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MAY <strong>2024</strong><br />

264<br />

MAY <strong>2024</strong><br />

LOVE YOUR HOME SUPPLEMENT <strong>inside</strong><br />

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes

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Contents<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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28<br />

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52<br />

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Dream homes on the market<br />


Upcoming events for your diary<br />


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

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


A beautiful country estate<br />

adapted for modern family living<br />


Make a grand statement with<br />

luxe fabrics and antique furniture<br />


A sixteenth century house revamp<br />


Let character features shine out<br />

with a neutral colour palette<br />

and one-of-a-kind finds<br />

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90<br />

92<br />

98<br />

100<br />

101<br />


Channel laid-back feminine<br />

with Patchouli Fair<br />


Rebecca Cuffe edits 70s<br />

inspired clothes and accessories<br />


Delicious seasonal dishes given<br />

The Print House treatment<br />


Josephine Fairley finds soothing<br />

products for demanding skin<br />


Sarah Maxwell explains how<br />

to achieve a killer derrière<br />


Charlotte Lau discusses the<br />

nutritional benefits of asparagus<br />

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Jen Stuart-Smith tracks down<br />

some local plant heroes at RHS<br />

Chelsea Flower Show <strong>2024</strong><br />

MIX IT UP<br />

Jo Arnell celebrates natural hues<br />


Mike Piercy learns some<br />

lessons from language<br />


Catch up on all the latest school news<br />


Fun-filled dates for your diary...<br />


Jane Howard’s latest from<br />

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HOME<br />


16 pages of<br />

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From the<br />

Editor<br />

Character abounds in this issue’s interior<br />

shoots – from a grand 10-bedroom country<br />

estate to a beam-filled sixteenth century<br />

house tucked away down a peaceful Kentish lane.<br />

If you’re wanting to revitalise your home, with<br />

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our <strong>Love</strong> <strong>Your</strong> <strong>Home</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong> for plenty of<br />

design ideas, trend-led visuals and expert tips.<br />

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The Print House, has developed this month’s<br />

recipes, with chef Martin Elliot adding his creative<br />

flair to scallops, pork belly and lemon meringue.<br />

Plus, nutritionist Charlotte Lau takes a look at<br />

the health benefits of new season asparagus.<br />

Josephine Fairley certainly piqued my interest with<br />

her product recommendations for sensitive skin in our<br />

beauty section. When it comes to skincare knowledge,<br />

she’s unbeatable, and I’m sure the brands she’s highlighted<br />

will soothe reactive complexions across the Weald.<br />

It’s all about vibrancy outside for Jo Arnell as she<br />

takes a step back from structure to analyse the truly<br />

joyful elements of the garden – colours!<br />

And Blooming Green’s Jen Stuart-<br />

Smith tracks down some local nurseries<br />

who’ll be making an appearance at this<br />

year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.<br />

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some fantastic festivals taking place over the<br />

next few months across the South East.<br />

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Iwade<br />

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elegant, white-walled farmhouse, surrounded<br />

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lawns and charming patio areas.<br />

Beds: 4 Baths: 2<br />

Special features: Spacious bedrooms<br />

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ceilings and garden views from every window.<br />

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Lot 5<br />

South facing agricultural land<br />

28.71 acres.<br />

Guide Price: £500,000<br />

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An enchanting small estate in the heart of the Weald Of Kent<br />

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A charming Tudor Grade II Listed 6-bedroom farmhouse with a<br />

separate self-contained 2-bedroom annexe.<br />

A range of sporting and equestrian facilities including a swimming<br />

pool (in need of modernisation), tennis court, ménage and stables.<br />

A variety of substantial outbuildings, with commercial planning<br />

permissions, residential and income potential.<br />

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Grade II Listed Kent barn with potential<br />

Stables, field shelters and land<br />

A mixture of pasture, woodland and wealden ponds extending in total<br />

to approximately 82 acres.<br />

In all approximately 84.26 acres<br />

Guide Price : £3,995,000<br />

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6-bedroom Grade II Listed moated farmhouse<br />

3-bedroom Grade II Listed detached converted oast<br />

3-bedroom cottage with planning permission for a 4-bedroom house<br />

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Castle<br />

crescendo!<br />

Leeds Castle Concert always makes for a fabulous event and<br />

this year it returns on Saturday 13th July with a packed<br />

programme of live music, Spitfire flypasts and fireworks within<br />

the magical and historic grounds of Leeds Castle.<br />

The world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will once<br />

again take to the stage, this year with a distinct nod<br />

to ABBA mania as the concert references the 50th<br />

anniversary of the iconic group’s Eurovision win.<br />

This year’s showstopping lineup will also include West<br />

End star of ‘Tina The Musical’ Elesha Paul Moses<br />

plus Lara Martins from ‘Phantom of the Opera’.<br />

What’s more there’s a reader offer, so make sure<br />

you use the code WEALD when booking<br />

your ticket for a 10% discount. Early bird<br />

discounts are also available, book online<br />

today at leedscastleconcert.co.uk<br />

Craft In Focus presents the<br />

Contemporary Craft Fair at the lovely<br />

Hever Castle from 16th to 19th <strong>May</strong><br />

featuring 140 exhibitors showcasing<br />

a diverse range of contemporary<br />

craft and art. Held amidst Hever<br />

Castle’s beautiful gardens you can<br />

enjoy live music, food and drink<br />

alongside the event. Craft In Focus<br />

selects from the finest makers from<br />

around the UK, offering a unique<br />

opportunity to appreciate and<br />

purchase original, high-quality crafts.<br />

Live demonstrations and familyfriendly<br />

attractions are sure to<br />

enrich the experience. Discounted<br />

tickets are available until 10th<br />

<strong>May</strong> with code CRAFT24.<br />

craftinfocus.com<br />

UP YOUR<br />

STREET<br />

Kingston Open Studios will<br />

see artists exhibiting work in their<br />

homes and studios on 11/12th, 18/19th<br />

and 25/26th <strong>May</strong>, from 11am to 5pm<br />

each day. This is a perfect opportunity<br />

to meet local artists, see their work and<br />

discover the techniques, passions and<br />

inspirations behind the scenes. Some<br />

exhibitors will be giving workshops<br />

or demonstrating their techniques. A<br />

highlight this year is the inaugural<br />

Kingston Young Artists competition.<br />

Shortlisted artists’ work will be<br />

exhibited at FUSEBOX during<br />

Kingston Open Studios. For details of<br />

the trail map, check out the catalogue<br />

at kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk


Tucked away down a side street behind ancient walls, Tonbridge Castle could<br />

easily be missed. But venture just a few steps from Tonbridge High Street<br />

and you’ll instantly be transported into a medieval world. Immerse yourself<br />

in the sights and sounds of history and explore the gatehouse, great hall and<br />

basement. And don’t miss the panoramic views from the top! The castle is<br />

open daily for tours and with its central location you can extend your outing<br />

with a stroll around the town and enjoy the local shops, pubs, restaurants<br />

and parks, all in a riverside setting. This is also a bumper year for events.<br />

Don’t miss the return of the popular Food and Drink Festival on Saturday<br />

25th and Sunday 26th <strong>May</strong> (see What’s On Festivals Special at the back of<br />

the magazine) and Artisan Market on Sunday 26th <strong>May</strong>. tonbridgecastle.org<br />

New Leaf<br />

McAllister Thomas Fine Art in<br />

Godalming are thrilled to be<br />

staging Beckie Reed’s second solo<br />

exhibition Forest Floor to Canopy<br />

featuring 15 new paintings<br />

beautifully expressing her love<br />

of woodland and treescapes. The<br />

Private View will be from 11am<br />

on Saturday 11th <strong>May</strong>. To register,<br />

call 01483 860591 or email<br />

info@mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk.<br />

Find out more at<br />

mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk<br />

Millennium Market<br />

There has been a market in Faversham for<br />

over 1,000 years and the town is celebrating<br />

this astonishing fact by holding a one-off<br />

Millennium Market on Sunday 26th <strong>May</strong> from<br />

10am until 4pm. Expect entertainment from<br />

across the eras including hands-on activities,<br />

dressing up; live music; birds of prey; local food<br />

and drink; historical displays and, of course, a<br />

fabulous Faversham market. favershammarket.org<br />

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DON’T PANIC!<br />

The nation’s favourite<br />

sitcom returns to the EM Forster<br />

Theatre in Tonbridge in the highly<br />

acclaimed stage production, Dad’s Army<br />

Radio Show. Two actors, two microphones,<br />

over twenty-five characters and lots of sound<br />

effects! Three episodes of Perry and Croft’s classic<br />

BBC comedy – adapted for radio for the very first<br />

time – are hilariously and lovingly enacted on<br />

stage by two master performers. Complete with<br />

vintage music and all your favourite characters<br />

and catchphrases, you will be transported<br />

right back to Walmington. Book tickets<br />

for Thursday 6th June at 01732<br />

304241 or emftheatre.com<br />

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Live Music • Demonstrations<br />

16 – 19 <strong>May</strong><br />

Hever Castle<br />

& Gardens<br />

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Putting the WOW back into Craft Fairs<br />

See website for full details on discount and admission costs<br />

Craft Fair entry included in normal Garden<br />

admission charges • RHS Members free (weekdays only)<br />

Admission £12 using offer code until Friday 10th <strong>May</strong>, valid on dates of craft fair only*<br />

9.30am – 5.30pm Daily<br />

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Leeds Castle<br />

Concert<br />

Leeds Castle Concert will return with a packed programme for<br />

audiences to enjoy live music and entertainment within the historic<br />

setting of Leeds Castle, Kent, on Saturday 13th July.<br />

The world-renowned Royal<br />

Philharmonic Orchestra<br />

will once again be taking<br />

to the stage, this year<br />

with a touch of ABBA mania as we<br />

give a celebratory nod to the 50th<br />

anniversary of ABBA’s Eurovision win.<br />

“The Leeds Castle Concert goes<br />

from strength to strength! This year<br />

is going to be another incredibly<br />

diverse programme,” says Conductor<br />

and Artistic Director John Rigby. “I<br />

cannot wait to share the stage once<br />

again with the Royal Philharmonic<br />

Orchestra and our international line-up<br />

of soloists for what looks set to be the<br />

best party in the Kent social calendar”.<br />

The audience is invited to dust off<br />

their 1970s mod dresses and flares and<br />

come dressed ready for an afternoon of<br />

sunshine, boogie and moonlit fireworks!<br />

As always, the event will feature<br />

firing canons, an iconic Spitfire flyover<br />

and a sensational line up of soloists<br />

performing alongside John Rigby and<br />

the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.<br />

This year, for the first time, Leeds<br />

Castle Concert is delighted to welcome,<br />

straight from the West End, the<br />

incredibly talented Elesha Paul Moses.<br />

Actress, singer songwriter Elesha<br />

Paul Moses has been in the music<br />

business for over 20 years and says:<br />

“Portraying iconic figures like Whitney<br />

Houston and Tina Turner has been an<br />

extraordinary journey, shaping my career<br />

by allowing me to delve into the essence<br />

of these legendary artists. Each role has<br />

contributed to my growth as a performer,<br />

bringing a unique dimension to my craft.<br />

“As I take the stage at the Leeds Castle<br />

Concert, the influence of embodying<br />

such powerful voices infuses my<br />

performance with authenticity and a<br />

deep connection to the music, making<br />

this experience even more special”.<br />

Also taking to the stage this year<br />

will be the incomparable Lara Martins.<br />

Lara holds the record for being the<br />

longest-running Carlotta in the storied<br />

history of The Phantom of the Opera<br />

and has only recently returned to the<br />

UK, having been performing her role in<br />

Dubai. This will be Elesha and Lara’s first<br />

appearances at the Leeds Castle Concert.<br />

Reader Offer!<br />

Book with the code: WEALD<br />

and receive a 10% discount.<br />

Tickets for the Leeds Castle Concert<br />

<strong>2024</strong> are available online at<br />

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Early bird discounts and<br />

VIP packages are also offered for<br />

those seeking an enhanced experience.<br />

Purchase ten or more tickets<br />

and receive a 10% discount.

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PO.P’s new collection is a must for kids’<br />

summer outdoor explorations! There are<br />

lots of practical pieces, like zip-off waterrepellant<br />

trousers, educational tees and<br />

this vest with lots of pockets for storing<br />

natural finds. £35 at polarnopyret.co.uk<br />

must<br />

The<br />

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

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

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

and generally get excited about!<br />

Kit Kemp’s latest collection for<br />

Annie Selke is as bright and<br />

pattern-packed as ever. Inspired<br />

by the New Forest, it’s just the<br />

colour-kick we’re needing to wake<br />

up our homes for summer. kitkemp.com<br />

For spring bank holiday, Bluewater shopping<br />

centre is holding a Scrumptious Food Festival<br />

from <strong>May</strong> 25-27. Expect celebrity chefs including<br />

Rosemary Shrager, street food from the likes of<br />

Whitstable Oyster Trading Company, and plenty<br />

of artisan foods to taste and shop. bluewater.co.uk<br />

As the sun begins<br />

to put its hat on,<br />

we’re heading into<br />

Sun Awareness Week and<br />

getting stocked up on sun<br />

protection. Green People’s<br />

line of organic SPF products<br />

is a great go-to for any<br />

skin type. They’ve got<br />

facial cream, age defying<br />

moisturiser, sun creams<br />

for sports, for kids, for tan<br />

boosting – basically whatever<br />

you’re after, they will likely<br />

have a solution. This is their<br />

scent-free facial sun cream<br />

which we love for how gentle<br />

it is on sensitive skin. £27.50<br />

at greenpeople.co.uk<br />

<strong>May</strong> is national walking month, and what<br />

better motivation to get on your feet and<br />

out walking than wine? Fizz on Foot’s<br />

wine tasting tours of East Sussex take you<br />

on wonderful country walks and then<br />

also guide you round one of Sussex’s various lovely<br />

vineyards. They include perks such as wine tastings,<br />

pub lunches, wildlife watching, meeting wine makers<br />

and local village tours. All in all a jolly day out that<br />

will get you moving. Win win! fizzonfoot.com<br />

As we wander about during walking month we need<br />

the right footwear. And (perfect timing!) ballet shoes<br />

remain a must-have for your summer ‘24 wardrobe.<br />

We’ve got our eyes on this ‘Carla’ pair from Blue Velvet<br />

in a beige leather. £159.99 bluevelvetshoes.com<br />

Throughout <strong>May</strong> and June,<br />

Belgravia Gallery in Cranleigh,<br />

Surrey, will be opening their<br />

showhouse for appointments. It’s a<br />

chance to view unique and diverse<br />

art in a relaxed home environment to<br />

help you envisage how it may look<br />

in situ. Expect new works by Charlie<br />

Mackesy, John Illsley (Dire Straits),<br />

Jan Coutts, Dion Salvador Lloyd<br />

and other emerging and established<br />

names. <strong>Home</strong> visits can also be<br />

arranged. belgraviagallery.com<br />

<strong>May</strong> 16 to 18 is<br />

Doughnut Week! So<br />

take the excuse to<br />

tuck into something<br />

sweet. We’re loving<br />

Crosstown’s handcrafted<br />

fresh creations which<br />

come in all sorts of fun<br />

flavours, including vegan<br />

options. They deliver anywhere<br />

in the UK and you can choose<br />

your own box of 6 from £26.28.<br />

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Frances is a figurative artist<br />

working in oils and has won<br />

‘Sky Arts Portrait Artist<br />

of the Week’ twice.<br />


After working in Aerospace, Brian enjoys<br />

painting watercolours of the many<br />

places he has and continues to visit.<br />


A hobby potter, Helen is<br />

passionate about throwing<br />

pottery that is both decorative<br />

and useful. Helen’s work has been<br />

influenced by the surrounding<br />

countryside and coastline.<br />


Abstract and figurative<br />

sculpture from small pieces to<br />

life size works. All are limited<br />

editions cast only in Bronze.<br />


Annie uses a variety of media, but her<br />

main focus currently is on linoprinting,<br />

mostly using the reduction method, waxresist<br />

paintings on silk, and collages.<br />


Bright, colourful Stoneware Ceramics.<br />

Hand made locally, to be used and<br />

enjoyed every day.



Contemporary jewellery using silver, gold,<br />

stones and natural materials. Karin’s work<br />

is inspired by the fluidity of nature and the<br />

changing seasons.<br />


Painter, Ashford<br />

Art from across<br />


Over 200 artists from across Kent, Sussex and the Surrey borders are getting<br />

ready to welcome visitors to South East Open Studios this June – a unique chance<br />

to explore open art studios showcasing a range of creative mediums<br />

Find out where you can<br />

explore a huge variety<br />

of artists’ studios,<br />

engage in conversations,<br />

witness demonstrations, acquire<br />

remarkable pieces, and support<br />

a vibrant arts community. Join<br />

South East Open Studios for a<br />

celebration of artistic expression!<br />

Held each summer, this event<br />

inspires interest in the visual arts as<br />

artists open their studios and exhibition<br />

spaces, giving you the chance to engage<br />

in conversations about their work,<br />

witness demonstrations, and perhaps<br />

acquire new pieces of art to love or gift.<br />

SEOS aspire to cultivate ongoing<br />

interest in the work of artists and<br />

makers, fostering connections between<br />

artists, art lovers, and communities,<br />

enhancing the regional arts scene.<br />

Organised by artists and makers,<br />

SEOS welcomes everyone, striving<br />

to build a vibrant and sustainable<br />

creative community. Support this<br />

initiative and be part of this journey<br />

to enrich the cultural landscape.<br />

1-30 JUNE <strong>2024</strong><br />

Find out more about art trails, artists, galleries and<br />

more, and plan a day out at www.seos-art.org

Custodians of History<br />

Words: Damien Pestell<br />

Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Inspired by her family home’s centuries of history, and her lifelong interest in property,<br />

Claire Whisker has drawn on the skills she has learned during the ups and downs of her<br />

seven-year-long house renovation to create a successful new business venture<br />

From a young age I’ve always lived<br />

in older houses. The home I grew<br />

up in was an old farmhouse which<br />

had been around for the best part of<br />

500 years. It had a bit of a life of its own<br />

and would creak and groan with the<br />

seasons. We also had black and white<br />

photos of the previous owners who ran<br />

it as a farm and worked the land. When<br />

I grew up and bought my own home,<br />

it was always the older ones that caught<br />

my eye and captured my imagination.<br />

So it was lovely to meet Claire Whisker,<br />

a barrister turned entrepreneur who<br />

shares my fondness for older homes<br />

and the stories they have to tell.<br />

During our time together Claire<br />

spoke of her lifelong journey with<br />

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property, the incredible family home<br />

she’s lovingly restored and an exciting<br />

new business venture which supports<br />

homebuyers. Sitting down with Claire<br />

I detect a slight accent as we begin to<br />

talk, which I discretely try to pinpoint<br />

before she tells me, “I’m from Northern<br />

Ireland but I grew up in Australia.”<br />

Claire who now lives in a small village<br />

just outside of Faversham with her<br />

husband Jonny and two girls was born<br />

in Northern Ireland, but her family <br />

This page: The rich<br />

red dining room is<br />

the perfect place to host<br />

Christmas gatherings and is still<br />

complete with its original butler bell<br />

secreted away under the table<br />

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divorces result in conflict.<br />

At ThomasHaywood we<br />

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health of the parties or their children. It<br />

is better to engage in a process that can<br />

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ThomasHaywood established One<br />

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our solicitors to work with and advise<br />

couples jointly, providing legal advice<br />

to help you to resolve financial matters<br />

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This new way of working comes<br />

after the implementation of the Divorce,<br />

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Our process will identify your<br />

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This page: Claire and Jonny have been careful<br />

to find the right balance between traditional<br />

and contemporary furnishings throughout the<br />

house. In the kitchen, one of the oldest rooms<br />

in the house, Claire and Jonny have deliberately<br />

kept the fridges under counter to maintain the old<br />

fashioned look. A beamed nook area has become<br />

their girls’ living room, complete with a woodburner<br />

relocated when she was young, a move<br />

instigated by her father, who is a bit of<br />

an inspiration for Claire. “My parents are<br />

amazing, they moved us so that we could<br />

have a better life and also enjoy more<br />

sailing in the sun,” she says. And it was<br />

Perth on the west coast of Australia where<br />

Claire’s interest in property first began,<br />

“My dad started a number of property<br />

companies there and my sister and I<br />

would tag along at the weekend for his<br />

site visits. I think from those early days I<br />

have property running through my veins.”<br />

Growing up, Claire went on to study<br />

law at university before packing her<br />

bags for the UK and the bright lights of<br />

London. Once there, she quickly settled<br />

into her new life. Initially working in <br />

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Above: Over the course of their seven year renovation,<br />

Claire and Jonny were careful to preserve as many of the<br />

original features of the house as possible, as is evident here<br />

in the entrance hall Left: The downstairs cloakroom<br />

law before switching to the dynamic world of startups. “I<br />

was a barrister for a number of years but I joined a startup in<br />

the early 2000s which got me more interested in the business<br />

side of things.” Working for the startup was a great move for<br />

Claire and it became a stepping stone for starting a business<br />

of her own in 2011. “It was a short let business called Veeve.<br />

We thought people would rent their home out for a bit of<br />

extra money.” The business grew rapidly and opened offices<br />

in Paris as well as Los Angeles. But in 2018, Claire decided it<br />

was time to step down and she sold her stake in the company<br />

to start a new chapter and a family with husband Jonny.<br />

A few years prior, during the market peak of 2014,<br />

Claire and Jonny had started looking for a place together in<br />

London. But the market was tough for buyers and forced<br />

them to take a different approach. “Prices in the London<br />

property market were so high at the time and the market was<br />

really competitive. We were gazumped twice in the space of<br />

a couple of months, so decided to see what we could find<br />

an hour further out,” she remembers. Their widened search<br />

soon opened their eyes to a different way of life. “We never<br />

actually planned on leaving London. But we just fell in love!”<br />

The home they fell for was a 10 bedroom former country<br />

estate in a small village in Kent. They quickly had an offer<br />

accepted and were days away from completion when they<br />

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and drawing rooms, with a staircase that winds up to the family bedrooms<br />

a message saying the deal was off. We were<br />

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the house. “I wrote a letter offering a<br />

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on! I still don’t know what happened.”<br />

The sale went through and, although<br />

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Top & above left: Claire and Jonny decided to keep the bead-laden chandelier in the formal drawing room that was inherited from<br />

Sole Street’s previous owner. It’s complemented by voluminous gold curtains which add a regal glow to this beautifully proportioned<br />

room Above right: Over the other side of the house lies a smaller, snug sitting room which is bathed in afternoon light<br />

there is no one to represent the interests<br />

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With time they worked through the<br />

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Back to the house and when tackling the renovation their<br />

focus was on how to best do it justice. Claire remembers,<br />

“The previous owner had converted it into four flats, so we<br />

spent time bringing it back into a single home and generally<br />

updating it.” Another challenge was bringing the different<br />

ages of the home together. “It’s got origins in the 1500s but<br />

with Georgian and Victorian extensions. So it’s a real mix.”<br />

Claire and Jonny renovated the house in stages across a seven<br />

year period, patiently modernising whilst bringing it back into<br />

a single home. “We’ve tried to keep it all connected to create<br />

some flow, so have opted for similar paint colours throughout.<br />

Our decorator Paul Evans has been amazing – he comes to stay<br />

with us for 2-4 weeks at a time and gets a lot done.” It was also<br />

important for them to respect the rich history of the house. <br />

Clockwise from above left: A piece by artist Sabina Pieper<br />

hangs on the ascent up to the landing in the section of the<br />

house that contains the guest bedrooms; a lovely slipper bath<br />

awaits guest use; cosy bedrooms with soft carpets offer a<br />

warm welcome in this lower-ceilinged part of the house<br />

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Top & right: One of the couple’s daughter’s<br />

rooms has views out over the garden through<br />

generous bay windows. Claire found the<br />

beautiful oval mirror, that looks like it was<br />

made to measure above the fireplace, in<br />

Ralph’s at The Mall Antiques in Faversham<br />

Below: A cosy seating area in one of the guest<br />

bedrooms in the other side of the house<br />

“We’ve kept it in the country house style<br />

and tried to remain true to its origins.”<br />

The result is a wonderful family<br />

home equipped for modern life but<br />

full of character. And while it still has<br />

its quirks the family has fully embraced<br />

them into their way of life. “We’re a<br />

family of four, so we don’t need all<br />

this space but we really love hosting<br />

people. So the house contracts and<br />

expands depending on who’s staying.”<br />

Walking around there are signs of<br />

the history of the home everywhere<br />

you look, but it’s the most recent<br />

incarnation as a country estate that<br />

really stands out. It’s a time Claire has<br />

been able to learn much about thanks to<br />

extraordinary connections that she made<br />

through some of the previous owners.<br />

“I got to know two of the people who<br />

used to live here quite well. Arthur was<br />

the son of the owners of the house and<br />

Ivy was the housekeeper. She lived in<br />

the cottage next door and was there for<br />

70 years.” A handful of times Claire had<br />

Ivy and Arthur round to the house for<br />

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This page: The main bedroom and en suite.<br />

In the capacious bathroom the bath is raised<br />

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unique perspectives. “I asked Arthur<br />

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guest with Arthur and his daughter Cary.<br />

She had waited on his family her whole<br />

life and those barriers were still there.”<br />

Arthur and Ivy both died around<br />

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Claire’s lasting feeling is one of privilege.<br />

“I was just so lucky to spend that<br />

time with them both,” she says.<br />

Back in the present day and in the<br />

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has changed. The system is a source of<br />

much amusement for Claire’s two girls<br />

who enjoy playing in here. She jokes,<br />

“There’s a butler bell in all the rooms<br />

but sadly the butler never comes.” The<br />

room is also a great place to host guests.<br />

“It’s perfect for Christmas dinners as you<br />

can fit 16-17 people around the table.”<br />

Entering the kitchen – which was<br />

completely renovated by Burnhill<br />

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of the house as it would have been, with<br />

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curtain. This being one of the oldest (and<br />

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original cellar and perhaps the world’s<br />

most precarious pantry. Positioned as<br />

it is around the open stairwell. On the<br />

way down the stairs Claire points out<br />

a note on the wall. Written by her dad<br />

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Moving swiftly back upstairs we head<br />

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We use it as a sort of outdoor dining<br />

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Near the house there is also a concreted<br />

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overhead.” Past the girls’ treehouse and<br />

there’s another piece of history on the<br />

lawns. “There was a grass tennis court<br />

here where Virginia Wade used to play<br />

because she was friendly with the family.”<br />

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date, without compromising the building’s integrity.<br />

Keen to make a practical home for her family, Emma<br />

set to work redesigning the layout, removing walls and<br />

improving the interior flow. A daunting prospect you<br />

might think, but Emma relished the project. It helps that<br />

she has her own interiors business, Emma Spencer Design,<br />

and that she had a clear vision of what was needed.<br />

“It was someone’s second home when I bought it and<br />

had a really quirky layout,” explains Emma. “It was two<br />

cottages at one point, but that was a long time ago.<br />

it wasn’t hard to reimagine the spaces.” Emma<br />

So there were still two staircases, which compromised positions herself between an architect and a builder<br />

the rooms upstairs. The kitchen was originally three – an area that would benefit from a title – perhaps<br />

rooms with just a narrow corridor out to the garden.” a structural interior designer, because she does<br />

She started by opening up the whole of the interior, to more than a room layout and decorating job.<br />

let in much needed light and create an airier feel.<br />

“Interior design is not just about putting a colour on<br />

“I use a great builder, and as I do this for a living, a wall. My job is the step before that – and it’s good <br />

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This page: Steps from the dining room lead through a snug<br />

and into a guest suite and office area. Emma sourced the<br />

leather and wood chair from Duck & Dog in Cranbrook<br />

to get involved at an early stage, so that decisions can<br />

be made with the end result in mind.” Frustratingly<br />

this is often not the case, as clients tend to see the<br />

two processes as separate, rather than as a part of the<br />

whole. “Architects will be focusing on a different side<br />

of the project, and might not be prioritising the aspects<br />

that become key once you are living in the space.”<br />

Emma had firm ideas about the style of her own<br />

interior too and was quick to move on from the house’s<br />

existing country aesthetic. “I wanted to strip it from the<br />

farmhouse look,” she says. “The kitchen was old wooden<br />

units that were nice, but dated. I wanted it lighter and<br />

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“The base units went in first. The worktop is Corian and<br />

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This page: A cosy single guest bedroom<br />

doubles up as a work space. The orange<br />

table lamp is by Artemide<br />

meant that the house is effectively<br />

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effectively creating two separate<br />

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so it’s a nice entertaining space.”<br />

We head up to the spacious dining<br />

area situated in the middle of the<br />

house. Painted white with exposed oak<br />

beams, the large dining table, original<br />

brick floor and a huge inglenook<br />

fireplace make this room feel warm<br />

and bright. “The floor’s very practical,<br />

I really like it,” she says, “and would<br />

definitely put it into another house.”<br />

These features have immense character<br />

and help to make this central section<br />

into the heart of the house. “We<br />

have lovely candlelit dinner parties<br />

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next to a pub, too. The footpath next<br />

to the house leads to the communal<br />

orchard and to the woods. You can<br />

walk up to Benenden through there.”<br />

The other rooms and the stairs<br />

to the top floor lead off from here.<br />

Through one door there’s a very useful<br />

office and downstairs cloakroom,<br />

and at the other end, another door<br />

opens into the sitting room. There are<br />

elevated views out across the orchard<br />

from in here, because it is effectively<br />

on the first floor. There’s a double<br />

aspect and the walls were originally<br />

painted white, so it was very bright.<br />

Although Emma is keen on light and<br />

airy spaces, she felt that a sitting room<br />

needed to have a more cosy atmosphere<br />

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“The kitchen is sunny and light and<br />

contrasts well with the sitting room.<br />

I love this dark colour now too – it’s<br />

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We installed the fireplace and put in<br />

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lights because of the ceilings.” As with<br />

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are low, but this is a bonus if you’re<br />

creating a snug, tucked away feel. <br />

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This page: The sitting room is painted in Squid Ink by Paint & Paper<br />

Library. Emma installed a woodburner and a wall of shelving to make it<br />

cosy and changed the lighting to side lights because of the ceiling height<br />

We head upstairs past a quirky chandelier, which on closer<br />

inspection turns out to be made entirely from magnifying<br />

glasses, and into the main bedroom. Emma explains how the<br />

layout has changed up here, from an awkward arrangement<br />

of rooms, accessed via the two original staircases, to an open<br />

and airy combination of useful spaces. “You had to walk<br />

through the main bedroom to get to a second bedroom.<br />

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This page, clockwise from top left: The durable brick flooring<br />

is very forgiving and, alongside the bare wood beams, its deep<br />

terracotta tones add a warmth to the white walls of the dining<br />

room; steps lead down from the hallway into the kitchen;<br />

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“I embrace the old, but like to make it more<br />

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Maximising useful space is a key part of any<br />

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Emma had planned to make an en suite for son<br />

Joe’s room, but – and we can guess what most boys<br />

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This page: The slope of the land means that the kitchen is much lower than the rest of the house. The sleek, pared-back look comes<br />

courtesy of Corian worktops and gloss white cabinetry. Lighting under the cabinets means that it’s a great evening entertaining space, too<br />

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be thought about at the beginning<br />

of the process, as retrofitting can<br />

end up being either impossible, or<br />

expensive. Emma is an expert at<br />

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“I knew at the very beginning what<br />

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to start from the right point so that it’s<br />

cohesive and it’s all one,” she pauses.<br />

“Flow. Everything should look fully<br />

planned, not separate. It’s about the<br />

materials, the things you can see, the<br />

details – don’t skimp on the details.”<br />

Emma explains that the detailing<br />

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internal structural features should be<br />

integral to the project, not separate<br />

to the masterplan. “The architect<br />

may not be involved with much<br />

of the detail or know where to<br />

look for the best taps, what mood<br />

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maximise the space. That’s my job.<br />

“It’s also important to set up good<br />

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trades have to happen. You need to<br />

know where to put things, need to<br />

think about where the bins are going<br />

to go, the washing, the paraphernalia<br />

of living has to be managed. You<br />

need storage for garden furniture,<br />

for the barbecue. It’s about lifestyle<br />

design – and then storage to keep<br />

the house tidy. I use all the space<br />

I can – the study, utility, dressing<br />

room and all the smaller areas.”<br />

Back downstairs, past the<br />

magnificent magnifying chandelier,<br />

we head outside to the studio,<br />

an architect designed building,<br />

which turned out to be a useful<br />

place for the family to live in.<br />

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had somewhere to live while we were<br />

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rented out for a while on Airbnb. It<br />

has now become Emma’s light-filled<br />

office and studio. Inside the decor <br />

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is mainly white, but colourful mood boards and<br />

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the table; evidence of Emma’s busy design practice.<br />

There is even a comfortable sunny deck outside at<br />

the back, overlooking the garden and the adjacent<br />

communal orchard – “It’s a lovely place to sit<br />

and the sun sets over there,” she gestures towards<br />

the trees to her right. The atmosphere out here is<br />

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orchard and the fresh green of the landscape beyond<br />

makes it charmingly and unmistakably English.<br />

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Print<br />

Feed<br />

Martin Elliot, Head Chef at The Print House in Tenterden, guides<br />

us through the creation of three seasonally inspired dishes that<br />

make the most of local produce from across the South East<br />

Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Pork belly with apple<br />

purée, Tenderstem broccoli<br />

& dauphinoise potatoes<br />

Serves 6-8 Prep time: 15 minutes<br />

Cooking time: 2 hours<br />

• 2kg pork belly (bones removed, skin on)<br />

• 4 Bramley apples<br />

• 1 pack Tenderstem<br />

• 8 King Edward or Maris<br />

Piper potatoes, peeled<br />

• salt & pepper<br />

• caster sugar<br />

• 1 bottle cider<br />

• 1 tbsp fresh thyme<br />

• 200ml double cream<br />

1. Place the pork belly in a roasting tray<br />

and cover with the cider, season with salt<br />

and pepper and cover with tin foil.<br />

Roast in the oven for 2 hours at 150°C.<br />

2. For the dauphinoise potatoes,<br />

thinly slice the peeled potatoes, place<br />

in a mixing bowl and season with salt<br />

and pepper, add the thyme and mix<br />

well. Pour over the double cream.<br />

3. Line a roasting tray with baking paper and<br />

pour the potato mix in. Level it out and cover<br />

with more baking paper and then tin foil.<br />

Roast for about 1 hour at 180°C. To check<br />

that the potatoes are cooked place a knife in<br />

the middle and, if soft, they are done. Remove<br />

the foil and brown off the top for 10 mins.<br />

4. For the apple purée, peel the apple and<br />

chop into chunks and place in a saucepan<br />

with a little sugar and a bit of water. Cook<br />

until soft and then blend until smooth.<br />

5. Cook the Tenderstem to your<br />

taste in boiling salted water.<br />

To serve: Place the apple purée in a line down<br />

the plate and add the dauphinoise to one side.<br />

Put the Tenderstem in front and place the pork<br />

belly on top and serve. You can make some<br />

crackling out of the cooked pork belly skin. <br />

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Pan fried king scallops<br />

with minted pea purée<br />

& crispy Parma ham<br />

Serves 2 Prep time: 15 minutes<br />

Cooking time: around 15 minutes<br />

• 6 king scallops – leave the roe on<br />

• 30g frozen peas<br />

• 5g fresh mint<br />

• salt & pepper<br />

• 4 slices Parma ham<br />

• pea shoots<br />

1. Lay the Parma ham on a baking<br />

tray and place another tray on top.<br />

Put in the oven to become crispy<br />

for about 10 minutes at 180°C.<br />

2. For the pea puree, place the frozen<br />

peas in a pan of boiling water for 2<br />

minutes and then drain. Put the peas<br />

in food blender with the mint and<br />

season with salt and pepper to taste.<br />

Purée until smooth – you may need to<br />

add a little water to help this happen.<br />

To Serve: Heat a pan on the hob until<br />

it is just smoking. Add the 3 scallops<br />

and season with salt and pepper<br />

and leave to cook for 3 minutes,<br />

and then turn over and leave for 3<br />

minutes on the other side. Remove<br />

from the pan and put to one side.<br />

Place the pea purée down the centre of<br />

the serving plate and arrange the scallops<br />

on top of the purée, then add the Parma<br />

ham crisps in between the scallops,<br />

dress with pea shoots and serve.

Lemon meringue<br />

gâteau<br />

Serves 6-8 Prep time: 15 minutes<br />

Freezing time: at least 4 hours<br />

• ¼ pint double cream<br />

• 400g carton Greek yoghurt<br />

• 170g icing sugar, sifted<br />

• finely grated rind of 3 lemons<br />

• 115g ready-made meringue<br />

nests, crushed<br />

• 6 tbsp lemon curd<br />

1. Pour the cream into a large<br />

bowl and add the yoghurt, icing<br />

sugar and lemon rid. Whisk<br />

until mixture forms soft peaks.<br />

2. Fold in the crushed meringue<br />

and the lemon curd and stir<br />

through the mixture just<br />

enough to marble it through.<br />

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prepared tin (see chef’s tip below)<br />

and cover. Put in the freezer to<br />

set for at least 4 hours, or for<br />

best results leave overnight.<br />

To serve: Remove from the freezer<br />

and allow to stand for 2-3 minutes<br />

before cutting. Return any left<br />

over to the freezer immediately<br />

making sure it is well covered.<br />

Serve with raspberry<br />

coulis on the side.<br />

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liners in a loaf tin or you could<br />

use non-stick baking paper<br />

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circular one in a cake tin but<br />

make sure it is a spring clip type.<br />

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for a 7inch tin or 2 loaf tins.<br />

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Why so<br />

sensitive?<br />

Josephine Fairley explores<br />

reactive skin and how<br />

our product-packed<br />

skincare regimes could<br />

be part of the problem<br />

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Once upon a time, I wrote a whole<br />

book about sensitive skin. 200<br />

odd pages. But in truth (maybe<br />

don’t tell the publishers), the skin wisdom<br />

in that book can be distilled into the<br />

amount of space that this magazine gives<br />

over to me each month. So, here goes.<br />

Now, I know of what I write, because since<br />

childhood I’ve had touchy skin – exacerbated<br />

in adult years by having to try myriad products<br />

for a living. Red, inflamed, itchy, sore, flaky –<br />

you name it. But over the years, I’ve learned<br />

to deal with it and rarely have<br />

a flare-up on my face, now.<br />

The reality is that our<br />

beauty regimes have, in many<br />

cases, become too harsh and<br />

complicated for our complexions, which<br />

haven’t evolved to be assaulted by acids,<br />

peels, scrubs, microdermabrasion, etc.<br />

They’ve rebelled (understandably), and the<br />

result is reactive skin. As many as 40% of<br />

women who apply to become testers for our<br />

Beauty Bible Awards, when we run them,<br />

self-identified as having sensitive skin.<br />

So it’s no wonder, really, that ‘barrier<br />

function’ is such a buzzword, in the beauty<br />

media. As skin wizard Dr. Barbara Sturhnam<br />

observes, “The strategy to treat sensitive<br />

skin should be based around protection of<br />

your barriers, while hydrating and calming<br />

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Beauty<br />

the skin.” We need to take care of all<br />

the layers of our skin – which keep out<br />

irritants and keep moisture in – rather<br />

than constantly strip them away in a<br />

constant and often multi-pronged quest<br />

for brightness, ‘glow’ and radiance.<br />

But before my product suggestions<br />

(and I’ll come on to some favourites for<br />

sensitive skin), first I’d like to share some<br />

of the lifestyle shifts that can help skin to<br />

‘chill’ out – whether you have occasional<br />

flare-ups and reactions to products, or<br />

even more entrenched skin conditions<br />

such as psoriasis, eczema and acne...<br />

Never use very hot water on<br />

sensitive skin. Use cool or tepid<br />

for washing face and hands and<br />

warm for showering/bathing.<br />

Don’t chop and change products.<br />

There’s a fad for ‘self-prescribing’ what<br />

your skin needs on a daily basis – this<br />

or that ‘wonder serum’ – but skin craves<br />

consistency. Buy gentle products; use<br />

them up. Let your skin relax into a<br />

proper regime, rather than never knowing<br />

what you’re going to throw at it next.<br />

Stress can cause a ‘perfect storm’ with<br />

skin. This is definitely something I’ve<br />

identified (through my own symptom<br />

tracking, see below); I’ll be fine with a<br />

product, and then, bang! Something<br />

sends me off-kilter emotionally, and I’ll<br />

have a reaction to a product I’ve been<br />

fine with, up till that point. Staying<br />

mentally balanced – perhaps through<br />

yoga, or an app like Calm.com (my<br />

go-to each morning) not only makes me<br />

emotionally less reactive and volatile,<br />

but does the same for my skin, too. (I<br />

know we live in a weird and troublesome<br />

world, and suffer all sorts of individual<br />

pressures, but this is useful wisdom for life<br />

management, not just skin challenges.)<br />

Stick to a routine and keep it simple.<br />

Sounds boring? Not as boring as flaky,<br />

touchy skin, I reckon. Introduce products<br />

one at a time, if you are buying things<br />

you’ve never used before, and see how skin<br />

responds. And fun as it is to ‘play’ with<br />

skincare, less is more when it comes to<br />

soothing skin. A great cleanser (a balm,<br />

a milk, an oil – but not a wash or foam,<br />

which contain drying detergents). Serum,<br />

if you use it, but make sure it doesn’t<br />

have retinoids or any acids. A good sunprotective<br />

day moisturiser, certainly at<br />

this time of year. Eye gel or lightweight<br />

eye cream. At night, after cleansing,<br />

facial oil and/or cream. Yup. That’s it.<br />

Rebuild your barrier function. Avoid<br />

scrubs, exfoliating toners, fruit acid/AHAbased<br />

products, alcohol-based products,<br />

strong perfumes and soaps. Ditch anything<br />

that makes you tingle, immediately. If you<br />

want to use a mask, much as we all like<br />

the idea of ‘brightening’ skin, products<br />

which trumpet their ‘glow-getting’ action<br />

generally feature ingredients that strip<br />

off the top layers of skin, which yours<br />

needs for protection. Instead, layer on<br />

moisturising, barrier-building ingredients,<br />

squalene and squalane, hyaluoronic<br />

acid, omega essential fatty acids,<br />

ceramides, wheatgerm and glycerine.<br />

The reality is that our<br />

beauty regimes have, in<br />

many cases, become too<br />

harsh and complicated<br />

for our complexions,<br />

which haven’t evolved<br />

to be assaulted by<br />

acids, peels, scrubs,<br />

microdermabrasion, etc<br />

Avoid exposure to passive smoke. It<br />

will inflame skin, just as it irritates the<br />

rest of your body. I’m not just talking<br />

cigarettes, but open fires as well.<br />

Switch to household products which<br />

avoid harsh chemicals. This may help<br />

alleviate allergies, too; towels and face<br />

cloths touch our faces, and in some cases,<br />

that can be enough to cause a reaction,<br />

so look for ‘non-biological’ formulas.<br />

My Beauty Bible colleague Sarah’s<br />

decades-long eczema disappeared when<br />

she started using Ecover and Bio-D.<br />

Keep a symptom/lifestyle diary. It can<br />

be hard to figure out what’s working<br />

(though I’ve a hunch all of these tips will<br />

help). So, take brief notes of what you<br />

do, in lifestyle terms (and that includes<br />

food), to deal with your sensitive skin each<br />

day – and see if you can spot patterns.<br />

There are certain ranges and products<br />

which I point people in the direction<br />

of, meanwhile, who are experiencing<br />

short- or long-term sensitivity. A brilliant<br />

choice is the Simple range, which is<br />

fragrance-free and hypoallergenic and<br />

covers every product category imaginable<br />

and is as gentle on the wallet as it is on<br />

the face. Two favourite new finds in the<br />

range, one for drier skins and one for the<br />

less dehydrated, are Simple Repairing<br />

Rich Cream and Simple Restorative<br />

Cream, £9.99 each for 50ml, both<br />

specifically designed for barrier repair.<br />

Good old Clarins offer a specific range<br />

for sensitive skin; I particularly like the<br />

redness-reducing Clarins Calm-Essentiel<br />

Soothing Emulsion, £42 for 50ml,<br />

and Clarins Calm-Essentiel Soothing<br />

Repairing Balm, £34 for 30ml, a nongreasy<br />

but very nourishing balm that<br />

can be used on any areas of sensitive,<br />

irritated skin on face and body; it’s also<br />

great around the nose when you’ve<br />

had a cold, and constant blowing has<br />

caused flaking and painful dryness.<br />

Another just-launched barrier-boosting<br />

product that I’m enjoying is the brightlypackaged<br />

(and again, pocket-friendly)<br />

BYOMA Barrier+ Treatment, £16.99 for<br />

50ml – rich and buttery but not heavy,<br />

with a ‘barrier lipid complex’, avocado<br />

oil and squalene for lasting hydration.<br />

French pharmacy brands which are<br />

most worth checking out by anyone with<br />

a reactive complexion include Avène<br />

(who’ve notched up multiple winners in<br />

our Beauty Bible Awards, over the years)<br />

– their Tolerance Control Soothing<br />

Skin Recovery Cream, £21 for 40ml, is a<br />

classic. La Roche-Posay offer a wide range<br />

for sensitive skins under the Toleriane<br />

banner, including Toleriane Rosaliac AR<br />

SPF30, £26 for 30ml, albeit a mouthful,<br />

is one of the best daily SPFs for touchy<br />

skin. (I like Avène’s lightweight sunscreen<br />

option, too, Antirougeurs Day Soothing<br />

Emulsion SPF30, £20.50 for 30ml.)<br />

And at the other end of the spectrum?<br />

If you want to go properly posh, there’s<br />

the beautifully packaged (of course)<br />

CHANEL La Solution 10 de Chanel,<br />

£67 for 30ml, with soothing white tea,<br />

among other calming inclusions, on their<br />

unusually short – just 10 ingredient – list.<br />

In other words? Gently does it.<br />

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product reviews and beauty tips.<br />

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Health<br />

Perfectly peachy<br />

Sarah Maxwell shares her expert tips for a perky posterior<br />

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In the 1980s, small bottoms were all<br />

the rage, as seen in photos and videos<br />

of women wearing shiny thong<br />

leotards. The song, ‘Total Eclipse of<br />

the Heart’ gave rise to many variations,<br />

‘Total Eclipse of the Ar*e’ being belted<br />

out by my colleagues whenever I stood<br />

up. Such fond memories of those days.<br />

Then came Kim Kardashian and a full<br />

trunk became de rigueur. The popularity<br />

of Brazilian bum lifts, implants and<br />

padded knickers has exploded.<br />

Focusing on achieving a toned<br />

and sculpted posterior goes beyond<br />

appearance alone, however. It offers<br />

numerous benefits that contribute<br />

to your overall health, strength,<br />

performance and everyday movement.<br />

Here are a few reasons why giving special<br />

attention to your derriere is important...<br />

1. Improved Posture. A firm bottom<br />

helps to stabilise your pelvis and<br />

align your spine, promoting better<br />

posture. Weak glutes (the muscles in<br />

your bottom) can lead to imbalances<br />

in the lower body, causing issues<br />

such as knee pain, hip discomfort<br />

and lower back strain. Toning your<br />

bottom can alleviate back pain<br />

and reduce the risk of injury.<br />

2. Better Performance. A welldeveloped<br />

bottom provides a solid<br />

foundation for various physical<br />

activities, such as running, jumping and<br />

lifting. It improves your power, agility<br />

and overall athletic performance.<br />

3. Increased Strength and Stability.<br />

Strong glutes contribute to overall<br />

lower body strength. They assist in<br />

squats, lunges and deadlifts, enabling<br />

you to lift weights and build muscle.<br />

4. Improved Daily Function.<br />

Strong glutes are crucial in everyday<br />

activities like walking, climbing<br />

stairs and bending over.<br />

A strengthening routine:<br />

Glute Bridges. Lie on your back<br />

with your knees bent and feet flat<br />

on the floor. Lift your hips off the<br />

ground, squeezing your glutes at the<br />

top. Hold in this position for about<br />

one second and then lower back<br />

down without resting completely.<br />

Clams – 20-30 each leg. Begin by<br />

laying on your side on an exercise mat<br />

while keeping your body straight and<br />

resting your head on one arm while the<br />

other goes on your hip. Next, bend both<br />

knees to a 90-degree angle with your<br />

feet aligned with your body. Lift one of<br />

your knees while keeping your feet glued<br />

together until your knee is perpendicular<br />

to the floor, then bring it slowly back<br />

down. Repeat about ten times, then<br />

work on the other side. When you start<br />

doing clams, you may find that you can’t<br />

feel it on your bottom. This is often<br />

because bottoms are notoriously lazy<br />

and recruit other muscle friends to take<br />

over. Concentrate on where you should<br />

be feeling it, and you will find that with<br />

consistent practice, you will start to feel<br />

it after a few repetitions. Placing your<br />

hand on the side you are working on<br />

can help you focus and progress quickly.<br />

Forward Leaning Lunge – 12-20. You<br />

can engage your glutes more effectively<br />

by leaning slightly forward with your<br />

upper body weight over your mid-thigh.<br />

Take a deep breath in and breathe out as<br />

you take a big step forward with one leg<br />

and lower your body until the knee of<br />

your back leg almost touches the floor.<br />

At the same time, allow your torso<br />

to tilt forward 15 to 20 degrees.<br />

Breathe out as you push yourself back up<br />

and step back into the starting position.<br />

Repeat with your opposite leg.<br />

Step Ups – 12-20 each leg. Find<br />

yourself a 12-inch platform<br />

(approximately) – this can be an<br />

aerobic step with risers added,<br />

a step up box at the gym, or<br />

even a tall stair or stepping<br />

up 2 lower steps at home.<br />

Step up onto the box<br />

with the right leg,<br />

bringing the left up to<br />

meet it. Step off the box<br />

with the right leg, the<br />

left foot following it (this<br />

counts as 1 repetition).<br />

Kneeling Leg Raise<br />

– 20-30 each leg.<br />

With a mat underneath, get onto<br />

your hands and knees. Tuck your left<br />

knee to your chest and straighten it<br />

behind you. With your knee straight,<br />

lift your leg toward the ceiling as high<br />

as possible, then bring it back into<br />

your chest. Perform three sets of 10,<br />

and then switch to the right leg.<br />

Do a good warm up before<br />

starting this routine. When you’ve<br />

completed it, do some long stretches,<br />

holding for 20-30 seconds.<br />

Try this routine three times per week<br />

for 6-8 weeks to see a difference (have<br />

at least 24 hours between<br />

each session and build<br />

up the amount<br />

of repetitions<br />

gradually).<br />

Doing this<br />

routine regularly,<br />

and with good<br />

form, can help<br />

you develop a<br />

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Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Charlotte Lau<br />

explores the benefits of incorporating<br />

another healthy ingredient into our<br />

diets. This month it’s asparagus<br />

British asparagus season kicks off at the end of<br />

April and you’ll find it in farm shops and local<br />

supermarkets in abundance… the season usually<br />

only lasts around 8 weeks, so be sure to make the most<br />

of it! My children love to go asparagus picking every<br />

year, there is something so satisfying about hearing<br />

the snap when you pick one and walking up and<br />

down the dusty rows to choose the perfect size.<br />

Asparagus comes in a variety of colours – green, purple<br />

and white – and is one of the first crops of spring. It<br />

is a versatile ingredient and can be used in salads, stirfries,<br />

pastas or – my personal favourite – simply steamed<br />

and dipped in boiled eggs with a pinch of salt.<br />

This seasonal favourite is low in calories but is nutrient<br />

dense. It’s an excellent source of vitamin K, folate,<br />

copper, selenium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin<br />

C, and vitamin E. As well as being a good source of<br />

dietary fibre, it is also rich in manganese, phosphorus,<br />

vitamin B3, potassium, choline, vitamin A, zinc,<br />

iron, protein, vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid.<br />

Just like other green vegetables, it’s high in<br />

antioxidants, such as glutathione, as well as various<br />

flavonoids and polyphenols. Antioxidants prevent the<br />

accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce<br />

your risk of chronic disease, so enjoy asparagus while<br />

you can, alongside other fruits and vegetables.<br />

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Serves 2<br />

• 2 bunches of British asparagus<br />

• 1 clove of garlic<br />

• salt and pepper<br />

• juice of half a lemon<br />

• drizzle of olive oil<br />

• Parmesan cheese<br />

1. Snap the woody ends off the asparagus and drizzle<br />

with olive oil, toss with salt, pepper and crushed garlic.<br />

2. Roast in a hot oven at 220°C (430°F) for 7-10<br />

minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears.<br />

3. Squeeze over the lemon juice while hot, as it absorbs<br />

some of the flavour, then just give it a quick toss.<br />

4. Pile onto a serving plate and grate<br />

the Parmesan over the top!<br />

This is utterly delicious served<br />

with spring roast chicken<br />

or pan-fried salmon.<br />

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job. “Occasional aches and pains go<br />

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gradually as I got older, low back pain<br />

started to become a real problem, and<br />

about three years ago I was referred<br />

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The scan revealed two compressed<br />

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There can be few garden shows<br />

that cause as much excitement<br />

as the RHS Chelsea Flower<br />

Show. Founded in 1913 and known<br />

as the Great Spring Show, since then<br />

the event has given rise to a gardening<br />

technique – the ‘Chelsea chop’ – a<br />

week-long floral extravaganza known<br />

as ‘Chelsea in Bloom’ and has become<br />

the place for celebrities to mingle with<br />

gardening greats, the Royal family – and<br />

those of us who are lucky enough to<br />

attend. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely<br />

worth going, even only the once. That<br />

said, if you can’t face the crowds or<br />

the cost of a ticket, it really does make<br />

brilliant TV viewing. At least from your<br />

sofa you don’t have to stand on tiptoe<br />

or elbow your way through the crowds<br />

to see the incredible show gardens.<br />

Of course, the show gardens are the<br />

biggest draw but the Chelsea Flower<br />

Show also offers fantastic shopping<br />

opportunities, access to specialist<br />

growers and plant breeders, as well as<br />

fancy food stalls and Champagne bars.<br />

When it comes to people-watching,<br />

it doesn’t get much better... If you’re<br />

lucky, you may catch one of your<br />

favourite TV presenters, talking to<br />

camera – just don’t be tempted to<br />

photo-bomb! As well as celebrities and<br />

gardening royalty, you may also spot some<br />

familiar local faces, as our fair counties of<br />

Kent, Sussex and Surrey contribute a huge<br />

amount of talent to the show each year.<br />

So, who is going to be there this year?<br />

Kent<br />

If you’re on the lookout for plants, there<br />

are several Kent nurseries at Chelsea<br />

this year. Former gold-medal winners<br />

Brookfield Plants will be displaying<br />

their impressive collection of hostas and<br />

hemerocallis while Swallowfields Nursery<br />

offer a gorgeous selection of ‘cottagegarden’<br />

plants including a wide range<br />

of salvia and species pelargoniums.<br />

The No Name Nursery, brainchild<br />

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reputation and connection to the famous<br />

Salutation Gardens in Sandwich.<br />

Following on in the environmentally<br />

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in and see Kent Wildflower Seeds<br />

in the Great Pavilion. As the name<br />

would suggest, the company – set up<br />

by the Denne family – specialises in<br />

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Big kids – or those who simply want<br />

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might want to check out Blue Forest<br />

treehouses. The company, based in<br />

Wadhurst, design and build bespoke,<br />

luxury treehouses with sustainability<br />

at the heart of their designs. From<br />

castles to garden accommodation<br />

– anything is possible, a chance to<br />

let your imagination run wild.<br />

Also from Wadhurst are the<br />

wonderfully exotic Plantbase, owned<br />

by Graham Blunt. A bit elusive online,<br />

this nursery is worth tracking down<br />

for its alpines, Australasian, South<br />

African and South American plants,<br />

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Garden designers from Surrey,<br />

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Helen Olney, from Godalming, who<br />

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Garden. The ‘Sanctuary Garden’<br />

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Matthew Childs, from Reigate,<br />

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Those on the hunt for specialist<br />

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Based on a farm in Steyning, the Caley<br />

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I<br />

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evergreens and architectural foliage<br />

plants. We need these to give our borders<br />

cohesion and good overall shape, to act<br />

as backdrops and frames for the seasonal<br />

plants as they come and go. Structure<br />

is sensible and important, but without<br />

colour there’s not much joy – it can seem<br />

like an empty stage waiting for the action.<br />

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harmonious pastels or a riotous clash of<br />

the most vibrant and cheerful hues – taste<br />

is personal and often idiosyncratic, but<br />

whatever side of the colour wheel you<br />

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colour will instantly bring a garden to life.<br />

Some effects of colour –<br />

and colour schemes<br />

Pale colours recede and make things seem<br />

larger or further away. Strong colours are<br />

dominant and rush towards us. You can<br />

use this to create illusions with space or<br />

to play with perspective – make an area<br />

seem bigger by using paler plants in the<br />

background and brights and darks closer<br />

in. Dense, dark colours are sombre, but<br />

can provide an anchor point, and make<br />

excellent backdrops for other plants.<br />

Pale colours will lift a shady area (as will<br />

glossy foliage – it is reflective). Fiery reds<br />

and oranges create excitement, whereas<br />

pastel colours are calming. The quality of<br />

light changes during the day too – whites,<br />

pale creams, mauves and blues shine out<br />

at dawn and dusk and are ‘washed out’<br />

in strong light, whereas bright colours<br />

look best in full sun and fade into the<br />

background as the sun goes down.<br />

It’s easy to forget that green is a colour<br />

too. In the garden it becomes a calming<br />

neutral background, because there’s<br />

so much of it around, but its effects<br />

are felt nevertheless. Green falls in the<br />

middle of the spectrum and is restful<br />

to look at – it is the colour of nature<br />

and immediately makes us more relaxed<br />

(this is why so many hospital walls<br />

are painted in soft greens and blues).<br />

Whether it’s the darkest shade of holly<br />

through acid lime, chartreuse, glaucous,<br />

almost blue to pale and silvery, green<br />

remains a tranquil foil, harmonising<br />

with other shades of green and providing<br />

a buffer between patches of colour.<br />

Harmonies are created by using<br />

similar colours – pale pastel shades<br />

of mauve, blue and pink blend well<br />

Dahlia ‘Nicholas’<br />

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’<br />

Ranunculous grown in a pot<br />

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garden perennials like Nepeta (catmint),<br />

Geranium ‘Johnsons Blue’, or the<br />

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under roses. Sunny borders may need<br />

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Geum like the sun (but also damp soil)<br />

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which seems to manage and even clump<br />

up unusually well in free draining<br />

conditions. For a splash of vibrant red<br />

you can’t do much better than tall and<br />

architectural Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, which<br />

enlivens both exotic and cottage schemes.<br />

Fabulous Foliage<br />

The range of flower colours available<br />

to us is mind-blowing, but flowers are<br />

fleeting and can’t be used to carry a<br />

scheme through every month of the year.<br />

Foliage can offer nearly as much variety<br />

in terms of colour – and for a much<br />

longer period. Leafy plants can have the<br />

added advantage of good shape and form<br />

too. Foliage can still be a part of colour<br />

schemes – picking up the colours and<br />

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Pink cosmos<br />

enhancing their effect, or even to carry<br />

the scheme once the flowers have finished.<br />

A leaf can often have as much colour as<br />

a flower, and is far longer lasting. Large<br />

leaves and architectural foliage will also<br />

bring structure and unity to the border.<br />

Cotinus coggygria (the ‘smoke’ bush – so<br />

called because its flowery plumes look<br />

puffs of smoke) is a large shrub grown<br />

mainly for its leaves. The best known<br />

varieties are ‘Royal Purple’ which has<br />

deep plum coloured foliage, or ‘Grace’<br />

whose leaves are more translucent<br />

and ethereal. Plant Cotinus in a sunny<br />

position at the back, or as a specimen<br />

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red of the autumn colour stronger.<br />

Berberis is smaller leaved and spiny,<br />

with orange flowers in spring, but<br />

offers similar deep red/bronze and<br />

the deciduous varieties will be fiery in<br />

autumn. It’s a big group – a Berberis<br />

could be a huge back of the border<br />

monster, a diminutive dwarf like B.<br />

‘Nana’, or even columnar – B. ‘Helmond<br />

Pillar, ‘Orange’ or ‘Golden Rocket’.<br />

Try the exotic looking Melianthus<br />

major, with glaucous, serrated leaves<br />

(it will be cut down by the frosts as it<br />

is slightly tender, but perks up again<br />

in the spring). Euphorbia ‘Wulfenii’<br />

also has glaucous blue/green leaves, <br />

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ut these are evergreen and it has<br />

the added advantage of handsome<br />

lime coloured bracts in spring.<br />

A useful, if diminutive, group of plants<br />

that seem to grow in any situation,<br />

including tricky dry shade, are the<br />

Heucheras. There is a striking, almost<br />

black variety called ‘Obsidian’, several<br />

cultivars come in opulent maroon shades,<br />

but there are lighter colours too, and for<br />

a splash of orange, try H. ‘Marmalade.’<br />

An Annual Blast<br />

You can’t beat annuals for a long and<br />

colourful season. Their short, but actionpacked<br />

lives are focused on flowering.<br />

Annuals only have one short year in<br />

which to complete their life-cycle. If you<br />

can thwart them in their life’s purpose<br />

by continually dead heading, they will<br />

keep trucking along, flowering until the<br />

frosts. Floriferous and reliable annuals<br />

include Cosmos – usually in shades of<br />

white and pink, but some orange and<br />

yellow varieties too, – Antirrhinums<br />

that bring a rainbow of spires, and<br />

Tithonias and Zinnias that sing out,<br />

acid bright in the sunshine. For the<br />

shadier parts of the garden, use scented<br />

and muted tones of Nicotiana, or low<br />

growing Impatiens (busy lizzies)<br />

Colourful Containers<br />

Annuals and tender bedding plants in<br />

pots will bring instant colour and impact<br />

to key areas – terraces and paving are<br />

the immediate thought, but you can<br />

even put pots into gaps in the borders,<br />

or places where the interest is flagging.<br />

The great thing about bedding plants<br />

is that they flower for a long period.<br />

Remember to look after them – water<br />

containers daily in warm weather and<br />

if you planted them up in late spring<br />

for a summer long show, the multipurpose<br />

compost only has enough<br />

food in it for 6 weeks, so after that<br />

they will need a weekly feed of liquid<br />

seaweed, or a high potash fertiliser.<br />

Pelargonium are a good old stalwart,<br />

but there’s a multitude of container plants<br />

on sale right now at the garden centres –<br />

choose your colour scheme, but also think<br />

about shape. Depending on the size of<br />

the container (and in summer try to use<br />

larger containers as they won’t dry out as<br />

quickly), you will need a tall central plant<br />

– an Antirrhinum majus, a tall tobacco<br />

plant or spire of some kind will work well,<br />

Mauve foxgloves<br />

Pastel tulips<br />

Alchemilla and Geranium<br />

‘Johnsons Blue’<br />

then mid height and with a contrasting<br />

flower shape – large flowered like a<br />

Petunia or Zinnia and then something<br />

to spill over the edges – Nemesia, Diascia<br />

or Lobelia, even ivy. The phrase used in<br />

container gardening circles (I’m guessing<br />

there are such things) is ‘thriller, filler,<br />

spiller’ to remind us of the types of<br />

plants that make good shapes in a pot.<br />

Seasonal Colour<br />

The quality of light changes through the<br />

year – furthest away and weaker in the<br />

winter, blazingly close in the summer.<br />

The seasonal light of the sun will affect<br />

the colour palette of plants too. Pale<br />

winter light favours silhouettes and husky<br />

shapes. Most of the late winter and early<br />

spring flowers are white, yellow or cream<br />

to signal more strongly to pollinators in<br />

low light. Spring is all new and green,<br />

interspersed with fresh blues, yellows<br />

and froths of pink. As the light gets<br />

stronger and the sun rises higher in the<br />

sky, the colours strengthen – to attract<br />

in sun-loving butterflies and bees.<br />

Our cottage garden favourites –<br />

geraniums, lupins, delphiniums and geum<br />

will have finished flowering by July and<br />

can also have quite straggly foliage by that<br />

time too. Keep the June blooms coming<br />

by being ruthless – cut them all back<br />

A raised bed in late summer<br />

– right down to the ground as soon as<br />

they’ve finished flowering and by the end<br />

of August they will be back with a repeat<br />

show of flowers and tidy new leaves.<br />

During late summer and early autumn<br />

the palette changes again as the light<br />

softens and sinks lower in the sky.<br />

Bring in Heleniums and Rudbeckias in<br />

russet, gold and mellow orange, the<br />

deep blue of Echinops and brighter hue<br />

of Ceratostigmas, Salvias in a myriad of<br />

colours and the dusky pinks and mauves<br />

of Asters. The flowers of Sedum spectabile<br />

are a magnet for butterflies and bees and<br />

are a great addition to the front of the<br />

border, providing long lasting colour right<br />

through the autumn too, as the nectarpacked<br />

flowers fade into attractive seed<br />

heads in shades of russet and bronze.<br />

Every season brings in a range of<br />

different colour choices – I once gave each<br />

month a colour (but we know that way<br />

madness lies). In the end it will always<br />

be down to personal preference – the<br />

important thing is to enjoy the colours<br />

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A<br />

favourite word: smellfungus. A favourite<br />

book: The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary<br />

(two weighty tomes). A favourite pursuit:<br />

looking up a word, getting distracted by other,<br />

hitherto unknown words and fascinated by them.<br />

That’s how I found smellfungus – I love language.<br />

Last year I tried to learn Italian – tried being the operative<br />

word. My Venetian tutor, Pietro, arrived for my first lesson<br />

(late), immediately spouting a burble of words exceeding the<br />

Italian speed limit. As per protocol he taught in the target<br />

language. His willing student was often clearly baffled, trying<br />

to ignore Pietro’s barely concealed, impatient, sometimes<br />

exasperated expression. In the third lesson he gave me a<br />

printed handout, though it quickly became apparent he<br />

had not looked at it prior to the lesson. The fourth lesson,<br />

my bewilderment growing, I spoke in English asking<br />

him to explain the grammar and we began to make some<br />

progress. Having taught for many years and witnessed many<br />

others’ teaching, this was a lesson in how not to do it.<br />

The experience did, however, give me a far more empathic<br />

understanding of how challenging it can be for pupils to learn<br />

another language (and, for some, our own language). As a nation<br />

we are perhaps a little lazy in learning other languages as we<br />

expect English to be understood across the nations and globe.<br />

That aside, the process of learning a language is an important<br />

one for students. A modern language is compulsory for schools<br />

at Key Stage 3 (11-14) but not at KS4, with overall numbers<br />

taking a modern language GCSE declining over recent years.<br />

French is traditionally the predominant modern language<br />

taught in schools. Globally, Spanish is more widely spoken<br />

and some schools have in recent years introduced Mandarin.<br />

Latin and Greek, the classics, are now somewhat fringe<br />

yet they have enormous value in lending understanding to<br />

modern language. A reader of this magazine recently wrote<br />

to me about a project which sees Esperanto spreading<br />

across schools in Africa. Music, referenced last month,<br />

has a language of its own and in recent years coding has<br />

grown like wildfire becoming another modern language.<br />

Students outgrow their uniforms. The school curriculum has<br />

outgrown the day with important additions: personal, social,<br />

health education, design technology and computer science to<br />

name but three. There are only so many hours in a school day,<br />

however, and something has to be squeezed. The humanities<br />

sometimes pay the price, as do languages – some might<br />

question the need when software packages do the translation<br />

for you; yet that isn’t the point. Learning another language is<br />

an important academic discipline. Sentence construction, the<br />

acquisition of grammar, can only improve the correct use of<br />

our own language, never mind the wider, cultural benefits.<br />

Aged ten I had an inspirational French teacher. He would<br />

drag us from a dusty, dull classroom to the sports field<br />

where he taught us The Marseillaise. He told the history<br />

of the anthem which enthused us to bellow all the louder<br />

– we lived the music and words, learning the translation<br />

and grammar along the way. Then I think of the pitiful<br />

Pietro. It was humbling for the teacher to become pupil,<br />

struggling over grammar and vocabulary – I felt for him in<br />

that respect. He did, however, give a fine lesson in how not<br />

to teach, ill-prepared, impatient, lacking in vim and vigour.<br />

I salute those who teach languages in our schools,<br />

adopting strategies and multimedia to enhance learning –<br />

so much easier today – and encourage our young people<br />

to persist with language learning. How do we differ<br />

from other species? Imagination, reasoning, emotion<br />

and the nuance of language – now there’s a debate!<br />

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Eddy Newton, Head of Marlborough House School in<br />

Hawkhurst, explains the virtues of a holistic education<br />

“At Marlborough House, a holistic education has quite<br />

rightly become the goal for our children, as we seek to<br />

educate the whole child, emotionally, physically and<br />

academically. This approach gives children the foundations<br />

they need to develop into well-rounded, healthy individuals,<br />

arming them with the education and life skills needed<br />

in order for them to reach their full potential.<br />

Our pupils achieve fantastic results in all areas of school<br />

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Our enquiry-based learning encourages inquisitive<br />

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A real treat for classical music<br />

lovers and all in the stunning<br />

Surrey countryside! This fabulous<br />

festival promises magnificent<br />

performances by inspirational<br />

world-class musicians. Dame<br />

Sarah Connolly will sing a very<br />

special programme of Bach and<br />

Handel arias with leading early<br />

music ensemble, the English<br />

Concert (Sat 18 <strong>May</strong>) at Holy<br />

Trinity Guildford; the gorgeous<br />

Mendelssohn Octet will perform<br />

with leading chamber players (Sat<br />

11 <strong>May</strong>) at RHS Wisley; Sharon<br />

Kam and the award-winning<br />

Sitkovetsky Trio will play the<br />

Mozart Clarinet Quintet (Thurs<br />

9 <strong>May</strong>) plus a spectacular concert<br />

for two pianos including Festival<br />

Artistic Director Wu Qian and<br />

featuring the winning entry<br />

in the <strong>2024</strong> Young Composer<br />

competition (Thurs 16 <strong>May</strong>).<br />

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This little country church will be<br />

alive with flowers from garden<br />

and hedgerow, celebrating the<br />

joy that music brings to all our<br />

lives. Children from the school<br />

and local Scouts and Guides will<br />

take part, together with the art<br />

group from Canterbury Oast<br />

Trust, a local charity that supports<br />

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All ages, all experiences, and<br />

all adding their wonderful<br />

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Entry: Free Contact:<br />

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Sat 25 <strong>May</strong> – Mon 2 Sep<br />

Hever Castle, Hever Road,<br />

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In a splendid celebration of their<br />

new home, complete with an<br />

exceptional roof that’s perfect for<br />

stargazing, The Festival Theatre at<br />

Hever Castle have programmed an<br />

array of star-studded events this<br />

year including loads of returning<br />

festival favourites, and many<br />

new artists and events dotted<br />

amongst the programme. The<br />

opening week boasts a diverse<br />

mix, from jazz and opera to<br />

musical performances, family fun<br />

and comedy. The Ronnie Scott’s<br />

Club are featuring highly with<br />

three different Ronnie’s groups<br />

including The Jazz Dynamos<br />

re-imagining songs from the 70s<br />

& 80s. Nestled in the enchanting,<br />

award-winning gardens of Hever<br />

Castle, festival spots (including<br />

The Loggia, Main Lawn and<br />

Two Sisters’ Theatre) promise<br />

many magical moments.<br />

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Sat 25 – Sun 26 <strong>May</strong><br />

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Fire up your taste buds at this<br />

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beautiful castle grounds close to<br />

the banks of the picturesque River<br />

Medway. Try, taste and buy from<br />

more than 60 stallholders selling a<br />

delicious range of food and drink<br />

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brownies, locally roasted coffee,<br />

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The Summer Vintage Fair returns to Chiddingstone Castle for its Ninth year. With an extensive array of fabulous<br />

vintage stalls, homewares, textiles, furniture, fashion, jewellery, accessories, pre-loved items and gardenalia. Picnic<br />

from the delicious food stalls on the lawns of our Grade II listed Orangery whilst enjoying singing performances from<br />

Miss Vintage and dancing from <strong>Home</strong> Front Lindy Hop. Make a whole day of it and explore the historic house and<br />

collections as part of your visit. For tickets scan the QR code or visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/whats-on/<br />

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half term break and have fun<br />

with a like-minded, fun seeking<br />

community of festival go-ers<br />

whilst enjoying all that the<br />

event has to offer, including<br />

some great live music such as<br />

headline act, Dodgy, who will be<br />

playing on the Saturday night.<br />

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Sat 22 June – Sun 7 July<br />

Various locations<br />

across Sevenoaks<br />



The festival kicks off with<br />

entertainment for all the family<br />

at the Festival Fair with a mix<br />

of music stages, children’s<br />

entertainment, walkabout and<br />

street theatre throughout the<br />

day in Bligh’s Meadow and The<br />

Shambles, as well as puppet<br />

shows in Stag Theatre’s Footlights<br />

Bar. On the following Saturday<br />

29 June, Colourscape may be<br />

enjoyed on the Vine Gardens,<br />

where a children’s event, Painting<br />

for Fun, will also be held. The<br />

Festival continues until Sunday<br />

7 July with the Finale Concert<br />

in Pamoja Hall, featuring Snake<br />

Davis and his ‘Classic Sax Solos’.<br />

The other sixty events include<br />

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado<br />

at Stag Theatre; an open air<br />

production of Shakespeare’s As<br />

You Like It at White Rock Inn;<br />

Liz Grand and her one-woman<br />

drama Where Is Mrs Christie?<br />

about the disappearance of Agatha<br />

Christie in 1926, in Sevenoaks<br />

School’s Sackville Theatre; The<br />

LP Swing Orchestra with Joe<br />

Stilgoe at Stag Theatre; and<br />

A3A Americana for the Third<br />

Age in the Footlights Bar.<br />

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Sat 29 & Sun 30 June launch<br />

then throughout July<br />

Various locations<br />

around Ashford<br />



The festival will launch with<br />

ASHFOOD! – a two-day<br />

celebration of local food and drink<br />

businesses at Elwick Place. Other<br />

activities include the return of<br />

Wine Garden of England with<br />

Boys Hall and Kent Vineyards at<br />

Revelation, and Curious Brewery<br />

hosting a two-day beer festival.<br />

There really is something for<br />

everyone this year from The Great<br />

Ashford Sandwich Competition<br />

and teddy bears picnic, to<br />

pizza making, wine tasting and<br />

some fabulous competitions.<br />

loveashford.com<br />


Fri 26 July, Weds 31<br />

July & Thurs 8 Aug<br />

Sandown Park, Portsmouth<br />

Road, Esher, Surrey<br />

KT10 9AJ UK<br />



Get ready for an incredible<br />

season of live music at Sandown<br />

Park Racecourse this summer!<br />

A day at the races promises to<br />

be more exhilarating than ever<br />

before, combining a nail-biting<br />

evening of racing followed by full<br />

headline performances from the<br />

UK’s biggest music artists. The<br />

line-up this year includes Pete<br />

Tong’s Ibiza Classics returning<br />

with a brand-new set for <strong>2024</strong> on<br />

Friday 26th July; music legends<br />

Madness on Wednesday 31st July;<br />

and the beloved pop band McFly<br />

on Thursday 8th August. To top<br />

it off, Sandown Park Racecourse<br />

features award-winning restaurants<br />

that cater for all tastes, from fine<br />

dining through to delicious bistro<br />

food. Tickets are on sale now with<br />

prices and hospitality packages<br />

available to suit all budgets.<br />

thejockeyclublive.co.uk<br />

Thurs 15 – Sun 18 August<br />

Hole Park, TN17 4JA<br />



If you love the outdoors and fancy<br />

learning more about knot tying,<br />

willow weaving, pewter casting<br />

and traditional arrow making,<br />

then this is the festival for you.<br />

It’s a unique event encompassing<br />

crafts and bushcraft skills for all<br />

the family, trade stands, food,<br />

drink and entertainment. There<br />

will be workshops, demonstrations<br />

and activities including wood<br />

carving, basketry, canoeing and<br />

axe throwing. There will also<br />

be many bushcraft activities<br />

specifically tailored for children.<br />

So get the kids outdoors in the<br />

fresh air and have some fun<br />

while you’re at it! Day tickets<br />

are available on the gate from<br />

16th August and weekend tickets<br />

in advance on the website.<br />

wildernessgathering.co.uk<br />

Sat 28 Sept – Sun 6 Oct<br />

Turner Contemporary,<br />

Margate CT9 1HG<br />



This gem of a festival gets bigger<br />

and better every year and promises<br />

creative writing workshops, talks<br />

and walks and a host of big<br />

name authors – all in marvellous<br />

Margate. Don’t miss out. Sign up<br />

online to get your ticket news.<br />

margatebookie.com<br />

Sun 23 Oct<br />

Brooklands Museum,<br />

Brooklands Drive, Weybridge,<br />

Surrey KT13 0SL<br />



Jump on board for a fun day of<br />

heritage bus trips, rarely seen early<br />

vehicles, live music, collectors’<br />

market and children’s attractions<br />

at the ever-popular Brooklands.<br />

Alongside a huge collection of<br />

buses you’ll see taxis, military and<br />

emergency vehicles plus all the<br />

usual displays including aircraft.<br />

londonbusmuseum.com<br />







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THURS 6 TH JUNE 7.30PM<br />

Two actors, two microphones, over twenty-five characters<br />

and lots of sound effects!<br />

Tickets: £20<br />

emftheatre.com 01732 304241<br />

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OF HOPE<br />

istockphoto.com/ jacoblund & Furtseff & evgenyatamanenko & lolostock<br />

What’s On<br />

this Season<br />

FAIRS<br />

Thur 6, Fri 7 & Sat 8<br />

June 9am-5pm<br />

Hole Park, Benenden Road,<br />

Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4JB<br />



Come and join us to welcome<br />

the joyful summer season. You’ll<br />

find all your favourite exhibitors<br />

plus a wide selection of exciting<br />

new stands who’ll be selling<br />

gorgeous fashion, sustainable<br />

products, art and crafts, home<br />

and gardenware, beauty and so<br />

much more (we haven’t even<br />

started on the food and drink!).<br />

<strong>Your</strong> ticket also includes access<br />

to the wonderful Hole Park<br />

Gardens, which is always stunning<br />

at this time of year. We look<br />

forward to welcoming you.<br />

wealdentimes-fair.co.uk<br />


Thur 16 <strong>May</strong> 1.30-4pm<br />

Reuthes, The Lost Gardens of<br />

Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks Road,<br />

Seal Chart TN15 0HB<br />




Founder of Hospices of Hope,<br />

Graham Perolls, invites you<br />

to accompany him on one of<br />

a series of exclusive tours and<br />

talks in three unique gardens in<br />

West Kent. Join Graham and<br />

Reuthe’s owner, Claire Price, in<br />

exploring the magical 11-acre<br />

rare species woodland that hosts<br />

one of the country’s best selection<br />

of specialist rhododendrons,<br />

azaleas, camellias and conifers.<br />

Finish your adventure with<br />

refreshments! Proceeds will<br />

benefit Hospices of Hope’s vital<br />

work supporting hospice care<br />

in South and East Europe.<br />

Tickets: £25<br />

hospicesofhope.co.uk<br />

Sat 6th July 10am-4pm<br />

Reading Street, Broadstairs,<br />

Kent CT10 3AZ<br />



This is Reading Street’s fifth open<br />

garden event. Gardens range from<br />

a small cottage garden to an award<br />

winning wildlife one, a Dragon<br />

garden with surprises for the little<br />

ones plus Taddy’s Allotments. All<br />

gardens are within 5 to 10 minutes<br />

walk from St Andrew’s Church.<br />

There will be plant and produce<br />

sales, as well as refreshments<br />

and lunches available in the<br />

Community Hall and a fabulous<br />

cake stall. Tickets are available<br />

from various points in the village.<br />

Entry: £5 (accompanied<br />

children free)<br />

Contact: offstand@btinternet.com<br />

Sun 30 June<br />

Fletching, East Sussex TN22 3SP<br />


The Garden Trail guarantees<br />

fun for all, including children’s<br />

activities, a raffle and a popular<br />

plant and seed sale. Some of the<br />

gardens have featured in national<br />

publications so it promises to be<br />

a visual treat. The Garden Café<br />

will be situated on the Village Rec,<br />

serving delicious light lunches,<br />

refreshments and homemade cakes<br />

throughout the day, all set in an<br />

idyllic location. Tickets should be<br />

purchased on the day from the<br />

school playground (contactless<br />

card machine available). Included<br />

in your entry fee is a brochure<br />

which includes a map to help<br />

you navigate your way from<br />

exquisite garden to garden.<br />

Entry: £10 (children free)<br />

MUSIC<br />

Thur 16 <strong>May</strong> 7pm<br />

(doors open 6.30pm)<br />

Ashburnham Place,<br />

Battle, TN33 9NF<br />



We’re so thrilled to hear about<br />

this year’s final. Eight immensely<br />

talented singers and their pianists<br />

will compete for prizes worth<br />

over £5000, to be awarded at<br />

the end of the evening. This<br />

is a wonderful opportunity to<br />

hear these exciting young artists<br />

perform settings of some of our<br />

greatest poetry by composers<br />

from the British Isles and Ireland.<br />

The Judges include Dame<br />

Felicity Lott and – for one prize<br />

– the audience! Tickets include<br />

a programme and an interval<br />

drink and are available online<br />

and from Rother Books on Battle<br />

High Street. On the door tickets<br />

are cash only please. This is an<br />

accessible event with free parking.<br />

Entry: £25<br />

ashburnhamenglishsongawards.<br />

co.uk / eventbrite.co.uk<br />

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to press but may be subject to change.<br />

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Jane Howard explains how<br />

agricultural shows came<br />

to be and just how much<br />

preparation is needed<br />

in order to compete<br />

The Heathfield Show at the end<br />

of <strong>May</strong> will be the first outing for<br />

the Coopers Farm team, in a busy<br />

summer that ends up with the Edenbridge and<br />

Oxted show on August bank holiday. It’s the time<br />

of year when jams and preserves get competitive,<br />

beer tents are buzzing, ferrets race furiously and farmers<br />

show and parade some of the country’s finest livestock.<br />

Agricultural shows are part of our rural heritage and<br />

date back to the 18th century when they played an<br />

important educational role. At that time, as a result of<br />

the Industrial Revolution, the population of Britain<br />

boomed and farming had to change swiftly to keep the<br />

nation fed. A network of county agricultural societies<br />

promoted new scientific methods of stock breeding and<br />

crop management, but not enough farmers took any<br />

notice. So the idea of the agricultural<br />

show was born, where all the advances<br />

would be displayed and explained,<br />

the superiority of the new methods<br />

demonstrated and – to encourage good<br />

practice – prizes would be awarded for<br />

the best stock and produce. The shows<br />

were high-minded and serious. If people<br />

wanted fun, they could go to the circus.<br />

These days for the many visitors<br />

who flock to the shows each year they<br />

are absolutely about having fun, but<br />

it’s also a great chance to get up close<br />

to all our farm animals and learn more about them.<br />

Showing cattle is a bit like competing at Crufts.<br />

In the first instance there are the individual breed<br />

classes with categories for young and mature bulls,<br />

and cows and heifers (females that haven’t yet had a<br />

calf) resulting in a male and female champion for each<br />

breed. These breed champions then compete with<br />

each other to get the supreme champion of the show,<br />

but to get there – indeed even to turn up – means<br />

a great deal of hard work, started months before.<br />

Around Christmas I start picking out the potential<br />

Showing cattle is a<br />

bit like competing at<br />

Crufts... to get there<br />

– indeed even to turn<br />

up – means a great<br />

deal of hard work,<br />

started months before<br />

contenders for the Coopers team. What am I looking<br />

for? The easiest explanation is a topline (backbone)<br />

that is parallel to the bottom line (belly) and plenty<br />

of width. Think about a box of After Eights with<br />

a leg in each corner and you won’t be far out.<br />

By about March the training begins, but your average<br />

cow sees no reason to put on a halter and be walked<br />

round on the end of a rope, why would they? It always<br />

helps if there are cattle in the team who<br />

have been round the circuit the year<br />

before to lend a relaxed 'been there,<br />

done that' vibe to proceedings. Even<br />

so, first steps are always unpredictable.<br />

Having tied them up to get used to<br />

the halter you then have to untie them<br />

and encourage forward movement.<br />

At this point one of two things can<br />

happen. Some set off round the yard<br />

rodeo style, bucking and bronking with<br />

yours truly holding on to the end of<br />

the rope, trying to calm things down.<br />

These are the easy ones as they soon settle down.<br />

Far trickier are those that take the “nah, no thank<br />

you” approach and refuse to budge. Much harder to<br />

do anything about half a ton of uncooperative beef!<br />

But somehow we always seem to get them there,<br />

though it must be said, like children there are<br />

always the little angels that rise to the occasion<br />

and behave impeccably... and those that don’t.<br />

So here’s hoping this year's lot will oblige<br />

and it will be a sunny, easy, enjoyable show<br />

season. <strong>Love</strong> to meet some of you there.<br />

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