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Contents

March 2021

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson selects the best

properties on the market now

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REFILL, REUSE, RECYCLE

Jo Fairley’s eco-friendly

beauty picks

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MEET THE HEAD

Get to know The New

Beacon’s Mike Piercy

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NOTEBOOK

This month’s news and events

THE SAME,

BUT DIFFERENT

Take a look round Susan

Chester’s characterful

Victorian terrace

GET THE LOOK

Find products to give your

home a vintage touch

ISLAND ESCAPE

We visit Elmley National

Nature Reserve to explore its

sustainably decorated cottage

GET THE LOOK

Pared-back styling, Elmley-style

ISLAND DREAMS

Accessories with the Midas touch

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SET A ROUTINE

Sarah Maxwell explains how to

maintain an exercise regime

NOURISH TO FLOURISH

Expert advice from

nutrition and lifestyle

coach Charlotte Lau

BE HUMBLE

Simple egg recipes with

maximum impact

FEED ME!

Jo Arnell’s tips for a

well-nourished garden

PESTY PROBLEMS?

Sue Whigham solves your

garden invader issues

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WELCOMING DAY BOARDERS

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LOCKDOWN LESSONS

What Spring Grove School

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WHAT’S ON

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SLOW, GROW, EAT

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INTERIORS

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Editor’s

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You may have noticed that Wealden Times is popping up in

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thrilled to be getting lots of lovely feedback from people who have

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in touch with me at lucy.fleming@priceless-group.com to fill us in!

We hope that WT continues to provide a little light relief

and inspiration at such a difficult time, and this issue is no

different with our monthly mix of interiors, recipes, fashion and

garden advice. This month, we’ve focused in on interiors for our

Supplement, and my colleague Rebecca Cuffe has been researching

the most beautiful decor, objets and soft furnishings to create

a real home statement. Be inspired by her gorgeous mood

boards and read all about designer dream rooms after page 72.

It’s easy to say – but sometimes incredibly hard to put into

practice – that during an unprecedented situation like this we

all need to remember to take time for ourselves. If you want

to know how, then turn to our health pages for expert advice

and achievable goals from personal trainer Sarah Maxwell

and nutritionist Charlotte Lau. Both explain how to nourish

yourself mentally and physically and – most importantly –

why it’s vital to give yourself a break from time to time!

For the ultimate in escapism, and to regain a little

control of something, join Jo Arnell and Sue Whigham in

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for its best summer yet, and make sure you can deter

the pests who seek to destroy it – the kind way!

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Editor ............................................................................................ Lucy Fleming

News & Features Editor ...............................................................Rebecca Cuffe

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Oak Hall

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Outside: Gardens with specimen

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Time to town: Just 10 minutes to Stonegate

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Nickle Farm House

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Beds: 6 Baths: 6

Special features: A particularly

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Pleasing details: A private road to the village.

Outside: Seven acres, including really

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pool with pool house, a paddock and stables

with a charming clock and weather-vane.

Time to town: An hour from Canterbury to

St Pancras, around 90 minutes to Victoria and

an hour and three quarters to Charing Cross.

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Previous pages & above: The sitting room has a real parlour feeling, with a splendid chandelier and wall sconces and a glass-fronted bureau

Taking me through to the kitchen, Susan explained

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ceiling, which she uses as a dining area. Gazing

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The three pendant lights over the table have shades

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picture window looking over the back garden – also

accessorised with vintage finds – is a lovely Victorian

slipper chair, a £40 find in Hastings Old Town.


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This page: The dining room is in the extension that Susan

added. Metal jelly mould pendant lights hang over the table

which is flanked by a church pew and church chairs

An old watering can sits under a marble-topped console

table and there are vintage floral prints on the walls, all

setting the scene for the segue to the outside space.

Looking through the window I see there is a lovely summer

house at the end of the garden and I’m start to imagine the

very pleasant afternoons that could be spent in it, but Susan

explains – it’s used as storage for her fabric collection.

This is a lifelong passion, which led her to study for a

BA(Hons) in textile design, specialising in prints for interiors

fabrics, at Winchester Art College, training she uses now

for projects around her own home – and plans to get back

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space when she bought the house 13 years ago. “The hall

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made it into a laundry cupboard on one side and a pantry

on the other, with blackboard paint on the doors.”

The whole kitchen is on a monochrome theme, with

charcoal grey cabinets – from Howdens – below and a variety

of fittings on the walls, from various interesting sources.

The white wall cupboards with glass doors are the

upper parts of two dressers, which Susan bifurcated,

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Above: Vintage finds are grouped together on a marble-topped table in one corner of the dining room

very cleverly. “The wall cupboard and central island

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This page: Susan created the central island from two old dressers

with a new wooden worktop on top. Storage in this room includes

an old white meat safe, sitting on the counter, with a set of

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Above: Susan transformed one of the original bedrooms into a bathroom, retaining the fireplace. Fearing the weight

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Above: Light pours in through a bay window, enhancing this bedroom’s space and high ceilings with their original decorative

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Above: A weathered sage green wardrobe was found in a shop in Hastings Old Town’s George Street. With stripped back, bare

wood floors a feature throughout the house, this bedroom is softened with layers of cosy quilts and plump cushions

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space – but these weren’t suitable for photographing, because

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Previous pages & above: A huge open downstairs space comprises the kitchen, dining and sitting areas.

Francesca sourced the kitchen’s industrial-style wheeled trolley from McCully & Crane in Rye

England is quite a small country and a wellpopulated

and busy one, so it’s amazing to find

within it – and not at all far from bustling towns

and busily farmed land – a pocket of pure otherness.

The Isle of Sheppey is one of these magical spots. A

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coracle…) to the flat landscape topped with huge skies.

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barn, which is at the centre of the hamlet of buildings. Its

outer timbers painted groovy black, it has been styled very

simply inside with all the original beam structure visible

– and is a dream setting for a wedding should the weather

get too complicated for an entirely outdoor shenanigan.

“We deliberately kept it rustic,” says Georgina, as we

drink coffee from the barn café, which serves lunches

and dinners for holiday residents, and visitors to the

Reserve during the day. “We wanted it simple, not

twee. The star is the view out of the window.”

She’s not overstating it. This window, filling one end

of the barn and looking out over the reserve, affords the

kind of view it’s difficult to pull your eyes away from,

with murmurations of birds dancing across the vast sky.

“In January and February it’s spectacular,” says Georgina,

following my gaze. “There are birds of prey, peregrines,

merlins, marsh harriers, short-eared owls, lapwings, avocets.

Arctic wildfowl overwinter here from mid-November.”

No wonder birdwatchers come from all over to observe these

gatherings on the two lakes from specially constructed hides,

which I had great fun exploring, after visiting the houses.

Indeed, I was so taken with it all, I had been planning to

book a visit (it is essential to reserve in advance) to go back

myself this January, with binoculars, but the Reserve is

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“Only the beds and sofas are new in the

whole house. All the other furniture is

sustainable finds from antique fairs,”

says interior designer, Francesca Rowan Plowden

after my quick tour, for a really chilled, brain rebooting

stay, I think for me the Cottage might have the edge.

From the outside – especially when you have just quit

the Georgian end of Kingshill Farmhouse – it doesn’t look

like much (although to be fair, it will be greatly enhanced

by Georgina’s lovely plantings of fig, bay and rosemary).

Possibly because it arrived at the site on the back of a lorry.

“My parents bought it as a farm worker’s dwelling in the

1990s,” she explains. “It’s a wood-framed Scandinavian house,

delivered as a flatpack on a lorry.” The style of the building was

chosen for its eco credentials – it’s sustainably built and has

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grey on the stairs with a navy blue ‘runner’ painted

up the centre – one of those very simple, but clever

ideas that tells you a proper designer is involved.

Continuing past the stairs and round the corner,


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This page: The downstairs was originally three separate rooms.

Francesca redesigned the space and knocked it all into one, putting

in an RSJ and retaining the central fireplace

you enter a large space, with a spare New York loft feel –

with three walls of windows looking out over the nature

reserve from a slightly elevated position. I swear that

view could be prescribed for high blood pressure, you

can’t help sighing out the tension as you look at it.

The simple kitchen is to the left, the long dining table

straight ahead, two L-shaped sofas in a sitting area to

the right – and the space articulated just enough by a

central chimney, with a woodburner on the sofa side of

it and built-in shelves for glass on the kitchen side.

Creating this big square expanse was the big change

Francesca Rowan-Plowden made to the house. “Georgina and

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same here. It was three separate rooms and the kitchen had

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range cooker – has an industrial-style wheeled trolley, which

Francesca found at McCully & Crane (in Rye). “I saw it and

thought it would be great in a kitchen and perfect for this

house, because when they are hosting things like yoga courses

and need all the space, they can move it against the wall.”

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ties the whole colour scheme of the cottage together. “It was that colour when we bought it,” says Francesca. “I thought it might be a bit

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my trademarks. A valance really pulls a small room together,

but they are expensive to make, so using simpler fabric

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The wall features were another clever way to give the house a

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and painting them in two tones up to this unexpected height is

a way of adding interest that isn’t twee, or obvious, like having

one colour up to a dado rail can be, it’s more contemporary.”

The table is an example of the sustainable theme –

antique fair furniture finds. “Only the beds and sofas are

new in the whole house – and I got the L-shaped sofas

from Made. I already knew they worked for this kind

of shared space. All the other furniture are finds from

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Above left: The simply decorated shower room mixes monochrome tiling for pleasing detail and pattern Above right: The ground-floor

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trove beloved of home designers in the South East – what

made this difference was that Francesca took Georgina and

Gareth with her on the shopping expeditions for the house.

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with choices, because it’s more efficient – and it means we

don’t come back with anything they might not like. That’s

not to say that Georgina and Gareth weren’t sure about some

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the house, they got it. So that really helps to build trust.”

One of the items even Francesca wasn’t sure about at first

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large chest of drawers painted such a distinctive bright blue,

I assumed she’d bought something bland and repainted it

for effect. “It was that colour when we bought it,” she says.

“I thought it might be a bit much, but it works so well.”

With two striking vases on the top and a round mirror

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the chest gives the landing instant impact and character.

And is also the first sight of what then became another of

Francesca’s themes for the scheme as a whole. There are

three more blue-painted chests of drawers in the bedrooms.

“I just happened to find three more blue chests of drawers!

They were perfect and I didn’t paint any of them.”

It makes a tour of the house very satisfying, as you

keep seeing these lovely blue chests, with interesting

gatherings of objects atop them – and usually a

round mirror somewhere in the vicinity.

Walking around Elmley Cottage, it almost became a

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how they popped up and changed between each room.

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Put like that, it sounds simple, but the total

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Josephine Fairley checks out eco credentials to find out how easy it is to switch to a greener beauty regime

Some stormclouds have silver linings – and we’ve all

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But for me, it is that finally – after

a lot of green shoots that never amounted to much, over

the years – we are getting the message about sustainability.

We’ve all had to think about resources – both personal and

planetary. And I’ve talked to so many friends and colleagues

who’ve said that for the first time, they’re really thinking

about which brands they support, and the impact of their

shopping. And that, of course, includes beauty shopping.

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empire – start to offer solid shampoo bars (with zero plastic

waste) and reusable eco-pads for removing make-up, as well as

shifting the packing of their Fructis haircare to 100% recycled

and recyclable bottles. A few weeks ago (January 2021),

Garnier launched their One Green Step report, for which they

polled 18,000 respondents and heard back that 73% wanted

to be shop more sustainably in 2021. They agreed that 2020

was a wake-up call for them, to protect the environment. Over

half would pledge to make an environmental/sustainability

reduction in their use of plastic products as their #1 green

priority, in 2021 – and in fact, nearly three times as many

resolved to take action to help the planet, than give up alcohol.

(Because let’s face it, few of us are ready to forswear a steadying

6pm G&T, after a day of home schooling/Zooming!)

But where should we start? Of course, we always feel we’re

doing the right thing when we recycle – and I certainly

recommend having a recycling bin in the bathroom, so

that there’s no excuse for not doing the right thing. (By

using organic all-cotton make-up pads to take off

make-up, meanwhile, I can just throw them in the compost.)

But when you consider all the processes involved in recycling

(collecting, washing, disinfecting, sorting, re-processing,

and redistribution), recycling isn’t always easy or cheap –

and incurs its own carbon footprint. (What’s more, only

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to being repurposed, according to Zero Waste Europe.)

With that in mind, increasing numbers of brands – The

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skincare before use) are taking matters into their own hands

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products or repurposing as items including watering cans,

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But generally, reusing – or more precisely, refilling – is

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skincare, make-up and fragrance brands are all taking on

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world will simply top up your bottles (when stores are open,

of course) – The Experimental Perfume Club and Floral

Street, for instance, while at the mainstream end, Mugler

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in store. Top-end names like Chanel, Hermès, Le Labo,

Kilian and Lancôme also now sell refills, too, in plainer bottles

(in Chanel’s case, just the atomisers, for now) – and I just

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that quietly, that brand has been producing refill pouches for their

products for years. But I am also a huge fan of their Divine Harmony

skincare, from their top-of-the-line age-defying range, which lets

me slip in a refill into the luxurious ombré burgundy jars, when I’ve

dabbed my last of the cream or serum. Refills are becoming increasingly

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able to look forward to a roll-out of The Body Shop’s refill stations, unveiled

last year – and how my late friend Anita Roddick would be smiling from

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Nature has already installed refill stations in natural food stores up and down

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❤ Floral Street Chypre Sublime, £60 for 50ml at floralstreet.com.

One of my most swoonworthy scent finds of recent years, with

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reopened, I’ll take it back to Covent Garden for a top-up.

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dozens of designs), then choose the formula/shade for the lipstick

to slip inside – from sheer shines to moisturising mattes.

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❤ Gloved Active Hydrate Hand Wash, £19 for 375ml, and Hand

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last and last (despite the repeated hand-washing!) – but when I

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Fast run on the spot (or frantically

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Press Ups on worktop or floor x20.

Star Jumps x20.

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Menemen

Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

A classic Turkish dish, this colourful version of scrambled

eggs is great for a flavourful breakfast or brunch. Serve

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• 200g ripe tomatoes

• 6 eggs

• ½ tsp Turkish pepper flakes, such as Aleppo pepper

• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

• 7g butter

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 2 spring onions, chopped

• ½ green (bell) pepper, chopped

• 2 tsps tomato purée

• 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

• sea salt and black pepper, to season

1 Begin by scalding the tomatoes. Pour boiling water over

the ripe tomatoes in a heatproof bowl. Set aside for1 minute,

then drain and carefully peel off the skin using a sharp

knife. Roughly chop, reserving any juices, and set aside.

2 Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl and season with

the Turkish pepper flakes, thyme, salt and pepper.

3 Heat the butter and oil in a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan

set over low heat. Add the spring onions and (bell) pepper and fry

gently, stirring, for 2 minutes. Addthe chopped tomatoes and cook,

stirring often, for 8-10 minutes, until the tomatoes have softened

and form a thick paste. Add the tomato purée, mixing in well.

4 Pour in the beaten, seasoned eggs and gently stir. Cook,

stirring gently now and then, until the eggs are to your taste.

5 Garnish with fresh parsley and serve at once.


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Serves: 4 Prep time: 1 hour

(inc. marinating time)

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Served in a steaming hot stone bowl,

the presentation of this guilt-free dish

is just as exciting as the punchy chilli

and sesame flavours inside. The fried

(or sometimes raw) egg nestled amongst

the other ingredients makes this dish

sing. Good-quality ingredients make a

world of difference for a truly authentic

Korean taste, and gochujang,

which is a slightly sweet but

fiery chilli paste, is well

worth seeking out in

Asian food stores.

• 400g pork

belly, chopped

into thin

2.5-cm/1-

inch pieces

• 400g

short-grain

brown rice

(or brown

sushi rice)

• vegetable

(or sunflower

or rapeseed)

oil, for frying

• 2 carrots, cut into thin strips

• ½ tsp toasted sesame oil

• ½ tsp dark soy sauce

• ½ tsp agave syrup

• 150g oyster (or shiitake) mushrooms

• 150g beansprouts

• 3 onions, sliced

• 200g spinach

• 4 eggs

• 2 spring onions, finely chopped

• sea salt and black pepper, to season

• black sesame seeds, to serve

For the gochujang sauce:

• 4tbsps gochujang paste

• 4tbsps toasted sesame oil

• 4tbsps dark soy sauce

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 2tbsps agave syrup

1 To make the gochujang sauce, mix

together all the ingredients. Pour

half the sauce over the pork belly

in a bowl, cover and marinate in

the fridge for at least 1 hour. Cook

the rice according to the packet

instructions and keep warm.

2 While the rice is cooking, heat 1

tablespoon of oil in a frying pan or

wok and stir-fry the carrots until

beginning to soften. Add the sesame

oil, soy sauce and agave syrup. Cook

for 1 minute over high heat, then set

aside on a plate. Cook the mushrooms,

beansprouts, onions and spinach

(which will wilt down) separately in

the same pan, and in the same way,

seasoning with salt and pepper at the

end. It is normal for the vegetables to

be served at room temperature, as long

as the rice, meat and eggs are hot, so

don’t worry about keeping them warm.

3 Next, stir-fry the marinated pork

(with the sauce it was sitting in)

until cooked through. The sauce

should reduce down a little with the

heat, intensifying all the flavours.

4 In a separate frying pan, fry the eggs

however you like them – it is nice to

have the yolk a little soft for this dish.

5 Dish the hot rice into bowls and

top with individual piles of vegetables

and meat, finishing off with the egg

in the middle and a sprinkling of

spring onions and sesame seeds.

6 Serve with the gochujang sauce,

adding as much or as little as you

like. The Korean way of eating this

is to mix the whole thing together

like crazy until all the ingredients

are combined. If it is not punchy

enough, add more sauce.


Chilled Lemon Soufflés

Serves: 4 Prep time: Starts the day before

Soufflés are one of the most iconic French

desserts and they can take a long time to master.

However, this simple lemon mousse made in

a ramekin and shaped with the help of some

baking parchment and an elastic band looks like a

soufflé without any of the fuss. The recipe works

just as well with oranges and grapefruit, too.

• 4 leaves of gelatine

• 6 eggs, separated

• 500ml whipping cream

• 300g caster sugar

• grated zest and juice of 4

lemons, plus extra zest to

decorate

• icing sugar, to dust

Variation (optional):

• 8-12 fresh raspberries (or 8

amarena cherries)

You’ll need 4 ramekins

1 Start the recipe the day before

you want to serve the soufflés.

2 First prepare the ramekins.

Measure their circumference and

add 1cm / ½ inch to the figure.

Now measure their height and

add 5cm / 2 inches to the figure.

Take some baking parchment

and draw four rectangles: their

length should match that of

the recorded circumference;

and their height should match

that of the recorded height.

3 Cut out the rectangles of

parchment and wrap each one

around a ramekin. Fasten tightly

in place with an elastic band

or some sticky tape. Place on

a baking sheet and set aside.

4 Put the gelatine in a bowl

of cold water to soften.

5 Put the egg whites in a

stand mixer or in a bowl using

an electric handheld whisk

and whisk until firm peaks

form. Refrigerate while you

continue with the recipe.

6 Put the cream in the stand

mixer or in a bowl using an

electric handheld whisk again

and whisk until soft peaks form.

Don’t over-beat otherwise it will

go stiff and grainy and look split.

7 Put the egg yolks and sugar

in a heatproof bowl over a

pan of simmering water (not

letting the base of the bowl

touch the water). Whisk with

a balloon whisk for 5 minutes

or until light and foamy.

This is called a ‘sabayon’.

8 Put the lemon zest and juice

in a saucepan over medium

heat and bring to a boil.

Remove from the heat and

stir in the softened gelatine,

squeezed of excess water.

9 Add the lemon mixture to

the sabayon, whisking quickly

until thoroughly combined.

10 Gently fold the egg whites

into the lemon sabayon with

a large, metal spoon. When

evenly incorporated, fold in the

whipped cream in the same way.

11 Divide the mixture between

the ramekins with a spoon – it

should reach above the rim of

the ramekins by about 3cm /

1¼ inches and be contained

by the parchment to give you

that restaurant ‘soufflé’ look.

12 Allow to set in the

fridge overnight.

13 The next day, dust with

icing sugar and a little extra

lemon zest to serve.

For the variation:

For a hidden little treat,

add 2-3 fresh raspberries or

amarena cherries to the base

of each ramekin before you

spoon in the mixture.

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by Ryland Peters & Small

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Pesty

Problems?

Sue Whigham gives handy tips to tackle garden pests

without harming the wildlife that feeds on them

One of my ancient greengage trees was uprooted

during one of January’s downpours and so I

thought that this was a good excuse to buy

a new self pollinating variety that might be a better

cropper than my old favourite. However, everyone else,

cooped up as we all are, has had the same thought and

our local fruit tree nursery which grows hundreds of the

most interesting varieties, hasn’t one single gage tree left

for sale this season. We’ll have to be patient and wait

until next year. What extraordinary times these are.

So the answer is to spend these dark days poring

through seed and plant catalogues and planning

ahead. I think that the ‘planning ahead’ part is

essential if the fruit trees are anything to go by.

And another thing. Having got carried away with

ordering some wonderful sweet pea seeds, there is now a

shortage of Rootrainers, my other set having seen better

days, so there’s nothing for it but to collect loo roll

holders which actually do just as good a job at starting

off long-rooted sweet peas, peas and beans alike. Let’s

hope they don’t run out again as they did during the first

lockdown and what a long time ago that now seems.

But I’m digressing because I’m supposed to be majoring

on ‘pesky critters’ in the garden, and perhaps particularly

in the vegetable patch. What a lot of them there are. I’m

not going to talk about chemicals at all because slugs and

snails and all manner of other creatures are all part of

the bigger picture and provide food for creatures further

up the food chain such as birds and hedgehogs. I read

that British gardeners still use billions of slug pellets

every year but unless they are organic, the poison enters

the food cycle and kills creatures like hedgehogs who

find both slugs and snails a gourmet treat. Interestingly,

hedgehogs don’t like ‘slimy’ slugs so they use their

paws to scrape off the slime before they tuck in.

Slugs are also food for a lot of our favourite garden

birds especially thrushes, robins and blackbirds – also

in the thrush family. They are eaten too by ground

beetles, slow worms and earthworms to name just a

few, so to do away with them completely will upset

the natural balance of things and do harm. And of the

forty species in the UK, only a few are pest species.

The problem is, I think, that many gardens are pretty

unnatural situations in which we grow non-native plants

and remove those native plants that are happy growing

away there in the first place. And the other thing is

that slugs and snails eat decomposing vegetation and

so are ecologically sound. Christopher Lloyd, when he

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British gardeners still use billions

of slug pellets every year but

unless they are organic, the

poison enters the food cycle and

kills creatures like hedgehogs

probleM

with

Moles?

to avoid growing monocultures. He suggested that

a ‘mania for growing roses leads to tunnel vision’

as it enables all the pests that roses are prone to.

A couple of tips for preventing disease such as

blackspot from developing this season would be

to think ahead and perhaps drench your roses with

something like Sulphur Rose before the plant comes

to life in the spring, remembering to have removed

damaged leaves in the late autumn and collect and

burn any left on the surrounding soil as well. Mulch

the roses with well-rotted lawn clippings from last

season before leaf growth. Growing parsley and chives

amongst your roses is, it seems, beneficial too.

The excellent Green Gardener Catalogue’s No.1

best seller is Nemaslug Slug Killer. This comes in

powder form and can be diluted to make up a liquid

drench. It’ll kill slugs when applied once the soil has

warmed up (to approx 5˚C) but as it is safe for birds,

perhaps they could then be fed to the feathered-friends

that you’ve encouraged into your garden with a wellstocked

bird table. I’m wondering if you can’t just use

citrus skins like oranges or grapefruit turned upside

down or half fill a bowl with beer, bury it up to its

rim and the slugs and snails will at least die happy.

Fine gravel or grit is useful too. I’ve rather given up

with hostas as my garden is excessively dry these days

but a circle of this around your plants certainly deters

pests. It’s good stuff too to use indoors if you’ve spotted

any of those tiny flies lurking around, which I certainly

have recently as our houseplant collection has expanded.

These are sciarid flies which, although not particularly

interested in the plants but more in the compost they

are growing in, can nonetheless damage young plants.

Things should be a bit easier in the winter as they

prefer a damp compost, which is less likely to be found

in houseplants until repotting and more frequent

watering takes place in February onwards. Vitax sell

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and can be released into the garden to

make short work of greenfly and blackfly

and sends them packing, in the same way that garlic cloves grown

amongst your beans outdoors repel blackfly. French marigolds grown

with your tomato plants in the greenhouse have the same effect.

And save old pieces of soap. These you can boil up and dilute

three teaspoons to a gallon of water and then spray against

both aphids and ants. If you have a penchant for perfumed

and more expensive soaps, the fragrance somehow prevents

the mix from sticking to the ‘target’ so add a squirt or two

of Fairy Liquid to your mix and this should do the trick.

Another of Green Gardener’s best sellers are the adult

British Adalia bipunctata ladybirds. They are voracious

predators of aphids. They arrive in by 1 st Class post (with food

included) and can be released into the garden to make short

work of greenfly and blackfly. You can also order ladybird

larvae which eat aphids both whilst in larvae form and after

they pupate and emerge as fully fledged ladybirds. They arrive

with ‘release bags’ which can be tied to whichever plant you

remember being prone to aphid attack. I think that this would

be fun for children to get involved in, let alone us adults.

And finally, the scale insect is a really annoying pest and

unfortunately there are 25 different species in the UK. They have

a different host and a life cycle specific to their species. They feed

by sucking sap from their host and obviously this weakens the

plant considerably. They excrete a sticky honeydew (which in turn

attracts ants) which leads to sooty mould disfiguring the plant.

We’ve certainly had it on potted camellias and a friend now has

it on his citrus plants. They can be controlled by applying Scale

Nematodes as long as the temperature has risen to at least 60˚F.

Another idea would be to turn to Neem Oil. This is produced

from the seeds of a South Asian tree in the Meliaceae family

known as Azadirachta indica (Indian lilac). In the days of travel,

I remember these impressive ‘shade’ trees particularly, both

growing in Southern India and Myanmar. The locals would

use neem twigs to clean their teeth with. One hundred and

forty different compounds have been found in parts of the tree

and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. The

seeds though are first dried, then crushed and soaked and made

into an oil which contains a concentrated compound called

Azadirachin. And as well as being used in cosmetics, the oil can

be used as a pesticide against scale insect. What a shame the

tree can’t be grown in this country – well, as far as I know.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948

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Feed

Me!

Above: Sweet peas are greedy plants

Jo Arnell gives her soil-enriching recommendations to ensure your garden plants never go hungry

Restore, Replenish, Renew

This is not the beauty page, or an advert for skin

cream, but I do want to talk about nourishing an

important epidermis – the soil. The living breathing layer

of loam – or clay, or sand, beneath our feet. And just as

our skin relies on a combination of surface treatments,

good diet and inner balance in order to stay truly healthy,

so does our soil – a quick spritz with a chemical is not

enough. We also need protection from the ravages of the

elements and moisture loss too. Keep your soil in great

shape and your plants will be healthy, more productive

and less susceptible to attack from pests and diseases.

Microbiome

Soil biology is a complex subject and one that we are only

just beginning to understand – in fact we know more about

the cosmos or the deep oceans than we know about the soil.

We can see the monsters that patrol the soil – the moles,

earthworms, beetles, slugs, centipedes etc, but all around

them, and vital to their wellbeing, are the microscopic

organisms, invisible to the naked eye – the fungi,

nematodes, protozoa, bacteria and viruses. It is a bustling

place, alive and richly diverse. Astoundingly – in fact, almost

unbelievably, there are more microbes in one teaspoon of

healthy soil than there are people in the world – if Horton

hears a Hoo, the Hoos can hear their own micro Hoos too.

There is much talk these days about our gut microbiomes

and the millions of micro-organisms that teem about within

us, living in symbiosis with our own cells and helping (or

otherwise) to regulate our bodily functions. A similar thing

is happening with plants in the area around their roots called

the Rhizosphere, where a complex web of many thousands

of bacterial and micorrhizal interactions take place to help

feed, hydrate and protect (and occasionally compromise) the

health of the plant. The exact combinations and connections

will depend on the plant and the type of soil it grows in.

Know your soil type

Understanding your soil will give you an indication of

which plants will thrive in your garden. If you are growing

edibles it will also help you to decide whether you can grow

directly into your soil and what changes might be needed,

or whether you might be better to construct some raised

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acidic it is). Simply go outside and take a small trowel full

of soil from just under the soil’s surface. Take a handful and

squeeze it, then open out your hand again. If the soil stays

in a ball, or feels sticky to the touch, it is clay.


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over it in late winter, use cloches, or sow into guttering

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Clockwise from above left: Organic matter is the best

soil conditioner; Dahlias like rich soil; Willow will grow in

damp soil; Use cloches to warm the soil up in spring

compost) will improve the soil structure. Soil needs to

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penetrate. Plant roots also need oxygen. The addition of

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moisture – and prevents weeds. Mushroom compost is

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Make sure any horse or farmyard manure is well rotted,

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The theory is that digging does more harm than good,

disturbing the balance of micro-organisms and destroying

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Why did you choose a career in

teaching? It is more a question of

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which attracted me but, being short

sighted and limited in scientific brain

cells, that opportunity was not open.

PARENT After A 2018 Levels I worked as a gap year

student in a school while I pondered my

future. I realised teaching was the career

for me and have never looked back.

What was your favourite subject

at school? I must confess to not

having been the most ardent student

– which I have come to realise may

have given me a genuine empathy

with children who find academic work

less appealing! It has to be English

(which was eventually) my degree

coupled with drama and theatre.

Can you tell us about an

inspirational teacher from

your school days? Without

doubt it was Mr. Smithers, my

maths teacher. No-one else could

have got me an A Level! He was a

great communicator, had time for

everyone and was, above all, kind.


Meet the Head

We chat to Mike Piercy, Headmaster of

The New Beacon boys’ school in Sevenoaks

Have your own school days

influenced the way you approach

your role as headteacher? We

all remember certain teachers who were

powerful, formative influences in our

lives. I remember Mr. Smithers for the

reasons already given; my history teacher

for his passion and story-telling; my music

teacher for his patience; my Headmaster

for his wisdom. Yes, they and therefore my

schooldays have influenced me as a Head.

What’s been your proudest

achievement so far? Gosh – I’m

not sure I could highlight one single

achievement. A collective achievement

however might be helping those many,

many children over the years who struggled

with reading, writing, learning, complying,

or simply being in school, to overcome

their challenges and emerge stronger.

How are you dealing with the

challenges that Coronavirus has

thrown at you so far?

On a day by day basis! We have been

most conscious of community – above

all, our boys’ wellbeing – and have

tried to adapt where needed. A recent

example: we have ‘moved’ the last week

of the Spring Term onto the first week

of the Summer Term – to cut short the

challenges of home learning through dark

winter days hoping for lighter, brighter

days ahead in April when we feel more

children are likely to be back in school.

If you could teach anyone – either

present day or from history

– who would you choose? An

interesting concept: choosing someone

whose future one might have shaped

in some way or simply knowing that

person in childhood? Drawing on some

New Beacon history it would have

been fascinating to know the young

Siegfried Sassoon and his two brothers,

Hamo and the lesser known Michael.

What do you think makes New

Beacon special? It was a joy to have

a full school last autumn. Life, energy,

noise and laughter returned. Yet many

visitors comment on our calm, measured

learning environment. I think we effectively

accomplish that balance of achievement

and purpose alongside a happy, caring

ethos where kindness abounds – we all

perform better when we are happy!

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Education News

Welcoming Day Boarders

Benenden School explains how, from September

2021, day pupils will also be able to enjoy

the school’s offering alongside its boarders

Benenden School, one of the UK’s leading boarding

schools, is introducing day boarders for the first time.

In an announcement described as “exciting” by the

School’s Headmistress, Samantha Price, from September

2021 Benenden will welcome a small number of day

boarders – a standard industry term for a pupil who attends

on a daily basis rather than boarding – in Years 9 and 12.

Samantha Price said: “We know from families living locally

that there is a strong demand for girls to join us as day

boarders and we are delighted to be able to welcome some of

these girls to Benenden for the first time next academic year.

“In many ways this is an historic moment for

Benenden – and a very exciting one for the School. We

have planned this approach very carefully indeed and are

confident that our day boarders will integrate seamlessly

into our wonderful, happy boarding community.”

The School opened in 1923 in a beautiful 25-acre site

in the village of Benenden, Kent. It educates 550 girls

aged 11 to 18 who can enjoy an array of superb facilities,

including a purpose-built Theatre, state-of-the-art Science

Centre, swimming pool, all-weather sports pitch and a

beautiful Eco-Classroom. It is currently constructing a new

School Hall and Music School, a development which will

create one of the South East’s foremost concert halls.

Benenden’s innovative teaching and learning experiences

include the highly-regarded Benenden Diploma for Years

7 and 8 and its Professional Skills Programme teaching

Sixth Formers professional and life skills. It also offers

a first-class pastoral support programme and regularly

welcomes high-profile speakers on a range of topics.

Does you child have a passion for STEM, Humanities or

Languages? Benenden School is offering two fully-funded

day places in the Sixth Form to local girls as part of its

initiative to introduce a limited number of day boarders.

These will be awarded to girls joining the School’s Year 12

day boarders in September – one to a girl with a particular

interest in and talent for STEM, and a second to a girl

whose enthusiasm lies in Humanities or Languages. These

places are fully funded by the School for the Scholars’

two years at Benenden and are subject to means testing.

To find out more visit benenden.school/day2021.

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Education News

Lockdown Lessons

Spring Grove School explains what its families

and teachers have learnt from lockdown

One year ago, as we grappled with the startling

realisation that schools were about to close,

little did we think that restrictions would

still be affecting our everyday lives in Spring 2021.

Faced with lockdown no.1 last March, the first

priority was to ensure that every Spring Grove child

had the technology needed for home learning. The

school provided every child from Reception to Year 6

with a Chromebook, preloaded with a new SG Home

Learning website to make the online experience both

safe and easy. The children quickly got used to ‘meeting’

their teachers in Google Classroom, and enjoyed the

many challenges and activities that took them away

from their screens in the glorious summer weather.

Throughout lockdown no.3, Spring Grove has once

again delivered the full school timetable via Google

Classroom, including specialist Science, French and

Music teaching for all years. Forest School projects, and

creative projects such as Animate Arts’ ‘Art Builders’

have allowed the children to spend time away from their

Above: SG Home

Learning in action

Right: Example of

an Animates Arts’

‘Art Builders’ project

based on the work of

Anthony Gormley

screens. Regular school assemblies always bring the school

community together, particularly the traditional Family

Assemblies on Fridays which have been co-presented

by staff and children and live-streamed to parents.

As we look forward with glimmers of hope, there are

many aspects of the Spring Grove lockdown experience

that will be put to good use in the future – innovations

in teaching and learning, virtual meetings and events,

the ability to adapt and think on our feet – we will take

all of these ‘lockdown lessons’ into 2021 and beyond.

springgroveschool.co.uk

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The more they grow,

The more they know, ,

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Sutton Valence

Preparatory School

Independent day school for

pupils aged 2 – 11 set in acres

of stunning Kent countryside.

With superb facilities and

specialist teachers, pupils

achieve excellent academic

outcomes whilst enjoying a

wealth of sport, music, drama,

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What’s On in March

Charity work

Thur 11 Mar 6.30-7.30pm

VIRTUAL ROMANIAN

COOKING WITH

HOSPICES OF HOPE

Renowned author and foodwriter,

Irina Georgescu, is hosting a

Virtual Cook-along. Irina’s latest

book ‘Carpathia - food from the

heart of Romania’ has received

wide acclaim and was recognised

by the Sunday Times as one of the

best cookery books of 2020. Irina

wants to share her excitement and

fascination for Romanian food

and will be demonstrating her

delicious ‘Chicken with baked

sauerkraut and dill polenta’. All

proceeds will benefit Hospices

of Hope which supports hospice

care in south east European

countries, including Romania.

Tickets: £10 (must book in advance)

01959 525110 /

hospicesofhope.co.uk/events

Recycle your bike

Recycle is a community

project which provides an

environmentally friendly means

of recycling bikes. Their service

team (a group of volunteers and

local people looking to gain

experience and skills) refurbishes

donated bikes and sells them,

with all money made reinvested

back into the project. Recycle

supports people who live in

Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven,

Seaford and surrounding villages.

If you are unemployed or not

working, managing a disability or

long term illness, or interested in

volunteering and aged over 19, the

project invites you to get in touch.

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MENTAL HEALTH

From 22 March

WELLBEING EVENTS AT

BORDE HILL Garden,

West Sussex

So many people rediscovered the

huge benefits of being outdoors

in the fresh air over the last year,

and a series of wellbeing events

throughout 2021 will make the

most of Borde Hill Garden’s

glorious setting. On 22 March,

22 May and 2 October, women’s

wellbeing days ‘A Wild Escape in

Warren Wood’ will use bushcraft

activities and ‘woodland bathing’

exercises to help participants

regain balance and escape the

pressures of everyday life. On 12

May, 16 June and 14 July, visitors

can enjoy seasonal highlights

using touch and smell as well as

sight, on a ‘Nature for Wellbeing’

guided sensory walk. Entry and

some events must be pre-booked.

bordehill.co.uk

From 26 April

DRAMATHERAPY SESSIONS

Guildford Shakespeare Company

(GSC) is accepting submissions

and referrals for their free

dramatherapy sessions for

teenagers with mental health

difficulties and their parents from

26 April. Now in its third year,

‘With My Eyes’ is a unique course

of free workshops for people aged

12-18, in which parents take part

alongside their children. Working

with registered dramatherapists,

‘With My Eyes’ helps families to

break the cycle of mental health

issues in a safe environment.

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Slow,

Grow, Eat

Hairdresser-turned-shepherdess, Zoë Colville farms

nearly 100 acres of land near Maidstone with her

partner, Chris Woodhead. With prime focus on their

animals’ wellbeing, together they rear cows, sheep,

goats and pigs, eventually selling their meat through

The Little Farm Fridge. This month, Zoë explains

why spring is now her favourite season on the farm

The fields are full of newborns, the flowers are

sprouting, we are just about finishing up in daylight

and – most importantly – we aren’t cleaning

mud off the hallway walls daily! My favourite season, for

as long as I can remember, always used to be summer.

Feeling the sun on your skin is such a delight and during

the deep dark depths of winter it’s hard to envisage how

it feels to not be in 50 layers of waterproofs. Since I

started farming full time however, I’ve realised summer

isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s just a constant cycle of

filling water troughs and moaning to ourselves and other

farmers about the lack of grass. Spring is where it’s at.

Bringing new life into the world is exhausting but possibly

one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve experienced. It

comes with its challenges, of course, but what job doesn’t?

As long as everyone’s happy and healthy (including us!) and

has a full belly, then we are doing okay. During lambing

season we stay on site in a 15 foot caravan, the Compass

Corona (I’m not even joking). We bought it on a whim

just before lockdown last year – the rule was no livestock

in the caravan. Well, two days into lambing and my 4am

wake up call was Chris plonking 3 hypothermic triplets

on the doormat inside the door. The adrenaline takes over

and, first things first, we fire up the fan heater and get them

warm – when the lambs’ mouths are cold you are in trouble.

Sometimes you must put them in a carrier bag with just a

little head poking out and submerge them in warm water

to warm them up. Once they ‘come round’ a little you

are able to give them colostrum, either by bottle or tube

straight into their belly. Colostrum contains vital antibodies

to set the newborns up to fight any bacteria or illnesses –

mother’s first milk or ‘liquid gold’ we call it. It’s incredibly

important they receive this within the first 6 hours of life

or the lambs can encounter a huge range of complications.

We managed to save one of the lambs, but sadly we were

too late for the other two. The mother wouldn’t accept the

surviving lamb back so I ended up rearing her. Her name

is Gyoza and she will enter the flock as a breeding ewe.

She cheered me up during the uncertainty of lockdown

and it’s safe to say she became a welcome distraction for

lots of our Instagram followers too – she’s quite the diva!

The Little Farm Fridge Recipe of the month

How to cook it... mutton

This simple, slow cooked stew is perfect for a neck fillet

• Serves 4

• 2 Little Farm Fridge

mutton neck fillets (or

even better on the bone)

• 3 carrots, peeled and

cut into chunks

• 2 potatoes, peeled and

cut into chunks

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and @thelittlefarmfridge. You can order

meat online at thelittlefarmfridge.co.uk

• 2 sweet potatoes, peeled

and cut into chunks

• 2 large brown onions

• a few sprigs of rosemary

• a few sprigs of thyme

• 2 beef or lamb stock cubes

• a generous pinch of

salt and pepper

1Cut the neck into large pieces and brown everything

except the potatoes in a pan with a splash of oil.

2Put it all in the slow cooker with enough

water to cover and add the stock cubes.

3Leave for a few hours – the longer the better

– until the stew is rich and thick.

4This dish is best served with suet dumplings

(of course!) and fresh, seasonal veg.

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