DOMVS Enterprise Club
Enjoy Our Seasonal Dorset
Sculpture by the Lakes
Spice Up Your Life with The
Dorset Ginger Company
Welcome to Inspired Living
Official magazine of DOMVS Enterprise Club
Dorset; a more beautiful county you’d struggle to find. From sun-blessed beaches to lush green woodland and
everything in between, we consider ourselves to be the luckiest people alive to live in this magical area – and we
would love you to join us. Check out ‘Weywood’, a truly captivating home set in the utterly gorgeous village of Upwey.
Designed with the most stunning modern architecture, light and space are the undoubted bywords. Try out our
virtual reality film at domvs.co.uk to see for yourselves.
Check out, too, the people behind the many artisan businesses highlighted in this latest edition of Inspired Living.
From sculpture to scented candles, and hand-crafted gin to health and beauty, the list goes on. You can’t mistake the
enthusiasm and talent on offer; perhaps another reason why our county is so very special.
If you’re thinking of moving, give us a call. We are already living the dream and we should be delighted to help you do
Polly Greenway, Director, DOMVS
DOMVS Enterprise Club Members
Our members comprise some of the best producers
Dorset has to offer, all independent businesses founded
and located in Dorset, who have come together to
promote not only each other, but the glorious lifestyle
and products our unique county has to offer.
We are always looking for exciting and innovative new
members, so if you fit the bill and would like to be
involved, please get in touch.
Director: Polly Greenway
Primrose’s Kitchen, Purbeck Candles, Purbeck Shepherd
Huts, Sally’s Fish Camp, Sarah Dale Aesthetics, Sarah
Talbot Garden Design, Sculpture by the Lakes, Upstairs
On the cover: ‘Bluebells on Bulbarrow Hill’ by the winner
of this edition’s seasonal Dorset landscape photography
competition, John Simpson.
Printed by Ravensworth
Club Secretary: Lucy Cole
Editorial and Design: Charlie Ryan
Contributors: Allegoric Designs, Back2Market, Chococo,
Clarkes Windows, DOMVS, The Dorset Ginger Company,
Elaionaki, Fordington Gin, Gallery on the Square, The
Gardens Group, Gorwell Farm, Hall & Woodhouse, The
Highbrow Clinic, Jurassic Coast Farm Shop, Olives Et Al,
Inside this Season
5. Clarkes Windows
6. Try Chococo’s perfect pecan brownies
7. Introducing: The Dorset Ginger Company
9. Fordington Gin
10. Have a crack with Sally’s Fish Camp
11. Spotlight on: Elaionaki
11. Meet jubilant Jessy of Allegoric Designs
12. Discover the good life with property experts DOMVS
13. Serene surroundings at Sarah Dale Aesthetics
15. Awards excitement for Purbeck Candles
16. Introducing: Purbeck Shepherd Huts
17. Take a tour of Dorset with Hall & Woodhouse
19. Get together at Gorwell Farm
20. The best of our seasonal photography competition
21. Upstairs Downstairs inspires with ikats
23. Spotlight on: Back2Market
24. Boost your mental well-being with The Gardens Group
25. Introducing: Jurassic Coast Farm Shop
27. Spotlight on: The Potting Shed
28. In the garden with Sarah Talbot Garden Design
29. Primrose’s Kitchen champions charcoal
30. News from The Highbrow Clinic
31. Spotlight on: Sculpture by the Lakes
34. Gallery on the Square
‘A’ Rated Windows & Doors
Conservatories Fascias Soffits
Guttering Glass Replacement
A local, family-run company with
30 years’ experience
Tel: 01305 759020
17 Maumbury Road, Dorchester, DT1 1QN
Squidgy pecan brownies from Chococo Co-Founder, Claire Burnet
My brownies are richer and softer than some classic
recipes, but are in fact low in sugar and gluten-free.
I love the toffee notes of light muscovado sugar and
pecans, but you could quite easily replace the pecans
with an equivalent weight of your favourite nuts or
fruit and nut combinations; dried cherries with walnuts
or macadamias with chopped stem ginger would be
scrumptious here too. Use this recipe as your brownie
base to play with.
Makes 12-16 brownies
You will need:
• 225g dark chocolate, chopped
• 150g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
• 3 eggs
• 125g light muscovado sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 50g fine rice flour
• 1/4-teaspoon crushed sea salt
• 100g pecans, roughly chopped
• 22cm square brownie tin, base and sides lined with a
single piece of baking parchment
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) / gas mark 4.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set
over a pan of barely simmering water. Once melted, take
the bowl off the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.
3. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract together in
a separate bowl with a hand-held electric mixer until
increased in volume, pale and fluffy.
4. Fold the rice flour and salt into the egg and sugar
mixture, then stir in the pecans, reserving a handful
to scatter over the top. Add the melted chocolate and
butter mixture and gently fold it all together.
5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and tap it
on the work surface to ensure it is level. Scatter the
reserved pecans over the top.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-17 minutes
until risen at the edges, but still squidgy in the middle.
7. Don’t worry if it seems undercooked, as it will continue
cooking after being taken out of the oven. Don’t be
tempted to overcook it or the brownies will be dry.
8. Leave to cool in the tin, then cut into squares of a size
to suit you. Stored in an airtight container, the brownies
will keep for up to three days.
Experience more fine, fresh, handmade delicacies at
the Chococo Chocolate Houses in Swanage, Winchester,
Exeter and Horsham.
The Spice of Life
Introducing The Dorset Ginger Company
The Dorset Ginger Company Ltd has been producing
award-winning, non-alcoholic, non-carbonated, handblended
ginger drinks and Sicilian lemonade since 1985.
The drinks are available in over 900 UK outlets and the
company also exports.
In 2017, they received SALSA Accreditation, which
means only the highest quality standards are
maintained. They are also members of several local and
national networks, such as Taste of the West, Dorset
Food & Drink and Dorset Food Network. 2018 was an
outstanding year for the company, as their Dorset
Ginger Original won Silver, whilst both Dorset Ginger
Strong and Sicilian Lemonade won Highly Commended
at the Taste of the West Awards. In May 2018, The
Dorset Ginger Company Ltd received a boost from
former Dragon’s Den personality, Theo Paphitis, after
winning his popular Twitter competition ‘Small Business
Sunday’. They were delighted to be retweeted by the
business tycoon, who has over half a million followers.
They are also very proud to have reached the finals of
the Dorset Magazine’s Food, Drink & Farming Awards in
the Best Drink Produce category, voted for by the public.
The Dorset Ginger Company Ltd gently pasteurises its
bottles, which gives them a long shelf life and eliminates
the need for adding potassium sorbate. Their ginger
drinks can be enjoyed on their own, used as mixers or
even for cooking and baking.
2019 sees two new flavours joining the family; refreshing
Apple with a Ginger Kick and the intense Extra Strong
Ginger, both available in 33cl and 75cl bottles.
Ginger falls into the category of medicinal products,
considered one of the most valuable spices in the
world. This sweet and aromatic spice, rich in natural oils
(especially gingerol), has amazing, hidden therapeutic
Ginger has long been known in both traditional and
alternative medicine and was originally used to address
digestive problems and colds. Studies conducted in the
past decade have shown that ginger is as effective - or
even superior to - many synthetic anti-inflammatory
drugs, because it is devoid of serious side effects. The
main biologically active substance in ginger, gingerol,
is responsible for much of the medicinal properties
of the product. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and
antioxidant properties and is also effective in combating
viral and bacterial infections associated with gum
disease, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Ginger also helps alleviate feelings of nausea and
prevents the gag reflex in patients after surgery
and those undergoing chemotherapy. Its anticancer
properties - due to the rich content of gingerol – have
led some studies to suggest that ginger may be useful in
treating pancreatic, breast and ovarian cancer.
Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, ginger is useful for
people suffering from pain in the joints. Studies show
that two grams of ginger taken daily for 11 days
significantly reduce muscle pain in people with joint
problems, as ginger slowly-but-effectively reduces the
progression of muscle pain and returns mobility.
Use of ginger also significantly reduces blood sugar
and improves cardiac function. A study conducted in
2015 showed that two grams of ginger powder per day
reduced the level of glucose in the blood by 10-12%
over a 12-week period. Ginger improves brain function
and prevents brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease. In a
study involving 60 middle-aged women, ginger improved
cognitive ability and working memory. Ginger can also
be used for external applications in combination with
cinnamon and sesame oil. These are just some of the
reasons you need to drink more ginger!
T. 01202 620203
Fordington Gin is an excellent Dorset Gin, created with a
unique combination of carefully sourced botanicals.
A gentle and distinctive creation, Fordington Gin uses
juniper, star anise and lemon balm combined with some
botanicals of Absinthe to create a subtle and original
Fordington Gin’s story is rooted in botanical heritage and
draws together a wealth of knowledge, experience, and
an intense curiosity for the unusual, resonating with the
truly modern artisan company.
Fordington Gin – gently stirring the spirits.
A Cracking Good Time
Sally’s Fish Camp; a perfect catch
Do you love shellfish and love entertaining and sharing
good times with other seafood lovers? Then get them
round for a ‘cracking’ good time with your host, Sally, of
Sally’s Fish Camp.
Sally brings the knowledge, the tools ‘and the
newspaper’ for a different dining experience. You each
get your own crab or lobster to twist, pull, pick and
crack, learning a new skill in this wonderful hands-on
masterclass and discovering how not to waste any of the
delicate, flaky, white crabmeat or delicious nuggets of
Sally makes this a fun and relaxed experience, be it in
your kitchen, on your garden patio or any other venue of
your choice. Wherever you set up your fish camp, you’ll
be sure to remember a good time and take away your
own dressed crustacean or enjoy it as part of your main
meal there and then.
• Two-hour masterclass, learning a new skill with a
step-by-step, hands-on guide
• Whole crab or lobster to crack
• Complimentary glass of wine with selection of crab
or lobster canapés
• Recipe sheet with suggested ideas
• All tools, boards and equipment are provided, as are
disposable aprons and gloves or, if you prefer, you
can pre-order your very own ‘Keep Calm and Crack
On’ apron (they make a great gift too)
• Groups of up to 20 crackers, minimum of 8
Sally’s Fish Camp is taking bookings all year round from
£35 per person. Gift vouchers are available online.
Foodie festie fun
Check out @sallysfishcamp and jump on board to see
which food festivals the team are attending this summer.
Swing by to say hello and grab yourself a lobster roll!
If festivals aren’t for you, then why not head to
sallysfishcamp.co.uk and order a handmade wooden
crate filled with ice and all your favourite seaside
shellfish and we’ll come to you? Get in early for seasonal
holiday bookings, as delivery slots are limited.
Spotlight on: Elaionaki
Elaionaki Extra Virgin
Olive Oil derives solely
from olives grown in our
small grove overlooking
the Gulf of Pagasitikos in
As a family business, we
can trace the oil from
our trees through cold
pressing and shipping to
Poundbury, where we do
the bottling and labelling.
It has a delicious, light,
fruity flavour reminiscent
of the fresh olive oil
enjoyed in local Greek
tavernas, unlike that sold
in most supermarkets.
At Allegoric Designs things are all set for Spring and
Summer with Jessy the Juggling Chicken. Jessy is just
one of the talented farm animals in the Circus Farm
range of illustrated prints and giftware.
Artist and illustrator, Yvonne Lee, runs Allegoric Designs
from her studio in the heart of the Dorset countryside
and created the Circus Farm as a series of illustrations
to adorn her new kitchen. To view more of their animal
antics visit allegoric.co.uk
The Good Life
Tim Grainger, Associate Director of Dorset property professionals DOMVS, sat down with clients, Mr and Mrs
Brown, to find out why they swapped the hustle and bustle of Surrey for the hills and beaches of Dorset.
Tim: What was it about our property marketing that
encouraged you to contact DOMVS?
Mr & Mrs B: We thought it was of a better quality. You
had the houses we were looking for. And you were good;
you were always polite and we felt you were on the case.
Tim: From my side of things, getting to know you and
what you liked and didn’t like helped me get an idea of
what your perfect house was, so when I went to value
properties I’d think, ‘Mr and Mrs Brown, they’d love it!’.
Mr & Mrs B: And you sounded as if you wanted us to buy
a house. Some of the agents were just… disinterested.
You believed in us.
Tim: You viewed this house early on in its marketing,
Mr & Mrs B: First! We were the first. You hadn’t even
launched it on the market.
Tim: What sort of home were you looking for – any
Mr & Mrs B: We were basically looking for three
bedrooms, a reasonable size, parking and a garage,
and we wanted a south or south west-facing garden;
something a bit different. When we first drove up here,
this house appealed to us straight away.
Tim: I meet so many people from Surrey and other
areas who say they want to move down here, come and
view a couple of houses and then abandon the idea,
because they get scared of the change. I remember
thinking you’d fit in so well and I was so happy when
it all went through. What is it about Dorset, and
Weymouth in particular, that made you want to leave
Surrey and relocate?
Mr & Mrs B: It’s not just that it’s pretty, because Surrey’s
pretty as well. The difference is that here you’ve got
so many walks, and in a short car drive you can get to
Bridport and all the way down that coast, you can get
onto Portland and enjoy the views down Chesil Beach; all
that was part of it.
In Surrey, we didn’t like all the cars and everything.
We started to feel differently because we’d been in the
same area for 40 years, we’d brought the children up
and it wasn’t improving. It was getting busier and busier,
especially the drive to the golf club, which might sound
irrelevant, but that was our life. We’d been going there
for 24 years and were growing to quite dislike the drive.
We’d moved house a couple of times, but stayed in the
same area making the same journey everywhere, and
we’re getting older and wanted something else to do.
Tim: It was putting you off the things you wanted to do?
Mr & Mrs B: Yes, and we kept coming down here, because
we have friends in Swanage, and we felt there was a
better quality of life. There are always things going
on here, even in the winter. There’s live music in the
pubs, there are things going on in Weymouth itself; all
year round there are things going on. We got to know
two guys quite well who run a pleasure boat out from
Weymouth Bay round to Portland. Now we go bowling
with them, not that we’re any good at it! People are
friendly down here, you make friends. When you get to
our age – we know it sounds morbid – you know that
there’s an end for you. We found ourselves thinking, ‘Do
we want to be doing the same thing for the next twenty
years?’, and we don’t. We want something else.
Tim: A new lease of life?
Mr & Mrs B: Absolutely. Weymouth is a secret treasure.
Every day we wake up now and it’s a new adventure.
Clean, Green 2019
News from Sarah Dale Aesthetics
We have been delighted to welcome both regular
and new clients to our new Skin and Laser Clinic
in Poundbury. The excitement of choosing colours,
furniture, pictures and accessories to have everything
ready for our opening back in October already seems a
such as surgery or the use of injectables. We work with
our clients to develop a bespoke treatment plan that
encourages them to think about their skin health as part
of a wider lifestyle choice, looking beyond the quick fix
and, instead, being excited about long term results.
We have appreciated feedback from our clients telling
us they love our smart and elegant interior and that
the parking just outside is a real bonus. With a steady
increase in our number of male clients - who see the
benefits of IPL and laser treatments in the control and
maintenance of hair growth and skin rejuvenation - it
was important to create an environment in which both
men and women feel comfortable.
Instant gratification is disappearing. Clients are starting
to realise long term skin health is vital. With our
advanced, ethical skincare and non-surgical treatments,
the body can regenerate itself naturally rather than
results being achieved by a more aggressive approach,
Among other things, our clients want to improve
damage from the past, particularly sun damage and red
veins; improve lines and wrinkles; experience our Venus
Freeze non-surgical face-lifting and body treatments;
improve the appearance of scarring, stretch marks and
cellulite; or come to us for permanent hair removal. Our
treatments are advanced, safe and effective.
As in so many fields, techniques and technologies
are advancing all the time. The team at Sarah Dale
Aesthetics are constantly appraising the latest
equipment and trends in Aesthetic Treatments. After
much consideration, we are thrilled to have taken
delivery of the Ellipse YDUN Frax 1550 system that
allows us to offer the latest Frax Laser Treatments,
which complement our existing Venus Viva Resurfacing
Treatments. What is the Frax Laser Treatment? In the
lip area, for example, it naturally hydrates, exfoliates,
diminishes fine lines, plumps and improves the definition
in lip contour, and brings back more colour. As many
is British, specialising in small batch production in
their own certified labs. They are 100% animal crueltyfree
and dedicated to minimising their impact on
the environment. Their offices are powered by 100%
renewable energy. We were delighted when they
repackaged their products to cut unnecessary plastics,
of our clients don’t want to be inconvenienced or shut
themselves away for a few days, down time following
treatment is minimal. When you are next in the clinic,
ask Tanya, Milly or Sarah for details or, if you haven’t
visited us before, make an appointment with us soon.
We offer complimentary consultations for all our
treatments. Resolve to make that enquiry with us as
your first step towards clearer, fresher skin.
One of our ambitions for 2019 is to be increasingly
mindful of our use of the world’s resources, and we
endeavour to find suppliers that are like-minded. Our
regular clients will be familiar with our Medik8 range of
skincare products. It’s important to us that the company
and our stock is always delivered in boxes made from
recycled cardboard. If you haven’t tried the Medik8
range, come in for a complimentary skin analysis and
talk to our clinicians about the best products for you.
T. 01305 269220
The Sweet Smell of Success
Exciting news from Purbeck Candles
Purbeck Candles, Dorset’s Artisan Candle Company,
are excited to be finalists for this year’s Gift of the Year
Award; an amazing achievement for a small company
who began life making natural candles on an Aga
overlooking Corfe Castle. From over 1,200 applicants,
Purbeck Candles were shortlisted. Their stunning
aromatherapy range then went before a large panel of
industry specialists - including buyers from John Lewis,
Haskins Garden Centre, Ocado and The National Gallery,
as well as journalists and industry experts - to become
one of just three finalists in their category. This
wonderful range is made up of four unique blends; Blend
1 to Relax; Blend 2 to Uplift; Blend 3 to Inspire and
Blend 4 to Focus. Each blend is produced in house using
pure essential oils and presented in beautiful, amber,
apothecary-style glass, which really wowed the judges.
Shop the aromatherapy range at purbeck-candles.co.uk
T. 01929 505036
Introducing: Purbeck Shepherd Huts
The Purbeck Hut-Makers, creating beautiful, moveable spaces that fit your needs
Do you have a little patch of garden or a small field
and want to utilise the space? Nothing shouts ‘Dorset
countryside’ like a beautifully hand-crafted shepherd’s
hut, designed and made to your specification. The
Purbeck Hut Makers are all artisan craftsmen with
years of experience in carpentry, interior decorating
and building. Each hut is completely bespoke, created
exactly to your needs.
Maybe you require a unique home office space or a selfcontained
holiday let or AirBnB? Maybe a luxury
treatment room or a fun games room for the family? You
are limited only by your imagination. From cosy French
chic to utilitarian modernist, we can create the beautiful
space of your dreams.
Why not call us and have a chat?
M. 07973 697435
T. 01929 766017
DORSET, THE HOME OF
HALL & WOODHOUSE
Hall & Woodhouse are one of the few remaining regional family
brewers, brewing our award-winning Badger beers in Dorset
and offering warm hospitality at our pubs for over
240 years. Whether you’re thirsting for a classic English
Village pub, stunning views of the Dorset coastline or
countryside, beautiful pub gardens or contemporary
pub-restaurants, we’ve got the perfect place to
help you while away those spring and summer
days. Below is a guide to just a few of our
stunning Dorset pubs, for more information
on these and the rest of our estate, visit
Almer, Nr Blandford,
West St, Blandford
Forum, DT11 7AJ
Blandford St. Mary,
Hall & Woodho
Queen Mother Square,
Poundbury, DT1 3DD Bridport
Custom House Quay,
Weymouth, DT4 8BE
Weymouth, DT3 6HF
Main Road, Lulworth
Cove, BH20 5RQ
use, the home of Badger Beer
93 Manor Road,
Verwood, BH31 6DT
Lytchett Minster, BH16 6JE
Wimborne, BH21 1PF
188 Ringwood Rd,
Ferndown, BH22 9AP
139-141 Bournemouth Rd,
Poole, BH14 9HT
The Quay, Wareham,
Lake Road, Hamworthy,
Mary Pengelly, Owner, Gorwell Farm
Dream up your own wedding day, create your own event,
or feast on the exciting new food experiences on offer,
all at Gorwell Barn.
Your wedding day is your special day, the first day of
your married life together, and it should be everything
you wish for. Gorwell Barn is a relaxed setting where you
really can express who you are as a couple. Your own
tastes and preferences can shine through in every detail,
helped by our infinitely flexible attitude, giving you the
freedom to design your own day. We’ll give you all the
support you may need with recommended suppliers and
Our venue, in our own secret valley, is perfect for up
to 130 guests. There’s plenty of space for eating and
dancing, complete with well-equipped, comfortable
cottages to stay in and a field for glamping. Come and
make it your own as you throw the wedding of your
Our 17th century barn retains all its period character and
atmosphere, but has been equipped with elegant toilets,
underfloor heating, inside and outside bar areas and a
large, new kitchen for use by your caterers. We have a
license to hold wedding ceremonies at Gorwell and have
several beautiful ceremony areas for you to choose
from; the pagoda is situated outside in a pretty wooded
area if you’re dreaming of an outdoor wedding with a
difference; there is a large terrace alongside the barn,
offering the option of quickly moving your ceremony
inside if the weather turns; and we have a designated
area for a marquee or gazebo if preferred.
Gorwell Barn is available for all types of events requiring
a unique space with ample parking for visitors, and
which allows you the freedom to plan your special event.
A managed, licensed bar is available and we can work
with you to achieve most requests, creating a truly
unique event guaranteed to leave a lasting impression
on your guests.
We also have new and exciting food events planned for
later this year. To find out more, please visit our website.
We would love to hear from you.
T. 01305 871401
M. 07971 978585
‘Portland Bill Sunset’ by Penny Argent
‘Chesil Beach’ by Craig Oakes
Capturing the Best of Dorset
‘Cattle at Buckland Newton’ by John Simpson
At Inspired Living, we delight in showcasing the best
from Dorset’s landscape photographers, both budding
and seasoned. Here are our favourite spring/summer
entries, with the winning photograph, ‘Bluebells on
Bulbarrow Hill’ by John Simpson, gracing our front cover.
John and our runner-up, Craig Oakes (above), will both
receive a bag of goodies from the DOMVS Enterprise
The closing date for entries for our next competition is
Sunday 11th August 2019 at midnight. This time we’re
looking for striking autumn/winter photographs of our
beautiful county. The winning entry will feature on the
cover of our next edition.
Terms & Conditions:
• Entries must be submitted by the stated closing date via email to
email@example.com (we regret we are unable to accept postal
• Please ensure photographs are at least 1MB in size.
• By submitting your photograph/s you agree to allow DOMVS to
publish them in print as well as online, with full credit going to the
original author, for this and future purposes.
• Entrants should include their full name, address, telephone
number and the location/title of their photograph.
• The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will
be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean
acceptance of these terms and conditions.
‘Sunshine at Durdle Door’ by Margaret Preuss-Higham
‘Portland’s Pot of Gold’ by Kristian Corlett
Kitty Oakshott of Upstairs Downstairs
talks ikats and block prints
Ikat (pronounced ‘ee-cat’) comes from the Malaysian
word ‘mengikat’, meaning to ‘tie or bind’. Particularly
popular today, Ikat works wonderfully in both modern
and traditional interiors, helping to give an eclectic,
bohemian feel. This ancient art of weaving is believed to
have been simultaneously and independently developed
in different parts of the world, ranging from South East
Asia to South America and the Middle East. The tradition
is to dye the threads before they are woven. Once the
yarns have been dyed and dried, the weaver lines them
up on a loom to form the pattern. The design then takes
shape as it is woven into the cloth. This process is
incredibly complex and intricate, and a good ikat pattern
really is a true art. As a result, within the cultures that
produced them, ikats were expensive and typically
status symbols, because of the immense skill and time
involved in producing them.
Today, we refer to ikat in a general way to describe
not only the actual technique, but any pattern that
resembles the original ikat woven style. Many fabric
companies have adapted this style, but in a printed
format to make them more affordable. Today’s patterns
are fresh and bold, fashionable and modern, but with an
Ikats are a great way to add a bit of fun to any room and,
as they are often bright and colourful, just a statement
chair, lampshade or some cushions is all it takes to
update your room. Old ikat saris look beautiful made into
pleated lampshades. If you are feeling bold, how about a
headboard to really make a feature of this design? Ikats
are particularly mesmerising as they have a blurred
effect, so keep the rest of the room calm and subtle,
allowing the ikat to jump out and give that little extra
magic to your scheme. Instantly recognisable, ikats
look great as wall hangings, made into bed covers
or as wallpaper. Why not use it as a statement in the
downstairs loo or hallway? Watch out though, as ikats
can become addictive. Once you start using it in your
home, you might get carried away!
Handblock printing is one of the earliest, simplest and
slowest forms of textile printing. Originating centuries
ago in India, the distressed look created by block
printing cannot be replicated by a machine. The design
is first carved out of a wooden block, which is then
covered with dye and pressed firmly onto the cloth or
paper. If the design is intricate, the carving process of
the wooden block itself can take seven to ten days. Each
colour in the design has its own block, so each colour is
applied separately; a detailed and multicoloured design
could use as many as 30 blocks. The process is slow and
labour intensive, but produces beautiful results.
The reminders that these designs have been printed by
hand add to their charm. No batch will ever be exactly
the same. A small imperfection here, perhaps a not dead
straight line there, all add to their uniqueness and detail.
Block prints look particularly good on cushions, quilts
and lampshades, where they can make a feature out of
a small space. Block print designs are colourful, creative
and eclectic, warm and welcoming and bring a touch
of joy. They really are something to be admired and
appreciated for the talented and time-consuming work
that goes into them - a real labour of love.
Block printing and ikat; two of my favourite designs that
have stood the test of time. Why not welcome these
beautiful, intricate fabrics into your home?
Quote “ENTERPRISE” for 10% off fabrics, curtains,
blinds, upholstery or loose covers at Upstairs
Downstairs, The Old School Rooms, Long Street,
Sherborne, DT9 3BS.
T. 01935 813831
Spotlight on: Back2Market
Business Manager, Claire Beddow, shares the love
I am passionate about Back2Market and what it does; I
have been since I first came across it. Yes, you could say
it’s because I dated and am now married to the owner,
Paul, and yes, I may work for him as well, but part of
the reason those things have happened is because of
Paul’s ethos, his passion for Back2Market and how this
translates to the attitude of his staff and their quality of
My background is in social care and welfare benefits. In
fact, two years ago, I gave up a successful, long-term
career in the public sector to work for Back2Market,
because of Paul and how he has developed his business.
His customers are central to everything he does and how
he operates. His commitment to providing them with a
quality, friendly and efficient service is second to none.
He will bend over backwards to ensure he goes the extra
mile, giving the advice and assistance his customers
need. Even if Back2Market can’t help, Paul will do all he
can to provide information about what needs to be done.
Paul’s commitment to the principles of Back2Market and
the way in which this has extended to our team is what
drives my passion as the firm’s Business Manager, and,
hey, I guess it’s part of the reason I married him too.
Contact me for a free quote for your removal and
storage requirements on 07845 231488. For your
clearance needs, call Paul on 0800 2425012 or 07853
275379, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul believes in recycling and reusing wherever possible
and actively strives to minimise landfill waste, seeking
out ways to recycle as much as possible. This passion
has been passed on to our staff; we are lucky to have
such a dedicated team of people working with us. Like
Paul, they will do whatever they can to get jobs done in
a timely, professional and friendly manner. They have
great cohesion and work seamlessly together, treating
our customers and their belongings with respect. If
you’re lucky, you’ll even be ‘treated’ to their cheesy
humour and singing!
Green Fingers, Green Hearts
Mike Burks, Managing Director, The Gardens Group
Screen time and virtual experiences are dominating the
modern world, resulting in a more sedentary lifestyle
and taking us away from the simple pleasures in life,
which can be both grounding and fulfilling. While we
need to embrace all the modern world has to offer, we
must also remember the value of getting back to nature
and the important role we play in looking after the
environment. At The Gardens Group, we’re working hard
to inspire, educate and engage with gardeners of all
ages and levels of expertise to help them look after their
patch of earth, so here’s a few things to bear in mind as
spring rolls around once again.
Wellness while weeding
Calorie-burning, stress-reducing and immunity-boosting,
gardening offers a wealth of physical and mental
benefits which can contribute to a well-balanced life.
Whether tending to an allotment, garden or window
box, simply having contact with well-maintained soil,
teeming with micro-organisms, can trigger a release
of serotonin, which is a natural anti-depressant. This is
just one example of how gardening can have a positive
impact on our well-being, and there have even been
studies to suggest that the unavoidable work-out that
regular gardeners enjoy can help reduce the risk of
degenerative diseases such as dementia.
Weathering the weather
It can be tempting to react to the impact of snow,
torrential rain and soaring temperatures with drastic
redesigns, but environmentally friendly gardening
techniques should minimise disruption during adverse
weather conditions. Lawns provide natural drainage
in the garden, as well as food and habitats for wildlife,
so it is important to look after the soil structure and
allow moisture to flow easily by adding well-rotted plant
material or digging in homemade compost. Collecting
rain in water butts is also an effective way to reduce
the risk of flooding, as well as being a cost-effective
way to keep the garden watered during extended dry
spells. Having water stores in the gardens also provides
vital hydration for wildlife visiting your garden when
resources are scarce.
Houseplants have seen a huge revival in recent
years, especially with younger customers who don’t
necessarily have traditional gardening experience to
call on or have limited access to outdoor space in rented
accommodation or more built-up areas. Known to relieve
stress, purify the air and reduce allergies, houseplants
have become a firm feature of home interiors alongside
technological gadgets, demonstrating how the mental
and physical benefits of plants can help provide balance
in a modern living environment.
Whether planning a new border, filling the front room
with foliage or helping your garden through a heat wave,
there is so much to be gained from getting back down
to earth. With a little extra care for Mother Nature along
the way, wildlife can flourish too.
Where the Grass is Always Greener
Introducing Jurassic Coast Farm Shop
Jurassic Coast Farm Shop is an alternative shopping
experience delivering the finest and freshest produce at
affordable prices from the countryside straight to your
door. Here at Jurassic Coast Farm Shop, we stock our
own grass-fed, free-range Aberdeen Angus beef from
our farm as well as other free-range meats, sustainably
sourced fish, local cheeses, fruit and vegetables.
Our family farm at Winfrith Newburgh has always taken
pride in using traditional agricultural methods of farming
to maintain a very high standard of animal welfare and
sustain the environment. We leave our beef to mature
for 18 months before hanging to dry-age for 28 days,
which enhances the tenderness and gives it its exquisite,
rich flavour. Grass-fed, free-range beef has higher
amounts of omega-3 and is full of antioxidant vitamins
and minerals, because of the animal’s natural diet. It has
also been found that grass-fed beef has less total fat and
is lower in saturated fat than other beef, which makes it
the best meat you can eat.
We offer free delivery to all our customers nationwide on
orders over £40. Whether it be your weekly shop, an
indulgent treat or for a dinner party, we provide a one
stop shop for everything you need.
Jurassic Coast Prime Rib Roast
The success of a good roast is a prime piece of meat and
a good gravy!
You will need:
• 3.75kg (8lb 4oz) 3 bone Aberdeen Angus beef rib
• A little vegetable oil
• 3 onions, halved
• 3 carrots, halved lengthways
1. Take the beef out of the fridge an hour before cooking
to allow it to come to room temperature.
2. Rub a little oil on clean hands and rub over the beef.
Season the beef well with salt and pepper before placing
in a hot dry pan to sear on all sides.
3. Sit the beef on top of the onion and carrot halves in
your roasting pan.
For medium-rare, roast for 12 mins per 450g/1lb
Roast for approx. 100 mins – if you happen to have a
meat thermometer, target temp is 38°C. Leave the
joint to rest in a warm place for 30 mins. The internal
temperature needs to increase to 51°C for medium rare.
For medium-well done, roast for 15 mins per 450g/1lb
Roast for approx. 1 hour 25 mins to 48°C, then rest in
a warm place for 30 mins to 65°C. You can always cut
into the thickest part of the meat and see the colour.
Remember it will continue to cook while resting.
For the gravy:
1. First remove the carrots and onions from the pan, then
stir a little plain flour into the meat juices, whilst you’ve
got the pan off the heat. You don’t want lumps in the
gravy, so this needs mixing in well.
2. Next, begin to incorporate your stock – homemade or
a branded beef stock pot (mixed per the instructions).
Water saved from cooking the vegetables adds more
nutrients and flavour.
3. Return the pan to the hob over a medium-low heat.
As the gravy thickens, add in a little more liquid until
you achieve your desired thickness. Simmer for 5-10
minutes. Reheat before serving piping hot.
Serve with Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese,
carrots, roast potatoes and parsnips… the list is endless
and entirely your choice (if we’re not offering it on the
website, then drop us a line; we’d love to hear from you).
Spotlight on: The Potting Shed
Found directly opposite the new Queen Mothers Square
and attached to the Garden Centre in Poundbury, The
Potting Shed is a melting pot of cuisine and styles
that reflect the nature of the founders’ eclectic food
tastes. The ever evolving menu shifts and moulds
itself around the seasons as well as travels, trends and
fresh discoveries. There is always something new and
interesting, the welcome is always warm and the coffee
and cake are deservedly reputed to be amongst the
finest in all of Dorset. The Potting Shed stays open later
on Fridays with themed menus, often with the delights
of Tapas - after all, sharing is caring. What better way to
start the weekend than over a feast with friends and a
drink or two? Definitely worth a visit.
In the Garden with Sarah
At last, the days are getting longer and our gardens are
about to burst into life. Fear not; if you’ve been a little
‘laissez faire’ during the winter months, these practical
suggestions will help get you back on track:
• Trim the lawn edges
• Cut back early-flowering clematis and deciduous
• Remove dead, perennial foliage
• Weed like mad!
Looking ahead, a more relaxing diary date in May is
the Chelsea Flower Show. Emphasis will be on trees,
woodland and creating natural landscapes. Pollinatorfriendly
plants together with non-chemical gardening,
climate change and biodiversity will all be hot topics.
Biodiversity; it really is the key and no, size doesn’t
matter. Our own patch, whether large or small, can play
its part and for inspiration, look no further than Isabella
Tree’s latest book ‘Wilding’. As owners of Knepp Castle
Estate, Isabella and her husband took a leap of faith and
handed their failing 3,500-acre farm back to nature.
The humans took a back seat and allowed nature to rebalance
itself with astonishing success and unexpected
speed. As a result, many endangered species of flora
and fauna are thriving and the soil has regained its
structure and fertility.
With a little thought and expertise it’s possible to
translate elements of the Knepp philosophy and
approach into our own gardens. The land has long been
sending us warning signs and we disregard them at our
peril, but this project gives hope and is living proof that
it’s not too late.
If you are undecided as to what to do with your garden,
my landscaper colleague, Alan Horley, and I are happy
to assist. Over the years, we have developed a very
successful working relationship, so if you’d like a little
help, we’re happy to share our knowledge with you. Just
call me to arrange a date.
M. 07808 471937
T. 01305 751230
Primrose Matheson, Owner, Primrose’s Kitchen
We are forever hearing the word ‘superfood’ used in
marketing, but if there is a time to use it, then I believe
this is it; charcoal.
Charcoal is a natural substance that has been utilized
to remove toxins and chemicals from the body for
centuries, with the first recorded use being for medicinal
purposes in Egypt around 1500 BC. In the 19th century,
charcoal biscuits were sold in England, prescribed
as a remedy for flatulence and stomach trouble.
Additionally, pills of carbon are used in many countries
as a treatment for diarrhoea, flatulence and indigestion.
More recently, charcoal has been finding its way back
into our foods as a functional ingredient.
At Primrose’s Kitchen, we believe all food should be
functional. In the words of Hippocrates, “let food be
thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Charcoal is
a particular favourite of mine, which is why we have
included it within our staple porridge and chia mix,
so you too can benefit from this magical ingredient.
Research has shown it has a positive effect on lowering
the LDL or bad cholesterol and raising the HDL or good
cholesterol levels 1 and it has also been shown to reduce
gas and bloating 2 .
As well as its benefits inside the body, charcoal powder
can bring effective relief to stings on the surface of the
skin and reduce inflammation and infection in cases of
acne or rashes.
How does it work?
Charcoal works because its particles contain millions
of pores that trap unwanted substances as they pass
through the body and then finally excrete them.
Because of its proven detoxifying properties, the knockon
effect of charcoal is that it is highly beneficial for
boosting our immune system, which, in today’s modern
world, is bombarded with toxins on a daily basis via
our food chain and the air we breath. It may seem
unappetising to look at, but the beauty of charcoal is it
has very little taste, but all the benefits.
Where does our charcoal come from?
The charcoal in our Chia & Charcoal Porridge is not
the kind you find on the outside of burnt sausages, it
is carefully made using a traditional technique and a
single ingredient; the Dorset Oak. With 90% of the UK’s
charcoal being imported from, generally, unsustainable
sources that do not consider deforestation, Dorset
charcoal is a welcome change. Sourcing our charcoal
locally from The Dorset Charcoal Company not only
reduces our carbon footprint, but also considers the
wider environmental factors.
How is it made?
Firstly, kilns are stacked with chopped wood and set
alight for 12 hours. After this, chimneys are added to
the kilns to control the oxygen. Once the burning is at
a stable, controlled level, the chimney lid is closed to
starve the kiln of oxygen for 24 hours. The charcoal is
then bagged, taken back to Jim’s yard and ground to a
So, why not try it?
Add a tablespoon of our Chia & Charcoal Porridge to
your morning smoothie, use it as an ingredient for
stuffing or turn it into charcoal muffins using the recipe
on our website.
Happy, Healthy Highbrow
News from The Highbrow Clinic
What an amazing start to 2019! After a busy festive
period we anticipated a quiet January, but, on the
contrary, we had our best month ever! After the launch
of our new Alumier MD skincare range last November,
clients have taken full advantage of our fabulous
chemical peel treatment offers and that, combined
with our deep tissue massage treatments and LVL lash
treatments, has ensured the clinic continues to go from
strength to strength. We now have three dedicated
skin care specialists who are all qualified Alumier Pro
practitioners; Louisa, Leah and introducing the latest
member of our team, Vicky Garrard.
Introducing Vicky Garrard
Vicky joined the clinic in late 2018 and has quickly
become an invaluable member of the team. With over 12
years’ experience in the beauty industry, she has built
everyone wants clear, beautiful skin. They assembled
a team of top scientists and physicians to produce the
most effective formulations using optimal medical-grade
ingredients. With over 100 years of combined skincare
experience, their experts understand the physiology
behind different skin types and conditions, to help
clients achieve a youthful glow.
When peels are performed regularly, the skin gets
used to this process and begins to rejuvenate itself
like younger skin. Chemical peels improve skin texture
and firmness, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. Peels
also even out skin tone, improve acne-prone skin and
reduce pore size appearance. Alumier focus on the
science behind great skin; they know that it starts with
identifying and understanding each client’s skin profile.
Their comprehensive medical skin care line includes
up her expertise in all aspects of beauty therapy and
has qualified as a skin care specialist offering chemical
peel treatments and our latest LVL lash lift treatments.
Vicky is engaged to Neal and is planning their wedding
this year. The couple share a love of surfing, custom
bike cycling and enjoying going to festivals in their
The Highbrow Training Academy
We are very proud to announce that Louisa has now
completed and passed her teacher training course
and is now a fully qualified teacher in semi permanent
natural enhancements. Our new training academy will be
launched at the clinic in the middle of this year.
More about Alumier
AlumierMD was born out of an understanding that
state-of-the-art, science-based, luxurious formulations
with innovative delivery systems. These products
address multiple skin concerns, deliver results and
perform progressively over time.
We offer a selection of superficial to medium depth
peels known for their excellent results and safety profile.
Our specialists will complete a thorough skin analysis
and recommend an individualised treatment programme
to address your skin concerns. They will create a
personalised programme that combines professional
treatments with home care products, which work
synergistically to improve the health and beauty of skin.
T. 01305 269220
Spotlight on: Sculpture by the Lakes
Nature, art and soul unite at Tincleton, Dorchester
Set in 26 acres of Dorset’s finest countryside, Sculpture
by the Lakes is the go-to venue for art, gardens and
peaceful days out. Over the past few months, this iconic
sculpture park has added even more to its offering.
Home to leading contemporary sculptor Simon Gudgeon
and his gardening wife Monique, Sculpture by the
Lakes has been described as one of the most beautiful
and unique sculpture venues in the UK. Set alongside
Dorset’s River Frome, with three lakes, wildlife ponds,
streams, meandering woodland paths and more formal
gardens, it is the perfect place to spend the day, to
experience art and landscape and not merely to view it,
and to recharge mind, body and soul.
Not just a sculpture park
Sculpture by the Lakes is as much a destination for art
connoisseurs as for garden enthusiasts, nature lovers
and foodies. Visitors can experience a day visiting
The Barn Gallery, one of three gallery spaces on site;
enjoying home-cooked food at The Gallery Café; and
walking around the park itself taking in the beautiful,
tranquil surroundings. There are also private areas
available to hire for the day, such as The Riverkeeper’s
Hut, a beautiful shepherd’s hut situated on the river’s
edge, or The Island, a private, enclosed pavilion with soft
seating, picnic table and wood-burning stove.
Simon Gudgeon has attained worldwide recognition with
exhibitions across the globe. His work features in several
important private collections such as those of HRH The
Duke of Edinburgh, TRH The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall, and TRH The Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge. Simon’s sculptures also feature in public
spaces such as Woburn Abbey, Hyde Park, Kew Gardens
and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole,
As a venue for both international and UK-based artists,
Sculpture by the Lakes boasts three gallery spaces; The
Gallery Café, Studio One and the newly-opened Barn
Gallery, making it the largest art location in Dorset.
Featuring smaller works by Simon, The Barn Gallery
also showcases work by local artists including Jason
Anderson, Julie Brunn, Julie Ann Scott and Laura Rich,
alongside USA-based artists such as Andrew Denman,
Guy Combes, Dennis Boyd and September Vhay. A rolling
series of group and one-man shows is held throughout
the year, plus regular residencies and demonstrations by
Under the banner of Mind, Body and Soul, the sculpture
park is now home to a range of well-being courses and
workshops including a weekly meditation group, regular
yoga retreats plus shiatsu healing, makko-ho and
qigong sessions. Added to this is a burgeoning Winter
Art School to tempt you into taking on a new challenge
or brushing up neglected creative skills. Highly
talented lecturers and tutors from around the globe
offer courses on a huge range of disciplines from oil
portraiture to tassel making, stone carving to jewellery
making, furniture painting to needle felting, plus a
choice of drawing and painting techniques. The team
has also devised a practical range of garden and outdoor
workshops; rose and fruit tree pruning, propagating and
wildlife gardening are just a selection of those available.
The fully licensed Gallery Café serves delicious
home-made food all day, offering vegan and glutenfree
options across the menu. From tea, coffee and a
selection of home-cooked cakes to light bites, quick
snacks and three-course lunches complimented by a
well-chosen wine list, local beers, ciders and soft drinks
for drivers, everyone is catered for. Visitors still hungry
after a post-lunch walk around the park can even finish
their day with a traditional cream tea. The quarter-acre
Kitchen Garden is open for visitors to wander through
and supplies The Gallery Café with fresh produce daily,
whilst the flock of free-range hens ensures a steady
supply of eggs for the kitchen.
Recently licensed as a wedding venue, Sculpture by the
Lakes is a truly unique place to celebrate, whether it be
a marriage ceremony or special birthday. The Retreat
overlooks the River Frome and can accommodate up
to 60 people seated or 100 for a standing reception.
Smaller venues such as The Riverkeeper’s Hut, The
Island or The Pavilion are perfect for smaller, more
intimate groups of four, six or eight people respectively
and include a personally delivered picnic made freshly
by The Gallery Café team - an ideal way to enjoy the
sculpture park and spoil family and friends.
Entry to the sculpture park is £10 per person and entry
to the Gallery Café, Studio One and The Barn Gallery
is free. Sculpture by the Lakes is open 10am-5pm
Tuesday to Saturday from October to the end of March
and Wednesday to Sunday from April to the end of
September. No children under 14 years, and no dogs. For
details on venue hire, retreats, our Winter Art School
and gardening workshops, please visit the website.
T. 07720 637808
Meet DOMVS Enterprise Club at Sculpture by
the Lakes Summer Festival, 6th and 7th July
From producers of delectable, tasty treats to the most
talented designers, decorators and artists, we are all
independent Dorset businesses passionate about where
we’re from and what we do.
Come along and meet DOMVS Enterprise Club members
in our very own festival field, forming part of the
Sculpture by the Lakes Summer Festival. Be inspired
by the unique artisans, their products, demonstrations,
the venue and refreshments. Celebrating the best that
Dorset has to offer, this event will have you reaching for
your phone to share your finds on social media.
Dorset’s unique art, gourmet and garden venue,
Sculpture by the Lakes, will be playing host to DOMVS
Enterprise Club and myriad other craftsmen and
producers for its second annual Summer Festival this
Home to leading contemporary sculptor Simon Gudgeon
and his gardening wife Monique, Sculpture by the
Lakes has been described as one of the most beautiful
and unique sculpture venues in the UK. Set alongside
Dorset’s River Frome with three lakes, wildlife ponds,
small streams, meandering woodland paths as well as
more formal gardens, it is the perfect place to spend the
day, to experience art and landscape and not merely to
view it, and to recharge mind, body and soul.
Now an annual event, Sculpture by the Lakes’ Summer
Festival attracts visitors from all over the county and
beyond, with people coming from all over the South
West as well as further afield. On its first outing in 2018,
the one day festival had just under 1,000 attending
and, having extended to two days, expects to double
the number of visitors this year. Entry costs £7.50; no
children under 14 years old (includes babies) and no
dogs, please. Stallholders wishing to take part should
M. 07720 637808
“So what is your image of estate agents? Change it and go to DOMVS. The
team will be realistic on market values, determinedly persistent on leads,
even cheerful in the face of idiosyncratic sellers, buyers and surveyors.
And they never give up. When do they switch off and sleep?!”
Mr Garvey, 2018
In 2018, 99% of customers questioned rated us five out of five
and said they would recommend our services.
If you’ve been thinking of selling or letting, talk to us today and
experience a different kind of estate agency.
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