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INTERIORS SUPPLEMENT <strong>inside</strong><br />

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Contents<br />

<strong>February</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

22<br />

27<br />

34<br />

55<br />

60<br />

34<br />


Maggie Alderson’s run down of<br />

<strong>February</strong>’s most desirable homes<br />


Get clued up on Asia, book<br />

in some half term activities<br />

and learn to play the piano<br />


Take a look <strong>inside</strong> Olya Lammas’<br />

stunning Victorian villa<br />


Recreate Olya’s<br />

effortlessly chic look<br />


Explore an architectdesigned<br />

eco self-build<br />

84<br />

93<br />

97<br />

98<br />

100<br />

100<br />


Kate Liz Watts styles<br />

unique jewels, perfect<br />

for Valentine’s Day<br />


Josephine Fairley’s pursefriendly<br />

beauty essentials<br />


Henrietta Norton’s monthly<br />

nutritional insight<br />


Avoid injury with Sarah<br />

Maxwell’s strengthening tips<br />

EAT WELL<br />

Melissa Hemsley’s sustainable<br />

nutrient-packed recipes<br />

113<br />

117<br />

121<br />

125<br />

126<br />

84<br />


Jo Arnell’s colourful winter<br />

garden wonders<br />


Hilary Wilce looks into unbalanced<br />

nutrient supplies and ADHD<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

A guide to <strong>February</strong>’s events<br />


Win a two-night stay for two<br />

people at Laindons Guest House<br />


Jane restocks her collection<br />

of rare breed chickens<br />

81<br />


Harness design-led style<br />

with our furniture picks<br />

107<br />


Sue Whigham uncovers<br />

centuries of plant seekers<br />

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House<br />

Month<br />

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Maggie Alderson picks stunning homes on<br />

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Beds: 10 Baths: 9<br />

Special features: It appears to<br />

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Where: On the edge of the picturesque<br />

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Beds: 7/8 Baths: 7<br />

Special features: A stand-alone galleried<br />

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Pleasing details: It has a card room –<br />

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Time to town: Five miles to Woking station,<br />

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The dream: A charming Grade II-listed<br />

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West Sussex border, five miles from<br />

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Beds: 4/5 Baths: 4<br />

Special features: A bespoke Mark<br />

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Pleasing details: Flagstone flooring<br />

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Outside: Mature gardens with a lovely sense<br />

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Time to town: 20 minutes drive to<br />

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

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Sheep’s in<br />

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Limpsfield<br />

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School in a gorgeous converted heritage<br />

building in the heart of Limpsfield village. To<br />

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fabulous cooking classes including a number of<br />

Valentine’s options. There will be a chocolate day<br />

with talented Pâtissier, Lucie Bennett, on Wednesday<br />

12 <strong>February</strong>, and baking with sugar craft expert,<br />

Sue Wilcox and the founder herself, Jacqueline, on<br />

Thursday 13. And that’s just a taste – the team is<br />

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Previous pages: In the living room, Olya has inserted pops of blue<br />

in the form of velvet stools and a hydrangea plant that really lifts<br />

the design This page: One of the most impressive spaces within<br />

the house is the double height entrance hall<br />

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villa tucked away on one of Tunbridge Wells’s most charming<br />

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in a converted stables, however I needed somewhere with more<br />

space,” she says. “This house had everything we wanted and <br />

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This page: The focus in Olya’s husband’s study is a piece<br />

by the artist Louis Midavaine, a copy of one of Toulouse<br />

Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge paintings from the 19th century.<br />

A rug from The Rug Company and a bright green Conran<br />

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also some things that I never knew that I wanted.” Olya<br />

points out of the window. “When I was in London<br />

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This page: The downstairs loo has been decorated in a stylish contemporary geometric printed wallpaper. A bookcase is packed with<br />

Penguin classics, which Olya sourced from eBay. The marble sink is flanked by two wheatsheaf lighting sconces that sit either side of<br />

an antique mirror<br />

years ago, I understand myself so much better now.”<br />

Olya’s enthusiasm is infectious. You can understand why<br />

her client list is growing fast as she shows me how she created<br />

each room from scratch, using artwork, pieces of furniture<br />

or an accessory as her inspiration, a springboard of mood or<br />

colour from which to create her overall design. Having trained<br />

in technical drawing at Chelsea College of Art, Olya said she<br />

didn’t want to become too constrained and decided not to<br />

carry on studying as she felt that the best interior designers are<br />

untrained and she wanted to rely on her eye and intuition.<br />

“I love the work of the interior designer Kit Kemp, her<br />

style has been a big inspiration for me, her use of pattern<br />

and her ability to mix styles and periods with maximum<br />

impact,” says Olya.<br />

Although influenced by Kit, it is very obvious that<br />

Olya’s home very much reflects her own hand-writing<br />

and style. She pulls out a book on Kaitag textiles from<br />

Dagestan (think Suzani but with even more chic) and<br />

explains how these antique pieces are starting points. Olya,<br />

who is a bit of a textile obsessive, has even been known to<br />

source fabrics from Argentina where she discovered they<br />

are still making raw textiles created on manual machines,<br />

which Olya uses for wall coverings and natural raffias.<br />

It is the pursuit of unique and very special fabrics and<br />

the attention to detail and a love of pattern and texture<br />

that is apparent throughout the interior of the house.<br />

“I start with a concept,” says Olya. We are looking at two<br />

pieces of art depicting surrealist-inspired Japanese warriors<br />

that mirror each other on opposing walls in her living room.<br />

“I discovered these at a dealer in Antwerp, where I source<br />

a lot of my antiques and art. I saw them and before I had<br />

any idea how much they were, I decided to take them as<br />

I knew they would be the starting point for this room.”<br />

From the soft colour of the walls to the bespoke Wendy<br />

Morrison silk rug, the round mother-of-pearl coffee table<br />

from Anthropologie USA to the Jonathan Adler light fitting<br />

and William Yeoward lamps, these two paintings gave Olya<br />

the road map for her design. However, it is Olya’s unique skill<br />

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Above & top left: Olya has kept the walls in the entrance hall neutral and the floors stained dark, which has allowed the geometric<br />

patterns of the Sahara Tuareg reed and leather rug, as well as the pieces of antique furniture and paintings, to shine<br />

Above right: In the dining area, Olya has combined a Balinese bench, an antique oak dining table and a Moooi spherical pendant<br />

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Above left: Beyond Joinery in London created with Xylocleaf panels and polished brass edges in Olya’s dressing room<br />

Above right: The magnificent wooden staircase has been carpeted in a natural jute<br />

textiles,” she says, “they are quite beautiful pieces reflecting<br />

an individual woman’s life. I hope I have done them justice.”<br />

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“It’s a room of straight lines,” says Olya, “something<br />

that would appeal to my husband, a room for him.”<br />

The downstairs loo of any large property can be a forlorn<br />

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room whose generous proportions have been decorated in<br />

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Above: The dominant palette in one of the guest bedrooms is blue, with chinoiserie influences<br />

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As the house is also home to four boys, it is with a sense<br />

of relief that, as we move upstairs, I find Olya has carved a<br />

feminine recluse within her dressing room. “It’s ironic I have<br />

this wonderful space, as I gave most of my clothes to charity<br />

from when I worked in fashion. My wardrobe is different<br />

now but I am glad I have this room in which to escape.”<br />

The room is an essay in chic tones. A soft silk Nourison rug<br />

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The house, which is still a work in progress, has several<br />

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Living room<br />

PLAY with COLOUR<br />

“Turmeric and terracotta will continue to be popular in <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Both colours boast notes of warmth and bitterness, and can<br />

be invitingly playful in small doses, yet rich enough to create a<br />

dramatic tonal statement as well. I mix these colours with gold<br />

metallic accessories and luxe fabrics for a modern, luxury take.”<br />

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<strong>Interiors</strong> do not need to be neat this year. Find joy in the pursuit of playful patterns<br />

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John Lewis & Partners New Eclectics interior featuring a Mustard Velvet Sofa, £1,299, Ampana<br />

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We are loving blissful, blushing pinks this year – in a pared back natural palette they can add a touch of colour, or bring a<br />

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Studying your <strong>Surrey</strong> Home<br />

Inspirational designs from<br />

Morgan Stewart <strong>Interiors</strong> to<br />

create your dream home office<br />

The essence of an executive home office is<br />

inspirational space, which combines work<br />

with pleasure. Productivity and function<br />

matter but so does your enjoyment of a<br />

high quality environment. Quality and<br />

elegance are personal concepts that depend<br />

on the art, colour and spirit of place we<br />

each enjoy, but we would still recognise<br />

excellence in the choice of another.<br />

Morgan Stewart <strong>Interiors</strong> design and<br />

build executive home offices across<br />

the UK and beyond to embody this<br />

feeling, creating naturally productive<br />

spaces which are a pleasure to enter.<br />

Balancing Key Elements<br />

As with a commercial office, we want to<br />

understand how you use your home office.<br />

Our designers consider your workflow, the<br />

items you like to have at your fingertips,<br />

IT and communication requirements.<br />


investments you can make, for productivity<br />

and for your long term health.<br />

If you need shelving, or storage this should<br />

blend subtly into the design, rather than<br />

being in the way. Traffic flow apart,<br />

every ancillary furnishing item is there to<br />

serve you, not the other way around.<br />

This is not a reason to sacrifice form for<br />

function, or reduce light and space. The basis<br />

of good design is to resolve functionality<br />

needs with ideas led by your vision for<br />

your personal space. Colours you favour, or<br />

materials you enjoy around you are primary<br />

factors. Subtle additions which make you<br />

feel at home should be considered, along<br />

with how your office fits into your property.<br />

You may have a substantial, separate<br />

space available, or wish to blend a smaller<br />

home office into the overall ambience<br />

you enjoy. Privacy and a devoted<br />

workspace can be achieved with either.<br />

“Making an office at work feel<br />

individual can matter, even more so<br />

for your office at home. Our designer’s<br />

work closely with you to ensure your<br />

personality and taste are clearly<br />

reflected”<br />

Furnishing Your Home Office<br />

An executive home office should feel like<br />

a place you want to work and may need to<br />

look as professional as you do if you meet<br />

clients, colleagues, or contractors at home.<br />

Comfortable seating arrangements are<br />

important for this need and for you. A<br />

fine office chair is one of the shrewdest<br />

The centrepiece of your space may<br />

well be an executive desk. This should<br />

be carefully chosen to meet design<br />

needs, match the way you work,<br />

and suit the methodology you employ<br />

for paperwork, or multiple screens.<br />

Morgan Stewart & Personal Service<br />

Making an office at work feel individual<br />

can matter, even more so for your<br />

office at home. Our designers<br />

work closely with you to ensure your<br />

personality and taste are clearly reflected.<br />

From warm tones you love, to the flooring<br />

of your choice, to featuring artistic pieces,<br />

the office we build will be yours. Our job<br />

is simply to make your wishes reality.<br />

Every executive home office we design, shares<br />

a principle. They are unique because<br />

you are, and so is your approach<br />

to work, and your need to merge<br />

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Morgan Stewart <strong>Interiors</strong> design staff are<br />

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advice and innovative solutions. Their task<br />

still always begins with listening to you,<br />

the home office you want is personal.<br />

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Living room<br />


“My Indian Summer mirror<br />

is the perfect accessory for<br />

your <strong>2020</strong> interior, reflecting<br />

the current trend towards<br />

abstract shapes and rich<br />

palettes of ochres and blues.”<br />

Jo Downs, Fused Glass<br />

Designer<br />

“Elegant, sophisticated and opulent, velvet continues to dominate in<br />

<strong>2020</strong>, and it’s easy to understand why. Soft, warm and versatile, velvet is a<br />

firm favourite with interior designers all over the world.”<br />

Rachel Sanders, BoConcept<br />

Top: Lady Grey, from £1,899, Love Your Home love-your-home.co.uk<br />

Middle: Buckingham Sofa in Monarch Velvet ‘Sea Glass’, £2,650, India Jane indiajane.co.uk<br />

Bottom: Indivi Sofa in Petrol Velvet, £4,662, BoConcept boconcept.com<br />

Abstract<br />

thinking<br />

Top: Indian Summer Mirror, Jo Downs<br />

jodowns.com Bottom: Globo Trellis Cushion,<br />

£148, Jonathan Adler jonathanadler.com<br />

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RDO<br />

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Kitchen<br />

Shine on<br />

Metallic finishes were big last year with warm<br />

coppers and golds adding little touches of warmth<br />

and luxury to interiors everywhere. This is likely to<br />

continue into the new decade with shiny pendant<br />

lights especially setting off our magpie insincts.<br />

Dark & delicious<br />

&<br />


“I am a big fan of the Shaker-style kitchen.<br />

They are simple and timeless which is so<br />

important considering kitchens are a big<br />

investment. The beauty of a painted kitchen<br />

like this one (right) is that you can refresh the<br />

colours every few years to keep it on trend.”<br />

Amy Crabtree,<br />

Director of Crabtree & Crabtree Limited<br />

Thea in copper, £105, Coolie hat, £58, and Dexter in copper, £95, Pooky pooky.com<br />

Earthly delights<br />

“<strong>2020</strong> will see a resurgence of natural finishes,<br />

where wood components are left exposed,<br />

adding detail and definition to a space.”<br />

Ben Burbidge, Managing<br />

Director at Kitchen Makers<br />

Teak Root Table, from £1,100.04 Indiginous indigenous.co.uk<br />

Come to the dark side – it’s gorgeous. This number<br />

from Neptune does a fabulous job of nailing this trend<br />

for darker tones in the kitchen, while keeping things<br />

bright and fun with some jazzy pink wallpaper,<br />

reflective metallics and plenty of lustrous plant life.<br />

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Image: Ryan Wicks<br />

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The Rattan Renaissance<br />

Elegant, timeless, handcrafted furniture.<br />

Pass it down from one generation to the next.<br />


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Brassey House,<br />

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Walton on Thames,<br />

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Dining room<br />

“Don’t be afraid to<br />

bring the outdoors in.<br />

I love the juxtaposition<br />

of natural materials with<br />

the clean edges of sleek<br />

contemporary pieces.”<br />

Ben Stokes,<br />

owner of Kagu<br />

“Sometimes we need<br />

calm: we desire gentle,<br />

natural, light and airy<br />

with a touch of texture<br />

and colour. Natural tactile<br />

linens for curtains and<br />

blinds will have a place in<br />

<strong>2020</strong> home décor.”<br />

Abigail Willis,<br />

Willis Bloom<br />

au<br />

naturel<br />

BoConcept dining furniture a with suspended flower cloud centrepiece, see how to make your own at boconcept.com/en-gb/inspiration<br />

A dining room designed by Wells and<br />

Maguire incorporates a dazzling golden<br />

chandelier wellsandmaguire.com<br />

LIGHT<br />

fantastic<br />

Gubi Epic Table, from £1,272 Chaplins Furniture chaplins.co.uk<br />

Stone<br />

age<br />

Image: Paul Craig<br />

The dining room is a great place<br />

to splash out on some statement<br />

lighting, and this year holds an<br />

abundance of potential in this area.<br />

Metallic pieces inspired by branches<br />

and flowers, new innovations<br />

made with recycled materials,<br />

or industrial bulbs with exposed<br />

filaments are all worth a look.<br />

We have all loved the marble masterpieces of 2019,<br />

now it’s time to explore all the other stone finishes<br />

out there, as with these travertine tables by Gubi.<br />

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Dining Room<br />

In with<br />

the<br />

Old<br />

This dining area in a house in<br />

Tenterden (below) is a perfect example<br />

of how contemporary interior design<br />

is increasingly about using what you’ve<br />

got rather than needlessly buying new<br />

at a cost to the environment. The<br />

tabletop was made from a reclaimed<br />

stable door, the zinc butler’s tray table<br />

was sourced from Ardingly antiques<br />

fair and a panel of old lathes was<br />

retained as a reminder of construction<br />

techniques employed when the building<br />

was erected in the eighteenth century.<br />

Cocktail<br />

hour<br />

Gorgeous drinks cabinets, colourful<br />

glasswear, and chic Art Deco inspired<br />

trolleys are top of our wishlist to kickstart<br />

the new ’20s with a pop. Cheers!<br />

Top Left: ‘The Gin Trolley’ Luxury drinks<br />

trolley with integrated mini fridge, £6870,<br />

Quench Home Bars quenchhomebars.com Below:<br />

‘The Quench Cocktail Collection’ Luxury cocktail<br />

set, £350 Quench Home Bars quenchhomebars.com<br />

“Some of my favourite pieces, like<br />

the dining table, have been made<br />

from materials we found, restored<br />

and then given an industrial twist.”<br />

Ben Stokes, owner of Kagu<br />

kagu.uk<br />

MIX IT UP<br />

Create an eclectic and down-to-earth dining experience by mixing<br />

different dining chairs all at one table. You could let household<br />

members chose their own chairs, or theme them based on style,<br />

material or colour for a more cohesive look.<br />

Left to Right: Cane Chair, £499, Pepper Sq. peppersq.com, Njord<br />

Dining Chair, £425, Sweetpea & Willow, sweetpeaandwillow.com Emmy<br />

Cane Chair, £390, Beaumonde, beaumonde.co.uk<br />

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THE GIN<br />


Make and serve drinks in style with this<br />

luxurious bar trolley. Made from high gloss<br />

laminated birch ply and diamond polished<br />

acrylic, The Gin Trolley is a stunning statement piece<br />

that will be the talk of your next dinner party.<br />

Designer, Jonathan Green has been making<br />

contemporary cocktail bars for over 20 years and<br />

has a keen eye for storing and displaying bottles and<br />

glassware. “My vision for The Gin Trolley was not just<br />

to create a beautiful drinks trolley but also a practical<br />

piece of furniture that would be a pleasure to own<br />

and utilise for the purpose of making drinks”.<br />

Storage is divided into diamond polished acrylic<br />

sections, while other features include a ventilated<br />

cabinet and mini fridge, a recessed walnut garnish<br />

board and a polished stainless steel drip tray.<br />

Bespoke finishes available.<br />

01483 740455<br />

www.quenchhomebars.com<br />


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Bespoke interior design studio<br />

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Bedroom<br />

Among<br />

the<br />

stars<br />

TO THE<br />

FLOOR<br />

When it comes to combining cosy and chic,<br />

more is definitely more, and generous floorlength<br />

curtains are case in point. With the added<br />

benefit of increasing heat retention around your<br />

windows (and thus keeping you snug and happy<br />

with the heating bill) they’re sure to be adding a<br />

luxurious touch to interiors throughout <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Image: Paul Craig<br />

Left: A bedroom designed by Wells and Maguire incorporates Cole & Son’s Stars<br />

wallpaper, Wells and Maguire wellsandmaguire.com Middle: Moooi Carpets Celestial Rug,<br />

£2,340, Nest nest.co.uk Far Right: Celestial Moon Hanging Planter, £12, Red Candy<br />

redcandy.co.uk Bottom: Celestial Boudoir Cushion, £155, Lime Lace limelace.co.uk<br />

“Deep inky blues and charcoals remain a major colour<br />

trend for <strong>2020</strong> as interiors continue to showcase darker,<br />

moody and atmospheric hues. Paired with subtle<br />

lighting these interiors evoke our night skies and tap<br />

into our desire to remain connected to nature.”<br />

Bronwen Firth, Interior Designer<br />

at Evernden <strong>Interiors</strong><br />

One & Only<br />

This year is all about trying to steer away<br />

from cookie cutter furniture and towards<br />

handmade unique treasures that make<br />

your home feel truly personal and<br />

unique. Plus these items<br />

are often a great way to<br />

See Bloomsbury<br />

Revisited at Wealden<br />

Times Midsummer<br />

Fair this June<br />

support local businesses<br />

and reduce air miles.<br />

Hand-painted<br />

lampshade, from £55,<br />

Bloomsbury Revisited<br />

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Linen Viscose Mix Curtains in Koala, £34 per metre,<br />

Loom & Last loomandlast.com<br />

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Bathroom<br />

“Choosing the right blue can be<br />

tricky, but generally, pale blues give<br />

you a sense of calm and serenity,<br />

whereas navy blues make a bold<br />

statement if you want to add a sense<br />

of drama and sophistication.”<br />

Rita Rendo-Castro, Head<br />

of Marketing and PR at<br />

Catchpole & Rye<br />

I N T O<br />

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Otto surface basin, £1,908, and<br />

Crosswater three-hole tap set, £369, West<br />

One Bathrooms westonebathrooms.com<br />

rock a roll<br />

“The focus on sustainability<br />

and waste-reduction is<br />

resulting in eco-friendly<br />

products that we’ll be<br />

seeing more of over the<br />

next year. Materials like<br />

concrete and bamboo<br />

are eye-catching and<br />

inspiring while keeping the<br />

environment in mind.”<br />

Louise Ashdown, Head<br />

of Design at West One<br />

Bathrooms<br />

Silver Orient Wall Mural, £375, Avalana avalanadesign.co.uk<br />

The Empress basin on frame, £1,680,<br />

Catchpole & Rye catchpoleandrye.com<br />

“People are starting to pay more attention to the<br />

health benefits of immersing themselves in the natural<br />

world. Adorning your walls with hand-painted<br />

wallpaper featuring natural habitats and botanicals<br />

is the perfect way to bring the outdoors in.”<br />

Hazel Carruthers, Owner of Avalana Design<br />

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Children’s bedroom<br />

SnüzKot Metallic Cotbed, £369, Snüz snuz.co.uk<br />


“The little girl who owns this bedroom wanted<br />

pink, but her mum was not so sure. This grey toned<br />

Orchard Pink from Fired Earth kept everyone<br />

happy – definitely pink, but not too sugary.”<br />

Amy Crabtree, Director of Crabtree<br />

& Crabtree Limited<br />

keepsakes<br />

Be kind to the planet by buying products<br />

made to last. However, this isn’t the easiest idea<br />

to incorporate into children’s rooms as their<br />

requirements change as they grow. This is why<br />

we’re predicting that investment pieces – such as<br />

cots designed to evolve into beds in neutral colours<br />

– will become more popular in years to come.<br />

crabtreedesigns.co.uk<br />

Image: Ryan Wicks<br />

Wild child<br />

“Nurturing imagination in our little people is a magical thing and using favourite<br />

animals in their room décor is a surefire way to get little minds happily racing.”<br />

Abigail Willis, Creative Director at Willis Bloom<br />

Pebble Safari Fabrics, £58/m<br />

Willis Bloom willisbloom.com<br />

‘At the Farm’ Print, £23.83,<br />

Kunskapstavlan kunskapstavlan.com<br />

Unicorn and Flamingo Cushions, £24 each,<br />

Sophie Allport sophieallport.com<br />

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The Power of Love<br />

Kate Liz Watts picks unique jewellery collections and pairs them with<br />

wellbeing boosting crystals to delight your Valentine this <strong>February</strong><br />

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Kate Liz Watts<br />


The Silvery: “Nature coated<br />

in pure silver, each organic<br />

item remains encased within<br />

the silver, so no two pieces<br />

are ever the same.”<br />

From left to right: ivy leaf necklace,<br />

£40, hydrangea flower necklace £40,<br />

canary conch shell earrings, £40, The<br />

Silvery; Himalayan quartz on matrix<br />

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The One Stop Shop for Ladies Fashion in <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

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Always one step ahead, they have<br />

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Pearl & Queenie: “Equestrian<br />

treasures celebrate the bond formed<br />

by the striking beauty and raw<br />

power that has intertwined woman<br />

and horse for centuries. To hunt,<br />

herd, show and reward.”<br />

Kaaren Buchanan: “The LIV collection is inspired<br />

by my daughter; beautiful, strong and successful.”<br />

▲ From left to right: fox coin bangle, £246,<br />

fox coin ring, £210, lucky horseshoe earrings<br />

£132, silver longhorn herding necklace, £225,<br />

Pearl & Queenie; citrine crystal cluster, £55,<br />

Rock Body Soul<br />

From left to right: all in 18kt gold vermeil.<br />

LIV I Twist, £172, LIV I Classic, £168, pearl<br />

chain, £145, Kaaren Buchanan; Himalayan and<br />

milky quartz cluster, £140, Rock Body Soul<br />

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SONA: “Taking inspiration from the Victorian era and the romantic<br />

atmosphere of this time. The collection is particularly influenced by<br />

Queen Victoria and her great loves: Albert, sentiment and jewellery.”<br />

Heritage 11th century sun<br />

chariot stud earrings, £85,<br />

Kastur Jewels; tangerine quartz<br />

crystal, £85, Rock Body Soul<br />

▲ From left to right: mis-matched drop earrings with 9ct gold wires, vintage glass pearls, Victorian gilt heart<br />

and gold plated 1930s drops, £80, rings (from top): amethyst and seed pearl Victorian setting in 9ct rose gold,<br />

£145, Victorian ring of seed pearls in 9ct gold, £135, Victorian 9ct gold and seed pearl horseshoe ring, £140,<br />

Edwardian gilt chain with vintage crystal heart pendant, gold plated sterling silver with ruby, £120, SONA;<br />

tangerine quartz crystal, £85, Rock Body Soul<br />

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Kastur Jewels: “When wearing<br />

a Kastur jewel a woman should<br />

feel classic, dignified, timeless,<br />

fearless and powerful.”<br />

Pearl, sapphire, crystal and diamond<br />

chandelier earrings, £750, Kastur Jewels<br />

Address Book:<br />

Kaaren Buchanan<br />

kaarenbuchanan.com<br />

Kastur Jewels kasturjewels.com<br />

Kate Liz Watts katelizwatts.com,<br />

Instagram: @katelizwatts<br />

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Luscious Lips (Lip FiLLer)<br />

With age, the lips naturally become thinner<br />

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Many people try to disguise the effects<br />

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They can be the centrepiece of a makeover<br />

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and a more defined smile. Because the lips<br />

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cream about an hour before the procedure<br />

to numb them. Dermal filler is injected,<br />

usually into the upper rim of the lip to<br />

define the Cupid’s bow, and immediately<br />

afterwards you may experience small<br />

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There is often some mild redness of the<br />

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designed for smooth integration into the delicate lip tissue and to imp<br />

the lip body and definition of the lip border. The effects typically last<br />

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body, which attrac<br />

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Grab a<br />

Bargain<br />

Josephine Fairley picks her favourite<br />

purse-friendly pick-me-ups<br />

At this time of year, post-Christmas, post-tax bill (if you’re<br />

self-employed), we often feel the pinch a little bit. But<br />

ironically, isn’t that the very time we really deserve a bit<br />

of a treat…? Nothing does that, for me, like a great beauty ‘find’.<br />

Something to perk up a tired complexion, or revive a winterlacklustre<br />

face, or work its aromatherapeutic magic on our spirits.<br />

Over my years as a beauty editor, I’ve realised: you truly don’t<br />

need to spend a fortune to find great products, but you do need<br />

to know where to look. So for <strong>February</strong>, I thought I’d put together<br />

a list of my 10 Best Beauty Bargains – face, body, hair and<br />

make-up – which I return to, time and again. (Just one sadness<br />

on that front, though: one of my go-to ‘beauty steal’ make-up<br />

brands, Bourjois, late last year announced they were pulling out<br />

of the UK market. I may just have to host a memorial service.)<br />

TRUE Skincare Facial Oils, from £13.50 for 30ml. Fact:<br />

most facial oils cost an arm and a leg (often four times or<br />

more as much as this one). But from a female-founded<br />

British skincare start-up, TRUE oils are organic, natural and<br />

ethical, yet accessible in terms of price and availability (find<br />

them at Holland & Barrett and Ocado, as well as TRUE’s<br />

own website). The quality’s seriously fab; I especially like the<br />

Nourishing Avocado & Evening Primrose Facial Oil, with its<br />

deeply grounding scent of patchouli, palmarosa and vetiver.<br />

Maybelline The Eraser Eye Perfect & Cover Concealer, £8.99. I first<br />

discovered this when I set out to walk from Soho to the City<br />

in an Arctic blast and had to nip into Superdrug for make-up<br />

supplies after the biting cold make me weep most of my eye makeup<br />

down my cheek. This brilliantly affordable concealer blends<br />

beautifully via the sponge tip – it repaired my under-eye zone and<br />

banished shadows with a dab or two. Can’t live without it, now.<br />

SenSpa Hair & Scalp Mask, £7 for 300ml. You can find the<br />

SenSpa range on the shelves of Waitrose, though its roots<br />

are in award-winning Careys Manor spa in Hampshire.<br />

Wonderfully aromatherapeutic, the line-up offers haircare,<br />

bodycare and some fab bath treats, but my favourite is this<br />

luxe-textured restorative hair mask. Lie back in the tub and let<br />

the 97% natural mix of Abyssinian oil, lava clay and coconut<br />

oil nourish winter-thirsty locks, while you breathe in the<br />

divine essential oils of jasmine, cedarwood and ylang ylang.<br />

<br />


Beauty<br />

Tisserand Paradise<br />

Mood Mist,<br />

£9 for 50ml<br />

Simple Skin Quench Sleeping Cream, £6.99<br />

tisserand.com<br />

for 50ml. ‘Sleeping creams’ are night creams<br />

by another name, but have become a buzz<br />

in the skincare universe. (I do slightly wonder if<br />

it’s because they sound somehow sexier – we all spend so<br />

much time dreaming of sleep, one way or another.) This is<br />

a super-affordable version, from Simple’s hear-your-skinslurp-it-up<br />

Water Boost range: you’ll feel your complexion’s<br />

comfort level rising, but it’s not heavy at all, packing a<br />

moisturising punch <strong>inside</strong> a formula that’s satiny and airy.<br />

Sanctuary<br />

Spa 1 Minute<br />

Daily Glow Mask,<br />

£14 for 75ml<br />

sanctuary.com<br />

Heathcote & Ivory Neroli & Lime Leaves Hand Cream Trio,<br />

£5 for 3 x 30ml. Love Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin…?<br />

You’ll also adore the scent of this, from Heathcote & Ivory<br />

(who make the best hand creams at ANY price, in my book<br />

– and a huge selection to choose from). The fragrance is as<br />

cheery and sunshine-y as a smell gets – truly a breath of spring.<br />

And these particular hand creams are delightfully pocket- or<br />

handbag-sized, so there’s no excuse to leave home without one.<br />

(Larger sizes and some fab other products also available in the<br />

Neroli & Lime Leaves collection, at heathcote-ivory.com.)<br />

Revlon Nail Enamel, £6.49. You really can’t find a more<br />

durable nail polish than Revlon’s at any price, frankly.<br />

The design of the bottle hasn’t changed in decades and<br />

the formula is both chip-resistant and anti-fade, leaving<br />

nails ultra-glossy, smooth-finished and glam. There are<br />

now a staggering 47 shades to choose from, ranging from<br />

sheer to opaque, metallic, chrome and shimmer. (NB:<br />

different retailers stock different selections of colours.)<br />

Tisserand Paradise Mood Mist, £9 for 50ml. This springs from<br />

a collaboration between National Geographic and one of the<br />

most established names in aromatherapy, featuring ingredients<br />

which Tisserand promise are ‘sustainably-sourced’. There are<br />

many different offerings within the Paradise collection for bath,<br />

body and – here – for spritzing your home. What blew me<br />

away when I first opened this up was that the first mandarinpowered<br />

hit reminded me of a much-loved fragrance from<br />

my youth, Goya Aqua Manda. (And I know a lot of you feel<br />

equally nostalgic about that scent…) It also features jasmine<br />

and grapefruit, ‘to inspire positivity, provide a dose of calm and<br />

impart a warm inner glow’ – something<br />

we could all use right now, for sure.<br />

Sanctuary Spa 1 Minute Daily Glow Mask,<br />

£14 for 75ml. Not perhaps quite as cheap as<br />

most of the other products here, but still a great<br />

buy. You know those mornings when you wake up, look in<br />

the mirror and – sort of quote Peanuts’ Charlie Brown – just<br />

want to go ‘bleeaurgh’? This is for those mornings. Just slather<br />

the thickish, jelly-like, ever-so-slightly rough mask onto tiredlooking<br />

skin, leave for 60 seconds and then remove (I like to<br />

use a soft flannel). The granules buff, while a skin-brightening<br />

cocktail of vitamin C extracts puts back the glow, ultra-fast.<br />

Better You Magnesium Bath Flakes, £9.95 for 1k. Magnesium<br />

is another ‘buzz’ in beauty circles: a mineral that’s readily<br />

absorbed through the skin, restoring magnesium chloride<br />

levels (which in turn aids with sleeplessness and stress).<br />

About once or twice a week I soak in a bath infused with<br />

these on their own (they’re unscented) – but I also add<br />

generously to just about any other bath oil whenever I<br />

want a darned good night’s sleep. The flakes are therapeutic<br />

for psoriasis, eczema and other skin challenges, but they<br />

really do soothe the mind as well as a weary body.<br />

Beauty Bible Lip Balm, £6. Last, but by no means least,<br />

this could look like a shameless plug, but I’d buy it<br />

whatever brand it had on the packaging. Indeed, it’s the<br />

only product my Beauty Bible co-author Sarah Stacey<br />

and I have ever felt worthy of putting our website/books’<br />

name to: a chubby, amazingly nourishing lip balm that<br />

lasts all winter long, has no taste or scent, and is perfectly<br />

protective. (It’s stocked exclusively at victoriahealth.com.)<br />

SenSpa Hair<br />

& Scalp Mask, £7<br />

for 300ml<br />

senspa.co.uk<br />

All in all, there is no reason why beauty finds shouldn’t<br />

delight you – AND your bank manager…<br />

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Heathcote &<br />

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Lime Leaves Hand<br />

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For more recommendations and the results of<br />

The Beauty Bible Awards <strong>2020</strong>, which will be<br />

released in late <strong>February</strong>, visit beautybible.com.

Restore<br />


your Radiance<br />

Dr Kim Prescott’s top tips for beautiful skin<br />

After a few months of exposure to<br />

central heating – or sun and icy<br />

cold reflecting off the slopes, for<br />

those who have managed a ski trip this<br />

winter - many of us start to notice our skin<br />

looking dull and tired. With Valentine’s<br />

dates on the horizon, it’s time to consider<br />

ways to restore your dewy complexion.<br />


There’s no need for me to stress the<br />

importance of proper cleansing, but not all<br />

of us exfoliate regularly. A fruit acid facial<br />

wash left on the skin for a few minutes<br />

in the shower, or glycolic acid overnight<br />

cream used once or twice a week can help<br />

improve the texture of your skin. Glycolic<br />

acid helps to promote cellular turnover in the<br />

skin, increase penetration of serums, refine<br />

skin tone and texture, and most importantly<br />

before a big event, helps to improve light<br />

reflection (essential for enviable selfies).<br />


Adequately hydrated skin appears plumper<br />

and reflects light better, and can be<br />

surprisingly hard to maintain in winter. In<br />

addition to using a humidifier, a moisturiser<br />

rich in hyaluronic acid will help the skin retain<br />

moisture. Hyaluronic acid also has healing<br />

and anti-inflammatory properties and helps<br />

to reduce the irritation of dry skin. If your<br />

current moisturiser is not quite<br />

doing the trick, then try<br />

adding a layer of<br />

hyaluronic acid<br />

to your skin<br />

regimen<br />

(under<br />

your usual<br />

moisturiser).<br />



With a glut of<br />

excellent products<br />

available, all with<br />

their own set of avid<br />

fans, it can be diffi cult<br />

to decide which ones are<br />

worth the investment. There<br />

are a number of ingredients<br />

to look out for when you’re<br />

needing a skin boost, but if I had<br />

to choose, my top picks would be:<br />

Vitamin C<br />

A good quality product with the optimal<br />

structure, concentration and acidity for<br />

penetration to the deep layers of the skin.<br />

Vitamin C is beneficial in skin over the age<br />

of 35. It is a potent antioxidant, helping<br />

to reverse skin damage caused by sun<br />

and pollution, and is an essential building<br />

block for making new collagen. Products<br />

which don’t penetrate as deeply can<br />

still help brighten skin, so less advanced<br />

products still have a role in younger skin.<br />

Niacinamide<br />

A relative newcomer to skin care,<br />

niacinamide (vitamin B3) is another<br />

potent anti-aging ingredient, used in<br />

both nutrition and skin science. It is best<br />

known for reducing the appearance<br />

of large pores, uneven skin tone and<br />

fine lines. Clinical studies suggest it<br />

may also have the potential to reduce<br />

the DNA damage that leads to nonmelanoma<br />

skin cancers, so it is useful in<br />

anyone with a history of sun damage.<br />

Peptides<br />

Peptides are another group of ingredients<br />

that are current hot favourites in the press,<br />

These have multiple benefits and are<br />

key ingredients in anti-aging products.<br />

High concentrations have been shown to<br />

stimulate collagen and elastin, the scaffold<br />

of the skin, promoting strength and elasticity,<br />

and encouraging smoother, firmer skin.<br />


I get a lot of questions about retinol, the<br />

rock-star ingredient in anti-aging skin<br />

science. Retinol (vitamin A) slows the<br />

breakdown of collagen, and encourages<br />

thicker, firmer, more even-toned skin. It<br />

does this by encouraging cell turnover in<br />

every layer, thus playing an important role<br />

in maintaining youthful suppleness (along<br />

with a host of other benefits). Winter is a<br />

good time to introduce it to your regimen<br />

if you’re not already a committed user.<br />


Multiple effective technologies are available<br />

to help promote firming and tightening in<br />

the skin, and over the past couple of years<br />

we have been seeing the rise of a plethora<br />

of SuperFacials. Every clinic has its own<br />

version – mostly combination modalities<br />

that exfoliate, tighten, plump and infuse<br />

nutrients. The best one is really the one<br />

that works for you and your budget. At the<br />

PSMD Clinic, we have recently brought on<br />

board the Geneo 3-in-1 SuperFacial and I<br />

have to admit that our team are thoroughly<br />

enjoying making use of it on each other!<br />

Dr Kim Prescott practices aesthetic and<br />

lifestyle medicine in Cobham, Esher and<br />

Harley Street, alongside lecturing and<br />

training in aesthetic medicine. She<br />

co-developed the PSMD Skin Science skin<br />

care range, and co-founded the PSMD Clinic<br />

with Dr Tania Schroeder and Dr Ruslana<br />

Popelyuk. Please<br />

email info@drkpclinic.co.uk<br />

with your questions.<br />

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Wellbeing<br />

Kind on the Inside<br />

Is depression a gut reaction? Henrietta Norton explores<br />

the importance of supporting your digestive system<br />

Currently 3.5 million people in<br />

the UK are being prescribed<br />

anti-depressants. But is it<br />

as simple as a psychological issue?<br />

Research would suggest not and<br />

in the last few years, Nutritional<br />

Medicine has made substantial<br />

developments to explore the link<br />

between mental and physical health.<br />


Functional gastro-intestinal (GI)<br />

problems, such as irritable bowel<br />

syndrome (IBS), are commonly linked<br />

to anxiety and mood changes. The GI<br />

tract has over 100 million neurons and<br />

has the largest collection of neural tissue<br />

in the body (after the brain) called<br />

the enteric nervous system (ENS).<br />

The level of good bacteria in the gut<br />

greatly contributes to the health of the<br />

ENS and it is argued by some experts<br />

that one reason for the increase in<br />

depressive disorders may be due to an<br />

imbalance in this bacteria, sometimes<br />

due to our exposure to antibiotics or<br />

dietary deficiencies from an early age.<br />

An inflammatory subject<br />

The gut and colon are the principle sites<br />

for the production of body chemicals<br />

that increase the level of inflammation in<br />

the body (known as pro-inflammatory<br />

cytokines). These cytokines also have<br />

the ability to affect the health of the<br />

brain and an association has been made<br />

between the level of inflammation in<br />

the body and depressive and anxiety<br />

disorders. It may also explain why a bout<br />

of illness can affect our<br />

mental wellbeing too.<br />

Prevention starts from conception<br />

Growing evidence shows that our<br />

sensitivity to stress, anxiety and<br />

depression as adults is already<br />

programmed in infancy. Essentially,<br />

the level of stress encountered in early<br />

life sensitizes us to a certain level of<br />

adversity. High levels of stress can<br />

result in hypersensitivity to stress as<br />

well as adult depression later, due to<br />

changes in our stress response network.<br />

Of great clinical interest is that this<br />

group of inflammation-sensitive<br />

depressives tend not to respond well<br />

to anti-depressive medication.<br />



B vitamins – The B vitamins are<br />

essential for energy production, for<br />

the normal functioning of the nervous<br />

system, and vitamin B5 in particular<br />

for production of the glucocorticoid<br />

hormones in the adrenals, such as<br />

cortisol. Good sources include whole<br />

grains, eggs, beans and lentils, a wide<br />

range of vegetables, fish and lean<br />

meats. Taking a B Vitamin Complex<br />

can be very supportive. The Wild<br />

Nutrition B Complex Plus also<br />

includes vitamin C, magnesium and<br />

the herb Ashwagandha shown to<br />

support healthy cortisol regulation.<br />

Magnesium – Magnesium is essential<br />

for energy production and the<br />

production of neurotransmitters,<br />

including dopamine and serotonin.<br />

It is quickly used up when we are<br />

stressed. The best examples are<br />

nuts and seeds, buckwheat, greens,<br />

such as spinach and kale, and fish<br />

and seafood. If sleep is an issue<br />

then taking an additional 80mg<br />

of Food-Grown Magnesium at<br />

night can be a great support.<br />

Good bacteria – Essential Fatty<br />

Acids are also required to help these<br />

‘friendly’ bacteria stick to the gut wall,<br />

reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines<br />

and improve brain function.<br />

Food sensitivities – More recently a<br />

large body of research has highlighted<br />

the link between ‘gluten sensitivity’, gut<br />

health, inflammation and depression.<br />

Gluten sensitivity can not only reduce<br />

absorption of nutrients from the diet<br />

but increase the inflammatory process.<br />



Eggs – Use steamed asparagus<br />

to dip into boiled eggs as a<br />

morning mood booster.<br />

Avocado – For an extra boost of<br />

healthy fats, slice chunks of avocado<br />

into your salad or onto your morning<br />

toast, drizzle over virgin olive oil<br />

and add flakes of wild salmon.<br />

Wild Salmon – Mix with horseradish<br />

and plain yogurt to make a<br />

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mood-supporting snack.<br />

Quinoa – Use as an alternative<br />

to rice or wheat pasta for<br />

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Earn your après ski and dodge injuries with<br />

Sarah Maxwell’s exercise tips for getting ski-fit<br />

Flights and accommodation<br />

booked, lift passes sorted,<br />

snazzy new ski jacket ready<br />

to burst out of its wrapping. Did<br />

you remember everything?<br />

After the last few weeks of buzzing<br />

around getting organised for<br />

Christmas and putting yourself last in<br />

order to make everyone’s Christmas<br />

merry, are you even fit to ski?<br />

Skiing is an intensely physical<br />

activity and one that<br />

you are likely to be<br />

doing for several hours<br />

a day and at altitude.<br />

Here are my tips to<br />

help you get ski-fit by<br />

improving your fitness<br />

now so you can make the<br />

most of your precious<br />

time on the slopes,<br />

minimise injury and<br />

maximise your enjoyment!<br />

Get Cardio Active: Increasing<br />

your general cardiovascular fitness<br />

by cycling, running, circuit<br />

training, or even walking, can<br />

make a big difference as long as<br />

you get your heart pumping.<br />

Strong on<br />

the Slopes<br />

Strength Training: Look out for the<br />

many ski fit classes in the area this<br />

season. Cross-fit, kettle bells and<br />

strength-based circuits are really<br />

“Being flexible<br />

will help your<br />

skiing in general<br />

as well as helping<br />

you recover<br />

much more easily<br />

when you do<br />

take a tumble”<br />

effective. The key areas to focus on are<br />

the legs, back and core. Working on<br />

your core allows your legs to work as<br />

shock absorbers in all kinds of terrain.<br />

Squats and lunges in abundance will<br />

make a huge difference to your leg<br />

strength. Not a member of a gym? I<br />

have recently found a great app called<br />

SkiFit which shows you ski specific<br />

exercises that you can do at home.<br />

Flexibility and Balance:<br />

being flexible will help<br />

your skiing in general<br />

as well as helping you<br />

recover much more<br />

easily when you do<br />

take a tumble. Balance<br />

work and yoga classes<br />

will make a real<br />

difference and might<br />

even help you fall<br />

over less. I have found<br />

that regular standing<br />

yoga poses have really made a<br />

difference to how often I fall over!<br />

Warming Up: When you’re there –<br />

don’t forget to warm up! A lot of time<br />

is spent in chairlifts and gondolas and<br />

by the time you get to the top your<br />

body will have cooled down. Use<br />

those few moments waiting for others<br />

to warm up, loosen and prepare<br />

your body for the fun to come.<br />

Exercise of<br />

the month:<br />


The plank strengthens your<br />

spine, shoulders, engages your<br />

abdominals, glutes and hamstrings;<br />

if you do nothing else prior to<br />

hitting the slopes, do this!<br />

To perform a plank, bend your<br />

elbows and rest your weight on<br />

your forearms, ensuring the rest<br />

of your body is fully laid out<br />

behind you on the floor. Engage<br />

your stomach muscles, raise your<br />

pelvic floor and squeeze your<br />

bottom. Bring your feet beneath<br />

yourself so you are balanced on<br />

your forearms and toes. Hold your<br />

body in a straight position for<br />

10-60 seconds depending upon<br />

your fitness level. Slowly release<br />

back into the starting position.<br />

Repeat 3 times.<br />

✣<br />

If you find this position too<br />

difficult at first, lower your<br />

knees to the floor and build<br />

up your strength gradually.<br />

✣<br />

Now go and have a ball!<br />

✣<br />

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Fitness and Lifestyle coach<br />

and mum of two who juggles a lot<br />

of balls. Find out more about Sarah<br />

and her work at sarahmaxwell.com<br />

Sarah shares her Fitness and<br />

Lifestyle tips on Instagram<br />

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Eat Well<br />

Feel good this <strong>February</strong> with the help of Melissa Hemsley who shares three recipes from her<br />

brand new cookbook, Eat Green, which focus on a more sustainable way of eating for everyone<br />

Recipes: Melissa Hemsley Photographs: Philippa Langley<br />

Parsnip Dahl topped<br />

with Roasted<br />

Parsnips & Pink<br />

Pickled Onions<br />

Serves 6<br />

Preparation time: 40 mins<br />

Cooking time: 55-65 mins<br />

This is ideal to make at the end<br />

of the weekend with any leftover<br />

root veg that didn’t make it into<br />

the Sunday roast. It will set you up<br />

nicely for Monday’s dinner – just<br />

reheat and top with the onions and<br />

yogurt and either freeze the rest or<br />

enjoy later in the week with fresh<br />

leaves and a crispy fried egg on top.<br />

• 4 tbsp ghee or oil<br />

• 5 large parsnips (about 900g)<br />

• 1 tbsp maple syrup<br />

• 2 large onions, thinly sliced<br />

• 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped<br />

• 1 thumb of ginger, finely grated<br />

• 400g split red lentils, rinsed<br />

• 2 large handfuls of fresh<br />

coriander, leaves and stems<br />

finely chopped separately<br />

• 3 tbsp tomato purée<br />

• 1 × 400ml tin of fullfat<br />

coconut milk<br />

• 200g leafy greens, like chard,<br />

leaves and stems finely chopped<br />

• Yogurt, to serve (optional)<br />

For the spice mix:<br />

• 1½ tsp ground turmeric<br />

• 2 tbsp ground cumin or 1½ tbsp<br />

cumin seeds, roughly ground<br />

• 2 tbsp ground coriander or<br />

1½ tbsp coriander seeds<br />

• 2 tbsp black mustard<br />

seeds, roughly ground<br />

• Pinch of chilli flakes<br />

or chilli powder<br />

• Big pinch of sea salt<br />

and black pepper<br />

For the pink pickled onions:<br />

• 2 large red onions, thinly sliced<br />

• Juice of 2 limes or 4 tbsp vinegar<br />

• Big pinch of sea salt<br />

• 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)<br />

1Preheat the oven to fan<br />

220°C/Gas mark 9. Melt 2<br />

tablespoons of the ghee or oil on<br />

a large baking tray in the oven.<br />

2Meanwhile, mix the spice mix<br />

in a small bowl and slice up<br />

three of the parsnips into about<br />

18 wedges, say 5cm × 1.5cm,<br />

then toss the parsnip wedges<br />

in the oil on the tray with half<br />

of the spice mix. Pop in the<br />

oven for about 30-35 minutes,<br />

tossing halfway through with<br />

the maple syrup, until golden<br />

and going crispy at the edges.<br />

3In a large pan, fry the<br />

onions in the remaining<br />

2 tablespoons of ghee over a<br />

medium heat for 10 minutes,<br />

stirring occasionally, while you<br />

get on with everything else.<br />

4Add the remaining half of the<br />

spice mix, plus the garlic and<br />

ginger and fry for 3 minutes.<br />

5Add the diced parsnips and<br />

lentils, the chopped coriander<br />

stems and the tomato purée and<br />

let fry. After a minute, add the<br />

coconut milk, then fill up the<br />

tin four times with hot water<br />

(1.6 litres) and pour in, stirring<br />

well. Pop the lid on, bring to<br />

the boil and immediately turn<br />

down to a medium heat and let<br />

simmer for 20 minutes. Stir a<br />

few times throughout to make<br />

sure the lentils don’t stick to the<br />

pan. Add more liquid if you<br />

think it needs it or if you like<br />

your dahl soupier, like I do.<br />

6Meanwhile, scrunch and<br />

massage the red onion in<br />

a bowl with the lime juice,<br />

salt and maple syrup, if using,<br />

for 30 seconds, then leave to<br />

bathe in the salty lime juice.<br />

7Once the lentils and parsnips<br />

in the pan are cooked,<br />

add the chopped greens, pop<br />

the lid on so they steam for<br />

3-5 minutes until just tender,<br />

then taste for seasoning.<br />

8Serve up each bowl, topped<br />

with the roasted parsnips,<br />

coriander leaves, pink pickled<br />

onions and their juices and a<br />

dollop of yogurt, if you like.<br />

Tip: If you have vegetable<br />

stock, use it instead of hot<br />

water for extra flavour.<br />

Waste not: Swap the parsnips for<br />

carrots, sweet potato, squash or<br />

cauliflower and you can use kale<br />

or spinach in place of the chard.<br />

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Rescue Noodle Soup<br />

with Leftover Chicken<br />

Serves: 4<br />

Prep & cooking time: 30 mins<br />

There’s nothing quite like a warming<br />

bowl of homemade soup to make you<br />

feel a thousand times better. If I’ve<br />

had a Sunday roast chicken, I make<br />

this on a Monday to get a great boost<br />

of vegetables in. It’s based on store<br />

cupboard and freezer ingredients like<br />

frozen peas, onion, garlic and carrots,<br />

though you could swap in anything<br />

that needs using up. You can up the<br />

amount of vegetables or noodles<br />

here, so adjust to your liking. Post-<br />

Christmas and other celebrations, this<br />

is a fantastic way to use up leftover<br />

turkey or any other leftover meats.<br />

• 1 tbsp ghee or butter<br />

• 1 large leek or onion, diced<br />

• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped<br />

• 1.2 litres vegetable stock or bone broth<br />

• 1 big handful of a mix of fresh<br />

herbs, like parsley and dill,<br />

leaves and stems chopped<br />

• 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or<br />

1 tsp dried<br />

• 1 bay leaf, dried or fresh<br />

• 2 celery sticks, diced<br />

• 2 carrots, thinly sliced<br />

• 2 handfuls of 2cm chunks of root veg,<br />

like sweet potato, squash, pumpkin,<br />

potato or (in the summer) courgette<br />

• 400g noodles or spaghetti, any type<br />

• 1 tsp olive oil<br />

• 300g mix of cabbage, rainbow<br />

chard and/or chard, stems finely<br />

chopped and leaves shredded<br />

• 300g leftover shredded chicken<br />

• Juice of ¼ lemon or 1 tsp<br />

apple cider vinegar<br />

• 2 big handfuls of frozen<br />

peas or sweetcorn<br />

• Sea salt and black pepper<br />

1In a large wide saucepan, heat the<br />

ghee or butter and fry the leek or<br />

onion over a medium heat for 8 minutes<br />

while you prep everything else. Add<br />

the garlic and fry for another minute.<br />

2Add stock or broth, chopped parsley<br />

and dill stems, thyme, bay leaf,<br />

celery, carrot, root veg and some salt and<br />

pepper, pop the lid on and cook for 15<br />

minutes until the carrot is almost tender.<br />

3Meanwhile, cook noodles or<br />

spaghetti in a separate pan until<br />

almost tender (check the label for<br />

suggested timings), then drain and<br />

rinse under cold water to stop them<br />

cooking further. Toss with the olive oil<br />

to stop them clumping and set aside.<br />

to your soup pan: add<br />

4Back the chopped cabbage and<br />

chard stems, shredded chicken,<br />

lemon juice or vinegar and cook<br />

for a few more minutes.<br />

5Add the chard leaves, frozen peas<br />

or sweetcorn and cooked noodles<br />

or spaghetti for a final 2 minutes so<br />

that the chard wilts, the peas cook and<br />

the noodles/spaghetti heat through.<br />

6Season to taste and serve up<br />

straight away, topped with<br />

the fresh herb leaves.<br />

<br />

Waste Not:<br />

You don’t have to use noodles here,<br />

you can add any pasta shapes you<br />

like so just use whatever odds and<br />

ends of pasta packets you have.<br />

You could even add the pasta<br />

straight into the soup to cook<br />

and save on using a second pan.<br />

Flexi Swap:<br />

For a vegetarian version, swap the<br />

chicken for 500g roughly chopped<br />

mushrooms and a pinch of dried<br />

seaweed or seaweed salt. Sometimes<br />

I add even more garlic and a thumb<br />

of grated ginger, plus 1tsp ground<br />

turmeric for an extra boost. Try<br />

adding a tablespoon of miso or<br />

tamari just before serving or swap<br />

the herbs for coriander and mint.<br />

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Tahini Choc Chip Cookies<br />

Makes: 16 cookies,<br />

Preparation time: 10 mins<br />

Cooking time: 15 mins<br />

The vegan version of these are just as<br />

delicious, none of us can decide which we<br />

love the most. Store these cakey cookies<br />

in an airtight container for 5 days. You<br />

could warm them briefly in the oven to<br />

give them a little crispening boost. The<br />

dough freezes well so double up and save<br />

half for a rainy day. Just defrost, then slice<br />

into portions before putting in the oven.<br />

• 2 eggs<br />

• 2 tsp baking powder<br />

• 4 tbsp maple syrup<br />

• 2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

• 150g light tahini<br />

• 110g smooth nut butter<br />

• 100g good-quality dark chocolate,<br />

broken up into squares, or chips<br />

• 30g black and/or white sesame seeds<br />

• Pinch of sea salt<br />

1Preheat the oven to fan 170°C/<br />

Gas mark 5. Line a large baking<br />

tray with reusable baking paper.<br />

2In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs then<br />

mix in the baking powder, maple syrup and<br />

vanilla extract. Add the tahini and nut butter<br />

and mix together until very well combined.<br />

3Roughly chop the chocolate (if not<br />

using chips) and fold through the<br />

batter along with the sesame seeds.<br />

4Measure out 16 balls of the cookie batter,<br />

roughly 1 tablespoon each, and bake<br />

for 10-15 minutes on the lined baking tray<br />

(making sure to leave a little room between<br />

each one) until the cookies are just set.<br />

5Remove from the oven, sprinkle<br />

with a little sea salt and allow to<br />

cool on a wire rack before serving.<br />

Flexi Swap:<br />

For vegans, replace the 2 eggs with 1 large<br />

mashed ripe banana. You can also swap the<br />

nut butter for the same amount of a seed<br />

butter or tahini for a nut-free alternative.<br />

These recipes are from<br />

Eat Green by Melissa<br />

Hemsley (Ebury<br />

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Garden<br />

Plant Hunters<br />

Sue Whigham explores the origins of many popular plant species and how they were discovered<br />

I<br />

must say that when my son and daughter-in-law<br />

announced that they were going to take a sabbatical<br />

in the summer of 2019 and, with their daughters<br />

aged six and four, travel to Colombia, I initially had<br />

alarming visions of dangerous jungle trails, groups of<br />

heavily armed FARC rebels and threat of kidnap.<br />

I suppose what I was thinking of is what happened to<br />

Tom Hart Dyke from Lullingstone Castle and his travelling<br />

companion, Paul Winder, back in 2000. They found<br />

themselves in the inhospitable jungle of the Darién Gap<br />

between Panama and Colombia with Tom following his wild<br />

enthusiasm for orchids and Paul in his pursuit of adventure.<br />

They were kidnapped by a rebel group and spent nine<br />

months in their company. Since then, Tom, a modern day<br />

plant hunter, has undertaken many other plant hunting trips,<br />

including one to Central Peru in 2009 where he came upon<br />

an entire clump of Puya raimondii (Queen of the Andes)<br />

flourishing at over 14,000 feet where virtually nothing else<br />

grows. This particular bromeliad is on the endangered list in<br />

the wild. To see the plant flower must be extraordinary. Some<br />

of the flower spikes are over 44ft tall with each producing over<br />

10,000 creamy white flowers. And to cap it all, the flowers<br />

are pollinated by hummingbirds. Can you just imagine it?<br />

And then, in a chance conversation at a recent meeting of<br />

the local Hardy Plant Society, I got talking to a friend who<br />

said she was related, she knew not how, to Reginald Farrer<br />

who made his name with his book, My Rock-Garden, in<br />

1907. This book kindled a huge interest in alpine plants and<br />

rockeries amongst British horticulturalists of the time. She<br />

also grows and loves alpine plants so it must be in the genes.<br />

Reginald was born in 1880 in Clapham, North Yorkshire,<br />

and was heir to the estate of Ingleborough Hall where some of<br />

his plant introductions are still to be found. He was seen as an<br />

eccentric and somewhat difficult man but his scope of exploration<br />

and search for, in particular, alpine plants which started in<br />

the European Alps led to expeditions further east taking<br />

in, amongst others, countries such as Japan and Korea,<br />

Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) as well as two forays into China.<br />

I spotted one of his introductions from China, Viburnum<br />

farreri (fragrans) in full fragrant flower at the weekend.<br />

I like the story of him wanting to replicate a plant covered<br />

rock face that he’d spotted in Ceylon. He rowed out onto a<br />

Above: In 1495 BC Egyptian pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut, commissioned an expedition to Somalia in search of incense trees,<br />

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Garden<br />

Left: In 2000, modern-day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke<br />

was captured, along with his friend Paul Winder, by a rebel<br />

group in The Darién Gap while on an expedition to discover<br />

orchids. They wrote about their ordeal in their best-selling<br />

book, The Cloud Garden<br />

lake near his home, loaded his shotgun with seeds collected<br />

on one of his expeditions and fired it into the nearest rock<br />

face. Many of them took and this piece of Yorkshire became<br />

the only true natural rock garden in the country at the time.<br />

According to some records, active plant hunting dates<br />

from 1495 BC when Egyptian pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut,<br />

commissioned an expedition to go to Somalia in search<br />

of incense trees, Commiphora myrrha, the tree from which<br />

the resin, myrrh, is derived.<br />

And subsequently the Romans, as<br />

they expanded their Empire, whilst<br />

not actively plant hunting, introduced<br />

non-native plants to our shores as<br />

foodstuffs. Think of the ubiquitous<br />

ground elder and the rather glamorous<br />

umbellifers, ‘Alexanders’ that grow<br />

along the coast in Kent and Sussex.<br />

After that, medieval monks would<br />

have exchanged medicinal plants<br />

through their monasteries both here and<br />

in Europe. Up until the mid sixteenth<br />

century, most new plants would have come from Europe until<br />

the Middle East became a source of horticultural treasure as<br />

the plant hunters of the time spread their nets further afield.<br />

And in the 17th century came two hugely influential<br />

generations of the Tradescant family. John Tradescant the<br />

elder, (1570-1638) was gardener to Charles I and his son,<br />

John the younger (1608-1662), was gardener to Charles II’s<br />

wife, Catherine of Braganza. They both travelled extensively<br />

in North America returning with hitherto unknown<br />

“The RHS, founded in<br />

1804 ‘for the improvement<br />

of horticulture’, sponsored<br />

a number of important<br />

collectors who braved<br />

incredible hardship to feed<br />

the ongoing demand for<br />

anything new and exotic”<br />

plants, amongst them the tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera,<br />

the swamp cypress, Taxodium distichum, plane trees and<br />

pineapples. They are both buried in the churchyard of St<br />

Mary at Lambeth, which stands close to the gatehouse of<br />

Lambeth Palace. The church was de-consecrated in the 1970s<br />

and in 1977 became the Museum of Garden History.<br />

If you have a chance to go to Lambeth Palace Gardens,<br />

and it is open to the public on certain days, you can see<br />

a particularly fine specimen of Liliodendron tulipifera<br />

there – look out for the pineapples on the columns<br />

of nearby Lambeth Bridge which commemorate the<br />

Tradescant’s introduction of such an exotic fruit.<br />

Subsequently, The Royal Horticultural Society, founded<br />

in 1804 ‘for the improvement of horticulture’, sponsored<br />

a number of important collectors who braved incredible<br />

hardship in far flung countries of the<br />

world to feed the ongoing demand<br />

for anything new and exotic. They<br />

included famous names such as<br />

Robert Fortune, George Forrest,<br />

David Douglas and Frank Kingdon-<br />

Ward, all of whose exploits are, quite<br />

frankly, hair-raising. Both the RHS<br />

and the Royal Botanic Gardens at<br />

Kew continue now to work with<br />

people on plant and seed collecting<br />

forays, including Tom Hart Dyke.<br />

Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of<br />

Crug Farm Plants in North Wales were originally farmers<br />

but combined their love of plants and travelling more than<br />

20 years ago to travel the globe seeking out specimens<br />

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Garden<br />

Above: Queen of the Andes, Puya raimondii, flourishing in its natural habitat. The flower spikes can reach as much as 44ft tall<br />

might be hardy enough for our climate in England.<br />

They make contact with local universities and work<br />

with local botanists sharing information and knowledge.<br />

They also follow strict quarantine rules, a must these days<br />

to guarantee biosecurity. Usually Bleddyn sends any seeds<br />

he has collected by runner to Sue at ‘base camp’ where she<br />

sets to cleaning, drying and packaging them up. The whole<br />

procedure is a lengthy one as often the quantity of seed<br />

is small and germination can, in some cases, take years.<br />

The walled garden at their nursery is full of exotic looking<br />

plants and unfamiliar genera. Their Chelsea garden in the<br />

Royal Pavilion last year showed an interesting selection of<br />

plants for dry shade and included plants such as unusual<br />

aspidistera – just what we need with ever increasing<br />

parched summers in the South East – from Vietnam and<br />

South China as far as I can remember. The oreopanax<br />

they grow is very exotic and rather fabulous. As is the<br />

hardy Schefflera taiwaniana with huge and jungly leaves.<br />

They have an interesting website, to say the least.<br />

So plant hunting continues with entrepreneurial private<br />

nurseries collecting plants and seeds from countries which<br />

weren’t always open for exploration. And like the plant<br />

hunters of old, they are highly motivated as they were<br />

and perhaps a little bit obsessed. They have found hardier<br />

forms; have discovered plants with ‘garden potential’<br />

and plants which will form the basis of hybridising<br />

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I remember visiting ‘backstage’ in the wondrous<br />

Kirstenbosch Garden in Cape Town really quite a few<br />

years ago and then they had people scouring other<br />

parts of South Africa for plants that might prove to<br />

be garden worthy in Europe. It all took time and each<br />

plant would be grown on and observed long before<br />

they were launched on to the horticultural public.<br />

Imagine how dull our gardens might have been but for<br />

the plant hunters and how lucky we are to have a climate<br />

that can accommodate such a huge range of plants. There<br />

is even a Puya raimondii growing at the World Garden at<br />

Lullingstone. I wonder if Tom Hart Dyke grew it from<br />

seed. I know that the plant, being monocarpic, needs to<br />

and does produce literally thousands of seeds before dying.<br />

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Naked Attraction<br />

Jo Arnell strips the garden back to beautiful winter basics<br />

Winter can stretch on into spring sometimes,<br />

remaining colourless and drab for longer than<br />

necessary, dragging its grey heels even as the<br />

days lengthen and the green shoots start peeking through.<br />

Bare branches and tree tracery stand out against the winter<br />

landscape and although the buds are swelling on woody<br />

plants, they won’t unfurl into leaves for months yet.<br />

Look closely at the twiggy skeletons; as you get familiar<br />

with them you start to see that each species, when grown<br />

unimpeded, has a unique and beautiful silhouette. Let’s<br />

celebrate the pared back beauty of those that look good<br />

naked and maybe even plant some in the garden.<br />


Our native silver birch is graceful and elegant enough – its<br />

white bark fissured with black, thin besom broom branches<br />

wafting in the wind – but if you want to grow a really<br />

showy white birch, try a Himalayan one: Betula utilis var.<br />

Jacquemontii ‘Grayswood Ghost’ has stark, bone-white<br />

trunks. Some gardeners even wash their trees to remove<br />

algae and keep the bark looking perfectly white. They do<br />

look stunning, freshly cleaned and gleaming in the winter<br />

light. It takes a certain kind of determination to wash trees.<br />

Prunus serrula (Tibetan cherry), has polished, mahoganyred<br />

bark that gently peels away in gleaming curls – try<br />

walking past without reaching out your hand. This is a<br />

good all-year-round ornamental tree, with interest from<br />

blossom in spring and lovely autumn foliage too.<br />

I also love the bark on Eucalyptus, but it is fast<br />

growing and will very quickly escape your clutches to<br />

grow into a 50ft monster. There are other trees with<br />

irresistibly tactile bark more suited to smaller gardens.<br />

Some Acers, known more usually for their foliage, have<br />

ornamental bark as well as brilliant autumn colour. The Snake<br />

Bark Maple, Acer davidii, has green and silver bark in snake<br />

pattern stripes. Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’, has gleaming<br />

coral-coloured bark, pale<br />

lime green emerging foliage<br />

and golden autumn tints.<br />

Acer griseum has shaggy<br />

cinnamon-coloured bark<br />

that glows when backlit<br />

by the winter light. A.<br />

griseum is a slow growing<br />

tree, eventually reaching<br />

a mere 10ft, so it’s a<br />

perfect choice for a <br />

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and Rubus Right: Gleaming<br />

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can sometimes be made into multi-stems, or ‘treelets’,<br />

depending on the elegance of their stems. If you have an<br />

old shrub that is about to be radically chopped (or removed<br />

altogether), look at it carefully and see whether it could<br />

be transformed into a multi-stem. This could be a much<br />

kinder and less expensive way of improving the view.<br />

“Acer griseum has shaggy cinnamoncoloured<br />

bark that glows when<br />

backlit by the winter light”<br />

small space. It grows on chalk and on alkaline soil too –<br />

something many acers don’t like. Most acers are hardy, but<br />

prefer a sheltered site, out of the wind and scorching sun.<br />


Cornus (Dogwood) stems will provide brilliant winter colour,<br />

especially if you have a large garden and can plant them en<br />

masse. Try groups of Cornus by a pond, or damp part of<br />

the garden. Dogwoods will grow in most soil conditions,<br />

and they actually quite like damp or heavy soils. They<br />

don’t mind shady conditions, but their stem colour shows<br />

up best in full sun. Dogwoods will send out suckers, so<br />

plant them where they have room to spread. The stems also<br />

look good cut and poked into winter containers, bringing<br />

height and structure – they may even take root…<br />

For the best stem colour, dogwoods should be cut<br />

back hard in mid-spring to encourage the growth of new<br />

young stems which have the strongest colour. Some will<br />

cope with hard pruning better than others – generally the<br />

more vigorous the growth, the harder you can cut back.<br />

After pruning, mulch around the roots with compost or<br />

other well-rotted organic material, but not right up to the<br />

stems, as this could cause them to rot. Mulching will feed<br />

and condition the soil – and also help retain moisture.<br />

Dogwoods won’t get too tall, because they are regularly<br />

pruned to the base. Some of the best for stem colour are:<br />

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, which has bright red new growth, while<br />

the aptly named C. sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ has young<br />

stems that literally look as if they’re on fire – in shades of<br />


Carefully pruned, some trees can be crown lifted by<br />

pruning out the lowest branches to make the main trunk<br />

more visible. Or they can be pruned to have more than<br />

one trunk, which turns them into elegant multi-stemmed<br />

versions. This works well with birch, cherries and is especially<br />

effective with Amelanchier lamarkii. The result is elegant<br />

and sculptural and still allows for underplanting. Many<br />

show gardens at flower shows use multi-stemmed trees<br />

as focal points in planting schemes. Overgrown shrubs<br />

Top: Acer griseum – the cinnamon bark Maple Bottom left: Coppiced willow Bottom right: Dogwood stems bring height to containers<br />

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‘Deben’ is a deciduous shrub with small pink buds<br />

opening to become highly fragrant white flowers.<br />

These plants are well suited to a path-side position,<br />

where you can catch their exquisite fragrance, but<br />

they need to be able to bow out and retreat into<br />

the background once they come into leaf as they<br />

are fairly dull for most of the rest of the year.<br />

yellow/orange tinged with red.<br />

Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’<br />

has yellow-green stems;<br />

Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’<br />

has young growth of a<br />

deep purple colour.<br />

Willows can (literally)<br />

run about in the<br />

garden, so should be carefully positioned,<br />

as they can be invasive and hard to remove. They are fast<br />

growing and some have brightly coloured stems to rival<br />

the dogwoods. Salix ‘Britzensis’ is one of the best for<br />

stem colour, but will need regular pollarding or coppicing<br />

in early spring for fresh new stems. Just like Cornus,<br />

Willows are best grown near water or in boggy places.<br />

Rubus is an amazing ornamental blackberry with<br />

powdery white stems that clump up to form thickets of<br />

living barbed wire. It will need a fair amount of space<br />

and looks striking next to dogwoods, a look that could be<br />

perfected with an underplanting of cyclamen, snowdrops<br />

and the black grass Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’.<br />


Plants like Teasels, Phlomis and Sedum have long lasting<br />

seedheads that stand stoutly through the winter weather,<br />

glistening in the frost and providing architectural interest at<br />

lower levels. They are also useful for wildlife – birds will eat<br />

the seeds and insects will use hollow stems for refuge until<br />

the spring. Tempting as it is to tidy everything up in the<br />

autumn, if herbaceous plants die gracefully, they can add a<br />

layer of ephemeral, ghostly beauty in the winter landscape.<br />


Late winter and early spring flowering shrubs, if they are<br />

deciduous, tend to blossom on bare stems. They are usually<br />

pale coloured and can be highly scented, often growing in<br />

semi-shade at the edge of woodland where early emerging<br />

insects, moths and beetles will be lured in by their perfume.<br />

Grow a winter-scented plant somewhere near to the house<br />

– by the front or back door, near a path or gate, where you<br />

will be able to walk past regularly, inhaling as you go.<br />

Chimonanthes praecox and Lonicera ‘Winter Beauty’,<br />

a winter flowering honeysuckle have powerful perfume.<br />

Plant them where they can fade into the background<br />

once the flowers are over. If you have the space for a<br />

specimen, try a Witch Hazel – Hamamelis x intermedia<br />

‘Pallida’ has scented flowers that climb its bare branches<br />

like little yellow spiders. Viburnum x bodnantense<br />


Bare stems and branches are companionably set off with<br />

contrasting carpets of late winter and early spring flowers<br />

beneath them – try Cyclamen coum, Anemone blanda, or bulbs<br />

like Snowdrops, Winter Aconite and Crocus. These are all<br />

little treasures and best seen in massed throngs beneath the<br />

trees, where they make the most of the light before the dense<br />

canopy of leaves closes in on them. There’s the wonderful and<br />

aptly named ‘<strong>February</strong> Gold’ narcissus for an uplifting throng<br />

of golden daffodil without too much floppy leaf later on.<br />

Hellebores are good and hardy, often flowering where<br />

not much else will and are a great asset in the garden<br />

at this time of the year. Helleborus niger (the Christmas<br />

Rose) flowers around now and then a little later comes the<br />

showier Helleborus orientalis cultivars, which have flowers<br />

in shades from darkest burgundy through to purest white.<br />

Low-growing evergreens look good next to bare<br />

stems – try the scented Christmas box Sarcococca<br />

confusa, slow growing dwarf conifers, or hardy ferns<br />

such as polystichums for all year foliage interest.<br />

Structure is vital in the garden, perhaps even more<br />

so in winter when we can’t distract with flowers and<br />

foliage. Architecture, focal points and framework<br />

plants come in different forms and those with elegant<br />

skeletons, or striking bark – that might be overlooked<br />

during the rest of the year, shine out beautifully. Now<br />

please excuse me while I go out and wash some trees.<br />

Jo’s <strong>2020</strong> gardening courses are now booking, call<br />

01233 861149 or see hornbrookmanor.co.uk for details.<br />

Top: Long-lasting seedheads are also useful for wildlife – birds<br />

will eat the seeds and insects will use hollow stems for refuge<br />

until the spring Top inset: Whorls of Phlomis seedheads<br />

Above: Dogwood stems in a winter container<br />

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Alternative?<br />

Hilary Wilce shares new research into<br />

ADHD from King’s College<br />

Anyone who has to cope with an impulsive and<br />

hyperactive child – and that’s hundreds and thousands<br />

of parents and almost all teachers – will know how<br />

challenging it is to try to deal with this restless energy.<br />

But two new pieces of research offer chinks of hope<br />

that dietary <strong>supplement</strong>s could lessen both the symptoms<br />

and prevalence of so-called ADHD (attention deficit/<br />

hyperactivity disorder). Research carried out at King’s<br />

College London shows that omega-3 fish oil <strong>supplement</strong>s<br />

can improve the attention span of some children and<br />

adolescents with ADHD. In fact, the researchers say<br />

their findings could pave the way for some children to<br />

be given a dietary alternative to the stimulant medicine<br />

now routinely prescribed to hyperactive children.<br />

Meanwhile, another study recently published by the<br />

Barcelona Institute for Global Health, suggests that a<br />

mother’s diet in pregnancy may be able to reduce the<br />

chance of her baby developing ADHD. This, too, centres<br />

on the best balance between two essential fatty acids,<br />

omega-3 and omega-6. It’s already known<br />

that children with ADHD tend to have a<br />

higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. But now<br />

it seems that mothers-to-be with that same<br />

higher ratio may be at greater risk of having an<br />

ADHD child, and the higher the imbalance,<br />

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symptoms at the age of seven. These researchers<br />

point out that the brain takes a particularly long time<br />

to develop in a foetus, so could be more vulnerable to<br />

an unbalanced nutrient supply than other organs.<br />

Research is constantly adding tiny glimmers to<br />

our understanding of the way that diet affects our<br />

brains, and when you add them all together it seems<br />

increasingly clear that what we eat does (not surprisingly)<br />

have an impact on our mood and behaviour.<br />

It now seems certain, for example, that a good diet,<br />

along with enough sleep and regular exercise, can help<br />

conditions such as anxiety and depression. And common<br />

sense tells us that consuming only fizzy drinks, fried<br />

“The benefits<br />

of a good diet<br />

need to build<br />

up over time”<br />

chicken and chocolate bars is not going to keep anyone<br />

healthy, strong and emotionally well-balanced.<br />

However, the picture for ADHD is very complex and no<br />

one is yet suggesting a diet-based treatment for all hyperactive<br />

children – especially when there are so many different ways<br />

the condition shows itself and so many possible causes.<br />

The King’s College study, for example, shows that giving<br />

children omega-3 <strong>supplement</strong>s seems to benefit those<br />

with very low levels of it in their blood, while children<br />

with balanced blood don’t show the same results, or may<br />

show negative symptoms. And the effect<br />

is only known to work on attention span,<br />

not other ADHD traits like impulsivity.<br />

Even so, paediatric nutritionists suggest that<br />

children with ADHD could benefit from a diet<br />

of fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, wholegrain<br />

bread and pasta, and oily fish like salmon<br />

or mackerel. They point out that ADHD<br />

children are often low in magnesium, iron, zinc and fibre, so<br />

foods that include these could be beneficial. And they also<br />

suggest limiting red meat, any dairy, salty snacks and sugar.<br />

This isn’t easy, especially when so many hyperactive children<br />

are picky eaters who don’t sit quietly for regular meals – and<br />

when the urge to calm a child down with biscuits and sweets<br />

might be especially strong! But it seems important to persist<br />

as the benefits of a good diet need to build up over time.<br />

And while nutritious food might not ‘cure’ a<br />

child’s ADHD there will always be tangible benefits<br />

to health and wellbeing from a good diet – as there<br />

will be for all children, hyperactive or not.<br />

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

Art & Exhibitions<br />

Sat 11 Jan – Sun 29 Mar<br />

The Lightbox, Chobham Road<br />

Woking GU21 4AA<br />

Great Minds by Anne-<br />

Katrin Purkiss<br />

A celebration of the achievements<br />

of women in both science and<br />

arts. This exhibition of portrait<br />

photographs depicts influential<br />

women working, inspiring<br />

and contributing to society.<br />

A discussion with renowned<br />

sculptor Sophie Ryder has also<br />

been arranged on Friday 6 March<br />

to coincide with this exhibition,<br />

in which Sophie will talk about<br />

her practice, experiences as a<br />

female artist and the challenges<br />

faced by women in the arts.<br />

Entry: Day Pass £7.50,<br />

Members & under 21s Free<br />

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Children and<br />

Families<br />

Sat 8 Feb, 1pm-2.30pm<br />

Bourne Hall Museum, Spring<br />

Street, Ewell KT17 1UF<br />



Bourne Hall Museum Club is the<br />

club for children 7 to 12+ who<br />

love history and like to have fun<br />

while learning about it. Travel<br />

back through time to discover the<br />

past and its people and this time<br />

take a look at the amazing Anglo-<br />

Saxons. Discover what life was like<br />

for the people that gave Ewell its<br />

name (which means the people<br />

who live at the start of the river).<br />

Entry: £5<br />

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Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb<br />

Bocketts Farm Park,<br />

Young Street, Fetcham,<br />

Leatherhead KT22 9BS<br />

<strong>February</strong> Farming Week<br />

It’s the start of the spring lambing!<br />

There are more than 60 lambs<br />

due, with ‘meet the shepherd’<br />

sessions daily and even a chance<br />

you may get to watch a lamb<br />

being born. Children can join<br />

a Junior Farmer Adventure, see<br />

birds of prey demonstrations<br />

and enjoy daily shows from<br />

The Giggle Company.<br />

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Food and Drink<br />

Tuesday mornings<br />

throughout <strong>February</strong><br />

Woking, Chertsey and West<br />

Horsley Squires Garden Centres,<br />


Fancy a cuppa and a chat? Head to<br />

any Squire’s Garden Centre Café<br />

and you’ll find designated ‘Chatter<br />

and Natter’ tables where you can<br />

share a table with others who<br />

enjoy making good old-fashioned<br />

conversation over a tasty breakfast.<br />

Whether you’re on your own, in<br />

a couple, group, all are welcome.<br />

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Gardens<br />

Sat 8 Feb – Sun 8 Mar<br />

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,<br />

Richmond, London, TW9 3AE<br />


No need to wait for Spring, head<br />

to Kew’s annual orchid festival<br />

for dazzling displays. The theme<br />

is Indonesia to celebrate Kew’s<br />

vital science work in the country.<br />

In the immersive glasshouse,<br />

visitors will encounter an erupting<br />

volcano created from orchids and<br />

other tropical flowers, as well<br />

as after-hours events featuring<br />

Indonesian music, dance and<br />

cuisine, and a series of talks<br />

from Kew’s orchid experts.<br />

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Sat 15 Feb<br />

Ashtead Peace Memorial<br />

Hall, Woodfield Lane,<br />

Ashtead KT21 2BE<br />



Author and garden<br />

historian, Dr Katie Campbell,<br />

explores one of the greatest<br />

designers of the Edwardian era.<br />

Harold Peto was a classicist with<br />

a love of the Italian Renaissance<br />

and a distinctive style of<br />

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28 Feb - 1 March<br />

Admission £7 • 10am - 5pm Daily<br />

90 exhibitors<br />

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16 & 17th May <strong>2020</strong>, Sandown Park, <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

* Exhibition * Informative and Inspiring Talks<br />

* Demonstrations * Delicious Samplings<br />

* Interactive Workshops * One to One Advice Clinics<br />

Join us for a day of discovery at this new lifestyle event where those<br />

planning or enjoying their retirement will learn how to achieve their<br />

optimum lifestyle.<br />

Style, Beauty & Grooming<br />

Travel & Leisure<br />

Financial Services and<br />

Estate Planning<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Health, Fitness, Wellbeing<br />

& Nutrition<br />

Lifestyle Services<br />

Tickets - £10 per person Register to visit at www.lifeisforlivingshow.co.uk/register<br />

Charity Partner Travel Partner FOLLOW US<br />

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

statuary and architectural salvage.<br />

Entry: £12, Members £10<br />

surreygardenstrust.org.uk<br />

Music and Theatre<br />

Tue 25 – Thu 27 Feb<br />

G Live, London Road,<br />

Guildford, GU1 2AA<br />


The comedy legend himself will<br />

be stepping out onto the G Live<br />

stage for a run of performances<br />

to warm up his new show. This<br />

well-loved and utterly hilarious<br />

comedian is excited to hit the road<br />

once more in what is shaping up<br />

to be his best stand-up show yet.<br />

glive.co.uk<br />

Workshops<br />

Sun 9 Feb (Women<br />

Only) & Sun 16 Feb<br />

Rhubarb & Custard, 140<br />

Eton High Street, SL4 6DB<br />

DSLR Photography<br />

Workshop For<br />

Complete Beginners<br />

A workshop for people who<br />

would like a fast and enjoyable<br />

introduction to DSLR<br />

photography. It is limited to<br />

four people at a time, and<br />

covers setting up your camera,<br />

basic camera functions and<br />

settings, the basics of exposure,<br />

composition, depth of field and<br />

a practical session on exposure,<br />

ensuring a good balance of<br />

theory and practice in the<br />

inspiring town of Eton.<br />

Entry: £125 pp<br />

01753 911 630 /<br />

rhubarbandcustard.com<br />

Look Forward:<br />

March<br />

Mon 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30<br />

Mar 12.45-2.45<br />

Inner Art Studio, 26 West<br />

Street, Reigate, RH2 9BX<br />

Landscape & Location<br />

Embrace depth and perspective<br />

via the great outdoors.<br />

‘Landscape & Location’ is an<br />

excellent opportunity to unite<br />

your love of the great outdoors<br />

with your art passion. Learn<br />

practical ways to make location<br />

drawing work for you, and<br />

enjoy exploring perspective<br />

alongside other art learners. We<br />

call upon the work of landscape<br />

artists throughout history to<br />

inspire you to create artwork<br />

with depth and atmosphere.<br />

Entry: £165<br />

arttuition.co.uk<br />

Thu 5, 12, 19, 26 Mar &<br />

Thu 2 Apr 10am-12noon<br />

Inner Art Studio, 26 West<br />

Street, Reigate, RH2 9BX<br />

Spring Flowers in<br />

Colour Pencil<br />

This specialist art class for adults<br />

is a structured and closely tutored<br />

course with artist-teacher Alison<br />

Powell. It will teach you how to<br />

draw wonderfully realistic spring<br />

flowers. You’ll make drawings<br />

with step-by-step instruction,<br />

focusing on all the key areas<br />

including petals, leaves, stalks and<br />

pollen, and the techniques used<br />

to create a realistic silky delicate<br />

feel for petals. This workshop is<br />

suitable for anyone that would like<br />

to learn the techniques to draw<br />

their own realistic and beautiful<br />

flowers. Beginners welcome.<br />

Entry: £165 (includes all materials)<br />

arttuition.co.uk<br />

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to press but may be subject to change.<br />

Readers are advised to check with<br />

venues before making arrangements.<br />

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Studio Open by<br />

Appointment<br />

Etchings, watercolours, posters, books, cards<br />

See also works by Jason Clarke<br />

Up the Garden Studio, Green Lane,<br />

Boughton Monchelsea, Kent, ME17 4LF<br />

01622 743938 wendy@grahamclarke.co.uk<br />

www.grahamclarke.co.uk<br />

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Don’t miss the March issue of <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong> which<br />

includes our brand new Good Living Supplement.<br />

Good Living<br />

A <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong> Supplement<br />

A vibrant look at luxury holidays, exciting new<br />

hobbies, beautiful fashion, style and health tips,<br />

for the over fifties who want to live life to the full.

Competition<br />

Win A two-night stay for two<br />

people at Laindons Guest House<br />

Located in the heart of Hastings Old<br />

Town, The Laindons is an impressive<br />

Georgian building that began life as<br />

a coach house in the 19th century. Today, it<br />

continues the tradition of providing comfort<br />

and a high level of luxury to all who visit.<br />

Our aim is to provide guests with a place<br />

to escape and relax – be it for a celebration,<br />

a break, a business trip, or an opportunity<br />

to explore. We strive to ensure that your<br />

stay with us is extra special so that you<br />

leave rested, content and recharged.<br />

The Laindons has six beautiful rooms, five<br />

with high ceilings filled with light, plus the<br />

Eaves Room, a cosy, atmospheric rooftop retreat.<br />

Every room has its own distinct character.<br />

Breakfast is served in the conservatory which<br />

overlooks East Hill’s nature park, the perfect<br />

place for a relaxing start to the day. The<br />

Laindons team has created a menu that reflects<br />

the seasons, sourcing the best local produce.<br />

Old Town Hastings has many beautiful<br />

old pubs, plenty of live music and every<br />

style of food in a variety of restaurants. If<br />

you’re a fish lover, this is the place to feast<br />

on the freshest seafood caught and<br />

landed literally just metres away!<br />

Antique hunters will enjoy<br />

many bric-a-brac and collector’s<br />

outlets, as well as a wide<br />

variety of hip cafés and<br />

traditional tea rooms.<br />

Hastings is set in tranquil<br />

rolling countryside – a<br />

culturally and historically<br />

rich area with many<br />

castles, gardens, museums<br />

and galleries to visit.<br />

For bookings and<br />

more information visit:<br />

laindons.com, email<br />

welcome@laindons.com,<br />

or call 01424 437710.<br />

How to enter:<br />

For your chance to win just answer<br />

the following question: The Laindons is<br />

situated in the heart of which popular East<br />

Sussex seaside town’s Old Town? Enter<br />

your answer with your contact details<br />

in the online form at surrey-homes.co.uk/<br />

competition by 29 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2020</strong>. There<br />

is no cash alternative and the prize must<br />

be taken by the end of October <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

You must be over the age of 18 to enter.<br />

Congratulations to Hilary Furley<br />

who wins our December competition<br />

for a guided walk, lunch and wine<br />

tasting for two with Fizz on Foot.<br />


Jane Howard’s<br />

Fables from<br />

the Farm<br />

Missing her feathered friends, Jane<br />

restocks her flock with rare breeds<br />

With the evenings beginning<br />

to draw out and the first<br />

crocuses poking through<br />

it’s just about possible to imagine<br />

that spring is round the corner. And<br />

at Coopers Farm that means only<br />

one thing: the arrival of abundant<br />

and assorted new life. And after all<br />

these years that still fills me with<br />

excitement and anticipation.<br />

Malcolm the sheep scan man will be<br />

here any day. The rams went in with the<br />

ewes in late October and now it’s time to<br />

find out how successful those romantic<br />

liaisons were. To scan them, the sheep<br />

pass along a corridor similar to a Heath<br />

Robinson contraption that looks a bit<br />

like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. With<br />

Malcolm at the controls, perched on<br />

an old Toyota car seat, the ewes file<br />

alongside him and are scanned to see if<br />

they’re carrying one, two or three lambs.<br />

As each is recorded we spray them<br />

with marker paint on the shoulder<br />

for singles, on their tail for twins<br />

Phil the cockerel and<br />

his very rare Brown<br />

Sussex hens<br />

and across the rump for triplets. And<br />

then finally – ta-da! – Malcolm gives<br />

us the total score for the number of<br />

lambs we can expect. Hopefully about<br />

150 with not too many ‘empties’.<br />

And at last the hens have decided<br />

to get in on the act, too. I’ve had hens<br />

ever since we came to the farm and<br />

love to see them wandering around the<br />

farmyard. Sadly, however, a few months<br />

ago they wandered just a bit too far<br />

from said farmyard and the inevitable<br />

happened. I swore I wouldn’t get any<br />

more, but then after a few egg-free<br />

months I succumbed.<br />

Not for me cheap<br />

brown hybrid hens that<br />

happily lay an egg every<br />

day – hell no – I have a<br />

real weakness for the rare<br />

and the beautiful when it<br />

comes to feathers. So, back<br />

in the summer, I acquired<br />

a cockerel and five young<br />

pullets (the term used<br />

for hens before they produce an egg)<br />

of the old-fashioned Sussex breed.<br />

These come in many shades, all with<br />

black neck and tail feathers and most<br />

commonly available in Light (think<br />

white), Buff (heavenly caramel) or<br />

Speckled (dark brown with what looks<br />

like a smattering of snow) variations,<br />

but we’ve gone really off-piste and opted<br />

for the extremely rare Brown Sussex.<br />

But here’s an interesting aside, there<br />

is apparently an even rarer, possibly<br />

even extinct, one. The Coronation<br />

Sussex chicken (I’m not making this<br />

up) was created for the coronation of<br />

Edward VIII – an event which as we<br />

know thanks to Mrs Simpson never<br />

took place. It had the same white body<br />

“These posh hens<br />

found the late<br />

autumn and early<br />

winter of 2019<br />

far too wet and<br />

cold to lay eggs”<br />

as the Light, but with lavender instead<br />

of black neck and tail feathers and a<br />

red comb it was supposed to resemble<br />

the Union Jack. They haven’t been<br />

seen for many years now but wouldn’t<br />

it be wonderful to discover there<br />

still were some scratching around.<br />

Anyway, back to my quite but not<br />

completely rare Brown ones. Purchased<br />

at about 10 weeks old, they were not<br />

expected to ‘come into lay’ until about<br />

20 weeks which would have taken us to<br />

November. Trouble is, these posh hens,<br />

unlike the far more obliging brown<br />

hybrid ones, found the<br />

late autumn and early<br />

winter of 2019 far too<br />

wet and cold to lay<br />

eggs – which might go<br />

some way to explaining<br />

their rarity. But bang on<br />

the button, as soon as<br />

we got past the winter<br />

solstice in late December<br />

and the evenings began<br />

to draw out – bingo we had an egg!<br />

Like buses they’re now coming fast<br />

and furious and will continue to do<br />

so until – unlike those reliable hybrids<br />

who’ve have it bred out of them – they<br />

go broody and stop laying. But then<br />

again a few chicks around the place<br />

at Easter is always a welcome sight.<br />

Jane will be teaching a half-day<br />

course on an introduction to bee<br />

keeping at the wonderful Curious<br />

House in Stonegate on Thursday<br />

7 <strong>February</strong>, curioushouse.net.<br />

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on<br />

Instagram @coopersfarm<br />

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