories, the

development will deliver a dedicated science research space, an

auditorium, and refurbished biology and chemistry laboratories.

It is anticipated that the new and improved facilities will enable

the school to extend their

partnership activities with

local state schools, adding to

the already successful Saturday

Smarties science masterclasses

and Community Science Day.

Improved dining facilities

are also on the menu. A second

dining space below the current

dining hall will make the most

of views across Green Court to

the Cathedral.

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At Fosse Bank the different ‘sporty things’ in the curriculum,

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rugby, hockey, cricket, rounders, gym, dance, swimming,

athletics and cross country running, and that staple of girls’

games, netball. (Tennis and dance are run as clubs.)

A question asked by parents is about separation between girls’

and boys’ sports. What if their daughter is amazing at rugby

and plays for a club outside school? Can they play fixtures too?

In line with all equal opportunities given to boys and girls in

all other aspects of school life, both girls and boys are taught

these skills at Fosse Bank and both have the opportunity to

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internally and at fixtures. Iris, aged eight, said, “I love tag rugby

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Another question we are asked concerns opportunities for

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What about children who like being active and may be competitive

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as well as win are all part of sport and of the school ethos.

But children can also play tennis as individuals, and this year

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What are the new

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Our whole school is new this

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studio and specialist art, music, drama, food technology and

computing teaching spaces, and everything has had a facelift.

We’ve also created a suite of brand new pre-prep classrooms

and outdoor learning space, purpose built to give our youngest

children the very best start to their education.

What was the inspiration to invest in this particular

aspect of school life? As an Early Years specialist, our

Headteacher, Vicky Ellis places great importance on giving our

youngest children an appetite for learning, by ensuring that

everything they do in the classroom excites them and creates

opportunities to try new things. As a brand new school, we

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What are you most pleased with about the way the project

has turned out? The flexibility of the space allows us to

constantly re-engineer the layout of the classrooms and keep

things exciting for the children.

For example, for our Reception topic ‘Around the World’

this term, we’ve built the Banstead Buccaneer, a pirate ship

that is ‘sailing’ the children around the world to different

destinations to learn about the geography and culture in

those countries.

How have pupils and parents responded to the new

facilities? Our first pre-prep classes are pioneering the way in

their new classrooms – and they love them! All year groups

from nursery up benefit from access to the specialist facilities

and parents have been amazed by how much we have achieved

in a short time.

do you have any plans for other new projects? Yes, we are

continuing to improve other areas of the school and we are

especially excited about a giant climbing frame that appeared

in our playground during the half term holiday.

We are in the midst of creating a plan of works for future

years to continue to develop innovative learning spaces to

meet the demands of our growing school. We have room to

expand and to develop specialist facilities for the future. We’ll

be able to make sure that in this current climate of educational

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What are the new facilities at the school? The Baily Building

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Inside, there are fourteen teaching rooms, an Art Room, a

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What was the inspiration to invest in this particular aspect of

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What are you most pleased with about the way the project has

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The auditorium gives us a place where the whole school can

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Everything about the building takes our breath away.

Did you use any specialist advisors or companies to design

or build the facilities? The school worked with an architect

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and challenged effectively. The resultant design perfectly translates

our vision and delivers way beyond our expectations. It is a

modern building sitting alongside a piece of tradition and history.

The reflections caught in the glass capture, and make heroic, this

potentially uncomfortable juxtaposition.

How have pupils – and parents - responded to the new

facilities? The whole school community loves the Baily Building.

The children and teachers enjoy its style, space and light and our

parents are proud to have it within the school estate. All are in

agreement that it is no ordinary teaching space.

Do you have any plans for other new projects? The Baily

Building is Phase One of a Masterplan for the development of

the school site. Future phases are planned once we have lived and

loved the Baily Building for a little longer. It’s still too new and

wonderful to think of passing it over in favour of another project!

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Fegans has been championing

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mental health since 1870. This

exhibition will take you through

its story, from the work of its

founder James Fegan, through to

the support services the charity

offers children and families in the

South East today.

Entry: Free

Info: 01892 554171 /

fegans.org.uk/seasonsofchange

Fri 23 Mar

Heart of Kent Hospice, Preston

Hall, Aylesford, Kent

ME20 7PU

Heart of Kent Hospice

Spring Superdraw 2018

The spring superdraw is a chance

to win a top prize of £2,000, with

second place winning of £500,

third claiming £100 and twenty

winners of £20 each. This is all

in aid of the hospice and tickets

only cost £1 each (purchasable at

Heart of Kent Hospice shops, the

Hospice reception or with contact

details below). Closing date is

Friday 16 March.

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Info: 01622 790195 /

fundraising@hokh.co.uk /

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Children & Families

Sat 17- Sun 18 Mar

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling,

Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU

Bugs & Grubs Weekend

Get up close with nature, chuck

on your wellies and enjoy a

weekend of bug themed activities

and animal encounters.

Info: kentlife.org.uk

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Mar

Various Locations in Kent

Kent Big Weekend

The Kent Big Weekend is back

with thousands of free tickets to

be won for a variety of experiences

all around Kent, the ballot opens

8 February and closes on 11

March and you can bid for as

many experiences as you want!

Info: kentbigweekend.co.uk

Easter

Fri 30 Mar – Sun 1 April

Brogdale Collections, Brogdale

Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham

ME13 8XZ

Easter at Brogdale

Meet the cute baby animals at the

barn, visit the hatching house,

explore Brogdale’s orchards with

the Easter egg hunt, get crafty in

the Easter crafts room, try your

hand at axe wielding, archery,

festival fun and games and of

course the egg and spoon race.

Info: brogdalecollections.org

Education

Fri 9 Mar 9.30-11.30am

Marlborough House School,

High Street, Hawkhurst, Kent

TN18 4PY

OPEN MORNING

Tours, tea, delicious cakes and a

chance to meet children and staff

on a normal school day.

“Some children really do skip

between lessons here” Good

Schools Guide.

Info: 01580 753555 /

marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk/

openday


Fairs & Shows

Sat 24 Mar 10.30am - 4pm

King Charles Church Hall, 3

Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells,

Kent TN2 5TA

VINTAGE FAIR

Squirrel Vintage has organised

a quality vintage market with

carefully chosen traders from all

over the South East and London

as well as music from a Northern

Soul DJ. This fair will be packed

with true vintage fashion and

accessories from the 1920s to

1970s, salvaged homeware and

furniture, costume and antique

jewellery, and original records.

Entry: £1 (under 16s free)

Info: ruthjvintage@gmail.com /

facebook.com/squirrelvintage

Food & Drink

Fri 30 Mar – September

10am-4pm

Solley’s Ice Cream, The Dairy,

Ripple, Deal, Kent CT14 8JL

Solley’s Ice Cream

Parlour

Explore the farm that has

produced Solley’s ice cream for

over three decades. Follow one of

the trails before visiting the Ice

Cream Parlour to choose from

over 17 varieties of ice cream.

Entry: Free

Info: solleysicecream.co.uk

Gardens

Thurs 1 Mar - Thurs 1 Nov

Godinton House & Gardens,

Godinton Lane, Ashford,

Kent TN23 3BP

Spring Garden

Godinton House’s gardens are

open again with plenty to explore

including the formal gardens’

tightly cut topiary, carefully

trained climbers, and the three

acre Wild Garden with its drifts of

original 19th century daffodils.

Entry: Adults £5, Under 16s Free

Info: godintonhouse.co.uk

Sun 25 Mar 11.15am-2.15pm

Lenham Community Centre,

Lenham ME17 2QT

Hardy Plant Society’s

Plant Fair

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It’s time again for the very popular

Spring Indoor Plant Fair, where

you can browse and buy from

eight nurseries. Tea and Coffee.

Homemade soup and roll at

lunchtime. Afternoon talk by

Rosie Hardy, one of Uk’s best

known plantswomen, on early

flowering perennials at 2.30pm.

Entry: £1, with talk £5, Members £3

Info: hpskent.co.uk

Mother’s Day

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Mar

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG

A weekend for Mum

Step inside The Old Coach House

and create a beautiful card to tell

mum just how much you love her

or make Pot Pourri and lavender

bags to take home with Jan Black.

Entry: Standard Gardens entry

Info: penshurstplace.com

Sun 11 Mar

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch

Railway, New Romney Station, 2

Littlestone Rd, Littlestone, New

Romney TN28 8PL

Mums drive a train

During this annual celebration

‘Mums Drive a Train’ will run

from New Romney Station

to the outer station limits.

Mums will be supported by an

experienced driver and will receive

a commemorative certificate upon

completion.

Info: rhdr.org.uk

Sun 11 Mar

Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne

Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ

Make your Mother’s

Day Afternoon Tea

A lovely afternoon tea served in

the magnificent historic house.

Advance booking required.

Entry: £19.95 (£10 deposit on

booking)

Info: hallplace.org.uk

Sun 11 Mar from 12 noon

Quex Park, Park Lane,

Birchington, Kent CT7 0BH

MOTHER’S DAY EXTRA

SPECIAL AFTERNOON TEA

Spoil Mum to a special afternoon

tea with Mama Feelgoods at

Top 10 Reasons

to Register #3

‘Sport is for all’

Every child at Marlborough House

School can play and compete in

a sports team.

‘A great strength of the school is the way that pupils

encourage one another to participate and try their

best, delighting in the personal success of others’

Independent Schools Inspectorate

‘They excel in many areas, often achieving national

level’ The Good Schools Guide

‘As a Mum working full time in London this is amazing!

I feel so much more in touch with the school.

The Facebook snapshots and sports fixtures app

are fantastic’ Parent

‘For a school that fields excellence, there is a pleasing

emphasis on sport for all, with an approach that

highlights enjoyment, inclusion and effort’

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As well as music we’ll have

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Come and join us for

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What’s On In March

Quex Park. Enjoy delicate

sandwiches, savoury pastries and

warm homemade scones with

speciality tea or fresh coffee, and a

complimentary glass of Prosecco.

Info: quexpark.co.uk

Sun 11 Mar 3-5pm

Maidstone Museum, St Faith’s

Street, Maidstone, Kent

ME14 1LH

Mother’s Day

Celebration

Enjoy a delicious cream tea served

in the historic library with a

behind-the-scenes tour and special

insight into the museum’s fabulous

costume collection. Early booking

advised as spaces are limited.

Entry: £18

Info: museum.maidstone.gov.uk

Music

Fri 23 Mar 7.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence

School, North Street, Sutton

Valence, Maidstone ME17 3HL

Sutton Valence Music

Society

Formed at the Royal Academy of

Music, the award-winning Rautio

Piano Trio is one of Britain’s most

dynamic chamber ensembles. They

will play music by Rachmaninov,

Schubert, Faure and Beethoven.

Entry: £12.50

Info: 01622 863002

Sun 25 Mar 6pm

St Dunstan’s Church, Stone St,

Cranbrook TN17 3HA

Concert for the

Mother of God by the

Tongswood Chamber

Choir

A gorgeous programme of music

with lots of lovely Ave Maria’s and

music spanning the last 500 years

including Robert Parsons, Anton

Bruckner, Mendelssohn and

Tavener, to name a few.

Info: stdunstanscranbrook.org.uk

Weddings

Sun 18 Mar

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Edenbridge, Kent

TN8 7AD

Wedding Fair

Chiddingstone’s annual wedding

fair is an opportunity to learn

about the unique venue, meet

specialist suppliers, view the

function rooms and locations

within the Castle and Gardens,

and discuss packages with the

castle’s wedding coordinators.

Info: chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Workshops

Sun 18 March 1-4.30pm

Clewards, Market Place,

Charing, Ashford, Kent

TN27 0LR

Introduction to

Creative Journaling

Yvonne Fernando, NLP Master

Practitioner & Life Coach leads

this workshop in which you can

learn creative journaling and

creative visualisation techniques

(no artistic skills required) to

explore feelings, understand

yourself better and make positive

change. Includes snack/relaxation

session.

Entry: £80

Info: 01233 878474 /

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

The daffs are up and it can only mean one thing... lambs!

March already! Love it – the daffodils are out, the

birds are busy sorting out their territories (and

their love-lives) and here at Coopers it’s time to

start lambing.

Back in October we put the rams in with the ‘tegs’ (18

month old female sheep that are being mated for the

first time) a few weeks earlier than the main flock, in the

knowledge it will all start 147 days later, in the middle of

March. And every year we look forward to the prospect of so

much new life, completely forgetting the sleepless nights, the

tricky births and the inevitable sad losses.

Before it all begins there will be a visit to the agricultural

equivalent of Mothercare to stock up on birthing supplies.

Latex gloves (hygiene), colostrum powder (for the weaklings),

castration rings (pretty self explanatory), and bottles and

powdered milk for the unlucky third triplet (ewes only have

two teats so one unfortunate soul always gets left out).

Next step is to get the caravan ready. We used to take it in

turns to get out of bed in the farmhouse – a big deal when

you’re cosy and tucked up at 3am and it’s blowing a freezing

gale outside – to go down to the sheep shed to

check on progress. But then a couple of years

ago we had the idea to put an old caravan in

there with the girls, so all you have to do is tip

out for a quick look round without having to

endure the cold March winds outside.

In January we scanned all the ewes. Malcolm

the Scan Man runs a camera under their

stomachs - a process not unlike a human

pregnancy ultrasound scan – although of course the sheep are

not lying on their backs and Malcolm, unlike the midwife,

has a lot of wool to deal with.

We scan them so we see whether they are carrying singles,

twins or triplets and as they come through the scan machine

we are ready with the spray paint to put a splodge on their

“Before it all begins

there will be a visit

to the agricultural

equivalent of

Mothercare”

shoulder for a single, on the top of their tail for twins and a

stripe across the back for triplets.

Not only is this useful information at three in the morning

when you have to investigate a tricky birth which could

involve four legs or eight (or heaven forbid

twelve) but it also means we can feed

accordingly.

The last four weeks of pregnancy represent

the period of maximum growth for the lambs

and those ewes with multiple babes on board

need more food than those with singles. But

one of the biggest problems can arise with

the tegs that are carrying single lambs is that

if they eat too much in these last few weeks they can end up

producing a huge lamb that is devilish hard to get out.

Two or three days before the first lambs are expected, we

bring the ewes into the lambing shed where they will be quite

disgruntled, as they actively prefer to be outside, whatever the

weather.

They give birth in the large open-plan part of the shed

but once delivered we will move the new family units to

individual pens to ‘mother up’, the opportunity for the

mother and lambs to get to know each other’s bleats, baas and

smells so once back in the great outdoors they can find each

other if they get parted.

Before this happens they will all be given matching

numbers sprayed on the side of the ewes and the lambs, so if

two should get accidentally parted, you can wander around

the field carrying the lost no. 30 lamb seeking the matching

30 ewe and effect a happy reunion. Bring it on.

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