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The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

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Contents<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

18<br />

78<br />


Maggie Alderson finds homes<br />

with bountiful facilities<br />

87<br />

94<br />


The latest perfumes to love<br />

from Josephine Fairley<br />

110<br />

54<br />


Considering downsizing? Here’s<br />

what you need to think about...<br />

23<br />

30<br />

51<br />

54<br />

75<br />

78<br />


A collection of the best<br />

events coming up soon<br />


The St. Leonards Bath House<br />

transformed with neon, a bowling<br />

alley and industrial style<br />


Pieces to help imitate the<br />

Bath House’s look<br />


A tour of Squerryes, a magnificent<br />

17th Century estate<br />


Our guide to adding some<br />

Squerryes style to your home<br />


Kate Watts styles summer accessories<br />

91<br />

92<br />

94<br />

97<br />

105<br />


Wild Nutrition’s Henrietta<br />

Norton shares summer health<br />

and beauty tips<br />


FuN WITH OR<br />


Sarah Maxwell’s tips to make<br />

exercise fun and manageable<br />


Mouthwatering<br />

sourdough recipes<br />


Jo Arnell tells us why she<br />

thinks bees are the bee’s knees!<br />


IN POTS<br />

Tips for potted plants<br />

from Sue Whigham<br />

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115<br />

119<br />

120<br />


Hilary Wilce explores what<br />

would happen if lengthy summer<br />

holidays ceased to exist<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

All the best events this <strong>July</strong><br />


Win a two-night stay, with breakfast,<br />

at Molly Dishwasher in Sussex<br />


Jane Howard explains the breeding<br />

cycle of the Coopers Farm herd<br />

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Live your best retirement<br />

life in our village<br />

Many retirees miss a trick when they don’t move<br />

into an apartment. There is less maintenance, less<br />

cleaning and a great opportunity to de-clutter.<br />

Elmbridge Village, an independent retirement<br />

village, located in Cranleigh, is the perfect<br />

example of somewhere you can do this<br />

successfully.<br />

Moving into the right-sized property presents<br />

the perfect opportunity to de-clutter and create<br />

a relaxing space. And of course, having all your<br />

living space on one floor makes getting around<br />

much easier for you and your visitors.<br />

You may think with an apartment you can’t have<br />

visitors – but think again. Should you choose to<br />

live in Elmbridge Village, then they can easily be<br />

accommodated! This age-exclusive retirement<br />

village offers guest suites, so your visitors can<br />

fully enjoy Elmbridge Village as much as you.<br />

There is so much to offer residents too, you gain<br />

so much more than the property itself.<br />

The village includes Elmbridge Manor, the centre<br />

of retirement village life with a fantastic main<br />

hall for concerts and major events, restaurant,<br />

bar and lounge, library, onsite visiting GPs<br />

surgery and much more.<br />

With fewer rooms to furnish, maintain and fill<br />

– suddenly you’ll find yourself in a manageable,<br />

comfortable living space and you’ll free up<br />

equity too.<br />

When you incur lower bills and have less space<br />

to worry about, you’re in a great position to use<br />

your money to do the things you love and enjoy.<br />

But it’s not just about financial benefits, it’s<br />

safety too. Elmbridge Village residents often<br />

report that they feel safer being closer to likeminded<br />

people and the additional security this<br />

provides.<br />

The community culture also means that retirees<br />

are able to lock up and leave for trips away too.<br />

Residents can be off on their travels knowing<br />

that their property will be looked after by friends<br />

and other villagers.<br />

The latest development at the village is the<br />

stunning Arun House, placed opposite the<br />

croquet lawn, comprising of 20 one and twobedroom<br />

retirement apartments. It includes top<br />

floor penthouses and offers a luxury lifestyle in<br />

this friendly and inclusive community.<br />

Arun House resident, David Thomas, said:<br />

“I really liked the idea of a new purpose-built<br />

place where I could overcome my worries.<br />

It’s great to be in a place where there is a<br />

community that goes on around you. I’ve met<br />

some very nice people and the staff<br />

are very helpful.”<br />

Elmbridge Village has a<br />

selection of new and pre-owned<br />

apartments and bungalows to<br />

buy, rent, or part-own**.<br />

Call 01483 676100 or visit<br />

www.elmbridgevillage.co.uk<br />

for more information.<br />

Retirement village living<br />

means so much more than<br />

simply moving to a new<br />

home. It opens up the<br />

potential to truly maximise the years<br />

ahead – and live life to the full! Find<br />

out more about private retirement living<br />

concept with our FREE A to Z guide.<br />

Call us on 01372 383950 or visit<br />

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to request your free copy.<br />



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* Other charges apply and leases are subject to an assignment fee.<br />

** Only applies to selected properties. Please ask for full terms and conditions, other charges do apply.<br />

Part ownership is available only in conjunction with a new build purchase.<br />

Call our selling agent<br />

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01273 504232<br />

A selection of Sussex & <strong>Surrey</strong> Lots available in our upcoming <strong>July</strong> Auction<br />

Hillcroft Court, Chaldon<br />

Road, Caterham<br />

This third floor self-contained<br />

retirement flat is located in<br />

the village of Caterham on<br />

the Hill.<br />

The property is within a<br />

McCarthy & Stone retirement<br />

home which includes onsite<br />

warden and communal<br />

lounge that hosts daily<br />

activities. epc:c<br />

Guide: £100-110,000*<br />

+ fees<br />

New Rd, Ridgewood,<br />

Uckfield<br />

This freehold public house<br />

known as The Brickmakers<br />

Arms comprises ground<br />

floor bar area with games<br />

room, off road parking, beer<br />

garden and three-bedroom<br />

maisonette on the upper two<br />

floors. epc:c<br />

Guide: £250-275,000*<br />

+ fees<br />

Malling Street, Lewes<br />

Situated on the east side of<br />

Malling Street (A26) is this<br />

one bedroom cottage.<br />

The mid terraced cottage is<br />

arranged over two floors and<br />

has a gas heating system via<br />

radiators and contemporary<br />

fixtures and fittings. It is sold<br />

with vacant possession and<br />

is in good decorative order<br />

throughout. epc:d<br />

Guide: £190-210,000*<br />

+ fees<br />

Coppards Corner, Station<br />

Road, Winchelsea<br />

A freehold parcel of land<br />

situated on the outskirts of<br />

the village of Winchelsea<br />

and close to the railway<br />

station. The land is level<br />

and has a frontage to Station<br />

Road. The site extends to<br />

0.18 hectare (0.44 acre)<br />

Guide: £8-10,000* + fees<br />

Wadhurst Road, Frant<br />

Two parcels of adjoining<br />

grazing land to be offered for<br />

sale as a single lot.<br />

There is a long road frontage<br />

to Wadhurst Road (B2099)<br />

with vehicular access and a<br />

central wooded area dividing<br />

the two grazing areas which<br />

have been sub-divided into<br />

paddocks. There are two<br />

field shelters.<br />

Guide: £100-105,000*<br />

+ fees<br />

Bedford Grove,<br />

Eastbourne<br />

An exciting opportunity to<br />

acquire this well presented<br />

end of terrace property<br />

converted to provide five<br />

flats over three floors. The<br />

block comprises three onebedroom<br />

flats and two studio<br />

flats and is currently let at<br />

£30,960 per annum. epc:e<br />

Guide: £375-385,000*<br />

+ fees<br />

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<br />

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<br />

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<br />

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<br />

non-optional fees including VAT, Stamp duty and further inclusions may also be payable within the contract terms. Buyers or their legal representatives<br />

are advised to inspect the Common Auction Conditions and Special Conditions of Sale along all other available legal documentation prior to bidding.<br />

Upcoming Sussex & <strong>Surrey</strong> Auction<br />

The Hilton Brighton Metropole<br />

Wednesday 24th <strong>July</strong> - 11am Join us on:

Computer generated image of<br />

Courtyard Gardens, indicative only<br />

Announcing a new development of 1, 2 and 3<br />

bedroom apartments in the heart of Oxted<br />

Courtyard Gardens provides a calm oasis with private outdoor space and gated parking.<br />

Prices from £327,000*<br />

Find out more about this new development today<br />

Robert Leech, 72 Station Road East, Oxted, RH8 0PG<br />

01883 708778 | courtyardgardensoxted.com<br />

*Price correct at time of going to print




Photography of Sweeters Field<br />

Stock photography<br />

Image includes upgrades at an additional cost<br />

Join us on 13th & 14th <strong>July</strong> at stunning Sweeters Field for our Open House Event. You will have the chance to view our selection<br />

of homes ready to move into and see how you can get the best of both worlds at this exceptional development.<br />



Prices from £425,000<br />

Showhomes open daily, 10am - 5pm<br />



01483 378 107 | CALA.CO.UK<br />

5 star customer service<br />

CALA<br />

HO ME S<br />

SH27JUN *Plot specific incentive, for reservations on the full asking price taken on 13th & 14th <strong>July</strong> <strong>2019</strong>. Not in conjunction with any other offer. Visit cala.co.uk/terms for full terms and conditions. CALA will obtain 2 independent valuations based<br />

on achieving a sale in a 4-6 week period, part exchange considered subject to CALA’s purchasing criteria, terms and conditions. Up to 100% part exchange and other incentives available on selected plots, subject to terms and conditions and not<br />

in conjunction with each other or any other offer. Visit cala.co.uk/terms for full terms and conditions and purchasing criteria. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT<br />

SECURED ON IT. CALA Management Ltd. Registered office: Adam House, 5 Mid New Cultins, Edinburgh EH11 4DU. Security over your home is required. Help to Buy cannot be used in conjunction with part exchange. Availability of other incentives/<br />

offers subject to lender’s criteria and CALA’s discretion. Your mortgage lender’s deposit requirements may vary, but you should usually expect to contribute a deposit of at least 5% of the purchase price. Available on selected properties, and subject<br />


DOUBT SEEK INDEPENDENT ADVICE. 5.2% APR typical. Internal image shown is taken from Sweeters Field showhome and features fittings, décor, flooring and soft furnishings which are not included as standard in a CALA home. Images are used<br />

to suggest possible finishes which can be achieved in your home at an additional cost. Please ask a Sales Consultant for further details. Photography has been enhanced. Telephone calls within the British Isles will be charged at local rate. Telephone<br />

calls may divert to a mobile service in which case call charges may vary. Calls may be recorded for training purposes. 5 stars awarded for customer’s willingness to ‘Recommend to a Friend’ in findings of the survey, undertaken by the Home Builders<br />

Federation 2017/18. Prices are accurate at the time of going to print.




A select collection of nine 2, 3 and 4 bedroom high specification homes, located just<br />

off Bramley’s charming High Street, within a short stroll of the village shops.<br />

PRICES FROM £449,950<br />



01483 304344<br />

info@pewleys.co.uk<br />

Terms and conditions apply, offer subject to legal completion of property. The computer generated illustrations are for general guidance only.<br />

Price correct at time of going to press. *Help to Buy is available in England on new homes up to £600,000.

Introducing Leighwood Fields,<br />

a stunning new development of 3, 4 and<br />

5 bedroom homes, exquisitely designed and<br />

crafted to the highest quality. Nestled in the<br />

heart of rural <strong>Surrey</strong>, Leighwood Fields is<br />

moments from the centre of Cranleigh and<br />

off ers the quintessential country lifestyle.<br />

3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes from £575,000 *<br />

To book an appointment please call<br />

01483 355 493 or visit leighwoodfields.co.uk<br />

Sales & Marketing Suite, open daily 10am-5pm<br />

Knowle Lane, Cranleigh, <strong>Surrey</strong> GU6 8RF<br />

*Prices and details correct at time of going to press.<br />

Photography depicts streetscene and Showhome and is indicative only.<br />


JUST 1 HOME<br />


SM7 1HP<br />



With just 1 five bedroom home now<br />

remaining, don’t miss out on the chance to<br />

own your beautiful forever family home.<br />

Internal images of The Bramblings.<br />

Price correct at time of print. Travel times and distances approximate only.


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Designed to make life easier for the over 65s,<br />

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House<br />

Month<br />

of the<br />

£7,500,000<br />

Accessorise<br />

Maggie Alderson picks beautiful homes<br />

overflowing with facilities<br />

Fairmile Court<br />

The dream: A proper mansion,<br />

built in 1879, with nine reception<br />

rooms and 14 bedrooms, the house<br />

is currently divided into two fabulous<br />

homes (one slightly smaller with<br />

just five bedrooms), but is for sale as<br />

one. If you fancy converting it back,<br />

it would give you 13,000 sq feet of<br />

prime Cobham house. It has been<br />

brought superbly up to date by the<br />

developers who divided it, without<br />

losing any of the splendid period<br />

grandeur. One of the dining rooms<br />

has magnificent panelling and there is<br />

superb parquet on the ground floor.<br />

Where: Cobham – a village that<br />

often features on ‘best places to<br />

live’ lists and made the news for<br />

having Dom Perignon available<br />

to buy in the post office.<br />

Setting: On a private road, with<br />

upscale new homes built on what<br />

were the original grounds.<br />

Beds: 14 Baths: 9<br />

Special features: An amazing double<br />

staircase in the original entrance hall.<br />

Pleasing details: The row of palm<br />

trees in front of the glazed verandah.<br />

Outside: Lawns and mature trees<br />

within hedged perimeters.<br />

Time to town: Stoke D’Abernon<br />

to Waterloo in 40 minutes.<br />

Agent: Sothebys, Cobham<br />

01932 860 537 sothebys.co.uk<br />

surrey-homes.co.uk<br />


Arbourne<br />

£4,650,000<br />

The dream: Houses built in the 1920s<br />

have flowing plans and generous<br />

dimensions which make them<br />

perfectly suited to modern living,<br />

with a touch of vintage elegance.<br />

This one has a very spacious openplan<br />

kitchen/breakfast/living room<br />

extending into a light-filled orangery.<br />

Where: Fabulous Esher, with<br />

all the benefits of out of town<br />

living, yet quicker into central<br />

London than many tube rides.<br />

Beds: 7 Baths: 8<br />

Special features: A billiard room, a music<br />

room, a gym and a fabulous indoor pool.<br />

Pleasing details: A woodpanelled<br />

dining room.<br />

Outside: 1.4 acres of superbly<br />

landscaped south-facing grounds with<br />

specimen plants, a lovely pond, an<br />

established potager and a tennis court.<br />

Time to town: Just 25 minutes<br />

to Waterloo from Esher<br />

station, 1.5 miles away.<br />

Agent: Knight Frank, Esher<br />

01372 464496 knightfrank.co.uk<br />

Moor House<br />

£3,500,000<br />

The dream: A substantial wedding cake<br />

of a Georgian country house, with the<br />

main reception rooms facing south west,<br />

so it is filled with light. All of the rooms<br />

on the ground floor, apart from the study<br />

and family room, have doors straight to<br />

the garden. The dining room has three.<br />

Where: On the edge of Rushmoor<br />

village, five miles south of Farnham<br />

and 13 south east of Guildford.<br />

Setting: A semi-rural position in the <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

Hills AONB, with National Trust heathland<br />

accessible directly from the house.<br />

Beds: 6 Baths: 6<br />

Special features: The very fine<br />

porticoed and pillared front door.<br />

Pleasing details: The lovely big<br />

entrance hall with a fireplace and double<br />

doors into the drawing room.<br />

Outside: A swimming pool with a pool house,<br />

flood-lit tennis court and badminton court.<br />

Time to town: From Farnham station –<br />

four miles – under an hour to Waterloo.<br />

Agent: Savills, Farnham<br />

01252 729000 savills.com<br />

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Notebook<br />

What to do and see near you this month<br />

Tudor rose<br />

From Monday 1 to Sunday 7 <strong>July</strong>, the<br />

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden<br />

Festival will celebrate summer at its<br />

finest as the picture perfect palace is<br />

filled with colour, garden inspiration<br />

and summery joy. Visitors can<br />

expect a bounty of beautiful blooms,<br />

inspirational garden ideas, expert<br />

talks and workshops, and a shopper’s<br />

paradise of unique trade stands.<br />

On top of the festival’s fresh collection<br />

of genius garden designs, there are loads<br />

of other exciting attractions not to be<br />

missed. Be sure to visit to the Festival of<br />

Roses to explore showstopping displays<br />

of the finest roses you’ve ever seen, get<br />

a pic in Jo Thompson’s stunning rose<br />

garden, take a sweet break in the Roses<br />

Tearoom and see the launch of Sweet<br />

Honey ‘Kormecaso’, 2020’s Rose of the<br />

Year. You can also check out some live<br />

music which will set an upbeat tone with<br />

tunes from Soul Brothers, Brass Funkeys,<br />

The Femmes, Charlotte Campbell and<br />

many more across the Festival stage,<br />

Floating stage, Woodland stage and<br />

Hampton Introducing. Meanwhile the<br />

Edible Eden kitchen garden will be<br />

packed with beautiful and tasty<br />

produce which will be used in<br />

cooking demonstrations and<br />

tastings, and once all that’s<br />

worked up your appetite you<br />

can refuel with a waterside<br />

picnic hamper from Fortnum<br />

& Mason, a sitdown lunch at<br />

Dig In Restaurant or a fivecourse<br />

Wild Garden Banquet<br />

created by Michelin-starred<br />

chef Merlin Labron-Johnson.<br />

rhs.org.uk<br />

Facing Fame<br />

Tuesday 9 <strong>July</strong> sees ‘John<br />

Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame’,<br />

open at Watts Gallery. This is the<br />

first exhibition in over 40 years to<br />

explore the life, art and travels<br />

of the leading British Orientalist<br />

painter, famous for his detailed<br />

depictions of the Mediterranean<br />

and Middle East. The exhibition<br />

highlights his self-portraits and<br />

hidden likenesses, the complex<br />

relationship he had with his own<br />

success, and the ways in which<br />

his travels informed his selfpresentation.<br />

wattsgallery.org.uk<br />

Kew the<br />

music<br />

Don’t miss Kew Gardens’<br />

fantastic picnic concerts which<br />

return from Tuesday 9 to Sunday<br />

14 <strong>July</strong> with performances from<br />

Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean,<br />

Jess Glynne, Jools Holland,<br />

Craig David, Garbage and<br />

Rick Astley. kewthemusic.org<br />


News<br />

Super<br />

suppers<br />

Get a taste for flavoursome modern<br />

Indian cuisine this month as<br />

Shampan’s Supperclub welcomes<br />

Guest Chef Saurav Nath, formerly<br />

at London’s Michelin-starred<br />

Benares and Gymkhana. Visit their<br />

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“The bowling alley used to be in Soho House,” says Laurie. “Sol heard they were getting<br />

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Above: A mezzanine provides an office space and seating<br />

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Above: Laurie sourced the copper bath in the Turkish-bath inspired guest bathroom directly from the makers in Morocco<br />

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Previous pages & left: The drawing room was<br />

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French windows take you out into the formal back<br />

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Rhipsalis<br />

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Cactus)<br />

This is an<br />

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cactus which is a<br />

gorgeous bright<br />

green colour and<br />

has delicate stems<br />

with a cascading shape. The name Rhipsalis<br />

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is an epiphyte and in the wild it grows attached<br />

to the trunks of trees. It is easy to care for as<br />

it requires minimal watering over the autumn<br />

and winter and just a weekly water during<br />

the spring and summer when it is actively<br />

growing. It’s ideal for a kitchen or bathroom<br />

as it will enjoy the humidity, but will be happy<br />

in any room with bright indirect sunlight.<br />

Care tip: allow the topsoil to dry out between<br />

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Add a liquid cactus feed to the water once a<br />

month when the plant is actively growing.<br />

Christine Bartlett, Shop Manager at that little plant shop...<br />

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Stromanthe<br />

Triostar<br />

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name: prayer<br />

plant)<br />

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It is related to the calathea group of plants,<br />

know as prayer plants, which react to the<br />

level of daylight and raise their leaves when<br />

there is less light. This plant is truly beautiful<br />

and really popular as a gift. It prefers a<br />

warm place with lower light and requires<br />

minimal watering in the autumn and winter.<br />

In the spring and summer when the plant<br />

is growing keep it evenly moist and add a<br />

half-strength liquid feed once a month.<br />

Care tip: mist the leaves in the morning to<br />

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kitchen where the natural humidity is higher.<br />

Ficus lyrata<br />

(common<br />

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and bright light making it ideal to stand<br />

near a sunny patio window. In the winter<br />

it rarely needs watering and in the spring<br />

and summer a weekly watering will suffice.<br />

Care tip: if you don’t have a bright<br />

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and the plant will adapt. In the growing<br />

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a month to promote excellent growth.<br />

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We<br />

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Watercress, Roasted Beetroot<br />

and Goats’ Cheese Roulade<br />

by Nicci Gurr from Home Gurr’own<br />

Prep time: 1 hour 30 mins<br />

Cooking time: 32 mins Serves: 6<br />

• 225g fresh watercress<br />

• 4 medium eggs (separated)<br />

• salt and freshly ground pepper<br />

• 250g red beetroot<br />

• 100g crème fraîche<br />

• Olive oil for roasting<br />

• 100g crème fraîche<br />

• 200g soft rindless goats’ cheese<br />

1Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas 5. Grease<br />

and line a 20 x 30cm (8 x 12 inch) Swiss<br />

roll tin with non-stick baking parchment.<br />

2Finely chop the watercress in a<br />

food processor, then tip this into<br />

a large bowl. Beat in the egg yolks<br />

and season with salt and pepper.<br />

3In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites<br />

with a pinch of salt until stiff but not<br />

dry, then fold them into the watercress<br />

mixture using a large metal spoon.<br />

4Pour into the prepared tin and quickly<br />

level the mixture, spreading it out<br />

into the corners. Bake for 10-12 mins<br />

until set and light golden brown.<br />

5Meanwhile, peel the beetroot, roughly<br />

dice and roast with olive oil and salt<br />

and pepper. Cook for about 20 mins<br />

until a knife will go through the beetroot<br />

easily. Cool, grate and set to one side.<br />

6Beat the crème fraîche into the goats’<br />

cheese and spread evenly over the cooled<br />

roulade, then spread the cooled beetroot mix.<br />

7Roll up from the long side, using the<br />

greaseproof paper, then carefully wrap<br />

in clingfilm and refrigerate overnight.<br />

8Serve, slice into rounds and pushed on<br />

to a cocktail stick. homegurrown.co.uk<br />

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Minted Pea and Feta<br />

Cheese Tartlets<br />

by Jo Arnell<br />

Prep time: 15 mins<br />

Cooking time: 25 mins<br />

Makes: 24 tiny tartlets<br />

• 75g fresh or frozen peas<br />

• 1 small handful of<br />

finely chopped mint<br />

• 1 chopped onion<br />

• 1 whole egg<br />

• 1 egg yolk<br />

• 3 tbsp double cream<br />

• salt and freshly<br />

ground pepper<br />

• 1 pack of ready-rolled<br />

shortcrust pastry<br />

• 200g feta cheese, cut<br />

into cubes<br />

Preheat the oven to 180°C,<br />

1 gas 4. Toss the peas and<br />

mint together in a small<br />

bowl and leave to one side.<br />

Gently fry the onions and<br />

2 then leave to cool slightly.<br />

Beat the eggs and cream<br />

together. Season if you wish<br />

at this point, but remember<br />

feta is a salty cheese.<br />

Cut out small squares of<br />

3 pastry and place into a<br />

greased muffin tin. Place 1<br />

tsp of onion into the bottom<br />

of each tart, add another<br />

tsp of egg mixture, then top<br />

with minted peas and finally<br />

some cubes of feta (I used 5<br />

or 6 tiny cubes per tartlet).<br />

Bake in the oven for 25<br />

4 mins, or until golden.<br />

Serve warm or cold.<br />

10<br />

Mini Margarita Cheesecakes<br />

by Jo Arnell<br />

Prep time: 15 mins<br />

Cooking time: 30 mins Serves: 12<br />

• 100g digestive biscuits<br />

• 50g melted butter<br />

• 300g cream cheese<br />

• 1 egg<br />

• ½ tsp vanilla extract<br />

• 120g caster sugar<br />

• 100ml soured cream<br />

• 100g strawberries<br />

• 50ml tequila (2 shots)<br />

• 2 tsp lime juice<br />

• 1 tbsp granulated sugar<br />

•<br />

1Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas 4. Prepare<br />

biscuit base by crushing biscuits (in a<br />

food processor, or use a pestle and mortar).<br />

Combine with the melted butter and then<br />

press 1 heaped tsp of the biscuit mix into<br />

each section of the mini cheesecake pan/<br />

muffin tin and set to one side (or refrigerate).<br />

Beat cream cheese, egg, ¼ tsp vanilla<br />

2 essence and 100g of the sugar together<br />

until smooth. Add 2-3 tsps to the top of each<br />

biscuit base and bake in the oven for 20 mins.<br />

3Mix soured cream with remaining 20g<br />

sugar and ¼ tsp of vanilla essence.<br />

Remove cheesecakes from the oven and<br />

4 add 1 tsp of the soured cream mixture to<br />

the top of each one. Turn the oven down to<br />

160°C, gas 3 and return cheesecakes to the<br />

oven for 10 mins. Cool and refrigerate.<br />

Chop strawberries and combine with<br />

5 other topping ingredients, mashing<br />

some slightly to release the juice.<br />

Remove cheesecakes from tin and carefully<br />

spoon a little topping onto each one.<br />

6<br />

For a non-alcoholic version, add 30ml water and<br />

20ml lemon juice instead of tequila and lime.

On the rocks<br />

Lottie Muir, the creator of the Midnight Apothecary pop-up<br />

cocktail bar, set on a roof garden in London, shares her recipe<br />

for a sweetly satisfying seasonal cocktail<br />

Wild Strawberry and Rose Daiquri<br />

Strawberries and roses are from the same family (Rosaceae) that gives us so<br />

much pleasure, from apples and pears to these two beauties. Wild strawberries<br />

(Fragraria vesca or F. virginiana) are those tiny, jewel-like treasures that you<br />

sometimes find in woodland clearings and meadows, on forest edges and along<br />

trails, and even in some quiet urban areas. Here they are combined with white<br />

rum and Rose Petal Syrup to conjure up summer meadows on a hot day.<br />

• 1½ oz (45ml) white rum<br />

• ¾ oz (20ml) Rose Petal Syrup<br />

(see right)<br />

• 2 tsp (10ml) freshly squeezed<br />

lime juice<br />

• 10 wild strawberries or 3<br />

large strawberries,<br />

hulled and halved<br />

• ⅔ cup (100g) crushed ice<br />

• 3 wild strawberries, toothpick or<br />

cocktail stick, to garnish<br />

1Combine all the ingredients in a<br />

blender and pulse/blend at a high<br />

speed for 30 secs or until smooth.<br />

2Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish<br />

with 3 wild strawberries threaded<br />

on a toothpick or cocktail stick.<br />

WT Supplement<br />

Rose Petal Syrup<br />

(Makes approx. 1½ pints (750ml)<br />

This recipe involves massage, roses, and<br />

perfume… don’t blame me if things get<br />

out of hand! use the most perfumed<br />

roses you can find and make sure they<br />

are unsprayed.<br />

It also helps if their petals are quite<br />

thin. Two good choices that grow wild<br />

and adorn many a private and public<br />

space are Rosa rugosa and the wild dog<br />

rose, R. canina.<br />

Whenever I use wild dog rose, which<br />

has very delicate pink petals, I add a few<br />

petals of a red rose to give a really<br />

rich-coloured syrup.<br />

• 6 handfuls of pink and/or red rose<br />

petals<br />

• 6 cups (1.2 kg) superfine caster sugar<br />

• 3 cups (750ml) water<br />

• Zest of ½ unwaxed, organic orange<br />

• 1 tbsp lemon juice<br />

• Pinch of salt<br />

• Sealable presentation bottle(s),<br />

sterilized<br />

1Snip off the bitter white tip at the base<br />

of each petal – it’s a little awkward<br />

to do, but worth it. Alternatively, when<br />

picking the petals from the rosebush, pull<br />

the petals in a clump with one hand and<br />

snip the base off in one go with the other.<br />

2Loosely pack the petals in a non-reactive<br />

bowl and add about 2 cups (400g) of<br />

the sugar. Gently massage the sugar into<br />

the petals to bruise them and start the<br />

maceration. Cover with a clean tea-towel<br />

and leave overnight or for up to 12 hours.<br />

3You should return to a gooey mess,<br />

where the petals have shrunk and the<br />

sugar has extracted some colour and flavour<br />

out of them. Tip this sugar and petal mix<br />

into a non-reactive pan, add the remaining<br />

sugar, the water, orange zest, lemon juice,<br />

and a pinch of salt, and gently bring to<br />

a boil. You will notice that the colour<br />

transfers from the petals into the liquid.<br />

Leave to simmer for 5 mins or until you<br />

have a thick, unctuous syrup.<br />

4Let the syrup cool. Strain it into a wide<br />

mouthed pitcher, then funnel into the<br />

sterilized presentation bottle(s) and seal.<br />

You can store the syrup in the refrigerator<br />

for well over a month.<br />

Floral Cocktails by Lottie<br />

Muir, published by Ryland<br />

Peters & Small (£7.99)<br />

Photography by Kim<br />

Lightbody © Ryland<br />

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certainly a philosophy I embrace.<br />

For me, there are fragrances that come<br />

out when I put my opaque tights away<br />

and vice versa. Scent is very much part of<br />

my wardrobe – and a glance at my dressing<br />

table will tell you: that wardrobe’s expanding.<br />

It will certainly be somewhat more crowded<br />

after summer <strong>2019</strong>, meanwhile – because there are just<br />

so many beautiful scents being launched around now.<br />

Before I share the fragrances I’d long to add to my summer<br />

fragrance line-up, though, a few caveats. It’s wise never to<br />

spray directly onto skin, when you’re going to be spending<br />

any time at all outside, because of possible interactions<br />

between scent ingredients (particular citrus notes) and UV<br />

light. There’s a risk of irritation, but also more longer-term<br />

of pigmentation problems. Instead, I like to mist my hair (a<br />

great carrier of perfume), and also my clothes. Just do the<br />

Kleenex test, first: spritz a tissue, and once you’ve established<br />

that the liquid dries completely clear, it’s safe to spray on<br />

fabric. My clothes have an incredible mélange of fragrances<br />

sprayed onto them – and somehow, because I like all the scents<br />

I do that with, it creates something even more wonderful.<br />

And now, my summer perfume lust-haves…<br />

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera (£99 for 125ml eau<br />

de toilette). Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge is creating an<br />

olfactory map of Gabrielle Chanel’s life through his Les Eaux<br />

de Chanel collection. After Paris-Biarritz, Paris-Deauville and<br />

Paris-Venice, he now plants a flag in the sands of the Côte<br />

d’Azur, evoking the sun-drenched paradise Chanel helped<br />

to popularise via a bouquet of sheer summer petals, woven<br />

together with fresh citrus notes, jasmine and neroli and<br />

warmed by resinous benzoin and sandalwood. Wear it with…<br />

jaunty palazzo pants and a striped Breton shirt, à la Coco.<br />

Burberry Her Blossom (from £44 for 30ml eau de toilette).<br />

Longstanding Burberry perfumer Francis Kurkdjian explains<br />

that this fresh, airy interpretation of Burberry Her was<br />

‘inspired by London’s parks in spring.’ (It’s equally gorgeous<br />

for high summer, though, with the combination of plum<br />

blossoms, citrus notes and delicate peony petals creating an<br />

unexpected floral breeze, and the addition before creamy<br />

sandalwood and hints of musk emerge. The so-prettyin-pink<br />

flacon is inspired by an archival Burberry design,<br />

meanwhile – definitely my kind of hip flask. Wear with…<br />

the prettiest, floatiest of summer dresses. Ideally chiffon.<br />

Floris Neroli Voyage (£120 for 100ml eau de parfum).<br />

Inspired by an expedition Floris Perfumery Director Edward<br />

Bodenham took to retrace the footsteps of his ancestor,<br />

Robert Floris, this transports us from Antibes across the<br />

Ligurian Sea to the aromatic isle of Corsica and onwards<br />

to the Italian coastal town of Positano, our sails filled by a<br />

breeze fragrant with neroli, lemon, marine notes, jasmine,<br />

ginger and fennel seed. It weighs anchor via musk, amber<br />

and oak wood, indigenous to Corsica’s famous maquis.<br />

Wear with... white linen as crisp as the scent itself.<br />

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Cherrysia (£59 for 75ml eau<br />

de toilette). I’m often wary of cherries, in a fragrance. (They<br />

can be a bit ‘juicy fruits’ synthetic-smelling.) But rather<br />

than the fruit itself, this showcases cherry blossom, that<br />

most ephemeral of blooms, famous for lighting up Japan<br />

in spring. The liquid refreshment begins with a dash of<br />

bergamot, overtaken by diaphanous notes of nashi par and<br />

watermelon, with a too-too-pretty, powdery, softly woody<br />

end-game. Wear with… pretty-as-a-picture pastels.<br />

L’Occitane Herbae Par L’Occitane (£59 for 50ml eau de parfum).<br />

Now that we’ve (finally) shrugged off layers to head outdoors,<br />

here’s the perfect fresh air spritz: a green floral creation from<br />

Shyamala Maisondieu and Nadège Le Garlantezec focused<br />

around wild grasses, all tangled up in bramble, nettle and wild<br />

roses. Bergamot and pink pepper open, and as the sun warms<br />

Herbae on your skin, you’ll begin to make out a honeyed<br />

sweetness, touches of musk and woody, spicy Cashmeran.

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The striking<br />

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border as on a terrace<br />

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(Put a visit to their Covent Garden<br />

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bubbliness abounds here in in a sunfilled<br />

creation from rising star perfumer<br />

Jérome Epinette (who has created all<br />

Floral Street’s collection), with sparkling<br />

rhubarb popping the cork on a frothy<br />

gush of gardenia, exotic frangipani and<br />

radiant jasmine Sambac. Wear with…<br />

a sleeveless summer party frock. It’ll<br />

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and dance barefoot on the lawn.<br />

Floral<br />

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right now…? That’s precisely what<br />

Coach Floral Blush sets out to deliver,<br />

in a spirit-lifting blend powered by<br />

goji berries. What do they smell like,<br />

in a scent? Juicily tart, sitting alongside<br />

grapefruit, mellowing to an armful<br />

of tea roses in the heart, before a<br />

white woods finale. A playful floral<br />

that celebrates ‘the carefree energy of<br />

summer.’ Wear with… that vintage crêpe<br />

de chine tea dress you most treasure.<br />

BYREDO Sundazed (£110 for 50ml<br />

eau de parfum). This is probably my<br />

favourite yet from cult perfumers<br />

BYREDO. Paying tribute to the era<br />

of free love, Sundazed comes wrapped<br />

in all things sunshine; bright, dazzling<br />

mandarin and Californian lemon. Neroli<br />

shimmers like the twinkle of light on<br />

water while Arabian jasmine cloaks your<br />

skin with its soft, yet opulent, touch.<br />

A dry-down of cotton candy and skin<br />

musks evokes distant memories of<br />

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Definitely a scent in which to bask<br />

in a state of summer-induced bliss.<br />

Wear with… a sarong, beside a pool or<br />

lounging around on the back terrace.<br />

Perfumer H Petit Grain (£220 for 100ml<br />

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of the price spectrum from Floral Street<br />

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Lyn Harris, best known as founder<br />

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Harris, who has a new scent boutique<br />

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she releases seasonal collections. I’ve been<br />

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of these stunning scents, and for spring/<br />

summer <strong>2019</strong> have my eye (or maybe<br />

nose?) on this gust of citrusy greenness,<br />

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Florida orange, and Paraguayan<br />

petitgrain. Aromatic herbs, woods and<br />

musks endow this with a much longer<br />

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But whatever you spend – and<br />

whether you’re matching your<br />

fragrance to a tennis frock, a<br />

Glyndebourne gown, a linen kaftan<br />

or a snuggly pashmina – may you<br />

enjoy a beautifully fragrant summer.<br />

See perfumesociety.org for more of<br />

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The <strong>Summer</strong> Solstice on 21st June<br />

this year marked the transition<br />

into a new season and the start<br />

of summer. It is on this day that the sun<br />

rose and set at its most northern point,<br />

leading to longer hours of daylight and<br />

therefore the longest day of the year.<br />

The word solstice is derived from the<br />

Latin “sol” (sun) and “sistere” (to stand still)<br />

and for me this says so much; this is the<br />

time to stop, pause and reconnect with the<br />

beauty of nature and the powerful effect that<br />

the sun and its light has on all living things.<br />

This time is celebrated by the druids<br />

as a festival to give thanks to nature<br />

and the changing faces of the seasons.<br />

These seasonal rituals underpinning<br />

practices such as druidism traditionally<br />

evolved around farming practices. Now,<br />

however, as our food production and<br />

farming practices have changed to align<br />

more with global demand than with<br />

nature, this connection is less apparent.<br />

Yet working intimately with the<br />

change of seasons is a very simple and<br />

powerful tool that can bring with it a<br />

great opportunity to improve our physical<br />

and emotional wellbeing. Indeed, the<br />

inseparable relationship between the natural<br />

environment around us, wherever we are<br />

in the world, and our own wellbeing of<br />

body, mind and spirit is a core belief in my<br />

work at the Wild Clinic in Lewes and the<br />

product formulations at Wild Nutrition.<br />

The months leading to this seasonal<br />

turning point allow us to celebrate by<br />

feasting on nutrient-rich seasonal delights,<br />

such as artichokes, asparagus, Jersey<br />

potatoes, watercress or strawberries.<br />

The longer, lighter evenings allow us to<br />

relax with friends over a light evening<br />

supper or wild swimming with your<br />

family. Whichever ritual you choose<br />

to celebrate nature’s gift of summer,<br />

do so with abandon and gratitude.<br />

Upping my water intake<br />

During the winter or colder, damper<br />

seasons, my water intake can be lower,<br />

coming primarily through broths,<br />

vegetables and fresh teas. In the summer<br />

however, I have a natural pull to drink<br />

more room temperature water, and water<br />

rich fruits, such as watermelon. Adding<br />

a morning green juice is a great way<br />

to start the day feeling hydrated and<br />

energised. A vegetable juice will provide<br />

condensed nourishment from vitamins,<br />

minerals and phytonutrients, but also<br />

the natural water content they provide.<br />

Try to make your juice with fresh<br />

ingredients, such as cucumber, celery,<br />

courgette, lettuce, fennel, lemon, lime<br />

and mint, and drink within 15 minutes.<br />

Eating summertime foods<br />

The summertime produces some of<br />

the most wonderful foods, such as<br />

strawberries, that are particularly rich<br />

in vitamin C, raspberries, apples,<br />

runner beans, fennel, cucumber,<br />

melon, rhubarb and rocket.<br />

Eating in season also ensures<br />

you are getting the best<br />

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from your food and<br />

can also support the<br />

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Wild at Heart<br />

Henrietta Norton from Wild Nutrition explains how<br />

she’ll be harnessing summer goodness to keep her<br />

body and mind healthy throughout <strong>July</strong><br />

Here are just some of the changes I will<br />

be making in this Season of Abundance<br />

Exercising outside<br />

What better way to enhance the benefits<br />

of exercising than with an outdoor<br />

routine in summer. Immersing ourselves<br />

in nature supports our mental health<br />

and physical wellbeing and is immensely<br />

stress relieving. We don’t need a scientific<br />

study to know that a walk through the<br />

woods or cycling through the park is<br />

uplifting and healing for the soul.<br />

Adjusting my skincare<br />

You can extend your summer changes<br />

to your skincare routine, make-up and<br />

sunscreen, too. There are some wonderful<br />

naturally-derived, ethical products<br />

available (my <strong>supplement</strong> regime shifts<br />

during this season too) to help protect<br />

your skin from oxidative damage and<br />

contribute to collagen production.<br />


This smoothie will give you a nourishing kickstart<br />

to the day, providing fats and protein to keep<br />

hunger at bay and deliver a wonderfully creamy<br />

texture. The seasonal berries offer a generous boost<br />

of phytonutrients, such as anthocyanidins.<br />

Serves 2<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 dssp almond butter<br />

(or a nut or seed butter of your preference)<br />

½ an avocado<br />

1 tsp coconut butter/oil<br />

2 tbsp raspberries<br />

(or blueberries/blackberries – fresh or frozen)<br />

1 dssp Manuka honey<br />

Fresh ground cinnamon or vanilla powder to taste<br />

Almond milk to cover<br />

Instructions<br />

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend!

Health & Wellbeing<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> fitness fun<br />

with or without kids!<br />

Sarah Maxwell breaks down the sometimes daunting<br />

prospect of exercise into easily manageable activities<br />

that can be slotted into a busy lifestyle<br />

Whether you have children or<br />

not, summer is the time when<br />

your regular exercise class can<br />

go out of the window, or even stop for the<br />

summer altogether! Holidays, days out<br />

and family time give us endless excuses for<br />

‘getting back on it tomorrow’. However,<br />

summer can be a great time to shake up<br />

your fitness routine or get started on a<br />

new one – with or without the kids! Nicer<br />

weather (hopefully) and longer evenings all<br />

give perfect opportunities to get out there<br />

and get moving, so this summer I have been<br />

trying out something a little different to get<br />

all ages moving. Here are my favourites…<br />

Playground memories<br />

I recently went to a ‘Rabble’ class in<br />

Tunbridge Wells (at the cricket ground) and<br />

it took me straight back to my schooldays,<br />

running around playing British Bulldog,<br />

Dodgeball and throwing frisbees! I had<br />

such a great time at the class and can’t wait<br />

to go back. An hour passes in the blink<br />

of an eye and you get a great workout<br />

without even realising it – maybe next<br />

time I won’t fall over trying to “Dodge<br />

that ball”! The beauty of it is that all ages<br />

are welcome so you can go along with the<br />

kids or on your own. joinrabble.com<br />

Bouncing into fitness and fun<br />

If you do have children to entertain over<br />

the holidays, open jump sessions are<br />

perfect. Many of my clients with children/<br />

grandchildren find that the summer holidays<br />

can be rather stressful and often tell me<br />

they feel guilty when they use ‘family time’<br />

to do their fitness programmes. It needn’t<br />

be that way. Open jump sessions are for<br />

all ages and are a brilliant way to burn off<br />

those calories and have some fun with the<br />

kids at the same time. I went to urban<br />

Jump in Heathfield, East Sussex, to try it<br />

out and can definitely recommend it.<br />

Entertaining teenagers can be tricky but<br />

urban Jump’s urban Fit is something a<br />

little different for those aged over 16 – a<br />

45-minute class involving 30 minutes of<br />

trampoline fun followed by 15 minutes in<br />

the urban rainforest assault course. Swinging<br />

and climbing at your own pace makes for<br />

a fun and effective workout and will work<br />

multiple muscle groups. urbanjump.co.uk<br />

Love being in water? Prefer<br />

looking at water?<br />

With Bewl Water on our doorstep there<br />

is definitely something for everyone here:<br />

cycling, walking, watersports AND the<br />

new Aqua park! There is 1500 metres<br />

of inflatable fun for individuals, groups,<br />

families, adults and children. I know<br />

where I’m heading this summer!<br />

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These are just a few of the things I have<br />

tried, but there are lots of activities and<br />

courses over the summer that will take<br />

you outside and get you moving – with or<br />

without the kids! Try searching the local<br />

area online or checking our your local<br />

Facebook groups to see what’s on offer<br />

Now for something that can be done<br />

without leaving the comfort of your own<br />

home, this month’s exercise of the month!<br />

With my hectic lifestyle I have to fit in<br />

exercise as and when I can. Contrary to<br />

popular belief, many of us in the health and<br />

fitness industry stand around a lot telling<br />

other people what to do without actually<br />

doing the whole classes we are teaching!<br />

This simple exercise (see right) can be<br />

done anywhere – I often do it while I’m<br />

brushing my teeth! A triple achievement<br />

– clean teeth, improved balance and<br />

stronger core in just two minutes!<br />

Now that really is multi-tasking!<br />

Sarah Maxwell is a<br />

multiple award-winning<br />

Fitness and Lifestyle<br />

coach and mum of two<br />

who juggles a lot of<br />

balls. Find out more<br />

about Sarah and her<br />

work at sarahmaxwell.<br />

com Sarah shares her<br />

Fitness and Lifestyle<br />

tips on Instagram<br />

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Exercise of<br />

the month:<br />

Core strength<br />

and balance<br />

It’s well known<br />

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single leg balance or<br />

simply standing on<br />

one leg can help you<br />

with foot and knee<br />

stability, but did<br />

you know that this<br />

simple exercise engages<br />

your core muscles too?<br />

Stand straight (maintain<br />

a good posture) raise<br />

one leg off the floor and<br />

balance with the other.<br />

Aim to maintain this<br />

position for a minimum<br />

of 20 seconds. If you<br />

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than 60 seconds, try it<br />

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Baked to<br />

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Recipes: Ilgin Beaton from Just Sourdough by Ilgin<br />

Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Styling: Lucy Fleming<br />

Tangy, flavourful and satisfyingly chewy, sourdough’s<br />

addictive appeal as an easier-to-digest alternative to regular<br />

bread means that it has amassed quite the fanbase. Here,<br />

Sevenoaks-based sourdough expert Ilgin Beaton – who, as<br />

her company name Just Sourdough by Ilgin suggests, solely<br />

focuses on crafting unadulterated sourdough loaves – shares<br />

three recipes for you to try at home<br />

You’ll need:<br />

Sourdough Starter<br />

There are a wide range of sourdough starter recipes<br />

online if you wish to make your own from scratch. This<br />

usually takes around 10-12 days. On Ilgin’s website,<br />

justsourdough.com you can buy ready-made Organic<br />

White Sourdough Starter and Organic Wholemeal Rye<br />

Starter. Alternatively, book onto one of Just Sourdough<br />

by Ilgin’s ‘Introduction to Sourdough Baking’ workshops<br />

and you’ll go home with a jar of Ilgin’s own starter to<br />

jumpstart the process and get baking straight away.

Recipe One<br />

Makes 1 loaf Prep time: Up to 24 hours<br />

Cooking time: Around 50 mins<br />

You will need: A Dutch Oven or<br />

baking stone, a bread scoring knife/<br />

blade, a round banneton or colander<br />

• 100g active starter (you can<br />

make your own or buy online<br />

at justsourdough.com)<br />

• 330-350g water (filtered or<br />

mineral water), lukewarm<br />

• 400g organic unbleached<br />

strong white flour<br />

• 100g of stoneground organic<br />

wholemeal flour (or 50g<br />

wholemeal, 50g spelt)<br />

• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved in 9g water<br />

• rice flour, for dusting the banneton<br />

1In a large bowl mix the<br />

starter and water and stir<br />

until the starter is dissolved.<br />

2Add all the flour and mix until the<br />

ingredients come together into a<br />

large ball. (At this stage we are only<br />

mixing the water, starter and flour.)<br />

3Cover and let the dough rest<br />

on the side in the kitchen for<br />

between 30 mins and 2 hours ‒ this<br />

is what bakers call ‘autolyse’.<br />

4Add the dissolved salt mixture to the<br />

dough. Make sure the salt is distributed<br />

evenly throughout the dough using a ‘Slap<br />

& Fold’ technique (you repeatedly slap<br />

the dough down onto the work surface<br />

and fold it over on itself). This traps<br />

some air whilst developing the gluten.<br />

Continue for around 6-8 minutes, then<br />

set aside in a bowl for 10-15 mins.<br />

5The next stage is to ‘Stretch &<br />

Fold’. Lift and fold your dough in<br />

half over on itself, do a quarter turn<br />

of your dough and repeat three more<br />

times. Place back in the bowl ‘seam’<br />

side down. Repeat this process three<br />

times at 30-60 minute intervals with a<br />

final 15-30 minute rest at the end.<br />

6Shape the dough lightly into a ball then<br />

place into a round banneton dusted<br />

with rice flour (with a handful of mixed<br />

seeds at the bottom, if desired). If you don’t<br />

have a banneton, use a clean tea-towel<br />

dusted with rice flour <strong>inside</strong> a colander.<br />

Dust the top with rice flour, then cover.<br />

7Prove. Leave your dough to<br />

one side until it is 50% bigger,<br />

then transfer to the fridge and leave<br />

to prove there for 8-12 hours.<br />

8The next morning, preheat your oven<br />

to 250°C, pop in your Dutch Oven<br />

or baking stone with a large pan of ice or<br />

boiling water underneath, and heat for at<br />

least 30 mins before you are ready to bake.<br />

The hydration helps form a beautiful crust.<br />

9Once the oven is up to full heat,<br />

carefully remove the Dutch Oven,<br />

then tip your dough <strong>inside</strong> carefully and<br />

score the top with your scoring knife/<br />

blade. This determines where the bread<br />

will tear as it rises. Spray with water and<br />

bake for 30-35 mins with the lid on.<br />

Towards the end turn the heat down to<br />

180-200°C, remove the lid and bake for<br />

another 15 mins, or until you achieve<br />

the colour of crust that you prefer. Take<br />

it out of the Dutch Oven and leave to<br />

cool down for up to 2 hours. Enjoy! <br />

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The following are more complex recipes with a mixture of flours, but the<br />

taste is divine and the loaves are even more wholesome as they contain<br />

ancient, unmodified grains. They use the same method as previously.<br />

Recipe Two<br />

• 350g water<br />

• 100g active starter<br />

• 250g unbleached strong white flour<br />

• 100g einkorn (an ancient grain)<br />

• 50g khorasan (also known as<br />

kamut – an ancient grain)<br />

• 100g Organic Light Malthouse<br />

Flour from Shipton Mill<br />

• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved<br />

in 9g water<br />

Recipe Three<br />

• 330-335g water<br />

• 180g active white starter<br />

• 300g unbleached strong<br />

white flour<br />

• 100g wholemeal spelt flour<br />

• 50g wholemeal flour<br />

• 50g khorasan (also known as<br />

kamut – an ancient grain)<br />

• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved<br />

in 9g water<br />

Find out more about Ilgin’s sourdough workshops at justsourdough.com<br />


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the BEES<br />

Jo Arnell explains why, in a world full of pesticides, making your garden a destination<br />

for bees provides them with the ecological haven they’re crying out for<br />

Insects are in crisis at the moment, their numbers declining<br />

at a frightening rate, so anything we can do to attract them<br />

into our gardens will be of benefit. In fact, our gardens are<br />

proving to be bastions of hope and protection in an inhospitable<br />

environment. The attention is on bees, because they are such<br />

vital pollinators for crops and without them our own existence<br />

would be under threat too. Our gardens are fast becoming a<br />

vital resource for them, providing food and shelter and hopefully<br />

safety from pesticides. The sight and sound of bees buzzing<br />

brings a garden truly to life and reminds us that a flower’s<br />

job is to attract pollinators, that their beauty has a profound<br />

purpose, intricately linked to the existence of the insects.<br />

Honey bees, bumble bees and stingless bees are in the<br />

Apidae family. There is just one honey bee, but there are 24<br />

different species of bumble bee; some are social and live in<br />

colonies, some are solitary, some are tiny, some huge and<br />

furry – and easy to spot as they noisily bumble around the<br />

flower borders. Added to these are the leaf cutters, mason,<br />

mining and carder bees – and more besides. All bees do a vital<br />

job transferring pollen from one flower to another as they go<br />

about collecting nectar and pollen for their own purposes.<br />

With a little thought, and a little less tidiness, your garden<br />

can easily be made more insect friendly. They just need places<br />

to build nests, shelter for overwintering and a reliable source<br />

of food and water. Food comes in the form of nectar and<br />

pollen and a plentiful supply all year round is really beneficial.<br />

Most flowers die back in the winter, but there are quite a<br />

few trees and shrubs that will produce winter flowers.<br />

Water<br />

Bees and other beneficial insects need to be able to<br />

access water, preferably fairly shallow, so that they<br />

won’t drown. Bees use water to drink, but also to cool<br />

the hive when the weather gets really hot. If you don’t<br />

have a pond, then a shallow dish of water, containing<br />

pebbles or stones for climbing onto, will provide them<br />

with a place to drink and collect water for the hive.<br />

Shelter<br />

Bees live in different kinds of habitats, depending on the<br />

species, but all pollinating insects need overwintering<br />

places where they can hibernate as adults or pupae. You<br />

can easily help them by leaving log piles, leaves and<br />

hollow perennial stems and seed heads for them to hide<br />

in. You could also build a bee hotel; make your guests<br />

feel at home using cut off sections of bamboo cane,<br />

pinecones and bundles of sticks inserted into a frame and<br />

positioned out of the prevailing wind and weather.<br />

Providing nectar all year round<br />

Most pollinating insects and bees will disappear when<br />

the weather starts to get cold, but on warmer winter days<br />

they occasionally wake up, or wake from hibernation<br />

much earlier. This is happening increasingly as a result<br />

of climate change, especially in the warmer south of<br />

England where some species have stopped hibernating<br />

altogether. It is vital to provide the winter insects<br />

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and early emergers with food to help them get through<br />

this period when resources may be scarce elsewhere.<br />

Nectar from flowers may be in short supply in the<br />

winter, but there are other sources: ivy flowers late in the<br />

year, the winter cherry tree Prunus subhirtella autumnalis<br />

flowers sporadically throughout the autumn and winter,<br />

Clematis balearica is in flower from mid-winter and once<br />

the worst of the January weather is over, there’s a host<br />

of late winter flowering shrubs to choose from, with the<br />

added bonus that many of them are scented. Early spring<br />

brings the first of the bulbs, together with woodland<br />

natives like primroses, aconites and wood anemones.<br />

Flowers<br />

Flowering plants have co-evolved with insects. Without<br />

insect pollinators there would be no real flowers – the<br />

plants would all have to rely on wind pollination, which<br />

is a fairly haphazard and wasteful process. Much better to<br />

pay someone to do the job properly. Nectar is the reward<br />

for pollinators and it is only produced in the nectaries of<br />

flowers as a lure – the plant has no need for it at all.<br />

Some flowers hide the nectar in order to make doubly<br />

sure that enough pollen is collected, the bees have to go<br />

down deep into the flower to get to it, covering themselves<br />

in pollen in the process. These blooms tend to be tubeshaped<br />

and some even have landing strips to guide the bee<br />

to the right part; look closely at a foxglove and you will see<br />

the speckles <strong>inside</strong> are arranged in a specific way to help the<br />

bee. Snapdragons have a hinged lip that opens only when a<br />

heavy enough bee lands on the right spot, thereby ensuring<br />

that the pollen will brush off when the bee squeezes <strong>inside</strong>.<br />

Other flowers are more open about the process and go<br />

to lengths to make things easy for their pollinators. Plants<br />

in the daisy (Compositae) family make a wide and secure<br />

platform for insects to land on; the centre is packed with<br />

lots of individual tiny, nectar-filled flowers surrounded by<br />

a fringe of sepals. This also means that once the bee has<br />

<br />

Top: Echinops is a ‘bee magnet’ in late summer Middle left:<br />

Flowers in the daisy family make great ‘landing pads’ for insects<br />

Middle right: Chives and other alliums are nectar rich<br />

Bottom: A honey bee collecting nectar from lavender<br />

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place, rather than wasting time flitting from bloom to bloom.<br />

Colour sends a message<br />

Plants use colour to send a signal, advertising to the insects<br />

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flowers are naturally found in sunny situations, but in the<br />

shade the flowers tend to be pale, often white or cream, as this<br />

shows up better in dim light. They lure in the insects with<br />

scent rather than colour, pumping out their fragrance more<br />

vigorously in the evening to attract in moths and beetles.<br />

Although bees will collect nectar from different flowers,<br />

they are very drawn to flowers at the blue end of the spectrum,<br />

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Early flowers<br />

Lonicera fragrantissima – a shrubby,<br />

winter flowering honeysuckle with<br />

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Hellebore – both the early Helleborus niger<br />

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orientalis (Lenten rose) and the shrubbier Helleborus<br />

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Early spring bulbs, such as winter<br />

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Scabious – a mound forming perennial for the<br />

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unpruned buddleias grow too tall and unruly – and<br />

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but yes, farmers need it for their crops and<br />

we all need it for our gardens. Last year’s heat<br />

and lack of rain was a disaster here when the<br />

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Whether we do have a dry summer again or not, it is worth<br />

thinking about water retention, bearing in mind that water is<br />

“Try to avoid<br />

watering in<br />

the evening as<br />

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get trapped in<br />

the pot as the<br />

temperature drops<br />

leading to mildew<br />

and fungus”<br />

such a valuable resource and, if you have a pot garden rather<br />

than flower beds – maybe due to lack of space or just by<br />

preference – it is worth thinking of ways to retain moisture<br />

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watering, especially if you are on a meter.<br />

I was reading about ollas, clay pots used<br />

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These are pots with a round base and a<br />

bottleneck opening that you bury into your<br />

pots or borders having filled them with<br />

water. As they are porous, water seeps into<br />

the adjoining plants’ roots via a suction effect<br />

and the roots grow round the olla and take<br />

water in when its needed. But maybe a few<br />

ideas work just as well but less interestingly.<br />

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Try to avoid watering in the evening as moisture<br />

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the evening ritual of watering and having a glass<br />

of wine is usually not too much of a chore!<br />

Other mulches that help retain moisture would include<br />

bark and leaf mould. Actually, the latter is ideal for<br />

acid loving plants as it is low in nutrients and humus.<br />

If you have a seaside garden, a mulch of shells and<br />

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Wind is a cause of pots drying out and their contents<br />

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• Avoid planting in dark-coloured pots. They<br />

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You might consider downsizing<br />

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Your will<br />

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You may wish to consider alternatives to downsizing.<br />

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Education<br />

School’s out for summer<br />

But what if the lengthy summer holiday ceased to exist? Hilary Wilce spells out the advantages<br />

Quite soon schools will be closing down for<br />

the holidays. Some boarding schools will<br />

be quickly opening up again to reap useful<br />

income from hosting residential music schools<br />

or tennis camps or foreign language courses. Others will<br />

be hosting day holiday clubs and activity camps, but far<br />

too many school buildings up and down the country<br />

will stay shuttered and locked until September.<br />

Meanwhile, social splits will widen. Some lucky children<br />

will enjoy a busy summer of friends, activities and holidays,<br />

but many more will spend weeks in their bedrooms<br />

staring at a screen, or will roam the streets with friends<br />

trying to fill up the days. In the summer, a surprising<br />

number of school-age children in the UK are less well fed<br />

than they are during their term times of breakfast clubs<br />

and school lunches. A great many, lacking stimulation,<br />

forget much of what they learned in the previous school<br />

year and start in September having dropped up to five<br />

weeks behind in both knowledge and learning skills.<br />

At the same time, parents will spend their summers<br />

juggling holiday leave, paying out for holiday<br />

programmes of dance, football or archery classes<br />

that they can often ill afford, or turning to longsuffering<br />

grandparents to help out with childcare.<br />

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to keep schools open over the summer and offer free<br />

holiday programmes of sports, creative and community<br />

activities to all children who want to join in.<br />

Of course it would cost money. Quite a lot of money.<br />

Organisers and helpers would have to be employed, there’d<br />

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would need to be provided. But set that against all the other<br />

costs that the summer holidays give rise to – more mental<br />

and physical health problems among children, more street<br />

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and widening inequality – and the balance sheet would<br />

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course, a national, and hopefully high-quality holiday<br />

scheme, would be able to offer much more consistency<br />

of care, and a much more balanced programme, than the<br />

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What this would take, though, would be<br />

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My own family had a personal crash course in this when we<br />

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school. Almost immediately, they were casually cycling up to<br />

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summer, just as they are in term-time? There are lots<br />

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and August, and it could well suit almost everyone to<br />

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Art<br />

Tue 2 – Sun 14 Jul<br />

The Lightbox Gallery, The<br />

Lightbox, Chobham Road,<br />

Woking, GU21 4AA<br />

Anywhere and<br />

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Inspired by nature, painted<br />

from imagination. This charity<br />

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of memories and reflections in<br />

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Fairs & Festivals<br />

Fri 28 Jun – Sun 28 Jul<br />

Various locations in Guildford<br />

Guildford Fringe<br />

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An open access multi-arts festival<br />

in the heart of Guildford Town<br />

Centre with events encompassing<br />

music, art, theatre, comedy,<br />

silent disco and cinema.<br />

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Mon 1 – Sun 7 Jul<br />

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey,<br />

East Molesey KT8 9AU<br />

RHS Hampton Court<br />

Palace Garden Festival<br />

Bringing a colourful festival<br />

of flowers to the grounds of<br />

Hampton Court Palace, this<br />

event invites visitors to spend the<br />

day amongst beautiful blooms,<br />

enjoying a stellar line up of<br />

gardens, spectacles, culinary<br />

experiences and workshops.<br />

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Fri 5 & Sat 6 Jul<br />

Sandown Park Racecourse,<br />

Portsmouth Road,<br />

Esher KT10 9AJ<br />

The Coral <strong>Summer</strong><br />

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The Coral <strong>Summer</strong> Festival begins<br />

with Ladies’ Day on Friday 5<br />

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out the late detection of breast<br />

cancer, and join The Mac Twins<br />

in their post-race celebrations. The<br />

next day is equally exciting with<br />

free ice creams, seven thrilling<br />

races and an after party with BBC<br />

Radio 1 DJs Rickie & Melvin.<br />

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Food & Drink<br />

Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jul<br />

Master Park, 27 Church<br />

Lane, Oxted RH8 9LD<br />

Oxted Beer Festival<br />

A family-friendly festival with<br />

plenty to keep all ages amused<br />

including live music and sport,<br />

silent discos, street food, a<br />

main-stage talent show, and<br />

of course a huge selection of<br />

beer, gin, Pimms and bubbles.<br />

100% of the proceeds are<br />

donated to local good causes.<br />

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Sat 20 & Sun 21 Jul<br />

Shalford Park, Shalford<br />

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Cheese and<br />

chilli Festival<br />

The Cheese and Chilli Festival<br />

naturally includes chilli eating<br />

competitions, taste tents,<br />

Man v Food challenges, and<br />

cooking demonstrations, but<br />

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table football, live music, street<br />

theatre and giant bubble shows.<br />

Entry: Adults from £6, concessions<br />

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Garden<br />

Wed 24 Jul<br />

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Walkies at Wisley<br />

RHS Garden Wisley, welcomes<br />

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Wednesday evening. Bring along<br />

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Entry: Adults £7, children<br />

£5, dogs free<br />

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What’s On in <strong>July</strong><br />

Kids and families<br />

Sat 13 Jul 10am-3pm<br />

The Main Plaza, Heart Shopping<br />

Centre, New Zealand Ave,<br />

Walton-on-Thames KT12 1GH<br />

Circus Skills Workshop<br />

The Heart Shopping Centre’s<br />

latest free Kids’ Club activity<br />

invites children of all ages to<br />

learn to spin plates, walk on<br />

stilts, hula hoop and, of course,<br />

juggle. Children can look the part<br />

as they create their own clown<br />

mask, and get circus themed<br />

glitter tattoos. Goody bags will<br />

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Music & Theatre<br />

Tue 9 – Sun 14 Jul<br />

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,<br />

Richmond TW9 3AB<br />

Kew the music<br />

London’s hottest picnic concerts<br />

return this month. Any one would<br />

be a real treat for all generations<br />

with performances from Beverley<br />

Knight, Billy Ocean, Jess Glynne,<br />

Jools Holland, Craig David,<br />

Garbage with Sleeper and Du<br />

Blonde and (no we’re not Rick<br />

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Sat 27 Jul<br />

Apps Court, Apps Court<br />

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A unique river-side festival which<br />

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What’s On in Xxxxxx<br />

Look Forward:<br />

August<br />

Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10<br />

& Sun 11 Aug<br />

Painshill, Portsmouth Rd,<br />

Cobham KT11 1JE<br />

Children’s Theatre<br />

at Painshill<br />

The Cat’s Grin Theatre<br />

Company brings entertaining<br />

and enlightening productions of<br />

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland<br />

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and The Wind in the Willows<br />

(Sunday 4 and 11 August) to<br />

the beautiful award-winning<br />

landscape gardens of Painshill.<br />

Entry: Adults £12.50, children £10<br />

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Fri 16 – Sun 18 Aug<br />

The Rural Life Centre,<br />

The Reeds Road, Tilford,<br />

Farnham GU10 2DL<br />

Weyfest<br />

A polite stress-free weekend in<br />

the country, with over 30 hours<br />

of the finest music, camping,<br />

posh loos, friendly staff and<br />

plenty to occupy the kids with<br />

music, drama and creative arts<br />

workshops, and train rides.<br />

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If anyone ever asks us when we calve, I confidently<br />

say we have a spring calving herd, which means<br />

our 25 cows should all deliver their calves between<br />

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bundles of joy. Old being the key to this conundrum.<br />

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although these are not all reproductive years and typically<br />

a British beef cow will be kept in the herd for about 10<br />

to 12 years. Typically, she will ‘see’ the bull for the first<br />

time in the summer when she is two (I just love this coy<br />

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back to the bull for the whole process to start again.<br />

All being well, this cycle of events should<br />

produce a calf a year, every year. After 10, her<br />

teeth may get a bit wobbly (or fall out) which<br />

means her cudding (chewing) is less efficient<br />

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goodness in the dry winter forage, usually<br />

hay, so she won’t be in good condition to<br />

see that bull again the following spring.<br />

And of course, just like humans, her fertility<br />

will also decline as she gets on in years.<br />

If one had a crystal ball it would be easy<br />

to decide when the middle-aged girls should come to the<br />

end of their mothering careers and not be put back with<br />

“Typically, a<br />

British beef cow<br />

will be kept in<br />

the herd for<br />

about 10 to<br />

12 years”<br />

the bull to spend a lazy summer of bovine canoodling. Ever<br />

the optimist, all too often I give them the benefit of the<br />

doubt, one more turn round the block I hear myself say and<br />

then I’m surprised when things don’t go exactly to plan.<br />

And we can’t blame it on the bull. Rather<br />

like the cows he is at his best when he is<br />

young and keen and Captain, our new three<br />

year old bull, is just that. He will spend the<br />

summer months vigilantly patrolling the<br />

field passing from cow to cow just checking<br />

whether any of them might be coming into<br />

season and in need of his amorous advances. A<br />

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For starters there won’t be any patrolling, he will simply<br />

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a time is generally the order of the day and so some may<br />

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brought lots of new young heifers into the herd who – bing<br />

– will (should) all conceive first time around, and next year<br />

I shall be done and dusted with the calving business in the<br />

tightest of tight patterns. By May I’ll be filing my nails and<br />

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