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4 Aiming high
30 Trust in the future
Why coloratura soprano, Chrissy Johnston is such a notable lady
Seeing the wood for the trees with the Woodland Trust
6 Out and about
36 A hidden gem
A round up of local events
10 Seasonal style
Why Mike Carpenter of Spiral Gallery always believes in gold
Boxy knits, chunky boots and autumnal swirls for top to toe style throughout the season
42 Dazzling Dahlias Why these autumn show offs are a must for your border
12 Au naturel
48 Life of pie
Allow your natural beauty to shine through
14 about owt Exchanging pleasantries in Peasenhall
18 A Suffolk principality Putting printmaker, Monica Petzal’s farmhouse in the frame
24 Get the look Candles, blankets and sheepskin rugs to cosy up this autumn
28 about town We bring you the latest news about town
We stake out Truly Traceable’s award-winning pies
54 about taste Tasting notes, award-winning votes and new posts
56 Scrumptious apple pie Warm and spicy, this pie is perfect for autumn scrumpers
59 Competition time Ice and a slice – win a Fishers Gin Gift Box worth £70
62 We wood if we could!
about town about the land
about design about gardens
about food about taste round & about
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Beautiful and bountiful, in issue 19 of aboutfram we celebrate all that this golden season has to offer, from misty mornings to homemade pies. Editorial Kathy Churchill Sales Sarah Clarke
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Aiming high Coloratura soprano, Chrissy Johnston, has achieved international acclaim for her exquisite voice, but now she is aiming even higher, with plans to collaborate with an exciting list of contemporary vocal artists and to make her name in the USA. Chrissy has always loved to sing and dance, boldly announcing at five that she was destined for the stage and, although her late father had notions of her becoming a vet, it is a dream she has since pursued with great passion and determination. Born just outside Stradbroke, her roots are still firmly planted in Suffolk soil and she has recently moved to Felixstowe. Chrissy went to school at Framlingham College and it was there that her music teacher, Mr Goodrich, first realised her voice was 4
rather special. In 2004 he entered her into BBC Choir Girl of the Year where, aged just fourteen she reached the final four. She went on to win a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating Chrissy moved to Prague to be with her husband Slava, and was immediately accepted into the National Theatre where she was put through her vocal paces by the State Opera coach and conductor. This was to be a turning point in her career as her coaches realised
that Chrissy had been singing the wrong repertoire. They recognised that her voice was suited to singing in a much higher register and that she was a coloratura soprano. Only a few sopranos have the ability to reach these high notes, especially with such agility and speed as Chrissy, but for her it was a revelation as she could at last allow herself to sing naturally. In 2012, the Prague Opera House cast Chrissy as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’, which at twentytwo made her the youngest dramatic coloratura to take on this leading role. The audience of thousands adored her – the purity of her voice winning her the nickname ‘The Nightingale’ – and over the past seven years she has toured the world, performing the famous arias of Adele in ‘Die Fledermaus’, Olympia in ‘The Tales of Hoffman’ and Zerlina in ‘Don Giovanni’.
In 2017 she released her first album, ‘Blessing’, which also contained two ‘crossover’ songs, and with the help of her new agent she has exciting new plans to collaborate with artists such as Sam Smith and Clean Bandit. This is a new direction for Chrissy, one that will allow her to enjoy more freedom with her voice and to express herself in a more contemporary setting. She plans to travel to the US, and having grown up watching Barbara Streisand, would love to be involved in musical theatre or the movies. It is quite a departure from her classical background, but Chrissy is a girl who follows her dreams, and after being moved to tears by the exquisite beauty of her voice at a concert recently, I have no doubt we will be hearing a lot more of her in the future. www.christinajohnston.co.uk 5
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October 3rd-3rd Nov Scaresville Ghosts, ghouls and other creatures stalk the night. Scare yourself silly at Kentwell Hall 14th Great Framlingham Sausage Festival Join the Sausage Trail, and vote for your favourite banger 19th-28th Paint a Pumpkin Halloween fun at the Suffolk Punch Trust 20th Arts Festival and Big Draw Be part of The Big Draw Wickham Market. Free Entry 6
November 20th-21st Gothic Falconry Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and fearsome falcons in flight at Framlingham Castle 20th-28th Wands and Witches A fun filled October half term with lots of slightly spooky and magical activities at Easton Farm Park 25th-4th Nov Spill Festival An international festival of contemporary arts and activism presenting the work of exceptional artists from around the globe
28th Felixstowe Steampunk Festival Steampunk curiosities and eccentricities with a spooky Halloween twist at Landguard Fort and Felixstowe Museum 31st Haunted Nights at Glemham Hall Join us if you dare for a ghostly house tour and haunted supper. Glemham Hall 31st-3rd Nov A Bunch of Amateurs FADS returns with this hilarious comedy about an ageing film star who mistakenly ends up in Stratford, Suffolk rather than Avon, 7.30pm Framlingham College
2nd-4th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Poetry, film and art by the sea 3rd Suffolk Animal Rescue Christmas Fair Stalls, gifts, handmade crafts and treats for your pets. Brandeston Village Hall. 10am Slow Living Market Beautiful things handcrafted in Suffolk. Orford Town Hall 10am-4.30pm 4th Charity Walk Sweffling White Horse 10.30am. Raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity
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December 11th Remembrance Sunday Supper Glemham Hall plus full House Tour with Major Philip Hope-Cobbold. 6.45pm 15th-16th Christmas Shopping Event Juniper Barn, Rendham. 6-8pm 24th St John’s Christmas Coffee Morning Bring & Buy, coffee, cakes, stalls. Westbury Centre, Framlingham. 10am-Noon 24th-23rd Dec Kiss and Tell Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
25th Folk at The Froize – Gilmore & Roberts A contemporary folk/ acoustic duo, combining award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship. The Froize 29th-2nd Feb Cinderella Rock’N’Roll Panto Rock around the clock with this classic panto at the New Wolsey Theatre 30th Framlingham Late Night Christmas Shopping A lovely evening to stock up on presents. 6pm onwards
1st-2nd Jimmy’s Christmas Fayre Christmas cheer, mulled cider, Father Christmas’ Grotto, over 100 craft and local food stalls. Jimmy’s Farm
7th-16th Christmas Spectacular – The Nutcracker A magical musical version of Clara and The Nutcracker by Co-op Juniors. Snape Maltings
1st-24th Christmas on the Farm A very special family Christmas experience for a special time of year. Easton Farm Park
12-16th The Little Prince Join the Little Prince in this live stage show as he journeys through the baffling world of grown-ups. DanceEast
1st-9th Christmas at Helmingham Hall Two day Christmas Market (Free) and magical Illuminated Garden Trail (Tickets) with warming festive refreshments
22nd Solstice Celebration A night of fun, laughter and beautiful music from the fabulous Rum Ol' Buoys and a Girl. Sweffling White Horse 7
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The Red House, Aldeburgh Explore Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears’ creative home where music was written and performed, art collected and two lives shared. Open to visit until Sunday 28 October with events planned in November and December.
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Boxy knits, chunky boots and autumnal swirls for top to toe style throughout the seasons
1. Felt Fedora Trulock & Harris £44.95 2. Paisley dress Ruby Tyger £27 3. Block jumper & scarf Out and About £64.95 / £14.95 4. Lacey red top Impulse Fashion £36 5. Red check shirt Out and About £80 6. Ladies leather boots Lana at Castle Shoes £120 10
7. Stunning floral dress Phoebe & Flo £130 8. Gorgeous knit Ruby Tyger £40 9. Camouflage skirt Darcy B £219
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Au naturel Raising the bar Do your bit for the environment and switch from plastic bottled handwash to a deliciously scented soap. We just love the beautiful designs and fragrances of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew - try their Sandalwood & Pink Pepper or Lavender & Rosemary (£5.99) – and the fabulous English Soap Company’s Cinnamon & Orange (£4.99) – almost good enough to eat and the perfect stocking filler. Available from Framlingham Pharmacy
Sweet natured 98% naturally derived, Cherry Almond, a wonderfully natural new product from Aveda is ‘sweet by nature yet wild at heart’. With its cherry blossom and omega-rich almond oil blend, it leaves your hair touchably soft, shiny and full of weightless bounce. Shampoo (£15.50) and conditioner (£17.50) Available from Meraki Hair and Carley Hill Hair
Making scents of Sicily Ortigia’s range of luxurious scents, soaps, creams and lotions are formulated using natural products indigenous to Sicily. Not only do they smell fantastic – with a range of exotic flavours that include the deeply rich and spicy Ambra Nera, the delicately scented
Florio, and Zargara, which has the heady citrus perfume of Sicilian orange groves – they also look amazing. The exquisitely decadent packaging is reason enough to indulge. Available from Collated in Framlingham
A natural beauty The 100% natural makeup range Inika Organic delivers natural beauty without compromising on performance. Certified organic and vegan, this award-winning brand uses natural products such as aloe vera, green tea extract, Kakadu plum and jojoba seed oil that nourish and nurture, allowing Inika to provide makeup that also acts as skincare and delivers truly beautiful skin. Available from Simply Stylish of Debenham Call Tammy on 07825 727998 for a 1-2-1 consultation, advice or a makeover.
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Spiral Gallery Discover beautiful Art, Craft & Jewellery including Landscapes by Alfie Carpenter Handmade Ceramics and Glass Affordable Handmade Gifts Unusual Contemporary Jewellery Spiral Gallery features distinctive jewellery by expert jeweller, Michael Carpenter. Michael also offers a service to re-style and re-imagine old jewellery, create commissions and repair loved pieces.
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Just off the high street in Peasenhall, Sibton White Horse is within an easy walk of the village however, many new and returning customers drive for miles to enjoy a meal, drawn to this C16th gem, with its wonky walls, huge inglenooks, hefty ship timbers and old pews. Neil & Gill Mason, pub landlords for over 7 years, have retained ‘The Good Pub Guide Suffolk Dining Pub of the year’ for 2019, so where better to spend an autumn evening than at the bar, enjoying the open fire and a delicious meal…
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In the first of our ‘about owt’ features, we give you four good reasons to pop along to Peasenhall…
Mother and daughter team Sara & Beth Benstead are celebrating their first year at The Weavers Tearoom. Using local suppliers and producers where possible to create fresh seasonal menus, their menu ranges from a full English Breakfast to coffee and homemade cake, light lunches and homemade soup to clotted cream teas. The Weavers Tearoom is proud to have been the pioneer for ‘Meet up Mondays’ in Suffolk and is thrilled with the positive impact it has had on the local community. Finalists, best Tearoom/Coffee shop – Suffolk Food and Drink awards 2018 T: 01728 660548
If you’re seeking something unique for your home, Beth and Mark at George Juniper could have just what you are looking for. They stock a carefully curated selection of items old and new – the age and history of a piece fascinates them – with the aim to inspire and excite you. They also stock their own range of bespoke lighting converted from vintage and antique elements into lamps. Whether you call in or visit the website, George Juniper will inspire anyone wanting to furnish their home with stylish, individual items. T: 01728 660797 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: georgejuniper.co.uk
The Little Upholsterer was first opened by Corrina Giles in 2013 on the high street in Peasenhall. In 2018 fellow upholsterer and friend, Jo Martin joined and expanded the business, opening a shop next door. The Little Upholsterer prides itself in maintaining traditional upholstery techniques whilst allowing room for the modern market as well. Corrina and Jo also design and produce bespoke cushions and loose covers and have a good selection of upholstery fabrics – they love passersby to pop in for a chat. T: 01728 660003 E: email@example.com W: thelittleupholsterer.co.uk 15
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Nestled in the Alde Valley, with a bank of whispering willows to the rear and sweeping views of the Suffolk countryside to the front, Yew Tree Farm is home to artist Monica Petzal, her husband Chris and an impressive collection of prints and ceramics. Dating back in parts to the 16th century, the farmhouse captured Monica’s imagination in 2014, and although she was familiar with Suffolk, this permanent move to the country was quite an impulsive decision. ‘We loved the setting and the selection of barns and outbuildings, especially as I could see the potential for creating a print studio on the site of the old pig shed, but I don’t think we realized quite how much we had taken on.” As well as the farmhouse, there is also a huge barn which was used to overwinter the cattle and is now a wonderful space for entertaining, a granary which has been
converted to a successful Airbnb, a substantial greenhouse and over fourteen acres of gardens and grounds. I visit Monica on a sunny autumn afternoon and it is immediately evident that the extensive restoration is now complete. The whole property has a lovely feeling of having new life breathe through it, brought about with great attention to detail and a visionary eye for design. Brick pathways edge borders brimming with cosmos, a bridge leads from the garden down to the water meadows where newly planted trees are finding their light, terraces offer sunny spots to sit and take in the view, and the 19
buildings all look shipshape and orderly. We take a quick look inside the Printroom Studio, which as well as being Monica’s workshop is also an occasional gallery. Purpose built and flooded with natural light, it is not hard to see why it is earning a reputation amongst internationally acclaimed printmakers as a unique hanging space and a reason to venture outside of London. The Grade II Listed farmhouse has the expected period features such as exposed timbers and inglenook fireplaces, but it also has the unexpected, such as a floating stainless-steel staircase that spans the entrance hall. Over coffee Monica tells me more of these ‘grand designs’. “One of the first things we did was to install a biomass boiler, so we could sustainably heat all of the buildings. The farmhouse needed new 20
electrics, plumbing and bathrooms, and by following old plans we were also able to reinstate one of the original doorways. However, our biggest project was the staircase. We worked with James Grayley, an amazingly innovative architect, who came up with the idea of a floating staircase that would allow us access to the galleried sewing room, both from the upstairs corridor and from the entrance hall.” It is a brilliant piece of design, beautifully crafted by Purely Metal of Parham; the glass inserts offsetting the solidity of the steel, their transparency allowing you to still see the framework of the building and the character of the original timbers. There are other contemporary touches that have allowed Monica and Chris to create a home that works for them. The rooms have been fitted with suspended
track lighting and a state-of-the-art STAS picture hanging system, which allows Monica to precisely position and light their exciting collection of prints. The walls are a mosaic of differing artists, sizes and subjects, but within every frame the quality of the work is exceptional. Monica, who trained as a painter at the Royal College of Art in the late 1970s and more recently as a printmaker at Camberwell, has had a diverse career as an artist, academic, critic and curator, and admits she still gets enormous pleasure from buying new pieces for her walls. “I buy at auction about four times a year and have a strict limit of a £1000. I only buy what I like, not what I think I should buy and love reshuffling everything to fit in the new work.” Her collection includes work by John Piper and Henry Moore, and in rear hall only limitededition prints will find any hanging space.
Although the walls are adorned with art, it does not feel imposing and the whole farmhouse is inviting and friendly. “We love the mix of old and new and have great fun hunting for hidden treasures at Marlesford Mill or Goodbrey Antiques in Framlingham. Friday Street car boot also has rich pickings and my collection of Sylvac Pottery will soon need another sideboard.” Antique finds sit comfortably alongside modern shelving units, alcoves hide collections of vintage glassware and there are wonderful oak floors and weathered brick tiles underfoot. Monica and Chris have created a delightful home; one with history and charm, but also one that has been carefully curated to bring it stylishly into the 21st century. For details of forthcoming exhibitions please visit www.printroom.studio
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Claire Rowell, representative of St. Jamesâ€™s Place Wealth Management, would like to invite you to an event about the importance of planning for your future. Lasting Power of Attorney specialist, Jasmine Pringle from Fairweather Law, is guest speaking at the event, which will cover a variety of topics from Lasting Powers of Attorney to long-term care fee planning. Katy Murray from Navig8care will also attend as a speaker, sharing her expertise. Claire, Jasmine, and Katy will provide up to date, practical knowledge on a number of topics, including:
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9. Vintage leather swivel chair George Juniper £275
10. Stag antlers Theatre Antiques £22 11. Striped cushion covers Olivie £40 12. Decorative coasters Ruby Tyger £12.95
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Following the huge success of ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ art trail in 2016, St Elizabeth’s Hospice is organising Elmer’s Big Parade as its 2019 event. It coincides with both the charity’s and Elmer’s 30th anniversary and is planned to be even bigger. Imaginative Traveller – a travel agency based in Debenham – has taken up the sponsorship of one of the elephants, aptly named “Where will your imagination take you?”. To heighten awareness, they took their elephant on a road trip in September, much to the delight of onlookers.“Imaginative Traveller have been creating inspirational adventure holidays for nearly 40 years, offering both tailor made and small group experiences with a unique choice of travel styles to explore the world to really get Suffolk people into the heart of the destinations they want to explore. Supporting Elmer’s Big Parade is a perfect choice for getting our name better known locally, at the same time as raising vital funds for St Elizabeth’s Hospice.” Elmer’s Big Parade trail is from June to September 2019 across Ipswich.
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A Suffolk town in wartime Framlingham 1939 to 1945 A new book, recently launched at Framlingham library, tells the amazing story of our town during the Second World War. Can you imagine a time when there were air raid shelters, blast walls, pill boxes, tank traps, road mines, machine guns, and mortars to defend the town against enemy forces following invasion? All is revealed in John Bridges’ new book, containing 152 pages and over 160 images, many in colour. Price £20. To purchase your copy, please contact email@example.com
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How do you want to be remembered? The timing could not be more apt for this autumn exhibition presented by the Lettering Arts Trust at its gallery at Snape Maltings.
An appeal for poppies To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, two lovely Framlingham ladies – Muriel Bridges & June Winter – are looking to create a Path of Poppies. ‘We really wanted to mark this special year in Framlingham and decided that this would be a wonderful way in which to involve the whole community. We need thousands to make a path, so please get knitting! Any shape or size red poppy would be much appreciated.” Please drop your finished poppies in to Bulstrodes on Bridge Street by the end of October.
However, this exhibition is not about commemorating heroic military exploits or victorious battles but instead draws attention to the privately commissioned memorials that celebrate individual lives, created during the past 30 years by skilled letter carvers represented by Memorials by Artists. Featured in the exhibition are examples of memorials that are surprising and uplifting, such as Stephen Lawrence’s running shirt. Rosalind Wyatt created a profound momento mori artwork, entitled ‘A boy who loved to run’, meticulously stitching an unfinished A Level essay by Stephen onto the vest. His mother Baroness Lawrence had spoken of Stephen’s love of running, his achievements, his awards, and his enjoyment of life, ‘he lived for today – the moment’ and this is a piece that celebrates his life rather than mourning his death. Libby Purves, a patron of the Lettering Arts Trust commented, “The solidity of a memorial makes denial of our equal mortality impossible, while its beauty confirms that although a life is gone, having it and sharing it was a gift.” The exhibition runs until 18th November 2018 www.letteringartstrust.org.uk 29
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Did you know that The Woodland Trust will have sent out nearly a million trees across the UK by the end of 2018? In a world that is currently spinning out of control environmentally, this project could be just what we need to put our roots firmly back in the earth we rely on to exist. The Woodland Trust was established in 1972 with three key aims: to protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable; to help with the restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life; and lastly to plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife. Bearing this last aim in mind, the Trust has launched an initiative funded by Sainsbury’s, IKEA Family, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea, which aims to plant 64 million trees over the next ten years. It is a bold and
ambitious scheme, but the take up this year has been their highest ever and here in Suffolk, people are getting prepared to take delivery of 128 Tree Packs, which is the equivalent of 12,495 trees. It would seem it is time to get digging. Woodland Trust Director of Woodland Creation, John Tucker is delighted with the response. “We are thrilled that so many people have applied for our free packs. Trees bring so many benefits. They tackle air pollution, improve water quality, provide a valuable habitat for a wealth of wildlife and can improve our mental wellbeing. 31
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Our neighbourhoods feel better places to live and work in when they’re green, yet woodland cover in the UK stands at just 13%. This makes us one of the least wooded countries in Europe. We must increase the number and variety of native trees we are planting if we are to have any hope of heading off the risk of deforestation, so it’s wonderful that so many people want to help us do this and we wish them well with their planting events.” Earlier this year I stopped by the Woodland Trust stand at the Suffolk Show, drawn in by the ants’ trail of delighted visitors leaving with a sapling tucked under one arm, to see how easy it is to get involved. The main thrust of the scheme is being aimed at schools and community groups, such as sports groups, scouts, guides and parish councils, who are being encouraged 32
to sign up for these free Tree Packs. Schools can request packs of 30, 105 or 420 trees which contain a mix of native species sourced and grown in the UK, including oak, rowan, hawthorn, elder and silver birch. The Trust also provides a Tree Tools for Schools resource, which is a brilliant interactive online tool that helps teachers and their pupils plan what they are going to plant, and includes games, quizzes and printable worksheets, making it easy to teach the children about the multiple benefits trees provide for people, and the environment. It is easy to think that as we live in a rural area there is no great need for more trees, but you only have to look at old photographs to see how many have already disappeared from our hedgerows. This is a fantastic initiative, one that will hopefully engage
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with both children and communities and will encourage people to plant now in order to make a difference to the future. There are various packs to choose from depending on the space you have available, so even if there is only room for one tree they still want to hear from you. And, if you are able to find a larger space within your village, why not get up a working party to plant a small copse full of wild cherry, dog rose, hazel and crab apple, which will be a lasting landmark for future generations to enjoy? At the Suffolk Show they were also giving away 150 free â€˜Targeting Tree Diseaseâ€™ packs to landowners, which contained 45 saplings carefully selected to replace the native species that are under threat across the Suffolk countryside, mainly the ash and sadly the oak. Being involved with
the family farm I was very happy to add my name to the list and am hoping that come this November, I will be out there with the family choosing the perfect locations in which to plant our selection of new native trees. The Woodland Trust has offered us a glimmer of hope so please do get involved as I know that in the future we will be proud of the beautiful new silhouettes seen across the Suffolk skyline. If you are interested in learning more about these free Tree Packs, please visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/free-trees/
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There is something fascinating about visiting another person’s workshop; their unique range of tools, the well-worn surfaces and accumulated odds and ends. The everyday for one person can be the extraordinary for another, and so it is with jewellery designer Mike Carpenter, whose off-cuts happen to be worth their weight in gold. Mike’s gallery, Spiral Gallery, is tucked off Debenham High Street, and for those in the know it is a fabulous place to source gifts and find interesting art, textiles, ceramics and jewellery. His workshop is out the back and you will often find him begoggled, bent over his soldering iron or fixing an intricate fitting on a treasured diamond earring. Today, I pull up a stool to find out a little more about his decision to become a jeweller. “I did a degree in Jewellery Design at Birmingham back in the 1970s and then headed for the bright lights of London to find a job. In those days it was so much
easier. You could buy a paper on the Friday, look up a job and start on the Monday.” For those first few years Mike moved between jewellers, learning his craft on the job and refining different techniques and skills, and by the late seventies was working with a high-end jeweller in London. “I remember being commissioned by the Sultan of Oman to work on a ceremonial dagger known as a khanjar, which was to be presented to the Queen. It was incredibly elaborate and took three months to complete – in the end he liked it
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To be able to work from home and be around for my family is a luxury and I think of myself as being very lucky.” Mike’s tools of his trade are all around us, rows of pliers, tweezers, files and hacksaws, there are labelled drawers for ear hooks, bolt rings, tie tacks and lobster catches, and small pots overflow with discarded coils of silver to one side and gold to the other. “Nothing goes to waste as I melt down all the offcuts in my crucible and then put it through the rolling mill to form lengths for rings or wire for my earrings.” As well as designing his own jewellery, Mike also works on commissions, alterations and restyling. “It is always so interesting as you never know what little treasures will be unwrapped on the counter. I have worked on some beautiful
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On a beautiful early autumn morning, I head into the woods at Glemham in search of muntjac with deer stalker Steve Tricker, who is aiming to shoot one as part of the deer management programme and use the meat for his wife Lynnâ€™s award-winning Truly Traceable venison pies. For anyone who regularly walks the Suffolk countryside, the tiny heart-shaped prints of the muntjac are a regular sight. This little invader has been incredibly successful since it first escaped from Woburn Abbey around 1930, and their numbers are still increasing. However, with no natural predator they are beginning to have a negative impact on our native plant and flower species, stripping woodland of bluebells, oxlips and primroses, and may be partly responsible for the decrease in nightingales across Suffolk as they eat the dense undergrowth where the birds like to nest. Steve manages deer populations
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meadows that run towards the Alde the grass is tipped with a light dusting of frost. A Tawny Owl breaks the silence and we stand for a moment, our breath rising like silver shadows in the cold air. A little further long we stop at a crossroads in the path which gives us a view down a long ride that goes deeper into the wood. Steve sets up his rifle and we wait. To the east, the sun is stirring, and my heightened senses begin to pick up the creak of the trees, the whisper of a falling leaf and the quietest rustle of a beetle going about his business.
When we arrive at Glemham it is still dark, but the skies are clear and it promises to be a beautiful dawn. There is a hushed stillness as we make our way silently along the track towards the wood, and across the
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returned for the rutting season for the second year running. Although fallow is on the menu, Steve would not shoot such a prime specimen as he is needed to breed to ensure future generations are strong and healthy. There is no sign of the muntjac so we creep further in and Steve points to where the stag has been marking his territory by rubbing his antlers on the ground and cutting up the grass as if to say, â€˜This is my woodâ€™. A buzzard cries overhead and now the sun is casting golden shadows through the trees. Only now do we hear the distinctive bark of the muntjac and the hunt is on. We slowly stalk the wood; Steve is primed, and I feel like we are tracking tigers, my heart is pounding so hard, but after twenty minutes on red alert we realise it has given us the slip.
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We wood if we could! Taking a walk through the woods is always special, but in the autumn, as the late sun filters through the golden canopy of the trees, it is often quite magical. There is also always something gently comforting about the first donning of bobble hats and pulling-on of wellies. It signals the start of a new season and, rather annoyingly, the fact that over the summer the feet of our bare-footed children have grown! It’s a small matter – or not as the case maybe – and so we set off to Rendlesham Forest regardless. We have planned to take a stroll around Daisy’s walk and pull into the carpark, which is to the north of the B1084, just
before the main entrance to the forest. The Ferrars are already waiting – typical! The start of the walk weaves through some pines to a path that edges open farmland to the right and so we set off single file, the conversation being batted back and forth over heads, hats and dogs. After a while the path broadens out and after a sharp left and a sharp right enters the woods; suddenly autumn has arrived. Wonderful beech trees tower above us, their leaves a mix of russet, red and ochre, and underfoot there is the satisfying crunch of fallen beechnuts. Further along, the trees open out and banks of bracken lead down to a small stream where hazel saplings have sprung up, their arms spread towards the light.
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We duck down under a fallen branch and are now amongst the more mature trees: oaks, beech, chestnut, ash and silver birch. The group spreads out and at moments I find myself alone, the muffled silence only broken by the sound of one of the dogs on a quest to round up the straggling pack. After about forty minutes we reach a crossroads and the need for technology seems to be winning over common sense. Having travelled in a simple circle, Kerry and I feel confident that to burn off the necessary calories to allow us that guiltfree doughnut at Pump Street Bakery later, we need to carry straight on. The kids, Damian and Martin, stop to consult their phones and different theorems are being thrown into the pot before they realise we have already made the decision and are fifty metres ahead.
We pause by a huge oak tree that demands our attention – you could lose a small child in the grooves of its bark – and then stumble across a stump that seems to have been colonised by a kingdom of fairies. We kneel to wonder at the tiny toadstool houses that cling to its sides and peer down on the penthouses at the top. Another fork in the path, another gathering of minds; we obviously need to turn right. A wide track mows its way through a swathe of pine trees and we come to an open area of grassland where we bear left until we hit the original path. Back to the cars and after a quick look at the Fitbit, which has clocked in at 4.8km, we all feel justified at heading to Orford for a pot of tea and a doughnut – all thoughts of rubbed heels and pinched toes suddenly forgotten. 63
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