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Maggie Alderson sighs over houses of glamour and character
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Time to town: Ten minutes to Egham,
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The dream: The best of both
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The dream: Light-drenched, airy, absolute
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Setting: Tree-lined views across the river
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Beds: 2 Baths: 2
Special features: You could
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Movement is the brain’s fuel. So,
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The Little Gym activities improve
and maintain core strength
and upper limb strength which is an
essential foundation for skills that the
school curriculum will demand such as
handwriting, tolerating sitting at a desk
and maintaining attention. Holding the
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and wrists which in turn helps their
Offering intense movement through
the joints (i.e pushing and pulling,
jumping, running) the activities at The
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the central nervous system – offering
a great little stress buster for any worried
Many parents are concerned about
their little ones being too tired
with starting school - in our experience
children come to the gym and it serves
to energise them. And offers children a
chance to let off steam at the end of the
school day in a structured activity.
If you want them to do better
in sport, it’s good to know that
the activities at The Little Gym are
designed to include movement that
improves stamina, strength, bilateral
coordination, hand-eye coordination
and balance all of which are required
for good performance in PE and all other
sports activities at school.
Our high quality focus means each
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this makes it easy for your little one
to learn to listen to the teacher. Our
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Our bespoke facility features very
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their confidence and physical abilities.
Give your little one a genuine
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or at home. In our experience, the
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helps children stay ahead of the game at
We’ve learned that movement is the
brain’s fuel, well even more so when
The Little Gym’s programme has little
ones listening to and following directions
from musical cues and teachers. Children
learn to following instructions, and from
a young age, they learn to remember
little sequences all which helps with visual
and auditory memory.
In responding to questions during
10 opening circles and taking part in
creative movement, singing and dancing
(all in the same class) children acquire
confident verbal skills – which no doubt is
a skill for life.
The Little Gym is the world’s premier
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children a Springboard to Life’s Adventures
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confidence and skills needed at each stage
of childhood. Come and meet the brandnew
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Cristian is a former European Gymnastics
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actor having worked in Disney films,
Laura and Hana-Louise share expertise
in child development, gymnastics, drama
and dance. We also have Izzy (British
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is like a children’s TV presenter. Location
wise we are a short drive from Cobham, 5
minutes from Oxshott and 8 minutes from
Epsom. We have convenient and free onsite
parking and because of our ‘out-oftown’
style premises, we offer a beautiful,
spacious gymnastics centre with incredible
equipment and staff. We really do care
about delivering a five-star experience
for the whole family; importantly, building
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while developing transferable skills that
can equip them for all areas of life. Whilst
we have a non-competitive approach
to teaching gymnastics, some of our
instructors have competed and succeeded
on the world stage. Our goal is to realise
the potential of each child and harness
their inner talent.
The Little Gym, Cobham
It has seemed particularly appropriate to be putting together
our Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement for this issue as we’ve
just had a lovely new kitchen put in at our offices.
Shiny and white, with lovely soft close drawers, a huge integral
fridge and everything neatly stashed away – we even have a
groovy boiling water tap - it makes every tea run feel like a mini
Zen moment. I return to my desk, mug in hand, feeling mentally
refreshed, so I know first-hand what a difference a well-designed
kitchen can make.
We’ve made the practical aspects of kitchen planning the focus
of this supplement and I’ve learned so much chatting to five
expert kitchen designers, to glean their priceless insights.
Another exciting thing to plan at this time of year is your new
season autumn wardrobe and I’m sure you’ll find inspiration in
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Our houses this month are a wonderful contrast of the
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in a Kent farmhouse. With our regular mix of wonderful gardens,
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plans Above: The kitchen is by KCA, the chairs are by Tom Faulkner
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First impressions count, but as the huge and imposing
double doors of Lauren Atkins’ spacious family
home in Oxshott open, they don’t just count, they
slide whooping down the Hollywood-style stairs, across a
white ocean of highly polished porcelain and cause a gasp
of awe. This is an entrance that makes an entrance.
The whole space is painted in white and pale grey throughout,
with small touches, such as the curvaceous blue sofa tucked
under the sweep of the curving staircase and gold legged furniture
that hint at the colours scheme carried throughout the house.
It has an appealing art gallery feel too, with artworks
sprinkled liberally through the hall: a chair that is
moulded to the shape of someone sitting in it, a Jeff Koons
style balloon dog, and a huge sculpture on the wall
Top: The sofas are by Two is Company. Lauren designed the ottoman Above: Lauren buys some artworks from
The Affordable Art Fair
depicting ice lollies in various states of being eaten.
“Big pieces work in here,” says Lauren: “I really want a giant
balloon sculpture going right up to the roof by the stairs.”
It is certainly the perfect space for a statement.
Lauren follows my gaze up towards the soaring double
height ceiling in the entrance hall. “It was the height,
the space, the light, that I liked,” she explains.
This sounds like a fair comment – but takes on greater
significance when you know she was imagining the
height and space when she made that decision, because
she bought the house off plan – before it was built
two and a half years ago. A brave step for most, but as
a property developer of some standing, Lauren has a
special gift for visualizing spaces from floor plans.
Property development was not something that she had
originally intended to do. Lauren’s training and background
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Above: In the study the white, gold and blue theme continues, with
the emphasis switched to the darker colour
is in corporate IT, but when she had her daughter, Bella, almost
ten years ago, she decided to go into the family business.
The Malins Group was founded by her father Malcom
Atkins back in the early 1970s. Back then – and really
until very recently – the industry was very much run by
men. Lauren’s first job was to sell – and make a profit
on – some properties that were proving hard to move.
Building a workforce of mainly part-time working mothers,
she managed to turn the project around and they sold them all.
“At the time it was very unusual to offer part-time flexible office
hours,” she explains. “And there were very few women in the
industry. I make sure that everyone has a part to play and it’s
very fluid, so the whole team gets involved at certain times.”
Lauren’s enlightened approach in this very fast-moving sector
has paid off. She is now the managing director of the company
– and a finalist in the Businesswoman of the Year awards. In
keeping with her philosophy of supporting and encouraging
women in business, she is also a patron of Aurora New Dawn,
a charity dedicated to ending violence against women.
Under her care, the company is fostering a unique and
This page: The blue-dominant scheme continues in the
media room. The oversized brass lamp is by Graham
& Green, the sofa bespoke – designed by Lauren. The
beautiful gold side table is Kamen. The coffee table is
bespoke – made by Lauren
interesting approach with the projects they take
on these days: “We specialise in the conversion of
buildings with an interesting history or provenance,
including period properties, mews schemes,
warehouses and industrial units. Our developments
draw on the history of a building, creating a brand
and preserving the integrity of the space.”
An example of this is an apartment development
the group have recently finished in Clapham;
an old metal works, rich in architectural and
industrial details: “These are period features of the
future,” she says, explaining how such features were
preserved and celebrated in the refurbishment.
It is these details that make the schemes stand
out from the rest. Still called the Metal Works,
the apartments were sold within two weeks.
“I work with a historian who helps me research
the background of the property,” she explains.
“We also have a fantastic CGI designer in Serbia.
He uses real pieces of what will actually be in the
space. We make big blow-ups of them and the
guys working on site can see what the properties
are going to look like as they are building them.”
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Above: The very light and spacious bedrooms are all furnished with calming
neutrals. The oversized headboard is designed and made by Lauren and the
lamps are Flos Left: A lamp by Julian Chichester in a corner of the bedroom
is launched – and sold – as early as possible. “We do the show flat just
before the launch and it’s amazing how it looks identical to the CGIs.”
When it came to purchasing her own home two and a half
years ago, Lauren was very well placed to put her experience and
talents into practice and collaborated closely with the developers
to ensure that she got the look and feel exactly right.
“I worked with them to choose the flooring, the carpets, the doors – I
wanted a high gloss finish, not wooden doors and I knew just which
carpets I wanted because we had used them in one of our developments.”
The interior finishes were just as she wanted prior to moving
in – except that she had nothing to move in with. Looking
around, it is hard to imagine that she arrived with only a few
sticks of furniture and some bags of clothes. Lauren smiles: “I’ve
never had a modern house before. I had come from a Georgian
property. It was so different I decided to start from scratch.”
For Lauren, furnishing the house has been an evolutionary process
and one that is still in progress. “I did three phases of furnishing
Below left: The bedside tables are Graham & Green and the lamps are Vaughan Designs Right: A quiet seating area on the very
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and tackled it in stages,” she explains. “You get interior
fatigue if you try to do it all at once. I think it’s important
to have a break and then come back in with fresh
ideas once you’ve lived in the space for a while.”
The walls in all the rooms are white, or pale neutrals,
which emphasises the airy spaciousness of the house.
There’s just one wall in the kitchen that has been
wallpapered. “In my last house I used a ton of wallpaper,
but it was a very different house, the rooms were much
smaller and more detailed. Smaller spaces suit wallpaper.
In a bigger space it’s easier to just do feature walls.
Phase one was the kitchen and the main bedrooms:
“The lived in spaces that we use every day.” The kitchen
was installed by the developer, so Lauren’s scope was
more limited in here, but she has plans to update it. “At
some point I’ll have the kitchen cupboards wrapped in
a mix of concrete and then accessorise with something
metal – a burnt gold colour would work.”
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Today I am meeting a groom due to be married in 5 weeks’ time. His wealthy parents have
asked him to get a prenuptial agreement. It’s a tight timescale! Pre-nups must be signed at
least 28 days before the big day. The smart bride-to-be has her lawyers at the ready and an
agreed list of assets prepared. It’s a busy afternoon of drafting ahead!
I bump into an old friend at the gym. She is tearful as her long-term partner and father
of her two teenage kids has told her that he wants to end their relationship. We go and sit
round her kitchen table for a chat. They are not married but they have cohabited for 20
years. Their home was registered in his name as she could not contribute to the purchase.
He has reassured her that he will pay for the children to stay living in the home until they
finish school. Always with my lawyer hat on I had to advise her that as there is no such
thing as a “common law wife” she would not be entitled to maintenance for herself. I
advised her to go to mediation with him and agree written terms covering
payments on the house and child maintenance.
I take a call from a man whose wife has asked for a divorce after 18 years of
marriage. “She just gets half of everything, right?”. A common misconception!
The division of assets start at 50:50, but there are often reasons to depart from
equality. For example, one party might be working part-time and not have
mortgage capacity to buy a home without a larger share of the capital. Each
party has to make full financial disclosure so that a fair settlement
can be reached.
I met with a charming 62 year old actress at her home today. She married
her 24 year old boyfriend “on a whim, darling!” Two months on and they
have realised the marriage was a mistake. She will need to wait a full 12
months before she can issue a divorce petition but in the meantime, we can
get a separation agreement drafted to stop him spending all her royalties!
A day of mixed emotions. In court for a final hearing. I am representing
a mum whose marriage has ended and now wants to relocate with the
children to Canada, her home country. She feels isolated now she is
separated. Understandably dad does not want the children to go so she
needs the permission of the court. The Judge supports the
recommendation of the independent social worker and rules that on
balance, it would be in the children’s best interests to relocate with mum.
I am happy for my client, but I know the decision is devastating for dad.
A bitter sweet ending to my week.
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Above: The bed is by Conran and the ottoman is bespoke by
Lauren. The lamps are from West Elm Left: A chest of drawers
by West Elm and a mirror by Graham & Green
She has used gold throughout the house, but as an
underscoring accent colour, which, together with shades of
blue in the soft furnishings, pulls the whole of the interior
together. The occasional and side tables around the house, for
example, have all come from separate places and were chosen
at different times, but they are united by their golden legs and
all are in a similar style. The repetition of just a few colours
and shapes in this way anchors and unifies the scheme.
There are two smaller rooms on the ground floor at
the front of the house – a study room and a cosy media
room – which are both painted dark blue. “Smaller rooms
take dark colours well. It makes them more intimate.”
These rooms keep to the same colour scheme as the
rest of the house, but very effectively reverse it, so that
white and pale grey become the accent colours.
The dining room was tackled in phase two and, next
to the entrance hall, is the focal point on the ground
floor with views directly onto the garden. Lauren has
continued the white, gold and blue theme in this room,
but there’s an emphasis on opulence in here and gold
Above: With a four-poster bed from Maisons du Monde Lauren’s daughter’s bedroom is fit for a princess.
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accents dominate. She bought the dining chairs at Koket,
but the table was bought separately in the King’s Road.
A delicate looking sculpture on the dining room
table forms a centrepiece. “It’s actually made from
concrete, so not as delicate as it looks,” smiles Lauren.
“It is by a friend of mine called Maria Bassett.”
Lauren explains how she chooses furniture, both for
clients’ schemes and for this house with her strong and
individual sense of style. “I never follow fashion and
won’t be pigeon holed, which keeps everything fresh.”
Many of the lamps and objects in the house are
bespoke, made by up and coming, and often completely
unknown artists and designers. Expensive originals mingle
with purchases from art.com and 1stdibs. “My father is
a ‘proper’ modern art collector,” Lauren says. “I have a
few pieces, but if I don’t love them it doesn’t matter how
much they’re worth. I get quite a few things from the
Affordable Art Fair.” She adds firmly; “I like what I like.”
“To me, furniture is a kind of art – and I’m looking
at the piece itself, not the labels,” she says. “It can be a
challenge to find exactly the right piece for the space. The
sofas in the sitting room came from France and the rug
is on loan, while the company make the bigger one to
go there. Rugs are always a difficult one; there’s not the
breadth of choice unless you spend a lot of money.”
Lauren has found an ingenious way around some of her
sourcing issues, however. She has begun to design and make
many of the interior items: “We draw them up with the
CGI. It’s so useful if we can’t find something in the right
colour or size and it’s a great advantage to have the right
maker contacts. I wanted a geometric ottoman – the one
in the lounge is the first one that I made. We may well
have a section on the website for bespoke pieces soon.”
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Above: In the master bedroom, the headboard is bespoke by Lauren
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the business. “Furnishing a house is never a chore. I can have a
good eye, but also good business acumen,” she says. “Everyone
has a budget and it is a sign of bad planning when the budget is
exceeded. I’ll often look at TK Maxx for items like blankets and bits
and bobs – they are good value and good quality and there was that
big trend for lots of cushions, but they’re not used so much now.”
Upstairs the feeling of light and space continues. The
bedrooms are furnished with neutrals and monochromes,
with the epitome of this the huge bathroom that serves
the master bedroom. It is in the middle of the house,
with the bath situated in the centre of the room.
“I like to sit in the bath and just look straight through to
the garden,” Lauren says wistfully. This is where she thinks
up ideas and plans for future projects. She has been debating
whether to install a swimming pool or a gym here… “But
Above: The master bathroom is tiled throughout and the bath and basin
are by Victoria + Albert Baths
after this summer it’s going to be a pool,” she laughs.
Lauren is not one for resting on her laurels and the property
market never stands still. Aside from expanding into interiors, they
are actively looking for acquisitions. “We are always looking for more
boutique and unique sites and investment opportunities, and have
requirements for interesting office blocks and commercial sites.”
So, if you are sitting wondering what to do with that
beautiful old warehouse you’ve inherited, The Malins
Group might be just the people to talk to.
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use, such as offices - as well as newbuild sites and existing
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Contact Lauren on 01932 356 043 or email email@example.com
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Lauren’s company, The Malins Group, are high
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hours for the right opportunities. They have significant experience of
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THEY ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR SITES in the South East,
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This page: The snug – formerly the kitchen – is painted in
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Fortunately for Home Farm its current residents were
adamant they wanted to retain a farmhouse feel
This page: More bookshelves in the drawing room. The
oversized ottoman is upholstered in a William Yerwood jute
stripe. The patterned cushions are a Nina Campbell linen. The
brass lamp is by Porto Romana. The painting client’s own
heart of the building, and reached via the widened
hallway. A stunning Plain English kitchen, including
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“Our client was very clear that she wanted us to bear in
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Quirky Elizabeth Blackadder prints dot the
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Top: The wheatsheaf chandelier over the dining room is from Phoenix Antiques. The antique-style radiators are from the Old
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lampshades Bottom Left: Looking through the hall to the drawing room Bottom Right: Looking from the hall into the kitchen. The
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This page: A bedroom in the extension features a very rare five-pane
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Above: The Swedish neo-classical style bed is from Nordic Style. The bench on the side wall is an antique
it is painted in a moody French blue by Paint and Paper
Library, with the wonderful name ‘Btwn Dog & Wolf’.
“The starting point for this room, was this fabric,” says
Belinda, gesturing to the curtains. “Our client absolutely loves
this ANTA plaid fabric and we debated where to use it. Not
only is it lovely and cosy but it’s great with this wall colour.”
The sofa and footstool were made bespoke, while the
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previous home. Gilt-framed Victorian paintings hang over
the fireplace while a cluster of smaller paintings decorate a
corner. The overall effect is calm, cosy and uncluttered.
As we go back out into the hallway and towards the
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decor. To the right as you come in the front door is the
drawing room and to the left is the dining room.
“Cox’s found the most incredible, single piece of slate, but
it came out further than we expected,” says Belinda. “We
decided to replace the two armchairs – which were too big
for the space – and also had a bit of a re-think on colours,
injecting a touch of mauve and ochre to ‘zing it up’ a bit.”
A sisal carpet by Tiger’s Eye, in Titanium adds a relaxed
farmhouse feel while demi-lune tables from Phoenix Antiques
add a classic touch. Understated linen curtains with an
amazing Samuel & Son’s ‘onion fringing’ are a playful twist
and, as Belinda adds, “Probably my favourite curtains ever!”
Across the hallway, the dining room is a ‘work in progress’
though key features are already there including a vast sash
window, open fireplace and high ceilings. “The wheatsheaf
chandelier is from Phoenix Antiques, and seemed rather
appropriate given the farmhouse setting,” says Belinda.
A glance out of the window reveals a stunning thatched
barn, bought as a frame and reconstructed by Cox
Restoration. Beyond that is a tithe barn, roofed in Kent
pegs, and home to the owners’ three horses. The views
from every room are unspoilt; lawns, horse paddocks
and the farmyard. Upstairs, the views are even better.
As with the downstairs, it’s easy to see where
the old finishes and the new begins – if Georgian
constitutes ‘new’. The upstairs has been divided
into ‘his and hers’ suites as well as a guest suite and
another study. All lead off a wide, central landing.
“We’re going to put alcove bookshelves on either side of the
bed,” says Belinda of the gentleman’s bedroom. “Our client’s
husband has more than 40 suits for work, so the dressing room
will need to have as much wardrobe space as possible.”
Left: The slipper bath, from Tenterden
Bathroom Shop, has views through the sash
window over the horse paddocks. Wooden
panelling was added on lower walls to give a
classical feel. Below: The wall sconces over the
basin are by Heathfield & Co
A huge sash window overlooks a sand school and the
valley beyond. According to the architect who worked on
plans for the house, sash windows such as these, which
are five-panes wide, are extremely rare. Despite being in
the old part of the house, the room is lovely and light.
At the end of the landing, at the front of the house
and overlooking the paddocks and barns, is another
suite of bedroom, bathroom and dressing room.
Strikingly Scandinavian, the bedroom is the only
room in the house that has been wallpapered:
“The wallpaper is by Cole & Son, the curtains are
lined with fabric by Veere Grenney and the trim is
by Samuel & Son,” says Belinda. Painted furniture
completes the Scandinavian neo-classical styling.
All three rooms at this end of the house have retained
the original floorboards: “Cox’s stripped and restored
them. I’m really glad we did it,” says Belinda. The
light colouring and rustic charm of the ancient boards
hits just the right note; contemporary and ‘clean’ in
their simplicity yet hinting at the building’s past.
Next to the bedroom is a stunning, classic bathroom
with slipper bath, wood panelling and a marble-topped
vanity unit. “I often recommend that my clients go and lie
in the bath they are going to buy,” laughs Belinda. “You
need to know if it’s comfortable, as well as looking right.”
In this case, her client was happy to oblige and is thrilled by
the fact that this classic cast-iron bath is not only supremely
comfortable but also looks out over the horse paddocks. The
marble basin-surround was chosen specifically by the client
and, as we know, few things add a sense of luxury like marble.
The dressing room is as light as the bedroom and bathroom,
with a huge mirror to maximise on the natural light. A
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Back in the older part of the house is a cosy guest suite with
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A good kitchen design is a
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I can start designing a kitchen
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This kitchen was built in a new rear extension – if
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When new clients come in we give them a tour of the showroom, talk about the
project they have in mind and show them the quality of our product – a lot of
what’s good about Schmidt is behind the doors.
To demonstrate this, we stand in our drawers and then let them soft close.
It makes an impression, because they know it’s being done every day and the
drawers are still good.
In our kitchens, everything has been thought about. There’s a great movement
towards pull out units, making everything accessible, so you don’t have to get on
your knees to try and reach that abyss at the back of the cupboard, where things
get lost and you end up rebuying things you already had.
Because we have a home living range as well, in a run of tall housing, we can
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kitchen. You don’t want to have to
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designer, it’s a long journey and
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you work in a kitchen, it’s a
question of both sides listening.
• Do be aware of space – you might
need more than you think.
• Go and see a kitchen designer
before you start planning the
• Make sure your ideas work for
• Always invest in a good quality
handle. It makes such a visual
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• Do some research into the style of
cooking you want to do and the
appliances you want for it.
• Understand how much your
appliances are going to cost,
because it can really cut into your
• Take some time to decide what
your priorities are.
• Go to showrooms and play around
to see what you like.
• Do allow enough time for the
installation – don’t ever leave
choices last minute.
• Plan your kitchen before you go to
the architect, then you will already
have underfloor ducting, electrics
and plumbing in the right places
and you won’t have to pay your
architect to change the plans for
the kitchen design.
• Factor in installation charges,
which can vary widely between
companies. You want to invest in
the quality of the kitchen first and
Dan Stronge, Owner and head designer
We do kitchens across the whole spectrum from highly modern to exceptionally
traditional. Two years ago everyone wanted mid-grey, now it’s moving to dark blue
and very dark greys. Often it’s an island in the darker colour, with lighter units
around the outside.
Everyone wants an island, but sometimes the space just isn’t big enough, then I
would suggest a peninsula, where a row of units turns the corner, then turns back
again. This will give the effect of an island with as many units and more work space
and can be achieved in a smaller space.
With appliances, steam ovens are more and more popular and now 95% of our
kitchens have a boiling hot water tap. The buzzword that has just started to kick in
is home automation. Talking to Alexa or Google to turn the oven on, or turn the
lights up. Very handy if you have hands covered in flour!
When it comes to working out how much storage a client needs, when we do a site
survey, we can see how much storage they currently have. We need to see all their
current items – sometimes there is stuff stored in other rooms – so we can see how
we could best fit them. We always try to give them more storage in the new kitchen.
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• Don’t take the first design you’re given.
Explore different companies before
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• Don’t put big islands in small kitchens.
It’s really important to work with your
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• Don’t leave a gap any smaller than
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love a bathroom. The one room in a home where you
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What I tend to do with baths is to create what Dayle
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blending a bit of this, a handful of that, a slurp of something
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pretty much every time.
I tend to start with a large dollop of salts – salt and
magnesium flakes. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin
and helps induce relaxation, aiding sleep.
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My newest bath salt love is Dead Sea Spa
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with its potent, nose-clearing, sense-awakening
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This comes in seriously workaday packaging
– a shiny big sachet. So, while always being
aware that bathrooms and broken glass don’t go together
well, I like to decant less-than-gorgeous-looking products
like this into pressed and cut glass jars and bottles, which
I acquire in charity shops. If you’ve got a hardtiled
floor, that might not be sensible, but
mine is vinyl-that-looks-like-sisal and if I do
drop something, glass bottles almost bounce
off it. Although I still always keep the glass
containers away from the bath area itself.
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I’m a huge fan of
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On the oil front, I’ve some fab new finds. A long-term fan
of Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oils, these have been
joined next to my bath by two tall green bottles from Gaia
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If I’m frazzled, there’s the Calming Bath Oil option:
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A Year of Wellness
We are all born knowing how to do it, but can get worse at
it as we age – Eminé Rushton takes a look at the all-important
function of sleep and how to improve it
October: Pillow talk
We’ve all been there, desperate
to fall asleep, knowing that
we need to be up early for
something immensely important – yet
wholly unable to drift off. For many of
us it’s fortunately a fleeting experience,
perhaps ahead of a stressful event – but
for 30% of people in the UK, the odd
sleepless night has slipped over into
debilitating chronic insomnia.
The National Sleep Foundation has
highlighted the link between stress and
insomnia. With stress levels in this
country at an all-time high (a poll by
YouGov found that in 2018, 74% of
Britons have felt so stressed as to no
longer be able to cope with daily life),
the parity between our waking and lackof-sleep-ing
lives is crystal clear.
It is, admittedly, not a pretty or restful
picture but thankfully, when it comes to
sleep, there are several simple steps that
each of us can take to make enormously
Firstly, we must wake up to how
much our modern-day lives are
affecting our body’s ancient sleep-smart
programming. When once we would
have woken at sunrise and retired at
sunset, we are now able to power on
as early and late as we wish – phones,
laptops, tablets keep us plugged in
unnaturally often, and the blue light
emitted from their screens has been
shown to be one of the biggest health
concerns of our time. Blue light
– the hormone
that takes us off
to sleep – twice
as long as other
circadian rhythms by twice as much
again. This affects more than just sleep.
“Interference with the body’s circadian
rhythms can have a significant effect
on health, creating problems with
the cardiovascular, metabolic, and
immune systems, disturbing mood, and
compromising cognitive function,” says
sleep doctor Michael J Breus PhD.
I recommend setting all devices to
switch automatically to night mode
at sunset. Also stay clear of all screens
– television included – for up to two
hours before you wish to sleep.
Other sleep-supporting activities
I have found to be most successful
are linked to lowering
stress levels. Meditation
is being shown to be
something of a golden
bullet when it comes to
improving sleep issues.
I’d highly recommend
Will Williams’ brilliant
book, The Effortless
Mind, which breaks down exactly why
this practice is so effective. If a daily
studio visit is out of the question, try
Professor Jim Horne of the Sleep
Research Centre at Loughborough
University advocates two simple, yet
highly effective, choices for a better
night’s sleep. Firstly, a long walk outside
in nature, which allows the brain to
‘rest’ and focus on things beyond the
internal paraphernalia, is incomparably
stress relieving. This also douses the
body with natural daylight which helps
maintain the correct day/night balance
of our internal body clock.
A seminal 2016 study in the US
found that low vitamin D levels often
“Stay clear of all
devices - television
included - for up to
two hours before you
wish to go to sleep”
resulted in insomnia, so that daily walk
with all of its natural light benefits,
wherein we get to top up our vitamin
D stores too, has yet another benefit
to herald. When the days begin to dim
significantly, do ensure you top up daily
– Wild Nutrition Food-Grown Vitamin
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supplement of choice.
Professor Horne’s second sleep tip is
no less enjoyable: a long hot bath, taken
an hour before bedtime, which raises
the core body temperature, only to then
have it drop, rather rapidly, as we step
out of the bath and towel dry.
This drop in body temperature
perfectly mimics the
body’s own drop in
core temperature as
we begin to prepare
for sleep (ever stayed
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drops, it creates optimal
conditions for melatonin production,
promoting good healthy sleep.
Getting too hot at night is indeed one
of the chief causes of waking and fitful
sleep, so keep the bedroom cool, stick to
breathable bedclothes and PJs, and leave
the window open for as long as you
feasibly can for fresh and cooling air.
Yes, there are innumerable gadgets,
gizmos, pills and teas to try too, but in
keeping with sleep’s innate and simple
nature, I shan’t expand on them here.
The fact is, the more we can simplify
and re-naturalise our waking lives, the
more likely we are to sleep well at night.
And if that, perchance, isn’t the stuff
of the sweetest, easiest dreams, I really
don’t know what is.
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Ali Roff is co-founder of The Remedy Retreats with her husband
James Farrar. Combining Eastern yoga and mindfulness with her
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de-stress and improve physical and mental wellness.
What one piece of seasonal wisdom
helps you in autumn? For me, autumn
is the perfect time to recalibrate and
reset my body clock after long summer
nights. As the clocks go back an
hour, we get the perfect opportunity
to trick our bodies into getting to bed
earlier and so waking an hour earlier,
without any great impact to our body
clock – or, in other words, our ability to
get out of bed!
Every year I use this chance to bring
my wake time an hour earlier and
spend the weeks beforehand setting a
little intention to use that hour to do
something for me before the day even
begins, such as journalling, yoga, or
meditation. Sometimes I just sit in the
garden with a cup of lemon water and
a blanket and listen to the world wake
up. As we move into winter, I’ll get cosy
with some candles and meditate in my
living room. The best hour of the day.
What one self-care ritual do you never
skimp on? I have to move every day.
Whether it’s a walk in nature, yoga or an
energetic class at the gym, or even some
simple stretches before bed (the intensity
doesn’t matter), but if I don’t move
my body each day, my mind will tell
me about it. I’ve started to incorporate
movement into my breaks at work too.
To move away from my desk and sway
my arms and my hips feels great after
sitting for so long.
What’s cooking in your kitchen this
month? Pattypan squash. I even have a
little song I sing when they arrive in my
veg box. These little gemstone-shaped
squashes are so sweet, tender and easy
to chop into little wedges. I roast them
with minced garlic, pink Himalayan
salt and fresh sage or dried herbs, with a
good glug of olive oil.
Share one book that taught you
something amazing about life – and
made you better at living it?
It has to be Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny
Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and
Life from Dear Sugar. Her collection of
columns from her days writing as an
anonymous agony aunt, always seem
to speak directly to me and my life
experiences, giving advice, counsel,
compassion, and sometimes even a ‘kick
in the pants’, as Strayed says in one of
her replies to a reader in need.
But many simply offer tenderness
in reply to life events which I hope
will never touch me, from divorce to
the loss of a son. It’s a heartbreaking
book - not only the questions asked by
readers, whom she calls her ‘Sweetpeas’,
but the stirring, inspirational
and heartrending guidance offered
by Strayed herself.
I have so enjoyed reading Shahroo Izadi’s
The Kindness Method, which is focused on
going gently on yourself. Being kinder to
ourselves has been shown by Izadi to not
only help us break life-long negative habits,
but to also shift the barriers that prevent us
achieving our goals. A lovely read, or gift,
for a friend in a tough spot.
What is the best treatment you’ve
had locally? Massage is so great for
fascia and connective tissue work,
which we are learning is more and
more important, yet often neglected
in our physical health.
I work on mine a lot through my
yoga practice and often incorporate
it into my classes and retreats, but
massage is a lovely relaxing way
to include it in our holistic health
ritual and routine. The best one
I’ve had is with a very talented
masseuse called Becky Smith, who
incorporates amazing essential oils
into her treatments. She always
offers a selection to choose from,
depending on what you want to
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With nights drawing in and
daylight less abundant, I
find increasing comfort in
the moon’s silvery glow and
movements. I enjoy local
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Delicious healthy homecooked
meals that don’t
require hours in the kitchen –
that’s what my website Anna’s
Family Kitchen is all about.
Mum to Mia, Thomas and
Finn, I am a self-taught home
cook and passionate about food.
I want to make the healthiest
possible food for my family,
but I don’t believe in faddy
eating, omitting food groups
and dieting. My philosophy is
“everything in moderation”,
focussing on fresh, seasonal,
ingredients, local suppliers
where possible and minimising
My aim is to empower other
busy mums and dads to cook
meals that work for all the
family and can be easily tweaked
and adapted if required for
maybe a family member who is
intolerant to a food group or,
like me, has a young vegetarian
to cook for.
Plenty of my recipes are, like
the ones here, based on ‘one-pot
cookery’ as they can be thrown
together quickly, create minimal
washing up and can often be
left in a slow cooker or low oven
until you’re ready to eat. Very
handy when you have a rugby
match, a ballet run, a dog to
walk and a lawn to mow!
Words: Anna Stanford
Photographs: David Merewether
and Anna Stanford
Chuck it all in and heat it up for blissfully easy – and
tasty – mid-week suppers
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 600g lamb neck fillet cut into 1 inch
• 2 onions roughly chopped
• 1 tsp Maldon salt
• 3 garlic cloves crushed
• 10cm piece of ginger peeled and
• 1 tbsp ras-el-hanout
• 1 tsp each cumin, coriander and
• 200g tomatoes (fresh or tinned)
• 400g chickpeas
• 400g butternut squash cut into 2cm
• 400ml chicken or lamb stock
• 2 preserved lemons chopped
• 30g bunch coriander, stalks chopped,
Serves 4-6 Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 4-6 hours
One of my favourite one pots. It can be thrown together and then left in a low oven or
slow cooker. Just add the squash and chickpeas for the last hour of cooking and finish
with the fresh coriander, green olives and pomegranate seeds.
• 100g green olives
• 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
• 3 tbsp coriander leaves
1Colour the onions in the oil for 5
minutes before adding the lamb. Ten
minutes later add all the other ingredients
apart from the squash and chickpeas. Add
½ tsp salt and 6 grinds of black pepper.
Cook at 140 degrees or in a slow cooker
for as long as possible – 4-6 hours is ideal.
(I leave mine in the simmering oven of my
Aga for up to 8 hours).
2Add the squash and chickpeas for the
last hour of cooking time.
3Serve the tagine sprinkled with the
pomegranate seeds, olives and fresh
Orange, soy, honey & basil roast chicken
Serves 4-6 Prep time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 90 minutes
Who doesn’t love roast chicken? This one tray makes for a livelier
Sunday roast. It takes 5 mins to prep and then the whole dish
(minus the mange tout and basil) gets put in the oven for 90
minutes. Stir in the mange tout (or peas if you prefer) at the end.
The hot juices from the chicken will cook them through.
• 2 whole chickens (approx
1.5kg each) or you could
use a mixture of thighs
• 2 oranges sliced
• 300g mange tout (or peas)
• 15g fresh basil leaves
• 750g new potatoes, large
For the orange dressing:
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• juice and zest of one
• 1 chilli chopped
• 3 tsp honey
• 3 tbsp soy sauce
• 3 garlic cloves crushed
1Line your roasting tray
with baking parchment or
greaseproof paper to stop the
sauce burning on the bottom
of the tray.
2Toss the potatoes in the
tray with the olive oil.
3Add the chickens to the
roasting tray and pour over
the dressing making sure you
spoon some inside the cavity of
4Season the whole dish with
salt and pepper.
5Place the orange slices
around the chicken and roast
at 180 degrees for 90 minutes. If
using thighs and legs reduce the
cooking time to 45 minutes.
6Stir in the mange tout –
the hot juices will cook
them. Sprinkle over the basil
Photo: David Merewether
Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes
This is a showstopper dish but is very easy. The trick is to use
the best quality shellfish, preferably from your local fishmonger,
and part-cook the rice with saffron and turmeric so the paella
takes on the amazing colour. Both of these tips were given to
me by Sankey’s in Tunbridge Wells. If you wish to simplify the
dish you can omit the squid and/or the mussels. The prawns,
chorizo and chicken are a must!
• 1 tsp (1g) saffron
• ½ tsp ground turmeric
• 300g bomba paella rice
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 150g chorizo sliced on the
diagonal into ½cm thick
• 2 chicken thighs (skin off,
bone out) sliced into 2cm
• 2 onions finely chopped
• 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
• 2 tbsp smoked paprika
• 800ml- 1l fish stock
• 200ml white wine
• 10-12 cleaned mussels
• 2 squid tubes cut into
rings, fresh or frozen
• ½ pint glass of Greenland
prawns, shell on
• ½ pint glass of Greenland
prawns shell off or king
prawns, shell off
• 100g frozen peas
• 2 lemons, quartered
1Remove any remaining
beards from the mussels
and wash them under cold
water. Tap each mussel. If it
doesn’t close, dispose of it.
2Put your rice, saffron,
turmeric and 500ml of
stock in a pan and simmer for
8 minutes. Fork through the
rice and set aside.
3Add the olive oil to a
large pan (I used a large
casserole) and add your
chicken. Colour for 5 minutes
before adding the onion and
garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.
Push the onion and chicken
mixture to the side of the pan
and char the lemon quarters
for 5 minutes turning them
every minute or so. This
caramelises them and makes
them really sweet. Remove the
lemon wedges and set aside.
4Give the onions and
chicken a stir to make sure
they don’t catch then push
them to the side of the pan
again. Colour the chorizo for a
minute on each side. Add the
smoked paprika and the wine
and give everything a stir.
5Add your part-cooked rice
and the remaining stock.
Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add your mussels on top of the
rice, put a lid on the pan and
let the mussels steam cook for
5 minutes. Discard any mussels
that haven’t opened.
6Add the squid, prawns and
peas. Give the paella one
last stir then put the lid on the
pan for 2 more minutes. Serve
with the lemon wedges and
fresh herbs if you like.
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Chickpea, sweet potato
and paneer curry
Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes
This is a 30 minute hearty curry. A rewarding and fairly simple
supper, it’s perfect for those meat-free days when you need
something warming and your family is chomping at the bit. You
can adjust the heat level by leaving out the chilli seeds. Natural
yoghurt on the side will also appease anyone who prefers a curry
mild. Delicious served with brown basmati rice.
• 1tbsp groundnut oil
• 1 onion finely chopped
• 2 garlic cloves crushed
• 5cm fresh ginger chopped
• 1 red chilli deseeded and
• fresh coriander - stalks
chopped, leaves reserved
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp ground coriander
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1 tsp medium curry
• salt & pepper
• 1 tsp garam masala
• 400g chickpeas
• 200g vegetable stock
• 500g sweet potatoes,
peeled & chopped into 1
• 400g chopped tomatoes
• 150g spinach
• 200g paneer cheese cut
into 2cm cubes
• juice of 1 lemon
1Colour the onion in the
oil for 5 minutes before
adding the ginger, garlic,
chilli, coriander stalks & the
dried spices (apart from the
2Stir for 5 minutes then
add the stock, chickpeas,
chopped tomatoes & sweet
potato cubes. Season, stir &
simmer for 20 minutes whilst
you cook the paneer.
3Colour the paneer in a
hot frying pan with a lug
of oil for 5 minutes. Stir the
seared paneer into the curry
then stir in the garam masala,
squeeze in the lemon, stir in
the spinach, sprinkle over the
coriander and serve.
Granola plum crumble
Serves 6 Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30-40 minutes
A quick family pudding, my Grumble uses seasonal plums but
would work equally well with pears, blackberries or apples. The
topping is a quick granola mix. You can also make a healthy
homemade breakfast granola by spreading the mix on a baking
sheet and baking for 30 minutes at 160 degrees, stirring every 10
minutes. This will store in an airtight container for a week.
For the granola mix together:-
• 300g porridge oats
• 80g mixed seeds
• 80g flaked almonds
• 80ml maple syrup
• 3 tbsp rapeseed or coconut
• 3 tbsp apple juice
• ½ tsp Maldon salt
For the plums:-
• 800g ripe plums, such as
Victoria, halved and stones
• ½ tsp ground all spice
• 2 tbsp runny honey
• zest of one orange
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1Mix together all the granola
ingredients in a bowl.
2Put the plums in an
ovenproof dish and sprinkle
over the all spice, orange zest
and squeeze over the honey.
3Spoon over the granola
4Bake in an oven at 160
degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Halfway through fork over the
top so that the nuts and seeds
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Jo Arnell celebrates the traditional
early autumn festival
It’s hard to remember a time before Wilderness, Latitude,
Glastonbury etc, but not so long ago there was only
one major festival in the British year – Harvest Festival.
Once a major event in the calendar, the harvest is as packed
with rituals and symbolism as it is produce. We are lucky
these days that most of our lives do not depend on the safe
gathering in of crops, but this is still an
important – and potent time of the year.
Whether you are busy harvesting gleaming
pumpkins and earthy roots and preparing
to dance pagan-style around wheat sheaves,
or are just scratching about at the back of
the cupboard for lacklustre tins of beans
and packets of rice to take into school or
church, the fruits of the season are ripe
and ready, and deserve to be celebrated.
Let’s head out to the patch, farm shop, market or even
into the hedgerows, and gather the harvest home.
Apples and pears are the fruits of the moment and local
events celebrating orchard fruits abound during October.
Brogdale in Faversham holds the national collection and
is home to over 2,000 apple varieties and 500 pears.
If you are thinking of buying an apple tree (or two, as they
normally need a pollinating partner), then this is the best
“If you are planning
to eat pumpkins,
rather than carve
them, don’t pick a
time to get out and about and sample different varieties.
Many orchards and suppliers have their own apple festivals
this month. Apple Day itself, an event started in 1990 to
celebrate both the fruit and a part of our lives that is in
danger of disappearing, is on 21st of the month. Brogdale’s
apple weekend is slightly earlier, on 13th/14th October.
Apples harvested towards the end
of the season tend to be cookers and
robust eaters. The good news about
these is that they store well through the
winter. Flavour is key and although the
supermarkets have improved their selection
of apples, there is nothing better than
eating an apple straight from the tree.
Good late varieties include ‘Egremont
Russet’, ‘Chivers Delight’ and ‘Blenheim
Orange’, which is great for both cooking and eating.
Pumpkins abound this month, but if you are planning to eat
them, rather than carve them, don’t pick a Halloween monster.
Smaller pumpkins and squash have much more flavour.
There are some very beautiful and romantically named
pumpkins and squash available (there’s even one called
‘Cinderella’ that looks suitably coach-like); they
all have orange flesh, but very different skins.
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I often grow a variety called ‘Hooligan’ (it does what its
name suggests and romps about all over the patch, so be
warned) and there’s another small one called ‘Sweet Dumpling’
(but don’t be fooled, it’s a hooligan in a dumpling outfit
and will also run rampant). Both grow to be a little bigger
than a cricket ball and are great roasted whole, hollowed out
and stuffed with risotto. Of the butternut squash varieties,
‘Hunter’ is a good variety, as it has been bred to flourish
in the UK and will ripen well regardless of the weather.
Pumpkins and winter squash are easy to grow, but are
greedy, needing rich soil, sunshine and moisture to ensure
a good crop – this is why they are often grown on compost
heaps. They take a while to make their fruit and need a
fair amount of space to sprawl about in, but (if given a
good long summer like this one) should be ripe by the
time the foliage starts to die back in early autumn.
Leave them out in the sun for as long as possible, as this
will cure their skins and enable them to last longer in storage.
Bring them inside before the frosts arrive, cutting each fruit
off from the main stem, but leaving a long stalk if you can, as
this will also help prolong their shelf life. They’ll keep for ages,
providing they’re stored in a dry place and look wonderful
piled up artistically (they make great subjects for still-life
paintings), plump and gleaming in the low autumn light.
Satisfy the hunter gatherer urge by heading out into the
hedgerows for a foraging session. Many of us have subverted
this urge into shopping, but the dopamine hit we get from
picking fruit is the same and is free (but remember the
needs of wildlife and don’t go on too much of a splurge).
You might be lucky enough to catch the very
last of the blackberries, there may be wild apples
and even cobnuts around, but you will definitely
find rose hips, elderberries and sloes. These can be
made into cordials, or fruit gins and vodkas.
Sloe gin is simple to make – half fill a container with
sloes (pricked or frozen and then defrosted to break the
skins), add some sugar (ratio of fruit to sugar approx
2:1) and fill to the top with gin. Stir each day for a
week and then leave to mature until Christmas.
Harvesting root crops is nearly as exciting as digging
for treasure (okay, 18 carrots might not be as valuable
as 18 carats, but there’s less danger from pirates). It’s
exciting partly because until you dig down into the
soil, you have no idea of the potential harvest.
Main crop potatoes are ready to lift once the haulm (leafy
top growth) has died back in early autumn. They can be
left in the ground and dug up when required, but if you
need the space for other crops, or suffer with keel slugs
(underground slugs that attack tubers and root crops) or
blight, it is probably better to lift and store the tubers.
Unearth potatoes carefully. Push your fork gently
into the ground a distance away from the plant to avoid
spearing or slicing through them. Spread them out to dry
in the open air for an hour or so to enable their skins to
toughen up for storing. Potatoes need to be stored in dry,
dark conditions, or they turn green and produce the toxic
chemical solanine, but don’t be tempted to put them in the
fridge, as it is too cold and will adversely affect the flavour.
Hessian sacks are ideal, allowing air to circulate,
while keeping the light out. Check occasionally
and remove any tubers that may be rotting (as with
apples, one bad one may very well spoil the whole lot,
no matter what the Jacksons said in the song).
Other roots, such as carrots, beetroot, parsnips, turnips
and swede, can be left in the ground and harvested when
needed, but to stop them being attacked by pests and if
your ground freezes too hard in the winter, it’s best to
lift them too and store in a protected environment.
Once lifted, cut off the leaves and stems to prevent
moisture being drawn out of the roots. Find an old wooden
box, or storage container and put a layer of sand, sawdust
or multi-purpose compost (kept moist, but not wet) in the
bottom, then a layer of roots, then more sand/compost
etc. Store in a shed/garage/cellar, but make sure that the
pests can’t get at them – don’t seal with a lid, though, as
this may create an airless, unhealthy environment.
If you have space outside, or have large quantities to
store, you could build a clamp, which is a traditional way
of keeping vegetables available all through the winter.
Find a flat, dry patch of ground and dig a trench around
it to ensure that it stays well drained. Put straw/gravel/
compost in the trench to stop earth filling it back up,
then put a layer of straw on the base of the clamp.
Arrange some roots on top, making sure they don’t touch,
then layer straw and root crops alternately into a pyramid
shaped mound (so that water doesn’t settle on the top). The
earth from the trench can be piled over the final layer.
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A prickly subject
With more hot summers predicted Sue Whigham suggests we – carefully – embrace cactus
As we all know, temperatures in the UK
almost broke records this summer with
endless days of scorching heat reaching
over 35C and it looks likely to happen again.
An article I read in one of the reputable dailies quoted
research carried out by scientists from the University
of Brest which was published in the highly respected
journal Nature Communications before the heat wave,
predicting that from 2018-2022 we should expect ‘an
increased likelihood of intense to extreme temperatures’.
Well, they got that right, so we should probably believe
them about the next few years.
Gardeners amongst us had a good spring
after a hard winter but it was sad to see our
efforts crisp up as the drought lengthened
and lengthened. So perhaps what we need to
do now is to take current phenomena into
account and plant accordingly. One place to
start is to see what is looking good and what
has suffered the most from lack of water.
Thank goodness we didn’t have a
hosepipe ban otherwise things would have been pretty dire.
It certainly reminds us that a good, deep mulch on our
borders helps retain moisture as well as feeding the plants.
However, we could perhaps consider growing more
cactus and succulents which are adapted to drought
conditions and retain water in their fleshy leaves and in
some cases, their root systems. Look how good sedums
are still looking in early autumn, whilst all around them
other plants look as if they have turned up their toes.
Cactus (all cactus are succulents but not all succulents are
“They are the perfect
plants for the young,
as they require little
care and are almost
impossible to kill”
cactus) had their heyday in the 1970’s, then went completely
out of fashion but are now having a huge resurgence. I see
that Selfridges and Top Shop’s flagship store in Oxford
Street have in-store cactus shops and promotions on line.
They are the perfect plants for the young who tend
to be out a lot or perhaps live in flats without access
to gardens, as they require little care and are almost
impossible to kill. Having said that, if you do give
them attention you will soon notice the results.
They are also very enthusiastically collected, sometimes
for nostalgic reasons, by people who as children used to
nip down to Woolworths and spend
their pocket money on a cactus or
two on a Saturday morning.
Gynelle Leon is one of the people
leading this hike of interest in cactus.
She opened her shop, Prick, in uber
trendy Dalston, East London, a couple of
years ago and business is booming. She
says that whilst the younger generation
are ‘behind the boom’, she has many
people, older men particularly, whose parents used to collect
cactus and are now setting up their own collections.
Meanwhile, the cactus shop is booming at the Camden
Garden Centre, selling around 400 different varieties
of the spiny plants. They have even had cactus festivals
there with their cafe providing cactus-themed food.
And reading reviews of The Cactus Shop down in
Devon, I was taken with the lady who had left the
premises with thirty-seven new plants, a grumbling
husband and a big smile on her face!
This page: Cacti in the Marjorelle Garden, in Marrakech,
restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé
So what attention do these plants need? To start with they
prefer, no, must have, a well-drained soil. Bearing in mind
where many of them originate, the idea is to emulate those
conditions. I’ve recently seen huge aloes growing on rocky
screes in the north west of Majorca in what seemed impossible
growing conditions. You can buy special succulent composts.
Give the plants as much sunlight as possible. They’ll
suffer in a dark corner. A sunny windowsill is ideal. Water
them every seven to ten days in the summer and every three
weeks or so in the winter making sure that the soil is pretty
dry before you water again. Overwatering causes the plant’s
roots to rot off and its leaves to turn brown and unhealthy
looking. If you use a wooden skewer to prod into the soil,
as you would check whether a cake is cooked through,
you’ll know that it is time to water if the end is dry.
Many cactus originate from Mexico, a country rich
in biodiversity. The Sonoran desert in the north of the
country and the south west USA is home to cactus
such as the saguaro, the cardon and the organ pipe.
This arid region covers approximately 100,000 square
miles of SW Arizona and South Eastern California
as well as Baja California and the western half of the
Mexican state of Sonora. The Saguaro Cactus is the one
you spot in ‘cowboy’ films where you see nothing for
miles and miles except the cactus and the horizon.
Should you want inspiration closer to home though
take yourself off to the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech
where there is an absolutely stunning collection of
cactus and succulents. The garden was the creation of
Jacques Majorelle, a French artist who started what
was a forty-year love affair with the place in 1923.
In the centre of the garden is a Cubist building painted the
most wonderful clear cobalt blue which Majorelle patented
as Majorelle Blue. It is a fantastic backdrop to the collection
of plants there. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought
the garden in the 1980s after it had fallen into disrepair. They
restored it and continued Majorelle’s work. There is now a YSL
museum to visit if you can tear yourself away from the plants.
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Talking the talk
Being confident in another language – or two – will bring your
child multiple benefits. Two schools talk us through it
Manor House School
Audrey Wright, Head of
Modern Foreign Languages
We start our language learning at
the very onset of a child’s education
in the nursery at Manor House, by
introducing French, and this continues
throughout the school to Year 11.
Spanish is taught from Year 5
alongside French and in Year 6, pupils
not only do French and Spanish but
in the summer term, they start a
taster course in German. Latin is also
taught from Year 6 as we recognise
the importance of the ‘mother
lingo’ of our romance languages.
Researchers agree that the earlier a
child starts to learn another language the
better – and some believe that language
acquisition skills peak at about the age
of six to seven. Others say that it extends
through puberty which is what we see
as Modern Foreign Language (MFL)
teachers. However, adult learners
should not be put off learning a new
language as it is scientifically proven
that it keeps your brain healthy.
Studying a language has a plethora
Pupils at Manor House school take
part in a langugages competition
of benefits; as well as improving
job prospects there is an abundance
of both practical and personal
advantages. Languages represent
and identify other cultures.
It helps you make new friends,
enhances your communication skills
and is great for the overall enjoyment
of holidays. It’s far more enjoyable to
speak with people from another country
in their language than raise your voice,
speak louder at them in
English and gesticulate
frantically in a game
of ‘charades abroad’.
language makes you
Many employers are
looking for the following skills in a
new employee: social skills, ability
to work in a team, communication
skills, open mindedness – all of which
you get from learning a language.
Business is global and networking is
definitely easier in the local language
where cultural awareness pays off.
In schools, pupils have to study and
learn vocabulary and grammar, and do
exercises and logically with hard work
and enthusiasm. Their level improves
but to gain fluency, they need to speak
it as a means of communication.
We encourage our pupils to avail of
all the opportunities we provide here
at Manor House to gain practice in
speaking languages. From our native
parent volunteers, through to various
local competitions run by a number of
organisations such as the Business and
Language Champions Competition
(run by Surrey University) and the
Love Languages Competition.
We also run residential trips to Spain,
France and Wolfsburg in Northern
makes you more
Germany (known as the headquarters
of Volkswagen and the Autostadt, an
automobile-themed park). We find
that this is when the enthusiasm and
relevance of language learning gets
the girls excited about using their
languages for real communication.
We also encourage the girls to use a
number of Apps and online resources
such as Duolingo and cram.com and if
you have a reluctant learner at home, I
am confident that using
one or both of these
will get them hooked!
Parents can encourage
their children in many
ways. When you are
abroad in a country
where the language your
child is learning is spoken, get your
child to start off by greeting people
in shops and restaurants in the target
language and asking them how they
are and introducing themselves.
I have never been disappointed
by the staff’s encouraging reactions
in hotels, restaurants and shops to
children’s attempts to communicate
in the local language.
At home when planning to watch a
film of an evening, why not check out
if the DVD can be played in Spanish/
French/German etc with English
subtitles or vice versa? This is especially
worthwhile if it’s a film or series
the child is already familiar with.
Award and encourage all attempts at
communication in another language,
it doesn’t need to be perfect!
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Why STEM subjects need
some art to make STEAM
Andrew Vaughan, Head of Visual Arts, at ACS Egham International Schools
For several years now official government education
policy has focused on the study of STEM subjects
– science, technology, engineering, maths. But at
ACS International Schools, we believe that the study of
art is just as important and should in fact be combined
with them. This is why we talk about STEAM in our
schools, adding art to the well-known acronym.
So why is art such an important complement to
science? In its Future of Jobs report the World Economic
Forum estimates ‘two thirds of children entering
primary school today will ultimately end up working
in completely new job types that don’t yet exist’.
Traditional teaching methods where STEM subjects are
taught in ‘subject silos’ are no longer enough for this fastchanging
world. We often invite parents and business leaders
in to give talks at school. A speaker from one of the top four
management accountancy firms told us that an analysis of staff
appraisal scores and qualifications revealed that the best
performing employees had degrees in arts subjects rather than
maths or science. The company changed its recruitment policy
as a consequence.
This is not to suggest that we don’t need maths or science,
but to show that art is an essential complement to science
subjects. It can be the spark that brings these subjects to
life, at school, at university and in later working life.
The study of the arts ensures students develop life skills such
as creativity, problem solving and communication abilities
which are increasingly in demand across all industries. Art
also plays a vital role in equipping students with an innovative
mindset, needed to be successful in engineering and business.
A former pupil at ACS Cobham, Candace Rubenstein,
a lead material lab analyst at Under Armour – luxury
sportswear brand, says: “Without exposure to arts
subjects you can become a human calculator essentially,
but by adding an artistic lens, you can look at STEM
from a unique angle – thus coming up with solutions
the human calculator could never dream of.”
Yet art is being increasingly side-lined at many schools.
According to figures from the Education Policy Institute,
the proportion of 15 and 16-year-olds studying arts subjects
such as art, music and drama has fallen to the lowest level in a
decade as a result of government policies and education cuts.
Many schools streamline their curriculum so that children
have to make a binary choice between arts or science when
they make A Level or other exam choices at age 16/17.
This is desperately sad because a study by the University
of Sydney found that
active participation in the
arts increases students’
in class, self-esteem and
improves wellbeing. But
for art to be an effective
part of STEAM it has to
be more than just a standalone
subject. At ACS we physically bring art into science,
where an art class might work in the science lab, and we
invite the art students to express the science being conducted
using any medium they like. This shows them how they can
express scientific learning and approaches through art, which
piques the interest of students studying both subjects.
At ACS Hillingdon students use apps like Hopscotch
and Floors as an arts-based way of learning to code. This
cross-curriculum approach, combining art, technology and
computer science, nurtures logical thinking, problem-solving
and persistence, encourages collaboration and communication,
and provides the opportunity for students to develop practical,
future-focused skills, in an imaginative, fun and creative way.
We find that including art in STEAM makes all the subjects
more lively and relevant, and builds exactly the qualities
universities want, without narrowing students’ options.
Hannah Wagner, a current ACS Cobham
student, who was recently awarded a summer
research programme at the University of Surrey
to study electrical engineering, commented:
“It’s widely acknowledged that fewer girls are entering
the engineering sector – so I’m proud to have been
selected for this placement. I think to get more girls into
STEM subjects we need first to remove the mentality
that we only enjoy and excel at certain subjects.”
Beyond the school years there are a wealth of statistics which
demonstrate the economic significance of the creative arts;
just think of the film industry, or the gaming industry which
between them contribute £92bn a year to the UK economy.
Given this and how much we value our business
entrepreneurs and innovators, it is astonishing
how compartmentalised the approach to art
and science has become in education.
The STEAM approach, combining all the core
subjects, will help address this issue and develop a
generation who can express new innovative ideas and
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On good terms
There’s a lot you can do at home to keep your children happy at school says Hilary Wilce
Now we are stuck into the new school year, a
time for fresh beginnings, in the great tradition
of new pencil cases and geometry sets, this
is an optimistic column about all the many things we
can do to help our children stay happy at school.
Because, although it’s not something anyone wants to
think about, there has been more news over the summer
about the shocking number of school-age children
struggling with depression, anxiety and stress.
The good news though, is that there is also a large body of
work about what helps everyone – young people
and adults alike – to maintain mental balance.
First off there are the physical things. It
increasingly seems that inflammation plays a part
in the development of anxiety and depression, so
make sure your child’s body, including their brain,
stays healthy by eating well, drinking enough
water, getting fresh air and exercise and last, but
quite definitely not least, getting the right amount
Then there is the social context you bring your child up
in. Good family bonds, a network of family friends and
links to a wider community all help children feel anchored,
significant and safe. Young people whose only reference
points are their friends and peers can be much more
vulnerable to worry, insecurity and unstable behaviour.
Other things to encourage in your child are the key attitudes
of optimism and hope. This might sound airy-fairy, but these are
known to foster good mental health and once you start looking
it’s possible to find lots of ways to encourage them, whether it’s
bonds, a network
of friends and
links to a wider
through modelling those attitudes yourself, or talking to your
children in a positive way about mistakes and challenges.
You can help them see that happy, outward-looking people are
popular and attractive and that happiness doesn’t come through
having lots of cool stuff, or hundreds of social media followers,
but through being comfortable in your own skin, being grateful
for what you’ve got, and making the most of your opportunities.
It also helps to have realistic and positive goals and these
can be encouraged even in very young children. I’ve been in
reception classrooms where children have decided they’d like
to be ‘the person I’d like as a friend’ or ‘not to
be so cross when I’m woken up for school’.
But vague aims don’t have much clout, so
help your child to think their goals through
to specific targets. Not just ‘do my homework
better’ but ‘make a homework timetable and
sit down, without my phone, at six o’clock
to do my work, at least three times a week’.
Older children could also be encouraged
to start developing a sense of purpose in life,
because aiming for something you want to do is said to be another
powerfully protective thing against mental health problems.
This purpose doesn’t have to be set in stone, but a young person
with something specific to aim for is less likely to run into
problems than one who only lives for short-term pleasures.
All these things will definitely help children stay strong
and stable but, of course, if things are more serious, it is
always worth seeking medical attention, and you should
talk to your doctor if you are seriously worried about your
child’s continuing low mood or worrying behaviour.
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A festival for book lovers with
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Autumn Tree Festival
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Taste of Autumn
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over 30 stalls celebrating the local
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Mon 29 Oct 10am-1pm
Farnham Maltings, Bridge
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Sat 6 – Sun 28 Oct
Crockford Bridge Farm,
New Haw Road, Addlestone,
Weybridge KT15 2BU
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pumpkin picking weekends on the
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Chessington World of
Adventures, Leatherhead Road,
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Chessington world of adventures
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time for little ones, through the
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up to the award-winning Creepy
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Ham House and Garden,
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This half term you can unravel
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was a witch. There will also be
spooky storytelling, pumpkin
biscuit decorating and eerie art.
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Sandown Park Racecourse,
Esher KT10 9AJ
The Autumn Classic reaches its
20th anniversary this month.
Barons’ auction of classic
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Sat 27 Oct 10am-3pm
Grayswood Village Hall,
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Sat 27 & Sun 28 Oct
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Jukebox & Retro Fair
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We are delighted to announce
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within 26 acres of idyllic woodland.
Nestled in landscaped grounds adjacent to
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Tuesday 23 - Sunday 28 October
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Ever wondered what Michaelmas is? And Lady
Day... Jane explains
There are four Quarter days in a year, all of which
mark a significant change in the relationship between
day time hours and night time hours. We know that
a day near Christmas is the shortest and Midsummer the
longest, but the other two quarter days, Lady Day in April
and Michaelmas in September are less famous. They mark the
spring and autumn equinoxes, when night time and day time
hours are equal, and are important dates in the farming year.
We have just passed Michaelmas Day, September 29, the
feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, a celestial Poldark who
rather magnificently hurled the devil Lucifer down from
heaven. It traditionally marked the end of the harvest and was
also the day when the curfew would begin, the first hint that
winter was on its way. During curfew which occurred across
the country from Michaelmas to Shrove Tuesday, church bells
would ring at 9pm every night, apart from Sundays, as a sign
to stay indoors, douse the household fire (couvre feu, hence
curfew) and go to bed! How simple.
Being recognised as the start of the farming
year, Michaelmas was also the date upon
which labour and tenanted farms changed
hands and to this day many agricultural
payments fall due on this day. It also sees the
start of the shepherd’s year. Female sheep are
only fertile when the night time hours exceed
daytime hours, another Michaelmas milestone, which is
nature’s clever way of ensuring lambs are only born in spring.
Traditionally the rams are put in with the ewes on Bonfire
Night and five months later on April Fool’s Day the lambs
start arriving. With that in mind October is the month to
sort out the flock and keep only those in tip top condition
rams are put in
with the ewes on
to use for the breeding season ahead. The ewes will have had
a couple of months off since their lambs were weaned so the
first thing is to make sure they are in good condition and not
looking plain – shepherds’ parlance for
a thin sheep. Then they have to pass the
three T’s test: teeth, toes and teats.
Sheep only have lower teeth at the front
which meet a hard pad and are used to pick
off the grass which is then chewed by the
back teeth before being swallowed. As they
get older these front teeth become worn
and if they fall out the ewe can no longer eat enough grass to
maintain a healthy pregnancy and produce enough milk for a
growing lamb – so sadly she’s out. Various foot problems, like
cracked or splayed hoof, or abnormal growth can lead to less
than perfect toes, so sorry missus but you’re out, too. Finally
we check the udders to make sure they’re soft, mastitis free
and not too low slung for a newborn lamb to find.
The boys also get an MOT. Now I don’t mean to sound
judgmental, but while the ewes have spent the year carrying
and then raising one maybe two or three lambs, the boys
have been having it super easy. For them the job spec reads
something like this: Wanted male sheep to work hard for
six weeks a year with 46 weeks holiday. So as you can see
it matters big time that when November comes the boys
are ready for the challenge and they too get the three T’s
treatment. Teeth, toes and testicles. And then they’re off.
In fact we’re all off as we look forward to another farming
year at Coopers and all the joys and challenges it will
Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on Instagram @coopersfarm
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