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KITCHEN & BATHROOM SUPPLEMENT inside

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes

PRICELESS

OCTOBER 2022


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MINTERIORS

JMade in Biddenden by a family business


COMING SOON TO THE PANTILES, TUNBRIDGE WELLS

1.

Work, Eat & Play

Sustainable eco-hubs bringing a buzz to Kent and Sussex

The Hive brand is synonymous with community,

connectivity, and sustainability. Whether for business

or pleasure, it’s a place for locals and visitors alike to

get together, eat, socialise, work, and collaborate.

It’s this passion for connectivity that has driven

founders Emma and Stuart Smith to create

vibrant spaces that bring people together, while also

driving forward the concept of eco-localisation.

2.

3.

4.

For business…

For those looking to do business, the

Hive offers co-working hubs in two

locations – Cranbrook and Flimwell

Park – and is soon to launch a new

hub in Tunbridge Wells. Each hub

is built with eco-localisation and

sustainability in mind, making

the most of the community’s local

knowledge, resources, and skills.

Built on a foundation that fosters

connection and relationships, both

Flimwell Park and Cranbrook benefit

from a real buzz created by the local

business-people and organisations

who use them. They each have unique

spaces dedicated to collaboration,

with Flimwell Park also offering

private office suites and Cranbrook

offering The Buzz coffee lounge.

Residents and visitors in Tunbridge

Wells can also look forward to a

flexible work space complete with

boutique office suites, cowork studio,

meeting room and zoom booth. Users

across all locations can benefit from

a dedicated IP with a very fast secure

internet account, complete with

their own username and password.

If collaborating and co-working

with your peers leaves you feeling a bit

peckish, you can pop into The Hive

Cranbrook’s recently refurbished coffee

lounge. Serving up Anglo-Italian fusion

cuisine, the lounge offers delicious light

snacks such as goats cheese and fig

tartlet and bruschetta sharing boards.


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…or for pleasure

WIN

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See website for details.

8.

With healthy food, good conversation

and laughter at the heart of social and

family life, multiple generations of

friends and family can get together with

loved ones over a Greek lunch or dinner

at Kypseli (meaning ‘Hive’ in Greek).

Staying close to its core values

– connection and eco-localisation

– this authentic taverna supports

local produce, sourcing fresh meat

for moussaka and other specialities

from the local butcher across the

road, as well as fresh herbs,

fruit and vegetables from local

farms in Kent and Sussex.

Diners can take their pick from

a variety of delicious dishes from light

meze to three-course meals, prepared

by head chef Yianni, with new autumn

favourites serving up seasonal favourites.

Residents in Tunbridge Wells

will also be able to enjoy a taste of

Greek cuisine, with The Hive set

to open a second Kypseli taverna in

The Pantiles. With live music and a

relaxing ambience, the taverna will

make the most of the Pantiles’ alfresco

dining style with 90 covers.

To make use of any or all the hubs,

simply grab yourself a ‘roaming

buzz pack’ membership, so you can

work, eat or play anytime, anywhere.

Or if you’re looking to meet and

celebrate with loved ones, book now

for a dining experience you won’t

forget. Have you got the buzz?

9.

For information on

The Hive and Kypseli Taverna

on The Pantiles 0800 0219 111 or

email emma.smith@hivehubs.buzz,

The Hive Cranbrook

0800 0219 555,

The Hive Flimwell Park

0800 0219 111,

Kypseli Taverna table bookings

0800 0219 444.

hivehubs.buzz and kypseli.buzz

10.

1. New Kypseli Taverna & Hive Flexible Work Space opening Spring 2023 on The Pantiles. 2. The Buzz Coffee Lounge, Hive in Cranbrook. 3. Boutique solo office, Hive at Flimwell Park

4. Hive Flexible Work Hubs at Flimwell Park 5. Finest artisan Dimello coffee and desserts from patisserie counter at Kypseli, Cranbrook. 6. The all-weather terrace at Kypseli, Cranbrook.

7. Homemade Pastitsio. 8. Fresh Greek salad with Cheese Saganaki. 9. Kypseli Taverna in Cranbrook. 10. Yiannis Greek head chef


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We have a great track record of

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Contents

October 2022

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Dream homes on the market

NOTEBOOK

October events for your diary

ART OF THE HOME

Pastel tones abound in this

peaceful family home

GET THE LOOK

Take inspiration from Charlotte’s

upcycled and arty scheme

GOING HOME

A small space packed with style

GET THE LOOK

Picks for open plan living

GOOD VIBES ONLY

Kate Watts styles bright accessories

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103

QUALITY TIME

Family friendly recipes

to enjoy together

HAIRCARE IS THE

NEW SKINCARE

Get back to your roots

and follow Jo Fairley’s

tips for luscious locks

JUMPING FOR JOY

Sarah Maxwell bounces her

way through a fitness routine

NOURISH TO FLOURISH

Charlotte Lau looks at

the benefits of cutting

back on alcohol

HERB APPEAL

Sue Whigham looks at the

medicinal uses of certain plants

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UP FROM THE ASHES

Jo Arnell chooses drought

tolerant plants

MEET THE HEAD

Get to know a bit more about

Mark Scholey, the brand new Head

of Sutton Valence Prep School

WHAT’S ON

Events throughout the month

FARM FABLES

Jane preps for 2023

KITCHEN &

BATHROOM

SUPPLEMENT

26 pages of

striking design and

clever function.

After page 58.

Part One: Kitchens

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Grow

with us

We’re expanding to GCSE

Find out more about our forward-looking,

academically ambitious and dynamic curriculum

Dulwich Prep

Cranbrook

Contact Admissions on 01580 712179

or admissions@dulwichprepcranbrook.org

Find us at @DPCranbrook

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Editor’s

Letter

How could I introduce this month’s issue without

mentioning the unfaltering constant that Queen

Elizabeth II has been in our lives during her

long and impressive reign. Her Majesty meant many

different things to many different people and, whether

you’re a self proclaimed monarchist, or an interested

bystander, the death of the UK’s longest-serving monarch

will be deeply felt throughout the community.

We’ve been working hard this month to deliver a magazine

packed with aspirational interiors, recipes, fashion and health &

beauty advice, alongside garden picks to perfect your outdoor

space. Our featured houses come in all shapes and sizes, as

the second of our interior shoots proves – Sophia and James’s

compact riverside apartment has challenged the couple to get

cleverly creative with furnishings and divisions of space.

With the needs of a young family to take into account

when decorating, interior designer and journalist Charlotte

Luxford takes us on a tour of her lovely home from page

30. See how she’s incorporated clever storage solutions and

given her room schemes plenty of personality through the

careful inclusion of artworks and upcycling projects.

Fashion-wise, Kate Watts gives us a preview of some

of the exhibitors who will be appearing at November’s

Wealden Times Midwinter Fair. We can’t wait! You can

book your tickets online at wealdentimes-fair.co.uk.

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House

Month

of the

£1,300,000

Damien Pestell picks his favourite homes on

the market in Kent and Sussex this month

Tunbridge Wells

The dream: A unique

period home stylishly

converted from a former

Victorian school and

situated in a secluded

position close to Tunbridge

Wells’ town centre. The

sympathetic refurbishment

has retained many of

the original features.

Where: A semi-rural

location just a short walk

from the town centre.

Setting: The last

property to be reached

on a private driveway.

Beds: 4 Baths: 2

Special features: The

stunning open plan

bedroom/office with

vaulted ceiling overlooks

the original stonework

and central window.

Pleasing details: The

exquisite craftsmanship

found in the original stone

window surrounds.

Outside: The beautifully

landscaped rear gardens

have a lovely outlook

onto commonland.

Time to town: From

Tunbridge Wells station

to London Bridge in

just 45 minutes.

Agent: Maddisons Residential

01892 514100

maddisonsresidential.co.uk

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£1,750,000

Minnis Bay

The dream: A magnificent modern villa built

in the style of the Italian Renaissance and just

minutes walk from the picturesque sandy

beaches of Minnis Bay. With every inch of detail

carefully thought out and crafted, this home is

a slice of continental living in deepest Kent.

Where: The seaside village of Birchingtonon-Sea,

just 15 minutes from Margate.

Setting: Set back from the road via a long

drive and just a stone’s throw from the coast.

Beds: 4 Baths: 3

Special features: The principal ensuite

bathroom is truly the pièce de résistance of this

amazing home, accessed via a curved staircase

leading you up to a fourth-floor tower.

Pleasing details: The grand staircase

rises up from the ground floor past

a trickling water fountain.

Outside: The manageable outdoor

space is perfect for soaking up the sun

whilst listening to the sounds of the

waves lap against the nearby shore.

Time to town: From Birchington

station less than a mile away to London

Victoria in 1 hour 43 minutes.

Agent: Rafferty & Pickard

01732 905499 raffertyandpickard.co.uk

Tunbridge Wells

£2,150,000

The dream: A substantial 1930s family

home, tucked away down a leafy private

drive, off one of Tunbridge Wells’ finest

roads, within walking distance of the

railway station and local amenities.

Where: Just minutes walk from

the town centre and station.

Setting: Set back from the road via

a private drive on a quiet lane.

Beds: 6 Baths: 3

Special features: The impressive

kitchen/diner features a breakfast bar

and a wonderful Aga oven. There

is direct access to the garden.

Pleasing details: The ornate spiral staircase

that leads to the master bedroom suite.

Outside: Surrounded by just under an acre

of beautiful gardens including an area of flat

lawns, a large summer house and wooded

sections, all bordered by mature trees.

Time to town: From Tunbridge Wells

station 10 minutes walk away to London

Charing Cross in just 45 minutes.

Agent: Maison Partnership

0333 242 3292 maisonpartnership.com

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Foots Cray

£4 million

A LITTLE ABOUT US

At Rafferty and Pickard we specialise in the sale

of unique homes throughout Kent and beyond.

We deliver an exceptional concierge-style service

and utilise the latest technologies to create an

estate agency experience and marketing package

that is designed to surpass your expectations.

We have torn up the rule book by creating immersive

cinematic videos and shooting professional-quality

photos of your home at no additional charge and

with no tie-in period. Our rebelliously low fee of just

1% + VAT is of course, on a no-sale no fee basis.

If you would like us to provide you with a

tailored marketing plan and valuation without

charge or obligation, then do drop us a line.

John-Paul

Rafferty

FNAEA MARLA

Assoc RICS

Paul Pickard

MNAEA

Blue Bell Hill £1.3 million Yalding £775,000

01732 905499

homes@raffertyandpickard.co.uk

www.raffertyandpickard.co.uk

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PLOT OR NOT?

If you think your land or

property has development

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‘Our Focus Determines Your Reality’

HARPERS AND HURLINGHAM

HAWKHURST £1,695,000

STRIKING DETACHED FAMILY HOME

Built in the 1930s, this striking detached family home sits along a sweeping drive in delightful gardens of

approximately 2 acres, on the outskirts of the village of Hawkhurst. The well-proportioned accommodation

benefits from the high ceilings commensurate with a property of this period • Entrance hall • Living room

• Family room • Conservatory • Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility room with pantry • Boot room • Cloakroom

• Principal bedroom with ensuite • Four further double bedrooms, two ensuite • Family shower room • Stunning

gardens/grounds approx. 2 acres • Double garage • Off road parking • EPC: C

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

Sales & Lettings Team

Harpers&Hurlingham

The Cornerhouse, Stone Street, Cranbrook

01580 715400

www.harpersandhurlingham.com

Jane Emilie Chez Cathy Debbie Debbie S Sharon Caroline Dianne

Wendy


ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Welcome to

Orchard House

Orchard House is

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detached family

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with no forward chain.

This immaculate five

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little known and well loved

village just a short trip from

the centre of Maidstone.

Locally you’ll find a

school, a couple of very

highly rated pubs and plenty

of stunning rural walks.

Furthermore the property

is within accepted distance

of the illustrious Sutton

Valance Prep school which is

highly academically rated.

The house is perfect

throughout, with a kitchen

that has been designed

and installed to a very

high standard and modern

specification. The lounge

is fitted with modern

technology, from lights to

speakers, and the cosy log

burner makes it inviting on

those cooler evenings.

Above: The kitchen has been designed and installed to a very high standard and modern specification

Below: The private rear garden benefits from a hot tub and its own bar

The five bedrooms

are arranged over the

first and second floor

with the fifth bedroom

currently being used as an

office. All bedrooms offer

beautiful countryside

views and four benefit

from en suites.

Externally there

are lovely private front

and rear gardens, the

latter benefits from a

hot tub and its own bar

– perfect for summer

evening get-togethers!

ORCHARD HOUSE

GUIDE PRICE

£750,000 TO £795,000

01622 673 086

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Winner of a Tunbridge Wells

Civic Society Award 2022

Stunning

New Apartments

Forest Gate House is a beautiful development of 9 luxury apartments.

The imposing new building is located in Tunbridge Wells adjacent to

Hargate Forest and only 1.1 miles from the popular Pantiles.

Contact us

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Email: twells@batchellermonkhouse.com

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What to do and see near you this month

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Shining Bright

Returning with a new after-dark trail this autumn, Ignite is back

at Polesden Lacey in the Surrey Hills from 20 October until 6

November. The Edwardian formal gardens at the National Trust

property provide the perfect setting for this lantern-lit walk

which takes you between flickering flames and majestic trees.

There are plenty of new installations as you pick up your

hand-held lanterns to guide you through the woodland walk

featuring fairy-tale scenes from childhood favourites

Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and

the Beanstalk and Goldilocks. The field of fire has over a

thousand flickering lights in front of the magnificent

façade of the house and, not for the faint-hearted, the

fire-breathing dragons are back! Continuing the theme

of playfulness, walk across an illuminated chess board and

between giant gold and copper chess pieces. Then step onto

a make-believe dancefloor, where you are surrounded by

dancing couples – life-sized sculptures twirling under the

stars. Enter the walled garden which is richly lit by hundreds

of flickering flames and then through a botanical wonderland

filled with larger-than-life flowers crafted by hand from

glistening metal. The trail has been specially designed for

visitors of all ages to enjoy and tickets are selling fast, so book

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Saturday 15 October sees the opening

of an exciting exhibition at McAllister

Thomas Gallery in Godalming. Oil

painter Georgia Hart was a marine

biologist in a previous life and now

celebrates her love of the natural

world through her evocative art. She

works solely with palette knives, in

oil on paper. The knives allow her

to achieve her signature impasto

style, utilising bold and energetic

marks in thick layers of paint, while

remaining buttery and clean in feeling.

Head to the McAllister Thomas to

see South, a series of her paintings

portraying the variety and beauty

of the south of England. For details

of opening times see their website

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Birthday

Drop in to Greenfinch in

Ticehurst on Saturday 15

October to celebrate the delightful

shop’s 3rd birthday. There’ll be

cake, drinks and 10% off everything!

The shop will be staying open late, from

10.30am through to 6pm, with artists and

makers popping in throughout the day. The

owner is much-inspired by Liberty’s founder

Arthur Lasenby Liberty and has a delightful

offering of artwork to start a conversation,

unusual ceramics, handcrafted quirky

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books with a local connection, natural vegan

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bath and body products, cards, items for the

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Art for all

Affordable Art Fair is back in their leafy Battersea

home this autumn, packed with inspiring art to stir

the senses. With thousands of artworks from a variety of

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for your workspace. The private view takes place on

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Experience the beautiful and tranquil

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mindful techniques and activities that help

you relax, be present and reconnect to yourself

and your environment. Alternatively, enjoy a

day of restoration, health and wellbeing at a

Yoga Day Retreat on 16 October. This is a

carefully designed combination of yoga, spa,

nature and homemade food, with relaxing

country walks and ESPA Spa treatments.

Or just arrange to come along to Green

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countryside. greenfarmkent.com

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Eco features matter more to some home

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ensuite bathrooms on our property

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this trend looks set to continue. So, if

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Your EPC can help you

The EPC is a short report, produced by

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Improving your home’s energy efficiency

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Other consents you may need

If your property is leasehold, then you

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terms of your lease will determine this.

Occasionally, there may be title restrictions

which mean you need a third party’s

consent, or they may limit what you can

do to your property. If you plan major

work, such as installing solar panels, then

you should check your property’s title for

any restrictions rst or ask your solicitor

to do so.

Keep the paperwork safe

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necessary consents, remember to keep

any guarantees or warranties safe. Your

buyers are likely to require these before

completing their purchase.

Small changes can make a difference

You may decide not to make any major

improvements to your home because the

cost outweighs the benet. However, it

is still worth considering how to appeal

to eco-conscious buyers. It could be

something as simple as installing a smart

meter or programmable thermostats. Even

remembering to get your boiler serviced

regularly can help, letting you address any

minor issue before it becomes a problem.

Contact Warners Solicitors on 01732 747900 to nd out more about how they

can help you plan for your family’s future.

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Previous pages & above: The original kitchen was a tiny, dark space that wasn’t conducive to family living, so Charlotte

and Martin added an airy extension that now houses their Shaker-style kitchen and a welcoming dining space

On the face of it, Charlotte Luxford’s 1930s home

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open-plan living space for the ultimate ‘wow’ moment. An

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frame uninterrupted views of the North Downs. Stepping

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“It’s the reason we bought the house,” says Charlotte,

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“It wasn’t the prettiest house, and I had visions of

buying an insanely beautiful character property, but the

tumbling garden had such a magical quality, although

it was a lot more overgrown then! But we could see

its potential, and it just felt like a home from home.

We knew in our bones it was the right one for us.”

When the couple purchased the house, it required a

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Above: The living area is an eclectic mix of midcentury pieces,

vintage finds and contemporary design. The sideboard was bought

from a house clearance, while the kilim rug was sourced from Pantiles

Oriental Carpets. The 1930s style zig-zag wallpaper that adorns the

chimney breast is Bloomsbury Stripes by Dutch designer Ottoline

Left: Artwork, that the couple have collected over the

years, hangs on the wall behind the dining table

talent for blending old and new. “I believe that any house can

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include personal things that bring you joy – it’s easy to be trend

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The pair always wanted to extend to the rear of the property,

but their plans were accelerated by the surprise pregnancy with

their second child, Laurie. “We lived in the house for a bit, slowly

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family living and while I managed with my first child Isabella, I

could see it was going to be overcrowded with two, so we pushed

on with the extension and called upon building firm DS Barden.

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Above: Touches of antique brass add warmth to Charlotte’s kitchen design, including a bargain Perrin & Rowe

tap (a Facebook Marketplace find), wall lights from Neptune and hardware from Rowen & Wren

the pandemic, with supply shortages and logistical issues, so

it was quite a stressful period. Luckily Dan was an incredible

project manager and kept everything running smoothly,

so it went as well as could be expected, despite the fact I

was still painting walls a few weeks before my due date!”

The hard work paid off and the couple have a bright

and spacious family space that’s packed with character.

The Shaker-style kitchen, painted in Mylands’ Museum,

was based on Charlotte’s own design and made bespoke

by local firm Canterwood. Charlotte chose to break up

the linear kitchen design with open shelving, adding

depth and interest to the space, and sourced real Carrara

worktops from Edenbridge-based marble contractor

Vitruvius. Opposite the kitchen, informal banquette

seating wraps around the large picture window, with builtin

storage to house the children’s toys. “This is possibly

my favourite spot in the house. I love sitting at the table

to work or have dinner and look out over the hills. I used

to edit Grand Designs Magazine and was exposed to all

these beautiful projects with dreamy glazed bay windows

with built-in seats. This was my budget-friendly version;

tucking the bench seat underneath the window ledge and

using the recess as a seating nook created a similar effect

without the huge outlay. We also positioned the rooflight

directly above for this huge expanse of daylight.”

It’s also hard not to notice the striking gallery wall above

the dining area. “I think art is so important; it’s enriching

both emotionally and aesthetically,” says Charlotte. “Each

piece tells a story and captures a moment in time. It can

remind you of a certain period in your life, the place

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This page: The master bedroom is a wonderful mix of colour and

pattern. The marble and oak dressing table (top left) is a piece by

British designer Bethan Gray for John Lewis. A framed Latin quote

print bought from The British Library is propped behind a vintage

Art Deco dressing table set that Charlotte found at an antique fair

you bought it and why. I like the gallery wall for that reason; there’s

a print of our wedding invite designed by Sevenoaks artist Melvyn

Evans and a watercolour Martin and I bought in the Cotswolds

on our first holiday together, which is where we later got engaged.

It’s also inspired by our annual trips to the Royal Academy of Arts

Summer Exhibition and one of our favourite London restaurants,

Berners Tavern, which is chock-full of art – I wanted the same cosy,

intimate vibe, which is why I chose the bistro-style wall lights, too.”


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This page: The master bedroom room scheme was inspired by a John Piper print (above the bed) that Charlotte

bought in her twenties. The vibrant cushion and throw on the bed were both from Anthropologie

Charlotte’s passion for art is plain to see all around the

house. She sites her love of the Bloomsbury Group and

Charleston in East Sussex as a great source of inspiration.

The 1930s style zig-zag wallpaper that adorns the living

area’s chimney breast is aptly called Bloomsbury Stripes by

Dutch designer Ottoline. “I feel there’s a real resurgence

in contemporary craftsmanship and there’s a new-age

Bloomsbury spirit in the art and design world right now.

I love the work of Mark Hearld, Ed Kluz, Angie Lewin

and Polly Fern to name a few, all of which we have in

the house. I’ve recently started producing handpainted

pieces myself, including upcycled mirrors and photo


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This page: Charlotte’s signature palette

of pinks, greens and blues continue in

the children’s bedrooms. Above a chest of

drawers in daughter Isabella’s room hangs

a small collage from Rye Art Gallery that

the couple bought for her first Christmas

“I always said each year

I would buy my children

a piece of art, a print,

something small, but hopefully

so art will mean something

to them too and they can

build their own collections.”

frames with a Bloomsbury nod.”

The living area is an eclectic mix

of mid-century pieces, vintage finds

and contemporary design. The

Ercol armchair was a wedding gift

from Charlotte’s parents, while the

sideboard was bought for the princely

sum of £20. It was manufactured

by Elliot’s of Newbury, a company

that was actually famous for the

manufacture of gliders. “I love this

piece and it’s a great way to stash the

kids’ toys, plus the mirror reflects

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Above left: Laurie’s growing art collection includes a cute print from illustrator Gemma Koomen in his room

Above right: Charlotte’s creative touches can be seen around the house; she hand-painted the wall mirror, photo frame and

Martin’s grandmother’s bookcase to give them a new lease of life. The runner and lampshade are from Birdie Fortescue

the view and helps lighten this darker part of the room.”

A bookcase from Heal’s houses the couple’s cookery books

and more toys, while Ikea units are stuffed full of interior

design books and novels. The soft furnishings, including

a vintage kilim rug from Pantiles Oriental Carpets and

cushions and throws from Birdie Fortescue and Foraged

+ Found, add a splash of colour. Plants enhance the

space; a device used throughout the house. “Local shop

Foraged + Found is my go-to for both real and faux

plants – it has a gorgeous selection of homeware too.”

Charlotte’s effortless ability to blend styles and eras is

also evident in the downstairs shower room. Bold icecream

striped floor tiles meet dark-green tongue and groove

panelling with a bold Cole & Son wallpaper adding pattern.

“I knew I wanted to have fun in this room and make a bit of

a statement,” reveals Charlotte. “I was quite thrifty though,

and I think it’s good to reuse and recycle where you can.

Both sets of tiles were sourced from Facebook marketplace;

it can be a real treasure trove if you know what you’re after.

I spotted the hexagon Ca’ Pietra tiles, which inspired the

rest of the scheme. I came across the green CTD metro

tiles by chance some months later and knew they’d work

well with the pink. The 20th-century washstand was £60

from eBay and the pink marble top was an offcut Vitruvius

had in the workshop, which was a lucky find. I didn’t

want all the brassware to match, so I mixed contemporary

black fixtures with traditional brass fittings from Heritage

Bathrooms, which prevented it from feeling too samey.”

Upstairs, the bedrooms are also a delightful mix of

colour and pattern, especially in the master bedroom.

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“If you’re stuck for inspiration when designing a scheme, art is a

great place to start, or one of your favourite objects.”

This page: Charlotte has employed plants to enhance the space, a device used throughout the house. “Local shop Foraged + Found is my

go-to for both real and faux plants – it has a gorgeous selection of homeware too,” she says. Charlotte’s father made bespoke shelves out of

the remaining worktop in the utility and the butler sink was reclaimed from a school, which Charlotte picked up at a boot fair for £20

“The scheme was inspired by one of my all-time favourite

purchases; the John Piper print above our bed – it was

my one blow-out purchase when I was in my twenties.

If you’re stuck for inspiration when designing a scheme,

art is a great place to start, or one of your favourite

objects.” The Anthropologie cushion and throw on the

bed introduce pops of coral pink and cerulean blue

throughout the room, while oak furniture, including a

dressing table from designer Bethan Gray, adds warmth.

Charlotte’s signature colour palette of pinks, greens and

blues also continue in the children’s bedrooms. “Isabella’s

is one of my favourite rooms in the house. I wanted that

nostalgic children’s bedroom feeling without being too

twee.” Charlotte handpainted the mirror above the fireplace,

as well as a frame and table lamp and added trim to a preowned

pendant shade. The reading nook with mustard

canopy softens the space and adds a splash of colour. Both

Isabella and Laurie’s room feature art, naturally. “I always

said each year I would buy my children a piece of art, a

print, something small, but hopefully so art will mean

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This page: Bold ice-cream striped floor tiles meet dark-green tongue and groove panelling in the downstairs shower room. A bold Cole

& Son wallpaper adds pattern and a mixture of contemporary black and traditional brass fixtures and fittings ensured Charlotte didn’t

end up with a ‘samey’ feel. The 20th-century washstand was found on eBay and topped with an offcut of pink marble from Vitruvius

something to them too and they can build their own

collections. There’s a small collage from Rye Art Gallery

we bought for Isabella’s first Christmas, as well as a Loré

Pemberton print above her bed, while Laurie has a cute

print from illustrator Gemma Koomen in his room.”

Charlotte and Martin now have a spacious family

home that’s packed with character, but Charlotte says

there’s still work to do. “We have a few more rooms to

redecorate, and ultimately we’ll do a loft conversion

to make the most of the incredible view. Interiors

evolve and shift as we do as people, so I don’t think the

house will ever be complete – just a delightful work in

progress. I often like to work with clients collaboratively

over a period of time and I’ll dip in and out whenever

they need me – snap decisions are rarely conducive to

good design, so it takes time to get things right.”


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Part One: Kitchens


Handmade Kitchens and Furniture

Sevenoaks showroom:

Unit 9, Chart Farm, Seal Chart

Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0ES

Tel: 01732 762682

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Tunbridge Wells showroom:

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Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2UY

Tel: 01892 520730


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Contents

Contents

KITCHEN SUPPLEMENT

5 SMELL THE COFFEE

Create a curated coffee

making area in your kitchen

6 SYMMETRY & BALANCE

Poggenpohl show us around

an elegant modern kitchen

9 THINK SMALL

Shop little but beautiful storage

11 PEDAL TO THE METAL

Warm metal accents are perfect

to add glamour to your kitchen

12 MADE IN THE SHADE

Kitchen colour ideas to

kick start plans for your

next makeover

15 THE BENCH MARK

We celebrate comfy and practical

banquette and bench seating

17 PAST IS PRESENT

We explore a kitchen project

that honours the room’s history

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BATHROOM SUPPLEMENT

21 A MATTER OF FUN

Inject some pep and colour

into your bathroom with

a quirky bath mat

23 COLOUR THEORY

Two bathrooms in a Sussex

manor are a masterclass in

harnessing hues

25 BARBIE DREAM BATH

Pink, glamorous and

nostalgic, your Barbie dream

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We’re loving two-tone tiles

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We create striking interior and exterior doors in the finest solid oak, ranging

from simple planked doors to intricately carved panels finished in moulded

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Jina Gelder Illustration

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LeXpress stainless steel drinks frother

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Smell

the

Coffee

The new must-have kitchen essential

– a fully equipped coffee station to get

every morning off to a good start

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Café York blend

coffee caddy £12

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Built in coffee maker £2,815

Fisher & Paykel fisherpaykel.com

65mm Coffee

Tonbridge illustration

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Personalised tamper £21.60 Oakdene

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£199 KitchenAid

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are looking to cultivate a uniform, minimalist kitchen

without sacrificing quality. It is indisputably more

affordable in the long run to make coffee at home, and

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enticing to opt for a coffee brewed at home as soon as you

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Kitchen Supplement

Symmetry

Balance

&

This Kentish kitchen beautifully balances warm and

cool, industrial and elegant, modern and classic

The owners of this new build property in Kent,

already had plans and designs created with an

alternative high-end kitchen manufacturer, when

they stumbled across Poggenpohl’s studio in The Pantiles,

Tunbridge Wells and were won over by the beautiful

showroom and understated luxury of the German

manufacturer.

The clients quickly settled on Poggenpohl, the brand

famous for designing the original fitted kitchen. Not

content with just a new kitchen, Poggenpohl also

designed and installed a boot room and utility to go

alongside the fabulous open plan space in this luxury

home. Nicole Walsh, Studio Manager at Poggenpohl

Tunbridge Wells says of the project, “The client had

already chosen a beautiful porcelain floor and wanted the

worktops to match. We then made sure that the colour

scheme and tone of the fitted furniture complemented

this much admired focal point.”

Gaggenau appliances were to feature throughout

and, knowing the industrial look of the ovens, Nicole

suggested a palette for the cabinetry to create warmth and

marry all aspects of the design together. Golden White

Satin Porcelain was therefore paired with a combination

of Bronze Anthracite and Diamond Grey furniture. To

create a central symmetry (as is such a widely recognised

design addition in many Poggenpohl kitchens) a pair of

stunning Black Satin Glass wall cabinets finished the look.

Nicole adds, “Our customer is delighted with the

finished article, and I am too. I believe we have created

an unpretentious, timeless and elegant design that

complements the open plan living area in the heart of this

beautiful family home.”

To find out more about Poggenpohl or to see first hand

the product on offer, visit 39-41 The Pantiles, Tunbridge

Wells, call 01892 240 745 or go to poggenpohl.com

“The client had already chosen a beautiful porcelain floor

and wanted the worktops to match.

We then made sure that the colour scheme and tone of the fitted furniture complemented

this much admired focal point

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Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TE

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This kitchen by InHouse Inspired

Room Design conjures images of the

Mediterranean countryside combining

a deep blue with creams and browns

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country kitchen. inhouseltd.co.uk

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The use of green in this

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and living space by Studio

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a beautiful flagstone floor

which reveals an original

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inspiration, and is celebrated

in the use of colour and

texture throughout.

A neutral palette combines

units in Little Greene’s

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stone colour on the island,

while soft moss green wool

was used on the dining chairs.

A bespoke drinks bar sits next

to the dining area, made with

dark oak and a dramatic green

marble. The bespoke pantry

follows around the corner of

the kitchen run and its fluted

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light even with the use of this

darker green.

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The Hampton range in Doll

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Graduated green cast iron

casserole dish (30cm) £99

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white kitchen is a timeless classic that brightens up your home

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Our exclusive Artis range in alpine white matt finish, with

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Personalised snack bowl £20

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This cool grey kitchen by Schmidt

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Gecko bottle opener

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style statement. Its gently curved doors and island ooze

modern luxury alongside a Tropical Storm satin granite

worktop, and the colour choice makes a gorgeous backdrop

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This Durham kitchen in light and cool greys by LochAnna

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This beautifully rounded and panelled

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S500 Dining bench (167cm wide with

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“Banquette seating and kitchen booths are an equally stylish and

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can be designed to incorporate additional under-seat storage. Inbuilt

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Miscellanea show us how to breathe new life into a historical

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What was the brief behind this project?

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history, whilst being timeless, quirky, and most of all an enjoyable space to be in!

Were there any existing elements that you needed to work with?

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when redesigning the kitchen; we had to incorporate a triple-glazed wall unit from

the house’s original butler’s pantry, and we needed to address access to the boiler,

which was sited behind an uninspiring panel within the old fireplace.

How did you address these challenges?

We took inspiration for the kitchen cabinet design from the glazed butler’s pantry

wall unit, selecting simple shaker units so that the whole kitchen tied together

nicely with the original piece. Meanwhile, we incorporated a removable shelving

unit to provide access to the boiler, which was a great solution as it also supported

the aged oak bistro tabletop and created a unique focal point.

How was lighting this kitchen managed?

We added a new bay window to create a sense of depth around the sink area and

bring in extra natural light. For practicality, new track lighting was added when

the original tongue and groove ceiling was removed, replastered, and redecorated.

And we also highlighted the bistro table, setting the scene for casual dining with a

simple industrial pendant light

How did you create such a sense of flow between the kitchen and dining areas?

We used hardwood flooring throughout to fuse together the two spaces and were

careful with our colour palette – using the same shades in both rooms to unify

them. For example, a William Morris papered finish was added to the interior of

the original glazed wall cabinet to match the feature wall of the dining room.

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renovation work in recent years,

benefitting from Catchpole & Rye’s distinct

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a family bathroom. Both rooms demonstrate

a masterclass in utilising colour for a dramatic

and unique bathroom style, as the earthy tones

of the traditional sanitary ware is offset against

contrasting walls and accessories.

In the master en suite, a breath-taking shower

room was designed with wallpaper in greens

and pinks to create a captivating backdrop for

Catchpole & Rye’s freestanding Sentinel aged

brass shower enclosure. The La Parisienne

washstand in Arabascato marble and the Deluge

high-level cistern in weathered brass complete

the ensemble with their matching colour profile.

Accentuating the impressive ceiling height of

this period building, the Sentinel shower and

high-level cistern make use of all available

space, amplifying the grandeur of the room and

drawing the eye upwards.

By contrast, the family bathroom has a

reduced ceiling height in places, presenting

the challenge of optimising the space while

still providing a fully functional bathroom

for everyday use. This called for a completely

different approach. Here more moody blue

walls and darker floors are used to once again

draw the eye up to the lighter ceiling, while

also creating a sense of gravitas and traditional

luxury that is in keeping with the master. This

effect is achieved in no small part due to a

carefully considered selection of Catchpole &

Rye products throughout. A walk-in shower is

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room’s colour scheme. “James was very nervous about it, so he had to trust my instincts,” says Sophia, “but I

could just see it before it went up, a bit of gold, neutral white, then dark blue, which really pops out”

this day,” she tells me joyously at the prospect of finally

being interviewed by one of her favourite magazines.

Sitting down in the lounge I notice there’s even a copy

of the latest edition of WT, neatly slung on the lower

rung of the two-tier coffee table, in the immaculately

arranged lounge. As Sophia explains that the interview

had originally been scheduled for two years prior, but was

postponed several times due to Covid related disruptions.

Being featured in the magazine in the first place was

the result of some rather good fortune, after Sophia sent

photos and a blog to WT from a product shoot she did

right here, in her home for some handmade baskets. She

said laughing at the unlikeliness of it all, “They emailed

me back and asked if they could do a feature on the

apartment instead, they didn’t even mention the baskets!”.

Recognition like this is a big deal to Sophia

because creating spaces is her passion and her

beautiful apartment is the manifestation of a fiveyear

journey, renovating the home she shares with

James and finding out who she is as a designer.

Sophia, a graduate in Event and Experience Design,

was half way through her degree when they moved into

their apartment in the autumn of 2017, as she explained,

“When we moved in I had a week off before I started

year two of university, so we changed the flooring and

whitewashed everything, making it very neutral.”

Not long after graduating, the lockdowns in 2020

gave her the much needed time to focus all her

creative energy on the project for a sustained period,

“For us the lockdowns were great and gave us the

time we needed, it was a really positive time.”

Taking me through to the open plan living area you


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Above: Accents of gold like the tap and window mirror continue from the marble wall into the kitchen. The couple have incorporated

up-and-down units along the kitchen partition which can be smoothly raised or lowered to provide an accessible place for James to cook

alongside Sophia

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about the main changes they made, turning the nondescript

kitchen/living area into a more diverse space with three

clear and distinct rooms, each with their own character.

Stepping into the lounge area the white marble effect

wall print immediately sets the tone, an emotive piece

from Wallsauce and the inspiration for the colour palette,

accentuated into the kitchen and dining area, she said

of the decision to make such a statement, “James was

very nervous about it, so he had to trust my instincts.

But I could just see it before it went up, a bit of gold,

neutral white, then dark blue which really pops out.”

The foresight to visualise how something will look is one

of Sophia’s intrinsic talents, and it’s one of those things

you just can’t teach. She explained how the process works

for her, “It takes a while to stand and stare at something,

like I’m in a gallery, but after a while I can see it. I’m very

good at being able to visualise something in my head.”

The process of creating their home certainly hasn’t

happened overnight, getting to this point has been a learning

curve involving more than a few mistakes, as Sophia explains,

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Above: On the back wall of the kitchen next to the Karlsson

flip clock is some original artwork bought from a Japanese

artist living in Edinburgh Right: A traditional mountain

scene painting has been given a subtle contemporary

treatment with the playful addition of a McDonald’s sign

“I painted one wall copper! And navy blue was really in

at the time, but there were hardly any windows, I don’t

know what I was thinking because it made it really dark.”

Moving back into the lounge, beneath the wall print is

a stylish radiator cover from Famgizmo which doubles up

as a shelf, zhooshed up with Lick paint and a rattan cover.

The TV unit, an Ikea hack, is accessorised with reclaimed

scaffold boards and elevated with hairpin legs, giving the

illusion of space, essential in a room with low ceilings.

Glancing through the patio doors to my right, I spot a

balcony and beyond it the lush greenery of the riverbank,

in the background a faint hum purrs soothingly from

the river below. I start to imagine long summer evenings

spent there post work, unwinding with a book or perhaps

enjoying an al fresco supper together. But Sophia explains

that it’s currently a workshop for many of the pieces she

makes herself, “The balcony is a bit of a work in progress,

I do a lot of my spray painting and painting out here.”

Back in the lounge the seating area is a cosy little

corner made up of a rather fetching fluffy white

armchair from Habitat, a second hand steal at just £45

and upholstered by Sophia. There is also an accessible

armchair for James who is a wheelchair user, and the

charcoal sofa from John Lewis is another bargain,

furnished underfoot with a washable rug from Ruggable,

bedecking the timber floor installed by James’s dad.

Family is an integral part of Sophia and James’s

lives with little reminders cued throughout their

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memory triggers, to remember my dad or granny

and what I recall of them,” Sophia explains.

Sitting on the refurbished bamboo coffee table,


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Above left: James has installed clever lighting throughout the apartment which can be adjusted to create a variety of ambiences and can be controlled

through his mobile phone Above right: The living room’s radiator is concealed behind a cover which doubles up as a shelf

a piece Sophia upcycled, is a precious reminder of her

grandmother, a marble solitaire game. “My granny had

a massive version [of this], I remember lining up all the

marbles and pushing them along when I was little.”

The ladder shelf from Habitat is a focal point of

the room, highlighted effectively by the off-white

colour blocking. And on one of the shelves sits another

such reminder, this time a framed Malian print. “My

dad grew up in Kenya, he passed away when I was

fifteen, so I never got to know him as an adult. But I

resonate strongly with African things and cultures.”

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trips as well as reminders of their adventures. Next to the

freestanding globe is a set of African beads and a wicker

basket book-ended by a pair of vintage Japanese dolls, Sophia

is fascinated by Japanese culture, “I love how minimalist

it is, with a focus on craftsmanship and meticulousness”.

Entering the kitchen the walnut units and navy blue

colour scheme combine to great aplomb, giving the room

a premium feel which also feels very calming. Created

from a tiny galley kitchen, the shiplap partition has created

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has created a subtle separation between the living area, concealing the hob from view and providing an extra

surface for food prep. The slide-and-hide oven was a must for Sophia, who is a huge Bake Off fan

grey worktops balancing the room further. The slide-andhide

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place for James to cook alongside Sophia, something they

love to do together. James elaborates on the changes made,

“Before the room bled into the living room, but we wanted

to separate it, we didn’t want a small apartment kitchen,

we wanted a proper kitchen because we like cooking.”

On the back wall of the kitchen next to the Karlsson

flip clock is some original artwork they picked up from a

Japanese artist living in Edinburgh and below the fridge/

freezer, not a usual area of focus, is a fun collection of fridge

magnets, assembled from their travels. James explains the

strict criteria they have to meet, “We are really fussy about

what we choose, it has to be 3D or have some nice design”

Moving through to the dining area the clever use of

furniture and lighting creates a space big enough to entertain

with the overhead lamp from Made lending a feeling of

spaciousness, while the dining table – a house warming gift

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Moving towards the rear of the apartment there are a

couple of West German vases, sitting on the 1960s PS unit,

inspired by a visit to a Mollie’s Motel, a nice retro touch.

Our time drawing to a close, Sophia and James speak

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Quality Time

Sunday Times bestselling author Rebecca Wilson takes the stress out of

family meal prep with a brand new cookbook devoted to easy-to-follow and

wholesome recipes, cutting down on time spent slaving away over a hot

stove. Here we’ve chosen four of our favourites from Fast Family Food. You

can also follow Rebecca on Instagram @rebeccawilsonfood for more of her

speedy dishes that can be enjoyed by both children and their parents

Store Cupboard Peach Pancakes

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10-13 minutes

Makes approx. 20 pancakes

Pancakes are perfect for batch cooking. Make a

huge pile of them for brekkie, then the leftovers can

be stored in the freezer for fuss-free mornings in

the future. You could even add a frozen pancake to

the kiddos’ lunch box wrapped in non-stick baking

paper, it’ll be defrosted by lunchtime and delicious!

• 1 x 410g can of peaches in fruit juice

• 120g self-raising flour

• 1½ tsp baking powder

• 40g rolled porridge oats

• 2 tsp vanilla extract

• 3 medium eggs

• 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter OR

flavourless oil like sunflower

• 2 tbsp milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan (200°C/400°F/

Gas 6). Open the can of peaches slightly, then

pour most of the juice away to discard or drink

separately, leaving a little bit of juice in the can.

Add the peaches and small amount of juice to

a large mixing bowl. Using a potato masher,

briefly crush the peaches to break them down

into small lumps. You don’t need to worry too

much about the size – a chunky peach purée

with a good few large lumps is perfect. Add all

the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir

until they are just combined and form a batter.

2. Now, you have a few options for how to cook

these pancakes. My favourite is to pour the batter

into a large baking tray lined with non-stick baking

paper. Spread the batter out in an even layer. Try

to make it approx 1.5cm in thickness, but if it’s

a little thicker or thinner then that’s completely

fine. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-13 minutes

until golden on top. Remove from the oven and

allow the pancake to cool for a minute in the tray

before cutting into 20 squares using a pizza cutter.

3. Alternatively, you can bake this mixture

in muffin form. Spoon the mixture into

either a 24-hole mini muffin tray or a regular

12-hole muffin tray – ideally silicone or a wellgreased

metal tray. Bake for 10 minutes (mini

muffins) or 20 minutes (regular muffins), until

they have puffed up and turned golden.

4 .Or, if you want to be traditional, you can

opt for standard flat pancake rounds. Fry

spoonfuls of the batter in batches in a large,

non-stick frying pan over a medium high heat

with a little oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes on one

side until you can see bubbles forming on the

top, then flip and cook for a further minute.

5. For little ones, serve the pancakes in finger strips

with a little yogurt for dipping and fruit. The big

kids can have a little honey drizzled on theirs.

Love your leftovers: These pancakes will keep

for up to 3 days in an airtight container at

room temperature. Reheat in the toaster or

in the oven until piping hot or enjoy them

cold. You can also wrap the pancakes in nonstick

baking paper and freeze for up to 3

months. Allow to defrost at room temperature

and enjoy cold, or reheat in the toaster or

microwave until piping hot throughout.


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10-minute Dahl

Prep & cook time: 10 minutes

Serves 2 adults and 2 littles as a main

You can make this dahl really quickly

by cooking the lentils and spices

separately, then combining them at the

last minute. It’s a fantastic side dish

but also flavourful enough to be the

main element of your family meal.

• 200g dried red split lentils

• 2 low-salt chicken or

vegetable stock cubes

• 2 tbsp garlic-infused oil

• 2 tsp ground turmeric

• 3 tsp mild curry powder

• 2 tsp garam masala (a mild blend)

• 2 garlic cloves, finely grated

• a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger,

peeled and grated (optional)

• 1 x 500g passata (strained tomatoes)

• 2 tsp golden granulated

sugar (optional)

• coriander, to garnish

1. Fill the kettle and put it on to boil.

Set a large saucepan over a high heat

with a touch of tap water at the bottom

– it should begin boiling quickly.

Meanwhile, open the passata so it is

ready to pour when you need it later.

2. Add the lentils to a fine-mesh

sieve and hold under very, very hot

running tap water for 1 minute,

stirring with a wooden spoon (if you

don’t have asbestos fingers). You want

to wash away the starch until the

water runs clear, plus the application

of hot water now will make the

entire cooking process quicker.

3. Once washed, add the lentils to the

now very hot saucepan. Top up the

pan with boiling water from the kettle

to cover the lentils by about 2.5cm

(1in). Crumble in one of the stock

cubes, stir and allow to bubble for

6-7 minutes until the lentils are soft.

4. When the lentils are nearly ready,

set a large, non-stick frying pan over a

high heat. Add the garlic oil, followed

by the spices, garlic and ginger. Cook

for 30 seconds, stirring with a wooden

spoon to ensure they don’t burn, then

as the aromas are released, quickly

pour in the passata. It will bubble, so

give it a swift stir to incorporate the

spiced oil into the tomatoes. Crumble

the remaining stock cube into the

tomatoes and add the sugar, if using,

to help cut through the acidity of

the tomatoes, and stir to dissolve.

5. The lentils should be cooked by

now. Use a spoon to scoop a few out

to taste – they should be soft with no

crunchy graininess. Drain the lentils

in a sieve, then immediately add them

to the frying pan with the passata

mix. Stir together and cook for 1 final

minute. Garnish with a sprinkle of

freshly chopped coriander and serve

with rice or flatbreads, if you like.

Love your leftovers: Leftovers will

keep for up to 2-3 days in an airtight

container in the fridge. Reheat in a

saucepan or covered in the microwave,

stirring often, until piping hot

throughout. You can also freeze the

dahl for up to 4 months. Defrost and

reheat in the microwave in a covered

bowl for around 4 minutes, stopping

to stir often, until there are no cold

spots and the dahl is bubbling.

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Pizza Crackers

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 8-10 minutes

Makes approx. 40 crackers

So quick to whip up, these crumbly

little crackers taste like a cheesy

tomato pizza – absolutely delicious!

They’re perfect for a picky snack

plate or to pop in lunch boxes.

• 160g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

• 85g chilled unsalted butter, cubed

• 100g Cheddar cheese, grated

• 2 tsp dried porcini mushroom

powder (optional)

• 2 tsp dried mixed herbs

• 2 tbsp tomato purée

• 1 medium egg

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C fan

(210°C/415°F/Gas 6–7). Add the

flour and butter to a food processor

and whizz until the mixture forms

the texture of breadcrumbs. Add

the cheese, dried porcini mushroom

powder, if using, and dried herbs. Pulse

until the ingredients are combined.

Now add the tomato purée and egg,

then whizz until the dough clumps

together in the food processor.

2. Tip the ball of dough out onto

a lightly floured work surface and

tear it in two. Coat one of the pieces

of dough in a little flour from the

work surface, then use a rolling pin

to quickly roll it out as thinly as you

can. A thickness of around 3-4mm is

fine – there is no need to be too neat

as they will still turn out delicious.

3. Next, using a sharp knife, cut

the dough into chunky strips. I’d

suggest approx. 3cm wide and 5-6cm

long, but really any shape you like

works. You can spend longer using

cookie cutters to shape the crackers

into pretty designs if you wish.

4. Space the crackers out on a large,

non-stick baking tray, ensuring that

they do not touch. If you have time

or can be bothered, prick each cracker

with a fork a few times to stop the

crackers from puffing up too much.

5. I like to bake half when I make

this recipe and freeze the rest of the

dough for another day, so at this

point you can either put the other

half of dough in the freezer or roll

it out and place the second lot of

crackers on a second baking tray.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for

8-10 minutes until the crackers have

darkened and puffed up a touch. Allow

to stand on the tray for a minute or

so to slightly firm up, then transfer

to a wire rack to cool completely.

Your kitchen will smell like a pizzeria,

which is such an added bonus!

7. Serve as is in lunch boxes or with

a picky plate and your favourite dip.

Love your leftovers: These crackers

will keep for up to a week in an

airtight container, or you can freeze

the raw dough for up to 3 months.

Defrost thoroughly, then roll out

and bake as shown in method.


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Tomato & Spinach Fish Stew

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 3-7 hours

Serves 2 adults and 2 littles

When I think of slow cooker meals,

fish doesn’t usually come to mind.

However, this dish gives you soft

and flaky delicate fish in a rich,

flavourful tomato and spinach sauce.

As a bonus, this recipe calls for frozen

fish cooked straight from the freezer,

which is such an easy and economical

way of adding fish to our diet.

• 500g crushed tomatoes or passata

• 8 cubes of chopped frozen spinach

• 1 x 400g can of coconut milk

• 2 tsp sweet paprika

• 2 tsp smoked paprika

• 1 tsp dried mixed herbs

• 2 tsp garlic granules OR 2

garlic cloves, minced

• 2 tbsp tomato purée

• 1 tsp sugar (optional)

• 1 low-salt chicken or vegetable

stock cube, crumbled

• 4-6 frozen skinless and boneless

large white fish fillets, e.g.

haddock, bass, pollock or cod

1. Add the crushed tomatoes or

passata to the slow cooker pot along

with the frozen spinach, coconut

milk, sweet and smoked paprika,

dried herbs, garlic granules or fresh

garlic, tomato purée, sugar, if using,

and crumbled stock cube. Give it all

a really good stir so that there are no

lumps apart from the frozen spinach,

which will defrost as it cooks. Pop

the lid on and cook on HIGH for 3

hours or on LOW for 5-6 hours.

2. The smell in your kitchen will be

divine when the cooking time is up.

Give the sauce another good stir so

that any small lumps of stock cube

that have melted during cooking are

distributed evenly through the sauce.

3. Now, take the fish out of the

freezer and add the frozen fillets to

the sauce. Stir and make sure each

fillet is submerged in the sauce, then

put the lid back on and cook for a

further 30-40 minutes on HIGH or

50-60 minutes on LOW, or until the

fish flakes easily, as this will tell you

that it’s done. To double check, lift

up one fish fillet gently using a fish

slice, then gently flake it in half at its

thickest point. Place your finger on

the white fish flesh inside, if it’s too

hot to keep your finger there for a few

seconds, then it’s done. If it feels just

lukewarm, you need to cook it for

another 10-20 minutes until piping hot.

4. Serve alongside some rice to soak up

the sauce or crusty bread for dipping.

No slow cooker? Cook the tomato

sauce in a large, high-sided frying pan

with a lid on for at least 30 minutes

over a medium heat on the hob – the

longer the better really. When the

sauce is done, add the fish and cook

for a further 15 minutes or until

the fish is piping hot throughout.

Love your leftovers: This dish is best

served fresh, however, if you have

any leftovers, these will keep for up

to 24 hours in the fridge. To reheat,

place in an ovenproof dish, cover with

foil and heat in a hot oven for 10-15

minutes until piping hot throughout.

You can also freeze any leftovers

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fridge and then reheat as above.

Fast Family Food by Rebecca

Wilson was published by

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Well, well, well. One of the hottest buzzwords

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followed by your regular

conditioner) – but the

longer you leave them on,

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want to give that a go.

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from applying oils. “Tea

tree, peppermint, ginger

and cade oil can help

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she explains. “Coconut

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and there is some evidence that rosemary oil may

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a blend of borage, rosehip and apricot kernel oils.)

• Lean forwards, to boost circulation. Now bunch

up the fingers of each hand and massage the temples,

to release tension. Do this for at least a minute and

try to feel the day’s tensions ebb away. Then place the

pads of the fingers of each hand on the front of your

head, just behind the hairline, placed so that your

little fingers are almost touching over the widow’s

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should be moving the scalp, not letting your fingers

skim over the surface. Do this for a minute or so.

• Move your fingers back an inch or so, and repeat.

And after another minute, another inch back. Keep

going till you reach the crown, and continue, massaging

the back of the head down to the nape. Use all of

your fingers and thumbs, applying even pressure.

• In all, devote three to five minutes to the head massage

– and in a perfect world, do this two or three times a

week; Madame Greyl insists she has seen vast improvement

in hair health among women who pay attention to

their scalps in this way – and, she explained to me, it

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If you do suffer from ‘shoulder snow’ – a more

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fruit like gooseberries, rhubarb and some currants.

John Gerard recommended boiling up the root with

oil and vinegar and using it as a tonic or a pickme-up

for elderly people who are ‘dull and without

courage’. There is something for everyone here!

There’s a decorative thistle that appears in the

most unlikely places that is given space in the herb

garden at Sissinghurst with the interesting name

of milk thistle or Silybum marianum. I’ve got one

little plant making itself known on the drive where

it gets absolutely no nourishment or water. It has

very distinctive marbled-white veined leaves and

it has been used for both its medicinal properties

and culinary too. The plant contains a substance

called ‘silymarin’ which is used for treating any

manner of liver complaints. I think it would

look particularly good in a well drained gravel

garden which emulates its Mediterranean roots.

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) tries very hard

to take over what has become a rather chaotic

vegetable patch although not so this year. Try out

its properties when you’ve been on a long walk

as its leaves used to be placed in shoes to ‘revive’

weary travellers. It’s good added to a salad or soup

although it has a very strong flavour and needs to

be used in moderation. We let ours go this season,

along with everything else, and it produced rather

beautiful tall yellow umbellifer flowers. If you

want to use it for culinary purposes, the young

leaves are those to use so the plant benefits from

being cut down to produce fresh growth.

Fullers teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) are

a bit of a must in a wildlife friendly

garden and once you have them,

they will conveniently seed for you.

They grow well in inhospitable

situations although they have cleverly

adapted to winds by growing to a

limited height. They certainly

are happy in shingle as

you can see on your walks at Rye Harbour

or Dungeness. Rainwater collects in the

pockets formed around the stem and the plant

cleverly benefits from the nutrients gathered

from the insects that fall in and subsequently

drown. Finches are partial to their seeds.

And finally, I really love the extraordinary

smell of Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium).

It is said to be, along with rue, one of the

most bitter herbs and is an ingredient

in the spirit, absinthe. It was used as

a ‘strewing herb’ to cover unpleasant

smells and is useful these days for

deterring clothes moths. Try growing

it. It is more than happy in DRY but

nitrogen rich soils, and its silvery

leaves are very decorative. I’ve

found that it benefits from a bit

of a haircut after the vagaries of a

cold winter so take cuttings in the

spring to propagate or try growing

from seed. It does self seed in

optimum conditions although

I must say that we haven’t had

much luck with that as yet.

Sue Whigham can be contacted

on 07810 457948 for gardening

advice and help in the sourcing and

supply of interesting garden plants.

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Cacti store water in their succulent stems

Up from

the ashes

Jo Arnell picks drought-tolerant plants

to soothe a parched summer garden

Verbena bonariensis originates from Buenos Aires

Nicotiana sylvestris is a woodland plant

It was a gruelling summer this year

– nothing in comparison to what

is happening in some parts of the

world, but the fierce combination of

extreme heat and a lack of rain has

taken its toll. It has been interesting

from a cold science point of view –

gut-wrenching and desperate from

every other – to see what’s managed

to cope, appeared to die and then

miraculously started to recover, or

just very sadly frazzled into oblivion.

There have been a few surprises – I’ve

found that roses have proven to be

tough and resilient plants in the face of

the drought, Heucheras and Daylilies

are doing fine too, whereas – in my

garden at least, the Phlox wilted

miserably and Japanese anemones that

I often recommend for patches of dry

shade, frazzled and failed to flower.

What can we do to help our gardens

get through another drought? Should

we be planning to replace plants with

those from the Mediterranean? Maybe,

but the problem with that is that our

winters can also be very wet, some of us

garden on heavy clay too, which makes

for a lethal combination if you are a

lavender plant. The best thing that we

can do is to try to help our plants to

be resilient. This means understanding

a bit more about the conditions in our

gardens – the soil and the microclimate,

and to learn a bit more about our plants

– to know which part of the world they

came from originally, and – in theory

at least, the conditions they should

be able to cope with. We can do a lot

to improve the structure of the soil,

both helping it to retain moisture and

improve the drainage. We can collect

rainwater and recycle our washing

up and bathing water, and when it

comes to protecting and feeding, apply

organic management techniques rather

than chemical. We may also be able

to provide shelter from wind and the

worst of the winter weather, to be

generally more watchful and notice

what is going on in the garden.

Resilience

When a woody plant is under extreme

stress it may well drop its leaves and

go into a survival state, a shut down.

The problem with this from our point

of view is that it looks like it has died.

It’s not dead, it’s just resting. Some

may be as dead as a Norwegian Blue,

but there could be kernels of life deep

within the hearts of some plants,

cowed, beaten for now, but desperately

hanging on – and hoping that we don’t

come along and resign them to the

compost heap. It might be that they

never properly recover, but it’s worth

waiting until the spring just in case.

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Clematis alpina

Garden

Rosemary and lavender survive arid climates by reducing their leaves to needles

We have learned, especially in

recent years, that being resilient takes

teamwork, a community, an ecosystem

of support. Plants and organisms do

not evolve in a vacuum; they too rely

on one another and down through time

they’ve devised strategies between them

to help the whole interlinked system

survive. There’s a sort of ‘you scratch my

back, I’ll scratch yours’ relationship that

exists between plants and animals – and

not forgetting the fungi and bacteria

which play vital roles. Just as, above the

ground creatures are helping plants with

pollination and seed dispersal, within

the soil microorganisms are living

in symbiosis with plants, sometimes

even within the roots themselves,

providing nutrients in exchange for

the sugars the plant makes. It takes a

while to build up these subterranean

relationships and for plants to develop a

complex root system, so newly planted

trees and shrubs are very vulnerable

to drought in their first few years.

The best thing that we can do to

help plants survive periods of both

drought and prolonged wet weather,

is to increase the amount of organic

matter in the soil. Well rotted manure

and compost is alive with microbiota

that will help retain moisture when the

weather is dry and improve drainage

when it’s wet, whatever your soil type.

Right Plant Right Place

I am as guilty as anyone of buying a

plant that I just have to have – and

then wandering around the garden

looking for a space to squeeze it

into, or even worse, like the world’s

worst matchmaker, trying to put

plants together to make a colour

scheme, when they wouldn’t naturally

be happy on the same continent,

let alone the same flowerbed.

Understanding where our purchases

(victims?) originate and the niche they

are filling – their habit and eventual

size, the soil and preferred conditions,

will help them feel a lot more at home

and therefore less prone to stress. Stress

weakens plants and makes them more

susceptible to attack from pests and

diseases. Native plants and weeds will

always do better in our gardens because

they’ve spent millennia adapting to the

conditions and forming relationships

with other local flora and fauna.

There are ways of working out

where they might be happy – I say

might, as it can be hard to replicate a

South American meadow or sheltered

Himalayan slope in our back gardens.

Often just by looking at the leaves,

you can tell where in your garden a

plant will be happiest, because the

leaf of a plant, when studied closely,

will tell you quite a lot about the

plant itself, and not just how healthy

it is or whether it needs watering.

Leaves have evolved and adapted

to suit the prevailing conditions in

their environment (note; this is over

millennia – not the short time they

have been in our gardens). The colour,

shape, size and even texture of a leaf

will give away clues about where the

plant would like to grow. Large floppy

leaves have a big surface area and

means that moisture will easily be lost,

so a plant with large, soft leaves – a

hosta for example, will grow best in

damp shade. Small, leathery leaved

plants will tolerate drier conditions,

because each leaf will have a smaller

surface area and will lose less moisture.

Plants like rosemary and lavender

manage to survive in arid climates

by reducing their leaves almost to

needles. Cacti have gone further and

turned theirs into protective spikes,

storing water in their succulent stems.

The Latin name may also give you

clues to the habit of the plant and

sometimes its preferred location – so

Clematis alpina comes from around

the Austrian Alps, Nicotiana sylvestris

is a woodland plant and Salvia

argentina is a silver leaved sage – and

silver or grey leaves are an adaptation

to scorching sun. Once you get the

hang of looking for clues to a

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A hosta will grow best in damp shade

plant’s habit or origins in its name,

choosing the right plant becomes a

little easier – it might not stop you

from buying it, but it may give you a

clue as to why it turned up its toes.

The newly planted and, sometimes,

the very oldest trees and shrubs are

the most vulnerable, so it’s important

to make sure that woody plants

especially are looked after in their

first few years. This will mean

extra watering each summer,

not letting weeds or grass

compete and generally

keeping an eye out for

signs of stress or attack

from pests. Shorter

lived herbaceous plants

are usually quick to

establish, but if they

don’t like where you’ve

planted them they will

often move home – seeding

themselves into a better position

somewhere else in the garden

or disappearing completely.

Some plants just seem know where

they want to grow – and, although

it’s frustrating when something like

Verbena bonariensis (a short lived

perennial from Buenos Aires) prefers

the cracks in your paving to the nice

tidy flowerbed you’ve kindly made, it

is sending you a message that it prefers

free draining soil and would rather

slum it in the path than be smothered

in compost or wet clay. Plants want to

survive and occasionally (thankfully

where this gardener is concerned)

benign neglect can foster resilience –

providing the conditions are favourable

and the wind’s in the right direction.

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Meet the Head

We get to know a bit more about the brand new Head

of Sutton Valence Prep School, Mr Mark Scholey

What are you most looking

forward to about joining SVPS?

As I join SVPS, I am especially looking

forward to meeting and really getting

to know the pupils and families here.

I am eager to be part of such a special

community and set the best possible

example for the children as they

progress on their educational journeys.

What will the greatest

challenges be?

Being my first headship, the range of

the portfolio of a head is broad and I

appreciate that this will come with a

number of challenges. However, I am

optimistic that in such a supportive

community, these will be overcome.

Other challenges set to feature strongly

are the cost of living and sustainability.

Tell us about your roles outside

the sphere of education and

how they influence your work.

Being a son, a brother, a husband

and a father really helps me to keep

perspective on work. As well as this,

being a hockey coach means that I also

witness the importance of passion and

kindness regularly, both of which are

required when working in education.

What made you want to

work in education?

I have always thought that children

think and say the funniest things, and

often see things from a perspective that

would benefit many adults. I believe

that there is no greater responsibility

than educating future generations and I

take great pride in being a part of this.

Tell us about a favourite school

teacher or school memory.

My former headmaster seemed to

know and value every pupil in his

charge. Whilst I was receiving an

award for sport in my final assembly

at school aged 18, he discreetly

reminded me of how far I had

come since our first lunch when

I had eaten spaghetti bolognese

rather messily in front of him!

Where are you looking forward

to exploring in the local area?

At SVPS, we have a house system

based on some of the castles of Kent.

I have had the pleasure of visiting

Hever, Bodiam and Rochester with my

family. But I am yet to get to Leeds,

ironically the closest castle to SVPS.

Apparently, we have a school trip this

term and I have duly signed up!

How do you relax outside work?

I play a lot of sports: running, cycling

and swimming mostly. I like cooking

and pottering (do other languages

have the same concept I always

wonder?) around the garden. I also

like to relax by reading and listening

to podcasts and audiobooks.

Tell us about a favourite

book or podcast.

My favourite podcast at the moment

is ‘No such thing as a fish’. Each

week, the panel pick four favourite

facts and then discuss them, blending

science, the arts and no little humour

in the process. They also sometimes

have guest presenters, recently

including Malcolm Gladwell, who

is one of my favourite authors.

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Screen Printing Workshop - Monday 3 rd October

A one-day workshop, held in the Orangery, introducing you to the

art of silk screen printing. The morning session begins with a tour

of the gardens to gather inspiration for your prints. Back in the

Orangery you’ll learn about the basic principles of screen printing

and set up a screen using a blocking fluid technique to produce

a beautiful detailed print. £60.00pp all materials and printing

equipment supplied.

Adult Cooking with Fire Workshop - Tuesday 11 th October

Spend time in the woods learning how to cook delicious food

over fire. You will use a variety of cooking equipment and styles,

including learning how to bake using Dutch ovens. You will also

learn how to build a fire, manage it and control the heat.

£80.00 per person, booking online required.

Rosemary Distilling Workshop - Wednesday 2 nd November

As the colder weather approaches, we can harness the uplifting

herbs growing around us and add them to our medicine and

kitchen collection. During this workshop, you will experience

every stage of the process from picking the herbs, through to the

distillation using a traditional copper still and take away your own

bottle of rosemary hydrosol to see you through the cooler months.

£50.00 per person. Light refreshment provided.

belmont-house.org • 01795 890228 • events@belmont-house.org

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COURSES

Tue 4 Oct & Wed 5 Oct

Curious House, The Bell,

High Street, Ticehurst,

East Sussex TN5 7AS

BOTANICAL APPLIQUÉ

ARTWORK ON FABRIC IN

A HAND PAINTED FRAME

Botanical appliqué artist, Natasha

Hulse, and wallpaper designer

and painter Melissa White,

have joined the team of creative

tutors at Curious House. Their

extraordinary work is sought after

by the most discerning people in

the world of interiors, including

Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels. The

course comprises two wonderfully

creative days including lunch and

refreshments. Natasha kicks things

off by teaching attendees how to

create a beautiful panel of appliqué

botanicals. On day two, students

will learn Melissa’s painting

techniques to design and paint

a stunning frame to house the

work. Held in the stunning rooms

at The Bell in Ticehurst, (where

Melissa designed the wallpaper)

you can opt to stay in the fabulous

rooms at The Bell from £155

including breakfast for two people

(for rooms call 01435 884806

or see thebellinticehurst.com).

Entry: £295

curioushouse.net

EXHIBITIONS

Fri 21 Oct – Tues 22 Nov

10am-4.30pm daily

The Stables Gallery, Hall

Place, Bourne Road, Bexley

Kent DA5 1PQ

TEXTILES STUDIO

ARTISTS EXHIBITION

This is a group of mixed media

artists and makers with an

emphasis on textiles, who are

based in the Orpington area.

An extensive range of traditional

and contemporary embroidery

and stitch work is used by Textile

Studio artists, inspired by the

natural world, animals, other

creatures, historical buildings,

memories and other sources.

Visitors to the exhibition can

go on to explore Hall Place

House and Gardens, one of the

south east’s best kept secrets.

Entry: Free

textilestudioartists.co.uk

hallplace.org.uk

Thur 20 – Sun 23 Oct

Evolution London, Battersea

Park, Queenstown Road,

London SW11 4NJ

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR

Affordable Art Fair is back in

their leafy Battersea home this

autumn, packed with inspiring

art to stir the senses. With

thousands of artworks from

a variety of leading UK and

international galleries, you’ll be

spoiled for choice, whether you’re

looking for the perfect piece for

your home, a bold new talking

point, or inspiration for your

workspace.The private view takes

place on Wednesday 19 October

from 5pm until 9pm. The

show then runs from Thursday

20 until Sunday 23 October

and includes a weekend family

hour from 11am until noon.

affordableartfair.com

FUN FOR KIDS

Sat 8 & Sun 9 Oct 10am-5pm

Kent Life, Lock Lane,

Maidstone ME14 3AU

KENT LIFE SCIENCE FAIR

Calling all budding scientists!

Come and join in at Kent Life

this October for a celebration

of all things science. Covering

astronomy, chemistry, biology,

forensics, palaeontology,

physics and more in a fun and

interactive way. This is perfect

for budding scientists everywhere

and guests can also enjoy

plenty of the usual fantastic

Kent Life entertainment.

Entry: £12

kentlife.org.uk

Sat 22 – Sun 30 Oct

Hever Castle, Hever Road

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

HALLOWEEN HALF TERM

AT HEVER CASTLE

Get into the Halloween spirit this

autumn half term with a family

friendly spooky interactive trail at

What’s On in October

Hever Castle & Gardens. Enter

different zones including witches,

zombies, skeletons and bats to find

letters spelling out a mystery word

in return for a small prize – don’t

miss the giant spider! Sport your

spookiest costume to really get

the most out of the trail. Young

visitors can also take part in a

garlic bulb planting workshop to

try and ward off vampires and

spot ghostly decorations around

the grounds.You can also listen

to traditional ghost stories or

take part in a trail in the Castle

(included with Castle entry).

hevercaslte.co.uk

Sun 30 Oct 11am – 6pm

Lullingstone Castle,

Eynsford, Kent. DA4 0JA

HALLOWEEN MAGIC AT

LULLINGSTONE CASTLE

Celebrate Halloween magic on

the last day of the season with

pumpkin carving, spooky garden

tours and more activities that are

perfect for all the family. Join Tom

Hart Dyke for garden tours at

1pm or a dusk tour at 5pm, learn

about the origins of pumpkins,

their colours and varieties and

children can spot Halloween

tricks in eerie torchlight! There

will also be pumpkin carving

for an additional £3 donation

(please bring cash to be placed in

a collection bucket!). Fancy dress

is welcome to celebrate the end

of the Castle’s season in style! No

pre-booking required. Please note

event access only via Lullingstone

Roman Villa through the village

of Eynsford as Shoreham Road

entrance and car park are closed.

Entry: £10, children under 16 free

lullingstonecastle.co.uk/events

ONLINE AUCTIONS

Fri 7 – Sun 16 Oct

Online (address below)

WEST KENT MIND

SILENT AUCTION

No need to leave the house

to have fun and raise muchneeded

funds. From Friday 7 to

Sunday 16 October, the silent

auction site westkentmind.org.

uk will open an auction filled

with fantastic prizes to bid on,

with 100% of the profits raised

going towards helping local

people to get well, stay well and

thrive. Lots include private venue

hire of the gorgeous Reuthes

Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks,

a bespoke paddleboarding

session for six, driving lessons,

pampering treatments, holiday

vouchers, dining experiences,

show tickets, interior design

consultation and much more!

westkentmind.org.uk

Fri 28 – Sun 30 Oct

Online (address below)

ART OF KENT AUCTION

FOR HEART OF

KENT HOSPICE

Visit Heart of Kent Hospice’s

website between Friday 28

October and Sunday 30 October

to view, bid on and purchase

wonderful works of art kindly

donated by a range of fabulous

amateur and professional Kent

artists including Ralph Steadman.

You’ll find a diverse auction

collection, from paintings

to textiles and ceramics to

sculpture, with all funds raised

going to Heart of Kent Hospice.

By registering your interest

to view and bid at the event,

you will have the opportunity

to be the first to preview all

lots listed for the auction.

hokh.org

THEATRE

Wed 5 Oct 6pm

Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent

Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU

GEORGE THE POET

The critically acclaimed spoken

word artist George the Poet

is bringing his innovative

brand of musical poetry to

Tunbridge Wells, combining

his mastery of verse with social

and political commentary

in an event that promises to

be insightful, eye-opening,

and unforgettable. Discounts

available for school parties.

Entry: £20 Under 25s £10,

GO card holders free

assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

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What’s On in October

Wed 12 Oct

G Live, London Road,

Guildford GU1 2AA

YOTAM OTTOLENGHI

AND NOOR MURAD – AN

EXTRA GOOD NIGHT

Spend a delicious evening

with Yotam Ottolenghi and

Noor Murad, the team behind

the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen

(OTK), as they reveal how to

‘Ottolenghify’ your meals in

this fun and interactive event.

Live on stage, Ottolenghi and

Murad will take you through

their latest OTK cookbook,

Extra Good Things, and the ways

in which everyday ingredients

can be transformed into dishes

with oomph. With a little Test

Kitchen magic, they will share

ideas for flavour-packed sauces,

sprinkles, and condiments that

all lend a little something extra

to your next meal. Just as food

brings people together, this event

combines the culinary innovation

of Ottolenghi and Murad with

suggestions and questions from

the audience (that’s you!) to

create a one-off live experience.

It’s all the good things you want

from Ottolenghi, plus extra.

Entry: From £24 (plus

possible booking fee)

glive.co.uk

Sat 15 Oct – Sat 5 Nov

St Nicolas’ Church, Bury

Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW

GUILDFORD SHAKESPEARE

COMPANY PRESENT

JEKYLL & HYDE

Robert Louis Stephenson’s

riveting novella explores the

respectable Dr Jekyll’s association

with a mysterious and violent

man called Edward Hyde.

Through the eyes of Jekyll’s

friend Utterson, we learn of the

diabolical experiment Jekyll has

carried out and are brought face

to face with humanity’s basest

capacity for evil. Now GSC invite

you to experience Stevenson’s

gripping tale in a captivating

stage adaptation which places

a single actor centre stage.

Entry: £25, Concession £23,

under 16s £16.50, families £75

guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

Thu 20 Oct

G Live, London Road,

Guildford GU1 2AA

G LIVE MEMORY CINEMA:

FRANKENSTEIN

Head to Guildford for a monthly

showing of a classic movie on the

big screen in G Live’s Bellerby

Studio. For this month’s viewing,

bare witness as Dr Henry

Frankenstein and his assistant Fritz

bring to life the iconic monster in

James Whale’s classic sci-fi horror,

Frankenstein. This iconic film

is sure to inspire memories and

recall days gone by, in a relaxed,

accessible space. Each film will

be followed by a themed chat

or workshop for those who wish

to stay behind – making it the

perfect trip for older patrons and

their families, friends or carers.

Entry: £4 (transasction fee may apply)

glive.co.uk

Sat 29 Oct 8pm

White Rock Theatre, Hastings,

East Sussex TN34 1JX

OMID DJALILI:

GOOD TIMES

After adventures in Hollywood

films, television and the West

End stage, multi-award-winning

comedian and actor Omid

Djalili returns to bring back

the Good Times! Intelligent,

provocative and entertaining,

Omid is a captivating stand-up

legend. For ages 16 and up.

Entry: £29.50

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is Frighteningly Fun!

Spot spooky decorations around the grounds,

listen to traditional ghost stories and have a go

at garlic planting to ward off vampires.

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Farm

Fables

Jane Howard gets organised

this month as she sorts the

keepers from the sellers in

preparation for the new year

October represents the end of the

farming year. Harvests are all safely

gathered in and historically this was

always the time farms changed hands, annual

rents became payable and labourers moved jobs.

Life at Coopers Farm is also coming to the end of

another busy and productive year. The herd of Sussex

cows have all been PD’d or pregnancy diagnosed. The bull

went in with them in May and by scanning them now

we can get a fairly accurate date for the arrival of the new

calves next February. But in order to give the pregnant

cows a few months ‘off’, and to keep the calves growing

on, it will soon be time to wean the calves. Up till now

their diets have consisted solely of grass and mother’s

milk, so before we can wean them they need to get used

to eating a sort of muesli concoction of barley, sugar beet

and oats which will be their source of protein during the

winter months. To do this we have a gate

with a calf size hole in it – called a creep

gate. As the cattle move around the farm

from field to field we secure the gate in

the gateways and then put the grub in

a trough the other side of the gate. The

calves soon learn to pop through the gap

for the hard stuff and then back again

to mum for the white stuff – simple

until some of the greedy mums spend hours trying to

squeeze through too for a delicious snack and block the

hole. Luckily, so far, no one has got permanently stuck.

The lambs have already been weaned. Ewes work on

a five, four, three system – five months pregnant, four

months milking and three months off. The rams will go

back in with the girls in November, they know it and

are beginning to smell very musky and become rather

ornery – a lovely farming word for general bolshiness.

The ewes, meanwhile, will spend October enjoying

the best grazing on the farm, known as flushing,

to encourage them to produce lots of good healthy

eggs which will hopefully result in more twins.

Rather like the rams

we too are looking

forward to another

year on the farm

This is also the time to go through all the ewes to

remove from the flock any that we don’t want to breed

from again. In the spring when they lambed they were all

scored with a possible top score of four. One point is given

for an easy lambing, one for strong lambs, one for good

mothering and one for twins. Any ewes scoring two or

less will not be bred from again. Sadly it’s also time up for

any old ones that have reached the end of their productive

life, usually because their incisor teeth have fallen out

– referred to as broken mouthed. Once

this happens, around six, they can’t graze

well enough to produce a healthy lamb

and then supply it with milk, there’s no

NHS dental service in sheep world.

Then we turn to the female

replacements born in spring ’21 that

will go to the rams for the first time

in November ’22 , known as tegs or

shearling ewes. With sixty breeding ewes we usually

end up with about a hundred lambs, half boys and half

girls. The boys and the less impressive girls will go off to

market after weaning, leaving us with about thirty good

female lambs. These will be kept on the farm through

their first winter and now is the time to go through

them to decide which we will keep and which to sell.

When they are born, if they are female and one of a

twin we clip a notch in their ear so eighteen months

later we can go through the bunch of tegs, pick out ten

that carry the twin gene and sell the rest for breeding.

And so it all starts over again.

Find out more about daily life at Coopers Farm by visiting coopersfarmstonegate.co.uk

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