Surrey Homes | SH46 | August 2018 | Wedding supplement inside

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Contents

August 2018

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GRACIOUS LIVING

Maggie Alderson’s personal

pick of properties

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S4

HAMMER TIME

Let’s get excited about

auction houses again

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LATE BLOOMERS

Jo Arnell tells how to keep up

appearances in your August garden

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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

GET THE LOOK

Products that will give your

home that signature Sasha style

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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

LET THE GRASSES GROW

Sue Whigham thinks we should

all watch the grass grow

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SURVIVING RESULTS

SEASON

Hilary Wilce on why failure

isn’t the end of the world

WHAT’S ON

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Ray DunfoRD… the last to leave

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When Ray DunfoRD vacateD his business pRemises

on the street in ashtead in 2008, he never imagined

that within 10 years he’d be returning to live on

the exact spot where he’d run the family business. now

retired, mr Dunford (85) is looking forward to a new phase

in his life, downsizing from his family home in banstead

and moving to a stylish, contemporary apartment at the

newly built st michael’s court in the heart of ashtead.

Ray Dunford, along with his late wife, margaret, and their two

sons were well-known in ashtead. in 1983 they took over a rundown

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“We started the garage from nothing and it became

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we started a rental business and had over 2,000 videos

in our rental library. in the forecourt shop, we sold

everything from food and music cassettes to children’s

bicycles and garden furniture. We even installed a coffee

machine and microwave to heat food for customers.”

“there was a workshop at the back of the filling station which

became home to Key Drive, our motor servicing and car/van

rental hire. Key Drive is still run by my two sons, stuart and Gary,

but is now located in Leatherhead in premises on Kingston Road.

ashtead service station was bought by tesco in 2008 and the

Dunford family moved to Leatherhead but no work was ever

started on site. eight years later, the land was resold and was

finally redeveloped. the new development, aptly named ‘st

michael’s court,’ comprises an m & s food hall and just 9 one

and two-bedroom apartments with private, gated parking and

lift access. mr Dunford was the first person to buy there and,

since then, a further four apartments have been snapped up.

the sales success isn’t surprising. all the apartments are light

and airy and the majority have private balconies. there’s also

a ‘sky Garden’ - a delightful, communal outdoor space on the

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the apartments are fitted with high gloss kitchen cabinets, a

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a combination of carpeting and Karndean oak effect flooring.

the location in the heart of ashtead is perfect for retirees

like mr Dunford with all the shops and services on hand.

commuters will also appreciate the fact that the development

is close to junction 9 of the m25 and within easy reach

of ashtead’s mainline station which offers services to

London Waterloo, London victoria and London bridge.

“i feel as if i’m returning home,” adds mr Dunford. “the

new apartments are very nice indeed – i was impressed. in

fact, i fell in love with them straight away. i have chosen

to move now because i’m getting older and have health

issues – and st michael’s court is ideal because it’s above

my favourite food shop – marks & spencer. there’s a lift so

i don’t have to worry about walking upstairs and there’s

no maintenance or gardening to do. in a two-bedroom

apartment, there will be much less cleaning. now i just

have to declutter which makes you realise that a lot of

the stuff you have, you don’t use and you don’t need.”

“moving home at my age is my last challenge – and

i’ve had many in my life. i will still be close to my sons.

i wanted to make the move before someone else had

to make it for me. i am having the apartment furnished

nicely. it’s a nice modern flat and needs to be furnished

appropriately. i am really looking forward to it.”

the one and two-bedroom apartments at st michael’s court,

are suitable for singles and couples, from first time buyers

to downsizers. prices range from £300,000 to £450,000 and

the Government backed help to buy scheme is available

for eligible new home buyers. this means being able to

buy with a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage with the

remaining 20% available in the form of an equity loan,

interest free for five years. for more information, please

contact selling agent, patrick Gardner on 01372 360832


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Maggie Alderson dreams about houses with golden beams

Rye Farm

The dream: Not just a house – a

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Beds: 12 in all Baths: 8, many en

suite

Special features: The party barn and

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The dream: Another compound,

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Setting: At the end of a long private

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Time to town: About an hour to

Waterloo from nearby Shalford.

Beds: 9 Baths: 6

Special features: Bifold doors on the

extension, open the whole side up,

looking across a patio and lawn to the

barn. A separate gym.

Pleasing details: The barn is wood

shingled and has a wonderful

vaulted roof.

Outside: Gardens, grounds, lots of trees.

Agent: House 0800 917 0447

housepartnership.co.uk

Warren Mere

£2,995,000

The dream: Dreamy beamy all too

often equals small, dark and meany.

Grade II listed Warren Mere is

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Where: Just outside the village of Brook,

between Godalming and Haslemere,

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Setting: Secluded, rural glory,

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Time to town: Just over an hour to

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Beds: 6 on the first floor, with

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ground floor Baths: 5

Special features: The vaulted eatin

kitchen is seriously fabulous.

Pleasing details: The outbuilding

has potential to be converted

into a granny flat.

Outside: 50 acres. Gardens, tennis

court, parkland, paddocks and woods.

Price: £2,995,000

Agent: Hamptons, Godalming.

01483 905232 hamptons.co.uk

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

and paint what’s left white.

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beautiful house, Archer Lodge is a working theatrical space and

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

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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

world have become such, not just because

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on the atmosphere that is left behind.

What would the Georgian terrace house in Doughty

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Dickens’ residence there (and his actual writing

desk…)? The grey stone Yorkshire parsonage that

was home to the Brontë sisters would be a pretty

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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

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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

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for a forthcoming performance at Cecil Sharp House in

London, not an iPhone or game of Fortnite between them.

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

doubt, the audiences that attend Archer Lodge

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

book arch which feels like the house is beckoning you


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Left: The garden 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 Below:

Chairs which have been rebuilt using

found materials, as they have weathered

over the years Below: Chairs which

have been rebuilt using found materials,

as they have weathered over the years

Bottom : An arch echoes the entry to

the house

The terrace overlooks the garden in which the company

have created a series of outdoor rooms used for rehearsals

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

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

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On the landing, a clutter of puppets and books

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Previous pages: The kitchen has shelves rather than cupboards,

displaying Sasha’s collection of bright antique pottery. The

floors throughout are old skirting boards treated with a Swedish

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expert tip: chicken wire in the cupboard doors. Curated objects

on the mantelpiece

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antique bench on the other, covered with thick white

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‘legend’ is often overused but in design terms she truly

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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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Sasha’s inspiration was the essence of 18th and 19th

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1780s – to bring fresh interiors, full of light, to this country.

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manor houses, Sasha’s signature is all about pared-back

clean lines, lashings of white, painted wood and tactile

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St Leonards home is a masterclass in how to achieve it.

As you take in this extremely sophisticated simplicity,

in Sasha’s open-plan space, another theme jumps out

at you: throws, curtains and cushions in different

patterns of stripes, paisley, florals and checks.

And it’s no coincidence that they all go together so

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This page: Looking from the main room through to the kitchen, with Sasha’s oversized paisley for Room 100 featured on the table

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eautifully, as all of them were designed

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Despite her extraordinary design pedigree

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This page: The top of the dining/work table is a sheet of MDF painted with white

emulsion. French windows open on to a courtyard

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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

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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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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

set off by a burst of colour in a painting, echoed by the real

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outlets interested in stocking the range.

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

across England and Europe. My whole

reason for getting involved is to earn money

for the charity to continue and grow.

“The children who come in are often so malnourished

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About the property

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

0.5 acres of hedged, easily maintained lawned garden. The 3

bed house could be easily extended on both floors into the dry

attached outbuildings. Total accommodation area approx 90m 2 .

Furnished, well decorated, ready for occupation as a permanent

residence, holiday home or potential holiday let income

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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Star item

“I fished a table writing box

out of a car boot fair once. I

saw it in the owner’s boot and

asked what he was doing with

it, he said it was going up the

tip. I told him he should try

auctioning it, thinking it was

19th century Anglo-Indian or

Portuguese. He did put it up

for auction and a couple of

bidders both reckoned it was

18th century – they ended

up driving it up to £5,000 –

£6,000, all for a box which

was headed up the tip!”

Nick Crabb

Crow’s Auction Gallery

The real benefit of buying with

auction houses is that you only

pay market value, which could be a

third or quarter of what you would

pay in a retail setting. You may have

to do some extra work but you get a

much better price.

The Lingo

Provenance

This is evidence of an item’s history

and/or origin which indicates

authenticity or quality.

If you have a piece of paper (a photo

or will for example) you have proof

of an item’s story. People always want

provenance and if you have it the item

will sell better.

Post-sale online auction

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

auction room and on three auction

platforms live online.

If an item is not sold it gets uploaded

onto a post-sale online auction, which is

set up a bit like eBay.

In a normal auction we sell up to 200

lots an hour, but with this you have five

days to bid online which is a lot less

pressure. We sell 25% of unsold stock

that way.

Caveat emptor (buyer beware)

The law assumes that the buyer

has more knowledge than the

auction house.

Top tip

“If possible view items in

person. If you can’t and it’s

something you’ve seen on the

internet, make the most of

the auction house, request a

report or give them a call, they

may send you more images

or describe the item over the

phone and you can get a better

understanding of it”

You can bring items back if there’s

an inconsistency with the description

in the catalogue, but otherwise it’s

the buyer’s responsibility to check the

quality of any item you buy.

If you want to know more about an

item or check on something you can

always call the auction house.

Nick Crabb, Director/Owner, Crow’s

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Leslie Gillham Gorringe’s

My first experience of an auction

house was going to work at one

– here at Gorringe’s – around 1968, as

a bookkeeper and porter. Since then

I’ve been a director at Bonhams in

Knightsbridge and vice president of

Phillips in New York, but after all that

I ended up coming full circle back here

to Gorringe’s.

Auctions work on cycles like that

too, but generational ones. The same

thing that’s happening now happened

Star item

in the 20s. An entire generation looked

at the antiques world and said ‘Why

do we want all this old stuff?’ and the

classic 20s art deco style was born

This continued until the 60s, when

interest in antiques started to grow

again and from then to the 2000s prices

went up and up. Now it’s going down

again. The only exception is the very

best stuff which will always do well. If,

for example, you had a very ordinary

George III mahogany table it could sell

“This Indian sword sold for £7,000 last September and has a great story.

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

iron hilt, elephant’s head pommel and tiger knucklebow, all inlaid with

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

was awarded the contract to refurnish gulab Bhavan, the

summer palace of the Maharajas of Jammu and Kashmir,

and as a result he struck up an enduring friendship

with the last Maharaja, Hari Singh (1895-1961) in the

mid-1940s. The relationship developed further when

Leonard accepted the post of private secretary to the

Maharaja in 1948-9, a position he held until ill-health

forced him to retire and return to england in 1959.”

Top tip

“Some people think of the

bidding process as scary and

that they will accidentally

wind up bidding thousands

of pounds because they

happened to sneeze or blink

at the wrong moment. That

never happens! The auctioneer

can see everyone and any

experienced one will know

who is interested and never

mistake say a wave or a sneeze

for a bid. So just come, relax

and enjoy it. And if you are

worried, you don’t even have

to go in person. You can now

sit and watch live on your

computer screen and bid with

a simple click.”

for around £150 at auction, but we have

seen a pair sell for £2,600. Why? Well,

obviously being a pair adds value but they

were also the very best quality and had a

good history.

The internet is changing things too.

Online bidding is increasingly popular.

Now up to 40% of things we sell –

especially smaller items like pottery or

ceramics – go to online bidders. It really

has been a revolution.

If, for example, you put a specialist

Scandinavian picture up for auction

here in Tunbridge Wells you would get

Scandinavian bidders online.

Thirty years ago people would have to

leave bids with the auctioneer, or phone

in, if they couldn’t go to the auction. This

all still happens sometimes, but it has been

completely superseded by the internet.

The one thing I would say about

online bidding is that you can get delays.

Experienced bidders see the difference

because they can’t type as quickly as they

can bid in person, but it doesn’t usually

cause a problem.

And of course you always have the

backstop of a telephone bid which lets you

talk to a real person who makes a real bid

for you then and there.

Leslie gillham, Partner, gorringe’s,

Tunbridge Wells 01892 556860

gorringes.co.uk

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

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Established 1993

Run by Fashion Designer, team of expert fitters & tailors

At FAST STITCH we pride ourselves in providing

Professional Alterations, Repairs and made to

measure of Ladies and Gents Clothing, and all

other types of garments

WEDDING Services:

• Haute couture Fashion Designing Wedding,

Bridesmaids & Evening Dresses at very

competitive prices and time scale

• Restyling and Altering your Dresses to the best

specifications.

• Hand made accessories

A mix of beautiful clothes, shoes & accessories

from boutique brands & independent

designers, handpicked just for you.

After Wedding:


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Dry Cleaning

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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

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For amazing designer and bespoke

hats and fascinators as well as seasonal

hats, umbrellas and pashminas.

We also stock Rainbow shoes which can

be dyed to any colour imaginable.

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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

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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.”

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Festival

style

wedding?

Look no further!

Here at yoghurtrooms we specialise in

the more alternative outdoorsy weddings

—It is what we do best!

07543 941191

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Choose from our à la carte menu available every day from midday or

our NEW summer set menu* 2 courses for £14.95 or 3 courses for £19.95

For reservations call 01483 225 188

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High Rocks

Giuseppe

“Our venue is very special, because

it’s on a site that contains an offic ial

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.”

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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

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“My role is to guide them, which I

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I show them images of weddings I’ve

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Usually they will have a colour idea,

they’ve quite often sourced the dresses.

After that conversation I will have

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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

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in different colours and that was my

colour palette. The bride had all those

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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

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I also do complete artificial flower

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On our website we provide a guide

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Once they have a budget, they need

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ideal. The internet has made this so

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through reviews and whether they’ve

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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

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Here comes the

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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

want to be able to look back at

your photos and think about

how great you felt in your dress

on your wedding day, and not

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Which certainly means avoiding the

contouring/strobing/Kardashian-esque

look that’s alas so currently prevalent.

Tinted Lip

He acknowledges Meghan does have incredible

Balm in Zinnia,

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

and in natural light indoors, so you can see how the

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

Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Hollywood Glow, £30. It

goes on subtly, and is a buildable liquid. (There’s also a terrific

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

of the new Revlon Photoready Insta-Blush, £9.99, which offers

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

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

whisper of your favourite translucent powder whisked over the

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

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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

gorgeously as it did on the radiant Duchess of Sussex.

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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

think that’s why I circuitously

made my way from beauty editor

to holistic facialist, then back again to

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

and it’s incredibly receptive and

intuitive. We blush when embarrassed,

blanch when shocked – and we can very

easily develop skin conditions overnight,

when things within are just not right.

So, to become allied with

our skin, to learn to read its

language and understand its

signals, offers us not only

the ability to keep it healthy,

glowing and vital, but also

to comprehend better what

is going on for us beneath

the surface. From our guts

and nervous system, to our endocrine

and psychological state.

Following on from our discovery

of the complexity of the gut and its

multifarious and multi-functioning

microbiome, we are also now learning

of our other organs’ own microbiomes

i.e. the complex community of viruses,

bacteria and mites that make up the

‘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

quickly that less is more.

If you over-cleanse,

strip, exfoliate, peel, or

even over-moisturise,

you are preventing

your skin from

carrying out its own

“We can develop

skin conditions

overnight, when

things within are

just not right”

vital and natural functions.

If you have naturally oily skin and

use oil-stripping cleansers and oil-free

moisturisers, your skin will receive

signals from its surface that tell it that it

is low in sebum. So the sebaceous glands

begin producing more. And more...

If, however, you apply a lightweight

oil to the skin (I like jojoba for its

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

water in the UK is between 6.5 and 9.5.

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

Mask, £68 (mariereynoldslondon.com).

It contains live bacteria, probiotics and

is naturally rejuvenating. And I steer

clear of acids. I know there are many

who use an ‘acid toner’ daily and vouch

for the benefits. For me, though, I have

found that prolonged daily use of acids

can cause sensitisation (particularly to

UV) further down the line, and I feel it

unwise to continually ‘add’ something to

the skin, which then disempowers skin’s

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

and find Wild Nutrition Skin, Hair

& Nails, £30 (wildnutrition.com) is

wonderfully complete.

Ultimately, when it comes to our

precious skin, what goes within appears

without… so, gently does it.

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

conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk


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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greengrocer, who uses paper bags

• pack food up in paper and string, eco Bee’s Wrap

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boxes, or at a push, aluminium foil, which is fully recyclable

• don’t buy plastic straws, or toothbrushes. A combo of bamboo

handles with fully biodegradable Nylon 4 bristles are the best. Try

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Health and beauty tips

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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

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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

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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

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maker). This is done to stop ice

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Hakonechloa macra

Not just something dull that needs

endless mowing Sue Whigham

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grasses in borders and for striking

autumn colour

In 1871 William Morris travelled down from London

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a dream. We recently visited and could understand how

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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

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

Fountain grass

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 combined

with bright white penstemons and a very deep blue

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is also a rather good emerald green form, Pennisetum

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Garden

Barley ripening in a quintessentially English landscape

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

soft haze. It’s a lovely thing. ‘Windspiel’ is a rather stiffer, more

upright cultivar which has honey-coloured tones in autumn.

Grasses can provide a simple backdrop for flowers

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ arrives on the scene in

early April when its bright yellow leaves appear above the

ground, and then progresses on through into autumn.

It looks good grown in a pot or interesting container

in either a sunny or partly shaded spot. Its leaves are

brightly variegated in yellow and green and all face

the same way. The colour tends to change 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

gravel garden and to the wilder areas of your garden.

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Late bloomers




The roses may be over, but don’t despair, says Jo Arnell, there are

plenty of plants to bring colour to the borders yet

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

Cleome

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

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Echinops

Heleniums and grass

Melianthus

Buddleia

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 longlasting

colour right through the autumn, as the nectarpacked

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 free-draining 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 frostfree

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

also bring structure and unity to the border and help set off

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

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Graceful grasses

Many of the ornamental grasses will be flowering

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

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Structure from shrubs

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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

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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

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and resilience as on developing their physical abilities.

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ART

Sat 28 Jul – Sat 8 Sep

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon

Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS

Edge of the Ocean

New Ashgate Gallery salutes

holidays by the coast and

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from our ever-connected world

with nine artists and makers

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Sat 14 Jul – Mon 27 Aug

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Summer Jousting

A jousting tournament right

out of a costume drama starring

Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and

a host of valiant knights, and

set in an authentic Jousting

Arena complete with royal box.

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Fri 17 – Sun 19 Aug

Sandown Racecourse

The Great Brick

Adventure

Fantastic professional LEGO

displays including life-size

and animated models, selfie

opportunities, a brick pit and epic

battles between remote controlled

LEGO brick Warriorbots.

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21 Jul to 2 Sep

Bocketts Farm

Young Street, Fetcham,

Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9BS

Summer Fun on the

Farm

The ‘Magic of Summer’ trail

will have children searching for

dragons, unicorns, fairies and

mermaids, enjoying pony and

tractor rides, gold panning, animal

handling, goat milking and the

famous pig racing. There are large

indoor play barns, trampolines, a

young drivers’ area, sandpits, pedal

go-karts, treehouse towers and two

giant jumping pillows.

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Mon 23 Jul – Sun 2 Sep

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill

Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Festival on the Farm

Godstone Farm is bringing you

festival vibes this month with extra

activities and entertainment for

the family, including messy play,

storytellers, garden games, and a

farm disco with the mascots, as

well as lots of food and drink to

fuel all the excitement.

01883 742546 /

godstonefarm.co.uk

Mon 30 Jul - Fri 24 Aug

Brooklands Museum,

Brooklands Road, Weybridge

KT13 0SL

Brooklands’ Summer

Holiday Activities

Kids will love visiting Brooklands

Museum over the summer

holidays with its 4D theatre, F1

simulator, pedal-driven planes

and cars, and various trails.

Children can also enter the young

photographer competition to

win annual family membership,

and there will be additional

events on weekends including the

contemporary craft and design

fair, and Brooklands reunion.

01932 857381 /

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Sun 19 Aug 12noon - 5pm

Mane Chance Sanctuary,

Monkshatch Garden Farm,

Down Lane, Compton

GU3 1DL

Mane Chance’s Family

Fun Day

Mane Chance rescues and

rehabilitate abused, abandoned

and old ponies and proves that

they are still capable of creating

a positive influence in their

community. Meet their horses

and learn about their work while

enjoying a barbecue, nature trail,

tractor rides, live music and the

Purple Poppy Appeal’s pre-launch.

01483 351526 /

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Cinema

Sat 11, Fri 17, and Sat 25 Aug

Gatton Park, Reigate, Redhill

RH2 0TW and Holbrook Club,

N Heath Lane, Horsham

RH12 5PJ

Open-Air Cinema

’Tis the season for open-air cinema

with Cinestock. This month you

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Dirty Dancing or Gatton Park – a

country estate set in parkland

landscaped by Capability Brown

– for park themed classics E.T.

and Forrest Gump, among other

fantastic venues, each with its own

carefully selected films.

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Fri 17, Sat 18 and Sun 19 Aug

Guildford Lido, Lido Road

Stoke Park, Guildford

GU1 1HB

LIdo Open-air Cinema

Classics including Pitch Perfect,

The Fast and The Furious and

Finding Nemo will all be screened

at Guildford Lido this month. You

can swim and use the slides from

7-8pm before your film begins at

8.30pm, leaving just enough time

to get your cocktails and snacks in

from the Burrito Loco shack.

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Festivals & Shows

Sat 4, Sun 5, Sat 11 and Sun12

Aug 10am-6pm

Meadow Loxwood, Billingshurst

RH14 0AL, UK

Loxwood Joust

A spectacular medieval festival

which really brings history to life.

Expect full-contact jousting twice

a day, a living history village, a

marketplace, workshops and a

chance to learn from characters

including the apothecary, the

executioner and Queen Georgiana

of Loxwood (who you can also

join for a banquet).

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Fri 17 - Sun 19 Aug

The Rural Life Centre, The

Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham

GU10 2DL

Weyfest

A stress-free mud-free boutiquestyle

festival which boasts about

the cleanliness of the toilets,

beauty of the campsite and

wonderful hot showers. Its four

stages will see performances

from 10cc, Aswad, and The SAS

Band and there will be drama,

workshops and train rides to keep

kids amused.

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Fri 24 - Mon 27 Aug

Stonor Park, Stonor, Henley-on-

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Henley Craft Show

This craft show includes

demonstrations, child-friendly

workshops, live music, artisan

food and drink and over 150

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Food & Drink

Throughout August

Ham House, Ham Street, Ham,

Richmond TW10 7RS

Eat your Flowers!

A living exhibition which will take

you to Ham House and Garden’s

kitchen garden to taste some

edible flowers and learn about

their nutritional value. Plus you

can visit the Orangery café to try

them in a meal.

Entry: Normal admission applies

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Sat 25 - Mon 27 Aug

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey,

East Molesey KT8 9AU

Hampton Court Palace

Food Festival

Spend the bank holiday weekend

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demonstrations, masterclasses

and talks are all on the menu for

all the bakers, cooks and chefs

out there, or if you’d rather let

someone else do all the hard work

there will be 100 producers and

companies, street food vans and

stalls, pop-up bars and BBQ style

lunches at the Lexus lunch club.

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Sat 25 - Sun 26 Aug 11am-11pm

Pierrepont Farm, The Reeds

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What’s On in August

Road, Farnham GU10 2DL

The Big Meat

A barbecue and music festival

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demonstrations, a sanctioned

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chilli cook off, and live music

throughout. There will be bouncy

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Fri 31 Aug - Sun 2 Sep

Woking Town Centre

Woking Food & Drink

Festival

Over 80 stalls will spread

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centre for this celebration of

food and drink. There will be

live demonstrations and talks

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workshops, masterclasses, book

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Entry: Free

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Garden & Nature

From Fri 3 Aug

WWF Living Planet Centre

Rufford House, Brewery Road,

Woking GU21 4LL

Family Discovery

Sessions and summer

holiday workshops

This summer celebrate the

glory of the oceans with WWF’s

workshops. Learn about the

creatures of the deep, what we can

do to save them, and create your

own artwork inspired by them.

Plus, guest experts from RHS

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of people, wildlife and the

environment.

wwf.org.uk

Tue 7, Thu 9, Tue 14 and

Thu 16 Aug

Claremont Landscape Garden,

Portsmouth Road, Esher

KT10 9JG

Claremont Boating

Head to Claremont’s docks this

month to hop on one of their

traditional boats and row around

the lake for a different view of the

Eighteenth Century gardens.

Entry: £5 (20 minutes)

01372 467806 /

nationaltrust.org.uk

Fri 10 Aug

RSPB Farnham Heath, The

Reeds Road, Farnham

GU10 2DL

Big Wild Sleepout

Camp out in a secret meadow

which is usually kept closed to the

public. Try a jacket potato straight

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Sat 18 - Sun 19 Aug

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

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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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