Surrey Homes | SH48 | October 2018 | Kitchen & Bathroom supplement inside

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Contents

October 2018

24

40

LIVING THE LIFE

Maggie Alderson peeks inside this

month’s most desirable properties

111

100

SOAK IT UP

Josephine Fairley finds your

beautiful bathroom must-haves

143

120

WHY STEM SUBJECTS NEED

SOME ART TO MAKE STEAM

The importance of arts in our schools

33

OCTOBER NOTEBOOK

Events to make note of

115

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton’s sleep solutions

147

ON GOOD TERMS

How to keep kids enjoying school

40

63

65

76

97

100

HIGH GLOSS

Gloss and glamour galore in

Lauren Atkins’ Oxshott home

GET THE LOOK

Gorgeous objects to imitate

the high gloss look

BED TIME

The best of bed trends

HOME ON THE FARM

Look inside a quintessentially

Wealden farmhouse

GET THE LOOK

Imitate the Home Farm look

LIFE’S RICH TAPESTRY

Kate Watts styles this season’s

most luscious fashion trends

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120

127

133

141

NATURAL WISDOM

Wellbeing guidance

from the co-founder of

The Remedy Retreats

ONE POT WONDERS

Deliciously easy midweek

marvels

HARVEST HOME

Jo Arnell’s celebration of the

autumn harvest

A PRICKLY SUBJECT

Sue Whigham on cactus that

will thrive in future summer

heatwaves

TALKING THE TALK

Two schools discuss the benefits

of learning a second language

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WHAT’S ON

All the best things to do this month

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The Team

Upcoming Auction : October/November

Our upcoming auction takes place 29th October to 2nd

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Photography of Great Oaks. Travel times approximate only. Price correct at time of press.


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House

Month

of the

£3.6 million

Living the life

Maggie Alderson sighs over houses of glamour and character

Crown House

The dream: Houses don’t come

with provenances more glamorous

than this. Marilyn Monroe spent her

honeymoon here after her marriage

to Arthur Miller in 1956 – and three

years later Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie

Fisher, stayed in the house while

filming ‘Suddenly, Last Summer’. If

only walls could speak… And even

without such thrilling associations,

it’s a perfect Queen Anne gem, with a

glorious wood-floored drawing room

and a beautiful back garden. You can

hear the clink of champagne glasses

and the tinkle of laughter just looking

at the pictures (well, I can).

Where: The village of Englefield

Green, between Runnymede and

Windsor Great Park.

Setting: Overlooking the village green.

Beds: 6 Baths: 5 (three en suite, one

Jack and Jill between two bedrooms

and a family bathroom)

Special features: Seven sets of French

windows onto the beautiful garden,

three in the drawing room alone.

Pleasing details: An adorable

playhouse on stilts in the garden.

Outside: A wide and deep stone

terrace looking over the beautiful flat

lawn with mature trees and topiary.

Time to town: Ten minutes to Egham,

then 40 to Waterloo.

Price: £3.6 million.

Agent: house. 0800 9170447

housepartnership.co.uk

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£2.5 million

Rose Hill House

The dream: The best of both

worlds, this Grade II listed house

of great historic interest sits in

the heart of Dorking, in a leafy

setting with a rural feel.

Where: Dorking town centre.

Setting: A conservation area of

Regency houses in an elevated spot,

with vistas to the Surrey Hills, backing

on to Rose Hill, an historic grazing

paddock, where sheep still stroll and

snack, ten minutes walk to The Nower

nature reserve, three to the high street.

Beds: 9 Baths: 6

Special features: As well as the

two-storey annexe, there’s a selfcontained

flat in the basement.

Pleasing details: A sunroom off

the kitchen/living room opening

onto the terrace and garden.

Outside: A lovely walled garden.

Time to town: Victoria or Waterloo

in between 75 and 90 minutes.

Price: £2.5 million.

Agent: Savills, Reigate. 01737

230200 savills.com

£725,000

The Old Boat House

The dream: Light-drenched, airy, absolute

waterfront on the banks of a river, with

French doors onto a riverside decked terrace

on the ground floor and to a balcony off the

main bedroom.

Where: On the banks of the River

Wey, just a few yards from Guildford

High Street and the station.

Setting: Tree-lined views across the river

to the water meadows one way, and all

the action of a vibrant town the other.

Beds: 2 Baths: 2

Special features: You could

moor a boat off the terrace.

Pleasing details: It has an integral

garage so none of the parking issues

that can go with town centre living.

Outside: A private deck

overlooking the river.

Time to town: From 40

minutes to Waterloo.

Price: £725,000

Agent: Savills, Guildford

01483 796800 savills.com

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Notebook

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Visit Guildford from Saturday 6 to Sunday 14

October for Guildford Book Festival – a festival

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as well as plenty of Museum displays.

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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

our fashion feature, shot in the very special location of the Battle

Abbey School library.

Our houses this month are a wonderful contrast of the

ultimate modern glamour in Oxshott and elegant country style

in a Kent farmhouse. With our regular mix of wonderful gardens,

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First impressions count, but as the huge and imposing

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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

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style balloon dog, and a huge sculpture on the wall


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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.

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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

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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,

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and preserving the integrity of the space.”

An example of this is an apartment development

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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.

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space. We make big blow-ups of them and the

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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

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Below left: The bedside tables are Graham & Green and the lamps are Vaughan Designs Right: A quiet seating area on the very

spacious landing Bottom: In the second guest bedroom a sideboard by MFUK, the ‘photobooth’ photos were found in Camden

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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Diary of a Divorce Lawyer

Monday

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!

Tuesday

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

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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

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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

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Above: With a four-poster bed from Maisons du Monde Lauren’s daughter’s bedroom is fit for a princess.

The light fitting is by Smallable

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.”

The company is keen to expand the interiors side of

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Above: In the master bedroom, the headboard is bespoke by Lauren

Right: The yin and yang ottoman is also bespoke by Lauren. The brass

flying ducks are an antique find

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

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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

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Lauren’s property company, The Malins Group, are

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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

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alongside an antique refectory table... though one

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“Our client was very clear that she wanted us to bear in

mind that this was always a farmhouse and not to veer too

far from that, and to keep a relaxed feel,” says Belinda.

The clever trick is that the kitchen feels as if it’s developed

organically, over the years, when in fact it’s completely new.

“This room used to be the garage, with a hay loft

above,” says Belinda. “It always had a brick floor,

though sadly this isn’t the original brick, as there

wasn’t enough... but we wanted to retain the look and

also put in underfloor heating. We dug up the bricks

from here and used them in the utility room.”

Quirky Elizabeth Blackadder prints dot the

walls, while contemporary pendant lamps

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Next to the kitchen is an impressive study lined

with books. “My client’s husband is very much

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Top: The wheatsheaf chandelier over the dining room is from Phoenix Antiques. The antique-style radiators are from the Old

Radiator Company. The chairs are covered in a Colefax & Fowler linen and the table lamps are Ecco trading with Porta Romana silk

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

sash window. The architect, Charles Baine-Smith, works as the building

advisor to the National Trust in the South East. The bed is from

Nordic Style Left: The chest of drawers is client’s own and the chairs

are covered in William Yeoward stripe

a very dark blue/almost black. “We took the plunge

and painted the shelves in this very dark palette. It’s

fab, exactly the effect we wanted,” says Belinda.

An oak-framed, leaded window – in what was once

an exterior wall – allows light to flood in through the

study and into the kitchen. “Cox’s took out the leaded

window, restored it and put it back, replicating the style

on either side, and framing it with oak,” says Belinda.

The oak shelf under the leaded window holds a collection of

medieval artifacts while the blind overhead, featuring blockprinted

stags, has a medieval look. “Our client spotted that

fabric which, given her husband’s love of the medieval period

and the colour red, was spot on.” The fabric is a design by

Lindsay Alker, who is based in Hastings. A staircase leads up

to the ‘gentleman’s suite’ of dressing room and bedroom.

Our tour continues into the next room – now the snug and

formerly the kitchen. “You could say that it lacked inspiration…”

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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

antique farmhouse furniture came from the owners’

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

Georgian front of the house, the rooms immediately

take on a more classic feel, both in dimensions and

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.”

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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

beautifully designed fitted cupboard holds shoes and clothing,

although more wardrobe space is planned, in the more

traditional form of a free-standing wardrobe and drawers.

Back in the older part of the house is a cosy guest suite with

a view out across the back garden. Heavy fabrics and blankets

add to the sense of warmth, while colours are muted and

furniture painted in a pale grey, again to make the most of

the light. The adjoining bathroom feels a little more ‘country’

and less grand, though marble surfaces keep things luxurious.

“The contemporary brick effect tiles are from

Marlborough Tiles and are ‘offset’ so that they don’t

look too institutional,” says Belinda. It certainly


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different. The wooden panelling is tongue and groove,

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The last room to be completed is a study in

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A good kitchen design is a

balance between the style and the

practicality. It might look brilliant

but if it doesn’t work, it’s no good.

I can start designing a kitchen

before an extension is built, from the

architect’s drawings, but first clients

have to make certain key decisions.

What sort of fridge do you want -

hidden, or visible, or do you want

a big American fridge? What kind

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you might want two dishwashers.

Do you want a larder? Once all

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Our office and workshop are

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to show them the details, different

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It’s nice for them to see where

their kitchen will be made. We

manufacture everything here, exactly

for the space.

We are doing a lot of storage

drawers now, they are a very good

practical option. There has been

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cupboards. I don’t mind them – I

just wouldn’t fill all the walls up with

them, that’s lazy. We would rather

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chunky shelves, less of a fitted feel.

We are seeing a high demand for

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This kitchen was built in a new rear extension – if

you’ve got the space, this is what people want. It has

four different elements. There is a tall wall larder, then

there is a working wall with double ovens, a double

fridge, coffee machines, warming drawers and all the

functional items, which I put into tall cabinetry on the

side of the space with less natural light.

The third element is the elevation with the range

cooker and beautiful overmantel and the final piece is

the feature island with an oak breakfast bar.

And on top of all that, there also is the separate blue

dresser, with glazed doors.

All of them could be kitchens in their own right, so

the challenge is to bring it all together, which we did

by using two distinct palettes. The dark shade is Farrow

& Ball Railings, one of the most popular colours at the

moment, but all dark can be a bit oppressive, so in the

areas with less light, we used a pale shade, Farrow & Ball

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This is the dream, smaller kitchens are harder to

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Richard Vassallo, Managing Director

We start with a full survey of the room to make

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Then we look at practical requirements for the

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clients. Some people have a dinner set from their

wedding they want to expose with glass doors,

other people want everything put away.

Gadgets are key nowadays. Some appliances work

on wifi and people are very tech savvy. Baking is a

big trend and making bread and pasta, so people

have big mixing machines and need more storage

and work space. People love entertaining and need

a big island space for people to sit around.

Larders are a great way to get the most out of

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Schmidt

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Wellbeing

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

positive differences.

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

suppresses melatonin

– the hormone

that takes us off

to sleep – twice

as long as other

light wavelengths

and alters

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

movementformodernlife.com.

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

D, £10 (wildnutrition.com) is my

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

up too late and started

to shiver?). When our

core body temperature

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.

Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine, and

co-founder of the conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk

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Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

Ali Roff is co-founder of The Remedy Retreats with her husband

James Farrar. Combining Eastern yoga and mindfulness with her

degree in psychology, she aims to create a safe retreat space to rest,

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

Choose kindness

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

work on, or how you’re feeling. I

tend to book in when I’m feeling

overwhelmed. You can contact her

here rmsmassagetherapy@outlook.com

Find out more about Ali at

aliroff.com

Eminé says:

Try this in

October

With nights drawing in and

daylight less abundant, I

find increasing comfort in

the moon’s silvery glow and

movements. I enjoy local

artist, Jo of The Moon Journal’s musings, art work and

#myslowerlivingmoments prompts on Instagram @

themoon_journal . Her moon journal is beautiful too.


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Chuck it all in and heat it up for blissfully easy – and

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• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 600g lamb neck fillet cut into 1 inch

chunks

• 2 onions roughly chopped

• 1 tsp Maldon salt

• 3 garlic cloves crushed

• 10cm piece of ginger peeled and

chopped

• 1 tbsp ras-el-hanout

• 1 tsp each cumin, coriander and

cinnamon

• 200g tomatoes (fresh or tinned)

• 400g chickpeas

• 400g butternut squash cut into 2cm

cubes

• 400ml chicken or lamb stock

• 2 preserved lemons chopped

• 30g bunch coriander, stalks chopped,

leaves reserved

Lamb tagine

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.

To finish:

• 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

coriander.


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

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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

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• 2 oranges sliced

• 300g mange tout (or peas)

• 15g fresh basil leaves

• 750g new potatoes, large

ones halved

For the orange dressing:

• 3 tbsp olive oil

• juice and zest of one

orange

• 1 chilli chopped

• 3 tsp honey

• 3 tbsp soy sauce

• 3 garlic cloves crushed

1Line your roasting tray

with baking parchment or

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2Toss the potatoes in the

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3Add the chickens to the

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4Season the whole dish with

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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

and serve.


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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

slices

• 2 chicken thighs (skin off,

bone out) sliced into 2cm

strips

• 2 onions finely chopped

• 3 cloves of garlic, crushed

• 2 tbsp smoked paprika

Cheat’s paella

• 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

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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

chopped

• fresh coriander - stalks

chopped, leaves reserved

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 1 tsp ground coriander

• 1 tsp turmeric

• 1 tsp medium curry

powder

• salt & pepper

• 1 tsp garam masala

• 400g chickpeas

• 200g vegetable stock

• 500g sweet potatoes,

peeled & chopped into 1

inch cubes

• 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

garam masala).

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

“Grumble”

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

oil

• 3 tbsp apple juice

• ½ tsp Maldon salt

For the plums:-

• 800g ripe plums, such as

Victoria, halved and stones

removed

• 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

mix.

4Bake in an oven at 160

degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Halfway through fork over the

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don’t catch.

TIP: Double the granola

ingredients if you want extra for

breakfasts

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Harvest

home

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.

Seasonal fruitfulness

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

Halloween monster”

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.

Beyond Halloween

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.


Top left: This season’s apples Top Right: Borlotti beans in the veg patch Right: Big pumpkins are great for carving

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Above: Rose hips are great for cordials and fruit gins.

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.

Hedgerow harvests

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.

Unearthing treasures

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 succulents garden in Majorca

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!


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Garden

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.

Prick prickldn.com The Cactus Shop cactusshop.co.uk

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for

gardening advice and help in the sourcing and supply of

interesting garden plants.

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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’.

Knowing another

language makes you

more employable.

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

“Knowing

another language

makes you more

employable”

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!

Manor House School, Bookham has

an Open Morning on Saturday 6

October at 10.00am. Please contact

Jane Baynes on 01372 457077 or

jbaynes@manorhouseschool.org

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Education

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’

motivation, engagement

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

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Education

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

of sleep.

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

“Good family

bonds, a network

of friends and

links to a wider

community”

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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Sat 6 – Sun 14 Oct

Various locations in Guildford

Guildford Book

Festival

A festival for book lovers with

a thrilling line-up of speakers,

from household names such

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Beke to authors such as Matt

Haig and Gill Sims who are

currently top of the fiction and

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Events include a Bernstein gala

concert, creative writing courses,

and chances to have drinks with

some of your favourite authors.

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Sun 21 Oct

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham KT11 1JE

Autumn Tree Festival

Celebrate the glory of nature

in autumn with a tree trail full

of hidden surprises including

a stepping stone log challenge

and tree swing, earn your

wooden medal, try a traditional

heavy horse wagon ride, browse

a range of stalls displaying

handcrafted items made from

wood, metal, leather and honey,

plant your own seeds, and taste

Painshill’s own sparkling wine.

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Food

Wed 17 – Sun 21

RHS Garden Wisley,

Wisley Lane, Wisley,

Woking GU23 6QB

Taste of Autumn

Enjoy the best of Autumn with

a vintage tractor display, garden

advice, a theatre for stallholders

to introduce their produce, and

over 30 stalls celebrating the local

harvest (many with free samples).

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Mon 29 Oct 10am-1pm

Farnham Maltings, Bridge

Square, Farnham GU9 7QR

Biscuit decorating

for adults

Learn to decorate beautiful biscuits

using various icing techniques. All

biscuits and materials supplied.

Entry: £35

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Hallowe’en

Sat 6 – Sun 28 Oct

Crockford Bridge Farm,

New Haw Road, Addlestone,

Weybridge KT15 2BU

Pumpkin Patch

This family owned farm is holding

pumpkin picking weekends on the

first two weekends of the month,

during which you can pick your

own pumpkins right from the

fields. Plus from Saturday 20

to Sunday 28 October the half

term pumpkin patch event will

have pop up food stalls, travelling

performers and the wonder woods.

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Sat 13 – Wed 31 Oct

Chessington World of

Adventures, Leatherhead Road,

Chessington KT9 2NE

Howl’o’ween

Chessington world of adventures

has howl-worthy attractions for

all ages this year, from the Room

on the Broom spooky story

time for little ones, through the

trick or treat wood (filled with

friendly fairies and goblins) and

the Curse of the Lost Tomb maze,

up to the award-winning Creepy

Caves Unearthed for those who

don’t scare so easily. Plus the

park will be open late on selected

dates throughout the month.

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Sat 20 – Sun 28 Oct 10am-5pm

Ham House and Garden,

Ham Street, Richmondupon-Thames

TW10 7RS

Hallowe’en

Hocus Pocus

This half term you can unravel

the mysteries of 17th Century

witchcraft and decide for yourself

if Ham House’s own Duchess

was a witch. There will also be

spooky storytelling, pumpkin

biscuit decorating and eerie art.

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Shopping

Sat 27 Oct 9am-1pm

Sandown Park Racecourse,

Portsmouth Road,

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Barons Classic

Car Auction

The Autumn Classic reaches its

20th anniversary this month.

Barons’ auction of classic

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motor enthusiasts whether its

your first foray into the classic

world or another prestige vehicle

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Sat 27 Oct 10am-3pm

Grayswood Village Hall,

Grayswood GU27 2DJ

Home & Vintage

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Sat 27 & Sun 28 Oct

Chessington Community

College, Garrison Lane,

Chessington, Surrey KT9 2JS

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Weddings

Sun 14 Oct 11am-3pm

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey,

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Royal wedding style is up for

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wedding showcase. Discover

a range of venues and unique

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approved suppliers showcasing

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Hever’s autumn wedding

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the Farm

Ever wondered what Michaelmas is? And Lady

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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

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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

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heaven. It traditionally marked the end of the harvest and was

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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.

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Night and five months later on April Fool’s Day the lambs

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Sheep only have lower teeth at the front

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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

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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.

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