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Welcome Hi everyone welcome to the June Issue. I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year, where did all that time go? It seems that time passes quicker and quicker the older I get, and as next year will be a significant birthday for me, I’m concerned that I’m hurtling toward it at breakneck speed. In my head I’ve not changed a bit, but a quick look in the mirror soon puts me straight! From time to time I hear myself saying things that shock me into the realization that I have turned into my mum! The mirror says it all, yes, I‘ve turned into my mum, or is that my dad I see or maybe even my nan! Of course I’m a mixture of them all, and that’s not a bad thought for the day. If I can be for my son what my parents were for me, then I’ve done well. As much as we may try, we can’t hold back time, so acceptance is the key. So bring it on, it will all come out in the wash, as my mum used to say, there I’ve done it again!. And next year I will have one very big party to prove I can still “party like it’s 1999”! George Bernard Shaw said “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing”.
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Outdoor Relaxation by Pippa Greenwood
When you get back from a hard day’s work, or when you simply find the time to escape into the garden after a stressful day, then it is essential that you are met by a soothing environment. It is all very well creating a garden with lots of straight lines and wacky bits of metalwork, but if you want to really let your garden take the strain, then concentrate on a truly relaxing feel that will help you to unwind as you enjoy soft shades and textures of foliage, delicate flower colours and fabulous perfumes. Plants have an amazing ability to calm and soothe even the most wound up, stressed out mood, but what should you grow if you really want to create that perfect place to relax? Start by considering a fairly gentle perfume, like that produced by many roses. One of my favourites is ‘Felicia’. For something slightly richer try ‘Tuscany Superb’. 4
If you have an arch, arbour, pergola or even a spare bit of fence then train a honeysuckle over it. The combination of its delicately coloured flowers and fabulous perfume will cheer you up and you can even enjoy it in the early evening as you sit back and relax with a cup or glass of your favourite tipple!
Think too of plants with a relaxing feel to them, such as the grass Chasmanthium latifolium. This grows to a height of about 45 cm and carries its flattened seed heads in vast numbers above the leaves. They move about delicately in the breeze and are almost impossible not to stroke.
A sowing of night-scented stock will produce plants that, although not flamboyant, have the most heavenly rich perfume – also perfect for early evening relaxation as this is when the flowers open and produce wafts of really sweet scent.
Grow some Artemisia abrotanum its soft, wonderfully grey-green leaves will make you want to touch it, and when you do so you will find it also releases a lovely aroma.
If you have space for a goodsized container plant, then grow your own Datura or Brugmansia. Commonly known as the angel’s trumpet and although potentially very poisonous, these plants produce large elegant trumpet-shaped flowers with a wonderful perfume.
The perfume of lavender is often used in aromatherapy because of its calming, soothing properties, so what could be better to grow in a sunny spot with free-draining soil than some lavender? You can even use it to edge a border providing conditions are right, and it not only has lovely, slightly furry or felt-like foliage but also produces that heavenly smell.
The Garden Take a look at some of the grasses and bamboos that are available; the rustling sound of bamboo foliage as the stems sway gently in a breeze, or as you brush your hand against them, is one of the most relaxing sounds I know, and for smaller spaces many of the grasses form wonderfully rounded and quite irresistible clumps of foliage. When it comes to choosing favourite flowers, don’t forget that although some bright colour is a good way to cheer you up, if you want to relax then concentrate on cream, white and, of course, the pastel shades. There are a host of these available for annuals, perennials, shrubs and climbers. Don’t forget that green is known to be a relaxing colour too, so ensure that you include plenty of plants with good foliage and, in shady areas, you may find that a miniature grotto-like patch planted up with ferns is just what you need. And finally, before you rush off to the garden centre to buy some of these truly magical ingredients, just a reminder that water in a garden always helps to relax you. Whether it’s a small pond or perhaps a bubble fountain, position it where you can hear that sound of moving water or enjoy watching the wildlife as it comes to feed and drink – and before you know it you will find that you want to move the whole of your life into your garden. Visit Pippa’s website www. pippagreenwood.com for a really useful selection of favourite gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls and copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.
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ello everyone, Mowgli here. How are all of you? Ebony and I are fine and have been enjoying quite a few capers recently. In the last few weeks Clive has had a big birthday. The type of birthday that begins with a 4 and ends with a 0. Quite exciting. Now, as all of you felines will know, trying to work out the best way to help a human celebrate a birthday is quite difficult. It takes hours and hours of planning. Whatever you do needs firstly to be memorable. Preferably it is also quite spectacular. Also, as we are cats we need to make sure that we are very much central to whatever the plan is so that in years to come everyone will remember that we organised it. Now for such a big birthday Ebony and I had a lot of planning to do. We thought very hard. Some of our normal birthday duties were obviously appropriatelots of purrs, helping unwrap presents by gently chewing them, undoing ribbons with our teeth, proudly greeting any guests with our tails held high. In the end I thought of a great idea. I decided to make sure that Clive’s birthday started with a bang. And I wanted to make sure that I was the very first one to start his birthday off. I made sure that I only slept lightly the night before his birthday, and when it was about 3am I carefully crept onto his bedside table and smacked his water glass very hard. I hit it in just the right place and it made a huge bang as it hit wood on the side of a shelf, shattering into hundreds of tiny shiny pieces. Clive, as I had planned, woke up with a bang and was greeted by tiny glittering shards everywhere.
ow many of you cats often find that humans are a bit dim and unappreciative? My birthday surprise was not greeted with delight but with a loud groan and muttering about me being the clumsiest cat Clive had ever met. Ebony and I were then scooped up to have our paws inspected and shut out of the bedroom while things were cleaned up. Humans are so silly. As if Ebony
and I would get glass shards in our paws- it was all planned so we knew to avoid them! The silly humans then covered the bedroom floor in newspaper to protect us all from the shards until they could hoover and not wake up Joshua. We didn’t see this coming and this wasn’t good for poor Ebony. Ebony has quite high standards and refuses to walk on newspaper so she ended up having to do a huge leap onto the bed and then stay there. Anyway, one thing is for sure- I managed to create a memorable birthday event that will be remembered for years!
am still worn out from all this planning so I am going to go and curl up in a patch of sun by the French windows. We need to make the most of the sun while it is here!
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PETS Use The Summer Months To Help Your Dog Become Fit And Healthy As we all know, it’s very easy to put on weight during the winter without even realising it. The same applies to your dog, who might currently be displaying a larger than expected stomach - but it’s easy to help them lose weight and become fitter. It’s not always obvious that your dog is gaining weight though, so it’s a good idea to have regular checks using your vet’s scales. Taking photos of your dog every few weeks during the whole year will also reveal any additional poundage. So what else can you do to help them shed their excess weight during the longer days of summer? Not just walks Variety is the key to faster weight loss, and incorporating play into their exercise regime will work wonders. You can build a home-made agility course using large boxes and tubes, or buy the ready-made versions from pet stores and supermarkets. Hide and seek, or playing ball games on the beach will also be well received. Portion control Exercise plus careful control over how much your dog eats is a powerful combination for losing weight. It’s so easy to lose track of their food intake during a day, but choose a good quality food that will be easily digested. Help from your vet Most vets run weight-loss clinics which are useful if you also have any health concerns about your dog. The vet can offer valuable advice, and make sure you’re giving them the correct food. By Ann Haldon
Home & Interiors The Art of Display
Would you like to create displays of your treasured possessions that show them off to their finest advantage? Our top ten tips are sure to help. 1 Consider what you are displaying, whether it is sturdy or fragile, valuable or everyday. Do you wish to admire it from afar and protect it from sun, dust or accidental damage? Or are you happy for it to be close to hand and perhaps picked up at will? You may find you can manage with a display on a mantelpiece, shelf or table top, or you may wish to invest in a specially designed cabinet, case or stand. If you opt for specialist display furniture, whether that is a former shop fitting or a set of glass shelves, choose pieces that complement the style and proportions of your home. 2 Good lighting makes all the
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difference to an effective there’s something extremely display. For serious collectors, pleasing about this mirroring carefully positioned ceilingand doubling. The only catch mounted spotlights are is that you must ensure your the ideal solution, but if objects are placed evenly you experiment with an and symmetrically. If you’re adjustable lamp you may not confident about judging well be able to provide a by eye, there’s nothing wrong more informal (and much with using a tape measure! cheaper) quick fix for a simple 5 When choosing a group of domestic display. Think about different objects to display, where the light comes from: look for ways in which they directly above, behind (for a will work together, whether dramatic silhouette) or from by colour, size, shape, texture the front, and how ‘warm’ or or proportion. It is important ‘cool’ the bulb should be in to have something that order to enhance colour and creates coherence, and don’t texture. forget that what you leave out can be as important as 3 Group objects together and what you put in. However they can be much more than much you love them, some the sum of their parts. Even objects may simply not fit the most unprepossessing well into the group. of objects carries a certain weight when displayed in 6 Every time you display more a group, and this sort of than one object, you need display is also ideal if some to make a decision whether of the pieces are not exactly to opt for symmetry or perfect, or if the items are asymmetry. It depends partly not of great individual value on the items you have and or importance. A group partly on your home and display may consist of almost personal taste. Symmetrical anything: a series of Delftware displays tend to appear more plates or tiles, a dozen classical, considered and framed silk headscarves, refined, and suit traditional pebbles in graduating sizes, rooms; the Georgian period, mirrored baubles, wooden for example, tended to shoe lasts, a row of modern emphasise the rules of chairs in sorbet shades… symmetry. Asymmetry, you can have great fun with on the other hand, is ideal almost anything you decide for making an impact in a to gather together. contemporary space, and can seem more spontaneous and 4 Displays of identical pairs intuitive. of objects are probably the most simple, and often the 7 Less can often be more, and a most visually powerful, great way to make an impact of all. Whether it’s a pair with a display is by showing of silver candlesticks or off a single, fabulous, huge two raffia-wrapped lamps, object. Bear in mind that
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Bolognese Meatballs Serves 4
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These delicious homemade meatballs are flavoured with basil and oregano then cooked in a rich tomato sauce. Serve with spaghetti for a classic Italian supper, or for a change pile on top of boiled rice or steamed couscous.
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400g lean minced beef 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil 1 tsp dried oregano 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp virgin olive oil 500g carton passatta (sieved tomatoes) 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste 1 tsp sugar 400g spaghetti Freshly grated Parmesan, to serve Fresh basil sprigs, to garnish
Give the meatballs extra flavour by adding some chopped black olives, 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese or 2 tsp drained and rinsed baby capers.
Put the mince, basil and oregano into a food processor or blender with half the chopped onion and half the crushed garlic. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then process until almost smooth. Divide and shape the mince mixture into about 28 small meatballs. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, turning frequently until browned all over. Remove the meatballs from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the rest of the onion and garlic to the pan and fry for 5 minutes. Pour in the passatta and add the sundried tomato paste and sugar. Bring to the boil. Return the meatballs to the pan and stir in 150ml water. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding a little more water if necessary. Season to taste. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of lightly salted water for 12 to 14 minutes or according to the packet instructions. Drain well. Serve the meatballs and sauce with the spaghetti and top with grated Parmesan. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs.
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Cake and Bake Apricot Jam Swiss Roll Great for a teatime treat, this light sponge cake is best eaten on the day it’s made. For a chocolate version replace 25g of the flour with 25g sifted cocoa powder.
Ingredients: • 100g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling • 3 large eggs • 100g self-raising flour FILLING • 100g unsalted butter, softened • 225g icing sugar • Few drops vanilla extract • 6 tbsp apricot conserve
Serves 8-10 Ready in 40 minutes, plus cooling time TIP
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1. Preheat the oven to 200C, Fan 180C, Gas 6. Lightly grease
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Hobbies Hunters and Seekers, Sign Up Here By Kate McLelland An unusual arts project launched in Scunthorpe this year has reflected the public’s growing passion for interactive games, particularly if they involve solving puzzles to reach a goal. Five gold artworks, with a value of at least £1,000 each, were hidden around the area and clues to their location were encoded in paintings hanging at the town’s 20-21 Arts Centre. Everyone loves the idea of finding hidden treasure, but these days opportunities are not just limited to rare events like the Scunthorpe gold hunt. It’s now possible to take part in well-organised hobbies where you can use your skills to track down hidden items or find concealed information. The craze for such games began with Letterboxing. The origin of this activity can be traced to Dartmoor in Devon, where, in 1854, a well-known local guide called James Perrott left a bottle in a cairn beside Cranmere Pool. The idea was that visitors could place a card in the bottle as proof that they had completed the arduous, eight-mile journey there. This eventually inspired the idea of placing boxes in remote and inaccessible locations along the Dartmoor trail, into which visitors could drop a postcard or letter. Whoever subsequently
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