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Contents

May 2019

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson tracks down the

best properties on the market

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SWEET SORBET

Bright and light spring

fashion styled by Kate Watts

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BORDER BASICS

Jo Arnell talks us through how

to creatue a beautiful border

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NOTEBOOK

News and events to

inspire this May

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PURE & SIMPLE

Josephine Fairley’s eco-friendly

alternatives to make-up wipes

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REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE

We talk to schools about their efforts

to teach environmental values

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PATTERN REPEAT

Take a tour of the luxe and lovely

Hamilton Lodge, Margate

GET THE LOOK

A shopping list inspired

by Hamilton Lodge

COSY COOL

Amy Maynard’s hygge-tastic twobedroom

love shack

GET THE LOOK

A guide to stealing some style

inspiration from Amy Maynard

CURATIVE CONTENT

We source art pieces that make

beautiful interior features

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SKIN DEEP

Eminé Rushton’s final entry

in her year of wellness

focuses on natural make-up

NATURAL WISDOM

Health and wellbeing advice

HOT OFF THE

VEG PATCH

Simple recipies to showcase

locally-sourced ingredients

FOOD FOR FRIENDS

A recipe from Hush Heath

Hospitality’s Executive Chef

EUPHORBIA EUPHORIA

Sue Whigham celebrates a muchadmired

garden favourite

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BRAIN WAVES

Hilary Wilce says we need to

work with mobile phones

WHAT’S ON

Events to keep you busy this May

COMPETITION

Win a seven-night boating holiday

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard’s update

from Coopers Farm

EXTENSIONS

& OUTDOOR

LIVING

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in excess of 3,294 sq ft. This stunning property

benefits from a quiet country lane location on the

edge of Winchelsea with far reaching views, and

boasts a double height Entrance hall, Living room,

Hand crafted Kitchen / Dining Room, Snug / Study,

Utility room, ground floor WC, plenty of off street

parking and an attached small paddock. The whole

property comprises around 0.7 acres. EPC: C

CAMBER Guide Price £1,150,000

A fully restored detached Victorian home

comprising 5 Double Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

with an additional 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

self-contained attached annexe. This character

property also benefits from a stunning Kitchen

/ Dining room with bi-fold doors to the garden,

Larder / Store room, family Snug / Play room,

Living room with wood burner as well as a private

west facing garden with large timber shed. This

charming property enjoys an enviable position at

the top of a private road while being 200 m from

the dunes of Camber Sands. Main house: EPC: D

Annexe: EPC: E

PEASMARSH Guide Price £465,000

A former listed character detached 4 Bedrooms, 2

Bathrooms period cottage with scope for updating,

set in a quiet position in the heart of Peasmarsh

village. This charming property provides versatile

accommodation that comprises a large triple

aspect Living room with wood burner, Sitting room

/ Snug, Dining room, Kitchen / Breakfast room and

south facing Conservatory. The property benefits

from a detached garage and workshop with an

enviable south facing rear garden backing onto

open fields with rural views. EPC: E

UDIMORE Guide Price £449,950

A fine detached 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom

cottage set within mature gardens on the edge

of Udimore village. This delightful property

enjoys a large open plan Living room / Dining

room, Study / Bedroom 3, south facing

Conservatory, Kitchen/Breakfast room,

Ground floor Cloakroom/WC, Utility room

and an attached Garage. The south facing

garden enjoys far reaching southerly views

overlooking orchards and the surrounding

countryside as well as benefitting from off

street parking for several vehicles. EPC: E

Iden Guide Price £465,000

A modern well-presented, 3 Double

Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, detached family

house set in a quiet location within the heart

of the village of Iden. Built in 2011 this part

brick, part composite weatherboard clad

property provides a south facing Living

room with feature fireplace, large Kitchen /

Dining room, Study / Play room, ground floor

Cloakroom /WC and a private south facing

garden with parking for several cars. EPC: D

PEASMARSH Guide Price £435,000

An exceptionally well-presented, 3 Bedroom,

1 Bathroom, detached family house with

contemporary and traditional features

including a bespoke handmade Kitchen /

Dining Room with AGA, large double aspect

Living Room with wood burner, a ground

floor Cloakroom /WC, Study, all set back

from the road in a central village location

with parking for 4 cars and a private rear

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GREATSTONE £560,000

Character home with four bedrooms, three en-suites and panoramic sea views.

Currently being run as a successful bed and breakfast, the White Horses Cottage

was previously part of a Sussex Farmhouse with period features. EPC E

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Six bedrooms (two ensuite) · Approximately 4 acres ·

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Cranbrook School Catchment Area

LINTON £1,295,000

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Woodchurch

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Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse, 2 bed barn

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North Downs

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Langley

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Converted Kentish oast house, outbuildings, cart

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Pretty Grade II listed cottage, character features,

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In all about 5 acres. EPC NA

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Detached 5 bed family home, private drive, just

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Elegant country house set in enchanting gardens & grounds, detached 2 bedroom Georgian cottage and various outbuildings, 3 reception rooms,

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, spring fed lake, native woodland and field, about 13.24 acres, EPC=E and F

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The home has a luxurious and individual style, all

The home has luxurious and individual style, all

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Relax in our landscaped grounds or enjoy a coffee and

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Barelands Farm

The dream: This is the full High

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Grade II Listed beamy farmhouse and

barn fun centre, with a games room,

cinema, sauna, steam shower and

kitchenette. There is a very appealing

long low row of outbuildings

adjacent to the house, which houses a

sustainable biomass system that heats

the house and barn and the water

throughout, including the outdoor

pool. It sits on 162 acres, 50 of them

woodland, in glorious countryside,

close to the village of Bells Yew Green,

where (confusingly) Frant railway

station is located with its excellent

service to London.

Where: Just a mile from the village,

with pretty Frant under two miles and

Tunbridge Wells handy in under five.

Setting: Pastoral countryside and its

own bluebell woodlands.

Beds: 8 Baths: 4

Special features: A lovely big Aga

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oak-framed breakfast room.

Pleasing details: There is an

established small shoot on the property

and carp and trout fishing in the lakes

at the southern boundary.

Outside: Pretty gardens, a kitchen

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a wonderful wisteria growing up it. An

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Time to town: Under an hour on the

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The dream: One of five newly-built

luxury townhouses in a peaceful spot just

out of the centre of the beautiful historic

town of Rye. The houses are cedar clad

in a contemporary style that’s in keeping

with the maritime heritage of the town.

The whole first floor is a social kitchen

and living area with a balcony looking

over the river and the space has been

cleverly used with a chic modern kitchen

and incorporated storage.

Where: Beautiful Rye.

Setting: Waterside living on the banks of

the River Rother.

Beds: 3 Baths: 2

Special features: Floor to ceiling sliding

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Pleasing details: Parking for two cars,

including an integrated car port.

Outside: The river and the town.

Time to town: About 90 minutes, via

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The dream: A Grade II Listed early

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Where: The much sought-after village

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Setting: On the outskirts of the

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Beds: 5 Baths: 2

Special features: A large triple-aspect

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Pleasing details: There’s an annexe that

with a little imagination could easily be

put to all kinds of fun purposes.

Outside: Half-an-acre of grounds, with

lawn, established shrubs, mature trees

and beautiful borders.

Time to town: An hour from Marden,

ten minutes away.

Agent: Radford Estates

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Kitchen Creations

We Speak to Mr & Mrs Prentis From Tunbridge Wells about their New Kitchen from Schmidt

What prompted you to redesign your kitchen?

We wanted to renovate our downstairs entirely,

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plan kitchen-diner space, whilst creating a cosy front

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How did you first hear about Schmidt?

We had been in town looking at holidays and saw

the lovely Schmidt showroom opposite. We decided

to have a look because we loved the display at the

front of the store and met James (designer).

What did you think of the showroom?

Amazing, for a large showroom it was bright,

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with a lot of different ideas on show for you to

choose from. It had all types of style, and different

types of units and options for bins, drawers etc.

So it was easy to pick bits that we liked from each

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Did you find you kept to your original idea of a

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Journey of change for sure, the actual layout of the

kitchen was changing all the time, at one point

we had a bathroom going in to the same space!

However, we found that, apart from choosing

between a couple of shades, the colours stayed the

same.

How did you choose your colours?

We were prompted by the display when we walked

in, we always like the wood style and this was the

first display you saw as you walked in. We knew

we didn’t want a modern look with glossy doors,

but we’ve managed to create a modern kitchen that

feels homely and warm through the wood.

Throughout the design process was it easy to

visualise the finished product?

It was very easy, actually easier than we had

thought, from the computer renders and descriptions

from our designer. It helped with our visualisation of

space and seeing the walkways and how we would

walk around the island.

How has the way you use your kitchen changed?

It has gone from a small galley kitchen to an entire

family space. We can prepare food whilst talking

to people, watching TV together, or helping prepare

food. Everything is accessible and easy to use,

which means everyone is now more willing to get

involved in the cooking as a family. We also have

much more room for things so I now have space for

a food processor and cooking books which I didn’t

before.

How did you choose the appliances, with the vast

range on offer?

We were influenced by a great open day that

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allowed us to see how easy it was to use and the

food that came out afterwards.

How did you find the installation of the kitchen?

The fitter was excellent to have in the house for a

long duration, great at getting on with us and other

workmen that were working with us. If we had any

queries they were answered straight away or found

out quickly. If any hiccups occurred, they were quick

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What do you like best about your new kitchen?

I love the under-sink cupboards that go around the

sink, which fits everything relevant to the sink with

the bins directly below which are compact. The

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cupboard, pull-out larder drawers, spice rack, tall

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Just so much to choose from but everything is all

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How was your experience with Schmidt? Would

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100% recommend, great experience from the

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money where necessary so it was all our choice.

Most importantly our designer was patient with the

changes we made, and took time to understand

them and show us our ideas.

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Celebrity Divorces

News of a celebrity divorce can become viral within seconds, but how much truth is there behind

those eye-catching headlines? Let’s look at a few examples:

“The Quickie Divorce”

In 2018, it was reported that Jamie and

Louise Redknapp’s 19-year marriage

was ended in 25 seconds. This led many

to question why their own divorce was

taking months, if not years. Whilst it

is true that 25 seconds is the time it

took a Judge to read out the couple’s

names and pronounce Decree Nisi,

this simply confirms the couple’s right

to divorce and they remain married

until Decree Absolute, which is at

least six weeks and a day later.

However, for many couples, it is

the other issues associated with

divorce such as finances and the

arrangements for children which

significantly lengthen the time frame.

Even celebrity couples can and do

endure months of lengthy negotiations

and, for some, acrimonious court

proceedings, but this unsensational

reality does not sell papers.

“Conscious Uncoupling”

Although the best example of this was

some time ago when Chris Martin

and Gwyneth Paltrow separated,

the concept has not lost its appeal,

as for those navigating the hugely

emotional and often damaging world

of divorce, the idea of separating

in a peaceful and loving way is

understandably very appealing.

I would urge these couples to

consider Collaborative Law, which,

whilst not always the path to a loving

divorce, is a constructive and solicitor

supported approach to deal with

divorce and the associated issues.

“Bifurcated Judgement”

One of the more buzzworthy statements

to come out of the Angelina Jolie and

Brad Pitt divorce, this allows them to

achieve legally recognised single status

whilst they continue to negotiate the

finances and arrangements for the

children. This option is not available

within the UK, but if, for whatever

reason, a couple felt that the time

was not yet right to divorce, it is

possible to legally separate and settle

arrangements, although not all financial

orders are available outside a divorce.

So, the message to any readers is don’t

be taken in by sensationalist headlines,

look behind the façade and take advice

from a sensible divorce lawyer to get

factual information on your options

so that you can make an informed

decision about what is right for you.

If you would like further advice we

offer a free 30-minute meeting.

Please contact our team secretary

Khaila Reid on T: 01892 502 335 or

E: KReid@bussmurton.co.uk

and quote ‘Wealden Times

Please get in touch with our Family team who will be happy to help.

Melanie den Brinker Margaret Evans Lora Grogan Amanda Jardine-Viner

Julie Taylor

Kristy Underwood

www.bussmurton.co.uk T: 01892 510 222

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individual mini consultations where you can talk to him in privacy about your breast surgery questions.

Wednesday 15th May from 7pm

HIP SURGERY ADVICE

Are you considering hip surgery?

Come and meet our expert to discuss.

Mr Senthil Velayudham, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon is having an open evening consisting of

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Notebook

What to do and see near you this month

Save the children

This year marks Save the Children’s

centenary and 15 years of Peppa Pig, so

naturally the charity’s Muddy Puddle

Walk is back and aiming to raise funds

to make sure that children in the world’s

toughest places get food and medicine

if they’re hungry or sick, are protected

from danger and get the chance to learn.

The walk is a great chance to teach

children about the value of charity in a

way that also allows them to get outside

and just be messy joyful kids. Plus it’s a

fantastic excuse for adults and kids alike

to come together for a good cause and

give in to that childish temptation to

jump around in some muddy puddles.

Everyone who takes part in a Muddy

Puddle Walk will get a free Peppa sticker

and a certificate to say a big ‘Well

Done!’ from Save the Children, Peppa

and all her friends. Plus, if your Muddy

Puddle Walkers raise more than £150

you could receive one of hundreds

of fantastic Peppa Pig rewards.

It all kicks off (quite literally)

on Monday 13 May

and runs to Sunday 19

May for a week of fun

fundraising, but if you’re

busy that week you can

sign up for whenever

suits you and there

are even activities

you can join in with

indoors if you can’t go

outside, so everyone

can get involved!

savethechildren.org.uk

Retail Therapy

Get ready for summer at the

Boutique & Artisan Shopping Fair

at East Sussex National Hotel,

Uckfield, on Friday 10 May.

There’s something for everyone

with a unique collection of 60

boutique owners and small

businesses selling gorgeous

clothing, accessories, food

and drink, homeware, gifts

and beauty products. See

the advert on page 144 for

details, discounted entry and

a chance to win £50 to spend.

countrylifestylefairs.co.uk

Dream venue

Battel Hall (one of our featured

properties in last month’s issue) has

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Above: A leather chesterfield armchair and a club chair contrast pleasingly with a bold and bright modern abstract painting by

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Left: Flamingo wallpaper and a striking

mother-of-pearl waterfall chandelier are a

memorable addition to the guest loo

came along, ticking all those boxes – and already having

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food storage and you don’t want plates all over the kitchen.”

Stepping from the extension back into the original

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Above: A guest bedroom features a padded and buttoned pink velvet headboard

against a wall of deco wallpaper, which gives it a bit of a Biba air

house, the first room you come to – the sitting room –

continues the sophisticated feel, with feature bookcases

painted a striking teal (or possibly Air Force blue…)

with a sleek cocktail chair and ottoman from Made.

com in the same colour velvet. Another painting

by Marijke Hoekstra hangs over the fireplace.

“I lived next to her when I was a student,” says Owner

One. “I loved her work, but I couldn’t afford to buy

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We walk back through the bright yellow hall – “This

is a chill out zone” – and into the library where there

are two particularly striking high-backed wooden

armchairs, next to the Kelly-green tiled fireplace, which

came from the home of Owner One’s late parents.

On the wall – next to a bookcase full of children’s books

– is a display of Arthur Rackham’s iconic illustrations

from Owner Two’s childhood, the rows of simple frames

all lined up perfectly. “We had a professional picture

framer hang all the pictures in the whole house for

£500. We never could have put all these up straight.”

Upstairs, another family heirloom is the statement piece

in the really extraordinary Master Bedroom. The room

is truly huge – the perfect proportions for the splendid

17th century armoire that came from her parents’ house.

So right does it look in the room: “When my brother

visited and he saw it in here, he said ‘It’s home now…’”

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floor – also the size of the average

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padded and buttoned pink velvet

headboard against a wall of rather

deco wallpaper, which gives it a bit

of a Biba air. Adding to the slightly

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of each of the built-in cupboards

(original to the house), is a white

globe lamp from IKEA. It’s a great

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bed. This is the – formally required – bedroom from

which you can see the sea and the one Owner One

and Owner Two use when they are in residence.

The very adorable pale blue and white 1960s

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town is famous for it. The very stylish recycled wood

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blue and white lamps on the tables by Pooky.

Back down one half-landing is the sixth bedroom

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more – which they call the French Room. More sweetly

girly it has pretty wallpaper, a 1960s Louis Fooey

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At the end of the corridor is the final bathroom – which

is possibly my favourite room in the whole house. Painted

a gorgeous petrol blue it has two groovy sit-atop basins on

marble stands opposite each other – which is so much more

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Previous pages & above: Amy limewashed the original bricks in the living area to make them look consistently aged. A black steel

multiple-paned window looks through to the bedroom – which Amy wanted specifically to create that loft feeling

The Danes call it hygge – meaning the feeling of

contentment that comes with being warm and

snug and comfortable, in a nice space, with people

you like, and yummy snacks and drinks to hand.

The closest word in English is cosy, but that has

a slightly frumpy association – as in a beloved old

cardi, which is lovely to snuggle up in, moth holes

and all, but you wouldn’t wear out in public.

We all like being cosy (I’m wearing a down gilet as I type,

in pursuit of it on a rather damp spring day), but it’s a bit

of a guilty pleasure – and it certainly has nothing to do with

being cool. Not in temperature terms, but as in effortlessly

groovy. Cool like Steve McQueen, or the young Jane Birkin.

So what struck me immediately on entering Amy Maynard’s

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her house in the village of Appledore, on the northern fringe

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Above: Light floods in from Crittal-style windows which lead out onto a decked terrace

socks, with someone special and a glass of Malbec, your

tummy full of mac and cheese, the wood stove humming

and give Netflix a good going over – but feel really cool

while you did it. It even has a cool name: The Outbuilding.

One of the tick boxes on their house search list, when Amy

and her husband Charlie and two young children decided

to make the move out of London four years ago, along with

being close to Amy’s parents and on the right side of the

county line for Kent’s grammar schools, was: “Somewhere

with room to create something that would make an income.”

The house they bought, once the village store on

Appledore’s main (practically, only) street ticked them all

with, as Amy explains, “a garage and workshop just begging

to be converted.” Which was a seriously good result,

considering it was only the second property they looked at.

With years of experience as a journalist specialising

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good idea of the kind of look she wanted for the project.

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of the space. “We had a long chat and I told him the feel

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my vision and was absolutely amazing,” she remembers.

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This page: Connecting the indoors with the outdoors, the terrace provides

a secluded spot to enjoy breakfast or an early evening glass of wine

remember that seminal 1980s ad… if you

don’t, you can Google it) loft-living vibe.

Those bricks are original (although

Amy did limewash them to make them

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Everything else was rebuilt from scratch.

The outside is weatherboarded in keeping with

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This page: The second bedroom, with two built-in bunk beds,

is painted a deep green. Guests often leave messages in an old

printer’s tray, into which Amy has put some letter cubes

warmer colours is a theme throughout the building.

The warm touches in here come from the bare brick, which

is picked up in the terracotta pink stripes in the fabulous

linen curtains by Canterbury-based company Ada & Ina.

Which, I note, are hung from very chic concealed tracks –

perhaps the kind of thing it takes one interiors feature writer

to install and another to notice. It was a YES from me.

Also warming up the industrial chic coolness in

here, are all the charming vintage pieces which Amy

has assembled to furnish it. The décor style may be

bang up to the minute, but none of the furniture

or accessories in it are new. Not a single thing.

“We spent the money on the building, the bathroom

and the steel-framed doors – which are from The

Green Window Company – so everything else had

to be done on a budget and a large proportion of

the furniture and accessories are secondhand.

“I spent the six months the building took to convert

sourcing all the things to go in it, which I loved doing.

I found them on eBay, Gumtree, charity shops and at

Ardingly Antiques and Collectors Fair… The kitchen

table was from St Michael’s Hospice furniture shop

in Tenterden. The sofa was £250 on eBay...”

More of Amy’s ingenious bargain style-solutions can

be seen on the walls. “I went to Rye Old Books, which

is a lovely second-hand bookshop, and found old books

with beautiful coloured plates inside. I sliced them

out and had them framed. I did feel bad cutting the

books up, but at least the pictures get seen now.”

A group of paintings on the top shelf of the wall

of shelves on the internal wall – on which the books

are gloriously arranged by colour – were also frugally

sourced, mainly from eBay, and are very effective

as a group on a theme of domestic still lifes.

A cupboard on the same wall opens to reveal a concealed

telly and to the left of it is another black steel multiplepaned

window, through to the bedroom – which Amy

wanted specifically to create that loft feeling. It works

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Above: The bathroom is small but perfectly formed, with a shower screen that echoes the black metal Crittal-feel windows and doors

throughout The Outbuilding

brilliantly and also makes the bedroom very light.

But to get in there, you must first step back into the

relative darkness of the hall, painted the gorgeous rich dark

Studio Green (also F&B) – and it is these changes in pace

that make this really quite compact space work so well.

This is especially true as after about two footsteps the

hall segues into also being the second bedroom. It has two

built-in bunk beds, painted the same green, so appealing you

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bunks were the architect’s idea, with the ceiling lantern for

light. I wanted it to be like a train or a boat, so I bought

the two fish-eye mirrors, to give the effect of portholes.”

Also on the wall in this space is an old printer’s tray,

once used to store metal type, into which Amy has

put some letter cubes, which prove to be irresistible to

guests, be they loved-up couples seeking solitude, or

families with young children wanting walks and beaches

(it’s 20 minutes to the coast). “People leave us lovely

messages in it. One said: ‘I never want to leave’.”

I felt like that about the next room along on its

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In the same combination of matt black, white, brass

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black. “I don’t like matchy matchy,” says Amy.

But she clearly does like a theme and it works fantastically

throughout The Outbuilding, bringing the whole scheme

together. The marble seen in the kitchen is visited here in

the fabulous oblong basin, which sits on a black metal stand,

with a splendid brass tap and a round brass mirror above. “I

bought the sink on Amazon and had the stand custom made.”

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Best & May. “They’re very expensive, so we just had a

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Above: Amy found the bath locally and had it re-enamelled before painting it in Little Greene’s Light Peachblossom

few.” The tiles are arranged in a herringbone pattern – as

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grey grout – which echoes the herringbone of the oversized

wood parquet throughout the rest of the building. The

bathroom floor is laid with small hexagonal tiles.

On the wall are more framed plates from old books,

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The main bedroom when you do get into it has another

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Painted a lovely pale green, it has a splendid pink and

white striped headboard from The Headboard Workshop,

in fabric by Vanessa Arbuthnot, and combined with

a rather delicate antique chair and cabinet, this

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Edwardian feel. In such a small space, it’s masterly

to have fitted in all these changes of tempo.

The hero moment in here is the claw-foot bath

painted the most beautiful pink – Little Greene’s Light

Peachblossom. “I got the bath on Gumtree. It was

rotting in a garden in Icklesham. I had it re-enamelled

by the Bath Doctor in Faversham and then painted

the sides and added the brass taps and soap rack.”

That soap rack – both jolly handy and lovely to look

at – represents another theme of the whole project. Chic

combined with practicality. On the wall next to the bed

there is a storage shelf and a built-in rail of hangers and

over by the window there’s a flat space next to the mirror

(a lovely thing itself, made from a French chateau door)

where you could organise your make-up and then put it on

in good light. Details so often forgotten in holiday rentals.

“My mum and dad travel a lot and my mum said, ‘You

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Something Amy’s visitors must thank her for – as they would

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Above: In the main bedroom, a pink and white striped headboard from The Headboard Workshop is upholstered in fabric by Vanessa Arbuthnot

switches in just the right place for a sleepy hand to find.

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bedrooms. She spent a night in The Outbuilding herself

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Social Kitchens

A world away from its roots as a practical, no-frills room to prepare food,

today’s kitchen area tends to set the tone for the style of the rest of the

house. Here, we’ve chosen five projects that truly place the kitchen at the

heart of the home – the perfect spaces to spend informal time together as

a family and special spots to entertain friends, both inside and out

The pared-back Shaker style

kitchen by Neptune Weybridge

“Neptune kitchens are built to last using solid timber

and traditional joinery techniques. This kitchen is

from our Suffolk range, a simple pared back Shaker

style that sits comfortably in any setting, traditional

or contemporary. It was a perfect fit for this Victorian

house whose new design is true to its roots but renovated

for contemporary living. This was previously a small,

dark and dated kitchen at the back of the house. As

part of the renovations the owners opened up the room

by adding an extension and letting in a magnificent

amount of light through the new Crittall doors.

The brief was to create a modern space with touches

of traditional styling using bold colours. There needed

to be plenty of room for socialising both around the

island and the dining table. The open space lends itself

perfectly to having an island in the middle around which

people always seem to congregate, whilst separating

them from the cooking and prep area. There is also

plenty of room for guests around the dining table.

The light that streams in through the glass

doors allowed the cabinets painted in Neptune

Charcoal, which is a beautiful deep dark grey, to

contrast with the Snow white of the island.

The range cooker along the wall with its tiling and

canopy provides a focal point for the room. All the

essentials such as the fridge, bin and sink are within easy

reach, making cooking and entertaining a simple task.

The utility room at the back can be seen through

the Crittall door and the same colour was used for

cabinets in here in order to link the two rooms.”

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The seasoned oak orangery

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“The main objective of this seasoned

oak orangery project was to create a new

contemporary, bright and spacious open plan

living environment that extended from the

kitchen area. Having lived previously in South

Africa, the family wanted to make use of the

garden for social occasions, by opening up the

new space with multiple bi-fold doors and

truly have a sense of ‘bringing the outside in’.

The design brief also included the provision

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“Our client’s large established garden created

a beautiful landscape but without a dedicated

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entertaining area that would appeal to all ages and

bring family together in one unique social space.

The available space, the surrounding house and

striking gardens made this an ideal fit for Renson

Louvered Canopies. The sophisticated technology

of a Renson would create the ambience the client

required for this entertaining area via inclusions of

bluetooth sound bars, heat bars and uplights.

Existing brickwork was built upon to create the

outdoor kitchen first, leaving cavities for the Fire

Magic outdoor kitchen to be fitted at a later date.

Each Renson Camargue was then fitted into place

with wall plate fixings to the house on two sides.

Different post heights were require to create a level roof

and careful channelling of existing paving to create

the sliding glass walls effect. Minor landscaping was

completed such as creation of a step down into the

back garden, before granite work surfaces were fitted

and the Fire Magic equipment moved into place.

We designed a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen in

a U shape with bar seating along one side. Including

an Aurora 790 cooking system with Magic View

Window and Rotisserie allowed our client to cater

for large numbers whilst the Alfa Pizza Oven

added a focal point for guest interaction. Glass

sliding walls were used to create a bright internal

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atalie from NK Living: “We were

We get the low-down from a construction

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collaborative project to transform a family

home to better suit its occupants’ needs

approached by our client to create a new

kitchen and living space. Once we had discussed

the budget, we came up with a design and

layout to incorporate a new kitchen, dining

area, utility and snug. There was an internal

wall that needed to be knocked down and the

ceilings in the existing kitchen/TV area were

far too low, so we designed a space lifting the

roof, vaulting and insetting two large roof

lanterns to elevate the height. Visual aspect

and natural light were important factors, along

with design elements, such as a pocket door

to the utility room to cut down on losing

crucial space, and internally glazed bi-folds

between the dining area and snug for light,

allowing either an open plan or closed in snug.

We project managed the whole thing and

all trades who work for our company. I am

an interior designer by trade and design and

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of the day-to-day running of the site. I arrange

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The Kitchen

The team at Collins Bespoke: “We call this beautifully

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of our favourite kitchen extensions! With regards to a brief, our

customer came to us with two things in mind: to make the most

of the room – utilising worktop and storage space – and, to create

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of our customers, ‘bespokeness’ is key – and, we are just that:

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To get the ball rolling, our customer got in touch and then came to

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From first contact, to agreed design and installation, we worked within

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Traditional to the hand-made industry, the Dalmally kitchen is

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The kitchen features seamlessly integrated Siemens appliances,

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Our most favourite feature in this kitchen is hidden behind

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of our customers’ children, which ultimately remind any

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Protect & Perfect

Hunting for natural floor

coverings? Vedat Demiralp

from Coban Rugs explains

to Wealden Times just

what makes his handwoven

rugs and runners stand

out from the crowd...

Can you tell us a little about Coban

Rugs and your range of rugs and

runners? The basic concept is about

combining traditional weaving skills

with contemporary designs using goats’

wool, which was once widely used in

Turkey but is less well known here.

Goats’ wool has the benefit of being

low maintenance and hard-wearing. It

also feels really good under bare feet.

The natural colours are soft and muted

so you have this beautiful aesthetic

in a durable product. The woven

runners are used for hallways and stairs.

Larger rugs can be produced to any

size by joining lengths together with a

variety of stitching techniques, either

seamless or with a seam as a feature.

Where are the rugs made and

how? They’re produced in Turkey,

hand woven on traditional

looms using hand-spun yarn.

What inspires the designs? The key is

simplicity and working with a natural

material. The undyed wool is in shades

of black, white, brown and white.

Sometimes there are subtle shifts in

shade which add to the aesthetic. The

rugs are woven on flat weave looms, so

most of the designs are a combination

of stripes, panels and borders in

contrasting shades and colours. The

effect is striking yet harmonious.

Plain rugs have an aesthetic of their

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and colour of a natural product. Also

I use plain rugs as the background

for my stitched artwork on rugs,

implementing any shapes, though

my favourite is geometric patterns.

Can rugs and runners be made to

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often made to the required size and

may also include bespoke designs.

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I am working with interior designers

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What’s been your proudest

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as well as in the more challenging

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Where can people see Coban Rugs?

I will be at Selvedge Fairs in Bath in

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The Wealden Times Fairs in June and

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Whether you’re looking to

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interesting design or simply cut down

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a big lawn space, a patio can be an

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Who?

Depending on the size of your plot you

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Lay samples out in the area which is

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The land needs to be checked for

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Lay samples out in the

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The land itself may well dictate where

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Make the most of the warmer weather and

head into the garden to eat with family and

friends. Here, in an extract from her new

book, A Perfect Day for a Picnic, Tori Finch

creates deliciously simple canapés, made to

be enjoyed outside.

Photographs: Georgia Glynn-Smith

Crostini Two Ways

The toasted crostini can be made a few days

before and kept in an airtight container. When

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beans or the salsa verde and feta, or, for a great

flavour combustion, combine the two toppings.

Serves 6

• 1 baguette, sliced on the bias into

½ cm / ¼ inch thick slices

• 60ml / ¼ cup olive oil

• 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

• 4 sprigs of fresh thyme

To make the crostini, preheat the oven to

1220°C (425°F) Gas 7. Brush both sides of

each baguette slice with plenty of olive oil.

Arrange the baguette slices on a baking

2 sheet, scatter the garlic slices and thyme

sprigs over the tops and bake in the preheated

oven for about 10 minutes, until the bread

is golden and the edges are crisp.

Allow to cool on a wire rack before serving

with one or both of the toppings below.

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Salsa Verde with Feta

• 1 garlic clove

• 4 anchovy fillets

• 1 shallot, finely chopped

• freshly squeezed juice and grated zest of 1 lemon

• 2 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained, chopped if large

• 1 bunch of fresh parsley, roughly chopped

• 1 bunch of fresh oregano, roughly chopped

• ½ bunch of fresh mint, roughly chopped

• olive oil, to taste

• 200g / 7oz feta cheese

• sea salt and ground black pepper

In a mortar and with a pestle (or in a food processor, blending

1 only briefly so that the mixture is still chunky) crush the garlic,

then add the anchovy fillets and crush again to make a rough paste.

Add the shallot and lemon zest, give it a good

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lovely wafts of the flavours combining together.

Stir in the capers, herbs and lemon juice, bruising the herbs a

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Flageolet Beans with Chilli & Lemon

• 1 x 410g / 14oz can flageolet beans

• 3 tbsp virgin olive oil

• freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons

• 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

• 1 garlic clove, crushed

• sea salt and ground black pepper

1Tip the beans into a sieve/strainer and rinse thoroughly

under cold, running water. Allow to drain and

dry a little before transferring to a mixing bowl.

Add the olive oil, lemon juice, chilli and

2 garlic, season well with salt and pepper and

toss the beans in the dressing to coat.

To serve, spoon onto the crostini slices

and enjoy.

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Pure &

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your skin will love you for it

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On the very rare occasions now when I get a wipe

out of my handbag – usually on a train from

Hastings to London Charing Cross on which the

water isn’t working on the loo (please take note anyone from

Southeastern who happens to be reading this), I feel like I have

to make a public announcement. “It’s biodegradeable, you

know,” I whisper to myself while swabbing off train grime with

a gorgeously fragrant L’Occitane Verbena Refreshing Towelette.

With a great record of eco-consciousness, L’Occitane were

among the first to introduce biodegradeable wipes. But the

point about a wipe, even in a germy hand emergency on a

train, is that it’s always going to be a single-use

product – even if it’s compostable. But the

fact is, most still aren’t – featuring polyester

or plastic that can take years, decades or even

centuries to break down in the environment.

Many of us are moving away from

‘throwaway’ products of all kinds. But

happily, there are now many alternatives

to wipes and non eco-friendly cleansing options – starting

with the good old muslin cloth. It was Eve Lom who

originally pioneered these for use with her first-of-its-kind

balm cleanser – a concept embraced some years later by

Liz Earle with good old Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, £17

for 100ml (with two muslins). Since then, that creamy,

eucalyptus-scented cleanser has definitely been elevated to

the Beauty Hall of Fame and you can walk into countless

bathrooms nowadays and spot one or more of these

“the point about

a wipe is that it’s

always going to be a

single-use product”

distinctive squares of cloth drying on the towel rail.

If you’ve never tried a muslin cloth for removing your

make-up, you’re missing a trick – because not only are these

great for accessing every nook and cranny to remove make-up

(the fold of the chin, the area around the nose), but the very

slightly rough texture of the cloth also exfoliates skin perfectly.

Not too aggressive, not too wimpy – just enough to buff away

dead skin cells on a daily (or more likely nightly) basis, so that

skin is optimally glowing. These cloths can be washed and

reused time and time again – up to 1000 times, in some cases

– and therefore hugely cut down on waste. I like the original

Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloths, £4.50 for two

(bought separately from the cleanser), and

also the Temple Spa Take It Off Muslin Soft

Cotton Cleansing Cloths, £8.75 for two.

Personally, I now use a muslin-style cloth

with pretty much any kind of cleanser –

certainly, creams and face washes, as well as

balms. But recently, I happened upon the

really beautiful Cocorosa Egyptian Neroli Cleansing Oil, £18 for

30ml cocorosa.co.uk, which is best removed using Cocorosa’s The

Double Cleanse Cloth, £5 – on one side a nicely skin-buffing

muslin, but on the other side, a gorgeously velvety texture

that’s as soothingly soft as a comfort blanket. I happen to love

facial cleansing oils – they’re brilliant for melting away makeup

and I find them especially useful after a day in ‘the smoke’

(which literally is ‘the smoke’, in terms of the pollutants

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Face Halo

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Cocorosa

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oil, this cleanser smells utterly divine and is a sheer pleasure

to massage into skin, brilliant for loosening make-up.

Designer’s Guild is another more surprising source of great

facial cleansing cloths – although technically, I think they

may be flannels! Their Moselle face cloths are perfect, with

their chunky waffle weave – super-soft, yet very effective for

removing make-up, and they’ve duly become favourites of

mine. If you’re looking for something that matches the colour

scheme of your bathroom (rather than the plain white or

cream of a muslin cloth), you definitely need to check these

out: they come in a range of shades from hot pink to sky blue.

I also need to tell you about a recent discovery, Face

Halo Pro Makeup Remover Pads, £7 each at boots.com. I

was completely cynical about these before I tried them.

They’re circular pads with a surface a bit like a soft flannel,

but they’re made of a material similar to ‘e-cloths’ and

when wetted and squeezed, then massaged into the skin,

gently yet magically remove every last molecule of makeup

– even eye make-up and mascara – without having to

use any cleansing product whatsoever. Don’t ask me how

they work – they just do. (And each pad, while pricier

than a muslin cloth, can be used up to 500 times).

Just one warning here: the key with all cloths (and Halo

pads) is to ensure for your skin’s sake that they’re washed

in a machine regularly – ideally daily, which means you

might need a stack of these. You can just about get away

with drying a facial cleansing cloth on the aforementioned

towel rail overnight – but don’t use a cloth for more than

two days in a row before putting it in a hot wash. Damp

cloths are breeding grounds for germs that you really

don’t want swishing over your precious complexion.

But do you know about konjac sponges…? These are

also fairly extraordinary. Made from a plant used in Asia for

over 1,500 years, a key part of modern by Korean beauty

rituals (‘K-beauty’ is now a huge influence on beauty in

the West), there are many different konjac sponge options,

which are soft to the touch, naturally antibacterial and

very, very effective for removing make-up – whether or

not you use an actual cleansing product with them.

Market leaders are The Konjac Sponge Co.

konjacspongecompany.com, who offer a wide range of these;

sensitive skins could try the Chamomile & Pink Clay

Konjac Sponge, £9.99 – or if you live and/or work in an

urban area, check out the Tourmaline Sponge, also £9.99,

which is infused with tourmaline gemstone powder to help

cleanse and purify. Meanwhile, tapping into the charcoal

trend (more of which next month), there’s a Konjac Facial

Puff Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal, £8.99, suitable for

all skin types. Commendably, The Korean Konjac Sponge

Company’s packaging itself is now biodegradable and

plastic-free, while the products themselves are made from

100% natural vegetable fibre. So when they’re at the very

end of their (long) life, just toss them in the compost.

One last eco note: if you use cotton wool – and for eye

make-up removal, I would never recommend anything else

(even a Halo, except in an emergency) – then be sure to

choose organic. (I use Simply Organic cotton pads; they also do

balls and rectangular pads.) Huge amounts of pesticides and

herbicides are used on cotton, and if it doesn’t say it’s organic,

your cotton wool is almost certainly genetically modified, too.

And there’s nothing ‘clean’ about that…

Jo Fairley is editor of beautybible.com, where you’ll

find the results of the 2019 Beauty Bible Awards,

highlighting winning products across more than 100

categories, tried and tested by panels of real women.

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Wellbeing

A Year of Wellness

In the last of her columns for Wealden Times, Eminé Rushton

comes full circle – moving from what’s within to considering

the confidence-boosting importance of what is also without

– and shares the contents of her all-natural make-up bag

May: Skin deep

This is the last in my year-long

series of holistic columns for

Wealden Times and it feels

fitting, as we move into the bright

possibility of spring and early summer,

to consider not only those things that

feed us up from within, but to also

reflect on those things we reach for to

boost our confidence from without too.

As a mother of daughters, it has been

important for me to be very comfortable

in my own naked skin – to model the

sort of body-positive behaviour that I

hope my children will naturally inhabit,

too. My mother was the same – ‘diet’

was a word I never heard, and I grew

up in a house where we all delighted in

good food and were taught to embrace

all that we were, irrespective of our

physical appearance. Yet my mother

was, and still is, someone who takes

great pride in her hair and make-up,

and though I’m far more laissez-faire

in my own routine, I do understand

the feel-good factor involved in a

little natural boost, here and there.

I made the switch to all natural

make-up around ten years ago; prior

to that, my make-up bag was an even

mix of ‘department store’ cosmetics

and health-store finds. The natural

make-up industry, however, has

experienced a real revolution in both

formulation and efficacy within the

15 years that I have been a health

and wellbeing editor – and there is

Ilia Multi-Sticks

no longer any compromise involved

in choosing all-natural alternatives

to commercial, synthetic staples. I

have spent years testing products and

there is a great deal of trial and error

involved, certainly. But the following

favourites are ones that have never let

me down and which have duly won

quite a few industry plaudits as a result.

First Base

I’ve never met a woman who wanted

to wear foundation that erased all hint

of her own natural skin. My favourite

bases really bring light and evenness to

the complexion, without that dreaded,

flat, mask-like finish. Nude by Nature

“As a mother of

daughters, it has been

important for me to

model the sort of bodypositive

behaviour that

I hope my children will

naturally inhabit”

Radiant Loose Powder Foundation,

£25, is fantastic – glowy, supremely

fine and hard to be heavy-handed

with. A great buffing, blending brush

is a must for application, and I like

the natural brushes by EcoTools.

Liquid foundation is trickier. I like

the soft, soothing quality of Ere Perez

Oat Milk Foundation, £29 – coverage

is very light and dewy. For a bit

more coverage, without heaviness, I

adore Absolution La Creme du Teint,

£34 – this is my daily staple, and

it’s beautifully hydrating too, but

I do wish they would

introduce more shades

(it’s currently only available

in light and medium). Find it at

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Colour Ways

The older I get, the more I seem to

be simplifying my routine. What used

to take me 20 minutes now takes five,

and I seem to feel more confident in

my skin as I age – accepting and at

peace, rather than trying to continually

enhance or conceal. Multi-tasking

colour is my go-to – I tend to use the

same shade on lips and cheeks to save

time, and love the Ilia Multi-Sticks,

£32, and Jane Iredale’s Cream Blush,

£24 (which I also dab on lips), and

Jane Iredale’s brilliant Just Kissed Lip &

Cheek Stains, £23, which I’ve abandoned

almost all of my other lip colours for.

Eye High

Because I am forever gesticulating and

touching my face, I rarely wear any

eye make-up. My all-natural makeup

artist friend, however, swears by

the Inika Organic Long Lash Vegan

Mascara, £23, and Ilia’s eye defining

pencils. When my eyes need a lift (if the

children haven’t been sleeping well, for

instance), I reach for Lily Lolo PeepO,

£9 – a pale yellow shade that brings

light and evenness to the area.

Ere Perez

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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


Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

Co-founder of Botanica Health in Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Naomi

Murray grew up immersed in natural health – her father is Scotland’s

most experienced herbalist, Brian Lamb. Her natural health shop with

treatment rooms is a haven for locals who seek holistic advice, natural

products and alternative therapies. botanicahealth.co.uk

What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in May? I see spring as a time

for renewal and refreshment. The cleansing

herbs like cleavers (sticky willow), nettle and

dandelion are in full flourish nudging us in

to using these herbs to cleanse the system.

Juicing cleavers with apple and fennel,

making nettle tea and adding a few bitter

dandelion leaves to a salad are a great way

to add these detoxifying herbs to our daily

diet, cleansing the liver and gallbladder.

What one self-care ritual do you never

skimp on? I love going to bed early with

a relaxing tea and a good book. Sleep is so

important for mental health and wellbeing

as the body heals during the night. The

body works incredibly hard during the wee

small hours, and staying up late just doesn’t

allow it to do its job properly. Remarkably

brain cells shrink by 60 per cent when we

sleep allowing for efficient toxin removal.

There is an insomnia epidemic and I always

tell people to be as religious about their

sleep as they are about exercise, nutrition

and personal beauty regimes! Good sleep

has been proven to make people look much

more attractive too!

What’s cooking in your kitchen this

month? I am always buying cookery books!

I love food and am constantly inspired.

I will be making use of the wild garlic,

making fresh pesto and risotto. Medicinal

mushrooms have been on my radar for

a while now and I am using these more

and more in cooking. They are fascinating

and connect all the plants around them

with a kind of underground internet. I

will make lots of salads. I love watercress

(which is good for the lungs) with thinly

sliced fennel, cucumber, red onion and a

salad dressing of olive oil, cider vinegar, raw

honey and fennel seeds.

Share one book that taught you

something amazing about life – and

made you better at living it? Gosh. I have

a book addiction and am never without

a book. It always has to be factual, I very

rarely read fiction. There is too much to

learn! The most influential book I have

read is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends

and Influence People. I have always been

interested in people, their stories and

experiences so it is innate to me but he

said the best way to make friends is to be

interested in others. It can be rare today to

meet people who are interested in you, but

it’s so important to listen.

What always brings a smile to your face?

Plants and my dog Bonnie. I absolutely love

plants and can become immersed in their

beauty. I know that they are amazing in

their own right, wonderful to look

Stay in touch with Eminé

If you’d like to follow Eminé and continue to learn more about holistic

wellbeing & conscious living, visit her new online journal or subscribe to her

podcast, This Conscious Life; for more information visit thisconsciouslife.com;

you can also follow her on social media at @thisconsciousbeing

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Walking in the local woods, watching

Bonnie just loving life, and looking out

for herbs and plants along the way, is a

very simple way to relax and be happy.

The Japanese coined the phrase: ‘forest

bathing’, which simply means walking

in nature. Not running or counting

steps but becoming at one with your

surroundings and taking it all in.

What is the best treatment you’ve had

locally? I love an aromatherapy massage

and we have a lovely lady in the clinic

called Janet who treats me. She tailors

the treatment to suit with beautiful

oils depending on your current mood

and situation. It’s funny when you are

young you think how old-fashioned

aromatherapy is and of course it’s not

and, now I am in my late forties, I

appreciate how scents combined with

touch are so therapeutic to body and

soul. I always leave relaxed but renewed,

wishing I could just stay a bit longer.

Eminé says:

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lost confidence. Samantha Trace is the best I’ve found

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Out on the plot, this month marks the

end of what was once known as the

hungry gap – the period after the last of

the winter vegetables and before the new season’s

crops. The first of the home-grown harvests start

to arrive in the form of shoots, stems and leaves;

delicious tender asparagus spears and pink-hued

rhubarb (made less stringy by ‘forcing’ under a

cloche) and an assortment of fast growing leafiness

– spinach, rocket, land cress, young brassicas and

loose-leaved lettuces. Before mass food production

and the availability of year round unseasonal

food we would have been especially grateful to

see fresh new shoots. Today it makes ecological

(and possibly biological) sense to eat locally grown

food. Whether you grow your own or not, these

welcome first pickings are worth being hungry for.

Rocket and

walnut pesto

Serves 4 Prep time: 20 minutes.

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes.

This is a variation on traditional pesto, substituting

walnuts and rocket for basil and pine nuts and adding

in a little cream cheese for a smooth, creamy taste.

• 100g rocket

• 50g walnuts

(lightly toasted)

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 100g cream cheese

• 50g grated parmesan

cheese (plus 20g

more to serve)

• 1-2 crushed garlic

cloves (to taste)

• 200g pasta (shapes

such as penne,

rigatoni and spirelli

work well)

1Combine rocket

and walnuts and

either use a food

processor, pestle and

mortar, or finely

chop them until

roughly blended.

2Mix in the other

ingredients and

combine thoroughly.

Bring a large pan of

salted water to the

boil, add the pasta

and cook for 12-13

minutes (or according

to pack instructions).

then mix

3Drain, in pesto – add in

a little of the cooking

water if you prefer a

looser sauce, sprinkle

with parmesan and

serve immediately.


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Crab arancini

Serves 3-4 as a starter, or 2 as a light main. Prep time: 20

minutes. Cooking time: 35 minutes, plus 1-2 hours in the fridge

Crab comes into season in the spring and has a delicate

texture, but a flavour strong enough to mix well with

pasta, pastry and rice. These creamy, risotto-style

crab cakes make a great starter or light lunch.

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 120g Arborio risotto rice

• 50ml dry white wine

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• 1 tbsp grated lemon zest

• 200ml water or light

vegetable stock

• 150g crab meat (white

or a mixture of white

and brown meat)

• 2 tsp finely chopped

tarragon

• Salt and pepper to taste

For the coating:

• 100g plain flour (approx)

• 1 beaten egg

• 100g ready made

fine breadcrumbs (or

Panko) (approx)

• 50ml vegetable

oil for frying

1Heat olive oil in a saucepan

or deep frying pan/

small wok and add the rice.

After a minute add wine,

lemon juice, zest and stock.

Bring to a simmer and cook

gently for 15-20 mins.

2Once the rice has absorbed

most of the liquid (you

may have to add a little

more water until the right

consistency is achieved) stir in

the crab meat, tarragon and

seasoning. Leave the mixture

to cool in the fridge for an

hour or two (or up to a day).

3Place flour, egg and

breadcrumbs into 3 separate

bowls. Now comes the sticky

bit. There’s not really a way

around this (you can try

dusting your hands with flour);

grit your teeth, push up your

sleeves and roll the rice mixture

into balls (I make them just

bigger than bite-size so that

they have to be eaten with a

fork), dip each ball into first

flour, then egg and finally roll

them around in breadcrumbs.

4Fry the balls carefully,

moving them around

in the oil until each one is

evenly golden brown. Serve

while warm with lemon

wedges and a watercress

garnish, or a green salad.

Asparagus tart

Serves 4-6 Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 20-25 minutes.

If you grow your own, it is very useful to keep a pack of

pastry in the fridge. So many home-grown harvests can

be made into tarts or quiches of various kinds. Asparagus

tart is one of the simplest and most delicious of all.

• 1 sheet ready rolled

puff pastry (or home

made - but if you’ve

grown and harvested

your own asparagus, you

are definitely excused

from making pastry)

• 2 medium onions,

finely sliced

• 20g butter

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 200g asparagus tips,

steamed (for 2-3

minutes only)

• 100g soft goats’ cheese,

cut into 1-2cm chunks

• 1 tbsp oregano

• 50g parmesan cheese

Fabulous food

More recipes to make your mouth water

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1Pre-heat oven to 180ºc

(gas 4). Sauté the onions

in butter for 5 mins until

soft. Leave to cool.

2Roll/unfurl pastry onto

a baking sheet and fold

over the edges to make a lip

around the edges of the pastry.

3Top with onion and then

pour over beaten egg.

Arrange asparagus on top, then

top with goat’s cheese, oregano

and sprinkle with parmesan.

4Bake in the oven for

20-25 mins. Serve warm

or cold with a mixed salad.

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Food for Friends

Fabio Vinciguerra, Executive Chef for Hush Heath Hospitality,

shares a succulent lamb recipe featuring tender artichokes

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Mint-crusted cannon of lamb

You will need, per person

key ingredients:

• 8 new potatoes

• 2 globe artichokes

• 6 asparagus spears

• 200g cannon of lamb

• 6 heritage cherry tomatoes

from the store cupboard:

• lemon wedges

• 50g day-old

focaccia

• 1 clove garlic

• 10g mint

• 1 tbsp English mustard

1Heat the oven to 180°C. In a pot, cover the

potatoes with cold salted water, bring to the

boil and simmer for 5-10 mins, until just cooked.

Drain and allow to cool, then cut into quarters.

2For the artichokes, take off the outer leaves until

you get to the softer leaves in the centre. Peel

the stalks until they are white, rub with a lemon

half as you work to prevent discolouration.

3Slice the artichokes into quarters and with a

spoon scoop out the hairy centre part. Cook

them in a pot filled with water and a wedge of

lemon for 3-4 mins, then leave to cool.

4Boil the asparagus for 3 mins in salted

water, drain and set aside.

5Marinate the lamb with salt, pepper and olive

oil. In a hot pan, sear the lamb for a minute

on each side and remove from the pan.

6In a food processor blitz together focaccia,

garlic and mint. Spread a tablespoon of

mustard over the lamb and then roll in the

mint breadcrumbs until evenly coated.

7Place the heritage cherry tomatoes, artichokes,

asparagus and potato into a baking tray.

Season the vegetables and add a tablespoon of

olive oil, place the lamb on the top and cook in

the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven

and allow the lamb to rest before slicing.

8To serve, place the lamb slices on a plate with a

generous portion of vegetables alongside. Top with

the roasted tomatoes, pour over some of the sauce from

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Garden

uphorbia

Euphoria

Sue Whigham shares her love for this

zingy and diverse garden favourite

The other day we made a welcome pit stop at Dulwich

Park after crawling slowly up the South Circular and

through the dreaded Catford traffic on the way to

Brixton. Luckily we chose Dulwich, which, if you don’t know it,

is really a fabulous park with its boating lake, mature trees and

gardens and perfect for our ‘country’ dog to have a sniff around.

It was like home for him but with more dogs to say hello to

so he was more than happy. So was I, as up by the café was a

large intense planting of Euphorbia amygdalloides var. robbiae

growing in full sun. I know that it’s a plant recommended for

dry, shady areas but this proved that it flourishes absolutely

anywhere – and often where you haven’t intended

it to be. Well, in our garden at least. It’s all the

same to this particular euphorbia whether it

finds itself under a yew hedge or tucked in under

a mature tree. Do you think it would flourish

under the dreaded Leylandii? I suspect it would.

Anyway, it has dark, showy evergreen rosettes

of leaves and lime green inflorescences early in the year.

The other fabulous plant alongside the euphorbia which

in my garden was a battered specimen until a week or so but

is now cut back to the ground, was a spectacular Melianthus

major. Proof of London’s micro climate if ever there was

one. This is an exotic South African plant which has deeply

serrated glaucous grey-green leaves and smells of peanuts.

This one was about to burst into flower and I was quite

expecting a humming bird to appear to drink its nectar à

la Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. Do grow it if you

have somewhere sunny and sheltered for it to flourish.

Back to euphorbia. First a few facts. The vernacular

name of euphorbia is spurge. Euphorbia are to be found

Europe has 105

species of which

25 are native to

the UK

on every continent, bar Antarctica, and come in thousands

of different forms. The RHS Plant Finder lists over 150

species, varieties and cultivars but really this is the tip of

the iceberg in that at least 2,000 species exist throughout

the world. A lot are native to the European Mediterranean

region – Turkey alone is home to 95 species and Europe

has 105 species of which 25 are native to the UK.

Many euphorbia are succulents and are often confused with

cacti. In tropical East Africa they reach tree like proportions.

The way to tell whether they are cacti or euphorbia is that if

the spines are in pairs then it is euphorbia. Oh, and a sticky

white sap also means it is euphorbia (the

sap is somewhat toxic and to be avoided).

That of a cactus is a clear liquid. E. lathyris

or molewort was always thought to be

grown to put off moles using your garden

as a tunnelling venue but in fact its sap was

used to burn moles or warts off the skin.

The burrowing type of mole aren’t bothered by it at all.

Euphorbia flowers are quite unique and have neither petals

or sepals and instead have a colourful structure close to the

flowers which is known as a leaf or a bract. At the top of the

flower head you’ll see a pair of leaves with a cup like structure

inside it which is known as a cyanthium. The glands round its

rim secrete nectar and are a beacon for pollinators. Ants are

particularly possessive; protecting ‘their’ nectar from all comers!

The strongly honey scented amber flowers of the honey

bush, Euphorbia mellifera, are particularly glorious and the seed

capsules are notoriously ‘noisy’ as they explode on a sunny day.

I’ve always been told that they need a sunny sheltered position

to be their best and in countries like Madeira and the Canary


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Islands, where they are native, and down in the West Country,

where the soil rarely dries out and there is plenty of high

humidity, that is certainly true as they grow to great heights (2

metres). But I have to say that the numerous plants we have here

facing east and all self-seeded into gravel, aren’t too bad either.

It is sometimes difficult to get out of the door in the summer.

Many of the spurges are evergreen and give good winter

structure. Not only that there is such a selection of colours

of stems, leaves and flowers. I just love the frothy bracts of

the big Mediterranean Euphorbia characias forms. They start

flowering in March and go on through to May and beyond.

In their native countries they grow out of crevices in rocks and

on poor soil and they make a good foil for hard landscaping.

Bear in mind too that they are drought tolerant and battle

on quite happily in hot summers – the perfect conditions

for them – whilst around them other plants are flagging.

We were spoilt for choice at Great Dixter’s Spring Fair in

early April. Dixter’s nursery had Euphorbia donii ‘Amjillasa’

for sale. It grows to 1.5 metres with lime green flowers, an

exciting prospect in the border and flowering from midsummer

through to the autumn. A stunning foliage plant. Bob Brown’s

Cotswold Garden Plants were there and his list of euphorbia is

absolutely extraordinary. His catalogue should be compulsory

reading for all plantaholics. Each plant gets marks out of ten for

its attributes! We succumbed and came home with Euphorbia

x arendsii which is a cross between E. wallichii and E. griffithi

and has ‘bronze foliage and flower tints’. This and Euphorbia

‘Excalibur’, another chance cross found at Fromefield Nursery,

near Frome, came from Pelham Plants who had a lovely

selection of plants. E. ‘Excalibur’s new leaves start the season

with a burgundy margin, fading to the edges as the season goes

on and as its jade flowers begin to make themselves known.

A few favourite euphorbias to look out for would include:

• Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii ‘John Tomlinson’

which has very large yellow/green flowers tapering towards

the base rather the shape of a light bulb. You get a good

long flowering period from this cultivar with flowering

starting in February and flowering on for five months.

• Euphorbia x martinii was found growing wild in France

in the 19th Century. It looks good as a winter foliage plant,

remaining compact (stems to 2 feet) but when it starts to flower

… wow! Lime green bracts each have a tomato red eye. I like

Val Bourne’s description of this euphorbia having ‘poise’ – with

each rosette having a flower head ‘perfectly placed on top’.

• Euphorbia palustris prefers moist conditions in sun

or shade and is also known as the marsh spurge. It’s

not only a spectacular sight all summer but has good

autumn foliage too with its leaves turning yellow.

• Euphorbia sikkimensis, the Sikkim spurge, is useful as

it flowers from July onwards and has sharp lime green

flowers which is unusual in the border so late. In the spring

the stems produce red leaves and as the season progresses

the plant becomes more willowy and gentle. Finally, blue

green seed pods are set off by the bright green bracts.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810

457948 for gardening advice and help in sourcing

and supply of interesting garden plants.

Previous page: Euphorbia mellifera Top left: E. characias subsp. wulfenii Top right: Euphorbia cyparissias ‘Fens Ruby’

Above: E. characias subsp. wulfenii with Choisya.

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Border Basics

Jo Arnell strips back the foliage to put in the

groundwork for beautiful borders

When we look at a beautiful garden border, packed

full of shapely shrubs and perennial colour it’s hard

to imagine that they haven’t always been there and

even harder to imagine that we could create such a thing in

our own gardens. Few things (let’s make an exception for Mary

Poppins and Father Christmas), appear fully formed and we all

have to start somewhere. The soil is the best place to start, as

this will dictate the basic growing conditions, but there are other

considerations too and it pays to think about these before you start

planting. It is daunting if you’re looking at a bare patch of earth

right now, or worse; an inherited space filled with brambles and

wayward bushes, but time and tide – and all those weeds – wait

for no man, so grab your fork and spade and let’s get started.

Situation and aspect

Which way will the border face – will your plants look into the

bright morning sun and then be in shade in the afternoon – or the

direct opposite? Morning sun is east facing, afternoon is west. If the

border is drenched in sunshine all day then it is south facing and

if it plunged into shade for much of the day it faces north. Watch

how the sun moves across the garden through the day, whether

there are buildings, walls or trees that cast shade. If next door has a

huge Leylandii hedge on their boundary it will be sucking moisture,

goodness and light from your side too. Perhaps you are exposed

to the elements, or in a frost pocket. The surrounding micro

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Midsummer

Fair this June

climate will have a huge impact on the

growing conditions and may restrict the

plants you’ll be able to happily grow.

Soil

Improve the soil in which the plants will

put down their roots and they will reward you

with healthy growth and plenty of flowers. Easy to say, sometimes

hard to accomplish. Soil is a complex mixture of particles and

living organisms that has formed over many millions of years,

so it is almost impossible to change its fundamental nature, but

you can improve what is there by adding organic matter. Most

of the soil’s qualities will be dictated by the ground rock that

lies beneath, including the pH (how acid or alkali it is), and the

size of the rock particles. Large particles, like sand, will allow

water (and nutrients) to drain quickly through them, whereas

small particles like clay tend to stick together and hold onto

water, becoming a mud bath in winter, but as hard as concrete

in a long, dry summer. The best soil is somewhere in the

middle. This is known as loam, or the gardeners’ Holy Grail.

You don’t need a soil testing kit necessarily, although this will

give you a good idea of the soil’s pH. Go into the garden and pick

up a handful of soil. Squeeze it firmly, then open out your hand

again. If the soil stays in a ball, or feels sticky to the touch, it is

clay. If, on the other hand, the handful feels gritty (you can easily

see the particles) and it won’t stay in a ball, even when wet, then

it is sandy. Loam (and lucky you if you have it), will almost form

a ball when squeezed and then crumble nicely into a heap again.

These are the three main types of soil, but yours could also be silty

(silky, almost soapy to the touch) or peaty (spongy and fibrous).

Preparing for planting

All plants need soil that contains air, water and nutrients in order

to grow. The structure of the soil needs to be hospitable to the

plants’ roots – waterlogged soil will kill the fine roots and may cause

disease. Soils that dry out too quickly in the summer will equally

stress the plant, especially in its first two years, while root systems are

establishing. Incorporating organic matter will help the soil structure,

opening up a compacted soil and helping a poor, sandy soil to

hold onto moisture and goodness. Applying a mulch after planting

will also help to conserve moisture and keep the weeds down.

Weed seeds are lying in wait under the soil – some may

have waited for many years – and will germinate as soon as

they are brought near the surface by digging or cultivating.

Perennial weeds need to be completely removed (including

the roots), but annuals can just be hoed off. Do this with

a sharp hoe and you’ll avoid disturbing the soil.


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mulch in spring will help the soil structure, conserve moisture

and help to keep the weeds down

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The plants

Planting up the border can feel like the most daunting part

of the process; there are so many plants and they all grow

slightly differently – and take up varying amounts of space

in the border. Spacing is important when you are planting

trees and shrubs, because they are going to be in position

for a long time and are difficult (but not impossible) to

move once established. Do not worry too much about

the positioning of perennials; these will positively enjoy

being lifted, divided and repositioned every few years.

Border design takes time to master, but understanding a little

about the conditions that your plants need in order to thrive will

help you to position them in the right place. The style of border

is entirely down to personal taste and it is a broad canvas, but

suiting the plants to their environment needs to come above

just ‘wanting’ the plant. I have wasted a lot of time and money

trying to get plants to grow in the wrong places just because I

like their colour or habit, or just, well having to have them.

I tend to start with the framework plants and then work around

them. I try – and this is not easy – to choose plants for their

shape and how they will play their part in the border as a whole

through the seasons. It might help to think of it like a production.

There are the stars – you only need one or two of these (too much

drama otherwise dahling) – then the other actors, the chorus and

the dancing girls. Don’t forget the props, costumes and backdrops

departments; these often go unsung, but the whole show would

fall apart if you left it to the stars and the dancing girls. Think

about the overall impact, rather than the individual plants and

how it will change over the year, as the flowers come and go.

You can rush out and plant the whole border up at once, or

you can take your time and add in plants every now and then,

depending on the budget and the time available. Planning and

planting a border is very rewarding, sometimes frustrating,

but I like to think it’s completely achievable and comfort

myself with the thought that even the Hanging Gardens

of Babylon might have started off as a hanging basket.

Contact Jo for details of 2019 gardening courses

01233 861149 hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Clockwise: A lovely combination of spring flowering

plants beneath a canopy of trees and shrubs; Annual

Cosmos ‘Purity’ is a great border filler

Plants for places

Dry shade

Heleborus argutifolius – a tough evergreen

with leathery, architectural leaves and pale limeygreen

flowers from February to April.

Buxus (box) – puts up with shade and

inhospitable soil, but may succumb to box

blight if grown in damp, enclosed spaces.

Mahonia ‘Charity’- another candidate with spiky leathery

leaves with scented yellow flowers in the depths of winter.

Euonymus fortunii ‘Emerald Gaiety’ – a tough little

stalwart, this variety has pretty variegated leaves.

Choisya ternata (Mexican orange) – glossy, dark

green leaves and scented blossom in May.

Damp soil

Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’– great big lush

looking leaves. Hostas are slug-prone, but

apparently this one is slightly resistant…

Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ – amazing winter

bark in fiery shades on the mound stems.

Rheum palmatum – ornamental

rhubarb with giant leaves.

Astilbe – dainty frothy plumes of flower in summer,

likes damp soil, but not too much shade.

Iris pseudoacorus – an iris that likes to get its feet wet.

Hot, dry conditons

Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ has succulenttype

leaves, loved by butterflies and bees, this plant

will patiently put up with most conditions.

Phlomis russelliana – grey sage type leaves with whorls of

pale yellow flowers that fade into architectural seed heads.

Iris (bearded) – good strappy leaves,

likes to bake in the sun.

Stachys – soft felty leaves like ‘lamb’s ears’

- this plant will spread if you let it.

Cistus (Rock Rose) – an evergreen flowering in

June/July, it will put up with poor, dry soil.

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100 Years of Education, 1000 Years of History

Road to the Abbey

Battle Abbey Prep School

Battle Abbey School 1912 - 2012

Tel: 01424 772385 www.battleabbeyschool.com

A place where individuality thrives • Strong family ethos • High academic, sporting and creative

success • No hidden extras - wrap around care included • Through school 3 months - 18 years

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Education

Reduce Reuse Recycle

How are Wealden schools developing their pupils’ environmental awareness?

straws and the school produced DVD cases are now cardboard.

Nash House (Early Years) are single use plastic free, reverting to

glass milk bottles at snack time and banning plastic wrapped food.

End of life computer equipment is collected by an Environment

Agency registered company for recycling and safe disposal.

Printing and photocopier usages are regularly monitored, with

high volume producers given advice on ways to reduce. We have

also changed the default output to double-sided to save paper.

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

How do you teach pupils to be more aware of the impact they

have on the environment? The majority of the eco initiatives

introduced at Dulwich have been very much child led, we have

found that the children genuinely care and want to make a

difference. Our Eco Club was set up by the children in Upper

School. We are currently working towards the Eco Schools

Green Flag Award and hoping to become a single use plastic free

school. We created an art installation consisting of hundreds of

plastic milk bottles turned into upcycled birds on sticks displayed

on the fields. When we realised how many plastic bottles were

used at school we started a campaign to ban plastic bottles.

Can classes put any of their ideas into practice within

the school? In the grounds we are fortunate to have an area

set aside as a nature reserve and there is also an area of the

grassland which is left unmown over the spring and summer.

We have a very active Gardening Club which grows vegetables

and fruit as well as flowers. In Little Stream (Years 1-4) Eco

Club activities range from picking blackberries and making

jam to creating bird boxes. Year 3 have been looking at drones

monitoring wildlife, whilst Year 8 considered the use of future

technologies and the environment. Year 5 have been studying

the environmental poems of Roger McGough and Brian Moses

before writing their own responses. We now use washable towels

to dry hands in the art room – they have been made from lost

property towels which were not claimed at the end of term.

What environmentally friendly practices does the school

use on a daily basis? The Estates team only use energy efficient

lamps throughout the school and our newest building has a

biomass boiler. The school kitchen uses local food suppliers and

seasonal produce as much as possible. The school runs recycling

schemes for batteries, pens, biscuit/cake wrappers, plastics, paper/

cardboard and glass. Over the last six months we have been

working on reducing single use plastics in school, so no plastic

Do pupils learn how different communities around the

world care for their environment? During our Art lessons in

Year 1 we upcycled African masks – using rubbish like many

poor children in Africa have to use to make toys. Year 6 have

been looking at the impact of tourism on the French Alps and

Pyrenees in their French lessons. Year 7 created jellyfish from

porcelain and using plastic supermarket bags for the tentacles

(we stitched into them) as a response to plastics in our oceans.

Jellyfish are one of the only creatures multiplying due to

changes in our sea, such as temperature and pollutants. Year

8 sketched drawings of wasps, looking at the plight of bees

and discussing why wasps are important to our eco system.

dulwichprepcranbrook.org

Beechwood Sacred Heart School, Tunbridge Wells

How do you teach pupils to be more aware of the impact

they have on the environment? Lesson are considered and

adapted to the individual subjects. For example, we teach

them about food miles and sustainability in Food Technology.

These lessons are examined in more focus in our Geography

and Science classes where we look at the importance of our

behaviour on the environment and the future of our planet. We

have taken part in energy saving and waste impact surveys.

Can classes put any of their ideas into practice within the

school? Yes, this year the children have

taken part in a number of initiatives

including Eco Week, Waste Week and

Switch Off Fortnight. All of these have

presented opportunities for the children

to discuss and debate their personal

impact on the environment and how

we might reshape our future.

In the Summer term we have plans

for an Eco Garden. The students will

choose exactly what they would like

to plant and develop for sustainability

and environmental consideration.

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Sutton Valence

Preparatory School

svs.org.uk

Open

Mornings

Prep School

Friday 17th May 2019

Senior School

Saturday 18th May 2019

Book online now

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BEECHWOOD

SACRED HEART SCHOOL

INDEPENDENT CO-EDUCATIONAL PREP & SENIOR SCHOOL

learning to be unique, not perfect

Join us for our OPEN MORNING, Wednesday 1st May 2019 : 9.30am-11.30am

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

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Education

What environmentally friendly practices does the school

use on a daily basis? On a daily basis we encourage the

students and staff to recycle their paper waste in the classrooms

and their plastic waste, should they have any, although this is

something we discourage. We have a composter for food waste

and with the introduction of the eco garden, we hope to use

waste such as coffee grounds with the plants and vegetables.

‘A great place

to grow’ for

boys and girls

aged 2 to 11

years

Do pupils learn how different communities around the world

care for their environment? Our students learn about different

communities as part of the curriculum and the Beechwood Sacred

Heart network across the world. As part of our commitment to

becoming an Eco School, we also cover a number of issues via

assemblies and guest speakers. We have recently established an

eco-code which was written and developed by the students for

the students. This will be put in practice for the Summer term.

beechwood.org.uk

Visit,

Explore &

Discover

Claremont School, St.

Leonards-on-Sea & Bodiam

How do you teach pupils to

be more aware of the impact

they have on the environment?

Our Eco Committee is made

up of pupils of all ages. It

meets regularly to discuss

environmental issues as well as present

their findings, fundraising ideas and eco initiatives to their

friends in whole school assemblies. This keeps environmental

issues high on the agenda for both pupils and teachers alike

and influences lesson content across many subjects. More

recently, in Geography children have been learning about

Fairtrade, in Science lessons, the impact of plastic pollution

and the importance of water conservation ... in French!

Can classes put any of their ideas into practice within

the school? At Claremont, we are blessed with 125 acres

of beautiful grounds, incorporating a variety of both

managed and wild habitats including woodland, grassland

and freshwater habitats. We make full use of our outside

resources to teach environmental education which recently

has included an investigation into what happens to different

types of litter and how long it takes to degrade. To do our

bit to address the decline in insect populations, we will soon

be planting a wildflower meadow and lavender border to

attract a greater variety of pollinating insects. This will inspire

further cross curricular work in Maths and Science lessons.

What environmentally friendly practices does the school

use on a daily basis? We have a very ‘hands on’ approach to

recycling at Claremont, with children carrying out weekly

collections of the recycling bins. They have recently taken part

in ‘switch off week’, encouraging teachers and parents at home

to reduce energy use by switching off lights and appliances

when not needed. We also took part in litter picks for the

Big Spring Clean, encouraging their friends to be cleaner

and tidier, particularly in the dining hall at lunchtime.


Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye TN25 5EZ

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VOICE TRIALS

for boys aged 7 & 8

9 th November 2019

Enquiries are welcome

at any time

Substantial scholarships are awarded

and choristers benefit from an all-round

excellent education at St Edmund’s

School Canterbury.

The Master of Choristers, David Flood,

is always pleased to meet and advise

parents and their sons.

For further details please telephone

01227 865242

davidf@canterbury-cathedral.org

@No1Cathedral

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www.kings-school.co.uk

OPEN MORNINGS

13+ -

Saturday 15 th June

Saturday 5 th October

Sixth Form -

Saturday 22 nd June

Saturday 21 st September

Watch our film

www.kings-school.co.uk/school-film

A 21st Century education within

the historical City of Canterbury

Watch our film

www.junior-kings.co.uk/school-film

www.junior-kings.co.uk

OPEN MORNINGS

Saturday 18 th May

Saturday 12 th October


Do pupils learn how different communities around the

world care for their environment? Through studying

Fairtrade in Geography, pupils have been learning about the

importance of trade justice and how they can support their

global neighbours by purchasing products where producers

receive a fair price for their hard work. Children learn that

Fairtrade producers endeavour to use sustainable farming

methods that do not compromise future environments.

Our efforts to protect our environment and raise

awareness of eco issues have recently earned us a Bronze

Eco Schools Award. We are now working towards Silver.

claremontschool.co.uk

Hilden Oaks, Tonbridge

Education

How do you teach Pupils to

be more aware of the impact

they have on the environment?

Celebrating our centenary this

year has led the Hilden Oaks

community to ask the question

‘How sustainable is our

school?’ This has prompted us

to adopt the ‘One Planet’ initiative, to help

the children become aware of their impact on the environment

with three main goals in mind: Zero Waste, Use of Products

and Materials and developing Sustainable Water.

LCA Folkestone

Monday 29th July -

Friday 2nd August

10am - 4pm Each Day

£65pp

Stella Maris School,

Folkestone

LCA ashford

SING!

DANCE!

ACT!

Musical Theatre Summer Workshops

Performers who join us for our 5 day summer workshops are totally wrapped up in

a wonderful world of musical theatre fun, learning songs and scenes from different

musicals with the aim of putting together a demonstration performance for family

and friends on the final day. The LCA Summer Workshops are the perfect way for

any aspiring performers to spend a week of their summer holidays!! Performers

are given the opportunity to learn new techniques, build confidence, develop skills

and meet like-minded people, whilst working as part of a team! Please enquire as

soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Workshops are designed and suitable

for ages 6-18yrs. Places are limited.

Monday 5th -

Friday 9th August

10am - 4pm Each Day

£65pp

Godinton Primary School,

Ashford

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

lca-stage.com | 07714 276 241 | info@lca-stage.com

Can classes put their ideas into practice within the school?

Within the classroom the children are encouraged to use

resources wisely and to recycle paper and other materials

wherever possible. Our gardening club grow fresh produce

using our home-made compost and this term will be planting

a ‘nectar bar’ to support bio-diversity for bees.

What environmentally friendly practises does the school

use on a daily basis? Our delicious lunches are made from

locally sourced fresh produce as well as ensuring other

ingredients do not contain palm oil. We have had great success

reducing waste from snack packaging and many classes are

now ‘waste-free’. Children bring in reusable water bottles and

we provide refill water stations which are also available for our

whole school community. Water Rangers check that all taps are

switched off after use. In addition, the Eco Club have made

notebooks reusing single sided paper. The Young Enterprise

initiative not only raises money for good causes but also uses

recycled/upcycled materials and we will soon be collecting

plastic bottle tops and used ink cartridges for recycling.

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Wednesday 15 May 9:00–11:00

Hilden Oaks

Help your child reach their full potential

Do pupils learn how different communities around the world

care for their environment? Within Geography lessons the

children learn about the physical and urban water cycle, drought

and the management of water, rivers and pollution around the

world. Hilden Oaks have raised money for Water Aid in the past

and last Christmas donated reusable water bottles (filled with

stationery and first-aid supplies) for Gambia to enable children

there to have clean water throughout their day.

hildenoaks.co.uk

Centenary Bursaries

Available for children in Years 1 & 2 from September 2019.

Please contact the Bursar, in confidence, for further information.

Hilden Oaks Preparatory School & Nursery

38 Dry Hill Park Road

Tonbridge

Kent TN10 3BU

01732 353941 bursar@hildenoaks.co.uk

Unlock the door to your child’s future

2019

1919

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Reception Places

Available

At Vinehall we question answers as well as

answering questions.

All children come into the world naturally curious, eager to play, impatient

to explore and hungry to learn.

At Vinehall we harness this natural curiosity by encouraging children to

ask questions. We want our pupils, even the very youngest, to think and

reason for themselves; so our teachers are as likely to question answers

as they are to answer questions.

Come and see how academic innovation is leading exciting curriculum

changes throughout our school.

OPEN MORNING 17th May 2019

Register now admissions@vinehallschool.com

Email: admissions@vinehallschool.com

Call: 01580 883090

Visit: www.vinehallschool.com

Vinehall

CO-EDUCATIONAL DAY, BOARDING SCHOOL &

NURSERY, FOR CHILDREN AGED 2-13


Education

Brain Waves

Hilary Wilce discovers that, in certain situations, we should be working

with our mobile phones, not necessarily against them

Mobile phones are a really big headache for schools.

Now that nine out of ten teenagers own a smartphone,

schools have to have clear and coherent policies on

what students do with them during the hours they’re in school.

Obviously, a phone vibrating away with texts and alerts

is going to distract anyone from learning. And at break

times, they draw children away from real-life conversations

and activities, and potentially into cyber bullying and other

dubious online occupations. One head described his “light

bulb” mobile phone moment when he went outside at

lunchtime and saw no one playing football, laughing, chatting,

or practising their dance moves. Only groups of students

clumped together silently staring at shared screens. There are

an awful lot of downsides to having phones in schools.

On the other hand, phones are now intimately woven into

daily life and can be brilliant classroom aids. Why should

a student spent precious time copying out instructions or

homework assignments, when they can whip out their phones

and take a quick picture? Phones are great for checking something

fast, or for looking up an unknown word, or taking some quick

notes. Pupils can access brilliant physics diagrams, famous

Renaissance paintings, or stunning photographs of geographical

features at the press of a button. We don’t make students write

on parchment with quill pens any more, so why keep them held

back in the pre-digital world of pen, paper and textbooks?

So schools have to steer whatever course they can through

this push-pull minefield of mobile phone use. Some ban phones

from schools altogether. Others demand that they be locked-up

during the school day. Still others allow them in school just as

long as they are kept in bags, and neither seen or heard, while

more lenient schools allow them to be used at breaks or playtimes.

In fact there are quite a few schools which have developed

escalator policies – allowing students increased access as they

grow older and move on into the higher years of school. This,

these schools hope, will encourage a sensible, self-moderated

phone habit – although given how terrible all we adults are at

unhooking ourselves from the magic screen, this seems unlikely.

However, out of this patchwork of policies, a new consensus is

slowly emerging, which is that phones can be good servants but

they are truly terrible masters. Evidence is mounting that they

are seriously detrimental to learning, and that even a switched-off

phone in a bag or a pocket can cause a fall-off in concentration.

Meanwhile, a London School of Economics research

project that looked at schools in four English cities found

that after banning phones there was a six per cent rise

in test scores across the board. Last summer, the then

culture secretary Matt Hancock called on schools to ban

them, and a group of Conservative MPs said they would

like all phones to be confiscated at the school gates.

Outright bans on phones in school time are now definitely

on the increase, not only in the classroom but also at playtimes

and lunch hours, as it becomes clearer and clearer that children

minus their phones are brighter, more active and more alert.

Against that, though, schools have to recognise some

realities. Phones are how parents and children keep in touch,

so young people need them before and after school. And there

are times when phones can be truly helpful and supportive of

classroom learning. If a school feels completely confident that

its teachers can handle contained phone use, it may decide

that students can keep them in school for occasional use.

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Art Course

Join us for a two day plein air art course at Swallowtail Hill, one

of the South East’s most diverse and beautiful wildflower meadow

sites. Led by local artist-teacher Catherine Farr, the two days will

move from preliminary sketching to a final sustained piece of work.

All media welcome.

The course includes two full days’ teaching, two nights’

accommodation in one of our wonderful and secluded glamping

cabins and cottages, and all meals.

Swallowtail Hill is a truly special place - 40 acres of

wildflower meadow, ponds and woodland, run purely for

conservation - near Rye, East Sussex.

From 20th to 22nd May. Prices start from £235pp for

two people sharing a cabin, or £350 sole occupancy.

Call 01797 260 890 or visit www.swallowtailhill.com

for more details and to book your place.

£1 Off Entry with this Advert *

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BOUTIQUE & ARTISAN

Shopping Fair

Friday 10 May

Join us for a fabulous day of Shopping with

60 Boutique Owners & Artisan Makers!

Gorgeous Clothing / Unique Accessories / Beauty Products

Artisan Makers / Gifts / Homeware / Food / Drink

East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield TN22 5ES

Open 104 / £4 cash entry / Restaurant / Free Parking

WIN £50 to spend countrylifestylefairs.co.uk

Festivals & Fairs

Sun 12 May 11am-4.30pm

Godinton House &

Gardens, Godinton Lane,

Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP

Plant Fair

An annual plant fair designed

to help conserve the diversity of

plants available to gardeners. Local

specialist nurseries sell a great

range of interesting and unusual

plants and are more than happy

to share their knowledge and give

advice on the plants they sell.

Entry: Adults £5

01233 643854 /

godintonhouse.co.uk

Sun 26 May 10am-4pm

Cranbrook, Kent

Cranbrook Goes

Nuts in May!

Cranbrook High Street will be

filled with stalls stocking plants,

food and drink, crafts and handson

children’s activities. There will

also be bands, goody bags and a

decorate your wellies competition.

Take the chance to look around

the sights of Cranbrook, including

Cranbrook Museum, the Union

Windmill and St Dunstan’s

Church, which will be running

tours of its tower. Free parking.

Entry: Free

cranbrookgoesnutsinmay.co.uk

Garden

What’s On in May

Sun 19 May 12noon-5pm

Knockholt allotments,

Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7LD

Knockholt Open

Gardens

Ten private gardens, a bluebell

wood and the Knockholt

allotments will be open for visitors

to wander around, enjoy a cup of

tea/coffee and some homemade

cake. Organised by the Knockholt

Horticultural Society, all proceeds

in aid of Hospice in the Weald.

Put TN14 7LD in your sat nav

and come and enjoy a relaxed

afternoon out. Families welcome

but no dogs.

Entry: £7 on the day, under 14’s free

01959 532002 /

knockholthorticulturalsociety.co.uk

Sat 25 – Mon 27 May 10-5pm

All Saints Church, High Street,

Biddenden, Ashford TN27 8AH

BIDDENDEN FLOWER

FESTIVAL 2019: “MEMORIES

ARE MADE OF THIS”

Stunning floral displays set

in Biddenden’s beautiful 12th

century church. There will be

refreshments on sale, musical

interludes throughout the day, the

chance to see the church tower

which will be open daily and

Morris Dancers performing at the

Lych Gate at 3.45pm on Saturday.

Entry: Free

jeannetteoatway@btinternet.com

Music & Theatre

Sat 11 May 7-10pm

Camden Arms Hotel, High

Street, Pembury TN2 4PH

RNLI “LONDON NIGHT”

A traditional sing-a-long with

accomplished pianist (song sheets

provided) and two-course meal

for just £15. All profits to the

Lifeboats. Tickets from Pembury

Pharmacy or 01892 823759 /

825686.

paulcrook@uwclub.net

Shopping

Fri 24, Sat 25 and Sun 26 May

9am-4.30pm

Silcocks Farm, Grange Road, St.

Michael’s, Tenterden, TN30 6TL

The Three French Hens’

Three Day Brocante

Sale

The Three French Hens’ latest

brocante sale offers a selection

of home and garden collectibles

almost entirely sourced from

France. Plus, while you’re there be

sure to stop by Silcocks Café and

Silcocks Farm Shop and Butcher.

07803122820 / 07983360885 /

thethreefrenchhens.co.uk

Weddings

Sun 19 May 11am-3pm

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG

Penshurst Place &

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What’s On in May

Gardens Wedding Fair

Don’t miss the Penshurst Place

Wedding Fair for a chance to

discover the beauty of this historic

countryside retreat. Enjoy a

complimentary glass of bubbly

as you meet with a collection

of local suppliers and enjoy the

opportunity to see Penshurst Place

dressed for a wedding.

Entry: Free

banqueting@penshurstplace.com /

weddings.penshurstplace.com

Workshops &

Trials

Sat 11 May 10am-12.30pm

Charing Surgery, 1 Surgery

Close, Charing, Ashford, Kent

TN27 0AW

Breathe Better with

Yvonne Fernando

Become more aware of how you

breathe and make conscious

changes to breathe better with

NLP Master Practitioner &

Life Coach, Yvonne Fernando’s

latest workshop led by Antonia

Boyle. Includes exercises, tips and

different techniques.

Entry: £45

01233 878474 /

yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk

Sun 19 May 2-5pm

Tonbridge Town Sailing Club,

Haysden Lake, Lower Haysden

Lane, Tonbridge TN11 9BA

Free trial sailing

Try sailing for free this month at

Tonbridge Town Sailing Club.

This family-friendly club offers

its members the chance to learn,

train, race and experience the joy

of sailing, and for one day it is

open for you to give it a go with

a special open day membership

package. Refreshments available

to purchase from the clubhouse.

Booking not required.

tonbridge.sailing@facebook.com /

tonbridgesailing.org

Wed 22 May 7pm- 9.30pm

Stalisfield Village Hall,

Stalisfield Road, Faversham,

Kent ME13 0JE

Djembe Drumming –

Healing Power

Created by NLP Master

Practitioner & Life Coach, Yvonne

Fernando, this workshop with

Richard Latham, will demonstrate

the positive benefits of djembe

drumming for stress relief,

confidence, communication and

self-development. Good for mind,

body and soul.

Entry: £55

01233 878474 /

yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk

Looking forward:

June

Sat 1 Jun 10am-6pm

River Walk, Tonbridge

Tonbridge Art Fair

Following its great success last

summer, Tonbridge Art Fair

returns with even more artists this

year, showing paintings, drawings,

sculpture, jewellery, glass, ceramics

and more. Visitors can enjoy

demonstrations and a chance to

chat with the artists themselves,

some local and some not so local.

The Fair is free to visitors and

promises an enjoyable day out by

the River Medway. Artists wishing

to take a stall should contact

tonbridgeartfair@gmail.com for

details but don’t delay as space

is limited.

tonbridgeartfair@gmail.com

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

It’s a riot of sound this month at Coopers Farm

Oh how I love the Dawn Chorus. The joy of being

drowsy, warm and still tucked up in bed listening

to nature’s great symphony is one of life’s real

pleasures. My dear old Dad – sadly no longer around – was

able to identify most common birds by their song, a skill

that has sadly not been passed down. But I do know it’s

the robins who get the show rolling just before daybreak

while the blackbirds, lazy stop-in-beds, don’t join in till

the sun is well up. Apparently the chorus is about territory

and love interest but still, it does seem strange to spend

so much effort advertising one’s presence when there are

often dangerous predators also making an early start.

The chickens do that, too. Our cockerel, Phil, gets

going around 4am some mornings – I’m convinced

these especially early starts have more to do with flights

coming over the farm on their way to Gatwick than any

chicken ancestory stuff. You might think that the time

at which cockerels start up is influenced by the changing

hours of night time and day time, but you’d be wrong.

In an experiment where cockerels were kept in constant

daylight for a month, at the end of that

month the cockerels still crowed at what

they thought would be dawn – and they

were only ever a few minutes out. This

experiment also found that when kept in

groups, the highest ranked cockerel had

priority in breaking the dawn, with the

other guys letting him have his own ten

minutes of glory before they too got going.

Phil is our only cockerel, he doesn’t have

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nature’s musical miracles, pop down to Stonegate Station

late one evening in May, park up, listen and be amazed.

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

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