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connection magazine Aug/Sept 18 Issue 83

Inside this issue... Book reviews

Inspire your wanderlust

Sweet & savoury recipes

Crab parcels and chocolate pavlova


Lethal leatherjackets


Ideas for feature walls

What’s On

Flower Festivals, Village Shows, Music events and lots more!

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I hope you’re all enjoying the Summer so far. We’ve certainly had very nice weather. As I write this letter I’m looking at a forlorn and parched patch of garden. Hopefully by the time you get this we will have had some rain and our gardens will all be recovering! This issue has all the usual regular features including recipes, book reviews, gardening and puzzles. What’s On features many local events including amongst other things, flower festivals, fetes, village shows, coach outings and boot sales. There a few events featured that might interest the children too during the school holidays. In the Notice Board section you will see a call out for volunteers to help in the Halstead branch of the East Anglian Children’s Hospice shop. If you think this might be just for you, why not give them a call. On page 28 there’s an article about diversification on farms. We had a chat with the younger generation of farmers who are looking to diversify to keep their farms viable and to secure their future.

4 - Interiors 6 - Book reviews 8 - Sweet recipe 12 - Savoury recipe 13 - Notice Board 15 - Health 16 - Codeword 18 - 22 What’s On 23 - Country Mutters 25 - Spot the Difference 26 - Gardening 27 - Sudoku 28 - Diversification 29 - Puzzle solutions 29 - Useful Numbers 30 - Index

Enjoy the rest of the summer!


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Home & Interiors Wonder Walls

By Katherine Sorrell Tiles come in a great variety of colours and patterns, and can be sleek and machine-made or rustic and hand-made, shiny and glazed or matt and unglazed, smooth or textured, or digitally printed with your own designs. They are ideal for bathrooms, showers and behind kitchen worktops, but are also great for hallways, conservatories, laundry rooms, utility rooms and possibly even as part of a living area, too.

Exotic Leaf Pattern wallpaper mural, to order, Wallsauce: 01772 284 110; A change of wallcovering can transform your space, so here are some exciting ideas. A plain white wall can show off a colourful collection or provide a counterpoint to patterned upholstery, while vibrant wallpaper can inject colour and create interest in a room. It’s all about context, and is as important as selecting colours, fabrics and furnishings. Transform a room with a fresh coat of paint on walls and woodwork, but buy sample pots and trial them on card first, to assess the colour’s appearance and finish in different areas and at different times of day. Alternatively, consider wallpaper, where choices include conventional machine-printed designs, natural woven fibres, light-reflecting metallic papers and waterproof vinyls. For something different, think about hand-finished papers featuring cut-work, stitching or appliqué, interactive papers that you can colour in or add stickers to, hand-blocked papers, threedimensional designs incorporating crystals, beading, sequins or tiny LED lights, digitally printed papers to your own design or magnetic wallpapers that work as a noticeboard. Rather than hang vertically all around a room, create a feature by papering just one wall, choose different colourways of the same pattern to use in different areas, hang wallpaper horizontally, or mix up the designs.


With imagination and ingenuity, almost any flat surface can provide an interesting decorative effect. Timber panelling insulates and can hide wonky walls and is a great insulator. A sheet of mirror reflects light around to make the room seem bigger, while sheets of plastic laminate or solid composite have potential and, being waterproof, are suitable for bathrooms. Paperbacked fabric is great for insulating against cold and noise – as is leather, which is luxurious and fire-retardant. Cork is warm, soft to the touch, ecofriendly, insulating and soundproofing, and comes in a range of colours, patterns and textures. Polished plaster or sheet metal are other options.

IDEAS FOR FEATURE WALLS • Transform your wall with peel-off stickers, with designs from simple shapes to complex illustrations. • Wallpaper with an oversized pattern and vivid colours makes a great focal point on just one wall. • Consider modern, graphic paint effects such as bold horizontal stripes or an ombré/dip dye look. • Large maps (old or new) are attractive and educational. Simply paste straight on to the wall. Try sheet music and wrapping paper, too. • Take any digital image and have it enlarged to cover an entire wall. Eye-poppingly gorgeous. • Use a variety of vintage wallpaper samples as a colourful collage. Combine with paint,

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Inspire Your Wanderlust Thinking about booking a last-minute holiday? These books should help to inspire your wanderlust. (Or just transport you to distant climes while you’re lounging in your garden.) The Road to Little Dribbling – bill bryson In The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson sets out to explore Britain once again – 20 years after his bestselling Notes from a Small Island. Not only is it highly entertaining, but The Road to Little Dribbling is packed full of facts and wry observations. You’ll veer from rolling your eyes at Bryson’s ‘grumpy-old-man-ishness’ to vigorously nodding your head, to snorting with laughter, to booking a train ticket to explore a corner of this island you haven’t yet stumbled upon.

Adventures of a Young naturalist – Sir David Attenborough In 1954, David Attenborough began his exploration of the world, seeking out rare animals for London Zoo and sharing his experiences with a captive TV audience back at home. Adventures of a Young Naturalist charts his adventures across Guyana, Indonesia and Paraguay, from coming face-to-face with Komodo dragons and giant armadillos to befriending a young male orangutan. Numerous photographs help to bring the tales to life.

The bean Trees – barbara Kingsolver Determined to avoid ending up like her Kentucky classmates – pregnant and married before she’s 18, Taylor buys a beaten up old car and a tank of petrol, and heads west. By the time her car breaks down in Arizona, she has a three-yearold Cherokee girl in tow. First published 30 years ago, The Bean Trees beautifully evokes the landscape and spirit of 1980s Southwestern America.

The Earth From The Air – Yann Arthus-bertrand It’s been almost 20 years since Yann Arthus-Bertrand first set out to capture aerial photography of some of the most remote places on Earth. The result – The Earth From the Air – went on to sell more than 3 million copies. A new edition was released last year, which includes 100 stunning new photographs and commentary from the likes of Jane Goodall and Matthieu Ricard. Breathtaking.


The Art of Travel – Alain de botton Alain de Botton explores the reasons why we travel and discusses how we can make the most of our experiences. He covers everything from holiday romances to hotel minibars. It’s a book about taking pleasure in our surroundings (however mundane) and taking the time to look, really look, at the world around us. Wanderlust: A book Club Sampler from Simon & Schuster This travel-inspired sampler is only available as a free Kindle ebook. It includes excerpts from several novels, including An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy, The Distant Hours by Kate Morton and The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais. Also included are the authors’ favourite travel-related memories and notes and tips for book clubs. Perfect for dipping into on a summer’s evening, Wanderlust may help you to find your next book and your next holiday destination.

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Sweet Recipe Berry & Chocolate Pavlovas These divine individual pavlovas are ideal for a summer dessert. You can make the meringues in advance then layer with fruit and cream a couple of hours before serving.

Ingredients: • 4 large egg whites • 225g caster sugar • 1 tsp cornflour • 1tsp white wine vinegar • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 500g fresh strawberries • 200g fresh raspberries • 25g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra to serve • 2 tsp lemon juice • 300ml double cream, softly whipped • 200g Greek yoghurt • Chocolate curls, to decorate

Makes 4 Ready in 2 hours


The unfilled meringues will keep in a an airtight container for 3-4 days.


1. Preheat the oven to 150°C, fan 130C, Gas Mark 1.

Line 2 large baking sheets with baking paper. Draw six 9 cm circles on each sheet of baking paper. Turn the paper over.

2. Using an electric food mixer whisk the egg whites in a clean grease-free bowl until stiff. Gradually whisk in the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, whisking well after each addition to make a firm and glossy meringue.

3. Blend the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla extract

together in a small bowl and fold into the meringue. Divide the meringue between the marked circles.

4. Bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour until the meringues are crisp and dry on the outside. Turn the oven off and leave them to cool completely in the oven with the door slightly open.

5. Hull and chop most of the strawberries (reserving

about 8 for decoration). Place in a food processor or blender with half the raspberries and pulse to make a thick puree. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the icing sugar and lemon juice. Fold the yogurt into the cream.

6. Carefully remove the meringues from the baking

paper. Sandwich the meringues together in stacks of three with cream and the fruit puree. Top with the reserved strawberries and remaining raspberries and decorate with chocolate curls. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

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Crab Parcels Makes 20

Ready in 40 minutes

These crisp filo pastry parcels with a crab and ginger filling make a tasty seafood starter for a special dinner or can be served as nibbles with refreshing drinks on a hot summer’s evening.

• 1 x 230g can crab meat, drained and flaked • 1 tsp grated fresh root ginger • 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander • 2 spring onions, finely chopped

Cut the sheets of filo pastry into twenty 15cm squares. Take one square and brush lightly with water then top with a second pastry square. Place a spoonful of the crab mixture in the centre of the square. Brush the edges lightly with water and gather them together to enclose the filling and form a moneybag-shaped parcel.

• 8-10 sheets of filo pastry (see Tip)

Repeat with the rest of the pastry squares and filling to make 10 parcels in total. Half fill a large deep pan with vegetable oil and heat until a small piece of filo pastry dropped in the hot fat sizzles and browns in 20 seconds. Deep fry the parcels, in 2-3 batches, for 2-3 minutes until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

• Vegetable oil for deep frying

Serve warm with sweet chilli sauce for dipping and garnished with shredded spring onion.

• 1 tbsp lime juice • Freshly-ground black pepper

• 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce • Shredded spring onion, to garnish


Mix the crab meat, ginger, coriander, chopped spring onions and lime juice in a bowl. Season lightly with freshly-ground black pepper.

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What’s On General Macmillan Coffee Morning At the Labour Club, High Street, Kelvedon Friday 28th September 10.00am – 1.00pm £2 entry includes tea/ coffee and home made cakes. We also have a cake stall and large raffle. All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer support. For more information contact Mary on 01376 570083 or Margaret on 01376 572758.

The Feering & Kelvedon Garden Club’s Open Annual Show At Feering Community Centre Coggeshall Road, Feering Saturday 1st September 2.00pm – 4.00pm View the exhibits and enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee or tea and home made cakes. For further information about joining the club or how to enter the Show please contact Annie Northfield on 01376 517527 or e-mail Last date for entry will be Wednesday 29th August.

Marks Tey Parish Summer Fete At The Parish Hall, Old London Road CO6 1EJ Saturday 18th August 12.00 – 4.00pm Lots of family activities, including pony/unicorn rides, petting zoo, sand art, rides and inflatables. Traditional fete games as well as stalls from local businesses and individuals, plenty of crafts and refreshments. Free entry.

The Four Colnes Show At the Recreation Club in Earls Colne Saturday 11th August 1.00pm – 5.00pm Competition classes will include vegetables, flowers, art, cookery and photography. Also stalls, activities (including tug-ofwar), entertainment and demonstrations. Fun dog show and classic cars. Bar and food available. Entry £2.50 adults, 50p children.

Ardleigh Annual Horticultural Show At Ardleigh Village Hall, Station Road, Ardleigh CO7 7RS Saturday 18th August. Open to the public from 2.00pm Hosted by Ardleigh & District Horticultural Society with classes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, dahlias, flower arranging, cookery, homemade wine, handicraft, photographs and childrens exhibits. Prizes presented at 4.15pm. Refreshments are available.

Fellowship Meetings At the United Reformed Church, Kelvedon Thursday 13th September 2.00pm - 3.30pm Come and join us - we have a speaker from J’s Hospice followed by a time of fellowship, tea, coffee and cake. Everyone welcome, free of charge. Thursday 27th September 2.00pm Fellowship meeting at the Village Café, Kelvedon High St. All welcome. For more information please call Gwyn Pegram on 07875 109472.

August Afayre At St Mary’s Church, Raydon Saturday 4th August 10.30am – 3.30pm Plant stall, Bric a brac, books, tombola, sideshows, hoopla, cake stall, quiz and lunchtime barbecue.

Harvest Thanksgiving and Open Weekend At St Andrew’s church, Earls Colne Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 10.00am – 3.00pm each day. Come and find out more about your church. Members of the church will be available to talk about the work of the church and to answer questions. On Sunday the Harvest Thanksgiving service will be at 10.00am followed by a teddy bear parachute drop from the tower at 11.00am and a BBQ at 12.00. Refreshments available both days. We look forward to welcoming you.

Pew Boot Sale At St Andrew’s church, Earls Colne. Saturday 27th October 10.00am – 12.00 noon Pews £5 each. Refreshments available. For more information please call 07908138853.

The Great Bentley Show At Great Bentley Village Green Saturday 1st September 1.30pm A great traditional event for all to enjoy. Our marquee will have entries and exhibits on show from all ages demonstrating the best in arts, crafts, flowers, vegetables, fruit, plants,

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Coggeshall Flower Festival - ‘For All the Saints’ At The Parish Church of St Peter ad Vincula Saturday 25th August – Tuesday 28th August 10.00am – 5.00pm and 11.45am – 5.00pm on Sunday This year our spectacular floral interpretation depicts stories about the lives of saints. Musical recitals will take place in the church during the weekend and on Saturday 25th August at 7.30 pm there will be a concert of traditional New Orleans Jazz with the Frog island jazz band (tickets - £12, Concessions £10, Under 16s £2.00). There will be

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What’s On a Sung Eucharist service at 10.30am and a‘Songs of Praise’style service on Sunday 26th August at 5.15. Delicious homemade cakes and light lunches available and a preserves and produce stall. Entry is free – although donations towards the upkeep of the church will be warmly welcomed. For further information regarding the Flower Festival please visit or contact: Judy Crawford on 01376 561389 or For tickets for the Saturday evening concert, please contact: Sarah Wickens 07974 802304 or visit Copper and Cask Off Licence, 18a Church St Coggeshall.

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Coach outing to RHS Hyde Hall Sunday 16th September Join Nayland Hort Soc for a leisurely look around the gardens of Hyde Hall, containing many wonderful plants and trees. Coach leaves Nayland at 9.00am and returns from Chelmsford at 4.00pm. Tickets £20 to include travel and entry. Refreshments are available, open to non-members. Early booking is advisable. For more information please visit uk or call Trevor Smy on 01206 262022 or email

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The Colchester Group of Flower Clubs will be adorning the church with beautiful flowers on the theme of‘God’s Wonderful World’. Admission £2 which includes a programme, under 16’s free. Also an Art Exhibition, all day refreshments and stalls in the Village Hall. In aid of Aldham Church Fabric Repairs.

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Willy Mason Willy Mason returns to the UK for a national tour. He will be performing new and released material with a number of musical guests. After selling out his 32 show tour of the UK and Ireland in March he is returning with a fresh batch of new songs as his fourth album nears completion. All tickets £15. Saturday 15th September 7.30pm for 8.00pm

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singing has been paired with her theatrical career. The music is at times haunting, connecting with deep moody jazz standards and a new international form of World Music. Tickets £14 / £12 Concessions.

Music Events at Colchester Arts Centre Talinka

D’Ukes A highly entertaining 6-piece electric ukulele covers band. D’Ukes skill in reinterpreting songs using only the ukulele (with a hint of percussion and plenty of humour) amazes audiences. Their repertoire suits all tastes and ages and with their great vocals, slick solos and exciting rhythms they will get the audience singing, dancing and smiling. Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Sunday 30th September 7.00pm

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Free music recitals At St Andrew’s church, Earls Colne Thursday 9th August and Thursday 13th September 1.00pm - 1.45pm Refreshments are available beforehand for a donation. For more information please contact Liz on 01376 561307.

Colchester Organ Society At Thomas Lord Audley School, Monkwick Avenue, Colchester CO2 8NJ. On the first Friday of each month 7.45pm - 10.15pm Live keyboard concerts with music to suit all tastes, featuring top musicians from around the country. Friday 3rd August

Chris Jones Friday 7th September

Ian House £4 members, £6 non members. Refreshments and raffle. Ample parking inside school grounds. Free one off entry for two non members upon production of this advert (Friday concerts only). For more information please contact Alan Pilgrim on 01787 269458 or email

Drama and Dance Events at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester Friday 27th July Sunday 26th August

Babe, The Sheep-Pig A play by David Wood, based on the book by Dick King-Smith. When Farmer Hoggett wins Babe, an orphaned

What’s On piglet, at the village fair he has no idea about the incredible series of events he has begun. An uplifting family tale of the heights a little pig can reach when an unsuspecting Farmer believes in him. Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm

Scheherazade and the 1001 Nights With a breathtaking explosion of dance, fire and illusion, Company of Dreams transports you to the exotic, dangerous and magical world of the Arabian Nights. In this brand new production of one of the greatest stories of the ancient world, Scheherazade and her magical tales of genies, ghouls and faeries, of Sinbad, Aladdin and Ali Baba, are retold in Company of Dreams’ thrilling blend of jazz, belly dance and Latin dance. For more information and to book please visit or call 01206 573948.

Cinema Leavenheath Village Hall Digital Cinema

Hayman, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Indra Ové

Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

A British comedy drama in which a posh woman has to reassess her life when the breakdown of her marriage means she has to move in with her bohemian sister.

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Dedham Films At The Assembly Rooms, High St, Dedham Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. If there is a suitable break in the film, there is a 15 minute intermission for drinks at the bar and ice cream. Open seating at all our screenings. Tickets are £4. There are usually a few tickets for sale at the door, but this cannot be guaranteed so please buy your tickets at the previous screening or as soon as you can from Shakespeare House Gallery, Dedham High Street or online at Wednesday 15th August

‘Finding Your Feet’ (12A) British comedy drama. Wednesday 19th September

At Leavenheath Village Hall, Wrights Way, Leavenheath

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ (15)

Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments (wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee) will be available before the film starts and during the interval. Tickets £3.50 per adult and £2 per child. Reserve your seat online at uk or please call Lesley 01206 262505 or Ken 01206 263266 for tickets.

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting 3 signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and

Saturday 4th August

‘Finding Your Feet’ (12) Starring Joanna Lumley, Timothy Spall, David

At the Studio Theatre, The Mercury Theatre, Colchester Saturday 4th August 3.00pm

‘Now, Voyager’ Saturday 11th August 3,00pm

‘Some Like It Hot’ Saturday 18th August 3.00pm

‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ Saturday 25th August 3.00pm

‘Sunset Boulevard’ For more information and to book please visit www. or call 01206 573948.

Things for Children and Young People Misbehavin Summer School At The Mercury Theatre Monday 20th August – Friday 24th August 10.30am – 3.30pm A week-long summer school exploring the five pillars of Hip Hop: Mc-ing, Beatboxing, Street Art, Break Dancing and Music Making. For young people aged 11-16, to work with professionals such as graffiti artist Brave One and beatboxer Randolf Matthews to learn new skills and develop their talent. No prior experience needed – just enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire to create something new. Tickets are £10 for the week and must be bought in advance. For more information or to register interest, please visit our

Box Office at Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, call 01206 573948, visit or email

Events at Colchester Musuems Wednesday 1st August

Go Live! At Colchester Natural History Museum Come and meet some amazing animals and discover incredible fun facts about them. Which curious creatures will you meet? Tickets £5. Thursday 9th August

Roman Explorers: Crafty Colchester Get hands-on and hone your skills as a Roman craftsperson. Tickets £5 after castle admission.

Mosaic Magic Tuesday 14th August At Hollytrees Museum Discover the intricate art of the Roman mosaic maker. Design, create and take home your own mosaic coaster. Tickets £5.

Animated Illusions Tuesday 21st August Discover the Victorian art of illusion and bring images to life by designing and making your own zoetrope. Tickets £5. For information about session times and to book please call 01206 282941.

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What’s On Talks and Workshops Polstead WI Tuesday 11th September - The Trinity House Story. We meet at Polstead Village Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm (no meeting in August). All welcome, we would really like to meet you.

WEA West Bergholt Branch At The Methodist Hall, Chapel Lane, West Bergholt CO6 3EF The autumn course is ‘The Jazz Century Cakewalk to Culture’ by Graham Platts. A decade by decade journey with guided commentary, discussion and numerous musical examples. Beginning Tuesday 18th September at 7.45pm at a cost of £54.75 for 10 evenings. Enrol at or call 0300 303 3464 or at venue at the start of the course. Fee reduction/ waiver for those on low income. All very welcome. Please contact 01206 240512 if you require more information.

Feering Flower Club At Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering, Essex C05 9QB Tuesday 18th September 7.30pm

Brenda Tubb Floral art demonstrations by qualified and extremely talented Area and National Demonstrators. At the end of the evening all the demonstrator’s arrangements are raffled. Light refreshments are served and sales table. The venue is wheel chair friendly with ample parking space. £4.50 members, £7 visitors. For more information please contact Sue Bunting 01376 571059, or follow us on social media,

Wormingford Bookworms Book Club At Wormingford Community Education Centre, Church Rd, Wormingford CO6 3AZ Wednesday 5th September 7.15pm Bookworms is looking for new readers! We are a small and friendly book club which meets monthly. Books are borrowed from the

Library, so the only charge is £2. Each member can suggest the books. We have read a selection of books – both classic and contemporary novels by British and overseas writers and some nonfiction/autobiographies. A couple of local authors have also visited us to discuss their books, and on one occasion we went for an expedition to see the setting of “The Winthrop Woman” by Anya Seton in Boxford. We are very informal, so come and join us. Our next meeting is on 5th September (a change to our usual pattern) to discuss John Le Carre’s “A Delicate Truth.” Contact Amanda on 01206 337338 if you would like a copy of the book.

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Colne Valley Flower Club

Congregational Hall, Wivenhoe

At the Orpen Hall, West Bergholt Wednesday 19th September 7.30pm Meeting with Lionel Clarke demonstrating “Pick and Mix.” Visitors welcome.

Farmers markets Please note that some dates may be liable to change so for more information

Lavenham Farmers Market At The Village Hall, Lavenham Sunday 26th August and Sunday 23rd September at 10.00am - 1.30pm Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973

Colchester Farmers Market The Arts Centre, Colchester Friday 3rd August and Friday 7th September at 9.30am - 12.30pm Contact Rowley Castiglione 01206 367776

Wivenhoe Farmers Market

Saturday 18th August and Saturday 15th September at 9.30am - 12.30 Contact Rowley Castiglione 01206 367776

Sudbury Farmers Market At St Peters Church, Sudbury Friday 31st August and Friday 28th September at 9.30am - 2.00pm Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973

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Country Mutters Boxing Clever By Lady Muck This year, the ancient window box bolted onto the outside of my equally ancient shed, finally disintegrated completely. So I did some research online, found just the thing to replace it. A mere snip at £70 + postage. Ridiculous. So I decided to build one – how difficult can it be? I trot down to the DIY warehouse for some wood. A bit more expensive than I thought, but this will be a unique piece, after all. Now to cut the stuff to length. Where is the saw? As it turned out, the saw is right at the back of the shed guarded by unfeasibly large spiders that have to be screamed at and have things thrown at them. Then I discover it’s quite easy to cut wood but not necessarily to cut it square. I suspect this may cause issues further down the line. Now where is the electric screwdriver? We don’t have one. After a long discussion of what constitutes a man if he doesn’t even own an electric screwdriver, Husband says ‘My father never had one and he was an engineer.’ I point out Husband’s father had hands as hard as granite setts. ‘Rubbish’, scoffs Husband, ‘you’ll be fine. Did you get any screws because I haven’t got any’. We have further discussion of what constitutes a man if he doesn’t even own any screws. I trot back to the DIY warehouse. Husband hands over the screwdriver set I once put in his Christmas stocking. Good job one of us is practical, I think. That evening my


offspring have to unscrew the cap on the gin bottle, hampered as I am by the patchwork of sticking plasters on my hands. Next morning, after some googling I decide to face my construction with sticks wired together for a rustic look. I trot back to the DIY warehouse and come back with some copper wire. Looks nice, but it turns out that it takes quite a lot of sticks to cover a 2m long window box. I plunder every hedgerow in a 3 mile radius, get scratched and stung and on the way back I step on a rotting mole the feral beast has deliberately placed at the gate like a welcome mat. I spend a day wiring sticks together like someone doing serious therapy. We already have a staple gun, so that’s good but I realise I need some plastic sheet to line the box. I trot back to the DIY warehouse. I arrive home to find no staples in the staple gun. The discussion on what constitutes a man becomes rapidly heated. I cannot face the DIY warehouse man again so I drive to one 10 miles further away. I finally finish. It is dark. I have worked for 4 days, driven 80 miles, cut my hands to ribbons, spent considerably more than £70 + postage and have constructed a window box that looks OK if viewed from the right angle. It is also so over-engineered that it is more suitable for the containment of nuclear waste. Husband points out it’s so heavy that if I attach it to the outside of our shed the whole side wall may well fall off. ‘Rubbish’, I scoff. But I may just wait until Husband is out before I find out for sure.

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Daddy-longlegs or crane-flies are starting to hatch out now as adults, but it is their young – known as leatherjackets – that really cause grief in gardens. If your lawn has yellowing patches on it or you’ve noticed it being ripped up in the last few weeks, chances are leatherjackets are to blame and it is likely that the problem will get a lot worse. Leatherjackets feed on grass roots (and can also cause problems in flowerbeds and vegetable plots) and this may cause the plants they attack to be weakened and even die back; worst of all, these juicy larvae are tasty snacks for animals such as crows, rooks, magpies, badgers or foxes. So if there are leatherjackets in your garden, these animals will search them out, ripping up your lawn or excavating beds and borders in the process. Lawns are usually worst affected and can be


What is the best way to check if you have them? Early in the evening, water a couple of the yellowed patches thoroughly and do the same with a ripped-up patch. Next, cover these areas in black polythene weighed down with a couple of bricks or similar. A double layer of black bin liners or an openedout plastic compost bag will work well. Next morning, lift the polythene and you’ll see the pests on the soil or lawn surface. So how do you know leatherjackets are to blame? Leatherjackets are greyishbrown, tubular, legless, up to about 4.5cm long and so nearly transparent that you can often see inside them, lunch and all. To remove more, repeat this black polythene trick and deposit the pests on the bird table as free and nutritious bird food. For a much quicker, easier and more thorough solution, use the biological control nematode ‘Nemasys

Leatherjacket Killer’. It is quick and easy to apply – I just use a watering can and water it onto the affected area shortly after I’ve seen the first daddy-longlegs and when soil conditions are right – usually late August to late October. As long as you keep the area moist for about three or four weeks, it works a treat – and is even safe if you have a dog, pet rabbit or other pets (or kids!) who use the lawn. So how can you get hold of this? There are two pack sizes available, suitable for standard lawns or those with a very large area to cover but you won’t find them in garden centres as they have a short shelf life. You can, however, find out more and order them from www.pippagreenwood. com/products in the Protect Your Plants section. We’ll send them out by first class post in an insulated envelope for you to show those pesky leatherjackets who’s the boss! Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood. com and you’ll find some great gardening items: Nemaslug, green controls for leatherjackets, chafer grubs, ants and greenfly, plus garden plant supports, raised bed kits, Easy-Tunnels, gardening tools, Grower Frames, signed books and more! You can even book Pippa for a gardening talk at your local gardening club.

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Diversification - the younger generation upping their game in the farming world. We are all aware of the pressures farmers face trying to make ends meet, but increasing numbers have found a solution by developing other income streams. According to recent figures released by Defra, almost two-thirds of farms in England have diversified into a non-agricultural business and the revenue from these is increasing year on year. In a third of these farms, the diversified business generated more than the core farming income itself. New ventures include restaurants, venues for music festivals, arts and crafts courses, children’s petting zoos and wellbeing centres. One Suffolk farmer even has a permanent WW1 trench system on his land for hire as a filming location. Foxes Farm Produce in Aldham is run by husband and wife team Guy and Emily French. Both having grown up on farms, they wanted to stay in the industry but also knew they had to innovate to make it work. Emily says, ‘Having spent our childhood outside playing in the fresh air we wanted to offer this opportunity to everyone so we decided to organise several events for members of the public to get involved, get outside and have fun on the farm’. So as well as growing pumpkins and Christmas trees, during August and September the couple will open the farm to the public to try out The Corn Maze and The Farm Mud Run. Families can get lost in the maze or have fun with traditional games. The Farm Mud Run, a 1.5km course with multiple obstacles to go over and under opens in September and is suitable for adults and children over 4. Nat and Archie Browning arrived back on the family farm in Great Tey after graduating from university and set up a business hiring events equipment. It didn’t take them long to realise that their own land, with its natural beauty and tree-lined lakes was the perfect location for events and camping. They began hosting wild weddings, using festival style giant tipis and accommodation in bell tents for guests. They developed their glamping accommodation to include tents, yurts and a log cabin and converted a shepherds hut and grain silo into attractive, quirky spaces which take camping to another level. As well as offering space for corporate events, people can hire an area for special events for friends or family. Nat Browning says, ‘Our business contributes to the long-term sustainability of the farm and we have lots of plans for the future. We’re applying for a government diversification grant to help build new accommodation, which we’re really excited about.’


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