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Contents

March 2019

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120

HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson’s pick of the

properties on the market now

105

S4

WOOD WORKS

Rebecca Cuffe’s pick of midcentury

wooden furniture

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42

KIDS BEHAVING BADLY

Hilary Wilce asks what can we

do when children misbehave

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42

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72

NOTEBOOK

All the best events of the month

PRINT PERFECT

Explore the joyous cottage of

textile designer Molly Mahon

GET THE LOOK

Products to seek out if you’d like

to imitate Molly and Rollo’s style

A COCKTAIL OF

GRANDEUR

A fabulous apartment hidden

above an antiques shop

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115

117

120

AND THE WINNER IS...

Find out what products won

this year’s Beauty Bible award

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton on making

your home a heaven

free from toxicity

NATURAL WISDOM

Wellbeing help and advice

LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS

The art of cooking with

a plan for the leftovers

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153

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HOLIDAY CAMPS

Camps that keep kids

amused outside of school

WHAT’S ON

Your guide to March’s must-see events

COMPETITION

Win a jacket from Cashara’s

new collection

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard’s latest update

from Cooper’s Farm

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98

GET THE LOOK

The best products to help

you to steal the ‘Cocktail

of Grandeur’ look

NATURAL COOL

A peak inside Natalie Walton’s

beautiful book This Is Home

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131

MARCHING FORTH

Sue Whigham guides you

through March in the garden

BORDERS WITH

BACKBONE

Explore the art of garden

borders with Jo Arnell

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FASHION

SUPPLEMENT

22 pages of

utilitarian chic

styling, trends and

fabulous earrings

After page 110.

Fashion

A Wealden Times Supplement

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Utilitarian chic

● The best shoe trend ever ● Fabulous earrings


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A deceptively spacious character cottage with a wealth of period features, three/

four bedrooms and three reception rooms, situated in the heart of the desirable

village of Bethersden

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High Halden TN26

A Grade II listed Georgian house in the village

centre, approximately 3 miles to Tenterden.

1

4

• Period features

• Summer house

• Detached garage

• Large mature gardens

3 3

Your local expert, Simon Biddulph,

looks forward to helping you.

simon.biddulph@knightfrank.com

Guide price £795,000

01892 310700

Biddenden TN27

A detached Georgian style property within the

Cranbrook School catchment area.

1

6

• Outstanding views

• Detached coach house

• First time on the market

• In all about 5.9 acres

3 4

2

Your local expert, Simon Biddulph,

looks forward to helping you.

simon.biddulph@knightfrank.com

Guide price £1,495,000

01892 310700

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‘Our Focus Determines Your Reality’

HARPERS AND HURLINGHAM

HAWKHURST £1,490,000

STUNNING NEWLY RENOVATED FAMILY

HOME Three reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast/

family room · Wine cellar · Four/five bedrooms (three

ensuite) · Landscaped gardens · Office/gym · Garaging

· EPC: tbc

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

SISSINGHURST £1,100,000

STRIKING DETACHED VILLAGE FAMILY

HOME Three reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast/

family room · Utility room · Four bedrooms · Bathroom

· Shower room · Stunning enclosed garden with views

· Garaging · EPC: E

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

RURAL HAWKHURST OIEO £995,000

DETACHED FAMILY HOME WITH VIEWS

Two reception rooms · Kitchen/family room · Five

bedrooms (one ensuite) · Detached block of three B&B

rooms · Holiday cottage · Approx. 2 acres · Garage

· EPC: D

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

GOUDHURST £995,000

ATTRACTIVE DETACHED FAMILY HOME

Three reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast/family

room · Utility room · Cloakroom · Four bedrooms (one

ensuite) · Enclosed garden adjoining farmland

· Garaging · EPC: D

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

Sales & Lettings Team

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The Cornerhouse, Stone Street, Cranbrook

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LONDON OFFICE: KENSINGTON 020 7938 2311

Jane Emilie Chez Cathy Sara Debbie Clare Debbie S Caroline Dianne Caroline J


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Traditional elevations combined with

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Set in the tranquil village of Headcorn

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estate agent’s fees will be paid. Offer can be withdrawn at any time. Prices correct at time of going to press. February 2019.

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WE ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR LAND AND PROPERTY WITH DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL

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Residential Sales

#TheGardenOfEngland

Estate Agents

Aldington, Nr Ashford

Guide £1,475,000

A beautifully presented period country house and 5* income-producing holiday cottage sleeping 6.

High specification interiors. Gardens and land including garaging and stables.

Further details on request. EPC Rating NA

Woodchurch

Guide prices from £775,000

A development of 3 high specification contemporary homes modelled from former farm buildings. Stylish interior

designed accommodation in a lovely rural setting approached from a long driveway with automated gates, each

with private gardens and fenced paddocks, all enjoying tranquil countryside views. EPC Ratings B/C/C

Wittersham

Guide £997,500

A beautifully presented 5 bedroom country

house with outstanding rural views and set in

2 acres of gardens and paddock. EPC Rating E

Ulcombe

OIRO: £950,000

Grade II Listed family house full of character

with 2 bedroom annexe, range of outbuildings,

tennis court, tranquil location. EPC Rating NA

Hobbs Parker Estate Agents www.hobbsparker.co.uk

Ashford 01233 506260 | Tenterden 01580 766766

01580 766766


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

LAST FEW REMAINING

Completions ready January-March 2019

Hawkhurst, TN18 5DA

• Stamp Duty paid* • £1,500 contribution towards legal fees*

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Built by prestigious developer Riverdale Developments, homes

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to make arrangements to view our stunning show home and to look at the available plots

*Subject to developer terms and conditions, stamp duty allowance on completion & equivalent of liability for person owning one property

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No Chain

Tenterden, Kent

Historic listed town house of excellent proportions, centrally situated within the Conservation Area, versatile, attractive internal accommodation,

in need of refurbishment, ample cellarage, walled garden, off road parking and garaging

Guide £1.095 million | Freehold

Duncan Petrie

Savills Cranbrook

01580 720161

dpetrie@savills.com

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A SPECIAL PLACE TO LIVE

Three, four and five bedroom homes just 400 metres

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NEW

Show home

The Weald

4/5 bedroom

Launching

March

ENJOY A

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transport links from Ashford International station. Offering an enviable lifestyle that features

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3 , 4 & 5 bedroom homes available from £440,000

Show homes open daily 10am to 5pm

Prices correct at time of publication and are subject to change

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Woking.

*Prices correct at the time of print. **Rental price includes service charge


House

Month

of the

£3,950,000

Positively beaming

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Crockham House

The dream: A 15th century Grade

II* listed house in 20 acres. The house

rambles along in a riot of pitched

roofs, tall chimneys and beamy joy,

with an adjacent oast house at one end

– once used by monks to brew beer.

The gardens were designed by

National Trust founder Octavia

Hill and the Queen Mother played

in them as a child, when the

house was owned by a member

of the Bowes-Lyon family.

The main rooms are a bliss

of beams, inglenooks and

17th century panelling.

The ground floor is currently

arranged with a self-contained onebedroom

flat and another en suite

bedroom. A separate garage block

houses two more self-contained flats.

Where: The small town of Westerham,

five miles from Sevenoaks.

Setting: At the end of a sweeping

drive, with spectacular trees as far as

you can see – which is a long way.

Beds: 9 Baths: 6

Special features: The drawing

room is on the first floor to

take advantage of the views.

Pleasing details: Three staircases

and a dedicated log room.

Outside: Hedged formal gardens

and those splendid trees

Time to town: 10 minutes to Oxted,

then London Bridge in 33 minutes,

Victoria in 43 and St Pancras in 53.

Agent: Sotheby’s International Realty

01932 860537 sothebysrealty.co.uk.

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£2,875,000

Dukes Place

The dream: A very rare Grade I listed

early 15th century Tudor house, with a

double-height vaulted great hall. There

is also a groovy long and low guest

annexe with bifold doors and decking.

Where: On the edge of the village of

West Peckham about 7 miles east of

Sevenoaks.

Setting: A serene hillside setting

looking over the Weald.

Beds: 5, four of them en suite, plus

a family bathroom with another two

beds and a bathroom in the annexe.

Special features: Beams, inglenooks

and leaded lights for miles.

Pleasing details: Mark Wilkinson

wardrobes in the master suite.

Outside: Landscaped gardens, a pool

and a tennis court.

Time to town: Half an hour from

Sevenoaks to Charing Cross, under an

hour from Borough Green to Victoria.

Agent: Sotheby’s International Realty,

Cobham 01932 860537

sothebysrealty.co.uk

£625,000

Brook House

The dream: This converted Grade II

listed barn is like a glorious Mini Me

of the previous two houses, with all the

period character and beautiful beams – set

up for modern living with the entire first

floor given over to a living/kitchen area

under the vaulted ceiling.

Where: In the Conservation area of the

pretty village of Loose, within walking

distance of the Chequers Inn.

Setting: In the middle of the particularly

verdant village.

Beds: 3 Bath: 2

Special features: An outside covered

kitchen and a separate timber-framed

building with a verandah, housing the

garage and an office.

Pleasing details: The beams are a lovely

golden colour.

Outside: A well-established, richly

planted garden with a stream.

Time to town: Under an hour from

Marden (10 minutes) to London Bridge.

Agent: Jackson-Stops, Cranbrook

jackson-stops.co.uk

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Upper High Street

Heathfield

East Sussex, TN21 8NB

01435 866435

info@jonesbritain.co.uk

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Interesting things to do and see near you this month

Happy Mother’s Day

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family day out at Hever Castle.

We’d recommend beginning with a

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event, the grounds will be filled with

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to keep little ones happy with a Tudor

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play area, and little ones can make a

bookmark in a free craft workshop,

get their faces painted or try a cupcake

decorating workshop to make some

very personal and delicious gifts.

If you want to make the day extra

special, there will also be Mother’s Day

Weekend Afternoon Teas. Pre-booking

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can enjoy a Classic Afternoon Tea with

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variety of cakes and desserts, all served

in the elegant Guthrie Pavilion

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If you’re visiting on Sunday,

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Join Viv Hunt, Godinton

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4Art’s sake

From Friday 1 to Friday

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is soon to be demolished.

The group has spent the

past two years exploring

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This month is your chance to find out

what your jewellery, collectables and

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Wells. Dreweatts is a leading UK

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Previous page Molly’s fabrics on cushions in the sitting room. She painted the flowers on the cupboard doors Above: The lampshade

over the kitchen table is in Molly’s design Pattee. The worktops were made from scaffolding planks

Textile designer Molly Mahon’s woodsman’s cottage

is tucked along a wooded lane on the edge of

the Ashdown Forest. For many of us it would

be a dream to live here, but while the location is idyllic,

Molly explains, their lovely cottage was far from dreamy

when they relocated here from London eight years ago.

The first house they had found had fallen through,

so they decided to rent while they waited for

another property they loved enough to appear.

‘When we first looked at this one, we thought no,’ says

Molly. ‘There were no windows in the kitchen and the

downstairs was divided into lots of gloomy little rooms.

But time went on and we still hadn’t found anything. This

house was in such a good location and it was a project,

which was what we wanted, so we came back to it.’

The family lived in the cottage for a year to get the feel

of it, but some things they were sure of from the start: ‘We

knocked a hole in the kitchen immediately just to bring the

light in, changed the bathroom and then we did our plan.’

The main aim of which was to bring more light inside

– and also to lower the floors. Both Molly and husband

Rollo are tall and needed some headroom. The stairs were

also a problem: ‘You had to walk all the way through

the house to get to the staircase and the children hated

being upstairs as it was divided by a heavy door.’

‘We lowered and levelled the floors from the kitchen

onwards, and covered the passageway in to make the boot

room and laundry, which also houses our big fridge.’

The main part of the house is now accessed by a clever

little sliding glass door that opens directly into the


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Clockwise, from top left: The sofa in the sitting room is covered in Molly’s award-winning Luna fabric. Molly’s painted flowers on

the cupboard doors


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Divorce law – welcome to the 21st century

At long last, the government has finally announced its intention to introduce the

“no fault divorce”, bringing family law into the 21st century.

Currently, in this country, unless

a couple has been living apart

for a period in excess of five

years (reduced to two if both

parties consent), a divorce can

only be obtained by one person

blaming the breakdown of the

marriage on the other’s adultery

or unreasonable behaviour.

Inevitably, this leads to tension

and ill feeling which often could

otherwise be avoided. It has also

(although rarely) led to one person

being forced to remain married

to another. Such was the plight of

Mrs Owens whose case became

the driving force for change.

However, whilst this will be a

very welcome change to the

current divorce law, it is important

to recognise that it merely

scratches the surface in removing

unnecessary hostility from divorce.

For most separating couples, the

divorce is only the beginning of a

process. The crucial discussions

and negotiations concern finances

and/or arrangements for the

children. Thus, even if it is possible

to remove hostility by obtaining

a divorce without apportioning

blame, discussions about finances

and children can just as easily

lead to conflict if not properly

managed, the effect of which can

be the cause of lasting damage to

the relationships within the family.

Too many couples remain unaware

that, rath er than relying on an

already burdened court system or

even solicitors’ correspondence,

it is possible to deal with financial

and children matters by other

methods: attending mediation,

engaging in collaborative law or

even opting for private hearings.

These options are already available

and family lawyers should do more

to raise awareness of them and the

benefits which they can provide.

So, as we welcome divorce law

into the 21st century and wave

goodbye to the remnants of a

bygone era, if you are considering

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Left: Molly painted the fireplace in Bloomsbury style. The

painting on the left is by her friend Emma Black Below: Molly

and the children painted the stars on to the blue paint on the

staircase walls. The wallpaper is Molly’s Lani design

living area. ‘There was also no way out into the garden

from the kitchen, so we put in the French doors and we

painted the black beams white to bring the light in.’

It’s hard to imagine that this was once an uninviting

space. Now the whole of the downstairs feels spaciously

cosy and bright and even on the gloomy morning of our

visit, seems lit with internal sunshine, helped along by a

rich ochre cloth over the table in the middle of the room.

While the work was going on the family had to move out,

but they didn’t move far – in fact they took up residence in

their double garage, using the front half as a kitchen, the

back as storage and, because Rollo was running a camping

company, they slept in two big tents in the garden.

‘It was quite an adventure to live under canvas,’ Molly

laughs. ‘Great fun really and it meant that we were right

there during the building project, which is quite important.’

Completely remodelling your home is chaotic enough,

but as is the way with many a grand design, third child

Orlando arrived in the middle of it all – at the same

time as Molly’s business had begun to take off.

As with many successful start-ups, it had all began

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This page: Daughter Lani’s bedroom. The fabric in the canopy

is one of Molly’s hand-block printed cottons, Stars Left: The

wallpaper is Spot and Star

as a hobby while they were living in London. ‘I was

always in a shop called Tobias and the Angel in Barnes

and I just loved the block printed fabrics in there.’

Although Molly wasn’t encouraged to study art at

school – ‘it wasn’t educational enough,’ she laughs –

her mother is the artist Celia Lewis so she grew up in

a creative environment, able to experiment artistically

at home. As an adult she still needed that outlet.

‘I was always trying out little workshops at various places,

but never seemed to get that satisfied feeling,’ she says. Then

Angel Hughes, who owns the Tobias and the Angel shop,

suggested that she tried fabric printing. ‘So I signed up for a

workshop and then saw that it was being held down here.’

Molly says of that first block printing workshop:

‘I thought I’d arrived in heaven. It was thrilling.’ It

turned out that she was also very good at it and she

ended up helping Angel for two years, learning about

paint, materials and the process of block printing.

‘I just never got bored of it. Lifting the block and

seeing if it was any good or not was always exciting.’

After a while Molly started to print her own designs


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Above: Youngest child, Orlando’s bedroom. The wallpaper is Fern. The quilt is also by Molly Mahon

and when a friend asked her to print some wallpaper for

her shepherd’s huts, the business began to take off.

‘I couldn’t have asked for a better starting point

to turn a hobby into a business. People enjoyed

the colours and it started to sell. It got quite busy

once I could use the garage as a workroom.’

Molly remembers how once they’d moved back

into the house, they had to shift all the furniture

aside in the living room to lay out the fabric. It was

clear she needed more space and somewhere that

people could visit in order to see her work.

They had just found the ideal space in a nearby

unit when what could have been a terrible set back

arrived. Molly was diagnosed with breast cancer. It

was a very difficult time, but friends and family rallied

round and helped to keep everything running.

‘Rollo had been going up and down to London with

his business, but he put that to one side in order to

help. During the treatment and the chemo the one

saving grace to me was thinking about my business.’

Supporting Molly, Rollo started to take on a lot more.

‘He’s great at organising and he made it into a

business. He’s still here – he never went back.’

Working with their small team, the structural changes

are more or less finished in the house. The ground floor

is now all one space, but manages to retain its cottagey

feel. The ceilings are tall enough for Molly and Rollo to

be comfortable, but still low enough to keep things cosy,

light now floods in though the French windows and

Molly’s colourful designs sing out from every corner.

The kitchen has been ingeniously – and incredibly

economically – designed and built, using timber frames

as units and scaffolding planks for the worktops. ‘The

whole thing cost about £300 in the end,’ smiles Molly.

It has a rustic country look, with some shelves open to

display the contents – lovely bowls, plates and serving


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Above Molly’s Coral wallpaper in the bathroom Left: Rollo and Molly’s

bedroom. All the fabrics and the quilt are by Molly Mahon

dishes – while others are curtained off with Molly’s printed fabrics.

The lamp hanging over the kitchen table is in the ‘Pattee’

design that was inspired by fretwork and Persian gardens,

which Molly had seen at the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India, where

most of her production now takes place – although, until

recently she took most of her inspiration from Africa.

‘I did Anthropology at university and African art was always

there as an inspiration. I was writing my dissertation and

simultaneously looking at the colours and the patterns all

around me there. I hadn’t really thought about India.’

By chance Rollo’s brother James was doing horse safaris

in Jaipur and offered to do some research for her.

‘James would Facetime me from all these wonderful places,

but in the end I needed to go and explore for myself. I went

out there for a week and he was able to chaperone me.’

Molly remembers walking into one of the workshops to find a

homespun cacophony of colour that was almost overwhelming.

‘The printing, dying and sewing was all going on together in one

space and I was blown away by it. Everything seemed to be possible

over there and I came back so inspired. I must have been to India

six times since. I have amazing relationships in one specific area


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Above: In the master bedroom, all the fabrics – quilt,

headboard, lampshades, valance, bedding, cushions, chair

– and the wallpaper are all from Molly Mahon

just outside Jaipur where we work in collaboration

with artisans. I go there by myself now.’

Other influences spring from many sources. She

has painted the living area’s large woodsman’s fireplace

in true Bloomsbury fashion, keeping it as a feature

and making it less oppressive than the original.

‘I wanted it to be joyful, not the heavy

grey stone that it was. I don’t believe in these

rules about why you can’t do things.’

Draped over a sofa I notice a half-finished

tapestry that Molly has been working on, the

design based on one she saw at Charleston

that had been done by Vanessa Bell.

‘I was sure they didn’t use this particular shade

of pink, then was amazed to find out that she

used almost exactly the same shade,’ she says,

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Above: Over the bed in the guest bedroom on the far left and far right are two block-printed fabric samples by Barron and Larcher,

early 20th century pioneers in fabric design who have been a big influence on Molly’s work

Most of the soft furnishings in the room have been designed

and made by Molly. The blue fabric, Luna, recently won ‘Best

Neat Print’ in the Homes & Gardens magazine fabrics awards.

She carefully closes the drawers that house a collection

of shells that belonged to Rollo’s grandmother. On a wall

in the kitchen, hangs another family collection, this one of

butterflies, gathered by Molly’s mother from the local area

and pinned in a frame for the family to use as a reference.

The cupboards at the end of the living room have been

hand decorated by Molly, each door with a different

flower. The red piano was given to them by a friend

when daughter Lani, 9, wanted to learn the piano. ‘I

wasn’t sure if we had room, but when the piano arrived

and I saw it was red I was delighted,’ she laughs.

Upstairs, Molly explains how they reconfigured

the staircase and bedrooms, moving a wall

to make a corridor in the process.

‘Then the builders found a void at the end here and

we worked out that we could put a shower room into it,

so this is the guest room when people come to stay.’

Above the bed in there are two precious block-printed

fabric samples made by Barron and Larcher, pioneers in

textile design from the first half of the twentieth century,

who have been a big influence on Molly’s work.

Hanging over the dressing table is a painting by Molly’s

friend Lottie Cole, who has done a series of paintings of the

interior in Charleston House, home to the Bloomsbury Set.

‘Lottie does the most amazing paintings,’ says

Molly. ‘I am very lucky. All the artworks in the

room are done by friends, or by my mother.’

Oddly, when they bought the house, the family

bathroom was in the main bedroom.

‘It was all one big room,’ Molly explains. ‘You

couldn’t get into the bathroom without going through

the bedroom, so we had to put up a wall and turn it

into a “Jack and Jill” bathroom with two doors.’

The walls here are splendid with Molly’s blue ‘Coral’

bathroom wallpaper. ‘We recently re-did the wallpaper


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This page: Molly’s garden studio in what

was the garage Below: The children have

their own wall of paintings in the studio

in here,’ says Molly. ‘The walls

were plain white in between times

and we really didn’t like the look.

It just seemed so empty.’

The quilts on the beds in all the

bedrooms are all handmade – block

printed and hand stitched in Jaipur –

and the walls are decorated in ‘Lani’

paper. Molly also designed and made

most of the lamps in the bedrooms.

Heading back downstairs there is an

example of how effortlessly she is able to

bring touches of magic to the cottage’s

interior. The walls were originally plain

blue, until on a whim one rainy Sunday,

she and the children just painted

starry fireworks onto the blue paint.

‘It needed jazzing up,’ she says.

‘We’ll probably change it again soon.’

We head out of the kitchen door

across the lawn to the garden

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Left: Lino cuts and printing blocks on an Indian chest

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printing blocks and examples from all stages of

her printing career that lie all around us. She

shows me some of her original wallpaper, simply

printed with emulsion paint onto lining paper.

Molly’s love of her work is inspiring. She

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country, including her beloved Charleston.

‘I was spending more and more time running

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This is a house and a business built on the love

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Previous page: The 18th century kitchen table is a baker’s dough bin Above: The 19th century German cuckoo and quail clock is

mounted on the Fornasetti Mediterranea wallpaper by Cole & Son

Above an antiques shop in the picture postcard village of

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Nick and Will moved here from Buckinghamshire three

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and a 1930s pillbox hat today, admits he was relieved to

discover that ‘there are plenty of eccentrics and artistic

types here so not only was I welcome, I fitted right in.’


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Above: Looking from the first-floor hall into the sitting room.

Left: The hall walls are hand-painted marbling. The cast-iron

urns are 18th century continental

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Above: The tapestry on the facing wall of the sitting room is dated to around 1580. Will found the early 20th century Fortuny

curtains in an auction. A painting hangs on the back of the door

So, with the two shops a sort of extended

version of their old home, Will and Nick made

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turns splendidly grand, imaginative and fun.

The dark blue painted stairwell features a diverse array

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the old. Apps is a friend who has a gallery in the village.

The stairs lead to an ochre-painted hallway dramatically set

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with gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside.

The room is dominated by a William Speakman longcase

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where traditionally dough would be left to rise overnight.

The 17th century oak chairs are mismatched auction

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to give a less expensive impression of grandeur. After

200 years of polishing the copper shows through

which gives it a lovely warm glittery effect.’


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Above: In the drawing room a Fornasetti print hangs over a sofa covered in a 1920s armorial tapestry. The chair is upholstered with a

rare 18th century Turkish needlework

On the chimney breast hangs a 19th century French

mirror, flanked by a pair of pretty 18th century Venetian

mirror paintings. Tucked in a corner is a George II bureau

bookcase which Nick, who also works as a freelance

writer, uses as a writing desk. Another wall is flanked by

a 19th century bread rack which doubles as a TV unit.

‘It still has the original paintwork,’ says Nick. ‘That’s

why I fell for it.’ The bread rack is cleverly backed

with curtains which hide the television cables. Sitting

on top of it is a lovely vintage doll’s house which on

closer inspection is made from old fruit crates.

By the door sits a round Edwardian display

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had a party recently which ended with a guest falling on

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things get broken, but we’d rather enjoy using things

than hide them away. When people first visit, they do

tend to wander around like it is a museum but then

they see how relaxed we are and they relax too.’

And that laid-back attitude to their treasures is also on

display in the sumptuous red-painted sitting room at the

other end of the hall. The first thing Will points out is a

George II birdcage table, originally designed for afternoon

tea parties. Will demonstrates how it swivels round, ‘a bit like

a lazy Susan. Back in the day the hostess would pour, then

swivel to her guest, then pour another cup and so on.’

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Above: A column on the stairs holds some of Will’s large collection of perfumes. The walls are painted in Paynes Grey

by Craig & Rose 1829

These days the table is used as Will’s cocktail mixing

bar. It is set with French crystal champagne coupes

and vintage cocktail shakers on a silver tray.

‘That set of glasses used to be much larger but we’ve

lost a few,’ says Will. ‘My cocktails are strong so that’s just

how it is. I try not to worry about how old or valuable

something is. It was all made to be used and not just looked

at. What’s the point of keeping things hidden in a drawer?’

The sofa in the room looks like it has seen a few good

parties over the years too. It is 1920s with naked ladies

carved on the legs in the medieval revival style. Will had

planned to reupholster it but has grown attached to the

tatty original yellow cushions, so has left it as it is.

The sofa is joined by mismatched cosy armchairs

with plenty of soft throws and cushions. But the look

is modernised by the juxtaposition of more of Nick’s

Fornasetti collection including a glass coffee table and

a stunning print which takes up an entire wall.

In the corner is a bookcase displaying some highly

unusual objects such as Chinese carved amber and a

piece of a Flemish door arch dating from around 1500,

together with a pair of striking Regency-era Derby tazzas

(originally used for displaying sweetmeats and fruit).

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This page The Fornasetti lamp shades in the master bedroom are

topped with vintage hats. The tapestry over the bed is an antique

ceremonial Indian bullock blanket

this room to life, such as the tapestry behind the

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‘My real pride and joy are the curtains’, explains Will.

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bargain. They are in fact early 20th century metallic printed

on silk by Mariano Fortuny. He perfected a secret technique

of printing on silk and velvet with metal. They would have

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have faded to warm gold and red. They were too small for the

windows in our previous house and I had them tucked away

for ages so it’s wonderful they are the perfect fit for here.’

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Right: Will uses his grandmother’s desk as a dressing table.

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Above: Vintage luggage alongside a 1920s evening coat and a pink Jean Muir cocktail dress

blanket used for processions. Like Will’s other textiles, the

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really too big for in here but I could never sell it.’

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mirror and bottles and bottles of antique perfume.

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Above: Will and Nick’s antiques shop underneath the flat was initially opened to sell

all the things they couldn’t fit into their new home from their previous large house

eye is trained to spot them wherever they hide,’ he laughs.

Some of his bottles are small and ornate, others are large

‘factice’ bottles from shop displays. ‘It is amazing how they can

last. I have Edwardian perfumes which I wear today’, he says.

Elsewhere in the bedroom is a 1930s sofa which was the

first piece of furniture Will ever bought. ‘I was broke, so I

upholstered it myself using a dust sheet and a staple gun.’

There’s also a mid-century French armchair draped with

a paisley shawl, a ‘Grand Tour’ marble-topped table and a

beautiful early 19th century kneehole desk, which belonged

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an array of vintage powder puffs and more perfume bottles.

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Cleansing balm

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm,

£47 for 100ml and cleansing cloth. Not

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women.

Beauty Bible testers comments:

‘The most luxurious cleanser I have ever

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working really well as a cleanser.’

‘What can I say except I’m a convert

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jasmine and sweet almond oils.’

‘Used this a.m./p.m. for three weeks

and then on to the end of the pot. It has

made a noticeable difference in reducing

fine lines and wrinkles, enhancing glow,

radiance and softness and plumping my

very dry mature skin.’

Body oil

Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose

Body Oil, £47 for 100ml.

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testers over the decades – helped nudge

this AA oil towards its high score. It’s

also blended with neroli and geranium

specifically to uplift spirits and ‘awaken

your soul’.

‘Top marks for this lovely fragranced oil,

which absorbed within a few minutes so

I didn’t have to wait long to get dressed.

Skin was immediately soft, more nourished

and beautifully fragranced.’

‘Scars, stretch marks and dry patches all

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the South of France and my limbs looked

super glowing, with a sexy sheen.’

‘Lower legs looked 10 years younger,

I really mean that! They were perfectly

smooth and looked like I had leg make-up

on… It is that good.’

Miracle treatment

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic

Cream, £70 for 50ml. Charlotte Tilbury

may be better known for her makeup,

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to have privately mixed up to use on

her celebrity and supermodel clients –

won gold as ‘Best Miracle Treatment’,

delivering much more than cosmetic

results (tied with Clinique’s Fresh

Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin

C 10%).

‘I LOVE this – I’ve had compliments

on my younger-looking skin from friends

and my husband for the first time ever!

My skin was softer immediately; after

two weeks my wrinkles and lines are less

obvious, skin looked brighter and plumper,

and tone more even.’

‘Magic it certainly is. I fell in love with

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‘Absolutely makes my skin look younger!

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Light-reflecting

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Spa, available in two shades.

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my skin, even when not using foundation

or tinted moisturiser.’

‘Light formula that blended very easily

to conceal dark shadows at corners of eyes

and whole eye area, concealed and made

puffiness less noticeable, softened frown

lines making them less pronounced. I also

applied it to red patches at the sides of my

nose and it concealed the redness.’

‘Promised to battle the signs of daily

fatigue or too many late nights and did

make me look a lot less tired – fresh as a

daisy in fact.’

Gradual Tanner Face

Crystal Clear Beach Glow Tan Drops,

£27.99 for 30ml. Feel your skin looks a

little drab right now? For the first time

in our Awards, Beauty Bible covers

all the different tanning categories,

including gradual tanners. Gold winner

here is a product which you add dropby-drop

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‘So easy to use and unlike some tanning

products it really is fool proof as you just

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it works within about 45 minutes. The

colour is subtle and looks very natural.’

‘Made me look light golden and put a

smile on my face. It promises a healthy

glow and that’s exactly what it gives.

Perfect.’

Beauty Steal Award

SVR Physiopure Cleansing Micellar Water,

£11 for 200ml. One of our favourite

things at Beauty Bible is to direct readers

towards great affordable buys – and to

brands they may never have heard of –

like this cleansing water from a new-to-

the-UK French pharmacy brand, which

won a Silver and a ‘Beauty Steal’ Award.

‘Glides over the skin and even one swipe

picked up a lot of make-up.’

‘A nice quick product – cleansed makeup

and eye make-up efficiently and didn’t

irritate my eyes. My skin looked bright and

had a nice tone.’

‘A winner! I enjoyed using it and

results were fabulous; removed everything

perfectly, even waterproof mascaras.’

‘The sort of product you would want

your daughter to use on her skin as a

first cleanser, or take with you if you are

backpacking.’

Pillow mist:

REN & Now to Sleep Pillow Spray,

£16.20 for 75ml. As they’re such a

‘thing’ (and since beauty sleep isn’t

called ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing), for the

first time in these Awards we included

products to help you drift off.

‘I often have trouble sleeping, but this

did help me to feel more relaxed and fall

asleep more quickly.’

‘I love this natural sleep spray. I look

forward to using it, as it smells divine and

has a feelgood factor getting you ready for

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‘I’m so pleased with results especially

after having a hard day at work as mum

… this is my new life saver. Really good,

with massive improvement in actually

falling asleep. I have been able to sleep

deeply more and more often.’

Mascara:

Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume £26.50.

I’m always quietly chuffed when a

favourite product of my own scoops a

Gold Award – as Guerlain’s Maxi Lash

did. It’s the brush which is the real key,

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volumising formula.

‘10/10! The wand picked up just enough

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much. Very easy to apply and build up as

desired; no clumping even with a second

coat.’

‘Would I buy it? A million times “Yes”. I

will never use another mascara again.’

‘A great mascara for dramatically

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(not too wet), doesn’t smudge or smear.’

All Round Shampoo

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‘Top marks for this coconut-smelling

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my hair, was easy to wash out and didn’t

sting my eyes. Love the smell!’

‘Promised longer, stronger and more

radiant looking hair – and I do

feel it made it stronger and it

looked healthier.’

‘My hair was in quite bad

condition when I started

to use the product

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For full results, scores

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Eminé Rushton believes that there’s still hope – and that our homes are the

best places to begin implementing practical changes, for good

March: The home front

It began with our family move to

Kent, from a relentlessly noisy bit

of South East London (on, we later

discovered, one of the most polluted

roads in the UK) to a 200-year-old

cottage in a little village. The air quality

was so obviously better we couldn’t quite

believe how long we’d spent inhaling the

fumes of eternal traffics.

Without the air pollution around us,

we became that bit more sensitive to our

surroundings. We were able to throw

windows open, to let gusting breezes

race through our rooms, without fearing

for our lung capacity. It

also inspired me to start

asking bigger questions

about the environments

we choose to live in, and

the decisions we make

when we come to decorate,

clean, restore and care for

our homes.

I spent days researching the lowest

toxicity paints on the market, with

zero to low VOC ratings. This stands

for ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’

which have been shown to be skin,

eye and lung irritants, and have also

been linked to endocrine disruption

with its increased risk of cancer. Most

commercial paint is high in them. I

decided on Earthborn, a clay-based

paint that is 100% VOC-free.

For areas subjected to more rough and

tumble, we used Little Greene’s floor

paint, very low VOC and extremely

resistant to damage and marking.

I long ago switched from commercial

domestic cleaning products to natural

alternatives. Lemon, bicarbonate of soda

and vinegar will do most household jobs

very well indeed and I recommend the

brilliant book Natural Home Cleaning

“It’s worth paying

attention to

plastic when it’s

at its most healththreatening”

by Fern Green (Hardie Grant) for things

you can make with cheapest basics, to

do any household job imaginable.

I’ve also taken out an account with

Big Green Smile, who deliver costcutting

eco-friendlier bumper sizes

and refill packs of the best-known

green cleaning products (by Ecover,

Method, Ecozone etc) in boxes that are

themselves 100% biodegradable.

My favourite household cleaning

brands are Tincture London, Marcel’s

Green Soap and Dr Bronner’s Liquid

Castile Soap (which can be used for

laundry, dishes, floors and

even our own bodies).

For those who like to

disinfect their loos with

bleach, I would caution as

it has been shown to be

the single most corrosive

and toxic home cleaning

product of all, with fumes

inhaled by children linked to chronic

asthma and a much higher incidence of

allergies and skin conditions. Instead, I’d

recommend the super-thick and highly

effective Ecozone Toilet Cleaner, the best

I’ve tried out of a dozen eco brands.

Then there’s the plastic. While it’s

unlikely we’ll ever be plastic-free, it’s

worth paying attention to when plastic

is at its most health-threatening. While

many manufacturers now produce

what they deem to be ‘safe’ plastics

e.g. BPA-free, there are many different

chemicals involved in the manufacture

of this eternally problematic material,

many of which have been found to leach

into the foods or liquids within them,

particularly when subjected to heat.

So, microwaving your food in a plastic

container is a bad idea, as is regularly

eating or drinking hot things out of

plastic or polystyrene. If food or liquid

is to be stored, it’s certainly worth

switching to ceramics, glass, stainless

steel or earthenware instead.

Likewise, with bottled water – some

of which has been shown to be bottled

up to two years before it is finally sold.

Far better and cheaper is to simply carry

your own filtered tap water in a glass or

stainless steel bottle, every day.

To make sure that water is pure I

recommend the counter-top filtration

system The Big Berkey (save money

if you pick one up from the slightly

damaged sale).

Plastic-free online stores are booming

– and plastic-free retail shops are also

popping up all around us (Unboxed

Kent in Canterbury; Macknade Fine

Foods in Faversham; Bare Bazaar

in Ashford, to name a few) and are

fantastic value for money. You take your

own containers and fill up on daily

essentials such as pasta, washing liquid,

pulses and flours.

While we do still use our local

supermarket for certain things, we have

also switched our veg and fruit orders to

a local farm box scheme, which comes

in paper and card, and is returned the

following week. And our peelings go to

compost, or our happy rabbit Pip.

Nothing in our new systems has been

harder work or more expensive overall,

and it’s been a satisfying learning curve

for the whole family.

Eminé shares more of what she learns

on Instagram @thisconsciousbeing and

would love to hear of any

new eco, ethical, lowwaste

finds, schemes

and communities, in

and around your

home town too.

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

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


very day was

a battle with

agonising

sciatica…but

I’m pain-free and

enjoying life again

after IDD Therapy

Sarah Gower from Marden had suffered

with back pain ‘niggles’ for a few years,

but last summer she was suddenly

struck with unbearable sciatica in her

leg which stopped her in her tracks.

Sarah explains: “For as long as I can

remember, I’ve always experienced a

degree of discomfort in my back, which

my osteopath at the time had put down to

muscular issues, but one day I woke with

the most excruciating sciatic pain which

literally floored me; I could hardly move.”

Over the following weeks Sarah’s pain and

lack of movement completely disrupted

her routine: “I couldn’t find a comfortable

sleeping position for my back and the

shooting pains in my leg woke me several

times every night; I actually ended up

sleeping on the floor out of desperation. I

couldn’t go to work, driving was impossible,

and everyday chores – even bathing and

dressing – became incredibly difficult.”

Sarah’s GP prescribed strong painkillers

but after a short while, she discovered she

was allergic to them. She was also put on

a waiting list to see a spinal surgeon: “I

knew it would be a few months before I

saw a consultant, but honestly, I really

wasn’t comfortable with the idea of

spinal injections or surgery; I’d read

about the risks and recovery periods

involved and it was a big worry for me.”

More than that, Sarah didn’t think

she’d be able to manage waiting for an

operation; she needed to get the pain sorted

as soon as possible. “I’d seen some local

magazine articles about patients who had

recovered well at Wealden Osteopaths &

Spine Centre, so I went for some handson

osteopathy to begin with, but when

I wasn’t responding, the Clinic Director

James Pickering stepped in and arranged

for me to have an MRI scan straight away;

he suspected I had some disc damage - a

possible reason for my relentless sciatica.”

James’s thoughts were confirmed; the

scan showed a herniated disc in Sarah’s

lower back. He recommended a course of

IDD Therapy, a targeted disc treatment

for persistent back pain, neck pain and

sciatica. The non-invasive treatment

uses gentle pulling forces to draw

apart spinal segments where discs are

bulging or damaged, removing pressure

and irritation from trapped nerves.

James Pickering’s team is changing the lives of

slipped disc and sciatica sufferers with IDD Therapy

James’s expert team uses the programme

to help patients who find themselves

on a merry-go-round of painkillers,

physiotherapy and GP visits.

Sarah was keen to start her treatment

immediately: “James was confident

that IDD Therapy could help me; he

reassured me that it would treat the

root of my problem so that my sciatica

wouldn’t return. I knew my progress

may take some time, but I felt hopeful

at last, and I went into the treatment

programme feeling very positive.”

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Sarah made steady progress with

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“I still can’t quite believe

I’m back swimming, going

to the gym and sleeping

through the night at last.”

When her course finished, she was

completely pain-free and back to her usual

routine: “Actually, I still can’t quite believe

I’m back swimming, going to the gym and

sleeping through the night at last. IDD

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team has been wonderful throughout.”

James is delighted with Sarah’s progress:

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Wellbeing

Natural Wisdom

Jessica Hurley is the creator of hand-made, small-batch luxury

organic skincare line Pennies and Feathers

Jessica Hurley called her skincare line

Pennies and Feathers in memory of her

mother. “She told me that if there was

any way that she could let me know that

she was still around after she died, then

she would do so through pennies and

feathers.”

Also in tribute to her late mother,

10% of all profits from the range goes

to independent charities that support

people who are living with a cancer

diagnosis.

What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in winter? In winter I

definitely embrace everything hygge and

try to make my home environment as

cosy and comforting as possible. By the

time we get to March it’s easy to long

for the lighter, brighter evenings and

wish the rest of winter away, but we

are so lucky to live in a country where

we have seasons so I try to appreciate

each one. I fill my house with candles

and soft blankets and get excited for

what I could achieve by the next time

winter comes around. A whole year of

possibilities ahead.

Which one self-care ritual do you

never skimp on? Each evening I use

a facial oil after cleansing and I always

take a few moments to perform a

little facial massage routine on myself.

This really works the oil in, relaxes

my muscles, releases tension and helps

circulation. This ritual helps me to sleep

better, is a time to reflect on the day and

is amazing if I have a tension headache.

What’s cooking in your kitchen

this month? I have really been

enjoying warming soulful meals and

my favourite has been a simple spiced

lentil soup. It’s a delicious bowl filled

with so much goodness like sweet

potato, courgettes and chickpeas. Very

comforting and you can make it in large

batches too.

Share one book that taught you

something amazing about life – and

made you better at living it? When

I was first thinking of creating my

skincare brand and was looking for

some inspiration, I read Jo Malone’s

autobiography My Story. Not only

did this give me encouragement and

confidence to push forwards, but Jo’s

story was so moving. She had such a

difficult, humble start in life and also

went through breast cancer. She is

very resilient and it showed me that

you can be anyone you want to be,

you just need to live it.

What always brings a smile to

your face? There are little signs that

I notice in nature that always remind

me of my mum. If I see a robin or

if a white feather falls in my path,

then those things really make me

smile and make me feel peaceful too.

What is the best treatment you’ve

had locally? I treat myself to a fullbody

aromatherapy massage. With

my work as a hair and makeup

artist my back can sometimes suffer,

especially during the busy wedding

season, so I thoroughly appreciate

the time to relax, but my muscles

really do need the attention too. My

go-to salon is Beauty Secrets in

Horsham, all the therapists I have

seen there have been brilliant.

penniesandfeathers.co.uk

The

knitty

gritty

I’ve just rediscovered knitting! Thanks to We Are

Knitters (a super-cool Madrid/NYC-based collective),

who send you everything you could possibly need

(softest alpaca wool, eco wooden needles, video tutorials

etc) in one post-able kit, I am very much enjoying this

mindful and satisfying hobby once more. The best bit?

The designs are super-simple to knit and reassuringly

cool to boot. weareknitters.com

This month

Eminé has been:

enjoying a gentle, seasonal facial treatment with Ellie

Gill. A natural make-up artist and holistic facialist,

she works a day from Botanica Health, a secret little

spot in rural Rusthall, just outside of

Tunbridge Wells, and another day

from the beautiful AS.Apothecary in

Lewes. To book in for a treatment,

or a natural make-up lesson (highly

recommended) visit elliegill.co.uk;

asapoth.com; botanicahealth.co.uk

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WHERE WE WE ARE ARE

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All creatures great and small

New veterinary practice in Tenterden blends state-of-the-art

technology with good, old-fashioned values.

At first glance, Heronden Veterinary

Practice is just what it appears to

be: a small, independent vet’s set

in the picturesque market town of

Tenterden. The building has a quaint,

cottage-like feel, the welcome is warm

and friendly, and every animal (and

owner) is greeted like an old friend.

So far, so James Herriot. But step

behind reception into the surgery

itself and the picture changes. The

latest digital x-ray technology sits

alongside a lab capable of running

full blood work for instant diagnoses.

The state-of-the-art ultrasound

equipment is able to handle the most

complex cardiac and abdominal scans.

And there is a fully equipped dental

suite that can undertake procedures

from basic cleaning to complicated

extractions and jaw fractures.

At a time when around 80% of

local practices are owned by large

corporates, this is a refreshingly

old-fashioned approach.

And one that is appreciated by

the clients, if the bustling waiting

room is anything to go by. As the

nurses come to fetch patients, often

kneeling down to offer a reassuring

cuddle, receptionists Debbie

James and Charlie Allaway chat

knowledgeably with a client about

the benefits of acupuncture.

Alongside the traditional medicines,

Heronden offers a range of their own

holistic products, including specialist

digestive and kidney treatments. “I

believe very strongly that a ‘whole

animal’ approach works best for our

patients. That’s why we’ve developed

the range – and we’ll keep adding

to it as we get to know the needs

of the animals in our care.”

“I wanted to create a new generation

of veterinary practice,” says Victoria

Vidal, Head Vet and the driving

force behind Heronden, “one that

is first and foremost client and

animal-led, but that can also offer a

first-class service at a fair price.”

“I’m very lucky to have such a great

team,” Vicky states. “Consultant

surgeon Lizzie Sinclair takes on

the more complex cases, alongside

myself and vets Katie Cranstoun

and Tina Boyden. Our Head

Nurse, Mel Williamson, is about as

experienced as they come and Caz

Dean came to us from ‘supervet’

Noel Fitzpatrick. We also have

consulting specialists in Cardiology,

Opthalmology and Orthopaedics.

So we’re pretty well covered!”

‘Care’ is very much in evidence at

Heronden. The staff obviously care

deeply for the animals they treat – and

continuity of that care is paramount.

Patients admitted during surgery hours

remain at the practice for the course

of their treatment, with round-theclock

nursing on site. “It’s reassuring

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We’d want to know our own pets were

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Food

Love your

leftovers!

Food blogger Anna Stanford shares her

meal-planning secret – making extra to

have leftovers which become the basis of

the next meal annasfamilykitchen.com

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Holly Levett

From one big pot of

bolognese sauce…

A simple bolognese sauce made

in a large batch – using 1.5kg of

beef mince – is so useful. You can

serve up a spag bol to a family of

four generously and will still have

half of the sauce left. From it you

can create:

Chilli Con Carne Just add fresh

chillis, chilli powder, kidney

beans and a chopped pepper and

cook through. Serve with rice

and salsa, or load into tacos, on

tortillas or into jacket potatoes.

Cottage Pie Top with mashed

potato – regular or sweet potatoes

– and cook in an oven for 30

minutes until crisp on top.

Lasagne Layer the sauce with

lasagne sheets and cheese sauce

and top with grated cheddar,

parmesan and torn mozzarella.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Cannelloni Fill cannelloni tubes,

top with cheese sauce and bake

for 40 minutes.

Moussaka Traditionally this is

made with lamb mince but it

works fine with beef. Layer the

sauce, pre-browned aubergine

and a cheese sauce, which has

had one egg and an extra egg

yolk whisked into it.

From a BATCH of

pancake batter...

Use the 1:1:1 ratio –1 egg to 1 cup

plain flour to 1 cup milk, scaling up

as required. Add a pinch of salt and

whisk. Make a batch for breakfast

pancakes and at least one other

quick meal during the week.

Toad in the Hole Colour your

sausages in a frying pan, then pour

over the batter and bake in a hot

oven for 30 minutes.

Blueberry and Banana American

Pancakes Add 1 tsp baking powder,

1 tsp melted butter, a handful of

blueberries and a mashed banana

and ladle the mixture into a hot

lightly oiled frying pan.

FROM Leftover ROAST

Tagine Use leftover lamb to make a tagine.

Soften 1 onion, 3 cloves garlic and 2 tsp

grated ginger in a pan before adding 1 tsp

each of ground cumin and coriander and

2 tsp ras-el-hanout. Add the lamb, 1 can

chickpeas, 200g can of tomatoes, 2 tbsp

balsamic vinegar and simmer for 30 minutes.

Curry Soften 1 chopped onion, add 3

crushed garlic cloves, 2 tsp fresh grated

ginger, 1 chopped chilli, 1 tsp ground

cumin, coriander and turmeric and 1

tbsp medium curry powder. Add 1 tin

chopped tomatoes and 400ml tin of

stock. Add chopped or shredded cooked

meat and lentils or a 400g chickpeas if

you wish. Simmer for 30 minutes.

From a roast chicken

Quesadillas Sandwich pieces of

shredded chicken, grated cheese,

cherry tomatoes or chilli between

two tortillas and dry fry in a large

pan for 2 minutes on each side

or until the cheese is melted.

Or combine chicken, peppers,

tomatoes and guacamole in a

tortilla and roll.

Soup Make a soup with chicken

stock, leftover vegetables and pieces

of chicken. Leave chunky or blitz.

For an Asian vibe add cooked

noodles, soy sauce, ginger, chilli,

stock and sugar snaps or green

beans. Or you could add a tbsp of

Thai curry paste, some fish sauce,

soy, chilli and lime juice for a hot

and sour style Thai soup.

Caesar Salad Combine the

leftover chicken with some Greek

yogurt, lemon juice and curry

powder. Mix with salad leaves or

load into lettuce cups for a quick

canapé. Top with some fresh finely

chopped chilli if you like spice.

Pasta Make a simple onion

and garlic base, then add

either tomatoes and basil (for a

Neapolitan vibe), or crème fraîche

and mushrooms (richer northern

Italian style) and chicken.

FROM Chicken bones...

Never throw away chicken bones. Stick

them in a bag and keep them in the freezer.

When you have time put all the bones in

a big stock pot with some onions, a leek,

2 carrots, bay leaves, a good tbsp of black

peppercorns, celery, parsley and top up

with water. Bring to the boil and simmer

for a good few hours then strain. Once

the stock is cooled it can be frozen in soup

bags, Tupperware or ice cube trays.

FROM Leftover veg

Curry Make a vegetable curry using

the recipe (left) and adding any

leftover vegetables in your fridge

instead of the meat. I often add

seared cubes of paneer cheese too.

Soups Soften an onion in a large

pan, add the vegetables and stock

and simmer before blitzing.

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Chicken & bacon pie

Serves 4-6 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

There’s nothing more comforting than a good pie, and this one

is not only good but very easy. I think the secret to a good pie is

to have a generous filling. That’s why I’m always disappointed by

shop-bought pies! This recipe uses leftover chicken and whatever

bacon you have in your fridge – you could even use ham.

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 600g cooked chicken

• 200g bacon lardons,

bacon rashers, or ham,

cut into 2.5cm pieces

• 1 onion chopped

• 2 garlic cloves crushed

• 1 tsp dried thyme

• 2 tbsp plain flour

• 100ml white wine

• 100ml milk

• 500g ready-rolled puff

pastry

• 1 egg beaten

• ½ tsp sea salt, 5 grinds

of pepper

1Set oven to 200°c. Soften

the onions and garlic for 5

minutes in a hot pan with the

olive oil.

2Add the bacon pieces to the

pan and colour them for

5 minutes (if using ham, just

warm through).

3Add the flour and stir to

form a roux, then add the

wine, stirring to remove any

lumps. Add the milk, thyme,

chicken and the seasoning then

simmer for 10 minutes.

4Pour the mixture into a pie

dish and let it cool before

adding the pastry top.

5Brush some egg around the

edge of the pie dish and lay

the pastry on top of the mixture.

Cut round the pastry to remove

excess, then press it down onto

the edge of the pie dish and

brush with the beaten egg.

6Using a small sharp knife,

score the top of the pastry

and pierce the middle to let

steam out.

7Put the pie in an oven at

200°c for 30 mins or until

the pastry is golden brown. Serve

with mash and green veg.

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Food

Vegetarian frittata

Lamb ragu

Serves 4 Prep time: 5minutes Cooking time: 12 minutes

This frittata can be made with any leftover cooked veggies, or

any that need using up from the fridge drawer. I used butternut

squash and kale but sweet potato, regular potatoes (roasted or

boiled), spinach, peas, broccoli… really, any vegetables will

work. If you have cheese, add that on top too. Frittatas are great

served warm or cold.

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• Roughly 400g cooked

root veg – squash, sweet

potatoes, regular potatoes,

carrots, swede…

• 1 onion chopped

• 6 eggs beaten

• 100g greens – spinach,

kale, cabbage – cooked

or raw

• 100g frozen peas

(optional)

• 50g grated cheese or

crumbled feta

• 50g sun dried tomatoes

from a jar, or halved fresh

tomatoes (optional)

Soften the onion in

1 the oil in an ovenproof

skillet or frying pan. Add

the vegetables and give

everything a stir.

Add a pinch of salt and

2 pepper then pour over

the eggs.

Stir just twice then

3 sprinkle over the

tomatoes, if using, and the

cheese.

Put in an oven at 200°c

4 for 12 minutes.

Leave to rest for 5

minutes then serve.

5

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

This rich and hearty pasta dish was made using leftover lamb

shoulder, but any leftover lamb would work. Serve with pasta and

a simple salad.

• 500g cooked lamb

shredded or chopped

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 3 garlic cloves crushed

• 2 carrots peeled and

chopped

• 1 onion chopped

• 100ml red wine

• 400g passata, or chopped

tomatoes

• 10g fresh rosemary, leaves

picked and finely chopped

1Soften the onions, garlic

and carrots in the oil for 10

minutes, then add the lamb.

2Poor in the red wine, turn

up the heat, then add

the tomatoes and rosemary.

Simmer for 30 minutes adding

some water if the sauce looks

dry.

3Season to taste and serve

with pasta. I like to use

thick ribbon pasta such as

pappardelle or tagliatelle as it

holds the sauce best. Sprinkle

with fresh basil and parmesan,

if you wish.


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What about

leftover wine? (hard

to imagine, but it

does happen...)

Victoria Aldwinkle of Sussex

Wine School offers expert advice

Wines spoil due to exposure to

oxygen – an open bottle can

last between three and five days,

depending on the wine inside. Fullbodied

wines with high tannin and

acidity will fare better than lighter

styles, so a light, fruity Pinot Noir

won’t last as long as a Shiraz might.

Light whites and rosés can last

up to five days in a fridge but will

lose their fruit freshness and the

flavour will diminish. Full-bodied

whites (oaked Chardonnay) tend

to last less well. As with all wines,

even when opened, keep them

on their side, with a cork in.

There are gadgets on the market

which help prolong the life of opened

wine. A Vacu Vin wine saver is an

excellent suction stopper that pumps

the oxygen out of the bottle, saving

the wine from further degradation.

Sparkling wines can last

between one and three days, with

a champagne stopper – sadly,

the silver spoon trick is a myth.

Although my advice on sparkling

wine would be to drink it up!

What to do with leftover wine:

• Pour the wine into an ice cube

tray, and freeze. Really handy when

you need a splash of wine for a

casserole, stew or sauce but don’t

have an open bottle to hand.

• Boil the wine up with sugar

(3 cups of wine to 1 of sugar)

to make a superb wine syrup

for dressings and sauces.

• If it has gone to vinegar – which

is what happens when the acetic

acid in the wine eats the alcohol,

converting it into vinegar, use it

as vinegar!

• 400g leftover roast beef

• 200g beansprouts

• 6-8 spring onions, topped, tailed &

shredded

• 300g green vegetables - asparagus

tips, mange tout, French beans, sugar

snaps, broccoli....

• 200g vermicelli or rice noodles

• 1 red chilli sliced

• Bunch coriander, leaves picked

• Limes to serve

For the dressing:

• Juice of 2 limes

• 1 tsp fish sauce

• 1 tbsp honey

• 3 tbsp soy sauce

• 1 tsp grated or chopped ginger

• ½ clove garlic crushed

Thai beef salad

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes

This salad is perfect for using up leftover beef. The dressing is so versatile, make a

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Garden

Marching

forth

Get out and do some pruning, says Sue

Whigham – but don’t be tricked into

thinking the only way is up

the first day of March so beware with a

hint of sweet spring in the air you might be

‘It’s

tempted into thinking winter has ended

only to be caught by Jack Frost, unaware’.

Last year the first week of March brought a cold snap

with snow and freezing conditions. Most of us know

the folkloric saying about the month: ‘In like a lion,

out like a lamb – in like a lamb, out like a lion.’

It’s an unpredictable time with cold and often violent

winds and despite spring officially arriving on the twentieth

day of the month, the Vernal Equinox,

anything can happen weather wise.

That reminds me that every year for

the last twenty or so, I have watched

the buds developing on the magnolia

in the memorial garden of our parish

church and anxiously wondered if

they’ll be battered by a sharp wind

or frosted or whether they’ll have a chance to flower

in all their pristine beauty. I must get out more.

March can be quite a dry month too and as a

result is an ideal time to finish off tidying up borders,

continuing to add well-rotted compost or something

similar as well as a few handfuls of Growmore

to get everything growing away in April.

Top: Pulmonaria in flower Above: A riot of early spring flowers

“It’s an unpredictable

time with cold and

often violent winds and

anything can happen

weather wise”

Native primroses are in flower this month and look

wonderful growing amongst clouds of our native wood

anemones, A. nemorosa. Wood anemones grow from slim

little rhizomes which spread just under the leaf litter in

shady places and they really confirm that spring is here.

Well, almost anyway. They flower, pollinate and set seed

in no time at all and then disappear into their summer

dormancy as the leaf canopy above them unfurls.

The RHS Plant Finder lists about forty varieties; some

of them with almost imperceptible differences from one to

the other. However, a couple to look

out for are A. nemorosa ‘Robinsoniana’,

pure white A. nemorosa ‘Vestal’

and a strange little anemone called

‘Green Fingers’ which has green

petals inside its white flowers.

I always thought that A. nemorosa

‘Robinsoniana’ must have been named

after William Robinson but it seems not. He commends it

in his seminal work The English Flower Garden, published

in the late nineteenth century, but doesn’t lay claim to

it. This little plant is an absolute treasure. The relatively

large buds are a soft grey and open out into lilac flowers

adorned with particularly showy yellow stamens.

Early March is a good time to cut back your buddleias.

Traditionally this was usually done in February but

if you want to cut back the old wood to a couple of

buds to encourage new growth and to ensure flowering

at the same time of the year that the majority of

butterflies are flying, try leaving it a bit later.

The nectar of buddleias attracts about twenty species

of butterfly and not for nothing is the plant known as a

‘butterfly bush’. I particularly like Buddleja davidii ‘Dartmoor’

as its dark purple flowers are so sweetly scented. There is a

mature specimen in the Rose Garden at Sissinghurst which

deserves a special pilgrimage as it is right by the path, is at

sniffing height and every insect around is attracted to it.

It’s also a good time to cut back your golden philadelphus

if you have one, not just to tidy it up or rejuvenate it,

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sunlight and especially as it is a good bright shrub to fill a

shady spot. I have one tucked to the side of an ash and I

tend to leave it alone – not this year though; it’s going to

get the treatment. I have to say that the ash does take a lot

of goodness from the soil in that area and I think that the

only thing for it is to add an annual mulch in the area.

Another rather lovely garden shrub which appreciates attention

in March is cotinus. With ‘Royal Purple’ or ‘Grace’ you’ll find that

a hard prune will result in much larger leaves with better colour.

There’s one called C. coggygria ‘Old Fashioned’ which has

actually only been on the market for a few years, its rather

unique colouring with pink new growth turning to blue green

foliage. Gorgeous yellow/green flowers in the spring add to the

drama. What a lovely backdrop for a border. I have a vision of

growing a group of the hardy fuchsia, ‘Hawkshead’, with it.

Fuchsias are not everybody’s choice but they have got a lot

going for them as a late flowering addition to the border. In

this variety, masses of delicate tear drop shaped, white flowers

have tips delicately dipped in green. You can buy these as

plugs these days and get them into the border in the spring

once they’ve bulked up a bit and all threat of frost is past.

Willows will be flowering now. Cut them back once flowering

is over. A very interesting and ornamental shrubby willow is Salix

udensis ‘Sekka’ which is a male clone. The young stems seem

deformed as they are twisted and flattened but they are much

loved by flower arrangers. It is native to parts of northern China

and Japan where it is known as the Dragon Willow. If you prune

this particular willow too hard you may just kill it, so go easy.

Willows with coloured stems react well to pruning – their new

stems being richer in colour as a result. I would only pollard

these every other year. Unfortunately honey fungus has got to my

beautiful group of three, destroying two so far and has only been

stopped from marching on by the pond thwarting its efforts to

spread even further. But willows strike easily and another couple of

plants are establishing themselves well away from danger, I hope.

We spotted a yellow-leaved willow at Malverleys, the

garden run by Mat Reese (who used to work at Great Dixter)

on a visit last year. What a show it made at the back of a

huge yellow border. I see that last year Great Dixter were

experimenting with it or something very like it, as a fill-in

plant in the Long Border. I’m still to find out its name but

will let you know when I do – or when somebody tells me.

If we ever get a piece for this garden, it will have to be well

out of the way of the honey fungus. Short of spending a fortune

on industrial amounts of Armillatox outdoor cleaner I think we

have to live with it and grow plants that have immunity. I’m

so glad to hear that smoke trees, hornbeams, box and quince

are among those that can resist having their roots attacked by

this species of fungi as they are all next in the line of fire.

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Borders with backbone

It’s all a matter of balancing the outrageous show-offs

with the quiet achievers, says Jo Arnell

Garden borders can be tricky to get right. ‘I’ve looked

at borders from both sides now,’ Joni Mitchell might

have sung, had she been keener on gardening. If

you’ve looked at yours in all weathers, in all seasons, from

all angles and still somehow, you really don’t know borders

at all, have one last look before chucking in the trowel.

When we go to the garden centre to buy plants, we tend

to fill our trollies with all the gorgeous flowering beauties

that have been put at the front of the display, because they

are looking their particular best at that particular moment.

We rush happily home with our beautiful haul, plant them

out and - and well, they either disappear

into the existing scheme (in some cases

never to be seen again), or they just don’t

seem to hang together. There are many

reasons why this could be happening, but

the most obvious, the topiary elephant in

the room if you like, is a lack of structure.

Borders need structure, focal points and boundaries

in order to show off their best attributes. There has been

a fashion in recent years to plant swathes of perennial

plants, which is lovely, but many of them are lax in habit,

tending to sprawl about lacking definition and impact.

A whole summer border full of delicate wispy plants

can easily look like a jumbled mess, but put a well-placed,

dense-leaved and formal-looking evergreen amongst them

and – like putting a teacher in a classroom – the whole space

“A whole summer border

full of delicate wispy

plants can easily look

like a jumbled mess”

comes together and magically appears to be more ordered.

Whole gardens and large borders need relatively large

structural elements – trees, big sculptures, garden buildings

etc – but even small spaces benefit from these. Large plants

work well in small spaces too, in fact small plants in small

gardens often have the effect of miniaturising the space, which

isn’t always a good look. It’s all about scale and proportion.

Boundaries

Hedges, paths and walls are the boundaries that keep the

plants corralled, providing a pleasing edge to the planting

and containing the plants with edges.

Hedges separate areas, bringing

definition and lots of structure.

A hedge provides a textured, but

uniform green backdrop, fulfilling

what hard landscaping does in

design terms, without being hard

in the slightest. The wind-break job they do is far more

effective than a fence or wall too, because the wind is

slowed down by a hedge, not stopped in its tracks – where

it’s left with no option but to go up and over and then

create turbulence in the borders on the other side.

Choose a hedge to suit your garden. The clipped

formality of a yew, beech or box hedge is used to good

effect in formal gardens, whereas a more relaxed, informal

line of shrubs or hedging plants such as a flowering


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Rosa rugosa, Choisya ternata, or Escallonia will give a

structural backdrop and some seasonal interest.

Hedges can take time to establish, it’s true, but

after a couple of years most hedging plants grow

away really well. Depending on the species, they will

need regular pruning to keep them looking tidy.

Focal points

Focal points act as anchors, pinning down the wavering

and the blousy, providing a resting point for the eye

and drawing you further into the garden or border.

Too many, or ill-placed focal points have a jarring

effect, detracting from one another. It’s the same with a

beautiful view. Use plants to lead the eye toward it and

then frame the view, not obstruct or compete with it.

There are some structural plants that just won’t stand

in a line, in fact they won’t be told what to do at all

and need to be the centre of attention all the time.

Putting a horticultural exclamation mark, like a Yucca

or a Phormium, into the shadows, or tucking it at the

back of the border will make you both uncomfortable,

they need the limelight, with the emphasis on light.

Use architectural plants sparingly too. Planting another

attention seeker too close will cause a fight. Focal points work

best either on their own, or among less defined shapes that

will provide a foil or a background for the showier plant.

Rhythm and punctuation

A focal point that attracts attention, but in a calmer way,

will bring useful contrast and punctuation within the

border. This works effectively in the winter, but also at

other times of the year too. A neatly clipped box ball or

other small-leaved dense evergreen (even a stone ball or an

ornament) will act like an anchor and bring order to the

space, and if you use more than one, will set up a rhythm.

If you haven’t the time or patience for clipping box

(I love it – do it in early summer when the birds are

singing and your freshly sharpened shears are gently clipclipping,

it’s a Zen activity), there are plenty of naturally

Above: Yew topiary focal points at Great Dixter

Above: Phormiums provide striking border structure

neat evergreens that will do the job almost as well.

Low-growing Hebes like H. ‘Red Edge’ or

H. ‘Sutherlandii’ will sit like dense little puddings in the

borders, unchanging all year. They hold their shape well,

quietly expanding over the years into large low domes.

Slightly taller, but slow growing, Viburnum davidii is

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large, deep green, slightly ribbed leaves that are glossy and

handsome. It is well mannered and slowly grows into a tidy

domed shape all by itself - no pruning needed. If the Hebes

are puddings, Viburnum davidii is the queen of puddings.

Many really useful structural plants get completely

overlooked in favour of glamorous show-offs because

they’re not spectacular in any way; their job is to provide

the wind beneath the wings of the divas and the spineless.

I’m always trying to champion these overlooked

and unsung stalwarts – they are often found in

supermarket plantings, where they are badly treated

and end up as amorphous lumps and weird cubes.

The reason they were chosen for such places is because

they are so good natured; putting up with poor soil, used

to being hacked at, driven into and swamped with exhaust

fumes. Allowed to show their natural beauty in the balmy

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To be effective structural plants the deciduous

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What should schools do with badly behaved pupils?

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In the school year 2016/17 about 1,000 more pupils were

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carrying on leaches away at classroom

time because it means teachers have

to try, try and try again before they can embark on a lesson.

That sort of behaviour can wear us down at home, too, leaving

families in an endless cycle of nagging, threats and sanctions. So

how do you manage a child’s behaviour effectively?

The principles are simple. Children need what we all need: to

be cared for, seen, heard and respected. They like to have things

explained to them. They like to contribute their views. But they

also need rules and boundaries – it’s what makes them feel safe and

secure – and they need to know that these rules are there for a good

reason, and there will be consequences if they flout them.

However, simple doesn’t mean easy. Parents, like teachers, have

to be the grown ups. They have to be kind, but consistent. And

if a behaviour issue has to be revisited dozens of times before it’s

resolved, then they somehow have to find the patience to do it.

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Senior School & Sixth Form

Open Morning

Saturday 4 May 2019

10.30am – 1pm

Registered Charity Number 1076483


OPEN MORNING

Saturday 9 th March

10am - 12pm

For boys and girls aged 2 to 13

September 2019

Scholarships available

Call us on 01825 830 234 or visit

www.skippershill.com to book

Five Ashes, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6HR

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Education

Holiday

camps

Out of term time, children can

learn different skills, make new

friends – and have loads of fun

at specialist school camps

Wellington Riding

Wellington Riding is one of the leading equestrian

centres in the UK, attracting riders from the UK

and internationally. In addition to the show centre,

professional training, riding school and livery yards

they also host residential and non-residential Junior

Holidays for children from age seven to 16.

The Junior Holidays give young riders

the experience of owning their own pony

for a week, or they can bring their pony

with them to a stable at the centre.

The children spend the days involved in every

aspect of horse care from catching the ponies in

the morning to feeding, grooming, tacking up

and having interactive learning sessions, as well

as three hours of tailored riding tuition daily.

On two of the evenings there are exciting trips

off site with a choice of activities. The highlight of

the week is Friday’s show day, when the ponies get

pampered, plaited and glittered up to show off all

their new skills with parents and families invited to

watch, followed by an awards ceremony recognising

each child’s special achievement throughout the week.

Wellington Riding, Heckfield,

Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0LJ

marketing@wellington-riding.co.uk

wellington-riding.co.uk

01189 326308


Education

Mayfield School

Mayfield SPARK Camps are specialist holiday programmes

held at Mayfield School during the Easter and Summer

school holidays for girls and boys aged 4 to 14

years. Founded in 1872, Mayfield School is set within the

beautiful Sussex countryside, conveniently located close

to Tunbridge Wells, within an hour of central London.

The day and boarding camps (there is a oneweek

boarding programme for girls in August)

are exciting, fun and educational, with courses

tailored to each stage of a child’s development.

Younger children (4 to 7) explore a theme each week whilst

developing their literacy, Maths, IT and Art skills. They will

also enjoy Sport, including a 45 minute swimming lesson and

ball skills lessons. Classes are taught predominantly by staff

from Mayfield School, ensuring a high quality programme.

Children aged 8 to 14 choose from a selection of workshops,

which include Science, Sport, Drama, Cookery, Textiles,

Pottery, Music, Musical Production and Art. The children

have fully supervised access

to Mayfield School’s superb

facilities, including a 25m

indoor heated swimming pool,

tennis courts, AstroTurf (including

athletics track), cookery rooms, the newly refurbished IT suite

and outstanding art, textiles and ceramics rooms. Children

have the opportunity to work towards their swimming

badges, including Bronze Award and Rookie Lifeguard.

Our boarding programme for girls takes place

in August and provides the opportunity for the

girls to experience the enjoyment of boarding at a

leading British independent boarding school.

Mrs Helen Miller, Director of Mayfield SPARK and PE

Specialist, and a long-serving teacher at the school, will be

delighted to provide any further information for parents.

at mayfieldgirls.org/SPARK-Camps

Mayfield School | 01435 874600 | mayfieldgirls.org/SPARK-camps

St Catherine’s, Bramley

The Summer Lacrosse Camp at St Catherine’s, Bramley

is designed to offer expert coaching to girls of all abilities,

benefiting both novices and experienced players. It offers

an opportunity to try new ideas, strategies and, for

many girls, a completely new sport. Girls appreciate the

chance to make new friends and often end up playing on

teams together on school teams or even at university.

Expert coaching improves skills in lacrosse, but also

translates into other sports where agility, resilience and

team-spirit are important. For some, lacrosse is a brand-new

sport, making the St Catherine’s lacrosse camp a perfect

introduction to the game. Some of our coaches are England

players, so girls will meet future role models. Above all,

they enjoy themselves and there is always lots of laughter.

The girls get lots of fresh air and exercise – and a

perfect opportunity to put away those mobile phones

and enjoy some real human to human interaction!

“Our daughter did the lacrosse camp just as she was moving

from prep to senior school. She loved the camaraderie and

experiencing being part of a team built from scratch. It was

very exciting for her – a new sport and a new environment

made for a really smooth start to senior school.”

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100 Years of Education, 1000 Years of History

Battle Abbey is the

Number One School in

Sussex and Kent!

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Battle Abbey School is ranked as the top secondary school in

East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent for pupil progress and

achievement at A Level.*

In real terms, the figures indicate how much progress

students who studied A Levels at schools and colleges made

between completing their GCSEs and the end of their A

Level studies.

Overall, for the progress scores, Battle Abbey School was

ranked first in the whole of Sussex and Kent and came 26th

nationally out of nearly 4500 schools.

These statistics prove what our staff and students already

know; that the attention given to each and every student at

the school enables them to achieve their potential. In

addition to academic success, we run enrichment and extra

curricular programmes designed to develop well-rounded,

confident, independent individuals ready to take on the

challenges of modern life.

Sixth Form Scholarships available

Battle Abbey School

Battle Abbey School 1912 - 2012

* Latest Government produced league table reported on the BBC

Tel: 01424 772385 battleabbeyschool.com

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Education

‘A great place to grow’

for boys and girls aged

2 to 11 years

TASIS The American

School in England

Visit, Explore

& Discover

Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye TN25 5EZ

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Each year, the TASIS England Summer Programs welcome

young people from all over the world to its beautiful

Surrey campus. Whether pursuing an area of special

interest, rounding out their CV for university applications,

or simply participating in an exciting holiday they will

remember forever, students benefit from a truly international

experience as they study, share activities and form lifelong

friendships with other young people from many nations.

Both residential and day places are available. Students

(rising-13 to 17) choose from an exciting range of threeweek

enrichment courses, while those aged 10 to12 join the

Reading Adventures, Earth Discovery, and Leadership course.

The courses are taught in small groups with a maximum of

16 in each. The wide variety of enrichment classes includes:

Debate and Leadership Skills, Fashion and Textile Design,

International Business, Drawing and 3-D Design, STEM,

Television Production, London Through a Lens, and English

Literature as Movies. A written report and attendance

certificate is provided at the end of each three-week course.

All students also take a second elective course with

options including studio art, theatre performance, graphic

design, introduction to robotics,

dance, and beginners French.

Finally, a wide variety of afternoon

sports, both on our 46-acre campus

and off-site, ensures everyone is

active and engaged throughout

each day. Students can choose

one sport or get a “taster” by

changing from week to week.

Two sessions are offered: 24 June

to 13 July or 15 July to 3 August.

TASIS England Summer Programs

Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey TW20 8TE

summer.tasis.com/England

uksummer@tasisengland.org | 01932 582382

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Sutton Valence School

svs.org.uk

Open

Mornings

Prep School

Friday 15th March 2019

Senior School

Saturday 16th March 2019

Book online now


BEECHWOOD

SCHOOL

INDEPENDENT CO-EDUCATIONAL PREP & SENIOR SCHOOL

learning to be unique, not perfect

Join us for our OPEN MORNING, Wednesday 13 March 2019 : 9.30am-12pm

12 Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3QD T: 01892 532747 E: registrar@beechwood.org.uk www.beechwood.org.uk

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Open Mornings

Friday 8th March, 9am | Saturday 9th March, 10am

Book a place online:

www.stedmunds.org.uk

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Art

Fri 1 – Fri 15 March 11am-4pm

R Allen Ltd, 18 Lyons Crescent,

Tonbridge TN9 1EX

Duncan’s Place

See contemporary art capturing

marks of time at a historic

garage site which is soon to be

demolished. On Friday 1 March

6-8pm there will also be a chance

to meet the artists including

Sue Vass, Marilyn Garwood,

Jill Goldsworthy and Margaret

Barrett. The 4Art group has spent

the past two years exploring

the site creating a range of art

including paintings, drawings,

prints and sculptures.

Entry: Free

07799741406 /

jilldgoldsworthy@gmail.com /

4artkent.wordpress.com

Sat 12 Jan – Thu 21 Mar

Sissinghurst Castle Garden,

Biddenden Road, Cranbrook

TN17 2AB

International Garden

Photographer of the

Year exhibition

A collection of winning images

from the International Garden

Photographer of the Year

competition. From portrait to

panorama, quirky to outright

wondrous, these photographs

reflect the everlasting appeal of

the garden and vividly showcase

images of a green planet.

nationaltrust.org.uk

Children & Families

Sun 10 March 2pm

Battle of Britain Memorial, New

Dover Road, Capel-le-Ferne,

Folkestone CT18 7JJ

Family film fun

A real family treat, a free

showing of the David Walliams

film Grandpa’s Great Escape. This

will be the first time the Geoffrey

Page Centre has been used as a

film show venue, and the trust

have selected this heartwarming

film featuring a former Spitfire

Ace, now elderly and forgetful,

who enlists his grandson to help

him escape from the old people’s

home he thinks is a prisoner-ofwar

camp. Booking is essential as

numbers are limited to just 50.

01303 249292 / enquiries@

battleofbritainmemorial.org /

battleofbritainmemorial.org

Garden

What’s On in March

Wed 20 – Sun 24 Mar

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Dazzling Daffodils

Feel uplifted with 14,000 new

daffodil bulbs set to bloom

across the gardens, throwing

a spotlight on the narcissus

family and showcasing the new

and the best in daffodils.

hevercastle.co.uk

Sat 30 Mar

Godinton House, Godinton

Lane Ashford TN23 3BP

Sweet Peas

Join Viv Hunt, Head Gardener

for coffee and a morning of sweet

pea advice. Learn how to choose,

sow, grow the best plants to

give you long stemmed, scented

cut flowers and strong climbers

for the border all summer.

Entry: £35 including morning coffee

godintonhouse.co.uk

Mother’s day

Every Sunday, excluding Sun 17

Mar, until June

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

ME17 1PL

Sunday Afternoon Tea

Sunday Afternoon Tea in the

elegant Castle Dining Room

overlooking the Castle moat, with

a delicious menu of sumptuous

treats including sandwiches, scones

and macaroons. Guests can enjoy

unlimited tea and coffee as part

of the Afternoon Tea package,

or treat themselves to a glass of

prosecco.

leeds-castle.com

First Class Entertainment

AT THE ORCHARD THEATRE

MON 1 –

SAT 6

APRIL

TUE

23 APRIL

STARRING

VICKI MICHELLE

MON

29 APRIL

STARRING

SAMANTHA

WOMACK

TUE 7 – SAT 11 MAY

MON 17 –

SAT 22

JUNE

MON 13 –

SAT 18 MAY

WED 22 - SUN 26 MAY

FRI

31 MAY

CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD

AS MISS HANNIGAN

/The Orchard Theatre @OrchardTheatre theorchardtheatre

TICKET OFFICE 01322 220000

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NURTURING

TALENT AND SUCCESS

Visit our Open Mornings

for the Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep School

Fri 26 and Sat 27 April 2019

9.30am to noon

standrewsprep.co.uk


What’s On in March

Sun 31 Mar 12pm-9pm

Port Lympne Hotel Restaurant,

Aldington Road, Lympne CT21

4PD

Mother’s Day

A very special two or three

course Sunday lunch, dinner,

or champagne afternoon tea,

for Mother’s Day. Lunch and

dinner will be served in the

beautifully decorated Port Lympne

Hotel Restaurant and sparkling

afternoon teas will be served in

the stunning Spencer Roberts and

Long Room.

Entry: Two courses £25pp, three

courses £30pp, sparkling afternoon

teas £24pp

aspinallfoundation.org

Sun 31 Mar 12noon-3pm

The Hop Farm, Maidstone

Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

TN12 6PY

Mother’S Day Special

Lunch Event

A delicious two course Sunday

carvery at the historic Hop

Farm in the exquisite Shires

function suite, opening out to

the manicured wedding lawns.

The delicious carvery includes

all your favourite trimmings,

followed by some truly mouthwatering

desserts and the Hop

Farm will also cater for all dietary

requirements including gluten

free and vegan. Book to avoid

disappointment.

thehopfarm.co.uk

Sport & Leisure

Sun 10 Mar 8am-3pm

Cornwallis Academy,

Hubbards Lane ME17 4HX

Maidstone Road

Run 2019

Maidstone’s biggest road run

through the beautiful country

roads around Linton, Boughton

Monchelsea and the surrounding

villages. There will be four

distances offering a perfect

warm up for the spring races

for experienced runners, a great

route for intermediate runners

or a fun run for beginners,

families and children wanting

to get involved and support

Heart of Kent Hospice. No

minimum sponsorship required

hokh.org

Theatre

Sat 30 Mar

EMF Theatre, 212 High Street,

Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 IJP

Ballet Central 2019

Ballet Central returns with a

varied programme of classical

ballet and contemporary dance

theatre, promising an exciting

evening of theatricality, technical

excellence and drama performed

by young dance graduates on

the cusp of their professional

careers. Highlights include

Christopher Marney’s Carousel

Dances, inspired by the

1945 musical Carousel, a

unique version of the Dying

Swan Solo created by Calvin

Richardson, and an extract from

Frederick Ashton’s Valses Nobles

et Sentimentales performed to

Maurice Ravel’s suite of waltzes.

emftheatre.com

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Blackland Farm

Outdoor Activity Centre

GIFT

IDEAS

Offer 1:

For the Novices

Bring your Mum along for a one

hours Clay Pigeon Shooting

Lesson for two, includes 50 clays

and cartridges, each gun hire and

insurance

(pre-booked only) Only £99

Offer 2:

For the experienced Shots

Bring your Mum along and get

her practice prices half price

OFFER

Weeks commencing

25 March and 1 April

Monday to Friday only

Gift Vouchers

Available

Come and join us for

fun-filled activity days.

Why not have your

birthday party here too?

Kayaking

Canoeing

Bungee trampolining

Rock climbing

Archery

Crate challenge

Zip wire

Abseiling

Aeroball...

...and many more!

01342 810493

blackland@girlguiding.org.uk

www.blacklandfarm.org.uk

WEST KENT SHOOTING SCHOOL

Old Hay (Off Pearsons Green Road)

Paddock Wood Kent TN12 7DG

T: 01892 83 4306

www.westkentshooting.co.uk

Blackland Farm

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The complete kitchen service...

...from a hinge to a complete makeover

The supply & replacement of

drawers, doors, worktops,

hinges, all fitted kitchen

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renovation & polishing, bedroom

doors & bespoke cabinets.

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PA Services

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Storage Solutions

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David Hall

Cabinet Maker

&

Antique Restorer

* High Quality Bespoke Furniture

* Antique Restoration of all types

* Carving and Copy Carving

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Ibbett Mosely

AuctIoneers & VAluers

Limited Liability Partnership

Primary logo

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 10th April 2019

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The Auction Rooms, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HJ

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm

Tel: 01732 456731 Web: www.ibbettmosely.co.uk

125 High St, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1UT

Registered in England No. 0C341637 Regulated by RICS Registered at the Sevenoaks office as Ibbett Mosely Surveyors LLP

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• Pruning

• Propagation

• Vegetables

• Border Design

Housekeeper

& Gardener

Join Jo Arnell at her garden

in Woodchurch for a practical

gardening course. Learn how

to make your garden grow

and look gorgeous all year.

No experience needed.

Starts 15th/16th March

Courses run on Friday

and Saturday mornings

10am - 1pm (See website)

01233 861149

hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Housekeeper- Gardener couple, or single Housekeeper

required to work at a private house. Cottage

provided and hours are negotiable. Located near

Staplehurst. Experience and references essential

plus full DBS checks. Animal lover preferred.

Please do email us with CVs and a bit about yourselves.

gardenerhousekeeper@gmail.com

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Congratulations to Scott Howard who wins our January

competition for a dog-friendly break and a Furbo dog

camera and Caroline Bewley who also wins a Furbo


Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Spring is on its way, the hens are broody and the

rams are wearing a rather odd contraption…

I

know it can be cold and wet in March but whatever

the weather, spring is on its way and there are plenty of

reasons for spirits to rise.

Since the winter solstice in December (when the night time

hours were at their longest) daylight hours have been staging

a comeback to the point where on March 20th they will be

equal, which not surprisingly is termed the spring equinox.

But interestingly, if plotted on a graph the daily increase in

daylight is not a straight line. It starts with a few seconds each

day in early January but by the time we get to March it’s over

two minutes a day and really noticeable. And then of course

at the end of the month the clocks go forward and all we

outdoor lovers will be back in business.

We’ll start lambing in the middle of the month. When

the rams went in with the ewes in October they each wore a

harness, called a raddle, which holds a wax crayon between

their front legs. So when they jump on a ewe to mate they

leave a big waxy mark on her rump and by changing the

colour of the crayon every couple of weeks

we know the order in which they’ll lamb.

In January we had them all scanned to see

if they were having a single lamb, twins or

triplets. Marked accordingly we now know

when they’ll lamb and what they’ll produce

– vital information for all sorts of reasons.

Seventy per cent of foetal growth happens

in the last six weeks of pregnancy and

feeding them the right amount during this

time is important. So we split off anyone who is having twins,

triplets and feed them extra grub. The girls with singles don’t

get any treats as the last thing we need is huge single lambs

Chicks hatch after 21

days of egg sitting

“With spring on

its way a hen, for

reasons no one quite

understands, can

decide to go broody”

that are too big to deliver comfortably.

The hens are also contemplating motherhood. They stop

laying eggs when the weather turns in late autumn, but with

the days becoming longer we’re back in production. As long

as they have the services of a cockerel – and we have the everobliging

Phil – a fertilised egg can become

a chick at any time for up to a month. But

this will only start to happen if the egg is

kept constantly warm.

With spring on its way a hen, for reasons

no one quite understands, can decide to

go broody. Her hormones go haywire, her

temperature rises, she plucks the feathers

from her breast and sits tight on whatever

eggs she can find to start the incubation.

For three weeks the eggs are kept warm. The removal of

the feathers to expose skin keeps the temperature up and she

constantly revolves them under her to make sure they are

evenly warmed. 21 days later with a cheep cheep cheep, the

chicks emerge – a real harbinger of spring.

And then there’s the greenhouse, and as I start sowing in

earnest I have made a few resolutions for the year ahead.

1 I won’t try to plant out all the seeds I germinate. Do I

really need twenty Brussel sprout plants?

2 I won’t be buying any F1 hybrid seeds, the bees can’t

collect pollen from them and I can’t collect their seed for

future use.

And 3 It has never been successful so I won’t try and grow

aubergines from seed again. Last year I spent £10 on threegrafted

aubergine plants and it was like being in Greece, we

were overwhelmed with them. Moussaka anyone?

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