South Hams Lifestyle Feb - Mar 2020


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Tails on the Trail


Monday 17 - Friday 21 February

10am - 3pm

Can you guess who lives in the dens

and nests hidden on our nature trail,

just by looking at their tails?

£2.50 per trail sheet.

All ages welcome.

Just turn up!

Kids Winter Warmer Cookery School

Thursday 20 February, 10am - 4pm

£36 per child. 7-12yrs. Booking essential

Occombe Farm

Tots Go Wild

Wednesday 26 February, 9.30am - 11am

£5 per child. Upto 5yrs. Booking essential

Occombe Farm


Cockington Heritage Spotter Trail

Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 February

10am - 4pm.

50p per sheet. 5yrs+.


A Note

from the editor

The bleak midwinter. I often bemoan the loss

of the twinkle of festive lights and Christmas

wreaths - it seems a cruel, long stretch from

early January into spring without something

nice to look at - we can all fall victim to this

pessimism, generally because after the chaos

of the festive season, our diaries are looking a

little empty and our doors a little sad…

A Culinary recipes Journey to celebrate


19Three Fairtrade Northern Ireland Fortnight

How about instead of succumbing to the

midwinter gloom, we instead rejoice in

something altogether more special than strings

of lights or wrapped up presents - the gentle

awakening of spring, the shift in the seasons.

I won’t look for glitter, but instead for the

solemn little heads of the snowdrops in shady

patches or the gentle bob of yellow swathes of

daffodils lining the roads on my drive to work.

I’ll view my lack of social engagements not as

a problem, but as a chance to take a breath

- and maybe treat myself to a dinner without

having to worry about anyone else. Finally,

instead of filling my body with festive treats (I

assure you, there were plenty), I’ll fill my lungs

with fresh air during the little 20 minutes I’ve

carved out of my day for a lunchtime walk.

Foodie Santa



06 What’s On

Spring is awakening! And we share

with you the pick of the best local


15 Perfect Pancakes

Three incredible pancake recipes

to celebrate Shrove Tuesday with -

including a curry version!

17 Mitch Tonks


We catch up with the West Country

chef on big business decisions and

creating a community

19 Fairtrade Fortnight

Three delicious recipes celebrating the

best Fairtrade ingredients - promising

a fair price to farmers

26 Liz Bonnin

We caught up with presenter and

wildlife expert Liz Bonnin ahead of the

Planet Earth Live in Concert tour

30 Bathroom Guide

A guide to creating your own

bathroom sanctuary and top tips for

choosing tiles


Liz Bonnin





Editor Katie Thomson


Publisher Sally Thomson

Contributors Rebecca Williams, Peter Thomson, Pete Lawrence, Matthew Biggs,

Kate O’Connell, Lucy Saunders. Front cover courtesy Mitch Tonks

Key Account Manager Skye O’Hara


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All things considered, then, February doesn’t

feel too bad. It’s famously the month of love

with Saint Valentine’s day in the middle - that

love can manifest itself with showings of

gratitude of kindness to your partner or pet,

your best friend or brother - a little bit of love

can lift even the gloomiest of spirits.

This issue we have a bumper selection of

goodies to keep you occupied too - with

a fabulous bathroom and tile guide, some

enviable inspiration on architectural glazing

and some tips on modern Victorian styling.

Add into that a catch up with the charming

chef Mitch Tonks, some tasty recipes and a

interview with the fascinating TV presenter and

biologist Liz Bonnin - well, we are confident

there is something for everyone.

We will see you again in April - when we will be

in full Easter mode!



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Finally, the days are getting longer and

spring is just around the corner.

Looking for the best local places to visit and

things to do at this time of year?

Then make the most of the season with our

extensive guide...

Coleton Fishacre

National Trust

Brownstone Road , KingswearTQ6 0EQ

01803 752466

Sunday 9 February, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Interested in Volunteering?

Go along and find out about volunteering

opportunities at Greenway, Coleton

Fishacre, Bradley Manor and Compton

Castle. You’ll meet staff and current

volunteers from different areas, and have

the chance to find out more over a cuppa

and a biscuit.

Sunday 16 February, 11am - 1pm

Winter Warmer Walk to Froward


Join Active Outdoors Officer Lucy on a

free guided walk to Froward Point, taking

in the National Coastwatch station and

military coastal defence. The walk is approx

3km long. Please note there are no toilet

facilities available.

18, 21. 25, 28 February, 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20

& 24 March

Mini Talk on the Architecture of

Coleton Fishacre

Would you like to learn more about the

architectural features of Coleton Fishacre

when it was created in the 1920s?

Wednesdays 19 & 26 February and 4, 11,

18 & 25 March

Mini Walk and Talk on Garden


Would you like to find out more about the

unique landscape design of the garden?

Why not join a member of the garden team

for a 15 minute walk and talk?

Wednesday 19 February

Wild Wednesday

During the school holidays. On these days,

the ranger team lead 50 things to do before

you’re 11 activities in the garden.

Thursday 20 February & Friday 20 March

Countryside Walks with a Ranger

Would you like to explore the rugged

stretch of coastline in the company of a

countryside ranger?

Sunday 23 February

Winter Warmer Walk to Man Sands

Join Active Outdoors Officer Lucy on a free

guided walk to Man Sands beach, taking

in the wetlands and learning about the

marshland project.

Waterproof footwear is advised. Please

note there are no toilet facilities available.

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Saturday 28 March

Scabbacombe Beach Clean

Go and help the rangers litter pick at one

of the most special places the secluded,

remote and beautiful Scabbacombe Beach.

Dartington Hall

Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6EE

01803 847111

Saturday 1 February - Sunday 29 March

Dartington Deer Park Discovery


A unique experience helping to feed the

Deer Herd at Dartington - including some

special spooky tours for half term! Learn

about the deer’s ecology, life-cycle &

seasonal behaviour inside the deer park

and in close proximity of these magnificent


Every Sunday from 2 February - 7 June

Family Dance

Like dancing in the living room! An inclusive

Sunday morning dance space for all ages

of carers and children (grandparents to

babies welcome). Led by Leela Fisk and

assisted by Kate Reed

Saturday 8 February

Wanders for Wellbeing

A wander for well-being is a guided nature

connection walk covering less than a mile.

Your guide, Emma, is there to offer simple

invitations to help you to slow down and

become fully present in your senses.

Sunday 9 February

Winter Tonics for You!

A Craft Revolution course. Enjoy making

herbal teas, creating herbal blends and

devising remedies for the body and mind

during the winter months.

Sunday 16 February

Devon Baroque - 20th Anniversary


Devon Baroque celebrate their 20th

birthday with a sparkling concert of

concertos for multiple violins and the

Handel Concerto Grosso that was the first

piece the ensemble ever performed.

Wednesday 26 February

Frost and Fire Experimental

Landscape Painting with Anthony


Part of our Inspirational British Art and

Craft Course series. Learn how to apply

contemporary painting techniques using

acrylic and water based oil paints.

Sunday 22 March

Raise the Roof

Community Dance Platform

Join Dance in Devon for this exciting

platform of community dance groups,

local schools and exciting emerging dance

artists from the Devon and Torbay area.

Tuesday 24 March

Jonas Kauffman - My Vienna

Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna is a deeply

personal tribute by the star tenor to the

world-famous melodies from the birthplace

of waltz and operetta.

Greenway National


Blampton Brixham TQ5 0ES

01803 842382

Saturday 8 February

Interested in Volunteering?

If you’re looking for a new challenge, want

to make some new friends or keen for

some experience, they will have a role to

suit you.

Sunday 9 February

Winter Warmer Walk

Join Active Outdoors Officer Lucy on a free

circular walk around the Greenway estate,

taking in the river views. Please note there

will be no facilities available.

Saturday 15 February - Sunday 1


Daily Garden Walk

A member of the garden team will lead you

to points of interest on a walk and talk, and

show you what is at it’s best at this point

in the season. A great way to find out all

about what’s in flower, and the history of

the garden.

Friday 21 February and Thursday 19


Countryside Walks with a Ranger

Why not join one of the countryside rangers

for a walk through Greenway garden out to

part of the estate?

Kingsbridge Farmers'


The Quay, Kingsbridge TQ7 1HS

07932 407819

First and third Saturday of each month,

9am - 1pm

You will find everything you would expect

from a farmers’ market and more.


Plants for sale • Dogs welcome on leads

Hyne Town House




Hyne Town House is a highly regarded residential

care home in Devon for elderly people who require

full time or part time professional care, sheltered

housing or assisted living in a safe, luxurious, warm

and welcoming care home near Dartmouth.

Please call Paula Hounslow on 01803 770011

or email:

Strete, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0RU




1st Jan - 30th April


Including full joining fee

Call: 01548 560405


An awe inspiring place to play golf | 5


Sharpitor, Salcombe TQ8 8LW

01548 842893

Saturday 8 February - Sunday 1


Rooted in Japan

A new self-led tour highlighting the

fascinating plants that have been

introduced from Japan. New interpretation

and displays feature the horticultural

techniques and tools used. ‘Cloud pruning’

demonstrations at selected times.

Friday 14 February - Sunday 22 March

Afternoon Tea and Tasty Treats

Take a seat in the old billiard room or on

the terrace overlooking the Salcombe

Estuary, to indulge in a mouth-watering

selection of local food.

Monday 30 March - Monday 13 April

Easter Family Garden Trail

To claim a palm tree seedling, budding

plant hunters can explore the garden to

complete the flora trail.

Palace Theatre

Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF

01803 665800

Sunday 16 February, 7.30pm

Dance To The Music - UK Tour 2020

Dance To The Music is a sumptuously

beautiful, glamorous dance show created,

directed and choreographed by ex Strictly

Come Dancing professional Kristina

Rihanoff. Kristina is excited to tour the

show with even more fabulous costumes,

stunning vocals and breath-taking


Saturday 29 February, 7.30pm

The Total Who Show

Get ready for two hours of hits and classics

by The Who, including Won’t Get Fooled

Again, My Generation, Pinball Wizard, Who

Are You, Substitute, Can’t Explain, The

Seeker and I Can See For Miles.

Thursday 12 March, 8pm

Jon Culshaw -

The Great British Take Off

Comedian, impressionist and star of BBC

Radio 4’s Dead Ringer’s Jon Culshaw,

accompanied by legendary comedy

producer and author Bill Dare, takes to the

road for a new run of their acclaimed show.

Saturday 14 March

The Freddie and Queen Experience

The Freddie and Queen Experience are the

UK’s Premier Queen & Freddie Mercury

Tribute Band who are internationally and

critically acclaimed. The full band perform

with replica outfits instruments and perform

a full recreation of Queen’s Live shows,

based around Queen at their very best, the

86 ‘Magic tour’.

Saturday 21 - Wednesday 25 March


Roxie Hart murders her disloyal lover and

convinces her husband, Amos, to take the

rap. When he finds out he’s been duped,

he turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to

death row, Roxie and another murderess,

Velma Kelly, compete for the spotlight and

the headlines with the help of Billy Flynn,

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the slickest lawyer in town. Roxie and

Velma ultimately join forces in search of the

“American Dream”.

Saturday 28 March, 7.30pm

The Wall of Floyd

An established leading tribute to Pink Floyd

from the South Coast of England.

Made up of 7 core members, with

collectively over 75 years of studio and live

performances between them, the band aim

to sonically reproduce Pink Floyd’s music

as accurately as possible with a stage

show to match.

Pennywell Farm and

Wildlife Centre

Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LT

01364 642023

Saturday 15 February, 10am

Fabulous Half Term Offer

The gates open for the 2020 season on

Saturday 15 Feb at 10am. Buy a day

admission ticket and they will give you a

return ticket, valid until 23 Feb to use as

many times as you like.

Pennywell has the friendliest animals in

Devon and the 2020 season will have more

animals to meet than ever before with their

new and improved Miniature Pony Centre.

South Devon Railway

The Station, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DZ


Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 February

February Half Term

This February Half Term, why not take a

train ride on the heritage diesel unit, known

as a ‘Bubblecar’, whose large windows

allow for almost panoramic views of the

beautiful valley of the river Dart on its

journey from Buckfastleigh to Staverton

and return?

The Flavel Arts Centre

Dartmouth TQ6 9ND

01803 839530

Friday 14 February, 7pm

Seth Lakeman - A Pilgrim’s Tale

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the

historic Mayflower voyage. Multi awardwinning

folk singer Seth Lakeman was

raised and still lives on Dartmoor, within

sight of the sea at Plymouth, from where

the Puritans sailed on the Mayflower in

1620. Seth tells the epic and soulful tale

of the Pilgrim Fathers on his new album ‘A

Pilgrim’s and will be playing songs from the

album live with his band in the towns and

cities that the Pilgrim Fathers came from.

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February

Charity Beer Festival

The annual Charity Beer Festival brought

to you by Dartmouth Rotary and raising

money for Dartmouth Caring.

Artisan, micro and major breweries are

represented by a fantastic riot of flavour

and strength ales accompanied by local

and lovingly produced ciders.

Once again there will be a superb selection

of locally sourced food which will include

Vegan options.

Friday 28 - Saturday 29 February

Dr. Faustus - The Burgundy Theatre

The classic tragedy of Dr Faustus, the

tale of a woman consumed by the wish to

gain knowledge and power. From the halls

of Wittenburg University to the courts of

Popes and Kings, we follow Dr Faustus on

a journey of discovery, magic and sin.

Monday 16 March, 7.30pm

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

The new 25th Anniversary show catapults

Riverdance into the 21st century and

will completely immerse you in the

extraordinary and elemental power of its

music and dance. 25 years ago, 7 minutes

changed the face of Irish dancing forever.

The Eurovision interval act performance

gave millions of people a new and exciting

glimpse of the future of Irish dance.

Sunday 22 March, 7.30pm

Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash

Regarded by critics and fans as one of

the most enduring of British Rock bands,

Wishbone Ash, forged a unique musical

identity through their seminal albums and

astonishing live shows. The 2020 tour will

feature in its entirety the 1971 iconic album,

Pilgrimage, as well as highlights from their

extensive back catalogue.

Woodlands Leisure


Blackawton, Totnes TQ9 7DQ

01803 712598

Saturday 15 February - Sunday 23


Super Hero & Princess Week

February Half Term

Calling all Super Heroes and Princesses!

Get your Super and Sparkling costumes at

the ready!

All children over 92cms dressed up as a

Superhero or Princess will get a free return


Sunday 22 March

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day at Woodlands!

Join them on Mothering Sunday and treat

your Superhero Mums to the best day out

in The South West!

Mums go free on 22nd March when tickets

are booked online and in advance with a

paying child.


Delamore, Ivybridge PL21 9QT

01752 837663

Open Gardens

February Saturday 16 & Sunday 17,

10.30am - 3pm.

For a truly sensational snowdrop

experience, this woodland walk boasts

thousands of unusual varieties of

snowdrops heralding the first signs of


Visitors are welcome on the weekend of

Admission £4.50, children free.

We take great care in compiling the listings,

however we recommend that you contact the

venue in advance as events and activities

can be subject to change.

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Holiday homes that stand out

from the crowd

It is no secret that the South Hams is one of the most

desirable holiday destinations in the country. But what is it

that makes Dartmouth, Salcombe and the myriad of quaint

towns and villages nestled in between stand out from the

countless other popular seaside getaways?

Some of the highlights are obvious. Sun,

sea, sand… not to mention the endless

good food, superb events and striking

countryside. It’s not hard to see why

South Devon was one of the top three

UK holiday destinations last year! But

it’s not just the beautiful beaches or

balmy climate that keep people coming

back time after time - the exceptional

standard of holiday accommodation

available makes the lure of South Devon

hard to ignore. From cosy cottages

with wood burning stoves, to luxurious

apartments nestled on river banks,

the collection of holiday homes is


With so many attractive properties

to choose from, if you own or are

considering buying a holiday home, you

may be wondering how to make your

property stand out from the crowd. In

our experience, here are five of the top

factors, that will make a holiday home

sell, sell, sell!

• Location

Being within walking distance of

shops, restaurants or the beach is

desirable, especially for families with

young children. But for many, a cottage

surrounded by nothing but rolling fields

is the secluded bliss they are searching

for – particularly for those with dogs, or

visitors with a passion for walking.

• Views to wow!

Whether it be the countryside, sea,

estuary or river… South Devon’s views

never get old. And if you can enjoy them

from your holiday home window, even


• Parking

Parking is an increasingly rare

commodity in South Devon. Particularly

in the towns of Salcombe and

Dartmouth, where almost all parking is

chargeable, having a designated space

is invaluable.

• Equipment and Amenities

Nowadays, discerning customers are

looking for a little more than just a

comfy bed. Equipping your property

with some added extras can make a

“It’s not just the beautiful beaches or balmy

climate that keep people coming back time

after time - the exceptional standard of holiday

accommodation available makes the lure of

South Devon hard to ignore”

huge difference to its appeal. Whether

it be something as grand as a private

hot tub or something more simple like

a coffee machine, this can make all the

difference, particularly encouraging

repeat bookings.

• A home for all

A holiday home needs to be as inclusive

as possible, recognising the needs of

a variety of potential clients. No two

holiday parties are the same… whether

it be couples, groups of friends, or multigenerational

families. For maximum

appeal, flexibility is key! For instance,

zip and link beds, giving the option of a

double or two single beds is great, whilst

a social space for family gatherings as

well as a quieter room for individual

pursuits will keep a variety of age groups

happy. Being open to accepting dogs

also helps – in 1 in 3 UK breaks, a dog

comes too!

Following a record year of bookings

in 2019 at Coast & Country Cottages,

we are currently looking to expand our

portfolio of properties to meet customer

demand. If you are considering letting

your holiday home, contact our New

Property Team today for a free no

obligation appraisal.

Call 01803 227990 or visit to order a

copy of our free Owners Guide. | 9

Time to trust in the future of prep schools

It can’t be easy being a prospective parent of a prep school child.

If you fall into this category you might have been forgiven, prior

to the December election, for thinking that there’s not much point

as the whole fee paying independent school sector could have

been abolished...

If the outcome of the election had

been different don’t underestimate

the independent school sector’s

determination to fight for its existence

with every legal pathway being followed

to test the legitimacy of such a policy. As

it is, the immediate prospect of a political

threat has greatly subsided and the

sector has the breathing space to make

its case more forcefully that we have

a right to exist and parents should be

presented with options for the education

of their children. It is for parents to

choose the school which is best suited

to their child’s needs, aspirations and


In the meantime, there is every reason to

have confidence in prep schools and their

future. IAPS (the Independent Association

of Prep Schools) has over 600 of the top

prep and fee-charging junior schools in

the UK. The first step in your search for

quality is to check if your possible short

list of schools for your son or daughter

carries the mark of quality by being

a member of the heads’ association

known as IAPS. This association has a

history extending back over 126 years

and the criteria for membership is strictly

monitored to ensure both the head, and

the school they work at, maintain the

highest standards. School inspection

reports are received by IAPS, for

example, and any failings identified have

to be rectified in good time to maintain

membership. In one sense, therefore,

the first level of due diligence a parent

might feel it necessary to undertake is

already done for them if the school can

demonstrate they are members of IAPS

and, better still, have been a member for

many years.

What should you do next as you are

feeling your way through the maze

of glossy publications and enticing

web sites placed in front of you. The

temptation is to look for a ‘brand’ name

and, to some extent, this has merit as

it will more often than not lead you to a

school with a fine reputation polished

over many years of conspicuous

achievement. The question to ask, of

course, is has the school a reputation for

success in the areas which co-incide with

the talents and interests of your child. A

fine school’s sporting tradition is of little

relevance if your child is a talented and

developing musician – not that those two

areas have to be mutually exclusive.

The resort to social media and discussion

forums is a likely step many will take but

if your chosen pathway takes you in this

direction then, at the risk of patronising

you, the reader, beware. Do you use

Tripadvisor when planning a stay away?

Do you believe all the messages posted

there and would you base your whole

view of a school on the postings of a

few with most likely a pro- or anti-line to

promote for their own reasons.

There might be themes to pick up on but

it really needs each parent to seek out the

things that are most important to you and

your child.

That brings me then to what you should

do. The most important thing is to visit

the school and not just on an official

Open Day. If a school can’t buff itself

up to look good on an official Open Day

it really is a poor do. However, chose

a day and time to suit you, though

be reasonable when negotiating this.

Nothing much is likely to be gained from

a visit if a good proportion of the school

is off their normal timetable or routine

because it’s the day of the annual whole

school cross country event. Ask to see

the class your child would likely join at

work and then visit older age groups,

looking for obvious positive progression

as revealed by the work displayed on the

wall displays. Find out the answers to

the questions you have about the areas

important to you and judge how open

and direct you find the responses from

the school. In short trust your instincts

and not wholly what others tell you.

If you follow this advice you won’t go far

wrong and then don’t lose any sleep at

all over the long term future of your prep

school. Let IAPS do that bit for you whilst

you concentrate on finding the right

school for your child.

Christopher King


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Ensuring Success

for Pupils at

Trinity School


Trinity School in Teignmouth is

passionate about taking an individual

approach to each pupil’s education to

ensure that all reach their aspirations...

It is important to recognise that success comes in all shapes

and sizes, and the school’s approach develops and nurtures

each child’s unique abilities. The school recognises that one size

does not fit all.

There is no set route through and after school, and while all can

achieve academically, grades can only get pupils as far as the

interview; the person gets the job. This is what Trinity develops

in pupils by giving opportunities, mentoring through the years

and ultimately upholding our school vision.

The school ensures that a range of pupils can access

outstanding education by remaining non-selective and offering

opportunities for a range of scholarships and bursaries to

current and prospective pupils.

Scholarships have started to be awarded for the next academic

year for consistent and exceptional displays of talent in

particular subject areas as well as for all-round excellence for

spectacular candidates. These scholarships are awarded at Year

7, Year 9 and Sixth Form entries with another assessment day

taking place in March 2020.

For families who are not able to afford the full fees, Trinity offers

a limited number of means-tested bursaries to ensure the unique

education offer is available to as many families as possible.

For full information on both scholarships and bursaries

available, and for families with enquiries for immediate

or September 2020 entry, please contact Trinity School’s

Registrar Maria Kerr on or

01626 771530.

Trinity School


01626 771530


Academic excellence,

great opportunities

and outstanding care

make Trinity School an

exciting and vibrant

independent school

for all.

Day & Boarding. Nursery to Sixth Form.

Trinity School (Teignmouth) is a company limited by guarantee (registered in England; company number 1399560) and a registered charity (number 276960). Registered Office:

Buckeridge Road, Teignmouth, Devon. TQ14 8LY. UK

Scott college

Our healthcare system is much in the news

and so with the spotlight on training we

had a chat to Martyn Cox, Principal of Scott

Medical and Healthcare College - a secondary

school in Plymouth - about this pioneering

establishment which focuses on preparing

young people for careers in the medical, social

and healthcare sectors...

You offer a very wide range of courses – who are these

aimed at and what areas do your student population

come from? Our students come from across Devon and right

down into Cornwall and our courses are aimed at young people

who think a career in medicine, health or social care is for

them. You’d be surprised how many of our students are already

determined to pursue a particular path! Students can join us

from Year 9, when they’re 13. Once they get to Sixth form we

have three specific pathways for them to follow whether they

want to go to university, pursue an apprenticeship or go straight

into the world of work. We also have a well-planned, varied and

enriching extra-curricular programme ensuring our students

leave us as well-rounded young people.

What benefits do you feel accrue from your being a

specialist college? We are a small school, with small classes

and a first-class staff where students are surrounded by others

who have made the choice to join us because they already know

the direction they want their studies to head in. They are learning

in a brand new purpose-built £5m building with state-of-the-art

equipment and we know their skills are going to be in enormous

demand – not a day goes by without recruitment in our NHS and

Social Care sectors being highlighted in the media.

You collaborate with a number of education establishments

including the University of Plymouth – how does this work?

We have incredible partners; University Hospitals Plymouth

NHS Trust, Livewell Southwest, Plymouth University and

now Specsavers. They are in our school all the time holding

masterclasses, careers taster sessions and offering many other

opportunities as well as providing work placements which all

help to give our students a headstart when it comes to deciding

which medical or health and social care career they want

to pursue.

If you were Minister of Health for one day what piece of

legislation would you pass? I would work with the Department

for Education and the Treasury to make sure we increase the

number of university places for nurses, midwives, optometrists,

dentists and doctors so that we can meet future demand for

healthcare professionals. For politicians in post for four or five

years it is a bold thing to do: to invest in long-term solutions that

will lead to long-term change.

For more information visit:

The importance of extracurricular

activities for children

build a lot of endurance. Every sport has

something good to offer, whether they play

in teams or individually.

Your child has spent a long day at school,

however their first port of call when they

get home will probably be their X Box or

something on the TV.

However, we suggest that they will benefit

greatly from a non-academic activity that

they have an interest in. There are many

activities to choose from sports, chess

clubs, dance clubs, book clubs, and music

clubs and so on… your child is bound to

find something to like.

Talk to your child about their interests and

see what they would like to do. High energy

children may prefer sports or dance, while

children who are quieter tend to prefer the

calmer activities like book clubs, cooking

class or perhaps pottery.

Here are some extra-curricular activities

that your child might enjoy.

1. Music

Some children learn to play instruments,

while others prefer to sing. There are some

who are good at doing both. There are so

many instruments to choose from that you

are bound to find something that they will

enjoy playing.

There is a certain freedom in music, and

many children find joy in it. Children also

tend to learn a lot about history and culture

while learning a musical instrument or song.

2. Sports

Sports such as football, basketball, cricket

and softball require teamwork and a lot

of energy, but if this type of sport doesn’t

sound it would suit your child, there are

other options such as tennis, badminton

and golf to try.

In team based sports they will learn how

to work well in a group and they also

3. Dance

In dance there are so many forms to

choose from that your child is sure to find

the perfect fit. Be it ballet, tap or modern

dance it is something that will help your

child develop physically and mentally. Most

forms of dance require discipline, a strong

body and it keeps them active. In this

day and age it is particularly important as

there is very little physical activity at school


4. Painting and Sketching

Perhaps your child is a blossoming artist.

Playing with colours is a lot of fun and

creating different works of art may be

something your child would prefer over

more boisterous activities.

These will improve creative skills as

the brain begins to develop the areas

associated with creativity. Painting and

drawing can also help develop problemsolving


5. Crafts, Pottery and Sculpting

Working with clay and creating something

with their hands can give a child a sense of

satisfaction that is not found through just

any activity. Clay can have a therapeutic

effect and is capable of keeping your child

occupied for hours.

Your child will develop sensory and motor

skills through creative works.

6. Martial Arts

There are varied styles of mixed martial

arts such as judo, Taekwondo and karate.

These teach discipline and how to control


Martial arts also teaches self-control

and self-discipline. They also help

in socialisation skills and physical


7. Sewing Classes

Sewing may not be something that

crosses very many people’s minds for an

extracurricular activity, but it is a skill that is

very handy indeed. Many children grow up

with a passion for fashion, and this may be

a very useful first step for them.

Sewing is as creative a field as painting or

sculpting, and it is to be noted that it can

be very educational for those children who

want to be future designers.

8. Book Club

Book clubs are a great way for little

bookworms to have their fun and socialise

with other book lovers.

Many things can be gained from a book

club. Not only will the literature teach your

child a lot about the world, the way it works

and so much more, and it will also help

them to develop their reading skills, which

will have a tremendous impact on their

writing skills.

9. Cooking Class

Cooking classes are great for children

as they are not only an essential skill but

another area where they can express their


There are additional benefits by joining a

cookery class. Cooking food is something

that will help your child develop focus,

creativity and will also teach your children

useful skills. They will learn about different

ingredients and how to prepare healthy and

balanced meals.

10. Drama Club

Your little drama kings and queens will love

this one as it is a fun and productive way to

use up their dramatic energies.

Drama club helps your child to develop

physical, artistic, social and public speaking

skills. It also helps to improve a their

memory and improvisation skills. Often,

shy children who have a talent for acting

become more confident and social through

drama club.

When you have a general idea of what your

child wants, you can do some research

to see who provides these classes in your

area and then make the time to take your

them to visit the place while a class is in

session and see if is a stimulating and

comfortable environment.

The staff should be friendly and

enthusiastic. It is always best to send them

to someone who is properly certified.

See if the children who are in the class are

happy and look like they are having fun

and learning at the same time.

While education is important, children need

additional outlets to express themselves. | 13

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Perfect Pancakes

Get adventurous this Shrove

Tuesday and try out these

delicious recipes courtesy of


Buttermilk Pancakes

with chilli chocolate sauce


For the chocolate sauce:

100ml double cream

1 Chipotle Chilli, roughly chopped

200g Divine Fairtrade 70% Dark Chocolate

For the pancakes:

150g plain flour

Pinch of table salt

25g golden caster sugar

4 eggs

100ml whole milk

100ml buttermilk

40g butter

4 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil

Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve


To make the sauce, gently warm the

cream and chilli in a pan then leave to

infuse for 10 minutes. Break the chocolate

into a bowl and place on top of a pan of

simmering water, making sure the base

doesn’t touch the water, and allow to melt

slowly while stirring.

Strain the warmed cream into the melted

chocolate and stir. Discard the chilli.

Keep the sauce warm while you make the


Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the

salt and half the sugar. In a separate dish,

crack 2 eggs into the milk. Separate the

remaining 2 eggs and add the yolks to

the milk.

Add the buttermilk to the milk and eggs

and whisk together. Slowly pour into the

flour, whisking gently but being careful not

to overmix.

In a separate bowl, add the remaining

s.ugar to the egg whites, whisk until light

and fluffy then fold into the batter mixture

in 2 stages.

Heat a little butter and oil in a non-stick pan.

Depending on the size of your pan, drop up

to 5 large tablespoons of the pancake mix

into it and fry each pancake for 40 seconds

until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip

over and fry for a further 40 seconds, then

remove. Repeat in batches with the rest of

the batter to make 18-24 pancakes.

Divide the pancakes between 6 plates and

top each with a scoop of ice cream and a

drizzle of chocolate sauce. Serve swiftly.

Chicken tikka pancakes

with mango chutney


125g plain flour

1 egg

300ml semi-skimmed milk

1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tbsp sunflower oil

2 x 300g packs Waitrose British Chicken

Breast Chunks In A Spiced Tikka Marinade

4 salad onions, sliced

4 tbsp Geeta’s Premium Mango Chutney

4 tbsp low fat Greek yogurt


Sift the flour and a pinch of salt together

into a bowl. Make a well in the centre

and add the egg and half the milk. Whisk

together well then stir in the rest of the milk

to make a smooth batter. Stir in the chilli

and cumin, and set aside for 30 minutes.

Reserve 1 tbsp of the oil, then heat a little

of the remaining oil in an 18cm pancake

pan or shallow frying pan and add a ladleful

of the batter. Swirl it around the pan and

cook for 1–2 minutes each side until golden.

Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat

with the remaining mixture to make 8

pancakes, keeping them warm, separated

with sheets of kitchen paper.

Heat the rest of the oil in a large, non-stick

frying pan and cook the chicken for 10–12

minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked

through with no pink meat. Divide the

chicken between the pancakes, putting

it on one quarter of the pancake, and top

with the salad onions, mango chutney and

yogurt. Fold up the pancakes to make

parcels, and serve.

Toffee Apple Pancakes

with vanilla ice cream


40g butter

4 apples, cored and cut into thin wedges

3 tbsp clear honey

3 tbsp light brown soft sugar

8 Pancakes - from scratch or store bought

4 generous scoops vanilla ice cream

25g hazelnuts, chopped and toasted


1. Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Add

the apple wedges and fry for 3 minutes until

beginning to soften and turn golden. Stir

through the honey and sprinkle over the

brown sugar. Continue to cook for a further

4 minutes until sticky and glazed.

2. Warm the pancakes in the microwave or

oven, according to the packet instructions.

3. Divide the toffee apples between the

warmed pancakes then fold each one in

half and in half again. Place 2 filled pancake

cones on each plate and top with a scoop

of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle over any sauce

left in the pan and scatter with hazelnuts

before serving. | 15


fresh from the farm

We speak to Andy and Marie from

Riverford organics...

Tell us all about your Organic Veg delivery service?

Andy and I run the Riverford Delivery service in the Torbay and

South Hams. We have 4 amazing drivers, Rob, Harvey, Andrew

and Richard, and deliver on average to around 250 customers

a day all around the area from anywhere between Bigbury and


Every moment is packed with getting to know our customers,

learning about the farm and making sure all the veg boxes are on

the right van and are delivered to the correct address on a daily

basis. We deliver on a ‘round’ basis on a set day to maximise

efficiency and reduce food miles.



32 years experience in the Fish Trade

Darren and Emma offer the finest, freshest fish every

day and can prepare to your requirements.

Also supply restaurants and hotels and hold the highest

award for hygiene the Council can give.

On site producers and suppliers of the

famous Salcombe Smokies

- named Champion Fish

at the Taste of the West


If that wasn’t enough,

our shop also snatched the

Gold status at the awards!

Our day usually starts with the drivers getting to the farm around

4.30am. At this point the farm will have prepared all the veg

boxes and stacked them on a large pallet each one labelled for

the correct delivery route. The drivers are tasked with getting the

boxes to the right door, collecting the old recyclable boxes and

chatting to customers about all things Veg. After finishing their

deliveries they return to base and then start the same process

again the next day.

Andy and I run the office, with the help of Nicolette, and deal with

all the office admin and logistics that go with running a business

like ours. The best bit is the lovely contact we have with our

customers and the relationships we build up with them over time.

Is there an option to pick your own box if you happen to be a

little fussy about your fruit and veg?

Our seasonal boxes offer the best value, but if you prefer, you can

build an order with whatever you want from our whole organic

range. If you aren’t ordering a set box, then you’ll need to spend a

minimum of £15.

Do you offer any inspiration on your website on what meals to

cook with all these tasty ingredients?

There is a whole section dedicated to recipes on our Riverford

website, where the farm have put together favourite organic

recipes to give you dinner ideas and show you what could be

made with your meat and veg boxes. From easy recipes to more

challenging dishes, we have every course covered for both meat

eaters and vegetarians.

54 Fore Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1NY

Telephone 01548 852006

Place your order today!

16 |


that rocks

Famed for his growing group of fabulous fish restaurants,

Rockfish, Mitch Tonks is a chef, author, restaurateur and a

passionate, lifelong advocate for all the morsels that emerge

from the deep blue sea. Sally Thomson caught up with him

to discuss expansion plans, career motivations and why his

heart will always belong to the kitchen...

Sally: I hear you have another book

on the horizon?

Mitch: I do! We’re doing another

Rockfish book. It will be published

October. All very exciting!

Fantastic! How many Rockfish

Restaurants have you got


At the moment there are

seven but there will be

nine by the end of the year.

They will be in Poole, Lyme

Regis, and Sidmouth. Poole

opened in January, Lyme

Regis will open in June

and Sidmouth will open

in October. We then have

two or three sites ready

for 2021 that we are just

negotiating on.

That is incredible,

when you think about

where you’ve come


It’s kind of been an

up and down journey,

because we had

Fishworks, which

grew to thirteen,

but it was a public

company and the

wrong environment

to grow restaurants

in and ultimately

the project failed.

But since 2009

Seahorses has existed down in

Dartmouth, and Rockfish is ten years

old, so we’ve done well to rebuild over

that period.

When we last had a chat you’d

opened Joe’s Bar, how’s that going?

It’s going really well, and since May last

year we actually moved the entrance to

the restaurant through Joe’s Bar, and

that’s been a real success as people

enter the restaurant through Joe’s

Bar, have a drink and start their dining

experience off with something more

special and fun.

So how do you stretch yourself with

everything going on?

Well the business is over three hundred

people, with a really good senior team,

finance, marketing, and then over four

hundred in the summer. So, I obviously

work very closely with my senior team

and I am clear about what I want to

achieve in a period of time and helping

other people to achieve those goals.

Sometimes its challenging but when you

work as a team and you are supporting

each other you can make stuff happen.

That’s it really!

Managing those people, helping them

manage others, then I spend my time in

the restaurants, as well as consistently

looking at the business as a whole and

thinking ‘How can our business provide

better solutions for jobs, how can we

be better than anywhere else to work

"I tend to think of the restaurants like a

community now. Everybody who works for

us belongs to the community. We talk a lot

about family but of course family are hard to

get rid of and communities are made up of

people all contributing"


"I think when Fishworks

failed…well it gives you

plenty of time to reflect on

what’s really important to

you and what’s not"

So I made a phone call to my agent who

was on the train on the way up. He was

mortified! All I could say to everyone was

that 'I’m sorry, I just don’t want to do

it'. Financially it was suicide as it was a

very well paid job but it was prime time

television and all the things that go with

it and I didn’t want to be known as a guy

on telly. I wanted to build my reputation

as a restaurateur and a chef which is

what I actually really enjoy.

I think when Fishworks failed…well it

gives you plenty of time to reflect on

what’s really important to you and what’s

not and allowed me to make my own

choices, not get swept along with ‘this is

a great idea’. It was a great idea, it was

magnificent. The TV show would have

been great but it just wasn’t for me. So

the answer is I am regularly asked to do

television bits and I will 99% of the time

turn them down and occasionally I might

do the odd thing but I don’t wake up

thinking ‘I’d like to do more television’.


for, how can we have a really amazing

strategy over five years that gives people

top pay, freedom, how can we create a

development programme so that people

can develop in the organisation.’

I tend to think of the restaurants like a

community now. Everybody who works for

us belongs to the community. We talk a lot

about family but of course family are hard

to get rid of and communities are made up

of people all contributing, so when people

don’t contribute they move out of the

community and new people move in.

One thing I didn’t realise is that you

made significant changes to your menu

with regards to being gluten-free. That

must have been a big change?

Yes! About ten years ago we set about

rebuilding all of cooking ranges and

changing all of our practices so that offer

everything gluten-free. We committed to

the business being gluten-free, not just

by saying ‘here’s a gluten-free menu’.

Everything we do is gluten-free. If we

have to swap a bun for a gluten-free bun

we do, and it basically means that the

whole menu is available to somebody

with a gluten intolerance rather than

them feeling in a minority and only being

able to choose from say five things on

the menu.

Going back, I first met you at the

beginning of the century! 2000, a

long, long time ago! Since then you’ve

appeared on TV, most notably with

Matt Dawson, the rugby player, but

do you find yourself too busy to make

room to do any shows as of late?

The television career took off back

around 2008/09. The series Mitch and

Matt’s Big Fish became very successful

and Denham Productions and the BBC

wanted to do series two. So there was a

lot of euphoria and excitement from Matt

and the team, and they were on their way

to London to sign the deal.

We had agreed it, gone through it all and

I started to get cold feet. I was sat in the

restaurant having a brandy and a coffee

and I was just thinking to myself ‘I don’t

actually want to be a television chef, I

want to be in this restaurant cooking’.

Surely your heart has to be in it if it’s

what you are going to do?

I think you are either on telly to drive

people to your restaurants, well I’ve been

there when you are in a restaurant and so

many people want to talk to you because

they’ve seen you on telly but never for

the right reasons, and the thought that

somebody comes to the restaurant just

to catch a glimpse of the person they’ve

seen on telly is just the wrong motivation.

I want people to restaurants because

they are really great places socially to

go and they have importance in the

community and they like your food and

that it’s somewhere they want to come to

celebrate birthdays and all of that stuff!

Absolutely, and you’ve done so, I mean

The Seahorse is just brilliant I’ve got

to be honest. It’s just delightful the

minute you walk in there, it’s such

a lovely place to be and I absolutely

love coming down there and hopefully

when the weather brightens up I’ll be

back. One last question; are you doing

Salcombe Crab Festival this May?

I’m still not sure if I’m going to do it this

year. I didn’t do it last year, but I did

the year before, but I am hoping to do

a fish festival in Brixton, a crab festival

in Dartmouth which we always do, and

also Dartmouth Food Festival in October

which is always great.



Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 forges ahead from 24 February - 8

March in the fight to secure sustainable livelihoods for farmers

in the global south. Sadly, the shocking exploitation of the people

who grow our food is still rife around the world and Fairtrade

Fortnight 2020 will highlight this reality, focusing on women

cocoa farmers, who are some of the most marginalised and

face the greatest challenges. To raise awareness, we've brought

together fabulous recipes showcasing Fairtrade ingredients

Okra Stew

Images Chris Terry and chef for

photography Danny Jack





By Martin Morales, chef, writer and

founder of Ceviche Family. Serves 4.

‘On a recent trip to the region of Junín,

near a town called Concepción, in

Peru, I drove by field after field of

beautiful, ripe artichokes. There were

women in the fields harvesting and

collecting them. Knowing then that the

freshest artichokes would be on offer, I

stopped by a roadside restaurant and

had a perfect artichoke ceviche – the

inspiration for this recipe.’

Fairtrade ingredients: olive oil, black


Taste the good: Fairtrade spice farmers

in India invested Fairtrade Premium in

community kitchens to cook lunch for

schoolchildren to encourage those from

poor families to attend school.


8 artichoke hearts, quartered

2 small parsnips, peeled and cut into thin


2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin batons

2 red onions, finely sliced

A small bunch of basil leaves, finely


A few iceberg lettuce leaves, shredded,

to serve

For the dressing

2 tbsp Fairtrade olive oil

Juice of 12 limes

2 medium-heat red chillies, deseeded

and finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground Fairtrade black



Bring a saucepan of salted water to the

boil. Blanch the artichoke hearts and

parsnip and carrot batons for 3–4 minutes

until just tender, then drain thoroughly

and either chill in iced water or cool under

running water.

Put the red onion in a large bowl and add

the cooled blanched vegetables.

Make the dressing by whisking together

the olive oil, lime juice and chilli and

season with plenty of salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the vegetables,

sprinkle over the basil leaves and stir very

gently to combine.

Serve on a bed of shredded iceberg



Ceviche de


By Zoe Adjonyoh, chef, writer and founder

of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Serves 4.

‘Okra is a common west African

ingredient and one I use in my restaurant

kitchen as well as my home. When I

started Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, I looked

for new ways to incorporate this unique

vegetable into dishes. Okra stew is one

of my absolute favourites and one of the

most traditional Ghanaian dishes I cook.’

Fairtrade ingredients: peanuts, curry

powder, chilli, ginger.

Taste the good: Fairtrade peanut

farmers in Nicaragua used their Fairtrade

Premium to equip themselves with new

skills and tools to make handicrafts,

bringing in vital additional income.


200ml (7fl oz) sustainable red palm

oil or carotene oil (can be substituted

for Fairtrade coconut oil, rapeseed or

sunflower also)

1tsp Fairtrade chilli powder

1tsp extra hot Fairtrade curry powder

tsp salt

2 medium red onions, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped

7.5cm (3-inch) piece fresh root ginger,

finely grated (un- peeled if organic)

1 Scotch bonnet or habernero chilli,

deseeded and diced

750g ripe plum tomatoes, cubed or


1tbsp tomato purée

250ml good-quality vegetable stock

500g okra, trimmed and sliced

150ml water

Chopped Coriander and sliced Anaheim

chillies to garnish


Heat the oil on low–medium heat until it

melts (palm oil has a low smoke point,

so be careful not to let it burn), add the

onion and sauté gently for a few minutes

until translucent. Add the spices, garlic,

ginger and Scotch bonnet and stir well,

then sauté for a further 5 minutes.

Cook in the tomato purée stirring well,

then pour in the vegetable stock to de

glaze the pan, reduce the heat to low,

then add the tomatoes and salt, cover

and simmer for 25 minutes until they start

to lose their tartness.

Add the sliced okra to the pot with the

measurement water, stir though once or

twice and replace the lid and simmer for

a further 15-20 minutes until the okra is

just tender. Season to taste.

This dish is traditionally served in a bowl

with banku on a side plate and fried

plantain along with a finger bowl.



Semolina halwa balls By Asma Khan,

chef, writer and founder of Darjeeling

Express. Serves 6-8.

‘Indian desserts can often be too rich

and sweet for many people. But this is

an ideal end to a festive meal as it is

light and – unlike many other desserts –

soaked in neither cream nor milk. Nutmeg

is best grated yourself from the whole

Sooji Halwa


spice, as shop-bought ground nutmeg is a

shadow of the whole spice.’

Fairtrade ingredients: saffron, cassia bark,

cloves, sugar, raisins, nutmeg, cardamom

seeds, cashew nuts.

Taste the good: Fairtrade cashew nut

farmers in Burkina Faso have spent their

Fairtrade Premium on increasing adult

literacy, bicycles and cereal banks for food



¼ tsp good-quality Fairtrade saffron strands

1 piece Fairtrade cassia bark, 2.5 cm long

2 whole Fairtrade cloves

150g/ ¾cup Fairtrade granulated sugar

125 ml/ ½ cup melted ghee or unsalted


25g Fairtrade raisins (golden or green)

200g/ 1 ¼ cup fine semolina flour

½ tsp freshly grated Fairtrade nutmeg

½ tsp freshly crushed Fairtrade cardamom


40g Fairtrade cashew nuts, chopped

A few edible rose petals, to garnish (optional)


In a bowl, infuse the saffron strands in ½ tsp

of tepid water. Set aside.

Place the cassia bark and cloves in a pan

and cover with 500ml/ 2 cups cold water.

Bring to a boil over a medium-high heat.

Lower the heat, add the sugar to the pan

and cook, stirring until all the sugar crystals

have dissolved.

In a large non-stick karai, wok or frying

pan, heat the melted ghee or butter over a

low-medium heat. Add the raisins and stir,

then remove them with a slotted spoon

just before they expand and burst. Add the

raisins to the pan with the sugar syrup.

Now add the semolina flour to the pan with

the ghee or butter, together with the grated

nutmeg and crushed cardamom seeds.

Gently stir until the grains of the semolina

darken and smell toasted (approximately 10

minutes). Keep the heat low as you do not

want to burn the semolina grains. Remove

the pan from the heat and slowly add the

sugar syrup, stirring constantly. The contents

will sputter initially but then calm down.

Put the pan back on the heat and stir to

break up any lumps. Keep the pan on the

heat until all the sugar syrup has been

absorbed. Towards the end of the cooking,

add the chopped cashew nuts and saffroninfused


Once the halwa is cool enough to handle, roll

it into ladoos, or balls. Alternatively, you can

serve the halwa as it is, warmed and placed

in a serving bowl, and let your guests serve

themselves. To serve, scatter over a few

edible rose petals and chopped pistachios,

plus a scattering of raisins to add a festive

flourish to this dish.

From Monday 24 February to Sunday 8

March, all are invited to join together to

celebrate farmers and workers and stop

exploitation of the people at the bottom of

the supply chain. One easy thing people can

do to make a difference is choose Fairtrade.







Kate O’Connell tackles

the culinary scene of

Santa Barbara. One

mouthful at a time...

Harbor View Inn Hotel


When it comes to traveling, shockingly enough I had yet to actually

get round to visiting the USA. This also came as a surprise to my

travelling companions on this trip. Our two nations are bound together

by much history, an overlap in religion, a common legal system and

language, so how had I not visited at least one state at one time or


Who knows. Our family holidays didn’t stretch that far I guess. Which

may explain my eagerness when I was offered the chance to explore

Santa Barbara. Quite the destination for a first time visitor to the USA!

Aptly nicknamed ‘The American Riviera’, Santa Barbara is situated

90 miles (a 2 hour car journey) north of Los Angeles, tucked within

a south-facing pacific coastline on one side, and the rolling hills that

stretch into the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other. But it is its charm

and sense of style that makes this small city so tempting - indeed it is

a hotspot favourite for the rich and famous, with a whole host of A-list

celebrities calling Santa Barbara home.

If there’s one things that strikes you, it’s that Santa Barbara doesn’t

really feel like a city at all. There’s no hustle and bustle here, instead

just a wonderfully laid-back, chilled vibe. Infused with the spirit

of Spain, we were informed that 6.8 magnitude earthquake near

enough flattened the city back in 1925. Devastating yes, but like a

phoenix from the ashes, this proved the making of the city in terms of

architecture, as the city planners were convinced to rebuild the city in

a unified, Spanish Colonial Revival style inspired by the historic Old

Mission (founded by Spanish Franciscans in 1786). Red-tiled clay

roofs and white washed walls are a feature of every building, and in

addition to the climate, give the city its Mediterranean charm.

Our first stop; checking in to the newly developed North Wing of

Harbor View Inn hotel. A premier beachfront hotel, Harbour View Inn is

centrally located within the city, and made for a fabulous base to start

our trip. My room featured a very inviting king size bed, complimented

by gorgeous modern Spanish Colonial furnishings, and to top it off - a

balcony view, a chance to sip on a morning coffee and watch the

world go by. But not yet. First; dinner!

We made a short walk around the block to Loquita Restaurant for

some authentic Spanish tapas. Created as a love letter to the Spanish

origins and history of Santa Barbara, Loquita showcases a medley of

paellas, charcuterie, cheeses and seafood. We were offered a sample

of a variety of dishes on the menu, with the squid ink seafood paella

being a personal favourite of mine.

After a restful night's sleep in my luxuriously comfy bed, I was ready

for a day of exciting activities. To get us started, we required a hearty

breakfast, and Goat Tree was just the place to go. A gourmet cafe

with a relaxed vibe, Goat Tree offers everything from fresh pastries

and baked goods cooked in-house by their resident pastry chef,

through to cooked breakfasts with a Mediterranean twist. I opted

for the classic Shakshuka, accompanied by homemade flat bread.

Possibly the best, tastiest start to a morning ever.

Feeling suitably energised, it was time for a spot of kayaking down

at the harbour front, courtesy of Santa Barbara Adventure Company.

Kayaking is a great way to view a side of Santa Barbara that perhaps

few visitors get to see, so it felt like such a treat. Not only this, it was a

perfect opportunity to spot some of the resident wildlife.

Loquita Restaurant



It was perhaps my enthusiasm at this

opportunity that had me labelled a

‘Twitcher’ on this trip. On every dock

we manoeuvred around brought hoards

of enormous pelicans, gangly herons

and rather amusing loons to name but a

few. We even managed to paddle right

up to a raft of sealions. So much of the

wildlife on show were species that I had

never seen out of captivity, it was a very

special morning indeed. I can’t say I am a

particularly experienced kayaker, having

only dabbled on holidays in the past, but

I needn’t have worried. The Adventure

Company specialise in providing tours for

all abilities, so I was in safe hands!

A great way to experience the harbour

front is to sample some of the

specialities, and so with this we took a

stroll over to Stearns Wharf; California’s

oldest wharf named after builder John

P. Stearns. There we took some seats at

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, and

were served an array of locally caught

seafoods, all washed down with some

local beer.

To get more of an overview of the city, we

then took a ‘trolley tour’ via Santa

Barbara Trolley Co. This 90 minute tour is

lead by a highly insightful guide, who

beguiled us with all sorts of interesting

facts about the city, as well as a little

local celeb gossip on the side!

After a quick freshen up it was time for a

bite to eat. Cue...Cubaneo restaurant!

Californian Cuban cuisine served

alongside cocktails from Shaker Mill who

neighbour within the same premises. It is

easy to see how you could happily waste

away an evening here, and we did just

that! With a cubano sandwich in one

hand and a ‘Bay of Santiago’ cocktail in

the other, you could have easily fooled us

into thinking we were in Havana!

After another restful night's sleep, I

skipped breakfast in order to make room

for the immense amount of food we

would be sampling on the Eat This, Shoot

That! Funk Zone Food & Photo tour. A

three-hour expedition, this is a chance to

sample some of Santa Barbara’s finest

fodder, as well as learn a little more about

the city’s history, all while discovering

how best to maximize your photo-taking

ability, achieving the most Instagramworthy

images that will make you the

envy of all your friends.

The tour is also a great chance to get to

grips with the layout of the city. Santa

Barbara is made up of several districts,

one of which, The Funk Zone, has seen

its popularity boom in recent decades.

Comprising of a series of converted

warehouses, this contemporary district

is very much the place to be to sample

artisan foods from up-and-coming chefs,

and out-of-this-world Santa Barbara

Country wines. Shop fronts and walls

are adorned with graffiti murals and art

pieces; this district really is an everevolving

artistic neighbourhood that is

well worth a visit.

It was then time to travel up into the

foothills to our next hotel. And what an

iconic hotel indeed. The Belmond El

Encanto. Recently renovated in 2013,

Belmond El Encanto offers stunning

views of the American Riviera and a

whole heap of Hollywood glamour on

the side. This resort manages to feel

relaxed and low-key, while at the same

time feeling like the most exclusive place

on earth. Sitting poolside whilst sipping

a glass of ‘Belmond El Encanto Cuvee’,

life truly feels timeless up here. It’s little

wonder that it was a favoured getaway of

the Hollywood elite.

We made our way back down from the

hills to State Street for an Italian feast

at Due Lune Cucina. Serving fresh

ingredients and hand-made pasta, I

would have been mad not to order the

Linguine alle Vongole. This was paired

with some fabulous local wines, and the

staff couldn’t have been more friendly

and attentive. We topped off the night

with a nightcap at Pearl Social; an

intimate and beautifully furnished cocktail

bar. The night felt like a very classy affair


Somehow, our final day had sadly rolled

around already! It was time to do a spot

of botanical sight seeing. Lotusland was

our destination. This 37-acre estate and

botanic garden is situated in the foothills

of Montecito, which is located to the east

of Santa Barbara. Purchased by the

rather marvellous socialite Madame

Walska (Google her, honestly!), she spent

43 years designing the gardens to her

liking. To say they were breathtaking is

an understatement. Home to all sorts of

exotic, rare collections of plants, this is

truly a garden like no other.

After another spot of wine tasting at

some of the local establishments (it

would be rude not to!), we made our

way to Bibi Ji for dinner. A modern take

on traditional Indian cuisine, Bibi Ji are

experts at pairing quality, local wines

with the most brilliant of dishes. The

moment came when the aptly nicknamed

‘Californian Gold’ was bought out; Santa

Barbara’s locally caught sea urchins.

Beautifully presented, and filled with

biryani rice, I couldn’t lie...I was a little

hesitant to try them. After all, my only

knowledge of them was to avoid standing

on them when on sandy beaches abroad.

I needn’t have worried. Creamy and

indulgent, they were fantastic.

What a dish. And what a trip.

At a glance

2 nights at harbor view inn

hotel, 2 nights at belmond

el encanto hotel, private

transfers and return

flights with Norwegian air.

Parking and lounge access

with holiday extras.

No1 Lounge at Gatwick

Airport (South Terminal)

from £26 PP

Harbor view inn - Nightly

Rates vary from $268.00-


belmond el encanto -

nightly room rates start

from $560 (inc tax),

suites from $811 (inc tax)

Belmond El Encanto Hotel

Kayaking around Santa

Barbara harbour

Bibi Ji Restaurant




The 'Planet Earth II Live in Concert'

arena tour will be hosted by science

and natural history TV presenter Liz

Bonnin. With a masters in wild animal

biology, Liz has presented over 40

primetime programmes including 'Blue

Planet Live', 'Super Smart Animals',

'Galapagos' and 'Horizon'.

With her recent landmark BBC One

documentary 'Drowning in Plastic', Liz

investigated the ocean plastic crisis,

with her hard-hitting environmental

reporting raising the level of public

debate on this important topic.

Here Sally Thomson was able to

discuss with Liz her passion for our

planet prior to the start of the tour.


Sally: When did your love of the world

and all it’s creatures begin?

Liz: Well it definitely started when I was

a kid. I grew up in the south of France in

the hills above Nice and we had a little

wood beside the house. Myself and my

sister used to play outdoors all of the

time. There were snakes and hedgehogs

and spiders and birds…and we had a

ball! I knew that, without thinking about

it then, that that’s what set me off with

this passion for wildlife. I used to stare

at the birds for hours, wondering how

their eyes moved in their sockets and I

really wanted to just understand how it all

worked, down to the chemical equations

that make up all of these reactions.

So that was a natural progress for you

then, to go into biochemistry?

Exactly! It all started in the woods in

the south of France! That’s why when I

give talks in schools, I make sure to tell

that story because it doesn’t take a lot

to remember our connection to nature

and what’s important, you just have to

be in amongst nature to be inspired and

to reignite your natural curiosity that

we’re all born with, and with that comes

an inherent want to protect our natural

world. It reminds you that we’re all

connected to it.

What you are doing is highlighting the

dangers that the world's creatures are

facing, particularly when you went on to

do ‘Drowning in Plastic’. I know when I

watched it my heart bled, but being so

close to it when you made to programme,

you must have found it difficult?

I wish that as a communicator of the

natural world, I could just be celebrating

it and continuing to inspire people about

all of these incredible creatures that we

share the planet with, but unfortunately

I am living through a time where we are

experiencing the greatest existential

threat to our future, and it is very clear

that the way we live on this planet is not

sustainable and is damaging not only the

health of the wildlife we share the planet

with, but is ultimately damaging our

health and threatening our future.

I feel a responsibility to communicate

those things. As we set off making the

plastics film, I knew what we were going

to be filming, but it really did hit me like

a ton of bricks to see it with my own

eyes. It’s hard to describe. It’s been

really moving and difficult, but also I

feel like I have a very well-stoked fire in

my belly now that feels like it won’t be

extinguished. It is my responsibility to

engage with the public in order for us all

to become part of the solution.

I recently watched the trailer for Planet

Earth II Live in concert. Isn’t that going

to be fantastic on the big screen?!

It’s going to be magnificent; I can’t

wait! Obviously it’s an extension and

adaptation of the iconic series, but I

think bringing it to a ginormous screen

like that and then having a 74 piece

orchestra playing the music of Hans

Zimmer, it’s going to be a very emotive

and very powerful experience. I think we

are desperately in need of those types

of experiences to help remind us of the

beauty of the natural world, and the

beauty of humanity as well. Our ability to

write music and to be capable of making

those types of programmes, and for us

to be all together in these huge arenas

having that connection is a much-needed

experience, and I for one am very much

looking forward to it.

Some of the things we see in these

programmes can be shocking, such as

the killer whales going after the seals.

But we of course have to remember

that they have to survive too!

You see for me I don’t find any of it

shocking, isn’t that strange? And it’s

really weird but I’m always rooting for the

predator! Obviously there’s tension and

it’s quite a powerful experience to watch,

but I’m always rooting for the predator

because from my studies I’ve seen just

how difficult it is for a tiger to get its prey.

It’s something like 1 in 100 attempts are

successful. So I celebrate that, that’s part

of nature and I think it’s a beautiful thing.

There is an iconic moment in Planet

Earth II with the iguana and the


Ah that one! Okay, I have watched that

sequence four times, and every time I find

my screaming ‘COME ON’ at the camera.

Funnily enough with that one I really want

the iguana to escape! That’s so funny,

with me saying I root for the predators.

That is one of the most magnificent

scenes I have ever seen, not least

because of this almost inconceivable

situation, with all these snakes coming

out of the crevasses of the volcanic

rocks, but how it was shot! You can not

underestimate how difficult it is to make

that sequence work. The smoothness

of how the camera works was absolute

perfection. So not only is it a celebration

of the magnificent wildlife we share the

planet with, it’s a celebration of these

incredibly talented film makers, who

sit there for days and days to get the

magical shots that will affect us to our

very core. It’s just wonderful.

Am I right in hearing that you went a

kilometre underwater in the Galapagos?

Yes! We were on this research vessel for

two weeks, joining all these scientists

at the tops of their fields who were

investigating different aspects of these

islands and how to better protect them.

At one point we got into this submersible

and went down to a thousand meters, to

a part of the Galapagos that nobody had

ever been to before, so I truly felt like an

astronaut of Earth’s inner space, rather

than its outer. Everything I pointed to the

scientists would say ‘Yep. New species...

Yep, don’t what that is, never seen one

of those before’. So we were discovering

new life at those depths. It was the most

incredible experience.

It must be dark down there?

It’s pitch black, so you have these types

of sharks down there called Chimaera,

who do have these big, bulbous eyes.

There’s no iris, it’s just this big, white

circle of an eye, which is supposed

to help it absorb any smidgen of light

that there might be down there, and it’s

just a surprisingly colourful place in the

crevasses of all the rocks. Galapagos

are all volcanic islands, so what we

were doing is following the flanks of the

volcano all the way down to the depths.

We were down there for seven hours and

it passed by like we were down there for

an hour, time sort of stands still down

there. It was a thrilling experience.

I was watching you recently talking

about the African jungle, and you spoke

about chimpanzees, and how much

they fight. You showed how much the

alpha male will fight to protect what is

his, and it is a bit sinister!

They’re not the only species that have

to fiercely protect their place in the

hierarchy. The males often are exhausted

having to protect their females from

usurpers to the throne as such, but

chimpanzees in particular can be very

violent and because we are so closely

related to them I suppose it shouldn’t

be a surprise that they all have different

personalities, and sometimes you just

get a really nasty character. At the end

"it’s a celebration of these incredibly

talented film makers, who sit there for

days and days to get the magical shots

that will affect us to our very core"

of the day you can argue that the nastier

the male, the more successful he will be

because it all boils down to him and his

offspring and protecting his gene pool.

I suppose it’s like when male lions get

rid of any cubs that aren’t their own

There is infanticide in many species. It’s

all about making sure you have as many

offspring as possible, so if you kill a

female's offspring then you can mate with

her straight away.

Are there parts of the world or

creatures that you would like to visit/

see for the first time?

Yes. Snow leopards. I need to see a

snow leopard. And part of it is because

it is so difficult to see them now. They

are extremely elusive and live in an

extremely inhospitable part of the planet.

They’re probably the most elusive cat,

so that’s the dream. I will fall crying if I

ever see one in the wild. They are the

most glorious animals. Actually, it was

on Planet Earth II, and again it is a scene

that I’ve watched about three times and

it always brings me to tears; the first

time I heard the vocalisation of a snow

leopard. I had never heard that before.

And the fact that because our technology

is improving, Planet Earth II was able to

capture this glorious snow leopard at the

top of this mountain that was vocalising.

It brings me to tears every time I hear it,

it’s the most glorious sound in the world.

Are they as endangered as other

leopards and big cats?

Yes. I mean, the Amur leopard is the

most endangered cat, but all big cats are

facing extinction. They are all incredibly

threatened and their populations are


We’ve spoken about the man-made

situation with plastic. But is there

anything else in the natural world that

you have seen that has shocked you?

In terms of the natural world, I think it

is all magnificent. I really do. Even with

something that might look to us to be

violent, or a little bit uncomfortable

to watch, I think that the more we

understand how animals live and all of

their adaptations that have allowed them

to find solutions to all of their problems in

order to survive - the more I understand

it, the more I am in awe of it and the more

it makes me humble and very small in

comparison. So I find it all too wondrous

to ever think that something is too much

or too shocking.

The dates for Planet Earth II Live in

Concert are as follows:

Thursday 6 March

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Friday 27 March

Manchester Arena, Manchester

Saturday 28 March

First Direct Arena , Leeds

Sunday 29 March

O2 Arena (matinee), London

Sunday 29 March

O2 Arena (evening), London

Wednesday 1 April

3Arena, Dublin

Friday 3 April

Resort World Arena Birmingham

Saturday 4 April

SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow

Tickets are available from




When we think about our homes, it’s really the windows

and doors that create the wow factor. We are all so

keen to flood our properties with natural light and the

constantly evolving technology in the world of glazing is

making some truly astonishing designs achievable, not to

mention more affordable than ever.

Whether you are self-building, extending or even

renovating your home, apportioning budget to windows

and doors is a savvy move. As well as making your home

more valuable - 69% of people say that light rooms make

them more inclined to buy - investing in clever glazing can

make you fall in love with your space once more.




PROS - for those looking for that wonderful sense of a

garden room that brings the outside in, bi-folds can help

create the sense of one open-plan space as the panels

fold away fully to the walls.

CONS - an expensive option - poorly constructed bi-folds

can also suffer from air-tightness issues around the joins

so do your research and get guarantees.


PROS - generally cheaper than bi-fold doors, sliding

doors also have fewer frame elements, meaning when

they are closed your view is less obstructed.

CONS - you won’t get the full, uninterrupted view of the

garden - instead only a portion of the doors are openable.



69% of people say that light rooms make

them more inclined to buy - investing in

clever glazing can make you fall in love with

your space once more...


Roof Lanterns and Skylights

Compared to windows of the same surface area, skylights and

roof lanterns can increase light in a room by up to five times.

They are particularly good in extensions and for channelling

light to darker corners of the home and adding opportunities

for ventilation. These additions are no longer considered just a

luxury and can be used in a wide variety of scenarios:

• In a loft extension, tucked beneath sloped rooflines, the

presence of skylights may spell the difference between a

bright, friendly space and a murky cave.

• In a home built between closely adjoining neighbouring

houses where overlooking might be an issue, skylights may be

the best solution for introducing good natural light into rooms.

• In a single storey house build or extension, built with an open

floor plan, skylight shafts can bring much needed natural light

into the centre of large spaces.

Many of the issues experienced in the past of rooms

overheating or being hard to clean have been mediated with

a tranche of new technology, including glass panels with heat

regulatory and storage abilities and self-cleaning glass.


In a single storey house build or extension, built with an

open floor plan, skylight shafts can bring much needed

natural light into the centre of large spaces.

Energy Efficiency

Our homes are one of the biggest energy wasters out there and

traditionally windows are the biggest energy leakage point, so

with any renovation, it can really pay to invest in glass tech to

ensure the best temperature regulation - creating huge savings

down the line. We all know that double glazing is much more

efficient than single, but newer technologies like triple glazing

are making windows nearly as efficient at energy retention as

the walls they are installed within.

As well as the glass, it is important to do you research into

frames and opt for the most airtight models.

With great green credentials, triple glazed units have the

added benefits of better thermal comfort, noise reduction and

a reduced risk of condensation between panes – so for the

self-builder or home improver looking for a premium finish with

added benefits, it’s a natural choice.




dark ARTS


The trend for sleek black finishes

continues, with lots of companies

now supplying dark taps, shower

enclosures, towel rails and tiles

Dark tiles and fixtures look amazing - the only thing

to be aware of is living in a hard water area and the

effects that will have on the finish of taps over time.

For a sleek look, pair large-scale dark floor tiles with

white tiles on the walls, framed by black hardware.


Images: 1. Aquaglass Velar 8mm Black Crittall Corner

Entry Enclosure,; 2. Original Style

Tileworks Steel Midnight Blue,; 3. Merlyn

Black Showerwall With End Panel,;

4. Duravit - Stonetto (Sand) Shower Tray,;

5. Contour Radiator,; 6. Pitch

Bluetooth Mirror,; 7. Finissimo

Black Bath Filler,; 8. Valverdi Iguazu







With homes becoming

smarter in the main, it

makes sense that similar

technology would be

extended to the bathroom.

We love this bluetooth

mirror which can play

your favourite songs and

has automatic demisting






A roundup of the trends that can beat the bathroom blues

and turn your bathroom into your own slice of heaven

1 2


ensuite DREAMS

According to a survey carried out by Nationwide

Building Society, an ensuite can add as much as 5%

to your home's market value - if you have the space,

it's a great investment which is luxurious too

If space permits, a roll top or freestanding

bath looks wonderful in an ensuite and

gives a true sense of luxury. If your space

is more modest, the smaller scale is a great

place to experiment with some interesting

tile combinations and colours. There are

some fabulous examples of encaustic tiles

out there at the moment, but if you do opt

for those, be aware and prepared for more

maintenance than printed tiles.

Images: 1. products from Original Style; 2. String

lights from; 3. image from; 4. Floris tile from Boniti





THE way to add style and personality to

your bathroom - choices are limitless.

Avoid following trends too closely and pick

something you really love




When choosing

tiles, functionality

is key - tiny mosaics look amazing, but you

don't want them in high traffic areas of a family

bathroom. Try to keep floor tiles low maintenance

and add decorative flourishes in smaller spaces.

Ceramics aren't the only option either - vinyl tiles

and laminates can work effectively.



Images: 1. Selection from Ripples; 2. Havana Dawn Self

Adhesive Vinyl Floor Tiles,; 3. Odyssey

- 8051V Seville Tile,; 4. 3D Offset

Hexagon Tiles,; 5. Original Style Living

Spirit Tile,; 6. Windmill Geometric

Tile,; 7. Odyssey - Persian Floor Tile,


green SPACES

Houseplants are taking over - and

we love it! If you have natural light

in the bathroom, lots of plants can

thrive in the space!

The best plants for bathrooms are

moisture lovers - these are our

favourites: -

Zamioculcas zamifolia (the eternity

plant - so named because it is hard

to kill!), the spider plant, most ferns,

snake plant, aloe vera, cast iron plant

and orchids.

Image, left, from Dobbies - plants and

plant pots available.


No problem! LED growing lights can be

easily installed to help your plants grow,

even without natural light.


Nigel Dalton Architectural Design are a

professional team focused on delivering classic and

contemporary design solutions within the South West.

Nigel Dalton Architectural Design is well

placed to offer professional advice and

guidance in the following:











Unit 4H, South Hams

Buisness Park, Churchstow,

Kingsbridge, TQ7 3QH

Tel 01548 853458

Sharon Stone Soft Furnishings

offer high quality custom

made curtains and blinds

from a large workroom based

in Ivybridge.

We are an award winning, professional and reliable

builder covering in and around the South Hams.

Contact us: 01803 833611

21 Admiral Court, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9HU

In business since 1992, we

specialise in made to measure

curtains and roman blinds, as

well as pelmets, valances, tie

backs and cushions.

All types of blinds, tracks and

poles are supplied, together with

a full fitting service if required.

We have a very large selection

of curtain and upholstery fabric


To arrange a home visit, a no obligation quote or to discuss

your requirements please contact us:

01752 691141 / 07754 414320

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Move over Scandi minimalism - it’s time to maximise - make

the most of period features and be bold with colour and

pattern - these beautifully proportioned spaces can take it


Victorian and Edwardian staircases

are beautiful and deserve to be centre

stage. They look wonderful styled with

carpet runner over wood alongside

restored original tiles or painting the

staircases to match the wall.



Dark colours like F&B’s ‘Railings’

look fabulous in well-proportioned

Victorian rooms

1. Sofa, £999,;

2. London Graphic Map


3. Curvarella Turmeric Velvet Chair,


4. Leather Pouffe, £95, hauslife.; 5. Alana 6 Lighting Pendant,


6. ‘Railings’ Paint by Farrow & Ball;

7. ‘Deep Water’ Paint by

Image from





The alcoves either side

of a chimney breast lend

themselves well to bespoke

fitted wardrobes in a bedroom.

The colour scheme in this room

is calming, with a touch of

brightening yellow. Image from

Colin Poole. | 35



The dark wall here is

an excellent foil for the

period features - it brings

out the cornicing, picture

rail and marble fire

place, with complementary

period-style lighting. Then

modern touches are added,

like the bookcases, the

luxurious coffee table and fun


Main image from Rachel Smith



Victorian spaces look great

with unexpected furnishings,

like bold Sputnik chandeliers,

boho soft furnishings and mid

century modern pieces.







1. Eichholtz Infinity Chandelier,

£1989; sweetpeaandwillow.

com; 2. Industrial Mesh

Cupboard, £825, vincentandbarn. 3. Atlantis Oval Coffee

Table, £208, sweetpeaandwillow.

com 4. Doris Occasional Chair,


5. Lumbar cushion cover with

tassels, (30x70cm), £36, hauslife.; 6. Gold Window

Style Wall Mirror

(82x100cm), £160.95,; 7. Sabra style pillow, £32, 8. Merrick Dark Antique Brown

Trapeze Pendant, £175,; 9. Large

Round Mirror (80cm), £195,;

10. Wicker Grey Floor & Wall Tile, £12.27 per






Restore fireplaces in bedrooms and living

rooms - if the old tiles are past the point

of repair, modern tiles with a Victorian

feel work well. This room showcases a

soft, calming palette. | 37

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a plant for every

space in your house

The sale of houseplants has grown considerably in the last few

years - a 10-15% year on year increase since 2013 according to

the RHS. It is particularly prevalent among young people - not

so much as part of a décor choice but more to fulfil a desire to

have something to care for and look after. For urban dwellers and

workers there are also the perceived health and well-being benefits.

The RHS website has the following: ‘As well as looking good,

houseplants support human health in homes, offices, school and

hospitals. Research suggests that the greatest benefits of indoor

plants are through well-being and productivity improvement. There

is discussion around their influence on indoor air quality’.

If you have never had a plant in your life, having a plant at home

is the perfect place to start – and there is such a lot of choice!

Gone are the days of a dusty ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ Sanseviera

trifasciata or a Kentia palm Howea forsteriana waving brown

fronds in distress - we have a plethora of options to suit every mood

and every place in your home. My first books were on the subject of

house plants and I love to have plants of all types sharing our family


There is an enormous body of research going on at the moment

into the beneficial effects of various species, how many you need

to benefit either physically or mentally, what specific problems

they can alleviate and which species can best tolerate the various

conditions they are exposed to indoors. Lack of light, temperature

fluctuations, infrequent watering - or too much watering - pity

the poor indoor plant and yet for all of the privations we put them

through they still flourish!

As I travel around the country I see so many lovely orchids on

windowsills and the moth orchid or Phalaenopsis must be present

in a high percentage of

British homes. These

orchids are incredibly

long lasting and even with

the most basic care will

flower again and again.

You could also chose a

Spathiphyllum or peace

lily, a Madagascar Dragon

Tree, Dracaena marginata

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Planning your nuptials this year? Read on

for top trends and lots of inspiration...

Planning your wedding is a personal

experience and to a large extent the

format, style and little touches are more

likely to be representations of your

personalities and tastes over any trends.

There is, however, an overwhelming body

of inspiration online which can put even

the most dedicated planner into a spin -

sometimes some fresh, trend-led ideas

might be just the spark to help you plan.

Princess Dresses

Channel your inner Disney princess - the

more streamlined dresses we’ve been

used to are making way for fuller skirts

and ball-gown styles. For evening, lots

of brides are opting for a second dress

which is less constrictive - meaning they

can dance the night away, carefree.

Personal Details

The wedding will be full of details that

nod to you as a couple, but more and

more brides are opting for personalisation

in their outfits too. Some with meaningful

words or dates embroidered into their

veils or others more edgy with painted or

stitched leather and denim jackets for the

evening (these have the added bonus of

being an item you can wear after the day!)


With a big shift in eco-friendly choices

in everyday life, it’s natural that wedding

venues and suppliers are upping their

green credentials. Some considerations

to make: ethical wedding rings and

outfits, even consider hiring a dress

(dresses take a lot of energy to create

but are seldom worn after the event),

give guests wildflower seeds as favours,

employ caterers who only use biodegradable

packaging, print eco-friendly

invitations on recycled paper and for

flowers pick seasonal blooms grown

locally where possible.

Wall Decorations

In more non-traditional venues with

plainer walls or in marquees, decor is key

for setting the mood. ‘Green’ walls made

from foliage and picked out with white

lights look elegant and timeless, whereas

paper pom poms in bright colours are

cheerful and inviting. A new trend is a

balloon wall - making arches to frame

the ceremony. Lots of couples can add

a DIY element here, making some of the

decorations themselves (with a small

army of bridesmaids or ushers to help!)

Table Settings

One of the biggest transformations in

recent years is the style of tables and the

seating arrangements. The more ornate

chair covers with bows have made way

for elegant chiavari chairs and tables

are bursting with informal arrangements,

made predominantly of foliage, picked

out by the twinkle of fairy lights and

mirrored platters.

Incredible Venues

Stately homes and castles are having

a moment, making perfect backdrops

for the big day. As well as being historic

places to tie the knot, they are full of

character and have many architectural

gems - perfect for capturing those

unforgettable photos.

As ever, Pinterest is a great source of

inspiration - but try not to get too bogged

down and stressed with including every

detail - the most successful weddings

focus on bringing together a happy

couple in an atmosphere of love and

support - guests will remember how they

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social care needs

Social care seems to be in the

news a lot at the moment, often,

unfortunately, in conjunction with

the word ‘crisis’. Given that if you

need care it’s a necessity, it makes

sense to understand the basics – well

before that time might come.

Social care is there to support you because

you need some extra help with daily living

or are caring for someone who requires

additional help themselves. There are a

wide range of social care services, including

care in your home or in a care home, live-in

care services, day centres, home adaptions

like handrails, and technology of various


The first step if you or your loved one

needs some extra help and support is

to ask your local authority to carry out a

needs assessment. You might have to wait

several weeks at least for this, because

councils are strapped for cash and staff,

but it’s important to have it because it’s the

gateway to the wider system. Someone

from the council usually visits to establish

the type of support you might need. There’s

no charge and the assessor will create a

care plan specific to your needs.

When the type of care you need is decided

and agreed the next stage is to establish

how it will be paid for through a financial

means test - which can be complex and

quite confusing. Social care isn’t a free

service provided by the NHS as many

people think. Most of us have to pay for

all or some of our care and the amount

depends on the level of need and the value

of any assets we have.

Your home will not be included in the means

test if you’re arranging care and support

at home but other capital assets, including

savings will be. Currently, if you have more

capital that £23,250 you will have to pay all

your care fees. If you have under £23,250,

you’ll get financial assistance but may have

to contribute from your income.

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The cost of care varies by area but it is not

unusual to have to pay about £20 an hour

for a care worker to come to your home

(domiciliary care) to help you with, say,

getting up, washing and dressing, if that’s

what you need. You can see how the bills

add up if you need more than one visit

every day.

It is also possible that rather than

‘personal care’ you need a different kind of

support, such as companionship, because

you are very alone and lonely. If so, in

some places the council may refer you to

a scheme run by a charity like Age UK,

where you might have to pay a modest

amount to take part.

If your needs are such that it is best for

you to move permanently into a care home

your property, if you own one, will be

included in the means test at its present

market value, but less any mortgage

or loan you may have on it. However, it

will not be included if your partner still

lives there or, in certain circumstances, a

relative. Your home is also not included if

you need a temporary or short-term stay

in a care home. Two in five of all the older

people living in care homes now pay for

their own care.

To avoid property or other assets being

counted in the financial means test, some

people consider giving them away to a

child or grandchild. However, this could

be interpreted as ‘deliberate deprivation

of assets’, and your local authority may

still ask you to pay the same level of care

fees as if you still owned your home or

the other assets you have given away. It

is really important to take advice if you are

thinking of doing something of this kind.

If you do have to pay towards a care

home place it is possible to avoid selling

your property during your lifetime in order

to release the money required, namely a

deferred payment which endures while

you are alive. The council provides a loan

for your care costs secured against your

property and this is repaid either when

the property is sold or from your estate

after you have passed away. There is an

interest charge if you choose to do this

but every council is supposed to offer a

scheme of this kind, even though relatively

few people take advantage of it, possibly

because they do not know it exists.

If you have care needs and you are

not already claiming a benefit called

Attendance Allowance it is always

worth doing so. This benefit is there for

older people, to help offset the costs of

disability. In practice, many older people

use their AA to help fund their social care.

Your local Age UK can help you fill in the

forms and will be pleased to help. AA

is paid at two rates, £58 or £87 a week,

depending on your needs.

As you can see, finding social care and

paying for it is not straight forward and

there are lots of questions to ask, but Age

UK can guide you through the process

and provides independent information and

advice. If you are online there’s a lot about

care on our website, or there’s a free

advice line if you prefer to talk to someone

instead. Visiting your local Age UK is a

third option.

Social care has a bad reputation at the

moment, largely because it is underfunded

and there isn’t enough to go round. You

may also have read horror stories in the

press of care workers being neglectful.

Please don’t be put off seeking care

though - there are many wonderful care

workers. It pays to get advice and go

into it with your eyes open, but there are

hundreds of thousands of older people

whose lives are immeasurably better

because of the good care they receive.

Caroline Abrahams

Charity Director, Age UK



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Computer Navigation

System introduced by

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Surgeon Mr Andy

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Arthritis is not inevitable! And….did you know as well as hip

and knee, you can also have a shoulder replacement?!

We speak to

Andy Murphy,

Consultant Surgeon

in Orthopaedics at

the Nuffield Health

Plymouth Hospital.

He has a busy

practice with a

significant trauma,

reconstructive and sports injury, especially

in shoulder and knee problems – it

encompasses complex and revision cases

referred from colleagues in Plymouth and

from around the Southwest.

Mr Murphy, most people accept arthritis

as something they can’t do much

about – how can you help alleviate


Arthritis is not inevitable! I see many

patients who have been told by wellmeaning

doctors, physiotherapists and

surgeons that they should rest their

shoulder or knee if they have arthritis as

this will prolong its life - the opposite is

true: keeping physically fit and mentally

active, taking the occasional mild

painkiller and exercising within the limits of

discomfort is much better for early arthritis

in any joint, as well as keeping your heart,

lungs and bones strong.

At what point does knee or shoulder

pain become something that might

require surgery?

Arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) can be very

helpful for more intrusive arthritis of the

shoulder or knee – there are many things

we can do to reduce the symptoms,

alleviate pain and restore movement. If

you find your sleep is becoming regularly

disturbed and you’re regularly reaching for

painkillers and avoiding activities that you

love that’s the time to see a specialist.

You are at the medical forefront with

your computer-navigated shoulder

surgery – can you tell us more?

Shoulder replacement surgery is one

of the most technically demanding

operations. Surgical computer navigation

systems have been available in the US

and EU for a few years but are not yet

in regular use in the UK. I was fortunate

enough to see these state-of-the-art

systems being used during recent visits

to Madrid and Geneva and I was thrilled

to be the first surgeon to bring this

technology to the South West last year.

We use a CT scan of the worn-out

shoulder joint to create a digital 3D model.

This allows the surgeon to understand

the complex anatomy of the shoulder

as never before: using advanced

computer software, we can then plan for

pinpoint accuracy when implanting the

components of the new shoulder, with a

real-time view of the bony anatomy and

implants during surgery.

This type of shoulder replacement is a

major undertaking for both patient and

surgeon, but this very latest technology

means that complications can be

minimised and so should increase the

longevity of the new shoulder joint.

About 5000 shoulder replacements are

carried out each year in the UK, compared

to more than 50,000 in the US. I believe

that many more patients could be helped

with surgery if only the technology was

more widely available. This is a really

successful operation for the vast majority

of patients: I have personally carried

out hundreds of shoulder replacements

and often patients tell me that their new

shoulder has given them a new lease of

life, allowing them to resume physical

activities such as golf, sailing, walking,

yoga, tennis, windsurfing, diving and

paddle boarding. Just as important is the

confidence they feel and the ability to

carry out daily activities and chores around

the house and garden without pain.


Mr Andy Murphy




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