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Built by a local family in 2003, this modern home already
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THIS FORTHCOMING DEVELOPMENT
PRESENTS A HANDFUL OF ELEGANT,
COTTAGE STYLE HOUSES.
Properties are computer generated artist’s impressions and indicative only.
Ideally located in this sought after Surrey Hills village, near Dorking,
Garden Hill is small development of just four luxurious detached and
semi-detached houses with guide prices starting from £550,000.
Exclusively marketed by Patrick Gardner.
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GARDEN HILL, OFF WESTCOTT STREET, WESTCOTT, DORKING, SURREY. SAT NAV POSTCODE: RH4 3NJ
83 Bates Road, Brighton
Croft Road, Godalming, Surrey
A substantial three bedroom detached house with off road
parking for up to three cars, situated in a popular area of
Godalming. The house provides versatile accommodation over
two floors and offers potential for a loft conversion to provide
further living accommodation, subject to consents. epc:e
Guide: £400-420,000* + fees
High Street, Cheam, Surrey
A fabulous opportunity to acquire this two bedroom first and
second floor maisonette situated at the heart of the suburban
village of Cheam. Now in need of some modernisation and
refurbishment the property is considered ideal for owner
occupation or could be let to provide a good income. epc:e
Guide: £200,000 Plus* + fees
A contemporary detached
three bedroom house
arranged over three floors
built to a high specification
throughout. It has a
modern open plan kitchen
and living area, under floor
heating, Control4 home
automation system, rear
patio and a parking space
to the front.
Hythe Road, Brighton
A rare opportunity to acquire a building plot on level ground in
an elevated position with extensive views. There is consent
to erect a four bedroom terrace property arranged over four
floors with good sized rear garden. The land is situated on the
south side of the road in the sought after Fiveways residential
location just off Ditchling Road.
Guide: £190-200,000* + fees
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Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell
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Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market
The dream: It’s all there in the name
of this glorious Georgian mansion,
complete with shutters outside and a
plethora of elegant panelling and lofty
ceilings within. The house has been
renovated to create the perfect spaces
for modern luxury living, with a
breakfast room orangery off the huge
social kitchen, plus a second kitchen
(where staff can do the actual cooking
– the other kitchen is for wafting).
There is a whole wing for the palatial
indoor pool, sauna and gym. The
gardens are beautifully laid out and
there’s serious stabling action.
Where: The village of Stedham, near
Midhurst. Officially in West Sussex, it
has a cheeky Guildford postcode.
Setting: In 45 acres of beautiful
gardens and grounds, among the hills
of the South Down National Park.
Beds: 9 Baths: 7
Special features: Dark panelling in
the dining room, painted panelling in
one of the bathrooms. Floor length
bay windows in the drawing room,
with French doors to the terrace.
Pleasing details: In the garden there is
a ‘natural’ swimming pool, to balance
out the indoor one.
Outside: Fishing on the River Rother,
a tennis court and a separate fourbedroom
Time to town: 20 minutes
to Petersfield, then just over
an hour to Waterloo.
Agent: House 01483 660166
The dream: The quintessential
Surrey new-build mansion,
constructed of bright limestone with
shiny floors, an imposing staircase
and galleried landing. The basement
houses a swimming pool complex,
with a media room and a social cellar.
Where: The ultra-exclusive
Wentworth Estate, in Virginia Water.
Setting: Beautifully landscaped
gardens, with mature trees, among
other homes with the same
arrangement. A lot of golf courses.
Beds: 5 Baths: 5 (plus staff
Special features: His and hers walkin
closets of astonishing fabulousness.
Pleasing details: A magnificent
floodlit wine cellar, with adjacent
Outside: Immaculate gardens and a
lap pool with a cabana.
Time to town: 45 minutes,
with your driver.
Agent: Sotheby’s International Realty,
Cobham 01932 860537
The dream: A restored Grade
II-Listed Wealden hall house of
great charm, with the traditional
cross-passage entrance hall (in
one door, walk across, out the
other) a vaulted farmhouse
kitchen and galleried library.
Where: The village of Alfold,
near Cranleigh on the Surrey/
West Sussex border.
Setting: Panoramic rural views
across the South Downs.
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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
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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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
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
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
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‘I did Anthropology at university and African art was always
there as an inspiration. I was writing my dissertation and
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around me there. I hadn’t really thought about India.’
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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
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.’
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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
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Nick and Will moved here from Buckinghamshire three
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the road to get a paper can take 15 minutes because
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Above: Looking from the first-floor hall into the sitting room.
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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
array of paintings and prints including more Fornasetti,
which Nick collects, oil paintings bought at auction and
a wonderful piece by local artist David Apps which looks
like an antique old master but on closer inspection features
Mickey Mouse. It’s a fun burst of the contemporary amid
the old. Apps is a friend who has a gallery in the village.
The stairs lead to an ochre-painted hallway dramatically set
with cast-iron antique urns holding piles of antique coral and
shells; and a German Empire style Biedermeier chest on which
sits a pearl inlaid wooden crucifix and ornate candlesticks.
At one end of the hall is a pretty green-painted kitchen
with gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside.
The room is dominated by a William Speakman longcase
clock and an 18th century oak dough-bin table. Will
demonstrates the pull-out drawer (or bin) under the table
where traditionally dough would be left to rise overnight.
The 17th century oak chairs are mismatched auction
buys. The gorgeous silverware on the table is Old
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enjoys the fact it was designed ‘for ordinary people
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.’
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
table housing a collection of pug-related antiques
(Nick and Will have three dogs of their own).
‘This table did have a glass top’, laughs Will. ‘But we
had a party recently which ended with a guest falling on
top of it. We laughed. Of course we don’t like it when
things get broken, but we’d rather enjoy using things
than hide them away. When people first visit, they
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
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.’
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.
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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 room to life, such as the tapestry behind the
sofa which Will has dated to around 1580.
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Josephine Fairley reveals key winners in this year’s Beauty Bible
Awards – with products tested by over 1500 women
Where do you turn to find out
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Since we launched in 1996, Sarah
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We now cover 102 categories of
product and for this year’s awards over
1500 women tested haircare, suncare,
bodycare, skincare and make-up for us,
all of it over a period of months. So i’m
happy to share some highlights of the
Beauty Bible Awards 2019, which have
just gone live. These products all won
the gold Award in their categories.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm,
£47 for 100ml and cleansing cloth. Not
the first Award for this superfacialist’s
make-up-melting balm, which is based
on ultra-nourishing moringa oil, wild
sea fennel, rose oil and vitamin E – and
definitely not its last. But the score here
was stellar: 9.10/10 averaged across 10
Beauty Bible testers comments:
‘The most luxurious cleanser I have ever
used. A real treat for the face, feels as if
I’ve used a moisturising mask, as well as
working really well as a cleanser.’
‘What can I say except I’m a convert
to this perfect cleanser. The fragrance
is divine, perhaps from the bergamot,
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.’
Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose
Body Oil, £47 for 100ml.
The divine rose fragrance – so
consistently popular with Beauty Bible
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
‘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
look 100 times better. I took it with me to
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.’
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic
Cream, £70 for 50ml. Charlotte Tilbury
may be better known for her makeup,
but this cream – which she used
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
‘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
this; my skin is clearer, brighter, softer and
smoother, appears less crêpe-y and fine lines
and wrinkles reduced.’
‘Absolutely makes my skin look younger!
It has instant effects on plumping skin and
giving a wonderful glow.’
Temple Spa Glint Shadow
Concealer, £20. Looking to
conceal shadows and make
furrows less visible? This was
one of an amazing dozen
winners in the Beauty Bible
Awards 2019 from Temple
Spa, available in two shades.
‘10/10. Blended easily into
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
to your moisturiser.
‘So easy to use and unlike some tanning
products it really is fool proof as you just
add it to your regular moisturiser and
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.
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
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
some sweet dreams!!’
‘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.’
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,
here: brilliantly ‘grippy’ to catch even
the teensiest eyelash and sweep on the
‘10/10! The wand picked up just enough
mascara to coat lashes without being too
much. Very easy to apply and build up as
desired; no clumping even with a second
‘Would I buy it? A million times “Yes”. I
will never use another mascara again.’
‘A great mascara for dramatically
lengthening and volumising; easy to apply
(not too wet), doesn’t smudge or smear.’
All Round Shampoo
Hairburst Shampoo, £12.50 for 350ml.
Confused by the supermarket haircare
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categories for different colours of
hair (blonde, brunette, redhead), and
problems like frizz or lack of volume,
we know some women just want a great
product, plain and simple. And this is it.
‘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
‘My hair was in quite bad
condition when I started
to use the product
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after an 11-day beach
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From plastic oceans to record air pollution, the headlines would have
us believe that we’re on course to leave this planet in a bit of a mess.
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
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
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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
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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
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and refill packs of the best-known
green cleaning products (by Ecover,
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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
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
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and around your
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Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine, and co-founder
of the conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk
Jessica Hurley is the creator of hand-made, small-batch luxury
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Jessica Hurley called her skincare line
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mother. “She told me that if there was
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Also in tribute to her late mother,
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What one piece of seasonal wisdom
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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
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winter comes around. A whole year of
Which one self-care ritual do you
never skimp on? Each evening I use
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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
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is amazing if I have a tension headache.
What’s cooking in your kitchen
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my favourite has been a simple spiced
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Share one book that taught you
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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.
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
• 1 egg beaten
• ½ tsp sea salt, 5 grinds
1Set oven to 200°c. Soften
the onions and garlic for 5
minutes in a hot pan with the
2Add the bacon pieces to the
pan and colour them for
5 minutes (if using ham, just
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
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.
Serves 4 Prep time: 5 minutes 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,
• 1 onion chopped
• 6 eggs beaten
• 100g greens – spinach,
kale, cabbage – cooked
• 100g frozen peas
• 50g grated cheese or
• 50g sun dried tomatoes
from a jar, or halved fresh
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
Stir just twice then
3 sprinkle over the
tomatoes, if using, and the
Put in an oven at 200°c
4 for 12 minutes.
Leave to rest for 5
minutes then serve.
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
• 1 onion chopped
• 100ml red wine
• 400g passata, or chopped
• 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
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.
leftover wine? (hard
to imagine, but it
Jeremy Blood of Surrey Wine
School offers expert advice
Within about 48 hours of
opening, wine will lose its fresh
and fruity aromas and will begin
to start oxidising and smelling
like vinegar – lovely for your
chips but not great as a drink!
Even sealed with its cork or screw
cap and left in the fridge, wine
will still only last a couple of days.
For longer-term preservation try
a vacuum system, such as Vacu
Vin where oxygen is removed
from the bottle as it is sealed.
The other way is to use a
blanket system, such as Coravin,
which uses a gas that is heavier
than oxygen and provides a layer
between the wine and air.
Neither of these methods work
for sparkling wine and neither,
sadly, does the old silver spoon
technique. If you do ever have
any left over, use a ‘super-seal’
stopper, which keep bubbly
fresh for up to three times as
long as conventional stoppers.
Ways to use spoiled 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 – use
it as vinegar!
• 400g leftover roast beef
• 200g beansprouts
• 6-8 spring onions, topped, tailed &
• 300g green vegetables - asparagus
tips, mange tout, French beans, sugar
• 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
batch as it will work with chicken, fish, duck or drizzled over any green veg. Mix
and match the veggies in the salad depending on what you have in the fridge. You
can omit the beansprouts or noodles and serve with rice instead.
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tbsp sesame oil
1Put all the dressing ingredients into a
clean jam jar and give it a good shake.
2Cut off any obvious fat from the beef
and slice it into 1cm strips. Place
the beef in a bowl and pour over half
of the dressing. Leave to marinade for 5
minutes whilst you cook the noodles and
3Cook the noodles according to packet
instructions. Add the green veg to
simmering salted water and cook for 2-3
4Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
and toss with the remaining dressing.
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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
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
Pulmonaria in flower
“It’s an unpredictable
time with cold and
often violent winds and
anything can happen
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,
but doing this now prevents it being scorched in
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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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.
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
Above left: Melianthus major is a surprisingly hardy exotic architectural anchor plant
Above right: Phlomis russelliana is a herbaceous structural plant
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 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
a wonderful plant - one of my absolute favourites. It has
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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I’m particularly fond of Cotoneaster horizontalis.
Its stiff herringbone stems will spread slowly up
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and will reward you - and the birds and bees with
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Kids behaving badly
Hilary Wilce considers the tricky subject of challenging bad behaviour
What should schools do with badly behaved pupils?
There is a lot of argument about this in education
circles at the moment after recent figures showed that
the number of pupils being permanently excluded from schools –
what we used to call ‘being expelled’ – is rising sharply.
In the school year 2016/17 about 1,000 more pupils were
excluded than the previous year, bringing the total to 7,700,
which is 40 a day.
But are schools right simply to boot troublesome students off
the premises? Or is it their duty to try and educate all their pupils
– perhaps especially those troubled
and angry students who need their
It’s a difficult question and getting
more so. Many teachers find children
harder to handle than in the past.
Today’s pupils aren’t meek and quiet.
They don’t have an automatic respect
for authority and expect teachers to earn their respect. They have
shorter attention spans than in the past and a lot are wound up,
anxious and on very short temper fuses.
When you add in additional stress factors, like dysfunctional
family backgrounds, or educational special needs you can have a
ticking time bomb of bad behaviour.
Parents might well think that excluding disruptive pupils is
right. Turf the little blighters out! But there’s more to it than
meets the eye. Schools compete with each other and their
popularity – and therefore funding – depends on having a good
reputation for behaviour and exam results. So it’s very tempting
to ‘off-roll’ pupils at the first sign of trouble. Moreover, austerity
has squeezed the resources for handling difficult pupils, which
means excluded kids may well end up getting no support or
“Children need what we all
need, to be cared for, seen,
heard and respected, but they
also need rules and boundaries”
Even leaving aside the moral question of whether we want to be
the kind of society that simply gives up on children because they
don’t fit the mould, the consequences of that are likely to be bad
for us all. There’s a very close link, for example, between school
exclusions and knife crime.
Yet there are schools that have been able to bring exclusions
down by enforcing firm behaviour boundaries, bringing in carefully
targeted interventions and support, and always nipping trouble in
And in this, there are lessons for
us all. Even if our children aren’t
violently disruptive in school, they
may well be part of the sizeable
minority of pupils whose shouty,
impulsive and disorganized way of
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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Out of term time, children can
learn different skills, make new
friends – and have loads of fun
at specialist school camps
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
TASIS The American
School in England
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
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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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Thursday 9 May 2019 at 9.30am
“Unpressured (for the most part) and friendly, but this is no soft option
...the girls both work hard and play hard, with results to match.”
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TRY 5 ISSUES
Do your children have
questions about Brexit?
Brexit news is everywhere and children pick up on it,
often without being given the context or background to
fully understand. First News is an unbiased resource for
inquiring young minds, we believe that children should
be given enough information to understand the whole
picture and form their own opinions.
We asked our readers to send in any questions they may
have about Brexit and thought Surrey Homes readers
might like to know the sorts of things young people are
wondering about Brexit:
Will I still have to learn French if we leave the EU?
It takes a long time for school curriculums to be
changed, so yes, probably!
Can we still go on holiday to France this summer if
there’s no deal?
Yes, although there are some worries that flights could
be cancelled and that people driving to Europe will
need to apply for various permits to make their trip legal.
Do we need to be really careful about not upsetting
Ireland, because of all the IRA bombings in history.
Would they start bombing again?
Memories of violence in Ireland are still very strong,
so this is the reason why all MPs want solid guarantees
that there won’t be a hard border and that the
backstop is only temporary. That should mean bombings
won’t become a problem.”
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as the Good Schools Guide says.
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Wed 30 Jan – Sun 2 Jun
The Lightbox, Chobham Road,
Woking GU21 4AA
Women in Photography:
A history of British
A historical exhibition of
the achievements of female
photographers working in Britain,
from Anna Atkins and Queen
Alexandra, through to Sarah Lucas
in the 2000s.
Entry: Day Pass £5 Annual pass
£7.50 Under 18s free
Sat 16 – Sun 31 Mar 10am-5pm
Ramster Gardens, Petworth
Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4SN
One of the largest exhibitions of
its kind, with over 200 pieces of
the finest embroidery and textile
art from artists from across the
country will be on display and also
Sat 30 Mar 11am-4pm
The Wey Gallery, 44 Bridge
Street, Godalming GU7 1HL
Alex McGarry Live
See award-winning artist Alex
McGarry set up her easel at the
Wey Gallery and put paint to
canvas to create a new original
live. She is looking forward to
hearing the response to her latest
collection of British wildlife and
farmyard animal paintings in oil
along with her new limited edition
prints which will be on display at
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Fairs and Festivals
Sat 23 – Sun 24 March
Sandown Park Racecourse
Esher, KT10 9AJ
Show quality volkswagens come to
Sandown Park in their hundreds
this month, along with traders,
What’s On in March
live musicians and plenty of
VW themed entertainment,
including a CamperVanTastic
Awning Competition, a for
sale area, a swapmeet for rare
parts, and a kids zone.
Sun 10 Mar
Painshill, Portsmouth Road,
Cobham, KT11 1JE
World Book Day
A Big Book Exchange, a prize for
the best dressed character, and
lots of book themed activities
including a special trail around
a magical landscape garden
to discover some wonderful
book characters. It’s World
Book Day and Painshill are
encouraging children to explore
the joy of reading, with their
Entry: Normal admission
applies, children under 16
free, all activities included
01932 868113 /
Sat 9 Mar 10am-4pm
Royal Holloway, University of
London, Egham TW20 0EX
Royal Holloway is celebrating
science and engaging the next
generation through exciting and
engaging activities including
maths juggling, birds of prey,
science energy talks, a pop-up
planetarium and the science
behind space exploration.
Wed 20 – Sun 24 Mar
Hever Castle, Hever Road,
Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG
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.
01732 865224 /
6pm - 8.30pm
Over 75 artists & makers
working in Textiles
Plus a talk by guest speaker
Diana Springall about her
extensive textile collection
Sat23 & 24Sun March
10am - 5pm
Admission £4, Concessions £3, U16s & LAC Members FREE Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN
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Tue 19 – Sat 23 March
Various Squire’s Garden
Centres across Surrey
Six Squire’s garden centres across
Surrey are hosting a series of
special ‘Orchid Talk’ events.
Orchid expert Dr. Manos
Kanellos will share the secrets of
how to care for these stunningly
beautiful but delicate plants and
you can even bring along your
own orchid for a free MOT.
Entry: £10 including a drink
and voucher for £5 off selected
orchids bought on the day.
heAlTh & WellBeinG
Sun 24 Mar 10:30-2.30pm
Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill
Lane, Dorking RH5 6LY
HALF DAY YOGA AND
Welcome in the new season
with a half day retreat in the
beautiful Surrey Hills engaging
in Vinyasa Flow yoga, designed
to spring clean both body and
mind. The day will consist of
a morning invigorating yoga
session, a mindfulness walk
through the Rhododendron
Wood, lunch and an afternoon
restorative yoga session.
Sun 31 Mar 10am-4.35pm
Road, Esher KT10 9JG
Mothers get in free to explore
landscaped garden when
accompanied by their children.
The Camellia Terrace will
be in bloom, the café will be
open, and visitors who become
National Trust members will
be entered into a prize draw.
01372 467806 /
Mon 25 – Fri 29 Mar
Ham House and Garden,
Ham St, Richmond-upon-
Thames TW10 7RS
Afternoon tea with a herbal twist.
Cakes and bakes are quintessential
to an afternoon tea, and these
have been infused with a variety
of herbs from the kitchen garden
at Ham House. Accompanied by
scones, clotted cream and jam and
of course lots of tea and coffee.
MUsiC & TheATRe
Sat 16 Mar 7.30pm
Denbies Wine Estate, London
Road, Dorking RH5 6AA
JAzz IN THE CELLAR
A relaxing evening of sparkling
wine and beer tasting featuring
the fabulous Jazz2 in the
atmospheric vaulted Denbies
Cellar. This ‘caberet style’ evening
includes sparkling wine on arrival,
a two course meal with Denbies
award winning wine and dancing.
Thu 21 – Sat 23 Mar
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,
Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3Ux
MUCH ADO ABOUT
A battle of wits, a case of mistaken
identity, a secret love and a
fair few meddling characters.
Set in the context of post-
WW2 Britain, Scene Change
take on a new imagining of
Shakespeare’s timeless comedy.
Entry: Adults £15 Under 18s £10
Sat 23 Mar 7.30-9.45pm
Guildford Cathedral, Stag
Hill, Guildford GU2 7TW
MIRROR OF PERFECTION
Set in the stunning Guildford
Cathedral, Guildford Choral
performs in a set which balances
two 20th Century pieces
(Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and
Richard Blackford’s Mirror of
Perfection) with Elgar’s Serenade
for Strings, which was written
Save the date
10th, 11th & 12th October 2019
9.00am - 4.30pm
Sandown Park, Esher KT10 9AJ
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What’s On in March
and first performed at the end
of the 19th Century, and still
among the most frequently
performed of all his music.
Entry: From £10
Tue 26 Mar 7.30pm
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley
Avenue, Epsom KT18 5AL
My Mother Said I
A poignant, bittersweet story
about love, jealousy and the price
of freedom. Set in Manchester,
Oldham and London, the play
details the lives of four women
through the immense social
changes of the twentieth Century.
Thursday 28 Mar 5.30-8.30pm
Weybridge KT13 0SL
If you’re looking for a wedding
venue with a difference,
Brooklands Museum is truly
atmospheric and creates a lasting
impression on all those who visit
it – an everlasting talking point
for you and your guests. At this
showcase, you can meet a host
of suppliers who can help make
your big day extra special, whilst
exploring the venue and enjoying
some drinks and canapes.
Sat 9 – Sun 17 Mar
RHS Garden Wisley,
Wisley Lane, Wisley,
Woking GU23 6QB
Create Your Own
This course takes just an hour
to teach you to create your own
mini horticultural ecosystems.
With a wide range of plants
suitable for you to create
your own unique house plant
terrarium, they are great fun to
put together whether you are an
adult looking to try something
new or a child over 11 with a
budding interest in horticulture.
Sat 23 Mar 10.30am-1pm
Farnham Maltings, Farnham,
Make your own
Make your own crochet pot.
A great workshop for beginners,
Paula from Cocoon&me will
show you how to make a circle &
progress to creating a simple and
stylish plant pot.
Fridays 22 March – 3 May
Surrey History Centre, 130
Goldsworth Road, Woking
Six Week Family history
Professional genealogists and
archivists run this course designed
to enhance your ability to research
your family tree. Over six weeks,
learn to handle original historical
documents, navigate online
resources and look into everything
from maps and rate books to
Entry: £80 (for 6 weeks)
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WIN A CASHARA
Cashara specialises in beautiful cashmere and silk clothing and
accessories. In addition to their own brand, they also stock a
wide range of European designers and for Spring/Summer 2019
they have introduced a new line exclusively available at Cashara,
called Pom Amsterdam, with some gorgeous new styles in an
extensive range of wearable easy colours. From classic neutrals
to vibrant brights, Cashara products are designed to create an
effortless wardrobe that you will want to wear all year round.
Cashara’s Italian made garments use a unique signature
composition of 40% cashmere and 15% silk, so you can
be assured of the quality of your new Cashara clothing.
This signature blend ensures each
garment will wash
beautifully on a machine
wash wool cycle, keep its shape,
improve with age, and of course
keep you beautifully warm.
All while helping you get the
luxury feel of cashmere, without
the expensive price tag.
We at Wealden Times are long
time fans of Cashara, having
had their products used in
multiple fashion shoots and sold
at many of our fairs. So we are
very excited to give be giving away
one of their new Pom Amsterdam
Jackets for one very lucky reader.
HOW TO ENTER: For your chance to win a Cashara
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Enter your answer with your contact details in the
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March 2019. There is no cash alternative and the
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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
Spring is on its way, the hens are broody and the
rams are wearing a rather odd contraption…
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
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
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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