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Contents

June 2018

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JUNE’S HOT HOUSES

Our editor picks her

favourite properties on

the market this month

NOTEBOOK

Seven wonderful Wealden events

to put in your diary this month

A SLICE OF HEAVEN

Take a tour of Samantha Bruce’s

glamorous Tunbridge Wells home

GET THE LOOK

Products to help you

steal Samantha’s style

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SUNNY SPELLS

Kate Watts styles beachy looks

for the British summer

SUN SCENTS

Joesphine Fairley finds

your new summer scent

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton’s secrets to

natural allergy-management

NATURAL WISDOM

A beauty sleep saviour

and wise words from

a medical herbalist

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JUMP TO IT

Hilary Wilce explores why exercise

is essential for children

PAGE TURNERS

Beanstalk, a charity which helps

children enjoy reading, has the

top 40 reads to do just that

WHAT’S ON

All the best things to do in

the Weald this month

COMPETITION

Enter now to win a luxury bedding

collection from King of Cotton

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WHERE THERE’S A WILL...

Expert advice on will writing

PARK LIFE

Explore a timelessly elegant

Hampton home

GET THE LOOK

Products to imitate our

second home interior

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TAPAS-TASTIC

Rocksalt’s owner Mark Sargeant

shares Spanish recipes

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

Jo Arnell sorts the heroes from

the villains of garden bugs

FRONTING UP

Sue Whigham on front gardens

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard’s latest reports

freshly harvested from the farm

KITCHEN &

BATHROOM

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After page 112

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GLENMORE ROAD

Rocky Hill, London Road, Maidstone

kent@cliveemson.co.uk

01622 608400

MAIDSTONE

House for Improvement

Guide: £160-165,000 *plus fees

EPC: D

STROOD

Commercial Investment

Guide: £150-160,000 *plus fees

EPC: F

MINSTER-ON-SEA

Plot with Planning

Guide: £180-190,000 *plus fees

DITTON

Flat for Improvement

Guide: £60-65,000 *plus fees

EPC: C

SUNDRIDGE, SEVENOAKS

Two Protected Statutory Residential Investments

Guide: £180-190,000 Each *plus fees EPCs: TBA

PADDOCK WOOD

Rural House for Refurbishment and Large Barns

and Stores on 0.67 Acres

Guide: £480-490,000 *plus fees EPC: F

UNDERRIVER, SEVENOAKS

Almost 7 Acres Grazing Land

Guide: £130-135,000 *plus fees

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

2 Bedroom First Floor Flat

Guide: £120,000 Plus

*plus fees EPC: D

AYLESFORD

Planning for Residential

Guide: £150-155,000

*plus fees EPC: D

AYLESFORD

Planning for Residential

Guide: £180-185,000

*plus fees EPC: N/A

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SUNDRIDGE, SEVENOAKS

Flat for Investment

Guide: £130-140,000 *plus fees

EPC: TBA

STAPLEHURST

Planning for Barn,

Menage and Parking

Guide: £150-155,000 *plus fees

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Licence Number LIG1016. Plans are for location purposes only.

BIGGIN HILL

Freehold Parcel of Woodland

Guide: £5-8,000 *plus fees

MAIDSTONE

Flat Close to Town Centre

Guide: £125-130,000 Plus

*plus fees EPC: D

TONBRIDGE

Bungalow with Potential

Guide: £150-160,000 Plus

*plus fees EPC: D

N

The Rocks

Road

Ordnance Survey © Crown Copyright (2018). All Rights Reserved

Licence Number LIG1016. Plans are for location purposes only.

EAST MALLING

Land in Good Location

Guide: £15-20,000*plus fees

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Plot D, Beech Road, Biggin Hill, Westerham, Kent

Ordnance Survey © Crown Copyright 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 100022432. Plotted Scale - 1:1250

Land adj 166 The Rocks Road, East Malling, Kent

DOVER

Commercial Investment - Tenants Include Wetherspoon

and Subway - Plus 29 Flats for Investment

Guide: £3.5 Million Plus *plus fees EPCs: TBA

DARTFORD

Car Workshop/Garage

Guide: £340-350,000 *plus fees

EPC: TBA

BRIGHTON

Flat for Improvement

Guide: £190,000 Plus

*plus fees EPC: TBA

HARRIETSHAM

Pub with Gardens/Parking

Guide: £320,000 Plus

*plus fees EPC: D

HALSTEAD

Former Chapel on

Outskirts of Village

Guide: £60-70,000 *plus fees

BROOKLAND

Rural Workshop with Potential

Guide: £70,000 Plus *plus fees

BRIGHTON

Garden Flat for Modernisation

Guide: £215-225,000 *plus fees

EPC: D

EASTBOURNE

One Bed Flat for Investment

Guide: £55-60,000 *plus fees

EPC: D

ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA

Land with Planning

Guide: £130-140,000 *plus fees

CROWBOROUGH

Three Parcels of Land Offered as Individual Lots

Over 47 Acres: Guide £190-200,000

Over 85 Acres: Guide £340-350,000 | Over 49 Acres: £200-210,000

HURST GREEN

Residential/Commercial

Guide: £280-285,000*plus fees

EPCs: D

UCKFIELD

Block with Planning for 3 Flats

Guide: £430,000 Plus

*plus fees EPC: E

EASTBOURNE

Commercial Premises

Guide: £150,000 Plus

*plus fees EPC: TBA

HERSTMONCEUX

Residential/Commercial Invest.

Guide: £150,000 Plus

*plus fees EPC: TBA & G

ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA

Three Cottages Offered as Individual Lots

Guides: £210-215,000 | £215-220,000 | £215-220,000

*plus fees EPCs: F, E & D

Ordnance Survey © Crown Copyright

(2018). All Rights Reserved Licence

Number LIG1016. Plans are for

location purposes only.

N

Gillsmans

Hill

Helios

ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA

Planning for 8 Houses

Guide: £750-800,000*plus fees

Part of Former Spyway School Building, Gillsmans Hill, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

HASTINGS

Freehold Block of 2 Flats

Guide: £160-180,000*plus fees

EPC: TBA

ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA

Farmshop & Land with Planning

Guide: £170-175,000*plus fees

EPC: TBA

Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily

figures which a property will sell for and may change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated

otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer cannot sell

the Lot during the Auction). We expect the reserve will be set within the guide range or no more than

10% above a single figure guide. All lots are sold subject to legal documentation. Please check our

website regularly at cliveemson.co.uk, or call 01622 608400, in order to stay fully informed. *Other nonoptional

fees including VAT, Stamp duty and further inclusions may also be payable within the contract

terms. Buyers or their legal representatives are advised to inspect the Common Auction Conditions

and Special Conditions of Sale along all other available legal documentation prior to bidding.

175 Lots over five days

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Tuesday 12 June - Kent & SE London

Wednesday 13 June - Sussex & Surrey

Thursday 14 June - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Friday 15 June - West Country

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HARPERS AND HURLINGHAM

HAWKHURST £1,500,000

STRIKING FAMILY HOME WITH VIEWS

Five reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast room · Utility

room · Boiler room · Five double bedrooms · Two

bathrooms · Shower room · Extensive garaging · Grounds

with swimming pool and tennis court · EPC: C

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

GOUDHURST OIEO £1,200,000

QUINTESSENTIAL GRADE II LISTED COTTAGE

Three receptions rooms · Fitted kitchen with Aga

· Utility/cloakroom · Four/five bedrooms (two ensuite)

· Delightful well stocked gardens with stunning views

· Garage and parking · EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

RURAL HEADCORN £1,150,000

SPACIOUS OASTHOUSE IN RURAL LOCATION

Two receptions rooms · Kitchen/breakfast/family room

· Utility and cloakroom · Five bedrooms (one ensuite)

· Detached office · Substantial detached barn

· Approximately 1.85 acres · EPC: n/a

Convenient for mainline station

BIDDENDEN £1,050,000

CONVERTED VICTORIAN COACH HOUSE

Five receptions · Kitchen/breakfast room · Four/

five bedrooms (one ensuite) · Two family bathrooms

· Various outbuildings (one with pp for two holiday

cottages) · Approximately 5 acres · EPC: E

Opportunity to create a lifestyle

Sales & Lettings Team

Harpers&Hurlingham

The Cornerhouse, Stone Street, Cranbrook

01580 715400

www.harpersandhurlingham.com

LONDON OFFICE: KENSINGTON 020 7938 2311

Jane Emilie Chez Cathy Sarah Debbie Jane A Debbie S Janey Caroline Dianne


The Suttons, Camber £1,500,000

This former Coast Guards “Watch House” provides a unique home, which has been totally

updated and brings a touch of the Hamptons to the south coast, with a stunning south facing

position looking out over its own beach and the beautiful expanse of Camber Sands.

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms, Kitchen, Utility, Cloakroom, Large Double Garage (with

planning to be converted to additional Annexe accommodation) 3 Car Parking Spaces, Wide Beach

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2 bedroom mid-terraced house in the heart of the village. CSCA.

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Rolvenden oFFeRs £500,000 - £530,000

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Winchelsea, East Sussex - £1.1m

Grade II listed period house, cottage and converted coach

house. Currently a successful guest house providing

flexible accommodation. This can be a family home with

annexe or continued business opportunity. Garden with

lovely views. Parking. Viewing Recommended.

Rye, East Sussex - £1,350,000

Stunning 1920s house with southerly views. Reception

hall, drawing room, sitting room, study, conservatory,

dining room, kitchen, utility, pantry, 5 bedrooms, games

room/ bedroom 6. Double garage. Workshop. Gardens

approx. 1 acre. EPC E

Brede, East Sussex - £755,000

A modern detached family house in an exclusive

development with views to the rear over adjoining

countryside. Living room, kitchen, family room, dining room,

utility room, 2 en-suite bedrooms. 3 further bedrooms,

bathroom. Integral double garage. Garden. EPC C

Pett Level, East Sussex - £535,000

Former coastguard cottage with lovely views. Sitting/

dining room, kitchen, main bedroom with en-suite, 2

further bedrooms. Wet room. Garage/gym. Studio/garden

room. EPC E

Camber, East Sussex - £995,000

Stunning coastal detached house overlooking the dunes

of Camber Sands. Entrance hall, open plan living/dining

room/kitchen, two bedrooms with en-suites, three further

bedrooms, bathroom, shower room. Coastal themed garden.

Off road parking. EPC C

Brookland, Kent - £895,000

Lovely Grade II Listed house in quiet rural location yet

convenient for Ashford International Station. Drawing room,

sitting room, dining room, utility, kitchen, breakfast room,

bedroom with en-suite, 3 further bedrooms. Attached studio

with kitchenette and wet room. Gardens. Parking.

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Rolvenden Layne

Guide £895,000

A stunning single storey residence

(over 3,000 sq.ft) set in a peaceful location

adjoining fields, det double garage and large

multi-use store. EPC Rating C

Stone in Oxney

Guide £895,000

A beautifully presented country house

surrounded by its own gardens and land, 4 bay

garage with room above, stables.

In all about 1.4 acres. EPC Rating F

Shadoxhurst

Guide £825,000

Nearing completion – the first of three brand new

woodland family homes with large individual plots,

cart lodge garages and electric gates well away

from busy roads. EPC Rating TBA

Stowting

Guide £945,000

A wonderfully charming 5 bedroom period

farmhouse surrounded by an acre of generous

gardens with useful outbuildings. EPC Rating NA

High Halden

Guide £1,300,000

Idyllic farmstead set on a quiet country lane.

Character Grade II listed farmhouse, Kentish

barn, two cottages, fishing shack, further farm

buildings, pastureland, and ponds. EPC Rating NA

Bethersden

Guide £825,000

Unlisted country house full of character and

charm surrounded by its own gardens and

grounds, 4 bay cart lodge garage, double garage,

about 1 acre. EPC Rating E

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House

Month

of the

£1,500,000

June’s hot houses

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Oakfield House

The dream: The full Grade II-listed,

seriously porticoed Georgian

sandstone house – within five minutes’

walk of Waitrose, an independent

butcher, an arthouse cinema and

all the other amenities of the large

Wealden village of Hawkhurst.

Oakfield House was built for the

Lord Mayor of London and retains

original shuttered windows, moulded

architrave and ceiling cornices and a

particularly beautiful staircase.

The interior is drenched in light

giving the elegant proportions a

contemporary air. On the first floor

there is a triple-aspect sitting room

with two fireplaces, currently used as a

billiard room.

Where: Just along Hawkhurst High

Street and back a bit.

Locale: The breathtaking countryside

of the High Weald Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty

Beds: 6 Baths: 4

Pleasing details: A black Aga in the

kitchen/breakfast room.

Special feature: Large conservatory

with indoor pool, extensive cellars,

including the original wine cellar.

Outside: 1 acre of mature garden, with

lawns, gravel drive.

Time to town: 15 minutes’ drive to

Stonegate, then 1 hour and 15 minutes

to Charing Cross.

Price: £1.5 million.

Agent: Harpers & Hurlingham 01580

715400 harpersandhurlingham.com

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Birds’ Isle

£1,765,000

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Welcome to the June issue of Wealden Times. At this

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The other house is very different. Not currently in use as the

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Previous page: A Ligne Roset ‘Togo’ sofa with matching ottoman, a

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that maximised the outdoor view. First was a row

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Previous page: The kitchen flooring has been laid with the tiles edging into the wood to avoid a blunt cut off. Lighting was a bargain

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Above left: Two hot pink velvet vintage armchairs create a cosy kitchen seating area Above right: A Vivienne Westwood for the Rug

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If there’s an equivalent of Dior shoes in the kitchen then

it’s got to be the gold and silver cupboard handles and

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design inspired by the volume controls of old amplifiers.

“I get very obsessed about small details. And I wanted

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There’s more clever detailing on the floor. The boards

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“I love lighting. It makes me happy,” explains Samantha

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run the width of the room across the table. “I got these from

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matching ottoman and a huge reproduction Czech

railway convex mirror. A row of prints by Ben Eine

line the wall above a 1930s Perspex console table. A

fully working old electronic eye test found at a French

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Previous Page: The staircase is painted dark and adorned with art Above left: The family bathroom has a square basin from West

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There’s a second tiled feature wall in here too.

Samantha took out a tired brown tiled fireplace with

an electric fireplace and tiled the entire chimney breast

wall with pale pastel Moroccan Zelligh tiles. Logs sit

in a raised concrete fire bed. I ask if the tiles were not

a bit delicate for the area. “They’ve done fine. I don’t

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It’s perhaps no surprise to learn that Samantha’s

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I learned so much, both in terms of project management and

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on Norman Road in St Leonards-on-Sea. The rest

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“It is great fun but it’s harder than people realise

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market or car boot and then lugging things home all by

myself. I often get men at markets saying, ‘You’ll never

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She seems to get a similar thrill from sourcing houses. “This

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Is she nuts I ask? Doesn’t the constant renovation

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She laughs: “This house had no bathroom for about

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under the window. The girliness is toughened up with

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Second daughter, ten-year-old Tippi Rose, has a

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Birdcage toile curtains juxtapose against a green and

white harlequin wallpapered feature wall. The animal

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Previous page: The master suite’s dressing table is from The Conran Shop This page: The showstopper of a bath is from West One

Bathrooms. Curtains were made using ‘Inferno’ by House of Hackney

wolf peeping down from the top of a wardrobe.

The elegantly rumpled pale pink bed linen on the

twin upholstered French beds looks vintage but came

from M&S. Both rooms seem so age perfect for the

girls that it’s a surprise to learn they only recently

swapped bedrooms having each preferred the other’s.

But it’s when we get into the master suite that the

wow factor really kicks in. This is a Kent bedroom

masquerading as the VIP suite in a 1930s ocean liner.

There’s a huge white upholstered bed bought from

Selfridges – big enough to fit the whole family in. “A

bed is one of those things you have to choose carefully

because you buy one and you are stuck with it for years.”

The ocean liner effect comes with Deborah Bowness

‘swag’ wallpaper, a deep copper bath from West One

Bathrooms (bought as an ex-display bargain), a curvy

dressing table (bought from The Conran Shop several

years ago) and marble and glass side tables.

“Marble and brass just go together,” says Samantha.

“Both are luxurious, elegant and a bit girly.”

There are some fun saucy touches too such as a framed

copy of Playboy with Kate Moss on the cover and a

corset-shaped lightshade by Sera of London perched

atop a 1970s standard lamp base made with real ostrich

eggs bought from Sideshow Interiors in Norman Road,

near Sam’s shop. The corset shade was one of the first

purchases Samantha and Dougie bought as a couple.

The original stained glass bay windows are draped

with green ‘Inferno’ palm print curtains from textile

firm House of Hackney. The curtains and assorted

vintage cushions on the bed were made by Samantha’s

mother. Clearly creativity runs in the family.

Above the fireplace is a charmingly eccentric Edwardian

photo of a little girl holding up rainbows, found in

Wayward’s in St Leonards, which used to be across

the road from her shop, but has now relocated.

But what’s not on show here is equally important.

It’s all about those clever details again - the dressing

area hidden behind a stud wall, the vintage towel

ladder tucked behind the door and the inset tiled floor

under the bath. As in the kitchen, the tiles are set in

the floorboards at different angles. “I didn’t want any

edges to be square. I like the fact they are offset.”

The bath is certainly a showstopper, but is it practical?

“People ask all the time if we actually use it, but we do.

The girls are forever in and out of it. There’s a bit of

mess but I am not precious about stuff like that.”

And if there’s ever a queue forming, there’s a

fabulous family bathroom with a huge square basin

from West One Bathrooms. Over it is a French metal

medicine cabinet on top of which sit a fun 1980s

former shop display nail varnish and lipstick.

As she shows me out Sam spots the door to the

kitchen and frowns. “This is really bugging me. I


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This Page: Daughter Tippi Rose’s bedroom is full of animals

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Above: Daughter Madeline’s bedroom. A metal music light with yellow and pink bulbs hangs above the bed

need to replace it. I bought a gorgeous piece of old

pub glass I am going to have made into a door.”

Given that she’s already said the family intend to

move it’s hard to believe she’s still tweaking. “We’ll

stay one more summer to enjoy the garden and

then be gone. I’ll keep perfecting until then.”

But even for a designer as commercially practised

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Where there’s a will...

Two specialists offer advice about planning ahead to safeguard your legacy wishes

Your digital legacy

From Facebook photos to Bitcoin riches, the digital

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Kate Arnold of Cripps legal services explains the issues

Have you ever considered what happens to your ‘digital

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of your social media, cloud storage and email accounts?

While we are all encouraged to secure our digital

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Our digital assets might include photos, videos or messages

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The younger generation in particular often relies on

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You should also consider how these accounts should

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Similarly, Instagram allows a user’s account to be

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account, though no further posts are permitted.

One complication is that unlike social media accounts,

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These assets have a clear monetary value and will pass

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specific circumstances, such as death or loss of mental capacity.

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Whatever the extent of your digital assets, it would be

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sensible to tell someone that you have made a will and

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Samantha Ewing is a specialist in will and estate

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Previous page: The drawing room has an almost nautical feel with striped navy and white blinds from Ralph Lauren This page: The

basement kitchen is light and spacious with high ceilings and white walls. A traditional hanging rack is suspended over the island

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Above: In the family breakfast room, Eames style dining chairs are offset by a chunky oak table, all of which sit below a stripped back

central ceiling beam and beside an inglenook fireplace surround. Above the table is a vintage Academy style industrial pendant light

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Eames style dining chairs are offset by a chunky oak table.

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Above the table, the focal point is a vintage Academy

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have been painted white and together with the white walls

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It is a kitchen equipped for modern living, with a

large polished steel range oven and extractor shining

out against white subway tiles - perhaps where an

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pans and reminiscent of original racks that might

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White painted stairs lead up to the ground floor - and the

mood changes instantly, as we are lifted into another realm.

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Above: In the drawing room, barred mirrors reflect the Georgian

bars of the actual windows. The sofa.com sofa matches the lower

wall to create a simple but controlled effect. Left: The black

and white theme is offset by occasional splashes of red as in the

enlarged cover of Life magazine

day visitors as much as they would have the Georgian,

with their restrained and tasteful embellishments.

Here there are corbels, dados, cornicing, pillars and

panelling, but in a refined statement of good taste, not

an over the top ‘icing’ of an already delicious cake. The

ceilings are gloriously high and light floods in through

the fanlight above the front door and the large Venetian

style windows at the front and back of the house.

The ground floor rooms are airy and open; the large

drawing room at the back of the house can be seen from

the reception room next to the hall. It is not surprising that

Georgian houses were designed for dancing in - a lightness

of step is the feeling that overwhelms here – and it’s easy to

imagine arriving at the front door and seeing straight through

to the dancing room, filled with sparkling lights and music.

Today the sparkle comes from two huge chandeliers,

aligned symmetrically in the two front rooms. There

is an impressive carriage lamp above the black and


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Above left: In the dining room Philippe Starck Ghost chairs set off the black walls. The clock on the mantelpiece is an antique station

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striped navy and white blinds, two circular mirrors

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reflecting the Georgian bars of the actual windows.

The dark blue L-shaped sofa unit matches the lower

part of the walls exactly, adding to the controlled

simplicity. The scheme is set off – flag style - by splashes

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by a combination of recessed spotlights and mid-century

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well in here, bringing a fun contemporary twentiethcentury

twist to an elegant Georgian drawing room.

The painted walls darken to a striking, but intimate

midnight blue in this room, set off by the Philippe Starck

Ghost chairs and circular stained oak table. Original

floorboards are painted white in the dining room, setting off

a rustic stained oak circular table, its friendly shape set off by

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This feels very much like a contemporary update on some

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and wall panelling, so that they are virtually unnoticeable.

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Previous page: A small seating area in the first floor

master suite. The armchair is by Andrew Martin

Above: A pale pink Graham & Green bedspread

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suite, comprising a large bedroom, his and hers

bathrooms, a nursery and a serenely calm sitting

room, complete with reclining armchairs.

The colours throughout this floor are muted,

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treatments are natural looking, and unlike the

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feel. A pale pink Graham & Green bedspread

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Above and below: The top floor’s main bedroom is fun and

colourful with a portrait of the Queen, a yellow sofa and huge

red Anglepoise lamp Left: The adjoining bathroom continues a

light and fun attitude with a green bathtub

Queen, a yellow sofa and huge red Anglepoise lamp.

These rooms may lack the grandeur of the middle floors,

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Outside are two walled gardens, front and back.

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Kitchen trends: furniture

Contents

6 The new kitchen

There’s an inspiring

fundamental shift in

kitchen thinking

9 Kitchen trends:

Contemporary country

20 Anatomy of a kitchen

Our case-study of a

Neptune kitchen

23 Kitchen keepers

Kitchenware classics to

buy once and keep

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Tap into the trend

Tap into the trend

23

Kitchen keepers

Kitchen keepers

10 Kitchen trends:

Glamour

12 Anatomy of a kitchen

Our case-study of a

Jones Britain kitchen

15 Kitchen trends:

Furniture

16 Kitchen trends:

Timber

19 Kitchen trends:

Black and white

27 The bathroom

Furnish your bathroom

28 Tap into the trend

Stylish taps

31 A rub a dub tub

The best bathtubs around

32 Shower power

Showers that think

outside the box

35 Splash out

Bathroom accessory picks

27

The bathroom

Editor’s Letter

There couldn’t be a better time for me to be editing a

Kitchen & Bathroom supplement – as I am in the

process of ‘editing’ both of them in my own house.

Two bathrooms are in, so I feel well qualified to share what I’ve

learned from doing that. I love my very modern brass mixer

tap, adding a contemporary note in my Victorian house.

But my new kitchen is still a big unknown – and the range

of possibilities can be quite overwhelming, so I’ve relished

every minute of looking at dream kitchens, to find the best to

show to you.

There’s an exciting new shift in kitchen layouts and styling

at the moment and we’ve broken it down into five key trends

which we hope you will find as inspiring as we do.

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A rub a dub tub

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Shower

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kitchen trends

The new kitchen

Whether you prefer a country feel, or a more contemporary vibe, there is a fresh new mood

in kitchen design, packed with great practical ideas

Poggenpohl

The +Modo kitchen with a central island

incorporating open shelving and glass

fronted drawers. Available in seven standard

colours with contrasting wood detailing. All

Poggenpohl kitchens are made to measure

so they expertly fit the space available. From

£35,000 01483 566444 poggenpohl.com

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mood

Trends in kitchens move

much more slowly than in

other areas of the house. Not

surprisingly, considering its unique

place as the heart of family life and

the investment involved – both

emotional and financial. For years

one kind of arrangement seems

to suit everyone, then suddenly –

wham! – an entirely new kind of

kitchen seems the only thing to have.

Just such a change is happening now.

In this new mood, the overall

look of one kitchen will still be

very different from another – be

it a country feel, or more of a slick

contemporary vibe – but they will

share a mixture of practical changes,

that will make them all still very

much the new kitchen.

These arrangements include

deep drawers instead of lower-level

cupboards, no handles on drawers

Rencraft

A bespoke combination of Rencraft handmade

butler cupboards with a SieMatic island. Rencraft /

SieMatic by Rencraft kitchen cabinetry starts from

approx. £25,000 01892 520730 rencraft.co.uk

and press-open doors. A long central

bench and floor-to-ceiling wall

cupboards, rather than lower and

upper cupboards with a worktop

in between. Units which look like

freestanding pieces of furniture.

Open shelves rather than closed

cupboards. Entirely integrated

appliances.

On the aesthetic side there are

some radical new choices, including

mixes of colours, textures and even

worktop materials in one kitchen,

and featured wood combined with

other surfaces.

Most radical is the arrival of high

glamour in the kitchen, via rich

metallics mixed with the enduringly

popular marble – and lots of it.

There is so much to be excited

about in this new world of kitchens.

Theme by theme, here is our round

up of some of the best .


Chamber Furniture

This stained oak kitchen, features a liquid

metal island with a timber breakfast bar.

Kitchens from £40,000.

01959 532553 chamberfurniture.co.uk

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At Krieder we produce furniture of beauty, rich in quality and daring in

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to create the most effective and usable products at a surprisingly affordable cost.

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Stoneham

The Knole kitchen in Blue Hague. Kitchens from

£25,000 020 8300 8181 stoneham-kitchens.co.uk

Image courtesy of Connaught Kitchens, a Stoneham

Kitchens retailer

kitchen trends

Different styles may go

in and out of fashion,

but the country kitchen

will always be dear to the

English heart – but that

doesn’t mean it can’t change

and evolve. (Wheatsheaf

toaster, anyone?)

It might be as simple

as taking a classic Quaker

style and painting it

a dramatic colour, or

mixing two colours in

one scheme, as seen in

the two kitchens here.

Other key modifications

which add an up-to-date

flair without losing the

classic charm, are having

deep drawers rather than

cupboards, and the biggest

shift of the new kitchen

– replacing wall-hung

over-counter cupboards

with open shelves and

dresser-style units.

Contemporary country

JM Interiors

This brief was for all materials to

be sourced from local tradespeople.

There is a walk-in pantry, with

spice racks, a hidden coffee station

and customised plate racks, and a

submerged wine cellar. For cooking

there is an Aga, Wolf oven and

induction hob. Prices for bespoke

kitchens start from £25,000

01580 291221 jminteriorsuk.uk

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Krieder

The Manhattan, finished in solid

brass, £65,000 including appliances,

worktops and installation.

01892 619721 krieder.com

Glamour

It’s one of those ideas that

seems so right when you

see it, you wonder why

on earth we haven’t always

had outrageous glamour in

our kitchens. The days of

below stairs are long behind

us – indeed the kitchen is now

the most important room,

with an eat-in family space

top of the list for homebuyers.

Entertaining in the 21st

century means you are as

likely to be holding a glass

of champagne, as a wooden

spoon, in your kitchen. So

it’s time to think of this space

in a whole new way. And

to celebrate it with luxury

materials and rich textures.


Rencraft

This bespoke kitchen was designed as ‘a contemporary

kitchen pod landed in the middle of this period room’.

On one side of the island the drawers are finished with

patina brass. Bespoke kitchens by Rencraft, price on

application. 01892 520730 rencraft.co.uk

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Anatomy of a kitchen

Jones Britain

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The vision

In a large space, in the middle of a converted barn, the homeowners

were looking for a contemporary but traditionally inspired kitchen,

with up-to-date functionality. A working kitchen with a mass of

storage, which is a warm and friendly room for family life and

entertaining. They specifically wanted an element of curves and a

breakfast bar.

The finished project

A bespoke hand-built and hand-painted kitchen, with Shakerstyle

panel doors, complemented by a mixture of Corian and

granite worktops and featuring state-of-the-art Siemens and Caple

appliances, complementing the Aga already in situ.

The framed cabinet doors and cream Aga, plus the dresser-style

floor-to-ceiling cupboard and hand-painted finish, give the kitchen a

traditional feeling, appropriate for the converted barn context.

The curved line of the cabinets facing out into the living space also

adds a homely, country appeal. A contemporary edge is delivered

via the matt black paint on the central island and contrasting white

Corian work top, and the brushed steel knobs and handles, while the

modern bar stools and steel pendant lights add an industrial touch.

The overall black and white colour scheme, combined with the

wooden barn beams add up to one of the hottest trends in current

kitchen design.

Bespoke kitchens from £40,000.

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Jones Britain

Victorian Hand Painted kitchen, with oak cupboard

carcases from £30,000 0800 8600435 jonesbritain.co.uk

When the built-in revolution hit in the

mid-20th century it suddenly seemed

very backwards looking to have any

kind of furniture in the kitchen. As they got

smaller, denoting the decreasing amount of time

expected to be spent on domestic chores, with the

arrival of labour-saving gadgets and food (Smash!

Vesta curries!) and the hatch came in - even a

table was considered de trop.

Now kitchens are getting bigger again, within

multi-use living spaces, furniture seems like a fine

idea again. It breaks up the space, provides extra

storage – and comes as part of the kitchen build

The best of both worlds.


Schmidt

Chic Workshop from the Designer Line collection. Built in a former

industrial workshop for the shoot, showing the practical storage

elements, including the bespoke orange cupboard, with chairs and stools

and a designer bar counter. These units are from the Groove range

(Tabacco in the photo) and the Bolero range (Tangerine). The laminate

worktops are in Tabacco and Nano Black. Kitchens from £10,000.

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It’s been a long time since

we’ve seen much exposed

wood in a kitchen, beyond

the bleached oak of a French

Provincial dresser or table, but

suddenly interesting timbers

look very fresh and appealing.

Paint is lovely, but the grain

and richness of feature wood

brings warmth and integrity

– and looks very sophisticated

mixed in with contrasting

white fixtures.

Kutchenhaus

The Structura kitchen, from £15,400. Kutchenhaus

supplies fully rigid German kitchens built to order,

direct from the factory. There are nine different price

ranges, from £10,000 to £40,000.

01892 289070 kutchenhaus.co.uk


Timber

Stoneham

The Ambience TT/Pro features smooth, flushsurfaced

doors and crown-cut veneer finishes.

020 8300 8181 stoneham-kitchens.co.uk

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Experience

the

softness

Investing in a kitchen and bathroom

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The water that runs through your

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Potts Ltd Oasis vanity guide price £6,200, tiles

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The bathroom

The days of a tiled space as sterile as an operating theatre are over, now your bathroom is part of

your living space with furniture and accessories to make it a welcoming space to hang out in

Cranleigh Bathroom

Studios Heritage Blenheim high level

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Catchpole and Rye La Parisienne double

vanity in Portoro marble from £6,000

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f course a

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really need to be able to

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end the day to be as cosy

and inviting as the rest of

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curtains rathe-han blinds,

wallpaper rather than tiles,

rugs as well as bathmats,

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but even better is to choose

fixtures which are more

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and have the added bonus of

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West One

Fontane Bianche ceilingmounted

washbasin mixer in

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0333 011 3333

westonebathrooms.com

Arteform Itap £265

Vola HV1 tap

£512.40

Aston Matthews

Ambra wall tap with plate

£297 01483 478826

astonmatthews.co.uk

Nero two hole wall-mounted basin mixer in satin

black £358.36

Tap into the trend

Classic chrome taps are timeless – but isn’t it time to give some other options a thought?

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A rub a dub tub

There’s nothing better than a good soak, so why not make the bath the central

feature of your bathroom – then lie back and relax. Rubber duck optional

Cranleigh Bathroom Studios

Alderley leather effect freestanding acrylic bath

£2495 01483 272727 cranleigh-bathroomstudios.co.uk

Potts Ltd Victoria & Albert Worcester copper

bath £4,400 01732 848444 potts.ltd.uk

West One Victoria + Albert freestanding bath

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Catchpole and Rye Niederbronn bath tub from

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Aston Matthews Grid-45 shower panel from

£1233, Nero shower fittings from £228

01483 478826 astonmatthews.co.uk

Towns bathrooms Matki curved offset enclosure

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is a beautiful shop located

in the stunning grounds of

Trading Boundaries situated

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We sell gorgeous high end

fashion and accessories plus

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pieces including candles, throws

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Telephone 01825 791792

theamazinglavendersisters.com

The Courtyard, Trading Boundaries,

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Open 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri

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Cranbrook

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Courtyard UK courtyarduk.co.uk

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100% linen bardot top, £199, Courtyard UK courtyarduk.co.uk; 100% linen skirt, £49.99, Capsule Instagram @capsulehastings /

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Men’s and women’s

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the Italian Wardrobe

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01892 514143 www.theitalianwardrobe.co.uk

New Arrivals

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Linen jacket, £90, One Life Clothing onelifeclothing.co.uk; t-shirt, £34.90, Charity Farm Countrystore

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Come and browse our new

Spring/Summer Collections

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Telephone 01580 761222 Email sales@cashara.co.uk

Shop online at www.cashara.co.uk

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Sun scents

Summer is here and it’s time to rethink your

perfume with the season says Josephine Fairley

Verveine eau

de toilette

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Fragonard

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Beauty

There are still women who have a ‘signature’ scent, worn

all-year-round, for everything from a summer wedding

to the Christmas party. The modern trend, though, is

to build a ‘wardrobe’ of fragrances, because as Aerin Lauder

(granddaughter of the redoubtable Estée) observes, ‘You wouldn’t

wear the same shoes with a tennis dress and an evening dress…’

Well, I certainly wouldn’t. Indeed, there are fragrances in my

wardrobe that for me, are the equivalent of black opaque tights

and are put away each year at around the same time as my Wolford

Velvet Deluxes, waiting for the weather to turn in the autumn.

I love those scents precisely because they’re wonderfully

snuggleable and cocooning, but I find them almost oppressive right

now. So for me, this is the perfect time to switch to something

lighter, airier, fresher and fortunately (as you can read below),

there are lots of exciting new launches that fall into that category.

Before that, though, there are a few things

about wearing fragrance in the warmer months

that I think it’s worth remembering.

Champ de Baies

and Champ des Fleurs

eau de Cologne

£105 for 100ml L’Artisan

Parfumeur

artisanparfumeur.com

Hot weather and fragrance aren’t happy

bedfellows

Perfume is as vulnerable to UV damage as our skins. If your

fragrances are generally kept near a window, move them to

the back of the room where sunlight can’t damage them.

Keep them in the box, in a cupboard

Scent will last much longer if it’s not exposed

to daylight, let alone sunshine.

Best of all, keep your fragrance in the fridge

A normal fridge can be too cold – a wine fridge is perfect,

advises James Craven of Pimlico’s ‘scent mecca’, Les Senteurs.

Bois

d’Hadrien eau de

parfum

£91 for 100ml

Goutal Paris

goutalparis.com

Bel Azur

£73 for 50ml

eau de parfum

Tory Burch

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Beware of wearing fragrance in the sun

Some of the ingredients in perfume can interact with sunlight, on

vulnerable skins, potentially triggering redness, itching and even

(in the cases of some citrus ingredients like bergamot), possibly

leading to pigmented ‘staining’ of the skin. This doesn’t mean you

can’t wear fragrance through the summer months, but if you’re

sunbathing, why not spritz a sarong, rather than your skin?

I always like to spray my clothing – I’m a walking miasma

of scent, basically – although do check first that it won’t stain

the fabric. This is easy to do: simply spritz a white tissue,

and if there’s no marking afterwards, it should be perfectly

safe for textiles. I’m a particular fan of spraying scarves and

pashminas, as well as the lining of jackets and even skirts.

Why not wear a scented ribbon…?

Spray a ribbon and tie it in your hair, or around

your wrist. Lovely, lovely, lovely.


Signature eau

de toilette

£35 for 30ml

L.K. Bennett

lkbennett.com

Soleil Piquant

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purse spray

£185 for 100ml

By Terry

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Beauty

Travel light

When you’re heading off on holiday, decant your favourite

fragrance into a Travalo atomiser. You sort of ‘mate’ the

atomiser with the base of the Travalo, pump a bit (!) and the

fragrance is transferred almost magically to the travel spray.

These are available in sleek metals and some really

stylish leather-covered options (you can find them on

perfumesociety.org/SHOP and at other retailers).

But why not take a wardrobe of

fragrances with you…?

Shameless plug, here: our Perfume Society Discovery

Box samples allow you to pack an entire wardrobe of

scents – even if you’re one of those admirable souls who

manages to travel with hand baggage. (Not something I’ve

ever achieved in this lifetime, nor am ever likely to.)

Colognes are perfect for summer, to be

splashed and spritzed with abandon

My top picks from this summer’s new launches

Fragonard Verveine

Fragonard’s scents are wonderfully affordable (find them

in M&S and Cologne & Cotton) and Verveine is the pure

scent of summer sunshine and sparkling water. Lemon and

grapefruit accent the energy of verbena – which is lemony in

itself – but there’s more staying power than you’d imagine,

thanks to undertones of patchouli, Atlas cedarwood and

amber. Fragonard also offer ‘layering’ opportunities – the

Verveine soap is divine.

£18 for 50ml eau de toilette

Goutal Paris Bois d’Hadrien

Eau d’Hadrien is the fragrance that put Annick Goutal –

one of the original ‘niche perfume’ brands – on the scented

map. Now, her daughter Camille is heading up the perfume

house, putting her own stamp on this innovative fragrance

brand which she’s renamed ‘Goutal Paris’.

Eau d’Hadrien has also now acquired a counterpart. If the

original is morning, with its airy, citrus notes, this evokes the

other end of the day, with woodsier notes of cypress, cedar,

pine, incense and musk alongside a bright echo of lemon.

£91 for 100ml eau de parfum

By Terry Soleil Piquant

This light-filled, carefree, sun-drenched fragrance is pricy,

for sure – but just in time for the getaway season, the 100ml

eau de parfum does come packaged with a security-friendly

8ml spray. Inspired by the Balearic island of Formentera, it’s

bursting with bright neroli, opening to almond blossoms,

and finally mellowing to notes of sandalwood and tonka

bean.

£185 for 100ml eau de parfum and purse spray

L’Artisan Parfumeur Champ de Baies and

Champ des Fleurs

Colognes are a big trend in perfume right now and they

happen to be a perfect-for-summer concentration, to be

splashed and spritzed with abandon.

Champ de Baies is the more intriguing of these two, I

find, setting out to evoke the feeling of a mulberry tree in

the early morning, ‘just before a heatwave’, offering crisp

nashi pear, tart rhubarb and bergamot.

Its counterpart is equally fresh and dew-drenched, but

captures a ‘field of flowers’, with bitter grapefruit and

crunchy pear giving way to lily of the valley and jasmine

petals, finally enveloping skin in cedar, amber and musk.

£105 for 100ml eau de Cologne

Tory Burch Bel Azur

Don’t blame me if you decide to redecorate your house

to match the chic blue-and-white box this comes in. The

bottle is also deep, deep sea blue – positively beckoning you

to dive into its refreshing blend of bergamot, neroli and

peony, whose breeziness fades into warm, sun-kissed notes

of creamy sandalwood and earthy vetiver. For someone who

loves fresh fragrances, but wants something different to the

usual citrusy Eau de Cologne.

£73 for 50ml eau de parfum

L.K. Bennett Signature

This is one of my surprising new favourites, a definite

addition to my scent wardrobe. It’s a highly sophisticated

Chypre fragrance that has an airiness that’s just perfect,

right now, offering peppered citrus, tangy rhubarb (a very

on-trend note), silky rose, jasmine and ylang ylang, revealing

skin-warmed notes of powdery amber and woods as it

unfolds on the skin.

It’s incredibly accomplished – a new modern classic, I’d

call it – and I love that it comes in three sizes, including

a nicely affordable 30ml. (I’ll definitely be going for the

biggest next time, though.)

£35 for 30ml eau de toilette

Jo Fairley is Co-Founder of The Perfume Society

(perfumesociety.org), which offers Discovery Boxes and

an online V.I.P. Club membership with six downloadable

issues a year of the award-winning magazine The

Scented Letter, discounts on Discovery Boxes, exclusive

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perfume websites.

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Wellbeing

A Year of Wellness

Britain has one of the highest rates of allergies in the world, with 44%

of Brits suffering with at least one allergy. With hay fever season in full

bloom, Eminé Rushton shares her natural approach to allergy-management

June: Natural relief for seasonal allergies

We spent one summer,

several years ago,

flummoxed as to why

Wour eldest daughter (who was then

just four), had a continual cold. A

streaming nose, mild temperature,

sneezing, runny eyes – and unable

to shift it. That’s when we realised:

it wasn’t a cold – it was hay fever!

The misery of the condition, and the

symptoms that make it difficult for us to

go about our daily lives, such as sneezing,

itchiness, breathlessness and wheezing,

are caused by the body’s own exaggerated

immune response to the natural

allergens in pollen.

Our white blood cells

begin to make more of

a substance called

histamine,

which has an

inflammatory

response

within

the body,

causing all of the symptoms above.

Traditional treatment is with antihistamine

medicine – to block

those natural histamines, and

dampen down their effects – and

yes, they can be very effective.

But they do not treat the root cause,

which is why some of us produce more

histamines in response to allergens

than others (and, indeed, why some

of us can deal with cats, dustmites,

feathers and pollen without a sniffle,

while others are reduced to

sobbing, wheezing wrecks).

A couple of years ago I

had the privilege of working

The misery of the

symptoms makes

it difficult for us

to go about our

daily lives

with leading integrative medical

expert, Dr Andrew Weil, and I grilled

him on this very subject (hoping,

too, to find some natural relief for

my daughter along the way).

For the most common ragweed allergy

(the most prevalent type of pollen that

we Brits encounter through spring

& summer), Dr Weil recommends

stinging nettle (urtica dioica), in freezedried

capsule form. Children under

twelve can take one capsule a day,

whereas adults (12 and over) can take

one capsule every two to four hours.

Dr Weil also recommended

quercetin – a natural

bioflavonoid, which

is most effective

when combined with

bromelain (a proteindigesting

enzyme,

from pineapple).

Studies have shown

that quercetin may

help stabilise the cells

that produce histamine, and within a

week of us giving our daughter a daily

capsule, her symptoms significantly

improved (Higher Nature make a good

one, as do Neal’s Yard Remedies).

The best thing, however, is to

begin taking these natural remedies

in winter, to build the body

up before the allergy season

kicks in at all (something

to remember next time!).

The best foods for natural

anti-histamines include apples,

yellow peppers, watercress,

onions, peas, parsley, thyme,

turmeric (which is an

Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine, and

co-founder of the conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk

incredible anti-inflammatory across

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Wild Nutrition Turmaforte Turmeric,

£32 wildnutrition.com), ginger, sweet

potato, peppermint and pomegranate.

Decreasing dairy intake (but ensuring

that good sources of calcium still abound

– so crucial for children), can really

help too. I also favour a natural barrier

balm (i.e. a natural version of Vaseline

– you could try Hay Max Pure, but any

natural waxy balm will do the trick),

which we smear within the nostril and

around the outer edges, to trap pollen

and prevent it being inhaled and further

irritating the mucous membranes.

We also invested in a HEPA Air Filter

(ours is made by Vax) which is very

effective at filtering out airborne pollen

during sleep, particularly in summer,

when many of us sleep with windows

wide open, and certainly when the

neighbours are mowing their lawns.

These natural changes have very

much benefited our family, and I do so

hope they offer you some relief too.

Time for a tonic

Health-boosting tipples abound in Tonics &

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Natasha Richardson is a medical herbalist and founder of

Forage Botanicals. She lives in Kent and runs a successful

four-week online course that has helped hundreds of women

to balance their hormones and have less painful periods

What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in June?

The dry and warm weather of June is

wonderfully energising but I often find

the long days quite tiring. My favourite

thing to do in June is take the time in

the evening to make myself a cooling

foot bath with herbs and essential oils.

It helps to refresh and calm me, and

stops me from running around like a

work-obsessed madwoman.

What one self-care ritual do you

never skimp on?

I never forget to wear clothes which

make me feel good about myself. Every

day I carefully consider my appearance

and it really does lift my spirits. It

might seem odd to think of the way we

dress as a form of self-care, but it’s the

one thing I never change, whatever the

season.

What’s happening in your kitchen this

month?

I am embracing the warmth with my

favourite salad – fennel, lemon, avocado

and rocket with olive oil and salt. It’s the

simple things that please me.

Share one book that taught you

something amazing about life – and

made you better at living it?

I have just finished reading a book

called Nonviolent Communication and

it literally is changing my life. I have

started to see how very subtle ways

we usually communicate in society

can make others feel blamed or

judged and it is enabling me to feel

even more compassion and empathy.

Given the work that I do, this is

something I need to cultivate – but it

is important for all of us to be more

empathetic.

What is the best treatment you’ve

had locally?

I love getting deep tissue massage

from Sarah Lacey at Apotheca in

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Try this in June

The older I get, the less I like to shop

online and I have recently rediscovered the

joys of buying my dried herbs, flowers and

remedies by weight (far more economical)

and in person (far more pleasurable), at

my local Neal’s Yard Remedies store. There

are several NYR stores with dispensaries,

across Kent and Sussex, and I stock up on

everything from rosebuds and chamomile

flowers to ashwagandha (a stress-relieving

herb) and dried nettles (great for allergy

relief, see previous page). Wandering back

home with my basket filled with dried

goods always makes me smile, too.

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Time for Beauty Sleep

Amly is the Old English name of the organic wildflower meadow

in East Sussex, and it is here that Amly co-founder, Lisa O’Connor,

found a natural silver-rich source of spring water, which runs

beneath this beautiful organic land.

Intrigued by the unusual healing properties and mineral

profile of the water, she and her friend, holistic therapist Kerry

Moore, set about blending it with organic flowers, native

herbs and healing essential oils.

The result is dreamy - and nowhere more so than

in the new Amly Beauty Sleep Face Mist, £52, which

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skin, but the anxious mind too. Save for the bedside

table and anoint yourself before sleep…

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Tapas-tastic

Chef

and owner of celebrated

restaurant Rocksalt, in

Folkestone, Mark Sargeant

shares recipes for Northern

Spanish food from his

exciting new venture

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Food

Long-established as a

restaurant venue, The

Wife of Bath in Wye, has been

reimagined, renovated and

revitalised by esteemed chef

Mark Sargeant.

Now it is a Spanish

restaurant, tapas bar and sixroom

boutique hotel. The

food, which has been described

as ‘superb’ by no less an

authority than the Telegraph,

is inspired by the cuisine of

Cataluña, the Basque country,

Cantabria and Galicia, made

using the wonderful produce

available from the local fields,

coastline – and vines.

We are very honoured to

share some recipes from this

chef, who has won multiple

awards, and was awarded a

Michelin star when running

Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at

Claridges.

So while these may be a little

more complex than our usual

suggestions, the results will be

more than worth it.

Monkfish, Saffron and Piquillo

Pepper Rice, Aioli, Coriander

Serves 4

• 1 monkfish tail double skinned on

the bone 400g-600g size

• 75g finely chopped shallots

• 2 cloves garlic finely chopped

• ½ tsp smoked paprika

• Half a red chilli, finely diced

• 200g sliced tomatoes

• 1 litre chicken stock

• ½ tsp saffron

• 400g Arborio rice

• 200g sliced piquillo peppers

• Coriander cress to garnish

Aioli

Small pinch of saffron strands

3 crushed garlic cloves

2 egg yolks

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

300ml olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

Method:

1Preheat the oven to 200°C.

2Begin by portioning the monkfish

into 4 pieces around 100-150g

each - your fishmonger could always

do this for you if you are unsure. Place

onto a try and leave in the fridge until

required.

3Next make the aioli. In a small

bowl pour 1 tbsp of boiling water

over the saffron and set aside. Put the

garlic, egg yolks and mustard into a

food processor and blitz until a paste

and then slowly add the olive oil to

make a thick mayonnaise. When

everything has come together add the

saffron, saffron water and lemon juice.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4Now make the saffron rice. Heat 2

teaspoons of olive oil in a pan, add

shallots and fry gently for 10 minutes.

Add the chilli, garlic and smoked

paprika and cook for 2 more minutes,

then stir in the tomatoes. Stir in the

saffron, stock, 1 tsp of salt. Bring to

the boil and then add the rice. Stir

once. Then leave to simmer vigorously

for 6 minutes. Meanwhile cut up the

roasted red pepper, and sprinkle on top

of the rice. Lower the heat and cook

for another 10-12 minutes.

5Begin cooking the monkfish when

the rice is about 5 to 6 minutes

from being ready. Heat a frying pan

with a little oil. Season the monkfish

and fry evenly on all sides till golden.

Place into the oven and cook for 5 to 6

minutes.

To Finish:

Take a bowl and spoon some of the

rice in the middle. Place the monkfish.

Pipe dots of the aioli around the fish

and garnish with the coriander.


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Quail Escabeche

Serves 4

• 4 whole preprared quail

• 4 slices of sourdough

bread

• 1 little gem lettuce washed

& cut into quarters

• 50g butter

• 2 sprigs of thyme &

rosemary

• 2 cloves of garlic

• 10ml olive oil to finish

Escabeche Marinade

• 100ml olive oil

• 100ml vinegar

• Handful of sage, tarragon,

mint, thyme, parsley,

rosemary and coriander

• 2 bay leaves

• 1 shallot sliced into rings

• 1 carrot thinly sliced

into discs [flower shapes

optional]

• 1 tsp coriander seeds

1Put all the ingredients for

the escabeche marinade

into a large pan. Warm very

gently for 10 minutes, then

set aside for the ingredients

to infuse. Preheat the oven to

200 degrees.

2Next prepare the quail.

Carefully remove the

wishbone from the quail.

(To do this: with the breast

side up, gently pull back the

skin at the top of the breasts.

Using a small knife, make

small incisions either side of

the wishbone to separate the

wishbone from the breast

meat on both sides. Then,

carefully pull the wishbone

out.)

3Place an oven-proof pan

onto a moderate heat,

add a little oil and then put

in the quail, to brown on

all sides. Add the thyme,

rosemary, garlic and butter

to the pan. Baste over the

quail for 1 minute. Put into

a medium oven and cook

for 3-4 minutes - the quail

should be pink. Take out

of the oven and allow to

rest for 3-4 minutes. Next,

we need to take the quail

off the bone. First, remove

the legs, then use a knife

to carefully carve off the

meat. Then carve off the

breast meat. Place the meat

pieces into the escabeche

marinade to infuse with all

the flavours.

To Finish

4Toast the sourdough

until golden on both

sides and dress the lettuce

with a little olive oil.

5Place a piece of the

bread onto a plate,

then some lettuce, followed

by some of the escabeche

vegetables. Place the quail

pieces on the top, leg meat

first, then breast.


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Gin & Lime Cheesecake

Serves 12

Equipment needed

• 12 x 75mm circular metal

rings

• Blowtorch

• For one cheesecake, use a

20cm springform cake tin

Cheesecake

• 90g caster sugar

• 750g cream cheese

• 1 litre double cream

• 1 vanilla pod scraped

• 3 limes, zested

• 100g melted butter

• 250g crushed Hobnob

biscuits

• 25ml Gin Mare gin (or gin

of your choice)

Lime Curd

• 400ml lime juice

• 250g caster sugar

• 8 whole eggs

• 175g butter

• 25ml Gin Mare gtin (or

gin of your choice)

Candied Walnuts

• 100g walnuts

• 50g sugar

• Splash of water

• A few sprigs of chopped

rosemary

To Finish

• Basil cress

• Chopped mint

• Chopped rosemary

• Lime zest

1Add the melted butter

to the crushed Hobnob

biscuits and mix well. Put

between two pieces of

parchment paper and roll

flat. In a mixing bowl, beat

the sugar, cream cheese and

vanilla seed until soft. In

a second bowl semi whip

the cream, then add the

cream, Gin Mare gin and

lime zest to the cheese mix

and whip using the mixer

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To Build the Cheesecakes:

Press the 12 moulds into

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Place the walnuts on a

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Using a blowtorch

5 carefully heat up the

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top. Arrange the walnuts

going down one side of the

cheesecake. Sprinkle a little

of the chopped mint and

rosemary on top and garnish

with the basil cress. Finish

with lime zest.

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Let the right ones in

Not all garden bugs are baddies – Jo Arnell advises how to

keep the pests at bay, while nurturing the good guys

Credit: Hedgehog Photo by Piotr Łaskawski on Unsplash

Early summer is the time for maximum growth in

the garden. The new stems and leaves on our plants,

plumped out by rain, fertilisers and human kindness

are luscious - and irresistibly delicious to some of our garden

visitors. Pesky sap suckers seem to have expensive tastes and

well bred, cultivated plants are just so much tastier than

tough old weeds. It can seem like the garden is under siege,

especially when we come out in the morning (evil deeds

mainly happen at night) and discover the carnage. It is very

tempting to reach for a bug spray and nuke the lot of them.

But, before we do that, it is worth remembering that

most pesticide sprays are non-specific and will kill a wide

variety of insects; the good, bad, the bug-ugly - and the

butterflies. Luckily we are becoming more aware of the effects

of chemical sprays and the days of DDT (the poisonous

compound that accumulates in the fatty tissues of animals

- including humans) but it has taken a long time. Rachel

Carson’s classic book on the subject, Silent Spring, was first

published way back in 1962.

Alternative routes to sprays require a more benign approach

to pest control through healthy practices. The aim is to

maintain a more natural balance and prevent the build up of

pests in the first place, but the problem is that – oddly - our

gardens are not always the most natural of environments

in the first place. Plants we consider ‘standard’ are mostly

pampered non-natives and the edible crops are grown in neat,

easy to feed on rows. It can be done though. We just need

a range of strategies and, as in many hostile situations, an

insight into the lifestyle choices and habits of our enemies.

A healthy balance

A natural ecosystem is a carefully balanced web of life; each

organism within it has a role that has evolved over millions

of years. In the garden it is us who organise the ecosystem, by

going to the garden centre and popping in a random selection

of things that take our fancy - plants that fill a gap in our

borders rather than a specific ecological niche. Growing the

right plant in the right place will help. Plonking a delicate

woodlander into a scorching sunny border, or miring a

Mediterranean meadow plant in heavy clay means that they

use up all their resources just trying to survive. Unhappy

plants, much like unhappy humans, are more prone to pests

and disease.

Overfeeding

Spring is the best time to give your plants food – but only if

they need it. Too much nitrogen will lead to excessively lush

leaf growth. Soft, sappy leaves are easier to bite into. Don’t

Above: Ladybirds and hedgehogs aren’t just cute and adorable – they are voracious feeders on destructive insects

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feed plants much past the summer or you will encourage late

growth that will be prone to winter frost damage, leaving

them open to pest attack. Warmer winters enable more pests

to survive in situations where they might once have perished,

and new ones are regularly creeping in on foreign grown

plants, from where they can spread very rapidly.

Catch them early

Get out in the garden early in the season and keep an eye

out for the first of the pests to arrive and you may be able

to catch an infestation before it starts. Think of it as the

gardener’s equivalent of a ‘stitch in time’: a bug squished

in the hand is better than thousands on your plants. And

catching them early in their life cycle, before they hatch and

fly off to reproduce, will help too.

Encourage beneficial predators

Set up bee/ladybird/lacewing homes and hedgehog houses.

Bees are essential pollinators and the others are all voracious

eaters of aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs and many other

insect pests. Make log piles for beneficial bugs and beetles

to overwinter in. Plant a nectar border to encourage bees,

hoverflies and other pollinating insects and grow plants for

their seed heads to attract the birds. All birds feed insect to

their young in spring and although birds will also eat your

seeds, their bug catching role in spring is very useful. Even

wasps do a good job, hunting down caterpillars and grubs and

clearing up debris and rotting fruit.

Netting crops

Putting this in place at vulnerable stages will deter many bugs,

depending on the gauge of net. Fine netting will prevent flea

beetle and small flies (whitefly and carrot fly), the next size up

will protect crops from Cabbage White butterflies and bird

netting will deter pesky pigeons - make sure it’s pegged down

well so that wildlife can’t get tangled in it.

Companion planting

This is an attractive way to deter pests and works by

Below: Nasturtiums in their caterpillar-free glory

Above: Caterpillars making short work of a nasturtium leaf

confusing the insect (they’re easily confused) by disguising the

smell of the crop. The most well known of these is planting

carrots among onions, which helps to deter carrot fly. French

marigolds attract hoverflies, and deter aphids and whitefly.

Large pests

Rabbits and deer can be a big problem, as they will decimate

plants within a short space of time. Fencing is the best

option. It needs to be dug into the ground at an angle to

prevent burrowing, and if deer are the problem, high enough

to stop a deer jumping over. There are lists of ‘rabbit proof’

plants available (look online), but the rabbits haven’t always

read these lists. In general it’s the tasty new growth and young

plants that they’re attracted to.

Slugs and snails

In wet years the ‘most hated pest’ award invariably goes to

these slimy creepers, but there are other contenders that

come and go, depending on how cold the winter is. There are

endless gruesome solutions for controlling slugs and snails,

but understanding a little about when they’re likely to be at

their most active will help.

They first appear at the beginning of the season when all

the fresh, succulent new growth emerges and the conditions

are damp. As the weather warms up you’ll find them in the

cool of the early morning and at dusk and on rainy days.

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are lots of barrier methods, and they are drawn to the smell of

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containers on purchase. A biological control is available, but

only use in the warmer months, as it is temperature sensitive.

Aphids

Greenfly and blackfly are sap suckers (too kind a name for

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A

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their front garden.

Front gardens are surely so important, to lift the spirits on

your return home generally, to provide a sanctuary for wildlife

close to home – and to cheer up the passer-by.

A week or two later I was in Putney where the contrast was

palpable. There the gardens varied down this particular street.

Here a garden full of gnomes and little people and there ones

which combined off street parking with lovely, mature plants

and trees. I liked one double-fronted house and its garden so

much that I felt moved to knock on the door to see if I could

take a picture of the planting. How to make new friends…

Top: A characterful front garden seen on a trip to Putney

Above: Helleborus argutifolius

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I liked one double-fronted house

and its garden so much I felt

moved to knock on the door

Underneath a mature magnolia, just coming into bud, was

a great mass of the Corsican hellebore, Helleborus argutifolius,

which can take both full sun and partial shade. In this planting

scheme this wonderful plant will look good all year with its large,

veined, prickle toothed, evergreen leaves complementing the

apple green flowers.

To the right of these were five diagonally planted box hedges

with gently curved ends. The whole was edged with large

specimens of the sacred bamboo, Nandina domestica, again an

evergreen, and with very showy clumps of red berries at this

time of year. Finally, at nose-level appeared another evergreen

shrub tangling through one of the nandinas, a coronilla with its

intensely fragrant pea like flowers.

I must admit that London’s micro climate means that plants

like the coronilla are much happier than they would be growing

elsewhere, especially after the winter we have just had, but it’s a

thought, should you be wondering what plants to use which will

give all round impact and are easily managed.

And then there are Bonnington Gardens, SW8 to visit for

inspiration and to see what can be done in an urban space, by

residents working together to bring a sense of harmony to a

neighbourhood and ‘inviting in nature’.

The houses were originally built in the 1880s to house railway

workers but after considerable bomb damage during the Second

World War, the area was derelict and left abandoned apart from

a walnut tree struggling on alone. By the 1980s all the houses

around the square had become a giant squat, albeit the squatters

were an eclectic and bohemian mix from the worlds of art,

music, architecture and horticulture.

In the 1990s, when a local builder applied to use the site as

a storage area, the council was alerted to the fact that they had

‘idle’ land on their hands and should do something about it.

The residents were informed that the council were considering

redevelopment and rapidly formed an association to do

something positive to improve their surroundings.

They struck lucky with one of the local councillors who

supported their ideas and £20,000 was allocated to building a

garden on the site. At

this stage Dan Pearson,

garden designer and

resident in Bonnington

Square at the time, and

his neighbour, also a

garden designer, put

together a scheme.

Once the garden was

developed, with raised

beds built on the

Right: Lovingly tended

box hedges in a Putney

front garden

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old bases of the seven bombed-out houses, the Paradise Project

began the following year with the greening of the local streets and

their front gardens to create an all-encompassing lush, green space.

Another smaller grant paid for trees such as catalpa, arbutus and

Judas trees, vines and all manner of plants.

Vertical space has been utilised with climbers growing up the

houses and even old telegraph poles provide support for plants

such as Morning Glory, the whole becoming a sub-tropical

paradise. And right from the beginning of the project, local

residents began to use the gardens as an extension of their homes

and people who had never gardened before got involved.

So, I think the aim for our front gardens is to create a green and

inviting space, maybe using Bonnington as a shining example,

to plant hedges to reduce the amount of dust and pollution

around our streets, to balance hard landscaping and plants and

accommodating cars, if needs be, with a judicious planting of

ground cover plants that wouldn’t mind occasionally being run

over, combined with a couple of paved tracks.

You could have gravel over a permeable sheet of something like

Mypex to prevent weeds coming through and cut holes into the

sheet where you want to plant. Try some of the creeping thymes,

or easy, low growing perennials like Ajuga reptans. Fill up the

corners of the site with shrubs to provide cover for nesting birds

and insects. Plant up walls and fences.

In a shadier site use some of the pyracanthas; their berries will

bring in birds and try some of the honeysuckles for both their

fragrant flowers and juicy red berries. If you have room for a small

tree, choose one of the varieties with an upright or fastigiate habit.

Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ is nice, particularly with its striking

autumn colour, or one of the crab apples like Malus ‘Hornet’ or

perhaps a fastigiate yew.

Have a couple of striking containers outside your front door

and fill them up in the summer with fragrance. There are so many

annuals like nicotiana which sown this spring will give you a long

flowering season and plenty of welcoming scent as you open your

front door.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for gardening

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Exercise is as essential for children’s brains as

it is for their bodies says Hilary Wilce

The end of term is coming

over the horizon, which

means that in the school

calendar it’s the season for sports

days, swimming galas, and

outdoor trips and challenges.

So maybe it’s also the time when

we parents should turn our minds

to the whole question of children,

exercise, health and learning.

Of course we all know

that children today don’t get

nearly as much exercise as children in the past. Some of the

consequences of this inactivity, such as obesity and diabetes,

are serious and life-limiting. But how many of us know

that a lack of exercise also has a direct effect on children’s

mood, personal effectiveness, and ability to learn?

One of the most recent studies to highlight this, from the

Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling, found that just 15 minutes

of running or walking fast, made primary-age children feel more

awake and happy. It also made them better able to remember

words and sentences and more able to exercise self-control.

The researchers concluded that exercise didn’t need to be

ferocious to make a difference. Running faster and faster against set

times did no more for children than getting them moving at their

own best pace. But the exercise did need to be frequent and regular.

The researchers concluded that short bursts of activity,

breaking up classroom learning, were the best way forward.

In line with this, a particularly good school exercise initiative

has also come from Scotland. Award-winning primary school

head Elaine Wyllie, was so appalled to find her 10-yearolds

could not run once round the school field without

getting breathless, that she consulted with her pupils and

together they came up with the idea of the Daily Mile.

Quite soon the whole school was out running round the field

for fifteen minutes a day, getting rapidly fitter and loving it. It

wasn’t competitive, there was no expense involved, no PE kit to be

changed into, and pupils could do it exactly as they liked, either

with friends or alone, either skipping, jogging, running or walking.

Every pupil owned their own “fifteen golden

minutes…of fun, friends, fresh air and freedom,” as

Elaine Wyllie put it. Now tens of thousands of schools

do it in more than 30 countries round the world.

Of course, there are other ways in which students are

encouraged to take exercise, but in schools where the

sports programmes are mainly team-based there is a real

danger that children who don’t naturally star at hockey

or rugby can come to feel that exercise isn’t for them.

So we parents always need to play a big part in making

sure our children discover that exercise is not only essential,

but can also be fun, sociable and life-enhancing.

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Page turners

A charity devoted to helping children

discover the joy of books has identified the

Top 40 titles to pull reluctant readers in

The benefits to children of establishing a reading habit

early are well supported by scientific studies. The British

Cohort Study, compared 6,000 children from the same

social backgrounds, who achieved similar tested abilities at ages

five and 10, then again at 16 and the results were stark: those

who frequently read books at age 10, and more than once a week

when they were 16, had higher test results than those who read

less. And not just in the areas you would

expect, vocabulary and spelling – the regular

readers also had better scores in maths.

But some children just don’t take to

reading and with distractions from other

entertainment sources becoming ever more

accessible it can be a challenge to get kids

to give books their attention.

Beanstalk is a charity devoted to

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books. It’s a great initiative, but there is also much that

can be done at home to get children into the reading

habit and Beanstalk has recently released their list of

the Top 40 books to read with your child.

Put together by literacy experts these books have

been chosen to be most appealing to reluctant

readers because they can be read and ‘played with’ in

multiple ways. They cover a broad range of genres,

and engage a variety of children, regardless of

interests, age, gender, ethnicity.

Pippa Goodhart, author of one of the books

selected, You Choose, said: “I was a child who loved

listening to stories and playing stories, but I found

reading very hard, and ‘reading books’ scary. In this

You Choose the text is incidental to the main task of

‘reading’ the pictures, so the pressure of a chunk of

text that has to be read is removed. As they make

their choices through the book, children become co-creators with

the author and illustrator. What they take from the book really

is ‘theirs’, and that makes it both fun and empowering. My hope

is that this is a book which helps less sure children make friends

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FESTIVAL

Mt Ephraim Gardens

Faversham, Kent

AUGUST 3-5

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ATOMIC ROOSTER * PEATBOG FAERIES * AVA

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KANDA BONGO MAN * RODNEY BRANIGAN

THE MENTULLS * THE GIFT * THE FAR MEADOW

BLACKBEARD’S TEA PARTY * TOMMY JUSTICE

GERRY COLVIN BAND

Camping & Glamping available. Free parking

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Woolton Farm,

Bekesbourne,

Canterbury, Kent

June 15-17

3 days of great rock and blues

KING KING * NINE BELOW ZERO

Dr FEELGOOD * CLIMAX BLUES BAND

MARTIN BARRE’S BLUES BAND

BAND OF FRIENDS

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JACKIE McAULEY BAND * CATFISH

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Highlights for June

Some Mothers Do

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Tue 29 May – Sat 2 June

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Les Musicals

Mon 4 June

John Finnemore

Fri 8 June

Ultimate Bublé

Fri 15 June

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Fri 22 June

Big Girls Don’t Cry

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What’s On in June

Art

Sat 5 May – Sun 24 Jun

Maidstone Museum, St Faith’s

St, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LH

The Inking Woman

The work of 100 British

Cartoon and Comic Artists,

spanning 250 years, is brought

together in an exhibition

designed to demonstrate the

humour and wit of women.

Info: 01622 602838 /

museum.maidstone.gov.uk

ARTISTS’

OPEN

STUDIOS

EVERY WEEKEND

IN JUNE

OPEN SAT-SUN 11-6pm

IN AND AROUND

TONBRIDGE

Pick up an Art Trail at local outlets or

www.artistsopenstudios.co.uk

Sat 2, Sun 3, Sat 9, Sun10, Sat

16, Sun 17, Sat 23, Sun 24 Jun

11am-6pm

Tonbridge, Hildenborough,

Hadlow, Yalding & Marden

Artists’ Open Studios

Visit local artists to view and

browse their beautiful work in 14

studios in and around Tonbridge.

A great day out to find amazing

creativity and fabulous art in West

Kent. Come and enjoy paintings,

drawings, sculpture, glass,

ceramics, jewellery and more.

Entry: FREE

Info: artistsopenstudios.co.uk

Sat 23 Jun – Sun 8 Jul

Great Dixter, Northiam,

Rye, Kent TN31 6PH

GREAT DIXTER HOSTS

MICHAEL B WHITE’S

ONE-MAN EXHIBITION

International artist Michael

B White returns to Great

Dixter House & Gardens

with his one-man

exhibition of paintings inspired

by these world famous gardens

with oils, watercolours, monoprints,

serigraphs and etchings

in his signature colourful Fauvist

style filled with ‘joie de vivre.’

Info: michaelbwhite820@gmail.

com / michaelbwhiteartist.com

Children & Families

Wed 6 Jun – Thu 30

Aug 5.45-9pm

Port Lympne, Lympne,

Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD

Dusk Safaris

Enjoy Port Lympne in a whole

new light. See the animals of

America, Asia and Africa as

the sun sets before enjoying

a three course meal at the

Port Lympne Hotel. Running

on selected Wednesday and

Thursday evenings.

Entry: £45pp

Info: aspinallfoundation.org

Fri 8 Jun

Spa Valley Railway, West

Station, Royal Tunbridge

Wells, Kent TN2 5QY

Fish & Chip Fridays

Spa Valley Railway’s first Friday

evening Fish and Chips Train. Join

the train from 18.45 at Tunbridge

Wells West before it sets off at

19.00 for Groombridge. The train

will complete two return journeys

and while on board passengers

can enjoy freshly prepared fish

and chips followed by ice cream.

The train bar car ‘Kate’ will be

open throughout the evening

selling a large range of real ales,

cider, wines (including sparkling!)

and also hot & cold soft drinks.

Info: 01892 537715 /

spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Sat 16 Jun

Belmont House, Belmont Park,

Throwley Road, Throwley,

Faversham, Kent ME13 0HH

Family Bushcraft Day

Spend a summer day taking some

quality time with the family. Learn

to create a flame, build a shelter,

cook on a campfire, identify plants

and more. Booking essential.

Entry: £50 per adult/child pair

including lunch and refreshments

Info: belmont-house.org

Father’s Day

Sun 17 Jun 10am-4pm

Groombridge Place,

Groombridge Hill,

Groombridge, Tunbridge

Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Classic Motor Show

Featuring classic vehicles from

across the decades, including

a high performance classic

display, arena displays and

local dealerships, this one is

a real family day out. Enjoy

live music, a champagne bar,

canal boat rides, a retro market,

children’s entertainments,

and access to all the facilities

of Groombridge Place.

Entry: (per day) Adults: £14.95,

Children: £12.95, Family £49.50

Info: groombridgeplace.com

Sun 17 Jun 10.30am & 12pm

Biddenden Vineyards, Gribble

Bridge Lane, Biddenden,

Ashford, Kent TN27 8DF

Father’s Day Tours

These 45 minute charity tours are

a great way to treat dads this year.

Learn about the vineyard’s history

and process of making wine and

cider before some free tastings.

Entry: £1 per person donation

made to Dandelion Time,

who help children and their

families fragmented by

trauma, abuse and neglect.

Info: 01580 291726

biddendenvineyards.com

Sun 17 Jun

Ightham Mote, Mote Road,

Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks,

Kent TN15 0NT

Father’s Day Fun

A free, fun day for all the

family with fishing in the

moat and beer tasting.

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Fairs & Festivals

Fri 8 – Sun 10 Jun

Elm Wood, Off Risden Lane,

Hawkhurst, Cranbrook,

Kent TN18 5DU

Woodlands Festival

An intimate, family festival

set amongst green fields and

woodland. Woodland’s is

designed for the entire family

with adventures & workshops

for the little ones, live music,

a spa, silent disco & outdoor

cinema for the grown-ups -

plus great food & drink!

Info: woodlandsfestival.co.uk

Sun 10 Jun

Brogdale Collections, Brogdale

Farm, Brogdale Road,

Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ

Strawberry Fair

A mouthwatering event with

all sorts of strawberries to try

including the white fleshed

Snow White and the Brogdale

Delicious, a tea room, Pimm’s

bar and exclusive strawberry ice

cream by our own Wealden Times

Summer Fair favourite Simply Ice

Cream.Entertainment includes

archery, miniature railway, ukelele

performances, animal corner and

traditional fair games.

Info: brogdalecollections.org

Sat 23 Jun 1-5pm

Ryarsh Recreation Ground,

Ryarsh, West Malling, Kent

ME19 5LS

Ryarsh Village Fete

A village fete offering a beer tent,

strawberry fayre, Kent cider,

classic cars, archery, music and

much more. Proceeds in aid of

local charities Slide Away and

Headstart.

Entry: Free

Info: ryarshfete@gmail.com

Food & Drink

Fri 1 – Sun 3 Jun

Mote Park, Mote Avenue,

Maidstone, Kent ME15 7SU

Summer Food & Drink

Festival

Local, national and international

food and drink providers gather

with a mix of street-food,

groceries, stalls and drinks in this

picturesque community event.

Info: visitmaidstone.com

Sun 24 Jun

Canterbury Baking School, 22,

The Ness, Canterbury, Kent

CT1 3NL

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ARTISTS’

OPEN

STUDIOS

EVERY WEEKEND

IN JUNE

OPEN SAT-SUN 11-6pm

IN AND AROUND

TONBRIDGE

www.kentshow.co.uk 01622 633060

Kent Showground, Maidstone ME14 3JF

Pick up an Art Trail at local outlets or

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SHOOTING SCHOOL

Open Monday to

SPECIAL

ROSE WEEK

8th June every day to

16th June

Over 100 varieties of rose in

the garden; rose talks; Peter

Beales potted roses on sale

Beautiful 11 Acre Gardens; Café with Terrace; Gift

Shop; Sculpture Exhibition; open until 29th Sept.

Ticehurst 01580 200888

pashleymanorgardens.com

New Hay Farm, Old Hay

(off Pearsons Green Road)

Paddock Wood, Brenchley

Kent TN12 7DG

Tel: 01892 834306

Open Monday to Friday

10am– 5pm

A Clay Pigeon

Shooting Lesson

the Perfect

Father’s Day Gift

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What’s On in June

Baking School

Canterbury Baking School offers

a multitude of classes which teach

life-long skills including basic

bread techniques, and making

artisan bread, sourdough, pasta or

pizza! In the heart of Canterbury,

these personal, specialist

workshops are taught by bread

expert, Vicky, who was trained by

an Italian master chef!

Entry: £165pp, £10 off for Wealden

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Info: canterburybakingschool.com

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Garden

Sun 17 June 10.30am-5pm

Cranbrook, Kent

Cranbrook in Bloom,

Garden Safari

Eleven gardens open their

gates for Cranbrook in Bloom.

Plus there will be homemade

cake, teas and ice cream.

Entry: £5 available from gardens or

Pages Newsagent in the High Street

Info: marian.cumberland@

hotmail.co.uk

Wed 20 Jun, 6-8.30pm

Blooming Green, Loddington

Farm, Linton, Maidstone,

Kent ME17 4AG

A Mindful Evening at

the Flower Plot by

Yvonne Fernando

NLP Master Practitioner &

Life Coach, Yvonne Fernando

collaborates with Blooming

Green in a chance to learn more

about mindfulness, with valuable

tips, inspiring talks, a private

flower-picking session and cake.

Entry: £40

Info: 01233 878474 /

yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk

Fri 22 Jun

Godinton House & Garden,

Godinton Lane, Ashford,

Kent TN23 3BP

National Garden

Scheme Open Day

Last chance to visit Godinton

House gardens in a series of

charity events with all proceeds

going to the National Garden

Scheme. The tearoom will

be serving homemade cakes

and cream teas, and there

will be a selection of plants

for sale for those inspired

by Godinton’s spring time

splendour, in the Italian, Wild,

Rose and Walled Gardens.

Info: 01233 643854 /

info@godintonhouse.co.uk

godintonhouse.co.uk

Fri 22 – Sun 24 Jun

St Dunstan’s Church,

Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HA

Festival of Flowers

Corresponding with Cranbrook

School’s 500 year anniversary,

experience a unique summer

festival with wonderful floral

displays from the community.

Enjoy local artists’ work, beautiful

choir music and fresh food.

Info: stdunstanscranbrook.org.uk

Sat 23 – Sun 24 Jun 1-6pm

Various locations in

Smarden, Kent

Smarden Open Gardens

A great day out in a beautiful

Kentish village. Eleven gardens

around the lovely village of

Smarden are opening their gates,

ranging from large and spectacular

to small cottage gardens. Enjoy

a classic car display (weather

allowing), homemade teas, and

the plant stall, plus the Art

Gallery, picture framing studio

and the village’s three pubs will

all be open. Proceeds to Friends

of Smarden Church (FOSC).

Entry: Weekend Garden Ticket £10

(£8 in advance) Children free

Info: 01233 770695

Markets &

Shopping

Sat 16 Jun 10am-4pm

St Mary’s Hall, Oxford Street,

Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DD

Mainwaring Seaside

Brocante

Enjoy the wonders of Whitstable

every third Saturday of the month.

Pop in to buy antique and vintage

treasures or sell your own.

Info: 01227 773037

King of Pop

Fri 29 June 7.30pm

Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael

Sat 30 June 7.30pm

Dinosaur World Live

Sun 1 - Tues 3 July 1.30pm & 4.30pm

The Quo Experience

Sat 21 July 7.30pm

Book online:

whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Ticket Office: 01424 462288

White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JX

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Sat 23 Jun 10.30am-4pm

King Charles Church Hall,

3 Warwick Park, Tunbridge

Wells, Kent, TN2 5TA

VINTAGE FAIR

Squirrel Vintage has organised

a quality vintage market with

approximately 25 traders from

all over the South East and

London as well as music from

a Northern Soul DJ. This fair

will be packed with true vintage

fashion and accessories from

the 1920s to 1970s, menswear,

salvaged homeware, antique

jewellery, and original records.

Entry: £1 (under 16s free)

Info: ruthjvintage@gmail.com /

facebook.com/squirrelvintage

Music

What’s On in June

culture surrounding it, Black

Deer is an entirely unique and

immersive experience which

boasts headliners Jason Isbell

and the 400 Unit, Iron &

Wine, and Passenger on its evergrowing

list of talented artists.

Info: blackdeerfestival.com

Sun 24 Jun 7.30-10pm

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG UK

Primavera - An Evening

of Classical Music

Classical music fans will love

Primavera’s return to Penshurst

with a selection of well-known

musical masterpieces in the

atmospheric Baron’s Hall.

Info: 01892 870307 /

penshurstplace.com

Ibbett Mosely

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Limited Liability Partnership

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm

The Auction Rooms, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HJ

Tel: 01732 456731 Web: www.ibbettmosely.co.uk

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Sat 30 Jun 7.30pm

St George’s Church

Gravesend, Kent DA11 0DJ

Sing Joyfully

Alan Vincent conducts Gravesham

Choral society in a programme of

the U.K’s finest anthems and arias

include Parry’s “I Was Glad”, with

Malcolm Riley on organ and Ellen

Pearson as soprano.

Entry: £12 (£5 for full-time

students) from choir members or at

the door or via box office

Info: 01474 816684

Fri 8 Jun

Hall By The Sea, Dreamland,

49-51 Marine Terrace, Margate,

Kent CT9 1XJ

Groove Armada at

Dreamland

“Groove Armada will certainly

bring a party to Dreamland!” says

Tom Ranger, Music Programmer

at Dreamland. One of the planet’s

best loved and biggest selling

dance acts, famed for hits like

‘At The River’, ‘I See You Baby’

and ‘Superstylin’, comes to

Dreamland’s Hall By The Sea.

Info: dreamland.co.uk

Fri 22 – Sun 24 Jun

Eridge Park, Frant, Tunbridge

Wells, Kent TN3 9JT

Black Deer Festival

Celebrating authentic Americana

and Country music and the

Sports & Leisure

Sat 23 – Sun 24 June

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

ME17 1PL

Leeds Castle Triathlon

Watch or participate as triathletes

cycle and run across the 500 acre

estate, and swim around the iconic

castle moat. Plus athletes from

eight to fourteen can get involved

with the Junior Aquathlon on

Saturday 23 June.

Info: leeds-castle.com

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Courses and workshops in design, vegetable growing and general

gardening skills. Held in Woodchurch, Kent. No experience needed.

Contact Jo 01233 861149 www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

It’s show time and Jane is getting the

cattle beauty pageant perfect

The swallows are filling the skies, the bees are buzzing

in the wild flower meadows and the veg patch has

gone feral. Hmmm, summer must have arrived and

with it another season of showing our pedigree Sussex cattle.

The preparation really starts around Easter when it’s

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heifers (young cows ready to go to the bull to produce

their first calves in 2019), then the baby yearlings. And

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300 days reach a pre-set weight. Then the Sussex Cattle

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topline parallel to the bottom line. For beginners it’s probably

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and then all that remains is some serious shampooing

to bring out the glorious nut-brown sheen for which

Sussex cattle are justly famous. Show time!

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