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Contents

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson peruses the

best of the housing market

NOTEBOOK

Theatre at home, creative

courses and galleries online

WELCOME TO REAL

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Explore a characterful

Victorian townhouse

GET THE LOOK

Style it out like Cathe and John

THE HAVEN

A beautiful renovation

of the ancillary buildings

to a Victorian manor

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by Capel Manor

Courtyard’s classic style

TWINKLE TWINKLE

Shine like a festive star with

our pick of Christmas jewels

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BEAUTY ALL

WRAPPED UP

Josephine Fairley gets her

Christmas gift list in order

PERFECT BALANCE

Julie Simpson harnesses the

power of breathing techniques

6 DAYS OF FITNESS

& WELLBEING

Sarah Maxwell’s tips for a

healthy and happy Christmas

SPARKLE & SPICE

Chef Nicci Gurr’s bold flavours

and new festive favourites

SEASONAL SCENTEDNESS

Jo Arnell’s fragrant

winter garden picks

CANOPIES OF WONDER

Sue Whigham takes a stroll

to Wayland’s Smithy

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MEET THE HEAD

We get to know Beechwood Sacred

Heart School’s Mr Nick Waite

HELPING YOUR INVESTMENTS

WORK FOR YOU

Investment Manager Jon Curtis

talks money matters

FAMILY FAVOURITES

Get the children involved in

the kitchen with Jo Arnell’s

recipe for reindeer cupcakes

FABLES FROM THE FARM

In the last of her much-loved articles

from Coopers Farm, Jane Howard

preps her herd for winter 2020

CHRISTMAS

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Editor’s

Letter

This, our Christmas issue, is always a highlight for

everyone in the office. And this year, more than ever,

I think everyone deserves something to truly look

forward to. With restrictions and guidance changing on a

weekly basis, and a new lockdown in place, I know that plans

for a ‘traditional’ Christmas will be very challenging for lots of

families across the South East, but I hope we can all muster as

much positivity as possible to think outside the box and ensure

that this year’s festive season is as special as it should be.

As you know, this is the second issue we’ve published since

we came back to the office from furlough at the beginning

of August, and we’d love to hear what you think about the

magazines and what has kept you occupied over the last few

months – be it gardening, starting a new hobby or getting

creative at home. Please feel free to get in touch with me at

lucy.fleming@priceless-group.com to let us know what you’ve

been up to and don’t forget to follow us on social media too.

This month’s Christmas Supplement has all the inspiration you

need to treat your family, near and far, to thoughtful gifts that

they’re sure to cherish, and our jewellery shoot is spot-on in the

sparkle stakes with statement necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

If cooking’s your bag, take your Christmas 2020

inspiration from Nicci Gurr’s creative take on a festive

feast with a spiral tart, a Cuban approach to flavourful

turkey stew, plus the tastiest sweet and sour baked ham.

Whilst we’ll all be spending a lot more time indoors over

the next few weeks, make the most of your home comforts

by taking a tour of the two beautiful interiors featured in this

issue – the stunning Capel Courtyard and Cathe and John’s

effortlessly stylish Victorian town house. If you like what you

see, check out our Get The Look pages at the end of each article

for tips on how to create a similar look in your own home.

Our next issue will be February 2021, which you can pick

up from 25 January. We truly hope you have a wonderful

Christmas and, as ever, enjoy your Wealden Times!

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Meadow Wood Lodge

The dream: The perfect country

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century domestic architecture,

combined with natural materials to

incorporate it beautifully into the

landscape. There is a particularly

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sitting area outside the master suite.

Where: On a quiet country lane,

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Penshurst, only five miles from

the centre of Tunbridge Wells.

Setting: Surrounded by ancient

oaks, with fields beyond.

Beds: 5 Baths: 4

Special features: A thick flint

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Pleasing details: With an air source

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Hamsell Farm

£1,750,000

The dream: A Grade II listed farmhouse

of very appealing character, with stone,

brick and tile-hung facades, beams

and inglenooks galore inside. There is

a lovely mix of rooms on the ground

floor, with a more formal library.

Where: On the edge of Eridge

village, between Crowborough and

Tunbridge Wells (four miles).

Setting: Wooded farmland.

Beds: 4/5 Baths: 3

Special features: The breakfast room

has a wonderful vaulted beam ceiling.

Pleasing details: The kitchen is

ripe for a glorious revamp.

Outside: Lovely formal gardens,

with specimen trees and woodland,

with a large pond and a plethora of

interesting outbuildings, one already

converted into an apartment.

Time to town: Five minutes’

walk to Eridge station and then

an hour to London Bridge.

Agent: Batcheller Monkhouse,

Tunbridge Wells, 01892 512020

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Old Allens

£2,995,000

The dream: This Grade II listed house

is a rambling collection of buildings,

with origins in the 15 th century and

a 1920s Arts and Crafts extension –

and a Mark Wilkinson kitchen.

Where: The edge of the village of Plaxtol.

Setting: On high ground overlooking the

village, surrounded by woodland and fields.

Beds: 5 Baths: 3

Special features: It has three

staircases, the main one Jacobean

up to a vaulted landing.

Pleasing details: A two-storey guest wing.

Outside: Nearly five acres of gardens,

grounds and paddocks, with a Grade

II listed barn, stables, two ponds and

a decked area for entertaining.

Time to town: Under an hour

from Borough Green (six minutes

away) to Victoria, and 45 minutes

on the Charing Cross line from

Hildenborough, or Sevenoaks.

Agent: Strutt Parker, Sevenoaks

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CRANBROOK £1,500,000

ATTRACTIVE EDWARDIAN 5,800SQ.FT. FAMILY

HOME • Entrance hall • Three reception rooms •

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Cranbrook School Catchment Area

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Notebook

Art Online

Kent Painters Group will be holding their

30th Anniversary Art Exhibition & Sale

online this year. This not-for-profit

organisation was started by a

group of friends 30 years ago

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mental health charities in

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to date it has raised over

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Bring a little Father

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Previous pages: The dining room’s square table was found at the YMCA furniture store in Tunbridge

Wells. A large mercury mirror leans against the wall, next to the opening to the kitchen Above: A clutterfree

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When Cathe and John Wheatman moved into

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That must be a pretty rare record – but it doesn’t seem

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house is situated. It’s in the esteemed borough of Royal

Tunbridge Wells, but has an atmosphere all of its own,

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year. When we left our last property in Bromley we

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wanted to change that in moving to Tunbridge Wells.”

“We call this ‘real’ Tunbridge Wells,” adds John.

The community spirit really came into its own


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This page: Although the couple shop in high street stores, they

source most of their furniture and decor from local charity shops

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shops,” says Cathe. “Particularly the Ellenor

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lampshade we have came from there…”

during lockdown, when Cathe was shielding, so

couldn’t leave the house to shop for food. “Gerald and

Jo from Camden Butchers and the fruit and veg shop

Locality, which are all just down on Camden Road,”

– which is the road their street runs off – “delivered

food to us, for no extra charge. It was fantastic.”

The special character of the locality has definitely

influenced the décor of the house – not least because so

many of the interesting things in it were sourced in the

unusually good charity shops in this part of Tunbridge Wells.

“We like to source things from charity shops and combine

them with vintage textiles or ceramics or prints which we

find when travelling, to create a more global look,” says

Cathe. “We support Ellenor Hospice shop, I think almost

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Above left: Setting the dining table at a diagonal angle makes it much easier to get around the room and adds dynamism to the space

Above right: The kitchen is still in its original place in an extension at the back of the house. Cathe and John decided to keep the old plasterwork,

where the bread oven used to be, and commissioned a new sky blue and wood contemporary kitchen with a herringbone parquet floor

“We held an open day at the house, with £1 entrance

in aid of the Hospice, with tea and homemade cake, to

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be new, when furnishing a home, upcyling is a fantastic

option to try as is combining furniture of different eras. We

wanted to show how you can repurpose things, save money,

save the planet – and help a very worthwhile charity.”

And it’s not just the local charity shops that provide local

sources. They bought a John Sankey chaise longue and two

armchairs as well as the dining room chairs from Hoopers, in

addition to mixing in brands from the local high street such

as Oliver Bonas, Anthropologie and Dassie Artisan to add a

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from industrial piping and old scaffolding boards, is

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round and he sold them to us and they show how

you can build a whole room round one piece.”

Another thing to note about those shelves, is their position

in the room. In use as a TV stand, they are on the wall

opposite the fireplace. So rather than facing the chimney

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This page: A colourful guest

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This page: In the bedroom on the east side of the top floor,

the far wall has been left unplastered, with the wooden

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cupboards, Moroccan inspired tile splash backs and mirrored cupboards, everything is in its place and storage has been so cleverly considered,

there is no extraneous clutter anywhere

laundry on one side (John hiding things again) and floorto-ceiling

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what would have been the window of the former back

bedroom. As John puts it, “We use landings as rooms.”

You then arrive at a door, to the right, which opens

onto a very chic luxury shower room, with double

basins atop grey wood cupboards, Moroccan-inspired

tile splash backs and mirrored cupboards above.

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banisher Marie Kondo would very much approve.

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intriguing collection of objets and artworks Cathe and

John have collected, many of them on their travels to

Vietnam, Mexico, Morocco and Egypt. Not forgetting

the wonderful brocantes of France, where they have

recently bought a second home, which it is clear

they are relishing the prospect of making over.

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all the more originality, for coming to it later.

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painting in the hallway are from closer to home –

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Above: The garden was in a sad state when John and Cathe moved in. It is now a plant-filled haven for the couple

and their dog, Mr. Mont, with rosemary hedges inspired by a visit to Le Jardin Secret in Marrakech

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of time, set off by a new sky blue and wood contemporary

kitchen and a new floor of herringbone parquet.

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‘units’, with old fruit crates below and a mirror above.

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Just as the house was “in a bit of a state” when they bought

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ceilings, the fireplaces all taken out and a loo opening off the

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brush and other plants from Cathe’s native New Zealand.

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down, we planted potatoes and onions. We opted for a

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Looking out over it with contentment, she tells me

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this old house. “We always wanted to move here, we

often visited and loved it, but we were going to wait for

our retirement. Then we came down one weekend and

we were having tea in Juliet’s and I turned to John and

said, “What are we waiting for? Let’s do it now…””

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The Mortal in the Material

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First of all, tell us about

your recent solo show, ‘The

Mortal in the Material’

The show went amazing, considering

everything that’s going on this year

I was intrigued to see how it would

go. Luckily, it seems like the appetite

for art is as strong as ever. I started

preparations for the show in mid

2019, it’s a body of work which

I’m super proud of, and my debut

show at Pontone Gallery was quite

a significant moment for me.

You’ve started to gain some notable

collectors over the past year or so

including Jose Mourinho, January

Jones, Jessica Alba and more, how

does this feel considering you only

began painting professionally a few

years ago?

It’s fantastic of course, but I’m super

grateful for anyone who collects my

work. It’s always special when someone

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Tell us about the work in the

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paintings aswell as your large

abstract works with the tiny falling

cherubs and skeleton insects?

I wanted to show a good variety of my

work, the large abstracts with the tiny

figure all represent the idea that not

everything is as sweet and innocent as it

first seems, from a distance you see this

big colourful abstract painting, it’s only

when you get closer that you see the details

that infest the paintings, I find people

either love it or hate it which is fine with

me. The still paintings were originally

done as an experiment after I started

collecting a few vintage vases. I really

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in the painting of the vase, with the

abstraction and movement of the flowers.

How do you describe your style ?

Always searching and trying to

stay on the edge of my comfort

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what I enjoy and for myself.

What’s next ?

Working on plans for a US show

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2021, also another London

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For more information on Chris’s work visit www.chrisriversart.

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home that seems to welcome you into its sheltering arms.

Capel Manor Courtyard gives you that feeling. From

the moment you drive into the gravelled forecourt

through gates at the end of a private road, off a

country lane, and take in the long low buildings with

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Perhaps it is the glorious golden Wealden sandstone

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treasured British limestone we all know from Bath.

Or maybe it’s the residual pleasure of the people

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manor house – demolished in the 1970s, like so many

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from the early 19 th century house, a Kent family rich

from textiles and wool, who were the wealthy relatives

of the poorer Austen family of Jane Austen fame.

In the ten acres of woodland gardens behind the buildings

you can still see the levelled lawns where residents and

guests of the Victorian manor played croquet and tennis

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But back here in the present day, the full nurturing

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and sweeping upstrokes of Russian sage – like a

supermodel form of lavender – it has the feeling of

a Moroccan riad. A garden within a house, creating

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It was exactly this central area which made the

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visiting friends who are now their neighbours.

“We love Ightham Mote,” they say, referring to the

medieval manor house near Sevenoaks, run by the National

Trust, “and we’ve always wanted to live in a house built

round a central courtyard. We knew the people who

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nine months and then secured it in August 2000.”

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the buildings – which were then in four separate

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open and now serves as the large kitchen diner.

“We started with the annexe,” they say, referring

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Left: An airy corridor leads to the guest wing’s

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big a turkey to order. Or how many crackers

we’ll need. Or whether to buy a plug-in radiator for

the spare room. But one thing is certain: we all need an

absolutely GINORMOUS treat this Christmas – and

that’s what beauty, fragrance and wellbeing gifts do best.

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– and this year, everything I’m suggesting is with that in

mind. And honestly, they’re proof that you don’t need to

break the bank to give something truly, excitingly gorgeous.

For many, though, Christmas 2020 is also about treading a

little more thoughtfully on the planet, trying to avoid waste.

And who wants to give a gift that will only gather dust? So

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thrill, whether opened as you’re gathered under the tree, or

dispatched via the postie. (Just be aware: fragrance and nail

polishes need a hazardous label on the envelope, if you send

them out yourselves; you can get these at the Post Office.)

And now, my top 10 gift recommendations for

the weirdest Christmas in living memory.

Rock Rose Limited Edition Handcrafted Massage Candle,

£45. From a local Sussex skincare ‘rising star’, a sublimelyscented

candle based on chamomile, lavender and rock

rose in a vessel hand-crafted by Hastings potter Chantelle

Duncan. It not only scents the room, but you can pour the

warm liquid onto skin for a fragrant, skin-nourishing treat

(and maybe even persuade someone in your ‘bubble’ to

massage it into your tense muscles). After it’s flickered its last,

the clay pouring pot would be great on the dinner table.

Benefit Beauty Thrills, £19.50 (value £36). I’ve always

found Benefit’s wittily packaged gifts to be a hit with

everyone’s ‘inner girlie’, whether they’re 17 or 70, frankly.

This trio of their bestsellers features minis of brilliant

Gimme Brow brow mascara, The Porefessional Primer

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be upcycled for storing – well, whatever you fancy.

Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Nourishing Collection, £25.

The Bee Lovely products help support bees in Ghana – a

(yes) lovely gift for someone who’s been welcoming the

wildlife into their garden this year. Leaving that aside,

the Bee Lovely products are fab in their own right,

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Heathcote & Ivory x Nathalie Lété Forest Folk, £6-13.

Well, I’d honestly be over the moon to have anything

from this collaboration between the French artist and

Heathcote & Ivory, whose hand and body products are

incredible value but tip-top quality. Tins, packaging and

velvet make-up bags are emblazoned with enchanting

Nathalie Lété designs; last year, I gave all my girlfriends

a H&I Compact Mirror Lip Balm – this year’s edition

features a nut-nibbling squirrel – and had rave reviews for

its usefulness and effectiveness. I’m torn between gifting

that for 2020, and the Forest Folk Hand Cream Tin, also

£8, with its bird drawings. Just too, too, too adorable.

This Works Great in Bed, £25. Wouldn’t we all like

to sleep till spring…? Whatever, I am a big fan of

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different options on thisworks.com priced from just

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sizes of their body lotion, shower gel and Deep Sleep

Pillow Spray – honestly, like knock-out drops.

Diptyque Holiday Pocket, £38. Scented candle-wise, I

know nobody who doesn’t thrill to a Diptyque candle –

but the full-size single candles nudge £50. I think this is

a great and slightly more affordable Diptyque ‘taster’: a

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Benamôr Hand Cream Gift Set, £22 for 3 x 30ml

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super-silkifying, the perfect antidote to paws that have been

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The Perfume Society Discovery Boxes, from £23 (perfumesociety.

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of The Perfume Society. Our idea was to enable people to try

fragrances at home, at their leisure – never quite imagining there’d

be a global pandemic and it would become almost impossible

to try fragrances in stores, as is the current scenario. The boxes

are curations of scents from many different perfume houses – so

if you were feeling generous, you could add a promise to buy a

large bottle, if your giftee falls in love with a particular scent.

Aromatherapy Associates Moments of Discovery, £40 for

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bath oils I’ve ever used, something I return to time and time

again for myself, for friends, for anyone who’s having a tough

time. This features single-bath-sized bottles of all their heroes,

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Liz Earle The Nature of Giving Shower & Shave Collection,

£40, and Brilliantly Bespoke Collections, £50 (lizearle.com).

Again, an unfailingly successful brand to give as pressies, in

my experience. Converts will adore you – but there are still

plenty of people out there waiting to discover this highly

effective, no-nonsense, blissfully-fragrant skincare line, which

this year has a cool blue winter forest vibe to its Christmas

line-up. The Brilliantly Bespoke Collections, for women, can

be customised with Skin Repair moisturiser in Light, Rich or

Gel Cream, but again, it’s a bit of a well-kept secret that Liz

Earle also does excellent skincare for men; this navy tin features

all the basics to leave skin groomed, fresh and glowing.

And one last tip: because we more than ever want our gifts

to hit the mark this Christmas, you might copy something I

do – which is simply to ask someone for a list of three things

they’d love for Christmas (beauty, fragrance or otherwise).

You choose one of the three, and there’s still the element of

surprise – but they’re bound to get something that delights.

I hope yours is wonderful. And that the turkey

leftovers don’t stretch too far beyond Boxing Day.

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Wellbeing

Breathing is a hugely significant

part of being alive, our first

breath marks the beginning of

independent life and our last, the end.

Unlike walking and talking which

we learn, breathing is an automatic

process and the way we breathe

affects our respiratory, cardiovascular,

neurological, gastrointestinal and

muscular systems. It even affects our

sleep, memory and concentration levels.

Every part of us is influenced by the

quality of our breath. When we breathe

well we create the best conditions for

health and wellbeing, when we don’t

we lay the foundations for illness.

Diaphragmatic, calm, regular

breathing is the best way to breathe.

Like the deep abdominal breathing of

infancy, it allows us to receive generous

amounts of oxygen to regenerate our

body’s cells, nourish the brain, replenish

the organs and refuel the muscles.

Long, slow breaths at a rate of about

13 breaths per minute are the goal.

Our first response to stress is to

breathe in a more restricted, distorted

and tighter way and modern life is

stressful, it bombards us constantly with

digital information, endless noise and

keeps us on a frantic treadmill, trying

to balance work and home lives. Even

relaxation involves the stimulation of

TV screens and digital devices. Soon

the ‘flight or fight’ response designed to

be activated by our caveman ancestors

relatively rarely, is permanently turned

on. Quite quickly, a stress-impacted

way of breathing can become a habit.

The good news is that just as our

stress levels influence how we breathe,

how we breathe can influence our

stress levels. As the breath naturally

deepens and softens, the nervous system

rebalances, the heart rate and blood

pressure drop and the body and mind

calm down, stimulating the ‘rest and

digest’ and closing down our ‘flight or

fight’ response. To reset your breath

and nervous system, allow your chest

and shoulders to relax and, breathing

through your nose, focus on extending

the exhalation, keeping the breath slow

and low into the abdomen. Repetitive

domestic tasks can also help to reset

your breathing: try chopping veg,

digging the garden or sweeping the floor

and match the rhythm of your actions

to the slowed timing of your breath.

Perfect Balance

Julie Simpson explains how to alleviate stress and optimise wellbeing

by harnessing the power of ‘good’ breathing techniques

Chest breathing

Don’t hold your tummy in, it makes

deep diaphragmatic breathing

impossible and leads to breathing

high up in the chest. This causes

tension in the upper back, shoulders

and neck as it uses the upper body

muscles instead of the lower primary

respiratory muscles. To make matters

worse, chest breathing causes the

lower abdominal muscles to become

chronically tightened, restricting

digestion and elimination. If you’re

not inhaling and exhaling fully, your

Meditation

Observing the breath with a deep,

relaxed inhale and a slightly extended

exhale is a classic meditation

technique to focus attention

inwards and generate a powerful

relaxation response. Meditation

has also been shown to clear the

mind, making it more productive.

Find a quiet spot and sit with a

straight spine on a chair or crosslegged

on the floor. Breathe in for

the count of 4, hold the breath for

body responds by breathing faster

to make up for the lack of oxygen,

causing hyperventilation. To reverse

the effects of chest breathing and

hyper-ventilation, focus on breathing

deeply into the abdomen, extending

the exhalation and keeping breath slow

while allowing chest and shoulders

to relax. Do give away clothes that

are too restrictive or too tight to

allow your diaphragm to expand fully

and avoid high heels which throw

you off balance causing your back

and breathing muscles to tighten.

2 and then exhale for the count of

6. As your breathing settles you can

increase the length of your breaths.

Try reciting this poem by peace

campaigner and Buddhist monk

Thich Nhat Hanh as you breathe…

“Breathing in I calm

body and mind.

Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment

I know this is the only moment.”

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Wellbeing

6 Days of

Fitness &

Wellbeing

Sarah Maxwell shares her plans for a truly

happy and relaxed Christmas

This Christmas season is going to

be very different for many of us

so I want to give you the gift of

good health, energy and a lot less stress.

The last few months have given us

a lot of time to reflect on our future

health and wellbeing. When we think

of the word ‘fitness’, visions of burpees,

running and HIIT workouts often

spring to mind. However, many of you

will be delighted to know that these

particular activities are only a very small

element of fitness health and wellbeing.

Fitness is whatever you want it

to be, it should be something you

enjoy and makes you feel good.

This Christmas I am going to

give you something that you can use

throughout the season to support

you physically and mentally... Your

six days of Christmas health, fitness

and wellbeing will get you through

the festive season with a smile on

your face and more energy than

you know what to do with.

I will be completely honest with

you; I have spent years trying to

please everyone and create the

perfect Christmas. All I have ever

got out of the weeks of planning is

approximately 15 minutes of pleasure

and satisfaction at a job well done.

After the last few months, I have

realised that this is not how I want it

to be. My family want me to relax and

have fun with them. They couldn’t

care if the table decorations match or

if the table cloth hasn’t been ironed.

So I wish you a very Merry

Christmas and here’s to a happier

and healthier New Year.

Day 1:

Go for a 20-60 minute brisk walk

today. Take in your surroundings,

the sounds, the atmosphere. Take

deep breaths through your nose

and let your shoulders relax.

Breathing through your nose allows

you to take much deeper breaths, it

engages the lower lungs and this enables

the lungs to pump out more oxygen,

which supports your cells and maintains

healthy tissue and organ function.

Day 2:

Put on your favourite music –

something that makes you smile

and want to dance. (Christmas

songs are optional). Close your

eyes, move and enjoy.

Day 3:

Get yourself comfortable – either lie

down or sit, whatever you prefer. I

want you to close your mouth and

breathe through your nose. Visualise

the air going up through your nostrils.

Breathe in for a count of four, then

hold your breath for a count of

three, and finally breathe out deeply

through your nose for a count of

eight. As you breathe out let your

body relax. Repeat this 10 times.

Please don’t worry if your mind

wanders away. As soon as you are

aware that your attention has gone

elsewhere, just bring it back by

concentrating on your breath.

Day 4:

Many of you will have seen the yoga

tree pose. It’s supposed to take a lot

of practice to stay in that position

for a long time. If you are into yoga

then do your tree pose on each leg for

as long as you can, breathing deeply

in and out through your nose.

For those who haven’t tried yoga,

stand on one leg, with the other foot

brought up against your inner thigh,

knee brought out to the side. Bring

your palms together at the front of

your chest, elbows out, and steadily

breathe in and out of your nose.

Do this for a minute on each leg.

Day 5:

Lock the door, draw the curtains,

choose something that you’ve always

wanted to watch on TV and snuggle

down. No guilt. If you feel a sense

of guilt creeping in, throw it out

of your mind quickly and relax.

Day 6:

Water is mind and body magic.

Schedule in a good half hour to

have a soak in the bath or enjoy

a long relaxing shower. Put some

soothing music on and enjoy.

Drinking a few glasses of water a day

will keep you hydrated, especially

when those corks start popping.

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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Sparkle & Spice

Add some zest to your festive spread with Nicci Gurr’s colourful Christmas feast, inspired by

her bountiful smallholding and created using locally sourced and free-range ingredients

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Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming

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Wonderchup

is a new Ketchup

made in Kent. Created by

mum Elise Daly, it contains no

added salt, sugars or fake sugars. It also

has vitamins B6, B9, B12, D3 and E.

Elise developed Wonderchup when she

couldn’t find a sugar-free ketchup that looked

and tasted delicious so her kids would actually

eat it. Experimenting at home, Elise used

organic tomatoes with beetroot and fennel for

sweetness. She recruited Chef Nicci Gurr

and Wonderchup was born! You can

now pick up a bottle at Waitrose

stores in the South East.

Sweet & sour baked ham

Serves 6-8 Prep time: 15 mins, plus cooling

time Cooking time: 2 hours 10 mins

• 2½kg gammon joint, rolled and tied

• 1 litre cider

• 12 black peppercorns

• 1 onion, halved

• 2 bay leaves

• 2 celery sticks, halved (or peelings

from the spiralised tart)

• 2 carrots, halved (or peelings

from the spiralised tart)

• 5g of parsley stalk

• thyme and rosemary

For the glaze:

• 150g Wonderchup

• 50ml sesame oil

• 2 tbsp soy sauce

• 2 tbsp of cider vinegar

• 2cm piece of ginger, peeled

and grated to a purée

• 2 star anise, plus extra

to use on the joint

1 Put the gammon joint, cider,

peppercorns, onion, bay, celery, carrots

and parsley into a large pan, followed

by enough water to cover the ham, then

add the thyme and rosemary. Bring

slowly to the boil, skim off any scum,

then lower to a gentle simmer, cover and

cook gently for 1½ hrs, or until the meat

is tender. Turn off and leave to cool to

room temperature, then leave the meat

in the liquid in the fridge for up to two

days until you are ready to bake it.

2 Heat oven to 220˚C/200˚C fan/gas 7.

Lift the ham onto a board and, using a

small sharp knife, remove the skin and

string, leaving as much fat as possible

on the joint. Score the fat in a crisscross

pattern, without cutting through

the meat. Put the ham in a roasting

tin lined with a double layer of foil.

3 Heat the Wonderchup, sesame oil, soya

sauce, ginger and star anise and cider

vinegar in a saucepan until amalgamated.

Leave to cool a little so the glaze thickens.

4 Spread the glaze over the ham,

then push star anise into some of the

diamonds and bake for 40 mins until

glossy and caramelised in patches.

Baste the ham, spooning the glaze

over it a couple of times during the

cooking time. Leave to cool slightly

before slicing and serving.


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Spiral seasonal tart

Serves 6-8 Prep time: 30 mins, plus cooling

Cooking time: Around an hour

• 125g plain flour, plus extra for rolling

• 125g wholemeal flour

• 125g butter (you can make this

vegan by using cold coconut

oil instead of butter)

• 100ml warm water

• 4 tablespoons of rapeseed oil

• 1 small onion, chopped

• 3 cloves garlic, crushed

• 125g carrots, peeled

• 100g celery

• 40g kale

• 100g parsnips, peeled

• 100g Wonderchup

• salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Preheat oven to 190˚C. Grease and

line a 22cm (8 inch) fluted tart tin.

2 Cube your cold butter into a bowl

with the sifted flours in, rub together

with your fingers until like breadcrumbs.

Slowly add warm water, mixing with

a knife until combined. Cover and

pop in the fridge for 20 minutes.

4 Next, take your parsnips, carrots and

celery and peel lengthways from top to

tip to form long strips. Take the kale and

slice into long strips of a similar size.

5 Roll out your pastry and place it carefully

in the tart ring – pressing into the edges.

Prick the bottom, cover with parchment

paper and baking beans (or dried beans)

and blind bake for 20 minutes.

6 Meanwhile, add the olive oil to

a frying pan and sauté your onions

and garlic until translucent.

7 Take out the tart base and remove the

baking beans and parchment. Add the

onions and Wonderchup, using the back

of a spoon to help get into the corners.

8 Starting from the outside of the tart, lay

the strips of vegetables alternately, standing

on their side, until all the strips are used

up and you’ve made a spiral pattern.

9 Bake at 190˚C for 25 minutes.

Serve straight away or cold as

part of a boxing day lunch.


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Turkey Ropa Vieja

Serves 4-6 Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 2 hours 30 mins

No, not a curry! Use up leftover turkey

in this warming Cuban-inspired stew.

• 675g cooked turkey, cut into chunks

• 500ml stock

• 1 large onion, chopped

• 1 bay leaf

• 2tbsp rapeseed oil

• 3 garlic cloves, crushed

• 2 jalapeno chillies,

deseeded & chopped

• 3cm piece root ginger, grated

• 100g Wonderchup

• ½tsp ground cinnamon

• ¼tsp ground allspice

• freshly ground black pepper

• cooked red pepper strips, to garnish

For the rice:

• 2tbsp rapeseed oil

• 200g brown rice

• 1200ml water/vegetable stock

1 In a saucepan, heat the rapeseed

oil and fry the onion, chillies, ginger,

allspice, cinnamon and pepper.

2 When onions are translucent

add the cubed turkey and stir to

cover the meat with the spices.

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to the boil, then simmer without

the lid for 30 minutes.

4 Put into a slow cooker with

the Wonderchup and leave

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and the rice – stir until all the grains

are coated. Add the stock/water, bring

to the boil and simmer until all the

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that are braving the cold can’t rely

on colourful blossom as they might

in warmer months. Instead they lure

in the scarce pollinators still lurking

about with their scent – and it often

has to be quite powerful in order

to catch the attention of a sleepy

beetle or slow witted winter fly.

It’s heartwarming to think that in our

synthetically scented world there are

some wonderful winter plants around

wafting delicate, natural fragrances into

the darkest and coldest of days. I like

to imagine that along with the perfume

comes a little chink of hope; although

we are in the midst of winter and spring

is still far away, this is a small sign that

it will eventually show up. Christmas

lights do a lot to lift our mood in

bleak midwinter, but Christmas scents

go straight to our hearts, or rather to

the deepest parts of our brain, stirring

memories and (let’s hope) bringing

about feelings of comfort and joy.

In the garden

Scented shrubs

Garden

Seasonal Scentedness

Jo Arnell’s recommendations for naturally festive

fragrances to raise your Christmas spirits

You’d be forgiven for thinking

that Christmas fragrance comes

in the form of a mulled wine

sachet or a garden centre scented candle

as a pervasive blend of cinnamon,

cloves, orange and nutmeg takes hold,

drowning out all other scents for miles

around. Useful if you’ve burnt the

turkey, but not subtle by any means.

The spiky sunburst flowers of Mahonia

seem incongruous in mid-winter

You would also not be frowned at for

thinking that the outdoor plants have

given up bothering to smell nice until

the spring, it is the dormant season

after all. Out in nature though, not

everything is sleeping and the few

creatures that are around need extra

help in finding food. Light levels are

low to non-existent and such flowers

Sarcococca, or the Christmas box,

to use its easier to pronounce name,

is a low growing, easily overlooked

evergreen, someone insensitive might

even call it dull. I’ve taken to calling it

the Cyrano de Bergerac shrub, as I once

overheard some visitors to Kew Gardens

exclaiming over a fabulous scent and

then pointing to a showy Camellia, not

realising that the source of the powerful

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summer, so that when we bring them

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place for 6-8 weeks, then bring into

the light and warmth of fake spring

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had been lit just inside the tomb.

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Each tree

of the same

species is vital to its

neighbours. For instance,

if one dies then winter storms

can whip through and batter the

trees about, whilst in the heat of the

summer, the exposed forest floor dries

out and reduces the amount of water

that reaches the trees’ root systems.

Alternatively though, one of the

seedlings battling away on the forest

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will surely benefit from a bit more light.

The other interesting thing about

the few days we spent walking in

chalk country was the difference

between native species growing there

and those that we are used to here in

the Weald with our oak, hornbeam,

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and ash. There we spotted the

Wayfaring Tree, Viburnum lantana,

so called in the sixteenth century by

the herbalist, Gerard, who recorded

it in 1597 growing on the routes

between Wiltshire and London. An

older name for this native hedgerow

plant is ‘Hoarwithy’. ‘Hoar’ meaning

grey haired. Both the twigs and the

undersides are covered with a thick

layer of downy grey hairs (tomentum).

This is a lovely shrub which not only

has umbels of creamy white flowers

in the spring but follows these with

an autumn display of deep red leaves

and clusters of black berries. And

not only that, the plant provides

food for several moth species when

they are in their larval form.

We also spotted Prunus padus, the

bird cherry. After years of taking the

same route up to the Ridgeway from

the village, this time we were stopped

in our tracks by the sight of a hedgerow

shrub with distinctive prunus leaves

and great clumps of black fruits. We’ve

had three bird cherries planted together

at home for years but they have never

produced berries or for that matter, the

white frothy, almond scented blooms

we thought we might see in spring.

I think we planted them with the

flowers in mind as they are a magnet

to all manner of pollinating insects.

Maybe these three are too exposed

and isolated in their current position.

I suspect that might be the problem.

And then there was a mature

specimen of our native Euonymus alatus

with distinctive ‘corky’ wings on its

branches and a few pinky red fruits

opening up to bright orange coated

seeds. It’s amazing how much you

can miss

trudging along

in the countryside. We

hadn’t really noticed those

very distinctive branches before.

By the Smithy on the same day

were several spindle trees, Euonymus

europaeus, but these really couldn’t

be missed with their great clouds

of scarlet capsules opening to reveal

their orange seeds on rather leafless,

arching branches. Both of these

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related to E. europaeus and its autumn

leaf colours of pink, red and yellow

combines rather startlingly with bright

pink fruits to very dramatic effect.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on

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oven to gas 3/170°C.

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milk, into a bowl and slowly combine

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position as eye ‘pupils’ with a

little frosting (children may need

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

In the final instalment from Coopers

Farm, Jane preps her herd for winter

It’s going to be busy in the cow department this

November. We’ve got to pregnancy diagnose (PD)

everyone, then I have the whole herd TB tested

and then we need to wean the calves, sell the stores,

and bring everyone inside for the winter. Phew!

At the beginning of the month, the wonderful Michael

Owen (no, not the football player) will turn up to PD the

cows. The bull was turned out with the cows at the beginning

of May so they should all be about six months in-calf by

now. The anatomy of a cow is such that by putting a camera

– attached by a flex to a pair of sci-fi spectacles – up their

bottoms he can see into the uterus, measure the size of the

calf and calculate days of gestation. I find it ridiculously

stressful as the camera moves around inside each cow in

search of a good view. It’s usually joyous as each cow gets

the thumbs up and occasionally very sad

when it doesn’t. By knowing the dates we

can more or less work out the order in which

they’ll calve in February and March – useful

information when wandering round the

shed in the middle of a cold winter night

trying to decide which of twenty cows

all lying down is going to calve next.

Once they’ve been PD’d then a week later

they will all have to queue up again for

our annual whole herd TB test. Each cow

gets two jabs from our great vet Sarah – one of Bovine

(cow) TB and one of Avian (bird) TB. Three days later

she comes back to measure whether the cow has ‘reacted’

to the injections with a raised lump, but this is only an

issue if the bovine lump is bigger that the avian one.

More stress as it’s curtains for anyone failing the test.

This has not so far happened at Coopers, but even so

we are pleased when we’ve overcome that hurdle too.

By then it will be the middle of this month, the nights

are darker, the weather wetter and the grass will have all but

stopped growing. This means it’s time to wean the spring

born calves from their mothers so that they can come into

the barn for warmth and extra food and the cows can have

a few months off before it all starts again in February. For

some of the cows the weaning can’t come soon enough.

Some of them seem very relieved to be released from their

maternal duties and disappear over the horizon in search

of peace and quiet, but others, the keener mothers, just

stand by the gate and bellow for about three days. It is very

noisy in Stonegate when that happens, but eventually calm

...the nights

are darker, the

weather wetter

and the grass

will have all but

stopped growing

is restored and we can all have a good night’s sleep again!

So that’s the cows and calves sorted, then we just have to

bring back the yearlings – last year’s calves

– which have been on a neighbour’s farm,

to sort before the winter. By now they are

about 20 months old and we will go through

all the females – heifers – to decide which

are good enough to be kept for breeding.

The rest, together with all the steers then

go off to market. Cattle markets come in

two types – Primestock Markets for cattle

that have been fattened and are ready for

the butcher and Store Markets where cattle

that are grown but not fat, known as finished, get sold to

farmers who make a business from finishing cattle. Sad to

see them go but they have had a lovely summer and will

be keen to see a barn full of fresh straw and endless food!

By the end of the month all that will remain is to get the

cows in. This year there is a huge shortage of straw – the

price has gone up by about 25% – and that’s if you can

get hold of it, so everyone is thinking laterally. Wood chip,

hemp, cardboard – I’ve heard lots of different thoughts. Here

we’ve decided to run them in the woods for the month of

December. We’ve put feeders in for the hay and there is a

trough, so with plenty of shelter they should be fine but if it

gets very wet, well who knows. Either way they’ll be tucked

up by Christmas and then I can sleep easy knowing everyone

is warm and toasty whatever the weather. Just as well really

as by February I’ll be getting up again to check on calving!

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