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hey say you should never meet your heroes, in case they disappoint! But when it comes to Dom Theobald, I needn’t have worried. It would be hard to ﬁnd a more aﬀable, warm and approachable person. I’d been aware of Dom’s work for some time, commanding attention wherever I’d seen it, so it was an enormous pleasure to visit him at his studio, hidden away like a forgotten chapter of The Secret Garden behind the magniﬁcent Ditchingham House. Dom lived in an apartment in the house until recently, but maintains his barn-like studio there. Abstract paintings are hung from the rafters, glowing luminously on the walls and spilling their colour out into the landscape; walls and tables are crammed full of equipment. Printmaking tools, paints, brushes, and an enormous printing press stands in the midst of this cacophony of creativity. Dom’s paintings are often huge and the textures are as important as the images themselves. There’s a joy in the physical process and the physicality of the materials he uses. His old etching plates are objects of beauty, full of texture,
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Horticultural inspiration, accomplished gardener, talented novelist and much-loved presenter, Alan Titchmarsh, talks about the most common mistakes we make in our gardens.
always say, as a golden rule, prevention is better than cure, so with that in mind here are my top seven gardening mistakes… and how to avoid them! Firstly, you can have too much of a good thing! Less is more when it comes to good gardening, and if you cram too much together it’ll look a mess, or worse still, die! Another big error is over- and under-watering. Be regimented about your watering routine and adjust it depending on rainfall to ensure your garden is nicely hydrated at all times. Next, always ensure what you’re pulling up are weeds and not slow-developing flowers. We can sometimes ﬁnd ourselves being particularly ruthless with what grows in our gardens, so remember, everything grows at a diﬀerent rate and sometimes the most mundane of plants will flourish to become the most beautiful… but only if they’re left in the ground! Another big thing is failing to prepare your soil. Give your plants a chance by ensuring the soil they’re in is in good condition. A simple testing kit will let you know if you
need to re-compost, add fertiliser, or simply switch to a diﬀerent soil type. You should also steer clear of what I call ‘the bullies’! Japanese knotweed and Russian vine are particularly unruly and will literally undermine not just your flowers, but nearby buildings too! And the same goes for our animal friends. Sure, we may like to see a hedgehog, bird life, even the odd fox, but the best gardens are those that manage to protect the food supply present! My ﬁnal piece of advice is to try to spread the love around your garden. Few of us have an endless budget with which to run riot in our green spaces, and it’s better to do a little at a time across the board than blow it all in one part of the garden, leaving the rest of it looking forlorn and bereft.
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Yotam Ottolenghi’s Pappardelle with Rose Harissa, Black Olives and Capers
INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp of olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced (220g) 3 tbsp Rose Harissa 400g cherry tomatoes, halved
Serves 4 I ﬁnd there is no better dish to eat in the summer evenings than pasta. Al fresco, with the late sunshine and a glass of red or white wine, I struggle to think of a better combination with which to while away those elongated evenings.
‘Pappare’ means ‘to gobble up’, in Italian, which is the destiny of this dish. I like it spicy, but the quantity of harissa can easily be reduced. Make the sauce three days ahead if you like and keep in the fridge until needed.
55g pitted Kalamata olives, torn in half 20g baby capers 500g dried pappardelle pasta (or another wide, ﬂat pasta) 15g parsley, roughly chopped 120g Greek-style yoghurt salt
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Memories of Frenze & Thelveton Local historian, Dennis Cross from Diss, shares with us his fascinating collection of old postcards, focusing on a diﬀerent village in every issue. This time, we take a walk down memory lane in Frenze and Thelveton.
The Staﬀordshire Yeomanry was stationed at
Frenze during WW1, where they trained before shipping oﬀ to France. Here they can be seen in early 1914 with their horses, in a picture taken by oﬃcial war photographer Ernest Abraham.
Seen here in 1911, St Andrews Church, Frenze, is
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Early 1914 – soldiers from the Staﬀordshire
Yeomanry butchering meat for the troops in Frenze.
Frenze Hall is situated opposite the church,
and was owned at the time of this 1912 postcard by farmer Arthur Gaze. The population was 49.
The Eli Elizabethan b th mansion i Th Thelveton l t Hall, H ll in i Th 1914, was owned by Sir Edward Mann Bart JP. Many Agatha Christie TV programmes have been ﬁlmed here. 35
Pictured in 1911, this splendid house, called The
Grange, was owned by Horace Willam Lascelles. Below right: Taken in the late 1920s, this photograph shows the school house, which was built by Mr T Mann for 48 pupils. The school is now a private house.
Thelveton School, around 1927/28. Dennis Cross went to school with many of the children of these pupils!
Back row l-r: Margaret Kent, Peter Potter, Will Kent, John Moore, Charlie Ruddock, Miss Meadows. 2nd row l-r: Mrs Smith (headmistress)), Joan Sneesby, Sybil Lawrence, Bert Saunders, Frank Coulson, Freda Kerry, Violet Lawrence, Kath Emptage, Brenda Lawrence, Miss Cook (infant teacher), Marjorie Lawrence. Seated l-r: Dorothy Potter, Edna Lipson, Marjorie Race, Winnie Leeder, Vera Ruddock, Lily Saunders, Joan Smith, Miss Meadows, Ivy Coulson. On ground l-r: Sanford Race, Gerald Ruddock, Herbert Kent, Kenny Ruddock.
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A moment in time
ur postcard expert Dennis Cross is unveiling his fourth calendar to raise money for Norfolk cancer charity Big C. The popullar ar calendars, calendars which feature fascinating historriical postcards of local villages, have raised £6,340 so far for the charity, and Dennis is conﬁdent that this latest one will be just as well received. “This is a calendar with a diﬀerence,” he says. “It goes from January 2023 to January 2024 and features four postcards per page. We have sought out the most unusual and interesting ones from Diss and surrounding villages, many of which are unique and never seen before. But some readers will recognise the scenes and places, and that’s what makes the calendars so
popular; people love to see villages they know or grew up in captured in a moment in time. “We We have found a wonderful postcard of a local ice cream selllerr who had a bus converted und all the villages selling so he could go arrou both ﬁsh and cchiips and ice cream. No-one has sseeen this postcard before. There is another of a porter at Diss Station standing between two horses. I think b he contrast between life back th theen, and now, makes us all veery nostalgic for simpler times.”
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Take up the tree challenge By Ben Newton, Habitat Connectivity Oﬃcer at Norfolk Wildlife Trust
orfolk Wildlife Trust’s Claylands Wilder Connections project is working with communities and landowners in South Norfolk to connect people with nature and to improve physical connections for wildlife within the landscape. Planting trees in hedges or woodlands is a fantastic legacy for the future. Trees store carbon and act as valuable ‘highways’ to help wildlife move through the landscape. Whatever the scale of your planting, from a tree in your garden to a wood on a farm, NWT recommend: • Find out what you have already. Look for existing wildlife features such as meadows, ponds and fens. Information on existing habitats is available from Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service. It’s all about the right tree in the right place. • Consider the site’s existing wildlife features and build in new ones. Mature woodlands tend to have a varied structure – rides and glades, ponds and ditches, old trees, young trees plus standing and fallen dead trees. Each of these provides a home for wildlife. • Select a range of species suited to your soils and drainage – look at which trees grow well nearby. With a changing climate in mind, add in a few species that likes warm, dry conditions, such as hornbeam or small-leaved lime. Fruit trees, like crab apple or wild pear, will thrive on the woodland edges and provide food for birds and pollinating insects. Shrubs
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Riveting READS We all love a good book. Village People recommends some fantastic ﬁction to ease you through the summer sun. The Final Gambit By Jennifer Lynn Barnes (30 Aug) To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The paparazzi are dogging her every step. Financial pressures are building. Danger is a fact of life. Yet as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help.
Stay Awake By Megan Goldin (9 Aug) Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi with no idea where she is or how she got there. When she’s dropped oﬀ at her door, a stranger answers – a stranger who now lives in her apartment and forces her out in the cold. She reaches for her phone to call for help, only to discover it’s missing, and in its place is a bloodstained knife. That’s when she sees that her hands are covered in black pen, scribbled messages like graﬃti on her skin: STAY AWAKE.
Love on the Brain By Ali Hazelwood (23 Aug) From the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com in which a scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis— with explosive results. Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school—archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.
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BESPOKE DESIGN, SUPPLY & FITTING FROM AS LITTLE AS £99 PER MONTH*
0800 955 0037 *Finance options available subject to status and affordability