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WHERE IT’S AT
Maggie Alderson’s pick of
properties with perfect locations
November’s news and events
We explore Kate Monckton’s
quintessential village home
GET THE LOOK
Village style inspiration
ARE MADE OF
Beds to keep all the family
warm and snug through winter
SPRUCE THE SPARE
Ideas for giving your spare
bedroom a makeover
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Tour a rich and vivid
home revamped by interior
designer Alexis Wylie
GET THE LOOK
Imitate Alexis Wylie’s style
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Party wear with 80s flair
Josephine Fairley is saving our
skin with the best of balms
VITAMIN D: HOW
MUCH IS ENOUGH?
Henrietta Norton has answers
FOR THE LITTLE
How to feel and look great
as party season approaches
A guide to fabulous
Find plants that last all
year with Jo Arnell
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A stunning selection of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom brand new homes in a fantastic Surrey location.
Set in a rural location just a few minutes’ walk from the heart of West End village.
Prices starting from only £409,950. Viewings available today!
3 Bedroom Semi-detached
Offers a large kitchen/dining
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4 Bedroom Detached
A stylish home whose ground
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a study as well as a kitchen/
dining room and living room.
5 Bedroom Detached
Generous and spacious
accommodation with separate
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Known for quality, exceptional attention
to detail and careful craftmanship,
Thakeham is delighted to launch an
exclusive courtyard development
of just 15 homes in Bookham
Local Sussex developer, Thakeham, is
renowned for building quality homes in
Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. Its new
collection, The Martingales, is no exception
– a high-quality courtyard development,
combining modern techniques with traditional
s tyle to create just 15 bespoke new homes in a
desirable Surrey location.
Located a short walk from Bookham High Street
and surrounded by Surrey countryside, The
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Each home has been carefully designed to a
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designed long before a single brick was laid and
Thakeham’s attention to detail and unmatched
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This intimate collection of two, three, and four
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mighty oak woods and tranquil ponds are home
to an abundance of wildlife and are a wonderful
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Come and see for yourself…
Thakeham would like to invite you to join them
on Thursday 12th December, from 4-7pm to
experience the Thakeham difference first-hand.
Our friendly team looks forward to welcoming
you with mulled wine and mince pies and the
opportunity to find out more about buying a new
home at The Martingales.
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The Martingales showhome is open now. Already
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Summers Place, Stane Street,
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Sales Enquiries: 01372 231585
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and purchasing criteria. Up to 100% part exchange and other incentives available on selected plots, subject to terms and conditions and not in conjunction with each other or any other offer.^Our “Assisted Move” service is only available on selected
CALA homes subject to CALA’s discretion. We have the right to refuse your application for the Assisted Move service. We will only accept an Assisted Move reservation in the absence of a cash purchaser. Geographically, we will only consider an
Assisted Move reservation if the sale of your existing property can be easily managed from a CALA regional office location. Visit CALA.CO.UK/TERMS for full terms and conditions.†YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP
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SWEETERS FIELD, ALFOLD
A stunning collection of 3 & 4 bedroom family homes
in rural surroundings, yet connected to the nearby towns
of Cranleigh, Horsham and Billingshurst.
Prices from £375,000
ALFOLD, CRANLEIGH, SURREY, GU6 8HR
01483 342 316
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SHOPWYKE LAKES, CHICHESTER
Final detached homes with a
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the Witterings just under 10 miles away.
Prices from £525,000
CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX, PO20 2AA
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AMLETS PLACE, CRANLEIGH
Final 3 & 4 bedroom homes remaining at this
award-winning development in an enviable location just a
1 mile walk from the heart of Cranleigh.
Prices from £450,000
CRANLEIGH, SURREY, GU6 7DH
01483 355 752
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Now you can have it all. Discover your dream home in a beautiful setting and enjoy the benefits of country living with commutability.
What’s more, we have a selection of homes ready to move into right now, available with up to 100% Part Exchange*, Assisted Move^
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conjunction with part exchange. Availability of other incentives/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 to the Government’s specific terms, conditions and qualifying criteria. CHECK THAT THIS MORTGAGE WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS IF YOU WANT TO MOVE OR SELL YOUR HOME
OR YOU WANT YOUR FAMILY TO INHERIT IT. IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT SEEK INDEPENDENT ADVICE. 5.2% APR typical. Photography has been enhanced in post production. 5 stars awarded for customer’s willingness to ‘Recommend to a
Friend’ in findings of the survey, undertaken by the Home Builders Federation 2017/18/19. Telephone calls within the British Isles will be charged at local rate. Telephone calls may divert to a mobile service in which case call charges may vary.
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As Auctioneers, we have extensive experience in selling all
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With eight, five day auctions per year we can provide our
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Public Auctions offer a unique way of buying and selling
within a public arena, this gives all interested parties an
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all those involved in the sale.
While all land and property may be suitable for auction
some are more suitable than others. Lots might include
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Selling By Auction is often the BEST method of sale. Each
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Over 1,000 clients benefit from our services every year
recognising that selling under the hammer achieves the best
Many properties are sold by executors, trustees, power
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Examples of Lots offered in October
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Freehold land extending to
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Entries are invited for our upcoming auction
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Catalogue available from Friday 15th November
Contact our Kent & South East London office to discuss
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Freehold retail/office unit
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Semi-detached house for
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Upcoming Five-day December Auction
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Tuesday 10th December - Kent & South East London
Wednesday 11th December - Sussex & Surrey
Thursday 12th December - West Country
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A striking Victorian manor house built in 1901 situated to the south of Reigate, which has
been imaginatively restored to create 14 elegant apartments, set in imposing grounds
with far reaching views over the South Downs.
Designed to enhance and complement the location, Highgrove offers unique and
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courtyards and verandas.
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Viewings by appointment only
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WE ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR LAND AND PROPERTY WITH DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL
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This collection of seven 2 bedroom apartments, one 3 bedroom penthouse and one
2 bedroom detached home is set 150 yards * from the town’s train station, with an
outstanding specification, secure parking and private outdoor space to each property.
• Secure gated development with allocated parking
• Open plan living/kitchen/dining rooms
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• Bathrooms with Hansgrohe, Bauhaus and Porcelanosa fittings
• Complete with floor coverings & underfloor heating throughout
• 24-hour CCTV, video entry and intruder alarms
• Balcony, garden or roof terrace to each home
• 10 year NHBC warranty
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Prices from £525,000
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Thursday 21st November
10.30am - 1.30pm
for mince pies at our
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Part ownership option**
New homes available
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1 and 2 bedroom apartments
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Please ask for details
Pre-owned homes available £140,000 - £440,000*,
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• Master bedrooms with luxury en-suite bathroom • Open-plan living spaces
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PRICES FROM £470,000
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Where it’s at
From gated estates to town centre treasures, Maggie Alderson
finds perfectly situated properties on the market now
The dream: A bespoke mansion
built for the vendors to lead modern
family life in great style. The exterior
is classic, with dormer windows and
a porticoed front door, but inside the
layout is contemporary, with a large
living kitchen/family room/breakfast
room/dining room as the hub of the
house, with bifold doors onto the
terrace and pool. There is an Aga as
well as an induction hob.
Where: The prestigious and
sought-after Burwood Park gated
estate, between Walton and
Weybridge, with Esher nearby.
Setting: Surrounded by mature
trees and leafy gardens.
Beds: 6 Baths: 6
Pleasing details: Staff flat.
Special features: The Master Suite
has a dressing room and a separate
shoe room, and a large balcony
looking over the pool and garden.
Outside: Laid to lawn with
beautiful mature borders and
trees. Luxury swimming pool
with spacious summer house/
lodge, terrace with open fire,
dining area and BBQ kitchen.
Time to town: From nearby Walton
station, 45 minutes to Waterloo.
Agent: Hamptons International,
Weybridge 01932 859933
The dream: This fabulous makeover of
Eagle House, by Octagon Developments,
offers the opportunity to live in great
style in a Grade II* listed Jacobean manor
house, built in the early 1600s - without
the headaches of owning a whole historic
building. Glorious original windows,
timber panelling, fireplaces and floorboards
are in all place within the apartments.
Where: Wimbledon Village.
Setting: Right in the heart of it all with
Wimbledon town centre and the Common
very close, leading on to Richmond Park.
Beds: 2, or 3 Baths: all ensuite
Pleasing details: Bulthaup
kitchens as standard.
Special features: The entrance hall features
the original ornate fireplace and there is
another in the communal sitting room.
Outside: Communal landscaped gardens.
Time to town: Nine miles from Hyde
Park Corner, Wimbledon tube is at the
end of the District Line and from the
overground it’s 19 minutes to Waterloo.
Agent: Octagon Developments
020 8481 7500 octagon.co.uk
The dream: This house is a brilliant
combination of desirable attributes rarely
found in one home. It’s a beautifully elegant
Grade II* listed Georgian townhouse, with
a contemporary extension providing the
contemporary living kitchen ideal, and a full
wall of glass onto the lovely courtyard garden.
Where: The epicentre of Guildford, 100
metres from the Upper High Street.
Setting: Once again, the ideal mixture, in
the very heart of the town, close to the River
Wey, yet with green urban space all around.
Beds: 4 Baths: 3
Pleasing details: A cosy study on the ground
floor, the kitchen/family room to the rear and
an elegant drawing room on the first floor.
Special features: The beautiful original
staircase, with wooden handrails.
Outside: A terraced and
landscaped walled garden.
Time to town: Ten minutes walk
to Guildford Station, then just over
half an hour to Waterloo.
Agent: Knight Frank, Guildford
01483 565171 knighfrank.co.uk
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The festive season is full of excitement for Denbies. First,
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delectation (plus a little self-treating!), to Christmas
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surrounding one of the most preparation-heavy events of the year.
Photographer David Merewether has been shooting cosy
winter interiors to inspire as the evenings draw in. Both this
month’s homes have had the full interior designer treatment
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This page: 18th century panelling sourced from another property now lines the walls of Kate’s ‘telly den’
wanted to see since seeing her photographs online.
With a lovely display of African baskets on the
wall behind, a mix of cushions and a view to the
lovely jungly courtyard garden through the glasspaned
back door, it’s even better in real life.
“I thought I was going to go back to London,”
she says, “but after six months living down here, I
felt so much more healthy and stress free. London
has got much harder to live in, getting around is
tough and the air quality is terrible, it’s toxic.
“I’ve never wanted to live in the middle of nowhere,
but this feels like the country while it’s actually just
seven minutes to Tunbridge Wells, with all its amenities,
and an hour into London by train from there.”
Even the way Kate found the house was a classic example
of village life. “I started looking for a house to buy here and
nothing suitable was coming on the market. People told
me, ‘You’ll hear about something by word of mouth.’ Not
long after, I was walking my dog Billy and bumped into
another dog owner, a total stranger, outside this house. We
got talking and she told me the house was on the market
and 10 days later I put in an offer – and I am now friends
with that woman.”
That’s the joy of being a village person and Kate has taken
to it with aplomb – not unaided by the fact that while
the kitchen was being built she had to eat all her meals
in The George, the lovely pub about 100 metres away.
The very central location of the house was probably
why it was once the village bakery. The lovely cast iron
original oven is still in place in the beamed corridor to
the kitchen, plus there is a letter, passed on from owner to
owner, written on a piece of a cardboard box by the last
Left: A stripped pine prison door, installed
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Below: Tribal masks from Tribal Space
are framed by the panelling
baker when he closed in 1978, describing how life
had been in Frant when he had opened in 1957.
It’s a wonderful artefact listing all the shops
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This house has a great personality.”
One of the quirks of that personality are two balconystyle
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Above left: Kate has carefully preserved many of the house’s original features, bringing it into the
21st century with contemporary touches such as this turquoise velvet chair and graphic cushion
Above right: The bathroom features pale pink tiles which give it a 1950s mood
of Ensor Interiors, whose lovely shop is just along the
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“He said first insulate the house, get it warm, so we did
all that boring, unsexy stuff, which is essential if you want
a comfortable house and we put in new floorboards and
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bookshelves on the end of each run are in a lovely contrasting
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This page: For the master bedroom, Kate has chosen wallpaper
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Previous pages and above: The panelled dining room is painted a vibrant bright orange. The octagonal dining
table is surrounded by dining chairs upholstered with bright Peruvian rugs which Ally sourced
When touring houses to write about them
for this magazine, you are usually shown
around by the proud owners, but sometimes
the householders prefer to stay in the background,
leaving the limelight for their decorator or architect.
This was one of those houses – but it didn’t feel like it.
The owners were not there physically, but the presence of
the family which has lived here for nearly 20 years runs
through ever square inch of the place so vividly, you expect
to bump into them as you come around every corner.
And with the rambling plan of the place, from the
original 17th century farmhouse to the Georgian
extension attached to the front, with two staircases and
all kinds of surprising half landings and internal hallways,
it must be the greatest place for hide and seek.
A sense of fun is everywhere here, from book wallpaper in
the study, to the corridor to the downstairs loo papered with
Ordnance Survey Maps and a cupboard which I peeped into
(thinking it might be a secret passage – it’s that kind of a
house) that turned out to be a very imaginatively stocked bar.
Our official guide for the tour was interior designer Alexis
Wylie who is gradually working her way through the
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and surfaces covered in interesting things, you know immediately
you are in a house with sedimentary layers of experiences
house, combining the lovely old pieces owned by the family
with some judicially selected new furnishings to create her
very warm and rich style of interior – while not watering
down in any way the very vivid character of the family.
Sitting at the end of a long private lane, off a back road
outside Bodiam, in East Sussex, by the time you get to
the house you start to feel like you’re in some kind of
enchanted kingdom. A prospect only heightened when you
pull up alongside and see the lovely outdoor pool, with
a pool house and a yoga hut, with views out across the
spectacular countryside of this particular pocket of heaven.
Entering via the kitchen, with its white five-oven Aga
and walls and surfaces covered in interesting things, you
know immediately you are in a house with sedimentary
layers of experiences. It feels joyously lived in, used, shared
and enjoyed. Years and years of people doing stuff, going
to places and bringing things home to remember it all by.
I didn’t spot one of those family height charts biro-ed onto
a door jamb, but the whole house feels like one. All that
growing leaves a very happy patina on a place. And two
Above: Ally updated the drawing room in time for the family’s Easter gathering – her brief:
“We want a sitting room we can flop in, with the dogs.”
lovely Irish terriers add to the general sense of wellbeing too.
The dogs were how Ally (as everyone calls Alexis) met the
owners. She has an Irish terrier herself and living nearby, they
dog-bonded while out walking the pups in the adjoining
countryside. So when the owners wanted to refresh one of
their guest bedrooms, Ally was the obvious choice to do it.
The catalyst for the makeover was that stage of family
life when the three children – for whose benefit the owners
had moved out of London, the husband having enjoyed
an idyllic East Sussex childhood himself – started to head
off to university and then on from there. “It was time
to turn their rooms around and get rid of the plastic,”
says Ally. “To bring the house on to the next stage.”
The owners’ vision for the room was inspired by a family
trip to India, itself a return to a country the owners had
travelled to in their pre-children days, on a motorbike.
You get a sense of that spirit of adventure just climbing
the very old stairs up to it (carpeted with hand-woven goats’
wool runners from Coban Rugs in St Leonards-on-Sea).
Once inside, the spice of the Indian sub-continent
is immediately evoked by the burnt orange paint rag
rolled onto the walls and the rich paisley fabric, by
De La Cuona, on the headboard and bedcover.
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This page: The drawing room is a masterful mix of pattern –
wallpaper, upholstery, rugs, cushions all different, yet perfect together
complemented by a built-in wooden bed achieved using one
of Ally’s signature techniques. The wooden base was sourced
online and then carefully adapted in situ under the window,
adding a bespoke upholstered headboard and bookshelves.
The raised bed idea evolved after a family trip to India when
a welcome day off was spent reading in a similar style window
seat. After experiencing this nurturing spot the brief was to
recreate it and it works brilliantly in this compact space.
At the top of the house one of the bedrooms was
updated with an African theme – a style close to Ally’s
heart having spent her twenties-plus there – because
one of the sons is currently living in East Africa.
The scheme, with walls in Farrow & Ball’s warm
fawn Mouse’s Back, has a masculine appeal with a
faux fur throw on the bed and leather knobs on the
built-in wardrobes – created using Ally’s buy-thencustomise
technique again. This time two cupboards
have created a niche just right to fit a sofa into.
The padded headboard is in an Andrew Martin
striped fabric, finished with suitably butch and manly
studding. A bright kilim cushion – one of many Ally
cannot see without plumping, as we tour the house –
in complementing colours and two orange and white
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add just the right touches of stronger colour.
This page: When embarking on a new room project, Ally first draws up a floorplan by hand and cuts the furniture out in paper to
see how it works together. In the drawing room, she relocated an L-shaped sofa to the snug next door and replaced it with a more
classic one covered with a striped fabric by Penny Morrison Above left: A painting by Victoria Graimes hangs above the fireplace
Mismatching chests of drawers on either side of the bed
provide storage and essential bedside table space – rendered
level by the ever-practical Ally, who had a carpenter create
wedges to compensate for the seriously sloping floor.
Up another characterful flight of stairs to what was
once the attics, is the guest room, remodelled by Ally
to become a calm oasis she calls the Singapore Room,
with its shutters and a lovely cane bedhead. The walls are
painted cream, one of them tongue and groove to add
interest, with a low-level bookcase running underneath
at the point at which the sloping roof hits the wall.
In one corner, on a raised platform, is a modern take
on the claw-foot bath. “We were putting a bathroom
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This page: The guest room has been remodelled by Ally to become a calm oasis she calls the Singapore Room, with a cane
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From here we head off on another in-house expedition,
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The double-aspect master bedroom, with a very pretty
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Above: At the top of the house one of the bedrooms was updated with an African theme. Walls are painted in
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This page: A chair upholstered in striped fabric adds a pop of colour to a monochrome bathroom
Back across the hall is the drawing room, which Ally
updated ready for last Easter’s family gathering – her brief:
“We want a sitting room we can flop in, with the dogs.”
The finished result is the masterful mix of pattern –
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Her goal for the drawing room was for it not to
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it had developed organically over time – reflecting
the atmosphere of the house. “I didn’t want it to look
as though it had all come from one shop.”
Above: In a guest room in the older side of the house, the
ceiling beams are complemented by a built-in wooden
bed – an idea which evolved after a family trip to India
Right: Ally has painted one bathroom, with a claw-foot
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There’s so much talk currently
about cutting down (beauty)
consumption, reducing our carbon
footprint, buying organic and natural.
And there is one type of product that
ticks all those boxes at once: the balm.
Balms are amazing multi-taskers. Frankly,
everyone needs one (or more) of these
one-pot wonders in their life. They truly
are your ‘desert island beauty must-haves’:
products that do everything from nourish
cuticles to removing make-up via getting
rid of scaly elbows. I once lost my luggage
on a trip to the US (well, it turned up
four days late, on the wrong side of the
continent), and in the meantime
I managed to get away with
using a single product for
cleansing, moisturising face
and body, AND as a lip
balm. Oh, and I also used it
to add texture to my hair.
Balms don’t contain water,
which eliminates the need for
preservatives. All the following are based
on natural blends of oils and beeswax or
carnauba wax, but with different textures.
It is the blend of aromatherapeutic
essential oils, in some cases, which
single a product out for one particular
use – but really, choice comes down
in many cases to preference. Some of
us like a thick, unctuous balm; others
prefer something light and whipped.
But here’s the thing: when a balm’s
created for a specific purpose – such
as cleansing – chances are you can
multi-task with it even if doesn’t
say so on the packaging.
Experiment! But the bottom
line is there’s a balm for
everyone – and they’re a salve
to your eco-conscience, too.
Here are some of my favourites.
Elemis Supersize Neroli Pro-
Collagen Cleansing Balm, £58 for
200g (exclusive to QVC). This is
probably my favourite-ever cleansing
balm, a wonderful orange blossomscented
version of their award-winning
cleanser. It makes make-up removal
heaven-on-earth, melting it away – and
this vast size is going to last months and
months more, and I started it in July. (It’s
also great for softening elbows, I’ve found,
but the scent means I wouldn’t use it on lips.)
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing
Balm, £47 for 100ml. This was
the Gold Beauty Bible Award
2019 winner in the cleansing
balm category, notching up a
really high score. As well as
cleansing skin with its blend
of ultra-nourishing moringa
oil, it offers fennel, rose oil and
vitamin E. You can leave it
on for 10 minutes as a deep
treat – or even use it as an
overnight facial treatment.
Beauty Kitchen Natruline, £2.99
for 20g. This looks like A Very Well-
Known Product, whose name ends in
‘line’, in its blue and white, handbagfriendly
tin. And it feels like a Very
Well-Known Product, acting as the most
brilliant barrier. This, however, is NOT
created from petroleum jelly; instead, it’s
a blend of castor seed oil, carnauba and
beeswax (and there’s a vegan version,
which skips the beeswax). And it
does everything that other ‘line’
does, from smoothing cuticles to
Bloom & Blossom Wonder Balm, £14 for 40ml.
A balm that emerges from the tube more like
a cream and then smooths into skin. It’s not as
greasy as some multi-purpose offerings, but it
still veils skin beautifully in a blend of soya oil,
castor seed oil, shea butter, lanolin and vitamin
E, gorgeously infused with the scent of lavender.
Also brilliant as a sheen-y lip protector.
Balance Me Stellar Balm, £10 for 10ml. Very
simply and portably packaged, this award-winning
balm is packed with antioxidants as well as shea/
mango seed butter, coconut oil, rosehip, vitamin
E – and it has a lovely scent from citrusy neroli,
mandarin and lemony May Chang oils. Great for
dry cheeks, heels, elbows – and without being too
‘eeew’, have you ever used a balm around your nose
area, when you’ve got a cold? This is soothing and
protective against post-nose-blowing cracking.
Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment, £10.99
for 15g. Lanolin is also known as ‘Nature’s
Wonder Moisturiser’, and is at the heart of all
the Lanolips products. A more dense balm than
some, it holds 200% its weight in moisture and
is great for grown-ups and for babies, helping to
prevent chapping. (Another ‘eeew’ suggestion: I
use this on flights to moisturise the INSIDE of
my nostrils, which get Sahara-dry at 37,000 feet.)
Ilāopothecary SOS Body Balm, £36 for 100g
(victoriahealth.com). A skin-calming blend of
anti-inflammatory oils, this features arnica (for
‘bruised souls as well as sprains and injuries’,
according to Ilāpothecary founder Denise
Leicester), along with blue chamomile. It is
skin meltingly-soft and smells wonderful: rose
softened by comforting, cocooning vanilla. I
love to slather this on before bedtime, especially
on my feet – which are baby-soft, as a result.
• 25g/1 oz dried organic calendula
blossoms (find them on Amazon if you
can’t source them anywhere else)
• 150ml (¼ pint) olive oil
• 25g (1 oz.) beeswax
I keep this balm in the first aid cupboard for all
sorts of beauty emergencies: rashes, itching, sore
spots and flakiness. It couldn’t be easier to make.
First, place the marigold leaves in the bottom of
a glass jar. Pour on the olive oil, and leave the
mixture to steep. Shake daily for about three weeks,
when you’ll have a wonderful soothing oil base for
the salve. Strain through a fine cloth into a bowl,
squeezing and pressing until the last drops are
filtered. To make the salve itself, place a heat-proof
measuring jug in a saucepan with about 10cm of
water in, over medium heat. Add the oil and then
the grated beeswax and stir until thoroughly melted
with a chopstick or spoon. Pour it into widemouthed
jars and allow to cool and solidify. To test
the consistency, drop a small amount of the salve
mixture onto a saucer, and put it in the freezer for
1 minute to cool. If you want a harder salve, add
a little beeswax. If you don’t feel the salve is soft
enough, add a little oil. (Summer weather makes a
difference, too; you may need more beeswax when
it’s warm outside.) Store away from heat and light,
and apply whenever skin is inflamed or sore. And
if you don’t have the patience to macerate your
own marigold petals? Neal’s Yard offer a readymade
Calendula Macerated Oil, £10 for 100ml.
Isn’t it time you joined the balm-y army…?
Trilogy Everything Balm, £13.50 for 45ml.
Well, this doesn’t pull any punches, letting
you know that it is indeed for ‘everything’.
Trilogy have always sought out advanced natural
ingredients, and here you’ll find skin-fixing
botanicals including coconut, marula, olive,
jojoba, evening primrose, wheatgerm, vitamin
E and Trilogy’s signature rosehip, alongside
honey and beeswax (so it’s not quite vegan).
But before I close, I thought I’d share with
you one more beauty secret – and that’s how
to make your own balm. I’ve been doing it
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How much is enough?
Henrietta Norton explains what we can do to
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One in five of us in the UK are
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stores over the summer rapidly decline by the
time we get to the deeper winter months.
Additionally, sunscreens, longer office
working hours, medications such as statins
and our age can affect our levels further.
Our dietary habits have changed somewhat
too and Vitamin D rich foods such as oily
fish and whole-fat dairy as part of our
daily diets have fallen out of favour.
The Department of Health recommends
that everyone over the age of four should take
10 micrograms (400iu) of vitamin D every
day, particularly from October to March.
All pregnant, breastfeeding women and atrisk
groups should take a daily supplement
containing 10 micrograms (400iu) of an
easily absorbed form of Vitamin D. However,
consider that many people in the UK do not get
good access to consistent sunlight due to work
(offices) and typical British summer weather.
All babies from birth up to one year of age
should take 8.5 to 10 micrograms (340iu to
400iu) of vitamin D per day (particularly
those being breastfed). Babies fed infant
formula will not need vitamin drops until
they are receiving less than 500ml (about
a pint) of infant formula a day, as these
products are fortified with vitamin D.
Children between the age of one
and four should take 10 micrograms of
vitamin D supplements all year round.
People aged 65 years and over and people
not exposed to much sun should also
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micrograms (400iu) of vitamin D.
Why do I need vitamin D? Virtually every
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However, the observations from the most
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other key physiological roles of it and a
causative relationship between vitamin D
deficiency and an increased risk of cancers,
pre-eclampsia, diabetes, CVD, autoimmune
diseases, autism and the flu.
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A study conducted showed that Food-
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Mushrooms – Some
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morel, chanterelle and oyster
mushrooms for a higher content.
Avoid foods that have been
artificially fortified. Instead, opt
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D naturally from the list above.
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Getting ready for
the little black dress
It’s just as important to feel as good as you look
this party season, as Sarah Maxwell explains with
her tips for tracking down the ultimate LBD
and the exercises you can do to own your look
As we start to head into
party season, I’m hearing
the same things come up
time and time again with women
who come to me for the first time.
“How can I get my arms in
better shape?”, “Why is every dress
too tight around the midriff?”
and “How do I go about finding
the most flattering outfit?”.
It seems most of us could use
some help putting everything
together. I can really sympathise
with this on a personal level as
I spend most of my day in gym
gear and although I’m an expert in
showing you how to tone up, lose
weight, increase your energy and
feel great, I can definitely use some
help with finding that perfect little
black dress. I’ve always held onto the
thought that I might one day find it
and effortlessly sashay into a room
knowing that I’ve finally got it right!
So, when it comes to choosing
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that perfect little black dress, I
decided that some professional
fashion advice was in order. I popped
in to see Gemma Humphries of
Odyl boutique in Cranbrook,
Kent, and ask her advice. Gemma
is well known for her knack of
picking the perfect style to suit
every body shape. So I asked for
her tips for a flattering look. “The
style of dress that’s most flattering
on all sizes has an elbow length or
¾ sleeve, clever ruching around
the waistline and falls just below
the knee. To get that nice smooth
line, team this with shape wear.
Maidenform are my go to brand.”
So – there you have it! The
right style of dress and the best
shapewear to create a flattering look.
Now for a couple of my favourite
exercises to target your upper
body and core. Do these 3 times a
week with a rest day in between.
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“Although I’m an expert in showing you how to tone up, lose
weight, increase your energy and feel great, I can definitely
use some help with finding that perfect little black dress”
Great for your upper body and core.
Half – Start on your hands and
knees with your hands a little
wider than shoulder width apart
and bend your arms so your
nose goes down to the floor.
Full – To make this harder, take
your hands further forward and
straighten your back. Engage
your core and tighten your
bottom as you do the exercise.
For the hardcore fitness level,
move to full press-ups by taking
your whole body off the floor.
This is a great exercise to tone and
firm the back of your arms. Start
with a dumbbell in one hand (or
a tin of beans will work if you are
just starting out). I recommend
using dumbbells between 2 and 4kg
if you want to progress quickly.
Fixing your upper arms to your
side with a slight lean forward - you
can lean on a chair or bench for
better stability – extend your arm,
using your tricep to lift the weight
until your arm is fully extended.
Do this in a controlled way, really
concentrating on the muscle you’re
working and avoid locking your
elbow at the end of the movement.
Depending on the size of
weight you’re using – this will
determine how many repetitions
you can do – aim to start with
2x10 repetitions and build up
to 3x12 every other day.
Combine the above with some
aerobic exercise, which can be
anything that raises your heart
rate, and in no time at all you
will be confidently walking into
that party with your head held
high and a spring in your step.
Anna Stanford has built a following of thousands sharing
her tried and tested one-pot recipes, designed to deliver
maximum flavour with a minimum of fuss, via her Instagram
handle @annasfamilykitchen. Here she guides us through
three deliciously different festive dishes to carry you from
Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day and shares her
own tips for smooth Christmas Day meal planning.
Recipes: Anna Stanford Photographs: David Merewether
Styling: Lucy Fleming
One-Pot Christmas Eve Crowd Pleaser:
Asian Beef Stew
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 4-8 hours, depending on cooking method Serves 6
If I had to vote on my favourite one pot to feed a crowd, this has to
be in my top three. Amazing Asian flavours, meat that falls apart, yet
minimal effort, just time in the oven. I made it for a dinner party of
12 – actually I made it a week in advance and froze it. I served some
simple Asian sharing nibbles instead of a starter and presented this onepot
with pak choi, broccoli and rice. It’s a great one if you’re entertaining
over Christmas but don’t want to fuss for hours in the kitchen.
• 1½ kg feather steak, beef
shin or braising steak
• 3 red onions chopped
• 4 garlic cloves
• 10cm ginger
• 20g fresh coriander
• 2 tbsp plain flour
• 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
• 4 star anise
• 2 tsp brown sugar
• 5 tbsp Mirin – Chinese rice wine
• 4 tbsp dark soy sauce
• 500ml beef stock
• 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
• 1 red chilli, deseeded
and thinly sliced
1. Cut the feather steak into very large chunks – approx 10x5cm.
Season the meat with salt and pepper and toss in the flour.
2. Make a paste by blitzing the coriander, garlic
and ginger. Or you could just chop it!
3. Heat a large casserole and colour the meat in batches.
4. Set aside the meat, add the rest of the oil and add the onions. Colour
for a few minutes before adding the garlic, coriander, ginger paste.
5. Return the meat to the pan with the five-spice and star anise. Add
the sugar and stir then add the soy sauce, Mirin and stock.
6. Put in a slow cooker for 8 hours or low oven (140°C) for 4-5
hours. Stir in the middle of the cooking time if you can.
7. Finish with fresh chilli and shredded spring onions.
Christmas Day Sweet Centrepiece:
Fruited Christmas Meringue Wreath
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves 8-10
• 6 large egg whites
• 350g caster sugar
• 600ml double cream
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 50g icing sugar
• 3 ripe figs, quartered
• 125g redcurrants
• 150g fresh raspberries
• white chocolate stars (available in the
baking section of supermarkets)
1. Preheat the oven to 140°C/120°C Fan. On a large sheet of baking
parchment, draw around a 30cm plate in the middle of the paper.
2. Put the egg whites into a clean mixing bowl and whisk
until soft peaks are formed when the whisk is lifted out.
3. On a high speed add the caster sugar, 1 tablespoon
at a time (I count to ten in between each spoonful!),
until the meringue mix is stiff and glossy.
4. Put a small amount of the meringue mix in each corner
of a baking tray large enough to fit your wreath.
5. Lay over the baking parchment, pencil mark down.
You should still be able to see the circle you drew.
6. Spoon 10-12 balls of the meringue inside your 30cm circle
to make your wreath shape. Make shallow hollows in each
of the balls so the cream will sit inside after baking.
7. Bake the meringue for 1 hour 15 minutes.
8. You can turn the oven off and leave the wreath inside to cool.
9. Whip the cream together with the vanilla extract and icing sugar.
10. Spoon the cream into the hollows of meringue and
decorate with the fruits and chocolate stars.
Irresistible Boxing Day Dish:
Festive Pomegranate Molasses
& Clementine Ham Hocks
Preparation time: Overnight
Cooking time: 3-4 hours Serves 4-6
Perfect for Boxing Day (or just to have in the fridge to
pick at over Christmas). I prefer cooking ham hocks to a
whole ham – their flavour is amazing, yet they’re relatively
cheap (about £4 each). The glaze is made from the juices
of clementines, brown sugar and Belazu Pomegranate
Molasses. The ham hocks need to be soaked to remove
the saltiness overnight and take nearly 4 hours in the
oven, so you need to be home for that amount of time.
Otherwise this recipe requires minimal effort. The hams
steam cook for 3 hours under foil with bay, star anise and
the clementines – your kitchen will smell amazing! They’re
finished off uncovered with the pomegranate glaze.
• 2 ham hocks,
• 1 tsp allspice
• 4 clementines, halved
• 6 star anise
• 4 bay leaves
• 4 tbsp pomegranate
• 3 tbsp brown sugar
1. Remove the rind if it hasn’t already been done
for you. Place the ham hocks in a large pan or
bowl and cover with water. Leave overnight.
2. Remove the ham hocks and dry with kitchen
towel. Place them in a roasting tray and
sprinkle with the allspice, salt and pepper.
3. Surround the hams with the clementines, bay and star anise.
4. Pour in 200ml water, cover tightly with foil
and put in an oven at 160°C for 3 hours.
5. Combine the sugar and pomegranate molasses
in a pan and warm until the sugar melts.
6. Remove the tray from the oven. Squeeze the juices
from the clementine halves into the pan with the
sugar and molasses and combine to make a glaze.
7. Turn the oven up to 180°C. Pour the water out of the
tray. Spoon half the glaze over the ham hocks and return
to the oven for 30 minutes uncovered. Half way through
turn the hams and spoon over the remaining glaze.
Anna’s Top 10
& Cooking Tips
1Book an online shop for all your
non-perishable items. With most
supermarkets you can do this three
weeks in advance; so, for delivery on
23rd, book on 2nd December. As
you remember items over the three
weeks you can just add them to your
basket and it’ll save multiple trips to
the supermarket in the days running
up to Christmas. On 23rd you can do
a mini shop for perishables, forgotten
items or those that didn’t arrive.
Order all required meat (turkey,
2 sausages, bacon, sausage meat
ham, ham hocks) as early as your
butcher allows; usually about 4 weeks
in advance. I can also order cheese
from my butcher. Pick up everything
on 23rd so that you have it all ready
for Christmas Eve preparation.
Gravy can be made up to three weeks
3 in advance. Every time we have a
roast chicken I put the carcass in a bag
in the freezer. They can be put into a
large pan to make stock which is perfect
for Christmas gravy. Alternatively cheap
chicken wings roasted are a great base for
Christmas gravy. I’ve played with many
Christmas gravy recipes over the years
but Jamie Oliver’s cannot be beaten.
A couple of days ahead plan your
4 food preparation and cooking
schedule. Have one schedule for tasks
that can be carried out before the 24th,
a list for Christmas Eve and a cooking
schedule for Christmas Day. I’ve shared
my Christmas Day schedule with you.
Brine your turkey. I do this on the
523rd. The jury is out as to whether
it adds flavour and increases tenderness
but I believe not only does it do both,
but as long as you’ve got somewhere safe
to store it away from pets and foxes, it
saves space in your fridge. Brining the
turkey has become an event in itself in
my house. We name the turkey, make
her bath adding water, salt, sugar, spices
and clementines to a large bucket and
then submerge her. Put the bucket
somewhere cold and safe (a shed is
ideal) with a board and a brick on top.
On Christmas Eve prepare as
6 much of your Christmas lunch/
dinner as possible. Jobs that can be
done on Christmas Eve (assuming
you have fridge space) :
• Make any stuffings. I make a
gingerbread stuffing which I bake
in a tray and a traditional pork, sage
and onion stuffing for the bird.
• If making a vegetarian option
(I have two veggies at Christmas)
this can be prepared. I make a
vegetarian stuffing or nut-loaf.
• Wrap chipolatas in bacon and
place on a baking tray lined
with baking parchment. Cover
and store in the fridge.
• If you’ve brined your turkey take it
out of the brine and dry it off. Stuff
and prepare the turkey. I stuff the neck
and push herb butter under the skin.
• Peel potatoes, cut them to
size and leave in cold water.
• Prepare sprouts and
leave in cold water.
• Peel carrots and leave in water.
• Prepare red cabbage, leave to
cool, cover ready for reheating
on Christmas Day.
• Bread sauce can be made, cooled
and refrigerated. On Christmas
Day it will need reheating and
loosening with more milk.
• The only vegetables I don’t prepare
the day before are parsnips as they
go brown even with the old trick of
adding lemon to water. These are quick
to prepare on Christmas morning.
7If cooking a ham or doing my
ham hocks for Boxing Day,
take off the rind and put them in
to pre-soak on Christmas Eve.
Instead of a starter, serve a platter
8 of canapés and nibbles. These can
be very simple. For a twist on a smoked
salmon blini, quickly cure the salmon in
a little gin and beetroot juice (from a jar).
They look more festive than traditional
blinis. Quails eggs (ready prepared) are
another great canapé. Edible spoons
can be filled with shop bought fish
mousse and topped with dill or a chive.
Or as an alternative to an edible spoon
use a slice of cucumber as a base.
9Most puddings, including my
meringue, can be made on
Christmas Eve. As an alternative
to a dessert you can buy chocolate
cups, pipe in vanilla cream and
top them with a berry.
If anyone asks if they can
10 bring something– say yes! I
like to focus on the main meal and
savoury dishes, so my mum brings a
Christmas pudding or Christmas cake
(often shop bought) and crackers!
Follow Anna on Instagram
@annasfamilykitchen for a wealth of
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cooking tips or see annasfamilykitchen.
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Christmas Day cooking schedule and
all the recipes she uses on the day.
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Here at SH we’re all about low food miles, we’ve have picked some of
the finest and tastiest nearby produce to stock up on this Christmas
Keep it local
When expert baker, Simon
Director of artisan bakery,
Speciality Breads in
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Foodie’s Emporium, he enlisted the help
of TV Chef Lesley Waters to help him
spread his love for local produce. Here,
Lesley tells us why she’s so enthusiastic
about small-batch artisan food.
What is it that you love about the
range of locally-produced food and
drink available in the south east?
There’s so many available that you are
almost spoilt for choice. Most cannot be
found in supermarkets and it’s important
to support local businesses. Buying
from these producers of small batch
and artisan foods guarantees complete
freshness, which is so important to me
and our ethos at the Cookery School.
Can you pick a stand-out product that
you particularly enjoy? Huffkin Bread as
it’s age old and delicious. I love the story
around the dimple for the cherry* and it
was one of the breads I used for a demo
at the opening of Foodie’s Emporium.
What has drawn you to Foodie’s
Emporium? My working relationship
with Speciality Bread and because most,
if not everything, is sourced locally.
Find out more about Foodie’s Emporium
on Facebook @FoodiesEmporiumUK,
see the range of courses at Lesley Waters’
Cookery School at lesleywaters.com and
browse the products available from
Speciality Breads at specialitybreads.co.uk
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* Made with stoneground flour and slowly proved
to produce a rich bread boasting a soft crumb and
crust. In times past each Kentish Huffkin bore the
thumbprint of the baker and the indentation was used
to hold a cherry from the harvest. Huffkins are great for
breakfast, perfect with a tasty ploughman’s lunch and a
wonderful accompaniment to warming winter soups.
Jo Arnell shares her recommendations for plants with year-round staying power
herbaceous border in full swing at the height of
summer is a wonder to behold, but come the autumn
it does rather collapse into a heap of old sticks. This is
fine if you have an enormous garden and can shut off part of
it for the winter, and not be left to stare bleakly at the scene
from the window, lamenting the end of days and pining for
the colour to return. If only we could have some plants to
enhance the view until the flowers come back in the spring.
Actually, we probably do have a few, but not enough – and
when you look at them with your interview face on, eyes
narrowed, are they really up to the job? We need plants for
structure, some for seasonal interest and some to be quietly
companionable as the garden ebbs and flows through the year.
Where’s your backbone?
Structural plants are strong and reliable, lynchpins, carrying
the border through the seasons and linking one part of the
garden to another. The neighbouring plants will rely on
them through thick and thin – as supports, as backdrops
and as friends to lean on. They need not be evergreen,
but should have some presence over the winter months.
This can come in the simple form of stems and bark, or
as complete and beautiful skeletons. I’m particularly fond
of Cotoneaster horizontalis; its stiff herringbone stems will
spread slowly up walls, or into arching mounds if gently
encouraged and will reward you – and the birds and bees,
with spring blossom and then berries and brilliant autumn
colour. Many dogwood species that might look like
dowdy nothings with their leaves on, reveal their glorious
coloured bark once winter sets in and strips them bare.
Well behaved, tidy evergreens are great for low maintenance
borders, acting as anchors and punctuation points. Some are
naturally neat, but if you have time to keep them trimmed,
small leaved shrubs like box will provide formal structure
and a refined and soothing symmetry. Low growing Hebes
fall into the naturally neat category, as would Pittosporum
“The house at Great Dixter
often has a glorious display
of cuddly conifers nestling by
the porch in the autumn.”
‘Golfball’ and bigger evergreens like Choisya ternata; but
beware of cramming in too many blobby round shapes; just
as too many cooks can spoil a pudding, too many puddings
stuff up a border (or something along those lines).
Viburnum davidii is a mid-border stalwart for a semishaded
position, demurely handsome and saved from
‘puddingdom’ by its dark green, lance-shaped leaves.
Mahonia is a striking evergreen with aggressive looking
serrated foliage and spectacular, highly scented flowers
that bloom in winter, like a spiky burst of sunshine.
Conifers have been much maligned, but are creeping back
into fashion – and, despite what we hear, not all of them
want to grow to be a hundred foot tall. There are all sorts of
different shapes available that can provide interesting contrasts
in texture and in foliage colour. Grow them in a border, or
in containers – the house at Great Dixter often has a glorious
display of cuddly conifers nestling by the porch in the autumn.
‘Treelets’ and sub-shrubs
A tree is generally considered to be a woody plant with a
single stem, whereas a shrub has several and the leafy canopy
is nearer the ground. We lump woody plants into categories,
but some refuse to conform and teeter on the edges of
the divides. At the boundary of trees and shrubs are what
I think of as ‘treelets’, which often are arrived at through
pruning – or the lack of. Some shrubs, if left unpruned, get
delusions of grandeur and head for the skies, determined to
become lofty trees. Many trees – silver birch, Amelanchier
and Prunus serrula, for instance, are carefully pruned when
young to have several stems, which shows off their lovely
bark and keeps them a little lower than a single stemmed
tree. Trees are adaptable to pruning – most hedge plants
Opposite page: Conifers in containers at Great Dixter
This page top: Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
Middle: Pittosporum Bottom: Sambucus nigra
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start life as sapling trees (Hawthorn, Beech, Yew, etc),
but regular pruning turns them into neat bushes.
Treelets are often more elegant than shrubs, but
take up less space than an actual tree, so they can
be used to good effect in smaller gardens or large
borders. Before you remove an unsightly or overgrown
shrub, look at its legs – and see whether the canopy
can be raised to produce the ‘treelet’ effect.
At the other end of the scale, there is a blurred line
between leafy perennials and shrubs in a group of
plants known as ‘sub-shrubs.’ These plants often have
a partially woody framework, but are low growing
and more perennial like in their habit – things like
Perovskia (Russian Sage), Cistus and other greyleaved
Mediterranean evergreens. They can be a little
lax in habit and benefit from a fairly hard prune
(depending on how hardy they are and when they
flower) in spring to set them back on the right track.
Evergreens are an obvious choice for winter interest,
but surprisingly there are quite a few deciduous
trees and shrubs to choose from, displaying either
decorative bark, berries or even flowers. The bonus
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of winter flowers is that they’re usually scented. Good
deciduous winter shrubs include: Viburnum bodnantense
‘Dawn’, Chimonanthes praecox (Winter sweet), Lonicera
fragrantissima, Hamamellis (witch hazel).The RHS garden
Wisley in Surrey – open all year (except Christmas day)
is a great place to visit for out of season inspiration.
They have a wonderful winter walk (near to the tea
room – essential part of any winter walk), where you can
experience the joys of winter plants all in one place.
It’s hard to play a supporting role; outshone by the
flowery divas in the summer, propping up lax companions
and generally being taken for granted, but when the fairweather
plants have given up and gone to ground, these
unsung plants can finally have their moment in the sun
(or shade). Reliable, stalwart and quietly beautiful, well
chosen structural shrubs will be an investment – and this
is the perfect time to plant them – or plant some more.
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Evergreens provide a constant look and will
ensure that the border looks good through the
seasons, even in the depths of winter, but there are
deciduous plants that look just as good naked…
Box – this is excellent for adding formality and
evergreen interest. Create low hedges, topiary
shapes and focal points – however, beware box
blight and box tree caterpillar, which is now
rife in London and surrounding areas.
Euphorbia ‘Wolfennii’ – an architectural plant
with handsome,grey/green foliage in winter
and long lasting lime green bracts in spring.
Miscanthus sinensis – a tall grass with attractive
seedbeds that will persist all through the winter.
Grosses are a good alternative to ‘blobby’
shrubs and bring movement to a border.
Osmanthus – small leaved evergreen with tiny
scented flowers in spring. It can be trimmed to a neat
shape to make a dark backdrop for other plants.
Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ – this dogwood has
pretty variegated foliage, good autumn colour
and once the leaves have fallen, dark red stems
on the young growth all through winter.
Top: Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ as a hedge
Left: Spiraea ‘Goldflame’
Sue Whigham explores the wonderfully
varied world of fungi
We’ve got a fast growing and rather beautiful quaking
aspen behind the pond; its nooks and crannies
providing a nesting site year after year to a pair
of starlings. Unfortunately, the crows got wind of this some
years ago and now, if you ever see us waving our arms and
shouting ineffectually in the garden, you’ll know why. The
crows always win but the starlings don’t give up. They’ll return
next year to start all over again. This tree has now become
two ‘grown up’ trees with its offspring in an adjoining field
seemingly catching up with its parent. And each year we have
umpteen offshoots popping up where they are not wanted,
which are obviously growing up from their parent’s root stock.
However, this is nothing compared to one of the two
biggest phenomena to be found in the world. The first
is Panda (meaning ‘I spread’), which is to be found
at Fish Lake, Utah, where 47,000 aspens are attached
to one single root system. How extraordinary.
But the other even more mind blowing natural organism
is called the Humongous Fungi. It lives underground in the
Malheur National Forest in Oregon and covers
nearly four square miles. And the only sign of
it is acre upon acre of dead and dying trees in
the area. This is Armillaria ostoyae, a form of
honey fungus; parasitic, it sucks the nutrients
from its prey so that it becomes impossible for
the tree to access water. However, there’s a lot of
useful research going into fungi biology using
material from this site in the labs of the National
History Museum of Utah and which has already
led to the discovery of ‘originally unknown
medical compounds and the development of
ideas for mitigating pathogens in food crops’.
Finding honey fungus in your own garden
toxic to beneficial
fungi in the soil
and upset the
balance of soil.
Once a plant has
the honey fungus
really not a lot
can be done”
need not be the disaster you first think it might be as there
are six species of which only two will damage living plants.
You’ll recognise it by the fungal mycelium,
which comes up at the base of trees and
smells strongly of mushrooms. You may see
thin strands that look a bit like bootlaces
but are the fungus rhizomorphs. But, just to
confuse things, the least harmful armillarias
produce the most rhizomorphs so it may be
quite difficult to identify the fungi at first.
Don’t worry, the tree or plant will let you
know in advance whether it has been attacked
because its last flowering or fruiting season
will be either particularly floriferous or have
an unusually heavy crop. One last attempt
to reproduce before its untimely death. So
a seemingly healthy plant which has these symptoms is
most likely to have fallen victim to this particular fungus.
However, the armillaria has its good points as it recycles
nutrients in dead wood making it easier for insects to return
them to the soil. So as the nutrients are returned to the soil,
new seedlings can take advantage of improved conditions.
It used to be that copious amounts of a product called
Armillatox was used as a drench to stop honey fungus in
its tracks but it was banned in the early 2000s. The
Main image: Honey fungus Below: Amanita muscaria
Above: Fungi in the garden at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s
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Right: Laetiporus sulphureus
manufacturers retained the formula and changed the labelling
and it is now sold as Armillatox soap-based outdoor cleaner
to avoid pesticide regulations. However, pesticides are toxic to
beneficial fungi in the soil and upset the balance of soil. Once
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Bottom left: Powdery mildew on courgettes. Top right:
Many zoned polypore fungus in the wood. Middle right:
Cep and truffles at Menton market. Photo taken by
Caroline Brennan. Bottom right: Amanita muscaria
access to carbohydrate stores, the mycorrhizal fungus
will benefit the trees/plants to absorb minerals and water
with its absorbent mycelium (a network of fine white
filaments) expanding the root system of the host plants.
Some fungi are species specific like Fly Agaric (Amanita
muscaria) which is associated with silver birch (Betula
pendula). This fungi is the stuff of fairy tales and children’s
books with its bright red cap. I have to say that I don’t think
that I have ever seen one, neither have I spotted the bright
orange/yellow Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)
which, unlike the Fly Agaric which is definitely not, is
edible. That’s probably because Fly Agaric fungi tend to be
found in mixed woodlands and heaths growing on a light,
well-drained soil amongst birch and evergreens, such as
spruce and pines, rather than on our heavy Wealden clay.
Wandering around the dried out woods near home
earlier in the week in the forlorn hope of spotting some
handsome fungi I met a runner who was holidaying
from lovely Derbyshire. He was telling me that it has
been a very wet summer for them unlike us in the
parched South East and that there is plenty of Chicken
of the Woods on their oak trees up there. He also said
that their trees had made noticeable growth spurts.
And a couple of days later, walking this time in Dulwich
Park in London (oh, there are some spectacular trees in
that park. Particularly wondrous is a giant Turkey Oak,
Quercus cerris, with its branches coming down around
it just like a massive skirt), we spotted a fenced off area
where the information board boasted pictures of this
particular bracket fungus. I wondered if they would
have minded us cutting off a bit of one to fry up with
a little garlic, oil and butter when we got home…
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found in mixed woodlands
and heaths growing on a light,
well-drained soil amongst
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Thu 7 – Sun 10 Nov & Sat 23
& Sat 30 Nov 12 noon-5pm
Up the Garden Studio,
Green Lane, Boughton
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Studio Open Days
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or interest in local and British
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is a great time to visit as it has
just been restocked with his
latest etchings, new greetings
cards, and some rare availability
books and etchings which will
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Fri 15 - Sun 17 Nov
10am - 4pm
The Fancy Loft at The
Farnham Pottery, Quennells
Farnham GU10 4SL
The members of West Street
Potters are delighted to welcome
you to The Fancy Loft at their
home of The Farnham Pottery.
There will be great diversity
in styles in this exhibition of
work, with each object showing
off the individual’s techniques,
creativity and imagination.
Saturdays & Sundays from
Sat 18 Nov - Sun 15 Dec &
Mon 16 Dec - Tue 24 Dec
Various Squire’s Garden Centres
Meet Santa in his magical grotto.
As well as seeing your child’s face
light up when they see Santa
and receive a beautiful wrapped
gift, you’ll also get a warm festive
glow as you’ll be benefitting
local charities including Phyllis
Tuckwell Hospice Care, Cancer
Research and Elmbridge Mencap.
There’s no need to book, simply
turn up on the day, but don’t
come between 12-1pm as Santa
will be feeding his reindeer!
Entry: £6 per child (£1 from
every ticket will be donated
to Squire’s local charities)
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 Nov
Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South
Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ
Renowned for its long-standing
support of local and regional food
and drink, Priory Farm is the
place to get stocked up on food
and drink for Christmas. At this
most festive festival, you can meet
producers offering everything
from award-winning pies to
delicious naturally-seasoned crisps.
You will also find wonderful gifts
and and the chance to reserve
a free-range local turkey.
Wed 27 Nov 1pm-10pm &
Thu 28 Nov 10am-6pm
Farnham Maltings, Bridge
Square, Farnham GU9 7QR
The Maltings’ annual Christmas
Fair is full of festive cheer
with its bustling market place
of over 140 stalls specialising
in handmade gifts and crafts,
delicious food and beverages.
Enjoy a glass of fizz from the
Riverside Café, take advantage
of buy one get one free
Prosecco from 6pm and be
sure to visit the Maltings’ own
store for work by local artists,
makers and vintage finds.
Wed 27 Nov to Sun 1 December.
West Horsley Place, West
Horsley, KT24 6AN
Christmas craft fair
This crafty extravaganza will
be held in floored and heated
marquees and will have festive
live music and a delicious range
of artisan food as well as over
150 exhibitors, who are all
selling entirely original pieces
(the organisers do not allow any
bought in or imported work).
Entry: £7 in advance, £10 on
the day, RHS card holders free
Music & Theatre
Tue 19 Nov
G Live, London Road,
Guildford GU1 2AA
Scouting for Girls:
The Trouble With Boys
Throughout Scouting For Girls’
immensely successful career
they’ve sold over 1.5 million
albums, two million singles, had
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The London Palladium and had
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Thu 14 – Sat 16 Nov
The Hop Farm, Paddock
Wood, Tonbridge TN12 6PY
Beneath the canopies of a tented
winter wonderland our sister
magazine will have over 250
exhibitors to explore, and not to
brag but this one really has it all
going on. Expect friendly and
familiar faces like Aga, exciting
newcomers including Cocoloco
Chocolates, local heroes such
as Silent Pool and international
stars like Kitty Clogs Sweden.
Grab unique gifts you won’t find
on the high street, taste a few
free samples, browse for ideas
and enter a competition to win
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Essentially, just enjoy a
Wealden winter wonderland!
Fri 15 – Sun 17 Nov & Fri 22
Nov – Sun 1 Dec 10.30am-5pm
(6pm on Fridays & Saturdays)
Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,
near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD
Christmas Artisan Fair
Soak up the sights, smells and
sounds of Christmas at this special
Artisan Fair. Charming wooden
chalets will house an exciting
variety of high-quality, unique
gifts, decorations, crafts and festive
foods, all set against the backdrop
of the striking Edwardian
mansion at Polesden Lacey.
Sat 30 - Sun 1 Dec 11am-4pm
Festive Fizz Christmas
Browse a beautiful selection of
wine gifts, and stock up on fizz
for Christmas. The wine bar will
be open for a glass or two of
award-winning sparkling wine
or the vineyard’s new Christmas
Spritz cocktail, and if the weather
is dry the vineyard will be open
for free self-guided tours. Plus
there will be £20 off cases of
Albury Estate sparkling wine.
Sat 16 & Sun 17 Nov
Bridgman, Brassey House,
22-24 New Zealand Avenue,
Walton on Thames, KT12 1QD
Bridgman, the luxury Indoor and
Outdoor furniture specialists,
have relocated to a brand new
and much bigger showroom in
New Zealand Avenue, Walton
on Thames, where they are
showcasing their beautiful
collections of interior and garden
furniture and the first sofa in
a box brand – Snug Shack (as
seen in our Gifts Supplement).
Join them on Saturday 16
November for the fabulous
official opening weekend.
RAYMOND GUBBAY presents
CHRISTMAS at the
Monday 16 December 7.30pm
KING’S COLLEGE CHOIR
Festive classics and carols
performed by the chapel choristers.
Sunday 22 December 12.30pm & 4.00pm
Jonathan Cohen leads you through
Carols and Christmas hits.
GRUBER Silent night GARDNER The holly and the ivy
LEDGER Sussex carol DARKE In the bleak midwinter
Trad. I saw three ships and CAROLS FOR ALL
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Crouch End Festival Chorus Daniel Hyde conductor
Jingle Bells Frosty the Snowman Sleigh Ride
Merry Christmas Everyone plus CAROLS FOR ALL
Jonathan Cohen conductor/presenter
Louise Dearman guest singer
London Concert Chorus
London Concert Orchestra
Saturday 21 December 8.00pm
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Carols and seasonal classics, staged in full 18th Century
costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting.
Monday 23 December 7.30pm
WITH ALED JONES
Seasonal classics, festive readings and joyful songs,
all crowned by a selection of your favourite carols for all.
Timothy West reader
CULLEN Joy to the world HANDEL Zadok the Priest
DARKE In the bleak midwinter
Christmas Sequence from Messiah
plus CAROLS FOR ALL
Susanna Hurrell soprano
Steven Devine conductor
Mozart Festival Chorus & Orchestra in full period costume
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Sun 10 Nov
Sandown Park Racecourse,
Esher KT10 9AJ
The Jumps are back! Tickets
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the Sandown Park season are
on sale now. It is set to be a
mud splattering, spine tingling
day of fantastic Jump racing,
with a country market full of
gifts for the upcoming festive
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zone that will include arts and
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Entry: From £14, under 18s free
LCA Stage Academy,
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LCA Stage Academy is the place
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Mon 25 Nov 2pm &
Mon 2 Dec 6pm
Silent Pool Distillery, Shere
Road, Albury GU5 9BW
Time to get into the festive
spirit. Sip on a delicious Silent
Pool G&T as you learn to put
together your own traditionally
mossed door wreath using a
selection of natural trimmings
inspired by the botanicals used
to create Silent Pool Distillery’s
range of gins, including scented
eucalyptus, cinnamon sticks,
orange slices and pine cones. This
workshop will give you a step by
step demonstration from Juliette
of Flowers by Juliette with all
greenery and equipment supplied.
Sun 15 Dec 12noon
- 1pm & 2-3pm
Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,
Guildford GU4 7RT
Enjoy an informal, fun family
sing-along at a classic country
house. Head to the music room
and get your singing voice
ready for Christmas carols,
songs and readings including
all of your festive favourites.
Entry: Adult £8, children
£4, families £20
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Jane ensures her flock is in prime condition
November means tupping time at Coopers
Farm, when the rams go in with the ewes and
the whole ‘sheep year’ starts over again.
But of course before that can happen there have
been lots of behind the scenes preparations to make
sure everyone is match fit and ready for action.
The spring lambs were weaned in August to give their
mum’s a bit of ‘me time’, then last month we went through
them all to check they were young and fit enough to have
another successful lambing season. Each one gets a thorough
MOT – starting with their teeth. Like all of us, sheep teeth
wear out and fall out as the years pass, but in order to sustain
a pregnancy and then milk a sound pair of gnashers is
essential. So anyone with wobbly ones or missing ones is out.
Next, we check their teats. Not only are
we checking to make sure they are soft and
supple but they also have to be what might be
termed ‘pert’. Some of the old girls get very
low slung and there’s nothing sadder than
seeing new-born lambs searching for a drink
up where it should be when in reality the
milk bar is almost trailing on the ground.
Once we’ve decided how many of the
ewes are staying and how many are leaving
we make the numbers back up to about
75 with home-grown tegs – females born
in spring 2018 destined to be first time
mums. Then they get cosseted with delicious
mineral supplements and the best grass the farm has to
offer in order to flush them – encourage their ovaries to
produce lots of eggs and then hopefully lots of twins.
rams have always
gone in with
the ewes on
with the lambs
arriving some five
And then of course there’s the other half of the equation,
the boys! A ewe comes into season about every 18 days and
young rams can manage to get round about
35 ewes at a time, so we have two. Each stays
on the farm for a couple of years but by the
third he would be serving his daughters and
we’ve worked it that each year we change one
and keep one. Back in the mists of time we
bought an incredibly ugly ram – a Beltex,
a breed which, while famous for having a
magnificent arse, is not blessed in the looks
department. He got called Boris Karloff and
his deeply handsome colleague, a Southdown
ram became George Clooney. Five months
later when the lambs arrived it was pretty
obvious that the girls didn’t worry too much
about looks as we had rather more ugly Beltex lambs than
pretty Southdowns. The name thing has continued over the
years and Robert Mitchum, a smart blue Texel arrived on the
farm a few weeks ago to join Jon Hamm for the 2019 season.
Traditionally rams have always gone in with the ewes on
Bonfire Night with the lambs arriving some five months
later from April Fools’ Day when hopefully the weather
is better and the spring grass has begun to grow.
But before they meet the girls they each get fitted
with a raddle, a harness that holds a coloured wax block
to the chest, which marks the rump of each ewe as he
mates with it. The wax block is replaced every 10 days
with a darker coloured block, so that the colour of the
last liaison will overwrite any previous matings.
All the action will be done and dusted by Christmas
and while the girls will have plenty to be getting on
with, it’s 10 months ‘me time’ for the boys. Hmm…
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