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The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

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Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes<br />


JULY <strong>2023</strong>




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Contents<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Dream homes on the market<br />


Upcoming events for your diary<br />


Keep up-to-date with the latest<br />

must-see and must-have goodies<br />



See Justine Hodgson-Barker’s<br />

personality-led approach to<br />

interior design in action<br />


Emulate Justine’s storytelling style<br />


Creative couple Alexa and<br />

Robin’s journey to realise a<br />

creative hub in Battle<br />


Be brave with colour for a<br />

striking room scheme<br />

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Shop a fruity vignette<br />

of berry nice jewels<br />


Rebecca Cuffe’s renaissanceinspired<br />

fashion edit<br />


Jo Arnell’s easy-peasy<br />

dinner dishes that are<br />

satisfyingly speedy to cook<br />



Josephine Fairley edits down<br />

her makeup bag for summer<br />


Sarah Maxwell explores<br />

the undeniable benefits<br />

of exercising outside<br />


Charlotte Lau encourages<br />

us to incorporate more<br />

berries into our diets<br />

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We find out more about Benenden<br />

Hospital’s Women’s Health Hub<br />


Jo Arnell sows late season veg<br />


Sue Whigham takes a closer look<br />

at the magical world of irises<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

Find out...<br />


Jane Howard tallies up<br />

her flock and herd<br />



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Editor<br />

Let me start by saying a huge thank you to everyone<br />

who made it to this year’s Wealden Times Midsummer<br />

Fair. The sun beamed down on all three days, and<br />

our wonderful stallholders produced beautiful displays of<br />

their wares to entice shoppers who were keen to make a<br />

real day of it, refuelling from a seriously tempting selection<br />

of food and drink options. We were so lucky to avoid the<br />

usual unpredictable British weather, and I hope that lots of<br />

visitors managed to incorporate a wander round the incredible<br />

Hole Park gardens which was included in the ticket price.<br />

Back to the magazine, we have two wonderful<br />

homes to explore this month, both with very carefully<br />

considered interiors. See how Justine Hodgson-Barker<br />

has tackled the renovation of her home in Tunbridge<br />

Wells, mixing high-end with high-street finds, and<br />

take a tour of Alexa and Robin’s artists’ retreat where<br />

considered attention has been paid to colour choices.<br />

Our <strong>July</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong> is all about interiors too, with<br />

clever ideas to revamp the space you already have<br />

along with stylish ways to jazz up your garden.<br />

When it comes to summer dining, no one wants to spend<br />

hours slaving over a hot hob, so Jo Arnell has put together a<br />

trio of fish recipes that give a delicious protein<br />

hit, whilst being super speedy to prepare and<br />

definitely full of flavour. In health and<br />

beauty, this issue it’s all about embracing the<br />

season – getting outside to exercise, adding<br />

seasonal berries to your diet and editing<br />

down your makeup bag, with the help of<br />

Jo Fairley, Sarah Maxwell and Charlotte<br />

Lau, who share their expert advice.<br />

Enjoy your <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong><strong>Home</strong>s</strong>!<br />

Wealden Times & <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong><strong>Home</strong>s</strong> Team<br />

Editor ....................................................................Lucy Fleming<br />

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House<br />

Month<br />

of the<br />

£4,500,000<br />

Guildford<br />

Damien Pestell picks his favourite<br />

homes on the market<br />

The dream: A jaw-dropping<br />

Grade II listed mansion and one<br />

of Britain’s greatest Arts & Crafts<br />

masterpieces. Designed by renowned<br />

architect Charles Voysey and<br />

built in 1896 for American born<br />

novelist and playwright, Julian<br />

Sturgis. This home offers extensive<br />

accommodation over three floors<br />

with many notable features.<br />

Where: Approached from The<br />

Hog’s Back, a hilly ridge section<br />

of the North Downs running<br />

between Farnham in the west<br />

and Guildford in the east.<br />

Setting: The rural North Downs with<br />

panoramic southerly views over the<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> Hills. The property is accessed<br />

through a gated lodge house and<br />

then along a sweeping carriage drive.<br />

Beds: 15 Baths: 7<br />

Special features: The spectacular<br />

double height drawing room with<br />

chandelier and period features<br />

delivers the wow factor you would<br />

expect from such a special home.<br />

Pleasing details: The original Arts<br />

& Crafts features, including copper<br />

fireplaces, impressive staircases and<br />

Voysey’s signature heart-shaped motifs<br />

can be seen on the letterbox, door<br />

hinges and even heart shaped keys.<br />

Outside: The stunning grounds of<br />

27 acres hold within their bounds a<br />

swimming pool, tennis court, private<br />

woodland and a one bedroom cottage,<br />

available by separate negotiation.<br />

Time to town: From Guildford<br />

station, 10 minutes away, to London<br />

Waterloo in just over half an hour.<br />

Agent: Knight Frank<br />

01483 617910 knightfrank.co.uk<br />

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Fetcham<br />

£2,000,000<br />

The dream: A classical Queen Anne Grade<br />

II listed double fronted landmark residence,<br />

built in the late 17th century as the Rectory<br />

to St. Mary’s Church in Fetcham. This highly<br />

desirable home features numerous original<br />

features and extensive accommodation.<br />

Where: The historic village of Fetcham<br />

just over a mile from Leatherhead.<br />

Setting: In its own grounds, off a<br />

quiet and historic side road.<br />

Beds: 7 Baths: 4<br />

Special features: The gorgeous double aspect<br />

drawing room leading out to the patio is a<br />

fantastic space to spend time relaxing with<br />

friends or indulging in a good book.<br />

Pleasing details: The flamboyant<br />

Baroque architecture creates a wonderful<br />

atmosphere, accumulated over 300 years.<br />

Outside: The mature half acre plot includes<br />

a substantial sized lawn, boxed hedging,<br />

mature trees and a hard surface tennis court.<br />

Time to town: From Leatherhead<br />

station, a 5 minute drive away, to<br />

London Waterloo in just 45 minutes.<br />

Agent: Patrick Gardner<br />

01372 360078 patrickgardner.com<br />

Dorking<br />

£2,500,000<br />

The dream: A charming Grade II listed 16th<br />

century farmhouse lying within the <strong>Surrey</strong> Hills<br />

AONB and enjoying views up to the hills and<br />

across to a pretty village green. With a party<br />

barn, games room, swimming pool and tennis<br />

court, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.<br />

Where: The property is in the beautiful village<br />

of Forest Green, with amenities including<br />

a village pub, farm shop and butchers.<br />

Setting: Set back from the road and<br />

surrounded by lush greenery.<br />

Beds: 5 Baths: 3<br />

Special features: The wonderful orangery next<br />

to the kitchen with vaulted ceiling is the perfect<br />

place to enjoy food with family and friends.<br />

Pleasing details: The Listed details<br />

include a timber frame clad in red<br />

and blue brick, galleted sandstone<br />

blocks and a Horsham slab roof.<br />

Outside: The glorious garden (and paddocks<br />

with outbuildings) extends to 8.3 acres.<br />

Time to town: From Ockley station, 3 miles<br />

away, to London Victoria in 1 hour 8 minutes.<br />

Agent: House Partnership<br />

01483 266700 housepartnership.co.uk<br />

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Luxury Later-living in West Byfleet<br />

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A new chapter for<br />

West Byfleet: Independent<br />

later-living specialist,<br />

Pegasus, launches brand<br />

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Independent Later-living specialist<br />

Pegasus, will officially launch its<br />

latest development, Highfield, in<br />

the heart of leafy West Byfleet on<br />

6 th <strong>July</strong>. Situated on Broad Oaks Estate,<br />

the £24m scheme covers 5.33 acres and<br />

will consist of 75 one- and two-bedroom<br />

contemporary independent apartments.<br />

Comprised of two red-brick<br />

buildings connected by a covered colonnade,<br />

the collection of homes sits alongside listed<br />

buildings on the estate such as the Mansion<br />

House and Coach House dating from 1876.<br />

The Model Dairy has been converted into a<br />

yoga/wellness studio and library, providing<br />

a tranquil space for residents to relax and<br />

socialise, while feeling enriched in history.<br />

To complement the luxury homes,<br />

residents also have access to a communal<br />

lounge and private dining area where<br />

they can enjoy a glass of wine or a board<br />

game whilst chatting with neighbours, as<br />

well as a bookable guest suite for friends<br />

and family to stay when visiting. Like all<br />

Pegasus developments, Highfields has a<br />

dedicated Lifehost who is embedded in the<br />

community to take care of the day-to-day<br />

running of the building and grounds, as<br />

well as on hand to help plan extraordinary<br />

days out for residents and their guests.<br />

Like all Pegasus developments,<br />

Highfields has been designed with wellbeing<br />

in mind, and all interior layouts have been<br />

carefully curated by <strong>Love</strong> Interiors to give<br />

Highfields its own identity and energy.<br />

Jo <strong>Love</strong>, Design Director at <strong>Love</strong><br />

Interiors, commented: “We really wanted<br />

to tap into wellbeing which underpins<br />

Pegasus’ Highfields community, and flip<br />

the perceptions of retirement, designing<br />

spaces which embody longevity and set<br />

residents up to grow. Taking inspiration<br />

from its leafy green landscape, we have<br />

deliberately used intense colours for the<br />

interior layouts, pulling out earthy and natural<br />

palettes and drawing upon the patterns<br />

and shapes of plants. We are passionate<br />

about creating interior spaces which are<br />

harmonious with the building’s architecture<br />

and environment, making residents feel<br />

connected with the landscape at all times.”<br />

Pegasus Highfields is well located<br />

for exploring the surrounding area: RHS<br />

Garden Wisley is only 15 minutes by car,<br />

whilst West Byfleet is home to a range of<br />

excellent cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops.<br />

West Byfleet Golf Course and Weybridge<br />

Lawn Tennis Club are both a stone’s throw<br />

away, and West Byfleet station is only a nineminute<br />

walk, with regular train connections<br />

to London and Heathrow Airport.<br />

<strong><strong>Home</strong>s</strong> at Pegasus Highfields<br />

start from £399,000 / Rental from<br />

£2,754. For more information,<br />

call on 01932 911 092, email<br />

highfields@lifestory.group or visit<br />

lifestory.group/highfields.<br />

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London resident, Neil, who moved to the UK from<br />

Canada over 20 years ago, became a client of<br />

property agency Smarter Rent two years ago:<br />

“I’d been thinking about dipping my toe in the<br />

UK property market for some time but I didn’t<br />

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Following an introductory meeting, Smarter<br />

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for Neil the first time he saw it was when it was<br />

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Since then, with Smarter Rent’s property<br />

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Midsummer<br />

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Wealden Times<br />

Midsummer Fair<br />

certainly brought<br />

the sunshine to beautiful<br />

Hole Park this June, as<br />

enthusiastic visitors came<br />

to soak up three days of<br />

glorious summer atmosphere.<br />

Everyone was keen to make<br />

the most of this wonderful<br />

shopping opportunity,<br />

enjoying a wealth of handpicked<br />

stands, delicious<br />

food and drink, and musical<br />

interludes from local schools and Cranbrook Town Band.<br />

All our stallholders worked incredibly hard to construct<br />

their stands and display their wares, and we were thrilled<br />

to announce that this year’s Best Stand Award went to<br />

House of Tula. With a little help from family members,<br />

founder Priyanshu Nath created the most gorgeous turquoise<br />

alcove in which to display her beautiful journals.<br />

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to<br />

support the Midsummer Fair and we’re really looking forward<br />

to seeing you at Wealden Times Midwinter Fair, from 16-18<br />

November at The Hop Farm. wealdentimes-fair.co.uk<br />

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Don’t miss<br />

next issue’s<br />

Taste of the<br />

South East<br />

<strong>Supplement</strong><br />

We’ll be tracking down<br />

the best brewery<br />

and vineyard tours,<br />

celebrating a wealth<br />

of different cuisines,<br />

going behind the scenes<br />

with talented chefs<br />

and pointing you in<br />

the direction of the<br />

very best pub grub!<br />


18 <strong>July</strong> - 25 August<br />




Landmark Arts Centre<br />

Ferry Road, Teddington<br />

TW11 9NN<br />

020 8977 7558<br />

Charity No. 1047080<br />

A fun mix of short courses for<br />

different age groups & skills!<br />

Botanical Art, Printmaking,<br />

Bookmaking,<br />

Sun-printing: Cyanotype,<br />

Plein Air: Sketch & Draw Outside<br />

Ribbon Embroidered Pinwheels,<br />

Silk Embroidery Shading 'Cupcake'<br />

Floral Painting in Mixed Media,<br />

Unleash <strong>Your</strong> Creative Voice,<br />

Life Drawing, Portrait Drawing,<br />

Exploring Watercolour:<br />

Turner's Techniques,<br />

Botanical Arts & Sketchbook<br />

Modern Calligraphy,<br />

Mapping <strong>Your</strong> World with Art,<br />

Travel Journaling,<br />

Calming Mandala,<br />

Stone Carving in 3D & 2D<br />

Summer Music:<br />

String Orchestra & Concert Band,<br />

Music Production - Play it, Mix it<br />

Wild Sculptures 7-15yrs,<br />

Play-in-a-Day 11-16yrs,<br />

'Unsigned Music Makers' 12-18yrs,<br />

Orchestra Jam 18-35yrs,<br />

Young Actor Training 18+yrs<br />

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4,000 rose bushes<br />

try to upstage<br />

each other.<br />

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Notebook<br />

What to do and see near you<br />

Swing out Sister<br />

The AIG Women’s Open heads to Walton Heath in <strong>Surrey</strong> from 9-13 August <strong>2023</strong><br />

for the very first time, where the world’s best players will take on the famed <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

course. Current World number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand, World number<br />

two Nelly Korda and fellow American Lexi Thompson have already qualified for<br />

the Championship. Global superstar and BRIT Award winner Ellie Goulding<br />

is set to thrill fans as the headline music act in a concert performance during<br />

the Open at Walton. For the very first time, live music will feature as part of a<br />

new, enhanced fan experience that looks to attract new and diverse audiences<br />

to the championship to enjoy women’s golf at the very highest level. Ellie<br />

will entertain fans on Saturday 12 August following the close of play.<br />

Along with the live music performance, fans can look forward to<br />

the new festival fan village that will feature panel discussions with<br />

leading names from sport, business and entertainment; fun golf<br />

activities including VR and e-sports; big screens to watch golf and<br />

other women’s sports including FIFA Women’s World Cup; plus<br />

tempting food and drink from a range of street food traders.<br />

Adult tickets are available from £20, with Saturday tickets<br />

(including a full day of golf action and entry to the Ellie<br />

Goulding concert) priced at £55. A number of offers are<br />

also available, including a £10 discount when booking a<br />

weekend bundle and a saving of £40 when booking the<br />

new five-day ticket offering. Mastercard holders are<br />

also eligible to receive £5 off their transaction when<br />

booking with a valid Mastercard on checkout.<br />

Tickets are now on sale via AIGWomensOpen.com<br />

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Plough On<br />

Biddenden Tractorfest is being held<br />

in the fields of Holden Farm, over<br />

the weekend of 19th & 20th August.<br />

A fun day out for all the family, run<br />

entirely by volunteers and with the<br />

support of registered charity, the<br />

Kent County Agricultural Society.<br />

While tractors remain the central<br />

attraction, there are plenty of stalls,<br />

vehicles, demonstrations, children’s<br />

entertainment, animals and arena<br />

displays to entertain both young<br />

and old. Pair this with enticing<br />

food and drink, live music and so<br />

much more, – a fun, family day<br />

out in the Kent countryside.<br />

Tickets on sale now at<br />

discounted advance rate<br />

tractorfest.co.uk<br />

Go Potty<br />

On Friday 28th<br />

to Sunday 30th <strong>July</strong> the<br />

Sussex Guild shows for the 55th<br />

consecutive year at Michelham Priory –<br />

a Grade I listed Tudor house, surrounded<br />

by England’s largest water filled medieval<br />

moat. Combine a visit to the past with talking<br />

to talented contemporary craft makers. Buy<br />

from them directly or commission bespoke items.<br />

You’ll find a wide range of contemporary<br />

crafts: ceramics, textiles, jewellery, leatherwork,<br />

textiles, pewter, wood, glass, metalwork<br />

and furniture. Some designers will be<br />

demonstrating their creative skills and several<br />

potters will show different techniques.<br />

With extensive grounds and gardens to explore,<br />

catering and picnic facilities, children’s play<br />

areas plus free parking, this is an ideal day out.<br />

Full admission details thesussexguild.co.uk

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Festival Fun<br />

Be sure to book Thursday 27th<br />

to Sunday 20th <strong>July</strong> in your<br />

diary for Chickenstock Music<br />

Festival in Stockbury. It’s a<br />

super-friendly accessible event<br />

held over four days packed with<br />

summer fun. Not only are there<br />

two stages showcasing amazing<br />

bands, but there’s a children’s<br />

entertainment area, camping and<br />

glamping, excellent bar and<br />

dogs are welcome too. Bonio<br />

bonus. Under 16s go for free.<br />

Tickets available online at<br />

chickenstockfestival.co.uk<br />

Perfect Pitch<br />

We love the sound of the Broadstairs Folk<br />

Week (11th – 18th August). Music and<br />

camping by the seaside, what could be better?<br />

There will be over 450 events around the<br />

beautiful town, many free. Concerts, dances,<br />

ceilidhs, pub gigs and workshops plus a<br />

family-friendly festival campsite nearby.<br />

Headline acts include Seth Lakeman,<br />

Lady Maisery and <strong>Home</strong> Service.<br />

Find out more on the website<br />

broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk<br />

Don’t miss Reading<br />

Street Village Open<br />

Gardens (near Broadstairs)<br />

on 1st <strong>July</strong> 10am-4pm<br />

Beautiful gardens, refreshments<br />

and lunches. Raising funds<br />

for St Andrews Church.<br />

£5 per person, accompanied<br />

children free.<br />

CT10 3AZ<br />

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Women’s Wellness Day<br />

If you’re looking for a natural way to manage your menopause or peri-menopause, this day<br />

retreat may be for you. Join Alison Bartolo and Jo Adams for a full-day women’s wellness<br />

retreat at Lake House, Ashford on 22nd <strong>July</strong>. You’ll learn about natural solutions and<br />

essential oils which can support and balance your hormones. The day will also include<br />

gentle exercise, healthy and delicious food, relaxation, Q&As and much more, you’ll even<br />

make a nourishing skincare product to take home. For tickets and more information, see<br />

eventbrite.co.uk/e/manage-your-menopause-day-retreat-tickets-627649415297<br />


We can’t wait for the utterly hilarious Mischief Theatre to<br />

wreak their theatrical havoc at Richmond Theatre (Sat 23rd<br />

September to Sun 1st October) with their West End smash<br />

hit, Peter Pan Goes Wrong. If you’ve seen their BBC TV<br />

series, The Goes Wrong Show, or the multi-award-winning<br />

The Play That Goes Wrong you know you’ll be in for a sidesplitting<br />

treat. Total silliness combined with precision timing,<br />

it doesn’t get better than this. Book now for a theatre trip the<br />

whole family will enjoy. Tickets and more information from:<br />

atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre<br />

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Tue 4 – Sun 9 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Members’ Days 4 & 5 <strong>July</strong><br />

Enjoy a spectacular day of<br />

garden inspiration, plant<br />

shopping and expert advice<br />

<strong>Your</strong> visit supports our work as a charity<br />


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Set in the beautiful French Cote d’Azur countryside, minutes from the sea. These Luxurious Retreats provides the perfect balance of gourmet<br />

meals, pampered luxury, energetic fitness classes, Latin dance sessions and outdoor activities including coastal treks, tennis, boxercise,<br />

aqua-gym, circuit training, yoga, sea kayaking and beach workouts, to help guests improve their fitness level or kick start a regime.<br />

Retreats include 5 days of luxury accommodation in the chateau in en-suite bedrooms with sea or mountain views.<br />

Delicious, nutritious gourmet meals served with elegant 3 course dinners. Enjoy a quality open bar, excellent provencal wines, evening parties and entertainment.<br />

Please contact Morag@Loucasteou.com with questions and for reservations. www.loucasteou.com<br />

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The perfect summer hols family<br />

activity – Bewl Water is opening<br />

its Aqua Park for sessions every day<br />

this month. Pedalo season also starts on<br />

the 22nd and, of course, camping will<br />

continue. Plus you can now get water<br />

sports day passes from £20 per adult or<br />

£10 per child. aquapark.bewlwater.co.uk<br />

Pride isn’t just for June! We still want to see<br />

rainbows all year round and this picnic blanket<br />

from Heating & Plumbing London is a perfect<br />

seasonal way to keep some colour in your life.<br />

At £135 it’s made in Britain with pure wool,<br />

waterproof backing and a leather strap to easily<br />

carry about on summer adventures.<br />

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must<br />

The<br />

From must-sees to must-buys and<br />

must-dos, don’t miss this month’s<br />

round up of what to buy, see, do,<br />

and generally get excited about!<br />

The sun is here! So<br />

naturally we now need a<br />

little shade. For the<br />

perfect spot to relax in your garden,<br />

this gorgeous parasol is from the<br />

East London Parasol Company. It’s<br />

£1,200 and the warm terracotta<br />

tone will blend beautifully into your<br />

outdoor space for a Mediterranean<br />

vibe that’ll have your English<br />

garden feeling like a holiday<br />

destination. eastlondonparasols.com<br />

Picture sitting down to that table<br />

for a classic afternoon tea on a<br />

summer’s day! You’ll find just<br />

such an offering at Port Lympne’s<br />

elegant 20s mansion. For £45pp<br />

you get all this plus access to the<br />

house and 14 acres of landscaped<br />

gardens, and you can add a glass<br />

of Prosecco or sparkling wine from<br />

local boutique winery, Gusbourne,<br />

from just £7 extra. Reserving ahead<br />

is essential and National Afternoon<br />

Tea Week is just around the corner,<br />

so we recommend you get booking<br />

sharpish! aspinallfoundation.org<br />

For the finishing touch to any summer<br />

look, add a flash of Chanel to your<br />

fingertips. The <strong>2023</strong> LE VERNIS<br />

range includes 17 expressive new<br />

shades, each more chic and alluring<br />

than the last. Simply start with LA<br />

BASE, and follow with two coats of<br />

LE VERNIS for flawless even coverage<br />

and a vibrant glossy finish. The below<br />

shade is Fabuliste, and they are £29<br />

each, the only question is: which<br />

shade will you choose? chanel.com<br />

It’s plastic free <strong>July</strong> so we’re<br />

looking for ways to do our bit<br />

and if they also happen to be<br />

fun and stylish – all the better!<br />

This ‘I Am A Plastic Bag Wink<br />

Tote’ from Anya Hindmarch<br />

is £725 and crafted from an<br />

innovative cotton canvas-feel<br />

fabric made entirely from<br />

recycled plastic bottles. A perfect<br />

way to support recycling and<br />

a big enough tote to hold<br />

shopping instead of a plastic<br />

bag. anyahindmarch.com<br />

Looking for an edible<br />

showstopper for your next<br />

wedding or event? Piece of cake!<br />

Suzy Bell’s homemade cakes are<br />

each a one-off edible masterpiece with an<br />

arrangement of everlasting (yet tasty) and<br />

amazingly realistic flowers. suzybellcakes.com<br />

Did you know it’s both<br />

world ice cream day<br />

and world chocolate day<br />

this month? So, how to celebrate?<br />

Chocolate ice cream of course!<br />

Namely Simply Ice Cream’s divine<br />

chocolate – made in Kent, severely<br />

delicious and available at Waitrose,<br />

Co-op and farmshops throughout<br />

the South East for £5.99 a tub.<br />

Go get it! simplyicecream.co.uk<br />


Interior with<br />

real identity<br />

Words: Damien Pestell<br />

Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Styling: Holly Levett<br />

Justine Hodgson-Barker’s<br />

personality-led approach to<br />

interior design has ensured<br />

the success of her interiors<br />

business. Here she shows<br />

us <strong>inside</strong> her own home<br />

which epitomises her love<br />

of combining different eras<br />

and styles to great effect<br />

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Previous pages & above: A cosy seating area is painted a salmon-y terracotta colour with seating provided by a vintage<br />

60s sofa and two 1930s era Italian armchairs. Between them is an original Tam-Tam stool by Henry Massonnet, bought<br />

for £5 from a junk shop. A desk and sideboard fill the space between the more formal and family seating areas<br />

On the day I visited Justine Hodgson-Barker at<br />

her family home in Tunbridge Wells, the sun was<br />

shining brightly onto the pretty front garden,<br />

alive with blossoming fruit trees and a hum of activity.<br />

Despite being quite early, a welcoming voice called out,<br />

“Would you like to come this way?” and Justine appeared<br />

to the side of the house. Entering the kitchen I felt an<br />

enthusiastic presence at my feet and looked down to find<br />

Splodge the King Charles Spaniel. “We have a running<br />

joke in the family that he always gives the best of welcomes<br />

when we come home, in comparison to our children!”<br />

As Justine showed me around she told me that the house<br />

wasn’t the kind of period property they intended to buy.<br />

They were initially looking for a 1960s style project, that<br />

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could be totally transformed into the coolest mid-century<br />

pad! However this 1930s house, with its outbuidings and<br />

potential to re-structure, meant that they could move the<br />

family in and carry out the work in stages, which was much<br />

more practical. It is actually just the kind of home her mum<br />

would have chosen, though sadly she passed away before<br />

seeing it. “She would have loved it,” Justine explains. “I think<br />

I inherited my Mum’s eye for transforming spaces. Mum<br />

loved decorating, she also loved re-structuring to create zoned<br />

living, by knocking through rooms and out onto the garden,<br />

which flooded the house with light. She even took down<br />

bannisters and had my Dad fit louvred doors in between<br />

the living room and hall, extending the illusion of space<br />

and continuing through the same flooring too. This was in<br />

the early 80s before any of this was fashionable and always<br />

on a shoe-string of a budget! She was ahead of her time.”<br />

Justine went on to create a living from interior design<br />

by developing her skills to offer a comprehensive service<br />

from concept to completion. Working her corporate<br />

background she learned the skill of Project Management<br />

and, most importantly, completing projects on time and to<br />

budget. “That’s how I’ve survived in a competitive creative<br />

industry. Designing is only half the job, the rest is all project<br />

plans, co-ordinating third parties and budgeting.”<br />

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Left: In one corner of the living area Justine<br />

has created a cocktail bar, with a vintage<br />

bamboo breakfast bar taking centre-stage<br />

Below left: The walls either side of the<br />

chimney have been stripped back to brick,<br />

and the chimney breast decorated with<br />

Moroccan zellige tiles in a pearlescent<br />

finish. The vintage wood burner is from<br />

Sideshow Interiors in Hastings and the<br />

floral rug from Pantiles Oriental Carpets<br />

Whilst living in South London she<br />

renovated her own properties and<br />

got valuable experience working with<br />

contractors, “I learnt the difficult end<br />

of the job first. The hard part is always<br />

finding contractors to do justice to<br />

your designs,” she told me. It was only<br />

when she had these foundations that<br />

she went back to school to train in<br />

Space Planning and interior design,<br />

explaining, “A lot of people enjoy the<br />

design element, but aren’t keen on<br />

the technical side and managing the<br />

highs and lows of implementation<br />

– but I loved that side especially.”<br />

She went on to establish her own<br />

practice in London working on some<br />

large architect projects, describing<br />

this as “a great training ground”.<br />

Justine now runs Barker Design,<br />

a successful interior design practice<br />

of four based in Tunbridge wells.<br />

They offer personality-led design,<br />

meaning that every single project<br />

is unique to the client. She bought<br />

her 1930s home on the outskirts of<br />

Tunbridge Wells three years ago, and<br />

has been simultaneously renovating<br />

the property while living there.<br />

When approaching a project, Justine<br />

explains how she always starts with the<br />

structure of the house – and her home<br />

was no different. The previous owner<br />

had already doubled the footprint of<br />

the house, so Justine’s focus was on<br />

making the space work for her and her<br />

family. Most of the changes took <br />

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Above: The kitchen<br />

area has custom-made<br />

units and a central<br />

island which were<br />

made by local joinery<br />

company, Boffe Design.<br />

A Soviet-era chrome<br />

strip light, originally<br />

from a vodka factory<br />

in eastern Europe,<br />

hangs above the island<br />

Left: To the left of the<br />

bar, doors lead out into<br />

the garden. Justine has<br />

chosen mid-century<br />

furniture upholstered<br />

in neutrals and caramel<br />

leather in this more<br />

relaxed seating area<br />

place on the ground floor, with the<br />

kitchen area opened up by knocking<br />

through two rooms to create one large<br />

open plan space. This now incorporates<br />

the kitchen, dining area and a sitting<br />

area at the rear, with bi-fold doors<br />

bought in from Denmark leading out<br />

into the garden. “The way we move<br />

around the space now really suits our<br />

family,” she explains. Much like the way<br />

her Mother approached architectural<br />

interior design back in the eighties.<br />

The kitchen area has custom-made<br />

units and a central island which were<br />

designed by Justine and made by local<br />

joinery company, Boffe Design. “I<br />

plan to stay here, so they’re designed<br />

to be forgiving on the knees in later <br />

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“I love to mix eras and styles,” says Justine, “It’s a common thread in my work.”<br />

Above: The large dining table is made from a combination of antique iron legs from France and a top from a timber yard. The<br />

lighting above is a 1960s Danish design and the large reclaimed shop dresser behind is originally from a haberdashery<br />

years, with as much pull-out storage<br />

as possible!” There is an eclectic mix<br />

of contemporary and vintage styles<br />

with a very cool Soviet-era chrome<br />

strip light above the island, originally<br />

from a vodka factory in eastern<br />

Europe, next to sleek marble worktops<br />

and state-of-the-art appliances. “I<br />

love to mix eras and styles, it’s a<br />

common thread in my work.”<br />

Moving into the dining area the large<br />

table is big enough to comfortably seat<br />

the entire family plus guests, Justine<br />

explains how the iron legs are antique<br />

from France and the top is a lovely<br />

piece of chestnut wood her joiner<br />

found at the timber yard. The lighting<br />

above is a 1960s Danish design and a<br />

great feature, while behind the dining<br />

table a large reclaimed shop dresser<br />

is originally from a haberdashery. On<br />

the opposite wall a Connor Brothers<br />

artwork is a piece that Justine invested<br />

in, “It was a splurge, but totally worth<br />

it,” she smiles. Spotting new talent<br />

is something Justine likes to do both<br />

for herself and her clients, “I keep<br />

my ear to the ground a lot and buy<br />

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An Artists’ Retreat<br />

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Creative couple Alexa and Robin Easterby have escaped<br />

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The serious desire to change their<br />

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Battle, but as soon as we saw the size of<br />

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the house with the potential to create<br />

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Previous pages & this page: In the kitchen, deep dark blue walls and cabinets<br />

are joined by crisp white woodwork and collectable mid-century furniture<br />

Hastings, where the couple already<br />

had many connections, Alexa and<br />

Robin decided that the small town<br />

of Battle would offer a more instant<br />

community for them both. Having<br />

sold their London flat in just two<br />

weeks, they took the plunge and<br />

moved themselves and their lurcher<br />

Willow to East Sussex. “We had a twobedroom<br />

flat in northwest London<br />

and suddenly we were in a three-storey<br />

house with a garden in the middle of<br />

the countryside. It was quite a change<br />

of gear,” laughs Alexa. “We then went<br />

straight into the second lockdown, as<br />

soon as we bought the house, so Robin<br />

and I had a lot of time to get used<br />

to the house and the area before we<br />

could start any work on it, including<br />

welcoming a new lurcher puppy, Baxter.<br />

During that time, we really fell in<br />

love with Battle and our new life.”<br />

Having the time and space to get to<br />

know their new home as well as the<br />

surrounding areas has proved both<br />

personally and professionally incredibly<br />

fruitful. Over the past three years,<br />

the couple have not only developed<br />

the studio into a thriving artist-led<br />

community space called Senlac Studio,<br />

but they have also redecorated the<br />

entire house, converting the lower<br />

ground level into a cosy light-filled<br />

self-contained one bedroom apartment,<br />

which is available for short let. “Our<br />

old friend, the TV presenter and<br />

architect George Clarke, came down<br />

to stay and he gave us a huge amount<br />

of advice on how to make the most<br />

of the space along with another dear<br />

friend, theatre producer Rupert Lord,<br />

who gave almost the same advice,”<br />

says Alexa. “We opened up an old<br />

wood store and attached it to the<br />

main house – creating a large walk-in<br />

shower room – and converted an old<br />

office into a sitting room. We put in<br />

a new kitchen and Crittall-style glass<br />

doors that lead onto a private outdoor<br />

seating area, so the space is completely<br />

transformed and self-contained.”<br />

The lower ground floor apartment,<br />

painted in a palette of earthy green<br />

tones, is now a wonderful bolt-hole for<br />

visiting artists coming to join one of the<br />

many courses that run in Senlac Studio.<br />

It’s also perfectly placed for walkers<br />

drawn to Battle Abbey, the nearby<br />

1066 footpath and the ancient Battle<br />

Woods, which are the source of <br />

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inspiration for much of Robin’s artwork<br />

as well as his upcycled furniture and<br />

soft furnishing collections under the<br />

label Kompost Creative. “Our builder<br />

Stuart from WABS Ltd, was amazing<br />

and helped us realise all the major<br />

work in the house, including sourcing<br />

the new doors, knocking down walls,<br />

creating the apartment shower room,<br />

and renovating fixtures and fittings to<br />

avoid us having to replace everything.<br />

It’s important for us to re-use as much<br />

as possible, which Stuart completely<br />

agreed with. For the apartment I used a<br />

mixture of second hand finds and high<br />

street pieces from the likes of H&M<br />

<strong>Home</strong>, Graham & Greene, and Urban<br />

Outfitters,” says Alexa. The couple have<br />

also hung personal art pieces around<br />

the apartment, some from when Alexa<br />

was at art school along with a large<br />

canvas by Alexa’s sister, the film and<br />

music video producer Thalia Murray,<br />

who is also an artist and an East Sussex<br />

resident. Robin has his work in the<br />

bedroom, which has been lovingly<br />

styled to offer maximum comfort<br />

and calm. It’s a complete family art<br />

exhibition. The hallway walls feature<br />

artwork bought directly from local<br />

artists Kate Delaney, the onelineguy,<br />

Kid Acne via Stelladore Gallery in St<br />

Leonards, plus old friend Deb Tong.<br />

Back in the main body of the house,<br />

across the ground and upper floors,<br />

Robin and Alexa’s creativity has been<br />

given a fabulous light-filled canvas<br />

against which to create their dream<br />

home. The large double-aspect kitchen<br />

which overlooks the decked garden to<br />

the rear of the house is drenched in<br />

sunlight. “This room had wallpaper<br />

covered in huge bright red poppies and<br />

painted bright red kitchen cabinets,”<br />

says Robin, slightly blanching at the<br />

memory. “It took me about four coats<br />

of Royal Blue by Little Greene to get<br />

rid of them, every time I thought I had<br />

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The light and ceiling height offered in each room<br />

has also enabled Robin, who has picked most of<br />

the colours in the house, to let his vision become a<br />

reality. The colours are bold: greens, blues, pinks and<br />

browns, and yet each room works in unity with the<br />

others. Often Robin has used not one but two or three<br />

colours, each working in harmony creating foreground<br />

and background shade on walls or woodwork,<br />

offering dynamism and interest to the room.<br />

This spread: The sitting room is painted in Invisible Green by Edward Bulmer. A darker<br />

khaki green has been used behind shelving and on walls to act as an optical trick<br />

ground level, a set of new Crittall-style<br />

double doors opens onto the large,<br />

decked area outside ensuring the room<br />

is always filled with light all day long.<br />

“It’s the perfect space for parties as<br />

well, as the doors open straight onto<br />

the deck so people can move around<br />

easily from the <strong>inside</strong> to outside.”<br />

A minimal hallway painted white<br />

with Victorian style grey, black and<br />

white encaustic floor tiles from Topps<br />

Tiles, leads onto the sitting room,<br />

another space that is filled with light<br />

thanks to the fabulous original floorto-ceiling<br />

wood sash windows that<br />

overlook a leafy front garden. “We<br />

were so lucky that all the original<br />

windows and fireplaces had been kept<br />

by the developer when they divided<br />

the house into two, many years ago.<br />

We now get the benefit of all the key<br />

features of a large Victorian villa and<br />

it’s one of the other main reasons we<br />

fell in love with the house,” says Alexa.<br />

The light and ceiling height offered<br />

in each room has also enabled Robin,<br />

who has picked most of the colours in<br />

the house, to let his vision become a<br />

reality. The colours are bold: greens,<br />

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Often Robin has used not one but<br />

two or three colours, each working<br />

in harmony creating foreground <br />

finished, I came back and could still<br />

see the shadow of the poppies staring at<br />

me!” At last, Robin achieved the desired<br />

pigment cover and now the room is<br />

an essay in clean modernism. Deep<br />

dark blue walls and new handmade<br />

and re-sprayed existing cabinets are<br />

joined by crisp white woodwork,<br />

peppered with collectable midcentury<br />

modern furniture, acquired from their<br />

friend ceramics artist Kate Monckton,<br />

recycled marble-effect kitchen tops,<br />

industrial lighting from Dyke & Dean<br />

in Hastings, pop art on the walls, as<br />

well as shelves of brightly coloured<br />

decorative objects. As with the lower<br />

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This page: Two Edward Bulmer paints were combined to create the pink for Alexa’s master bedroom design. The convex mirror<br />

was bought from Harborough Nurseries Left: Lurcher Willow waits patiently for Alexa at the bottom of the stairs<br />

and background shade on walls<br />

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on walls that acts as an optical trick<br />

giving more depth to the room. Pieces<br />

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the couple had in their London flat,<br />

are complemented by upholstery in<br />

different shades of green and pops<br />

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Look a little closer as you make<br />

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This page: Robin designed the second master bedroom. A series of built in wardrobes<br />

feature panels painted by Robin and a Graham & Greene gilt lampshade has been<br />

similarly hand-painted and distressed in a palette of earthy tones. An imposing black<br />

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This page: At the top of the house, Alexa and Robin used<br />

slim, rectangular tiles mounted vertically to give height to the<br />

family bathroom with its sloping ceiling. An original fireplace<br />

has been given a new lease of life in deep olive green<br />

Lucy Bell Gallery in St Leonards. “I am a massive Bowie<br />

fan,” says Alexa, “and so I am always on the lookout for<br />

great photographs of him and other artists I love like<br />

Kate Bush and Prince – it’s my musical life on a wall.<br />

I needed to display it all somewhere and the stairwell<br />

seemed like a great place where people walking up would<br />

be at a great height to enjoy some of these pieces.”<br />

Upstairs there are two bedrooms. One of them,<br />

designed by Robin, is more traditionally masculine,<br />

painted in dark chocolate brown and a paler brown, with<br />

pops of metallics. A series of built in wardrobes feature<br />

panels painted by Robin and a Graham & Greene gilt<br />

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white portrait of the singer Johnny Cash shot by Andy<br />

Earl – above another original fireplace – once again<br />

brings the couple’s love of pop culture into the room.<br />

The second master bedroom was designed by Alexa and<br />

is based around a dusty pink embroidered throw from India<br />

that she found on Etsy. “This is my dream bedroom,” says<br />

Alexa. “I’ve always wanted a pink room and we used two<br />

different Edward Bulmer shades. As soon as I found the<br />

Indian bed throw with the pink and green thread work,<br />

I knew it would be the basis for the colours in the <br />

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This page: The self-contained lower ground floor apartment<br />

is a wonderful bolt-hole. Eco-conscious Alexa styled the<br />

space using a mixture of second hand finds and high street<br />

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ago.” Large sash windows flood light into the space,<br />

which is both elegant and cosy. Another large convex<br />

mirror from Harborough Nurseries sits above the bed,<br />

which is from John Lewis. On the floor are Graham and<br />

Greene rugs, an antique chair from Soap and Salvation<br />

in Rye, marble side tables & lights from Soho <strong>Home</strong>, a<br />

contemporary rattan bench from H&M <strong>Home</strong>, a mother<br />

of pearl dressing table by Graham and Greene and a<br />

vintage lamp from Kula – all offer texture. Some light<br />

touches of orientalism can also be seen in the hanging<br />

Kimono, the velvet blinds using a Mind The Gap oriental<br />

fabric and the artwork triptych panel sourced in Hastings<br />

old town. A former ensuite shower room has also been<br />

transformed. “For an ex-Londoner who has always been<br />

bonkers about fashion to have a walk-in dressing room,<br />

well, it’s quite something,” Alexa smiles with delight.<br />

The last room of the house to have been renovated<br />

was the family bathroom. “For some reason the house<br />

is on a bit of a slope, so we used slim rectangular<br />

earthenware tiles vertically to give height to the room,”<br />

says Alexa. “I’m super pleased how they have worked<br />

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This spread: The apartment is perfectly placed for visiting artists coming to join one of the many courses that are now running in<br />

Senlac Studio. It’s also in an ideal location for walkers drawn to Battle Abbey, the nearby 1066 footpath and the ancient Battle Woods<br />

that our painter Dicky painted a<br />

deep sage green. The new wood<br />

shelf is sourced from Powdermill<br />

Wood sawmill.” An encaustic style<br />

Formica floor (again dog proof!) has<br />

been topped off with another witty<br />

nod to contemporary culture – an<br />

Acid House smiley face bathmat.<br />

Alexa and Robin’s move to Battle<br />

came at the perfect time in their life.<br />

As part of their quest to re-address<br />

their work/life balance, the house and<br />

studio have become a new chapter<br />

for them both. Senlac Studio is now<br />

established as a local arts hub <br />

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“We opened up an old wood store and attached it to the main house<br />

– creating a large walk-in shower room – and converted an old<br />

office into a sitting room. We put in a new kitchen and Crittallstyle<br />

glass doors that lead onto a private outdoor seating area, so<br />

the space is completely transformed and self-contained.”<br />

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This spread: Over the past three years, the couple have developed Robin’s studio into a<br />

thriving artist-led community space called Senlac Studio. A new series of affordable mini<br />

paintings by Robin (far right)<br />

for the creative community of the<br />

town, where people can rent a space<br />

or run courses. Robin has already<br />

organised two craft fairs in Battle<br />

and in <strong>July</strong> he is also organising<br />

Battle’s first Arts Fair. “We knew<br />

we needed a change and lockdown<br />

gave us the final push to do it and<br />

leave London. As soon as we saw the<br />

house and the studio, we could see<br />

the potential. We will always be so<br />

grateful to it for allowing us to re-set<br />

things and achieve our dreams,” says<br />

Robin, as he disappears back to his<br />

studio – paintbrush in hand – to<br />

begin work on a new series of oils.<br />

Address Book:<br />

Battle Arts Fair will be happening at<br />

Tills Courtyard, off Battle High Street,<br />

from 10am-4pm on Saturday 15 <strong>July</strong><br />

To book a stay at Artists Hideway,<br />

see sykescottages.co.uk/1133526<br />

For information on courses<br />

and venue hire at Senlac<br />

Studio visit senlacstudio.com<br />

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We explore a few ways to make<br />

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Give your garden room a purpose<br />



Amy Eld shows us how to<br />

makeover your interiors with<br />

vintage and antique items<br />



Explore a local home that added<br />

one of the most fun features out<br />

there – a cinema room<br />

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A <strong>Surrey</strong> architect shares a small<br />

space that’s had a big makeover<br />

17 6 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR<br />


Our list of value-boosting home<br />

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<strong>Love</strong> your <strong>Home</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Don’t<br />

Move,<br />

Improve<br />

Some quick and easy ways to help renew your love for<br />

your home, without too much upheaval<br />

Breathe life back into your<br />

home with new bespoke window<br />

coverings. Get creative with colour<br />

and pattern or tone it down with<br />

neutrals, soft greys and calming blues.<br />

Whatever your décor style, blinds will help<br />

you control light beautifully with a choice<br />

of transparency, privacy and blackout<br />

options. These Luxaflex Batiste Soria fabric<br />

bespoke blinds are a great choice as they<br />

have excellent insulation – helping to<br />

keep your home cool in the summer and<br />

warm in the winter – with their unique<br />

honeycomb structure. curtain-call.co.uk<br />

2We love an exciting statement wallpaper and Bobbi Beck’s Vintage<br />

Rainforest Wallpaper Mural (£29/m) is the perfect example, transporting<br />

us to far flung places. You can cover just one wall contrasting with your<br />

paintwork, or statement wallpaper can look fantastic as a frame for a<br />

window or doorway. There are so many beautiful options to choose from<br />

and the botanic theme will always enhance a living space. bobbibeck.com<br />

3Adding plant life to your home<br />

will literally give you a breath of<br />

fresh air. As well as improving the<br />

air quality in your living space and<br />

giving you something pretty to<br />

look at, you will also get the wellbeing boost<br />

indoor plants are known to provide, All of<br />

this adds up to a homely feel that will really<br />

help you love your home. If you’re stuck<br />

for space on floors or shelves, these hanging<br />

planters from Tom Raffield look luscious<br />

with trailing green vines spilling from them.<br />

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4Adding new colour to<br />

a room is a great way<br />

to bring it back to life,<br />

but for a contemporary<br />

feel you can elevate the look by<br />

painting just half of it. Take an old<br />

white wall, a little masking tape, a<br />

spirit level and, with half the time,<br />

effort, and expense of painting the<br />

walls entirely, you can double on<br />

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complements the tone of the rest of<br />

the wall, like this example that pairs<br />

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not your typical garden buildings showsite.<br />

Well known for its vast selection of garden buildings and expert<br />

advice, Bourne Buildings offer standard, as well as made-to-order<br />

designs of varying qualities and styles, fit for all budgets.<br />

Our complete range of services include product installation, base<br />

laying and a re-felting service.<br />

Visit our showsite to see an impressive array of stone ornaments,<br />

including eye-catching armillary.<br />

On display at our showsite in Farnham, we have over:<br />

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Inside<br />

OUT<br />

A garden room can increase<br />

your <strong>inside</strong> space and bridge<br />

the gap between indoors and out,<br />

but they work best when kitted out with<br />

purpose, so what to use yours for?<br />

Living Space<br />

The above is a fully bespoke ‘L-shaped’ garden<br />

room by Into The Garden Rooms, which was<br />

carefully designed and built around a beautiful<br />

250-year-old oak tree. It was built for a client in<br />

Surbiton looking to create a multi-use space for<br />

the whole family. The eye-catching luxury lounge<br />

area serves as a relaxing sanctuary for the whole<br />

family to unwind and reconnect.<br />

It has all the tech a modern family space needs<br />

with a TV and turntable, as well as dual air<br />

conditioning/heating, but while also feeling very<br />

natural. The design creates a sense of connection<br />

to the garden outside through a corner set of<br />

three- and two-leaf bi fold doors and the use of<br />

wood woven throughout – in an acoustic slat<br />

feature wall, Canadian Redwood Cedar cladding,<br />

and the custom-built bar (with sink and built-in<br />

storage of course). To make the space more multifunctional,<br />

it also features a fully separate toilet,<br />

washbasin and shower area, as well as a utility<br />

room and two-person home office.<br />

Find out more about Into The Garden Rooms’<br />

luxury garden rooms and their state-of-the-art<br />

design, contemporary materials and quality<br />

craftmanship by calling 020 8038 6074 or<br />

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This large garden room belongs to<br />

Sophie in Farnham, who went to<br />

Garden Rooms by Drumbeat to build<br />

a fitness and training room for her<br />

daughter, that would also work as a<br />

leisure area for the rest of the family.<br />

The space at the end of the garden was<br />

an unusual shape, but a long diagonal<br />

wall at the front, with bifold doors,<br />

made perfect use of the space, and<br />

created a nice view to face the main<br />

house. A large external composite<br />

decking area was added for an outside<br />

training area and it was equipped with<br />

gym matting, and large gym mirrors<br />

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as well as a toilet and shower room.<br />

To make it versatile, and usable year<br />

round full electrical and plumbing<br />

installation was part of the package,<br />

and the room was also fully insulated<br />

and equipped with air conditioning.<br />

All of Garden Rooms by Drumbeat’s<br />

rooms are built to a very high<br />

standard and are designed to last<br />

a lifetime. Prices are from about<br />

£23,500 to £55,000 and their ‘any<br />

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them perfect for those looking to fill<br />

an awkward space. Find out more at<br />

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<strong>Love</strong> your <strong>Home</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Screen-free<br />

Sanctuary<br />

Emma, one of Johnsons Garden<br />

Buildings customers, had always<br />

loved socialising and having a place to<br />

entertain. After having her deck area<br />

damaged by a river that runs at the<br />

bottom of her garden, she decided a<br />

suitable replacement was required.<br />

Emma decided to visit a local Johnsons<br />

showroom, where she was able to look<br />

and feel the quality of the buildings on<br />

offer for herself.<br />

It didn’t take her long to settle on the<br />

idea that a Garden Room would be an<br />

excellent enhancement to her outdoor<br />

space giving plenty of year-round<br />

flexibility and a place to relax.<br />

She chose a Johnsons Vancouver 4m x<br />

4m, professionally installed including<br />

roof and floor insulation as well as a full<br />

electrical package.<br />

“Our garden room is a non-digital<br />

paradise. We have music, a comfy sofa,<br />

and soft blankets. We’re experiencing a<br />

part of our garden that we hardly had<br />

any time in before.”<br />

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Granny Annexe<br />

At Timeless Garden Rooms their family<br />

orientated, flexible approach means<br />

every annexe project is carefully designed<br />

to order. This 85m annexe was created<br />

for a family looking to install a selfcontained<br />

living space for an elderly<br />

relative, close enough to the main<br />

house to offer comfort and support,<br />

yet also retaining their independence.<br />

The annexe features an open plan<br />

living room, kitchen and dining area<br />

and two spacious bedrooms, each<br />

with en suites. French doors lead out<br />

onto the covered veranda to the front<br />

elevations offering a sheltered spot to<br />

enjoy beautiful views of the landscaped<br />

garden. Choosing the turnkey service,<br />

starting from £2,300/m, this project<br />

included a full décor option, including<br />

Farrow & Ball interior, a well specified<br />

kitchen, complete electrical package and<br />

underfloor heating. Saving the family<br />

time and stress, Timeless handled all<br />

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<strong>Love</strong> your <strong>Home</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Something<br />

Old,<br />

Something<br />

New<br />

Amy Eld, owner of Rock the<br />

Heirloom in <strong>Surrey</strong>, shows us<br />

how using restored vintage and<br />

antique pieces gives your interior<br />

a timeless charm and being more<br />

planet-friendly they’re also easier<br />

on the conscience<br />

“I love using fun<br />

patterns and colour”<br />

I<br />

only have things in my<br />

house that I love and that<br />

make me smile. I have<br />

built my company, Rock<br />

the Heirloom, with this ethos in<br />

mind – bringing people the kind<br />

of antiques and vintage pieces that<br />

rock my world. It’s all about finding<br />

a relaxed, unorthodox and uniquely<br />

stylish look with the added benefit<br />

of being super-sustainable.<br />

No surprise then, that in a recent<br />

makeover of my Georgian house in<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong>, I felt the need to fill it with<br />

treasures that I love. As well as using<br />

some of my favourite pieces, ranging<br />

from mid-century Italian chandeliers<br />

and Victorian faux bamboo furniture<br />

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to early 19th-century milking stools<br />

and Victorian gluggle jugs, I also<br />

added some extra va va voom to the<br />

rooms with lamp shades, rugs and<br />

soft furnishings from spirited interiors<br />

emporium That Rebel House.<br />

Overall, I love using fun patterns<br />

and colour, and I find that mixing my<br />

pieces into these rooms helps with the<br />

rich tapestry and depth of each space.<br />

Every single item in my house tells a<br />

story, and I love that. The best advice<br />

I can give when it comes to shopping<br />

for vintage and antiques is simply to<br />

find things that you love – trust your<br />

own taste and you are bound to create<br />

yourself an interior that makes you<br />

happy!<br />

Choosing your furniture and<br />

accessories are the fun bits at the end<br />

of the project. However, it is vital<br />

to get the bigger bits correct, too.<br />

Choose the right wall colour if you<br />

want an interior that pops. In my<br />

house, I used Edward Bulmer Natural<br />

Paints – they are plant-derived,<br />

breathable, healthy, environmentally<br />

friendly and are ideal for old<br />

properties. They also pack a real<br />

punch when it comes to colour. I had<br />

a mind-boggling palette of over 100<br />

gorgeous hues to choose from.<br />

I wanted a vibe that was traditional<br />

but also with real wow factor, so I<br />

chose the strong, striking Invisible<br />

Green to really brighten up the office<br />

walls (it’s definitely not invisible!),<br />

and I did the dining room in Sang de<br />

Boeuf – a calm but serious colour that<br />

makes a real statement. I went for<br />

a pale, warm Spanish White for the<br />

ceiling, shutters and woodwork. My<br />

husband got a bit of a shock when he<br />

returned from his New York business<br />

trip but thankfully he loves it!<br />

Browse Amy’s curated collection of<br />

vintage homeware and antiques and<br />

discover her latest finds on Instagram<br />

@rocktheheirloom. To shop in person<br />

you can book a visit to her showroom<br />

in Chobham, <strong>Surrey</strong>. If you just can’t<br />

find that real one-off piece that you’re<br />

looking for, Amy also provides a<br />

sourcing service, so that you can get<br />

her personal input to help create you<br />

a home that you love!<br />

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<strong>Love</strong> your <strong>Home</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

“It’s all about<br />

finding a relaxed,<br />

unorthodox<br />

and uniquely<br />

stylish look”<br />

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Lake Electrical tell us the story of an extraordinary Sevenoaks basement transformation<br />

he brief was clear:<br />

to create a sanctuary<br />

where a young family<br />

could unwind, relax and<br />

experience the magic<br />

of the movies together.<br />

This Sevenoaks project involved the<br />

remarkable transformation of a neglected<br />

and overlooked basement room into a<br />

highly sought-after family cinema room.<br />

To fulfil this vision, Lake Electrical<br />

turned to the Sonance, known for their<br />

remarkable speakers designed to seamlessly<br />

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Elle Bytautaite, Architect and Founder of <strong>Surrey</strong>-based business, studio elle, shares how to maximise the space, value, and<br />

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should only be brought in on large,<br />

complex and expensive projects, but this is<br />

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much value, space and character can be<br />

added to the smallest of spaces with a<br />

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right architect.<br />

The Brief: A micro-home. A 34m flat in<br />

a 1920s detached house that hadn’t been<br />

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or shower. The key considerations were to<br />

maximise the sense of space and create an<br />

elegant, contemporary space, with a tight<br />

first-time buyer budget of £13,000.<br />

The Process: studio elle had to dig deep<br />

into their bag of tricks for creative solutions<br />

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existing layout as possible to avoid any<br />

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The Aesthetic – Maintain a controlled and<br />

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avoid visual clutter.<br />

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build bespoke space-saving pieces – in this<br />

case, a console in the entry way, kitchen<br />

shelves and a breakfast bar overlaying the<br />

washing machine.<br />

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solutions with the appearance of high-end<br />

built-in units, by hiding standard IKEA<br />

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wardrobe frames behind a bespoke ‘wall’ and<br />

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Whether it’s a new or existing build, an extension or even a period<br />

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Jamie Bebbington, Managing Director at Aston<br />

Matthews says, “Guests are going to visit your<br />

cloakroom, so why not make an impact. A coloured<br />

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Fitted<br />

Wardrobes<br />

A sure fire way to make a home look great is to ensure<br />

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With lots of us now working from home, many of your<br />

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Green Retreats TGO1, pictured here, combines modern<br />

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First impressions matter, so don’t forget about the<br />

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a property that added ‘je ne sais quoi’. This simple<br />

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It’s estimated you spend a third of your life in<br />

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Fast Fish<br />

Dishes<br />

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Individual Salmon<br />

en Croutes<br />

This familiar dish looks as if<br />

it’s tricky and long-winded<br />

to prepare, but it is much<br />

simpler than the beefy version,<br />

especially if you use ready<br />

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you could also use a side of<br />

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impressive centrepiece.<br />

Serves 4 Prep time: 20 mins<br />

Cooking time: 25 mins<br />

• 4 small salmon<br />

fillets, skinned<br />

• 1 pack ready rolled<br />

puff pastry<br />

• 300g spinach<br />

• 1 onion, finely chopped<br />

• 1 tbsp olive oil<br />

• 120g cream cheese<br />

• 1 egg, beaten<br />

• salt and pepper<br />

1. Gently sauté the onion<br />

in oil for 3-4 minutes, until<br />

translucent, add spinach,<br />

season and stir until wilted<br />

then drain (pressing out as<br />

much liquid as possible).<br />

2. Cut the pastry into<br />

quarters and lay on a baking<br />

sheet. Brush with half of the<br />

beaten egg (this will help<br />

prevent a soggy bottom).<br />

3. Add spinach mixture<br />

to one half of each<br />

pastry rectangle. Slice the<br />

salmon fillets in half if<br />

they are long, so they fit<br />

on top of the spinach.<br />

4. Spread approx 30g cream<br />

cheese on top of each fillet<br />

and then fold the pastry<br />

over, sealing the edges<br />

carefully (you can tuck<br />

them under the pastry for<br />

neatness, I added a lattice<br />

top, this is optional).<br />

5. Brush with the remaining<br />

egg and bake in a pre-heated<br />

oven for 20-25 minutes until<br />

the pastry is golden brown.<br />

6. Serve with new<br />

potatoes and vegetables<br />

of your choosing.<br />

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One Pan Herby Cod Fillets<br />

White fish like cod has a delicate texture and<br />

flavour, enhanced by the herby green risotto and<br />

harissa yoghurt topping. It works as a one pan dish<br />

if you almost cook the rice before adding the fish.<br />

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 mins<br />

Cooking time: 25 mins<br />

• 4 cod fillets<br />

• 1 small bunch/25g fresh coriander, chopped<br />

• 1 small bunch/25g parsley, chopped<br />

• 150g baby spinach<br />

• 8 spring onions, roughly chopped<br />

• 2 cloves of garlic<br />

• 300g risotto rice<br />

• small knob of butter<br />

• 900ml (approx) vegetable stock (or<br />

water with 3 tsp bouillon powder)<br />

• 1 tbsp olive oil<br />

• 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt<br />

• 2 tsp harissa paste<br />

• 1 lemon, grated zest and juice<br />

1. Wilt the spinach in a pan, add the<br />

herbs, lemon and spring onion with 200ml<br />

of stock then blend until smooth.<br />

2. In an oven proof pan gently sauté the rice<br />

with a knob of butter for a couple of minutes,<br />

then add the spinach mixture. Stir and cook<br />

for 2 minutes, then gradually add the rest of<br />

the vegetable stock, stirring as you go.<br />

3. After 10 minutes add the fish to the pan, cover<br />

and place in a preheated oven (180°C). Bake for<br />

15 minutes, until the fish is cooked through.<br />

4. Serve with a spoonful of yoghurt, swirled<br />

with ½ teaspoon of harissa on each fillet.<br />

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Coconut Prawn Curry<br />

This is a really quick and simple curry<br />

– large succulent prawns go well with the<br />

spicy coconut sauce. Use either king, tiger<br />

or Atlantic prawns – fresh or frozen.<br />

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 mins<br />

Cooking time: 30 mins<br />

• 750g prawns, shelled and de-veined (if<br />

using frozen, defrost and drain)<br />

• 1 onion, finely chopped<br />

• 400ml (1 tin) coconut milk<br />

• 3 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

• 2 tsp ginger, grated<br />

• 2 chillies, finely chopped<br />

• 1 tsp turmeric, heaped<br />

• 200g (1 half-sized tin) tomatoes<br />

• ½ tsp salt<br />

• 1 small bunch coriander<br />

1. Gently sauté onions, garlic and spices for 5<br />

minutes in a large pan, then add tomatoes, coconut<br />

milk and salt (to taste). Simmer slowly for 20<br />

minutes until the sauce begins to thicken slightly.<br />

2. Add prawns and continue to cook for a further<br />

10 minutes until the prawns are just cooked.<br />

3. Serve with fluffy rice and garnish with coriander.<br />

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Ten-Minute<br />

Josephine Fairley edits down her makeup bag for fresh, dewy summer skin<br />

When I first moved in with my husband, he didn’t<br />

‘get’ women’s relationship with make-up. I had to<br />

explain to him: it’s not just about how it makes us<br />

look (and feel). It’s also about carving out some time in the<br />

day that is exclusively, 100% dedicated to us. Nobody else.<br />

Not a partner, a kid, a parent, a dog or even a houseplant.<br />

Nonetheless, at this time of year, with so many lovely<br />

things to do outdoors – the beach, the garden, gatherings<br />

(yay, gatherings!) – who really wants to spend more<br />

time fiddling with their face than necessary? So, I’m a<br />

fan of the ‘makeunder’: finding ways to get maximum<br />

results from a minimum of products, in order to spend<br />

more time pinching out tomatoes/eating outdoors on a<br />

nice terrace/staring at yachts drifting across the horizon<br />

– or whatever floats your own midsummer boat.<br />

Switch from foundation to tinted moisturiser or serum.<br />

Nobody needs a full face of base, right now. My preference<br />

is for tinted moisturiser – a sort of hybrid of moisturiser<br />

and foundation, with accordingly lighter coverage that<br />

makes everything look – well, just smoother. The caveat:<br />

tinted moisturiser does have to be matched to your<br />

skintone in the same way as normal foundation – a dab<br />

on the jawline, where the right colour will disappear.<br />

(You might need a couple of shades to get you through<br />

summer, though, if you tend to build up colour.)<br />

Personally, I especially like the new generation of tinted<br />

serums, which seem to have a more luscious and slightly dewy<br />

finish – and I’ve two go-to products. First up is Sculpted<br />

by Aimee Barely There HydraTint, £23 for 30ml, from a<br />

young Irish make-up artist’s brand which I’d like to signpost<br />

you to, if you don’t already know it – she is absolutely my<br />

tip for the top. HydraTint comes in a very inclusive shade<br />

offering – 20 in all, and simply melts into skin, leaving<br />

it fresh-looking. I am also a massive fan of Trinny BFF<br />

De-Stress Tinted Serum, £39 for 30ml (there’s a 12-shade<br />

line-up) – first time I applied it, I looked in the mirror<br />

and said ‘F***ing hell!’, which Trinny (when I later shared<br />

this with her) declared was the only review they needed for<br />

the product, on their site: ‘Jo Fairley says “F***ing hell!”’.<br />

Tinted moisturisers and tinted serums can, meanwhile, be<br />

applied with fingers, for ease – but I prefer to use a synthetic<br />

foundation brush and am particularly taken with Katherine<br />

Daniels Pure Pigment Foundation & Concealer Brush,<br />

£25, which has a seriously useful concealer brush on the other<br />

end, great for accessing the shadowy area of the inner eye.<br />

Or try an ‘alphabet’ cream. If your skin’s looking reasonably<br />

good, a BB or CC cream may be all you need to even out<br />

skintone – perhaps adding a light touch of a liquid concealer<br />

to conceal any shadows. Alphabet creams are complexionbrightening<br />

and skin-smoothing: ‘BB’ is short for ‘Beauty<br />

Balm’ and is your choice if your skin needs a touch of<br />

radiance, while ‘CC’ stands for ‘colour-correcting’ and is<br />

helpful if you have a tendency to redness, as I do. We found<br />

some great Beauty Bible winners in this year’s Awards,<br />

which I can confidently steer you towards, several of them<br />

repeat winners from the Korean-French brand Erborian. I<br />

can enthusiastically point you in the direction of Erborian<br />

BB Cream and Erborian CC Dull Correct (each £20.50<br />

for 15ml), as well as Monat BB Cream SPF30, £44 for<br />

35ml (which actually describes itself as a ‘tinted moisturiser’,<br />

showing just how blurred the lines are between these<br />

summer-perfect categories). I’m also a big fan of a particularly<br />

luxurious option, Chanel CC Cream Super Active Complete<br />

Correction SPF50, £50 for 30ml, which I splashed out on<br />

while on a winter sun vacation, and which I really like because<br />

it comes in a choice of seven complexion-matched shades.<br />

Opt for ‘smooshable’ colours. Powders simply look<br />

wrong in strong sunlight – dusty and dull. A touch<br />

of shimmer powder on a brow-bone or eyelid can be<br />

OK – but in general, at this time of year I prefer cream<br />

textures for both eyeshadow and blush, for a more<br />

natural ‘makeunder’ effect. The advantage of creamy<br />

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textures is that you can literally ‘smoosh’ them into skin,<br />

super-fast, to blend – and they’re very forgiving.<br />

As well as being a big fan of Trinny’s BFF De-Stress,<br />

then, I swear by her Makeup Stack options. These include<br />

Lip2Cheek, £26 each – a great choice for this time of<br />

year because the creamy formula does indeed work on<br />

both. Eye2Eye, £18 for each pot, is (yup) for eyes only,<br />

with a wide selection of shimmer, satin, glitter and matte<br />

shades to choose from; they all click together, allowing<br />

you to build that ‘stack’ (and add other products like<br />

line-blurrers, highlighters etc.) The whole concept is<br />

genius, and very much for ‘grown-ups’ like Trinny herself,<br />

as anyone who’s attended any of her events knows.<br />

Alternative creamy brow choices that you’ll find in my<br />

kit (I love cream blusher!) include two very affordable<br />

options – Morphe Perk Up Cheek & Lip Colour, £12,<br />

and Morphe Blush Balm Soft Focus Cream Blush, £8.40<br />

(the latter with a useful little mirror). And at the posh<br />

end, Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, £44.<br />

Swirl, swirl, blend… and hey, presto – healthier-looking!<br />

Like many beauty editors, I’m also a convert to creamy<br />

bronzer products as an alternative to powder bronzer – so<br />

simple to add a few dots to the forehead, cheekbones, and<br />

blend with fingertips for a gorgeous glow. It gives you<br />

proper control over the level of bronzitude too – simply<br />

add a few dots more, if you’re not glow-y enough. (My<br />

own faves: Nars Bronzing Cream, £31, the understandably<br />

bestselling Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing<br />

Cream, £37, and super-affordable e.l.f. Putty Bronze, £6.)<br />

Sweep a gel through your brows. One great way to shave<br />

time off your make-up regime, in fact, is to identify the<br />

three products which actually make the most difference –<br />

and a lot of that depends on your colouring. If you’re fair,<br />

like me, brow colour and mascara are always going to be in<br />

that list of three make-up essentials, and the easy-peasiest<br />

brow choices for me are Benefit Gimme Brow, £25 for<br />

3g, and Delilah Brow Shape Defining Brow Gel, £18<br />

for 4ml, both of which are essentially mascaras for brows,<br />

with the bonus of teeny fibres which work to beef up my<br />

arches incredibly quickly, without the hassle of drawing in<br />

lots of fine lines. Dark brows, though? You needn’t bother<br />

with this – a quick brush-through with a ‘spoolie’ (like a<br />

mascara wand) is all that it takes for brow-grooming.<br />

Use a lengthening/defining mascara. Again, mascara is<br />

100% necessary if you’re blonde, grey or redhead; less so if<br />

you’re brunette. I prefer the look of a defining mascara at<br />

this time of year, rather than a lash-fattening volumising<br />

product; it seems to look more natural with make-up that’s<br />

been applied with a lighter touch. (I generally skip eyeliner<br />

at this time of year: liquid liner is All Wrong in summer,<br />

while even the most ‘budge-proof’ eyeliner pencils tend to<br />

move, melt and go all Johnny-Depp-in-a-Sauvage-ad, on me.<br />

Lastly, add a swipe of tinted lip balm, and you’re good<br />

to go. I absolutely flipping love these. (So much so that I<br />

just checked my handbag, and I actually have four different<br />

ones in there.) The mix of slightly glossy, skin-quenching<br />

ingredients, with the benefit of a sheer tint – I always go<br />

for a raspberry shade, to deepen the natural shade of my<br />

lips – is see-through enough that you can usually apply<br />

without needing a mirror. My faves? Lanolips SPF30 Tinted<br />

Lip Balm, £7.99, is a perennial favourite (try Rhubarb),<br />

as are several of the 10 shades of Bobbi Brown Lip Tint,<br />

£30 (there’s a less expensive ‘travel’ size available). But I<br />

also enjoy the twist-up crayon format of SANN Nourish<br />

& Tint Solid Lip Balm Serum, £24 (another Beauty Bible<br />

<strong>2023</strong> winner), and the mega-nourishing formula of Dr.<br />

PAWPAW Peach Pink Lip Balm, £3.99, which is more<br />

of a peachy, beachy shade. (And very affordable with it.)<br />

I reckon you could hone this routine down to five<br />

minutes – especially if you are able to identify that<br />

handful of products that make the most difference. Less<br />

time in front of the mirror – more squeezing every last<br />

drop of pleasure out of this glorious time of year.<br />

See beautybible.com for more of Jo’s tried<br />

and tested beauty reviews.<br />

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Natural Relief for Hay Fever<br />

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Hay fever is the cause of seasonal misery to<br />

millions of people worldwide.<br />

Award winning Helios Hay Fever combines<br />

three homeopathic remedies Allium cepa,<br />

Euphrasia and Sabadilla and has a long history<br />

of traditional use to relieve typical hay fever<br />

symptoms such as irritated eyes and nose,<br />

itching, sneezing and a dry, tickly cough.<br />

Being natural, Helios Hay Fever is without any<br />

known side effects, does not cause drowsiness<br />

and is suitable for all the family.<br />

Alongside our remedies we have a wide range<br />

of herbal and other natural products to relieve<br />

your hay fever symptoms, backed by expert<br />

advice from our team of qualifi ed homeopaths<br />

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A warm welcome awaits you or for more<br />

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Wellbeing<br />

The Great<br />

Outdoors<br />

Sarah Maxwell explores the countless benefits<br />

of spending time in the fresh air<br />

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We know that time outdoors<br />

offers fantastic mental and<br />

physical health benefits –<br />

so step outside to surround yourself<br />

with trees that clean the air so we can<br />

breathe more easily (hayfever sufferers<br />

please take necessary precautions).<br />

It doesn’t matter where you are, if<br />

you can find a tree, get under it.<br />

You can multi-task your whole<br />

wellbeing routine in one session. Research<br />

has shown that even a mere 20 minutes<br />

outside can have great health benefits<br />

(and that’s without even moving!)<br />

Hydrate<br />

Being even a little dehydrated<br />

can negatively affect your<br />

performance when exercising.<br />

Initially, your body may not deal well<br />

with high temperatures; however,<br />

over time, your body gets used to<br />

the heat, sweats more and learns<br />

to cool itself more efficiently.<br />

Drinking adequate fluids doesn’t make<br />

your body feel cooler; however, it does<br />

help you to produce sweat which is an<br />

essential cooling function. (Just make<br />

sure you don’t do this on a day you’ve<br />

just had your hair or lashes done).<br />

Step out of your routine and<br />

try something different<br />

• Hiking is an excellent cardio exercise<br />

that will strengthen your lower body<br />

and core. It usually involves walking on<br />

uneven terrain – you will activate a wide<br />

variety of muscles to stabilise yourself.<br />

• Stand-up paddleboarding and<br />

kayaking is great for core and lower<br />

body, whilst kayaking hones the<br />

strength of arms, shoulders and back.<br />

HIIT the outdoors<br />

with a Cardio Blast<br />

• 5 minute warm up: shoulder circles,<br />

light jog/walk, elbow to knees and<br />

basically anything that feels good.<br />

Avoid holding stretches until the end<br />

of your workout and just go with your<br />

natural movement and keep it simple.<br />

• 100 skips using a real or<br />

imaginary rope at a steady pace.<br />

• 30 seconds rest (you can fit in<br />

some pelvic floor exercises here)<br />

• Jumping jacks x 30<br />

• Air punching (put some movement<br />

into this and get any stress out –<br />

visualisation of something that<br />

annoys you can help a lot here!)<br />

• Repeat this sequence between<br />

2 and 8 times (depending on<br />

your current fitness level)<br />

• Cool down and stretch (hold<br />

each stretch for 20-30 seconds<br />

to increase your flexibility)<br />

Take it up a gear<br />

Interval training – walking/running/<br />

cycling, using trees/lampposts or similar<br />

(depending whether you’re in the city,<br />

park or forest) as markers. If swimming<br />

is your thing, use markers around the<br />

pool, lake, or sea to do your intervals.<br />

1. Warming up – start gently with<br />

your activity to get your body and<br />

mind into the right place. Gradually<br />

increase the intensity as you go along.<br />

2. Steady - 30 seconds/rest 20 seconds<br />

3. Moderate - 30 seconds/rest 20 seconds<br />

30 seconds at 75% of your<br />

maximum power. Rest 30 seconds<br />

4. Blast it - 30 seconds at maximum<br />

power. Rest 30 seconds<br />

5. Repeat<br />

There is no minimum amount<br />

of time, so do what you can<br />

according to your level. If you’re a<br />

beginner start with 2 rounds, then<br />

have a good stretch and relax.<br />

The goal to aim for is around 30-40<br />

minutes in total (2-3 times per week<br />

maximum). Make sure you cool down<br />

and stretch at the end of this workout.<br />

If you fancy stepping out of<br />

your usual activities, check<br />

out these exciting places<br />

• Bewl Water, Kent bewlwater.co.uk<br />

• Buckland Park Lake, <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

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• Sup Haven, Sussex suphaven.org<br />

• Epic Life, Hastings epiclife.co.uk<br />

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weight loss, lifestyle and fitness coach.<br />

Find out more about her work...<br />

Facebook & Instagram:<br />

@sarahmaxlife<br />

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Nourish to Flourish<br />

Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Charlotte Lau<br />

explores the benefits of incorporating<br />

another healthy ingredient into our<br />

diets. This month it’s berries<br />

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries,<br />

cranberries and raspberries… all delicious, nutritious<br />

and with several health benefits too! Berries are<br />

loaded with antioxidants, these are molecules that fight free<br />

radicals in the body. It is these free radicals – compounds<br />

that can cause harm if their levels become too high in<br />

the body – that are linked to multiple illnesses including<br />

diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The pigment that<br />

gives dark berries their beautiful colour is anthocyanin,<br />

a phytochemical which has heart-protective effects and<br />

may also help shield against dementia. Foods such as<br />

purple broccoli, red cabbage, sweet potato, red onion<br />

and cherries also have a similar phytochemical content to<br />

berries. While we can enjoy these seasonal berries easily<br />

over the summer months, in winter the mixed frozen<br />

varieties are just as good (and less expensive) – perfect for<br />

popping into smoothies, tart sauces or crumbles. Berries<br />

are also a great source of fibre and are high in vitamin C.<br />

Berry chia jam<br />

This delicious berry chia ‘jam’ packs a powerful antioxidant<br />

punch, as well as being high in fibre and absolutely<br />

delicious! Perfect piled on sourdough toast or as a topping<br />

for homemade granola, porridge or kefir yoghurt. (A<br />

particular favourite of my children!) Makes a 500g jar<br />

• 500g frozen mixed berries<br />

• 2 tbsp water<br />

• 2 tbsp maple syrup<br />

• 40g chia seeds<br />

Extra flavourings (optional):<br />

1tsp cinnamon/1tsp<br />

vanilla extract<br />

1. Put the berries and water in a saucepan over a<br />

medium heat and cook until the fruit breaks down<br />

and becomes syrupy – between 5-10 minutes. Mash<br />

the fruit with the back of a wooden spoon.<br />

2. Stir in the maple syrup and chia seeds and any<br />

other optional flavourings you wish to use. Cook for<br />

another 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat and<br />

leave to stand for 5 minutes, until thickened. If you’d<br />

like it thicker just stir in a few extra chia seeds.<br />

3. Once the jam has cooled to room temperature, transfer to a<br />

sterilised jar. Seal tightly and store in the fridge for up to a week.<br />

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Female Health Collective<br />

We speak to Benenden Hospital about the specialised support they provide for women’s health<br />

What is your Women’s Health Hub?<br />

Benenden Hospital’s recently launched Women’s<br />

Health Hub is a free, comprehensive online resource<br />

which provides help and support for women’s<br />

physical, mental and emotional health, as well as a<br />

wealth of information on the treatments the hospital<br />

offers for a variety of female health issues.<br />

As you move through the different stages of your life<br />

– from coping with periods to pregnancy to menopause<br />

and beyond – your needs might change. Taking care<br />

of your body and mind, at work or in your personal<br />

life, is important and the hub is here to provide you<br />

with further information and signposting to help.<br />

How can Benenden Hospital<br />

help women in particular?<br />

The easy-to-access information on the hub helps to put you<br />

in control of your health whatever stage of your life you may<br />

be at. Benenden Hospital are experts in women’s health and<br />

offer a range of private gynaecology treatments for all<br />

phases of life in a discreet environment based in the<br />

tranquil surroundings of the Wealden countryside.<br />

A CQC rated Outstanding private hospital, Benenden<br />

Hospital is sensitive to women’s health concerns and our<br />

advanced technology means fast diagnosis and access<br />

to treatment when you need it, with no waiting lists.<br />

What treatments are offered?<br />

We offer first-class diagnostics and care from dedicated<br />

clinical teams, carrying out a range of gynaecology<br />

treatments – including treatments for menopause – in<br />

a calm and healing environment. These include:<br />

• Treatment for chronic pelvic pain<br />

• Ovarian cyst removal<br />

• Colporrhaphy for vaginal prolapse<br />

• Mirena coil fitting<br />

• Hysterectomy<br />

• NovaSure endometrial ablation – to stop<br />

or reduce heavy menstrual bleeding<br />

• MonaLisa Touch® – Benenden Hospital was one of the<br />

first hospitals in the UK to introduce this gentle, nonsurgical,<br />

hormone-free treatment for vaginal dryness<br />

• Treatment for stress incontinence<br />

• Sacrospinous fixation – prolapse of the uterus repair<br />

How can women access these treatments?<br />

If you need advice regarding a particular health concern,<br />

help is available. Benenden Hospital offers a Private<br />

GP service which can get you the answers you need<br />

quickly. Book your private GP appointment easily<br />

using our online booking system. You can also book<br />

a Consultation with an expert by calling the Private<br />

Patient Team on 01580 362850 or by completing<br />

an enquiry form on benendenhospital.org.uk.<br />

Can you tell us a bit about the<br />

specialist women’s health Consultants<br />

available at Benenden Hospital?<br />

Benenden Hospital offers a choice of male and female<br />

expert Consultant Gynaecologists, all of whom have<br />

extensive experience within the private sector and NHS<br />

and are members of several professional bodies such as<br />

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists<br />

(RCOG), The British Society of Urogynaecology<br />

and International Urogynaecological Association.<br />

They have received awards for their research and<br />

teaching, have presented at national and international<br />

conferences on various topics and published<br />

broadly around obstetrics and gynaecology.<br />

Their specialities range from bleeding problems,<br />

vulval problems, contraception, HRT, fibroids,<br />

vaginal prolapse, incontinence, vaginal reconstruction<br />

surgery, urinary incontinence, uterine and vaginal<br />

prolapse, heavy or painful periods, diagnostic<br />

laparoscopy, myomectomy and hysterectomy.<br />

Find out more about Benenden Hospital, and explore<br />

the Women’s Health Hub at benendenhospital.org.uk<br />

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Ready for<br />

Round Two?<br />

Jo Arnell heads to the veg patch to prep for an autumn harvest<br />

If you have some space in the vegetable<br />

garden – or if you’ve been thinking about<br />

growing vegetables but haven’t got round to<br />

it yet – there are still lots of edibles that can be<br />

sown now for harvests in the early autumn and<br />

the winter. Some of these are satisfyingly speedy<br />

and will be ready to eat in a matter of weeks,<br />

while the slower growing will become a living<br />

winter larder, providing a supply of nutritious<br />

roots and leaves to pick once the summer is over.<br />

Spring sown crops face a barrage of challenges<br />

– growth is strong, but the weather can be<br />

unreliable and there are so many pests and weeds<br />

around that it can be a battle trying to protect<br />

tiny seedlings from being overwhelmed. Starting<br />

again in the summer (or just starting) brings<br />

its own challenges – the weather is often hot<br />

and dry and you may be on holiday for part of<br />

the time, but it can be more successful. Some<br />

vegetables – Florence fennel for example – are<br />

supposed to be sown after the solstice and the<br />

slower rate of growth after that midsummer<br />

moment may mean that crops like beetroot, rocket<br />

and spinach won’t rush to flower and set seed.<br />

Fast Harvests<br />

Salad leaves, especially the cut and come again<br />

mixes you can buy, will be ready to eat within<br />

3 or 4 weeks. If you pick the outer leaves each<br />

time, you’ll be able to keep the crop going for<br />

the rest of the summer. Later in the season rocket<br />

and spicy mustard mixes are good – these tend<br />

to bolt (run to seed) when sown earlier in the<br />

year. You can buy stir fry seed combinations for<br />

plot-to-wok moments – pak choi, tatsoi, choi<br />

sum, Chinese cabbage and mizuna are quick and<br />

easy – and will happily grow in containers too.<br />

Dwarf beans are faster to grow than climbing<br />

varieties, because they don’t have to climb a pole<br />

before making pods – you should be able to harvest<br />

climbing beans within 10-12 weeks of sowing.<br />

They are a tender crop, so <strong>July</strong> is the last month<br />

for sowing to be sure of avoiding an early frost.<br />

Mange tout and sugar snaps will be speedier<br />

to grow than peas, as it is the whole pod that is<br />

eaten while the peas <strong>inside</strong> are tiny. They will<br />

need supports to scramble up – either twiggy<br />

pea sticks, or canes with netting. They<br />

should be ready to pick in<br />

around 9-10 weeks.<br />

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Tiny turnips, mini<br />

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being attacked by carrot fly. This pesky little beast<br />

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burrow down into the carrot roots, riddling them<br />

with holes. Luckily it only flies about 2 feet above<br />

the ground, so raising your crop – in a container<br />

or raised bed, is usually enough to put them off.<br />

Tiny turnips, as opposed to the larger, woodier<br />

types beloved by Baldrick, are great for slicing into<br />

stir fries and adding to the first autumn casseroles.<br />

I’m not often tempted by turnips, but have<br />

sometimes grown one called ‘Snowball’ and<br />

can recommended a variety called ‘Sweetball’<br />

that can be grated into salads and slaws.<br />

It is also not too late to sow the larger<br />

ones for autumn and early winter harvests.<br />

Kohl rabi looks like a root, but is actually a<br />

swollen stem, growing just above the ground and<br />

is really quick and easy to grow. It is often sown –<br />

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like parsnips or leeks. It can be eaten as a side dish on its<br />

own, sliced into stir fries, grated with carrot to make a<br />

coleslaw, or added to a casserole. It tastes like broccoli stalks.<br />

Autumn and winter crops<br />

Resilient and steadfast, packed with vitamins and<br />

phytonutrients, the dark green leaves of cavolo nero<br />

(black kale) look beautiful, especially dusted with frost<br />

in the winter – just looking at them does you good.<br />

There are several striking varieties of kale, all robust and<br />

ready for Siberian conditions. ‘Red Russian’ is another<br />

handsome variety, then there’s the shorter, frillier and<br />

equally nutritious ‘Redbor’. They can be harvested in the<br />

autumn, but the leaves start to taste sweeter once there’s<br />

been a frost. Kale will keep going all through the winter,<br />

but it may need to be netted – against caterpillars and<br />

whitefly in the summer and pesky pigeons in the winter.<br />

Chard is another fine looking leafy crop, maybe even<br />

more beautiful than kale. Swiss chard is probably the<br />

best variety to grow for flavour, but there are some<br />

fabulously colourful chards around too, which are<br />

ornamental enough to grow in the flower borders.<br />

Chard ‘Bright Lights’ contains a mix with red, orange<br />

and yellow stems and there’s a magnificent variety called<br />

‘Pink Flamingo’ that looks too good to eat. Chard<br />

leaves have an earthy taste due to a compound called<br />

geosmin, which is also found in beetroot. Use it as you<br />

would spinach. Small young leaves can be added to salad<br />

mixes, the stems of bigger plants chopped and added<br />

to stir fries. Cook larger leaves as you would spinach.<br />

True spinach is unrelated to chard, but the perpetual<br />

variety is actually spinach beet, which is similar. It is<br />

another excellent leafy crop to grow through the autumn<br />

and winter. True spinach especially is much better grown<br />

either side of the summer months. Like some other<br />

leafy veg – pak choi, rocket, mustards etc – it is a cool<br />

season plant and will bolt in hot, dry weather. Repeat<br />

sow young leafy varieties for an extended supply – it<br />

seems to take a lot of leaves for just one serving, as they<br />

melt to nothing once cooked. Use the young leaves<br />

in salads, and lightly steam the larger, older leaves.<br />

It is good to sow vegetables in rows<br />

– not just because it looks tidy and<br />

smart, but for ease when harvesting<br />

and also so that you can tell the<br />

seedlings apart from the weedlings and<br />

be able to hoe in between the rows.<br />

A large expanse of just one crop may<br />

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food source by scent too – apparently<br />

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distance of two miles! Interplant with<br />

herbs, hardy annuals and companion<br />

plants to confuse them and to bring<br />

in pollinators and pest controllers.<br />

Watering<br />

Water seedlings and young plants to establish, but after that,<br />

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help the soil to retain water and it will also ensure that the<br />

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Whilst we all have regrets,<br />

my current one is not<br />

having made the effort<br />

to go to RHS Chelsea Flower Show<br />

this year. And whilst there’s good coverage<br />

on the TV, it’s not quite the same, is it. If I<br />

was only able to see one garden it would have<br />

been Sarah Price’s wonderful evocation of Sir<br />

Cedric Morris’s (1889-1982) house and garden,<br />

Benton End, in Hadleigh, Suffolk. This is<br />

where he and his partner, Arthur Lett-Haines,<br />

ran an art school, a ‘bohemian establishment’<br />

for fellow artists and where he developed his<br />

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been sorely neglected but – and this is very good news – it is<br />

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over ninety bearded irises in colours ‘that are hard<br />

to describe’ is the story too of two Sarahs.<br />

Many of you will have seen Sarah Price’s show garden<br />

at Chelsea. The creation of straw cob walls in her garden<br />

was designed to echo the building materials of a sixteenth<br />

century Suffolk house. And on being interviewed at<br />

the Show, she spoke of the re-creation of the garden at<br />

Benton End and said that you could see and feel that it<br />

had received so much love. When asked about the Benton<br />

irises she used in the garden she said her biggest worry<br />

was whether they would open on cue. This they did and<br />

she describes the pearlescent sheen of the petals as being<br />

‘absolutely extraordinary’. The subtle colour palette of the<br />

Benton irises are very reminiscent of the colours Morris<br />

used in some of his many flower paintings, an example<br />

of which is ‘The Eggs’ which hangs in the Tate Gallery.<br />

And then there is Sarah Cook, who worked at Sissinghurst<br />

as Head Gardener on two different occasions and who took<br />

over from the legendary joint Head Gardeners, Pamela<br />

Schwerdt and Sibylle Kreutzberger. She describes her first<br />

season there when she made it her mission to find out all the<br />

names of the plants in the garden. She felt extraordinarily<br />

nervous until she recognised I. ‘Benton Nigel’ in one of<br />

the borders and felt she had come home. Sarah was born<br />

and bred in Hadleigh and remembered Benton End from<br />

her childhood when her mother ran Red Cross fêtes in<br />

the garden and her grandmother knew Sir Cedric.<br />

She has a deep relationship with Benton End, its garden<br />

and its history and in particular the irises, and she sees<br />

Sir Cedric Morris as a forerunner of the naturalistic<br />

planters with his collection of rare plants, many of them<br />

brought back from his winter sojourns abroad. She now<br />

has a National Collection of Sir Cedric Morris irises at<br />

her home in Shelley four miles away from Hadleigh and is<br />

continually seeking out and collecting more of the cultivars.<br />

Beth Chatto, friend and protegée, introduced Nigel<br />

Scott to Sir Cedric in 1952. He was a poet and a very<br />

keen gardener and had been on minesweepers in the<br />

Mediterranean during the war. Every so often he managed<br />

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the Southern Alps where he gained considerable knowledge<br />

of species plants growing in their native habitat. Nigel<br />

moved into Benton End, joining an extended household,<br />

soon after they met and the two men apparently gardened<br />

together ‘from dawn to dusk’. The iris named after Nigel<br />

was named in 1956 and is described as having ‘violet<br />

standards and inky purple falls’. This was very much the<br />

heyday of the garden and it was Nigel Scott who persuaded<br />

Sir Cedric to plant in drifts rather than straight lines.<br />

Cedric Morris had a great affinity with animals and there<br />

was a considerable menagerie at Benton End. Some of his<br />

irises were named after them; in particular, Iris ‘Benton<br />

Menace’ named after a troublesome tom cat, Menace, who<br />

fathered a plethora of kittens and then there was Iris ‘Benton<br />

Baggage’ named after a particularly fecund female cat.<br />

One of the favourite irises on the Chelsea garden was I.<br />

‘Benton Olive’ named after Morris’s friend and plantswoman,<br />

Olive Murrell. She and her husband set up Orpington<br />

Nursery in Kent and grew irises in their thousands. She bred<br />

a prize winning iris called I. ‘White City’ which became<br />

one of the parents of many of the Benton End irises. Iris<br />

‘Benton Olive’ combines creamy olive, purple veining and<br />

a lilac splash on the falls, which we will get to in a minute.<br />

Sarah Price thought it her favourite but depending on the<br />

light and the time of day other irises caught her eye.<br />

After Sir Cedric’s death in 1982 many iris seedlings were<br />

found in the kitchen garden. They were retrieved by the<br />

British Iris Society. They all flowered and one in particular<br />

– a pale lilac with dove markings and shaded in pale<br />

brown – was named by the Society, I. ‘Benton Farewell’.<br />

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Growing Irises<br />

Irises are a rhizomatous perennial flowering in late May<br />

onwards. Many of them are fragrant and they all are<br />

made up of three upward petals (the standards) and<br />

then the downward petals (known as the falls). These<br />

six petals then have a fuzzy ‘beard’ at the base of the<br />

falls often in contrasting colours. And whilst they do<br />

not have a particularly long flowering season, they are<br />

completely fabulous both in bud and then in flower.<br />

There are various different forms of bearded iris<br />

depending on height and they are the most flamboyant<br />

– the Benton irises are known as tall bearded.<br />

So what do they need to give a good display?<br />

Firstly, they need a moist but really well drained soil in<br />

FULL sun. They’d grow well in a gravel garden alongside<br />

euphorbia and white valerian. Once you’ve bought your<br />

plant, cut the leaves back to about six inches and make a<br />

mound. Place the rhizome (root) on the surface and spread<br />

the roots around the mound. I can just imagine them<br />

looking a little like an octopus at this stage. Trim the roots<br />

so that once you have planted the iris, no strands of root<br />

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large root<br />

system. The important<br />

thing is that the rhizome is<br />

constantly exposed to the sun so that<br />

the following year’s flowers can form.<br />

It’s quite difficult to incorporate irises into<br />

a mixed border as you don’t want the rhizome to<br />

get covered by another plant’s foliage. One tip I<br />

read was to plant more than one rhizome at a time<br />

with the leaves on the outer edge to form a triangle<br />

and to provide a barrier to other plants. Once you<br />

have got them in, don’t bother watering them.<br />

September is a good month as the soil is still warm.<br />

Irises usually need to be split every three years or so and<br />

then not be planted in the same area. Once you lift them, split<br />

the rhizomes, throw away the old central rhizome and then replant<br />

with the young rhizomes facing the sun and the leaves shortened.<br />

The kiss of death with irises is to mulch them, but you can keep them<br />

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added magnesium for a really healthy plant. Rose food is good for this.<br />

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warm up those vocal chords and<br />

pack up a tasty picnic to join in<br />

for an evening of musical fun<br />

at the iconic location. Playing a<br />

mixture of rock, pop and soul<br />

classics, The Dial Band return<br />

to Ightham Mote to entertain<br />

you with a musical feast while<br />

you enjoy with whatever<br />

delights you’ve packed in your<br />

hamper. Booking essential.<br />

Entry: £15<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />


Sat 1 <strong>July</strong> 10am-4pm<br />

Reading Street Village<br />

CT10 3AZ<br />



From a quaint small cottage<br />

garden to an award-winning<br />

wildlife patch, a sweet fairy garden<br />

for the little ones and Taddy’s<br />

Allotments, Reading Street’s<br />

fourth open garden event offers all<br />

sorts of lovely gardens to explore.<br />

All of the gardens are within a<br />

five to ten minute walk from St<br />

Andrew’s Church. There will also<br />

be plants and produce sales and<br />

refreshments and lunches will be<br />

available in the Community Hall<br />

to eat in or take away. Tickets are<br />

available from various points in<br />

the village (near Broadstairs).<br />

Entry: £5, accompanied<br />

children free<br />

Contact: offstand@btinternet.com<br />


Sun 16 <strong>July</strong><br />

The Recreation Ground,<br />

Appledore, Ashford TN26 2AE<br />



Appledore Vintage Vehicle Rally<br />

brings together a fantastically<br />

diverse vintage vehicles<br />

from far and wide including<br />

cars, motorcycles, buses and<br />

commercial vehicles dating<br />

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Ceramics<br />

Furniture<br />

Glass<br />

Leather<br />

Jewellery<br />

Metalwork<br />

Pewter<br />

Printmaking<br />

Textile art<br />

Textiles<br />

Woodwork<br />

Live demos<br />

Contemporary<br />


Michelham Priory<br />

28 - 30 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

10.30am - 5pm<br />

Special price: Craft Show, House & Gardens: Adults £10 Children £5<br />

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker,<br />

Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3QS<br />

www.thesussexguild.co.uk<br />

Registered Charity no: 292234<br />

Godinton House & Gardens<br />

Sculpture in the Garden<br />

Saturday, 22 <strong>July</strong> to Sunday, 13 August, 1pm-6pm<br />

View work on carefully curated trail through 12-acre garden<br />

Pre-booking<br />

recommended at<br />

godintonhouse.co.uk<br />

Annual<br />

exhibition of<br />

contemporary<br />

sculpture by<br />

respected local<br />

artists<br />

Garden entry £8<br />

Free catalogue from ticket office<br />

Godinton Lane,<br />

Ashford, Kent<br />

TN23 3BP<br />

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Summer of Tudors<br />

at Ightham Mote<br />

With five weeks of exciting Tudor displays, trails, performances and activities, there’s<br />

something for the whole family to enjoy at Ightham Mote this Summer of Tudors.<br />

We’re kicking off with Tudor Festival Weekend on the 29th and 30th <strong>July</strong>.<br />

Enjoy some hands-on history demonstrations every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9th August.<br />

We’re finishing off the summer in style on the 2nd and 3rd of September with a magnificent weekend of<br />

Tudor-inspired falconry, and bird of prey displays.<br />

© National Trust 2019. Registered Charity no. 205846. Photography © Holly Halford<br />

To discover more about our offer, please visit nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote/whats-on or call 01732 810378<br />

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from the early 1900s to the<br />

modern day. Expect a day filled<br />

with entertainment including<br />

arena events, auto-jumble,<br />

entertaining displays and tasty<br />

refreshments, as well as plenty<br />

of stunning vehicles to admire.<br />

Entry: adults £5, families £10<br />

appledorevehiclerally.co.uk<br />



Sat 8 <strong>July</strong> 10.30am-3.30pm<br />

Sarah Louise Dix Upholstery,<br />

57 St John’s Street, Farncombe,<br />

Godalming, <strong>Surrey</strong> GU7 3EH<br />





Sarah Louise Dix Upholstery<br />

offers a wonderful selection<br />

of upholstery courses and<br />

workshops, which are suitable<br />

for all abilities. From beginners<br />

or those with no experience,<br />

to intermediate and those<br />

with more experience, there’s<br />

something for everyone. Their<br />

courses and workshops use a<br />

combination of traditional and<br />

modern upholstery and are<br />

taught in small groups. The<br />

courses run during the week, at<br />

weekends and evenings at the<br />

studio in Godalming, <strong>Surrey</strong>.<br />

Advance booking required.<br />

Entry: 1 day footstool course for<br />

beginners £150, 10 week course for<br />

beginners or intermediate £450<br />

Contact: 01483 801108<br />

enquiries@sarahlouisedix.co.uk<br />

sarahlouisedix.co.uk/<br />

upholstery-courses<br />

Sat 22 <strong>July</strong> 9.30am-4pm<br />

Lake House, Maidstone Road,<br />

Hothfield, Ashford, TN26 1AR<br />




If you or someone close to you<br />

is looking for a natural way to<br />

manage menopause or perimenopause<br />

symptoms, this day<br />

retreat may be just the ticket. Join<br />

Alison Bartolo and Jo Adams for<br />

a full day women’s wellness retreat<br />

at Lake House, Ashford. You’ll<br />

learn about natural solutions and<br />

essential oils which can support<br />

and balance your hormones.<br />

The day will also include gentle<br />

exercise, low-tox living support<br />

info, healthy and delicious food,<br />

relaxation techniques, a chance<br />

to get your burning questions<br />

answered and so much more –<br />

you’ll even make a nourishing skin<br />

product to take home with you.<br />

You can find out more<br />

information and book tickets<br />

online and there’s even a<br />

discount for groups!<br />

eventbrite.co.uk/e/manageyour-menopause-day-retreattickets-627649415297<br />

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Photography © National Trust Images/John Miller<br />

Theatre at<br />

Smallhythe Place<br />

Experience live performances at<br />

Smallhythe Place's stunning 17th century<br />

Barn Theatre. Tickets from £5.<br />



AND FAIR<br />



Smallhythe, Tenterden, TN30 7NG<br />

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Look out for our<br />

Education<br />

<strong>Supplement</strong><br />

in the September<br />

issue of Wealden Times<br />

and <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong><strong>Home</strong>s</strong><br />

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Presents<br />

The<br />

Caterpillar<br />

and the<br />

Blackbird<br />

A colourful new Jukebox<br />

musical filled with fun<br />

for the whole family.<br />

Telling the story of a restless caterpillar<br />

searching for more meaning to her life<br />

than her small patch of ground and eating<br />

leaves - Where she dreams of going on<br />

adventures and seeing the world.<br />

After a chance encounter with a blackbird,<br />

the caterpillar’s dreams come true.<br />

19 th August<br />

1:30pm & 6:00pm<br />

Roedean<br />

Brighton<br />

15 th September<br />

1:30pm & 6:00pm<br />

De La Warr Pavilion<br />

Bexhill<br />

6 th October<br />

1:30pm & 4:30pm<br />

7 th October<br />

1:30pm & 6:00pm<br />

Stag Theatre<br />

Sevenoaks<br />

‘‘<br />

Really loved<br />

the songs and<br />

the dancing<br />

”<br />

‘‘<br />

My family wanted<br />

to see it again as<br />

soon as it ended!<br />

”<br />

fun<br />

and a wonderful<br />

‘‘Great<br />

message<br />

”<br />

School and group rates available. Please visit: www.narradance.com<br />

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Weds – Fri throughout Aug<br />

Mote Road, Ivy Hatch,<br />

Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT<br />



From the Battle of Bosworth to<br />

the Spanish Armada, join the folk<br />

at Ightham Mote to explore the<br />

rich and varied history of Tudor<br />

England with exciting hands-on<br />

history demonstrations and familyfriendly<br />

talks. Let their Tudor<br />

characters delight you with tales<br />

of how culture, entertainment,<br />

armour and food changed over the<br />

100 years of the Tudor dynasty.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Fri 11 – Fri 18 Aug<br />

Various locations around<br />

Broadstairs, Kent<br />


A fantastic week of music by the<br />

sea with over 450 events around<br />

beautiful Broadstairs (many free).<br />

You’ll find concerts, dances,<br />

workshops, ceilidhs, free family<br />

events, Morris dancing, pub gigs,<br />

parades and much more. Headline<br />

acts include Seth Lakeman, Lady<br />

Maisery and <strong>Home</strong> Service. The<br />

festival campsite for families is<br />

just 15-20 minutes walk from<br />

the centre of Broadstairs with<br />

a regular mini bus service.<br />

broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk<br />

Sat 19 & Sun 20 Aug<br />

Holden Farm, Biddenden<br />



A fun day out for all the family.<br />

While tractors remain the central<br />

attraction, there are plenty of<br />

stalls, vehicles, demonstrations,<br />

children’s entertainment, animals<br />

and arena displays to entertain<br />

both young and old. Pair this<br />

with enticing food and drink, live<br />

music and much more to see and<br />

do, and you’ve got all you need<br />

for a fun, family day out in the<br />

delightful Kent countryside. This<br />

will be the 9th year that the event<br />

has been held, run entirely by<br />

volunteers and with the support<br />

of registered charity, the Kent<br />

County Agricultural Society.<br />

tractorfest.co.uk<br />

Listings are correct at time of going<br />

to press but may be subject to change.<br />

Readers are advised to check with venues<br />

before making arrangements. We can list<br />

your event in the next issue of Wealden<br />

Times for only £75+VAT. Please supply<br />

up to 150 words that should include date,<br />

time, venue, contact for enquiries and any<br />

entry price to whatson@priceless-group.<br />

com or send with payment (cheques<br />

payable to Priceless Media Ltd.) to What’s<br />

On, Priceless Media, Kettle Chambers,<br />

21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent<br />

TN17 3HF. Priceless Media reserves the<br />

right to edit text to fit space allocated.<br />

Deadline for the next issue is 9th <strong>July</strong>.<br />

Summer visits to<br />

Sissinghurst Castle Garden<br />

Experience the beauty and history of<br />

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, tucked away<br />

in the Wealden countryside this summer.<br />

Biddenden Road, Nr Cranbrook, TN17 2AB<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst<br />



© National Trust <strong>2023</strong>. Registered charity no. 205846.<br />

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GARDEN<br />

WEEK<br />

11th <strong>July</strong> every day<br />

to 15th <strong>July</strong><br />





East Sussex/Kent border TN5 7HE 01580 200888<br />

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It’s a numbers game at<br />

Coopers Farm this month,<br />

as Jane takes stock<br />

Summer has at last arrived, all the<br />

animals are out grazing, the hay has<br />

been made and stored in the barn<br />

and so life in the cow department (that’s<br />

me) is very straightforward while the shepherd<br />

(that’s husband Adrian) still has his work cut out.<br />

The bull was turned out with the cows at the<br />

beginning of May and then taken away from them at<br />

the end of June. Eight weeks will have been long enough<br />

for Bill (the bull) to sort them out, so all that remains<br />

is a daily wander round the farm to ‘looker’, this being<br />

the ancient art of checking on stock to make sure all is<br />

well, that the troughs are full and the gates are shut.<br />

Sheep and cows are herd animals and will stick<br />

together whether grazing or lying down and chewing<br />

the cud – so you need to keep an eye<br />

out for any animals that have split from<br />

the group, usually they will be standing<br />

alone, tucked away in a quiet place,<br />

ears back and head hung low with a<br />

generally dejected appearance. When<br />

I looker the cows and calves it’s easy<br />

because if either mother or baby is in<br />

trouble the other half will make a great<br />

deal of noise and alert you to there being<br />

a problem. But when it comes to the<br />

yearlings, who have yet to make any<br />

close attachments – if your mate is off<br />

colour, tough luck – I have to count to<br />

make sure all are present and correct.<br />

We have eighteen in that group and here’s a funny<br />

but true thing about counting stock. If on your first<br />

attempt there’s only seventeen, then you do it again<br />

and may get nineteen and you keep counting till you<br />

make it eighteen – at which point you congratulate<br />

yourself that they’re all there and walk away – job done!<br />

Trying to count a flock of eighty sheep,<br />

however, really is impossible, but then again so<br />

much of the shepherd’s lot is tricky, annoying<br />

and far harder than looking after cattle.<br />

As someone famously<br />

said, there are<br />

two things sheep<br />

like doing, one<br />

is escaping and<br />

one is dying and<br />

if they can die<br />

escaping then that<br />

is true happiness.<br />

As someone famously said, there are two things<br />

sheep like doing, one is escaping and one is dying and<br />

if they can die escaping then that is true happiness. All<br />

summer they have to be regularly wormed, have jabs to<br />

stop diseases, have their feet trimmed and be sprayed<br />

with some noxious chemicals to prevent fly strike – a<br />

ghastly condition where bluebottles lay<br />

eggs in the wool and, if undetected,<br />

the maggots hatch and burrow into<br />

the skin and literally devour the poor<br />

animal. And of course they need to be<br />

shorn of their thick woolly fleeces.<br />

Rather like those challenges for how<br />

many hotdogs you can eat in a minute,<br />

sheep shearing can be a very competitive<br />

business. Adrian Copp, a shearer from<br />

New South Wales, recently broke a<br />

world record by shearing 605 lambs in<br />

eight hours, that’s one per 48 seconds!<br />

Meanwhile, back in Stonegate, husband<br />

Adrian can manage about 10 sheep in a<br />

morning so that would be over a week to shear all eighty.<br />

Sadly we’re too far away to call on Adrian Copp but<br />

with the services of the much younger (than husband)<br />

James, it still takes the two of them all day to shear, make<br />

endless cups of tea and ‘wind’ the fleeces into big wool<br />

sacks ready to go off to The Wool Marketing Board.<br />

Over in the cattle department however I will spend<br />

my summer wandering peacefully through the wild<br />

flower meadows watching my brown cows grow sleeker<br />

and glossier by the day, and being annoyingly smug!<br />

Find out more about daily life at Coopers Farm by visiting coopersfarmstonegate.co.uk<br />

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Contact us for our <strong>2023</strong> brochure<br />

Sevenoaks - Tel: 01732 762682<br />

Tunbridge Wells - Tel: 01892 520730<br />


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