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If you weren’t a fan of our gorgeous cover star Alex Jones before reading this magazine, I’m sure you will be afterwards! She is wonderfully down to earth and talks honestly about the challenges of becoming a mum and juggling that with her career, marriage, family, friends and everything else. Like the rest of us, some days go well and some are a shambles – she simply does her best and says she’s learned to appreciate little moments of calm amid the chaos! I think the title of her new book, Winging It!, is a brilliant mantra for busy women. Alex is a beacon of positivity and we have plenty more of those in this issue. You’ll meet some inspiring readers whose attitude to life is ‘Yes, we can!’. Suzi Grant, who refused to believe that being in her 60s was a barrier to becoming a social media sensation; Ayala Truelove, who took up gliding to get over a chronic fear of flying and is now a national champion; Caroline Casey, who hasn’t let blindness prevent her being both a cowgirl and a campaigner; and Diane Critchlow, one of just a small number of female firefighters who simply loves her job. I am sure you’ll enjoy their stories. Elsewhere in this issue, the team have been SEE YOU ON 9 JUNE! hard at work researching little things I’m really excited about our to make you feel lovelier! The beauty forthcoming event in London on department have tried hundreds of 9 June. We’ve got two fabulous moisturisers, shampoos, lipsticks, authors, Fern Britton and Harriet Evans, foundations, body creams and more to lined up to come and talk to you about find the best products on the high street. their lives as writers and how they Don’t go shopping without their edit of the come up with the ideas for their novels. top 50 buys, which ofer both quality and It’s going to be a wonderfully inspiring couple of hours, so do come and join brilliant value. (We’ve also got an amazing me and the rest of the team at Ham competition to win the lot – see page 59.) Yard Hotel. For more details on this And, even if you don’t have a royal wedding great event, go to page 45. to go to this month, there’s nothing like a For tickets, book online new frock to lift your at look and boost your prima-bigbook confidence. The fashion team have picked their faves – and I promise there’s one that’s just GABY HUDDART, GROUP EDITORIAL right for you.


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On the cover ‘Some days are great but others are a shambles’

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48 Goodbye oice, hello outdoors Meet the women who have escaped the 9-5 Sidestep surgery, says Caroline Quentin – ageing is a privilege

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TIME FOR TEA Relax and unwind with a cup of this fragrant tea. Blueberry Bliss Tea, £6.50, Whittard

FLORAL FANCY OFF-SHOULDER CHIC Perfect for summer days. Floral Bardot top, £29, 10-32, JD Williams

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Show of your bakes in style. Maria Flor cake stand, 28cm, £49.95,

This vase is perfect for displaying your best blooms. Vase, £25, RJR.John Rocha for Debenhams

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but others are a shambles The One Show host Alex Jones talks motherhood, the importance of family and her new-found passion for garden centres


lex, 41, lives in London with her husband Charlie, 39, an insurance broker, and their 15-month-old son Teddy.

BEING A MUM I find I have a lot more patience now that I’m a mum. Not having much was one of my failings – it actually cropped up in my wedding vows! I had to promise Charlie to be more patient because he’s so laid-back, and I’m always on the go. Being a working mother means the pace is frenetic, but it’s a lot slower at home, and I think that’s helped. It’s surprising how much you can get done when you’re focused. That’s the biggest thing I learnt from writing my parenting book, Winging It!. When I was pregnant, I searched for a book that spoke to me honestly about being a mother in her 30s who was baled as to how she was going to fit a baby into her busy life. I didn’t find the right book for me and so I thought I’d have a go at writing one. I wanted to include topics like 10 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

how your relationship is afected, how much of a train wreck you can feel in the first few days after birth, and how feeding can be brutal in the early stages. The joy I felt and still feel having had Ted is indescribable and outweighs all the trickiness, but I think it’s good to start of tough conversations so that mothers who are struggling at the beginning feel that they’re not alone. It was a huge learning curve – and I’m surprised I’ve managed a book in the first year. I used to waste a lot of time. I’ve always lived by lists but, as a new mum, I have to be super-organised – and organisation is not one of my strengths, either. Even though I have less time, I’ve learnt to spend that time more productively.

TIME OUT I was worried about my job when I took time of. But anyone who has respect for their job would feel like that. It would be very odd if I was blasé about the whole thing. There’s a massive queue of people who could do the job just as well if not better, and I wanted to keep my job. I should have had a little more self-belief.

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The TV drama The Replacement was on during my maternity leave. My editor did his best to assure me that it would be absolutely fine. Of course, I wanted the show to succeed in my absence, but it would be weird if it didn’t bother me!

Sometimes you need those couple of hours to reset. When you’ve had a week of little sleep, you can get into a rut, so having one night where you can chat again means you’re a bit fresher.

I only took three months’ maternity leave and, looking back on it, I see that was a mistake. I was naive. I didn’t realise the impact having a baby would have. You think it’ll be fine, and as a society we’re trained to think that you have a baby and then get on with it. That’s not right. You need time and your body needs time to recover. You can have a baby and carry on with your job, but it’s bloody hard. In hindsight, five months might have been more realistic. But leaving your child is never going to be easy whatever age they are.

BOUNCING BACK I’m in awe of what my body was able to do throughout pregnancy. Everything changes – your bone structure changes, your hips and even your back become a diferent shape! That’s what’s supposed to happen, and you genuinely don’t care because you go, ‘Oh, my god, you just made a human! You just made an actual person for me!’ Losing weight quickly wasn’t important to me. It’s impossible post-baby anyway

HOME LIFE Charlie always said he’d be really good at being a dad, and he is. He had this feeling it would be his thing. He was right. He’s changed, and it’s my favourite thing about him – that and his patience, which he has until the cows come home. We’re like yin and yang in that respect. We met in 2011 and got married at the end of 2015, and the two of us have a very honest relationship – there are things about me that annoy him and vice versa but, on the big things, we agree. Having a partner who’s not in the spotlight helps me keep my feet on the ground. Once I’m home, work is left at the door. Of course, he’s interested and supportive, but we have very diferent jobs. Work is work, and home is home. Charlie’s from New Zealand, and we went there for Christmas. Taking a little baby on a 27-hour flight was a mission, but of course his parents were desperate to see their grandchild. We Skype most days, but it’s not the same. They want to grab hold of him and give him a cuddle. We still try to have date nights. Ted’s very young but Charlie and I have managed the odd supper in the pub, which is enough at the moment! 12 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

ALEX IN 8 QUESTIONS What makes you happiest? Being at home with my family. When you get to a certain age, the simplest things become the most important. What’s your biggest regret? I think what’s done is done. Just move on and don’t do it next time. What do you wish you could do more of? Catching up with the girls. I’ve had the same friends for as long as I can remember. What’s happiness to you? In the summer, we hired a house in France with all the family, and we had barbecues and sat outside and drank wine. It was lovely. What are you really good at? Multitasking. I’ve had to learn quickly. I suppose it comes from work because we constantly have people in our ears. What’s your favourite meal? Anything Italian. Carbs are underrated and undercelebrated. What scares you? Snakes. Or losing somebody close to me. What’s the worst lie you’ve ever told? That I can ride a horse, which ended up with me on a ranch in Arizona having to gallop across a plain with no previous experience.

– you don’t have the time or the inclination. You’re up all night and you’ve got a permanent hangover without any of the fun. You want to eat carbs and bread and sandwiches and toast because you’re shattered. For some people, it’s quicker; for some, it’s slower. But, at the end of the day, when you’re in charge of a small person, losing weight is on the back burner.

DOING MY BIT This year, I wanted to do something to make a diference. So I took on a Sport Relief team challenge with four other mums to raise funds and awareness of pre and post-maternal issues. We took on five diferent challenges over five days – from swimming in murky Loch Ness in the middle of winter to caving underground then running a marathon as our final event. It tested us to our emotional and physical limits – they are four very special women who gave all their heart and soul. The result was a staggering amount of money raised and, hopefully, we inspired other mums along the way.

MY VALUES Kindness gets you so far. That and good manners. I really want to instil that in Ted as he grows up. I want him to be kind and thoughtful. I have a lot of energy! I want to do everything. It drives Charlie mad, but he knows that we need it because otherwise nothing would get done. My worst quality is my unrealistic idea of time. I try to fit a lot into very short spaces of time and I over-promise, so then I run myself ragged.

ME-TIME My new passion is garden centres. I would’ve hated that in my 20s. It’s really weird. I knew when I started liking garden centres, especially ones with a nice cafeteria, I was somewhat on the decline! Occasions to relax are quite scarce at the minute, but a day out in a nice little antique shop with a cafe or a deli is pretty much bang on.

Meet your cover star A perfect night in for me is a glass of wine and Strictly on the TV. Or having friends over, sitting round a table talking rubbish until the early hours of the morning then thinking, ‘Why did we do that? We have to be up at 6.30!’ But you’ve got to do it every now and again. I rarely have time for myself. But when I do, I make a cup of tea and I read. Now, everything is simplified, and I like that. I was ready for that gear change and I think, ‘This is lovely – cup of tea, biscuit, book, bit of peace… amazing.’

‘Occasions to relax are scarce, but a day out in a nice little shop is bang on’

HEALTH MATTERS My mum Mary’s early menopause at 43 is a concern for me. It’s not necessarily hereditary, but of course it’s a worry. Society has changed a lot since my mum was young, and we look after ourselves better than her generation but, biologically, we’re not that diferent. People are a lot more health-conscious, but we can only change things to a point. We’re wired as we’re wired, so of course that information about mum’s menopause has had an impact. I think, ‘How many years have I got?’ At 30, I didn’t know what I was doing. Now, I’ve got more of an idea and understanding of who I am and what’s important. I became a mum at 39 and turned 40 soon after, so it’s quite hard to tell whether it’s motherhood or hitting that milestone that has made the diference. But I feel better now than I did at 30 – by a mile.

WORKING WOMEN You can’t look to the older generation for tips on work-life balance. Mum stayed at home, there was no question. Even though she loved her job, back

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then that was just the way it happened for the majority of families. Now it’s diferent. We’re all sharing responsibility because both parents work, and so we’re the first generation doing it. There’s no blueprint to follow. Some days are great and other days are a shambles. I don’t see why on earth a woman should earn less than a man. It doesn’t matter what sector they work in. It’s ridiculous. The recent stories about the pay diference between myself and Matt Baker [her One Show co-presenter] were a lot more complicated than they seemed on the surface. Matt and I don’t talk about pay, but he does a shedload of things, and I do The One Show and Shop Well For Less, so it’s very diferent. Chris Evans taught me not to worry about doing live TV. I’ve got a lot to be grateful to him for. He helped me relax into it. He’s as mad as a box of frogs, but he told me he feels incredibly lucky to do the job he does. His wife, Natasha, is a very dear friend of mine. She’s a powerhouse.

FAMILY TIES Everything I’ve learnt, I’ve learnt from Mum and Dad. It’s like watching the masters at work as parents. I’m learning, but I’ve got such a long way to go. My sister Jen and I are so lucky to have two people who’ve been so hands-on and so present in every stage of our lives. My mum always says, ‘All Ted needs is your time.’ At this age, he doesn’t care what he has. That’s the thing they’ve drilled into me: make the time with him count.

‘I don’t see why on earth a woman should earn less than a man’

We’re a very close family. I see my parents almost every fortnight. Even though they live far away in Wales, they’re tenacious – they make the distance just disappear. My sister’s an awesome mother. She’s younger than me, but she’s the sensible one. I said to her, ‘Jen, I find being a mother really hard sometimes,’ and she just went, ‘Al, you’re doing a great job.’ She’s probably lying – but it made me a bit tearful… 14 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

• Winging It! By Alex Jones is out now (Lagom)

Words: Jen Crothers Photography: Nicky Johnston Hair & make-up: Liz Beckett Styling: Rachel Fanconi Alex wears, opening spread: Cashmere sweater with attached shirt, Skirt, Chi Chi London. Earrings, Butler & Wilson. Shoes, Topshop. Previous page: Dress, Closet London. Earrings, Butler & Wilson. This page: Dress, Earrings, Claudia Bradbury. Ring, Gemporia. Shoes, Lisa Kay. Sofa, from a selection, Sofas & Stuf

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That’s a wrap Update a simple style with a cool animal print and rules. This dress has bags of attitude and will easily take you from cafe to cocktail bar. Slip a white roundnecked T-shirt underneath if you’re not a fan of low-cut crossover designs. Wrap dress, £199, 6-16, Karen Millen. Earrings, £65, J Crew

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The A Team Embrace A-line shapes in sumptuous brocade to create a neat nipped-in waist. A structured fullskirted style skims over hips and thighs. Want to cover upper arms? A denim jacket is perfect for casual days or try slipping one of Zara’s colourful tweed boxy jackets over your shoulders. Dress, £99, 6-20, Debenhams. Earrings, £12.99; bag, £49.99, both Mango. Sandals, £140, 3-8, Reiss

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‘Wear me everywhere!’ With flattering sleeves and a draped tie waist to disguise unwanted lumps and bumps, this is a go-to dress for summer. Make it modern with this season’s key accessories: a bamboo bag and colour-pop heels. Dress, £130, 8-18, Phase Eight. Earrings, £12.99, Mango. Bag, £45, V by Very. Shoes, £42, 3-8, Faith at Debenhams

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Dressed to frill Make a splash with floaty, feminine layers of chifon. Keep accessories minimal and dress down with simple flat sandals for easy summer style. Be brave with colour clashes – bold florals make for a head-turning outfit. Dress, £65, 6-20, Next. Earrings, 6.99, Peacocks

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Shit up! A simple silk shift dress becomes a real eyecatcher with these bold and beautiful blooms. Why not add cat-eye sunglasses and kitten heels for a cool 1950s vibe? Shift dress, £119, 6-18, Precis. Sunglasses, £14, River Island. Hoop earrings, £12.99, V by Very

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Be seen in green Who said fashion can’t be environmentally friendly? The brilliantly designed Conscious collection from H&M incorporates recycled and organic fabrics into striking statement pieces. Dress, £139.99, 6-16, H&M Conscious. Headpiece, £145, Bee Smith. Shoes, £120, 3-8, Boden

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True love A picture-perfect dress in the softest silk and prettiest colour combination that’s well worth the investment. Whether you’re mother of the bride or of to a special event, this frock’s a joy to wear for any occasion. Silk dress, £299, 6-18, Hobbs. Earrings, £65, J Crew. Mules, £35, 3-8, Faith at Debenhams

Photography: Joseph Montezinos Styling: Jo Atkinson Hair & make-up: Vickie Granado at Creative Management, using Oribe and Make Up For Ever. With thanks to Joanne at The Production Factory

Star quality For sheer va-va-voom, a stunning gown in layers of tulle makes for a fairy-tale evening frock. Avoid looking too bridal by choosing bold colours and sleek, unfussy styling. Loose locks and minimal make-up keep the look fresh and modern. Dress, £179, 6-18, Coast. Earrings, £5, Peacocks. Shoes, £185, 2-9, LK Bennett PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018 25

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Jacket, £79, 8-18, Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams. Dress, £55, 8-18; heels, £45, 3-8, both V by Very. Earrings, £12, JD Williams. Bag, £32, Topshop

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A conident STARTS


Think selfassurance is something you’re born with and you either have it or you don’t? Not so, say authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. Confidence is within reach – these smart habits will make you feel ready for anything



DO THIS: Don’t pretend to be anything or anyone. WHY? We’ve been told that ‘fake it till you make it’ is the best way to get more confidence, but it’s not as efective as we once thought, says Katty. ‘Confidence isn’t about pretending or putting on an act,’ she explains. ‘In fact, faking it can make us feel less secure because knowingly masquerading as

something we’re not makes us pretend to be anything or anyone. Instead, do one small brave thing, then the next one will be easier – and soon confidence will efortlessly flow.’ START BY… trying a micro challenge. It could be small, like whipping up tricky pastries you saw on Bake Of, but you’ll be amazed at how mastering little things gives you the confidence to achieve bigger feats.

Small habits… BIG diference to your day FIRST THING MEDITATE A calm brain is the ultimate confidence tool. Meditation can rewire your brain. Your fear centre can literally shrink, and you increase your ability to control your emotions.

AFTER LUNCH ADOPT A POWER POSITION Studies reveal that sitting up straight gives you a shortterm confidence boost. Also, try nodding. You’ll feel more confident as you talk when you do.

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BEFORE BED BE GRATEFUL Gratitude is key to an optimistic mindset. Be thankful for tiny things – notice them instead of just forgetting all about them. It’ll help transform your mood.

AND EVERY DAY SLEEP, MOVE, SHARE A lack of sleep and exercise leads to an extremely anxious brain. Meanwhile, being close to friends boosts oxytocin levels (one of our feel-happy chemicals), so make time to chat.

Positive pals can boost your mood



DO THIS: Embrace the risk of possible failure. WHY? You learn by your mistakes. Doing what you know and have always done is safe, but it’s the enemy of confidence. ‘You won’t experience how far you can go without pushing yourself,’ explains Katty. ‘Gaining confidence means experiencing setbacks and, with determination, picking yourself back up. Doing risky things keeps you growing and gaining confidence. In contrast, staying in your comfort zone brings you little.’ START BY… doing more day-to-day things you wouldn’t normally expect of yourself (you don’t have to do anything radical like jump out of a plane, unless you want to!). For example, if you turn down party invites when you worry you won’t know people, go and pass around the food, introducing yourself. Once you realise risky things aren’t as bad as they seem (and neither is failure), you’ll feel brave enough to leave your comfort zone for good.

Make it happen


DO THIS: Focus on the positive. WHY? According to research by Yale University, a woman’s brain is not always her friend when it comes to confidence. Studies found that women have an instinct to dwell on problems rather than solutions, and to spin on why they did a certain thing, how well or how poorly they did, and what everyone else thought. ‘Negative thoughts buzz around more than positive thoughts, and can multiply at lightning speed,’ says Katty. START BY… jotting down negative thinking in a journal for a few days. ‘Don’t beat yourself up about these thoughts – that simply leads to more anxiety,’ Katty says. ‘Instead, look for an alternative point of view that will reframe your focus.’ For instance, ‘Did I put myself forward for something I shouldn’t have?’ becomes ‘I wanted to do it, that’s why it’s worth pursuing.’ Your second thought doesn’t have to prove the first wrong, but create an explanation to lessen the potency of the first. Another tip is to spend time thinking positively. Every day, remind yourself of three things you did right. ‘Positive thoughts literally rewire the brain and break the negative feedback loop. This can produce a change in thoughts, then in actions, in weeks.’

Words: Nicola Down Photography: Camera Press/, Getty




DO THIS: Try not to take things to heart. Remember: it’s not personal. WHY? ‘It’s all too easy to think that whatever you’ve done – whether it’s a triumph or a failure – is the focus of everyone else’s attention,’ says Katty. ‘It isn’t. Most people are too busy getting on with their own lives to worry about what

‘You won’t experience how far you can go without pushing yourself ’



DO THIS: Instead of staying quiet, flag up your achievements. WHY? Often women seem to have the spotlight thing backwards. ‘We shine a bright light on our faults, insecurities, and the reasons we will surely fail but, when it comes to taking credit or enjoying our triumphs, we step into the

shadows,’ says Katty. ‘Developing a sense of your own well-deserved value and hearing yourself recognise your accomplishments bolsters confidence.’ START BY… finding ways to take in compliments and own your achievements. It needn’t be complicated – or feel boastful. Even a simple ‘thank you. I appreciate that’ can make you feel surprisingly lifted.

• The Confidence Code (HarperCollins) by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman is out now

you’re up to. Thinking this way kills confidence.’ START BY… remembering that if something doesn’t go your way, it’s not a personal attack, it’s just a result of circumstances – and it doesn’t mean you’ll never be successful. So, if you don’t get the job you wanted, don’t think, ‘He must have thought I was an idiot when I said I couldn’t use Excel,’ think, ‘I gained valuable experience from that interview and now I know what skills I need to develop.’ By counteracting thoughts with facts – that you have lots of valuable qualities that employers want, which is why you were interviewed, and that you need to find the right job for you – you’ll be free to take positive steps forward.

Top tip Asking openended questions will help you avoid awkward silences

A life in the spotlight: from cheeky child with his adored mother, Diana, through troubled teen to man of action, Prince Harry won all our hearts

We’ll always be wild about


He’s the coolest Prince of all time and we’re rejoicing that he’s finally found love, but spare a thought for all of us who hoped it could be us, says author Kathy Lette


’m currently curled up in the foetal position, sobbing. Why? Because the most eligible bachelor in the world is knotting his nuptials this month. Of course, I’m talking about Harry. Yes, the rascally royal redhead is no longer footloose and fiancée free. Single women the world over are in mourning. Why? Well, there are many props that add to a man’s allure, but chief among these is a castle. Raised on fairy tales, hankering after a prince is ingrained into the female psyche. I first fell for Harry at the royal polo. As a writer, I’m always on the lookout for material, so when a friend asked me to be his plus-one, of course

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I accepted. When Clarence House saw my name on the guest list, they enquired if I’d like to present the cups to Princes William and Harry (they were clearly very low on celebs that day). As I stood on the lawn awaiting the Princes, I asked the organiser what I needed to do. He looked down his nose at me (he was the kind of bloke who sends his shirts out to be stufed), and said dismissively, ‘You just present the cup and then kiss them on the cheek.’ I could see Prince William walking towards me and he looked so bored I thought I’d liven things up. ‘Apparently, I have to kiss you… do you want tongue?’ I joked. (Being Aussie

Smitten: when Kathy met Harry

Men we love People rejoiced all over the world when Harry and Meghan announced their engagement

Photography: Getty, Alexi Lubomirski/Getty, Neil Cooper

Harry’s service in Afghanistan and involvement in the Invictus Games reveal a serious side to the fun-loving royal. Sharing a moment with his father and brother (left), Harry’s ready smile is infectious

means you can get away with lots of mischief as Brits just presume you were brung up badly.) ‘Oh!’ William blushed, ‘Perhaps later!’ William returned to his team and told Harry who bent double with laughter. When Harry approached, I repeated my cheeky ofer. ‘Oh yeah!’ he laughed sassily, then scooped me up and pressed his lips to mine. Now, if ever I was going to be thrown into the Tower, this would be the moment. But instead of boomeranging me back to Botany Bay, I got the sense that Harry was relieved not to be treated like a porcelain prince. I was so disarmed by his charm that, despite the age gap, I told my chortling friends that if I played my cards right, I could marry into the royal family. Of course, I knew I was deluded. But that is the efect Harry has on the female of the species. In fact, the eligible Prince must have been very grateful for all

that military training when it came to outmanoeuvring the many women who had him in their sights. Those commando skills must have definitely come in handy for damsel dodging. Why are we all mad about Harry? To be frank, most of us just feel so maternal towards the lad. He won our collective hearts the day we watched him, aged 12, trailing behind his mother’s funeral cortege, shellshocked and grief-stricken, yet dignified and stoic. And when he grew up, we were transfixed by his bad-boy antics, as he sowed whole plantations of wild oats. He may be regal, but he’s also a rebel. The Prince was caught drinking underage (a case of hic, hic hooray!). He was spotted buying a fur thong from Selfridges and a pink G-string was found in his bedroom at Eton. He was even snapped playing strip billiards in a Las Vegas hotel room... But there’s a serious side to the wild child, too, exemplified by his service in

‘The young prince may be regal, but he’s also a rebel’

Afghanistan. Nor is his heroism limited to the battlefield. Harry’s championing of mental health charities, talking openly about the counselling he sought after two years of ‘total chaos’ while he struggled to come to terms with his mother’s death, took a lot of courage. Usually one must do open-heart surgery to know what goes on inside an upper-class Brit. Yet Harry stripped of to his emotional underwear to reveal all. And the Invictus Games, a Paralympicstyle event for injured servicemen and women, wouldn’t have got any traction without Harry’s enthusiastic patronage. So when Harry announced his engagement, how I wanted to dislike Meghan. Surely Ms Markle’s sparkle was fake – a zircon, and not a real diamond? But everything about this impressive feminist campaigner sounds so genuine, so we can only be delighted that the young Prince has found a worthy alter ego and wish him every joy in the world. • Kathy Lette feels sure her latest novel, Best Laid Plans (Bantam Press), would make a perfect wedding pressie! PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018 35


! n a c Do you have a dream but need some motivation to make it happen? Be inspired by these amazing women who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anything hold them back

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‘I became an Instagram star in my 60s’ Suzi Grant, 68, from Brighton, proves that style has no age limit.


hen it comes to fashion, I believe the brighter, the better. I love vintage patterns and wear my retro cat-eye sunglasses for any occasion. When I’m out and see another woman around the same age dressed as vibrantly as me, we always smile at each other in solidarity. Age should never be a barrier to looking fabulous. When I retired at 60 after a long career in television and radio, everyone expected me to slow down. Although that’s what retirement is supposedly for, I was bored. I started looking for things to busy myself with: I went on a script-writing course and started writing a novel, but neither worked for me. Then, my godchildren, Emma and Charlie, suggested I look into blogging, which is writing and taking photos for your own website. I didn’t know anything about it, but I thought I’d give it a go. In 2014, Alternative Ageing was born. The first step was finding a subject I felt passionate about. I knew a lot about nutrition, so started there. Not long after, I came across Ari Seth Cohen’s book and blog, Advanced Style, which champions fashion for older women. I went to see a documentary of his, and witnessing these women just like me dressed in bright colours, vintage clothes and patterned headscarves changed my life. I’d always liked bright colours but, as I’d grown older, I’d lost the confidence to wear them. It dawned on me that I’d woken up one day to find that no one looked at me any more. I thought that no woman should feel that way, so I started taking photos of women over

Suzi posts food and fashion on Instagram

50 I saw on the street for a section of my blog called I Like Your Style. I also started wearing fun clothes and dying my hair pink or orange – I felt great!

DEFYING ‘NORMAL’ I’d heard about Instagram, which is a social media platform where you share photos. I thought it would be a great way to showcase my fashion and food photography, so I set up an account. By this point, my friends and family thought I was going crazy. To them, it wasn’t “normal” for a woman in her 60s to be dressing eccentrically and so active on social media. But I carried on writing my blog and uploading colourful photos of myself. Then, two years in, someone from Instagram got in touch because they’d come across my page and wanted to interview me for a campaign they were doing called #perfectlyme. That was the

‘With 14,000 followers, it’s safe to say I no longer feel invisible’

moment it all exploded – when the interview went live, my followers tripled overnight, from 3,000 to 9,000 – I was in utter shock! I never would have dreamed I’d become an Instagram star in my 60s. Since then, I’ve been featured in Italian and Russian magazines as well as UK newspapers. I now have close to 14,000 followers on Instagram, so it’s safe to say I no longer feel invisible! While blogging has been hard work, it’s worth it because it keeps me young. Every day I get messages from women I’ve never met saying I’ve inspired them to wear red lipstick again or to dress with more colour. Reading these, I couldn’t be prouder because it’s exactly what I look upon as my mission: to encourage women to stay visible and to never stop having fun just because they’re getting older. People stop me in the street to tell me they love my sunglasses or hair. That never happened before. Life doesn’t end after retirement, because age really is just a number. I may be 68 but it doesn’t mean I can’t have fun!’ •

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‘My great fear became my passion’ Despite a chronic fear of planes, Ayala Truelove, 52, from Tadley in Hampshire, took up gliding and is now a national champion.

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s I fly through the air in my glider, I look out across majestic views of England – I can see Oxfordshire to my left and the Isle of Wight to my right. It’s a clear, bright day and I’m sailing smoothly along the gentle breeze. I think about how lucky I am; I’m grateful that I discovered this hobby, and so glad I conquered my own fears and didn’t let anyone else’s doubts faze me. Being in a plane is my happy place but, when I first discovered gliding, I was terrified of flying. Going on holiday was a nightmare. Every time I sat in a jumbo jet, I felt so nervous and out of control. Turbulence sent me into a frenzy and I worried we would crash. When my boyfriend at the time ofered me a trial gliding lesson, even I surprised myself by accepting it. Although I was scared, I was also fascinated; there seemed something so freeing and peaceful about a plane without an engine. Within the first few minutes, all my fears melted away. Unlike being a passenger in a jet, you see everything so clearly and have much more control. The instructor explained everything that

was about to happen, so I felt prepared and, although it was challenging, I felt completely at ease. I was hooked, so I joined my university gliding club. At the time, there were only four women out of 100 members. I often felt scrutinised; some of the men would attribute my mistakes to the fact I’m a woman. It was frustrating, but I never let it get me down. I began taking my hobby seriously after I graduated. I started flying solo after about 50 flights, then I was able to leave the airfield. That was a huge step – almost like cutting the umbilical cord! Gliding works in the same way that birds fly, by harnessing the sun’s thermal energy. So if you fail to catch the rising air, you could end up in a field somewhere! Once, flying crosscountry, I landed in a field of rapeseed; the crop was high but I managed to land safely. It’s all part of the learning experience and just takes practice.

MAGICAL MOMENTS For the past 10 years, I’ve been competing in races, which is so exhilarating. I’ve won silver twice in the women’s world championships, and I won the UK mixed national championship in 2015 where there were only two women competing out of 50. When I won, a woman told me her seven-year-old daughter said she

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wanted to be like me. I will never forget that moment, and it drives me forward. I am working hard to encourage other women to experience the joys of flying – it’s magical and fun for everyone, so shouldn’t be seen as a “male” hobby. It’s amazing to think how scared I used to be, because flying has given me so much joy. I even met my husband, Michael, at our gliding club 15 years ago. We own a small glider, and it’s wonderful to share my hobby with him. I also have a challenging full-time job as director of technology for a financial corporation, so Michael and I love spending our weekends soaring through the clouds. It’s the best possible way to de-stress. This year I’m looking forward to competing more; my aim is to qualify for the world mixed championships. I want to show young women they can face their fears and achieve anything they set their minds to, even if others think they can’t. The sky truly is the limit.’ •

Women like you Caroline didn’t let her disability stop her fulfilling a dream

‘Blindness will never stop me living life to the full’ Caroline Casey, 46, from Dublin, embarked on the adventure of a lifetime to prove that her disability doesn’t diminish her potential.


rom the moment I found out I was legally blind aged 17, I’ve refused to let it hold me back. My parents didn’t tell me I had ocular albinism, a genetic condition that causes permanent vision loss, until I wanted to learn to drive. They didn’t want me to feel at a disadvantage. Finding out was a shock, but I had made it that far – I didn’t need pity or charity. I’d always loved adventure: I dreamed of being a biker chick, cruising on the

back of a Harley Davidson, or a cowgirl, galloping through the desert. I decided I wouldn’t let my disability dampen my zest for life. I was so determined not to be treated diferently that, in my 20s, I kept my blindness hidden in my job at a major consulting firm. But, eventually, I couldn’t deny it any more. Heartbroken, I vowed to take on a physical challenge to prove my resilience to myself. I trekked solo for 1,000km across India on elephant-back, raising £250,000 for blindness charities. I learnt so much about my own strength that I decided to commit my life to promoting the value and worth of people with disabilities.


Her epic journey proved what she and others are capable of

I became even more dedicated to that goal when, in 2016, my father, Gerry, died. A few days before he passed, he told me, “Always be yourself and never let anything stop you.” So, last year, I embarked on my biggest challenge – trekking 1,000km across Colombia on horseback with a group of cowboys. I’ve always believed that if big business values disability, society will too, so I’d spent a lot of time with companies trying to achieve this. But I wanted to make a bigger impact, so I planned to launch a campaign called #valuable at the One Young World business forum in Bogotá, Colombia.

I’d journey through the country on horseback, then stand up on stage to outline my goal to see 500 international companies put disability on their board agenda. I knew this epic journey would prove our capability, potential and worth. The journey was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. It was swelteringly hot, and we only had a few hours’ sleep each night, but I loved every second. A British horse-rider accompanied me as my eyes, and police watched over us and local people housed us. I couldn’t believe the kindness we encountered. There was an amazing response to the #valuable campaign online, too – we reached an incredible 32 million people. I’m determined to keep the conversation going, and I believe real progress can be made. I’m lucky to have a great support system in my husband Gar, stepchildren Niamh and Garóg, and my mother Valerie, who all believed in me when others didn’t. But, most importantly, I believed in myself. I never gave up and didn’t let failures define me. When you do that, anything is possible – even becoming a real-life cowgirl.’

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Women like you

‘Fireighting’s such a great job for a woman!’ Diane Critchlow, 50, from Weymouth, is one of the few female firefighters. Now, she’s determined to bring more women on board.

‘I was excited at the prospect of a totally diferent challenge’

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and the shift pattern was a flexible mixture of days and nights that would work well for me with childcare. I left feeling excited at the prospect of a totally diferent challenge.

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER I started as an operational firefighter in January 2002 and I loved it from the start. The variety means I never have that Monday-morning feeling. One day I’ll be at a barn fire or a traic accident, the next I’ll be at the station doing training exercises or writing policies. I don’t tend to feel scared when I go into fires – the training just kicks in. That said, it can be tough to deal with the psychological side. When I’m driving, I’ll remember if an accident took place on that road – and, if it involved young people, I can’t help but think about my own children. But there are counsellors available if we need them, and the closeness of our teams means we can lean on each other for support.

In 2000, I met my now-husband, James, who was also a firefighter, and in 2010, we had a little girl called Coco. After having a child in my 40s, it took me a year to return to full fitness, yet there was never any doubt that I’d go back. When I decided to join the fire service, I came up against a lot of opposition. Some of my friends and family had that male stereotype in their minds and said I wouldn’t be strong enough. I’m the only woman in my team, but they’re a very supportive bunch; they see the benefit of diversity within the fire service. I’m now a women’s representative for the Fire Brigades Union and have been involved in negotiating policies on maternity leave and campaigning for uniforms made specifically for female bodies, as well as encouraging people from other minority groups to sign up. It’s a truly rewarding role. While we still have a long way to go, change is on the horizon. I’m honoured to be a part of it, making a diference and changing perceptions for good.’

Words: Arielle Tchiprout, Ella Dove and Anna Bonet Photography: Alun Callender, Chris Lobina, PA, Angela Nott


sk most people to imagine a firefighter and they’ll probably think of the stereotype of a big burly man slinging someone over his shoulder and carrying them from a burning building – not a middle-aged mum-ofthree like me. Women make up just 5% of the UK’s firefighters, but while the job is definitely challenging, it’s not just about brute force. Working as a team, you play to each individual’s capabilities. Sometimes you need super-strength, other times you need stamina, or someone small and agile, or kind and caring to soothe people in distress. From the moment I found out what was involved, I knew it was the job for me. At the time, I was a single mum to Tom, now 24, and Bonnie, now 22. I’d given up my legal career to become a full-time mum but, when my marriage broke up, I needed a job that would allow me to spend time with the children – who were both under four. A 9-5 role wouldn’t work, so I began to research my options. Around the same time, I bumped into some firefighters at my gym, who told me about a taster day they were holding to recruit female firefighters. I decided to go along. There, we tried out some physical tests, such as lifting heavy equipment. We were warned about the potential dangers – working at heights, in confined spaces and in burning buildings, as well as the diicult things we might see such as fatal injuries. However, as someone who is generally calm and capable in a crisis, I was sure I would be able to cope. The idea of doing a job that helped people in such a first-hand way really appealed to me,

Father’s Day stories

Me, myDad,


With Father’s Day on 17 June, these three writers’ moving tributes show there’s no bond quite like the one shared between father and daughter

‘We’re survivors and friends’ Ruth Hogan, 57, shares how she reconnected with her father, Peter, after years of distance.


ausage and chips with brown sauce – when Mum went to work every Saturday, that was Dad’s standard lunch menu, and we ate it watching cartoons on TV. The chip pan filled the kitchen with smoke and the sausages were always a bit burnt, but to me they tasted amazing.

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Dad’s first car was a white Morris Minor Traveller, and he would sing as he drove along, allowing me and my sister a single line as humble backing singers to his star turn. However, I didn’t care. He was my hero. He was always laughing and joking and telling stories; always the centre of attention. Life with Dad was never dull. We were once questioned by a curious police constable when we were out gathering dandelions for a particularly potent

Ruth and her dad: graduation day, and now

brew of home-made wine. When the vat exploded, erupting a foul-smelling foam all over the carpet, Mum was livid. I thought it was even better than firework night! Then there were the bagpipes: Dad had a hankering to learn Mull Of Kintyre and decided to teach himself. He knew that Mum wouldn’t approve, but

choices and changes that my dad just couldn’t understand. When I was 28, I left my perfectly nice but wrong-for-me husband. I was hurt and angry that Dad never asked me For Robyn why I did the things I did. I had always Hollingworth, 37, been a “good girl”, so why could he not nursing her father, understand that I must have had good David, as he reasons? We rowed and this time we neared the end of didn’t make up. I stuck to my guns, and his battle with Alzheimer’s helped Dad stuck to his. For 10 years we had her to cherish every moment. no contact with each other. My parents stood together in both ou shouldn’t have their marriage and their judgement and gone to all this efort,” Dad would kindly I became a self-declared orphan. It hurt, declare as my big of course, but I had to choose my own brother Gareth and I presented life as they had chosen theirs. him with another shoddy macramé I’m still not exactly sure what brought bookmark or cardboard coaster. Dad and I back together. Perhaps we I remember his joy when we both simply learnt to forgive each other handed over school-made gifts and accept who we are, but eventually and home-made cards with messy he knocked on the door of my cottage doodles. Years later, we found and found me. Then, in 2012, I was diagnosed with a shoebox full of these in his breast cancer. A year later, in my last wardrobe. We imagined him week of radiotherapy, Dad was stroking his beard and smiling as diagnosed with multiple he packed away our presents. myeloma. We spent Dad was a civil engineer and many hours together built power stations all over the world. He was an intelligent in hospital doing man with a thirst for knowledge, crosswords, arguing so when we found out that he over politics and just had Alzheimer’s, it was like trying to get through watching someone else receive the treatment. bad news. A proud man, he barely Now, we are both acknowledged it. He wouldn’t survivors. And friends. Dad is 85 this want to think of himself as “ill” – he year and he relies on me a little more still had too much to accomplish. these days. I still go with him to hospital Within two years I was leaving appointments and ferry him to A&E for my life in London to go back to emergencies. I know to take him his Wales and help care for him. His rosary beads if they keep him in, and decline – and I say this with the that he wants The Liberty Bell March by most sincere love – was Sousa played at his funeral. But our relationship is reciprocal. He proudly tells everyone about his daughter, “the author”, on his dog walks and loiters in bookshops pressing random strangers to buy my books. We don’t always agree, but we’ve learnt to respect our diferences. The love between a father and his daughter always prevails.’ OThe Wisdom Of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan (Two Robyn and her dad on a Roads) is out now. Turn to page family holiday 147 for our book editor’s review.

‘Life will always come full circle’


‘He was my hero – always joking, laughing and telling stories’

once a week she went to the pictures with a friend, and as soon as she left the house the bagpipes were retrieved from where they were hidden in the loft. However, the hobby was not a great success and the bagpipes were swiftly ofered for sale in our local paper. Dad still swears they must have been faulty. During my teenage years, he disapproved of my boyfriends and rolled his eyes in disbelief at my outfits. We rowed over the usual stuf, but we always made up after. In my 20s, though, I grew restless. I wanted a bigger life with wider horizons and more exciting possibilities. I made

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Father’s Day stories

‘I am honoured to have been there for my dad’ I now look back on this with more celebration, as his passing marked the end of a great life. I am honoured to have been there for him. There are times when it feels like he’s right here with me, like when I see something on TV that would make him swear (hello, Newsnight), or at rugby matches. Sometimes, when I see an old man with a tweed flat cap on, walking with his hands behind his back, my heart stops for a moment. When I listen to his Louis Armstrong records, I hear Dad’s voice, and if I read his battered old copy of The Old Man And The Sea, I smell his cologne. My husband, Andy, and I are about to become parents, and so the circle of life begins again. To my great joy, Andy is already the most caring father figure, and I vow to take the baton of life Dad handed me with every ounce of his strength, wisdom and humour.’ OMy Mad Dad: The Diary Of An Unravelling Mind by Robyn Hollingworth (Trapeze) is out now. 44 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

‘He loved me very deeply – even if it didn’t always show’ Katie’s toy rabbits and knelt to speak to her, treating her as a person to be interested in as well as adored. This shared love reconnected me to my own childhood, when my father had spent time with me, lying down on the lawn to join in with games and ack in 1975, I was unusual taking my questions as seriously as enough for having any adult conversation. Slowly, we divorced parents. What found some of our old intimacy. made my family more But we didn’t get long enough. My extraordinary was that my brother and father saw Katie for three-and-aI didn’t live with my half years before he mother, but my died, very quickly, father. That decision from cancer. I miss was his. My father him and wish he could almost always got see her grow up, but his own way. He even so, that short never achieved this time was enough. by force or cunning. What it revealed, Charm was through her, was that his weapon, Susannah got closer he loved me, even if he underpinned by to her dad after her didn’t always permit a will of steel. daughter was born himself to show it.’ He dominates my early O The Life Of Stuf: A Memoir About The memories: sitting at the desk in the study, playing me the Sesame Street Mess We Leave Behind by Susannah record, reading stories and burying Walker (Doubleday) is out 17 May. me and my brother Andrew* under grass after mowing the lawn. I was my father’s child. After supper, my brother sat on my mother’s lap and I went to him. So, at age nine, it didn’t seem strange to go and live with my father. But in the divorce, I not only lost my mother, I lost my father, too. He remarried and my stepmother moved in with her son. My father had his new wife, my brother had a new playmate and I had no one. My father decided that this new family was perfect. The only obstacle was me. Angry and upset, I refused to be told that I was happy. I’d inherited his iron will. But I didn’t challenge him. I sulked, grumbled and decided that all people were untrustworthy. Although we shared the same house, my father and I were never as close again. What improved relations, many years later, was the birth of my daughter Katie*, his first grandchild. When she was born, I delighted at his pleasure in her. He would pour tea for Susannah Walker, 52, recalls living with her father, Nick, after her parents’ divorce.


Photography: Getty, posed by models. *Names have been changed

mercifully rapid. Just as he always wanted the best for us, we now did for him, although sufering was never supposed to be on the menu. At first, he was only just aware of why I was there – cooking, cleaning, taking him places. As time went on, he understood even less. I had to keep a sense of humour when he wore someone else’s clothes to the shops, made cofee in bowls, and went in the lingerie section while out shopping. But leaving my life in London as a party-going 20-something to nurse my father was the best thing I could have done. As his care for me faded, my care for him evolved. As I became more independent, he became more dependent. Life had come full circle. We all go out like we come in, as they say. When Dad did go in April 2008, there were some echoes of my arrival: hospital beds, medical staf, then flowers, cards, church. But there were no congratulations.

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Meet the authors Come along to Prima’s Big Book event and hear bestselling author Fern Britton in conversation with fellow novelist Harriet Evans

Fern Britton reveals her secrets to success


hey’re two of the country’s leading authors and, in this exclusive get-together, Fern and Harriet will be chatting about the secrets behind their bestselling books and where they get the ideas for their incredible stories. They’ll also reveal how they came to be top novelists and what it’s really like to be a writer. Could you do it, too?

THEIR NEW PAGE-TURNERS… OFollowing on from the success

of her previous books, including The Postcard, A Good Catch and A Seaside Afair, Fern’s latest novel, Coming Home, tells the story of Ella as she returns to the Cornish coast to heal her heart. But, as she sets about discovering her new life, a treasure trove of secrets opens. (HarperCollins, £4.99) OThe Wildflowers, Harriet’s

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spellbinding new novel, follows the fortunes of the Wilde family and is set against the glorious backdrop of the Dorset coast. An emotional drama spanning decades, it oozes with scandal and unforgettable characters. (Headline Review, £7.99)



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‘When you fall

down, you have to get up again’

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin reveals what she’s learnt since swapping the sofa for Lycra to become a Team GB triathlete Louise, 49, and her husband, David, have two children, Mia, 16, and Scarlett, 13. Six years ago, she took on a fitness challenge, and is now swimming, cycling and running through life. I’ll be 50 in September and I’ve never felt better. I used to get out of bed with aching limbs, but since I boosted my fitness I’ve really noticed a diference. I can lift heavy things and run faster for buses. I eat better, sleep better and I’m also a lot happier – it’s endorphins, but it’s also about finding equilibrium. 46 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

My routine is a juggling act – and it’s not always easy. I get up at 3.30am, present Breakfast, then head home for an hour and a half of training. I have an afternoon nap before collecting the girls from school. The evenings are family time. I’m a naturally motivated person, but I’m not always raring to go – I often make my husband drop me right outside the pool so I have no choice but to go in! Once I do it, I always enjoy it. You have to make time for exercise. I’ve carved out that time and found a

way to make it work. My life is quite regimented, but having a schedule means I stay organised. I find I get a lot more done now than before. Gaining weight triggered a lifestyle change. Six years ago, my family moved from London to Salford when I became a permanent presenter on BBC Breakfast. I’d done the odd stint on the sofa before, but as I adjusted to my new five-day-a-week job, I got into an unhealthy routine. I’d wake up at 3.46am (the extra minute lie-in made all the

Inspiring women diference psychologically!) and eat breakfast at 5am. By the time the show finished at 9.30am, I’d be starving and have a second breakfast. I’d then go home for lunch, eat a biscuit and have dinner later. I’d basically added an extra meal into my day! After that, I upped my exercise and went on the 5:2 diet. I lost weight very quickly – so much so that viewers emailed the programme to ask if I was ill. Now, I’ve found a happy medium. I eat healthily, but enough to sustain my exercise. It’s important to have that balance. A few years ago, I wasn’t even sure what a triathlon was. I knew it involved swimming, cycling and running, but that was about it. I exercised twice a week, and would occasionally ride my bike to work. I wasn’t unfit, but the idea of a triathlon was unthinkable. I swam competitively until the age of 15, but I gave it up because I thought my shoulders were getting too muscly. That seems really sad to me now.

Words: Ella Dove Photography: Jill Jennings,

The moment I touched the handlebars of a racing bike, my life changed for ever. In 2012, the Breakfast team did a cycling sprint relay at the Manchester Velodrome to tie in with the Olympics – Susanna Reid and Bill Turnbull versus me with Charlie Stayt. When we won, it was like a shot of pure adrenaline. I wanted a new challenge. So when my neighbour suggested I do a triathlon with her, I couldn’t resist. It involved a 750m swim, a 25km bike ride and a 5km run. I was already a strong swimmer and, after the Velodrome event, I’d fallen in love with cycling. Running was harder, but I persevered. The buzz I felt when I crossed the finish line was brilliant. I came seventh in the 45-50 age group, and was on a high for days afterwards. I saw my body changing and my fitness increasing. With the help of my brilliant coach, Claire, I improved my strength and stamina. I began to take part in Olympic distance triathlons – going up to a 1500m swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run. I did two swims, three runs and two bike rides every week. Two years later, I qualified for Team GB in my age group, one of

the proudest moments of my life. I still can’t quite believe it! Shame and support are great motivators. There was a particularly low point early on, when I arrived late to a race. Wracked with nerves, I’m embarrassed to say I ran away and locked myself in a Portaloo! When my family found me, my daughter Scarlett banged on the door and shouted at me to get into the water. Eventually, I did – and, of course, I loved it. I encourage my girls to be active. Mia and Scarlett play tennis and we enjoy family walks. If I’m nagging the girls, they’ll tell me to go for a run, because I always return in a better mood! They sometimes join me, although often the only one who shows excitement is our yellow Labrador, Wale. We’ve also got a new black Labrador puppy, Ruby, who has a lot of energy and bounce. I’m so grateful for the love of my family. I wake them at unearthly hours and drag them across the country to races. However, they’re always ready with smiles and hugs when I cross the finish line. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. I’ve learnt that you don’t have to be brilliant at everything. A few months ago, I was walking across a bridge in Liverpool with Mia. I told her about a

‘I was on a high for days ater my irst triathlon’

Louise thrives on the competitive buzz

triathlon I’d done there where I’d fallen of my bike and how I hadn’t realised that I was swimming with jellyfish. She said ‘Mummy, I really admire what you do, because you’re not very good but you do it anyway.’ It made me laugh, but I was also touched. If you enjoy something, it doesn’t really matter how you do. That’s not a bad lesson in life. Triathlon has taught me the value of resilience. When you fall down, you have to get up again. During one race, I lost a contact lens, and I crossed the finish line of another and won my age group with blood pouring from both knees. Sometimes, it’s as much about mental endurance as fitness. In triathlon, as in life, you just have to get on with it. After every run, swim or bike ride, I feel better about the world. Hearing the birds and watching the river, I feel connected. Focusing on that moment is therapeutic. Whenever I feel stressed, I use this feeling like a visualisation technique. It never fails to relax me. If you’re thinking of taking on an active challenge, get out there and go for it! Triathlon brings a new dimension to my life. I’m doing something I want to do – something that I think is important for us all. When you’re a busy working mum, it’s so beneficial to have that outlet, to take time for yourself. • Dare To Tri: My Journey From The BBC Breakfast Sofa To GB Team Triathlete by Louise Minchin (Bloomsbury Sport) is out now PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018 47

Goodbye oice,

HELLO OUTDOORS Stuck in the 9-5 but longing to escape? Meet the women who’ve made the leap

‘I went from an oice job to running a Welsh campsite’ Sarah Heyworth, 50, lives in Arthog, Snowdonia, with her partner John and their two dogs. They run a campsite and B&B at Graig Wen.


utting down my pen, I folded up the letter and pushed it into an envelope. Then, as with the hundreds of others I’d already sent, I walked to the local letterbox and dropped it in, wondering if my outdoor dream would ever become reality. I wanted to open my own campsite somewhere beautiful, so I was contacting campsite owners to ask if they were thinking of selling. But this hadn’t always been the life I wanted. I’d had my “aha” moment when me and my partner John were travelling around Europe in a camper van. I fell in love with the open road and freedom. When we got back, I hungered for a more outdoor life than working 9-5 at my marketing business. Ready for a challenge, John and I gave up our jobs, sold our home in Brighton and set out on an adventure.

letters, searching for the site that would provide the perfect amount of wilderness. At long last, I received a reply from the owners of Graig Wen, who wanted to retire. Located in the south of Snowdonia, Wales, its 45 acres sit at the foot of the mountains. Originally a Victorian slate mill, Graig Wen includes a campsite, B&B (The Slate Shed), four cottages and a pitch for eight motorhomes. This was far more than we had ever imagined taking on, but in the end we were seduced by the beauty and seclusion of the area and, in 2007, after securing a loan alongside the money we’d got from selling our home, we took on the business. Before I knew it, I’d gone from having an oice job to working on my very own rural Welsh campsite. The first task was to renovate the place – there were a lot of orange walls to paint! Considering we arrived with all our tools in a biscuit tin,

TAKING THE PLUNGE Although we had no idea how to set up a campsite, we were undaunted. We moved to a camping and caravan site in the Lake District, where we worked second-in-command for six months learning the ropes. It was invaluable to understanding everything, from general maintenance to what to do if guests arrive late. Meanwhile, I sent out my 48 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

Graig Wen sits in the shadow of Snowdonia

both John and I learnt an array of new skills: I studied dry-stone walling to repair a stretch on our land, while John learnt a lot about rural plumbing. Doing it ourselves meant saving money – buying and renovating the place had already cost us around £700,000.

HELPING HAND Friends helped with hand-painting the slate nameplates for the B&B’s bedrooms, and both my mother and John’s father moved nearby to assist with the day-to-day running of the place. We also employed a housekeeper and a receptionist, then opened to the general public in March 2008. A few years later, we’re turning over £115,000. Being a big lover of the natural world, I wanted to create an authentic back-tonature experience, so not only can guests camp among the trees, but they can also stay in one of the hand-built yurts that we’ve installed in the forest. The beautiful landscape also ofers a variety of outdoor activities: you can go cycling, walking, zip lining or swimming. But it’s not just the guests who are out and about, I am, too. I’m always pottering about the campsite or picking fresh flowers for the rooms. The breathtaking surroundings also provide respite when things get a bit hectic. No matter how busy it gets, walking the dogs with the mountains towering over me is the perfect reminder of why we did this.’ • Visit and

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Sarah takes pride in adding a personal touch

SARAH’S TIPS ● A certain amount of naive enthusiasm can make you bold enough to take a leap into the unknown. ● The world is fast moving, so you need to be flexible and move forward or risk getting left behind. ● Always remember that a smile and a friendly face go a long way.

The handmade yurts sit in quiet areas of the forest

‘The breathtaking surroundings provide respite’


The garden studio provides inspiration

● Investing in good photography is key to selling online. ● Write a realistic list of tasks you need to complete each week. ● Creating a strong brand identity from the beginning will get you a long way.

‘My jewellery is inspired by nature’ Alice Robson, 50, lives in Wadhurst, East Sussex, with her husband James and their two children, Fergus, 17, and Edie, 16, where she makes silver jewellery in her garden studio.

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s I sit at my workbench filing a silver ring, the warm summer breeze drifts in through the open windows of my garden studio. After spending years in a corporate oice job in London, there’s nothing better than spending a working day getting all the fresh air that I can, while doing something I love. Before setting up my jewellery business, I worked in a sales team. While there were lots of opportunities for promotion, I knew urban life wasn’t for me. I kept at it until James and I decided we wanted to start a family, when we

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sold our city property and moved to the East Sussex countryside in 2002. After having Fergus and Edie, I knew I couldn’t go back to a 9-5 oice job, because I wanted the flexibility to be a hands-on mum. I’d learnt jewellery design some 20 years earlier, but hadn’t thought of making a business out of it until I dusted of my old tools and made a tiny silver box for a godson’s christening. It felt so rewarding to do something I enjoyed; that was my light-bulb moment. With the savings James and I had from selling our house in London, which were around £15,000, I launched Alice Robson Jewellery in 2005. When I was younger, I hadn’t had the confidence in my ability to design, but as a mum I had become much more self-assured about my own taste and style, and knew I could cope with unexpected challenges.

James, who is an architect, built a studio for me in our garden. It was important for me to work outside because I wanted my jewellery to be inspired by nature. I love the practical nature of my work; using my wire cutters and pliers to shape things into exactly the way I want them to look. Once they’re finished, I take them to craft fairs and sell them for anywhere between £35 and £800, depending on the metal and stones used.

NATURAL INSPIRATION I launched my website in 2014 and receive private commissions and ofer a re-making service for old or inherited pieces. I also update my social media pages every few days; they’re a great way to stay in contact with customers. Just like nature, business ebbs and flows – at busy times, such as Christmas, I’ll be making over 30 pieces a week. My turnover is variable, but it averages out at around £50,000 a year. I’m so glad I didn’t go into another oice job, because it’s such a pleasure to spend my days in a workshop so close to my family, with the door open and the sun shining. I have the whole of the natural world inspiring me.’ • Visit

Words: Anna Bonet Photography: Country Living/Alun Callender, Jacqui Hurst

Alice sells her jewellery at craft fairs

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‘I turned my love for gardens into a business’ Jeni Cairns, 41, lives in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, with her husband Brian and two children, Cameron, 19, and Indiana, 14. She runs a garden design business.


’ve loved the outdoors for as long as I can remember. I grew up on my family farm and, as a young girl, I was never more content than when I was out and about, barefoot on the grass. This passion for nature, which was instilled in me from an early age, has led me to where I am now. Before setting up Juniper Garden Designs, I spent my time trying to juggle my work at the pizza takeaway shop – which Brian runs in the nearby village – with raising our two young children. It left me little time to be creative, which, having studied fine art at university, meant I felt a bit unfulfilled. It all changed in 2008 when we bought my

learning everything from grandparents’ farm surveying and costing to cottage, which had a creating planting plans. quarter-acre garden I was finally able to let attached to it. When my creativity flow again! we moved in, I wandered outside, smiling at the Wendy LUCKY BREAK house I used to love. My big break came a Looking around, I year later. I came first in knew exactly how I the student category wanted the garden to in a Landmark Trust Jeni loves being look – but lacked the competition to create a able to be creative in her work horticultural skills to formal garden. It was make it happen. such a buzz! I used my I decided to take matters into my own £2,000 winnings to build a show garden hands and found a distance-learning at the Harrogate Flower Show in 2011 course in garden design that I could fit and learnt that show gardens ofer a around my commitments. The KLC wonderful shop window for my work. School of Design diploma had no set I set up a website and private time limit for its completion, so I was commissions began to trickle in. A able to follow the tasks at my own pace; design plan costs around £500-£600, and the fees could be paid in monthly but it depends on the client. My turnover instalments. I loved the challenge of is variable, but last year it was £56,000. I’m passionate about the environment, so an ecological, wildlife-friendly thread runs through my work – my trademark is JENI’S TIPS getting inventive with everyday materials: ● Contact entrepreneurs a drain cover becomes a stepping stone, who are doing something for example, or a set of animal feeders similar; people are willing can be used to make a water feature. to help and give advice. The Wendy house at the bottom of ● Remember to keep the garden used to be where I played as learning, be adaptable a young girl – now it’s where I store the and continue to tools I use for my job. I’m over the moon challenge yourself. that I’ve been able to turn my love for That’s how you grow. gardens into a business. More than anything, I feel so lucky that I get to spend so much time out in the open, breathing in the fresh air and immersing myself in nature – and I get to call it work.’ • Visit

Jeni’s room with a view

EOS Lip Balm, £6.50 Until recently, this cute ball of balm was a celeb secret. It’s brilliantly portable and can be used to add impromptu highlights to skin as well as keep lips smooth.


Brilliant balms

Winners 2018 On the beauty desk we’ve tried hundreds of moisturisers, shampoos, lipsticks and more, to find the very best products to make you look and feel gorgeous. Here are our top 50 brilliant buys!

Nuxe Rêve De Miel UltraNourishing Lip Balm, £10 This honey and citrus-scented lip balm is worth every penny, leaving lips so well nourished that you won’t find yourself constantly reapplying (though you’ll probably want to).

Vaseline, £1.95 Vaseline will heal and comfort dry/broken/irritated skin – but we also love it to soften lips or even turn your favourite eyeshadow into a gloss.

Sun-kissed saviours No 7 Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer, £12

Sunsense Ultra SPF50+, £15 Top marks for the Australian high-spec formula combined with a non-greasy texture that means you actually want to wear it. Great for high days, holidays – and every day.

This sheer powder sweeps on beautifully to bring a natural-looking warmth to skin, and the subtlest touch of shimmer adds a flattering lift.

Nspa Expert DailyRejuvenate Cream SPF30, £10 If you like your sun protection built into your moisturiser, this feels lightweight and works under make-up, and it also packs a hydrating skincare punch.

St Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Mousse, £14.50 Simply smooth this on to dry skin and leave for one minute, then shower of. The colour develops over six to eight hours. Use it as often as you like to build your glow.

Cleansers, toners & exfoliators

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L’Oréal Paris Smooth Sugars Clear Kiwi Face and Lip Scrub, £9.99 A facial scrub is a useful part of anyone’s skincare regime and we love this one as it’s always efective, never harsh. Thumbs up for the natural ingredients, pleasing pot and great price point, too.

Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis Beauty Vinegar, £17 Refreshes and rehydrates skin after cleansing, without causing irritation. Alternate with an exfoliating acid toner.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, £26 There’s a reason this has been a bestseller for over 20 years – it suits all skin types, is thorough yet gentle, and just so easy and pleasurable to use. Remove with a muslin cloth and you’ll get a gentle exfoliation too.

Bioderma Sébium Foaming Gel, £10.50 Pixi Glow Tonic, from £18

Wash-of cleansers can leave skin feeling dry and tight, but this is gentle and soap-free. If you wear make-up and like to double cleanse, this is perfect to use after a heavier balm or creamy cleanser.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Gentle Pads, £12.95

Perfect if you’re new to acid exfoliators

This cult classic delivers all the benefits of an acid toner – exfoliating, smoothing, brightening – and, thanks to the soothing aloe vera, is gentle enough for most skin types.

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All about eyes TonyMoly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick, £12.50 ( Keep this little gem to hand for on-the-go de-puing, cooling, hydrating and refreshing – a boon for tired eyes.

Beneit Gimme Brow+ Eyebrow Gel, £20.50

Bareminerals Round The Clock Intense CreamGlide Eyeliner, £16

A foolproof gel with five new shades from June, Gimme is your quickest route to full, groomed brows.

While not supermarketcheap, this liner boasts the same staying power and intense colour as others twice its price.

These versatile shades work from day to evening

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Nudist Eye Paint, £5.99 Experimenting with eyeshadow is a must, but when you need something to add easy polish and definition to lids, the neutral shades in this range are spot-on. Dot on from the wand and blend. 54 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara, £6.99 Lengthening, buildable and long lasting… that’s all our mascara boxes ticked, then. Bonus: the unique formula helps to create thickerlooking lashes, too.

Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum, £16.99 Vitamin C and hydrating hyaluronic acid make for a hardworking serum that delivers brighter, smoother-looking skin.

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Sanctuary Spa Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil, £17.50 A luxurious, healing oil that sinks in straight away with no stickiness. Great for dull skin in need of a glow.

Caudalie Vineactiv 3-in-1 Moisturiser, £32 Research shows pollution damages skin, so this lightweight moisturiser, with its vinederived anti-pollution complex, gets a big tick from us. We also like the skin-plumping efects and the way it evens out skin tone with regular use.

Moisturisers & serums

Works while you sleep to nourish skin

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Agedefying Night Cream, £29.99

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%, £5.80 This lightweight liquid is our go-to for pufy eyes (though not hereditary bags, which no skincare product can reduce!). Gently massage in around the eye area morning and night.

With line-smoothing and skin-brightening ingredients, this also comforts and nourishes your skin. Apply it to neck and décolletage, too, and rub any excess on to the backs of your hands.

Weleda Skin Food, £12.50 Our first port of call for troubled skin, this expert-loved cream features camomile and calendula to soothe rough, sore and dry areas. Also great as a mask (apply thickly and tissue of after 15 minutes), or overnight treatment.

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Collection Liquid Lip Colour, £4.99 A great-value range that gives the flattering sheen of a gloss without being sticky. Stock up now.

Luscious lips Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30, £7.99 This award-winning balm is glossy, hydrating and leaves lips with a pretty hint of colour. We love its eco credentials, too.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, £8.99 The matte finish makes this lipstick modern, the creaminess comfortable, and the flattering shades wearable. Love at first swipe.

Hair heroes Colab Dry Shampoo, £3.50 This beauty-insider favourite freshens up flat hair in need of a wash, leaves no residue and comes in fun fragrances.

The Wet Brush, £13 Described as a ‘must-have’ by many stylists, this makes light work of tangles in wet or dry hair (without causing static).

OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner, £6.99 each The whole range is award-worthy, but this pair stands out for delivering noticeably thicker-looking hair.

Josh Wood Colour Root Smudger, £12 Blends beautifully and lasts up to three washes – the fact it was created by a top colourist doesn’t hurt, either. 56 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour, £4.99 A must-have for dry or coloured hair. A once-weekly treatment with this mask goes a long way to keeping hair in good condition – and super shiny.

Head & Shoulders Suprême Moisture Shampoo, £4.99 H&S kicks a flaky scalp into touch every time. And this new version features argan oil to leave hair soft, as well as super clean.

Complexion perfectors Erborian BB Drops, £32

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99 Rivalling pricier brands, this has the quality and texture of a luxe foundation at an excellent price. It gives flattering coverage with a radiant finish.


Its peach tint evens out complexions, while the dewy texture makes a great base for make-up. A brilliant primer in all but name.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush, £8.99 All the long-lasting benefits of a powder with the natural finish of a cream, we love the shade Alluring Rose for its ability to deliver a fresh, healthy looking pop of colour to cheeks.

Get a luxe look for less

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush, £6.99 Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer, £11.99 At last, an inexpensive concealer that looks anything but. The creamy formula blends well and can be built up for full coverage that still gives a fresh-looking finish.

Easy to apply and blend with your fingers, this gives cheeks a pretty hint of colour. Its flattering sheen lifts a lacklustre complexion. Soft Copper (far left) is our pick for a suit-all shade.

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Kneipp Eucalyptus Bath Oil, £9.95

And breathe…

Kneipp’s bath soaks really do make a diference. This one’s brilliant for clearing a tired head and easing the stufy feeling of coughs, colds and hay fever.

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe & Sleep with Lavender, £7.99 All the therapeutic, detoxing benefits of Epsom salts with the added relaxing qualities of lavender – we can’t run a bath without them.

Fenjal Classic Luxury Crème Bath Oil, £12.49

Zara Green Herbs Aromatic Candle, £11.99

Botanical oils provide a soothing salve for skin, while the iconic milky formula brings some much-needed indulgence – and joy!

One of a range of sophisticated scents, this looks (and smells) wonderfully luxurious for the reasonable price, and burns evenly. 

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil, £5.39

Soaper Duper Ginger & Sea Salt Body Scrub, £7

Non-greasy and with a delicious scent, massage into damp skin to amp up moisture levels.

Boost your mood and smooth your body, with energising ginger and citrus, chunky sea salt and fruit acids.

Body beautiful Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion, £5.99 A brilliantly priced body moisturiser featuring colloidal oatmeal, which significantly softens your skin, whether it’s sensitive, normal or dry.

Dove Beauty Cream Bar, £1.85 This gentle soap has a subtle powdery scent and leaves skin feeling clean and soft. By the sink, in the shower, by the bath – it’s the dream soap bar none!

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Nivea Sunshine Love Shower Gel, £1.99 Infused with the dreamy scent of Nivea suncare, this will send you into a holiday-happy mood every time you shower!

A traditional remedy with a new twist

Soft skin sorted!

Nivea Nourishing Care Hand Cream, £1.45 This high-performing cream belies its price to leave skin soft, non-sticky and nourished for hours.

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The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil, £8 A handy pen that can’t be beaten for rescuing ragged cuticles and giving dry nails a healthy shine. Smells delicious, too.

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Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Nail Polish, £8.99 Not only does this polish come in a wide range of fab, long-wearing colours, but the argan oil-infused formula helps care for nails, too.

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hink face masks are a little last century? Think again! Thanks to social media, the humble mask has become super-trendy. These supercharged formulas work wonders, giving skin some muchneeded TLC! ‘There’s a face mask to suit every skin type, and it’s a great way to introduce new ingredients, too,’ says facialist Kate Somerville. So, whether you save them for a special occasion or want to give your complexion a weekly boost, fast-track your way to fabulous-looking skin with our face-saving picks.


When you need a HIT OF HYDRATION… If skin’s feeling dry and tight, nothing beats a nourishing sheet mask. ‘It’s a fun way of spending more time on your skin, giving it essential moisture,’ says Nichola Joss, Decléor’s skin expert. Look for ones with key hydrators like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. ‘I also recommend cellulose or hydrogel sheets. These stick to the skin, allowing ingredients to sink in more deeply for a plumper efect.’ TRY Decléor Intense Glow Hydrogel Mask, £12, and Lancôme Hydrogel Melting Mask, £16.50 – both leave skin feeling soft and looking radiant.

Face savers

If you’re looking for a speedy skin pick-me-up, there’s a fabulous face mask with your name on it!

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Beautiful you

… and want a CLEARER COMPLEXION Blackheads aren’t just for teenagers! ‘As we age, pores become larger because the collagen and elastin fibres that support the wall linings break down, which means excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells clog them up,’ says dermatologist Anjali Mahto. A clay-based mask can help to keep pores clean, which in turn makes them appear less visible. TRY Nspa Warming Detox Clay Mask, £1.50, which is enriched with exfoliating papaya and hops to gently remove dead skin cells. We also like Clinique Blackhead Solutions Self-Heating Blackhead Extractor, £22, a combination of deep-cleansing and exfoliating ingredients in a clay-based cream that heats when you add water. You then use the nobbly tool it comes with to massage over your skin, which in turn helps to gently unclog pores.

In need of some SPA-STYLE PAMPERING? If you’re after an indulgent option, choose a cream-based formula. ‘This texture encourages you to massage the mask into your skin with your fingers, meaning you’re more likely to push it in deeper, boosting circulation in the process,’ says Nichola. This gets rid of any surface dullness, plus it’s more of a treat, too! TRY all-new Neutrogena Ageless Boost Instant Facial Cream Mask, £3.50, for an instant pick-me-up, or Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask, £26.50, for a luxe treat!

LOOKING TIRED? Here’s how to fake 8 hours’ sleep Along with dark circles and a craving for cofee, lack of sleep leads to a dull, tired complexion. The solution is a shot of radiance-enhancing, exfoliating glycolic acid. A sheet mask is your best option as it’s not in contact with your skin for very long, meaning you’ll get all the benefits of acids with less chance of irritation – plus they usually contain hydrating ingredients, too. TRY Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Bubble Mask, £5.50.

When you’re PUSHED FOR TIME No time for make-up, let alone a face mask? That’s where overnight treatments come in. Both Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask, £18, and The Body Shop Bouncy Sleeping Mask, £25, combine skinloving ingredients such as natural plant oils and hydrating hyaluronic acid to strengthen the skin’s own defences while you rest, turbocharging your beauty sleep. All you have to do is close your eyes and wake up to plumper, fresherlooking skin!

Give your SKIN A BREAK ‘More people are coming to see me with sensitive skin because they’re over-cleansing, which strips natural oils,’ says skin specialist Dr Anita Sturnham. ‘When skin has a flare-up, the key is to strip back your routine and add in a gentle mask laced with cooling ingredients.’ Look out for

ones with cucumber, vitamin E or aloe vera, all of which calm redness. TRY the new Seoulista Correct & Calm Instant Facial, £7.99, and Simple Kind To Skin Rich Moisture Mask, £2.99. For a doubly soothing treat, pop in the fridge overnight before using.

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Beautiful you

TRY A NEW TEXTURE! GET BUBBLY Inspired by Korean sheet masks that transform into a bubbly foam when applied to skin, Sanctuary Spa Purifying Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask, £5, leaves skin sparklingly clean!

PEEL AWAY Don’t be put of by the bold copper colour of Origins Ginzing PeelOf Mask To Refine And Refresh, £26.50. The gel formula removes dead skin and excess oil as you peel it of. Super-satisfying!


Here’s to YOUNGERLOOKING SKIN Masks won’t reverse wrinkles, but if you have fine lines you’re likely to see some (temporary) results with an anti-ageing formula! Two that stand out are L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler Hyaluromask, £19.99, and GlamGlow GravityMud Power Rangers Collectable, £14 ( Both are packed with skintightening ingredients and leave behind a flattering sheen.



Kiwi contains a lot of vitamin C, which helps stimulate collagen production, while yogurt acts as a skin smoother.

With gentle exfoliating acids from strawberries and hydrating honey, this sweet mask leaves skin soft and smooth!

You’ll need… • ½ kiwi • 1tbsp natural plain yogurt • 1tbsp runny honey Blend all the ingredients together and massage into skin. Leave for 2min and remove with a warm muslin cloth or flannel.

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You’ll need… • 3 large strawberries • 2tbsp honey Mash the strawberries and honey together to form a paste. Apply to cleansed skin and leave for 10min before rinsing.

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Clever technology means the anti-ageing ingredients in the Charlotte Tilbury Dry Sheet Mask, £18, are absorbed more efectively by skin. As it’s dry, it can also be used up to three times, too.

Beauty columnist Kazia Pelka shares tips on making salon treatments last longer, choosing the right facial oil and getting eye make-up to stay put

Get set for MY EASY TRICKS

for lasting pedis and waxing

As June heralds the start of summer, toes are exposed and swimsuits braved. This makes bikini waxes and pedicures a priority. The only problem is, it all needs doing again in no time! So here are a few tips to get the best from your Brazilian and make that pedi last a little longer.

beat a pedi to kick of summer, but to get the best value, it’s crucial to continue the good work once the treatment finishes. I slip on a pair of old socks cut open at the toe after the therapist has worked on my feet, but before she paints my nails. This protects my freshly hydrated feet while they’re in flip-flops, which are essential post-pedi, as nail polish takes at least four hours to dry. Apply a top coat every other day to keep colour shiny, and run it along the edge of your nail to help keep polish chip-free. For long-lasting shine, I love Jessica Diamonds Glistening Topcoat, £14.25. To keep feet sweet, use an emery board-style foot file (like The Body Shop File A Foot, £5), on dry skin before a shower and moisturise

morning and night. Always use a targeted foot cream, as they contain ingredients aimed at tackling hard skin – body lotion doesn’t. If you need better-looking feet overnight, try a nourishing mask with socks left on. Use an exfoliating toner first for best results.

FOR YOUR WAX Hot wax is best for bikini lines and check that your salon

uses a specialist wax suitable for intimate areas. Perron Rigot or Lycon are two of the names you want to hear. Exfoliating your bikini line ahead of treatment helps the wax grab your hair, not your skin, but granular scrubs can be too aggressive. Use an exfoliating toner with AHAs (like glycolic acid) every other day in the week before your treatment – it will do the job gently and helps discourage ingrowing hairs. Dry skin makes waxing tricky for the therapist and you won’t get the best result, so moisturise after you’ve exfoliated. (E45 Cream, from £2.35, is unperfumed, making it a good option for this area.)

Photography: Liz McAulay, Hearst Studios


Beauty for grown-ups

Old fave!


Are face oils really for me? I’m worried they’ll be too greasy. A good facial oil can be a great addition to your beauty routine. Many are packed with anti-ageing antioxidants and antiinflammatories, while regular users of facial oils say their skin becomes more supple and feels hydrated. As you’re concerned about possible greasiness, apply a few drops on clean skin before a bath at night and spend time massaging it in as you soak. A good-quality oil shouldn’t leave skin feeling sticky. Use a small drop and work it into freshly cleansed skin. The nourishing, unctuous part of any face cream is oil, so you may like the texture more than you’d think. The Ordinary 100% Organic ColdPressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, £9, suits all skin types. Darphin Jasmine Aromatic Care Oil, £75, is a treat for mature skin. Try Sunday Riley U.F.O. UltraClarifying Face Oil, £34 for 15ml, and Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, £34, if your skin’s oily or blemish-prone.

When I was a child, my mum used to say the best beauty treatment for hands was to slather them in hand cream and pop on a pair of white cotton gloves before going to bed. In the absence of cotton gloves, which I always suspected would absorb too much of the cream, I use latex ones and get on with a bit of housework while the cream sinks in. Better still, put a pair of old socks over your gloved hands and place on a hot water bottle while you watch a little TV – preferably with a glass of something chilled. Mum’s cream of choice was Nulon, in its (then) distinctive pink plastic bottle. Mine is This Works Perfect Hands Intense Moisture, £18. It’s nongreasy with a divine scent of geranium and rose.


How can I get my eye make-up to stay put? When it drops and smudges it just looks ageing. Use a lighter gel or oil-free cream under make-up, keeping your richer eye products for bedtime. During the day, as more oil collects on your eyelid, eyeshadow can move into the crease. Pat it right back to where it should be and then press a blotting sheet or cigarette paper over to remove excess oil (Rizla papers are about £1!). If you want to re-apply shadow, brush a tiny amount of translucent powder over the lid first. I love the efect you get with a waxy kohl, but it’s the worst for drifting. I recently blended a little Rimmel Magnif’eyes Eye Primer, £4.99, close to my upper and lower lashes before applying, and it definitely helped the kohl stay put. Your mascara should be fibreless to avoid it dropping. Alternatively, tint your lower lashes and apply mascara to top lashes only. Finally, remember we expect a lot from our make-up these days. There’s nothing wrong with having to use a cotton bud to clean it up.

Great value

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Switch up YOUR


Stuck in a fashion rut? Not any more! Three fashion insiders give tips on how to refresh your wardrobe and dress your best…

WAKE UP YOUR WORKWEAR Feel like you’re compromising on style with your workwear? It’s time to dress for success!

JO’S STYLE TIPS AND TRICKS… ● Focus on great fit. Good style comes from knowing what works for you, so the right fit is key. Understanding your own personal style creates confidence. ● Invest in versatile separates. I have a wardrobe that is separates-driven and own almost every type

The secret to a stress-free morning? One piece that feels chic from head to toe. Swap your work dress for a jumpsuit. A darker shade will take you from desk to drinks. Jumpsuit, £125, 6-16, Kitri at Next Label/Mix. Bag, £60, Caroline Gardner. Brogues, £25.99, 3-9, New Look 66 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

of trouser silhouette. I ensure they fit perfectly and team them with statement shoes and understated tops. ● Always wear great shoes. Whether Style it! they’re killer heels A fab shortcut to chic or trainers, they is to ofset darker have to be comfy outfits with colourand tick of pop accessories. seasonal trends.

Check out Next Label/ Mix for on-trend workwear

Jo Collins, 48, from London, is design director at Wallis. Jo’s days involve everything from meetings to photoshoots, so her outfits need to be chic, practical and professional.

Chic for your shape

Shape shift your silhouette Spring’s statement sleeves and tied-in paper-bagstyle waists will give your weekday outfits an instant trend boost. The trick to wearing these new pieces is to keep the rest of your look streamlined.

TRY SPORTY Sleek and chic, this luxe-casual look shows that sporty can still be smart. Side-stripe trousers are firmly on the fashion radar and, as Jo proves, can be taken into the oice, too. Choose a low-key colour palette and bring your outfit together with heels.

Blouse, £69, 6-14, Hallhuber

Glasses, £85, Vision Express Sweatshirt, £80, xs-l, Whistles at Very Exclusive

Low kitten heels are wearable and stylish Heels, £59, 3-8, Oice Skirt, £40, 6-16, River Island

Earrings, £17, A Weathered Penny Trousers, £79, 6-22, Autograph at Marks & Spencer

Loafers, £16.99, 3-8, TK Maxx

Trousers, £35, 8-18, Wallis. Jumper, £60, 8-16, Caitlin Price at Next Label/Mix. Heels, Jo’s own

Match top and bottom for a longer, leaner look

From of-duty to oice-friendly On dress-down days, make your weekend favourites oice-worthy by teaming them with sharp tailoring. A great blazer is the ultimate item for pulled-together dressing. Necklace, £28, Oliver Bonas

Dress, £89.99, s-l, Own The Look

Bag, £39.50, M&S

Jacket, £36, 8-18, Wallis. Linen blouse, £27.50, 6-24, Marks & Spencer. Jeans, £145, 8-18, Oui. Heels, Jo’s own

Jumpsuit, £139, 6-18, Finery

Up the smart stakes with a timeless striped dress Trainers, £75, 4-8, Kin at John Lewis

T-shirt, £39, xsxl, Mint Velvet

GET CREATIVE WITH COLOUR Nothing says summer like beautiful brights. Feeling brave? Colour clash, like Louise, or opt for a statement piece and wear it with confidence.

Sunglasses, £39, Oliver Bonas

Blouse, £89, xs-l, Arket. Shorts, £60, xs-l, Weekday. Earrings, £79, Clogau. Necklace, from £107, Chupi. Bag, £245, LK Bennett. Trainers, £29.99, 2-9, Mango

Jumpsuit, £40, 10-32, JD Williams

Tote bag, £40, Laura Ashley

A long-sleeved top helps to balance out the extra leg on show

Skirt, £46, 6-18, Warehouse

Trainers, £85, 3-8, Dune

DO NONJEANS DENIM If jeans are your of-duty essential, like Louise, try mixing things up with a denim jacket, skirt or blouse instead. Or up the fashion factor with this season’s coloured denim.

Slip-ons, £159, 3-8, Pretty Ballerinas

Style in a statement print Take your daywear up a notch by adding a bold pattern. Get clash happy from top to toe or work a classic sailor stripe or graphic floral print into your look. Woven bag, £49, House of Fraser

Trousers, £65, 8-18, Linea at House of Fraser Sandals, £10, 4-8, George at Asda

Blouse, £25.99, xs-l, Zara. Midi skirt, £25.99, 8-18, New Look. Sunglasses, £80, Guess. Bag, £27.99, Bon Prix. Suedette mules, £75, 3-8, Van Dal

Shirt, £45, 6-16, Cath Kidston

Chic for your shape

REV UP YOUR WEEKEND WARDROBE Want easy outfits come Saturday and Sunday? Try these ideas.

LOUISE’S BEST STYLING SECRETS… ● Have a go at working in one special piece when it comes to your of-duty looks. Whether it’s a colourful tote bag, a ruled skirt or a pair of amazing shoes, it’ll instantly make you feel more fashion-forward. ● Dress for your body shape. I’ve been modelling for over two decades and I’ve learnt some valuable advice: find out what style of clothing works best on your figure and go with it. It makes all the diference. Trust me! ● It’s all about denim on dress-down days. When I’m out and about at the weekend, comfort and practicality are key for me as I have to keep up with my two non-stop boys. My go-to look is boyfriend jeans, cool trainers and a nice silky blouse.

Louise Boyce, 37, is a curvy model and lifestyle blogger from London. With two young boys, fuss-free fashion is what she looks for.

Style it!

Tropicalprint dress, £59, 8-18, Monsoon

A wrap style is beyond flattering on every figure.

Basics don’t have to be boring. Reinvent staple pieces by styling them in new ways. Here, Louise takes a T-shirt from standard to standout with a statement skirt. T-shirt, £7.99, 8-18, New Look. Skirt, £35, 8-20, V by Very. Earrings, £4.99, New Look. Jewellery, from £89, Chupi. Flats, £165, 2-9, LK Bennett

Necklace, £22, John Lewis


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Headpiece, £65, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams

Heels, £30, 3-8, Topshop

Style it! Metallic heels help transform a daytime jumper for cocktail hour.

For smart casual dress codes, blend luxe fabrics with relaxed pieces. Here, Jane wears a silky midi skirt and crew-neck knit for an efortlessly glam look. Knit, £20, 10-24, Bonmarché. Skirt, £49, 8-18, & Other Stories. Earrings, £5.99, H&M. Mules, £125, 3-8, Lisa Kay

Jane Grainger, 44, from Worcestershire is the fashion blogger behind My Midlife Fashion. Jane likes glam but versatile partywear.

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● A statement clutch is my party essential. I wear a lot of neutrals, so I find that a fun clutch is a great way of adding some personality and individuality to my look. ● I rarely save things for best. Instead, I love to mix and match pieces, dressing things up and down. For example, a lace pencil skirt teamed with a crew-neck jumper can work equally well for day as it can for a more special evening event. ● Elaborate details will elevate your outfit. Look for items with glam touches, such as gold buttons, embellishments, pleats and sequins, as they’ll help enhance your outfit.

Chic for your shape

Sass up accessories If a last-minute invite has you in an outfit panic, simply revamp last year’s dress with some seriously sassy accessories.

Floral dress, £225, 6-18, Jaeger

Earrings, £55, LK Bennett

Green sequin dress, £65, 8-28, Elvi

TRY A TEXTURE TWIST Yes, you can wear lace and denim, and look all the more stylish for it! Mix and match denim, linen, leather, silk and sequins. Cropped denim jacket, £49.95, xs-xl, United Colors of Benetton. T-shirt, £29.99, 8-18, Hallhuber. Lace skirt, £125, 6-18, Jaeger. Earrings, £9.99, New Look. Bag, £16.99, Katie Loxton. Espadrille wedges, £150, 2-9, LK Bennett

Clutch, £89, Kurt Geiger

Heels, £55, 3-8, Oice

Sprinkle on the sparkle Nothing says party dressing like a little glitz and glam. A sparkly cover-up, like Jane’s, is the perfect day-to-night piece. Jacket, from a selection at Airfield. Trousers and jewellery, Jane’s own

Suit jacket, £80; trousers, £60, both 8-20, House of Fraser Jumpsuit, £199, 8-18, Monsoon

Sequin cami, £59, 8-18, Monsoon Mules, £85, 3-8, Dune

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De-stress differently with…

AMAZING THERAPIES You probably haven’t tried (or even heard of!) these fab wellness treatments that will give you a reboot – inside and out!

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Your wellbeing


o matter what seems to get our wellbeing in a twist, you can bet your bottom dollar that stress is at the root of it. Aches and pains, anxiety, flagging energy or loss of focus can all stem from the dreaded S word! Before you head for the predictable to sort the problem, try a diferent mind and body therapy with some hidden potential.

Let your stress melt away with a Pinda Sweda treatment

PINDA SWEDA MASSAGE when you feel tense, ‘jointy’ and achy ounds Scandi but it’s not – Pinda Sweda is a gem of an Ayurvedic treatment, perfect for us stressed-out gals who sufer aches for all reasons! OWhy so good? The clue’s in the name. ‘Pinda means compress/poultice and Sweda means “to sweat”,’ says Ayurvedic practitioner Colette Park. So, imagine a nice warm compress on those aches, and you’ll get the picture. It’s good for arthritic aches, lower back pain, tense muscles and joint pain. OWhat happens? This is a warming, softening treatment that works deeply and feels luxurious. It’s down to a combination of hot oils and herbs. Here’s how it rolls… Your body is first smoothed over with oil. Then poultices filled with medicinal herbs, such as ginger, coriander, mustard seeds, ashwagandha and other Ayurvedic herbs, are dipped into hot oil. ‘They’re massaged over the body using diferent strokes – circular, transverse, and long, plus tapping


movements,’ says Colette. ‘Tapping is detoxifying as the movement forces blood out and back into the muscle tissue. You can almost say that Pinda Sweda is another way of taking herbs.’ OFeels like? ‘It’s incredibly soothing,’ says Colette. ‘It’s as if your muscles are melting under the warmth of the poultices. Pressure is light to medium as it’s the heat that’s doing the work.’ OHidden potential? It’s deeply relaxing and de-stressing. It also increases circulation, gives a sense of lightness and of feeling energised. Plus, it improves sleep and can reduce bloating. OCost? A full-body Pinda Sweda costs around £90 for 90 minutes but varies nationwide. Localised treatments for back or legs cost around £50 for 45 minutes. Colette Park practises Ayurvedic massage in Wimbledon and Chelsea in London and Richmond, Surrey. Contact her at Find therapists nationwide at the Ayurvedic Professionals Association,

CUPPING THERAPY MASSAGE when your body longs for a detox! ave you hit that moment where your body is desperate for a reboot? A new take on traditional Chinese cupping could detox, revive and much more! OWhy so good? Bellabaci cupping works on the same principles as the classic Chinese kind but with a modern spin. Using gentle suction and flexible cups rather than the traditional glass, it’s said to enhance circulation, causing tissues to release toxins and activate the lymphatic system. ‘It’s like a brilliant deep-tissue massage,’ says top therapist Veronica Massa. OWhat happens? ‘I like to start by encouraging long, slow, deep breaths, before


working in oils with my hands and then applying the cups,’ says Veronica. ‘The cups are static for a few seconds in areas of stagnation, then worked in slow movements and strokes, including gentle pumping – especially Do it at home around lymph nodes.’ Gorgeous cupping Facial In A Box by top OFeels like? A pull on facialist Antonia Burrell. muscles that gives an With reusable cups for a ‘Ahhh’ of relief. You may great treatment. £25, experience deep warmth and a tingling sensation during the treatment. Skin can look pink for a while but it’s normal and soon calms. OHidden potential? Can be used as a cellulite treatment. In the hands of an experienced and qualified therapist, it can

help to detox and relax. Small cups can also be used for a facial. OCost? Bellabaci Cupping Therapy with Veronica Massa is £120 for a one-hour full-body treatment. Prices vary nationwide. Veronica practises in central and south London, visit For more details, visit For Chinese cupping go to

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SOPHROLOGY when you need to find your focus!


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them connect with their inner resources. If they lack focus, we keep things short so they can benefit quickly and Do it at home not feel overwhelmed.’ Get into this stressAnd there’s more… management technique: Unlike some The Life-Changing Power Of therapies, you aren’t Sophrology by Dominique left to your own Antiglio (Yellow Kite), devices between which includes an sessions. ‘If my clients audio guide. practise between times using the recording I give them post-session, their focus will naturally improve due to repetition, along with relaxation and balance.’ OFeels like? An easy-to-negotiate mix of mindfulness breathing, visualisation techniques and gentle movement. If you aren’t a fan of competitive yoga classes, or find it tricky to get into mindfulness, this is for you. Fans say it boosts confidence and aids relaxation. OHidden potential? This could be your go-to support when you feel like throwing in the towel. Treating yourself to It’s said to help through a relaxing therapy pregnancy, work, relationships has many benefits and the menopause. OCost? One-to-one sessions with Dominique Antiglio, Sophrologist and founder of BeSophro in London are £120 for an hour. Also a 21-day online course for beginners. t may sound a bit too ‘alternative’ for you at first but stay with us – Gong Therapy or Gong Bathing, as it’s often billed, could be your route to calm. OWhy so good? Because not everyone who’s feeling tense, jittery or stressed longs to strip of for a massage. Lying comfortably, being ‘washed’ by sound can be a more accessible way to chill. ‘Most people benefit,’ says holistic therapist Ondray Botkoveli. ‘It’s good for relieving anxiety and stress, re-balancing and deep relaxation.’ OWhat happens? Gong Baths happen in groups or one-to-one sessions where you sit or lay comfortably. Practitioners

GONG THERAPY when you feel stressed out & over-wired


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inding life somewhat hard to navigate right now? Trust us, this new wellbeing practice helps you achieve your balance with an amazing bunch of resources. OWhy so good? Sophrology brings into play a whole raft of techniques – breathing, relaxation, meditation and visualisation – to help you connect with your natural resilience. ‘Whether you find it hard to switch of or can’t sleep because of work worries, or juggling your diferent roles in life, Sophrology is a great way to relax and balance your body and mind,’ says expert Dominique Antiglio. OWhat happens? Expect a few minutes of lifestyle and health questions, before going through a sequence of therapies that change depending on the issue you want to tackle. Here’s how Dominique does it… ‘I invite clients to close their eyes, while sitting comfortably on a chair, and guide them through a simple body scan to relax and connect to their inner self. I then add some exercises such as simple standing, balancing moves and breathing techniques, or guide them seated through positive visualisations. The aim is to help

Your wellbeing

NO HANDS MASSAGE when you need to unwind & energise! ounds diferent – and it is! Gentle yet powerful, this fabulous therapy has a growing reputation. OWhy so good? Using the forearm rather than hands and a range of body movements including the therapist’s weight, No Hands therapists create a deep and sustained touch. ‘Imbalances can be put right without you realising, areas you didn’t even know were tense can be loosened,’ says master No Hands therapist Wendy Mills. OWhat happens? It’s flexible. ‘I’ll design a treatment that meets people’s needs,’ says Wendy. You can have it lying down or seated, with or without oils, in silence or with conversation. Once the touch has finished, you’ll relax for a while then walk around to connect with your body and notice any changes. ‘This is as important as the touch itself,’ says Wendy. OFeels like? ‘Soft and strong but never painful. Clients notice structural changes first – like feeling taller, then in their walk after the massage they may notice changes in their energy levels or their emotional state,’ says Wendy. OHidden potential? Seriously mindclearing. Some notice they feel stronger in themselves and get a clear idea of where they’re heading in life. OCost? £45 for a one-hour session with Wendy, but she ofers discounts for regular visits. Wendy Mills is in Hereford ( For therapists nationwide, visit

Consult your GP about any specific concerns and before following any medical advice on these pages


healing can occur. It’s fantastic for clearing negative energy and mental chatter.’ Once the gongs have finished, you’re gently guided back using subtle instruments or a soft voice. OSounds like? Heaven to us. ‘In a roomful of people, each individual’s reaction is Do it at home diferent and extremely Get a taste for the personal,’ says Ondray. gongs. Gong Bath (The OHidden potential? It’s work with one gong Healing Sound) album by Laoura Gini is £7.99 a powerful spiritual tool. or many depending and can be downloaded Devotees say that post on the client and from Amazon. gongs they feel energised, the environment. uplifted and mentally clearer. Baths often start with guided meditation or subtle OCost? Sessions usually last an sounds to lead into the playing of hour with group ‘baths’ costing between gongs around you. ‘Gongs are £5-£20. Individual sessions £30-£75. adaptogenic, meaning they meet Ondray holds Gong Bathing sessions people at their level of need,’ says in Lancashire and further afield, visit Ondray. ‘Their complex overtones lead For therapists nationwide, you into a state where relaxation and go to

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Blanked on a name? Got up and forgotten why? Losing brainpower scares us all, but there are things we can do to stay mentally sharp our brain is amazing. It generates all your thoughts, memories, dreams, emotions and ideas, so it’s little wonder that losing our cognitive powers is one of our biggest health fears. But while memory blips can be unnerving, they’re unlikely to be a sign of anything more sinister than normal brain ageing. And although your memory may not be quite as sharp as it was in your 20s, your ability to integrate what you’ve learnt and use it may actually be better. Keeping your brain active and challenged can help maintain its ability to adapt and change. Here’s what you need to do to help keep your brain healthier and sharper for longer.


MOVE IT… A review of 39 large-

relaxation techniques used in yoga and meditation can lower your risk of mild cognitive impairment, as they help reduce anxiety, fatigue, stress and insomnia, issues that can muddle thinking.

scale studies found that doing aerobic exercise and strength training could improve memory, attention and how well people carry out tasks. ‘Taking regular physical exercise appears to be one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of dementia,’ says Dr Clare Walton from the Alzheimer’s Society. The reason it’s so good? ‘Oxygen is the fuel for your brain, and so it’s worth doing everything you can to improve your heart health and your blood circulation.’ Also, some research has found that practising the

Research has found that consistently learning and doing new things could build and fortify neural connections that can slow brain ageing, and it’s also been suggested that people who challenge their grey matter with complex jobs, evening classes or crosswords and puzzles could be less likely to get dementia. ‘Studies have found that some people with high IQs have essentially delayed the symptoms of dementia by four or five years,’ says


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Professor Robert Howard, professor of old age psychiatry at University College London. ‘However, it’s important to note that using your mind more does not stop you getting Alzheimer’s. Instead, there’s a theory that learning gives you greater reserves on which to draw as your brain declines.’ Here are three ideas to try. Find a new challenge Forget what you’re good at – it won’t stimulate you – and instead go out of your comfort zone to challenge your brain. From making your own jewellery to painting, the sky’s the limit. One study found that those who started acting classes boosted their ability to remember words, numbers and short stories by up to 19%.


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Broaden your horizons Instead of focusing on things that only use a narrow part of your brain, try a range of activities that use a host of processes. Challenge your brain with games and puzzles, and remember: the best are those you enjoy most, because persevering Top tip

with them helps you learn more, which in turn enhances your brain power. See your friends ‘Those with a richer social life seem to have some protection against dementia,’ says Professor June Andrews, author of Dementia: The One Stop Guide and adviser to the Dementia Services Development Trust. ‘No one Up your intake of knows for sure why, but it olive oil, as studies could be that just keeping up suggest it has a with people in itself is mental positive efect on exercise. For instance, if you’re brain function. meeting friends, the complexities of organising the catch-up can be a mental workout in itself!’


MANAGE STRESS While a little bit of stress can give us a boost, repeated stress can mean we function less well. Researchers found that chronic stress can lead to changes in the brain’s structure, afecting the part that is central to learning and memory. Try mindful breathing – for 10 minutes, focus on slowly breathing in and out, allowing thoughts to come and go.

Head to the Med ‘There’s some promising evidence that suggests a heart-healthy Mediterranean-style diet could cut your risk of developing problems with memory and thinking,’ says Dr Emer MacSweeney of Re:Cognition Health, which ofers clinical trials on dementia. The diet is balanced with an emphasis on fruit, vegetables, legumes and fish, with limited consumption of meat, sugar and saturated fat. However, there may be other factors at play, including the lifestyles of those who eat this way. ‘But, for most of us, following a Med-style diet is a good way to ensure a healthier heart, which is good for your brain,’ says Dr MacSweeney. Try the MIND way of eating This diet, developed to help improve brain function, combines the Mediterranean diet and the blood pressure-lowering DASH diet. It’s packed with vitamin E, which may protect against plaques in the brain; omega 3, which could improve brain cells’ ability to communicate; and vitamin B, to help prevent memory loss. Base your meals on these to give your brain the nutrients it needs: OGreen leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale OOther veg, such as red peppers, squash, carrots and broccoli ONuts OBerries OBeans, lentils and soybeans OWholegrains OSeafood OPoultry OOlive oil – in fact, studies have suggested that the antioxidant found in olive oil could reduce plaque formation that is characteristic of Alzheimer’s.

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HAPPY HEART, HAPPY BRAIN One study found the more heart-healthy habits people had, the less cognitive decline they displayed. Some risk factors for heart disease – like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes – also increase your risk of dementia. So do these things: Keep your blood pressure healthy High blood pressure in mid-life can increase your risk of dementia, particularly vascular dementia. Top tip ‘This is caused by reduced When you need to blood flow to the brain, concentrate, forget which starves brain cells of multitasking. Switch nutrients,’ says Dr Walton. of your devices so Control your cholesterol you can focus. There’s a link between high cholesterol in mid-life and going on to develop dementia. ‘One gene Good sleep promotes good health, and brain health is no exception. Even that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s plays a small amount of sleep deprivation can afect our performance, and a role in the use of cholesterol and other there’s increasing evidence that sleep is vital for your memory. Research fats,’ adds Dr Walton. by the University of Leeds has shown that poor sleep has a significant efect on our memory function, and other studies have found that sleep plays a crucial role in integrating new information into our long-term memory store. If you’re regularly getting less than seven hours, take steps to address sleep problems: ensure your bedroom is dark, quiet and comfy, banish screens before bed and develop a relaxing bedtime routine.


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Support your memory Forgetting names or phone numbers? Practise these techniques to help improve your memory. OBREAK INFORMATION INTO BITE-SIZED CHUNKS. Struggling to recall lists? Split them into small sections and memorise those rather than the list as a whole. OLINK IT WITH A ROUTINE EVENT. One of the simplest examples is to take your medication at mealtimes or after brushing your teeth. OAND REPEAT. When you learn something, new signals pass from one neuron to another. Each time you revisit that information, you strengthen 78 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

the pathway and it will become easier to recall. OMAKE IT MEANINGFUL. You’re more likely to remember things you’re interested and engaged in, so something that has a context within your life is easier to recall. So, to remember someone’s name, for example, think of other people with the same name or who look similar. OUSE THE ROMAN ROOM TECHNIQUE. Commit to memory a series of related pieces of information by linking each one with a place in your home, for example. Imagine walking the route and ‘hanging’

SMOKING One large study found that heavy smoking in middle age nearly doubled the risk of dementia in later life.


each piece of information to a particular place. OPLAY ON WORDS. Make a rhyme, acronym or abbreviation, just like learning at school (for example, 30 days hath September, April, June and November…).

Drinking heavily over a long period of time could afect the way the brain functions. Limit intake to 14 units a week.

BEING OVERWEIGHT This can cause high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes, both risk factors for memory problems.

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‘There’s increasing evidence that sleep is vital for your memory’

Best of health




We want the men in our lives to look after themselves. So whether it’s your partner, son or elderly father, Dr Sarah Brewer reveals the biggest health risks at every age


ome men appear to pay better attention to their car’s health than their own. They take it for a regular service, but don’t think to book a routine check-up for themselves. And when it comes to bodywork, their car may get washed and waxed to highlight its curves, but men fail to maintain their own fitness, with at least 68% letting themselves become overweight or obese (compared with 58% of women). In a typical GP surgery, female patients outnumber males by four to one – apart from Saturday clinics when numbers are more equal. One panel of UK healthcare experts concluded the reason men hate seeing their doctor is because they dislike asking for help.

Risks for older men Many health problems become more common after retirement age, and any persistent symptoms should be checked. In males, for example, bowel cancer is the third most common cancer, and one in 14 men will be diagnosed with bowel cancer at some time in their life. The incidence increases dramatically over the age of 45 in men, and peaks between the ages of 65 to 80 years.

undiagnosed and untreated. As high Encourage older men in your life to blood pressure causes few, if any accept routine bowel cancer screening, which is available in England, Wales and symptoms, it is easy to miss, so men who avoid regular health checks are Northern Ireland for people over the more likely to develop coronary age of 60 (50 in Scotland). heart disease or have a stroke as a result Coronary heart disease, due to furring of having uncontrolled hypertension. up of the coronary arteries which supply blood to heart muscles, afects 2.3m people in the UK, with over This year, 60% of them being male. As The male prostate gland International Men’s a result, one in seven men grows after the age of Health Week falls on will die from a heart attack 45. As it encircles the 11-17 June, with Father’s compared to one in 12 urethra at the base Day also on 17 June, so women. While chest pain of the bladder, it can it’s a good time to will be taken seriously, it’s interfere with urinary focus on the men also important not to ignore flow. The typical in your life. fatigue, shortness of breath, symptoms of an enlarging persistent cough, swollen ankles, prostate include: feeling faint or palpitations. O Diiculty when starting to pass water O An inconsistent urinary stream O Discomfort when passing water O Having to rush to the toilet Health screening becomes increasingly O Urinary incontinence important from middle age onwards, as O Unable to empty the bladder fully conditions such as high blood pressure, O Passing water more often than normal raised cholesterol and diabetes become If you notice a man in your life more common with age. For example, regularly visiting the bathroom during high blood pressure afects 31% of adult the night, encourage him to seek males in the UK (compared with 26% of medical advice. It’s important to rule women), and that’s just the ones that are known about. For every 10 men with high out prostate cancer, which can produce similar symptoms. blood pressure, a further seven remain

Prostate issues

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Talk to your teenager Experimentation is a key feature of this life stage, and it’s important to have a frank and honest discussion with teenagers about the health dangers associated with smoking, binge drinking and drugs, especially if they’re leaving home and going to university. The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine

helps to protect against the viruses that cause genital warts and certain cancers. In the UK, the HPV vaccination is currently ofered to girls in year 8 at school, as it protects against cervical cancer. But some strains of HPV are associated with an increased risk of developing cancers of the anus, penis, mouth, throat and neck and prostate. For this reason, HPV vaccination programs are now starting to include males in some countries. The HPV vaccine is licensed in the UK for use with both males and females, and some parents are opting to have their teenage sons vaccinated privately, too. HPV is mainly passed through sexual contact and teenagers should have the HPV vaccine before starting sexual activity.

THINGS EVERY MAN (AND WOMAN) OVER 40 SHOULD DO HAVE AN MOT... Early detection of any health condition increases the chance of a cure, so have a health screen to check for ‘hidden’ problems such as raised cholesterol, high blood pressure and glucose intolerance that don’t produce obvious symptoms. Your GP can ofer an NHS Health Check every 5 years between the ages of 40 and 75. Your doctor can also calculate your risk of having a heart attack within the next 10 years, based on factors such as your age,

gender, blood pressure, weight and cholesterol. WATCH THE BOOZE... Alcohol contributes to anxiety and depression, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, weight gain and liver disease. You can assess if you’re drinking too much at CUT BACK ON SALT... Salt contributes to the age-related increase in blood pressure – avoid salty foods, don’t add salt at the table, and check labels to select products that have low salt/sodium content. CUT BACK ON SUGAR... Increasingly recognised as driving many age-related health problems, excessive sugar intakes are linked with weight gain and increased risk of type 2

diabetes, fatty liver disease, heart disease, stroke, dementia and some cancers. Public Health England suggests adults should have no more than 30g free sugars (7 sugar cubes) per day. Wean yourself of sweet foods, and check labels to find products with the lowest sugar content. TRACK YOURSELF... Only 20% of middle-aged men do light-to-moderate exercise, and a worrying 60% are totally inactive. Use an activity tracker or pedometer to monitor how much exercise you’re doing. PUT HEALTH FIRST... If you notice any persistent or recurring symptoms, do seek medical advice sooner rather than later.

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Testicular cancer is the most common malignancy in young men aged 20-40, with the peak age for diagnosis being 30-34. The number of men afected has increased by 10% over the last decade, and continues to rise. Encourage any men in your life, of any age, to examine their testicles regularly, checking for irregularity, hardness, lumps or tenderness. It’s also important to stay alert for signs of depression, as young males in despair are unlikely to seek help, putting them at increased risk of suicide, which is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Seek advice from CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, which is dedicated to preventing male suicide by challenging the culture that prevents men seeking help. Its national helpline (5pm to midnight) is 0800 585858;

Family matters

Reclaim your


Lost your children to tech? Put screens back in their box and set the stage for a fantastic family summer


he sun is shining, the outside is beckoning, but your kids are huddled on the sofa glued to their screens. Sound familiar? Of course it does! All families are facing the same battle and, for many, it’s tempting to surrender. After all, screens are just part of life now, aren’t they? Well, yes and no. Some screen time is inevitable, but there’s heaps of things you can do to curb the hours online and limit the damage to your children’s social and physical development. Digital detox expert Tanya Goodin says, ‘Think of it like food – you wouldn’t just let your kids gorge endlessly on anything they wanted. It’s the same with the internet and social media. Our job is to help our children indulge wisely.’ It may come as some comfort that even the men responsible for today’s tech revolution were wary of the efect on their children’s lives. Microsoft boss Bill Gates didn’t let his kids have smartphones until they were 14, while Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made sure his family sat down for a screen-free meal together each day. So, whether your children are five or 15, follow these tips…

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BE A GREAT ROLE MODEL Before you even think about your kids’ screen habits, you need to look at your own. ‘We can’t expect our kids to be mindful about their screen time if we can’t manage it ourselves,’ says Tanya, author of Of. Your Digital Detox For A Better Life (Ilex Press). Children mirror their parents, so we need to ask ourselves what message we’re sending out. They can see all too well when we are scrolling through Facebook because we’re bored. Instead, we should show that time together is about connecting with each other – not connecting with smartphones. Rather than picking it up every time it beeps, learn to leave your phone for half an hour. Let your kids see you enjoying a hobby rather than checking Instagram. ‘Maybe we should all think of screens like alcohol,’ says Tanya. ‘And only indulge when kids are safely tucked up in bed.’

YOUNGER CHILDREN Don’t let them get their fingers burnt With young children, think of technology as you would a cooker. ‘A phone or computer is a grown-up device that they can gradually learn to use responsibly, with you very gently showing them how,’ says Sue Palmer, a former primary school head teacher and author of Detoxing Childhood (Orion). ‘Explain how it works and how they need to be careful. Don’t just switch it on and leave them alone with it.’ Swap your screens We’ve got used to doing everything on our phone or tablet, from finding homework answers to searching for recipes. But remember, there are other ways of searching for information. ‘You

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In my case ‘WE STARTED WITH A COMPLETE BAN’ Vicki Psarias, 37, from Windsor, has limited the amount of time her two sons, Oliver, eight, and Alexander, five, spend on screens.


liver was becoming too dependent on the iPad. He seemed addicted, and easily bored when he wasn’t on it. My husband Peter and I made a decision to limit screen time but, to start with, we banned it completely. After a week, we ofered both boys an hour on a Saturday and an hour on a Sunday, with only a little bit of TV during the week. We explained to Oliver that he’d feel calmer and sleep better. He was grumpy to start with, but soon became less frustrated and we all felt connected again. Technology informs and entertains, but it needs to be monitored and not overused.’ • Mumboss by Vicki Psarias (Piatkus) is out now

don’t need a phone for everything,’ says Sue. ‘If you want to teach your kids about the world, get a children’s encyclopaedia.’ Bring on the board games Instead of getting out the iPad to keep young children occupied, find other ways for them to get their hit of happy. Sue says, ‘If screens become the default activity when they are young, they will grow up expecting to be entertained every minute of the day.’ Show them that drawing, reading and games are all great activities, too. Reading will give them a love of books that will never leave them. Have some old-fashioned fun We’re all guilty of handing over our phones or tablets in a restaurant or on a long journey to keep our kids occupied. Instead, try other activities that will keep them busy. A piece of paper and pen is

Change your child’s routine If your child usually watches a lot of TV or uses a screen in the afternoon, change their expectations by doing something diferent instead. That might be having a playdate, going Teach your children to the park, making a cake how screens can all you need or getting messy with paints. be used healthily Reclaim your camera for a game of One of the first things kids Consequences, learn to do on devices is Hangman or to take photographs. Then make a foldedpaper fortune they love endlessly scrolling teller, while a through the shots and round of eye-spy videos, looking at them again in the car and again. Instead, dust of your proper camera and take comes free. that out. You may not take ‘You wouldn’t as many images, but the quality of your give your kids a junk-food diet, but if snaps will trump the quantity every time. you are giving them a tablet to keep Follow the guidelines them quiet, it’s the techno equivalent of The American Academy of Pediatrics stuing them full of salt, fat and sugar,’ (AAP) recommends that children under says Tanya. ‘You’re setting them up with 18 months don’t use screens at all, and bad habits for life. But if you sit together for those aged two to five, screen use and look at an educational site or write a letter to grandma, that’s showing them should be limited to one hour of high-quality content a day. how screens can be used healthily.’

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Advice for you won’t want their friends to know – but it will help you spot problems and allow you to help them deal with things they’re exposed to online. ‘When you’re confident that they can handle things themselves, and when they recognise how unrealistic some of the things they see online are, then you can step away and let them keep their own passwords.’ Do more together Sometimes it feels like children live Half of teens separate lives – theirs in front of a say social media screen and ours in the kitchen or makes them feel study. While it may be easier to get more done when they’re less confident occupied, think of how much about their looks they’d gain if they were with you and their life. at mealtimes, no instead, cooking dinner or doing computers in something together. Notice what your bedrooms and no children like to do and do it with them. phones overnight. Devices should be put It's never too late down when talking to other people – eye Can you backtrack if you’re worried contact is important – and there should you’ve given your child too much online be a ban on phones in the bathroom.’ access until now? ‘Yes, but you have to Gradually give freedom make it an issue for the whole family ‘When they start out on social media, to tackle,’ says Tanya. ‘Say, “We are all don’t be afraid to explain to them that spending too much time on screens. you will know their passwords,’ says We need to make some rules around it.” Tanya. ‘This means you can log in as Get everyone’s input, including asking them occasionally and see what’s going them what they don’t like about your on.’ This won’t make you popular with screen use. Then come up with a set your children – and they almost certainly of rules that you all keep to.’

OLDER CHILDREN As children grow older, the AAP suggests consistent limits that don’t interfere with sleep, exercise and other behaviours essential to health. Kids aged five to 18 should be doing at least an hour of physical activity a day, according to UK guidelines. Have a device dump As one of your screen rules, have a box or basket where everyone puts their devices at certain times of the day. You might start with bedtime, then meals, and go on to agree other times, like when you’re all doing something together. Break the silence It really is okay to set strict boundaries on screen time, but sometimes it seems you’re the only parent doing it. ‘There’ll definitely be others who want to set tighter boundaries like you,’ says Tanya. So get talking to your children’s friends’ parents and agree to stand firm together. Say no to a smartphone until they’re 13 ‘That’s the recommended age on most social media sites,’ says Tanya, who did this with her children, now 15 and 16. Instead, get them a phone they can call and text on. Those rules will actually relieve the pressure on them – and they can tell their friends that you are to blame. Time and a place As tweens push for more access to technology, show them that there are appropriate times for screens. Tanya says, ‘For me, screens and car journeys don’t go together. Some of the best conversations happen in the car. Every family should have a policy of no screens 86 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

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NO TO NOTIFICATIONS Encourage your children to turn of the push notifications on their phones at night. It will help to ease their screen time – and they’ll probably sleep better, too. DISCUSS PARENTAL CONTROLS Remind them the legal age to join most social media


sites is 13. Install parental controls to help monitor their online movements. UNDERSTAND THEIR NEEDS Remember that schools expect your children to have internet access for homework and revision. When you decide how long they can have on their phone, do take that into consideration. TURN OFF AUTOPLAY When watching Netflix, it’s easy to lie back and let



the next episode play automatically. By turning of the autoplay function, you’ll have to make the conscious efort to go and press play again. ENJOY REAL LIFE Ask your children what activities they most enjoy and suggest they do it more often – without documenting it on social media. Once they break that habit, they’ll have more time to actually enjoy it. • Dr Christian’s Guide To Growing Up Online (Scholastic) is out now


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Check the interest rate Dig out your paperwork and see what type of mortgage you’re on. If the interest rate you are paying is uncompetitive, then you are throwing money down the drain. You can get a feel for the current rates available using comparison sites such as mortgages or mortgages/best-mortgage-deals. (It’s a good idea to go to more than one comparison site, as they may list diferent ofers.) If you can find a better deal, it’s time to remortgage and switch.

Whether you’re locked into a deal or looking to help your kids get on the housing ladder, our guide to mortgages could save you hundreds

When remortgaging is a bad idea

Remortgaging is simply when you switch to a new mortgage deal, either with the same While remortgaging can often save provider or a diferent one. It you a stash of cash, there are times could be that you started of when it is not a good idea. If on your mortgage with an your mortgage debt is small, amazing fixed rate deal but, say below £50,000, then high once that ends, you are put fees could mean you actually on to the lender’s standard don’t make any savings. variable rate – this almost And if your circumstances always costs more, yet have changed – maybe many people let years go you’re not working, or have by without switching to gone self-employed – then another deal by this could jeopardise a new remortgaging. deal. Mortgage lenders What to ask your are now required to mortgage lender adhere to stricter rules OCan you ofer me a better when lending and, interest rate? since 2014, must see OAre there exit fees? If so, evidence of your how much are they? income. If you have If you discover OCan I make an no regular earnings or you’re paying overpayment? If so, is fluctuating income, your over the odds there a penalty? application may be rejected. on your monthly Remortgaging is also not the mortgage payments, right move if the value of your home it’s time to act. First, call has dropped, because it would mean your existing provider and see if they you are borrowing a greater amount can move you to a better interest rate. than your home is worth. Interest rates may go up, so make sure If you’re already on a great rate, stay you call the lender as put, but keep your eye on the ball. soon as possible to Great rates don’t last for ever. Find out lock in any interest when the deal ends and put a note in rate they can ofer your diary to review it a few months – lenders will often before it’s set to expire. You can find out give you up to how your rate compares to others on six months to take the market using comparison sites. up any ofer.

Interest rate too high?

Financially fabulous POCKET MONEY According to research from Legal & General, in 2017, the bank of Mum and Dad is estimated to have lent £6.5bn to help their kids get on the property ladder, making parents the ninthlargest mortgage lender. If you’re able to do this, look at initiatives such as the ‘Barclays Family Springboard Mortgage’. The Barclays Family Springboard Mortgage does not require a borrower deposit as long as parents can provide 10% of the property’s price as security. This must be put into a threeyear fixed-rate savings account – it’s returned with interest if the buyers keep up with repayments.

Top tip If you’re worried that you may not be able to pay your mortgage, the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme may be able to assist, but you have to be on certain benefits. Visit

Mortgage Q&A I’m financially sound and have some extra cash. Can I pay of a chunk of my mortgage? In these happy circumstances, it makes sense that you want to pay of your mortgage and help make significant savings on your monthly outgoings. Most lenders usually allow you to overpay by around 10% a year during the term of a fixed-rate mortgage, but do check first because, if your lender has restrictions, you could be charged a penalty for early repayment. These details will be on your mortgage agreement, but check with your lender and ask about the Early Repayment Charge (EPC), which typically varies between 1-5%. Think about whether your mortgage debt is a priority. If you have other debt, such as credit cards or loans, then consider paying these of first. Plus, don’t forget your emergency fund! There will be a time when you have unexpected costs. The

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rule of thumb is to have three months’ income saved for emergencies. I’m thinking about going for equity release? Is it a good idea? There may a few reasons why you need extra money later in life and, if you have a house, it’s an asset you can use to raise capital. You do this without moving by using lifetime mortgages – a form of equity release. With a lifetime mortgage, you take out a loan with a fixed interest rate, secured against your home, which doesn’t have to be repaid until you go into care or die – at which point the house is sold and the money is used to pay back the loan. The cash left over can go to beneficiaries. Some find this a useful way to unlock the equity in their home to fund retirement, but it is increasingly being used to help children buy their first home. You should always talk to a specialist adviser before contacting equity release companies to see if this is the right option for you.


I have an interest-only mortgage. What should I do? This is where you only pay the interest during the mortgage term and repay the full amount you borrowed when the mortgage matures. This applies to around one in five mortgage holders, but there are concerns that shortfalls in repayments may see people lose their homes. The Financial Conduct Authority warned about interest-only mortgages back in 2013 and, although there has been a reduction since, there are still 1.67 million in the UK. Here’s what you should do: OCheck how much you owe and when it is due. Then assess your financial situation and see what position you are in for repayment. O S  tart saving. Set aside a dedicated account for the mortgage repayment. OContact your lender or a mortgage adviser and discuss a repayment plan. OIf you have a high interest rate, see if you can remortgage to a better rate. OTalk to for help on alternatives, such as downsizing.


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B BRIGHT IDEAS The light kitchen makes the most of the sun while the white units maximise the sense of space. The ceramic tiled floor is practical, and the units, topped in granite, are easily wiped over.

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efore their children came along, Lizzie Woolley, a public relations professional, and her husband, Paul, both 42, considered themselves a city couple. ‘I'd always enjoyed living in London,’ says Lizzie, ‘but once we had children, Paul and I realised our metropolitan lifestyle was no longer a good fit for our family.’ Having their children, Alfie, 12, and Matilda, 10, meant they needed more space than they could find in the city. ‘Even so, I knew it was going to take a really special house to make me pack up and leave!’ Lizzie says. The family wanted to move to an area that still had some city buzz about it, and so the Brighton and Hove area seemed a good alternative with its busy arts scene, restaurants, good schools and that sense of community – not to mention its fabulous location by the coast. ‘For all that though, I still wasn’t too keen on moving,’ says Lizzie. ‘I remember us viewing a house in the street we now live in. I looked across the road, saw this place, which looked as though it had so much more space than we could ever have in the city, and saying to Paul, “If I’m going to leave London then it’s going to have to be for a house like that!” ‘Of course, I thought I’d be safe enough because the house wasn’t


Lizzie’s French style has a touch of luxury, too: an echo of the chateau she used to visit when on holiday as a child. The walls, painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball, give a neutral backdrop to the room without overpowering the beautiful original ceiling plasterwork, and the plump white sofas can be accessorised with cushions for a quick update.

‘The space was what mattered and that was amazing’

on the market then but, when the For Sale sign went up a few weeks later, my bluf was well and truly called!’ For all her initial reluctance, though, when the family went for a viewing, Lizzie’s first impressions were positive, even though the house was quite dated. ‘It was all very 1990s with swags and tails at the windows, stripy wallpaper and very formal,’ she says. ‘But the space was what really mattered and that was amazing – with five bedrooms we’d have two spares so there was plenty of room to grow. ‘The original plasterwork on the ceilings was still intact along with the period fireplaces and there was a beautiful,

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well-established garden at the back for the kids. It was everything I wanted for the family. Most importantly, though, the sea is at the end of the road – well, if you’re going to move to the coast you might as well be able to see the sea!’ Fortunately the house didn’t need any structural work and the couple decided to live in it for a while to see what it was like as the seasons and light changed. ‘Initially, our challenge was to get rid of the chintz and create a comfortable family home more to our taste,’ says Lizzie. Before putting their furniture in, ‘we had to neutralise the stripes by painting the walls in creams and greys,’ and they replaced the carpets too: ‘We

Double doors open up from the garden room to the dining room, where Lizzie has a rustic settle sitting comfortably with old church seats and a contemporary style floor lamp, all combining to create a uniquely eclectic look.

ripped them up and discovered that the wooden floors beneath were in really good order, so we were able to sand and paint or stain those. ‘I spent many summers in France when I was a child and fell in love with their lovely relaxed style of living we used to see in the chateau we visited – I suppose you’d call it shabby chic. I like the idea of mixing and matching painted pieces with exposed wood, sitting new-buys beside flea market finds and then mixing that with more ornate pieces,’ says Lizzie. She also brought in new lighting, and she didn’t really stick to one style: ‘We have everything from chandeliers to mid-century style Anglepoise lamps – I think they add personality,’ says Lizzie. ‘Creating a unique look in your home isn’t always about what you spend,’ she says, ‘and if I like it, I’ll buy it! I once found a glass vase in the street beside a skip that I took because I loved its shape, and the sofa in our drawing room is an old Chesterfield that was just £100. But the cost of the washed linen fabric and re-upholstery made up for that bargain!’ Lizzie and her family are more than happy they made the move. ‘It was a gamble but we’ve pulled it of,’ she says. ‘The children have settled really well, we have wonderful neighbours and that sense of community that you don’t find often in a big city. They say you should be careful what you wish for because you might get it – I think I did in the end!’

BEAUTIFUL BOUDOIR The painted floors add a rustic feel to this bedroom, complemented by the more luxurious French-style bed, bought from Three Angels ( For crisp white bedlinen, try Debenhams.

‘Creating a unique look isn’t always about what you spend’

HERITAGE STYLE The French feel continues with this stylish bed from Three Angels. The mirror and chest of drawers were from a local antique shop.

No place like home

Get Lizzie’s vintage-inspired look Chandelier, £120, Debenhams

Wall art, £12, Sainsbury’s Home

Mirror, £375, The French Bedroom

Jug, £25, Habitat

Stroma Carnation wallpaper, £50 a roll, Graham & Brown

SOAK IN STYLE Lizzie has created a luxurious look in this period-style bathroom, complete with roll-top bath. Her carpenter added wall panelling for a vintage vibe.

Words: Mandi Millar Get the look: James Cunningham Photography: David Woolley, Getty

MINI OASIS Coming from their Victorian terrace in London, the family fell in love with the pretty garden in Hove, with its established plants and shrubs.

Faux lavender, £8, Debenhams

Dinner set, £48, Next

Cushion, £12.95, Rex London

Basket, £55, The Farthing

Sofa, from £1,299, Loaf

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Sarah reveals what you can do to make your outside space a happy haven for the upcoming summer and beyond…

future-proof your garden FIND FAB FURNITURE We’re increasingly using our gardens as an extension of our homes, so it pays to think long term. Innovative companies are making garden furniture from materials that don’t break down in sunlight or rain. Such products are now widely available on the high street – for example, Textiline fabric seating lasts for years. Investing in weatherproof items means that you can make your outside space an extra room that can be used 365 days a year, weather permitting! If you are happy with the furniture you have, don’t forget to check out fab storage containers in which you can keep cushions, rugs and candles safe from the elements. Whatever you do, make sure isn’t a massive efort to Point Weave garden sit outside for a cup of tea, and chair, from £350, Go Modern Furniture you’ll find you’ll use your garden more.

Mykonos Mosaic firepit with cooking grill and lid, £130, Wyevale Garden Centres

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Weatherproof storage unit, £199, Bridgman Garden Furniture

TAKE THE CHILL OFF Why go indoors when the sun goes down? The perfect way to stay cosy while outside at night is to invest in a firepit. Simply throw on a couple of logs to keep warm – it’s a much greener and more costefective solution than lighting a bonfire. I would also avoid using a gas heater – like bonfires, they don’t have great green credentials. If a firepit feels like too much efort, then there’s always the hasslefree option of wrapping yourself up in a blanket and gazing at the stars.


Floral melamine tableware, from £5 for a side plate; purple Tritan plastic wine glass and tumbler, £5 each, all M&Co

Unbreakable live-for-ever melamine garden tableware is a great investment, especially because you can now buy some fabulous designs that look like your best crockery. There are caveats, though. Make sure what you buy is dishwasher-safe, as some cheaper varieties can melt when heated to high temperatures. Having said that, if you are happy to hand-wash them, then go for it. Acrylic tumblers and wine glasses are also amazing for eating alfresco and, if you can keep them scratch-free, they last for years. Before investing in a set of garden crockery, consider if what you already have would be suitable, to avoid needing to store an extra set – the money could be better spent on a supper with friends.

Acrylic wine glass, £3, Matalan

Acrylic blush wine glass, £6, Laura Ashley


Brighton garden storage sheds, £299.95 each, Cuckooland

Photography: Nicky Johnston, Hearst Magazines/Nassima Rothacker

SHELL OUT ON A SHED I’ve always been a big fan of sheds. Even if you don’t have lots of stuf to store, it’s still worth considering putting one in the corner of your garden – a big one is a lovely place to get away from it all. I’ve seen quite a lot of ‘pub sheds’, which are great fun. You may end up using your garden more than ever as it’s a great excuse to pop in for a drink and game of cards. If you decide to use your shed for storage, keep it organised. You can get amazing hooks, shelves, boxes and clips. Taking a couple of hours to ensure you have a place for everything will mean you don’t have to spend two hours finding a fork to plant a new shrub. As for the exterior, you can bring your shed to life or blend it in to your garden with a well-chosen shade of paint – just make sure it’s one that ‘wears of’ rather than ‘flakes of’. Bike storage is always a bit of a problem, so it’s worth getting a bike stand outside if you have a family of avid cyclists, as it’s easy to put away. Alternatively, get a few covers, so bikes can be kept out of the way but easily accessed.

Properly fitted garden lights will stand the test of time, with all that the weather and hungry foxes can throw at them! Choose warm white lighting for your garden. I find cool white lights, which are more blue in tone, too harsh to sit under. Candles are a winner, and there are also battery versions that, although they burn through batteries quickly, take out any risk if you have children running around. Make sure any outside lights are weather-sealed to avoid one-summer Planter with solar wonders. There are light, £19.95, now good-quality House of Bath solar lamps, but you get what you pay for, so do your research. This way you will end up with free light all summer long. Large solar light faux rattan lantern, £28, Sainsbury’s Home

ADD A TOUCH OF GLASS To enjoy your garden all-year round, blur inside and outside spaces. Bifold doors are a great way of doing this, but you don’t need to create a huge floor-to-ceiling glass wall at the back of your home. You could fit several sets of French doors, or you could have doors with a tall panel of glass on one side. This way, you can see indoors when out in the garden, and outdoors when in the house. It’s a lot cheaper than a glass wall so, if you are on a budget, this is a great option. PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018 99

GROW YOUR OWN, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll really dig it! Love the idea of growing veg but short of space and time? You can still shortcut your way to a productive plot, says Pattie Barron

Simply does it What makes for easiest pickings? Fat seeds that you just push into the ground are childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play, literally: try peas, sugar snaps, broad and runner beans, courgettes and pattypans. Cut-and-come-again salad mixes such as misticanza are sow-easy, and so is perpetual spinach, which will keep on coming as long as you keep cropping. Rocket grows like weeds, and trailing and tumbling tomatoes are proliďŹ c producers that need no staking or greenhouse-coddling.


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 Buy a supermarket pack of cut-and-come-again salad for the easiest crops of all; you can do the same with herbs, such as ready-grown basil, coriander and parsley, too.  Sowing seed into drills can be tricky and time-consuming; instead, try easy-peasy tapes that hold seed at regular intervals and just need rolling out and covering with a ďŹ ne layer of soil, then watering in. Seed mats work in the same way, and are perfect for pots.  Ready-to-grow plug plants are the easy alternative to sowing ďŹ ddly seed. Now you can buy a wide variety of edibles in inexpensive plug form at garden centres, from beetroot to Little Gem lettuces.  Cut out the fuss of sowing seed early under glass, and wait until early summer, when you can buy hothouse-grown plants of ready-fruiting tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and peppers that are ready to plant outside or drop into containers in a sunny spot.

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STEP IT UP Raised beds are like outsized containers that you ďŹ ll with compost or topsoil, and are great if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to spend time getting garden soil into shape. The raised height makes the beds easy to work, plus the soil warms up speedily in spring, giving you a longer growing season. Find all kinds of easy-to-assemble raised bed kits in diferent sizes and materials, as well as raised bed tables for waist-high gardening, at

Feast on unusual ďŹ&#x201A;avours, like courgette ďŹ&#x201A;owers, purple mangetout and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pink Fir Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; potatoes


 Go for delicious gourmet varieties that are not readily available, such as purple mangetout â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shirazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and broad bean â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crimson Floweredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (both; snow-white pattypan â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Delikatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (; and knobbly heritage potato â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pink Fir Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (  Tempt the kids to eat more veg with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Romanescoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; courgettes that make daisy shapes when sliced, and colourful â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bright Lightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chard (both sarah raven. com); yellow sugarsnap â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Opal Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (; and red spring onion â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;North Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (  Mixes of leaves, ready to snip a few weeks after sowing and ideal for containers, make salads zing. Try dark-leaved Mustard â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oriental Colour up your Ruby Streaksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; watercress â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aquaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which needs salad with chard no running water to thrive; and mild â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mesclun â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bright Lightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mixedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (all from

Have a potted potager Create an entire kitchen garden on the patio by lining up several large, deep terracotta pots or metal builderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buckets, drainage holes drilled at their bases. Each might hold baby beetroot, sweet peppers, aubergines, tomatoes, chillies and even courgettes. Window boxes, as long as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re deep enough, are ideal for ďŹ nger carrots, spring onions, thyme and trailing rosemary. Wooden fruit crates, lined with perforated black plastic, suit shallowrooted edibles such as cut-and-come-again lettuce, strawberries and rocket. Tie

string to a kitchen colander for a hanging pizza garden of trailing tomatoes, basil and oregano, or push several nasturtium seeds into bare compost and wait for a cascade of colourful ďŹ&#x201A;owers that make summer salads a delight. And harvest your very own potato crop by pushing a few starter tubers into deep compost in a made-for-purpose growing bag, then keep adding compost as the shoots grow. When the bag is full of compost, it will also be full of potatoes!


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GROUND RULES  The gardenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mantra of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;right plant, right placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; applies to edibles, too. Most veg plants thrive in sun, but in shade you can grow broad beans, radish, chard, beetroot, kale and carrots. Salad leaves and mint prefer shade to hot sun, and will have lusher leaves and be slower to bolt.  Put in the groundwork. Prepare soil with lots of home-grown compost or wellrotted manure for a bountiful harvest!  Use specialised compost for containers, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t re-use it, because the nutrients will be lost and the compost could harbour pest or disease.  Sow thinly, and thin out seedlings so they have room to grow.  Follow suggested sowing distances on seed packets for ground sowing, but they can be closer in containers.  Avoid growing the same produce in the same area every year, because diferent vegetables take diferent nutrients from the soil, while others â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ďŹ xâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nutrients into the soil.  Leafy crops benefit from a twice-weekly diluted seaweed feed, while fruiting crops favour a similar dose of tomato feed.  Remember to water your crops!

Top tip Sow or plant the strongly scented Tagetes marigold around tomato, pepper and aubergine plants to keep pesky whitefly at bay.

Keep watering, especially containers

Fast-growing runner beans look and taste great

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Limited by ground space? Move on up! Fix a trellis to a sunny wall, park a trough or two against it and you have an instant vertical garden for beans, tomatoes, courgettes or baby pumpkin â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Munchkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ( Weatherproof fabric pouches (Verti-plant, ÂŁ7.99 for two, Burgon & Ball) pinned to a fence, halffilled with multipurpose compost and planted with leafy edibles, make for easy pickings: try trailing tomatoes with basil, and strawberries with pineapple mint. Or make a cane wigwam and pop two runner bean seeds at each cane base for a flowery beanfeast. And two mini cucumber plants at the foot of a garden arch will make a canopy of yellow flowers and small hanging fruits. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a pity to pick them!

Cover your walls with salads or climbing pumpkin â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Munchkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Photography: Getty, Burgon & Ball, Nova Photo Graphik

Upwardly mobile

Tropical Fiesta decorative parrot, £58 for 3, Talking Tables

Villa Multi Blocks rug, from £49.99, Carpetright. Find a similar sofa at Ikea, similar cushions at Trouva and similar side tables at Habitat


Fab home and garden ideas from homes and gardens editor Carolyn Bailey


Sea it, feel it

Bring colour into your life with the South American trend – these bright, fun and joyful colours and designs will brighten up a room instantly. Arriba!

The nautical look is a classic that never goes out of style. Think stripes, ropework and, of course, blue and white – ideal for any room. Here’s my pick of nautical buys that will refresh your bathroom…

Melamine plate, £2, Sainsbury’s Home

Llama sign, £9.99,

Nautical mirror, £22.99; towels, £9.99 for a pair of bath towels; dispenser and tumbler, £19.99 for a set; striped storage basket (inside cabinet), £10 for 2, all Argos

Salt and pepper shakers, £18, Audenza

Style it, grow it,

Flights of fancy This season sees the arrival of lots of exciting treats for the home at Morrisons. We love these eye-catching pieces and reckon they’ll fly of the shelves…

Cushion, £26, Debenhams

Go GREEN, sleep well! Here’s a great green initiative from Silentnight – its new Eco Comfort mattress contains 150 recycled plastic bottles. This means that each year, Silentnight helps prevent millions of bottles ending up in landfill or in the ocean. The mattress is also 100% recyclable when no longer needed, so you can sleep soundly knowing that you’ve helped the planet.

A buzz around bees

Getting Greener Eco Comfort mattress, £489 for a double, Silentnight

Get involved with The Great British Bee Count, which takes place from 17 May-30 June. Friends Of The Earth is asking people to record the bees they see with an app. Register at greatbritish Also check out Planting For Honeybees by Sarah Wyndham Lewis (Quadrille, £12) to help bees flourish in your garden.

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Cut the carbs


Top tip Farro is a nutty, slightly chewy grain that can be used in salads, stuings and soups.

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Roast asparagus & red onion with farro This dish is ideal for when you are not completely sure about when you might sit down to eat: served hot, at room temperature or cool, it will still be lovely. And, should you be feeling particularly hungry, it welcomes a lightly poached egg, or some griddled and sliced chicken. SERVES 4 PREP 10min COOK 25min • 1tbsp lemon juice • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed to a paste • Approx 3tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 350-400g (12-14oz) fine asparagus, ends trimmed and halved • 2 red onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced • 50g (2oz) farro • 1tbsp small (non-pareil) capers, rinsed • Handful flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped • Chia seeds, for scattering (optional) • Lemon wedges, to serve

1 Preheat oven to 210°C (190°C fan) mark 6½. Combine the lemon juice and garlic with 2tbsp olive oil in a large bowl. Add the asparagus and toss to coat, then season well and spread over the base of a large roasting pan. Spread the onion over a baking sheet, separating out the slices, drizzle over a little oil and toss to coat them. Roast the asparagus for about 20min until lightly golden, and roast the onion for 25min, stirring it around halfway through to ensure it caramelises evenly. 2 Meanwhile, bring a medium pan of salted water to the boil and cook the farro for 15min, or until just tender. Drain into a sieve. 3 Stir the farro and onion into the asparagus, then mix in the capers and taste for seasoning. Transfer to a serving dish and eat hot or at room temperature, stirring in the parsley at the last minute, and scattering with chia seeds, if using. Serve with lemon wedges. PER SERVING: CALS 186; FAT 10.5G; SAT FAT 1.5G; CARBS 15.4G

Top tip

Pizza omelette with mozzarella & chorizo

Eggs are a good source of cheap high-quality protein.

These pizza-style omelettes are more about the goodies on top than the base, here just a thin omelette that is golden underneath and creamy in the middle. SERVES 2 PREP 5min COOK about 5min • 3 medium eggs • 1tsp extra-virgin olive oil • 100g (31⁄2oz) cocktail or cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced • 40g (11⁄2oz) chorizo sausage, thinly sliced • 75g (3oz) mozzarella, torn or sliced

1 Whisk the eggs with a little seasoning in a medium bowl. 2 Preheat the grill, and also heat

a 24cm (9½in) non-stick frying pan over a medium heat for a few minutes. Drizzle the oil over the base of the pan, then tip in the eggs and swirl to coat the base. Cook for 1-2min until pufy around the edges and golden underneath, then arrange the sliced tomatoes over the top. Now scatter over the chorizo and cheese. 3 Pop under the grill for 2-3min or until golden and sizzling. Serve straight away, or while it is still warm. PER SERVING: CALS 321; FAT 26.1G; SAT FAT 10.1G; CARBS 2.2G

LOW-CARB KNOW-HOW ● Avoid starchy carbs – like pasta, white bread and rice. ● Eat more non-starchy carbs – such as green veg and aubergines. ● Cut down on refined and added sugar – found in cakes, biscuits, sweets and fizzy drinks.

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Feelgood food Top tip The blinis can be prepared in advance and frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost, then reheat in a frying pan until warmed through.

Pea & avo smash with fried eggs Peas with avocado is a modern classic – served with warm blinis and eggs, it has brunch written all over it. Avocado oil, like the fruit itself, is full of healthy fats. SERVES 4 PREP 20min COOK about 25min • 4tsp extra-virgin olive oil • 4 medium eggs • Cholula (hot sauce), to serve FOR THE PEA & AVO SMASH • 100g (31⁄2oz) shelled peas • 2tbsp avocado oil • 2 avocados, halved and stoned • 1tbsp lemon juice • 1tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus a little extra to serve FOR THE BUCKWHEAT BLINIS • 40g (11⁄2oz) buckwheat flour • 15g (1⁄2oz) soya flour • 2 medium eggs, separated • 130ml (4fl oz) skimmed milk • 25g (1oz) unsalted butter, melted, plus a knob, to fry

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the milk, whisking until smooth. Add the melted butter. Whisk egg whites until stif in a medium bowl with an electric whisk, and fold them into the batter mixture. 2 Heat a large non-stick frying pan for several minutes over a medium heat, add a knob of butter to start the blinis of, and drop 3 heaped tbsp of the mixture into the pan to give you three pancakes about 8cm in diameter each. Cook for 1½min until golden on the underside, then turn and cook for a further 30-60sec until golden on that side as well. Transfer them to a plate, and repeat with the remaining batter – there should be no need to add any further butter to the pan. You should have 15-16 blinis at the end but you only need 8 for this dish. 3 For the pea and avo smash, bring a small pan of water to the boil, add peas and simmer for 5min, then drain. 4 Tip into a large bowl, drizzle over the avocado oil, season with a little

salt and then crush the peas using a potato masher. Leave to cool to room temperature, then scoop out and add the avocado flesh and the lemon juice, and coarsely mash. Stir in the parsley. 5 Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, trickle 2tsp olive oil over the base, crack 2 eggs and fry for 2-3min until lacy and crisp at the edges, basting the yolk with the hot fat until the membrane turns translucent. Transfer to a warm plate and cook the remaining eggs, adding a little more oil to the pan. 6 At the same time, heat a second non-stick frying pan over a low heat and warm eight of the blinis on both sides. Arrange these on plates and spread them with the pea and avo smash. Pop a fried egg on top of each pair, scatter over a little more parsley, if wished, and a grinding of black pepper, then splash with Cholula sauce. PER SERVING: CALS 422; FAT 36.3G; SAT FAT 9G; CARBS 7.2G

Top tip For mini peppers, cut the top of 400g (14oz) and deseed. Arrange on a roasting pan, drizzle over oil, season and roast for about 40min at 210°C (190°C fan) mark 6½ until golden.

Lamb steaks with mint sauce & feta You can cheat with a jar of readymade peppers, but otherwise it only takes a minute or two to prepare a tray for the oven, especially now we have baby ones to call on that don’t require any chopping. SERVES 6 PREP 10min COOK about 10min • 600g (1lb 5oz) lamb steaks (leg or chump), 2-3cm thick • 150g (5oz) feta, coarsely crumbled • 200g (7oz) roasted pepper strips (or mini roasted peppers – see tip) FOR THE MINT SAUCE • 25g (1oz) mint leaves • 4tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra, to fry • 2tsp red wine vinegar • ½tsp caster sugar

1 For the mint sauce, put the mint, oil, vinegar, sugar and a little salt in a food processor and whizz to a fine purée, then taste and add a little more salt, if necessary. 2 Heat 1tsp oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat, season the lamb steaks on each side and fry for 5-6min until golden; a slight give to them without being too squashy will indicate they are medium-rare. Remove to a warm plate to rest for a few minutes. 3 Arrange the lamb on plates, scatter with feta, spoon over a generous tsp of the mint sauce and place the peppers on top. PER SERVING: CALS 333; FAT 24.6G; SAT FAT 24.6G; CARBS 3.8G

Spicy fried chicken Serve with a simple guacamole or sliced tomato salad to raise the healthy bar. SERVES 2 PREP 10min COOK about 10min • 300g (11oz) skinless chicken fillets (approx 2) • 1tsp turmeric • 1tsp ground cumin • 1tsp ground coriander • 1tsp cayenne pepper • 2tbsp sesame seeds

• 1tbsp ground almonds • Groundnut or vegetable oil, to shallow-fry • Coarsely chopped coriander • Lemon wedges, to serve

1 Cut out any visible white tendon from the underside of the chicken fillets, then cover them with clingfilm and gently bash them with a rolling pin to flatten

slightly. Slice the fillets across into strips about 1.5cm (½in) thick. 2 Combine spices, sesame seeds and almonds in a wide shallow bowl. Dab the chicken strips with water either side, and season with salt, then dip them a few at a time either side into the spice mixture, pressing down so the sesame seeds stick; you will probably only use about half the mixture. Set aside on a plate. 3 Heat about 5mm (¼in) depth of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over

Feelgood food a medium heat for a few minutes until a piece of chicken sizzles when added. Fry them half at a time, for approximately 1½min on the first side and 1min on the second, then drain on a double thickness of kitchen paper while you cook the remainder. Transfer to a plate, scatter with coriander and serve with lemon wedges. PER SERVING: CALS 348; FAT 19.2G; SAT FAT 3.3G; CARBS 2G

Top tip Konjac noodles are low carb, low calorie and gluten free. Find them in Sainsbury’s and health food shops.

Thai sea bream curry Sea bream is delicious, but it could be worth looking for a frozen fish pie mix that is diced and ready. Konjac noodles work well with these Asian flavours. SERVES 4 PREP 10min COOK 15min • 2tbsp vegetable oil • 2 banana shallots, peeled, halved and thinly sliced • 1 heaped tbsp green or yellow Thai curry paste • 1 x 400ml tin coconut milk (reduced fat) • 1½tbsp lime juice • 1tbsp fish sauce (nam pla) • 1 heaped tsp palm or caster sugar • 600g (1lb 5oz) sea bream fillets, skin on, cut into 3-5cm (11⁄4-2in) pieces • Handful small basil leaves • Handful coriander leaves • 1 medium-hot green chilli, seeds removed and cut into long thin strips

1 Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and fry the shallots for a few minutes until lightly coloured, stirring frequently. Stir in the Thai curry paste and fry for about 1min, then add the coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and a little salt and stir to bring together. Bring to the boil and simmer over a low heat for a few min, then season with a little more salt. 2 Add the fish pieces to the sauce, bring back to a simmer, cover and cook for a further 3-4min. 3 Stir in half the basil and coriander leaves and taste to check the seasoning. Serve with the remaining herbs and chilli scattered over. PER SERVING: CALS 312; FAT 19.4G; SAT FAT 6.7G; CARBS 5.1G

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Chocolate, date & orange mousse Flavoured with cocoa, orange and hazelnuts, this chocolate mousse is naturally sweetened with dates. SERVES 6 PREP 15min plus chilling COOK 5min • 80g (31⁄4oz) Medjool dates (about 4), pitted and coarsely chopped • 3tbsp smooth orange juice • 100g (31⁄2oz) dark chocolate (approx 85% cocoa), broken into pieces • 4 medium eggs, separated • 1tsp finely grated orange zest • 1tbsp (about 10g) roasted and chopped hazelnuts

Top tip If you don’t have a spiralizer, use a peeler to peel long thin strips, then slice these into thinner noodlelike strips.

Rainbow spaghetti with Parmesan, parsley & crispy bacon This dish is a very good advertisement for spiralized veggies, which are infinitely better made at home than bought in the shop. SERVES 2 PREP 15min COOK about 7min • 80g (31⁄4oz) unsmoked streaky bacon, cut into 1cm (1⁄2in) dice, or lardons • 30g (11⁄4oz) salted butter • 1 small garlic clove, peeled and crushed to a paste • 300g (11oz) courgette noodles, 3mm (1⁄8in) thin • 100g (31⁄2oz) carrot noodles, 3mm (1⁄8in) thin • 2tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus extra to serve • 50g (2oz) freshly grated Parmesan • 1tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • Lemon wedges, to serve

1 Gently heat the bacon in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium 110 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

heat and fry in the rendered fat for 4-7min until golden and crisp, stirring frequently. Transfer to a double thickness of kitchen paper to drain. 2 Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Melt the butter with the garlic and some seasoning in a small saucepan. 3 Add the noodles to the boiling water, blanch for 1min, then drain into a colander and shake dry for 30sec. Return these to the saucepan, pour over the garlic butter, scatter over the parsley and half the Parmesan and toss. 4 Divide between two shallow soup bowls. Scatter over the remaining Parmesan, a little more parsley and the bacon, then drizzle over some olive oil. Serve with lemon wedges. PER SERVING: CALS 336; FAT 28.9G; SAT FAT 12.2G; CARBS 6.6G

1 Put the dates and orange juice in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 1min, mashing the dates into the liquid until you have a thick paste, then transfer this to a food processor. 2 Gently melt the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan with a little simmering water in it. This needs to be at room temperature, so leave it to cool a little once melted. 3 Add the egg yolks to the dates in the food processor and whizz to a purée, then trickle in the melted chocolate and whizz to mix. Scrape the chocolate mixture, which will be thick and sticky, into a large bowl. 4 Whisk the egg whites to flufy peaks in another large bowl using an electric whisk. Add half of these to the chocolate base, and beat until smooth using a wooden spoon. Fold the remaining egg whites into the chocolate base in two goes, and divide among 6 100ml (3½fl oz) cups or ramekins. Scatter over a little orange zest and some chopped hazelnuts. Place the ramekins on a plate or in a baking dish, and pop into the freezer for 20min. They will be soft and moussey when they come out of the freezer, ready to eat, if wished. (They will set further with chilling in the fridge, and can be stored for up to a couple of days, loosely covered with clingfilm.) PER SERVING: CALS 210; FAT 13.3G; SAT FAT 6.3G; CARBS 14.1G

Top tip Medjool dates are the sweetest variety of dates, and taste rich and tofee-like.

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Dinners in a dash Cannellini bean fritters

Simple sausage pasta

SERVES 6 PREP 15min COOK about 10min

SERVES 4 PREP 10min COOK about 15min

• 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed • 2 spring onions, finely sliced • 75g (3oz) sweetcorn • Large handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped • 1 medium egg  • ½ medium courgette, coarsely grated  • 50g (2oz) plain flour  • 250ml (9fl oz) vegetable oil, to fry  FOR THE DIP: • 3tbsp mayonnaise • 2tbsp crème fraîche • 2tsp pesto  • Finely grated zest ½ lemon

and seasoning. Stir to combine.  2 Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Shape mixture into 6 patties and fry for 3min on each side until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.  3 Meanwhile, mix dip ingredients with seasoning and serve with the fritters. PER SERVING: CALS 237; FAT 16g; SAT FAT 3g; CARBS 15g 

1 Put cannellini beans in a bowl and roughly mash. Add spring onions, sweetcorn, parsley, egg, courgette, flour

TOP TIP Try a diferent pesto each time to vary the recipe – basil, sun-dried tomato, chilli or coriander all work well.

• 350g (12oz) dried fusilli • 1tbsp olive oil • 400g (14oz) sausages • 1 red onion, chopped • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced • 1 garlic clove, crushed the sausage pan and cook for • 400g tin chopped tomatoes 5min. Stir in garlic and cook for • Handful fresh basil, chopped 1min, then add tomatoes and season. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5min.  1 Bring a large pan of salted 4 When pasta is ready, drain water to the boil and cook and tip into sausage pan with pasta according to packet basil. Toss everything together, instructions.  check seasoning and serve. 2 Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over PER SERVING: CALS 675; FAT high heat. Squeeze sausage 27g; SAT FAT 9g; CARBS 79g meat out of the skins in chunks straight into the pan TOP TIP The twists in (discard skins). Cook for 3min, corkscrew-shaped fusilli pasta stirring often, until browned.  mean that it is perfect for 3 Add onion and pepper to holding a thick, chunky sauce.

Crab brioches

Warm halloumi salad

• 2tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle • 2 red onions, sliced • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 2tbsp balsamic vinegar, plus extra to drizzle • 2 x 400g tins green lentils, drained and rinsed  • 300g (11oz) cherry tomatoes, halved • 60g (21⁄2oz) baby kale  • 250g pack halloumi, cut into 8 slices 1 Heat 1½tbsp oil in a large pan and gently fry onions for 10-15min until golden. Add garlic and vinegar, fry for 1min, then stir in the lentils and heat for 4min. Stir through tomatoes and kale. Cover and take of heat.  2 Meanwhile, heat a griddle 114 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

pan over medium heat. Brush halloumi with remaining oil. Fry for 30sec on each side until charred. Divide warm lentil mixture among four plates. Top with halloumi and a drizzle of oil and vinegar. PER SERVING: CALS 443; FAT 23g; SAT FAT 11g; CARBS 29g TOP TIP The best halloumi comes from Cyprus and is made from sheep’s milk rather than cows’.

• 300g (11oz) mixed white and brown crab meat • 4tbsp mayonnaise • 3tbsp chives, freshly chopped  • 2tsp Dijon mustard • Finely grated zest 1 lemon, juice 1⁄2 lemon  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped • 1tbsp capers, rinsed and chopped • 4-8 brioche rolls, depending on size • Large handful rocket  1 In a medium bowl, mix together crab meat, mayonnaise, chives, mustard, lemon zest and juice, chilli and capers. Season to taste. 2 Split the brioche rolls and fill with rocket and crab mixture. Serve. 

PER SERVING: (INCLUDING 1 x 35g BRIOCHE ROLL) CALS 349; FAT 21g; SAT FAT 5g; CARBS 21g TOP TIP Use just white meat if you prefer, or add heat with cayenne pepper.

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Make this easy-toprepare dish more of a meal with a side of sweet potato fries

SERVES 4 PREP 10min, plus resting COOK about 20min

Recipes: Hearst Food Network Photography: Alex Luck, Gareth Morgans


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Strawberry, gin & basil trifle Sweet strawberries and fragrant basil are a subtle yet winning pair, and a drop of gin brings a grown-up edge to this dessert. SERVES 10-12 PREP 30min, plus cooling and chilling COOK about 30min

FOR THE JELLY • 600g (1lb 5oz) strawberries, hulled weight, roughly chopped • 100g (3½oz) caster sugar • 7 gelatine leaves, we used Costa Fine-Leaf Gelatine • 5tbsp gin FOR THE CUSTARD • 200ml (⅓ pint) whole milk • 400ml (14fl oz) double cream • 1 x 25g pack basil • 6 large egg yolks • 75g (3oz) caster sugar  • 1tbsp cornflour TO ASSEMBLE • 250g (9oz) Madeira sponge • 2tbsp gin • 50g (2oz) strawberry jam • 200-300g (7-11oz) strawberries, hulled • 400ml (14fl oz) double cream • 2tbsp icing sugar 1 Make the jelly: put the strawberries, sugar and 300ml (½ pint) cold water into a pan, cover and simmer over a medium heat for 15min until the strawberries have broken down. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for 5min. 2 Put a sieve over a jug and strain the contents of the pan, use the back of a spoon to mash the strawberries to extract the juice. Discard berries. Squeeze excess water from the gelatine leaves and stir into the hot strawberry liquid until dissolved. Stir in the gin, then pour into a deep, 3.5 litre (6¼ pint) trifle dish or bowl. Cool, then chill for 5hr or until set. 3 Make the custard: gently heat the milk, cream and most of the basil (reserve a few leaves to decorate) in a pan until just simmering. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 10min, then strain into a jug and discard the basil.

4 In a bowl, beat together the yolks, sugar and cornflour. Pour in the hot cream mixture, whisking continuously. Pour into the rinsed-out pan, stirring continuously over a medium heat until thick, about 5-10min. Strain back into the jug, cover with clingfilm and allow to cool, then chill for 1hr until cold. 5 Slice the sponge into 1cm (½in) thick slices. In a small bowl, mix the gin and jam together, then brush over one side of the sponge slices. Carefully arrange

the slices over the set jelly. 6 Halve a handful of strawberries lengthways and arrange around the edge of the bowl, on top of the sponge. Spoon the custard over and level.  7 To serve, whisk the cream with the icing sugar until just holding soft peaks. Spoon on to trifle. Slice remaining strawberries and use to decorate the trifle along with the reserved basil leaves.  PER SERVING (FOR 12): CALS 589; FAT 43G; SAT FAT 25G; CARBS 39G

Top tip Make the trifle to end of step 6 up to a day ahead. Close-cover the custard in the trifle bowl with clingfilm and chill. Complete recipe when ready to serve.

Seasonal treats

Leave this treat to cool for a few hours or overnight to make it easier to cut.

Strawberry clotted cream tarts This patisserie-style sweet treat is perfect for afternoon tea. The clotted cream adds a certain British charm to these gorgeous tarts, although you can use whipped double cream, if you prefer. MAKES 8 PREP 25min, plus cooling and chilling COOK about 25min • Plain flour, to dust • 375g block all-butter puf pastry • 1 medium egg, beaten • 4tbsp icing sugar, sifted • 227g tub clotted cream • 2tsp vanilla bean paste • 300g (11oz) strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced • 3tbsp strawberry jam, to glaze

Strawberry chocolate streusel bar Strawberries and chocolate in one delicious treat – it’s a match made in heaven. SERVES 16 PREP 30min, plus cooling COOK about 50min • 225g (8oz) unsalted butter, chilled and cubed • 200g (7oz) plain flour • 75g (3oz) icing sugar, plus extra to dust • 50g (2oz) cocoa powder • 2 large eggs • 150g (5oz) caster sugar • 175g (6oz) full-fat Greek yogurt • 1tbsp milk • 2tsp vanilla bean paste • 400g (14oz) strawberries, roughly chopped

1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6 and line a 20.5cm (8in) square tin with baking parchment. In a food processor, pulse together butter, 100g (3½oz) of the flour, icing sugar and 118 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

cocoa powder until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add 1tbsp of cold water and pulse again until it starts to come together. Tip the sticky mixture into the base of the tin and, with wet hands, press it in to make an even layer that covers the bottom of the tin. Bake for 15min. 2 Meanwhile, mix together eggs, caster sugar, yogurt, remaining flour, milk and vanilla. Fold through strawberries. 3 Remove tin from oven and turn heat down to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Spoon the strawberry mixture on top of the pastry, spreading it out evenly. Return to the oven and bake for 30-35min. Cool in tin until completely set. 4 Serve cut into squares dusted with a little icing sugar.  PER SERVING: CALS 246; FAT 14G; SAT FAT 14G; CARBS 25G

1 On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry out to a rectangle about 23 x 43cm (9 x 17in) and 3mm (⅛in) thick. Put on a baking sheet, loosely cover with clingfilm and chill for 20min. 2 Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan) mark 7. Use a 10cm (4in) round cutter to cut the pastry into 8 rounds. Space apart on 2 baking sheets. Place another baking sheet on top of each to prevent the pastry puing up too much. Bake for 10-12min until turning golden.  3 Remove top baking sheets. In a bowl, mix the egg with 2tbsp icing sugar, then brush over the pastry rounds. Return the pastry to the oven and bake, uncovered, for a further 7-10min until golden. Set aside to cool completely on a wire rack. 4 For the topping, whisk the remaining icing sugar, clotted cream and vanilla until light and thickened (it will initially turn runny, then thicken up). Spoon over tart bases. Arrange strawberries on top, overlapping them in a pretty pattern. 5 To glaze the fruit, in a pan, gently heat the jam with 1tbsp water. Brush over the strawberries.  PER SERVING: CALS 354; FAT 26G; SAT FAT 15G; CARBS 26G

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Top tip You can find vanilla bean paste in the baking aisle of large supermarkets.

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Strawberry yogurt cheesecake Using strawberry yogurt makes this simple dessert taste light while giving it a subtle berry flavour. SERVES 10 PREP 25min, plus chilling COOK about 5min • 175g (6oz) gingernut biscuits • 75g (3oz) butter, melted • 450ml (15fl oz) strawberry yogurt  • 400g (14oz) full-fat cream cheese, room temperature • 300ml (10fl oz) double cream • 300g (11oz) strawberries, tops removed and sliced  • 2tbsp icing sugar

1 Unclip the base of a 23cm (9in) round springform tin to remove it, then lay a 30.5cm (12in) sheet of 120 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

baking parchment over the base. Carefully clip the paper-covered base back into the tin so the paper is tightly stretched over the base and any overhang is pulled underneath. 2 Whizz the biscuits in a food processor until finely crushed (or crush using a rolling pin) and put into a bowl. Add melted butter to the processor/bowl and pulse or mix until the mixture clumps together. Press it into the base of the prepared tin and chill tin until needed. 3 Clean the food processor, then mix together yogurt and cream cheese. In a large bowl, whip cream

using a handheld electric mixer until it forms soft peaks. Fold cream cheese mixture into the cream. Spoon on top of the chilled biscuit base, level and chill until set – at least 3hr. 4 Meanwhile, toss the strawberries in icing sugar. 5 To serve, remove cheesecake from tin, carefully slide of parchment paper and transfer on to a serving plate or cake stand. Arrange the sliced strawberries around the edge of the cheesecake. PER SERVING: CALS 486; FAT 39G; SAT FAT 24G; CARBS 30G

Recipes: Hearst Food Network Photography: Myles New, Maja Smend

Strawberries are best enjoyed at room temperature, so remember to remove them from the fridge an hour before serving.

Strawberry & limoncello crunch These summery pots, with their limoncello zing and strawberry sweetness, are quick to prepare and make an efortless yet impressive dinner-party dessert. MAKES 4-6 Prep 15min, plus macerating • 200g (7oz) strawberries, hulled and quartered • 75ml (3fl oz) limoncello • 50g (2oz) icing sugar  • 250g tub mascarpone  • 150g (5oz) full-fat cream cheese • 2tsp vanilla bean paste • 150g (5oz) amaretti biscuits • 25g (1oz) toasted flaked almonds

1 Mix together the strawberries, limoncello and icing sugar in a bowl and allow to macerate for 10min. 2 With a hand-held electric whisk, gently beat together the mascarpone, cream cheese and vanilla bean paste until smooth. Strain the strawberries over a bowl and set aside. Add the limoncello

liquid to the mascarpone mixture and beat to combine. 3 Put the amaretti biscuits in a food bag and crush with a rolling pin into large crumbs, then divide among 4 to 6 250ml (9fl oz) glasses, reserving about 2tbsp of the biscuit pieces. 4 Spoon the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits, and top with the strawberries, almonds and reserved biscuit crumbs.  PER SERVING (FOR 6): CALS 448; FAT 29G; SAT FAT 17.3G; CARBS 36G

Prepare the pots up to 4 hr in advance and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Top tip Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur from southern Italy around the Amalfi coast.

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You will need

To make

• Florist’s twine • Secateurs • Small vase

STEP 1 Before placing flowers in the vase, take three small groups of alstroemeria and three of chrysanthemums. This is a small vase, so the proportions should be one-third vase, two-thirds flowers. Trim stems accordingly, removing leaves below water line. Alternate the groups of flowers and cross-over the stems to form a spiral and tie with florist’s

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twine. This is the base for the arrangement. Place in vase. STEP 2 Add pink lisianthus and ‘Paper White’ narcissi, dotting them around to fill in gaps in the vase, as well as distributing the colour evenly. As the flowers are placed, cross the stems to give more

stability to the arrangement. STEP 3 Cut down stems and remove leaves on roses. Add trimmed green carnations to fill any remaining gaps, finishing with four roses. Add one rose to the centre and three around it, making sure the shape is maintained.

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Floral fancy

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Make a statement with exotic flowers

You will need flowers • Florist’s twine • Secateurs • Large coloured vase

❶ Viburnum ❷ Alstroemeria ❸ ‘Green Bell’ thlaspi ❹ Orchid stems ❺ Bird of Paradise flowers

❻ Hypericum ❼ ‘Green Trick’ dianthus ➑ Roses

To make

STEP 1 Remove leaves below waterline. With stems crossed, tie together the hypericum, viburnum and ‘Green Bell’ thlaspi. Place in vase. Add alstroemeria around the outside of the arrangement. STEP 2 Dot the roses around, adding two at the top of the arrangement, making sure they

are left quite long so they sit slightly higher in the vase. Add the orchid stems and fill in any gaps by adding ‘Green Trick’ dianthus, using them as foliage. STEP 3 Finally, for dramatic efect, add three Birds of Paradise, each placed at a slightly diferent height and at a slight angle.


Flowers by: Morgan Nuth Photography: Sussie Bell

Picking foliage from your garden will mean you can spend more on flowers.

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Step-by-step flowers

Set the scene Make this colourful centrepiece for a special occasion

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To make

• Florist’s twine • Secateurs • Oasis Floral Foam • Tape • Oasis tray or shallow container

STEP 1 Tape half a block of pre-soaked Oasis to an Oasis tray or shallow rectangular dish with water in the bottom. Remove all foliage from flowers and cut stems. Starting round the edge, push the alstroemeria into the Oasis and fill in with celosia and hypericum. STEP 2 Fill in the gaps using roses,

flowers ❶ Green hypericum ❷ Roses ❸ Alstroemeria ❹ Freesias ❺ Carnations ❻ Celosia, red and green ❼ Orchid stem

freesias and carnations, making sure the colour is evenly distributed until the Oasis is completely covered and flowers look dense. Keep the shape neat as more flowers are added. STEP 3 Remove a few individual flower heads from an orchid stem and place in floral tube spikes (see right). Dot around the centrepiece.

Flower tubes are an economical way to use orchids and other flower heads removed from stems – the tubes are available in packs from florists and online.

TIP Change the water every two or three days and use a good-quality flower food.

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Make it your way

You will need: • Tape measure • Pencil skirt with a straight hem • Jumbo ric rac ribbon • Scissors • Pins • Needle and thread • Iron and tea towel

Give an old plain skirt a fresh new look with this pretty ribbon detail, which will transform it into something special The steps ❶ Measure around the skirt hem to get the length needed for the ric rac ribbon. Then cut two lengths of ric rac that are approximately 2cm longer than the hem length. ❷ Start pinning one length on to the hem of the skirt. It looks best if the scalloped edge sits below the skirt hem. ❸ Take the second length and pin it above the first ribbon, tucking it under slightly so they are overlapping. ❹ With a needle and thread, stitch along the scalloped edge of the second ribbon, ensuring there is a stitch at the top and bottom of each wave. Move along inside the skirt so that the stitches on the surface are kept really small. ❺ Repeat step 4 on the first ribbon. This time, you will also be stitching through the second ribbon, which is tucked underneath. ❻ Using a tea towel to protect it, press over the ribbon gently with an iron to make sure it sits neatly. 132 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018





Photography Thomas Skovsende

Lisa Comfort Customises it!

Scalloped hem skirt

Knitting pretty!

Zip zip hooray This stylish sweater has fab side zips!

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Knitting pretty!

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Shape shoulder Next row Cast of 11(13:15) sts, p to end. K 1 row. Cast of rem 10(12:14) sts.

MEASUREMENTS To fit bust 81-86(92-97:102-107)cm; Finished measurements Bust 93(105: 117)cm; Length to back neck 53(55:57) cm; Sleeve length 45(46:47)cm. MATERIALS 6(6:7) 100g balls of King Cole Supersoft Cotton DK in Light Grey 3032. Pair each of 3.25mm and 3.75mm knitting needles. One or two 20cm zips (see notes).

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TENSION 22.5 sts and 29 rows to 10cm square over st-st using 3.75mm needles. ABBREVIATIONS beg beginning; cm centimetres; cont continue; dec decrease; foll following; inc increase; k knit; m1 make one st by picking up and working into back of loop lying between st just worked and next st; p purl; patt pattern; rem remaining; rep repeat; RS right side; ssk [slip 1] twice, insert tip of left hand needle from left to right through the fronts of both slipped sts and work 2 tog; st(s) stitch(es); st-st stocking stitch; tog together; WS wrong side. NOTES ● Join in new balls of yarn between garter st edges and st-st section. ● Don’t buy the zips until you have made up the garment as you may need zips of a diferent length. ● When measuring the double garter st section, lay the piece down, allowing it to relax – do not stretch it. BACK ** With 3.75mm needles, cast on 106(120:134) sts. 1st and 2nd rows K to end. 3rd and 4th rows K3, p to last 3 sts, k3. These 4 rows form the double garter st patt with single garter st edges and are repeated until back measures 20cm from cast on edge, ending with a 1st patt row. Place a marker at each end of last row. Next row (RS) K to end. Next row K3, p to last 3 sts, k3. Rep these 2 rows 134 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

until back measures 35(36:37)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row. Shape armholes Cast of 7(8:9) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 92(104:116) sts. Next row (RS) K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Next row P to end. Rep the last 2 rows 4 times more. 82(94:106) sts **. Beg with a k row, work in st-st until back measures 53(55:57)cm, ending with a p row. Shape shoulders Cast of 11(13:15) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 10(12:14) sts at beg of foll 2 rows. Leave rem 40(44:48) sts on a holder. FRONT Work exactly as given for Back from ** to **. Beg with a k row, work in st-st until 16 rows fewer have been worked than on Back to start of shoulder shaping, ending with a p row. Shape front neck Next row (RS) K33(38:43) sts, turn and cont on these sts only, leave rem sts on a spare needle. Cast of 3(4:4) sts at beg (neck edge) of next row, 3 sts at beg of foll 1(1:2) WS rows, 2 sts at beg of next 2(2:1) WS rows, then 1 st at beg of next 2 WS rows. 21(25:29) sts. Beg with a k row, work 4 rows in st-st. Shape shoulder Next row Cast of 11(13:15) sts, k to end. P 1 row. Cast of rem 10(12:14) sts. With RS facing, slip 16(18:20) sts at centre front on to a holder, rejoin yarn to rem 33(38:43) sts, cast of 3(4:4) sts, k to end. Cast of 3 sts at beg of next 1(1:2) RS rows, 2 sts at beg of foll 2(2:1) RS rows, then 1 st at beg of next 2 RS rows. 21(25:29) sts. Beg with a p row, work 6 rows in st-st.

SLEEVES With 3.75mm needles, cast on 43(46:49) sts. 1st and 2nd rows K to end. 3rd and 4th rows P to end. Rep these 4 rows 3 times more, then the 1st row again, so ending with a WS row. Beg with a k row, work 4 rows in st-st. Inc row K3, m1, k to last 3 sts, m1, k3. Work 3 rows. Rep the last 4 rows 5(6:7) times more, then work the inc row and 5 rows in st-st. Rep the last 6 rows 11 times more then the inc row again. 81(86:91) sts. Work straight until sleeve measures 45(46:47)cm from cast on edge, ending with a p row. Place a marker at each end of last row, then work a further 9(10:11) rows. Shape sleeve top Next row (RS) K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Next row P to end. Rep the last 2 rows 4 times more. 71(76:81) sts. Cast of. NECKBAND Join right shoulder seam. With RS facing and 3.25mm needles, pick up and k18 sts down left front neck edge, k across 16(18:20) sts at centre front, pick up and k18 sts up right front neck edge, then k across 40(44:48) sts at centre back. 92(98:104) sts. K 1 row, p 2 rows, k2 rows. Change to 3.75mm needles, beg wth a k row, work 6 rows in st-st. Cast of loosely but evenly. TO MAKE UP Join left shoulder and neckband seam, reversing seam on st-st section to allow for rolling on to right side. Sew sleeve edges above markers to sts cast of at front and back underarms, matching sleeve top shaping to armhole shaping and with centre of cast of edge of sleeve to shoulder, sew sleeves into armholes, easing to fit. Join side seams from underarm to markers. If you are using both zips, hand sew in place behind garter st edges of side seam below markers, so that zip will open from the cast on edges upwards, if not, join full seam.

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Greet the warmer weather in this striking sweater

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MEASUREMENTS To fit bust 81-86(91-97:102107:112-117:122-127)cm; Finished measurements Bust 110(119:128:137:145)cm; Length 62(64:66:68:70)cm; Sleeve length 45(45:46:46:46)cm. MATERIALS 11(12:13:15:16) 50g balls of Rowan Summerlite DK in Coral Blush 467. Pair each size 3.25mm and 4mm knitting needles.



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TENSION 23 sts and 25 rows to 10cm square over patt using 4mm needles. ABBREVIATIONS alt alternate; beg beginning; cm centimetres; cont continue; dec decrease; foll following; inc increase; k knit; p purl; patt pattern; rem remaining; rep repeat; RS right side; st(s) stitch(es); st-st stocking stitch; Tw5 [slip next st purlwise on to right hand needle, dropping extra loops] 5 times, slip all 5 sts back on to left hand needle and work [k1, p1, k1, p1, k1] into all 5 sts together; WS wrong side.

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FRONT Work as given for Back until 0(0:2:2:4) rows fewer have been worked than on Back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with a WS facing for next row. Shape shoulders and front neck (1st and 2nd sizes only) Next row (RS) Cast of 4(4:–:–:–) sts, patt until there are 44(49:–:–:–) sts on right hand needle, turn, leaving rem sts on holder. Work each side of neck separately. Shape front neck (3rd, 4th and 5th sizes only) Next row (RS) Patt –(–:58:63:68) sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next –(–:1:1:3) rows, ending with a WS row. –(–:57:62:65) sts. Shape shoulder (all sizes) Keeping patt correct, cast of 4(5:5:5:6) sts at beg of 2nd(2nd:next:next:next] row and foll 4(6:5:0:5) alt rows, then 5(–:6:6:7) sts at beg of foll 2(–:2:7:2) alt rows and, at same time, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 6(6:5:5:3) rows, then on foll 3(3:4:4:5) alt rows. Work 1 row. Cast of rem 5(5:6:6:7) sts. With RS facing, slip centre 31 sts on to a holder, rejoin yarn and patt to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings. SLEEVES With 3.25mm needles, cast on 44(46:48:48:50) sts. K 5 rows. 6th row (WS) K7(8:8:8:8), m1, [k15(15:16:16:17), m1] twice, k7(8:8:8:8). 47(49:51:51:53) sts. Change to 4mm needles. Now work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) [Inc in first st] 0(0:0:0:1) times, k to last 0(0:0:0:1) st, [inc in last st] 0(0:0:0:1) times. 47(49:51:51:55) sts. 2nd row P1(2:3:3:5), k5, [p5, k5] to last 1(2:3:3:5) sts, p1(2:3:3:5). 3rd row [Inc in first st] 0(1:1:1:1) times, k1(1:2:2:4), [k1 winding yarn 3 times round needle] 5 times, * k5, [k1 winding yarn 3 times round needle] 5 times, rep from * to last 1(2:3:3:5) sts, k1(1:2:2:4), [inc in last st] 0(1:1:1:1) times. 47(51:53:53:57) sts. 4th row P1(3:4:4:6), Tw5, [p5, Tw5] to last 1(3:4:4:6) sts, p1(3:4:4:6). 5th row [Inc in

first st] 1(0:0:0:1) times, k to last 1(0:0:0:1) st, [inc in last st] 1(0:0:0:1) times. 49(51:53:53:59) sts. 6th row P7(8:9:9:2), [k5, p5] to last 2(3:4:4:7) sts, k0(0:0:0:5), p2(3:4:4:2). 7th row [Inc in first st] 0(1:1:1:0) times, k7(7:8:8:2), * [k1 winding yarn 3 times round needle] 5 times, k5; rep from * to last 2(3:4:4:7) sts, [k1 winding yarn 3 times round needle] 0(0:0:0:5) times, k2(2:3:3:2), [inc in last st] 0(1:1:1:0) times. 49(53:55:55:59) sts. 8th row P7(9:10:10:2), [Tw5, p5] to last 2(4:5:5:7) sts, [Tw5] 0(0:0:0:1) times, p2(4:5:5:2). These 8 rows form patt and beg sleeve shaping. Cont in patt, shaping sides by inc 1 st at each end of 3rd(3rd: 3rd:3rd:next) row and every foll 6th (4th:4th:4th:4th) row to 79(61:79:97: 105) sts, then on every foll –(6th:6th: 6th:–) row until there are –(85:93:99:–) sts, taking inc sts into st-st until there are suicient sts to work in patt. Cont straight until sleeve measures 45(45: 46:46:46)cm, ending with a WS row. Shape top Keeping patt correct, cast of 9(9:10:11: 11) sts at beg of next 6(2:4:6:2) rows, then –(10:11:–:12) sts at beg of foll –(4:2:–:4) rows. Cast of rem 25(27:31:33:35) sts. Neckband Join right shoulder seam. With RS facing and 3.25mm needles, pick up and k16(16:18:18:20) sts down left front neck, k across 31 sts on front holder and dec 2 sts evenly, pick up and k16 (16:18:18:20) sts up right side of front neck, and 3 sts down right side of back neck, k across 43(43:45:45:47) sts on back holder and dec 2 sts evenly, then pick up and k3 sts up left back neck. 108(108:114:114:120) sts. K 8 rows, ending with a RS row. Cast of knitwise on WS. TO MAKE UP Join left shoulder and neckband seam. Place markers on side seam edges 18(19.5:21:22.5:24)cm down from shoulder seams (to denote base of armhole openings). With centre of cast of edge of sleeve to shoulder, sew on sleeves between markers. Join side and sleeve seams. ● Taken from Rowan Knitting And Crochet Magazine 63, £12.50.

BACK With 3.25mm needles, cast on 121(131:139:149:159) sts. K 5 rows. 6th row (WS) K10(10:10:8:9), m1, [k20(22: 17:19:20), m1] 5(5:7:7:7) times, k11(11:10: 8:10). 127(137:147:157:167) sts. Change to 4mm needles. Now work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) K to end. 2nd row P1, k5, [p5, k5] to last st, p1. 3rd row K1, [k1 winding yarn 3 times round needle] 5 times, * k5, [k1 winding yarn 3 times round needle] 5 times, rep from * to last st, k1. 4th row P1, Tw5, [p5, Tw5] to last st, p1. 5th row K to end. 6th row P6, [k5, p5] to last st, p1. 7th row K6, * [k1 winding yarn 3 times round needle] 5 times, k5, rep from * to last st, k1. 8th row P6, [Tw5, p5] to last st, p1. These 8 rows form patt. Cont in patt until back measures 56(58:60: 62:64)cm, ending with a WS row. Shape shoulders Keeping patt correct, cast of 4(4:5:5:6) sts at beg of next 12(2:12:2:12) rows, then –(5:–:6:–) sts at beg of foll –(10:–: 10:–) rows. 79(79:87:87:95) sts. Shape back neck Next row (RS) Cast of 5(5:6:6:7) sts, patt until there are 13(13:15:15:17) sts on right hand needle and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately. Dec 1 st at neck edge of next 3 rows, at same time, cast of 5(5: 6:6:7) sts at beg of 2nd row. Cast of rem 5(5:6:6:7) sts. With RS facing, slip centre 43(43:45:45:47) sts on to a holder,

rejoin yarn and patt to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

Words: Rosy Tucker. Photography: Angela Spain.

Summer KNIT

Get creative with SUE McNEILL, editor of Prima Makes


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Craty prices Aldi’s well known for great value on groceries, but now the supermarket has introduced an amazing range of hobby and craft products at bargain prices. There are five diferent types of knitting yarn from 79p a ball, a sewing machine with more than 20 styles of stitch for £69.99, and a pretty sewing box for £6.99. Grab them while you can. Available in store and online.

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Paint your own concertina-style fan so you can keep cool in style. This simple kit includes the fan, paints and brush. £3,

22-24 June The Handmade Fair Bowood House, Calne, Wiltshire

Paint expert Annie Sloane has brought out a collection of four brushes that have been designed to create decorative efects on walls and furniture. Presented in a pencil case-style box, the brushes make a great gift for crafters and painters. £14.95,

ON THE BUTTON TV presenter Janet Ellis and Hobbycraft have launched a campaign to encourage sewing in schools. Their research found one in five people are unable to sew on a button. The Great British Button Challenge sees Hobbycraft giving free buttons to schools across the UK. Visit PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018 137

That’s entertainment

Your time off


An evening out at the movies


ON CHESIL BEACH A beautiful adaptation of Ian McEwan’s bestselling novel about a young couple, Florence and Edward, who meet and fall in love at university in 1962. Both virgins, they endure a disastrous wedding night in a hotel on Dorset’s Chesil Beach that will shape the rest of their lives. Saoirse Ronan – Oscar nominated for Lady Bird – is heartbreaking as the young bride, while Billy Howle, as her equally inexperienced husband, also proves he’s a young talent to be reckoned with. Out 18 May

Saoirse Ronan shines as newlywed Florence

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Jef Goldblum returns as scientist Ian Malcolm, alongside Bryce Dallas Howard doing another turn as the theme park’s beleaguered manager and Chris Pratt as the ‘dinosaur whisperer’ lured back to help when a volcano threatens the Jurassic island. What could possibly go wrong? Out 6 June 138 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

You’ll have a riot watching this award-winning troupe improvise a hilariously funny ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel at each new venue, based on a title suggested by the audience. Past hits have included Sixth Sense And Sensibility and Mansfield Shark, but Gay Pride And Prejudice is still up for grabs! The shows are performed in full Regency costume with live music. Book tickets at austentatious 23 September2 November



Fifty Shades Of Grey takes on new meaning when four women rediscover sex later in life with hilarious results after they read the saucy novel at their weekly book group. Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton flex their muscles in this funny and thought-provoking tale of septuagenarian sex. Out 1 June

Garden lovers, rejoice – it’s time for the annual spectacular homage to all things floral! Along with the hundreds of exhibitors and flower growers that flock to the grounds of the Royal Hospital, there are a range of inspirationally designed gardens, including one that’s Wedgwood themed and one called Welcome To Yorkshire. The show, which has been running since 1912, now includes a late-night event on the final Friday, featuring bands, food stalls and a chance to view the gardens by twilight. Blooming wonderful! Book at 22-26 May

ADRIFT Based on a true story, Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin) and his American girlfriend Tami (Shailene Woodley) set out from Tahiti to deliver a yacht to San Diego, unaware they’re about to run into a catastrophic hurricane. Tami wakes to find Richard injured and their boat in ruins 1,500 miles from land – can they survive? Out 1 June

New challenges await handsome Ross Poldark

What’s on TV POLDARK Expect much slamming of doors, heaving bodices and brooding looks on the Cornish clifs as Ross and Demelza (Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson) navigate another sticky patch in their relationship. Why anyone would cheat on the rugged Ross is a mystery that writer Debbie Horsfield will try to unravel in the fourth series of this unmissable period drama. BBC1

Words: Daphne Lockyer Photography: BBC Pictures, STX Films, Melinda Sue Gordon, MGM Television, Joanne Kossak, James Veysey/Camera Press

PATRICK MELROSE This five-part drama follows the harrowing yet hilarious life journey of the eponymous Melrose, brilliantly played by Benedict Cumberbatch. The saga sweeps through the South of France in the 60s, New York in the 70s and Britain in the noughties, allowing us to follow Melrose through his traumatic childhood, drug issues and, eventually, recovery. Sky Atlantic

LOVE ISLAND 2018 No one can resist the guilty pleasure of this reality TV show, in which couples fall in love and into bed, break up, make up and even invent new ways of speaking English – ‘little bit leave it’ springs to mind. This year, 150,000 applicants wanted to enter the villa of love to find the perfect partner and, potentially, win £50,000. Caroline Flack hosts again. ITV 2

THE HANDMAID’S TALE: SERIES 2 The first series of this dark, award-winning drama, based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, was compelling and, at times, diicult to watch. Elisabeth Moss, who stars as handmaid Ofred, says, ‘Things are about to get even darker.’ This tale of rape, violence, oppression and how the handmaids must triumph against it keeps you gripped. Channel 4


PATRICIA HODGE Patricia, 71, most recently played Penny, the overbearing mum in Miranda, and now plays Ursula, Jeremy Thorpe’s mum in BBC drama A Very English Scandal. She lives in London and has two sons, Alexander, 29, and Edward, 26. The Jeremy Thorpe afair was a huge scandal in the late 1970s. What’s your recollection of it? I remember it being front-page news every day at the time. The case itself had so many twists and turns that you couldn’t make it up: a British politician accused not only of having an afair with a former male model, Norman Scott (before homosexuality was decriminalised) – but then of conspiring to have him murdered.

looking forward to being a gran and I think, ‘No! I’ve only just given birth myself.’ It feels like yesterday. It must have been hard when your husband, the late Peter Owen, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Yes, it was. It started with a form of vascular dementia, which progressed to a devastating form of Alzheimer’s. It does seem sad that the decade of my 60s began with a lot of hope and ended with a lot of sadness and tragedy. In fact, the last five years have had a lot of challenges.

Was it fun to play Ursula? It certainly was, and it was quite a departure for me. Normally I don’t His death came shortly before you play characters that are too diferent were awarded the OBE from how I look, but it was a in 2016. That must have lot of fun to wear made the event her winged bittersweet? glasses, wig and It was actually a twinsets. What I did wonderful day and love about her was I had my sons and her incredible Patricia in A Very English sister with me. I told resilience and Scandal my sister she was courage. She was there to represent our mum and dad, widowed young and and I told my boys, ‘You’re here for left to bring up her children alone. Daddy.’ The award was as much for him as it was for me, because It’s astonishing you’re in your 70s. How do you stay so young looking? nothing is gained by one person alone. It’s the people who support It gets harder with age, believe me, them, and he was the best but I suppose the trick is not to give into it. I swim every day and I do gym support I could ever have wanted. work, too. I’m also moderate with What’s up next up for you? what I eat, although I do love food. You can’t live eating cucumber alone. I’m about to film a Christmas comedy and in the summer I’ll be appearing in You were already in your 40s when the Michael Frayn play Copenhagen. your two sons were born. Does late I’m not asked yet to take the roles where you’re old enough to expect motherhood also keep you young? to die in each production. But I’m Yes, I suppose it does, because sure, in time, I will be! you’re still at the ‘young mother’ stage when others are becoming ● A Very English Scandal grandmothers. People ask me if I’m is on BBC 1 in May. PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018 139

All aboard the The humble caravan has become a glamavan, fuelled by the trend for a nomadic lifestyle. Think Airstreams, vintage vans and loads of afordable fun!

Go vintage BACK TO THE 1950S! Bessie the Vintage Caravan on Wooda Farm Holiday Park in Bude in north Cornwall will not disappoint those in search of retro kitsch. From the powder blue and cream exterior to the bird wallpaper and gold sunburst clock, this 1958 specimen is a gem. There’s an outdoor cooking hut, outdoor seating, a barbecue and nearby facilities including tennis courts and a fishing lake! From £200 for a three-night stay. Sleeps two. Visit

Bessie’s vintage styling continues inside


OLD-SCHOOL CHARM Mad Dogs & Vintage Vans in the Wye Valley is a fabulous collection of four old-style caravans dating from the 1930s and 1950s. Our favourite is Gertie, a rare Cheltenham Gnu with an oldschool folksy feel pitched just above the River Wye. With original handmade oak furniture and gas lamps, she looks as good as new. Guests have a private fire pit and a shower shack in the woods. From £90 a night. Sleeps four. Visit 140 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

Airstream trailers are up there with Route 66 and Fender Guitars as American icons. If you fancy a stay in one, how about this classic 1959 Tradewind model? Set on a farm in Shropshire, it features a classic interior as well as a shepherd’s hut bathroom with a slipper bath and countryside views! Breakfast is delivered to your trailer and there’s a small kitchen, too. You can also head into the medieval town of Ludlow (10  miles away) for local produce. From £190 for a two-night stay. Sleeps two. Visit

Hip holidays

Glamavan! Top tip With little space available, you don’t want to clutter up your camper, so be sure to pack light.

Quirky caravans UP ON THE ROOF The utterly splendid Warwick Knight, a restored 1950s caravan with rooftop garden, is set in the Glamping Orchard in the Severn Vale, just five miles from Gloucester. Lovingly restored by owners Ali and Rich, it has spiral stairs to the roof garden with its squishy bean bags, while inside there are comfy sofas around the wood burner, a fully equipped kitchen, a double bed and bunks for the kids. Guests have their own wood-fired shower cabin and composting loo, too. From £95 a night, with a minimum two-night stay. Sleeps four. Visit

The wonderful loch view from the Pilot Panther

WHAT A SHOW-OFF! The dreamy Pilot Panther overlooking a loch in Perth & Kinross is irresistible. This 1950 showman’s wagon is set in the grounds of Monachyle Mhor boutique hotel and farm. With an authentic retro vibe and wood burner, wake up to ever-changing loch views and head for a hearty gourmet breakfast at the hotel’s revered restaurant. From £125 a night. Sleeps four. Visit

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CHIC ’N’ COMPACT ‘Great things come in small packages’ is the ethos of TAB_01, a cute caravan at Paines Farmhouse in the Kent countryside. Staying in this cosy caravan with its very own deck and gazebo also gives you access to a heated pool, tennis court and summer house with wood burner, retro games arcade and honesty bar. There’s even a small spa on site. Plus, there’s heaps to do, with cycle trails, forest walks and zip-wires all on the doorstep. From £90 a night. Sleeps two. Visit

Let’s go boho REACH FOR THE STARS The Animated Forest, a small cabin in Wales, is constructed to resemble a woodland creature. The roof lights allow for stargazing at night in front of the wood burner. The entire thing can be loaded on to the back of a trailer and is available in Ceredigion, close to Aberystywth. Book from May 2018. From £425 for a two-night stay. Sleeps two. Visit


The Rockstar’s like nothing you’ve ever seen!

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Away Resorts has added boutique style to its ‘vans’ to bring them into the 21st century. The Rockstar takes inspiration from British rock music, with a decor that’s part country chic, part Brit-cool, and part punk. The Rockstar makes its first appearance at Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire, then Whiteclif Bay Holiday Park on the Isle of Wight. If you fancy something more peaceful, The Zen at Sandy Balls in the New Forest is a digital detox in the trees. From £1,708 for a seven-night stay. Sleeps seven. Visit

Feature: Jane Anderson Photography: Getty, Tony Trasmundi, Neale Smith. Prices correct at time of going to press

Cosy inside and out, the TAB_01 even has its own wooden gazebo

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THE OPUS CAMPER A revolutionary folding camper. Ultra-lightweight and easy to tow, even with a small car. From £13,000-£16,000. Visit

Unwind in the Shropshire countryside

OUTDOOR LOVING! The Love2Stay resort in Shropshire features the Swift Challenger, a luxury modern touring caravan, alongside classic Airstreams. The resort has three hot tubs, a Pilates and yoga studio, gym, cafe with decking area, play area, outdoor kitchen and fire pit, a fishing pool, a cycle track, wildlife area, assault


AIRSTREAMS Buy your own Airstream from the Swift Group, the oicial UK distributor. From £78,495 for the Missouri. Visit course, electric car charging, movies under the stars and even pizza delivery! Airstream hire from £85 a night. Sleeps four. Visit

ALL MOD CONS With luxe van demand on the up, holiday parks are raising their game. Check out the Willerby Lymington, with its central lounge layout and double and twin rooms at each end, at Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth. From £299 for a four-night stay. Sleeps eight. Visit

BICYCLE CAMPER This bike-towed caravan transforms cycling trips. Incredibly, it folds out, so two people can sleep inside! From around £3,550. Visit ROCKET CARAVANS These works of art boast a shower room, toilet and kitchen, and a diner that converts into a double bed. Mini rockets from £16,950. Visit

ON THE WATERFRONT Trevella Park near Newquay in Cornwall is a caravan and touring park that is rolling with the glamavan trend. Static caravans include freeview TV and iPod docks, cofee stations and pet-friendly options! There’s even free Ranger sessions for the kids in the school holidays. From £1,320 for a seven-night stay in a two-bedroom Superior caravan in August. Sleeps seven. Visit

BAREFOOT CARAVANS This modern take on a classic has a kitchen, bathroom, sofas that can be converted into a double bed and a Roberts Revival Mini DAB Radio! From £23,995. Visit PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018 143

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Everyone’s happy!

Camp Bestival has fun for all the family

CAMP BESTIVAL, DORSET 26-29 JULY DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie are the brains behind this much-loved festi-holiday held at Lulworth Castle. From children’s TV presenters Dick and Dom on the main stage to the world’s biggest bouncy castle, kids will have a ball and adults can watch retro Face paint is acts like Simple Minds. a festival fave PARTY ON Adult weekend ticket, £187.50; children aged 13-17, £119; 10-12, £93.75; 5-9, £33. All prices include camping. Visit

Take 5...

You know summer has truly arrived when the festival season kicks of. Which one will you be heading to?

Old-school music Foodie fun

The ‘local’ one

Going green

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 21-24 JUNE Glastonbury isn’t on this year, but music festival die-hards will be heading to the Isle of Wight Festival to celebrate its 50th anniversary. This year’s headliners include Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher. PARTY ON Tickets are £209 per person for the weekend without camping. Teens cost £150 and children under 12 are free. Day tickets from £65. Visit

STRATFORD RIVER FESTIVAL 30 JUNE-1 JULY This community-spirited festival in Stratford-upon-Avon features entertainment and events both on and of the river. There will be live music and dance, local ales, a craft market, a spectacular parade of boats and a grand firework display. And, of course, the town’s famous attractions are on hand, too. PARTY ON Free. Visit stratford-river-festival.

TIMBER FESTIVAL, DERBYSHIRE 6-8 JULY The only international forest festival in the UK, Timber explores the transformative power of forests. As well as arts and music, there will be an eco spa, masked ball, torch light processions, dawn runs, night swims and yoga. PARTY ON Adult weekend ticket, £137.80; child, £47.70; under-3s free, all with camping. Day tickets from £37.10. Visit

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THE BIG FEASTIVAL, THE COTSWOLDS 24-26 AUGUST This event has a winning combination of live music and food. Headliners include Basement Jaxx, Craig David and Paloma Faith, while on the culinary scene are Marco Pierre White and Mark Hix. There’s loads for kids, too. PARTY ON Adult weekend tickets, £179.50; teens, £104.50; children, £37.25, all with camping. Day tickets from £64. Visit

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Summer festivals

Savour amazing vistas along the Irrawaddy Delta

The waters of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, a maze of tributaries untouched by tourism, can now be enjoyed thanks to Pandaw (, the longest-established river cruise company in Southeast Asia. Seven-night expeditions depart Yangon (Rangoon) on 20 and 28 February 2019, taking in village life, markets, trading ports, temples, churches, mosques and amazing birdlife.

Don’t ignore the Med of-season. The iconic sights are less crowded, the weather cooler for sightseeing and cruise packages more afordable.

SEA the WORLD This month’s round-up of the best holidays afloat


Go below

Dive below the waves in a sevenseat submarine

ACTION STATIONS Whatever happened to shuleboard and deck quoits? Rest assured, they’re still on ofer on several ships, but there’s a new wave of on-board action to keep you occupied. Like a 1,000ft, two-level electric go-kart track on NCL’s new ship, Bliss ( uk), while MSC’s Seaside ( has the longest zip lines at sea. Too superficial? Then dip below the surface on board the submarine carried by Scenic’s Eclipse ( 146 PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018

Shopaholics can be happy sailing the seven seas. There’s Bulgari and Michael Kors products on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, Kate Spade, Prada and YSL on Celebrity Reflection, Burberry and Damiani on Silversea and Longines, Hermès and Ralph Lauren on Seabourn. If you like to shop till you drop, you only have to walk a few yards before taking the weight of!

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ASIAN waterways

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Get into the GOOD BOOKS What’s better than a gripping read to keep you entertained? Books editor Nina Pottell shares her favourites with you

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by Ruth Hogan (Two Roads, £14.99) A tragedy 12 years ago changed Masha. But when she meets two women, Kitty at the lido and Sally Red Shoes on her walks in the cemetery, these vibrant characters show Masha that a new beginning is possible. Out 3 May

by Camilla Way (HarperCollins, £7.99) Beth is scared of her daughter Hannah; she knows there’s something wrong. Luke is the perfect son, and his girlfriend Clara is stricken when he disappears. But how are they linked? Clara’s determined to find out. You’ll be kept guessing with this compelling plot. Out 3 May



by Eithne Shortall (Corvus, £12.99) Grace sees Henry everywhere she goes, except it’s not him, because Henry died two months ago. So who is this stranger called Andy who’s the spitting image of him? And is it wrong that Grace wants to be with him? A tender, warm-hearted read. Out 3 May

by Louise Voss (Orenda, £8.99) Lynn Naismith’s world is turned upside down when Ed, her husband of 10 years, is diagnosed with early-onset dementia. She gave up so much for him, and now their future seems frightening. But something doesn’t feel right. Is Ed really ill? An adrenaline-filled read. Out 15 May



by Amanda Jennings (HQ, £12.99) In 1986, 16-year-old Tamsyn watches the family that live in The Clif House. She is in awe of their dazzling life, and makes friends with the daughter Edie. A story of adolescence, obsession, and finding out that maybe the perfect life doesn’t exist after all. Out 17 May

by Sarah Pinborough (HarperCollins, £12.99) Lisa wants her daughter Ava to be safe after they left her abusive father. She started a new life in a new town, has a job she loves and a good friend, Marilyn. Then Ava’s photo appears in the media and secrets begin to pour out. Out 17 May

Four more irresistible reads… MEET ME AT WHISTLE IN THE MUSEUM THE DARK by Emma Healey by Anne Youngson (Viking, £12.99) A (Doubleday, £12.99) A charming story mother becomes told through obsessive after letters between a woman and her missing daughter’s a museum curator. Out 17 May reappearance. Out 3 May

THE BURNING THE BRIGHTON CHAMBERS MERMAID by Dorothy Koomson by Kate Mosse (Century, £12.99) (Mantle, £20) Two sisters are The first instalment afected by the of a new trilogy discovery of a woman’s body spanning 300 years of on Brighton beach. Out 17 May French history. Out 3 May


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A budding romance Just who is the mystery man buying flowers for?


hat rain slowed everything down this morning, and those roadworks don’t help!’ exclaimed Susie, bursting into the flower shop. ‘Sorry I’m a bit late.’ The fragrance from the flowers never failed to cheer her up after the horrible early morning rush hour. ‘Morning,’ answered Jenny. ‘Yes, living above the shop does have its advantages, especially when it’s pouring down.’ Susie reappeared with mugs of steaming cofee. ‘I wonder if he’ll appear today. It is Thursday!’ ‘Oh, your mystery man. Surely you of all people can find out who he comes in to buy flowers for.’ ‘Well, it must be someone special, he comes in every Thursday, without fail,’ Susie pointed out. ‘Presumably he works around here somewhere.’ When five o’clock came, Susie gathered her belongings and waited for her brother to give her a lift home. When Matt had asked her to put him up while he restored his boat, she didn’t think it would take this long. But thank goodness it was nearly finished, soon she’d be able to reclaim her small flat. She heard his familiar car pull up outside with two beeps of

the horn. As she picked up her bag and called to Jenny that she was of, she glanced up into a familiar pair of grey eyes and realised it was her mystery man. Shame, she thought, as she smiled and made her way past him, I’ve waited all day to see him and now I’ll have to wait another week... ‘You okay?’ enquired Matt, as they drove away. ‘You seem a little bit preoccupied.’ The next morning in the florist’s was quiet. Susie and Jenny discussed plans for the weekend as they pottered about. ‘Sunday’s going to be warm and sunny,’ said Jenny. ‘I know. I’ve promised Matt I’ll help clean the boat, he thinks I’m being really helpful – little does he realise my motive,’ said Susie. ‘It’s near a pub that serves delicious lunches with the most amazing Yorkshire puddings!’ Sunday dawned bright and, after working hard all week, Susie sat on the bank sunning herself. Glancing along the water’s edge, she noticed the other boats using the mooring. ‘Do you know your next door neighbours, so to speak?’ she asked Matt. ‘Who lives in there? In The Lady Josephine?’ ‘A woman called Jo. She’s on her own now and decided to sell up and buy the boat,’ Matt replied. ‘Her son lives nearby, but

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her daughter’s in the Midlands. Says it’s going to be fun taking her home on the boat when she visits! Right, ready for lunch?’ By Thursday, the warm sunshine had turned into a heatwave, the entire city seeming to struggle to stay cool. Susie and Jenny fanned themselves in the florist’s. ‘So, are you enjoying the peace and quiet now Matt’s gone to live on the boat?’ asked Jenny. ‘Didn’t realise just how quiet it would be. Still, it’s nice to get my space back,’ Susie confessed. The door to the shop opened and the two women looked up to see the mystery man stroll in. ‘Phew, it’s too hot to do anything today,’ he said, undoing his top shirt button and loosening his tie. Susie tried desperately to run her fingers through her hair. He didn’t look hot or uncomfortable, and the loosened tie seemed to add to his attraction. ‘I’d like roses again please, six white ones and some of those.’ He pointed to some stems of gypsophila. Carefully removing the flowers, Susie looked up. ‘Someone likes roses,’ she said. A smile twitched at the corners of his mouth. ‘Yes, they’re her favourites,’ he replied.

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The girl really did have a lovely smile, thought Tim, as he stepped into the heat of the street. Pity he’d seen her getting into that car on the day it had rained. She must be seeing someone. ‘Well, did you hear that?’ called Susie to Jenny, gazing glumly after him and sitting down hard on the stool behind her. When Sunday came around again, Matt and Susie sat down in her favourite pub. ‘This certainly beats slaving over a hot stove on Sunday morning,’ said Susie. ‘Besides, I’m not much good at making Yorkshire puddings,’ she smiled. ‘I know,’ grinned Matt. ‘We were lucky to grab the last table.’ Matt looked round. ‘Oh look, there’s Jo, my neighbour.’ ‘Is she by herself? Maybe she’d like to join us,’ queried Susie. ‘She’s meeting her son. I’ve already suggested they both join us,’ Matt replied. ‘Never met him – I hope you don’t mind?’ ‘No I don’t mind,’ she answered, as she watched the tall man greet his mother and follow her to their table. ‘I don’t mind at all.’ ‘Pleased to meet you,’ said Jo, smiling at Susie. ‘This is my son, Tim, he usually visits on Thursdays.’ ‘Yes,’ answered Susie. ‘And he always brings roses…’

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Your Stars for June


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21 May - 21 June

21 January - 19 February

June opens on a happy note, promising the sort of buzz you find so stimulating. Choose the 13th – a day heralding new developments – to make a fresh start. At last, a costly period comes to an end. Rethink decisions on communications, money or travel later in the month.

You are feeling energetic and eager to forge ahead – at work and at home. Make your mark from the start, think big and grab whatever opportunity comes your way. The urgent need to succeed eases later in the month when you can focus on love.


20 February - 20 March


22 June - 23 July You are formulating bold ideas and projects as a new ambition takes shape ready for the green light on the 12th. There’s also change in your social world. Romance is mixed, but you feel lucky and loved.

Leo 24 July - 23 August Big things are on the horizon. With much in place to raise your status, now is the time to make new connections. Expect surprises on the work front – be ready to juggle jobs and sort the wheat from the chaf when ofers come your way. Finances improve after the 15th and love is close to home.

Virgo 24 August - 23 September

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Looking for that big break? June propels you centre stage, giving you the chance to stand out. You have until the 26th to take advantage of these auspicious trends. Finances are healthy and spending money on yourself is a good investment. Romance is on the cards.



24 September - 22 October

23 November - 22 December

You’re a wheeler-dealer this month, mixing business with pleasure, home with work and travel with training. This balancing act has its challenges, but you’re feeling powerful. Networking in the second half of June is your key to success. Love lifts your heart, but finances are tricky.

Work, money, love, health – it’s all happening this June! With new people, places and experiences on the menu, you’ll enjoy the pace, the companionship and the chat. However, don’t rush financial decisions. Arrange a romantic getaway at the end of the month.


23 December - 20 January

23 October - 22 November Grand plans and thinking big gets the month of to a good start. But with so much happening, both at home and at work, divided loyalties are inevitable. Set your sights on your destination and steer a steady course. Your finances are in good shape, your popularity is rising but a certain relationship could prove testing.

Capricorn Are you in the party mood? Outings, holiday romances and high drama will all feature. You are meeting influential people and life comes alive. Work also plays a big part this month, whether that involves job seeking or starting a fresh project. Look for new openings around the 13th! But beware: money needs careful handling.

Family matters, friendship and fate fill your month with interesting moments. Expect enchanting creative, romantic and social activities on the 1st, 2nd and 13th. Life provides fab opportunities as you travel, join groups and learn new subjects. Health and wellbeing also improve by the end of the month.

Aries 21 March - 20 April It’s a pull-push month, with your heart drawn to your home but your head focused on your career. With money highlighted, now is a good time to set up a lucrative business. There’s more fun to be had in the second half of June.

Taurus 21 April - 20 May There’s plenty of excitement and much to think about and plan. But with unpredictable Uranus in your sign, expect as many spills as there are thrills. Communications, love and travel are high points, while money is a bit of a stumbling block – although finances improve mid-month. PRIMA.CO.UK | June 2018 161

Slice of life

Stay forever young? No thanks! Why is it we can’t accept that ageing is beautiful and a privilege, muses Caroline Quentin


There’s an entire generation of young women (and some men) who are almost entirely hairless. The accessibility of pornography means the current ‘norm’ is to remove underarm, leg and pubic hair, to look pre-pubescent. I don’t need to spell out the unpleasant connection here. We should treat our faces and bodies like fine wines: they should be allowed to age well. But, unlike wine, we don’t need a smooth finish to be desirable. The signs of ageing are not ugly; they are a declaration that we’ve been blessed with the time to live long, full lives. Whether we have a lifted or a sinking ‘butt’, a bosom filled with silicone or one that you can tuck into your waistband, be kind to yourself and to others, particularly when it comes to appearance, as there’s a lucrative, clinical industry out there lying in wait for all of us. Ageing is a privilege. I’m in my 50s now and, as every year passes, I’m so grateful to be around to see my children grow up. I’m getting older, and my face and body are also getting older. So far, I haven’t felt the desire to go under the knife. I might one day, but at the moment I’m going to be content with pulling my jowls back using the palms of my hands.

This month… I’M MAKING

Plant cloches... from plastic water bottles – they work brilliantly!


Arctic roll… we used to buy it when I was little, but I like a challenge!



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ivory and glass as implants. O In the 1920s, small breasts were fashionable, but by the 1950s, breast enlargement was popular. O Approximately 86% of cosmetic surgeons are male. O 2016 saw a massive 40% drop in the number of cosmetic procedures in the UK. In the 50s, naturally curvy icons like Marilyn Monroe set a trend for breast enlargement

Celeriac… a bore to peel, but makes lovely, lower-carb mash.

Photography: Alamy, Getty, Nicky Johnston Caroline wears: Coat, Trousers & camisole, Eileen Fisher. Earrings, Pebble London. Bracelet,

ave you ever done that thing where you put your hands on either side of your face and pull the loose skin backwards to see what you’d look like with a facelift? My face was looking particularly wobblesome in the bathroom mirror this morning, so I gave it a little stretch and allowed my imagination to roam. What if, instead of getting the boiler replaced, I used that cash to tighten my jawline? Cosmetic procedures are commonplace now. Everywhere I look, there’s someone who has fatter lips, a bigger bust or a smaller nose than they used to have. I recently attended a showbiz event where it seemed that everyone – both men and women – had been altered. There were lots of old friends and some new faces, and a lot of new faces on old friends! Even those of us who don’t feel the need to take the drastic step of surgery still whiten our teeth, pluck our brows and dye our lashes. The beauty industry will always find new ways to make us spend. It’s commerce, but sometimes there’s something darker, too, because it preys on our insecurities, our desire to fit in, to be forever young, and that worries me.