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Growing together! As allotments become more popular than ever, Yours meets three generations of one family who love growing their own fresh food
By Joy Harris
n our childhood days, it was not unusual to taste potatoes dug fresh from the ground, peas from still-juicy pods or tomatoes that smelled of sunshine. If our dads didn’t have an allotment, a neighbour would probably have enough produce to share. Now the gardening wheel is turning full circle. Liz Dixon (50), from North Luffenham in Rutland, remembers helping her dad produce tasty veg from their garden when she was a child. The growing bug never left her and she’s keeping it alive for future generations by inspiring daughter Claire (28) and granddaughter Emily (4) to join in. Liz and Claire have an allotment all each, minutes from e htheir the homes in the village. Emily loves lov to get busy with her mini watering wa can in her own little apatch, pa reciting the names of all e hthe the vegetables. She’s currently r growing gr pumpkins and can’t wait for for Hallowe’en. “I’m down there most days after aft work,” says Liz. “It’s a great Liz, 50 way wa to relax and watch the sun dgo down after a day in the ofﬁce. I tell my husband, Eddie, I’m popping out for half an hour, and two hours can pass if it’s a nice evening.” Eddie (63) is happy to help out with heavier work and any construction. Digging in at the “It’s not just the growing allotment is wheelie great fun for Liz, – you make friends and there’s Claire and Emily always someone to ask if you
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‘I still go ‘wow’ when I taste a freshly-grown carrot’ Liz and Eddie are self-sufﬁcient in veg right from June to October. They’re currently picking their own strawberries and have a range of fruit, veg and salad stuff.
How it all started... Allotments began in the Victorian age, provided in towns and cities to give hard-up workers the chance to grow their own food. In rural areas, they were a way of making up for low farm wages. Seventy years ago, spare land was requisitioned as we prepared to Dig for Victory.
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Allotments are making t s egraal e ht f o eyears, n O ootoo. too One One of of the the largest largest comeback in these cash-strapped – Incredible Edible in times. But just as more of us Todmorden, on the Yorkshire/ are waking up to the delights Lancashire border – plans to of food-growing, councils make the town self-sufﬁcient by have built over many plots and 2018. Spare land is turned into waiting lists have rocketed to veg plots for the whole town an estimated 100,000 people to enjoy; there’s a community across Britain. orchard around the football This shortage prompted TV pitch, and even the roads in campaigner Hugh Fearnleyand out are ribboned with Whittingstall to create veg that are decorative as well Landshare, a matchmaking site as tasty. to pair would-be gardeners with “These kinds of initiatives those who have spare patches offer immeasurable beneﬁts to of land – such as older people communities across a whole host with large gardens they can no of areas – from good health to longer manage who are happy helping minimise our impact to share produce in return for on the environment, to simply some help. bringing people together,” Among organisations which Hugh told Yours. have joined forces with him are ✤ For details on availability of The National Trust, Network allotments in your area, call your Rail, the Royal Horticultural local council, or go online at Society, seed suppliers and www.allotment.org.uk British Waterways. ✤ Join Landshare at A host of community schemes http://landshare.net have sprung up in the last few
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garden for a compost heap and add vegetable peelings, grass cuttings and cut-up garden prunings. Don’t forget to turn the compost at intervals to help it rot down. ✤ Research frominternet bank Egg.com revealed that 23 per cent of people in this country have turned over part of their garden to growing food! ✤ Veg gardeners often sleep next to their prize specimens to save them
from thieves, such as a 76-year-old pensioner from Gloucestershire given an Asbo by magistrates after a string of early-morning raids. ✤ After ﬁnding chicken coops among its top ten best-sellers, garden centre s as chain Dobbies has e s ns, decided to sell hens, i w hith too – complete with care instructions! YOURS
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Watch the years fade away with our expert tips to maintain your glow
By Michelle Nightingale
“In your youth your skin renews itself roughly every 12 to 19 days, but this process slows to around 90 days as you get older,” says Sally Penford, of the International Dermal Institute. “This leaves skin looking dull, which is why regular exfoliation is so important. Exfoliation removes loose skin cells from your skin’s surface, leaving it looking younger.” Steer clear of very abrasive scrubs, though, as they can do more harm than good. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, £35.10/75g
“Highlighter can add a glow that’s ultra-ﬂattering for mature skin,” says Natalie Ingham, head of product training at Vie at Home. “The trick is to pat a small amount along the top of your cheekbones for a natural glow.” Vie at home Skin Dew, £15/30ml
If you follow one mantra, it should be: moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. “UV rays and pollution can cause irreversible damage to your skin cells, which results in wrinkles and lessens your skin’s ability to repair itself,” says Sally. Look for a moisturiser that contains White Tea, Vitamin E, Soy Proteins and Red Clover. Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Age-defense moisturiser with White Tea, £30/50ml 44
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“The beauty of serums is that they can tackle speciﬁc skin conditions and deliver targeted results,” says Natalie. “Serums are formulated to sit under your moisturiser; a good anti-ageing serum will revitalise skin, improve its texture and diminish wrinkles.” Vie at home Youth Regenerating Peptide Complex £30/30ml
5Be sun smart
It’s never too late to be sun smart, regardless of how often you sunbathed without wearing sunscreen in your teens. “Every time you go outdoors and expose your skin to UV light you’re causing it to age,” warns Sally, so slather on that sun cream. Ahava Sun Protection Anti-Ageing Moisturising Spray SPF 30, £19/250ml
“The skin around your eyes is much thinner than the rest of the skin on your face, so a speciﬁc eye cream is essential,” says Natalie. “To apply, use your ring ﬁnger to tap a pea-sized amount gently round the orbital bone surrounding your eye area. Don’t apply too close to your eye as the cream could cause irritation and pufﬁness.” Vie at home Round the Clock 24 Hour Eye Care, £12.50/2 x 7ml
“A good primer is a make-up must-have for mature skin,” says Natalie. “It will illuminate and even out your complexion, smooth over ﬁne lines and help your make-up look better and stay put for longer.” Natio Ageless Illuminating Primer, £12/50g
“Don’t overload on foundation thinking you can paper over the imperfections,” says Lisa Eldridge, No7 make-up artist and creative director. “Caking it on will only draw attention to lines and add years to your face. Opt for a lightweight foundation that contains light-diffusing particles to soften the appearance of your wrinkles.” Nowadays, lots of foundations can help to correct ageing skin as well as providing sun protection. No7 Protect and Perfect Foundation SPF15, £15/30ml
Sleep is essential for your skin, according to Bevis Man, of the British Skin Foundation. “Getting a good night’s sleep, like a well-balanced and healthy diet, is essential to your overall wellbeing, which is then reﬂected in your skin. Being consistently deprived of sleep tends to make your skin look older and tired, with wrinkles and lines more prominent.” Make time to relax and sleep well.
Powder can sit in lines and make wrinkles look deeper than they are. If you must wear powder, apply it very sparingly.
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A healthy diet and lots of water is essential for glowing skin. For an extra boost, add a supplement to keep mature skin looking tiptop. Boots Skin Perfection Plus, £19.99 for a 30-day supply
To cover dark under-eye circles, age spots and broken capillaries, a good concealer is a must. Your skin loses elasticity as you age, so blemishes can show up more. Apply concealer under your foundation, patting it into your skin rather than rubbing, which just wipes it off.
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There are lots of good ways to help yourself without always reaching for the painkillers By Antonia Kanczula
opping a pain-killing pill can be the solution we resort to when we have a tension-type headache, but there are lifestyle changes and other drugfree ways to ease them. It’s estimated that up to eight out of 10 people will experience regular tension-type headaches at some point in their lives. And women are more susceptible, particularly around the menopause, explains Lee Tomkins, director of the charity Migraine Action. “Due to hormonal changes, women can ﬁnd that their headaches and migraines increase in severity or frequency at this time, or that this is the time they experience their ﬁrst attack.” He favours a multi-pronged approach and, if your headaches are chronic, a visit to your GP to root out any underlying causes. “If they are happening frequently, and particularly if they are impacting on your quality of life, keep a headache diary to identify possible triggers.” Migraine Action offers support and information at 0116 275 8317 or vist www.migraine.org.uk.
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Recurrent headaches may be a sign you need glasses for the ﬁrst time – or new lenses for existing frames. They may also indicate it’s time for a dental appointment, says Lee. “Some people who experience regular tension headaches or migraines grind their teeth at night, so addressing this can reduce attacks.” Think about a dental check-up every six months, unless otherwise advised by your dentist. The Eye Trust recommends an eye examination at least every two years, more often if you have diabetes or a family history of eye Do you need problems like new glasses? glaucoma.
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Studies show that poor posture, which can lead to neck and shoulder pain, can also result in headaches. “Simple steps like ensuring your workstation is set up correctly, if you have a desk job, and taking regular gentle exercise like walking, swimming and yoga can help massively,” says Lee. “Alternatively, visit an osteopath or chiropractor to address speciﬁc postural or physical problems.” Spend a few minutes daily assessing and realigning your posture; straighten your spine, ensure your shoulders are broad and open rather than hunched, and engage your stomach muscles.
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If your blood sugar levels peak and trough, headaches are a common side-effect. Eat regularly, basing meals on complex carbohydrate foods like wholegrain breads, oats, wholewheat pasta, unsweetened muesli and brown rice, which release energy gradually and keep sugar levels buoyant all day long.
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“Stress is a key trigger for many headache sufferers,” comments Lee. “So simply taking some regular quality ‘me’ time can prove very effective and is a great diversion. Whether you decide to put your feet up with a good paperback, do some gardening or take your dog for a walk, spend some time every day doing something you really enjoy. Calming vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium and Vitamin B2, can also be extremely beneﬁcial.”
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Caffeine can be a useful stimulant, explains Lee: “A number of over-the-counter migraine and headache medications include it as an ingredient in small amounts.” But studies show those who consume too much are more likely to suffer headaches than those who drink small amounts. There are no ﬁrm guidelines about daily caffeine intake,
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Anecdotal evidence suggests the herbs feverfew and butterbur may prevent or reduce the severity of headaches. For onthe-spot relief try some simple aromatherapy. Calming lavender is a mild essential oil and you can apply a few drops directly to your forehead and temples, massaging gently with your ﬁngertips, or place two drops on a handkerchief with a couple more of sweet marjoram, hold it slightly away from your nose and inhale deeply three times. Alternatively, take a relaxing bath infused with oils such as camomile or ylang ylang. Bliss!
Ask us anything… about money matters I’ve just been Your diagnosed questions with breast answered cancer. Luckily it’s been caught early and doctors expect me to make a full recovery. Even so, I’m single and I only work part time so money is a worry. Is there any ﬁnancial help available to help cover costs, such as when I have to travel to hospital for treatment? Samantha Biggs, Inverness Chris, a Macmillan Beneﬁts Adviser, says: “There are some beneﬁts you may be entitled to, to give you a helping hand. As a Macmillan beneﬁts advisor I’m here to offer you advice for your speciﬁc needs and help make the process less daunting. We can guide you through the beneﬁts system and can also help you apply for a grant if you’re eligible. A Macmillan grant is sometimes available as a one-off payment to cover a wide range of practical needs, such as heating bills, extra clothing, or a much-needed break. When you’re living with cancer it’s often about taking each day at a time. Macmillan is here to answer any questions you may have – not just about ﬁnances – so you can have more good days. D To speak to a Macmillan advisor call free on 0808 808 0000 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.
How to have an Looking for new ideas to entertain the family? Try these fun suggestions that won’t cost the earth By Sheena Correa D For a night-time adventure head to Dorset where, from a hide, you can watch badgers foraging for food. With a 100 per cent sighting record you’re guaranteed a glimpse of these nocturnal visitors, along with members of the local owl, fox and bat communities. The evening starts at 6.30pm – stay as long as you can keep awake! Prices: adults £12, children (12 and under) £10. old Henley Farm, Buckland newton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7BL, call 01300 345293 or www. badgerwatchdorset.co.uk
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CASH In THE ATTIC C oY You o might think you’ve heard enough about the World uC Cup, u but football memorabilia can be extremely valuable. iP Pieces i from the 1966 ﬁnal are especially desirable: G Gordon Banks’ winner’s medal sold for £124,000 in 2 2000, and posters can be worth up to £800. Modern p programmes and tickets kept in good condition can be a an affordable entry into collecting. Source: millersonline.co.uk
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Home sellers will save around £300 following the Government’s abolition of Home Information Packs (HIPs). Estate agents claimed the packs deterred sellers and buyers paid little attention to them.
n unusual day out Swim for free while you still can… Until July 31, under-16s and over-60s can swim for free. This scheme is being scrapped by the government after this date; councils will have to ﬁnd other sources of funding if they want it to continue. Visit www. direct.gov.uk or contact your local pool for details.
D Just 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street in Edinburgh is a little rural oasis. The 2.5 acres of Gorgie City Farm include vegetable and herb gardens, and a wildlife garden with frog pond. 51 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh EH11 2LA, 9.30am4.30pm, call 0131 337 4202 or visit www.gorgiecityfarm.org.uk (donations welcome).
For more ideas and 2-for-1 offers: D www.dayoutwith thekids.co.uk – choose an outing based on age and activity levels. Plenty of ideas for
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Yours cash saver Boots is offering two organic Surge Your Skin’s Best Friend skincare products for just £8 until July 13. The range contains all-natural ingredients with organic essential oils. with Blissful Daily Moisturiser and overnight Sensation night Cream usually £7.99 each, this is a great saving.
Five ways to… eat out on a budget These tips could be just the ticket to cutting your bill in restaurants If you’re not a big eater, opt for a starter with a side order as this could be cheaper than a main meal you’d end up wasting. Many expensive restaurants have early dining or lunchtime offers which makes them more reasonable. The biggest mark-up in restaurants is on drinks. Ask for a jug of tap water and have coffee when you get home. Split a dessert with a friend – you’ll halve the cost and also feel saintly about halving the calories. Don’t feel embarrassed about asking for a ‘doggy bag’ for leftovers. It may not save you money that night, but at least tomorrow’s lunch is sorted.
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D Glastonbury Children’s Festival (August 6-8) offers fun-packed shows with clowns, puppeteers and magicians, plus a craft marquee where children can make costumes for the grand parade. Adults and over-12s £5; 4-11s £8; under3s free. Abbey Park Playground, Glastonbury, call 01458 833693 or visit www.childrensworldcharity.org/ festivals/festivals.php D Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire is a great place for a woodland adventure. Leafy trails and cycle paths criss-cross the ancient forest, or take the Tree Top Way, a walkway through the tree canopy. Adults £2 week days; £2.50 weekends, open daily 7am-7pm. Hartwell, northamptonshire, call 01780 444920 or www.forestry.gov.uk/salceyforest D Hot day? Cool off in the play fountains at Abbey Park near Evesham Abbey, activated by pressure pads on the ﬂoor, take a boat trip or follow the sculpture trail. Admission free, 11am-6pm, MarchSeptember, call 01386 565018.
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Reader Barbara Jay Whittle, 75, of Bushey, Hertfordshire, remembers her showbiz life performing with many a famous jazz band
s a child, I always had the company of Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berigan, Harry James and Benny Goodman – in the form of 78rpm jazz records owned by my father, Billy Jones. He used to be a professional trumpeter for the likes of Joe Daniels’ Hot Shots, Billy Cotton and many more bandleaders of the Thirties. He also happened to have a good voice, so he doubled as vocalist. Needless to say, as I grew up I couldn’t fail to be inﬂuenced by him and when I was 14, I started singing with the school choir. I’ve been a professional singer for more than 50 years now. During my teens in the early Fifties, people used to go ballroom dancing at their local Palais de Danse and it was at one of these venues where I began my apprenticeship after I left school. The job was performing six nights and two afternoons a week with Sundays off. I was paid £10 a week; a good wage in those days, particularly for a woman. The ﬁrst bandleader I worked for was Geoff Love at the Astoria Ballroom, in London’s Charing Cross Road. This was the hub of the West End and, looking back, what an experience it was! I remember the afternoon tea dances being full of penniless young male ballroom dancers. They would descend upon the more mature ladies who would happily pay for a dance with one of these dashing males! Some months later, I started singing with Ken Mackintosh, another popular bandleader and saxophonist. His band played
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mainly at the Wimbledon Palais in south London, where I shared the stage with the likes of Ted Heath, Johnny Dankworth, Jack Parnell and Humphrey Lyttelton. It was awe-inspiring to be in the presence of such great musicians during the Big Band era. My introduction to jazz came in
‘Ladies would happily pay for a dance with these dashing males’ 1953 when I was asked to join the Ronnie Scott touring band. We played dance venues all over the British Isles, except on Sundays when we’d do concerts, as dancing wasn’t allowed on the Sabbath. We accompanied stars like Diana Dors and Frankie Vaughan. In 1959, Ronnie Scott opened his ﬁrst jazz club in Gerrard Street, London, and I performed on the opening night – a magical
From left, Barbara meets Prince Edward with jazz artiste Maxine Daniels and Rosemary Squires
evening. In later years the club relocated to Frith Street, and is still a world-famous jazz club. I’m proud to say that I’ve been privileged to appear there as a solo artiste. But to this day I still suffer from ﬁrst night nerves – even when I was invited to sing for the club’s 50th anniversary. I went on to sing with many jazz celebrities over the years and enjoyed a lucrative career until 1980, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was shattered by the news and imagined a mastectomy would signal the end of my singing career. However, my caring husband and family coaxed me back to my ﬁrst love and my conﬁdence soon returned. I went on to create a show about my favourite singer, Ella Fitzgerald, which ran for 13 years. It was even chosen as the cabaret for Prince Edward’s 30th birthday party at the Savoy – a memorable evening I’ll always cherish. Just as I pondered my next move, the phone rang with an offer to sing at a local residential home the very next day! Apprehensively, I accepted and it turned out to be a hugely rewarding experience. That was two-and-a-half years ago and now an average week might consist of singing solo at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on one night and the following night leading a singalong in a care home. I truly couldn’t ask for a more fulﬁlling and rewarding life.
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Jackie eht Wednesday yad eht s a ww as tthe he d ay tthe he was day latest issue of Jackie hit the news stands. Midway between a comic and a glossy women’s magazine, Jackie was a lively mixture of fashion, pop, gossip, quizzes and romance – not forgetting agony aunts Cathy and Claire – that ran for almost three decades, from 1964 to 1993. In its heyday, Jackie sold one million copies a week. ✤ The best-selling edition was a special David Cassidy issue, published in 1972 to commemorate his UK tour. ✤ Famous faces who began their careers as teen models for Jackie included actress Leslie Ash, newsreader Fiona Bruce and Shirley Manson, singer with pop group Garbage. ✤ The ﬁrst editor of Jackie was Gordon Small, a former RAF engine-ﬁtter. It wasn’t until 1974 that the magazine got its ﬁrst female editor – future television presenter Nina Myskow. ✤ At the height of the magazine’s popularity, Cathy and Claire were receiving more than 400 letters a week from troubled, lovelorn teenagers. ✤ Author Jacqueline Wilson has always claimed Jackie was named after her. However, journalists who worked on the launch issues say the name was selected by an ofﬁce vote.
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sugary syrup and stir thoroughly. 3 Cut the foot off a clean pair of tights and stretch over the top of the jug. Secure with an elastic band. Pour the fruit mixture through the tights. Leave this for an hour or two. 4 Mix the rest of the cooled syrup with the juice drained into the jug and pour into a clean bottle to store in the fridge until you need it. 5 When you’re ready, pour a little cordial into a jug according to taste and add sparkling or soda water to make a refreshing treat! This recipe is taken from Ready, Steady, Grow, published by DK books, priced £9.99. Call 0843 060 0021 or visit www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk to order
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✤ Teddy bears’ picnic Host a teddy bears’ picnic in your back garden and let the little ones eat outdoors with their furry friends. Then, if the weather looks gloomy, move your picnic inside and carry on with the party. Top the picnic off with Paddington Bear-style sandwiches and the redcurrant cordial you made earlier. ✤ Build a vegetable patch Teach your grandkids to grow their own vegetables by developing their very own allotment in your back garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers and aubergines are a good place to start, but don’t worry if you don’t have the space in your garden, a grow bag will still do the trick.
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You will need • 225g (8oz) sugar • 400ml (14ﬂ oz) cold water • Saucepan • 225g (8oz) redcurrants • 100g (31⁄2oz) raspberries • 1 x pair of clean tights • Tall jug • 1 x elastic band • Spare bottle