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The Village Directory for Ashford

Aug/Sept 2021 Edition • Issue 64 • Royal Mail




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My office at home kept being move from one room to another, there was no perfect spot, and it was often a dumping ground for anything that came through the letterbox. That was until my husband spotted the solution at the garden centre - a summer house we could use as an office. It was perfect for part-time working from home, but when I began the magazine and working there full time, we realised some issues. It was really hot in the summer and freezing in winter. This is something we could have dealt with at the point of building, but not when everything is in place and you have deadlines to meet. There were also no opening windows, just fixed panes! All these years later, it’s showing it’s age but it still serves us well, and I do believe it’s one of the best things we did - the worst was not insulating it and having no opening windows! We now have mature plants stategically placed against the east facing wall to reduce heat, but it is still cold in the winter, so I migrate back to the house until the worst is over. If any of you are considering a garden office feel free to drop me an email if you want to know more. Until next time keep stay safe.


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In this edition I have an article on setting up a garden office. This one is close to my heart as I was an early adopter of working from home. I have been working in my garden for around 25 years now, even before I started The Village Directory! I was lucky enough to have a trusting, forward thinking boss in London that allowed me to work from home for part of the week so that I could organise my working life around my son when he was young. The recent lockdown has introduced many of you to this way of working and the challenges it presents, least of all being able to get away from ‘The Office’!

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As you swivel the magic turnkey that releases a gushing stream of clean and sparkling water into your can, pause for a moment. Marvel at the luck of the draw that finds us living in a part of the world where water is available for us to use and to misuse. The water that you pour into summer hanging baskets and sprinkle liberally on your beds and borders was once excreted by huge reptiles. Your café latte contains dinosaur pee. Indeed, water on Planet Earth has been here for almost five billion years and the total amount is just about the same as ever. It represents the ultimate success story in terms of recycling. So, what’s the problem – we’re all familiar with the water cycle, right? A massive 97.5 per cent of water contains salt. So that means that only 2.5 per cent of Earth’s water is suitable for our use – and the majority of that is frozen and therefore unavailable. It’s hugely expensive and difficult to extract fresh water from the sea. It can take thousands of years for some parts of the water cycle to complete, such as the replenishment of underground aquifers. The warming planet Climate change is causing a warmer atmosphere. This holds more moisture and means that some areas will be wetter, whilst the dry regions will continue to get drier. We either have too much water or too little; Goldilocks would rarely judge things to be ‘just right’. We all need to do our bit, so what ‘bit’ is best in a garden? Firstly, let’s understand some of the consequences of what can happen when we interfere with the precious surface of the earth, both with and without a capital letter: • We cover it in impermeable material so that water falling on this will act in an unpredictable and sometimes dangerous way. Water moves into rivers far more quickly when there are fewer surfaces to soak it up en route. • We send water cascading into drainage pipes that can so easily be overwhelmed, eventually causing flooding.

• We confine rivers and drain flood plains so that water channels are no longer big enough during times of excess rainfall. • We cut down trees and remove vegetation, reducing the absorption potential of plants and destabilising soil that had previously been held in place by roots. Land surfaces can easily capsize and slip away when the anchors have been removed. How can gardeners help? • It’s a win-win situation. Creating space for water within a garden can be life-enhancing. Aim to slow rainfall down – allow some of it to be absorbed in vegetation, then catch and retain some more. Provide a pond that collects water run-off, then enjoy watching the biodiverse-rich habitats that develop. Surround your pond with plants that can cope with flooding and drought. They will help to absorb some of the excess during times-aplenty, but they won’t die of heat exhaustion during a prolonged dry spell. Some examples are: Acanthus, Asters, Astilbe, Brunnera, Carex, Cornus, Eupatorium, Hemerocallis, Iris, Kniphofia, Miscanthus, Monarda, Persicaria, Rudbeckia, Sanguisorba, Scabious and many more. Experimentation is all part of your gardening fun. • In places that require hard materials, choose porous options through which the rain can drain. By Caroline Knight:


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• Choose drought-tolerant planting for the driest parts of your garden. These plants will generally have silvery-coloured leaves or foliage that is covered in fine hair, which cuts down on evaporation through the leaf pores. Once established, they should survive the hottest, driest weather that they are ever likely to get, without needing to be watered. Surround them with gravel, pebbles or boulders as this will conserve what little moisture there is in the soil, plus it looks great too.

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If the future of work is at least partially at home, many of us are going to have to think long and hard about where to set up permanently. Sharing the dining table with the kids or perching on the end of the bed are not going to suffice long term, and although using a spare room as an office can be a great solution, it’s not ideal if you have regular guests to stay, or simply need the storage space. The answer may be a garden building that’s set up as a fully functioning work area – with the bonus of some welcome separation from domestic distractions, but an enjoyably short commute. The first place to start is with an assessment of how you’ll use the building. While a tiny office with not much more than a desk, chair and shelf will suit some, others may require a lot more floor space, specially designed storage, larger-


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Adam's Lockdown Music Reviews I think most will understand when I say that entertaining ourselves during lockdown has been something of a challenge. I personally found myself revisiting the many music albums I've bought over the last thirty years, usually accompanied with a glass of beer or wine. Finding this nostalgic, I decided to write reviews of the albums which mostly spanned the sixties to the present day. Eventually this became a monster project as I worked through the bulk of my collection, culminating in the release of a book. '2021: A Musical Odyssey', available on Amazon and The Cosy Kettle in Hamstreet. In order to appeal across the generations I’ve selected one album from each decade that I've listened to in its entirety during lockdown, and rather than fall back on the usual Beatles, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, etc. I've selected one of my more adventurous choices each time. John Coltrane – My Favourite Things (1961) Jazz is a genre I only really got into a couple of years ago. 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis featured highly in a book I have called 'The All-Time Top 1000 Albums,' so I thought I'd give it a bash. Since then it has opened up new vistas. This particular album is one for those who like to hear tunes they recognise played in an improvisational way. Coltrane's saxophone playing is superb and occasionally bordering on frenzied, and the piano breaks are also pretty amazing. The rendition of Gershwin's 'Summertime' is refreshingly different. Barclay James Harvest – Once Again (1971) 'Who?' I hear you say. Well, in truth BJH were bigger in Germany than in their native England. They were also the only band I know that had their own touring orchestra, as evident on this, their second album. Lyrically it's pretty dark, with a slightly unhealthy fixation on shuffling off this mortal coil, 'Happy Old World' being an example. To break up the drama there is the lighter 'Vanessa Simmons' and the rock blast of 'Ball and Chain.' There's even a Jew's harp on the final track, but the show-stopper is 'Mocking Bird' which builds from a quiet ballad into frenetic rock before exploding into two of the most dramatic orchestral chords you'll ever hear in a rock song.


Tonight -David Bowie (1984) Certainly not an album that springs to mind as classic Bowie, in fact initially I thought 'What on earth has happened to him?' However repeated listens make it

more palatable and you can even overlook the eighties instrumentation. 'Loving the Alien' is actually a very good song, and it's quite novel to hear him having a go at reggae as well as covering a Beach Boys classic, a feat few would attempt. Most of the songs were written by Iggy Pop, but eventually you do appreciate this as much as Let's Dance although 'Ziggy Stardust' it ain't! Life - The Cardigans (1995) The Cardigans were a band from Sweden and amazingly two of the members were formerly heavy metal musicians. This was the album they released before they made it big and here Nina Persson's voice has an enchanting quality about it that I can only sum up as 'fresh sounding.' 'Celia Inside' is my personal favourite here with its jazz-inspired guitar solo. The rest of the album is quirky, varied and very melodic, with added woodwind instruments. 'Hey! Get Out Of My Way' has a motif reminiscent of Johnny & The Hurricanes. And there's even a laid back cover of a Black Sabbath song. Standing on the Shoulder of Giants - Oasis (2000) This is often viewed as the album where the legend imploded and I was formerly of that opinion. However, a listen twenty years later reveals that perhaps we were wrong. 'Go Let It Out' perhaps sums up our feelings in these times, 'Is it any wonder that princes and kings, Are clowns that caper in the sawdust rings?' The album has a darker, more brooding feel than most Oasis albums and the final track 'Roll It Over' is sublime, but for me the high point is when Noel Gallagher launches into the guitar solo on 'Sunday Morning Call.' Be warned: one track has some fruity language. Silicon Country - Adam Colton and Teresa Colton with Anna Vaughan (2021) There's nothing wrong with listening to your own music now and again, and I was particularly pleased when my mother, my sister and I completed recording this album in between lockdowns. My mum (Teresa) has always wanted to record an album of her own acoustic country songs, and Anna's bass and harmonies are an added bonus. I particularly like my mum's ballads 'Running With Vampires' and 'Broken Toy.' The cynical among you may view this last choice as a product placement. Anyway, if you would like something different to listen to, the album can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and most other streaming sites. My mother is also an author, so if you fancy a good murder mystery do look her up! Adam Colton (

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Make the most of fresh blackberries with this delicious gluten-free cake. Ideal as a dessert with yogurt. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30-40 minutes Makes one 6 inch cake / serves 10 Ingredients • 150g gluten-free self-raising flour • 1 tsp baking powder • 75g xylitol or coconut sugar • Pinch of sea salt • 2 eggs • 100ml dairy-free milk or regular milk • 60g coconut yogurt or Greek yogurt • 120ml olive oil • 100g fresh or frozen blackberries • A little apricot jam for brushing • Yogurt to serve


1. Grease and line a 6 inch cake tin. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. 2. Place the flour, baking powder, xylitol (or coconut sugar, if using) and salt in a large bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, yogurt and olive oil, then pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and beat well with a wooden spoon. 3. Fold in the blackberries, reserving a few for the top. 4. Spoon the batter into the tin and smooth the top. Press the reserved blackberries into the top of the cake. 5. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and, with the cake in the tin, brush the top with a little warmed apricot jam to glaze. Allow the cake to cool before removing from the tin. 6. Cut into slices and serve with yogurt. Nutrition per serving (using xylitol): 218kcal, fat 13.4g (of which saturates 2.2g), carbohydrates 20.4g (of which sugars 1.5g), protein 3.4g

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Health & Beauty

Sometimes, simplicity is best... Aloe vera Aloe is one of my all-time favourite skincare essentials. People tend to think of it as merely a sunburn remedy, but it’s a fantastic hydrator that can be used all over the body. It’s also chockfull of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and it can work wonders on psoriasis and other skin conditions. You can use it direct from a plant (I have several at home), or just buy it in a tub for ease of use. Look for 99%-100% pure aloe vera that hasn’t been watered down. (It will contain preservatives.) Try it… as an overnight face mask. Aloe can be a bit sticky and does take a while to absorb, so it’s not ideal for morning use if you’re in a hurry. Instead, I like to use it before bed. Massage it into dry skin and reap the benefits the next morning. Your skin should feel softer, plumper and more hydrated for a fraction of the cost of a normal night cream.

a great toner for dull or acne-prone skin. (Just keep it away from your eyes!) That said, I mainly like lemon just for the smell. It’s been used in aromatherapy for generations and is one of the best stress-busting, energy-boosting essential oils around. Try it… as a mood lifting aromatherapy blend. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil and a few of geranium essential oil to water in a diffuser or oil burner. Alternatively, try the Time to Smile blend by Alexandra Kay (£20,, which combines lemon with other uplifting scents such as cedar and peppermint. It smells amazing and really does brighten your mood.

Coconut oil Another awesome hydrator, coconut oil has been found to help skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis. It soothes, calms and moisturises skin. (It also smells delicious.) Coconut oil is a real multi-tasker as you can use it all over, including your hair, and, of course, you can cook with it. A little goes a very long way, so a £10ish jar will likely last you for several months. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but melts easily. Try it… as a hair mask. Warm a small amount (around quarter of a teaspoon full) between your hands to melt it. Massage the oil into your hair, wrap it in a towel and leave for half an hour before shampooing out. Lemon Lemon oil contains citric acid, so may help to fade dark spots and brighten skin. It can be quite harsh though, so it’s best not to use it undiluted, and make sure you do a patch test first. A few drops of lemon essential oil in filtered water is By Kate Duggan


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