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Contents

May 2021

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson selects her

favourite properties on

the market right now

NOTEBOOK

News and events to look

forward to this month

ARTFUL RESTORATION

An extensive cottage restoration

for a couple of art lovers

GET THE LOOK

Find products to give your

home a creative edge

SAVE THE WORLD

Rebecca Cuffe’s green edit

THE HOUSE THAT

INSTAGRAM BUILT

Explore striking holiday suites

in a Margate apartment

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GET THE LOOK

Colour-up, Margate style

TIME TO BREAK FREE

Kate Watts styles

timeless timepieces

FEELING FLUSH?

Josephine Fairley gives her

advice for tackling rosacea

BODY LOVING

GOODNESS

Sarah Maxwell’s continues her

quest for body confidence

NOURISH TO FLOURISH

Expert advice from

nutrition and lifestyle

coach Charlotte Lau

LAZY DAY DINING

Relish a relaxing brunch with

three easy-to-prepare recipes

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FORGET ME NOT

Jo Arnell explains why she has

a soft spot for biennials

LET’S GO WILD!

Sue Whigham takes a closer

look at the UK’s wildflowers

MEET THE HEAD

We chat to Marlborough House

School’s Eddy Newton

WHAT’S ON?

Find out...

SLOW, GROW, EAT

Zoë Colville gives us the

latest from the farm

RESTORATION

& NEW BUILD

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How incredible it’s been to see customers breathing life

back into our local high streets as boutiques, salons

and restaurants open their doors (or gardens) for

the first time in months. Whilst there’s no doubt we’ve still

got a fair way to go, and safety remains the greatest priority,

it certainly felt like a real treat stepping into a real-life clothes

shop this week for a post-lockdown treat with my daughter.

Despite a peppering of frosts to keep us on our toes, I am

hopeful that sunshine-filled days are on the cards as summer

approaches. And with the promise of warmer weather comes the

drive for home improvement. This issue’s Supplement takes a

look at extensions, new builds and non-structural components,

alongside restoration advice. Whether you’re hoping to show

your house at its best for a summer sale, looking to maximise

the potential of what you’ve got or thinking of going down

the new build route, this is sure to be an interesting read.

Keeping with the restoration theme, our first featured

interior has been a labour of love and skilled craftsmanship

for a couple who fancied downsizing from a rural setting to a

central village location. See how they designed their extensive

restoration of a pair of cottages into a space to suit their

lifestyle and interests from page 32. If you’ve always wanted to

experiment with colour, check out how the arty team behind

Margate Suites have tackled the revamp of a flat into holiday

accommodation. With amazing sea views and a truly memorable

application of vibrant decor by local artists and creatives,

they’re sure to leave a lasting impression on lucky guests.

Elsewhere, Josephine Fairley gives her recommendations for those

battling with rosacea and health gurus Sarah Maxwell and Charlotte

Lau guide you through positive changes to improve wellbeing.

Enjoy your Surrey Homes and we hope to

see you at the Midsummer Fair in July

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Letter

Wealden Times & Surrey Homes Team

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

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

Design Director ..........................................................................Anthony Boxall

Design Assistant...........................................................................Phoebe O’Leary

Executive Chairman ...................................................................... Julie Simpson

Managing Director .............................................................. Vivien Cotterill-Lee

Sales Managers ..................................................................................... Jen Crisp

Lisa Gordon-Hughes

Senior Account Managers ............................................................... Maria Hurley

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Wealden Times Show Director ....................................................... Flo Simpson

Senior Account Manager, Events ....................................................... Jude Brown

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£2,500,000

The dream: There’s a reason for

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central Oxted.

Setting: Leafy suburbia, with

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Beds: 5 Baths: 3

Special features: The sitting

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Pleasing details: The whole house

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Elmbridge

£8,950,000

The dream: An elegant 18th century house,

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has been superbly renovated for chic modern

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A discreet flat is incorporated into the ground

floor plan, with its own secluded garden area.

Where: Leafy Elmbridge, which includes Esher,

Cobham, Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge.

Setting: Seven acres of private gardens

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Beds: 5 Baths: 4

Special features: The kitchen is super cool,

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Outside: Mature gardens with pristine

lawns on the terraced area giving to private

woodland and a walled garden. There is

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Time to town: Forty minutes from

the nearby railway station.

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which you can purchase art from the Watts Contemporary Gallery

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with the Contemporary Gallery on 1 May. In partnership with

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a number of works exhibited for the first time. The other

galleries will then reopen on 17 May, with a last chance to see

Art & Action: Making Change in Victorian Britain, a look at

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highlight inequality. Then, in the summer we’ll see the return

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take place twice a day, will include

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and Raptor Centre says, “After what

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Down a leafy lane, nestled comfortably behind

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Art is the couple’s other passion and is in glorious evidence throughout

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Adams, the late Anne-Catherine Phillips and Ros Lyons.

twelve acres we had – for the horses and the land, was

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Above: The sitting room is papered in Classic Silks by Galerie. Playful Fornasetti cushions nestle on the sofa below some of

Tim and Eve’s favourite artworks

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The oak bookshelves and staircase have been expertly

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talented joiner. “He is such a craftsman,” says Tim, pointing

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“We have hung one hundred and twenty seven pictures in the

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This page: A double-height,

oak-framed atrium is lined with

fabulous books and objects

room spans across the back of the house and is vaulted

into the apexes. Every piece of the frame is exposed. Paul

Cresswell at Sackville Oak Frames made the frames at

his workshop in Kent. They took around nine weeks to

make, but just three days to install on site, and it must

have been thrilling to see it coming together so seamlessly.

Tim points to a single dark peg in a beam, “This is so that

you know it is one of Paul’s frames, it’s his signature.”

The frames next to the bathroom and dressing

room are glazed, necessitating a creative invention

within the fixings from Paul to ensure that the glass

panels don’t shatter as the oak flexes and settles. A hint

of the wonderfully verdant colour in the bathroom

gleams through the oak frame high above the bed.

“I love the oak frame,” Tim says, as we gaze around the

huge vaulted room. “Every piece of it – and the double

gable. I didn’t want any of it covered over, so it’s all exposed.

And,” he adds, “I feel vindicated that it looks just right.”

The bedroom is decorated simply, the walls are Farrow

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This page: The guest bedrooms are wallpapered in designs by Colefax & Fowler – a wisteria design called Seraphina (above), which

Eve was tempted to use again in the second bedroom before deciding on another lovely floral featuring birds and peonies (top)

craftsmanship, in his Tulips and Honeysuckle design.

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We climb up another flight of stairs into the attic; which

manages to be an airy, dreamy, yet geometric space, tucked

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“John said that he needed to see what’s important to us. We said: books and

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This page: The master bedroom is situated in the two

storey extension that Tim and Eve added to the house.

The oak frame was made by Paul Cresswell from Sackville

Oak Frames, taking around nine weeks to construct in his

Kentish workshop, but just three days to install on site

“I love the oak frame. Every

piece of it – and the double gable.

I didn’t want any of it covered

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Tim adds, “I feel vindicated

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Descending from the stars back onto the

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This page: The master bedroom’s vibrantly green and spacious ensuite features a copper splashback and wall below its soaring vaulted ceiling.

The washstand once served as a babies’ changing station

Out in the hall and landing the wall colour

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Tantalising glimpses of Tim and Eve’s extensive book

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almanac. The generous bookshelves are peppered with

whimsical objects too – from mischievous artworks by Marie

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Art is the couple’s other passion and is in glorious

evidence throughout the house. There are many paintings

by favourite artists Richard Adams, the late Anne-Catherine

Phillips and Ros Lyons. “We have hung one hundred

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remembering the positioning of every one of them. What

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In Tim’s study artwork and wallpaper combine in the

form of a huge mural that stretches across one wall. “It

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and looks just like a painted mural. The rest of the study

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The sitting room exudes warmth and comfort.

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richly coloured Classic Silks wallpaper by Galerie.

Even the smallest room has not been forgotten and is aptly

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Top: The attic is a space which has been designed with the couple’s

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their designers and artisans Tim and Eve have

been able to visualise, create – and now enjoy

– an interior of exquisite craftsmanship and

finish. “We have been influenced by talented

local people who should be recognised,” says

Tim. “We don’t want to show off, although

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The House That

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is an interior collaboration between upholsterer

Jess from Poh Maluna, interiors and set designer

Amy Exton from Margate Location House and

carpenter Elouise Farley, alongside a host of local

artists and craftspeople. (You may remember

seeing Amy’s house in our February 2018 issue)

For some people, lockdown has offered

a small chink of positivity. It has been

a chance to recalibrate their business,

providing an unexpected opportunity to adapt

and expand creative ideas that might have been

bubbling around for some time. For Margate

restaurateurs Nadine and Simon Morriss,

the past year of limited or no trading, has

enabled the couple to not only expand their

hospitality business, the Buoy & Oyster in

Margate’s Old Town, but to also transform the

top two floors of their Grade II listed property

into super stylish holiday let apartments.

As the UK is set for yet another summer of

staycations, the timing couldn’t be better.

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Nadine has let the imagination of Amy and the Studio Margate team run

riot and the effect is magnificent, daring and yes, 100% selfie ready!

Margate Suites is a bold re-imagination of what holiday

let properties can be. “I call them immersive escapes by the

sea,” says Nadine. “I wanted to create something completely

different that would be non-seasonal, fun to stay in and

very Instagram friendly!” Indeed one could say that it was

Instagram that built the entire concept of Margate Suites.

Nadine started the ball rolling, wanting to find a local team

to help her develop her old flat that sits above her restaurant.

Out of that vision, a brand new female collective of interior

creatives has emerged. Studio Margate comprises interior

designer Amy Exton (@amyexton) a set designer by trade

who owns Margate Location House, Jess at Poh Maluna (@

pohmaluna) who creates fantastical upholstery and carpenter

extraordinaire Elouise at Lady Wood (@ladywood_)

The Courtyard Suite is the first project the group has

worked on together. A Miami-meets-Art-Deco Hollywoodmeets-1980s

apartment, the space is a love story to colour,

texture and shape. With only a very minimal budget,

Amy has taken Nadine’s flat and turned it on its head.

Walls, ceilings and floors have been colour matched in

paint and vinyl to create a vibrancy that verges on the

neon. Hand-dyed voile curtains only further enhance the

Margate sunshine, saturating the colours so much that

each room seems to pop and fizz. Furniture has been

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This page: The rooms seem to glow from the inside out with coral pinks and orange in the main bedroom and aqua green and blue in the

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kept minimal and upcycled with hand-painted Facebook

marketplace finds. Nadine has let the imagination of

Amy and the Studio Margate team run riot and the effect

is magnificent, daring and yes, 100% selfie ready!

Nadine explains how Amy wanted the colour to sing,

even when standing in the apartment’s small hallway. The

rooms seem to glow from the inside out, each of the pastels

complementing the other, from the coral pinks and orange

of the main bedroom to the aqua green and blue of the

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the living area, to the blue, violet and pink sunset walls of

the courtyard area. Pastels they may be, but nothing like

you will have ever seen before. It feels as though you have

slipped into the artwork of a classic 80s album cover.

Margate Suites offers truly sweet dreams by the sea. Paying

homage to the nearby sandy beaches, sticks of rock, the

50s inspired theme park Dreamlands and Margate’s quirky

British seaside aesthetic, the apartment will appeal to the

thousands of us looking for an alternative staycation this

summer. Who needs Ibiza when you’ve got an apartment

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It will be no surprise that a former member of Love

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This page: The Mermaid Room’s scallop shell bed is a custom-made design

by “Lady Wood” Elouise Farley. Local artist Georgie Berryman’s (@georgie.

berryman) statement life rings are scattered throughout the apartment

Island has already been to the apartment for a photo shoot.

Could it be the large upholstered two-step raised round bed,

upholstered entirely in coral velvet, with its abstract semicircular

headboard that could make Jackie Collins blush?

Might it be the sculpted shell-edged blue green alcove that

leads you up two steps into an enclosed double cave-bed,

worthy of an Indian Maharaja? Could it be the sunset ombre

disco-effect courtyard or the candy pink stripes that scream

‘beach time fun’? It’s totally bonkers and yet it totally works.

The living and kitchen area play on the kitsch beach hut

look. The 80s fusion of aqua, pink and bold highlights of

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This page: The Coral Room channels ‘80s

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The success of the Courtyard Suite

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Above: The success of the Courtyard Suite has given Nadine the impetus to continue her transformation of the building to the floor above,

the Emerald Suite, which is now nearing completion. In complete contrast to The Courtyard Suite, this colleciton of rooms has taken on an

altogether deeper-toned and textural theme with velvets, lace and florals

magic. Just as Instagram friendly, the two bedroom apartment

(one double, one twin) nods most definitely to the ‘more

is more’ ethos of American artist Tony Duquette’s OTT

house Dawnridge. Leopard print, palm print, Japanese and

Chinese, 17 th century all jostle for attention in Nadine’s

Margate version of Duquette’s Beverly Hills original.

Leanne has merged Moulin Rouge, chinoiserie, floral,

Versace and animal print in what can only be described as

an ode to the other great Lockdown story, Tiger King.

Unlike the actual open space of the Courtyard Suite below,

the top floor apartment recreates the outdoors with a fake

living wall and ceiling packed with plants and coloured fairy

lights that brings the apartment’s hallway to life. Nadine calls

it her ‘magical secret garden’. The bedrooms are both essays

in boudoir maximalism. Whereas the floor below is all about

saturated sunshine and pastel brights, the Emerald Suite

is an ode to sensuality with dark green and black painted

walls and ceilings, a romantic Gypsy-caravan style antique

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and lots and lots of leopard. For the Emerald Suite it is all

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minimal beach chic then this is definitely not for you (luckily

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suites, Pearl and Samphire that overlook Margate Sands).

For those visitors thinking of booking a weekend getaway

then Nadine has really thought of everything. As the

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restaurant as well as Nadine and Simon’s latest venture

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what can only be described as an ode to the other great Lockdown story, Tiger King

bliss. “When we decided to do this renovation project,” says

Nadine (who also gave birth to her second child during

the second lockdown), “I wanted it to be an entirely local

team. I wanted it to be women-led and I wanted to help

support Margate’s amazing creative talent. It’s been such a

hard year for us all, especially the hospitality and creative

sectors, I thought we could all help each other out. I never

could have envisaged what the girls have managed to

achieve. They have turned my flat into two very different,

but equally amazing dream-like fantasies. I still walk around

and have to pinch myself that I once called this home!”

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Vintage

Outlook

Urban & Grey talk us through a

fabulous project installing vintage

style windows into a Surrey home

Claire McFadyen, owner of Louisa Grace

Interiors, approached us with an exciting brief,

a clear vision, and some design requirements,

for the glazing elements of a stunning restoration and

build project. Claire’s interiors company focuses on rustic,

original, vintage furniture which features throughout the

property so she had her heart set on something that would

highlight and enhance those aspects of her design.

The soon-to-be-refurbished property, was located in

beautiful leafy Surrey. Surrounded by green fields, the

doors and windows were to be a key feature, bringing

some wow factor to the spaces and framing the beautiful

country views outside. We were of course delighted to

assist, our ‘steel look’ heritage range fitted the design

brief perfectly – something in keeping with the age of

the building, vintage but at the same time stylish and

contemporary.

The system has all the advantages of modern aluminium

profiles, featuring the thermal breaks and vintage flair of

steel but in a hybrid version that eliminates drafts. As well

Left, Above & Top Left: The

same New-York loft style

glazing is used throughout

the living space in doors,

skylights and windows for a

sense of continuity.

Above: Claire McFadyen’s choices of

a freestanding kitchen with no upper

cupboards and a big chandelier, keeps

all eyes up towards the bright feature

windows. Right: A classic Belfast sink

adds to the vintage vibe of this country

kitchen, and it sits front and centre

beneath the windows so you can look

out at the view while washing.

as quality design and the preference for slim sight lines,

thermal efficiency is an extremely high priority for our

clients, so this range is becoming very popular. It is also

surprisingly competitively priced, and manufacturing to

delivery can be expedited to meet the build timings and

deadlines. The heritage range offered every option Claire

could possibly need with French doors, single doors,

fixed screens, tilt and turn, side hung or top hung open

out casements. Plus, the classic bars are designed to suit

the client’s preference and can be formed of very slim

horizontal bars, cross over bars or true dividers.

Since completing, we continue to see a lot of interest

and demand for art deco, New York loft style windows,

doors and screens. They look fantastic in both modern and

old properties and can be used for internal room dividers

and partitions. We think this beautiful project really

showcases the beauty and versatility of our aluminium

Heritage Steel Look range, combined with the stunning

interiors – a project Urban & Grey are very proud to have

been played a part in.

urbanandgrey.co.uk

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Form

& Function

A classic verandah is a stylish and worthwhile feature to add to a

renovation, striking a pleasant first note for all those entering a property

Porches were originally created

hundreds of years ago to offer

shelter when entering a property.

Over recent years they have

risen in popularity again, and

it’s no suprise given that they

are both practical and pretty.

With the recent trend for

architectural styles inspired by

bygone eras, it’s the perfect time

to invest in character features

like this to give a property some

memorable personality and a

pleasant welcome everytime you

walk in the front door. With

all this in mind, we asked the

team at one of our favourite

local, family-run businesses,

The Traditional Verandah

Company, all about them.

How do you make your

porches and verandahs?

Structures from The Traditional

Verandah Company are made from

new materials, with designs based

on original porches and verandahs

from Georgian and Victorian

times. They are made in Kent

from marine-grade aluminium and

laminated safety glass which will

stand the tests of time beautifully.

What maintenance do they require?

A structure from The Traditional

Verandah Company is built

to last and requires hardly any

maintenance – a wipe over with a

damp cloth is all that’s required.

What sort of property

do they suit best?

These fine structures sit

comfortably on both old and

new homes, providing a touch

of period charm and that much

sought-after kerb appeal. We

have all sorts of colours available,

along with several finishes to suit

every colour scheme and taste.

We also have various column

options from solid and sturdy to

slim and elegant, and three stylish

corner brackets to choose from.

Do you include installation

of the finished product?

A full service from design to

installation is provided to each

client, along with architect’s plans

of the project. The friendly office

team are available throughout

the process to answer any

questions and provide updates,

with the experienced installation

team on hand for the efficient

and hassle-free installation

of your chosen product.

What makes you a good business

to go to for a porch or verandah?

With over 20 years’ experience,

we are a local company offering

high-end quality of both

products and service so you can

buy with confidence from The

Traditional Verandah Company.

thetraditionalverandahcompany.co.uk

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6SCL’s

steps

to take before starting

a new project

SCL Groundworks share advice for getting a clear idea

of what it will take to get you your dream new-build

or extension, before you start out sclgroundworks.co.uk

To prepare land for a new-build or extension, the

preferred starting point is often to get in touch with

an architect to create the design of the project.

Once the architect has created an initial scope of

specification for what you wish to achieve, you will

be able to go to a structural engineer to organise the

groundworks. Finding the right engineer is just as

important a step as finding a good architect, as the groundworks

will create the base that the building will rely upon. This can

take up to 4 weeks depending on the complexity of the project.

Your engineer may ask for tests such as boreholes, or

soakage tests to be undertaken. It is also advisable to take

soil samples to analyse their waste classification, as this can

have a large impact on the cost of the project. These can

take two or three weeks for results from tests being carried out.

Don’t miss our June issue’s

Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement

full of ideas to remodel and update

Out from 1st June

Obtaining quotes for services and utilities. This is

also important for new-builds as the quotes provide

contractors clear information at the beginning of the

project and help prevent any unknown costs early in

the build. This would usually take four weeks from contractors

receiving information and drawings, to allow for a visit to the

site and a competitive price to be drawn up. When obtaining

quotations from contractors it is important for them to visit

the site to understand access, ground levels and other external

factors. To get an accurate quote you should also give them:

• full but concise information on how long

you wish for the build to take

• clear detailed drawings of the plans

• payment term information

• clarification on whether you expect to hold a retention

(a percentage of the project’s valuation which is held

for a rectification period of the works). This is usually

12 months at 5%, with 2.5% paid on completion and

2.5% paid once the rectification period is complete

Speak with local estate agents about the value the project

could add and compare this against build costs to assess

potential returns and whether the scheme is viable.

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Shiny

& New

To give you an insight into what’s out there (and just because we like looking at

pretty things) we’re exploring the gold standard of new-build properties

Restoration & New Build Supplement sponsored by S C

Hawksmoor Homes is known

for producing luxury properties

with an obvious attention to

detail and fine craftmanship.

Which is why we are so excited

to get a sneak peek at their latest

development, Victoria Gardens.

How many properties will there be

and when will they be completed?

There will be just four new

detached homes. They are due

for completion early in 2022

and will be built to the luxury

specification and exceptional

quality that Hawksmoor

Homes is renowned for.

Where is Victoria Gardens?

Victoria Gardens is located

in the lovely village of West

Horsley in Surrey, off the popular

residential cul-de-sac, Silkmore

Lane. West Horsley is a classic

picturesque Surrey village, a

peaceful pace surrounded by rural

countryside and the beautiful

Surrey Hills, interlaced with

public footpaths, bridleways,

and safe cycling routes.

How easy is it to to get to London

from such a countryside paradise?

It’s well placed for multiple

mainline stations; Horsley

Station is only ten minutes away

by car and offers regular trains

that can get you to Waterloo in

under an hour. Otherwise both

Guildford and Woking stations

are only a short drive away.

What makes these homes special?

Their beautiful design, which

echos the original cottages of

the English countryside, with

all the advantages of modern

construction and generously sized

rooms. No expense is spared, with

handmade materials outside and

a luxurious specification inside.

Can you tell us about

the outdoor space?

Named after our favourite flowers,

each house in Victoria Gardens

boasts a high specification,

thoughtful layout, and detached

garage. Generous gardens and

a private cul-de-sac entrance

give a sense of privacy with

a touch of exclusivity.

What influenced the design?

The chocolate box

English Cottage.

What special features are

included with these properties?

The master bedroom suites are

of particular note, featuring

vaulted ceilings and extravagant en

suites. On the ground floor, the

show is stolen by Martin Moore

kitchens with Miele appliances,

but the stylish Chesney Burlington

fireplaces in the drawing rooms are

also quite lovely. These houses truly

offer luxurious living for those who

appreciate understated elegance.

How much do the properties cost?

Prices start at £1,150,000 for

Plot 1, a four-bed called The

Primrose. Plot 2, the three-bed

Wisteria, is the most expensive

at £1,535,000 and Plots 3, The

Violet (three-bed) and 4, The

Peony (four-bed) are £1,350,000

and £1,465,000, respectively.

hawksmoorhomes.co.uk /

thevictoriagardens.co.uk

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How to:

Personalise

a new build

Transforming a white-walled, brand-new tabula rasa

of a new-build can be a real mission! So we asked SGS

Architectural Interiors for some expert advice

We are fortunate enough to work with

clients who are constructing architectdesigned

new-build homes, but it can be

challenging to imagine living in a house

you’ve only seen as a two-dimensional

drawing. Whether your new build is a

one-off or one of a few, the challenge is

always to make the shiny new property

into a comfortable home which is

personal to you. Our job is to bring these

plans to life and help our clients visualise

the moment they will step through the

door into their dream home.

A new build home is a blank canvas and

a fabulous opportunity to get creative. A

great starting point is to introduce colour.

Often new builds are finished in developers’

white, so identify your preferred colour

palette and start applying it. To find that

colour palette, you can take influence from

your personal fashion taste, inspirational

artwork, or the wonders of nature. Start

compiling images of the colours and

interiors you are drawn to and you’ll soon

begin to develop a palette that is truly

unique to your home.

You can quickly make a new build feel like

home by introducing familiar things. Just

because you’re moving into a new property,

doesn’t mean you should feel like you have

to start from scratch with all your interior

furnishings and accessories. Simply hanging

a favourite picture or reusing an occasional

chair with happy memories, will help to

make you feel at home.

to install a pendant or add personality with

some wall lights. Layering light is important

in every interior, so adding a feature table

and floor lamps is also a good way to soften

the lighting and create a more intimate

atmosphere. Think of these light fittings like

jewellery accents and another opportunity

to add your personality to the space with a

statement light fitting.

Where we are involved in the construction

of a new build, we often work with

character grade timber floors or reclaimed

stone and specify unlacquered finishes which

patina for door handles and bathrooms

if the client wants the home to feel preaged.

If you are purchasing a new build,

then adding vintage furniture or accessories

can add this same character and soften the

pristine finishes.

Finally, don’t forget the outside. Often

new builds look like they have popped up

out of the ground and they need some help

to become established in their setting. We

always work with landscape designers at

an early stage in our new build projects, so

that planting and finishes can be installed

as early as possible and will have more

time to weather and grow around the

property. Adding outdoor furniture and

planted pots to your home will soften the

junctions between the surface finishes and

will immediately make your new build stand

out from the rest. The key to any interior

is to create a home which serves the owners

lifestyle and reflects their personality,

Don’t underestimate lighting. Often new

builds are lit with grids of overhead downlights,

but hopefully there is an opportunity

the same is true with a new

build to make it a home.

sgsdesign.co.uk

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A reputation

built on quality

craftsmanship

and service

Regular maintenance of

replacing broken, slipped or

missing tiles could prevent the

need for a complete renewal.

Always replace with top

quality matching tiles.

Kent Peg Tiling,

Listed Building &

Conservation Specialists.

High quality work

by experienced award

winning craftsmen.

01797 270 268

kentpegs.com

Check that the

pointing of brickwork

on chimneys and parapet

walls is intact. Also check for

loose mortar on ridge and hip

tiles. If replacing on a listed

building, lime mortar

should be used.

Check lead

flashings to walls

and chimneys and,

if needed, make sure

lead work meets LSTA

specifications (see

leadsheet.co.uk).

Clean out

your gutters,

valleys and box

gutters to avoid

leaks.

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Restoration & New Build Supplement sponsored by S C

Check with your

local conservation

officer if Listed Building

Consent is needed (it

always will be for Grade

1 and 2* properties).

Only use an

established company.

A good starting point is The

National Federation of Roofing

Contractors, who have a register of

vetted heritage approved contractors

(see nfrc.co.uk). NFRC contractors can

also self certify that all works comply

with relevant building regulation

through the Roofing Competent

Person Scheme nfrccps.com

Karl Terry’s

10

to revamp your roof

Top

tips

Renovating your roof can really transform an

older property, but it’s worth making sure you

get advice and work from trustworthy sources, so

we asked Karl Terry for some tips kentpegs.com

Seek references

and follow them up.

Your contractor should

be able to provide details

of current work they

have completed.

Avoid loosely

worded estimates,

aim to get a fixed price

quotation which details

all the specifications and

materials that will be used.

This way you can budget

and not be surprised

with extras.

On tiled roofs,

remove moss. Excessive

moisture and inadequate

drying can cause problems

(often on a north slope or

shallow pitch). Poor quality

tiles are more susceptible

to frost damage in areas

with moss growth.

Make sure your roof

is well insulated but also

especially well ventilated. Too

much insulation and not enough

ventilation can cause condensation.

Upgrading of insulation is a

requirement of current building

regulations when re-roofing.

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Restoration & New Build Supplement sponsored by S C

Case Study:

Bringing Back

the Barn

Theis & Khan tell us the tale of a recent masterpiece of a barn conversion

Burwash Barn was a real project right from

the offset, it had enormous potential but

was obviously going to require lots of work

to fufill it. The idea was to provide additional family

accommodation for a Grade II listed 17th century

farmhouse in East Sussex. Alongside the main house,

was a building which was comprised of three divided

barns. The clients wanted to convert this outbuilding

into a sitting room, studio bedroom, and bathroom

as well as a garage and outside store, all in a style

that complimented the historical

nature of the property and

honored the building’s authentic

character and features.

Originally built as part of

the farm, the agricultural

outbuilding that we began

with was an uninsulated timber

structure with rotten sole plates,

damage from water ingress, and

roofs in need of repair. We had

to meticulously survey and strip

back the structures before we

started rebuilding. We carefully

removed the existing foundations

and installed new ones, and used

traditional carpentry methods

with the tenons pegged, to

replace the existing timber

with new oak. The buildings had also moved over

time, which actually gave them a sense of age and

personality which the clients were keen to keep, so

the natural undulations within the roof structure

were not corrected. They also wanted to keep the

original structure of the building visible, so, rather

than installing the insulation between the studs and

joists, we installed new insulation over the existing

structure, exceeding building regulation requirements,

and forming a warm roof. The existing rotten oak

cladding boards were also removed and replaced with

new oak boards to match what was there before. As

for the roofs, the main barn roof had been replaced

with corrugated sheet and the lower roofs had many

damaged Sussex peg tiles. To fix this we mixed

reclaimed tiles in with the surving originals to ensure

the roof kept its traditional appearance, and also added

bat ‘slots’ for detail.

The original building was divided into three barns

that were not interconnected, and one of the key

changes we made was to link them all together to

allow the buildings to flow into each other. The

Wealden District conservation

officer allowed a small opening

in the wall between the lower

barn and the main barn, which

was enough for us to install of

a new stair. The conservation

officer was also keen that the

building retained its original

open elevation, which meant the

new sliding glass doors had to

be installed behind the original

posts and bracketed from the

existing structure. The end result

is large contemporary glazed

sliding doors and windows which

really show off the original studio

structure while also opening up

some enchanting views to the

countryside beyond.

Once all the work was done to make the structures

sound and habitable, the landscaping was also altered

to create a new vehicular entrance to the north of the

site, enabling the old track to be subsumed into the

field to minimise hard standing surfaces. Meanwhile,

inside the outbuilding, the interiors were decked

out with modern oak flooring, and oak doors and

windows to once again maintain the woodsy tone of an

old barn, with flush glazing and a beautiful statement

concrete fireplace bringing the whole thing elegantly

up to date with gentle touches of contemporary flair.

theisandkhan.com

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Beauty

Feeling Flush?

All is not lost if rosacea comes knocking, as Josephine Fairley explains

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Fact: redness, in skin, can really cause the blues. Broken

veins and flushing are pretty easy to cover up; some of

us are simply ‘blushing beauties’, prone to occasional

bouts of redness. That can, however, be the first sign of fullblown

rosacea, in which the texture of skin is ultimately

altered – becoming lumpy, bumpy spots (sometimes

pus-filled), on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead.

Although a fiery complexion can affect young women,

for others the problem really kicks in as we reach middle

age, when a surprising number of us become afflicted by

what is known as papulopustular rosacea, or acne rosacea.

Frustratingly, the causes of redness and rosacea are still pretty

mysterious – basically something in the bloodstream triggers

the swelling of blood vessels in the skin, causing inflammation

(redness and soreness). It can come and go, in cycles, or be

an ongoing problem. Generally, the typical weapon in a GP’s

toolkit is a course of antibiotics – but our observation is that

this doesn’t fix the problem long-term. (And with the growing

problem of antibiotic resistance don’t we really want to reserve

antibiotics for conditions that really need the big guns?)

Triggers are notoriously individual, including foods,

alcohol, stress, pollution and peri-menopause. (Though men

can suffer too – and usually don’t feel they have the option

of concealing their rosacea with make-up.) Genes may be

at play, predisposing some people to rosacea/redness – and

it shows up much more on people with thin, fair skins.

Over the years, at Beauty Bible, we’ve come across

thousands of people experiencing rosacea – even though

every single one feels like the only person on the planet

– and have put together a sort of toolkit for sufferers.

Keep a food/skincare diary. Write down everything that

you eat, and the products you use on your skin, especially

if there’s something new. Eventually you may be able to

piece together links between food/flare-ups or products/

breakouts. (I’ve a friend who calls her rosacea ‘pizza-face’

because she unfailingly gets it after an Italian takeaway.)

Monitor your reaction to ‘heating’ foods. Caffeine, red

wine, curries and so on affect redness-prone people differently.

The only advice is to turn detective and track your own

personal response, logging them in your diary, as above.

Take turmeric faithfully. This Indian spice can be

a lifesaver for minimising flare-ups: take a 400 mg

capsule morning and night. Try and sneak turmeric

into as many dishes as you can – ideally, chopped

turmeric root, but if not, the powdered variety.

Use face products with zinc oxide. As well as providing

sun protection and helping wound-healing, this mineral

is anti-inflammatory so helps with most skin conditions

including rosacea and also acne. Other helpful antiinflammatory

ingredients to look for on ingredients

lists include emu oil, red raspberry oil and aloe.

Take specific supplements. In addition to a good antiinflammatory

diet (plenty of nuts and seeds, vegetables and

fruit, oily fish if you’re not vegetarian), California-based skin

expert Marie Veronique Nadeau advised us that it’s ‘an

absolute must’ to supplement with vitamin C,

vitamin D3 and omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Rosacea patients may also need more of a

specific and powerful antioxidant called

SOD (Superoxidedismutase), so add

that in too. N.B. Marie Veronique

advises avoiding iron

supplements, particularly if

you have severe rosacea,

as iron may aggravate it.


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Probiotics can help. As well as increasing omega-3

essential fatty acids both in the diet and as a supplement,

Victoria Health pharmacist Shabir Daya advises taking a

probiotic supplement: “These beneficial bacteria will help

to rid the gut of potential toxins that inflame the skin

but more importantly they may ensure that the specific

bacteria do not proliferate.” You might also want to

consider anti-inflammatory herbs, such as red clover and

echinacea, plus yellow dock and dandelion, which have

mild diuretic properties to help eliminate toxins. Shabir

advises that a topical serum with pycnogenol (a powerful

antioxidant and anti-inflammatory) may also help: “It

immediately reduces redness and inflammation and also

strengthens the collagen matrix and in doing so reduces

the capability of these toxins to inflame the skin.”

Beware the sun (and sunbeds). Ultraviolet light and

particularly UVA – the longer wave length rays that are

linked to skin damage and also now to skin cancers – seem

to affect some rosacea sufferers severely. Everyone should take

care in the sun – i.e. always wear sun protection and never

fry your skin. But for anyone with skin sensitivity of any

kind, it’s wise to avoid sunscreens with a chemical sunblock

since they are known to be more likely to cause irritation.

Opt instead for sunblocks using minerals, preferably

zinc oxide (see above). Beyond that, avoid anything with

citrus essential oils and any product at all with alcohol.

Seek out effective products for redness. At Beauty Bible,

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each year, and have identified that some products really

can help. From the strangely-named Danish brand, check

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matte-finish product which offers two ingredients that have

performed well in tests on UV-induced stress, inflammation,

redness and itching: Poros cocos (better known as China

root) and Phragmites kharka extract, from the grass family,

together with chamomile. Another high-performing

product: Rosalique 3-in-1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula

SPF50, £29.99 for 30ml. It’s always a bit ambitious when

any brand puts ‘miracle’ in the name of its products, but

this offers instant comfort and the potential of long-term

improvement for sensitive and red complexions. It is

instantly concealing, and works longer term via soothing

bisabolol, panthenol, urea, shea butter and zeolite.

My friend and Wealden Times contributor Maggie

Alderson has established that the key – certainly for

her – is to use skincare that is utterly ‘clean’ and free

from all chemicals. She ‘joined up the dots’ (or possibly

spots) on this after experiencing amazing results from

a local range by the name of Rock Rose. (And we love

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As Maggie wrote for my beautybible.com website, “This

range literally changed my life. For the first time in 15 years

I am now able to leave the house without a full face of

make-up, which for so long was essential to cover the raw,

red rosacea pimples which speckled my chin and cheeks.

And it’s not only the mortifying festering spots I’ve been

freed from – all the skin on my face is smoother, plumper

and more nourished looking. I don’t know when my skin

last looked and felt this good. People have commented.

Even my teenage daughter has complimented me (faints).”

Maggie raves in particular about Rock Rose Beauty

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Wellbeing

Body Loving Goodness

Sarah Maxwell stresses the importance

of learning to take care of yourself

The idea of what constitutes

the perfect body has changed

frequently over the decades,

from Kate Moss (90’s chic) to the

touched up images of perfectly sculpted

bodies we see everywhere now.

It’s at this time of year that I’m

inundated with requests from fitness

and slimming magazines and health

websites to come up with a perfect plan

to get in shape for the summer. With

everything we’ve been through in this

last year, I thought it was time to make

a change and show you a different but

highly successful way to make positive

changes to your body image, lose weight,

feel great and enjoy our new freedoms.

Firstly, I would like to tell a little of

my story and why I do the job I do.

I remember the exact moment when I

developed a negative image of my body. I

was 14 years old and had up until then

been a very skinny child. As puberty

descended on me in full throttle, puppy

fat started to lay down (this is actually

quiet natural, your body is changing

from a child into an adult during that

time). I was immediately taken to a local

doctor and put on a strict diet. This

unfortunately took me down a path of

extreme exercise and disordered eating.

At the age of 21 I embarked

on my first training course as a

health and fitness professional.

It’s a big admission but I have to

confess, I still hated my body.

Every day I weighed myself (more

than once a day) and beat myself up

because my body didn’t conform to

what was considered the right type of

body (especially as I had embarked on

a career where the perfect body meant

everything). I followed the standard

theory of eating less and moving

more, but it wasn’t working for me

and neither did the daily step onto the

scales (it doesn’t work for everybody).

After many years of working with

people to lose weight and feel great,

I can tell you that I encourage most

of my clients to throw away the scales

because the power they have over our

body image is shocking and, in most

cases, greatly hampers long term weight

loss. Not only is it hugely liberating to

throw away the step of shame (this is

what I call weighing scales), the results

I see from this simple act are fantastic.

I have spent many years teaching self

esteem and body confidence workshops

to young adults. I show them positive

examples of body image, emphasising

the importance of wellbeing and health

through proper nutrition, regular

exercise, good sleep, stress management

and relaxation. All of these are equally

important to sustain long term

weight management and with that

naturally comes a dramatic increase

in self esteem and body confidence.

One of my favourites to follow on

social media is @sundaymorningview

(a self-love magazine that shares what

real bodies look like, and it has some

wonderful mental-health information).

Affirmations really do work!

Science really does back up the

effectiveness of positive affirmations.

If you want to check out the

technicial bit for yourself, the

following link is a good read:

https://www.healthshots.com/mind/

happiness-hacks/we-decode-the-sciencebehind-affirmations-and-how-theycan-infuse-positivity-in-your-life/

Below is an affirmation that I have found

very effective for myself and my clients.

I recommend trying this for 7-10 days.

Repeat it out loud a few times a day and

see if you feel a shift in how you feel.

“I feed my body healthy nourishing food

and give it healthy nourishing exercise

because it deserves to be taken care of.”

Worth giving it a try, don’t you think?

Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning

Fitness and Lifestyle coach

and mum of two who juggles a lot

of balls. Find out more about Sarah

and her work at sarahmaxwell.com

Sarah shares her Fitness and Lifestyle tips

on Instagram @sarahmaxwelllifestyle

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Nourish to

Flourish

Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach

Charlotte Lau explores the link

between food and mood...

The brain, a powerful but fragile organ that accounts

for just 2-3% of our body weight yet makes up for

around 20-25% of our daily energy requirement. It

is responsible for our thoughts and feelings which affect our

mood and actions so it is vital to feed and nourish it properly.

We are all familiar with how our mood itself can affect our

food choices, such as seeking comfort food when we feel low

or a change in appetite when stressed. However, the food we

choose to eat daily plays an important part in supporting and

maintaining brain health for the long term. Some research

observes that a Mediterranean diet – high in fruits, vegetables,

nuts, and legumes with moderate consumption of poultry,

eggs and dairy products, and only occasional consumption of

red meat – is associated with a reduced risk of depression.

Give it a go...

keep your friendly bacteria happy

A gut feeling is an instinctive human sensation –

butterflies in our stomach when we fall in love,

feeling sick when we are nervous – and something

we rely on to help us make decisions. Our gut

bacteria affects how we feel, our mood and how alert

we are in our everyday lives. It is no coincidence

that the gut is sometimes called ‘the second brain’.

The constant two-way communication that occurs

between our gut and our brain is known as the gutbrain

axis. Our gut microflora (friendly bacteria)

play an important role in our mood and the best

way to keep them happy is to eat a varied, colourful

high-fibre diet. Fibre is essentially the back bone

of plant-based foods so include more wholegrains,

legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds in your

diet. There are thought to be over 100 different

types of fibre so diversity is key. Feed your brain by

increasing your omega 3. This type of fat, found in

wild, oily fish such as salmon and in plant-based

sources like walnuts and flaxseeds has been shown

to increase bacteria that may improve mood.

Learn to... fill your own cup

Just as we nourish our bodies with food, it is equally as important

to give the same level of care to nourish our minds, too. The body

and brain need fuel, but they also needs stillness and relaxation.

Many of us feel, ‘switched on’ from the moment we wake, so it

is no wonder that one in four people in the UK experience some

form of mental health problem each year. Prioritise time to rest and

unwind. Studies have found that time spent in nature helps lower

stress levels, improves mental focus and mood and decreases anxiety

and even symptoms of depression. Seek out nature; that may be

a park, forest, garden or simply a window box full of greenery to

help nourish your brain. Move your body. Regular movement can

be beneficial for treating anxiety and stress. A short burst of energy

such as 2 minutes doing star jumps or a brisk walk can boost your

mood and help reduce stress. Do something you love. Of course

our jobs and families are important but really think… what brings

you joy? When you find something that you really get ‘lost in’

and engage with regularly, you may find yourself feeling calmer,

more resilient to daily challenges and ultimately, a little happier.

Charlotte runs Plume Nutrition, where she offers support and advice

for weight management, controlling cravings, sleeplessness, stress

and increasing energy levels. Find out more at plumenutrition.com

Step away from... the happiness thieves

A typical western diet, high in refined

carbohydrates and sugars can play havoc with

our blood sugar levels. It is these repetitive

peaks and troughs in our blood sugars (and

subsequent high and low moods), that not

only affects our food choices making us reach

for more sugary based foods, but also causes

changes in our hormones which can affect

anxiety, irritability and hunger. Reduce sugar

and refined carbohydrates which damage your

friendly bacteria and instead build meals from

whole foods, like fresh vegetables and quality

sources of protein. Avoid artificial sweeteners

and highly processed foods such as ready meals,

many breakfasts cereals and sugary soft drinks

as they are all detrimental to your gut health.

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Lazy Day Dining

With the warmth of summer just in sight, enjoy lazy mornings

with loved ones tucking into a leisurely brunch outside. You can

whip up these tasty treats in around half an hour, giving you more

time to catch up after so many months apart or an opportunity

to while away a few hours enjoying your garden in the sunshine

Recipes: Liz Franklin, Caroline Artiss & Laura Santtini

Photographs: Steve Painter, Ed Anderson & Con Poulos

Baked oat milk porridge with pears,

almonds & date syrup

Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Serves 4-6

You might wonder why anyone would oven-bake porridge, when it takes so

little time to cook the conventional way? Well, it does mean that you can swap

standing at the stove and stirring constantly for simply mixing everything

together and leaving it to morph into breakfast heaven under its own steam,

while you soak in the bath or even go back to bed with your book!

• 160g jumbo oats

• 1.2 litres oat milk

• 75g mixed seeds

• 2 tsp vanilla bean paste

• 1 tsp ground cinnamon

• 3 medium ripe, but firm

pears, cored and diced

• 80g mixed dried berries (sultanas/

golden raisins, goji berries, inca/

golden berries, cranberries, etc.)

To Serve:

• 2 tbsp toasted flaked almonds

• 4-5 tbsp date syrup

• extra oat milk

1 Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F)

Gas 3. Mix the oats and oat milk

together. Stir in the seeds, vanilla

bean paste, ground cinnamon,

diced pears and dried berries. Pour

everything into a roasting pan, cover

with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

2 Remove from the oven and

spoon into bowls. Scatter with the

toasted almonds and drizzle with

date syrup and extra oat milk

as desired. Serve at once.


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Marmite (yeast extract) cake

Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Serves 10-12

Marmite cake has a rich

flavour and is a must-try

for all umami enthusiasts.

Serve it warm from the

oven at brunchtime,

sliced into neat slabs.

• 70g butter

• 170g sugar

• 1 egg, beaten

• 160g plain flour

• 2 tsp baking powder

• ¼ tsp salt

• 250ml whole milk

For the topping:

• 120g butter

• 2 tsps Marmite

• 60g grated

Cheddar cheese

You will need: a 23 x

33cm Pyrex baking dish

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C

Gas 5. Beat the butter and sugar

until light, creamy and smooth.

Add the egg and beat well.

2 Sift the dry ingredients

together. Alternate adding the

dry ingredients and the milk

to the butter mixture. Mix

gently until well combined

and the batter is smooth. Pour

the batter into the baking dish

and bake in the preheated

oven for 25-30 minutes.

3 To make the topping, simply

melt the butter and mix in the

Marmite/yeast extract. Five

minutes before the cake is ready,

remove from the oven and prick

all over with a fork. Pour over

the melted butter and Marmite

mixture and sprinkle with the

grated Cheddar cheese. Return

to the oven for the final 5

minutes until the cake is cooked

and a skewer inserted into the

centre comes out clean, and the

cheese has melted and turned

slightly golden. This cake is best

served warm from the oven.

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Heirloom tomato

& smoked

mackerel salad

Prep time: 15 mins Cooking

time: 11 mins Serves 2

The delicious saltiness of this

oily fish makes it the perfect

partner for the heirloom

tomatoes and caramelised

onions. This is ideal for a

summertime brunch, when

tomatoes are in season and

a lighter dish fits the bill.

• 100g rocket

• 3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced

• freshly squeezed juice

of ½ lemon

• a pinch of salt

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 2 smoked mackerel fillets

(peppered fillets work well)

For the Caramelised Onions:

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 1 large red onion, sliced

• 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

For the Greek Yogurt Dressing:

• 115g Greek yogurt

• 1½ tbsp freshly

chopped mint

• 1 tbsp freshly chopped

flat-leaf parsley

• 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

• ¼ cucumber, finely chopped

• a pinch each of salt and

freshly ground black pepper

• 1 tsp honey

• ½ tsp lemon zest

Start by making the caramelised onions. Heat the oil in a frying

pan/skillet over a low heat, add the onion and cook slowly for

10 minutes, stirring every now and then. Once soft and beginning

to caramelise, add the vinegar and cook for a further minute. Take

off the heat. Whisk/beat all the ingredients for the Greek yogurt dressing

together in a small bowl and set aside. Put the rocket/arugula and tomatoes into

a large mixing bowl with the lemon juice, salt and olive oil. Toss to coat everything in oil,

then arrange on serving plates. Break the mackerel up using your hands – this way you can feel for bones and

discard any. Arrange the mackerel on top of the salad. Top with the caramelised onions and spoon over the

dressing. Serve immediately.

These recipes were extracted from

Lazy Day Brunches published by

Ryland Peters & Small (£9.99) Photography

© Ryland Peters & Small


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Forget-Me-Not

Jo Arnell explores how biennials are the often overlooked heroes of a successful planting scheme

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Imagine a plant that looks after itself, one that will

flower early, that will grow in difficult shady situations,

that after flowering will quietly, sometimes even

decoratively, set seed for the next generation and then

bow out, and allow summer flowers to take centre stage.

Well, I give you, ladies and gentlemen, the biennial. A

national treasure if ever I saw one. While we are busy

trying to coax our pampered and expensive garden centre

lovelies into bloom, up they pop, asking for nothing,

giving masses and, once established, rewarding us year

after year. I have found myself complaining about

the cheerful abundance of some of them (yes, you,

forget-me-nots), but would never be without them.

So what exactly is a biennial? The clue is in the name, in

that they flower every other year, bi-annually. Ostensibly

they are annuals, but they spread their flowering season

over two calendar years – from summer to the following

spring, instead of from spring until autumn. Biennials

owe their existence to the changing of seasons – and the

fact that the leaves fall off the trees as winter approaches.

The consequence of the trees staying bare until April is a

leafless chink of light in early spring where the biennials

have found a niche, opportunistically blooming before the

canopy of leaves closes over them. They are the natural

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for this reason that a biennial will germinate and grow a

whorl of basal leaves during the first year – to be ready to

burst into flower early and make the most of the spring

sunshine. This makes them ideal for growing in tricky areas

of the garden; many, like foxgloves, forget-me-nots and

honesty, seem to positively enjoy dry shade, so will grow

under trees, on the shady side of walls and other bleak,

godforsaken places (and we all have our share of those).

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Biennials are excellent plants to grow among spring bulbs;

they flower at around the same time and can be used to

contrast, harmonise or generally enhance the appearance of

a spring display. If you love tulips – and most of us do – you

may not love their large and floppy leaves quite so much. A

frothy skirt of forget-me-nots or eye-catching counterbalance

of honesty will do a good job of hiding, or distracting,

from the less than lovely tulip leaves – that must be left on

to strengthen the bulbs for next year. Be careful not to let

the biennials swamp emerging bulbs and young perennials

though, as they will do a good job of blocking light as well as

fading bulb leaves and may overwhelm other young plants.

Forget-me-nots in particular can enthusiastically smother

emerging perennials, so may need thinning and weeding out.

Self-sowers

Biennials have a (mostly) welcome habit of self-seeding,

so you should only need to sow them once. You can allow

them to self-sow – often they will find the very best places

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and let the plants self-seed where they like. This way many

serendipitous planting combinations can occur, with plants

finding exactly the right places to grow, often in situations you

would never have positioned them in – and sometimes in far

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grit. Self-seeding then becomes a happy

accident and looks natural and unforced.

The problem is that the plants are

choosing where they want to grow

and this may not be where you

would plant them. Judicious weeding

becomes the order of the day – and

this is sometimes harder than it seems;

there’s something unkind about weeding

out healthy, happy plants, even if they

are growing in the wrong place.

Methods of seed dispersal

vary wildly and evolution has

come up with some ingenious

methods for this. Many seed

capsules are triggered to literally

explode, because the purpose is

to propel the seeds as far away as

possible. This can make collecting

seed frustrating, as the timing

in some situations needs to be

just right – collect too early and the

seed won’t be ripe, collect a second

too late and the capsule has burst

and hurled its contents to the wind.

The other method is to collect the seed and

sow it yourself – either in pots to plant out later, or in

situ. Labour intensive, but keeps you in charge of the

show. A few very basic pieces of equipment are needed;

paper bags or envelopes, a pen for labelling, kitchen paper

Beautiful Biennials

Foxgloves (Digitalis) – graceful

tall spires, very useful for shady

positions. The native foxglove

is usually mauve-pink, there

is also a beautiful white form,

Digitalis alba and cultivars

in shades of apricot, pink,

mauve and cream. Some are

short-lived perennials and will

last longer than two years.

Forget-me-nots (Mysotis) – a

froth of tiny blue flowers – they

will spread all over your garden

if you let them. Looking pretty

under tulips, forget-me-nots

will provide a veil to cover their

foliage. Pull up after flowering

and to thin out if they are

swamping other plants.

Wallflowers (Erysimum) –

another good spring companion

for bulbs. Available in lots

of colours, wallflowers are

spicily scented. Sow them

yourself, or buy as bedding and

plant out in the autumn.

Sweet William (Dianthus

barbatus) – related to pinks, these

often gave charming bi-coloured

flowers with frilled edges

Brompton stocks (Matthiola

incana) – highly scented

spires of flowers in pastel

shades, these can be biennial

or short-lived perennials.

They will need a sheltered

site and winter protection.

Honesty (Lunaria annua) –

these pop up in purple sort white

and are useful for their pale and

delicate papery seed-heads too.

for drying, a sieve or sheet of paper for separating seeds

from the pod – and a nice dry, windless collecting day.

Biennials are hardy plants and are sown in late spring

to midsummer – you can sow the seed into a pot or seed

tray, or directly into the ground. I often find a bit of

space in the veg patch and sow a few rows of foxgloves,

Sweet Williams or wallflowers into a sort of nursery

bed. Once the seedlings emerge, thin them out to give

each one a bit more room to grow. In the autumn they

can be carefully lifted and transplanted to the place

where they will flower in the following spring.

Packed with nectar

I would happily grow biennials for their sheer charm, but

they are very good for wildlife too. Biennials are brim full

of nectar – they are insect pollinated and their only job is

to set seed as soon as they can, so they make it as easy as

they can for the insects – many are scented to lure in a wide

range of creatures including night pollinators such as moths

and beetles. Flowers like foxgloves even advertise the route

to their nectaries with little bee landing strips – often in the

ultra-violet end of the spectrum and not always visible to

us, but look closely and you will see the speckled insides of

the tubular flower is in definite rows leading deeper inside.

Biennials appear just as insect numbers are building up and

this coincides with the main bird nesting season. Give the

insects plenty of nectar and you will also be feeding the birds.

Cool and serene, Digitalis alba, the white foxglove

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appear before the leaves). They are using the information

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change but haven’t yet resolved whether this plant is

flowering earlier as our springs warm up (yes, really!) or

whether they are appearing later as a result of the previous

autumn’s temperatures. They can begin flowering as early

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Interestingly, the plant has started moving inland due to

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found in profusion on the side of motorways. Believe it or

not, the turbulence caused by fast traffic is useful in that

the seeds are spread far and wide as a result. As the name

implies, the leaves of scurvy grass are full of Vitamin C and

were eaten by sailors between journeys to treat their scurvy.

Plantlife, a British conservation charity, celebrated its

30 th anniversary in 2019 and now owns nearly 4,500

acres of nature reserves across the UK where at least

80% of wild flowers can be found. Prince Charles is its

Patron and he instigated, with Plantlife, the Coronation

Meadows Initiative to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of

the Queen’s Coronation. And as a result of this project,

over a thousand acres of new meadows have been created

over the UK. Children were involved in the sowing of

the wildflower meadow in Green Park, London. What

a project for them to be part of. Maybe this will go

some way to improving on the lamentable fact that we

have lost 97% of our meadows since the Thirties.

The charity owns a large reserve up near Rochester on

the North Downs called Ranscombe Farm and it’s best

known for its arable cornfield flora which of course with

years of heavy use of chemicals and constant ploughing

have been struggling across the country. It seems that in

the late 19 th Century one of the most common plants there

was the tiny fine-leaved fumitory (Fumaria parviflora).

It disappeared but was found again in 2013 as its seeds

had laid dormant on the site for years. 2019 was a good

year for the plant but it disappeared again last year.

I’ve mentioned it because for the first time we’ve

found three plants, in flower, in the vegetable patch here

but there is just one problem and that is that a rather

pretty lady pheasant is sitting on a clutch of eggs in my

raised bed. We’re going to have to rig up a net over the

fumitory so we can collect seed later in the year rather

than let her brood lay them bare when they hatch.

The Spotter Sheets that Plantlife provide on their

website are really useful. (They also have a new App).

We’ve printed off April and May’s so far and their count

list gives 72 species to spot. Perfect for children (and us)

to find and perhaps learn something about. One spotted

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This year they are launching No Mow May and Every

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carbon footprint and of course, save money. Maybe like

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find products and plants to enhance your garden.

One of the real joys of this fair, is that almost without exception

you’ll meet the person who designed, sourced or bought everything

you see. Provenance, passion and exceptional product knowledge.

We love buying directly from the people who’ve put their heart

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If you’re a foodie, culinary treats await from independent producers,

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from all corners of the earth. Plan your visit with friends so that you

meet for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea and enjoy freshly brewed

barista coffee, delicious street food or simply a glass of fizz. Tickets

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Gorgeous Gardens

This year’s timed ticket includes entrance to the beautiful

gardens of Hole Park (normally £9.00). A tour of their

stunning grounds will inspire keen gardeners and provide a

wonderfully relaxing counterpoint to all that shopping!

Entry: £14 but quote WTF (Wealden Times Friends) for a special

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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,

Zoe reflects on misconceptions surrounding

lamb and why education is so important

Before we kept livestock I’d never seen a dead animal,

except a fox on the side of the road maybe. I never

even saw our cats Winston and Xenon after their

demise either. Add that I was a vegetarian for almost ten

years before meeting Chris, the fact that we now run

a little butcher’s shop off the farm is pretty crazy!

This often has me wondering about the general public

and their knowledge of the meat they are eating, and

how much education is truly needed. There have been

a fair few situations where I’ve had conversations with

people and found myself thinking, “How do you

not know that?” And then reminding myself that I wouldn’t

have known either. Unless you actively go looking for that

information, it’s not just fed to you like other topics. I

believe schools are the answer; schools and social media.

During lockdown last year we had a couple and their dog

watch us load the newborn lambs onto the top deck of the

trailer and the ewes on the bottom, the lovely lady asked,

“Oh no they aren’t off to slaughter are they?” And Chris and

I looked at each other thinking it was a windup. But she was

very serious, I can see how calling it ‘lamb’ can be confusing.

Little do most people know that the animals look more like

ewes than they do lambs when they are sent to the abattoir.

Some will be a heavier carcass than me, that’s a far cry from

the cute little thing hopping all over the field at sunset. Most

of our lambs will go for meat when they are 6-7 months and

older. They will be weaned naturally by their mother before

this age and are on average 40kg as a minimum weight. I

hope this can go some way to help clear up the misconception

that they are babies separated from their mothers.

I have lots of people asking if I receive a lot of abuse on

my social media from activists and in actual fact it’s quite the

opposite. I did a poll and 15% of my followers choose to not eat

meat, yet actively follow us, often engaging in conversation and

that is a huge compliment to how we care for our livestock. I

think there aren’t many things I can’t show on Instagram, as long

as you explain in detail what’s happened and – most importantly

– why. Anything can be taken out of context, an image, a

comment, a video, but I am of the mindset that if you are clear

and matter-of-fact about the explanation it will limit any kind

of miscommunication and leaves very little room for confusion.

The Little Farm Fridge Recipe of the month

How to cook it... Beef Shin

Try this super-simple Mexican-inspired stew

• Serves 4

• 1 pack Little Farm Fridge

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• 1 sachet taco seasoning mix

• 1 tin of chopped tomatoes

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• 1 organic beef stock cube

• salt & pepper

• honey – I do 2 drizzles!

Sear the shin in oil and the seasoning and then pop

it in a slow cooker with the remaining ingredients for

the day! Serve with fluffy rice, finely chopped chillies

and coriander – maybe even a little soured cream.

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