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Contents

August 2018

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114

GRACIOUS LIVING

Maggie Alderson’s personal

pick of properties

101

S4

HAMMER TIME

Let’s get excited about

auction houses again

125

78

LATE BLOOMERS

Jo Arnell tells how to keep up

appearances in your August garden

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48

73

78

NOTEBOOK

Our seven top events for August

THE HOUSE OF

MANY WORDS

The house which also serves as

inspiration and performance

space of Explore the Arch

GET THE LOOK

Add a little theatrical splendour

to your own home

A PASSAGE FROM INDIA

Inside the home of

British interior design

legend Sasha Waddell

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111

112

114

HERE COMES THE

BEAUTIFUL BRIDE

Josephine Fairley’s tips to

enhance your bridal beauty

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton takes a look

at holistic skin health

NATURAL WISDOM

Seasonal advice from Ella

Carey and products to save the

planet and scent your home

LIGHT AND BRIGHT

Light bites that are perfect

for the summer season

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131

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138

SURVIVING RESULTS

SEASON

Hilary Wilce on why failure

isn’t the end of the world

WHAT’S ON

All the best things to do this August

COMPETITION

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard talks favourites

from the farm

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GET THE LOOK

Products that will give your

home that signature Sasha style

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LET THE GRASSES GROW

Sue Whigham thinks we should

all watch the grass grow

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Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Island Farm

The Dream: A Grade II listed

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burdly detail. Unusually, it’s also light

and airy, with good room heights,

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Darwell Hill

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The Dream: Horse heaven, with pristine

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Wood. The house is lovely too, 1920s

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Beds: 6 Baths: 2, the master en

suite, with a dressing room

Special features: Stabling for four horses,

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Pleasing details: A store room, a cold

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to the normal roster of rooms.

Outside: Mature, shrubtastic gardens,

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Wissenden Corner

£975,000

The Dream: With light pouring in from

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Where: In a small hamlet, close

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Setting: Surrounded by farmland.

Beds: 5 Baths: 4, two en suite

Special features: Suntrap terraces

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Pleasing details: An annexe perfect

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Outside: Landscaped gardens,

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Time to town: Ashford (15 mins

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panels, music and a book fair. It will take in

glorious venues including Jerwood Gallery and

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for a spot of Shakespeare. Following

nine sell out seasons at Lamb House,

the players are playing their first season

at Fairlight Hall’s beautiful round.

From Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August,

West End and Broadway favourites

Jonathan Broadbent and Jessica Regan

and Radio 4’s Carrie Quinlan will lead

The Lamb Players in Shakespeare’s As

You Like It. thelambplayers.com

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summer exhibition from Saturday 4 to

Sunday 26 August. See a mix of work

from the RSA, a long established group

of painters, printmakers, sculptors,

photographers and ceramicists (many

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the beautiful town of Rye as the Rye

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including acclaimed British Soul singer

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long to go and do it all again – this time in an ancient forest,

with Converse under my wedding dress, a hedgerow bouquet and

a table of outrageously pretty sweet goodies instead of a rock-hard

white cake.

Also inspiring me this issue are our two houses. One is a

masterclass in sophisticated simplicity by a living legend of home

style which makes me want to throw away most of what I own –

and paint what’s left white.

The other is an inspiration on several levels. More than a

beautiful house, Archer Lodge is a working theatrical space and

HQ – domestic and artistic – of a very exciting creative collective.

They are running some fascinating workshops for the very first

Hastings Literary Festival, which is happening the last weekend

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Previous page: The East Room is in a constant state of flux. The deck chair frames on the wall are from a past

production This page: An arch of suspended books wittily frames the entrance to Archer Lodge

Some of the most celebrated houses in the

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desk…)? The grey stone Yorkshire parsonage that

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Archer Lodge in St Leonards is just one of those

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spirit are entirely down to the creative dreams and

ambitions of a group of actors, musicians, engineers

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Above: The water clock in the hall was made

by sculptor Frank Roper Right: Javanese

Wayang Golek puppets in the West Room

and composers who have come together to

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Left: A deconstructed piano, used in a recent composition. The collective are always looking for unwanted instruments to repurpose

Right: Seddlescombe-based artist Mark Fisher painted this portrait of Jane Eyre for the ATownExploresABook17 festival. On the wall

are young musician Ali Alana’s grid paintings, inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov’s synesthesia scale

which they live, and create something within their home

and present it to the world outside. Throwing open their

doors and blurring the normally defined edges of what we

consider private and public space, family and community,

the real and the imagined, the theatrical and the every day.

Walking into the house on a glorious sunny

seaside summer morning, the first thing you hear is

music. Not the usual banging bass that has become

the backdrop to our everyday urban lives, at Archer

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The elegant notes seem to tumble from an open upstairs

window, setting the tone for a journey through a house

that is individual, inspirational and completely organic.

Later I stumble across the source of this angelic sound

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Folk-inspired music fit to stir the soul and, no

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for the series of multi-disciplinary performances

that Explore the Arch produce each year.

Archer Lodge is situated on a wide leafy avenue in St

Leonards, near the very aptly named Bohemia Road.

Like walking into the pages of an Esther Freud novel,

it is words and books that are the backbone of this

home-come-creative-space – indeed you enter it under

an arch of books, apparently suspended in mid-air.

Taking me on a tour of the house is Gail Borrow, one

of the founders of the company, along with engineer

Paul Beadle and composer Vladimir Miller. A further

cast of writers, artists, performers and, of course, musical

teenagers appear and disappear as the house welcomes

like-minded individuals from around the world.

However, any sense of hierarchy or traditional domestic

structures are firmly left at the large front door, under that

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The terrace overlooks the garden in which the company have

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is dominated by a weeping ash grafted

onto a standard ash tree, probably

planted when the house was built – and

which feels like a character in its own

right Left: An arch echoes the entry to

the house Below: Chairs which have

been rebuilt using found materials, as

they have weathered over the years

into a world that has been re-imagined by this inspiring

group of creative explorers and literary adventurers.

Gail explains to me that the dramatic space Pigott created

in Archer Lodge was the first thing that attracted them all

to it. The sense of over-scale and of the building’s elegant

grandeur perfectly lends itself to welcoming the public into its

rooms. A generous hallway, decorated with a period Sanderson

bird motif wallpaper and slate grey floor leads to two huge

reception rooms and a large garden, all of which have been

employed as stages in this very stage-less theatre experience.

It was, explains Gail, also the feeling of light and

shade, the juxtapositions so loved by the theatre, which

also lured them in. The darker hallway and West Room,

which doubles up as the foyer and meeting room, are

the antithesis of the sun-drenched East Room, terrace

and garden all of which are saturated with light.

The sense of the darkness in the hall is further

exaggerated by two large hand-painted canvases featuring

the words of nineteenth century Welsh travel writer

Richard Fenton. A water clock made by Frank Roper in

the 1980s, the former vice principal of Cardiff College

of Art, adding another intruiging distraction.

Another element that pulled the company all the

way from Waterloo, where they had been based, living

in separate flats, was the grid patterns in the original

Victorian cornicing of the major ground-floor reception

rooms. The company, who perform around four or five

experiential productions a year in the house and its grounds,

employ the ceiling grids for their props and staging.

Using skills Gail learnt from study of Javanese Wayang

Golek puppetry tradition and through time with

Australian shadow puppeteer Richard Bradshaw, after

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Above: The kitchen has been constructed around re-purposed antique

cabinets sourced in Kings Road, St Leonards Left: The living and

rehearsal areas are stuffed with exploratory work

she left the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, objects

appear to float, attached to strings that intricately connect

the dado rails and ceilings. Inspired by scenes or words from

the books from which they are performing, the individual

props and words, made entirely from found materials, are

dropped and rotated as demanded by each performance.

Around the house are elements left from their previous

productions. Little paper puppets sit on hall chairs and the

white nightshirts of Dickens’ Great Expectations Pip and

his deceased siblings flutter at the tall landing window.

More remnants from the recent performance inspired by analysis

of that classic Dickens work, entitled The House of Mrs Joe, which

focused on the world of sister/mother figure of Mrs Joe Gargery,

are scattered across the East Room. Dustpan brushes and an

empty window frame, made from card, hang from strings, like

birds hovering above your head. A large metal anvil sits in the

centre of the room whilst musical instruments dot the edges.

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Left: Words fom Kipling’s feminist short

story, The Gardener, are informing an

autumn show to mark the Armistice

centenary Below: A work by collage artist

Anna Bachène Bottom: Words by Derek

Walcott and a model boat collection

found at Teddy Tinker’s in the bathroom

are part of the recent production about

the Windrush generation

Brocante and Grand Designs, all in

St Leonards. You don’t get the sense

that any objects or pieces of furniture

become permanent fixtures in Archer

Lodge. They are simply elements of the

next production.

Gail and I take a seat at one of a series

of long weathered wooden tables on the

large terrace outside which were once

the set for another production, The

House of The Man Who Painted The Sea,

inspired by Bulwer-Lytton’s 1830 novel,

Paul Clifford.

The terrace overlooks the garden in

which the company have created a series

of outdoor rooms, which are used for

rehearsals. Sofas and chairs are planted

in little vignettes, as hidden walkways

invite you to take a moment to sit still,

take stock and contemplate life.

Back in the house Gail explains that

the kitchen, filled with re-purposed

antique cabinets, including one that

is still lined with the newsprint from

the Yorkshire Post of 1885, might have

to soon give way to a new disabled

bathroom for audience members.

“Where will the kitchen go?” I ask.

Gail smiles and shrugs, “No idea!”

It’s like that at Archer Lodge, there

is no grand plan, things just seem to

happen as and when they should, in a

manner which seems entirely fitting.

Beginning to take shape in an upstairs

bedroom known at the library, is the

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Above: Bath-based artist Emma Joy’s painting hangs over a print

recreated from Soviet artist Sergey Burylin’s work, Tractor Left:

On the landing, a clutter of puppets and books

descendent and visual artist Greg Smart great-grandson of

Billy himself. Magnificent vintage Billy Smart Circus posters

line the walls.

In another bedroom are the initial words and ideas for

the company’s August show, The House After Windrush,

inspired by the book Lovers & Strangers: An Immigrant

History of Post-war Britain by Clair Willis and Stories

from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home

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This page: White and blue is the theme throughout the house, with the different

prints of Sasha’s fabrics for Room 100 adding visual variety

by House & Garden magazine – where she is also credited

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About the property

A delightful, traditionally detached 18c farmhouse. Set in approx

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attached outbuildings. Total accommodation area approx 90m 2 .

Furnished, well decorated, ready for occupation as a permanent

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source. The tiled roof is in good condition. Almost all wood

framed double glazing. Benefitting from considerable recent

renovation, with traditional ‘Maison en Terre’ rendering to the

rear and end. Mains water, electricity, phone line. Tarmacked

area at front for 4–6 cars, large garage for 3–4 cars.

Location and history of the region

Ideal for walking, boating, fishing and enjoying the peaceful

forest, marshes and waterways. Located in historic Graignes-

Mesnil-Angot, a very rural, tranquil and friendly community with

village shops, school and the famous Hippodrome Equestrian

centre. Surrounded by countryside, farmland and forest. In the

region of the Marais du Cotentin, between St Lo and Carentan.

With Utah Beach 14mi, Bayeux 21mi and Cherbourg 31mi.

Situated in an area of much military activity during WW2, with

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Above: Looking out from Sasha’s work room, colourful art works grouped on the landing wall are reflected in a bright rug from

Flushed, in Hastings Old Town

them with a special Swedish product made of white lye

that my daughter sells in her shop Pale & Interesting,

in Rye, to get that limed look. Anyone can do it.

“I love simple effects. I work at the table in here

every day. The top is just white-painted MDF and

whenever it gets a bit grubby I repaint it.”

The bespoke country style bookshelves in the

alcoves are covered with chicken wire, another super

cheap but effective Sasha trick. “It just sort of diffuses

the contents so they don’t pop out at you.”

Encouraging furniture to ‘recede’ is another of Sasha’s

tropes: “It’s more relaxing and makes a space look bigger.”

Another tip is to have furniture on legs, hence wooden

benches, showing the floor beneath, creating a feeling of flow.

The wonderful thing about Sasha’s style is that it’s so easily

achievable and inexpensive. No wonder the country fell so

in love with her. The Scandi look she has championed since

the 1980s is now so firmly entrenched in the UK as equalling

comfort and relaxation, it’s hard to imagine a time without it.

But before Sasha dragged us into our Scandi-inspired futures

she reminds me UK homes “were full of festoon blinds, with

yards of chintz you could strangle yourself in, everything was

squishy and cluttered. It was so formal, with reproduction

period furniture, and separate dining rooms and kitchens.”

She was a trailblazer. “It was very unusual to be a

woman in the interior design world, working on site. I

had to be handy to convince people I could do it. One

of the first jobs I ever did I created a big moulding above

a door. The builder working with me said it wouldn’t

work so I lost my nerve and made it smaller. It looked

horrid, so I insisted we take it off and do it my way.

And of course, the builder said it looked beautiful.”

A former actress, Sasha brought her theatrical flair to

design in this way, dressing homes “like a set for people to

live their lives in, to be more relaxed with how they lived.”

Above the fireplace is a huge ornate French mirror bought as

a gift by her foster son, which she loves precisely because it was

a present. It was gold, she explains “ but I painted it white...”

Of course, she did. I ask if she ever feels guilty for

taking the paintbrush over furniture. “Not at all. It’s

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This page: A change of colour scheme

in the work room, with green painted

furniture from Sasha’s Utility collection

about making something as I want it. But if something

is of superior quality the way it is, I will leave it as is.”

She points, laughing, to a second ornate mirror – this one

antique brass – as proof.

The living room is packed full of books and intriguing

ornaments including a 1930s Viennese sculpture, Swedish

miniature furniture, little display boxes (made by Sasha),

antique Dutch Maastricht dishes (which Sasha found

in Sri Lanka) and some exquisite blue and white china

bowls which she explains are Spanish monk’s bowls.

“I found hundreds of them in a shop in the US, and I

bought them all. I sold some in my shop and kept the rest.”

What’s interesting is that although the look is simple, it isn’t

minimalist. Sasha isn’t afraid to show the decorative or the

personal, for example a framed birthday card and hats made

by her milliner friend Brian Harris (who used to design hats

for fashion designer Zandra Rhodes), displayed on the wall.

The same juxtaposition of clean white and interesting

objects is visible in the kitchen where three rows of

chunky shelving set against plain white brick tiles are

used to display more brightly coloured collections of

antique pottery gleaned from her global travels.

Sasha’s designer’s eye is clear again in how the different

collections are artfully grouped together in little mini displays.

A cluster of fruit bowls sits on a small table, covered with a

gorgeous blue and white paisley tablecloth by Room 100.

Doors open onto a little suntrap courtyard garden, with

a painted chair and table covered with another paisley

tablecloth, this one a zesty lime green, perfectly set against the

greenery of lavender in vintage pots. Even the storage shed

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Above left: The vintage bathroom cabinet was given to Sasha by her brother, fashion illustrator and designer Gavin Waddell. Right:

The linen-weight ticking used for the shower and cupboard curtains is Rural Stripe in Swedish Blue, the blind is Flower, also in

Swedish Blue, both from the Floral Chic Collection by Room 100 available from Pale & Interesting

is ‘dressed’ with vintage embroidered linen curtains creating

the impact of another room, rather than a utility area.

Retiring to St Leonards nine years ago, to be closer to her

family, was life changing for Sasha and one she has no regrets

about – but the quiet retirement didn’t quite go as planned.

Sasha also has a home in Goa, India and one of her Indian

neighbours there is the son of the original founder of the

formerly mentioned charity Swami Sivananda Memorial

Institute (SSMI), which supports women by teaching them

creative skills, feeds 20,000 people a day from kitchens set up

in the slums and educates 1,000 children in its own school.

Sasha went to visit their work and was blown away.

“They found a whole family of traditional block

printers living in the slums and brought them to the

workshop to train others. I could see these products

had such potential and I was so impressed by the ethics

of the charity. They were selling their products to the

Indian market but not globally. So here I come in.”

Sasha has worked with them to set up Room 100, as a

range of textiles including homewares, curtains, cushions,

table linen, clothing and accessories. “I designed it so as

many women as possible would be employed and be able

to utilise their skills in embroidery, sewing, printing.”

She’s overseen a new Room 100 website, designed a Delhi

showroom (white of course) and has worked directly with

the women printers to design new textiles with a more global

appeal using soft-as-butter cottons, linens, silks and voile.

“They already did a paisley design, but it was small

and busy. I made it bigger, added more space. It’s

the Swedish thing. This way the pattern is calmer,

it recedes instead of jumping out at you.”

Heading upstairs the Indian textiles come into their

own in a new context. Sasha’s bedroom is a glorious

cornucopia of soft blue and white cotton throws,

curtains and cushions in stripes, checks and florals.

“It’s a bit over the top in here, a bit Doris Day in

Calamity Jane,” she laughs.

Above the bed is a group of framed miniatures which

look antique, but it turns out some are old postcards

Sasha framed herself as a child and two were hand

painted by Sasha’s mum. “She taught me about history

through paintings. It was such a good way to learn.”

Two pretty blue-and-white painted mirrors, which

go so well with the Indian fabric I assume they must

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This page: With white-painted furniture and floorboards, and

blue and white Room 100 fabrics, the bedroom is a perfect

example of the sense of nurturing calm created by Sasha’s

sophisticated simplicity, set off by a few feature artworks

have come from there, were in fact hand-painted by

her daughter Atlanta Bartlett (also a notable interior

designer, whose work has been featured several times

in this magazine) when she was at university.

The small, but delightful, bathroom is another showcase

for a more unusual use of the Room 100 textiles. The

shower is hidden behind a blue striped curtain, with a

delicate floral blind made from the same fabric covering

the window. Continuing the colour theme onto the floor

is a checked blue-and-white patterned Swedish runner.

Sasha’s office next door marks a change with green painted

furniture from her Utility furniture collection. It is inspired

by 1930s interiors but still looks up to date and modern.

“That’s the essence of it. It’s simple so it doesn’t date.

Everything the Swedes did had been taken from the

French style and simplified. So I did the same. I took

French furniture and simplified it. I couldn’t design one

piece and sell it; I had to design the whole look, lights,

furniture ranges, textiles, so that people could achieve it.”

And that’s precisely what she’s now doing with

Room 100 and Swami Sivananda. A chance meeting

that has resulted in a perfect marriage of Sasha’s

design skills and Indian artisan craftsmanship.

To help the range to grow – and with it the benefits

to these impoverished families, so they can support

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Above: An arrangement of Sasha’s signature white objects, is

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“This is just a start. I want to find stockists

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“The children who come in are often so malnourished

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can even begin learning. They need food and clothing.

“If I can use my skills to help, then it will

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“I fished a table writing box

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If you have a piece of paper (a photo

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Post-sale online auction

At Crow’s, every lot is sold live in the

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If an item is not sold it gets uploaded

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In a normal auction we sell up to 200

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“If possible view items in

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Leslie Gillham Gorringe’s

My first experience of an auction

house was going to work at one

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Auctions work on cycles like that

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It is a late 19th century fine Indian tulwar [a type of sabre], with an

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gold and fitted with gems. The finely watered single-edge blade is inlaid

in gold with the owner’s monogram TMS and it retains its silk-covered

scabbard with engraved silver mounts. It was formerly the property of

Leonard Harry Baybut (1900-1960) and thence by descent. Having

served in the RAF in World War I, he went to India and by

1935 was running his own furniture factory in Srinagar. He

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Top tip

“Some people think of the

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for around £150 at auction, but we have

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good history.

The internet is changing things too.

Online bidding is increasingly popular.

Now up to 40% of things we sell –

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If, for example, you put a specialist

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Thirty years ago people would have to

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The one thing I would say about

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And of course you always have the

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23 PERFECT DAY

Venues that set the

scene for wedding bliss

29 FLOWER POWER

How to pick the best

beautiful flowers

30 MOONSTRUCK

The expert opinions of

honeymoons

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Head over

heels

Professional Firework Displays by

AJ Pyrotechnics Ltd

Whatever the occasion AJ Pyrotechnics can light up your night!

We offer professional, fully insured, high impact display packages and can

tailor our displays to accommodate most budgets. We pride ourselves on the

content, design and value for money that all our displays bring.

WEDDINGS • BONFIRE NIGHT • ALL YEAR CELEBRATIONS • RETAIL FIREWORKS

Cover image: Cotton voile and tulle dress, from £1800, The

Robing Room therobingroom.co.uk; for ring details see page 9; foliage

headdress, Sue Davies Flowers and Garden suedaviesflowers.com

Tel: 07826 658996 or 07733 159499

or 01303 867011

www.ajpyrotechnics.co.uk

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Natural

romance

Relish every moment of your special day in a

dress that is as relaxed as it is elegant

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Kate Watts Make up: natasha Valerie

natashavaleriemakeup.com / 07837 553905 Hair: Vicky at Truffle, Tunbridge Wells

truffleonsea.com/tunbridgewells / 01892 557722 Model: Jessica Bishop


dressing undeniable beauty

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Cranbrook

www.odyl.co.uk

01580 714907

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Going Away or Staying at Home?

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our fashionable accessories

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44 High Street, Charing, Kent TN27 0HX 01233 714689

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your unique style

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Designer vintage clothing

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Telephone 01435 813 320 info@smashing-things.co.uk

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Previous page: Kate dress, from £965, malmaison flower sash or crown £145.95, Tara Deighton Bridal & Bespoke taradeighton.co.uk;

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This page: Louka dress, starting from £1200, Rembo Styling rembo-styling.com; stacking rings, £16, Crystal & Stone

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Left and top: Dress, £850, Real Green Dress realgreendress.com; bouquet & flowers in hair, Sue Davies Flowers and Garden

suedaviesflowers.com Bottom right: Cotton voile and tulle dress, from £1800, The Robing Room therobingroom.co.uk; rings left to

right: top £16, Crystal & Stone crystalstonelondon.co.uk; pearl ring, £175, aqua chalcedony stone 22 carat gold on silver, £56, Pearl &

Queenie pearlandqueenie.com; top £16, Crystal & Stone crystalstonelondon.co.uk; bottom labradorite stone 22 carat gold on silver, £40,

Pearl & Queenie pearlandqueenie.com; top beaded £20, knot, £16, Crystal & Stone crystalstonelondon.co.uk; bottom hand enamel &

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SUMMER

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The One Stop Shop for Ladies Fashion in Surrey

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Tel: 01276 856308

Swattenden Lane | Cranbrook | TN17 3PS

01580 713189

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westkentshooting.co.uk

50 High Street, Tenterden 01580 762 564

Book online at www.williamcharleshair.co.uk

or through our facebook page

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Shop online at www.cashara.co.uk

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Main dress, £95, Hoopers hoopersstores.com; wedges, £200, Zaccys London zaccys.com; gold travelling star diamond

necklace, £190, Pearl & Queenie pearlandqueenie.com; moonstone bead ring necklace, £40, hammered ring necklace,

£35, stacking & knot rings, £16, Crystal & Stone crystalstonelondon.co.uk; in background left to right: shirt dress, £95,

Hoopers hoopersstores.com; vintage dress, £550, Real Green Dress realgreendress.com; custom made leather fringe jacket,

from £400, The Robing Room therobingroom.co.uk; floral maxi, £359, Hoopers hoopersstores.com; vintage dress, £550,

Real Green Dress realgreendress.com

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The Robing Room

Bespoke Service

Beautiful handcrafted garments designed

and made to measure ‘just for you’....

Bespoke Service

Adults & Children

Beautiful handcrafted garments designed

and made to measure ‘just for you’....

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Prices start www.therobingroom.co.uk

from £500 for wedding dresses,

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T: 01303 487230

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The Robing Room

Bespoke Service

Beautiful handcrafted garments designed

and made to measure ‘just for you’....

Adults & Children

www.therobingroom.co.uk

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This page: Honey Bear dress, starting from £1200, Rembo Styling rembo-styling.com; bar necklace, £36, moonstone bead ring

necklace, £40, Crystal & Stone crystalstonelondon.co.uk; bouquet, Sue Davies Flowers and Garden suedaviesflowers.com

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Left: Crepe dress with beaded shoulders, from £1400, The Robing Room therobingroom.co.uk; mother of pearl earrings, £88, Pearl &

Queenie pearlandqueenie.com Right: Ridely London silk devore dress, £699, The Robing Room therobingroom.co.uk; mother of pearl

earrings, £88, Pearl & Queenie pearlandqueenie.com; floral headdress, Sue Davies Flowers and Garden suedaviesflowers.com

A special thank you to all the team at The Dreys in Sittingbourne for working with us at their beautiful venue in the Kent

wilderness. Visit thedreys.co.uk or contact 01622 236550 to find out more about their bespoke wedding service, event hire or

glamping. Floral arrangements and headdresses Sue Davies Flowers and Garden, Sutton Valence suedaviesflowers@gmail.com /

suedaviesflowers.com / 07703 413522

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Say “I do”

IN THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND

YOUR BESPOKE KENT COUNTRYSIDE WEDDING

AT EASTWELL MANOR

Choose from our grand oak panelled manor house or whimsical walled garden to host your civil ceremony and reception.

With sublime cuisine and the finest selection of wines, elegant bedrooms, a Champneys spa for the

ultimate pre-wedding pamper and stunning grounds for a picture perfect backdrop,

Eastwell Manor is more than a breath-taking setting; it’s a place where dreams are made.

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PLEASE CALL 01233 213020 OR VISIT EASTWELLMANOR.CO.UK


WEDDINGS AT BANNATYNE

SPA HOTEL HASTINGS

Situated in the heart of 1066 Country, between the historic towns of

Battle and Hastings, this stunning Georgian country house can be exclusively

yours for your special day. Fall in love with it’s unique character and style,

a modern boutique hotel, with many original features.

Whether it’s one of our all inclusive packages or a bespoke package to suit your exact

requirements, our dedicated wedding team will be happy to assist in making your day perfect.

Contact our events team now to arrange your show round and receive a personalised quote.

Small and Intimate packages available from £550

All inclusive packages available from £3500

Bespoke packages also available

Quote “Wealden Times” when booking your viewing and we will honour our 2019 prices for all 2020 weddings. Phone

01424 851222 (opt 2) or email events.hastingshotel@bannatyne.co.uk for more information.

Follow us on social media for all our latest offers!


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Moonstruck rose earrings

£35 Ivory & Co

ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk

V Jewellery Luna pendant

£65 Fenwick Tunbridge Wells

fenwick.co.uk

Titania crown £1,295

Hermione Harbutt

hermioneharbutt.com

Platinum ear studs with

emerald cut diamonds

£3,260 Prestons

prestonsdiamonds.co.uk

Sienna headband £35 Silver Sixpence

in her Shoe

silversixpenceinhershoe.co.uk

Charlotte Wise Photography

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£485 Snow Jewels snowjewels.co.uk

The

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Cleo headress £190 Donna Crain

donnacrain.com

Deco back necklace £235 Hermione

Harbutt hermioneharbutt.com

Back necklace £89 Not on the

High Street notonthehighstreet.com

Pearl Pendant £59.95

Annabel James

annabeljames.co.uk

Head chain £95 Silver Sixpence in

her Shoe silversixpenceinhershoe.co.uk

Flower crown with detachable veil

Pelican Rose £125 pelicanrosebride.com

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Timeless necklace £236

Links of London

linksoflondon.com

Cinnamon Rose hair vine

£185 Ivory & Co

ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk

Ostrich Feather Stole

£95 Pretty Eccentric

prettyeccentric.co.uk

Stud earrings £265

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3 magnificent oak beamed function rooms,

self-contained with their own bar and toilets.

Licenced for Civil Ceremonies.

Off peak discounts available. Ample free parking.

Unique photo opportunities in the High Rocks National Monument.

2 am licence for drinking and dancing.

No venue hire charge.

Call us now on 01892 515 532 to arrange

a viewing or visit www.highrocks.co.uk

The High Rocks | Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9JJ


Marmalade £59 Office

office.co.uk

Felicity wedges £235

Freya Rose freyarose.com

Marci gladiators

£39 Kurt Geiger

kurtgeiger.com

Isha gold shoes £135

Lisa Kay lisakayshoes.com

Lisa Kay shoes available

at Melita of Chobham

motherofthebridechobham.co.uk

Penelope pom pom sliders £35

Accessorize uk.accessorize.com

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H heels

Forget glass slippers and painful stilettos –

over

happy feet make for a happy wedding and

at an outdoor venue practicality is a must!

Studded sandals

£30 River Island

riverisland.com

Broderie tennis shoes £49

Bensimon bensimon.com

Mel sandals £59

Office office.co.uk

Lucy beaded sandal £35

Accessorize uk.accessorize.com

Mules rule

Otter mules £129 Kurt

Geiger kurtgeiger.com

Nick of Time heels £89.99

Irregular Choice irregularchoice.com

Boden sandals £150

John Lewis johnlewis.com

Espadrille sandals

£45 River Island

riverisland.com

Charlotte flats £99

Dune dunelondon.com

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The great British

cake off

Forget those rock hard white

edifices, the modern wedding

cake is as fun as it is scrumptious

(and it’s not always a cake...)

What does a wedding

cake look like in 2018?

Increasingly not shiny white

tiers of rock-hard icing over the yellow

marzipan layer so many people loathe

and solid fruity cake that isn’t much

more popular.

Today’s bride – the Duchess of Sussex

included – wants a cake as relaxed and

fun as the rest of her wedding.

Loulou Hamilton of the wonderful

Cocolicious café in Cranbrook has been

creating this much more laid back and

modern take on the great celebration

cake, since she opened four years ago.

“We like making wedding cakes

which are as natural as possible,” she

says. “Definitely no fondanted ones! We

do ‘naked’ cakes, with no icing at all

on the sides, so you can see the layers

of sponge, which are very popular, and

‘rough’ buttercream icing – as above –in

pretty colours, applied in a deliberately

loose way, with fresh flowers. It’s all

much more relaxed.

“Another detail people love is having

different flavours in every layer. The

taller cake in the picture here has layers

of elderflower and lemon, salted caramel

and raspberry rose.”

Taking the idea of a choice of flavours

further is the new idea of having not

just one cake – but a whole ‘dessert

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table’ of different sweet treats.

“It’s been big in America for a while,’

says Loulou. “People have seen it on

Pinterest and Instagram – which are

a huge source of inspiration and have

created a boom in beautiful, visual ideas

for wedding cakes – and have started to

ask for it here.

“I think it’s a lovely idea, because

instead of having a formal pudding

delivered to each guest by waiters,

guests get up and mingle at the desserts

table. It’s a great conversation starter.”

And, really, compared to the oldstyle

cakes, so dessicated and rigid that

slices of them could be sent through the

post to invitees who couldn’t make the

wedding, how joyous to choose between

glazed doughnuts, cupcakes, layers of

delicious sponge – and the lamingtons

which Loulou has made Cocolicious’s

signature treat. (Indeed they are now

sold, beautifully boxed, in Selfridges.)

Cutting the cake has never been

more fun.

Contact Loulou Hamilton via

askloulou@cocolicious.co.uk

You can see more of their cakes on

Instagram @cocoliciouscranbrook and

online at cocolicious.co.uk

Cocolicious, Stone Street, Cranbrook

01580 714954

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Giant Tipi Hire for

Weddings, Celebrations

and Corporate Events

For a bespoke quotation or to arrange a free consultation,

visit www.mytipievent.co.uk

My tipi event

Welcome to MyTipiEvent.

We are a multi-award winning Tipi provider

situated in the South East of England. Our Nordic

Tipis or Teepees create a magical and spacious

atmosphere; allowing our customers to transform

a blank canvas into a unique and extraordinary

venue with almost unlimited potential

Telephone: 01474 824021 or 07809 351182

email: info@mytipievent.co.uk

mytipievent

MyTipiEvent

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#perfectlypitched


Perfect day

The venue sets the whole tone of

a wedding and whether you are

after laid-back festival vibe, or

a wonderfully dramatic setting,

there’s more choice than ever

My Tipi Event

Darren Smith

“My children and my family are in love

with all things festival – we camp a lot,

we love the great outdoors. Three years

ago we discovered Nordic tipis purely by

accident on line and I decided to start

this company, although I had no previous

experience with any events industry, or

weddings.

It was only meant to be a part-time gig,

six months in summer – I already had a

retail business – but it’s blown us away.

We’ve done 50 weddings in 6 months and

it’s still increasing, but we are not going to

let it grow too much, because we want to

keep the personal touch. I’m at every set

up and every take down.

The people who book our tipis have a

sense of adventure and don’t want to be

pocketed into a formal wedding, they want

something quirky and versatile, that can be

pitched anywhere.

We offer our ‘Giant Hats’ which are

the really big tipis and smaller chill-out

tents, plus catering tents. To help our

clients plan what they want, we just need

to know how many seated guests you are

going to have and how many in total, but

a rough guide is that for every 100 people

you will need two Giant Hats.

The smaller chill-out tents have low

wooden tables, Moroccan pouffes and an

open fire pit. We supply an abundance

of giant marshmallows. They are a break

away from the noise and hysteria, it’s a

zone. We also have a wood-fired pizza

oven in a little hat tipi with fairy lights,

that’s very popular.

We say, let your imagination run wild.

We can create a traditional vibe with

round tables and lime-washed Chiavari

chairs, or festival route with rustic trestle

tables and benches. You can use all your

own suppliers for all the details, or we

have a Little Black Book on the website,

with all of our friends who, DJs, florists,

caterers and cake makers.”

My Tipi event mytipievent.co.uk 01474 824021

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The Dreys

Dave Keulemans

“Our venue appeals to people who

want a festival-inspired, free-spirited,

organic, bohemian alternative in a

wonderful woodland environment. This

is our fifth year and demand is growing

drastically.

The Dreys is family-owned and

run and we are very aware of our

surroundings, of the symbiosis of nature

and humans working together. There

are 80 acres of natural environment, we

don’t use concrete anywhere, or plant

anything, it’s all here. The couples who

choose us are looking for this type of

venue, because we are different.

We have a fully licensed in-house

bar and we sell all local Kent products,

like Chapel Down wines and cider

from The Kent Cider Company. Our

alcohol supplier is Page & Sons, which

has been operating in Ramsgate since

the Napoleonic era. We try not to bring

things in from outside the county.

A special feature is the ceremony area,

a lovely spot in the woods with oaks

and old hornbeams and natural arches.

Guests pull up in the car park, in

front of a mass of woodland, then they

go through a tiny little doorway onto a

secret pathway meandering through the

woodland to the ceremony area.

We are licensed for civil partnerships

and marriages. After the ceremony it’s

another 50 metres through the woods to

the venue.

There is a 15 x18m marquee with

wood flooring, outside there is a fire pit

with daybeds and additional seating and

it’s all professionally wired for sound,

with festoon lighting throughout. We

have capacity for 60 to 500 people and

a licence until 2am.

You can bring your own food and

entertainment – we have a system for

DJs and band. We give people a lot of

freedom, but we can also recommend

food suppliers that have been used on

the site and were great.

And if it rains, that’s fine. Everything

is under cover and you can bring wellies

and brollies to walk to the venue.”

The Dreys, Squirrel Wood, Rumstead Lane, Stockbury, Sittingbourne ME9 7RT 01622 236550 thedreys.co.uk


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Together we will

create your unique,

perfect celebration

DECORATED FEASTING BOXES

FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY

Free yourself and your guests from formalities. Dive into

apple crates filled with a fabulous feast, tailored to suit your

tastes. Our gourmet sharing boxes are decorated to your

theme, forming the perfect centrepiece for your table.

Great for a Tipi, Yurt or outside at a festival style wedding.

We offer something beautiful, delicious and different for

all occasions: weddings, hen parties, shooting parties,

birthdays, festive events, or glamping.

Boho Events

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Call The Girls@BOXED

07767 830167 / 07858 154908

Sissinghurst Road, Biddenden TN27 8DQ

01580 292992 www.glampingwedding.co.uk

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High Rocks

Giuseppe

“Our venue is very special, because

it’s on a site that contains an official

National Monument – a Stone Age

camp – and the amazing sandstone rock

formations, that can be accessed by a

system of eleven bridges.

There is also a station for the Spa

Valley Railway in our garden, so the

bridal party – or the whole wedding

– can arrive by steam train. You

can hire one carriage, or the whole

train, boarding at Tunbridge Wells,

Groombridge or Eridge. You can even

start at London Bridge, change at

Eridge and arrive at High Rocks.

When we came here there was just

a tiny restaurant. We moved the Great

Hall Barn here from Herefordshire. We

also have the Halt and the President’s

Suite, depending on the guest numbers.

We are a venue at the affordable end

of the market, where we do everything

for the bride and groom, you can get

married here and all our food is homecooked

by our dedicated team. We have

chefs who have been here for 30 years.

We don’t charge for the venue, you

choose a package which is multiplied by

the number of guests, so it’s very simple.

The Rocks has been used many times

as a film and video location – Merlin

was filmed here and Enya made a video

here - and offers the opportunity for

the most amazing dramatic wedding

photographs, including flood-lit nighttime

photos which are something very

special to have long after the wedding

day is over.”

The High Rocks, High Rock Lane, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9JJ highrocks.co.uk 01892 515532

Yoghurt Rooms

Aafke Bauer

“We have been running weddings on

our organic beef family farm in the

heart of Sussex for over nine years now

and since we built our beautiful oakframed

barn in 2014 we have been fully

booked year after year.

As well as the huge barn they have

full access to the farm, our three

gorgeous Mongolian yurts and two

stylish apartments accommodating up

to 42 guests on site. We also have a new

marquee, sound systems, an after-hours

music room, camping fields, fire pits

and play area, all with incredible views

over stunning rolling countryside.

Our couples book because they

want something a bit different to the

traditional hotel weddings.

Most of our couples want a festival

style or boho wedding and that’s exactly

what we do best.

It’s a DIY type venue where our

couples have the chance and freedom

to inject their own style and ideas and

really let their imagination run wild.

One of our beautiful brides wanted

to be delivered to her ceremony on

the front of our tractor in the bucket!

Which we of course gladly did.

It is lovely to see how amazing, cool

and different their set ups can be. Our

couples dream up their perfect day and

we help them create it.”

Yoghurt Rooms, Busses Farm, East Grinstead RH19 4NL yoghurtrooms.com 07543 941191

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St Julians Club

THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR WEDDING

Tucked away behind Knole Park, Sevenoaks, St Julians is a beautiful

19th Century house and gardens with spectacular views across the valley.

At St Julians, we believe that your wedding day is uniquely special, and

we aim to make it unforgettable for you and your guests. Our friendly

staff can assist you in every aspect of planning your wedding, and are

always on hand to ensure that your day runs perfectly.

A UNIQUE VENUE

BESPOKE PLANNING & EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE

IN AN UNPARALLELED SETTING

01732 458261 • INFO@STJULIANS.CO.UK • WWW.STJULIANS.CO.UK

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Sissinghurst Flowers

made with love

WEDDING FLORIST OF THE YEAR 2014-2017/18

KENT WEDDING AWARDS

Finalist 2016

KENT EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARDS

Regional Finalist (London & South East) 2014-2018

WEDDING INDUSTRY AWARDS

Multi award winning Wedding Florist

www.emilyandme.co.uk 07581 294387

Weddings Life Events Courses

www.sissinghurstflowers.co.uk

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Flower

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Choosing flowers for a wedding can be overwhelming – they’re all so beautiful! – so we

asked two highly experienced wedding florists for advice

Sue Davies, Sue Davies Flowers

“My role is to guide them, which I

do with a no obligation consultation.

I show them images of weddings I’ve

done and I have a pictorial library of

different flowers, colours, types, so I can

show them what I’m talking about.

Usually they will have a colour idea,

they’ve quite often sourced the dresses.

After that conversation I will have

an idea of what they want and I give

people a mood board to look at.

Instagram and Pinterest have changed

everything and it’s great, giving people

wonderful ideas. I did a great one

this summer [see above] where the

bridesmaids chose their own dreses,

in different colours and that was my

colour palette. The bride had all those

colours in her bouquet and crown.

Wild and informal tied bouquets are

really in. They want to look as though

they’ve gathered it on the pathway up

to the ceremony area – and it takes

professional skill to achieve that. I’ve

always mixed hedgerow bits and pieces

in with flowers. I grow flowers myself to

use and work very seasonally.

I also do complete artificial flower

weddings, I once boxed one up and sent

it to Greece. Artificial crowns are very

practical and brides can keep them and

hang them up, a lovely memento.

The quality of artificial flowers is so

fantastic now.”

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“The first thing is to plan a budget for

their flowers – and to make it realistic.

Brides often undervalue the amount

needed for flowers, but they are a major

part of the day, they are the decoration

of the venue and what the guests see.

On our website we provide a guide

to flower prices and we always route

people there from first emails. That’s

the place to start.

Once they have a budget, they need

to find a specialist wedding florist –

not a retail florist – who fits with their

ideal. The internet has made this so

much easier, because they can look at

websites and see what they like. They

should also check out their reputation

through reviews and whether they’ve

won any awards.

Then they can book a free

consultation to talk through their ideas

and bring with them Pinterest ideas,

pictures from magazines, anything to do

with their wedding. I love to see all of

it. The more someone can tell me, the

more I can get a feel for it. The flowers

reflect the couple. We do some really

wacky weddings and it all starts with

these conversations.

A lovely trend at the moment is

arches covered with flowers, which are

great if they are getting married outside,

then they can bring them in and have

them behind the top table.”

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Moonstruck

We’re all online travel experts now, but for a trip as special as your honeymoon it pays

to have the experts sort it (and who needs the stress with a wedding to plan?)

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“A honeymoon should be the most memorable holiday

you ever take – so don’t try to cut corners. Look at what is

available online, but then come and speak to an expert on

how to put it all together.

Booking on the internet is fraught with pitfalls. If you

book the flight and the accommodation separately and one

falls through you’ve lost the other. An experienced travel

agent will take away the stress from the bride and groom,

with a personal touch.

The style of honeymoons is changing. Couples are

looking for experiences rather than fly and flop. They’ve

done that before and want to have experiences – or go

somewhere you can combine experiences and activities, and

then flop for four or five days. People say: ‘We want to do

all these things while we can, because the next step in our

journey will be children and we won’t be able to afford it.’

We are doing a lot of safaris for honeymoons and I’ve

even done road trips in America, Route 66. A wonderful

option is Gaia Island resort off the coast of Borneo, which

has rooms on stilts on a beautiful beach with rainforest

behind. You can kayak through mangrove forest, go

ziplining, snorkelling with the experts in conservation and

see orangutans.

But on the other hand, while honeymooners’ initial

thoughts are the further away the more exotic it’s going to

be, do you really want to spend 20 hours on a plane to the

Cook Islands? Or would you just like to go to Positano…?”

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“The first thing we do when a couple comes in to enquire

about a honeymoon is to sit and have a chat about what

they are thinking they might want to do. Then we can

elaborate on that and make suggestions they haven’t even

thought of. It’s about talking to people, listening to their

ideas and then telling them the options.

We work with so many different operators and have such

depth of experience across our branches, we can arrange

anything anyone wants to do. We might suggest that they

twin centre it, rather than just going to one place. Luxury

train trips are huge this year. Not just the Orient Express

to Venice, they also do trips in Peru and Malaysia, with

stunning suites on the trains.

A lot of newlyweds now are doing a luxury ‘mini moon’

short break right after the wedding and then saving up to

do a proper honeymoon a year later.

After a big swing to the internet, people are coming back

to travel agents. There are so many dodgy companies online

and we offer price parity with what you find there, but we’ll

do everything for you and because of the contacts we have

we can get room upgrades and added extras.

Many of our clients have got their home already, so they

start a Honeymoon Fund with us and ask for contributions

to a honeymoon as a wedding present. They have cards they

give to wedding guests with our contact details and guests

ring in to us to make a contribution.

When couples come in to pick up their tickets they get a

bottle of prosecco and a wedding card – and we ask them

to pop in and have a coffee with us when they come back

and they show us their holiday pics. It helps us learn if

it’s somewhere we haven’t been ourselves and it’s great to

get feedback on hotels and trips, then we know what to

recommend to other people.”

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Meghan Markle – the Duchess of Sussex – set the bar

very high, but Josephine Fairley has tips for all brides to

achieve their big day beauty best

Was there ever a more radiant vision than Meghan Markle

(as she still was then) walking up that aisle on her own? But

while we’re not all TV star perfect, there’s a lot that any bride

can learn from her, starting with her complexion perfection.

What we know for sure is that she has regular facials – from

Nichola Joss, whose brilliant protégée Charlotte Connoley

works at The Old Rectory Treatment Rooms in Hastings.

Savvy brides book in for a six-month series of facials – and/

or facial acupuncture, which can be fantastic for glow and ‘lift’

– on a monthly basis leading up to the wedding, with the final

facial perhaps a week before the Big Day. You don’t want any

post-cleanse pimples breaking out that morning...

Consulting with a facialist – ideally someone without a

particular brand allegiance – is probably the best way to

fine-tune a skin regime that works best for you. Through

that magnifying glass, they’re able to see exactly what your

complexion needs.

Make-up is then the icing on the wedding cake – and

Meghan’s was picture-perfect: natural, neutral and even with a

few freckles shining through. (As a result, Google searches for

‘freckle-friendly make-up’ are up 117%, FYI.)

Of course you may have booked your hair and make-up

artist the minute the ring was on your finger, but if you’re

going to be doing your own maquillage, you can still tap into

good advice from the pros: head for a department store, and

have a makeover from a consultant whose look you like. Keep

doing it until you’ve tried three or four ranges. Clinique, Bobbi

Brown and Estée Lauder all give great on-counter makeovers.

If you’re happy with the results, you can even enquire about

the make-up artist’s availability for weddings. Although, if

you’ve the budget, many top editorial and catwalk make-up

artists will do wedding make-up at a price; check out the

on-line portfolios at joygoodman.com and mandycoakley.co.uk

Before settling on your look, heed the wise words of Daniel

Martin, the A-list make-up artist who

Meghan enlisted to do her wedding

make-up: “In years to come you

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how great you felt in your dress

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Which certainly means avoiding the

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He acknowledges Meghan does have incredible

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skin, so for the day itself, he recalls: “I started by Burt’s Bees

prepping her skin with a clarifying toner, water-based £5.99

moisturiser and a Korean sunscreen that also acts as a

foundation gripper to lock down foundation.”

That sunscreen’s important; although brides aren’t normally

driven by carriage through the streets of Windsor, there will

almost certainly be photo opportunities outdoors and you don’t

want to end up sunburned.

Daniel doesn’t actually talk specifics about product used on

the royal bride – because the now Duchess of Sussex (our very

own Wealden duchess…) can’t be seen to be endorsing specific

lines, but my hunch is that it could well have been the cult

favourite Etude House Surprise Mild Airy Finish SPF50, which

you can find in the UK on Amazon.

Then, Daniel Martin says: “I just balanced and neutralised

any discolourations with concealer and foundation. I like to use

water-based foundation, because it absorbs well into the skin

without becoming oily over time.”

You could try MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30,

£27.50, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

SPF40B, £42, and Clinique Even Better Makeup, £28

– but just as important as finding a formulation you

like is ensuring a great colour match.

It bears repeating – because I still see women in

department stores experimenting with shades by

applying them to the back of their hands – that

foundation should always be tried on the jawline,

to make certain it blends seamlessly with

the skintone of both face and neck. No bride

will regret carving out some time in her frenzied

schedule to find her perfect foundation.

A luminiser (also known as highlighter)

was then ‘stippled’ over Meghan’s foundation,

apparently – flattering and pretty in pictures,

but only if it’s applied with the deftest touch.

It’s wise to have a friend (or your make-up

pro, if you’re using one) take snaps at your

wedding make-up rehearsal – with flash, in daylight

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For that teensy touch of gleam, I’d recommend Charlotte

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on-line tutorial on how to use it, on charlottetilbury.com.)

For blush, Daniel went for a coral shade of cream blush; if

you’re cool-complexioned, go for a rosy tone, instead. I’m a fan

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a Rose Gold and Berry Kiss option. Cream blusher is brilliantly

blendable, but be aware: cream blusher doesn’t last all day. A

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top will help it stay put.

As for eyeshadow, Daniel couldn’t have gone for a more

natural-looking palette of browns, taupes and ivory, with a little

touch of copper. For this natural-looking smoky eye, Daniel

explains: “The trick is to lay down a base of cream colour all

over your lid and layer it with shadow. I used shades of warm

chestnut, cocoa and a smudge of rust into her lash line.”

My go-to palette for this sort of soft, smudged look would be

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Eye Colour Quad in Cocoa Mirage, pricey at £66 but

it’s one of the few palettes in which you’ll use every single shade.

And no, those weren’t Meghan’s natural lashes.

Daniel customised some lashes and applied to the

outer corner, for that fetchingly doe-eyed look. But

don’t try this at home; falsies are best left to the

pros, for a wedding. Another option very popular

with brides (and Mary Berry…) is to have some

semi-permanent lashes glued on in advance at your

preferred beauty salon. It’s worth having a couple

of trial runs before the event to find the length and

number of false lashes that feels right for you.

Lips, are the finishing touch, but all Meghan

used was a tinted balm. Layer this over a base of

lip pencil, as balm can disappear superfast. I’m a

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Savvily, Martin revealed that Meghan

had blotting papers to hand – a far better

way for a bride to reduce shine than caking

on powder, as they simply press onto skin

leaving make-up intact, lifting off the oil.

Shiseido Oil-Control Blotting Papers, £19, are my fave –

almost slim enough to slip inside a Givenchy couture wedding

gown, without spoiling the silhouette.

Last, but not least, whether you’re getting hitched in front of

a dozen good friends or several billion TV viewers, remember to

have someone close to you carry a few make-up must-haves to

the church and on to the reception, for touch-ups before those

all-important snaps.

And whenever your Big Day is, I hope the sun shines as

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Wellbeing

A Year of Wellness

There is a lot more to our complexions than meets the eye.

Our wellbeing editor, Eminé Rushton, tackles holistic skin

health, from the inside-out

Month: August

Skin has always fascinated me. I

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wellbeing writer… there are so many

secrets and signposts revealed by our

faces and bodies and the more I learn,

the more I want to know.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ

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when things within are just not right.

So, to become allied with

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Following on from our discovery

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‘environment’ of the surface of our skin.

There is a very delicate, synergistic

equilibrium at play here – and meddling

with it too much can upset the balance.

As a holistic facialist, I learned very

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If you over-cleanse,

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“We can develop

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vital and natural functions.

If you have naturally oily skin and

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If, however, you apply a lightweight

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natural skin affinity, its chemical

structure being most similar to sebum),

the skin receives the message that it is

amply ‘oiled’ and so, slows down its

own production. Eventually, skin finds

its own balance, and

the cycle of stripping/

overproducing, is broken.

Using purest plant oil to

treat oily skin has been a

failsafe part of my holistic

approach for over a

decade now – it works.

Our skin has its own

unique pH too; it is acidic and various

medical studies have shown that skin

with a pH of less than 5 is healthiest

and less likely to develop eczema,

psoriasis and acne (one of the cited

reasons for this is that several of the

acne-causing bacteria are inhibited by

acidic conditions).

This natural pH is called the acid

mantle, and it can be difficult to

maintain it. The average pH of tap

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The harder the water, the more alkaline

it is likely to be, which can upset the

skin’s balance quite significantly.

If I have time, I use a cream or oil

cleanser and then spritz with a floral

water to remove, or if using a hot cloth

to remove my cleanser, I wring the

flannel out as much as I can, so that I

am at least, not dousing my skin with

our hard tap water. It

might sound precious,

but my skin is far less

prone to redness and

dryness as a result.

I also like products that rebalance

and correct the pH of the skin, in

particular Marie Reynolds Dermabiome

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It contains live bacteria, probiotics and

is naturally rejuvenating. And I steer

clear of acids. I know there are many

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own natural balancing acts.

Support, rather than interference,

is best. Using a layer of natural live

yoghurt as an exfoliating face

mask, once a week, will do the job

brilliantly, without the abrasive

friction of a scrub, or aggressive

action of a chemical peel. Raw

honey is also a fantastic face mask;

deeply moisturising, anti-bacterial

and brightening.

I also support from within

with lots of liver- and kidneycleansing

teas: nettle, dandelion, fennel,

chamomile; a wonderful gut-balancing

probiotic, because yes, gut health

directly reflects in one’s skin. (I swear

by Symprove symprove.com). I also take

highest quality food-grown supplements

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Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

Ella Carey is a qualified Natural Nutritionist, a

certified GAPS Practitioner and qualified Kinesiologist,

who runs Full Spectrum Health.

What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in August? This time of

year is a favourite for foraging, so many

delights can be found in the hedgerows.

More than a fun activity to do with the

children, I see it as a key element of

keeping my family healthy, as well as a

lovely way to connect them to nature

and eating seasonally.

We make immune-boosting syrups

from rose hips and elderberries, which

are packed with vitamin C. We eat

blackberries straight from the brambles

for their vitamin content and their wild

bacteria – the strains of which are so vast

we haven’t identified all of them yet, but

which are absolutely fundamental to our

health and wellbeing.

Bacteria play a key role in boosting

our immune systems, and so along with

foraging wild foods, we ferment a lot

of food at home – beetroot, carrots,

sauerkraut etc - to increase our beneficial

bacteria intake.

What’s cooking in your kitchen this

month? Beetroot in all ways! Saltroasted

beetroot with burrata and herbs

from the garden is a delicious light

dinner, and the kids’ favourite way to

eat beetroot is the Indian dish halwa

(not to be confused with halva) . It’s an

unusual, but really tasty, alternative to

your morning breakfast cereal, which

is often low in nutrients and high in

sugar. Beetroot’s great for anyone with a

tendency toward anaemia or fatigue too.

Share one book that taught you

something amazing about life

I was very inspired by Patch Adams’

book Gesundheit. The story follows his

life after he graduates as a doctor and is

wonderful at explaining the frustration

he felt at the expensive and restrictive

US medical system. He dedicated his

life to creating a medical centre and

a community organic farm run by

health professionals and volunteers.

Patients and their families could

come and receive treatment, support

and community – and organic food.

What always brings a smile to your

face? No matter how many people I

work with, it makes me so happy to

hear that people are overcoming their

health issues through nutrition and

natural healing practices.

I especially love it when the nonverbal,

autistic children I work with

start forming words and making eye

contact only weeks into the nutrition

programme. It is a true testimony to

the body’s innate ability to heal, and

the most valuable and fulfilling part

of what I do.

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Food

Light and bright

In our climate we need stodgy food to get us through the dark damp months, so make the

most of high summer when these lighter bites are the perfect choice

Breakfasts worth

getting out of bed for

Citrus Salad

Makes 2 portions

A ‘wake up’ fruit salad made with slices of zingy citrus fruits.

• 1 large orange

• 1 grapefruit

• seeds from half a

pomegranate

• juice and zest of 1 lime

• ½ teaspoon (or to taste)

cardamom seeds

• 1 handful of toasted,

flaked almonds

1If using cardamom pods,

crush to extract the

seeds, then peel and slice

the fruit, arrange in a dish,

drizzle lime juice, then honey

and cardamom (mix this in

advance if preferred). Lightly

toast the almonds and scatter

over fruit.

• 2 pieces un-dyed smoked

haddock

• 200ml milk (or water)

• 100g brown basmati

rice, rinsed (you can use

other varieties of rice, but

brown basmati is healthy

and more delicate than

the class wholegrain kind)

• 2 hard boiled eggs

• 100g peas (optional)

• 1 handful parsley,

chopped

• 1 heaped tsp freshly

grated (or level tsp dry

powdered) turmeric

• 50g butter

1Cook the rice according

to packet instructions and

hard boil the eggs.

Kedgeree

Makes 4 small portions

Save this breakfast classic (very Downton Abbey…) for a

weekend brunch, or make the night before if your weekdays

are hurried, as it’s not the quickest breakfast to prepare.

Adding sunshine coloured turmeric brings extra health

benefits. This meal of a dish makes a lovely light lunch or

supper too – increase all the ingredients by a half again (three

pieces of fish, 300ml of milk, 150g of rice, 150g of peas, 1.5

teaspoons of turmeric, 75g butter) to make larger servings.

2Poach the haddock in

milk for 10mins (put in a

saucepan, cover with the liquid

and put a lid on, bring to the

boil, then simmer gently). I

add peas to the fish towards

the end of this time, but these

can be cooked separately (or

not used at all).

3Strain the fish, reserving

some cooking liquid.

Combine the cooked

ingredients, add turmeric,

butter and, if you like a moist

texture, some of the fish

cooking liquid (exact quantity

is up to you, I often don’t add

any, so see how you go). Stir in

the parsley, season to taste and

arrange the eggs on top.

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Light lunches & simple suppers

Tangy chicken tacos

Makes 4 small portions

• 2-3 chicken breast fillets

• 8 tacos or 4 tortillas

• 1 red chili, thinly sliced

• 1 bunch spring onions,

chopped

• 1 red pepper, thinly sliced

• 1 little gem lettuce,

shredded

• 1 mango, skinned and cut

into slivers

• 1 crushed clove garlic

• handful of coriander,

roughly chopped

Taco dressing

• Juices from the cooked

chicken

• ½ tsp paprika

• ½ tsp cumin powder

• Juice and zest of a lime

• 1 tbsp honey

1If you are using tortillas,

make the taco ‘containers’

by pushing them gently into

a muffin tin - this will make

a bowl shape, then oven bake

them for 3 minutes or so - just

until they hold their shape

(i.e. don’t overbake them).

Alternatively you can use premade

taco shells, or simply

roll the ingredients in the soft

tortillas.

2Gently fry (or poach)

the chicken breasts for

approximately 20 minutes,

until cooked right through

and evenly browned on both

sides. Leave to cool slightly

and keep the cooking juices.

Shred or slice the chicken when

cool. Make the dressing by

combining paprika, cumin,

lime juice and honey, then

mix into the chicken and

vegetables, pile into taco shells

and serve. Shown here served

with tomato salsa, made by

chopping an onion, 3 tomatoes

(skin removed), juice of half a

lemon, a handful of chopped

coriander.


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Za’atar Salmon with

Cauliflower couscous

Serves 4

Omega-3 rich salmon is given a Middle Eastern spice up with

a za’atar crust. Using clean tasting cauliflower makes a lighter,

gluten free, alternative to a traditional wheat-based couscous.

• 4 salmon fillets

• Juice and zest from 1

lime

• Approx 3 tablespoons

za’atar (Middle Eastern

spice mix)

• 1 tbsp pomegranate

molasses

• 1 tbsp olive oil

Cauliflower ‘couscous’

• 1 bunch spring onions,

chopped

• a head of cauliflower,

florets only, grated, or

processed to course

couscous-style granules

• seeds from half a

pomegranate

• handful of mint, chopped

• 1 tbsp olive oil

Couscous dressing:

• 1 dsp honey

• 1 dsp white wine vinegar

• 1 dsp olive oil

• ½ tsp salt (to taste)

• small bunch watercress

and natural yoghurt to

serve

1Pre-heat the oven to

150c/gas 4. Marinade the

salmon fillets in the lime juice

and zest for 30 mins.

2Make the couscous by

lightly steaming the

cauliflower crumbs for 2-3

minutes. Transfer to a pan,

add the olive oil and spring

onions, sauté gently for

4-5 minutes, turn off the

heat and add the mint and

pomegranate seeds. Set to one

side until you’re ready to serve.

3Drizzle half the oil onto a

non-stick or foiled baking

sheet, lie the salmon pieces on

the baking sheet and brush

the rest of the oil on top of

the salmon. Smear on a little

pomegranate molasses, then

sprinkle a layer of za’atar on

top. Place in a pre-heated

oven (150c/gas 4) and bake

lightly. Cooking time will be

dependent on the thickness

of the salmon, but should be

approx 10-15mins. Be careful

not to over cook).

4Mix together dressing

ingredients and stir

through couccous. Serve

salmon on a bed of couscous,

with a dollop of yoghurt, a

swirl of pomegranate molasses

and garnish with watercress.

Avocado, matcha and

pistachio ice cream

Serves 4

Generally ice cream isn’t on my list of healthy foods, but if you use

avocado for part of the ‘cream’ texture, it suddenly is. The avocado

fruit is mild-tasting, silky in texture and goes really well (and not

just colour-wise) with pistachios. The addition of matcha green tea

blends in even more anti oxidants. This ice cream is really easy to

make and looks impressive (green, but impressive).

• 2 ripe avocados

• 75g finely chopped or

ground pistachios, plus a

handful more - roughly

chopped to decorate and

give the ice cream some

crunch

• 1 can condensed milk

(or for a vegan version

substitute 150ml almond,

or coconut milk*)

• 1 tbsp matcha (powdered

green tea)

• 1 tsp almond essence

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

1For a more intense, nutty

flavour, lightly toast the

pistachios prior to chopping/

grinding. Mash down the

avocados, or puree with a

stick blender to a smooth

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consistency, then add to a

mixing bowl, with all the other

ingredients and whisk together

for approx 5 minutes, until

well blended.

2Pour into a container and

place in the freezer for 3

hours or so, until frozen. The

magical thing about using

condensed milk in this recipe

is that it makes such a creamy

consistency that you won’t have

to stir/use an ice cream maker

while it is freezing. Take out

of the freezer 10 mins prior to

serving.

*If you are opting for the vegan

version, take it out of the freezer

and stir twice during the freezing

process (or use an ice cream

maker). This is done to stop ice

crystals forming.

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Not just something dull that needs

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autumn colour

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After lunch we walked along the Thames Path for a while

and took in the sedges and the reeds along the river. And

earlier in the day, during an idyllic amble up the side of a

barley field to the accompaniment of skylarks overhead and

blackcaps singing in the wayfaring trees, I was thinking that

perhaps we could grow a few clumps of barley (Hordeum

vulgare) in our gardens. It’s beautiful with its golden colours

and rippling movement as the wind blows through it.

Grasses mingling with herbaceous plants provide a

transition between mixed borders and areas of the garden

Fountain grass

which are left uncut until the autumn - ‘garden meadows’

if you like - and there is an enormous choice of ornamental

grasses to choose from; the majority of which are pretty

easy to grow and which thrive in most soil conditions.

Some are perfectly happy in dry conditions, always a bit

of a difficult one for gardeners. These include those with

a ‘blue’ foliage such as Elymus magellanicus. Meanwhile,

the sedges and rushes thrive in damp conditions like

those spotted on the riverside at Kelmscott. The pH of

the soil isn’t usually a factor in planting grasses and as

long as those of us who grow on chalk can make sure that

there is some soil to plant them in they should do fine.

Most grasses are happiest in sun but some, like the carexes

and the hakonechloas are more than able to grow well in semi

shade. There are both deciduous and evergreen grasses and

the rule of thumb is to cut the deciduous varieties down in

the spring. The evergreens don’t appreciate being cut hard

back particularly, although it can be done, if you feel the

need, during their growing season (between late spring and

August) and you can thin and tidy them up in the spring too.

So many grasses have the most gorgeous tints in the

autumn and fine structure throughout the winter that

they add hugely to the beauty of a winter garden. Grow

them too in pots remembering to water regularly during

the growing season, plus adding dollops of good compost

and a long-term fertiliser thrown in for good measure.

A few firm favourites would include:

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ or Fountain Grass

is a deciduous grass and has lovely dark green foliage

and catkin like flowers which turn gold in the autumn,

adding to a long period of interest. I saw it recently

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alopecuroides ‘Viridescens’ which is worth having.

Miscanthus nepalensis This heavenly plant, native to

the Himalayas as its name suggests, is a late flowering

grass which has the most beautiful, silky golden flower

heads which look completely wonderful in the evening

light. You’ll need a sheltered, sunny position for it to

thrive but do grow it if you can. You’ll love it.

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’ I think that one of

the best things - and there are many – about this grass

are its autumn tints. The leaves turn in later summer to a

colour combination of russets and orange and before that

transformation you have silvery brown flowers that fade

as the season progresses. It grows to at least two metres

and definitely needs to be left until the spring before

being cut down as it is so striking in the winter garden.

Molinia caerulea arundinacea ‘Transparent’ is a tall form

of the moor grass which grows so profusely on the Scottish

hillsides. It starts to flower in mid-June and grows tall, delicate

and feathery. I really do love seeing this plant which, despite

reaching heights of up to two metres, is so good in the front

of borders. You can then see the planting behind it in a sort of

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depending on position with sun producing a brighter yellow.

I have it in a clay pot in partial shade and am going

to experiment by giving it more light. Hakonechloa

macra is a rather underused plant in comparison to

the variegated forms (of which ‘Aureola’ is only one)

of this grass. Its bright green leaves clump up nicely

and tiny flowers appear in the late summer.

Grow too our native hair grass, Deschampsia cespitosa, which

produces mounds of dark green foliage topped with delicate

long stems and billowing masses of cloud like flowers. ‘Bronze

Veil’ and ‘Golden Veil’ grown through borders have soft,

subtle colours which give the appearance of floating through

and around plants with a more definite outline. These are

really easy to grow from seed. Chiltern Seeds sell them.

Finally, grasses can make rather inviting homes to all

manner of wildlife; to field mice and a huge diversity

of insects and also provide nesting material for birds so

all the more reason to add them to your borders, your

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It’s easy to think that the garden is on the way out this

month. The early summer colour has faded and the

borders could be looking careworn and frazzled. But take

heart, for it need not be so. There are ways of turning the

August garden from crestfallen to crescendo, with plenty of

plants to carry us through the late summer and on into the

golden autumn days.

An annual blast

You can’t beat annuals for long-term reward. This is down

to their short, but action-packed and free-flowering lives.

They only have one season in which to grow, flower and

set their seed, so if you thwart them by continually dead

heading, they will keep on trucking along, flowering until

the frosts. Floriferous and reliable annuals include Cosmos,

Antirrhinums and Zinnias for sun, and for the shadier parts of

the garden Nicotiana, Impatiens and violas.

Perennial colour

We tend to get carried away at the start of the season and

rush out to fill our trolleys with cottage garden perennials

and plants that are in bloom at the start of the summer. The

trouble is that June blooms don’t always last for long. Many

will have finished flowering by July and can also have quite

straggly foliage by that time too.

There is a way to perk up the early flowerers, plants like

delphiniums, lupins, catmint and geraniums. It’s a bit ruthless,

but will pay off in the end. You just cut them all back down

to the ground as soon as they’ve finished flowering at the

beginning of July - and then by the end of August they will be

back, with a repeat show of flowers and tidy new leaves.

So if you have cut back the early arrivals after flowering they

should reappear for their encore at the same time as the later

flowering perennials start. So borders in late summer can be

even more flower-packed than in the earlier months.

Many of the late bloomers are in the daisy family:

Rudbeckias, Echinaceas, Asters and Heleniums are at their

best this month. The range of colours are suitably sultry,

verging on autumnal; shades of dusky pink, mellow oranges,

russet and mahogany, with splashes of blue and mauve from

the asters. Some have long-lasting seed heads too, so once

the flowers have finished they persist as silhouettes, looking

sculptural when backlit against grasses in the autumn light.

The flowers of Sedum spectabile are a magnet for butterflies

and bees at this time of the year. They are a great addition to

the front of the border and will provide long-lasting colour

right through the autumn, as the nectar-packed flowers fade

into attractive seed heads in shades of russet and bronze.

Sedums are easy to care for and will put up with many

situations, but given a choice they’d prefer sunshine and freedraining

conditions.

Dahlias are in full swing now, and with any luck will

provide a sumptuous late summer spectacle until the frosts.

They are greedy plants and need rich, well drained compost

and plenty of moisture. Dead head them regularly to keep the

flowers coming and then, once the frost has cut them back,

either lift and store the tender tubers somewhere frost-free

for the winter, or heap up with mulch and leave them to take

their chances…

Fabulous Foliage

Don’t fixate on flowers – foliage can often have as much

colour as a flower and is a good deal longer lasting, once the

flowers are gone. Large leaves and architectural foliage will

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Echinops

Heleniums and grass

Melianthus

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flowers to good effect.

Try the exotic looking Melianthus major, with its glaucous,

serrated leaves (it will be cut down by the frosts as it is slightly

tender, but perks up again in the spring). Euphorbia ‘Wulfenii’

also has glaucous leaves, but these are evergreen and it has the

added advantage of handsome lime green bracts in spring.

A useful, if diminutive, group of plants that seem

to grow in any situation, including tricky dry shade

are the Heucheras. There is a striking, almost black

variety called ‘Obsidian’, several cultivars come in

opulent maroon shades, but there are lighter colours

too, and for a splash of orange, try H. ‘Marmalade.’

Graceful grasses

Many of the ornamental grasses will be flowering

around now, sending up shimmering golden, silver or

russety flower spikes. Some are demure and ‘grassy’,

others have dramatic plumes or ‘feathers’ of flowers.

There are tall grasses that will do the job of a shrub in

the border, bringing instant height and presence, but in

a more graceful and airy way than a shrub. Miscanthus

zebrinus, or M. ‘Silberfeder’ are good ‘shrub substitute’

grasses. Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ makes a tall golden

pillar and will bring rhythm and punctuation to a scheme,

while the low growing evergreen Stipa tenuissima is an airy

and irresistibly tactile little grass for the front of the border.

Structure from shrubs

Shrubs provide height, presence and act as the backbone of

the border and there are some great late summer flowering

shrubs that have their starring moment right now. Hydrangeas

have long-lasting bracts that fade beautifully into autumnal

shades (and also make great cut flowers), Hibiscus will

provide an exotic boost in shades of pink, blue or white,

and the Buddleias will bring in butterflies and bees.

Smaller shrubs like Caryopteris, with its sky blue

flowers (there is one called ‘Heavenly Blue’) are useful

in the middle of the border, and the low growing

Ceratostigma willmottianum, with its cerulean blue

flowers will also have brilliant autumn foliage.

Container ideas

If your summer pots are starting to look a bit careworn and

straggly, or you want to give the garden an instant colour

boost or focal point, plant up a sumptuous late summer

container. There’s a great range of late summer/early

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perennials like Heuchera, Dahlias, Crocosmia, grasses such

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and long-lasting interest on paved areas near the house.

The summer show is definitely not over yet, in fact

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and a few extra plants, the garden borders can party

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Less than brilliant grades aren’t always a disaster, says Hilary Wilce, with the right support,

there’s as much to learn from failure as there is from success

It’s August, exam results season, and for many young people

a time of celebration and optimism. They are setting out on

the next step of life with their heads held high. But for others,

things might not be looking so rosy. Their results may have been a

terrible disappointment. They may have failed to get into the sixth

form or college of their choice, or into their chosen university.

When this happens, it can feel very bitter, but in fact there is

an awful lot to be said for failure. Indeed, the

“Talk about your

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outcome of failure often turns out to be success.

The schoolchild who ‘fails’ to get into their

first choice primary school, or doesn’t pass the

eleven-plus, may well find themselves happier

and doing better at their alternative school. And

a clearing-place university might turn out to

be exactly the right one for a student to shine.

Failure also teaches lots of useful lessons. As

human beings we fail all the time – at work

and at home – but if we are smart we can learn from that failure.

We can figure out how to do things a different way, discover

that we’re capable of working harder, get to know ourselves

better and change the behaviours that are getting in our way.

That’s why good teachers positively welcome failure into

their classrooms and tell pupils that mistakes are essential to

good learning. They set high standards, but give students

the support, encouragement and non-judgmental feedback

they need to grow into doing as well as they can.

As parents, though, our instincts can be different. We

want to protect our children from failure because we know

how much the shame and pain of it can sting. But if we try

too hard to protect our children from all failure, they will

subliminally soak up our anxieties and become too scared to try

new things, or to come home with less than perfect results.

They will absorb the message that they must do everything

right, the first time they try it, and grow either timid and

perfectionist, or else rebel and act up because they know

they’ll never reach the high standards expected.

Parents who constantly push and bribe their children

for high grades, who bellow and admonish

their children on the touch lines of school

pitches, are always demanding of schools why

their children aren’t doing better… are people

who are, deep down, terrified of failure.

Instead of falling into these patterns, make

friends with failure and help your children to think

of it as a normal part of life. Encourage them to

look it in the face and see it as something that will

help them to learn better and grow stronger.

Talk about your own mistakes and what you’ve learned

from them. Avoid comparisons with higher-achieving

pupils, or talking about success and failure in black and

white terms. Instead encourage your child to see that their

brain is pliable and plastic, quite capable of stretching

itself round new things and rising to challenges.

Tell them that top athletes know that mental attitudes

matter just as much as sporting prowess and that’s why

they work as much on developing grit, determination

and resilience as on developing their physical abilities.

Because at the end of the day, that’s where the roots of

success and failure always lie – in how each one of us decides

to look at life and meet the challenges it flings at us.

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Sussex House, 61 Lower Pantiles,

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Local artists Suzy Phillips

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of contemporary paintings. The

exhibition draws upon poetry to

demonstrate the value of the poet/

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of the chosen poems matched to

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The artists wish to encourage

people from far and wide to

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Sat 25 - Mon 27 Aug

St George’s Church, Brede Hill,

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Brede Flower Festival

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Fri 6 Jul – Thu 16 Sep

Chatham Dockyard, Main Gate

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Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

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Monday 27 August.

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Hever Castle, Hever Road,

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Hop Farm, Maidstone Road,

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Summer Fun at the Farm

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Tue 31 Jul – Sat 18 Aug

Various locations on Thanet

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Summer Seashore

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hiding there. These safaris will

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Fri 31 Aug 7.30pm-9.15pm

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Bats at dusk

Meet Knole’s resident bat

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at dusk with an expert ecologist.

Bat detectors will be provided but

you should bring your own torch.

After the walk there will be time

for questions over a hot chocolate

in the Visitor Centre. Children

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Booking essential.

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Sat 11 & Sun 12 Aug

10am-5pm

Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road,

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Tudor Pageant

Party like its 1544! Dover Castle

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to invade France. Celebrate

with the King as a colourful

parade showcases the strength

of the English army. The Tudor

encampment will have fools and

musicians, monk monopoly and

junior jousting as well as the

chance to try coin striking and

learn about Tudor food.

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Fri 24 – Mon 27 Aug

Various locations in Sandwich,

Kent

Sandwich Festival

The streets of Sandwich are

going to be filled with music,

dancing and life over this weekend

festival with outdoor concerts, a

food fayre, barn dancing in the

street, classic cars and a fantastic

illuminated boat parade.

Entry: Free

Info: sandwichevents.org.uk

Food & DRink

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Aug

Brogdale Collections, Brogdale

Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham

ME13 8XZ

Brogdale Cider

Festival

Local craft ciders and live music

for a full weekend! Expect

entertainment for the whole

family with a little festival goers

area, yummy street food, fun

festival games, and local shopping.

Info: 0 1795 536250 /

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DESIGNER MAKERS

OF CONTEMPORARY AND

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

DESIGNER MAKERS

OF CONTEMPORARY AND

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

EVENTS Contemporary 2012

CRAFT

SHOWS

CONTEMPORARY

CRAFT SHOWS

THROUGHOUT SUSSEX

3 - 5 August

MICHELHAM PRIORY

with craft demonstrations

Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East

Sussex BN27 3QS

www.sussexpast.co.uk

Registered Charity No. 239992. Company No. 633098

Registered Charity No. 239992. Company No. 633098

Image © Amanda Hedges

The Sussex Guild

Shop and Gallery

The North Wing

Southover Grange

Southover Road

Lewes, East Sussex

BN7 1TP

Shop open 7 days a

STEP INTO NINE

week, 10.00 - 5.00

except Christmas Day

Reg. Charity no: 292234

CENTURIES OF HISTORY

www.thesussexguild.co.uk

01273 479565

25 - 27 August

PASHLEY

MANOR GARDENS

Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst,

East Sussex TN5 7HE

www.pashleymanorgardens.com

www.thesussexguild.co.uk

01273 479565

Reg. Charity no : 292234

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A summer filled with adventure, music

and drama as well as our wonderful daily

attractions means there’s always a great

reason to visit.

EXPERIENCE MORE

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Steam through the Ages

Travel through 100 years of

history in one day!

Plenty to do and see at three

stations including

Live music from the Victorian

Era.

WW2 themed activities,

music and displays including a

static Spitfire Display and

‘Homefront Bus’

Donkey rides and ‘seaside’

activities.

RSA

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Steam through the Ages

11th - 12th August 2018

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4–26 August 2018

The Dance Hall, Community Centre

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Paul Young: 35 Years of No Parlez Tour

The Greatest Show: Live in Concert

Saturday 29 September 7.30pm

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage

Friday 12 October 4.30pm & 7.30pm

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: With Bells On

Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 October

Thursday 15 November 7.30pm

NEW AUTUMN HIGHLIGHTS Book online:

whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Ticket Office: 01424 462288

White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JX

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PAINT YOUR OWN CERAMICS,

CRAFTS & PERSONALISED GIFTS

Visit in August to see

hundreds of lilies, the

abundant kitchen garden

and the herbaceous

borders looking fantastic

Sussex Guild Craft Show

25, 26 & 27 August

Beautiful 11 Acre Gardens; Café with Terrace; Gift

Shop; Sculpture Exhibition; open until 29th Sept.

Ticehurst 01580 200888

pashleymanorgardens.com

Keepsakes

Come in and have a go!

No appointment necessary

Paint your own

Decopatch

Located on Hawkhurst Fish Farm

www.slapndash.com 01580 755674

Open times: Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat & Sun 10.00 to 4.00

(Evenings by appointment)

Disabled access • Ample Parking • Cafe on-site

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#nationaltrust

Open-air theatre at Smallhythe

Place

Enjoy an evening of entertainment with

friends and family this August. Pack your

picnics, rugs and hampers and relax in the

tranquil summer gardens of Smallhythe

Place for open-air performances of 'Peter

Pan' on Sunday 5th and 'As You Like It' on

Monday 27th.

Call 01580 762334 for details

nationaltrust.org.uk/smallhythe-place

© National Trust 2018. The National Trust is an independent

registered charity, number 205846. Photography © National Trust

Images\Rosie Gaston.

WWW.THE-OBSERVATORY.ORG

31 st August - 2 nd September 2018

Now in its 14 th year...

Soak up the incredible atmosphere whether just for a day

or the whole weekend. Camping pitches are available.

Programme includes talks, planetarium shows, family

activities, Astro Radio and much more!

Confirmed speakers...

Jane Green FRAS

(Author, broadcaster & registered school’s speaker)

Dr Stephen Wilkins (University of Sussex)

Christopher Jacobs (Deep Space Navigation

Engineer, NASA/JPL)

Pete Williamson FRAS

(Astronomer and Broadcaster)

Dr Amelie Saintonge (UCL)

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What’s On in August

Sat 25 – Mon 27 Aug

Mote Park, Mote Avenue,

Maidstone, Kent ME15 7SU

Shemomedjamo

A multicultural food festival

named after the Georgian phrase

for the feeling of being full but

unable to stop eating because the

food tastes too good. Visit this

global village of food and you can

take in music, dance and art from

the cultures of the world too.

Entry: Free

Info: visitmaidstone.com

Mon 27 Aug

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling,

Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU

Ice Cream Festival

Candy floss, popcorn, snow cones,

chocolatiers and over 20 flavours

of ice cream - what’s not to love?

Kent Life will also have animal

activities, face painting and a

‘Dairy Stage’ with live music for

all to enjoy.

Info: kentlife.org.uk

THEATRE

Fri 6 Jul – Fri 31 Aug

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN

Outdoor Theatre

Over August Scotney Castle

encourages us all to get outside

and enjoy a bit of culture with

a series of outdoor theatre

performances set with the

beautiful Mansion house as a

one-of-a-kind backdrop. Enjoy

such titles as The Reluctant Dragon

and The Tempest (which will be

performed by the UK’s premier

all male company, The Lord

Chamberlain’s Men).

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk/

scotney-castle

Thurs 9 – Sun 12 Aug

Kent Event Centre, Detling,

Kent ME14 3JE

Spirit of the Horse

Europe’s greatest equestrian

theatre show’s new production,

Renaissance, stars over 20

magnificent horses from six

countries and is full of drama,

humour and poetry with stunt

riding, Spanish dancing horse

and the fabled Pegasus, a fabulous

winged horse.

Info: spiritofthehorseshow.com

Fri 10 Aug

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe,

Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG

The Importance of

Being Earnest

A fast-paced, one-act adaption

of Oscar Wilde’s beloved “Trivial

Comedy for Serious People”.

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk/

smallhythe-place

WORKSHOPS

Wednesdays and Sundays

throughout August excluding

Wed 29 Aug

Canterbury Baking School, 22,

The Ness, Canterbury CT1 3NL

Baking School

Canterbury Baking School offers

a multitude of classes which teach

life-long skills including basic

bread techniques, and making

artisan bread, sourdough, pasta or

pizza! In the heart of Canterbury,

these personal, specialist workshops

are taught by bread expert, Vicky,

who was trained by an Italian

master chef!

Entry: £165pp, £10 off for Wealden

Times readers, quote ‘Wealden10’

Info: canterburybakingschool.com

/ vicky@canterburybakingschool.com

Listings are correct at time of going

to press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

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Blackland Farm

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Probably the most experienced, established

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Competition

Win A £500 luxury spa break

for two at Eastwell Manor,

champneys hotel & spa

Eastwell Manor is a magnificent hotel within a

historic grand house in beautiful landscaped

gardens in Kent, with a Champneys spa. The

winner and their guest will enjoy a one-night stay in

a luxe room in the main Manor house, with dinner,

breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a 50-minute spa

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The Champneys spa offers a wide range of health

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Eastwell Manor prides itself on an outstanding

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spa, leisure and eating amenities, they offer wedding

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Congratulations to Margaret Lipsham who wins our June competition

for £400 of luxury bedding from King of Cotton

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Why cows win the farm animal popularity

contest – and sheep most definitely do not

Among those of us old enough to remember, Coopers

Farm has often been likened to an i-spy Book of The

Farm. These tiny pocket books were the pre-digital

way of keeping children entertained. Each one was dedicated

to a different topic like The Seaside, Birds, Cars or even

Motorways (a novelty way back then), each page illustrated

with objects you had to look out for and then tick off.

Once completed, and I never knew anyone who ever did,

you could send them back to the publisher – Big Chief I

Spy - and look forward to receiving a magnificent prize such

as a pencil or a badge. Those were the days!

Fact is over the past 20 years we have managed to collect,

or at some point tried our hand at, most of the farm animals

that would have featured in one of these books – cows, pigs,

sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl – and many of

them are still here. Though some are most definitely not.

The goats were the worst, escaping, eating the roses,

making a racket and generally getting in the way. They only

lasted a few weeks but sheep come a close second in my

“more effort than their worth” opinion, but

it’s OK because they’re Adrian’s sheep and my

cows, so it’s not my problem.

When we first came to Coopers we had

almost no farm knowledge, Adrian decided to

sign up for an NVQ in agriculture at Hadlow

College. While there he was taken under the

wing of a very experienced shepherd who

turned up at the farm one day with five ewes

and a ram having rightly decided that being taught in a

classroom is only half the job, getting stuck in is far more

important. The die was cast, the flock was installed so, as

you do, I went and bought six cows.

“Sheep shearing

can be a very

competitive

business”

But here’s the thing. Once the cows are turned out in the

fields in the spring, apart from checking on them every day

it’s a pretty carefree summer. The shepherd’s work however

is never quite done.

As someone famously said there are two things sheep like

doing, one is escaping and one is dying and if they can die

escaping then that is true happiness.

All summer they have to be regularly wormed, have jabs

to stop diseases, their feet trimmed and be

sprayed with noxious chemicals to prevent fly

strike, a ghastly Hammer House of Horror

condition where bluebottle flies lay their eggs

in the wool and if undetected the maggots

burrow into the sheep’s skin and literally

devour the poor animal.

This is less of a problem once they’ve been

shorn but that too is a major undertaking –

and, rather like a hot dog eating competition, can be a very

competitive business.

Matt Smith, a farmer from Cornwall can shear a sheep in

44 seconds and recently broke a world record by shearing

731 ewes in nine hours!

In his heyday, Adrian could manage about 15 sheep a

week, not quite a match for Matt who by my calculations

would whizz through our 80 in under an hour, but these

days we employ the services of the much younger James.

But it still takes the two of them all day to get them in,

shear them, swap the combs and cutters, make endless cups

of tea and ‘wind’ the fleeces into big wool sacks.

Over in the cattle department I will spend my summer

wandering gently through the meadows watching my brown

cows just grow sleeker and glossier.

I rest my case.

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

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