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Welcome to J’AIME<br />

With lockdown restrictions easing further<br />

this month and more shops, as well as pubs,<br />

restaurants and hair salons, getting the green<br />

light for reopening from July 4, it feels like we’re<br />

finally starting to adjust to our ‘new normal’.<br />

And now, more than ever, it’s so important to<br />

support our local communities and businesses<br />

as they get back on their feet after months of<br />

enforced closure.<br />

We chat to Sutton Coldfield baker Sebastian<br />

Clough - whose bakery OnTheBreadLine has<br />

been a beacon for hungry foodies looking for a<br />

tasty treat throughout lockdown - about being a<br />

coronavirus success story, as well as his ambitious<br />

plans for the future, while local estate agent<br />

Sophie Bullock, head of Aston Knowles, gives<br />

us the lowdown on the post-lockdown property<br />

market.<br />

We also hear from psychologists Alan Dovey and<br />

Dieter Jansons, who explore social anxiety and<br />

take a look at how to deal with worries about<br />

returning to normal life after these increasingly<br />

strange times.<br />

With your usual favourites, including fashion,<br />

beauty and interiors round-ups, as well as<br />

some delicious foodie treats, we hope your July<br />

J’AIME helps to put a smile on your face. And<br />

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CO N T E N T S<br />

InsideJ’aime this month...<br />

6 OnTheBreadLine - A tasty success story for<br />

Sutton Coldfield baker Sebastian Clough<br />

10 Property - Property of the month<br />

12 Property - Advice from the agent<br />

16 Interiors - Concrete choices<br />

20 Interiors - Welcome to candy land<br />

24 Allen Brown Jewellery - A rainbow pendant for<br />

a worthy winner<br />

26 Food and drink - Get your foodie fix at home<br />

30 Food and drink - A luxurious recipe from Rob<br />

Palmer<br />

32 Travel - An Indian escape<br />

38 Fashion - Chasing rainbows<br />

40 Beauty - Anti-ageing aides with Heaven<br />

Skincare’s Deborah Mitchell<br />

42 Health - Social anxiety examined with Alan<br />

Dovey and Dieter Jansons<br />

44 In the news - Designs on interior style in Alrewas<br />

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F E AT U R E<br />

Exceedingly good bakes<br />

SUTTON COLDFIELD BAKER SEBASTIAN CLOUGH HAS PUT HIS BUSINESS ON THE MAP WITH<br />

ARTISAN OFFERINGS AND A HUGE ARRAY OF TASTY TREATS. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE<br />

When customers have been happily queueing for<br />

an hour or more to get their bread and cake fix<br />

throughout the coronavirus lockdown, you know you<br />

must be onto a good thing.<br />

Tucked away down a quiet lane in Four Oaks,<br />

OnTheBreadLine has been enticing hungry<br />

punters with an array of baked goodies, from classic<br />

sourdoughs and intensely flavoured focaccias, to<br />

brilliant brownies and cakes galore. When the little<br />

bakery shop opens at 9am people flock to pick up<br />

their treats, eager to get in early before things sell out.<br />

Amid the doom and gloom of the pandemic, it<br />

is refreshing to see a small, independent business<br />

adapting and thriving - thanks to the dedication and<br />

drive of its young owner.<br />

Baking has long been a passion for 24-year-old<br />

Sebastian Clough, who opened OnTheBreadLine<br />

based at his family’s farm just over two years ago.<br />

And his hard work, extraordinarily long hours and<br />

oodles of culinary creativity have seen the little<br />

bakery flourish - and none more so than in these<br />

strangest of times.<br />

“A couple of weeks into lockdown is when it just<br />

went crazy,” says Sebastian. “Social media has made<br />

a huge difference, but also a lot of it has been people<br />

out on their daily walks and finding us that way.<br />

BREAD HAS ALWAYS BEEN A<br />

FAVOURITE FOR SEBASTIAN<br />

“I’d definitely say that I’m one of the lucky ones,<br />

because not many people have been able to stay<br />

open. And I’ve had amazing support from customers.<br />

“I think we saw a change last year where people<br />

were more conscious of using local businesses, but<br />

now I think that feeling is stronger than ever. Your<br />

local butchers, your bakeries, independent local<br />

businesses - people are really valuing them. And I<br />

love supporting small, local businesses myself and<br />

putting back into the community.”<br />

While lockdown has meant that many of us have<br />

barely left home during the past three months, for<br />

Sebastian, that way of life is par for the course.<br />

“My mum says that I haven’t been out for the past<br />

two years,” he laughs.<br />

“A lot of people say they don’t know how I do it, but<br />

I just love it too much; that’s what it comes down<br />

to. And if you love your job, it’s not really a job -<br />

I’m doing what I want to do and it doesn’t feel like<br />

work.”<br />

Starting at around 8.30pm in the evening, Sebastian<br />

bakes through the night, finally finishing when the<br />

shop opens at 9am. After a couple of hours’ break<br />

he’s back in the kitchen prepping his sourdough<br />

before grabbing some much-needed shut-eye in<br />

the late afternoon, ready to start again once<br />

8.30pm comes around.<br />

This dedication stems from the fact that<br />

baking is all Sebastian has ever wanted to do.<br />

He fell in love with all things food at a young<br />

age, inspired by watching television cookery<br />

programmes - with sweary chef extraordinaire<br />

Gordon Ramsey an early foodie hero.<br />

“When anyone ever asked me what I wanted<br />

to become, it was always a pastry chef,”<br />

says Sebastian. “All my mates wanted to be<br />

footballers, police, firefighters and that kind of<br />

thing, but mine was always pastry chef.”<br />

At the tender age of just 13, Sebastian spent<br />

his school holiday doing a taster course in<br />

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CROISSANTS AND PASTRIES<br />

ARE DUE BACK ON THE MENU<br />

THIS MONTH<br />

cookery at University College Birmingham, showing<br />

dedication to his ambition of becoming a pastry chef.<br />

And after leaving school - where Sebastian admits he<br />

wasn’t a good student - he enrolled at UCB to study<br />

professional baking.<br />

“I left UCB and had a year out; I had this goal that I<br />

wanted to own my own business before the age of 25<br />

and I wanted to go to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but<br />

you have to be able to speak French, and my French<br />

is non-existent,” says Sebastian.<br />

“Paris was the place I wanted to go, because it’s<br />

the home of patisserie and Le Cordon Bleu is the<br />

number one place in the world to study.”<br />

While debating whether to jump straight into the<br />

world of work or take some time to follow his other<br />

passion of travelling, Sebastian came across the<br />

prestigious French Pastry School, based in Chicago<br />

- and he immediately realised it was the answer he’d<br />

been looking for.<br />

“I love the US, it’s where we go on holiday, but I’d<br />

never been to Chicago - so I applied,” he says.<br />

A Skype interview followed, and in November 2015<br />

he discovered he’d won a place at the school, ready<br />

to start the following July.<br />

“Chicago was amazing; it wasn’t just growing as<br />

a pastry chef, it was growing as a person,” says<br />

Sebastian. “I was 20, turning 21 over there, and the<br />

experience of living in another country at a young<br />

age was fantastic. I was there for about eight months,<br />

and if I didn’t have the dream of owning my own<br />

business I wouldn’t have come back!<br />

“The chefs were so good, they worked one-to-one<br />

with you, and there was no speaking of failure, it<br />

was all about success. It opened so many doors and<br />

taught me so many skills that I hadn’t yet thought<br />

about, like chocolate sculptures, sugar<br />

sculptures and confectionery.<br />

“And it was a really diverse class with<br />

people from all over the world, and of<br />

all ages. I was the youngest, and there<br />

were students who were already working<br />

in world-class kitchens and wanting to<br />

expand their skills, and people who were<br />

looking at complete career changes. It<br />

was such a different experience.”<br />

But the ambition of owning his own<br />

business brought Sebastian back home<br />

once his course had finished. And it<br />

turned out that home was the perfect<br />

place for him to set up.<br />

After looking at units to rent, and not<br />

finding anything suitable which would<br />

work financially, Sebastian saw the opportunity<br />

which was there right in front of his eyes - at his<br />

family home.<br />

Converting an unused garage and a stable into two<br />

kitchens gave Sebastian the space to work, while a<br />

wooden garden building makes for a quaint shop.<br />

OnTheBreadLine has also become something of a<br />

family affair. Sebastian’s sister Rachel J runs the shop<br />

while his mum Martha helps out in the kitchen in the<br />

mornings and dad Neil pitches in with the extensive<br />

amount of washing up. Dad was also responsible for<br />

the OnTheBreadLine name, landing on the clever<br />

moniker after extensive brainstorming.<br />

“It’s been interesting to get my family involved too,”<br />

SUTTON COLDFIELD BAKER<br />

SEBASTIAN CLOUGH<br />

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SEBASTIAN’S SWEET TREATS<br />

GO DOWN A STORM WITH<br />

CUSTOMERS<br />

says Sebastian. “I was ready for a good three months<br />

before we actually opened, but it was a confidence<br />

issue with me. I’m a shy person and not that<br />

confident, I’m not the most talkative person either so<br />

I needed to build my confidence to put a date on the<br />

launch.”<br />

But when February 2018 came around, Sebastian<br />

decided to take the plunge. And he hasn’t looked<br />

back.<br />

“I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to the customers for<br />

the support we’ve had over the past two years,” he<br />

says. “We’ve got some lovely regulars who come most<br />

days, but the furthest we’ve had someone travel is<br />

from France! It was a lady whose daughter lives over<br />

the road, but she said she came here first to taste<br />

our bread because her daughter keeps talking about<br />

it. She came back the next day to give me some<br />

feedback, and she said that, other than having more<br />

of a dusting of flour, the bread is just like home. And<br />

you can’t really get better feedback than that.<br />

“Over the past two years the customers have made<br />

it into a community; it’s a bit of a hub. It’s<br />

amazing how it’s taken off.”<br />

What sets OnTheBreadLine apart is the<br />

sheer variety of bakes available from<br />

day to day - no two days are the same,<br />

and Sebastian is constantly stretching his<br />

creative muscles.<br />

“The one thing I wanted to do was to make<br />

sure people can come every day and have<br />

totally different options,” he explains. “The<br />

main breads I make every day are a white<br />

and brown sourdough, and my baguettes,<br />

but everything else is totally different each<br />

day.<br />

“A favourite at the moment is my focaccia; I<br />

like to experiment with different flavours, so<br />

it’s really down to whatever comes into my<br />

head that I think would go together. And<br />

that’s the great thing about running your<br />

own business; I can change it every day and<br />

do what I want.<br />

“The main thing I love to do is bread, and<br />

I love to try different flavours. One of my<br />

favourites is the dark chocolate and chilli<br />

sourdough, and I’m also a big fan of white<br />

truffle with focaccia so that’s one thing I like<br />

to do. It has a really nice, intense flavour<br />

which sits really well with focaccia.”<br />

And while Sebastian was well ahead of<br />

his ‘own business at 25’ target, he’s far<br />

from finished with OnTheBreadLine’s<br />

development.<br />

“We’re coming to a point now where I’m at full<br />

capacity; I can’t do any more for the shop,” says<br />

Sebastian. “So in the next two years I want to<br />

extend the kitchens and I’m hoping to get planning<br />

permission to build a bigger shop on site.<br />

“The stuff that I do now is nothing like what I can<br />

do. My ultimate goal is to have a bakery that’s not<br />

just a bakery; you walk in and you can get chocolates<br />

and sweets, wedding cakes and occasion cakes,<br />

entremets, afternoon tea - everything all under one<br />

roof.<br />

“When we extend the kitchen and get a team around<br />

me, I’ll be at the point where I’ll be able to say, ‘this<br />

is exactly what I wanted’.”<br />

For more information find Sebastian online at<br />

www.instagram.com/onthebreadline or<br />

www.facebook.com/bySebastianClough or<br />

sample his range of goodies at OnTheBreadLine,<br />

Hillcrest Farm, Worcester Lane, Sutton Coldfield,<br />

B75 5QS.<br />

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OnTheBreadLine<br />

Sebastian Clough, a former student of University College,<br />

Birmingham, and the French Pastry School in Chicago, has<br />

now perfected his baking skills, to produce the highest quality<br />

breads, cakes and pastries, whilst also exploring different<br />

flavours using high quality ingredients. Using fresh local<br />

produce, his customers most loved products include;-<br />

Green Olive and White Truffle Sourdough Focaccia<br />

Dark Chocolate and Chilli Sourdough<br />

Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Fudge Brownies<br />

Cruffins<br />

Mini Chocolate Orange<br />

Cherry Bakewell<br />

Lemon Drizzle Cakes<br />

DURING CORONAVIRUS OUR OPENING HOURS<br />

ARE WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY 9am - 2pm<br />

We serve on a first come first served basis, and observe<br />

social distancing of 2 metres as marked by tape<br />

STRICTLY ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD<br />

Hillcrest Farm, Worcester Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B75 5QS<br />

Tel: 07506 780066 Email: onthebreadline95@gmail.com<br />

onthebreadline<br />

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P R O P E RTY<br />

Property of the Month<br />

WE TAKE A SNEAKY PEEK AT SOME OF THE HOTTEST PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET IN THE<br />

AREA EACH MONTH. THIS MONTH’S SELECTION IS A BESPOKE FAMILY HOME IN ONE OF<br />

WALSALL’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER LOCATIONS<br />

Orchard House, 54a Charlemont Road, Walsall: £1,050,000<br />

On the market with Aston Knowles: 0121 362 7878<br />

THE AGENT SAYS: A wonderful five-bedroom family<br />

home nestled at the end of a private drive on one of Walsall’s<br />

most sought-after roads.<br />

This charming red-brick family home, which was built 13<br />

years ago, offers an attractive first impression as you approach<br />

the house from the winding private driveway with gated<br />

entrance. The wonderfully maintained front garden and<br />

block-paved driveway flanked by various flower bushes and<br />

shrubs adorn the exterior of the family house.<br />

The spacious reception hallway leads to the drawing room,<br />

dining room, a guest cloakroom, and the kitchen/breakfast/<br />

family room. The airy drawing room is a wonderful space to<br />

receive and entertain guests, with a white marble coal effect<br />

fire forming the heart of the room. A door leads into the<br />

bright conservatory, perfect for unwinding and enjoying the<br />

well-maintained front garden. Double doors lead out to the<br />

patio, which is ideally located to catch the sun during the day.<br />

A separate door leads out to the terrace at the side of the<br />

house.<br />

Completing the ground floor is a self-contained annexe,<br />

separate from the house with storage facilities and WC. This<br />

additional space can be used as a home office or gym, ideally<br />

placed away from the rest of the living accommodation,<br />

offering a space which promotes productivity.<br />

The spacious master bedroom on the first floor is located at<br />

the front of the house enjoying a sunny aspect during the day<br />

making it a lovely bright room with an abundance of natural<br />

light and features built-in wardrobes as well as an en suite<br />

shower room. The first floor also features a guest bedroom<br />

with rear aspect, and a third bedroom which shares a Jackand-Jill<br />

en-suite shower room with the entertainment room.<br />

There is a separate family bathroom and shower room as well<br />

as two further bedrooms on the first floor.<br />

W E L O V E :<br />

THE GENEROUS PROPORTIONS<br />

AND SPACIOUS FEEL<br />

Video tour available here:<br />

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAVkR7p0Pjw<br />

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P R O P E RTY<br />

Advice from the agent<br />

IT’S BEEN JUST OVER A MONTH SINCE ESTATE AGENTS WERE ALLOWED TO REOPEN THEIR OFFICE<br />

AND RESUME THEIR APPOINTMENTS. SOPHIE BULLOCK, OF ASTON KNOWLES ESTATE AGENTS AND<br />

CHARTERED SURVEYORS IN SUTTON COLDFIELD, REFLECTS ON THE CURRENT HOUSING MARKET<br />

AND ANSWERS SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON WHAT IT’S LIKE TO MOVE HOME DURING<br />

THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS<br />

For a lot of local and independent<br />

businesses, keeping in touch with<br />

current and potential clients has been<br />

paramount during lockdown. Aston<br />

Knowles has used the online tools<br />

available, like social media platforms<br />

including Instagram and facebook<br />

as well as video tours, to stay present<br />

and keep clients up to date. We have<br />

released compelling video tours for<br />

some of our most premium properties,<br />

which have all been uploaded to our<br />

YouTube channel and can also be<br />

viewed on the major property portals<br />

like Rightmove and Zoopla as well<br />

as our own website. Video tours have<br />

proven to be an incredibly helpful tool<br />

during lockdown; a huge advantage of embracing<br />

video marketing is giving your potential buyers access<br />

to the home 24/7. They help create user awareness<br />

far from that of static photography. Prospective<br />

buyers who view the tour are transported into the<br />

scene and can fully immerse themselves in the<br />

details. They can get a real sense of the space within<br />

a property, so they can determine whether it is the<br />

right home.<br />

THE ASTON KNOWLES OFFICE, ON SUTTON<br />

COLDFIELD’S HIGH STREET<br />

ESTATE AGENCIES REOPENED FOR<br />

BUSINESS JUST OVER A MONTH AGO<br />

The post-lockdown housing market<br />

Since reopening on May 13 after closing our doors<br />

for lockdown seven weeks earlier on March 24, it<br />

has been reassuring to see the demand for premium<br />

properties both for sale and to let has remained,<br />

despite media speculation suggesting otherwise.<br />

It’s been especially encouraging to see Rightmove<br />

and Zoopla release new reports in the last few days<br />

confirming there has actually been an increase in<br />

demand from buyers, evident in the volume of calls<br />

and online leads being received and leaving<br />

us hopeful for the coming months.<br />

Rightmove reported more than five million<br />

visits the day after the market reopened and<br />

had their busiest ever day on Wednesday<br />

May 27, exactly two weeks after estate<br />

agents were allowed to reopen. They<br />

surpassed six million visits for the first time<br />

and visits were up 18 per cent from the<br />

same Wednesday in May of the previous<br />

year.<br />

They also reported a record level of email<br />

and telephone leads from their website,<br />

which were also up 18 per cent from the<br />

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same day last year. In addition to this, more than a<br />

quarter of people (28 per cent) were not planning<br />

to move before lockdown but have now entered the<br />

market and are actively looking for a new home.<br />

With the government lifting most restrictions on the<br />

property market there has been a release of pentup<br />

demand for properties after so many months of<br />

being at an almost complete standstill and, with stock<br />

levels depleted, this proves to be an opportune time<br />

for sellers coming to market, with this post-lockdown<br />

honeymoon of frenzied buying keeping house prices<br />

up for the foreseeable future.<br />

Zoopla’s Cities Index Report shows a similar spike<br />

in interest, with buyer demand in England spiking<br />

88 per cent in the week after the reopening of estate<br />

agencies, which far exceeds pre-lockdown levels.<br />

While they are expecting this spike in demand to<br />

moderate in the coming weeks, it is a great start<br />

to a period that many estate agents were fearing<br />

would not show much increased demand. Zoopla<br />

also reports that more than half (60 per cent) of the<br />

potential movers they surveyed are still going ahead<br />

with their property plans and are still expecting to<br />

move.<br />

Moving during Covid-19<br />

While the positive statistics from the leading portals<br />

provide confidence that this is the perfect time to put<br />

your premium property on the market, there are new<br />

guidelines that you, as a homeowner or landlord, that<br />

you need to be aware of if you are thinking about<br />

putting your house up for sale or to rent.<br />

Here are some of the most frequently asked<br />

questions surrounding the ‘new normal’ for buyers<br />

and sellers current in the market-place.<br />

Can I view a property? Yes, you can book an<br />

appointment to view a home for sale or to rent.<br />

However, our current guidelines, put in place by<br />

our governing bodies, emphasise that viewings<br />

THE MARKET FOR PREMIUM<br />

PROPERTIES IS STILL GOING<br />

STRONG<br />

must be with<br />

proceedable<br />

clients only.<br />

When viewings<br />

take place,<br />

viewers will<br />

be required to<br />

follow health<br />

and safety<br />

measures<br />

regarding the<br />

use of PPE and<br />

will need to<br />

maintain social<br />

distancing.<br />

SOPHIE BULLOCK,<br />

OF ASTON KNOWLES<br />

Can I book a property appraisal? Yes, booking<br />

an appraisal is not a problem. Because of the wave<br />

of released demand, this is a great time to put your<br />

property on the market so if you’re thinking about<br />

selling, the sooner you book your appraisal the better!<br />

Aston Knowles offer no-obligation free market<br />

appraisals and would be happy to talk you through<br />

the marketing process.<br />

Can I move home in the current climate? Yes,<br />

removal firms are allowed to operate so moving is<br />

entirely possible. Please check with individual firms<br />

what their current guidelines are before booking an<br />

appointment. Official guidelines advise doing most<br />

of the packing yourself if possible, so make sure you<br />

give yourself enough time to do so, and keep in mind<br />

that you need to social distance at all times.<br />

What safety measures are in place for<br />

sellers? The health and safety of our clients of<br />

paramount importance to us. This is why, based<br />

on government advice, we have put several strict<br />

guidelines in place regarding the use of PPE during<br />

appointments. We require each viewer to wear<br />

both a mask and gloves for the entirety of the<br />

appointment, and the number of people able to<br />

attend a viewing is currently limited<br />

to two (from the same household).<br />

Our staff will bring antibacterial gel<br />

and wipes and ensure the property<br />

is wiped down before and after<br />

appointments.<br />

So as the property market rebounds<br />

as lockdown eases,if you have made<br />

the decision to move don’t hesitate<br />

to get in touch with Aston Knowles.<br />

Our office has now reopened and<br />

our team of property experts would<br />

be delighted to talk you through<br />

our sales and lettings services on<br />

0121 362 7878 or enquiries@<br />

astonknowles.com to see what<br />

we can do for you.<br />

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DRIFFOLD GALLERY<br />

Respected UK Picture Specialists since 1983<br />

SALES, VALUATIONS, CONSERVATION, LONDON<br />

QUALITY SWEPT FRAMES, ETC.<br />

Always 250+ choice original works by favourite<br />

and important artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st<br />

centuries on show and sale at 3, 4 and 5 figure<br />

value levels. Approx 75 items can be viewed via<br />

our website.<br />

Best UK gallery value and great acquisitions<br />

assured every time.<br />

Now open daily with one person or a couple at a time.<br />

78 Birmingham Road, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1QR.<br />

Phone: 0121 355 5433<br />

www.driffoldgallery.com


I N T E R I O R S<br />

Concrete<br />

choices<br />

WE first flirted with the concrete trend a good couple of<br />

years back, when this most industrial of materials started<br />

edging its way into interior design style. Today, we can see<br />

evidence of concrete’s emergence as a material of choice<br />

all over Instagram feeds, with concrete design now being<br />

used as a main feature in homes as flooring, furniture and<br />

fixtures.<br />

Robust yet refined, sturdy yet sophisticated, concrete can<br />

be both slick and cosy when used correctly.<br />

If you’re braving a concrete floor, add a luxurious rug for a<br />

homely touch; team a statement-making concrete-topped<br />

table with richly upholstered chairs for a seriously stylish<br />

dining experience; or pair concrete kitchen worktops<br />

with wooden cabinetry - or vice versa - to add a sense of<br />

warmth to your kitchen space.<br />

If you want to gradually introduce concrete elements into<br />

your design scheme, opt for things like light fittings and<br />

accessories. Fill concrete planters with lush greenery to<br />

create an urban jungle vibe, or look for concrete accented<br />

by rich gold and copper metallic tones for a a touch of<br />

luxury.<br />

ISLA OUTDOOR/INDOOR CONCRETE SIDE<br />

TABLE, £420, RUST COLLECTIONS.<br />

WWW.RUSTCOLLECTIONS.CO.UK<br />

£70<br />

GREY CONCRETE CANDLE POT AND<br />

THREE-WICK CANDLE, CONCRETE & WAX.<br />

WWW.CONCRETEANDWAX.COM<br />

HEBE INDUSTRIAL STYLE PENDANT IN<br />

NATURAL CONCRETE, SWOON EDITIONS.<br />

WWW.SWOONEDITIONS.COM<br />

£54.99<br />

COPPER & CONCRETE SOAP<br />

DISPENSER, £14, RED CANDY.<br />

WWW.REDCANDY.CO.UK<br />

£59<br />

CONCRETE-LOOK COFFEE TABLE,<br />

VONHAUS. WWW.VONHAUS.CO.UK<br />

£14<br />

£25<br />

CULT LIVING ASARE ROUND CONCRETE<br />

WALL CLOCK, CULT FURNITURE.<br />

WWW.CULTFURNITURE.COM<br />

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FURNITURE • GIFTS • ACCESSORIES<br />

Inspirationally French<br />

We are a trusted, local family, dedicated to providing<br />

a truly personal service for those who need us<br />

Burials, Horse-drawn Funerals, Bespoke<br />

Funeral and pre-payment Funeral Plans available<br />

All-inclusive Funeral Packages for<br />

Cremation with no hidden costs<br />

Including Crematorium, Doctor and<br />

Religious/Non-religious Celebrant<br />

Simple - £2,300<br />

Traditional - £2,650<br />

(includes family car, service sheets and floral tribute)<br />

16 - 20 North Street, Cannock, WS11 0BA<br />

01543 529813 (Anytime)<br />

Visit our web and Facebook sites to see our reviews<br />

www.omalleyfunerals.co.uk • www.facebook.com/omalleyfunerals<br />

La Maison Bleue, Heart of the Country Village, WS14 9QR<br />

Tel: 01543 481414 - Email: info@lamaisonbleue.co.uk<br />

www.lamaisonbleue.co.uk


£1095<br />

£350<br />

£68<br />

CALLIE TERRAZZO<br />

CEILING LIGHT, HABITAT.<br />

WWW.HABITAT.CO.UK<br />

SAVOY CONCRETE AND GOLD CABINET,<br />

DECOVILLE. WWW.DECOVILLE.CO.UK<br />

MONET CONCRETE TOP SIDE TABLE,<br />

WEETPEA & WILLOW.<br />

WWW.SWEETPEAANDWILLOW.COM<br />

PETRA CONCRETE AND GOLD<br />

BAND TABLE LAMP, ARTISANTI.<br />

WWW.ARTISANTI.COM<br />

£75<br />

£25<br />

£11.25<br />

£95<br />

ABIGAIL CONCRETE<br />

PLANTER, BEAUMONDE.<br />

WWW.BEAUMONDE.CO.UK<br />

CULT LIVING MARSHAL<br />

ROUND CONCRETE WALL CLOCK,<br />

CULT FURNITURE.<br />

WWW.CULTFURNITURE.COM<br />

LARGE CONCRETE BEE POT<br />

COVER, GISELA GRAHAM.<br />

WWW.GISELAGRAHAM.CO.UK<br />

CONCRETE TOPPED RECTANGULAR<br />

DINING TABLE, £575, COX AND COX.<br />

WWW.COXANDCOX.CO.UK<br />

LARGE RUSTIK CONCRETE VASE, £98,<br />

THE FIND STORE.<br />

WWW.THEFINDSTORE.CO.UK<br />

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CONCRETE TEXTURE EFFECT WALLPAPER,<br />

£75 PER ROLL, WOODCHIP AND MAGNOLIA.<br />

WWW.WOODCHIPANDMAGNOLIA.CO.UK<br />

MIXX CONCRETE OAK WOOD TILES,<br />

£24.95/M2, WALLS AND FLOORS.<br />

WWW.WALLSANDFLOORS.CO.UK<br />

ROMA POLISHED CONCRETE DINING TABLE,<br />

£1,475, JO ALEXANDER. WWW.JOALEXANDER.CO.UK<br />

SET OF THREE CONCRETE PLANTERS FOR<br />

CACTUS AND SUCCULENTS, £60, MINT & MAY.<br />

WWW.MINTANDMAY.CO.UK<br />

LARGE INDUSTRIAL CONCRETE STYLE CONSOLE TABLE,<br />

£224.95, MELODY MAISON. WWW.MELODYMAISON.CO.UK<br />

PALE PINK CONCRETE MURAL, FROM £29/M2,<br />

WALLSAUCE. WWW.WALLSAUCE.COM


I N T E R I O R S<br />

Candy<br />

land<br />

IF you’re feeling the need for some interior cheer, add a<br />

pop of colour to your decor scheme with cute and kitsch<br />

candy hues.<br />

It’s time to indulge your sweet tooth, as shades of<br />

candyfloss pink, sherbert lemon and mint green are<br />

seeping into interior trends for summer - just as we need a<br />

bit of brightening up.<br />

Be bold with wall coverings or statement furniture pieces;<br />

a bubblegum sofa, after all, might seem like a far from safe<br />

choice, but will work perfectly in an otherwise pared back<br />

room, adding a much-needed injection of fun into your<br />

space.<br />

Alternatively, keep your main pieces neutral and ramp<br />

up the candy vibe with accessories galore. Some soft<br />

furnishings here, maybe an accent chair there, and you’ll<br />

soon be loving life in candy land.<br />

And if you want to fully embrace the kitsch, don’t be<br />

afraid to layer up your hues; candy colours work well in<br />

complement with each other, so mix up your shades for a<br />

real sweet treat.<br />

HEATHER BAR STOOL IN SAGE GREEN<br />

VELVET, £129, CULT FURNITURE.<br />

WWW.CULTFURNITURE.CO.UK<br />

£50<br />

ALEXANDRE TURPAULT PALACE QUILTED<br />

BEDSPREAD, AMARA. WWW.AMARA.COM<br />

£54<br />

£399<br />

CURIOUS MAKERS<br />

CONCRETE WALL CLOCK,<br />

WWW.CURIOUSMAKERS.CO.UK<br />

&KLEVERING CURVE VASE SET OF TWO,<br />

TROUVA. WWW.TROUVA.COM<br />

£77.99<br />

£12<br />

HOUSE BY JOHN LEWIS STONEWARE<br />

CEREAL BOWLS SET OF 4.<br />

WWW.JOHNLEWIS.COM<br />

SET OF TWO MINT GREEN AND PINK STEEL<br />

TRUNKS, BEAUTIFY. WWW.BEAUTIFY.CO.UK<br />

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Ripple HR is bespoke,<br />

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£99<br />

SIDEPIG TABLE IN PALE<br />

GREEN, RED CANDY.<br />

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£24<br />

£174<br />

SKY BLUE VELVET CUSHION,<br />

MINT & MAY.<br />

WWW.MINTANDMAY.CO.UK<br />

DAYTONA MOON ACCENT CHAIR IN<br />

PINK VELVET, CULT FURNITURE.<br />

WWW.CULTFURNITURE.COM<br />

£239<br />

RAY WIRE FOUR SEATER GARDEN TABLE,<br />

JOHN LEWIS. WWW.JOHNLEWIS.COM<br />

MEDINA SCALLOPED LOW STOOL IN<br />

PINK VELVET, CULT FURNITURE.<br />

WWW.CULTFURNITURE.COM<br />

£99<br />

WILD AND WOLF 746 PHONE IN<br />

SWEDISH GREEN, RED CANDY.<br />

WWW.REDCANDY.CO.UK<br />

£59<br />

PAISLEY SOFA IN CYAN VELVET,<br />

DARLINGS OF CHELSEA.<br />

WWW.DARLINGSOFCHELSEA.CO.UK<br />

£2414<br />

£39<br />

KARLSSON LUSH VELVET WALL CLOCK,<br />

RED CANDY. WWW.REDCANDY.CO.UK<br />

CULT DESIGNS THE MODA COLLECTION<br />

CHAIRS, FROM £79, CULT FURNITURE.<br />

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A MODERN GRAND TOUR CANDY FLOSS<br />

OSTRICH FEATHER FLOOR LAMP, £4,200,<br />

SWEETPEA & WILLOW.<br />

WWW.SWEETPEAANDWILLOW.COM<br />

RALPH LAUREN HOME OXFORD DUVET COVER<br />

IN EVERGREEN, £225, AND PILLOWCASE PAIR,<br />

£69, AMARA. WWW.AMARA.COM<br />

ORLA KIELY MEDIUM LINDEN SOFA IN TOLKA ROSE,<br />

£1,139, AMARA. WWW.AMARA.COM<br />

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F E AT U R E<br />

Over the rainbow<br />

A TIRELESS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER SCOOPED A BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW PENDANT<br />

FROM ALLEN BROWN JEWELLERY AT HEART OF THE COUNTRY AFTER BEING<br />

NOMINATED FOR HER AMAZING WORK DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN<br />

During the coronavirus pandemic, the rainbow has<br />

become a symbol of hope and appreciation. And<br />

to show their appreciation to all of the brave NHS<br />

staff, key workers and community volunteers who<br />

have made such a difference during the crisis, Allen<br />

Brown Jewellery launched a competition to give away<br />

a stunning bespoke designed rainbow pendant to a<br />

worthy winner.<br />

Allen says: “In April we started our competition<br />

where an NHS hero or key worker could be<br />

nominated to win our 18ct white gold sapphire<br />

pendant, which was set with 1.44ct of red, orange,<br />

yellow, green and blue sapphires. We had around 100<br />

nominations in total, all with wonderful reasons as to<br />

why they had been nominated.<br />

“At the start of June, we drew the winning<br />

nomination and Elaine Hutchings was picked at<br />

random. She had been nominated by Mark Johnson.<br />

We then discovered all the amazing work Elaine<br />

and her team of volunteers have been doing during<br />

lockdown.”<br />

Elaine initially started the group Helping Each Other<br />

- Lichfield and Surrounding Areas as a platform<br />

THE BEAUTIFUL WHITE<br />

GOLD AND SAPPHIRE<br />

RAINBOW PENDANT<br />

ELAINE HUTCHINGS RECEIVES<br />

HER PENDANT FROM ALLEN<br />

BROWN<br />

to share information during the crisis. But it soon<br />

became clear to Elaine that there was an urgent need<br />

in the community.<br />

Since March, Elaine and her team of 25 volunteers<br />

have provided in excess of 2,000 food parcels at<br />

a cost of £84,000 and delivered on average 300<br />

prescriptions on a weekly basis, six days a week. They<br />

also undertake a minimum of 20 to 25 shopping<br />

orders per week.<br />

Allen Brown Jewellery were delighted to present<br />

Elaine with her rainbow pendant and the words from<br />

Allen below echo how she is a worthy winner of the<br />

prize.<br />

“Fate was obviously at hand when Elaine was chosen<br />

randomly out of the draw. Elaine is such a worthy<br />

winner and I am delighted if in some small way this<br />

helps to show the appreciation and admiration that I<br />

and many in the community feel for her selfless hard<br />

work and that of ‘Helping each other’ - thank you,”<br />

he says.<br />

Elaine has also decided to keep the group going<br />

indefinitely to suit the needs of the community. On<br />

winning the pendant Elaine said: “This rainbow<br />

pendant will always be a reminder to me of how<br />

people came together during such a difficult time.”<br />

For more information you can follow Helping Each<br />

Other - Lichfield and Surrounding Areas on<br />

Facebook and can find the Allen Brown Jewellery<br />

gallery at Heart of the Country Shopping Village,<br />

Swinfen.<br />

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F O O D & D R I N K<br />

Get your foodie fix<br />

IS YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT STILL CLOSED, OR PERHAPS YOU’RE NOT YET READY<br />

TO TRY DINING OUT POST-LOCKDOWN STYLE? NEVER FEAR; HERE WE BRING YOU<br />

SOME MORE OF THE TASTIEST LOCAL OPTIONS FOR RESTAURANT DINING AT HOME<br />

With lockdown restrictions easing and the hospitality industry slowly getting back on its feet from July 4 after<br />

months of enforced closures, dining out is, thankfully, now back on the cards. But while many eateries are<br />

opening back up, there are still plenty who are busy making the adjustments needed to operate safely and within<br />

guidelines, with a view to reopening a little later in the year. But never fear; if your favourite restaurant isn’t yet<br />

open - or is, and is fully booked for the foreseeable - there are still plenty of amazing options locally for dining in<br />

style at home. Here we round up another batch of particularly tasty options.<br />

AFFORDABLE EATS:<br />

Digbeth Dining Club: If you’ve been missing your weekly street food fix, never fear; the eternally popular<br />

Digbeth Dining Club is back - of a sort. They’re now running a ‘Click and Collect’ service from 60 Hampton<br />

Street, Hockley, every Thursday to Sunday, featuring a weekly changing line-up of the best vendors the<br />

Midlands has to offer. From The English Indian and Patty Freaks, to Budda Belly and Urban Cheesecake,<br />

there’s so much goodness going on here - just order on their website, pick a<br />

time slot for collection and voila!<br />

www.digbethdiningclub.com/orders<br />

What The Cluck: If you’ve got a hankering for the best fried chicken in<br />

town, you need to check out What The Cluck! Offering the tastiest platters<br />

featuring either fried chicken burgers or fried chicken strips and buffalo<br />

cauliflower, as well as bbq pit beans, heavenly mac ‘n’ cheese and homemade<br />

slaw, these generous portions serve two for £25, are delivered on Saturdays,<br />

and come chilled with easy reheat and assembly instructions.<br />

Find @what_the_cluck on Instagram for more details.<br />

www.instagram.com/what_the_ cluck<br />

FINE DINING FIX:<br />

The Wilderness: Chef patron Alex Claridge has been honest about the difficulties he is facing in reopening<br />

uber-cool Jewellery Quarter restaurant The Wilderness to comply with government restrictions, and is planning<br />

a much-anticipated return from September 2. If you can’t wait for your Wilderness fix (it’s definitely at the top of<br />

our list!) their Walk on the Wild Side home delivery service is running throughout July, featuring a tasting menu of<br />

epic proportions priced at £65 per head. They’re also popping up at Staying Cool at The Rotunda on July 25 and<br />

August 28 for the ultimate socially distanced night away, featuring three courses, an overnight stay and breakfast<br />

for £150pp. www.wearethewilderness.co.uk<br />

Simpsons Restaurant: Simpsons At Home brings you delicious food<br />

cooked to perfection by Michelin starred chefs, ready for you to finish<br />

off and enjoy at home. Each week the chefs create three three course<br />

set menus, including one vegetarian menu, with beautiful, top quality<br />

seasonal produce, and each week the price will reflect the menu which<br />

has been created, so as to make it as affordable as possible. Ordering<br />

opens on Thursday evening, and closes at midday on Monday, with the<br />

delicious meals ready to pick up on the following Friday and Saturday, or<br />

available for delivery.<br />

www.simpsonsrestaurant.co.uk/simpsons-at-home<br />

STREET FOOD GALORE AT<br />

DIGBETH DINING CLUB<br />

ALEX CLARIDGE FROM<br />

THE WILDERNESS<br />

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with<br />

Are you missing<br />

dining out and<br />

restaurant<br />

quality dishes?<br />

We have teamed up with<br />

Chef Tom Shepherd to bring<br />

you a restaurant experience<br />

in your own home.<br />

We will deliver a luxurious box containing<br />

3 courses prepped, ready for you to<br />

heat, stir and bake to create your own plates<br />

of delicious food by following the clear<br />

instructions provided for a serious<br />

lockdown treat.<br />

Tom changes his menu weekly using<br />

seasonal, local produce. Deliveries take<br />

place every Friday and Saturday free of<br />

charge* to Lichfield and surrounding area.<br />

We can also courier nationwide so you can<br />

have virtual dinner parties with family and<br />

friends further afield.<br />

If you have an anniversary,<br />

a postponed wedding day, birthday<br />

celebration or just fancy a weekend treat<br />

this is perfect for you!<br />

Stay safe - dine at home!<br />

*£5 deliver charge applies to wider area outside of Lichfield<br />

ORDER ONLINE<br />

www.saucesupperclub.co.uk<br />

or call 01543 415855


TASTY TREATS:<br />

Project Doughnut: Now there are doughnuts, and there are Project Doughnuts! These absolute beasts of<br />

a sweet treat are a real indulgence. Think lashings of Caramac, Biscoff, Nutella and more, topping signature<br />

ring doughnuts, or filled to the brim with lashings of salted caramel, lemon curd or chocolate - mmmmm, so<br />

good. Vegan options are also available, and at £11 for a box of four, or £20 for two or £30 for three boxes,<br />

they’re well worth the splurge. There are delivery days available during July for around the Midlands - check<br />

out the website for details.<br />

www.projectdoughnut.co.uk<br />

Le Rêve Cocktail Bar: Now while Lichfield’s Le Rêve will be opening on July 4, their cocktail home<br />

delivery and takeaway service has proved to be so popular that they’re going to carry on - hurrah! So you can<br />

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F O O D & D R I N K<br />

Just for starters<br />

RENOWNED MIDLANDS CHEF ROB PALMER, OF MICHELIN-STARRED PEEL’S<br />

RESTAURANT AT HAMPTON MANOR, SHARES A MOUTH-WATERING EEL DISH<br />

WHICH IS A FIRM FAVOURITE AMONG RESTAURANT DINERS<br />

Local lad Rob Palmer was among the first chefs to join the Hampton Manor team when they opened. He took charge<br />

of the kitchen at Peel’s Restaurant at the age of just 27, and a Michelin star and fourth AA rosette followed. He is<br />

rigorous in his approach to flavour and committed to the main ingredient on the plate.<br />

This smoked eel dish, which is a favourite on the Peel’s Restaurant menu, also featured on the menu for the prestigious<br />

Sauce Supper Club ‘Best of the Midlands’ 2018 end-of-year celebration dinner.<br />

Smoked Eel | Fermented kohlrabi |<br />

Samphire | Miso<br />

Ingredients - serves six<br />

1 smoked eel, whole<br />

8 kohlrabi<br />

Sea salt<br />

50g samphire grass<br />

50g white miso paste<br />

90g unsalted butter<br />

Rapeseed oil for cooking<br />

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METHOD<br />

Fermented kohlrabi juice: Lacto fermentation<br />

With six of the kohlrabi peel and roughly chop them<br />

and blend to a pulp in a food processor. Weigh the<br />

kohlrabi pulp and add 2% of that weight in sea salt to<br />

the pulp, mix well and seal in vacuum pack bags or in<br />

an airtight container. Leave for about five days in a cool<br />

dry place (preferably around 16-18 degrees centigrade).<br />

After five days it should have fermented nicely and<br />

have a strong acidic smell; if it is in a bag the bag will<br />

have blown up like a balloon. Place a clean tea towel<br />

over a bowl and put the fermented kohlrabi pulp into<br />

the bowl on top of the tea towel.<br />

Squeeze the pulp through the tea towel, catching<br />

all the juice in the bowl. Reserve the juice in an<br />

airtight container or vacuum pack bag in the fridge<br />

until needed. Being in the fridge will stop the juice<br />

fermenting any further and it will last for a couple of<br />

weeks.<br />

Miso glazed kohlrabi<br />

Peel the other two kohlrabi and cut into 1cm thick<br />

slices. Place in a vacuum pack bag with 20g of the<br />

butter and a pinch of salt, seal the bag and place in<br />

a steamer and cook for 10-15 minutes until al dente,<br />

then refresh in a bowl of ice water to stop the kohlrabi<br />

overcooking.<br />

Soften 50g of the butter until it’s spreadable and<br />

combine it with the miso paste, then reserve for serving.<br />

Remove the kohlrabi from the bag and cut into 1cm<br />

dice, enough for eight cubes per portion. Set aside for<br />

later.<br />

Smoked eel<br />

To prepare the smoked eel, fillet it as you would a<br />

normal round fish. Reserve about half of the carcass<br />

and you will use this to infuse<br />

into the kohlrabi juice.<br />

Take the fillets of eel and<br />

peel off the skin. It should<br />

come off really easy, just pull<br />

it gently from the fatter end<br />

and discard the skin. Portion<br />

the eel into about 50g<br />

portions set aside for later.<br />

Put the fermented kohlrabi<br />

juice into a saucepan along<br />

with the reserved eel carcass<br />

and put on the stove to<br />

warm, bringing it up to<br />

about 75 degrees. Don’t<br />

boil as it will send the juice<br />

cloudy. Remove from the<br />

heat and leave it to stand<br />

for 20 minutes. After 20<br />

minutes, pass the juice through a sieve and put back<br />

in the fridge. When it is completely fridge cold remove<br />

from the fridge and pass through a muslin cloth or a<br />

tea towel; this will remove any excess fat that will have<br />

come from the eel carcass and set on top of the juice.<br />

Pick the samphire tips, discarding the thick bits towards<br />

the bottom of the stem. With the remaining butter, mix<br />

it with about 50ml of boiling water and you will use<br />

this to warm the samphire up right before serving.<br />

To serve<br />

Make sure that the eel is at room temperature before<br />

cooking.<br />

Put the infused fermented kohlrabi juice into a pan and<br />

warm gently, again being careful not to let it boil. Keep<br />

hot until needed.<br />

Warm up the butter and water mixture ready to add<br />

the samphire grass to it at the last minute.<br />

Take a non-stick pan and place on the stove to get hot<br />

once hot, then add some oil and fry the eel portions<br />

dark side down first for about 45 seconds. Turn over to<br />

cook each piece for another 10 seconds on the lighter<br />

side and place on a tray with a dry cloth to remove any<br />

excess oil, keep warm.<br />

In the same pan you cooked the eel, add a little more<br />

oil and add the cubes of steamed kohlrabi. Fry until<br />

the cubes are starting to colour slightly then add two<br />

tablespoons of the miso butter to the pan and glaze<br />

the cubes in it. Add a splash of water to the pan; this<br />

will stop the butter burning and create an emulsion<br />

that will coat the cubes. Remove them from the pan<br />

onto the tray with eel, draining any excess butter off<br />

them. Put the samphire grass into the water and butter<br />

mixture, bring back to the boil, remove and put on the<br />

tray to drain.<br />

Place the kohlrabi cubes into your serving bowl and<br />

top with the samphire grass and then the eel. Put the<br />

kohlrabi juice into serving jugs and pour at the table.<br />

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T R AV E L<br />

India calling<br />

AFTER A LONG-HELD FASCINATION WITH INDIA, BUT DOUBTS OVER WHETHER IT WAS THE<br />

RIGHT HOLIDAY DESTINATION FOR HER, NICOLA BRERETON, FROM LICHFIELD TRAVEL<br />

EXPERTS RB COLLECTION, WAS PROVED VERY WRONG INDEED ON A RECENT TRIP<br />

THE BEAUTIFUL JASWANT<br />

THADA, JODPHUR<br />

After an overnight flight we arrived into Mumbai<br />

ready for the madness to commence. The crowds I<br />

expected on arrival were not there; instead I was met<br />

with a very clean and well organised airport. After<br />

quick transfer through immigration we were soon on<br />

our way. Our tour guide reassured us the constant<br />

beeping of car horns was just to let other drivers<br />

know they are there, and that road rage is nonexistent<br />

in India.<br />

Before long we were passing the well-known ‘slums<br />

of Mumbai’ and as I braced myself for my first<br />

sighting, I was taken aback with how well-kept its<br />

inhabitants were. The ladies were dressed in bright<br />

sarees and children all smart in their school uniforms.<br />

Our guide educated us on how the residents of<br />

these areas were no longer poverty stricken but<br />

were now mostly working and educating their<br />

children. Communities are built over generations and<br />

friendships formed that keeps its residences in the<br />

areas. Within an hour of stepping foot off the plane, I<br />

was realising modern India was not what I expected.<br />

Our first stop was the world-famous landmark hotel,<br />

the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, known for hosting<br />

worldwide dignitaries, Hollywood legends and many<br />

royal visits. As we pulled into this stunning courtyard<br />

we were greeted with warm welcomes and smiling<br />

faces - something we would come to recognise<br />

throughout our trip. The hotel is simply stunning<br />

and evidently proud of its historic heritage, with<br />

fabulous artefacts and paintings lining the colonial<br />

style corridors - its Ravi Shankar Suite is full of<br />

memorabilia, including one of his sitars and pictures<br />

alongside John Lennon. If this hotel could talk it<br />

would share the most amazing stories.<br />

After lunch we strolled over the road to India<br />

Gate, the ornate historic archway. We watched<br />

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colourful boats picking<br />

up passengers and<br />

observed morning<br />

daily life alongside this<br />

historically significant<br />

landmark. Following<br />

a tour explaining how<br />

the gate was erected<br />

to commemorate the<br />

landing of the first British<br />

monarch in India (King<br />

George V), we were off<br />

on our tour of the city via<br />

Victoria Terminus, the<br />

fabulously royal looking<br />

railway station and onto<br />

Chandra Chowk, the<br />

thieves’ bazaar.<br />

Shops burst at the seams<br />

full of everything you can ever imagine, from tat to<br />

Bollywood movie sets. We were given the challenge<br />

of walking to the back of one of the shops, with piles<br />

of statues, models, masks, puppets and stock piled<br />

so high! It was beyond me how the owner could find<br />

anything, yet he assured me he knew every single<br />

item in his shop and its location.<br />

Our home for the night was along the much quieter<br />

location of Marina Drive Bay at The Oberoi<br />

Mumbai, with its stunning views across the bay. After<br />

a very long 24 hours of traveling and sightseeing we<br />

were all ready for an early night and a long sleep.<br />

After a short flight the next morning we were soon<br />

touching down in Udaipur. After a more westernised<br />

feel to Mumbai, the countryside was very different;<br />

cows wandering along the roads slowing down the<br />

traffic, women in their sarees setting up market stalls<br />

STUNNING JAIPUR<br />

selling exotic fruits. Before long we arrived at Fateh<br />

Prakash Palace, part of the City Palace, overlooking<br />

the serene Lake Pichola. As I stepped inside my<br />

room, I held my breath for what felt like an eternity<br />

as I took in what was to be my home for the next two<br />

nights; it was simply stunning. With different levels<br />

and little reading nooks in the windows looking out<br />

to the lake, I never wanted to leave.<br />

The next morning, we met Yogi, our guide for<br />

the rest of the trip. As he escorted us through the<br />

grounds of the palace and museum his knowledge<br />

and passion soon became very evident as we all<br />

became enthralled in his stories of a bygone era<br />

of Maharajahs who ruled the land. After a quick<br />

stroll around the Summer Gardens watching the<br />

chipmunks play and lunch up in the hills, we headed<br />

back towards the palace for a boat ride on Lake<br />

Pichola to Jagmandir island, also known as Lake<br />

Garden Palace. It<br />

was once the evening<br />

playground of the<br />

Maharana but is<br />

now rented out for<br />

private functions for<br />

the rich and famous.<br />

Just as we arrived the<br />

heavens opened, and a<br />

downpour of biblical<br />

proportions left us<br />

drenched to the bone!<br />

Our evening’s<br />

entertainment was a<br />

cultural performance<br />

at Bagore-Ki-Haveli,<br />

a restored mansion<br />

made into a theatre that<br />

we were told was one<br />

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of the main settings for The Best Exotic Marigold<br />

Hotel, one of my favourite films.<br />

As much as I love culture, I tend to find these<br />

evenings can sometimes be a little too touristy for my<br />

liking, but this evening was a pleasant surprise. With<br />

so many locals sat eagerly in the audience they were<br />

soon taking part in this non-stop show of dancing,<br />

magic and puppeteers. As colourful dancers spun<br />

around with pots of flames on their heads, I realised<br />

I was thoroughly enjoying this wonderful spectacle<br />

Sadly, the next morning was time to leave Udaipur<br />

and it was time to make our way to Narlai, via the<br />

Jain temple complex at Ranakpur. After leaving the<br />

crazy roads of Udaipur we were soon on the modern<br />

toll roads taking us on a much smoother journey<br />

through the countryside.<br />

Before long we arrived at the Ranakpur Jain temple<br />

with its 29 chambers, all intricately carved out of<br />

marble. As a sacred shrine we were instructed to<br />

leave behind any leather goods and for ladies to<br />

be suitably covered. We wondered around this<br />

spectacular site and marvelled at the amazing<br />

craftsmanship of this stunning shrine. As worshippers<br />

bowed in prayer, the peace and tranquility was so<br />

calming it felt right to take a moment of reflection.<br />

After a short time, we were getting ready to depart<br />

but not before I had the chance to mingle with the<br />

local residents. Yogi<br />

warned me the black<br />

face monkeys are<br />

friendly but to be<br />

careful with the red<br />

face, which scampered<br />

up and down the trees<br />

trying to grab our<br />

glasses and hats and<br />

even posed for the odd<br />

picture. My moment<br />

of solitude was lost as I<br />

squealed with laughter<br />

at their mischievous<br />

behaviour.<br />

The next morning<br />

was something I had<br />

been looking forward<br />

to from the moment I<br />

got my itinerary - we<br />

were heading out on<br />

safari. We climbed into<br />

our jeeps and set off at<br />

speed along dirt tracks<br />

and across narrow<br />

streams. Before long<br />

we came to an abrupt<br />

stop as our tracker<br />

INDIA GATE AND TAJ<br />

HOTEL, MUMBAI<br />

jumped out having spotted something in the distance.<br />

We all fell silent as he expertly inspected the prints in<br />

the dust and as his walkie-talkie kicked in to life we<br />

sped off in search of our prey that had been spotted a<br />

few minutes away.<br />

We soon stopped at the foot of a hill and I quickly<br />

spotted what we had set out to see - a stunning<br />

leopardess relaxing on a ledge with her four baby<br />

cubs playing at her feet. I could not take my eyes<br />

off her; the adrenaline was pumping through my<br />

veins as I marvelled at nature at its finest before<br />

she disappeared. As the sun came up, we dined on<br />

sandwiches and biscuits while sipping chai tea; such<br />

an amazing way to start the day.<br />

After a busy few days we were very appreciative of a<br />

day relaxing by the pool. That evening I was ready<br />

on my balcony for the sun to set and just as I began<br />

to relax, my eye caught sight of monkeys... so many<br />

monkeys. They were all coming down the mountain<br />

jumping across houses to get to the vines of our<br />

hotels. It was really entertaining and so lovely to see<br />

them happily going about their business.<br />

As the sun set and the monkeys dispersed, we<br />

gathered in the courtyard before heading off on our<br />

unique mode of transport - bullock carts. We settled<br />

back and enjoyed the darkness unfolding with the<br />

only light coming from the stars and dancing fireflies<br />

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IMMERSED IN LOCAL LIFE ON<br />

A TOUR OF INDIA<br />

and the sounds of the accompanying cicada and<br />

frogs. We arrived at a clearing, where an original<br />

stepwell was lit by thousands of oil lamps making the<br />

most stunning of settings. We dined under the stars<br />

with the gentle music of a singer and sitar player<br />

with his painted face, orange robes and turban.<br />

Our next stop was Jodhpur, where we headed on a<br />

jeep safari to see the local wildlife and villages. The<br />

three-tiered jeeps had canopies to protect us from<br />

the daytime sun, and after spotting several antelopes<br />

we arrived at a small village and were led into a<br />

courtyard where an elderly gentleman sat making<br />

a concoction. Yogi informed us that opium poppies<br />

are grown locally. The government extract the seeds<br />

and milk and the locals then crush the casings and<br />

boil with distilled water to produce a mild opiate,<br />

which he claimed was good for everyday health. A<br />

ceremony is performed before the liquid is served in<br />

cupped hands which is then sipped three times.<br />

Our home for the next two nights was the Ajit<br />

Bhawan Hotel. The next morning, we set off early<br />

ready to explore. On route to the Mehrangarh Fort,<br />

we stopped for a quick visit at the Jaswant Thada, a<br />

beautiful white marble cenotaph, guarded by noble<br />

gentlemen with wonderful opulent moustaches. I was<br />

intrigued to discover the moustache is<br />

a point of pride, as well as being useful<br />

to avoid sand and dust getting into the<br />

mouth.<br />

Then it was on to the impressive<br />

Mehrangarh Fort, a vast sandstone<br />

fort sat majestically on top of a hilltop<br />

looking over the city. With so many<br />

intricately ornamented palace rooms,<br />

paintings and ceremonial chairs we<br />

happily whiled away several hours<br />

wandering around, taking pictures of<br />

the stunning blue-painted city below<br />

that Jodhpur is renowned for.<br />

Another early start followed the next<br />

morning as we made our way to<br />

Bikaner, and into desert terrain, with cars<br />

being swapped for camels as a preferred<br />

mode of transport.<br />

The Narendra Bhawan Hotel was the<br />

home to the last reigning Maharajah of<br />

Bikaner. Our arrival was met with a bugler<br />

serenading us as we wandered into the<br />

best ‘art deco meets India’ hotel I’ve ever<br />

imagined. Soothing jazz music gently<br />

played in the background as we took in all<br />

the beautiful artefacts of a bygone era. We<br />

had a quick stop at a local village where<br />

we were soon the centre of attention for<br />

all the local children who love seeing their<br />

pictures on phones and eagerly learnt our<br />

English names. Life in these once remote<br />

villages has changed dramatically over the last 10<br />

years, with new infrastructure and electricity helping<br />

considerably and tourists welcome with open arms<br />

and huge smiles.<br />

Before leaving Bikaner, we visited the fort just in time<br />

for a parade of Indian bag-pipers and drums, lots<br />

of dancing and ladies giving out garlands of flowers.<br />

This was closely followed by a couple of decorated<br />

camels.<br />

The locals’ excitement at seeing us was soon made<br />

clear when we were informed it was World Tourism<br />

Day and by pure coincidence their parade had<br />

coincided with the arrival of a bus load of English<br />

tourists looking utterly bemused! We quickly joined<br />

in and posed for many photos including various<br />

dignitaries, much to both our, and their amusement.<br />

Although Bikaner Fort is much smaller than Jodhpur<br />

it is by no means less impressive. Our exit from the<br />

fort can only be described as a ‘red carpet moment’<br />

with the carnival atmosphere still in full swing.<br />

We now had reporters and TV crews and even a<br />

gentleman with his beard in a hairnet.<br />

A drive of around seven hours to Jaipur was ahead<br />

UDAIPUR CITY PALACE FROM<br />

LAKE PICHOLA


of us but with such stunning scenery and several rest<br />

breaks the time went by so quickly. We drove past<br />

endless villages with more bemused locals waving at<br />

us with such enthusiasm.<br />

We arrived into Jaipur as night fell and quickly<br />

settled into our hotel, Shahpura House, another<br />

converted Maharajah lodge on the outskirts of town.<br />

I was eager to explore what, for me, was a highlight<br />

of the trip. It was our last full day in India, so I<br />

wanted to make this a memorable one. Our first stop<br />

was the stunning Pink Palace, built in 1799 to allow<br />

the royal ladies to view proceedings without being<br />

seen, now it stands proud in all its glory after a recent<br />

refurbishment.<br />

Lunch was at the gorgeous Samode Haveli, a hidden<br />

gem of a hotel in the middle of the city that was<br />

once again a Maharajah converted palace. Set in<br />

beautiful peaceful gardens and with the best pool<br />

area I think I have ever seen; it truly is an oasis in<br />

the centre of Jaipur. After lunch when the city had<br />

cooled down a little, we headed off to visit Amber<br />

Fort about 15 minutes’ drive outside of town, past a<br />

huge lake. Buses can’t climb up the narrow streets, so<br />

we transferred into jeeps that snaked up the hillside<br />

to the entrance. Its position on a hilltop not only<br />

offers stunning views but also allows for a lovely<br />

cooling breeze, making it the perfect setting for<br />

exploring this magnificent pink sandstone building.<br />

The highlight of the visit for many was the Sheesh<br />

Mahal (Hall of Mirrors). The intricate design was<br />

stunningly beautiful and I will always have fond<br />

memories of the beauty the fort holds.<br />

Our exit from the fort was met with even more<br />

shopping. I spotted beautiful sequined bags and I<br />

was off again, my resolve reduced to pink sand. As<br />

our luggage went on ahead of us, we said our sad<br />

goodbye to our lovely guide, Yogi and made the short<br />

flight to Delhi where we were to spend our last night<br />

in this amazing country before heading home the<br />

next morning.<br />

I honestly thought this would be my only trip<br />

to India. I would come and see what it was all<br />

about and tick it off the list without any desire to<br />

return. How wrong I was. My initial fears were so<br />

unfounded; what I discovered was a place like no<br />

other, with the friendliest people that have very<br />

little but will give you what they have, especially<br />

their smiles. The sounds, the sights, the smells are<br />

all so intoxicating I completely understand now<br />

why people have such a love for this country and<br />

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FA S H I O N<br />

Chasing rainbows<br />

IT’S TIME TO EMBRACE THE RAINBOW FOR SUMMER DRESSING<br />

WITH A TOUCH OF FUN, SAYS AMY NORBURY<br />

RED and yellow and pink and green, purple and<br />

orange and blue… the SS20 catwalks were awash with<br />

a kaleidoscope of colours, and since we could probably<br />

all use a splash of joy in our lives right now, what<br />

better way to boost your mood than through your<br />

wardrobe?<br />

It’s time to ditch the neutrals and say bye-bye to black,<br />

because for summer, it’s about embracing all of the<br />

colours of the rainbow.<br />

Mood-enhancing pieces are having their moment in<br />

the spotlight, from eye-catching prints reminiscent<br />

of an artist’s palette, to rainbow-inspired colour<br />

combinations - it’s all about choosing those things<br />

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Stripes are a go-to summer favourite, but for <strong>2020</strong>,<br />

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Rainbow stripes were a firm favourite on the catwalks,<br />

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If you’re not quite brave enough to taste the rainbow<br />

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B E AU T Y<br />

Turn back the clock with<br />

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HEAVEN FOUNDER AND CELEBRITY FACIALIST DEBORAH MITCHELL REVEALS HER<br />

TOP SKINCARE SAVIOURS TO TACKLE MATURE SKIN AND RESTORE RADIANCE<br />

LET’S face it, there is nothing we can do to stop the<br />

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so does our skin. You’ll notice fine lines and wrinkles<br />

appear, your complexion will feel dry and appear<br />

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plumpness. Having said that, you can still make<br />

changes to repair, tighten and protect and it is always<br />

worth updating the products you use – you also might<br />

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H E A LT H<br />

Worried sick<br />

AS THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN MEASURES CONTINUE TO EASE, MANY OF US<br />

ARE FEELING ANXIOUS ABOUT GETTING BACK TO ‘NORMAL’. DIETER JANSONS, MSC<br />

PSYCHOLOGY, AND ALAN DOVEY, CONSULTANT PSYCHOTHERAPIST, FROM WORKING<br />

MINDS, TAKE A LOOK AT THE ISSUE OF SOCIAL ANXIETY AND WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR<br />

“Living with anxiety is like being<br />

followed by a voice. It knows all your<br />

insecurities and uses them against you.<br />

It gets to the point when it’s the loudest<br />

voice in the room. The only one you<br />

can hear.” – anonymous.<br />

Anxiety, first and foremost, is normal.<br />

It’s an adaptive way to cope with the<br />

various stressors and challenges in the<br />

world. However, when heightened<br />

anxious feelings, like worry and fear,<br />

begin to interfere with daily life on a<br />

regular basis, it can become an anxiety<br />

disorder – and that’s a whole other<br />

story.<br />

Anxiety disorders can certainly cause<br />

you to feel as if there is a terrifying<br />

echo, shadowing you around. Specifically, a social<br />

anxiety disorder can develop into a persistent<br />

fear of embarrassment, humiliation, or rejection<br />

from others. It can result in an avoidance of social<br />

situations. When social anxiety gets significant, it’s<br />

common for individuals to isolate and feel very<br />

alone, making recovery harder.<br />

AS LOCKDOWN MEASURES<br />

EASE, PEOPLE ARE FEELING<br />

ANXIOUS ABOUT RETURNING<br />

TO NORMAL<br />

Nevertheless, there are ways to cope with social<br />

anxiety that can silence that voice – or at least make<br />

it quieter.<br />

Physical distancing may provide relief for people<br />

with social anxiety, but a lack of interaction can<br />

also maintain social anxiety. During the COVID-19<br />

pandemic, public officials have urged people to<br />

distance themselves physically from people outside<br />

of their household. Consequently,<br />

making it easier for people to<br />

avoid socialising, which may<br />

provide short-term relief.<br />

However, avoiding social<br />

interaction can also maintain<br />

social anxiety. One of the most<br />

common treatments for social<br />

anxiety —cognitive behavioural<br />

therapy (CBT)— involves gradual<br />

exposure to social situations.<br />

This exposure allows people with<br />

social anxiety to challenge the<br />

thoughts and beliefs that may<br />

cause some of their fears. Without<br />

the opportunity to do this, it may<br />

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TWO THIRDS OF BRITS ARE<br />

FEELING WORRIED ABOUT<br />

RETURNING TO THE OFFICE<br />

• Show a rigid body posture, make<br />

little eye contact, or speak with an<br />

overly soft voice<br />

• Find it scary and difficult to be<br />

with other people, especially those<br />

they don’t already know, and have<br />

a hard time talking to them even<br />

though they wish they could<br />

• Be very self-conscious in front of<br />

other people and feel embarrassed<br />

and awkward<br />

• Be very afraid that other people<br />

will judge them<br />

• Stay away from places where there<br />

are other people<br />

be more challenging for people to make progress.<br />

Additionally, spending time alone may mean that<br />

people who avoid social interaction find it difficult to<br />

adjust when it is time to resume normal activities.<br />

According to Bupa Health (<strong>2020</strong>), two-thirds (65<br />

per cent) of UK employees are anxious about<br />

returning to the office as lockdown measures are<br />

gradually relaxed, closely followed by a further 42<br />

per cent of people’s concerns about their ability to<br />

distance themselves from<br />

others. This highlights<br />

the magnitude of anxiety<br />

symptoms linked directly to<br />

the current pandemic, and<br />

the importance to prioritise<br />

your mental health.<br />

People with social<br />

anxiety may find yourself<br />

experiencing the following<br />

symptoms:<br />

• Blush, sweat, tremble, feel<br />

a rapid heart rate, or feel<br />

their “mind going blank”<br />

• Feel nauseous or sick to<br />

their stomach<br />

SOCIAL ANXIETY CAN MAKE<br />

YOU FEEL VERY ALONE<br />

Understandably these symptoms<br />

and fears about COVID-19 can<br />

take an emotional toll, especially if<br />

you’re already living with an anxiety<br />

disorder. But you’re not powerless.<br />

It’s OK to not be OK, and to say so.<br />

To help you get through this stressful<br />

time, we recommend to learn more<br />

and understand your anxiety, stay<br />

informed—but don’t obsessively<br />

check the news, focus on the things<br />

you can control, stay connected—even when<br />

physically isolated, take care of your body and spirit,<br />

and help others (it will make you feel better).<br />

If you do find that your anxiety is overbearing, try<br />

not to feel too upset. Many mental health concerns<br />

are very amenable to treatment and social anxiety<br />

disorder falls into this category. Getting help may<br />

feel hard at first, but it will very much be a step in<br />

the right direction and is worth it in the end.<br />

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I N T H E N E W S<br />

International interiors<br />

with a local village vibe<br />

NEEDWOOD LIVING IS A HIDDEN GEM LOCATED IN ALREWAS, AND SPECIALISES IN<br />

BESPOKE INTERIOR DESIGN AND LUXURY DESIGN-LED HOMEWARE COLLECTIONS<br />

Since launching the business back in 2009, Jo<br />

Raybould has grown Needwood Living from strength<br />

to strength. Interiors have always been a passion<br />

of Jo’s and over the last 11 years she’s brought<br />

her expertise to local clients and customers in the<br />

picturesque village of Alrewas and surrounding areas.<br />

Needwood Living’s client base doesn’t stop there.<br />

Jo’s extensive interiors knowledge has scoped across<br />

international countries such as Portugal, Menorca,<br />

and the south of France and beautiful UK coastal<br />

locations such as Cornwall, Devon and Wales.<br />

As you walk into Needwood Living you’ll be greeted<br />

with a warm welcome by Alex who, within the<br />

last two years, has taken the reins of the beautiful<br />

homeware collections in the vibrant shop. It is an<br />

absolute ‘go-to’ for furniture, rugs, lamps and lighting,<br />

art, mirrors, home fragrance, cushions, throws, ladies<br />

clothing, leather goods and jewellery.<br />

Hidden at the back of the shop is where everything<br />

comes to life, with Jo’s Design Studio. Not only will<br />

you be surrounded by the most beautiful sample<br />

fabrics, fixtures and fittings, but Jo will be on hand<br />

to guide you every step of the way recommending<br />

brands from the likes of Zoffany, Sanderson, Morris,<br />

NEEDWOOD LIVING IS<br />

BASED IN ALREWAS<br />

Osborne & Little, Romo, Harlequin, Cole & Son,<br />

and Mulberry Home. Her full interior design service<br />

includes curtains, blinds, flooring, paint, wallpaper,<br />

furniture and accessories.<br />

Jo Raybould said: ‘‘Both myself and Alex specialise<br />

in sourcing individual items both for the shop and<br />

for customers’ homes. Our bespoke approach means<br />

we are able to give our clients exactly what they are<br />

looking for. Whether that’s an entire living space<br />

redesign, a particular curtain fabric, or simply a<br />

gorgeous homeware product from the shop, we are<br />

experts in recommending and designing schemes<br />

sympathetically with their property, lifestyle and<br />

budget’’.<br />

Needwood Living also hold various shopping events<br />

throughout the year, with a complimentary glass of<br />

prosecco or two of course! It’s a great opportunity to<br />

visit the team and find out what’s available or treat<br />

yourself and your home to something new.<br />

Located at 136 Main Street in Alrewas with free<br />

parking outside, Needwood Living is open Tuesday<br />

to Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm<br />

(Design Studio closed on Saturdays). Home design<br />

visit appointments are available; call 01283 711 272<br />

for further details of this service. Or visit Facebook,<br />

Instagram or www.needwoodliving.co.uk for<br />

more information.<br />

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During the current Covid-19 crisis I can offer tele-therapy<br />

through Skype or Zoom or telephone conversations.


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