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The lifestyle magazine for Kent & Sussex - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

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


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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 historicallyinspired<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 />

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Jane Howard tallies up<br />

her flock and herd<br />



22 pages of<br />

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From the<br />

Editor<br />

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

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

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Jo Fairley, Sarah Maxwell and Charlotte<br />

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Swing out Sister<br />

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

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

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

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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 />

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Biddenden Tractorfest is being held<br />

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

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

vehicles, demonstrations, children’s<br />

entertainment, animals and arena<br />

displays to entertain both young<br />

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Go Potty<br />

On Friday 28th<br />

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

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Festival Fun<br />

Be sure to book Thursday 27th<br />

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

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

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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 />

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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 this table<br />

for a classic afternoon tea on a<br />

summer’s day! You’ll find just<br />

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

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

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Interior with<br />

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Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Styling: Holly Levett<br />

Justine Hodgson-Barker’s<br />

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Previous pages & above: A cosy seating area is painted a salmon-y<br />

terracotta colour with seating provided by a vintage 60s sofa and two<br />

1930s era Italian armchairs. Between them is an original Tam-Tam stool<br />

by Henry Massonnet, bought for £5 from a junk shop. A desk and<br />

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

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the pretty front garden, alive with blossoming fruit trees and<br />

a hum of activity. Despite being quite early, a welcoming voice called<br />

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

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

at my feet and looked down to find Splodge the King Charles Spaniel.<br />

“We have a running joke in the family that he always gives the best<br />

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

As Justine showed me around she told me that the house wasn’t<br />

the kind of period property they intended to buy. They were initially<br />

looking for a 1960s style project, that could be totally transformed<br />

into the coolest mid-century pad! However this 1930s house, with<br />

its outbuildings and potential to re-structure, meant that they could<br />

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

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

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

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

Mum’s eye for transforming spaces. Mum loved decorating, she also<br />

loved re-structuring to create zoned living, by knocking through<br />

rooms and out onto the garden, which flooded the house with <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 />

light. She even took down bannisters and<br />

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

the living room and hall, extending<br />

the illusion of space and continuing<br />

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

in the early 80s before any of this was<br />

fashionable and always on a shoe-string<br />

of a budget! She was ahead of her time.”<br />

Justine went on to create a living<br />

from interior design by developing her<br />

skills to offer a comprehensive service<br />

from concept to completion. Working<br />

her corporate background she learned<br />

the skill of Project Management and,<br />

most importantly, completing projects<br />

on time and to budget. “That’s how<br />

I’ve survived in a competitive creative<br />

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the rest is all project plans, co-ordinating<br />

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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 />

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

she had these foundations that she went<br />

back to school to train in Space Planning<br />

and interior design, explaining, “A lot<br />

of people enjoy the design element,<br />

but aren’t keen on the technical side<br />

and managing the highs and lows of<br />

implementation – but I loved that side<br />

especially.” She went on to establish her<br />

own practice in London working on<br />

some large architect projects, describing<br />

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

Justine now runs Barker Design, a<br />

successful interior design practice of four<br />

based in Tunbridge wells. They offer<br />

personality-led design, meaning that every<br />

single project is unique to the client. She<br />

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

of Tunbridge Wells three years ago, and<br />

has been simultaneously renovating<br />

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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 />

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

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

vodka factory in eastern Europe, next to<br />

sleek marble worktops and state-of-the-art<br />

appliances. “I love to mix eras and styles,<br />

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table is big enough to comfortably seat the<br />

entire family plus guests, Justine explains<br />

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wood her joiner found at the timber yard.<br />

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On the opposite wall a Connor Brothers<br />

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A cosy seating area is painted a<br />

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60s sofa next to two gorgeous 1930s<br />

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an original Tam-Tam stool by Henry<br />

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explains. A lamp in the corner provides<br />

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splurge, but is actually another high street<br />

buy, this time from French Connection<br />

– “everyone thinks it’s really expensive!”<br />

The doorway into the living room<br />

next door was enlarged to incorporate<br />

a pair of late 18th century bi-fold<br />

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at a reclamation yard and fell in love<br />

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re-structured around them,” says Justine.<br />

“The way I work with clients is the same,<br />

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Top: Next to the seating area, the shelving unit is neatly stacked with magazines and books Above left & right: Justine’s pets make themselves comfortable<br />

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in Hastings. In the centre of the room<br />

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Wells. Next to the seating area, the<br />

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the artist who designed the Pink Floyd<br />

album covers, which Justine plans to use<br />

in the stairway, “It’s another key piece<br />

which I will build a scheme around.”<br />

Moving out of the house and across<br />

the back garden we enter the studio<br />

which is Justine’s office and creative HQ.<br />

The room is completely white in order<br />

to provide a neutral backdrop for client<br />

discussions, and on the wall are some<br />

visuals for an upcoming meeting – a<br />

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Above: Justine has divided the open plan living space with moveable bamboo screens. To the right of the fireplace posters by<br />

French artist Philippe Sommer are mounted above a simple curved wood table, next to a rocking chair and Eames lounge chair<br />

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Previous pages & this page: In the<br />

kitchen, deep dark blue walls and cabinets<br />

are joined by crisp white woodwork and<br />

collectable mid-century modern furniture<br />

The serious desire to change their<br />

lives and focus on new creative<br />

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main driving forces that led Londoners<br />

Alexa and Robin Easterby to move to<br />

Battle during lockdown. As soon as<br />

artist Robin, who had been working for<br />

many years in the advertising industry<br />

and executive creative producer Alexa,<br />

who was at the time working for a<br />

major global retail brand, saw the artist’s<br />

studio, located next to the three storey<br />

Victorian villa, they were hooked. “We<br />

came down between the two lockdowns<br />

and saw about seven houses one<br />

Saturday,” says Robin. “We didn’t know<br />

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

the studio, with its huge skylights and<br />

the house with the potential to create<br />

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This page: The sitting room is painted in<br />

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khaki green has been used behind shelving<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 />

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features of a large Victorian villa and it’s one of the other<br />

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

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

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

the house, to let his vision become a reality. The colours are<br />

bold: greens, blues, pinks and browns, and yet each room<br />

works in unity with the others. Often Robin has used not<br />

one but two or three colours, each working in harmony<br />

creating foreground and background shade on walls or<br />

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

In the sitting room, Alexa and Robin used Invisible Green<br />

by Edward Bulmer in conjunction with a darker khaki<br />

green which sits behind shelving and on walls that acts as<br />

an optical trick giving more depth to the room. Pieces of<br />

mid-century modern furniture that the couple had in their<br />

London flat, are complemented by upholstery in different<br />

shades of green and pops of rusty orange. A large, soft,<br />

treacle coloured velvet sofa by Loaf works perfectly by two<br />

velvet ottomans by Made, offering a pleasing palette of<br />

calming shades and textures which is mirrored in wall lights<br />

by Pooky, some vintage bamboo tables from Vinterior <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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and Urban Outfitters, alongside personal art pieces<br />

and an upholstered chair in Rapture & Wright Moorish<br />

Maze Burnt Orange, which Robin had originally found<br />

in the local recycling centre, that completes the room.<br />

Look a little closer as you make your way up the house’s<br />

elegant winding staircase, carpeted in a hard wearing (and<br />

dog proof) sisal flooring by Tapi Carpets, and your eye will<br />

be drawn to the mini exhibition of convex mirrors (from<br />

Harborough Nurseries in Guestling) and contemporary<br />

music and fashion photography – by the likes of Greg<br />

Williams, Gavin Evans, Geoff MacCormack, Amelia<br />

Troubridge & James Gooding – collected by Alexa over<br />

the years from when she was a photographers’ agent and<br />

producer in London, as well as from local galleries such as<br />

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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, designed<br />

by Robin, is more traditionally masculine, painted in dark<br />

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The second master bedroom was<br />

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They are so calming and remind me<br />

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

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

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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 />

visiting intothegardenroom.com<br />

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 />

size any shape’ philosophy makes<br />

them perfect for those looking to fill<br />

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

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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 />

of the planning and building control<br />

applications allowing them to sit back<br />

and watch their new home-fromhome<br />

take shape. 01843 821851<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 Surrey, 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 />

Surrey, 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, Surrey. 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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“It’s all about<br />

finding a relaxed,<br />

unorthodox<br />

and uniquely<br />

stylish look”<br />

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Experts in <strong>Home</strong> Cinema Installation & Technology<br />

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We’re gonna need a<br />

Bigger Screen<br />

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 />

disappear into the room's aesthetic. The<br />

Sonance Reference 1 system was the<br />

epitome of this philosophy, delivering a<br />

powerful and captivating audio experience<br />

while maintaining an unobtrusive<br />

presence. This 7.2.2 system, consisting of<br />

seven main speakers, two subwoofers, and<br />

two overhead speakers, ensured that every<br />

audio detail and nuance was faithfully<br />

reproduced as intended.<br />

Complementing the immersive audio<br />

experience was the JVC NP5 projector, a<br />

true marvel of visual technology. Its vibrant<br />

colours and stunning clarity brings films<br />

to life, captivating both young and old<br />

alike. Paired with the Projecta screen, every<br />

frame unfolds with cinematic grandeur,<br />

transporting the family to the very<br />

heart of the action.<br />

To make the room not only a sanctuary<br />

for the family but also an inviting space for<br />

guests, Lake Electrical focused on creating<br />

a user-friendly intuitive environment. The<br />

controls were thoughtfully designed to be<br />

easy to understand and operate, ensuring<br />

that everyone can effortlessly enjoy their<br />

favourite movies and media.<br />

In addition to designing and integrating<br />

the Sonance Reference 1 system and<br />

accompanying technology, comprehensive<br />

building works and decoration helped<br />

realise the clients’ vision. Dedication to<br />

detail and craftsmanship has resulted<br />

in a stunning room exuding comfort<br />

and sophistication.<br />

It's worth noting that the entire project,<br />

excluding soft furnishings, amounted to<br />

under £35,000+ VAT. This investment<br />

ensured that every aspect of the room was<br />

tailored to perfection, providing a complete<br />

sensory experience. The result was a<br />

harmonious fusion of technology and<br />

family-oriented design, where relaxation,<br />

entertainment, and connectivity neatly<br />

converge. The clients’ vision for a space<br />

that brings joy, relaxation, and togetherness<br />

to the young family was perfectly realised.<br />

To find out more about Lake Electrical<br />

visit lake-electrical.co.uk<br />

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small space<br />


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

atmosphere of even the smallest of residential projects, as she shows us around a micro-home with big ambition<br />

rchitecture and interior<br />

studio, studio elle, specialises<br />

in creating beautiful Surrey<br />

homes, from small design<br />

tasks like kitchen design or room furniture<br />

selection, to extensive renovations and<br />

extensions. It’s a common misconception<br />

that architects and interior designers<br />

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

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

far from the truth. This airy and modern<br />

micro-home in Surrey illustrates just how<br />

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

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

modest budget and a little help from the<br />

right architect.<br />

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

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

renovated since the 80s and lacked basic<br />

amenities such as a fridge, a washing machine<br />

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 />

to many small-scale and humble budget<br />

problems, but it can be done and here’s how:<br />

The Layout – Retain as much of the<br />

existing layout as possible to avoid any<br />

costly structural, electrical or plumbing<br />

interventions.<br />

The Aesthetic – Maintain a controlled and<br />

elegant material language throughout to<br />

avoid visual clutter.<br />

The Furniture – Use leftover materials to<br />

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 />

The Storage – Create custom storage<br />

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

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

”<br />

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

added coving, seamlessly blending into the<br />

fabric of the room.<br />

The Details – Hand-source small items<br />

such as handles; switch taps and accessories<br />

to make even the cheapest spec kitchen look<br />

curated and considered.<br />

Value, space and character can be added to the smallest of<br />

spaces with a modest budget and a little help from the right architect<br />

A “<br />

Being involved from the outset of the<br />

project, the micro-home has exceeded the<br />

client’s expectations through painstaking<br />

organisation, meticulous attention to detail<br />

and a deep understanding of the client’s brief<br />

and the way of life. No matter the size of<br />

your space or idea, working with the right<br />

architect who is determined to help you<br />

create the space you deserve adds so much<br />

more than monetary value.<br />

If you have any ideas (no matter how big or<br />

small) to discuss with studio elle, get in touch<br />

at studioellearchitecture.com or follow on<br />

Instagram for inspiration and latest updates<br />

@studio.elle.architecture<br />

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Is it time to sell up and move on to your next home to love?<br />

Here are some alterations that will give your sale a big boost<br />

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Beautiful Bi-folds<br />

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

style cottage, bi-fold doors give you a sophisticated and timeless look<br />

and a whole new way to interact with your garden. These beautiful<br />

Origin bi-folding doors were supplied and installed by Shard Solutions<br />

and as they are completely bespoke, you can customise them to meet<br />

your stylistic and practical requirements. shardhome.com<br />

A Fresh Bathroom<br />

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 />

basin and matching WC along with bright tiles are<br />

going to be memorable and help your home stand<br />

out from the crowd. Add pretty hand towels and<br />

attractive soaps as the final flourish.” In this example,<br />

an Astonian Roma basin £844 and wall hung WC<br />

£673 in sky blue from Aston Matthews create a fun<br />

and family-friendly vibe that will leave an impression<br />

on any home viewers. astonmatthews.co.uk<br />

A Cool<br />

Kitchen<br />

You won’t be surprised to see a sleek<br />

shiny new kitchen on this list. A sure<br />

bet to make sure your home really<br />

stands out.<br />

“A handmade, bespoke kitchen is<br />

the must-have showpiece of every<br />

dream home and creates the lifestyle<br />

to which we all aspire,” explains John<br />

Stephens from Rencraft. “Providing<br />

a central hub to cook, dine, gather<br />

and entertain friends and family – an<br />

expertly crafted, stunning kitchen is at<br />

the top of everyone’s wish list.”<br />

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Fitted<br />

Wardrobes<br />

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

all the clothes and untidy bits and bobs are hidden<br />

away! We all look for good storage when considering<br />

a new home. “Fitted wardrobes are an excellent way<br />

to create additional space and storage in your home<br />

and, as all Sliderobes designs are completely bespoke,<br />

they can fit seamlessly with the style of your room, in<br />

colours and finishes of your choice. As well as being<br />

practical day-to-day, fitted wardrobes will stand the<br />

test of time and add value to your home.” – Joanna<br />

Azevedo, Head of Design at Sliderobes. sliderobes.co.uk<br />

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5<br />

A <strong>Home</strong> Office<br />

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

buyers will have a home office at the top of their ‘must<br />

have’ list. And if it’s in the garden even better, lending<br />

that all important work/home separation. Who doesn’t<br />

want to commute by wandering down the garden path?<br />

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

styling with a traditional garden lodge feel. The sloping<br />

roof extends from all sides creating a grand hooded<br />

feature, styled in either black or graphite. The three-board<br />

decking is colour matched with your choice of either<br />

graphite or black to complete the aesthetic. Unique to<br />

the TGO range is the wrap-around door and window<br />

sets to enhance the corner aspect of your garden office.<br />

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A Statement<br />

Entrance<br />

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

exterior of your property and the front door. A<br />

splash of paint, beautiful hardware or a statement<br />

porch can set the tone nicely for a viewing and give<br />

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

and elegant entrance from ZAC adds a sense<br />

of grandeur and makes a real feature out of the<br />

property’s double doors.<br />

ZAC also creates beautiful award-winning zinc and<br />

copper verandas and porches, which are perfect to<br />

enhance any home with a stunning leisure area to<br />

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

bed. And a good night’s sleep will contribute to<br />

your wellbeing in the long run, so look at your<br />

bed as a worthwhile investment. Vi Spring beds<br />

are made from only the highest quality materials.<br />

Sourced from remote and unique places, then<br />

carefully finessed by their master bed makers<br />

– every fleece and fibre is feather-soft, downy<br />

and light. The end result is a collection of<br />

luxurious beds that offer comfort like nothing<br />

else. This Vi Spring Regal Superb 150x200cm<br />

(Kingsize) Divan Set including mattress and<br />

base (headboard not included) is £9,150 but you<br />

can get it on sale for £7,325 at Lenleys <strong>Home</strong><br />

Canterbury or Maidstone. lenleys.co.uk<br />

A simple small armchair will always<br />

find a good spot to live in any<br />

home. This BoConcept Charlotte<br />

chair combines comfort, durability<br />

and a beautiful clean design that<br />

make it versatile and timeless.<br />

It comes in multiple fabrics and<br />

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Best To<br />

Invest<br />

Buying furniture you’ll love for<br />

many years is not only good<br />

for your bank balance and for<br />

the planet – choosing pieces for<br />

your home that are timeless,<br />

reliable and become woven into<br />

your memories, gives a sense<br />

of comfort that’s well worth<br />

investing in<br />

Flexibility is king of keepers.<br />

Whether you move home or just<br />

move around the furniture, it’s wise<br />

to shop investment pieces that can<br />

move with you. This Cane Line<br />

Aura lounge sofa has a modular<br />

system that lets you play with your<br />

arrangement. It’s also super-elegant<br />

with its timeless style, high quality<br />

and superbly comfortable with<br />

down-filled cushions. Find it for<br />

£8,450 at Cobham Furniture or<br />

online at cobhamfurniture.co.uk<br />

The dining table is where so<br />

many wonderful memories<br />

are made – noisy family<br />

meals, birthday parties and<br />

late night chats with friends.<br />

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Recipes: Jo Arnell<br />

Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Fast Fish<br />

Dishes<br />

In the summer it’s all about<br />

easy food preparation, having<br />

a few quick and versatile<br />

recipes to hand is the key. Fish<br />

fillets – fresh or frozen – are<br />

satisfyingly speedy to cook.<br />

All the grisly hard work of<br />

preparation has been done and<br />

each fillet comes portion sized<br />

and ready to go. Prawns can<br />

be a little more fiddly, unless<br />

shelled and de-veined, but they<br />

cook in no time and unlike<br />

some more flaky fish, will hold<br />

their shape well in a sauce.<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 />

rolled pastry. I’ve made these<br />

as individual servings, but<br />

you could also use a side of<br />

salmon, which makes an<br />

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<br />

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

risotto and harissa yoghurt topping. It<br />

works as a one pan dish if you almost<br />

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<br />

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,<br />

add the herbs, lemon and spring<br />

onion with 200ml of stock<br />

then blend until smooth.<br />

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

the rice with a knob of butter for a<br />

couple of minutes, then add the spinach<br />

mixture. Stir and cook for 2 minutes,<br />

then gradually add the rest of the<br />

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

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

pan, cover and place in a preheated<br />

oven (180°C). Bake for 15 minutes,<br />

until the fish is cooked through.<br />

4. Serve with a spoonful of<br />

yoghurt, swirled with ½ teaspoon<br />

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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very day was<br />

a battle with<br />

agonising<br />

sciatica…but<br />

I’m pain-free and<br />

enjoying life again<br />

after IDD Therapy<br />

Sarah Gower from Marden had suffered<br />

with back pain ‘niggles’ for a few years,<br />

but last summer she was suddenly<br />

struck with unbearable sciatica in her<br />

leg which stopped her in her tracks.<br />

Sarah explains: “For as long as I can<br />

remember, I’ve always experienced a<br />

degree of discomfort in my back, which<br />

my osteopath at the time had put down to<br />

muscular issues, but one day I woke with<br />

the most excruciating sciatic pain which<br />

literally floored me; I could hardly move.”<br />

Over the following weeks Sarah’s pain and<br />

lack of movement completely disrupted<br />

her routine: “I couldn’t find a comfortable<br />

sleeping position for my back and the<br />

shooting pains in my leg woke me several<br />

times every night; I actually ended up<br />

sleeping on the floor out of desperation. I<br />

couldn’t go to work, driving was impossible,<br />

and everyday chores – even bathing and<br />

dressing – became incredibly difficult.”<br />

Sarah’s GP prescribed strong painkillers<br />

but after a short while, she discovered she<br />

was allergic to them. She was also put on<br />

a waiting list to see a spinal surgeon: “I<br />

knew it would be a few months before I<br />

saw a consultant, but honestly, I really<br />

wasn’t comfortable with the idea of<br />

spinal injections or surgery; I’d read<br />

about the risks and recovery periods<br />

involved and it was a big worry for me.”<br />

More than that, Sarah didn’t think<br />

she’d be able to manage waiting for an<br />

operation; she needed to get the pain sorted<br />

as soon as possible. “I’d seen some local<br />

magazine articles about patients who had<br />

recovered well at <strong>Wealden</strong> Osteopaths &<br />

Spine Centre, so I went for some handson<br />

osteopathy to begin with, but when<br />

I wasn’t responding, the Clinic Director<br />

James Pickering stepped in and arranged<br />

for me to have an MRI scan straight away;<br />

he suspected I had some disc damage - a<br />

possible reason for my relentless sciatica.”<br />

James’s thoughts were confirmed; the<br />

scan showed a herniated disc in Sarah’s<br />

lower back. He recommended a course of<br />

IDD Therapy, a targeted disc treatment<br />

for persistent back pain, neck pain and<br />

sciatica. The non-invasive treatment<br />

uses gentle pulling forces to draw<br />

apart spinal segments where discs are<br />

bulging or damaged, removing pressure<br />

and irritation from trapped nerves.<br />

James Pickering’s team is changing the lives of<br />

slipped disc and sciatica sufferers with IDD Therapy<br />

James’s expert team uses the programme<br />

to help patients who find themselves<br />

on a merry-go-round of painkillers,<br />

physiotherapy and GP visits.<br />

Sarah was keen to start her treatment<br />

immediately: “James was confident<br />

that IDD Therapy could help me; he<br />

reassured me that it would treat the<br />

root of my problem so that my sciatica<br />

wouldn’t return. I knew my progress<br />

may take some time, but I felt hopeful<br />

at last, and I went into the treatment<br />

programme feeling very positive.”<br />


After her IDD Therapy programme,<br />

Sarah enjoyed a pain-free holiday<br />

on the island of Jersey<br />

Sarah made steady progress with<br />

IDD Therapy; halfway through the<br />

programme, she felt a real improvement<br />

in her pain and movement.<br />

“I still can’t quite believe<br />

I’m back swimming, going<br />

to the gym and sleeping<br />

through the night at last.”<br />

When her course finished, she was<br />

completely pain-free and back to her usual<br />

routine: “Actually, I still can’t quite believe<br />

I’m back swimming, going to the gym and<br />

sleeping through the night at last. IDD<br />

Therapy has been a godsend, and James’s<br />

team has been wonderful throughout.”<br />

James is delighted with Sarah’s progress:<br />

“IDD Therapy continues to be an<br />

invaluable help to patients like Sarah<br />

who are stuck in ‘limbo’ between<br />

unsuccessful hands-on treatments,<br />

injections and surgery. It’s our first choice<br />

treatment for disc-related issues.”<br />

Don’t let back pain, neck pain or<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, Surrey<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 />

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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 <strong>Wealden</strong> 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 Round Two?<br />

Jo Arnell heads to the veg patch to prep for an autumn harvest<br />

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If you have some space in the vegetable garden – or<br />

if you’ve been thinking about growing vegetables but<br />

haven’t got round to it yet – there are still lots of edibles<br />

that can be sown now for harvests in the early autumn and<br />

the winter. Some of these are satisfyingly speedy and will be<br />

ready to eat in a matter of weeks, while the slower growing<br />

will become a living winter larder, providing a supply of<br />

nutritious roots and leaves to pick once the summer is over.<br />

Spring sown crops face a barrage of challenges – growth<br />

is strong, but the weather can be unreliable and there are<br />

so many pests and weeds around that it can be a battle<br />

trying to protect tiny seedlings from being overwhelmed.<br />

Starting again in the summer (or just starting) brings its<br />

own challenges – the weather is often hot and dry and<br />

you may be on holiday for part of the time, but it can<br />

be more successful. Some vegetables – Florence fennel<br />

for example – are supposed to be sown after the<br />

solstice and the slower rate of growth after<br />

that midsummer moment may mean that<br />

crops like beetroot, rocket and spinach<br />

won’t rush to flower and set seed.<br />

Fast Harvests<br />

Salad leaves, especially the cut<br />

and come again mixes you<br />

can buy, will be ready to eat<br />

within 3 or 4 weeks. If you<br />

pick the outer leaves each<br />

time, you’ll be able to keep the<br />

crop going for the rest of the<br />

summer. Later in the season<br />

rocket and spicy<br />

mustard mixes<br />

are good – these<br />

tend to bolt (run<br />

to seed) when<br />

sown earlier in<br />

the year. You can<br />

buy stir fry seed<br />

combinations for plot-to-wok moments – pak choi,<br />

tatsoi, choi sum, Chinese cabbage and mizuna are quick<br />

and 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 to grow<br />

than peas, as it is the whole pod that is eaten while the<br />

peas <strong>inside</strong> are tiny. They will need supports to scramble<br />

up – either twiggy pea sticks, or canes with netting.<br />

They should be ready to pick in around 9-10 weeks.<br />

Baby Roots<br />

Tiny turnips, mini carrots and radishes make great<br />

patio crops – they don’t take up much room<br />

and carrots especially may be better grown in<br />

containers to avoid them being attacked by<br />

carrot fly. This pesky little beast lays its eggs<br />

at the base of the plant and the larvae burrow<br />

down into the carrot roots, riddling them with<br />

holes. Luckily it only flies about 2 feet above the<br />

ground, so raising your crop – in a container or<br />

raised bed, is usually enough to put them off.<br />

Tiny turnips, as opposed<br />

to the larger, woodier types<br />

beloved by Baldrick, are<br />

great for slicing into stir<br />

fries and adding to the<br />

first autumn casseroles.<br />

I’m not often tempted<br />

by turnips, but have<br />

sometimes grown one<br />

called ‘Snowball’ and can<br />

recommended a variety<br />

called ‘Sweetball’ that can<br />

be grated into salads and<br />

slaws. It is also not<br />

too late to sow the

larger ones for autumn and early winter harvests.<br />

Kohl rabi looks like a root, but is actually a swollen stem,<br />

growing just above the ground and is really quick and<br />

easy to grow. It is often sown – like radishes, as a ‘catch<br />

crop’ in between rows of slower maturing vegetables like<br />

parsnips or leeks. It can be eaten as a side dish on its own,<br />

sliced into stir fries, grated with carrot to make a coleslaw,<br />

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 more<br />

beautiful than kale. Swiss chard is probably the best variety<br />

to grow for flavour, but there are some fabulously colourful<br />

chards around too, which are ornamental enough to grow<br />

in the flower borders. Chard ‘Bright Lights’ contains a mix<br />

with red, orange and yellow stems and there’s a magnificent<br />

variety called ‘Pink Flamingo’ that looks too good to eat.<br />

Chard leaves have an earthy taste due to a compound<br />

called geosmin, which is also found in beetroot. Use it as<br />

you would spinach. Small young leaves can be added to<br />

salad 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 another<br />

excellent leafy crop to grow through the autumn and winter.<br />

True spinach especially is much better grown either side of<br />

the summer months. Like some other leafy veg – pak choi,<br />

rocket, mustards etc – it is a cool season plant and will bolt<br />

in hot, dry weather. Repeat sow young leafy varieties for an<br />

extended supply – it seems to take a lot of leaves for just one<br />

serving, as they melt to nothing once cooked. Use the young<br />

leaves 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 smart,<br />

but for ease when harvesting and also<br />

so that you can tell the seedlings<br />

apart from the weedlings and be<br />

able to hoe in between the rows.<br />

A large expanse of just one crop may<br />

attract pests – they can often detect a<br />

food source by scent too – apparently<br />

carrot flies can smell carrots from a<br />

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,<br />

but after that, unless we are in a period of drought, or<br />

you’re growing crops that make pods or fruits – beans,<br />

squash, sweetcorn – you should not need to water on<br />

a regular basis. Plants should be able to find their own<br />

water once they have developed a good strong network<br />

of roots. Adding organic matter (but not to carrots or<br />

parsnips – they don’t like rich soil) will help the soil to<br />

retain water and it will also ensure that the soil is rich<br />

in microbes, which live in symbiosis with the roots of<br />

plants, helping them to access nutrients and water.<br />

It is seldom plain sailing where edibles are concerned, but<br />

sowing once the mad spring rush is over has advantages.<br />

Crops will still need protecting from pests, but the soil<br />

is still warm, there is a window of mild weather – often<br />

lasting until October or November and, as we move<br />

from summer into autumn, the ravening hordes of<br />

pests begin to slow down and the weeds aren’t quite as<br />

invasive. Growth is slower, but fed, watered and nurtured,<br />

bountiful harvests can continue for months to come.<br />

It is definitely not too late to grow some vegetables.<br />

Preparing the ground<br />

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Vegetables, especially those in the brassica family<br />

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rush of weed seedlings to emerge – when you dig over<br />

the soil – especially for the first time, you will bring<br />

weed seeds up to the surface. If possible let these<br />

germinate first before planting out your new crops.<br />


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Falling<br />

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Sue Whigham explores the magnetic attraction of majestic irises<br />

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 />

fine gardening skills in the naturalistic style.<br />

Over the years, Benton End’s house and garden has<br />

been sorely neglected but – and this is very good news – it is<br />

now in the process of restoration which is being undertaken<br />

by the Garden Museum and the Pinchbeck Charitable Trust.<br />

This story of Sir Cedric and his development of<br />

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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to get dropped off on strategic shores in order to walk in<br />

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 />

are showing above the ground for the birds to investigate.<br />

Whilst I have said a ‘moist’ soil, you want to remember<br />

not to plant in heavy clay, so add horticultural grit or sand<br />

to improve your soil. Or perhaps grow in a raised bed.<br />

They don’t work well in containers as they have a<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 />

healthy using a fungicide if they appear to be developing brown spot as<br />

the season progresses. Sarah Cook recommends a general fertilizer containing<br />

added magnesium for a really healthy plant. Rose food is good for this.<br />

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they are over. This will prevent the flower expending energy and producing seed.<br />

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Fri 28 – Sun 30 <strong>July</strong><br />

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Visit Michelham Priory, a Grade<br />

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several potters will show different<br />

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Contact: 01273 479565<br />

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Sun 16 <strong>July</strong> 11am-8pm<br />

The Bell, High Street, Ticehurst,<br />

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This year sees the fabulous Bell<br />

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run alongside their music festival<br />

on Rosemary Lane Day. The fair<br />

will showcase local artists and<br />

artisans and there will, of course,<br />

be delicious food on the BBQ<br />

and refreshing drinks. The music<br />

festival takes place in the beautiful<br />

garden with an acoustic set from<br />

Grammy Award Winner, Steve<br />

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Iris, King Size Slim, Cuban<br />

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The BIG little friendly Festival<br />

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Limber up for your dance moves,<br />

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

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From a quaint small cottage<br />

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All of the gardens are within a<br />

five to ten minute walk from St<br />

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Ceramics<br />

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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 />

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Traditional markets in Faversham’s historic town centre<br />

Our busy markets and independent shops and cafés<br />

make Faversham the perfect place to visit<br />

FAVERSHAM CHARTER MARKET – every Tuesday, Friday & Saturday<br />

BEST OF FAVERSHAM MARKET – 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month<br />

FAVERSHAM ANTIQUES MARKET – 1st Sunday of the month<br />

Triple Markets on the first weekend of the month<br />

Three wonderful markets packed into one weekend<br />


Faversham Charter Market - selling food & drink; plants;<br />

clothing; household goods and more<br />

Best of Faversham Market - showcasing locally produced arts; crafts; food & drink<br />

SUNDAY<br />

Faversham Antiques Market – the country’s largest town centre antiques market<br />

Check our website & social media for latest information<br />

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Summer visits to<br />

Sissinghurst Castle Garden<br />

Experience the beauty and history of<br />

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, tucked away<br />

in the <strong>Wealden</strong> countryside this summer.<br />



AND FAIR<br />



Biddenden Road, Nr Cranbrook, TN17 2AB<br />

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A traditional day out for the whole family<br />

19 & 20 August <strong>2023</strong> | 10am - 5pm<br />

Tractors • Classic cars • Horticultural machinery<br />

Steam engines • Stationary engines • Emergency vehicles<br />

Country crafts • Trade stalls • Tractor rides • Live demonstrations<br />

Animals • Live music • Wide range of food and drink<br />

plus much more…<br />

Photo credit: Countrywide Photographic and Holland-Gladwish Photography.<br />

Find us: Holden Farm, Sissinghurst Rd,<br />

Biddenden, Kent TN27 8EZ<br />

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Follow us for our<br />

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@biddenden_tractorfest<br />

BiddendenTractorfest<br />

@tractorfest<br />

Supported by<br />

Organised by local volunteers and supported by the Kent County<br />

Agricultural Society (charity number 1001191) www.kcas.org.uk<br />

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Presents<br />

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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 />

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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 />

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7 th October<br />

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Stag Theatre<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 />

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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 />

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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 />

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before making arrangements. We can list<br />

your event in the next issue of <strong>Wealden</strong><br />

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payable to Priceless Media Ltd.) to What’s<br />

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right to edit text to fit space allocated.<br />

Deadline for the next issue is 9th <strong>July</strong>.<br />

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Sculpture in the Garden<br />

Saturday, 22 <strong>July</strong> to Sunday, 13 August, 1pm-6pm<br />

Annual<br />

exhibition of<br />

contemporary<br />

sculpture by<br />

respected local<br />

artists<br />

View work on carefully curated trail through 12-acre garden<br />





Pre-booking<br />

recommended at<br />

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Garden entry £8<br />

Free catalogue from ticket office<br />

Godinton Lane,<br />

Ashford, Kent<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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