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Edward Booth’s Emporium

Active Retirement

Adele Trathan discovers the golden years of life can be far more productive than previously thought

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Flo Whitaker explores the world of ferns and traces their history back to the dinosaurs


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Michael Blencowe reports on a Hove museum that serves as a warning from history


87 Spring Off The Sofa

Hanna Prince suggests some ideas for getting the kids outside and engaged with nature

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99 Herbs For Health

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20 The University Of Later Life

The joys of discovery, education and friendship lie in wait at the University of the Third Age

Active Retirement

23 Home Is Where The Heart Is

Lisa de Silva chats to Danielle Hope of Sussex Home Checks and learns how they help clients in later life

25 Wonder Woman

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32 An Entrepreneurial Approach To Law

Jonathan Lea’s ambition to create a more flexible approach to Law has finally been realised

Editor’s Comment

It’s time to get outside and hopefully enjoy some spring sunshine. Why not make a cuppa and sit in the garden to read Sussex Living magazine. This month we investigate how to make the most of retirement years by keeping both body and mind stimulated. We explore how herbs can boost immunity and help beat stress, while Lisa de Silva guides us through managing and minimising the effects of stress. Our blossoming new life feature encourages kids to discover natures signs of spring and Michael Blencowe goes in search of the world’s extinct creatures via The Booth Museum in Brighton. Take some time out to enjoy.

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Golden Years What does an active retirement mean? Adele Trathan discovers that it means very different things to people who enjoy a sense of freedom and fulfilment during their golden years


ost people at some point in their life have thought about how they would like to spend their ‘golden years.’ Exotic travels to far flung destinations, spending time pottering in the garden, DIY, enjoying hobbies, or socialising with friends old and new might all have been considered at one

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time or another. However, the reality of the situation is probably more complex. As with other stages of life, we need to find a balance to fulfil our social, emotional, mental and physical needs for optimum enjoyment of life. Looking after ourselves and our wellbeing, in all these aspects is important to help make the most of

our body and mind as we get older. Keeping active both mentally and physically, learning or developing new skills and interests, and enjoying entertaining times with others, are all ways to help achieve personal satisfaction. Thankfully there are many opportunities to explore and make the most of life in retirement. We live in

times when attitudes have changed, and age is not the barrier it was once perceived to be. People are living longer healthier lives, and society has evolved to embrace the fact that communities and individuals can benefit from the time that seniors have available. When it comes to personal fulfilment in later years, it is certainly not a ‘one size fits all’ scenario, more a case of finding what works for an individual. I’ve explored four different ways that retirement can offer both enjoyment and contentment and have spoken to local retirees about what an ‘active retirement’ means to them personally. SPORTY AND ACTIVE Being older doesn’t necessarily mean losing that competitive edge. It’s a drive that should be embraced, as many senior sportsmen and women will testify, allowing them to continue enjoying a sport and to remain active for many years. This can manifest itself in many capacities; such as playing competitively or undertaking managerial or committee roles in associations and clubs. Helping and supporting a team or club still provides a feeling of involvement, of being connected to a game or sport.

Thankfully there are many opportunities to explore and make the most of life in retirement Golf is a great sport for an active retirement, offering plenty of fresh air, the technical demands of mastering the swing and the endless frustrations of putting, and all in pleasant surroundings. It’s notoriously competitive for some and just a good walk spoilt for others. In normal times there’s a great social life to be had in the nineteenth hole, also known as the clubhouse. Many seniors enjoy a game of tennis and unsurprisingly the benefits are plentiful. Increased heart rate and improved lung capacity, building all round body strength and providing a full body workout. Tennis promotes good hand-to-eye co-ordination and agility, and has been linked with positive mental health benefits, whilst also being socially interactive. Bowls is a gentle way to keep active and social. Many local towns and villages have clubs where beginners can try their hand. It’s surprising to discover how much walking is involved; legs and arms get a workout too as players lunge to play the bowl towards the jack. Bowls can be played both

outdoors and indoors and the rules are relatively simple to learn. However, don’t be fooled by this genteel sport, it can become very compulsive and competitive, as semiretired Des Foord from Newick bowls club explained. “The great thing about bowls is that you can play as much or as little as you like, a couple times a week or every day. I enjoy competing but I also like the social and fun side as well. You can play at what level you like, starting with friendly roll-ups. Some of us play at county and national standards too – I love it.”

If competitive sport isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to stay fit and active. Recreational walking is one of the most accessible activities available and can range from a short walk around the block to a long countryside hike. Regular walking of 30 minutes or more can generate multiple health benefits including strengthening of the heart and improved circulation. Walking April 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 9


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Being older doesn’t necessarily mean losing that competitive edge If you prefer pedal power you won’t go far wrong by getting on your bike. Cycling has become increasingly fashionable and it’s no wonder that this green, alternative transport is continually gaining popularity. It has

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less impact on the joints than running but strengthens leg muscles without overstressing them. Cycling also works the core muscles, improving balance and co-ordination, increases cardiovascular fitness whilst decreasing stress levels. If traffic safety is a concern, cycle to your hearts content indoors on a static bike and avoid any inclement weather at the same time. Mountain bikes are robust and can be used off-road across countryside trails. If pedalling up steep hills sounds too daunting, electric bikes or electric adaptations can provide that extra push to get over the top. COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEERING Having free time in retirement could be the opportunity to fulfil a sense of emotional wellbeing and positivity whilst benefitting others in the process. Research indicates that people who give their time to help others feel more capable, confident and useful within society. As well as giving a sense of purpose and accomplishment, volunteering can also have a positive effect on a volunteer’s psychological health due to the meaningful productivity of the role. However, when considering volunteering give careful consideration to those options that are flexible and fit into your schedule. For some, a few hours a month is all that works within a busy lifestyle, but for others 20 hours a week still offers plenty of time to partake in other activities. It’s also important to find something you are

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Everyone tends to have favoured charities, and retirement could provide the perfect landscape to volunteer for them. Animal welfare and wildlife rescue charities often rely on volunteers to help them with practical duties and administration work. Care charities need volunteers to give time and companionship to people living alone and in isolation. Some historic properties and charitable

Research indicates that people who give their time to help others feel more capable, confident and useful trusts eagerly welcome help in the gardens or visitor centres. Many charities require volunteer help to sort out ‘charity bag’ donations as Janet Funnell from Crowborough did. “I was fit and energetic, and felt it was a role for me. The camaraderie generated with other volunteers was similar to the team bonding I experienced during my working life. I voluntered every Monday for a decade and enjoyed the sense of routine it generated. The satisfaction gained from helping others was a big bonus too.”

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our local University of the Third Age (u3a) offers a variety of low-cost daytime activities for, what we call, the third age of life. It provides opportunities to keep active, meet like-minded people and to continue to use existing knowledge and skills while learning new ones. There are 39 u3a groups in Sussex and over 1,000 across the UK. The East Grinstead branch of the u3a was formed in 1995. It’s a particularly strong and flourishing group with 550 members and a managing committee made up of volunteers. Activities are organised by members and the East Grinstead branch contains over 50 groups of varying size, catering for a wide range of interests, from the book club or cross-stitch to family history, handbell ringing, science and technology or country walking. An annual holiday, within the UK, is also arranged for members who might wish to participate. Linda Howard, Secretary of the East Grinstead group, recalled, “Shortly after retiring, I joined the 20 SUSSEX LIVING | April 2021

family history interest group and have been delighted at the friendliness of the group and the opportunity to share knowledge and skills. The u3a has helped me to make new friends and feel so much more positive about retirement and what I can potentially learn and achieve in my Third Age.” Despite the curtailment of faceto-face meetings in recent months, a number of activity groups have continued online using Zoom, as have regular monthly member speaker meetings and quiz afternoons. Linda is optimistic that before too long the full range of activities can be restarted. In addition, planning for exciting new groups such as photography and gardening is underway. Val from the singing for pleasure and ukelele groups is full of praise. “Joining the U3A enriched my retirement. It has given me the

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aturally kind and caring, Danielle Hope has always kept an eye out for her older neighbours. So, on moving to Henfield three years ago, she happily agreed to check up on her elderly neighbour when asked by his daughter. As word spread among the older community, more people came forward to ask Danielle if she could pop in and check on them too. “Gradually, it dawned on me that there are lots of older people out there who are not ready for carers, but would nevertheless appreciate someone popping in to check that all’s well and help them with shopping, paperwork and generally brightening up their day,” she smiles.

Three years later, Danielle’s company, Sussex Home Checks, has built a loyal and ever-expanding clientele throughout the county. The team all share Danielle’s warmth and empathy and are committed to helping the older community maintain their independence at home for as long as possible, without having to rely on family. “We’re like a surrogate family member so we can do shopping, medication checks, prescription collection, provide and prepare meals, as well as dealing with paperwork and tradesmen. Our customers really enjoy having us popping in and you can see how much brighter and happier they are. Our tea and cake visits are really popular, as are the Friday night fish ‘n’ chips suppers.” The company philosophy is to celebrate being young at heart and they always make a fuss of customers on special occasions. “We bought cards and chocolates on Valentine’s Day and gave our ladies

flowers on International Women’s Day. It brings a little sparkle to their eyes and their lives,” Danielle tells me. Staff are all DBS checked, first-aid trained, fully insured and receive ongoing training. What’s more, all staff and customers now have vaccine protection and Danielle is proud that during the pandemic, visits were maintained using PPE and social distancing, with nobody contracting the virus. “Our service offers reassurance to both our customers and their families,” Danielle explains. Families praise the positive impact Sussex Home Checks has on their relatives, also reporting that with checking up and admin tasks taken care of, it leaves them free to enjoy time with their loved ones. Access to online reports detailing each visit, also allows any issues to be nipped in the bud.

Keeping customers mentally and physically active is a priority, so staff will do puzzles and crosswords on their visits and as lockdown relaxes, there will be walks and garden centre visits, to help rebuild confidence and reintegrate customers back into the community. The service is tailored to each individual, whether that’s a regular medication reminder telephone call, or a daily visit. Packages are also available, starting at £69 for three one-hour weekly visits. Sussex Health Checks are always looking for people who would enjoy working with them so please get in contact should you wish to discuss current opportunities. l Sussex Home Checks

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Wonder Woman Retirement used to be seen as a time in life to wind down and accept the inevitable fact that time is running out. Robert Veitch recently met someone who turns that concept on its head and sees retirement is a golden era of opportunity


ot so long ago I had the honour of meeting someone who fitted all the criteria of a modern day community focused volunteering superhero. Her motto was simple, “You don’t look at your mountain; you climb it.” In the 1920’s and 30’s there was no NHS or Welfare State, just church and family. Back then the only major charity events she could recall were Remembrance Day in November and Alexandra Rose Day in June. “I worked in commerce in London from 1938. My husband served in the War, he wrote every day for six years; I still have the letters,” she remembered. In 1954 they moved to Mid Sussex and her commerce skills proved a beneficial skill set in the voluntary sector. After ‘retiring’ in 1984 there was no slowing down. Retirement did little more than free up the weekdays to help more people. This lady didn’t see a problem she only

saw a solution, a doer not a talker. Story after story poured forth, she chattered away with an enthusiasm that belied her advancing years. It was an oral history of the life and times in community service, of volunteering, of not wanting to cause a fuss, just wanting to get things done. “It’s because you’ve got to keep going,” she told me, “I just got on with things, responded to a need.” The list of causes served is long and varied; Chailey Heritage League of Friends, Bluebird Community Partnership, Neighbourly Care, The Princess Royal Hospital League of Friends, the NHS Retirement

Fellowships as well as helping to improve facilities in her local town. Having helped get them installed she pointed out, “At one point I knew every dropped kerb in town. It was always about helping people.”

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Retirement from voluntary work finally happened about ten years ago when she stopped driving, although she continued to attend community meetings by bus until deciding her hearing wasn’t good enough. “I do miss my car,” she noted, “but I still use the bus to go shopping.” She doesn’t see herself as others do. Friends are proud of her; they cherish her pearls of wisdom and the inspirational inheritance she is leaving for the next generation. She’s modest, enthusiastic, talkative, self-deprecating, and at times she is feisty too. As her friend Anne told me, “Never underestimate the power of an older woman. She takes the fear out of getting older, she’s proof that retirement can be a fulfilling time, that the golden years of life can be active and full of opportunity.” Oh, and by the way, she turned 100 in February and received 219 birthday cards. “God has been very good to me,” she confided with a smile. And her name… she wouldn’t let me say! l

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PROPERTY PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT Property, equity and retirement can be a complex topic, so we asked Peter d’Aguilar to shed a little light on some of the options currently available


ne of later life’s great in lifestyle and moving further away challenges is how to ensure from close friends and family - plus the we have a comfortable immediate expense of estate agents, retirement. The two most solicitors and removal firms. If you are important factors within our control determined to remain in the family are ‘where to live’ and ‘what to live home, there are ways to utilise the on.’ If you are lucky enough money invested in your bricks to have a generous private or and mortar. These products company pension pot to keep There are come under the umbrella title you in the manner to which of Equity Release and give several you are accustomed, this is not access to the capital tied up factors to in your home, which is then a major problem. If, however, you are concerned about how reclaimed by the lender when consider to pay the bills and afford a few you die. Equity release is an essential luxuries once your regular easy way to raise cash - though it is not monthly salary ceases, then there are necessarily the cheapest. However, any decisions to be made. beneficiaries of your estate will find One option is downsizing to a their inheritance reduced accordingly. smaller house with lower overheads, thereby releasing capital and reducing outgoings. While this could solve any long-term financial concerns, it might also involve a drastic change

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It is a great time to take out a lifetime mortgage. Interest rates hit an historic low in recent months and, although they have increased slightly, are still low. An article in the Times recently stated that lifetime mortgage rates average 5%. That may be true nationally, but rates for my clients in Sussex over the last year averaged 2.7%. One reason for that is that property prices in Sussex are high, so

loans as a proportion of the property value tend to be low, which in turn gives low rates. Another reason may be that, as a “whole of market” adviser, I can search for the very best rates, a service that somebody who answers a television advertisement and deals with an adviser tied to only one lender will not get. Although lifetime mortgages have much in common with standard mortgages, there are three important distinctions. Firstly, payment of mortgage interest is voluntary. If it is not paid then interest will roll up, but at the level of rates shown above that happens slowly. My clients often elect to pay monthly interest, but have the

flexibility not to do so if their financial position changes or they want to divert income elsewhere. Because interest payments are voluntary there are no affordability checks by the lender - no minimum income is required. Secondly, the mortgage has no set term – it lasts until the borrower dies or goes into permanent care. Finally, the interest rate is fixed for life, a welcome certainty in an uncertain world. Whether you want to enhance your retirement lifestyle, help family get on the property ladder or if your current interest only mortgage is ending, contact me for a free initial discussion, with no obligation.

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If you are aged 55 or over, you can take out an equity release product to free up some of the money locked into your main residence – whether as a one-off lump sum or in several smaller amounts (or, as a combination of both). It’s important, however, to remember that equity release can be more expensive in comparison to an ordinary mortgage. There are two main routes to releasing the capital in your property. The most widely used is a Lifetime Mortgage, which allows you to borrow some of your home’s value at a fixed or capped interest rate. The Lifetime Mortgage is a popular choice, as it allows the homeowner to take money out of their property in instalments up to an agreed amount – with interest charged on the sum taken, rather than the whole amount available. The borrower does not have to make any interest repayments during their lifetime but, if they do, it reduces the ultimate cost to their estate. There are several factors to consider before committing to a Lifetime Mortgage. The earlier you start, the larger the ultimate cost – as unpaid interest is added to the loan. The maximum you can borrow is 60% of the value of your property. You can remain in the property for the rest of your life or move to another property –

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as long as the new house passes muster with your equity release provider. When your property is sold, even if the amount left is not enough to repay the outstanding loan to your provider, neither you nor your estate will be liable to pay any more – due to a ‘no negative equity’ guarantee. The loan amount, plus any accrued interest, is paid back to the lender when you die or move into long-term care.

For those aged 65 plus, another equity release option is a Home Reversion Plan. This involves an equity release provider paying you a tax-free lump sum for a portion of your home at below-market value. You can then live rent-free in the property until you die. When it’s sold, the proceeds are split based on the percentage owned by you and the lender respectively – if the value of your

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property rises significantly, the lender stands to benefit. Home Reversion Plans allow the homeowner to ringfence a percentage of their property. The percentage you retain will always remain the same regardless of the change in property values, unless you decide to take further cash releases. At the end of the plan your property is sold and the sale proceeds are shared according to the remaining proportions of ownership. Another idea worth considering is a Retirement Interest-only Mortgage. While this is similar to a standard interest-only mortgage, it has two key differences – the loan is usually only paid off when you die, move into long term care or sell the house and you only have to prove you can afford the monthly interest repayments. While there’s no minimum age requirement, retirement interest-only mortgages are generally aimed at older borrowers who might not qualify for a typical interestonly mortgage. Unlike a Lifetime Mortgage, you only pay off the interest each month; so monthly repayments are lower and it’s likely there will be more left to pass on as an inheritance or to pay for long-term care. There are two parts to paying off a retirement interest-only mortgage – the

interest and the outstanding capital. During the term of the mortgage, you will make monthly repayments to cover the cost of the interest on your loan. The outstanding capital still owed will be paid off when the house is sold, you die, or when you move into long-term care. In conclusion, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Equity release is generally more expensive than an ordinary mortgage. It’s best not to borrow the full amount you need in one go, as this will end up more expensive. You should check whether you can transfer the scheme if you move home, what happens if you die soon after taking out the scheme, whether it will affect your state or local authority benefits and if there are penalties for early repayment. Always seek advice from an independent financial adviser first and take the time to check they a

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In 2017 Jonathan Lea had ambitions to create a more flexible, bespoke and affordable type of law firm and today this dream is a reality as Peter d’Aguilar discovered recently when he visited Jonathan in his Haywards Heath headquarters


ong before the influence of Covid-19, Jonathan Lea had ambitions to create a more flexible, bespoke and affordable type of law firm. His aim was to utilise the power of the internet and modern technology to pull together a network of freelance and full-time lawyers who could offer skills, knowledge and experience tailor-made to each client’s specific needs and budget. Today this dream is a reality, in the form of the Sussexbased Jonathan Lea Network, an SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) firm of solicitors giving UK legal advice to clients throughout the UK and around the world. Jonathan’s carefully assembled team consists of employed solicitors, paralegals and trainees operating from JLN headquarters in Haywards Heath. They combine seamlessly with a remote network of self-employed solicitors selected for their experience, integrity and specialist expertise. As a result, every client is guaranteed swift 32 SUSSEX LIVING | April 2021

Solicitors selected for their experience, integrity and specialist expertise access to the right legal advice at the right price, without undue delay from an overstocked caseload or a gap in professional knowledge. “I believe the future for the legal profession is a law firm synthesising

the security of core staff in a traditional bricks and mortar office with the flexibility and customisation of a specialist network,” Jonathan explained. “Rather than relying solely on retained employees on high salaries within physical office spaces in expensive locations, we see the advantage of adopting technology in a smart way and collaborating in an agile manner with the best possible people – no matter where they are based. As a result of this formula, we have successfully weathered the challenges of the pandemic and emerged with a 125% increase in revenue over the course of 2020.” The Jonathan Lea Network core specialisation is in corporate work, including company law, mergers and acquisitions, equity investment rounds, corporate tax, share option schemes and shareholder disputes. The team also assist businesses with a wide range of other matters including employment and commercial property, while they have also started to take on more private client work, such as probate and residential conveyancing. “One of our particular strengths is in advising high-growth technology start-ups” said Jonathan. “We help with all the legal and tax issues involved in raising successive and ever larger investment rounds, which in turn leads

to these companies referring us all their other legal work too. It has been very rewarding in getting to know entrepreneurs right from the start of their new ventures and then being able to grow alongside their rapidly expanding businesses.” JLN is now increasingly international. They have added UK solicitors living in Canada and Switzerland to the team and, as another example of JLN’s flexibility, its senior corporate tax solicitor is now based at her vineyard on the Isle of Wight. As well as advising UK clients on business deals overseas, JLN also assists many international clients with their operations in the UK. Recent examples include advising a New York headquartered Australian construction group on a range of intellectual property issues in the UK, being instructed by an AngloIranian family in Tehran in respect of their UK interests and working closely with Swedish entrepreneurs in respect of a £5 million investment in their UK start-up. JLN has also successfully developed e-commerce functionality on its website and is selling an increasing number of its own legal template products, with recent downloads coming from as far afield as Turkmenistan and Ukraine. At the same time, the firm is proud of its contribution to the local economy and is increasingly developing its Sussex connections and client base. JLN recently gave support to two local primary schools and is keen to do more in the community, while it makes a point of recruiting and developing a number of juniors – mostly from Sussex. “We are one of the very few law firms in the UK that offered work experience placements in our office throughout the summer of 2020” noted Jonathan. “This led to us hiring three law school graduates in the second half of the year.”

JONATHAN LEA As JLN’s founder and managing director, Jonathan has more than 16 years’ experience in the legal profession. Born and bred in Sussex, after studying at Bristol University and the University of Law, Jonathan trained at leading London law firm Clyde & Co. He worked for a further three years in the City, before joining a firm in Cornwall. After two years in the West Country, Jonathan returned to London to work for Bargate Murray, a small law firm focused on the superyacht industry. In 2013 Jonathan started working as a self-employed consultant solicitor carrying out work remotely under the regulatory and insurance umbrella of another law firm. From the outset,

he pursued his interest in internet marketing to build a website and publish useful content to develop his own client base. Jonathan’s model in the early days was to refer most of the leads he attracted to a network of recommended law firms. Having relocated to Haywards Heath, towards the end of 2017 he moved to a small office and started employing people. A strong opponent of the UK government’s lockdown restrictions, Jonathan is a leading member of the new Lawyers For Liberty pressure group, which is resulting in JLN taking on a number of pandemic and lockdown-related claims – for example against schools trying to impose masks and testing. “I am very proud of the fact that, despite the obstacles placed by Covid-19, we stayed open throughout 2020, more than doubled our turnover, retained our key clients, won new business and grew the team” said Jonathan. “We even managed to hold summer and Christmas parties, a corporate awayday, networking events and paid staff bonuses. Since the start of 2018 the firm’s turnover has increased more than ten-fold and our ambition now is to become one of the UK’s top 100 law firms by 2030.” l Jonathan Lea Network John de Mierre House, Bridge Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1UA 01444 708640 wewillhelp@jonathanlea.net www.jonathanlea.net April 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 33



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hen Karen Campbell spotted an ideal renovation opportunity whilst searching an online property site, she wasted no time in calling the agents and put in an offer for it straight away. “I hadn’t even seen the house but I knew from the floor plans that it was just what we were looking for,” Karen remembered. “It was a huge leap of faith, but I’d recently lost out on another property that had gone to sealed bids and I wasn’t going to let it happen again.” With her professional background as a chartered surveyor, Karen was confident that the floor space she had assessed on the plans, combined with the convenient location of Burpham, only an hour and a half away from London, was worth taking a gamble on. April 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 39

“And when my husband and I did see it a few days later, it really was love at first sight,” said Karen. “It didn’t look much from the street when we arrived and it needed totally refurbishing, but I had a good feeling about it. During my training to be a surveyor, I was always taught to get down low in a building to smell for damp and when I did this in the new house, I didn’t discover any damp, but I did find beautiful parquet flooring under the old carpet. I felt it was all meant to be.” The property, a former stable, had been converted into a house in the 1930’s and several owners later, there was some serious updating to be done.

The property, a former stable, had been converted into a house in the 1930’s and several owners later, there was some serious updating to be done

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Flow is also important where two or more rooms link together such as the garden room, sitting room and kitchen. I achieved this by the colour scheme, with green accents off a neutral base and the fresh greens also linking in with the outside

“It was in quite a state and the roof was infested with rats,” recalled Karen, “but once I had a local architect board that was an expert in renovating period properties, I knew I was in safe hands. I was very keen to retain the integrity of the house and wanted to use organic local materials including wood and flint to compliment the natural environment outside.” Karen’s idea to use flint on the inside walls certainly brought the outside in, as did the huge oak beams used as structural support in the sitting room. “We discovered there were structural issues

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GARDEN ROOM Karen adds a modern, dramatic twist to the garden room with two bold ceiling lamps suspended from the highest point in the ceiling

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that down to sourcing with an open mind in lots of different places and also a bit of luck. I’ve also experimented with colour and have been inspired by Cow Parsley Yellow which I’ve used in the guest room which is not a colour that I’d usually associate myself with at all.” It’s clear that Karen is not afraid to take a risk, whether on a big purchase like the house, or a smaller purchase such as a rather bold fabric colour, but in both cases, the risks have certainly paid off. “I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said, “this house really is our perfect rural retreat.” l Text by: Karen Jensen-Jones Photography: GAP Interiors / Nick Smith

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hen I was a teenager I purchased a small mirror carp for 80p from my local garden centre. I thought it would make a suitable friend for the goldfish in my fish tank. A shy carp, barely two inches long, it would hide at the back of the tank most of time. Things changed when an audience peered through the glass, the fish became flamboyant, a born entertainer. I named it Freddie. Freddie was a good example of buying fish small and allowing them to grow into their environment. He grew to about six inches over the next couple of years and needed to spread his wings, it was obvious his aquarium rhapsody was coming to an end, that Freddie needed to break free.

We built a garden pond and for those considering the installation of a pond, here are a few ideas. PRE CAST When touring a garden centre, there’s no denying pre-cast ponds are impressive, towering over the rest of

the water garden, standing end on, awaiting a buyer. However, dig a hole, drop them in, fill them with water and suddenly they don’t look quite so big. A lack of water volume can be problematic in areas with ground heave, as the pond won’t be heavy enough to prevent heaving. Pre-cast ponds are cost effective, quick to install, watertight and there’s usually a style to fit any space. In a small garden they can be just the ticket, harnessing the relaxing experience of water with a few colourful fish. CONCRETE Concrete ponds are significant construction projects, but their clean curves and angular lines can be a reward in itself. They require excavation and foundations, plus the construction of retaining walls and are not the domain of the novice. Any integrated plumbing and drainage should be planned in advance. With lime in the render, this needs to be dealt with before any inhabitants move in. Once completed these ponds can make wonderful showpieces for a cherished collection of koi carp. LINER Liners are synthetic, flexible and ideal for creating bespoke pond shapes. Generally, the more you pay the better you get. They’re UV resistant but can be prone to tearing if sharp stones are not removed during digging. Some people line the hole with sand or old carpets before the liner is laid down. Always remember to make your supplier aware of your ponds dimensions when ordering liner. It’s always preferable to cut off waste rather than watch an edge slip beneath the waterline, certain that doom will follow and the process will have to begin again. NATURAL A natural pond will only work on suitable land. Sandy ground or chalk will drain far too fast. Natural ponds

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need to be lined with puddled clay in order to retain water and remain watertight. Location is key if it’s going to be a wildlife haven so consider a corridor of hedge or uncut meadow grass to serve this purpose. Water levels fluctuate according to the season as clay expands and contracts throughout the year. Not a pond for the novice, but a wonderful addition to the garden when done properly.

RAISED PONDS There’s no denying that a pond with a thigh high water level brings the inhabitants closer to the eye and offers an instant attraction. Ponds raised above ground level are great for viewing fish, but aren’t particularly wildlife friendly. That aside, there’s a lot to be said for sitting on the wall of a raised pond, with a chilled drink on a warm summer evening, watching

the multicoloured inhabitants go about their lives. CONSTRUCTION There’s no doubt that turning the first few sods of grass and soil can be an exhilarating experience, as if on the cusp of something magical. But digging down deep into the ground is hard work and can generate huge amounts of spoil, which needs to be used for landscaping or removed from the site. Sometimes, it’s easier to get an expert in, make the tea for the workers and admire their handiwork. PREDATORS Cats, snakes and some birds will all take fish, as can some daft dogs. Deep areas and vegetation both provide natural shelter. A mesh cover can

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n the evolutionary timeline, ferns, (Pteridophyta) are a staggeringly ancient family of plants. The earliestknown fern fossils date back to around 360 million years ago – long before the arrival of flowering plants. Ferns were the first plants to evolve a vascular system and ‘proper’ leaves with distinct veins and stems. They occur in great variety across the globe; from tiny alpine types just a few centimetres high to Australasian ‘tree fern’ giants that reach 20 metres. In 1750, approximately 15% of the British population lived in a town. By 1850, it had risen to 85% – the Industrial Revolution had arrived. Rapidly expanding towns and cities struggled to cope; disease, poverty and pollution were rife. Recognition that workers needed healthy outdoor exercise and recreation resulted in the creation of the first gardening clubs and public parks. Once the exclusive domain of the gentry, horticultural pursuits were now accessible to the lower classes, which is how, bizarrely, a tiny London fern played a pivotal

role in the development of global horticultural knowledge and trade. For centuries, explorers had returned from their voyages of discovery with extraordinary stories and souvenirs, but preserving specimens of flora they had encountered was fraught with difficulty. Live plants perished during long sea voyages. Attempts to dry plant material for later study usually resulted in samples rotting in the humid air or being eaten by insects. In 1829, Dr Nathanial Ward, a keen amateur naturalist and medical doctor practising in London’s East End, stumbled upon the solution. Placing a moth chrysalis inside a

sealed jar to study its development, he noticed a tiny fern emerging from the damp soil surrounding the cocoon. Nobody knows the fate of the moth, but he keenly observed the plant as it grew and thrived. Water condensed on the inside of the jar, ran down the sides and kept the fern hydrated. Whilst others before him had witnessed similar phenomenon, Dr Ward was the first to correctly surmise that the sealed microclimate protected the plant from polluted air. He experimented with different containers, eventually designing the ‘Wardian Case’ which was an early forerunner of the modernday terrarium and aquarium. The largest cases were a metre long and could hold hundreds Athyrium niponicum of seedlings. Living var. pictum plants, many of great economic significance, could now be successfully shipped across the globe. In 1849, 20,000 Camellia sinensis (tea) plants were sent from China to India; ‘Assam’ tea had arrived. Commercial air travel eventually rendered Wardian Cases redundant, but Kew Gardens Asplenium scolopendrium continued to receive consignments by (Hart’s Tongue Fern) this method until the 1960s. April 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 77

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Dryopteris (Buckler Fern)

Although botany was considered a respectable activity for a Victorian lady, visiting a steamy tropical glasshouse, one of the new wonders of the age, was not for the faint-hearted. Newly-discovered exotic plants flaunted their sexuality, shamelessly displaying their reproductive parts for all to see. In contrast, native British plants were regarded as thoroughly wholesome in character. Ferns were the noblest of all because they displayed no reproductive organs – even the most prudish couldn’t take offence at a fern. We now know that ferns reproduce by the dispersal of microscopic spores –

Ferns have horrid, mindboggling names that only a devoted Fernatic could love something not properly understood until the late 19th century. Images of nature decorated the Victorian world. Carved into wood and stone, embroidered onto fabrics, painted on porcelain, depicted in stained glass and on tombstones; motifs of birds, flowers, insects and seashells were everywhere. ‘Fernmania’ was


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and they’ll make long-lived clumps that will thrive on neglect. Non-native Matteuccia struthiopteris or ‘Shuttlecock Fern’ (1.5 metres maximum), is reliably hardy. In a spring-themed border its upright architectural fronds perfectly compliment tulips, lunaria, and aquilegia. Some Asian forms of Athyrium, known as ‘Japanese Painted Ferns’ are hardy here. Diminutive Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

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A Warning From History The Booth Museum in Brighton is home to an original presentation of the natural world as one Victorian saw it. Generations later, it’s also a timely reminder that extinction is all around today as Michael Blencowe explains


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here is a wonderful museum that lurks unassumingly on Brighton’s Dyke Road, the tree-lined avenue connecting the city to the rolling chalk hills of the South Downs. The Booth Museum of Natural History was built in 1874 by ornithologist Edward Booth. Booth loved birds and he enthusiastically pursued his passion with his double-barrelled shotgun. Inside the museum a display cabinet holds Booth’s gun along with the battered waterproof sandals and sou’wester he would pull on before tramping Britain’s marshes and moors hunting his quarry. Born in 1840, three years after Queen Victoria took to the throne, Booth’s behaviour, which today seems archaic, was typical of a nineteenth century naturalist. Victorian society was enthralled by the natural world and they demonstrated their admiration through coveting, collecting and

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When Booth’s expanding bird collection threatened to engulf the family home he built this museum to house his overflowing hobby. Yet while other Victorian museums crammed their cabinets with regimented rows of birds in strict scientific order Booth was a pioneer in presenting his specimens posed within three-dimensional replicas of their natural habitats called dioramas. In one, a yellowhammer broadcasts a silent song from a facsimile of a farmyard fence. In another, two swooping skylarks defend their nest from a predatory stoat.

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people like me who value the inspiration, information and escape this wonderful museum provides. A few years ago, a curated display of extinct animals reconnected me to my dinosaur obsessed childhood. I was captivated by some mysterious animals, which had tantalisingly disappeared from our planet relatively recently: the enigmatic Dodo, the elegant Great Auk, the delicate Xerces Blue butterfly and the gigantic Steller’s Sea Cow. I was inspired to take a journey, a pilgrimage in search of the places where these animals once existed, and I sought out what remains of them today in the world’s natural history museums. My travels in search of their legacies took me to the fern-filled forests of New Zealand, the streets of San Francisco and the


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downloading a bird watching activity sheet from rspb.org.uk and seeing how many common species you can tick off. Wrens, meadow pippets and reed warblers are particularly active at this time of year, and swallows and swifts are beginning to arrive in the UK. If you’re particularly lucky then you might hear the distinctive call of a cuckoo. Get creative by drawing, painting or photographing your favourite birds. You could even start your own illustrated field guide. SEARCH FOR BABY ANIMALS Baby animals are the cutest sign of spring, and kids will love looking out for them. Take a trip to your nearest

The dawn chorus ramps up as the weather warms, with more and more species progressively joining this avian orchestra lake or river for the chance to see a line of baby ducklings paddling frantically along behind their mother (look out for fluffy black moorhen chicks as well). Fields at this time of year are often full of frolicking newborn lambs – and if you venture out at dawn or dusk then you might just spot some fox cubs making a first foray outside their den.

GO POND DIPPING Grab a net and head to your local lake to discover a watery world teeming with critters. This is the time of year when aquatic life really starts to get active – April sees tadpoles begin to hatch and all sorts of fascinating creatures (including water beetles, pond skaters and backswimmers) emerge to enjoy the warmer spring weather. If you don’t have your own garden pond then there are plenty of nature reserves around Sussex where you can enjoy a spot of responsible pond dipping. Try Woods Mill near Henfield, with its purposebuilt pond dipping platform, or visit sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk to find a location near you. l

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HAILSHAM WALK With spring finally up on us, Robert Veitch and his friend Callum ventured to Hailsham for a leisurely walk along the quiet lanes, byways, waterways and fields on the periphery of the pan flat Pevensey Levels


eave South Road car park on the eastern side and walk southeast along Garfield Road. At the end, turn left into Bell Banks Road and continue to the junction with Mill Road. Turn right and walk for half a mile, then around to the right as the road curves more significantly by the static caravan park. Turn left onto White Dyke where the signpost points to No Through Road. Ramble on, past the manicured hedges, oak trees emerging from their winter slumber and a solitary beehive, to a solid metal barrier signalling the end of the road and the beginning of the byway. An avenue of common reeds line the route as it wends its way between the drains of Horse Eye Sewer. The dome that once housed the Isaac Newton Telescope at Herstmonceux Observatory is visible on the northeastern horizon. Towards the end of the byway the route slips between Horse Eye Sewer and Rickney Sewer, “This feels like Holland” noted Callum with a sardonic smile. Some Armco precedes another solid metal barrier and the junction with the road.

Turn right and follow the line of telegraph poles along ‘telegraph road’ as they lead south. The three turbines at Shepham Wind Farm are visible in the distance. At the t-junction, turn left, for Pevensey as the signpost indicates, and walk for 250m, between the farm

buildings to the t-junction. Turn right for Hankham, into Rickney Road, across the bridge, then sharply around to the right. Continue past the blue picket fence and picture postcard farmhouse to the far end of Rickney Road and the traffic island.

Past the blue picket fence and picture postcard farmhouse Bear right into Glynleigh Road and continue for half a mile, after which the road crosses Drockmill Hill Gut. Turn right, by the concrete post and metal rail fence and enter the field via the metal 7-bar gate. After 100m turn left, and follow the drain for another 150m before crossing over it via the bridge in the hedge on the left that can be missed very easily. Turn right and cross another bridge 50m further on. April 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 93

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Enjoy the view of the twin peaks of Combe Hill and Willingdon Hill Aim north by northwest for 100m, then turn left and walk between the parallel lines of stock proof fence, which are about 20m apart. Take care not to disturb any sheep or their lambs. Follow the right hand fence, as it runs parallel to the curves of Glynleigh Sewer. After about 450m, pass through the squeeze stile, adjacent to the metal 7-bar gate and cross the bridge beyond it. Once through the gate, turn sharp left and follow the field boundary to a pair of stiles. Once across these, aim across the field towards the distant metal gate beside the pool. Cross the stile beside the gate and tread across the

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Distance: 8¼ miles Walk Time: 2¾-3¼ hours Footwear: Stout footwear is best as it’s muddy in some places Stiles: 10 Elevation Gain: 53m (175 feet)

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HERBS for HEALTH Herbs are a great natural way to help beat stress, boost the immune system and get your skin glowing as local herbalist Sarah Hillyer explains


ur stress-packed 21st century lives can quite make sure you also have a glass of water. The adrenalin literally make us ill. Stress in small doses is ‘kick’ you’re looking for will keep you going in the short good for us – we thrive on the term but plays havoc with the water content occasional adrenalin rush – but of your skin in the longer term. Drinking when this carries on day-in day-out, our enough water will do more than any beauty Too much adrenalin adrenal glands become exhausted and our product to hydrate your skin, keeping it immune system weakened, and that’s when will not only keep us supple and beautiful. nasty viruses can strike. And what about the stress? A brisk awake at night but Adrenalin is our ‘fight and flight’ daily walk in fresh air will reduce your can lead to stomach hormone. As it rushes through the body, adrenalin load. Yoga, tai chi and meditation the blood moves away from the gut to the upsets, ulcers and IBS may not be your thing, but finding your heart and muscles, ready for action. Too own way to relax is essential. And a large much adrenalin will not only keep us awake daily helping of green fruit and vegetables at night but can lead to stomach upsets, ulcers and IBS. will do wonders to boost your immunity. Stress is also extremely dehydrating. Next time you Food for thought? Try these three recipes and amplify reach for caffeine-containing drinks, alcohol or nicotine, that positive start to 2021. l

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Calming Herb Tea (to lift the spirits) Put 2 tsp of mixed dried herbs (chamomile, rose petals, limeflower, borage, lavender, peppermint in any combination) into a mug with around 200ml (7fl oz) of boiling water and steep for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. This tea is good to have before bedtime as it will aid restful sleep.


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Power Juice (to aid the immune system) Blend 1 raw beetroot, 2 apples, 1 stick of celery and 1 carrot through an electric juicer and drink immediately. Beetroot is full of vitamins A, B and C and iron and zinc. It contains Betaine which cleanses the blood, liver and gallbladder and is used in naturopathic cancer treatment programmes.

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With an estimated 18 million working days lost to stress each year in the UK, Lisa de Silva explores the effects of stress and offers some tips for minimising and managing its effects.


hile small amounts of stress can be useful and even beneficial in helping us survive various life events and challenges, too much stress can lead to serious physical and mental health conditions. WHAT IS STRESS? Primarily, stress is the body’s response to a threatening situation. When we are fearful, the body releases hormones to help us ‘fight or flight’ from the perceived danger. So, if we have to give a public speech or run out of the path of a speeding car, the stress response is beneficial in elevating our ability to perform and protect ourselves. Once the threat has passed, our hormone levels stabilise and we can continue with our day, relatively unscathed. The problem with stress in the modern world, is that many of us get stuck in the hormonal turmoil of the ‘fight or flight’ response. If we fear that we are not good enough at work or in our personal lives, we will constantly live with the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. This is not only physically exhausting but can often leave us feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF STRESS? Living under the influence of stress, many of us become indecisive or inflexible. We may suffer from insomnia, develop compulsive habits, experience anxiety attacks and become increasingly withdrawn. Headaches, nausea, indigestion, IBS, skin problems

and cardiovascular disease can all be symptoms of stress. While self-medicating with alcohol, high fat and high sugar food, or cigarettes, may hold some initial short-term appeal, using these coping mechanisms will usually cause more harm than good. HOW TO MANAGE STRESS People have different tolerance levels when it comes to the amount of stress they can withstand, but even those who experience it mildly still need some stress management strategies. l

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A REFUGE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN As Refuge turns 50, we asked Charlotte Baker to find out more about the work they do, the people they help, the campaigns they run, and the ongoing fundraising that makes it all possible


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domestic abuse. Lisa told me, “People started to listen to that and think ‘my goodness, this really is the biggest social issue affecting women and children.’” Refuge, which opened the world’s first women’s refuge in Chiswick in 1971, supports more than 7,000 women and children on any given day. This is done not only through refuges, but also through community programs for women who may still be with their partners, or want ongoing emotional and practical support. It also offers quasi-legal professionals to help women going through court; child support workers for children who witness domestic abuse; and a national domestic abuse helpline. During lockdown, domestic abuse survivors have been forced into thinking constantly about survival strategies, as there’s no way to reach out and go to normal social groups, visit a GP or see a neighbour. “It is a perpetrator’s playground,” noted Lisa. Needless to say, there’s been very high demand for all domestic abuse services during the pandemic. One specific issue the charity faced was continuing to provide a way for women to reach out safely. That manifested in a new live chat service launching in May 2020, where women can reach out silently if they can’t make contact over the phone.


uring the coronavirus pandemic there has been global recognition of the increased risk of danger for women and children facing domestic abuse. That’s one of the, slightly backwards, silver linings that Refuge has seen over the last year. For the first time, society has been in an enforced situation where social contact is reduced. Being locked in and locked down has left many quite isolated, struggling with home schooling, dealing with work, or with your (slightly annoying) partner. It has made many of us wonder what life is like for those who are living with the perpetrators of their domestic abuse. Research over recent years revealed that according to police statistics a domestic abuse call is received every 30 seconds.

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Refuge’s services and campaigning is only possible through donations that you didn’t want to make because you were frightened your abuser was going to share that content.” Refuge has campaigned to change the law through the Domestic Abuse bill, supported by around 45,000 people who sent online letters to government ministers. The government took notice


The number of responders to that service doubled in November 2020. Refuge’s work also involves campaigning to address poor practices across state agencies, such as the police or the criminal justice system. A year-long campaign has been aimed at tackling abuse through technology, using the threat of sharing intimate images or videos as a way to control or coerce women. Lisa said “imagine if someone said to you ‘if you don’t do X, Y and Z, I’m going to share this video of you to your mum and dad’. You would probably be a bit frightened by that, especially if you’re a young woman, and perhaps make decisions

and threatening to share intimate videos or images of someone is to become a criminal offence for the first time. It comes after the sharing of private, sexual photos or videos of another person without their consent, and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress, was criminalised in England and Wales in 2015. Refuge’s services and campaigning is only possible through donations, fundraising challenges and from sharing information via social media.

Throughout the pandemic people across the UK have been squatting, running, and taking part in a myriad of virtual events to mark the charities 50th year. I felt compelled to help, so I’m undertaking a Himalayan fundraising expedition in India later this year to mark Refuge’s 50th anniversary. It’s a tough and physical challenge for me, but ultimately it’s a very worthwhile gesture to celebrate the golden anniversary and to help the good work continue. l Website: www.refuge.org.uk

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There are over 29,400 people living with dementia in Sussex. Alzheimer’s Society has been supporting many of them, and people across the county who are concerned about their memory, through the pandemic, explains Jacqui Justice-Chrisp (Alzheimer’s Society Area Manager for Sussex)

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Coming together regularly and sharing experiences, ideas and most of all hope, has made a difficult situation, a lot better Alzheimer’s Society CrISP courses (Carers Information Support Programme) are being delivered virtually across Sussex, as are peer support groups. Dementia Voice Groups have gone from strength to strength too, and there is a new group starting for people who are diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65.

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Place a different arithmetical sign (add, subtract, multiply, divide) in each circle so that the total of each line across and down is the same. Perform the first calculation in each line first and ignore the mathematical law which says you should always perform division and multiplication before addition and subtraction.

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1. Mocks (7) 5. Merry frolic (5) 8. Swindle (inf.) (3) 9. Room, space (7) 10. Allow in (5) 11. Assignation (5) 13. Gold ingots (7) 15. Always (4) 17. Fall back (6) 19. Guests (anag.) (6) 22. Prayer ending (4) 24. Wonderful event (7) 26. Throttle (5) 29. Semi-precious stone (5) 30. Flagrant (7) 31. Pastry dish (3) 32. Curt (5) 33. Completely full (7)

1. Gold coin (5) 2. Poised for action (5) 3. Discussed formally (7) 4. Writer (6) 5. Angry growl (5) 6. Stays (7) 7. No longer alive (7) 12. Regret (3) 14. Exhort (4) 16. Calf meat (4) 17. Battlement (7) 18. Pirate (7) 20. Release (7) 21. Moose (3) 23. Amalgamation (6) 25. Thin pancake (5) 27. Chemical compound (5) 28. Bird of prey (5)

Each number in the grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid, then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of letters as you identify them.








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PETS develop into miniature frogs, but ‘Her Indoors’ wasn’t unduly bothered by those particular babies; I can’t think why. My careful observations have led me to believe that youngsters have to be furry, feathered or human, to illicit the verbal cooing from ‘Her Indoors’, but there are probably a few exceptions to that rule, not yet discovered.

Apparently, I’m getting an apprentice of my own and she’s going to be called Bear However, there have been some worrying developments, in the new arrivals department, on the home front. Not ‘Her Indoors’, I hasten to add. Our juniors are long-since grown and she’s far too old for that kind of thing. However, she has been having some interesting phone conversations. “Blah, blah, blah, Teddy. Blah, blah, blah Border Terriers.” Anyway, ‘Them Indoors’ both vanished for a couple of hours the other weekend and came back smelling of other Border Terriers and a different, small Border Terrier,

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