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Contents

May 2018

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THE DROOL FACTOR

Maggie Alderson’s dream homes

MAY NOTEBOOK

What to do this month

INTERIORS NOTES

FROM A STYLIST

Sara Delaney’s glorious home

GET THE LOOK

Pieces to steal Sara Delaney’s style

CAPTURING MOMENTS

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

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MAKEUP MAKEOVER

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

NATURAL WISDOM

A yoga and meditation expert,

calendula and the health

benefits of hot chocolate!

CAULIFLOWER POWER!

Oz Telem’s superveg recipes

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140

light on the beauty of plants

which thrive in shade

SCHOOL OF FROCK

Be wowed by the weddingworthy

Frewen College

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

(REVISING)

Hilary Wilce examines revision stress

WHAT’S ON?

The best ways to spend your May days

COMPETITION

Win £499 of Le Creuset cookware

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard’s less paltry poultry

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112

GET THE LOOK

Update your home

with a fresh style

INVITATION TIME

Kate Watts styles fashion to

take you to any event

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153

HOW DOES YOUR

GARDEN SHOW?

Jo Arnell tells us about the

Chelsea Flower Show

SHINING IN THE SHADE

Sue Whigham shines some

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House

Month

of the

The drool

factor

Maggie Alderson picks out some

dream homes

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

drool factor.

£17,000,000

Dunsborough

Park

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

mansionglobal.com

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

five miles.

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

surrey-homes.co.uk

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Southwinds

£15,950,000

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

main one.

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.

Price: £15,950,000

Agent: Savills, Weybridge 01932 838000

savills.com and Knight Frank, Weybridge

01932 548000 knightfrank.com

Southgate House

£2,995,000

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

Leatherhead.

Locale: Leafiness, plus other prestige

homes.

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.

Price: £2,995,000

Agent: Sotheby’s, Cobham, 01932

860537 sothebysrealty.co.uk

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One of the great pleasures of working on Surrey Homes

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Interiors notes

from a stylist

Blogger and micro influencer Sara Delaney of Notes from

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Victorian house in a dream location in the Surrey Hills

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Previous pages: The double-height entrance hall, where Sara and her husband decided

to keep one wall of the original oak panelling. The large landscape painting of Villa

D’Este is by local artist and friend Alexander Cresswell This page: The dining table

and chairs are by Rupert Senior. The Fucsia pendant light over the table is by Achille

Castiglioni from FLOS

Artists seek the north light: a pure, pale reflected light that is not

subject to the shifting dazzle of the sun. The Victorian landscape

artist who commissioned the building of this house in the Surrey

Hills, an official ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’, put the huge windows

of his huge studio in exactly the right place for him: facing north.

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We are at the home of Sara Delaney, award-winning and inspirational lifestyle

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was at the top of the agenda. Sara and her husband bought the large, late Victorian

house in 2005 and immediately set about updating it, choosing to live alongside

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the inevitable chaos that living with the builders creates.

“We couldn’t unpack, so we carved a single path through

the boxes and learned how to barbecue everything.”

The ironic thing was that once they had finished

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New York for five years, before returning and employing

more builders to dig out a basement. This time it was

the builders, from Portugal, who did the barbecuing,

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They employed interior architect Nick Coombs during

both projects at first to help them bring the house into a

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bathed in. They installed the large picture window opposite

the original window; bright sunshine instantly flooded

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With the help of her interior stylist Spyros Hambis

Clockwise from above left: The curtain fabric is by Designers

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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

gave it to a drummer friend who used it to clad his

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

Above right: The bathroom off the spare room. The wood is zebrano

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

Castiglioni from FLOS and the fabulously stylish

and comfortable looking dining table and chairs were

designed by the award-winning Rupert Senior.

“The chairs are deliberately designed with low backs,”

says Sara, “so people can turn and talk to each other

in maximum comfort, encouraging conversation.


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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

shoe collection Carrie from Sex in the City would envy This page: Sara’s dressing table is from 1stdibs.com and the mirror behind is

from US interiors store Lillian August.The jacket on the chair is a favourite jacket by Needle & Thread

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

seasonally. The kids scatter them all over the place, but that

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Left: The original north facing window

in what was the studio of the Victorian

artist who originally owned the house. All

the cushions on the Roche Bobois sofa are

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

current iconic role in the world of style blogging.


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Above: At the far end of the family room, steps down to the home cinema and wine room on the lower level. The cowhide butterfly

chair is by Abigail Ahern

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.

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Among the well-executed and varied pictures that feature

- often of Sara herself modelling - there are myriad style

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

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It’s a happy mix - and one that can keep you glued

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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…)

Back up one floor, we sit at the elegant Saarinen

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

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“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

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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

of Frank Brangwyn by kind permission of David Brangwyn

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

showed before.

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

her he got to appreciate the beauty of flowers and now uses

them in his still lifes. He is more classical and uses a stunning

palette of pastel tones.

Antonio Bellotti often uses vases as subject matter. What’s

really interesting is that when he does his paintings he finds a

vintage frame to go with them, so you get it as a whole object.

He will not split them apart.

Linda Felcey is different again as she works on aluminium,

but is still quite classical and she tends to put branches in a

bowl with some butterflies or something on the side.

All our artists are individual in style. It’s very important for

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but our artists are all very distinctive and you always get

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What is the best way to go about choosing a piece of art?

I think buying art online is very difficult. It’s good to look

there first to get the feel of what you like, but you get a light

on screen which gives you an almost false image which will

never be the same as looking at it in real life. If you have a

particular artist that you love then you may wish to look at

where you can get their work and go from there, or likewise

if there is a colour palette you like then you can look this up

online before visiting a gallery.

What makes still life different from other genres?

Most artists will set up an arrangement and work in the

studio, so they have a lot of control over the composition of

the subject matter. They are also very versatile, you can hang

Emma Haggas, Happy Flowers £2850

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Previous page: The main living space is in what was

originally the ballroom of the house. The paintings

are by house owner Ed Williams, inspired by the

Soviet-era artworks in the nearby Baker Mamonova

Gallery This page: The couple restored the original

stone staircase and wrought iron bannisters. Original

drawings by Gerry Whale

Houses by the seaside always have a special

atmosphere. It might be the marine light

and big skies, or perhaps it’s the sense

of finality to the view, knowing that nothing will

ever replace the seascape that ebbs and flows in

perpetual motion outside. Maybe it’s the collective

holiday memories of generations of Brits, lured

to the kiss-me-quick candyfloss of good times.

Whatever the reason, it was the pull of the East

Sussex seaside that first drew architect and artist

Ed Williams and leadership consultant Moyra

Weston to Hastings and its shingle-lined seafront.

The couple’s impressive six-storey terrace is located

on the grand row of houses that is the Marina in St

Leonards-on-Sea. Designed by architect Decimus

Burton in the early 19th century, when the town

was the pleasure ground of the British aristocracy,

the building is the couple’s latest seafront acquisition

as the once run-down town rapidly transforms.

But more than just a savvy investment, it’s a

home to which the couple plan to move full time,

as soon as their busy lives in London will allow.

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Above: The peacock light on the half landing is by local lighting artist Philip Oakley. An original piece from Blackpool Illuminations,

the lights come on in moving sequence as you walk past

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

nearby, but I wasn’t sure how that could ever work.”

With a huge smile, she looks from her kitchen, across the

enormous open-plan living area, mesmerised by the waves

gently rolling at the front of her apartment. Behind her, to

the rear of the property a series of palm trees sway gently

in her sunshine-bathed garden. “I think I’m really lucky!”

Standing in the first-floor apartment, in a space

formerly known as the ballroom, you can’t help but agree.

Ignoring the advice of the local agents, who suggested

they create a three-bedroom flat, Ed and Moyra went

bold and chose to open up the space to create a larger

room for expansive living and entertaining, with one

small bedroom and wet room set to the back.

It was the nearby Art Deco masterpiece of Marine Court

that first attracted the couple to St Leonards/Hastings (the

towns are joined). Moyra remembered visiting as a child,

but it wasn’t until they bought their first flat in that iconic

listed building, that she did some digging and realised several

generations of her family had originally come from Hastings.

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This page: The main living area has floor-length

windows with views out to sea. The rattan chaise

longue is by Poul Kjaerholm

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.

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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

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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

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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,

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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

peacock installation by local lighting artist Philip Oakley has

been set with a motion sensor and jumps into life as you pass.

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who had spotted the piece when the couple had first visited

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friends, who have kept a weekend apartment on the second

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the new renovation, which are now rented out at the top

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“The idea is that eventually, when we finally

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spiral staircase in and connect the ground and first

floors together and create a duplex,” says Ed.

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smaller one in the free-flowing kitchen dining room.

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This page above: Looking from the kitchen back towards the living area.

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craftsman. The chairs are originals by Alvar Aalto from De La

Warr Pavilion in Bexhill

Moyra’s prized haberdashery cabinet, a wonderful

conversation piece of a storage cabinet in the kitchen.

A giant roll of cord from local haberdashers Wayward has

been transformed into a side table and an old French breadbasket,

discovered in Sideshow Antiques on Norman Road, has

been turned into a fireplace wood basket. Architect favourite

Dieter Rams’ shelving by Vitsoe offers touches of modern

convenience within the minimalist yet very warm aesthetic.

As with everything the couple have done throughout

this most personal of renovations, the devil is very much

in the detail. The nods to the building’s past, its unique

design and architectural heritage, sit side by side with all

the tricks of a contemporary architect, working at the

height of the industry. Together Ed and Moyra have created

a home that will look after them both for many years

to come. You can almost hear the building singing with

happiness that its former glory has at last been returned.

Moyra and Ed would particularly like to highlight the

role played by Patrick and Ylli Ajvazi, whose positive and

professional work and energy really helped create this new

version of the house. Sadly Patrick passed away from cancer

towards the end of the renovation. He made an incredible

difference to this beautiful house.


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Total transparency pg 23

Contents

As solid as an oak pg 7

Hale Brown Architects, Eaton Park pg 17

Glass doors pg 23

5 Renovate – and celebrate

Simple refurbishments to up the value of your home

7 As solid as an oak

The experts explain the fine details of the finest

timber-framed extensions

15 Raising the roof

Hilary Wilce tells us about her experience getting a

home designed to order

17 Grand designs

Architects explain the process of designing a house

from scratch and renovating listed properties

21 Inside out

All you need to know about Garden Buildings

23 Total transparency

A window into the world of feature glass walls

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Total transparency pg 23

Editor’s Letter

I

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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A first-hand account of buidling a bespoke home pg 15


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Renovate

and CELEBRATE

It’s official, you can add thousands to the value of your home with well-chosen, simple refurbishments

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.

Putting a

downstairs

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stairs adds

£26,708

Making simple

KITCHEN

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such as new cabinet

doors, flooring and

worktops adds

£26,708

Putting in

a garden

room adds

£ 35, 611

Knocking

through to create

an open plan

eat-in kitchen

adds

£31,160

Creating an

en suite off

the master

bedroom adds

£11,128

Putting

decking and

lighting in the

back garden adds

£7,790

Improving

the drive

£13,354

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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

the roof. A conservatory has over 75% of the roof glazed, an

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

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Paul Fitzgerald

Richmond Oak Conservatories

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

stonework, etc.

There are many advantages of an oak-framed structure, so

long as the correct specification of oak is provided. Oak has

been the builder’s and

architect’s choice for house

and window construction

for centuries. Not

only does it have great

structural integrity, it is

extremely durable and has a unique, warm natural colour,

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

approximately 15%.

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

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to have much greater lengths that are not going to distort.

Whilst many smaller conservatories can be installed

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listed buildings, so requires listed building consent. We have

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What we find exciting about our work is the amazing

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changed the way they live in their home, but also the ‘Wow,

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A Chartwell Oak garden room exterior

Alex Torikian

Chartwell Oak Buildings

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

extension.

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

as well.

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 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

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manager. Someone constantly going round with a list.

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Architects and designers of bespoke new build homes.

Turning your aspirations into reality.

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GRAND

DESIGNS

Whether you are building a house from scratch, or renovating

a listed one, your architect will be your guiding light

Hale Brown Architects, The Drive

CGI image by Visual Eyes Media Ltd

“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

lifetime home.

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

rooms?

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

Picture frame

windows focusing

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.

Carefully

sited buildings,

thoughtfully

orientated windows

and planted

boundaries can be

used to maintain

privacy and minimise

noise from roads.

We always

recommend

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

020 3735 7442 halebrown.com


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“We are here to listen”

Nicolas Tye

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,

3D visuals.

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

and sections.

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

Fishpool Houses, Hertfordshire (CGI image)

A Nicholas Tye one-off house in High Wycombe (CGI image)

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 -

quantity surveyors.

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

people’s lives.

of the client pulls together to develop the

design itself.

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

previously unthought

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

healthy environments.

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

nicolastyearchitects.co.uk

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Pushing the boundaries of design we are able to achieve timeless, highly innovative and sustainable projects.

We offer a complete design service from initial advice through to the completion of your project.

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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.

A Woodcote Garden Buildings garden room

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

laminate floors.

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

that way.

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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Yolanda Olson of Olson Timber Buildings

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,

A pent roof outdoor office

with the highest point located on the

wall that has the door. This roof style

means there is an evenly distributed

internal height as the roof doesn’t lower

on each side.

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A feature glass wall is the great home aspiration of our times, but the choices

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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

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are another option - and indeed the

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What are the relative advantages

of the different kinds of doors?

The choice boils down to the type

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French style patio doors swing (usually

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Bifold and sliding doors can have

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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

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outside world.

Sliding doors allow the least

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or nearly ten feet of glass. With a threepanel

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an inch) each will be visible with the

doors shut.

In comparison, our slimmest

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of the glazing area would be sightlines.

So sliding doors really do offer the

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Bifold doors

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

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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

consideration.

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

magical, and has a style all of its own.

What exciting developments are there

in glass technology? Switchable privacy

glass is a feature that really appeals to

people – a small electrical charge alters

the state of the glazing from transparent

to translucent or opaque. No need for

curtains or blinds any more, privacy at

the touch of a button.

OLED technology incorporated into

glass will offer new lighting source

possibilities, and integration of display

technology may mean we all start

looking at the window to watch movies

or see news articles. The technology is

almost ready, so the future is not so far

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Can you tell me about a really

special project your company has

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designed the VISION sliding door

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best features we saw in other sliding

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special product that really performed

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install really puts a satisfactory feeling of

accomplishment in our minds. It really

means something to us when people

choose the VISION system since we

spent many hours finely designing the

very best system we could.

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When women sometimes tell me that they’re thinking

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well, makeup can take off ten years, but it’s all too easy to get

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making for one of a handful of beauty counters where I find

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there are a few things to bear in mind.

“Done well,

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It pays to figure out first what is missing

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as with everything in life, communicate,

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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

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makeup removal at night, the effect can last

a couple of days!) Again, Laura’s colours are

very wearable, the textures melt into skin

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Charlotte Tilbury. It was just last week that I sat in

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Charlotte (weird factoid: she decided to become a makeup

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for including two Chanel ‘picks’, because is there anything

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Come on, you beauty!

Beauty

Don’t miss out on the mini treatments and other beauty bounty at the

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One of the great treats in store at the Midsummer

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There will be different events and treatments each day, so

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As well as all the fabulous beauty fun, Fenwick

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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

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Fenwick resident Aveda therapist, Shannon, will be in the

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Charlotte Tilbury Team Tilbury makeup artists will

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Clarins Beauty Coaches will talk you through their 1

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bag. Clarins will also be offering a luxurious hand and

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Kiehl’s On Wheels will be a space to relax, unwind

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Wellbeing

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,

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for cancer. While other

bacteria, or the right

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80% of our immune function resides in

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In particular, low levels of lactobacillus

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There are countless recipes for these

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and regularly roast a joint or a chicken,

boiling up the carcass and bones,

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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

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seasonal herbs and veg you have

to hand.

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

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prebiotic-rich foods. To

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fantastic natural sources of prebiotics.

Then, there is the stress connection.

Being in a state of relaxation plays a

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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

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And, finally, if you feel that your gut

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Healthy inside

Nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik

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foods, e.g. green tea, blueberries,

cold-pressed olive oil and a

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extra boost. After all, our efforts now will determine

how we will look when the holiday season arrives.

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Wellbeing

Natural Wisdom

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

skimp on?

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

this month?

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.

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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

my step.

What is the best treatment you’ve

had locally?

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

treatment. laurenbarber.co

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the most nutritious form of cocoa, it is an incredible

source of immune-boosting antioxidants and trace

minerals. My most recent find is Made

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beetroot, maca, cinnamon and richest cacao

powder, it blends a treat with any milk.

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Cauliflower

power!

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


Food

Cauliflower and spinach

shakshooka

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

thekitchencoach.co.il

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

pepper

• 6–8 medium to large eggs,

preferably free-range

• 60 g (2 oz) feta or chèvre cheese, to

serve (optional)

• 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

medium-size cubes

• 1 heaped tablespoon

tomato purée (paste)

• 4 medium-size beetroots,

peeled and diced into

medium-size cubes

• 2 bay leaves

• 3–4 tablespoons apple

cider vinegar or red wine

vinegar

• 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

To serve

• 150 ml (5 fl oz/⅔ cup)

full-fat sour cream or

crème fraîche

• a small handful of fresh

dill fronds (optional)

• coarsely ground black

pepper

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

medium-size saucepan.

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

balancing.

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.

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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

(scallions).

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

turmeric

• 350 ml (12 fl oz/1½ cups)

water

• fine sea salt

To finish the dish

• 6–7 garlic cloves, peeled

and grated

• 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

mushy.

To finish: Place the garlic

4 and oil in a small frying

pan over a medium heat and

cook for 20–30 seconds until

fragrant.

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

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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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Garden

How does your

garden show?

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


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Garden

More show gardens from

the Chelsea Flower Show.

Stealing some

Chelsea Gold

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.

Water features

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.

The Plants

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.

Floral fashions

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

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Planting combinations

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/

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Shining in

the shade

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

be provided by one of the many lovely pulmonarias

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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

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smashing shade lovers would include:

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grass with great autumn colour.

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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.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for

gardening advice and help in the sourcing and supply of

interesting garden plants.

Inner Temple Garden, London, EC4 is open to the public at

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Art

Sat 14 Apr – Sun 17 Jun

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,

Woking, Surrey, GU21 4AA

Lee Miller: Picasso

Portraits

See Picasso through the eyes

of Lee Miller, the supermodel

turned surrealist photographer

and muse to Picasso himself.

Info: thelightbox.org.uk

Sat 21 Apr – Sat 19 May

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon

Yard/Lower Church Lane,

Farnham GU9 7PS

Celebration of

Illustration

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.

Info: newashgate.org.uk

Sat 5 – Mon 7 May 10am-6pm

Betchworth Village Hall

Station Rd, Betchworth, Surrey

RH3 7DF

The Dorking Group

of Artists – Spring

Exhibition

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

affordable prices.

Entry: Free

Info: 01372 375123 /

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Mon 7 - Sun 13 May

Various Locations

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.

Info: spelthorne.gov.uk/

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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.

Info: carterssteamfair.co.uk

Sat 12 May 10am-9pm

Brooklands Museum,

Brooklands Road, Weybridge

KT13 0SL

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

dressed guests.

Info: brooklandsmuseum.com

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

challenges.

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Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

Bocketts Farm, Young Street,

Fetcham, Leatherhead

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Spring Spectacular

Have a spectacular spring

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demonstrations, circus skills

workshops and panning for gold.

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Wed 30 May 10.30

Farnham Maltings, Bridge

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Lego Cupcake

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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

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Entry: £16

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Festivals & Shows

Sun 6 – Mon 7 May 9am-5pm

South of England Showground,

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Spring Live!

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

so much more.

Entry: seniors/students £9, children

under 16 free with a paying adult.

Book online until midnight 5th

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Sun 6 - Tues 8 May

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Edenbridge, Kent

TN8 7AD

Literary Festival

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bookworms with author talks for

adults and teenagers on Sunday

6 May, a wide range of events for

families on Bank Holiday Monday

7 May, and a whole day of

children’s authors, illustrators and

workshops especially for schools

on Tuesday 8 May.

Info: chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Sat 12 May 2pm – 9pm

Hartsfield Manor, Sandy Lane,

Betchworth RH3 7AA

Food & Drink Festival

Hartsfield hosts its first ever food

and drink festival with all the best

food and drink suppliers from

around Surrey, live music and

a free drinks token for all adult

tickets bought before the day.

Entry: £4

Info: hartsfieldmanor.co.uk

Sat 12 May

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane Woking GU23 6QB

The National Alpine

Show

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

National Alpine society, try a

competition class and buy all the

equipment you need to grow your

own Alpines.

Info: 01483 224234 /

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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

Farmer Competitions. Expect

the UK number one monster

truck team, Big Pete, the Savage

Skills anti gravity bike show,

a medieval village, dog show,

miniature ponies, vintage

vehicles and much much more.

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Music

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

Mary’s Church.

Info: trinityfolkfestival.co.uk

Sat 19 – Sun 10 May

The Boileroom, 13 Stoke Fields,

Guildford GU1 4LS

Rock4Refugees

Bands, musicians, speakers and

performers get together to raise

much needed funds for Dorking

Refugee Support and Refugee

Community Kitchen.

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Entry: Free parking & admission

Info: sunburyantiques.com

Sports & Leisure

Sun 6 May

Priory Park, Bell Street, Reigate

RH2 7RL

Fun Run & Festival of

Sport

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

and windsurfing.

Info: ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

Mon 7 May

Starting at Stansted Village

Hall, Malthouse Road, Stansted,

Sevenoaks Kent TN15 7PH

Annual Cloisters Bike

Ride

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.

Mary’s Church, Stansted, Fabric

and Improvement Fund and Heart

of Kent Hospice.

Info: cloistersbikeride.org

Thurs 17 May 10.30am

Camberley Heath Golf Club,

Golf Drive, Camberley

GU15 1JG.

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

Team £420

Info: 01344 622500 /

fundraising@sebastianstrust.org /

sebastiansactiontrust.org

Theatre

Sat 9 June 7.30pm

Haslemere Educational

Museum, 78 High Street,

Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA

The Rude Mechanical

Theatre Company -

Oberon’s Cure

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

worlds collide.

Info: haslemeremuseum.co.uk /

therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

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SHOOTING SCHOOL

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Father’s Day Gift

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Competition

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The Le Creuset Competition, Surrey

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane goes out for chickens and falls for less paltry poultry

I

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.

“The chickens

consider it their

God-given right

to break in and

create havoc”

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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