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Maggie Alderson finds homes
with bountiful facilities
SCENTS OF SuMMER
The latest perfumes to love
from Josephine Fairley
TIME FOR A CHANGE
Considering downsizing? Here’s
what you need to think about...
A collection of the best
events coming up soon
The St. Leonards Bath House
transformed with neon, a bowling
alley and industrial style
GET THE LOOK
Pieces to help imitate the
Bath House’s look
A FINE VINTAGE
A tour of Squerryes, a magnificent
17th Century estate
GET THE LOOK
Our guide to adding some
Squerryes style to your home
Kate Watts styles summer accessories
WILD AT HEART
Wild Nutrition’s Henrietta
Norton shares summer health
and beauty tips
FuN WITH OR
Sarah Maxwell’s tips to make
exercise fun and manageable
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MAD ABOuT THE BEES
Jo Arnell tells us why she
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SCHOOL’S OuT FOR SuMMER
Hilary Wilce explores what
would happen if lengthy summer
holidays ceased to exist
All the best events this July
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at Molly Dishwasher in Sussex
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Jane Howard explains the breeding
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Live your best retirement
life in our village
Many retirees miss a trick when they don’t move
into an apartment. There is less maintenance, less
cleaning and a great opportunity to de-clutter.
Elmbridge Village, an independent retirement
village, located in Cranleigh, is the perfect
example of somewhere you can do this
Moving into the right-sized property presents
the perfect opportunity to de-clutter and create
a relaxing space. And of course, having all your
living space on one floor makes getting around
much easier for you and your visitors.
You may think with an apartment you can’t have
visitors – but think again. Should you choose to
live in Elmbridge Village, then they can easily be
accommodated! This age-exclusive retirement
village offers guest suites, so your visitors can
fully enjoy Elmbridge Village as much as you.
There is so much to offer residents too, you gain
so much more than the property itself.
The village includes Elmbridge Manor, the centre
of retirement village life with a fantastic main
hall for concerts and major events, restaurant,
bar and lounge, library, onsite visiting GPs
surgery and much more.
With fewer rooms to furnish, maintain and fill
– suddenly you’ll find yourself in a manageable,
comfortable living space and you’ll free up
When you incur lower bills and have less space
to worry about, you’re in a great position to use
your money to do the things you love and enjoy.
But it’s not just about financial benefits, it’s
safety too. Elmbridge Village residents often
report that they feel safer being closer to likeminded
people and the additional security this
The community culture also means that retirees
are able to lock up and leave for trips away too.
Residents can be off on their travels knowing
that their property will be looked after by friends
and other villagers.
The latest development at the village is the
stunning Arun House, placed opposite the
croquet lawn, comprising of 20 one and twobedroom
retirement apartments. It includes top
floor penthouses and offers a luxury lifestyle in
this friendly and inclusive community.
Arun House resident, David Thomas, said:
“I really liked the idea of a new purpose-built
place where I could overcome my worries.
It’s great to be in a place where there is a
community that goes on around you. I’ve met
some very nice people and the staff
are very helpful.”
Elmbridge Village has a
selection of new and pre-owned
apartments and bungalows to
buy, rent, or part-own**.
Call 01483 676100 or visit
for more information.
Retirement village living
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* Other charges apply and leases are subject to an assignment fee.
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Part ownership is available only in conjunction with a new build purchase.
Call our selling agent
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83 Bates Road, Brighton
A selection of Sussex & Surrey Lots available in our upcoming July Auction
Hillcroft Court, Chaldon
This third floor self-contained
retirement flat is located in
the village of Caterham on
The property is within a
McCarthy & Stone retirement
home which includes onsite
warden and communal
lounge that hosts daily
New Rd, Ridgewood,
This freehold public house
known as The Brickmakers
Arms comprises ground
floor bar area with games
room, off road parking, beer
garden and three-bedroom
maisonette on the upper two
Malling Street, Lewes
Situated on the east side of
Malling Street (A26) is this
one bedroom cottage.
The mid terraced cottage is
arranged over two floors and
has a gas heating system via
radiators and contemporary
fixtures and fittings. It is sold
with vacant possession and
is in good decorative order
Coppards Corner, Station
A freehold parcel of land
situated on the outskirts of
the village of Winchelsea
and close to the railway
station. The land is level
and has a frontage to Station
Road. The site extends to
0.18 hectare (0.44 acre)
Guide: £8-10,000* + fees
Wadhurst Road, Frant
Two parcels of adjoining
grazing land to be offered for
sale as a single lot.
There is a long road frontage
to Wadhurst Road (B2099)
with vehicular access and a
central wooded area dividing
the two grazing areas which
have been sub-divided into
paddocks. There are two
An exciting opportunity to
acquire this well presented
end of terrace property
converted to provide five
flats over three floors. The
block comprises three onebedroom
flats and two studio
flats and is currently let at
£30,960 per annum. epc:e
Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for and may
change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer cannot
sell the Lot during the Auction). We expect the reserve will be set within the guide range or no more than 10% above a single figure guide. All lots are
sold subject to legal documentation. Please check our website regularly at cliveemson.co.uk, or call 01273 504232, in order to stay fully informed. *Other
non-optional fees including VAT, Stamp duty and further inclusions may also be payable within the contract terms. Buyers or their legal representatives
are advised to inspect the Common Auction Conditions and Special Conditions of Sale along all other available legal documentation prior to bidding.
Upcoming Sussex & Surrey Auction
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Announcing a new development of 1, 2 and 3
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Courtyard Gardens provides a calm oasis with private outdoor space and gated parking.
Prices from £327,000*
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“HOW CAN WE SECURE
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JUST ASK CALA
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Join us on 13th & 14th July at stunning Sweeters Field for our Open House Event. You will have the chance to view our selection
of homes ready to move into and see how you can get the best of both worlds at this exceptional development.
£10,000 CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS STAMP DUTY & CARPETS
WHEN YOU RESERVE OVER OUR OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND *
Prices from £425,000
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A select collection of nine 2, 3 and 4 bedroom high specification homes, located just
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Introducing Leighwood Fields,
a stunning new development of 3, 4 and
5 bedroom homes, exquisitely designed and
crafted to the highest quality. Nestled in the
heart of rural Surrey, Leighwood Fields is
moments from the centre of Cranleigh and
off ers the quintessential country lifestyle.
3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes from £575,000 *
To book an appointment please call
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With three spacious bedrooms, your own
private roof terrace, a separate balcony and
1,800 sq ft of adaptable space to play with,
you can live life the way you choose in this
gorgeous duplex apartment.
Designed to make life easier for the over 65s,
it’s the perfect home now and for the future.
Living here, you’ll also be part of the vibrant,
friendly Lynwood Village community
where it’s easy to find company, support
and things to do.
TO SEE THIS STUNNING NEW HOME
FOR YOURSELF, BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
WITH OUR SALES TEAM TODAY.
Independent living made easy for the over 65s
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Maggie Alderson picks beautiful homes
overflowing with facilities
The dream: A proper mansion,
built in 1879, with nine reception
rooms and 14 bedrooms, the house
is currently divided into two fabulous
homes (one slightly smaller with
just five bedrooms), but is for sale as
one. If you fancy converting it back,
it would give you 13,000 sq feet of
prime Cobham house. It has been
brought superbly up to date by the
developers who divided it, without
losing any of the splendid period
grandeur. One of the dining rooms
has magnificent panelling and there is
superb parquet on the ground floor.
Where: Cobham – a village that
often features on ‘best places to
live’ lists and made the news for
having Dom Perignon available
to buy in the post office.
Setting: On a private road, with
upscale new homes built on what
were the original grounds.
Beds: 14 Baths: 9
Special features: An amazing double
staircase in the original entrance hall.
Pleasing details: The row of palm
trees in front of the glazed verandah.
Outside: Lawns and mature trees
within hedged perimeters.
Time to town: Stoke D’Abernon
to Waterloo in 40 minutes.
Agent: Sothebys, Cobham
01932 860 537 sothebys.co.uk
The dream: Houses built in the 1920s
have flowing plans and generous
dimensions which make them
perfectly suited to modern living,
with a touch of vintage elegance.
This one has a very spacious openplan
extending into a light-filled orangery.
Where: Fabulous Esher, with
all the benefits of out of town
living, yet quicker into central
London than many tube rides.
Beds: 7 Baths: 8
Special features: A billiard room, a music
room, a gym and a fabulous indoor pool.
Pleasing details: A woodpanelled
Outside: 1.4 acres of superbly
landscaped south-facing grounds with
specimen plants, a lovely pond, an
established potager and a tennis court.
Time to town: Just 25 minutes
to Waterloo from Esher
station, 1.5 miles away.
Agent: Knight Frank, Esher
01372 464496 knightfrank.co.uk
The dream: A substantial wedding cake
of a Georgian country house, with the
main reception rooms facing south west,
so it is filled with light. All of the rooms
on the ground floor, apart from the study
and family room, have doors straight to
the garden. The dining room has three.
Where: On the edge of Rushmoor
village, five miles south of Farnham
and 13 south east of Guildford.
Setting: A semi-rural position in the Surrey
Hills AONB, with National Trust heathland
accessible directly from the house.
Beds: 6 Baths: 6
Special features: The very fine
porticoed and pillared front door.
Pleasing details: The lovely big
entrance hall with a fireplace and double
doors into the drawing room.
Outside: A swimming pool with a pool house,
flood-lit tennis court and badminton court.
Time to town: From Farnham station –
four miles – under an hour to Waterloo.
Agent: Savills, Farnham
01252 729000 savills.com
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What to do and see near you this month
From Monday 1 to Sunday 7 July, the
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden
Festival will celebrate summer at its
finest as the picture perfect palace is
filled with colour, garden inspiration
and summery joy. Visitors can
expect a bounty of beautiful blooms,
inspirational garden ideas, expert
talks and workshops, and a shopper’s
paradise of unique trade stands.
On top of the festival’s fresh collection
of genius garden designs, there are loads
of other exciting attractions not to be
missed. Be sure to visit to the Festival of
Roses to explore showstopping displays
of the finest roses you’ve ever seen, get
a pic in Jo Thompson’s stunning rose
garden, take a sweet break in the Roses
Tearoom and see the launch of Sweet
Honey ‘Kormecaso’, 2020’s Rose of the
Year. You can also check out some live
music which will set an upbeat tone with
tunes from Soul Brothers, Brass Funkeys,
The Femmes, Charlotte Campbell and
many more across the Festival stage,
Floating stage, Woodland stage and
Hampton Introducing. Meanwhile the
Edible Eden kitchen garden will be
packed with beautiful and tasty
produce which will be used in
cooking demonstrations and
tastings, and once all that’s
worked up your appetite you
can refuel with a waterside
picnic hamper from Fortnum
& Mason, a sitdown lunch at
Dig In Restaurant or a fivecourse
Wild Garden Banquet
created by Michelin-starred
chef Merlin Labron-Johnson.
Tuesday 9 July sees ‘John
Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame’,
open at Watts Gallery. This is the
first exhibition in over 40 years to
explore the life, art and travels
of the leading British Orientalist
painter, famous for his detailed
depictions of the Mediterranean
and Middle East. The exhibition
highlights his self-portraits and
hidden likenesses, the complex
relationship he had with his own
success, and the ways in which
his travels informed his selfpresentation.
Don’t miss Kew Gardens’
fantastic picnic concerts which
return from Tuesday 9 to Sunday
14 July with performances from
Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean,
Jess Glynne, Jools Holland,
Craig David, Garbage and
Rick Astley. kewthemusic.org
Get a taste for flavoursome modern
Indian cuisine this month as
Shampan’s Supperclub welcomes
Guest Chef Saurav Nath, formerly
at London’s Michelin-starred
Benares and Gymkhana. Visit their
Welling restaurant on Monday 1
July for A Taste of Memsaheb’s India,
the Westerham branch on Monday
15 for Indian Kebabs and Grills,
or Shampan Bromley for Along
the Grand Trunk Road on Monday
29 July. shampan-group.com
Just like Magic
Go-karts, an enchanted trail, water wars, panning for gold, a
giant sandpit, pony rides and a fairies and dragons silent disco,
can all be found at Bocketts Farm Park’s Magical Summer from
Friday 26 July to Sunday 1 September. bockettsfarm.co.uk
Looking for a new business
or career change? The Images
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franchise has recently been put
up for sale. This ready made
and trading business works
with schools in the Surrey
area to celebrate art and
raise funds, and has bookings
already in place up to end of
term 2019 and into 2020.
Call John 07826 556041 or
for details. imagesart.co.uk
Look Forward: August
This August, join Painshill for two cinema screenings
in their stunning landscaped gardens. On Friday
16 August they will be showing ‘Bohemian
Rhapsody’ and ‘A Star is Born’ on Saturday 17
August. The Serpentine Lake and Gothic Temple
will make an incredible backdrop and with the
gate opening at 7pm and the films starting at
8:30pm, there will plenty of time to explore the
garden, set up a picnic blanket and buy some
food and refreshments. painshill.co.uk.
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THE SUMMER EXHIBITION
ake a look inside dramatically different homes this
issue. Imagine being able to chalk up the ultimate
strike, just a bowling ball’s throw from the sofa in the
comfort of your own personal bowling alley... or strolling
past oil paintings of your ancestors en route to the
kitchen for your morning coffee... Maggie Alderson speaks
to the owners of two uniquely memorable houses.
Kate Watts tracks down some statement accessories to liven
up your summer wardrobe (Holiday Shop page 78) and
we get crafty with Ilgin Beaton as she makes unadulterated
sourdough loaves (Baked to Perfection page 94).
Our brand new, and very glorious Summer Supplement
celebrates outdoor living at its best with information on local
events, the ultimate destinations for a staycation, irresistible
pools and quick-to-prep recipes to enjoy with friends.
Follow Sue Whigham and Jo Arnell’s guides to keeping
your garden and its residents hydrated, happy and healthy
throughout the warmer months and check out Jo Fairley’s
scent picks from the wealth of new fragrance launches.
If you fancy escaping it all for a couple of nights,
check out our competition to win a stay in an
idyllic shepherd’s hut in the Sussex countryside –
turn to page 119 for details of how to enter.
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Above: A fairground coconut shy sign is mounted above the kitchen sink, and a painted metal spiral staircase leads up to an office space
to the advertisement from an 1864 newspaper, that Laurie
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where many marriages, christenings and funerals took place.
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Those hurdles would have been enough
to put less determined buyers off – and it
turned out to have been just the start.
This page: The living space is filled with original finds, such as this
vintage shuffleboard table Top & Above: The dodgems sign was
bought from a shop in Hastings Old Town. “My first ever job was on a
fairground and my life’s ambition aged 10 was to work on the dodgems –
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rid of it and asked if he could buy it and they told him, if he took it out, he could have it.
We didn’t even know if it would fit in the space, but it slotted in to the millimetre.”
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Above: A mezzanine provides an office space and seating
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them a master bedroom with its own bathroom
which forms the entrance to the kitchen area – it seats a casual 14 people. “It’s built from
off-cuts from Champagne barrels,” says Laurie. “A carpenter made it for us for £800.” Whilst
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Previous pages & left: The drawing room was
beautifully decorated by Henry’s mother Anthea with
decorative wallpaper she commissioned specially.
French windows take you out into the formal back
garden Below: The second entrance hall
All houses have a vibe – but not many
have one you can bottle. Squerryes,
however, is not only the splendid 17th
century country seat of the Warde family (eight
generations and counting), but also the name
on the bottles of award-winning sparkling wine
that is now produced on the 2,500 acre estate.
The family motto is also on the bottle –
appropriately, because Licet esse beatis translates as
‘Permitted to be joyful’. “We have been creating joy
for 300 years,” says Henry Warde, sitting at the table
in the family kitchen. “Now we are bottling it.”
And joy it is most certainly bringing to those who
drink it, being awarded no less than a Platinum
rating in wine bible Decanter magazine’s 2019
World Wine Awards, for the 2014 vintage.
The house deserves the same rating. Even
before you turn into the drive (with classic estate
railing fences) the glorious countryside just outside
Westerham has Jerusalem playing loudly in your head.
As you pull up in front of the house the prospect
opens up to reveal a perfect Mr Darcey lake,
This page: Contemporary built-in
furniture hold a portion of Squerryes’
books in the library
the first visual beat in a vista over parkland and countryside,
with a domed white folly perched on a nearby hillside.
Turn your head left towards the house and you see a glorious
symmetrical frontage from the Stuart era (1681), although it
looks more like the style we identify as Queen Anne. Built from
narrow red bricks, with a pillared and porticoed front door, it has
two storeys with three sash windows on each side, then another
layer with six mansard windows and a triangular gable with a
roundel window and splendid chimney stacks. It makes you sigh.
This urge stays with you, once you step into the huge entrance
hall with a black and white marble chequerboard floor – and
large portraits of Henry’s rels, male and female, all around and
classical busts over each porticoed doorway into adjoining rooms.
It’s just the kind of space where you want to be holding
a flute of cold sparkling white, while chatting to interesting
people – which is exactly what you get to do if you join
up to a Squerryes membership package, which involves
no joining fee, just a commitment to buy one case (12
bottles) a year. Hardly a hardship (especially as you get
15 per cent off, so really it would be rude not to).
Membership brings invitations to all kinds of jolly
events at the house – which is not open to the public
– including a summer garden party with 299 fellow
bubbly-lovers, which sounds particularly appealing.
But with a house to study and photograph, we stuck to
coffee, in the lovely light, high-ceilinged kitchen, looking
over the formal garden at the back of the house. A kitchen
which looks and feels like it has always been there, but was
actually a fairly recent conversion by Claire and Henry.
They moved into the house six years ago, when Henry took
on the commitment of running the estate and his parents
moved out to a farmhouse on the land. At that point, while
totally understanding the responsibility to preserve a house
like this for future generations – one of the bedrooms has
listed wallpaper – Claire and Henry decided to make some
thoughtful changes to adapt its old bones to
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This page: The formal dining room’s chairs feature the wolf head that is in
the family crest Top right: A portrait of Charlotte Warde, mother of The
Admiral – 4th generation at Squerryes Court – by John Opie
modern family life with their four children, aged from six to 11.
Claire explains: “In 1947, in order to be able to keep the house going,
Henry’s grandparents pulled down two wings. The original kitchen had been
in one of them, so they created a small kitchen and dining room in this
space. We knocked it through and converted it into a family kitchen with
a table in it, but we wanted it to look as though it had always been there.”
Which, with its classic kitchen cabinetry, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Oval
Room Blue it certainly does – helped along by Claire’s clever harvesting of
varied objects from other parts of the house and pressing them back into
use. The row of lovely, mismatched white glass light shades hanging in a row
were found all over the house. “We just washed them and rehung them.”
The splendid blue and white vases – which look like they might
This page: Henry and Claire knocked through a small kitchen
and dining room to create a family kitchen. The lights above the
dining table were found throughout the house by Claire
be rather precious – were languishing in obscurity in
the cellar, but Claire has no anxiety about having fine
objects in a part of the house with heavy family traffic.
“If someone throws a ball and breaks them all at
least they’ve been seen. We are going to live here.”
Their other big change was to create a second
entrance hall on the same side of the house (the
north) as the kitchen, with a more domestic
feeling than the formal main one, more conducive
to everyday family comings and goings.
They put in a similar floor and a column to echo
the ones in the grand hall, but Claire had fun with
wallpaper in the rooms coming off: a map of the world
in the loo and large pink flamingos in her office.
“And we took out the servants’ bells,” she
says, another statement of the more modern
way they wish to live in this historic house –
while completely respecting its heritage.
Although Claire admits that before she lived in
Squerryes, she hadn’t ever experienced a sense of
passionate devotion to a house. In fact, on her first
visit there she had felt quite differently about it.
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the pictures,” says Claire,
“to show the story of
the family to visitors.”
party here. In those days you had to
shower in the attic and I remember
thinking, ‘there is no way I am ever
going to live somewhere like this…’
“My father was in the army so
I moved constantly as a child and I
didn’t understand having an emotional
connection with bricks and mortar.
But the day we moved in here I was
100 per cent committed – I wanted to
understand the estate, take it on, be part
of it. We want to do it all together.”
And while Claire may not
have understood loving a house
before, being shown round it by
her, it is clear how much she does
now – and it’s easy to see why.
Passing back through the main hall,
brings you to the formal (south) side
of the ground floor, which includes the
drawing room, beautifully decorated
in the cosy/grand classic English
country house style, by Henry’s late
mother Anthea – making her mark
on the house, just as Claire is doing.
It has exactly the combination of
glorious chintz, decorative wallpaper –
which Anthea commissioned specially
– and some very serious pieces of
carved and gilded furniture, that you
see in stately homes like Chatsworth.
Lovely French windows take you out
into the formal back garden, which was
also designed by Anthea, taking out a
Victorian arrangement and putting it
back to a more formal design she found
on old plans, with clipped box parterres
and avenues of pleached lime trees.
The next room along is the formal
dining room with a splendid set of
dining chairs, featuring the wolf head
that is in the family crest – and which,
once again, Claire emphasises they use,
rather than just have for display. There
are some splendid paintings in this room,
including portraits by George Romney
and John Opie, of Henry’s ancestors.
“We have rehung all the pictures,”
says Claire, “to show the story of the
family to visitors.” One in here is of the
Warde who bought the house in 1731
and another of his wife
This page: Beautifully carved and gilded furniture sits alongside ornately framed
artwork throughout Squerryes Court
who died before they could move into
it – but not before she had commissioned
two splendid tapestries, which hang in
the bedroom over the dining room.
The bedroom opposite has the exquisite
chinoiserie wallpaper, which they are
not allowed to touch (and nor would
you want to). These rooms have not
been refurbished or refurnished in any
way and to my eye, the worn carpets,
alongside treasures like the tapestries
and wallpaper, have a patinated charm
that is unique to lovely old houses.
This is only heightened and improved
by the shift on the other side (back to the
north again) of the very large landing –
which sits over the grand entrance hall
and makes an excellent venue for the three
girls to practice their dancing, Claire says.
Here, where the family bedrooms are,
is a second staircase, leading down to
the new entrance hall, where they have
replaced a wall with a glass balustrade,
so light now pours into the upper floor
from both ends of the house. It really is
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This page: Two splendid tapestries, which hang in the bedroom
over the dining room, were commissioned by the wife of John
Warde, who bought the house in 1731
Heritage gave all the plans the official stamp of approval.
It’s the same spirit of progress shown by Henry’s
father 13 years ago, when he dug up the fields of
wheat he’d cultivated for nearly 40 years and planted
chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes, the
classic combination used to make Champagne.
What inspired him to do it was the great interest shown
by a French Champagne house in buying their land. “It’s a
chalk terroir perfect for growing champagne grapes,” says
Henry. “Part of the same geological area as Champagne.
We negotiated for five months, but in the end we didn’t
make a deal and we decided to do it ourselves.
“We knew from the due diligence that the French had
done that we had the capability to produce a world class
product here. There is increasing recognition of how
big English sparkling wine is going to be globally. In 40
to 50 years it will overtake Champagne. The Romans
grew vines here and there is the tradition of orchards –
this is certainly land that is great for growing fruit.
“We take quality really seriously, that is the
Left: Beautiful views over the lake to the west
of Squerryes. The family motto immortalised in
stained glass Below: The formal back garden was
designed by Henry’s mother Anthea to a more
formal design she found on old plans
beating heart of the brand, with the
family name and history is on it.”
To have a taste of all that in a very
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Squerryes Winery, which is a kind of food
and wine hub in the tradition of Californian
wineries – where Henry and Claire have
been to visit on a fact-finding mission.
Just outside Westerham, this is a cluster of
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craft brewery and the excellent Flint Oak Farm
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Beautifully designed with a lot of timber,
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sure to become a major venue in the locale
and beyond, with its excellent links up to
London and across Kent and Surrey.
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they want to take their wine on, building its history
year on year, just as his ancestors have at the house.
“We are going slower out of the blocks,” he
says, “because we want it to build and last. We
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years, when the bottles were ready to release.
“Eight generations of the family
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• 1 pack of ready-rolled
• 200g feta cheese, cut
Preheat the oven to 180°C,
1 gas 4. Toss the peas and
mint together in a small
bowl and leave to one side.
Gently fry the onions and
2 then leave to cool slightly.
Beat the eggs and cream
together. Season if you wish
at this point, but remember
feta is a salty cheese.
Cut out small squares of
3 pastry and place into a
greased muffin tin. Place 1
tsp of onion into the bottom
of each tart, add another
tsp of egg mixture, then top
with minted peas and finally
some cubes of feta (I used 5
or 6 tiny cubes per tartlet).
Bake in the oven for 25
4 mins, or until golden.
Serve warm or cold.
Mini Margarita Cheesecakes
by Jo Arnell
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins Serves: 12
• 100g digestive biscuits
• 50g melted butter
• 300g cream cheese
• 1 egg
• ½ tsp vanilla extract
• 120g caster sugar
• 100ml soured cream
• 100g strawberries
• 50ml tequila (2 shots)
• 2 tsp lime juice
• 1 tbsp granulated sugar
1Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas 4. Prepare
biscuit base by crushing biscuits (in a
food processor, or use a pestle and mortar).
Combine with the melted butter and then
press 1 heaped tsp of the biscuit mix into
each section of the mini cheesecake pan/
muffin tin and set to one side (or refrigerate).
Beat cream cheese, egg, ¼ tsp vanilla
2 essence and 100g of the sugar together
until smooth. Add 2-3 tsps to the top of each
biscuit base and bake in the oven for 20 mins.
3Mix soured cream with remaining 20g
sugar and ¼ tsp of vanilla essence.
Remove cheesecakes from the oven and
4 add 1 tsp of the soured cream mixture to
the top of each one. Turn the oven down to
160°C, gas 3 and return cheesecakes to the
oven for 10 mins. Cool and refrigerate.
Chop strawberries and combine with
5 other topping ingredients, mashing
some slightly to release the juice.
Remove cheesecakes from tin and carefully
spoon a little topping onto each one.
For a non-alcoholic version, add 30ml water and
20ml lemon juice instead of tequila and lime.
On the rocks
Lottie Muir, the creator of the Midnight Apothecary pop-up
cocktail bar, set on a roof garden in London, shares her recipe
for a sweetly satisfying seasonal cocktail
Wild Strawberry and Rose Daiquri
Strawberries and roses are from the same family (Rosaceae) that gives us so
much pleasure, from apples and pears to these two beauties. Wild strawberries
(Fragraria vesca or F. virginiana) are those tiny, jewel-like treasures that you
sometimes find in woodland clearings and meadows, on forest edges and along
trails, and even in some quiet urban areas. Here they are combined with white
rum and Rose Petal Syrup to conjure up summer meadows on a hot day.
• 1½ oz (45ml) white rum
• ¾ oz (20ml) Rose Petal Syrup
• 2 tsp (10ml) freshly squeezed
• 10 wild strawberries or 3
hulled and halved
• ⅔ cup (100g) crushed ice
• 3 wild strawberries, toothpick or
cocktail stick, to garnish
1Combine all the ingredients in a
blender and pulse/blend at a high
speed for 30 secs or until smooth.
2Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish
with 3 wild strawberries threaded
on a toothpick or cocktail stick.
Rose Petal Syrup
(Makes approx. 1½ pints (750ml)
This recipe involves massage, roses, and
perfume… don’t blame me if things get
out of hand! use the most perfumed
roses you can find and make sure they
It also helps if their petals are quite
thin. Two good choices that grow wild
and adorn many a private and public
space are Rosa rugosa and the wild dog
rose, R. canina.
Whenever I use wild dog rose, which
has very delicate pink petals, I add a few
petals of a red rose to give a really
• 6 handfuls of pink and/or red rose
• 6 cups (1.2 kg) superfine caster sugar
• 3 cups (750ml) water
• Zest of ½ unwaxed, organic orange
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• Pinch of salt
• Sealable presentation bottle(s),
1Snip off the bitter white tip at the base
of each petal – it’s a little awkward
to do, but worth it. Alternatively, when
picking the petals from the rosebush, pull
the petals in a clump with one hand and
snip the base off in one go with the other.
2Loosely pack the petals in a non-reactive
bowl and add about 2 cups (400g) of
the sugar. Gently massage the sugar into
the petals to bruise them and start the
maceration. Cover with a clean tea-towel
and leave overnight or for up to 12 hours.
3You should return to a gooey mess,
where the petals have shrunk and the
sugar has extracted some colour and flavour
out of them. Tip this sugar and petal mix
into a non-reactive pan, add the remaining
sugar, the water, orange zest, lemon juice,
and a pinch of salt, and gently bring to
a boil. You will notice that the colour
transfers from the petals into the liquid.
Leave to simmer for 5 mins or until you
have a thick, unctuous syrup.
4Let the syrup cool. Strain it into a wide
mouthed pitcher, then funnel into the
sterilized presentation bottle(s) and seal.
You can store the syrup in the refrigerator
for well over a month.
Floral Cocktails by Lottie
Muir, published by Ryland
Peters & Small (£7.99)
Photography by Kim
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Take a moment to enjoy the summer with these foodie attractions
Eastwell Manor estate was one of the first to serve afternoon tea to
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Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells is inviting
guests to their lovely terrace to enjoy live music,
Chapel Down Gin Cocktails and special prices on
Chapel Down Sparkling Wines on June 28, July
26 and August 23 between 5pm and 7pm at their
Sundowner Sessions. hotelduvin.com
The small festival with the BIG names! Three days of Classic
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August 2-4 Gates open midday Friday
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10 things to do at The Sculpture Park
The Sculpture Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty occupied by a multitude of sculpture for sale.
We are also a popular tourist destination with plenty to do for everyone, some that you might not expect.
01 Follow the coloured trail
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you see the whole park and full collection of sculpture.
02 Buy Sculpture
Almost all the art in the park is available to purchase and
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03 Play ‘guess the price’ game
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04 Meet the dragons
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found at the gates as well as the Horseshoe Dragon
by Jim Poolman.
05 Experience complete darkness
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left hand wall, avoiding vertical drops, should ensure
your safe passage through the shaft.
06 Activate the Giant Wind Chimes
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our two Giant Wind Chimes. A gentle push will activate a
musical palindrome of the Quartal scale.
07 Picnic in a Thai Pagoda
You are very welcome to bring a picnic to The Sculpture
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08 Take photographs
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09 Meet the resident doves
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love to photobomb at any given opportunity.
10 Browse the indoor gallery
Our indoor gallery exhibits around 200 interior works of
affordable art as well as investment pieces, with many
pieces created by our favourite artists found on the trail.
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Josephine Fairley takes a look at this season’s new releases
love the quote from Aerin
Lauder (the legendary Estée
that ‘You wouldn’t wear the
same perfume with a tennis
dress as an evening dress.
Now, this is rather more the
season of tennis dresses than
evening dresses (if you don’t
count Glyndebourne), and it’s
certainly a philosophy I embrace.
For me, there are fragrances that come
out when I put my opaque tights away
and vice versa. Scent is very much part of
my wardrobe – and a glance at my dressing
table will tell you: that wardrobe’s expanding.
It will certainly be somewhat more crowded
after summer 2019, meanwhile – because there are just
so many beautiful scents being launched around now.
Before I share the fragrances I’d long to add to my summer
fragrance line-up, though, a few caveats. It’s wise never to
spray directly onto skin, when you’re going to be spending
any time at all outside, because of possible interactions
between scent ingredients (particular citrus notes) and UV
light. There’s a risk of irritation, but also more longer-term
of pigmentation problems. Instead, I like to mist my hair (a
great carrier of perfume), and also my clothes. Just do the
Kleenex test, first: spritz a tissue, and once you’ve established
that the liquid dries completely clear, it’s safe to spray on
fabric. My clothes have an incredible mélange of fragrances
sprayed onto them – and somehow, because I like all the scents
I do that with, it creates something even more wonderful.
And now, my summer perfume lust-haves…
Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera (£99 for 125ml eau
de toilette). Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge is creating an
olfactory map of Gabrielle Chanel’s life through his Les Eaux
de Chanel collection. After Paris-Biarritz, Paris-Deauville and
Paris-Venice, he now plants a flag in the sands of the Côte
d’Azur, evoking the sun-drenched paradise Chanel helped
to popularise via a bouquet of sheer summer petals, woven
together with fresh citrus notes, jasmine and neroli and
warmed by resinous benzoin and sandalwood. Wear it with…
jaunty palazzo pants and a striped Breton shirt, à la Coco.
Burberry Her Blossom (from £44 for 30ml eau de toilette).
Longstanding Burberry perfumer Francis Kurkdjian explains
that this fresh, airy interpretation of Burberry Her was
‘inspired by London’s parks in spring.’ (It’s equally gorgeous
for high summer, though, with the combination of plum
blossoms, citrus notes and delicate peony petals creating an
unexpected floral breeze, and the addition before creamy
sandalwood and hints of musk emerge. The so-prettyin-pink
flacon is inspired by an archival Burberry design,
meanwhile – definitely my kind of hip flask. Wear with…
the prettiest, floatiest of summer dresses. Ideally chiffon.
Floris Neroli Voyage (£120 for 100ml eau de parfum).
Inspired by an expedition Floris Perfumery Director Edward
Bodenham took to retrace the footsteps of his ancestor,
Robert Floris, this transports us from Antibes across the
Ligurian Sea to the aromatic isle of Corsica and onwards
to the Italian coastal town of Positano, our sails filled by a
breeze fragrant with neroli, lemon, marine notes, jasmine,
ginger and fennel seed. It weighs anchor via musk, amber
and oak wood, indigenous to Corsica’s famous maquis.
Wear with... white linen as crisp as the scent itself.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Cherrysia (£59 for 75ml eau
de toilette). I’m often wary of cherries, in a fragrance. (They
can be a bit ‘juicy fruits’ synthetic-smelling.) But rather
than the fruit itself, this showcases cherry blossom, that
most ephemeral of blooms, famous for lighting up Japan
in spring. The liquid refreshment begins with a dash of
bergamot, overtaken by diaphanous notes of nashi par and
watermelon, with a too-too-pretty, powdery, softly woody
end-game. Wear with… pretty-as-a-picture pastels.
L’Occitane Herbae Par L’Occitane (£59 for 50ml eau de parfum).
Now that we’ve (finally) shrugged off layers to head outdoors,
here’s the perfect fresh air spritz: a green floral creation from
Shyamala Maisondieu and Nadège Le Garlantezec focused
around wild grasses, all tangled up in bramble, nettle and wild
roses. Bergamot and pink pepper open, and as the sun warms
Herbae on your skin, you’ll begin to make out a honeyed
sweetness, touches of musk and woody, spicy Cashmeran.
tied at the
gardening gear, or any
summer frock. It’s equally
at home in a herbaceous
border as on a terrace
enjoying lunch outside.
(Put a visit to their Covent Garden
boutique on your perfume pilgrimage
‘map’, after reading this!) Effervescent
bubbliness abounds here in in a sunfilled
creation from rising star perfumer
Jérome Epinette (who has created all
Floral Street’s collection), with sparkling
rhubarb popping the cork on a frothy
gush of gardenia, exotic frangipani and
radiant jasmine Sambac. Wear with…
a sleeveless summer party frock. It’ll
have you wanting to kick off your shoes
and dance barefoot on the lawn.
for 50ml eau de
Coach Floral Blush
50ml eau de parfum). Don’t we
all need cheerfulness and optimism,
right now…? That’s precisely what
Coach Floral Blush sets out to deliver,
in a spirit-lifting blend powered by
goji berries. What do they smell like,
in a scent? Juicily tart, sitting alongside
grapefruit, mellowing to an armful
of tea roses in the heart, before a
white woods finale. A playful floral
that celebrates ‘the carefree energy of
summer.’ Wear with… that vintage crêpe
de chine tea dress you most treasure.
BYREDO Sundazed (£110 for 50ml
eau de parfum). This is probably my
favourite yet from cult perfumers
BYREDO. Paying tribute to the era
of free love, Sundazed comes wrapped
in all things sunshine; bright, dazzling
mandarin and Californian lemon. Neroli
shimmers like the twinkle of light on
water while Arabian jasmine cloaks your
skin with its soft, yet opulent, touch.
A dry-down of cotton candy and skin
musks evokes distant memories of
summers spent at beachside funfairs.
Definitely a scent in which to bask
in a state of summer-induced bliss.
Wear with… a sarong, beside a pool or
lounging around on the back terrace.
Perfumer H Petit Grain (£220 for 100ml
eau de parfum). Right at the other end
of the price spectrum from Floral Street
are the fragrances created by perfumer
Lyn Harris, best known as founder
and for many years creator at Miller
Harris, who has a new scent boutique
on Marylebone’s Crawford Street where
she releases seasonal collections. I’ve been
saving pennies to build a mini-wardrobe
of these stunning scents, and for spring/
summer 2019 have my eye (or maybe
nose?) on this gust of citrusy greenness,
zestily powered by Italian bergamot,
Florida orange, and Paraguayan
petitgrain. Aromatic herbs, woods and
musks endow this with a much longer
skin life than most Colognes. If you can
afford to, splash with abandon. (And if
money’s really no object, splash out on
the hand-blown Michael Ruh bottle of
this, which is priced at a cool £450).
But whatever you spend – and
whether you’re matching your
fragrance to a tennis frock, a
Glyndebourne gown, a linen kaftan
or a snuggly pashmina – may you
enjoy a beautifully fragrant summer.
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Jo Fairley’s fragrance reviews
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The Summer Solstice on 21st June
this year marked the transition
into a new season and the start
of summer. It is on this day that the sun
rose and set at its most northern point,
leading to longer hours of daylight and
therefore the longest day of the year.
The word solstice is derived from the
Latin “sol” (sun) and “sistere” (to stand still)
and for me this says so much; this is the
time to stop, pause and reconnect with the
beauty of nature and the powerful effect that
the sun and its light has on all living things.
This time is celebrated by the druids
as a festival to give thanks to nature
and the changing faces of the seasons.
These seasonal rituals underpinning
practices such as druidism traditionally
evolved around farming practices. Now,
however, as our food production and
farming practices have changed to align
more with global demand than with
nature, this connection is less apparent.
Yet working intimately with the
change of seasons is a very simple and
powerful tool that can bring with it a
great opportunity to improve our physical
and emotional wellbeing. Indeed, the
inseparable relationship between the natural
environment around us, wherever we are
in the world, and our own wellbeing of
body, mind and spirit is a core belief in my
work at the Wild Clinic in Lewes and the
product formulations at Wild Nutrition.
The months leading to this seasonal
turning point allow us to celebrate by
feasting on nutrient-rich seasonal delights,
such as artichokes, asparagus, Jersey
potatoes, watercress or strawberries.
The longer, lighter evenings allow us to
relax with friends over a light evening
supper or wild swimming with your
family. Whichever ritual you choose
to celebrate nature’s gift of summer,
do so with abandon and gratitude.
Upping my water intake
During the winter or colder, damper
seasons, my water intake can be lower,
coming primarily through broths,
vegetables and fresh teas. In the summer
however, I have a natural pull to drink
more room temperature water, and water
rich fruits, such as watermelon. Adding
a morning green juice is a great way
to start the day feeling hydrated and
energised. A vegetable juice will provide
condensed nourishment from vitamins,
minerals and phytonutrients, but also
the natural water content they provide.
Try to make your juice with fresh
ingredients, such as cucumber, celery,
courgette, lettuce, fennel, lemon, lime
and mint, and drink within 15 minutes.
Eating summertime foods
The summertime produces some of
the most wonderful foods, such as
strawberries, that are particularly rich
in vitamin C, raspberries, apples,
runner beans, fennel, cucumber,
melon, rhubarb and rocket.
Eating in season also ensures
you are getting the best
flavours and nutrition
from your food and
can also support the
immune system and
skin from seasonal
ailments. Try to
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Health & Wellbeing
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Henrietta Norton from Wild Nutrition explains how
she’ll be harnessing summer goodness to keep her
body and mind healthy throughout July
Here are just some of the changes I will
be making in this Season of Abundance
What better way to enhance the benefits
of exercising than with an outdoor
routine in summer. Immersing ourselves
in nature supports our mental health
and physical wellbeing and is immensely
stress relieving. We don’t need a scientific
study to know that a walk through the
woods or cycling through the park is
uplifting and healing for the soul.
Adjusting my skincare
You can extend your summer changes
to your skincare routine, make-up and
sunscreen, too. There are some wonderful
naturally-derived, ethical products
available (my supplement regime shifts
during this season too) to help protect
your skin from oxidative damage and
contribute to collagen production.
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Health & Wellbeing
Summer fitness fun
with or without kids!
Sarah Maxwell breaks down the sometimes daunting
prospect of exercise into easily manageable activities
that can be slotted into a busy lifestyle
Whether you have children or
not, summer is the time when
your regular exercise class can
go out of the window, or even stop for the
summer altogether! Holidays, days out
and family time give us endless excuses for
‘getting back on it tomorrow’. However,
summer can be a great time to shake up
your fitness routine or get started on a
new one – with or without the kids! Nicer
weather (hopefully) and longer evenings all
give perfect opportunities to get out there
and get moving, so this summer I have been
trying out something a little different to get
all ages moving. Here are my favourites…
I recently went to a ‘Rabble’ class in
Tunbridge Wells (at the cricket ground) and
it took me straight back to my schooldays,
running around playing British Bulldog,
Dodgeball and throwing frisbees! I had
such a great time at the class and can’t wait
to go back. An hour passes in the blink
of an eye and you get a great workout
without even realising it – maybe next
time I won’t fall over trying to “Dodge
that ball”! The beauty of it is that all ages
are welcome so you can go along with the
kids or on your own. joinrabble.com
Bouncing into fitness and fun
If you do have children to entertain over
the holidays, open jump sessions are
perfect. Many of my clients with children/
grandchildren find that the summer holidays
can be rather stressful and often tell me
they feel guilty when they use ‘family time’
to do their fitness programmes. It needn’t
be that way. Open jump sessions are for
all ages and are a brilliant way to burn off
those calories and have some fun with the
kids at the same time. I went to urban
Jump in Heathfield, East Sussex, to try it
out and can definitely recommend it.
Entertaining teenagers can be tricky but
urban Jump’s urban Fit is something a
little different for those aged over 16 – a
45-minute class involving 30 minutes of
trampoline fun followed by 15 minutes in
the urban rainforest assault course. Swinging
and climbing at your own pace makes for
a fun and effective workout and will work
multiple muscle groups. urbanjump.co.uk
Love being in water? Prefer
looking at water?
With Bewl Water on our doorstep there
is definitely something for everyone here:
cycling, walking, watersports AND the
new Aqua park! There is 1500 metres
of inflatable fun for individuals, groups,
families, adults and children. I know
where I’m heading this summer!
These are just a few of the things I have
tried, but there are lots of activities and
courses over the summer that will take
you outside and get you moving – with or
without the kids! Try searching the local
area online or checking our your local
Facebook groups to see what’s on offer
Now for something that can be done
without leaving the comfort of your own
home, this month’s exercise of the month!
With my hectic lifestyle I have to fit in
exercise as and when I can. Contrary to
popular belief, many of us in the health and
fitness industry stand around a lot telling
other people what to do without actually
doing the whole classes we are teaching!
This simple exercise (see right) can be
done anywhere – I often do it while I’m
brushing my teeth! A triple achievement
– clean teeth, improved balance and
stronger core in just two minutes!
Now that really is multi-tasking!
Sarah Maxwell is a
Fitness and Lifestyle
coach and mum of two
who juggles a lot of
balls. Find out more
about Sarah and her
work at sarahmaxwell.
com Sarah shares her
Fitness and Lifestyle
tips on Instagram
It’s well known
that working on
single leg balance or
simply standing on
one leg can help you
with foot and knee
stability, but did
you know that this
simple exercise engages
your core muscles too?
Stand straight (maintain
a good posture) raise
one leg off the floor and
balance with the other.
Aim to maintain this
position for a minimum
of 20 seconds. If you
can do it for longer
than 60 seconds, try it
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Recipes: Ilgin Beaton from Just Sourdough by Ilgin
Photographs: David Merewether
Styling: Lucy Fleming
Tangy, flavourful and satisfyingly chewy, sourdough’s
addictive appeal as an easier-to-digest alternative to regular
bread means that it has amassed quite the fanbase. Here,
Sevenoaks-based sourdough expert Ilgin Beaton – who, as
her company name Just Sourdough by Ilgin suggests, solely
focuses on crafting unadulterated sourdough loaves – shares
three recipes for you to try at home
There are a wide range of sourdough starter recipes
online if you wish to make your own from scratch. This
usually takes around 10-12 days. On Ilgin’s website,
justsourdough.com you can buy ready-made Organic
White Sourdough Starter and Organic Wholemeal Rye
Starter. Alternatively, book onto one of Just Sourdough
by Ilgin’s ‘Introduction to Sourdough Baking’ workshops
and you’ll go home with a jar of Ilgin’s own starter to
jumpstart the process and get baking straight away.
Makes 1 loaf Prep time: Up to 24 hours
Cooking time: Around 50 mins
You will need: A Dutch Oven or
baking stone, a bread scoring knife/
blade, a round banneton or colander
• 100g active starter (you can
make your own or buy online
• 330-350g water (filtered or
mineral water), lukewarm
• 400g organic unbleached
strong white flour
• 100g of stoneground organic
wholemeal flour (or 50g
wholemeal, 50g spelt)
• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved in 9g water
• rice flour, for dusting the banneton
1In a large bowl mix the
starter and water and stir
until the starter is dissolved.
2Add all the flour and mix until the
ingredients come together into a
large ball. (At this stage we are only
mixing the water, starter and flour.)
3Cover and let the dough rest
on the side in the kitchen for
between 30 mins and 2 hours ‒ this
is what bakers call ‘autolyse’.
4Add the dissolved salt mixture to the
dough. Make sure the salt is distributed
evenly throughout the dough using a ‘Slap
& Fold’ technique (you repeatedly slap
the dough down onto the work surface
and fold it over on itself). This traps
some air whilst developing the gluten.
Continue for around 6-8 minutes, then
set aside in a bowl for 10-15 mins.
5The next stage is to ‘Stretch &
Fold’. Lift and fold your dough in
half over on itself, do a quarter turn
of your dough and repeat three more
times. Place back in the bowl ‘seam’
side down. Repeat this process three
times at 30-60 minute intervals with a
final 15-30 minute rest at the end.
6Shape the dough lightly into a ball then
place into a round banneton dusted
with rice flour (with a handful of mixed
seeds at the bottom, if desired). If you don’t
have a banneton, use a clean tea-towel
dusted with rice flour inside a colander.
Dust the top with rice flour, then cover.
7Prove. Leave your dough to
one side until it is 50% bigger,
then transfer to the fridge and leave
to prove there for 8-12 hours.
8The next morning, preheat your oven
to 250°C, pop in your Dutch Oven
or baking stone with a large pan of ice or
boiling water underneath, and heat for at
least 30 mins before you are ready to bake.
The hydration helps form a beautiful crust.
9Once the oven is up to full heat,
carefully remove the Dutch Oven,
then tip your dough inside carefully and
score the top with your scoring knife/
blade. This determines where the bread
will tear as it rises. Spray with water and
bake for 30-35 mins with the lid on.
Towards the end turn the heat down to
180-200°C, remove the lid and bake for
another 15 mins, or until you achieve
the colour of crust that you prefer. Take
it out of the Dutch Oven and leave to
cool down for up to 2 hours. Enjoy!
The following are more complex recipes with a mixture of flours, but the
taste is divine and the loaves are even more wholesome as they contain
ancient, unmodified grains. They use the same method as previously.
• 350g water
• 100g active starter
• 250g unbleached strong white flour
• 100g einkorn (an ancient grain)
• 50g khorasan (also known as
kamut – an ancient grain)
• 100g Organic Light Malthouse
Flour from Shipton Mill
• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved
in 9g water
• 330-335g water
• 180g active white starter
• 300g unbleached strong
• 100g wholemeal spelt flour
• 50g wholemeal flour
• 50g khorasan (also known as
kamut – an ancient grain)
• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved
in 9g water
Find out more about Ilgin’s sourdough workshops at justsourdough.com
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Jo Arnell explains why, in a world full of pesticides, making your garden a destination
for bees provides them with the ecological haven they’re crying out for
Insects are in crisis at the moment, their numbers declining
at a frightening rate, so anything we can do to attract them
into our gardens will be of benefit. In fact, our gardens are
proving to be bastions of hope and protection in an inhospitable
environment. The attention is on bees, because they are such
vital pollinators for crops and without them our own existence
would be under threat too. Our gardens are fast becoming a
vital resource for them, providing food and shelter and hopefully
safety from pesticides. The sight and sound of bees buzzing
brings a garden truly to life and reminds us that a flower’s
job is to attract pollinators, that their beauty has a profound
purpose, intricately linked to the existence of the insects.
Honey bees, bumble bees and stingless bees are in the
Apidae family. There is just one honey bee, but there are 24
different species of bumble bee; some are social and live in
colonies, some are solitary, some are tiny, some huge and
furry – and easy to spot as they noisily bumble around the
flower borders. Added to these are the leaf cutters, mason,
mining and carder bees – and more besides. All bees do a vital
job transferring pollen from one flower to another as they go
about collecting nectar and pollen for their own purposes.
With a little thought, and a little less tidiness, your garden
can easily be made more insect friendly. They just need places
to build nests, shelter for overwintering and a reliable source
of food and water. Food comes in the form of nectar and
pollen and a plentiful supply all year round is really beneficial.
Most flowers die back in the winter, but there are quite a
few trees and shrubs that will produce winter flowers.
Bees and other beneficial insects need to be able to
access water, preferably fairly shallow, so that they
won’t drown. Bees use water to drink, but also to cool
the hive when the weather gets really hot. If you don’t
have a pond, then a shallow dish of water, containing
pebbles or stones for climbing onto, will provide them
with a place to drink and collect water for the hive.
Bees live in different kinds of habitats, depending on the
species, but all pollinating insects need overwintering
places where they can hibernate as adults or pupae. You
can easily help them by leaving log piles, leaves and
hollow perennial stems and seed heads for them to hide
in. You could also build a bee hotel; make your guests
feel at home using cut off sections of bamboo cane,
pinecones and bundles of sticks inserted into a frame and
positioned out of the prevailing wind and weather.
Providing nectar all year round
Most pollinating insects and bees will disappear when
the weather starts to get cold, but on warmer winter days
they occasionally wake up, or wake from hibernation
much earlier. This is happening increasingly as a result
of climate change, especially in the warmer south of
England where some species have stopped hibernating
altogether. It is vital to provide the winter insects
and early emergers with food to help them get through
this period when resources may be scarce elsewhere.
Nectar from flowers may be in short supply in the
winter, but there are other sources: ivy flowers late in the
year, the winter cherry tree Prunus subhirtella autumnalis
flowers sporadically throughout the autumn and winter,
Clematis balearica is in flower from mid-winter and once
the worst of the January weather is over, there’s a host
of late winter flowering shrubs to choose from, with the
added bonus that many of them are scented. Early spring
brings the first of the bulbs, together with woodland
natives like primroses, aconites and wood anemones.
Flowering plants have co-evolved with insects. Without
insect pollinators there would be no real flowers – the
plants would all have to rely on wind pollination, which
is a fairly haphazard and wasteful process. Much better to
pay someone to do the job properly. Nectar is the reward
for pollinators and it is only produced in the nectaries of
flowers as a lure – the plant has no need for it at all.
Some flowers hide the nectar in order to make doubly
sure that enough pollen is collected, the bees have to go
down deep into the flower to get to it, covering themselves
in pollen in the process. These blooms tend to be tubeshaped
and some even have landing strips to guide the bee
to the right part; look closely at a foxglove and you will see
the speckles inside are arranged in a specific way to help the
bee. Snapdragons have a hinged lip that opens only when a
heavy enough bee lands on the right spot, thereby ensuring
that the pollen will brush off when the bee squeezes inside.
Other flowers are more open about the process and go
to lengths to make things easy for their pollinators. Plants
in the daisy (Compositae) family make a wide and secure
platform for insects to land on; the centre is packed with
lots of individual tiny, nectar-filled flowers surrounded by
a fringe of sepals. This also means that once the bee has
Top: Echinops is a ‘bee magnet’ in late summer Middle left:
Flowers in the daisy family make great ‘landing pads’ for insects
Middle right: Chives and other alliums are nectar rich
Bottom: A honey bee collecting nectar from lavender
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landed, it can spend more time collecting food from one
place, rather than wasting time flitting from bloom to bloom.
Colour sends a message
Plants use colour to send a signal, advertising to the insects
that the nectar bar is open for business. Brightly coloured
flowers are naturally found in sunny situations, but in the
shade the flowers tend to be pale, often white or cream, as this
shows up better in dim light. They lure in the insects with
scent rather than colour, pumping out their fragrance more
vigorously in the evening to attract in moths and beetles.
Although bees will collect nectar from different flowers,
they are very drawn to flowers at the blue end of the spectrum,
with herbs such as lavender, thyme and borage most favourite.
Plants to grow for the bees
Native species, but not necessarily our natives, are the most
valuable plants to pollinating insects, rather than highly bred
cultivars encouraged to give up on producing nectar and
pollen in favour of extra large or frilly petals instead. These
tend to be sterile too, so of no interest to hungry insects. Stick
to blooms that are open hearted with a single row of petals,
instead of the show-offs which always remind me of the huge,
puffy, Princess Diana-style wedding dresses of the 1980s.
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Some useful nectar rich plants:
Lonicera fragrantissima – a shrubby,
winter flowering honeysuckle with
very fragrant, nectar rich flowers.
Hellebore – both the early Helleborus niger
(Christmas rose), the slightly later Helleborus
orientalis (Lenten rose) and the shrubbier Helleborus
argutifolius will provide a vital source of nectar for
early emerging bumble bees and other insects.
Early spring bulbs, such as winter
aconites, crocuses, Scillas and Muscari
will carpet under trees and shrubs.
Aquilegias – these appear at the end of spring
and will self-seed in favourable conditions
Herbs, such as Thyme and Marjoram, are
very pretty when they flower – just cut
them back as you would lavender once
they’ve finished to keep them tidy.
Scabious – a mound forming perennial for the
front of the border with long lasting ‘pin cushion’
flowers in shades of pale blue, pink or white.
Late summer and autumn
Buddleia – our beloved butterfly bush that flowers
in late summer and attracts a mass of pollinating
insects. Prune hard in spring so that you will be
able to appreciate the flowers at eye level – left
unpruned buddleias grow too tall and unruly – and
the flowers will appear right at the top of the plant.
Hebe – these mainly evergreen shrubs come
in many sizes, but all produce nectar rich
flowers at around the same time as buddleias
Verbena bonariensis – a tall, wiry, but elegant
meadow plant from Argentina. If it likes you, it will
set seed literally everywhere…
Asters – with their late flowering daisy flower
heads will flower into October and beyond.
Abelia grandiflora – an autumn flowering shrub
with small, pale pink flowers and long lasting
darker, rusty pink bracts
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Get water-saving savvy
with Sue Whigham’s
tips for keeping your
pots’ occupants happy,
healthy and hydrated
The weather is like a yo-yo. Temperatures soar, then
the following day it is overcast and drab – now, as
we speak, it is tipping it down. My rain gauge tells
me that we have had 30mm since yesterday
but yes, farmers need it for their crops and
we all need it for our gardens. Last year’s heat
and lack of rain was a disaster here when the
low oxygen levels in the pond meant that the
ghost carp, grown from tiddlers over the past
15 years or so, just didn’t make it. And that was
despite all our valiant efforts to re-oxygenate
the pond using a hose. I was glad to hear
that my bed and breakfast guest was a keen
fisherman and so was seen in a tangle of willows
at the side of the pond stretched out on his
stomach retrieving a very large and beautiful
fish. It was all very traumatic, like losing an
old friend, but thank goodness he was here to help.
Whether we do have a dry summer again or not, it is worth
thinking about water retention, bearing in mind that water is
“Try to avoid
the evening as
get trapped in
the pot as the
leading to mildew
such a valuable resource and, if you have a pot garden rather
than flower beds – maybe due to lack of space or just by
preference – it is worth thinking of ways to retain moisture
in them so that you don’t have to spend hours
watering, especially if you are on a meter.
I was reading about ollas, clay pots used
for thousands of years to irrigate plants.
These are pots with a round base and a
bottleneck opening that you bury into your
pots or borders having filled them with
water. As they are porous, water seeps into
the adjoining plants’ roots via a suction effect
and the roots grow round the olla and take
water in when its needed. But maybe a few
ideas work just as well but less interestingly.
One major thing to think of is mulch and
a healthy compost heap will give you all
the humus-rich compost you would need for pots. It’s an
idea to use large pots if possible as whilst they need filling
with a good deal of compost, they will not dry out in
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whatever it is that you use, in the spring and you could
also use moisture retentive Perlite in the soil. Avoid peat
based multi-purpose composts, which dry out quickly,
and instead go for the loam based John Innes mixes.
Try to avoid watering in the evening as moisture
can get trapped in the pot as the temperature drops
leading to mildew and fungus. Shame really as
the evening ritual of watering and having a glass
of wine is usually not too much of a chore!
Other mulches that help retain moisture would include
bark and leaf mould. Actually, the latter is ideal for
acid loving plants as it is low in nutrients and humus.
If you have a seaside garden, a mulch of shells and
gravel look good, but oddly they don’t quite work in
gardens away from the coast – I don’t really know why.
Straw, grass cuttings, mushroom compost. They can
all work. And have a think about grouping your pots
together in one place, rather than having isolated pots
around the garden. One seems to protect the other.
Wind is a cause of pots drying out and their contents
become rather desiccated, so, if possible, protect them
from prevailing winds by planting a native hedge or
purely a hawthorn hedge. The birds will thank you, too.
We have a proliferation of recently planted leylandii
down the lane. No use to man nor beast. Go native.
Otherwise use something like a hazel or willow fence
which lets in some air and light. Or try those fairly
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Some other tips to try…
• Avoid planting in dark-coloured pots. They
retain heat and accelerate moisture evaporation.
• Recycle plastic bottles. Pierce small
holes in them, put the top back on and
put in one of your pots upside down.
• Worth a try is drip irrigation using strips of
old fabric, with one end in your chosen pot and
the other in a reservoir of water. Good for a
group of pots if you are going away for a while.
• Try any number of the plant gels that are
on the market. Garden centres and dare I say
it, Amazon, have any number to buy. I was
reading about Plant Gel, a polymer, which has
been used by the US Forestry Service for years,
especially when they are trying to establish
trees and plants in desert areas. This particular
one contains water retaining properties as
well as nutrients. An ideal combination.
• Another cheap idea is to use old
household sponges in your pot’s compost.
I think I’m going to try that one.
inexpensive rolls of split bamboo or reeds attached
to vertical stakes. They’ll do the trick.
And then there are the plants you choose themselves.
Bear in mind where they come from and what conditions
they are used to and then you can’t go wrong. Just try to
emulate what they have come to expect! Mediterranean
plants are used to very high midday temperatures, often
in excess of 38°C, and they have adapted to drought and
to retaining their water reserves during the hot season.
Their leaves are often silvery, small, leathery or hairy –
all adaptations to the conditions ‘they grew up in’.
These plants are often easy to grow in pots as long as you
don’t water too much and have some winter protection.
Oh, and ignore the idea of a spring mulch, they just need
minimal watering and well-drained soil. If you are tucking
them away into a well-lit shed or porch in the winter
months, don’t do it too soon. They need time to ‘harden
off’ so they are prepared for the vagaries of the UK’s winter.
Sub-tropical plants, too, can be great candidates for
pots as their large, lush leaves adapted to high humidity
can regulate their own temperature through transpiration,
meaning that they rarely dry out. Just what you want. It’s
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You might consider downsizing
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variety of reasons. Perhaps you
are looking to save money and time on
property upkeep, find somewhere more
suitable for your needs, move nearer
to family or friends, want to release
capital for yourself, or to help family
members. Whatever the reason, when
deciding to leave the family home
you must consider many emotive and
practical issues. While you are likely to
have considered the potential impact
on your lifestyle and bank balance,
you may not have thought about the
impact downsizing may have on your
wider affairs. Francesca Sassoli, of law
firm Cripps, incorporating Pemberton
Greenish, outlines some legal
considerations you should be aware of.
When contemplating downsizing,
you should review your will. It may
need updating to reflect the change of
property to avoid an unwanted outcome.
For example, you may give the
property to your partner and the rest
of your estate to your children. If you
do not amend your will to refer to
your new property, the gift to your
partner may fail, so your new property
unintentionally passes to your children.
If you are buying with another person,
you should take advice as to whether to
hold it as “joint tenants” or “tenants in
common”. Various factors, including
your will, may impact your decision.
Properties owned as joint tenants pass
automatically to the survivor on the
death of a co-owner. But if you intend
to give your share of the property to
another person, or to a trust, in your
will, the new property should be
purchased as tenants in common so
that your share passes under your will
and not to the co-owner automatically.
When preparing to sell your existing
property, you should check your
records and at the Land Registry to
see if any other parties have an interest
in your property. It is not uncommon
for couples to give a share of the
family home to a trust or to their
children during lifetime or on the
first death, which will have an impact
when downsizing. This is sometimes
recorded by a charge or restriction
registered against the property. Legal
advice should be taken regarding these
arrangements before downsizing.
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This is a tax-free allowance (£125,000 at
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passing their home to descendants on
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£25,000 every tax year until it reaches
£175,000 in the tax year 2020/21. The
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married couples or civil partners if
it is not used on the first death.
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new property is worth enough to fully
utilise the allowance available, to avoid
wasting some of it. If your share of the
new property is less than the available
allowance (£250,000 for a couple at
the time of writing but set to increase
to £300,000 from 5 April 2019), a
special “downsizing relief” may be
available so your estate can still benefit
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and take legal advice to check how the
provisions apply in your circumstances.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are
documents nominating attorneys to
manage your affairs on your behalf if
key things to consider
• Are you ready for the
emotional impact of leaving
your current home?
• Is your home listed in your
will? It’s highly likely this will
need updating as a result of
a property sale.
• Have you considered the
different ownership options
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to your inheritors?
• Will downsizing affect the
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• Are you prepared for the risk
you may not be well enough to
complete the sale and purchase?
• Have you considered the
• What will you be doing with
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You may wish to consider alternatives to downsizing.
Despite some bad press in the early 2000s, equity
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advice from an independent financial advisor and meet
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You must be comfortable with the lifestyle changes
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If you do not need the cash you release by downsizing
and your estate is over the IHT threshold, you could give
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funds for any other reason (such as from a divorcing
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But what if the lengthy summer holiday ceased to exist? Hilary Wilce spells out the advantages
Quite soon schools will be closing down for
the holidays. Some boarding schools will
be quickly opening up again to reap useful
income from hosting residential music schools
or tennis camps or foreign language courses. Others will
be hosting day holiday clubs and activity camps, but far
too many school buildings up and down the country
will stay shuttered and locked until September.
Meanwhile, social splits will widen. Some lucky children
will enjoy a busy summer of friends, activities and holidays,
but many more will spend weeks in their bedrooms
staring at a screen, or will roam the streets with friends
trying to fill up the days. In the summer, a surprising
number of school-age children in the UK are less well fed
than they are during their term times of breakfast clubs
and school lunches. A great many, lacking stimulation,
forget much of what they learned in the previous school
year and start in September having dropped up to five
weeks behind in both knowledge and learning skills.
At the same time, parents will spend their summers
juggling holiday leave, paying out for holiday
programmes of dance, football or archery classes
that they can often ill afford, or turning to longsuffering
grandparents to help out with childcare.
None of this adds up, so it would make excellent sense
to keep schools open over the summer and offer free
holiday programmes of sports, creative and community
activities to all children who want to join in.
Of course it would cost money. Quite a lot of money.
Organisers and helpers would have to be employed, there’d
be significant management costs, and equipment and food
would need to be provided. But set that against all the other
costs that the summer holidays give rise to – more mental
and physical health problems among children, more street
violence, growing obesity, family struggles, workplace stress,
and widening inequality – and the balance sheet would
tip strongly in the direction of using our well-equipped
and expensive school facilities to the maximum. Plus, of
course, a national, and hopefully high-quality holiday
scheme, would be able to offer much more consistency
of care, and a much more balanced programme, than the
postcode lottery of holiday provision than we have now.
What this would take, though, would be
a profound revolution in thinking.
My own family had a personal crash course in this when we
moved to America and our children joined the local elementary
school. Almost immediately, they were casually cycling up to
school in the evenings and at weekends to pick up forgotten
homework, look things up in the library, or play on the sports
field or in the playground. To us, it seemed extraordinary.
To our suburban American neighbours it was completely
normal. It was the children’s school, it was open, there were
adults about – why shouldn’t pupils use it as their own?
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summer, just as they are in term-time? There are lots
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plenty to keep all ages amused
including live music and sport,
silent discos, street food, a
main-stage talent show, and
of course a huge selection of
beer, gin, Pimms and bubbles.
100% of the proceeds are
donated to local good causes.
Sat 20 & Sun 21 Jul
Shalford Park, Shalford
Road, Guildford GU4 8BL
The Cheese and Chilli Festival
naturally includes chilli eating
competitions, taste tents,
Man v Food challenges, and
cooking demonstrations, but
also ventures into a world filled
with crazy golf, human sized
table football, live music, street
theatre and giant bubble shows.
Entry: Adults from £6, concessions
from £4, seniors from £4
Wed 24 Jul
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley
Lane, Woking GU23 6QB
Walkies at Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley, welcomes
man’s best friend for a special
Wednesday evening. Bring along
your four legged friends for an
after hours walk around the
garden from 6pm to 8pm.
Entry: Adults £7, children
£5, dogs free
“Anywhere and Everywhere”
July 2nd to July 14th
A R T I S T
THE LIGHTBOX GALLERY
Exhibition of abstract landscapes
Inspired by nature, painted from imagination -
from an internal landscape of memories and reflections.
Impasto oil paintings, in vibrant colours with rich textures.
The Lightbox, Chobham Road,
Woking, GU21 4AA
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Plate spinning, juggling, poi twirling,
hula hoops, and pogo sticks.
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Create your own clown mask
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What’s On in July
Kids and families
Sat 13 Jul 10am-3pm
The Main Plaza, Heart Shopping
Centre, New Zealand Ave,
Walton-on-Thames KT12 1GH
Circus Skills Workshop
The Heart Shopping Centre’s
latest free Kids’ Club activity
invites children of all ages to
learn to spin plates, walk on
stilts, hula hoop and, of course,
juggle. Children can look the part
as they create their own clown
mask, and get circus themed
glitter tattoos. Goody bags will
also be given out for everybody
who signs up to be a member
of the Kids’ Club on the day.
Music & Theatre
Tue 9 – Sun 14 Jul
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
Richmond TW9 3AB
Kew the music
London’s hottest picnic concerts
return this month. Any one would
be a real treat for all generations
with performances from Beverley
Knight, Billy Ocean, Jess Glynne,
Jools Holland, Craig David,
Garbage with Sleeper and Du
Blonde and (no we’re not Rick
rolling you) Rick Astley.
Sat 27 Jul
Apps Court, Apps Court
Farm, Hurst Road, Waltonon-Thames
Icons Festival 2019
A unique river-side festival which
is all about the line-up. This one
is the ultimate chance to rock
out with all your old favourite
tunes as it brings together all the
best of classic tribute acts in one
stellar line-up. Your host for the
evening is the one and only, Tony
Blackburn, who will introduce
you to acts including Killer
Queen, Limehouse Lizzy, Absolute
Bowie, Illegal Eagles, Live/Wire
and Ben as Michael Jackson.
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Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10
& Sun 11 Aug
Painshill, Portsmouth Rd,
Cobham KT11 1JE
The Cat’s Grin Theatre
Company brings entertaining
and enlightening productions of
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
(Saturday 3 and 10 August)
and The Wind in the Willows
(Sunday 4 and 11 August) to
the beautiful award-winning
landscape gardens of Painshill.
Entry: Adults £12.50, children £10
Fri 16 – Sun 18 Aug
The Rural Life Centre,
The Reeds Road, Tilford,
Farnham GU10 2DL
A polite stress-free weekend in
the country, with over 30 hours
of the finest music, camping,
posh loos, friendly staff and
plenty to occupy the kids with
music, drama and creative arts
workshops, and train rides.
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Win A two-night stay, with breakfast,
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Molly Dishwasher, along with
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Wells, it’s an hour from London on the
train and 45 minutes from the coast.
Founded in October 2010 by two
sisters, Issie and Mops, who wanted to
create “camping with a little luxury”, each
shepherds hut sleeps up to two adults and
two children, nestled in their own meadow
with uninterrupted views. There is a double
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autumn and the chill of the winter, there
is a wood-burner to keep you warm and
cosy while playing traditional board games
or watching the native birds and wildlife.
Both huts come with their own fullyfitted
kitchen and bathroom located some
80 yards from their respective hut. Children
can explore the magical woodland, make
their own camps and spot the wildlife. They
can come and feed the animals, collect the
eggs and meet legendary Plum the dog!
A choice of cooked or continental
breakfast is included and will be delivered
to your hut. You can also order a barbecue
box provided by the award-winning
family butchers, Fullers, ready for you to
cook on your fire-pit beside the hut.
Whether you are a couple, a family of
four or a large party that would like to
celebrate a special family occasion or simply
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Find out more at mollydishwasher.com
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into the hut and an
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Congratulations to Josephine Frances Hickman who wins our May competition for a seven night boating holiday with Le Boat
Jane explains the breeding cycle
of the Coopers Farm herd
If anyone ever asks us when we calve, I confidently
say we have a spring calving herd, which means
our 25 cows should all deliver their calves between
February and April. Three months is generally deemed
an acceptable period of time to be getting up every
night to check for new arrivals and for dealing with
all the management tasks that calving involves.
Truth is, however, we had two cows calve in June this
year and two of the old girls have still to deliver their
bundles of joy. Old being the key to this conundrum.
The natural life span of a cow is about 15 to 20 years,
although these are not all reproductive years and typically
a British beef cow will be kept in the herd for about 10
to 12 years. Typically, she will ‘see’ the bull for the first
time in the summer when she is two (I just love this coy
cow parlance) and nine months later will produce her first
spring calf. She then gets three months off before going
back to the bull for the whole process to start again.
All being well, this cycle of events should
produce a calf a year, every year. After 10, her
teeth may get a bit wobbly (or fall out) which
means her cudding (chewing) is less efficient
and she will find it harder to maximise the
goodness in the dry winter forage, usually
hay, so she won’t be in good condition to
see that bull again the following spring.
And of course, just like humans, her fertility
will also decline as she gets on in years.
If one had a crystal ball it would be easy
to decide when the middle-aged girls should come to the
end of their mothering careers and not be put back with
British beef cow
will be kept in
the herd for
about 10 to
the bull to spend a lazy summer of bovine canoodling. Ever
the optimist, all too often I give them the benefit of the
doubt, one more turn round the block I hear myself say and
then I’m surprised when things don’t go exactly to plan.
And we can’t blame it on the bull. Rather
like the cows he is at his best when he is
young and keen and Captain, our new three
year old bull, is just that. He will spend the
summer months vigilantly patrolling the
field passing from cow to cow just checking
whether any of them might be coming into
season and in need of his amorous advances. A
young chap will happily attend to two or three
cows in a day. For the more mature gentleman
it is an altogether more relaxed affair.
For starters there won’t be any patrolling, he will simply
wait for the cows to alert him to oestrus. When a cow
is coming into season, known as bulling, she will jump
on the back of the other cows until she ovulates, when
for a few hours she will stand still for the other cows to
jump on her. Seeing all this bouncing around the older
bull will obviously want a slice of the action but one at
a time is generally the order of the day and so some may
get missed and that calving pattern gets stretchy again!
So I’ve been very firm with myself this year and have
brought lots of new young heifers into the herd who – bing
– will (should) all conceive first time around, and next year
I shall be done and dusted with the calving business in the
tightest of tight patterns. By May I’ll be filing my nails and
wondering what to do with myself. Well that’s the plan.
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