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Contents

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OUT OF THE ORDINARy

Maggie Alderson finds unique

properties on the market now

NOTEBOOK

The latest news and events

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

Once a convent, once a school,

once part of a mansion,

now a chic family home

GET THE LOOK

Make your home too cool for

school with our furniture picks

TOP OF THE LOTS

Three auctioneers reminisce

about their most memorable sales

GREEN AND PLEASANT

A refreshing and charming

30s Arts & Crafts house

GET THE LOOK

Steal some Green and

Pleasant styling for yourself

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PRINT POWER

A master-class in styling prints

REWIND & REVIATLISE

Josephine Fairley recommends

make-up for ageing skin

HOLIDAy SKIN

Tips for post-hoilday skin care

WATER FOR HEALTH,

FITNESS, MIND & BODy

Sarah Maxwell explores

water for wellbeing

A TASTE OF THE

MEDITERRANEAN

Nicci Gurr’s mediterranean

recipes for sensational

summer dining

LATE SEASON CROPS

Veg garden stars for

later in the season

LATE BLOOMERS

Sue Whigham’s autumn

garden advice

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A WISE MOVE?

How older family members

can help younger ones onto

the property ladder

PLAy & LEARN

We explore why fun is important to

child development with Hilary Wilce

WHAT’S ON

your guide for what to do in August

COMPETITION

Win a ZWILLING 8-piece knife

block and a cookery course for

two with Kent Cookery School

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard on her marvellous

wildflower meadow

RESTORATION

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Camber Guide Price £475,000

A well proportioned 4 bedroom family house in need of cosmetic

updating situated directly opposite the sand dunes of the famous

Camber Sands Beach. An additional side plot is offered with

opportunity for development by separate negotiation. EPC: D

Udimore Guide Price £635,000

A fine 4 bedroom detached family house dating from the late

Victorian period, which has been more recently extended and now

offers a spacious, family home with double garage with studio / home

office above, and generous private garden. EPC: E

Winchelsea Guide Price £699,000

A well presented 5 bedroom mid terrace

property situated within a converted country

house dating from 1902. This character

property benefits from stunning rear views

overlooking the Brede Valley. EPC: D

Broad Oak Guide Price £485,000

A character detached 3 bedroom bungalow

set in a quiet country lane location on the

edge of Broad Oak Village, and benefiting

from a generous rear garden backing onto

open farmland. EPC E

Udimore Guide Price £595,000

A charming Grade II listed period home,

modernised to create extremely versatile

accommodation, with 3 bedrooms and a selfcontained

1 bedroom annexe all benefiting

from a private garden with stunning rural

views over an area of outstanding natural

beauty. EPC: N/A

Icklesham Guide Price £635,000

A fine detached 3-bedroom former farm

house offering many character and period

features situated within a quiet no through

road, country lane on the edge of Icklesham

village. EPC: F

Camber Guide Price £240,000

A tucked away semi-detached, 2 bedroom,

coach house style property, enjoying a

quiet location on the popular Whitesands

Development with fine views looking out

over the Romney Marsh while being within

close distance of Camber Sands beach.

EPC: C

Battle Guide Price £750,000

A well set back modern 4 bedroom chalet

style bungalow set in its own 4.75 acres

of paddocks backing onto woodland,

and benefiting from a commercial wood

yard. Restricted to purchasers who meet

Agricultural Occupancy Condition (AOC)

EPC: C

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Bethersden SOLD STC £715,000

A stunning Grade II listed 4 bedroom barn conversion situated

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Halstead FOR SALE £450,000

A beautiful attached Grade II Listed cottage believed to date

back to the 18th Century with three bedrooms, courtyard

garden, Great British Kitchens’ kitchen and recently renovated

bathroom. EPC exempt

Tunbridge Wells SOLD STC £325,000

A fantastic 2 bedroom semi-detached home in a popular

location in Rusthall which has been recently renovated

throughout by the current owners with a south-west facing

garden and off road parking. EPC rating D

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• Five receptions • Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility

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Cranbrook School Catchment Area

RURAL STAPLEHURST £1,295,000

STUNNING GRADE II LISTED CONVERTED

OAST • Three reception rooms • Study • Kitchen/

breakfast room • Four bedrooms (two ensuite) •

Enclosed garden with terrace • Swimming pool •

Triple garage • EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

CRANBROOK £1,195, 000

STRIKING DETACHED FARMHOUSE WITH

VIEWS • Entrance hall • Four reception rooms •

Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility room • Cloakroom

• Six bedrooms (three ensuite) • Enclosed garden •

Outbuilding • Garaging • EPC: D

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

STAPLEHURST £1,125,000

SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME WITH ANNEXE

• Sitting room • Kitchen/dining/family room •

Utility room • Four bedrooms (one ensuite) • One

bedroom annexe • Garaging • Swimming pool and

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£875,000

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A handsome, unlisted 3-bedroom Edwardian country house set in 5 acres An enchanting 5-bedroom, detached Grade II listed former farmhouse with

A beautifully of picturesque appointed, and unspoilt five Kentish bedroom Countryside unlisted Hall with House magical has views been and stylishly an extended an additional to provide 1-bedroom an imaginative, annexe which versatile garners an family enviable home holiday designed let with

A modern beautifully appointed, five bedroom unlisted Hall House has been stylishly extended to provide an imaginative, versatile family home designed with

array of living useful mind. outbuildings. The property also benefits from a one-bedroom annexe and revenue is situated stream on and the rural outstanding outskirts rural of the views. sought-after village of Bethersden.

modern The exterior living is accessed in mind. by The electric property gates also onto benefits a sweeping from a drive one-bedroom that leads to annexe the house and is and situated garaging. on the With rural approximately outskirts of 5 the acres sought-after of gorgeous village gardens of and Bethersden. grounds,

The there exterior is a paddock, is accessed vegetable by electric garden gates with onto fruit a cages sweeping and greenhouse, drive that leads paved to the terrace, house pond and and garaging. lawn interspersed With approximately with mature 5 acres flower of gorgeous beds. gardens and grounds,

there is a paddock, vegetable garden with fruit cages and greenhouse, paved terrace, pond and lawn interspersed with mature flower beds.

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A stunning A substantial example Grade of II Listed an early, Medieval principally Hall House Georgian, with 6 bedrooms, six/seven-bedroom large country A magnificently house boasting restored, superb 5-bedroom, country 16th baroque Century architecture, country house set set amidst in an

backdrop of delightfully landscaped gardens and grounds. Includes beautiful kept gardens and grounds, double garage, large store, stylishly appointed annexe a

backdrop garden of and delightfully shared use landscaped of converted gardens barn/pool and house grounds. with indoor Includes heated beautiful kept idyllic gardens rural and position. grounds, Mature double garden,

(one bedroom) / office with sitting room and kitchen and there is ample driveway parking. Gardening: Obligatory garden garage, double

supplement large garage store, is required. stylishly and ample

Price appointed off-street

on Application. annexe

(one swimming

Unfurnished bedroom) pool.

– no / office No

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admin sitting fees

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apply. and EPC:

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E and there is ample driveway parking. parking. Gardening: No tenant Obligatory fees apply. garden EPC: supplement E. is required. Price on Application.

Unfurnished – no tenant admin fees apply. EPC: E

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House

Month

of the

Out of the Ordinary

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

£1.845,000

Chandlers Reach

The dream: I can give a very personal

recommendation for this house,

because I wrote about it for a major

feature in this magazine – and once

inside, I didn’t want to leave. Sitting

right on the banks of the River

Rother, the house is clad with black

weatherboarding, setting the tone

for its uber cool styling. As well as

the flowing interior space of the

main house there are three separate

buildings. Two are set up as ‘studio’

accommodation, which can be let

as Airbnb’s, the third is an office.

Where: In a quiet part of Rye,

within very easy walking distance

of all the delights of the centre

and the station, and just a few

seconds walk from the tennis club.

Setting: On the riverbank, looking

across to the marshes. Glorious.

Beds: 5 Baths: 4 (plus two

more of each in the studios).

Special features: The house is located at

tidal point of the river close to its mouth

in Rye Bay, so you could moor your boat

outside, with direct access to the sea.

Pleasing details: The fire pit overlooking

the river outside the main studio.

Outside: A timber-framed entertaining

loggia looking over the river and a jetty.

Time to town: Just over an hour,

changing at Ashford International

for the high speed to St Pancras.

Agent: The Modern House

020 3795 5920 themodernhouse.com

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Skeynes Park

£2,975,000

The dream: A Grade II listed white

stucco mansion, dating from 1840, with

a castellated tower and splendid tall

brick chimneys, sitting in over 14 acres

of magnificent grounds. The interior

is beautifully light and airy. There is an

orangery, a sauna and an indoor pool.

The house was once owned by the Queen

Mother’s uncle and she was a visitor.

Where: Just outside Edenbridge,

roughly equidistant between East

Grinstead and Sevenoaks.

Setting: In an elevated position with

superb views to the south over countryside.

Beds: 8 Baths: 5

Special features: The swimming pool has

an electronically operated sliding roof.

Pleasing details: The window

seat in the master bedroom.

Outside: Formal gardens, topiary,

a southwest-facing entertaining

terrace, woodland, greenhouses,

potager and a tennis court.

Time to town: 45 minutes

to London Bridge.

Agent: Savills 01732 789700 savills.com

Gibbons Place

£2,150,000

The dream: A Grade II listed Kentish hall

house, dating from c.1500 it was originally

located near Benenden, but – very unusually

– moved to this site in 1935. It has all the

beams, inglenooks and character you would

expect, but it’s not pokey, extending over

nearly 4,000 sq ft. It can also be bought

with a second lot, which includes a cottage.

Where: One mile outside of the village

of Ightham, five miles from Sevenoaks.

Setting: Splendid woodland

surrounding gardens.

Beds: 6 Baths: 3

Special features: A wonderful oak staircase.

Pleasing details: Old stone-flagged

floors in the entrance hall.

Outside: Lawns, topiary hedges and

established planting over 5.44 acres

Time to town: From Borough Green

station, 42 minutes to Victoria, or

30 minutes to Charing Cross from

Sevenoaks, which is a five-mile drive.

Agent: Knight Frank

01732 744477 knightfrank.co.uk

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What to do and see near you this month

Much ado about nothing

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the rye Society of artists hold

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rye’s Community Centre. the

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Get ready for a bicycle-powered

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Much Ado About Nothing, as the

fantastically named Handlebards

cycle into Tonbridge this month.

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UK, taking with them all the set, props

and costumes needed. They have

performed environmentally friendly

Shakespeare to over 70,000 people in

castles, gardens, museums, bicycle

yards and public amphitheatres.

This all-male troupe are heading

to Tonbridge School’s EM Foster

Theatre on Tuesday 6 August to

perform Shakespeare’s riveting tale of

romance, rivalry and riotous humour.

In usual Handlebards style, audiences

can expect splendid amounts of energy,

a fair old whack of chaos, and a great

deal of laughter.

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Charity

challenge

Heart of Kent Hospice is

challenging supporters to take a

£50 starter fund and see how

much it can make over three

months in a creative teambuilding

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Notcutts Garden Centre

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round. Designed to inspire

gardeners with imaginative

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ideas, the theme of the

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a shaded seating area, and a

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Ledian Gardens, a new retirement village in Leeds, has begun

construction. The three-month project to build the road

through the new village marks the first step towards the goal

of a community of 115 new one- and two-bedroom homes

for over 65s. Health and leisure facilities for the local public,

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Gain the knowledge required

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Wealth Management’s latest

seminar on Friday 9 August.

This informal event will be

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includes a homemade lunch

and the opportunity to meet

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Look Forward: September

Next month is Leeds Castle’s 900th anniversary and

they are celebrating with a spectacular ‘floral party’.

An impressive line-up of internationally award winning

floral designers will take over the Castle rooms with

beautiful birthday styled blooms spilling out along the

visitor route. There will also be daily garden tours, floral

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Some of the most striking shots from this month’s interiors

include a splash of one of my favourite colours – zesty

yellow. It adds an uplifting summery vibe to both houses

and is an accent that fits perfectly with pale and deep hues alike.

Continuing with the sunny theme, Kate Watts collates chic

holiday style with a focus on prints and chef Nicci Gurr creates

three dishes that epitomise the simple pleasure of outside dining.

Step into the vegetable garden with Jo Arnell, as she describes

how to soak up every second of sunshine with late crops to

plant out, whilst Sue Whigham picks the prettiest blooms that

will keep dishing out vibrant colour throughout autumn.

If bold botanicals are your thing, be sure to make a note

of Leeds Castle’s Festival of Flowers (14th–19th September).

you’ll find a truly impressive lineup of internationally award

winning floral designers who will be taking over the castle

rooms with magical arrangements to celebrate the 900th

anniversary of the castle. Wealden Times is proud to be

media partner at what promises to be a stunning celebration

of floral artistry. Book your tickets online at leeds-castle.com.

In other news, WT journalist Maggie Alderson’s latest

novel is out now! It’s set partly in Cranbrook, in a (fictional)

architectural salvage yard owned by Tessa one of three sisters.

Her sister Rachel works in London at a PR agency and Natasha

is a make up artist in New york. The story shows how the

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Previous pages: A cosy sitting room, used as a games room, features the original Delft tiles

around the fireplace and stone-mullioned windows; opposite the fireplace, a refectory table

provides the perfect place to set up a Monopoly board Above: At the other end of the

house, a huge sitting room with French windows provides views of the lovely garden

When you’ve lived somewhere for a while

there are certain buildings you drive

past frequently that always catch your

eye and make you wonder: what’s it like in there?

For years now I’ve driven past a grey stone

compound on Hastings’ northern limit, longing

for a peep inside the intriguing line of roofs,

gables and chimneys forming an almost circular

arrangement of buildings behind high stone walls.

I knew it had once been a convent and was

now residential, but what and how and when

and whom? And who lives there now? So it was

with great excitement that I drove inside those

walls and drew up outside to meet the owner of

one of what is now seven dwellings on the site.

And when Juliet Maingay-Cooper showed

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This page: An usually long corridor is strung

with coloured corded lighting cables from

Dyke & Dean in Hastings

me inside the house she shares with partner

Jake Mintrim and their two daughters,

my years of curiosity proved to be more

than justified. The house is even more

intriguing once you get inside it, with the

family’s original style – and Jake’s skills as a

landscape gardener – greatly adding to it.

The first area you step into is an unusually

long corridor with a striking arch at one

end and high windows on the outside facing

front door side. Adding to the drama the

walls are painted black for about 40cm from

the bottom, drawing the eye along. Above,

coloured corded lighting cables are looped

along the length of it, almost like bunting.

“It’s a very long corridor,” said Juliet, “so

I wanted to make something of it.”

Walking to the left you come to the very lofty

stairwell, opening up to a gallery on the first

floor, where the looped, coloured cables – from

Dyke & Dean in Hastings – are strung across

the void as though ready for a circus trapeze act.

The scale enhanced further by two extra large

frames, one containing an old film poster found

in another Hastings resource – one of the many

brilliant junk emporia – the other a collage of

Cuban posters from a book, which Juliet had

framed together. “There’s so much space we

thought we should have fun with it,” she says.

All these clever details make it clear that

Juliet and Jake were not at all daunted by

the scale and special character of the house

– even though they moved there from a

two-bedroom flat in London’s Willesden.

Sitting on mixed vintage chairs at

the – genuine – marble-topped Saarinen

pedestal table in the kitchen, Juliet tells

me how they came to make it home.

“We made the move four and a half years

ago, when the girls were eight and five. I was

born and bred in Willesden Green, but I knew

this area because my grandparents lived in

Winchelsea and I have family in Tenterden.

“We love how close the real countryside is

and the beach. It’s a great place for the kids

and it’s a good commute up to London from

Battle, only a 10-minute drive, which I need

because I still go back up two days a week

to my business. I run the Pitta Patta Dance

School in Primrose Hill, teaching all different

styles of dance for children up to 17 years.”

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This page: In one corner of the kitchen a funky

bright-red vintage chair and lamp with a 1970s

psychedelic print lampshade sit below a boldly

coloured painting by Juliet’s mother on the wall

that was right for the family. “It was an adventure to

move here – people in Hastings don’t follow the rules.”

And Juliet had an instant intro to that unconventional

Hastings creative community, via Sam Bruce, owner of

the fabulous In House Junkie online store for wonderful

one-off decorative pieces. Her house was featured in

Wealden Times / Surrey Homes June 2018 and her

name comes up frequently as a source of wonderful

items in many of the magazine’s featured houses.

“I met Sam in London at a playgroup,” says Juliet. “We have

kids of the same age. Then she moved to Tunbridge Wells and

I moved to Hastings, but Sam’s mum Helen Bartlett lives here

and Sam used to have her shop in St Leonards. So she was

our intro to Hastings and the edgy, artistic, lovely people.”

And handily, considering the number and scale of

the windows in Holmhurst, Helen makes wonderful

curtains – she’s made all of them for Juliet. But

more of the soft furnishings to come, there’s plenty

to look at in the first room we come to.

Designed by Juliet and Jake, the working part of the

kitchen is confined to one wall with cupboards in the most

appealing dusty pink, with a geometric pattern in copper

a feature on some of the doors and copper handles. The

worktop is poured concrete and the wall lights are from

eBay – but shift up one level above the white subway

splashback tiles and a bold painting shifts the mood of the

room from purely functional, to more of a hang out space.

Which is exactly what you see when you turn around and

take in the funky bright-red vintage chair and lamp with

an outrageous 1970s psychedelic print lampshade, with a

boldly coloured painting by Juliet’s mother on the wall.

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Above: The working part of the kitchen is confined to one wall with cupboards painted a dusty pink, some with a geometric pattern

in copper. The worktop is poured concrete and the wall lights are from eBay

the ideas together and then Jake does the work.”

To see more of what Jake does, we head out of the

kitchen through a large glass door into the garden, where a

terrace runs along, with a lovely old stone arch to the right

and a splendid old wellhead in the centre of the lawn.

I didn’t know it while I was looking at this lovely artefact,

but it’s actually a key to the history of this whole group

of buildings – which I have since unearthed online.

The wellhead is from Venice, brought over by the

eminent Victorian travel writer Augustus Hare. It forms

a centrepiece in the garden of the mansion he built here,

extending from existing buildings dating back to the

16th and 18th centuries, with the money made from

his very successful series of illustrated travel guides.

He noted in his journal: ‘It is an early Venetian font

or wellhead, which came from one of the houses pulled

down when the new street was made from S. Moise

to S. Marco. It is not later than 12th century.’

So a pretty amazing thing to have in your garden –

and how fitting that it should now belong to someone

whose profession is making the most of outdoor

spaces, which Jake has done so cleverly here.

Solving the topographical problem of near vertical

slopes, which affects so many Hastings gardens,

as the town is built over a series of hills, Jake has

created a flat lawn which leads onto a large deck.

It’s immediately clear what a great entertaining space

this is, high up so it gets the sun and with lovely views

looking out over an adjacent tract of ancient woodland,

set off by a thicket of giant bamboo that was already there.

Crucially, Jake has treated the wood of the deck so it doesn’t

become a slippery death trap in damp British weather.

Next to it is a splendid border, designed by Juliet’s mother

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This page: The lofty stairwell opens up to a gallery on the first floor, where more coloured cables from Dyke & Dean are strung across

the void. Two extra large frames, one containing an old film poster, the other a collage of Cuban posters from a book, hang on the walls

Tony Howard, of Harborough Nurseries, who Jake works

with on landscaping projects. The lovely magnolia tree

next to the wellhead was already perfectly in place.

The garden has a very special contemplative air – perhaps

enhanced by the nuns’ graveyard, which is still there in

another area, through the stone arch – and appreciating

its huge potential was one of the many things that attracted

Juliet and Jake to the property when they first came along

to view it.

“We weren’t going to look at the house when we first

saw the listing, because it was attached on both sides,

but when we did we couldn’t believe it. The garden was

in a state of rack and ruin, which apparently put other

potential buyers off, but for us it was an opportunity.”

After the garden tour, we head back into the house

via a French window, which is – although, once

again, I didn’t know it at the time – a clue to the next

stage of Holmhurst’s history, when in the early 20th

century the house became a convent and school.

With Augustus Hare long departed from this

world, it was by then a ruin, but that didn’t put

off the redoubtable Mother Mary Agnes, founder

of the Community of the Holy Family, at all.

An Italiophile, like Mr Hare, she loved the ruined

building because she appreciated the way he had attempted

to create a small part of Italy in Hastings. To her it


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was the perfect place to found a school dedicated

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The huge sitting room Juliet and I have stepped

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bay, each topped with another multi-paned window,

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Although it is hard to imagine, with that enticing

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This page: A corner of the master bedroom

special atmosphere. A friend of Juliet’s who attended the

school told her it was the 6th form common room and

the atmosphere of joyous refuge remains. “This is the

grown up room, with no TV. We play games in here.”

With one bright egg yolk yellow velvet chair, finished

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This page: Doors from the kitchen lead out into the garden,

where a lovely magnolia tree grows next to the wellhead

can be seen from the huge bed which Jake built. “He’s tall

and has always wanted a bed big enough for him with a

headboard and a footboard, so he made it himself.’

Like the Snug below, the bedroom has a very

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Juliet’s friend, who was a pupil at the school, told

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Top: One of Karen’s many animal paintings hangs above the hall table. The

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Flowerhouse and Home Above: The old kitchen and dining rooms were combined

to make one large room. Karen and Rafe made a feature of the panelling here on

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“We’d been living in a grotty bungalow

which we’d wanted to totally redevelop,”

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was black mould growing up the walls

and an army of slugs invaded the kitchen

every night. We survived this for two

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Another of Karen’s animal paintings feature above the dining room fireplace, along

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Above: A cleverly disguised secret door leads from the library to the snug beyond, much to the delight of visiting children.

The charming ceramic dog was made by potter Marie Prett

years only to be told that planning permission for our project

wouldn’t be granted.”

The couple decided it was time to move on, and things

were at a pretty low ebb when Rafe spotted a house in the

right area coming up for sale. Karen first glimpsed the house

backlit against a meadow brimming with buttercups on a

summer’s afternoon. “It was properly in the heart of the

countryside,” she remembers, “and just what we wanted.”

This was a good 10 years ago and the pair have spent this

time transforming the house into the perfect family home.

They loved the solid build that often comes with 1930s

architecture and have kept or adapted many of the original

features, whilst bringing the house in line with today’s lifestyle.

Karen made the brave decision to start with the exterior,

rather than giving in to the temptation to renovate the

interior. “I was adamant that I wanted a lovely garden,” she

explains. They completely re-levelled and drained the entire

outside area, which is now landscaped to wrap comfortably

around the house, allowing for a large and relaxed Yorkstone

terrace which positively invites you to sit and relax with a gin

and tonic. Most of the garden is a gloriously smooth picture

postcard lawn, while a terrace of beautifully maintained beds

step up beyond the kitchen to the pool area. She was right to

follow the perceived wisdom: ‘always start with the garden’ as

it does take years for the planting to mature to its full glory.

Inside, the house was a monument to the previous

decades and, as Karen remembers, “very dark and poky”.

Every ceiling, every wall, was covered in that old favourite

Artex and studded with fake black beams, and every

floor boasted swirly green carpets. The windows were the

standard 1930s curved bays and the brick fireplaces were

the traditional rainbow shape. “These were both original

features,” says Karen, “but we really didn’t like them!”

The first major build got underway in 2012, when the

kitchen was added to the back of the house and what

was once the old kitchen became the dining room.

After living with a dark, poky kitchen for years, Karen was

keen to have a large, light family space. She knew exactly

what she was looking for and after visiting practically every

showroom in the South East, finally chose Neptune for

the supply and design. The white marble worktops blend

beautifully with the soft grey units and dark walnut floor,

which continues through the dining room to the hall. The

stunning ceramic light from Heal’s and the white glossy

range add a touch of glamour. It’s a very serene space and

hardly surprising that their 12-year-old daughter spends

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Right: A boot room really helps if you live in the

country. Karen and Rafe chose easily wipeable Carrera

marble for the floor

most of her spare time here baking all sorts of delicious treats.

The two rooms which housed the old kitchen and the dining room

became the dining area and at this point the curved window bays here

and throughout were adapted to a classic rectangular shape, allowing

the rooms to be flooded with light, and simultaneously creating the

ever comfortable window seats. This room features some of the house’s

original panelling and so the couple decided to keep this feature

and continue it through into the hall, living room and library.

“We didn’t use interiors designers,” explains Rafe, but we had great

input from our builders, Neil Hammond of AJ Hammond Builders Ltd,

and also from Sabre Joinery in Burwash, who created beautiful interior

doors to matching the existing originals, as well as all the panelling.”

It was during this phase of the build that the windows presented

a major conundrum. Most were small with traditional diamond

panes and Karen knew immediately she wanted these replaced

with larger Sussex-style windows. However, some had already been

updated with UPVC, so they had to decide between the two newer

types of window. “In the end, we chose the Sussex-style windows,”

says Karen. “It cost us a fortune, but we’ve never regretted it.”

In the dining room, as in the living room, the stately fireplaces, from

The Fireplace Company in Crowborough, are handmade in limestone.

“We have always loved spending time in the Cotswolds,” explains

Rafe, “and wanted to evoke the mood of a Cotswolds country home.”

Sandstone sills and quoins to the exterior have also been added to the

same effect, as well as the use of oak for the garage, porch and balcony.

The living room simply invites you to kick off your shoes and

relax into a sumptuous chair. “The beach house in Jane Fonda’s

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Above: The hall is a mix of soft grey panelling and citrus yellow floral wallpaper from Osborne & Little

Grace and Frankie really inspired us!” Explains

Karen, “We loved the dark wooden floor with

rugs and the New England-style shelving.”

Despite the muted colour scheme (Farrow & Ball’s

palette has been used throughout) there are pops

of colour here and there; fuchsia pink armchairs in

the dining room and a fabulous acid yellow in some

of the cushions and soft furnishings. In fact, Karen

has chosen bold Osborne & Little yellow wallpaper

through the hall both the downstairs and up. “I like

a shock of colour every now and again,” she says.

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Above: Simple opulence best describes this bedroom. The bed

looks straight onto the charming oak balcony and the garden with

the buttercup field beyond

bedroom with en suite, upstairs, while a library and snug

completed downstairs. “Again, the library was designed

with the help of our brilliant joiner Steve from Sabre,

who indulged Rafe’s childhood love of secret doors. The

library shelves completely disguise the door to the snug,

to the delight of our children’s visiting school friends.”

Upstairs Karen and Rafe’s bedroom overlooks the

buttercup field, which helped cement Karen’s decision

to buy the house. The pièce de résistance is the fabulous

oak balcony, designed and built by a local craftsman, “it’s

the perfect place for a leisurely breakfast,” she says.

The understated elegance in both bedroom and

bathroom was inspired by a beautiful hotel in the

Italian lakes. “We loved the natural tones they used

to create a calm but luxurious environment”.

Both the children’s bedrooms provide the perfect retreats.

Their nine-year-old son’s room includes a cleverly crafted

wooden staircase to a mezzanine level in the roof space,

possibly another secret hideaway inspired by Rafe’s childhood

memories. And the world map wallpaper, such an inspired

choice, could keep any child transfixed for hours.

It’s easy to see that Karen has a background in fashion and

design. Her creative touches, her paintings and her pottery,

grace the shelves and mantelpieces, and the house flows

naturally from room to room. ‘I like mixing things up though,”

she says with reference to the bright shocks of colour here

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Beauty

Rewind & Revitalise

Josephine Fairley explains the beneficial effects the right

make-up products and techniques can have on ageing skin

It happens to most of us, at an

uncertain age: one day we wake up,

reach for our make-up bag, go through

the usual motions of doing our face –

and realise it’s just not working the way

it used to. With confidence wobbling,

one of two things tend to happen. We

decide that ‘more must be more’, and

overdo things. Or alternatively, with

images of spider-lashed Barbara Cartland

or lipstick-smeared Baby Jane haunting our

nightmares, we start to use less make-up –

which instead brings the risk of fading away. I’ve

seen it happen, time after time. Complexions get

paler. Hair colour tends to do the same, and brows,

with it. And before we know it, we’re almost ghosts

of our former, younger, more attractive-feeling selves.

Yet used judiciously, and with some adjustments,

make-up can absolutely roll back the years. Indeed,

as consultant dermatologist Dr. Andrew Markey once

observed to me, “More women should explore what

make-up can do for them before taking a leap into the

world of cosmetic surgery.” So, over my decades as a

beauty editor, I’ve pumped many top make-up artists

for the how-to. Here are the key lessons learned…

Foundation is your friend, not your foe. Says Mary

Greenwell: “Every woman over 40 has to wear foundation.

Ironically, up until that point it can be ageing.” But go

lightly, and choose the right formulation. You almost

certainly want ‘light-reflective pigments’, which help recreate

the radiance of younger skin, without looking too shiny.

As the creator of my all-time favourite age-defying base,

the (weirdly-named and somewhat pricy) By Terry Terrybly

Densillis Foundation, £78 for 30ml, make-up genius Terry

de Gunzburg knows her stuff here. “After your forties,

skintone is no longer uniform – which makes you look tired.

Your complexion may be a bit red, or look a little shadowy

or grey and sallow. But this doesn’t mean just applying

more of the foundation you’ve always worn (if you have).

Layers of heavy foundation make all lines look worse.” Use

a foundation brush and light, feathery strokes; microfibre

brushes – like the brilliant Cailyn O, Wow! Brush, £12.49

(amazon.co.uk) – deliver an incredibly seamless finish; first

apply the foundation to the back of your hand and pick

it up from there with the brush. Other great age-defying

foundation finds include Guerlain L’Essentiel, £44 for 30ml

(best applied with the fantastic matching charcoal-infused

fibre brush, £38) and Nars Natural Radiant Longwear

Foundation, £35 for 30ml. None of these, you’ll note, are

inexpensive. But foundation is one area I’d never ever skimp

on – and that becomes even more important as we age.

Conceal flaws with a whisper-light concealer. Where you

need extra coverage – under-eye shadows, for instance – use

a light-reflective concealer and pat into skin. I’m a massive

fan of the new Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Concealer, £32

(it comes in an impressive 18 shades) – or check out the

new options in the legendary YSL Touche Éclat line-up.

Powder lightly. When face powder settles dustily into lines,

it looks Miss Havisham-esque on the best of us. So Mary

Greenwell recommends using a smaller 2cm (¾-inch) brush,

to apply powder. “This is small enough to make it easy

to avoid getting powder into crinkles, which emphasises

them,” she advises. Use it just on the T-zone, which at this

stage in life is probably the only bit that needs de-shining.

Rethink your blush. Ariane Poole – who is of a certain

age herself and has a wonderful make-up range that

accommodates the needs of more mature women

(arianepoole.com) – observes: “The placement of your

blush has to change as you age. You need to move slightly

lower down with your blusher placement and focus on

the apples of your cheeks, rather than higher up the

cheekbone. This will give your cheekbones a lift and make

your face appear less jowly as the colour is centred in the

face. If you do apply your blusher upwards towards the

corner of your eye this will just highlight the crow’s feet

and lines and actually make the eyes look smaller.”

And avoid ‘tawny’ shades for cheeks. Adds Ariane: “We

lose pigment as we age, and our skin gets paler, so we

need that pop of colour. We notice the pigment change

in our hair but it’s more difficult to notice the change in

the skin so women will often continue using their matte

brown shades, but this will age you. You want that pop of

colour that gives you a healthy, youthful flush.” (A perfect

shade, in fact, is her own Matte Mineral Blush, £18.50,

in Whisper. Pinks and peaches are the thing, here.)

Adapt your eye make-up technique. It’s difficult to be


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Beauty

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prescriptive, here,

because eyes present very different

challenges. (Some of us develop crow’s

feet, others crêpiness or hooded lids.)

My best advice would be to make

like Goldilocks and try out several

different makeover options at your

nearest department store, see which

eye look pushes your buttons, and

try to mimic the technique, then

possibly – deep breath – investing

in those exact products. But unless

you’re 110% happy with what you

see in the mirror, don’t be pressured.

you’ll almost certainly need

to define the shape of your eyes

differently, as you age. ‘Using a dark

powder shadow to create the “crease”

in the socket, as you might have done

when you were 20, just won’t work,”

advises Terry de Gunzburg. Her preferred

technique is a sheer wash of eyeshadow – for

instance, a mushroom-y shade – over the

lid, then focusing on eyeliner and mascara

to frame the eyes. Or try Mary Greenwell’s

approach: she recommends applying a light

toned rose-pink on the bottom half of the

top eyelid (closest to the lashes), to open

up the eye area. And, Mary adds, “Don’t be

frightened to play with shimmer or worry about

highlighting lines and creases. It’s all about

the placement and technique. Matte colours

can sometimes be ageing, whereas shimmer

adds luminosity and softness to the skin.”

I’ve always loved this tip from the everyouthful

Lulu (who I had the privilege of

working with on a book some years ago).

She does use powder shadow (in a grey or

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taupe-y shade) in the socket, but she does it

using a mirror that’s a good 60cm away, so she

can gauge the effect from the distance most people

see you from. (Then use a hand mirror while you use

a blender brush to ensure the edges are seamless.)

don’t let your brows fade away. Oh, this is one of the

biggest ‘age-rs’ of all: Disappearing Brow Syndrome. As the

years roll by, brows become more sparse or go grey, causing

the face to lose definition – because quite simply, brows

are your face ‘architecture’. I often have my brows tinted

(they are literally invisible naturally), and it takes me from

‘Where’s Jo?’ to ‘There’s Jo!’ When the tint fades (as it does

after two weeks), I have an entire arsenal of products to fill

them in. But you need to balance your brows with your

eye make-up. More on your eyes means subtler brows’ less

eye make-up means that you can play up your brows.

Eyebrow product preference is incredibly personal. Today

there are powders, gels, pencils, in many different shades.

So I honestly cannot recommend too highly that you

take yourself off to a Benefit counter – they’re the ‘brow

kings’ – and ask a consultant there to show you which are

your key products for brow enhancement in their range.

They offer almost a dozen different products and a wide

shade spectrum. Personally I couldn’t live without their

Benefit Gimme Brow, £18, which is a tinted brow gel that

grooms wayward hairs while sweeping on subtle colour, and

Precisely, My Brow!, £21.50 a really fine propelling pencil

for light, feathery strokes – brilliant for filling in gaps.

But a PS: if you powder your face, always brush

brows through afterwards with a brow brush (or an old

toothbrush repurposed for the task); Mary Greenwell

notes: “Otherwise, they can look dusty and dirty. And

‘clean’ brows are very important at this time in life.”

Accentuate your lash-line. Forget liquid liner at this time

in life. It’s fiddly and difficult to get right, even when you’re

twenty-something – never mind when you have to factor in a

slight shake of the hands. Use a liner pencil instead – and as

Mary Greenwell advises, “apply it along the natural lash line,

getting right into the roots of the lashes.” She adds: “When

using an eyeliner, always build the liner up slowly, focusing

on the outer corners of the eyes. Step back and take a second

look, and you can always add more until you’re happy with

the overall shape.” (Echoes of Lulu’s wisdom, above.)

Avoid eyelash clump. The No. 1 Baby Jane/Barbara Cartland

make-up nightmare. Be sure to work the mascara into the

roots of your lashes – try a zig-zaggy movement – because

that’s what really creates the illusion of length. But the big

challenge is that eyelashes tend to become more sparse over

time – hence the risk of spikiness, because there are simply

wider gaps between the lashes. This is the time to get into

the habit (if you haven’t already) of wiping your mascara

wand on a tissue before applying to your eyes. If you do get

clumps, don’t touch them; if you try to wipe mascara away,

your fingers are more likely to push the lashes together. Invest

in what’s called a ‘spool’ brush, which looks like a mascara

wand, to sweep through – or thoroughly wash and dry an old

mascara wand and keep it handy for tarantula emergencies.

Watch – and learn. I’d also point you in the direction

of some fab online tutorials for older faces. Lisa

Eldridge does these particularly well; she has a raft of

watchable and instructive how-to videos on her website

lisaeldridge.com. Prop an iPad up in front of your

mirror, and follow her make-up lessons. Genius.

And remember: less isn’t always more. There’s one

exception to the rule, according to Bobbi Brown.

“If you’ve never worn make-up, it’s never too late

to start. We may tend to get washed out as we age

– but make-up makes up for that.” Hear, hear.

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Health & Wellbeing

Holiday skin

Nourishing our skin is always important, never more so than when

we return from a sunny holiday, to prevent dry skin and premature

ageing and to prolong your sun-kissed glow.

Henrietta Norton shares her top 5 tips for post-holiday skin care

A healthy diet will

nourish your skin

from the inside out

A healthy diet will show on the

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Eating seasonal food rich in vitamin

C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium and

essential fatty acids nurtures our skin

cells, provide antioxidant protection

and promotes skin healing after it

has been exposed to the elements.

Support your levels

of hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a gel-like

substance found abundantly in the skin.

HA has a unique ability to retain water

preventing loss of moisture. HA also

increases when the skin is healing and

helps to reduce inflammation on the

skin’s surface. It is therefore useful after

you have been in the sun and if you have

sunburn. Choose a naturally extra low

weight form of HA as this is much more

effective at reaching the skin surface.

Check the ingredients in

your beauty products

Always choose products with clean

ingredients for your beauty regime and

sun protection. Some of the more toxic

products containing synthetic colours

and fragrances, phthalates and sodium

lauryl sulfate (SLS), to name a few,

are best avoided. If you are unsure, a

great book is The Nature of Beauty by

Imelda Burke which provides excellent

information about ingredients and how

to make your own simple products.

Herbs for your skin

Gotu kola and ashwagandha are

wonderful anti-ageing herbs. Gotu

kola improves blood circulation and

supports the production of collagen

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Allow yourself time

We often need time to recover from our

travels, especially after long-haul flights.

Sleep is the best medicine for your skin

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Water for Health,

Fitness, Mind & Body

Sarah Maxwell breaks down the sometimes daunting

prospect of exercise into easily manageable activities

that can be slotted into a busy lifestyle

This summer i will be heading

to the beach to reap the many

benefits of the seaside. Fresh

sea air, the sand between your toes

and the ability to switch off from the

stresses of daily life can all contribute

to increased wellbeing – and the

beach itself offers the perfect location

for exercise outside of the gym.

So if you’re going on holiday this

summer, by the sea or pool, use this

opportunity to feel your very best and

increase your wellbeing both physically

and mentally. Kick off your trainers or

sandals and go barefoot, as not only will

this give you a better workout on the sand,

walking on both wet and dry sand will

challenge your body in different ways.

Scientists continually say that it takes

more energy to walk or run on sand

than it does to move at the same pace

on hard surfaces, and that energy is used

to strengthen all the lower body muscles

– especially your calves, quadriceps and

glutes. The drier the sand, the harder it is.

Regular runners may prefer wetter, firmer

sand in order to maintain proper form.

you can also expect to burn a lot

more calories on sand than you would

on hard ground and all the while

you are getting a free foot exfoliation

from being barefoot in the sand!

Walking in the surf: Just walking in

ankle deep water is a great challenge,

working against the ebb and flow of the

tide and you have yourself a great lower

body workout as you engage those core

muscles to stay upright! The deeper you

go the more challenging you can make it.

Playing in the waves: Jumping up and

down in the surf is great fun and a

challenge to your entire body. Diving

under waves and swimming against the tide

is a great way to work out, with the ocean

providing extra resistance, working your

muscles and improving your fitness levels

But not only is the beach good for

physical activities it can also help to

increase your mental wellbeing. Spending

time in the sunshine can increase your

levels of vitamin D and research has shown

that this can help to improve calcium

absorption, stress levels and your mood

(an especially great advantage if you find

that family holidays often turn out to be

rather stressful!)

Now we’ve spent all that time in the

water, and by the water, we need to

focus on drinking water! We all know

drinking plenty of water is important,

we all (probably!) know we should be

drinking more than we actually do, but

do you know how crucial water is to

everything that is going on in our bodies?

It helps to flush out waste and bacteria,

it assists in weight management, leads to

increased energy levels and it naturally

plumps and hydrates our skin. This is

particularly so in the warmer weather

when it’s essential to stay hydrated

(even more so if we are exercising)

Learn to listen to your body: yawning

and daytime fatigue can quite often be

signs of dehydration. Often we mistake

this for being hungry, so before you reach

for that sugary snack have a glass of water

first and you will probably find that ‘pang

of hunger’ just disappears! Make carrying

around a water bottle your new habit

and make sure you refill it frequently.

For advice on how to keep safe in the

water this summer, and water safety

in general, see Royal Life Saving

Society UK’s website rlss.org.uk

Sarah Maxwell is a

multiple award-winning

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

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Exercise of

the month:

Jumping

Jacks/star

jumps

(In waist

height water

– sea or pool –

or on the sand)

This is a great exercise for

the whole body and much

more fun in the water!

Jump with your legs

apart, at the same time

raise your arms and create

a star shape with your

body. (Keep knees soft

and your core engaged.)

Aim to do 30 seconds;

rest 20 second; repeat 3x.


Serves 6 Prep time: 30 mins

No cooking required

Ingredients

• 600g of 3 dips – hummous,

pesto, tzatziki

• 300g of 3 types of cold cooked

meats – chorizo, ham, chicken

• 600g of 3 types of veg – celery,

carrots, yellow peppers, etc

• 300g of 3 types of fruit – tomatoes,

dried apricots, blackberries

• 300g of 3 types of cheese – cubed

Cheddar, mozzarella balls, Kent Blue

• 300g olives – large green perello

and black marinated, pitted

• 1 x loaf of sourdough bread – we use

Light House Bakery Black Russian

• 600g biscuits for cheese, 3 types –

Bath Oliver, poppyseed, breadsticks

Sharing Platter

Gap filler ideas:

• Vegetable crisps

• Pistachio nuts

• Pretzels

Putting it together

1Begin by choosing a large platter

and using 3 points, start by

placing the elements in all 3 areas.

2Decant your dips into 3 small

bowls and place in a triangle

formation on or near the board.

3Next start with the meats

and snuggle each one

into little mounds.

4Slice the peppers and place near

the first meat you put down.

Baton the carrots and place closely to

the second meat. Wash and cut the

celery into long strips and place into

a glass placing by the third meat.

5Next, put the tomatoes next

to the pepper, the blackerries

next to the batons, and the apricots

next to the glass of celery.

6Using the fruit as a barrier

add the cheese. I like to cube

the cheddar and place near the

pepper, slice the Blue and place

next to the blackberries and put

the mozzarella near the apricots.

7Put the olives into two

bowls or jam jars.

8Now slice your loaf and

arrange your biscuits.

9The final stage is to fill the gaps

with the crisps, nuts and pretzels.

There are no rules here. But

10 this is a guide to variety

and weights. Consider colour and

different heights with the carbs

and seasonality when buying

your vegetables and fruit.


A taste of the

Mediterranean

Nicci Gurr adds a burst of sunshine to outdoor dining with a colourful

selection of dishes that are made for sharing with friends

Words: Nicci Gurr from Home Gurr’own

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming


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Our fish is delivered daily from the local fishing boats

and we pride ourselves on making everything from

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Courgette Spanakopita

Serves 6 Prep Time: 40 mins + overnight resting

• 1kg courgettes (grated)

• 2 tsp salt

• 50g grated cheddar

• Salt and freshly ground

pepper for seasoning

• 1 tsp Nigella seeds

• 1 beaten egg


For the filo pastry:

• 100g flour

• 50ml hot water

• 30g of hot smoked

rapeseed oil

• 5g salt

Courgette Preparation:

1Grate the courgettes

and sprinkle with salt.

Cover with a tea towel and

leave overnight in a colander

with a bowl underneath.

2The next day, submerge

the courgettes in water

to rinse the salt from them.

Then gather in a clean tea

towel and ring out to get

rid of any moisture. Mix

the courgettes with salt and

pepper and grated cheddar.

Method to make filo pastry:

Place the flour, hot water,

hot smoked rapeseed

oil and salt into a mixer

or bowl and stir until

incorporated, then knead

for 5 mins. Cover and rest

overnight in the fridge

Assembling the spanakopita:

1Take the filo pastry

and roll out as long

and thin as possible. Then

using heavily floured hands

stretch and manipulate the

pastry so it is paper thin.

2Make a sausage shape

of the courgette filling

along one end of the pastry

and roll away from you.

Taking the long filled sausage

of courgette stuffed filo,

carefully roll into a flat spiral

and place on a baking tray.

To cook:

Brush with the beaten

egg and sprinkle the

nigella seeds over the top.

Bake for 45 minutes at

180°C slice and serve.


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When it comes to the menu, everything is

carefully picked to create dishes that are

delicious, beautiful on the eye and change

regularly to ensure you never get bored.

Following a very extensive career in this wonderful industry,

including working with the athletes at the 2012 Olympics

and in a top London events venue, Jemma has recently taken

over this wonderful boutique restaurant, formally known as

‘Hythe Brasserie’ and has great plans to move it forward.

Expressing fresh and seasonal ingredients, the team

work with a list of handpicked trusted suppliers who

are expected to meet their high standards.

Twenty Four is very family run, with both Mum and Dad

helping out, the team strives together to create a truly

special dining experience for all their guests.

Twenty Four is now open from:

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Goats’ cheese, Parma Ham & Nectarine Salad

Serves 6 Prep Time: 10 mins

• 4 x ripe nectarines (sliced

into wedges)

• 80g Parma ham or Prosciutto

• 100g salad leaves/rocket

• 50g toasted pine nuts

• 6 tbsp of rapeseed or olive

oil (we like Pure Kent Oak

Smoked Rapeseed Oil)

• 125g local goats’ cheese (we

like The Traditional Cheese

Dairy’s ‘Stonegate’)

Wash and spin the salad leaves.

Wrap the wedges of nectarine

with the strips of Parma ham and place

randomly over the leaves. Crumble

the goats’ cheese on top and sprinkle

with the toasted pine nuts. Serve with a

simple dressing of rapeseed or olive oil.

Nicci Gurr is Head Chef of Home

Gurr’own. Using organic principles,

Home Gurr’own grow many of the

vegetables, herbs and edible flowers,

alongside rearing the meat that they

use to create their wedding and event

menus. They also grow a selection

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wedding couples and customers.

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Garden

Late season crops

Jo Arnell proves that, with a little planning, there’s still plenty

to grow in the veg garden as colder months approach

There might be gaps appearing on the plot this month.

I’m hoping it means you’ve been able to celebrate

all that hard work and harvest some produce, but it

could well be that disaster has struck. Disasters come in many

forms: life events, pests – even the weather can cause crops

to fail. You may not have got round to growing anything yet

(time flies when you intend to grow your own). Take heart

and gather yourself. There are still plenty of vegetables that

you can sow now that will mature in just a few weeks, or for

a harvest later in the autumn and winter. It may be too late to

sow plants that take a long time to grow, like leeks, parsnips,

purple sprouting broccoli, but there is definitely still time.

Fresh new crops for autumn and winter

Sow some hardy vegetables now and you will have a supply

of fresh produce for the coming season. Radishes, beetroot,

mangetout, short carrots and dwarf beans can be sown

now to harvest in under 12 weeks. You can make sowings

of kale, Swiss chard, spinach and pak choi this month and

have a supply of nutritious greens for autumn and, because

these are hardy crops, right through the winter too.

I grow a few stalwarts to last the winter; kale, Swiss chard

and perpetual spinach are consistently reliable. Kale is hardy

in the coldest of winters, heroically shrugging off frost and

snow, but you may need to protect chard and spinach with

a cloche. These plants do not grow much in the winter

months, but will tick over and act like an outdoor larder,

supplying you with fresh green leaves whenever you need

them. Winter lettuces, mustards, pak choi and other oriental

leaves are also surprisingly hardy. The good news about

growing these crops at the end of the season is that the

insect pests begin to disappear as the weather gets colder,

but you may still need to net brassicas like kale, as pigeons

find them irresistible and will shred any unprotected leaves.

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Many vegetables are suitable for growing in containers; but

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Above: Keep an eye on the nutritional needs of any new plants and add more compost as needed. Some of the early crops may have

depleted key soil nutrients, which may need to be replaced before the next round of growing starts.


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Garden

order to provide a decent crop. Short carrots, beetroot, radishes,

leafy greens and pea shoots are reliable and quick, so may be

less demanding than other crops if you are short on time. Sow a

packet of fast growing salad leaves and lettuce into a planter by the

kitchen door, for tasty cut-and-come-again leaves that will appear

within a month. If you just pick off the outer leaves, you’ll be able

to keep them going for the rest of the summer and into autumn.

Filling gaps

As you harvest vegetables this month you may well be creating

gaps in your plot. Fill these with fast growing crops such

as rocket, khol rabi, radishes, sugar-snap peas, dwarf beans

and salad leaves. Grow leafy plants in semi-shade, or keep

them well watered, as they may bolt (run to seed) in hot, dry

weather. If you are eager to cram as much into the season as

possible, you can sow into guttering pipes before the gaps

appear, so that a ready made row can slide into the ground

once you’ve harvested the current crop. This is a useful way

of ensuring a constant supply of peas, beans and salad.

Soil preparation and fertiliser

Keep an eye on the nutritional needs of any new plants, and

add more compost as needed. Some of the early crops may have

depleted key soil nutrients, which may need to be replaced before

the next round of growing starts. This is less necessary for the

Above: Kale and cabbages growing side by

side. Grow leafy plants in semi-shade, or keep

fast growing salads and roots, but some extra compost might

them well watered, as they may bolt.

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Garden

Green manure

‘Nature abhors a vacuum’ so Aristotle is rumoured to

have said, which when translated to the vegetable garden,

means that any bare soil will be filled immediately –

with weeds. If you are not keen on growing lots more

vegetables this year, then beat nature to it and fill your

vacuum with a green manure. This will keep the weeds

down, stop soil erosion and when it’s been dug in, add

nutrients to the soil and improve the soil structure.

It is not compulsory to keep your plot productive all year

round, but it is entirely possible. The plants do grow a little

more slowly from midsummer onwards, but so do the weeds

and pests. At this time of the year there are less pressing tasks

elsewhere in the garden, the soil is warm and receptive and

the weather is often kinder too. Let’s get growing (again).

Top: Jo Arnell’s garden at Hornbrook Manor

Above: Rows of lettuces make for a pretty combination of colours

Vegetables to sow in August

Carrots – try growing short Chantenay,

or Nantes carrots that won’t take as long

to grow as longer roots. These can even

be grown in containers and that way

kept out of reach of pesky carrot flies.

Beetroot – grow some tasty ‘baby’

beets in around 12-14 weeks.

These are best lifted before the

end of the autumn, as they tend to

become woody in cold weather.

Dwarf beans – because these beans

don’t have to spend time climbing up

poles and sticks, they start flowering

and setting pods earlier than climbing

varieties. From an early August

sowing you could be harvesting green

(or purple) dwarf French beans by

the beginning of October. Don’t

leave sowing any later than this

though, as they are a tender crop

and may be hit by an early frost.

Peas – the quickest peas to grow

are the sugar-snaps and mangetout

varieties, as you are harvesting the

whole pod and not waiting for the

peas inside to swell and ripen.

Kale – this is probably one of

my ‘desert island’ vegetables; it

stands tall and impervious to

the winter weather, nutritious to

the end. Protect from pests.

Swiss chard – as beautiful as it is

good for you, chard is available in a

rainbow array of colours, although

a white one ‘Fordhook Giant’ may

be the best culinary variety.

Rocket – Reliable, quick (as its

name suggests) and tasty, rocket

will also self-seed around the

patch, so you may find you don’t

have to make repeat sowings…

Oriental greens – crops like pak choi,

mustard, kai lan (Chinese broccoli)

and napa cabbage are fast growing

and make fantastic additions to stir

fries and soup recipes. They may

need netting to protect from flea

beetle (which makes tiny holes in the

leaves), caterpillars and pigeons.

Salad leaves – loose leaved, ‘cut

and come again’ lettuce, herbs like

chervil, coriander and spicy mesclun

mixes of assorted leaves, all make

quick and tasty fresh salad that will

stay fresh (unlike the plastic bags of

leaves that turn to slime as soon as

you open them) for many weeks.

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Garden

A

few years ago a group of us went

to have lunch at Gravetye Manor,

home to the Victorian gardener,

William Robinson. Robinson bought the

Elizabethan house and about 200 acres

in the mid-1880s and the estate, which

he extended, became his life’s work. We

have so much to thank him for as he

was at the forefront of the movement

rebelling against the high Victorian

style of gardening with its regimented

bedding in bright colours ‘highlighted’

with rather incongruous plantings of

exotics grown on in glasshouses. His style,

much followed, was for the more natural,

wilder approach to gardening, which

thankfully still prevails. Two of his books,

The Wild Garden and The English Flower

Garden became best sellers. His approach

to gardening developed in tandem with

Late Bloomers

Sue Whigham gives her tips for glorious autumn colour

Top: Bupleurum fruticosum Above: A blush pink mop head hydrangea

the British Arts and Crafts movement

of the early twentieth century and one

of its more famous local exponents

was Daisy Lloyd at Great Dixter.

But back to lunch that

October at Gravetye...

I felt like a Jack in the Box with the

excitement of the autumn colours in

their fabulous borders and remember

that it was a beautiful day and the beds

really were brimming with so many rich

colour combinations. All late flowerers of

course: amongst them dahlias, aconites

and salvias. I can’t remember what

we ate but those plants and planting

combinations were just lovely.

Aconites really come into their own

from July onwards. One of the first to

flower is the silver-blue A. ‘Stainless

Steel’. I love this plant with its silver blue

hooded flowers. It’s great in July with

peachy day lilies. Another one which

starts into flower in July is A. ‘Spark’s

Variety’. This was introduced by the

famous Riverslea Nursery, founded by

Maurice Prichard who gave his name to

Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichard’s Variety’

and the pink Geranium riversleaianum

‘Russell Prichard’. I’m not sure why

this particular aconite was named

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‘Spark’s Variety’. Anyway, this plant has

a long flowering period and deep purple

hooded flowers. Like most monkshoods,

it can be grown in both sun or partial

shade provided it is provided with a

good fertile soil, which is really the same

for all aconites. Give the plants a good

mulch in the spring to retain moisture.

To continue the late flowering season

with these plants, try A. carmichaelii

‘Arendsii’ which goes through August

and into September. This is a tall plant

with enormous blue flowers and totally

self-supporting, upright stems. You’ll

need a bit of space for this but there are

shorter forms worth trying. Aconites look

marvellous grown with late season grasses.

And then there are the Agastache,

brilliant for flowering late and for

extending the flowering season in your

borders from July right through to

October. These are perennial plants with

so many plus points; from the aromatic

foliage through to the way that they

attract bees and hoverflies. They like a well

drained soil – good for a Mediterranean

planting in gravel garden perhaps. Two

worth mentioning are A. ‘Blue Fortune’

with dark bracts and violet blue flowers

and A. ‘Blackadder’ with spikes of furry

violet blue flower and dark calyxes.

I took a photo this morning of the buds

of a Japanese anemone. How pretty they

are. Perched on long stems are furry grey/

pink/white perfectly formed bobbles.

I read somewhere that they reminded

the writer of pearls and I think that is

such a good description. This particular

anemone is A. x hybrida ‘Honorine

Jobert’, with pure white flowers with a

distinctive green centre surrounded by

bright yellow stamens. Easy to grow and

easy to source. Growing with dark foliage

as a backdrop like Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

they light up the garden until October.

This is the way to see them at their

best. They spread like mad but are so

charming and make up for their manners!

Oh, another one that is rather

beautiful is the double pink, A. hupensis

var. japonica ‘Pamina’ which has rather

elegant grey black stems. Bees love

Japanese anemones so grow them!

I think it was quite late in the

season when we went to Malverleys in

Hampshire. What a garden. Particularly

memorable in their stunning white

garden were enormous quantities of

the self-seeding biennial sea holly,

Eryngium giganteum, commonly known

as Miss Willmott’s Ghost, named after

an incorrigible gardener who felt

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Garden

that all her friends’ gardens should be

blessed with the plant. She apparently

sowed seed wherever she visited.

Eryngiums are great late flowerers

and I love this one for its silver white

flower heads. There are lots to try.

Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’ as its

name suggests has lots of bright blue

flowers. Eryngium x oliverianum has blue

flower and amethyst stems. They take a

while to establish and colour up but are

worth the wait. For a bit of drama try

E. pandanifolium ‘Physic Purple’ from

the Chelsea Physic Garden. Tall, very

tall, its tiny purple heads are magnets

for all manner of pollinating insects.

And late flowering shrubs? Buddleja of

course are brilliant for late flowering

colour and for providing food for

butterflies. There are so many new

cultivars but I love B. davidii ‘Dartmoor’

which has fan shaped multiple spikes

of purple blossom. It is highly scented

and butterflies really do besiege it.

Bupleurum fruticosum is a shrubby late

flowering evergreen with masses of green

umbellifer flower heads. It is lovely for

“Visit William Dyson’s salvia

nursery in the gardens of

Great Comp, near Sevenoaks,

to see his amazing, ever

increasing, collection of salvias”

cutting. It doesn’t seem to mind having

a good hair cut in the spring to control

its size. It just comes back better and

even more floriferous. Grow it with tall

Salvia confertiflora or Salvia involucrata.

Both are smashing late flowering plants

but the latter is hardy so perhaps easier.

You really do have to remember to bring

in S. confertiflora but you are rewarded

for your diligence the following year.

I almost forgot to mention the shrubby

salvias with their incredibly long flowering

period. Visit William Dyson’s salvia

nursery in the gardens of Great Comp,

near Sevenoaks, to see his amazing, ever

increasing, collection of salvias. He has

been growing salvias in Kent for over 20

years. I particularly like S. ‘Royal Bumble’

with its combination of dark stems and

rich scarlet flowers. It’s in a pot at the

moment and probably would benefit from

being planted out, but the stems break off

easily and it may not be the moment now.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on

07810 457948 for gardening advice

and help in the sourcing and supply

of interesting garden plants.

Dyson’s Nurseries, Great Comp

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Top: Salvia involucrata with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Above: Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’ with yarrow

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September issue


Play & Learn

Education

Our children need to explore and have fun, it’s a key part of

their development, as Hilary Wilce explains...

For all of us, summer is a time of play. Children play

in the long days free from school. Adults play on

the beach, or round the barbecue, or at outdoor

festivals – the year I went to Glastonbury, my first thought

was that this was a vast, colourful playground where

170,000 people were dancing, singing, dressing-up and

pretending just like the children they had all once been.

Play is great. It helps us to develop communication skills.

It aids problem-solving, underpins cognitive

development and feeds the imagination.

But not all of us remember to honour it all

the time. Some of us think that work and

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for children the most important thing is

to get top test scores and exam results.

Yet play sits dead-centre of who we

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and learn, socialise, grow and develop.

Without it, we are poor, stunted, joyless

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So it goes without saying that play should always

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understand that little children need to pour water and

dig sand in order to better understand the world and

their place in it. But what about later on? Think back

to your own learning and it’s almost certain that your

most vivid memories will relate to times when you were

“Play sits deadcentre

of who we

are as human

beings. It helps us

relax and learn,

socialise, grow

and develop”

encouraged to do things for yourself and find things out.

If you can’t access any such memories, you must have had

very dull schooldays, but imagine being nine and taken out

into the playground to act out a scale model of the solar

system? Are you ever going to forget being Neptune, at the

far edge of the cluster of planets we call home? Or being 13

and being asked, in a geography lesson, to use sand trays and

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Play encourages interest and motivation.

Learning times tables is hard and boring,

but made much more fun when the ‘times

table Macerana’ is used to encourage

counting in twos, fives and 10s.

We are never too old to learn through

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school, participants were asked to run to one

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or by email. The resulting clusters showed how few people

were genuine extroverts, and how many were naturally more

shy and unconfident. I’m not sure that life’s that simple,

but I’ve never forgotten that visual picture of the prevalence

of human uncertainty underneath our brave facades.

Playing is essential to our co-operative human nature.

We can do it in a million ways – through singing, drama,

sport, painting, cooking – and it will feed and enrich us.

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The Old Gaol Studio

The working studio of landscape painter, Karl Terry and his ceramicist

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‘en-plein air’ oil sketches from the local landscape and his wider travels.

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seasons. The interplay of light draws her eye to the often overlooked

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Relics from over 700 crashed aircraft

Adults: £8.00

OAPs: £7.50

Children: £4.00

Museum Shop, No.25

Squadron Mess and Tea Room

Free parking for cars and

coaches

On the grounds of both security

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cameras, video recorders, mobile

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electronic recording equipment is

allowed in the museum.

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Children & Families

Sat 13 Jul – Sun 1 Sep

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG

Maize Maze

This year Penshurst’s amazing

maize maze’s theme is exploration,

with a hot air balloon maze design

and plenty of hidden corners and

concealed passages to explore.

Don’t forget to bring along your

cameras and smartphones to

enter a selfie competition to win

a Penshurst Place family season

ticket, and collect clues from

checkpoints hidden throughout

the maze to solve the puzzle.

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Tuesdays from 23 Jul

– 27 Aug 3-4pm

Fenwick, Victoria Road,

Tunbridge Wells TN1 2SR

and Fenwick, St George’s

St, Canterbury CT1 2TB

Children’s Baking

Classes with Parents’

Sparkling Cream Tea

Cupcake decorating for kids

and sparkling cream teas for

grown ups, (including a glass

of prosecco, fruit scone and

a hot beverage) everyone’s

happy! Booking essential.

Entry: Adults £12, children £9

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Sat 10 – Sun 11 Aug

Headcorn Aerodrome,

Ashford TN27 9HX

Combined Ops Military

and Air Show

A unique event with vintage and

What’s On in August

modern aircraft displays both on

the ground and in the air. Aircraft

that appeared last year included;

C47 Dakotas, Spitfires and a

Chinook and Lancaster Bomber.

There will also be living history

re-enactment groups, arena

events, military stalls, children’s

entertainment and food stalls.

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Sun 11 Aug 11am-4pm

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge TN8 7AD

Buddhist Art &

Activity Day

An opportunity for the whole

family to learn more about

Buddhist art and culture, try

some family-friendly yoga and

meditation, explore Chiddingstone

Castle’s beautiful grounds

with a mindfulness walk, taste

traditional Matcha tea and

enjoy some creative crafts.

Entry: Adults £10, children

up to 13 £5, familiesv£25,

children under 5 free

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Festivals & Fairs

Fri 23 – Mon 26 August

Pippingford Manor Park,

Ashdown Forest, East

Sussex, TN22 3HW

Byline Festival

Extinction Rebellion, Pussy Riot,

Lowkey, The Feeling, political

and social discussion with peace

campaigner Dr Scilla Elworthy

and whistleblowers like Chris

Wylie, MPs and policy makers,

writing and podcast workshops,

comedy, The Human Library

and Being the Story. This festival

aims to change its visitors and

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Visit in August to see

hundreds of lilies, the

abundant kitchen garden

and the herbaceous

borders looking fantastic

Sussex Guild

Craft Show

24th, 25th & 26th August

Gardens; Café with Terrace; Gift Shop; Art and

Sculpture Exhibitions - all open until 28th September

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Stade Open Space, Old Town

Open 11am - 6pm daily, music until 7pm

£2.50 in advance, £4 on the gate, under 18s free

Advance tickets available from the Tourist Information Centre.

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What’s On in August

musical score, spectacular

stage effects, and puppetry.

Suitable for ages over five.

Entry: Adults £17.99, children 15

& under £5.99, families £39.99

coolings.co.uk

Sat 24 Aug

Hole Park, Benenden

Road, Rolvenden,

Cranbrook TN17 4JA

Proms Spectacular

Hole Park’s first ever Proms

spectacular will open with

a majestic Spitfire display

accompanied by well-known

British war themes, which will

then be followed by an evening

of beautiful music including

Land of Hope & Glory, Rule

Britannia and Jerusalem and

a fantastic firework finale.

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Sat 24 – Mon 26 Aug

Various locations in Rye, Kent

The Rye international

jazz and blues festival

Imagine all the jazz-filled

festivities of a weekend in New

Orleans brought to Rye. This

star-packed programme features

headline concerts from six

world class international artists

(including Beverley Knight), three

days of fantastic free outdoor

music performances, music

workshops and marching bands.

ryejazz.com

Look forward:

September

Sat 7 Sep

Dreamland, 49-51, Marine

Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1XJ

Filmstock

With outdoor screenings of

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

and Ferris Bueller’s Day

Off, live music, DJ sets,

incredible street food and drink

and plenty of documentaries,

live scores, interviews and

Q&As, this celebration of film

curated by DJ Yoda is sure

to please the whole family.

Entry: from £20 (+ booking fee)

dreamland.co.uk

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Sept 10.30-4.30

St. Margaret’s Church, Church

Lane, Hothfield TN26 1EL

Step into Hothfield’s

History Exhibition

Hothfield History Society proudly

presents a charming exhibition

with children’s competitions, a

chance to visit the Bell Tower

and light lunches and delicious

afternoon teas in the Church Café.

Entry: Free

hothfieldmemories.org.uk

Thu 26 Sept (Little Silver

Hotel & Cashara, Tenterden),

Fri 4 Oct (The George,

Robertsbridge), Thu 10 Oct

(Eastwell Manor, Ashford), Fri

18 (The Vestry Hall & Odyl,

Cranbrook) & Fri 25 Oct

(Smallhythe Place)

Think pink world tour

The Rockin Rockits!, the

Wonderful Ruby Choir and

the Swinging Ruby Sisterz are

touring the Weald performing

chart hits and musical classics

to raise awareness and funds for

Breast Cancer awareness month.

Two of our favourite shops,

Odyl and Cashara, will also be

holding fashion shows, plus

each event will have a Grand

Pink Raffle and refreshments.

Entry: Fri 4 Oct Free, all others £5

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The most exciting craft event to be launched in Kent for decades

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worth over £400 and two tickets

for A Kent Cookery School course

Manufacturing knives in

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Congratulations to Neil Carter who wins our June

competition for a three-day holiday at Efteling

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane tackles the challenge of

a wildflower meadow

The wild flower meadow has not only been looking

wonderful all summer but more than ever before it’s

been buzzing with bees, and birds and butterflies have all

taken advantage of the many different flowers and seeds on offer.

We made the meadow five years ago. It was a huge

project that involved turning back the clock and accepting

it would be less productive in terms of the amount of

grass it produced, but it has been worth every penny.

I don’t imagine you ever give it a second thought but the

fact is almost all the fields of grass you see round and about,

will in recent history have been ‘improved’. Over 97% of

original Wealden meadows which would

“Over 97% of

original Wealden

meadows have been

ploughed and sown

with high yielding

grasses, such as

perennial rye grass”

have supported about 50 different species

have been ploughed and sown with high

yielding grasses, such as perennial rye

grass, a fast growing, tough thug that

doesn’t let any others get a look in. This

kind of intensive grass production while

supporting more sheep and cattle leaves

little room for plant diversity or wildlife.

New wild flower meadows are called ‘semiimproved’

and it’s much harder to make one

than you might imagine. To get rid of the rye

grass we had to spray it off in the autumn

not one, not two but three times and then as though making

turf, a machine was brought in to slice and remove the top few

inches of rooty soil. This created a house size pile which we put

in the woods much to the delight of the pigs who thought we’d

built them their very own piggy Alton Towers. It was then left to

overwinter as a sad, bald patch of land. In February, seed from

a host of different species of clay-loving wild flowers and grasses

were sown and ever since it has been an annual riot of colour.

But it’s gang warfare out there and to prevent the bad

boy grasses, thistles and docks, from moving back in we

have to make every effort to keep the soil fertility low. And

one of the key heroes in this ongoing battle is yellow rattle,

a semi-parasitic annual plant that attaches

to the roots of the vigorous species and

takes nutrients, thus preventing them outcompeting

the gentler wildflower species.

Often known as the meadow maker it’s such

an important plant that it has a whole line-up

of regional names, including pots and pans, hen

pennies, tiddlibottles and shacklecaps. And while

on the subject of monikers there may be many

ways I didn’t get 10 out of 10 for my parenting

skills – no piano lessons, too busy to take them

to museums or make things with egg boxes and

sticky-back plastic – but I did teach my girls the

names of all the wild flowers they came across. And even if it

won’t feature on their CVs I remain immensely satisfied, maybe

if I’m honest a touch smug, that they can tell Jack in the Hedge

from Herb Robert and Ladies Bedstraw from Yellow Archangel.

Another way to keep the fertility down is to cut the meadow

every year for hay. In the other fields on the farm we cut hay

in late June and later spread muck taken from the cow sheds

the winter before. But the meadow gets left till late summer,

usually the end of August when all the seeds have dropped and

having been mown it gets not so much as a sniff of manure.

Talking of aromas it also produces the most delicious

smelling hay, a heady mixture of vaguely medicinal

Meadowsweet, mingling with the soporific scent of Ladies

Bedstraw (which was why it was used to stuff mattresses)

and the slightly vanilla scented sweet vernal grass.

And it’s not just the smell, evidently if you’re a cow

or sheep you really can taste the difference. Open a bale

of that on a cold wet February morning in the sheep

shed and it’s a race to get there first. Cue music and sexy

voice, “It’s not just any hay, it’s late-cut meadow hay”.

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

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