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Contents

June 2019

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A FINE VINTAGE

Maggie Alderson’s top three

houses of the month

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PICTURE PERFECT

Top insta posts from

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WANDER AROUND

THE GARDEN

Sue Whigham’s most treasured plants

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HEAT WAVE

Ultimate barbecue recipes

EARLY HARVESTS

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CROSSING THE LINE

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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WHAT’S ON

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COMPETITION

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The White House

The dream: A country house

dating from the 1950s has been

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have been replaced with fashionable

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bathrooms. The kitchen/dining/

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Setting: An elevated position

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Beds: 6 Baths: 4

Special features: Outstanding

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Pleasing details: The Master

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Outside: 5.1 acres of land, with

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trees and a smart tennis court,

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Time to town: From Haywards

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Agent: Savills, Haywards Heath

01444 446000 savills.com

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Pilgrims Way

£1,895,000

The dream: A substantial Grade II listed house

packed with character outside and in. The exterior is

a mixture of half-timbering and lovely old brickwork.

Inside there are lots of lovely beams and panelling

and a very impressive carved staircase. The huge

kitchen/breakfast room/family room is double height

and has a five-oven Aga. It manages to be both

grand and cosy at the same time and would be the

perfect home for antique lovers to fill with treasures.

Where: In the hamlet of Thurnham, just over a mile

from the sought after village of Bearsted Green.

Setting: Looking out over parkland, in agricultural

country at the foot of the North Downs.

Beds: 7 Baths: 3

Special features: The entrance gate is very impressive.

Pleasing details: Amazing painted

panelling in the hall.

Outside: The gardens are well planted, with a

feature knot garden on the large terrace. There is

a tennis lawn, a swimming pool and stables.

Time to town: Straight to Victoria from

Bearsted in one hour 15 minutes.

Agent: Knight Frank, Sevenoaks 01732 744464

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Bishopsdale

£1,350,000

The dream: This is a lovely tile-hung Grade II listed

country house, on an appealing L-shaped plan, with a

particularly splendid central chimney. With origins in

the 17th century, it has been added to ever since and

recently updated to move-straight-in status, with a lovely

painted wood kitchen and elegant bathrooms. The

rambling ground floor with three large reception rooms

and the kitchen/breakfast room is ideal for family life.

Where: Five minutes’ drive from

the village of Biddenden.

Setting: Reached via a long private drive, the house sits

in a rural idyll, with glorious views over its own land.

Beds: 4 Baths: 4

Special features: A very smart and spacious conservatory.

Pleasing details: A really sprauncy swimming pool.

Outside: 12 acres of gardens and grounds, with gardens,

lakes, fields and woodland – currently used as a deer

park – lawns, well-stocked borders, mature trees.

Time to town: From Headcorn (13 minutes)

it’s under an hour to London Bridge,

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Agent: Jackson-Stops, Cranbrook 01580 720400

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Notebook

What to do and see near you this month

Midsummer dream

We are thoroughly excited for our

eleventh annual Wealden Times

Midsummer Fair. It is set to be the

biggest and best yet. Our talented team

of fairies has handpicked over 250

exhibitors which you will find either

inside our five signature big white

marquees, ‘The Avenue’ (our central

stretch of tented stands) or dotted

around the stunning grounds of our

magnificent venue, Hole Park Estate.

Visit us there from Thursday 6 to

Saturday 8 June to spend a glorious

midsummer day exploring stalls full of

fabulous fashion and jewellery, home

wares both contemporary and vintage,

and gorgeous garden accessories (if

you end up with too many bags to

carry, our Shop and Drop tent will

store them and help you carry them

to your car in return for a donation

to our nominated charity Crash).

Even if you don’t have spending in

mind, there will be delicious food and

drinks to sample along The Avenue,

the chance to win a pair of diamond

earrings worth £795, the magnificent

Hole Park to explore, and plenty

of live music and free talks on

creating beautiful homes and

gardens. You can learn about

everything from painting

with Annie Sloan to financial

planning with Burfields

House Wealth Management

and even see our very own

Jo Arnell – a regular feature

in our garden section.

Tickets available at

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Black Deer

This three-day celebration

of Americana is all about

authenticity, real life, craft,

makers, storytellers, kindness

and a spirit of independence.

Set within Eridge Park, the

festival is a living, breathing

demonstration of what

Americana and country

music can be, with over 100

artists across six dedicated

stages scattered throughout

unspoilt landscape. From

Friday 21 to Tuesday 23 June.

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Birthday bash

Macknade is celebrating its

40th birthday on Friday 28

June and you’re invited to join

in the celebrations! This special

birthday bash on its outside deck

in Faversham will have live

music, cocktails and food from

the new menu. macknade.com


News

Meadow Gardening

Discover the secrets of meadow gardening using the

marvellous Great Dixter meadows as an example. You will

be taken through the process of creating your own meadow

and maintaining it with Head Gardener Fergus Garrett.

A price of £125 per person includes slides and talks in the

Great Hall and practical sessions in the meadows, as well

as refreshments, lunch and a 10% discount on plant sales

for attendees in the nursery on the day. greatdixter.co.uk

Good food

This month seven of the region’s

most sought-after chefs join

forces for The Ultimate Pop Up

at Hush Heath Winery to raise

funds for children’s charity, Tree

of Hope. Thursday 20 June is

your chance to sample a six-course

tasting menu prepared by chefs,

including Kent Chef of the Year,

Will Devlin (left), star of the Great

British Menu and Head Chef at

Verdigris, Scott Goss, and Former

Kentish Hare and MasterChef

The Professionals personality,

Bobby Brown. treeofhope.org.uk

St Edmund’s

festival

This Canterbury music

festival, which promises

a week of rich, diverse

entertainment, is from

Wednesday 26 June to

Tuesday 2 July. Curtis

Stigers will open with his

show of old-school pop

with swinging jazz on

Wednesday to be followed by

such talents as Open Water,

Richard Rozze, Derek Nash

and Louise Clare Marshall

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Look Forward

Hospice in the Weald’s Cottage Hospice is

opening this autumn. This new Hospice is the

first of its kind in the UK, enabling more patients

at the end of life to continue to be cared for

by their loved ones. The Hospice will be run by

highly skilled, trained volunteers supported by

nursing staff. These volunteers will assist family

caregivers looking after their loved ones in

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Put your hand up!

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Cottage Hospice is opening in Autumn 2019

in Five Ashes, Mayfield, East Sussex.

Volunteers will be at the heart of Cottage Hospice,

supporting families to care for their loved ones.

It will be a truly innovative service, providing a home

from home environment in which a patient’s

family are empowered to provide care at the end of

life, with support from volunteers and nursing staff.

As a volunteer you will need to be willing to undertake

and actively participate in a wide range of

practical tasks and activities, as well as demonstrate

the ability to listen, support and empower loved

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This month we take a look at Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) in

more detail. Scalp Micropigmentation is the process of placing

tiny dots on the scalp to simulate follicles using medical grade

ink. It is ideal for both men and women suffering from various

forms of hair loss or hair thinning. It is used to camouflage

trauma or surgical scars, to add the look of density to thinning

hair or to give the illusion of a full head of shaved hair or

buzz cut. Its an ideal addition following other hair restoration

treatments such as post hair transplant, post Mesotherapy or

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and women, it can help create the illusion of density where the

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Editor’s

Letter

It’s finally arrived! After months of preparation, the gorgeous

Hole Park will open its gates to Wealden Times Midsummer

Fair visitors at 9am on 6th June for the first of three days of

summer shopping in stunning surroundings. Interiors, fashion, food

and drink, the Fair has it all, alongside inspiring talks on creating

beautiful homes and gardens in the Home & Garden Hub – see

our timetable on page 117. Plus, you can still get hold of discounted

tickets until 5th June if you book online at wealdentimes.co.uk/events.

This issue we’ve shot two elegant house renovations

with wonderfully contrasting interiors – a barn conversion

and a Georgian townhouse – both of which show

off their owners’ flair for design to full effect.

Getting into the swing of summer in the garden, Anna

Stanford preps a full-flavoured barbecue and Sue Whigham takes

a wander around her own garden to share her favourite plants.

Our Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement showcases

the latest styles, gadgets, accessories and real-life rooms

to help you get your own project underway.

Enjoy your Wealden Times!

Apology: In last month’s House of the Month feature

we printed the agent website for Barelands Farm

incorrectly. It should have read btfpartnership.co.uk

Wealden Times Team

Editor ............................................................................................ Lucy Fleming

Editorial Assistant ........................................................................Rebecca Cuffe

Digital Editor ...................................................................................Emily Pavey

Fashion Editor ................................................................................... Kate Watts

Design .........................................................................................Powerful Pierre

Design Director ..........................................................................Anthony Boxall

Design Team .................................................................................... Freya Bruce

Ryan Huggins

Tanya Goldsmith

Executive Chairman ...................................................................... Julie Simpson

Managing Director .............................................................. Vivien Cotterill-Lee

Sales Manager ................................................................................... Jen Shearer

Media Sales.................................................................................Sarah Norwood

Cinnamon Lacey

Distribution ....................................................................................... Kate Watts

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Sales Account Manager ...................................................................... Joy Adams

Jude Brown

Show Director ................................................................................. Flo Simpson

Events Assistant .....................................................................................Ed Steele

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Interior architect Susie Pfeiffer

has breathed contemporary life

into an old farm building, whilst

celebrating its original features,

in her incredible barn conversion

Words & styling: Maggie Alderson

Photographs: David Merewether

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Previous pages: The double-height dining room retains

all the atmosphere of the original building, with a

candle chandelier suspended over a huge old table

This page: Glass double doors lead into the kitchen

After many happy years in a barn they

had converted into a family home,

interior architect Susie Pfeiffer has moved

it on to the next stage for her business and

family, with a fabulous modern extension.

The best houses are not just inert stacks of

bricks and mortar, but more like living things

which constantly change over time. This is

just one of these houses which has grown –

literally, it has more than doubled in size – with

Susie, her family and their businesses.

The journey started when Susie and her husband

Stephen bought the original old barn in 1992,

seeing the great potential in it to create a unique

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This page: The dining room’s candle chandelier

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adding to the room’s almost medieval charm

Eastbourne and just three miles away from

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“It had been an old barn with horses

in it,” says Susie. “It had no floors or

dividing walls when we took it over.”

This meant they had total carte blanche

to arrange the space within the old walls.

An exciting prospect, but one which

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Susie is a very successful interior architect

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them it was a case of doing what they do,

but with only themselves as the clients.

Susie explains this to me as we sit in the

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which still has all the atmosphere of the

original building, with a candle chandelier

over the huge old table, operated with

a rope pulley that you let down to light

the candles, then hoist up again.

With limestone flagstones on the floor

and a splendid carved stone mantelpiece

(an architectural salvage find, like many

pieces in the house), this space has an almost

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Above: Keeping the central dining space open, the

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The dining room still retains some classic

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it opens in to, still the original one they put in.

“A few years ago I painted it Farrow & Ball

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to paint it dark green and change the work

surfaces to a mad marble – not grey and white, I

like the mad ones. There are always things in the

house I want to change, but I’m not wasteful.”

Walking out of the dining room the

opposite way you come into the other room,

which has stayed the same – the original

master bedroom, with a gobsmackingly

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The bath is so deep, they put it in at floor level

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Left: The new master bedroom’s reclaimed French doors

have been hung to slide rather than swing open Below: The

rear of the wardrobes – in padded velvet – act as a glamorous

contemporary backing to the velvet-upholstered bed, whilst

the original old bricks and wooden beams add antique drama

Also found in salvage for this room is the wooden

parquet floor. “It’s from a school gym and when it

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Head back into the dining room and there is an

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“Originally we had the master bedroom

downstairs and the living room up here, to

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With two fabulous new sitting rooms in the extension

(more to come about that…) this view could now

be appropriated for enjoyment from bed – and that

splendid double-height door is a hint of the glamour

that lies within. Absolutely brilliantly, it has been hung

to slide rather than swing open and the first thing

you see as you walk through it is another door the

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Above right The master en suite – a black marble shower room

Above left: An impressive stone fireplace has been fitted with a cream

woodburner Left: A carved stone corbel is an interesting addition to

the barn’s original flint and brick walls

The very swish black marble shower room is visible straight

ahead, with a bank of wardrobes to the right, the doors finished

with antiqued gold leaf. Walk round the end of them and

the other side of the wardrobes turns out to be a dividing

wall of padded velvet headboard with a huge bed in front of

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to the house and on to the green slopes rising behind it.

This clever set up, making the absolute best of the space,

was all designed by Susie, who has her Pfeiffer Design

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her team source materials, design soft furnishings and do

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and commercial, they have on the go at any one time.

“This room was much more complicated to do,” explains

Susie, “with the slopes in the walls, and it was clear that it

just made more sense to put the bed in the middle.”


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“It had been an old barn with horses in it,” says Susie. “It had no

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Left: The holiday let Below: The original master

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This has created a very cool feature that provides a pleasing

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Above left & bottom right: The holiday let’s sitting room, in the third wing of the house, features panelling designed by Susie

Top right: The eat-in kitchen

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Previous pages: The kitchen was extended into

what was once a small half-covered courtyard

This page: The original window at the back of the

house now provides a view from the sitting room to

the kitchen. Artworks by local artists and an intricate

hand-sewn dress line the walls of the sitting room

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The house is Grade II listed, but the owners were

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Above: In the sitting room, the grand,

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Left: A combined radiator cover and

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down furniture and possessions a little easier and

meant that they were able to start work on the garden.

Their builders converted the basement into

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major work was completed. Painted a glossy

white throughout it is now a very useful extra

space, used as an art studio and workroom.

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This page: Artwork features prominently on the walls of the staircase

the kitchen out into what had been a small half-covered

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Above: In contrast to the cool white walls in a small guest bedroom, colourful floral abstract paintings provide a splash of primary colour

in stormy weather. A prominent and original feature is the

witty and creative use of a famous Gainsborough painting as

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underneath. This main guest room is simply furnished

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This page: Seasonal colour in the garden

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terracotta pots, with structure provided by

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touch of grandeur, created by the

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Picture

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Ahead of her talk on building an online following at

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home, but also keep it practical

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Contents

KITCHENS

FOR REAL COOKS

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6 TOP 10 TRENDS

We count down the top trends to look out for in 2019

9 PAINTING BY NUMBERS

A guide to painting kitchen surfaces with Annie Sloan

10 FOOD TECH

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13 PLATE UP

Rebecca Cuffe styles crockery that deserves to be displayed

15 CASE STUDY: KITCHEN

James Buck from Neptune Tonbridge explains the

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Leoni and Nathan had almost settled on the

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Like most people, Leoni had more than one

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Leoni found the design process smooth and

bump-free and gave high praise to Ellie, especially

for how she was able to develop their ideas further

and add things to the design that they might not

have otherwise done. “Ellie suggested a breakfast

pantry area a bit like those in the Suffolk and

Henley kitchen collections that can have with

their bi-fold doors. She made that work in

Chichester for us. Nathan wanted to add a cooker

hood too but it wasn’t easy to do. Ellie figured it

out though and it makes the room feel so cosy.

I honestly couldn’t fault Neptune in any way.

The communication was excellent and the whole

process was incredibly smooth. Even down to the

tiniest detail, like how they gave us extra touch-up

pots of paint because they knew how, with Casey

around, there would always be a ball in sight

threatening my lovely Shell-coloured cabinets! I

thought that was a really considerate touch that

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Life in their new kitchen

What’s your favourite thing to do in your new

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is clean. That’s partly true, but only because I

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It’s all he can do though if I’m honest. We

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What’s your favourite part? “The hot

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for our guests – it’s become part of our

act. Everyone finds it amazing.”

What could you now not live without? “The wine

fridge. Let’s just say it gets very good use. That,

and everything really. It’s all used and appreciated.

Having the double sink is a huge help too. I

literally can’t pick one thing, it’s too hard.”

In each one of Neptune’s stores – including

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“Interiors run hand-in-hand with fashion,

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“Brass is a great alternative to chrome

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Paul Carter

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Wayne Varney

A Building Contractor to help turn that project into a

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can provide a team to do everything you need and

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What goes into producing a dream

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What was the project brief? A

contemporary style kitchen required to

suit a modern new build property, with

a sociable open plan living arrangement,

decorated in light/neutral colours/tones

and tactile finishes. The design included

a large island with seating arrangement,

along with a bank of full height cabinets

to house the majority of the appliances

and the statement Limehouse larder.

How was the kitchen made? The

cabinets are made from tulipwood,

plywood and oak, with a hand-painted

finish in Neptune ‘Lily’ externally and

Neptune ‘Fog’ internally. The quartz work

surface is manufactured by Silestone.

How long did it take to complete?

Approximately three weeks

from start to finish.

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created to house a large flush

ceiling mounted extractor. This

was not only functional, but

formed an interesting feature –

the horizontal LED strip lighting

incorporated reflects the LED

lighting installed to the underside

of the worktop above the cabinet

doors. A cabinet was also adapted

to conceal the main manifold for

the underfloor heating system,

with storage space above.

We worked with the architect

to ensure that the worktop ran in

line with the top of the window

frame, to conceal it, as one of

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helps reduce consumption if rooms are not in use. At the

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terraced house in East London, and is the

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rooms, small blue suite bathroom, cloakroom

and kitchenette. We knocked all rooms

together into one grand and well-proportioned

space. The client wanted to create a calm

and timeless space for their guest bathroom.

In conversation with them it soon became

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to avoid it being too overly feminine.

How was the bathroom made? The room was

designed to be soft and warm, with the delicate

pink tones to the walls and marble and warm

metallics in the bath. This was balanced with

monochrome mosaic floor tiles which helps

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looking too heavy. Another layer of interest

is added as the floor is reflected in the bath.

We thought it was really important to

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nickel finish to the inside of the bath, and

so chose nickel brassware to tie in with

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The project build had a few complications

along the way and this bathroom was one of

many rooms in the refurb. The whole house

took about a year to complete on site.

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We didn’t want the room to look too fussy. As

the chimney breast wall is so wide, we were

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The ‘splash’ distance was calculated and didn’t

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Sarah Gower from Marden had suffered

with back pain ‘niggles’ for a few years,

but last summer she was suddenly

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leg which stopped her in her tracks.

Sarah explains: “For as long as I can

remember, I’ve always experienced a

degree of discomfort in my back, which

my osteopath at the time had put down to

muscular issues, but one day I woke with

the most excruciating sciatic pain which

literally floored me; I could hardly move.”

Over the following weeks Sarah’s pain and

lack of movement completely disrupted

her routine: “I couldn’t find a comfortable

sleeping position for my back and the

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times every night; I actually ended up

sleeping on the floor out of desperation. I

couldn’t go to work, driving was impossible,

and everyday chores – even bathing and

dressing – became incredibly difficult.”

Sarah’s GP prescribed strong painkillers

but after a short while, she discovered she

was allergic to them. She was also put on

a waiting list to see a spinal surgeon: “I

knew it would be a few months before I

saw a consultant, but honestly, I really

wasn’t comfortable with the idea of

spinal injections or surgery; I’d read

about the risks and recovery periods

involved and it was a big worry for me.”

More than that, Sarah didn’t think

she’d be able to manage waiting for an

operation; she needed to get the pain sorted

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

magazine articles about patients who had

recovered well at Wealden Osteopaths &

Spine Centre, so I went for some handson

osteopathy to begin with, but when

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possible reason for my relentless sciatica.”

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Beauty

Beauty without

the Burn

Josephine Fairley looks into the popularity

of charcoal-based skincare

I

have a love-hate relationship with

charcoal. You might, too, if you had

a husband in the ‘biochar’ business,

who makes a clever charcoal product

that does double-duty as a soil improver

and locks up carbon in the soil for

thousands of years. (For the nitty-gritty,

head over to carbongold.com. It is quite

wondrous stuff, even if I wouldn’t put it

on my face.)

Now, many of my husband Craig’s

initial experiments with charcoal were

carried out in our house. In some cases,

in my Magimix. Which meant that

for quite some time, almost everything

on the ground floor of our house was

covered in a light film of fine black

powder. When a journalist once asked

me if I was involved in this particular

venture of my husband’s, I smiled wryly

and replied: ‘The only thing I can

bring to this business is a damp cloth.’

Going beyond the fact it’s a boon

for gardeners, however, the therapeutic

benefits of charcoal are rooted in

tradition. For centuries it’s been used

for medicinal purposes (mostly for gut

problems) and for water treatment, as

well as for detoxing. In the last couple

of years, though, activated charcoal

has become a real buzz in the beauty

world. And small wonder. It’s pretty

miraculous, absorbing water and

drawing impurities out of the skin,

gently buffing the surface to reveal

fresh cells. And, counterintuitively, it’s

also completely brilliant for cleaning

teeth (those tiny particles, again).

Bamboo charcoal, in particular,

has become increasingly

popular; it can be ground

into super-fine particles

and is a sustainable plant

source, sprouting quickly from the

same roots when it’s harvested. So

for this edition, I thought I’d focus

on some of the charcoal-based

products that have most impressed

me, since it came onto my radar.

Try cleansing with charcoal... The

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing

Ritual, £32.50, is a two-step treatment

which begins by dissolving makeup

and grime with a Citrus Oil

Radiance Cleanse, then ‘doublecleanses’

with the Purifying

Charcoal Cleanse. I was

worried this might be a bit

gritty and grainy, but in fact,

it’s wonderfully slippy and

soft, perfect for massaging the

mixture of bamboo charcoal

and Nordic beauty peat (which

can help balance skin’s pH) into

the complexion. You remove

it with the muslin cloth and

swoosh away the last traces.

The result is skin that’s really

and truly clean, yet comfy with

it. For a completely different

style of cleansing, meanwhile,

check out The Konjac Sponge

Company Pure Konjac Puff

Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal,

£8.99, which, when dampened,

lifts off make-up and grime quite

astonishingly effectively without

the use of a separate cleanser. The

bamboo charcoal infused into the

sponge – from an Asian plant that’s

been used for over 1,500 years – makes

this good not only for occasional spotsufferers,

but (so I’m told) for helping

to guard against in-grown beard hairs.

Try charcoal as a face mask... Because

of its unique ability to draw out


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impurities, charcoal is particularly

good for oily- and spot-prone skins, or

for combination complexions. (If you

fall into this later, very common skin

category, you might want to multi-mask

with something super-moisturising on

the drier areas.) Brilliant for blitzing

blackheads, too. So, to try: The Body

Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying

Glow Mask, £17 for 75ml, which has

become one of their bestsellers (smooth

it on with The Body Shop Facial

Mask Brush, £8, for the most even

application). Origins Clear Improvement,

£22 for 75ml, is one of the gentler

takes on a charcoal mask, great for

clogged skins, and for oily skin that’s

on the touchy side, I’d also recommend

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal

Mask, £25 for 100ml, a fragrance-fee

option that delivers a great deep cleanse,

leaving skin matte. A product that did

incredibly well in a special trial that we

carried out at Beauty Bible, meanwhile,

is Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal

Mud Mask, £11.99 for 93g, a creamytextured

mask which deeply impressed

the testers for its power to blitz spots

and breakouts. (NB: Always avoid the

eye zone with charcoal masks, as they

can dry this tender area of skin.)

Try charcoal as a body scrub... Again,

I’m a particular fan of Origins Clear

Improvement Detoxifying Charcoal Body

Scrub, £25 for 100ml, which is good

for any (body) skin type, blending

bamboo charcoal with sea salt and

brown sugar, with a head-rush scent

of wintergreen and clove that leaves

you feeling as clean as your skin looks.

The packaging for most charcoal

products appears pretty ‘unisex’, and the

products are eminently shareable – but

a great option that’s designed for men

is Man Cave Blackspice Body Scrub,

£5 for 200ml, which blends charcoal

with powdered pumice, black pepper,

juniper and cardamom oils, alongside

soothing aloe. Or for something a little

different, try the Zero Skin Charcoal

Body Sponge, £11.95, which looks

worryingly like a lump of lava when

dry, but softens to cleanse the body

gently, helping to balance pH levels.

Use on its own or with a favourite soap.

Try charcoal on your hair... Itchy,

irritated scalp? Maybe charcoal can help,

here. Briogeo Scalp Revival charcoal

products have become cult heroes, with

an innovative range that

includes Charcoal + Coconut

Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, £36

for 236ml, Scalp Revival Charcoal &

Biotin Dry Shampoo, £21.50 for 50ml

(brilliant for refreshing hair between

washes), and the Charcoal + Tea Tree

Scalp Treatment, £27 for 30ml, which

cools the scalp with mint, features

biotin to strengthen hair, and generally

offers plenty of TLC for touchy scalps,

while removing product build-up.

Try it on your teeth... Though

your toothbrush may look black after

use, your pearlies will look pearlier

after three minutes’ scrubbing with a

bamboo tooth powder. (Follow with

your usual toothpaste.) I especially

like Georganics Tooth Powder, £6.90

for 60ml, from an all-natural tooth

brand, which works to polish away

plaque and stains very effectively.

(Great for coffee- and wine-drinkers.)

Last but not least, try a charcoal

foundation brush. This is probably my

favourite charcoal-based product of all.

I hesitate to use the word ‘lifechanging’,

but I am unbelievably

impressed by the Guerlain L’Essentiel

Foundation Brush, £38, which is

treated with bamboo charcoal. In a

perfect world you’d also use it with

Guerlain L’Essentiel Foundation – my

favourite new base for 2019 (and

it’s going to be hard to beat, let me

tell you). But I’ve tried it with other

foundations, too and this brush

delivers an amazingly streak-free,

bare-skin finish that I’m hooked on.

All without leaving a speck of

charcoal on my countertops. Praise be...

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.

The Charlotte

Tilbury Goddess

Cleansing

Ritual, £32.50

Clinique

Pore Refining

Solutions

Charcoal Mask,

£25 for 100ml

The Konjac

Sponge Company

Pure Konjac Puff

Sponge with

Bamboo Charcoal,

£8.99

The Body Shop

Himalayan

Charcoal

Purifying Glow

Mask, £17

The Body Shop

Facial Mask

Brush, £8

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Health & Wellbeing

Fitting in Fitness

In the first of a new series of columns for Wealden Times,

personal trainer Sarah Maxwell breaks down the sometimes

daunting prospect of exercise into easily manageable

activities that can be slotted into a busy lifestyle

Spring is turning into summer.

As the days become longer and

warmer, it’s time to enjoy the

great outdoors, peel off the layers

and slip into that little summer dress.

Whilst we are slowly learning that

the images of models and celebrities

we’re fed by the media are unrealistic

(and airbrushed!) some of us might be

wanting to look a little more svelte.

If that sounds like you, then here are

my tips on getting the best results.

Exercise outdoors

The summer months are a great time

to start exercising, taking advantage

of the good weather and moving your

workouts outside. Nature and regular

exercise have a hugely beneficial

impact on our mental health. Many

people are deficient in vitamin D,

especially in our climate, and working

out in the sun helps with this and

has great therapeutic benefits.

Bring the kids

If you have children, encourage them

to join in with you. It’s also great for

them to see that exercise is an essential

part of a well-rounded lifestyle. If

Mummy is doing it and enjoying

it, then it will stick with them.

Best summer activities

Walking, hiking, cycling, swimming,

outdoor exercise classes. Working

out with friends in your garden.

Many people take on a personal

trainer and split the cost as it’s

also a lot of fun and motivating

to be with like-minded people.

Already exercising?

If you already exercise regularly,

now is a great time to shake up your

workout and try some new things.

When your workout becomes routine

and you’re no longer challenging your

muscles, you will stop making gains

and improvements. Variety is key.

Help in changing

your mindset

If you’re not a fan of exercise, then do

something you enjoy; life is too short

to dread a workout and then feel even

worse by not doing it. By thinking of

exercise as ‘me time’ and not something

that you need to do to punish yourself,

you will actually enjoy it. Take each

day at a time and use exercise as a

reward, not a punishment. Remind

yourself that every time you exercise

you are giving yourself a gift of physical

and mental health and moving one

step closer to where you want to be.

Measure your results

Put the scales away! If you’re determined

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Outdoor exercise

Try to exercise in the cooler

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possible, find some shade.


Drink sips of water every few

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Wear breathable clothing.


Be visible to drivers if

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Turn down your headphones

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Vary your route and schedule.

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Horses for Healing

Emma Rourke explains how she has harnessed the

therapeutic power of horses to provide equine assisted

personal development through her company, Hephzibah

What is Hephzibah? Hephzibah, in short, means new name, new

identity. It is a Hebrew word that comes from the Old Testament

Book of Isaiah, who was a prophet. The significance for me is very

personal as it is talking about overcoming life’s heartbreaks and

has been my story of overcoming personal challenges, particularly

growing up with alcoholism and the devastating effects it can

have within families. Horses are amazing animals – offering me

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story, I hope, will inspire others to be able to overcome similar

challenges. I am very fortunate to have helped many people who

suffer addiction – your past does not have to define who you are.

What issues do you deal with? I work with people on many

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leadership in business. It is not always necessary to have

a problem, it can be a great way to de-stress, and leave our fast

paced world behind for a little while, to connect with horses,

nature and yourself. The Hephzibah approach is a gentle,

non-judgemental way to become self-aware and learn the

tools of emotional regulation, as it is based in neuroscience

and psychology. I am not a counsellor, more of a facilitator to

empower people to find their own answers, and I also act as a

bit of a cheerleader, with the help of my partners, the horses.

How does it work? There is no short answer to how it works, but

to give you an idea, horses are flight animals, they sense things

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be hiding something. They mirror people and sense what is really

going on for them, this makes them fantastic co-facilitators, as

they pick up on someone’s body language and energy and will

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with humans. How you show up on the day is the bio feedback

you get back. They help people to be fully authentic, as you

can’t hide anything from a horse. Winston Churchill once

said, “There is something about the outside of a horse, that

is good for the inside of a man”. I believe this to be true.

What makes horse therapy better than conventional

therapy? For many people, talking about their problems can

be a problem in itself. Equine assisted learning can be a more

natural, experiential way to explore how a person is feeling

without the need to verbalise everything. It works very well

as a stand-alone therapeutic intervention and also alongside

more traditional therapies. It can open the door where maybe

people have found other approaches more difficult.

Can different horses produce a different therapeutic effect?

Do you pair clients with a specific horse? Different horses offer

different experiences. With equine assisted learning, the horses are

at liberty, free to make a choice on who they want to interact with

or not, unlike more traditional riding. It has been my experience

that the horse picks the person. I have had clients who have had

anxiety and one particular horse will come forward, and for others

suffering grief another will choose to come forward. It is an honour

to observe clients, who sometimes have very powerful interactions

with the horses that have helped them, become self-aware and

acknowledge the root of their pain, to allow the healing to take

place. The neuroscience behind becoming more aware of what

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Anna Stanford from Anna’s Family Kitchen cooks chicken, swordfish

and veg for a barbecue feast that can be enjoyed by meat eaters,

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Sicilian Swordfish Skewers

Serves 4 Prep time: 1 hour Cooking time: 8 minutes

A meal on a stick! These are perfect for the barbecue as the

fish holds its form. They could also be grilled or cooked on

a griddle. Swordfish is meaty and lean and works brilliantly

with this Sicilian inspired marinade.

• 500g new potatoes,

large ones halved

• 600g swordfish – approx

2 steaks cut 1 inch

thick – I used Sankey’s

Fishmongers in Tonbridge

• 3 courgettes cut

into 1 inch slices

• zest of 1 orange

For the marinade:

• 1 large orange, juice & zest

• juice ½ lemon

• 4 tbsp olive oil

• 1 chilli, finely chopped

• 1 tbsp fresh chopped mint

• salt and pepper

1Boil the potatoes for 10

minutes until just soft.

Cool. Cut the swordfish

into 1 inch cubes.

2Combine the marinade

ingredients in a bowl

and add the courgettes,

potatoes and swordfish.

Leave to marinate in the

fridge if you have time.

3Skewer the potatoes,

courgettes and swordfish.

If using wooden skewers

soaking them for 30 mins in

water beforehand will stop

the fish sticking to them.

4Cook on a medium heat

barbecue in the middle

of the grill or in a hot lightlyoiled

frying pan or griddle for

8 minutes, turning the skewers

every minute. Spoon over the

marinade whilst cooking.

5Finish with a grating

of the orange zest. and

a drizzle of olive oil.

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Tandoori Spatchcock Chicken with Mango Salad

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 40-50 mins

I’ve used a spatchcocked chicken here which, if our mini heatwave

hadn’t already left us, could have been thrown on the barbecue.

Instead, I cooked this curry alternative in my favourite casserole pan in

the oven. Spatchcocking reduces cooking time, but this recipe would

also work with a regular chicken, or two, or three if feeding a crowd.

• 1 large (1.7kg) chicken, spatchcocked

(you can ask your butcher to do it for you)

for 5 minutes on each side, then move the chicken to the side

of the grill and continue cooking on the gentler heat for 30-40

minutes turning every 10 minutes. Alternatively, roast the chicken

at 200°C for 50 minutes in an oven. Check that the chicken

is cooked by piercing a knife between the thighs and breasts.

The juices should run clear. Rest the chicken for 10 minutes.

3Mix together the mango salad ingredients and once the

chicken is ready, spoon over the top or serve as a side dish.

For the marinade:

• 4 tbsp Greek yogurt

• 1 tsp paprika

• 1 tsp turmeric

• 1 tsp chilli powder

• 1 tsp coriander

• 1 tsp cumin

• 2 tsp grated ginger

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• ½ tsp Maldon Salt

• juice ½ lemon

1Mix together all the

marinade ingredients and

spoon all over the chicken.

You can marinate the

For the salad:

• 2 fresh mangos

chopped/sliced

• 1 red chilli finely chopped

• 1 bunch coriander,

leaves chopped

• juice of 1 lime

• 1 tsp nigella seeds

• 1 tbsp olive oil

chicken in the fridge if you

like but it’s not essential.

2Cook on a medium heat

barbecue in the middle

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Moroccan Pomegranate & Tahini Dressed Aubergines

Serves 4, as a main Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 25 mins

How to dress up an aubergine! These are amazing served by

themselves or as an accompaniment to lamb or couscous.

For the Tahini Dressing:

• 1 crushed garlic clove

• 4 tbsp fresh tahini

• juice 2 limes

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 4 aubergines halved

lengthways

1Whisk together the garlic,

tahini and lime juice

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 tsp za’atar

• ½ tsp salt and pepper

• 2 tbsp pomegranate

molasses

• 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds

fresh coriander leaves

• 2 tbsp toasted almonds

adding olive oil and more

lime if it becomes too thick.

2Score the aubergine flesh in

a criss-cross pattern. Rub

all over with the olive oil.

3Sprinkle over the za’atar,

salt and pepper.

4Put directly on the grill of

a low-medium barbecue

and cook for 12 minutes each

side, turning them every 2

minutes. If the barbecue is too

hot the aubergines will burn.

If you have a gas barbecue,

you can turn up the heat for

the final minute when you

cook the aubergines flesh side

down if you like char marks!

5Remove to a serving platter

to rest. Drizzle over the

pomegranate molasses, then

the tahini dressing. Finally,

sprinkle with the toasted

almonds, pomegranate seeds

and fresh coriander leaves.

See more of Anna’s

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Early

Harvests

Jo Arnell explains how you

can reap the rewards of

a little forward planning

when it comes to the

most productive crops

in the veg patch

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Garden

The unstoppable rush of growth pushes on in the

garden, as the plants race towards the solstice – the

longest day, when there is maximum light. After

this heady moment, growth starts to slow and nature begins

to prepare for winter (I know, summer has only just got

here). It’s an exciting time to be outside, but it can be hard

to keep up with the tasks, too. Luckily, there are some

early crops to harvest as a reward for all our hard work.

Crops to harvest in June

Asparagus

The spears start appearing at the end of April and it keeps

cropping until June. Picking should stop by the 21st to allow

enough shoots to be left to unfurl and maintain the crown.

Asparagus is an easy crop to grow and look after, so don’t be

put off by having to wait a couple of years before you can start

harvesting. Once in, it’s surprising how fast those short years

pass, you will be picking asparagus for many years to come.

Broad beans and peas

You can sow some broad bean and hardy pea varieties in the

autumn for an extra early crop the following year, or sow

in early spring for summer harvests. Home-grown peas are

sweet and delicious and a great crop to sow in succession,

but remember that as soon as you pick a pod, the peas inside

will start losing sweetness, as their sugars turn to starch. This

happens with sweetcorn too, so if you are cooking them, they

need to go straight from plot to pot. Once harvested, leave the

base of leguminous plants in the ground and the nitrogenfixing

nodules in the roots will help feed the next crop.

Roots and tubers

Unearthing roots is a bit like digging for buried treasure,

except that it’s easy to slice through or prong them

on your fork as you lift potatoes, so go carefully

New potatoes – the first of the potatoes are the earlies;

these have a waxy texture, hold their shape well when

boiled and are the tastiest for salads. Varieties like

International Kidney (also known as Jersey Royals),

Arran pilot have an almost un-buyable flavour

Short carrots – small and stubby, but full of flavour and easy

to grow, these quick to mature carrots are great if you find that

the longer varieties fork and fang in your soil (it’s a common

and very frustrating problem with carrots). They are great

to grow in containers too. Try Chantenay, Early Nantes, or

‘Romeo’, a small round variety about the size of a radish.

Baby beetroot – you can be harvesting baby beets


Top left: Harvest beetroot from an early sowing, or sow some

more now Bottom left: Harvest an early sowing of Calabrese

Top right: Pick broad beans when the beans are the size of your

thumbnail Middle right: Radishes Bottom right: Asparagus can

be picked up until the Solstice

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in 12-14 weeks of sowing, so this is another crop that

can be sown a few times in the year. Beetroot doesn’t

have to be red either – there are yellow varieties and

a very pretty one called Chioggia with candy striped

flesh that will look amazing sliced into a salad bowl.

Radishes – another quick ‘catch’ crop that can be sown

in-between the rows of slower growing vegetables,

such as leeks and parsnips, as the radishes will be long

gone before the slow crop starts needing the room.

Khol rabi – grow, like radishes between other crops, as

these are amazingly quick too. You eat the swollen stem

of this plant, which swells like a golf ball halfway down

the stalk. It tastes like a broccoli stalk (the part that many

children leave on their plates). Slice it into stir-fries or serve

in a cheese sauce if broccoli stalks aren’t your thing…

Leafy crops

As temperatures rise and the soil starts to dry out, many leafy

crops panic and rush into flower. Known as bolting, this is an

annoying habit and hard to prevent. There are ‘bolt resistant’

(boldly claimed on seed packets) varieties of some crops

available, but the best thing to do is to avoid growing cool

season plants like spinach, rocket, mustard and coriander at

vulnerable times of the year. Make an early sowing of these,

so that they are ready to harvest just before the hot, dry

weather starts and then you can sow another batch in July and

August to harvest in the autumn and first part of the winter.

Spinach – bolt resistant types are available, but try

sowing several lots for baby leaves, then a perpetual

variety later on in the year, which has bigger leaves (a

bit like chard) and will last for a long time, possibly

through the winter if cloched during the coldest days.

Rocket – if you grow wild rocket and it runs to seed,

just leave it to self-sow and you will have a continual

crop of peppery leaves to harvest for many months.

Mustards – many mustards self-sow too and these

are great leaves to add to both salads and stir-fries

Lettuce and salad leaves – harvest any lettuces

before they bolt in hot weather and sow some more

in a shadier part of the plot. The most resistant salad

leaves are loose-leaved lettuces like ‘Salad Bowl’ and

‘Lollo Rosso’. You can keep picking these and new

leaves will grow in a ‘cut and come again’ way.

Herbs

Coriander is notorious for running to seed almost as

soon as the first leaves appear, but there is a variety called

‘Cilantro’, or leaf coriander, which will just about manage

to contain its enthusiasm and withstand a few harvests.

Thyme, marjoram and mint should be picked while

young, before they start to flower – apparently the flavour is

strongest then. After flowering the sap may be slightly less


Top: Short Chantenay carrots are great to grow in containers

Middle: Spinach is at its leafy best now

Bottom: Harvest salad leaves before they bolt

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Above: Protect crops from pests as the weather warms up

concentrated. You can freeze chopped leaves in ice-cube trays.

Parsley is a biennial, so last year’s plants will be giving

up about now. Sow some more or leave your old plants

to set seed and sow themselves around the place.

Second spring

Gaps will be appearing now that you have harvested

some of the crops, or if you are late to the plot, or

have only just decided to grow a few vegetables this

year. There are plenty of seeds to sow and plants to

grow to give you a harvest in the autumn and winter,

possibly even into the early part of next year.

It might be too late to sow leeks, tomatoes, squash and

to plant potatoes, but nearly everything else is worth a

try. In fact, bulb fennel should be sown after the Solstice.

Growth may slow after the 21st June and yields may be

smaller, but you will get a decent harvest and perhaps at

a more convenient time – it is annoying to be on holiday

just when all your hard earned work is beginning to bear

vegetables. Most of the leafy crops can be sown again now,

in fact the bolters (rocket, pak choi, spinach and beetroot

and some lettuces) may be better from a late sowing,

providing you keep them well watered in hot, dry weather.

Whatever the weather, whatever you have grown,

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for the seventh time in as many days. It’s probably the

same male calling and what an evocative call he has.

Now that the bluebells are on the wane for this year,

they’ve been closely followed by Yellow Archangel, an

ancient woodland species in the lamium family (nettle).

The story is that they were called Archangel as they didn’t

sting! They’re worth investigating closely as whilst they have

a classic nettle leaf with toothed edges growing in pairs

up the stems, the butter-yellow flowers are so interesting,

resembling little ‘bubbles’ before they open out. And there

are markings or ‘honey guides’ on the flower for the benefit

of pollinating insects. Isn’t nature marvellous – designing

maps to guide the insect in – and, of course, once the

nectar is collected the pollen drops on to the plant’s stigma

and pollination takes place and so the cycle continues.

Making observations like this slow a woodland walk down

but isn’t it worth it. On the same walk I met someone

taking a picture of the most amazing fungus on a dead

chestnut stump. Seeing it quite made his day and mine.

After spending a winter spreading home-grown compost

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‘Rambling Rector’ (don’t make the same mistake as we did

and plant up a tree. It is a very vigorous rambler) from a

long suffering apple tree and then clearing out rampant vinca

under the tree, the area finally looked decent enough to start

replanting. Hopefully, the canopy of the remaining rose won’t

be too dense now so plants happy in semi-shade will do well.

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Archangel

Autumn Fair at Great Dixter and the Northiam Plant

Fair. We queued in the drizzle for half-an-hour at the

latter, but the variety of plants on offer made it so

worthwhile and there were plenty of people to talk to.

The first plants to go in have been three ferns whose

name is a bit of a handful. These are Coniogramme emeiensis,

introduced from the holy Mount Emei in the Sichuan

Province of China. They have quite spectacular tall,

branched, ribbon-shaped fronds with distinctive yellow

banding. My mistake, I think, was putting them in too

early and the result has been that they have been lashed

by the wind. They’re hardy to -15°C but I didn’t take into

account howling gales. The morning ritual now is to go

and check them and I see that a few croziers are making an

appearance on one of them. They grow to about four feet

so should make quite a statement when they eventually get

going. The thing is that the nights haven’t reached above

10°C this year as yet and this is holding things back.

And then there are the epimediums. I’m trying

E x warleyense and E x rubrum as ground cover in the

same area. The former is named after Warley Place

which was the home of the famous gardener, Ellen

Willmott. They should both bulk up and make good

ground cover. Epimedium x warleyense produces peach/

yellow flowers and has evergreen foliage. The heart

shaped leaves of E x rubrum is bronze when new which

contrasts beautiful with delicate crimson flowers on wiry

stems. They are so pretty and fairy-like. Epimediums can

become a bit of an obsession and I was glad to see an

article about them in the latest edition of The Garden.

What else has gone in there? Well, some aconites for

height and late season colour, a blue comfrey that my son

gave me and which he was busy ripping out – invasive but

a lovely blue. A few smaller ferns like the broad buckler

fern, Dryopteris affinis ‘Crispa Whiteside’. Oh, and a lovely

Japanese shrub, Kirengeshoma palmata, which is looking very

happy. Palmate foliage combines with dark stems and in the

autumn, lovely yellow bell-shaped flowers appear. It’s happy

in partial shade but the soil needs to be kept quite moist.

This ‘under the apple tree’ area will probably dry out

a bit, especially if we have another hot summer, so it’s

on the list to be kept well watered. We’ve also added

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foxgloves and the odd pink-yellow geum ‘Cosmopolitan’

(Cocktail series), which is happy in semi-shade.

And then there is another little treasure, purloined from

the marvellous Cotswold Garden Flowers nursery up at a

plant fair in Sutton Valence recently and recommended by

Rosemary Alexander, Principal of the English Gardening

School, who was also looking at the gems on the Cotswold’s

stand. Beesia calthifolia was discovered in China by the plant

hunter, George Forrest, in the early part of the 20th century,

and is interesting as it didn’t fit into any known genera so

was named after the nursery, Bees of Chester, who had hired

Forrest to bring in new specimens from the Far East. It wasn’t

in cultivation for long but was reintroduced by modern day

plant hunters, Bleddyn Wynn-Jones (Crug Plants) and Dan

Hinkley who spotted it in a Japanese nursery in the 1990s.

It’s a woodland plant; happy with a little bit of morning

sun and content with plenty of leaf mould to keep the soil

moist around it. It has beautiful heart-shaped, deeply-veined

leaves which are all shades of green. The flowers are star

shaped and a greenish white growing off wiry stems a little

like the epimediums I’ve mentioned. I’ve put it in a shadier

part of the garden where the canopy of the oaks soon fill

in and it’s a complete treasure. I can see that that’s another

one which will need a visit from the watering can regularly

or at least until it is well established. It is well worth a try.’

The only other thing to mention is this year’s tree.

It’s a large crab apple, Malus hupehensis. Why grow it?

Well, it is a vigorous and very beautiful tree. From pink

buds come fragrant white flowers followed by ‘cherry

like’ fruits. I love it, as it has such an abandoned looking

habit with branches spreading out in a rather relaxed

fashion. And yes, this is another one that will need to

be kept well-watered until it has settled in. Sorry to be a

killjoy, but I hope that this summer doesn’t break records

as last summer did. Otherwise there’ll be no time to

sit down and enjoy the fruits of being a plantaholic!

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948

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Crossing the Line

What happens when you find out that the boundaries of your property, and the way

you – or others – can access it aren’t quite as clear cut as you once thought?

Wealden Times talks to the legal experts to find out...

Can a Right of Way be removed? Kellie Darke

from Kingsfords Solicitors explains...

“There are two ways a right of way can be created:

The first, expressed right of way is that which is created

by deed, i.e. by a legal agreement between parties, one

agreeing to let another access their land for a purpose. Such

a deed should then be recorded against both parties’ titles.

The second way is by prescription. Such a right may not

necessarily be revealed on the deeds and comes about

only by the access being used regularly over a length of

time. Specifically, if you can prove you, and if necessary

any predecessors, have freely enjoyed access over someone

else’s land without hindrance, payment, licence, secrecy

or dispute for over 20 years then the law provides that

you may be able to claim a prescriptive easement over

that land and title which can be registered on it.

Removing either type of these rights of way, however, can

be difficult. If the right is by deed or prescription and is

registered on the title, the only way to remove them is by

mutual agreement; to obtain the consent of the party that

has the benefit of the right of way, i.e. if your neighbour

has a right to cross the rear of your garden to access for

example a pathway, they would then enter into a deed of

release with you. This deed would then be registered against

both titles showing the removal of the right of way.

You will not easily be able remove a right that is registered

on your title without such agreement, even if the right

has not been used for many years. It is important to

remember that rights of way do not automatically become

extinct even through lack of use. And they can, technically,

be revived at any time by those benefitting from them,

even if they have been blocked by a fence for years.

If you do wish to pursue a claim that a right of way

should be revoked due to lack of use, it is very difficult.

Certainly you must be able to demonstrate that the

purpose for the right of way no longer exists and you

will also need to prove that those benefitting from the

right of way no longer have any use for it and even then

there is no guarantee such a claim would be successful.

If the claim is for a prescriptive easement and is not

yet registered against your title you will only be able to

prevent its registration if you can provide evidence that

the easement has not been used for over 20 years.

As you may imagine, such matters can cause bitter

dispute between neighbours and it is very important that

when purchasing a property you do not rely entirely on

the information contained in the deeds. As your solicitor

is unlikely to personally inspect the property, you are also

expected to rely on your own inspections. Therefore, ensure

that you do check the property for any signs of a right of way

being exercised and do not be afraid to ask the seller if you

suspect there is one – and certainly report it to your solicitors

as soon as possible for them to make further investigations on

your behalf.”

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Legal

Jill Thomas from Thomas Haywood Scolicitors draws on her professional

experience to diffuse Right of Way disputes between neighbours...

“An Englishman’s home is his castle... Except that one of my clients, who

owned a castle, found that wasn’t really the case, because the tenant of his

keep objected when he erected locked gates over the shared drive.

Rights of way may have been granted expressly or may have arisen from

necessity or from long use. First, I establish the physical extent of that right

and the use to which it may be put (for example, whether vehicular or

pedestrian). Secondly, I examine whether that right has been infringed.

Undoubtedly the best way to sort out disputes is between neighbours. If that

is impossible, I usually recommend mediation by a specialist property mediator,

which enjoys a success rate of over 90%. If that doesn’t work, there are really

only four options – putting up with the situation, self-help (which should only

be employed if you have definite legal advice that you can do so), litigating

or moving house. The last may not be a possibility as the dispute must be

disclosed in the conveyancing transaction and most purchasers will run a mile.

Often, property owners have legal expenses insurance which may contribute

to their legal costs. It is worth notifying insurers at the outset, as cover is not

generally retrospective and proceedings can be expensive. On the other hand,

if you can’t access your property as you wish and you can’t sell it because of the

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The Great Outdoors

Hilary Wilce explores the benefits of forest schools

Not long ago, I was walking with a friend through

local woods when we came across a ring of tree

stumps and various hazel dens and rope swings.

“Oh, it’s probably the local primary’s forest school,” she said

casually as she marched on. I looked at her, astonished. This is

someone who has no contact with children or education, yet

she was completely familiar with the idea of a forest school.

What a contrast to 20 years ago when I travelled to South

Wales to visit one of the very first forest schools set up in this

country. Back then the idea that schools should send infants

out to play and learn in the woods was almost unheard of, but

the reality was enchanting. These were children from poor

estates, who had needed to be taught how to walk and run

on uneven ground because their parents were too frightened

even to let them loose in the local drug-infested parks. But

by the time I visited them they were covered in mud, reeking

of wood smoke and shrieking with glee as they made camps,

collected pine cones, stirred puddles and

generally behaved how small children should.

Since then thousands of forest schools have

been set up, in all kinds of different ways. If

schools don’t have land of their own, they partner

with nature trusts or nearby private schools to

make use of available woodland. Universities

and colleges run forest schools, and in cities, councils have

set aside patches of common for local schools to use. Private

set-ups have also got in on the act, offering high-end private

forest school experiences for parents prepared to pay. A few

forest schools are hard-core, full-time woodland institutions

with no indoor classrooms to retreat to, but most schools offer

something like a weekly half-day in the woods for every child.

But even a weekly taster brings great benefits. Children

grow in confidence, acquire new skills, learn to handle

risk, learn about nature, and get healthier by being

active in the woods. Very occasionally, children with

severe health or behaviour problems can’t handle the

weather or the freedom, but by and large schools say

all their children gain from the forest experience.

The biggest danger seems to be that the idea of a forest school

could become watered down by the bland British education

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machine. In Scandinavia, where the idea came from, there’s a

firm view that this should be a child-led experience, where pupils

are regularly turned out into the woods in all weathers, and over

a long period of time, to invent, explore and imagine. If this

involves risky things such as tree-climbing or penknife wielding,

then so be it. Here we tend to be more cautious, keeping one eye

on the weather and carefully shoe-horning forest school learning

into the national curriculum framework. A sad sign of this

was when Ofsted inspectors declined to label one forest school

excellent, because, the inspectors said, it offered no opportunities

for pupils to learn how to turn technical equipment on and off!

Even worse, some schools are climbing on to the bandwagon

by putting one staff member through forest school training,

then advertising themselves as forest schools even though

pupils do little more than occasionally walk in the park.

As summer comes in, it’s worth thinking how we can

replicate the benefits of forest schooling at home. The key

thing to remember is that it’s all about freedom.

Encourage children to go outside, make sure

they’re well-equipped for cold or wet, and then

leave them to it. If the possibilities of the garden

or park are limited, take them to the woods, or

the beach – then take a back seat as they invent

and explore. Obviously it’s important to keep an

eye out for safety concerns, but try your best not to fuss, forbid

or instruct. Children are naturally creative. Give them the time,

space and freedom to concoct their own games, to try out ideas,

and then to try out other ideas when the first ones don’t work.

If they seem reluctant to go outdoors, or listless when they get

there, give them a nudge or two. Propose a family game of hide

and seek, make up a treasure hunt, or suggest an activity like

constructing a den, or drawing in the sand. You’ll find thousands

of ideas for outdoor activities online. If your inner Boy Scout

or Girl Guide kicks in, you could build a fire and cook

marshmallows together, or pitch a tent and let older children

try and sleep outside for the night (they’ll probably come in).

Remember – all these things will teach children

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they’ll be lots healthier and happier as well.

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Shop from a vast array of vintage

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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. For more details and for

any artists wishing to take a stall at

the fair get in touch but don’t delay

as space is limited.

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Fairs & Festivals

Sun 30 Jun 11am-4.30pm

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge TN8 7AD

Summer Vintage Fair

Truly a festival of vintage, the fifth

Chiddingstone Castle Summer

Vintage Fair offers stalls to inspire

you, from furniture, kitchenalia

and decorative items, to vintage

clothes and jewellery and more. You

will also be able to enjoy vintagestyle

vocals from Steve Conway

and fabulous dance routines

from Sussex Swing. Delicious

refreshments from local food

specialists are available throughout

the day. A perfect family day out.

Entry: Adults £6, children £2

Sat 29 – Sun 30 Jun

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Wealden Literary

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The Wealden Literary Festival

goes beyond what to expect from

the usual literary festival; visitors

can try their hand at bushcraft

and foraging, sample amazing

local produce and watch as local

artists demonstrate their skills.

The line-up features awardwinning

nature writers, authors

and conservationists, celebrating

literature, art, crafts and produce

inspired by the natural world.

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Garden

Sun 16 Jun 10am-5pm

Cranbrook High Street

Cranbrook In Bloom

Garden Safari

Homemade cakes and tea.

Windmill, Museum and

Church Tower open.

Tickets available from Pages

Newsagents or on the gate.

Details from Marian.

Entry: £5, children free

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Sun 16 Jun 11am-5pm

Cobham Village

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Access to 16 gardens in Cobham

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The main work will be Mozart’s

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evening will also showcase his other

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Deus, Andante in F for mechanical

organ and the sublime chorus, Ave

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Entry: £12, students £5

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These are the places that make us.

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Blackland Farm

Outdoor Activity Centre

Kayaking

Canoeing

Bungee trampolining

Rock climbing

Archery

Crate challenge

Zip wire

Abseiling

Aeroball...

...and many more!

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MAKING MEMORIES FOR 90 YEARS

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Come and join us for

fun-filled activity days.

Why not have your

birthday party here too?

Blackland Farm

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What’s On in June

JAM on the Marsh returns. Join

the King’s Singers, be amazed by

Jon Foreman’s large-scale, dailychanging

beach art on the sands at

Dymchurch, come to Changeling

Theatre’s racy Nell Gwynn under

the copper beach tree in New

Romney, luxuriate in Tchaikovsky,

Finzi and Paul Mealor with the

London Mozart Players, or hear

Bach as you never have before with

Art of Moog’s Bach on Synths.

Children are welcome, free at all

events, and the Children’s Sunday

will be full of storytelling, clowning,

nature sculptures and steam trains.

jamconcert.org/events

Fri 5 Jul 10.30-4pm

Godinton House, Godinton

Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP

CERAMIC Portrait

SCULPTURE WORKSHOP

FOR ALL ABILITIES

(with model)

Join Brenda Burgess for a fun,

friendly, deeply informative

sculpture workshop for all abilities,

taking a deep look at what

makes each face so unique, at the

beautiful Godinton House.

Entry: £70.

book at brendaburgess@

brendaburgessarts.co.uk

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7th June every day to

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Over 100 varieties of rose in

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Linocut Printing Workshop - Friday 28 th June

In this workshop you will learn how to carve a linocut tile to

produce a repeat pattern or a one-off print onto paper, fabric

and greeting cards. Materials included £25.00pp.

NGS Open Garden Weekend - 29 th & 30 th June, 12-5pm

Belmont is pleased to support the work of the National Garden

Scheme. Our Tea Tent will be open from 12.00pm serving a

wonderful range of cakes and tray bakes.

Lavender Workshop - Wednesday 3 rd July

Lavender is considered by many as the most useful herb for

several ailments and a favourite ingredient in skincare products.

£30.00pp including refreshments and your own spritzer bottle

of lavender.

The Winter’s Tale - Friday 5 th July, 7.30pm

Leontes has everything a man could want, wealth, power, a

family that loves him and friends, but he is not at peace. Inside

he harbours a bitter jealousy that drives him to destroy all he

holds dear. Years later, in a distant country, a journey begins that

may ultimately heal his pain and reunite his family. Adults £22,

Ages 10-18: £12.00.

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and three days’ park entry for a family of four.

Open 365 days a year, Efteling is full of

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from the Fairytale Forest (with all of your

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Congratulations to Emma Hastings and Sharon Pavey who each win a £500 voucher from BoConcept with our April competition


Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane awaits the arrival of eggs at Coopers Farm

I

mentioned a couple of months ago that I was expecting

one or two of the hens to go broody and, bingo, Pam,

one of our Gold Laced Orpingtons has obliged.

No one is quite sure what makes a hen decide to go broody

but it’s a wonderful thing if you want more chickens and

an annoying habit if you want to maintain your backyard

flock and keep up egg production. To overcome this, some

clever bod created ‘hybrid’ hens that have had the broody

business bred out of them and the idea of motherhood

never enters their already very small brains. Needless to

say we don’t have hybrids, oh no, I was persuaded by

my daughter to buy Gold Laced Orpingtons, the Kim

Kardashians of the chicken world. They are big, beautiful

and blowsy (and, of course, much more expensive than

any of the others on offer) and definitely see motherhood

as a more sensible career option than laying a daily egg.

Left to their own devices, a hen thinking about going

broody will search out a safe, dark place in which to create

her nest and then visit it every day to lay until she has a

clutch of at least a dozen eggs. Then she plucks the feathers

from her breast and sits tight on the clutch

for 21 days while they develop into chicks.

However, our hens are in the habit of laying

their eggs in the nesting box and you can only

imagine how annoying it must be when yours

truly arrives every day to take them away. So

there she is, broody, with a neatly plucked breast

yet only one rather lonely egg to incubate.

But salvation is at hand! Google ‘fertile

hatching eggs’ and up come literally

hundreds of egg options, from all manner of

feathered friends. A wonderful online retail

opportunity, with the potential to become so much more.

I reckon our big girls can easily

manage a dozen, (although one is

always advised to give them an odd

number as this can more easily be

made into a perfect circle to sit

on), but what to choose? Cream

Crested Legbars with fabulous

48 hours later a

package arrives

in the post with

the eggs swathed

in layers of

bubble wrap

blue eggs, Copper Neck Marrans with very dark eggs or maybe

something exotic like a Sablepoot or a Polish Silkie that looks

like it’s got a bird’s nest on its head. Or maybe I should go off

piste and get some ducks (not convinced Pam would excel at

teaching them to swim!). Aaargh, decisions, decisions! In the

end I plumped for some chocolate-laced Bantam Orpingtons,

which is ridiculous really, gorgeous as they

are, as they won’t even lay a decent size egg!

Oh well, you pays your money and…

48 hours later a package arrives in the post

with the eggs swathed in layers of bubble

wrap. After being in transit with the Post

Office, they have to be still for a day –

known as setting – and then around dusk,

I pop down to the hen house and slip them

under Pam, who may be a little surprised

at the arrival of a dozen cold eggs to add to

her singleton. She soon gets them tucked

under her to warm up and as far as a chicken can be, seems

genuinely thrilled to have more than one to look after.

For 20 days she’ll sit tight on the eggs, revolving each round

and round under her so that it warms equally on all sides. And

then on Day 21 the magic begins. The eggs start to cheep,

which is a signal to Pam to stop sitting so tight and to give

them a bit more space to hatch out and dry off. And then for

about three or four months she’ll mother them with unceasing

care and attention, taking them round the farm and imparting

all her wisdom on how to be a successful hen – though

history dictates that more often than not most of the chicks

will be cockerels and their minds will be on other matters!

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

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