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Contents<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH<br />

Dream homes on the market<br />

NOTEBOOK<br />

Upcoming events for your diary<br />

THE MUST LIST<br />

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

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

IN PRAISE OF MAXIMALISM<br />

A riot of colour awaits in<br />

this converted shop<br />

GET THE LOOK<br />

Pack in pattern for an<br />

individual touch<br />

MUM’S THE WORD<br />

Rebecca Cuffe’s Mother’s<br />

Day gifting edit<br />

CUT TO FIT<br />

A downsizer’s dream come true<br />

GET THE LOOK<br />

Mix old and new for a<br />

home full of memories<br />

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84<br />

91<br />

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SWEET DREAMS<br />

This month it’s all about<br />

chocolate brown wardrobe staples<br />

LATTE LADY<br />

Rebecca Cuffe seeks out clothes<br />

and accessories in coffee tones<br />

LET’S CELEBRATE<br />

Jo Arnell gets all Eastery with<br />

savoury and sweet recipes<br />

(NOT SO) MAD<br />

MARCH HAIR<br />

Josephine Fairley turns attention<br />

to frazzled winter locks<br />

LIMBER UP!<br />

Sarah Maxwell explains how<br />

to maintain flexibility<br />

MUM & I<br />

Clara Hebblethwaite shares<br />

a very personal experience<br />

of living with dementia<br />

NOURISH TO FLOURISH<br />

Charlotte Lau takes a look at the<br />

health benefits of bone broth<br />

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WE’RE ALL FRIENDS HERE<br />

Jo Arnell celebrates perfect<br />

plant partnerships<br />

HEDGE ISSUES<br />

Sue Whigham highlights the<br />

importance of hedges<br />

MEET THE HEAD<br />

Meet Hilden Grange Prep School’s<br />

Headteacher, Malcolm Gough<br />

IT’S NOT FAIR<br />

Mike Piercy analyses sporting etiquette<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

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

FABLES FROM THE FARM<br />

Jane Howard finds out just how busy<br />

the residents of her bee hives are<br />

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Pattern can play a huge part in creating an interior<br />

with real personality and having the confidence to<br />

fill your home with bold, contrasting designs can<br />

pay dividends in the style and interest departments, as<br />

our first house this issue demonstrates. Singer Sarah Jane<br />

Morris guides writer Maggie Alderson around the home<br />

she shares with visual artist Mark Pulsford and that she’s<br />

positively packed with vibrant wallpapers and fabrics.<br />

Next house stop is Surbiton, where Deborah Harrison<br />

has recently downsized to a Victorian property that she<br />

has truly made her own. Feminine florals and dusky<br />

pinks abound in this lovely renovation project.<br />

Easter’s early this year, so we set Jo Arnell the task of<br />

creating some suitably egg-themed recipes to mark the<br />

bank holiday weekend. And a chocolatey vibe has spilled<br />

into fashion, too, as we celebrate all tones coffee-coloured.<br />

As the garden springs back to life, and with her<br />

gardening hat on, Jo Arnell takes a look at companion<br />

planting and Sue Whigham investigates healthy<br />

hedges. In health and beauty news, Josephine Fairley<br />

tackles mad <strong>March</strong> hair, Sarah Maxwell<br />

explains how to increase flexibility and<br />

Charlotte Lau explores the benefits<br />

of making your own bone broth.<br />

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family cooking or taking a tour of the clock collection<br />

or herb garden. We’ve got our eye on the paper<br />

peony workshop – run by Nicola Chatten from<br />

Plant and Paper – on May 13th. Take a look<br />

at the website and see what takes your fancy.<br />

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See the works of Beethoven<br />

live on stage, performed by the<br />

English Piano Trio on 11th April<br />

at 7.30pm for the penultimate<br />

show of G Live’s annual Guildford<br />

International Concert Series.<br />

Renowned for their original and<br />

innovative Words and Music<br />

programmes, the English Piano Trio<br />

with distinguished actors Christopher<br />

Ravenscroft and Ann Penfold,<br />

portray Beethoven’s complex life.<br />

Combining contemporary accounts<br />

and letters with key repertoire from<br />

his great piano trios and most beloved<br />

piano sonatas, this promises to be a<br />

fascinating exploration of Beethoven’s<br />

iconic life and music. Tickets prices<br />

range from £12.50 to £35.<br />

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We love beautiful spring<br />

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look out for places to enjoy this seasonal<br />

dose of joy, make sure to put Chartwell on<br />

your list. They are hosting an Easter Egg<br />

Hunt from 29th <strong>March</strong> until 14th<br />

April, and alongside the blossom,<br />

the trail will be decorated with<br />

hand-painted silk flags designed<br />

by local community groups<br />

thanks to kinetika.co.uk.<br />

Chocolate eggs and cherry<br />

blossom, what more<br />

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Good Godinton!<br />

Godinton House and<br />

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to reopen on 29th <strong>March</strong> but<br />

will also open on Sunday 10th to<br />

celebrate Mother’s Day. Enjoy a<br />

walk around the 12-acre garden and<br />

take in the springtime meadow of<br />

daffodils, formal Italian gardens plus<br />

the walled garden with its amazing<br />

greenhouse. You’ll be pleased to<br />

hear the Tearoom will also open<br />

for this special day and there<br />

you’ll find freshly baked scones<br />

and tasty homemade cakes. It’s<br />

best to book online and then you<br />

can pay for your tea in the house.<br />

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Booklovers get your diaries at the ready! The<br />

Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival is returning from<br />

Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 May, with events being held at the<br />

Assembly Hall Theatre, The Amelia Scott, The Forum, Trinity<br />

Theatre and at Calverley Grounds. With headliners including<br />

Clive Myrie, Lenny Henry and Michael Palin, it’s well worth<br />

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Beautiful<br />

Day<br />

Fancy getting<br />

the lowdown on how<br />

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Farm near Maidstone are holding<br />

a Grow Your Own Cut Flowers<br />

Workshop on Saturday 16th <strong>March</strong>.<br />

It promises to be lots of fun and is<br />

designed to suit both beginners<br />

and experienced gardeners. £95<br />

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refreshments. You’ll leave with<br />

a selection of seeds and plants<br />

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Celebrated folk singer Cara Dillon is returning to<br />

The Landmark Arts Centre by popular demand<br />

on 5th April. The Irish artist recently unveiled<br />

– to rapt audiences – her first new material<br />

in six years and after a long-awaited return,<br />

Cara will be touring her Coming Home album<br />

at the centre in a show with Sam Lakeman,<br />

unlocking profound memories and emotions.<br />

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Easter eggs are as stunning as<br />

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As we spring into Spring and celebrate female achievement,<br />

we’d like to introduce local artist Hannah Buchanan. Her<br />

glorious work is driven by an interest in Biocentrism,<br />

recording ‘the pulses of life emanating from the natural<br />

environment’. You can find her at The Other Art Fair this<br />

month from <strong>March</strong> 7th-10th and at our Midsummer Fair<br />

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The<br />

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

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

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

and generally get excited about!<br />

It’s Bed Month, which means it’s time to give your sleep<br />

space a spruce! For shopping something so tactile, the<br />

best way is always to head to a shop where you can get<br />

a feel of everything ,so we’re recommending a trip to<br />

Jones & Tomlin (in Guildford, Horsham, Worthing and<br />

Bosham). You’ll get super friendly, expert advice and your<br />

pick of all the best brands from Cath Kidston to Ted<br />

Baker – including the above Clarissa Hulse Tania’s garden<br />

dusk duvet set for £52. jonesandtomlin.co.uk<br />

A Mother’s Day gift that gives back? Two<br />

brilliant Kent-based women have teamed<br />

up to make a truly heartfelt jewellery<br />

collection that raises awareness of heart<br />

disease in women, with 10% of each sale<br />

donated to the BHF. Jewellery designer<br />

Narratorium was inspired by the Gold<br />

Hearted Club (goldhearted.club)<br />

to create this collection filled with<br />

beautiful hand sculpted hearts that are<br />

each unique and perfectly imperfect just<br />

like all of us! These rings are £95 each<br />

but there’s lots more at narratorium.co.uk<br />

On the 19th it will officially be Spring!<br />

And to get us in the springy spirit we<br />

have Little Greene’s National Trust<br />

Papers IV – their fourth instalment of<br />

wallpapers derived from National Trust<br />

properties. It’s filled with eclectic botanicals<br />

like this Bamboo floral option in Heat<br />

(£127/roll) which is perfect to add that<br />

little touch of red if you’re a fan of the<br />

Unexpected Red Theory! littlegreene.com<br />

On the 8th we celebrate great women<br />

everywhere with International Women’s<br />

Day. The uniform of choice? This Bella<br />

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with The Prince’s Trust to support their<br />

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Crufts always gets us inspired to<br />

pamper our pooches, as has the<br />

discovery of The Rambling Hound.<br />

Their hand-finished and engraved<br />

dog ID tags are inspired by jewellery<br />

designer Nicola’s walks around Kent<br />

with her cockapoo Millie. They are<br />

also available from Gifts Instead of<br />

Flowers, an online platform that<br />

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Sarah Jane Morris is not afraid<br />

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Previous pages: The sitting room has a broad range of<br />

seating to get comfy on, all of which are generously<br />

be-cushioned and covered in velvet This page: The<br />

kitchen, at the back of the house, had already been<br />

converted when Sarah Jane and Mark bought the<br />

house, with a professional kitchen stainless-steel unit<br />

and range set against a bare-brick wall, with a Crittal<br />

window and door looking out on to the courtyard<br />

In one of the rooms in Sarah Jane Morris and Mark<br />

Pulsford’s house in St Leonards-on-Sea, I counted<br />

no fewer than 14 different patterns and prints,<br />

dancing across wallpaper and fabric, shimmying on<br />

walls and curtains, teasing from furniture, the bed<br />

and cushions. And I might have missed a few.<br />

It takes a lot of confidence to decorate like this<br />

– something SJM has no shortage of. After forty<br />

five years as a singer and recording artist, she has<br />

her own label ‘Fallen Angel Records’ and is about<br />

to release her 16th solo album ‘The Sisterhood’.<br />

You might know her name from her earlier<br />

work when she was one of the singers with The<br />

Communards – her deep-pitched voice a brilliant<br />

foil for Jimmy Somerville’s famous falsetto.<br />

With such an exciting performing career, which still<br />

includes a lot of touring, it’s perhaps not surprising<br />

that Sarah Jane is no stranger to the packing chest.<br />

“I’ve moved 37 times,” she tells me, beaming<br />

her trademark smile, as we sit on the printed <br />

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“We looked at 50<br />

properties and then<br />

three months later I<br />

had a call from the<br />

estate agent, saying<br />

this one was back<br />

on the market”<br />

Left: Open shelving and concealed<br />

wall cupboards provide plenty of<br />

storage space for kitchen sundries<br />

Below left & right: A doorway at<br />

the back of the kitchen leads to an<br />

almost labyrinthine twist of storage,<br />

utility room, laundry drying space<br />

and downstairs shower room<br />

velvet covered sofas in the sitting room. “And lived in a lot of<br />

rentals, so I’m very quick at making a place look like home.”<br />

But there is nothing transient about this quirky house<br />

on a quiet corner in St Leonards’ fashionable ‘Mercatoria’<br />

area – perhaps because it was Sarah Jane’s second go at living<br />

in the Hastings locale. “I moved to St Leonards-on-Sea<br />

15 years ago,” she says, “to be near my best friend, Angie,<br />

who I met when I was 20. But just 18 months later she<br />

died. I was heartbroken and couldn’t stay in Hastings.”<br />

But in the way these things do, it all worked out, because<br />

by then Sarah Jane had met and married her husband,<br />

visual artist Mark Pulsford, and with her son Otis at a<br />

good stage in his education to move schools, they shifted<br />

east, to live in Mark’s house, near Canterbury.<br />

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Above left: Sarah Jane’s office, where she<br />

writes her songs Above right: A corner<br />

of the sitting room is home to part of the<br />

couple’s record collection and a copper<br />

sculpture made by Sarah Jane’s sister in<br />

law, Adaesi Ukairo Right: A painting<br />

by Mark’s father, artist Charles Pulsford,<br />

hangs above a sideboard in the perfect<br />

tones of green for the sitting room<br />

Until Sarah Jane’s itchy feet<br />

reactivated. “Four years ago I turned 60,<br />

which is a time for reflection,” she says.<br />

“I felt like I’d met my people when I<br />

lived in Hastings before and I wanted to<br />

come back. Mark agreed to the move.<br />

“We saw this house just as we<br />

put Mark’s place on the market and<br />

it was perfect for us. It had been<br />

converted from a shop and had this<br />

big front room, ideal as a gallery for<br />

Mark’s work and for performance, for<br />

mine. Upstairs there was an en suite<br />

bedroom all ready for Airbnb, which<br />

was something else we wanted.”<br />

But then, as so often with the<br />

heartbreaking ins and outs of property<br />

transactions, the house was suddenly<br />

taken off the market. They kept looking.<br />

“We looked at 50 properties and then<br />

three months later I had a call from the<br />

estate agent, saying this one was back on<br />

the market and I was able to tell them<br />

that we’d had an offer on our house<br />

the previous day. So we immediately<br />

offered the asking price to secure it.”<br />

With its former uses first as a pub –<br />

“back in the day when there was one on<br />

every corner” – and then as a shop, <br />

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the two sitting room walls on the corner<br />

site have a lot of windows. People could<br />

see in and spotting the amazing, fringed<br />

lampshades that Sarah Jane makes by<br />

putting new fabric on old frames, they<br />

thought it was still a going concern and<br />

tried to come in. “We put up Victorian<br />

nets,” says Sarah Jane, laughing, “and<br />

then we blocked a couple of the windows<br />

off so there would be more hanging<br />

space for paintings.” Very cleverly these<br />

are hung from the picture rail, so they<br />

can be switched about without banging<br />

nails into the wall, and stand out<br />

beautifully against the green/grey paint.<br />

Moving from the sitting room to<br />

the kitchen at the back of the house,<br />

you start to get an impression of the<br />

unusual layout, so different from<br />

the rows of picturesque – but tiny<br />

– two-up, two-down early Victorian<br />

artisans’ dwellings all around it.<br />

The kitchen had already been<br />

converted when they bought the house<br />

and has a very cool professional kitchen<br />

stainless-steel unit with integral sinks,<br />

against a bare-brick wall, with a Crittal<br />

window and door looking out onto<br />

the verdant courtyard. At right angles<br />

to that there is a set of steel drawers,<br />

topped with wood, and a stainless<br />

steel range. All of it was there.<br />

It has an industrial look – which is<br />

a brilliant counterpoint to everything<br />

else in the room which is very<br />

much Sarah Jane’s style, showcasing<br />

her love of wallpaper. Or would<br />

it be rude to say obsession?<br />

You get a good idea of how she likes<br />

to play with printed paper, in the area<br />

around the kitchen wood burner – which<br />

was also already there when they moved<br />

and is flanked by two very comfortable<br />

chairs, covered in a mixture of printed<br />

velvets (another theme throughout<br />

the house, of which more to come). I<br />

can witness from personal experience<br />

that this is a supremely cosy place to<br />

sit for a chat with a cup of tea. “We<br />

don’t have a telly,” says Sarah Jane.<br />

“We sit here and read to each other.”<br />

From either of the chairs you can<br />

admire Sarah Jane’s wallpaper handiwork<br />

with a fine cheetah print on the<br />

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Previous page: With<br />

its former uses as<br />

a pub and then as<br />

a shop, the sitting<br />

room with its inky<br />

dark walls has a lot of<br />

windows This page:<br />

The main bedroom<br />

is home to one of<br />

Sarah Jane’s handmade<br />

bedspreads in printed<br />

velvet sourced from<br />

eBay. She also tracked<br />

down a roll of original<br />

1920s wallpaper from<br />

the selling site, and a<br />

rare Roberts radio – in<br />

leopard print, of course<br />

chimney breast – and then actual cheetahs<br />

walking along in rows in opposite directions<br />

<strong>inside</strong> the stove alcove. Sarah Jane cut each<br />

one of them out of another roll of wallpaper<br />

and pasted them down adding an individual<br />

touch. “I got into wallpaper patchwork during<br />

lockdown,” she says, “I would buy one roll<br />

on eBay. Some of them would have been<br />

£100 or £200 a roll new, but when there is<br />

just one left over you can get it for £40.”<br />

The wallpaper cavalcade is strongly apparent<br />

in the rambling area that was previously a<br />

workshop with concrete floor and exposed<br />

brickwork. This space features a shower room<br />

and loo (with gorgeous Kermit-green Italian<br />

stud rubber flooring) and a laundry area,<br />

complete with an enviable Victorian-style hoist<br />

airer, the sink surround a mélange of different<br />

patterned locally sourced tiles. “I was inspired<br />

by the paintings of Édouard Vuillard,” Sarah<br />

Jane explains. “He painted interiors which often<br />

feature a lot of clashing prints in one room,”<br />

adding, “As I have to iron for the Airbnb room, I<br />

wanted to turn it into an enjoyable experience.”<br />

There are two more rooms on the ground<br />

floor – Sarah’s office, where she writes songs, and<br />

Mark’s painting studio – both fonts of artistic<br />

output, adding to the sense of creative thrum<br />

that imbues the entire house. In Sarah’s space<br />

one of her gold discs hangs on the wall – a sure<br />

sign you are in the house of a recording star.<br />

Upstairs the themes of mixed prints – always<br />

with a touch of leopard somewhere – and<br />

wallpapers continues with even greater abandon.<br />

Particularly in the Airbnb suite, which is where<br />

I counted the 14 different patterns. There are <br />

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This page: 14 different patterns make up the decor in<br />

the Airbnb suite, where Sarah Jane has papered, painted,<br />

recovered and re-sewn to create the finished look<br />

two different wallpapers on one wardrobe in there – with parrot<br />

doorknobs for good measure. The gloriously printed velvet<br />

bedspread was a find from eBay, one of Sarah Jane’s favourite<br />

sources, along with Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, jumble sales –<br />

and skips. It arrived a curtain and was transformed into its new<br />

role with the application of Sarah Jane’s favourite long fringing.<br />

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Top: Leopard print lines the back wall of<br />

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Next door in the main bedroom, a<br />

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After completing the full house<br />

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We settle in here for Sarah Jane to tell<br />

me about her latest project, an album of<br />

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Above: The main bathroom is a riot of foliage,<br />

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Deborah Harrison downsized to a three bedroom<br />

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“<br />

As William Morris says, ‘Everything has to be beautiful<br />

or useful,’” gestures Deborah Harrison, referencing<br />

the things around her in her newly completed<br />

extension. “Or at the very least beautiful,” she smiles.<br />

Having lived most of her life in London, Deborah decided to<br />

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to downsize and be near family. “I decided on the area because<br />

two of my sons live in Surbiton. When I found the house, I<br />

could see that it was tired but it fitted the bill. It had two spare<br />

rooms, which was all I needed. Most of my family are close<br />

enough to walk home after visiting, so I kept one as a spare room<br />

and converted the other into a craft room. The front room also<br />

has a sofa bed, just in case. The dining table seats twelve, it’s<br />

really nice that I can extend it and seat everyone if I need to.<br />

“My neighbour actually said to me the other day that the<br />

bones of these Victorian houses are good, and I can feel that. I<br />

like the fact that you can go into the lounge and feel cosy and<br />

that the back is now open and light, so we can comfortably<br />

get together as a family and there is plenty of room.”<br />

Before Deborah even moved in, her cousin’s daughter<br />

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some designs for the extension, giving Deborah the<br />

vision of how things could look on paper. She then<br />

applied for planning within a week of moving in.<br />

“I Googled quirky interior designers whilst I was still<br />

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Caroline Nicholls from Slightly Quirky came for an initial<br />

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Victorian finish, paying homage to when it was built, whilst<br />

being suitable for modern living, hence putting in the pantry.<br />

“Top of my wish list was a pantry,” says Deborah. “A proper<br />

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cool, like my grandmother had – she didn’t even have a<br />

fridge. There also had to be room for the piano. The upstairs<br />

bathroom needed to be extended because it was minuscule <br />

This page: The kitchen is bold and colourful but elegant,<br />

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and I wanted to put a new fireplace<br />

in the lounge. Also all the original<br />

features had been removed, and I<br />

wanted to get them reinstated.”<br />

After the initial meeting, Slightly<br />

Quirky created a 3D design of the<br />

house, illustrating how the central<br />

downstairs space – previously a dining<br />

room – could be reconfigured into a<br />

utility room and downstairs bathroom.<br />

“It was their idea to have the two,” says<br />

Deborah. “They were right, as there was<br />

plenty of room for both. We removed<br />

the old chimney breast and that gave us<br />

so much more room to play with. The<br />

upstairs bathroom was tiny and Slightly<br />

Quirky were instrumental in working<br />

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how much room was taken from the<br />

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It could still be a decent sized single<br />

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fit a double bed in, despite having<br />

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Once all the reconfiguration and<br />

final layout had been agreed, Slightly<br />

Quirky worked with Deborah to<br />

see how they could bring in colour.<br />

They suggested the pink kitchen<br />

and dark blue encompassing hall<br />

and Deborah agreed straight away.<br />

“Most of the time it was yes, yes,<br />

yes!” she smiles. “It had been really<br />

good to have had involved conversations<br />

beforehand about my wish list, likes and<br />

dislikes, tastes and preferences. For <br />

This page: Little Greene Hicks Blue in<br />

the hallway makes a feature of the doors<br />

and enhances the period elements such<br />

as the dado and handrail. A little chest<br />

works like a miniature sideboard.<br />

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This page: The classic Mary Isobel William Morris wallpaper reflects the period<br />

of the property without overpowering the cosy living room. The Aissa Sofa Bed<br />

is from Sofa.com in Dusty Rose Cotton Matt Velvet. The iron fireplace was<br />

bought from Cast Iron Fireplace and is styled with precious family heirlooms<br />

example, the fact that I didn’t want bifold doors in the extension,<br />

wanted a dog bath in the utility room, wanted a pantry and so on.<br />

The build took nine months and Slightly Quirky supported me all<br />

the way from the big structural decisions to little lampshades choices.<br />

They were not only instrumental in what was purchased but also<br />

what was kept. I was insistent about keeping the piano and there<br />

were other things I loved, but couldn’t fit in and they were hard<br />

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It is very difficult to be ruthless and bold about your own things.<br />

With their support I figured out what worked and what didn’t, for<br />

example my original 1920s Bergère chairs fit perfectly by the large<br />

windows to the garden. We chose a fabric for the curtains with<br />

Chinese figures on to reflect the carvings on the arms of the chairs.”<br />

Whilst making decisions about family heirlooms<br />

inherited from her parents, Deborah further appreciated<br />

the quality of the craftmanship of their era, and wanted<br />

to instate that in the house and showcase things that had<br />

been in the family in an authentic Victorian setting.<br />

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Photograph:<br />

Anna Stathaki<br />

Above, left & right: A bank of white cupboards and a white worktop<br />

break up the pink kitchen, keeping it fresh Right: The pantry<br />

encompassing Little Greene Hicks Blue as the hallway,<br />

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the space in the hall to make it feel bigger,” says Deborah.<br />

“Caroline suggested the patterned tile would add a<br />

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The William Morris Mary Isobel wallpaper sets the scene<br />

in the living room, opening up the space whilst being<br />

containing. More than anything, Deborah wanted the front<br />

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contrast with the surrounding pattern,” she says.<br />

The hallway continues into the central part of the house,<br />

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Top: The flexible dining table, from<br />

Neptune, can be extended to seat twelve<br />

Far left: The Anthos curtain fabric in red<br />

and indigo by Sanderson was chosen to<br />

tie in with the carvings on the arms of the<br />

1920s Bergère chairs Left: The area under<br />

the stairs has been transformed into a little<br />

library area to display books set off by<br />

shelving painted in Little Greene Hicks Blue<br />

as a dining room. “Firstly, structurally<br />

we took out the existing fireplace and<br />

had a door put in place where a window<br />

had been, so that you could go from the<br />

garden straight into what would become<br />

the utility room,” Deborah explains.<br />

“Then I had a dog bath installed so<br />

I could wash Lola directly from a<br />

muddy walk without going through<br />

the house. We had looked at the blue<br />

bathroom tiles initially for the kitchen<br />

but felt that we needed a pattern to<br />

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break up the bold pink which we were<br />

going with. So we used them in the<br />

downstairs bathroom and they align<br />

really well with the blue in the hall.”<br />

When Slightly Quirky designed<br />

the ground floor shower room and<br />

utility room there still needed to be<br />

a corridor to the extension. Instead<br />

of just blocking up what had been<br />

the cloakroom under the stairs and<br />

making a cupboard, a library area<br />

was created to display Deborah’s<br />

collection of books. She suggested<br />

arching the top to make it more<br />

interesting and give it a period feel, so<br />

it felt like it could have always been<br />

part of the house. It has now become<br />

a quirky, yet practical, feature with<br />

good lighting as well as a decorative<br />

Victorian style wall light to add<br />

another layer of light and extra detail.<br />

When it came to decorative decisions<br />

in the extension, Deborah definitely<br />

didn’t want the extension to be all<br />

white. “Slightly Quirky came up with<br />

the idea of a pink kitchen and when<br />

I saw the colour, it was love at first<br />

sight. It is bold and colourful but<br />

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and cosy in the open plan space.”<br />

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Top: A beautiful, floral quilted bedspread in the main<br />

bedroom, from Sarah K, creates a focal point Right:<br />

Deborah was keen to include a skirted dressing table which<br />

Slightly Quirky sourced on eBay and had renovated. The<br />

fabric is Dorri by Jane Churchill from Colefax and Fowler<br />

Above: The third bedroom is Deborah’s craft room<br />

doors, as she felt that they would not<br />

work in the Victorian house. The<br />

builders were able to recommend a<br />

company who supplied classic style<br />

doors and windows which work<br />

beautifully with the aesthetic of<br />

the Victorian house and give the<br />

extension a conservatory feel.<br />

Slightly Quirky used CAD to show<br />

Deborah the furniture layout, carefully<br />

measuring the existing pieces. The<br />

extension needed to be a dining and<br />

seating area to enjoy the garden. “The<br />

bench cleverly acts as a divider between<br />

the dining and seating area,” she smiles.<br />

Upstairs Deborah wanted the master<br />

bedroom to be really peaceful. “The<br />

idea was to keep the bedroom simple,<br />

using whites and greens,” she explains.<br />

“I wanted to hang my grandmother’s<br />

Kimono on the wall and for that<br />

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Right: The guest room features Woodland<br />

Chorus wallpapaer in Sky Blue Multi from<br />

Sanderson. The bedspread in a subtle striped<br />

leaf design from John Lewis ties in with<br />

the woodland theme Below: The pink<br />

Gelato Porcelain Mosaic Tiles in Cotton<br />

Candy from Mandarin Stone soften the<br />

bathroom and give it a feminine finish<br />

to be the main feature. Then in the<br />

spare room I thought we could have<br />

something really unusual so I opted<br />

for a woodland wallpaper to create<br />

a feature wall. I also had the idea of<br />

a shelf at picture rail level to display<br />

pieces of sentimental value, and I feel<br />

it gives the spare room real character.”<br />

When it came to the bathroom<br />

upstairs Deborah found some pink<br />

tiles on Pinterest, that she initially<br />

considered for the kitchen, but which<br />

work beautifully in the bathroom.<br />

“The pink tiles really soften the<br />

room, they make it feel feminine<br />

and we felt that we didn’t really need<br />

anything else decorative,” she says.<br />

To finish the house Deborah had<br />

plenty of art and objets d’art collected<br />

over the years from her previous<br />

homes. “I knew that I wanted to<br />

display particular pieces and they<br />

were accommodated for within the<br />

overall designs of each space. I have a<br />

lovely collection of Naif Dinnerware<br />

by Villeroy & Boch. The pieces have<br />

different designs and I like that they<br />

look like pieces of art displayed on<br />

the pink dresser. I use them all the<br />

time – just like William Morris would<br />

advise – beautiful and useful,” says<br />

Deborah. “What is lovely is that<br />

when I finally showed my sons the<br />

house, one of them said “it really<br />

looks like your house”, so although<br />

I had employed interior designers it<br />

was clear that they had worked with<br />

me and had not imposed their taste.<br />

They’d worked very collaboratively<br />

to support me in realising my vision<br />

of the house I now call home.”<br />

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The Priceless Education <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Inglis Hall, The <strong>Kitchen</strong> Maker take us on a tour around one of their favourite<br />

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This is not about<br />

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“Early conversations with the client<br />

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The subtle wear to an edge.<br />

A warm resonance of the<br />

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This kitchen is now in its<br />

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The county is defined<br />

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Early conversations with<br />

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that the kitchen would<br />

not be a project<br />

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by tradition.<br />

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Detail is to be savoured<br />

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Serious cooking, even in<br />

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a quick breather and bask<br />

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A generous walk in pantry<br />

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The Priceless <strong>Kitchen</strong> & <strong>Bathroom</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

1Pattern<br />

Play<br />

“Textural basins have gained<br />

popularity in recent years due to<br />

their ability to add visual interest<br />

and tactile appeal to bathrooms.<br />

They serve as statement pieces<br />

that will elevate the overall design<br />

of a bathroom and add character<br />

and depth to the space. Whether<br />

used as a subtle accent or bold<br />

focal point, textural basins are a<br />

stylish choice that will suit any<br />

contemporary bathroom.” – Jeevan<br />

Seth, CEO at JTP jtpuk.co.uk<br />

<br />

“The vibrant mix of pink and green has<br />

been trending for a few years now and it<br />

shows no sign of slowing. We recently worked<br />

with Ca’ Pietra in our brand new showroom<br />

where the fusion of their gorgeous tiles with<br />

our bold wallpaper has really put the pow<br />

in to our powder room. We created a simple<br />

but striking stripe with the tiles which really<br />

grounds the Toile-inspired pattern of the<br />

wallpaper. The combinations of pink with<br />

green and pattern with stripe creates a fun,<br />

eccentric and flamboyant maximalist space<br />

and shows that you can still go really bold in<br />

a small space.” – Jamie Watkins, Co-founder,<br />

Divine Savages divinesavages.com<br />

<br />

What’s hot<br />

in the <strong>Bathroom</strong>?<br />

We’ve asked the experts and found<br />

the hottest trends for <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Textured<br />

Glass<br />

“Glass textures are ideal for<br />

enhancing smaller spaces as<br />

they are subtle and inobtrusive<br />

while adding depth and interest.<br />

We particularly like fluted<br />

glass (sometimes called reeded<br />

glass) as this technique was<br />

perfected in the same wave of<br />

innovation that cemented the<br />

icons of Victorian bathroom<br />

in the late 1800s. We’ve used<br />

this mouthblown glass in our<br />

lighting collections and our new<br />

bottle pump dispenser. With<br />

solid brass housing it looks<br />

flawlessly refined.” – James<br />

Lentaigne, Creative Director,<br />

Drummonds drummonds-uk.com<br />

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istockphoto.com/ Yagurana & miko<br />

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Textural<br />

Basins<br />

Top Right: Arrow bottle pump dispenser<br />

from £460 and Dalby light with fluted<br />

shade from £520, both Drummonds<br />

drummonds-uk.com Above: EVO Basin<br />

in Brushed Bronze £595 JTP jtpuk.co.uk<br />

Right: The Astonian Original cast iron<br />

bath, here with exterior painted<br />

in Mylands’ Peach Flesh Pink<br />

(1700 x 680mm) £1,915 Aston<br />

Matthews astonmatthews.co.uk<br />

“Incorporating a pop of<br />

colour in the overall bathroom<br />

design, is ushering in a fresh<br />

perspective for <strong>2024</strong>. Last year<br />

saw a noticeable shift embracing<br />

the idea that bathrooms can<br />

be more than just utilitarian<br />

spaces; they can be vibrant<br />

havens of self-expression. The<br />

trend is not merely a replication<br />

of the past but a reinvention,<br />

with contemporary colour<br />

choices breathing new life into<br />

bathroom design.” – Louise<br />

Ashdown, Head of Design<br />

at West One <strong>Bathroom</strong>s<br />

westonebathrooms.com<br />

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The Priceless <strong>Kitchen</strong> & <strong>Bathroom</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Loop illuminated mirror<br />

with removable magnified<br />

vanity mirror and heated<br />

de-mister from £625<br />

Badger <strong>Bathroom</strong>s<br />

badgerbathrooms.com<br />

Below: Oslo arch mirror<br />

with brushed bronze frame<br />

£320 West One <strong>Bathroom</strong>s<br />

westonebathrooms.com<br />

Above: Toronto LED mirror<br />

cabinet with adjustable ambient<br />

lights, double-sided mirror<br />

doors and an integrated shaver<br />

socket (600x 700mm) £865<br />

Aston Matthews<br />

astonmatthews.co.uk<br />

The Bright<br />

LED mirrors help us get a better look at ourselves and<br />

are perfect for a high-tech bathroom<br />

The Arched<br />

Above: Burlington arched<br />

mirror £202.30<br />

Sanctuary <strong>Bathroom</strong>s<br />

sanctuary-bathrooms.co.uk<br />

Arches are super on-trend right now in all areas so why<br />

not give the bathroom mirror the arch-treatment too?<br />

We spend so long looking at them, they may as well be pretty! But which mirror style will you go for?<br />

Left: Kenji<br />

bamboo<br />

round mirror<br />

£195 Origins<br />

originsliving.uk<br />

Below: Oslo organic<br />

mirror with brushed<br />

brass frame £325<br />

West One <strong>Bathroom</strong>s;<br />

westonebathrooms.com<br />

Right: Wireworks magnifying<br />

wall mirror in oak £50 Black By<br />

Design black-by-design.co.uk<br />

Above: Slim organic<br />

mirror £140 Origins<br />

Living originsliving.uk<br />

The Wooden<br />

For a more natural look, which will soften your<br />

bathroom scheme, opt for something in wood<br />

The Organic<br />

A pebble- or bubble-like shape is full of intrigue<br />

and can add those much needed curves<br />

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The Priceless <strong>Kitchen</strong> & <strong>Bathroom</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

A tiny bathroom can still make a huge<br />

impact, as Aston Matthews explain<br />

Most British<br />

bathrooms are<br />

no bigger than a<br />

double bed, so although we<br />

might all aspire to a grand,<br />

spacious bathroom, the<br />

reality is often very different.<br />

However, having a small<br />

space doesn’t mean you have<br />

to compromise on either<br />

practicality or style.<br />

This bathroom, in a<br />

Victorian apartment,<br />

is compact in size and<br />

without a window there<br />

is no natural light. But<br />

after a makeover that<br />

celebrates the high ceiling<br />

while introducing a bold<br />

paint colour and statement<br />

wallpaper, this space is<br />

now a joy to use. And with<br />

both a bath and shower,<br />

ample storage and elegant<br />

brass fittings it has added<br />

value to the property too.<br />

The starting point for this<br />

design was the large-scale<br />

panoramic wallpaper that<br />

the client first spotted in<br />

Aston Matthews’ bathroom<br />

showroom. The design,<br />

called Milk & Honey,<br />

features tropical plants<br />

and birds in a palette<br />

of grey, blue and burnt<br />

orange. From here a rich<br />

blue paint was chosen, a<br />

bold choice in a small<br />

space, but with<br />

the tall ceiling and deep<br />

coving it works perfectly.<br />

A false wall, to conceal<br />

the toilet cistern, allows for<br />

a decorative shelf, which<br />

is illuminated by lights set<br />

into the large wall cupboard<br />

above. Additional storage is<br />

provided by the Geo basin<br />

unit which was lacquered<br />

in a bespoke blue to match<br />

the walls. The side of the<br />

bath and the fluted glass<br />

shower screen are also in<br />

“The starting point for this<br />

design was the large-scale<br />

panoramic wallpaper”<br />

this matching blue.<br />

Bringing additional<br />

warmth to the scheme,<br />

brushed brass taps and<br />

shower fittings – from<br />

the Astonian Original<br />

collection – were chosen<br />

plus a matching mirror,<br />

heated towel radiator and<br />

even a brass toilet flush. The<br />

metro tiles are in off white<br />

with the palest hint of pink,<br />

which again adds warmth<br />

and, by arranging them in<br />

an attractive herringbone<br />

pattern, a fresh dynamic is<br />

brought to the shower area<br />

and floor.<br />

All the bathroom fittings for<br />

this project were supplied<br />

by Aston Matthews. You<br />

can visit the showroom<br />

in Guildford or shop<br />

online from the website,<br />

astonmatthews.co.uk<br />

Photography: Alison Hammond<br />

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Sweet<br />

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Let’s Celebrate<br />

Whether it’s sweet or savoury you’re craving this Easter<br />

weekend, Jo Arnell’s got it covered with egg-based recipes<br />

for a family feast Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Symbolic of the season, packed with goodness and so versatile,<br />

eggs are the highlight this month. As any hen keeper will know,<br />

eggs are plentiful right now – and may well already be the dish<br />

of the day. They’re delicious when simply boiled, poached or fried,<br />

but eggs are the foundation of many a recipe and a great, neatly<br />

packaged standby. It’s useful to have a handy supply of egg-based<br />

meals on hand at any time of the year, but Easter seems an especially<br />

appropriate moment to celebrate them and welcome in the spring.<br />

Easter Nests<br />

Makes 8 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: approx 1 hour<br />

Cute nutty nests packed with cream, fruit and chocolate eggs make a great Easter<br />

dessert and are hard to resist. Make these mini pavlovas (slightly) more healthy<br />

with extra fruit, or give in to the treat of the holiday and pile on the mini eggs.<br />

• 4 eggs, separated<br />

• 200g sugar<br />

• 1 tsp cornflour<br />

• 75g chopped (or ground) roasted hazelnuts (optional)<br />

• 300ml double cream<br />

• 100g fruit – raspberries / strawberries / pomegranate seeds<br />

• 1 pack mini eggs<br />

1. Meringue, like cake, seems to notice if you’re in a hurry or a bad mood, so be<br />

warned. Whisk the egg white – at room temperature and free from any bits of<br />

yolk – until foamy and then slowly, one spoonful at a time, add the sugar, whisking<br />

as you go. (Dumping all the sugar in at once will cause the meringue to split.)<br />

2. Once the sugar is incorporated, add a teaspoon of cornflour and<br />

gradually add in the hazelnuts. Dollop 2 tablespoonfuls per ‘nest’ onto<br />

a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray (you may need more than<br />

one tray) and form into shape, making a dip in the centre of each one<br />

to resemble a nest (you can also pipe the meringue to shape).<br />

3. Bake in a pre-heated oven (140°C or Gas 2) for 30 minutes and<br />

then turn off the heat and leave to cool before removing the meringues.<br />

Slow cooling will stop them cracking as they dry out. They will keep<br />

for several days in an airtight tin, so can be made in advance.<br />

4. Whip the cream to soft peaks then – once the meringues are cool – spoon or<br />

pipe cream into the centre of each nest. Decorate with fruit and/or mini eggs.<br />

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Vine Tomato & Basil Soup<br />

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Prawn and Avocado<br />

Cocktail - Little Gem Lettuce,<br />

Marie Rose Sauce<br />

Brussels Pate - Ale Chutney,<br />

Toasts & Mixed Leaves<br />

Beetroot & Mozzarella Salad<br />

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Locally Reared Chicken - with<br />

Stuffed with Zesty Lemon<br />

Roast Lamb - Rosemary & Garlic<br />

Rib of Beef on Bones<br />

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Potatoes & Wilted Greens Yorkshire<br />

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Sauteed New Potatoes<br />

FROM THE GARDEN<br />

Roast Cauliflower Steak<br />

Wet & Wild Garlic Risotto<br />

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Lemon & Meringue Gateau with<br />

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Broccoli, pancetta &<br />

cheese pancakes<br />

Serves 4 Prep time: 20 mins<br />

Cooking time: 40 mins<br />

Almost like cannelloni, or less spicy<br />

enchiladas, these simple savoury<br />

pancakes are stuffed with vegetables<br />

and pancetta and topped with tomatoes<br />

and cheese. I have used high protein<br />

buckwheat flour in the batter mix,<br />

which adds texture, but they work<br />

just as well with plain white flour.<br />

For the pancakes (makes<br />

approx 6 large pancakes):<br />

• 50g buckwheat flour<br />

• 60g plain white flour<br />

• 2 eggs<br />

• 300ml milk<br />

• ½ tsp salt<br />

For the filling:<br />

• 250g broccoli florets<br />

• 150g diced, smoked pancetta<br />

or chopped ham<br />

• 100g mushrooms, chopped<br />

• 30g butter<br />

• 2 tbsp plain flour<br />

• approx 300ml milk<br />

• 150g mature cheddar cheese, grated<br />

For the topping:<br />

• 400g can chopped tomatoes<br />

• 100g tomato purée<br />

• 2 tsp dried oregano<br />

• 150g grated cheese<br />

For the pancakes:<br />

There are several stages in this recipe,<br />

but each stage is very simple – I tend<br />

to make the pancakes first; basically<br />

combine the eggs, flour, salt and a<br />

little of the milk, then whisk, adding<br />

the rest of the milk slowly until you<br />

have a smooth batter (add more milk<br />

if needed). Pour enough batter into<br />

a lightly oiled frying pan and cook<br />

for 2 minutes on each side. Slide<br />

onto a plate. Make 6-7 pancakes this<br />

way and set them aside to cool.<br />

For the filling:<br />

1. Steam the broccoli florets until<br />

just soft (approx 3-5 mins).<br />

Sauté the pancetta cubes in a<br />

pan, once these are crisping add<br />

the chopped mushrooms.<br />

Combine with broccoli<br />

and leave to one side.<br />

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan,<br />

add the flour and cook gently for<br />

2-3 minutes. Then slowly add the<br />

milk, waiting for the mixture to<br />

thicken before adding more. Once<br />

the white sauce is the consistency<br />

of cream, gradually add the grated<br />

cheese and incorporate into the sauce.<br />

Mix in the rest of the ingredients.<br />

To assemble:<br />

1. Place a couple of spoonfuls of the<br />

filling along each pancake and roll up<br />

into a fat sausage shape. Place the filled<br />

pancakes side by side into a baking dish.<br />

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (Gas<br />

6). Add the tin of chopped tomatoes,<br />

tomato purée and oregano to a<br />

small pan. Heat and stir for 5 mins<br />

until combined, then pour over the<br />

stuffed pancakes, top with grated<br />

cheese and bake for approximately<br />

20-25 mins until the cheese is<br />

golden and bubbling and serve.


Spring Frittata<br />

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes<br />

Cooking time: 40 minutes<br />

This is a flexible frittata, so a range of early<br />

season vegetables can be used. If you grow<br />

your own veg and also keep chickens, it could<br />

end up as a ‘free lunch’ frittata. The addition<br />

of feta cheese brings an added tang, but I<br />

often omit this, then cube the frittata once it’s<br />

cool and serve it with a chilli dip. Use a pan<br />

that will go on the hob and under the grill.<br />

• 8 eggs<br />

• 250g baby new potatoes<br />

• 200g peas<br />

• 100g spinach<br />

• 2 leeks, washed and roughly chopped<br />

• 50g chopped chives<br />

• 200g block of feta cheese, cubed<br />

• 2 tbsp sunflower oil<br />

• mix of chopped herbs to garnish (optional)<br />

• salt and pepper to taste<br />

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15-20mins until just soft.<br />

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(Not so) mad<br />

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From rich blacks and smooth chocolates to radiant<br />

reds and gleaming blondes, winter haircare is all<br />

about conserving moisture to fight the frizz and<br />

stave off damage. Here, Josephine Fairley edits<br />

down her list of super effective tried-and-tested<br />

products to keep your barnet in tip-top condition<br />

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A<br />

few years ago, I sat around a table with some friends<br />

‘of a certain age’ in late <strong>March</strong> and realised: everyone’s<br />

hair was frizzy, fried, flyaway and – well, as a result<br />

– really a bit ‘old lady-ish’. It’s the sort of damage we’re told<br />

to expect after a summer holiday, but in fact winter assaults<br />

our hair over a much longer period – notably through central<br />

heating, which saps every atom of moisture out of an interior<br />

environment. And out of our hair, at the same time.<br />

There are some lifestyle steps that can help. One way is quite<br />

simply to add more moisture to your home environment, if it’s<br />

super-dry. A ‘room hygrometer’ (I bought mine via Amazon<br />

for a few quid) will tell you whether it’s dry, moderate or (I’m<br />

looking at mine now), just over the cusp of ‘humid’, which is<br />

probably a healthy place to be, so far as my barnet’s concerned.<br />

How can you add moisture to the air? There are pricey<br />

Dyson machines that will do this, but I prefer lower-tech<br />

methods: small bowls of water, for instance, placed near radiators.<br />

Misting your plants, too. And actually, I like to dry the washing<br />

over radiators, too, which – while making the place look a little<br />

disordered on washday – really helps ramp up the moisture levels, as<br />

well as saving on the ouch-making cost of running the tumble drier.<br />

But, of course, it’s also about using the right haircare – to infuse the hair<br />

shaft with moisture and nutrients, while smoothing the cuticle so it looks shiny<br />

and healthy. And take note: there isn’t a single hairdresser that I’ve interviewed<br />

over the years who didn’t prescribe a weekly deep treatment with a hair mask to keep<br />

hair in tip-top nick – a piece of advice that you will not regret sticking to religiously.<br />

Different fabrics that our hair comes into contact with have adverse or beneficial effects, too. I’m a big<br />

fan of silk pillowcases (see below), which are much kinder to hair than cotton or linen if you tend to switch<br />

sides in the night. Wool? Not so much. Fabulous as a beanie or a knitted hat looks, be aware that putting these<br />

on and taking them off can rough up the hair cuticle, which leads to frizz. (They don’t call it ‘hat hair’ for nothing.)<br />

Plenty of products have landed on my desk lately that I think are particularly suited to using<br />

at this time of year, so I’ll share my favourites – along with some ‘old friends’, in terms of glossboosting,<br />

re-moisturising haircare. It is frankly never too soon to start to undo the damage that<br />

central heating (and blustery, whipping winds) does to hair – but never too late, either…<br />

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dipped a toe into the waters of ‘designer’ haircare, this is the place to start. (And I’m warning you: there may be<br />

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I’m such a fan of these products that I keep them ‘backstage’ in a bag with my name on<br />

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of Everyday Expert hair products from hairdresser Phil Smith – and I’m<br />

wowed by their great value. Smelling pleasantly but not Bounty bar-style<br />

overwhelmingly coconutty, both the shampoo and luscious conditioner<br />

feature lashings of coconut oil for silky softness and hydration.<br />

Aveda Smooth Infusion Anti-Frizz Shampoo, from £12.50<br />

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‘Mad <strong>March</strong> Hair’ is specifically to seek out formulations with<br />

ingredients that are specifically moisturising, such as hydrolysed<br />

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– doing much more than simply making you feel like a<br />

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Ogario Restore and Shine Hair Masque, £28.50 for 200ml<br />

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hair once a week, you probably wouldn’t go wrong making<br />

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moisture to hair) and pro-vitamin B5, targeting split ends, with<br />

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Hair Proud Clean & Strong Pre-Wash Hair Mask, £9.95 for 200ml. I hear you<br />

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Babies and young children can<br />

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Let’s explore these techniques and<br />

how to perform them correctly.<br />

PNF stretching involves alternating<br />

contractions and relaxations of specific<br />

muscle groups. It utilises the body’s<br />

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1. Position the muscle to be stretched<br />

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elasticity and coordination and prepares<br />

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stretches are typically performed before<br />

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level of mobility and flexibility. Some<br />

examples of dynamic stretches include<br />

squats, arm circles, and walking lunges.<br />

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prolonged period, typically between 15<br />

to 60 seconds. This really helps muscle<br />

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performed after physical activity or<br />

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Nourish to Flourish<br />

Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Charlotte Lau<br />

explores the benefits of incorporating<br />

another healthy ingredient into our diets.<br />

This month it’s bone broth<br />

Broth is one of the most ancient, nourishing<br />

and affordable staple foods. It is not only<br />

very easy to make but also soothing and<br />

incredibly supportive of our immune system. In a<br />

good quality bone broth, you will find easily digestible<br />

amino acids, gelatine, fats, vitamins and minerals,<br />

all of which help to heal a damaged gut lining.<br />

Gut health and good digestion are so important<br />

– it’s not just what you eat, it’s what you actually<br />

digest from your food that counts. Without a healthy<br />

gut lining your body will not be able to efficiently<br />

digest and absorb all the vitamins and minerals<br />

it needs, so even if you are eating the nourishing<br />

foods, you may not be getting all their benefits.<br />

Bone broth contains both zinc – which helps the<br />

development and function of immune cells, and vitamin<br />

C – an antioxidant which helps protect our immune cells<br />

from damage. It is wonderful enjoyed as it is, as well as<br />

used as the base of many stews, sauces, soups or noodle<br />

dishes, simply add onions, cabbage and noodles and<br />

poach an egg in the broth for a quick, warming supper.<br />

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• 2-3kg of chicken carcasses<br />

(I use bones saved from<br />

a roast – these could<br />

be beef or lamb too)<br />

• a splash of apple cider<br />

vinegar (this helps<br />

extract the minerals<br />

from the bones)<br />

• left over carrot tops,<br />

Simple bone broth<br />

Makes 3-4 litres, depending on your pan size<br />

celery leaves, onions<br />

– about 2 handfuls<br />

• black peppercorns<br />

• a few dried bay leaves<br />

• 1 tsp turmeric<br />

• a thumb sized<br />

piece of ginger<br />

• 3 garlic cloves<br />

1. Place the bones in a large saucepan along with all the<br />

vegetables, bay leaves, pepper and apple cider vinegar. Cover<br />

with cold water, making sure the bones are covered, plus an<br />

extra 5cm of water. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil.<br />

2. Reduce the heat and leave simmering gently with the<br />

lid on, for at least 6 hours. (Beef or lamb should be left<br />

longer – 12 hours). The longer the bones are simmered<br />

the more nutrients are released, so leave them for as long<br />

as you can! Strain the liquid using a fine mesh strainer.<br />

3. Use immediately or leave to cool before<br />

storing. It can be kept in the fridge in glass<br />

containers for a few days or frozen in batches.<br />

(Remember to leave enough room for expansion).<br />

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We’re All Friends<br />

Here<br />

Jo Arnell gives us the ins and the<br />

outs of companion planting<br />

‘<br />

No man is an island’, wrote<br />

John Donne, and it seems,<br />

nor is any other living thing,<br />

from the tiniest microbe, the lowliest<br />

worm, the most secluded hermit –<br />

even the Mind Your Own Business<br />

plant has to interact with others in<br />

order to stay alive. We have all been<br />

living in symbiotic relationships since<br />

life began. Flowers, for example, only<br />

evolved to please the bees and the<br />

bees have been happily helping them<br />

out with pollination for millions<br />

of years. Complex and intricate<br />

mechanisms have evolved to bind<br />

different species together, encouraging<br />

them to get along – or sometimes<br />

not – with each other..Symbiosis<br />

has enabled organisms to succeed<br />

where otherwise they might not even<br />

survive. It is usually transactional, each<br />

partner benefits from the interaction,<br />

but as with many partnerships, It<br />

isn’t always mutually beneficial –<br />

sometimes one partner benefits<br />

more, or worse, it is a parasite and<br />

benefits at the expense of the other.<br />

The root of the matter<br />

Some of the best companions are those<br />

beneath the soil – the complex web<br />

of fungi and beneficial bacteria that<br />

live in the area around the roots called<br />

the rhizosphere – a bit like the gut<br />

microbiome found in our intestines.<br />

Fungi and bacteria bring nutrients and<br />

minerals to the plant roots exchanging<br />

them for sugars, and helping to create<br />

a healthy microbiome in the rootzone.<br />

Plants can also exude chemicals<br />

through their roots – to repel their<br />

neighbours, or to warn other plants<br />

and resist attack from pathogens or<br />

insect pests. Their communications<br />

are mainly via tiny mycorrhizal<br />

fungi, which live in symbiosis with<br />

the plant, often within the roots<br />

of the plant itself. This helps to<br />

explain why some plants mysteriously<br />

flourish next to one another, and<br />

how invasive species romp about<br />

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to be pollinated – growing nectar rich<br />

flowers and herbs will attract beneficial<br />

pollinating insects. Some of these, like<br />

hoverflies and lacewings, play a very<br />

useful dual role – they are carnivorous<br />

as larvae, eating aphids and pest<br />

controlling until they hatch out into<br />

vegetarian, nectar drinking adults.<br />

Herbs are useful planted among<br />

vegetables; they are great at attracting<br />

pollinators and are highly aromatic,<br />

so that they mask the scent of the<br />

crop, and also act more mysteriously<br />

at root level, sending out protective<br />

substances that benefit nearby plants.<br />

R hubarb<br />

Nurse crops are so called because<br />

one crop protects the other, usually<br />

physically. Sapling trees are ‘nursed’<br />

by brambles, which protect them<br />

from attack by deer or rabbits. Broad<br />

beans can be planted in the furrows<br />

between potatoes and the beans act<br />

as protection from cold winds for the<br />

developing potatoes, their nitrogenfixing<br />

roots also nourish the crop<br />

and the arrangement will save on<br />

space to, utilising the furrows.<br />

Nasturtium<br />

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unchallenged, because they produce<br />

phytotoxins that attack or inhibit<br />

their neighbours.<br />

Good companions<br />

Many plants benefit from being grown<br />

near to one another. A well known<br />

pair of crops to grow together is carrot<br />

and onion; both are strongly scented,<br />

which confuses and repels certain<br />

pests. Onion fly is put off by the smell<br />

of carrots, while carrot fly – which is<br />

said to be able to detect the scent of<br />

a carrot being pulled up to two miles<br />

away – is confused and deterred by the<br />

smell of onions. Vegetables that are<br />

grown for their pods and fruit need<br />

Pest Control<br />

Marigolds (French, not African)<br />

attract hoverflies and deter aphids.<br />

They are also said to repel whitefly<br />

if planted near tomatoes or in the<br />

greenhouse. There’s a lovely a tall<br />

variety called ‘Mr Stripey’, one called<br />

‘Cinnabar’ which is bronze edged with<br />

orange – and I’m hoping that a new<br />

variety; Tagetes ‘Tomato Growing<br />

Secret’ by Thompson and Morgan<br />

wasn’t given its name for nothing.<br />

Trap crops are a bit like decoys,<br />

luring pests away from more precious<br />

edibles. Nasturtiums are grown<br />

among cabbages and kale – the<br />

theory being that cabbage white<br />

butterflies and Blackfly will be drawn<br />

to the brightly coloured Nasturtiums<br />

before they find the cabbages. I’m<br />

not so convinced by this one,<br />

but a veg patch full of rambling<br />

Nasturtiums is very decorative.<br />

Three in a Bed<br />

An ancient North American technique<br />

called the ‘three sisters’ involving<br />

sweetcorn, squash and beans. The idea<br />

is that the sweetcorn grows up tall<br />

and strong to provide a support for<br />

the bean to climb up, the squash’s<br />

<br />

The Veg Patch<br />

Sweetcorn<br />

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Marigolds and Cerinthe<br />

leads to soil degradation, erosion and<br />

in the end dramatically lowers yields.<br />

Polyculture, as the term suggests,<br />

is the opposite of monoculture and<br />

encompasses methods of growing more<br />

than one type of plant – companion<br />

planting, intercropping and forest<br />

gardening. It is a more natural way<br />

of growing and has been proven to<br />

reduce the incidence of pest and disease<br />

outbreaks and to increase yields. An<br />

extension of this is permaculture, where<br />

the planting is layered and closely<br />

resembles that of a natural ecosystem.<br />

We are only just beginning to discover<br />

the extent of symbiotic relationships<br />

between species, whether they are other<br />

plants, fungi or animals. Most of these<br />

interactions have gone on unnoticed,<br />

deep within the soil, but the discoveries<br />

that are being made will have huge<br />

consequences for all of us – from<br />

something as simple as enhancing the<br />

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large leaves provide shade and suppress<br />

weeds, and the bean’s nitrogen fixing<br />

root nodules enrich the soil. It’s win,<br />

win, win, as each party benefits – and<br />

because they use different parts of the<br />

same bed, it’s a great space-saver too.<br />

Make sure you grow the sweetcorn<br />

to a good height first though, or the<br />

beans and squash will romp about<br />

like two naughty sisters and pull<br />

everything down into a tangle.<br />

Polyculture<br />

Monocultures – the practice of only<br />

growing one crop in a space – has<br />

been a popular way to grow edibles<br />

in fields, farms and gardens across the<br />

globe. On the surface it is an efficient<br />

way to grow and harvest a crop, but in<br />

the long term it is not a healthy one.<br />

Monocultures are detrimental to the<br />

environment in several ways: a large<br />

quantity of one crop attracts in huge<br />

populations of pests, depletes the soil<br />

of nutrients and upsets the natural<br />

balance in the soil and ecosystem. This<br />

also results in overuse of pesticides,<br />

herbicides and chemical fertilisers,<br />

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Hedge<br />

Issues<br />

Sue Whigham takes a meander along<br />

nature’s verdant and vital corridors<br />

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Recently the BBC’s Today<br />

programme carried a feature<br />

about England’s hedgerows<br />

which created a lot of interest among<br />

listeners. On the strength of that,<br />

Martha Kearney interviewed one of<br />

them, Emma Bridgewater, the pottery<br />

business founder, and someone who<br />

likes to get ‘close and personal’ with<br />

the hedgerows in her North Norfolk<br />

garden. I very much liked the sound<br />

of her creation of a place not only to<br />

sit and have a cup of tea or a drink but<br />

one where she can actually get <strong>inside</strong><br />

her hedge – accessing it through (or<br />

over!) an old garden shed. I can just<br />

imagine it, although I’ll confess I’m<br />

finding it rather tricky to describe.<br />

A project led by Dr. Richard<br />

Broughton of the UK Centre for<br />

Ecology and Hydrology based in<br />

Lancaster has spent the last five years<br />

mapping the hedgerows of England<br />

using advanced laser scanning. They<br />

have announced that England’s<br />

hedgerows would stretch ‘almost ten<br />

times around the Earth’ if lined up<br />

end-to-end, which is a reassuring<br />

statistic, bearing in mind that hedges<br />

are so often being grubbed up or<br />

left unmanaged (which does them<br />

no good at all). The technology<br />

is fascinating, recording as it does<br />

the state of our existing hedgerows,<br />

measuring their height and condition<br />

and being able to work out how<br />

much carbon can be removed from<br />

the atmosphere and stored in the<br />

structure of these hedgerows.<br />

England’s hedgerows<br />

would stretch ‘almost<br />

ten times around the<br />

Earth’ if lined up<br />

end to end<br />

It’s hoped that this advanced<br />

mapping will guide both planning<br />

and restoration of our exceedingly<br />

vulnerable wildlife corridors. Under<br />

its Environmental Improvement Plan,<br />

the current Government has pledged<br />

to support farmers and landowners in<br />

the restoration or creation of 30,000<br />

miles of hedgerows a year by 2037 and<br />

an increase to 45,000 miles a year by<br />

2050. Let’s hope that this plan remains<br />

in place regardless of who is in power.<br />

And to quote Rob Walton, “Hedgerows<br />

are manmade green veins that wildlife<br />

have adapted to and are dependent on.”<br />

The BBC then diverted me to<br />

Lionel Kelleway’s lively interview for<br />

the Living World programme of a few<br />

years ago when he walked and talked<br />

with a hedgerow ecologist farming 80<br />

acres in Devon, north of Dartmouth,<br />

with its high rain count and acidic soil<br />

and where hedges grow in profusion<br />

and have done for centuries, many<br />

appearing on ancient maps. Some<br />

West Country hedgerows are even<br />

believed to be 4,000 years old.<br />

Rob Walton has 18 fields on his farm<br />

and they are all surrounded by hedges,<br />

some of which are 10-15 metres wide.<br />

He was full of knowledge, facts and<br />

advice about how to maintain them<br />

to keep them at their best. He put<br />

paid to the old Max Hooper rule<br />

of dating a hedge by the number<br />

of species there are in a 30 metre<br />

length. The old rule of thumb was to<br />

multiply the number by 100 and that<br />

gave you the age of the hedge. Mr<br />

Walton has been planting hedges <br />

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for twenty years or more and said<br />

that if this rule worked, some of his<br />

hedges would be a thousand years old!<br />

The South West is lucky to have at<br />

least ten species to the four found in<br />

the same length of hedge elsewhere<br />

in the country, and he was especially<br />

proud of the fact that he has more<br />

dormice in his hedges than he could<br />

count. Oh, lucky man. I hadn’t<br />

realised that dormice are creatures<br />

that favour woodland edges. They<br />

build damp nests deep in the hedge<br />

which can vary in size from that of a<br />

satsuma to a grapefruit, using green<br />

leaves, shredded honeysuckle and<br />

various grasses or rushes. They then<br />

hibernate from October to April<br />

and for the rest of the year they are<br />

pretty torpid, never travelling too far<br />

from their nests. And whilst dormice<br />

can travel on the ground when they<br />

are searching out their diet of nuts,<br />

fruits and insects – oh, and pollen<br />

too – they prefer the shelter and safety<br />

of a hedgerow to scurry through.<br />

He then described some of the plants<br />

to be found in his hedges, amongst<br />

them hawthorn, the berries of which<br />

are good at reducing blood pressure but<br />

‘dull’ to eat; to wild angelica, Angelica<br />

sylvestris, a firm favourite with his cows;<br />

and sweet smelling meadowsweet,<br />

Filipendula ulmaria. And then there are<br />

the hedgerow trees that sometimes grow<br />

away between cutting and are often<br />

given a reprieve to grow on. It seems<br />

that hedges with trees such as oak, ash,<br />

holly and alder growing in with them<br />

increase the numbers of creatures like<br />

bats, moths and birds hugely. Another<br />

interesting statistic was that a mature<br />

hawthorn can have berries on the<br />

one plant equivalent to two hundred<br />

metres of regularly cut hedgerow.<br />

We know here that hedges tend to<br />

be cut every winter but whilst they<br />

need to be managed, it seems that<br />

a cut every three years produces far<br />

greater quantities of berries and fruits<br />

for wildlife as the plants flower on the<br />

previous year’s wood. I must say that<br />

here we have extremes and that is just<br />

down one lane. On one side we have<br />

a fifteen foot hedge which hasn’t been<br />

touched for several years and which<br />

is now thin and straggly and falling<br />

into the road with alarming regularity<br />

and on the other side we have a hedge<br />

which is usually cut down mercilessly<br />

just as the blackberries are at their<br />

best! This year we’ve been glad to<br />

see that it was left until most of the<br />

fruit was picked over by the birds.<br />

Mr Walton was right about walking<br />

slowly sometimes just to take in the<br />

different birds and other wildlife who<br />

inhabit our hedges – voles, wood mice,<br />

shrews, weasels and the shyer stoats are<br />

all in there – along with all manner<br />

of small passerine birds. It’s lovely<br />

to see wrens hopping through the<br />

hedge during a dog walking meander<br />

only giving themselves away with<br />

their amazingly loud voices – surely<br />

a Tiny Bird with a Giant Voice.<br />

Sue Whigham can be contacted on<br />

07810 457948 for gardening advice<br />

and help in the sourcing and supply<br />

of interesting garden plants.<br />

Images from top: Hedgerows are nature’s<br />

thoroughfares through the countryside;<br />

A dear little hazel dormouse<br />

Below: Beautiful hawthorn blossom<br />

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England for a gap year and took a job in an<br />

independent school, where I discovered a love<br />

and aptitude for teaching (happily the head<br />

teacher agreed). A PGCE and senior leadership<br />

positions followed. I met my wife at Somerhill,<br />

she’s from Kent and so we’re now settled here<br />

with our two children. The gap year continues!<br />

What drew you to Hilden Grange?<br />

When Hilden Grange came up I knew it was<br />

the perfect place for me. The size is ideal. With<br />

300 children we’re large enough for great team<br />

sports alongside wonderful music ensembles<br />

and theatrical performances; whilst being small<br />

enough to really know each child as an individual<br />

– I think this is particularly important for this<br />

age group – and for a really strong community<br />

feel. I also like the fact that we’re co-ed, which I<br />

believe brings benefits to all the children. Most<br />

of all, Hilden Grange aligns with my educational<br />

philosophy – to keep expectations high but to<br />

do so with kindness. Another factor was that we<br />

have the best of both town and country being<br />

here in Tonbridge, with close links to Tonbridge<br />

School adding great facilities, and ease of access<br />

to the train station for parents, but with grounds<br />

of 22 acres including fantastic green spaces.<br />

What sets Hilden Grange apart?<br />

We’ve got a great reputation for academic<br />

excellence and a tremendous record for 11+,<br />

which is right at the very top in our area,<br />

even though we’re a mixed ability school. This<br />

year we had a 100% pass rate. Our sport and<br />

performing arts departments are two more<br />

jewels in the crown, providing a real breadth of<br />

experience. We’re proud of our results but we<br />

don’t like to be boastful. Our children are likely to<br />

become influential in their chosen fields and it’s<br />

important that they appreciate their privilege<br />

and have a really strong sense of compassion<br />

and responsibility to others. Confidence is<br />

a wonderful gift for children but arrogance<br />

is unhelpful. We’re keen to instil potential<br />

future leaders (in whatever capacity) with<br />

the ability to be clear and lateral thinkers,<br />

to be resilient and, crucially, to be kind.<br />

“...keep expectations<br />

high but do so<br />

with kindness.”<br />

How do you achieve your impressive results?<br />

From Year 3 all of our children are taught<br />

by specialist subject teachers for every lesson,<br />

which is earlier than at most schools. So from<br />

this young age they will be taught science by a<br />

teacher who has a relevant degree, for example.<br />

We also set the children for maths and English<br />

so that we can effectively tailor and target their<br />

teaching. Our lovely nursery is next to reception,<br />

so while the little ones get going with phonics<br />

and numbers, those that feel ready can also pop<br />

into reception class. These structural elements<br />

create a situation where great outcomes naturally<br />

flow without the need for too much pressure.<br />

It’s important that the children get to have fun<br />

and be kids. They only get their childhood once.<br />

We want to provide everything they need to be<br />

inspired to learn and also to enjoy themselves.<br />

What are you most proud of?<br />

Hilden Grange is a very warm place, with a really<br />

friendly atmosphere. We have a very strong parents<br />

association and a great community. I’m very<br />

proud of our diversity, especially considering our<br />

My Favourite<br />

Things...<br />

Book: I love reading about the life<br />

of Nelson Mandela and how his<br />

strength of character stands up from<br />

every angle. I have two favourites:<br />

the first was written by his PA,<br />

Zelda LaGrange, and is called ‘Good<br />

Morning, Mr Mandela’. The second<br />

is written by his chief bodyguard,<br />

Rory Steyn, ‘One Step Behind<br />

Mandela: the Story of Rory Steyn’.<br />

Song: I love so many songs but<br />

I’ll choose U2’s I Still Haven’t<br />

Found What I’m Looking For.<br />

Place: Barcelona for the<br />

incredible Gaudi architecture.<br />

location. Since I joined, our pupil body identifying<br />

themselves to be of an ethnic minority or mixed<br />

race background has grown from 6% to 27%.<br />

We’ve also joined the Inspired Education Group<br />

– a global community of schools – so we will<br />

virtually visit schools across the world and even<br />

explore the jungle outside a school in Peru, for<br />

example. It’s important to look outwards and reach<br />

out, and whilst we’re dedicated to using these<br />

advances to enhance what we have, we’re careful<br />

not to break what already works so well for us.<br />

I’m thrilled by the outstanding musical, theatrical<br />

and sporting achievements of our pupils. We have<br />

about 200 individual musical instrument lessons<br />

here each week and the standard of music and<br />

singing is really phenomenal. It’s an absolute joy.<br />

Find out more about Hilden<br />

Grange at hildengrange.co.uk<br />

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Tune In<br />

Cobham Hall School tell us their exciting latest news<br />

Boys make history<br />

Sixty years after first opening as a pioneering girls’ school,<br />

a new age dawned for Cobham Hall when it proudly cut<br />

the ribbon on its first boys’ boarding house, Stuart House,<br />

named for the family to whom the Hall was gifted in 1613 by<br />

King James I (though the PS5 and gym seem to be of greater<br />

interest to the boys than their new home’s history). Mostly<br />

local day students and weekly boarders, boys now represent<br />

almost one-third of the school’s vibrant, newly co-educational<br />

Year 12 cohort, with many more set to join in September.<br />

Stunning Steinway<br />

As part of a prestigious new music partnership with Steinway<br />

& Sons, an exquisite Steinway Model B Grand piano now<br />

graces Cobham’s historic Gilt Hall. As the Model B was<br />

being carried to its new home, the Steinway team spotted an<br />

unparalleled photo opportunity and invited Year 12 student,<br />

Yannes, to play in the grounds. The result: this incredible image<br />

that says so much about creativity at the school. Cobham is<br />

offering an exciting Steinway Scholarship for the first time<br />

this year as part of the partnership, giving talented young<br />

musicians the chance to play this ‘perfect’ instrument and to<br />

participate in masterclasses with Steinway International Artists,<br />

who include Yaoying Yang, Lang Lang and Charlie Puth.<br />

Lights, camera, action!<br />

Cobham Hall’s 16th century home has long been a prime<br />

filming location and recent months have been no exception.<br />

Famously, Cobham’s grounds and interior doubled again<br />

for Eton in autumn’s final season of The Crown, and the<br />

school was also privileged to host the London Philharmonic<br />

Orchestra as they filmed performances of music from Genshin<br />

Impact – one of the world’s highest grossing mobile games.<br />

Extensively showcasing Cobham’s Gilt Hall and grounds,<br />

the resulting Genshin Concert 2023 ‘Melodies of an Endless<br />

Journey’ already has some six million YouTube views worldwide.<br />

Meanwhile, an electrifying scene, filmed in the school’s East<br />

Court, will feature shortly in a major new historical drama<br />

(follow Cobham Hall on social media for updates). Aside<br />

from the fun of spotting their school on screen, Cobham<br />

students are indebted to these visitors who have so generously<br />

shared invaluable insight into creative industry careers.<br />

Cobham Hall is an independent school for girls aged 11-18 and<br />

co-educational in Sixth Form. Contact admissions@cobhamhall.com.<br />

Inspiring surroundings.<br />

Inspiring education.<br />

Welcome to Cobham Hall, a day and<br />

boarding school of untold<br />

opportunity, where centuries of<br />

history meet a curriculum for the<br />

future and creativity knows no bounds.<br />

Achieve more than you ever dreamed<br />

possible at Cobham Hall.<br />

Open Morning<br />

Saturday 16 th <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

9:30am - 12:30pm<br />

in partnership with<br />

For girls aged 11-18<br />

Co-educational Sixth Form<br />

Cobham, Kent, DA12 3BL | www.cobhamhall.com |<br />

admissions@cobhamhall.com | 01474 823371<br />

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Education<br />

‘It’s not fair!’<br />

Mike Piercy, education consultant and former Head of The New Beacon,<br />

explains the importance of winning and losing with good grace<br />

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The beefy second row lay prone, groaning, as<br />

the pack lumbered away. “Get up, Darling!”<br />

I cried. Opposition spectators looked at<br />

me askance with thinly veiled suspicion.<br />

This was back in the day, many years ago, when<br />

pupils were known only by their surnames. His was<br />

Darling and I knew he was absolutely fine.<br />

Many a touchline moment and memory has been<br />

enjoyed as coach and parent, Wednesday and Saturday<br />

afternoons, year in, year out, all seasons and weathers.<br />

Sport is – and should be – an integral part of school<br />

and a broader education. There is so much to learn,<br />

from teamwork and tactics to fitness and resilience.<br />

Sadly, some sporting ‘role models’ our young people see<br />

are far from exemplary: foul play, temper tantrums, arguing<br />

with the referee. As teachers, coaches and parents it is our<br />

job to train and inculcate sporting fair play and etiquette.<br />

The post match team talk often has common strands –<br />

especially after a loss. We can probably predict the first one<br />

to cry, ‘It’s not fair!’ The disappointment evident straight<br />

after the game has not allowed space for the emotion to<br />

subside, with reasoned logic taking time to emerge.<br />

What exactly isn’t fair: losing; unduly ‘professional’<br />

tactics from the opposition; a dodgy, perhaps inept referee?<br />

Losing needs rationalisation: were they indeed better; did<br />

we have a bad day at the office; was the referee or umpire<br />

blind or biased? I recall one match, perhaps thirty years<br />

ago, when we were winning 0:1 away against a much bigger<br />

school, the second half stretching many minutes beyond<br />

full time. The home side was pressing, the final whistle<br />

only blown after we broke away and scored a second. It<br />

was the right result but there was residual indignation.<br />

Then there are the parents (usually Dads, I’m afraid) who<br />

live their sporting lives – or regrets – vicariously through<br />

their children. Stomping the touchline, bellowing, berating<br />

the ref, players, opposition or anyone who hinders the<br />

team’s progress, their aggression is transmitted to all nearby.<br />

In recent years schools have developed a ‘Spectator Code<br />

of Conduct’. As parents and sports coaches we are – we<br />

should be – the role models for our young people.<br />

In the game of football VAR has been the subject of huge<br />

controversy. The goal (pun intended) seems to be to eradicate<br />

human error. While I have some understanding where money<br />

and millions are involved, thankfully I can’t see the day when<br />

it is introduced to school sport. Mistakes, then, will happen:<br />

‘He who makes no mistakes will make nothing…’ (attributable<br />

in various forms to Einstein, Franklin and Roosevelt.<br />

Perhaps, though, there is the potential for learning here,<br />

too? Life isn’t fair – something of a cliché of course. There<br />

are considerably worse predicaments than found in a<br />

disappointing sports result. Such situations can, however, be<br />

educative if dealt with philosophically, with growth mindset.<br />

Naturally, we all prefer winning and therein lies another<br />

strand of sporting etiquette. Over the many years in a<br />

number of schools an undefeated season was rare – and<br />

that is how it should be, else the fixture list needs fixing.<br />

Young people need to learn how to win (and lose) with<br />

good grace. In sports education, school matches, to hear<br />

three cheers (and one for luck), the teams lined up for<br />

handshakes, is truly affirming. What is said in the team<br />

talk later may well have another more reflective, learning,<br />

coaching dimension and that is how it should be, too.<br />

Do you have a burning education-related query? You<br />

can contact Mike at mikepiercy@hotmail.com<br />

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WEALDEN TIMES HOKH AOK 90MM X 130MM.pdf 1 02/02/<strong>2024</strong> 12:41<br />

Saturday 23 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong> at 7.30pm<br />

Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre ME15 7RN<br />

MENDELSSOHN<br />

Overture, The Fair Melusine<br />

BEETHOVEN<br />

Piano Concerto No.3<br />

SCHUBERT<br />

Symphony No.9 “Great”<br />

Iyad Sughayer piano<br />

Brian Wright conductor<br />

Tickets: £15, £25, £30<br />

Students £5, 18s & under FREE!<br />

On the Door, or reserve on<br />

07817 429143 for payment on<br />

the door (cash, cheque & card)<br />

Advance Bookings by Card:<br />

0333 666 3366 or<br />

mso.ticketsource.co.uk<br />

Pre-concert talk presented<br />

by Steve Migden, 6.40-7.10pm<br />

113th Season<br />

2023/24<br />

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ART OF<br />

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AUCTION<br />

TUESDAY 12 MARCH -<br />

THURSDAY 14 MARCH<br />

2O24<br />

Own a unique piece of<br />

Kentish artwork – register<br />

now for our auction!<br />

To find out more<br />

visit hokh.org<br />

RCN: 298164<br />

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EDO POP: JAPANESE ART AT WATTS<br />

GALLERY ARTISTS’ VILLAGE<br />

TN CARD BUNNY TRAIL<br />

IN SEVENOAKS<br />

EASTER AT<br />

LULLINGSTONE<br />

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What’s On<br />

this Spring<br />

ART & AUCTIONS<br />

Tues 12 to Thurs 14 <strong>March</strong><br />

Online at hokh.org<br />

HEART OF KENT HOSPICE<br />

ART OF KENT AUCTION<br />

Join in online to view, bid<br />

on and purchase wonderful<br />

works of art kindly donated by<br />

a range of fabulous amateur<br />

and professional Kent artists.<br />

New and returning artists have<br />

donated fabulous pieces of art,<br />

all contributing to a diverse<br />

auction collection, with all funds<br />

raised going to Heart of Kent<br />

Hospice. HOKH are there to<br />

help so please do get in touch<br />

with them via email if you<br />

have any questions about the<br />

auction at events@hokh.co.uk.<br />

hokh.org<br />

Tues 19 <strong>March</strong> to Sun 6 Oct<br />

Watts Gallery Artists’<br />

Village, Down Lane,<br />

Guildford GU3 1DQ<br />

EDO POP: JAPANESE<br />

PRINTS 1825–1895<br />

Edo Pop is an exhibition of 19th<br />

century Japanese woodblock<br />

prints from the private collection<br />

of art historian and writer, Frank<br />

Milner. This will be the first<br />

public display for a number<br />

of these works, which were<br />

hugely popular in 19th century<br />

Japan and also in Europe.<br />

Demonstrating the enduring<br />

influence of this historic process,<br />

the exhibition also features new<br />

work by artist Hiroko Imada,<br />

who will create a site-specific<br />

installation in the Sculpture<br />

Gallery. The exhibition will<br />

inspire a season of special events<br />

and activities across Watts<br />

Gallery and Artists’ Village<br />

including talks, workshops,<br />

performances and an exhibition<br />

of contemporary Japanese prints<br />

in Watts Contemporary Gallery.<br />

Entry: included with admission<br />

(details on website)<br />

wattsgallery.org.uk<br />

EASTER FUN<br />

Fri 29 <strong>March</strong> to Sun 14 April<br />

10am-6pm daily<br />

RHS Wisley, Wisley Lane,<br />

Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB<br />

EASTER HOLIDAY FUN<br />

AT RHS WISLEY<br />

Another one for the littlies. Join<br />

the giant egg hunt this Easter<br />

at RHS Garden Wisley to win<br />

a chocolate prize and discover<br />

the garden in all its spring glory.<br />

Follow the garden trail and help<br />

the Easter Bunny find his friends<br />

who are playing hide and seek<br />

at Wisley. As you explore, search<br />

for the giant eggs decorated with<br />

brand new competition-winning<br />

designs, and learn all about<br />

spring and what you can do at<br />

home for nature and wildlife.<br />

Once you’ve found all the eggs,<br />

you’ll be rewarded with a free<br />

chocolatey treat from NOMO,<br />

the UK’s No. 1 Vegan & ‘Free<br />

From’ chocolate brand. There<br />

will also be art and craft, and<br />

seed planting drop-in sessions.<br />

Entry: see website<br />

rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley<br />

Sat 30, Sun 31 <strong>March</strong> &<br />

Mon 1 April 11am-5pm<br />

Lullingstone Castle<br />

and Gardens, Eynsford,<br />

Kent DA4 0JA<br />

EASTER EGG QUIZ<br />

Lullingstone Castle and The<br />

World Garden kicks off the start<br />

of their season with family fun<br />

by hosting their Easter Trail &<br />

Quiz. Aspiring plant hunters<br />

will be able to scour The World<br />

Garden and Grounds for Easter<br />

clues and then report on their<br />

discoveries to claim a tasty<br />

surprise, plus the chance to<br />

meet some Easter characters!<br />

Entry: £12.50, children<br />

under 16 go free<br />

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Sat 30 <strong>March</strong> to Sat 8 April<br />

Various shops across Sevenoaks<br />

THE TN BUNNY<br />

TRAIL SEVENOAKS<br />

A bit of Easter fun for children<br />

– the TN bunnies return to<br />

Sevenoaks! To join this free<br />

trail and look out for TN card<br />

bunnies in shop windows, visit<br />

participating businesses to pick<br />

up a free trail sheet (or download<br />

a copy on the TN Card website).<br />

Visit the shops on the trail to ask<br />

them fun questions and earn a<br />

sticker and certificate. There’s a<br />

colouring competition too. Drop<br />

the completed sheet off at Stag<br />

Sevenoaks (open from 1pm-8pm<br />

each day) to collect your Love<br />

Sevenoaks Sticker and Certificate<br />

and enter the competition.<br />

Three winners will each receive<br />

a Jellycat bunny, a chocolate<br />

egg from The Chocolate<br />

Shop, plus a family day out.<br />

Entry: free<br />

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Tues 2, Thurs 4, Tues 9 &<br />

Thurs 11 April 10am-4pm<br />

West Horsley Place, Epsom<br />

Road, West Horsley,<br />

Surrey KT24 6AN<br />

EASTER OPEN DAYS AT<br />

WEST HORSLEY PLACE<br />

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visit this Easter to discover the<br />

ancient manor house. See all<br />

the principal rooms at your<br />

own pace and chat to expert<br />

guides about the history of<br />

the site. The building dates<br />

as far back as 1425 – Henry<br />

VIII dined in their Stone Hall<br />

and Guy Fawkes might have<br />

worked as a footman, so there<br />

are plenty of stories to uncover.<br />

There will be an additional<br />

craft room for children and<br />

a garden trail. This was also<br />

the location for the fabulous<br />

BBC Ghosts series so there<br />

will be fun activities for fans!<br />

Entry: see website<br />

westhorsleyplace.org<br />

FAIRS & FESTIVALS<br />

Thur 6 to Sat 8 June 9am-5pm<br />

Hole Park, Benenden Road,<br />

Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4JB<br />

WEALDEN TIMES<br />

MIDSUMMER FAIR<br />

A very important date for your<br />

diary! Come and join us to<br />

welcome the joyful summer<br />

season. You’ll find all your<br />

favourite exhibitors plus a wide<br />

selection of exciting new stands<br />

from independent businesses<br />

selling gorgeous fashion,<br />

clothing, art and crafts, home<br />

and gardenware, beauty and<br />

so much more (we haven’t<br />

even started on the food and<br />

drink!). Lovely dogs on leads are<br />

very welcome. Your ticket also<br />

includes entry to the wonderful<br />

Hole Park Gardens which<br />

comprise formal and walled<br />

gardens along with meadows<br />

and woodland. So come along<br />

to shop, relax, wander and<br />

celebrate the summertime. We<br />

look forward to welcoming<br />

you. Tickets are already on<br />

sale, so what are you waiting<br />

for? Use the code EARLY24<br />

for your special discount.<br />

Entry: £17 (£16 with<br />

discount), children £8<br />

wealdentimes-fair.co.uk<br />

Fri 15 to Sun 24 <strong>March</strong><br />

Various locations in<br />

and around Maidstone<br />

including Balfour Winery<br />

and Kenward Place<br />

HEART OF KENT<br />

WALKING FESTIVAL<br />

It’s back! Get your walking<br />

boots ready for the next Heart<br />

of Kent Walking Festival.<br />

Booking is essential for all the<br />

guided walks, so get in quick<br />

to make sure you can join your<br />

preferred walk. Some walks are<br />

free of charge, and others have<br />

a fee to take part. The number<br />

of attendees on these walks<br />

are limited to maximise your<br />

enjoyment, so when walks are<br />

fully booked they will operate<br />

a waiting list.If you discover<br />

your preferred walk is full, email<br />

info@heartofkentwalkingfestival<br />

to be added to the waiting list.<br />

Should you book and find you<br />

are no longer able to attend,<br />

please let them know as far<br />

in advance as possible so they<br />

can reallocate your place.<br />

Entry: some walks are<br />

free, some have a fee<br />

visitmaidstone.com/<br />

walking-festival<br />

Fri 15 to Sun 17 <strong>March</strong><br />

Fri 4pm-8.30pm,<br />

Sat & Sun 10am-5pm<br />

Landmark Arts Centre,<br />

Teddington TW11 9NN<br />

CONTEMPORARY<br />

TEXTILES FAIR AT<br />

LANDMARK ARTS<br />

The biennial Contemporary<br />

Textiles Fair makes a welcome<br />

return to The Landmark. This is<br />

a must-visit event on the textile<br />

lovers’ calendar when enthusiasts,<br />

collectors and makers come<br />

together for a showcase of<br />

high-quality contemporary<br />

textile art. This year, the<br />

Landmark is collaborating with<br />

international non-profit arts<br />

organisation, ArtCan, with<br />

a pop-up of the ArtCan –<br />

Unravelled exhibition, featuring<br />

over 20 of ArtCan’s members’<br />

work with fibre and textiles,<br />

curated by founders Catherine<br />

Sweet and Melanie Jordan.<br />

Entry: £4-£5<br />

landmarkartscentre.org<br />

MUSIC<br />

Sun 7 April 3pm<br />

Assembly Hall Theatre,<br />

Crescent Road, Tunbridge<br />

Wells, Kent TN1 2LU<br />

RTWSO: DUKAS,<br />

DVORÁK & BARTÓK<br />

This concert is proudly<br />

presented by Royal Tunbridge<br />

Wells Symphony Orchestra<br />

as part of their 2023-<strong>2024</strong><br />

Season. Sir Stephen Hough<br />

returns for a third performance<br />

with the RTSWO, this time<br />

performing the Dvořák Piano<br />

Concerto. He particularly<br />

wanted to play this concerto<br />

and bring it to wider acclaim.<br />

The concert, and indeed the<br />

season, ends with the Concerto<br />

for Orchestra by Béla Bartók.<br />

Entry: £5-£36<br />

assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk<br />

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MIDSUMMER FAIR<br />

HEART OF KENT<br />

WALKING FESTIVAL<br />

CONTEMPORARY<br />

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Residential care home<br />

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We provide both long-term accommodation and short stay respite stays.<br />

Small friendly residential care home that can offer 24 hour care,<br />

we also offer day care. All rooms are comfortable and fully furnished.<br />

t. 01622 890112<br />

e. yth@mail.org<br />

yewtree-carehome.co.uk<br />

9 Station Road, Headcorn TN27 9SB<br />

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7th Februaryto 1stJune<strong>2024</strong><br />

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Jane gathers some fascinating<br />

honey bee facts as she checks<br />

the Coopers Farm hives before<br />

their very busy year ahead<br />

April… the evenings are<br />

longer, the countryside greener<br />

and the birds louder. Bliss.<br />

Spring has arrived and nowhere is this<br />

more apparent than in the apiary where<br />

hopefully I will still have two healthy hives.<br />

Most insects overwinter either by laying eggs<br />

which hatch out in the spring or by having a fertilised<br />

queen who hibernates and then emerges to lay eggs when<br />

it warms up. First out will always be those big queen<br />

bumble bees which, being furry, are well adapted to<br />

our cold northern climates. The hairs act as insulation<br />

so they can emerge earlier than most other insects<br />

to feed on nectar and pollen from<br />

crocuses and daffodils before hunting<br />

out a suitable nest site. This is likely to<br />

be a hole in the ground or on a bank<br />

which is why you’ll see them flying<br />

very low zig-zagging across your lawn.<br />

Once they find a site they’ll lay their<br />

fertilised eggs and the whole bumble bee<br />

production line starts all over again.<br />

But honey bees do it differently. They<br />

spend all summer collecting nectar from<br />

flowers and taking it back to the hive<br />

where other bees remove most of the<br />

water to turn it into honey and store it<br />

in a labyrinth of wax combs. Most plants<br />

flower in June and July and at this time<br />

a good colony of bees will contain about<br />

50,000 worker bees and each one will –<br />

in her six week lifetime – produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of<br />

honey. To make a pound of honey thousands of them will<br />

fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers which is why<br />

they need such a big workforce and why we should be<br />

very impressed when we spread it on our breakfast toast!<br />

As the summer draws to a close the queen stops laying<br />

and the numbers reduce to about 10,000 who spend the<br />

winter living in the hive and feeding the queen on all<br />

Most plants flower<br />

in June and July<br />

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good colony of bees<br />

will contain about<br />

50,000 worker<br />

bees and each one<br />

will – in her six<br />

week lifetime -<br />

produce 1/12th of a<br />

teaspoon of honey<br />

the stored honey. By the winter they will also have sealed<br />

up all the cracks in the hive with a sticky glue called<br />

propolis which they make from the sap of pine trees, and<br />

hunker down with a well stocked pantry. Cosy or what.<br />

Six months later, on the first spring<br />

day when you can venture out without<br />

a jumper – usually this coincides with<br />

flowering redcurrant bushes flowering<br />

– it’s time to crack open the hives and<br />

see what’s been going on. The first<br />

visit is always a time of excitement<br />

that I will find lots of busy bees (and<br />

trepidation that I might not).<br />

I’m hoping that both hives will contain<br />

a queen already laying lots of eggs to start<br />

the herculean task of building numbers<br />

back up to 50,000 for the season ahead.<br />

Each egg that the queen lays takes<br />

three weeks to hatch out as a worker<br />

bee, and that young bee then spends<br />

the first three weeks of her (they<br />

always are) life in the hive carrying<br />

out domestic chores like feeding the young, spring<br />

cleaning and making and storing the honey. Only<br />

then does she leave the hive to start foraging.<br />

So, do the maths and you see that my queens have their<br />

work cut out to lay enough eggs to get from 10,000 in<br />

January to 50,000 in July. But I’m sure they’re up to the<br />

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