The DOMVS Almanac_issue #2_Spring 2021

DOMVSproperties

THE DOMVS ALMANAC
At Home in Dorset

THE

DOMVS

ALMANAC

At Home in Dorset

# 002

Spring 2021


Welcome to The DOMVS Almanac

ALMANAC noun [ C ] (also almanack) a handbook, typically seasonal, that includes

information for the year such as important days, weather, traditions, tips and nature.

We are proud to present issue two of The DOMVS

Almanac, which brings to you our highlights of living

in Dorset. With each new season, we will share with

you the hidden gems of our beautiful county, from our

favourite countryside walks and the best places to go for

the freshest seafood, to one-of-a-kind shops that aren’t

to be missed and inspiring local creatives. Read on to

find out how to make the very best of your home, your

garden and your mind, body and soul.

From the purveyors of the most scrumptiously tasty

treats, to the most talented designers, decorators,

and stylists, we’ve partnered with independent Dorset

businesses who are incredibly passionate about where

we’re from and what we do, and we’re all here to help

you feel at home in Dorset.

To discover more about the beautiful Dorset home

pictured here, read on...


Eight bedrooms | Four entertaining spaces | Tennis court | Natural lake | Approx. 6.24 acres | £2,250,000

Upwey, Dorset | Contact Tim Grainger: 01305 757300

Historic home, exclusive living

Approx. 8.5 acres | Outbuildings and paddock | Successful kennels | Five-bedroom home | Guide price £1,395,000

Portesham, Dorset | Contact Tim Grainger: 01305 757300

Rural living, income potential

In association with

In association with

domvs.co.uk

domvs.co.uk

3 4


Our Partners

Inside this Season

Our partners comprise some of the best producers

Dorset has to offer, all independent businesses founded

and located in Dorset, brought together to promote not

only each other, but the glorious lifestyle and products

our unique county has to offer.

3, 25 & 49. Dream homes from DOMVS

7. Sculpture by the Lakes: FORM Exhibition

9. Real nappies for good from Loving by Nature

29. Get a taste for Langham Wine Estate

31. Relax mind, body and soul at Medusa Apothecary

33. Eat chocolate, save the world with Chococo

We are always looking for exciting and innovative

new partners, so if you fit the bill and would like to be

involved, please get in touch.

11. Introducing Mr Fish

13. Time for cake with Dorset Ginger Co.

37. Discover your inner mermaid with Dorset Dips

39. Take a seat at the table with Cameron Furniture

Director

Polly Greenway

15. Mind medicine from Primrose’s Kitchen

17. Wild new styles at Foxy by Design

41. Moving tips to take care of your brood from NEST

42. Create beautiful spaces with Purbeck Candles

Almanac Secretary

Lucy Cole

lucy.cole@domvs.co.uk

19. Spring skin solutions from Sarah Dale Aesthetics

21. Indulge yourself with Rosemary Rogers Catering

43. 1968accessories; stylish and supportive

45. Save the world one roll at a time with Naked Sprout

On the Cover (and above)

Custom House Quay, Weymouth Harbour, courtesy of

EBIKE CAFE @ Deheers. Visit ebikecafe.co.uk

Editorial & Design

Charlie Ryan

charlie.ryan@domvs.co.uk

23. Go Dutch at EBIKE CAFE @ Deheers

27. Introducing Laura Evans Artist & Printmaker

47. Sammie McFarland in search of tranquility

51. DOMVS presents an opportunity not to missed

5

6


Top Form

FORM - The Sculpture Exhibition; a unique event coming to Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorchester

‘FORM - The Sculpture Exhibition’ at Sculpture by the

Lakes near Dorchester will feature some 200 pieces

of both indoor and outdoor sculpture from some of the

country’s top sculptors – making it one of the biggest

sculpture exhibitions in the UK.

This impressive new event will feature more than 100

large-scale outdoor sculptures installed across the

sculpture park’s stunning 26 acres of lakes, rivers,

gardens and woodlands. Among the breathtaking works

to be displayed will be pieces by globally-celebrated

artist Philip Jackson, known in particular for his many

public commissions, such as the Bomber Command

Memorial in London’s Green Park and the statue of

Bobby Moore at Wembley Stadium. Also featuring will be

Adam Binder, a previous winner of the David Shepherd

Wildlife Artist of the Year award and a member of the

Society of Wildlife Artists; and Gill Parker celebrated for

her equine and wildlife sculptures forming part of many

public, private and royal collections.

Bronze sculpture artist Nicola Godden will be adding

another exciting element to the festival. Her most recent

large, bronze sculpture, ‘Icarus’, was created for the

Olympic Village for London 2012, and she is now working

on a new, large-scale ‘Falling Icarus’ sculpture for ‘FORM

- The Sculpture Exhibition’, where the finished piece

will be displayed publically for the first time. As the

grounds play host to large outdoor works, the Sculpture

by the Lakes indoor exhibition spaces - The Gallery

by the Lakes and The Retreat - will come alive with a

wide variety of gallery sculptures, including pieces by

Paul Harvey, celebrated for his sought-after sculptures

of birds; the subtle, pared-back animal sculptures of

Stephen Page; and the abstract works of Mark Beattie.

The park and botanic gardens will offer visitors

wonderful woodland and garden walks around the lakes

and alongside the River Frome. There will also be the

opportunity to explore the indoor exhibition areas

(which, combined, make up the largest gallery space in

the county), and stop for drinks, lunch or dinner at the

award-winning café.

Some 14,000 visitors are expected to flock to this rare

event, where art-lovers will not only be able to view a

wide range of sculptures in a stunning, natural setting,

but also purchase the exhibits, which will range in price

from £1,000 to £300,000. The event has been curated

by Simon Gudgeon, an acclaimed sculptor and owner

and founder of Sculpture by the Lakes at Pallington near

Dorchester. Simon said:

The way sculpture interacts with its environment,

changing with the light, the weather, the seasons, means

that where you experience it is vitally important. Putting

large scale sculptures in a museum or gallery diminishes

their power, but in a beautiful, natural environment, that

power is restored; they come alive. That was one of the

reasons I started Sculpture by the Lakes many years

ago, and why I am putting this event together now. This

is something I have been thinking about for years now,

and I am thrilled to be seeing it come to fruition. It is a

rare and special opportunity for sculpture-lovers to see

and enjoy the works of some of the best sculptors from

across the UK together in one place for the first time. It

is going to be truly spectacular.”

Alongside ‘Form – The Sculpture Exhibition’, which

runs from 30th March - 16th May, will be ‘The Garden

Festival’, taking place in the final week from 12th - 16th

May. This five-day event will feature more than 30

exhibitors, showcasing everything to do with the garden,

from plants to tools to garden furniture. Alongside the

exhibits will be expert talks and tours of the stunning

park with its botanic and kitchen gardens, which were all

created by head gardener and co-founder of Sculpture

by the Lakes, Monique Gudgeon. Monique has said:

“As our many visitors have told us over the years,

visiting Sculpture by the Lakes is as much about the

gardens and the beauty of this setting as it is about the

sculptures. The two go hand in hand; I have designed this

landscape to best showcase the sculpture, just as Simon

has been inspired by this setting in the work he has

produced. It seemed right that a gardening event would

sit well alongside a sculpture exhibition here, reflecting

our twin passions and celebrating everything that makes

Sculpture by the Lakes so special.”

Tickets for ‘FORM – The Sculpture Exhibition’ will be

priced at £12.50, which is the standard price of entry

to Sculpture by the Lakes. For more information visit

gallerybythelakes.co.uk/form

7

8


Real Love

Charlotte

Loving of Loving by Nature on

why we need more real nappie shops

Since opening my shop doors two years ago, I have been

pleased to see many more cloth nappy shops either in

the pipeline or opening up all over the UK. The main

driver in my opening Loving by Nature was to spread

the word about reusable nappies and provide accessible

advice for anyone wanting to make the switch. I can’t

claim to be the first cloth nappy shop to open though.

Nappy Ever After in Hackney and Plush Pants in Oxford

have been open for several years, as well as Naturally

Baby in Leamington Spa. There are also a number of

small stores that have always stocked one or two cloth

nappy brands, although not their main focus.

The reason I think we need more bricks-and-mortar real

nappy shops in the country is simple. Whilst online retail

is brilliant, immediate and accessible, I truly believe that

if we want reusable nappies to become mainstream, we

need to be able to see them up close, in the flesh, in real

life stores across our towns and cities. This isn’t to say

that using cloth is complicated, but there is no denying

that when faced with all the options online, it can be

dizzying and confusing without being able to see how

things work in real life. Personally, I am a very touchyfeely

person and always feel nervous before clicking

‘buy’ online when I haven’t any prior experience of the

product. With something as seemingly alien as cloth

nappies, buying online can seem all the more risky –

especially for first-time parents.

With a physical shop, we are able to open our doors

to anyone passing by, which also means that people

who weren’t necessarily looking to reuse might find us

too. This is vital if we are to break through the barriers

of what is considered ‘normal’ and get real nappies

on more bums across the country. At the moment, if

you want to use real nappies, which thankfully more

and more people do, you need to be quite active

and determined in seeking out sources online and

researching and finding groups you can attend locally

for advice and support.

It has been great to see many supermarkets jumping

on board and stocking some popular real nappie brands

recently. While they might be able to offer knock-down

prices that a small shop never could, what you can’t get

from the supermarket, however, is specialised, informed

advice from someone truly passionate and experienced

in what they are talking about. This means someone

buying their first cloth nappies from a supermarket

may end up ditching the idea if they find they don’t get

on with the particular brand they’ve been trying. So,

while cloth nappies in supermarkets is a fantastic step

in the right direction, I would still urge anyone keen

to give cloth a try to seek the advice and support of

your local, independent distributor. What you also get

from a specialist shop is the opportunity to return if

something isn’t working for you. You’ll get more tailored

advice, the chance to keep learning as you go, as well

as the opportunity to become part of your local cloth

nappy community, should you wish. Plus, they’ll be a far

greater variety of options available to you.

Cloth nappy focussed shops are still a rarity, although

with the soon-to-open Friendly Eco in Bristol, the Real

Nappy Café in London and The Nappy Workshop in

Surrey, plus more and more popping up at markets and

events around the country all the time, I am hopeful that

sometime in the near future we may have one in every

town – I would love to open more myself! That said, it is

not an easy gig. Reusable nappies are no cash cow, and I

can assure you that anyone doing this is doing it for the

passion, because they truly believe in the need for it,

and not because they want to make their millions. If we

can make enough to keep a roof over our heads, we’re

happy to keep providing this much-needed service to our

communities - and the environment.

Loving by Nature is open from 10am to 2pm, Tuesdays

to Saturdays and can be found at De Danann Centre, 27

London Road, Dorchester, DT1 1 NF. You can also find out

more online at lbndorset.com

9

10


When the Boat Comes In

Introducing ‘Mr Fish’, Kevin Hanger; fresh, local fish direct to your door

You could say I’ve always loved the sea, from fishing

as a boy to enjoying spearfishing around local areas

and further field later in life. Having spent 22 years

working in the building industry, I found myself looking

for a change. Someone told me when you do what you

love you’ll never work again, so I followed my dreams

and, three years ago, became a commercial fisherman. I

invested in a boat, took and passed all the qualifications

to become a captain, and never looked back. Even the

early mornings and 12-hour days can’t put me off!

My boat, Shearwater, is docked in Weymouth Harbour,

and I primarily fish for bass and shellfish. All my fish

is sustainably line caught and, although I sell to the

market, I find it most rewarding to sell fish to my fellow

Dorset residents.

You can contact me via Facebook at facebook.com/

MrFishDorchester, via Instagram at @mrfishdorchester

and on 07841 878334. Orders are always welcome and

you’ll receive the freshest fish delivered to your door.

11

10


Sugar and Spice

All things nice: The Dorset Ginger Company’s ginger drizzle cake

Ingredients:

For the cake:

• 60ml Dorset Ginger Co. Extra Strong

• 200g/7oz softened butter

• 200g/7oz caster sugar

• 200g/7oz self-raising flour

• 3 medium eggs

• Couple of cubes of crystalised ginger cut into small

pieces (optional)

For the ginger icing:

• 2 tbsp Dorset Ginger Co. Extra Strong

• 200g/7oz icing sugar

• Couple of cubes of thinly sliced crystalised ginger

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line and

grease a 1lb loaf tin or a 20cm/8” cake tin.

2. Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and

beat until light and fluffy.


3. Whisk in the eggs a little at a time. If the mixture

starts to curdle, add 1 tbsp of flour. Use a metal spoon to

fold in the rest of the flour.

4. Add the 60ml Dorset Ginger Co. Extra Strong and stir

well. Add the chopped up crystalised ginger at this point,

if you are using it.


5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Bake in the

centre of the oven for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer

inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

⁣When it’s risen, golden and shrinking from the tin,

remove the cake from the oven and prick it all over with

a cocktail stick at least 20 times.


6. Drizzle it with more Dorset Ginger Co. Extra Strong.

Allow it to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then carefully

remove it from the tin and transfer to a cooling rack.


7. Once the cake is completely cool, mix up the 2 tbsp of

Dorset Ginger Co. Extra Strong with enough icing sugar

to make a thick paste. Drizzle this over the cake, then

decorate with thinly sliced crystalised ginger.

dorsetginger.ltd

13

20


Soul Food

Founder of Primrose’s Kitchen, Primrose Matheson, shares her top mental health hacks

The state of our mental health defines us. It mobilizes

or demobilizes, which is why staying on top of it is

so important. As someone who has always found it

hard to stay motivated during the winter months, I am

constantly exploring methods, foods and techniques

which can be actioned at any time of the year. Here, I

talk about some of them in order of their importance in

my own life.

Cold water

Having grown up on an island, the sea has always been a

big part of my life, and swimming in it very normal. The

feeling one got from those swims was always uplifting,

recalibrating and refreshing. Skip forward and I am now

living on Dartmoor. Whilst only 40 minutes from the

sea, it is no longer possible for me to enjoy a daily dip,

so I have been looking for other ways to incorporate

the power of cold water into my life. Up until the end of

October (just before my son, Wolf, was born), my partner

and I would go to a favourite river spot in the morning

and dunk ourselves before facing the day. I have always

found river water even more punchy than the sea due to

its lack of salt, which has a warming effect on the skin.

More recently, I have been fully embracing the Wim

Hof Method and swapping the river for cold showers

accompanied with deep breathing. Wim Hof’s belief

system, with which I fully resonate, is that, over time,

our relationship with the world we live in has changed.

Our lifestyles have disconnected us from the natural

environment. Because of this disconnection, our ageold

survival mechanisms are no longer triggered and

we’ve lost touch with our inner power. His method is

about reconnecting with nature, ourselves, and others.

Alongside his love of the cold, Hof has developed a

breathing technique which, he claims, helps with a huge

array of dis-ease due to its anti-inflammatory effects in

the body. Where there is inflammation, there is usually a

lack of oxygen. This is similar to the ancient practice of

yogic breathing techniques known as pranayama, which

has shown to decrease stress, lower blood pressure,

and improve immunity. Hof claims utilising cold therapy,

breathing techniques and one’s commitment can

positively help grant us increased energy; better

sleep; reduced stress levels; heightened focus and

determination; increased willpower; and a stronger

immune system. I can definitely vouch for this, as can so

many of his disciples.

Incline walking

Over the last five years, I have really become addicted

to a good incline. I wanted to understand why it feels

so much better to walk a shorter distance uphill than

a longer distance on the flat. Whilst I believe there is a

mental satisfaction in overcoming the challenge of an

incline and reaching the top of a hill - like a metaphor

for the challenges we face in our lives - I feel there is

also a physical reason why I like it. In discussing this

with a serious running friend of mine, I learnt that uphill

walking uses the same motor patterns as running. It

places an intensity on the cardiovascular system that is

almost equivalent to running, and higher than walking on

flat terrain. This increased intensity leads to improved

heart and lung function with a decreased risk of the

development of heart disease. If, like me, you are not

a fan of running, this is the perfect middle ground, so I

encourage you to find a good hill near you.

Food as medicine

First things first; keeping your blood sugar level stable is

the first step to maintaining a good mood and reducing

the likelihood of feeling tired, irritable, and depressed.

To do this, we must eat regularly and choose foods that

release energy slowly. Serotonin is often talked about

in relation to making us feel happy, but it also helps

regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit

pain. About 95% of your serotonin is produced in your

gastrointestinal tract. The gastrointestinal tract is lined

with one hundred million nerve cells - or neurons - so it

makes sense that your digestive system also guides your

emotions. The function of these neurons and, therefore,

the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, is

highly influenced by the billions of “good” bacteria that

make up your intestinal microbiome. These bacteria

play an essential role in your health, helping you absorb

nutrients from your food and boost your immunity. In

short, when it comes to diet, anything we can eat to

support a healthy gut is going to help us feel good on all

levels.

Kefir and sauerkraut provide beneficial bacteria to

support your gut. Gut bacteria needs fibre to flourish;

apples and peas are excellent examples, providing good

insoluble and soluble fibre. Chicory, which makes a great

addition to salads, provides prebiotics to feed the good

bacteria. Fatty acids from high quality hemp and olive

oil provide potent anti-inflammatory effects to support

gut health. One of my favourite snacks is almonds, and

studies show almonds possess probiotic qualities. In

addition, Vitamin D is crucial for brain development and

health, so incorporating Vitamin D-rich foods into your

diet is a great idea. These are foods like egg yolks, oily

fish and nettles, which help regulate mood and stave off

low feelings. Interestingly, people living in areas of the

world in which they eat a more traditional, varied diet

including plenty of fermented and no processed foods

show a lower rate of mental illness such as depression.

When it comes to health hacks, I think it is best to keep

them short and simple, so they are memorable and easy

to implement. These are my go-to mood enhancers and

feel-good optimizers. The only addition I would make

to the above is not to forget to interact with others.

We create great things when we come together as a

collective and by being a community. Remembering you

are part of a whole is key. We are not on our own. We all

have a valuable role to play in the great plan of life, even

if we might feel like we haven’t yet discovered what it is.

To find out more about Primrose’s Kitchen, visit

the website at primroseskitchen.com, or find us on

Instagram at @primroseskitchen and on facebook at

facebook.com/PrimrosesKitchen

15

16


Wild Thing

Take a walk on the wild side with

Foxy By Design

Stepping out of the darkness and into spring makes

this one of our favourite times of year. Our spring 2021

collection is a true reflection of this, full of bright colours

and exotic animal prints. Conjuring images of tropical

climates, sandy beaches and crystal clear blue skies, with

zebras, leopards, parrots, you name it, this season we

have it. All guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, it’s

just what we need right now.

Use the code FOXYLOVE to receive 10% off your entire

order. For foxy tips and to shop the collection, visit

foxybydesign.co.uk

Window Dressing

Misty Glass Dorset sheds a whole new light

At DOMVS, we’re lucky enough to sell some of the

most beautiful homes in Dorset, many of them historic

or listed buildings. When in need of a little TLC, the

restoration or replication of period features within older

homes often requires the specialist skills of traditional

craftsmen - enter, Misty Glass Dorset.

Misty makes stunning stained-glass panels for windows

and doors and has installed them in properties

throughout Dorset. Having started her business on the

dining room table of her home in Weymouth, Misty now

works in her own studio, where the views across the sea

towards Portland fill her with inspiration every day.

After 20 years spent renovating properties with her

husband in Oxfordshire, Cornwall and France - where

they spent eight years converting a traditional barn into

a fabulous home - Misty and her family returned to

England to work on a Victorian property in Weymouth.

The gift of a stained-glass course for her birthday

changed everything.

Misty now has a wonderful workshop filled with every

colour and texture of glass you could think of. Her

hand-made, bespoke works hang in the window letting

in beams of kaleidoscopic colour. “I love glass, I can get

totally lost in every detail. Then, after soldering all the

lead together, I get to enjoy the magic of being the first

person to hold it up to see how the light brings it to life.”

Misty takes commissions for replacing stained glass as

part of renovations, and creates bespoke door plaques.

To speak to her about your stained-glass project or

ideas, email mistyglassdorset@gmail.com or call 07756

466868. You can see all her latest work on Instagram at

@mistyglassdorset

17

18


Spring Skin Solutions

Enjoy more choice when you visit Sarah Dale Aesthetics

Spring has well and truly sprung and hopefully, by the

time you read this, we will be open for business once

again. It’s been a tough few months for us all, but here

at Sarah Dale Aesthetics (SDA) we have tried to use

our time wisely by creating new services which offer

convenience and flexibility for our clients. We have

invested in two new machines to ensure we continue to

bring you the most advanced skincare and non-surgical

treatments in the area.

Our new online shop, launched this January, has proved

extremely popular. Clients have found the service quick

and efficient, and it has attracted the attention of lots

of new customers who, having found us, have since been

making enquiries about our treatments. You can find the

shop at sdaonlinestore.com

Our clients are increasingly looking for long-term skin

health and pro-aging solutions. Healthy skin looks

youthful and boosts confidence. With advanced, ethical,

and non-surgical treatments, the body can regenerate

itself naturally, rather than results only being achieved

by a more aggressive approach, such as surgery or the

use of injectables. Our clinicians work with clients to

develop bespoke treatment plans, encouraging them

to think about skin health as part of a wider lifestyle

choice, looking beyond the quick fix and, instead, being

excited about long-term results.

Among other things, clients want to repair damage from

the past, particularly sun damage and red veins; reduce

lines and wrinkles; and improve the appearance of

scarring, stretch marks and cellulite. Skin rejuvenation

results using our ever-popular Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

laser and Nd-Yag continue to delight clients, whilst many

others return regularly for the wonderful Venus Freeze

and Lipofirm face and body treatments. Results include

lifting and tightening, stimulation of collagen production,

muscle tightening, and fat and cellulite reduction.

Our IPL permanent hair removal system is a gentle,

non-invasive treatment that can be used on all areas of

the body for both men and women. Sarah (owner and

founder of SDA) comments:

“Demand for this service remains high and, despite

the challenges of the last year, we want to provide our

clients with the safest and most effective results. Our

new medical grade, high-power Diode Laser has recently

arrived in the clinic. This most innovative device delivers

fast results and is safe for all skin types with minimal

sensation. This new machine joins our other laser

technologies to offer the best solutions for your skin and

unwanted hair concerns.”

Our third new offering is the award-winning Dermalux

Tri Wave, a medical LED light treatment for face and

body. It’s another great solution for skin rejuvenation,

acne, eczema, redness, dermatitis, open pores and so

much more. We have a portable version of this device,

the Dermalux Flex, available and have been hiring this

out to clients who have continued their treatments in

the comfort of their own homes. Please contact us for

pricing and hire options.

All our clinicians offer complimentary consultations.

Check out our website to find out more, or follow

us on social media for special offers, skin care

recommendations and education. We look forward to

welcoming you to our clinic soon.

sarahdaleaesthetics.com

facebook.com/sarahdaleaesthetics

E. info@sarahdaleaesthetics.com

T. 01305 269220

19

25 20


Let Them Eat Cake

Rosemary Rogers’ invites you to try her Chocolate Drip Cake

Throughout the year, I make birthday cakes for the staff

of various businesses in Dorchester. One of the enduring

favourites is the Chocolate Drip Cake. I thought it would

be fun to share the recipe and ask you to send photos of

your creations to rosemarywdt2@gmail.com. I’d love to

hear your thoughts on the recipe too, which is adapted

from one by Mary Berry.

Tips for success:

• When you open the door and place the cake tins

inside, the temperature of your oven drops. To

counteract this, turn your oven on in good time, so

the entire oven can reach the correct temperature

before you need it.

• Use exact measurements for ingredients.

• Using room temperature eggs will mean the yolks

and whites combine more easily, ensuring an even

bake.

• Check your raising agent. If it is old it will not have

enough oomph.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

• 225g softened butter

• 225g caster sugar

• 4 large eggs

• 225g self-raising flour

• 2 level teaspoons baking powder

• 2 tablespoons of good quality cocoa powder

For the butter icing:

• 200g unsalted butter

• 400g icing sugar

• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

• 2/3 table spoons cold water

For the chocolate ganache:

• 150g dark chocolate, chopped

• 100g butter

1. Pre-heat your oven to 165˚C. Prepare 3 x 6-inch

loose-bottom cake tins by lightly greasing them, placing

a circle of baking parchment on the bottom, and lightly

dusting the sides with flour.

2. Place all the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl and

beat for two minutes.

3. Divide the mixture equally between the three tins.

Place the tins on the centre shelf of the oven and bake

for 25 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven and leave to rest in the tins

for five minutes, during which time the cakes will shrink

from the side of the tins. Turn the cakes out onto a

cooling rack.

5. To make the butter icing, sieve the icing sugar and

cocoa powder into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.

6. Add the butter and approx. a tablespoon of cold

water and beat using a whisk until combined. Gradually

add more water as required to loosen the mixture to an

easily spreadable consistency.

7. Once the cakes are cold, use a knife or spatula to ice

the top of one cake layer. Carefully place the second

layer on top and ice it, then place the third layer on the

top and ice that one.

8. Finish by icing around the outside of the cake, then

place in the fridge to cool while you make the chocolate

ganache.

9. To make the ganache, put the chopped chocolate and

butter into a glass bowl and heat slowly either over a

saucepan of shallow, boiling water or VERY carefully in

the microwave. Stir regularly and be careful not to burn

the chocolate.

10. Once melted, stir the mixture one last time to

combine, then pour the melted ganache onto the top of

the cake. Use a knife to push it gently over the edge to

create the drips.

11. When it comes to decorating your cake, let your

imagination run wild! Berries, biscuits, individual

chocolates and slabs, shards or shavings of chocolate all

make excellent toppings. Store your cake in the fridge

until you’re ready to serve.

facebook.com/RosemaryRogersCatering

21


Go Dutch

EBIKE CAFE @ Deheers would like you to

meet the Knaap two-seater

Spring is in the air, and EBIKE Cafe @ Deheers on

Custom House Quay, Weymouth has just become

the very first local partner of the coolest and most

innovative eBike in the cycling market. The Knaap twoseater

eBike out of Amsterdam provides more people

than ever before with the opportunity to use cycling for

physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The brand new Knaap two-seater, pedal-assisted eBike

can carry up to 28-stone (180kg). This means that

any type of rider, young or old, large or small, can now

enjoy cycling with all the physical and mental health

benefits associated with outdoor exercise. The Knaap

bikes provide a powered motor in the rear wheel to

give a level of assistance that helps the rider reach a

maximum speed of 15 mph whilst gently spinning the

pedals, meaning that almost anyone, of any level of

fitness, weight and ability can ride these bikes.

The great benefit of the Knaap bikes, in particular,

is that they are road legal for carrying two riders,

meaning commuting back into work could soon look a

lot different. They have the largest battery in the eBike

industry; enough to carry one rider over 80 miles and

two riders north of 30 miles at speeds of up to 25 kmh.

Knaap Bikes were recently awarded the ‘Innovation

from a Newcomer’ in Cycling Industry BikeBiz Awards,

voted for by UK independent cycle retailers. The bikes

have been described by industry insiders as “The most

Instagramable bikes ever” and, in one glance, you can

see they have combined retro with supercool, to appeal

to every age group. They even say, “If Steve McQueen

was alive today, you could see him riding one of these.”

If you’re looking for a cool ride around town that’s as

good for your street cred as it is for the environment,

then the EBIKE Cafe has the answer. With its clean lines,

urban style and impressive features including a unique

two-seater base, the Knaap bike has taken the eBike

market by storm, grabbing the attention and custom of

some of the world’s leading sports stars, leisure brands

and entertainment names. Peter Claxton, Co-Owner of

EBIKE Cafe, tells us more:

“We are really excited to be teaming up with Knaap

Bikes and giving our customers the chance to own one

of the world’s coolest eBikes. I know the bike is going

to be a big hit locally, among both our die-hard cycle

enthusiasts and our customers looking for a stylish and

environmentally-friendly way of getting around.”

Combining the best qualities of traditional and electric,

this Dutch brand is cornering the market of cool with a

bike that answers the needs of the new eBike generation

wrapped up in a tough urban shell.

Key features:

• Battery large enough to carry one rider 86

miles/140km or two riders over 30 miles

• Battery recharges from zero to full in 6 hours

• Five levels of pedal assist with seven-speed gears

• Superwide 20” x 4” tyres give unparalleled stability

and ride comfort

• Long length saddle designed for comfort for two

riders, with rear seat foot pegs

• Fully road legal with 25 kmh limitation

• Zero emissions

• Price tag of £2,299 and available in Matt Black and

Space Grey

To “Meet the Dutch” eBike taking the world by storm

and book a test drive* of a Knaap Bike, please contact

Peter or Josephine at the EBIKE Cafe, Weymouth on

01305 786839.

EBIKE CAFE @ Deheers is open seven days a week,

from 10am to 4pm, on the ground floor of Deheers, 9A

Custom House Quay, Weymouth, DT4 8BG. Find out

more at ebikecafe.co.uk

*Please note all store visits and test drives will be organised in line

with the Public Health England Covid Guidelines.

23

24


Brand new home | Four bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Two reception spaces | Garden and garage | £695,000

Charminster, Dorset | Contact Tim Grainger: 01305 757300

Contemporary living, village location

Six bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Two reception spaces | Kitchen/diner | Garden and garage | Offers over £600,000

Charminster, Dorset | Contact Greg Carter: 01305 757300

Period home, village living

In association with

In association with

25

domvs.co.uk

domvs.co.uk

26


Light and Shade

The natural journey of Dorset contemporary

artist, Laura Evans

In the back of The Picture Frame Workshop in

Wareham, you’ll find the studio gallery of Laura

Evans, contemporary abstract artist and printmaker.

Having worked for ten years as a consultant within

environmental archaeology, Laura fell in love with

printmaking after taking part in a day workshop run by

a local artist. It was here that she discovered the fine

art technique of ‘collagraphy’, which involves building

up a printing plate from materials, and knew she had to

pursue it.

What is a collagraph?

In short, a collagraph is a form of printmaking, which

involves building up a printing plate like a collage

with materials such as seeds and paper. The plate is

then hand-inked, buffed to remove excess ink, and

pulled though an etching press under dampened

paper, resulting in an image being printed on the

paper. It is impossible to ink the plate the same way

every time, making each print unique.

Fast forward to 2016, when the previous owner of the

framing shop suggested – while framing some of her

workshop pieces – that Laura apply for a Purbeck Art

Weeks Bursary. Laura’s successful application led to her

being awarded the full bursary, which enabled her to buy

much-needed printmaking materials and push forward

with her career.

Following her first successful Purbeck Art Weeks

exhibition at Rollington Barn, Laura took her collagraphy

further by developing a way of printing on fabrics, and

thus created her first lampshades. The fabrics used - all

unique and handmade by Laura - are a labour of love.

The fabric has to be washed and ironed multiple times

during the process. The inking and printing of the plate

can take several hours, and the printed fabric then takes

up to a week to dry. It is then adhered to a special shade

backing and transformed into a beautiful lamp.

In the winter of 2016, Laura was invited by Sophie Dixon,

owner of Seasons Green, Corfe Castle, to take part in an

exhibition and display her prints and lampshades

together for the first time. Following this (yet another

success), Laura enlisted the help of a local woodturner

to create beautiful and unique bases for her lamps,

made from locally-sourced Dorset wood and finished

with brass fittings and custom-coloured cords.

In late 2018, Laura discovered painting and, in 2019, had

her work accepted into the South West Academy of Fine

& Applied Arts Open Exhibition at Exeter Castle. Later

that year, having seen her work, the new owner of The

Picture Frame Workshop, Jon Brooke, offered Laura the

opportunity to share the shop space with him. Delighted,

Laura spent Summer 2020 gradually setting up her

gallery space (having been delayed by the pandemic). By

September, she had a fully working studio too.

Now working from the very shop that helped kickstart

her career, Laura knows the true meaning of coming ‘full

circle’. Thrilled to be part of Purbeck’s thriving artistic

community, she is looking forward to welcoming people

to her studio gallery and running printmaking workshops

this summer.

Laura offers a bespoke design service, creating colour

match samples and working with clients in their

homes to create beautiful lampshades and cushions to

complement existing decor. All of Laura’s fabrics are

handprinted in her studio, where she creates original,

bespoke pieces for the home. She is currently working

on designs for handprinted upholstery fabric. Influenced

by her background in environmental archaeology,

Laura’s paintings are inspired by textures, colours,

shapes and the movement of the landscape around her.

Her work is an emotional response to this environment,

an attempt to express the sense of connection between

land, sea and the forces between them. Laura often

uses mixed media – oils, acrylics, pastels and mark

making – to create the shapes and forms she sees in the

landscape. Her gallery features the work of other local

artists and makers as well her own paintings and prints.

To find out more about Laura and her work, visit her

website at lauraevansartist.com or find her on Instagram

at @lauraevansartist and Facebook at facebook.com/

LauraevansArtistPrintmaker

27

28


From Bud to Bottle

Fiona Wright offers a mouth-watering insight into the sparkling world of Langham Wine Estate

Tell us about the back story of Langham Wine Estate.

How and why did you get started in the wine business?

Langham Wine Estate began its life as a passion

project of the father of our Managing Director, Justin

Langham; he’d planted a small hobby vineyard. Justin

took this idea and developed it, choosing to plant vines

at Crawthorne Farm, which is one of the farm sites that

makes up the Langham Agricultural Enterprise. The

vines were planted in 2009 after much research into

which site would be best to plant on and which grape

varieties would work best.

What is it about your Dorset location that makes for an

award-winning sparkling wine?

Our site at Crawthorne Farm has a number of benefits.

Hedgerows and trees all around the vineyard provide

natural shelter from the prevailing south-westerly winds,

and a habitat for a diverse range of animals. The native

buzzards provide one of the best deterrents to small

passerine birds that eat the ripe grapes. The field where

the vines are planted is on a south-facing slope, which

not only ensures maximum sunlight exposure, but also

aids drainage of cold air during early spring, reducing

the likelihood of frost damage to young shoots. The

vineyard sits on layers of Jurassic and Cretaceous chalk

and limestone strata, the same as those in areas of the

Champagne region of France, which is obviously one of

the most famous sparkling wine regions in the world. In

the Aube region of Champagne, in Sancerre and Chablis,

they have Kimmeridgian and Portlandian soil, names

which may sound familiar to us here in Dorset. So our

terroir really is perfect for growing the classic grape

varieties that have historically done so well in France;

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

What is your winemaking style?

At Langham, we make our wine in the ‘Traditional

Method’, the same way they do in Champagne, where

the second fermentation - to create the bubbles - is

done in the bottle. We follow a low-intervention style

of winemaking, meaning we try to add as little as

possible and let the grapes sing for themselves. If we

were to make a comparison to France, our winemaker,

Tommy Grimshaw, aims to emulate the smaller growerproducers

of Champagne rather than the big Champagne

houses. We don’t use commercial, lab-grown yeasts to

ferment our wines, instead we use the natural yeasts

that are found on the grapes and in the winery. This is

a riskier and slightly slower method of fermenting, but

we have found, over the past few years, that using this

method helps to produce a much more complex product.

We also don’t fine or filter our wines at all, which means

that they happen to be veggie and vegan friendly.

Another way in which we differ from a number of

producers in the UK at the moment is our use of oak.

Some wineries will use 100% stainless steel tanks

for their ferments, but we also use old oak barrels to

ferment some of our juice. By using our range of oak

barrels from Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux, we

can add yet another layer of complexity to our wines. We

don’t make our wines to a specific recipe, but instead

create as many different parcels of wine from our

harvest. The winemaking team then do a lot of tasting

from each individual barrel and tank, and then decide

what proportion of each will go into making our five

different sparkling wines. The juice that is fermented

in stainless steel will bring fresh, crisp fruit flavours,

whilst the oak-fermented juice will take on some subtle

characteristics from the barrels, plus it will be exposed

to a bit of oxygen, which will soften the flavours. This

works particularly well here in England where we have a

cool climate and are producing fruit that has quite a high

acidity. Another way we soften and round out the acidity

is by putting all of our wines through a process called

malolactic fermentation, which converts tart tasting

malic acids into softer lactic acid. All of these processes

go towards making the best quality, most complex,

honest products we can from our site.

Do you have a favourite wine from the Langham range?

My personal favourite at the moment (it changes

dependent on the day/mood/season!) is the latest

incarnation of our Culver Classic Cuvée, which has

just been released. Our two classic cuvées, Culver and

Corallian, are both a blend of the three grapes we grow,

but each has different proportions. The Corallian is

Chardonnay dominant, with just a touch of the two black

grapes in the blend; whilst the Culver is Pinot Noir and

Pinot Meunier dominant with just a bit of Chardonnay

in the blend. This latest incarnation of the Culver has

such an exciting, expressive flavour. On the nose, you

get delicious floral notes, along with hints of buttery

croissants and raspberry jam. It’s an amazing example of

the complexity that our winemaking and vineyard teams

can achieve through all their hard work. I am a big fan of

pizza and deli boards, and this wine goes really well

with those kinds of foods, whilst our Corallian would be

perfect with some fresh Dorset seafood.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

I would say, for me personally, seeing all the hard work

and dedication that goes into each bottle and being

able to share that story with consumers. We are such

a small team here at Langham and everyone pitches

in and helps out. It’s amazing to see the journey of

our products from the tiny buds which appear in April

through to harvesting the grapes in October, then

bottling the wine for its second fermentation the

following summer. It’s a long process full of nail-biting

moments to create a bottle of exceptional sparkling

wine, and it’s a joy to be able to share that process and

passion with our customers.

Are you open for tours and tastings?

We reopened for tours and tastings on Wednesday 14th

April and are so happy to be back. Our on-site café has

reopened for lunches and picnics as well, so you can

enjoy a full day out when you come to Langham.

How/where can people buy your wine?

Our wine is available to purchase direct from our

website at langhamwine.co.uk and we deliver anywhere

in the UK. We also sell our wine in a number of amazing

local farm shops and independent wine stores. You can

follow our wines’ incredible journey from bud to bottle

on Facebook at facebook.com/langhamwinery and on

Instagram at @langhamwinery

29 30


Good for the Soul

Press your reset button at Medusa Apothecary, Dorchester

At Medusa Apothecary, we believe there is no time

like the present when it comes to becoming more

sustainable, ethical and in-tune with the elements

that make up the environment in which we live and

the substance of our being. During the first lockdown,

we created ‘The Elements’, Medusa Apothecary’s

signature therapies. Created out of love just for you,

The Elements’ have been designed to ground, rebalance,

energise and instil an ultimate sense of well-being within

your very core. Your journey begins with the selection

of an affirmation rune that will be interwoven in your

therapy and drawn onto your body in magical tree

essences. A hand-blended mix of herbs is then smudged

to purify you, the tools and the space. All elemental

therapies are tailored with pre-blended oils and essences

to your affirmation and chosen element. At the end

of your journey, all treatments are concluded with a

bespoke mix of herbs and flowers in a tea infusion.

Earth - to ground and centre.

A clearing of barriers between body and earth to

ground you and make you feel more present and ‘in the

moment’. We begin with an exfoliation of the legs

and feet followed by a full body mud mask, wrap and

weighted blanket (like a great big muddy hug). After

showering away the mud, you’ll enjoy a full body

massage to pummel away your stresses and strains.

Air - like walking on fluffy clouds.

This bespoke treatment will revitalise your legs and feet.

By using a combination of hand-blended products, we

will cleanse, tone and nourish your pins and tootsies,

leaving you feeling like you’re walking on air. The Air

treatment includes a brisk body brush followed by a salt

scrub up to the glutes. After the scrub, your feet will

enjoy a nourishing treatment with heated booties. This

will conclude with a lower body massage with a specially

selected blend of ‘air’ infused oils.

Fire - to clear the dead wood.

If you’re seeking an invigorated version of yourself, this

will help you shed your yesterdays and emerge anew. A

brisk full body scrub (mixed just for you with a unique

recipe of essential oils) to buff away dead skin cells is

followed by a hot stone massage to nourish, tone and

centre.

Water - to reshape and hydrate.

A blissed-out upper body treat. Wash away your stress

with an Ayurvedic hydro-dhara essential oil infusion

trickled slowly onto the scalp, followed by a divine Indian

head massage to erode the troubles that ail you. Our

targeted facial massage will lift and smooth, using our

West Country-created lotions and potions to nourish and

rebalance. This wonderful facial treatment is topped off

with a blow dry to make you look as fabulous as you feel.

Spirit - love your beautiful self.

Spirit is a full mind, body and soul treatment. We

smudge to remove any negativity before realigning your

chakras to encourage a smooth flow of energy through

your body’s meridian pathways. You will experience a full

body massage using rose essentials oils, crystals and

the healing power of touch to realign, comfort and uplift.

A truly blissful experience help you to realise a more

beautiful you.

In line with the WEF’s ‘Great Reset’ (the rebuilding

of society and the economy in a more sustainable

way following the COVID-19 pandemic), we at Medusa

Apothecary are doing everything we can to ensure

we make minimal impact on our environment while

adhering to pandemic restrictions and maintaining the

highest standards of health hygeine. Our hair salon

uses products that are ethical, have recycled and

recyclable packaging and are concocted with crueltyfree,

‘nasty’-free, organic and biodynamic ingredients.

We are also a proud member of the Green Salon

Collective, meaning we recycle our hair clippings to help

clean up petrochemical spills; compost our aluminium

foil and colour tubes to create new metals; and our

colour waste is spun into its different compounds and

repurposed. When it comes to the PPE required during

all treatments, we use only compostable hair gowns,

gloves and cleaning materials.

To book your treatment, please call 01305 260888 or

email orders@medusa-apothecary.co.uk and we will be

delighted to curate a treatment plan just for you. To

find out more about all the treatments we offer, visit

medusa-apothecary.co.uk

31

32


A farmer stands next to a cocoa sapling in Leuser National Park, Sumatra

The Jungle VIPs

Chococo Co-Founder, Andy Burnett, explains how chocolate is saving Sumatran orangutans

Since December 2018, Chococo has been proudly

supporting the work of the Sumatran Orangutan Society

(SOS). Fellow Dorset-based business, Lush, has been

supporting SOS for many years. They kindly allowed

us to adapt their orangutan soap mould to create a

chocolate version, which we christened ‘Tuan’, meaning

‘Sir’ in Malay. For every chocolate Tuan sold (and

Tuantoo, his vegan counterpart), we send £3.50 to SOS,

who have recently confirmed that our contributions

to them have now funded a total of 5,401 cocoa tree

seedlings to be planted in Sumatra.

By supporting the work of SOS, we are helping them

re-forest areas of rainforest destroyed by illegal palm

oil plantations. While Chococo never has or will use

palm oil in our chocolate, it is, sadly, present in a lot of

industrially produced chocolate. There are only c14,000

Sumatran orangutans left in the wild, and we simply

cannot stand by and watch the disastrous effects this

intensive monoculture is having on both their habitat

and the climate. Re-wilding by planting trees is a global

challenge for which we are all responsible, and we want

to do something positive to help.

As SOS say, “Orangutans spend their lives in the trees.

Deforestation is the greatest threat to their survival,

so protecting and restoring their habitat is absolutely

crucial. We are working with frontline partners to

protect the last standing forests in Sumatra, and restore

damaged ecosystems. The ecosystem restoration

programme is operated by our partners, the Orangutan

Information Centre (OIC), with a team of local staff and

farmers. The restoration sites are located within the

Leuser ecosystem, a protected area, and are repairing

damage to the forest caused by illegal activities –

primarily the clearing of forest for oil palm plantations.

As well as restoring lost habitat and reinforcing national

park boundaries, these projects engage local people

in grassroots conservation action. Strong roots in the

community are absolutely essential for this work to

succeed, and the groups we work with have become the

guardians of the forests, protecting the ecosystem from

future threats.”

The damage that is done to the local ecosystem is

captured in this quote from a local farmer who is now

one of the guardians of the forest, “When the forest

was replaced with oil palms, the water dried up for

miles around. Since embarking on the restoration of the

ecosystem, our rivers have returned and we

can once again hear bird song. We are committed to

protect Leuser from any further damage.” - Pak Baron,

Protectors of Leuser.

We are helping the team at Bukit Mas Permaculture

Centre (BPC) on the edge of Leuser National Park in

the north of Sumatra to plant cocoa saplings. This

100-hectare, formerly an oil palm plantation, is now in

the hands of conservationists and permaculture experts.

The oil palm trees have been cut down, and work is

well underway to turn this piece of land into something

wonderful. Bukit Mas, which means ‘golden hill’, is being

re-planted with indigenous tree saplings and important

cash crops such as chillies, aubergines and other

vegetables. In the nursery are more exotic crops such as

patchouli, ylang-ylang and now cocoa, for local farmers

taking part in OIC’s permaculture training programme.

Planting cocoa trees is just part of a wider project by

SOS to work with local communities. As the health

and prosperity of the people of Sumatra are linked

to the fate of the forests, SOS aims to develop both

conservation action plans and sustainable livelihoods.

The planting of cocoa saplings provides a long term

additional income stream for local farmers, and helps

discourage the destruction of forests for the short-term

profit of growing palm.

This is also a long term project for Chococo. It takes

five years for cocoa trees to mature enough to produce

cocoa pods. Only then can the pods be harvested for

the beans inside, which, once fermented and dried,

are processed and turned into chocolate. According to

the OIC team in Sumatra, orangutans love the taste

of freshly picked cocoa. They break open the pods to

expose the sweet, white flesh surrounding each cocoa

bean, which tastes like citrussy lychee - we can confirm

it is indeed delicious. We look forward to continuing to

build relationships with the SOS team, their partners

and farmers, and to being able to buy cocoa beans from

them to make officially orangutan-approved chocolate.

To learn more about SOS and to support their work by

purchasing your very own chocolate Tuan, please visit

the Chococo website at chococo.co.uk

You can also find us on Instragram at @chococochocolates

and on Facebook at facebook.com/ChococoChocolates

33

34


Solid Gold

Chococo Goldies from Chococo Co-Founder

Claire Burnet

Serves four to eight.

Equipment:

• 22cm square cake tin lined with greaseproof paper

Ingredients:

• 200g plain flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 1/2 tsp sea salt, crushed

• 200g light soft brown sugar

• 175g unsalted butter, melted

• 2 large eggs, beaten

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 140g gold chocolate buttons (or white chocolate

buttons if you can’t get gold)

• 50g dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa solids), chopped

• 25g cocoa nibs or chopped nuts e.g. pecans/walnuts

(optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C

2. Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave (in short

bursts to prevent burning) or in a pan on a gentle heat,

then set aside to cool.

3. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl, add the baking

powder and salt and stir to combine.

4. Add approx. 80% of your chocolate buttons and nibs/

nuts to the mixture and stir in.

5. In a separate large bowl, whisk the cooled melted

butter and sugar together by hand using a balloon whisk.

6. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract to the butter

mixture and whisk by hand until all blended and slightly

lighter in colour.

7. Add the flour to the wet ingredients and gently fold in

using a wooden spoon or spatula. Do not beat or work

this too much - gently does it!

8. Pour the batter into your prepared tin. Sprinkle the

remaining chocolate buttons and nibs/nuts on top of

the batter and gently press them in using the back of a

metal spoon.

9. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. A skewer

should come out mostly clean, but if you prefer a firmer

more cake-like consistency, cook it for a few minutes

longer.

10. Leave to cool before cutting into slices. It will make

12 to 16 slices depending on how hungry your hordes are.

For more tantalising Chococo recipes visit chococo.co.uk

35


Big Dippers

Tessa Kelly extols the ethereal wonder of

open-water swimming

I truly believe in the healing power of nature and the

magic that the sea and cold-water swimming bestows on

our mental and physical health. The moment you bravely

take the plunge into cold water your focus has no choice

but to be exactly on that moment in time, releasing all

other thoughts and worries into the waves and bringing a

rare, salty sense of perspective and freedom. It provides

the invaluable chance to breathe, reset and connect with

your beautiful surroundings when life gets overwhelming,

as it often does. It is the ultimate mindfulness practice,

away from the screens, struggles and anxiety of

everyday life.

The sea and open water swimming have helped me

overcome so much. I started Dorset Dips with the desire

to share the experience in the hope it might provide

release for other people too. I love to explore the

amazing Dorset coastline and am proud to call it home.

It’s a pleasure to share my favourite swim spots with

likeminded dippers and meet up with them in the cold

water. We are spoilt for choice here in Dorset; from the

long, sandy stretches at Weymouth, Bournemouth and

Swanage, to the winding roads that deliver us down to

Eype, Seatown and Burton Bradstock, and the beautiful,

hidden bays of Kimmeridge, Warbarrow, Lulworth and

Worth Matravers. When I’m in the water, each one feels

like the most special place in the world. Every time I

swim, I decide on a new favourite.

Last year I was proud to become a Mental Health Swims

host. This amazing community of volunteers offers peer

support groups and cold-water swims in safe, nonjudgemental

environments across the UK. Our Mental

Health Swims group is free to join and meets at 9am on

the first Saturday of every month in front of Cafe Oasis,

Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. All dippers are welcome

to stick around afterwards for a piece of cake and a quick

beach clean - to give a little back for our swim. The aim

is simply to enjoy a dip with company, and there’s no

pressure to get or stay in for any length of time. All are

welcome whether a swimmer, bobber, diver, toe-dipper or

starfisher - the sea doesn’t judge!

All swimmers are responsible for their own safety, so

it’s vital to know and stay within your limits. The most

important aspect of open water swimming is to stay safe

and respect the sea at all times. It is a force of nature

and, much like our moods and feelings, is sometimes less

welcoming than others. Do your research, join a group,

and know your limits so you don’t put yourself or others

around you at risk. My top tips for swimming adventures:

• Be prepared; check the weather, tides and entry/exit

points in advance

• Never swim alone if inexperienced, and always let

someone know where and when you’re going and when

you get out

• Wear a brightly coloured swim hat and tow float to

ensure you can be seen

• Never dive in; enter the water slowly until you have

control over your breathing and have acclimatised

• Lay out warm, dry and easy-to-put-on clothes in the

order you’ll put them on, ready for when you finish your

swim

• Know your limits; start slow and small

• Enjoy! Nothing beats that sparkly, post-swim moment

when it feels like there’s glitter running through your

veins - and the obligatory cake that follows

In the summer months when restrictions are lifted, I

will be offering free coaching and ‘introduction to cold

water swimming’ sessions for anyone who would like

to have a go, but doesn’t know where to start, or would

like some company to begin with. If you’d like to ask any

questions or join our Mental Health Swims group for a

dip, please contact me at tessa-kelly@outlook.com or

via the @dorsetdips Instagram. You can also check out

mentalhealthswims.co.uk for details of all the Mental

Health Swims meets around the country and the amazing

community they’re building.

37

38


Man of the Woods

Spotlight on: Jason Cameron Furniture

Grange Gallery is home to the workshop of renowned

bespoke furniture maker and designer, Jason Cameron

of Cameron Furniture. Together, Jason and his wife,

Esme, built their Cedar Barn to house Grange Gallery,

Cameron Furniture, and Esme’s art studio. Jason has

been located on site for over 20 years. His clientele

ranges from individual private clients to interior

designers, and he has worked with royalty on several

occasions.

Cedar Barn provides Jason with the perfect set-up to

host and consult with clients, showcase his furniture

and homeware collection, and design and manufacture

in his workshop. He designs and produces his own line

of high-end bespoke furniture and a range of homeware.

Jason’s work is influenced by the strength and simplicity

of Japanese design and architecture, the Art Deco

movement, and the works of Le Corbusier, Rennie

Mackintosh and Gerrit Rietveld. Jason is regularly

commissioned to design and make one-off pieces of

fine furniture, often influenced by his signature style or

working specifically to a client brief. He is renowned for

his highly skilled craftmanship, his unique, contemporary

style and his use of modern and traditional techniques.

We’ve take the opportunity to speak to Jason about his

inspiration, his craft, and what a client can expect when

commissioning a bespoke piece of furniture:

How did you become a furniture designer and maker?

I was inspired by my father, who worked from his

workshop in the garden making rocking horses and

furniture. I studied Product Design, BA (hons), at

Birmingham City University. After applying to The

Princes Trust, I was awarded a start-up grant to set

up my own bespoke furniture design and manufacture

business, and I have been doing it full time ever since.

What do you enjoy most about being a furniture

designer and maker?

I love working with wood and enjoy the variety and

diversity that my work brings. I do feel privileged to

be able to design as well as make. Each client brief is

different, which is refreshing, as I enjoy tailoring each

piece to fit with them. As well as furniture, I really enjoy

designing and making my range of homeware products.

The challenge of where design meets functionality is

something I relish.

What can clients expect from the commission process?

Commissioning a piece of bespoke furniture is an

incredibly special journey for both client and maker. It

is a very personal experience during which a client’s

vision is realised and turned into reality. As a designer, I

am able to collaborate with my clients, or I can interpret

their ideas and requirements. The result is a unique,

individual piece of custom furniture that a client can

proudly own, and that future generations can enjoy for

years to come.

Jason’s work is available to purchase at Grange

Gallery or online at cameronfurniture.co.uk To book

a consultation with Jason to discuss a commission,

please email info@cameronfurniture.co.uk or call 01929

553942.

Cameron Furniture, Grange Gallery, Grange Road,

Creech, BH20 5DG

39

40


Nurture, Educate, Support - Together

NEST explains how to help the whole

family enjoy a stress-free move

Moving house can be daunting for anyone, especially

when you have little ones in tow. Here at NEST, we

are passionate about supporting families and working

alongside each and every client to ensure we find a

solution which is right for you. If you have a house

move coming up or know someone who does, then

hopefully the following tips will help. As an Early Years

Consultancy, we look after the whole family, so we feel

it is really important to first mention a little top tip for

parents and carers:

• Be sure to make your bed soon after arriving in your

new home (whatever time of the day it is), so you

know you’ve got somewhere comfy to go at the end

of the day. There is nothing worse after a full-on day

of unpacking than suddenly remembering you have

to find the bed sheets and make the bed before you

can relax.

Here are some tips to make the transition of moving

house easier on your little ones:

• If you are able to decorate the house before moving

in, it is worth sorting your child’s room as a priority

to ensure they have a welcoming, safe space to which

they can retreat.

• Before moving house, introduce a room spray

or scent, so when you do move, your child’s new

bedroom will have the same familiar, comforting

smell as their old one.

The same goes for your little one’s bed as your own;

it’s always worth prioritising getting their bed ready

for them, especially if they still take daytime naps.

• Prepare an easily-accessible bag of toys for the

children to keep them occupied on moving day.

• If you know someone who can look after your

children for the day or take them out for a walk,

book them in. Not only will it provide children with

a distraction and the full focus of at least one adult,

but it will also offer you some respite time.

• If your little one attends nursery, school or a

childminder and it is feasible for them to attend on

• moving day, then this is always a good option.

• If your child is old enough to understand what is

going on, provide them with honest, age-appropriate

information to make them feel involved.

• Be prepared for routines to go out of the window and

don’t be hard on yourself if this does happen. You will

soon be able to pick them up again once everyone’s

settled in.

NEST is a private Early Years Consultancy Service

offering bespoke support to families with children aged

0-5 years. NEST works closely with you and your family

in a nurturing and non-judgmental way to support you in

your child’s early years. NEST is proud to have a strong

ethos ensuring every family receives a service which is

confidential, informative and exclusively tailored to their

individual needs.

If you would like to chat with NEST about making a

more tailored moving plan to suit your family, please

don’t hesitate to get in touch via our website at n-est.

co.uk or by phone on 07825 308570. You can also find

us on Facebook at facebook.com/NESTchildren and on

Instagram at @nest.children

Beautiful Spaces

Experience a new way of life with Phaedra

Radstock’s award-winning Purbeck Candles

Beautiful Spaces by Purbeck Candles; almost a year

in the making, a concept conceived during the first

lockdown, when our homes became even more central

to our way of life. This stunning range of candles and

diffusers was created to enhance specific areas of

our living space. A collection of fine fragrances for

the home, each blend has been carefully crafted using

pure essential oils. The first four blends include Living

Space; this could be the area of your home where you

congregate, entertain (a concept we will, hopefully, be

able to enjoy again soon) or simply where you feel most

relaxed. Alternatively, choose from Pamper Space,

Serene Space or my favourite, Cosy Space.

Released in early March 2021, the Beautiful Spaces

range is available to buy online, where you can also learn

more about our range of natural home fragrances and

keep up to date with new releases by subscribing to our

mailing list. Visit purbeck-candles.co.uk

41 42


Styled for Good

Style and charity from owner of

1968accessories, Caroline Gray

Based on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, 1968accessories

specialises in handmade, contemporary fashion jewellery

and accessories. Launched in March, my new collection

of make-up bags has been created in support of

domestic abuse charity ‘SafeLives’. 60% of all sales of

the make-up bags will be donated directly to the charity.

This project came about due to what happened on 23rd

March 2020; my birthday and - far more seriously - the

start of lockdown. For most of us, the year that followed

has been a tough one for one reason or another. One of

the most shocking things to have come to light since

then, however, is the steep rise in domestic abuse. A

year that has been simply boring for some of us has

been frightening and dangerous for far too many more.

In April 2020, I started to make face masks for care

workers, and by the summer, was also selling them

online. I try hard to operate 1968accessories as a near

zero waste company, reusing any scrap fabric I can,

which is how the idea for the charity make-up bags was

born. With the help of my mum, all the fabric scraps

left over from the making of face masks were turned

into new lengths of patchwork fabric. My decision

to turn them into make-up bags was inspired by the

heartbreaking reality that women so often use makeup

to hide the visible signs of abuse. I chose to support

‘SafeLives’ charity as they help all victims of domestic

abuse including men. You can visit their website at

safelives.org.uk

More details about this project and SafeLives can be

found on my website at 1968accessories.com/blog. On

a positive note, I look forward to seeing you in the shop,

where you can enjoy 20% off your first order by using

the code ‘Dorset’ at the checkout.

43

22


Roll with It

Meet Naked Sprout, the Dorset-based company saving the world one roll at a time

Based on Portland and delivering to your door, Naked

Sprout is the first company in the UK to offer naked and

unbleached bamboo toilet roll. Reducing deforestation,

their soft, sustainable toilet rolls provide an eco-friendly

alternative with no unnecessary packaging.

Normal toilet roll contains numerous chemicals including

bleach, BPA, formaldehyde, de-inking agents, chlorine

dioxide, sodium sulphide, sodium hydroxide, sodium

sulphate, anti-slime agents, filler, adhesives, wet

strength enhancers and more. It poisons waterways,

damages the environment and is bad for human health

and wildlife.

The Naked Sprout solution is simple; zero bleach, zero

plastic, zero chemicals. Their plastic and chemicalfree

toilet roll is made from 100% natural unbleached

bamboo with absolutely no additives. Passionate

about offering a sustainable alternative with less

environmental impact, Naked Sprout plans to make a

difference. By making a small everyday change to the

products we buy, like toilet roll, we can all help make a

difference.

“At Naked Sprout, we saw the damage regular toilet roll

has on the environment. We are passionate

about offering a sustainable alternative with less

environmental impact. Together we can make a

difference.” Tom Whelan, Founder

Why bamboo?

• Fastest growing plant in the world (Guinness World

Record)

• Absorbs five times more carbon dioxide than trees

• Produces 35% more oxygen than trees

• Requires no pesticides or fertilizers

• Grows naturally - only needs rainwater

• Harvestable within four-six years. Trees take 30-60

years to mature

Keen to do as much as they can, Naked Sprout

have partnered with ‘Just a Drop’, a charity that’s

transforming lives - one box of Naked Sprout toilet roll

at a time. Each box sold gives a child in Kenya access

to safe water at school for one year. By supplying safe

water to a school, children are able to stay in school and

receive the education they deserve. Frequently, children

have to walk for hours to fetch water to bring to school,

resulting in missed lessons, dehydration and fatigue.

In over 30 countries ‘Just a Drop’ transforms lives by

implementing sustainable clean water, sanitation and

hygiene solutions. Supporting over 1.5 million people

worldwide.

Details

• 100% virgin sustainable bamboo

• No chemicals, bleach or plastic

• Same cost per sheet as leading brands

• Free delivery

• Extra long rolls - 300 sheets

• Soft 3-ply

• 9, 24 and 48-roll boxes available

For more information and to buy online, please visit

nakedsprout.uk You can also find them on Facebook at

facebook.com/nakedsprout.uk and on Instagram at

@nakedsprout.uk

45

36


Rest Assured

Sammie McFarland explains the

importance of a little regular R&R

Over the last 12 months and more, we have all been on

a roller coaster of change and adaptation. ‘Familiar’ and

‘routine’ may have been harder to achieve. For those

of us who are creatures of habit, it has been a steep

learning curve. A common trend of discussion has been

lack of energy. It is natural to think about increasing

sleep to combat low energy, but have you considered

the power of rest, and did you know there are different

types? Think of rest as a battery recharge.

We have all been powering through the weekly pandemic

challenges with our brains continually ticking, busy

considering how we can overcome the next hurdle. We

have asked our bodies - and our minds - to continually

adapt, morph and pivot. It is a lot. How often do you pop

your mobile phone on charge throughout the day? Have

you considered your body might benefit from the same?

Restorative activities and rest contribute to balanced

wellbeing. Prioritising a recharge can improve energy

levels and quality of sleep. Rest can be passive or active.

By practising both, we can work towards a truly rested

state.

Press ‘pause’ - plan short rest breaks in the day, stroll

around the garden while the kettle boils, listen to bird

song or music that you find relaxing.

Brain dump - take those thoughts out of your head and

pop them in a notebook where you can revisit them if

needed.

Tune out - it is okay to retract into your shell now and

again, close your eyes, switch screens off, hit the mute

button, or use noise-cancelling headphones in busy

environments.

Get creative - the process of creativity can be

energising, get back to basics and make a mood board

from scraps of pretty things that inspire you.

Restorative movement - change the focus to wellbeing

rather than fitness and enjoy movement that nourishes

both body and mind.

Be authentic - stop people-pleasing and start expressing

yourself authentically. Answer honestly when asked how

you are.

Reconnect - with nature, community, spirituality. Feel

the dewy grass beneath your toes, walk barefoot in the

sand, laugh with friends (even if it must be on Zoom) and

allow time for self-reflection.

Let’s look to shift our focus and achieve a balanced

wellbeing that extends beyond shape and size.

*Please discuss ongoing concerns with your doctor.

Sammie Mcfarland is a Pilates & Wellbeing Coach;

Holistic Core Restore® Coach; Sports, Scar & Pregnancy

Massage Therapist; and a Core Fascial Release Therapist.

To find out more, please visit sammiemcfarland.co.uk or

find her on Instagram at @sammiepilatesandcore and on

Facebook at facebook.com/pilatesandcore

47

36


Example kitchen

Example reception room

Brand new home | Four bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Garden and garage | Central Wareham | £825,000

Wareham, Dorset | Contact Alison Owens: 01929 555300

Historic town, contemporary living

Commercial opportunity | Gallery and workshop | Café | Extensive parking | Proven footfall | Offers over £550,000

Creech, Dorset | Contact Jon Booth: 01929 555300

Creative lifestyle, inspirational location

In association with

In association with

49

domvs.co.uk

domvs.co.uk

50


READY WHEN YOU ARE

Solid Investment

Associate Director of DOMVS Lettings, Debbie Turner, on why 2021 represents an unparalleled

opportunity for investing in property

The property market today is one with unparalleled

opportunity for those wishing to let their

property. We merely need to analyse a few key metrics

to gain a better understanding of this unique and

unprecedented environment.

Massive decrease in available properties to let

At DOMVS, we have seen an average of 76% decrease in

available properties on the market to let, based on the

same period last year. This has had a colossal impact on

the rental market, given the unprecedented demand of

people looking not only for a new home, but also a new

lifestyle – and not just in our lovely county of Dorset, but

across the UK.

Dynamic shift in demand

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our society has

experienced a dynamic shift in culture as more and more

people have found themselves working from home. As

businesses evolve and adapt, they experience a shift

from an office-based culture to a remote environment, a

theme expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Family pressures

As one can imagine, this undoubtedly creates

unexpected pressures on the average family, who

naturally seek out more space and tranquillity to cope

with this seismic shift in their day-to-day lives. Dorset,

51

with its beautiful beaches and rolling countryside, offers

an attractive option to many. Naturally, this has driven

up the demand for homes.

Specific need for NHS workers – can you help?

Dorset is also home to the Dorset County Hospital. Due

to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dorset has seen an increase

in the number of lettings enquiries from NHS staff

working in the hospital and accompanying services.

These NHS staff members are now also having to

compete for what few properties there are available.

Many of our NHS clients have had to leave their families

behind while they wait to find suitable accommodation

and have had to take up temporary residences while

waiting and hoping for appropriate properties.

Contact me

If you can help – or know anyone else who has a

property to let – please contact me. Equally, if you

are thinking about buying a property for investment

purposes, DOMVS can advise you on every aspect

needed to ensure the outcome is successful for you. My

name is Debbie Turner, I have over 30 years’ experience

in the field, and I will do everything I can to ensure your

experience of letting a property is a good one. Please

call 01305 835300, email debbie.turner@domvs.co.uk or

visit the DOMVS website at domvs.co.uk/lettings

If you’ve been thinking of selling or letting, talk to us today

Mid & North Dorset:

01305 757300

Purbeck & East Dorset:

01929 555300

domvs.co.uk

South & West Dorset:

01305 835300

In association with

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines