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NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

CHRISTMAS GIFT SUPPLEMENT <strong>inside</strong><br />

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes



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Contents<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

12<br />

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24<br />

41<br />

42<br />

53<br />

81<br />

24<br />


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 surprising oast house<br />

with a Mexican twist<br />


Learn how to effortlessly<br />

blend cultures and styles<br />


Explore photographer Mel Smith’s<br />

new studio and living space<br />


Learn how to be inventive<br />

and thrifty like Mel<br />


Festive fashion picks<br />

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90<br />

95<br />

97<br />

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Rebecca Cuffe edits evening<br />

wear with bow embellishments<br />


Family friendly winter<br />

warmer recipes<br />


Josephine Fairley explains<br />

why it’s time to expand<br />

your scent wardrobe<br />


Sarah Maxwell’s tips<br />

for a stronger core<br />


Charlotte Lau explores the<br />

health benefits of salmon<br />


Jo Arnell shares her expertise<br />

to help your garden ride<br />

out harsh winters and<br />

baking summers<br />

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Sue Whigham explores an<br />

inspirational project headed up by<br />

Syrian bee expert Dr. Ryad Alsous<br />


Get to know Parkside School’s<br />

head, Nicole Janssen<br />


Mike Piercy discusses SPAG<br />


Explore the potential benefits<br />

of financial planning<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

From pantos to courses, find out...<br />


Jane Howard focuses in on<br />

the health of her flock<br />


GIFT<br />


24 pages of<br />

fabulous festive<br />

inspiration.<br />

From page 55.<br />

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From the<br />

Editor<br />

As I write it’s mid-October and over 20 degrees,<br />

but <strong>Christmas</strong> is approaching at pace and this issue<br />

comes with its very own <strong>Gift</strong> Guide to help you get<br />

all your ducks in a row! Browse gifts from teeny to<br />

statement with our themed shopping pages that cater<br />

for everyone, from animal lovers to jewellery magpies,<br />

children to avid gardeners, alongside a rundown of<br />

gorgeous decorations and excellent advent calendars.<br />

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the upcycling genius of photographer Mel Smith,<br />

where not a piece of old wood was left without a<br />

new purpose in his studio and living space.<br />

Cosy is key this month, and our choice of autumn<br />

recipes are sure to satisfy that craving for<br />

home-cooked comfort food for the chillier<br />

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

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

first female winner of Leeds Piano competition…so much more to discover!<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 />

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Light Fantastic<br />

Looking for brilliant ideas for festive outings this season? You won’t want<br />

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Music and created by Culture Creative. Prepare to be wowed by<br />

new installations as well as some previously seen favourites as you<br />

wander through the magical trail. Appearing for the first time this<br />

year is Loomaland’s hypnotic Cygnus, whilst other mesmerising<br />

new features include 12 days of <strong>Christmas</strong> by North Devon<br />

artist Woody Fox and Heart Walk by Cristina Ottonello.<br />

Chandelier Walk, by Crescent Moon Events, is a series of<br />

beautifully designed chandeliers delicately suspended in the<br />

trees, whilst Squidsoup’s Feast of Light features immersive,<br />

glowing strings filled with all the colours of the rainbow.<br />

You can also catch a glimpse of Father <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

along the way and enjoy some festive snacks.<br />

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Wonderland<br />

It’s time to wrap up warm, get outdoors<br />

and blow away the cobwebs with<br />

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keen to get the family out in the fresh<br />

air head to Claremont Landscape<br />

Gardens for The Snow Queen family<br />

trail between 25th <strong>November</strong> and 2nd<br />

January. Explore the magical installations<br />

reflecting scenes from the story with<br />

activities along the way (normal<br />

charges apply) nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/<br />

surrey/claremont-landscape-garden.<br />

Or how about the Winter Welly Wander<br />

at Winkworth from 16th December to<br />

3rd January. Pick up a trail sheet at the<br />

welcome kiosk and play a range of wellybased<br />

games for some rosy-cheeked fun.<br />

£2 per child plus normal admission.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/surrey/<br />

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ALL THE<br />


Taywell Farmshop in<br />

Goudhurst will be holding<br />

The Spirit of <strong>Christmas</strong> on 24th<br />

<strong>November</strong> from noon until 7pm. Visit<br />

their local stockists and sample plenty of<br />

tasty produce. All sorts of delicious festive<br />

delights will be on offer and you’ll be<br />

able to get your <strong>Christmas</strong> sorted by<br />

ordering hampers, turkeys and all the<br />

trimmings. Bespoke and corporate<br />

hampers will be made to order by<br />

the Taywell Hamper Co. who also<br />

supply picnic hampers all year round.<br />

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The wonderfully<br />

welcoming Ceramic Studio<br />

in Brenchley will be hosting a Makers<br />

Market on 3rd December from 10am until<br />

4pm. The market is a brilliant opportunity to<br />

support small, local business and makers, giving<br />

visitors the chance to meet the people that make the<br />

products. As well as the market stalls there will be<br />

live music from The Fireflies and a complimentary<br />

glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Contact<br />

the studio if you’d like to have a stall.<br />

theceramicstudio.co.uk<br />

make it fun<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Present<br />

Celebrate the best of <strong>Surrey</strong>’s artists and artisans<br />

and shop a huge range of interesting and one-off<br />

gifts. West Horsley Place (location of the genius<br />

BBC comedy Ghosts), will host the <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

Fair from 24th to 26th <strong>November</strong>. You’ll find<br />

exhibits from <strong>Surrey</strong> Hills Enterprises, <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

Guild of Craftsmen, Wey Ceramics, Guildford<br />

Art Society and many more. With stalls across<br />

the barn and the manor it’s a great chance to<br />

soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful historic<br />

house. Open from 10am until 4pm, tickets<br />

are £9. westhorsleyplace.org/Event/<br />

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‘Tis the season<br />

Head to Guildford Cathedral for shopping, food, music<br />

and art this Advent and <strong>Christmas</strong>. The Cathedral<br />

will be full of festive cheer throughout <strong>November</strong> and<br />

December, with music from Rick Wakeman and friends<br />

to John Rutter to the Snowman. Advent services start<br />

on Sunday 1 December with the Advent Carol Service<br />

at 6pm. A Virtual Advent Calendar will have a door a<br />

day opening to the cathedral’s wonderful choir singing,<br />

so do follow their social media. Find details of services<br />

and events on their website guildford-cathedral.org<br />

Festive Feels<br />

Merriments<br />

Gardens are hosting a<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Craft Fair on 3rd December<br />

in their lovely Orangery. Head along to join<br />

talented local crafters, cooks and bakers and pick<br />

up some beautiful handmade <strong>Christmas</strong> gifts. From<br />

local honey, beeswax candles, essential oil candles and<br />

crocheted homewares to delicious homemade chutneys and<br />

jams, festive tray-bakes and fantastic cakes, all alongside<br />

handmade wreaths and seasonal planters. Staplehurst<br />

Community Choir will be performing carols and<br />

there will be mince pies and mulled wine on<br />

offer to keep you fuelled.<br />

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With no shortage of perfect selfie moments<br />

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

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and generally get excited about!<br />

Say goodbye to the disposable<br />

party hat and hello to this glorious<br />

reusable pop out crown, one of<br />

a set of four beautiful designs,<br />

from The Shop Floor Project. Go<br />

on, give your <strong>Christmas</strong> dinner a<br />

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If you’re festive shopping at Fenwick, Kingston,<br />

be sure to try their new Mediterranean-inspired<br />

tapas restaurant, Fuego. Their charcuterie and<br />

cheese boards, traditional tortillas, and stonebaked<br />

Napoli-style sourdough pizza make for ultimate<br />

shopping fuel, especially when topped off with a trip to the<br />

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For perfect<br />

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catering,<br />

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With fab art like this<br />

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coasters £15 for 4.<br />

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Is there anything more<br />

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It’s the perfect day out with my daughter and I can<br />

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shop and we stay nice and warm as it’s all indoors.<br />

The best coffee<br />

First things first we’ll grab ourselves<br />

a delicious coffee from Fine Grind<br />

in the Ivy Café, next to the Purple<br />

Marquee. The Fair is a series of<br />

marquees in a circle, so if you start<br />

further in, you miss the crowds<br />

at the entrance. We’ll catch the<br />

shops in the<br />

first Green<br />

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the end of our<br />

circuit.<br />

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designers and makers. Their pottery,<br />

paintings, and objets d’art are one-offs,<br />

designed from the heart. I love The<br />

Artisan Designers and this year I’ll<br />

make sure I pick up a gift for me! Then<br />

I’ll head to Candle Wise for an Ibiza<br />

candle for my bestie.<br />

Presents for each other<br />

Edie and I always buy gifts for each other<br />

at the Fair, that way we both get what<br />

we want and it’s so nice doing it<br />

together. She’s got her eye on<br />

a new handbag from Sarah<br />

Haran and I’d really like one<br />

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Foodie gifts<br />

We then head into the Yellow Food<br />

Hall where I know we’ll find lots of<br />

treats there to go in the <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

hamper that Edie and her brother<br />

give to their Dad. Chalkstream<br />

Smoked Trout; some Mighty Spice<br />

curry sauces; Salcombe Dairy<br />

Chocolates; a box of cakes from<br />

Pip & Seed; and some Damson<br />

Vodka, (which he adds to fizz to<br />

make a <strong>Christmas</strong> Kir Royale)<br />

will all be going in the hamper.<br />

Tickets available on the<br />

door or to pre-book<br />

Fashion & Jewellery<br />

My daughter Edie wants some clothes<br />

for <strong>Christmas</strong>, and I need something<br />

new for the <strong>Christmas</strong> Party, so we’ll head<br />

for Rosella Style, Wardrobe No9 and<br />

Philippa London. My Mum wants me<br />

to buy Edie some jewellery from her,<br />

so we’ll also head to Mary Mary and<br />

Moody Tom in the Blue Marquee<br />

to find some beautiful earrings and<br />

maybe a super cute bracelet.<br />

Local school choirs<br />

My friend’s daughter is singing with<br />

her choir, so we’ll make sure we<br />

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decorate our tree, home and table.<br />

Delicious food<br />

It’s great to take a break at<br />

lunchtime in the Holly Café.<br />

This year we’ve got our eyes on<br />

the Lebanese street food from<br />

Emilio’s. I love a posh sausage,<br />

so we’ll make sure to visit<br />

Supreme Gourmet.<br />

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Previous pages & this page: The Oast Bar. Alec and Heidy<br />

lifted the flooring to reveal the stunning stone beneath. The<br />

artwork behind the pink velvet sofa was made by Alec and his<br />

sons using the colours of the renovation project, painted onto<br />

offcuts. A staircase above leads upwards into the oast tower<br />

towards the amazing 18ft crystal drop chandelier<br />

Human resources leader Alec and his Mexican<br />

wife Heidy didn’t set out to become interior<br />

designers. However, having now renovated<br />

three houses, it’s safe to say that their part time hobby<br />

has turned into a skill worthy of many professionals.<br />

The couple and their twin boys found their latest project<br />

in the heart of <strong>Surrey</strong>, during the summer of 2021. Built<br />

in 1832, the building – a 5000 sq ft former hop drying<br />

oast house – was attached to a ballroom originally built<br />

for the hop pickers and their families. “When we found<br />

the property we fell in love with the setting,” says Alec,<br />

“which is very close to Great Frensham Pond. The house<br />

itself was very quirky, the garden and exterior were both<br />

impactful but <strong>inside</strong> there was an awful lack of light,<br />

due to the nature of the oast towers which were, at the<br />

end of the day, made to dry hops and not for providing<br />

a light and airy residential living space!” says Alec.<br />

The year-long renovation project involved a complete<br />

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system, new plumbing, new roof and insulation, painting<br />

the entire house, new flooring, new bathrooms as well as<br />

fitted elements like wardrobes. A big job if you are living<br />

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“Hanging overhead is a huge gold pendant light, from<br />

Authentic Reclamation. It was so big that it could only<br />

be fitted during the build when we had the correct<br />

access available. Again, it was all about scale for us and<br />

finding fittings that would work with the space.”<br />

to live on site, with two children and a<br />

daily chain of builders and contractors.<br />

“Before we even got to the lovely stuff<br />

like sourcing art, furniture and textiles,<br />

the infrastructure had to come first.<br />

All the things you can’t see to make it<br />

more efficient, before all the things you<br />

can see!” says Alec. This also included<br />

a brand-new boiler system and a series<br />

of fully reconditioned radiators from<br />

The Old Radiator Company, some of<br />

which were so heavy that they had to<br />

be hoisted in using ropes and pullies.<br />

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The drawing room: Alec and Heidy zoned the drawing room, hanging<br />

two chairs from ManoMano off one of the beams to create a reading<br />

area with a library at one end, and a velvet chaise and sofa from Loaf at<br />

the other end to offer a soft space for seating and socialising. Two sets<br />

of triple height soaring arched windows pour light into the room and<br />

are mirrored in the geometric brick work of the new chimney breast<br />

and wood burning stove. The walls are in Pearl by Little Greene<br />

The dining room: The dining room is painted in<br />

Little Greene Aquamarine. The ten-seater dining table<br />

from The Packhouse inspired the rest of the room and<br />

Anthropologie candlesticks offer pops of subtle colour<br />

Loft White) and then an off-white colour on the beams (Little<br />

Greene Portland Stone Pale), which allowed for the texture<br />

and space of the beams to sing.” It is very much this attention<br />

to detail that makes the interior of Alec and Heidy’s house so<br />

special and perhaps also reveals a level of care and love that only a<br />

homeowner might take on the renovation of their own house.<br />

However whilst it is undeniable that Alec was determined not<br />

to cut any corners when it came to the first and second fix of the<br />

refurbishment, ensuring that the day to day utilities all worked at<br />

optimum output (in hindsight, especially important due the current<br />

fuel crisis) it is the couple’s love of sourcing the decorative elements<br />

for their home that really makes this house stand out. Inspired<br />

both by Alec’s Scottish roots and Heidy’s Latin American heritage,<br />

the interior design of the house is truly an explosion of colour,<br />

texture and design and as Alec calls them, “objects of impact”. “We<br />

have spent a long time buying objects that interested us whilst<br />

travelling to see family in Mexico. This includes craftsmanship<br />

such as amate, which is a paper thin wood carving technique<br />

specialised in Mexico, as well as ornately carved and painted<br />

symbolic animal carvings called alebrijes. We have sourced textiles<br />

as well and what we really love is that Mexican craftsmanship <br />

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knows no bounds in terms of their use of colour.”<br />

Alec continues, “Whilst we were in Scotland we acquired a<br />

huge wooden wall carving, which we call the Rose, but which<br />

is actually a lotus flower that originates from Southeast Asia. It<br />

came from a big house on the west coast of Scotland. We are<br />

lucky that due to the scale of the rooms in our house – both the<br />

former ballroom and the towers of the two oasts – we are able<br />

to find and accommodate these amazing pieces of scale with<br />

some fantastic provenance from houses all over the UK. We<br />

found an 18ft glass chandelier from Authentic Reclamation in<br />

East Sussex which was reputedly from the London home of one<br />

of the UK’s most famous composers. We knew it would look<br />

amazing in one of our oasts, once we added in the skylight, but<br />

it weighed over half a tonne. It was also missing quite a few<br />

glass drops, which we got remade in acrylic in Guildford and<br />

as serendipity would have it, one of the UK’s best chandelier<br />

renovators lives really near us, so he rewired it. These are not<br />

easy things to just throw up, they needed precision handling by<br />

the contractors and it was an almost once-in-a-lifetime chance<br />

within the refurbishment process to install it. We were very<br />

lucky that we have a builder that we trust. We have worked<br />

with Russell Hyde of Russell Hyde Construction across all our<br />

homes and I don’t think we could have done it without him.”<br />

At the heart of the house is the amazing drawing room.<br />

For many non-professionals, a room of this size would<br />

be intimidating. For Alec and Heidy it was a wonderful<br />

opportunity to let their imaginations run riot. “We decided<br />

to zone the room so we hung two chairs from ManoMano off<br />

one of the beams to create a reading area with a library. We<br />

added a velvet chaise and sofa from Loaf to offer a soft space<br />

for seating and socialising as well as a brown leather love seat,<br />

which gave a different colour and texture. At the end of the<br />

room we hung a piece called ‘Aqua’ – one of a series of abstract<br />

artworks we have acquired by Robin Mullin inspired by images<br />

of the Hubble telescope. Hanging overhead is a huge gold<br />

pendant light, also from Authentic Reclamation, that we had<br />

to completely respray and re-paint to get it up to scratch. It was<br />

sold as medieval in style but I’m not sure there is much about<br />

it that was very medieval,” laughs Alec. “It was so big, like<br />

the crystal chandelier that we also bought from them, that it<br />

could only be fitted during the build when we had the correct<br />

access available. Again, it was all about scale for us and finding<br />

fittings that would work with the space. For the floor in this<br />

room we were lucky the wood was still here, so we just stripped<br />

it back to the original but to a more matt finish.” Two sets of<br />

triple height soaring arched windows pour light into the <br />

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This page: An Indian daybed from a Scottish<br />

antique dealer and an Indian mirror from The<br />

Packhouse work seamlessly with a large tapestry<br />

in the sitting room. Art pieces from Mexico<br />

again show how clever Alec and Heidy have<br />

been with mixing styles from all over the world<br />

room and are mirrored in the geometric<br />

brick work of the new chimney breast<br />

and wood burning stove which Alec<br />

designed with a wonderful Art Deco<br />

paint finish reminiscent of the Empire<br />

State Building. Two John Lewis Deco<br />

style wall lights were colour matched to<br />

the wall paint, Pearl by Little Greene.<br />

Extra-long and fully lined bespoke<br />

heavy weight velvet curtains, with a light<br />

reflective fleck by Closs and Hamblin,<br />

were designed to add further insulation<br />

and warmth during the winter months.<br />

Down a small set of steps, linked<br />

to the main space by a thread of red<br />

brickwork, is the Oast Bar. A small snug<br />

area at the bottom of the oast tower, it<br />

sits underneath the sisal covered wooden<br />

staircase that wraps upwards overhead.<br />

“We had to get a specialist in to strip<br />

back the dark floor staining which had<br />

been applied on top of the stunning<br />

stone floor that we found beneath<br />

(which even revealed a fossilised bird in<br />

one of the stones) and also mirrors the<br />

wonderful stone fireplace surround,”<br />

says Alec. The beams in the space were<br />

completely repainted introducing yet<br />

more light. Further colour and texture<br />

were added by mixing a soft pink velvet<br />

chaise and two green armchairs, <br />

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Clockwise from top: The large open plan kitchen incorporates<br />

another more informal dining area; The downstairs cloakroom is<br />

creatively tiled in hexagonal florals; The entrance hall is painted<br />

in Little Greene Slaked Lime, Celestial Blue and Livid<br />

heirlooms from Alec’s family in Scotland,<br />

which are covered in leather from the<br />

tannery that Alec’s grandfather managed<br />

(the company in Bridge of Weir still<br />

supplies leather to Aston Martin for their<br />

cars today). The artwork was made by<br />

Alec and his sons utilising all the colours<br />

used in the renovation project, painted<br />

onto offcuts. A wonderful collaborative<br />

reminder of the project for all the family.<br />

Overhead a brass and blown glass light<br />

pendant adds some fun and colour to<br />

the space. Once again there is a nod<br />

to all the family’s cultural roots, with a<br />

Day of the Dead figure from Mexico<br />

keeping watch over the fireplace.<br />

The staircase above leads upwards <br />

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This page: The kitchen cupboards are painted in Little Greene Brighton Blue and the island in Little Greene Royal Navy. Abstract artwork<br />

by Robin Mullin graces the dining area wall<br />

into the oast tower towards another of<br />

the new skylights and the amazing 18ft<br />

crystal drop chandelier. The entire effect<br />

is mesmerising, almost sci-fi in its effect<br />

– and so beloved by iconic architect<br />

Oscar Niemeyer – as the light ripples<br />

across the brick and plaster walls and the<br />

glass drops of the light fitting. “It’s a bit<br />

like being in the tip of a rocket,” says<br />

Alec. “Most people add side windows<br />

to their oast towers but we think adding<br />

a skylight at the tip encourages the<br />

maximum amount of light possible<br />

and makes quite a special effect.”<br />

At the bottom of the other oast tower<br />

sits the dining room, above which is a<br />

guest bedroom and on top of that is the<br />

playroom for the boys, now home to an<br />

ever-growing Lego set. In the ground<br />

floor dining room, the original flooring<br />

was kept and, like the drawing room,<br />

sanded down with a matt finish. Little<br />

Greene Aquamarine added to the walls.<br />

“We sourced a ten-seater dining table<br />

from The Packhouse which inspired<br />

the rest of the room,” says Alec. “The<br />

sideboard had been left by the previous<br />

owner and so I re-painted it to work with<br />

the dining table and then changed the<br />

handles. An antique settle sourced from<br />

an old pub in Scotland was also painted<br />

to work in the room. Velvet dining chairs<br />

in a range of muted colours complete<br />

the look, fun yet understated, whilst<br />

Anthropologie candlesticks offer yet more<br />

pops of subtle colour. The fire surround<br />

with Delft style blue and white tiles<br />

was left by the former owners, a further<br />

pop of blue can be seen in the standard<br />

lamp. The roman blinds have been<br />

kept simple, with fabric from Closs and<br />

Hamblin, as in the drawing room. <br />

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Above: The romantic white rattan bed<br />

was bought from Lock Stock and Barrel<br />

Left: A guest bedroom on the first floor<br />

of the oast tower makes the most of<br />

its unique and quirky circular space<br />

The sitting room – another of the<br />

many reception rooms – offers yet more<br />

comfortable seating and provides another<br />

canvas for Alex and Heidy’s artistic flair.<br />

New herringbone wooden flooring was<br />

added and on the walls the couple used<br />

Little Greene Salix. An Indian daybed<br />

from a Scottish antique dealer and an<br />

Indian mirror from The Packhouse<br />

work seamlessly with a large tapestry<br />

from Mexico. Port red Art Deco style<br />

upholstered pieces bought in 2006 still<br />

sit well with pieces of brown furniture<br />

found in Inverness. Art pieces from<br />

Mexico again show how clever Alec and<br />

Heidy have been with mixing styles<br />

from all over the world – a true cultural<br />

melting pot. Off the sitting room is<br />

the entrance hall, painted in white and<br />

blues, almost Gustavian in its look. All<br />

the dark wood panelling was re-painted<br />

in Little Greene Slaked Lime, Celestial<br />

Blue and Livid. A large vase of flouncy<br />

florals jauntily greets guest along with<br />

a smart white painted hall bench.<br />

Off the entrance hall is the huge open<br />

plan family kitchen dining room. “We<br />

repainted the kitchen cupboards with<br />

Little Greene Brighton Blue and on the<br />

island Little Greene Royal Navy to give<br />

a contrast in the colours. We have kept<br />

and reused much of the furniture from<br />

our past houses in here. The handmade<br />

table, benches and dresser have lasted us<br />

almost two decades and are still very well<br />

loved.” One of the most striking aspects<br />

of the room is the geometric tiled splash<br />

back of the kitchen, worthy of the optic<br />

work of British artist Bridget Riley. Alec<br />

actually used a bathroom tile design here,<br />

which has proved hugely effective. “We<br />

looked at brass and getting a patina effect<br />

for the splashback, but we felt the 60s<br />

style worked really well with the black<br />

leathered granite worksurfaces.” The light<br />

above the dining table had originally<br />

been bought for the drawing room. “We<br />

had chosen this for that space, but then<br />

we when put it in the drawing room we<br />

instantly knew that, due to our issues<br />

with scale, it would never work, and so<br />

now the kitchen has a rather fantastic<br />

light fitting instead!” says Alec. More<br />

abstract artwork by Robin Mullin graces<br />

the dining area wall. The downstairs<br />

loo shows off yet more tiling dexterity<br />

with a hexagonal floral tile design from<br />

the Farnham Tile Boutique seeming<br />

to almost cascade down the wall.<br />

Upstairs are the bedrooms. The main<br />

bedroom is once again an essay in<br />

lightness – white walls and white ceiling<br />

and off-white beams reflect the pale<br />

wood floor below. A huge decorative<br />

and highly romantic white rattan bed <br />

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The Joy of<br />

Sleeping Comfortably<br />

We find out how the experts at Jones & Tomlin pair<br />

customers with the perfect bed at their new store in<br />

Guildford, when we speak to manager Jeff Cohen<br />

You’ve recently opened a brand new store<br />

in Guildford. What is Jones & Tomlin<br />

bringing to <strong>Surrey</strong>’s county town?<br />

Our independent family-owned British<br />

business has been trusted by generations<br />

of customers to provide the finest range of<br />

premium beds, mattresses and bedding in the<br />

South East. We want everyone to discover the<br />

joy of getting a great night’s sleep in the most<br />

comfortable bed, and are excited to bring our<br />

World of Sleep outside Sussex for the first time.<br />

There’s a huge range to explore – from<br />

naturally filled pocket spring mattresses<br />

to bespoke bedsteads and sumptuous<br />

bedding, with something to suit every style,<br />

budget and comfort level. We also offer<br />

free delivery to the room of your choice<br />

alongside free disposal of your old bed and<br />

mattress (which we will recycle for you),<br />

plus 0% finance options to spread the cost.<br />

You specialise in offering a substantial<br />

edit of the some of the finest beds in<br />

the world – how do you help your<br />

customers make the right selection?<br />

Our helpful bed experts simplify the<br />

bed buying process with their wealth of<br />

knowledge, providing friendly, independent<br />

advice. You can find out how beds are<br />

made, what materials are used, and how the<br />

right bed enhances your sleep – just ask.<br />

You’ll be welcomed into a relaxed<br />

environment and can enjoy our unwavering<br />

dedication to 5-star customer service. Try<br />

as many beds as you like, take your time –<br />

we’ll never hurry you to make a decision.<br />

Our team are there to look after you from<br />

the minute you walk through the door,<br />

until everything is delivered and beyond.<br />

Will we be seeing familiar brand names?<br />

We’re delighted to present an incredible<br />

selection of brands – many of which are<br />

British – showcasing traditional bed making<br />

techniques and hand-crafted excellence. Our<br />

range of Enchanted House Beds are handmade<br />

to order on Dartmoor, combining the perfect<br />

blend of luxurious specifications. Every single<br />

strand of loose Dartmoor wool comes from<br />

Enchanted’s own family farm and they’ve<br />

even sourced local alpaca wool to provide<br />

incredible extra comfort to their mattresses.<br />

You’ll also find the top of the range<br />

Vispring Diamond Majesty bed and<br />

– an exclusive to Jones & Tomlin –<br />

The Vispring Sussex. Browse the<br />

Manor Rose collection, too – the epitome of<br />

high-end British bed making. Handmade to<br />

your individual specification in Manchester,<br />

these beds can be truly bespoke.<br />

We’re also proud to be a premier Hypnos<br />

stockist, with our own exclusive range of<br />

models, and you’ll love our beautiful selection<br />

of bed linen brands and accessories including<br />

Ted Baker, Laura Ashley, Morris & Co and<br />

Shepherd of Sweden, alongside our collection<br />

of outstanding bedroom furniture from Ercol.<br />

It’s not just beds on offer – can you tell us a<br />

bit about the store’s different departments?<br />

The store is split over two floors. Upstairs you’ll<br />

find a tempting range of sumptuous bed linen<br />

alongside home accessories, plus a selection<br />

of beds and mattresses. Whilst downstairs<br />

is our premium floor, showcasing Vispring,<br />

Enchanted House and Hästens. It’s a haven!<br />

What is the Hästens Sleep Spa?<br />

The Spa plays a starring role in the store,<br />

you won’t find a selection of Hästens beds<br />

like this anywhere else outside London.<br />

Swedish brand Hästens create extraordinary<br />

products that allow the best sleep<br />

possible by hand-crafting some of the<br />

world’s most prestigious beds.<br />

We’re excited to display 12 models<br />

in the store, including the incredible<br />

Vividus – one of the most iconic beds in<br />

the world – a masterpiece of the finest<br />

natural materials, traditional craftsmanship<br />

and meticulous attention to detail.<br />

The Spa is the perfect place to embrace<br />

the style, heritage and extraordinary comfort<br />

of this highly sought-after brand.<br />

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Top: The contemporary main bathroom<br />

features illuminated mirrors and plenty of<br />

rounded brass fixtures and fittings – a nod<br />

to the curves of the roundels Right: The<br />

unusual design of the oast house becomes<br />

more apparent from the garden to the rear<br />

by Lock Stock and Barrel is the hero of<br />

the room which overlooks the stunning<br />

garden below via original leaded windows.<br />

The wardrobes have been hidden away<br />

by the local joinery Magic Bean Designs<br />

to allow maximum space and airiness.<br />

A picture of The Flower Seller by Diego<br />

Rivera provides the main pop of colour<br />

in the room. A guest bedroom on the<br />

first floor of the oast tower makes the<br />

most of its unique and quirky circular<br />

space – the bed sits underneath the<br />

three leaded windows with simple<br />

roman blinds, whilst a large gilt framed<br />

mirror again throws as much light as<br />

possible back into the room. The main<br />

bathroom is an essay in contemporary<br />

bathroom design. A clean monochrome<br />

mosaic tile on the walls complements<br />

and shows off the round mirrors, round<br />

basins with rounded brass fittings and<br />

rounded door handles in homage to<br />

the round oast house. The illuminated<br />

mirrors add the most chic of flourishes.<br />

Alec and Heidy have created something<br />

very special. A house made not from<br />

the guide book to interior design, but<br />

very much from their hearts. They<br />

have produced a space for their family<br />

that truly reflects them and their<br />

unique heritage. Colour, texture and<br />

narrative are apparent throughout,<br />

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and experiences – everything has a<br />

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story behind it, everything has been<br />

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Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Words: Jo Arnell<br />

Photographer Mel Smith has combined his<br />

work and home requirements to create the<br />

ultimate welcoming studio – a homely and<br />

stylish space to work from where his creative<br />

approach to reuse and recycle takes centre stage<br />

43<br />


Previous pages & above: The kitchen space doubles up as a darkroom. A beaded chandelier from The Wall Lighting Company – thewalllightingcompany.co.uk<br />

– is one of the few new items in the building. The wood throughout has been treated with Liberon antique pine wax to give a mellow patina<br />

It is a rare thing to go on a property<br />

restoration journey without a<br />

route map, to let the building off<br />

the lead and head into the unknown.<br />

Architects, building consultants and<br />

surveyors provide a plan of action, an<br />

idea of what the end result will look like,<br />

help with building regulations and give<br />

professional advice. When Mel Smith,<br />

photographer – and now, intrepid<br />

renovator – found a potential studio<br />

space, he decided to take it on himself.<br />

We meet him here at the finished<br />

Smallhythe Studio to find out more.<br />

“I started this with no clue,” he says<br />

with an air of nonchalance. “A really<br />

good friend of mine, Jon, came to visit<br />

it with me and we built it together.”<br />

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Mel had been looking for a new photographic studio, and<br />

while not sure what form it would take, he was clear what<br />

it wouldn’t be. “I didn’t want a shop or industrial unit,” he<br />

says, “which didn’t actually leave many options – so many of<br />

the old buildings in the area have already been converted.”<br />

But in the serendipitous way of things, the property came<br />

up through a friend of a friend. “It needed everything<br />

doing to it, but I knew it was the perfect studio space.”<br />

The one storey building has had many uses in<br />

its time, once a school room and most recently an<br />

art gallery, as evidenced by what was left behind.<br />

“There was a little tea hatch and a loo, strip lights,<br />

a storage loft,” he says. “We ripped it all out.<br />

Everything. We had skips here for six weeks.”<br />

Mel, Jon and Jon’s son George – who “came in to help<br />

for a week and stayed for a year” – set to work. They<br />

pulled down the whole of the ceiling, leaving just the<br />

structural joists and then put down scaffolding boards.<br />

Mel could see from the outside that the pitch of the<br />

roof was high – something that was hard to visualise<br />

initially from <strong>inside</strong>. “I knew there was space, but didn’t<br />

think about it at all because the ceiling was there. I<br />

thought, if there was a possibility, a vaulted ceiling<br />

was a must, because it would give me more light.”<br />

The space turned out to be bigger than he imagined,<br />

so he decided to install a tiny second floor. “Once<br />

the ceiling was down I could see there was room for a<br />

mezzanine and planned to make just a little one – and<br />

then decided to do a bigger one and extend it. We<br />

started at the top – I never realised that was the best<br />

place to start,” he says, “but of course it makes sense.”<br />

Unfortunately the only way was down in more ways than<br />

one – he hit rock bottom when they reached the floor.<br />

Replacing it really was the low point of the build for Mel<br />

– “a black moment in the whole thing”. It was a gruelling,<br />

back-breaking task, involving lifting ancient Canadian <br />

This page: A backgammon scoreboard is tucked away behind a<br />

set of doors above the dining table. Mel and his team have been<br />

creative with every inch of this property, including putting the bin<br />

on a wooden base with castors to whizz around where needed<br />

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This page: The plan chest was originally meant to go into the kitchen,<br />

but it was too deep for the position, so George and Mel incorporated<br />

it into the staircase Right: A door in the downstairs loo conceals a<br />

private bathroom for when clients have left at the end of the day<br />

pine tongue-and-groove floorboards and much shovelling of<br />

concrete. “George and I had to angle grind all the grooves out<br />

and put them outside somewhere where they wouldn’t warp.<br />

We pulled something like 4,000 nails out in order to preserve<br />

the floor joists. Then used 60 tonnes of crushed concrete to<br />

fill the void and pumped in a 4” pad of concrete all through.<br />

We re-enforced it and then added in 8” of insulation, put<br />

in the underfloor heating then a self-levelling screed.”<br />

The floor has been sealed and the studio section painted<br />

white. Kilim rugs bring warmth and texture. “The screed<br />

is designed to have a floor put on top,” Mel explains, “but<br />

it feels soft to walk on and it’s not cold underfoot at all, in<br />

fact with the underfloor heating it stays lovely and warm. It’s<br />

like an eco-home – the windows are triple glazed, we have<br />

an air source heat pump and with the 8” of insulation, our<br />

energy usage is really low – it’s like a new build house.”<br />

Up on the mezzanine it’s cosy too – big enough for a bed,<br />

an office area and a large format digital printer, but the very<br />

best thing about it is the view through the Velux windows on<br />

the end wall, which look out across the beautiful Wealden<br />

countryside. A low chair can be strategically placed in <br />

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The one storey building has<br />

had many uses in its time,<br />

once a school room and<br />

most recently an art gallery,<br />

as evidenced by what was<br />

left behind. “There was a<br />

little tea hatch and a loo,<br />

strip lights, a storage loft,”<br />

he says. “We ripped it all<br />

out. Everything. We had<br />

skips here for six weeks.”<br />

front of the window. “When we stay<br />

here I have my coffee just here,” he<br />

indicates, “and look out at the view.”<br />

There’s an impressive view of the<br />

interior from up here too. The structure<br />

of the roof, its supports, the staircase<br />

and the wooden clad RSJ beams that<br />

span across where the old ceiling used to<br />

be, have a simple architectural beauty.<br />

Mel’s work as a photographer has<br />

had to fit in around the build. “We<br />

made the studio and loo first, because<br />

people were asking for shoots. There<br />

were the two sofas and a trestle table set<br />

up to give people coffee etc., and just<br />

a ladder going up to the mezzanine,”<br />

Organising the layout and making<br />

a functioning studio and gallery was<br />

key – it had to work, but it was hard<br />

to imagine exactly how. “Originally<br />

there were two doors into the building<br />

which was bizarre – we knew we had<br />

to get rid of one of them,” he says.<br />

“So the wall came up on that side,<br />

but I still didn’t have enough gallery<br />

space, so some of the windows had<br />

to go too. It changed the way we<br />

shot – we extended the wall to the<br />

right and added in more wall space.”<br />

The cool white of this interior<br />

is warmed with the wood of the<br />

building’s structure, the staircase,<br />

wooden kitchen and table. The wood<br />

has been treated with Liberon antique<br />

pine wax and brings a rich, mellow<br />

patina, turning scaffolding boards<br />

and bits of a big old handmade bed<br />

into smooth and beautiful pieces of<br />

furniture – I am amazed at how far<br />

the wood from the bed has stretched<br />

and how imaginatively it’s been used.<br />

Soft leather sofas and huge hessian<br />

curtains – that divide the studio from<br />

the rest of the room – match the colour<br />

of the wood, but also add texture,<br />

“Texture is key,” says Mel. “I rely on<br />

shapes and forms. A visitor to our<br />

garden once told me that I was using<br />

interesting colour choices,” he smiles.<br />

“It’s because I’m colour blind. I work<br />

in black and white. The camera’s <br />

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This page: Lush green<br />

houseplants are a prominent<br />

presence throughout, each<br />

perfectly matched to their<br />

surroundings – either<br />

displayed in a pleasingly<br />

weathered terracotta pot,<br />

or wrapped in hessian<br />

set up so that I look into a black and<br />

white world through the lens.”<br />

The kitchen doubles up as a darkroom<br />

– it’s a shared space. There is a framing<br />

and finishing workshop to the back of<br />

the kitchen and Mel has managed to<br />

balance the double aspect and has made<br />

the space attractive and functional – full<br />

of quirky detail. He points to the sink.<br />

“It was from the garden. The taps were<br />

made up – I got them from a salvage<br />

yard. We reground them to make them<br />

work. There are two sets of taps, but I<br />

like that. I like the texture of the copper<br />

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This page: Hidden away on the mezzanine, with cleverly thoughtout<br />

triangular wooden ‘screens’, the bedroom/computer editing space<br />

has beautiful countryside views through the skylights. Mel stores the<br />

bits needed for his shoots in wicker baskets hung from a beam<br />

but include a pulley system for opening<br />

and shutting the dishwasher because it<br />

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screen – for clients to view pictures and<br />

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in the bathroom (an artful sandwiching<br />

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the endless uses that Mel’s old bed<br />

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travels – but much comes organically.<br />

The evolution of the stairs up to the<br />

mezzanine is a case in point. “I was<br />

going to have a spiral staircase,” he<br />

explains, “then one that went straight<br />

down, but building regs wouldn’t allow<br />

it. The plan chest was originally meant<br />

to go into the kitchen, but it was too<br />

deep for where it was meant to be, so<br />

George and I decided to incorporate it<br />

into the staircase.” It fits so perfectly – as<br />

if that was the original idea all along.<br />

At the top of the stairs the joists<br />

support the structure with a ‘V’ shape.<br />

“The 45° angle looked ugly from<br />

downstairs, so we’ve infilled with<br />

planks and you step through.” This also<br />

separates the mezzanine platform from<br />

the stairs, but without closing it off. “We<br />

might add a gantry one day,” he smiles<br />

– “I’m inspired by things all the time.”<br />

Mel, a keen gardener, has been bold<br />

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too, using architectural plants in big<br />

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Clockwise from top left: Mel drilled through the<br />

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at the front of the building, filled with wildflowers;<br />

The luxurious bug hotel; A framing room is tucked<br />

away outside, to the rear of the building<br />

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warmly. “Everything is finished to<br />

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Painters therp.co.uk<br />

Rose gold Peekaboo<br />

earrings with two roundcut<br />

morganites and 18<br />

brilliant-cut diamonds<br />

£3,250 Bucherer Fine<br />

Jewellery bucherer.com<br />

Clase Azul Reposado<br />

tequila £215 Selfridges<br />

selfridges.com<br />

Meisterstück<br />

Neo briefcase<br />

£1,460 Montblanc<br />

montblanc.com<br />

Noel double<br />

wick candle £129<br />

Holland & Cooper<br />

hollandcooper.com<br />

Oaklee coat £980<br />

Temperley London<br />

temperleylondon.com<br />

<strong>Gift</strong>s for ...<br />

A Lit tl e Lu xu<br />

ry<br />

Rose gold mandarin garnet<br />

and pink tourmaline serpent<br />

ring £4,000 Robert Bicknell<br />

robertbicknellfinejewellery.co.uk<br />

Utopia woman<br />

decanter £295<br />

Jonathan Adler<br />

uk.jonathanadler.com<br />

Gold Autumn ring with<br />

garnets, citrines, sapphires<br />

and diamonds £6,300<br />

Dominic Walmsley Jewellery<br />

dominicwalmsley.com<br />

Beoplay HX headphones<br />

£449 Bang & Olufsen<br />

bang-olufsen.com<br />

Starlight View Small<br />

Zip-Around Dark Cherry<br />

Grab Bag £199 Radley<br />

radley.co.uk<br />

Freelancer 2490<br />

watch £1,795<br />

Raymond Weil<br />

raymond-weil.co.uk<br />

Dream nightdress £135 Simone<br />

Perele uk.simone-perele.com<br />

Pro-Ject E1 Phono turntable<br />

£299 John Lewis johnlewis.com<br />


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<strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gift</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Revive green<br />

Le Creuset casserole tea £12.95 Baiji<br />

from £285 John Lewis baijilife.co.uk<br />

johnlewis.com<br />

Cranberry, Port & Orange<br />

sauce £7.05 Tracklements<br />

tracklements.co.uk<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong><br />

snow globe<br />

gin by Gravity<br />

Drinks £29<br />

Harvey Nichols<br />

harveynichols.com<br />

Wild Forest<br />

biscotti gift box<br />

£30 Biscottilicious<br />

biscottilicious.com<br />

<strong>Gift</strong>s for ...<br />

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Basil hydro-herb kit made<br />

from a recycled wine bottle<br />

£25 hydro-herb.co.uk<br />

Barista coffee<br />

syrup £3.79<br />

Sweet Freedom<br />

sweetfreedom.co.uk<br />

&<br />

Bolivian Wild Truffle gift box £19.99<br />

MELT Chocolates meltchocolates.com<br />

Mince Pie, 43.5%<br />

Venezuelan Milk<br />

Chocolate bar £5.50<br />

Only Coco only-coco.co.uk<br />

Soups £14.99<br />

National Trust Books<br />

shop.nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Winter Woodland yule log cake from<br />

£25 Lola’s Cupcakes lolascupcakes.co.uk<br />

Acorn mug £15 National<br />

Trust shop.nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

English sparkling<br />

wine London<br />

Brut 2018 £38<br />

DifferentKind<br />

thedifferentkind.com<br />

Silent Pool Black<br />

Juniper Gin<br />

£295 Silent Pool<br />

silentpooldistillers.com<br />

Ultimate Sushi Kit £34.99<br />

Kelly Loves kellyloves.com<br />

Box of 6 mince pie cookie<br />

cups £20.99 Blondies Kitchen<br />

blondieskitchen.co.uk<br />

<strong>Gift</strong> box with 2 jars of moonshine,<br />

2 shot glasses and a pouring lid<br />

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odonnellmoonshine.co.uk<br />

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Jams, chutneys & sauces<br />

Delicious made to order filled<br />

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Large selection of cards, candles<br />

& <strong>Christmas</strong> food gifts<br />

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<strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gift</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

London Grace nail<br />

polish £12 Ticketyboo<br />

ticketybooshop.com<br />

Candy cane<br />

reusable<br />

bubble bar £5<br />

Lush lush.com<br />

Smell the Roses soap<br />

£7 Elstree Soaps<br />

elstreesoaps.com<br />

Wildsmith Skin shower<br />

oil £40 wildsmithskin.com<br />

<strong>Gift</strong>s to ...<br />

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shower jelly<br />

£6.50 Lush<br />

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r Sp oi<br />

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Aurelie crimson stripe silk shirt<br />

£190 and trouser 170 Sleepy<br />

Wilson sleepywilson.com<br />

Red French clay natural soap on a rope<br />

£7.50 The Vely Soapery thevelysoapery.com<br />

&<br />

Charlotte Tilbury<br />

Lip Blur £27<br />

John Lewis<br />

johnlewis.com<br />

Rescue Ritual Cleanse<br />

& Nourish gift<br />

set £56 Douvall’s<br />

douvalls.com<br />

Wave Pro skin<br />

spatula with<br />

SonicGlow<br />

Technology and<br />

EMS £119 PMD<br />

uk.pmdbeauty.com<br />

Midnight Reset<br />

sleeping balm<br />

£50 Kelsey<br />

kelseyskin.com<br />

Embroidered flowers linen<br />

makeup bag £35 Sarah Becvar<br />

Design sarahbecvardesign.com<br />

Wella <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

mini luxe oil bauble<br />

£12 Look Fantastic<br />

lookfantastic.com<br />

Wash bag £22.50 Sarah Louise Dix<br />

sarahlouisedix.co.uk<br />

Put on Something Ice<br />

nail laquer £14.90<br />

OPI opi.com<br />

C.O. Bigelow coconut<br />

body cleanser and<br />

body lotion duo<br />

set £29 Liberty<br />

libertylondon.com<br />

Chloe stripe PJ bottoms<br />

£129.50 Jessica Russel Flint<br />

jessicarussellflint.co.uk<br />

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Limited to editions of 280, our newly-commissioned Art<br />

Deco posters feature glamorous holiday destinations<br />

around the world, ski resorts in the European Alps, and the<br />

world’s greatest historic automobiles. Over 100 designs<br />

to choose from, all printed on 100% cotton fine art paper,<br />

measuring 97 x 65 cms. Priced at £420 each (inc. UK<br />

sales tax). Private commissions are also welcome.<br />

@pullmaneditionsposters<br />

All images and text copyright © Pullman Editions <strong>2023</strong><br />

Pullman Editions<br />

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+44 (0)20 7730 0547<br />

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Our central London gallery<br />

View and buy online at www.pullmaneditions.com

<strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gift</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Silver Tree of Life pendant<br />

£125 Dower & Hall<br />

dowerandhall.com<br />

National Trust Gardener’s<br />

Almanac 2024<br />

£9.99 National Trust<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Grow It bonsai tree plant £16<br />

Moonpig moonpig.com<br />

Gardening apron £32.99<br />

Perkins & Morley<br />

perkinsandmorley.com<br />

Watering can pin<br />

badge £6 Storigraphic<br />

storigraphic.com<br />

<strong>Gift</strong>s for ...<br />

Gre en<br />

-Fi nge<br />

rs<br />

Women’s Arctic Sport II Tall<br />

Boots £150 Muck Boot Company<br />

muckbootcompany.co.uk<br />

RHS Gardening<br />

caddy bag £69<br />

Genus genus.gs<br />

“Plant Dreams, Pull Weeds & Grow<br />

a Happy Life” mug £6 Vicky Yorke<br />

Designs vickyyorkedesigns.com<br />

Personalised leather<br />

effect gardening journal<br />

£26.95 Martha Brook<br />

marthabrook.com<br />

Bonsai plant<br />

seed kit £14<br />

Seed Pantry<br />

seedpantry.co.uk<br />

Small World 1<br />

terrarium £99<br />

Four Store London<br />

fourstore.co.uk<br />

V&A Sweet pea<br />

seed pack £2<br />

V&A vam.ac.uk<br />

Rolife Cathy’s flower house wooden kit<br />

£50 John Lewis johnlewis.com<br />

Bundle & Rust gardeners soap<br />

£4.75 Rural Crafts Association<br />

ruralcraftsassociation.co.uk<br />

Calathea Orbifolia<br />

with Windsor Sage<br />

planter £34 Leaf Envy<br />

leafenvy.co.uk<br />

Houseplant colour<br />

pressure mister £14.99<br />

Dobbies dobbies.com<br />

3in1 moisture meter<br />

£24 Leaf Envy<br />

leafenvy.co.uk<br />

Grow embroidery kit £22.95<br />

Hawthorn Handmade<br />

hawthornhandmade.com<br />

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At White Waltham Airfield<br />

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Piper Warrior<br />

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Wartime Experience<br />

Beautiful wartime airfield-30 miles from London<br />

CAA qualified Instructors. Friendly bar and<br />

restaurant with wonderful views and plenty of<br />

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• Racehorse Ownership <strong>Gift</strong> pack from £500<br />

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from your Racing Manager<br />

• Choose from a small number<br />

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who are exciting prospects for<br />

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racing enthusiasts with plenty of winners and exciting<br />

days out throughout the UK and overseas.<br />

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Pamper Your Pets This <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

Helios is a specialist homeopathic pharmacy<br />

based in the heart of Tunbridge Wells.<br />

Alongside our remedies we stock a wide range of organic<br />

and natural skin and hair care products, flower essences<br />

and vitamin and mineral supplements for all the family and<br />

a wide range of books, we like to look after your pets too.<br />

Why not treat your four legged friends to a Helios First<br />

Aid Kit for Pets which contains 24 homeopathic remedies<br />

covering a wide range of common complaints and first<br />

aid situations and our specially formulated SOeSsence<br />

flower essence for those emergency situations. There is<br />

a comprehensive booklet to help you choose the right<br />

remedy too. In addition our SOeSsence healing beeswax<br />

balm contains botanicals and essential oils to help heal<br />

sore paws and minor cuts and abrasions and our SLS<br />

free shampoo contains soothing plant based ingredients,<br />

particularly good for itchy and scurfy skin. Buy all three<br />

products and get 20% off.<br />

Our homeopaths and pharmacists are on hand to offer you<br />

a warm welcome and expert advice for all your health care<br />

needs.<br />

We look forward to seeing you soon.<br />

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Open Mon-Fri 9.00am - 5.30pm Sat 9.00am - 2.00pm<br />

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<strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gift</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Molly Black Cat pin<br />

badge £6 Storigraphic<br />

storigraphic.com<br />

“The Queen of Wands”<br />

talisman necklace<br />

£36 Fable England<br />

fableengland.com<br />

Personalised pet bowl £27<br />

Reimagined by Anna Stark<br />

reimaginedbyannastark.com<br />

Silver star dog poo bag<br />

pouch £15 Rockett St<br />

George rockettstgeorge.co.uk<br />

Paw ring £45 Lily Charmed<br />

lilycharmed.com<br />

<strong>Gift</strong>s for ...<br />

Furbo 360° dog camera<br />

with treat dispenser,<br />

colour night vision,<br />

and barking alert £139<br />

Furbo furbo.com<br />

An im al Lo<br />

ve<br />

rs<br />

Life’s-a-ball Limited edition screenprint by<br />

Sarah Targett 30x30cm £60 (unframed)<br />

The Wey Gallery theweygallery.com<br />

Sprout chew toy £4 M&S<br />

marksandspencer.com<br />

PetKit Smart<br />

Antibacterial Pet<br />

Bowl £32<br />

John Lewis<br />

johnlewis.com<br />

Pink sapphire gem<br />

collar charm £16<br />

Cheshire & Wain<br />

cheshireandwain.com<br />

Ceramic bird<br />

candle holder<br />

£62.50 Fable<br />

and Mirth<br />

fableandmirth.com<br />

‘I Spies Mince<br />

Pies’ plate £22.50<br />

Jimbobart<br />

jimbobart.com<br />

Pudding dog<br />

socks £7.50<br />

FatFace<br />

fatface.com<br />

Karate Cats and<br />

Kung Fu Dogs<br />

card game £11.99<br />

Ginger Fox<br />

gingerfox.co.uk<br />

Deeply Dishy luxury<br />

dog bed from £153<br />

Charley Chau<br />

charleychau.com<br />

Sausage dog tricks mug £15<br />

Jane Abbott janeabbott.com<br />

Radley & Friends slipper<br />

£50 Radley radley.co.uk<br />

Shelter Stevie sheep dog<br />

jumper £24 FatFace fatface.com<br />

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<strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gift</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

The Hot One<br />

Price: £20-50<br />

What’s <strong>inside</strong>: 24 pouches of your<br />

pick of hot drink<br />

From the edge of the Peak<br />

District, Yawn are sending out<br />

hot drink advents that will have<br />

you feeling warm and cosy all<br />

December. There’s options galore<br />

with hot cocoa in milk or dark,<br />

and with a cup, or marshmallows<br />

too, if you like. Tea can be loose leaf<br />

or bags, caffine-free or even bags for<br />

two. And coffee comes in options<br />

of beans or a grind to suit your<br />

coffee maker or even add a reusable<br />

advent. yawnbrew.com<br />

The Personalised One<br />

Price: £249<br />

What’s <strong>inside</strong>: £450 worth of jewellery including pendants,<br />

necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets<br />

Abbott Lyon’s advent is available in gold or silver with<br />

personalisable details so you can unveil pieces with your<br />

initial and birthstone, as well as getting your name printed<br />

on the box itself. Nothing says luxury like a bespoke option<br />

and this one is a really lovely treat! abbottlyon.com<br />

Advent Calendars<br />

From classic chocs to jewellery, beauty treats, candles and tipples – we have a grown-up advent to suit<br />

every taste and have you joyfully counting down the days ‘til <strong>Christmas</strong>!<br />

The Jewellery One<br />

The Pampering One<br />

Price: £195<br />

What’s <strong>inside</strong>: 25 fabulous and festive Lush<br />

products including bath bombs, soaps, lotions,<br />

scrubs, and shower gels.<br />

The Lush Advent Calendar is big, beautiful<br />

and filled with all you need to spend your<br />

festive season sweet-scented and feeling<br />

pampered to the fullest. A lot of the products<br />

included are exclusive to this box and there is<br />

a joyful <strong>Christmas</strong> theme running throughout<br />

with penguins, snowflakes and santas all<br />

getting involved. Is it a luxury? Yes. Is it very<br />

lush? Yes it is! lush.com<br />

The Pet’s One<br />

Price: £12.50 for cats, £14 for dogs<br />

What’s <strong>inside</strong>: 24 natural treats in 2 or 3 flavours<br />

Lily’s Kitchen’s proper pet food advents let fourlegged<br />

friends enjoy counting down the days<br />

with you. These treats will be the highlight of<br />

your pet’s day with their natural ingredients,<br />

using real meat, steamed veggies, and nutritious<br />

herbs and no nasties whatsoever. lilyskitchen.co.uk<br />

Price: £220<br />

What’s <strong>inside</strong>: 12 really pretty pieces of<br />

jewellery worth over £400 total<br />

Sussex brand, Posh Totty’s advent is a<br />

top pick for jewellery magpies. It is one<br />

of the brand’s many products that raises<br />

money for Women International with<br />

every sale – helping women who have<br />

survived war. These lovely handmade<br />

advents are in limited edition of 50 so<br />

don’t dilly dally! poshtottydesigns.com<br />

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The Chocolate One<br />

Price: £27.50 (or two for £50) What’s <strong>inside</strong>: 25 delicious handcrafted chocolates<br />

Chococo’s award-winning plastic-free calendars are always sure to please. This year, they<br />

have a few exciting new flavours including Bottoms Up! Champagne Gem, We Three Fruits<br />

and Panela Panache Truffle. This is a chocolate advent that feels indulgent and grown-up<br />

and at a very reasonable price, while also being sustainable, UK-made, AND they even<br />

have a plant-based option for the same price! This one checks all our boxes. chococo.co.uk<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gift</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

The Anything One<br />

Price: £115<br />

What’s <strong>inside</strong>: Whatever you want!<br />

Kent-based Nancy & Betty Studio’s<br />

personalised embroidered fabric option<br />

is perfect for those wanting to do their<br />

own thing and make an eco-friendly<br />

choice. The pockets have plenty of<br />

room so you can fill with whatever you<br />

want, or get a pair for you and a loved<br />

one so you can fill them for each other<br />

for an extra suprise element!<br />

nancyandbetty.com<br />

The Whisky One<br />

The Candle One<br />

Price: £60<br />

What’s <strong>inside</strong>: 24 luxury tealights in 21<br />

scents, in festive gold aluminium cups<br />

Great House Farm Stores’ first ever<br />

advent is filled with tealights that are<br />

hand-poured on their Welsh farm.<br />

Candle lovers will adore opening up<br />

this sustainable box each day to find<br />

a new scent to try out over a 5 hour<br />

burn time. This one is homely and<br />

gentle, a real breath of fresh (or rather<br />

beautifully scented) air for a soothing<br />

advent experience.<br />

greathousefarmstores.co.uk<br />

Price: £179.95<br />

What’s <strong>inside</strong>: 24 50ml drams of Scotch whisky<br />

The Whisky Tour of Scotland Advent Calendar<br />

by Gravity Drinks takes you on a journey<br />

across Scotland. This beautiful handmade<br />

wooden cabinet also comes with two spirit<br />

nosing glasses so you can share a tipple each<br />

night of December. masterofmalt.com<br />

The Nice List One<br />

Price: £14.99<br />

What’s <strong>inside</strong>: 25 scrummy chocolates in 10 flavours including<br />

hazelnut, popping sugar, caramel, pretzel and sea salt<br />

Tony’s Chocolonely Countdown Calendar supports the fight<br />

for a fairer chocolate industry. With a fact about the industry<br />

for every day, it educates us while also giving us a seriously<br />

tasty choc, demonstrating just what the industry could<br />

and should be doing. All this with a great taste, fair price<br />

tag, and it’s free from palm oil and plastic packaging.<br />

Definitely one for the nice list! tonyschocolonely.com<br />

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<strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gift</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Pink & gold glitter<br />

bauble £6.50<br />

Trading Boundaries<br />

tradingboundaries.com<br />

Honeycomb<br />

bauble decorations<br />

£45 (set of 6)<br />

OKA oka.com<br />

Toy tox tree<br />

decoration<br />

£16 Nancy &<br />

Betty Studio<br />

nancyandbetty.com<br />

Harbour stripe<br />

radish bow £45<br />

Tori Murphy<br />

torimurphy.com<br />

Twisted tapered<br />

LED candles<br />

£20 (pair) OKA<br />

oka.com<br />

A Royal Celebration<br />

Take inspiration from Victoria & Albert’s traditional <strong>Christmas</strong>es with ribbons and<br />

candles, luxury plastic-free materials like silk velvet, glass and paper, and handmade<br />

details – add a touch of gold and jewel tones, and a dusting of Dickensian snow to finish<br />

Huxley, the<br />

Dachshund in<br />

recycled metal £15.99<br />

Adams & Mack<br />

adamsandmack.com<br />

Glass BonBon jar set of 2 £32.90<br />

Solavia Glassware solavia.co.uk<br />

Green velvet<br />

bow £3.50<br />

John Lewis<br />

johnlewis.com<br />

Footed antique<br />

brass wine<br />

cooler, £225<br />

Cox & Cox<br />

coxandcox.co.uk<br />

Terracotta dove<br />

decoration, £3.99<br />

Sourced by Oxfam<br />

onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk<br />

Pewter mistletoe<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> decoration<br />

£28 Dower & Hall<br />

dowerandhall.com<br />

Lyon Champagne glass<br />

with diamond cut detail<br />

£7.50 The Wisteria Tree<br />

thewisteriatree.co.uk<br />

Gold LED star light/<br />

tree topper £40<br />

Rockett St George<br />

rockettstgeorge.co.uk<br />

Openable<br />

bauble £9.95<br />

Annabel James<br />

annabeljames.co.uk<br />

First <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

carousel wooden<br />

decoration £25<br />

No Ordinary <strong>Gift</strong><br />

noordinarygift.co.uk<br />

Plum recycled glass<br />

bauble (hand-blown<br />

by Muslims in<br />

Hebron, and handpainted<br />

by Christians<br />

in Bethlehem) £18<br />

Bethlehem Baubles<br />

bethlehembaubles.com<br />

Enchanted bow<br />

charm from £10<br />

Velvet Linen<br />

velvetlinen.co.uk<br />

Kaso lantern aged<br />

antique brass<br />

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Sunday Times bestselling author Sarah Rossi started sharing her family friendly fussfree<br />

recipes online over ten years ago, after the arrival of her twin babies. Having<br />

previously run a small cookery and cake decorating school, she drew on her experience<br />

to develop easy-to-cook recipes that slotted effortlessly into family life, which she<br />

added to her website, Taming Twins. This year, Sarah has released not one but two<br />

successful cookery books, from the second of which, What’s For Dinner? In One<br />

Pot, we’ve taken this issue’s tasty trio of comforting recipes. Best of all, you can<br />

pop each one in a slow cooker whilst you get on with other things – genius!<br />

Photographs: Sam Folan<br />

Slow cooker one-pan lasagne<br />

Serves 4<br />

Cooking time: 5hrs 45mins<br />

So many of you loved my One-pan<br />

Lasagne recipe in my first book that<br />

I had to come up with a slow cooker<br />

version, and here it is! I’ve added a pot<br />

of ricotta on top here as an instant<br />

extra cheesy layer. The pasta cooking<br />

time at the end can vary quite a lot –<br />

it’ll depend on your slow cooker. Use<br />

your own judgement and cook until<br />

the pasta is the right texture for you.<br />

For the slow cook:<br />

• 500g beef mince (5% fat)<br />

• 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped<br />

• 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed<br />

• 3 celery sticks, finely chopped<br />

• 3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped<br />

• 2 × 400g tins chopped tomatoes<br />

• 75g tomato purée<br />

• 2 tsp dried oregano<br />

• 4 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce<br />

(or Henderson’s Relish)<br />

• 3 bay leaves<br />

• sea salt and freshly ground<br />

black pepper<br />

To finish:<br />

• 500ml hot beef stock (made<br />

with a stock cube is fine)<br />

• 250g dried lasagne sheets (uncooked)<br />

• 250g ricotta cheese<br />

• 100g grated mozzarella cheese (I<br />

use grated mozzarella here as it’s very<br />

easy to keep in the fridge – you can<br />

use buffalo mozzarella if you prefer.)<br />

1. Add all of the slow cook ingredients<br />

to the slow cooker pot and season<br />

with salt and pepper. Mix everything<br />

together, pop the lid on and cook on<br />

HIGH for 5 hours or LOW for 7-9<br />

hours until the sauce is thick and rich.<br />

2. Remove the bay leaves and discard.<br />

Add the beef stock and give everything<br />

a mix to combine with the sauce.<br />

Take the dried lasagne sheets and<br />

push them into the sauce in the<br />

slow cooker, so they are standing up<br />

vertically side by side (if you can avoid<br />

them touching each other too much<br />

as they cook it helps to stop them<br />

sticking together). You will need to<br />

snap some of them in half (or smaller)<br />

to fit them all in. Put the lid back on<br />

and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes.<br />

3. Give everything a good stir,<br />

moving the softened pasta around<br />

so any partially uncooked pieces are<br />

now submerged. Now dollop the<br />

ricotta cheese all over the surface and<br />

sprinkle the mozzarella on top. Put<br />

the lid on and cook on HIGH for a<br />

further 15-25 minutes, then serve.<br />

Optional: If you want the cheese to<br />

be crispy and you have a slow cooker<br />

pan that is safe to use under the<br />

grill (please check!), pop it under<br />

a hot grill for 5 minutes until the<br />

cheese is golden and bubbling.<br />

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Slow cooker meatfree<br />

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with pink onions<br />

Cooking time: 6hrs Serves 4<br />

Tacos are not only simple, tasty and<br />

affordable but they are also social and<br />

fun to eat as a family. Pile everything<br />

on the table and help yourself. It’s also<br />

a great way to encourage children to try<br />

new foods on their own terms as they<br />

fill their own tortillas. Often my taco<br />

fillings have relied on pan-fried meat,<br />

but here I really wanted to come up with<br />

a vegetarian alternative that had a deeply<br />

savoury, meaty texture. A few tricks<br />

(walnuts and Marmite, I’m looking at<br />

you) add texture and a depth of flavour.<br />

For the slow cook:<br />

• 2 × 400g tins chopped tomatoes<br />

• 2 × 400g tins green lentils,<br />

drained and rinsed<br />

• 100g walnuts, finely chopped<br />

• 2 tbsp tomato purée<br />

• 1 tbsp ground cumin<br />

• 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika<br />

• 2 tsp garlic granules<br />

• 1 tbsp Marmite<br />

• 2 tbsp soft dark brown sugar<br />

• sea salt and freshly<br />

ground black pepper<br />

To serve:<br />

• 8 small flour tortillas<br />

• 1 avocado, halved, peeled,<br />

stone removed and sliced<br />

• 200g feta cheese<br />

1. Open the tins of tomatoes and drain<br />

off the liquid using a sieve (we don’t<br />

want too much of the watery juice).<br />

2. Add everything for the slow cook<br />

to the slow cooker pot (including<br />

the drained tomatoes), season with<br />

salt and pepper and give it a good<br />

mix. Put a clean tea towel across the<br />

top of the slow cooker (this absorbs<br />

excess water as condensation) and<br />

place the lid on top. Cook on HIGH<br />

for 6 hours or LOW for 8-10 hours.<br />

The mixture is ready when it’s<br />

thickened and deep red in colour.<br />

3. Serve piled into tortillas (I like<br />

to carefully toast the tortillas over a<br />

gas flame to give them some texture,<br />

otherwise you can warm them in the<br />

oven or microwave) with the avocado<br />

slices and feta cheese crumbled on top.<br />

Sarah’s tip: If you’d like to make these<br />

vegan, omit the feta cheese and serve<br />

with a dollop of vegan yoghurt on<br />

top instead. Obviously check the<br />

ingredients of your tortillas too.<br />

If you don’t have a slow cooker: Cook the<br />

‘slow cook’ ingredients in a large lidded<br />

saucepan over a medium heat for 30-40<br />

minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.<br />

Pink onions<br />

Prep time: 20mins Serves 4<br />

These little pink gems are perfect for<br />

serving as an accompaniment to tacos,<br />

in sandwiches or over salads. They are<br />

super quick to make and add a little<br />

extra sparkle to so many dishes. Leave<br />

any leftovers in the soaking liquid<br />

and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.<br />

• 1 red onion, peeled and very thinly<br />

sliced (as thinly as you can manage)<br />

• 100ml white wine vinegar<br />

• 1 tbsp caster sugar<br />

• 1 tsp sea salt<br />

• 100ml boiling water<br />

Put all of the ingredients in a small<br />

bowl. Mix well and leave for at least<br />

15 minutes. Spoon the onion out of<br />

the liquid as you serve them.<br />

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Slow cooker pain au<br />

chocolat bread &<br />

butter pudding with<br />

vanilla crème fraîche<br />

Cooking time: 3 hours 10 mins Serves 8<br />

This recipe is the perfect solution for<br />

any pastries slightly past their best<br />

(you could use ordinary croissants<br />

instead, and add choc chips if you<br />

like). They are brought back to life<br />

in this comforting pudding. Cooking<br />

dairy in a slow cooker can be a little<br />

tricky as it can split, so the key is<br />

to cook this very gently on the low<br />

temperature. This is a brilliant recipe<br />

to prepare in advance, as the pastry<br />

soaks up the liquid more. Make up to<br />

step 3, cover and store in the fridge<br />

overnight for cooking the next day.<br />

• 20g unsalted butter, at room<br />

temperature, for greasing<br />

For the pudding:<br />

• 300g pain au chocolat,<br />

cut into 3cm cubes<br />

• 50g soft light brown sugar<br />

• 4 eggs<br />

• 500ml milk (semi-skimmed or full-fat)<br />

• 150ml double cream<br />

• 2 tsp ground cinnamon<br />

• 2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

1. Grease the slow cooker pot<br />

very well with the 20g roomtemperature<br />

butter (see Note).<br />

2. Tip the cubes of pain au chocolat<br />

into the pot and sprinkle over the sugar.<br />

3. Put the eggs, milk, double cream,<br />

cinnamon and vanilla in a jug or<br />

bowl and whisk until combined.<br />

Pour this over the pain au chocolat.<br />

4. Put a clean tea towel over the top of<br />

the slow cooker, then place the lid on<br />

top of that (this absorbs the water and<br />

stops the pudding from being wet).<br />

5. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours<br />

until the top of the pudding is<br />

evenly cooked and doesn’t look wet<br />

in the middle. Serve immediately.<br />

6. This recipe serves 8 as it’s the<br />

right size for a 3.5 litre slow cooker.<br />

Keep leftovers in the fridge and<br />

re-heat in the microwave (or serve<br />

cold) for pudding the next day.<br />

Note: If your slow cooker is the ceramic<br />

type (and is NOT non-stick) I would<br />

recommend lining it with baking<br />

paper. Just squash a large sheet into<br />

the shape of the cooker (so there are<br />

no gaps for the pudding mixture to<br />

escape) and there will be no need<br />

to use the butter to grease it.<br />

Vanilla crème fraîche<br />

Prep time: 5mins Serves 4<br />

This quick mix is a good alternative<br />

to custard or ice cream.<br />

• 200ml crème fraîche<br />

(reduced fat if you prefer)<br />

• 2 tsp icing sugar, sifted<br />

• 2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

Mix the ingredients together<br />

in a bowl and serve.<br />

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“From a cult British scent<br />

start-up, this takes beeswax,<br />

iris, sandalwood and vetiver<br />

and – via some extraordinary<br />

alchemy – creates something<br />

that has everyone I know<br />

who’s tried it compulsively<br />

sniffing their own skin.”<br />

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Scents for the<br />

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There’s only one thing that has me looking forward to<br />

winter. It is the prospect of switching over my scent<br />

wardrobe to fragrances that I love, but which feel<br />

heavy as a faux fur coat on a summer’s day, almost physically<br />

making me hot and sweaty. For me, some fragrances are floaty<br />

frocks – my summer choices. Others are velvet, cashmere and<br />

– yes – opaque tights. And it’s at the exact getting-out-theopaque-tights<br />

moment in the calendar that I change over my<br />

perfumes, too. A real olfactory highlight, for me, in the year.<br />

You, of course, may be one of those people with a<br />

‘signature’ scent that you’ve worn for forever, and be sitting<br />

there muttering: ‘That’s irrelevant to me.’ But actually, I’d<br />

like to persuade you otherwise, because there’s a very good<br />

reason, at least occasionally, to switch up what you wear.<br />

Because I’ll bet you also say, at least sometimes: ‘Trouble<br />

is, I can’t smell it on myself any more.’ And that’s precisely<br />

because you do have a signature scent, and your nose –<br />

or rather, your brain – treats it like wallpaper. In other<br />

words, it just becomes a background smell, and you miss<br />

out on enjoying something you love, except perhaps for<br />

a minute or two when first applying. Imagine how bored<br />

your sense of taste would become if you ate the same food,<br />

morning, noon and night. Now think about how that<br />

translates to smell – and maybe at least experiment with<br />

some of the scents I’m about to go into raptures over.<br />

Autumn <strong>2023</strong> is actually a very good moment for<br />

fragrance. During the pandemic, fragrance launches got<br />

backed up like planes circling round Heathrow. When<br />

we were all liberated, there was much uncertainty in<br />

the marketplace, and a lot of the fragrances launched<br />

were ‘flankers’, existing perfumes which had been given<br />

a bit of a twist. But this season, the floodgates have<br />

opened, creativity abounds – and we perfumistas are<br />

happy people indeed. So, here’s what I’m loving…<br />

Guerlain Tobacco Honey, from £90 for 50ml eau de<br />

parfum. There’s a strong tobacco trend wafting through<br />

perfumery right now. It’s all a bit decadent, considering how<br />

long the smoking ban’s been in place – but in truth, tobacco<br />

as a perfumery note is quite different to standing in a fug<br />

at the King’s Head (for anyone who remembers how much<br />

they used to have to splash out on dry cleaning, back in the<br />

day). It tends to be grassy, woody, complex, yet warm and<br />

seductive, which is why perfumers are having so much fun<br />

with it. This Guerlain latest really does give the sense of honey<br />

drizzled with honey, its sweet seductiveness further enhanced<br />

by vanilla, tonka and sesame, all enveloped in a cigar-like<br />

smokiness; indeed, it begs for you to dress up in your very<br />

finest and take it out to a fancy bar, as far as I’m concerned.<br />

La Montaña Divine Sunset, from £22 for 10ml eau de<br />

parfum. Used up all your annual leave allocation? From a<br />

Sussex-based brand (well, in truth, founder Cassandra Hall<br />

is based between Brighton and a Spanish mounta<strong>inside</strong>),<br />

Divine Sunset is a real holding-on-to-summer scent which<br />

invites you to bask in the warmth of orange blossom and<br />

musks. This is the scent equivalent of finding a protected spot<br />

on a sunny, blustery winter’s day and turning your face <br />

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to the sun for warmth – an invitation<br />

to travel, without ever leaving home.<br />

AKRO Bake, £80 for 50ml eau de<br />

parfum. Vanilla is probably the No.1<br />

most popular ingredient in perfumery<br />

this autumn, a strong revival of the<br />

‘gourmand’ (or ‘good-enough-to-eat’<br />

family of fragrances). Some are supersweet<br />

(not my bag), but others are<br />

delicious, without being in any way<br />

sickly. I was lucky enough to attend<br />

the launch of this, over a tasting menu<br />

at The Berkeley’s patisserie (over<br />

which Parisian pastry darling Cedric<br />

Grolet presides), where the assembled<br />

company of perfume writers agreed:<br />

on paper, we shouldn’t like this, but<br />

we all fell, hook, line and sinker,<br />

spritzing and re-spritzing (I still am).<br />

It’s light, it’s fluffy – a lighter-than-air<br />

cake, in scented form, dusted with<br />

icing sugar and utterly moreish.<br />

Tom Ford Café Rose, from £106<br />

for 50ml eau de parfum. Not to be<br />

confused with the intensely rich Café<br />

Rose which was previously in Tom<br />

Ford’s collection, this has far less<br />

of an espresso jolt, and much more<br />

rosiness. It’s a completely beautiful<br />

rose, sheer and wearable, but with<br />

the coffee note adding intrigue (and<br />

more than a little addiction).<br />

Escentric Molecules H01, £180<br />

for 100ml eau de parfum. Escentric<br />

Molecules became famous when word<br />

got out that their fragrance acted like<br />

a pheromone, attracting the opposite<br />

sex. Strictly, it doesn’t – but plenty of<br />

people find it very, very smoochy – and<br />

this being mistletoe season, it might<br />

be worth experimenting to see just<br />

how magnetic the Escentric Molecules<br />

collection is. H01 is the latest addition<br />

to the line-up, a Harrods exclusive<br />

which promises to be ‘an olfactory<br />

oasis among the uncertainty of the<br />

modern world’ (and we probably<br />

all need that). It’s leathery, woody,<br />

musky, and really quite addictive<br />

– but I also find it grounding and<br />

calming, something I badly need as<br />

the <strong>Christmas</strong> crescendo builds.<br />

The above have all joined my own<br />

fragrance wardrobe for autumn/winter,<br />

but then, it’s my job, and I’m lucky<br />

enough to have them gifted to me,<br />

in many (but not all) cases.<br />

However, there are a couple<br />

of other ‘old friends’ in scent<br />

form that I’m thrilled to be<br />

rediscovering, as the seasons<br />

change – and I would<br />

encourage you to make a<br />

perfume pilgrimage to<br />

sniff some of them<br />

out, too. At the<br />

very least, rather as<br />

you might with wine,<br />

you’ll learn what you<br />

do and don’t like. But<br />

here are three other scents<br />

that to me, are winter-perfect…<br />

Floral Street Black Lotus, £68 for<br />

50ml eau de parfum. Floral Street’s<br />

very reasonably priced fragrances have<br />

just landed in a bunch of M&S stores,<br />

which makes them easier to check<br />

out. This is the scent equivalent of a<br />

black leather jacket slung over a floral<br />

frock and worn with a cashmere shawl,<br />

lashings of rosa Centifolia contrasted<br />

with red pepper and leathery saffron.<br />

Olfactive O Skin, £110 for 30ml<br />

extrait de parfum. You want<br />

nuzzleable, addictive, truly the ‘skin<br />

scent’, as promised by the name of<br />

this fragrance? From a cult British<br />

scent start-up, this takes beeswax,<br />

iris, sandalwood and vetiver and<br />

– via some extraordinary alchemy –<br />

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Now, still determined<br />

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Wellbeing<br />

Posture<br />

Perfect<br />

Sarah Maxwell straightens out the facts<br />

to help you stand – and sit – tall<br />

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In our fast-paced lives, the way<br />

we hold ourselves is frequently<br />

overlooked. We often neglect<br />

the importance of maintaining good<br />

posture and the impact it has on our<br />

health and wellbeing. Posture plays a<br />

vital role in our overall health, affecting<br />

not only our physical wellbeing but<br />

also our mental and emotional state.<br />

Poor posture can lead to myriad<br />

issues, including chronic pain, muscle<br />

imbalances, reduced flexibility,<br />

decreased lung capacity and even<br />

digestive problems. It can also<br />

contribute to feelings of fatigue,<br />

stress, and low self-confidence.<br />

In the next few paragraphs – the first<br />

of a two-part exploration – I’m going<br />

to explain how to do some simple but<br />

very effective exercises, some of which<br />

you can get on with whilst seated.<br />

If you spend a lot of time at a desk and<br />

hunched over your keyboard, you put<br />

yourself at risk of neck and back pain.<br />

And even if you have an ergonomic<br />

chair and a back support, you might<br />

find the effects more significant than<br />

you’d expect. Below are some simple<br />

but effective ways you can correct<br />

your posture and make a difference to<br />

your overall health and wellbeing.<br />

I recommend doing these tension<br />

release movements as often as you<br />

can if you’re seated for an extended<br />

period of time. I have a blue sticky<br />

dot on my desk as a reminder (along<br />

with numerous other coloured dots<br />

on my phone, laptop, bathroom<br />

mirror... In fact, my house looks like<br />

a Damien Hirst print currently!)<br />

You can do these exercises sitting<br />

or standing, although it’s always a<br />

good idea to get out of your chair<br />

at regular intervals if possible.<br />

Shoulder raises<br />

Lift your shoulders up towards your<br />

ears (breathe in through your nose as<br />

you lift), then release your shoulders<br />

down (breathing out through your<br />

nose as you relax your shoulders<br />

back down). Repeat 10 times.<br />

Shoulder rolls<br />

Lift your shoulders up towards<br />

your ears, then roll them back and<br />

down in a circular motion one way<br />

and then the other. Make sure your<br />

breathing is steady and relaxed<br />

throughout. Repeat 10 times.<br />

Shoulder blade squeeze<br />

This is a great exercise to strengthen<br />

the muscles between your shoulder<br />

blades which will improve your upper<br />

back posture. Inhale through your nose<br />

as you squeeze your shoulder blades<br />

together, feeling your chest open up.<br />

Exhale and release. Repeat 10 times.<br />

Stand in an open doorway (you can<br />

also do this in a chair). Raise each<br />

arm up to the side, perpendicular to<br />

your body, bent at a 90 degree angle<br />

at your elbow with palms forward.<br />

Rest your palms on either side of the<br />

door frame – if it feels uncomfortable,<br />

try lowering your elbows down<br />

slightly. Slowly step forward with<br />

one foot. Feel the stretch in your<br />

shoulders and chest. Stand as upright<br />

as you can and try to avoid leaning<br />

forward. Hold for 15 -30 seconds.<br />

In next issue’s part two I’m going to<br />

delve deeper into posture and show<br />

you more ways to strengthen, stretch<br />

and help you alleviate tension, for<br />

a much improved quality of life.<br />

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explores the benefits of incorporating<br />

another healthy ingredient into our<br />

diets. This month it’s salmon<br />

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Oily fish is often promoted as a positive food<br />

choice due to its multitude of health benefits,<br />

but what exactly are they? Salmon is a great<br />

source of protein and typically provides 15-20g of protein<br />

per 100g. It is known as a complete protein which<br />

means that it contains all nine essential amino acids<br />

in sufficient quantities, it is also packed with omega-<br />

3 fatty acids; the important good fats. These help to<br />

maintain healthy cholesterol levels and protect blood<br />

vessels from inflammatory damage. Omega-3s are also<br />

vital for the health of the brain and the nervous system,<br />

strengthening our immune systems and cellular growth<br />

and regulating our hormones. Ultimately we need to<br />

be looking at increasing our omega-3 fats and reducing<br />

saturated and trans fats; aim for up to two portions of<br />

oily fish every week and enjoy a variety of nuts and seeds<br />

in small quantities to help achieve these goals. Salmon<br />

also contains many key nutrients including selenium,<br />

phosphorus, and B vitamins. Its unique, delicate flavour<br />

and less ‘fishy’ taste can make it more appealing than many<br />

other varieties of fatty fish, such as sardines and mackerel,<br />

which often make it a popular choice with children too.<br />

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Salmon & vegetable parcels<br />

This tasty recipe is packed with healthy omega-3s<br />

Serves 2<br />

• 2 salmon fillets<br />

• 1 lemon – zest and<br />

juice half and thinly<br />

slice other half<br />

• 1 red pepper, sliced<br />

• 1 green pepper, sliced<br />

• 1 white onion, sliced<br />

• 6 cherry tomatoes, halved<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C<br />

and cut rectangles of baking<br />

paper for each salmon fillet,<br />

big enough to fold over<br />

and make into a parcel.<br />

2. Place 2 slices of lemon<br />

at the centre of each paper<br />

and rest the salmon on top.<br />

Add the peppers, onions,<br />

tomatoes and asparagus<br />

around the salmon and<br />

top with the garlic, capers,<br />

• 10-12 asparagus stalks<br />

• 1 clove of garlic,<br />

finely chopped<br />

• 2 tsp capers, chopped<br />

• 1 sprig of rosemary<br />

• 2 sprigs of thyme<br />

• 2 tbsp olive oil<br />

• salt and black pepper<br />

lemon zest and juice,<br />

rosemary, thyme and a<br />

pinch of salt and pepper.<br />

Drizzle over the olive oil.<br />

3. Fold the paper up and<br />

twist the ends to make an<br />

enclosed parcel. Place on<br />

a baking tray and roast for<br />

approximately 18 minutes<br />

until the fish is cooked<br />

through. Enjoy with sweet<br />

potatoes or brown rice.<br />

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Trouble<br />

Ahead<br />

Jo Arnell comes up with some practical solutions to help protect<br />

your plants during challenging periods of weather<br />

It’s been a tough year. Where the<br />

plants are concerned, it’s been a<br />

monumentally difficult one. The<br />

weather has been, putting it kindly,<br />

challenging. This time last year it was<br />

raining, and it didn’t stop raining until<br />

the beginning of December – when<br />

it froze. Many of our tender shrubs<br />

– things like hebes and pittosporums<br />

– died. The weather didn’t really start<br />

warming up until late spring and then<br />

suddenly it went very hot and dry.<br />

Long periods of extreme weather –<br />

which is more the norm now – make<br />

growing conditions difficult for all<br />

the plants. Some will cope better than<br />

others – the weeds for example, have<br />

barely noticed and are still romping<br />

away – but many of our cultivated,<br />

carefully nurtured plants are suffering.<br />

We need to find ways to help the<br />

garden in tricky times, ways to keep our<br />

plants alive, or, if we do end up losing<br />

them, an understanding of why they<br />

have died. The reason that our native<br />

and wild plants seem on the whole<br />

to manage much better than most is<br />

because they are ideally suited to their<br />

environment and able to withstand<br />

some of the effects of climate change<br />

– in the short term. Those from other<br />

places and the cultivated versions of<br />

them, where the soil and atmospheric<br />

conditions are very different, are only<br />

just at home here, so prolonged changes<br />

in the weather can be the final straw.<br />

Soil matters<br />

Your soil is going to go a long way<br />

to keep your plants healthy – or not,<br />

depending on several factors. It’s<br />

worth doing a soil test to find out<br />

the pH. Most soils are neutral, but<br />

if you have acidic soil you’ll be able<br />

to grow plants like camellias and<br />

azaleas. If it is alkaline, then lilac,<br />

lavender and vegetables like cabbage<br />

and Brussels sprouts will do well.<br />

The structure of the soil is important<br />

too. If yours is heavy clay, it may<br />

be waterlogged in winter and hard<br />

as concrete in summer. Sandy soils<br />

on the other hand are free draining<br />

– which means that they are very<br />

dry in summer and tend to be low<br />

in nutrients. Improve heavy clay by<br />

adding organic matter – manure or<br />

compost. Improve sandy soil by adding<br />

the same thing – organic matter will<br />

break up a clay soil and make it more<br />

free draining, and will help a sandy soil<br />

to hold onto moisture and nutrients.<br />

Good drainage is important,<br />

especially through long periods of<br />

wet, cold weather. Many plants more<br />

suited to Mediterranean conditions<br />

suffer in a wet winter because the<br />

area around their roots is saturated.<br />

This is often worse than the cold.<br />

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Garden<br />

Many of the<br />

Mediterranean species<br />

– lavender, rosemary<br />

etc – can withstand the<br />

cold, but not prolonged<br />

periods of wet weather.<br />

This is why they are hard<br />

to grow in clay soil. Clay<br />

holds onto water and is<br />

very slow to dry out and<br />

warm up in the spring.<br />

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Read my leaves<br />

You can tell a lot about a plant<br />

from its leaves. The size, texture and<br />

colour of the leaf will indicate the<br />

sort of conditions it has adapted<br />

to. Big floppy leaves with a large<br />

surface area – think jungle and pond<br />

side plants – are trying to get rid of<br />

excess water, whereas those with thin,<br />

needle-like leaves are trying to hold<br />

onto water. In fact, in the case of<br />

desert plants, the leaves have become<br />

spikes. Tough, leathery leaves, or<br />

a waxy coating will prevent water<br />

loss. Hairy or woolly leaves are also<br />

adaptations to arid conditions.<br />

Dark leaves absorb more light<br />

than pale, so the deep green leaves<br />

of a holly, or a camellia are ideally<br />

suited to shade. Pale, silvery or<br />

grey leaves, on the other hand,<br />

reflect light well, so won’t be<br />

overwhelmed in harsh sunlight.<br />

The root of it<br />

The rhizosphere is the area directly<br />

around the roots of the plant, a root<br />

‘microbiome’ made up of bacteria,<br />

fungi and other micro-organisms,<br />

spores, seeds and larval stages of tiny<br />

insects. It is the interaction of the biota<br />

within the rhizosphere – a bit like in<br />

our gut microbiome – that determines<br />

plant health. Plants form symbiotic<br />

relationships with soil bacteria and<br />

fungi that enable them to access<br />

nutrients, survive attack by pests and<br />

withstand periods of difficult weather.<br />

Drought<br />

Long periods with no rain are a disaster<br />

for plants that need moisture. We can<br />

help them by mulching at the end of<br />

the winter while the soil (in theory)<br />

is still damp. Mulching will help the<br />

soil hold onto moisture, suppress<br />

competitive weeds and improve the<br />

structure – feeding the soil ecosystem<br />

and encouraging the microbes that<br />

will come to the aid of plants.<br />

If there isn’t a hosepipe ban then<br />

water, but water carefully. Well<br />

established plants should be able to<br />

cope without regular watering, but<br />

anything planted in the last two years –<br />

especially woody plants –will need some<br />

help. Water plants deeply, rather than<br />

sprinkling them every night. It is better<br />

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sure the water gets to the roots. Light<br />

watering will evaporate before the plant<br />

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Watering at night is probably best, but<br />

remember that slugs and snails come<br />

out at night and will really enjoy the<br />

cool damp conditions. Watering very<br />

early in the morning is the alternative<br />

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Garden<br />

Pots are very prone to drying out,<br />

especially little ones, so try to plant up<br />

groups of plants in larger containers, or<br />

position small pots near to one another<br />

Most soils are neutral,<br />

but if you have acidic<br />

soil you’ll be able to grow<br />

plants like camellias<br />

Pots are very prone to drying out,<br />

especially little ones, so try to plant up<br />

groups of plants in larger containers, or<br />

position small pots near to one another.<br />

Place a saucer underneath to act as a<br />

reservoir – but remember to remove this<br />

in the autumn to stop the plants’ roots<br />

wallowing in water through the winter.<br />

It pays to install water butts – rain<br />

water is better for plants and will make<br />

all the difference, especially if there is<br />

a hosepipe ban. In that situation using<br />

grey water – from the bath or your<br />

washing up bowl – will be fine too.<br />

Storms and high winds<br />

Wind can be hugely destructive, pulling<br />

down power lines, fences and uprooting<br />

trees. Protecting plants in these extreme<br />

conditions is nigh on impossible, but<br />

there are precautions that can be taken<br />

to provide some shelter. Semi-permeable<br />

barriers, for instance, are better than<br />

solid ones, as these will slow down the<br />

wind, whereas a solid fence or wall<br />

will cause the wind to go up and over,<br />

causing it to whip down the other side,<br />

or channel along and cause havoc.<br />

A very fierce wind will just blow the<br />

fence down. Hedges work well to help<br />

prevent wind damage, because the wind<br />

filters through this living windbreak.<br />

Choose a good, robust hedge if<br />

it is to act as a shelter belt – laurel,<br />

elaeagnus, hawthorn and hornbeam are<br />

good in exposed situations. Remember<br />

to leave a gap between the hedge and<br />

the flowerbed to enable access for<br />

pruning and to keep the roots of the<br />

hedge away from the plants, as they<br />

will also be competing for moisture.<br />

Winter weather<br />

Our winters are generally mild, but<br />

every few years Arctic blasts and<br />

Beasts from the East come swooping<br />

in, bringing snow and hard frosts,<br />

killing the tender plants that normally<br />

just about make it through an<br />

average winter. Last year hebes and<br />

pittosporums were badly affected.<br />

Larger leaved salvias like amistad<br />

were killed too, although some of<br />

these did a good job of playing dead<br />

until May, then suddenly springing<br />

back to life – possibly once they<br />

were already on the compost heap.<br />

Plants native to the northern<br />

hemisphere tend to lose their leaves<br />

in the winter and go into a state of<br />

dormancy. Getting plants through<br />

extreme cold, when they have no<br />

adaptations to it, is a challenge.<br />

Fleece may help to keep off air frosts,<br />

mulching with organic matter – like<br />

laying a warm duvet over the ground<br />

– will provide some protection for<br />

dahlia tubers and other tender roots.<br />

If you have a greenhouse that can be<br />

kept frost-free, or even a porch or<br />

cool utility room, you’ll be able to<br />

overwinter those in pots, or cuttings<br />

of plants grown in the garden.<br />

Many of the Mediterranean species –<br />

lavender, rosemary etc – can withstand<br />

the cold, but not prolonged periods<br />

of wet weather. This is why they are<br />

hard to grow in clay soil. Clay holds<br />

onto water and is very slow to dry out<br />

and warm up in the spring. Plants<br />

like lavender need free-draining, or<br />

shallow, chalky soil, so may well be<br />

better grown in a container – one<br />

lifted onto feet, or up on bricks to<br />

stop it from sitting in a puddle.<br />

Good preparation is the key. It may<br />

well be mild this year, but who knows.<br />

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Garden<br />

Heart<br />

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Hive<br />

Sue Whigham finds out about The Buzz Project, an inspirational<br />

initiative set up by Syrian bee expert Dr. Ryad Alsous<br />

One of the last things that Dr.<br />

Ryad Alsous did before he<br />

left his flat in Damascus was<br />

to open one of his windows a fraction.<br />

As the civil war raged, his block of<br />

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would be no-one to feed the doves<br />

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he decided that they should be able to<br />

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to visit the flat and take a picture for<br />

him. He found it was full of life as the<br />

doves had moved in and had happily<br />

colonised the place. Dr. Alsous felt<br />

it gave him validation to have left to<br />

start a new life in a safe country.<br />

Despite receiving death threats, Dr.<br />

Alsous was the last of his immediate<br />

family to leave Syria and in 2013<br />

he found himself in Huddersfield<br />

where he had relatives who had<br />

settled there over the past forty years.<br />

He found it somewhere where the<br />

community both helped him to<br />

settle in and to rebuild his life.<br />

He is a world renowned expert on<br />

bees and his experience both lecturing<br />

at Damascus University and being Head<br />

of Beekeeping – when he was in charge<br />

of 500 hives – stood him in good<br />

stead when he arrived in the UK. He<br />

began volunteering at the Huddersfield<br />

Beekeeping Association and through<br />

them a lady offered him both a hive<br />

and a colony of British Black Bees. He<br />

then wrote a proposal for The Buzz<br />

Project and met with the then Mayor<br />

of Huddersfield. It was through this<br />

meeting that he was offered a piece<br />

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of land to keep hives on by the local<br />

Canal and River Trust – who then<br />

refused to accept any rent from him.<br />

And so The Buzz Project was launched.<br />

The idea of the project was, and<br />

is, to offer fellow refugees and job<br />

seekers the chance to integrate, develop<br />

language skills, and to regain their self<br />

esteem and confidence whilst learning<br />

a trade. Many of the volunteers are<br />

now self employed and have their own<br />

hives from which they produce honey,<br />

essential oils, candles and organic<br />

cosmetics. The project also has open<br />

days when the volunteers educate<br />

schoolchildren about bees and how vital<br />

they are in the general scheme of things.<br />

I was reading a report produced by<br />

Friends of the Earth which tells us<br />

that it would cost UK farmers £1.8<br />

billion a year to pollinate crops without<br />

them (if indeed that were remotely<br />

feasible). So no bees equals no plants,<br />

no animals and subsequently, no food.<br />

Dr. Alsous was one of the inspirations<br />

for the bestselling novel by Christy<br />

Lefteri, The Beekeeper of Aleppo. As<br />

the daughter of refugees herself, she<br />

had spent several months in Athens<br />

volunteering with Syrian refugees<br />

where the seeds of her novel began<br />

to form. Having discovered an article<br />

written by Dr. Alsous, she contacted<br />

him through Facebook and he invited<br />

her up to Huddersfield to see how The<br />

Buzz Project worked and to “introduce<br />

her to the world of beekeeping”. She<br />

trusted him enough to meet his bees<br />

without wearing protective clothing,<br />

as he so obviously had such an affinity<br />

with them and she remembers the<br />

experience as “like being in a <br />

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Ilex Nellie R Stevens Ligustrum japonicum (pleached) Magnolia grandiflora<br />

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Photinia Red Robin<br />

Privacy in gardens can be created using<br />

trees to hide or screen out an undesirable<br />

view. Trees grown for this purpose often<br />

have a clear stem up to fence panel height<br />

around 1.8-2m with a full bushy canopy<br />

above, forming a good screen above the<br />

fence line. This type of screening is<br />

particularly useful if the garden is<br />

overlooked by neighbouring properties<br />

or to retain lower-level exposure to an<br />

attractive wall or area.<br />

Semi-mature trees can be planted to<br />

achieve effective screening from the offset<br />

with evergreens being preferred for this<br />

purpose as they screen throughout the year.<br />

However, a planting scheme that includes<br />

deciduous trees can provide rich contrast<br />

and seasonal interest.<br />

Screening trees<br />

Practicality Brown can supply a range of<br />

top quality trees for screening, which are<br />

particularly useful for creating privacy.<br />

This is our selection of the best screening<br />

trees, and all are in stock at our nursery in<br />

Iver, Bucks:<br />

• Eriobotrya japonica<br />

• Ilex aquifolium Nellie R Stevens<br />

• Ilex castaneifolia<br />

• Ligustrum japonicum<br />

• Magnolia grandiflora<br />

• Osmanthus aquifolium<br />

• Photinia fraseri ‘Red Robin’<br />

• Pinus nigra<br />

• Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’<br />

• Viburnum lucidum<br />

Pleached trees<br />

We also have a range of pleached trees<br />

which can be used in the same way;<br />

pleached trees can be effective for formal<br />

screening and where space is limited.<br />

These are our best trees that are in stock:<br />

• Ilex aquifolium Nellie R Stevens<br />

• Ligustrum japonicum<br />

• Magnolia grandiflora<br />

• Photinia fraseri ‘Red Robin’<br />

• Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’<br />

tree & edge ursery<br />

As well as the screening trees, Practicality<br />

Brown grows a range of premium quality<br />

Practical Instant Hedge at the nursery in<br />

Iver. You are welcome to visit to view both<br />

trees and hedges.<br />

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Garden<br />

Dr. Alsous has been carrying out research comparing<br />

the British Black Bee with four other strains,<br />

including Syrian bees, and has found that our native<br />

bees came out top in their production of honey.<br />

dangerous but beautiful bubble”.<br />

The Dark European Bee, or British<br />

Black Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, was<br />

the original native bee in the UK and<br />

by the 1920s was virtually extinct.<br />

Dr. Alsous is very much involved in<br />

promoting these bees over imported<br />

bees (usually from Italy). He is joined<br />

in this by Sir Tim Smit, inspirational<br />

co-founder of both The Eden Project<br />

and The Lost Gardens of Heligan,<br />

who suggests that we need a network<br />

of apiarists to champion these bees. As<br />

he says, “we super love these bees”.<br />

At the Eden Project they are working<br />

with B4 to set up a conservation and<br />

research project to champion the British<br />

Black Bee and to recognise the need<br />

to create reserves and help the bees<br />

develop ‘strongholds’ throughout the<br />

country. Sir Tim has been instrumental<br />

in both promoting the British Black<br />

Bee and setting up a fourth reserve. He<br />

confirms that there is a lot of interest<br />

amongst members of the public to both<br />

gardens and that Cornwall is one of the<br />

counties where these bees are thriving.<br />

It seems that most beekeepers<br />

(approximately 80%) keep the less<br />

hardy European bees which have<br />

a shorter life span but do have the<br />

advantage of producing large broods.<br />

However, it seems that the European<br />

strains ‘stay in and sulk’ at the first sign<br />

of bad weather. Both men champion<br />

the British Black Bee for a variety of<br />

reasons, which include the fact that<br />

they are hardy and can cope with the<br />

vagaries of British weather and – as they<br />

are hairy – are less prone to any form<br />

of mite. They also groom each other<br />

which helps in keeping disease away. Dr.<br />

Alsous has been carrying out research<br />

comparing the British Black Bee with<br />

four other strains, including Syrian bees,<br />

and has found that our native bees came<br />

out top in their production of honey.<br />

Finally, the HS2 project has been,<br />

and still is very controversial since<br />

its inception and has of course<br />

constantly been in the media. But for<br />

some, hopefully, good news. I read<br />

that HS2 has, it seems, partnered<br />

with the Great British Bee Project to<br />

plant up millions of native trees and<br />

shrubs along the ‘green corridor’ of<br />

the Phase One rail line of HS2 which<br />

will encourage the Black British Bee<br />

to once again flourish. They are to be<br />

monitored over the next few years too.<br />

I know that Dr. Alsous mentions<br />

limes and hawthorn as favourites of<br />

the British Black Bee. Perhaps any of<br />

us who has room for a new tree this<br />

winter might bear this in mind and<br />

perhaps plant one or other – or both.<br />

Sue Whigham can be contacted on<br />

07810 457948 for gardening advice.<br />

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Meet theHead<br />

We enjoyed finding out about Nicole Janssen,<br />

Head at Parkside School<br />

What or who inspired you to go into teaching?<br />

I had the most incredible piano teacher<br />

growing up who was so outside the box<br />

that she challenged my thinking from the<br />

very beginning. Having been rather bored<br />

in school, I found her approach so creative<br />

and motivating, that I would go home<br />

and practise for hours after every lesson.<br />

As a result, I feel that I am creative and<br />

very hands-on as a Head and I am always<br />

mindful of inspiring future generations. I<br />

still teach and wouldn’t want to do my job<br />

if I didn’t have that special connection with<br />

my pupils. I also encourage my staff to cast<br />

aside the textbooks and use their creativity<br />

and imaginative teaching style. I expect<br />

them to spark curiosity and a willingness<br />

to be open minded and pursue learning<br />

through enquiry. Lessons are practical<br />

and fast-paced, engaging all pupils.<br />

What do you love about Parkside?<br />

Everything! Throughout my career, I have<br />

mostly worked in co-ed settings and so I<br />

had to evaluate how to get the best out<br />

of the boys in an all-boys environment. I<br />

love working with them – they possess an<br />

energetic appreciation and we know what<br />

makes boys tick. I have a very privileged<br />

responsibility and have the most motivated<br />

and like-minded team I’ve ever worked<br />

with. We are never afraid to roll our sleeves<br />

up so that the boys have the best education<br />

and preparation for Senior School. Also,<br />

our grounds are incredible; it is amazing to<br />

walk around and appreciate the seasonal<br />

changes, which we make sure we share<br />

with the boys. They learn outdoors as<br />

much as possible and enjoy outdoor sport<br />

and activities such as wellbeing walks.<br />

When I was growing up one of my<br />

favourite series of books was Swallows<br />

and Amazons and I’m proud to say<br />

that Parkside’s likeness to it has been<br />

noticed by many visitors – it’s a beautiful<br />

school and a very special place.<br />

What are the greatest challenges of your role?<br />

I don’t feel there are challenges as such, I’m<br />

so passionate about getting it right. I’m<br />

determined to do the best for ‘my’ boys<br />

and I want to teach them about being a<br />

really good person. At Parkside, we go<br />

way beyond kindness (kindness is a given)<br />

and, happily, the boys are very responsive<br />

to this. I want to ensure the whole school<br />

community has time for one another and<br />

that they really understand the true meaning<br />

of appreciation, gratitude and family. My<br />

aim is for the boys to learn the satisfaction<br />

of working hard for what they achieve.<br />

What do you most enjoy about your job?<br />

I thrive on knowing that I really make a<br />

difference, as I watch these boys develop<br />

into well-rounded, excited, driven young<br />

men, who hold themselves with respect. I’m<br />

proud to have shifted the focus from judging<br />

the boys on exam results, to refining their<br />

social intelligence and that your respect for<br />

yourself and others is what gets you through<br />

in life. For example, we have established<br />

close links with a local old people’s home,<br />

so that the boys learn to value and respect<br />

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everybody. It’s charming to hear their stories<br />

when they return from a visit, but also<br />

the feedback from the home about how<br />

much these visits benefit the residents.<br />

My whole mantra is ‘make it happen’ and<br />

I’m determined to pass that on to the boys.<br />

What are you looking forward to?<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong>! I absolutely love it and we go all<br />

out with a wonderful tree and decorations.<br />

We also host a fantastic <strong>Christmas</strong> fair<br />

along with many other festive events. It is<br />

a time for our whole community to join as<br />

a family, to soak up the atmosphere. I do<br />

hope the tradition stays with the boys long<br />

after they’ve left the school as we encourage<br />

a huge amount of social interaction and an<br />

appreciation of the magic <strong>Christmas</strong> brings.<br />

A few of Nicole’s favourites<br />

Book: I go back to Dickens again and<br />

again. I like to revisit the classics because<br />

I find that I still learn things from them,<br />

even though I have read the before.<br />

City: I’ve had the most fantastic time<br />

in San Francisco. The whole history<br />

and the kaleidoscope of different<br />

experiences, the diversity, it’s magical.<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> there is out of this world.<br />

Song: I love the musicality of<br />

Purple Rain, it’s so powerful.<br />

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If Good isn’t ‘it’<br />

Education<br />

then who is?<br />

Mike Piercy, educational<br />

consultant and previous<br />

Head of The New Beacon,<br />

shares his thoughts on<br />

spelling, punctuation<br />

and grammar<br />

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Seen on an advertising board on a<br />

Southeastern train this summer:<br />

‘Yes, ships do take longer<br />

than planes. Good isn’t it.’<br />

Is the second sentence a statement<br />

about ‘catch and chase’ or is it a<br />

question? The very act of typing<br />

those words is painful, the fingers<br />

instinctively hovering; hesitating over<br />

punctuation keys. The marketeers have<br />

composed a clever message – agreed –<br />

which I suspect may well be deliberate,<br />

meant to be emphatic, reinforcing<br />

the point, trumping all technicality.<br />

Regrettably, in my view. I suppose,<br />

therefore, the advert has done its job:<br />

I’m thinking about it. Yet, my thoughts<br />

are not perhaps those desired by this<br />

Popular and Old British cruising brand:<br />

I am critical of what young people<br />

will notice and subliminally learn.<br />

Teaching in its very essence and (so<br />

it follows) teachers, should harbour a<br />

partiality for pedantry. Those who teach<br />

English, while wishing to see creativity<br />

and looking critically at literature in a<br />

search of human understanding, also<br />

seek accuracy. Much has been written<br />

about the ‘new’ language which has<br />

emerged through emails, texts, social<br />

media, iconography; the fear that the<br />

richness of language will be lost. For<br />

young people there is a blurring, a<br />

diminution of the distinction between<br />

formal and informal: when to do<br />

what; and how? Yes, language must<br />

evolve, as it has always done, but there<br />

should still be precision, an attention<br />

to technical correctness, which young<br />

people need to learn and then apply.<br />

Lynne Truss explores and bemoans<br />

the decline of punctuation in her<br />

book ‘Eats Shoots & Leaves’ – in an<br />

observant and delightfully dry, wry<br />

way. As an English teacher I have been<br />

trying to embed the importance of<br />

punctuation in my charges for many<br />

years. Introducing direct speech I<br />

would write on the board, without any<br />

punctuation, ‘what time is lunch dad<br />

asked mum’ questioning the children<br />

on its meaning. A good discussion<br />

would always follow – gender<br />

stereotyping sometimes featuring.<br />

Teaching the (admittedly) complex<br />

use of the apostrophe to the youngest<br />

a virulent outbreak of ‘apostrophitis’<br />

would break out, the ‘s’ at the end<br />

of any word being blessed with this<br />

oft misused (proliferating or absent)<br />

punctuation mark. Some have argued<br />

the apostrophe is now redundant. ‘Its’<br />

sees the most frequent aberration: how<br />

can the distinction between possession<br />

and contraction be misunderstood?<br />

But it’s not just children. How<br />

many reports have I read, proof-read<br />

and corrected over the years: millions?<br />

One doesn’t wish to point fingers<br />

but the word practice, or practice,<br />

will feature most often in sports and<br />

peripatetic music reports. ‘She needs<br />

to practise her shooting skills’ – ‘He<br />

must attend the lunchtime practice<br />

if he is to improve’… The analogy of<br />

‘advise’ and ‘advice’ provides an easier<br />

differentiation between verb and noun<br />

– respectively. It is not uncommon<br />

in the media – including the<br />

broadsheets – to find incorrect usage<br />

of collective nouns: ‘The team were…’<br />

is incorrect. A team is a singular unit:<br />

the team was. And so it goes on.<br />

The amusements of Sheridan’s<br />

Malaprop and Shakespeare’s<br />

Dogberry aside, both of whom have<br />

entertained many an audience, we<br />

encourage in children the proper<br />

use of language and vocabulary. In<br />

correctly distinguishing between<br />

‘imply’ and ‘infer’ I would tell my<br />

pupils they had a better understanding<br />

than most adults. To imply is to<br />

suggest; to infer is to make your<br />

own subjective interpretation – the<br />

difference between send and receive.<br />

In aspiring to more sophisticated<br />

language children will inevitably, often<br />

amusingly, make mistakes. I would<br />

send a formal invitation to our Year<br />

8s (no apostrophe) for their Leavers’<br />

Dinner, instructing them to reply<br />

in kind. One wrote, ‘X thanks Mr.<br />

Piercy for his kind invitation and<br />

will do the honour of attending.’<br />

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Look to the<br />

Finance<br />

Future<br />

Lee Wood APFS, Chartered Financial Planner<br />

at Financial Advice & Services Ltd,<br />

explains the potential benefits of financial planning<br />

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When asked about their<br />

goals and objectives for<br />

the future, many would<br />

place financial security high on their<br />

list of priorities. Achieving this goal,<br />

however, takes forward thinking and<br />

planning and whilst it is possible<br />

to create a plan yourself, using an<br />

Independent Financial Adviser can<br />

provide expert advice and reassurance,<br />

help identify areas that you may not<br />

have considered, and save time too.<br />

A good first step in building a<br />

financial plan is to first establish the<br />

most important areas to focus on, as at<br />

different stages of our lives, our priorities<br />

will change. For example, a young family<br />

looking to purchase their first home<br />

may well be focused on obtaining a<br />

mortgage or protecting their family in<br />

the event of death or ill-health. Whilst<br />

long-term saving and pension planning<br />

would naturally be desirable at this time<br />

too, affordability may well dictate that<br />

these areas take a lower priority for the<br />

time being. Other life events that can<br />

lead to a significant shift in financial<br />

priorities are reaching retirement age,<br />

getting married or facing divorce.<br />

Engaging with an Independent Adviser<br />

can help identify the most important<br />

areas that need to be tackled first.<br />

Financial planning is a personal<br />

process. Everyone’s circumstances<br />

are different, and it is therefore not<br />

possible to create a financial planning<br />

template that best suits every possible<br />

situation. Engaging with an experienced<br />

and independent financial planner<br />

can introduce you to solutions and<br />

opportunities that may not immediately<br />

be apparent. These can range from ways<br />

to reduce your tax liability, to reviewing<br />

an existing investment portfolio to<br />

reduce risk and increase diversification.<br />

Taking a holistic view can also identify<br />

gaps in a financial plan, such as the<br />

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to establishing a plan to fund school<br />

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None of us know what the future<br />

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your finances on a regular basis is so<br />

important, as it provides the opportunity<br />

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how existing plans and arrangements<br />

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Investment is a long-term process<br />

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Using a Financial Adviser to create<br />

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Studies have also shown that it can<br />

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What’s On<br />

this Season<br />


Sat 11 Nov 7pm<br />

Nizels Golf Club,<br />

Tonbridge, TN11 8NU<br />



You are invited to a spectacular<br />

“Around the World Dinner<br />

Hildenborough”, from the highly<br />

popular Around the World Dinner<br />

series, organised by the Hospices of<br />

Hope Team. Grab your sunglasses<br />

and a suitcase as this world travel<br />

dinner promises a fabulous evening<br />

of great food, dancing, musical acts<br />

and more! ‘Boarding passes’ are £45<br />

per person and include a drinks<br />

reception in the ‘departure lounge’; a<br />

sumptuous three-course dinner with<br />

coffee; plus on-board entertainment!<br />

Hospices of Hope are dedicated<br />

to supporting the development of<br />

palliative and end-of-life care in south<br />

eastern Europe. Help to raise muchneeded<br />

funds and enjoy a great night<br />

out too.Book ASAP to secure your<br />

places.<br />

Tickets: £45<br />

hospicesofhope.co.uk/events/aroundthe-world-dinner-hildenborough<br />


Sat 18 Nov 10.30am-3.30pm<br />

Sarah Louise Dix, 57 St<br />

John’s Street, Farncombe, Nr<br />

Godalming, <strong>Surrey</strong> GU7 3EH<br />



Enrol on this workshop to<br />

learn from Sarah herself. This<br />

introduction to upholstery for<br />

beginners is taught in classes<br />

of no more than 10 students.<br />

You’ll need to bring your own<br />

fabric (remnants are available<br />

to buy). All tools and other<br />

materials are provided. You will<br />

learn to upholster a beech frame<br />

footstool. Booking is essential.<br />

Tickets: £150<br />

sarahlouisedix.co.uk<br />


Thurs 16 – Sat 18 Nov<br />

The Hop Farm, Paddock<br />

Wood, Kent TN12 6PY<br />



Who is the fairest of them<br />

all? Do we really need to ask?<br />

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Welcome to Festive Shopping<br />

at its Finest. Our heated,<br />

interlinked marquees are full<br />

of celebratory spirit. You’ll find<br />

all your favourite exhibitors<br />

plus a wide selection of exciting<br />

new stands from independent<br />

businesses who’ll be selling<br />

gorgeous fashion, imaginative<br />

gifts, sustainable homeware and<br />

clothing, art and crafts, home<br />

and gardenware, beauty and<br />

everything you need to create<br />

the perfect <strong>Christmas</strong>. Head to<br />

the Holly or Ivy Café for a wellearned<br />

tasty lunch or snack. We<br />

look forward to welcoming you.<br />

Tickets and info at<br />

wealdentimes-fair.co.uk<br />

Thurs 16 – Sun 19 Nov<br />

Loseley Park, Guildford,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> GU3 1HS<br />



Step into a stylish, creative world<br />

and enjoy <strong>Christmas</strong> shopping<br />

at its best. Staged next to<br />

Loseley House, over 65 makers<br />

present their unique products in<br />

comfortable, festively decorated<br />

pavilions surrounding the Tithe<br />

Barn. Solve the <strong>Christmas</strong> list<br />

and treat yourselves to exciting<br />

artwork, fabulous fashions,<br />

dazzling jewellery and elegant<br />

candles and homewares. Enjoy a<br />

selection of artisan cheeses, gins,<br />

chocolates and scrumptious rum<br />

to add to your festive table. Free,<br />

easy parking and refreshments<br />

from the Loseley House team<br />

ensure a super day of shopping,<br />

browsing and enjoying friends<br />

company. Pre pay online or<br />

buy tickets on the door.<br />

ruralcraftsassociation.co.uk/<br />

losely-house-christmas-fair<br />

Wed 22 & Thu 23 Nov<br />

Farnham Maltings<br />



Deck the halls with <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

cheer. Find the perfect gift for<br />

everyone on your list at Farnham<br />

Maltings’ annual <strong>Christmas</strong> Fair.<br />

With over 140 stallholders to<br />

visit, the fair is bursting at the<br />

seams with unique items not<br />

found on the high street. Browse<br />

and buy from makers across a<br />

wide range from textiles and<br />

jewellery to ceramics, accessories,<br />

stocking fillers, decorations,<br />

seasonal food and more. Plus,<br />

enjoy late night shopping until<br />

9pm with two-for-one prosecco<br />

on Wednesday evening.<br />

Tickets: £3 adults,<br />

under 18s go free<br />

farnhammaltings.com<br />

MUSIC<br />

Sat 4 –Sun 26 Nov<br />

Venues acrross Wimbledon<br />



What an incredible opportunity.<br />

This in one of the ‘most<br />

distinguished festivals in the<br />

UK’ where world-class music <br />


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CBeebies Presenter<br />

JOANNA<br />


Children’s TV Legend & MasterChef<br />


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Director ANDREW LYNFORD | Choreographer ALEX WOLF | Musical Director ASHLEY HARVEY<br />

8 - 31 DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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music comes to Wimbledon.<br />

Highlights include The Juilliard<br />

Quartet, the most important<br />

quartet in US history; Rachel<br />

Podger & Brexon Baroque<br />

with Bach’s finest concertos;<br />

the Wigmore Ensemble; Sofya<br />

Gulyak, Leeds Piano competition<br />

winner; Philharmonia Orchestra;<br />

Academy Choir and many<br />

more besides. The musical<br />

superstars are heading to<br />

Wimbledon, don’t miss them.<br />

Tickets and info available at<br />

wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk<br />


Sat 2 Dec – Sun 7 Dec<br />

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,<br />

Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX<br />


This year’s stellar line up includes<br />

EastEnders and Detectorists<br />

favourite Lucy Benjamin as the<br />

Wicked Stepmother, Radio’s<br />

Peter Gordon in a hilarious<br />

Ugly Stepsister duo alongside<br />

Guildford Shakepeare Company<br />

co-founder Matt Pinches, and<br />

CBeebies star James Merry for<br />

his third Guildford panto. It<br />

promises to be full of slapstick<br />

and slosh, music and magic.<br />

BSL interpreted performances<br />

on 7 Dec at 10.30am and<br />

13 Dec at 7pm. Relaxed<br />

performance on 16 Dec at<br />

10.30am. Dementia friendly<br />

performance on 5 Jan at 1pm.<br />

Tickets: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk<br />

istockphoto.com/ RolfSt & michelangeloop & ViewApart<br />

Fri 8 Dec – Sun 31 Dec<br />

The Harlequin Theatre &<br />

Cinema, Warwick Quadrant,<br />

Redhill, <strong>Surrey</strong>, RH1 1NN<br />


Set in the French village of<br />

Populaire Sur la Mare, a host of<br />

creative roles, colourful scenery<br />

and a fast-paced story bring this<br />

pantomime tale right up to date<br />

with plenty of shenanigans, more<br />

than a trifle of tomfoolery and<br />

an amuse-bouche of comedy<br />

capers. Beauty and the Beast<br />

champions one of today’s most<br />

relevant pantomime stories;<br />

will Belle see beyond the Beast’s<br />

imposing façade and discover<br />

love is more than skin deep?<br />

Relaxed performance on<br />

17 Dec at 10.30. BSL<br />

interpreted performance<br />

on 14 Dec at 5.30pm.<br />

Tickets: from £13<br />

harlequintheatre.co.uk<br />

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<strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong> Santas North Pole Ad.indd 2 23/10/<strong>2023</strong> 16:54

Jane Howard explains how<br />

Coopers Farm prepares the flock<br />

for the start of the ‘sheep year’<br />

<strong>November</strong> means tupping time at<br />

Coopers Farm, when the rams and<br />

the ewes get together and the whole ‘sheep<br />

year’ starts over again. But before that happens<br />

there has been lots of pre-match planning to make<br />

sure everyone is match fit and ready for action.<br />

The ewes operate on a five, four, three system. Five<br />

months pregnant, four months milking and three months<br />

off. So the lambs born in April <strong>2023</strong> were weaned in July<br />

to give their mums a bit of ‘me time’ and they have since<br />

been cosseted with good grass and plenty of supplements<br />

to prepare them for the demands of the year ahead.<br />

Unlike cows, pigs and indeed humans<br />

that cycle regularly all year, ewes are<br />

clever, and only come into season after<br />

the autumn (September 23rd) equinox<br />

when the night time hours exceed the<br />

daytime hours. Nature’s way of ensuring<br />

lambs arrive in the spring when the<br />

weather is better and the grass begins<br />

to grow. So traditionally, rams are<br />

always put with the ewes on Bonfire<br />

Night with the lambs arriving some five<br />

months later around April Fools Day.<br />

But first we need to go through all<br />

the ewes to check they are fit enough to<br />

have another successful lambing season.<br />

It takes a lot to produce – hopefully – a<br />

pair of healthy lambs and then provide<br />

them with enough milk to grow into two big strong<br />

lambs. So each one gets a thorough MOT – starting with<br />

their teeth. Like all of us, sheep’s teeth degrade as the<br />

years pass, and without a dentist to fit crowns, bridges<br />

and implants a sound pair of home grown gnashers is<br />

essential. So anyone with wobbly or missing ones is out.<br />

Next we check their teats to make sure they haven’t had<br />

mastitis, which makes them hard and lumpy, and to make<br />

sure they are not too low slung – another problem for<br />

Ewes are clever, and only<br />

come into season after<br />

the autumn equinox<br />

when the night time<br />

hours exceed the daytime<br />

hours. Natures way of<br />

ensuring lambs arrive<br />

in the spring when the<br />

weather is better and<br />

the grass begins to grow<br />

the older ewe. Lambs expect to find the teats high up so<br />

low down doesn’t work – sorry missus you’re out with the<br />

toothless ones. And then there’s the doom laden black tag...<br />

When we lamb in April, we expect the ewe to produce –<br />

without too much trouble – healthy lambs that she milks<br />

and mothers through the summer. If<br />

they don’t measure up – like the one<br />

last year that sat on and suffocated one<br />

of her lambs and the following day<br />

despatched the other in a similar fashion<br />

– then they get a black tag. Bad news.<br />

Once we’ve thinned out the ewes<br />

we make the numbers back up by<br />

introducing the tegs, the name given<br />

to female sheep once they are a year<br />

old but have yet to lamb and are now<br />

destined to be first time mums.<br />

And then, of course, there’s the<br />

other half of the equation, the boys!<br />

The ewe cycles every 18 days and<br />

young rams can manage to get round<br />

about 35 ewes at a time so we have<br />

two. All the action will be done and dusted well before<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> and we’ll look forward to welcoming Malcolm<br />

the scan man in January to let us know how it has gone.<br />

But before I sign off, and a prelude to next month<br />

when it will be you know what, don’t forget to pick<br />

your holly now. Right now the branches are laden<br />

with berries, so gather them and leave in a bucket of<br />

water in cold place, because if you leave it till next<br />

month the blackbirds will have beaten you to it!<br />

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

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