The Jersey Life - October Issue

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Living your Best Life... home | beauty | food and drink | motoring | the arts | fashion | travel | property | business | health | garden | antiques

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On this day of writing, the rain is practically horizontal with a gusting wind sure to take our breath away when walking the dogs later! Quite the antitheses to the photo above where I am enjoying the autumn sunshine on 21st September, sitting in Hamptonne’s beautiful herb garden after enjoying a picnic in the orchard…one of my favourite places to be on a sunny autumn day. Which leads nicely into our feature supplied by Jersey Heritage on ‘Celebrating Cider 2020’ - not the usual festivity, but worth a trip to St Lawrence nevertheless. Being in nature continues to be an important theme and with a second lockdown threatening, our homes and outdoor spaces remain top priorities – with this in mind we have lots of really relevant articles, including Caroline Spencer sharing the joys of acorns, a lovely article reminding us to take good care of our house-plants and some stunning home articles covering brave Style and Feng Shui…to name but a few. Philippa Alexandre continues in Part II of her ‘Travelling through Covid’ series – and another chance to see Theodore the travelling cat! Travelling, cats and Covid run into Marilyn Carre’s ‘Lockdown Diary’ – having to leave Zeby the yoga cat to return home early when lockdown began!

Mark Shields continues with his series on businesses recouping after this, Part IIII, Mark talks about the importance of staff development – imperative for a healthy business, as personal development is for a healthy mind; Mark Anthony Baker talks about Resilience and Lorraine Pannetier invites is to Live Our Best Life – the best possible things for our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing right now and always. So the next time I write Welcome we will be the other side of half term and may well be in the thick of yet another ‘stay at home to save lives’ campaign…we shall see! This is the strangest of times indeed. Enjoy your home and enjoy reading this Jerseylife… Until November! In health and hope

Juanita x If you have an interesting story to share or would like your business reviewed, please feel free to call me on 619882. I’d love to hear from you.

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COMMUNITY 8 JERSEY TREES FOR LIFE Resume their Hedgerow Campaign

11 CELEBRATING CIDER DESPITE COVID-19 By Nicky Lucas, Jersey Heritage Events Curator

14 MY LOCKDOWN DIARY Part 1 by Marilyn Carre

16 TRAVELLING THROUGH COVID Part 2 by Philippa Alexandre

58 JAZZED UP VIGS WITH WICI By Steve and Kirstie




22 BRAVE GROUND Dulux colour of the year 2021

24 STYLING THE SEASONS By Katya Pastorini


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32 HOME AND GARDEN 30 FENG SHUI How to bring the calming principles into your home

32 HOUSEPLANTS LOOKING TIRED They may need repotting



FOOD AND DRINK 36 RECIPES FOR AUTUMN Mouth watering recipes to tempt your pallet



Is it the most important meal of the day

42 WANT TO EAT YOUR WAY TO A BEAUTIFUL GLOW Top foodie tips for clear and beautiful skin

46 BE A POSITIVE BODY IMAGE ROLE MODEL Change your thoughts and you will change your world

48 HOW WELL ARE YOU AGEING It’s never to late to start living a healthy lifestyle



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MOTORING 60 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN EVO RWD The latest set of wheels taken for a spin

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ÂŁ100 - 100 acorns and 100 oaks Jersey Trees for Life resume their Hedgerow Campaign in November. They recently teamed up with Acorn Enterprises to encourage people to use their ÂŁ100 Spend Local card at Acorn. Acorns were given out to customers and the oak saplings that come out of it will form part of a future Hedgerow Campaign... By Caroline Spencer

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Beverley Dallas-Chapman enjoying the shade of the grand old oak in the arboretum at Val de la Mare


Acorn fundraising manager Caroline Spencer relishes the potential of all these little acorns

A magnificent oak tree stands near the entrance to the arboretum at Val de la Mare reservoir. It is hard to think that it started life as a little acorn about 80 years ago. Although it is the oldest tree in the arboretum, it is still relatively young. Oaks are only considered ‘old’ after the age of 700. Sitting on a bench under the tree, shaded from the surprisingly hot autumn sun, Jersey Trees for Life Senior Community Fundraiser Beverley Dallas-Chapman is explaining her love of oaks. ‘There’s something about an oak, the fact it is a native tree and symbolic of strength,’ she says. ‘An oak has a high wildlife value, which means that it is particularly valuable to squirrels, birds and insects, whether it is used for shelter, nesting or food.’ Jersey Trees for Life recently teamed up with Acorn Enterprises in an initiative to encourage people to use their £100 Spend Local card at Acorn Reuse in Trinity. Customers who used their card were given a free acorn-planting kit, containing a compostable pot, compost, an acorn and instructions on how to get the best results growing it. Beverley said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Acorn on this initiative. The acorns that are grown will help our Hedgerow Campaign. We plant hedgerows and trees around Jersey to create or reconnect living corridors for the benefit of the Island’s biodiversity, as well as providing food and safe passages for wildlife. It gives them all a better chance by keeping them off the busy roads. ‘We are hoping that this initiative will provide much-needed oak saplings to plant within our hedgerow whips. 100 oak saplings would make a huge difference to our campaign. ‘Last year we planted 15,044 hedgerow whips, 5,000 more than our target. A lot of the fields around the island used to have hedgerows but they have died out over the years and we are trying to refill the gaps. This year we will be concentrating our planting in St Clement and Grouville.

‘Also, we are planting one tree for every 12 hedgerow whips, so that’s helping with carbon sequestration. Moving forward, every part of the hedge will have a tree, usually an oak.’ All this work requires a lot of volunteers and not surprisingly this year has proved to be challenging for Jersey Trees for Life and staff numbers have been cut. ‘Understandably, we were not considered an emergency charity,’ Beverley said. ‘We are a small charity, and it has been difficult but we are picking up again. Before Covid, we had a lot of people offering to volunteer and we had sponsorship and donations coming in, including from the Eco Fund and the Co-op’s centenary fund. We were so well supported in our last hedgerow campaign. There were 52 CSR days which was absolutely amazing.’ This year, when the campaign resumes in November, the group sizes will need to be smaller to allow for physical distancing, and equipment will be disinfected between groups. ‘Every hedgerow whip and tree sapling we put in, we go back and maintain for five years. That’s a lot of work!’ Beverley explained. ‘Maintenance is as important as planting, keeping young plants clear of nettles, brambles and weeds and making sure they are thriving.’ Their volunteers also include those from the Prince’s Trust, Jersey Employment Trust, Mencap, Duke of Edinburgh and Project Trident. ‘Planting is very satisfying,’ Beverley said. ‘When you drive past a sapling in future years, you’ll be able to say to your children or your grandchildren “I helped to plant that”.’ An acorn, of course, is a symbol of strength, growth and unlimited potential and it is fitting that the name Acorn was chosen nearly 30 years ago when it started out as a horticulture company. Acorn general manager Steve Pearce said: ‘It was there to help people grow and thrive and that’s one thing Acorn has always done and continues to do, and that’s seeing the potential in someone.’ continues overleaf...



Beverley Dallas-Chapman

From Little Acorns...

Encouraging Islanders to consider spending some of their £100 in charity shops, Steve said: ‘We wanted to be able to offer something back to our loyal customers, who have been so great in coming back to us after 15 weeks’ closure. We are saying there is no better place for you to spend your money than at Acorn, for so many reasons. Buying here is great for the environment, as we are reusing goods that might otherwise have been thrown away. Every penny we make goes back into providing work and training for people with a disability or long-term health condition.’ In the spring, Acorn and Jersey Trees for Life hope to announce how people can return their saplings to them or how they can plant the sapling in their own garden. Beverley said: ’The oak saplings will be a massive help even if we get half of the 100 we are sending out, that’ll be 50 extra trees in our hedgerows. If the saplings are still small, we will repot them and put them in our nursery for future years.

‘The more tr s we plant, e happier we are.’ *If you (as an individual or a business) want to get involved in the Hedgerow Campaign, please contact Bev by emailing or call 857611.

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Oaks were around 65 million years ago.

An oak can live 1,000 years.

One oak can produce 10 million acorns in its lifetime.

Only one in 10,000 acorns grow up to be an oak tree.

There are more than 600 species of oak.

A mature oak can reach around 45m (148 feet).

Druids believed that consumption of acorns would help them see the future.

The word ‘druid’ can be translated as ‘oak knowledge’ or ‘oak man’.

Planting an Acorn? FOR BEST RESULTS, PLANT IN NOVEMBER. IN THE MEANTIME, KEEP YOUR ACORN IN A DARK, DRY PLACE. 1. Fill a pot with compost. Make a small hole in the middle and put in the acorn about 2.5 cm down. 2. Cover it with compost and water it gently. 3. Leave it in a well-lit area like a window sill, or a greenhouse if possible. 4. Check the pot regularly to make sure it is moist to encourage germination. 5. When the baby tree has grown to around 15 cm, transfer it to a larger pot. Repeat as before but be careful when lifting it as the roots will be very delicate. Make a hole the same size as the roots and gently firm more compost in. 6. Give it a fresh watering and regularly check that it doesn't dry out. 7. When it reaches over 30 cm high, it will be ready to plant outside.


Celebrating Cider despite Covid-19! By Nicky Lucas, Jersey Heritage Events Curator We’ve had to stand down the host of stallholders and bands, who are usually an integral part of the festival. Instead, this year is all about the humble apple as we celebrate it in its autumnal glory. We need about 160 x 25kg sacks of the fruit to be collected to make our cider and sessions to pick apples in the Orchard are fully booked. Also full are pre-booked slots for groups to watch the volunteer cider makers hard at work over the weekend of 17-18 October, when Cider was due to take place. There is always such a special atmosphere when the cider press is working its magic and hundreds of people usually come to Hamptonne to be a part of it. The audience will be smaller this year but we are delighted by the enthusiastic response from Islanders, who are clearly as keen as we are to keep the traditions of cider making alive. Crushing apples the traditional way at Hamptonne. Image credit - Jersey Heritage. October is usually one of the busiest times at Hamptonne Country Life Museum. This beautiful, rural site would ordinarily be bustling with activity as preparations are made for one of Jersey Heritage’s most popular annual events, the Cider Festival – La Faîs'sie d'Cidre. This year is a little different. The apples in the Orchard are still being harvested from trees laden with fruit and cider is still going to be made using the old granite press. But the number of Islanders who can physically be at Hamptonne to witness this wonderful tradition being brought to life is limited by official guidelines. Covid-19 continues to have an enormous impact on Island life, not least on events, many of which have been cancelled this year. We were determined to continue preserving the Island’s rich heritage of cider production and to provide opportunities for community involvement in this annual event – vital if these traditions are to be handed down to future generations. To do this, the Cider Festival, which is kindly sponsored by Islands, has had to take a different format.

For those people who aren’t able to make it to Cider this year, we’ve got plenty more apple-related activities for them to feast on virtually. A video of this year’s cider making will be available for people to watch by the end of October. In the meantime, there are lots of apple-related things for families to enjoy in our Heritage at Home hub at, as part of our latest Discovery Day, Apple Apprentice, kindly supported by Lloyds Bank. These include apple facts, things to make and do and the history of cider making. Cider might be different this year but it’s still happening and we hope it will be back to its usual busy and vibrant format next year. One thing that is certain is that after this year’s efforts by the cider makers, there will definitely be something to toast at La Faîs'sie d'Cidre 2021!



All Pa s Lead Home

WRITTEN BY LORRAINE PANNETIER, Intuitive writer and content creator at

BUT WHERE IS HOME? Is it the four walls within which we sleep each night, or is home a feeling deep within us all? As we navigate another month in a global pandemic, the notion of home has definitely shifted. Being in lockdown gave people the chance to appreciate their home in a new way - perhaps being thankful for a secure job that paid the bills, or feeling gratitude for the warmth and security of our surroundings amidst the chaos. For others, home provided a safe space to retreat from the madness, while for many millions of people around the world, their home became a prison: an isolated, lonely space devoid of social interaction, hugs and warmth. As we enter the last few months of 2020, it feels as if we’re waking up to a new reality, one that we feel in control of through our own thoughts and actions. There’s a sense of exhaustion with the media (and governments) pulling us down with an overbearing dark cloud of fear and scarcity. In response, as human beings, we’re trying to find new ways of living that bring forth that sense of home - safety, security and love - that we all crave on some primal level. More and more people are noticing the drain that mass consumption of the media is having on our energy - both physical and mental. While it’s important in many ways to keep up with world events, our constant connection to mobile devices means that we’re drip fed a constant stream of information that has an agenda of its own.

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In a ‘spiritual’ sense, we’re counteracting this low vibrational energy with a new high vibrational upgrade. COVID has propelled us forward in creativity and innovation, building new levels and webs of connection and community. And in many ways, this feels like we’re on our way home. Globally, over the last few decades, we have strayed so far from the true essentials of human life, with a world culture based on mass consumption that brought forth a level of disconnection and loneliness never seen before. So, this is our chance to come home. With home being a place within us all where we feel content, fulfilled and vibrant. A place where we feel safe and secure, loved and able to express ourselves fully. But how do we get there? There is no map or no GPS, just an internal navigation system that you have to build for yourself. Yes, you’ll find yourself lost and stuck in a dead end multiple times, but as the old saying goes: ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.’ Looking inwards and asking yourself questions such as these will help you to reconnect to your heart and soul; the true location of home and inner peace: What do I really need? What do I truly want? What lights me up? What makes me feel good?


Once you begin to live a life that stems from this inner peace, you become more resilient to the challenges the external world throws at you. As you start to radiate a new level of strength, happiness and love, you’ll spread that higher vibrational energy outwards and have a positive impact on family, friends, colleagues and community. It really is all about living your best life. And in Jersey, we truly are more blessed than many places around the world. We’re surrounded by the most beautiful scenery that encompasses sandy beaches and turquoise bays, rugged cliffs, forest walks and extreme tides that change the landscape from hour to hour. We have a close community, a healthy economy and a passion to innovate and grow. To find the inner peace that comes with feeling truly home, here are some of my favourite ways to regain the connection to your true self: Take a walk outside - feel the sand on your toes, the breeze in your face, the sunshine on your skin, the salt spray of the waves as they crash onto the sea wall. Pay close attention to nature - touch the leaves, run your fingers through the long grasses, look at the layers in the rocks, watch the activities of birds or insects. Find ways to bring stillness and calm into your life read a book, sit somewhere with a beautiful view, meditate, take up yoga or Pilates, get a relaxing massage or spend the day in a spa. Fill your life with people and activities that make you feel good. (And make good use of all the incredible resources online if we end up in another lockdown situation.) Nourish your body with healthy, home cooked food, enjoying plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit as well as whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. Drink more water. The more you fill your own cup first, the more ‘at home’ you’ll feel in yourself and will naturally create higher levels of happiness, resilience and inner strength that will ensure you are able to approach challenging situations with grace and ease. As a positive side effect, you’ll feel more joy, happiness and contentment that you’ll naturally want to share with others.

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My Lockdown Diary PART 1

By Marilyn Carré


Alastair and Zeby - morning Yoga session!

SATURDAY, 27TH MARCH 2020 We’ve been up since 5 am as we want to clean the house where we’ve been staying in Antigua for the last two months, from top to bottom so it will be nice and welcoming for our friends when they get back from Australia. It was supposed to be for three months but we have been told we have to go home early because of Covid19! Our friends very kindly let us stay in their amazing home in return for looking after their totally adorable little kitten called Zeby. How generous was that? It is for this reason we want to make sure we leave everything as we found it, with their bed made up ready for them to collapse into if needs be upon their return, and a few little surprise gifts darted around the place. My only sadness is that I haven’t managed to get a card to say thank you. I find myself praying with all my heart that they manage to get back home. They have to fly to the UK before returning to Antigua, and odds are against them making it home before lockdown.

SUNDAY, 28TH MARCH 2020 The journey back on BA was horrendous. All we were given to eat and drink on an 8-hour flight was a cheese sandwich (which was so disgusting it wasn’t even edible) and a very tiny bottle of water. We weren’t given breakfast this morning and when we touched down in Gatwick there was nowhere open to get provisions!

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Our connecting flight back to Jersey has been cancelled and there are no hotels open in Gatwick. We’ve managed to get booked on the last Jersey flight before lockdown which leaves early tmorrow morning, but it is freezing in the airport and we know we will have to sit in a chair all night or lay on the floor. It was only 3.30 am (Antiguan time) when we landed at Gatwick in other words, a full 28 hours before we can board our plane to Jersey! The air conditioning is on full blast to prevent people staying here we have concluded. We are cold, hungry and exhausted. We are hoping they hand out blankets and hot drinks (this didn’t materialise). People are lying on the floor mostly with their coats wrapped around them tightly for warmth and comfort. A French lady who must be in her mid-80's, has been waiting for a flight to Paris for, she claims, a week. Alastair and I wonder if it is an exaggeration. Two police officers have come and told the French lady to move on. It turns out this is her sixth night, they have said. She’s told us that she thinks she's contracted 'the virus' because the pain in her chest feels like someone had crushed her ribs; she feels exhausted and can’t stop coughing. I must admit, I backed off a few paces when she said that! The police seem to have escorted her out of the building. She said the flights to Paris were 'fini,' and she couldn’t afford the Eurostar. She said it would cost €170.00. Alastair and I are so


it is the only way they can afford to keep open. However, we are so cold and hungry I think we’d eat cat food and pay £40 each for the privilege!!

AN HOUR OR TWO LATER There is another couple from Jersey nearby and they are also shivering and phoning all round London for a bed without any joy whatsoever. The wife has said she is going to have one last try and has phoned a place called Alexander House which is in East Grinstead. To our absolute surprise and joy, they said that even though they are technically closed for all but essential workers, they will let us stay the night as long as we don’t leave our respective rooms. We got a taxi by some fluke (few taxis running) and the four of us took a long journey to what has turned out to be a very plush hotel. They said they have no chef on duty but they could probably manage omelette and chips or steak and chips. The food has arrived in our rooms along with a lovely bottle of red and they have given us permission to congregate in the one bedroom to eat if we want to, given we are traveling together and already shared a cab! This couple had travelled from Singapore and are friends of Alastair’s from long ago, when his children were at school with theirs. Needless to say, the food was like manna from heaven but equally, we enjoyed the warmth and the camaraderie!

Zeby the Cat shocked at seeing her driven out of the building like that. We wonder if it would've been good to buy a ticket between us for her. Unfortunately, we can’t find her again. We both felt so guilty for not making the offer there and then that we have been looking for her. In our defence, the police arrived within seconds of the conversation ending, so we were still trying to take in what she's said. Come to think of it, there are no ticket or information desks open anywhere anyway. Not even a left luggage place for our heavy suitcases. Oh, and the escalators and travellators have been shut down to save on some of the costs of keeping the airport open. After all that excitement (if you call it that) we have finally found an M&S open and selling hot chocolate and biscuits and we are told, later in the day there will be sandwiches. The price is outrageous because they said

The bed is really comfortable, but knowing we have to be up and dressed by 5 am means we probably won’t sleep much…but a million times better than if we’d stayed in Gatwick airport. I wonder what shenanigans tomorrow will bring. Night night. Marilyn xx & Alastair xx Read about the final leg home and the aftermath in next month’s edition of The Jerseylife…

Alastair and Marilyn at the airport, complete with masks!



Travelling rough Covid PART 2

Words and Images by Philippa Alexandre... After two weeks of isolation next to a lake in Spain we were starting to understand that this new 'coronavirus' might just last a little longer than we first anticipated. Thanks to friends in Spain we had found a new 'safe place' tucked away up in the mountains above Granada. A tiny studio flat consisting of two rooms: a bathroom (shower, sink & toilet) and a bedroom with a kitchen area (a fridge, worktop and 2 burner hob). It was a little claustrophobic at times but it was safe, with running water, a flushing toilet and intermittent electrical power provided by an array of solar panels. Although the inside area was small we also had sole use of a huge veranda overlooking the valleys and mountains of Monachil. Every morning we woke to a cacophony of sounds: the bells of the goats jingling as they made their way back up the mountain to graze, cockerels welcoming the new day and the neighbourhood dogs waking up the braying donkeys from the sanctuary next door. Theodore was fascinated by the nature all around him, perched on his window sill staring out at the birds coming and going back and forth from the trees surrounding our new elevated, off grid home. We had initially booked for just two weeks with our new landlord, José, but as quarantine and lockdown continued we kept having to extend our stay every two weeks until, in the end, we had been there for seven long weeks! Thankfully, there was lots to explore in the surrounding areas and due to the strict quarantine rules in Spain plus the extreme isolation of where we were staying, we were the only ones out hiking through the mountains. José looked after us well by letting us use his car to go to the supermarket to buy groceries (one of the few businesses allowed to open along with pharmacies and fuel stations) and as things began to open up again he even found a Chinese takeaway that was open for my birthday! We helped each other out with jobs and tasks that needed to be done, including building his giant above ground swimming pool over three scorching hot days in May.

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We celebrated Jersey's Liberation Day together with an afternoon tea in the sunshine on the vernanda. As usual, Theodore settled in brilliantly to his new surroundings. We gradually started to let him have a bit more freedom to come and go from the room onto the veranda, with supervision. There were already 4 cats and 2 new kittens at the property. All proper wild, farm cats, used to fighting for their territory. He got on well with most of the cats, even letting the female cat come into the room to share his food. All the cats except for Herman, the alpha male. Their momentary meetings had not been at all amicable which meant that we had to keep them separated at all times, acting as 'bouncers' on numerous occasions. We were loving our chilled out life in the mountains and it cemented our plans for our own off grid home in the future, but we needed to get moving again. We had been living out of the motorhome for 7 weeks now. We missed the freedom to move, to meet new people and to explore new places. We were so grateful to José for giving us a safe place to stay during such crazy times but it was time to start moving again, onto somewhere with friends where we knew we would be safe. Website: Facebook/Instagram @RVManVyi


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Easy upcycling ideas EVERYONE CAN DO AT HOME

Expert upcycler Max McMurdo tells Sam Wylie-Harris why savvy crafters will love beautifying these binned items... The upcycling message is practical, powerful and pretty clever. “I really believe that waste can be beautifully upcycled,” says Max McMurdo, eco-designer and TV presenter. “Just because an item can no longer fulfil its original purpose, doesn’t mean it can’t work really well as something else. “I started upcycling 18 years ago and people didn’t understand what I was doing, they thought I was a mad hippy!” Chatty and fun, McMurdo lives in a 40-foot upcycled shipping container, which he converted into a floating home – and admits it’s the most ambitious thing he’s ever upcycled. “It’s fantastic and I love it. I had the bright idea that if I’m telling people what to do, I must do it on the biggest scale of all and upcycle a home. My lampshades are old jelly moulds and my table’s a washing machine drum.”

If you take a look on Pinterest, it seems a lot of people stick to one material (which they’re comfortable with) when upcycling. But for McMurdo, successful product design and upcycling is all about mixing materials, like wood and glass or metal and leather. “So with something like a wash drum table, I put a light bulb inside that streams out of the holes, with a piece of glass on top.” Working with reclaimed materials takes creativity and a little bit of effort. But as McMurdo points out, just because you’re upcyling, doesn’t mean it should be any less beautiful in terms of design and aesthetic. “You’ll be amazed how many things you can reuse in a really cool way!” McMurdo has partnered with Heinz for their ‘Handmade with Heinz’ campaign, which aims to inspire people to upcycle household items and waste – like used tins, for example.

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Wondering where to start? Here’s how to get a foot on the crafting ladder… UPCYCLE OLD PALLETS INTO COOL GARDEN FURNITURE You’ll need: Some used wood pallets, castor wheels (available in sets of four), selection of ready-made cushions. Steps: Pick up some free wood pallets from a local shop, farm or industrial estate – don’t be afraid to ask! Screw castor wheels to each corner of the bottoms of the pallets to make them manoeuvrable (they come with holes and are easy to affix). Double stack the pallets for the right height. Sand the pallets down lightly to avoid splinters, then wax to seal and make them weather resistant. Add some cushions. Top Tip: Amazon sells Cuprnol Garden Furniture Stain Exterior Wood Care, priced £15, to seal your pallets from bad weather and keep them looking nicer for longer. UPCYCLE A WOODEN LADDER INTO A COOL SHELF You’ll need: An old wooden ladder, some knick-knacks and anything you want to hang on it. Steps: Find an old wood ladder – the more paint spattered the better. If you don’t have one, ask neighbours and friends. Prop it securely against a wall and use as a quirky shelf. You can hang it with anything you like, including clip-on lights or fairy lights. This also works as a towel rack in bathrooms. Top Tip: This one works especially well for rental properties, as you don’t need to attach anything to walls.

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UPCYCLE SOME OLD BOOKS INTO A KNIFE BLOCK You’ll need: 4-5 old books (buy these from a charity shop if you don’t have any at home), strong string. Steps: Prop your old books upright, next to each other. Wind an old piece of strong string around the books a couple of times and tie it tightly. Pop your knives in it and place on your kitchen top. Top Tip: You can also create some great artwork with old books, by folding the pages into a certain pattern, or into words like ‘love’ and ‘home’. For more information on the #handmadewithheinz campaign, check out Heinz UK and Max McMurdo on Instagram.

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Brave Ground


Dulux’s top hue for 2021 is warm, comforting and channel’s the charms of nature – just what we need. Gabrielle Fagan finds out how to use it.... This has been a troubled year beset by uncertainty and change, so perhaps it’s no surprise Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2021 is a warm, comforting clay brown. The brand has selected ‘Brave Ground’ (its name makes it sound more punchy than it looks) as 2021’s key hue – but while it may seem a safe choice, its beauty and appeal lies in the fact that, rather like a chameleon, this is a colour that can adapt to many different settings and palettes and allow them all to shine. “It’s not a shade that has to hit you between the eyes, rather it’s got this deep, soft, chocolatey feel,” enthuses Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux UK. “I think of it as a colour that almost puts an arm around your shoulder and comforts and reassures.” The panel of experts who picked Brave Ground believe it “will enable people to draw upon the strength of nature, to help them find the courage to embrace the future”.

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Certainly, it’s a world away from 2020’s soft green Tranquil Dawn, but it is in line with the growing trend for turning away from cooler tones and greys, and back to more nurturing, subtle tones that conjure cosseting, nurturing spaces. WHAT IS BRAVE GROUND ABOUT? “Brave Ground is a warm, organic, versatile neutral that I’d describe as the ‘Mother Earth’ of colours,” says Shillingford. “It won’t step into the limelight because it’s the perfect ‘support act’. Instead of overpowering, it works with different palettes by holding everything together and letting other colours shine.


“Brave Ground is earthy and empowering, it evokes stability, growth, and will help create peaceful spaces where we feel anchored and grounded,” Shillingford adds. WHY DID YOU DECIDE ON BRAVE GROUND? “The colours on our walls are the backdrop to how we live our life. For many of us, lockdown has served to emphasise how important our home environment has become,” explains Shillingford, who says the shade was chosen before the coronavirus pandemic, but didn’t change as a result of it. “It’s been the place where we work, learn, relax. It can lift us up, nurture us, comfort us. “We continue to live through uncertain times. In 2021, the warm and grounding tones of Brave Ground will allow us to find certainty in the strength from the very ground beneath our feet, emboldening us to go forward and begin to live again, and giving us the flex to adapt to the ever changing circumstances we face.” Ready to step forward onto a new decor path? Here, Shillingford shows four ways to work Brave Ground into your home and transform your rooms for 2021… 1. EARTH PALETTE “These authentic grounding colours echo the tones of the land, sea and sky, so it’s a combination of the earthy neutral and very pale, calming blues, and deep impactful blues. “Here, Brave Ground acts an accent colour, working with all the blues. One combination is to have Brave Ground on walls and a pale blue on the ceiling, which could lift and transform a room. Alternatively, pick blues for accessories, while leaving the rest of the room neutral.” Who will it suit? “Those who long to connect with nature and the outside world and bring it into their home. Those who want smaller spaces to appear larger could use blue and green, which are receding colours that visually appear to be farther away from us than other colours lying on the same level.”

Who will it suit? “People who want to say, ‘This is me, this is who I am’, and create individual spaces, which demonstrate their self-expression and creativity. “You can go full-on maximalist or simply experiment with injections of pink, just as you’d lift a neutral outfit with punch-pink lipstick, shoes or a handbag. I’ve used this palette for my office and it’s ideal for a setting where you want to express yourself and reflect who you are.” Where to use it: Personal spaces – a bedroom, office or creative space.

Where to use it: Living rooms, studies and home offices, and for creating the atmosphere of an outdoor room. 2. EXPRESSIVE PALETTE “This is a fantastic combination of gorgeous, sexy hot-pinks, soft, delicate petal-pinks and reds. Together, or individually, they’ll add an energy shot of colour, which is unashamedly self-indulgent and joyful. “Here, Brave Ground acts like a mother or a grown-up you’ve invited on your hen party; she keeps things from getting really carried away, and grounds the whole in a beautiful subtle way.”



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Rather than viewing autumn as a time of year when we lose those aspects of summer most valued, we believe that, like each change of season, the move into autumn brings many opportunities and inspiration for the home. Warm colours, tactile fabrics and cosy lighting, are features this time of year bring to mind. Whether it’s a permanent change or a matter of seasonal rotation, there is a plethora of gorgeous colours, soft furnishings, lighting ideas and accessories to choose from. COLOURS There seems to be no boundaries when it comes to colour. The neutral pantones, grey and taupe, continue to feature either as a calm background for vibrant accessories and soft furnishings or as a key feature of the ever popular Scandi style.

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The most exciting trend is the emergence of colour confidence; warm hues, bold and exotic colours, including metallics, feature heavily in this season’s wallpapers, paints, fabrics and accessories. The concept of key colours is negated by the diversity, however there is some dominance in the wonderfully rich visceral tones of deep blue, blue-green, ochre and blush. Their intensity is being used to create warmth and atmosphere. SOFT FURNISHINGS Throws, cushions and rugs, are pivotal tactile features for this season, providing warmth, colour, texture and dimension. They provide the most possibilities for immediate enhancement of a room, whether it be for the purpose of seasonal change, or where there is a need to lift or amend the styling of a room, without the expense of refurnishing. There are wonderfully


luxurious feeling soft furnishings, that will synergise with the mood of the season. Velvet features highly, together with natural wools and ethically sourced sheepskins and hides. Sheepskin is leading the way in terms of versatility, as it sits well as a rug, seat or bench covering and as a decorative feature. Image credit: Nkuku

LIGHTING Good lighting is a key styling aspect in any season but as the days shorten the need to illuminate increases. Lighting schemes need careful planning and should be specific to the purpose of each room. Occasional lamps and lights provide an instant boost to a room’s ambience and add an extra layer of light, cosiness and warmth. Soft gold is an emerging concept which is a stylish compromise to the brighter brass and gilded light features; it pairs well with neutral colour and bold palettes. Lampshades dare we say fringed, in beautiful vibrant colours are bringing a decadent vibe to lighting. In contrast there are well-crafted wicker shades which sit well with a Scandi or ethnic theme, particularly coupled with pure wools, natural woods and sheepskins. We would be remiss not to mention candles, used for light, atmosphere, mood and scent in any room; their holders can be used as a decorative feature too. ACCESSORIES Even a minimalist accessorises their home to some degree! Whichever school of thought you belong to there is huge range of home accessories available at all price points. For this season we are focusing on: Greenery, bring it inside: living walls are a key trend and a wonderful concept, but if the more conventional indoor plants and flowers are more your style they are an excellent way of

adding dimension and can have health and wellbeing benefits, as well as enhancing the aesthetics of any room. For those who are not green fingered there are a great selection of faux plants available. The dressing of a room with plants is not just reserved for tables, the resurgence of macramé has inspired the hanging of plants in baskets, crates and glass planters, to name a few. A favourite is the use of ladders, branches or wooden poles to hang the planters from, or alternatively these items can be dressed directly with a trailing or hanging plant. Mirrors: they enhance the light in a room and provide prominent decorative and stylistic features. Every room can host a mirror, making it an easy addition or change to a room. Styling with round and oval mirrors continues to be popular. Vintage, unusual and whimsical: given the vast array of home styling items that are available, we like to mix things to create a personalized mood evocative of the season. Reproduction stag, antelope and bear heads are much sought after at this time of year. Seasonal decorations and scents: are an affordable and easy way of bringing the season into the home, whether it is flowers, a branch of autumnal leaves or other natural items used as table and fireplace decorations. Enjoy the renewal of energy created by a new season… For further information on any of the above pop into Painted Beautiful in the Central Market or contact Carrie or Katya on e-mail: Facebook: Painted Beautiful Phone: 07797 816443



3 Stylish home decor trends for Autumn

By Gabrielle Fagan

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Designers have revealed their new decor schemes for autumn and winter. Gabrielle Fagan selects her three favourites. Autumn is the time of year when nature changes it's colours, and thanks to the new home collections, it's easy to ring the changes indoors too. Choose from sumptuous florals, a cool Nordic theme that celebrates easy, stylish comfort, or full-fat maximalism, with its emphasis on luxury and individuality. Be inspired - whether it's a total revamp or just a refresh with a few new accessories - so that your rooms are fashionably kitted out for the seasons to come...

MAKE MAGIC WITH MOODY BLOOMS "Escape the everyday and saturate your home with glorious jewel tones this autumn. There are so many ways to use them - in Oriental, deco, and bold floral prints - I love that it all feels a bit fantasy," enthuses Lois Vincent, home designer at House of Fraser. "You can up the glamour quota by mixing in a few gilded accessories; after all, who doesn't need a flamingo candlestick in their life?" DECOR TIP: Rich plum and berry shades are the perfect autumnal palette for a cosy feel. If you don't want to go full-on floral, choose dusky pink and warm neutrals for a backdrop and then layer up with petal-rich accessories, from throws to bed linen.

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"Simple, minimal and layered - soft crafted neutrals and materials are set against stripped back rustic woods for this calm, tranquil look," says Karen Thomas, head of design for Home at Marks & Spencer.

"We expect maximalism to be one of the breakthrough looks for autumn and winter, and we're already seeing people investing in bold, bright pieces for their homes," says Fionnuala Johnston, senior designer at John Lewis.

"This palette of 'Calming Neutrals' is inspired by the change in seasons, and evokes a restful and relaxing feel for the home. As we move into autumn, we celebrate the urge to nest and stay indoors.

"Maximalism is not necessarily about overcrowding a space, but choosing to be bold by showcasing your own unique style in a creative way.

"Layer soft knits and textures for a casual lived-in feel, and use clean lines and smooth surfaces of cool marble and craft glazes to accessorise your living space." DECOR TIP: If you're reworking your entire living space, keep to a palette of pale grey, wood and white for walls, floor and furniture. Declutter to create a pared-back base, and if you want to warm the scheme, add accents of yellow or green in accessories or plants.

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"Carefully considered mixing and matching of colours, prints and textures is key to achieving the look, and it's the perfect opportunity to layer designs and blend references. "A good example would be combining a contemporary drinks trolley with tropical, vintage wallpaper, for a refined glamour that celebrates old and new style." DECOR TIP: Floor-to-ceiling curtains and reflective surfaces, such as mirrored glass and metalllics, contribute to the luxe look and create an atmosphere of elegance. A successful home will reflect your personality and taste and contain pieces that make you smile - don't be afraid to experiment.

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It’s all about encouraging positive energy flow. By Prudence Wade...

Regardless of whether you’re back to school or not, this is a good time of year to stop, take stock and make some positive changes. For Gen Z in particular, there’s been an increased focus on making bedrooms a calm and soothing space. Pinterest has found the age group (born between the mid-Nineties and early 2010s) is looking for serenity, with searches for ‘Zen bedroom ideas’ up five times on average, and ‘feng shui bedroom layout’ up two and a half times. Thinking about how to bring this feeling of calmness into your home as a whole? The Chinese practice of feng shui could help. “Translated as ‘wind-water’ in English, feng shui practises the belief that by bringing positive energy into the home, good health, wealth and luck are set to follow,” explains Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor at Here are Snowden’s top tips for welcoming positive energy into your home… DECLUTTER Many of us see September as a second new year, meaning it’s the ideal time to declutter. “A neat home works wonders for our

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mental clarity and overall health,” explains Snowden. “In feng shui, each space is connected to each other and allows positive energy to flow throughout the house. Add a decorative mirror to the living room to make the space feel larger, and multiply the positive energy flow. Meanwhile, closets or drawers overloaded with old items block the chi (energy) so it’s best to discard any clutter.” BALANCE YIN AND YANG Snowden recommends incorporating yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) elements into your decor. “Apply this concept by mixing different shapes together,” she says. “For example, contrast the sharp edges of wall hangings with the soft


curves of a sofa or mirror in the living room. This will balance out the room and give it a more relaxing feel.” BRING CALM INTO YOUR BEDROOM It’s no surprise Gen Z are keen to feng shui their bedrooms: after all, getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to overall wellbeing, and the right environment can play a big part. To boost feelings of calm and relaxation particularly in your bedroom, Snowden has two top tips: first, get rid of mirrors to help avoid an energy overload. And second, make the bed the central focus. “In feng shui, this symbolises a commanding position that allows you to take charge and handle life’s many challenges,” says Snowden. “The bed is best positioned diagonally away from your door as you will still be able to see it clearly, while not being in a direct line to it. “Placing your bed against the wall will also give you a sense of security and ground you when you sleep. And for extra strength and stability, a bed with a headboard will represent this, with its solid support and build.” If you have a home office, apply the same logic to your desk to bring the focus onto productivity. FRESHEN UP THE PLACE WITH PLANTS Snowden says plants can “bring positive energy” into a room, adding: “In feng shui, they are commonly associated as a life force and bring in growth, prosperity and luck. Common indoor plants said to attract these good elements include pothos, lucky bamboo and peace lily.”

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Houseplants looking tired? THEY MAY NEED REPOTTING…

Houseplant expert Claire Bishop offers a step-by-step guide on how to boost your houseplants by repotting them. By Hannah Stephenson... As summer fades to autumn, you may be wanting to green up your inside space – and you can start by repotting your houseplants to give them a boost before the cooler weather sets in. Claire Bishop, houseplant buyer for Dobbies Garden Centres (, who is championing the #KeepBritainGrowing campaign by the Horticultural Trades Association, says all your indoor plants will need regular repotting. “Whether you have an air purifying sansevieria on your bedside table, or your own indoor jungle with plants trailing over shelves and bold leafy greens taking pride of place in every room, even the lowest maintenance plants require a repot – either annually or at least every two years – to keep them looking their best for years to come,” she explains. 32 |

Here she answers all our questions about repotting. HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR HOUSEPLANT NEEDS REPOTTING? “If the plant simply looks like it is too big for its pot, it may be time,” Bishop explains. “As a general rule of thumb, it is best to gradually increase pot sizes, so doing this as an annual job will encourage steady growth.”


Other telltale signs are when the roots are growing out of the drainage holes, water is sitting on the top and not absorbing, the soil is dried out or looks like it is disintegrating, or simply that it has been years since you repotted it. So, how do you repot a plant? Bishop offers the following step-by-step guide: 1. REMOVE PLANT FROM CURRENT POT Turn your new plant sideways, hold it gently by the stems or leaves, and tap the bottom of its current pot until the plant slides out. You might need to give it a bit of help with a couple of gentle tugs on the base of the stems. 2. LOOSEN THE ROOTS Loosen the plant’s roots gently with your hands. You can prune off any threadlike roots that are extralong, just make sure to leave the thicker roots at the base of the foliage. If your plant is root bound – the roots are growing in very tight circles around the base of the plant – unbind the roots as best you can and give them a trim. For plants that are rootbound, make sure the new container is roughly 2 to 4 inches bigger in diameter, so it has space for new root growth. 3. REMOVE OLD POTTING MIX Remove about one third or more of the potting mix surrounding the plant. As it grew, your plant removed some of the nutrients in the current mix, so you will want to give it fresh mix if you are potting it anyway. 4. ADD NEW POTTING MIX Pour a layer of fresh potting soil into the new planter and pack it down, removing any air pockets. If your new planter doesn’t have a drainage hole, layer the bottom grit or similar drainage material before adding the potting mix. The goal is to create crevices for the extra water to pool into, away from your plant’s roots. 5. CAREFULLY REPLACE THE PLANT Set the plant that you removed from the pot on top of the fresh layer of mix in the new planter, making sure it’s sitting in the centre, then add potting mix around the plant until it is secure. Be sure not to pack too much soil into the planter, as you want the roots to be able to breathe.

6. WATER AND ENJOY Even out the potting soil on top, water well, and enjoy watching your houseplant grow and thrive in its roomier container. Are all houseplants easy to repot? “There aren’t any plants that are difficult to repot other than cacti but that’s mainly due to the spines, so wear thick gloves when repotting them,” Bishop advises. Plants which are easy to repot include the peace lily (spathiphyllum), cheese plant (monstera), prayer plant (calathea) and snake plant (sansevieria). How can I prevent transplant shock when I repot? Plants can suffer from transplant shock after repotting which can kill the plant, but there are ways to deal with this, Bishop says. Firstly, make sure the new pot has sufficient drainage holes, then place the plant in exactly the same spot it used to inhabit, so that it gets the same temperature and light conditions it had before. Give the plant a dose of water-soluble, all-purpose plant food and nip off all dead leaves and stem ends to make room for new parts to grow.



10 EASY WAYS TO GET RID OF PET HAIR IN YOUR HOME Having a dog or cat often means lots of their hair all over your floors and furniture. Lisa Salmon suggests 10 quick ways to remove it... We love our pets – but we definitely don’t love the hair they shed all over the house. Some dogs and cats seem to leave more hair on the floor and furniture than they actually keep on their bodies, and it can be a real challenge to get rid of it and keep the house clean. But there are plenty of tricks you can use to make sure you don’t have a hairy house. Engi Bally, marketing manager at domestic cleaning company Molly Maid (, says: “A lot of our customers have pets, so we’re very accustomed to having to get rid of the hairs they shed. For floors you can just use a vacuum – make sure it has a pet head attachment though – but furniture is the tricky bit. You have a few options to get it off – a lint brush, sticky tape, or a damp microfibre cloth works a treat.” Here are 10 tips to make sure pet hair isn’t a problem in your home… 1. BRUSH YOUR PETS REGULARLY You can’t stop dogs and cats shedding hair, but you can reduce the amount they lose by grooming them regularly, throwing the often huge balls of hair away, or grooming them outside.

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Chances are your dog or cat will love the attention, although some more grumpy pets might have to be chased around the house before you can pin them down for a good brushing. 2. BE SAVVY WITH YOUR SURFACES You’re not going to be able to change all your flooring and furniture to pet hair resistant types, but if you’re planning a new floor or piece of furniture, opt for hard flooring such as wood or vinyl, and leather furniture that’s wipe-clean. And don’t forget your bedding, because while your pets might not be allowed on your bed, most of them will climb up whenever they get the chance. Pet hair will cling to woollen bed throws, so opt for shiny synthetic materials where possible. It might also be worth investing in some anti-static spray, which costs around £6-£7, and helps stop hairs sticking to fabric.


Or make your own, by mixing water with a little fabric conditioner, then just give fabric a quick spritz and wipe it off. 3. UTILISE RUBBER GLOVES Rubber gloves don’t just protect your hands while cleaning, they’re great at getting rid of pet hairs too. All you do is pop on the gloves, wet them and wipe them over fabric, cleverly lifting the hairs. “Our best kept secret is to take a rubber glove and press on surfaces like sofas or any fabric, and that allows the hair to ball up,” says Bally. “What’s good about it is that it works for both cat and dog hair, short and long. Once it’s balled up, you can just wipe the rest of the surface clean.” 4. COVER UP PROBLEM SPOTS If your dog or cat has a favourite spot they sit or lie on, cover it with a blanket that can be washed regularly. 5. APPLY STICKY TAPE Wind sticky tape round your hand, sticky side up, and brush it against furniture fabric or clothes – pet hair will stick to it straightaway.

8. USE THE WASHING MACHINE Wash pet beds and blankets regularly in the washing machine, shaking them outside before you bring them in. Adding half a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle can help detach the unwanted hairs from the fabric, but be sure to get rid of any hairs left in the drum afterwards. 9. MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TUMBLE DRYER A few minutes in the dryer on the cool setting can also help loosen pet hairs. A fabric softener sheet in there with them will do an even better job, and you can then just dispose of them by emptying the machine’s filter. 10. VACUUM Vacuuming will get rid of a lot of pet hairs on the floor and upholstery (make sure you use the upholstery attachment). There are plenty of special pet hair vacuums on the market, but whether you have one of those or a standard vacuum cleaner, be sure to empty it regularly as pet hairs will block it easily.

6. TRY A DAMP CLOTH OR FABRIC SOFTENER SHEET A simple damp cloth will get rid of a lot of pet hairs – microfibre cloths or sponges work particularly well. Similarly, a damp mop will pick up pet hairs on the floor. Another trick is using a slightly damp fabric softener sheet that you’d normally pop in your dryer – they’re great for picking pet hairs up. 7. OPT FOR A LINT ROLLER You may already have invested in a few lint rollers – they cost anything from around £1.50 each – to get pet hair off your clothes, so just roll them across your furniture fabric to pick up the hairs there too.



Recipes for Autumn ASPARAGUS CHICKEN AND SPINACH ORZO Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes You’ll need: 4 tsp olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 chicken breasts, chopped into bite sized pieces 2 banana shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 200g orzo 100ml chicken stock 1 bunch asparagus, washed and trimmed and cut into pieces Zest and juice of a lemon 115g bag baby spinach 3 tbsp grated parmesan plus extra for serving What to do: Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Season the chicken and add to the pan, frying until golden all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and set to one side. Add another 2 tsp olive oil to the pan and sauté the shallots and garlic for a couple of minutes, until starting to soften. Add the orzo, give it a good stir and then add the stock. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for five minutes. Add the asparagus, put the lid back on and simmer for another five minutes. Add the lemon juice and zest, cooked chicken and the spinach and cook for a further few minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the spinach is just wilted. Credit:

BRAZILIAN PRAWN AND CELERY STEW Serves: 2 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes You’ll need: 1tbsp olive oil 3 sticks of celery, finely sliced 1 green pepper, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 green chilli, deseeded and sliced ½ tsp cayenne pepper 2 large tomatoes, skinned & chopped 6 spring onions, chopped into 2cm chunks 400ml coconut milk 150ml vegetable stock 150g raw king prawns Small bunch coriander 1 lemon What to do: In a large saucepan heat the oil over a medium heat and gently cook the celery and pepper for 4-5 minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally, until it starts to soften. Add the garlic, chilli and cayenne and stir. After a minute stir in the tomatoes and spring onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes then add the coconut milk and stock. Bring to the boil. Add the prawns and season. Simmer gently for 5-6 mins until the prawns are cooked. Check the seasoning then divide the stew between two bowls and top with coriander and a squeeze of lemon. Serve with rice or a chunk of bread. Credit:

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CHANTENAY TOAD IN THE HOLE Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus 30 minutes resting Cooking time: 20 minutes You’ll need: For the batter: 125g plain flour 3 medium eggs 150ml milk 150ml water 2tsp dried herbs 1tsp salt 3 tbsp olive oil 250g Chantenay, whole & unpeeled 8 fat sausages What to do: Make the batter by adding all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth. The batter should be the consistency of single cream. Leave to rest for 30 minutes.

When the oven is hot add the oil to a large roasting tin and put it in the oven to heat for 5 minutes. It is important that the tin is large as the batter will rise better if it has plenty of room to grow. When the oil is really hot add the Chantenay and the sausages and roast for 10 minutes. Take the tin out of the oven and gently pour the batter around the Chantenay and sausages, you may find this easier if you transfer the batter to a jug that pours reliably. The secret to a good toad in the hole is keeping everything really hot so get the pan back into the oven as quickly as possible. After 20-25 minutes the batter should be beautifully puffed up and golden brown. Serve immediately with plenty of buttered cabbage. For an even quicker batter just buy one off the shelf and make according to pack instructions. Credit: continues overleaf...

Whilst the batter is resting, preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan, gas 7.



PAYSAN BRETON CHEAT’S CARBONARA WITH PANCETTA AND MUSHROOMS Serves: 4 Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes You’ll need: 250g spaghetti 100g cubed pancetta 6 mushrooms, sliced A small handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 carton Paysan Breton Cream Cheese with Sea Salt (at room temperature) Salt, pepper and grated Parmesan to serve What to do: Cook the spaghetti in boiling water as per the pack instructions. Meanwhile, cook the pancetta in a large frying pan and once it is crispy, set to one side. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until golden, you may need to add a splash of oil or a little butter if your pan seems dry. Put the pancetta back into the pan and add the cream cheese over a low heat and let it melt. Drain the pasta, reserving half a mug of cooking water. Add the spaghetti to the pan with the chopped parsley and some black pepper. Stir everything together gently and add the reserved cooking water a little at a time to achieve a silky sauce. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan. Credit: Paysan Breton UK

ZESPRI SUNGOLD BANANA BREAD Serves: Makes 1 loaf tin Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 35-40 minutes Difficulty: Easy You’ll need: 2 SunGold kiwis 2 medium very ripe bananas 110g butter, softened 170g caster sugar 2 large eggs 225g self-raising flour Chocolate, roughly chopped (optional) 1 tablespoon demerara sugar What to do: Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line a loaf tin. Peel one of the SunGold kiwis and mash in a bowl along with the two bananas and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. One by one, carefully mix in each egg, stirring well to make sure it is well incorporated. Mix in the flour until stirred through. If using, here is where you would add your chunks of chocolate. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle over the demerara sugar. Slice the remaining SunGold kiwi and arrange across the top of the cake. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until cooked through and golden. Credit: Zespri SunGold Kiwi -

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Breakfast: Is it the most

important meal of the day? Nutrition experts discuss the benefits of breakfast, explaining that while it can be full of nutrients, the jury’s out on if it aids weight control. By Lisa Salmon... We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – but is it really? Eating a good breakfast, we are often told, boosts your brain power – and a 2016 US review of 54 studies indeed found that eating breakfast has a “small but robust advantage for memory”. But the effects on other brain functions, including your ability to pay attention, were found to be “largely equivocal” in that review and further research was said to be needed. But what we do know for sure is that we all need nutrients to keep us healthy, and breakfast is a great way to get goodness inside you. A new study by Whole Earth ( found a third of adults have one of their five-a-day every day for breakfast, and nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed says: “Starting the day with a varied breakfast can help ensure you kick off your morning with a good dose of the energy and nutrients you need throughout the day. 40 |


“Additionally – depending on what breakfast you choose – you can also use breakfast to tick off some of those all-important food groups you need every day, such as wholegrains, proteins, fruit and veg and dairy or alternatives.”

WHAT COUNTS AS A HEALTHY BREAKFAST? A healthy breakfast contains essential nutrients, fibre and at least one portion of fruit or vegetables, and should be low in free sugars and saturated fat, says Gibson-Moore.

Helena Gibson-Moore, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation (, adds: “The first meal of the day is a good opportunity to get essential nutrients needed for good health.

She suggests trying: wholegrain toast with peanut butter and sliced banana; high fibre, unsweetened breakfast cereal with semi-skimmed milk topped with dried fruit; baked beans on wholemeal toast with grilled tomatoes; poached eggs on wholegrain English muffin with mushrooms or avocado; porridge topped with pumpkin seeds and chopped fruit or overnight oats (oats, yoghurt and fresh/canned or dried fruit, layered and left overnight).

“For example, in the UK on average we don’t eat enough fibre and so popular choices like toast from wholegrain breads with nut butter or baked beans, wholegrain breakfast cereals and fruit, can help us increase our fibre intake.” Here, the nutrition experts answer all our health-related questions about breakfast. WILL EATING BREAKFAST MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO MY WEIGHT? The evidence on whether having breakfast or not is associated with weight control is inconsistent, explains Gibson-Moore. “Some research suggests people who regularly have breakfast are more likely to be a healthier weight, but many of these studies are observational, so don’t show a direct cause and effect,” she says. “It may be that these people have healthier lifestyles overall and tend to make healthier food choices. “Interestingly, a recent review of trials looking at the effect of breakfast on weight or energy intake found the addition of breakfast doesn’t have a clear effect on weight loss and may result in higher overall energy intake. However, the authors say these findings were based on low-quality research so we can’t say for sure if this is the case.” ARE THERE OTHER POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF EATING BREAKFAST? It’s thought that the Circadian rhythm (body clock) influences metabolism and energy expenditure, and Gibson-Moore says: “There’s some evidence that our circadian rhythms play a role in regulating the timing of key metabolic processes, including glucose control, energy expenditure and digestive processes.

IS A TRADITIONAL COOKED BREAKFAST UNHEALTHY? If you like a cooked breakfast occasionally then they can be a healthy option, says Gibson-Moore. For example, choose from wholemeal toast, poached or scrambled eggs, one slice of grilled bacon, canned tomatoes and reduced sugar and salt baked beans. And if you’re trying to lose weight, use small amounts of unsaturated fats like olive or rapeseed oil in a spray. WHAT IF YOU SIMPLY DON’T FEEL LIKE EATING IN THE MORNING? A recent survey of 2,000 adults by Fuel10k found the most common reason to skip breakfast was not being hungry in the morning (55%), followed by feeling it’s too early to eat (37%), and not having enough time (13%). And one in 10 would rather spend more time in bed. “If you’re not hungry first thing in the morning or are pushed for time, then grab a piece of fruit or take your porridge with you, so you can eat it on the go, or have cereal at your desk,” suggests Gibson-Moore. “If you do skip breakfast then try and have a healthy, balance of foods for the rest of the day. Don’t be tempted by snacks or bars that are high in added sugars and saturated fat that may be quick and easy to reach for.”

“Many of these rhythms peak in the morning, indicating the body may be better adapted to digesting and metabolising food earlier in the day.” WHAT’S A TYPICAL BREAKFAST? The Whole Earth survey found the average adult’s weekday breakfast includes a non-sugar coated cereal like puffed rice, semi-skimmed milk, white bread toast, butter, jam, water, and banana. Such a breakfast contains 13g of sugar, which accounts for 43% of an adult’s daily guideline allowance of sugar. Stirling-Reed says: “I’m a fan of trying to change up your breakfasts as much as possible to keep it varied and avoid getting bored of the same option each day. Breakfast should be enjoyable, especially if you can make the most of it and sit down to eat as a family. Some of my favourite options include overnight oats, toast and pancakes. Why not try adding fruit, peanut butter and yoghurt for flavour instead of jams, sugar and chocolate spreads?”



A NUTRITIONIST REVEALS 5 TOP FOODIE TIPS FOR CLEAR AND BEAUTIFUL SKIN Want to eat your way to a youthful glow? Nutritionist Jenna Hope recommends some key foods for boosting skin brightness. By Liz Connor... From acids and retinols to masks and moisturisers, we spend a lot of time and money thinking about what we put on our skin. But the secret to having a better complexion might be simpler than you think. ‘You are what you eat’ might sound like something of a cliche, but nutritionist Jenna Hope ( says that what we put on our plate can make or break a youthful glow. Here, she shares her top foods for enhancing your skin from the inside out. 1. LOAD UP ON FISH Salmon is famously known for being an omega-3 powerhouse. “Salmon contains DHA, a type of omega-3 that plays an important role in keeping our skin cells soft and supple,” says Hope. “What’s more, the EPA found in salmon (which is another type of omega-3) helps to ensure our skin stays hydrated through a regular production of moisture. It also contributes to the release of the sleep hormone melatonin, helping us to get a better night’s rest – an essential component of skin regeneration.”

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2. EAT YOUR AVOCADOS Avocados aren’t just trendy and delicious, they’re also great for getting some essential skin nutrients. “Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which are important for supporting the structure of your skin cells,” explains Hope.

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“Plus, they’re also high in vitamin C, a key nutrient to help the production of collagen – the protein in our skin which leaves it looking plump and supple.”

5. DRIZZLE ON THE EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL “Please don’t fear fats,” assures Hope. Olive oil, in particular, is loaded with healthy fats in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids, which she explains are great for combating dull skin. “Healthy fats can help to reduce inflammation in the skin and provide you with the tools to create strong cell membranes,” says Hope. She suggests switching your salad dressing for olive oil and lemon, which can cut down your sugar intake and contribute to a healthy glow at the same time.

2. SNACK ON ALMONDS Rather than reaching for sweets and chocolate, a desk-side stash of nuts can help to keep breakouts at bay. “Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which helps to remove free radicals,” says Hope. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can cause damage to cells and can lead to ageing. She adds: “Vitamin E also helps to reduce inflammation in the body, which can leave your skin clear and glowing.” 4. SWITCH TO SWEET POTATO Starchy sweet potatoes are a rich source of dietary fibre as well as containing an array of vitamins and minerals. Hope explains that they’re particularly rich in biotin, which is otherwise known as vitamin B7. “Biotin is required to help breakdown the fats within the skin to support healthy skin cells,” she says. “Sweet potatoes also contain vitamin A, another antioxidant which works together with vitamin E to fight off those pesky free radicals.”

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BE A POSITIVE BODY IMAGE ROLE MODEL Rocking a positive body image is much more than just how you look! Positive body image entails appreciating, loving and nurturing the body regardless of its consistency with media appearance ideals. Having a positive body image will help you feel happy and will allow those closest around you to ditch their own insecurities too! Retrain yourself to love your body with our 10 steps to better body confidence today! 1. BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND When your inner voice starts to throw some negativity towards how you look, stop and ask yourself, would you speak to your best friend like that? The answer is NO! So, be your own best friend and show yourself some love. 2. TWO POSITIVES BANISH A NEGATIVE Have you ever stopped to think about how many negative feelings pass through your body daily versus those powerful positive thoughts? Try matching one negative personal judgement with two power-boosting positives, this will help you establish a new pattern and ditch the body-shaming habit! 3. STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALES We’ve said this before, but let us remind you that you do not need to judge your body by what you weigh. Throw away the bathroom scales and choose to feel great in your own skin through eating healthily and taking regular exercise.

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4. EXPRESS YOURSELF It can be really easy to get stuck in a rut with your own individual style. Try giving yourself a mini style makeover. Upgrade your boyfriend jeans to a cute dress; your usual sportswear to a smart shirt… it might be just the pick-me-up you need. 5. BE ACCEPTING It is okay to be confident in how you look, it isn’t self-importance; by giving yourself permission to like your body, you are allowing yourself to radiate confidence which will make you feel much better about yourself every day. 6. EVERYONE IS WORTHY Every person is a unique blend of experiences, feelings, thoughts and stories that you wouldn’t possibly know simply by looking at them. By respecting everyone in a non-judgemental way, it allows you to appreciate and celebrate your own strengths and talents! 7. YOGA; RENEW YOUR BODY AND MIND An American study found that practising yoga was associated with higher levels of body satisfaction in a general population of young adults. Daily yoga allows you to become more aware of your strength and flexibility and helps you tap into your body and mind to develop an inner awareness and body appreciation. 8. DITCH THE COMFORT EATING Comfort eating is high on the list as causing excessive weight gain which leads to poor body image. Rather than eating when you are hungry, you eat, for example, when you feel sad, lonely or bored. Emotional eating is a learnt behaviour; you’ve learnt it so you can unlearn it, too. Replace those old habits with something that has a positive effect on your body like exercise or relaxation or find a new hobby you enjoy! Check out our blog The Science of Happiness to improve your mind-set and day-to-day habits to enhance your mood and avoid using food to cheer you up.

10. FAST FORWARD 20 YEARS Spend some time thinking about how you want to age. Acknowledge that your body is going to change and that nobody is meant to remain looking 20 years old. Being fit and healthy in your retirement should be your aim!

Message from e founder, Scott Harrison Everybody needs a reminder every once in a while to shift their focus back to themselves. It’s so easy to get caught up in our daily routines and forget to give attention to what really matters – our own happiness and well-being. Often, the answer is simple. You just need to realign yourself with habits that will set you up for success and allow you to thrive and live your best life. Having a positive body image does not mean that you think everything about your body is ideal. It is more about celebrating your uniqueness; shape, size and how your body performs. A person with a strong positive body image usually has good selfesteem; a positive attitude and emotional stability. Work on these 3 characteristics and you will find yourself embracing your body image and be comfortable in your own skin. Remember, if you always keep a grateful mindset with your body, you will always appreciate and focus on the positives. For further information, visit:

9. BE IN TUNE WITH YOUR PHYSICALITY Your body is an instrument through which our inner strength, beauty and individuality are visible to the world. Sports, dance, movement of any kind will honour your physicality and create your own self-worth. Find a physical activity you love and move for fun.



How well are you ageing? It’s never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle and change the way your body is ageing! You can benefit from healthy habits at any age so there is no excuse; you can hit the brakes! Research tells us that 85% of chronic diseases in our older years are due to poor diet, lack of exercise and our own lifestyle choices. In this article, we map out how you can slow down the process of ageing by setting some goals around nutrition; movement and lifestyle to kick start your journey to looking and feeling younger! NUTRITION 1. CONDUCT A FOOD OVERHAUL Consuming high-fat, high-sugar processed food has a strong effect on accelerating ageing. So, ditch those unnecessary processed foods by conducting a food overhaul. Check your fridge and kitchen cupboards to remove anything which contains unhealthy or processed ingredients you can’t understand immediately. Think carefully as you replace your items. You want to replace processed foods like crisps and sweets with nuts, fruit and seeds. Switch to fresh fruit instead of tinned and stop covering your salad in a shop-bought dressing, use fresh lemon or just a drizzle with olive oil. 2. NOSH ON HIGH-QUALITY PROTEIN A key part of the ageing process is the depletion of lean muscle mass. As it reduces, it can leave your body weaker and less able to enjoy life to the full. Protein is massively important in helping your body maintain good lean muscle. We are not talking about eating a rib-eye twice a week. It is about eating healthy proteins in a balanced way.

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3. DITCH REFINED SUGARS Keep your brain in tiptop condition and avoid the potential onset of diabetes by ditching refined sugars. Added sugars are just empty calories and refined sugars can be hidden in lots of our favourite foods. So, when you look in your cupboard after your food overhaul, if you are still stashing ketchup; stir in sauces; tinned fruit and regular pasta then you need to look again. It’s not just white bread, cakes and sugary drinks like cola that are high in refined sugars; many of the nation’s most popular foods are harbouring these baddies.


4. STAY HYDRATED We already know that by keeping our water content high in our bodies we can relieve fatigue; stay focused and think more clearly; reduce headaches and flush out waste and nasty toxins. Did you know staying hydrated also helps to slow the ageing process in your body? This is because your cells and organs have to work much harder when you are dehydrated, causing them to age faster. You need your cells and organs to operate at a healthy level, which keeps your skin glowing and your organs working at their optimum level. 5. SIP ON GREEN TEA Green tea has been shown to be the most effective agent against skin inflammation and cancerous changes in the skin, which means drinking green tea can help to prolong your skin’s health and youthful appearance. Green tea contains both polyphenols and catechin; powerful natural antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralise ‘free radicals’ (a term scientists use to describe a damaged skin cell). When free radicals attach themselves to healthy skin cells it triggers an enzyme in the skin that breaks down collagen; which our body needs to keep our skin young and healthy. 6. TAKE A VITAMIN When it comes to anti-ageing, vitamins E and C are best friends. They work together to protect your skin against UV damage. The lesser known, vitamin K, is proven to make your skin look healthy, youthful and glowing and rid you of any dark eye circles. Vitamins also play an important role on what is happening on the inside. Vitamin D is especially important for people over the age of 40 since studies have shown that, in some people, a lack of Vitamin D can contribute towards the onset of diabetes and other chronic illnesses. MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE 7. GET WALKING Sitting too much is known to raise health risks. If you work at your desk all day, you need to find other ways to boost your daily steps. By adding 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, you could add another 3000 steps to your daily average. 8. IMPROVE YOUR BODY STRENGTH If you want to reverse your age at the genetic level, resistance training is the way to go! This type of exercise improves the strength of your muscles and optimizes your endurance level. You may do it by integrating resistance bands, light weights, bars, dumbbells, and similar items into your standard work out. Battle Ropes are also a great versatile training tool that you can use to work your entire body and improve your cardiovascular conditioning. CREATE A MORE POSITIVE LIFESTYLE 9. PUT YOUR SLEEP FIRST It’s so easy to slip into a later night routine, especially now we have Netflix in our lives; I mean who doesn’t love a box-set? However, significant sleep studies carried out in America have found that people who go to bed late at night on a regular basis are often overwhelmed with negative thoughts and anxiety. It’s a proven fact: a tired body equals a tired mind!

When we are sleep deprived, it really is as if the brain is reverting to more primitive behaviour, regressing in terms of the control humans normally have over their emotions. This can lead to irrational thoughts or behaviour and heightened stress which ages both your skin and your vital organs. 10. REDUCE YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE It’s no surprise that enjoying a few beers or a glass or two of wine a few times a week isn’t necessarily healthy. But you may not be aware how much it can potentially age you. As you age, your body cannot process alcohol quickly enough, meaning the booze stays in your system for longer. If you drink every day, this will build up in your bloodstream making your liver work much harder to detoxify your body. 11. NURTURE FRIENDSHIPS Our friends are there to pick us up when we fall and celebrate our successes. They are endless sources of support, understanding and joy. These points are obvious. What you may not know is that by surrounding yourself with good friends actually has a beneficial impact on your health as you get older. Friends can help you feel like you have a purpose in life; reduce cognitive decline and improve overall well-being. 12. BRING A POSITIVE OUTLOOK Banish those negative thoughts as an optimistic outlook could really extend your life expectancy. According to a US Study, positive people were more likely to live to the age of 85 or more. The theory is that optimists may find it easier to control emotions so can protect themselves from any stressful situations. Evidence suggests that more optimistic people tend to set goals but also have the confidence to reach them. THE BOTTOM LINE Ageing is about much more than your appearance. Society has become increasingly fixated on hiding or erasing the visual effects of ageing: wrinkles; age spots; saggy skin and grey hair. However, the human body ages from the inside. In fact, it affects every single cell in our bodies, which has a direct impact on our health. You have a choice. If you want to extend your health span; feel fitter; be happy and healthy for longer, you need to improve your body from the inside out. Eat well; exercise often and have a positive outlook! For further information, visit: OCTOBER ISSUE | 49


COULD YOUR CHILD HAVE UNDIAGNOSED ADHD? To mark October’s ADHD Awareness Month, the ADHD Foundation discusses the condition which affects up to 5% of children and outlines the warning signs. By Lisa Salmon... They’re often misdiagnosed as ‘naughty children’ – and even if they’re officially diagnosed with ADHD, many kids are still simply labelled as naughty. But attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a recognised medical condition that affects around 3-5% of children and 2% of adults. One of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions in childhood, it is described by the NHS as: “A condition that affects people’s behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse.” Speaking to mark October’s ADHD Awareness Month (, Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive of the ADHD Foundation (, says: “There are several enduring myths about ADHD. Many parents will no doubt be concerned that a diagnosis of ADHD may be harmful in itself because in the past it’s been associated with ‘naughty boys’, or about giving children drugs to make them behave. “This is such a tragedy because although one in 20 children have ADHD, less than half of that number are ever assessed or diagnosed – and as many as 50% of children who are referred for an assessment don’t in fact have ADHD but instead have

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behaviours linked to trauma, anxiety or other neurological conditions. “Sadly, many teachers, and some parents, think ADHD is about bad behaviour. ADHD is not a behavioural disorder – it’s a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by a delay in development in certain parts of the brain.”


HOW IS ADHD DIAGNOSED? The Royal College of Psychiatrists ( says there’s no single, definite test for ADHD and diagnosis requires a specialist assessment by a child psychiatrist or a paediatrician, who will observe the child and look for recognised patterns of behaviour, and get reports of their behaviour at home and school. Diagnosis doesn’t usually happen until after the age of six.

Pre-term births, epilepsy and brain injury can also be factors in determining whether a child has ADHD, and Lloyd adds: “ADHD is genetic in origin but how it affects the individual is determined by the environment – so how you parent your child, how your child’s needs are addressed in school and things like nutrition, good sleep and even traumatic events in childhood can cause that genetic potential to be amplified.

WHAT DO PARENTS NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? The ADHD Foundation says children with ADHD may exhibit certain characteristic behaviours and may be:

“Many people with ADHD lead happy, healthy, successful lives. Many achieve at school and there are many high profile role models who have ADHD – from Leonardo da Vinci, to astronaut Scott Kelly and Olympic gold-winning gymnast Simone Biles. It’s estimated that over 35% of entrepreneurs have ADHD or dyslexia – or both.

1. ANXIOUS Lloyd advises parents to speak with their child’s school and ask if they appear to be struggling with learning and displaying anxiety. “Anxiety is the main cause of distressed behaviours that aren’t context appropriate for the classroom,” he says. 2. FORGETFUL A child with ADHD may often lose or forget things. 3. UNABLE TO CONCENTRATE They may find it difficult to sustain concentration or attention. “Let’s be honest,” says Lloyd, “all children find it difficult concentrating or staying on task. All children can be forgetful, impulsive and hyperactive. That’s just how children are.

“Identified early and managed well – there’s no reason why your child cannot achieve their potential. Your child is not sick or ‘disordered’, nor are they mentally ill – they are different. Yes, these differences can be very impairing, but with the right support, early intervention and informed and loving parents, your child can thrive.”

“What defines these characteristics as ADHD is that they present in a more extreme form.” 4. UNABLE TO ORGANISE THEIR THOUGHTS Children with ADHD often have what’s known as poor executive functioning skills. Lloyd explains: “That’s the ability to organise their thoughts and regulate their emotions to plan and organise how they do their school work, resulting in difficulty with starting tasks. So they procrastinate and become frustrated and overwhelmed as they can’t order their thinking. On the plus side, this can also be the engine of creativity!” 5. EASILY DISTRACTED “They find it difficult to stay on task or become confused and frustrated by too much information or stimulation,” explains Lloyd. 6. HYPERACTIVE Some children with ADHD can be hyperactive. “They’re always on the go with seemingly boundless energy,” says Lloyd, “and no matter how tired they are, they still have difficulty sleeping.” 7. IMPULSIVE Some children with ADHD can be impulsive. “They may say and do things they know aren’t appropriate,” says Lloyd, “but their brain has failed to consider the consequences of their words or actions.” He says such impulsiveness isn’t the same as intentional inappropriate behaviour. 8. HAVE RELATIVES WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES Lloyd suggests parents ask if anyone in their extended family on both sides has either dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism spectrum or other learning impairments. “We know that while genetic in origin, ADHD comes under the umbrella of a number of learning difficulties which often co-exist,” he explains, pointing out that more than 40% of children with ADHD also have dyslexia.


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Occupation Reconciliation The Life and Times of Michael Ginns MBE “This book is a treasure trove of information for anyone interested in Jersey’s Occupation history.”

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The Author says: “Writing this book was an absolute joy. Michael was such a special man and had so many delightful stories to tell. Having written extensively himself about being interned to southern Germany at just 15 years of age…Michael was keen for me to share the details of his earlier life – his early childhood memories, such as sitting in church on a Sunday and thinking he would rather be on a nearby farm watching the pigs…and other such seemingly small details that shaped this extraordinary man’s life. No matter who you are – we all have a story to tell and I am thrilled to be able to share Michael’s unique story with you. I know you will Enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed interviewing Michael, and writing it for posterity. Enjoy!”

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Mark Shields Explains... Staff are at their most productive when they are happy. A recent survey confirms 91% of staff are at their happiest when when they feel their employer cares about them, takes an interest in them and invests in their personal development and growth. This can take the form of 121 coaching with their manager, attendance of external courses, in house workshops, all contributing towards the personal development of the individual.

These can vary from person to person and can be different for high achievers or staff that have been identified as having the potential to go further within the organisation.

Out of all personal development activity mentioned the most valued is 121 time spent with their boss. This can involve coaching and mentoring, or such simple moments of asking how they are everyday and taking and overall interest in staff well being and progress.

WRITING A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 1. Set yourself goals. Include skill, competence and performance 2. Prioritise those goals. 3. Agree these goals with your line manager. 4. Be clear and the parts to be played by you, your line manager and other company resources including cross functional and external development opportunities 5. Set yourself deadlines for when you want to achieve them. 6. Ensure you have a regular follow up meeting with your line manager every week to review progress and consolidate learning. 7. Recognise threats and opportunities. 8. Develop your skills or increase your knowledge. Arrange for skill observations by your line manager across developmental areas and obtain appropriate input feedback. 9. Use your support network. 10. Measure your progress.

Managers have more influence over their staff than they realise with the 2 most important relationships in any employees life are that of their spouse and yes you guessed it their boss. So its simple isn't it. Happy staff are more motivated, more productive and therefor perform better overall. Another important number to mention here is staff that are happy and motivated will not only work harder for you but will stay with you longer as well. Staff attrition rates for happy staff is 79% stay with you 3 years or more whilst you lose over 50% of unhappy, demotivated staff within the first year. Recruitment and high attrition are on of the highest un controllable costs that can have a massive negative impact on the overall business performance. HPO'S recognise this so all have robust personal development plans in place for all staff.

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A typical personal development will last a full year with formal quarterly reviews and weekly sit downs with the line manager. STAFF DEVELOPMENT PLANS

HEALTH AND WELLBEING • Understand your own personal motivation triggers and fire your self up • Develop emotional intelligence • Cultivate resilience • Listen actively • Develop a growth mindset. Learn and embrace the presuppositions of NLP • Develop a reading habit • Learn new things • Ask all your colleagues to give you 360 feedback on your performance and include what you can do more of, different, better or less of. Take action accordingly EXAMPLES OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS FOR WORK • Improve your time management • Study top performers and model them accordingly • Create a healthy work life balance • Create an action plan with your boss for your development towards your next promotion • Learn new team building skills so you can become a more effective team player

• Aim to achieve 3 new targets never before achieved. • Aim to increase your productivity and performance by a min of 20% • Commit to sitting down with your line manager every week for developmental feedback and review sessions Article written by Mark Shields Educator, Coach, Author. CEO Life Practice Group 01462 431112



A family city break in

Brighton by Rebecca Underwood

Brighton Palace Pier - Credit Adam Bronkhorst + Visit Brighton

British Airways i360 Tower

For families considering a city break escape, Brighton, located on the East Sussex coast, offers a wide range of attractions to keep grown-ups and little ones entertained. This resort became very popular due to the patronage of George, the Prince of Wales, who became Prince Regent in 1811, ascended the throne in 1820, and was duly crowned King George IV. During the 1780s, George, Prince of Wales, suffered from gout and he was advised by his physicians to visit Brighton in order to take advantage of the resort’s climate and to take regular ‘dips’ in the briny. He promptly rented a small property and discovered, to his delight, that he could avoid the intrusive Royal court and indulge in his favourite pastimes of consuming alcohol, fraternising with women, and gambling, with abandon, although debts were mounting. In 1787 the House of Commons cleared his debts and his income was increased. He hired the renowned architect Henry Holland and instructed him to transform his Brighton property into a villa, which became known as the Marine Pavilion, frequented by the highest echelons of society.

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John Nash, Architect to the Prince Regent, was responsible for the design of Marble Arch and works on many other prominent London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, and in 1815 he was instructed to redesign and extend the property. The magnificent minarets, domes and pinnacles on the exterior of the building reflect the opulence of the interior rooms, galleries and corridors, which feature exquisite and intricate decoration, lavish furnishings and glittering treasures. Although George IV’s descendants William IV and Queen Victoria frequented the Royal Pavilion, the Queen remarked that it was ‘a strange, odd, Chinese place’; she found the property too small for her growing family and purchased Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. In 1850 the Royal Pavilion was sold to the city of Brighton for approximately £50,000 and Queen Victoria requested that the building was to be stripped of all items, which were then transported to either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle. A large number of these items have been returned, on loan, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and many of them have not been seen by the public.


Legacy 2 Bedroom Living Area

The lounge features a work station, a dining area, two comfortable sofas and a large television with Netflix. The kitchen offers every appliance including a dishwasher, hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and every utensil needed to whip up a tasty snack and with a small supermarket a few steps away I was fully stocked. A washer/dryer is provided and amenities include unlimited WiFi, weekly housekeeping and car parking (subject to availability and a fee).

I was keen to explore the site and hopped on a local bus bound for the Royal Pavilion. The interior of the exotic property reflects a fusion of Regency splendour, Indian and Chinese styles, and a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours. I was particularly impressed with the banqueting room, which is adorned with enormous sparkling chandeliers, art works and golden dragons galore. I was reliably informed that the prince did not sit at the end of the very long dining table but in the very centre so that he would be privy to several conversations. After dining on an extravagant menu of 32 dishes, which would last for up to six hours, guests would then head to the sumptuous lounge to relax or perhaps succumb to forty winks and then gather in the music room beneath the gilded domed ceiling festooned with hundreds of plaster cockleshells and where in 1823, Rossini performed. After exploring the enormous kitchen and the king’s bedroom I made my way to the Royal Pavilion garden’s, which have been fully restored following John Nash’s 1820’s plans. The colourful collection of plants and flowers includes fifteen varieties of rose, rosemary, sweet Williams, lavender, blue larkspurs, peonies, hollyhocks and foxgloves. With the fragrant scents of blooms in my nostrils I headed for the promenade beside the sea and as I sauntered along at a leisurely pace passing Brighton Pier, and with my ice cream cornet melting in my hand, I looked up at a flock of sea gulls squawking overhead and spotted another popular attraction. The British Airways i360 observation tower soars 162 metres into the blue sky and it’s a delightful experience. This ‘vertical pier’ features a fully enclosed glass viewing pod, which is very spacious, and as it gently glides up and down passengers are afforded spectacular panoramic views across Brighton, the South Downs and the glorious English Channel. Back on terra firma I noticed the Regency Restaurant, a thriving family business, founded in 1963, which is located on the Kings Road overlooking the elegant Regency Square and opposite the i360. I selected an outside table, and whilst bathed in the warmth of the sunlight I devoured the juicy Mediterranean platter, which includes the fish of the day, mussels, clams, scallops and king prawns and accompanied by the dry and elegant Chablis 2018, it was sublime. As my first day of explorations came to an end I checked into the Legacy, a modern, low-level apartment block located on Denmark Villas, a stone’s throw from Hove railway station and ideal for families. My two-bedroom - two-bathroom apartment was spacious, airy and bright with contemporary furnishings and I immediately kicked off my shoes and made myself at home.

The master bedroom, which features ample storage and a large comfortable bed swathed in crisp, white linens, resulted in a deep a restful slumber and I was delighted to discover a generous supply of Gilchrist and Soames toiletries in the en suite bathroom. After indulging in a homemade breakfast I made my way to the Brighton Lanes, a collection of meandering narrow alleyways crammed with charming and quirky antique and jewellery shops and I browsed for hours on end. My quest to find that illusive bargain was interrupted when I came upon English’s, the oldest restaurant in Brighton, dating back to 1945. I decided to dine al fresco and ordered the succulent rock oysters followed by the whole Dover sole, à la meunière with tartare sauce. I splashed out on the Dom Pérignon 2008, which was served with aplomb, and the dining experience was simply first class. Venturing off again, I headed for the nearby North Laine and discovered a vibrant area brimming with a bohemian and eclectic mix of independent shops, cafès, juice bars, pubs and restaurants and it’s the ideal spot for ardent bargain hunters. The wide choice of locally made jewellery, clothing, accessories and trinkets ensured that my budget was blown! Laden with shopping bags, I noticed that it was getting rather late and it was time to find a spot for dinner. Bill’s, located on North Road, was just the ticket. This spacious, rustic-style restaurant, on the site of an old bus depot, offers excellent service, an open kitchen and an enticing menu. I ordered the delicious pan fried sea bass with avocado, cherry tomato, caper salsa and herb rösti, and the Gavi Voltolino 2018 was the perfect accompaniment. Striking up a conversation with a small group of fellow diners I remarked that it was my last night in Brighton and I proposed a toast; ‘To George IV, who died in 1830 at the age of only 68, and although his political opponents considered the Royal Pavilion a waste of public funds, it remains a popular attraction and a testament to his creativity and his love of Brighton’. 'Top tip' Accommodation For more information on the featured property and more visit 'Top tip' Travel. Avoid the parking problems in Brighton and travel direct from London Victoria to Brighton and/or Hove. For more information visit 'Top tip' local transport. Get around Brighton and Hove with a multi-trip ticket valid for 10, 20 or 30 journeys within the boundaries of Shoreham, Patcham, Falmer and Saltdean. For more information visit Hop on Volk’s electric railway, which runs from Brighton Aquarium to the Marina and back. For more info visit OCTOBER ISSUE | 57


Jazzed Up ‘ Vigs’ wi W îci…

Wîci was officially formed by Steve and Kirstie in 2018 (although it’s safe to say that we have been working on various musical projects for the past 18 years). Developed initially as a duo, we have since progressed and expanded with musicians to become a full band that can accommodate different formats. We play at various hotels, restaurants, bars and at private parties across the island. Pre-Covid, we used to enjoy letting our hair down (well - Kirstie anyway - Steve has no hair) by playing at wine bars, breweries and craft beer bars in both Jersey and the UK. It is always good to play in different settings both on and off island, to learn about different music. Wîci (pronounced Witch-ee) means “together” in Canadian Cree, which is important when you are in a band, as you need to pull together as a team. Apart from the musical reference to Wîci, both Steve and Kirstie have connections to Canada (plus we’re

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‘together’ as a couple in life). With that in mind, it was no surprise that the band name had some Canadian connotations. We like to play a variety of music so that we can cater for almost everyone in terms of genre of music and age groups. Although our specialities are Latin, Jazz and Salsa, we love to put our own twist on songs and “Latinise” them a bit. We always try and get people’s feet tapping and hips wiggling. Wîci as a full band has a fantastic sound, with Kirstie on vocals, cajon and hand percussion; Steve on guitar and vocals; Matt on trumpet, hand percussion and backing vocals; and Chris on main percussion (conga, bongo, small drum kit). Our hand percussion consists of various shakers, guiro, cabasa, claves, and anything else we find! We pride ourselves on our flexibility, which makes us appealing for smaller venues (and budgets).


We can play as a duo, a trio (with Matt on trumpet), quartet or occasionally a quintet with a second horn. Coronavirus has made it difficult for all musicians, and it’s still tough with the Government “strongly discouraging” both brass and singing. We have used the time to learn new songs and rhythms and have streamed some online Vigs (Virtual Gigs), which have been fun. We understand that online music isn’t quite the same but, always aiming to please, we like to think our online Vigs brighten up the day. During lockdown, we were fortunate enough to have Steve’s son Jack staying with us. Jack teaches trombone in Norway, but he was happy to step in and play some tunes on our Vigs. We’re planning to air a few more soon, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page at There are still a

few venues out there who are willing to put on live music, and also some private events, so we’ve managed to keep playing which is great. Of course, it is important to comply with rules so everything is a little different, but when it’s online we can provide more of the Wîci experience! Looking to the future, we are hoping to increase our presence as a full band and get a few new venues and private events under our belts once the restrictions ease. We’ll continue learning new songs, as that’s what we enjoy (and we like to have a wide range of material so that we can go in different directions and “go-with-the-flow”). If you want to contact us, we’d love to hear from you via Facebook or email



Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD By Darren Cassey Is Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar the best one it makes? Darren Cassey finds out... WHAT IS IT? It’s perhaps a mark of just how desirable Lamborghinis are that a car with ultra-exotic looks, a screaming V10 engine and more power than anyone could ever need on the road could ever be considered an ‘entry level’ model. However, that’s exactly what we have here, with the Huracan Evo RWD. Although the Italian supercar-maker has earned a reputation for building flamboyant all-wheel-drive performance monsters, in recent years it’s the rear-wheel-drive models that have been considered the best drivers’ cars. Now the Huracan Evo line-up has been graced by such a variant, it’s time to find out if it’s still the one to have…

Facts at a glance Model: Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD Engine: 5.2-litre V10 Power: 602bhp Torque: 560Nm Max speed: 202mph 0-60mph: 3.1 seconds MPG: 16.8 Emissions: 324g/km CO2

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WHAT'S NEW? Unsurprisingly, it’s the switch from all to rear-wheel-drive that’s required the biggest updates. The drivetrain’s been overhauled, with Lamborghini developing a new traction control system specifically for this model. It’s been designed to deliver torque smoothly, even before the car is fully stable again, to create a more predictable power delivery. It also gets the latest version of Lamborghini’s infotainment system and styling revisions, to differentiate it from the four-wheel-drive version. Elsewhere, it’s largely similar to other Evo models, with a body made from aluminium, carbon-fibre and thermoplastic resin to keep weight low, servo-assisted Dynamic Steering (which runs a RWD-specific tune) and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. WHAT'S UNDER THE BONNET? If Lamborghini failed to deliver on every aspect of this car, but still gave it this engine, it would honestly be tough not to recommend it. The 5.2-litre, naturally aspirated unit makes it a joy to drive. It has a fantastically smooth yet ludicrously punchy power delivery that makes the charge to the redline utterly addictive.

been constantly developing it, and in the Huracan Evo RWD, it’s at its best yet. While you might lose some precision on track, for road driving it delivers an incredibly precise response to inputs and makes the car feel more agile. Elsewhere, it’s clear the Huracan has been tuned to be driven quickly. At slower speeds, it jiggles and skips on its stiff suspension, but once you’re pushing on, the car settles and rides out road imperfections brilliantly. The gearbox is whip-crack quick to shift to deliver an almost imperceptible break in performance between gears, and the way the engine pushes you into the seat under hard acceleration is addictive. However, speaking of the seats, this is the biggest complaint to be levelled. Modern supercars are well-regarded for being so easy to drive and comfortable you could use them every day, but the seats in the Huracan Evo RWD are so uncomfortable that long journeys quickly came to be dreaded. The lumbar support on our optional ‘New Sport Seat’ was so aggressive, I would get back pain not long after setting off.

And the noise is just something else. While Audi’s seen the R8 (the Huracan’s ‘sister’ car) become quieter, thanks to a gasoline particulate filter needed to meet emissions regulations, Lamborghini found a clever trick to avoid this, so it sounds like an old Formula 1 car when you’re really pressing on.

HOW DOES IT LOOK? If there’s one thing Lamborghini understands, it’s how to design a head-turning car. It helped that our test model was wearing bright green Verde Selvans paint – a £9,540 option – but you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing passers-by having a look, many in open-mouthed delight.

Facts and figures are almost irrelevant in a car that delivers such an emotional experience, but they help to complete the performance picture. It makes 602bhp and 560Nm of torque with a top speed of 202mph and a 0-60mph time of just 3.1 seconds. It’s rapid.

Its low wedge design and sharp angles make it stand out even in the supercar segment, and this RWD version gets a few extra touches to differentiate it from other Huracans. For example, it has a new front splitter, larger front air intakes, a high gloss black rear bumper and a unique rear diffuser.

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? In recent years, the biggest complaint that’s been levelled at the Huracan is its trick Dynamic Steering technology, which artificially minimises the steering input needed. However, Lamborghini has

WHAT'S IT LIKE INSIDE? The cool, angular design continues on the inside. The instrument binnacle houses a cool digital display, while the centrally mounted touchscreen is a new 8.4-inch unit that controls pretty continues overleaf...



much all interior functions. As such, there are a lot of menus to navigate and it’s not the most intuitive system, so it will take some getting used to. Otherwise, it’s not as cramped as you might expect when it comes to headroom and shoulder room between passengers. However, 6ft-plus drivers might find the driving position a little compromised, which doesn’t help comfort on long journeys. As for storage, it’s unsurprisingly limited, but again it might be better than you think. The front trunk easily swallowed a camera bag with room for another travel bag, while there are a few small cubby holes in the cabin. WHAT'S THE SPEC LIKE? The Huracan Evo RWD Coupe starts around £137,000 and for that, you get a decent amount of equipment, such as the drive mode selector, launch control function, heated and folding side mirrors and a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster. However, as with any luxury car, the price can be dramatically increased in the options list, with our car specified up to £185,500. On top of the aforementioned paint, choice options included 20-inch Narvi alloy wheels, transparent engine cover with LEDs and a Sensonum sound system. Two surprising additions to the options list are DAB radio and smartphone integration. Both should really be included as standard on a car this price…

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VERDICT The question we set out to answer was whether the entry-level Huracan Evo was the one to have – and honestly, for those who enjoy driving, it is. While some buyers will prefer the extra security that comes from all-wheel-drive, the rear-wheel-drive version has a sense of playfulness that its more expensive sibling is missing. What’s more, Ferrari has always been the go-to supercar maker for the true driving enthusiast. With this Huracan Evo RWD, Lamborghini might have completely closed the gap.


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Finding strength within BY MARK ANTHONY BAKER Resilience has become a bit of a buzz word over the last few years. But it has never been more relevant than it is today. I was encouraged to start teaching it by a psychologist friend in London who was frustrated by the fact that resilience was being taught by people who although may have been through challenges they appeared to rely too heavily on research as opposed to experience. He felt that my background having endured nearly two decades of abuse and thee attempts on my life would put me in powerful position to help people. But it wasn’t because I had suffered major challenges that he felt I should speak. But because of the way that I had overcome those challenges and thrived in spite of them. We did not call it resilience at the time as mental toughness was the word of the day, but the principles are the same now as they were then. In fact, Resilience or stoicism was taught by Greek philosophers whose knowledge is still the corner stone of resilience training to this very day. But what is resilience? Well for one it’s not about bouncing back! We don’t bounce back after the death of a child. A teenage soldier who has survived three tours in Iraq doesn’t bounce back. He will never be who he was before he left ever again. What happens to us becomes part of who we are. We move through it and rather than be destroyed by it we find strength in what remains behind. We will never be free of challenges, change or obstacles this is just how things are. I once read somewhere that the easy day isn’t coming and that once we accept that it doesn’t matter anymore. So, we shouldn’t look forward with the expectation of easy days. Instead we should find joy in the challenges that we face because it is in the surmounting of these challenges that we get to

experience the true joy of achievement. If everything was easy success in life irrespective of what that means to you wouldn’t mean anything. Ernest Hemingway once wrote. We become strong in the broken places. But not everyone becomes strong and no one is born resilient. Resilience is developed over time by a multitude of factors. A person who is optimistic for example will deal with challenges in a quite different way to someone who isn’t. In my soon to be released second book the imprint phenomenon I talk extensively about expectations and belief. These are two ingredients that I deem essential to developing resilience. Several years ago, I was misdiagnosed twice with an aggressive form of cancer. The cancer I had needed to be discovered and treated within 4/6 weeks to have any chance of survival. I wasn’t diagnosed for fourteen months which left me with less than a 20% chance of survival and a 90% chance of a brain tumour within a year. I used everything I had learned over a quarter of a century to overcome cancer. I never said why me as if a young child could get cancer why not me? I didn’t focus on death instead I focused on life and living. I was so sure that I would survive that I would weep in the chemo ward for the other people as I expected and believed that I would beat it. I never doubted it for a moment. That is how powerful belief and expectation is. Dr Henry Beecher from Harvard says that our belief as to whether we can conquer a serious illness is more powerful than the drugs that we will be prescribed. He also said that our belief combined with our expectation of how the drugs will work will dramatically increase the effectiveness of the drugs. With the key factor being our expectation. And so, it is with resilience. Over the coming months I will be sharing strategies and insights on developing resilience on both a personal and business level. We live in unprecedented times and face unprecedented challenges and as a direct consequence of this resilience has never been more important and necessary. But we will not just overcome these challenges. We can thrive despite them and it begins all begins with you!

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