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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
Tots Go Wild
Wednesday 26 February, 9.30am - 11am
£5 per child. Upto 5yrs. Booking essential
COCKINGTON COUNTRY PARK
Cockington Heritage Spotter Trail
Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 February
10am - 4pm.
50p per sheet. 5yrs+.
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
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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.
IN THIS ISSUE...
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
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
Brownstone Road , KingswearTQ6 0EQ
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
18, 21. 25, 28 February, 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20
& 24 March
Mini Talk on the Architecture of
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
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
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
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, Totnes TQ9 6EE
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
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.
Blampton Brixham TQ5 0ES
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
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
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?
The Quay, Kingsbridge TQ7 1HS
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
RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME FOR
THE ELDERLY, SPECIALISING IN
HIGH QUALITY DEMENTIA CARE
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: email@example.com
Strete, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0RU
WINTER MEMBERSHIP OFFER
1st Jan - 30th April
Including full joining fee
Call: 01548 560405
An awe inspiring place to play golf
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Sharpitor, Salcombe TQ8 8LW
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 Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF
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
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
Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LT
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
The Flavel Arts Centre
Dartmouth TQ6 9ND
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
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.
Blackawton, Totnes TQ9 7DQ
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
All children over 92cms dressed up as a
Superhero or Princess will get a free return
Sunday 22 March
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
Delamore, Ivybridge PL21 9QT
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!
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 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
• 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
• 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
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
Call 01803 227990 or visit
coastandcountry.co.uk to order a
copy of our free Owners Guide.
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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
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
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
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.
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for Pupils at
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
01626 771530 email@example.com
and outstanding care
make Trinity School an
exciting and vibrant
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
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
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.
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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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Seafood Restaurant - Joe’s Bar
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Tuesday and try out these
delicious recipes courtesy of
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
100ml whole milk
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
Add the buttermilk to the milk and eggs
and whisk together. Slowly pour into the
flour, whisking gently but being careful not
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
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
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
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fresh from the farm
We speak to Andy and Marie from
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.
CATCH OF THE DAY
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!
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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
That is incredible,
when you think about
where you’ve come
It’s kind of been an
up and down journey,
because we had
grew to thirteen,
but it was a public
company and the
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
1tsp Fairtrade chilli powder
1tsp extra hot Fairtrade curry powder
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
BI-FOLD vs SLIDING
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.
SINGLE STOREY EXTENSION?
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.
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.
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.
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Entry Enclosure, frontlinebathrooms.co.uk; 2. Original Style
Tileworks Steel Midnight Blue, originalstyle.com; 3. Merlyn
Black Showerwall With End Panel, merlynshowering.com;
4. Duravit - Stonetto (Sand) Shower Tray, duravit.co.uk;
5. Contour Radiator, frontlinebathrooms.co.uk; 6. Pitch
Bluetooth Mirror, purebathroomcollection.co.uk; 7. Finissimo
Black Bath Filler, bathroomdealsuk.co.uk; 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
& TILE GUIDE
A roundup of the trends that can beat the bathroom blues
and turn your bathroom into your own slice of heaven
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 Lights4fun.co.uk; 3. image from
carleyrowena.com; 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
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, zazous.co.uk; 3. Odyssey
- 8051V Seville Tile, originalstyle.com; 4. 3D Offset
Hexagon Tiles, bakedtiles.co.uk; 5. Original Style Living
Spirit Tile, originalstyle.com; 6. Windmill Geometric
Tile, tonsoftiles.co.uk; 7. Odyssey - Persian Floor Tile,
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
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
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.
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We are an award winning, professional and reliable
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Contact us: 01803 833611
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In business since 1992, we
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All types of blinds, tracks and
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We have a very large selection
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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
1. Sofa, £999, made.com;
2. London Graphic Map
3. Curvarella Turmeric Velvet Chair,
4. Leather Pouffe, £95, hauslife.
co.uk; 5. Alana 6 Lighting Pendant,
6. ‘Railings’ Paint by Farrow & Ball;
7. ‘Deep Water’ Paint by
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
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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,
com; 2. Industrial Mesh
Cupboard, £825, vincentandbarn.
co.uk 3. Atlantis Oval Coffee
Table, £208, sweetpeaandwillow.
com 4. Doris Occasional Chair,
5. Lumbar cushion cover with
tassels, (30x70cm), £36, hauslife.
co.uk; 6. Gold Window
Style Wall Mirror
melodymaison.co.uk; 7. Sabra style pillow, £32,
hauslife.co.uk 8. Merrick Dark Antique Brown
Trapeze Pendant, £175, artisanti.com; 9. Large
Round Mirror (80cm), £195, minkinteriors.com;
10. Wicker Grey Floor & Wall Tile, £12.27 per
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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
or an English ivy Hedera
helix - drape them from
cupboards and bookcases,
group them for more
impact, have one large statement plant for a
Wow factor, whatever you choose make room in your
life for a plant!
A Practical Guide to Growing Healthy Houseplants
by Matthew Biggs
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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.
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.
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.
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!)
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
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
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
feel on the day above all else.
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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
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
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.
Charity Director, Age UK
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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
in Orthopaedics at
the Nuffield Health
He has a busy
practice with a
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
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
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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
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pinpoint accuracy when implanting the
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real-time view of the bony anatomy and
implants during surgery.
This type of shoulder replacement is a
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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
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of patients: I have personally carried
out hundreds of shoulder replacements
and often patients tell me that their new
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