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Contents

July 2018

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HEAVENLY HAVENS

Maggie Alderson selects this

month’s dream properties

NOTEBOOK

Our top events to put in

your diary this month

GOD’S ACRE

A vibrant revamp of a

rambling old rectory

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MIDSUMMER FLAIR

Kate Watts styles summery

frocks at our Midsummer Fair

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

Josephine Fairley finds petit

beauty buys to travel with

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton keeps your skin

safe for summer

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SWIM TIME

Pools that are built to suit the

Great British climate (even

when it’s not so great)

BIG IS BEAUTIFUL

Sue Whigham shares her

love of large leaves

SCHOOL’S OUT!

Hilary Wilce on summer holidays

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GET THE LOOK

Products to help you steal

the rectory’s style

HOUSE OF SCARVES

See inside the home of textile

designer Melanie Laslett

GET THE LOOK

A guide to imitating the lovely

Melanie’s unique aesthetic

WEALDEN TIMES

MIDSUMMER FAIR 2018

A look back at our biggest

ever Midsummer Fair

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NATURAL WISDOM

Candles, scrapbooks and

advice from a wellbeing expert

TOOTH WISDOM

Dentist’s tips to keep you

smiling through the years

CHEF’S HOME COOKING

Find out what chef Toby

Welfare cooks for his family when

he’s off duty

PORTRAIT OF A GARDEN

Jo Arnell muses on a year in

the life of Great Dixter

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Rye, East Sussex - £450,000

An individual building plot with planning permission for one

detached 3000sq ft dwelling within close proximity to the

Town’s amenities including the mainline station.

Playden, Nr Rye, East Sussex - £600,000

Lovely period cottage with far reaching views in tucked

away location. Living room with inglenook fireplace, dining

room, breakfast room, kitchen, cellar, study, utility room, two

first floor bedrooms, second floor bedroom with en-suite.

Detached studio. Double garage. Gardens. EPC E

New Romney, Kent - £640,000

Grade II Listed house with unconverted coach house. Sitting

room, kitchen/dining room, cloak/utility room, galleried

landing, 2 double bedrooms, attic room/bedroom 3. Garden.

Attached coach house. Off road parking.

Appledore, Kent - £950,000

Large Victorian house in the centre of the village. Drawing

room, sitting room, study, conservatory, kitchen/dining room

with vaulted ceiling, utility, four double bedrooms. Detached

studio/home office with shower and kitchen. Open bay

double garage. Off road parking. Walled garden. EPC E

New Romney, Kent - £825,000

Grade II Listed Georgian house in conservation area.

Drawing room, sitting room, conservatory, dining room,

pantry, kitchen/breakfast room. 4 bedrooms, 2 attic

bedrooms. Annexe with studio accommodation. Coach

house with tandem parking. Off road parking. Garden.

Winchelsea, East Sussex - £375,000

A Grade II* Listed mid terraced two bedroom house in the

Conservation Area. Living room with woodburning stove,

kitchen/breakfast room, two bedrooms, bathroom. Cellar

with external access. Courtyard garden.

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Sissinghurst

A beautiful Grade II listed house on the edge of the village within the Cranbrook School

Catchment Area

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sq.feet. Detached double garage with 2 garden stores. Single garage with workshop.

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A charming country estate comprising of a Grade II Listed house centrally placed within its own land with wonderful views

9 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 6 reception rooms. A separate Oast House divided into two 3 bedroom cottages together with a pair of semidetached

3 bedroom cottages. Range of farm buildings, tennis court, swimming pool, pasture and woodland in all about 78.6 acres


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surrounded by 15 acres of communal grounds. The development is situated in the High

Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just outside the village of Seal and close to

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CRANBROOK OIEO £1,595,000

IMPRESSIVE GRADE II* TOWN HOUSE

Four receptions · Kitchen/breakfast room · Cellar

· Boot room, utility, cloakroom · Eight bedrooms

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RURAL BETHERSDEN £1,295,000

UNLISTED STRIKING HALL HOUSE

Three reception rooms · Stunning kitchen/breakfast

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ensuite) · One bedroom annexe · Just under 5 acres with

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HIGH HALDEN OIEO £995,000

STUNNING MEDIEVAL WEALDEN FARMHOUSE

Four reception rooms · Conservatory · Kitchen/

breakfast room · Six bedrooms (one ensuite) · Grounds

approximately 8.25 acres · Barn with potential subject

to planning · Garaging · EPC: n/a

Viewing Highly Recommended

BENENDEN OIEO £995,000

STUNNING BARN IN RURAL LOCATION

Three reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast room

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· Grounds approximately 1 acre with tennis court

· Garaging with potential subject to planning · EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

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Bocketts of fun

Enjoy a great day out at Bocketts Farm this

summer from 21 July to 2 September. The ‘Magic

of Summer’ trail will have children searching for

dragons, unicorns, fairies and mermaids. Other

daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides,

gold panning, animal handling, goat milking and

the famous pig racing. There are large indoor play

barns, trampolines, a young drivers’ area, sandpits,

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That’s our JAM

From Thursday 5 to Sunday 15 July,

JAM on the Marsh will be taking over

Romney Marsh. There will be an openair

performance of Changling Theatre’s

classic comedy, Blithe Spirit, a Children’s

Sunday with arts, crafts, and puppetry;

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Film knights

Luna Cinema is the country’s leading

producer of open air cinema events

and this summer they are bringing

moonlit open air screenings to fabulous

Wealden locations including Leeds,

Rochester and Tonbridge Castles.

Films to check out include Harry

Potter, The Greatest Showman, and

The Italian Job (which will be shown

with a full orchestra), and will be

running at these locations from July

to September. thelunacinema.com

Home at last

The award-winning blackShed gallery,

on the edge of the historic village of

Robertsbridge, is featuring Tom Banks

this month. Banks’ exhibition, Here We

Are, Home At Last, funded by the Arts

Council, is a collection of 3D house

shaped paintings exploring aspiration

and identity. theblackshedgallery.org.uk

A different cloth

Visit Linda Abrahams’ art studio at

the Control Tower Cultural Centre on

Kings Hill this month for a chance

to meet the artist herself and browse

her beautiful original textile art. Linda

is inspired by music and poetry and

works in silk, velvet and cotton.

07976 736533.

Summertime flies

Millbrook Garden Centre’s butterfly

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If I had to choose one word to sum up this month’s issue it

would be colour, or rather COLOUR! Bold, beautiful, bright

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It’s the theme of our Interiors Supplement, which celebrates the

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hard to leave...

The other house in this issue also has a personal connection

– it’s just round the corner from where I live and I often take a

detour to walk past it so I can enjoy the garden.

I hope you enjoy your Wealden Times as much as I have putting

it all together.

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Previous page: The dining room is painted in Thai Sapphire

by Little Greene. The cast iron dining chairs are from Oka. The

botanical photograph is by Isabel Bannerman Top: Jane’s love of

peacock feathers is in strong evidence in the kitchen. The wallpaper

is by Matthew Williamson. The chandelier is by Lee Broom Above:

Looking through to the back kitchen

Every house has a story – but it’s very rare to find one

that feels like a story in itself. With this dwelling, in

the south east corner of Kent, even before you turn

into the gravel drive that slopes gently up to the elegant

porticoed entrance, there is a sense of a scene being set.

The perfect English meadow, with sheep safely grazing,

trees dotted through it, as though placed by Capability

himself, an ancient parish church set behind, all enclosed

by the kind of metal fences you see around major country

estates. It feels like it’s still the 18th century, when the

house was built, and if Mr Darcy were to swing into view,

wet shirt and breeches clinging to his hunksome frame,

you wouldn’t be at all surprised.

It fits perfectly with the most recent part of this house’s

history. The trail which brought the current owners to this

perfect Georgian rectory – only the fourth set of residents

not to be rectors of the parish – started with one of them

dreaming of a house with its own lake.

“We were still based in London,” says John, “but we had

a cottage near Canterbury. One day I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be

nice to have a lake at the end of the garden so you could

have a swim in the morning?’…”

A treasure hunt of houses began with the first one,

while being in entirely the wrong spot, too close to the

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Left and below: The first glimpse of Jane’s extensive collection

of Murano glass in the main hall. The ebony console table is by

Gareth Neal

motorway, opening up the idea of the perfect proportions of a

Georgian house being what they were looking for.

“I had always said I couldn’t retire to the country,” says

Jane, “because the houses aren’t big enough, they’re all

barns and farmhouses, but when we saw the first house it

got us thinking maybe there are other Georgian ones.”

The next key plot point: separate Googling led them

both to the same house – the one where they now live.

“It said it was under offer,” says John, “but on an irrational

impulse I took the day off to come and look at it anyway –

and found the owners weren’t happy with the offer. I thought

Jane will say it’s too big…but when she came to look, to

my amazement she said ‘It’s going to be a lot of work’…

with the clear implication ‘and when can we start?’ ”

“We knew it was a ten-year project,” says Jane. “We’ve

done a room a year for six years and it’s not finished yet. We

couldn’t have done any of it without Kevin McNulty, our

wonderful builder. He’s my hero and genius problem solver.”

As they tell the tale, we are sitting around a large table

under a chandelier made from old-style decanters by Lee

Broom, in the huge kitchen, which is more of a series

of rooms, with a wonderfully theatrical feel – enhanced

further by the sound of the church bells ringing outside.

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Above: Behind a sofa in the sitting room, a collection of

ceramics by Tanya Gomez Right: More peacock feathers on a

decorative screen. The late 19th century bronze figure is from

Christopher Buck Antiques

building, with parts dating back to the 13th century, with

a warren of service rooms including a butler’s pantry, a

flower room, laundry and a food pantry. Viewed from

the main kitchen, framed by lit cupboards with Tiffany

blue-painted interiors, it has the air of a proscenium

arch, enclosing the scene set behind, with a central

storage island, painted the same blue, stage centre.

All around the main kitchen/dining area are those

blue-painted cupboards, lit from within to showcase

part (a small part…) of Jane’s extraordinary collection

of glass, which is a theme throughout the house.

“The kitchen nearly brought us to our knees,”

says Jane. “It was 6” deep in water and we were

scooping it out with saucepans. It was also very

dark, so we put back the south-west-facing window

which a previous owner had taken out.”

Jane doesn’t know which owner, but it’s quite a narrow

field. Built by the Church of England in 1770, until 1928

it was an active rectory – and a grand one as befits such

a ‘good living’ with three parishes in its care. The church

sold it in 1928 and it stayed with that family until 1966.

For ten years after that, the house – by then a

Grade II listed building – stood empty and became

derelict, until the Council stepped in.


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Above: The dining room viewed from the other end, showing the second Isabel Bannerman photograph over 12 figures of Chinese

astrology signs from Clignancourt fleamarket in Paris. The metal console tables were commissioned from Tom Faulkner, furniture

designer. The red velvet curtain fabric is by Timorous Beasties. The collections of glass on the trolley and objects on the mantelpiece

are arranged by Jane.


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This page: The wonderful pea green paint in John’s study also by

Little Greene. The curtain fabric is by Lacroix. John’s computer

is cleverly hidden behind doors in the bookshelves. The Chinese

porcelain Foo Dogs – or ‘guardian lions’ – on the mantelpiece are

another of Jane’s favourite things to collect

“An architect and his wife came to the rescue and bought

it from them,” says John. “They made it good and dry and

kept all the original features, the shutters and the windows.”

Sitting with us at the table is another important

character in the story of the rectory, Mark Howorth

of the London-based interior and architectural design

company, Callender Howorth, who worked with Jane

and John previously on their London house and Kent

cottage, and played a big part in the décor of the rectory.

“Kitchens are normally very utilitarian,” he says. “But

this is more of a gallery of Jane’s lifetime collection of glass.

That’s why it is so much fun working with her. It’s all

about colour, texture, pattern. Jane will have an idea that

sparks something in our team, it’s very collaborative.’

This made it the perfect point for us to go and explore

what that collaboration has created, which turned out to

be more of an expedition than a house tour, as I filled 30

pages of my large notebook, with frantic scribbling.

It is truly rambling, with a back staircase up to the

mansard-roofed old wing of the house as well as the grand


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Left: The walls in the ‘blackboard loo’ have

been enthusiastically graffitied by the whole

family Above: The loo window is filled with

coloured Duralex tumblers, reflected in the

mirror on the window sill

one opposite the front door, and six to 12 bedrooms…

“depending how you look at it,” says John. I also lost count

of the number of bathrooms and can only remember that

they were all big and they were all fabulous and I wanted

to have a long leisurely bath in every one of them.

But while it is a very large and varied house, it is unified in

character, all brought together by the owners’ personalities,

interests and collections, with various themes linking it all

together, cleverly merged into context by Mark’s input.

One of the themes is peacock feathers, which I first notice

on the decorative screen in the grand drawing room, in fabric

sourced by Mark. Later on I spot them again on the other

side of the house in the snug – a cosy TV room – where they

appear in a beautiful mosaic table by glass artist Nikki Ella

Whitlock, one of many craft makers Jane follows and collects.

And when, at the end of the house tour (several hours

later…) we returned to the kitchen, I spotted the peacock

wallpaper in there.

“There is something peacock in every room…” said Jane,

smiling. “I’ve always loved them, which made me want to

set off to the top of the house again to find them all, and I

would have been quite happy to have done so, being by that

point as much in love with a house as it’s possible to be.”

The magic starts in the hallway, where the glass collection

– as seen in the kitchen - comes into glorious focus in a

brightly coloured group of stunning hand-blown pieces of

Murano glass, collected over many years of visiting Venice.

(Clearly a special place to Jane and John, who have decorated

one of the guest bedrooms in tribute to it, with Venetian

scene curtains and some splendid Venetian glass mirrors.)

But back to the hall – although it is hard to

maintain your focus in a house where there are just

so many amazing things in every room, from groups

of interesting objects masterfully arranged, to the

wonderfully bold colours on the walls and curtains.

The first collection of glass you see on entering the house

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Above: The family call this display in a passage at the rear of the house ‘Jane’s Table of Curiosities’. It started as one shelf and grew

into three tables as people gave her presents for it

sits on a console table made out of ebony by woodworker

Gareth Neal, combining classic forms used in antique

furniture, in a contemporary design. This is just one of many

– and I mean, many - pieces in the house sourced from the

Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) gallery on the South Bank.

CAA is a charity supporting designer makers in

the applied arts - glass, ceramics, textiles, metal,

wood, jewellery – which the couple have long

supported. As she says: “We’ve got room for it…”

In the drawing room is another collection, of ceramics by

Tanya Gomez, brilliantly grouped, as are all the objects of

interest throughout the house, by Jane; an art form in itself.

Indeed, I found it hard to tear myself away from some of

the groups of collated treasures, which are found in every

room. They are just so interesting to look at. In the dining

room, across the hall from the sitting room, were four I found

particularly captivating, each very different in character.

Against the far wall, is a row of a dozen green figures

depicting the 12 signs of Chinese astrology, their scale

making them a striking focal point – and the first hint

of another theme of the house, which features many

charming clusters of Chinese figurines, of various kinds.

On the other side of the room, on top of a matching console

table, is a fascinatingly varied collection of artworks and

bibelots, some from CAA, others made by friends and family.

The third arrangement is on top of the mantelpiece, the fourth

a splendid group of cut glass decanters on a drinks trolley.

But while I had to drag myself from what legendary

decorator David Hicks called ‘tablescapes’, this magnificent

room – with walls in Thai Sapphire by Little Greene - is

splendid wherever your eye falls and a perfect illustration

of the creative partnership between Jane and Mark.

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wonderful purple,” says Jane.

“It’s all about colour, texture and vibrancy,” says Mark.

“Nothing was done in the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be. It’s

quirky. A house has to reflect the personality of the owners.”

“You made me brave,” adds Jane.

“We did push you a bit…” laughs Mark.

Perfectly illustrating the colour-texture-vibrancy here is his

choice of fabric for the curtains – a very bold, large scale red

and black velvet by Timorous Beasties, called Bird Branch.

Another of Mark’s touches, showing the (literal…)

polish a professional interior designer brings to a project,

are the antiqued mirror panels on the back wall.

“The premise of designing this house,’”says Mark,

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The first room we visit upstairs is Jane’s library, lined with books,

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Above and left: The mantelpiece in Jane’s library

with more chinoiserie and a detail of her very

personal collection of books Above right: a

collection of crystals

“was giving back some love and character which had been

lost over the years, while working within the listed status.

“Because of the scale of the dining room – it really is

a huge room – it needed another element and I came up

with the idea of the antiqued mirror. But we had to be very

careful to get the balance right, not to be garish. It had

to be the right level of patina and the right scale. Because

the walls of an old house aren’t straight, it’s a bit skewiff

and that’s perfect, it looks like it’s been there 250 years.”

Alongside the contemporary energy boost from such

considered additions, the furnishings in the dining room

reflect its perfect Georgian symmetry, with four doors, two

windows and two facing console tables. Then there is the

brilliant touch of unmatching dining chairs. Mixed in with

eight antique chairs are four modern iron ones, from Oka.

The colour and drama continues when you step through

the door into John’s study – its wonderful bright pea

green paint standing out thrillingly next to the purple of

the dining room. This one is also by Little Greene, called

Phthalo Green. “It has the exact brightness, intensity and

acidity of green we wanted,” says Mark and once you’re in

the room it’s the perfect background for the vivid botanical

curtain fabric he sourced from Lacroix (sweetie...)

Jane’s touch sings out from an arrangement of Chinese

guardian lions – ‘Foo Dogs’ – on the mantelpiece, who look

very much a family group. “I like tableaux,” she explains. She’s

certainly brilliant at creating them.

From the study, you step out through another door

– this being one of those special houses where you can

walk around in circles, from room to room and inside

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This page: The ‘Library Loo’ featuring a table made of books,

book cover art by the Connor Brothers, from Lilford Galleries in

Canterbury, hanging books, book wallpaper – and a book that is

really a shelf

and out – into a dark stone-flagged corridor, with several

rooms off it. The first is the ‘blackboard loo’, a lavatory

with all the walls painted in blackboard paint, which

the family have covered with chalked comments.

In the loo window is another example of Jane’s visual

originality, combined with her love of glass. The window

frame is lined with glass shelves holding classic Duralex

tumblers in multiple colours, the light pouring through them,

like a modern take on a stained glass window. It’s stunning.

Next door is a temple to Jane’s glass creativity – the

studio where she creates art works of her own using goldleaf-backed

glass mosaic pieces, she buys from the only

artisans in the world who still make them, in Venice.

Back out into the corridor and Jane’s unique aesthetic sense

is displayed again on five bookcases from Oka. It’s a fascinating

assembly of extraordinary and interesting objects, which they

call Jane’s Table of Curiosities - the closest thing I’ve ever

seen in a private home to Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum.

“It started as one shelf,” she says. “People give me presents...”

It’s a collection you could spend an afternoon

examining, but the prospect of ascending the bright

red stair carpet – Mark’s choice to extend the bold


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Above left and right: Another book cover artwork by the

Connor Brothers from Lilford Galleries in one of the bedrooms

Below: A mounted unicorn head from Rockett St George

colour of the ground floor rooms to the upper floor – to

examine the bedrooms was enough to tear me away.

But the first room we visit up there is not a bedroom, it’s

Jane’s library. A room, lined with books, many of them first

editions, that I never wanted to leave. With a chandelier

brought from their London house, a marble fireplace,

the original lift-up shutters still working and polished

floorboards, sloping endearingly downhill, it’s a haven.

Next door is another loo, also fitted out Jane style. There is

a table in the shape of a pile of books, brilliant (and pleasingly

naughty) book cover artworks by the artists known as the

Connor Brothers and ‘bookshelf’ wallpaper. And next to the

loo what appears to be a pile of books hanging in mid-air.

Look closely and you will see on the spine of the

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is not a book. It’s actually a very witty shelf.

It’s a prime example of the sense of humour

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and beautiful objects, there is no pomposity here. And

a house of this scale could take itself rather seriously.

Nowhere is that more apparent than over the door of

the adjacent bedroom – where a ‘life-size’ stuffed unicorn

head, mounted on a panel, stops me in my tracks.

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eaction. “She said ‘a house like this should have moose heads,

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4 FULL COLOUR

Thinking outside the box

with fabrics to make you

excited about interior

decorating

9 SHEER DELIGHT

The light and floaty

feel of a sheer curtain is

sheerly irresistible

13 GAME OF THRONES

Feature chairs that make a

statement

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WT Interiors supplement

Full colour

We’ve said it before – and we’ll probably say it again – there

are colours for interiors other than fifty shades of grey. But

that doesn’t mean saying goodbye to neutrals. In fact they

make the perfect backdrop for the new ranges of gloriously

coloured, printed and textured fabrics. Mix them up with

wild aplomb, confident that your simple wall paint will

keep the whole scheme together

Designers Guild

“By keeping the main

aspects more neutral,

then accessorising with

bold colours through

cushions, lampshades,

artwork, rugs etc, a

scheme can easily be

updated or changed

making it a versatile

space for the client and

any changing tastes.”

Belinda Benton of

Evernden Interiors

Manuel Canovas

manuelcanovas.com

Osborne

& Little


Texture

Linwood

“Colour is finally

making a comeback!

Fabrics in one strong

colour, or in bold

florals and botanicals

are bang on trend for

the foreseeable future.

Textures and layering

are still playing a

big part. Accessorise

with marble, rose

gold and copper.”

Sarah Bellamy,

Skinners of Tunbridge

Wells

Manuel Canovas

Designers Guild

designersguild.com

Botanical

Osborne

& Little

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Guild

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Casamance

Geometric

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“We are going away from grey

to more, warmer colour. Texture

has always been in, now colour

is making it stand out more. We

do a lot with Colefax & Fowler

and they’ve always done a lot of

embroidery and applique. For

windows we are doing more

long curtains as there is nothing

like them to make a room feel

more luxurious.”

Lisa Evans

of Ensor Interior Design

Osborne

& Little

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Tunbridge Wells TN3

9DT 01892 750101

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Evernden Interiors

27 Stone Street,

Cranbrook TN17

3HH 01580 713778

everndeninteriors.co.uk

Skinners of Tunbridge

Wells, 6 Castle Street,

Royal Tunbridge Wells

TN1 1XJ 01892

532003 skinnersoftunbridgewells.co.uk

Osborne & Little 020 8812 3123 osborneandlittle.com

Linwood

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HUGO GRENVILLE

Photo courtesy of www.goodnestone.com

One of the counrtry’s leading

romantic painters

Rectory Interiors

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Hugo’s paintings are an unashamed

and joyous celebration of life, a

passionate defence of beauty and

domestic harmony, steeped in the

English Romantic tradition

McALLISTER THOMAS

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original antique beds & furniture,

Bespoke Zinc Top Tables.

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Sheer delight

Forget Hyacinth Bucket’s net curtains – the new

sheer fabrics are so beautiful they are window

treatments in their own right

“Sheers are in great

demand. They give a lovely,

airy floaty feel and stack so

neatly, whether for bi-fold

doors or to hide behind a

set of curtains for privacy

when required”

Sarah bellamy, skinners of

tunbridge wells

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“Sheers are getting very popular. The

net curtain stigma has gone, it’s about

seeing the sheer as a solution in itself,

not just for privacy”

paul jenner of bell house

fabrics & interiors

The new electric blinds

For years electronically controlled blinds

and curtains which open and close at

the touch of a button were the ultraexpensive

preserve of luxury hotels, but

new technology has made them a practical

choice for homeowners. Paul Jenner of Bell

House Fabrics and Interiors explains.

“Electric blinds are becoming very popular

with our clients. Until recently the only

option was to have them in the limited fabrics

the blind company offered. Now you can

choose any fabric, as long as it’s not too heavy.

“We work very closely with the large French

company Somfy, which started making

exterior canopies. Because of the scale of the

business they are driving down prices and

launching new products all the time.

“Previously the question

with blinds was ‘do you want

to tie it off on a cleat or a

chain?’ Now it’s ‘do you want

a chain - or motorised...?’

“You can have them on most kinds of

windows. Some will suit romans better, others

rollers, depending whether you are fixing the

blind inside recesses or outside. Rollers cope

with more weight and are quieter. You can have

blackout fabric on the back of either.

“They are powered by eight double AA

batteries in a tube and you have one control

even if you have a bay with three blinds, you

can operate them all at once, or separately.

“You can also download an app so you can

operate them remotely, which is great for

security, or you can put them on a timer.

“On top of the price of fabric and making

the blinds, it costs £129 per blind for the

motor and battery pack, with batteries. The

remote controls are £29 for a single channel

and £46 for multi-channel, to operate more

than one blind. We keep them in stock and

install them with the blinds.

“We also do electrically operated curtains,

although they are more expensive – but price

reductions are coming, so watch this space!”

Bell House Fabrics & Interiors,

High Street, Cranbrook 01580 712555

bellhousefabrics.co.uk

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127 Camden rd

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Game of

thrones

You can update your whole sitting room by

adding one feature chair – in a fun colour or

interesting shape – and those super comfy

leather swivel chairs are back, back, back

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1 Imola swivel chair from £2,029 BoConcept boconcept.com 2 Dickens loose linen chair

£915 Huutt huutt.com 3 Carl Hansen shell chair £2,353 Nest nest.co.uk 4 Turquoise

Jindrich Halabala armchair The Kula thekula.com 5 Trident Swivel Chair £569

Collingwood Batchellor collingwoodstores.co.uk 6 Two bentwood armchairs £1775 The Old

Cinema theoldcinema.co.uk 7 Annabel pink armchair £795 Respire Living respireliving.com

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1 Retro Leather Armchair in soft tan £795 Woodcocks

woodcocksinteriors.co.uk 2 Boston leather swivel chair £3,237

BoConcept boconcept.com 3 Two 50s cocktail chairs £225 The

French Depot thefrenchdepot.com 4 Space chair and stool £1,632

Clarkes clarkesfurnishers.co.uk 5 Pinter chair in voluptuous velvet

£625 Huutt huutt.com 6 Teal tub chair £329.99 MY Furniture

my-furniture.co.uk 7 Hendricks Accent Chair £499 John Lewis

johnlewis.com 8 Madeline chair £510 Neptune neptune.com

9 Adelaide dusty rose chair £1,099 BoConcept boconcept.com

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FrenchDepot

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info@everndeninteriors.co.uk

Stone Street • Cranbrook • TN17 3HF

The largest French furniture

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8000sq.ft. of French furniture

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Telephone Hastings

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Goggleboxes

Conceal unsightly televisions with some cool tech

Televisions exist in the uniquely annoying position of being the centre of

attention one minute – and a dark eyesore plonked in the middle of the

room the next. They have to be in obvious view to be usable, but can ruin

the aesthetic of the most stylishly decorated interior. Not any more. Joseph

McCarthy makes ingenious televisions in varied styles and sizes, which

when they are off turn into striking decorative mirrors.

Meanwhile, Equippd has a variety of telly-hiding solutions. There are

sneaky ones waiting to pop out of a hidden compartment and others

sitting behind an image which functions like a kind of roller

blind. One button click or voice command and the image rolls

up to reveal your TV and you’re left with the giddy excitement of

feeling like an ingenious Bond villain.

Left: Mirrored TV on pedestal £16,895 Joseph McCarthy josephmccarthy.co.uk Right: Picture roll from £3000 Equippd equippd.uk

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Mirror & Frame makers

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They have absolutely no practical use – except to delight your eye every

time you see them. Embrace the joy of china ornaments, new and antique

(they’re worth the dusting)

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1 Twin-tone porcelain cactus £15.59 Maisons du Monde maisonsdumonde.com 2 Tropical birds

on perch from £37.95 Graham and Green grahamandgreen.co.uk 3 Two Vista Allegre parrots

£145 Marlborough Antiques marlboroughantiques.com 4 Linea Blue Coral £24 House of Fraser

houseoffraser.co.uk 5 Two cockatoos £78.50 Rye Pottery ryepottery.co.uk 6 Själsligt £15 Ikea ikea.com

7 Two Staffordshire figures sold recently by Gorringes Auction Houses, similar lots are frequently

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House of scarves

Textile designer and pattern maker, Melanie Laslett, has

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Above: The terraced garden at the front of the house. The previous owner had created the garden from scratch and Melanie has

enhanced and edited it, adding her own touches, including a seating area made out of metal gabion baskets filled with pebbles

Below right: The rear garden looking across the Old Town

It was William Morris, who said “Have nothing in your

house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be

beautiful.” A concept that is embodied by the home of

21st century textile designer, Melanie Laslett.

I’ll be honest. This Arts and Crafts aesthetic is not what I

expected to find in a former fisherman’s cottage, perched on

Hastings’ picturesque East Hill. Think ‘fisherman’s cottage’

and before you can say ‘cast off your nets’, I have visions of

quaintness. An interior boasting a smattering of scavenged

driftwood and the odd marine-inspired artwork, offset

by some random fishing paraphernalia. But in the case of

Melanie’s pad, I was completely off the mark. There are very

few obvious traces that it was once a seafarer’s dwelling, and

Melanie has well and truly added her own design stamp, both

inside and out.

The Georgian frontage – which is at the back of the house

- overlooks Hastings’ Old Town with fabulous views across

to the West Hill with its rows of houses painted in sugaralmond

shades. On the main entrance side the exterior is a

combination of Victorian and 1960s, with sweeping views

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It’s this magical location that first drew Melanie from

London (via Canterbury) to the most easterly side of Hastings.

So close to the hustle and bustle of the Old Town, with its

mix of vintage shops, cool (and growing cooler by the day)

boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants, yet so close to nature.

“I love the fact that when we are in the cottage,

it’s incredibly tranquil. We are surrounded by

birdsong,” says Melanie. “Yet in literally two minutes

flat, you can be in the centre of Old Town, sipping

a coffee or snapping up a vintage bargain.”

Melanie, I hope she won’t mind me saying, is a magpie. But

her collector’s eye and love of a good rummage, hasn’t in any

way resulted in clutter or chaos. Back to the William Morris

design sensibility. Her home is the epitome of curated calm

and order without feeling soulless or too bare. Everything has

its place, and in the main, has been selected specifically for

either its beauty or usefulness.

As a textile designer, she has a well-trained eye for colour,

pattern and proportion that comes across clearly in her

This page: The main bedroom. The ladder, above, is from Eras

of Style and displays some of Melanie’s fabric designs for Laslett

England

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This page: The spare bedroom has views over the Old Town.

The grey curtains are from Marks & Spencer

personal interior design style.

“I had help with the nuts and bolts of the building

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was able to help with structural changes, but the

vision is mine, along with the decorative aspects.”

She ‘happened’ upon the cottage when she was

viewing another property in the same area. “The house

I had been looking at was too small, although I loved

the location, so I was really lucky to spot this cottage

which had literally just gone on the market.”

Not only was it the perfect location, it had the double aspect

and generous gardens front and back. Kismet also played a

part. Like Melanie, the previous owner, Jean Howell, was also

a textile designer and accomplished artist, and had bought the

house from a fishing family who had lived there for 30 years.

“It felt right that I was taking over from Jean,” she adds and

once she had made the decision, there was no going back.

“I did have a few anxious moments. Although the

property had been chopped about over the years –

the main part is Georgian, with a Victorian addition

and a 60s extension – the building was listed.”

Luckily, her uncle came to the rescue and was

able to smoothly navigate the necessary planning

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Above: Melanie left the lovely worn paint on the wooden stairs. The bathroom to the right was created in what was

the third bedroom

adaption was to create a dream bathroom.

“That was the first room to be completed – and it’s

still my favourite,” she says. “I always wanted a bathtub

that had a fabulous view… In the evening, I can look

out over Old Town and the twinkling lights of West

Hill while I soak in my tub. It really is perfect.”

The original bathroom was downstairs, so it made sense

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separate shower, then hunted for her dream freestanding

bath, which she found at The Bath Store. The tub sits on a

slighted raised plinth of grey and white patterned Moroccanstyle

ceramic tiles, while the rest of the room has original

Victorian floorboards, which have been sanded and varnished.

“I love introducing a focal point with pattern, rather

than using it everywhere,” she says, her textile design

and pattern-making background coming to the fore.

The master bedroom window also benefits from views,

looking out over the garden and up to the country park.

“We can sit in bed with our morning cups of tea and gaze

out – and whatever time of year it is, the view is never bleak.”

This room has plenty of Melanie’s signature pops of

pattern. A plump, floral print eiderdown, another of her

vintage buys, resides at the foot of an M&S iron bed and

a black and white optical print woven rug from John

Lewis sits comfortably on stripped pine floorboards.

Propped up against the side of the wardrobe is a vintage

wooden ladder from Eras of Style in Bexhill, used to display

samples of Melanie’s own textiles and scarves and some of

her favourite finds. Bedlinen is neatly stored in a 1940s

tallboy, another bargain from a secondhand shop in Bexhill,

a favourite hunting ground for retro furniture and fabric.

Like the bathroom, the guest bedroom has a vantage

point over the Old Town and is one of the few rooms that

has curtains – the rest have shutters. The room oozes calm

and although it’s undoubtedly minimalist, it still has a

cosy feel, with a perfect ‘mismatch’ of pattern and print.

Under the window, there’s a secondhand ottoman

which was transformed from a dusky ‘old-lady’ pink

to a cool khaki with spray paint, then re-upholstered

in classic Marimekko floral fabric. A chest of drawers

from Browsers, one of Hastings’ best-loved secondhand

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This page: The front door

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waxed to intensify the colour and protect the paint.

Downstairs, the living room/office and kitchen/dining

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laid throughout for uniformity. Both rooms have windows

to the front and rear, so light floods in most of the day.

“When I first arrived, the main room was already knocked

through, so I didn’t have to do any major structural work.”

The majority of the building work on the ground floor was

focused on creating the spacious kitchen diner. The small

downstairs bathroom was ripped out to make way for the

dining area and a skylight fitted to introduce yet more light.

Slate grey kitchen units from Jewsons were cleverly

customised by Melanie’s uncle and their modern, no-nonsense

utilitarian feel is softened by quartz sandstone worktops.

“The quartz adds a bit of sparkle and glamour,” she

says. Her signature pop of pattern is present in the form of

Moroccan jewel-coloured encaustic tiles sourced in London.

“I laid them out like a patchwork quilt and I love the

fact that they introduce a riot of colour to the kitchen.”

A vintage painted cupboard houses her collection of

glass and crockery and a Georgian folding leaf dining

table purchased in Somerset is positioned by the window

that overlooks the front garden. Next door, although the

living room and combined office is long and narrow,

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This page: The living space had already been knocked through.

The denim-covered sofa is by Danish designer Peter Jeppesen

and the coffee table is from Heals. The shelving unit, left, is

vintage Habitat

Melanie’s choice of furniture has maximised the space.

“It’s all about proportion and choosing pieces

that are linear and not space hungry.”

Here’s where her eye for a mid-century modern classic

and a vintage buy comes into play. A retro Habitat metal

and wood shelving unit is home to a collection of vases

and books, while an elegant Danish wood and darkdenim

upholstered settee by Peter Jeppesen is roomy but

doesn’t dominate space. A lozenge-shaped Heal’s coffee

table and trio of 90s Habitat nest tables make this part of

the room the perfect place for parties and socialising.

At the far end of the room, Melanie has her office

from which she runs Laslett England, her printed

textile and scarf-making business. Her silk pocket

squares are stocked by Bloomingdales in New York

and she also runs a successful online boutique.

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Above: A woodburning stove keeps the sitting room cosy.

Left: Melanie’s work space is at the other end of the room

Solutions such as a glass desk and generous shelves to

hold stock and paperwork have made the space work harder.

But for Melanie, the cottage extends beyond the walls.

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am overlooked by eight other homes, there is a feeling

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garden. And one of the main benefits is that you don’t

need to water it, so it’s incredibly low-maintenance!”

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The front/back of the house, with the Georgian facade,

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enclosed than the back garden. I brought a palm with

me from London and have planted it here – they love

the sea air – and there is also an Echium, another coastal

lover, and sea kale, which I’ve mixed with foxgloves.”

As with the interior, Melanie has used touches of

colour and pops of pattern to make the garden her own,

while still retaining the original charm and personality

which first magnetically attracted her. Does she see

herself staying in her East Hill idyll for years to come?

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to be. Yes, I made the decision quickly, but there were

so many things that I loved. The garden, the location,

the views, the house itself. The fact that whichever

window or door I look out of I am never bored.”

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While I have every admiration for light

travellers, I am personally incapable of going

anywhere with less luggage than someone

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bearers, but instead I personally heave my (oversized, and

often overweight) luggage on and off various forms of

moving vehicle, with my husband muttering unhelpfully,

our family mantra: ‘You pack it, you carry it.’

But one way I can decrease my load is via travel beauty

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the need to carry weighty full-sizes of products – and

offering a great opportunity to trial products, to see if you

might like to spring for the full size.

Although, if you’d rather not experiment

with products you aren’t familiar with on

vacation, get yourself to a Muji store – where

you’ll find a brilliant selection of travelfriendly

empty bottles and jars for decanting

your own skincare and haircare into.

This summer, I will be packing the below

– all airline security-friendly, suitable for stashing in hand

luggage. But alas, in my (literally...) case they won’t be slipping

into a dinky wheelie that fits into an overhead locker.

Instead they will be stowed in a vast suitcase in the

hold, probably alongside half a dozen pairs of shoes, a

selection of scented candles (you just never know how

your hotel might smell, even when you’ve zoomed in

on the pictures on booking.com), a generous stack of

hardback books, a full-size feather pillow and – on one

trip to Dubai of all places – EIGHT JACKETS.

You just never

know how your

hotel room is

going to smell...

One caution: the following, mostly come with their

own pouches, so if you are going hand-luggage-only, you’ll

need to ditch those in favour of a see-through bag.

VOYA Organic Voyager Travel Set, £38. With its

roots in the seaweed-swathed west of Ireland, VOYA’s

products are all 100% organic, infused with marine

elements and are deliciously (not-seaweedy-at-all)

scented. In this kit, find generous 75ml sizes of body

wash and moisturiser, shampoo and conditioner; the

last is just brilliant for detangling beach hair.

Liz Earle Essentials Try-Me Kit, £25. Liz Earle’s skincare

business was built on offering samples, small sizes and kits

as a great intro to products, which has helped

make them a go-to brand for travelistas.

Showcasing multi-award-winning products –

Cleanse & Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic,

Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion and one of

the muslin cloths – in a choice for different

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Leonor Greyl Travel Kit for Dry Hair, £26.

Nobody understands straw-like holiday hair better than

Leonor Greyl, a haircare legend whose salon has long been

a mecca for swingy-tressed Parisiennes. (I’ve visited Paris

several times just to take advantage of the gleam-inducing

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pre-shampoo oil treatment L’Huile de Leonor Greyl.

Legology Strip Lite, £20. Your legs are destined to

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Air-Lite Daily Lift for Legs, a wonderfully energizing

treatment which instantly improves their appearance

and Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie for Legs, an instant tint

(rather than a self-tanner) to deal with the pastry-legged

S.O.S. on the first couple of days of your getaway.

Aromatherapy Associates Perfect Partners Relax & Revive

Bath Oils, £20 for 2 x 7.5ml. One of my holiday pleasures

is a long, leisurely soak – and I would never travel long-haul

without these. The first is great for beckoning sleep when

you’re jet-lagged and wide awake in the wrong time zone,

while the second is just brilliant as a pre-cocktails wake-up call

when you’d actually rather hit the sack than the beach bar.

This Works In Transit Skin Defence Kit, £25. I have

been known to choose hotels for This Works amenities,

but this kit means I can take the range anywhere with me.

The In Transit No Traces mini-pads are brilliant for inflight

cleansing before slathering on In Transit Camera

Close Up, a multi-tasking product which does triple-duty

as a moisturiser, primer and leave-on mask and is brilliant

for counteracting the dryness of a cabin at 37,000 feet.

In Transit Skin Defence is my favourite-ever daily SPF,

great for my sensitive skin and featuring an SPF30.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Celebrity Lipstick Charms,

£29. It’s not hard to find great downsized skin and hair

care kits, bt make up offerings are rarer. This set from

red carpet make-up pro Charlotte is your complete

holiday lipstick wardrobe, in drinky tubes: a great

nude, pretty rose and a daring red, for after dark.

The Perfume Society Discovery Boxes, from £15. We

get regular feedback from customers and members of The

Perfume Society (see below) that the samples in our discovery

boxes are brilliant for an in-transit perfume wardrobe.

Alternatively, decant your favourite holiday scents into a

useful Travalo atomiser – which we also offer on the site.

Jo Fairley is co-founder of The Perfume Society

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A Year of Wellness

These days it can feel as though you need a PhD in biochemistry to

navigate the suncream shelves. Wellbeing editor, Eminé Rushton, breaks

down what the labels mean, and how to keep skin safe, naturally

July: Natural protection

My skin has always been

sensitive to synthetics. As

a child, whenever I came

into contact with perfumed lotion or

bubble bath, I would immediately flare

up – red skin, sore patches, eczema.

Because of this sensitivity I’ve had to

figure out what my skin can tolerate

and have ended up with a vanity bag

of simple natural oils, soothing balms

and mineral make-up. Suncream was

always trickiest, though. Hives, heat

rash, prickly heat, eczema – I couldn’t

go near the stuff. I later learned that

this was because so many

of the biggest names in

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chemical UV filters,

which absorb the sun’s

rays into the skin, and

then release that

energy as heat.

Manufacturers

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any of our reactive cells, or DNA.

Yet, lab studies have shown the

absorption rate of the most commonly

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can be anywhere from 1 to 9%.

An important 2010 study carried

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sunscreen filters in Swiss women’s breast

milk, indicating that the developing

foetus and newborns may be exposed

to these substances too. Oxybenzone

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shown to act like oestrogen in

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Covering up

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incidence of endometriosis in women.

As if that were not enough, Hawaii

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Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine, and co-founder of the

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Natural wisdom

Lucy Parker is Co-Founder of Flow Tunbridge Wells – a holistic

wellbeing haven that offers yoga, osteopathy, sports massage,

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What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in June? Taking a walk in the

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In my late teens, I’d spend hours ripping images out of

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Health and beauty tips

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Eminé says:

Try this in July

We often save candle-lighting for the darker

months, but the aromatherapeutic benefits

of a great natural candle can really come

into their own in summer, too. To help

me get up earlier, with brighter energy and

purpose, I love lighting a citrus-y candle,

which wafts through my space, gives me

a flickering, optimistic focal point as I

come to, and brings a little more selfcare

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Teeth always matter, but as

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keep smiling down the years

Russell Blanchard BDS

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What are the most important things to do

to safeguard your teeth over the age of 50?

A good day-to-day cleaning regime and a diet low in sugar

and acidity is as important over 50 as it is under, for the health

of our teeth. As we grow older there may be an increased

reduction in saliva production, which is very important

to protect the teeth, so with specific advice and products

such as Xylitiol or sugar-free gum we can help encourage

saliva production and reduce the risks of active decay.

Natural bone loss over time may cause the more vulnerable

roots of the teeth to be exposed, giving rise to increased

sensitivity and decay of the root surfaces. Regular dental

visits for advice on how to manage these areas and input

from a dental hygienist will benefit with cleaning and

protecting the surfaces with bespoke fluoride treatment

if indicated. And as we get older any untreated gum

disease will potentially risk the affected teeth being lost.

Over time all teeth will wear to some degree. Previous

dentistry may need replacing and it’s important to

keep track with regular checks and digital images.

Then you can make informed choices on how further

wear and tear can be reduced and whether dental

treatment – functional, or aesthetic – is needed.

Can everyone have tooth whitening? Or

is it less advisable with older teeth?

Anyone over 18 can consider tooth whitening, but we

would always check the health of the teeth and gums first

and the procedure should always be provided by a dentist.

For older patients we would assess the potential success of

the procedure before starting, because enamel will whiten

and dentine won’t, so the more yellow root surfaces we

sometimes see in older teeth will not be whitened.

What are the most common cosmetic

dentistry issues for older patients?

People consider cosmetic dentistry because they would

like to improve their smile or dental appearance. This

motivation is specific to each client and even the smallest

concerns are relevant if they can be realistically improved.

The success of any cosmetic procedure depends on the

end result meeting the expectations of the patient. An

“However small your worry, if

it matters to you, it’s important

to ask and find out how

it might be changed”


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Health

open communication with the clinician where concerns

and possible outcomes can be discussed is vital.

Examples of previous work and bespoke digital predictions

of the client’s end results, as well as trial smiles, can be

created to provide patients with a good understanding of

what to expect before going ahead with any changes.

The most common complaints are “I don’t like the way

my teeth look” and “I just don’t like smiling anymore

in photos” which may be as a result of mismatched

fillings or old crowns in front teeth, crowded, worn, or

missing teeth or old ‘silver’ fillings in the back teeth.

Most troubling is loose or missing teeth which not only

can be debilitating aesthetically but functionally too.

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restorations, implant crowns and bridges, dentures - and

sometimes just with improved cleaning and whitening.

However small your worry, if it is important to

you then it is important to ask and find out how it

might be changed. Discussing your concerns will

allow you to find out specifically what your options

are and how they can be achieved before you start.

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What are the most common dental

health issues for people as they age?

As we age the risk of tooth decay increases. It increases

when teeth are not cleaned thoroughly, possibly

because of dexterity problems such as arthritis, and

when prescribed medications cause dry mouth.

Older people often have a legacy of dated dental

treatments, which need replacing with modern alternatives.

Tooth wear can be a problem, but modern materials and

techniques mean that lasting repairs can be made.

Teeth can also move with age, but there are many

orthodontic solutions available to all ages, from bespoke

fixed braces such as Insignia and Incognito, Invisalign clear,

removable aligners to faster systems for adults such as Cfast,

which can straighten most adults’ teeth in 6-9 months.

Gum disease, diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune

conditions and dementia are all associated with a deterioration

in oral health, which should be closely monitored.

It is important to maintain regular check-ups

with your dentist, so that as you age your dentist

can take preventive measures and plan treatment

for the future to minimise problems.

Are people keeping their own teeth

longer than they used to?

With better oral health education and products available

to keep your teeth healthy, people can look after their

teeth for life, with regular dental check-ups, preventive

measures and hygiene appointments. However, people

can lose teeth at any age as a result of gum disease,

tooth decay, dental infections and trauma.

As people are now living a lot longer, we have to look after

our teeth to ensure they last, with healthy eating and visiting

your dentist for regular check-ups and preventive treatment.

If teeth are too badly damaged to save, what are

the options for replacements?

Dentures have been the option for replacing teeth for

many years, and a clinical dental technician can now make

dentures that fit securely and look like natural teeth.

However, no matter if you have lost one, several or

all your teeth, expertly placed dental implants offer the

best fixed long-term solution. They provide a stable

base to which your crown, bridge or implant-stabilised

denture can be securely attached, and will be made to

look, fit and function just like your natural teeth.

Prices vary widely for implants, but always look

for a dentist who has years of expertise and uses

well-researched materials, rather than the cheapest

option; often these dentists have only been on a short

course and use cheaper systems that do not last.

The dental implant team at Elmsleigh House have

helped patients who have had implants placed elsewhere

fail, and are referred patients for dental implants because

they are trusted for their expertise and longlasting results.

One of the first implant patients at Elmsleigh House is still

enjoying her replacement teeth placed over 30 years ago.

What are the relative costs, time taken

and longevity of the different options?

This is a difficult question to answer because each

option depends on an individual’s dental health and

overall health – and the level of expertise, technology

and quality of materials used by the practitioner.

With dental implants, it is essential they are placed in

healthy gum and bone, so sometimes extra work is needed

such as a bone graft to ensure secure and longlasting

results. Everything must be bespoke to the individual.

To ensure the best dental care at any age, it is

important to:

• Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one

other time in the day with a fluoride toothpaste

• Cut down on sugary food and drink

• Visit your dentist for regular check-ups, as often

as they recommend, and your hygienist for

professional cleaning.

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Chef ’s home

cooking

Beverly, Woosy and Toby eat dinner, in their home over the restaurant

Good enough to eat in the restaurant, but quick and easy to

prepare at home - what a chef cooks for his own family

Since opening The Cloudberry restaurant in

Cranbrook in January this year, life has been

very busy for chef Toby Welfare and his wife

Beverley - and catering for family meals between

restaurant busy shifts has not always been easy.

“It can be easy to start grabbing instant food,”

Toby admits. “But the trouble is you don’t feel

great afterwards. The trick is to find food that is

uncomplicated and quick to prepare.”

This is something that son Woody, 9, already

appreciates. He loves dad’s homemade pizza and

pasta, with sliced courgettes sautéed in butter.

“Remember things that you ate as a kid,” says

Toby. “Adapt them, add in extras: a drizzle of

pesto, a blob of mozzarella, or some salsa verde. Try

different combinations, as long as the ingredients

are good it will work.”

Another great chef’s tip is to have a semi-prepared

risotto base ready in the fridge (see opposite). A

composed salad can be treated the same way. With

a couple of additional ingredients, a mix of leaves

and raw vegetables can become a complete meal.

“You just need to have something rich to add in,”

says Toby. “Chicken or cheese, something to lift it.

Change the dressing, add mayo, herbs, whatever

you have in the fridge – asparagus, peas, beans.”

Chicken thighs are another stalwart. “Thighs

have a lot of flavour and are quick to cook. It’s

such a versatile meat. Tarragon goes really well with

chicken, lemon is great, or mushrooms…”

Slotting home cooking into a hectic schedule can

seem a challenge, but as Toby shows with some

good standby staples and a few chef’s shortcuts,

delicious family meals can be rustled up in no time.

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Food

Cod with summer vegetable risotto

Serves 4

• 4 cod steaks, skin slashed

• Risotto base:

• 200g risotto rice

• 1 medium onion finely

chopped

• 2 celery stalks peeled and

finely chopped

• 2 cloves garlic finely

chopped

• ¾ pint vegetable stock (a

good stock cube will do)

• Splash of white wine

• 1 courgette finely diced

• 250g spinach finely

chopped

• 150g podded peas

To finish

• Knob of butter

• 2 tbsp grated parmesan

1Fry the onion and celery

in some light olive oil until

soft, add the garlic and cook

for one more minute, don’t

allow the garlic to colour. Add

the risotto rice and stir fry for

a minute until the grains are

slightly translucent. Add the

spinach, courgettes and peas

and cook for about 3 more

minutes. Add a good splash

of wine (125ml glass will do)

and cook, stirring all the time

until it evaporates.* see Chef’s

Home Tip

2Once the white wine is

absorbed into the rice,

keep adding a ladle of hot

stock one at a time until the

rice is almost cooked – it

should still have a bite to it.

3Take off the stove, add

a good knob of butter

and a handful of parmesan

cheese, stick a lid on and rest

for 5 mins. Meanwhile salt

the cod steaks and place skin

side down into a hot oiled

frying pan. Crisp up the skin

and turn over and place in a

pre-heated oven (gas mk 6) for

6-8 mins depending on the

thickness of the fish.

4When the cod is ready,

stir the risotto and place

a mound in each bowl. Place

the cooked cod on top. You

can finish this with a dollop

of pesto, or simply a good

squeeze of lemon.

*Chef’s home tip

You can make risotto days

in advance and quickly

finish it off to use when

you need it. Prepare it

to the stage marked *

opposite, then spread it

out on a baking tray. Leave

to cool, then transfer to a

bowl or storage box and

it will keep in the fridge

for up to five days. All you

need to do when you want

to use it, is add roughly

two ladles of hot stock,

stirring all the time until

the stock is absorbed and

the rice is cooked.

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Parma ham, goat curd,

pea & broad bean

salad

Chicken thigh, olives

& green beans with a

basil & lemon dressing

Serves 4

• 8 slices parma ham

• 150g soft goat’s cheese

• 4 tbsp crème fraîche

• 100g fresh podded peas

• 100g broad beans

Pesto

• Bunch of basil

• Clove of garlic

• 2 tbsp of grated parmesan

• Olive oil to loosen

• Pinch of salt

Dressing

• Half a lemon

• Tsp Dijon mustard

• 5 tbsp extra virgin

olive oil

• Salt and pepper

• Chopped chives and mint

1Blanch the peas and

broad beans for a minute

in boiling water then refresh

under cold running water.

Mash the goat’s cheese and

crème fraîche until you have

a smooth paste – this is

your ‘goat curd’. Heap two

tablespoons of curd onto each

plate.

2Bash the pesto ingredients

in a pestle and mortar

slowly incorporating the olive

oil until you have a thick

pourable consistency (this

tastes even better if you do it

the day before). Pour a little

over the ‘goat curd’.

two slices of parma

3Fold ham around the goat

curd, fat side up so they look

a little like tulip petals. Dress

the broad beans and peas and

scatter around the parma ham

and goat curd, scatter the

chopped chives and mint over

the top.

Serves 4

• 8 chicken thighs, boned

• 3 tbsp green olives

• 1 packet green beans

trimmed

• Salad leaves (rocket,

watercress, lamb lettuce)

• 1 red onion cut in half,

then sliced

• 6 basil leaves

Dressing

• Extra virgin olive oil

• Lemon

• 1 clove of garlic, crushed

• salt

1Salt the skin on the

chicken thighs and place

skin side down in a cold

frying pan with a splash of

olive oil. Put on the heat, the

rising temperature will release

the fat from the skin and crisp

it up, this takes about 6-8

mins. Turn the chicken thighs

and put in a pre-heated oven

gas mark 6 for 5 mins until

cooked.

2Meanwhile cook the green

beans in boiling water. I

like to cook them for 5 mins

until slightly limp, I don’t like

green beans when they still

have their ‘squeak’ but if you

want it more al dente I’d give

it mins.

3Crush the garlic and salt

with the flat of a knife

until you achieve a paste. Put

in a bowl and whisk in the oil

and lemon, and add any juice

from the pan you’ve cooked

the chicken in, add the warm

green beans, olives and basil

and toss.

each thigh in half and

4Cut stack the dressed beans,

salad leaves and red onion on

the plates. Rip up the basil

and scatter over. Serve with

chunks of crusty bread.


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Peach Melba with crushed amaretti biscuits

Serves 4

• 3 ripe peaches

• 100g caster sugar

• 300ml water

• 1 vanilla pod, split

• Good vanilla ice cream

• Amaretti biscuits

Chantilly cream:

• ½ pint double cream

• 50g icing sugar

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

1You can peel the peaches

but I find it always

reminds me of tinned peaches

when you do, so I leave the

skins on. Heat up the water,

sugar and split vanilla pod,

bring it to the boil, stirring to

release the vanilla seeds. Take

off the heat.

2Meanwhile cut the peaches

into thin wedges and put

into the hot sugar syrup. Leave

to cool.

3Whip the double cream

with the icing sugar and

vanilla essence until soft peaks.

4Now construct the

pudding. Get individual

bowls with a bit of height - the

old fashioned coupes that ice

cream parlours use are ideal.

Place the peach slices, napping

over the sugar syrup in the

bottom of the bowl. Scoop a

nice ball of ice cream on top of

this, spoon over the Chantilly

cream, then roughly crush the

amaretti biscuits with your

hands over it.

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snapshots and minute effects. Many of these result from

changes in the weather. Touches of frost, mist, and slanting

rays of sunshine are beautifully recorded as the garden

drifts, shifts, bolts and blooms through the months.

Great Dixter is a garden that is magnificently in tune with

the seasons and no visit there is ever the same. There are

always new combinations of plants, exciting experiments

in border design, all held together by the constant - and

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Here are my own, very personal, impressions of a

year there.


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Garden

Summer

Spring

Spring spectacular

My impressions of Dixter in late spring (the gardens open

to the public in April) are of tulips and topiary. Mad, darkly

looming yew shapes: peacocks on pyramids, castellations

and huge chunky archways. They are too impressive to be

whimsical, but you wouldn’t bat an eyelid if you came across

a talking caterpillar on a giant mushroom somewhere here.

The yew is a dark green backdrop, acting as both

anchor and stage set, showcasing the luminous dancing

troops of tulips among the fresh new growth of perennial

foliage. The first wisps of monstrous fennels are already

prominent, yet to rear up to their eventual dizzying

heights, you can almost hear the squeak of them as they

expand among their companions in the stock beds.

It is joyful and uplifting to come to Dixter in May,

when the spring bulbs are sounding their fanfare and the

wave of surging green is making its summer promises.

Summer meadows and exotica

Early summer starts with drifts of opium poppies – which give

the relaxed impression of being self-seeded, but are actually

grown from seed and planted out as seedlings – among clouds

of airy purple Thalictrum, abundantly buzzing meadows

and the beginnings of the bedding. But not bedding in the

municipal style, instead, wild and outrageous experimental

bursts of colour, combined in often unexpected ways.

Flower borders at Great Dixter, Christopher Lloyd

showed us in his book, The Adventurous Gardener are

exuberant, dynamic and often groundbreaking.

Lloyd famously caused a horticultural intake of breath

when he and Garrett ripped out the rose garden – created

by Lloyd’s mother – and replanted it with exotics. A few

roses still manage to eke it out there, swamped by a glorious

outrage of bananas, palms, canna lilies and ginger.

By late summer the yew hedges and topiary have become

floating green islands on a riotous sea. Only those in the

meadows are calm, as the wildflowers and grasses fade gently

into dusty gold, setting seed and dying back for the winter.

Self-seeding and the use of accidentally and deliberately

planted annuals and biennials are a big feature of the

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spire with felty grey leaves - tall teasels, tame thistles

and evening primroses make arresting focal points.

Some are gentler; swathes of Verbena bonariensis and

Tagetes ‘Cinnabar’ wash through the borders, filling out into

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The start of autumn at Great Dixter is as spectacular as high

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dip and the sun hangs lower in the sky. The borders

are still in full swing, when those in other gardens have

fizzled out and become drab echoes of themselves.

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There is a slow softening as the days shorten;

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will be gathered in before the frosts arrive and are then

clustered in groups in the house and the porch, posed, as

if waiting for a still life painter. They are ornamental, but,

like all the vegetables grown here, are completely edible too

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The garden is shut to the public in winter, but I can

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trees and evergreens come to the fore. The grasses will

stand unbowed until spring, perennial seed-heads and

teasels silhouetted against them in the low winter light.

Cotoneaster horizontalis, so often overlooked or

used in dull corners in other gardens, is shown off

here as a focal point, with its zig-zag of herringbone

stems overlapping into a sculptural mound.

Julian’s book affords us the pleasure of some out of season

glimpses of the garden while it is sleeping, frost enhancing its

curves, mist settling like a soft blanket across the meadows

and the odd poignant leftover from the summer hanging

poetically, as if it has been waiting for Julian’s camera all year.

For the full ‘Dixter effect’ you really do need to visit more

than once, you will find something different and interesting

every month of the year, so I recommend a season ticket.

If you are unable to get there, or would simply like a linen

bound companion, Julian’s sensitively honed portrait is an

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Garden

Big is beautiful

Sue Whigham rejoices in the splendour of plants with outrageously large leaves

It was serendipitous that we discovered that Blenheim

was to be closed for two days recently, as we had to

put our visit off and decide on a ‘day out’ somewhere

else. And so we went to Chartwell near Edenbridge, so

much nearer and such a fascinating place to visit.

The house, being Sir Winston Churchill and Lady

Churchill’s former home, was very interesting, but the

bonus was that as we wandered through the rose garden,

we came upon a volunteer guide waiting to take a garden

tour and we had her to ourselves.

The views from the terrace across the lake

to the woods are even more fabulous when

you realise that virtually all the mature trees

you can see have grown up since the 1987

storm when the area lost thousands of trees.

From our vantage point they looked as if they

had been there for centuries. Then there is the

Weald of Kent stretched out before you with hardly a building

to be seen. No wonder Sir Winston loved the place so much.

To get to the house you walk up past the rock

garden and several ponds, one of which is stocked

with golden orfe and was a favourite spot for Sir

Winston, particularly in his later years.

In 1948 Lady Churchill had visited the Chelsea Flower

Show and had been taken by a rock display designed by Gavin

Jones. Subsequently he and the Churchills became friends and

his Chelsea garden was installed at Chartwell without charge.

“This is the

largest hardy

herbaceous plant

grown in Britain”

There are dramatic plantings of Gunnera manicata in this

part of the garden, which the guide described as a ‘marmite’

plant. You either love it or you really don’t. It is certainly

a giant with its sturdy, prickly stems and absolutely huge

leaves, their undersides covered with lethal looking prickles.

Native to Brazil, this plant is the largest hardy

herbaceous plant grown in Britain. Grow it by

water or any boggy part of your garden but not

so deep that their crowns are kept too wet.

So, after seeing the gunnera in all its

glory, we were on the lookout for other

large-leaved plants. We were in luck with

a planting on the far side of the golden

orfe pond of the Yellow Skunk Cabbage or

Lysichiton americanus with its spectacular

paddle-shaped leaves and bright yellow arum

spathe flowers. We’d missed the flowers by

a month. And then there were huge plantings of Osmunda

regalis, the Royal Fern, completely happy in their damp

conditions and a particularly lively green at this time of year.

In Lady Churchill’s rose garden another large-leaved

plant caught our eye. Hydrangea aspera subsp. sargentiana.

This is one for a shadier site as the enormous, velvety

leaves scorch under a hot sun. This plant can have a

dramatic growth spurt of up to ten feet if it is happy

with you. The flat florets are an electric bluish white.

Another species of hydrangea that is worth


Above left: Trachystemon orientalis Above right: The Gunnera manicata at Chartwell

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Top: Hydrangea aspera subspecies. sargentiana Middle: Hosta

sieboldiana Bottom: Royal Fern

mentioning for its rather beautiful and large foliage is

Hydrangea quercifolia, the oak-leaved hydrangea. We

have one here but I’m not sure that it is in the right spot

as it is happiest kept moist and this one here is rather

too close to an old ash tree which sends its progeny all

over the garden and results in a pretty dry flower bed.

If you reduce the height of this hydrangea by a third in

early spring, the fresh leaves will be much bigger. This has

wonderful autumn colour, the leaves turning a ‘garnet red’.

And then there are the rodgersias. Grow them for

their spectacular foliage and for their flowers. We

have Rodgersia pinnata ‘Maurice Mason’ which was

originally given to Christopher Lloyd by Maurice

Mason, a Norfolk farmer and horticulturalist, and which

was thought so choice that it was given a name.

It’s more vigorous than some, although ours is taking a while

to come back up. There have been some anxious moments

when we thought that the plant hadn’t made it through such

a harsh winter, but three bronzy stems have now appeared

and a leaf is unfurling and is making its way upwards. This

cultivar has deeply serrated palmate leaves and lovely rich

pink panicles of flower which darken as the season goes on.

I also like the look of Rodgersia ‘Braunlaub’. Its huge

pinnate leaves darken to a rich chocolate brown combining

with panicles of creamy flowers and followed by strong

autumnal colours. How delicious that all sounds.

Grow rodgersias in shady, north‐facing borders where

they work well with hostas such as Hosta sieboldiana. Try

H. sieboldiana ‘Big Daddy’ which, as its name implies, is

a cultivar with large, very large, textured bluish leaves.

Someone recently told me that they always found it

difficult finding plants which will thrive in dry shade,

which seems to be everybody’s problem planting area. One

particular plant comes to mind which is perfect for these

conditions. Trachystemon orientalis comes from Eastern Europe

originally and its English name is ‘Abraham-Isaac-Jacob’.

It is a member of the Boraginaceae family and its borageblue,

rather enchanting flowers appear before the leaves

get into their stride. You can see sheets of it at Nymans.

We have it under three old holly trees. We’ve lifted their

canopies and the trachystemon has completely covered

the area underneath with its huge leaves. They are perhaps

a bit coarse, in fact not at all elegant, but they not only

serve a purpose but provide dramatic ground cover –

oh, and if you get bored with them, they’re edible...

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for

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School’s out!

Education

It’s the start of the long summer holiday, but do our

kids really need this long break? asks Hilary Wilce

It’s July. School’s out. And pupils and teachers

- but especially teachers are ecstatic!

By this time of year most of them are wrung out,

overwrought, and maybe too exhausted even to say a proper

thank you for the many presents that parents give them.

Because this end-of-year gifting ritual has grown over

the years until it is now practically written in stone

that parents must shower their children’s teachers with

chocolates, bath oil and theatre vouchers. In fact, like so

many things in modern life, it has become a positive rat

race of one-upmanship, with some parents in wealthy

areas bestowing designer handbags and wads of cash.

But teachers often say they appreciate the

kind notes and cards far more than the presents

themselves (well, perhaps not the cash…).

This is because today’s teaching is so often a thankless

task. While many teachers love their hours in the classroom

and say it’s a privilege to be shaping young minds,

almost all now work in less-than-ideal circumstances.

Most have to deal with a trying combination of wayward

pupils, constantly changing exams and syllabuses, underfunded

schools, poor management and complaining parents. In

addition they have to read damning headlines about teachers

in the press and are often blamed for social ills like obesity and

child mental health problems, whose roots lie far beyond school.

So a few kind words from an appreciative parent

at the end of term can feel like gold dust.

But you, as a parent – even as you hand over your carefully

wrapped bottle of body lotion - might actually not be feeling

all that appreciative of a profession which goes AWOL for

six to eight weeks of the summer, leaving you to devise

numerous cunning and expensive ways to keep your child

supervised and entertained. Surely, you think, any job that

gives people that sort of summer break is a bit of a doddle?

The long summer holiday was historically there so

children could help with the harvest. But now, when

all that most children harvest is ‘likes’ for their social

media posts, there are plenty of people in and around the

educational world who say it’s time for schools to chop

the school year into more manageable bite-sized pieces.

A few have already done so, and say the advantages are

overwhelming. Pupils don’t forget so much of what they’ve

learned in their shorter summer holiday. Neither do they get

so bored. Pupils and teachers alike no longer have to crawl

exhausted to the end of three long terms. Family holidays can

be spread throughout the year. And working parents - which

these days means most parents - find it easier to plug the kind

of childcare gaps created by regular short school breaks.

But, as the headmaster of one of this country’s leading

independent schools recently explained to me, it ain’t

never going to happen on any widespread scale. The

universities and exam boards, he said, are far too invested

in how things run now to consider tearing up their

timetables. Also his “poor teachers” would be horrified

at the thought of losing their long summer break.

Perhaps surprisingly, the only group he thought would

welcome it would be the pupils. At the end of last summer

he had bumped into one of his girl students in the local

town and asked her how she was. She looked glum and she

was, she told him, “schoolsick”, and absolutely longing for

the routines and activities of school to start up again.

However no-one – not pupils, teachers or even parents

- feels like this in July, when the long, lazy promise

of summer lies ahead. Happy holidays everyone.

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The Cobnut

7 th & 8 th July

10am - 5pm

food fair

A greedy celebration of Kent & Sussex

It’s not just nuts...

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Free entry

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Summer at Smallhythe Place

There is something for everyone this

season. From blossoming gardens, new

exhibitions and kids' craft activities to

open-air performances of 'Peter Pan'

and 'As You Like It', it's the perfect time

to explore. Bring the family together this

summer and discover Smallhythe Place.

Call 01580 762334 for details

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Thursday 11th October

@7.45pm £18/£10

The Pantaloons present

AS YOU LIKE IT

Welcome to the Forest of Arden, a

world of clowns, lovers, runaways and

rebels – the Pantaloons return to present

their innovative and hilarious version

of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy.

Thursday 1st November

@7.45pm £20/£10

THE QUO EXPERIENCE

The Quo Experience provides an impressive

stage show which includes the legendary

Status Quo wall of white Marshalls and

replica guitars. The magic and chemistry

that the Parfitt/Rossi partnership brought

to a Quo ‘live’ performance is now being

continued within The Quo Experience.

This is a n ongoing chance to ‘experience’ the

sounds and looks of “Britain’s biggest singles

chart band of all time” as we all remember it!

Friday 30th November

@7.45pm £22/£15

THE PASADENA ROOF

ORCHESTRA

(kindly sponsored by

The Milk House, Sissinghurst)

Back by popular demand, this vintage dance

band in every sense of the word will provide

an evening of superlative live music, with

more than a dash of wit and humour. With

an optional early bird pretheatre supper

available @ The Milk House (book direct),

this is an evening not to be missed.

Box office: 01580 711856 www.queenshalltheatre.co.uk Waterloo Road, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3JD

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What’s On in July

Art

Until Sun 9 Sep

Woods Restaurant and Bars, 62

& 64 The Pantiles, Tunbridge

Wells, Kent TN2 5TN

Remarkable

A collaboration between

photographer Mark Wilkinson

and writer Anne Wagstaff

recording forty remarkable

Tunbridge Wells characters. The

exhibition is accompanied by a

Remarkable Raffle with prizes

donated by many of the characters

who feature. Proceeds from the

project will be donated to local

charity Fegans which provides

children’s counselling and parent

support services in the South East.

Entry: Free (voluntary donations

to local charity Fegans welcome)

Info: remarkablecharacterstw.com

Sun 1 – Sun 29 Jul

32 St George’s Road, Deal, Kent

CT14 6BA

Here and There

Graham Clarke’s latest exhibition

takes him to Deal, a place dear

to his heart as a family holiday

destination for many years. Most

of the works on show will be

etchings, each one produced

entirely by hand on copper using

techniques at least 200 years

old. Clarke has produced more

etchings than any other living

artist and has said “I still enjoy

the many processes involved,

employing as it does earth, air, fire

and water.”

Info: lindenhallstudio.co.uk /

grahamclarke.co.uk

Children & Families

Mon 2 Jul – Fri 31 Aug

11am-4pm

Millbrook Garden Centre,

Staplehurst Road, Marden,

Tonbridge TN12 9BT

The Millbrook

Butterfly Experience

You’ll be amazed by Millbrook’s

tropical indoor garden, exotic

scented plants from across the

world and most of all the beautiful

free-flying butterflies all around.

Get up close and learn about their

life-cycles, diets, habitats and

behaviours.

Entry: Adults £2 Children £1

Info: millbrookgc.co.uk

Sat 7 Jul

Canterbury, Kent

Canterbury Medieval

Pageant

A colourful parade featuring

historic characters, musicians, and

local schools. Launching at Tower

House, it will proceed around

the city and end in Marlowe

Theatre’s forecourt. There will

also be a Medieval Family Trail

incorporating seventeen locations

and featuring medieval pastimes

such as jewellery making, and

archery. Local shops will be

joining the festivities with 11.74%

off at Antoine and Lili, medieval

food and drink samples at

Lakeland and medieval musicians

at Canterbury Punting.

Entry: Free

Info: 01227 787055 /

canterburymedievalpageant.co.uk

Sat 14 Jul – Mon 27 Aug

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Summer Jousting

For those who couldn’t make it to

the World Cup, try this medieval

alternative - a jousting tournament

right out of a costume drama

starring Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn

and a host of valiant knights, and

set in an authentic Jousting Arena

complete with royal box.

Info: hevercastle.co.uk

Fairs, FESTIVALS &

Show

Fri 6 – Sun 8 Jul 8am-6pm

Kent Showground, Detling,

Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF

Kent County Show

A showcase of all ‘the garden of

England’ has to offer – food,

farming, flowers and family fun.

Try a woodland craft workshop,

get some valuable tips at cookery

demonstrations, catch some

live music and watch this year’s

main ring entertainment - the

Household Cavalry Musical Ride.

Info: kentshowground.co.uk

Sat 14 – Sun 15 Jul

10.30am-5pm

St Mary’s Church, Orlestone,

Hamstreet, Ashford, Kent

TN26 2EU

FLOWER FESTIVAL - ‘Hats

off to St Mary’s’

Stalls selling ladies’ accessories

including handbags, hats and

jewellery. Morning coffee,

ploughman’s lunches and

afternoon teas available at the

Victory Hall, Hamstreet

TN26 2NJ.

Entry: Free

Info: 01233 732833

Sun 15 Jul 10.30am-4pm

Appledore Recreation Ground,

The Street, Appledore, Ashford,

Kent TN26 2AE

Appledore Vintage &

Classic Vehicle Rally &

Vintage Fair

In its 35th year, the Appledore

vintage and classic vehicle rally

and vintage fair will have over 400

cars on display, entertainment,

refreshments and music

Info: appledorevehiclerally.co.uk

Garden

Tue 3 – Sun 8 Jul

Pashley Manor Gardens,

Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, East

Sussex TN5 7HE

Kitchen Garden Week

Pashley Manor Gardens celebrate

garden produce. Pashley’s current

kitchen garden is a re-creation of

a Victorian potager and will be

full of fresh produce and flowers

this month. Talk to the gardeners

themselves, enjoy the garden’s

produce in the cafe, and get

some local honey and homemade

chutney in the gift shop.

Entry: £10.50

Info: 01580 200888 /

pashleymanorgardens.com

Music

Sat 14 Jul

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

ME17 1PL

Leeds Castle Classical

Concert

It’s the 40th annual Leeds Castle

Concert, and you can expect a

glorious event filled with canons,

fireworks and classical music as

well as some 70s greatest hits.

Entry: Picnic style £45, Seated £55

Info: leeds-castle.com

Sat 14 Jul 7pm

St. Peter’s Methodist Church, St.

Peter’s Street, Canterbury CT1

2BE

Summer Sing

A one-off charity fundraising

concert brings together two choirs;

Canterbury’s Lemon Zingers and

the New Egham Singers to raise

money for Rising Sun Domestic

Violence & Abuse Service which

supports women and children

affected by domestic violence in

Canterbury and East Kent. Expect

a lively mix of pop, rock, choral,

and musicals.

Entry: £8, Students and children £5

Info: gill@risingsunkent.com /

summerconcert.eventbrite.co.uk

THEATRE

Wed 4 Jul – Sat 7 Jul 8pm, Sun 8

Jul 3.30pm

The White Rock Inn, Underriver

near Sevenoaks TN15 0SB

Shakespeare in the

Open Air

Sevenoaks Shakespeare Society

presents the popular magical

romance The Tempest.

Entry: £12

Info: thewhiterockinn.co.uk /

01732 833112 /

stagsevenoaks.co.uk /

01732 450175

Fri 6 Jul – Fri 31 Aug

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN

Outdoor Theatre

Over July and August Scotney

Castle encourages us all to

get outside and enjoy a bit of

culture with a series of outdoor

theatre performances set with

the beautiful Mansion house

as the one-of-a-kind backdrop.

Enjoy such titles as Pride and

Prejudice, The Railway Children,

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The

Reluctant Dragon and The Tempest

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Trains throughout the Summer - Picnic Areas -

Buffet Facilities at all Stations.

WHY NOT VISIT

THE ‘ELEPHANT PLAY VAN’ AT

HORSTED KEYNES STATION? OR HOP

OFF AT KINGSCOTE STATION FOR A

REFRESHING CUPPA AND LET THE CHILDREN

ENJOY SOME TIME IN THE PLAY AREA?

01825 720800 info@bluebell-railway.co.uk

The Bluebell Railway | Sheffield Park Station | East Sussex TN22 3QL

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KITCHEN

GARDEN WEEK

3rd July every day to

8th July

Kitchen Gardener on hand to

answer questions; menu in

the café celebrating produce

from the garden

Beautiful 11 Acre Gardens; Café with Terrace; Gift

Shop; Sculpture Exhibition; open until 29th Sept.

Ticehurst 01580 200888

pashleymanorgardens.com

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Adult £2

Child £1

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This July & August

visit

The Millbrook Butterfly Experience

Be amazed by our tropical indoor garden and

Open daily 11am to 4pm

experience beautiful butterflies free-flying all

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Millbrook Gravesend

Station Road, Southfleet,

Gravesend, Kent DA13 9PA

millbrookgc.co.uk

Millbrook Staplehurst

Staplehurst Road, Marden,

Tonbridge, Kent TN12 9BT

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What’s On in July

(which will be performed by the

UK’s premier all male company,

The Lord Chamberlain’s men).

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk/

scotney-castle

WORKSHOPS

Wed 4 Jul 7-9.30pm

Stalisfield Village Hall,

Stalisfield Road, Faversham,

Kent ME13 0JE

Djembe Drumming

Let Go & Play, created by

Yvonne Fernando, NLP Master

Practitioner & Life Coach, is an

experiential workshop that builds

confidence, expands thinking,

stimulates playfulness and creates

energy. Fun and uplifting, for

mind, body and soul.

Entry: £35

Info: 01233 878474 /

yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk

Fri 6 July, Mon 6 August, Thu 6

September 10am-2pm

Sussex Prairies, Henfield

BN5 9AT

Succulent Workshops

Blueleaf Plants, a nursery

specialising in succulent plants,

is running a series of workshops

at the lovely Sussex Prairies this

summer. Choose from making a

living frame, creating a miniature

garden in a vintage teacup or

learning to wire succulents for

bouquets & buttonholes.

Price: £55+ (includes garden entry)

Info: blueleafplants.co.uk

Sat 7 and Sun 8 Jul 10am-4pm

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

TN15 0RP

Call the shots at the

Panasonic Roadshow

Knole’s intricate architecture and

wild deer herd make fantastic

subjects for photographers. Brush

up your skills at the familyfriendly

Panasonic Roadshow,

where experts will lend you a

camera and show you how to take

the best shots on a guided photo

walk in Knole Park.

Entry: Free

Info: 01732462100 /

nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

Wed 11 – Mon 30 Jul

Smallhythe Studio, Smallhythe

Road, Tenterden, Kent

TN30 7NB

Smallhythe Workshops

Smallhythe Studio is holding a

series of workshops this month

including a monoprinting and

mixed media workshop with

Louise Pettifer, drawing skills

with Catherine Farr, and writing

for well-being with our own

education writer Hilary Wilce.

Entry: £20- £30

Info: 07905 948525 /

art@smallhythestudio.com

smallhythestudio.com

Wed 25, Sun 29 and Mon 30 Jul

Canterbury Baking School, 22,

The Ness, Canterbury CT1 3NL

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

Times readers, quote ‘Wealden10’

Info: canterburybakingschool.com

/ vicky@canterburybakingschool.com

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www.kentshow.co.uk 01622 633060

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Cranbrook Iron Makers Fair 2018

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd July, 10am–5pm

Admission Free

King John’s Nursery, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ

www.cranbrookiron.com

www.kingjohnsnursery.co.uk

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Creating gardens

of distinction

Probably the most experienced, established

& qualified contractor in the area

Geoff Tiltman

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or-email: battlemowers@btconnect.com www.battlemowers.co.uk

Showroom: Vinehall Business Centre, Vinehall Rd, Mountfield TN32 5JW

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INTERIORS

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Made to measure

curtains & blinds

Tracks & poles

Measuring & fitting service

Home consultation

Fabrics & design advice

Telephone 01580 712209

clarelangdoninteriors.co.uk

Ibbett Mosely

AuctIoneers & VAluers

Limited Liability Partnership

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The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 18th July 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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A pet portrait makes a wonderful gift

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Win A £400 Voucher

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At Layered Lounge, products are designed to pay attention to trends without being

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the profits going to local charity Action4Archie, which raises money and awareness

for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Although Layered Lounge is still young Suzy and Lou see it growing into something

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

This month Jane finds she’s as busy as a bee

It has been very busy in the apiary in recent weeks – for

me and the bees – and I’m looking forward to things

settling down as spring meanders into summer.

I have always been quite a low-key bee keeper with two, or

three colonies producing enough jars to supply us throughout

the year with honey for our tea and presents for foodie

friends. But this year I got carried away and started doing

lots of what I considered rather advanced manipulations (the

official bee-keeping term for knowledgeable rummaging) and

bloomin heck I now have five colonies on the go!

Most insects overwinter when a mated queen hibernates.

Honey bees do it differently. At the height of the summer,

usually July, there will be some 50,000 bees in a colony

rushing about to collect pollen, propolis, water or nectar.

Pollen, which is collected in little sacs on the bees’ hind

legs, is very high in protein and is used to feed the young

larvae. Propolis, (if you’re interested the name is derived from

the Greek: pro – in front of and polis – city which refers

to its use to seal up and protect their empire) is collected

from the buds and bark of certain trees

and rather like Polyfilla is used to seal up

cracks and strengthen creaking joints.

Among other things, water is used for

cooling the hive on a hot day, but it’s

nectar, which is turned into honey, that

they eat over the winter – and it’s also the

bit we beekeepers get excited about.

On a sunny summer day each bee will make about 10 trips,

each one lasting up to an hour and covering 5 or 6 km. On

every journey she (the workers are all female!) will visit about

1000 flowers collecting about 70mg of honey – the equivalent

of her own weight. Imagine trying to haul that lot home from

“Each bee collects

about a teaspoon of

honey in her frantic

six-week life”

Waitrose. And next time you spread some on your toast

ponder this: to make one pound of honey the bees have

flown over 55,000 miles and visited over 2 million flowers,

with each bee collecting about a teaspoon of honey in her

frantic six-week life. Beat that, Marmite.

In a good year a strong colony of bees should produce

at least 40lb of honey which is collected in August and

will last forever – the oldest ever found, in a noblewoman’s

grave in Georgia, was 5,500 years old and

Tutankhamun was also discovered with

a few jars for the journey. But as well as

collecting nectar the bees are also busy

with another agenda – making more

colonies and this is the tricky part for the

beekeeper.

As explained, in the summer there

will be up to 50,000 in the hive but by the autumn the

numbers drop to around 10,000 bees who will spend the

winter eating the stored honey and keeping the queen (who

is full of fertile eggs) warm and fed. She starts laying again

in the spring to create peak population in July.

However, as the numbers build they often decide to

swarm, whereby the queen and all the flying bees – the

workforce – leave home for fresh pastures leaving behind

all the brood (eggs, larvae and baby bees). One of the best

ways to prevent this is to split them manually which is why

my three colonies have become five.

I’ve heard mead is delicious, time to research a recipe…

If you’ve ever thought about owning a few chickens, sheep, pigs

or even cows, Jane will be running a full-day course as part of

the summer programme at Curious House Courses in Stonegate

on September 7th. The morning will romp through the joys of

smallholding and the afternoon will include a walk round Coopers

Farm. Find out more at curioushouse.net

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on Instagram @coopersfarm

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