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

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OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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INTERIORS & BATHROOMS SUPPLEMENT <strong>inside</strong><br />

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





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Contents<br />

<strong>October</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 />


A full home revamp with<br />

colour and artworks galore<br />

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Harness your dark side with<br />

stylish picks from Dr Martens<br />



Rebecca Cuffe edits chic gothic<br />

style à la Wednesday Addams<br />


We head to Mexico for recipe<br />

inspiration this month<br />

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Jo Arnell concocts the<br />

ultimate bulb lasagne<br />



Sue Whigham is inspired by<br />

her recent garden travels<br />


Get to know Walthamstow Hall<br />

Sevenoaks’s new headmistress<br />

Louise Chamberlain<br />

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Emulate Justine Hodgson-<br />

Barker’s textured approach<br />


Take a tour of our food writer,<br />

Charlotte Butterworth’s,<br />

Provence-inspired home<br />


Enjoy period living with<br />

Charlotte’s classic choices<br />

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SPF 365<br />

Josephine Fairley stresses<br />

the importance of yearround<br />

sun protection<br />


Sarah Maxwell fits in a<br />

speedy meditation<br />


Charlotte Lau explores the<br />

power of turmeric<br />

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The latest trends<br />

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From the<br />

Editor<br />

As the <strong>October</strong> nights draw in, it’s time to savour cosy<br />

autumn evenings and make the most of our interiors.<br />

With a little help and inspiration from this issue’s<br />

<strong>Interiors</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong>, which has a special focus on<br />

bathrooms, you can focus in on the latest trends that<br />

are sure to stand the test of time. Think classic design,<br />

colour pops and sprinkle of West Coast cool.<br />

With the funkiest cinema room we’ve ever seen, the<br />

first of our house features is a real showcase for confident<br />

and beautiful use of pattern and texture. See how interior<br />

designer Justine Hodgson-Barker and her team completed<br />

a whole-house revamp for its art-loving owners. After our<br />

supplement, explore food writer and Wealden Times<br />

& <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong> contributor Charlotte Butterworth’s<br />

provence-influenced family home. When it comes to decor<br />

and furniture, she’s been careful to shop local and she’s now<br />

running a new series of cookery workshops where you can<br />

soak up her expertise in the comfort of her spacious kitchen,<br />

with incredible views over the surrounding countryside.<br />

Finally, are you, or do you know someone who is, looking<br />

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Sub Editor & Features Writer Emily Pavey<br />

Design & Production DirectorAnthony Boxall<br />

Sales ManagersLisa Gordon-Hughes<br />

Maria Hurley<br />

Senior Account ManagerSarah Norwood<br />

Account ExecutiveMarnie Newman<br />

Sales & Marketing Executive Zoe Parrish<br />

Wealden Times Show Director Flo Simpson<br />

Events Manager Liz Miles<br />

Events Sales Director Jude Brown<br />

Financial ControllerStephen Hunt<br />

Accounts Sarah Davies<br />

Nicola O’Leary<br />

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House<br />

Month<br />

of the<br />

£6,950,000<br />

Damien Pestell picks his favourite<br />

homes on the market<br />

Weybridge<br />

The dream: A handsome residence<br />

originally built by Tarrant in 1928<br />

and offering amazing privacy<br />

and seclusion. With stunning<br />

grounds of 2.25 acres, the property<br />

features a private tennis court,<br />

pool, and detached annexe. It’s a<br />

perfect home for a large family.<br />

Where: St Georges Hill is a soughtafter<br />

private estate set in 900 acres<br />

on the outskirts of Weybridge. It<br />

features a private championship<br />

golf course and a separate private<br />

tennis and squash club.<br />

Setting: In a generous plot backing<br />

onto the neighbouring golf course<br />

with some of the finest views.<br />

Beds: 7 Baths: 6<br />

Special features: The first floor<br />

boasts a spacious master bedroom<br />

with views over the extensive<br />

grounds, dressing room and<br />

a large en suite bathroom.<br />

Pleasing details: The flexible<br />

layout lends itself to entertaining<br />

on a grand scale, both <strong>inside</strong> and<br />

outdoors in the lovely gardens.<br />

Outside: The grounds feature formal<br />

gardens as well as a woodland area.<br />

Time to town: From Weybridge<br />

station, just a 6 minute drive away,<br />

to London Waterloo in 28 minutes.<br />

Agent: Curchods<br />

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Milford<br />

£4,500,000<br />

The dream: A beautifully presented Grade II<br />

listed manor house mentioned in the Domesday<br />

Book and constructed on the site of an 11th<br />

century property. Extended and refurbished by<br />

the current owners, the house is set around a<br />

central courtyard which connects the house and<br />

outbuildings. A superb compact country estate.<br />

Where: The Medieval village of Milford,<br />

just minutes from Godalming, with good<br />

access to London and the south coast.<br />

Setting: In a private 12 acre valley.<br />

Beds: 7 Baths: 5<br />

Special features: The exquisite drawing<br />

room is a light and breezy space perfect for<br />

reading a book and whiling away the day<br />

in complete peace and tranquillity.<br />

Pleasing details: There is a separate building<br />

housing an indoor swimming pool with side<br />

walls that retract open on both sides.<br />

Outside: The gardens and grounds extend to 12 acres<br />

and include an 8 acre wood with wildlife observation<br />

hut. Outbuildings include a garden cottage and<br />

an outbuilding currently used as an art gallery.<br />

Time to town: From Milford Station, 1.5 miles away,<br />

to London Waterloo in approximately 50 minutes.<br />

Agent: Savills 020 7016 3780 savills.com<br />

Dorking<br />

£1,495,000<br />

The dream: A highly attractive Victorian<br />

home believed to date back to 1864 in a<br />

convenient location. Packed with original<br />

period features and arranged over four floors,<br />

the property enjoys far-reaching views across<br />

Dorking to Box Hill in the distance.<br />

Where: The market town of Dorking, just<br />

a short walk from the town centre.<br />

Setting: A prominent position overlooking<br />

the Nower – a 16-hectare nature reserve.<br />

Beds: 5 Baths: 3<br />

Special features: The open-plan sitting room/<br />

family room is a fantastic space with a large bay<br />

window, ornate coving and high ceilings. It’s<br />

surely the focal point of this lovely home.<br />

Pleasing details: The elegant staircase leading from<br />

the ground floor to the first-floor landing is a delight.<br />

Outside: The impressive southeast facing<br />

rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with a<br />

selection of mature tree-lined borders.<br />

Time to town: From Dorking station,<br />

a short distance away, to London<br />

Victoria in just over an hour.<br />

Agent: Patrick Gardner<br />

01306 877775 patrickgardner.com<br />

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Notebook<br />

Take note! We’ve rounded up the best<br />

of what to see and do near you<br />

Persian Paradise<br />

We’re excited to hear about A<br />

Persian Paradise – the new exhibition<br />

opening at National Trust’s Sissinghurst Castle<br />

Garden. Travel back to the 1920s with writers Vita<br />

Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and explore their time<br />

together spent in Persia (now Iran) during a period of significant<br />

change. Vita and Harold were two of the most high-profile cultural<br />

figures of their generation and, through their writing, channelled a<br />

growing fascination for all things Persian. Their holiday snaps provide<br />

many glimpses of life that were transformed in the following decades. Vita’s<br />

search for wildflowers and her rummaging through bazaars – which she<br />

preferred to the gossip of the colonial English Drawing Room – enabled<br />

her to create a unique castle garden and home at Sissinghurst. Head<br />

along to see this legacy in two transformed exhibition spaces filled with<br />

a dazzling display of vibrant ceramics, music, projected film, letters,<br />

archival photographs and more. Discover how Vita and Harold’s<br />

trips to Iran became a defining time in their lives that would<br />

later inspire much of their artistry, as well as that of others,<br />

including Virginia Woolf. A Persian Paradise runs<br />

daily from 14 <strong>October</strong> until 24 March 2024.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst<br />

Liquid Spirit<br />

For the month of <strong>October</strong>, Silent Pool<br />

have distillery tours on Thursday,<br />

Friday, Saturday and Sunday each<br />

week. Find out all about Silent Pool’s<br />

Liquid Garnishes which are intensely<br />

aromatic blends of botanical oils<br />

designed to elevate the aroma – and<br />

thus the flavour – of your G&T.<br />

There’s no need to add a fruit or<br />

herbs, simply spritz your Liquid<br />

Garnish across the top of your drink<br />

and let the mist work its magic.<br />

The distillery’s Aroma Masterclass<br />

(on 27th <strong>October</strong>) is led by a gin<br />

expert and enables you to get creative<br />

and blend your very own custom<br />

liquid garnish to take home. The<br />

botanical oils, bottles and knowhow<br />

are all provided in this fun<br />

and enlightening experience – a<br />

great one to enjoy with friends.<br />

You’ll also sample the Silent Pool<br />

Gin Expressions range, find out<br />

how botanicals are used in gin, and<br />

explore the role of aroma in relation<br />

to enhancing our sense of taste.<br />

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SO KIND<br />

ARTED<br />

Kent Painters Group<br />

(KPG) is a not-for-profit<br />

organisation started over 30 years<br />

ago to raise money for local mental<br />

health charities. To date they have raised<br />

£330,000. Once again you will be able<br />

to purchase art from Kent’s leading<br />

artists and sculptors, and this time<br />

you will also be able to have a coffee,<br />

lunch or even walk in the beautiful<br />

surrounding countryside. At the<br />

opening drinks, on Friday 27th<br />

<strong>October</strong> between 6-9pm, you can<br />

meet some of the artists as well<br />

as having the first opportunity to<br />

purchase their art. Following this they<br />

will be open on the Saturday (12-<br />

4pm) and Sunday (10am-4pm).<br />

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Diary at the ready! You’re<br />

guaranteed a smile and a laugh<br />

at Graham Clarke’s Studio<br />

Gallery open from 11am-3pm<br />

on 6th, 7th, 8th <strong>October</strong>,<br />

3rd, 4th, 5th November and<br />

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th December.<br />

Discover a huge collection of<br />

work from greetings cards,<br />

books and posters to limitededition<br />

etchings produced<br />

entirely by hand. Learn about<br />

the traditional printing process<br />

and hear some of the stories<br />

behind his work.<br />

grahamclarke.co.uk<br />

Fifty Guild makers will<br />

exhibit beautiful, handmade<br />

crafts produced in small workshops and<br />

studios across Sussex and beyond, beside the seaside<br />

at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion on 21 & 22 <strong>October</strong>. The<br />

Guild’s sixth show at this popular venue will have a wide range<br />

of disciplines, including work by new and more recent members.<br />

Take the opportunity to discuss work directly with the makers<br />

who’ll be happy to talk about their inspirations and explain<br />

their specialist techniques. Purchase unique works over the<br />

weekend or commission a more personal piece.<br />

The Pavilion’s bright and stylish Café Bar and Kitchen use fresh,<br />

seasonal ingredients, locally sourced where possible, for<br />

delicious lunches, sandwiches and cakes. Weather<br />

permitting, food and drink may be enjoyed<br />

on the balconies whilst overlooking<br />

the sea. Full admission details<br />

thesussexguild.co.uk<br />

WE DO LIKE TO BE...<br />

Hedge Issue<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> Wildlife Trust and West Horsley Place are<br />

promising a great day of music, food, craft and<br />

conservation when they host the UK’s very first<br />

hedgerow-themed music and arts festival on Saturday<br />

21st <strong>October</strong>. Designed as a celebration of the rich<br />

cultural and natural history of these ‘forgotten heroes’<br />

of our landscape, <strong>Surrey</strong> Hedgerow Festival will feature<br />

folk, jazz and rock music from local performers as well<br />

as educational talks, guided walks, storytelling, art<br />

displays and roaming performances from Guildford<br />

Shakespeare. Good sustainable food – including tasty<br />

items garnered from local hedgerows – and locally<br />

brewed refreshments from local <strong>Surrey</strong> Hills Enterprise<br />

businesses are guaranteed too. Admittance is just £5<br />

and free for under 16s. surreywildlifetrust.org/events<br />


On the last Wednesday of every month,<br />

Merriments Gardens holds a ‘Walk & Talk’<br />

in their beautiful four-acre RHS Partner<br />

Garden in East Sussex. Spend an hour with<br />

their Garden Curator and other members<br />

of the team, discussing the blaze of autumn<br />

colours that can be created using late flowering<br />

perennials, ornamental grasses and trees. Get<br />

your own gardening questions answered by<br />

the experts too! <strong>October</strong>’s event will take place<br />

on Wednesday 25th <strong>October</strong> at 10.30am.<br />

Entry to this event is free and there’s no need<br />

to book, so just turn up! merriments.co.uk<br />

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Local Focal<br />

The much anticipated return of Cranbrook Art<br />

Show will showcase exciting new talent for you to<br />

discover alongside familiar artists to enjoy. Come and<br />

experience a variety of abstract and representational<br />

works in a wide range of media in the beautiful<br />

Vestry Hall, and entry is free. It’s definitely a date<br />

for the your diary if you’re looking for a new piece<br />

for your home or the perfect gift. It’ll be open<br />

from November 9th – 11th 10am-5pm, with a<br />

late night on Friday until 7pm. Pictured is a piece<br />

by Dani Humberstone cranbrookartshow.org.uk<br />

The Festival<br />

of Crafts returns to Farnham<br />

Maltings on 14th and 15th <strong>October</strong>,<br />

part of Farnham’s <strong>October</strong> Craft Month.<br />

Discover the best of British artisans across<br />

a range of handmade crafts from jewellery and<br />

ceramics to stationery, homewares, wood and metal<br />

work, textiles, furniture, lighting and print. Championing<br />

great design and making with an opportunity to meet<br />

and buy directly from the creators, an inspiring<br />

workshop offering lends the chance to try a new<br />

craft through a variety of taster sessions.<br />

Tickets for The Festival of Crafts are £6<br />

in advance (plus booking fee) or £8<br />

on the door (under 18s free).<br />

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… The Juilliard ‘the most important American quartet in history’ - Tippett<br />

Quartet celebrating 25 years - Armonico Consort, with Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ and<br />

important baroque discovery … Mozart’s greatest wind music; and Cosi fan<br />

Tutti… superstar Roderick Williams with ‘Love’s Philosophy’…Sofya Gulyak,<br />

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“one of the most distinguished festivals in the UK” Musical Opinion<br />

2 Events • 1 Admission • 1 Fabulous Garden<br />

Jewellery &<br />

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8 – 12 November<br />

RHS Garden Wisley<br />

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For a small town, Epsom has everything<br />

you might need, from specialist shops to<br />

bigger brands, Epsom’s all about hassle<br />

free shopping.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt comes to<br />

life at Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic<br />

garden in Sussex. This <strong>October</strong> halfterm<br />

from the 14 th to the 19 th , follow<br />

in the footsteps of the characters in<br />

the tale through sensory installations<br />

plotted along a stunning autumnal<br />

landscape. A must for all fans of this<br />

children’s classic! kew.org/wakehurst<br />

<strong>October</strong> is a time for children<br />

to gleefully demand free<br />

chocolate galore, but we say the<br />

adults should get a treat too! Only<br />

Coco’s tasty bars are wonderfully<br />

dressed up for the occasion, with<br />

loads of fun, unique flavours. They<br />

are handmade in Sussex and their<br />

festive flavours are well worth<br />

earmarking as a stocking filler or<br />

small gift for Christmas before they<br />

sell out! £5.50 only-coco.co.uk<br />

must<br />

The<br />

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

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

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

and generally get excited about!<br />

It’s time to wear it pink! Raise<br />

awareness and funds for Breast<br />

Cancer on <strong>October</strong> 20th by<br />

dressing up in your most Barbiecore<br />

shades. Register a JustGiving page<br />

and order helpful materials at<br />

the link below – then it’s up to<br />

you! Do a bakesale, school or<br />

work event, quiz or game –<br />

whatever you like. As for<br />

what to wear? We are<br />

loving this Oliver Bonas<br />

cardigan for £65 but<br />

anything pink will work!<br />

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Heritage Orchard Days,<br />

Orchard Tours and Half<br />

Term activities – Brogdale<br />

Collections is the place<br />

to be for harvest season.<br />

There’s a Heritage open day<br />

on the 15th with campfire<br />

cooking, apple pressing,<br />

and hundreds of apple and<br />

pear varieties to taste as you<br />

harvest your own to take<br />

home in a free tote. Plus<br />

on the 27th they will be<br />

screening Hotel Transylvania<br />

2 in their working barn with<br />

plenty of family friendly<br />

treats and entertainment.<br />

brogdalecollections.org<br />

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’Tis the season of jackolanterns and<br />

pumpkin spice! So what better day<br />

trip with the family than to Chartwell,<br />

where the annual pumpkin display is<br />

in full throes in the Walled Garden this<br />

month. The family home and garden<br />

of Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwell is<br />

always filled with historical intrigue but<br />

in the autumn it is especially lovely with<br />

its far reaching views of the Weald of<br />

Kent, nodding sunflowers, woodlands<br />

to wander in, and branches laden with<br />

apples. nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Why should birthdays<br />

and Christmas get all the<br />

cakes? Get in the spirit<br />

of the spooky season with Lola’s<br />

Cupcakes’ Halloween range.<br />

With brownies, cupcakes and<br />

showstopping layer cakes, vegan<br />

options and details like dark<br />

oreo crumbs, creepy colours and<br />

blood red raspberry compote,<br />

they are a real decadent treat<br />

for any spooktacular soiree!<br />

lolascupcakes.co.uk<br />

We love all things cosy and warm in the colder<br />

months, which is why Romney Marsh Wools are<br />

a must right now. They have soft throws, classic<br />

scarves, toasty socks, plus plenty of giftable goodies<br />

to get ahead of the festive shopping game – and all<br />

made from 100% British Wool. This tawny<br />

throw (£85) and matching cushion<br />

(£45) are perfect for snuggling up by<br />

the fire with a good book of a chilly<br />

evening. romneymarshwools.co.uk<br />

Great House<br />

Farm Stores’<br />

new Autumn<br />

’23 scented candle is<br />

warm and woodsy with<br />

sandalwood, clementine<br />

and still-warm embers.<br />

It comes in a refillable<br />

ceramic vessel handmade<br />

in the UK and costs<br />

£54 and refills are £26.<br />

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Opening<br />

September<br />

2024<br />

A new specialist Maths School<br />

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Guildford<br />

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A brand new state-funded<br />

specialist Maths School in<br />

central Guildford for 16-19<br />

year olds across the region.<br />

Applications are open now.<br />

Visit our website<br />

to find out more.<br />

info@surreymathsschool.co.uk<br />

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Udom weave baby alpaca wool<br />

– known as “The Fleece of The<br />

Gods” since the heights of Inca<br />

civilisation - into the softest, most<br />

luxurious jumpers, tops, and<br />

scarves. We love their cable knit 1hats. udomalpaca.square.site<br />

10 Christmas<br />

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The Wealden Times Midwinter Fair is the best place to find<br />

unique and thoughtful Christmas gifts. Here are just 10 of our<br />

many new independent designers and makers, with gifts ideas<br />

we hope you’ll love as much as we do.<br />

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Salcombe Dairy<br />

make ice cream in the<br />

summer and awardwinning<br />

bean-to-bar<br />

chocolate in the winter. They<br />

only use the very best organic,<br />

fairly traded cacao nibs from<br />

the centre of the bean to gain<br />

that all important burst of<br />

flavour that they’re famous<br />

for. We love their chocolate<br />

hamper – it’s the ultimate<br />

indulgence. salcombedairy.co.uk<br />

3Baiji teas bring balance back to<br />

your life. Designed to help you<br />

overcome life’s daily problems:<br />

anxiety, fatigue, period pain,<br />

digestive issues. We love<br />

Relieve, a blend created to<br />

help women<br />

make period pain a problem<br />

of the past. baijilife.co.uk<br />

4Gone Rural have a<br />

story that will warm<br />

your heart. Made by<br />

women weavers in rural<br />

Swaziland, their baskets,<br />

lampshades, and placemats<br />

are made with skill,<br />

care, and soul. We love<br />

their baskets and bowls.<br />

gonerural.co.uk<br />

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The Panettone Store is where<br />

you’ll find the finest selection<br />

of Panettone outside of<br />

Italy. We love their limitededition<br />

Dolce & Gabbana<br />

designed tins. Yes please!<br />

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5Simply Rye, is the<br />

most delightful Sussex<br />

gift shop, selling<br />

everything from<br />

homeware and fragrance to<br />

fashion and jewellery. You’ll<br />

find super stylish presents at<br />

their Hop Farm pop-up. We<br />

love their mango wood salad<br />

bowls. simplyrye.co.uk<br />

6Godi<br />

make minimalist,<br />

handcrafted leather goods,<br />

with an attention to detail<br />

that ensures they last a<br />

lifetime and draws on<br />

positive psychology, to<br />

evoke a sense of calm and<br />

sensibility. We love their<br />

phone bags. godi.uk<br />

8Adorn U make<br />

personalised,<br />

professional makeup<br />

brushes. Perfect for<br />

wedding days, daily<br />

affirmations, and celebrity<br />

make-overs. We love that<br />

their brushes are engraved<br />

not printed. adornu.co.uk<br />

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Emily<br />

Hector’s Post are<br />

a series of heartwarming<br />

children’s<br />

books, about<br />

bravery, happiness,<br />

kindness, honesty,<br />

staying calm, or<br />

how being unique is a wonderful<br />

gift. We love that you can<br />

personalise any character, so that<br />

your child is the star of the story.<br />

The perfect present for your<br />

grandchild. hectorspost.com<br />

Doran<br />

designs and<br />

makes small<br />

batches of the<br />

most beautiful pottery, from<br />

her East Sussex studio. Peaceful<br />

hues of green and blue, reflect<br />

her love of the coast. We love<br />

her planters, vases, and spoon<br />

rests. emilydoranpottery.com<br />

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Food Halls<br />

Make time for lunch in one of our Cafés, lined with delicious street food vendors, coffee<br />

trucks and our gin, beer & bubbles bar. If you’re a foodie, don’t miss our food marquee<br />

where you’ll find everything from artisan bakers, brewers and Balti sauce sellers to cheese<br />

makers, chocolatiers and foods fresh from the farm. It’s a great place to find that unique<br />

Christmas gift for the person who has everything.<br />

Christmas Choirs<br />

Each year we invite along the very best local school choirs to sing Christmas carols and<br />

other festive songs in our food tents. This year we will be joined by The Granville School,<br />

Dulwich Cranbrook and Ashford School.<br />

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Interior designer Justine Hodgson-Barker was tasked with creating<br />

a rural retreat for a couple who divide their time between town and<br />

country, taking into account their love of fabrics, texture and colour<br />

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Previous pages & above: The initial inspiration for the living room came from the garden. A backdrop of soft colours has been teamed with a textured<br />

vinyl wallpaper – its subtle geometric shapes show up when hit by light. A hand-loomed rug is by Wendy Morrison and the wall hanging by Lucy Tiffany<br />

Down a leafy lane, in the<br />

picturesque middle of nowhere,<br />

is an architect-designed<br />

home that was built on the site of<br />

a bungalow. It is unassuming, and<br />

apparently low-rise from the outside,<br />

but cleverly utilises its sloping site to<br />

create two storeys. A fabulous garden<br />

– both ornamental and productive –<br />

wraps around the house and beyond<br />

its boundaries there are far-reaching<br />

views out across the countryside.<br />

The owners knew from the outset<br />

that so much thought had gone into<br />

the design and structure of this building<br />

it deserved an equally thoughtful<br />

interior – one that could incorporate<br />

a combination of styles, enhance the<br />

existing structure and bring in the<br />

natural beauty of the surrounding<br />

landscape. But how to do it?<br />

It is hard enough to create an interior<br />

scheme if you have firm tastes and clear<br />

style ideas, but when you have just<br />

moved into a fairly stark contemporary<br />

space and want to mix florals, patterns<br />

and texture – and add in the sleek lines<br />

of some mid-century style too – the<br />

process becomes complicated. How<br />

can you marry seemingly disparate <br />

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This page, clockwise: The original kitchen was softened with retro accessories; a corner of the sitting area – artworks are a prominent feature<br />

throughout the house; The pink tiled splashback; A shapely dining table is by Bontempi<br />

styles, soften a stark and industrial<br />

look and yet keep its edge? What, if<br />

anything, can be kept from a previous<br />

property that was so vastly different?<br />

“We didn’t know where to start.<br />

Our previous house was pre-Victorian<br />

– the interior was Arts and Crafts,<br />

William Morris prints and lots of<br />

texture and pattern. This is very<br />

modern. We wanted to incorporate<br />

design, pattern and texture here.<br />

That’s where Justine stepped in.”<br />

Enter Justine Hodgson-Barker of<br />

Barkerdesign, who has helped the couple<br />

to re-imagine the interior, tailoring it<br />

to meet their needs, both practical and<br />

aesthetic. The project was broken down<br />

into phases. “Phase one was the kitchen,<br />

living area and master bedroom,” says<br />

Justine, explaining a little about how<br />

they approached the initial brief. “The<br />

building is very contemporary – it was<br />

built in 2007 and there’s a lot of pure<br />

light that comes in. It has such a bright<br />

feel, we didn’t want to lose that and<br />

respecting the bones of the building was<br />

very important. The clients are putting<br />

their own stamp on the interior by<br />

injecting their personality into the decor,<br />

while remaining true to the building.”<br />

A beautiful kitchen had already been<br />

installed by the previous owners, but it<br />

had an industrial feel that was a little<br />

too clinical for its new owners. “We<br />

took out some of the steel and made it<br />

more organic. It was really pared back<br />

and a different style – exposed beams<br />

and steely fixtures – so we softened it,<br />

changing the handles, adding the pink<br />

tiles and playing to more of a retro feel.”<br />

Justine stresses that it’s important<br />

to make sure that, “everything flows<br />

and different eras come together.” An<br />

example of this is the shapely Bontempi<br />

table that she sourced for the dining <br />

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area. It is sleek and contemporary, with<br />

a nod to mid-century modern, but<br />

has a timelessness about it too. “It’s a<br />

very architectural piece,” says Justine,<br />

“and the legs make lovely angles.”<br />

The whole of the living space opens<br />

out into the garden – and to the<br />

beautiful countryside beyond and while<br />

it is the outside view that captivates,<br />

Justine has cleverly woven elements<br />

from the outside into the interior –<br />

the initial inspiration for the living<br />

room came directly from the garden.<br />

This is a large room with a high<br />

ceiling and Justine was keen to make<br />

use of the height. “Everything was<br />

standard room level,” she says, “so I<br />

wanted to take the eye up.” The shelf<br />

unit is deliberately tall and she has<br />

cleverly enhanced the wood burner<br />

with wall tiles, tapering up like<br />

geometric smoke behind the flue.<br />

The cased opening to the living<br />

space has been lined with green painted<br />

wood – “it’s a detail that creates a<br />

subtle effect and helps to define the<br />

zones.” The green colour goes on<br />

to echo throughout the rest of the<br />

house, quietly linking it all together.<br />

Once the initial process of the<br />

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general design direction is chosen, the<br />

enjoyable part – deciding on colour<br />

schemes and detailing – is made simpler<br />

by using sample boards, where paint,<br />

wallpaper, price points, and areas<br />

where they want to save, or splurge,<br />

can be discussed and finalised.<br />

“We decided on a backdrop of soft<br />

colours,” says Justine, “adding texture<br />

to the walls with a vinyl wallpaper,<br />

Justine had a lot of fun<br />

designing the cinema space,<br />

playfully harking back to<br />

the heydays of Hollywood<br />

with a 1930s vibe, and a<br />

nod to Pearl & Dean, all<br />

given a contemporary twist<br />

with some very textural<br />

wallpaper, a ‘feature’ ceiling<br />

panel and some sumptuous<br />

rugs by Niki Jones<br />

so that when the light hits, the subtle<br />

geometric shapes show up. To add more<br />

texture we chose a hand-loomed rug<br />

by Wendy Morrison and on the wall<br />

within the shelf unit, a wall hanging<br />

by Lucy Tiffany. The colours within<br />

this, together with inspiration from the<br />

flower beds outside, are picked up by the<br />

sofas and cushions, which mix a chunky<br />

geometric print with patterned cushions.<br />

“I wanted the pretty elements to contrast<br />

with the contemporary style of sofa.”<br />

The other rooms on this floor are<br />

along a corridor leading from an<br />

atrium. This large space is full of light<br />

that comes in from all directions,<br />

amplified by a backlit mirror by the<br />

front door. “The mirror was there<br />

already, but the background was a<br />

stark white,” says Justine. “We softened<br />

it down.” The walls throughout the<br />

house are now a soft green, which<br />

makes a serene backdrop, enhances the<br />

feeling of light and space and tunes<br />

into the themes in the other rooms.<br />

We pass the smallest room on the way<br />

to the master bedroom, wallpapered<br />

with a bold bird print from Rebel Walls<br />

– a case of going big in small places –<br />

and going bold wherever you can, as<br />

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Previous pages & top: Charlotte runs her cookery courses from her spacious Neptune kitchen. The space has recently been extended to create a lovely<br />

new dining area Above: A lot of Charlotte’s furniture has come from Wealden Times Fairs over the years, like the mirror in the children’s sitting room<br />

Sometimes, when buying a house,<br />

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to hear potential purchasers saying:<br />

“I’m just not feeling it,” or, as was<br />

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and family – “it just felt right”. Add<br />

magnificent high ceilings, vast original<br />

windows and a view to die for and<br />

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“It had a really nice feel to it and<br />

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who would love it. They obviously<br />

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independence of living in a small market town too.”<br />

According to Charlotte, the building’s grandiosity is largely<br />

due to the fact that it was built by a wealthy local brewing<br />

family in the late Victorian, early Edwardian period – though<br />

its tile-hung exterior and the garden’s enormous Scots pines<br />

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door, the first thing you notice is the ornate tiled hallway.<br />

“I haven’t done anything to it as I thought if I polished it<br />

it would make it really slippery!” says Charlotte. She has<br />

also retained the inevitable cracks and small imperfections<br />

– “It gives it personality,” she says, quite rightly.<br />

Looking down the length of the lofty hallway, past<br />

the stairway, it’s impossible not to notice the view from<br />

the back of the house, out across the High Weald. Neat<br />

lawns, a rose garden and whimsical topiary are set against<br />

a backdrop of rolling orchards and woodland. “The rose<br />

garden was originally a pond but I filled it in as I worried<br />

about the children when they were little,” says Charlotte.<br />

You can’t help but be drawn to the back of the house<br />

and, more importantly, into the real party piece of this<br />

large family home; the kitchen. The heart of the house<br />

is not only where family and friends spend most of<br />

their time, it’s also Charlotte’s new workplace. “I teach<br />

cookery – but I also do catering and food styling.”<br />

Charlotte founded The Needy Greedy soon after lockdown,<br />

finding herself in need of a change. “My mum was a caterer<br />

and trained chef… so I grew up learning to cook with what<br />

was in the garden and getting creative.” In her gap year<br />

Charlotte did a Cordon Bleu cookery course, then went on<br />

to do a BA & MA in political science before working as a <br />

This page: The drawing room. The lamps and tables were from<br />

Woodcocks in Tenterden and the moose and flamingo prints<br />

were a Wealden Times Fair find from Jenny Wren Design<br />

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Clockwise from this page: Fitted furniture<br />

in the master bedroom was made by a<br />

local carpenter and the bed is from Loaf;<br />

The lofty hallway and stairway; The family<br />

bathroom; The master bedroom balcony<br />

chartered accountant. She says that the<br />

main aim of The Needy Greedy is to be<br />

helpful – “I feel like I have something<br />

I can help people with. Everyone has<br />

to eat and so many of us think ‘I don’t<br />

know what to cook’. So, it’s all about<br />

healthy, simple, delicious recipes. I<br />

could teach you how to make a choux<br />

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party food in an hour and a bit!”<br />

As you can imagine, this is a serious<br />

kitchen! “I’d always wanted a Neptune<br />

kitchen… and this is their Suffolk style<br />

in its original colour,” says Charlotte.<br />

The extendable dining table is also from<br />

Neptune, while the chairs are French<br />

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big Provencal influence everywhere. You<br />

will see it as you walk around the house.”<br />

Some of these were sourced recently from<br />

the brocante fair at King John’s Nursery,<br />

or from her friend, Sarah Featherstone.<br />

Just as Charlotte likes to use local<br />

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“The appliances are all from Martins of<br />

Hawkhurst, soft furnishings from Bell<br />

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from Butler House Carpets,” she says.<br />

Despite the building’s period features,<br />

its calm and tranquil décor and easy<br />

layout, things have not always been this<br />

way. In the 10 years since moving in an<br />

awful lot has changed. “Initially we just<br />

swapped rooms, turning the drawing<br />

room into a kitchen. The old kitchen<br />

became a snug and is now the boot<br />

room. The dining room is now the kids’<br />

living room and the former playroom<br />

is now the drawing room!” At the same<br />

time they modernised the bathrooms<br />

and added another. “This year we built<br />

this extension… making a huge kitchen<br />

diner. We wanted to have a big comfy<br />

space for the children and a big kitchen<br />

that we could entertain in.” A curved<br />

wall of bifold doors now opens on to<br />

an extended terrace with ‘that view’.<br />

“We used the original ragstone from the<br />

path to extend the terrace and the bifold<br />

doors mean the kitchen really links to<br />

the garden. I’m mad about music, so<br />

there are Sonos speakers out here too.”<br />

It would be too easy to get settled in<br />

the kitchen – I am envisaging coming<br />

on a cookery course as we speak – but<br />

I also want to explore this enormous<br />

house. “Shall we go up via the servants’<br />

stairs?” asks Charlotte. “The servants<br />

would have used these stairs to come up<br />

from the kitchen and to move around<br />

the house without the owners seeing<br />

them.” It’s unimaginable now… but<br />

fun to explore and I’m sure fun for<br />

the children to run up and down, or<br />

sneak up, now they are teenagers.<br />

At the top of the house there remains<br />

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bedroom. What was once a cupboard<br />

and home to a large water tank has been<br />

turned into an en suite. “It’s perfect for<br />

guests, though my daughter tends to<br />

monopolise the bathroom these days,”<br />

laughs Charlotte. The other guest<br />

bedroom is equally lovely, with views<br />

across the garden and with its own<br />

little period sink. “My mother insisted<br />

that we keep it,” says Charlotte.<br />

Down on the next floor – where most<br />

of the bedrooms are – is the family<br />

bathroom. “This used to be all yellow,”<br />

says Charlotte. These days it’s a much<br />

cooler customer – with a marble-topped<br />

his-and-her’s basin and huge mirror that<br />

reflects the main view over the back<br />

garden and beyond. It would be too<br />

tempting to linger, when brushing your<br />

teeth in the morning, just to take in the<br />

panoramic vista. “We added a shower,<br />

more contemporary Metro tiles – and<br />

Neptune provided the furniture.”<br />

Next door is the master bedroom<br />

which, thanks to the kitchen extension,<br />

now has an even larger balcony<br />

overlooking the garden and reinforced<br />

glass has replaced the railings. “The sun<br />

sets in this direction – so it’s particularly<br />

lovely in the evening.” The room has<br />

been completely re-done, with new fitted<br />

cupboards, and extra panelling behind<br />

the headboard contains hidden shelves.<br />

Soft furnishings add a more personal<br />

touch: “The fabric came from what was<br />

the kitchen. I loved it so much that <br />

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Clockwise from top left: The hallway features the original flooring; Charlotte’s spaniel makes herself comfy in her<br />

son’s room; A woodburner has been installed in what used to be the original kitchen, now a boot room<br />

when it came down I got it cleaned and<br />

turned into our bedroom curtains. And<br />

there was enough left over for the foot<br />

stool too!” The bed is from Loaf, bedside<br />

tables sourced from Etsy and dressing<br />

table from The Cotswold Company.<br />

As we come out onto the landing, I<br />

get a fresh take on the grand entrance<br />

hall and stairway. Light floods in through<br />

the hallway windows and sparkles on<br />

the large chandelier overhead. “That is<br />

from Woodcocks in Tenterden. I get a lot<br />

of furniture and decorative items from<br />

them,” says Charlotte. “The wallpaper<br />

was here so we just painted over it… but<br />

you still get the lovely pattern showing<br />

through.” It works really well and is a<br />

fabulous ‘hack’ for those who want to<br />

refresh a room and give the impression<br />

of very expensive embossed wallpaper. “I<br />

am a bit of a Farrow & Ball fan,” adds<br />

Charlotte. “The house features a lot of<br />

Elephant’s Breath and Hardwick White!”<br />

Down the wide stairs and we are back<br />

in the light-filled downstairs rooms with<br />

both the grown-ups and kids’ TV room<br />

at the front of the house, making the<br />

most of the light. “This was the breakfast<br />

room,” says Charlotte as we go into the<br />

kids’ TV room. “Now it’s where the kids<br />

like to hang out with their friends.” They<br />

are certainly two lucky children – it’s a<br />

gorgeous, spacious room with big comfy<br />

sofas and stunning decor. “I’ve bought a<br />

lot of furniture from the Wealden Times<br />

Fair over the years – that mirror for<br />

example,” says Charlotte. Cheerful prints<br />

and pops of colour in the cushions<br />

and soft furnishings prevent it from <br />

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Christmas<br />

begins!<br />

Look out for our festive<br />

features in the next two<br />

issues of <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong>.<br />

Browse our comprehensive<br />

gift guide, be inspired<br />

by our winter recipes<br />

and cosy up with home<br />

decoration ideas galore<br />


This page: The beautiful garden features neat rose beds and two huge topiary ducks. The new extension incorporated a<br />

sheltered walled terrace with Sonos speakers, so Charlotte can enjoy her music whilst relaxing and entertaining outside<br />

feeling too formal. “The cupboards are<br />

original – we’ve just painted them – as<br />

are the quarry tiles and floor boards.”<br />

Across the hallway is an equally<br />

spacious room – which is where<br />

the grown-ups hang out. “This was<br />

their dining room, then a playroom.<br />

Almost every downstairs room is<br />

something different now.” The family<br />

has put new wood burners in every<br />

room, which one can only imagine<br />

makes the place even more homely.<br />

Charlotte admits that it is a lovely<br />

room, but... “It’s the kitchen where we<br />

spend most of our time. I probably<br />

sit in here for about an hour a day.”<br />

White ceramic lamps sit atop sparkly<br />

and ornate side tables: “I love the lamps<br />

and the tables – I bought them at the<br />

same time,” says Charlotte. They are<br />

both from Woodcocks in Tenterden.<br />

“The two pictures, which I adore, are<br />

from one of the Wealden Times Fairs,<br />

and are old Russian matchbox designs<br />

apparently.” A few pieces of old family<br />

furniture are dotted amongst more<br />

recent purchases, adding a sense of<br />

history and continuity to the décor.<br />

When we meet, Charlotte is getting<br />

ready for a busy season of cookery<br />

classes and is obviously excited about<br />

welcoming people into her home: “I<br />

just love the teaching…” she says. It’s<br />

hard to think of a nicer space in which<br />

to spend a few hours learning new<br />

skills and enjoying lovely food. So, if<br />

you’d like to spend some time in this<br />

gorgeous house and kitchen – with an<br />

equally fabulous hostess – you’d better<br />

get booking. I may well see you there!<br />

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Auténtica Cocina<br />

Adriana Cavita’s new recipe book, Cocina Mexicana, takes readers on<br />

a culinary adventure around her home country. Packed with authentic<br />

recipes inspired by her extensive travels, the celebrated chef and<br />

restaurateur tells the story of her heritage and the people who taught her<br />

to cook. Here we’ve chosen three recipes using ingredients that are a little<br />

different to the day-to-day – tomatillos and nixtamalized corn flour<br />

Recipes: Adriana Cavita Photographs: Clare Winfield<br />

Roast chicken with<br />

green mole<br />

(Mole verde o pipián con pollo)<br />

A green mole – from the<br />

central area of Mexico – which<br />

is given its distinctive bright<br />

green colour through the<br />

use of fresh green herbs.<br />

Serves 4<br />

• 1 whole chicken (1.2-<br />

1.4kg), spatchcocked<br />

For the marinade:<br />

• ½ white onion<br />

• 3 garlic cloves<br />

• bunch of fresh coriander<br />

• bunch of fresh parsley<br />

• ½ jalapeño, seeds removed<br />

• 50ml olive oil<br />

For the green mole:<br />

• 250ml olive oil<br />

• 1 white onion, chopped<br />

• 5 garlic cloves, chopped<br />

• 1kg (about 8) poblano<br />

chilli peppers, skin and seeds<br />

removed – see Note below<br />

(you can buy fresh poblanos<br />

from riverford.co.uk)<br />

• 1 tbsp cumin seeds,<br />

lightly toasted<br />

• 1 tbsp black peppercorns,<br />

lightly toasted<br />

• 2 fresh bay leaves<br />

• 250g pumpkin seeds<br />

• 1kg tomatillos, husks<br />

removed and cut into quarters<br />

(you can buy fresh tomatillos<br />

from riverford.co.uk)<br />

• 1 litre chicken stock<br />

• 2 tbsp sea salt<br />

• 200g fresh coriander<br />

• 200g fresh parsley<br />

• 150g fresh mint<br />

To serve:<br />

• white rice<br />

• warmed tortillas<br />

• grilled or blanched green<br />

vegetables (such as fine beans)<br />

1. First, make the marinade.<br />

Put all the ingredients for the<br />

marinade and 100ml water in a<br />

food processor or blender and blitz<br />

until smooth. Place the chicken<br />

on a plate. Rub the marinade all<br />

over the chicken, ensuring it is<br />

well coated. Cover and leave to<br />

marinate overnight in the fridge.<br />

2. Preheat the oven to<br />

180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4 or prepare<br />

the barbecue. Place the chicken<br />

on a lined baking sheet and roast<br />

in the preheated oven for about<br />

30-45 minutes depending on the<br />

size of the chicken or cook on a<br />

hot grill, skin side down first, then<br />

turn over to continue cooking.<br />

3. Meanwhile, make the green<br />

mole. Heat the oil in a saucepan<br />

over a medium heat. Add the<br />

onion and garlic and cook for<br />

5 minutes or until they just<br />

start to colour. Add the poblano<br />

chillies and cook for about 5<br />

minutes. Add all the spices, bay<br />

leaves and pumpkin seeds and<br />

cook for 5 minutes. Add the<br />

tomatillos, stock and salt and<br />

cook for a further 15 minutes.<br />

Taste to check the seasoning,<br />

adding more salt if needed.<br />

4. Stir in the fresh herbs,<br />

then transfer everything to a<br />

food processor and blend to<br />

a smooth sauce. Pass through<br />

a fine-mesh sieve/strainer for<br />

an even smoother sauce.<br />

5. Spoon the green mole into<br />

a serving dish and serve it with<br />

the chicken pieces, rice, tortillas<br />

and some grilled/broiled or<br />

blanched green vegetables.<br />

Notes:<br />

To remove the skin from a<br />

chilli or pepper, carefully hold<br />

it over hot coals or an open<br />

flame until the skin has charred<br />

all over. Leave to cool, then<br />

peel away the charred skin.<br />

If you want to increase the<br />

level of spice in this dish, you<br />

can also add a jalapeño that has<br />

been quartered when you add the<br />

other chillies to the green mole.<br />

In Mexico, traditionally the<br />

chicken would be boiled in a<br />

large saucepan of water with<br />

some onion and garlic, but<br />

roasting it in the oven or on a hot<br />

barbecue gives a great flavour.<br />

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Tarasca soup<br />

(Sopa Tarasca)<br />

This is a soup from the<br />

Michoacan region. It’s the<br />

perfect dish to warm you<br />

up on a really cold day.<br />

Serves 6-8<br />

• 2 ancho chillies<br />

– 1 left whole and 1 cut<br />

into very thin strips<br />

• 3 tomatoes, asados (see<br />

Note below), then chopped<br />

• ½ small white onion, asado<br />

• 1 garlic clove, asada<br />

• 1 litre chicken stock<br />

• 120ml olive oil, plus<br />

extra for frying<br />

• 400g cooked bayos beans (or<br />

your favourite type of bean)<br />

• 1 fresh bay leaf<br />

• ½ tbsp freshly ground<br />

black pepper<br />

• sea salt<br />

To serve:<br />

• sour cream<br />

• fresh cheese (such as<br />

feta), cut into cubes<br />

• 1 avocado, stoned, peeled<br />

and cut into cubes<br />

• 8 tortillas, cut into very<br />

thin strips and deep-fried<br />

1. Heat a dry frying pan/<br />

skillet over a high heat and<br />

quickly toast the whole ancho<br />

chilli for about 5 seconds<br />

on each side, then remove.<br />

2. Put the charred whole chilli<br />

in a food processor with the<br />

blackened tomatoes, onion<br />

and garlic and blend until<br />

smooth. Add a little chicken<br />

stock to loosen the mixture,<br />

if needed. Strain through a<br />

fine-mesh sieve/strainer.<br />

3. Heat the olive oil in a<br />

saucepan over a medium<br />

heat. Add the sieved tomatoes<br />

and cook for 5 minutes.<br />

4. Meanwhile, blend the beans<br />

with the chicken stock in a<br />

food processor, then strain<br />

and add to the pan with the<br />

tomatoes. Season with salt<br />

and pepper and add the bay<br />

leaf. Cook for 15 minutes,<br />

adding more stock if needed,<br />

until the soup is creamy.<br />

5. Heat a little oil in a frying<br />

pan/skillet and quickly fry<br />

the sliced ancho chilli for 5<br />

seconds. If fried for any longer,<br />

the chilli will became bitter.<br />

6. Ladle the soup into bowls<br />

and swirl in some sour cream.<br />

Place a few cubes of cheese<br />

and avocado on top of the<br />

soup. Finish each bowl of<br />

soup with a handful of the<br />

deep-fried tortilla strips and<br />

the fried ancho chilli strips.<br />

Note: Asado or asada means<br />

that a vegetable has been<br />

cooked over hot coals or in<br />

a hot pan over a high heat<br />

until charred all over.<br />

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Corn cake<br />

(Pan de elote)<br />

This cake is very well known<br />

all over Mexico. In the area<br />

where I grew up, Azcapotzalco<br />

in Mexico City, you can find<br />

them at the local bakery, where<br />

the bakers have a funny way<br />

of cooking them in recycled<br />

sardine cans. I think that<br />

makes them a very special<br />

preparation. Also, I will say<br />

that using native Mexican corn<br />

gives the best flavour, but it is<br />

not always easy to find outside<br />

of Mexico. Sweet yellow corn<br />

is usually easier to fine, which<br />

has a lower starch content,<br />

but with this recipe you will<br />

still get a really good result.<br />

Makes 1 large cake, Serves 6-8<br />

• 3 tbsp nixtamalized white<br />

corn flour (see Note below)<br />

or gluten-free flour<br />

• 10g baking powder<br />

• 130g caster sugar<br />

• 540g fresh corn, at<br />

room temperature<br />

• 30ml whole milk, at<br />

room temperature<br />

• 3 large eggs<br />

• 140g unsalted butter, melted,<br />

plus extra for greasing<br />

To serve:<br />

• vanilla ice cream<br />

• good-quality caramel sauce<br />

You will need:<br />

A 20cm/8” round cake pan<br />

1. Preheat the oven to<br />

170°C/150°C fan/Gas 3 and<br />

grease the round cake pan.<br />

2. Mix all the dry ingredients<br />

in a large bowl, then add to<br />

a food processor with the<br />

corn, milk and eggs and blend<br />

together. Continue mixing<br />

and gradually add the melted<br />

butter, a little at a time, until<br />

the mixture is very smooth.<br />

3. Pour the cake mixture into<br />

the prepared cake pan and<br />

bake in the preheated oven<br />

for 45-60 minutes. To check<br />

if the cake is cooked, insert<br />

the tip of a knife or skewer<br />

in the centre; if it comes out<br />

clean, then the cake is cooked.<br />

4. Leave the cake to cool in<br />

the pan for 20 minutes, then<br />

remove from the pan and<br />

leave to cool completely.<br />

5. Serve warm with ice cream<br />

and caramel sauce. This<br />

cake tastes best when freshly<br />

made, but it will keep for up<br />

to 3 days in the fridge and<br />

can be reheated to serve.<br />

Notes:<br />

I sometimes use frozen corn<br />

for this recipe, which works<br />

well as long as the corn is<br />

defrosted to room temperature,<br />

otherwise the mixture will<br />

separate if the corn is too cold.<br />

Nixtamalized corn flour<br />

is made from corn that<br />

has been treated with lime,<br />

making it easier to digest.<br />

It can be bought online.<br />

Cocina Mexicana by Adriana<br />

Cavita, published by Ryland<br />

Peters & Small (£22).<br />

Photography by Clare Winfield<br />

© Ryland Peters & Small.<br />

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SPF<br />

365<br />

Josephine Fairley turns to specially designed creams to combat the damaging effects of yearround<br />

rays from the sun and – new kid on the skin-ageing block – blue light from our tech<br />

I’ll admit: as a beauty editor, I<br />

used to be a bit casual about the<br />

need to wear a daily SPF on my<br />

face outside of summer. Many of<br />

the experts I spoke to, back in the<br />

day, were of the mindset that in the<br />

UK, when light levels are so much<br />

lower between <strong>October</strong> to March,<br />

the only time you really needed a day<br />

cream with sun protective powers<br />

was when you were, say, planning<br />

a long yomp over the Downs.<br />

I am now eating any of the words<br />

which I shared on this subject, in the<br />

past. Because things have changed,<br />

and a lot more is understood now<br />

about a.) incidental sun damage<br />

(the sort you pick up when nipping<br />

to the post box, walking the dog,<br />

doing a little early autumn deadheading<br />

etc.), and b.) the damaging<br />

effects of blue light on our skin.<br />

Our devices – smartphones, laptops,<br />

desktop computers and even TVs – all<br />

emit blue light, a.k.a. HEV (High<br />

Energy Visible) light. There’s still a<br />

lot of research to be done into this,<br />

but increasingly it’s thought that blue<br />

light can contribute to the formation<br />

of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as<br />

skin discolouration (those patches<br />

of pigmentation variously referred<br />

to as ‘age spots’ or ‘sun spots’).<br />

Sunlight – outdoors – also contains<br />

HEV, but the point about blue light<br />

is that we’re exposing ourselves to<br />

this indoors, whenever we’re looking<br />

at a screen. Hence the volte face<br />

on wearing sunscreen year-round –<br />

unless we happen to live off-grid.<br />

Although it doesn’t have the same<br />

capacity to cause skin cancer (because<br />

it doesn’t affect DNA), blue light still<br />

triggers production of free radicals –<br />

basically, rogue molecules implicated<br />

in skin ageing. So, the answer is<br />

skincare products which quench,<br />

or neutralise, those free radicals,<br />

before they can do their damage.<br />

You don’t need to adopt a whole<br />

new skincare regime to guard against<br />

this damage, though. In the habit of<br />

wearing sunscreen in summer? You may<br />

well be ahead of the curve. BUT…<br />

it depends on the ingredients in that<br />

sunscreen: the general consensus is that<br />

effective SPF and blue light protection<br />

harnesses ‘physical sunscreen’<br />

ingredients – notably zinc oxide and<br />

titanium dioxide. These are considered<br />

more effective against blue light<br />

than chemical sunscreens – although<br />

many daily SPF products already<br />

feature a combination of both. Above<br />

and beyond the SPF, however, the<br />

formulation should ideally also contain<br />

antioxidants such as vitamin C, green<br />

tea and/or resveratrol (from grapes).<br />

Here, then, are some suitable ‘screensavers’<br />

for your skin, which will also<br />

guard against that incidental sun<br />

damage, when you step away from<br />

your smartphone and get out into<br />

the great (in every way) outdoors. At<br />

the moment, alas, specific blue light<br />

protection is more often at the luxe<br />

end of the price scale – but we can<br />

expect the technology to trickle down<br />

to the mainstream, fairly smartly.<br />

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte<br />

Physical Daily Defense SPF30, £32<br />

for 60ml. If you’re looking for a hint of<br />

a tint, as well as protection, check out<br />

this creation from the cult US brand.<br />

A lightweight serum, the adaptable tint<br />

flatters all skintones, featuring marula<br />

and raspberry seeds for softening<br />

hydration, alongside antioxidant grape<br />

juice and sunflower shoot extract.<br />

Neutrogena Purescreen+ Mineral UV<br />

Tint Face Liquid SPF30, £18.70 for<br />

32ml. Another tinted option, this time<br />

promising that it is water-resistant for<br />

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may be superfluous to requirements<br />

for the next few months. Blue lightguarding<br />

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Murad City Skin Age Defence Broad<br />

Spectrum SPF50, £66 for 50ml.<br />

Designed for city living, but equally<br />

suitable for those of us who live in the<br />

Weald, this is a fragrance-free, 100%<br />

mineral sunscreen which creates a<br />

featherlight ‘force field’ against UV<br />

rays, blue light and pollution (polymers<br />

create a breathable second skin that<br />

prevents penetration of toxins). A real<br />

multi-tasker, this, from one of the first<br />

names in ‘dermatologist skincare’.<br />

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution<br />

SPF50, £34 for 30ml. Ah, good<br />

old Clarins. Another great multiaction<br />

cream, here, in the form of<br />

a lightweight moisturising screen<br />

formulated to shield against indoor<br />

and atmospheric pollution, blue light<br />

and even pollen. The gel-textured<br />

formula, which sinks in fast, promises<br />

eight hours of hydration – and<br />

interestingly, comes in Translucent<br />

(invisible) and Rose, which boosts<br />

skin’s radiance with a rosy glow.<br />

Chantecaille Blue Light Protection<br />

Serum, £137 for 30ml. Definitely<br />

the most indulgent of the choices<br />

here, if budget isn’t an issue – but I’ve<br />

included it a.) because it acknowledges<br />

the challenges of blue light in the<br />

name, and b.) because Chantecaille’s<br />

textures (and fragrances) are always,<br />

quite simply, sublime. This doesn’t<br />

offer sun protection, but the botanicals<br />

are chosen to protect against digital<br />

ageing, so you could layer it under<br />

a favourite broad spectrum (i.e.<br />

UVA/UVB-protective) facial SPF.<br />

Hello Sunday The Everyday One<br />

SPF50, £18 for 50ml. Hallelujah!<br />

This is at the opposite end of the price<br />

range to Chantecaille: lightweight,<br />

invisible and such a pleasure to use<br />

that I promise it’ll swiftly convert<br />

you to year-round sunscreening.<br />

Hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and<br />

provitamin B5 feature, along with a<br />

unique algae extract, Dunaliella Salina,<br />

to help fight blue light, infrared and<br />

pollution, as well as sun damage.<br />

That’s daytime sorted, then. But what<br />

about after dark, when many are still<br />

glued to one screen or another? I’m<br />

certainly not proposing that you start<br />

wearing sunscreen at night (although<br />

the Chantecaille serum could equally<br />

be layered under a night cream). But<br />

do consider taking some lifestyle steps<br />

to protect your skin, not least because<br />

scrolling on your phone in bed (um,<br />

aren’t we all guilty, there?) tends to<br />

be done up close, amplifying the<br />

damage. One easy fix is to switch your<br />

smartphone to night mode, as this<br />

adjusts the colours of your<br />

display, massively cutting<br />

blue light exposure; you can<br />

generally set a timer so<br />

that night mode<br />

kicks in<br />

at your<br />

usual bedtime, without you<br />

having to remember.<br />

It’s also worth pointing out that<br />

the damaging effects of blue light<br />

can contribute to eye strain, as well<br />

as glaucoma, cataracts and other eye<br />

diseases. More than that, it can make<br />

it hard for many people to get to<br />

sleep, as blue light affects our natural<br />

circadian biorhythms. (I know if I look<br />

at my phone or laptop after 9pm, I’m<br />

likely to be wide awake four hours<br />

later.) So, you might want to curb your<br />

night-time habit of doom scrolling/<br />

Vinted shopping/Instagramming<br />

habit entirely – not just for the<br />

sake of your skin, but your eyes.<br />

And because – to paraphrase an<br />

old saying – nobody went to their<br />

grave wishing they’d spent more<br />

time looking at their phones…<br />

See beautybible.com for more of Jo’s<br />

tried and tested beauty reviews.<br />


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Wellbeing<br />

Just a<br />

minute<br />

Sarah Maxwell finds out how pocket<br />

meditation can fit into a busy lifestyle<br />

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If you’ve always fancied trying<br />

meditation, but the thought of<br />

sitting still and attempting to block<br />

out your ‘must get this stuff done today<br />

list’ is too much – and your intention to<br />

start a look-after-yourself-better plan has<br />

tanked again – then pocket meditation<br />

may just be the thing for you.<br />

I’ve always struggled with it. The<br />

time involved, my inability to empty<br />

my mind for more than a nano second,<br />

boredom and distraction. This increased<br />

my stress levels and ended up being<br />

at the top of my avoidance list. I<br />

decided (after much procrastination)<br />

to experiment with different types of<br />

meditation and commit myself to do<br />

one of them for 1 minute every day<br />

for a week. I gradually built this up to<br />

between 1 and 3 minutes of the things I<br />

found fitted me best and, feeling that it<br />

was doing something positive, I decided<br />

to arrange a Zoom chat with a variety<br />

of meditation experts (38 in total) so I<br />

could pass on their wisdom to us all.<br />

I asked this question: “I’m managing<br />

to do between 1-3 minutes of daily<br />

meditations (a variety of types) – is<br />

this doing me any good or am I just<br />

deluding myself and should I bother?”<br />

Only one person said not to bother,<br />

but the other 37 agreed unanimously<br />

that it was doing me a lot of good<br />

and that I should carry on and be<br />

reassured that it was having a positive<br />

effect on my health and wellbeing.<br />

Recent research has linked regular<br />

meditation to a range of health benefits,<br />

including reduced levels of anxiety and<br />

stress, improved immune function,<br />

increased creativity, improved mood<br />

and increased energy. Whether you’re<br />

just starting out or you’re looking to<br />

deepen your practice, incorporating<br />

meditation into your life can help<br />

to improve your overall wellbeing.<br />

So if you want to give it a go, try<br />

a few of these pocket meditations<br />

that take 1 minute a day and with a<br />

little regularity (put it in your diary<br />

to do before you brush your teeth,<br />

before your workout, school run,<br />

before bed etc.) you’ll start to feel the<br />

benefits from your very first session.<br />

Getting started with<br />

pocket meditation<br />

Wear loose, comfortable clothing.<br />

Turn off your phone, TV, radio.<br />

Find a space you feel comfortable<br />

in – this can be indoors or outside<br />

– lying, sitting or moving.<br />

Breath Meditation<br />

Find a comfortable place (standing,<br />

sitting or lying down). Breathe<br />

in through your nose for a count<br />

of 4, hold the breath for a count<br />

of 3 then breathe out through<br />

your nose for a count of 8.<br />

Do this a minimum of 5 times.<br />

Dance Meditation<br />

After choosing your favourite music<br />

to move to – the best music for this<br />

is something without words so you<br />

listen to the sounds and allow your<br />

body to flow along naturally. Let your<br />

shoulders relax and take a couple of<br />

deep breaths before you start moving.<br />

There is no right or wrong way to<br />

move, just let your body react to the<br />

music (this becomes easier the more you<br />

do it). Be aware of the sounds and your<br />

body. If external thoughts about the<br />

washing or a meeting come into your<br />

head, don’t worry, just acknowledge<br />

it and refocus back to the music.<br />

Walking Meditation<br />

You can do this outside in a park,<br />

forest or around your home. Start by<br />

standing still and focusing on your<br />

breathing. Take a few deep breaths<br />

and let your body relax. Once you are<br />

relaxed, begin walking slowly and focus<br />

on the sensation of your feet on the<br />

ground. Notice how your body moves<br />

with each step and how your arms and<br />

legs feel. Continue walking and focus<br />

on your breathing, the sound of your<br />

footsteps, and the feeling of your body.<br />

Some links to check out<br />

• healthline.com/health/mental-health/<br />

top-meditation-iphone-android-apps<br />

• Headspace – simple and easy to use<br />

headspace.com<br />

• Dr Mariette Jansen<br />

drdestress.co.uk/meditation-mindfulness<br />

Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning<br />

Fitness and Lifestyle coach<br />

and mum of two who juggles a lot<br />

of balls. Find out more about Sarah<br />

and her work at sarahmaxwell.com<br />

Sarah shares her Fitness and Lifestyle tips<br />

on Instagram @sarahmaxwelllifestyle<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 turmeric<br />

Turmeric has become a bit of a ‘trendy’ wellness<br />

ingredient on social media in recent years, used in<br />

everything from lattes to pancakes and porridge, but<br />

what are the health benefits and is it worthy of the hype?<br />

The group of compounds that are responsible for much<br />

of turmeric’s health benefits are the colour pigments called<br />

curcuminoids. These are responsible for the vivid orange<br />

colour of turmeric as well as its powerful anti-inflammatory<br />

effects and antioxidant properties. However, curcumin is<br />

poorly absorbed by the body, so in order to receive its full<br />

benefits, it needs to be combined with ingredients such<br />

as black pepper which contains piperine, a compound<br />

which enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.<br />

Turmeric is also a fat-soluble substance, which means<br />

you need to eat it with a source of fat for it to be absorbed<br />

well, so pair it with foods such as coconut milk, avocado<br />

or cheese to maximise the benefit. In higher doses, such<br />

as in a supplement form, turmeric has been known to<br />

manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, offer<br />

cardio-protective benefits and help reduce the risk of<br />

type-2 diabetes, although more scientific research is<br />

being done to explore its full potential on our health.<br />

Charlotte runs Plume Nutrition, where she offers support and advice<br />

for weight management, controlling cravings, sleeplessness, stress<br />

and increasing energy levels. Find out more at plumenutrition.com<br />

Red lentil dahl with turmeric<br />

This warming red lentil dahl is a tasty, mild curry, protein<br />

packed, creamy and delicious…perfect for a cosy weekend<br />

supper and rich in turmeric and its antioxidant benefits.<br />

Serves 6<br />

• 1 tsp olive oil or coconut oil<br />

• 2 onions diced<br />

• 3 garlic cloves finely chopped<br />

• 1 tbsp fresh ginger<br />

peeled and grated<br />

• ½ finely chopped red chilli<br />

(or ½ tsp dried chilli flakes)<br />

• ½ tsp cumin seeds<br />

• ½ tsp coriander seeds<br />

• ½ tsp mustard seeds<br />

• 2 tsp ground turmeric<br />

• 1 tsp garam masala<br />

• 200g dried red lentils,<br />

uncooked, rinsed and drained<br />

• 1 can chopped tomatoes<br />

• 1 can coconut milk<br />

• 500ml vegetable broth/stock<br />

• salt and black pepper<br />

• juice of a lemon<br />

• 2 handfuls fresh spinach,<br />

washed (frozen spinach<br />

can be used too)<br />

Grind the cumin, coriander and mustard seeds lightly using<br />

a pestle and mortar, then add to the pan, along with the<br />

turmeric and garam masala and cook for 1 minute.<br />

Add the lentils, tomatoes with their juice, coconut milk and<br />

broth/stock, then stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper<br />

and cook on a medium/low heat for 15-20 minutes until reduced<br />

and thick. If you have time, you can leave it a little longer on a<br />

very low heat for even more flavour (just stir often and check it<br />

doesn’t scorch on the bottom of the pan). Taste and add more<br />

chilli if desired. Stir in the lemon juice and spinach until it wilts.<br />

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Buried Treasure<br />

Jo Arnell applies cooking principles to the garden this<br />

month, as she starts planning her bulb lasangas<br />

I’m doing my best squirrel<br />

impression this month, scuttling<br />

around, digging holes and burying<br />

bulbs in the hope that, come the spring,<br />

welcome splashes of colour will pop<br />

up in my beds and borders. A lot can<br />

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months – not least the actual squirrels<br />

following in my footsteps, unearthing<br />

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season, but there are bulbs for other<br />

time of the year too, planted in the<br />

spring and early summer. This is<br />

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potentially it can be confusing trying<br />

to work out what and when to plant.<br />

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what a bulb is and where in the<br />

world it may have come from. A<br />

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plant; leaves, stem and basal plate<br />

(from which the roots will sprout),<br />

compressed into a package, primed<br />

to grow when conditions are right.<br />

They tend to get lumped in together,<br />

regardless of origin, but often need<br />

different growing conditions in order to<br />

thrive. There are bulbs from woodland<br />

situations that flower in early spring<br />

and retreat back under the soil once the<br />

canopy of leaves appears. Woodland<br />

bulbs will tolerate shade and slightly<br />

damper conditions, but those that come<br />

from more arid climates will prefer a<br />

sunny and very free draining position.<br />

They don’t mind the cold necessarily<br />

– bulbs from mountainous regions<br />

will manage very low temperatures,<br />

but may also need a summer baking<br />

and good drainage through the winter<br />

– but wet, soggy soil may cause them<br />

to rot or be more vulnerable to fungal<br />

infections. Snake’s head fritillaries, on<br />

the other hand, thrive in damp meadows<br />

and won’t readily reappear in dry<br />

conditions. If you know their origins,<br />

you will get clues about the conditions<br />

they’ve evolved to live happily in.<br />

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their own. The great thing about growing<br />

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Cook up a pot full of bulb lasagne by<br />

layering bulbs that flower at different<br />

times. Three tiers works well, and it’s<br />

worth choosing different types – some<br />

short, some tall – and not too many<br />

tulips, as they’re quite leafy and planting<br />

too many will fill the pot with foliage.<br />

Bulbs that bulk up and<br />

naturalise well<br />

Wild plants like bluebells and garlic<br />

rampantly cover the ground so are best<br />

left to run wild outside in woodland and<br />

hedgerows rather than in the garden.<br />

Snowdrops, crocuses and narcissi are well<br />

known for spreading themselves around<br />

too, although slightly less enthusiastically.<br />

They also seem to enjoy the edge<br />

of woodland and damper meadow<br />

situations. Anemone blanda will carpet<br />

the ground in shades of blue, white and<br />

pink – watch how after flowering the<br />

seed-heads bend down to the ground and<br />

bury themselves (cyclamen do this too).<br />

For a natural looking effect, scatter the<br />

bulbs where you want them to flower<br />

and then plant them where they fall;<br />

this avoids unnatural looking groups<br />

and rows. They will soon clump up and<br />

spread around by themselves. Beware of<br />

the grape hyacinth (Muscari) though,<br />

which can become a weed once it gets<br />

going in the garden. The flowers are<br />

attractive, but the foliage that tends to<br />

linger for way too long, is just like grass<br />

and sprouts up all over the place…<br />

Snowdrops will colonise and<br />

naturalise more easily when planted<br />

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them once flowering is over, but before<br />

they dry out. Bought and planted<br />

as bulbs in the autumn they may<br />

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That way the cold weather should kill<br />

off any spores before the bulbs go in.<br />

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Your bulbs will look attractive among<br />

other early spring flowering plants.<br />

Biennials are especially effective, because<br />

they flower at the same time and also<br />

tend to be quite frilly and floriferous<br />

– plants like forget-me-nots, bellis and<br />

wallflowers make good ‘skirts’ for the<br />

bulbs and then, as their foliage starts<br />

to die back and become unsightly, the<br />

froth of foliage and flowers will cover<br />

it. Dying foliage out in the borders can<br />

also be hidden (bulb leaves never die<br />

off prettily) with other low spreading<br />

plants, like geraniums, astrantias<br />

and Alchemilla mollis, which will<br />

also grow up and cover the leaves.<br />

After flowering<br />

Once flowering is over, dead-head<br />

to stop them wasting energy making<br />

seed and try to let the leaves die back<br />

naturally – tying them in knots is not<br />

the solution. Some people give them<br />

a feed at this point, but a sprinkle of<br />

general purpose fertiliser over the ground<br />

is welcomed at any point in the spring.<br />

They should start to multiply over<br />

the years if they like the conditions.<br />

Many bulbs bulk up and spread quite<br />

readily, especially those recommended<br />

for naturalising, whereas others seem<br />

to diminish, depending on the variety.<br />

Tulips, especially the really pretty parrot<br />

cultivars and those with frilled or striped<br />

petals are rather fickle and won’t always<br />

appear in future years – the bulbs tend<br />

to split into ‘bulblets’ which take a few<br />

years to gain enough energy to flower.<br />

Potential problems<br />

Bulbs will always perform when first<br />

bought, because they are sold in peak<br />

condition, with everything they need,<br />

packaged up and ready to grow, but<br />

after that it’s up to the prevailing<br />

conditions and the care they receive to<br />

ensure that they keep on flowering.<br />

Bulbs can become ‘blind’, which<br />

means that leaves grow, but no flowers<br />

appear. It’s a sign that they’ve run out of<br />

energy, usually because they’re congested.<br />

If this happens, lift and separate them,<br />

replant and feed with some bonemeal, or<br />

a specialised bulb feed.<br />

Tulips do not like being left in damp<br />

soil all year. If you lift them (and have<br />

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Buy good sized, nice quality bulbs<br />

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you can after they arrive. If they are<br />

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really be planted in November once<br />

conditions are cooler and the viruses<br />

in the soil have become less active.<br />

Try to plant bulbs – especially those<br />

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A Destination of a<br />

Different Nature<br />

Sue Whigham reflects on her natural<br />

findings on a recent trip to Sweden<br />

Image of Grispholm Castle by Roland Magnusson<br />

Whilst I’d been warned that this year Sweden had<br />

been having a very wet summer, I hadn’t taken<br />

into account what might be the result of this in<br />

a country that is home to over 22,000 lakes, some of which<br />

are such large areas of water that they are known as ‘seas’.<br />

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Sweden for many years<br />

now but this was the first year of ‘The Mosquito’. And<br />

unfortunately that was not the mosquito in the singular but<br />

in the hundreds of thousands! Oh, my goodness. They were<br />

everywhere and obviously hungry which we found to our cost.<br />

We are all used to getting a few bites on trips to hot countries<br />

but here the Swedish version surpassed anything we’d come<br />

across. Thank goodness though, this phenomenon is rare in<br />

Sweden and after a week they disappeared from whence they<br />

came and we regained our equilibrium. This came soon after<br />

a trip to the chemists in Mariefred only to be told that there<br />

had been a run on antihistamines and that they were waiting<br />

anxiously for further supplies to be delivered. Mariefred is on<br />

Lake Mälaran, which has the added attraction of the glorious<br />

and imposing Gripsholm Castle, owned by the Swedish Royal<br />

Family since the reign of King Gustav Vasa in the sixteenth<br />

century. And it was at least an opportunity to do a spot of<br />

shopping and have a delicious open prawn sandwich at our<br />

usual cafe on the corner with the black and white tiles and<br />

then have the bonus of a beautiful drive home on virtually<br />

car free roads – and completely pot hole free to boot.<br />

Södermanland is a particularly lovely part of south central<br />

Sweden with a combination of rolling farmland and stands<br />

of mixed forests and of course, lakes. Many of the farms have<br />

absolutely huge barns all painted in a distinctive red known<br />

as Falu red, which originated from the Falun copper mine in<br />

central Sweden. I’d love to be in Sweden on the day that the<br />

cows are let out of the barns in the spring after a long, long<br />

winter. It is a day of celebration known as a ‘kosläpp’ when<br />

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We also had the pleasure of<br />

spending an early evening<br />

with a couple of hares<br />

nonchalantly nibbling away<br />

on the grass outside the house<br />

at the same time as giving<br />

themselves a good groom<br />

they come out skipping and jumping for<br />

joy to be out in the fresh air again. Their<br />

offspring will have, of course, been born<br />

in the barns and the farmer has to let<br />

the cows out separately from the calves<br />

so that the calves don’t get accidentally<br />

trampled by their over excited mothers.<br />

Once everything has calmed down<br />

a bit, the calves are then released.<br />

Interestingly cows have to be let out<br />

in the spring under Swedish animal<br />

welfare laws, which sounds good to me.<br />

But back to the lake at the bottom<br />

of the garden where we were staying.<br />

Last year we heard and saw the cranes<br />

that flew overhead most mornings but<br />

this time we only heard them a couple<br />

of times. But the first swim came up<br />

trumps as an osprey, the national bird<br />

of the region, put in an appearance and<br />

I watched him swim low over the water<br />

for most of the length of the lake. He<br />

eventually landed somewhere beyond<br />

the reeds and I didn’t see him again. But<br />

what a spectacular bird with a wingspan<br />

of 1.5 metres – I hear that one was<br />

spotted at Rye Harbour recently too.<br />

We also had the pleasure of spending<br />

an early evening with a couple of hares<br />

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grass outside the house at the same time<br />

as giving themselves a good groom.<br />

Luckily they didn’t spot us even when<br />

we were rather manically attempting<br />

to take a few rather blurred photos<br />

from the kitchen window. Imagine<br />

our consternation when we got back<br />

the following day and found a dead<br />

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Clockwise from top left: There’s fungi<br />

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We thought that it must be one of ‘our’ hares but<br />

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woods. Nothing wasted here as he ended up in a casserole<br />

in somebody’s else’s household the following day. Then<br />

there were the ‘sounds off’ coming from the forest. I<br />

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of their excavations in the meadow down the lane but<br />

it was more likely to be some sort of deer as it sounded<br />

rather like a dog with a particularly sore throat.<br />

The meadow that I found such interesting plants in<br />

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It certainly seemed to help both with the irritating and<br />

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staff support pupils to fulfil their potential<br />

and go onto not only university but also<br />

hugely competitive apprenticeships. We<br />

had a group who in addition to building a<br />

greenpower racing car went on to take it to<br />

Goodwood to race it! I want as many people<br />

as possible to know what a super place this is<br />

and I’m excited about spreading the word.<br />

What do you see as the greatest challenges?<br />

I think they are the same for everyone. Across<br />

the country we have a cohort of young people<br />

who struggle with resilience – there’s a lot of<br />

evidence that young people find it difficult to<br />

make even small mistakes. I’ve done a lot of<br />

reading about how even very young children<br />

don’t feel they can have a go at something in<br />

case they don’t succeed. That is a great challenge<br />

in education at the minute and we need to let<br />

children see that making little errors is part<br />

of learning, it’s an opportunity for growth.<br />

I love our school’s logo, which is a ship. If you<br />

set sail on a ship you know sometimes it will be<br />

stormy. You keep sailing on and there are loads<br />

of other people on board – we aren’t alone.<br />

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How do you relax outside work?<br />

I do a lot of reading, I tend to have several<br />

books on the go. At the moment I’m<br />

working my way through Pathogenesis by<br />

Jonathan Kennedy, The Square of Sevens<br />

by Laura Shepherd-Robinson and The<br />

Venetian Venture by Suzette A. Hill. I also<br />

have Herring’s Medical Law and Ethics and<br />

I’ve just got the latest Mason and Mcall<br />

Smith’s Law and Medical Ethics because I’m<br />

going to run a bio ethics club for the sixth<br />

form here. It’s something I’ve always found<br />

interesting and I’m very excited about.<br />

I’ve also just finished an undergraduate<br />

diploma with Cambridge University in<br />

archaeology, focusing on death in the ancient<br />

world, it’s been a great reminder of what it’s like<br />

to be the one needing to meet essay deadlines.<br />

And I have a big extended family, so there’s<br />

always something exciting going on somewhere.<br />

I also really enjoy political satire, so like to tune<br />

into Dead Ringers and other Radio 4 comedies.<br />

What book would you recommend to parents?<br />

I highly recommend Every Teenager Needs a<br />

Parrot by Alicia Drummond and also Failosophy<br />

by Elizabeth Day. It’s very helpful for assisting<br />

with resilience – being ready to learn from<br />

mistakes, rather than being too afraid to try.<br />

Where are your favourite places to visit?<br />

I like walking and we’re extremely lucky to<br />

have Knole Park on our doorstep. I was<br />

recommended the independent bookshop<br />

in Sevenoaks and since my first visit I<br />

never leave with just one book! I also love<br />

Italian food so I’m looking forward to more<br />

visits to Marco, also here in Sevenoaks.<br />

Find out more about Walthamstow<br />

Hall at walthamstow-hall.co.uk<br />


YES, IT’S A<br />


…that she left it too late to apply for Hurtwood House,<br />

because it’s simply the best for acting, dancing,<br />

singing, film-making – “A utopia for creative minds” –<br />

as the Good Schools Guide says.<br />

And crucially, this exciting school is equally successful<br />

academically. In fact, it’s statistically one of the top<br />

co-ed boarding schools in the UK.<br />

So, if you’re looking for a really exciting and rewarding<br />

change of school at 16 – don’t leave it too late.<br />

Contact Cosmo Jackson or visit our website for more<br />

information.<br />

T: 01483 279000 E: info@hurtwood.net<br />

hurtwoodhouse.com<br />

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School Open Days<br />

Book these dates in your diary to explore the wealth of<br />

independent schools on offer in <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

Micklefield School:<br />

Open Morning<br />

Friday 29 September <strong>2023</strong><br />

micklefieldschool.co.uk<br />

TASIS The American School in<br />

England: Whole School Open Day<br />

Saturday 30 September <strong>2023</strong><br />

tasisengland.org<br />

Roedean School:<br />

Sixth Form Open Evening<br />

Thursday 5 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

roedean.co.uk<br />

Walthamstow Hall Sevenoaks:<br />

Sixth Form Information Evening<br />

Thursday 5 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

walthamstow-hall.co.uk<br />

Lingfield College: Sixth Form<br />

Options & Information Evening<br />

Thursday 5 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

lingfieldcollege.co.uk<br />

Hawthorns School:<br />

Open Morning<br />

Friday 6 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

hawthorns.com<br />

RGS Guildford:<br />

Senior School Open Days<br />

Friday 6 & Saturday<br />

7 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

rgsg.co.uk<br />

Radnor House Twickenham:<br />

Open Day<br />

Saturday 7 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

radnor-twickenham.org<br />

Manor House School: Open Event<br />

Saturday 7 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

manorhouseschool.org<br />

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School Open Days<br />

...continued<br />

ACS Cobham:<br />

Open Day for all ages<br />

Saturday 7 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

acs-schools.com/cobham<br />

Banstead Preparatory<br />

School: Open Morning<br />

Tuesday 10 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

bansteadprep.com<br />

Dunottar School: Open Event<br />

Thursday 12 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

dunottarschool.com<br />

Tormead School:<br />

Senior School Open Morning<br />

Friday 13 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

tormeadschool.org.uk<br />

Hazelwood School:<br />

Year 7 & 8 Open Morning<br />

Friday 13 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

hazelwoodschool.co.uk<br />

Reigate St Mary’s School:<br />

Early Years Open House<br />

Saturday 14 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

reigatestmarys.org<br />

Churcher’s College Junior<br />

School: Senior School &<br />

Sixth Form Open Morning<br />

Wednesday 18 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

churcherscollege.com<br />

Caterham School:<br />

Visitor Morning<br />

Wednesday 18 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

caterhamschool.co.uk<br />

Frensham Heights:<br />

Mini Open Morning<br />

Thursday 19 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

frensham.org<br />

Parkside School<br />

To arrange individual tours<br />

throughout term time email<br />

head.pa@parkside-school.co.uk.<br />

A number of Open Events are also<br />

held throughout the year, where the<br />

Head, Ms Nicole Janssen, hosts an<br />

informal talk, followed by a tour led by<br />

the Parkside boys. parkside-school.co.uk<br />

Junior School & Nursery<br />

Autumn Open Morning<br />

Saturday 7 <strong>October</strong><br />

8.30am - 12noon<br />

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Learn Today<br />

Lead Tomorrow<br />


Friday 13 <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Friday 10 May 2024<br />

Tuesday 4 June 2024<br />

Book your place at:<br />

www.tormeadschool.org.uk/admissions/visit-us/<br />

Cranley Road, Guildford GU1 2JD<br />

Together, we're confident, compassionate & curious<br />


Neighbours<br />


By Popular Demand<br />



CBeebies Presenter<br />

JOANNA<br />


Children’s TV Legend & MasterChef<br />


Redhill Favourite<br />


Director ANDREW LYNFORD | Choreographer ALEX WOLF | Musical Director ASHLEY HARVEY<br />

8 - 31 DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

BOX OFFICE 01737 276500<br />

harlequintheatre.co.uk<br />

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Malthouse Theatre<br />

Harlequin Theatre<br />

2 Dec – 7 Jan<br />




Head to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre<br />

in Guildford this Christmas for the<br />

godmother of all pantos, Cinderella!<br />

This year’s stellar line up includes<br />

EastEnders and Detectorists favourite<br />

Lucy Benjamin as the Wicked<br />

Stepmother, Radio’s Peter Gordon<br />

in a hilarious Ugly Stepsister duo<br />

alongside Guildford Shakepeare<br />

Company co-founder Matt Pinches,<br />

and CBeebies star James Merry for<br />

his third Guildford panto. Don’t<br />

wait to book – the clock is ticking!<br />

Tickets: from £20<br />

01483 44 00 00<br />

yvonne-arnaud.co.uk<br />

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre<br />

8 Dec – 31 Dec<br />



Set in the French village of Populaire<br />

Sur La Mare, a host of creative roles,<br />

colourful scenery and a fast-paced story<br />

bring this pantomime tale right up to<br />

date with plenty of shenanigans, more<br />

than a trifle of tomfoolery and an amusebouche<br />

of comedy capers. Beauty and<br />

the Beast champions one of today’s most<br />

relevant pantomime stories; will Belle see<br />

beyond the Beast’s imposing façade and<br />

discover love is more than skin deep?<br />

Tickets: from £13<br />

01737 276500<br />

harlequintheatre.co.uk<br />

Panto<br />

Time<br />

8 Dec – 31 Dec<br />




When a magical sorceress transforms<br />

the handsome Count into a frightening<br />

Beast, only true love will break the<br />

spell. Join bookworm Belle and a<br />

whole host of colourful characters<br />

on a journey to discover that true<br />

beauty is more than just skin-deep.<br />

With plenty of audience participation<br />

and huge helpings of laughter<br />

combined with spectacular scenery,<br />

captivating costumes and enchanting<br />

special effects, Beauty and the Beast<br />

is the traditional family pantomime<br />

that will leave you spellbound.<br />

Tickets: from £13<br />

atgtickets.com<br />

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre<br />

Time to book those<br />

tickets... oh yes it is!<br />

istockphoto.com/ Roman Kulinskiy<br />

9 Dec – 31 Dec<br />




Find yourself transported to a pretty<br />

French town where Bookish Belle<br />

is ready to start a new chapter...<br />

She, along with her friend Jacques<br />

and his mum, Betty (bell-ringer of<br />

the local Tunbridge Bells) soon find<br />

themselves trapped <strong>inside</strong> the enchanted<br />

castle of a mysterious beast.<br />

The award-winning Little Wolf<br />

Entertainment return with even<br />

more shimmering sets, outrageous<br />

costumes, magic and mayhem!<br />

Tickets: from £17<br />

01892 530613 assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk<br />

14 Dec – 1 Jan<br />



The Malthouse Theatre in association<br />

with Gardner Hodges Entertainment are<br />

proud to present Canterbury’s Fairest<br />

Pantomime of all, Snow White!<br />

From the team that brought you<br />

Cinderella and Beauty and The Beast,<br />

this year’s production will feature<br />

stunning sets and costumes, spectacular<br />

special effects, side splitting comedy<br />

and a dazzling West End cast.<br />

Don’t delay, book today to guarantee<br />

your early bird ticket price.<br />

Tickets: from £18<br />

01227 287234<br />

malthousetheatre.co.uk<br />

9 Dec – 7 Jan<br />



The wonderful Paul Merton will<br />

be donning the Panto Dame’s heels<br />

this Christmas as he steps into<br />

the role of Sarah the Cook!<br />

Join Dick Whittington as he seeks fame,<br />

fortune, and happiness journeying to<br />

become Lord Mayor. Can he outwit<br />

the evil rodent King Rat and free<br />

the city from his team of revolting<br />

rodents? Find out in the ultimate<br />

magical pantomime adventure!<br />

This promises to be full of laugh-outloud<br />

comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful<br />

costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.<br />

Tickets: from £13<br />







What’s On<br />

this Autumn<br />


Every day until 1 Jan 24<br />

(closed 25 & 26 Dec)<br />

Bateman’s, Bateman’s Lane,<br />

Burwash, Etchingham TN19 7DS<br />



A new installation by book<br />

artist Su Blackwell reimagines<br />

the creative process which led<br />

Rudyard Kipling to conjure up<br />

his much-loved classic, The Jungle<br />

Book. ‘Bateman’s Reimagined’<br />

is created from copies of the<br />

story’s handwritten manuscript.<br />

Kipling’s words loop and curl<br />

across hundreds of pages, nestling<br />

a model of the house at Bateman’s,<br />

once the home of the writer.<br />

Entry: included in entry price<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Fri 6 <strong>October</strong> (preview<br />

evening) 6pm - 9pm<br />

Sat 7 <strong>October</strong> 10am - 6pm<br />

Sun 8 <strong>October</strong> 10am - 5pm<br />

Epsom Downs Racecourse,<br />

Tattenham Corner Road,<br />

Epsom, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT18 5LQ<br />


Come to Art <strong>Surrey</strong> in The<br />

Duchess Stand, Epsom Downs<br />

Racecourse 6-8 <strong>October</strong> and let<br />

your creative senses be tingled<br />

at one of the largest art fairs<br />

within the south east of England.<br />

Over 90 established artists will<br />

be exhibiting with over 3,000<br />

artworks for sale between £50<br />

and £3,000. For tickets and<br />

more information see website.<br />

artsurrey.co.uk<br />

Fri 6 - Sun 8 Oct & Fri 3 -<br />

Sun 5 Nov 11am - 3pm<br />

Up the Garden Studio,<br />

Meadow View Road, Boughton<br />

Monchelsea ME17 4LF<br />



Explore Graham’s fascinating<br />

studio displaying a vast array<br />

of work and find out how his<br />

limited-edition etchings are created<br />

entirely by hand, using traditional<br />

techniques, from copper plate<br />

to hand-driven printing press.<br />

Graham or a member of his<br />

family will be on hand to share<br />

the stories behind his work.<br />

grahamclarke.co.uk<br />

Fri 27 <strong>October</strong> (preview<br />

evening) 6pm - 9pm<br />

Sat 28 <strong>October</strong> 12pm - 4pm<br />

Sun 29 <strong>October</strong> 10am - 4pm<br />

Kingdom, Grove Road,<br />

Penshurst, Tonbridge TN11 8DU<br />


Kent Painters Group (KPG)<br />

is a wonderful not-for-profit<br />

organisation started by a group<br />

of friends over 30 years ago to<br />

raise money for local mental<br />

health charities in Kent. Its<br />

annual art sale is now one of<br />

Kent’s premier exhibitions and to<br />

date it has raised over £330,000<br />

for the mental health charities it<br />

supports. As a voluntary group,<br />

100% of proceeds go directly<br />

to KPG’s chosen charities.<br />

kentpaintersgroup.co.uk<br />

Thurs 9 - Sat 11 Nov 10am - 5pm<br />

Vestry Hall, Cranbrook,<br />

Kent TN17 3HA<br />


ART SHOW<br />

Exciting news, the Art Show is<br />

back, showcasing new talent and<br />

familiar artists next month. There<br />

will be free entry to enjoy a mix of<br />

painting, printmaking, sculpture,<br />

ceramics and jewellery. The<br />

selected artists express themselves<br />

and draw inspiration from a wide<br />

variety of sources, so the show<br />

will have something to please<br />

and delight all visitors. There<br />

will be late night opening until<br />

7pm on Friday 10th November.<br />

cranbrookartshow.org.uk<br />


Fri 13 Oct<br />

Little Silver Country<br />

Hotel Tenterden<br />


The hugely successful Heart of<br />

Kent Hospice Choir, ‘The Hearties’<br />

will perform bespoke arrangements<br />

of inspiring and popular songs. An<br />

evening of song and style including<br />

a catwalk fashion show by Mint<br />

Velvet. You won’t want to miss<br />

this fun event raising funds for<br />

the charity Breast Cancer Now.<br />

Entry: Tickets £10 available from<br />

Box Office (website below) or Webbs<br />

Ironmongers High Street Tenterden.<br />

heartofkentshowchoir.co.uk<br />

Fri 20 Oct 7.30pm<br />

Hemsted Park Theatre<br />

Benenden School<br />



An ultimate girls’ night out with<br />

music, laughter, surprises and a<br />

catwalk fashion show by Mint<br />

Velvet. An immersive experience<br />

raising money for breast cancer<br />

charity joining the Heart of Kent<br />

Hospice Choir, ‘The Hearties’ for<br />

a fabulous evening of music and<br />

entertainment. Everyone welcome!<br />

hemstedpark.com<br />

Fri 14 & Sat 15 Oct<br />

Farnham Maltings, Bridge<br />

Square, Farnham GU9 7QR<br />


Now in its 27th year, the Festival<br />

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of Crafts returns to Farnham<br />

Maltings as part of Farnham’s<br />

<strong>October</strong> Craft Month. There will<br />

be a selection of the best of British<br />

artisans selling handmade crafts<br />

including jewellery, ceramics,<br />

stationery, homewares, wood and<br />

metal work, textiles, furniture,<br />

lighting and print. Meet and<br />

buy directly from makers, and<br />

even try an inspiring workshop<br />

on a new craft taster session.<br />

Entry: Discount for booking<br />

in advance, see website.<br />

farnhammaltings.com<br />


& COURSES<br />

Thurs 5 & Sat 7 Oct 10.30am<br />

Merriments Gardens,<br />

Hawkhurst Road, Hurst Green,<br />

East Sussex TN19 7RA<br />





Add fantastic autumn colour<br />

to your garden by planting up<br />

a beautiful 14” rattan hanging<br />

basket or a decorative 15”<br />

terracotta pot. Join Merriment’s<br />

experienced Plant Area team for<br />

an informative workshop. They<br />

will help you create your perfect<br />

autumn display and provide<br />

tips on how to keep it looking<br />

good over the coming months.<br />

Entry: Tickets £35 (including<br />

all materials and your choice<br />

of either a 14” rattan basket<br />

or a 15” terracotta pot).<br />

merriments.co.uk<br />

Sat 14 Oct & Sat 18 Nov<br />

Sarah Louise Dix, 57 St<br />

John’s Street, Farncombe, Nr<br />

Godalming, <strong>Surrey</strong> GU7 3EH<br />




How about learning a new skill<br />

this autumn? Taught in classes of<br />

no more than 10 students, Sarah<br />

Louise Dix teaches an introduction<br />

to upholstery in this excellent<br />

one day class. There are also<br />

other courses on offer including<br />

a 10 week upholstery course.<br />

Pre booking and pre payment is<br />

essential to secure your place.<br />

Entry: £150 exc fabric<br />

sarahlouisedix.co.uk<br />

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The Sissinghurst Series<br />

Talks, tours & book signings<br />







Visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden for<br />

expert-led events centred around topical<br />

subjects in the gardening world.<br />

Kent, TN17 2AB<br />

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Jane Howard explains why<br />

her pigs enjoy a completely<br />

free-range existance, just<br />

lyke ye olden days<br />

There is definitely a whiff of<br />

autumn in the air – my favourite<br />

time of year. Out come the<br />

jumpers and wellies and an early morning<br />

foray for mushrooms with mist in the hollows<br />

and grass twinkling with dew is magical. But not<br />

that early. Rather quaintly, since leaving London some<br />

twenty five years ago, the time at which we get up really<br />

fascinates our city friends. When we point out that<br />

it’s really only dairy farmers who have to get up at an<br />

unspeakably early hour, they seem rather crestfallen.<br />

Along with the lack of a smock, a pitchfork in hand<br />

and a straw hat, an 8am start doesn’t quite fit the<br />

bucolic image. I think the cows would<br />

be genuinely surprised to see me at<br />

sunrise, although the pigs are ready and<br />

standing by whatever time we arrive.<br />

But any day soon they won’t be waiting<br />

and then, for a couple of weeks, I’ll<br />

not see them round the trough at all.<br />

And I won’t be one bit surprised. Why?<br />

Because the acorns will have dropped<br />

and nothing is more delicious to the<br />

average porker than a ripe acorn. With<br />

about 20 acres of woodland to roam in,<br />

they could be anywhere, and eventually<br />

they turn up again – fat and happy.<br />

But for the right reason. Rather<br />

than breed our own we now buy in pigs to fatten<br />

and they are (or rather were) all boys – an important<br />

precaution for anyone keeping woodland pigs in these<br />

parts. Apart from The Forest of Dean, the Kent/Sussex<br />

borders have more wild boar than anywhere else in the<br />

UK. They are shy, nocturnal creatures so rarely seen,<br />

but having learnt the hard way I can assure you they<br />

are about. And at this time of year solitary males are<br />

wandering the High Weald looking for romance.<br />

Before I knew better I used to keep sows, Gloria and<br />

Rather than breed<br />

our own we now buy<br />

in pigs to fatten and<br />

they are (or rather<br />

were) all boys – an<br />

important precaution<br />

for anyone keeping<br />

woodland pigs<br />

in these parts<br />

Iris, in the woods and by the time I saw the fleeting<br />

back end of a wild boar – tusks, stripes, spots the lot, it<br />

was too late. Some three months, three weeks and three<br />

days later (pigs are very particular in that department)<br />

Gloria delivered a whole host of stripy, spotty hoglets.<br />

Fab, except that they were wild and<br />

never came near me. Not even for food.<br />

Catching and keeping them proved<br />

impossible so now it’s strictly a Boys Only<br />

policy for participation in the annual<br />

Coopers autumn acorn extravaganza.<br />

But what’s going on here is nothing<br />

new. For hundreds of years peasant<br />

farmers released their pigs into the woods<br />

at this time of year to fatten on acorns in<br />

a practice known as pannage. With the<br />

exception of The New Forest, pannage<br />

isn’t really practiced any more but way<br />

back when The Weald was the stronghold.<br />

The Domesday Book records in 1086 that<br />

around 150,000 pigs were driven every autumn from the<br />

Low Weald to the oak woods of the High Weald. Farmers<br />

from a particular village returned with their pigs to the<br />

same woodland pig pasture, called a den, year after year.<br />

Over time the dens became settlements in their own<br />

right – hence Horsmonden, Biddenden, Witherenden<br />

– and the frequent passage of pigs being driven to<br />

and from these dens formed sunken tracks known as<br />

droves, which remain today as a pattern of roughly<br />

north-south lanes. Quite handy for those boars!<br />

Find out more about daily life at Coopers Farm by visiting coopersfarmstonegate.co.uk<br />

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Contact us for our <strong>2023</strong> brochure<br />

Sevenoaks - Tel: 01732 762682<br />

Tunbridge Wells - Tel: 01892 520730<br />

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