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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: Gardendesignideas.co.uk

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This high-quality garden building is one of four designs, each customisable in terms of size, style and budget. TGO4 Garden Room, 5m x 4m, £25,245, greenretreats.co.uk.

Setting up an office or studio in the garden may be the ideal solution to pressure on space inside the house. Here we outline some points to consider before you start.

than-average windows or additional security, for example. Most people will want electricity in their new outdoor office, but will you also need a landline, a sink with running water, a kitchenette or a WC?

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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Next come decisions about quality, size and position. For comfortable working, and to add value to your property, a garden office should be built using good quality materials and to a high standard. Ideally, its style will complement that of the house and garden, adding to the overall aesthetic appeal. On a practical level, insulation is vital. Think walls, floors and roof if the space is going to be used beyond the summer months, with double glazing and draught proofing around doors and windows. Heating is important, too. Many owners of garden studios use electric convention heaters, which can be thermostatically controlled on 24-hour timers. Electric radiators are great, while wood burners look gorgeous and are super-cosy (but must be professionally installed). Considerations of security are equally important. If anything valuable is going to be stored in the space, glass windows (perhaps even double glazed) are infinitely better than plastic, and a sturdy door with a proper lock will be necessary. Size-wise, your garden office must be big enough for your needs but not so large that it decreases your outside space to a problematic degree. A very modest example might not be much over 4m square, while the grander types could be 15 to 20m square or even more. In many scenarios, there will be a maximum size possible, and also an obvious location. Where there is a choice of position, however, think about how close you want the room to be to your home, whether the ground is sloping, where there are trees or other potential obstructions, how the sun falls at certain times of the day, and which way you want the windows and door to face. Unless you’re opting for solar or wind power, and have your own bore hole, consider how you will connect utilities. The closer you are to the house, the cheaper it will be to lay

pipework and cables, whether for lights and plug sockets or a flushing loo. If using the internet is essential, you may be able to access your usual router wirelessly, or extend its signal relatively easily; if not, you may need to lay a wired connection across the garden. And don’t forget how you’ll get from your back door to the new structure. You might need a new path, because it’s no fun trekking across a squelchy lawn in the middle of a rainy winter’s day. Whether you’ll need planning permission is another thing to consider. Most garden buildings are deemed ‘permitted development’, but it’s vital to check with your local authority. If the structure is going to be larger than 15 square metres, or used for sleeping in, then it will have to pass building regulations, too. Bear in mind that, unless you have been granted planning permission to do so, you can’t put an outbuilding in your front garden; nor are you allowed to take up more than 50% of the area of land around the original house. Design-wise, a garden office could take the form of a glorified shed, a futuristic dome, a traditional shepherd’s hut, an all-singing, all-dancing structure that offers every conceivable luxury – or anything in-between. Whatever you decide, whether it be off the shelf, customised or entirely bespoke, your new garden office is limited only by your imagination and your budget. By Katherine Sorrell

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Slug – Hollie McNish As you’d expect from this hugely popular poet, there’s plenty of humour, honesty and straight talking in Slug. No subject in McNish’s life is out of bounds it seems – she covers everything from birth, periods and motherhood to sex and death. Slug is not a typical poetry book – it’s sprinkled with prose and short stories. If you offend easily, it may not be for you, but if you want to dip into a book that feels like a private conversation with your best friend, Slug is out now. More Than a Woman – Caitlin Moran Caitlin Moran’s second memoir picks up where the first left off. Moran brings her trademark wit as she explores what it means to be a middle-aged woman in modern Britain. She also lets us in on some of the most difficult challenges she’s had to face over the past few years, including helping her teenage daughter battle an eating disorder. It can feel a little smug at times, but on the whole More Than a Woman is well worth a read. Choose Your Own Autobiography – Neil Patrick Harris The clue to this one is in the title – rather than a straightforward ‘the whole truth and nothing but the truth’ memoir, this one gives the reader the chance to choose what to read about next and, in some cases, in which direction Harris should have headed. Will you end up starring in Doogie Howser MD or eaten by piranhas? Only you can choose. Hilarious, insightful and original, this is a great holiday read. Captain Tom’s Life Lessons – Captain Tom Moore and Wendy Holden In 2020, Captain Tom set out to raise money for the NHS. He soon became a household name. A number one single followed, as did his bestselling autobiography, Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day. In Captain Tom’s Life Lessons, he shares some of the things he learned over his 100 years. There’s no preaching or lecturing, just bucketloads of warmth, humility and quiet humour. Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet – Kate Pankhurst Kate Pankhurst has written several children’s books about fantastic women in history. This one focuses on environmental heroes. You’ll read about Jane Goodall and Anita Roddick, alongside lesser-known figures such as Wangari Maathai and Ingebord Beling. Each mini-bio is accompanied by full-colour illustrations. Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet may be aimed at young children, but parents, grandparents and teachers are sure to enjoy it just as much.

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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.

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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 (adamgcolton@AOL.com)


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I would like to share the story of why our daughter Rosalind South, (resident of Sellindge) who with 3 friends of her late husband, took up the challenge to swim the English Channel.

against grey skies, freezing cold water, jelly fish swarming close by and turbulent seas they edged closer to the French coast. It became apparent that the 4th person’s 4th hour was up and yet they still had at least a further 2 miles remaining to reach the beach. Adhering to the very strict rules imposed by the Cross Channel Swimming Association Rosalind who had finished her 4th swim had to change out of warm clothes and put on her swimsuit and go in again for a 5th time to complete the challenge and have it officially recognised to validate certification.

Rosalind wanted to do something positive to honour her husband’s memory to not only raise funds but also raise awareness of how cancer can affect young, strong and otherwise healthy people and to give a warning not to ignore symptoms in the mistaken belief it can’t be anything serious or that, ‘ it won’t happen to me’. The commitment that Rosalind and her Her husband Alex was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in team members have given in terms of September 2018 and died 6 months later in March 2019 aged their time, energy and enthusiasm has 34 years. Alex was fit, strong and father to 2 year old and 6 raised to date almost £50,000 which will month old boys. Just 2 weeks before he died Rosalind herself be divided between research into bowel discovered a lump in her breast and 3 days after he died and cancer and a breast cancer charity, ‘Team before his funeral had taken place, she was diagnosed with Verrico ‘who provided both financial and emotional support to Rosalind throughout breast cancer. her treatment. When your world turns upside down the choice is to either fold or as Rosalind did, to fight on. She did this by undergoing Modern technology enabled us to watch 6 months of gruelling chemotherapy followed by 3 weeks of their progress over the 16hrs and 46 radiotherapy Her determination to survive carried her through minutes enabling us to communicate some very bleak days of treatment and out of all the pain came encouragement as did hundreds of the conviction to turn a negative situation into something followers on Facebook. positive and worthwhile so that others might be saved from I hope if reading this story has made just what had happened to both Alex and herself. one person think about the need to get any Organising and training for the ‘SwimforAlex ‘campaign has new or unusual symptom checked out then been a focus for her and she has trained in all weathers, mostly Rosalind and her team’s efforts will be more than justified. Thanks for reading this. off Hythe beach in preparation for the big event. The team of 4 set off at 4.35 am Friday 2nd July from Dover It’s Roz bringing us home!! She’s about with Rosalind starting from the shoreline and swimming the 30mins left to go and pulling off an absolutely first hour. Thereafter in a relay with each swimming 4 times phenomenal achievement today!!

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This is such an easy recipe. Everything is simply placed in a roasting dish and slow-cooked in the oven, creating an amazing spicy lemony flavour. Serve leftovers for lunch the following day cold with salad. SERVES: 6 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes Ingredients • 1 tbsp smoked paprika • 1 tsp sumac • 3 tbsp olive oil • 1 organic chicken, jointed • 1 bulb of garlic (separated into unpeeled cloves) • Sprig of thyme • 2 unwaxed lemons, cut into quarters • 150 ml chicken stock • Black pepper • 1 x 400g can artichoke hearts

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1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/150°C fan/gas mark 3. 2. Mix together the paprika, sumac and olive oil. Put the chicken pieces into a roasting tin and add the garlic cloves, thyme and lemon quarters. Pour over the paprika oil and rub all over the chicken pieces. 3. Drizzle over the stock and season with black pepper. Cover the dish with foil and cook in the oven for 2 hours. 4. Remove the foil from the roasting tin, add the artichoke hearts and turn the oven up to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6. Cook for another 30 minutes or until the chicken is golden. Nutrition per serving: 387kcal, fat 27.8g (of which saturates 7g), carbohydrate 1.4g (of which sugars 0.6g), protein 33.2g.


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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

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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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Top tips to making sleeping under the stars a whole lot more enjoyable… Fly the flag If, like me, you have the navigation skills of Nemo’s best friend Dory, you may find yourself getting lost occasionally. A telescopic flag pole and windsock is a useful marker, particularly if you’re planning to give the kids a bit more freedom. To wee or not to wee No one enjoys a 3am trek to the loo, so a portable toilet is your friend. A potty is fine for younger children, but you’ll need something a bit more substantial for older kids (and adults). If you have room, a bucket style loo is ideal. Otherwise, try a collapsible toilet. We recently bought the Bivvy Loo, which folds down small, supports up to 23 stone and comes with biodegradable bags and powder to transform liquid to gel. Let there be light You’ll need headtorches to find your way around after dark. A rechargeable camping lantern is also useful for evenings (and those 3am toilet breaks). And a string of solar fairy lights around your door will help you to identify your tent at night. (They also look rather pretty.) A decent night’s sleep If you’re only planning to camp occasionally, air beds are usually fine. However, they do tend to deflate somewhat overnight and don’t exactly have the longest lifespan. While camping beds are more expensive, they can work out far better value in the long run. And you’re likely to get a much better night’s sleep. Dress for the occasion Even the hottest British summer’s day can turn cool at night. Close-fitting PJs (or leggings and a T-shirt) will help to keep the warmth in. Make sure you pack plenty of layers. You’ll appreciate a fleecy jumper when you’re

huddled up sheltering from the rain. Speaking of rain, it can be difficult to get dry in a tent, so waterproofs are a good idea. Eat, drink and be merry A camping stove is essential for anything longer than a weekend break, even if you’re planning to mainly barbecue or eat out. Stick to easy-tocook meals, from breakfast fry-ups to fajitas. Don’t have an electric hook up? A cool box with ice blocks makes a useful fridge. You’ll need to refreeze the blocks each day, which you can usually do in the site shop. My kids love ‘camping cereal’ (aka mini variety packs). Pour the milk directly into the cereal bag. No bowl = less washing up. Ideally, start collecting condiment sachets a few weeks before your holiday, so you have plenty of ketchup, mayonnaise, vinegar etc. to see you through. And what camping trip would be complete without toasting marshmallows? Other essentials worth packing include: • Washing line – string it between your tent and a tree to dry swimming costumes on • Baby wipes – handy no matter how old the kids are • Dustpan and brush • Doormat • First aid kit • Extra-thick thermal socks (Heat Holders are ideal) • Gaffer tape for tackling leaks • Travel games, a ball and a frisbee By Kate Duggan

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