KITCHEN GADGET GUIDE MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR KITCHEN THIS YEAR EARTH DAY 2021 MAKE YOUR HOME GREENER
HALF TERM IDEAS KEEP YOUR CHILDREN BUSY THIS HALF TERM
SPRING CLEAN GET YOUR HOUSE READY FOR SPRING AND SUMMER
SHED DIY CONVERT YOUR SHED THIS SPRING
CONTENTS COVER STORY
Kitchen Gadget Guide Create stunning, restaurant quality dishes with the latest kitchen aids
Get your house Spring ready Now is the perfect opportunity to freshen things up in your house
Holiday activities Help the kids get creative in the garden and with their wet weather gear Earth Day 2021 Tips to make your home more climate clean this Earth Day
April gardening tips Time to roll up your sleeves and put in the groundwork
Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market
World Book Day Reading is perhaps one of best commodities we have
About us Get to know our team a little better and see why we are your agent of choice
Shed DIY The humble outbuilding can be put to a number of uses
Springtime salads Check out some of our best Spring salad recipes that are sure to make your body smile
Golf European Tour We look ahead at what’s to play for, and who might be in with a chance of winning
WELCOME TO THE APRIL ISSUE!
e’re into the fourth month of the year. The clocks have changed, the weather is warming up and the world is opening again! This Spring promises a lot and in this month’s magazine so do we! On pages 2 and 3 we go in-depth looking at the best ways to get your home Spring ready, and if that’s not enough, continuing inside the home, we also have a fantastic kitchen gadgets guide ready to create the Spring salad recipes from page 15. On the 22nd April we are celebrating Earth Day, so we have put together a guide to make your home more environmentally friendly. Moving outside, on pages
10 and 11 we have your April gardening guide and well as some ideas of how to turn your shed into a office/bar/sauna.
START FROM THE BEDROOM
What better place to start, than in the room where you spend more time than any other? Let’s start with the bedding. If you’ve opted for rich, dark colours over the winter months, then throw these away in exchange for neutral green or sky blue colours, accompanied with added pops of colour. Or if you want to make the extra effort in the season of Spring, then select some sheets with floral patterns. If you’ve been used to covering your bed with blankets and throws to keep warm, then switch to lightweight sheets and pillowcases. This will help to add some brightness to your room, and more importantly, stop you from feeling overheated as the weather warms up. And if you’ve made these changes, and still want to go further, then replace your pillows altogether! Swapping your pillows not only aids a more comfortable night’s sleep, but can simultaneously make your bedroom look completely different.
This may sound very obvious, but giving your house a good, old-fashioned Spring clean can go a long way to revitalising your home. First, start with cleaning from top to bottom. It can be a laborious job, but will benefit your home in the long run by adding freshness to every space. Next, move on to removing things that you no longer need. For instance, root through your
Finally, we have some fantastic ways to keep busy during the Easter holidays, a feature about World Book Day and a preview of the Men’s European Golf Tour. We’re all excited that the world is starting up again, and are all hopeful for the summer, however, for now, stay safe and take care of yourselves. For now, make yourself a cuppa, pull up a chair in the garden and enjoy! Jonathan Wheatley Editor
Once the tidying is done, turn your attention to adding items which freshen up your home
SPRING INTO ACTION fridges and cupboards, and throw out expired products that didn’t make it onto your plate over the winter period. And when rearranging the foodstuffs, do so in a way as to categorise everything, and make different items much easier to locate. If you have a garage, then organising it can prove a very satisfying project to get your teeth stuck into. Group all of your winter items into boxes, label them, and then place into the garage. This will make things much easier when it comes round to retrieving them again. And while you’re at it, look to declutter your garage. Throw out items you don’t need, and aim to create as much space as you can. Doing this will not only help you feel that your possessions are organised, but will allow you to think of the garage as a space other than just one of storage!
SEARCH FOR SCENTS
Once the tidying is done, turn your attention to adding items which freshen up your home. Spring is associated with the smells of nature, so lean into this tradition with some citrus, rose, lavender, or other floral scented candles or wax melts. These will help to air out the house, and will match the aromas of the outside world. And don’t neglect fauna. As well as bringing in natural, fresh scents into your home, displaying a set of flowers will also help to fill your room with colour, and will complete any kitchen or living room.
FOCUS ON FLOORING
Another great way to completely transform your home, heading into the summer, is to focus on the backbone of any interior. If your carpets have seen better days, then get round to getting them professionally cleaned. As well as making any room look brand new, removing any stains will really brighten up your home. Or, if you feel like a complete makeover, change your flooring completely. Tiling is very resistant for wear and tear, and so is a great option for a room which is likely to be used a lot, such as a kitchen or conservatory. Or, if you love the unmistakable aromas and textures that come with hardwood flooring, then opt for this.
If there’s something missing from your ideal Spring home, then consider whether you’ve done all you can to take advantage of maximising the amount of natural light in any space. Replace your dark, thick curtains with light ones, or if the room permits, do away with curtains altogether. Without requiring much effort, this will completely transform any room in time for Summer. And also consider changing bulbs. With the greater amounts of light that come with this time of year, switch to darker lights, to create a cosy atmosphere in the evenings, and let natural light do the rest!
As the days get longer, and the weather begins to brighten, now is the perfect opportunity to freshen things up in your house
Sp ring INTO ACTION
Stand out from the crowd and create stunning, restaurant quality dishes with the latest kitchen aids
Instant Pot Duo V2 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Breville HeatSoft VFM021
t is an inescapable fact that the kitchen is the heart of the home. More than just a collection of units, it is the place where memories are forged and culinary disasters are celebrated as much as the triumphs; the venue for gathering at either end of the day, where the aroma of freshly-ground coffee cuts through the lingering whiff of curry from the night before. It is also a place of work, a hive of experimentation. And key to that creative process are the tools of the trade, either a worktop full of the tried, tested and much loved, or an ever-changing procession of ‘must-haves’ which are casually discarded when the next big thing appears.
Russell Hobbs Sous Vide Slow Cooker
Sage The Smoking Gun
Something which falls in the latter category but could soon become the former is the Instant Pot Duo V2 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker. It doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue but what it does will keep the tongue very happy. America’s home-chefs blew a fuse over this little multi-cooker and its not difficult to see why – it’s an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, saute pan and a warming pot, which is easy to use and clean.
Devotees of programmes such as MasterChef and The Great British Menu will be familiar with the waterbath and the sous vide process, where food is placed inside a sealed pouch and cooked at an accurately-regulated temperature. It helps meat and vegetables retain their flavour, vitamins and keeps prep-time low. Described as ‘a Michelinstarred chef’s worst-kept secret’, the waterbath can now adorn your kitchen in the form of the easily-affordable Russell Hobbs Sous Vide Slow Cooker. And if you really want to go for drama with your fine dining, get Sage The Smoking Gun. Using cold smoke, it lets you infuse a range of food and KitchenAid Food drinks with a natural Processor smoky flavour, while the dual speed helps increase the intensity of the smoke. Best of all, it is sold with, or without, a glass cloche to cover your dish and heighten the effect. If you are in the market for a hand mixer, take a look
De’Longhi Magnifica Illycaffe 6636 Francis
Santoku 180mm Blade Knife at the Breville HeatSoft VFM021 and wave goodbye to that time-consuming wait for the butter to soften. This handy tool warms butter up to 12 times faster than just leaving it in the mixing bowl, although it can also be used without the heating function. It also comes with an attachable clear case, so the attachments don’t go wandering. An even more flexible bit of kit is the KitchenAid Food Processor which can chop, shred, puree and slice food. It comes with an easy to install reversible medium shred/slice and thick slice blades as well as a dough blade should you want to knead bread or pasta dough. And it comes in a rather fetching Empire Red finish. There’s nothing that sets the smoke alarm off quite like burnt toast, so the Magimix Vision Toaster could be the best thing you’ll ever invest in. A see-through panel allows you to see how your breakfast is doing, ensuring ideal results every time. Possibly the best thing since, well, sliced bread. On the subject of breakfast, let’s talk coffee. We’re not all barista maestro-standard but machines such as the De’Longhi Magnifica help paper over the cracks. With seven adjustable coarseness levels within
an integrated grinder, the Magnifica can customise the type of coffee you want… plus it has a dual cup option. For eye-catching looks, the Illycaffe 6636 Francis is a bit of a head-turner while the Sage Oracle Touch Fully Automated Coffee Machine is the business. However, you’ll need something a bit stronger than an espresso when you see the price tag. No kitchen is complete without a decent set of knives or a pro-standard knife (singular). The Santoku 180mm Blade Knife, from Blenheim Forge, isn’t cheap but will last for years. Made with a Japanese Blue Paper Steel Core with folded iron cladding, it comes with a walnut handle and solid copper ferrule for added strength. Finally, they say baking is all about precision, so that means you’ll need a decent set of kitchen scales. Salter’s Heston Blumental Precision Scales have a dual platform – one for measuring up to 10kg in 1g increments and the other for measuring up to 200g in 0.1g increments. There’s an add- and-weigh feature and also an aquatronic feature for measuring liquids, just to help you get ‘weigh’ ahead of your competitive friends.
Sage Oracle Touch Fully Automated Coffee Machine
Magimix Vision Toaster
Salter’s Heston Blumental Precision Scales
Help the kids get creative in the garden and with their wet weather gear
pril, as the saying goes, is the month for showers. And not only does it bring May’s flowers, it can also provide inspiration for some great craft activities for kids and adults alike. It’s the time where it’s always best to have boots and a brolly close at hand. And there’s no better way of making a splash in those quick-to-appear springtime puddles than in customised wellies.
your favourite anymore, tie brightly coloured ribbon about halfway up and gently bend the brolly support wires outwards.
Insert a block of florists’ oasis for water and support then add the flowers so they are peeping over the top. Freshly-cut tulips, with their bold colourful petals, are ideal and will last for a few days but for a longer lasting display, try artificial blooms. And then hang from your door knocker – or insert spike down in the garden - for an eye-catching display that should make any passer-by smile.
Boots are very much a blank canvas and you can really let your imagination run riot, creating colourful and simple yet effective flower patterns, rockets and scenes from outer space for the kids – who also might want a jazzy take on their initials - or graffiti-led slogans for the not so young who might be missing their Glastonbury fix again this year.
So, if they are not getting wet, kids love nothing better than getting their hands dirty… literally. So, put them to good use by designating an area of the garden for them to cultivate with summer-blooming wild flowers or, particularly as the weather is likely to be indifferent, by planting a herb garden inside. Its an easy way to get the younger members of the family hooked on planting, It’s the time where nurturing and tasting what it’s always best to they have grown in their meals, have boots and a and is a little more advanced brolly close at hand and not as smelly as growing cress seeds on blotting paper!
Many people suggest sanding down the area you intend to decorate as this creates a smoother surface and allows the paint to make a stronger bond. As for your decorating agent, acrylic paint is easily available and straightforward to use, particularly if you are going for a funky, bright and intricate design. Waterproof marker pens are also handy for applying finer details, while if a broad sweep of colour is required, rubber spray paint will do the job. And although the paints will dry to a good finish, applying a layer of hairspray will also help your colours stick. Continuing the wet weather theme, how about sprucing up your front door with an extension of the Christmas wreath: a brolly brimming with spring flowers? Younger members of the family can do the backbending stuff by picking the flowers while all you have to do is select an umbrella that’s not
The easiest – and probably the most useful herbs to grow are parsley, basil, coriander, chives and dill, and all you will need are peat-free, multi-purpose compost; small pots (such as yoghurt) or a used plastic tray from a Chinese takeaway … and an array of helping hands. Making sure the containers have been pierced to guard against over-enthusiastic watering, fill with the compost and tamp down gently to remove the air pockets. Water and allow to drain before scattering the seeds sparingly over the surface before covering with a thin layer of compost. Ideally the pots can be covered with a clear plastic bag to recreate a mini greenhouse and speed the growth process, before placing
April is the month for showers, it can also provide inspiration for some great craft activities
on a windowsill. Once germinated, remove the plastic and water at least once a week before potting outside in late May. A further way to enrich a child’s understanding of the garden is to construct a bug mansion out of discarded pallets and log the varieties of creepy crawlies who come to stay. Some insects like cool, damp conditions, while others like the sun, so try to site the home where it will get a bit of both, under a hedge or tree. Give it a firm base and start stacking, filling the gaps with dead wood and loose bark, straw, dry leaves, and corrugated cardboard which, when stuffed into a plastic bottle with its top removed, creates a nice nest for lacewings. And if you plant some nectar-producing flowers around the outside you can bring in winged guests, such as butterflies and bees.
Join in with millions of people around the world and make your home more climate clean this Earth Day
EARTH DAY 2021
HOW TO MAKE
YOUR HOME MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
his year celebrates the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. Originally conceived in 1970 by peace activist John McConnell as a day of education about how to look after our Earth, in 1990, Earth Day went International and has been celebrated ever since in all four corners of the world. It is one of the few holidays that transcends all national borders and religions, yet preserves all geographical integrities and brings people together all over the world. It is quite simply devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology. There are hundreds of ways of making your home more environmentally friendly, big and small. Here, in celebration of Earth Day, are our top tips.
WASH YOUR CLOTHES IN COLD WATER
90% of the energy used by a washing machine goes towards heating water. By skipping the heating and using your washing machine on the cold water setting, you will reduce carbon dioxide emission as well as keeping your clothes in top condition for longer, as hot water can deteriorate your clothes and make colours less vibrant.
DIY INSTEAD OF BUYING NEW
DIY isn’t only a truly great skill to have, but it helps towards creating an environmentally friendly home as opposed to buying new. With just a few tools and a little time, you can crack-on with all sorts of projects. You could tile your kitchen yourself, build home-made planters for the garden or even lay your own flooring.
SWAP YOUR LIGHT BULBS
Invest in the right energy-efficient light bulbs and you won’t only be helping the Earth, but you’ll be saving money too. LED bulbs are the best alternative to regular light bulbs and as well as lasting longer, they are eco-friendly. They are readily available in most shops and you can even get dimmable ones and colour-change ones.
USE YOUR RECYCLING BIN AND GET A COMPOST BIN
We are all well-versed of the importance of recycling by now, so use your recycling bin and you are truly helping towards our world’s future, and if you find yourself with an excess of normal waste, buy a compost bin, which will not only help you get rid of the excess waste but will give you free fertiliser for your garden.
PLANT HERBS AND VEG
Ah, what to do with all that free fertiliser? How about growing your own herbs and vegetables? Not only will you always have wonderful, better-tasting food, but you will massively cut down on plastic used in shop-bought veg and herbs. Some of the most popular are basil, oregano and peppers and tomatoes.
TURN OLD PALLETS INTO PLANTERS
But where do I plant these herbs and veg? Simple, don’t ditch any wood or pallets you have lying around, get creative instead. With just a few screws and a drill, you can make home-made planters for your garden or windowsills. Just measure four pieces of wood to equal lengths, screw together and line with bubble wrap.
22nd April 202 1 www.earthday.org DITCH THE COFFEE PODS
Coffee pod machines have been around for a while now, however, did you know the plastic capsules aren’t usually recyclable? For better tasting and more environmentally friendly coffee, invest in a good-quality espresso machine that takes freshly ground coffee. You can also sprinkle the used ground coffee onto your compost to keep bugs away.
INSULATE YOUR PIPES
Not the quickest or flashiest jobs, but by insulating the pipes that run from your boiler throughout your house can make a huge difference. Your best bet is to use felt or wool pipe insulation that is pre-cut into sleeves and then use some good-quality pipe wrap insulation tape.
COLLECT YOUR RAINWATER
Finally, what is more natural than rainwater? Exactly. If you could collect and store all the rainwater that falls on your property throughout a year and use it around the home, you would see a huge drop in your water bills. Okay, so a full-blown rainwater collection servicing your house is a huge job, but start small with a water butt and you can at least water your herbs and veg without touching a tap. Earth Day is on Thursday the 22nd of April and you can find out more by visiting www.earthday.org
It is one of the few holidays that transcends all national borders and religions, yet preserves all geographical integrities
WEED IT Time to roll up your sleeves and put in the groundwork
nd so here we are. April, the great transitional month where we’ve not quite shaken off winter’s icy grip, but with brighter evenings and significantly warmer days, its hold is definitely weakening. For gardeners, this is where the hard work starts; this month’s input dictates output for the rest of the year. The four-day Easter holiday weekend gives us time to prepare the ground, assessing and repairing the damage inflicted by a particularly harsh start to the year, taking the time to restake trees, secure climbing shrubs, and clear any lingering storm damage, particularly checking fences for damage to panels, support posts and slats. And then you can get on your hands and knees for some serious weeding, gently turning over ground flattened by heavy rain and snow, and clearing away any remaining dead leaves, twigs and winter debris, as well as dead-heading daffodils,
tulips and late-flowing crocuses, and trimming frost-damaged shoots from evergreens. Once cleared, nourish the soil with compost or well-rotted manure which will add beneficial micro-organisms to the soil, making it richer and encouraging the right kind of insect activity. The wrong kind – slugs, snails and aphids – may be found loitering around the crowns of perennials preparing to wreak havoc so it’s best to deal with them now. Early infestations of aphids can be pinched out by hand but pests such as vine weevil will need chemical or biological intervention to keep under control. Your lawn will need the most attention early in the early growing season. If you’ve not already done so, now’s the time for that initial cut, taking the top off the winter growth before the first decisive crop. Once that’s done, apply a high nitrogen spring lawn fertiliser to encourage good, strong growth and if
moss has become a problem, choose a combined moss killer/fertiliser and lightly rake out the dead a couple of weeks after application.
There are also many warm-season vegetables, such as cucumbers and tomatoes, which can be moved outdoors
If you discover some bumps and hollows, peel back the turf and remove or add soil as necessary before replacing the grass, while any bare patches can be prepared for reseeding: if the ground is still wet and cold, though, the germination will be poor so it might be better to postpone this until early May. And, while we’re at it, don’t forget the lawn edges. Using a spade or a half-moon edging iron, create a gutter of around
three inches to prevent the grass creeping back into your borders. It is also important to prune trees and deciduous shrubs, removing dead and sickly-looking leaves or branches to stimulate new growth and spring flowering. Also add fertiliser while a good organic mulch, laid in a circle around the trunk, will not only provide moisture for good growth but will also conserve moisture and encourage strong, drought-resistant roots, something worth bearing in mind for the likes of rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias where flowering can be severely impaired if allowed to dry out. Otherwise, a good balanced fertiliser (such as blood, fish and bone) can be sprinkled over the root area around ornamental trees, shrubs and hedges before hoeing in, particularly beneficial for young, weak or damaged plants. Once the warmer days are set in and the risk of a late sharp frost has gone, plant out
the flower seedlings you’ve been cultivating since March, and if you haven’t, you can still sow petunias, zinnias, marigolds, purple cornflowers and other seasonals you might fancy in your flowerbeds. Summerflowering bulbs should also be going in, ensuring the likes of anemone tubers have well-drained soil. Containers can also be planned, topped up with fresh compost and planted – an alpine trough can be particularly attractive as many are starting to look their best - while you may be able to start on your hanging baskets in the latter stages of the month if you’re in a temperate part of the country. Otherwise, pot-on plants that are showing signs of becoming pot-bound or generally just look a bit forlorn. There are also many warm-season vegetables, such as cucumbers and tomatoes, which can be moved outdoors while radishes, carrots, peas and lettuce can also be planted, along with your favourite annual herbs.
WORLD BOOK DAY
– WHY IT WILL
Reading is perhaps one of best, if not the very best, commodities and widely accessible resources we have as a people, and therefore so is World Book Day
ental health and the recognition of its facets and depth has never been as prevalent as now, so when you consider how strong the scientific research is in favour of how reading can help mental wellbeing – by reducing your heart rate and thus stress levels, easing muscle tension, and wholly altering your state of mind – World Book Day this year is surely a campaign more important than ever before. World Book Day annually takes place on 23rd April. This is because the Spanish
writer Vicente Clavel Andrés wanted to call for a day which would recognize the life and career of one of his greatest heroes, fellow Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, who still is widely regarded as the greatest ever writer of the Spanish language. Cervantes death date was 23rd April, which also marks many other great writers’ birth and death dates, including William Shakespeare who passed away on exactly the same day as Cervantes, 23rd April 1616.
World Book Day this year is surely a campaign more important than ever before
The first World Book Day was celebrated in 1995 and has been going strong ever since. It’s a day to celebrate all things books, especially your favourites! One of my personal favourite novels is The Shining by Stephen King. King has always been associated with horror, and I suppose that’s justified. But many people overlook (pun intended) the fact that much of King’s stories contain some real character depth and interpersonal relationships, which can often be extremely intense and moving. The Shining, for instance,
for me, isn’t necessarily primarily a horror. It could be considered a psychological thriller or drama about what happens when an alcoholic becomes victim to cabin fever. The paranormal presence in the hotel is an effective way to convey this cabin fever process Jack Torrance undertakes, but I suspect many readers agree that a good argument can be made that the paranormal activity can merely be considered a metaphor for Jack’s psychological transformation into illness. Indeed he knows he’s becoming unhealthy at the behest of cabin fever, as there is a point near the end of the novel where he tries to cry out from underneath his new, murderous exterior to tell his would-be murdered son to leave before it’s too late. Why I talk about this book in particularly is because cabin fever is something many of us have had to endure over the past many months, and, more troubling still, domestic abuse, so it’s an interesting insight into cabin fever and the effects it can have on relationships, especially if alcoholism is involved. The Shining is an example of a great novel, and certainly one to celebrate, as the book often gets inaccurately judged by its better-known cover, that of the film by Stanley Kubrick, which told a rather different story. Jonathan Wheatley, British Author
If a home-working space is the objective, you will need to insulate, drywall and think about heating
o paraphrase rock giants Motorhead, a shed used to be a place of spades. Or lawnmowers. Or half-empty tins of paint and discarded outdoor toys. A handy little store, generally made of glorified fencing panels, that gets a coat of creosote when you remember but generally sits, unloved, at the end of the garden waiting to be battered by the next named storm. Times and lifestyles, however, change, and now the humble structure has become the fashionable ‘must-have’, graduating from the often-outlandish man caves and she-sheds to offices, studios, outside bars and even saunas and cinema rooms. If the prospect of turning your forlorn shed into a rustic home extension appeals, there are some things to bear in mind, not least checking with the local authority to see if you need permission for change of use. Then see how structurally sound it is or whether you might be
better off biting the bullet and getting a new summerhouse or log cabin, depending on size of budget, garden… and ambition.
Having checked the damp-proofing, if the roof is watertight, walls are in good condition and doors and windows fit properly, clear the shed out and look for signs of mould, damp, wood rot or pest infestation around the floor. Once satisfied, the big decision now is whether it’s a DIY project or needs to be turned over to an expert, as you would be advised to do for a sauna. If you’re going it alone, the first job will be to get the outside treated or painted to make it weatherproof, then think about sealing any cracks you may have discovered with caulk or weatherstripping to help prevent draughts, bugs and any other undesirables. Depending how you plan to use the shed, you might want to pop in a skylight window, particularly if you’ve got the professionals in and
The humble outbuilding can be put to a number of uses
you’re designing an office. If a home-working space is the objective, you will need to insulate, drywall and think about heating for those slightly less-than idyllic days. Heating means power and while it may be tempting to connect to the supply from your home, don’t rule out solar panels, which provide a simpler, cheaper and energy efficient solution. If it’s a bar you’re after, you’ll need plumbing too. For flooring, think durable coverings such as cork, tile and carpet - a wood floor might be attractive but may not be practical. After that, it’s all about preferences: LED or halogen lights for an office, a string of novelty lights for your personal pub; shelves and versatile cabinets for work, a good service area and racks to attach the optics for the bar. And finally, make sure you’ve got some good locks.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR ON THE
EUROPEAN TOUR IN APRIL As this year’s European Tour begins to crank up, we look ahead at what’s to play for, and who might be in with a chance of winning
WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR?
The 2021 European Tour began in January, when it was announced that at least fortytwo events would be played in twenty-four different countries, including eighteen which were either postponed or cancelled in 2020.
The first tournament of the season, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, was won by Englishman Tyrell Hatton. Since then, fellow countryman Paul Casey and American Dustin Johnson have walked away with the other two titles.
WHAT ARE THE EVENTS?
The month of April includes four of the forty-two European tour events. On the 15th, Golf’s biggest names travel to Spain, to take part in the Tenerife Open. From there, they make the short journey for the Gran Canaria open, beginning on the 22nd, highlighting this year’s focus on reducing travelling where possible. And finally, the 29th April marks the beginning of the Portugal Masters.
But of course, the main event of the month is right at the beginning. On April 8th, all eyes will turn to Augusta, Georgia, for the 2021 Masters. The first of the four ‘majors’ of the year, this tournament is steeped in tradition, with every winner since 1949 receiving an iconic green jacket. Last year, the imperious Dustin Johnson won by five-shots, whilst simultaneously breaking the course record, in a tournament which was pushed back several months due to the pandemic. But fortunately, this year’s competition will go ahead as planned, and is set to be as equally enthralling as any other instalment.
The first tournament of the season, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, was won by Englishman Tyrell Hatton
WHO ARE THE FAVOURITES?
As already mentioned, Johnson won the tournament by a landslide last year, and still sits at the head of the world rankings, and so cannot be written off. Otherwise, world numbers two Jon Rahm and world number three Justin Thomas have nine European Tour victories between them, and so will both feel confident come April 8th. And for a slight outsider, consider Bryson DeChambeau’s chances. The big-hitting American, currently ranked inside the world’s top ten, hasn’t enjoyed much success at Augusta thus far in his career. However, his analytical approach in gaining significant muscle in 2020 has made him the longest driver of the ball on the PGA Tour, which may stand him in good stead when battling the famously difficult course in Georgia.
SPRING INTO LIFE
Put a spring in your step with these wonderful, healthy salads perfect for Springtime
ne of the best things about Spring is the chance to create wonderful, healthy salads with some of the finest and freshest veg available at this time of the year. So, without delay, check out some of our best Spring salad recipes that are sure to make your body smile. Salad leaves – mixed Vine tomatoes Red onion Feta cheese Olive oil Lemon Salt and pepper Fresh oregano
GREEK SALAD Wash and rinse the salad leaves and chop the vine tomatoes in half (depending on their size) and slice the red onion so you have wonderful whole onion circles. Toss the tomatoes, salad leaves and onion together in a bowl ensuring it’s all mixed. Then mix the olive oil, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Add the olive oil mix to the salad bowl, toss again before finally adding the crumbled feta on top. To finish garnish with the fresh oregano and another pinch of pepper.
Orange juice Lemon juice Honey Salt and pepper Olive oil Mixed carrots Radishes Celery Small beet Fresh mint leaves Small oranges
Mixed salad leaves Dried apricots White wine vinegar Shallot Dijon mustard Olive oil Feta Cucumber Dill
SHAVED CARROT AND RADISH SALAD Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper to your taste, before adding olive oil. Peel and then shave the carrots lengthways and finely slice the radishes before peeling the oranges and slicing them into half-moons. Then thinly slice the celery and small beet. Mix together in a large bowl before adding the olive oil mix. Serve with the freshly chopped mint leaves on top.
SPRING SALAD WITH APRICOT VINAIGRETTE Place the apricots in a bowl while bringing the white wine vinegar to a simmer. Once simmering, pour over the apricots and leave for ten minutes. Finely slice the shallot, then add to a bowl with some Dijon mustard before then adding the apricots to the mustard mixture. Add a little white wine vinegar to taste and then mix in the olive oil. In a large bowl, toss together the salad leaves, cucumber and apricot mixture. To serve, crumble the feta cheese over the top before adding the fresh dill.
Images for illustrative purposes only
Hanbury Drive, Thundridge
JONATHAN HUNT are pleased to offer this exciting opportunity to acquire this STUNNING EDWARDIAN HOME, situated in an idyllic setting within the original grounds of Hanbury Manor House. Being sold in an immaculate condition throughout, the property has been tastefully renovated by the current owners to include plenty of character features, combining elegantly with modern living.
Ware 01920 411 090 Buntingford 01763 272 727 CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION
Widford Road, Hunsdon
JONATHAN HUNT are pleased to offer this well arranged three double bedroom detached bungalow offering good size gardens backing open farmland, parking for several cars and open plan easy living accommodation with further scope for enlargement STPP. Internal viewing advised.
Riverscourt, Chapmore End
JONATHAN HUNT are pleased to offer this delightful TWO BEDROOM BUNGALOW, situated in a private community which is just a short drive from both Ware & Hertford town centres. Benefiting from PRIVATE & COMMUNAL GARDENS, resident parking, and has been completely refurbished by the current owners. Must be viewed internally to be fully appreciated. Please note, the property comes with a share of the freehold and ‘lifetime’ lease.
Ware 01920 411 090 Buntingford 01763 272 727 CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION
Wicklands Road, Hunsdon
JONATHAN HUNT are pleased to offer this well presented four bedroom detached family village home positioned within this sought after cul de sac. The property has been extended and recently improved by the current owners offering a refitted Kitchen and Shower room, newly fitted double glazed windows, built in wardrobes and features wonderful secluded gardens to the rear. Viewing advised.
Drury Lane, Hunsdon
JONATHAN HUNT are pleased to offer this well presented THREE/FOUR BEDROOM, SEMI-DETACHED family home, offering GORGEOUS CHARACTER FEATURES throughout. Further benefitting from three reception rooms, re-fitted kitchen & bathroom and fantastic SOUTH FACING REAR GARDEN. Drury Lane is located in the idyllic village of Hunsdon, offering countryside walks as well as pubs, post office and primary school. The property is Grade II listed, and truly not to be missed out on. Must be viewed internally to be fully appreciated.
Arthur Martin-Leake Way
JONATHAN HUNT are pleased to offer this IMMACULATE, FOUR BEDROOM DETACHED family home, situated in this modern family development BUILT ONLY 5 YEARS AGO. Further benefiting from SPACIOUS KITCHEN/DINING ROOM, utility room, additional study room, downstairs cloakroom, two bath/shower rooms, a larger than average rear garden, and PRIVATE GARAGE WITH DRIVEWAY. Must be viewed internally to be fully appreciated, vendor’s suited.
Ware 01920 411 090 Buntingford 01763 272 727 CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION
The Old School, Eastwick
JONATHAN HUNT are pleased to offer this STUNNING THREE DOUBLE BEDROOM character conversion surrounded by open countryside and benefiting from EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS. The property is finished to a high standard and offers THREE RECEPTION ROOMS, downstairs cloakroom, bathroom with additional en-suite shower room. TWO ALLOCATED PARKING SPACES and South facing rear gardens.
Lady Margaret Gardens, Ware
JONATHAN HUNT are pleased to offer this THREE/FOUR BEDROOM, SEMI DETACHED TOWN HOUSE, situated within this delightful and modern family development. Further benefiting from a good finish throughout, two reception rooms, two bath/shower rooms with additional downstairs WC, private rear garden and GARAGE WITH PARKING FOR THREE CARS (RESERVED). Must be viewed internally to be fully appreciated.
High Street, Stanstead Abbotts
JONATAHN HUNT are pleased to offer this well presented TWO DOUBLE BEDROOM COTTAGE, situated on the High Street of the fantastic Stanstead Abbotts village, with all of its local amenities mainline train station and local schools within walking distance. Further benefiting from TWO RECEPTION ROOMS, an additional dressing area to the main bedroom that could become an en-suite, and staggered gardens expanding to OVER 100FT. Must be viewed internally to be fully appreciated.
Dolphin Yard, Ware
Jonathan Hunt are pleased to offer this immaculate two double bedroom, ground floor maisonette with direct access to gardens, situated in the heart of Ware’s town centre. Both kitchen and bathroom are to a high spec, complete with integrated appliances and double oven. Allocated parking to the property is under car port and there is additional communal bike storage. Lease is in excess of 150 years, with relatively low charges. Must be viewed internally to be fully appreciated.
Ware 01920 411 090 Buntingford 01763 272 727 CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION
Cromwell Road, Ware
JONATHAN HUNT are pleased to offer this IMMACULATELY PRESENTED, THREE BEDROOM END-TERRACE home. Having been completely renovated by the current owners, the property offers spacious living room, high-spec kitchen and bathroom, en-suite to main bedroom, private driveway and rear garden with SUPERB OUTBUILDING, offering plenty of potential usage as gym, studio etc. Situated within walking distance to local amenities, the property must be viewed internally to be fully appreciated.
Goodey Meade, Bennington
Jonathan Hunt are pleased to offer this light & beautiful three bedroom terraced family home, set at the end of a quiet, leafy no-through road which backs onto neighbouring farmland. This wonderful property briefly comprises of, entrance hall, good size living room, modern kitchen/dining room and a downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs comprises of, three bedrooms and a good size family bathroom. There is Everest Double Glazing throughout the property and modern electric radiators. South-West facing garden to rear.
MEET THE TEAM Daniel Carter MANAGING DIRECTOR Daniel has been an estate agent in the Ware and Hertford area for over 25 years and became Managing Director of Jonathan Hunt in 2006. He is driven by the core aim to provide a bespoke approach to each and every one of his clients. Having been born and brought up in the area, he has an extensive knowledge of the local property market and maintains a loyal and substantial client base. Daniel lives with his wife and two children in Hunsdon. He is a keen supporter of Ware Cricket and Rugby Clubs and is proud to be sponsors of both.
In 2007 Simon Hill opened the residential lettings business within the Jonathan Hunt brand. Since its inception, the business has grown to be one of Ware’s most prolific and recommended lettings agencies. Simon’s aim has always been to provide unsurpassed service to both landlords and tenants. Simon lives with his wife and two children in Ware.
Jake Shropshire BUNTINGFORD DIRECTOR
Jake and his family have lived and worked in East Hertfordshire for over four generations. With 20 years experience in the local property market and financial services, he offers our clients a clear and concise service while buying and selling property in the local area.
Ware 01920 411 090 Buntingford 01763 272 727 CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION
Matthew Syme SENIOR NEGOTIATOR
Matthew is the new fresh face of Jonathan Hunt. Having joined us from another local agency, he is keen to assist in the future development of our growing business. He is an excellent Negotiator and is determined to give his clients the very best service.
Carol Wootton OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Carol is the calming voice at the end of the phone whose attention to detail ensures that your transaction runs smoothly from instruction to completion.
MARKETING AND SALES NEGOTIATOR
Kate is passionate about providing each of our properties with the best possible exposure and promotion.
Ingrid Bagg LETTINGS MANAGER A key member of the team whose 17 years experience and professionalism is at the very heart of Jonathan Hunt Lettings success. Ingrid is committed to providing the very best service to our landlords and tenants.
Lorraine Knowles SALES NEGOTIATOR
Having raised her family in Buntingford, Lorraine has a love of the town and a very useful insight into the local schools and community.
Don’t just take our word for it... Mr & Mrs Martin Sellers
We received a really high level of service from Jonathan Hunt. Communication was always answered, even if it was the last thing in the evening just to confirm what had happened that day; so we were never left hanging around or not knowing what was going on. They allowed me to think about what I wanted to do, I felt they were very honest in their approach.
Mr Elsom Landlord
They do the job for you, they take all the stress out of it and to my mind, you couldn’t get anybody better. I feel that Jonathan Hunt are so friendly, you are in fact part of the family.
Mrs Shelby Seller
I would definitely recommend Jonathan Hunt to family and friends because they did go over and above what I would expect, and they look after you.
Ware 01920 411 090 Buntingford 01763 272 727 CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION
Mr Walker Landlord
They get back very quickly if you have any queries, they always try and problem solve and they have a great attitude to making the whole journey as seamless as possible.
Mr Maclean Seller
You aren’t paying for just an estate agency; you’re paying for knowledge and staff with an ability to deal with issues.
Mr & Mrs Firth Sellers
We’d definitely use Jonathan Hunt again.
Mrs Coates Seller
I would definitely recommend Jonathan Hunt to family and friends, in fact I have. My parents bought and sold, I think my mum even passed onto a friend who sold their house through Jonathan Hunt as well, so absolutely I would definitely recommend.
Giving you peace of mind every time Our innovative approach to marketing, together with our unrivalled customer care, makes us the right choice to market your property and guide you through your move
Whether you’re looking to sell or put your property up for rental, when you choose to market your property with Jonathan Hunt, you can be confident that we’ll ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Selling your property A leading independent agent covering all Ware and Buntingford, the name Jonathan Hunt is synonymous with trust, excellence and integrity. With decades of experience, specialising in all aspects of residential property, our friendly, enthusiastic and professional service ensures that our clients continually return to sell and buy through us. We also recognise the importance of marketing, so your property will be advertised on the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our window display. Exclusively to us in our area, your property will receive its very own FREE microsite showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and a property brochure. Sharing your personalised website across the
social networks widens the audience for your property, to find the right buyer and increasing the chances of a quicker sale.
on the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our prominent window display.
Our qualified database of home buyers will be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. Quite simply we endeavour to sell your home for the best price, in the shortest possible time, providing you an outstanding service, with a personal and friendly approach.
Letting your property When it comes to letting, as Jonathan Hunt are members of certified accreditations, you can have peace of mind that your property is in safe hands as we ensure you are fully compliant with your landlord duties. We offer a comprehensive range of services for you to choose from including areas such as Tenant Introduction, Rent Collection, Gas Safety Checks, in-depth Inventory reports, Deposit registration, insurance-based Rent Guarantee and Legal cover policies. As with selling, when you choose to let through us, your property will be advertised
Ware 01920 411090 • Buntingford 01763 272727
The power of social media Your property will also receive its very own FREE property website showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and property brochures; something that we are proud to say is exclusive to Jonathan Hunt in our area. In addition, our qualified database of tenants will also be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. All our tenants are fully referenced and vetted, making sure the highest of standards are met to find the right tenant for you. ION ONLINE
By sharing your personalised websites with family and friends across the social networks you will be widening the audience to find the right buyer or tenant for your property, increasing the chances of a quicker sale or rental.
UAT INSTANT VAL
my I’m marketing property with t Jonathan Hun
Share with friend
Request a viewin Local schools
Value my home
When you choose to market your property with Jonathan Hunt, you can be confident that we’ll ensure that everything goes smoothly
View on a map
Video microsite on our website
Feature in our monthly magazine
Comparables of houses SOLD and price guides
Tech gimic (Drones, 360 tours)
Want to find out more about our range of exclusive services?
UNIQUE with Jonathan Hunt
Print marketing: Property brochure, photography, floorplans and newspapers
RECEIVE YOUR VERY OWN
Portals and websites
Then please feel free to pop in or give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Rightmove featured property advertising*
Feature on our Facebook and Twitter
All our applicants receive your property on their own search for a home website
FOX & HOUNDS, HUNSDON, HERTFORDSHIRE
The Fox & Hounds, Hunsdon is a family run modern European restaurant and pub set in the Hertfordshire countryside just outside of Ware. It is the only Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in the county and celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2019. Head chef and owner, James Rix, serves imaginative food with rustic Italian and French influences. James previously worked alongside chefs Gary Rhodes and Alastair Little, and was head chef at Tom Conran’s The Cow in Notting Hill. Driven by a desire to open their own restaurant outside London, In 2004 James and his wife, Bianca who runs the front of house, found and fell in love with the Fox & Hounds, lovingly restoring it to create the stylish restaurant and pub you see today.
THE FOX & HOUNDS, 2 High Street, Hunsdon, Ware, SG12 8NH
The Fox & Hounds is stylishly decorated with eclectic furniture, quirky art and shelves full of James’ favourite recipe books. The light and spacious dining room is perfect for private parties from weddings and family gatherings to business events, while the terrace and garden are a peaceful spot to relax in the summer.
The simple but sophisticated menu features creative seasonal food with seasonal ingredients including light dishes like Crab Taco with mango salsa, hand-made spaghetti with clams, Swaledale Lamb Rump and Old Spot
Pork Loin Chop. Ingredients are carefully sourced including rare-breed meat, Cornish Native lobster and local game. Meat and fish is cooked or finished in a Josper charcoal oven that works like an indoor barbecue to give the meat a fantastic flavour while keeping it moist and tender. The mid week ‘Michelin Bib Gourmand’ Set Menu is excellent value at £18.50 2 courses/ £23.50 3 courses.
Sunday Lunch is a real family affair and The Fox & Hound’s Sunday lunches have twice been voted by Observer Food Monthly readers as finalists for the Best Sunday Lunch in 2017 and 2018. Chef Owner James Rix James began cooking aged 15, working in the restaurant in his local village and had work experience at Waterside Inn in Bray and La Tante Claire with Pierre Koffmann. In 1994, he started at the Greenhouse with Gary Rhodes. After a brief spell at the Oxo Tower in London, James was offered a junior sous chef position at Alastair Little's Frith Street restaurant in Soho, where he worked for four years working his way to head chef. In 2000, he moved to Tom Conran’s The Cow, where he stayed as head chef for four years before opening the Fox & Hounds. MICHELIN GUIDE 2020 A welcoming high street pub with contemporary styling. The chef's ethos is to let good quality ingredients speak for themselves. Alongside homemade pasta dishes you'll find meats cooked on the Josper grill and plenty of local game. Flavours are pronounced, combinations are classical and portions are hearty. FROM THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE 2020 This captivating pub is now firmly established as a relaxed neighbourhood eatery, the attractive blue and white façade giving out an air of sophistication that draws you in. The locals seem well aware of what a gem they have on their doorstep, judging by the happy throng. James Rix is a passionate chef, delivering a seasonal repertoire with carefully sourced produce and no little refinement. OLIVE MAGAZINE The Fox & Hounds featured in Olive Magazine 2019 ‘Best party venues for Foodies’
Call us on 01279 843999 for more details.
STAMP DUTY HOLIDAY
d e d n 1 e 2 t 0 2 x E
eTO 30 JUN
We are on hand to keep you up to date with professional advice on how to make the most of the Stamp Duty Holiday! So, take advantage and contact us today for your FREE market appraisal.
jonathan-hunt.co.uk Ware 01920 411 090 | Buntingford 01763 272 727