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Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2017’

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New plants and products for 2017

Louise Midgley looks at newly introduced products and plants beautiful enough to grace our gardens. Rosa Dame Judi Dench from David Austin Roses This enchanting Hybrid Musk variety named after one of Britain’s most beloved stars of stage and screen, is one of only three introduced in 2017. Rich apricot coloured blooms carried on strong arching stems bestow a delicious …

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Liz Brewer

Making a mobility scooter a fashion accessory

Etiquette expert Liz Brewer is never one to miss a party – even when she has broken her leg reports JANE SLADE Liz Brewer, who starred as the fearsome teacher in the TV series Ladette to Lady, decided to make The Chelsea Flower Show, her first outing after fracturing her tibia two weeks ago – arriving on a mobility scooter. “I fell over while wearing my six-inch …

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Learning to be an actress at 68

Older actresses complain there aren’t enough good parts for them but this has not deterred Lady Henrietta Rous who is pursuing an acting career at aged 68, reports JANE SLADE Lady Henrietta, whose family own the Cliffside village of Clovelly in Devon (where the Water Babies author Charles Kingsley lived) is best known for editing the Sixties’ fashion designer Ossie …

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Decluttering without tears

Can’t face the prospect of getting rid of your clutter? Don’t fear – our 10-point guide will provide all the help you need! Stick to the William Morris rule. If an object isn’t beautiful or useful, dont live with it? Books. If you didn’t enjoy a book, or have no intention of reading it again in the next 20 years, give it …

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Making music in Retirement

Retirement communities are discovering the joys of singing in later life. JANE SLADE seeks out the best retirement properties catering to musical residents “Singing bonds people together, exercises a range of muscles and makes you feel happy,” declares TV choir master Gareth Malone. “Singing is good for your health,” he says. “It lifts the spirits and you can do it …

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Retirement village with stunning garden

Downsizers can grieve more for their gardens than their homes when they move so why not choose a retirement village with glorious grounds Springtime at Amesbury Abbey retirement village is heralded by carpets of daffodils and bluebells which flank the long drive up to the ancient building and surrounding cottages. The river Avon which cuts through the gently undulating 35-acre …

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Books to inspire gardeners

Louise Midgley reviews some newly published books guaranteed to inspire gardeners this season Urban Flowers: Creating abundance in a small city garden By Carolyn Dunster Photographs by Jason Ingram Published by Frances Lincoln £20 Hardback April Urban gardens are notoriously small and more often than not shaded out by neighbouring buildings, boundary walls and fences. To find a book crammed …

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‘Rightsize’ to a luxury apartment in the heart of London

The decision to ‘rightsize’ and move from a forever home to somewhere more manageable can be difficult but, once made, it unveils a world of opportunity Once regarded as an inevitable compromise, ‘rightsizing’ is now an aspiration following the arrival of a new generation of luxury retirement communities, which are redefining how people choose to spend their golden years as …

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Active retirees flock to Churchill’s King Edgar Lodge

Retirees in Ringwood are being attracted to the active lifestyle on offer at Churchill Retirement Living’s King Edgar Lodge in Ringwood, where the over 60s are enjoying the benefits of independent living without the pressures of maintaining a large home Diana Loehry, (pictured), who moved to King Edgar Lodge from her home in Bransgore, is an advocate for keeping active …

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