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Contents

February 2019

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CENTRE COURTS

Maggie Alderson’s pick of the

houses on the Wealden market

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S4

CLEAR AS GLASS

Rebecca Cuffe talks to

four windows experts

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WHAT’S ON

Your guide to all the best

events this month

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NOTEBOOK

Our top picks of February events

MATERIAL WORLD

Explore a Kentish paradise filled

with history and character

GET THE LOOK

Products that will help you

steal the ‘Material world’ look

ELEGANT IMPERFECTION

A three bedroom flat decked

out with cool antique flair

GET THE LOOK

A page for those looking

to add some ‘Elegant

Imperfection’ to their homes

THE BEAUTY OF OAK

We talk to three experts in

timber-framed buildings

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SIMPLY RED

Josephine Fairley’s expert

guide to the ultimate red lip

THE LAW OF ENERGY

Eminé Rushton shares

advice to improve sleep

NATURAL WISDOM

Advice from a chief chocolate

maker, recommended

reading and floral remedies

GALENTINE’S DAY

Celebrate Galentine’s

with fun nibbles

STEALING A MARCH

Jo Arnell looks ahead to

the new gardening year

TRAVELLING HOPEFULLY

When it comes to education it’s

the journey not the destination

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COMPETITION

Win a spa day for two and £100 of

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard tells us about

calving time at the farm

WEDDING

SUPPLEMENT

36 pages of

engagement rings,

wedding venues

and bridal beauty

After page 110.

Weddings

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community blends rural Kentish life with a connected

modern lifestyle.

Comprising three, four and five bedroom family

homes which are elegantly located around a pond, the

nine properties are designed to accommodate today’s

varied and demanding lifestyles, while providing

luxurious comfort both inside and out.

Open plan and multi-use areas in the kitchens and

dining rooms, spacious living rooms opening up

onto private patios and generous landscaped gardens,

as well as studies, home offices and utility rooms

included in many of the properties, enable elegant

modern living to be seamlessly blended with rural calm.

Each property has been individually designed,

constructed using traditional Kentish style features

including classic colour brickwork, vertically hung

tiling and white timber beams. Combined with

generous heritage style uPVC windows that bathe

the rooms with ample natural light, the latest ultrafast

broadband and state of the art appliances, these

contemporary homes allow both home-working and

family life to effortlessly come together.

Upstairs, each bedroom is designed with privacy

and comfort in mind to give family members a

space to personalise and make their own. Large light

rooms with integral storage, wardrobes or walk-in

closets, and en suite bathrooms that adjoin all master

bedrooms, provide spacious, comfortable and calm

sanctuaries to relax and unwind in at the end of the day.

Woodford Park is located close to schools, transport

links and local amenities, yet still offers the tranquility

and appeal of countryside living. Staplehurst is a

flourishing village with a quiet community which

makes it an ideal location for growing families,

mature couples and London commuters alike.

Conveniently situated close to a wealth of recreational

pastimes including local golf courses, walking and

cycling routes, Staplehurst is also well placed to keep

you connected to wherever you want to go. Rail

services connect you to London Bridge in as little as

51 minutes and there are many coastal towns within

reach by car in under an hour. Ashford International

station is also only 22 minutes by train.

Woodford Park is a culmination of Kentish heritage

and quality craftsmanship from Capworth Homes.

Open to the public on the 2nd February between

10am and 3pm, viewings are by appointment only

and may be made by contacting Savills at the details

shown below.

The development is located at Woodford Park,

Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 0RH


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“We recently employed Humberts to market the last remaining plot at one of our sites after being

on with 2 other agencies previously and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Emma’s attention to

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through to completion in just 7 weeks. From organising for the garden to be tidied up for us, to sorting

out removal of the furniture into storage, Emma handled every aspect of the transition from start to

finish, nothing was too much to ask, she even hoovered up after the removals company to ensure it was

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Connecting people

& property, perfectly.

Biddenden TN27

A detached Georgian style property within the

Cranbrook School Catchment Area. EPC: F.

Guide price £1,495,000

Gun Hill TN21

A handsome late Victorian country house, set within beautiful gardens and grounds.

Guide price £2,500,000

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Horsmonden TN12

The major portion of a 15th century Grade II

listed farmhouse in 2.37 acres.

Guide price £1,300,000

Hawkhurst TN18

An elegant Grade II listed farmhouse in a

sought after position with wonderful views.

Guide price £1,250,000

Sandhurst TN18

An early Victorian detached farmhouse in the

Cranbrook School Catchment Area. EPC: F.

Guide price £875,000

High Halden TN26

A most impressive detached Grade II listed Georgian property in the heart of the

village yet approximately 3 miles from Tenterden.

Guide price £850,000

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Call the Tunbridge Wells team on 01892 310700, we'd love to help you.


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Pett Level, East Sussex- £470,000

A former Coastguard s cottage in an elevated position with

coastal and inland countryside views. Kitchen, living/dining

room, 2/3 bedrooms, study/bedroom3. Garage/studio.

Parking. Garden EPC E.

Appledore, Kent - £495,000

Impressive Grade II listed period property in village. Well

proportioned living/dining room, kitchen, master bedroom,

shower room, 2 further bedrooms, bathroom. Front terrace

with seating area. Leasehold garage.

Winchelsea, East Sussex - £650,000

Grade II Listed period house with far reaching views,

currently run as successful guest house. Kitchen, living

room, dining room, 7 bedrooms. Parking. Additional

annexes available by separate negotiation.

Camber, East Sussex - £299,950

DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY currently a detached

chalet style property set down a sought after unmade

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redevelopment, subject to planning.

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Stunning Grade II Listed cottage with later additions and

generous gardens. Living room, study, kitchen, garden

room, dining room, 4 bedrooms. Double garage. Approx.

1.2 acres of garden, paddock and orchard.

Nr. Rye, East Sussex - £399,950

Detached single storey period cottage off a quiet no

through road. Open plan living/dining room, kitchen, 2

double bedrooms, bathroom. Single garage/studio. Off road

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STRIKING DETACHED FARMHOUSE WITH

VIEWS Entrance hall · Four reception rooms ·

Kitchen/breakfast room · Utility room · Cloakroom

· Six bedrooms (three ensuite) · Enclosed garden ·

Outbuilding · Garaging · EPC: D

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

STAPLEHURST £1,125,000

SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME WITH ANNEXE

Sitting room · Kitchen/dining/family room · Utility

room · Four bedrooms (one ensuite) · One bedroom

annexe · Garaging · Swimming pool and pool house ·

Extensive gardens · EPC: D

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

HORSMONDEN £995,000

STUNNING GRADE II LISTED BARN

Newly converted · Four reception rooms · Kitchen/

breakfast room · Utility room · Four bedrooms

(two ensuite) · Family bathroom · Garaging · Garden

with terrace · EPC: n/a

Additional land available by separate negotiation

HORSMONDEN OIEO £895,000

STUNNING VICTORIAN FAMILY HOME

Two reception rooms · Kitchen/dining room · Utility

room · Four bedrooms (one ensuite) · Garden and

grounds approx. 1.5 acres · Detached office · Garaging ·

EPC: F

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Newenden, Kent

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WHAT BETTER WAY TO START THE YEAR THAN WITH A NEW HOME!

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House

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£2,900,000

Centre courts

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Spilsill Court

The dream: Available for the first

time in 50 years, this is a country

house of architectural and historic

interest. With an original building

on the site from the late 13th

century, the house dates from the

16th century with 19th and 20th

century additions,0 adding layers of

character to the rambling plan. As

well as the main residence there is

a three-bedroom cottage (available

as a separate lot), a bungalow and a

17th century barn and oast with a

kitchen, loos and recreation room,

which has been used as a theatre. The

house interior is deliciously ready for a

refreshed decorative scheme.

Where: At the end of a long private

drive, just outside Staplehurst.

Setting: Farmland.

Postcode: TN12 0DJ

Beds: 13 Baths: 4, plus a wet room.

Special features: Beams, panelling and

a glorious parquet in the music room.

Pleasing details: A knot garden, laid

in a fleur de lys pattern.

Outside: Outstanding landscaped

gardens and grounds, featuring

ornamental ponds, a roundel

summerhouse, a chapel and something

marvellous called ‘Bert’s Shed’.

Time to town: Just over an hour

from Staplehurst on the Charing

Cross/Cannon Street line.

Agent: Savills, Cranbrook

01580 72016 savills.co.uk

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Little Boy Court

£1,650,000

The dream: A lovely half weatherboarded

L-shaped house, with a

kitchen/breakfast room and dining

room opening onto the conservatory.

With a self-contained oast annexe,

a detached studio and a period barn

perfect for conversion it would be

ideal for extended family community

living, or holiday letting.

Where: On thirty acres at the end of

a no-through lane on the outskirts of

Headcorn.

Setting: Glorious rural landscape.

Postcode: TN27 9LA

Beds: 5 Baths: 2

Special features: The triple-aspect

drawing room.

Pleasing details: Lovely glazed

cabinets in the dining room.

Outside: Mature gardens with

splendid trees, a heated pool.

Time to town: Just under an hour

from Headcorn station.

Agent: Jackson-Stops, Cranbrook

01580 720000 jackson-stops.co.uk

Moor Court

£3,999,999

The dream: A newly-built house

of serious stature, with a Victorian

Tudor-revival exterior and a groovy

contemporary interior with a beamed

and vaulted dream kitchen and a tripleheight

entrance hall.

Where: A mile south of Crowborough.

Setting: In 11 acres of its own grounds.

Postcode: TN6 1UD

Beds: 6 Baths: 6, plus one of each in

the staff flat.

Special features: The ‘Leisure Suite’,

with a mosaic swimming pool, large gym,

sauna, steamroom and a cinema room

with tiered seating, opening out onto a

paved terrace with barbecue area.

Pleasing details: A bespoke curved

marble staircase with mahogany handrails.

Outside: Sweeping lawns down to an

ornamental pond with a lake beyond,

with a jetty.

Time to town: About an hour to London

Bridge from Crowborough.

Agent: Savills, Tunbridge Wells

01892 507000 savills.co.uk

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René Lalique and the Art of the Mascot

It seems rather extraordinary to us nowadays that

the owner of an expensive vehicle would remove

the manufacturer’s badge and replace it with

an ornament. But that is exactly what happened

with luxury cars in the 1920’s and 30’s. Cars of

this period were built with their radiator caps on

the bonnet, providing a natural perch for display.

Coinciding with the rise in popularity of Art Deco

glass ornaments, especially those designed

by the French glass master, René Lalique, car

‘mascots’, with their iconic engraved signatures,

became an essential symbol of wealth and status.

birds, animals, insects and female nudes and

were produced mainly in clear, but also satin,

frosted and opalescent glass and in a variety of

tints and colours. The rarest mascot is the fox,

of which few survive, the most infamous the

eagle’s head (as they were often fitted to Nazi

officers’ staff cars). Such was their popularity

here, Lalique commissioned the Breves Gallery

in Knightsbridge to supply them to British

customers. Breves manufactured bespoke

metal mounts so that the mascots could be

displayed both on and off the vehicle.

These included mounts that enabled the

illumination of the mascot, with an assortment

of coloured filters and in some cases a dynamo

to vary the light intensity as the car gathered

speed! The effect of this startling display on

both the driver of the vehicle and oncoming

traffic can only be imagined and few were

used on a regular basis. In fact, many mascot

owners probably only displayed them on

special occasions due to their fragility.

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commanding a premium. As a result many

pieces have ended up in private collections

and the appearance at auction of genuine

mascots is now far less frequent. When they do,

as in Gorringe’s recent sale of a single owner

collection, the prices achieved can range from

a few hundred pounds each to £5,000 or more.

By Jane Anderson, Gorringe’s Tunbridge Wells

The first Lalique mascot, the ‘Cinq Chevaux’

[Five Horses], was commissioned by Citroën

for the model 501 in 1925 and was followed by

twenty-seven further designs. These included

The actual number of Lalique mascots produced

is unknown and no doubt many succumbed

to damage caused by stone chips flying up

from road surfaces or careless owners flinging

open their bonnets without due attention. In

the decades following their production they

often turned up at auction, making varying

amounts depending on the level of damage

and/or repair, with those in perfect condition

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Previous pages, left: In Gerry’s study, the model ships were bought by the couple on their

honeymoon. The globe is from Florida Previous pages, right: Julia bought the doll’s house in

an antique shop and painted it in Farrow & Ball Railings Above: All the cushions in the sitting

room are covered in fabrics designed by Julia for her business (see address book)

Tucked away in a pretty Kentish village, The Den

has been home to textile designer, Julia Brendel, her

husband Gerry Lee, their children, Alex and Mia, and

dogs, Bruno and Gucio, since 2011.

You wouldn’t guess from the exterior, but their spacious,

light-filled farmhouse is a bit of a hybrid. The original

Tudor building, dating to around 1520, was extended in the

Georgian era.

‘They literally “glued” the new part of the house to the

front of the original medieval building in 1768,’ Julia says.

‘We know the exact date as it was carved into the attic rafters.’

To the side of the Georgian wing is a newer addition, built

in the 1970s. ‘Luckily, it was sympathetically done – the

house is Grade II listed – and it doesn’t detract from the

original architecture.’

The Den oozes history and character. As well as being the

original farmhouse to the neighbouring manor house which

dates back to medieval times, in the early 1900s, it had a

short life as a girls’ school.

The sprawling property comprises the main two-storey

building, a detached one-bedroomed coach house, a studio

which houses Julia’s textiles business and a miniature thatched

cottage, previously the farm’s dairy.

The couple moved to Kent from Putney. ‘We upped sticks

from London in search of peace and quiet, as the house there

was near a main road and in the Heathrow flight path.’

The charming Edwardian house they were leaving behind,

while noisy was full of character and original features, so the

hunt for a home with stacks of soul, plenty of space, and

the non-negotiable prerequisite of peace and quiet began

in earnest. The couple stumbled upon The Den by chance

when another viewing was cancelled.


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The main draw of the house was that it had what Julia describes as a ‘big personality’


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Previous page: Julia bought the chest of drawers and French clock in Poland Above: The kitchen trolley is from Ikea and the bowls

from The Living Lounge in Canterbury

‘We half-heartedly printed out details without taking too

much notice. The online pictures certainly didn’t have the

‘wow’ factor we were looking for. But as we drove up to the

house, we pretty much knew it was right - even before we

stepped over the threshold!’

The house itself had masses of space, then there were the

outbuildings, over an acre of land, with a vegetable garden

and an orchard, plus an annexe – and a dairy. ‘What more

could we have asked for?’ laughs Julia. ‘It was almost too good

to be true.’

The main draw wasn’t just that it had oodles of room,

but that it had all the soul they were craving, and what Julia

describes as a ‘big personality’. Both Julia and Gerry love the

fact that the house has so much architectural history and is

essentially rather quirky.

‘You can really appreciate the craft and skill used to build

both the original Tudor and Georgian parts of the house, as

there is so much exposed woodwork and brickwork on show,’

says Julia.

‘We love features like the beautifully crafted wooden

staircase, and the monumental medieval beams that support

the roof. It feels solid – and safe. Another bonus is that the

thick Tudor walls keep the house warm in the winter and cool

in the summer – perfect.’

The character of the house also created the perfect setting

for the couple’s belongings. Polish-born Julia has travelled the

world through her work as a textile designer, bringing back

beautiful fabrics, ornaments and decorative pieces from as

far afield as China and Gerry, who grew up in the States and

Europe, also has a collector’s eye.

The entrance hall sets the tone for the rest of the house; an

eclectic marriage of antique and exotic, with a sprinkling

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Julia’s preference is for a natural palette, as it allows her to introduce

colour and pattern with her own collection of textiles


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Previous page: Bruno the dog appreciates the window seat cushion

covered in Julia’s fabric Memory Stripe Above: The kitchen dining

table is made from 17th century oak and the chairs are from

Wayfair Left: The book-lined passage from the back hallway to the

sitting room

of utilitarian and contemporary items that keep the house familyfriendly

and anchored in the 21st century. The beautiful brickwork

floor, a remnant of the original medieval house gives the house

solidity, while milky white walls keep things light and bright.

Julia’s preference is for a neutral palette when it comes to

decorating schemes, as it allows her to introduce colour and pattern

with her own collection of textiles and the couple’s many treasured

possessions. On the wall, a display of hats brought back from

China accompanies a sturdy Hungarian country bench from one of

the couple’s favourite local haunts, Barrow’s Antiques in Faversham.

The bench cushion is covered in Julia’s Memory Stripe fabric.

At the end of the hallway is a beautiful glazed arched window.

‘The wooden arch was part of the Tudor building and is one of our

favourite features,’ reveals Julia.

‘The glass is a modern addition by the previous owners and we

love the fact that it provides the perfect transition between the

Georgian and Tudor parts of the house in a very contemporary

way. We can also see into the formal dining room – even though

we don’t use it that often.’


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Above: The Hungarian bench in the brick-floored hall is from Barrow’s Antiques in Faversham. Julia brought the hats back from

China. The fabric on the bench is her Memory Stripe in red

That’s because the open-plan kitchen and dining room

allows for plenty of socialising while the family cook and

eat. A modern floor-to-ceiling window is a recent addition,

allowing light to cascade in. The slate flooring benefits from

underfloor heating and continues throughout this part of the

house.

‘Slate flooring is also very practical when you have dogs and

kids,’ laughs Julia. ‘It’s easy to sweep clean.’

Contemporary Ikea Kallax shelves and a retro-style Ikea

chrome lamp sit perfectly alongside period furniture and are

the ideal place for Julia to store her fabric lookbooks and to

display collections of china and glassware.

‘The sieve on the wall is from Norton Cross Antiques in

Teynham, near Sittingbourne. I bought the cow prints from

an antique shop in Surrey and had them framed by Rachel

Barrow in Faversham.’

Perfect for family dinners, the large circular table is made

from 17th century oak from a French oak stable door and

was a present to Gerry from L & E Kreckovic, an antique

dealer and friend of his parents in London’s King’s Road. The

comfy faux leather-upholstered dining chairs look vintage but

are actually a clever purchase from Wayfair.com.

The blue and white ceramic Chinese bowl was picked

up in an antique shop in Hampton Court. ‘It’s a modern

reproduction, not an antique, but I love it,’ says Julia. The

contemporary eau-de-nil kitchen units, inherited from the

previous owners, keep things practical, while the glass handles

add a touch of glamour.

Julia is a keen cook and grows her own fruits and vegetables

in the garden, so when she is not in her studio, she loves

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Left: In the ‘Traveller’s Room’ the

patchwork bed canopy is made from

remnants of Julia’s fabrics.The bedspread

is Moroccan and the cushion covers were

inspired by the traditional Polish craft of

paper cutouts. The walls are painted in

Farrow & Ball Downpipe.

Below: Julia has dressed the tailor’s

dummy in a vintage Polish folk shirt, a

Moroccan belt as a sash and a Chinese hat

to be in the kitchen. ‘It’s a light, bright space,’ she enthuses.

The Ikea Udden kitchen trolley is the perfect mobile store

for Julia’s favourite herbs and spices, oils and vinegars and

her prized collection of bowls from The Living Lounge, in

Canterbury.

The window seat sports a cushion in Julia’s Memory Stripe

fabric in Red which was made by Jo Ellis from Mabel and Me

Interiors.

At the end of the entrance hallway, a passageway lined to

one side with bookshelves, leads to an elegant sitting room

with dividing doors to a music room, home to the family’s

grand piano. These rooms have an air of colonial grandeur.

The ceilings are higher in this part of the house, which dates

to the Georgian period, and as a result, it feels airier.

The sitting room is furnished with a clever mix of vintage

and antique shop finds, all of which are in keeping with

the grand scale. Comfy sofas and squashy armchairs - one

of Julia’s favourite pieces is a blush pink velvet armchair she

bought from Barrow’s Antiques in Faversham - are perfect for

relaxed evenings with friends and family.

The couple’s passion for the exotic is illustrated by

decorative pieces like the Indian serving tray on the low,

antique table. ‘I bought it recently in Provence when we were

on holiday – a bargain at just 20 euros,’ reveals Julia.

She also likes to mix things up by combining classics with

a bit of contemporary. A glass Vittsjo coffee table from Ikea

displays Gerry’s prized collection of ornamental elephants and

the oval ‘negative-space’ central lampshade was a steal from

Homebase.

The dining room is one of the most formal rooms with

varnished oak floorboards that complement the antique

furniture, much of it, including a stately dining table,

purchased from auctions in Lots Road, London. Julia hunted

down dining chairs to match on Ebay. ‘They are early 20th

century copies of Regency rope-twist back dining chairs

upholstered in my Hungarica fabric.’


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Above: The master bedroom is painted in Farrow & Ball Railings. The foxed, gilt-framed mirror is from Peter Barrow Antiques in

Faversham and the painting over the bed is by Kira Speiser

The glass chandelier above the table is from L’Image, an

antique shop in nearby Whitstable. Pride of place is a gigantic

doll’s house. Julia opens the doors to reveal an interior that

houses ceramics and glassware rather than dolls and furniture.

‘I bought it in an antique shop in Gillingham that has long

since closed and repainted it in Farrow & Ball Railings which

matches the wall above the fireplace.

Gerry’s study, painted in Farrow & Ball Castle Grey and

fitted with bookcases, is reminiscent of an elegant gentlemen’s

club and is kept cosy by a wood burning stove. Some of his

favourite ornaments, including a model ship bought by the

couple in Mauritius on their honeymoon, are displayed on

the mantelpiece.

A grand, sweeping staircase leads upstairs to five bedrooms,

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master bedroom, which is a haven of tranquillity. Elegant

panelled walls in the Georgian style have been painted in

Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe - one of Julia’s favourite colours -

and fitted wardrobes keep things neat and orderly.

A floor-to-ceiling foxed, gilt-framed mirror from Peter

Barrow Antiques in Faversham reflects soft light into

the room, furnished with finds from antique shops and

auctions. The generous Valencia bed is fom John Lewis and

has a headboard upholstered in Julia’s Hungarica fabric in

Gunmetal. The eye-catching painting above the bed - a

contemporary work by artist Kira Speiser - combines the

palette of greys, golds and blues.

In the spacious guest room overlooking the garden, the bed

has been reupholstered in Julia’s Medallions fabric. Puttycoloured

walls offset exposed beams and newly laid wood

flooring.

The children’s bedrooms are furnished with the same mix of

old finds and contemporary buys, as practicality is something

Julia values in a family home. Her teenage son’s Ikea storage

bed can be extended to make extra room when friends come

to stay. His vintage desk was bought in an antique shop in

Fulham, and is partnered with a Charles Eames-style Eiffel

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Previous page: The headboard in the master bedroom is

upholstered in Julia’s Hungarica fabric Above: The fabric

on the headboard in the Pink Guest Bedroom is Julia’s

pattern Medallions in Cerise, the Roman blind is Nostalgia

in Cranberry and the throw is Tribes in the Earth colourway.

The bag is Memory Floral in Natural Left: The bathroom

cushions and throws are all made with Julia’s fabrics.

When it comes to the family bathroom, once again

Julia has effortlessly combined ultra-modern with

historical. The original Tudor beams are juxtaposed with

modern ceramic tiles and a generously proportioned bath

that would look at home in any spa. A vintage painted

cabinet with a chicken-wire front is ideal for storing

towels and linen and a modern wooden bench is the

perfect perching place to indulge in a bit of pre or postbathtime

pampering.

One of Julia’s favourite rooms (and I have to say, the

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‘Traveller’s Room.’ Inspired by her travels to Morocco

(where she stayed in a Berber tent in the desert) and to

China to visit her sister, the room is the embodiment of

globalism.

The walls, painted in her favourite Farrow & Ball

shade, Downpipe, are the perfect backdrop to her

collection of objets which are showcased alongside her

own Polish and Hungarian-inspired fabric designs.

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present from Gerry when we got engaged.’ A 1950s

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This page: The linen cupboard is a French antique and the

refurbished German station clock was from Russell Callow. The

chairs are 1960s Danish and Charlotte made the curtains from a

French cotton piqué bed cover

up. Firstly, Streett threw out most of my London furniture,

only allowing some key vintage French cupboards and

accessories to survive. In turn, I removed all of his dark rust

coloured carpets and the heavy English country-house style

curtains, which were all swags and tails. His dark leather

furniture that had been acquired over the years also went.”

Luckily for Charlotte and Streett it was a coming

together of two aesthetic sensibilities that immediately

clicked. As well as creating a fabulous home, so good was

the chemistry between them that the couple decided to

combine their professional lives as well. They now work

together on their business Streett Marburg (streettmarburg.

co.uk) sourcing fabulous decorative furniture and accessories

from around Europe, whilst Charlotte also works on the

conservation of the antique textiles that the company sells.

Charlotte explains that her coming into the

business marked a change in style and focus for

Streett, who up to that point had made a name for

himself as a specialist in fine English antiques.

“People don’t really want to buy a £50,000 English

dining table any more,” explains Charlotte, “however


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Above: In Streett’s study, decorated by Charlotte, the George III marble-topped table and rococo mirror are from Streett’s collection.

Charlotte added the 1970s French pineapple lamps. The chair is a Windsor Goldsmith, from circa 1890

spectacular the provenance. The trend has shifted. We

all want to change the ‘look’ of our homes every few

years, so the focus since I joined the business has been

sourcing decorative antiques, which appeal to a faster

and younger market, and more affordable too.

“I love quirky design and that sense of imperfection. For

Streett, who is all about the intellectual side of antiques,

it was quite a transition, but he has done it brilliantly.”

Just like their business, Streett and Charlotte’s home reflects

this shift in interior trends. Each room has been beautifully

curated to offer an entire picture, with pieces from the

seventeenth to the twentieth century sitting happily side by

side, artfully placed to bring out the best in each other.

One of the few pieces left from Streett’s former

collection is a stunning George III marble-topped table

dating from c1780 and a rococo mirror that both still

sit in his office. Charlotte has styled them with a pair of

20th century pineapple lamps and accessories sourced

from the couple’s other favourite place – France.

France is a theme that runs throughout their home.

Charlotte had lived in France with her ex-husband and

son for many years, and speaks fluent French, so it was

no surprise that when she met Streett, they continued

to visit and it is where they still source a large amount

of their stock, even today. I asked Charlotte why she

loved French vintage furniture and accessories so much,

and why it is so different to the English look?

“For me,” she says, “the English love to varnish and

wax everything within an inch of its life, they don’t like

imperfections, they like everything looking perfect and

finished, whereas the French pieces that we find are living

pieces of history. Their patina and the lives that have

lived in and around them make each piece so special

and authentic, it’s something that draws us both back

again and again. I love pieces for their imperfections.”

Charlotte takes me on a tour of her flat, telling

me about the wonderful pieces the couple have

acquired, some of which are from their private

collection and others that are from their business.

“I think it’s important to understand how pieces of


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furniture work in a home, if you are hoping to sell that idea to

other people. We love everything we buy and so it’s a treat to

be able to see how it fits into a contemporary family home.”

In their sitting room are two life-size dog statues, either

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stools sit by the fireplace. Next to them is a rather fabulous

mirrored coffee table, all of which are available to purchase.

Having a veritable sweet shop of unique furniture and

accessories must be like heaven. I ask Charlotte if it is

not also a pleasure tinged with sadness as she has to say

goodbye to treasured items as each piece goes off to a

new home. She smiles as we look at a stunning antique

Chinese cabinet that will soon, no doubt, depart for a new

life. Perhaps it’s not so bad. Business is business, after all,

and as one piece goes another item can take its place.

I look lovingly at a wooden relief panel that sits above

one of the sofas and ask Charlotte what sort of price it

would fetch. “Now that is definitely not for sale, as much

as everyone always asks me. There are some things that I

just can’t let go.” Did she find it in France? “No, it was sixty

pounds and I bought it in England. It was such a steal perhaps

that is why I just can’t bear to part company with it.”

Throughout the apartment Charlotte and Streett have

opted for a muted colour palette of whites and greys, again

inspired by France. For Charlotte, especially, the look is all

about texture and detail and less about bright colours.

Whether the fluffy tactile Icelandic sheepskin upholstery

on a pair of Steiner chairs in the guest bedroom or the

Venini glass chandelier in the living room or the tiny

alabaster flowers in the sitting room, there is something

to arrest the eye throughout the couple’s stylish home.

Some of the very few pops of colour can be found in

their collection of contemporary art. But just as with their

furniture, modern pieces of abstract art are allowed to sit

alongside more classical pieces – and it all just seems to work.

Back in the large north-facing sitting room, which

overlooks the flat’s green and abundant garden, Charlotte’s

clever understanding of colour and texture is employed once

again to pull as much light as possible into the room.

The white painted floorboards and tonal grey

and white walls and windows play host to two 20th

century white leather sofas – a Robin Day design for

Habitat. Chrome lights from the 1960s bounce all

available light around the room to wonderful effect.

It’s bright, tranquil and feels incredibly spacious.

In Charlotte and Streett’s bedroom, on the other

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Previous page: An arrangement of French objects in the hallway Above: The pair of Steiner chairs in the spare bedroom have been

upholstered with Icelandic sheepskin. The vintage bedcovers are from Boutique de Francine, in L’Isle Sur La Sorgue in Provençe

side of the apartment, the wonderful high ceilings of the

original building are exaggerated yet further by a triple bay

window which overlooks the building’s leafy front garden.

Flooded with light, Charlotte has used her crisp vintage

French linen collection in Roman blinds that she hand-made

for the window dressing – a technique she has repeated

throughout the house, wherever she required blinds.

The upholstered bed by Loaf is decorated with more of

Charlotte’s cushions, giving a sense of continuation but

also of delicacy. On the wall is a piece of contemporary

art that Streett gave Charlotte for her birthday by

artist Andrew Douglas-Forbes and on the floor are two

large panels, abstract portraits from the 1960s.

Above the bed is a French mortuaire – a beaded

funeral wreath. “I know it’s macabre but I love

it. Time moves on and for me, these pieces are

just beautiful sculptures,” says Charlotte.

The guest room is also a delight. The bed, an original

Louis XVI piece, has been reupholstered in antique linen

and is also available to buy. The couple made a choice not

to re-paint it, letting over two hundred years of use reveal

itself. Forget counting sheep, guests can simply count

the many lives that have lived between the wooden foot

and head panels of this remarkable piece of social history

and wonder what might have passed before them.

Streett and Charlotte have managed to create a home that is

stylish and airy, with their intelligent use of light and space but

also with their innate sense of detail and character. This feeling

of an oasis, right in the centre of town, is continued through

into their magical garden which, although surrounded by

neighbours on all sides, has managed to remain secluded and

private, surrounded by high walls of greenery on all sides.

“Streett wanted a secret garden,” explains Charlotte,

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round to keep that sense of being in a hideaway.”

As with the rest of the house, so too within the garden,

pieces of period furniture have been beautifully curated.

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Previous page: The 1920s chair is upholstered in French linen. The

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garden office

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We specialise in oak-frame buildings and have specialist

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Oak frames have always been a popular choice and apart

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in England, they have great character and a traditional or

contemporary oak frame both look amazing in the right setting.

The popularity of new oak-frame buildings has also

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and there are obviously lots of good and bad to be found

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James Ransley, founder and owner

The Oak Glasshouse Company

Oak is a specifically English traditional building material

and there is more and more demand for it. When we

started 12 years ago, we were mainly doing garden offices,

but even in the first month someone said: ‘I want that on the

back of my house…’

It was four years before we did the first extension – and now

they are 95 per cent of our buildings, with the majority of them

for kitchens. People want space and light. They say to us: ‘The

windows are too small and the house is dark...’ So we put on a

light-filled extension and everyone lives in one big room, spending

most of their time there, with direct access to the outside.

There’s been a complete change in the British lifestyle. Thirty

years ago we didn’t have restaurants with tables outside in this

country, but we’ve all gone on holiday and realised we like

spending time outside. So now people want to be able to see out

to the garden and have that inside/outside feeling.

Up to 10 years ago, oak was considered appropriate for an

old farmhouse, but now we are doing a lot more contemporary

stuff in London and Surrey. We will do any kind of buildings – a

historic house with a moat round it, or it can be clean and straight

lines with the glass.

Part of the appeal for people is the great tradition of British

oak. Most of the houses in this country that are 500 years old are

built from oak – and people love buying into that history.There

are also environmental issues which make it appealing. Most of

the wood comes from France – not halfway round the world.

For each project we do heat loss calculations, worked out to the

individual requirements. An oak extension is a great luxury, but

other building costs have gone up so much, relatively we are not

so expensive, the gap is closing.

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Zac Soudain, Managing Director

Roundwood of Mayfield

Oak frames are consistently popular and

Roundwood’s workshop has been busy since it

began manufacturing frames over 25 years ago.

One area where there has been a big increase in

demand is whole houses. Until the last two years or so,

these tended to be less frequent, but now we are involved

in one every three to four months, all of significant

scale. Oak-framed houses are really eye-catching and

increasingly desirable.

For many customers, the biggest appeal of an oak

frame is the aesthetic. They offer a traditional and

sympathetic look that other types of structure simply

cannot match. Oak is stunning new or weathered and

blends into any setting.

Customers have always been keen for exposed features

within residential or utility buildings (such as garden

rooms and home offices). These include exposed rafters

and trusses. This ensures the beauty of oak is seen both

inside and out.

Oak also gives the buildings the durability that is

so important to homeowners making a significant

investment. As green oak dries out, it actually tightens a

structure, ensuring stability for years to come.

Other key factors are ease of build - we can

assemble smaller garage frames in under two days -

and environmental credentials. Oak is well known

for its sustainability. All other timbers we use are also

sustainably sourced.

As well as our bespoke houses and extensions, Oakframed

garages are a staple product for us – we supply

and/or build 10 to 20 of them a month and have

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frames, ranging from one to four bays.

This is very effective as it is so simple to use, whether

you are simply looking for information and a starting

point, or actually want to buy a garage ‘off the shelf’, as

these are often supplied as kits. We build approximately

half of the frames we sell, but they are also suitable for

assembly by others given how well they are manufactured.

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Clear as glass

Windows can be a pain – we ask four experts to give us their insights

Elwyns

Chris Blanks

What are the most popular types of

windows available?

People are always looking to save energy

these days, but also complement the

house style so traditional windows are

making a big come-back. Art deco metal

frames and Victorian or Georgian style

timber are particularly popular at the

moment. But the uPVC market has

noticed this and now mimicks the timber

designs with very close wood grains and

period design features.

What kind of windows would

you choose for yourself?

Timber alternative, it combines

low maintenance with stylish

aesthetics, and you can get

a saving of around 30%

compared to timber. It’s the

best of both worlds. They also

don’t need to be repainted so you

save on renovation costs too. The only

general maintenance needed is oiling the

moving parts. I would recommend using

U-value

A measure

of heat transfer

through a window.

The lower the score

the better the

window.

graphite for hinges and

handles once a year to

prolong the longevity

of the window.

What are the pros and cons

of the various frame materials?

In terms of functionality, they all have

to comply with a thermal rating for

insulation so there isn’t much in it. All

windows and doors are now energy rated

in the same way that a fridge freezer or

washing machine is, which means they

have to be under a certain U-value.

Are there any new technologies or

developments to keep an eye out for?

Lift and slide aluminium bi-folding

doors are quite nice. They are like

traditional sliding patio doors but are

up to 3m wide and 3m high per pane.

They really open up the back of the

house and provide an unrestricted

view which you don’t get with other

bi-folding doors.

Do you have any advice for someone

looking for new windows?

There are a lot of products on the

market, do your research and look for

long established installation companies

and reputable brands. Try to see the

windows in a showroom. You’ll see the

full range of options in person, and once

you get into it you can really tailor your

windows to exactly what you want.

02086 472268 elwyns.com

Sash Window Heritage

Malcolm Mew

You specialise in retro-fitting, can you

explain the process?

The window is taken out and the timber

frame kept. The old single glaze glass is

removed and the rebates (where the glass

sits) deepened to fit a 12mm state-ofthe-art

double glazed unit.

What makes retro-fit double glazing

worth investing in?

Some houses are in conservation areas

which means you have to retain the

timber. But even if you don’t live in a

conservation area, the only alternative is

replacement which can affect the look of

the property and reduce the value.

How can you tell when your windows

are at the point they need looking at?

There may be soft areas of timber,

rattling, a draught, or they may suffer

from condensation.

How long do they last?

As long as they are kept well painted (this

should be re-done every 5–7 years) which

seals them up and protects them.

Why is it your philosophy that

replacement is the last option?

It’s best to keep old window timber as

it will have been cut and left to season

over time which makes it superior to

new rapidly kiln-dried versions. Plus it

has usually been in place for a long time,

and moved with the building and you

can never quite replicate that kind of fit.

Can you give me any idea of the cost?

It greatly depends on the window but we

are always happy to give advice over the

phone, provide a free quotation, or carry

out an on-site survey.

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Everest Ltd.

Chris Willmott

What are the signs that your windows

need some attention?

Discolouration of the PVCu – a lot

of windows these days are recycled

PVCu which doesn’t last as long and

will discolour much more than virgin

glazed (completely new). If lower quality

materials are used there may also be a

draught, as the seal goes flat and hard.

How long do your windows usually last?

Our windows have a lifetime guarantee

on sealed units. Our quality drainage

system and materials mean the seal won’t

cause rot, the paint won’t yellow and

the stainless steel elements won’t rust or

deteriorate.

How long does it take to install them?

One window should take up to three

hours of installation if it’s done properly.

The product is only as good as the fitter,

it’s like with hairdressers, they could have

all the right equipment but if they are

not skilled and trained you won’t get the

results you’re hoping for.

What are the potential effects of low

quality materials?

Some companies use cheaper and quicker

ways of making windows, because they

can make poorer quality windows and

Triple

glazing

Like double

glazing but with an

extra layer which

means a better

The Window Sanctuary

Oliver Dolan

How does secondary glazing

compare to window replacement?

For us secondary glazing is mainly

for listed buildings in which it is

not possible to put in a whole new

window. For a grade I or II listed

property you have to pre-apply with

your local council and if you are

only adding secondary glazing that

can be quicker and easier.

What is the best place to start?

We begin with a free no-obligation

site consultation. People usually

U-value know you will

need to buy a whole

new one again sooner.

You need to look at the quality of the

materials, and not just the obvious visible

parts but also the bits you can’t see. You’ll

be grateful in the long run that you’ve

paid for a product with a longer lifetime.

What maintenance would you

recommend?

The moving parts can wear out quicker

but with stainless steel they can last

around 20 years. Spraying a little grease

around contacting parts, such as hinges,

twice a year will help slow this.

Do you know if it increases the value of

the house and how much by?

They will always help with selling

because they make the house feel warmer

and look better, but in terms of adding

value to a new buyer it all comes down to

the guarantee. Windows have to have a

10 year guarantee by law but if you have

a transferable guarantee then you are also

giving a buyer peace of mind that they

aren’t going to have to spend more on

the windows for some time. With Everest

the original customer gets a lifetime

guarantee and then if the property is sold

the new owner will get a guarantee for 20

years from the date of installation.

07930 375070

everestwindowssussex.co.uk

look at our website and

make an enquiry, then

one of us will contact

them to get a feel for

what is required. We often have

a look at the location on Google

Earth to help too. We can then

go to the property with samples

to show them the products next

to the property, and we can see in

person what we are working with

and lend advice.

Can you recommend any trends?

The trend of grey windows is

still there in modern properties,

however we also see a lot of purists

for timber who want a like-for-like

replacement. I usually recommend

classic colours like grey, black or

white, which will stand the test of

time. If you’re getting a long-lasting

product you want to still like it

when trends have passed.

How do window replacements

affect noise pollution?

A standard double glaze will reduce

noise, but there are other types

which can help more if that is

a particular problem. We might

recommend triple glazed windows,

noise reduction glass, thicker glass,

or acoustic type glass to reduce

sound pollution.

What types of glass do you offer?

Pilkington offers a self-cleaning

glass for windows that will be hard

to reach and clean. Laminate type

glass is more secure because it is

thicker and very hard to break. Solar

reflective or anti-sun reduces heat

transfer and will keep a room cooler

on a hot day and warmer in winter.

Is there a kind of window which

you would usually recommend?

Aluminium can be 20% more

expensive but has a lot of benefits

that are well worth that. All you

have to do is wipe them down with

hot water to clean them, the colour

stays true for their lifetime and they

don’t bend and contract with cold

and heat as much as timber or PVC.

That is usually my recommendation

unless you are particularly set on

timber to maintain the original look

of your property.

01959 565343

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Sue Davies Flowers and Garden, suedaviesflowers.com

07703 413522

Story of My Dress: storyofmydress.com,

Cara@storyofmydress.com

Tara Deighton: taradeighton.co.uk,

hello@taradeighton.co.uk

The Pantiles Bride: pantilesbride.com,

wed@pantilesbride.com

The Robing Room: therobingroom.co.uk,

01303 487230

A special thank you to The Historic Dockyard

Chatham for allowing us to shoot inside one

of their beautiful, historic dockyard buildings.

This award-winning attraction holds two

unique wedding venues – a Victorian Sloop

HMS Gannet and a Georgian house.

With opportunities for photoshoots across

the site. For more information please visit

thedockyard.co.uk/hire/weddings/ email

ch-events@chdt.org.uk or call 01634 823800.

A huge thank you to all the team at Sue

Davies Flowers and Garden for the incredible

and unique floral displays and arrangements

throughout. For more information or a

consultation please visit suedaviesflowers.com

or call 07703 413522.

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THE PERFECT WEDDING ACCESSORY

THE POCKET SQUARE

Hawkhurst - Rye - Lewes

Laslett England specialise in creating the perfect

finishing touch for your special day. A silk Pocket

Square will add the perfect finishing touch. Choose from

striking patterns and original designs to complete your

wedding outfit and a memorable item to be treasured.

What better way to get You, your Best Man and

Groomsmen to remember the day in style!

cordeliajames.com

Need help? Contact

www.laslettengland.com

melanie@laslettengland.com

+44 (0) 1424 532 484

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The Robing Room

Bespoke Service

Beautiful handcrafted garments designed

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

Bespoke Service

Adults & Children

Beautiful handcrafted garments designed

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

Adults & Children

Prices start www.therobingroom.co.uk

from £500 for wedding dresses,

£85 for lingerie and £150 for Bridesmaids

T: 01303 487230

www.therobingroom.co.uk

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doesn’t

have to

be boring

Swattenden Lane | Cranbrook | TN17 3PS

01580 713189

www.charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk

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Bespoke cosmetic treatments

tailored to every clients needs

Combining smile and facial

enhancement

Contact us for your

complimentary consultation with

Dr. Russell Blanchard

01580 752202 info@stonerock.co.uk www.stonerockdentalcare.com

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Snap chat

Wedding and event photographer Mark Gray offers advice on how to get the

best out of the photographs of your special day, so you can enjoy them for years

to come (and not cringe a million cringes…)

What is the one most important piece of advice

you would give a newly-engaged couple? Book

your photographer as soon as you’ve booked your

venue. I’ve already got 39 bookings in for 2020

and quite a few for 2021.

What’s the best way to find the right

photographer for you? Look at photographers’

images on their websites, Facebook pages and

Instagram feeds, to find what fits with your style.

Online is great for that because you can see the

pictures - and read comments and reviews from

brides.

How do you work with clients, to put them at

their ease? I like to meet the clients in advance,

to talk about what their requirements are and

how much coverage they want. Do they want the

bride prep and the groom prep, for example?

Looking at albums together is a great way to

see what they like and to show them how images

taken throughout the day make up the story.

Often they will say they don’t want the prep pics,

but when you show them albums that have them,

they want them.

It’s also important to discuss the price, to make

sure everyone is happy with that from the outset.

What prep do you do? If I haven’t shot at the

venue before I like to visit it in advance to meet

the people who are going to be running it on the

day. Sometimes I also meet the bride and groom

at the venue. They might have picked it because

they have a particular image in mind, so we can

talk about it and build a picture in advance, like

a story board, of how the day is going to unfold

and what they want from it.

What is your key piece of advice to clients? Put

enough time aside for photographs. They will

often say ‘We don’t want to spend ages doing the

photos…’ but when you talk to them, they want

the family group shots, because they become so

precious over time and those take time to set up.

It’s worth it.

Most people now want reportage type pictures

and some couples say that’s all they want,

but when you show them albums with lovely

bride and groom shots and family shots, they

understand those don’t just happen, there has to

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Are there any trends in wedding photography?

What’s more important is the colour scheme of the

wedding, which comes through in the pictures. If the

photography itself is ‘out there’ it doesn’t stand the test

of time, whereas traditional photographs will always look

great. There was a trend recently for black and white with

colour in it and it already looks dated.

Black and white photos are stunning, but I normally do

a mixture. In black and white all weddings can look the

same: a man in a dark suit and a woman in a white dress…

Are there any other photographic options people might

not know about? I offer all couples an engagement or

pre-wedding shoot. It’s helpful for me to see how they

act together - also they’re not models and they might not

be happy in front of the camera, so if they’ve had that

experience of professional photography, they will be better

prepared to do the wedding shots.

Some couples use those photos as save-the-date cards,

before they send out the invitations, or for their thank you

cards. Or they might have one printed on canvas and all

the guests at the wedding can sign it.

Another option is a pre-wedding family portrait shoot,

instead of doing it on the day,- and that gives me a chance

to meet children who might be bridesmaids, ushers,

page boys.

What format do couples receive their pictures in? It’s all

cloud-based now. The couples can give people the link and

they can choose what they want. Some people order prints

and I will construct albums for people. For me, it feels like

you’ve done half the job until it’s printed.

Mark Gray 07841 262962

weddingandevent.photography

Instagram @weddingevent.photography

DO

● Do meet your photographer before the wedding.

● Do leave enough time for photographs.

● Do look for ideas on Pinterest.

DON’T

● Don’t just book a photographer on price.

● Don’t book a member of the family, or a friend

to do pictures. They can take their own shots as

well, but it’s not fair on them to make it the main

photography.

● Don’t go for novelty ‘trends’ in your wedding

photography style. They will date very quickly.

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“Everyone commented

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3 De Beers rose-gold, diamond and mother-of-pearl £2,475 Selfridges selfridges.com 4 Rose gold diamond snake £2,859 Oliver Twist

olivertwistdesigns.com 5 Art Nouveau chevron band and diamond £1,350 (setting only) Brilliant Earth brilliantearth.com 6 Yellow gold diamond

solitaire £1,859 Oliver Twist olivertwistdesigns.com 7 Yellow gold garnet and yellow diamond £2,865 Baroque baroquejewellery.com 8 Platinum

Scarselli pink oval with diamond baguettes $615,000 1stdibbs 1stdibs.co.uk 9 Two colour gold and diamond three-stone £8,750 Beaverbrooks

beaverbrooks.co.uk 10 Yellow sapphire and diamond white gold £11,616 1stdibbs 1stdibs.co.uk 11 Bucherer Fine Jewellery rose-gold diamond

ring £6,800 Selfridges selfridges.com 12 Rose gold cushion cut halo £3,500 Beaverbrooks beaverbrooks.co.uk 13 White gold multi stone diamond

halo £1,750 Goldsmiths goldsmiths.co.uk 14 Yellow gold rose and thorn white diamond £2,800 Baroque baroquejewellery.com 15 Ernest Jones

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face

forward

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Call in the professionals

On this day more than any other you want to look your very best – so don’t try

and go it alone, book professionals for your hair and makeup. We asked two to give

us their expert advice

Hair

Amie Coombes, stylist

at Tic Toc Hair, Pett

In advance: As soon as you’ve booked

the venue, book the hair and arrange

to have a trial run, with the dress,

closer to when you are getting married.

To find a hairdresser who seems

right for you look on Instagram and

Facebook – and ask friends. Word of

mouth is always a great way to find

someone.

Once a bride has chosen the dress,

ideas for hair start to form. Most

people have Pinterest boards of what

they like, but don’t know what will

work with their hair. A professional

hairdresser can advise on that.

In terms of styles, at the moment

people want a looser look with waves

and twists, like you get after braids

have been taken out. At my own

wedding I’m going to have a soft low

bun, like it’s about to fall down.

On the day: It depends on the hair

and the style, but you need to set

aside at least an hour and a half for

the hair, we don’t want to rush. That’s

just for the bride, if it’s the mum and

bridesmaids as well, you’ll need more

time and if it’s a big wedding party,

we’d send a couple of people, instead

of just one.

It doesn’t matter which order you do

makeup and hair – although I would

advise to do makeup first, because you

can touch that up more easily.

Amie Coombes,

stylist at Tic Toc Hair, Pett

01424 814554 | 07523 943979

Tips and Tricks

Wash your hair the day before, not on the

morning of the wedding because it will make it

too slippery and flyaway. A bit of dirt makes it

easier to style.

Once it’s up it shouldn’t go anywhere, but to

be on the safe side, nominate a bridesmaid to

carry hairspray and grips for you.

If you want to hold on to the style for a lunch

the next day, put a silk scarf round your hair at

bedtime, or use a silk pillow slip. The silk stops

your hair fluffing on the pillow.


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Tips and Tricks

If you’re going to have a fake tan

before the wedding, have one before

the makeup trial as well.

At the trial, decide which lipstick the

makeup artist is going to use, so you can

buy one to touch up during the day.

Makeup

Alexandra Bates

If you use a professional makeup artist you

don’t have to worry about it on the day – and

you don’t need to buy products, or work out

how much time you will need to do it.

In advance: Just like a venue, hairdresser,

bands, the best makeup artists get booked up

very quickly, so booking your makeup artist is

one of the first things you will want to do.

Word of mouth is the best way to find the

right makeup artist for you. When you’ve got

some names, you can look on Facebook and

Instagram to see their style.

Once you’ve found someone who seems

right, meet up with them in advance – you

really want to make sure you have a good

rapport with someone who is going to be part

of your big day. Show them things you like

– it’s great if there is lots of communication,

emailing and sharing pictures.

As with your hair, you should have a

makeup trial six weeks or less, before the

wedding day – not longer than that, because

your skin and hair might change. Three weeks

is ideal. Try and wear your hair the way you

are going to have it on the day, so you have a

picture of the whole look.

Timing has to be thought through. The

makeup process takes an hour and a half and

you need time to make sure you’re happy with

it and do any adjustments. If there is more

than one person to do, you have to allow time

for that too. If the bride wants to have photos

taken before going to the venue, the makeup

will need to start earlier.

Alexandra Bates 07828 419309

@AlexandraB.eautymua

Have a trusted bridesmaid to look after

your kit – blotting paper, concealer,

waterproof mascara, lipstick. It’s

a long day and you want to keep

looking fresh and your best.

Avoid current trends – you will be looking

at the photos 20 years down the line

and it will look so dated. Keep it very

natural looking and not heavy, you want

to enhance yourself, not change yourself.

Your wedding day is not the day to

experiment, you want something natural

and classic – but if a statement lip or

winged eyeliner is your thing, incorporate

it into your look, because that’s you.

Discuss the fee and expenses. If there’s a

lot of travel to the venue, you will have

to pay for that as well as the fee itself.

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Concept

Hair

salon

50 High Street, Tenterden 01580 762 564

Book online at www.williamcharleshair.co.uk or through our facebook page


SpectacularWeddings

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3 magnificant oak beamed function rooms,

self contained with their own bar and toilets.

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self contained Licenced for with Civil their Ceremonies. own bar and toilets.

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the High No Rocks venue National hire charge. Monument

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2am licence for drinking and dancing. No venue hire charge.

Off-peak discounts available. Ample Free parking.

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2am licence for drinking and dancing. No venue hire charge.

Call us now 01892 515 532 to arrange a viewing

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or visit www.highrocks.co.uk

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Make

history!

Start as you mean to go on, by choosing a

venue that has weathered the centuries to

create an unforgettable backdrop for your day

.

Credit: Paul Fletcher

Hever Castle

The atmospheric childhood home of Anne

Boleyn is steeped in history, with the original

medieval castle dating back to 1270.

The castle, with its double moat, sits

within glorious gardens and grounds

stretching over 125 acres, including a lake.

There is a choice of three styles of

wedding in three separate parts of the

estate: the formal grandeur of the castle,

the country house atmosphere of the Astor

Wing or the beautiful lakeside location of

the Italian Garden.

Named Best Wedding Venue at the 2018

National Venue Awards the team at Hever

Castle cater for everything from intimate

ceremonies to lavish celebrations. The

Winter Garden Lawn allows for a marquee

for up to 600 guests and there are several

five-star bedrooms in the castle.

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Eastwell Manor

The grand grey stone Eastwell Manor

and it’s beautiful gardens provides a perfect

romantic backdrop for your big day.

Built 450 years ago, one of the men

employed to build the estate was the

bricklayer Richard Plantagenet, who

claimed to be an illegitimate son of

Richard III.

Former residents include Prince Alfred,

son of Queen Victoria. The monarch

herself was a frequent visitor and is said

to have ice skated on the lake.

Several different packages are offered

– including exclusive hire, meaning

you would have the whole house to

yourselves for the day.

There is a wedding showcase at

Eastwell Manor on February 24th,

featuring dress designers, cake makers,

jewellers and all the suppliers you need

to make your day perfect. Find more

information on the website.

01233 213020

events@eastwellmanor.co.uk

Old Kent Barn

Winner of the Wedding Industry Awards South East Venue of

the Year 2019, spectacular Old Kent Barn is set in an idyllic rural

location in beautiful Kent countryside.

You’ll find a dramatic purpose-built 110ft oak-framed barn

and the original barn built over 225 years ago, which is available

as accomodation. In the immaculate gardens there is a rose and

wisteria covered aisle, with a canopy to shelter up to 150 guests.

Old Kent Barn is holding an open afternoon on Sunday

February 24. Check the website for more information.

01303 844270

theoldkentbarn.co.uk


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YOUR UNIQUE

WEDDING VENUE

Bewl Water, An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,

surrounded by 800 acres of stunning, rustic woodland and

unparalleled views of the reservoir.

Licensed to hold both ceremony and reception means that

couples can choose to marry with the backdrop of the

South Easts largest stretch of open water.

WEDDING OPEN DAY

9th March, 9am-12pm

RSVP to leisuremarketing@markerstudy.com

www.bewlwater.co.uk 01892 890000 info@bewlwater.co.uk

Bewl Water, Bewlbridge Lane, Lamberhurst, Kent, TN3 8JH

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St Julians Club

THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR WEDDING

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

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

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

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

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

always on hand to ensure that your day runs perfectly.

A UNIQUE VENUE

BESPOKE PLANNING & EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE

IN AN UNPARALLELED SETTING

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Leeds Castle

With 900 year origins as a Norman

stronghold and former residents

including Henry VIII, breathtaking

Leeds Castle is as historic as it gets.

There is a choice of wedding venues,

including the main castle itself,

with the wedding breakfast served

in Henry VIII’s banqueting hall.

The Maiden’s Tower is an exclusive

self-contained venue adjacent to the

castle, dating from the 16th century.

Battel Hall, the castle’s newly restored

exclusive-hire venue, has an oak-panelled

Ceremony Room, with private lawns

where you can make your vows under

a romantic, old English bower.

If that wasn’t enough, at any

of the venues you can have your

rings delivered by an owl, courtesty

of the castle’s falconers...

Leeds Castle is holding a wedding

showcase on March 16 and 17.

01622 767877

leeds-castle.co.uk

Saltcote

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Your Wedding, Your Way.

Early Arrival, Late Departure.

With an enviable reputation

for outstanding hospitality our

experienced team will help you

deliver the perfect wedding.

You are not simply with us for

your wedding day, you will

come to feel part of the family.

SaltcoteWeddings.co.uk

celebrate@saltcote.co.uk

01797 222220

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Say “I do”

IN THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND

YOUR BESPOKE KENT COUNTRYSIDE WEDDING

AT EASTWELL MANOR

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

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

pamper and stunning grounds for a picture perfect backdrop, Eastwell Manor is more than a breath-taking setting;

it’s a place where dreams are made.

EASTWELL MANOR WEDDING SHOWCASE

SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY | 10AM – 4PM | ENTRY FREE OF CHARGE

For more details and to register online visit Eastwellmanor.co.uk/weddings-at-eastwell-manor

FAIRY TALE

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FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SPEAK TO A MEMBER OF OUR WEDDING TEAM

PLEASE CALL 01233 213020 OR VISIT EASTWELLMANOR.CO.UK


Welcome to Borders Restaurant

Whatever the occasion – a business lunch, a romantic dinner for two, a night out with friends or a family celebration, Borders

Restaurant is the ideal venue for you. Situated on the Kent & Sussex borders in a tranquil country setting with lovely garden views,

yet only a few minutes from Tunbridge Wells town centre. Ample free parking.

Choose from either our Set Menu or our full a la Carte menu, both offering a tempting selection of dishes at excellent value.

SET MENU: 3 COURSES £23.00 – 2 COURSES £18.00

Includes Canapes on arrival and Bread basket with the meal

SMOOTH CHICKEN

LIVER PATÉ

with toasted brioche and red onion relish

DEEP FRIED

CALAMARI RINGS

dusted with paprika & rice flour, served with

Tartare sauce (gf )

LASAGNE

layers of home made pasta with Bolognese,

tomato & cheese sauce with parmesan

ASSORTED MUSHROOMS

sautéed with olive oil, garlic, parsley & tomato,

served with grilled polenta

(v, vg, gf, df )

TOMATO & BASIL SOUP

(v, vg, gf, df )

CASSOLETTE OF POACHED SALMON

on a bed of spinach with a gratinated cheesy Mornay sauce,

served with fresh vegetables & potatoes (gf )

BREAST OF CHICKEN

in a cream & white wine sauce with smoked crispy

pancetta & sliced mushrooms, served with fresh vegetables

& potatoes (gf )

FILLET OF BEEF STROGANOFF

strips of Fillet cooked with cream, paprika, white wine,

lemon, gherkins & mushrooms, served on a bed of Rice (gf )

SLICED ROAST LOIN OF LAMB

in a Rich red wine & rosemary sauce, served with fresh

vegetables & potatoes. (gf )

PROVENCAL RISOTTO

tomato Risotto with spicy ratatouille, served with grilled

polenta wedges. (v)(vg)(gf )(df )

SUNDAY ROAST

Prime roast beef with Yorkshire pudding & gravy.

Served with roast potatoes & vegetables of the day

CRÈME BRULEE

with caramelised sugar topping. (gf )

POACHED PEAR

with mulled wine syrup and vanilla ice cream.

(gf )

GOLDEN SYRUP & SULTANA

SPONGE PUDDING

served with custard. (gf )

CHOCOLATE TORTE

chocolate mousse on a chocolate sponge base

with raspberries & fruit coulis. (gf )

MERINGUE NEST

filled with soft fruits, whipped cream & vanilla

ice cream on a crème Anglaise sauce drizzled

with mango & blackcurrant sauces. (gf )

LIMONCELLO

PANNA COTTA

with limoncello syrup and fresh raspberries. (gf)

(v) = Vegetarian (vg) = Vegan (gf ) = Gluten free (df ) = Dairy Free

Set menu to change from time to time

For bookings, please contact us: T: +44 (0)1892 518514 E: info@bordersrestaurant.co.uk W: www.bordersrestaurant.co.uk


Soft touch

Stay feeling gorgeous after the big event in lingerie so glorious

it would be wrong to cover it up...

Left: Delta bra in Liberty print with button

£78, Delta tie side knickers in Liberty print £32,

Tara Deighton Middle: Anais French knickers

£75, vintage kimono from £105, Tara Deighton

Right: Delta bra in silk £89, Delta tie side

knickers in silk £35, Tara Deighton

Address Book:

Fresh Agents: freshagents.co.uk

Model: Jade Harris, Fresh Agents

Tara Deighton: taradeighton.co.uk,

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and Whistle wolfandwhistle.co.uk 3 Dolce & Gabbana lace-trimmed silk-blend satin shorts £177 Net-a-Porter net-a-porter.com

4 Lace halter neck body £38 Bluebella bluebella.com 5 Bluebella embroidered floral suspender £24 Figleaves figleaves.com

6 Eres stretch-lace and silk-blend satin bra £330 Net-a-Porter net-a-porter.com 7 Eyelash lace thong £16 Bluebella bluebella.com

8 NK Mode silk-satin chemise £163 Selfridges selfridges.com 9 Silk cotton voile French knickers £49.95 La Perla laperla.com

10 Crystal and pearl tulle garter £49.80 Wedding Garter Co weddinggarterco.com 11 Floral lace bodysuit £307 La Perla

laperla.com 12 Wonderbra strapless bra £41 Figleaves figleaves.com

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Over 45 years’ experience

specialising in coats of arms

With over 10,000 coats of arms, crests &

monograms seal engraved since 1970

18 carat

signet ring

seal engraved

Professional Firework Displays by

AJ Pyrotechnics Ltd

Whatever the occasion AJ Pyrotechnics can light up your night!

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

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

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

WEDDINGS • BONFIRE NIGHT • ALL YEAR CELEBRATIONS • RETAIL FIREWORKS

Tel: 07826 658996 or 07733 159499

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Simply red

An instant feelgood boost in a wind-up tube,

Josephine Fairley picks the best red lipsticks

Revlon

Superlustrous

Live Boldly

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Bourjois Rouge

Edition Velvet

Liquid Lipstick

15 Red-Volution,

£8.49

Red lipstick is a make-up classic.

But sometimes, it has a fashion

‘moment’ and right now is

one of those times – partly because

of all the frankly show-stopping,

smile-making reds out there, with a

perfect texture for every red-lover.

Cherry and damson and scarlet and

pillarbox all look great with full makeup

– but where I think red lipstick really

scores is that you can swipe

on a scarlet mouth (and a

touch of mascara, in my

case, in order that my eyes

don’t disappear entirely) and

hey, presto, presentable. It’s

a nipping-out-for-a-pintof-milk-when-you-don’twant-the-neighbours-tosee-you-barefaced

go-to.

However, if you don’t

shop wisely, you can kiss

a few frogs on the red

lipstick hunt. (Leaving quite a lipprint,

while you’re at it.) So before I

launch into my run-down of the reds,

there are some basics to consider.

Are you a cool or a warm red? Different

complexion undertones look better with

specific reds and you can figure out

which one you are in one of two ways:

a make-up artist or sales consultant

in-store can advise you – or you can

try a little trick I picked up at Chanel

make-up school (yes, there is such a thing

and I once got to spend a day there).

You need a mid-pink rose and a

peach or apricot, for this particular

trick. Look in the mirror and first

“If you don’t

shop wisely, you

can kiss a few

frogs on the red

lipstick hunt

(leaving quite a

lip-print, while

you’re at it)”

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hold up the fruit. Remove it, then

hold up the rose. Which makes your

skin look more radiant and ‘alive’?

If it’s the peach, you almost certainly

have a warm skintone and will look

better with slightly orange-y, coral reds.

If it’s the pink rose, chances are you’ve

a cool complexion and more blue-reds

will work better. (This is a much rarer

category, just one in 10 people.) If you

don’t see a difference, you

can get away with either.

Try before you buy.

Do not buy red lipstick

online! Go shopping. You

know how you’re always

advised (often by me) to

try fragrances on for size

before you splash out?

Same applies to lipstick.

Interestingly, the pads

of your fingertips are

the lipstick equivalent of

perfume blotters: where you try stuff out

before applying to your lips. This is an

old tip I picked up from superstar makeup

artist Mary Greenwell – the skin on

the fingerpads is very similar in colour

to our lips, so you get a way better idea

of what a shade actually looks like than

trying it on the back of your hand.

But nothing beats actually

applying to your lips, once

you’ve whittled down

the list of possibilities. I

recommend smoothing

them with a lip balm

before you go lipstickshopping

and – with


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the help of the people on the counter

- trying one or two reds that have

passed the ‘fingertip test’, completely

removing each colour, in between.

Nowadays all reputable make-up

counters clean lipsticks between use

and will often offer a disposable lip

brush for trialling a shade. Apply

the lipstick (or ask them to do it

for you), look in the mirror – but

then also stand back. How a lipstick

looks from five paces is just as

important as how it looks up close.

Now find your red… These

are all glorious – and there’s a

shade for absolutely everyone, I

promise. But these true classics

are a great place to start.

NARS Lipstick Jungle Red. £22. As

bold as red gets, and enough to convert

even die-hard nude lipstick-wearers

into someone who rocks a red lippie.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid

Lipstick 15 Red-Volution, £8.49.

Absolutely budget-proof, this glides

on like a liquid and then sets on the

lips for amazingly long-wear colour.

If you wrote off long-lasting lipsticks

years ago as uncomfortable, time to

think again – this is so lightweight

you’ll barely know it’s there. At this

price, it’s a great ‘entry point’ red for

the unsure. A classic deep scarlet.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid

Lip Colour 150 Luxuriant, £31. My

own current favourite red – a deep

cherry – I wear this two ways. For day

to day, I smoosh on a lip balm and add

a fine layer of this, blending into lips

with a finger. It makes for a strong but

not over-red lip that lasts for absolutely

ages – greatly perkifying for a winterwan

face. And then when I want to

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couple of coats of the same product

(it’s not called ‘ink’ for nothing – it’s

really pretty indelible), then gently

smack my lips together for a lipstick

effect that’s still ready to party long,

long after I’m ready to go home.

Revlon Superlustrous Live Boldly

Lipstick Fire and Ice, £7.99. Revlon has

offered this pure Hollywood shade of

red ever since 1952, reincarnating it

occasionally with a new texture – here,

a wonderfully sheen-y, almost glossy

finish. (That doesn’t last forever, but

the colour itself is a good lip-clinger.)

Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lip

Colour Rouge Louboutin, £65. The

shoe designer has now translated his

famous red soles into a shade of lipstick

– in some of the sexiest packaging

you’ll ever see. (Price-wise, it is to

Revlon what Louboutin shoes are to

Clarks.) The one to brandish at the

nightclub table and watch everyone

else’s lips turn green with envy.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Creamy Satin

Finish Lipstick Sexy Coral, £28. Creamy

and as comfortable to wear as a slanket

– yet a gorgeous, traffic-stopping

coral-red, for warmer skintones.

(There’s a whole lot of red action going

on in Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss portfolio.)

And last but not least, invest in

a lip brush. After years of lip stains

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thing again. That calls for a lip liner –

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nude, not to your actual lipstick –

and a lip brush, for application.

It is the law that this should be

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bag soon resembling a scene

from a horror movie. My all-time

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Wellbeing

A Year of Wellness

It’s not as simple as ‘sleep more’ – when it comes to energy, there’s a lot

going on beneath the surface. Eminé Rushton looks into the sapping effect

of stress and how we can help ourselves restore the spring into our steps

February: The laws of energy

Gosh, you look tired.” But I am

not. Not on paper. I’ve had a

full night’s sleep and I’ve been

eating well. Yet… This story seems to

be playing out all around me – in spite

of doing ‘all the right things’, people

feeling not just lacking in energy, but

bone-deep depleted. So what is going

on? And why is a good night’s sleep not

necessarily the answer?

“There is a common misconception

that energy ‘in’ automatically equals

energy ‘out’,” says Henrietta Norton,

a nutritional therapist, co-founder of

Wild Nutrition and leading

women’s wellbeing expert

“But we need to look

beyond this to limit

negative effects, such as

stress, that can lead to

a reduction in energy.

Supporting our adrenal

glands and nervous system

will help and we can do this

through optimising our lifestyle and

nutrition habits,” says Norton.

Top of the list is plenty of restorative

time. All too often we race through

our days only to collapse on the nearest

sofa, phone or tablet in hand, television

on, mind still racing.

We’ve lost the delicate art of slowing

to savour gentle things just for the joy

of them. A warm hearth and cup of

tea, feet up and the wireless on in the

background – salve for the tired soul.

By resting our adrenal glands

and nervous systems, we noticeably

replenish our energy stores and this is

something we need to

build into our everbusier

modern

day lives.

For people who seek to boost their

energy levels by exercising more,

there is an important distinction to

be made. If you are already adrenallyfatigued

and depleted (i.e. you have

been running on adrenaline and stress

has been rife in your life for a while)

a high intensity high impact workout

– circuits, spinning, boxing, intense

cardio, competitive explosive sports

– can further tax your systems.

By all means exercise, but look for

naturally restorative, slower and gentler

modes of movement: yoga, swimming

or walking. Don’t

“We’ve lost the

delicate art of

slowing to savour

gentle things for

the joy of them”

push yourself

hard when you

are already low on

energy.

First, consider

how you can top

up your essential

vitamin and mineral

stores.

“Alongside magnesium, B vitamins

are essential for energy production, for

the normal functioning of the nervous

system, and vitamin B5 in particular,”

says Norton. “Good sources include

whole grains, eggs, beans and lentils,

a wide range of vegetables and good

quality or organic fish and meats.”

Supplements can be an important

boost at times of heightened stress,

tiredness and depletion and I’ve long

been an advocate for organic, raw,

food-grown, synthetic-free supplements.

The Wild Nutrition Food-Grown B

Complex Plus, £22 (wildnutrition.

com) combines B vitamins, minerals,

coenzyme Q10 and stress-reducing

adaptogen ashwagandha, to promote

efficient energy release.

It’s also time to face up to the ways

in which you are looking to boost your

energy – which, for many of us, begins

and ends with a cup of strong coffee.

“Caffeine also stimulates the adrenals

and makes them work even harder,

making the situation worse in the long

run,” says Norton. “Even decaffeinated

versions should be avoided.

“Try reducing caffeine – green tea

can be a good option as it contains

less caffeine and tannins, along with

L-theanine, which is a wonderful stress

reliever too.”

If low energy levels have been an

ongoing problem and positive lifestyle

changes have had little impact, it

may be worth seeking out a registered

nutritionist or nutritional therapist,

who can carry out some functional

tests, too.

For some people, heightened stress

hormones (our old friend cortisol…)

can prevent the thyroid from converting

hormones into their active form, which

can dramatically impact energy levels.

“Vitamin C is another nutrient

that is vital for the manufacture of

adrenal hormones. Best sources include

peppers, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts,

watercress and red cabbage – rather

than oranges, which have far less in

comparison,” says Norton.

From quieter evenings where you

completely switch off,

to better supporting

your busy body with

its daily nutritional

needs, it really is slow

and steady that

wins the

energy

race.

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

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


Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

Lea Tierney is co-founder and chief maker at Rosemary & Robert

Chocolate, producing artisanal products from highest grade cacao, wrapped

without plastic and sold only in small independent outlets and online

What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in winter? I think what we

see in nature reflects best what we most

need in the changing seasons. I tend

to feel the cold and suffer with SAD

(Seasonal Affective Disorder) during the

darker months but building fires, sitting

and drinking hot chocolate next to them

and eating lots of spiced foods really

helps me cope with the transition into

winter.

What one self-care ritual do you

never skimp on? Cacao –I eat it every

day. Whether that’s in my smoothies,

product testing or cooking with cacao

butter, chocolate plays a huge role in

my self-care. Chocolate has become

pretty essential to my wellbeing as the

nutrients it possesses help me maintain

balance during my cycle making it a

lovely meditative and mindful process

that helps ground me. Every month

(usually with a New or Full Moon

depending on how I’m feeling) I’ll light

some candles, mix up some ceremonial

hot cacao and set some intentions for

the month ahead.

What’s cooking in your kitchen this

month? A lovely comforting favourite

of mine has been a spiced squash and

sweet potato soup with ginger for

added warmth and white beans for

added creaminess. I often get soup-forbreakfast

cravings during autumn and

winter, so I tend to make double the

quantity I need. On busier days I get the

soup maker going in the morning and

pour it out into a stainless steel Stanley

flask for a quick, no fuss lunch.

What always brings a smile to your

face? Our rescue cockapoo puppy

Georgie always brings a smile to my

face. There’s a good reason he’s Chief

Happiness Officer at Rosemary &

Robert. He’s a little ray of sunshine

and he simply loves life. Even on the

gloomier days he’s sure to make us

appreciate the outside more with his

exuberance during walks and his ecstasy

in damp grass and muddy puddles.

Plus, getting back from a walk to a

steaming cup of tea, a cuddle with

the dog and a good book is just

heaven.

What are the best treatments you’ve

had locally? I booked in for an hour’s

flotation pod therapy at Simply Float

in Tunbridge Wells simplyfloat.co.uk

which was so relaxing and reminded

me how much I need to spend time

in and around water to feel peaceful.

That was followed by my first ever

Reflexology session with Jane De La

Haye at Neal’s Yard in Tunbridge

Wells nealsyardremedies.com and I felt

so much relief after that treatment

it was amazing. I had brunch at The

Plant Base in between treatments so

it was a proper all-round treat of a

morning theplantbase.co.uk.

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Shelf Help

I have so enjoyed reading Buddhist Monk

Haemin Sunim’s Love for Imperfect Things,

£9.99 (Penguin Life), which is filled with

the simplest ideas to spark better self-care

and get us thinking of ourselves as just as

important as all of the other loved ones

in our lives. These lines, from a Korean

saying counselling against thinking and

worrying too much before doing something:,

stuck out for me: ‘Lengthy deliberation often leads to a

terrible decision. Your boat goes to the mountain instead of

the ocean.’ Note to self: don’t overthink it!

Health and beauty tips

Discover a wealth of wellbeing advice

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This month

Eminé is trying:

Flower Remedies

Bach’s Rescue Remedy was a

staple remedy of mine as a child

– particularly during exam time

and as I’ve grown, I have become

increasingly interested in flower

essences and remedies. I now try to

support smaller producers and love

to learn the back story of the flowers

used. I particularly like Alexis Smart

Flower Remedies (now in Liberty;

libertylondon.co.uk) and Wildflower

English Flower Essences (based in Surrey,

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Food

Day!

First invented by a character in the sit com Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s is

a fun take on Valentine’s Day, without any of the pressure. Falling on 13th

February – i.e. the day before – it’s not a substitute for romance, more a witty

way to appreciate the important gals in your life.

So this mid-Feb, whether you are happily attached, contentedly single, or keenly

browsing Tinder, gather some of your favourite chick flicks, open a bottle of pink fizz

and celebrate your female friends with a Galentine’s night in.

Tiny tacos

Makes 12 mini tacos. Prep time: 35 minutes. Cooking time: 25 minutes.

Spice up the girls’ night with these bite-sized tacos. I’m not sure whether these are

less messy to eat than the bigger version. I guess it depends how big your mouth is…

Wine+

These may be tiny but they are

packed with flavour. A red would be too

much so we’ve gone for a Chardonnay

from Chile – as near as we can get to Mexico.

Montes Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

from Majestics would be a good

choice (£9.99). Wonderful fresh, aromatic

fruit flavours coupled with just a hint of

well-balanced oak will match the

weight of the dish and pair well

with the fresh salsa.

• 1 pack small tortilla wraps

• 250g lean minced beef (or vegetarian

substitute mince)

• 20g (approx) taco seasoning - cheat

by buying a taco spice mix, or make

your own using:

• 1 tsp hot chilli powder

• ½ tsp garlic powder

• ½ tsp ground cumin

• ½ tsp ground oregano

• ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

• 1 tsp paprika

• 1½ tsp onion granules

• ½ tsp sea salt

• ½ tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)

• ½ tsp chilli flakes (to taste)

Salsa

• 3-4 tomatoes, peeled and finely

chopped

• ½ red onion, finely chopped

• 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped

• 2 tsps white wine vinegar

• ½ lime, juice only

• ½ bunch coriander, roughly chopped

Serve with soured cream and/or grated

cheese

1Make mini taco shells from the tortillas

by cutting them into rounds with a

pastry cutter. Gently squish the tortilla

rounds into a mini muffin tin and bake for

5 minutes at 150°c until crisp. Set to one

side. Prepare the salsa; loosen tomato skin

prior to chopping by blanching in boiling

water, mix chopped tomato, onion, garlic

together, then add in the other ingredients.

2Fry the mince in a pan for 15 minutes

until thoroughly cooked. Sprinkle on

the taco mix, turn the heat to low and

continue to cook for another few minutes.

3Carefully spoon mince into taco shells,

top with salsa, soured cream/grated

cheese and serve.


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Prawns have a subtle sweetness and

pair beautifully with rosé wines. We’ve

gone for a sparkling pink fizz from the

Loire Valley in France. The Society’s Saumur

Rosé Brut NV is excellent value at £11.50

from The Wine Society. Made from the

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fresh strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant

flavours. The acidity will balance

the prawns and creaminess of

the dressing perfectly.

Food

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This is a lovely, fresh, creamy dip

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Prawn Shot-tails

Pea dip

Makes 6 Prep time: 25 minutes.

Dainty prawn cocktails served in shot glasses.

You can be polite and use a fork to eat them,

or down in one...

Serves 6 Prep time: 15 minutes.

This is a great ‘emergency’ dip that’s easy to rustle up in a

hurry using defrosted frozen peas – think green houmous. It

can also be made with cream cheese or soured cream.

• 150g large prawns

• 1 baby gem lettuce

• 1 avocado

Dressing

• 1small dill pickle, finely

chopped

• 1 tbs red onion, minced

• 100g mayonnaise

• 1 tbs tomato ketchup

• 1 tsp lemon juice

• ½ tsp garlic, minced

• 2 drops Tabasco sauce

• salt and pepper, to taste

(or cheat and use bottled

Thousand Island dressing).

1Mix all but 6 prawns

into dressing.

Shred the lettuce and

2 line each shot glass with

a tiny handful.

Carefully spoon prawns

3 on top of lettuce, then

top with a large prawn and a

few slices of avocado.

• 200g frozen peas,

defrosted

• 75g fat-free natural yogurt

• juice 1 lemon

• 1 tbsp mint leaves, finely

chopped

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 1 small red chilli, finely

chopped (to taste)

• 4 pitta breads, sliced into

fingers

• 2 carrots, cut into batons

• ½ red pepper, cut into

strips

1Mash the peas with a stick

blender – do not whizz

them to a complete puree, but

leave with a little texture.

Mix in the other

2 ingredients, decant into a

dip bowl and serve with sliced

pitta and vegetable fingers.


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Food

Mini margarita cheesecakes

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Rich and creamy desserts need sweet

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pudding perfectly.

Makes 12 Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes.

Any excuse to serve up a cheesecake, but compulsory for

a girls’ gathering, especially when baked New York style.

These are tiny, so are extra slimming. Ahem. I used a loosebottomed

mini-cheesecake pan, but they can also be made in

a mini-muffin tin, or even in cupcake cases.

For the base:

• 100g digestive biscuits

• 50g melted butter

For the filling:

• 300g cream cheese

• 120g caster sugar

• 1 egg

• 100ml soured cream

• ½ tsp vanilla extract

For the topping

• 100g strawberries

• 50ml tequila (2 shots)

• 2 tsp lime juice

• 1 tbsp granulated sugar

1Preheat the oven to gas 4

(180°c). Prepare biscuit

base by crushing biscuits (in a

food processor, or use a pestle

and mortar). Combine with

the melted butter and then

press a heaped teaspoon of the

biscuit mix into each section

of the mini cheesecake pan/

muffin tin and set to one side

(or refrigerate).

2Beat cream cheese,

egg, ¼ tsp vanilla essence

and 100g of the sugar

together until smooth. Add

2-3 tsps to the top of each

biscuit base and bake in the

oven for 20 minutes. Mix

soured cream with remaining

20g sugar and ¼ tsp of vanilla

essence.

3Remove cheesecakes

from the oven and add a

teaspoon of the soured cream

mixture to the top of each

one. Turn the oven down

to gas 3 (160°c) and return

cheesecakes to the oven for 10

minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

4Chop strawberries and

combine with other

topping ingredients, mashing

some slightly to release the

juice.

5Remove cheesecakes from

tin and carefully spoon a

little topping onto each one.

For a non-alcoholic version,

add 30ml water and 20ml

lemon juice instead of tequila

and lime.

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Winter’s promise

The days are lengthening and Jo Arnell is getting excited for the new gardening year

The light is slowly streaming back and I’m beginning

to get excited for the spring. It’s usually false

spring, as one warm day in February is often

followed by weeks of freezing weather, but I can’t help

clutching at anything that speeds the winter along. A few

brave buds and bulbs are quietly stealing a march; look

closely and you’ll find tiny, but hopeful awakenings to

celebrate. There are some wonderful plants to enjoy in

the late winter garden and, if you’re as impatient as I am,

there are several tasks that we can get started with too.

Buds, blossom and bulbs

Winter blossoms aren’t show offs, but, like some of us, they

make up for their shyness in other ways. They are delicate,

usually white, or pale colours that will show up in the wan

winter light and in shady places, but the best thing is that

nearly all of them are scented. The fragrance will be strongest

at dusk and dawn, when it is pumped out by the flowers in

the hope of luring pollinating insects like moths, flies and

beetles. A few bees may bumble sleepily among them too

and even the odd butterfly on sunny days. It is still too early

for most creatures - they will be hibernating in log piles

and insect hotels - but for the insomniacs and early risers

these plants help to provide a life-saving source of nectar.

Grow a winter-scented plant somewhere near to the house -

by the front or back door, near a path or gate, where you will

be able to walk past regularly, inhaling as you go. Don’t forget

to cut a few twigs to bring inside too - nature’s own diffuser.

Spring preparations

It’s all going to kick off shortly and some timely pruning will

ensure that stems grow in the right direction. Don’t go mad

and prune everything; many flowering shrubs need to be

pruned after they have flowered (prune them now and you

won’t get any), but this is the perfect time to prune shrub

roses, and Hydrangeas and to cut back ornamental grasses.

Here’s the low-down on those that can be tackled now:

Roses

Prune to the shape of a vase - the books will tell you ‘an

open, goblet shape’. This is to encourage air to circulate

through the plant, as roses are prone to fungal diseases

that thrive in airless environments. Cut stems to just

above knee height to an outward-facing bud - I know,

there is never a well-placed outward-facing bud, so

just cut a sloping cut with sharp secateurs in roughly

the right place if you can’t locate a sensible bud.

Hydrangeas

Just to confuse everyone, there are several varieties of

Hydrangea, but thankfully only two main ways to prune

them. If you grow the paniculata types (those with long

racemes, a bit like Lilac on steroids) or Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’

(huge white pom-poms), you can be brutal and cut back to

a framework. This will stiffen up the stems and encourage

fewer, but bigger bracts (the showy outer part of the flower).

Old fashioned ‘mop head’ types do not like hard pruning,

unless they have become too big for their boots. These should

just be dead-headed, as they form their flower buds during

the previous year and pruning will cut off the flowers.

Buddleias

These flower in late summer on new wood and tend to get

unattractively leggy when left, so need a good hard prune now

to encourage flowers at a height where you can enjoy them.

Group 3 clematis

These should be pruned hard in late winter/early spring.

The trick to knowing which group your clematis is in is to

remember when it flowers. Group 3 are late flowering, so

flower on the current season’s growth, which is why you can

cut the old growth back to the ground - new shoots will soon

spring up and stop the plant from getting leggy and top heavy.


Above left: Hellebores brighten up shady corners and look great in winter containers Above right: Cyclamen coum in a spreading

carpet beneath a tree

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“Don’t forget to cut a few twigs to bring

inside too - nature’s own diffuser.”

Deciduous grasses

These should be cut right back to the base to allow

fresh new foliage to come through. Do not cut

back evergreens like Stipa though. This is best just

combed through to remove the dead leaves.

Awakenings

Dahlia tubers and other tender exotics like Cannas and

Agapanthus can be slowly brought out of hibernation. If you

grow them in containers, pot them up into fresh compost and

water to start them into growth. Remember that these are not

frost hardy and will need to be kept somewhere fairly warm

until later in the spring when the danger of frost is past.

Early sowings

Many seeds can be sown now, but apart from the hardiest,

they should be sown under cover. It is still too early for most

things to germinate directly into the soil. Half hardy annuals

like Cosmos, Nicotiana, Cleome, Tithonia and other longflowering,

but frost-tender plants can be sown now, but only

if you keep them under cover until the weather warms up.

Early vegetables like broad beans, peas and leeks can be

started now too. If sowing directly, warm the soil with a

mulch or frame, especially if you are gardening on clay,

which can be slow to warm. If you have a greenhouse

start sowing tomatoes, peppers and other annual crops

and annual flowers that need a longer growing season.

It won’t be long now until the glorious tide of proper

spring rushes in. Make the most of these first days and

the small, but joyous signs that winter is nearly over.

A few fabulous

February plants

Prunus subhirtella autumnalis;

a small, delicate cherry tree

that flowers intermittently

all through the winter.

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’

is the ultimate winter plant;

beautiful, evergreen and

highly scented. They are

a bit temperamental in

their requirements - think

botanical Goldilocks.

Viburnum bodnantense

‘Dawn’ - tiny pink blossoms

on bare stems, but with incredible fragrance.

Sarcococca confusa, which luckily also goes by

the easier name of Christmas Box. It is not an

exciting plant to look at - in fact most people

don’t notice it at all, so I tend to plant it behind

something unscented but good looking.

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica is a dainty

looking, but tough little clematis that flowers

all through the winter. Each cream coloured

bell is speckled reddish brown, releasing

a citrus scent on sunny winter days.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ (Witch

Hazel) has scented flowers that climb its bare

branches like little yellow spiders. It also has

good autumn foliage, which helps to redeem

the other eight months of dull green leaf.

Helleborus niger is the earliest of the Hellebores

- often called the Christmas rose, but probably at

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moist, woodland-style conditions, but can spend

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and trees without coming to too much harm.

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Sun 17 Feb 11am-3pm

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Bird Box Building

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Sun 17 Feb 2.30 pm

Music School, Sutton Valence

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Sarah Beth Briggs

Pianist Sarah Beth Briggs is a

leading recitalist, concerto soloist

and chamber musician. At the

age of eleven she became the

then youngest ever finalist in the

BBC Young Musician of the Year

competition. She will play Bach,

Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

Entry: £12.50 at door which

includes afternoon tea.

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Thu 28 Feb 7.30pm

EMF Theatre, The Box

Office, High Street Entrance,

Tonbridge TN9 1JP

Clare Teal and her trio

- Swing’s the thing

Award winning Jazz vocalist

and Radio 2 presenter Clare

Teal performs a celebration

of popular music from the

golden age of song.

Entry: £22 students £18

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Seminars

and Talks

Thu 7 Feb 6.30-8pm

Broadview Gardens &

Garden Centre, Hadlow

College, Tonbridge Road,

Hadlow TN11 0AL

An Evening with

Graham Clarke and

Rosemary Shrager:

the “Decibel Duo”

Enjoy amusing anecdotes from

Rosemary and Graham’s careers,

learn about the synergy between

art and professional cookery and

discover more about the painstaking

process that Graham uses

to create his famous etchings.

Signed copies of Rosemary’s

latest book and Graham’s

etchings will be available.

Entry: £20 (proceeds go to

the Children of Yirgaalem

Appeal charity.)

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Valentine’s day

Thu 14 Feb & Sat 16 Feb

The Spa Hotel, Mount

Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge

Wells, Kent TN4 8XJ

Valentine’s at the Spa

With a glass of fizz on arrival,

three exquisite courses and

live music from Jessica Louisa,

treat the one you love to a

romantic dinner at the Spa

Hotel this Valentine’s.

Entry: £49.50pp

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Thu 14 Feb 6-9.30pm

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam,

Robertsbridge TN32 5UA

Valentine’s Dinner

Treat a loved one to a

romantic three-course dinner

in the stunning setting of a

medieval castle. The tickets

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also include a glass of bubbly

and an exclusive after-hours

tour of the floodlit castle.

Entry: £45

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Thu 14 Feb

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge,

Canterbury Cathedral,

The Precincts, Canterbury,

Kent CT1 2EH

Valentine’s Dinner

Enjoy a superb 4-course

Valentine’s dinner with coffee in

one of the most romantic

locations in Canterbury,

the Cathedral’s delightful

restaurant which overlooks a

pretty courtyard terrace.

Entry: £37.95pp

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Weddings

Sun 17 Feb 10am-4pm

Friday Street Farm, East

Sutton, Kent, ME17 3DD

Rustic Kent

Wedding Fair

Perfect for all Kent and East

Sussex couples, this fair offers

inspiration and help planning the

perfect outdoor ‘barn farm’ rustic

styled wedding with a wonderful

array of friendly local Kent

vendors including photographers,

cake makers, florists, jewellery,

lighting, hair stylists, celebrants,

favours and more.

Entry: Free

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Sun 24 Feb 10.30am-3pm

The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood,

Maidstone Road, Paddock

Wood, Kent, TN12 6PY

Hop Farm

Wedding Show

Discover the magnificent

surroundings of The Hop

Farm, a unique wedding venue

right in the heart of the Kent

countryside, (so lovely we picked

it ourselves for our Midwinter

Fair). This event brings together

a fabulous range of creative and

inspirational suppliers covering all

aspects of planning a wedding.

Entry: Free

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Workshops

Wed 13 Feb 7.30-9.30pm

Curious House, Gauntlets,

Battenhurst Road, Stonegate,

East Sussex TN5 7DU

Men only Flowers

An opportunity for all the

men out there searching for

a meaningful and original

Valentine’s gift. Nicky Gaffney

will lead this one day course,

designed to teach you to embrace

your romantic side and create

your own unique bouquet for

someone you love this Valentine’s.

No previous experience required.

Entry: £35, plus £30 for materials

01435 884806 /

curioushouse.net

Sat 23 Feb 10.30am-1pm

Knole, Sevenoaks,

Kent, TN15 0RP

Modern calligraphy

for beginners

All those brides and grooms

looking to save a little on savethe-dates,

invites, place cards

etc. can learn to use a dip pen

and ink and develop a modern

lettering style in this beginners

workshop with calligraphy expert

Judy Broad, at the lovely Knole.

Entry: £65

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It’s calving time and while Jane is up in

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alving starts in earnest early in February and for

about six weeks it will be full on. Late nights,

eventful deliveries and hopefully a shed full of new

arrivals at the end of it, but despite all the excitement, with

all the changes afoot in the world these young cattle will be

arriving into a far from certain world for a beef cow.

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beginning with the letter B that everyone is heartily sick of

hearing about (Brexit – I promise I won’t mention it again!),

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belief that if you want to save the world and reduce climate

change you need to stop eating meat. Veganism has rocketed

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half a million people in 2016 to well over three million today.

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meat and the intensive and inefficient use of large quantities

of cereals – often grown in what was

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great harm to the environment and is not

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reducing carbon emissions – and just maybe those

new calves now arriving in the shed may be part

of the answer and not part of the problem.

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

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