Interiors notes from a stylist

Blogger and micro influencer Sara Delaney of Notes from a Stylist shares home-styling tips from her cleverly updated Victorian house in a dream location in the Surrey Hills. Artists seek the north light: a pure, pale reflected light that is...

The rebirth of cool

Houses by the seaside always have a special atmosphere. It might be the marine light and big skies, or perhaps it’s the sense of finality to the view, knowing that nothing will ever replace the seascape that ebbs and flows...

Come on, you beauty!

One of the great treats in store at the Midsummer Fair next month is the Fenwick Beauty Hub, where you will be able to watch masterclasses by experts from ten leading beauty brands, have one-on-one instruction - and enjoy complimentary...

Gut Instinct

Have you noticed recently that a lot of people seem to be talking about the importance of good gut health? So why so much fuss – and what actually constitutes the ‘gut’? The G word refers to our entire digestive...

Natural Wisdom

Which one piece of seasonal wisdom helps you in May? We are so connected to the elements, our mental and physical health aligns very closely with what is going on in the great outdoors and when we don’t physically spend...

Keep calm and carry on (revising)

Exams are coming up fast, and there will be many households where tensions are running high about revision – when, where and how much? But psychologists have discovered that many traditional revision techniques don’t work at all. High on that...

Let the Children Speak

Listening to school age kids is vital – but first you have to get them to talk says Hilary Wilce. All the research shows that children whose parents support them at school and show an interest in what they’re learning...

A Gentle Cleanse

The last thing our bodies need when it’s still cool and damp is a brutal detox with raw food that is hard to digest, much better work in harmony with your body and the season says Eminé Rushton. Detoxes are...

Rhubarb tart

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5, placing an oven rack in the lower part of it. Butter a 25-cm/10-inch loose-bottom tart pan. Roll out the pastry (dough) thinly on a lightly floured work surface and use to line the...

Family favours

The Weald of Kent is a very special part of the world, with its beautiful rolling landscape peppered with postcard-worthy villages – and an unusually high volume of dream homes in ideal family proportions. This house is one of them....

The Big Mind & Body Spring Clean

It’s April, and time for a clear out. In the rush to throw open the windows and defrost the fridge, don’t forget to put aside some time for a self spring clean to re-energise your mind and body. This isn’t...

Jobs to do in April

Spring is the time for investment gardening, so the more effort you put in now, the less you’ll have to do later in the season. There ought to be a saying for it - a weed pulled today keeps thousands...

Coastal haven

This old coastguard’s cottage is gloriously free of all those corny seaside decor clichés thanks to interior architect Marta Nowicka’s sophisticated vision. If it’s not wall-to-wall tongue-and-groove it will be the pots of beach stones and assorted weather-beaten flotsam and jetsam...

Rain or shine

With wet weather gear the choice used to be stay dry – or stay stylish, but high tech fabrics and a new generation of labels have combined the two. Bring on the rain!

Beet top and feta tart

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4, placing an oven rack in the lower part of it. Grease a 30-cm/12-inch loose-bottom tart pan. Roll out the pastry (dough) on a lightly floured work surface until it is large enough to...

Nana’s fruit cake

Preheat the oven to 140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1. Line a 23-cm/ 9-inch square cake pan with parchment (baking) paper. Put the dried fruit, prunes, condensed milk, butter, treacle (molasses), syrup, vanilla and brandy into a pan. Add the water and bring...

Beetroot chutney

Put the apples into a heavy pan with a little water, cover and cook gently for about 10 minutes until soft but not mushy. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan and boil for 1 hour or more, until...

Frozen pea and mint pesto

Cook the peas in a pan of boiling water for 2–3 minutes, until just tender, then drain and refresh in cold water. Drain again and pat dry. Tip the peas into a blender or food processor and add the remaining...

Toffee Apple Spritz Cocktail from Hush Heath

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: To create the cocktail: Build the JD Honey, Aperol and Hush Heath Estate English Apple Wine in a wine glass. Add cubed ice. Pour on soda. Dress with the apple slice. Hidden deep in the Garden of England, Hush Heath...

Get fit in three months – Month Three: Home Workout

This month, personal trainer and nutritionist Sarah-Jane Holt, is focusing on making the two workouts we’ve been using in January and February that bit harder and increasing the weekly power walk to 40 minutes. She also introduces another nutritional tweak....

Caramel Griddled Apricots on Toasted Scioche

You will find the range in selected food emporia, delis and specialist farm shops (see their website for details) not in bread racks, but in the freezer cabinet. Managing director Simon Cannell explains their philosophy: “We freeze straight from the...

The Ultimate Easter Roast Lamb Sandwich

All the bread is made from scratch at their bakery, with doughs proving for 24 to 48 hours – so none of the quick-acting yeasts used in industrial bread production. You will find the range in selected food emporia, delis...

Brighten up!

Embrace the new season in mixed brights, bold earrings and fresh takes on denim. Model Hellen Onyango, make-up artist Alissia Jankoo and our stylist Kate Watts, show you how.

Mini Moroccan Pulled Lamb Brioche Sliders

The only Red Tractor certified bakery in the country - because they use 100% British wheat – the Baker’s Bicycle range includes such delights as ciabatta-style panini rolls perfect for toasties, glazed brioche buns and something unique they invented: the...