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Contents

August 2021

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson selects her

favourite homes on the market

NOTEBOOK

The latest events and

exhibitions for your diary

HOME AT DORMESTONE

A look inside a beam-filled

Grade II listed farmhouse

GET THE LOOK

Shop products inspired

by Dormestone

KNOCK ON WOOD

A coastal apartment with an

emphasis on cool furniture

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by Beatrice and

John Alfredo’s eye for design

BEST DRESSED

The Midsummer Fair played

catwalk to a host of stylishly dressed

visitors, as Kate Liz Watts finds out

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PLANT POWER

Fresh and vibrant recipes

from a new family cookbook

by Helen Hume

FOOD SPECIAL

A run-down of the tastiest local

produce and where to enjoy it

SAVE OR SPLURGE

Josephine Fairley gets to the

bottom of makeup to invest

in and when the cheaper

option is just as good

RUN HAPPY

Sarah Maxwell turns her

attention to running

NOURISH TO FLOURISH

Charlotte Lau emphasises the

importance of movement

PLANTING PLANS

Jo Arnell gets ahead in the garden

with her prime bulb picks

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AUGUST ACTIVITIES

Sue Whigham explains how to

adapt your gardening efforts

to a changing climate

FINANCIAL ADVICE

A look at property and pensions

MEET THE HEAD

We speak to Reed’s School’s

Mark Hoskins

WHAT’S ON

The world is opening up again

and we have a list of events to

mark in your diary this month

SLOW, GROW, EAT

Zoë Colville tells us about a new idea

to connect with the general public

ADDING VALUE

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PROPERTY

SUPPLEMENT

18 pages of

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Editor’s

Letter

Firstly, the whole Wealden Times team would like to

say a huge thank you to everyone who came to support

our Midsummer Fair and to all our wonderful stall

holders. Despite sadly having to cancel Sunday’s opening,

due to the heavy downpour the previous night, it was

wonderful to see so many happy faces over the three days

we were allowed to open. Turn to page 77 to see stylist Kate

Liz Watts highlight some of the fabulous outfits on show,

as worn by both visitors and exhibitors – did Kate stop you

to have a chat? Keep an eye out for details of the return of

Wealden Times Midwinter Fair this November, too!

With the weather predictably up and down, we retreated

inside to escape the rain and nosed around two beautifully

different interiors – a Grade II listed farmhouse that’s undergone

a serious revamp and a super-stylish seaside apartment.

If you’re after a similar look, browse the edit of similar

furniture and accessories that follows on from each piece.

We’ve got food on the mind this issue, with an extended recipe

and local produce section, dedicated to the freshest seasonal

offerings and places to find and enjoy them. Find out how

to look your best whilst respecting your health and wellbeing

with our monthly round-up of beauty, diet and exercise tips

from Josephine Fairley, Sarah Maxwell and Charlotte Lau. Plus,

our Adding Value To Your Property Supplement is the perfect

place to find inspiration for your own home improvements,

if you’re looking to sell or add value for the future. Whilst

we’re touching on forward-planning and finances, get expert

opinions on property and pension investments on page 119.

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The Old Dairy

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The dream: This very special Grade

II listed property has its origins in a

historic 15th century Hall House, but

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with some very rare trees already in

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Box Farm

£1,650,000

- £1,750,000

The dream: Dating back to the 17th century, with

a recent extension, this Grade II listed farmhouse

is a perfect family home, full of character with

lovely inglenook fireplaces and a plethora of

woody loveliness. A black-timbered barn has been

very nicely converted into a two-bedroom home,

perfect for holiday lets, or as a granny flat.

Where: On the fringes of the village of Egerton.

Setting: Surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Beds: 4, plus 2 in the barn

Baths: 3, plus 2 in the barn

Special features: The magnificent

vaulted, beamy kitchen.

Pleasing details: An agricultural barn which could

be developed with appropriate permissions.

Outside: With nine acres of land – ⅓ acre given to

formal gardens with lawns, borders and box hedges –

plus a paved terrace and a kitchen garden with fruit

trees and a green house. The five paddocks are parkland

style, with mature trees, two ponds and four stables.

Time to town: 10 mins to Headcorn station,

then an hour and 10 to Charing Cross or

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International and 40 minutes to St Pancras.

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Barnden Farm

£2,400,000

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thatched barn with great potential. This could be

the ideal multi-generational family compound.

Where: The outskirts of Smarden.

Setting: Lovely farmland.

Beds: 6 Baths: 5, plus two beds and

one bath in the oast house.

Special features: A stunning, original ‘butterfly’ oak

staircase, with two wings going up to galleried landings.

Pleasing details: The reception rooms are

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light for a house of this age and character.

Outside: Partially walled gardens, extending to

over nine acres and laid to lawn with specimen

trees and well-stocked borders, plus orchards,

a pond and a large outdoor swimming pool.

Time to town: Just over an hour to

Charing Cross, or St Pancras from

Headcorn, which is a ten minute drive.

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What to do and see near you this month

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Trading Boundaries’ Wedding Day

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and enjoy the venue fully dressed

and decorated with their new Indian

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weddings to attend and receive a

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The summer holidays are here and The National Trust have put together a

calendar of family-friendly activites to keep us all amused in the Great British

countryside. Thanks to funding from Sport England, visitors will be able to

have a go at over 20 different activities such as ‘go barefoot’, ‘make a splash’,

and ‘work together’ checking off each challenge on special ‘Get Set Go’

cards along the way. In Kent there will be a new summer treasures trail

at Chartwell, a new mini-beast trail complete with a bug hotel at

Ightham Mote, and a dragonfly experience at Sissinghurst Castle

(where the stunning Delos garden has also just been restored).

Emmetts Garden will also have two open-air theatre performances

this month – Immersion Theatre’s Jungle Book on 10th, and the

Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s Macbeth on 12th. Meanwhile, in East

Sussex, there will be medieval games including mini jousting,

hobby horses, and a ‘Siege the Castle’ game at Bodiam Castle,

and Bateman’s (pictured above) will have outdoor poetry

readings and storytelling as well as a garden-inspired trail and

the perfect picnicing spot by The Lily Pond. The last stop

on our round up of National Trust events of course has to be

Surrey, where Polesden Lacey will have pop-up scenes from

Shakespeare, live jazz music on Sundays and outdoor cinema

under the stars from 5th-8th August. And Claremont Landscape

Garden will also have its own theatrical fun as it hosts Peter

Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny in a delightful new adaptation of the

Beatrix Potter classics on 20th. With so much to see and do, the

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Ashford’s Makers

Market is back with a

splash of colour and creativity.

Bursting with amazing handmade,

locally designed and imaginative

products from small Kentish businesses

it’s a great chance to meet and chat to

makers and creators of unique products

that you won’t find on the high street.

Founder and director of Craftship

Enterprise CIC, Melissa Dawkins said that

they aim “to support creative businesses

and creativity in the community” and

hopes that it “inspires our community

to get creative, meet the makers and

give businesses a little boost too!” Visit

madeinashford.com to shop local makers

or register interest in having a stall.

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Garden Bliss

Rotherfield Village Open Garden

Trail on Saturday 7 and Sunday

8 August (11am-5pm) is a

perfect opportunity to explore

this picturesque village in the

High Weald, just 8 miles from

Tunbridge Wells. Fourteen lovely

gardens, small courtyard gardens,

gardens with views and formal gardens

will be open to peruse and inspire. Why

not take a wander around this designated

Conservation Area with many Grade II listed

buildings in its centre and a 1,500-year-old yew

tree in the churchyard of St. Denys’ Church –

which will also be open. This beautiful Grade I

listed building features medieval wall paintings, a

stained glass window made by William Morris and

a Victorian graveyard. Entry to the Trail costs £8

and children go free. Tickets and refreshments are

available from Village Hall, North St, TN6 3LX.

For information, email sheila_hicks@hotmail.co.uk

Food Fest

From 28-30 August, visit Hampton Court Palace

– the home of Henry VIII – for their Food Festival.

Savour the ultimate summer celebration of food and

drink in the iconic East Front Gardens where you can

feast on delicious street food, sip on cocktails and pick

up tasty treats from hand-selected artisan producers

and companies. There will be plenty of activities on

offer to keep children of all ages entertained, from

face painting and shire horse rides to arts, crafts

and live entertainment on the Bandstand.

Book online at

hrp.org.uk/hampton-courtpalace

Comedy Club

This summer, join Scoot Theatre for outdoor,

family-friendly, sixty-minute productions of ‘A

Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Comedy

of Errors’. Touring (mainly) cricket clubs in the

South East, six actor-musicians present their take

on Shakespeare’s favourite comedies, with a Scoot

Theatre ‘spin’! Prepare yourself for confusion, chaos

and costume changes. Whether you’re 5 or 105, a

Shakespeare newcomer or a Bard aficionado there

will be something for everyone. Bring a picnic

blanket, enjoy the hospitality of your local cricket

club and let Scoot entertain you. Expect music,

magic, and cricket bat sword fights! Find out more

and book tickets at scoottheatre.com/summer-tour

Ahoy there!

From Friday 6 to Friday 20 August,

Captain Hook and Peter Pan will be

visiting Groombridge Place for some

pirate fun as they entertain children

in the gardens and along the canal path

which leads to Crusoe’s World with its

wooden fort, pirate ship and rope bridges. Keep

children entertained by exploring other play areas in the

forest including the long board walk with its rope swings and

chain bridges and, right at the top of the forest, visitors can

discover the exhilarating giant tree swings which adults and

children can enjoy together. Tickets are also available for the

Canal Boat which takes you on a journey from the gardens

to Crusoe’s World (£1.50 for adults and £1 for children).

Admission for adults costs £8.95, children (to 12) £6.95 and a

Family Ticket is £25. Book in advance at groombridgeplace.com

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LOOK FORWARD:

The stunning Hever Castle will provide the backdrop

to the Craft In Focus event, from 9-12 September.

From 9.30am to 5.30pm daily, buy from a veritable

treasure trove of original and affordable designs

created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists

in the UK. Explore textiles, paintings, furniture, metal,

leather, ceramics, jewellery, glass, fashion and more.

Craft Fair entry is included in the normal Hever Garden

admission charges. Due to Covid-19 precautions,

tickets must be booked in advance. craftinfocus.com

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of course – to get their summer shop on

and catch up with friends and favourite

stallholders. It was refreshing to see spirits

undampened by so many months spent

at home and shoppers certainly made

the most of all the fair had to offer, from

the tastiest local food and catering to the myriad goodies displayed by a

wealth of exhibitors, both within the tents and across the showground.

After battling the dodgy weather for the first three days, we were

devastated to have to close the gates to visitors on Sunday, after a very

heavy downpour the previous night. It was so disappointing not to be

able to open for this extra day, but we hope that all those who were

able to attend on previous days had as wonderful a time as we did and

appreciated the taste of normality that we have all craved for so long.

The exhibitors all worked so hard to make their stands as gorgeous as

humanly possible and it was incredibly difficult to award this year’s Best Stand

accolade. There was stiff competition from the likes of Odyl, FRP Homestore,

OddBoo, Kagu, No. 3 and Gaby Redman – turn the page to see who ended

up taking home the prize of a free stand at the next Midsummer Fair.

The whole fair and magazines teams would like to say a massive thank you

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We’re excited to announce that

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Then there’s the more important preventative treatments such as

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The dream of finding an idyllic rural retreat steeped in history and

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part of Kent is deceptively close to the fast train link in Ashford and

not very far from the county town of Maidstone. A wish come true

for owner Kim and her family. Except not what they had planned.

“Our dream was to have a VW camper van,” she laughs. “In fact we

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two weeks and then it was stolen. So we thought, okay, forget that,

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They bought the Grade II listed farmhouse ten years ago and

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Owners are really custodians and have responsibility for maintaining

the features and authenticity of the building. Luckily no big

structural alterations were needed here and most of the work

was cosmetic, although the previous owners had given the house

a strong look which couldn’t have been easy to overhaul.

“The house was Gothic,” says Kim. “Armourial. There were suits

of armour around the place, the walls were dark red and the beams

were black. It was a different house completely. There’s nothing

wrong with any of that, of course – it was lovely, but we just wanted

it to look different and to put our own stamp on it,” says Kim. “We

wanted it to have a family vibe, to be informal and relaxed. A house

with low beams needs lighter colours and streamlined interior.”

A daunting task for most, but something that Kim, an award-

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This page: When Kim and her husband decided to reconfigure

the layout of the ground floor, they opted for a billiard and

games room in the space that once served as the kitchen,

painting the walls in Farrow and Ball’s Prague Blue

winning interior designer, took in her stride. The

building has been given the interiors equivalent of

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They started with the black beams and set about sanding

them back to their original oak. “It was a painstaking

job,” says Kim. “And after we’d been at it for about four

and a half months, my father said (as only fathers can),

‘I hate to tell you, but there’s not much difference.’ So

after that we called in the professionals and got all the

beams properly sandblasted.” They are now a wonderful

feature throughout the house. “This area was known

for ship building,” she says. “It’s thought that they were

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The previous owners added even more wood to the

oak-framed building – in the form of panelling above the

staircase, which again was dark and Gothic looking, and also

in an oak dividing panel that screens the TV snug from the

wider living area. “I like the Gothic screen,” she says, “but

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She painted in the same colour so

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Top: The panelling at the bottom of the staircase cleverly incorporates some useful storage for extra outdoor boots and

other kit. Painted in the same colour, it disappears into the panelling to maintain the uncluttered look Above: The

timberwork throughout the house was painstakingly sanded back to the original oak. “This area was known for ship

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much better. A large and useful dresser-style unit was

constructed in the kitchen. “We had the shelves made and

wanted it to be open so that everything could be seen at a

glance.” The traditional, warm wooden shelving contrasts

perfectly with the adjacent state-of-the-art units, which

are sleek and grey with durable leathered granite worktops

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This page: The largest bedroom

is situated in the newer part of

the house, which has a dramatic

vaulted ceiling and is painted

mainly in white, with a statement

end wall behind the bed in Amber

Gris by Fired Earth. Throughout

the house, both modern and

antique furniture have been

carefully mixed with eclectic finds

and artworks that Kim comes

across. A tranquil bathroom

continues the cool grey theme

that runs throughout Dormestone

in its painted panelling

The dining space is ideally situated in the light filled

conservatory and has views out across the well kept grounds.

A dining table runs horizontally under the double gable

of the conservatory. This is a big, airy room and makes a

great entertaining space. I notice a stylish and comfortable

looking dog basket in here – a good place, as the family dog

can be near to people, and near to the garden. It’s important

that everyone’s needs are met. “Ah yes,” she remembers,

“the house has been voted in the top ten places to stay with

your dog in the Telegraph, which is a lovely accolade.”

It appears that the care and comfort of canines –

and many other animals has been a feature of life at

Dormestone Farm through its history. “Apparently people

used to bring their sick animals here to be healed,”

says Kim. “There is certainly a lovely feel here – and I

can believe that it was a place of care and healing.”

The warmth of natural materials contributes to the lovely

feel, I’m sure. Floorboards throughout the ground floor have

been sanded back and gleam like tawny gold, occasionally

dressed with a friendly rug or two, “to hide the holes,” Kim

laughs. Comfortable sisal flooring is used in the sitting

room, the stairs and across the top floor of the house, which

again helps to unify the space. “Sisal is very hardwearing

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effectively underpins all the colour schemes. Used in the

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“My favourite bedroom

and the one we sleep in is

in the middle of the house,

overlooking the walled

garden,” says Kim. This is a

cosier room with a warmer

look and feel, painted in an

earthy green and featuring

a large mirrored armoire

Walls are painted in Sanderson’s cool Scotch Grey, which

works well as a contrast and to unite the furnishings into the

scheme, including the three beautiful Chinese panels that Kim

found on her travels. Calico coloured sofas and armchairs

are gathered around the open fire, the focal point of the

room, framed by an elegant and simple limestone surround.

There is another smaller sitting area, the reading

room, which has a double aspect and French doors that

lead onto the garden, so despite its low ceilings it is

flooded with natural light – making it a serene, bright

place for some holiday reading. The leaded windows

have subtle, full length curtains, helping to create an

illusion of height and enhance the garden views.

Uncomplicated window treatments – either pale

pleated curtains or Roman blinds in neutral shades, have

been used on the windows of the upstairs bedrooms

and bathrooms too, which again adds to the uncluttered

feel of the house and draws the eye out to the restful

scenes in the garden and countryside beyond.

There are four spacious double bedrooms on the first floor,

one is classed as a family room, so the house sleeps ten people

– twelve, if you count the Figgy – a sweet little lodge in the

grounds of the estate. The largest family bedroom is situated

in the newer part of the house, which has a dramatic vaulted

ceiling and is painted mainly in white, with a statement end

wall behind the bed in Amber Gris by Fired Earth, a deep grey

that matches the coverlet and is picked up again in a large

wrapped canvas abstract painting. This would be the master

bedroom, “except that I never think of it as the master,” says

Kim. “My favourite bedroom and the one we sleep in is

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This page: Dormestone’s

beautiful grounds are home

to both a tennis court and

a swimming pool, with

plenty of opportunities and

space to relax and unwind

in the middle of the house, overlooking the walled garden.”

This is a cosier room with a warmer look and feel, painted

in an earthy green and featuring a large mirrored armoire.

Throughout the house, both modern and antique furniture

have been carefully mixed with eclectic finds and artworks

that Kim comes across. “I pick up things on my travels

and find a lot of furniture on trips, but some things have

been around for a while.” She is adept at repurposing and

finding just the right piece for a space. “The washstand

in the panelled bathroom was once a garden table.” Kim

laughs. “It’s been in the family for years.” Furniture is more

often relegated from house to garden and so this piece must

have been relieved to be back inside. It works perfectly as an

elegant washstand, becoming the focal point in that corner

of the room. Kim has employed a neat little trick in this low

ceilinged room, by placing pictures on a slim shelf that runs

around the top of the panelling and avoiding hanging them

on the walls focuses the eye on the pictures, not the wall.

There’s no doubt that these days Dormestone has leisure

on its mind rather than farming. The Billiard room, painted

in the smoky blue of Farrow and Ball’s Prague Blue is at

the centre of the house and outside in the grounds there

is both a tennis court and a swimming pool. Already a

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fabulously well appointed farmhouse has also been voted

into the top ten places to stay with a pool. The house

and attached Figgy are available to rent via Bloom Stays,

a small independent boutique agency based in Kent.

The journey that Dormestone House has been on is less

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home, and how to bring a unique and characterful period

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by a mid-century pendant light. Opposite the run of kitchen units

hangs a bold artwork of Little Richard by Turner Prize-winning artist

Mark Leckey Above: The knocked-through first floor living space now

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flat…). Immediately inside the front door, on the wall to the

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Above: With seating gathered around a glass-topped coffee table by Paolo Piva, Italy, the bright, spacious sitting room is furnished with an

intriguing segmented sectional 1970s Pantonova Sofa by Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen – upholstered in lipstick red – and a sleek day bed

in wood and ecru linen, made by John Alfredo

Enlivening the wall on the other side of the

hallway is a collection of 1970s Czech film posters,

which Beatrice found at a Paris auction house.

So there you have it already, in that first small

area, the dual specialities coming together to

create a space that works efficiently to live in –

and looks beautiful while you are doing it.

You are also immediately immersed in the very

specific atmosphere of the home, which feels calm

and relaxed – the result of quiet confidence, rather

than angsty striving. There is no try hard here.

But while it may feel coolly nonchalant, it did take effort

to achieve, as Beatrice remembers: “We have just sold it

because we want more space, a whole house, but it was a

wrench to let it go, because we did a lot to it. There was

a lot of work – electrics, plumbing, knocking through.”

Yet despite all the work they did here, she admits

there’s another factor she’s looking forward to with a

new place: “We want to tackle another project.”

This apartment is the two lower floors of a Victorian terrace

in one of the many streets in St Leonards-on-Sea which are

currently awakening from decades of being very run down.

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is starting to shine out again as the delights of living

within walking distance of the beach and myriad cool

places to eat, drink and shop, come to the fore.

Beatrice says the area has improved hugely in the

four years they’ve lived there, of the seven they’ve been

in Hastings, which is good to know, because their

route to the increasingly fashionable seaside town was

more random than the usual ‘I went there as a child…’

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The combination of John Alfredo’s making and Beatrice’s finding creates a satisfying rhythm

“Previously we lived in Hertfordshire,” she says, “but

after 20 years in London it was too rural and remote.

We thought of Brighton, but it was too expensive,

then someone mentioned Hastings – I had never

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Above left: In the upper hall, a wonderful picture of the Queen’s head, as on a stamp, is rendered in coloured buttons by wellknown

Margate-based artist Ann Carrington – who is a friend. Next to it, French windows lead out to the garden

It is a very uncluttered house – but not at all stark and minimalist.

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they have clearly been collected in a very considered way

Each side of the space is defined by wooden

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birch tree – to keep it deliberately low key.

The third garden is accessed via a French door in the

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floor, in what would have once been the ‘area’ outside the

Victorian kitchen. Now it is a fabulous dingly dell with

big pebbles, big exotic plants – and an outdoor shower.

The bathroom itself is just as cool, with a warm-toned

terrazzo tile floor and two walls tiled with small white oblong

tiles in a herringbone design, with terracotta coloured grout.

The bathroom sink is a perfect example of Beatrice and

John Alfredo’s skills coming together. The cupboard it sits

on was made by him from dark stained cedar wood with

a black poplar burr handle. Beatrice sourced the appealing

organically shaped mirror over it. From one of the Paris

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This page: The bathroom flooring is warm-toned terrazzo

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The cupboard the bathroom sink sits on was made by John Alfredo

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The black webbing chair and footstool are by Bruno

Mathsson, the spindle tables and wood ball next to

it by John Alfredo – and there is another painting

by Roland Jarvis over the bed. The brass and glass

bedside tables are Beatrice finds, from Belgium.

The wardrobe has the same kind of door as the cupboard in

the study – and again is attached to the wall, not resting on

the floor. On top of it is a neat row of felt hats, which have a

pleasingly curated look. “I don’t like clutter,” says Beatrice.

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This page: On the lower floor, before the bathroom, the study is

another perfect showcase of John Alfredo’s work in an impressive

sideboard and a cupboard door made of a wood frame with

hessian behind. Beatrice sourced two striking Italian vintage chairs

by the desk and a low red 1950s chair by Osvaldo Borsani. The

painting on the chimney breast is by late Hastings-based French

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shop in Hastings, before that she had a stall at London’s

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and decorating spaces for clients.

The upper hall shows the breadth of her resources. A

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This page: In the bedroom, the black webbing chair and

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metal Crittall-style windows – but in white. I

comment on how refreshing this is, assuming they

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Above: Beatrice’s shop, Ode Interiors, is in Hastings Old Town. “I sell pieces by known names, vintage and current – including John

Alfredo.” She is now also turning those sourcing skills into specific interior design projects, furnishing and decorating spaces for clients

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The 606 universal shelving system was designed by

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What strikes me is that in a very pleasing chime, they are

hung on the walls, just as so many of John Alfredo’s pieces

are, so they sit inside the spaces on either side of the chimney,

rather than filling them, giving them a sense of lightness.

In between them there is a small square niche,

painted black – with the same repeated on the chimney

breast in the kitchen, linking the two areas.

In a very clever bit of Beatrice’s sourcing, the run of

black kitchen cabinets – by a German kitchen company –

was found on eBay, an ex-display set up. She ordered the

stainless worktop, with its pleasing integral sink, from a

specialist company that makes them for professional kitchens.

The result of another of her so fruitful online searches.

The chimney niche on the left is filled by a John

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handles, and on the other side the space is filled with

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with no fussy attempt to conceal what it is.

When everything else in the space is so interesting

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teak dining chairs by Niels Møller for J.L. Møllers

Møbelfabrik, a mid-century pendant light and a bold

artwork of Little Richard by Turner Prize-winning

artist Mark Leckey, the fridge holds up just fine.

That’s how confidence in decorating works.

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This beautiful space is designed to merge four

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large and purposeful. The weathered oak table, bench and

island’s kickboard give the kitchen an organic feel, with

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The Drive-in

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Dressed

Wealden Times

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Fashion Editor Kate

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How would you describe your style?

English eclectic. Very much a mix of old and

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What has caught your eye at the fair

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Do you have any ‘go-to’ pieces you wear in the

summer? Loose fitting floral dresses that are light

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anything with a lovely block print. Comfy shoes

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Rachael &

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How would you describe your style?

Rachael: I usually wear jeans, dungarees

and trainers – I wear lots of black. It

feels so nice to put something colourful

on, like this dress, especially on a day

like this for something special.

Charlotte: I’m a jeans person – jeans and a

t-shirt and I feel comfortable. It is lovely

to put on a dress today, but when I do

wear a dress it has to be a long dress.

What has caught your eye at the fair

today? Rachael: I’ve never been to the fair

before, so I’ve been really looking forward

to it. I like looking through the vintage

stalls and can’t wait to try some of the

food – I love just being here really! Oh and

the shepherd huts! Charlotte: It’s really well

organised and I feel so safe. It’s really lovely!

Do you have any ‘go-to’ pieces you

wear in the summer? Charlotte: For me

it’s a jumpsuit. My favourite jumpsuit

this year is black with a bold print and

wide leg – you put it on and the outfit is

finished. Rachael: This summer I’ve got

some linen dungarees with pockets. They’re

so easy to wear with a t-shirt underneath

and so comfortable and casual. Also the

dress I’m wearing today from Zara.

How would you describe your

style? Funky and casual!

What has caught your eye at the fair

today? Ooo yes, so far it’s Ella and Cherry

ellaandcherry.co.uk. They were selling these

great white shirts with wired, frilly collars.

Where are your fabulous trousers from? These

are Isabel Marant. I saw Jodie Comer wearing

them on Killing Eve and I hunted them out and

managed to purchase them on sale! They’re so

comfortable as they are leather and suede.


How would you describe your style?

Relaxed and I’d say very classic. I don’t

follow fashion trends, but prefer to

have staple pieces in my wardrobe.

Actually, I think my husband would

probably say my fashion sense is far too

expensive, but you know, I don’t care!!

What has caught your eye at the fair

today? Oh, the quiche! It was amazing!

Do you know what’s so nice is it’s

dog friendly, there’s beautiful clothes.

Beautiful, kitsch, lovely designers that

you can’t find at a shopping centre,

that’s what makes the fair so enjoyable.

It’s also just so lovely to be out and

feel free, there’s an air of happiness!

How would you describe your style?

Somewhat eclectic. My focus has always

been on textiles as I’m a textile designer. I

love putting colour and pattern together

– sometimes it’s the colour that leads,

sometimes the pattern. I make kimonos

in short and long length that can be worn

as robes at home or in summer as a top

layer. All my kimonos are one-off, so I

like people to think of them as something

to collect – to keep and treasure.

What has caught your eye at the

fair today? I’m sad to say I haven’t

had the chance to look round myself,

yet! However, it’s a really friendly

atmosphere here and the stallholders

are all very supportive of each other!

Do you think your style has changed

since having to spend much more time

at home and has it affected what you’re

choosing to wear now? I think it’s been a

really interesting time because everybody’s

really had to think about their clothes and

discovered their favourites – things they’re

really comfortable in. Now we’re coming

out of lockdown gradually, it’s great to see

everyone wearing summer clothes, and

pattern and colour. You can see people

are really enjoying that, it’s good to see.

Do you have any ‘go-to’ pieces you

wear in the summer? I think for summer

my go-to piece would be one of my

shorter kimono jackets, because you

can wear it to dress up, you can wear

it like I am with jeans or you can wear

it to the beach, so it’s really flexible.

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What has caught your eye at the fair today?

Fabric from other countries. We’ve just

visited the stall selling scarves made from

recycled Japanese fabrics and I’m standing

at The Bahati Trust stall full of colourful

printed African fabrics. I just love that there

are stallholders making something new

from something old – I think that’s great!

Do you think your style has changed

since having to spend much more

time at home and has it affected what

you’re choosing to wear now? It’s made

me buy more conscious clothing and be

more aware of where things are from.

Do you have any ‘go-to’ pieces you

wear in the summer? Simple linen

pieces. Comfort, movement and

natural fabrics are very important.

What’s your favourite piece in your

wardrobe? A linen dress from No.3

in Lenham. (no3lenham.co.uk)

How would you describe your style?

Relaxed, modern with French influence,

hence my love of Marie and Lola designs.

What has caught your eye at the fair

today? There were some gorgeous

jewellery stands and I particularly liked

the unique, pretty designs at Flutterby.

Do you think your style has changed since

having to spend much more time at home

and has it affected what you’re choosing

to wear now? I feel that being at home has

introduced a more relaxed style – easy throw

on tea dresses, sweatshirts and floaty skirts.

Do you have any ‘go-to’ pieces you

wear in the summer? All of the above

and wide leg jeans in denim and white.

What’s your favourite piece in your

wardrobe? Currently I’m loving the

gorgeous green pink floral tea dress

from Marie and Lola which looks

great with trainers or paired with

wedges for a more dressy look.

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Recipes: Helen Hume Photographs: Lucy Richards

Reflecting on over 50 years of meals she’s documented through

both happy and challenging times, expert home cook and Kent

resident Helen Hume has put together The Go-To Cookbook.

Understanding the challenges of juggling a career and family life,

Helen designed the book to provide busy people with tried and

tested recipes whilst raising money for Macmillan in memory of

her daughter, Vicki. Here, she shares a handful of favourites

Khichri

Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins Serves 4

Kedgeree was a regular meal I made

in the 1980s; this is the Indian recipe

that the British adapted into kedgeree,

it is a very simple dish of lentils and

rice. I have been cooking this since

1988 when I served it for supper to a

vegetarian friend. I serve it as a meal

on its own with cucumber raita, but

you can serve it as a side to a curry.

• 225g red lentils

• 225g white basmati rice

• 100g butter

• 2 medium onions, peeled

and thinly sliced

• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

• 1tsp ground cumin

• 2 bay leaves

• 1 x 8cm cinnamon stick

• 4 cloves

• 4 cardamom pods, crushed

• 850ml water

• salt and black pepper

• 15g fresh coriander, chopped

1 Wash the lentils and place in a bowl

and cover with cold water. Do the

same with the rice in a separate bowl.

2 Melt the butter in a large pan. Add

the sliced onions and fry over a very

gentle heat for about ten minutes

until golden brown, adding the garlic

halfway through the cooking time.

Transfer the onions to a plate, keeping

some of the melted butter in the pan.

3 Drain the rice and the lentils then add

to the pan and toss in the remaining

fat. Stir in the ground cumin then

add the water. Add the remaining

spices, one tsp of salt and plenty of

black pepper. Stir once, lower the heat,

cover and simmer very gently for 15

minutes, or until the rice and lentils

are tender and most of the liquid has

been absorbed. If the rice and lentils

are not cooked, you may need to add

a little more water; the finished dish

should be moist rather than dry.

4 Add the reserved onions, half

the coriander then check the

seasoning. Serve sprinkled with

the remaining coriander.

Cucumber raita

Prep time: 10 mins Serves 4

• 1 cucumber

• 300ml natural yoghurt (I prefer

Greek as it gives a creamier result)

• ½ tsp ground cumin

• salt and black pepper

1 Coarsely grate the cucumber

into a bowl. Extract and discard

as much liquid as possible by

squeezing the cucumber.

2 Mix in the yoghurt and

cumin, seasoning to taste.

3 Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Any left overs can be eaten with

toasted pita bread for a quick lunch.

Mushroom samosas

Makes approx. 20

These are very tasty little bites, ideal as a

starter. If you are having a curry supper

for friends or family, they are well worth

the effort. You will need a tape measure

and once you have folded a couple it

becomes really easy. You can make them

in advance and cook them in the oven

just before you want to eat them.

• 2½cm root ginger, finely chopped

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 2 tbsp full fat natural yoghurt

• 25g butter

• 125g onion, finely chopped

• 1 tsp cumin seeds

• pinch of cayenne pepper

• 225g chestnut mushrooms,

finely chopped

• 125g potato, finely diced

• salt and black pepper

• 125g frozen peas

• 2 tbsp chopped coriander

• 300g filo pastry

• vegetable oil for brushing

1 Combine the ginger, garlic

and yoghurt. Set aside.

2 Heat the butter in a pan over a mediumlow

heat. Cook the onion until soft then

stir in the spices and cook for 30 seconds

more. Add the chopped mushrooms,

increase the heat and cook for a few minutes

until all the moisture is evaporated.

3 Add the yoghurt mixture, potatoes and

150ml water, bring to the boil, cover and

simmer gently for 25 minutes or until

the potatoes are cooked and nearly all the

liquid has been absorbed. Add the peas five

minutes before the end of the cooking time.

Stir in the coriander and set aside to cool.

4 Cut the filo into 30 x 13cm rectangles.

Brush lightly with oil, fold in half to give 30 x

6.5cm strips. Brush lightly with oil again and

place about two tsp of the samosas filling in

the bottom left had corner. Fold the filo over

to form a rectangle and continue to fold until

the filling is enclosed in several layers and you

have a neat triangular parcel. Repeat with the

rest of the filo and filling. Place samosas on

a baking tray and give one final brush with

oil. They can be stored in the fridge for a

few hours until you are ready to cook them.

5 When you are ready to serve preheat the

oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C/gas 6. Cook

the samosas for 10-15 minutes until deep

golden brown. Serve with cucumber raita

and mango or chilli chutney.


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Beetroot & orange paté

Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves 4-6

My childhood memories of beetroot

were the pickled variety and I hated

the way the pink vinegary juice seeped

across the plate. This recipe has restored

my faith in the humble beetroot. I

used this recipe in a magazine article I

appeared in with Holly and Rosie. The

article was ‘Tea with Granny’, and this

is such a pretty colour that it appeals

to children, but you may have to tone

down the horseradish. The texture is

more like a stiff hummus than a paté.

• 450g fresh beetroot

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• juice and zest of 1 small orange

• 200g full fat cream cheese

• hot horseradish sauce to

taste (approx. 1 tbsp)

• 1 tbsp Greek yogurt mixed

with horseradish sauce to

taste (optional topping)

1 Preheat the oven to 200˚C/

fan 180˚C/gas 6.

2 Peel the beetroot and cut into

even sized 2cm chunks. Coat in

the oil and cumin and transfer to a

roasting tray. Cook for 30 minutes

until tender. Cool slightly.

3 Blitz in a food processor with the

orange zest and juice, cream cheese

and horseradish until smooth. Check

seasoning and transfer to a serving bowl.

4 Serve with pitta bread, bread sticks

or crudités such as carrot batons and

celery. If serving on bruschetta, top

with a small amount of Greek yoghurt

topping and finish with orange zest.


Reasons to visit

The Queen’s Inn

• A warm, friendly relaxed welcome awaits you.

• 1 AA rosette restaurant

• Delicious small plate menu available

• Homemade sourdough pizzas

cooked in our wood fired oven

• Beautifully designed cocktail menu, all

hand crafted & mixed on the bar

• Private dining room for hire

• Takeaway service available

• 8 Individually designed luxury

bespoke guest rooms

• Al fresco dining available

• Large free car park for all guests

• Large inglenook fire in our bar area

• Table service only in operation

in all areas of the venue

We look forward to welcoming you, all that’s

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Warm squash & lentil salad with halloumi

Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 20 mins Serves 2

We are lucky enough to grow squash and onions in the garden, so this uses up

produce that last throughout the winter. Halloumi has been around for thousands

of years, but I only discovered it in 2001 and it is now always in the fridge.

• 250 g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded

and chopped into bite-sized chunks

• 1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges

• olive oil

• 1tsp ground cumin

• salt and black pepper

• 250g pack ready-to-eat Puy lentils

• 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

• 70g baby leaf spinach

• 250g halloumi, sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C/fan 200˚C/gas 7.

Put the squash and onion in a roasting tin

and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and the cumin.

Season then roast on a baking tray lined

with baking parchment for 20 minutes, or

until tinged brown and the squash is soft.

2. Heat the lentils in a microwave

according to the instructions. Tip into

a large bowl with the vinegar, two tbsp

oil, spinach and vegetables. Divide

between warm bowls or plates.

3. Heat ½ tbsp oil in a frying pan over

a medium-high heat. Fry the halloumi

for a few minutes on each side until

golden brown. Top the salad with the

halloumi and serve immediately.

The Go-To Cookbook by Helen

Hume is published by Austin

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every penny from the sales

donated to Macmillan via

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The Bell thebellinticehurst.com

When the sun

shines The Bell’s kitchen moves

outside. Chefs cook over fire; the

atmosphere has a laid-back holiday vibe and

the food is sublime. Locally sourced whole fish,

charred hispi cabbage, spicy chicken with bomba

rice on banana leaf, fabulous steaks, burgers, and

daily specials are just a taste of what’s on offer. And

then there are the irresistible puddings, layer upon

delicious layer of sweet, sour and surprise, perfect

to accompany a cocktail to really get you in the

holiday mood. There’s so much to see and do

locally, but if you want to make a day of it

we have to recommend Pashley Manor

Gardens, conveniently just up the

road from The Bell.

Hot

Spots

It’s time to enjoy the freedom of

dining out in the summer sun!

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The Queen

Warm, friendly, relaxed and

welcoming. This hot spot serves up

delicious small plates, homemade sourdough

pizzas, and highly instagrammable cocktails (try

the lemon meringue pie or cherry bakewell for tasty

treats with a kick). There is a private dining room for hire,

takeaway service, and eight individually designed luxury guest

rooms, but for the summer you can enjoy the sun by taking the

al fresco dining option. As for the food, their creations are made

with ingredients that are sourced locally as much as possible, with

many herbs and garnishes grown inside their large on-site kitchen

garden. The vibrant and friendly team have earned themselves an AA

rosette, paying just as much attention to service as their delicious

dishes. Located on the Kent & Sussex border, there are many varied

attractions on the doorstep. It’s 15 miles to Tunbridge Wells

and Hastings, Bedgebury Pinetum is 3 miles away and the

Inn is surrounded by many National Trust venues such as

Sissinghurst Castle garden, Great Dixter, Bateman’s and

Scotney Castle. Hawkhurst also boasts its own

cinema and The Queen’s Inn is perfectly

located for pre- or post-show

meals and drinks.

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The most curious of eateries

Situated in a little village just outside Maidstone,

we are just 10 mins away from Leeds Castle.

Small plates and sharers using our allotment grown

vegetables and local producers.

Craft Beer

Eclectic wines

Friendly Hospitality

We are dog friendly and have a lovely garden

to relax in in the summer months.

Lunch and dinner available

Wednesday to Saturday + Sunday Roast.

www.thecuriouseatery.co.uk 01622 299359

The newly

refurbished

Olive Tree Bistro

& Tea Room in

Otford is open

7 days a week.

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The Olive Tree is run by Hospices of Hope staff and

volunteers and sells a variety of tasty homemade treats.

Menu options range from a delicious hot smoked salmon

salad to a Kent cream tea. There is a beautiful terrace to

enjoy in the warmer weather, as well as the charity shop

to explore. The funds raised help Hospices of Hope to

provide free hospice care for seriously ill patients.

To check opening hours visit

www.hospicesofhope.co.uk/otford

To book a table

please call 01959 524322

wine bar

52A High Street

Tunbridge Wells

Kent TN1 1XF

01892 521 292

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Curious Eatery in

Boughton Monchelsea has an exciting

menu of dining experiences on offer and is

commited to using only the best ingredients sourced

as locally as possible. One farm they use for meat is just

one mile away, and they get fish from local fisherman and

family-run fishmongers. Another family-run business provides

their year round fruit and vegetables (which is a whole two miles

away!) but in the summer they source vegetables from their own

allotment so they’re as fresh as can be! All this super fresh and ethically

reared produce is then prepared by a passionate kitchen team who

take great interest in each ingredient, with a menu driven by nose to

tail cooking and zero waste. The menu is dynamic and changes daily

to make use of the produce available. It is influenced by the chefs’

experiences and travels – the colourful team has, between them,

experience everywhere from The Small Holding in Cranbrook

to Richard Branson’s private island! There are loads of lovely

local must-sees in the area including Leeds Castle and

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, but foodies may

appreciate Mereworth Vineyard and Yotes

Court Vineyard, in Mereworth.

The Olive Tree is run by

staff and volunteers who give

up their time so that profits can go

towards funding Hospices of Hope’s vital

hospice care. Knole Park is very close by and

wonderful for a local walk. This summer try

their delicious beetroot and feta burger with

homemade coleslaw and oven baked chips – an

‘almost’ healthy lunch, perfect when enjoyed

sat on the terrace in the sunshine! They like

to use local suppliers as much as possible,

prioritising fresh produce and handmaking

everything on site.

The Olive Tree hospicesofhope.co.uk

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Geography is an intimate wine

bar on Tunbridge Wells High Street.

It’s owned and run by local Tunbridge Wells

couple Aubrey and Fleur whose love of both wine

and travel has inspired an extensive wine list that

draws from around the globe, while also championing

local producers. You can expect a great range of local

drinks from the likes of Balfour Winery, Gun Brewery

and Greensand Ridge, and cheese and charcuterie boards

featuring Alsop & Walker, Kingcott Dairy, North

Charcuterie, and Sussex Kitchen. They often run wine

tasting events and hope to be able to bring back their

acoustic Sunday Sessions from September, but they

are always ready with a warm welcome (with

the help of Harvey the chocolate lab)

from Wednesdays to Sundays.

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...and Much More

We can rightly brag with enthusiasm about the mouth-watering

range of different meats we have on offer. All sourced from reputable

farmers, producers and suppliers. However, if you do not have

enough time to rustle something up, but still want that home cooked

look and taste then try our tasty frozen range. We also have a variety

of chutneys, rubs and sauces that will compliment any meal or BBQ.

Honey Bee Happy Unprocessed, natural

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Mouth-watering range of different meats

We always try to source locally, but when

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Mud Foods Steak & Ale Pie with a

shortcrust top, absolutely delicious

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Have you tried...?

These lovely local goodies are well worth a try if

you’re looking for a new foodie fix

Kent Crisps are an award-winning range of hand cooked crisps made using Red Tractor assured

British grown potatoes. By working closely with local producers, they use real Kent products

to give a local twist on the nation’s favourite flavours. This is coupled with each pack featuring

iconic landmarks & landscapes from Kent to promote the county’s rich tourism offering. The

range includes eight delicious flavours, Sea Salt, Oyster & Vinegar, Ashmore Cheese & Onion,

Smoked Chipotle Chilli, Sea Salt & Vinegar with Biddenden Cider, Ham & Mustard, Roast

Beef & Spitfire Ale and most recently launched, Lamb & Rosemary. kentcrisps.com

Owlet Fruit Juice, established in 1986, is

a refreshing range of juices made from fruit grown,

pressed and bottled in the heart of the Kent countryside at Loddington

Farm. Loddington is a fifth-generation, family-run business in Linton,

Kent. They farm fruit and veg without using synthetic fertilisers or

herbicides, and their juices are free from artificial sweeteners, artificial

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produce nutritious, environmentally friendly flavours. owletfruitjuice.co.uk

Kin Coffee was founded during the pandemic by Greg and Kate, who had just moved

from London to Kent. They offer a high quality, ethically sourced and freshly roasted

speciality coffee. All of the beans are roasted with care in micro-batches at their

beautiful countryside roastery in Staplehurst, Kent. They are then packaged to order

in either wholebean form or ground for specific brewing methods. Sustainability is at

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coffee packaging with built in valves (to keep the coffee fresher for longer) alongside

the option of home-compostable re-fill pouches, is just the first indication of how this

forward-thinking boutique business plans to progress. kincoffee.co.uk

Hinxden Farm in Benenden has been farmed by the Manford family for

four generations. They have been supplying their award-winning milk and

dairy products across Kent and East Sussex for over thirty years. The farm

prides itself on providing an outstanding service to customers, delivering milk

to homes and businesses whatever the weather. Hinxden Farm Dairy have

recently launched an optional online customer portal, enabling customers to

amend orders up until 11pm the night before delivery. No more running out

of milk! Buy local, reduce waste and have fresh, delicious produce delivered

to your door. 01580 240685 / hinxdenfarmdairy.co.uk

Chocolate Cooky’s delicious premium artisan chocolates are made with sustainable,

quality blended chocolate and fresh ingredients including local cream, fruit and

homemade confiture. Their hand-rolled truffles are filled with sensational

tastes and textures, and we love their chocolate shells that come with tasty

fondant soft centres of fruit, mint, caramel, praline or coffee. You can order

artisan gift-boxed chocolates online and they can be posted anywhere in

the UK, or delivered locally to Sussex and Kent. Plus they also do

birthdays, anniversaries, wedding favours and corporate functions.

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Shop with these local farms for truly

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Eggs to Apples

Q: What will customers visit

you for this summer?

A: We will be brimming with essentials

for BBQs, picnics, and al fresco dining.

Inside the shop will be a bounty of fresh

fruit and veg. Outside, our garden café

will be serving an ever-changing menu

of seasonal and local produce, and our

amazing coffee. We also have a perfectly

curated selection of pots and plants.

Q: What products do you offer?

A: We have a well-stocked pantry of whole

foods, baking goods, condiments and more.

There’s also a deli and cheese counter, a

huge selection of wines and beers, and all

the best products from the rest of the world

alongside harder-to-find ingredients.

Q: How local is your produce?

A: We use over 50 local suppliers, growers,

producers and makers. Our deli counter

represents five local cheese makers. We

also have meat from an ethical butchery

in West Sussex, daily deliveries of artisan

bread from a Sussex bakery, milk and

cream from a local dairy and our delicious

strawberries are picked and delivered

daily from only a mile up the road.

Q: What are you really passionate about?

A: As well as quality and customer service,

we pride ourselves on being able to provide

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Paley Farm

Q: What will

customers visit you

for this summer?

A: Meat with exceptional

flavour that will

impress even the most

discerning food lovers.

This summer we have lots

of BBQ treats including incredible sharing steaks,

flavourful racks of pork ribs, and our speciality

cheddar and herb-infused cheesy burgers.

Q: How local is your produce?

A: Nestled away on a Cranbrook farm, we breed and

rear all our own livestock to the highest welfare

standards, paying special attention to their diets. All

our grass-fed beef is from our herd of native Sussex

cattle. Our flock of sheep are grass-fed Romneys, Paley

free range pork comes from our Saddleback sows

crossed with a Tamworth boar, and finally, our venison

is provided by the wild herds of fallow and roe deer

that travel around the farm – it couldn’t be more local!

Q: What are you really passionate about?

A: Providing outstanding meat with exceptionally high

welfare and the best quality assurance. We combine

traditional values with farming ethical, grass-fed

native livestock. We have our own butchery, so we

know exactly where our meat is from and every

step it has taken. Our pigs are fully free range, bred

and reared, and the cattle and sheep are certified

Pasture for Life, guaranteeing they have enjoyed

the highest welfare and the best natural diet.

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Perry Court Farm

Q: What will customers visit

you for this summer?

A: Our veg boxes, packed with

summer berries, freshly cut lettuce,

summer squash, beans and lots

of Kentish new potatoes! Later in

the season plums, sweetcorn, firstof-the-season

apples and Kentish

cob nuts will also be added.

Q: How local is your produce?

A: Our veg boxes are 80-100%

home grown in the summer time, straight from our

fields in the previous 24 hours. Our dairy, bakery

and meat staples are all sourced from within Kent.

Q: What are you really passionate about?

A: We are aiming for completely plastic-free products

and so far have returnable milk bottles from

Hinxden Dairy, Ecover refills, and a refill station

for oats, pulses and nuts. The veg boxes have no

packaging and we reuse our boxes and punnets.

perrycourt.farm

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Born from a lifetime’s

love of food and drink,

and in particular,

great coffee

• Catering

• Thai Cooking Classes

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KENT COOKERY SCHOOL

What’s on offer at your school?

An expansive selection of fun,

hands-on courses to whet any

cooking enthusiast’s appetite,

from short evening classes to

full day courses which run

on weekdays and weekends.

Subjects range from world

cuisines such as Thai, Mexican

or Turkish to skill-based

options such as Knife Skills,

Bread Making, or Patisserie.

How are the courses taught?

We have specialist tutors for

each subject and this year

some fantastic new tutors

will start teaching Turkish

Cuisine, African Street food

and French Patisserie. The

courses use demonstrations

followed by hands-on cooking

and finally, everyone sitting

down to enjoy what you

have made on the course.

Can all abilities take part?

Absolutely! Some courses are

aimed at more adventurous

and confident kitchen

enthusiasts but many

are designed to build

confidence, teach new skills

KENT WINE SCHOOL

and most importantly have

fun and inspire people

to try something new.

Where do you find inspiration

for your courses?

The seasons are our

inspiration. Courses like

The Fish Course, The Kent

Cookery Course, and Easy

Entertaining all follow seasonal

recipes. We try to make

the recipes interchangeable

through the seasons, so people

can experiment at home

with different flavours.

Where do you source

ingredients?

We are so lucky in Kent to

have some of the country’s

best producers on our

doorstep. We also grow a

lot of our own produce at

our allotment, but we use

Haywards Butchers and

Marchants Butchers for our

meat, Sankeys Fishmongers for

our fresh fish, Plurenden Farm

for our dairy and Eckley Farm

for our local rapeseed oil.

kentcookeryschool.co.uk

Kent Wine School have been running wine courses and tastings in

Tunbridge Wells for almost a decade. They focus on enjoying and

learning about wine in a relaxed, friendly setting with professionally

trained tutors. They are independent and don’t sell wine so the

focus is purely on learning and enjoying! There is a huge range of

themes including regular English Wines events and ever-popular

gin tastings, plus there are plans for other spirit and beer themed

tastings. No previous experience is necessary and they are for all

levels of knowledge. At the more expert end, they are the leading

provider of WSET courses in Kent and an approved provider of

Wine Scholar Guild courses. kentwineschool.com

Ready, steady, cook!

Learn something new in the kitchen

COURGETTE & SHEEP’S CHEESE FRITTERS

with tomato & bean salsa

Serves 2 Prep time: 15 min Cooking time: 40 min

For the salsa:

• 200g tinned

cannellini beans

• 3 tomatoes

• 1 chilli

• ½ red onion

• 15g chervil

• olive oil

• 1 lemon

For the fritters:

• 2 courgettes

• 1 garlic clove

• 15g dill

• 1 egg

• 50g self-raising

flour

• 75g sheep’s

cheese or feta

• oil for frying

1 Drain the tin of cannellini beans. Put

half in a bowl. Dice the tomatoes. Deseed

and finely chop the chilli. Peel and finely

chop half the onion. Finely chop the bulk

of the chervil leaves and stalks.

2 Add the tomatoes, chilli (to your taste),

onion and chervil to the beans with a

drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon

juice to taste. Season and leave to one side.

1 Coarsely grate the courgettes. Line

a colander with a clean tea towel. Put

the courgette in it. Fold up the sides,

and squeeze several times to wring

out as much liquid as you can.

2 Peel and finely chop 1 garlic clove.

Finely chop the dill leaves.

3 Beat the egg in a large bowl. Add the

courgette and flour and mix. Crumble

in the sheep’s cheese. Add the garlic

and dill. Season and mix together.

4 Heat your oven to 140˚C/ Gas 2. Heat a thin layer of

oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. In batches,

spoon dollops of the batter (approx. 2 tbsp) into the pan,

flattening them slightly. Cook for 3-4 mins on each side,

until golden. Drain on kitchen paper, pop them onto a plate

and keep them warm in the oven while you cook the rest.

5 Serve with the salsa and your side of choice.

Recipe provided by Riverford, the organic veg box company.

Check out riverford.co.uk for more recipes and their awardwinning

range of organic, seasonal produce.

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Formerly known as Hartley Dyke Farm Shop

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables · Flowers · Plants

· Shrubs · Hot & Cold Food · Drinks

· Groceries & Delicatessen

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THE ABINGER COOKERY SCHOOL

What’s on offer at your school? Our day

courses include Indian, butchery, and

desserts and evening courses include dim

sum, sushi and street food — as well

as half-day courses for knife skills and

macaron. Our fantastic outdoor Weber

Grill Academy teaches how to barbecue

– there’s more to BBQs than just

sausages and burgers! Did you know you

can cook risotto, soup, bread and even

an upside-down pineapple cake on a

BBQ? We also run a five-day residential

course for anyone looking to do a ski

season or complete their residential skills

for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

How are the courses taught? We try

to keep our numbers low for a more

personable and hands-on experience.

The chef will go through the menu

and demonstrate how to cook every

component of each dish. Then you’re

free to recreate the dish independently

at your workstation with as much help

from the chef as you need. On our day

courses, you even get to sit down for

lunch and enjoy one of your dishes with

a glass of wine!

Can all abilities take part? Yes! Our

chefs are here to support and guide

everyone on the course regardless of

experience. We’re here to help improve

your skills and boost your confidence

so you can go home feeling proud and

assured in your ability to recreate the

dishes at home.

Where do you find inspiration for your

courses? Our chefs enjoy playing with

flavours and coming up with new ideas

for each course, getting inspired by

current cooking trends and what’s being

spoken about in the news.

Where do you source ingredients? Where

we can, we try to source our ingredients

locally and adapt our menus as the

seasons change. We work closely with

local businesses offering the best of the

high-quality Surrey Hills produce that’s

right on our doorstep.

abingercookeryschool.com

ARE YOU A BIT OF A FOODIE?

Nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills, The Abinger Cookery

School provides a fantastic range of cooking courses that

are practical, inspiring and, of course — fun!

What’s on offer?

• Full or half-day courses

• Evening or weekend classes

• 5-day chalet courses

• Classes for children

• Weber Grill Academy sessions

• Private events and group bookings

• Residential Gold DofE courses

(And best of all, you’ll get to tuck into all the tasty dishes

you cook!)

Call your local veg lady Sally on 01892 576991

riverford.co.uk

Ready to unleash your inner chef? We welcome all skill

levels, so get in touch to find out more…

hello@abingercookeryschool.com | 01306 730470

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Save or

Splurge?

When it comes to replenishing your makeup

arsenal, what’s worth splashing out on, and

what’s not? Josephine Fairley lets us know

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Beauty sales boomed during the lockdowns. Fragrance,

too, slightly surprisingly: even though we weren’t

actually going out at all, many of us found a sort of

cocooning comfort from wearing fragrance, or used it to cut

through the Groundhog Day meh-ness of life, or simply to

help us get back our get-up-and-go (perhaps with a burst of

something citrusy and zesty), when spirits were flagging.

Now we are ‘liberated’, though, there are many other

tugs on our purses. We can eat out. Plan holidays.

Buy clothes with the thought that actually, we might

get to wear them to something/somewhere exciting.

Basically, our financial priorities have reset to normal.

So I thought I’d share my thoughts, as a beauty editor,

on what is still worth splurging on, and where can we save?

And what I will add is that my answers have changed over

the past few years, because many products at the lower end

of the price scale have improved beyond all recognition…

Eyeshadow: Save or Splurge? Answer: both, actually.

There are some really fantastic, affordable shadows available

on the high street now, particularly in terms of palettes. I

would most definitely point you in the direction of E.L.F.

The New Classics Palette (just £14 for 18 shades), which

contains just about every shade you might ever want to

use in a lifetime, but none of them scare-the-horses bold.

Actually, I’m SO impressed with E.L.F. make-up (I had

many a splurge myself, during lockdown/s), not least

because they also offer virtual try-ons and free gifts when

you spend £25. If you want a more simple, classic palette,

E.L.F. also offer one of those for just £3, with Flawless

Eyeshadow: a goof-proof quartet (in a choice of plummy/

greys or browns), which tells you which shade to put where.

However, for shadow that really stays put, you may

want to splurge – especially if you enjoy luxury packaging

(who doesn’t, frankly?) Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-

Effect Quadra Eyeshadows, £44, are unbeatable, and

available in a huge portfolio of wearable shades. Grabbing

slightly more space in a make-up bag is Tom Ford Eye

Color Quad, £68 – pricy, yes, but it says a lot that over

the past few years, I’ve got down to the metal pans on

two of these (in Cocoa Mirage) and am on my third.

And neither of these has ever cracked or crumbled, in

my experience, which is often a problem with shadow.

Mascara: Save or Splurge? Answer: save – but make

sure to seek out your particular favourite style of brush,

when shopping for a bargain. With mascara, it really IS

all about the wand: do you like those that are curved, are

almost fuzzy like a bee, or are you into rubber (wands!)?

Finding an example of your favourite style should be your

priority when hunting down a new mascara; to make

that easier, if shopping IRL rather than online (where

you can always see the brush shape) the tester units in

places like Boots and Superdrug often display the actual

brushes glued alongside the product, for guidance. Some

particular recommendations, meanwhile: Max Factor

Masterpiece MAX Mascara, £11.99 (rubber wand), L’Oréal

Paris Volume Million Lashes Couture mascara, £8.99

(good for va-va-voom), or Maybelline Lash Sensational

Mascara, £9.99 (with that curvy wand, for a ‘fan’ effect).

SPF Day Cream: Save or Splurge? Answer:

splurge. I believe in investing to protect my skin – an

ounce of protection is your best weapon in the war against

premature lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. You don’t

have to spend squillions, but I’d generally go north of £25

– in ascending order, price-wise, great examples are SVR

Clairial Crème SPF50+, £25 for 50ml, Temple Spa Life

Defence SPF30 Protecting Moisturiser, £38 for 50ml,


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General

and geriatric

medicine

at Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital

At our hospital we put your safety first in a COVID-19 secure environment. We have a dedicated team of

experts you can trust, offering a range of specialities and award-winning healthcare that gives you flexible

ways to pay. Because we understand the need and importance for both general and geriatric medicine, we

caught up with Dr Mashkur Khan, our Consultant Physician, who answers some key questions you may have.

What is general medicine?

General medicine is the branch of holistic medicine

which looks at the whole patient from head to toe. This

speciality looks at the person, rather than the disease.

What are your top tips for managing the common

conditions you see and treat?

1

Early assessment and diagnosis can lead to both

better treatment and better prevention of diseases

What is geriatric medicine?

Geriatric medicine deals with common diseases in

the ageing population. A geriatrician will carry out a

comprehensive geriatric assessment. They will look at

the medical, psychological, social and emotional

aspects of a patient and deal with them from a

functional point of view.

2

3

Age itself is not a disease. Someone having problems

should be seen by a specialist, so their condition can

be improved. This will enhance their independence

and help them to enjoy life to the maximum

Often geriatricians are used to seeing atypical

symptoms and anything that is out of the ordinary

should be looked at by a specialist at an early stage.

About Dr Mashkur Khan (MBBS, FRCP)

Dr Khan is an expert in multi-system pathology and multi-system disease. He sees all diseases which are common in

the ageing population and complex medical problems which are difficult to diagnose. He is an expert in diagnostic

dilemmas and takes an interest in memory loss and all aspects of general medicine.

To find out more and book an appointment

call 01483 342 635 or visit nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/guildford

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a new Clinique foundation and was able to test it on my

skin: the consultant put a squirt or two of the potential

matches on tissues, from which I was able to pick up a

little colour with a Q-Tip and apply to the jaw-line. The

foundation – I think it’s fab – was Clinique Even Better

Serum Foundation SPF20, £34 for 30ml, which comes

in a fantastic 38-shade range, offering buildable cover

with a seamless finish. My other fave (and even splurgier)

foundation is By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation,

£78.50 for 30ml (yes, I KNOW), which again, I have

replenished several times, and comes in a dozen shades. (A

bottle lasts me around six months, though. Honest, guv’nor.)

and – for combination/oily complexions – the excellent new

SkinCeuticals Oil Shield UV Defense Sunscreen SPF50,

£41 for 30ml. If you like your SPF with a touch of tint,

meanwhile, check out Sarah Chapman Skin Insurance

SPF50, £68 for 30ml, which has been my protective

go-to this summer. (Even on the many cloudy days we’ve

experienced – because that’s what you’ve gotta do, folks.)

Aromatherapy treats: Save or Splurge? Answer: save.

I have completely revised my thoughts on this category, in

recent months. While I remain devoted to the iconic, splurgepriced

brand Aromatherapy Associates, very thrillingly

they have recently teamed up with Boots to launch Aroma

Active Laboratories, a wide range of gorgeously-scented

aromatherapy treats to waft you off to the Land of Nod, or

tackle dry skin, or give you a lift when you’re feeling run

down. And while we’re at it, I’ll point you in the direction of

the Tisserand Paradise range, a collaboration with National

Geographic, which is priced from £9 for the bath oil and

rollerballs. (And if anyone out there remembers Goya Aqua

Manda, I think you’ll LOVE this, with its mandarin notes.)

Hand Cream: Save or Splurge? Answer: frankly,

save. I won’t say I haven’t indulgently splurged on hand

creams in the past, but to be honest I return time and

again to the many different hand cream options from

Heathcote & Ivory, who offer handbag-friendly trios

from just £6, which tick all the hand cream boxes, for

me: moisturising, smoothing, yet sink in fast. They offer

a wide selection on their heathcote-ivory.com website, but

I suggest you read the descriptions for the fragrances and

choose something that sounds like it’s ‘you’, scent-wise.

Lipstick/lip gloss: Save or Splurge? Splurge on

lipstick, save on lip gloss. Personally, I love a ‘luxe’ lipstick;

it feels very, very special and sophisticated to whip out a

Dior or a Guerlain or a Chanel lipstick, or one of the

‘new classic’ brands like Charlotte Tilbury or Code8 or

Pat McGrath. (The packaging of her lipsticks alone is

worth the splurge, with its gold lip design!) Textures are

moisturising, even when the finish is matte; they glide on

smoothly; the pigments are rich. But lip gloss? Wow, there

are some great bargains out there that are non-sticky, lipquenching

and glam in appearance, like Revlon Super

Lustrous The Gloss, £6.99, E.L.F. Lip Plumping Gloss,

£6 (them again!), or Collection Lip Gello Jelly Lipstick,

£2.39 – I keep this on my desk, and always add a highly

pigmented, lip-caring dab before any and every Zoom call.

Haircare: Save or Splurge? Answer: entirely up

to you. There are some FANTASTIC affordable ranges

out there: trusted names like John Frieda, Charles

Worthington, Lee Stafford, Josh Wood Colour – and do

check out Richard Ward’s revamped collection at Waitrose,

with its recyclable aluminium packaging. Yes, there’s a

definite trend for pricey shampoos and conditioners, but

it’s 100% a matter of personal choice (and budget), I’d

say – and you won’t be making any kind of compromise

if you stick to ‘salon’ brands like those above.

Happy shopping!

Visit beautybible.com for Jo’s daily ‘loves’ and features.

Foundation: Save or Splurge? Answer: splurge, right

now. At time of writing, it’s still impossible to figure out

your shade match in a Boots or Superdrug store, because

cosmetic testers have been removed for hygiene reason

– and when it comes to foundation, being able to see a

foundation on your skin is everything. I recently bought

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Wellbeing

Run Happy

In the first part of a special look at

running, Sarah Maxwell explains how

you can start as you mean to go on

If you’ve recently caught the running

bug or are thinking about giving

running a try, but don’t know the best

way to start out, here’s my essential advice!

What to wear? Training shoes. Often

when people start running, they throw

on any old pair of trainers and set off.

Unfortunately, this can quite often be

one of the reasons the well-intentioned

enthusiasm ends and they decide running

is not for them. Instead of throwing on

the first pair of trainers you can find,

invest in a good pair of running shoes.

This makes sense since shoes specifically

designed for running will not only be a lot

more comfortable to run in and make a

huge difference to your running, they will

also help with reducing the risk of injury.

Whilst we’re looking at what to put

on your feet, don’t neglect the socks

you wear. I highly recommend good

running socks to make you even more

comfortable. Socks are the closest things

to your feet and it makes sense to have

breathable socks that limit friction

and blisters. Runners World regularly

test out and recommend the best

running socks you can buy – you can

find more at runnersworld.com/gear.

Clothing. Go for anything you find

comfortable; preferably a fabric that

allows your skin to breathe and wicks

away perspiration, since it’s really

uncomfortable to run in wet clothes,

especially when the wind starts!

If it is particularly cold, layers work

really well. You can gradually take

lightweight layers off. I either put them in

my pocket or wrap them around my waist

or if I’m doing a circuit run, drop them

off behind a tree to pick up later or in my

car (if I’ve had to drive some distance to

get there). I often store my water bottle in

the same place to keep hydrated. I’m not

a fan of carrying my water with me so I

have a lot of water bottle hiding places!

Some of the most common questions

I get asked by new runners:

How far should I run? Regardless

of whether your big goal is your first

5K or a full marathon, if you’ve not

run before, you need to build up

gradually. Break down your big goal

into a ladder of smaller ones that build.

This will maintain your motivation

and reduce the risk of injury.

How often (times a week) should I

run? I would personally recommend

no more than 2 to 3 times per week

for a beginner, with at least 24 hours’

rest between each running session.

Over training is one of the biggest

causes of injury and demotivation.

Resting between runs is essential in

order to recover and improve.

I can’t run the whole way, I’m exhausted

after 5 minutes, should I give up?

Throughout all of my years of coaching,

this one is the single biggest issue for new

runners. Most people start way too fast

and can’t sustain the speed. Not only does

this put great stress on your body, it is

likely to put you off running ever again.

If you start off fast and run out of steam

early on, it’s a sure fire way to knock your

confidence and stop you from achieving

any of the goals you’ve set yourself!

You wouldn’t start your car in 4th gear

and expect to get anywhere and your

body is similar; it needs to go through

the gears to enable your energy system

to work properly. So put the brakes on

and take it slowly as you begin and gently

build up speed and distance over time.

Any tips on events I can run in at my

level? If you want to be with like-minded

supportive runners of all levels, I highly

recommend Park Run. Park Runs are

dotted all over the country and great

for everyone, from beginners to the pro

runner. It’s a perfect entry to running

events – well-organised and the people

are really friendly. parkrun.org.uk

Keep your eyes peeled for Running:

Part 2 next month, where I’ll be

looking at running technique,

speed/power, stretching and aiming

for your own personal best.

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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CARING SINCE 1981

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Our private care offers the option to be looked after in the comfort of your

own home. Our carers are handpicked for the suitability of the job and are

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Jasmine carers can visit you in your home at times to suit

your daily routine.

It can be anything from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more

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We will talk to you about just what you want

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Jasmine Homecare provide 24 hour on call services to ensure

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Nourish to

Flourish

Wellbeing

Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach

Charlotte Lau explores how to

recapture the joy of movement

We all know that incorporating regular movement

into our daily lives has profound benefits including;

improving physical health, reducing stress,

improving our mood and gut microbiome, and reducing

high blood pressure, yet only 5-8% of us meet the baseline

recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity

and at least 2 sessions of resistance training per week. Longer

summer days, warmer evenings and earlier sunrises may feed

your desire to move your body more, but why is committing

to regular exercise so difficult for many of us? The way society

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Jo Arnell gets ahead of the bulb game with fuss-free

picks for every part of the garden

I

had an aunt who, as soon as the longest day was over, would start talking about

Christmas. “The nights are drawing in,” she would say before we’d even broken up

for the summer holidays. It feels a bit like that talking about bulbs right now, as if I’m

wishing the rest of the summer away and heading straight into the squirrelling months

of autumn. It seems weird to be preparing for next year already. But, just as the seed

catalogues thud through the letter box in January, when it’s far too cold and dark to sow

seed, so the bulb books arrive in July, when preparing for a spring spectacular is far from

our minds. I am not usually drawn into placing early orders for bulbs, but this year, for

varied reasons, there may be glitches in the supply, so it might pay to start thinking early.

We tend to lump all the spring bulbs together, so that – in our minds – and in the

garden centres, there is a happy throng of glorious colour that just needs to be planted

in the ground in the autumn for a guaranteed show the following year. Most of the

time this will work – in the first year at least. Bulbs are forgiving little packages of

squashed up stem, leaf and flower, primed by their breeders to not need much more

than a bit of a substrate and water to get them to grow and bloom. In fact many of

the forced bulbs, like prepared Hyacinths and Paperwhites, will happily do so in a slim

necked vase of water. It is magical to watch them grow roots and unfurl before our

eyes, shooting up to bloom and cheer us in the darkest, shortest days. This is fine for

a short term fix – they are treated like a cut flower that we grow ourselves – and then,

if we remember, planted outside somewhere to flower again. If we want our outdoor

show to be reliable and continue performing well, it helps to know that not all bulbs

are the same. They are often from different environments, even from opposite parts of

the world. If you are planting your bulbs directly into the ground, rather than in pots

and want them to thrive, then it’s worth thinking about the conditions they need.

All bulbs have evolved to cope with situations that are tricky for part of the

year. It is hard to hang on in there if there’s no rain, or if you are plunged into

shade for eight months of the year. These clever plants are able to make the

most of early spring rains or the brief time when the trees have no leaves, by

popping up and flowering in a rush. When the conditions change they are able

to retreat back under the ground, put themselves into storage and wait for their

moment to return. The thing to remember is which type of impossible growing

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the dense canopy of leaves starts to grow over them and block out their light. They

will prefer to grow in humus rich soil, in semi-shade and won’t mind the dampness of

the winter. The woodlanders are also good at naturalising – spreading out in a carpet

between the trees. Snowdrops, bluebells, dog’s tooth violets, and wood anemones are

found in these situations. They do not like to dry out, which is why you often see

them for sale ‘in the green’, so that they can be planted straight after they flower.

Meadow dwellers, such as narcissi and crocus will happily naturalise in grassy areas.

These will grow almost anywhere, but Snake’s Head Fritillaries and the later flowering

Camassias appreciate a damp meadow, and won’t mind areas of cold wet clay. Bulbs from

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from mountainous regions in Turkey and Iran where summers are hot and dry, find it

hard to keep going. Tulips need a sunny and very free draining position and will not

enjoy sitting through the winter with wet, soggy bottoms (I’m with them there).

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Bulbs will always perform when first bought, but plant them fairly deeply to ensure

that they flower well. After their first season it’s up to the prevailing conditions

and the care they receive to ensure that they keep on flowering. Dead-head to

stop them wasting energy making seed and let the leaves die back naturally so that

they can build up strength for the following year. Sadly this does mean mowing

around naturalised bulbs in areas of grass, not ‘tidying’ them up into knots.

Tulips can’t always be trusted to come back into bloom each year. After flowering

many types tend to split and then take a while to bulk up again. Darwin hybrids

are fairly reliable, and as a general rule, the closer you are to the species, the more

perennial they are and these seem to be less prone to viruses too. The worst

disease affecting tulips is Tulip Fire, which is a fungal infection that spreads easily

(like fire) among the bulbs. This is the reason it’s advisable to plant your tulips

late – as late as the beginning of January has been known without any ill effects.

That way the cold weather should kill off any spores before the bulbs go in.

narcissus &

muscari

Because of the small amount of space bulbs take up when they’re dormant, they are

very useful in borders, especially those that need to look good all through the year, or

in small spaces. Winter and spring bulbs ‘disappear’ and make way for annuals and

bedding plants, or are covered by the growth of new perennials so that their dying

foliage is hidden from view. If you (like me) are often digging about in the border

and moving plants around, it is a good idea to grow your border bulbs in groups, as

sprinkling them all through the space could mean that you inadvertently slice through

quite a few with spade or fork. To avoid this – and the sight of dying bulb foliage, you

could then lift the whole lot (and either heel in somewhere, or dry, ready to plant out

again in the autumn). The same space can then be used for summer flowering plants.

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Spring bulbs are the mainstay of pots and containers and work well on their own

or mixed in with other plants. You can prolong the performance of a container

by layering the bulbs like a lasagne within the pot. Start with the later flowering

and biggest, and place them in the middle of a pot half filled with compost, then

add some more compost and another layer of bulbs that flower slightly earlier

than the first lot, add some more compost and then a final layer of small early

bulbs to start the show. In theory you should get flowers all through the spring.

In practice, the pot can get a bit choked with leaves, so you may have to perform

a cardinal sin and cut a few off, or choose varieties that aren’t too leafy.

I am a fan of bulbs in containers, as they are easy to move out of the way once

the flowers have finished and can then die back behind the shed or somewhere

else out of sight. Depending on how many pots I have available, I then either leave

them until next year (you will need to feed them if you do this) or lift and plant

somewhere in the garden. If I’m feeling organised I’ll plant up a plastic pot with bulbs

and wedge it inside another container, then lift the plastic pot out when the bulbs

have finished. This means that the container is instantly ready for some summer

bedding and the bulbs can die back undisturbed. It does mean that the back of the

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Sue Whigham makes a plan of action to tackle this month’s gardening tasks and reflects

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different instructions bombarding us

from all angles, many of which seem

to be tweaked with alarming alacrity.

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But it is not just us who are a bit

flummoxed by the vagaries of this year.

My neighbour planned to take down

her garden shed and to replace with

a newer model weeks and weeks ago.

She still hasn’t done it as Mrs Robin,

who took up residence in the spring,

has prevented her by laying several

consecutive clutches of eggs in an

upturned flower pot. Her latest brood

has now recently fledged, bringing

the grand total up to a magnificent

twenty four young. So good to hear.

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installed a barn owl box which is now

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progeny. It has been so exciting to see

the kestrel family soaring above our

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flying skills, and to hear their calls.

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was ‘considering ways in which

gardeners can both mitigate climate

change and survive it’. Certainly things

will have to change. Gardening has

been quite controlled over the years

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understand our plants’ needs in a

changing environment. But I think

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such momentum. Those beautiful

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we used to see and admire will surely

be freer and more attuned to nature’s

needs, and be less immaculate and

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late additions like dahlias for autumn colour but having

said that, where there’s a will, there’s a way! We still had

Geranium phaeum, which started flowering in the spring,

sending up a few late flower stems until mid July but now

it has had the ‘Chelsea Chop’ a bit late (like the Chelsea

Flower Show this year). Actually it has done it good as

the plants are going on to produce good fresh foliage.

So August remains a time for planning for late summer

onwards and not worrying too much about brownish

lawns; for collecting seeds and taking cuttings. And

thinking ahead to next year, hopefully No Mow May

will be extended and any new lawns being planted may

contain a mix of meadow species to encourage biodiversity

and help us to share our space with myriad creatures.

In August you can plan ahead by sourcing tree species for

planting in the winter that will cope with the conditions

you have. I suppose this might be a bit difficult as we are

never quite sure what tomorrow’s weather will bring. We’ve

had howling winds intermittently for months and so it

is worth thinking about robust trees that will be able to

cope with these unseasonal conditions. We have an edible

quince here in a south facing garden but which always

gets hit by the south westerlies. At the time of planting,

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Sue’s August Tasks:

August is a good time to start

trimming hedges as long as you

are sure that the Mrs Robins of

this world are no longer nesting.

Our native hornbeam makes a

lovely hedge and copes very well

with exposure and if clipped now,

tends to retain its leaves into the

winter months rather like beech.

• Box hedges will most probably

have been cut by now but you

can continue to tidy them up

through to September. Don’t cut

in full sun as they tend to burn.

• Yew should be cut now. There

is a myth that yew grows slowly.

Actually, well fed and healthy

plants can grow up to 12” a year

so it’s worth adding compost to

their bases when you have any

available. The more the merrier.

August is a good time to tidy

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roses. Their new season’s growth

is still pretty pliable at this

time of the year so with the

ramblers weave them in and

out of the support you have.

Add a foliar feed and remember

to remove any sick looking

leaves and burn or bin them to

prevent infection spreading.

• Another thought for August if

you haven’t already done it is to

sow green manure on any land that

is lying fallow or you have finished

using for a vegetable crop. Phacelia

tanacetifolia is certainly a good

looking plant and if you decide

not to dig it in over the winter

or spring and leave it for a little

longer, the bees absolutely love it

as do all their pollinating friends.

Crimson clover is another one that

is both useful and decorative.

• And take cuttings of tender

perennials like fuchsias and

penstemons now. Take the cutting

either just below a leaf node or

perhaps between leaf nodes. I

usually go for the former. They

root so fast, especially if the

plants are still in active growth.

It is really fun to ‘make’ your

own plants. Take the cuttings

early in the day when the

plants are still a bit ‘dopey’.

• Carry on with regular

deadheading to prolong flowering

but leave grasses alone. Their seed

heads make a good food source in

the winter and also provide cover.

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deadheading roses, avoid those like

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Meet the Head

Mark Hoskins, Headmaster at Reed’s School in Surrey,

shares happy memories of his own school days

What attracted you to the Headmaster

role at Reed’s? The main element was

the fact that Reed’s is a Foundation

School, set up by Andrew Reed to

support pupils who have lost one or

both parents. Although Foundation

pupils only account for about 10% of

the school number, the school’s central

mission has a subtle but profound

effect on the ethos of the school.

Having attended a comprehensive

school myself, this element of Reed’s

inspired me to apply for the role – and

I am delighted that I was successful.

Can you explain a little bit about your

school’s values? Our values seek to

articulate the vision of Andrew Reed

and also provide a language that we

all understand and adhere to within

the school community. Integrity is

fundamental to all the others and it is the

one on which compassion, resilience and

responsibility for example, are built on.

How do you like to spend your free

time? Not strictly free time, but I do love

watching school sport on a Saturday and

on occasions watching Swansea City play

when they are in London. My great love

is being by the sea, having grown up on

the Gower peninsula, any activity that

involves messing about in the surf is my

favourite thing to do when time allows.

What were your strengths when you

were at school? I always enjoyed learning

and so found academic study really

enjoyable. When I was younger my

parents were often told that I would finish

my work and then stop others finishing

theirs (I was very talkative), but I did

eventually grow out of that… I think.

Can you tell us about an inspirational

teacher from your school days? I went

to Gowerton Comprehensive near

Swansea and I have to say there were

lots of inspirational teachers – it was

a great school. If I had to pick three

(apologies) I would choose three of my

A level teachers, Godfrey Rees and Stevie

Gorman were brilliant Maths teachers,

Godfrey was nicknamed ‘God’ because

he knew everything and Stevie Gorman

was not much older than us – but he

was also superb. I would also say my

Computer teacher, Mrs Simon – she

was a legend. All three cared about

the pupils, had high expectations,

pushed us and gave us confidence.

What makes the Reed’s School

community so special? Its authenticity.

Words like community are often

banded around but at Reed’s it really is

the case, from the pupils, the parents,

staff and governors and crucially our

alumni; everyone buys into the ethos

of the school and at its heart is the

Foundation. That central thread is

woven into the fabric of the school and

binds everyone together with a collective

understanding that compassion and

kindness are really important, possibly

the most important, attributes to possess.

For example, we have governors who

are former Foundation pupils and Old

Reedonians who are now in their 90s

and still are engaged with the school.

Can you tell us a little about The

Andrew Reed Foundation? The Andrew

Reed Foundation raises bursary funds

for pupils attending Reed’s who have lost

the support of one or both parents. In

addition to Foundation places, the Reed’s

Foundation also runs outreach activities

with over 40 primary and secondary

schools in disadvantaged areas as well

as a thought leadership programme to

help schools and charities assist children

from vulnerable backgrounds. In one

year alone over 1,300 children attend

our outreach activities. These include

everything from science and mathsbased

courses, to sport, music, drama,

GCSE tutoring and robotics. The aim

of our outreach is to provide a broader

reach of our support, raise children’s

aspirations and attainment and, in

some cases, offer an introduction to the

school for potential Foundation pupils.

What are you looking forward to this

coming school year? Being on the

touchline watching school sport, being

at the music concerts and attending

the school plays – can’t wait!

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High Clandon Vineyard

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What’s On in August

Galleries &

Museums

Throught August

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village,

Down Lane, Compton, Surrey

GU3 1DQ

Watts Gallery

Artists’ Village

Welcoming everyone back to their

18 acres of woodland, the artists’

village is ready and waiting with

all you need for an artistic day

out. Experience a Cornish summer

in Compton through the colourful

impressionist paintings of Henry

Scott Tuke, an artist inspired by

light, maritime life and the his

creative community in Cornwall.

Meet Artist in Residence, Nneka

Uzoigwe, who makes stunning

paintings inspired by G F Watts’

and Tuke’s art. Or explore An

Artistic Aviary, a colourful free

exhibition inspired by birds.

There will also be family-friendly

educational events for all ages

available both online and on-site.

01483 810235 /

wattsgallery.org.uk

Wednesdays throughout August

Bourne Hall Museum

Kids’ Club Free Summer

Catch Up Sessions

What was Roman Epsom and

Ewell like? What was it like during

the Great War? Or the Blitz? Kids

can learn about history in a fun

interactive way with this series

of catch up sessions throughout

August. Try gas mask training,

meet characters who would have

visited the village in times gone by,

and even handle Roman artifacts!

Entry: Free

020 8394 1734 /

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Food

Mon 28 June – Tues 31 August

Squire’s Garden Centres

Anniversary Cream Tea

Squire’s Garden Centres are

celebrating their 85th Anniversary,

with a very special Anniversary

Cream Tea. Tuck into a delicious

scone with jam and clotted cream,

a slice of Eton mess gateau and a

pot of loose-leaf tea for £7.95.

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Sats 7, 14, 21 & 28

August 11am-3pm

Hoopers Tunbridge Wells

Summer Tasting

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Visit Hoopers in Tunbridge Wells

this August to sample some of

Kent’s finest food and drink,

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Sat 28 August & 25 September

Spa Valley Railway,

Tunbridge Wells

A Taste of

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up mayhem on a plate alongside

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Entry: £150 for a Table for Two

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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 contemplates a new

way to educate the public about farming life

The farm becomes a very noisy place for a little while

around this time. We wean our goat kids and lambs

from their mothers and even though their mothers’

milk supply would have hugely reduced and nine times out of

ten they would have been kicked off the teat, they still scream

blue murder for a day or two. I had an interesting conversation

with a local saying that they’ve ‘never known sheep to be

so noisy’ and it got me thinking about what we can do to

familiarise our neighbours and local walkers with our practises

to avoid their worry and all the phone calls we receive.

We have explored putting a QR code on the gates of the

fields the livestock are in, which could be scanned to open

a blog to show what we are getting up to and shed some

light on certain situations, to avoid worry or panic.

A good example would be that we have a few lame lambs

at the moment with a condition called ‘scald’ – this is when

the grass gets too long, it rubs in the soft area where their hoof

splits and creates a sore bit. The way we treat it is to spray in

between the ‘toes’ with a blue spray which is an antiseptic that

aids the healing process. We then mark the affected individual’s

head with a dot of spray paint so we know we’ve treated it

and can keep an eye on their progress. We also quite often

spray its whole foot blue for any onlookers to see, so when

we get a call about a lamb hobbling we can ask if it has a blue

foot and we know it’s been identified and treated already.

Another example could be that when our Highland cows

are due to calf we may put a sign up warning footpath

walkers to be vigilant when walking through that field as new

mothers can be unpredictable. This could sound scary or

make us sound like we are being difficult but if walkers can

ping onto the blog and see when the girls have given birth

and feel a part of the process it’s suddenly less daunting.

A blog for the local community can also make people feel

involved with the livestock in their area as they are up to date

with what goes on week-to-week in the land surrounding their

houses, even learning the breeds, ages, purposes etc. Quite

often we will have dog walkers asking if the sheep are for wool

or meat and if the pygmy goats are for eating, whilst some will

just make their own conclusions and not voice their questions,

so it would benefit us whilst also clearing up any ambiguity

or gaps in their understanding of farming or the food chain.

The Little Farm Fridge Recipe of the month

How to cook it... Lamb leg

steaks with chimichurri.

• 2 Little Farm Fridge

lamb leg steaks

• handful mint leaves,

finely chopped

• handful parsley,

finely chopped

• 3 chopped garlic cloves

• shallot, finely chopped

• red chilli (half or whole

• Serves 2

depending on taste)

• ½ tsp chilli powder

• ½ tsp paprika

• ½ tsp oregano

• 2 tbsps white wine vinegar

• 5 tbsps olive oil

• ½ tsp pink rock

salt (or to taste)

• black pepper, to taste

1 Add all the chimichurri ingredients to a bowl and mix well,

adjusting the chilli and seasoning to your taste or audience.

2 Season the meat and heat the barbeque.

3 Grill on each side for around 6 minutes, stand to rest on

the side for a couple of minutes before adding the chimichurri

and serving. (Best served with home made chips or wedges!)

Follow Zoe on Instagram @thechiefshepherdess

and @thelittlefarmfridge. You can order

meat online at thelittlefarmfridge.co.uk

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