Newmarket and Ely Living Aug - Sep 2021

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The August/September issue is here, bringing together the best of high summer and early autumn. We are shining shoes in preparation for a new school year and feasting on delights for afternoon tea week. We’ve also got two fantastic interviews with chef Mitch Tonks and gardener Adam Frost. Don’t miss our competition page either - with over £1400 of goodies to be won!

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Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

18

Delicious

A Culinary Journey through

Northern Ireland

dishes for afternoon tea

Our competition

page returns

08

Isn’t it funny how quickly we can go

from loving the hot weather to doing

a rain dance - is there anything more

British? Day one sees us calling

every available neighbour into the

garden for a BBQ, making sangria

and filling up the paddling pool...but

by day three we are complaining

about not sleeping in the heat,

getting sunburnt and worrying about

the grass dying under said pool. At

least the garden is looking pretty

happy though...

Happy gardens are a theme as this

edition we were very happy to chat

to Chelsea seven-time gold medal

winner Adam Frost about getting the

garden ready for autumn. Then we

are beginning to turn our attention

to the indoors and this edition that

means bringing together some easy

ideas to give your home that little lift

- you only need to make some small

changes to give a space a refresh.

On the foodie side, we are talking to

chef Mitch Tonks - he’s a passionate

advocate of British seafood and has

lots of exciting plans afoot. We are

also feeling a little indulgent with

some delicious recipes for another

British classic - the afternoon tea.

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Easy interior updates

for a quick refresh

Editor Katie Thomson

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Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

Contributors Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs, Angela Cave,

Front cover courtesy of Clarence Court Eggs

Key Account Manager Claire Harris

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On the later life side, we are taking

stock, and showing that retirement

planning is important no matter

your age. We go through the major

pointers to help you get your

financial ducks in a row.

Finally, we have the amazing

competitions - last edition we had

an unfortunate misprint on the

closing date, so we’ve extended the

previous edition by another month,

alongside bringing you a host of

amazing new goodies to be won this

time around!

All that’s left is to wish you a fabulous

summer of fun and to say we’ll be

back in October - brace yourself, we

may just be mentioning...Christm...

no I can’t, not yet. But be prepared,

it’s coming! See you then!

Katie

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Sandringham Game & Country Fair

Saturday & Sunday September 11th – 12th 10am – 6pm

It is rather like the buses, we wait over 20 months for one of our events at

Sandringham, now we have two in five weeks.

We are returning with the second event – The Game & Country Fair, one of

Norfolk’s premier events. We’ve also been raiding the archives, after a lengthy

break of 7 or 8 years the Jousting is back in the main arena along with the

Stannage International Stunt Team to highlight your visit to the event.

All the entertainment and the hustle

and bustle returns with them, as usual

there is...

Lots to See!

Lots to Do!

Lots to Buy!

Lots to See! All day arena

entertainment featuring some of

the Countryside’s top attractions and

organisations. Browse and wander

around all the trade stands, Craft Village

and Demonstration areas. Chefs on

Stage in ‘Food Glorious Food’, these

are just a few of the attractions.

Lots to Do! There’s a range of Country

Sports and Pursuits to Have a go at. Clay

shooting, Airguns, Archery & Paintball in

the Shooting Village. Fishing & Falconry,

lots of Dog events and competitions

including the Fun dog show, so don’t

leave them at home.

Lots to Buy! For those who love to

shop, there’s lots of retail outlets around

the show arenas, inside the Craft Village,

in the Food Halls and at the Chainsaw

Auctions.

Finally, after all the excitement, some

form of refreshment may be called

for, we’ve got that covered too. There

is plenty of good food & drink in the

shows’ main food courts, so relax and

enjoy.

We look forward to welcoming you to

the Sandringham Game & Country Fair

on Saturday & Sunday September 11th

& 12th, show open 10am – 6pm.

Book your tickets now on www.living

heritagecountryshows.com/tickets

or ring 01283 820548

Please check our website for covid

guidelines and entry details. We look

forward to seeing you there!

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Green means...go?

The ‘traffic light’ system has left some of us

scratching our heads. Where can we actually go?

What implications do the colours have?

Kathryn Cook, Travel Counsellor explains more...

Countries are categorised as either green, amber or red. This

determines what safety measures are needed to travel to

those places or - more crucially - when returning home. Safety

measures may include Covid testing and self-isolation.

The traffic light system is issued by the UK government outlines

the UK ENTRY requirements. It excludes any country-specific

requirements that travellers need to adhere to prior to departure

FROM the UK. I can advise you of the entry requirements of your

chosen location.

Tips for anyone booking a holiday abroad at the moment

1. Don’t be scared! Book with a real-life trusted travel adviser

who will look after you and your money, guiding you through

all the relevant requirements from booking to arriving safely

home. Ask me about our dedicated duty office team looking

after you 24/7. If things change whilst you’re away, we look

after you, offering expert advice and making all the necessary

arrangements.

2. I can assist with all the documents required prior to travel

and guide you through your destination’s – and the UK’s -

requirements.

3. Think ahead. Travel for 2022 is already booking up. Ask about

flexible options for your peace of mind.

4. Never leave home without adequate travel insurance –

essential for all travel but Covid inclusions are a must.

We’re all feeling a little tentative to book things given the

shifting sands of restrictions – are holidays booked through

you protected?

Yes. You and your money are protected through our ATOL license

and Travel Counsellors trust fund. This is important as some of

us may be feeling a little tentative about booking holidays. Please

be reassured that you can book flexible packages which can be

amended to new dates and even a new destination. Conditions

apply but will be explained to you at time of booking.

Has Brexit had an impact on our travel to Europe?

Yes, a few things have changed:

• The EHIC/E111 health card has been replaced by the GHIC

health card.

• Your passports need to have a minimum of 6 months expiry

AND must be less than 10 years old.

• For driving you may need an international driving license

which is easy to obtain from the Post Office

• Roaming charges may apply on your mobile phone.

Any questions?

I’m happy to discuss options and offer advice.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

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As lockdown restrictions are eased and life returns to normal,

many people whose weddings were delayed by the pandemic are

once again planning for their big day. Drawing up guest lists,

finding a venue and deciding on a theme are a part of most people’s

preparations, but not everyone thinks about making a Will.

If you already have a Will, this is

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Under the Rules of Intestacy, your spouse

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A Will in contemplation is usually made

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The alternative to making a Will in

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Learning through play

Katie Paynter - discusses

the value of play in the

development of children

Nothing is as natural as a child at play. It is a

cherished part of childhood. It is important

to recognise that it is difficult to give a single

definition of play. It can be defined as ‘what

children and young people do when they

follow their own ideas and interests, in their

own way, and for their own reasons.’ Play

has also frequently been described as ‘what

children and young people do when they are

not being told what to do by adults’.

Regardless of definition, the importance

of play cannot be underestimated. It is

undeniably instrumental in children’s learning

and development and is particularly integral

in a child’s early years, given it indubitably

supports their foundational social, emotional

and cognitive growth.

Anyone spending any time with young

children will understand that providing them

with opportunities for play provides so much

more than a few minutes or hours of ‘fun’.

Many instrumental skills are developed. It

develops communication and language skills

and vocabulary, an understanding of emotion

and empathy, social skills and creativity. It

also supports and strengthens co-operation,

collaboration, sharing and problem solving.

Children will observe those around them

and mimic language and behaviour. It

teaches self-expression, nurtures a sense of

imagination and simultaneously gives children

a feeling of adventure.

Dramatic play is absolutely essential to a

child’s social and emotional development and

can enhance their physical development too.

It is also very closely connected to intellectual

development. This is when children make

sense of the world in which they live by

acting out situations before they experience

them and by mimicking what they witness

around them. Most children are innately

imaginative and will happily chat away to

someone on their toy telephone or pretend

to travel to hospital in an ambulance made

from a cardboard box! This creativity must be

actively fostered!

Encouraging young children to embrace

physically active play is extremely beneficial

and necessary for their development. It

helps them to learn about the ever-changing

environment and gives them the opportunity

to use their whole body and develop their

gross motor skills. It can meet their multisensory

needs and will promote significant

health and well-being benefits. Whether it

is messy play, creative or role play, it is an

essential part of learning.

Play provides a platform through which

children are not only able to learn about the

world around them through interacting with it,

but it also gives them the opportunity to learn

about themselves. As play is fun, children’s

focus tends to be over a sustained period. In

turn, this helps children to develop the ability

to concentrate. It is important as parents not

to push your child too hard. Children develop

in their own ways and in their own time and,

rest assured, their levels of focus will steadily

augment.

It is imperative that children are given the

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Summertime...

The Kennel Club advises us on how take care of your

friends during this time of year

Warm summer and autumn months are

great for spending time out with your

four-legged friend, catching up on the

adventures we all missed during the

pandemic, exploring new ‘walkies’ routes

or enjoying ‘staycations’ and trips.

These newly found freedoms and

socialisation opportunities can be very

exciting for dogs, and it is important that

owners know how to make sure their canine

companion is safe and comfortable wherever

they go.

The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest

organisation dedicated to dog health, welfare

and training, has rounded up top tips on how

to make sure you and your dog are enjoying

the end of the summer safely:

Seaside adventures and BBQs

If you are planning to enjoy the last weeks

of the English summer by the seaside or

throwing a garden party, keep an eye on your

four-legged friend too.

Many dogs enjoy water and swimming in the

sea, rivers or ponds, especially on a warm

day. To make sure your dog is enjoying the

water safely, always start off in a shallow

water to help them adjust before testing

deeper water. Never let your dog swim in a

rough sea, ensure they don’t swim too far

out, and make sure they come back if you

call them.

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When taking your dog swimming, be aware

of blue-green algae, which can be found in

water bodies and is toxic for dogs. Algae is

especially common after heat waves and

can cause a range of serious reactions. If

your dog becomes unwell, contact your vet

immediately.

Whether you are planning your own

celebration or walking around popular BBQ

spots on the beach, make sure to look out

for any leftovers and watch your dog closely.

Skewers, cooked bones and even corn on

the cob can be dangerous for dogs.

Travel and staycations

If you are planning to enjoy a well-deserved

holiday soon, it’s important you also keep

your canine travel companion safe and

happy.

Whether you are off on a day trip or a

longer staycation, make sure to check the

dog-friendly status of all sights and places

you intend to visit and stay at to avoid

disappointment. The dog-friendly status of

some places might have changed during

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place too. Whilst visiting attractions or pubs

and restaurants, keep an eye on your dog

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shady area to rest in. Wherever you go, be

sure to bring water for your dog.

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on the road - making sure they have a

comfortable and cool spot in the car and

taking regular breaks so they can go to the

toilet or have a drink. Most importantly, never

leave your dog alone in a car, even for a short

while and especially during warmer days

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countryside, make sure you’re aware of local

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during the year, so you and your dog can

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a lead if necessary or required by signage.

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travelling tips, helping owners and their

four-legged friends enjoy the summer whilst

staying healthy, happy and safe. For more

information visit: thekennelclub.org.uk/

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Man of the sea

Mitch Tonks

Mitch Tonks

Image courtesy Steve Haywood

Sally Thomson was delighted to catch

up with chef and entrepreneur - Mitch

Tonks who she has known for over 25

years....

SALLY: HOW ARE YOU DOING?

Mitch: We are doing great! We are looking

forward to finally getting the restaurant

open. I think we are going to have a nice

bounce back, but what a strange time.

I’m one of the people that has benefited

and enjoyed it to be honest. Getting to my

age and not really taking any time off, I’ve

had lots of time to spend with the kids and

rethink things to make things better.

I’D LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR

BEAUTIFUL BOOK - THE DISHES LOOK

MOUTH-WATERING. MY FIRST QUESTION

HOWEVER, IS HOW HAVE YOU ADAPTED TO THE

LOCKDOWN?

I must say that the first 2 weeks were

scary; I didn’t really know what was going

to happen, I knew how much money was

in the bank and how long that would last.

I had some truly beautiful and humbling

experiences where my children took care

of me, cooked for me and said: “Dad, you

just concentrate on work and we are going

to look after you and cook for you.” My son

Ben is a chef and works in The Seahorse

and so does my daughter along with Ben’s

partner who is now the general manager.

FANTASTIC, WHAT A LOVELY FAMILY AFFAIR!

It is, and it was lovely being at home with

them. When we started to think about

survival, “I thought this is it we are going to

survive this” We had 274 staff and I thought

we are going to get through this and I’m

going to take care of every single one of

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you and come out the other

side.

There was a lot to think about

and we really took care of

people. During the time we

thought about, “How can we

make this business better”

and we started pulling apart

everything that was wrong

and thought how can we

make it better? These are

things that we couldn’t do

when we were open, so we

did a whole lot of things like

shortened inventory, better

shift patterns, closed the

restaurant for an hour in the

afternoon, went down to a

4 day week in the winter,

all the kind of stuff that we

didn’t have the foresight to

do previously.

WHEN SOMEONE IS SO ENGROSSED IN

MANAGING A BUSINESS IT’S SOMETIMES

HARD, THIS MUST HAVE GIVEN YOU THE

OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A NEW VISION?

I think it was a bit of that, but I’m always

very outward looking with my business any

way but I think one of the challenges was

trying to get people to go along with it as

they would be like we’re too busy or that’s

not the way we do it. Everybody was great,

and I think I realised that we were a lot more

capable as I thought we were which was

great and hugely uplifting, so I thought right

I’m going to write a book.

We wrote the book in November after a

really good summer obviously we didn’t

know that we were going to be in lockdown

the first quarter. We were also working

hard on getting the planning permission for

our Salcombe restaurant which should be

ready next year. Then we started sending

out boxes to people like a seafood meal

for 2 and we suddenly built up to several

hundred boxes a week which was quite a

considerable amount.

What we did was open a fishmongers

in Brixham just before lockdown, so we

ran it from there sending out all these

boxes. I then started to reflect on my own

behaviour at home, how it had changed

and how I was buying my toilet roll, my

chemicals, my meat and things stuff that I

had never bought on mail order before and

subscriptions and I was really enjoying it.

KNOW YOU ARE EXTREMELY BUSY BUT WHAT

DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

I’m a sailor, a big reader so I love to read,

and I love to cook and entertain at my

house with the children. I’m a sailor so I

love to plan voyages I can’t wait to get on

the water, and we are sailing our boat up to

the West Coast of Scotland. I’m leaving in

3 weeks and we are going to try and live a

little bit up there and a little bit down here

and just take some valuable time.

LETS TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOK WHICH LOOKS

WONDERFUL. WHEN YOU DO YOUR RECIPES

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? DO YOU DRAW ON YOUR

EXPERIENCE OR DO YOU LIKE TO CREATE NEW

DISHES?

I think in this book I draw on my love of

seafood which is really nice and my own

experiences in the rock fish book there’s

quite a lot of new dishes things that I mainly

cook at home. What I really enjoyed about

this book is there’s no boundaries. This is

food that I love like Asian food Singapore

Chilli Crab (pictured top right) and Crispy

fried Chilli cuttlefish. It’s really great!

YOU HAVE SOME FABULOUS ACCOLADES BOTH

ON YOUR WEBSITE AND IN THE LATEST BOOK

To be honest it’s not one of the things I ever

think about but they are very humbling. I

think the thing I was most proud of was the

fact I was a council house boy and didn’t

really excel in education so when I got a

doctorate from Plymouth University, I was

very proud. I had to stand up and do a

speech in front of the students and I never

imagined that I would get to university and

receive an honorary doctorate and it was

my most personal proudest moment of

recognition.

THE ROCKFISH COOKBOOK BY MITCH TONKS

PUBLISHED BY JON CROFT EDITIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS TERRY

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TIME

tea

FOR

With

Afternoon Tea Week taking

place from 9-15 August, plus the

MacMillan Coffee Morning on the

24 September, there’s never been

a better time to gather your nearest

and dearest, don your apron

and get baking! We’ve gathered

together the best recipes from

Clarence Court Eggs

CLASSIC TEATIME SCONES

You can’t go wrong with a freshly baked

scone. Simple to master and can be

whipped up in a matter of minutes!

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 12-15 MINUTES

MAKE 18-22 SCONES

INGREDIENTS

450g self-raising flour plus extra for dusting

1 teaspoon baking powder

100g cold butter, cut into cubes

50g caster sugar

2 medium Clarence Court Hens Eggs plus

1 beaten

Milk

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F/ gas mark

6. Line two baking trays with greaseproof

paper.

Put the flour and baking powder into a large

mixing bowl, add the butter and rub it into to

the flour with your fingers until you create a

fine breadcrumb texture. Stir in the sugar.

Crack the eggs into a measuring jug and top

up with enough milk to get to 270ml.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and

pour in the eggs and milk. Stir using a dinner

knife to start then use your hands to form a

rough dough. Tip out on to a lightly floured

work surface and roll to a rough oblong

about 2cm thick.

Use a 5cm cutter to cut out as many scones

as possible then arrange over the 2 trays

making sure they aren’t too close to each

other. Roll out the remaining dough and cut

out more scones. When all the scones have

been cut out, brush the tops with beaten

egg and place the trays in the oven to bake

for 12 - 15 minutes or until pale gold in

colour and nicely risen. Allow to cool a little

on a wire rack and serve warm with clotted

cream and your favourite jam.

QUAIL SCOTCH EGGS

Libby Silbermann, has shared with us her

perfect picnic addition. These Quail Scotch

Eggs are a delicious bite size treat, served

with tarragon mayo, dip and enjoy!

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PREP TIME: 45 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

12 Clarence Court quail eggs

250g good quality British sausages,

removed from skins

Fresh thyme

1 egg beaten

100g panko breadcrumbs

100g plain flour

Vegetable oil for frying

Tarragon Mayo:

2x egg yolks

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, plus extra for

seasoning

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

250ml olive oil (or rapeseed)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Handful of fresh tarragon, chopped

METHOD

Boil the quail eggs in a pan of boiling

water for 2 minutes. Then plunge into

an ice bath - this will stop them cooking

further and ensure you have a runny yolk

at the end.

While they are cooling, make your Mayo.

Place 2 egg yolks in a large bowl. Add

the mustard and vinegar and whisk them

well until they are paler. Slowly drizzle

in the oil in a steady stream, whisking

continuously - this will emulsify the egg

yolk and it will thicken and become

glossy. Keep slowly adding until you

have added half of the oil.

At this stage squeeze in juice of ½ a

lemon. Then drizzle in remaining oil,

whisking continuously until all is added.

Season the mayonnaise with the chopped

tarragon, salt and some more lemon or

mustard to taste. Set aside.

Peel the quail eggs carefully as they

are delicate. It is quite therapeutic and

satisfying! Time to assemble: Add fresh

chopped thyme to your sausage meat.

Season the plain flour well with salt and

pepper. Place a small amount in the palm

of your hand and press to flatten, place

a quail egg in the middle and cup your

hand to enclose the egg in the meat.

Gently press the sausage meat around

the egg so it is completely covered and

there are no air pockets.

Next place the egg into the flour and

coat, then dust off the excess. Do the

same in the egg, and then followed by

the panko. Repeat with all the quail eggs.

Heat vegetable oil in a high sided pan

so it comes up 2 inches high. Heat until

it reaches 180˚C. Fry the scotch eggs in

batches for 2 minutes until golden brown

on all sides and crisp. Remove carefully

with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen

paper to remove excess oil. Serve

alongside the tarragon mayo!

BLUEBERRY AND

PEACH CAKE

An impressive-looking but easy to make

cake. Duck eggs keep the sponge light

and fluffy.

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 40-50 MINUTES

SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS

150g baking spread or softened unsalted

butter (plus 50g softened unsalted butter

for frosting and for greasing)

100g caster sugar

4 tablespoons thick peach puree or

blitzed tinned or fresh peeled peach (or

just use 50g extra caster sugar)

2 Clarence Court Braddock Whites

150g self-raising flour, sieved

Pinch salt

50g ground almonds

1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped plus

extra sprigs for serving

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons natural or peach yoghurt

2 x 120g punnets blueberries

250g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting

250g full-fat cream cheese

1 whole peach

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 160˚C/ 320˚F/ gas

mark 3. Grease and line the base and

sides of a 20cm, deep round cake tin.

Cream the butter and sugar together in

a mixer or with a wooden spoon until soft

and fluffy. Crack the eggs into a jug and

whisk with the peach puree. Stir in a little

at a time until incorporated. Mix the flour,

salt, ground almonds, chopped rosemary

and baking powder in a mixing bowl then

fold into the butter and egg mix then stir

in the vanilla extract and yoghurt. Scatter

in half of one punnet of blueberries into

the prepared tin, followed by half the

sponge mixture. Top with the remaining

½ punnet blueberries and finish with the

rest of the cake mix.

Place the cake in the oven and bake

for 45-50 minutes until golden and risen

or if a skewer is poked in the middle it

comes out clean. Remove the cake from

the oven and place on a cooling rack for

about 40 minutes. Carefully release the

cake from the tin and allow it rest on the

cooling rack until totally cool.

Place the icing sugar and 50g of softened

butter in a mixing bowl and mix well until

soft and fluffy. Mix in the cream cheese

until you have a whipped, stable frosting.

Chill whilst the cake cools.

When ready to assemble place the

sponge on a serving plate or board.

Destone and slice the whole peach

into thin slices. Spread the frosting

over the top, scatter over the remaining

blueberries and peach slices. Sprinkle

over a few rosemary leaves and dust over

a little icing sugar. Serve with a cup of tea

or a fresh, crisp sparkling wine.

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IT’S A

GARDENERS’

WORLD

Adam Frost is an

award-winning British

garden designer,

television presenter and

motivational speaker.

Sally Thomson caught up

with him to discuss all

things green...

TELL ME HOW THE GARDENER’S

WORLD EVENT WENT AT BEAULIEU?

I had a lovely weekend! I’d be lying if I

didn’t say I was a bit nervous. I had just

had my 2nd injection It was the first time

I had done anything in a public arena for

about 18 months! You realise that all the

shows are now your general catch up.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT BUILDING A

GARDEN FOR CHELSEA?

It can be 12 months to 2 years planning

but at one point I was doing them back to

back finishing one then moving straight

onto the next one. But it’s fascinating, it’s

how I built my career.

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR

FIRST CHELSEA GOLD?

If I’m honest, I think I was slightly

oblivious to what they actually meant. My

dad was a landscaper and he built early

John Brooks gardens in the early 70s I

recently met Professor David Stevens

Garden designer who also worked for

John Brooks. We were talking about

Chelsea and he said that my dad would

have been a few gardens along from

where we were. David also taught me a

lot about design in that sense.

WHEN YOU START A DESIGN IS IT

FROM A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU

PLANNING IT IN ADVANCE?

It depends on whether its for a client.

I think ultimately gardens are about 4

things People, Space, Plants and Place.

It’s normally one of those that I tap into

first and it might be a bit of landscape, it

might be an individual picture I’ve seen,

it might be the shape of something,

whatever it is that gives me an insight

into a person or if it’s a show garden what

particular design will drive it.

DO YOU THINK BEAULIEU WILL BE A

REGULAR EVENT NOW?

I think so, I walked in and thought

what a glorious piece of landscape

and the moment I walked in the gate it

had a good feel. People really enjoyed

themselves and as a setting it had quite a

lovely intimate feel to it, even the stages

had an open canopy, and everybody was

sensible and had plenty of space. The

standard of the displays was really good

and Hilliers had gone there and built

a garden, so it was great that you had

something there of Hilliers quality.

I think a positive out of the last 15 months

is that people have slowed down have

connected or reconnected with what’s

outside their back door or in the area.

I’ve seen a report saying we now have

3 million new gardeners. Everybody

you talk to in the industry says that the

hunger from last year is still there which is

great. I just hope in a way that stays.

YOU ARE AT THE NEC IN THE

SUMMER WHAT WILL THAT INVOLVE?

I normally go from stage to stage and talk

all things gardening and there’s different

themes on different stages from talking

about Grow your Own, Unusual edibles,

soil & compost so all sorts really. What

I love about that show is you have the

gardens and displays but it also interlinks

with food and because its at the NEC if

we do have poor weather people can get

inside. Because it’s such a large venue

everything will feel alright.

DO YOU DO ANY JUDGING IN YOUR

ROLE?

I’ve been asked, and I’ve done bits and

pieces, but I don’t really like to just turn

up and judge other people’s work.

SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE

YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES

COME AROUND?

You have a 2 minute conversation the day

before to explain if anything has changed

or there have been any adjustments

to the design. They then arrive at your

garden anytime between 7:30 and

9:30am on the day and you must be away

from your garden. Then you have another

24 hours until you find out the result.

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR

READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS

BEFORE AUTUMN?

Don’t disengage with the garden, I think

we get to September the kids go back to

school and people pack up their gardens.

I think our environment has changed

so much that you cant month to month

garden anymore you have to react to the

month you are in September, October

and even going into November we can

still have some cracking days and only

have our first frosts going into December

so I would say to anybody there is so

much glorious flower colour foliage

colour stem colour to be had and the light

is different so the atmosphere is different

you can still wrap up and enjoy it just

don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection

just enjoy the moments.

Adam Frost, along with other gardening

celebrities, will be appearing at the NEC

in Birmingham from Thursday August 26

to Sunday August 29.

For ticket information, please visit

www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com

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Tiles x Jessica Davis

Tiles can really reflect your personality, so you

don’t need to go with trends, but they can

be inspiring. This season sees a lean toward

inviting, earthy tones and using floor tiles up to

half height on the walls. Geometric tiles are still

hugely popular, and lots of ranges are bringing

out ceramic versions of en-caustic tiles for

easier upkeep.

Fascination kitchen by

Mowlem & Co

MIXING

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1

4

TILE

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2

3

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look that envelops - large convivial

pieces of furniture, paired with lots of

texture. Hardwood floors are key to

this style, as is a strong architectural

framework to the room.

The colour palette for this look tends

to be very neutral, focusing on a mix

of taupes, whites, creams and beiges,

intermixed with framing black and

other earth tones, like terracotta and

wood. Finally, small pops of colour can

be added in soft furnishings.

4

Inventive mixes of different finishes

have been really evident in lots of

kitchens this year - choosing surfaces

which age with a nice patina can also

add to the depth of the space - think

about brass and wood, or concrete

with stainless steel. Natural textures

should really shine through.

3

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2

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RETIREMENT

PLANNING:

A GUIDE

Getting your financial

ducks in a row for a happy

retirement...

Retirement planning is a multi-faceted

process which evolves over time - to

have a comfortable and secure future,

you have to have the means to fund

it. Fewer people have access to the

guaranteed income that comes with a

final salary pension, and with longer to

wait until eligibility for the state pension,

it’s pertinent to start planning as early as

possible for the retirement you want. The

better prepared you are now, the better

your retirement will be.

There are many strands to retirement

planning, and much of it depends on

your stage of life. It’s important to seek

advice from a registered financial planner

who can help you make the most of your

unique circumstances.

There are some handy way points to help

you get a grasp on where you are and

what you will need - here’s a checklist of

things to consider:

Understand what your retirement

income is likely to be:

You will be adding to your pension fund

during your working life, but it’s important

you get a handle on your various pension

pots to forecast the actual figure you will

have access to.

Check your state pension:

The rising state pension age can have a

real knock-on effect to your retirement

planning - a state pension forecast will

help you to gauge how much you’re on

course to get from the government.

Get an understanding of your

expenditure:

Having an idea of your expenditure will

help you plan longer-term. Your living

costs are likely to be a lot lower than

in other phases of life - you might be

mortgage-free and you don’t have the

same costs for commuting, recreation or

childcare for example.

You may wish to improve your home

or go on some amazing trips, so it’s

important you know you have the

financial reserves to do this.

When should you start drawing a

pension?

You don’t have to stop working to draw

down your pension - as long as you

are over the age of 55 - but be aware,

the sooner you start dipping into it, the

sooner the pot will deplete.

How much will retirement cost?

This is the golden question, and really

depends on the level of comfort or luxury

you are looking for in your autumn years.

A recent Which? study found that the

average retired household (those living

alone or as couples) spent an around

£2,170 per month - this is covering all

the basic areas of expenditure and some

luxuries like European holidays. Those

looking for a more luxurious lifestyle

including longer-haul trips and new cars

every five years would need to allow

for approximately £3,400 per month, or

£41,000 per year.

Once you have a framework for the

amount you’ll need, and what you are

on track for saving, you also need to

consider how you will access your

pension pots - these might be state

pension, a final salary pension and a

money purchase/defined contribution

pension.

With your defined contribution pot,

such as the one you might get in the

government employee scheme, you can

draw the entire pension pot in one go,

but this will mean it’s entirely down to

you to make the money last and you’ll

invariably pay a substantial tax bill. Most

people with these pensions will opt for

income drawdown or an annuity, or a

combination of both when it comes

taking money out of their pension.

With careful planning and accurate

forecasting, your retirement can be

something to really look forward to, but

it is essential to make an assessment of

your position as early as possible and

use the advice of experts to make your

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Care, Safety & Companionship

For your loved one at Newmarket’s Brand New Care Home

At Brampton Manor, we are dedicated

to providing safe, personalised care,

ensuring that your loved one is well cared

for by our professional and compassionate

team. You can rest assured that your loved

one is in safe hands.

Our new residents are having a wonderful

time, exploring the state of the art

facilities, settling into their new home

whilst enjoying the variety of activities

and dining that we offer.

CALL ZOE KIRK, HOME MANAGER: 01638 598 827

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24 hour nursing care, 7 days a week

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All en suite bedrooms

Connecting bedrooms available

Delicious, fresh, home cooked meals

Choice of communal areas

Landscaped gardens

Varied activities/entertainment

Safe family visits

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Let's Get Together

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When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our residents, the

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Let’s Get Together

The highest quality care starts

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Every member of our team gets to know your loved one

as an individual when they move in, so we can support

them to live a life they love.

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Waterbeach Lodge

First Class Residential Care for Senior Citizens...

Scimitar Care Hotels is dedicated to providing a superior

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• En-Suite Facilities

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• Short or Long Term or Day Care

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• Personal Laundry Service

Scimitar Care

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