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My Secret Handbag

Calling Fashion Lovers

There is one thing I have in common with Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung et al. I love handbags. The best thing is that these bags are at very reasonable prices! In fact a dream come true. So I just had to start importing them and because only the cognoscenti know about these bags I call my business “My Secret Handbag”.

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Especially Italian made leather handbags. (Does the IT bag stand for ITalian?) I really wanted these beautiful bags but how many of us want to pay the Designer Label prices? What we do want is designer style and designer quality with a realistic price tag. So began my search for the perfect handbags. As home to some of the world's greatest designers, think Gucci, Ferragamo, Pucci, Cavalli, Florence had to be a starting point. So after much investigation and meetings I have met some lovely people who run small family leather works in Florence producing gorgeous, up to the minute bags to fall in love with. They are obviously in the latest season colours as used by the big name designers and in styles being regularly updated.

When you touch the supple bags, breathe in the intoxicating aroma of leather and see the beautiful styles you will discover your secret handbag. Now I am able to enjoy gorgeous handbags and the other great thing is I get to visit Florence frequently. It is a beautiful city. Wonderful buildings, fabulous shopping, amazing art treasures, early evening cocktails and set in the beautiful Chianti countryside.

So what's in right now? In Italy I'm seeing deep blues, berry colours, rich reds and oranges, lots of grey, taupe, forest green and the timeless blacks and chocolate browns. The blue is a lovely shade, not quite navy but a colour that seems to go with lots of things and looks great with denim. There are some lovely, suede clutch bags with metal chain handles great for daytime and evenings. Big soft leather bags are still very sought after as are versatile bags with an over the shoulder strap.

We ‘re doing a survey of what girls carry in their handbag. It’s given us some laughs. Results of survey next time!

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The History of

Lucy Mills

The first record of a mill standing on the Lucy Mills site is dated from around 1086 when it was valued at 10 shillings and 1,000 eels. In 1252 there were three corn mills under one roof and a separate fulling mill. Bishop Latimer (1535–9) granted a lease of the mills at a rent of £10 a year to John Smyth of Wootton Wawen; and they remained in the tenure of that family until the 1st Marques’s of Hertford bought out the interest of Smyth's descendant, Lord Carington. The mills were then bought and leased by a succession of people, but towards the end of the 18th century the mills were purchased from the Marques’s of Hertford by William Oldaker of Stratford. They then consisted of a flour mill and an oil mill in two separate buildings. William Oldaker rebuilt the flour mill and soon afterwards sold the whole premises to Thomas Lucy of Cobham, Surrey (1764–1829), who is said to have come into the district with the object of making a claim to the estates of the Lucys of Charlecote and to have bought the mills with the money which the family paid him to avoid a lawsuit. In 1819 Lucy pulled down the oil mill and built another flour mill in its place. His son Charles replaced them both by a single mill and added a warehouse in 1833. There was further enlargement in 1855. The business remained in the family until the death of Charles's daughter Jane, c. 1900. The enterprise of the Lucys, aided by the development of river and canal transport, made the mills into a very prosperous concern. In 1830 about 3,000 bushels of corn a week were being ground here; a great part of the corn was imported from Ireland and the first steam vessel was launched on the Avon to bring it up from Bristol. The family afterwards lost money through supplying flour to the Southern States during the American Civil War. Apartments now stand where the old corn mill used to be. Source material

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Peacock Themed Wedding

Peacock feathers are traditionally supposed to be bad luck at a wedding but if you’re not superstitious they are a stunning way to theme your wedding, You can chose to match just one or all of the beautiful colours in the peacocks feather. each table facing the top table. We used beautiful butterflies that were decorated with swarovski crystals and sat them on the bows on the tables and dotted them around in various places around the room so the guests could write a messages and hang them on the wedding wish tree. We created peacock feather pens and a poem decorated with a feather.

We used a shimmer organza in peacock blue to decorate the chairs and the bridesmaids dresses also picked up this blue. The brides bouquet was in creams and green but also had a slight accent of blue to tie in with the bridesmaids dress which were made in peacock blue. The pew ends in the church were made out of sticks bent into a heart shape with an orchid and peacock feather in the centre. We re-used the pew ends at the reception by hanging them from the back of one chair on

The table centres were stunning with vases filled with water and orchids and lit from below to match the colour scheme. Later on the lighting could be switched to change colour when the party really got started.

The place cards were threaded with a peacock feather and feathers were randomly dotted around the tables intermingled with table crystals and heart shaped chocolates in blue and green to match the feather. The bride and groom really wanted something special to give to their guests so they chose seed favours that were also decorated with a peacock feather.

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Wedding Wisdom Nowadays it's so easy to take pictures so make sure you take lots of them when you have your dress fitting or hair and make-up trial. That way you can keep going back to look at them until you have made your decision and even show them to the people that are important in your wedding, if you would like their opinion.

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Best Western

Best Western Salford Hall was originally built as a guest residence for the monks of nearby Evesham Abbey, probably in the time when Richard Hawkesbury was Abbott. Like many a mediaeval Friar Tuck he was noted for good living. It seems appropriate that the Hall should now become a luxury hotel and restaurant since its founder had such a reputation for extravagant living.

Head Chef Fritz Ronneburg moved from Denmark in 1996 to work with some of the finest chefs in the country before joining the team at Salford Hall as its Head Chef. Along with his team they look to source the highest quality food for the Stanford Room Restaurant and Conservatory Brasserie. Fritz and his team’s passion is to create a fantastic culinary experience using the finest quality produce, keeping his menu simple but innovative and focusing on seasonal products at all stages. Best Western Salford Hall is also the perfect venue for a romantic wedding day, If you would like to have the opportunity to use this wonderful building and grounds for your special day then call us to discuss your requirements.

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If you are going to work and do a lot of browsing on the Internet, the first thing you need to learn is how to take care of your computer. It is far better that you take the trouble to look after your computer regularly, rather than have it freeze or crash when you lose everything on it, at which time you’ll have to pay out a lot of money to have it fixed. Here are some tips to prevent disasters:

1) Set your virus checker to update itself automatically. This way, it is always updated with the latest protection. 2) Scan your personal computer daily when you finish working on it. 3) If on a certain day you happen to download many pages, software, programs, zipped files, exe files, etc., immediately after downloading everything, scan your personal computer. This way, just in case a virus existed in anything you downloaded you will have a better chance of stopping it before it infects everything. We have moved to

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4) Use your online scanner to scan your personal computer once a week. 5) Do not open any attachments in emails from people you do not know. 6) Adult web sites, holiday web sites and free download websites are particularly bad for viruses. 7) A virus could replicate itself to everyone on the address book and send itself out by email, without the owner even knowing this has been done. 8) Do not download free music on the Internet - these free sites are always infected. 9) Back up all your data as often as possible to an external hard drive or usb memory stick. 10) Try not to keep anything to do with your finances, payment details, payment processor passwords, credit card details, etc. on your personal computer. A hacker could easily access all these details if they are anywhere on your system.

Sadly, despite all these precautions your personal computer might still get infected, as the people who invent these malicious programs are getting even sneakier, however if you do get a virus make sure you take your computer to a reputable repair shop straight away, the sooner you take it to them the easier it will be to remove the virus and save your documents.

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Up to 60% of women have a urinary tract infection such as cystitis at some point in their life and at least a third of them experience a recurrence during the following year. Cranberries are not only an excellent source of Vitamin C but have been valued for their ability to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections for hundreds of years. In 2001 a study published by the British Medical Journal concluded that regular drinking of cranberry juice seems to reduce the recurrence of urinary tract infection. Over the years, many other controlled clinical trials have also come to this conclusion. However, there is no reliable evidence to suggest that cranberries are effective for treating urinary tract infections.

So how does cranberry juice help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections? It contains an antibacterial agent called Hippuric Acid and also contains other compounds that reduce the ability of E. coli bacteria to adhere to the walls of the urinary tract. Since E. coli is a pathogen responsible for 80-90% of urinary tract infections, the protection afforded by cranberries could be quite significant.

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Snap, Scrabble or Snakes and Ladders?

As memories of Summer fade and the days get colder and shorter, why not stay in the warm and enjoy playing a family game with your children or grand children? Children love grown ups to play with them, and grown ups make excellent teachers; Games of any type; card games, traditional board games or modern boxed games are so much more than just a game. Through playing games our children learn valuable life skills such as playing together, taking turns, following rules, how to win joyfully and lose gracefully. Young children can learn counting, language skills, numbers and colours. Older children learn about developing strategies and how to beat Gran!’s fun and quality time with your young ones too. So go on,  play a game today...  good luck!

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Stress Incontinence is caused by weakness in the pelvic floor muscles which can cause leakage during ordinary, everyday activities. When you laugh, cough, sneeze, or exercise, you experience a small leak. Yet despite it being so common, very few women ask for help. Most simply put up with it.

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AKSB Tip of the month Keep an eye out on this section where we at AKSB CLEANING will provide tips for everyday carpet care & stain removal. However, before any stain is treated it is important that a basic procedure is followed as a common misconception is to scrub the stain so... Tip 1 is always keep a pile of paper towels handy as the first step is to remove any excess and blot the stain to remove all moisture, never scrub the stain. Work from the outside of the stain inward to prevent the stain from spreading. Always apply an appropriate cleaning solution to a clean dry cloth not directly onto the carpet, and blot.

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Hot Water and Healthy Living

Throughout history people have been attracted to water to maintain health and recover from injury. The buoyancy of water acts as a buffer against the effects of gravity on an injured joint. Warm water immersion provides a safe, relaxing way to unwind, reduce anxiety, and cope more effectively with the challenges of daily life. Healing happens faster as blood flow to the injured location increases. Immersion in hot water helps the body relax. Now, imagine the many ways soaking in a hot tub can add quality to your daily life: – – – – – –

A bridge between workday and evening activities A luxurious retreat to reduce stress and anxiety A haven for attitude adjustment A place to reconnect with family and friends in the comfort of your own garden A healthy alternative to unhealthy habits An aid to rehabilitation, healing and physical relaxation

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We hope you will take the time to experience the long-term benefits of soaking in warm and hot water.

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Give a Dog a Home The rehabilitation side to rescue... Questions & Answers

This was Buttons a few weeks ago. Poor Buttons nearly died, if it wasn’t for caring people and Warwick Dog Warden, Buttons would not be the fabulous dog he is today.

I’ve just got a new rescue dog, do you have any tips on how to settle him into his new environment.

Have a think about what you want out of your dog, set rules, boundaries, routines and preferred methods of training and stick to them. For instance, if you don’t want your dog to go on your furniture, don’t allow it from day one. Try and start as you mean to go on. Routines are important for stability and will help your new dog settle in. If you think he is struggling with being in a new environment you can always ask your vet for advice or try the D.A.P Diffuser (Dog Appeasing Pheromone). It takes different times for different dogs to settle in to their new homes, anything from a couple of weeks to a few months depending on the dog itself and possible previous history. My dog Barney hates fireworks, thunder and most loud noises. Do you have any suggestions on how to make firework night in particular any less stressful for Barney? There are many animals out there that hate fireworks/bonfire night, loud noises and thunder and there are many ways to make an animal feel as comfortable as possible during these times as all animals are different it would need to be tailored to suit that particular dog. You could try creating a safe place or room for your dog to relax in, preferably the quietest area of the house or a space where your dog feels most comfortable. If your dog is used to a crate and feels safest in there you can also try this for Barney to stay in. Put a blanket over the top of the crate if necessary, close any curtains and try to muffle any outside sounds by putting the radio or T.V on and see how he goes. Personally my dog likes to sit underneath my table in my office and I sit on my chair by her, she feels calmer in the dark and having an enclosed space around her. I am always calm around her and I don’t have much contact with her during these times of her being fearful because I do not want to inadvertently praise her for being fearful of the noises. If you think you may need more advice, speak to your vet about it and they may be able to offer other solutions.

This is Buttons, a loving, friendly Labrador Cross

Buttons found himself on the run in Warwick with a collar stuck round his neck and into his mouth. Unable to eat and in terrible pain, poor Buttons became thin, hungry and terrified. Eventually he was caught and taken to the Animal House in Warwick where the collar was surgically removed and his ear stitched back on. As no owner came forward for Buttons TARRS were asked to take him into their care and although the Animal House kept their costs as low as possible, there was also a £600.00 vet bill which the rescue has paid. Buttons went into a TARRS foster home for his recovery. He has gained weight and his scars are healing over nicely. His fosterer reports that he is a fabulous dog with a great temperament, a happy wagging tail and a big smile on his face. He gets on great with other dogs and plays nicely with children. He is now ready for his forever home. If you could offer Buttons a new life in a loving home call Becky on 07986 564993. Or If you would like to contribute towards the vets costs call Sophie on 07734 442785 or e-mail

Baily Needs a Home Baily would love a home of her own! She has been waiting in kennels for so long. She is an 8 year old Bullmastiff. She gets on great with children, but sadly does not like other dogs. We would like to find Baily a forever foster home. A forever fosterer has the dog as their own, but the rescue pays all vet expenses for the rest of her life. Also we would not ask for a donation. This lovely girl really deserves a home of her own and a person to love her. If you would like to find out more about Baily, call Sophie on 07734 442785 or e-mail Every penny that is donated to the Rescue gets spent on the dogs. TARRS is run solely by volunteers who give their time for free. If you would be interested in giving some of your time to help with the dogs, give Becky or Sophie a call – Every little helps.



Does your dog need friends? Just like us humans some dogs enjoy the company of other dogs, and some are just not interested! Sometimes their interest in other canines can change with age. And just like us you will find that your dog will prefer certain playmates over others! Playful puppies and young dogs that have been well socialised will usually enjoy romps with other dogs. But you may notice as your dog matures that he/she is more interested in being with you and other family members, than with other dogs. If your dog is interested in interacting with other dogs, you will see that he/ she will display one or more of the following behaviour when near other dogs: High, happy whines or barks, play bowling (lowering of the front end, whilst keeping the rear in the air!),

circling and sniffing other dogs, tail wagging, bouncing around excitedly. But if your dog is not interested then he/she will steer away from other dogs, hide behind you, stiffen his/her body, bare there teeth, growl or tremble. Give your dog several opportunities to meet up with other dogs and observe his/her reaction. If overall your dog is eager

to get to know other dogs, it’s a safe bet that regular play time with canine friends would be good. But if your dog seems to be disinterested or unfriendly when other dogs approach, then he/ she is probably content with you. But keep in mind that your dog needs regular exercise and playtime either with you or other doggy friends!

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Gardener’s Corner

Lucy Bravington

Local garden designer Lucy Bravington brings you her Top 5 Jobs in the garden for November...

If you have any questions about your garden or what you should be doing at this time of year, email your questions to and Lucy will answer them in next month’s column. Would you like to inject some interest into your garden? Local designer Lucy Bravington has the answer for every situation so call her on 07855 940 402 to arrange your free consultation.

Star Plants for November ★ Cimicifuga simplex ‘White Pearl’ ★ Pyracantha ‘Golden Charmer’ ★ Vitis coignetiae

★ Euonymus alatus ★ Cortaderia selloana ‘Sunningdale Silver’ ★ Iris foetidissima ★ Rosa moyesii

1) Clean out bird boxes of old nesting material which can harbour parasites. Birds use these as winter roosts to keep warm and will return to nest in a box they are already familiar with next spring. 2) Take care with bonfires...always check for hibernating hedgehogs or toads. Move some of the debris away to burn leaving the creatures with some undisturbed debris. It is important to encourage these creatures as they are our best allies in controlling pests!! 3) Begin winter pruning deciduous trees and shrubs. Avoid making too many wounds to the plant as each is a potential entry point for disease.

4) Plant tulips this month. They love a sunny spot and if your soil is heavy clay, dig in lots of coarse grit to lighten it. Tulips look great en masse in bold sweeps through mixed borders but are equally as effective in pots to brighten up a patio or frame a doorway. 5) Send the lawn mower to be sharpened and serviced ready for next spring. Don’t forget to occasionally give the lawn a light trim to keep it looking smart through the winter...but don’t do this when it’s very wet or frozen.

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To incorporate, or not to incorporate:

that is the question

10 years ago the decision was made easier with the rather attractive £10,000 nil % corporation tax band that companies enjoyed. But things change, especially in tax. So is there really any reason to go through the hassle of incorporation, as well as the higher costs incurred with the additional compliance required for corporate bodies? Well the answer to that is the classic tax answer….. “It depends!”

Unfortunately due to the continuing complication of UK tax law it is difficult to give a straight answer. But I will run through some examples so that you can be a little more informed on the matter. First and foremost, tax savings aside, there is one very good reason to incorporate a business. That is the protection of limited liability. Once the shares are fully paid up there should be no further liability for a member. If the company becomes insolvent the members are not required to make any further contribution to discharge the company’s debts. However, major creditors (namely banks and landlords) usually require personal guarantees from company shareholders and directors. Also the liability for a company’s debts may be imposed on the directors where there has been intent to defraud or the director has been negligent in their responsibilities.

1) Profits £30,000 Sole Trader




Income Tax


Corporation Tax


Class 4 NIC


Income Tax


Class 2 NIC








Tax saving £1,673

2) Profits £50,000 Sole Trader




So let’s look at the tax advantages.

Income Tax


Corporation Tax


Class 4 NIC


Income Tax


Class 2 NIC




Incorporation offers flexibility. There are various methods of extracting company profits by an individual, whereas a sole trader or partner is taxed on all of his profits irrespective of whether or not they are drawn.





The following examples compare the tax and national insurance (NIC) liabilities of a sole trader to those of a limited company, assuming a salary of £5,715 (no NIC payable on this amount but the individual is treated as having contributed towards certain state benefits) and all distributable reserves are distributed by way of dividends. The scenarios above assume that all profits are extracted from the company. Further tax savings can be made by leaving some of the profits in the company for extraction in later years when the individual may be taxable at a lower rate, or extracted as a capital gain on sale of shares or liquidation. From April 2010 there is an additional tax rate of 50% for income in excess of £150,000 (42.5% for dividends). Also the Personal Allowance is reduced where income exceeds £100,000.

De Montfort House, 14a High Street, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4HJ

Tax saving £3,709

3) Profits £70,000 Sole Trader




Income Tax


Corporation Tax


Class 4 NIC


Income Tax


Class 2 NIC








Tax saving £3,759 Trading through a company offers scope to keep your taxable income below these thresholds. Some companies cannot avoid NIC by paying dividends. These are where the company acts as an intermediary providing the services of an employee/director and the contract is such that if the employee/director had contracted directly with the client he would have been an employee of the client So to incorporate or not to incorporate? Well, it depends. How much tax do you want to pay?

Jonathan Jonathan Holmes is senior manager at WM Tax Matters. If you would like more information on this subject please feel free to contact Jonathan or one of the team members for an initial 1 hour free consultation. This article is general in nature and should not be assumed to be directly applicable to your situation. In addition tax law changes regularly. Please do not rely on any aspect of the above without taking appropriate tax, legal or other professional advice.

Tel: 01386 421666 or 01386 760001 Fax: 01386 421555 Email:


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Management Information Systems The retail articles in the past two editions of The Image covered trading tips on management of sales, stock and space and the key areas of branding and product ranging. Use of these will improve the efficiency and profitability of your company but the ease with which they can be implemented is dependent on your management information system (MIS). What is a MIS? Fundamentally a system that pulls together data, enabling you to analyse and trade your business effectively.

So what do the best systems look like? 1/ User friendly - the single biggest barrier to the use of a MIS in a business is a lack of user friendliness. If you don’t understand it through confusing terminology or process, you won’t use it. It is key that your system is clear and easy to operate. 2/ Not complex - retailing is fundamentally a simple business. Often systems have too much information that just confuses and ends up blurring the key issues. To trade your business you need: (a) clarity over sales, stock, margin, cost, markdown (b) parameter flexibility around brand / product hierarchy and time scales 3/ Meaningful - it is vital that the report formats are clear cut so you can easily interpret the data for your short, medium and longer term trading decisions. Think about your business in the context of the above. Does your MIS add value or is it more of a hindrance? An easy to use, flexible, straightforward system will save you loads of time and, most importantly, it enhances your business through improved profitability. Remember“the system is a tool of the job and not the job!“ After spending twenty years building key brands in the High Street, retail spa is now working with independent retailers, making their life easier by solving important retail problems. If you are or know a shop owner who would like support and a free retail spa assessment, please contact Tony Scott at retail spa on 07894 222557 or go to the website at

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food & drink

Welcome to the Food and Drink pages. Where we hope you will feel inspired to either “Dine In” with our fabulous Mexican Feast, or try a Curry from Simla (and get a Free one too!). Or venture out and visit one (or more) of the local establishments that are advertising with us this month. Our prize this month is a meal for 4 and a bottle of wine at The Bulls Head in Wootton Wawen. The Bulls Head has recently undergone a

competitively priced - Just £14.50 for the Set 3 Course

complete refurbishment by its new owners Mark and

Wedding Anniversary. The food was delicious, and the

Dave, and the new look is stunning, making the most

service was excellent, all our expectations were met.

of all the original features, including a very welcoming

We can thoroughly recommend it.

Menu. We at The Image recently enjoyed a fabulous evening at The Bulls Head to celebrate a Golden

and cosy log fire as you enter the bar. The Menu is

The Bulls Head

at Wootton Wawen – re-opened after long closure.

Traditional English pub food with a modern approach A la Carte and Set Menu available offering our speciality homemade faggots Set Menu available Monday to Friday 12-2.30 pm and 6-7.30 pm 2 Courses – £11.50 3 Courses – £14.50 Open for traditional Sunday lunch 12-5pm

Contact Mark or David on 01564 792511

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Avocado The jewel of a vegetarian or vegan diet



The avocado is not a vegetable. It is actually a fruit, an oily berry, sometimes called an alligator pear because of its shape and outer skin texture and colour. While avocados are wrongly berated by weight watcher types for their fat content, almost everyone is ignorant of the avocado’s high and complete protein content.

Avocado Fat Facts

It’s important to understand that a body needs fats, as long as they`re healthy ones. Omega 3 fatty acids are missing in the average western diet. It just so happens that avocados are high in omega 3 and omega 6. In fact, you can get all the omega 3 you need from daily avocado consumption. There is no cholesterol in avocados. They are a rich source of non-toxic beneficial fats. The notion that avocados are fattening is false. Processed sugars and high fructose corn syrups in processed foods create obesity, along with cooked starches, pasteurized dairy, and factory farm meats.

Avocados Offer a Complete Protein

Unlike a cooked steak, from which it is difficult to digest and absorb its high protein content, avocados have pre digested protein. The sun creates a process of breaking the protein into easily digested amino acids while the avocados are ripening in their trees. Thus the avocado provides all 18 essential amino acids needed by a body to create complete protein. Proteins represented by amino acids are easier to digest.

Other Avocado Nutrients

Avocados are bursting with enzymes and rich in minerals, including the usually deficient master mineral magnesium, which is involved in over 300 metabolic functions of the body. They help provide the body with glutathione, the important master anti-oxidant that helps the liver replenish all other antioxidants. Vitamins A, much of the B complex, K, E and C are also very available in avocados. The nutrient order of importance is enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Vitamins won’t work without minerals, and neither minerals nor vitamins get into your cells without enzymes. There are not many tasty foods that are so easy to find packing as much nutritional value as avocados.

Avocado Edibles

You can tell when avocados are ripe by colour and gentle squeezing. If the normally green skins are turning brownish and you can mush it slightly with a gentle squeeze, those are ready to eat. However, if you are not using them right away, pick the green hard ones and let them ripen at home. Like bananas, the ripe ones turn in a few days.

Source Material:

Recipe for Guacamole


• 1 medium avocado • 1/4 small onion finely chopped • 1 medium tomato finely chopped • Handful of coriander finely chopped

• Finely chopped fresh green chilli to taste • Lime juice • Grated cheddar cheese

The lime juice is more of a preservative for the avocado, rather than a condiment. It delays the avocado turning black. Do not add too much lime juice though. Peel the avocado with your own fingers, and chop it using a wooden instrument. Do not use metal utensils on the avocado; metal helps the avocado turn black. Once the guacamole is prepared and poured into the container it is going to be served, add the avocado’s stone to the guacamole. It also delays the avocado turning black.

Buen Provecho!

Method Mix well the chopped onion, chopped tomato, chopped coriander and chopped chile together in a bowl. As you are mixing it, add a few drops of lime juice and season with salt. Add some of the grated cheese just enough to stand out. Peel avocado and roughly chop it in a separate bowl. You will end up with it looking a bit mushy and some of it in small pieces. Add a few drops of lime juice, and season with salt. Add and mix some of the grated cheese, just enough to be seen amongst the avocado. Add the mixture of chopped onion, tomato, chile and coriander from the first bowl to the chopped avocado. Season with salt to taste. Eat as a dip with tortilla chips or as a sauce (ideal for barbecues, or any meat).

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Dine in with

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Mexican Lasagna Delicious

Ingredients • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 small onion, diced • 2 lbs turkey Mince • 1/4 cup taco seasoning, or 1 packet • 100ml water • 1/4 cup flour • 2 small Courgettes, thinly sliced • 3 9 inch flour tortillas • 1 pack shredded Cheddar Cheese Method 1. Preheat oven to 180 / Gas 5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook a few minutes.

Sweet Nacho Dessert

this is really quick and easy to make. Ingredients • 2 Round Tortola sheets • 1 large tub organic yogurt – strawberry (300grams) • 25 grams Unsalted butter - melted • 15 grams Castor sugar • 2 tsp Cinnamon • Strawberries • Blueberries Method 1. Brush the Tortola sheets with melted butter and

2. Add turkey and break up. Cook until turkey is cooked through, stirring often. Turn off heat and add taco seasoning and flour, stir in the water.

the sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the Tortola sheets. Then cut each Tortola with a pizza cutter into 8.

3. Meanwhile, either sauté or steam Courgette slices until slightly soft.

Put onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for 8 minutes, gas mark 5 / 180.

4. In a round casserole dish, layer meat, courgette’s, cheese and tortillas, trimming tortillas to fit if necessary. End with cheese on top.

2. When cool place the Nachos (cut Tortola sheets) onto a serving dish and pour the yogurt over them along with the strawberries and Blueberries.

5. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve with Salad, Guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

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Serve with cream – deeelicioussss!!!


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Go on - get the girls over and have a fun night in !! Cold and dark evenings shouldn’t signal the end to any fun you might have. Forget getting dressed up and braving the wet weather; staying in is the new going out. Gather the girls, (and the guys if you like!) cosy up with a glass of wine in the warm comfort of your own home and let your friends and family indulge in every girls favourite past-time, shopping!

For Pampered Chef contact Suezy on 07968 363584


Whether it is a Jme or Pampered Chef, girls night in – the host will have the opportunity to receive loyalty points to spend on products from Jme or Pampered Chef, and fantastic discounts too - depending on which party you choose!

But if you fancy having a fun time cooking and tasting all the goodies you have made then contact Suezy on 07968 363584- for a Pampered Chef cooking show, where you can try the products, and recipes, before you buy them.

And what’s more you can even earn extra money to pay for Christmas, by becoming a consultant for either Pampered Chef or Jme - So go on, contact Suezy or Zoe and arrange your party!


Host a

For Jamie at Home contact Zoe on 07809 224469

If you fancy gathering around the DVD with Jamie Oliver to tell you all about his exclusive gorgeous designer-led homeware products – the Jme collection and divulge his favourite exclusive recipes then contact Zoe Jones on 07809 224469 for a Jamie at Home party.




FREE Curry Main Meal Throughout November

Pampered Chef Cooking Show in your home – with your friends – its fun and easy

• Try Innovative, multifunction kitchen tools • Learn how to prepare easy impressive recipes • Enjoy the tasty results • Earn free and discounted products • Fantastic Monthly host bonus gift • 10% Host discount on pampered chef products for a full year

Order any Main Dish + Rice or Nan Bread and get the 2nd dish FREE ✂

on collected orders only on presentation of this advert Conditions apply 24 Greenhill Street • Stratford-upon-Avon • CV37 6LE

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For a great fun time Please call Suezy (your local independent consultant)

on 07968 363584 and arrange your show



Bring some fun back into your home! Get your friends and family together for a Jamie at Home party and share with them the gorgeous, designer-led Jme collection of kitchen and dinnerware.

Staying in is the new going out! And don’t forget as a host you will receive Loyalty Points based on party sales to spend on your choice of Jme products. Share in Jamie’s passion for getting people in the kitchen and book your Jamie at Home party today by contacting Zoe on

07809 224469

The Image in Stratford can help you Our adverts come in a range of sizes and all design work is included in the price. Your advert will also appear on our e-magazine at www. and you can feature in our mid-monthly e-newsletter.

Contact JJ on 07779 222301 or email

Welcome aboard the Countess of Evesham L U X U R Y R E S TA U R A N T C R U I S E R

Book with us for an intimate meal for two or a special celebration with a difference. Our 70ft luxury cruiser operates throughout the year and for Christmas, is centrally heated and one of the most popular venues in the Midlands. We look forward to welcoming you aboard. Moorings: Bancroft Gardens, Waterside, Stratford upon Avon

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The Quiz NOVEMBER 2010

...Win a meal for 4 and bottle of wine

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WIN!!! November’s Quiz



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It’s so easy! All you have to do is fill in the squares and then piece together the shaded letters to spell out an anagram that reveals something topical during November. Email your answer, along with contact details and your feedback on this magazine to All correct entries will go into the exciting prize draw with a chance of winning a meal for 4 and bottle of wine at The Bulls Head! Get quizzing!

Anagram (1 word – we’ve filled in 1 letter for you!) W

The Bulls Head

This month we’re giving away a meal for 4 and bottle of wine. Terms and Conditions apply

Wootton Wawen | Contact Mark or David on 01564 792511

Down 1 For virus and spyware removal 3 Experts in building 4 Get your wedding dress cleaned here 5 Find Pink Tulip here 8 Festive hotel venue 9 Magical museum of... Across 2 This month’s quiz prize is here 6 The amazing, new alternative to pads 7 Offering timber spraying 10 To clean your windows and carpets



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Fish &Anchor Country Dining

Festive Starters

Delicious Main Dishes

Fabulous Desserts

Roast Pumpkin, Ginger & Honey Soup

Roast Turkey, Chestnut Farce, Bacon Chipolata and Cranberry Sauce

Minced Meat Crumble Cake with Christmas Pudding Ice Cream

Game Terrine with a Cranberry & Apple Relish

Smoked Salmon, dill and Shallot Tart, and Mixed Leaves with a Honey Dressing

Apple & Cinnamon Pie with Vanilla Custard

Tiger Prawn, Crab & Avocado Salad & a Tomato Aioli

Medallions of Fillet Beef, Fondant Potato and a Peppercorn Sauce

Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce

Pan-fried Black Pudding, Bacon & Apple, Beetroot Reduction

Braised Haunch of Venison, Baby Roast Potatoes, Juniper Berry Jus

Grilled Goat’s Cheese, Fig Chutney & Tomato Salad

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Pre-Christmas Dinner £23.95 per person

Festive Luncheon

£19.95 per person including Coffee & Mince Pies

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Main Dishes


Roast Turkey, Chestnut & Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Dark Rum & Chocolate Pots with Rum & Raisin Ice Cream

Local Haunch of Venison, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a Juniper Berry Jus

Warm Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard

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Freshly Filtered Coffee, Mince Pie & Brandy Sauce

£64.50 Per Person

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