DOMVS Enterprise Club
Delight in the Best of
Our Seasonal Dorset
‘View from the Top of Lanehouse
Rocks Road’ by this season’s winner,
Summer Skin Protection
the Sarah Dale Way
Build Your Own Mini
Welcome to Inspired Living
Official magazine of DOMVS Enterprise Club
A wonderful world awaits among the pages of our
Summer edition, brimming with fabulous produce, ways
to spoil yourself, and ideas to stimulate the imagination.
Read on and embrace the overflow of sheer enthusiasm
shown by each one of the talented artisans and business
owners featured inside. How lucky we are to live in this
exceptionally beautiful county with stunning coastline to
explore, lush countryside to roam, and gorgeous homes
to live in. It’s no wonder more and more people are
discovering this for themselves.
An example of just one of the reasons why I enjoy my job
so much is shown right here; 17.5 acres with a beautiful
house to boot are offered in a quiet lane on the outskirts
of Lytchett Matravers. Conveniently close to the
business centres of Poole and Bournemouth, the five-
bedroom (6,870 sq ft) home and charming onebedroom
bungalow, swimming pool and tennis court
cater extremely well for the two-leggeds. The fourleggeds,
meanwhile, can enjoy the stabling, manege, and
paddocks. Even the petrolheads among us have been
considered, with a rather swish arrangement of garaging
providing room for six cars. Brooklands genuinely offers
something for everyone. Try out our virtual reality film
at domvs.co.uk to see for yourselves.
Thinking of something a little smaller – or maybe a little
larger? Give us a call and we should be delighted to
share our world with you.
Our members comprise some of the best producers
Dorset has to offer, all independent businesses founded
and located in Dorset, who have come together to
promote not only each other, but the glorious lifestyle
and products our unique county has to offer.
We are always looking for exciting and innovative new
members, so if you fit the bill and would like to be
involved, please get in touch.
Editorial & Design
Allegoric Designs, Art4Army, Black Cow Vodka,
Dorchester Art Gallery, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Fordington
Gin, Groves Nurseries, The Highbrow Clinic, Lesley
Waters Cookery School, Nelipott, Primrose’s Kitchen,
Purbeck Candles, Sally’s Fish Camp, Sarah Dale
Aesthetics, Sarah Talbot Garden Design, Upstairs
Printed by Ravensworth
Inside this Summer
5. Competition time at Black Cow Vodka
6. Enjoy a summer sweetener with Allegoric’s Circus Farm
7. Worship the sun safely with Sarah Dale Aesthetics
8. Spotlight on: Nelipott Handmade Children’s Wear
9. Introducing: Sally’s Fish Camp
11. Start your day the Primrose’s Kitchen way
12. In the garden with Sarah Talbot Garden Design
13. Take a sensory tour with Purbeck Candles
15. This season’s special guests: Art4Army
18. News from The Highbrow Clinic
19. The best of our seasonal photography competition
21. Enjoy a taste of summer with Lesley Waters
23. DOMVS show their support
25. Follow the leader with Upstairs Downstairs
27. Create a wildlife garden with Dorset Wildlife Trust
28. Build your own mini wildlife pond with Groves
29. Spotlight on: Fordington Gin
30. Take five with our crossword
17. Spotlight on: Dorchester Art Gallery
Create an Inspirational Cocktail using Black
Cow Vodka for a Chance to Win a Distillery Tour
The winner will be invited for a free tour for two of the Black Cow Distillery, where they will be taken on a guided tour
of the distillery and have the chance to sample Black Cow Vodka whilst learning all about Black Cow. They may even
get a chance to mix and taste their winning creation!
For T&Cs and more information, please visit: domvs.co.uk/events/black-cow-competition
Enjoy Picnics and BBQs
with the Circus Farm
The garden furniture and the BBQ have been given
pride of place and the Circus Farm is ready for the warm
summer evenings. Perfect for outdoor dining, the Circus
Farm collection covers all bases.
Buttercup the Balancing Cow is featured on the fine
bone china jug, perfect for refreshing homemade
lemonade. The matching placemats and coasters in
the collection catch any little hiccups heading for the
summer tablecloth. Buttercup is also featured on the
premium cotton apron, which fits everyone in the family
and livens up the BBQ a treat. Add this homemade
lemonade to the mix and enjoy the al fresco fun!
Zesty Homemade Lemonade
• 4 lemons (unwaxed if possible) roughly chopped
• 140g caster sugar
• 1 litre of cold water
1. Slice one lemon into thin slices and put in the freezer,
separating the slices with greaseproof paper.
2. Put the rest of the lemons, sugar and half the water
into a food processor and blend until the lemons are
very finely chopped.
3. Pour the mixture into a sieve over a large bowl, and
press through as much juice as possible. Top up the
juice with the remaining water and serve with the frozen
Here Comes the Sun
Sarah Dale, Owner, Sarah Dale Aesthetics
Has using sunscreen become part of your daily routine?
It’s a subject that we’re truly passionate about at Sarah
Dale Aesthetics. Sun protection should be a part of
everyone’s daily skincare regime, regardless of weather
or time of year. The risk of UVB exposure in summer
months is widely known, with the damage to skin being
much more visible – and painful. We find ourselves
talking to our clients about sun exposure more often
as we enjoy the first hot days of the year, and there are
plenty of facts to back up our advice:
• UVA is present in daylight all year round, penetrating
cloud and glass.
• UVA makes up 95% of the sun’s rays and, as a
longer wavelength, it penetrates deeper into the skin
than UVB 1 and 2.
• UV is responsible for up to 80% of skin ageing.
The facts are clear, so no matter the time of year
or what you’re doing, we encourage you to protect
your skin today for your best skin tomorrow. We are
delighted to be able to offer our clients products from
the Heliocare range, which have recently received
endorsement from dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto in an
article for the Daily Mail. One of her top tips was to use
Heliocare 360˚. She says,
“SPF is essential in your morning skincare
routine, as UV rays are always present,
regardless of the season. Regular sun screen
use all year round is like insurance, it will
help prevent premature ageing. I love
Heliocare 360˚ Gel Oil-Free Sunscreen for
Nothing protects your skin like Heliocare 360˚. Its
revolutionary formulation not only shields the skin’s
surface from damage, but also defends the skin from
within with the unique and powerful Fernblock FC. This
unrivalled combination means your skin will not only
have the maximum protection against UVA, UVB, visible
light and infrared-A, but also the free radicals caused by
other environmental challenges too. There’s a Heliocare
360˚product to suit every one of our clients. Come in
and see one of the SDA team soon to discuss the best
product for your skin type.
Our general sun protection advice to all our clients is
to apply sunscreen to your neck, chest, and hands first.
Apply sunscreen to these areas before applying it to the
face. People often forget to put sunscreen there even
though these areas are as exposed as the face. Studies
also suggest that we miss up to 10% of our face when
applying our SPF, which can leave us exposed. We often
hear our clients say they apply factor 30 or 50 everyday.
It is important, however, to reapply throughout the day.
The best advice is butter thickly and frequently! Another
convenient way to top up your sunscreen, especially on
top of your make-up during the day, is to use our Brush
on Block, which is one of our most popular products and
flies off the shelf at this time of year.
Created by a skin cancer survivor to encourage effective
protection against the sun, it utilises a brush containing
Mineral SPF 30 that offers physical protection by way of
deflecting those harmful UVA/UVB cancer–causing rays
Look out for our ‘Product of the Month’ offers over the
summer, which will include special discounts on our
Heliocare range and Brush on Block. You will find Sarah
Dale Aesthetics at The Highbrow Clinic in Brewery
Square. Sarah and her team offer a wide range of
Aesthetics treatments including IPL rejuvenation and
permanent hair removal, Venus Freeze and Venus Viva.
Other services offered at The Highbrow Clinic include
permanent cosmetics by Louisa Franzen, and High
Definition brow and the make-up range by her expert
team. Call us now to book a complimentary skin analysis
and we can assess which suncare product would best
suit you. For more information about SDA treatments,
visit our website and follow us on Facebook.
T. 01305 269220
Nelipott Handmade Children’s Wear
Follow us at facebook.com/nelipott and instagram.com/bynelipott
Beyond the Sea
Introducing DOMVS Enterprise Club’s
newest member, Sally’s Fish Camp
Sally’s Fish Camp is a new experience for anyone who
loves seafood, the ocean waves, sunsets, delicious
wines and good times with family and friends.
A seafood delivery service that can bring all this to the
beach, your boat on the marina, a favourite picnic spot
or maybe even your dining room table or back garden. In
fact, pretty much wherever you set up camp!
A fishy feast of local crab, lobster and oysters can be
delivered to you on ice in a handmade wooden crate
or stylish galvanised bucket, accompanied with local
sparkling wine, a selection of wines and local ale.
To make your seafood fest a memory to last, it couldn’t
be easier to select your favourite feast online. Simply
click on what you’d like, choose a time slot, and Sally’s
Fish Camp will be there.
You may like to crack, peel, pick and twist ‘til sundown
with a chilled bottle of local sparkling wine, or perhaps
you want it ready prepped to eat straight from the
Whatever the reason, be it a surprise romantic moment
for two in a secret location; a special occasion with
family and friends; a ladies luncheon; a BYO festival
hamper... then give Sally a ring to discuss. Anything is
Looking for something different to do with friends? Why
not try your hand at cracking a crab? Sally offers a fun
and relaxing crab-cracking workshop in your kitchen or
venue of choice with a group of your friends. A 2-hour
session includes cracking your own crab to keep, along
with recipe ideas on what to do with your dressed crab,
a selection of crab canapés and a glass of wine, and, of
course, the excitement of learning a new skill - lobster
workshops coming soon!
Visit the website for the full menu and wine list, delivery
options, crab-cracking workshops and gift vouchers.
Follow on Facebook and Instagram to see what Sally’s
Fish Camp is up to and which local food festival’s they
are attending this year.
Nettle and Apple Bircher
Primrose Matheson, Owner,
Spring has well and truly sprung, and wild greens are
springing up all over the place. When I am not chewing
on punchy wild garlic leaves for their vitamin C and
blood-thinning properties, I am brewing pots of tea made
from cleavers, nettles and primroses in order to absorb
their beneficial nutrients and stimulate the lymphatic
system, for which they have a great affinity. This really
is my favourite time of year.
As a lover of breakfast and a maker of muesli, I wanted
to find a way of using one of my favourite wild plants,
the Nettle (often thought of as a weed), and decided to
combine it as part of traditional Swiss Bircher muesli.
• 150g porridge oats
• 10g dried apple (sulphite-free) or half a fresh apple grated
• 10g sultanas
• 2-3g of dried, crushed nettles
• 4g chia seeds
The only ingredient you will need to prepare ahead of
time are the nettles. You will need to refer to a wild food
manual to identify this plant if you are not familiar. I
suggest picking the fresh tops of the nettle plants, as
this is where the plant holds all its energy and the leaves
are softer here, so if you are careful you can avoid
getting stung. Gather at least 100g fresh weight (enough
to fill a kitchen mixing bowl), so you will have some to
store once dried. We don’t want any stalks.
Put the oven on the lowest setting and lay out the
nettles on wire racks. Leave the oven door just open and
dry like this for 4-6 hours or until the leaves are crumbly
when you scrunch them up in your hands. This destroys
the irritating stings. Another way to do this is to hang
the nettles over radiators or in a hot green house. Once
dry, they should crush easily rather than be bendy.
Measure out all the ingredients from the list and place in
a bowl. Cover with your favourite milk the night before
you want to eat it, so it can soak. Soaking oats allows
them to be more easily digested. If you are using fresh,
grated apple, add this in the morning just before you eat
Nettles are one of the best sources of iron, vitamins
C and A and calcium, so sprinkle your new store of
dried nettles into as many meals as possible as a good
nutrition source. Chia seeds are a fantastic source of
protein, fibre and omega 3 fatty acids, and oats nourish
the nervous system.
In the Garden
Sarah Talbot Garden Design
Summer at last, but mind the gap...
Have you ever noticed how our gardens have a pause
between the early and late summer-flowering plants?
Here are some suggestions to help you bridge that gap:
• Roses: They do require time and effort if they’re
to look their best and many have their peak time
in June, so choose ones that repeat flower or can
provide a structure for other climbers – and scent
is a must! Some lovely ones are ‘Malvern Hills’,
‘Phyllis Bide’, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ and ‘The Generous
Gardener’. For an informal hedge try the rugosas;
only a single flowering, but with wonderful red and
• Clematis: Delightful climbers and so many to choose
from. Try ‘Prince Charles’, ‘Abundance’, ‘Jackmanii
Superba’ or any of the viticellas, such as ‘Venosa
Violacea’ or ‘Minuet’, and so simple to prune.
Between them they will give a wonderful display
from June to October. Perfect for training through
• Hardy Geraniums: These are some of the most
useful plants in the garden; many will flower all
summer and into the autumn. ‘Ann Folkard’, ‘Mavis
Simpson’, ‘Tiny Monster’ or ‘Rozanne’, and many
more, are all perfect for covering the bare ankles of
• Honeysuckle: ‘Lonicera Periclymenum Serotina’
flowers July to October and has a delicious scent.
Ornamental grasses such as Stipa, Miscanthus,
Pennisteum and Hakonechloa will be looking good now
and preparing to flower, already giving airiness and
movement to the border, but more of those next time.
If you are undecided as to what to do with your garden,
then landscaper Alan Horley and I are happy to assist.
Over the years, we have developed a very successful
working relationship and if you’d like a little help, we’re
happy to share our expertise. Just call.
M. 07808 471937
T. 01305 751230
Find a fragrance for every room from
Dorset’s artisan candle company.
Phaedra Radstock, Owner, Purbeck Candles
Every room begins life as an empty space that we
gradually layer with colour, texture, furnishings,
fragrance and sound. Certain layers are visual, others
more subconscious, and as the layers build we begin
to create a mood. The better the design the more our
engaged our senses become. Despite the fact that, of
all our senses, smell is the most powerful, it is often the
last layer to be considered, but it is the element of room
design likely to have the most impact.
Let me take you on a sensory journey around your home.
Imagine your choice of decoration, colours, furnishings,
artwork, and even music (or peace and quiet) are already
in place, and discover how Purbeck Candles can add that
final layer to your perfect space, the wonderful gift of
Let’s start in the entrance hall. We want to envelope
everyone who walks through the front door in a delicious
fragrance, a fresh, citrusy, inviting scent with a warm,
woody base note. They may not notice at first that their
sense of smell has been woken, but this subconscious
first impression of your home will now be forever etched
into their memory, a feeling of warmth and welcome
and pleasures yet to come. All of this from a subtle reed
diffuser carefully positioned for maximum impact. We
suggest ‘The Orangery’ from the Purbeck Candles
‘Garden’ range. It is the perfect blend of essential oils to
welcome guests and family into your home.
From the welcoming entrance hall, let us enter your
stylish kitchen, a room always bubbling with delicious
aromas. We don’t want to compete in anyway with these
wonderful scents, we are looking for a fragrance that
compliments and inspires your gastronomic experiments
here in the heart of your home. Something fresh and
grassy like ‘Herb Garden’, a blend of rosemary, thyme
and lavender, is the perfect candle for any kitchen.
Personally, I prefer my main living space to feel cosy and
opulent in the winter and slightly floral in the summer,
so I am going to put forward a couple of options for
this particular area of your home. My first choice is a
sumptuous blend of oakmoss, cedar and sweet orange
with a subtle splash of geranium for that floral note. This
is warm, rich and cosy, a beautiful candle entitled ‘Lazy
Sunday Afternoon’ that makes you want to sink down
into that lush, comfy sofa with a good book and a fullbodied
For a slightly fresher spring/summer blend, however, I
would opt for either the Scandinavian-inspired ‘Hygge’
- warm, but with a fresh top note - or the very British,
super floral ‘Chelsea Flowers’. Both options are
heavenly and leave the room with a subconscious air of
As for the bathroom, there is only one candle you need;
the divine ‘Spa Days’. Flooding the senses with feelings
of luxurious pampering and deep relaxation, this candle
was created with only one mood in mind; indulgence.
Where better to enjoy it than in the one area of your
home where ‘me time’ is less likely to be interrupted?
Just sink back in a deep, warm bath and enjoy.
Finally, lets end our house tour in the room designed
for sleep, an area of personal space and luxury where
relaxation should be paramount. For your bedroom I,
therefore, put forward ‘Tranquility’, a wonderful blend
of essential oils that sooth, centre and calm the mind,
creating a perfect space for peace and love.
Try our ‘Candle for Every Room’, four candles and a
diffuser of your choice in a beautiful gift pack, and
create your own beautiful spaces. For our full range of
natural home fragrances visit our website.
‘Spring in Suffolk’ by Hugo Grenville
Artists supporting the Army’s National
Charity, 27th Sep – 2nd Oct 2018
‘Blue Bowl with Falling Physallis’ by Alison Rankin
DOMVS is delighted to be supporting the Art4Army
fundraising exhibition of contemporary paintings,
photography and sculptures. In addition to the
exhibition, there will also be daytime talks by artists and
celebrities all in aid of the ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity
(formerly the Army Benevolent Fund).
There will be six fabulous days to view and buy
paintings, sculpture, ceramics and more by artists
selling their work to support the Army’s national
charity. Over 100 examples of contemporary works of
art will be on sale, as well as a series of daily talks and
demonstrations and a charity auction.
Admission to the exhibition is free between 28th
September and 2nd October 2018. On the evening of
Thursday 27th September there will be a private view
(admission by ticket), where artists and their guests
will join an invited audience to view the exhibition, and
a charity auction conducted by Duke’s partner and
auctioneer Garry Batt. Among the lots will be a selection
of promises, fine art and other items of interest. The
catalogue will be available to view two weeks before
the event, which will be hosted by Duke’s Auctioneers,
(Brewery Square, Dorchester, DT1 1GA).
For more information and tickets visit the Art4Army
‘Cheetah’ by Mark Coreth
‘View at Westminster’ by Christopher Glanville RWA
‘Cattle Sleeping’ by Katherine Swinfen Eady
Dorchester Art Gallery
Follow us at facebook.com/dorchesterartgallery and instagram.com/dorchesterartgallery
News from The Highbrow Clinic, Dorchester
To celebrate the success of The Highbrow Clinic’s first year, we
held a champagne birthday tea party for all our regular clients at
the beginning of April. The fun afternoon was a huge success and
provided an opportunity for us to raise money for several cancer
charities. 12-year old Lily, daughter of Highbrow owner Louisa,
had her beautiful long hair cut short and donated her locks to the
Little Princess Trust, which makes natural hair wigs for children
who have lost their hair through cancer treatments. Lily also raised
over £1,500 for the trust, so very well done, Lily!
Congratulations to Louisa Franzen, owner
of The Highbrow Clinic, who has just passed
- with a merit - the Level 4 ITec Award in
Micro Pigmentation Treatments examination
she took last month in London, gaining 96%
in the practical application part. This now
enables Louisa to become a teacher/trainer
and, hopefully, a regional director for Natural
Enhancement of London. This qualification
probably makes her the most highly qualified
Micro Pigmentation Therapist in Dorset.
Staff Profile: Leah Aplin, Clinic Supervisor
Leah joined Highbrow just before Christmas 2017 and has quickly become a valued member of the team. After
gaining her qualifications at Yeovil College, Leah worked at a salon in Poundbury before joining the Highbrow team.
Since joining the clinic, Leah has gained her qualifications as a pro High Definition stylist and has become a highly
skilled lash enhancement expert, which shows in her incredible client retention. She also goes the extra mile in
providing clients with a service they will get nowhere else. In her spare time, Leah enjoys socialising with friends
and family, shopping and running. With five sprint triathlons under her belt, Leah has just completed a mega sprint
in which she swam 900 metres, cycled 18 miles and ran 4.5 miles! She is also in training for her first half Ironman
in June. She is looking forward to expanding her expertise within the aesthetic industry and providing the new and
exciting treatments we will be offering at The Highbrow Clinic in the coming months.
Product of the Month: The High Definition Glow Stick
Illuminate your complexion with the High Definition Glow Stick (right), a creamy, chubby
highlighter that creates a lit-from-within glow. Blending seamlessly onto skin, simply apply to
cheekbones and brow bones for subtle depth and dimension, or build to create a more intense
strobe effect. Expect a sculpted, long-wearing and professional finish. Special offer price:
£20.00 (RRP £24.00)
With the summer holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to
a Highbrow experience that will let you enjoy your holiday looking perfectly groomed – by the
pool or on the dance floor – without having to spend hours in front of the mirror. Phone the
clinic on 01305 269220 to book your treatment and find out what else we have on offer.
Coming soon to Highbrow:
• Derma planing - the latest London skin
resurfacing treatment creating a peachy
• New make-up range
• Staff profile - Verity McLaren
• Product of the month
• What’s new at the clinic
Capturing the Best of Dorset
Every quarter, we delight in showcasing the best from
Dorset’s landscape photographers, both budding and
seasoned. Featured here are our favourite early summer
entries, with the winning photograph, ‘View from the
Top of Lanehouse Rocks Road’ by Ben Tizard, gracing
our front cover. Ben and our runner-up, Penny Argent
(left), will both receive a bag of goodies from the DOMVS
Enterprise Club members.
The closing date for entries for this season’s competition
is Sunday 12th August at midnight. This time we’re
looking for rich, autumnal photographs of our beautiful
county. The winning entry will feature on the cover of
our next edition, available in early September.
‘Weymouth Harbour Reflections’ by Penny Argent
Terms & Conditions:
• Entries must be submitted by the stated closing date via email to
email@example.com (we regret we are unable to accept
• Please ensure photographs are 1MB to 3MB in size.
• By submitting your photograph/s you agree to allow DOMVS to
publish them in print as well as online, with full credit going to the
original author, for this and future purposes.
• Entrants should include their full name, address, telephone
number and the location/title of their photograph.
• The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will
be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean
acceptance of these terms and conditions.
‘Blossom View’ by Matthew Williams
Photograph by James Buckley
‘To the Lifeboat’ by Tymn Lintell
‘Sunset at Corfe Castle’ by Richard Murgatroyd
‘Weymouth Harbour - The Lifeboat’ by Penny Argent
‘Durdle Door 3’ by Matthew Williams
A Quintessentially British Summer
Lesley Waters, Owner, Lesley Waters Cookery School
Ask any Englishman (or woman!) to describe the
ingredients for a perfect summer’s day and hovering
near to, if not topping most lists will be a bowl full of ripe
and luscious English strawberries. These juicy, rich fruits
seem to hold a special place in our hearts and are loved
by many of us, old and young.
Here we are slap bang in the middle of strawberry
season. It’s rather extended these days, thanks to poly
tunnels, but walk through any market in summer and
your eye is sure to be caught by a striking pile of red
often taking centre stage in the beautiful displays. I may
be biased, but British strawberries are, without doubt,
the best. Avoid all foreign imports and buy small to
medium unblemished fruits for great flavour.
As with many fruits and vegetables, strawberries are
best eaten as fresh as possible. With this in mind, buy
directly from local farmers markets or look out for the
opportunity to pick your own. It’s great fun for all the
family and you may save a few pennies too.
Back in the kitchen, strawberries, like most berries,
should be washed with care and handled gently to avoid
bruising. If you don’t intend to use them at once, store
them (unwashed and uncut) in the fridge, but not for too
long. Most importantly, make sure you bring them back
to room temperature before eating to appreciate their
If you need extra sweetness, strawberries are fabulous
dipped in a little vanilla sugar or, if you’re looking for an
unusual alternative to a drizzle of cream, why not try
them with a sprinkling of good syrupy balsamic vinegar
or a grind of black pepper? Back in my days at Leith’s,
we used to serve up strawberry vinaigrette with avocado
pear – very 1980s, but I am known to still to whiz it up
on the odd occasion for the right guest.
Strawberries, however, are mainly used in puddings.
Great on their own or topping a tart, they also bring
a delicious sweetness to summer pudding or can be
classically refreshing in rich and creamy Eton Mess
(strawberries, crushed meringue and equal quantities of
thick double cream and yoghurt). I could have selected
from so many recipes, but I have settled on the prettiest
Champagne jellies, perfect for a special occasion or if
you just want to indulge!
Sparkling Summer Jellies
• 115g (4oz) blueberries
• 115g (4oz) small strawberries
• 55g (2oz) raspberries
• 3 sheets leaf gelatine
• 2 tablespoons caster sugar
• 450ml (3/4 pint) dry sparkling wine
1. Soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for five
minutes. Meanwhile, put the sugar and 100ml of the wine
in a pan and stir over a very low heat until the sugar has
dissolved. Pour into a large jug.
2. Squeeze the gelatine leaves to remove excess water,
then stir them into the warm liquid. Stir in the remaining
3. Divide the fruits between four glasses.
4. Pour in the wine mixture to just cover. Place the
glasses in the fridge and leave for approx. two hours or
until just set.
5. Serve straight away – the longer the jelly is out of the
fridge, the more it will soften.
If you would like to join Lesley for a day at the cook
school you can find all our course details online along
with other delicious recipes.
Supported by DOMVS
On 23rd June the DOMVS offices each held a charity
coffee morning in aid of the Fine & Country Foundation,
which supports charities for the homeless. Along with
other Fine & Country agents across the country, we
opened our doors to the local community for coffee,
cake and a natter.
The Fine & Country Foundation has already hosted and
participated fundraising events ranging from sleepouts
to the Rickshaw Run across India. Having raised
over £100,000 in 2016, the Foundation is aiming to
raise £1,000,000 by December 2018. Donations are
distributed to homeless charities on local, national and
international levels. Emilie Despois, Marketing Manager
at Fine & Country said, “We are really excited to carry
on the success of last year’s coffee morning. It is a
great way to meet with clients and locals, but it’s also a
fantastic reason to eat plenty of cake! We hope to see
as many visitors as possible enjoying a cup of tea and a
piece of cake in support of a cause which is so close to
Community is a big part of the DOMVS ethos. Each year
we support numerous local events around Dorset, from
school and village fêtes to Dorchester Literary Festival,
Purbeck Art Weeks Festival and Dorset County Show. You
can see our roadside boards supporting and promoting
various events across the county just about twelve
months a year, and we have donated many thousands of
pounds to local charities as part of our community fund.
Here’s a little look at what we’ve been up to recently, and
events we’re supporting later this year:
Back in April, members of the DOMVS team, joined
by family and friends, volunteered their spare time to
take part in the 29th annual Great Dorset Beach Clean
organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Starting at Chesil
Beach Visitor Centre between Weymouth and Portland,
the team worked towards Ferry Bridge and collected
over 15 bags of rubbish. As a proud corporate sponsor of
Dorset Wildlife Trust, DOMVS is looking forward to their
next volunteering event.
To find out more about Dorset Wildlife Trust, their events
and how to volunteer, visit: dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
Upcoming Events Supported by DOMVS:
• Portesham Open Gardens: Sat 30th June & Sun 1st July
• Steeple Manor Open Gardens: Sat 7th July
• Church Knowle Food Fayre: Sun 15th July
• Weymouth Beach Volleyball: Fri 27th - Sun 29th July
• Dorset County Show: Sat 1st & Sun 2nd September
JUMPING FOR JOY
We’re delighted to announce that DOMVS has
recently won the British Property Awards
for best estate agent in both Dorchester and
Independently judged against over 25 criteria,
the British Property Awards recognised DOMVS
as having ‘performed outstandingly throughout
the extensive judging period’, displaying
levels of customer service which ‘provide a
benchmark for their local, regional and national
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Lead the Way
Kitty Oakshott, Owner, Upstairs Downstairs
Want to make a statement with your soft furnishings
this season? Try taking the lead. We are seeing emerging
trends incorporating trims and contrasting fabrics to
make a feature of a leading edge. This can be the edge
where two curtains meet, or the bottom edge of a
blind. To give you a few ideas, why not add a decorative
beaded trim to a delicate plain silk curtain and, to take
it one step further, add a matching pelmet with the
same beaded fringe? A decorative edge on a pelmet can
create the perfect frame for a beautiful set of curtains.
Pick a complementary braid, bead, tassel or pom pom
and add it to the underneath edge of the pelmet if it’s a
bead or pom pom, or make a feature border stitched on
top if you decide to go for a flat braid or tape. This can
look beautiful on a soft pleated pelmet, and don’t forget
you can add the same trim to a plain lampshade to tie
Adding a coordinating patterned blind can also create a
sophisticated look. To have some real fun with a leading
edge, why not go for a coloured pom pom added to
the bottom of a Roman blind? Attach the pom poms
so they are just popping out from the bottom of the
blind and are in view when the blind is up, or, as most
of them come stitched onto a decorative tape, make a
feature of it. You can even get giant pom poms to make
a real statement. Try adding some coordinating scatter
cushions somewhere in the room, making sure they have
the matching pom pom trim too.
To add a bit of something to a plain curtain, choose a
bold flat tape or braid for your leading edges. If you have
patterned fabrics in the room, this is a great way to add
interest without adding yet another pattern. There is an
array of beautiful, textured, patterned and even sparkly
tapes to choose from - whatever takes your fancy!
Cost-efficiency is another great benefit of a leading
edge. If you have a window that is just that little bit
bigger than the width of a fabric, a leading edge can
come in handy. It can give you that extra little bit of
width and, if you choose your fabrics carefully, will look
like it was supposed to be there all along. Try teaming
a beautiful patterned fabric with an inexpensive, plain
leading edge fabric to save yourself a few pennies.
Pop into Upstairs Downstairs any time to have look
at our extensive range of fabrics and trims. The team
will be happy to discuss your ideas with you and guide
you through the collection. Our recently refurbished
downstairs shop houses an array of interior inspiration,
home décor, soft furnishings and beautiful gifts, and will
be opening in the next few weeks; follow us for updates.
Photograph © Jane Adams
Photograph © Katie Wilkinson
Sally Welbourn, Communications Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust
Whilst spring seemed to take a while to get underway,
summer is now here in all its glory. The role our
gardens now play in supporting the overall ecosystem
and sustaining many species is well-known, and many
gardeners take great pleasure in being a part of the
nationwide movement of helping the environment and
wildlife. Regardless of the size of your garden, balcony,
or even window box, there are numerous ways to help
wildlife, which is sadly declining, including our much
beloved creatures such as bees and hedgehogs.
There are several things you can do in your garden, no
matter its shape or size, ranging from simple tasks to
more creative and complex projects. Choosing shrubs
and trees to complement the flowers provides more
colour, and more food and shelter for a broader variety
of species. Adding a water feature is by far the easiest
and quickest way to support wildlife and make your
garden a favourite spot in the neighbourhood. A pond
is ideal, but requires a bit of work and safety measures.
Even a small bowl or bird bath, however, makes a big
difference to your new feathered friends. Putting up
a nest box at this time of year can provide a refuge
for cold and tired birds searching for somewhere to
bring their young into the world. Bees (and butterflies)
are essential for pollination, so choosing the right
flowers and plants is a good place to start to help them.
Marigold, Bell Heather and Evening Primrose are all
good, gorgeous summer bloomers. Looking ahead at the
seasons, it is ideal to choose native plants that provide
nectar and pollen for as long a period as possible,
enabling our pollinators to make the most of their
havens in our green spaces.
Food can be provided in the form of feeders for birds,
food plants for caterpillars, and bee and butterflyfriendly
flowers. Size doesn’t matter for wildlife; any
garden can provide a ‘service station’ stop. Try and
choose plants that flower at different times of the
year, and maybe leave a patch of lawn untouched by
the mower. If you only have a courtyard garden, try
planting climbers which can provide food and shelter for
many insects as well as birds, or put up some bee and
butterfly-friendly plants in containers. Minibeasts are
not everyone’s favourites, but are vital for supporting
life above ground. Contrary to popular belief, most are
not a nuisance, but the exact opposite; they perform
a crucial gardening role by helping with pest control,
pollination and the recycling of waste.
Gardening for wildlife doesn’t mean you have to leave
your garden to overgrown borders, wild planting and
weeds. Don’t forget this is your haven too, so make
sure you have allowed yourself some seating so you
can observe the life you’ve welcomed to your oasis
for nature. With the stresses of today’s modern world,
having a wildlife haven on your doorstep can be a source
of relaxation and enjoyment. The dawn chorus, which
is at its peak in May and June, is the perfect example
of being able to enjoy nature. Sit back and relax to the
sound of bird song to start your day, or if you hit the
snooze button too many times, listen out in the evenings
for the dusk chorus, which can be just as impressive. The
health and well-being benefits of getting ‘back to nature’
are well-documented, and a few simple changes to your
garden can mean you have a perfect recipe for creating
a wildlife-friendly garden and a happier, healthier you.
To find out more, visit our website where you can
also apply for a’ wildlife-friendly garden’ plaque and
download more information about gardening with
wildlife in mind.
How to Make Your Own
Mini Wildlife Pond
Charlie Groves, Manager, Groves Nurseries
All creatures need access to water in your garden, from
insects like dragonflies and butterflies to birds, frogs
and hedgehogs. Make a mini wildlife pond that’s easy for
them to access and they will be able to thrive.
What You Will Need:
• An old bucket or
• A spade
• Old bricks, rocks and
• Native pond weed and
other aquatic plants
1. Dig a hole deep enough to hold your container.
2. Sit the container in the hole and fill the gaps around
it with loose soil.
3. Build up a pile of rocks/bricks/pebbles in the bottom
of the container.
4. Add in floating pond weed and other pond plants of
5. Fill with water - preferably rain water.
Level with the ground
Provides hidey holes and helps
animals get in and out
Hole filled in with loose soil
From Fordington with Love
Fordington Gin is a new and contemporary gin, locally
created in Dorchester, bringing you a London Dry base
with a special and uniquely magical twist based on the
Fordington Gin brings a taste that is gentle yet
distinctive in flavour. The aniseed and lemon balm add
lightness to the gin, allowing for a subtle yet creative
taste for you to enjoy.
Throughout the county, from its rolling green hills to its
majestic coastline, Dorset is home to some of the most
exceptional food and drink producers in the country, and
Ros Nelmes, creator of Fordington Gin, is no exception.
Ros is hugely passionate about her gin, and has a deep
love of Dorset.
Ros also has an extensive knowledge of the world of
gin, and regularly gives talks on its creation and social
‘Having been a practising chiropractor for
many years, I decided it was time for a change...
and what a refreshing change!’
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