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UK BEACH GUIDE THE BEST SEASIDE AREAS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER SUMMER SKIN CARE LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN IN THE WARM SUNSHINE
HOT INTERIOR DESIGN THE LATEST INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS THIS YEAR
SPRING BANK HOLIDAY GREAT DAYS OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
MAY GARDENING GUIDE OUR GUIDE TO WHAT TO PLANT THIS MONTH
Best UK beaches We’ve put together a list of the best seaside areas in the country to visit
Spring bank holiday Our top ideas to help you get the most out of your long weekend
May gardening guide With our handy guide we have laid it all out for you
About us Get to know our team a little better and see why we are your agent of choice
Screen Free Week Some ideas to include in your downtime from screen time
Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market
World Bee Day It’s vital to raise awareness of the importance of bees
Summer skin care The sun is out, but what are the best ways to protect ourselves from its harmful rays?
Hot interior design Now’s the time to think about your home decor, we have the latest trends for this year
The sun is out, but what are the best ways to protect ourselves from its harmful rays?
hether it’s a long-overdue holiday to a wave-lapped tropical shore or just an afternoon in the garden, there’s nothing quite like lounging in the sun, catching a few rays. A beer, a book, a basting session, it’s what summer’s all about, right? Well, no. Because what you do in the warmer months may well dictate how you look in later years. You may feel like a sun-kissed Greek god for a couple of weeks but, in a few years, there could be wrinkles, skin discolouration and any number of problems which could be a prelude to skin cancer. Short-term gain, long-term misery.
Buzzingly good food Celebrate World Bee day with these wonderfully sticky honey recipes
The finals countdown the football season heads into its ‘business end’ with trophies on the line
WELCOME TO THE MAY ISSUE!
he UK is slowly awakening from its imposed slumber. BBQs in the back garden with friends and family (following social distancing guidelines) are back on the cards, as are drinks in a beer garden. Non-essential shops are open again as are gyms and swimming pools. This month, with the weather heating up, we have an in-depth article about how to look after your skin in the sunshine and to tie-in we have a fantastic guide to some of the best UK beaches to visit over the summer. With the kids already having spent so much time at home this year, we have a feature full of idea for the Spring Bank Holiday, and if you are
planning DIY jobs to take advantage of the long weekend, we have a guide to the hottest summer interior design trends. May is a busy month for your garden, and we have our monthly gardening guide to help you with advice of what to plant and sow now, and we also celebrate World Bee Day with an article about its history and some buzzingly good honey recipes. It is also a busy month for sport, with finals in a whole host of competitions, so we are looking at the potential winners of the cup competitions and we also look into the importance of Screen Free Week. Jonathan Wheatley Editor
Of course, we heed all the warnings: we’re coated in sun cream from head to foot, we feel we’re well covered, and we’re not going to sit out in direct sunlight too long. But what happens? You get comfortable, the book’s too good, and because you’ve moved to a shady spot, there’s no need to cover-up or re-apply the Factor 30. Is there? Come the end of the day, though, you’ve discovered a little tenderness around the neck – it couldn’t have been anything to do with that welcoming breeze which sprang up, could it? – and your ears are burning like someone’s having a good moan about you. And yes, it was a mistake to keep a bracelet on. Experts have been warning us for years that too much exposure to the sun is a danger to the skin, not only in the peak summer months but as outdoor temperatures and daylight hours start to increase. And while sunshine brings many benefits, such as an increase in Vitamin D, too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily ideal. Vitamin D can improve brain function invigorate muscles and bone health, and lower high blood pressure while the levels of serotonin, triggered by sunlight hitting the retina, helps to improve mood, helping a person feel calmer and less stressed. And
COVER-UP JOB the sun’s rays are also good for helping to battle such skin conditions as eczema, acne and jaundice. The disadvantages to over-exposure come in later life with unsightly solar lentigines (often called age spots or liver spots and are similar to freckles), solar elastosis (where the ultraviolet radiation breaks down the skin’s elasticity and causes vertical creases, deep wrinkles and sagging), melasma (a darkening of facial skin), and poikiloderma (reddish-brown pigmentation common on the neck and chest). It sounds scary but there are a number of ways, requiring minimal effort, to help you stay safe in the sun this summer.
and 3pm so limit your exposure time, or even use a higher-factor sunscreen during those hours if you need to be outside or add a thin layer of clothing. A T-shirt provides an extra barrier between the sun and your skin, also protecting sensitive areas such as shoulders, back and chest – areas prone to over-exposure and PRIORITISE LIGHT where the application of sunscreen is habitually hit and miss.
There’s nothing quite like lounging in the sun, catching a few rays
Wide-brimmed hats protect the face, neck and ears, and with sunscreen, provide a good all-round shield, particularly What you do in the if moving about in direct warmer months sunlight, while long-sleeved may well dictate swimming tops are ideal for how you look in children who like to spend a later years lot of time in the sea or pool.
The most obvious is sunscreen. Using a lotion with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) provides an increased level of defence, although with children it is always best to stick with 50-plus as their skin is so much more delicate. It is best applied at least 15 minutes before you go outside, allowing it to soak in, and should be re-applied regularly, particularly if you are sweating or have been swimming – even water-resistant creams need a top-up. Be careful with the time of day. In the UK, the sun is at its strongest between 11am
Shades and shade: Eye protection is all-important as UVA and UVB rays are particularly threatening from light, reflective surfaces. Polarised sunglasses absorb that glare, while seeking shade will not only protect your skin from direct light but also keep you cool. It almost goes without saying that babies and toddlers should be kept under cover as much as possible. And don’t forget to hydrate. Sweating is nature’s way of keeping the skin cool, so you will need to replenish lost fluids with lots of water. Not wine. Or beer.
t doesn’t feel five-minutes since the kids were on Easter holidays, however, here we are again with some more time away from school. Being only a three-day break, however, time is short, so here are our top ideas to help you get the most out of your extended weekend.
London, in essence, is everything and anything you want it to be. No two trips to London can possibly be alike due to its vast scope of diversity, and if you’ve never been before, now’s the time to visit, because right now is when London is gearing up for a fabulous summertime.
A visit to this enchanting archipelago on your extended weekend would be perfect for all the family or even just as a couple, for there is plenty to enjoy
With eight fantastic royal parks, there is ample outdoors space for picnics, walks or just plain-old sightseeing, for you can see many of London’s prime landmarks from a simple park bench, including Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Whether it’s a play, an opera, a tour, a burlesque show, a sporting event, a wine tasting class or anything else which may tickle your fancy, London will have something for you.
BEACH WALKS – THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER AND CORNWALL
Even when the weather isn’t perfect, a walk down the beach – either alone, as a couple or with the family – can be one
of the nicest, most relaxing activities to engage in. The water gently crashing up against the shoreline as you stroll alongside the ocean, looking out to the distant horizon. It’s also something the kids will absolutely love whilst they’re off from school, as most children love simple walks down the beach. Whether it’s skimming stones across the sea or looking for rare and weird washedup artefacts on the sand, children will always have a fun experience, and what better place to do this than Dover? The White Cliffs are a spectacular marvel and the best way to see them is to take a walk along the coastal path towards South Foreland Lighthouse. Guided tours are available too to get the most out of these breath-taking views. Moreover, the UK owns some tremendous white-sand beaches, and many of them are just as beautiful as those we travel half way around the world to see. Cornwall is another great destination to visit to take in some magnificent stretches of white sand.
THE LAKE DISTRICT
By far the most popular mountainous region in England and possibly the UK, the Lake District is a much-loved holiday destination for families everywhere, with
BANK HOLIDAY IDEAS This spring bank holiday is going to be a special one; it’s going to be one for us all to let our over-grown hair down and have fun in the sunshine and bask in our freedoms!
more than 19 million visitors each year. Largely famous for its lakes, forests and mountains, it is also well-known for its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets, as well as Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin.
sailing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. Alternatively, soar through the national park on your mountain bike before refuelling with a slice of the famous Kendal Mint Cake.
THE ISLES OF SCILLY
All the land in England which is higher The Isles of Scilly are considered by many than 3,000 feet above sea level exclusively to be the most underrated of the British lies within the Lake District National Park, Isles. COVID regulations permitting, a including Scafell Pike visit to this enchanting which is officially the archipelago on your highest mountain in extended weekend Camp in the right England. The deepest would be perfect for all spots, and treat it (Wastwater) and largest the family or even just like an adventure, (Windermere) natural as a couple, for there is lakes in England are plenty to enjoy. and you’ve got here too. With hotels, yourself a truly camping sites, and The Isles of Scilly lie just wonderful time various exhibitions to off the coast of Cornwall, offer, it will be a winner but are a world apart for any family. in every way. They are a natural wonder, like a cluster of precious The Lake District is also a fantastic ocean jewels, where nature thrives and camping spot. Camping is essentially the soul is inspired. huddling up together under tents outside, but this can be so much more COVID-restrictions permitting, it may be than that. Camp in the right spots, and possible to travel abroad on the cusp of treat it like an adventure, and you’ve got this summer. So, for a two or three night yourself a truly wonderful adventure. For stay, we recommend places like Paris, those feeling active, spend an afternoon Brussels, Amsterdam or Copenhagen, in Ullswater, which is England’s second or indeed many other oversea locations largest lake and offers a magnitude nearby, for many of these destinations can of watersport opportunities including be reached in less than an hour by plane.
BEACH BREAKS THIS SUMMER As we move towards Summer, heads will inevitably turn to getting away on a much deserved break
A UK beach getaway might be the safest, and most popular way forward
owever, with question marks remaining over whether overseas holidays will be possible this year, a UK beach getaway might be the safest, and most popular way forward. So, whether you love fun in the sand, or walks along coastlines, we’ve put together a list of the best seaside areas in the country to visit.
Situated on Cornwall’s rugged North Coast, this town is perfect for anyone who wants to combine having fun with scenic views. The beach itself stretches for over three miles, and is manned by the RNLI, making it a safe, and clean place to spend your time. This place is about more than just its sandy beach though. Towards the town end of the beach, there are rock pools and caves to explore. But if you’d prefer to truly relax on your getaway, then why not pay a visit to ‘The Watering Hole’ - an all-year-round pub, situated right on the beach, and providing live music performances on its outdoor stage. And only a stone’s throw away, the small high street offers a variety of shops and cafes, meaning that one never has to travel too far in order to find something to do in Perranporth.
The sun-drenched town of Bournemouth enjoys seven miles of sandy beach, and is the ultimate destination for families. As well as the array of water sport activities on offer, it’s only a short walk to the famous Bournemouth Pier. Complete with an arcade and a variety theatre, Bournemouth, amongst many other seaside towns, does not lack in family entertainment. And that’s not to mention the PierZip at RockReef - the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire. The 250m long wire is also dual-wired, so it’s possible to race others, whilst making the most of the view. And if you’re looking to unwind, then take a stroll towards BH2 Leisure. This modern complex houses a cinema, as well as a selection of restaurants. If you needed any confirmation of how attractive a proposition Bournemouth is, its beach has been named as TripAdvisor’s 20th best beach in the world in 2021.
SEVEN SISTERS, SUFFOLK
To completely contrast with the buzz of Bournemouth, The serene Seven Sisters stand between Seaford and Eastbourne on the south coast of England, and is the perfect destination if you want to be at one with nature. It boasts a stretch of white chalk cliffs, and the area takes its name from the seven peaks of these cliffs. This dramatic landscape provides the perfect opportunity for a country walk, and will test even a seasoned hiker’s stamina. The Seven Sisters country park is also a popular area for activities such as bird-watching, canoeing, and wild swimming. So if you’re of this persuasion, this could be the perfect getaway for you.
BROAD HAVEN, PEMBROKESHIRE
Moving into Wales, the town of Broad Haven also falls into the category of ‘having something for everyone’. The water is suitable for swimming, and there are numerous rock pools, so this beach is a hit for children. If staying on the beach isn’t for you, then you’ll be thankful that you’re right in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, offering several exceptional nature walks to choose from. And what’s more, the town of Broad Haven became the object of numerous UFO sightings in the 1970s, and has since been humorously nicknamed the ‘Broad Haven Triangle’. So, if you’re a budding believer of extraterrestrial life, a trip to this town could give you more than you bargained for.
And finally, for those wanting to venture into Scotland, Stonehaven could just be the place for you. The beach itself is very popular among water sports enthusiasts. So if you’re a keen surfer, diver, or sailor, then why not take on the brisk waves of the North Sea? Aside from the beach, the town of Stonehaven boasts a heated outdoor swimming pool, so that the whole family can keep warm during the Scottish summer. And if you’re looking for something more cultural, Stonehaven is steeped in history. Take a trip to the beautiful Dunnottar Castle which sits atop tall cliffs. Although this castle fell into ruins nearly three hundred years ago, it has lost none of its charm, and is well worth a visit to learn about Scottish history.
Now’s the time to think about your home’s decor
hey say a change is as good as a rest. And although there will be no respite when it comes to actually getting down to do it, there can be no doubt that, once finished, a home makeover is good for the soul.
Less is more seems to be the key phrase when it comes to furniture, particularly if you are after a vintage look
The dilemma is whether to follow the herd and opt for the latest fashion, knowing next year you’ll be out of date and will need to do it again. Or opt for comfort and personality, with the emphasis on longevity. Therefore, it won’t be a surprise to learn there are wildly differing schools of thought when it comes to this year’s summer trends. The first is all about comfort and nostalgia, and has been dubbed Cottagecore, because we can’t live without labels. This is a romantic interpretation of simplistic rural life
with splashes of glamour – granny chic meets rustic vogue, according to the influencers – with muted, pastel tones offset by statement gold accessories and vintage-style wallpaper. As for furnishings, it’s traditional-shaped sofas with the accent on curves, rather than angular edges, and deep cushions, large footstools and statement lighting. Plus full-length curtains on wooden poles, something of a throwback to the Eighties. In the opposite corner is Japandi, a blending of the modern, pared back and functional Japanese and Scandinavian styles with simple shapes, rattan and natural wood dominant. Stoneware and ceramics are particularly important with bold, abstract prints on plain grey or white walls adding splashes of colour. Boucle – a tactile fabric popular in the Fifties and now fashionable again -
adds texture and softness to upholstery while, instead of flowers in vases, replace blooms with elegant grasses. Similarly, tall vivid green houseplants, such as palms, weeping figs or yuccas are also suitably eye-catching.
Less is more seems to be the key phrase when it comes to furniture, particularly if you are after a vintage look. Antique, repurposed or salvaged pieces all have their place, but the key is to provide plenty of contrast and that can only come gradually. Interior designers say it’s a look which needs layering so a few rich fabrics and statement lighting will help retain a modern note until the look is complete.
As for paint, Dulux’s colour of the year is Brave Ground, a warm natural tone which is the perfect backdrop for sage green - which is Boucle – a tactile expected to be particularly popular Some pieces, such as fabric popular in the in kitchens – as well bookcases or cabinets, Fifties and now as pale pinks. Earth are useful for displaying fashionable again colours are said to ornaments and - adds texture and give us courage to sentimental objects, softness to upholstery embrace change, so if but are not as effective you’re having a radical as floating shelves, rethink, at least it will particularly if they are give you confidence tiered. Being at home to carry on! more over the last year has made us look at what we have, and treasure them Industry-standard Pantone, on the other accordingly, while there is something hand, went for two shades: Illuminating therapeutic about choosing favourite – a bright yellow – and The Ultimate Grey items, moving them around into – a soft neutral – which, when combined, different patterns and orders. present a warming and optimistic colour scheme certain to lift spirits, Plus, they will look good as a backdrop and both are equally appealing when to your next Zoom call from the homeused on feature walls or in alcoves. Last working space you have managed to year’s colour, Classic Blue, still remains create behind that little bit of wall that relevant, however, and along with burnt juts out in your not-so-regularly shaped orange, provides a welcoming feel to living room, which you’ve never worked sitting rooms and snugs alike. out what to do with. You can zone the different areas with rugs, artwork lighting Alternatively, muted colours with folksy or plants and even paint the wall a slightly and characterful prints creates a modern darker shade to the rest of the room just vibe to brighten a window wall. to give it the feel of a separate area.
MAY GARDENING GUIDE
May is a wonderful month for your garden, and with our handy guide we have laid it all out for you
pring is fully underway. There should be no more frosts and the temperature is steadily getting warmer, which is bliss for your garden. With more sunshine, your plants should get stronger and healthier and the colours should start to look really vibrant. However, if you have a new space or a blank space, we are on hand to guide you through the best flowers and plants for your outdoor space.
The vibrant and bright colour of flowers is what makes a garden. And now is the time to sow seeds directly outdoors.
Looking to create a wild field look in your garden, then you can’t go wrong with cornflowers. These bright blue annual flowers can grow up to a metre high and give a vibrant wild meadow look to your beds. May is the final month to sow them, to get them to bloom this year.
Towering sunflowers are exciting annuals to grow in your garden. Children love them and they are really easy to plant and look after. Also, with so many varieties available with different colours, shapes and sizes, they create a simply gorgeous summery border in your space.
If you love butterflies fluttering around your garden, then these gorgeous scabious flowers, which come in shades of purple, pink and blue, Homegrown veg simply are perfect. Some tastes better than shopvarieties are hardy perennials, which bought veg. It’s a fact and means they’ll come if you don’t believe us, back year-after-year cucumber is the perfect while some tender veg to test the fact species are annuals.
Dill is an airy annual that not only looks great but is also used in cooking. If you are looking to attract wildlife, this is a great little plant that hover-flies are particularly attracted to. You can sow it directly into your beds, ready for summer blooms.
Keeping with the wild meadows theme, the bishop’s flower is a very pretty annual plant that grows to roughly 1m in height. Sow these flowers en masse and when they come into bloom, you will have graceful white cloud formations on top. Grown amongst cornflowers, the contrast in colours looks simply stunning.
Similar to flowers, with the frosts having passed, many veggie seeds can now be sown directly outdoors.
Beetroot is a purple root vegetable that is packed with essential nutrients. Even better, they are really easy to grow in your garden. The seeds don’t need much encouragement to germinate, and they require little maintenance once established.
Perfect for the BBQ, sweetcorn is another great plant that needs to be planted this month at the latest. Containing lots of fibre, sweetcorn is extremely healthy too. Simply sow the seeds in small pots or modules before planting them into rich, moist soil in a sunny spot.
Homegrown veg simply tastes better than shop-bought veg. It’s a fact and if you don’t believe us, cucumber is the perfect veg to test the fact. Sow cucumber seeds in peat-free compost and keep them in a warm spot. Once the seedlings have developed their first ‘true’ leaves, plant them outside with a bamboo stick for support.
Extremely robust, sprouting broccoli produces nutrient-packed succulent spears, which are perfect for steaming, boiling and grilling. Simply sow the seeds into small pots. Once the seedlings are coming through, prick them out and put them into larger pots. Then once they are between 7-9cm tall, plant them in rows in your garden.
With more sunshine, your plants should get stronger and healthier
A true garden and cooking staple, the honest carrot is an exceptionally easyto-grow vegetable, which is perfect for a whole host of dishes. Simply sow carrot seeds sparingly in drills in prepared soil before covering with a thin layer of soil and water sparingly. Seeds should germinate in a few weeks.
TAKE SOME DOWNTIME FROM SCREEN TIME
Making the most of Screen Free Week
od knows we’ve all been indulging in a massive amount of screen time over the last year, including our televisions, computers and phones. What a perfect time, then, to celebrate Screen-Free Week! In 1994, the week was first championed by TV-Free America, which then became the centre for SCREEN-TIME Awareness. Since 2010, the name has officially been Screen Free Week. It is an annual event which campaigns to have screens turned off and life turned on. Reading, daydreaming, exploring, enjoying nature, and spending time with family and friends are all activities encouraged. This year, Screen Free Week runs from the 3rd May until 9th May. The objective of the week is to create as much opportunity as possible to reflect on our relationships with our electronic devices, put them down, and enjoy all things natural and social.
The objective of the week is to create as much opportunity as possible to reflect on our relationships with our electronic devices, put them down, and enjoy all things natural and social
HERE ARE SOME UNIQUE AND THOUGHTFUL IDEAS, PERFECT FOR YOUR SCREEN FREE WEEK
• Write a letter to an elderly family member.
• Go on a picnic, and make all the food yourself from scratch.
• Lay a blanket out in your backyard and stargaze.
• Call a friend who’s going through hard times to let them
• Read aloud to your kids, even if they think they’re
know that you’re thinking of them.
too old for it.
• Go find a local body of water. A river, pond or ocean will
• Recreate your favourite restaurant meal at home.
restore your spirits.
• Make your own postcards and mail them to far
• Write a short story from start to finish.
• Challenge your kids to create their own board games, and
• Make a flower bouquet from your own garden, even if
then be willing to play the games.
it’s mostly greenery.
• Take a nature walk in your own neighbourhood and take
• Go for a long hike.
close up photos of the plants and flowers.
WE’RE BUZZING ABOUT WORLD BEE DAY World Bee Day is on the 20th May 2021
s it does every year, World Bee Day will take place on May 20th, to coincide with the birthday of Anton Janša, who pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in the 18th Century. And with the pandemic having negatively impacted the beekeeping industry, it is more vital than ever to raise the awareness of the importance of bees.
WHAT ARE POLLINATORS?
Pollinators are animals that transfer pollen between plants, and they play a huge role in allowing food crops to reproduce. There are different pollinator species in the world, but some of the most common are butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, and of course, bees.
WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
The most popular pollinators in the world are bees. In fact, pollinators, like bees, impact 35% of the world’s agricultural land, meaning that over a third of food has been at least partly pollinated by animals. And it’s more than just food that pollinators are useful for. Pollination also contributes to the creation of medicines, biofuels, fibres such as cotton and linen, and construction materials.
But the 25,000 to 30,000 species of bee are under threat. Due to human impacts, current extinction rates are 100 to 1000 times higher than normal. If this trend were to continue, many crops such as fruit and nuts would become less readily available, meaning imbalances to the human diet, and a lack of biodiversity.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Protecting bees can start at home, and it’s really easy to get involved! Planting bee-friendly plants like daisies and heather can help to attract them to your garden, and once they’re present, do your bit by helping them to flourish. You can achieve this by leaving a dish filled with water and pebbles, in case they get thirsty. Furthermore, by leaving a section of your garden to grow wild, this will provide the bees with much-needed shade when the weather heats up. It’s also critical to not use pesticides, fungicides or herbicides anywhere in your garden, as these can prove extremely harmful to bees. And, if you know one, choose to buy your honey from a beekeeper, and help local businesses! If you want to go even further, you can visit ‘worldbeeday.org’, and take part in one of their annual meetings, which will be held virtually this year.
COUNTDOWN It’s showdown time for football’s major prizes
n what seems a faster time than it takes VAR to sort out an offside decision, the football season heads into its ‘business end’ with trophies and relegation issues on the line. The compressed season has had more than its share of twists and turns, although there is an air of inevitability about where the honours are heading. Take the major domestic knockout trophies, the Emirates FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, for example. Neither has been won by a side outside the Premier League’s Big Six since 2013, when Wigan Athletic and Swansea City respectively had the audacity to buck the trend that suggested football was becoming a playground for the rich and mega-rich. Normal service has, sadly, been resumed, to the extent that since Wigan’s intervention, the FA Cup has become the property of just four clubs – Arsenal, who have won it four times, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City. And it will take a brave man to bet against that stranglehold being broken at Wembley on May 15th. (To further deflate the romantic notions of anyone hoping for an upset, since Wimbledon’s mind-boggling triumph in 1988, only three other teams – Everton in 1995, Portsmouth in 2008 and Wigan – have prevented the Cup from falling into the clutches of a Big Six which also embraces Liverpool and Tottenham).
The Carabao Cup is, of course, an even cosier clique: Since Swansea, it has been won by either City or a side managed by Jose Mourinho. Such is the Premier League’s clout and perceived strength, it is tempting to think that dominance has spread across the English Channel into the European competitions. Indeed, the same names keep occurring… only they are Spanish. In the last 10 years, there have been just two English winners of the Champions League, Europe’s premier club competition - Liverpool in 2019 and Chelsea in 2012 – although Tottenham, in the all-Premier League final two years ago, Manchester United and Liverpool have reached the ultimate showdown. In that time, Real Madrid have won it four times, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich scoring two triumphs apiece, although this year’s final on May 29th is at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, a venue etched deep into the Merseysiders’ folklore. It was there, in 2005, that the Reds overturned a 3-0 deficit to beat AC Milan on penalties to complete one of the great sporting comebacks. Of all the competitions, the marathon slog that is the Europa League could be the one to be wearing seldom-applied colours after the final in Poland’s stunning Gdansk Stadium on May 26th. Sevilla (four-time champions) and Atletico Madrid (twice) were notable absentees from the latter rounds, leaving the stage clear for unheralded champions.
BUZZINGLY GOOD FOOD Celebrate World Bee day with these wonderfully sticky honey recipes
1kg carrots 25g butter 2 tbsp clear honey 5 lemon thyme sprigs, leaves picked, plus extra to serve (use ordinary thyme if you can’t find lemon)
3 thyme sprigs , leaves roughly chopped 2-3 rosemary sprigs, leaves roughly chopped 2 fat garlic cloves , lightly bashed ½ tsp black peppercorns 4 duck leg (about 800g) 750g duck fat 2 bay leaves sunflower oil., for covering the duck, if needed 4 tbsp clear honey
HONEY & THYME CARROTS Keep this succulent recipe for when your homegrown carrots have started to produce. Tip the carrots into a wide shallow pan so they are no more than a double layer. Add the butter, honey and about 500ml or 2cm of water, the leaves from the thyme and a pinch of salt. Partly cover with a lid, turn the heat up high and boil everything down until the carrots are tender, cooked through and sticky with honey. If they aren’t tender enough by the time the water has evaporated, add a splash more. Once glazed, turn them over in the sticky juices and serve, with extra thyme on top.
HONEY-ROAST CONFIT OF DUCK Serve your carrots with this wonderful French classic with meltingly tender meat with crispy skin. Mix together the thyme, rosemary, garlic and peppercorns with 2 tbsp flaky sea salt. Tip half into a large baking dish, top with the duck legs, then sprinkle over the remaining salt and massage well into the duck. Cover with cling film and chill for 24 hrs. Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Take the duck legs out of the dish, wipe off the salt mixture with kitchen paper, then set aside. Melt the duck fat in a flameproof casserole dish until just bubbling. Add the bay leaves and duck legs, and bring to a gentle simmer. The legs should be completely covered, so top up with olive oil if needed. Transfer the dish to the oven and cook for 2 hrs 30 mins. To check whether the duck is cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of a leg – it should go in easily. Leave the duck to cool in the fat. Can now be chilled for up to 2 weeks. While the duck cools, make the Puy lentils & pancetta (see Goes well with, right). Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lift the duck legs from the dish, scrape off the fat and place, skin-side up, in a shallow roasting tin.
All recipes from the BBC Goodfood website Images for illustrative purposes only
Spoon 1 tbsp honey over each duck leg and roast for 25-30 mins until the skin is browned and sticky. Serve with the Puy lentils & pancetta.
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Rosie Chetwynd-Talbot Sales Team | Associate firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam joined Masons in May of 2018 to assist the sales team and is currently undertaking training to become a residential surveyor. Sam studied Business Administration and Geographical Information Systems at Aston University, and then took a Masters post graduate degree, all interspersed with farm work. Previously, having worked in a variety of agricultural service businesses in the area he then joined the family agricultural contracting business covering the North Lincolnshire area. Having always been interested in property, he has been keen to get into the industry since university and has a sound knowledge of building construction, aided by renovating his own property.
Violet joined Masons in August 2018 as a Customer Service Apprentice. After excelling in her first year, by showing a keen willingness to learn and dedication to delivering an impeccable level of client service, we were delighted to offer Vi a full time position on the sales team! Violet has now been awarded an NVQ in Customer Service and hopes to continue her studies to become a fully qualified estate agent. In her spare time Violet likes to socialise with friends and family and attends a local gym after work to keep fit.
Since qualifying with a degree in Property Agency and Marketing, Rosie’s 14-year career in Estate Agency has given her an unusually wide breadth of experience. She spent the first half of her career in Central London selling Farms and Country Estates from the Head Office of an international firm, followed by running a Central London Property Sales office. Rosie has spent the second half of her career working for Masons. Highly motivated, she enjoys the thrill of negotiating the best possible deal for our clients. A country person at heart, she is happiest spending time outdoors with her little girl, two dogs, two horses and husband Ed.
Jessika Critten Sales Team email@example.com
Imogen Olivant Sales Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessika is one of newest recruits within our sales department, brought on to aid with the increasing demand of residential sales. Having had previous experience in the hospitality industry, she has flourished within the team, receiving glowing feedback already! Jessika’s confidence and ‘can do’ approach to work, has allowed her to establish herself well within her department with her main role being in sales administration and viewings. In the coming year, she hopes to undertake a qualification with PropertyMark to become an accredited Estate Agent. In her spare time Jessika likes to socialise with her friends and family and is currently renovating her first home with her partner.
Imogen joined our sales team earlier this year, following her fourth harvest season with Syngenta - one of the world’s leading companies in agriculture. Having always had a keen interest in property, we appointed Imogen to assist with sales administration and viewings. Imogen is submersing herself within learning the ropes of office duties and our unique sales protocol. In her spare time she loves to socialise with friends and family and has a keen interest in travelling, having spent last winter exploring Australia and New Zealand.
WOLD GARTH, LOUTH £495,000
A truly exceptional and immaculate home just a short walk from the town centre and grammar school, this detached, individual 3 / 4 bedroom house stands in the prime Highfields residential area of Louth and has been transformed by a comprehensive refurbishment scheme with a superb, high-quality specification into a fabulous turn-key lifestyle opportunity.
GRIMSBY ROAD, LOUTH £350,000
Positioned in a high elevated position with open views yet just a short walk from the town centre, this unique detached bungalow has been transformed into a bright, contemporary home with landscaped gardens and patios, together with a long driveway leading to a spacious parking area and garage at the rear.
Cornmarket Louth Lincolnshire LN11 9QD
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BRAMBLE COTTAGE, FULSTOW £260,000
Masons are pleased to bring to the market this executive-style, three storey 3 bed semi-detached house built in 2018, finished to exacting standards. The property was designed with modern living in mind, having superb open plan accommodation with large bi-fold doors opening onto the west facing rear garden. The property is heated by a highly efficient air source heat pump, having underfloor heating to the ground floor with radiators to the two upper floors together with Upvc double glazed windows. The property which benefits from a 10 year certified guarantee, is situated down a quiet private drive on a generous plot, having driveway parking for four or more vehicles as well as a single garage. The rear garden has the more recent addition of a fully insulated studio or home office, having electric and wi-fi connections.
WESTGATE, LOUTH £215,000
A superb opportunity to acquire a two-storey maisonette located on the highly desirable west side of Louth market town. The property is steeped in history and yet offers modern contemporary living with excellent views over the private gardens and Westgate Fields, being located just a short walk to the King Edward VI grammar school and Louth Golf Club. This surprisingly spacious property has a well-proportioned living space to the ground floor with two double bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Externally, the property enjoys a private garden adjoining the river with a further large, shared garden exclusively for the use of the residents of Troutbeck. Also belonging to the property is a single garage and car park space.
QUEENS COURT, LOUTH £208,950
A well presented detached 3 bedroom bungalow ideally positioned in a popular residential area of Louth market town close to amenities and having a good size garden at the rear, driveway for car parking to the front and side, front garden, gas central heating system and mahogany effect double glazed windows which are white on the inside. Entrance lobby with cloaks cupboard to one side, dining-lounge with oriel bow window, inner hallway, 3 bedrooms, spacious bathroom and kitchen. Well maintained private west facing rear garden with two sheds. While generally in need of some modernisation the property is in a well maintained condition and there is NO CHAIN involved.
NEWMARKET, LOUTH £118,000
A charming two-bedroom, mid-terraced house located close to the town centre and next to a host of amenities including supermarket, fish and chip shop, pharmacy and doctor’s surgery with the main shopping areas being just a short five minute walk. The property is presented in a clean, modern standard with recent fitted kitchen and carpets with the addition of an en-suite shower room. Briefly comprising lounge, kitchen diner, two double bedrooms one with en-suite, GF bathroom, rear utility/lobby and small front garden, rear courtyard with a store. The property benefits from gas central heating.
Cornmarket Louth Lincolnshire LN11 9QD
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LUCERN COURT, LOUTH £105,000
A smart mid terraced house which is ideal for a first time buyer or investor located in the popular Market town of Louth. The property has an allocated parking space and well presented accommodation comprising sitting room, modern fitted dining-kitchen, landing, two bedrooms and bathroom with white suite. Electric heating and enclosed rear south facing paved garden/courtyard.
MAIN STREET, FULSTOW £100,000
Positioned on a small lane in the heart of the village, this individual building plot has detailed planning permission with conditions approved, footings built, concrete base poured and building control approval to date. Please see or request the online PDF details. The planned design is for a modern detached cottage combining character and modern efficiency, with exceptionally spacious open plan living accommodation, 3 double bedrooms, family bathroom and ensuite shower room. Garden to front and side together with a doublewidth driveway and patio area.
ALEXANDER PARK, LOUTH £274,950
Phase 2 now released! Located on the exciting new “Alexander Park” located on the sought after Legbourne Road in Louth. A Brand new detached high specification, spacious 4 bedroom home with a modern bathroom, kitchen diner, utility, Large Lounge, Sun room and driveway to single garage built by the regionâ€™s premier house builder Cyden Homes. A Contemporary finish and excellent room layouts complete this family home. 4 well-proportioned bedrooms with en-suite shower room to the master. Good sized gardens. 10 year new home warranty, double-glazed windows, efficient central heating system and completed using branded quality appliances, sanitaryware and wall and floor tiling.§
LANGLEY CLOSE, LOUTH Guide Price £415,000
Positioned in a quiet, semi-rural location on the very fringe of the Weaver’s Tryst area of Louth and for sale with NO CHAIN, this substantial five-bedroom detached, three storey house has a recent single storey extension at the rear creating a stunning open plan living/dining kitchen fitted with extensive units and appliances and a sunny southwest-facing rear garden. The property has a modern gas central heating system with condensing boiler, double-glazed windows, a security alarm, a detached double garage and attractive views over a landscaped lawned perimeter with trees and hedges bordering the Stewton Lane area of town.
Cornmarket Louth Lincolnshire LN11 9QD
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QUEEN STREET, LOUTH Guide Price £140,000
A surprisingly spacious end-terraced Period town house which has been greatly improved to provide attractive character three-bedroom accommodation with personality and style, to include a re-fitted kitchen and bathroom. Gas central heating system by a condensing combination boiler, double-glazed windows and a raised, part-walled courtyard garden to the rear with small shed. NO CHAIN
FIELD HOUSE, ASHBY-CUM-FENBY Guide Price £675,000
Benefitting from a superb scenic setting, located in a popular and well positioned rural village is this handsome 250 year old 4 bed farmhouse set in grounds totalling 2.3 Acres (STS). The property benefits from having recent rear extensions creating further accommodation with fully glazed rear walls looking on to the private gardens and paddock. Finished to an excellent standard with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3 reception rooms the property mixes period features with contemporary living.
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Wendy Taylor Head of Residential Lettings | Associate email@example.com
Wendy joined Masons in 2010 having had several successful years in an estate agency in Cleethorpes. She has in depth local lettings knowledge and experience dealing with all types of properties, from smaller bedsits to estates and landlord portfolios. Her contacts, properties and tenant databases mean she can quickly match tenants to their right home leading to a fast turnover of properties. She is friendly and approachable which is a major asset to her role as Letting Manager as she is the first point of contact for all landlords wanting an appraisal of their property. A valued member of the lettings team, she was made an associate of the company in 2014.
Jessica Gladding Lettings & Property Management | Marketing Manager
Rowena Blanchard Accounts
Jessica joined Masons in the summer of 2017 as our first apprentice! After making the difficult decision between university and an apprenticeship, Jess decided to stay in her home county and work for Masons! After excelling in her first year and gaining an NVQ, the Partners were delighted to keep her on as a full time member of the team. Jessica now splits her time between lettings negotiating and managing the marketing for both Masons and Louth Livestock Market. In 2019 she was asked to be the Honorary Secretary of Hainton & District Gymkhana, a historical one day Lincolnshire horse event, in aid of local charities.
Rowena joined Masons in 1999, having previously worked for DDM Agriculture as a Secretary/Administrator for four years. Rowena’s main role in the office is dealing with Masons client accounts and client/office accounts for our sister company Sanderson Green; with her main focus on rent collection for residential and agricultural tenancies, client/ supplier payments and bank reconciliations. Outside of work she loves hill walking, hiking around the Lincolnshire Wolds with her husband and has a passion for watercolour painting.
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NEWMARKET, LOUTH £795 PCM
Fantastic opportunity to rent this newly built detached bungalow within a short walk to the town centre. The property offers modern living comprising: entrance hallway, fitted breakfast kitchen with built in appliances, reception room to the rear with wood burner and doors leading to the rear garden. Three bedrooms (third one being a box room). Modern bathroom with shower over bath and vanity cupboards. Outside the gardens offer a patio area with raised beds. Two allocated parking spaces. Deposit £900. A small pet may be considered. EER “B”(82).
GRAINSBY LANE, GRAINSBY £1,950 PCM
Beautiful, detached residence set within the grounds of a private estate, benefitting stunning open countryside. The accommodation offers a welcoming hallway leading to GF WC, two reception rooms (one currently being used as a library but could also serve as an office), modern breakfast kitchen opening to a stunning day room with floor to ceiling windows and open fire. Good size utility room leading to the rear courtyard. Four double bedrooms (master with en suite) and family bathroom. Outside boasts beautiful mature gardens (which are maintained by the estate gardener), converted stables providing storage and outside entertaining area.
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