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Contents<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

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Maggie Alderson selects this<br />

month’s dream properties<br />


Our top events to put in<br />

your diary this month<br />

GOD’S ACRE<br />

A vibrant revamp of a<br />

rambling old rectory<br />

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Kate Watts styles summery<br />

frocks at our Midsummer Fair<br />


Josephine Fairley finds petite<br />

beauty buys to travel with<br />


Eminé Rushton keeps your skin<br />

safe for summer<br />

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Pools that are built to suit the<br />

Great British climate (even<br />

when it’s not so great)<br />


Sue Whigham shares her<br />

love of large leaves<br />


Hilary Wilce on summer holidays<br />

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Products to help you steal<br />

the rectory’s style<br />


See <strong>inside</strong> the home of textile<br />

designer Melanie Laslett<br />


A guide to imitating the lovely<br />

Melanie’s unique aesthetic<br />


MIDSUMMER FAIR <strong>2018</strong><br />

A look back at our biggest<br />

ever Midsummer Fair<br />

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116<br />

123<br />


Dentist’s tips to keep you<br />

smiling through the years<br />


Find out what chef Toby<br />

Welfare cooks for his family<br />

when he’s off duty<br />


Jo Arnell muses on a year in<br />

the life of Great Dixter<br />

Published by JPS Media Ltd. Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF<br />

Telephone 01580 714705 Email info@surrey-homes.co.uk Visit surrey-homes.co.uk<br />

Copyright © <strong>2018</strong> JPS Media Ltd. The views of the advertisers and contributors are not<br />

necessarily those of JPS Media Ltd.<br />

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WHAT’S ON<br />

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A day out to suit every family member<br />

For families who wish to remain<br />

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free from the capital’s hustle and<br />

bustle, <strong>Surrey</strong> is the ideal county<br />

to settle in. Neighbouring south-west<br />

London districts, Epsom, Banstead and<br />

surrounding areas are the epitome of<br />

suburban living and boast a variety of<br />

fun activities suitable for all age groups.<br />

One of the most popular attractions in the<br />

area is Chessington World of Adventures.<br />

Alongside it’s exhilarating rollercoasters is<br />

the impressive zoo with over 1,000 exotic<br />

animals, including lions, gorillas, penguins<br />

and a sea life centre. Earlier this year, the<br />

Land of Tiger opened with a family of four<br />

endangered Amur tigers, whose enclosure<br />

can be seen while flying down the Tiger<br />

Rock log flume. Just a short drive from<br />

Epsom, Chessington offers a jam-packed<br />

day that’s sure to tire out the children.<br />

For the perfect combination of education<br />

and fun there is Bocketts Farm in Fetcham.<br />

Nestled on the edge of the idyllic <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

Hills is a family run, working farm where<br />

visitors can learn about the day-to-day<br />

responsibilities of a farmer, such as<br />

lambing in the spring. Children are also<br />

able to blow off some steam in miniature<br />

tractors in the Young Drivers Zone or in<br />

the play barn. Other features include the<br />

trampolining centre, a giant inflatable<br />

jumping pillow and a water war zone.<br />

The award-winning Hobbledown is also in<br />

the local area and is suitable for children<br />

up to the age of 13. Just outside of Epsom,<br />

Hobbledown is home to an array of<br />

farmyard animals living in harmony with<br />

exotic species such as camels, wallabies<br />

and meerkats. The activities centre<br />

keeps its schedule varied meaning no<br />

two visits are ever the same. A standout<br />

opportunity, perfect for a birthday<br />

treat, is the ‘Be a Zookeeper for the Day’<br />

experience. This gives children the<br />

opportunity to get up close and personal<br />

with the animals and get a hands-on<br />

experience. To keep energy levels high,<br />

the menu has been revamped to serve<br />

food inspired by London food markets.<br />

From southern fried chicken wraps to<br />

za’atar chicken, there will be something<br />

to feed even the fussiest eater!<br />

Take your day out into the evening at<br />

Epsom Playhouse. Located in the heart<br />

of Epsom, a visit to the theatre makes<br />

for a seamless afternoon or evening<br />

with plenty of dining options, including<br />

Pizza Express, Prezzo, Ask Italian and<br />

Bill’s just around the corner. The main<br />

auditorium of the Playhouse seats up<br />

to 450 people and is a favourite with<br />

touring pantomimes, comedians and<br />

tribute acts, with a multi-storey car park<br />

adjacent allowing for easy access.<br />

With the ample child-friendly experiences<br />

available, Epsom and the neighbouring<br />

villages are in high demand amongst<br />

young and growing families. Centrally<br />

located between Banstead and Epsom<br />

Downs, Shanly <strong>Homes</strong> have developed<br />

two stunning new build developments.<br />

Nower Place is a private development of 11<br />

three and four bedroom modern houses<br />

all designed with stylish kitchens featuring<br />

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range from £775,000 to £945,000 and the<br />

show home is available to view Thursday<br />

– Monday, 10am-5pm. Meanwhile, The<br />

Bramblings is a collection of 8 four and<br />

five bedroom detached houses situated<br />

on an exclusive private cul-de-sac, ranging<br />

from £699,950 to £885,000. The show<br />

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Both developments are around ten minutes<br />

from Epsom Town Centre making them a<br />

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Now in need of<br />

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offers well proportioned<br />

living accommodation<br />

with loft access and rear<br />

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Guide: £220-225,000*<br />

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A fabulous freehold detached cottage with tile hung elevations<br />

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Guide: £170-180,000* + fees<br />

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A unique opportunity to acquire this substantial property situated<br />

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Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for<br />

and may change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which the<br />

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The computer generated illustrations are for general guidance only.<br />

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A winning combination of style and<br />

luxurious day-to-day living is offered<br />

by the contemporary Townhouse<br />

Collection at Prime Place Godalming<br />

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The homes are arranged around<br />

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Previous page: The dining room is painted in Thai Sapphire<br />

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botanical photograph is by Isabel Bannerman Top: Jane’s love of<br />

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features, the shutters and the windows.”<br />

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It’s this magical location that first drew Melanie from<br />

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So close to the hustle and bustle of the Old Town, with its<br />

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“I love the fact that when we are in the cottage,<br />

it’s incredibly tranquil. We are surrounded by<br />

birdsong,” says Melanie. “Yet in literally two minutes<br />

flat, you can be in the centre of Old Town, sipping<br />

a coffee or snapping up a vintage bargain.”<br />

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

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and order without feeling soulless or too bare. Everything has<br />

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As a textile designer, she has a well-trained eye for colour,<br />

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This page: The main bedroom. The ladder, above, is from Eras<br />

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This page: The spare bedroom has views over the Old Town.<br />

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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<br />

the third bedroom<br />

adaption was to create a dream bathroom.<br />

“That was the first room to be completed – and it’s<br />

still my favourite,” she says. “I always wanted a bathtub<br />

that had a fabulous view… In the evening, I can look<br />

out over Old Town and the twinkling lights of West<br />

Hill while I soak in my tub. It really is perfect.”<br />

The original bathroom was downstairs, so it made sense<br />

to repurpose one of the three bedrooms. She installed a<br />

separate shower, then hunted for her dream freestanding<br />

bath, which she found at The Bath Store. The tub sits on a<br />

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ceramic tiles, while the rest of the room has original<br />

Victorian floorboards, which have been sanded and varnished.<br />

“I love introducing a focal point with pattern, rather<br />

than using it everywhere,” she says, her textile design<br />

and pattern-making background coming to the fore.<br />

The master bedroom window also benefits from views,<br />

looking out over the garden and up to the country park.<br />

“We can sit in bed with our morning cups of tea and gaze<br />

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

This room has plenty of Melanie’s signature pops of<br />

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a black and white optical print woven rug from John<br />

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Propped up against the side of the wardrobe is a vintage<br />

wooden ladder from Eras of Style in Bexhill, used to display<br />

samples of Melanie’s own textiles and scarves and some of<br />

her favourite finds. Bedlinen is neatly stored in a 1940s<br />

tallboy, another bargain from a secondhand shop in Bexhill,<br />

a favourite hunting ground for retro furniture and fabric.<br />

Like the bathroom, the guest bedroom has a vantage<br />

point over the Old Town and is one of the few rooms that<br />

has curtains – the rest have shutters. The room oozes calm<br />

and although it’s undoubtedly minimalist, it still has a<br />

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“When I first arrived, the main room was already knocked<br />

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downstairs bathroom was ripped out to make way for the<br />

dining area and a skylight fitted to introduce yet more light.<br />

Slate grey kitchen units from Jewsons were cleverly<br />

customised by Melanie’s uncle and their modern, no-nonsense<br />

utilitarian feel is softened by quartz sandstone worktops.<br />

“The quartz adds a bit of sparkle and glamour,” she<br />

says. Her signature pop of pattern is present in the form of<br />

Moroccan jewel-coloured encaustic tiles sourced in London.<br />

“I laid them out like a patchwork quilt and I love the<br />

fact that they introduce a riot of colour to the kitchen.”<br />

A vintage painted cupboard houses her collection of<br />

glass and crockery and a Georgian folding leaf dining<br />

table purchased in Somerset is positioned by the window<br />

that overlooks the front garden. Next door, although the<br />

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This page: The living space had already been knocked through.<br />

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Here’s where her eye for a mid-century modern classic<br />

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and books, while an elegant Danish wood and darkdenim<br />

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Above: A woodburning stove keeps the sitting room cosy.<br />

Left: Melanie’s work space is at the other end of the room<br />

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“One of the things that I was most attracted by when<br />

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While I have every admiration for light<br />

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holiday lipstick wardrobe, in drinky tubes: a great<br />

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A Year of Wellness<br />

These days it can feel as though you need a PhD in biochemistry to<br />

navigate the suncream shelves. Wellbeing editor, Eminé Rushton, breaks<br />

down what the labels mean, and how to keep skin safe, naturally<br />

<strong>July</strong>: natural protection<br />

My<br />

M<br />

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sensitive to synthetics. As<br />

a child, whenever I came<br />

into contact with perfumed lotion or<br />

bubble bath, I would immediately flare<br />

up – red skin, sore patches, eczema.<br />

Because of this sensitivity I’ve had to<br />

figure out what my skin can tolerate<br />

and have ended up with a vanity bag<br />

of simple natural oils, soothing balms<br />

and mineral make-up. Suncream was<br />

always trickiest, though. Hives, heat<br />

rash, prickly heat, eczema – I couldn’t<br />

go near the stuff. I later learned that<br />

this was because so many<br />

of the biggest names in<br />

sun protection use<br />

chemical UV filters,<br />

which absorb the sun’s<br />

rays into the skin, and<br />

then release that<br />

energy as heat.<br />

Manufacturers<br />

argue that UV<br />

energy from the sun is released<br />

as harmless photons from the<br />

skin, before it can be absorbed by<br />

any of our reactive cells, or DNA.<br />

Yet, lab studies have shown the<br />

absorption rate of the most commonly<br />

used chemical sun filter, oxybenzone<br />

can be anywhere from 1 to 9%.<br />

An important 2010 study carried<br />

out by the University of Zurich also<br />

detected oxybenzone and four other<br />

sunscreen filters in Swiss women’s breast<br />

milk, indicating that the developing<br />

foetus and newborns may be exposed<br />

to these substances too. Oxybenzone<br />

and octinoxate have now also been<br />

shown to act like oestrogen in<br />

the human body, with robust<br />

and compelling research<br />

also linking it to a higher<br />

Covering up<br />

when in direct<br />

sunshine is<br />

the wisest<br />

move of all<br />

incidence of endometriosis in women.<br />

As if that were not enough, Hawaii<br />

has just passed a bill to ban both<br />

of these chemical sunscreens from<br />

being sold on their territory – to<br />

preserve their magnificent coral<br />

reefs, following damning reports<br />

on the impact that these nondegradable<br />

chemicals are having on<br />

our delicate marine ecosystem.<br />

Complicating matters even<br />

further is that almost every chemical<br />

sunscreen is, to some degree or other,<br />

shown to be pretty unstable when<br />

exposed to sunlight.<br />

When exposed to UV<br />

light, they essentially<br />

degrade on the skin,<br />

releasing free radicals<br />

that can cause premature<br />

ageing. Of the two<br />

chemical sunscreens<br />

that pass the EWG.org<br />

test (a great resource for<br />

anyone looking to remove harmful<br />

chemicals from their home), avobenzone<br />

and mexoryl SX, are by far the safest,<br />

with very limited skin penetration and<br />

no evidence of endocrine disruption.<br />

The former, however, does have a<br />

relatively high propensity to cause<br />

skin irritation as it breaks down.<br />

So which brands do I entrust with<br />

my skin? Even 100% mineral filters zinc<br />

oxide and titanium dioxide have their<br />

potential problems. There are those<br />

who believe that using nanoparticles of<br />

heavy metals, such as zinc and titanium,<br />

could also pose inhalation risks.<br />

The International Agency for Research<br />

on Carcinogens has classified titanium<br />

dioxide as a possible carcinogen when<br />

inhaled in large doses, because the lungs<br />

have difficulty clearing nanoparticles,<br />

which may pass from the lungs into<br />

the bloodstream (source: EWG.org).<br />

It’s a minefield, but common sense<br />

can prevail. A big hat, sunglasses and<br />

covering up when in direct sunshine<br />

(and certainly on the beach) is the wisest<br />

move of all. And if you want to soak up<br />

some of the sun’s healing light - lest we<br />

forget that it remains our best provider<br />

of vitamin D - you can healthily do so<br />

in the early morning, and late afternoon.<br />

You can also boost your skin’s own<br />

resilience to the sun by upping your<br />

antioxidant intake: resveratrol, a<br />

polyphenol found in red grapes (yes,<br />

that includes good red wine) and dark<br />

chocolate (hurrah), is one of the best for<br />

protecting skin from sun damage too.<br />

And, for those times when you<br />

need something serious to protect<br />

your skin, I would opt for mineral<br />

over chemical, and trust the nonnano<br />

cream from Josh Rosebrook<br />

Nutrient SPF Day Cream, £85<br />

(abeautifulworld.co.uk) and de Mamiel<br />

Exhale Hydrating Nectar SPF30, £75<br />

(demamiel.com) with my face (their<br />

tinted sunscreens are highly effective,<br />

100% natural, and a joy to use).<br />

I have also found Weleda and Lavera’s<br />

SPF offerings to be wonderfully effective<br />

at protecting my children’s skin.<br />

Most important of all is that we<br />

remember that an SPF is not a licence<br />

to sunbathe. It is simply an insurance<br />

measure against skin cancer and<br />

irreparable damage. If you seek out<br />

shade, cover up and wear a hat you<br />

are in with your best shot of having<br />

a safe summer. And, given that it can<br />

take up to 20 years for this summer’s<br />

damage to show up on your<br />

face, your future self will be<br />

eternally grateful too.<br />

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

conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk<br />

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Teeth always matter, but as<br />

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What are the most important things to do<br />

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roots of the teeth to be exposed, giving rise to increased<br />

sensitivity and decay of the root surfaces. Regular dental<br />

visits for advice on how to manage these areas and input<br />

from a dental hygienist will benefit with cleaning and<br />

protecting the surfaces with bespoke fluoride treatment<br />

if indicated. And as we get older any untreated gum<br />

disease will potentially risk the affected teeth being lost.<br />

Over time all teeth will wear to some degree. Previous<br />

dentistry may need replacing and it’s important to<br />

keep track with regular checks and digital images.<br />

Then you can make informed choices on how further<br />

wear and tear can be reduced and whether dental<br />

treatment – functional, or aesthetic – is needed.<br />

Can everyone have tooth whitening? Or<br />

is it less advisable with older teeth?<br />

Anyone over 18 can consider tooth whitening, but we<br />

would always check the health of the teeth and gums first<br />

and the procedure should always be provided by a dentist.<br />

For older patients we would assess the potential success of<br />

the procedure before starting, because enamel will whiten<br />

and dentine won’t, so the more yellow root surfaces we<br />

sometimes see in older teeth will not be whitened.<br />

What are the most common cosmetic<br />

dentistry issues for older patients?<br />

People consider cosmetic dentistry because they would<br />

like to improve their smile or dental appearance. This<br />

motivation is specific to each client and even the smallest<br />

concerns are relevant if they can be realistically improved.<br />

The success of any cosmetic procedure depends on the<br />

end result meeting the expectations of the patient. An<br />

“However small your worry, if<br />

it matters to you, it’s important<br />

to ask and find out how<br />

it might be changed”<br />

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open communication with the clinician where concerns<br />

and possible outcomes can be discussed is vital.<br />

Examples of previous work and bespoke digital predictions<br />

of the client’s end results, as well as trial smiles, can be<br />

created to provide patients with a good understanding of<br />

what to expect before going ahead with any changes.<br />

The most common complaints are “I don’t like the way<br />

my teeth look” and “I just don’t like smiling anymore<br />

in photos” which may be as a result of mismatched<br />

fillings or old crowns in front teeth, crowded, worn, or<br />

missing teeth or old ‘silver’ fillings in the back teeth.<br />

Most troubling is loose or missing teeth which not only<br />

can be debilitating aesthetically but functionally too.<br />

We can resolve these concerns with a variety of procedures:<br />

hand-built tooth coloured fillings and veneers, ceramic<br />

restorations, implant crowns and bridges, dentures - and<br />

sometimes just with improved cleaning and whitening.<br />

However small your worry, if it is important to<br />

you then it is important to ask and find out how it<br />

might be changed. Discussing your concerns will<br />

allow you to find out specifically what your options<br />

are and how they can be achieved before you start.<br />

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What are the most common dental<br />

health issues for people as they age?<br />

As we age the risk of tooth decay increases. It increases<br />

when teeth are not cleaned thoroughly, possibly<br />

because of dexterity problems such as arthritis, and<br />

when prescribed medications cause dry mouth.<br />

Older people often have a legacy of dated dental<br />

treatments, which need replacing with modern alternatives.<br />

Tooth wear can be a problem, but modern materials and<br />

techniques mean that lasting repairs can be made.<br />

Teeth can also move with age, but there are many<br />

orthodontic solutions available to all ages, from bespoke<br />

fixed braces such as Insignia and Incognito, Invisalign clear,<br />

removable aligners to faster systems for adults such as Cfast,<br />

which can straighten most adults’ teeth in 6-9 months.<br />

Gum disease, diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune<br />

conditions and dementia are all associated with a deterioration<br />

in oral health, which should be closely monitored.<br />

It is important to maintain regular check-ups<br />

with your dentist, so that as you age your dentist<br />

can take preventive measures and plan treatment<br />

for the future to minimise problems.<br />

Are people keeping their own teeth<br />

longer than they used to?<br />

With better oral health education and products available<br />

to keep your teeth healthy, people can look after their<br />

teeth for life, with regular dental check-ups, preventive<br />

measures and hygiene appointments. However, people<br />

can lose teeth at any age as a result of gum disease,<br />

tooth decay, dental infections and trauma.<br />

As people are now living a lot longer, we have to look after<br />

our teeth to ensure they last, with healthy eating and visiting<br />

your dentist for regular check-ups and preventive treatment.<br />

If teeth are too badly damaged to save, what are<br />

the options for replacements?<br />

Dentures have been the option for replacing teeth for<br />

many years, and a clinical dental technician can now make<br />

dentures that fit securely and look like natural teeth.<br />

However, no matter if you have lost one, several or<br />

all your teeth, expertly placed dental implants offer the<br />

best fixed long-term solution. They provide a stable<br />

base to which your crown, bridge or implant-stabilised<br />

denture can be securely attached, and will be made to<br />

look, fit and function just like your natural teeth.<br />

Prices vary widely for implants, but always look<br />

for a dentist who has years of expertise and uses<br />

well-researched materials, rather than the cheapest<br />

option; often these dentists have only been on a short<br />

course and use cheaper systems that do not last.<br />

The dental implant team at Elmsleigh House have<br />

helped patients who have had implants placed elsewhere<br />

fail, and are referred patients for dental implants because<br />

they are trusted for their expertise and longlasting results.<br />

One of the first implant patients at Elmsleigh House is still<br />

enjoying her replacement teeth placed over 30 years ago.<br />

What are the relative costs, time taken<br />

and longevity of the different options?<br />

This is a difficult question to answer because each<br />

option depends on an individual’s dental health and<br />

overall health – and the level of expertise, technology<br />

and quality of materials used by the practitioner.<br />

With dental implants, it is essential they are placed in<br />

healthy gum and bone, so sometimes extra work is needed<br />

such as a bone graft to ensure secure and longlasting<br />

results. Everything must be bespoke to the individual.<br />

To ensure the best dental care at any age, it is<br />

important to:<br />

• Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one<br />

other time in the day with a fluoride toothpaste<br />

• Cut down on sugary food and drink<br />

• Visit your dentist for regular check-ups, as often<br />

as they recommend, and your hygienist for<br />

professional cleaning.<br />

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l Other dentists refer their patients to us for dental implants and complex treatments for our expert care<br />

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Food<br />

Chef ’s home<br />

cooking<br />

Beverly, Woody and Toby eat dinner, in their home over the restaurant<br />

Good enough to eat in the restaurant, but quick and easy to<br />

prepare at home - what a chef cooks for his own family<br />

Since opening The Cloudberry restaurant in<br />

Cranbrook in January this year, life has been<br />

very busy for chef Toby Welfare and his wife<br />

Beverley - and catering for family meals between<br />

restaurant busy shifts has not always been easy.<br />

“It can be easy to start grabbing instant food,”<br />

Toby admits. “But the trouble is you don’t feel<br />

great afterwards. The trick is to find food that is<br />

uncomplicated and quick to prepare.”<br />

This is something that son Woody, 9, already<br />

appreciates. He loves dad’s homemade pizza and<br />

pasta, with sliced courgettes sautéed in butter.<br />

“Remember things that you ate as a kid,” says<br />

Toby. “Adapt them, add in extras: a drizzle of<br />

pesto, a blob of mozzarella, or some salsa verde. Try<br />

different combinations, as long as the ingredients<br />

are good it will work.”<br />

Another great chef’s tip is to have a semi-prepared<br />

risotto base ready in the fridge (see opposite). A<br />

composed salad can be treated the same way. With<br />

a couple of additional ingredients, a mix of leaves<br />

and raw vegetables can become a complete meal.<br />

“You just need to have something rich to add in,”<br />

says Toby. “Chicken or cheese, something to lift it.<br />

Change the dressing, add mayo, herbs, whatever<br />

you have in the fridge – asparagus, peas, beans.”<br />

Chicken thighs are another stalwart. “Thighs<br />

have a lot of flavour and are quick to cook. It’s<br />

such a versatile meat. Tarragon goes really well with<br />

chicken, lemon is great, or mushrooms…”<br />

Slotting home cooking into a hectic schedule can<br />

seem a challenge, but as Toby shows with some<br />

good standby staples and a few chef’s shortcuts,<br />

delicious family meals can be rustled up in no time.<br />

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Food<br />

Cod with summer vegetable risotto<br />

Serves 4<br />

• 4 cod steaks, skin slashed<br />

• Risotto base:<br />

• 200g risotto rice<br />

• 1 medium onion finely<br />

chopped<br />

• 2 celery stalks peeled and<br />

finely chopped<br />

• 2 cloves garlic finely<br />

chopped<br />

• ¾ pint vegetable stock (a<br />

good stock cube will do)<br />

• Splash of white wine<br />

• 1 courgette finely diced<br />

• 250g spinach finely<br />

chopped<br />

• 150g podded peas<br />

To finish<br />

• Knob of butter<br />

• 2 tbsp grated parmesan<br />

1Fry the onion and celery<br />

in some light olive oil until<br />

soft, add the garlic and cook<br />

for one more minute, don’t<br />

allow the garlic to colour. Add<br />

the risotto rice and stir fry for<br />

a minute until the grains are<br />

slightly translucent. Add the<br />

spinach, courgettes and peas<br />

and cook for about 3 more<br />

minutes. Add a good splash<br />

of wine (125ml glass will do)<br />

and cook, stirring all the time<br />

until it evaporates.* see Chef’s<br />

Home Tip<br />

2Once the white wine is<br />

absorbed into the rice,<br />

keep adding a ladle of hot<br />

stock one at a time until the<br />

rice is almost cooked – it<br />

should still have a bite to it.<br />

3Take off the stove, add<br />

a good knob of butter<br />

and a handful of parmesan<br />

cheese, stick a lid on and rest<br />

for 5 mins. Meanwhile salt<br />

the cod steaks and place skin<br />

side down into a hot oiled<br />

frying pan. Crisp up the skin<br />

and turn over and place in a<br />

pre-heated oven (gas mk 6) for<br />

6-8 mins depending on the<br />

thickness of the fish.<br />

4When the cod is ready,<br />

stir the risotto and place<br />

a mound in each bowl. Place<br />

the cooked cod on top. You<br />

can finish this with a dollop<br />

of pesto, or simply a good<br />

squeeze of lemon.<br />

*Chef’s home tip<br />

You can make risotto days<br />

in advance and quickly<br />

finish it off to use when<br />

you need it. Prepare it<br />

to the stage marked *<br />

opposite, then spread it<br />

out on a baking tray. Leave<br />

to cool, then transfer to a<br />

bowl or storage box and<br />

it will keep in the fridge<br />

for up to five days. All you<br />

need to do when you want<br />

to use it, is add roughly<br />

two ladles of hot stock,<br />

stirring all the time until<br />

the stock is absorbed and<br />

the rice is cooked. <br />

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Parma ham, goat curd,<br />

pea & broad bean<br />

salad<br />

Chicken thigh, olives<br />

& green beans with a<br />

basil & lemon dressing<br />

Serves 4<br />

• 8 slices parma ham<br />

• 150g soft goat’s cheese<br />

• 4 tbsp crème fraîche<br />

• 100g fresh podded peas<br />

• 100g broad beans<br />

Pesto<br />

• Bunch of basil<br />

• Clove of garlic<br />

• 2 tbsp of grated parmesan<br />

• Olive oil to loosen<br />

• Pinch of salt<br />

Dressing<br />

• Half a lemon<br />

• Tsp Dijon mustard<br />

• 5 tbsp extra virgin<br />

olive oil<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

• Chopped chives and mint<br />

1Blanch the peas and<br />

broad beans for a minute<br />

in boiling water then refresh<br />

under cold running water.<br />

Mash the goat’s cheese and<br />

crème fraîche until you have<br />

a smooth paste – this is<br />

your ‘goat curd’. Heap two<br />

tablespoons of curd onto each<br />

plate.<br />

2Bash the pesto ingredients<br />

in a pestle and mortar<br />

slowly incorporating the olive<br />

oil until you have a thick<br />

pourable consistency (this<br />

tastes even better if you do it<br />

the day before). Pour a little<br />

over the ‘goat curd’.<br />

two slices of parma<br />

3Fold ham around the goat<br />

curd, fat side up so they look<br />

a little like tulip petals. Dress<br />

the broad beans and peas and<br />

scatter around the parma ham<br />

and goat curd, scatter the<br />

chopped chives and mint over<br />

the top.<br />

Serves 4<br />

• 8 chicken thighs, boned<br />

• 3 tbsp green olives<br />

• 1 packet green beans<br />

trimmed<br />

• Salad leaves (rocket,<br />

watercress, lamb lettuce)<br />

• 1 red onion cut in half,<br />

then sliced<br />

• 6 basil leaves<br />

Dressing<br />

• Extra virgin olive oil<br />

• Lemon<br />

• 1 clove of garlic, crushed<br />

• salt<br />

1Salt the skin on the<br />

chicken thighs and place<br />

skin side down in a cold<br />

frying pan with a splash of<br />

olive oil. Put on the heat, the<br />

rising temperature will release<br />

the fat from the skin and crisp<br />

it up, this takes about 6-8<br />

mins. Turn the chicken thighs<br />

and put in a pre-heated oven<br />

gas mark 6 for 5 mins until<br />

cooked.<br />

2Meanwhile cook the green<br />

beans in boiling water. I<br />

like to cook them for 5 mins<br />

until slightly limp, I don’t like<br />

green beans when they still<br />

have their ‘squeak’ but if you<br />

want it more al dente I’d give<br />

it mins.<br />

3Crush the garlic and salt<br />

with the flat of a knife<br />

until you achieve a paste. Put<br />

in a bowl and whisk in the oil<br />

and lemon, and add any juice<br />

from the pan you’ve cooked<br />

the chicken in, add the warm<br />

green beans, olives and basil<br />

and toss.<br />

each thigh in half and<br />

4Cut stack the dressed beans,<br />

salad leaves and red onion on<br />

the plates. Rip up the basil<br />

and scatter over. Serve with<br />

chunks of crusty bread.<br />

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Peach Melba with crushed amaretti biscuits<br />

Serves 4<br />

• 3 ripe peaches<br />

• 100g caster sugar<br />

• 300ml water<br />

• 1 vanilla pod, split<br />

• Good vanilla ice cream<br />

• Amaretti biscuits<br />

Chantilly cream:<br />

• ½ pint double cream<br />

• 50g icing sugar<br />

• 1 tsp vanilla essence<br />

1You can peel the peaches<br />

but I find it always<br />

reminds me of tinned peaches<br />

when you do, so I leave the<br />

skins on. Heat up the water,<br />

sugar and split vanilla pod,<br />

bring it to the boil, stirring to<br />

release the vanilla seeds. Take<br />

off the heat.<br />

2Meanwhile cut the peaches<br />

into thin wedges and put<br />

into the hot sugar syrup. Leave<br />

to cool.<br />

3Whip the double cream<br />

with the icing sugar and<br />

vanilla essence until soft peaks.<br />

4Now construct the<br />

pudding. Get individual<br />

bowls with a bit of height - the<br />

old fashioned coupes that ice<br />

cream parlours use are ideal.<br />

Place the peach slices, napping<br />

over the sugar syrup in the<br />

bottom of the bowl. Scoop a<br />

nice ball of ice cream on top of<br />

this, spoon over the Chantilly<br />

cream, then roughly crush the<br />

amaretti biscuits with your<br />

hands over it.<br />

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A great World Gin Day experience<br />

Silent Pool Distillers, home of the<br />

award winning Silent Pool Gin, held<br />

their third public open day to help<br />

celebrate their favourite day of the<br />

year, ‘World Gin Day’. The distillery<br />

welcomed all members of the public<br />

for a family-friendly day out next<br />

to the spring-fed Silent Pool.<br />

Surrounded by elements from their<br />

award winning Chelsea Flower Show<br />

garden, guests enjoyed live music<br />

from local artist Pixie and sensational<br />

gourmet food from <strong>Surrey</strong> Spice.<br />

The talented team of distillers served<br />

drinks from their enticing bar menu,<br />

showcasing the distillery’s handcrafted<br />

range of 6 other gins, fruit based<br />

liqueurs and their super smooth<br />

WRY vodka with each of the Silent<br />

Pool Gin drinks served in one of their<br />

beautifully branded Copa glasses.<br />

Free distillery tours ran throughout<br />

the day where attendees had an<br />

exclusive first peak at the new 1800L<br />

bespoke copper still, 5 times the size<br />

of the original still, Juliet. Not only<br />

this, but they even witnessed the new<br />

bottling line in action – a real first! A<br />

sea of teal bottles glided through this<br />

mechanical marvel, each bottle filled<br />

with delectable Silent Pool Gin and<br />

capped with beautiful glass stoppers.<br />

Tom Hutchings, Distillery Manager<br />

said “It’s really important to us that<br />

we thank those who have supported<br />

us from the start. We are absolutely<br />

thrilled that our signature Silent Pool<br />

Gin is rolling out across the World, but<br />

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Garden<br />

Portrait of<br />

a Garden<br />

Jo Arnell shares her impressions of a year at Great Dixter,<br />

one of the great gardens of England, inspired by a new<br />

tribute by esteemed photographer Julian Anderson<br />

Everchanging, always interesting, often breathtaking,<br />

Great Dixter is a fascinating place to visit. Famous<br />

for the giant Alice in Wonderland topiary, installed<br />

by the father of its creator, the late Christopher Lloyd, it is<br />

a place of floaty meadows and singing plant combinations,<br />

all set off by Lutyens’ architecture and design.<br />

For the last ten years in the care of world-renowned<br />

head gardener Fergus Garrett – who joined Lloyd there<br />

in 1992 and whose idea it was to put cactus and other<br />

exotic plants into the once Edwardian garden – it’s<br />

one of my own very favourite gardens to visit. I return<br />

to it again and again and I’m always enthralled.<br />

Eminent photographer Julian Anderson (who has 27<br />

pictures in the permanent collection of the National Portrait<br />

Gallery) was equally inspired and has spent a year taking<br />

photographs as the weather and the light change through<br />

the seasons. The results, some of which can be seen here,<br />

are being gathered into a sumptuous, crowd-funded book.<br />

“I’ve visited Dixter on a weekly basis, at different<br />

times of day and in differing weather conditions, for<br />

one calendar year,” he says. “The result is a series of<br />

pictures chronicling Dixter’s evolving life, as seen<br />

through the eye of a portrait photographer.”<br />

As well as contextual shots of areas of the garden, Julian’s<br />

pictures capture moments: small unfurlings, intimate<br />

snapshots and minute effects. Many of these result from<br />

changes in the weather. Touches of frost, mist, and slanting<br />

rays of sunshine are beautifully recorded as the garden<br />

drifts, shifts, bolts and blooms through the months.<br />

Great Dixter is a garden that is magnificently in tune with<br />

the seasons and no visit there is ever the same. There are<br />

always new combinations of plants, exciting experiments<br />

in border design, all held together by the constant - and<br />

very characterful presence of the house and yew topiary.<br />

Here are my own, very personal, impressions of a<br />

year there.<br />

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Summer<br />

Spring<br />

Spring spectacular<br />

My impressions of Dixter in late spring (the gardens open<br />

to the public in April) are of tulips and topiary. Mad, darkly<br />

looming yew shapes: peacocks on pyramids, castellations<br />

and huge chunky archways. They are too impressive to be<br />

whimsical, but you wouldn’t bat an eyelid if you came across<br />

a talking caterpillar on a giant mushroom somewhere here.<br />

The yew is a dark green backdrop, acting as both<br />

anchor and stage set, showcasing the luminous dancing<br />

troops of tulips among the fresh new growth of perennial<br />

foliage. The first wisps of monstrous fennels are already<br />

prominent, yet to rear up to their eventual dizzying<br />

heights, you can almost hear the squeak of them as they<br />

expand among their companions in the stock beds.<br />

It is joyful and uplifting to come to Dixter in May,<br />

when the spring bulbs are sounding their fanfare and the<br />

wave of surging green is making its summer promises.<br />

Summer meadows and exotica<br />

Early summer starts with drifts of opium poppies – which give<br />

the relaxed impression of being self-seeded, but are actually<br />

grown from seed and planted out as seedlings – among clouds<br />

of airy purple Thalictrum, abundantly buzzing meadows<br />

and the beginnings of the bedding. But not bedding in the<br />

municipal style, instead, wild and outrageous experimental<br />

bursts of colour, combined in often unexpected ways.<br />

Flower borders at Great Dixter, Christopher Lloyd<br />

showed us in his book, The Adventurous Gardener are<br />

exuberant, dynamic and often groundbreaking.<br />

Lloyd famously caused a horticultural intake of breath<br />

when he and Garrett ripped out the rose garden – created<br />

by Lloyd’s mother – and replanted it with exotics. A few<br />

roses still manage to eke it out there, swamped by a glorious<br />

outrage of bananas, palms, canna lilies and ginger.<br />

By late summer the yew hedges and topiary have become<br />

floating green islands on a riotous sea. Only those in the<br />

meadows are calm, as the wildflowers and grasses fade gently<br />

into dusty gold, setting seed and dying back for the winter.<br />

Self-seeding and the use of accidentally and deliberately<br />

planted annuals and biennials are a big feature of the<br />

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style here at Dixter. Some are magnificent and become<br />

focal points. Verbascum bombyciferum - a huge yellow<br />

spire with felty grey leaves - tall teasels, tame thistles<br />

and evening primroses make arresting focal points.<br />

Some are gentler; swathes of Verbena bonariensis and<br />

Tagetes ‘Cinnabar’ wash through the borders, filling out into<br />

tapestries and impressionistic panoramas. Late summer here<br />

is an endless lesson of colour effects and artful serendipity.<br />

Autumn glories<br />

The start of autumn at Great Dixter is as spectacular as high<br />

summer, the exuberance not dimmed until temperatures<br />

dip and the sun hangs lower in the sky. The borders<br />

are still in full swing, when those in other gardens have<br />

fizzled out and become drab echoes of themselves.<br />

Here at Dixter, dahlias gleam like jewels, tall daisies reach<br />

for the skies and whacky, candy pink blooms of Persicaria<br />

orientalis dangle wildly among the ornamental grasses.<br />

There is a slow softening as the days shorten;<br />

the light slants among the grasses, and the narrow<br />

paths, now festooned with foliage, can wet your<br />

legs with dew or recent rain as you brush past.<br />

By the time the garden closes to the public, the<br />

colours are mellowing into biscuity golds, rusts and<br />

dusty purple. The herbaceous plants and flowers start<br />

to die back and now the art is in dying gracefully,<br />

leaving photogenic stems, seed-heads and berries.<br />

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Big is beautiful<br />

Sue Whigham rejoices in the splendour of plants with outrageously large leaves<br />

It was serendipitous that we discovered that Blenheim<br />

was to be closed for two days recently, as we had to<br />

put our visit off and decide on a ‘day out’ somewhere<br />

else. And so we went to Chartwell near Edenbridge, so<br />

much nearer and such a fascinating place to visit.<br />

The house, being Sir Winston Churchill and Lady<br />

Churchill’s former home, was very interesting, but the<br />

bonus was that as we wandered through the rose garden,<br />

we came upon a volunteer guide waiting to take a garden<br />

tour and we had her to ourselves.<br />

The views from the terrace across the lake<br />

to the woods are even more fabulous when<br />

you realise that virtually all the mature trees<br />

you can see have grown up since the 1987<br />

storm when the area lost thousands of trees.<br />

From our vantage point they looked as if they<br />

had been there for centuries. Then there is the<br />

Weald of Kent stretched out before you with hardly a building<br />

to be seen. No wonder Sir Winston loved the place so much.<br />

To get to the house you walk up past the rock<br />

garden and several ponds, one of which is stocked<br />

with golden orfe and was a favourite spot for Sir<br />

Winston, particularly in his later years.<br />

In 1948 Lady Churchill had visited the Chelsea Flower<br />

Show and had been taken by a rock display designed by Gavin<br />

Jones. Subsequently he and the Churchills became friends and<br />

his Chelsea garden was installed at Chartwell without charge.<br />

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There are dramatic plantings of Gunnera manicata in this<br />

part of the garden, which the guide described as a ‘marmite’<br />

plant. You either love it or you really don’t. It is certainly<br />

a giant with its sturdy, prickly stems and absolutely huge<br />

leaves, their undersides covered with lethal looking prickles.<br />

Native to Brazil, this plant is the largest hardy<br />

herbaceous plant grown in Britain. Grow it by<br />

water or any boggy part of your garden but not<br />

so deep that their crowns are kept too wet.<br />

So, after seeing the gunnera in all its<br />

glory, we were on the lookout for other<br />

large-leaved plants. We were in luck with<br />

a planting on the far side of the golden<br />

orfe pond of the Yellow Skunk Cabbage or<br />

Lysichiton americanus with its spectacular<br />

paddle-shaped leaves and bright yellow arum<br />

spathe flowers. We’d missed the flowers by<br />

a month. And then there were huge plantings of Osmunda<br />

regalis, the Royal Fern, completely happy in their damp<br />

conditions and a particularly lively green at this time of year.<br />

In Lady Churchill’s rose garden another large-leaved<br />

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This is one for a shadier site as the enormous, velvety<br />

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Above left: Trachystemon orientalis Above right: The Gunnera manicata at Chartwell<br />

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Garden<br />

Top: Hydrangea aspera subspecies. sargentiana Middle: Hosta<br />

sieboldiana Bottom: Royal Fern<br />

mentioning for its rather beautiful and large foliage is<br />

Hydrangea quercifolia, the oak-leaved hydrangea. We<br />

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

as it is happiest kept moist and this one here is rather<br />

too close to an old ash tree which sends its progeny all<br />

over the garden and results in a pretty dry flower bed.<br />

If you reduce the height of this hydrangea by a third in<br />

early spring, the fresh leaves will be much bigger. This has<br />

wonderful autumn colour, the leaves turning a ‘garnet red’.<br />

And then there are the rodgersias. Grow them for<br />

their spectacular foliage and for their flowers. We<br />

have Rodgersia pinnata ‘Maurice Mason’ which was<br />

originally given to Christopher Lloyd by Maurice<br />

Mason, a Norfolk farmer and horticulturalist, and which<br />

was thought so choice that it was given a name.<br />

It’s more vigorous than some, although ours is taking a while<br />

to come back up. There have been some anxious moments<br />

when we thought that the plant hadn’t made it through such<br />

a harsh winter, but three bronzy stems have now appeared<br />

and a leaf is unfurling and is making its way upwards. This<br />

cultivar has deeply serrated palmate leaves and lovely rich<br />

pink panicles of flower which darken as the season goes on.<br />

I also like the look of Rodgersia ‘Braunlaub’. Its huge<br />

pinnate leaves darken to a rich chocolate brown combining<br />

with panicles of creamy flowers and followed by strong<br />

autumnal colours. How delicious that all sounds.<br />

Grow rodgersias in shady, north‐facing borders where<br />

they work well with hostas such as Hosta sieboldiana. Try<br />

H. sieboldiana ‘Big Daddy’ which, as its name implies, is<br />

a cultivar with large, very large, textured bluish leaves.<br />

Someone recently told me that they always found it<br />

difficult finding plants which will thrive in dry shade,<br />

which seems to be everybody’s problem planting area. One<br />

particular plant comes to mind which is perfect for these<br />

conditions. Trachystemon orientalis comes from Eastern Europe<br />

originally and its English name is ‘Abraham-Isaac-Jacob’.<br />

It is a member of the Boraginaceae family and its borageblue,<br />

rather enchanting flowers appear before the leaves<br />

get into their stride. You can see sheets of it at Nymans.<br />

We have it under three old holly trees. We’ve lifted their<br />

canopies and the trachystemon has completely covered<br />

the area underneath with its huge leaves. They are perhaps<br />

a bit coarse, in fact not at all elegant, but they not only<br />

serve a purpose but provide dramatic ground cover –<br />

oh, and if you get bored with them, they’re edible...<br />

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School’s out!<br />

Education<br />

It’s the start of the long summer holiday, but do our<br />

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It’s <strong>July</strong>. School’s out. And pupils and teachers<br />

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By this time of year most of them are wrung out,<br />

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Because this end-of-year gifting ritual has grown over<br />

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the school year into more manageable bite-sized pieces.<br />

A few have already done so, and say the advantages are<br />

overwhelming. Pupils don’t forget so much of what they’ve<br />

learned in their shorter summer holiday. Neither do they get<br />

so bored. Pupils and teachers alike no longer have to crawl<br />

exhausted to the end of three long terms. Family holidays can<br />

be spread throughout the year. And working parents - which<br />

these days means most parents - find it easier to plug the kind<br />

of childcare gaps created by regular short school breaks.<br />

But, as the headmaster of one of this country’s leading<br />

independent schools recently explained to me, it ain’t<br />

never going to happen on any widespread scale. The<br />

universities and exam boards, he said, are far too invested<br />

in how things run now to consider tearing up their<br />

timetables. Also his “poor teachers” would be horrified<br />

at the thought of losing their long summer break.<br />

Perhaps surprisingly, the only group he thought would<br />

welcome it would be the pupils. At the end of last summer<br />

he had bumped into one of his girl students in the local<br />

town and asked her how she was. She looked glum and she<br />

was, she told him, “schoolsick”, and absolutely longing for<br />

the routines and activities of school to start up again.<br />

However no-one – not pupils, teachers or even parents<br />

- feels like this in <strong>July</strong>, when the long, lazy promise<br />

of summer lies ahead. Happy holidays everyone.<br />

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Festival<br />

on<br />

the<br />

farm<br />

Family fun for the<br />

summer holidays<br />

at Godstone Farm<br />

24th <strong>July</strong> to 3rd September <strong>2018</strong><br />

godstonefarm.co.uk 01883 742546<br />

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Art<br />

Mon – Sat Wed 4 – Thu 19 <strong>July</strong><br />

10am-5pm<br />

Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud<br />

Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford,<br />

GU1 3UX<br />

Yvonne Arnaud Art<br />

Guildford Arts’ summer exhibition<br />

“Yvonne Arnaud Art” at the<br />

historic Mill Studio, is an exciting<br />

display of contemporary paintings,<br />

prints, photography, sculpture,<br />

ceramics and glasswork from<br />

local and nationally renowned<br />

artists. All work is for sale, and on<br />

Saturdays there is an opportunity<br />

to meet the artist. There is also an<br />

art quiz for younger visitors.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk<br />

9 Jun – 21 Jul<br />

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon<br />

Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS<br />

Martin Greenland<br />

Highly acclaimed and awardwinning<br />

artist Martin Greenland’s<br />

beautifully detailed and highly<br />

realistic yet surreal paintings will<br />

be exhibited at New Ashgate as<br />

a celebration of the landscape<br />

painting, not as backdrop but as<br />

centre stage.<br />

Info: newashgate.org.uk<br />

Children & Families<br />

Sat 14 Jul 3.30pm – Sun 15<br />

Jul 10am<br />

Hascombe Road, Godalming,<br />

GU8 4AD<br />

Big Camp<br />

Join wildlife expert Jonnie for an<br />

overnight camping experience<br />

which allows you to sleep under<br />

the stars in the unique landscape<br />

of Winkworth Arboretum.<br />

Entry: Adults £35, Children £16<br />

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk/<br />

winkworth-arboretum<br />

Sat 14 Jul – Mon 27 Aug<br />

Hever Castle, Hever Road,<br />

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG<br />

Summer Jousting<br />

For those who couldn’t make it to<br />

the World Cup, try this medieval<br />

alternative - a jousting tournament<br />

right out of a costume drama<br />

starring Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn<br />

and a host of valiant knights, and<br />

set in an authentic Jousting Arena<br />

complete with royal box.<br />

Info: hevercastle.co.uk<br />

21 Jul to 2 Sep<br />

Bocketts Farm<br />

Young Street, Fetcham,<br />

Leatherhead, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT22 9BS<br />

Summer Fun on the<br />

Farm<br />

The ‘Magic of Summer’ trail<br />

will have children searching for<br />

dragons, unicorns, fairies and<br />

mermaids. Other daily activities<br />

include pony rides, tractor rides,<br />

gold panning, animal handling,<br />

goat milking and the famous pig<br />

racing. There are large indoor<br />

play barns, trampolines, a young<br />

drivers’ area, sandpits, pedal<br />

go-karts, treehouse towers and two<br />

giant jumping pillows.<br />

Info: 01372 363764 /<br />

bockettsfarm.co.uk<br />

Mon 23 Jul – Sun 2 Sep<br />

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill<br />

Road, Godstone RH9 8LX<br />

Festival on the Farm<br />

Godstone Farm is bringing you<br />

festival vibes this month with extra<br />

activities and entertainment for<br />

the family, including messy play,<br />

storytellers, garden games, and a<br />

farm disco with the mascots, as<br />

well as lots of food and drink to<br />

fuel all the excitement.<br />

Info: 01883 742546 /<br />

godstonefarm.co.uk<br />

Fairs & Festivals<br />

Mon 2 – Sun 8 Jul<br />

Venues all over Epsom & Ewell<br />

Epsom & Ewell Arts<br />

Festival<br />

The theme of the <strong>2018</strong> Epsom<br />

& Ewell Arts Festival is discovery,<br />

and so it offers visitors the chance<br />

to discover new things with<br />

attractions including the Journey<br />

of Discovery Contemporary Art<br />

Exhibition, the first-ever street<br />

performance of the seventeenthcentury<br />

play Epsom Wells, and the<br />

quirky, award-winning dance show<br />

for young children, Grass.<br />

Info: mgso4festival.org<br />

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Jul<br />

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley<br />

Lane, Woking GU23 6QB<br />

Wisley Arts Fest<br />

This year’s art fest offers a<br />

weekend full of circus themed<br />

activities, with shows in the Circus<br />

Marquee, have-a-go areas, magic<br />

and trapeze workshops, music<br />

magic and art.<br />

Entry: Members free, Non-members<br />

normal garden admission applies.<br />

Info: rhs.org.uk<br />

Sat 21 Jul 12 noon<br />

Recreation Ground, Leigh, Near<br />

Reigate <strong>Surrey</strong> RH2 8NP<br />

Flower Show &<br />

Country Fayre<br />

A tradition village show with<br />

craft and produce stalls,<br />

demonstrations, a vintage vehicle<br />

parade, animal corner, and<br />

children’s entertainment.<br />

Entry: Adults £3, under 17s free<br />

Info: ldcgs.co.uk<br />

Sat 21 – Sun 22 Jul<br />

Shalford Park, 10 Shalford<br />

Road, Guildford GU4 8BL<br />

Cheese & Chilli Festival<br />

A foodie paradise complete with<br />

food challenges, demonstrations,<br />

stalls and competitions.<br />

Info: cheeseandchillifestival.com<br />

Garden<br />

What’s On in <strong>July</strong><br />

Fri 1 Jun – Sun 16 Sep<br />

Mayfield Lavender, 1<br />

Carshalton Road, Banstead<br />

SM7 3JA<br />

Mayfield Lavender<br />

A sea of organic lavender grown<br />

in what was one of the original<br />

Victorian Lavender fields, awaits<br />

visitors at Mayfield Lavender.<br />

While you’re ther, try some very<br />

unique lavender cider, take a tour<br />

in a tractor, eat at the al fresco café<br />

and buy a lavender plant to bring<br />

home to your own garden.<br />

Info: mayfieldlavender.com<br />

Fri 27 Jul<br />

Great Fosters, Stroude<br />

Road, Egham TW20 9UR<br />

Meet the Bees & Estate<br />

Tour Lunch<br />

Take a tour of Great Fosters’<br />

glorious gardens with estate<br />

Manager, Russell Dixon, visit the<br />

bee hives with the resident Bee<br />

Keeper and then enjoy a three<br />

course lunch in the Estate Grill or<br />

on the terrace.<br />

Entry: £75<br />

Info: greatfosters.co.uk<br />

Leisure & Sport<br />

Sun 15 Jul 7am<br />

Thorpe Park, Staines Road,<br />

Chertsey KT16 8PN<br />

Thorpe Park Triathlon<br />

This triathlon includes a swim<br />

around Fleet Lake, a bike lap<br />

on the park’s surrounding roads,<br />

and a 10km run, consisting of<br />

three laps around the lake on a<br />

flat fully tarmac path which takes<br />

competitors straight through the<br />

middle of the park. Rallying is an<br />

option, and there will be prizes,<br />

finishers medals, and (best of all)<br />

free entry to Thorpe Park during<br />

and after the triathlon for all<br />

volunteers, athletes and spectators<br />

who arrive before 7.30am.<br />

Info: triproject.co.uk<br />

Music<br />

Tue 10 – Sun 15 Jul<br />

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew,<br />

Richmond TW9 3AB<br />

Kew the Music<br />

Get your hampers at the<br />

ready! This one is the most<br />

quintessentially British summer<br />

picnic in the most stunning<br />

setting with an all star line up to<br />

boot. This year Kew the Music<br />

is hosting STEPS, Gipsy Kings,<br />

2Cellos, The Human League,<br />

Boyzone and Jools Holland.<br />

Info: kewthemusic.org<br />

Sat 28 Jul 7.30pm<br />

Pavilion Theatre Marine Parade,<br />

Worthing BN11 3P<br />



A unique swing experience to<br />

take you through a history of all<br />

the swing music greats including<br />

Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr,<br />

Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Buble.<br />

Featuring special guest Stephen<br />

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Blackland Farm<br />

Outdoor Activity Centre<br />

Kayaking<br />

Canoeing<br />

Bungee trampolining<br />

Rock climbing<br />

Archery<br />

Crate challenge<br />

Zip wire<br />

Abseiling<br />

Aeroball...<br />

...and many more!<br />

Come and join us for<br />

fun-filled activity days.<br />

Why not have your<br />

birthday party here too?<br />

01342 810493<br />

blackland@girlguiding.org.uk<br />

www.blacklandfarm.org.uk<br />

Blackland Farm<br />

Mt Ephraim<br />

Gardens<br />

Faversham, Kent<br />

AUGUST 3-5<br />

Three days of classic, legendary<br />

bands, good food, award winning<br />

real ales, ciders and lagers,<br />

presented in a truly beautiful setting<br />

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Camping & Glamping available. Free parking<br />

Day tickets from £39. Weekend £110. Details & tickets at:<br />

www.anewdayfestival.com<br />

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What’s On in <strong>July</strong><br />

Triffitt, the world’s number one<br />

Frank Sinatra tribute (as seen in<br />

Frankly Sinatra)<br />

Info: ryanmacmusic.com<br />

Sat 28 Jul 7.30pm-10.30pm<br />

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,<br />

Cobham KT11 1JE<br />

WWI Centenary Jazz,<br />

Jive & Swing Night<br />

Painshill’s beautiful conservatory<br />

and walled garden will be filled<br />

with the music of Five Star Swing<br />

Band performing the best of<br />

feel good jazz, jive and swing, so<br />

polish off your dancing shoes and<br />

party like it’s 1918!<br />

Entry: Adults £22, Members £18<br />

Info: painshill.co.uk<br />

Theatre<br />

Wed 11 – Sat 14 Wed 25 – Sat<br />

28 Jul<br />

Waverley Abbey House,<br />

Waverley Lane, Farnham<br />

GU9 8EP & Merrist Wood,<br />

Worplesdon, Guildford<br />

GU3 3PE<br />

Anne Boleyn<br />

Howard Brenton’s unique take<br />

on the complex and notorious<br />

life of Anne Boleyn is performed<br />

by Guildbury’s Theatre<br />

Company as the perfect open<br />

air accompaniment to a summer<br />

evening picnic.<br />

Info: guildburys.com<br />

Fri 13 – Sat 21 Jul<br />

Guildford Castle Keep, Castle<br />

Street, Guildford GU1 3SX<br />

The Taming of the<br />

Shrew<br />

Shakespeare’s fast-paced comic<br />

tale of two sisters – the lovely<br />

Bianca who is desired by all and<br />

the shrewish Katherine who is<br />

desired only by one devilish suitor.<br />

The Pranksters Theatre Company<br />

brings this controversial classic to<br />

the perfect setting of Guildford<br />

Castle keep for four performances.<br />

Info: pranksterstheatre.org.uk<br />

Wednesday 25 <strong>July</strong> 7pm<br />

Haslemere Museum 78 High<br />

Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA<br />

Chapterhouse Theatre<br />

Company – Sense and<br />

Sensibility<br />

Grab a picnic and head to the<br />

beautiful lawns of Haslemere<br />

Museum to see Chapterhouse<br />

Theatre Company perform<br />

magical theatre under the stars.<br />

The exquisite and lively tale of<br />

Sense and Sensibility follows the<br />

love mistakes and heartbreaks<br />

of sisters Elinor and Marianne<br />

Dashwood as they make their<br />

first forays into the exciting world<br />

of Regency society and try to<br />

find a balance between sense and<br />

sensibility. Adapted by awardwinning<br />

writer Laura Turner.<br />

Info: chapterhouse.org<br />

Workshops<br />

Sat 7 and Sun 8 Jul 10am-4pm<br />

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent<br />

TN15 0RP<br />

Call the shots at the<br />

Panasonic Roadshow<br />

Knole’s intricate architecture and<br />

wild deer herd make fantastic<br />

subjects for photographers. Brush<br />

up your skills at the familyfriendly<br />

Panasonic Roadshow,<br />

where experts will lend you a<br />

camera and show you how to take<br />

the best shots on a guided photo<br />

walk in Knole Park.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01732462100 /<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/knole<br />

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“London’s hottest<br />

picnic concerts”<br />

Metro<br />

10 <strong>July</strong><br />

with very special guests<br />

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NADINE<br />

Luna<br />

15 <strong>July</strong><br />

Jools Holland<br />

& His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra<br />

featuring Gilson Lavis with<br />

special guest Marc Almond<br />

and guest vocalists Ruby Turner,<br />

Louise Marshall and Rosie Mae.<br />


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Trains throughout the Summer - Picnic Areas -<br />

Buffet Facilities at all Stations.<br />







01825 720800 info@bluebell-railway.co.uk<br />

The Bluebell Railway | Sheffield Park Station | East Sussex TN22 3QL<br />

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don’t miss<br />

FUN and NOISE filled<br />

Kids Tours on<br />

Concorde!<br />

30 TH JULY - 24 TH AUGUST<br />

A bumper season of family fun awaits visitors this summer holiday...<br />

our legendary car rides<br />

run every Monday-Thursday* until the August Bank Holiday.<br />

Every weekday (including Fridays) we will be running<br />

free workshops for youngsters<br />

napier-railton race experience<br />

in the 4d theatre<br />

pedal planes and cars for the<br />

under 5s and our mascot bertie bear , who<br />

will be taking strolls through the site to meet his fans.<br />

PLUS every weekday throughout the summer holidays join one<br />

mins<br />

kids tour of the flight shed!<br />

of our expert guides for an exciting 30mins<br />

who<br />

!<br />

Here’s your Summer<br />

Holiday checklist<br />

from 30 th <strong>July</strong> – 24 th August<br />

Every day<br />

Concorde Experience ü<br />

4D Theatre ü<br />

Every weekday<br />

Meet Bertie Bear ü<br />

FREE Family Workshops ü<br />

Kids Tours on Concorde ü<br />

Kids Tours of the Flight Shed ü<br />


brooklands museum, brooklands road, weybridge, surrey, kt13 0Qn<br />

free parking, sat nav postcode: kt13 0sl<br />

info@brooklandsmuseum.com 01932 857381<br />

Pedal Planes ü<br />

Monday – Thursday<br />

Car Rides ü<br />

22 nd & 23 rd August<br />

Wood Turning<br />

Demonstrations<br />

The <strong>Surrey</strong> Association of Woodturners will be here<br />

delivering free wood turning demonstration.<br />

*Car rides are subject to a minimum donation of<br />

£1 per passenger and will only proceed if weather<br />

and track conditions are suitable.



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New Food & Wine Pairing Dinners and<br />

a new Fizz on Foot Wine Club<br />

These are exclusive evenings where you can explore wines that have been<br />

carefully selected with the hotel’s chef to match a delicious dinner. Plus<br />

wine tasting evenings with matching canapés.<br />

Friday 27 <strong>July</strong> – Spanish wine tasting with six wines and matching<br />

canapés, 7pm, £18 per head at Da Vinci Hotel, Eastbourne.<br />

Friday 24 August – French wine tasting with six wines and matching<br />

canapés, 7pm, £18 per head at Da Vinci Hotel, Eastbourne.<br />

Date to be confirmed, September – German wine tasting with six wines<br />

and matching canapés, £18 per head at Da Vinci Hotel, Eastbourne.<br />

Thursday 25 October – Wine Pairing Dinner with Spanish wines.<br />

Thursday 13 December – Wine Pairing Dinner<br />

with champagnes (black tie).<br />

All wine pairing dinners are £45.00 per head and<br />

held at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne.<br />

Wine tasting club<br />

Tel: 01323 737271 to make a reservation.<br />

Fizz on Foot offers escorted walking tours in<br />

the beautiful Sussex Downs area, with a focus<br />

on visiting great award winning vineyards<br />

and enjoying tasting fine English wines.<br />

These one day bespoke tours can be made as<br />

much fun as you want and include transport,<br />

gourmet lunch and the wine tastings.<br />

Why not try our one day mid-week taster<br />

Tour including lunch and wine tasting<br />

for £89.00.<br />

Tel: 01323 737271 Mobile: 07971 851777<br />

fizz on foot @fizzonfoot @fizzonfoot<br />

www.fizzonfoot.com info@fizzonfoot.com<br />

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Win A £400 Voucher<br />

From Layered Lounge<br />

Layered Lounge began when owners Suzy and Lou met at the school gates<br />

and realised that they both shared a passion for interiors and a dream<br />

of building something of their own to be proud of. They launched<br />

Layered Lounge last year and now that dream is becoming a reality.<br />

At Layered Lounge, products are designed to pay attention to trends without being<br />

dictated by them. Their beautiful online store is a destination for those looking<br />

for affordable products sourced from specialist producers. It’s full of timeless,<br />

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but elegant sense of style into their own homes. As well as a stunning range of<br />

textiles, lighting, and other accents, Layered Lounge also sell own brand fragrances<br />

with a donation of the profits going to local charity Action4Archie, which raises<br />

money and awareness for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.<br />

Although Layered Lounge is still young Suzy and Lou see it growing into something of a<br />

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answer the following question:<br />

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your answer with your contact<br />

details* in the online form at<br />

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by 31 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2018</strong>. The prize<br />

comprises a gift voucher<br />

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at Layered Lounge. There is<br />

no cash alternative and the<br />

prize must be taken before 31<br />

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over the age of 18 to enter.<br />

Congratulations to Mo Sansara who wins our May competition for £499 of Le Creuset Cookware<br />

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Jane Howard’s<br />

Fables from<br />

the Farm<br />

This month Jane finds she’s as busy as a bee<br />

It has been very busy in the apiary in recent weeks – for<br />

me and the bees – and I’m looking forward to things<br />

settling down as spring meanders into summer.<br />

I have always been quite a low-key bee keeper with two, or<br />

three colonies producing enough jars to supply us throughout<br />

the year with honey for our tea and presents for foodie<br />

friends. But this year I got carried away and started doing<br />

lots of what I considered rather advanced manipulations (the<br />

official bee-keeping term for knowledgeable rummaging) and<br />

bloomin heck I now have five colonies on the go!<br />

Most insects overwinter when a mated queen hibernates.<br />

Honey bees do it differently. At the height of the summer,<br />

usually <strong>July</strong>, there will be some 50,000 bees in a colony<br />

rushing about to collect pollen, propolis, water or nectar.<br />

Pollen, which is collected in little sacs on the bees’ hind<br />

legs, is very high in protein and is used to feed the young<br />

larvae. Propolis, (if you’re interested the name is derived from<br />

the Greek: pro – in front of and polis – city which refers<br />

to its use to seal up and protect their empire) is collected<br />

from the buds and bark of certain trees<br />

and rather like Polyfilla is used to seal up<br />

cracks and strengthen creaking joints.<br />

Among other things, water is used for<br />

cooling the hive on a hot day, but it’s<br />

nectar, which is turned into honey, that<br />

they eat over the winter – and it’s also the<br />

bit we beekeepers get excited about.<br />

On a sunny summer day each bee will make about 10 trips,<br />

each one lasting up to an hour and covering 5 or 6 km. On<br />

every journey she (the workers are all female!) will visit about<br />

1000 flowers collecting about 70mg of honey – the equivalent<br />

of her own weight. Imagine trying to haul that lot home from<br />

“Each bee collects<br />

about a teaspoon of<br />

honey in her frantic<br />

six-week life”<br />

Waitrose. And next time you spread some on your toast<br />

ponder this: to make one pound of honey the bees have<br />

flown over 55,000 miles and visited over 2 million flowers,<br />

with each bee collecting about a teaspoon of honey in her<br />

frantic six-week life. Beat that, Marmite.<br />

In a good year a strong colony of bees should produce<br />

at least 40lb of honey which is collected in August and<br />

will last forever – the oldest ever found, in a noblewoman’s<br />

grave in Georgia, was 5,500 years old and<br />

Tutankhamun was also discovered with<br />

a few jars for the journey. But as well as<br />

collecting nectar the bees are also busy<br />

with another agenda – making more<br />

colonies and this is the tricky part for the<br />

beekeeper.<br />

As explained, in the summer there<br />

will be up to 50,000 in the hive but by the autumn the<br />

numbers drop to around 10,000 bees who will spend the<br />

winter eating the stored honey and keeping the queen (who<br />

is full of fertile eggs) warm and fed. She starts laying again<br />

in the spring to create peak population in <strong>July</strong>.<br />

However, as the numbers build they often decide to<br />

swarm, whereby the queen and all the flying bees – the<br />

workforce – leave home for fresh pastures leaving behind<br />

all the brood (eggs, larvae and baby bees). One of the best<br />

ways to prevent this is to split them manually which is why<br />

my three colonies have become five.<br />

I’ve heard mead is delicious, time to research a recipe…<br />

If you’ve ever thought about owning a few chickens, sheep, pigs<br />

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

the summer programme at Curious House Courses in Stonegate<br />

on September 7th. The morning will romp through the joys of<br />

smallholding and the afternoon will include a walk round Coopers<br />

Farm. Find out more at curioushouse.net<br />

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on Instagram @coopersfarm<br />

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