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THE DROOL FACTOR
Maggie Alderson’s dream homes
What to do this month
FROM A STYLIST
Sara Delaney’s glorious home
GET THE LOOK
Pieces to steal Sara Delaney’s style
Artists and gallery directors on
the art of still life paintings
THE REBIRTH OF COOL
A dazzling Hastings home to
keep you cool this spring
Josephine Fairley on how to
refresh your May make up
COME ON, YOU BEAUTY!
Looking forward to the
Wealden Times Midsummer
Fair Fenwick Beauty Hub
A YEAR OF WELLNESS
Eminé Rushton on the
importance of a healthy gut
A yoga and meditation expert,
calendula and the health
benefits of hot chocolate!
Oz Telem’s superveg recipes
light on the beauty of plants
which thrive in shade
SCHOOL OF FROCK
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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
Hilary Wilce examines revision stress
The best ways to spend your May days
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FABLES FROM THE FARM
Jane Howard’s less paltry poultry
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Update your home
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Kate Watts styles fashion to
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HOW DOES YOUR
Jo Arnell tells us about the
Chelsea Flower Show
SHINING IN THE SHADE
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AT GREAT OAKS, BOOKHAM
new homes springing up in the quaint village of Bookham are offering buyers the
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a development of 33 two
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located in a gated development
opposite Bookham’s railway
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Great oaks’ show home which has
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similar to the Spring blossom
and a cooling slate blue.”
many of the homes are
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dining room has bi-folding doors
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evening. a master bedroom, large
living room for entertaining and
study complete the first floor.
Two further bedrooms can be
found on the second floor, making
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families and upsizers looking to
move to the Surrey countryside.
The kitchens at Great oaks
have been designed with
traditional shaker style units,
complemented by composite
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tiling and finished with integrated
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all master bedrooms come with
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wardrobes. The homes also come
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Maggie Alderson picks out some
This month we are moving in a
slightly different direction with
House of the Month. In the past we
have come up with a theme we think will
be of interest, houses which have equestrian
facilities, granny flats, views, amazing
bathrooms, special gardens etc. From now
on we’ve decided instead to look for houses
on the market which are simply wonderful,
for lots of different reasons and in lots of
different ways. Houses which make you
sigh and start imagining your life there. In
short, houses with DHDF: dream home
The dream: An estate of 107
acres, with a Grade II listed
house and ten cottages, this
is a wonderfully romantic
property. With origins in the
early 12th Century, it has been
added to at most points in
between, most significantly in
the 18th, when the gardens
were also laid out.
Many colourful owners
include Charles Hughesdon,
described in his Telegraph
obituary as ‘a daredevil aviator,
champion ballroom dancer,
insurance broker and airline
executive who married the
film star Florence Desmond,
and boasted of affairs with
Shirley Bassey and Margot
Fonteyn’. When the current
vendors bought the house in
1984 they found 123 empty
champagne bottles at the
bottom of the swimming pool.
The interior is a rambling
marvel with an eat-in kitchen,
family room, sitting room,
wood-panelled drawing room,
plus a galleried music room, a
flower room and a card room.
To read more about the
history of this magnificent
property take a look at
Where: On the edge of the
village of Ripley, between
Woking and Guildford.
Locale: The splendour of its
gardens, parkland and pasture.
Time to town: 28 minutes to
Waterloo from Woking, under
Beds: 7 or 8 Baths: 7
Special features: Equestrian
facilities with a manège.
Outside: Formal gardens of
great loveliness, a pool, tennis
courts. A parterre garden, a ha
ha, Edwardian glass houses,
follies, a bluebell wood...
Price: £17 million.
Agent: Savills, Weybridge.
01932 838004 savills.com
The dream: A 21st Century mansion,
with a stately porticoed front elevation
you wouldn’t be surprised to see Mr
Darcy strolling out of, with an interior
you could imagine Mr Beckham
mooching about in.
With 1,505 square metres of floor
area, Southwinds has every dream
feature: a lift, a TV room and a film
room, an indoor pool, a spa area, a
gym, a sauna, a wine room, a boot
room and a prep kitchen (staff) off the
Where: St George’s Hill uber swank
private estate, 3 miles from Weybridge.
Locale: Deep and abundant leafiness.
Time to town: 75 minutes to Mount
Street in a chauffeured car.
Beds: 6 suites plus 2 for staff. Baths: 7
Special features: Everything.
Outside: 1.5 acres of landscaped
gardens and mature trees.
Agent: Savills, Weybridge 01932 838000
savills.com and Knight Frank, Weybridge
01932 548000 knightfrank.com
The dream: A superb example of
porticoed new-build gracious living which
has had eight full years to bed in – and
is therefore ripe for the new owners
to entirely rip out and refurbish, with
the latest kitchen and bathroom styles.
Sacrificing one bedroom would provide
potential for a second master en suite and
dressing room and the large flat lawn is
crying out for a pool.
Where: In the prestigious Pachesham
Park private estate, between Oxshott and
Locale: Leafiness, plus other prestige
Time to town: From half an hour,
Oxshott (5 mins) to Waterloo.
Beds: 7 Baths: 7
Special feature: Air con.
Outside: 1.25 acres of immaculate lawn,
borders and mature trees, with enormous
scope for further landscaping.
Agent: Sotheby’s, Cobham, 01932
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What jewellery do you sell?
We have a wide variety of items ranging
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Artists seek the north light: a pure, pale reflected light that is not
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They employed interior architect Nick Coombs during
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brighter, bolder light than the shy, north-facing art studio had
bathed in. They installed the large picture window opposite
the original window; bright sunshine instantly flooded
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drawn to colour, but it needs a backdrop,” she explains.
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Left: They kept all the original fireplaces as features in the
main rooms. The clock is from Coach House Below right: The
chandelier in the hall is a bespoke piece designed by interior
architect Nick Coombs and specially constructed to fit the space.
Below left: The table football table in the family room created
from the former artist’s studio
Studio Interiors, Sara set about the business of neutralising
and updating, going room by room, creating a neutral
canvas before thinking about bringing in the colour. The
spacious and imposing entrance hall was clad entirely in
dark and traditional wood panelling; the rest of the rooms
were suffering from a surfeit of seventies styling, with
flowery wallpaper, curtains and swirly, swallowing carpets.
“My husband lost his shoes at one point and we
couldn’t find them for days,” she laughs. “Eventually
we found them camouflaged on the floor.”
A Designers Guild floral panel covers what was
once a doorway leading to a bar area. “It was really
Seventies,” she says. “My parents loved it.” The space is
now more usefully occupied by the utility room. Out
too went most of the oppressive wood panelling.
“Spyros suggested whitewashing the wood, or liming
it,” explains Sara, “but it wasn’t amazing old oak, it had
come from a local church interior. We just kept this one
wall as a feature, a sort of homage to the panelling.”
The discarded wood did not go to waste. “We
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garage and make a sound-proof studio.”
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Above left: More of Sara’s beloved scatter cushions in the spare room. The artworks are Sara’s photographs blown up on canvas
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There are some features that have remained in place; the
imposing fireplaces for one, which are from original designs
by the famous 17th century wood carver Grinling Gibbons.
“I want light everywhere else because the
fireplace in here is so dominant.”
The surround is lifted by having a clean, light, but
cosy, new look and a fire bowl interior. The high ceilings
have carefully wrought plasterwork on the ceiling.
“Except it isn’t,” laughs Sara. “If you look
closely you can see that they are just tiles that were
once stuck on and made to look original.”
Light pours into the house during the day, from the
windows now all along the ‘view’ side, but at night a stunning,
sun rivalling, artificial light shines in the hall, in the shape
of a huge spiralling solar system of a chandelier. It is a total
wow, and is the first thing you see when you enter the house.
This ultimate statement piece was designed by Nick Coombs,
totally bespoke and carefully constructed to fit the space.
“Nick gave us some ping pong balls and sticks to help with
the design process,” says Sara, “so that we could play with the
light and get exactly the right balance and combination.”
Beneath the chandelier hangs a large landscape painting of
Villa D’Este by local artist and friend Alexander Cresswell.
It is pressed beneath a plain glass frame, with no surround.
“We felt that a frame would close it in somehow,”
Sara explains. “It’s also hung so that the line of sight
matches up when you look at the view outside.”
And indeed the horizon line matches perfectly,
seamlessly blending the Tuscan and Surrey hills.
With this combination of what was there, with modern
additions, the hallway is a harmonious space and the colours
of the painting are coordinated with accents in the decor.
“We matched the decor to the painting, not the other way
round.” Sara wanted to respect the artist who she’s known
for years, adding that a painting is art, not interior design
- tempting as it is to organise it the other way around.
Looking from the hall into the dining room, with a
lovely soft and muted colour scheme in warm grey and
pale dusky pink, your eye is caught by what looks like
an artwork, a coil of gold which stands on the floor. It’s
actually a feature light but works as a piece of sculpture
on its own, found in a shop in Westbourne Grove years
ago and moving with them from house to house.
The lights above the table are by Achille
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Previous page top left: The ‘stacked’ drawers unit is from The Conran Shop Lower left: Sara’s walk-in closet Lower right: Part of a
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The chairs we had before had high backs and it makes
such a difference. It had never occurred to me.”
Interestingly, in a room with such serious
designer pieces, Sara has also used her styling skills
to find some more cost-conscious solutions.
“I knew that I wanted a round mirror in here,” she
explains. “I searched everywhere and all the mirrors I
found were so expensive. In the end I went to a local
glass merchant and commissioned it. They sourced the
glass and made it for me - it’s so much cheaper.”
She also has techniques to keep the house
constantly updated for blogging purposes.
“I use the interior of the house for photography shoots
and interior blogs and have to keep it fresh. The basics stay,
but the accessories move around and change. Here in the
dining room I rotate and refresh what’s on display on the
shelf units. Throughout the house I change the cushions
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Left: The original north facing window
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covered in Designers Guild fabrics. The
Noguchi coffee table is from Heals Right:
Sara’s pompom basket is from Etsy
makes me rethink the colour schemes in each room.”
There are cushions everywhere in this house, today
pert and organised – the children are at school - and
wearing their spring covers; zingy pastels in shades
of pink, green, yellow and blue, looking fresh and
crisp against the light neutral backgrounds.
“Spyros does the wallpaper, cushions and curtains. I have
used him for all our houses,” she says. “He has a great eye
and will suggest things - and we look at them in a book and
I say ‘NO!’, and then he brings the actual samples over -
and pushes me out of my comfort zone, which is good. He
has made me think about textures more too. I like to use
velvet and devoré a lot and I like sequins and throws.”
We head up the pale carpeted stairs (remarkably blemishfree
for a family of five with two large dogs), past a seamstress’s
dummy gloriously festooned with lanyards from fashion
shows and hospitality suites and into the master bedroom.
From there, via a beautiful shower room in muted shades
of stone, you enter a space that was once a bedroom and is
now something of a sanctuary: Sara’s dressing room. Although
it is more accurately named the ‘shoe room’ as it features a
display of some of Sara’s favourites – a seriously impressive
collection of Manolos, Louboutins, Charlotte Olympia, Prada,
Miu Miu… which would make Carrie Bradshaw drool.
“I like to look at them, a bit like you’d peruse books on a
bookcase,” she says. “Each shoe tells a different story. Where
I bought them, where I wore them, what I wore with them.”
Sara firmly believes that beautiful clothes and
accessories shouldn’t be hidden away in the closet, but
‘outed’ and used as part of the decor in a room.
“It’s something I learned from my job as a personal stylist,”
she says. “It’s a bit like the cushions. Clothing and accessories
can work as statement pieces. If you have a beautiful handbag
or stylish jacket, hang it on a chair or the back of a door
- have it on display. If you love it, don’t hide it away.”
Since they returned to the UK five years ago, Sara has
deftly made the transition from personal stylist to her
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The success of Notes From a Stylist means that she’s now
not just a blogger, but – with over 44,000 followers on
Instagram - an official ‘micro influencer’, which is something
like a trusted internet friend who will tell you, with beguiling
chirpy honesty, whether your bum is likely to look big in that.
Advertisers and big companies have noticed, and
Sara now works with a range of brands, if they fit the
style of her blog. She also consults on a number of
social media projects and helps companies to get started
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Among the well-executed and varied pictures that feature
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hints on the blog. It’s all very accessible and friendly.
“It’s aimed at the over forties, for people who have
lost their style and want to get their mojo back. I feature
a body shape guide, trends, what’s coming in, lots of
fashion, a bit of interiors, some food and lifestyle.”
It’s a happy mix - and one that can keep you glued
to the screen for hours… But while the blog features
seasonal trends from designer catwalks, it’s very much
a modern mix of up scale and high street brands.
And when it comes to homewares she’s also a believer
in buying from local suppliers when she can.
“Shopping local is a good thing. There’s a little shop called
One Forty in Cranleigh, a lovely emporium where I get objets
d’art. They are very useful and then there’s &hobbs, based in
an old forge and owned by Libby Hobbs, who was a buyer
for Anthropologie. She only stocks local artisan pieces.”
From the bedroom we head down two floors to the
basement, which they have had excavated, to house the
home cinema, complete with large screen tv/cinema. Each
family member has chosen a themed poster to reflect their
favourite movie. It’s a chilled space - and somewhere they
can all escape to and relax in. (Possibly not unaided by the
proximity of the temperature-controlled wine store…)
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marble-topped table in the light-filled kitchen and I
notice that the line of sight from here goes straight
across into the family room to the feature wallpapered
wall, complete with feathered lampshade from Cox
& Cox, above the stairs to the basement room.
“There was a wall here before,” explains Sara,
indicating the space, “Nick suggested it would
be great to have a flow through the house to the
end wall - and he was completely right.”
The kitchen is Poggenpohl, but Sara is clear that it
needs to be a very functional space. “A kitchen should be
practical and for working in,” says Sara and from what I
Above: Under the stairs is a
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Director of the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
My first job was as an educationalist and lecturer at the
National Gallery in London. You only have to walk
through those galleries to understand the enduring appeal
of the still life paintings from the 1400s onwards.
Still life painting from the late 16th century displays
in exquisite detail the new excitement of the new finds
arriving in Europe from sea exploration. Fruits and
flowers from ‘exotic’ places became status symbols for
those commissioning still life paintings. Then there is the
drama of light and subject matter captured in the vanitas
paintings, which used skulls and other symbolism to convey
clear Christian messages about the transience of life.
I was always struck by the freshness and vibrancy of those
works which I know continue to be a source of inspiration
for artists today. Jerwood Gallery in Hastings was built to
house the Jerwood Collection of modern and contemporary
British art and to have a changing programme of exhibitions.
The Collection evolved from the personal interests
of its collector, Alan Grieve and still life has been a core
Paul Feiler, Still Life with Fruit, 1949
“Every decade of Modern British art is
represented through still life at the Jerwood”
theme throughout its evolution. One of the first works
acquired was Frank Brangwyn’s, From my Window
at Ditchling (below right). Painted around 1925, it
captures an open window view into East Sussex, with
four vases dominating the foreground window ledge.
Every decade of Modern British work is represented
through still life, from Dod Procter in the 1930s; John
Craxton, Matthew Smith in the 40s; Anne Redpath in the
50s; John Bratby and William Scott, in the 60s and 70s.
Our latest exhibition is a retrospective of a fascinating
Modern British artist, born in Frankfurt, Paul Feiler. Our
visitors know him well from the fabulous abstract work
Chrome and Lemon (1956), it’s one of our visitors’ favourite
works from the collection. They will be pleased and surprised,
I’m sure, to see a diminutive little early work by him, a still
life of apples, Still Life With Fruit, from 1949 (above right).
Last year we did an exhibition of studio wall paintings by
Turner Prize-winning artist Keith Tyson, which was a kind
of 20 year visual diary. It was a fabulous and immersive show
capturing his fascination with still life via his flower paintings.
My favourite still life in the collection would probably be
a wrestle between a simple little black and white linocut by
Ben Nicholson (Three Mugs and a Bowl, 1928) which has
a wonderful sense of line and touch and a work by David
Sir Frank Brangwyn, From my Window at Ditchling, c. 1925 © The Estate
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Bomberg (Flowers in a Terracotta Pot, 1945). There is a real
poignancy to both. Bomberg began painting flowers when
his wife bought them to encourage him to paint something
to lift him out of a deep depression. After that he would go
to the market every day to buy fresh flowers to paint. This
harks back to the symbolic and expressive qualities of still life.
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You have created genuine copies of some of the greatest artworks in
history - what do you think makes a great still life?
If you start with Cezanne there’s a whole way of thinking about still life
painting which is completely different to how they would have thought
about it 100 years earlier, when they would have been hanging up
peacocks and dead hares.
At one point artists were moving toward photographic realism, but
when the photograph came along it changed the whole way of looking at
objects. So by the turn of the 20th century the still life became a pretext.
If you think of Picasso and Braque, the Cubists, their still lifes are titled
‘Jug and Guitar’ but are very hard to read. Artists have projected their
own needs onto the still life format for 100 years.
It has survived right into that format to today. Now it’s a way of
showing how good you are with the basic challenges of painting, which
are composition, colour balance and drawing. That avenue was opened
up particularly by Picasso and Matisse.
Which painters of still life do you particularly admire?
Ben Nicholson. The way an artist in the post-war period used a very
small repertoire of jugs and goblets for gigantic abstract paintings and
very small ones. You can decipher a Nicolson painting by looking at the
handles and the spouts, they’re a kind of abstract music of colour and
form and texture, I like him a lot.
What is the appeal of painting still lifes rather than other genres?
Logistics. Still life you can set up in the studio, it doesn’t matter if it’s
raining, you are in charge of the set up and the lighting. Cezanne and
Monet painted flowers when it was too wet to go out - and of course
flower paintings are very commercial. I’ve just been looking at Van
Gogh’s painting of his old boots. He showed still life could serve an
expressionist purpose, it could channel emotion, which no one had
How do you get into the head of a particular artist?
I have some genuine fakes of Cezanne still life paintings in the studio at
the moment, they’re going onto a film set. You look at line, colour, form,
texture, composition and so forth.
Do you ever add your own little tweaks or touches?
Always! Unless a customer comes along and says can you do a ‘copy’. I
always ask for a massive amount of money and hope they’ll say no. For
my own work if I’m doing, say, Renoir, Monet, or Dufy, I start off with
an idea they may have had, and then I’ll be wandering around and see
something interesting and I’ll put it in my painting.
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Are any particular still life themes popular at the moment?
Natural florals tend to be more popular than man-made
objects. People who love flowers are often drawn to them,
especially this time of year, but it does tend to go with seasons.
Are there any particular artists at your gallery which focus
on this genre?
Emma Haggas paints what she calls her ‘happy flowers’, very
loose still lifes with lots of vibrant bright colours. We have a
beautiful piece by her at the moment called Fresh Flowers.
Then there’s Miles Oxenford, a very interesting artist. He
used to do a lot of landscapes, but his wife does all the flowers
for Rick Stein restaurants, and after sharing a studio with
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Antonio Bellotti often uses vases as subject matter. What’s
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Previous page: The main living space is in what was
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Gallery This page: The couple restored the original
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drawings by Gerry Whale
Houses by the seaside always have a special
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twenty years ago, I visualised where I wanted to end up
living and I knew it would have to be by the seaside,
but I also knew it would need to have trees and nature
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went on to develop five of the modernist flats in the
apartment block, before taking the plunge with the
current project, planning it to be for themselves.
Three years ago they bought the terraced building
with another a couple, a colleague of Ed’s from his
architectural practice Fletcher Priest and the two
couples split the building. Ed and Moyra took the
bottom three floors, their friends the top three.
For Ed, who normally works on major civic and
corporate building commissions, the renovation of the
house was a true labour of love. Moyra remembers,
“It was a complete slum. When we first looked at the
building water was pouring from the roof down through
the entire house. There were single bedsits crammed
into each floor – it was really quite shocking.”
The changing fortunes of this one building are neatly
reflective of the progress of Hastings and St Leonards,
the town. What started as a smart seaside home for a
grand London family and their staff, then became a
hotel. In the latter part of the 20th century the house
fell into complete disrepair, as such well-heeled types
chose to holiday in more exotic climes. Now these
extraordinary buildings are being saved by people like Ed
and Moyra and the face of the town is being renovated.
Outside, the bright white stucco front of the building
instantly makes its crisply painted presence felt. A new
zinc curved canopy sits proudly over the first-floor balcony
and the immaculate black gloss iron work glints in the
sunshine. A yellow neon house number sits cheekily above
the cool grey front door, giving a nod to what sits behind.
“The rest of the buildings all have gold painted numbers,”
says Ed. “So we wanted something that connected to them,
but would also make its own contemporary statement.”
Stepping inside, “It was very important to us to keep
the dimensions of the hallway open and generous,” says
Moyra, standing at the foot of a sweeping stone staircase that
elegantly dominates the area. The creamy white stone looks
contemporary, but feels entirely Georgian in design – an effect
that took many hours of work to achieve as the staircase had
been covered in thick layers of discoloured gloss paint
Above: Looking from the sitting area into the kitchen. The leather sofa is by Heals. The armchair is from Tilt St. Leonards. The metal
ceiling light is by Dutch company Moooi. A giant roll of cord from vintage haberdashers Wayward is used as a side table
and an old sticky carpet. A smart dark grey carpet now adds
instant warmth to the area and complements the dark grey
wood panelling that sits elegantly below the dado rail.
The couple decided to keep the original ground floor
doors in place, as dummy doors, in order to give a sense of
the old building and the old entrance hall. In fact this is a
theme that runs throughout this highly sensitive renovation,
a meeting of the old and the new, both working in perfect
harmony. As Ed says, “If it was still here and original, we
would repair it. But everything else is contemporary.”
The intricate ironwork of the stair’s balustrade and pleasing
waxed wooden handrail leads you to the first surprise of
the building. On the first-floor landing, a brightly coloured
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been set with a motion sensor and jumps into life as you pass.
“I never stop smiling,” says Moyra as the tail feathers of
the bird burst into a rainbow of primary colours. It was she
who had spotted the piece when the couple had first visited
Oakley’s incredible lighting emporium in St Leonards.
“Luckily for me, Ed gave it to me as a birthday present,
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friends, who have kept a weekend apartment on the second
floor for themselves, there are two further flats, also part of
the new renovation, which are now rented out at the top
of the building. Yet it still feels like one big family home.
On the ground floor Ed and Moyra have kept a separate
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“The idea is that eventually, when we finally
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5 Renovate – and celebrate
Simple refurbishments to up the value of your home
7 As solid as an oak
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15 Raising the roof
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17 Grand designs
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must confess to a more than professional involvement
in putting together this supplement – as I am a homeowner
in the process of renovating a house with an
extension to create the all important eat-in kitchen.
I spend my lunch times flicking through back images of
this magazine and my evenings on Pinterest looking for
ideas – but what is harder to come by is expert advice on
how to make them reality.
So I am delighted to present to you a wealth of exactly
such advice from people who have worked as specialists in
their aspect of home building and renovation for decades.
Enjoy your Restoration & New Build supplement.
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It’s not just the stuff of dinner party conversations – the slightly annoying
kind where smug people boast about how much their houses are worth.
When someone says, “We’ve just put a loo in the cupboard under our
stairs and added more than £26 grand to the value of our house and it only
cost us two and a half to put it in…” it’s a matter of fact. (Although still
annoying of them to boast about it.)
Figures released recently by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and
the Home Owners Alliance have confirmed exactly how much we can add
to the value of our homes with different additions and renovations, via an
extensive research project involving estate agents and builders.
And, making it all even more appealing, all the projects they studied can
be done in two weeks or under.
Here are the official numbers for the value increase after various home
improvements in the South East – and it’s no surprise to find out that the
two biggest value swellers are things we are very keen on at this magazine:
adding a garden room and creating an eat-in kitchen.
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Call it whatever you like – a conservatory, an orangery,
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What’s the difference between a conservatory, an orangery
and a sun room? The biggest difference is the construction of
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orangery has less than that. A conservatory by definition must
also have over 50% of its wall area glazed.
An oak-framed sunroom of the kind we do is a proper
extension and whereas five years ago people would have
a separate door going into it from the house, like a
conservatory, now they want it all open plan. The vast
majority of our business now is creating these to be eat-inkitchen
family rooms. They become like part of the house,
with an insulated roof supported by the oak frame, then
tiled to match the existing house. If necessary we will find
reclaimed tiles to make the match as good as possible.
What is the appeal of a sun room? English people used to be
indoors or outdoors, now we all like a more outside in healthy
feeling. It’s how people want to live now, how they want to
feel in there, how they want the light coming in. They gain
another room and with lots of glass, bifold doors and patio,
it’s much more linked to the outside. When you’re in one of
our rooms it feels like you’re standing in the garden.
Do you have any words of advice for people considering
adding a sun room? Most often it’s one big space that is
linked to the kitchen, back in the main house. The new room
gives them three times the space as they had before, one big
area they live most of their lives in. The ideal though is to
go the full Monty and put a new kitchen actually in the new
space, so it’s fully integrated.
Are there any particular kinds of houses that this approach
is better suited to? Up to ten or 15 years ago oak-framed
extensions were more of a farmhouse style for buildings in
the country, now we do them in London. They can go on a
bungalow or modern houses.
What is the difference in cost to have an oak-framed
extension rather than a standard one? A normal breeze
block and brick structure is a Ford - oak frame is the Bentley.
And oak with glass is very upmarket and it’s no more
expensive with us to have more glass, it’s part of what we do.
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I have been working with timber since the 1960s. As the
name of the company suggests we specialise in constructing
glazed extensions in seasoned oak. One of the most common
questions we are asked is “What is the difference between
an orangery, a conservatory, and a garden room?”. In simple
terms, a conservatory has a predominantly glass roof, a garden
room has a predominantly tiled or slate roof and an orangery
comes in several different forms, usually with a part flat roof
and a glazed lantern.
Although most timber conservatories and garden rooms
include dwarf walls and often some full heights walls,
especially adjacent to a boundary, an orangery usually has
more brickwork. Some have a timber fascia, some a tiled verge
to the roof and others have a brick parapet wall.
The modern conservatory, orangery or garden room, built
with the correct materials, glass, ventilation and to building
regulations standards is a permanent glazed living space that
can be used all year round. Most ‘off the peg’ conservatories,
however, are exempt from building control standards and are
built with inferior glass and ventilation specifications and
really could be described as ‘not fit for purpose’.
When advising a client, first and most important is to do
a thorough fact find. Like any type of home improvement,
it is a solution to a problem, so it is really necessary to first
explore exactly what problem you are designing a solution
for. An attractive building that doesn’t fulfil the requirements
is a waste of money. Which type of glazed extension I
would recommend is based upon four factors; the client’s
requirements; the space available and position relative to the
house; the he style of property and the budget available - as it
usually costs more than anticipated.
To work out the design with the client usually takes several
visits. To carry out the fact find, measure, take photos, discuss
design options and after looking at photos of completed
projects, to agree on which suits their requirements best. After
which I would go away and create 3D concept illustrations
for their unique solution.
Normally I would expect to return within two weeks to
go through the concept illustrations with the client. Quite
oftenthere will be some changes required. At this point, I
would normally be able to provide a fairly accurate guide
price for the timber/glazed element of the project but I would
also want to get one of our builders to provide a price for the
other aspects. This would include any demolition, drainage,
foundations, brickwork, plastering, plumbing, electrics,
underfloor heating and floor finish, including any steelwork
required for open-plan installations.
Every design is unique and in addition to size, there are
over 50 factors which affect the price. Different factors not
only include the client’s requirements, including such things
as differences of colour, in and out, but are dependent upon
access, varying house layouts, drainage, type of bricks or
There are many advantages of an oak-framed structure, so
long as the correct specification of oak is provided. Oak has
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only does it have great
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that blends with the background colours of the garden.
White painted frame interiors are very clinical by
comparison. Oak is unique in that it blends with highly
contemporary furnishings or those from more traditional
periods. I consider it essential not to use softwoods such as
European Redwood (Pine) or Siberian Larch, as these have a
typical anticipated lifespan of only approximately 15 years.
When working in close proximity to glass, it is essential
to use the correct specification of oak. There are basically
thee types of oak: green oak with a moisture content of up
to 80%, air-dried oak, typically with a moisture content of
30-40% and fully seasoned oak, with a moisture content of
The more moisture in the timber at the time of use, the
more movement, distortion, and shrinkage there will be as it
dries out. For a garage or shed, this is not an issue, but when
being used adjacent to glass, this can be a major issue.
It is also a major concern with respect to opening doors
and window sashes if you don’t want them bending in the
wet weather. At Richmond Oak we only use fully-seasoned
oak and it is engineered, using a process where the solid oak
frames are made up from layers, typically between 20-30mm,
glued together with alternative grain.
Not only does this make it extremely stable, but increases
the strength of a rafter by up to 30%, also making it possible
to have much greater lengths that are not going to distort.
Whilst many smaller conservatories can be installed
under ‘permitted development’, most of our work requires
planning permission and more than 30% of our work is on
listed buildings, so requires listed building consent. We have
our own team of experienced draughtsmen and planning
consultants who carry out these tasks for our clients.
What we find exciting about our work is the amazing
differences in the projects and not only seeing the finished
project, but also hearing from our clients not only how its
changed the way they live in their home, but also the ‘Wow,
where did you get this?’ from their dinner guests.
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What are the majority of projects you do these days? The
majority of work we do is garages and outdoor rooms, but we
are moving more into glazed oak-frame extensions. They’re
getting very popular and they’re a good replacement for those
plastic conservatories. They are much more aesthetically
pleasing, have a lovely ambience and far better insulation.
Whatever you want to call them – and I’ve heard garden
room being used more - they are a solid construction. All
of the ground works would be the same as a brick-built
extension, with a brick layer and then the timber frame on
the top. The brick height up the wall can be lower or higher,
according to the client’s preferences.
Do you need planning permission? The planning permission
rules are the same as for a brick-built extension, depending on
the distance to the boundary and the extension from house
and height. If you have a big enough gap from the boundary,
it’s classed as a permitted development so you don’t need
planning permission, the same as any other conservatory or
If people want a large expanse of glass, how does that work
with the oak frame? We glaze externally with an envelope
over the timber frame, because oak moves a lot and shrinks
back as it dries, which can leave gaps which the elements can
penetrate. With modern expandable weather proof materials
between the glazing and then another layer of oak over the
top, it’s neat and tidy and weatherproof. The same with doors,
we can shape the edges of the frame to work with that system
What is the benefit of a timber-framed extension? It can
really set off a conventional modern house. An architectdesigned
timber extension can lift a bland house into being
something special, whether it’s in keeping with the period of
the house, or a contrast. It’s a matter of personal preference.
People are very aware of oak frames now and the ambience
and character they create.
How do you plan the design of the extension with the
client? We work with an architect in house who can design
the extension bespoke, or with the clients’ own architects.
We can also offer from a range of pre-designed options.
What kind of doors to you use on these projects? We use
glazed oak doors, or you can have other variations.
Do you have any favourites among your projects? I love
them all, they all come out so well.
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Hilary Wilce’s new house designed by Beasley Dickson
Raising the roof
Hilary Wilce shares what she learned having a brand new house – above – designed to order
Where did you live before this house? We lived in a lovely
18th century farmhouse in Hawkhurst.
What inspired you to go for a new build? We had supported
our son David Dickson through about a decade of training
as an architect and we had always said – as a joke - that our
payback would be for him to design a beautiful house for us.
Then it became that if we found an amazing site with beautiful
views we’d do it, but we never really thought it would happen.
Then we found the site.
Were you daunted by the idea of a modern house after
living in a lovely old one? We were ready to move from the
family home, we’d been there nearly 20 years, the children
had all left home and it was time to do something different.
Also, we have lived in America twice and in Africa and
Turkey, so we weren’t stuck in our ways, we are very open
minded and we had begun to crave light, which I think is
something that comes on as you grow older. There are a lot of
very beautiful houses in Kent but the price you pay is they’re
often very dark.
How did you work together on the style of the building?
We sat down and talked with David, walked around the plot.
We were all very much in agreement from the beginning.
Everyone thinks how fabulous it would be to do a new build
because you can do what you like, but you are never without
restrictions, from budget, the plot, building regs etc. This site
is quite narrow in one place and it was immediately obvious
to all of us that it needed to be an L shape, so the restrictions
informed the design.
Starting from nothing, how did you begin to form ideas
of what the house should look like? It’s a very wooded plot
and we all felt very strongly we had to put a wooden house
on it. The cladding is iroko wood, a sustainable hardwood
from West Africa, so it’s OK to use. Our son was keen on that
because it’s plain, without blemish. He sent us off to look at
houses in Dungeness that are clad in it and we loved it.
From the start we were clear we didn’t want to build an
ersatz Kent farmhouse, we felt a modern house should be a
modern house and not pretend to be anything else. I think
that comes from living in America where there are a lot of
very beautifully designed modern houses.
We also knew we wanted big windows, because this is a
beautiful plot with nice views in every direction. For the next
stage we turned it over to David and he sent us images to
look at and discuss. It was a long process, back and forth. We
all looked at the design website Houzz a lot, at the outsides of
houses, then inside for details of kitchens and bathrooms.
How about the specifics of the interior details? Working
with the architects they have all that expert knowledge about
things like which taps are well designed and last and different
kinds of limestone. They also advised us not to go completely
open plan, because you’ll have nowhere to hang paintings
and not to have too much glass, because you don’t want to
live in an aquarium, you need to feel enclosed. We were very
impressed by the considered nature of what they did for us.
I’ve got such new respect for everyone who works in construction,
it’s so complex. We had whole morning sessions on
the wiring diagrams and modified them as we went along,
then even once it was built, we added more sockets.
How long did it take? It took two years to sort out our
ideas and get them through planning, then another two years
to build. You need patience, but we finally moved in on
December 21st last year and the family came for Christmas.
What do you love most about it? It’s wonderfully warm with
underfloor heating and it’s amazing to walk around the house
and have it all one temperature. It’s magic to come down in
the morning and look out at the wildlife and the birds and
even on the darkest winter days we have lovely light. And
another thing we love – it came in close to the budget.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to anyone
who was thinking of building from scratch? Think about
who is going to project manage – you must have a good project
manager. Someone constantly going round with a list.
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Turning your aspirations into reality.
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Whether you are building a house from scratch, or renovating
a listed one, your architect will be your guiding light
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“Keep an open mind”
Simon Brown, Director of
Hale Brown Architects
There are all sorts of reasons why
a new build might be right for
you: a lifelong ambition, finding
the perfect site or perhaps an aspiration
to shape your own living environment.
Whatever the reason, it needn’t be a
daunting task to start from scratch.
First you will need to draw up a
‘Project Brief’. This can be a simple
wish-list, or you might try using
the internet to save a scrap book of
precedent images on your phone
or laptop. These may be pictures of
buildings, but they might also include
snapshots that illustrate a mood, quality
of light, colour or texture.
Rather than thinking of what needs
to be built, you might try focusing on
what it is that you want to achieve,
noting down all your requirements
and highlighting any challenges. Think
of your changing needs over time,
especially if this is going to be your
This is the right time to talk to an
architect. Architects are professionally
trained to guide you through the whole
process from start to finish and to
see things from the broadest possible
perspective down to the smallest detail,
turning aspirations into reality.
Our first step takes your brief and
teases out what makes it tick. Working
with plans and sections we typically
start from the inside, organising the
size and sequence of spaces. Where is
the entrance and does the circulation
flow legibly to the principal rooms? Is
there an underlying logic, separating
entertainment from more private
Plans can be difficult
to read, particularly
if you are not used
to them. Perspective
sketches, fly through
computer visuals and
real card models bring a
space to life and enable
you to inhabit a room,
considering its scale,
proportion and materiality.
The best houses seamlessly
integrate the inside with the outside,
responding sympathetically to their
environment. Every site is different, so
we look carefully at the surrounding
opportunities and constraints. How do
you enter the site? What is the sun’s
path over the course of a day? What
on a single view can
be just as powerful
as an entire wall of
sliding glass doors
views are there? Is there a strong local
or historical building character?
Where the sun rises and sets can
inform where the main living spaces
are orientated to make the best use
of morning or afternoon sun.Views
generate opportunities for drama!
Moving through a house can be
about telling a story by concealing
and revealing key views as you move
from space to space. Only a small
proportion of sites are located remotely
away from any neighbours.
boundaries can be
used to maintain
privacy and minimise
noise from roads.
keeping an open mind and allow the
proposal to develop organically. Like
all creative processes, there will be
design development as you go. Most
important of all, give yourself time,
don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
Hale Brown Architects Ltd
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“We are here to listen”
Nicolas Tye Architects
The opportunity to design their
own home is often a dreamed-of
opportunity for our clients. So
from the outset this needs to be treated
with enormous respect, as the clients’
build up to this moment has not just
been weeks or months of thought, but
typically years or decades.
We ask our clients to provide us with
three main elements of briefing, in a
detailed document that should include
storage requirements and everything you
can possible think of. The second item
is simply discussion on all aspects of the
project from the site to family life and
future planning etc.
The third element is three sets of
images, including aspirational inside
images, landscape and external house
pictures, with the latter being the most
difficult to finalise for clients typically.
We then review budget and the
site and its surrounding context, pull
together some design options and ideas
in principle, and then develop the more
detailed CAD drawings and, as required,
Having the right data and team is
critical to the robustness of the project.
Typically, we ask for an independent
digital levels survey of the site (and
surroundings as necessary) to show us
the levels of the site, positions of trees,
drains and any built objects and this
would include any relevant elevations
From this data we can map the
proposals more accurately and this
is critical in the context of planning,
regarding adjacent buildings or trees and
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the volumetric calculations for houses in
the green belt.
Sometimes we have to call in
planning consultants who specialise in
local and national planning policies,
highways engineers if access is awkward,
arboricultural (trees) in case they are
protected or roots could be damaged,
drainage and - most importantly of all -
The benefit of the
quantity surveyor is to
provide what we call
‘cost comfort’ near the
beginning of the project.
This means that prior to
going to planning or anywhere near
tender, you have a strong indication on
cost which can inform decisions on size,
scale and specification to tune the project
to budgetary needs.
The context of the budget, the
location and surroundings and the needs
We are there to
add value to the
buildings - and to
of the client pulls together to develop the
Some clients want traditional
architecture, others very contemporary,
some in the middle, with front elevations
being traditional and rear elevation and
internals being more modern.
Our role is to explain more about
design and what we feel meets our clients
briefing and budget, but
also to challenge and
extend their discussions
by providing some
about alternatives. We are
there to add value to the
buildings - and to people’s lives.
A strong part of what we also advocate
is high quality materials, sustainability,
low maintenance and high quality
Clients rate these differently and again
we are here to listen and understand their
views, challenge and provide options
and develop what will be an outstanding
house for them.
The architect’s role is not just
designing the building, it’s the ‘holistic
approach’ including the internals, the
landscape, the furniture, sometimes
even as far as the crockery and cutlery to
compliment the house. We are here to
make that dream come true.
Nicolas Tye Architects 01525 406677
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Build a home away from home, just a few steps from your back door with a garden building
Shaun O’Neill of Woodcote Garden Buildings
What are the main different kinds of
garden buildings you do? We have a
range of cedar and pine buildings, but
we also offer a bespoke service, so we
can build whatever you like and design
it to suit your plans.
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What kind are most in demand?
Increasingly we see people go for a
contemporary style featuring to-theground
windows which provide more
light. Invariably they incorporate flatter
roofs, are properly insulated and have
What are the main purposes people
have them for? People mostly get
them for entertaining or working.
More people are working from home -
masseurs, sports therapists, osteopaths,
aromatherapists… These are the sort of
people looking for them, particularly
as we can provide internal blinds for
privacy, as well as electricity and even
plumbing under certain circumstances.
Do get more queries at this time of
year? It is seasonal, but that is changing.
The term ‘summer house’ is fine but,
because of the range of uses people buy
them for, we are increasingly seeing
them being ordered all year round.
What advice would you give
to someone thinking of
commissioning a garden building?
Come and talk to us! Have a think
about what you want it for and we
can help you go from there. Get
some ideas of designs and materials
you like, consider how much space
you have – and it’s very important
to check you have a good base for
the building to go on. The ground
must be good, firm and level, so the
building goes up square – and stays
What is the appeal of garden
buildings? Space is at a premium and
you can use them for such a wide
range of purposes, for work, leisure,
a place for you or the kids, or just
as a break out space. They are built
outside building regulations, quickly
erected and used all year round.
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What is the appeal of a garden
building? They are not glorified sheds,
they are proper buildings, but they are
so quick to put up. Whether they are
standard or bespoke it takes three to
four weeks from the order to delivery
and then most buildings are up in a day.
What kinds of outdoor buildings are
most in demand? Carriage houses are
very popular, with one bay for your car
and then a stable, office, or gym next
door. They are lovely rustic-looking
buildings which blend in beautifully with
the countryside and older properties of
character. They have curve braces at the
front in oak and look very smart. They
can have doors on the carriage side but it
takes away the rustic quality.
Is there an ideal ratio of garden size to
building footprint? No, if you feel you
have enough space to have a building,
just go for it.
What are the main purposes people
have them for? Home offices are
probably the main reason, because you
can convert a bedroom, or have a nice
garden building, which gets you out of
the house and doesn’t mean sacrificing
a bedroom. We’ve built them for yoga
studios, art and pottery studios, gyms.
People use them for granny flats, guest
accommodation, teenage dens, man
caves… the possibilities are endless.
What advice would you give to
someone thinking of commissioning a
garden building? Look at Pinterest for
ideas and think more laterally. You don’t
have to have a classic pitched roof for
example. You can have a pent roof with
a single slope starting lower at the back,
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with the highest point located on the
wall that has the door. This roof style
means there is an evenly distributed
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can be bewildering – so we’ve asked some experts to explain the options
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Tom Ellis of YES Glazing
What are the main options for glass
doors? Sliding doors and bifolding
doors are the two most popular options
for large expanses of glass doors. More
conventional French-style patio doors
are another option - and indeed the
only option if you want Crittall steelframed
doors - but for larger openings
that can really provide a seamless link
between outside and inside spaces,
sliding or bifold doors are the favoured
What are the relative advantages
of the different kinds of doors?
The choice boils down to the type
of opening required and the amount
of visible frame taking up the view.
French style patio doors swing (usually
outwards), so there will need to be
adequate room outside for the doors
to swing open. They are also restricted
by the possible width of the opening,
which is restricted by the weight of
the doors - double doors in Crittall for
instance can have a maximum width of
1830mm - although surrounding panels
can be fitted so at least the ‘wall of glass’
effect can still be achieved, even if not
all of it can be opened.
Bifold and sliding doors can have
massive openings, but bifold doors also
need adequate room on the opening
side for the folded panels of the doors
when opened. There must also be
room to stack the panels of doors once
opened (on both sides on a double
opening setup). Spans of up to 25
metres of bifolding doors are possible
with our Sunflex bifolding doors so you
can really open properties up to the
Sliding doors allow the least
interrupted view. The sightlines on
our Ultraslim VISION sliding doors
system are just 24mm and panels can
be 3000mm wide – that’s three metres,
or nearly ten feet of glass. With a threepanel
system covering an area of nine
metres, that means just two visible
upright sightlines of 24mm (less than
an inch) each will be visible with the
In comparison, our slimmest
bifolding doors have sightlines of
115mm and a maximum panel size of
1200mm, so for the equivalent nine
metre opening, an eight-panel system
would be needed, and over 10 percent
of the glazing area would be sightlines.
So sliding doors really do offer the
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best unspoilt view.
On the security side, modern
technology and top-grade precision
engineering on both the bifolding and
sliding doors means that either system
offers unsurpassed security that far
exceeds building regulations, and also
gives outstanding weather ratings.
The U-values (measures of how
much heat windows allow to escape)
on the thermally broken aluminium
systems are very low indeed, and a
range of glazing options can enhance
the features required – solar protection
glass, sound proofing and so on.
Are there any kinds you would
advise against? The British weather
often limits how often a set of doors
can realistically be left open and we
often see just the one door of a set
of bifolding doors being used which
makes it seem a bit pointless to have
them. This is another reason people
tend to choose sliding doors instead.
However, if the opening is not
especially wide, say less than 3 metres,
then bifolds would enable a wider
possible opening door area; bifolds
can provide up to 95% clear opening
of the maximum door width. Sliding
doors will always have at least one
panel width remaining in the doorway
at all times, so this must be taken into
Of course, when space prohibits the
opening of certain doors, such as an
upwards sloped garden, then sliding
doors are the only viable option.
What are the options in sliding
doors? Our sliding doors come in a
range of over 200 colours. We offer
some colours as standard, so there is a
slight cost increase and possible longer
lead time for the more unusual colours.
The handles and furniture can be
configured and personalised.
There are various track options, such
as the popular flush track, where the
running gear is recessed into the floor
to provide a seamless run from indoors
to outdoors when the doors are open.
Moveable corner posts can be specified
to create ‘infinity corners’ with no
pillar in the way when the doors on a
corner are open.
What about glazed French windows
– is there still a place for them? Very
much so. Classic styles will always find
a place in certain homes, especially
when the modern look is not called for.
A period house may not suit modern
architecture, and listed properties or
houses in conservation areas may be
restricted to fitting only certain styles.
As mentioned, Crittall steel frame
windows are only available in French
doors, and the Crittall look is also very
much in vogue.
You are an official Crittall supplier,
what is the appeal of these most
fashionable windows and doors? The
Crittall company and its steel-framed
windows have been around for nearly
two centuries, so it has a heritage that
many companies cannot even dream
of. Once you recognise Crittall, you
see it everywhere, including worldwide
in many famous buildings. There is
a timeless elegance to Crittall, and
the modern product has advanced so
much it is virtually maintenance free.
The price can put it out of reach of
some, which increases its appeal further
amongst wealthy clients.
The Crittall factory process involves
a small army of skilled craftsmen
making adjustments by hand – this
has to be one of the few remaining
factories doing this. The intricacies
of steel make this process impossible
to automate, hence the final product
has a very personal input from the
manufacturer. The slight imperfections
in the finish of the steel give a very
desirable aging effect to the material
too, something that cannot be replicated
in other products.
What would be a cheaper option to
get a similar modernist effect? We
also offer an aluminium product that
can give a similar style at a slightly
reduced cost. Our heritage aluminium
range have slightly thicker frames so
will not appeal to everybody, but it
does have the advantage of the frame
being thermally broken, so will be
more efficient at keeping the heat
when necessary. In our opinion though
nothing really compares to genuine
Crittall, it really is something quite
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SAT ON MY BED this time
of year, twelve years ago;
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a 19 month old and a 16 week old
baby to take care of, and couldn’t
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there was a God and if healing was
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I was lost. From that day I awoke
to a long but incredible healing
journey, curing myself completely
of this so-called ‘incurable’ autoimmune
disease and transforming
myself and my life beyond measure.
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along the way, training in many
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important feedback system, but
sometimes anchored and triggered
by unhelpful and untrue beliefs
that have been running in our
sub-conscious minds for years.
Dr Bruce Lipton’s research in
the new field of Epigenetics had
shed tremendous light on how
the sub-conscious mind works
and - believe me - if you want
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to re-program the unhelpful
conditioning that tells you to stay
small, play safe, be quiet, watch for
danger etc. We are all incredible
beings with life stories, but we
do not have to be victims of our
circumstances, telling the same
stories over and over. Change and
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Refresh your face – and your makeup bag – with a trip to the experts on these beauty counters says Josephine Fairley
When women sometimes tell me that they’re thinking
about a facelift, I have one, very simple piece of
advice: get a makeup makeover, instead. Done
well, makeup can take off ten years, but it’s all too easy to get
stuck in a rut, not knowing where to turn for advice on new,
potentially life-changing (or at least looks-changing) makeup
innovations, tips and tricks that address the fact that just as
the sun rises and sets every day, our faces change, over time.
I love a makeover. If I have even ten minutes while
traversing a department store, I’m like a heat-seeking missile,
making for one of a handful of beauty counters where I find
the consultants particularly adept at giving my techniques a
refresh. Before I launch into my favourite counters, though,
there are a few things to bear in mind.
makeup can take
off ten years, but
it’s all too easy to
get stuck in a rut”
It pays to figure out first what is missing
from your makeup regime. Are you looking
for a new brow look, or a primer, or a tinted
moisturiser? Do some inventory, first –
see what in your make up bag is looking
really tired, or you’re just bored of. And
as with everything in life, communicate,
communicate, communicate. Tell the
consultant about the kind of makeup you like to wear –
barely-there, or full-on? Is it for a special occasion, a wedding,
evening wear, work, or just chilling at home? Interact. Make
it a dialogue. She (or he) is a makeup pro, not Mystic Meg.
With all that in mind, here’s where I head for a face refresh.
Bobbi Brown. A longstanding go-to. Even though my
friend Bobbi (who I’ve known right from when she first
launched) is no longer at the helm of her brand, her original
philosophy – making you look like you, only prettier – is
still its guiding light. Bobbi Brown offer various different
makeup lessons, with the (reasonable) fee redeemable against
purchase. One of these sessions can be brilliant for finding
your personal ‘match’ and what defines a great makeup
range, for me, is that it offers a wealth of colours that look
natural on the skin, rather than as if they’re wearing you.
Personally, I think the full-session Bobbi Brown makeup
lessons are absolutely worth it. I’ve taken several of the
teen girls in my life, over the years, as well as given them
as gifts for more mature friends, and they never fail to be
wowed. Go to bobbibrown.co.uk to book an appointment.
Laura Mercier. Another of the pioneering ‘makeup artist
brands’, with lovely Laura still giving great creative input.
I never knowingly pass a Laura Mercier counter without
asking to be ‘Tightline-d’. This is a technique
with cake Tightliner eyeshadow which lines
super-close to the lash-line, creating an
amazing illusion of lash length. (Don’t let
on, but if you’re not over-diligent about eye
makeup removal at night, the effect can last
a couple of days!) Again, Laura’s colours are
very wearable, the textures melt into skin
and the Laura Mercier makeup pros are just
brilliant for sharing tricks. Just ask them. Find stockists at
lauramercier.com (you have to scroll all the way down to the
bottom of the home page, to find ‘store locator’ on the left).
By Terry Gosh, writing this, I realise how incredibly
privileged I’ve been with the makeup artists I’ve known over
the years – as with Laura and Bobbi, I’ve known Terry de
Gunzburg for aeons (actually since she was at YSL, where
she came up with the iconic Touche Éclat). As that suggests,
nobody quite does light-reflective pigments like Terry –
which means her collection is great news for mature skins,
with those optical pigments
incorporated into line-blurring,
of incredibly high quality.
Find your nearest
stockist on byterry.com
and if you only have one
thing done, get them
to demo the Terrybly
Densiliss Serum Foundation
on you. It’s possibly the worstnamed
foundation on the planet, but
don’t let that put you off. I constantly get
compliments about my ‘great skin’ and always reply
that actually, it’s a great foundation. Please do not blame
me, however, if you end up hooked on a £78.50 base.
Charlotte Tilbury. It was just last week that I sat in
Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells asking the makeup pro to demo
Charlotte’s new Hollywood Flawless Filter Complexion
Booster on me (see my line-up of ‘five products to makeover
your makeup bag’, below). I heartily recommend you do the
same to see its glow-getting effect with your own eyes, but
there’s much more here in terms of makeover opportunities.
Charlotte (weird factoid: she decided to become a makeup
artist while standing in my husband’s kitchen in Formentera)
based her 10 Signature Looks on her A List clients, and it’s
really fun to pick a look and then see yourself transformed
in front of your eyes into The Ingénue, The Rock Chick,
The Golden Goddess (or whoever). Don’t let the rose-gold-
packaged glitziness of this brand put you off; this is definitely
for those of us who hoover carpets rather than simply swish
up red ones in glamorous frocks, but many of the products
have to be experienced to be believed. Her passionate
makeup pros will be more than happy to do that for you.
And if you haven’t got time for a full overhaul, here are
five finds that will update any kit (and in several cases,
help peel back the years).
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
Complexion Booster, , £30. Makes skin look lit from within –
it’s that simple – when used as a primer or blended with your
Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush, £28. A tint rather than
a gloss, this doubles for lips and cheeks, with a gel-like
finish, but I’m finding the Rose Natural shade fantastic
for perking up a tired-looking face mid-afternoon.
Cailyn Cosmetics O, Wow! Double Brush, £26.50
(qvc.com). Incredible for seamlessly ‘smooshing’ foundation
into skin. You could use it in the dark and look flawless.
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF15,
£40 (in six complexion-matched shades). I make no apologies
for including two Chanel ‘picks’, because is there anything
more cheering than adding one of those shiny black Chanel
containers to your beauty bag? This is brilliant for setting
makeup and helping it stay put, without ever looking
flat; in fact, it adds the lightest whisper of radiance.
Kat Von D ‘Lock It’ Colour Correcting Eye Primer,
£12. If your eyeshadow disappears into the wide blue
yonder (as mine always used to), this can be life-changing,
helping it to cling in place until cleansing-time.
Eye Liner £19.50
O, Wow! Double
Brush, £26.50 QVC
£30 Charlotte Tilbury
Kat Von D
‘Lock It’ Colour
Correcting Eye Primer
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Come on, you beauty!
Don’t miss out on the mini treatments and other beauty bounty at the
Fenwick Beauty Hub at Wealden Times Midsummer Fair
SEE US AT THE
One of the great treats in store at the Midsummer
Fair next month is the Fenwick Beauty Hub,
where you will be able to watch masterclasses by
experts from ten leading beauty brands, have one-on-one
instruction - and enjoy complimentary mini treatments.
There will be different events and treatments each day, so
go to wealdentimes.co.uk/events for details of what is happening
when, to make sure you don’t miss your favourite brand. Mini
treatments can be booked on the day at the Beauty Hub.
As well as all the fabulous beauty fun, Fenwick
fashion will be showcasing their top picks for summer
2018 and on Friday, special guest Sarah Edwards from
Australian summerwear brand Oneseason will be sharing
her favourite styles from their new collection.
Aveda hair and skin expert Lucy Broggio will be talking about
all things Aveda and sharing her tips and tricks from the trade.
Fenwick resident Aveda therapist, Shannon, will be in the
pop-up tent offering mini facials to transform your skin.
Charlotte Tilbury Team Tilbury makeup artists will
be demonstrating the new Beauty Filters collection
– your favourite filter effects bottled. They will also
be offering quick tricks, a complimentary 15-minute
appointment for you to discover the collection.
Clarins Beauty Coaches will talk you through their 1
Minute Heroes, the secret to a more powerful make-up
bag. Clarins will also be offering a luxurious hand and
arm massage, during which your hands are cleansed,
gently exfoliated, then moisturised, leaving you with
supple and velvety-soft skin, finishing with a spritz of Eau
Dynamisante for a fresh and revitalising pick-me-up.
Caudalie consultant Caroline Harris will
be talking about the Caudalie Premier Cru
collection, including the brand’s major
breakthrough in anti-ageing solutions,
the new Premier Cru Serum. This unique
formula revitalises the skin,
correcting all signs of ageing
and increasing the antiwrinkle
action of Premier Cru The Cream.
Caroline will also be offering 5-minute complimentary
sessions with the Skin Scanner in the pop-up tent.
Dermalogica is giving a fun and informative masterclass
where you will learn tips from one of their highly trained
experts on how to achieve brighter, firmer and more radiant
skin. Get hands on with their newest high-performance
product launch, while learning how to fight daily skin
damage within your skin care routine at home. There will
also be an opportunity to receive a free 10-minute Skin Solver
treatment, restoring skin’s glow and reducing the appearance
of lines and wrinkles with Dermalogica expert, Holly.
Kiehl’s On Wheels will be a space to relax, unwind
and ensure you stay fresh faced. They will be selling
a range of their iconic products and offering expert
advice and consultations, talking you through how to
customise your skincare routine in a few easy steps.
Miller Harris invite you to meet fragrance industry
expert, Nick Gilbert of Olfiction and learn about
the brand-new Miller Harris Forage collection, the
inspiration, the ingredients and all that is in bet ween.
Nick will also be holding a one-on-one fragrance profiling
consultation to help you discover your perfect scent.
Neal’s Yard Remedies’ brand experts will talk about their
Organic Health and Beauty, including the Age Well, Stress
Less campaign using the new Frankincense range.
PIXI is running an informative masterclass where you
learn how to create the PIXI ‘Secret Garden’ look,
with mini complimentary treatments using a quick
touch of colour using the products in the range.
MAVALA’s consultants will offer nail care advice and a free
MAVALA Mini Manicure using vegan polishes, free from
nasties such as phthalates, toluene, camphor and xylene.
Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic
offers an extensive range of dental
treatments in Farnham, Surrey.
Celebrating National Smile Month at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic
National Smile Month runs 14 th May–14 th June
2018 to promote three key messages:
• Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least
one other time daily with toothpaste containing
≥1450ppm fluoride, as this helps protect teeth
from cavities and makes teeth stronger
• Cut down on sugary foods and drinks,
and restrict any to meal times only
• Visit your dentist and hygienist for regular checkups,
as they will closely monitor the health of
your mouth, including screening for oral cancer.
To coincide with this, Elmsleigh House
Dental Clinic is running a free open evening
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Elmsleigh House is a private dental practice in
Farnham offering an extensive range of general,
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all patients are happy with their teeth and smile.
For more information, call the Welcome Team on
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A Year of Wellness
Wondering exactly what your microbiome is – and why you should
be worrying about it? Eminé Rushton explores the crucial link
between a happy gut and a healthy body and mind
May: Gut instinct
Have you noticed recently that a
lot of people seem to be talking
about the importance of good Hgut health? So why so much fuss – and
what actually constitutes the ‘gut’?
The G word refers to our entire
digestive system – the stomach, small
and large intestines, pancreas, liver,
gallbladder and rectum – but when
people talk about ‘gut health’ what
they are usually referring to is the
microbiome. This is the complex,
uniquely individual balance of the four
main strains of bacteria that reside
within our gut, which is, ultimately, our
foundation for overall health.
Some gut bacteria, or
some in excessive amounts,
can cause infection, illness,
digestive discomfort, and
even an increased risk
for cancer. While other
bacteria, or the right
amounts of them, help us
fight disease and stay healthy, in fact,
80% of our immune function resides in
our gut walls.
In particular, low levels of lactobacillus
bacteria are commonly linked to low
immunity. Great natural sources of
lactobacillus are live yoghurt and kefir,
and raw, unpasteurised milk, or you can
get it from non-dairy sources such as
sauerkraut, kimchi and coconut kefir.
There are countless recipes for these
online and they’re supremely cheap and
easy to make, or you could try Biona’s
tasty kraut, or Purearth Life’s vibrant
and zingy kefir waters
(both online at Planet
If you’re not
and regularly roast a joint or a chicken,
boiling up the carcass and bones,
for up to 24 hours, until the bones
soften and crumble, will give you a
rich, deep bone broth, which is full of
natural amino acids, which has been
shown to heal the gut wall and reduce
intestinal inflammation. You can tweak
a basic recipe (there’s a great one on
hemsleyandhemsley.com) with whatever
seasonal herbs and veg you have
Then there are the mood-boosting
effects of a healthy gut. Around 75% of
our happy hormone, serotonin, is also
produced within our microbiome. Poor
gut health is often related
“It’s not just to low mood - see the
physical wellbeing box below for more about
my favourite book on
– poor gut health
how to fix it with diet.
is often related We can also feed up
our good bacteria with
to low mood”
prebiotic-rich foods. To
explain: prebiotics are the food that feed
your good bacteria – probiotics are the
good bacteria themselves. Cooked and
cooled potatoes, basmati rice, Jerusalem
artichoke, chicory and tiger nuts, are
fantastic natural sources of prebiotics.
Then, there is the stress connection.
Being in a state of relaxation plays a
huge part in how well we digest
our food. When we chew
well, breathe slowly, and eat
mindfully, we are far less likely
to suffer digestive discomfort.
When we are overly stressed,
our stomachs also produce
less hydrochloric acid – and
we need a lot of it to properly
break down our food. The
best long-term approach is to
Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine, and
co-founder of the conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk
tackle your stress levels head on. (A daily
antacid is not the answer. Sorry.)
There has been some heartening
research into the herb ashwagandha,
which dramatically reduces the impact
of stress on the body’s immune, digestive
and nervous systems. I now take it every
day and love the one by Wild Nutrition,
And, finally, if you feel that your gut
bacteria simply are not functioning
optimally (and you’ve been struggling
with irritable bowl syndrome-type
symptoms with little success), you
may want to read up on the only
NHS-backed probiotic on the market,
Independent research by University
College London (UCL) showed that
Symprove can arrive at and survive
and thrive in targeted areas of your gut
quickly and effectively, and ongoing
research is unanimously
positive. A 12-week course
will help to get gut health
back on track – it is
costly, but effective.
Nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik
(evekalinik.com) recommends polyphenolrich
foods, e.g. green tea, blueberries,
cold-pressed olive oil and a
glass of good red wine, to
boost overall wellbeing. Her
fantastically thorough book,
Be Good to Your Gut, £20
(Piatkus), includes detailed
advice on feeding your
inner ecosystem, with
inventive and delicious
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With a glimpse of summer on show, many of us are
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the winter and spring, but sometimes we need an
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how we will look when the holiday season arrives.
Of course even though we may work vigorously hard
at the gym or participate in fitness classes three to
four times a week, stubborn fat isn’t always that simple
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You all pay close attention to a healthy lifestyle
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According to Doctor Sophie Shotter, owner of Illuminate
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Dr Shotter explains ‘We have a popular CoolSculpting
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Which one piece of seasonal wisdom
helps you in May?
We are so connected to the elements,
our mental and physical health aligns
very closely with what is going on in
the great outdoors and when we don’t
physically spend time in nature we can
feel a little bit ‘out of sorts’. So getting
out into our natural habitat can help
to ground us and allow us to embody
the seasons a little more. As the weather
starts to warms up, my essential is to
get outside in bare feet and feel my toes
in the earth. May is always one of my
favourite months for walking because
the bluebells are out and seeing the
carpet of colour in the woods is magical.
Which self-care ritual do you never
Rather than one big practice, I tend to
break it up into smaller elements that
are easy to fit in no matter what. I am
a great believer in emotional self-care
and I don’t go a day without writing in
my gratitude journal. This helps me feel
naturally abundant and ‘full’ no matter
what challenges I may be facing. There
is always something to be grateful for.
May’s mood booster
We grow calendula on our allotment
plot. It takes so easily and spreads like
wild, amber fire. Every year, I collect
the flowers at their prime, dry them
out and then add the papery petals
to jars of cold-pressed sunflower oil,
leaving them for months on a sunny
sill, where they infuse. Once strained
and bottled, the oil can be used for
sore, dry, irritated patches on skin, or
taken internally, to calm skin from
within. Now is a good time to plant
calendula – you’ll reap the harvest for
months to come if you do.
Lauren Barber is a yoga and meditation teacher and writer who lives in
Hildenborough with her husband and dog Pickle. When she isn’t teaching a class
at Kingdom in Penshurst, she loves walking in the local countryside, meditating in
her home studio and sharing her wellbeing experiences via her website
What’s cooking in your kitchen
After a winter of comforting, warming
foods I am thoroughly enjoying
getting back into creating lovely
colourful, crunchy salads again. The
more beautiful vibrant vegetables
I can fit in the better. Right now
I am enjoying mixing up my own
hummus in a variety of flavours such
as beetroot, lemon and coriander and
roasted red pepper.
Share one book that taught you
something amazing about life.
Wild Power by Alexandra Pope. This
book’s subtitle is ‘Discover the magic
of your menstrual cycle and awaken
the feminine path to power’ which
may be a little daunting for some,
but it describes in detail the way a
woman’s menstrual cycle works from
a physical and emotional point of
view and brought me so much clarity
around my own feminine cycles. Once
we understand the cyclical nature of
ourselves as women we can connect to
a much healthier and more balanced
way of finding optimal wellbeing.
What brings a smile to your face?
Being out in nature with my dog.
Even when the weather is dreary and
I feel like staying indoors, having a
dog makes sure you get outside no
matter what. A sunrise walk in the
springtime puts a joyful bounce in
What is the best treatment you’ve
I recently had a healing treatment
with Kelley Swan, who uses a
combination of energy work, Thai
yoga massage and acupressure, along
with her years of experience as a yoga
teacher. She helped me release a lot
of physical and emotional tension
in my shoulders and jaw. Having
spent many years with a lot of upper
body tension from anxiety and stress,
I am still unravelling the physical
effects and I felt incredible after the
Enjoy hot choc
Hot chocolate is often seen as an unhealthy
indulgence, but cocoa is in fact one of our most
nutritious raw ingredients, for both health-salving and
spirit-lifting properties. And when the steaming cup
in question brims with polyphenol-rich raw cacao,
the most nutritious form of cocoa, it is an incredible
source of immune-boosting antioxidants and trace
minerals. My most recent find is Made
by Noble’s Himalayan Salted Cacao, £29
(harveynichols.com). An unusual blend of
beetroot, maca, cinnamon and richest cacao
powder, it blends a treat with any milk.
The slow stirring of the velvet-thick powder
with milk in the pan brings a sense of coca’s
ceremonial pleasure. Sweeten it up with
maple syrup, or brown sugar if you wish.
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We aim to consistently provide
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We are very blessed to have all
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A beautiful smile for life is our
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Food blogger Oz Telem loves the nutritionladen
flowery white superveg so much he has
written a whole cook book about it
Words Oz Telem Photography Assaf Ambram
Cauliflower and spinach
When people ask me
what I do for a living,
my reply is, ‘I help spread
happiness through cooking.’
This is the goal of every
post I publish on my blog
The idea of dedicating an
entire book to ‘the white
princess’ came from my wife,
Adi. Once she suggested the
idea, it felt so right. Everyone
loves cauliflower. It is
nutritious and delicious, easy
to find and can be cooked in
every possible way. Yet, when
I asked around, I found that
most people knew only three
or four ways to prepare it, so I
saw a gap I could fill.
Please follow my Instagram
@oztelem and tag #caulibook
whenever you are cooking
from the book!
Serves 3-5 Prep and cooking time: 30 minutes. Contains eggs and dairy, gluten-free, paleo
Who needs tomatoes? Shakshooka, a breakfast dish of eggs cooked in spicy tomato
sauce is popular in Israel, Libya and Tunisia. Over time, Israeli cooks got creative and
shakshooka started describing various other dishes of eggs cooked in vegetable-based
sauces – most famous of which is the green shakshooka, that contains spinach. The idea
to upgrade green shakshooka came from my fellow Israeli food blogger Hagit Bilia. I
was telling Hagit about my grand plans for the white princess, and she asked me: ‘Why
don’t you make a cauliflower shakshooka with spinach and some good cheese?’. ‘That
will work!’, I replied, and very soon after she posted a very luscious shakshooka on her
blog, proving the feasibility of the concept in the most delicious way possible.
• 1 small cauliflower
• 4 tablespoons olive oil
• 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) water
• 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) fresh spinach
leaves, rinsed and roughly
chopped if large
• sea salt and freshly ground black
• 6–8 medium to large eggs,
• 60 g (2 oz) feta or chèvre cheese, to
• slices of good bread, to serve
1Cut the cauliflower into florets,
then thinly slice (reserve the other
parts for stock).
2Heat the olive oil in a wide,
shallow frying pan. Add the sliced
cauliflower and sauté over a high heat
for 6–7 minutes, stirring frequently,
until just tender and golden.
3Add the water, bring to the boil,
cover and cook over a mediumhigh
heat for a further 5 minutes until
tender. Add the chopped spinach and
stir well. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring
occasionally, until the leaves have
wilted and lost most of their volume.
4If you see too much water pooling
in the bottom of the pan, push
all the vegetables to one side, then
allow the excess liquid to reduce (3–5
minutes over a high heat).
5Stir well and, using a spoon, create
little holes in the cauli-spinach
mixture (according to the number of
eggs you are using). Crack the eggs
into the holes.
6Cover the pan and cook over a
medium heat for 5–8 minutes until
the eggs are done to your liking.
7Crumble over the feta, if using, and
serve with chunks of good bread.
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Cauliflower and beetroot borscht
Serves 4-5 Prep and cooking time: 1 hour. Vegan option: omit sour cream
A tangy classic, borscht is an Eastern European soup, prepared
in countless ways with a vast variety of ingredients from potatoes
and beans to beef, pork and even porcini mushrooms. Aside
from the beetroot and vinegar, which are the most iconic
borscht ingredients, many Ukrainian and Russian recipes have
cabbage (and even sauerkraut). Here, I replace the cabbage with
cauliflower. If you prefer your soup creamy rather than chunky,
use a hand-held blender to purée the soup once it’s cooked (just
don’t forget to pick out the bay leaves first). For a smooth and
creamy texture, add a few tablespoons of olive oil while
puréeing the soup.
For the soup
• 1 large cauliflower
• 3–4 tablespoons olive oil
or vegetable oil
• 1 large onion, diced into
• 1 heaped tablespoon
tomato purée (paste)
• 4 medium-size beetroots,
peeled and diced into
• 2 bay leaves
• 3–4 tablespoons apple
cider vinegar or red wine
• 980 ml–1½ litres (37–44
fl oz/4–5 cups) water
• 1 teaspoon fine sea salt,
plus more to taste
• 1 teaspoon brown sugar
• 150 ml (5 fl oz/⅔ cup)
full-fat sour cream or
• a small handful of fresh
dill fronds (optional)
• coarsely ground black
Cut the cauliflower into
1 medium-size florets, peel
and roughly chop the main
stem and roughly chop the
stalks and leaves.
2Heat the oil in a
Add the onion and chopped
cauliflower stem, stalks
and leaves, and fry over a
medium-low heat for about 8
minutes, stirring occasionally
until slightly tender.
3Add the tomato paste
(purée) and cook,
stirring, for one minute. Add
the beetroot, florets, bay
leaves, vinegar and enough
water to come up to about
4 cm (1½ in) above the
contents of the saucepan.
4Bring the soup to the
boil, cover, then simmer
over a medium-low heat
for 30 minutes, until the
vegetables are tender. Taste
and season with salt and
more vinegar, if you like;
add sugar if the acidity needs
serve, divide the soup
5To among bowls and add
a dollop of cream to each.
Sprinkle the dill and some
black pepper on top. Keeps
refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Cauliflower and red lentil kichri
Serves 4-5 Prep and cooking time: 1 hour. Vegan option: omit yoghurt
Cauliflower rice taken to the next level kichri is an Iraqi dish
with Indian roots made with rice and red lentils. The Indian
dish (khichdi) is rich with spices, herbs and even nuts, whereas
the Iraqi version is more minimal in nature. Due to its high
nutritional value, kichri is prepared by some Jews of Iraqi descent
before ritual fasting. The final step of preparation is what makes
it unique: garlic and cumin are fried in oil and drizzled on top
of the dish. In this recipe I make kichri just as my grandmother,
Hanna, taught me, but using cauliflower grains instead of rice.
After seeing them do so well in stir-fried ‘rice’, I wanted to test
their power in a different rice dish, and I am very proud of the
results. The amount of water I use might not seem like much,
but it is enough because you only need moisture for the lentils.
If you put in too much water, things will get mushy. You can top
your kichri with fried eggs, baked or fried aubergines (eggplants),
grated fresh tomatoes, sour cream and chopped spring onions
For the cauliflower and lentils
• 1 medium-size cauliflower
• 250 g (9 oz/1 cup) red
lentils, preferably whole
• 2–3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 scant teaspoon ground
• 350 ml (12 fl oz/1½ cups)
• fine sea salt
To finish the dish
• 6–7 garlic cloves, peeled
• 3–6 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
(or whole seeds)
• natural yoghurt,
homemade tahini or
lemon wedges, to serve
To cook the cauliflower and
1 lentils: Cut the cauliflower
into florets. Chop the florets
into small pieces that resemble
breadcrumbs (using a food
processor, a box grater or a
knife). Place the lentils in a
fine sieve and rinse really well
(stirring with your hands).
Allow to drain.
2Place the cauliflower
crumbs and lentils in a
medium-size saucepan. Add the
oil, turmeric and water, and stir.
Bring to the boil over a
3 high heat, season generously
with salt, cover, reduce the heat
to low and cook for 12– 16
minutes, until the cauliflower
and lentils are tender but not
To finish: Place the garlic
4 and oil in a small frying
pan over a medium heat and
cook for 20–30 seconds until
Add the cumin and fry for
5 a further 20–30 seconds
until the aromas are deeply
satisfying. If you see the garlic
beginning to take colour,
remove from the heat.
Empty the pan with the
Cauliflower by Oz Telem, published by
Hardie Grant £15 hardiegrant.com
sizzling garlic and cumin
into the cauliflower and
lentils. Combine gently. Serve
alongside yoghurt, tahini or
with a wedge of lemon.
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Meet the distillers, learn how we make our craft spirits, and taste
some of our amazing cocktails.
We will be running free 20-minute distillery tours where tickets
will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
First tour starts at 11am, last tour starts at 4.30pm.
There will also be live music throughout the day and local food so
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The Chelsea Flower show is the floral equivalent
of the Paris catwalk says Jo Arnell
Often bizarre, occasionally radical, always brilliant,
the Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious
and talked about event in the gardening year. It
is the perfect interface between the worlds of horticulture,
garden design and the rest of the world. It’s a meeting place,
a fashion show, a talking point and nowhere else can we see
so many issues of the day reflected back at us in floral form.
It is not to be confused with actual gardening –
the Chelsea show is, just like the catwalk, a slightly
impossible place of fantasy; a stage on which design
and horticultural excellence struts its stuff.
The other thing it’s about is winning, about being the
best, using the best of materials, planting the best plants,
claiming a medal. Preferably a gold one. Silver-gilt and
silver are just about acceptable, but, heaven forbid, no one
appears happy with the almost-insult of a bronze medal.
The judging criteria are sometimes mysterious, as can
be seen when the popular vote varies markedly from
the professional, but we all know a winning garden idea
when we see one - and we can copy. Just as the high
streets make catwalk styles wearable by mortals, we can
apply good design to our domestic spaces. Once you peel
away the pizzaz and impossibly perfect plantings, there’s
always a wheelbarrow full of ideas to take home.
Above: A large silver ‘focal point’ in one of 2016’s show
gardens Right: A garden by Professor Nigel Dunnett
More show gardens from
the Chelsea Flower Show.
We need first to digest and
then translate those new
ideas, turn them, as a fork
turns compost, into practical
solutions for our more down
to earth and domestic spaces.
Show gardens are, well,
for show, and won’t always
include a space for the bins; they often have peculiar paths
that go nowhere, are too narrow, or go around in circles.
Paths in show gardens lead on and off the garden onto
bigger paths and walkways – and in our gardens that is usually
where the fence or garden boundary would be. It also pays
not to be too fashionable. Chelsea designers have the luxury
of a new makeover each year, we are stuck with our gardens
for a lot longer than that; huge pink walls, mad rockeries and
steel water features might not be in vogue for long. Like a
classic staple wardrobe (where you can update the accessories)
it is often better to stick to some tried and tested ideas.
Features and focal points
All gardens need focal points; and while choosing
garden features is a matter of taste, it does pay to look
at your surroundings, their scale as well as their style.
Focal points can easily tip into the realms of folly. A
huge silver ball or corner of a ruined abbey might set
off a Chelsea garden, but can look out of kilter in a
domestic garden, positively monastery-ous in fact.
These can be a sparkling addition to the garden, bringing
refreshing movement, sound and life. But, as with focal
points, style, scale and positioning are key here. It is also vital
to keep them clean and functioning. They don’t have time
to get clogged with algae and grunge at a flower show, but
it’s surprising how quickly a water feature can turn into a
forlorn relic, becoming dry, silent and shamefully derelict.
For most of us, plants are the main attraction at
Chelsea, but you can’t buy them directly from the show,
at least not until the final hour, when they are sold
off in a frenetic bun fight that sees normally demure
and well-behaved ladies forgetting their manners and
scrambling for bargains like seagulls behind a trawler.
If you do visit on the last day with the intention
of buying plants, be as prepared as you would be
for the first day of the sales. Pay with cash and have
some kind of trolley to take your haul home in.
The Floral Pavilion
Plant breeders, nursery owners and their plants are found
in the big tented Floral Pavilion that sits at the heart –
figuratively and literally – of the show. Gold medals
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are also won (and lost) here and the displays of plants
inside can look just as spectacular as the show gardens.
Many new cultivars are launched at Chelsea. Some will be
novelties (red delphinium anyone?) and will fade from view
after a few years, but a few of the Chelsea introductions, like the
wonderfully floriferous Geranium ‘Rozanne’, the ever-flowering
wallflower Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, the perennially popular
Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’, or even that old classic the ‘Iceberg’
rose, have stood the test of time and become border favourites.
Flower colours and planting combinations seem to follow
the latest in couture, fitting with Chelsea’s role as the catwalk
of gardening. For a long time wistful meadowy themes
have been at the fore, but colour is creeping back in.
In the last couple of years the tones have been more vibrant,
in fact a few of the displays last year were positively lurid.
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These must be taken, sad to say, with a pinch of horticultural
salt. There is soil at the Chelsea Flower Show, but it is the perfect
soil, or often there’s no soil at all (yes, shock horror, some of the
plants stay in their pots). The plants are at the peak of perfection,
flowering beautifully and are packed very closely together in
order to achieve those gorgeously dense tapestries of colour.
You can achieve a similar look in your own garden, but it is
tricky in the long run (that would be the long run back to the
garden centre). Flowers can be fleeting, so look for plants that
have a long season of interest and those with lovely foliage.
The realist in me (a cross between Jiminy Cricket and the
worst car mechanic) sucks in breath and tuts at the impracticality
of many planting schemes and because it is a snapshot taken
in late May, inevitably the mass of gorgeous late spring/
early summer plants will all be over in a few short weeks.
My romantic side (Kate Bush and Marie Antoinette?)
can’t wait to plant a mini meadow on top of the bin
store, make the topiary spin and install an ancient
olive grove where the apple tree once was.
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It’s not all about the sunny spots - Sue Whigham celebrates
the beauty of the darker parts of the garden
There has been a garden at the Inner Temple in London
since the 12th century and mediaeval papers record
an orchard on the site at that time. By the 14th
century much was made of the garden’s roses and it was
the venue for the RHS’s Great Spring Show from 1888 to
1911 before it outgrew the space and moved to Chelsea.
Now you’ll see a rather wonderful three-acre garden
sweeping down to the Thames, complete with rare
trees and the most sumptuously planted borders.
There has been a major regeneration of the garden
under the guidance of Andrea Brunsendorf, the current
Head Gardener, who combines an artistic eye with
superb plantsmanship. It will be interesting to see how
the new Head Gardener, Sean Harkin, influences the
planting in the future. His previous appointment was at
Kensington Palace so he comes with great credentials.
It’s a splendid thing to have right in the heart of the
capital and best of all, to my mind, is the lovely planting
under the trees to the east of the rolling lawns, a wonderful
source of inspiration for making the most of shady
areas, which can be a challenge to home gardeners.
When you are choosing plants for shade, it is useful
to know their provenance. There are so many bulbs,
perennials, woody plants and ferns that originally thrived
in forests and woodland and of course for the happiest
plants it is ideal to emulate their original ‘home’.
We’re spoilt for choice really and I think that as we seem to
have such dry summers down here in the South East, shady
borders have the benefit of not scorching in a hot sun as they
are in soil that does not immediately dry out. Provided that
the borders have had the benefit of added organic matter,
the shade will reduce the need to water and by mid to late
summer all should be looking good, as the shaded areas of
Shade in the garden comes in
a lot of different guises:
• Light shade, created by walls, fences and buildings.
• Deep shade, under evergreen trees or in
alleys between houses and buildings.
• Partial shade, created by the position of the sun
as it moves round (there are very many plants
that can cope with sun/or partial shade)
• Dappled shade, created under the
canopy of deciduous trees.
• Damp shade and dry shade.
your garden are less exposed to extremes of temperature.
The areas under the trees at Inner Temple, when I saw
them in May a couple of years ago, were a marvellous
mix of ferns, Smyrnium perfoliatum, wonderful creamy
foxgloves - from memory, D. ‘Camelot Cream’; some large
yellow aquilegia – possibly Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Yellow
Queen’ – and the promise of martagon lilies to come.
This particular aquilegia is one of the largest, longest
spurred varieties you’ll find and it has the added bonus of
blue/green filigree leaves. As for the smyrnium, I’ve never
been successful with it, but it is well worth persevering with
as once you’ve got the plant established, it will naturalise in
your shady areas. Its combination of airy greeny yellow flowers
and shield-like leaves which decrease in size as they climb
the stem, are intriguing and for anyone who likes euphorbias
and fresh limes and yellows, it’s a must. Some nurseries sell
small plants now and as long as you don’t hoe them out
and remember that they are biennials, they will bulk up.
A really good evergreen fern which can cope with dry
conditions and partial shade and which may well have
been the one growing at the Inner Temple is Dryopteris
wallichiana, otherwise known as Wallich’s Wood Fern. Its
beautiful fronds form a big shuttlecock and if you provide
it with rich soil, it can reach about three foot (90cm).
Splashes of bright foliage in darker shadier areas could
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available on the market now. The variety of flower colour
and leaf markings and shape is huge. And don’t be put off by
my mention of ground elder as there is a particularly good
variegated form, Aeogopodium podagraria ‘Variegata’, which
provides a fantastic light reflecting carpet in dappled shade.
Leaf interest for shade include bergenias – B. ‘Abendglut’,
a favourite of Gertrude Jekyll’s, is particularly choice. The
flowers are magenta and the undersides of the leaves are a
glorious maroon. Perfect ground cover for a shady area.
And then there are taller plants like Rodgersia aesculifolia
with its architectural foliage and spires of creamy white
summer flowers. I particularly like Rodgersia aesculifolia
‘Maurice Mason’, named by Christopher Lloyd after the
friend who gave it to him, and always look forward to
it coming into flower. The large leaves resemble those
of a horse chestnut and the flowers of this clone are a
rich pink which seem to deepen as the year goes on.
Tall, late flowering plants like the rodgersias and the
actaeas can be underplanted with early flowering bulbs like
snowdrops and scillas, arums, and anemone nemorosa, the
wood anemones. This layering of ground cover gives you
different seasons of interest in your shade borders. You can
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And finally, a rather random list of
smashing shade lovers would include:
• Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, a woodland
grass with great autumn colour.
• Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’,
a handsome white hydrangea.
• Hedera helix ‘Glacier’, a great ground coverer with
marbled silver grey green leaves. Plant this at the edge
of a shaded bed. Deep shade will create too little light
and the leaves will revert to being a plain green.
• Libertia grandiflora. From New Zealand, with
tall grass-like stems and white bowl-shaped
flowers held on stiff stems in early summer.
• Nicotiana sylvestris, a tall biennial with
gloriously scented white candelabra flowers.
• Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ is particularly good
bistort although there are umpteen forms on the
market these days. They’ll completely colonise areas
of damp shade for you and can cope with sun too.
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Keep calm and
carry on (revising)
It’s exam time, not much fun for Year 11s and 13s – or their
parents – so Hilary Wilce offers some expert advice
Exams are coming up fast, and
there will be many households
where tensions are running high
about revision. But psychologists have
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techniques don’t work at all. High on
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Highlighting, as we all know, is fun.
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Neither do they like summaries. Making a summary of something can
feel very effective in the moment, but afterwards, apparently, our brains
just go ‘meh’ and forget it. On the other hand, our brains absolutely love
trying to fully understand something and then teaching it to someone
else. If our brains do that, they have got it for ever. What do parents need
to do to support their children when exams are looming?
*Encourage them to start early and take gaps Learning something
for an hour over six days has been shown to be much more effective
than cramming for six hours just before the big day. In fact, according
to Professor John Dunlosky of Kent State University, in Ohio, this is the
most important thing any student can do.
*Tell them that cramming can also be useful But only, apparently, if
it comes after earlier ‘distributed’ revision (see above).
*Encourage them to test themselves This really helps them focus and
learn, and shows them how well they’re doing, and where they need to
put in more work.
*Make them turn their music off Students who revise without music
have been shown to do significantly better than those who keep it on.
*Remove their phone Yes, remove it. Psychologists in the US have
discovered that it’s not enough to keep it turned off. Even just a glimpse
of a phone can cause a major distraction and loss of focus.
*Make sure they get enough sleep We’re now making huge
discoveries about the power of sleep to ease stress, absorb knowledge, and
boost biological processes. Shakespeare, of course, knew this more than
four hundred years ago, when he named it “chief nourisher in life’s feast”.
*Encourage healthy breaks, with exercise and fresh air, and also
drinking plenty of water Brains need to be looked after, just like skin
and muscles and hearts and lungs.
If you do all these things your child will probably hate you (especially
the phone thing). But you’ll just have to deal with it. You’re the adult
here. Try using good comparisons to encourage revision. Would they
play an important game of rugby, or embark on a dance performance
without practising a lot beforehand? Personally, I’m no fan of offering
bribes for results. I believe that the most effective revision comes when
students are doing it for themselves. But children and families vary, and
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What’s On In May
Sat 14 Apr – Sun 17 Jun
The Lightbox, Chobham Road,
Woking, Surrey, GU21 4AA
Lee Miller: Picasso
See Picasso through the eyes
of Lee Miller, the supermodel
turned surrealist photographer
and muse to Picasso himself.
Sat 21 Apr – Sat 19 May
New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon
Yard/Lower Church Lane,
Farnham GU9 7PS
New Ashgate Gallery explores
the importance of visual
communication in everyday
life along with the pleasure of
drawing as a feast for the eyes.
The upcoming show features local
and nationally acclaimed artists,
Diana Boyle, Claire Caulfield,
Eliza Southwood, Nick Tankard,
Liz Toole and James Warren.
Sat 5 – Mon 7 May 10am-6pm
Betchworth Village Hall
Station Rd, Betchworth, Surrey
The Dorking Group
of Artists – Spring
Exhibiting members of The
Dorking Group of Artists, many
professionals among them, will
be displaying over 250 pieces of
new and original art, all for sale at
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Mon 7 - Sun 13 May
Spelthorne Arts Week
A week of arts packed with live
theatre, music, comedy, arts,
crafts, and dance workshops.
Learn to make a mosaic, enter a
photography competition, see the
artwork of Spelthorne schools, or
try the Staines art walk.
Children & Families
Sat 5 – Mon 7 May 11am-8pm
Hersham Green, Hersham,
Walton-on-Thames KT12 4HL
Carters Steam Fair
Take a trip back in time with the
same authentic vintage travelling
fun fair that Paddington visits in
Paddington 2. The fair operates
rides and sidestalls from 1870s to
1960s including a Ghost Train,
Mirror Show, Shooting Salon,
Dodgems, Chairoplane and
Steam Gallopers; in this picture
perfect immersive experience even
the living wagons and transport
vehicles are vintage.
Sat 12 May 10am-9pm
Brooklands Road, Weybridge
The 1940s Relived
Brooklands turns back the clock
and celebrates the 1940s with a
vintage market, period vehicle
displays, re-enactment groups,
dance marquee, live music, dance
lessons, a family activity zone and
style scouts looking for the best
Sat 12 & Sun 13 May
Wintershall Estate, Wintershall,
Bramley, Guildford GU5 0LR
The Little Welly
Let kids go wild and get muddy
in this 30 obstacle, 3km course
set to include a three-humped
dragon, dodge ball, trapeze swing,
and water slide among its many
Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June
Bocketts Farm, Young Street,
Have a spectacular spring
with birds of prey flying
demonstrations, circus skills
workshops and panning for gold.
Wed 30 May 10.30
Farnham Maltings, Bridge
Square, Farnham GU9 7QR
Kids aged 6+ can have fun icing
cupcakes and decorating them
with lego pieces they make using
colourful icing. All materials and
cakes supplied and you can take
home your creations in a box.
Festivals & Shows
Sun 6 – Mon 7 May 9am-5pm
South of England Showground,
Ardingly RH17 6TL
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend
with performances from the music
stage, maypole and Sussex dance
workshops, seasonal gardening
demos, dog agility, animal barn,
donkey rides, artisan food and
drink, fairground attractions and
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Entry: seniors/students £9, children
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Sun 6 - Tues 8 May
Chiddingstone Castle, Hill
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A festival to please any and all
bookworms with author talks for
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6 May, a wide range of events for
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7 May, and a whole day of
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Sat 12 May 2pm – 9pm
Hartsfield Manor, Sandy Lane,
Betchworth RH3 7AA
Food & Drink Festival
Hartsfield hosts its first ever food
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food and drink suppliers from
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Sat 12 May
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley
Lane Woking GU23 6QB
The National Alpine
Explore a National level show
filled with colourful and exotic
Alpine plants to buy or view in a
guided behinds the scenes tour.
You can also gain helpful advice
from friendly experts from the
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Sun 13 May
Blue Anchor Farm, Blindley
Heath RH7 6JL
Cowpie County Show
A classic family day out
combining a programme of events
in the Main Ring and Countryside
Ring with all sorts of attractions,
trade stands, and Surrey Young
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the UK number one monster
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miniature ponies, vintage
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Fri 18 & Sat 19 May
Various locations in Guildford
Trinity Folk Festival
The best of modern contemporary
folk and roots music gathers
together in this fun and folksy
festival with two stages in
Guildford’s oldest building, St
Sat 19 – Sun 10 May
The Boileroom, 13 Stoke Fields,
Guildford GU1 4LS
Bands, musicians, speakers and
performers get together to raise
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Tues 1, Tues 8 & Tuesday 29
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The largest and longest running
twice monthly market in the
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premier antiques markets now
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The market will be running at
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Sports & Leisure
Sun 6 May
Priory Park, Bell Street, Reigate
Fun Run & Festival of
This festival is all about
participation. Celebrate sport in
any way you want - run in one of
the many races catering to all ages
and abilities, cheer on local dance
and gymnastics groups in the
central arena, or grab an activity
passport and you can try new
sports including golf, martial arts
Mon 7 May
Starting at Stansted Village
Hall, Malthouse Road, Stansted,
Sevenoaks Kent TN15 7PH
Annual Cloisters Bike
Chose from three glorious bike
rides from ‘The Challenge’s 44
miles to ‘The Cruise’s 13 miles,
any option will have you wheeling
through quiet leafy lanes and
charming villages of the North
Downs of West Kent. In aid of St.
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Thurs 17 May 10.30am
Camberley Heath Golf Club,
Golf Drive, Camberley
Charity Golf Day
A chance to enjoy fantastic day of
golf at one of the finest courses
in Surrey, all in aid of Sebastians
Action Trust for families of
seriously-ill children. Includes
bacon rolls and two-course dinner.
Entry: Individuals £75, Corporate
Info: 01344 622500 /
Sat 9 June 7.30pm
Museum, 78 High Street,
Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA
The Rude Mechanical
Theatre Company -
The Rude Mechanical Theatre
Company, who specialise in
iconic outdoor theatre, will
be returning to the Museum
this year, with a new play -
‘Oberon’s Cure’ - a beautiful
poetic and hilarious prequel to
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
in which the human and fairy
Info: haslemeremuseum.co.uk /
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Jane goes out for chickens and falls for less paltry poultry
am always amazed that our hens are able to wander
around the farmyard and across the fields without
meeting a fox! There are plenty of the latter about so
not sure why this status quo persists – but I think you can
imagine where this story is going.
About a month ago, having set off on their daily walk
about they didn’t come home to roost and a search soon
found the sad pile of tell-tale feathers. Doubly galling as they
had only just come back into lay after their winter break
(being posh pure-bred hens they only oblige at certain times
of the year).
Anyhow our chicken-free status did convey certain
advantages, the main one being no need to remember to
shut them in every night at dusk. As the years advance the
ability to remember anything, and especially when it is time
sensitive, is not a given and so it was liberating to strike this
essential task from one’s mental ‘to do’ list. There was however
another positive to look forward to.
Every year I diligently prepare the raised veg beds by
covering them in manure in the autumn and lightly digging
them over in the spring. The one chosen for
the salad veg also gets carefully raked and then
I plant very straight rows of lettuce, spinach,
beetroot, rocket, spring onions and carrots and
sit back waiting for the seedlings to poke their
heads above the surface a week later.
Why, oh why, after all these years I still
believe in the possibility of this happening I
don’t know because without fail the chickens
consider it their God-given right to break in and create havoc.
Finding such a fine tilth they scratch away so that all the
seeds get jumbled up and so what does appear is a) not in a
straight row and b) can’t be distinguished from all the weeds
that germinate at the same time.
consider it their
to break in and
So I was feeling rather thrilled about the chicken-free status
when my daughters came home. They no longer live here
full time but are convinced that nothing at home should ever
change. Coopers Farm without chickens was unimaginable
and they simply had to be replaced.
Now for those of you who don’t know,
chickens come in two basic types: hybrids
and purebreds. The hybrids are the working
girls, bred to lay an egg most days of the year
and not go broody (when a hen decides to
become a mum and stop laying).
The purebreds are the indulged beauty
queens, all different colours, shapes and sizes,
which lay eggs in an amazing variety of tones that would
grace any Farrow & Ball paint chart. But they are unlikely to
lay every day anyway and are prone to go broody.
Having always had Buff Sussex, which fall into the latter
category, I thought this time we would get some brown
hybrid hens which apart from being excellent layers you can
also pick up for about £10 a bird. So, with daughter No 2,
in tow we set off to the equivalent of a chicken superstore to
pick up our brown layers.
Even the man who was selling us the hens advised that the
huge Gold Laced Orpingtons were not the best layers and
we’d be far better off with a different breed. But the inevitable
happened, we happily parted with a ridiculous amount of
money and are now the proud owners of three hens that only
lay when the wind is in the right direction.
But thankfully the fox hasn’t discovered them and they
haven’t discovered the veg patch.
Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on Instagram @coopersfarm
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