Win a dog-friendly break up to the value of £250

Love to get away but hate the thought of leaving your four-legged friend behind? If like many dog lovers, some of your best times are spent with your hound then here’s your chance to make new memories in style, with...

Layer by Layer

Keep toasty this January with thick, tactile knitwear. When the temperature drops it’s time to layer up with warm woollens. Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered.

Savoir-flair

After years of living abroad, Mike and Caroline decided to move back to England. It was to be a permanent move, but they still travel extensively and so needed to find a place that would be easy to extricate themselves...

Fresh Learning

Chinthurst School What are they? A ‘Forest School’ is an outdoor learning programme which originated in Scandinavia. It brings tremendous benefits to children and the sessions, run by qualified Forest School practitioners, develop confidence, creativity and self-esteem. It is also great...

Study Swap

Cranbrook School How do students apply for an exchange – who is/what subjects are eligible? The students sign up on a first come-first served basis, anyone studying French is eligible. Does an exchange necessarily involve foreign stays or travel? It does, as we...

Healthy Minds

2017 was a big year for mental health awareness. Let’s hope 2018 is even better because classroom statistics about the mental health of our young people are dire and worsening.The estimate is that, at any one time, around 30% of...

Winter Sweet

Flower power There is not much that flowers at the bleak dark start of the year. What blossom there is tends to be small and weather resistant. Flowers hang their shy heads or modestly tuck themselves behind evergreen leaves. Some...

Panettone & White Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding

Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush the sliced panettone with the melted butter. Place the panettone upright in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle the grated white chocolate between the slices. Heat the milk and cream with the vanilla extract until scalding....

Celeriac and Potato Gratin

Preheat oven to 180˚C. Firstly, butter your gratin dish. Slice the celeriac and potatoes thinly in your food processor or on a mandolin. Heat the milk and cream together. Layer the celeriac and potato in the gratin dish, seasoning with...

Pork Tenderloin with Apple & Balsamic Sauce

Preheat oven to 190˚C. Trim the tenderloin and spread mustard along the loin. Place in a roasting tin and pour in the apple juice and balsamic. Roast for 20-25 minutes… it may need a little longer! When cooked, drain the...

Fig, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad

Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and taste for seasoning. Make up the salad and arrange prettily. This salad could be put together six hours beforehand, and then spoon over the dressing just before serving.

New Year’s Resolutions

Do you have a beauty regime? Mornings I wake myself up with a ‘chemical-free’ shower followed by a light cream for my sensitive skin. We’ve created a gentle Calendula Cream so I’m tending towards using that everywhere. I prefer the natural...

Let There Be Light

While the words ‘barn conversion’ sound very romantic, the resulting homes can be a bit problematical – no longer a barn, but not quite a house, with furniture sitting slightly oddly within. Dark, oddly proportioned rooms in unexpected places, windows...

Get fit in three months – month one: Home Workout

Personal trainer and nutritionist Sarah-Jane Holt has developed a fitness programme especially for us. Starting with two weekly sessions in month one and building to three sessions over months 2 and 3 we promise it’ll help you feel fit and...

DIY Beauty – Argan eye serum

Argan oil is extracted from the kernels inside the fruit of the argan tree, which is found in southern Morocco. It has been relatively unused in skincare until fairly recently, and it can be quite expensive due to the laborious...

DIY Beauty – Chocolate orange lip pots

I love using dark organic cocoa butter for lip balm, as it retains its gorgeous chocolate aroma. This recipe contains vegetable glycerin rather than honey, but you could just as easily swap it if you prefer. The flavouring is a...

Win £250 To Spend At The Glades, Bromley

The Glades Shopping Centre, South East London’s shoppers’ paradise, is nestled in the bustling borough of Bromley, where an abundance of fashion, gift and restaurant options will make Christmas 2017 your best yet. With more than 130 retailers under its roof, sources of...

Beat The Bloat

We all know that feeling. The post-dinner, one glass too many sluggishness that inevitably follows the festive overindulgence. It’s not just Christmas Day that has this effect. It’s the accumulation of the office party, drinks at the neighbours’, an extra...

Wild Duck Pâté with Clementine

In a thick bottomed saucepan, place your chopped onions, cubed butter, chopped bacon, garlic, bay leaf and mixed herbs. Cook this on a medium heat for about 20 minutes, the butter should be simmering and the bacon cooked all the...

Wild Chestnut & Mushroom Crostini With Gorse Flower

Preheat oven to 180°C. Slit the shells on the bottom of each chestnut in a cross. Bake until the shells split open – this usually takes about half an hour. (I like to shake the tin every 10 minutes to...

Parma Ham, Fig & Goat’s Cheese Filo Fingers

  Preheat oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Dice the figs into small squares, discarding the woody top. Grate the goat’s cheese if you can, or mash with a fork until spreadable. Combine with the figs. Lay the sheets of...

Precious Metals

Light up your jewellery box with some indulgent festive sparkle

Comfort and Joy

It can sometimes take a while to find a rewarding occupation, especially one that has to fit around a busy family, is both creatively satisfying and enables a connection with people. [showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] But when the stars...

The House on the Hill

Going round a house with the owners for this magazine is always a journey. How they came to live there, the changes they’ve made to tailor it for their needs, the lovely things they’ve collected along the way... Touring the...