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Contents

February 2020

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ALL GROWN UP

Maggie Alderson’s run down of

February’s most desirable homes

NOTEBOOK

Get clued up on Asia, book

in some half term activities

and learn to play the piano

A HOUSE TO TRULY LOVE

Take a look inside Olya Lammas’

stunning Victorian villa

GET THE LOOK

Recreate Olya’s

effortlessly chic look

HILLSIDE HAVEN

Explore an architectdesigned

eco self-build

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THE POWER OF LOVE

Kate Liz Watts styles

unique jewels, perfect

for Valentine’s Day

GRAB A BARGAIN

Josephine Fairley’s pursefriendly

beauty essentials

KIND ON THE INSIDE

Henrietta Norton’s monthly

nutritional insight

STRONG ON THE SLOPES

Avoid injury with Sarah

Maxwell’s strengthening tips

EAT WELL

Melissa Hemsley’s sustainable

nutrient-packed recipes

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NAKED ATTRACTION

Jo Arnell’s colourful winter

garden wonders

A DIETARY ALTERNATIVE?

Hilary Wilce looks into unbalanced

nutrient supplies and ADHD

WHAT’S ON

A guide to February’s events

COMPETITION

Win a two-night stay for two

people at Laindons Guest House

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane restocks her collection

of rare breed chickens

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GET THE LOOK

Harness design-led style

with our furniture picks

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PLANT HUNTERS

Sue Whigham uncovers

centuries of plant seekers

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External image of plots 4-7 Old Halliford Place. Internal photography indicative of previous Shanly show home. Travel times are approximate only.

Help to Buy terms and conditions apply. Price correct at time of print.

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The computer generated illustrations are for general guidance only. Interior images are of the show homes


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*Prices correct at time of going to press and subject to availability. **Terms and conditions apply, selected plots only. Photography depicts streetscenes and Showhome and is indicative only.


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The computer generated illustrations are for general guidance only. Interior images are of a recent Martin Grant Homes show home. *Help to Buy is available in England on new homes up to £600,000.


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House

Month

of the

£16,500,000

All grown up

Maggie Alderson picks stunning homes on

the market with mature gardens

Jura, Wentworth Estate

The dream: This is something

special – the finest modern

architecture, in one of the

nation’s most elite enclaves. This

landmark contemporary house is

built from natural materials, with

walls of glass bouncing light and

space over 21,000 sq ft of inside/

outside, lateral flow heaven. It has

all the features you would expect,

including a state-of-the-art screening

theatre, dressing rooms, a huge

party space and an indoor pool.

Where: On the Wentworth

Estate, in Virginia Water.

Setting: Close to the 12th

fairway of the famous golf club

(you might spot Ant and Dec

playing a cheeky round), very

green and leafy, in 5.10 acres.

Beds: 10 Baths: 9

Special features: It appears to

have a bespoke beauty room.

Pleasing details: Electronic blinds.

Outside: Gardens with

lawns and mature trees, land,

tennis court and spectacular

outside entertaining areas.

Time to town: From Virginia

Water station, 1.5 miles away,

it’s 45 minutes to Waterloo.

Agent: Knight Frank, Virginia

Water 01344 840020

knightfrank.com

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Dunsborough Park

£10,000,000

The dream: A historic country estate, with

origins back to the 12th century, with the

current house developed from a 17th century

farmhouse, just 26 miles from Trafalgar Square.

It combines an air of country cosiness with

true elegance. There is a spectacular wisteria

running across half of the exterior and over

the archway of the Tudor-style gatehouse.

Where: On the edge of the picturesque

village of Ripley, five miles east of Woking.

Setting: Within yards of the RHS gardens at

Wisley, and with spectacular gardens of its own.

Beds: 7/8 Baths: 7

Special features: A stand-alone galleried

pavilion known as the ‘concert hall’.

Pleasing details: It has a card room –

and a snug and a flower room…

Outside: The most spectacularly beautiful

garden ever seen in this feature, with

extraordinary greenhouses, plus a swimming

pool and a tennis court. There are 80 acres

in all, with cottages, available separately.

Time to town: Five miles to Woking station,

then under half an hour to Waterloo.

Agent: House 01932 283283

housepartnership.co.uk

Cousens

£1,325,000

The dream: A charming Grade II-listed

red brick country home of great character,

with the original 16th century house still

clearly apparent in the vaulted hall and lovely

beams, but extended over the centuries to

create substantial family accommodation.

Where: The small hamlet of Cox Green,

one mile from Rudgwick on the Surrey/

West Sussex border, five miles from

Cranleigh, six from Horsham.

Setting: In the hamlet, secluded by

its own mature trees and garden.

Beds: 4/5 Baths: 4

Special features: A bespoke Mark

Wilkinson kitchen in natural wood.

Pleasing details: Flagstone flooring

in the old part of the house.

Outside: Mature gardens with a lovely sense

of hidden corners, around 1.5 acres, with

a paddock, various outbuildings and direct

access to a path leading to the Downs Link.

Time to town: 20 minutes drive to

Horsham station, 50 to Victoria

Agent: Roger Coupe, Cranleigh

01483 268555 rogercoupe.com

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Notebook

What to do and see near you this month

Southern Hospitality

Cruising the ‘White Continent’ in ultimate luxury,

witnessing some of earth’s most striking scenery and

gliding through the pristine ice in search of penguin

colonies, elephant seals and orca whales. Humbolt Travel

has just released new dates and departures for 2021 and

2022 offering these once-in-a-lifetime experiences, making

now the perfect time to book your dream trip to the icy

part of the world. The plans for these luxury trips are safe

in the hands of Humbolt’s boutique team of passionate

specialists who can handcraft your adventures with

options to tailor your one-of-a-kind experience including

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Sheep’s in

the meadow

Enjoy a great day out on the farm this

February half term with the start of

the spring lambing at Bocketts Farm

Park. There are more than 60 lambs

due, with ‘meet the shepherd’ sessions

daily and even a chance you may get

to watch a lamb being born. Plus,

children can go on a Junior Farmer

Adventure, see birds of prey flying

demonstrations and enjoy daily shows

from The Giggle Company with

dancing, games, bubbles and more!

Daily activities include pony

rides, tractor rides, small animal

encounters, pig racing, and acres of

indoor and outdoor play. It’s great

fun for the whole family, whatever

the weather. bockettsfarm.co.uk

Limpsfield

This month former stockbroker

and self-confessed foodie, Jacqueline

Derbyshire opens Limpsfield Cookery

School in a gorgeous converted heritage

building in the heart of Limpsfield village. To

kick things off they will be offering a host of

fabulous cooking classes including a number of

Valentine’s options. There will be a chocolate day

with talented Pâtissier, Lucie Bennett, on Wednesday

12 February, and baking with sugar craft expert,

Sue Wilcox and the founder herself, Jacqueline, on

Thursday 13. And that’s just a taste – the team is

filled with more talented teachers to look out for

including executive head chef Oliver Thompson,

River Cottage’s former head chef, Andy Tyrell,

vegan chef and author Jenny Chandler and Asian

chefs Jaya Malani and Pamela Chen. Watch

this space! thelimpsfieldcookeryschool.co.uk

gets cooking

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Notebook

Silver

linings

The stunning Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing

Fair is returning to Chelsea Old Town Hall

from Friday 28 February to Sunday 1 March.

Visitors can purchase direct from around

90 of the UK’s best contemporary

designer makers including individual

jewellers and contemporary

silversmiths, all of whom have

been selected for their superb

and innovative craftsmanship

and genuine passion. It’s the

place to go to explore stylish,

unusual and original designs

or even commission bespoke

pieces for something truly unique.

desirefair.com / craftinfocus.com

Vision of Love

Create

& Grow

Keep the little ones busy this half term

and help them learn about the garden,

too, at Squires Garden Centres’ Create &

Grow event. From Monday 17 to Friday

21 February they will have daily activities

including ceramic bird feeder painting, a

spring hunt competition and a flower

maze. squiresgardencentres.co.uk

Rhubarb & Custard in Eton have a romantic

and thoughtful way to say “I Love You” with their

Valentine's mini photoshoots this month. These sessions

will be at a special price of £125 for a 45 minute shoot which

includes a free 12 x 8” lustre print. Shoots are not limited to

couples, but also can be used for families, or Pet Pawtraits too. Plus

visit their website to see their give away to win one of three places

on a DSLR Photography workshop for complete beginners worth

£125 for you or a friend. rhubarbandcustard.com

La Dolce

Vita

No Valentine’s gift could ever compare

to a romantic getaway to Italy and

Railtrail is currently offering £120 per

person off their tour of Lake Garda,

Venice and Verona by train. Explore the

medieval spa town of Sirmione, taste

handmade pasta and wine with lunch

in the Italian hills at Trattoria da Arturo,

tour the home of Romeo and Juliet in the

romantic city of Verona and the island

city of Venice. The tour

is based at Parc Hotel

Gritti, Bardolino, the

4-star lakeside resort

on Lake Garda, and

departs on Sunday 21

June and bookings are now

open. railtrail.co.uk

Join

club the

This month Surrey’s friendliest golf club,

the Clandon Regis Golf Club in West

Clandon, is offering a special six month

taster membership for just £650. This is

available in all categories and will entitle

you to enter club competitions, get an

official handicap, use special members

rates on tuition and discounted food

and drinks at the bar. 01483 224888 /

clandonregis-golfclub.co.uk

LOOK FORWARD: MARCH

Inner Art in Reigate invites you to embrace depth and

perspective via the great outdoors with their Landscape and

Location course in March. Reignite your love of the great

outdoors, learn practical ways to make location drawing

work for you and enjoy exploring perspective alongside

other art learners. The course will run on Mondays from

2 to 30 March and will hone the skills of observational

drawing, pencil, ink and paint, working on location

and taking inspiration from photos. arttuition.co.uk

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Previous pages: In the living room, Olya has inserted pops of blue

in the form of velvet stools and a hydrangea plant that really lifts

the design This page: One of the most impressive spaces within

the house is the double height entrance hall

“I

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the double height hallway of her detached Victorian

villa tucked away on one of Tunbridge Wells’s most charming

streets, Hungershall Park. Olya admits she didn’t know the road

existed until the estate agent took her and her husband to see

the property. “We had moved from London in 2014 and lived

in a converted stables, however I needed somewhere with more

space,” she says. “This house had everything we wanted and

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This page: The focus in Olya’s husband’s study is a piece

by the artist Louis Midavaine, a copy of one of Toulouse

Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge paintings from the 19th century.

A rug from The Rug Company and a bright green Conran

velvet sofa compliment the painting’s palette

also some things that I never knew that I wanted.” Olya

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building from top-to-toe. “I changed pretty much

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

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

an antique mirror

years ago, I understand myself so much better now.”

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untrained and she wanted to rely on her eye and intuition.

“I love the work of the interior designer Kit Kemp, her

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and style. She pulls out a book on Kaitag textiles from

Dagestan (think Suzani but with even more chic) and

explains how these antique pieces are starting points. Olya,

who is a bit of a textile obsessive, has even been known to

source fabrics from Argentina where she discovered they

are still making raw textiles created on manual machines,

which Olya uses for wall coverings and natural raffias.

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that is apparent throughout the interior of the house.

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

pieces of art depicting surrealist-inspired Japanese warriors

that mirror each other on opposing walls in her living room.

“I discovered these at a dealer in Antwerp, where I source

a lot of my antiques and art. I saw them and before I had

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I knew they would be the starting point for this room.”

From the soft colour of the walls to the bespoke Wendy

Morrison silk rug, the round mother-of-pearl coffee table

from Anthropologie USA to the Jonathan Adler light fitting

and William Yeoward lamps, these two paintings gave Olya

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

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blue velvet stools and blue hydrangea plant that really lifts the

design. Just like her design guru Kit Kemp, Olya has deftly

mixed styles and periods, adding an antique French mirror

alongside the rustic-style objets, ikat and velvet cushions.

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entrance hall. Flooded with light from the room’s huge

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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

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

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

designing interiors for her clients, Olya also sources and

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The magnificent wooden staircase, which is also carpeted

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very authentic and very personal pieces, woven by and for

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

Above right: The magnificent wooden staircase has been carpeted in a natural jute

textiles,” she says, “they are quite beautiful pieces reflecting

an individual woman’s life. I hope I have done them justice.”

Throughout the house, window treatments have been

kept minimal. In the living room, Olya opted to keep the

existing wooden pelmets, one of the very few elements

that remained from the house’s former life. In the hallway

she has employed a very soft Zimmer + Rohde animal

print on blinds that allow in as much of the surrounding

light as possible, flooding the house all day long. In

the bedrooms too, she has kept the blinds minimal.

Olya is keen to show me her husband’s study. “I am not

into one style of design,” she says as we enter a room with

a very different mood from the living room and hallway.

Undeniably masculine in its intent and varied in its style, the

focus of the room is a piece by the artist Louis Midavaine, a

copy of one of Toulouse Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge paintings

from the 19th century. This bold piece of artwork has

been married with a green The Rug Company rug and

a bright green Conran velvet sofa. Dark blue cabinetry

along one wall sits happily with the soft pinky browns of a

leather Mid-mod chair and two dusty pink velvet cushions.

“It’s a room of straight lines,” says Olya, “something

that would appeal to my husband, a room for him.”

The downstairs loo of any large property can be a forlorn

and forgotten space but not with Olya. Her lavatory is a

room whose generous proportions have been decorated in

a stylish contemporary geometric printed wallpaper. There

is a pop of instantly recognisable orange from a bookcase,

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mirror. The generous marble sink is flanked by two

wheatsheaf lighting sconces that sit either side of the mirror.

Although Olya has not yet done any major work on

the family kitchen and dining room she has already

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

worked her stylist magic on the space. Tom Dixon

‘Etched’ lampshades sit above the island to which Olya

has added a Carrera marble top. Metal bar stools from

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cosmopolitan chic. In the dining area, like the rest of the

house, Olya has combined looks: a Balinese bench, an

antique oak dining table and a Moooi spherical pendant.

As the house is also home to four boys, it is with a sense

of relief that, as we move upstairs, I find Olya has carved a

feminine recluse within her dressing room. “It’s ironic I have

this wonderful space, as I gave most of my clothes to charity

from when I worked in fashion. My wardrobe is different

now but I am glad I have this room in which to escape.”

The room is an essay in chic tones. A soft silk Nourison rug

underfoot pays homage to the pale parchment-effect doors,

which Olya designed with a team from Beyond Joinery in

London, created with Xylocleaf panels and polished brass

edges. The Buster + Punch etched brass handles and the Rima

& McRae antique glass back panels for her bag and perfume

shelves are the cherry on a very pretty cake of a room.

The house, which is still a work in progress, has several

bedrooms leading off the generous upper landing. Olya

has completed two of the guest rooms so far and is

planning the re-design of her own master bedroom in the

next few months. “Although each of the bedrooms has its

own look,” she explains, “I wanted them to relate to one

another as you glimpse them from across the landing.”

The dominant palette is blue, however whilst the larger

bedroom tiptoes from the contemporary in the artwork

to the chinoiserie influence of the antique Chinese screen

and porcelain pots, the smaller bedroom is a children’s

dream, with its geometric Nina Campbell wallpaper and

Button & Sprung over-sized headboard. As with the rest

of the house, Olya has let the unrivalled countryside

views from the windows do the talking. She has also

continued her love of natural textures with rattan and

jute in accessories such as rugs and lampshades.

As with her client work for her company A House To

Love, Olya has curated a space for an individual, a house

that fits her and her family’s lifestyle. She has designed a

home that flows from room to room, allowing everyone

to have their own space, whilst allowing the separate

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M

aking my way along the impressive

tree-lined drive to this house, I feel like

Kevin McCloud when he goes back

to revisit the owners of a project after they’ve

lived there for a while.

For this is the rainbow unicorn Narnia

of house aspirations – the architectdesigned

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specs. The whole Grand Designs fantasy.

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on a hillside to the rural north of Hastings,

looking out over a panoramic expanse of Wealden

countryside. Nothing to jar the retina in sight.

It was a miracle to find such a plot, so it

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Bronwen Malcolm, an artist, 18 months of

hard searching. Then based in Clapham, they

first started looking in West Sussex to be near

family and gradually worked their way east.

As so often with forever-home stories, they put a

lot of time and energy into another site, before

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“We wanted a

versatile house

combining the best of

British 1930s houses

with the lateral space

of the Hollywood

Hills style.”

Above left: The clever kitchen joinery is by Matthew Smith Above right: Gorgeous views surround the 10-seater dining table

they found this one, but even beyond drainage issues, that

plot had a bad vibe around it, with tricky vendors in historic

conflict with neighbours, and eventually they walked away.

“We were on holiday when we heard about this one,”

says Steve, “and we came straight from the airport to see it,

walked across the land and put an offer in right there.”

There was good karma around this one – the land,

which had housed two holiday homes since the 1930s,

had been bequeathed to St Michael’s Hospice, which

was selling it to raise funds, so the deal was done.

The inspiration to build their own home came from

Steve’s architect father who had always wanted to build

his own house. They discussed their ideas with him,

before making a list comprising 60 names, gradually

narrowing it down in stages before meeting the final

three designers. So not a lightly-made decision.

Then there was the stage of conveying their vision, as

Bronwen explains. “There was a written brief and a mood

board of what we wanted to achieve. Practical details like

the number of bedrooms, wanting a pool, making the

most of the view, but also more generally how we live…”

Steve chips in, “We wanted a versatile house combining

the best of British 1930s houses with the lateral space of the

Hollywood Hills style.”

They moved in four years ago, after a two-and-a-half

year build, with all the usual angst and complications.

But it was definitely worth it. Standing at the top of the

stairs, just before turning into the kitchen – the living

spaces are all on the first floor, the bedrooms downstairs

– I pause to look out of the large window and it really

does have that LA vista, just without all the buildings

and cars. Instead, glorious peace and tranquillity.

It’s really quite an effort to drag yourself away from that

gorgeous view, but worth it, to then sit in the vaulted

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Left: The view from the window

at the top of the stairs across

tranquil countryside

Below: The dramatic stairway

leads up to the kitchen, living

space and master bedroom suite

ceiling space of the kitchen, at the 10-seater dining table,

next to a wall of windows with views to the east. There’s

another large window looking out to the main northerly

view and then another on the opposite wall, looking onto the

upward slope of the hillside through the pergola that runs

along the back of the house. And the pergola is not there just

to look pretty in the summer.

“It has nine vines planted on it,” says Steve. “In summer

the leaves shield the kitchen from the beating sun through

the windows and in the winter there are no leaves, so the heat

from the sun can get in.”

Not that heating the place is an issue, even with the

amazing vaulted 5.3 metre ceilings. It’s all supplied

from a ground-source heat pump and with triple-glazed

windows, a little goes a long way. “The large array of

solar PVs generates more than we can use,” says Steve.

“Selling the excess pays all our bills,” adds Bronwen.

Sitting with them at the table gives me the chance to really

take in the scale and detail of the house – and there is a lot

to process, because when you are in an unique house that has

been built from scratch, from the imagination of two owners

and a designer, it makes you realise that, lovely though they

are, all the houses you visit really fit into just a few categories.

Even old beamy Wealden farmhouses, Georgian

cottages, or Victorian mansions, with all their lovely

quirky historical details, are all of their types. But

I’ve never been in a house like this before – because

it’s the only one – and there is a lot to take in.

On this upper floor, the walls and towering ceilings

are all made from CLT – cross-laminated timber,


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Above and left: The pool was Steve’s dream, a keen swimmer since

the age of six. It has a steam room and showers to the side

which Steve describes as “big boys’ plywood”. It’s very

strong and highly sustainable – a very important factor for

them – with a natural pattern a bit like knotty pine, but

beautiful. The effect has been softened, Steve explains, by

misting all the surfaces with one coat of Osmo oil.

Having absorbed all that information, I turn my

attention to the windows treatments – or more to what

wasn’t there: no bi-folds, no big sliding glass panels.

Steve explains: “Bi-folds have lots of black vertical lines

when they are closed, which obscure rather than frame a view,

and sliding doors have to have a wall to slide behind.”

Instead, they have large picture windows which don’t open,

interspersed with stable doors that do – either fully, or just the

top – which is a nice reference to the agricultural buildings

which are scattered throughout the surrounding landscape.

With all that absorbed, I can start to take in some of the

decorating details, like the collection of animal ‘skulls’ in various

materials, which they already had from their previous house. “The

first was a plywood stag,” says Bronwen. Which seems appropriate,

because they see a lot of deer in the surrounding landscape.

Another veteran from their last three houses is

a cantilevered Alvar Aalto chair that fits perfectly

in the space in front of the picture window.

“The things we already had fitted in,” says Steve, “we didn’t

have to buy much new furniture for the house.” What they

did buy, such as the plywood bar stools on the ‘social’ side of

the central island, came from London furniture makers Unto

This Last, who make everything from plywood in their Brick

Lane workshop, creating another uniting theme in the house.

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This page: The master suite is entered via its bathroom. The

loo, basin and shower sit either side of a central pod

kitchen, which Bronwen explains “...is great for dinner

parties, because you can leave the messy stuff in there.”

There are two open doorways into the second kitchen,

which I later discover on our tour, is one of the themes of

the layout. It allows the cook direct access from the main

cooking area, while someone on the other side of the central

island can pop in for a glass, or something. It also invests

the whole space with a lovely flow – apart from loos, where

you want privacy, there isn’t a dead end in the whole house.

Popping into the storage kitchen for a peep – and

then coming out through the second entrance, because

I can – I notice a clever detail: shallow shelves built

into the sides of the entrance spaces, very handy for

jars at the kitchen end and glasses at the table end.

This rhythmic articulation of space is also evident in

the kitchen layout, with three parallel rectangles – the

long dining table (made from French oak floorboards),

the central island and the drawers and worktop

against the internal wall – dividing the room.

This repetition of shapes gives a sense of order, which is

further increased when Bronwen shows me the wonderfully

wide, gliding drawers which store all her equipment and

spices – she’s a keen cook. The joinery, with no handles, was

all by Matthew Smith, a friend and extremely talented joiner.

With a cup of tea inside me and feeling less overwhelmed

by the scale and fabulousness of the house, Steve


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“Bronwen found the Etcetera 1972 lounge chair by Jan

Ekselius,” says Steve. “She’s a furniture detective.”

and Bronwen lead the way back downstairs for

the full house tour, starting another floor down

with the subterranean 20-metre swimming pool,

which has my lower jaw hanging open again.

With added drama from the pool being lit from

within and an oversized Acctim clock, with showers

and a steam room alongside, the concrete space

is like something out of a futuristic movie.

The pool was Steve’s personal dream – he’s been

a keen swimmer since the age of six and does 20


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This page: The three downstairs bedrooms all make the most

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to 30 minutes every day, swimming 40 to 60 lengths.

“We originally wanted a pool with a view, but

to get that we would have had to move the whole

house site and as it’s primarily an exercise pool,

we decided a subterranean setting was OK.”

And so did the advertising agency which recently shot a

commercial there, one of 20 campaigns shot at the house, via

location agencies. But from his own experience in the industry,

Steve puts his foot down at full-scale film shoots. “You’d

have 50 plus people in the house… I know what it’s like.”

Heading back up to ground level I notice the lovely polished

effect on the concrete floors and ask how they achieved it.

“They were ‘power floated’,” says Steve, which is a process

with a hand-operated machine to produce a smooth, dense

and level surface, “and then they become shiny with wear.”

In a pleasing contrast, the poured concrete walls are

more rugged looking, setting off artworks, such as the

eye-catching print in the hallway – ‘Inferno’ by Tobias

Till, a brilliantly detailed Sodom and Gomorrah vision

of London. Keen art collectors, they found this one

at the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

“We go round exhibitions separately,” says Bronwen,

“because we like to look at things differently. When we meet up

we both have something we want to show the other one – and

it was this print, we’d both known the other would love it.”

Proceeding towards the bedrooms, we pass something

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discreet storage Below: The master bedroom

that confirms why a bespoke house is such a dream – the

whole length of the back of the house is lined with a row

of cupboards, like a cloister of easily accessible, discreet

storage. I can’t help sighing, thinking of my own safaris

to the attic, shed and understairs cupboard for all the

kind of stuff that can be so simply accessed here.

There are three almost monastically, beautifully calm

bedrooms on this floor all with prospects over the view via the

picture window/stable door combination, one of them in use

as Bronwen’s studio, with fitted wardrobes and bedside tables

made by Matthew Smith, who also did the kitchen and the

library, with desks and desk shelving from Unto This Last.

Then we head back upstairs to see the master bedroom

suite, positioned on the far side of the sitting room,

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As in the kitchen, there are two doorways into the

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Living room

PLAY with COLOUR

“Turmeric and terracotta will continue to be popular in 2020.

Both colours boast notes of warmth and bitterness, and can

be invitingly playful in small doses, yet rich enough to create a

dramatic tonal statement as well. I mix these colours with gold

metallic accessories and luxe fabrics for a modern, luxury take.”

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Interiors do not need to be neat this year. Find joy in the pursuit of playful patterns

and wild colour schemes and embrace the beauty of imperfection.

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

Print Lounge Chair, £499, and Berber Aztec Green Rug, £525, John Lewis johnlewis.com

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Studying your Surrey Home

Inspirational designs from

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create your dream home office

The essence of an executive home office is

inspirational space, which combines work

with pleasure. Productivity and function

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high quality environment. Quality and

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on the art, colour and spirit of place we

each enjoy, but we would still recognise

excellence in the choice of another.

Morgan Stewart Interiors design and

build executive home offices across

the UK and beyond to embody this

feeling, creating naturally productive

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As with a commercial office, we want to

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If you need shelving, or storage this should

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“Making an office at work feel

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An executive home office should feel like

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Comfortable seating arrangements are

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Kitchen

Shine on

Metallic finishes were big last year with warm

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and luxury to interiors everywhere. This is likely to

continue into the new decade with shiny pendant

lights especially setting off our magpie insincts.

Dark & delicious

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“I am a big fan of the Shaker-style kitchen.

They are simple and timeless which is so

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2020 will see a resurgence of natural finishes,

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Dining room

“Don’t be afraid to

bring the outdoors in.

I love the juxtaposition

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Ben Stokes,

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“Sometimes we need

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Gorgeous drinks cabinets, colourful

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Quench Home Bars quenchhomebars.com Below:

‘The Quench Cocktail Collection’ Luxury cocktail

set, £350 Quench Home Bars quenchhomebars.com

“Some of my favourite pieces, like

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from materials we found, restored

and then given an industrial twist.”

Ben Stokes, owner of Kagu

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Create an eclectic and down-to-earth dining experience by mixing

different dining chairs all at one table. You could let household

members chose their own chairs, or theme them based on style,

material or colour for a more cohesive look.

Left to Right: Cane Chair, £499, Pepper Sq. peppersq.com, Njord

Dining Chair, £425, Sweetpea & Willow, sweetpeaandwillow.com Emmy

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Designer, Jonathan Green has been making

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has a keen eye for storing and displaying bottles and

glassware. “My vision for The Gin Trolley was not just

to create a beautiful drinks trolley but also a practical

piece of furniture that would be a pleasure to own

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When it comes to combining cosy and chic,

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“Deep inky blues and charcoals remain a major colour

trend for 2020 as interiors continue to showcase darker,

moody and atmospheric hues. Paired with subtle

lighting these interiors evoke our night skies and tap

into our desire to remain connected to nature.”

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“Choosing the right blue can be

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“People are starting to pay more attention to the

health benefits of immersing themselves in the natural

world. Adorning your walls with hand-painted

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Hazel Carruthers, Owner of Avalana Design

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Children’s bedroom

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“The little girl who owns this bedroom wanted

pink, but her mum was not so sure. This grey toned

Orchard Pink from Fired Earth kept everyone

happy – definitely pink, but not too sugary.”

Amy Crabtree, Director of Crabtree

& Crabtree Limited

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Be kind to the planet by buying products

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to incorporate into children’s rooms as their

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we’re predicting that investment pieces – such as

cots designed to evolve into beds in neutral colours

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Wild child

“Nurturing imagination in our little people is a magical thing and using favourite

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

Abigail Willis, Creative Director at Willis Bloom

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Grab a

Bargain

Josephine Fairley picks her favourite

purse-friendly pick-me-ups

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

self-employed), we often feel the pinch a little bit. But

ironically, isn’t that the very time we really deserve a bit

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

Something to perk up a tired complexion, or revive a winterlacklustre

face, or work its aromatherapeutic magic on our spirits.

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

need to spend a fortune to find great products, but you do need

to know where to look. So for February, I thought I’d put together

a list of my 10 Best Beauty Bargains – face, body, hair and

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

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

brands, Bourjois, late last year announced they were pulling out

of the UK market. I may just have to host a memorial service.)

TRUE Skincare Facial Oils, from £13.50 for 30ml. Fact:

most facial oils cost an arm and a leg (often four times or

more as much as this one). But from a female-founded

British skincare start-up, TRUE oils are organic, natural and

ethical, yet accessible in terms of price and availability (find

them at Holland & Barrett and Ocado, as well as TRUE’s

own website). The quality’s seriously fab; I especially like the

Nourishing Avocado & Evening Primrose Facial Oil, with its

deeply grounding scent of patchouli, palmarosa and vetiver.

Maybelline The Eraser Eye Perfect & Cover Concealer, £8.99. I first

discovered this when I set out to walk from Soho to the City

in an Arctic blast and had to nip into Superdrug for make-up

supplies after the biting cold make me weep most of my eye makeup

down my cheek. This brilliantly affordable concealer blends

beautifully via the sponge tip – it repaired my under-eye zone and

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

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

SenSpa range on the shelves of Waitrose, though its roots

are in award-winning Careys Manor spa in Hampshire.

Wonderfully aromatherapeutic, the line-up offers haircare,

bodycare and some fab bath treats, but my favourite is this

luxe-textured restorative hair mask. Lie back in the tub and let

the 97% natural mix of Abyssinian oil, lava clay and coconut

oil nourish winter-thirsty locks, while you breathe in the

divine essential oils of jasmine, cedarwood and ylang ylang.


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Beauty

Tisserand Paradise

Mood Mist,

£9 for 50ml

Simple Skin Quench Sleeping Cream, £6.99

tisserand.com

for 50ml. ‘Sleeping creams’ are night creams

by another name, but have become a buzz

in the skincare universe. (I do slightly wonder if

it’s because they sound somehow sexier – we all spend so

much time dreaming of sleep, one way or another.) This is

a super-affordable version, from Simple’s hear-your-skinslurp-it-up

Water Boost range: you’ll feel your complexion’s

comfort level rising, but it’s not heavy at all, packing a

moisturising punch inside a formula that’s satiny and airy.

Sanctuary

Spa 1 Minute

Daily Glow Mask,

£14 for 75ml

sanctuary.com

Heathcote & Ivory Neroli & Lime Leaves Hand Cream Trio,

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

You’ll also adore the scent of this, from Heathcote & Ivory

(who make the best hand creams at ANY price, in my book

– and a huge selection to choose from). The fragrance is as

cheery and sunshine-y as a smell gets – truly a breath of spring.

And these particular hand creams are delightfully pocket- or

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

(Larger sizes and some fab other products also available in the

Neroli & Lime Leaves collection, at heathcote-ivory.com.)

Revlon Nail Enamel, £6.49. You really can’t find a more

durable nail polish than Revlon’s at any price, frankly.

The design of the bottle hasn’t changed in decades and

the formula is both chip-resistant and anti-fade, leaving

nails ultra-glossy, smooth-finished and glam. There are

now a staggering 47 shades to choose from, ranging from

sheer to opaque, metallic, chrome and shimmer. (NB:

different retailers stock different selections of colours.)

Tisserand Paradise Mood Mist, £9 for 50ml. This springs from

a collaboration between National Geographic and one of the

most established names in aromatherapy, featuring ingredients

which Tisserand promise are ‘sustainably-sourced’. There are

many different offerings within the Paradise collection for bath,

body and – here – for spritzing your home. What blew me

away when I first opened this up was that the first mandarinpowered

hit reminded me of a much-loved fragrance from

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

equally nostalgic about that scent…) It also features jasmine

and grapefruit, ‘to inspire positivity, provide a dose of calm and

impart a warm inner glow’ – something

we could all use right now, for sure.

Sanctuary Spa 1 Minute Daily Glow Mask,

£14 for 75ml. Not perhaps quite as cheap as

most of the other products here, but still a great

buy. You know those mornings when you wake up, look in

the mirror and – sort of quote Peanuts’ Charlie Brown – just

want to go ‘bleeaurgh’? This is for those mornings. Just slather

the thickish, jelly-like, ever-so-slightly rough mask onto tiredlooking

skin, leave for 60 seconds and then remove (I like to

use a soft flannel). The granules buff, while a skin-brightening

cocktail of vitamin C extracts puts back the glow, ultra-fast.

Better You Magnesium Bath Flakes, £9.95 for 1k. Magnesium

is another ‘buzz’ in beauty circles: a mineral that’s readily

absorbed through the skin, restoring magnesium chloride

levels (which in turn aids with sleeplessness and stress).

About once or twice a week I soak in a bath infused with

these on their own (they’re unscented) – but I also add

generously to just about any other bath oil whenever I

want a darned good night’s sleep. The flakes are therapeutic

for psoriasis, eczema and other skin challenges, but they

really do soothe the mind as well as a weary body.

Beauty Bible Lip Balm, £6. Last, but by no means least,

this could look like a shameless plug, but I’d buy it

whatever brand it had on the packaging. Indeed, it’s the

only product my Beauty Bible co-author Sarah Stacey

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

name to: a chubby, amazingly nourishing lip balm that

lasts all winter long, has no taste or scent, and is perfectly

protective. (It’s stocked exclusively at victoriahealth.com.)

SenSpa Hair

& Scalp Mask, £7

for 300ml

senspa.co.uk

All in all, there is no reason why beauty finds shouldn’t

delight you – AND your bank manager…

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Heathcote &

Ivory Neroli &

Lime Leaves Hand

Cream Trio,

£5 for 3 x 30ml

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For more recommendations and the results of

The Beauty Bible Awards 2020, which will be

released in late February, visit beautybible.com.


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Dr Kim Prescott’s top tips for beautiful skin

After a few months of exposure to

central heating – or sun and icy

cold reflecting off the slopes, for

those who have managed a ski trip this

winter - many of us start to notice our skin

looking dull and tired. With Valentine’s

dates on the horizon, it’s time to consider

ways to restore your dewy complexion.

EXFOLIATION

There’s no need for me to stress the

importance of proper cleansing, but not all

of us exfoliate regularly. A fruit acid facial

wash left on the skin for a few minutes

in the shower, or glycolic acid overnight

cream used once or twice a week can help

improve the texture of your skin. Glycolic

acid helps to promote cellular turnover in the

skin, increase penetration of serums, refine

skin tone and texture, and most importantly

before a big event, helps to improve light

reflection (essential for enviable selfies).

HYDRATION

Adequately hydrated skin appears plumper

and reflects light better, and can be

surprisingly hard to maintain in winter. In

addition to using a humidifier, a moisturiser

rich in hyaluronic acid will help the skin retain

moisture. Hyaluronic acid also has healing

and anti-inflammatory properties and helps

to reduce the irritation of dry skin. If your

current moisturiser is not quite

doing the trick, then try

adding a layer of

hyaluronic acid

to your skin

regimen

(under

your usual

moisturiser).

NUTRITION

FOR THE SKIN

With a glut of

excellent products

available, all with

their own set of avid

fans, it can be diffi cult

to decide which ones are

worth the investment. There

are a number of ingredients

to look out for when you’re

needing a skin boost, but if I had

to choose, my top picks would be:

Vitamin C

A good quality product with the optimal

structure, concentration and acidity for

penetration to the deep layers of the skin.

Vitamin C is beneficial in skin over the age

of 35. It is a potent antioxidant, helping

to reverse skin damage caused by sun

and pollution, and is an essential building

block for making new collagen. Products

which don’t penetrate as deeply can

still help brighten skin, so less advanced

products still have a role in younger skin.

Niacinamide

A relative newcomer to skin care,

niacinamide (vitamin B3) is another

potent anti-aging ingredient, used in

both nutrition and skin science. It is best

known for reducing the appearance

of large pores, uneven skin tone and

fine lines. Clinical studies suggest it

may also have the potential to reduce

the DNA damage that leads to nonmelanoma

skin cancers, so it is useful in

anyone with a history of sun damage.

Peptides

Peptides are another group of ingredients

that are current hot favourites in the press,

These have multiple benefits and are

key ingredients in anti-aging products.

High concentrations have been shown to

stimulate collagen and elastin, the scaffold

of the skin, promoting strength and elasticity,

and encouraging smoother, firmer skin.

ENCOURAGE CELL TURNOVER

I get a lot of questions about retinol, the

rock-star ingredient in anti-aging skin

science. Retinol (vitamin A) slows the

breakdown of collagen, and encourages

thicker, firmer, more even-toned skin. It

does this by encouraging cell turnover in

every layer, thus playing an important role

in maintaining youthful suppleness (along

with a host of other benefits). Winter is a

good time to introduce it to your regimen

if you’re not already a committed user.

FIRMING AND TIGHTENING

Multiple effective technologies are available

to help promote firming and tightening in

the skin, and over the past couple of years

we have been seeing the rise of a plethora

of SuperFacials. Every clinic has its own

version – mostly combination modalities

that exfoliate, tighten, plump and infuse

nutrients. The best one is really the one

that works for you and your budget. At the

PSMD Clinic, we have recently brought on

board the Geneo 3-in-1 SuperFacial and I

have to admit that our team are thoroughly

enjoying making use of it on each other!

Dr Kim Prescott practices aesthetic and

lifestyle medicine in Cobham, Esher and

Harley Street, alongside lecturing and

training in aesthetic medicine. She

co-developed the PSMD Skin Science skin

care range, and co-founded the PSMD Clinic

with Dr Tania Schroeder and Dr Ruslana

Popelyuk. Please

email info@drkpclinic.co.uk

with your questions.

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Wellbeing

Kind on the Inside

Is depression a gut reaction? Henrietta Norton explores

the importance of supporting your digestive system

Currently 3.5 million people in

the UK are being prescribed

anti-depressants. But is it

as simple as a psychological issue?

Research would suggest not and

in the last few years, Nutritional

Medicine has made substantial

developments to explore the link

between mental and physical health.

GUT AS THE ‘SECOND BRAIN’

Functional gastro-intestinal (GI)

problems, such as irritable bowel

syndrome (IBS), are commonly linked

to anxiety and mood changes. The GI

tract has over 100 million neurons and

has the largest collection of neural tissue

in the body (after the brain) called

the enteric nervous system (ENS).

The level of good bacteria in the gut

greatly contributes to the health of the

ENS and it is argued by some experts

that one reason for the increase in

depressive disorders may be due to an

imbalance in this bacteria, sometimes

due to our exposure to antibiotics or

dietary deficiencies from an early age.

An inflammatory subject

The gut and colon are the principle sites

for the production of body chemicals

that increase the level of inflammation in

the body (known as pro-inflammatory

cytokines). These cytokines also have

the ability to affect the health of the

brain and an association has been made

between the level of inflammation in

the body and depressive and anxiety

disorders. It may also explain why a bout

of illness can affect our

mental wellbeing too.

Prevention starts from conception

Growing evidence shows that our

sensitivity to stress, anxiety and

depression as adults is already

programmed in infancy. Essentially,

the level of stress encountered in early

life sensitizes us to a certain level of

adversity. High levels of stress can

result in hypersensitivity to stress as

well as adult depression later, due to

changes in our stress response network.

Of great clinical interest is that this

group of inflammation-sensitive

depressives tend not to respond well

to anti-depressive medication.

SUPPORTING YOUR

NERVOUS SYSTEM

B vitamins – The B vitamins are

essential for energy production, for

the normal functioning of the nervous

system, and vitamin B5 in particular

for production of the glucocorticoid

hormones in the adrenals, such as

cortisol. Good sources include whole

grains, eggs, beans and lentils, a wide

range of vegetables, fish and lean

meats. Taking a B Vitamin Complex

can be very supportive. The Wild

Nutrition B Complex Plus also

includes vitamin C, magnesium and

the herb Ashwagandha shown to

support healthy cortisol regulation.

Magnesium – Magnesium is essential

for energy production and the

production of neurotransmitters,

including dopamine and serotonin.

It is quickly used up when we are

stressed. The best examples are

nuts and seeds, buckwheat, greens,

such as spinach and kale, and fish

and seafood. If sleep is an issue

then taking an additional 80mg

of Food-Grown Magnesium at

night can be a great support.

Good bacteria – Essential Fatty

Acids are also required to help these

‘friendly’ bacteria stick to the gut wall,

reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines

and improve brain function.

Food sensitivities – More recently a

large body of research has highlighted

the link between ‘gluten sensitivity’, gut

health, inflammation and depression.

Gluten sensitivity can not only reduce

absorption of nutrients from the diet

but increase the inflammatory process.

FOODS TO KEEP YOUR

GUT AND MIND HAPPY

Eggs – Use steamed asparagus

to dip into boiled eggs as a

morning mood booster.

Avocado – For an extra boost of

healthy fats, slice chunks of avocado

into your salad or onto your morning

toast, drizzle over virgin olive oil

and add flakes of wild salmon.

Wild Salmon – Mix with horseradish

and plain yogurt to make a

salmon pâté for a quick

mood-supporting snack.

Quinoa – Use as an alternative

to rice or wheat pasta for

managing anxiety and stress.

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Earn your après ski and dodge injuries with

Sarah Maxwell’s exercise tips for getting ski-fit

Flights and accommodation

booked, lift passes sorted,

snazzy new ski jacket ready

to burst out of its wrapping. Did

you remember everything?

After the last few weeks of buzzing

around getting organised for

Christmas and putting yourself last in

order to make everyone’s Christmas

merry, are you even fit to ski?

Skiing is an intensely physical

activity and one that

you are likely to be

doing for several hours

a day and at altitude.

Here are my tips to

help you get ski-fit by

improving your fitness

now so you can make the

most of your precious

time on the slopes,

minimise injury and

maximise your enjoyment!

Get Cardio Active: Increasing

your general cardiovascular fitness

by cycling, running, circuit

training, or even walking, can

make a big difference as long as

you get your heart pumping.

Strong on

the Slopes

Strength Training: Look out for the

many ski fit classes in the area this

season. Cross-fit, kettle bells and

strength-based circuits are really

“Being flexible

will help your

skiing in general

as well as helping

you recover

much more easily

when you do

take a tumble”

effective. The key areas to focus on are

the legs, back and core. Working on

your core allows your legs to work as

shock absorbers in all kinds of terrain.

Squats and lunges in abundance will

make a huge difference to your leg

strength. Not a member of a gym? I

have recently found a great app called

SkiFit which shows you ski specific

exercises that you can do at home.

Flexibility and Balance:

being flexible will help

your skiing in general

as well as helping you

recover much more

easily when you do

take a tumble. Balance

work and yoga classes

will make a real

difference and might

even help you fall

over less. I have found

that regular standing

yoga poses have really made a

difference to how often I fall over!

Warming Up: When you’re there –

don’t forget to warm up! A lot of time

is spent in chairlifts and gondolas and

by the time you get to the top your

body will have cooled down. Use

those few moments waiting for others

to warm up, loosen and prepare

your body for the fun to come.

Exercise of

the month:

THE PLANK

The plank strengthens your

spine, shoulders, engages your

abdominals, glutes and hamstrings;

if you do nothing else prior to

hitting the slopes, do this!

To perform a plank, bend your

elbows and rest your weight on

your forearms, ensuring the rest

of your body is fully laid out

behind you on the floor. Engage

your stomach muscles, raise your

pelvic floor and squeeze your

bottom. Bring your feet beneath

yourself so you are balanced on

your forearms and toes. Hold your

body in a straight position for

10-60 seconds depending upon

your fitness level. Slowly release

back into the starting position.

Repeat 3 times.


If you find this position too

difficult at first, lower your

knees to the floor and build

up your strength gradually.


Now go and have a ball!


Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning

Fitness and Lifestyle coach

and mum of two who juggles a lot

of balls. Find out more about Sarah

and her work at sarahmaxwell.com

Sarah shares her Fitness and

Lifestyle tips on Instagram

@sarahmaxwelllifestyle

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Feel good this February with the help of Melissa Hemsley who shares three recipes from her

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Recipes: Melissa Hemsley Photographs: Philippa Langley

Parsnip Dahl topped

with Roasted

Parsnips & Pink

Pickled Onions

Serves 6

Preparation time: 40 mins

Cooking time: 55-65 mins

This is ideal to make at the end

of the weekend with any leftover

root veg that didn’t make it into

the Sunday roast. It will set you up

nicely for Monday’s dinner – just

reheat and top with the onions and

yogurt and either freeze the rest or

enjoy later in the week with fresh

leaves and a crispy fried egg on top.

• 4 tbsp ghee or oil

• 5 large parsnips (about 900g)

• 1 tbsp maple syrup

• 2 large onions, thinly sliced

• 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

• 1 thumb of ginger, finely grated

• 400g split red lentils, rinsed

• 2 large handfuls of fresh

coriander, leaves and stems

finely chopped separately

• 3 tbsp tomato purée

• 1 × 400ml tin of fullfat

coconut milk

• 200g leafy greens, like chard,

leaves and stems finely chopped

• Yogurt, to serve (optional)

For the spice mix:

• 1½ tsp ground turmeric

• 2 tbsp ground cumin or 1½ tbsp

cumin seeds, roughly ground

• 2 tbsp ground coriander or

1½ tbsp coriander seeds

• 2 tbsp black mustard

seeds, roughly ground

• Pinch of chilli flakes

or chilli powder

• Big pinch of sea salt

and black pepper

For the pink pickled onions:

• 2 large red onions, thinly sliced

• Juice of 2 limes or 4 tbsp vinegar

• Big pinch of sea salt

• 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)

1Preheat the oven to fan

220°C/Gas mark 9. Melt 2

tablespoons of the ghee or oil on

a large baking tray in the oven.

2Meanwhile, mix the spice mix

in a small bowl and slice up

three of the parsnips into about

18 wedges, say 5cm × 1.5cm,

then toss the parsnip wedges

in the oil on the tray with half

of the spice mix. Pop in the

oven for about 30-35 minutes,

tossing halfway through with

the maple syrup, until golden

and going crispy at the edges.

3In a large pan, fry the

onions in the remaining

2 tablespoons of ghee over a

medium heat for 10 minutes,

stirring occasionally, while you

get on with everything else.

4Add the remaining half of the

spice mix, plus the garlic and

ginger and fry for 3 minutes.

5Add the diced parsnips and

lentils, the chopped coriander

stems and the tomato purée and

let fry. After a minute, add the

coconut milk, then fill up the

tin four times with hot water

(1.6 litres) and pour in, stirring

well. Pop the lid on, bring to

the boil and immediately turn

down to a medium heat and let

simmer for 20 minutes. Stir a

few times throughout to make

sure the lentils don’t stick to the

pan. Add more liquid if you

think it needs it or if you like

your dahl soupier, like I do.

6Meanwhile, scrunch and

massage the red onion in

a bowl with the lime juice,

salt and maple syrup, if using,

for 30 seconds, then leave to

bathe in the salty lime juice.

7Once the lentils and parsnips

in the pan are cooked,

add the chopped greens, pop

the lid on so they steam for

3-5 minutes until just tender,

then taste for seasoning.

8Serve up each bowl, topped

with the roasted parsnips,

coriander leaves, pink pickled

onions and their juices and a

dollop of yogurt, if you like.

Tip: If you have vegetable

stock, use it instead of hot

water for extra flavour.

Waste not: Swap the parsnips for

carrots, sweet potato, squash or

cauliflower and you can use kale

or spinach in place of the chard.


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Rescue Noodle Soup

with Leftover Chicken

Serves: 4

Prep & cooking time: 30 mins

There’s nothing quite like a warming

bowl of homemade soup to make you

feel a thousand times better. If I’ve

had a Sunday roast chicken, I make

this on a Monday to get a great boost

of vegetables in. It’s based on store

cupboard and freezer ingredients like

frozen peas, onion, garlic and carrots,

though you could swap in anything

that needs using up. You can up the

amount of vegetables or noodles

here, so adjust to your liking. Post-

Christmas and other celebrations, this

is a fantastic way to use up leftover

turkey or any other leftover meats.

• 1 tbsp ghee or butter

• 1 large leek or onion, diced

• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

• 1.2 litres vegetable stock or bone broth

• 1 big handful of a mix of fresh

herbs, like parsley and dill,

leaves and stems chopped

• 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or

1 tsp dried

• 1 bay leaf, dried or fresh

• 2 celery sticks, diced

• 2 carrots, thinly sliced

• 2 handfuls of 2cm chunks of root veg,

like sweet potato, squash, pumpkin,

potato or (in the summer) courgette

• 400g noodles or spaghetti, any type

• 1 tsp olive oil

• 300g mix of cabbage, rainbow

chard and/or chard, stems finely

chopped and leaves shredded

• 300g leftover shredded chicken

• Juice of ¼ lemon or 1 tsp

apple cider vinegar

• 2 big handfuls of frozen

peas or sweetcorn

• Sea salt and black pepper

1In a large wide saucepan, heat the

ghee or butter and fry the leek or

onion over a medium heat for 8 minutes

while you prep everything else. Add

the garlic and fry for another minute.

2Add stock or broth, chopped parsley

and dill stems, thyme, bay leaf,

celery, carrot, root veg and some salt and

pepper, pop the lid on and cook for 15

minutes until the carrot is almost tender.

3Meanwhile, cook noodles or

spaghetti in a separate pan until

almost tender (check the label for

suggested timings), then drain and

rinse under cold water to stop them

cooking further. Toss with the olive oil

to stop them clumping and set aside.

to your soup pan: add

4Back the chopped cabbage and

chard stems, shredded chicken,

lemon juice or vinegar and cook

for a few more minutes.

5Add the chard leaves, frozen peas

or sweetcorn and cooked noodles

or spaghetti for a final 2 minutes so

that the chard wilts, the peas cook and

the noodles/spaghetti heat through.

6Season to taste and serve up

straight away, topped with

the fresh herb leaves.


Waste Not:

You don’t have to use noodles here,

you can add any pasta shapes you

like so just use whatever odds and

ends of pasta packets you have.

You could even add the pasta

straight into the soup to cook

and save on using a second pan.

Flexi Swap:

For a vegetarian version, swap the

chicken for 500g roughly chopped

mushrooms and a pinch of dried

seaweed or seaweed salt. Sometimes

I add even more garlic and a thumb

of grated ginger, plus 1tsp ground

turmeric for an extra boost. Try

adding a tablespoon of miso or

tamari just before serving or swap

the herbs for coriander and mint.

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Tahini Choc Chip Cookies

Makes: 16 cookies,

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

The vegan version of these are just as

delicious, none of us can decide which we

love the most. Store these cakey cookies

in an airtight container for 5 days. You

could warm them briefly in the oven to

give them a little crispening boost. The

dough freezes well so double up and save

half for a rainy day. Just defrost, then slice

into portions before putting in the oven.

• 2 eggs

• 2 tsp baking powder

• 4 tbsp maple syrup

• 2 tsp vanilla extract

• 150g light tahini

• 110g smooth nut butter

• 100g good-quality dark chocolate,

broken up into squares, or chips

• 30g black and/or white sesame seeds

• Pinch of sea salt

1Preheat the oven to fan 170°C/

Gas mark 5. Line a large baking

tray with reusable baking paper.

2In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs then

mix in the baking powder, maple syrup and

vanilla extract. Add the tahini and nut butter

and mix together until very well combined.

3Roughly chop the chocolate (if not

using chips) and fold through the

batter along with the sesame seeds.

4Measure out 16 balls of the cookie batter,

roughly 1 tablespoon each, and bake

for 10-15 minutes on the lined baking tray

(making sure to leave a little room between

each one) until the cookies are just set.

5Remove from the oven, sprinkle

with a little sea salt and allow to

cool on a wire rack before serving.

Flexi Swap:

For vegans, replace the 2 eggs with 1 large

mashed ripe banana. You can also swap the

nut butter for the same amount of a seed

butter or tahini for a nut-free alternative.

These recipes are from

Eat Green by Melissa

Hemsley (Ebury

Press, £22, hardback)

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Garden

Plant Hunters

Sue Whigham explores the origins of many popular plant species and how they were discovered

I

must say that when my son and daughter-in-law

announced that they were going to take a sabbatical

in the summer of 2019 and, with their daughters

aged six and four, travel to Colombia, I initially had

alarming visions of dangerous jungle trails, groups of

heavily armed FARC rebels and threat of kidnap.

I suppose what I was thinking of is what happened to

Tom Hart Dyke from Lullingstone Castle and his travelling

companion, Paul Winder, back in 2000. They found

themselves in the inhospitable jungle of the Darién Gap

between Panama and Colombia with Tom following his wild

enthusiasm for orchids and Paul in his pursuit of adventure.

They were kidnapped by a rebel group and spent nine

months in their company. Since then, Tom, a modern day

plant hunter, has undertaken many other plant hunting trips,

including one to Central Peru in 2009 where he came upon

an entire clump of Puya raimondii (Queen of the Andes)

flourishing at over 14,000 feet where virtually nothing else

grows. This particular bromeliad is on the endangered list in

the wild. To see the plant flower must be extraordinary. Some

of the flower spikes are over 44ft tall with each producing over

10,000 creamy white flowers. And to cap it all, the flowers

are pollinated by hummingbirds. Can you just imagine it?

And then, in a chance conversation at a recent meeting of

the local Hardy Plant Society, I got talking to a friend who

said she was related, she knew not how, to Reginald Farrer

who made his name with his book, My Rock-Garden, in

1907. This book kindled a huge interest in alpine plants and

rockeries amongst British horticulturalists of the time. She

also grows and loves alpine plants so it must be in the genes.

Reginald was born in 1880 in Clapham, North Yorkshire,

and was heir to the estate of Ingleborough Hall where some of

his plant introductions are still to be found. He was seen as an

eccentric and somewhat difficult man but his scope of exploration

and search for, in particular, alpine plants which started in

the European Alps led to expeditions further east taking

in, amongst others, countries such as Japan and Korea,

Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) as well as two forays into China.

I spotted one of his introductions from China, Viburnum

farreri (fragrans) in full fragrant flower at the weekend.

I like the story of him wanting to replicate a plant covered

rock face that he’d spotted in Ceylon. He rowed out onto a

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

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Garden

Left: In 2000, modern-day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke

was captured, along with his friend Paul Winder, by a rebel

group in The Darién Gap while on an expedition to discover

orchids. They wrote about their ordeal in their best-selling

book, The Cloud Garden

lake near his home, loaded his shotgun with seeds collected

on one of his expeditions and fired it into the nearest rock

face. Many of them took and this piece of Yorkshire became

the only true natural rock garden in the country at the time.

According to some records, active plant hunting dates

from 1495 BC when Egyptian pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut,

commissioned an expedition to go to Somalia in search

of incense trees, Commiphora myrrha, the tree from which

the resin, myrrh, is derived.

And subsequently the Romans, as

they expanded their Empire, whilst

not actively plant hunting, introduced

non-native plants to our shores as

foodstuffs. Think of the ubiquitous

ground elder and the rather glamorous

umbellifers, ‘Alexanders’ that grow

along the coast in Kent and Sussex.

After that, medieval monks would

have exchanged medicinal plants

through their monasteries both here and

in Europe. Up until the mid sixteenth

century, most new plants would have come from Europe until

the Middle East became a source of horticultural treasure as

the plant hunters of the time spread their nets further afield.

And in the 17th century came two hugely influential

generations of the Tradescant family. John Tradescant the

elder, (1570-1638) was gardener to Charles I and his son,

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

wife, Catherine of Braganza. They both travelled extensively

in North America returning with hitherto unknown

“The RHS, founded in

1804 ‘for the improvement

of horticulture’, sponsored

a number of important

collectors who braved

incredible hardship to feed

the ongoing demand for

anything new and exotic”

plants, amongst them the tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera,

the swamp cypress, Taxodium distichum, plane trees and

pineapples. They are both buried in the churchyard of St

Mary at Lambeth, which stands close to the gatehouse of

Lambeth Palace. The church was de-consecrated in the 1970s

and in 1977 became the Museum of Garden History.

If you have a chance to go to Lambeth Palace Gardens,

and it is open to the public on certain days, you can see

a particularly fine specimen of Liliodendron tulipifera

there – look out for the pineapples on the columns

of nearby Lambeth Bridge which commemorate the

Tradescant’s introduction of such an exotic fruit.

Subsequently, The Royal Horticultural Society, founded

in 1804 ‘for the improvement of horticulture’, sponsored

a number of important collectors who braved incredible

hardship in far flung countries of the

world to feed the ongoing demand

for anything new and exotic. They

included famous names such as

Robert Fortune, George Forrest,

David Douglas and Frank Kingdon-

Ward, all of whose exploits are, quite

frankly, hair-raising. Both the RHS

and the Royal Botanic Gardens at

Kew continue now to work with

people on plant and seed collecting

forays, including Tom Hart Dyke.

Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of

Crug Farm Plants in North Wales were originally farmers

but combined their love of plants and travelling more than

20 years ago to travel the globe seeking out specimens

that grow in an equitable climate and which will therefore

survive our weather conditions. They travel together or

sometimes with friends and fellow botanists. Their usual

modus operandi is to leave their nursery in the autumn for

two or three months, having chosen a country and read up

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

might be hardy enough for our climate in England.

They make contact with local universities and work

with local botanists sharing information and knowledge.

They also follow strict quarantine rules, a must these days

to guarantee biosecurity. Usually Bleddyn sends any seeds

he has collected by runner to Sue at ‘base camp’ where she

sets to cleaning, drying and packaging them up. The whole

procedure is a lengthy one as often the quantity of seed

is small and germination can, in some cases, take years.

The walled garden at their nursery is full of exotic looking

plants and unfamiliar genera. Their Chelsea garden in the

Royal Pavilion last year showed an interesting selection of

plants for dry shade and included plants such as unusual

aspidistera – just what we need with ever increasing

parched summers in the South East – from Vietnam and

South China as far as I can remember. The oreopanax

they grow is very exotic and rather fabulous. As is the

hardy Schefflera taiwaniana with huge and jungly leaves.

They have an interesting website, to say the least.

So plant hunting continues with entrepreneurial private

nurseries collecting plants and seeds from countries which

weren’t always open for exploration. And like the plant

hunters of old, they are highly motivated as they were

and perhaps a little bit obsessed. They have found hardier

forms; have discovered plants with ‘garden potential’

and plants which will form the basis of hybridising

more and more interesting and beautiful varieties.

I remember visiting ‘backstage’ in the wondrous

Kirstenbosch Garden in Cape Town really quite a few

years ago and then they had people scouring other

parts of South Africa for plants that might prove to

be garden worthy in Europe. It all took time and each

plant would be grown on and observed long before

they were launched on to the horticultural public.

Imagine how dull our gardens might have been but for

the plant hunters and how lucky we are to have a climate

that can accommodate such a huge range of plants. There

is even a Puya raimondii growing at the World Garden at

Lullingstone. I wonder if Tom Hart Dyke grew it from

seed. I know that the plant, being monocarpic, needs to

and does produce literally thousands of seeds before dying.

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Naked Attraction

Jo Arnell strips the garden back to beautiful winter basics

Winter can stretch on into spring sometimes,

remaining colourless and drab for longer than

necessary, dragging its grey heels even as the

days lengthen and the green shoots start peeking through.

Bare branches and tree tracery stand out against the winter

landscape and although the buds are swelling on woody

plants, they won’t unfurl into leaves for months yet.

Look closely at the twiggy skeletons; as you get familiar

with them you start to see that each species, when grown

unimpeded, has a unique and beautiful silhouette. Let’s

celebrate the pared back beauty of those that look good

naked and maybe even plant some in the garden.

BARE-BARKED BEAUTIES

Our native silver birch is graceful and elegant enough – its

white bark fissured with black, thin besom broom branches

wafting in the wind – but if you want to grow a really

showy white birch, try a Himalayan one: Betula utilis var.

Jacquemontii ‘Grayswood Ghost’ has stark, bone-white

trunks. Some gardeners even wash their trees to remove

algae and keep the bark looking perfectly white. They do

look stunning, freshly cleaned and gleaming in the winter

light. It takes a certain kind of determination to wash trees.

Prunus serrula (Tibetan cherry), has polished, mahoganyred

bark that gently peels away in gleaming curls – try

walking past without reaching out your hand. This is a

good all-year-round ornamental tree, with interest from

blossom in spring and lovely autumn foliage too.

I also love the bark on Eucalyptus, but it is fast

growing and will very quickly escape your clutches to

grow into a 50ft monster. There are other trees with

irresistibly tactile bark more suited to smaller gardens.

Some Acers, known more usually for their foliage, have

ornamental bark as well as brilliant autumn colour. The Snake

Bark Maple, Acer davidii, has green and silver bark in snake

pattern stripes. Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’, has gleaming

coral-coloured bark, pale

lime green emerging foliage

and golden autumn tints.

Acer griseum has shaggy

cinnamon-coloured bark

that glows when backlit

by the winter light. A.

griseum is a slow growing

tree, eventually reaching

a mere 10ft, so it’s a

perfect choice for a

Top: Willows, Dogwoods

and Rubus Right: Gleaming

bark of Prunus serrula

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can sometimes be made into multi-stems, or ‘treelets’,

depending on the elegance of their stems. If you have an

old shrub that is about to be radically chopped (or removed

altogether), look at it carefully and see whether it could

be transformed into a multi-stem. This could be a much

kinder and less expensive way of improving the view.

“Acer griseum has shaggy cinnamoncoloured

bark that glows when

backlit by the winter light”

small space. It grows on chalk and on alkaline soil too –

something many acers don’t like. Most acers are hardy, but

prefer a sheltered site, out of the wind and scorching sun.

MAGIC WANDS

Cornus (Dogwood) stems will provide brilliant winter colour,

especially if you have a large garden and can plant them en

masse. Try groups of Cornus by a pond, or damp part of

the garden. Dogwoods will grow in most soil conditions,

and they actually quite like damp or heavy soils. They

don’t mind shady conditions, but their stem colour shows

up best in full sun. Dogwoods will send out suckers, so

plant them where they have room to spread. The stems also

look good cut and poked into winter containers, bringing

height and structure – they may even take root…

For the best stem colour, dogwoods should be cut

back hard in mid-spring to encourage the growth of new

young stems which have the strongest colour. Some will

cope with hard pruning better than others – generally the

more vigorous the growth, the harder you can cut back.

After pruning, mulch around the roots with compost or

other well-rotted organic material, but not right up to the

stems, as this could cause them to rot. Mulching will feed

and condition the soil – and also help retain moisture.

Dogwoods won’t get too tall, because they are regularly

pruned to the base. Some of the best for stem colour are:

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, which has bright red new growth, while

the aptly named C. sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ has young

stems that literally look as if they’re on fire – in shades of

SHOWING SOME LEG

Carefully pruned, some trees can be crown lifted by

pruning out the lowest branches to make the main trunk

more visible. Or they can be pruned to have more than

one trunk, which turns them into elegant multi-stemmed

versions. This works well with birch, cherries and is especially

effective with Amelanchier lamarkii. The result is elegant

and sculptural and still allows for underplanting. Many

show gardens at flower shows use multi-stemmed trees

as focal points in planting schemes. Overgrown shrubs

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

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Garden

‘Deben’ is a deciduous shrub with small pink buds

opening to become highly fragrant white flowers.

These plants are well suited to a path-side position,

where you can catch their exquisite fragrance, but

they need to be able to bow out and retreat into

the background once they come into leaf as they

are fairly dull for most of the rest of the year.

yellow/orange tinged with red.

Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’

has yellow-green stems;

Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’

has young growth of a

deep purple colour.

Willows can (literally)

run about in the

garden, so should be carefully positioned,

as they can be invasive and hard to remove. They are fast

growing and some have brightly coloured stems to rival

the dogwoods. Salix ‘Britzensis’ is one of the best for

stem colour, but will need regular pollarding or coppicing

in early spring for fresh new stems. Just like Cornus,

Willows are best grown near water or in boggy places.

Rubus is an amazing ornamental blackberry with

powdery white stems that clump up to form thickets of

living barbed wire. It will need a fair amount of space

and looks striking next to dogwoods, a look that could be

perfected with an underplanting of cyclamen, snowdrops

and the black grass Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’.

STARK STEMS & SEEDHEADS

Plants like Teasels, Phlomis and Sedum have long lasting

seedheads that stand stoutly through the winter weather,

glistening in the frost and providing architectural interest at

lower levels. They are also useful for wildlife – birds will eat

the seeds and insects will use hollow stems for refuge until

the spring. Tempting as it is to tidy everything up in the

autumn, if herbaceous plants die gracefully, they can add a

layer of ephemeral, ghostly beauty in the winter landscape.

BARELy BLOSSOMING

Late winter and early spring flowering shrubs, if they are

deciduous, tend to blossom on bare stems. They are usually

pale coloured and can be highly scented, often growing in

semi-shade at the edge of woodland where early emerging

insects, moths and beetles will be lured in by their perfume.

Grow a winter-scented plant somewhere near to the house

– by the front or back door, near a path or gate, where you

will be able to walk past regularly, inhaling as you go.

Chimonanthes praecox and Lonicera ‘Winter Beauty’,

a winter flowering honeysuckle have powerful perfume.

Plant them where they can fade into the background

once the flowers are over. If you have the space for a

specimen, try a Witch Hazel – Hamamelis x intermedia

‘Pallida’ has scented flowers that climb its bare branches

like little yellow spiders. Viburnum x bodnantense

UNDERGARMENTS

Bare stems and branches are companionably set off with

contrasting carpets of late winter and early spring flowers

beneath them – try Cyclamen coum, Anemone blanda, or bulbs

like Snowdrops, Winter Aconite and Crocus. These are all

little treasures and best seen in massed throngs beneath the

trees, where they make the most of the light before the dense

canopy of leaves closes in on them. There’s the wonderful and

aptly named ‘February Gold’ narcissus for an uplifting throng

of golden daffodil without too much floppy leaf later on.

Hellebores are good and hardy, often flowering where

not much else will and are a great asset in the garden

at this time of the year. Helleborus niger (the Christmas

Rose) flowers around now and then a little later comes the

showier Helleborus orientalis cultivars, which have flowers

in shades from darkest burgundy through to purest white.

Low-growing evergreens look good next to bare

stems – try the scented Christmas box Sarcococca

confusa, slow growing dwarf conifers, or hardy ferns

such as polystichums for all year foliage interest.

Structure is vital in the garden, perhaps even more

so in winter when we can’t distract with flowers and

foliage. Architecture, focal points and framework

plants come in different forms and those with elegant

skeletons, or striking bark – that might be overlooked

during the rest of the year, shine out beautifully. Now

please excuse me while I go out and wash some trees.

Jo’s 2020 gardening courses are now booking, call

01233 861149 or see hornbrookmanor.co.uk for details.

Top: Long-lasting seedheads are also useful for wildlife – birds

will eat the seeds and insects will use hollow stems for refuge

until the spring Top inset: Whorls of Phlomis seedheads

Above: Dogwood stems in a winter container

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A Dietary

Alternative?

Hilary Wilce shares new research into

ADHD from King’s College

Anyone who has to cope with an impulsive and

hyperactive child – and that’s hundreds and thousands

of parents and almost all teachers – will know how

challenging it is to try to deal with this restless energy.

But two new pieces of research offer chinks of hope

that dietary supplements could lessen both the symptoms

and prevalence of so-called ADHD (attention deficit/

hyperactivity disorder). Research carried out at King’s

College London shows that omega-3 fish oil supplements

can improve the attention span of some children and

adolescents with ADHD. In fact, the researchers say

their findings could pave the way for some children to

be given a dietary alternative to the stimulant medicine

now routinely prescribed to hyperactive children.

Meanwhile, another study recently published by the

Barcelona Institute for Global Health, suggests that a

mother’s diet in pregnancy may be able to reduce the

chance of her baby developing ADHD. This, too, centres

on the best balance between two essential fatty acids,

omega-3 and omega-6. It’s already known

that children with ADHD tend to have a

higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. But now

it seems that mothers-to-be with that same

higher ratio may be at greater risk of having an

ADHD child, and the higher the imbalance,

the more a child is likely to show ADHD

symptoms at the age of seven. These researchers

point out that the brain takes a particularly long time

to develop in a foetus, so could be more vulnerable to

an unbalanced nutrient supply than other organs.

Research is constantly adding tiny glimmers to

our understanding of the way that diet affects our

brains, and when you add them all together it seems

increasingly clear that what we eat does (not surprisingly)

have an impact on our mood and behaviour.

It now seems certain, for example, that a good diet,

along with enough sleep and regular exercise, can help

conditions such as anxiety and depression. And common

sense tells us that consuming only fizzy drinks, fried

“The benefits

of a good diet

need to build

up over time”

chicken and chocolate bars is not going to keep anyone

healthy, strong and emotionally well-balanced.

However, the picture for ADHD is very complex and no

one is yet suggesting a diet-based treatment for all hyperactive

children – especially when there are so many different ways

the condition shows itself and so many possible causes.

The King’s College study, for example, shows that giving

children omega-3 supplements seems to benefit those

with very low levels of it in their blood, while children

with balanced blood don’t show the same results, or may

show negative symptoms. And the effect

is only known to work on attention span,

not other ADHD traits like impulsivity.

Even so, paediatric nutritionists suggest that

children with ADHD could benefit from a diet

of fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, wholegrain

bread and pasta, and oily fish like salmon

or mackerel. They point out that ADHD

children are often low in magnesium, iron, zinc and fibre, so

foods that include these could be beneficial. And they also

suggest limiting red meat, any dairy, salty snacks and sugar.

This isn’t easy, especially when so many hyperactive children

are picky eaters who don’t sit quietly for regular meals – and

when the urge to calm a child down with biscuits and sweets

might be especially strong! But it seems important to persist

as the benefits of a good diet need to build up over time.

And while nutritious food might not ‘cure’ a

child’s ADHD there will always be tangible benefits

to health and wellbeing from a good diet – as there

will be for all children, hyperactive or not.

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Located in the heart of Limpsfield Village, The Limpsfield

Cookery School launches this month with top chefs and a

variety of culinary classes on offer for small groups of all

abilities.

Founded by Jacqueline Derbyshire, the school's Executive

Head Chef is Oliver Thompson, an award-winning chef who

has trained at some of the top 3-star Michelin restaurants

around the world. He will be taking meat, fish and fine dining

master classes.

Jacqueline and Oliver are joined by vegan chef, Jenny

Chandler; Jaya Malani and Pamela Chen teaching Asian

Fusion and Indian Cuisine; former Head Chef of the River

Cottage, Andy Tyrell teaching Artisan bread-making;

celebrated Patisserie chef and author, Lucie Bennett

purveying patisserie and chocolate skills and sugar craft

expert, Sue Wilcox on cake decorating duty!

Classes are either half or full day, with a maximum of 8

students per class.

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What’s On in February

Art & Exhibitions

Sat 11 Jan – Sun 29 Mar

The Lightbox, Chobham Road

Woking GU21 4AA

Great Minds by Anne-

Katrin Purkiss

A celebration of the achievements

of women in both science and

arts. This exhibition of portrait

photographs depicts influential

women working, inspiring

and contributing to society.

A discussion with renowned

sculptor Sophie Ryder has also

been arranged on Friday 6 March

to coincide with this exhibition,

in which Sophie will talk about

her practice, experiences as a

female artist and the challenges

faced by women in the arts.

Entry: Day Pass £7.50,

Members & under 21s Free

thelightbox.org.uk

Children and

Families

Sat 8 Feb, 1pm-2.30pm

Bourne Hall Museum, Spring

Street, Ewell KT17 1UF

ANGLO-SAXONS OR THE

NOT SO DARK AGES

Bourne Hall Museum Club is the

club for children 7 to 12+ who

love history and like to have fun

while learning about it. Travel

back through time to discover the

past and its people and this time

take a look at the amazing Anglo-

Saxons. Discover what life was like

for the people that gave Ewell its

name (which means the people

who live at the start of the river).

Entry: £5

020 8394 1734 /

dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

Bocketts Farm Park,

Young Street, Fetcham,

Leatherhead KT22 9BS

February Farming Week

It’s the start of the spring lambing!

There are more than 60 lambs

due, with ‘meet the shepherd’

sessions daily and even a chance

you may get to watch a lamb

being born. Children can join

a Junior Farmer Adventure, see

birds of prey demonstrations

and enjoy daily shows from

The Giggle Company.

bockettsfarm.co.uk

Food and Drink

Tuesday mornings

throughout February

Woking, Chertsey and West

Horsley Squires Garden Centres,

CHATTER AND NATTER

Fancy a cuppa and a chat? Head to

any Squire’s Garden Centre Café

and you’ll find designated ‘Chatter

and Natter’ tables where you can

share a table with others who

enjoy making good old-fashioned

conversation over a tasty breakfast.

Whether you’re on your own, in

a couple, group, all are welcome.

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Gardens

Sat 8 Feb – Sun 8 Mar

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,

Richmond, London, TW9 3AE

KEW ORCHID FESTIVAL

No need to wait for Spring, head

to Kew’s annual orchid festival

for dazzling displays. The theme

is Indonesia to celebrate Kew’s

vital science work in the country.

In the immersive glasshouse,

visitors will encounter an erupting

volcano created from orchids and

other tropical flowers, as well

as after-hours events featuring

Indonesian music, dance and

cuisine, and a series of talks

from Kew’s orchid experts.

kew.org

Sat 15 Feb

Ashtead Peace Memorial

Hall, Woodfield Lane,

Ashtead KT21 2BE

THE EDWARDIAN GARDENS

OF HAROLD PETO

Author and garden

historian, Dr Katie Campbell,

explores one of the greatest

designers of the Edwardian era.

Harold Peto was a classicist with

a love of the Italian Renaissance

and a distinctive style of

formal layout softened by

exuberant planting, antique

Purchase direct from the UK’s leading designer makers

OLD TOWN HALL

CHELSEA

28 Feb - 1 March

Admission £7 • 10am - 5pm Daily

90 exhibitors

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What’s On in February

statuary and architectural salvage.

Entry: £12, Members £10

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Music and Theatre

Tue 25 – Thu 27 Feb

G Live, London Road,

Guildford, GU1 2AA

JOHN BISHOP

The comedy legend himself will

be stepping out onto the G Live

stage for a run of performances

to warm up his new show. This

well-loved and utterly hilarious

comedian is excited to hit the road

once more in what is shaping up

to be his best stand-up show yet.

glive.co.uk

Workshops

Sun 9 Feb (Women

Only) & Sun 16 Feb

Rhubarb & Custard, 140

Eton High Street, SL4 6DB

DSLR Photography

Workshop For

Complete Beginners

A workshop for people who

would like a fast and enjoyable

introduction to DSLR

photography. It is limited to

four people at a time, and

covers setting up your camera,

basic camera functions and

settings, the basics of exposure,

composition, depth of field and

a practical session on exposure,

ensuring a good balance of

theory and practice in the

inspiring town of Eton.

Entry: £125 pp

01753 911 630 /

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Look Forward:

March

Mon 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Mar 12.45-2.45

Inner Art Studio, 26 West

Street, Reigate, RH2 9BX

Landscape & Location

Embrace depth and perspective

via the great outdoors.

‘Landscape & Location’ is an

excellent opportunity to unite

your love of the great outdoors

with your art passion. Learn

practical ways to make location

drawing work for you, and

enjoy exploring perspective

alongside other art learners. We

call upon the work of landscape

artists throughout history to

inspire you to create artwork

with depth and atmosphere.

Entry: £165

arttuition.co.uk

Thu 5, 12, 19, 26 Mar &

Thu 2 Apr 10am-12noon

Inner Art Studio, 26 West

Street, Reigate, RH2 9BX

Spring Flowers in

Colour Pencil

This specialist art class for adults

is a structured and closely tutored

course with artist-teacher Alison

Powell. It will teach you how to

draw wonderfully realistic spring

flowers. You’ll make drawings

with step-by-step instruction,

focusing on all the key areas

including petals, leaves, stalks and

pollen, and the techniques used

to create a realistic silky delicate

feel for petals. This workshop is

suitable for anyone that would like

to learn the techniques to draw

their own realistic and beautiful

flowers. Beginners welcome.

Entry: £165 (includes all materials)

arttuition.co.uk

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Appointment

Etchings, watercolours, posters, books, cards

See also works by Jason Clarke

Up the Garden Studio, Green Lane,

Boughton Monchelsea, Kent, ME17 4LF

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Don’t miss the March issue of Surrey Homes which

includes our brand new Good Living Supplement.

Good Living

A Surrey Homes Supplement

A vibrant look at luxury holidays, exciting new

hobbies, beautiful fashion, style and health tips,

for the over fifties who want to live life to the full.


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Located in the heart of Hastings Old

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Our aim is to provide guests with a place

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The Laindons has six beautiful rooms, five

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Breakfast is served in the conservatory which

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Missing her feathered friends, Jane

restocks her flock with rare breeds

With the evenings beginning

to draw out and the first

crocuses poking through

it’s just about possible to imagine

that spring is round the corner. And

at Coopers Farm that means only

one thing: the arrival of abundant

and assorted new life. And after all

these years that still fills me with

excitement and anticipation.

Malcolm the sheep scan man will be

here any day. The rams went in with the

ewes in late October and now it’s time to

find out how successful those romantic

liaisons were. To scan them, the sheep

pass along a corridor similar to a Heath

Robinson contraption that looks a bit

like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. With

Malcolm at the controls, perched on

an old Toyota car seat, the ewes file

alongside him and are scanned to see if

they’re carrying one, two or three lambs.

As each is recorded we spray them

with marker paint on the shoulder

for singles, on their tail for twins

Phil the cockerel and

his very rare Brown

Sussex hens

and across the rump for triplets. And

then finally – ta-da! – Malcolm gives

us the total score for the number of

lambs we can expect. Hopefully about

150 with not too many ‘empties’.

And at last the hens have decided

to get in on the act, too. I’ve had hens

ever since we came to the farm and

love to see them wandering around the

farmyard. Sadly, however, a few months

ago they wandered just a bit too far

from said farmyard and the inevitable

happened. I swore I wouldn’t get any

more, but then after a few egg-free

months I succumbed.

Not for me cheap

brown hybrid hens that

happily lay an egg every

day – hell no – I have a

real weakness for the rare

and the beautiful when it

comes to feathers. So, back

in the summer, I acquired

a cockerel and five young

pullets (the term used

for hens before they produce an egg)

of the old-fashioned Sussex breed.

These come in many shades, all with

black neck and tail feathers and most

commonly available in Light (think

white), Buff (heavenly caramel) or

Speckled (dark brown with what looks

like a smattering of snow) variations,

but we’ve gone really off-piste and opted

for the extremely rare Brown Sussex.

But here’s an interesting aside, there

is apparently an even rarer, possibly

even extinct, one. The Coronation

Sussex chicken (I’m not making this

up) was created for the coronation of

Edward VIII – an event which as we

know thanks to Mrs Simpson never

took place. It had the same white body

“These posh hens

found the late

autumn and early

winter of 2019

far too wet and

cold to lay eggs”

as the Light, but with lavender instead

of black neck and tail feathers and a

red comb it was supposed to resemble

the Union Jack. They haven’t been

seen for many years now but wouldn’t

it be wonderful to discover there

still were some scratching around.

Anyway, back to my quite but not

completely rare Brown ones. Purchased

at about 10 weeks old, they were not

expected to ‘come into lay’ until about

20 weeks which would have taken us to

November. Trouble is, these posh hens,

unlike the far more obliging brown

hybrid ones, found the

late autumn and early

winter of 2019 far too

wet and cold to lay

eggs – which might go

some way to explaining

their rarity. But bang on

the button, as soon as

we got past the winter

solstice in late December

and the evenings began

to draw out – bingo we had an egg!

Like buses they’re now coming fast

and furious and will continue to do

so until – unlike those reliable hybrids

who’ve have it bred out of them – they

go broody and stop laying. But then

again a few chicks around the place

at Easter is always a welcome sight.

Jane will be teaching a half-day

course on an introduction to bee

keeping at the wonderful Curious

House in Stonegate on Thursday

7 February, curioushouse.net.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on

Instagram @coopersfarm

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