Banish the Winter Blues

Christmas stress can be kept at bay with a little self care, Sarah Maxwell explains At this busy time of year exercise and wellbeing will usually be last on your list of priorities, however… ! Christmas can be a stressful...

Structural Assets

Jo Arnell shares her recommendations for plants with year-round staying power A herbaceous border in full swing at the height of summer is a wonder to behold, but come the autumn it does rather collapse into a heap of old...

Vitamin D: How much is enough?

Henrietta Norton explains what we can do to ensure we meet our bodies’ daily needs One in five of us in the UK are estimated to have insufficient blood levels of Vitamin D for good health; we simply can’t produce...

Anna’s Top 10 Christmas Planning & Cooking Tips

1. Book an online shop for all your non-perishable items. With most supermarkets you can do this three weeks in advance; so, for delivery on 23rd, book on 2nd December. As you remember items over the three weeks you can...

Fables from the Farm: Jane ensures her flock is in prime condition

November means tupping time at Coopers Farm, when the rams go in with the ewes and the whole ‘sheep year’ starts over again. But of course before that can happen there have been lots of behind the scenes preparations to...

Course Work

From GCSE English to Christmas Cookery there are plenty of adult education opportunities out there. We've rounded up a great selection.

Green and Pleasant

Childhood memories and favourite holiday haunts are the inspiration behind Karen and Rafe Easter’s charming family home. It’s difficult to believe just how much of England’s green and pleasant land lies a mere hour’s train journey from the capital, and...

Fairground attraction

When Laurie and Sol bought a derelict listed building in St Leonards they’d never done a renovation before, but with boundless resourcefulness they have created an unforgettable family home. All the houses that feature in this magazine have required leaps of...

A fine vintage

Claire and Henry Warde take us inside Squerryes, the splendid historic home of the award-winning Kent sparkling wine . All houses have a vibe – but not many have one you can bottle. Squerryes, however, is not only the splendid 17th...

School’s out for summer

But what if the lengthy summer holiday ceased to exist? Hilary Wilce spells out the advantages. Quite soon schools will be closing down for the holidays. Some boarding schools will be quickly opening up again to reap useful income from...

Baked to Perfection

Tangy, flavourful and satisfyingly chewy, sourdough’s addictive appeal as an easier-to-digest alternative to regular bread means that it has amassed quite the fanbase.

All Aboard with Heart of Kent Hospice

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: Heart of Kent Hospice is bringing the style and glamour of 1930s steam travel to Kent with an exclusive trip on the magnificent Northern Belle. The Hospice is chartering Britain’s finest luxury vintage steam train for a unique, lunch-time excursion...

Material World

Mix a touch of medieval with a helping of Georgian – and throw in some thoroughly modern touches. The result? A unique family home perfect for 21st century living. Tucked away in a pretty Kentish village, The Den has been...

Make Your Home Come Alive at Bagham Barn Antiques

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: There’s nothing more thrilling than planning a new look for your home. Whether you’re lucky enough to be moving into a brand new home and can create the dream rooms of your choice, you’re thinking about redecorating your existing home...

Discover the Gadget that Helped Battersea Re-home Anxious Dogs

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: If you’re a pet owner you’ll be familiar with the tug on the heartstrings as you leave your beloved furry friend at home and you may have experienced the worry of an anxious pet. Separation anxiety can become a major issue for both owner...

The new kitchen mood

Whether you prefer a country feel, or a more contemporary vibe, there is a fresh new mood in kitchen design, packed with great practical ideas. Trends in kitchens move much more slowly than in other areas of the house. Not...

Style it Up

Men’s clothing can be a bit limited in scope – trousers, shirt, jacket, repeat – but with some nifty little tweaks the most basic combinations can be transformed. The simplest combo of a shirt and jeans is transformed just by rolling...

Chris Rivers Drummer-turned-Artist

Strange, beautiful, captivating, energetic and enchanting; all words which have been used to describe the paintings of upcoming UK artist Chris Rivers. Former professional rock-drummer-turned-artist, Chris began painting four years ago whilst touring the world as drummer with UK rock...

Gut Instinct

Wondering exactly what your microbiome is – and why you should be worrying about it? Eminé Rushton explores the crucial link between a happy gut and a healthy body and mind

Easy Easter Bake Recipes

Grab your pinny and forget the calories, it's time to get baking. Here's a collection of our favourite Easter bakes. From super-cute flock cakes to Rosemary Schrager's sophisticated simnel battenburg, we've got your Easter bake recipes covered.

Simple Soup Recipes

Look no further for some healthy and hearty soup recipes to pep up your autumn kitchen repertoire. It’s easy to keep falling back on all your old favourites but if you fancy a change we’ve got just the thing. These...

Healthy Recipes Ideas

Are you craving some healthy grub to complement our Three Month Fitness Programme devised by nutritionist and personal trainer Sarah-Jane Holt? Or are you just after some fresh ideas to liven up your recipe repertoire? Here are some of our...

Christmas Party Pieces

Take your Christmas party nosh up a notch with our selection of delicious dainty morsels that’ll delight your guests and have you full of festive cheer. These brie and cranberry bites are so easy to prepare and packed with Yuletide yumminess. Simple...

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