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Wealden Times Magazine is the monthly lifestyle magazines for Kent & Sussex. Discover beautiful homes and interiors, read about their owners, find recipes for every occasion and delve into our pages on horticulture. Feel inspired by our fashion features and get the latest on health and beauty.

A Year of Wellness – January: The Truth About Stress

Eminé Rushton gets real about the serious health dangers of sustained stress  – and suggests how to bring essential balance back into our busy lives. In 2016 the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Burden of Disease Survey estimated that by the year...

Natural wisdom with Sophie Parker

Sophie Parker is the founder of Betony and Sage, creating organic scented candles, incense, room mists and smudge sticks to keep your spaces (rooms and head...) naturally clear and fresh. Sophie is a keen environmental conservationist, passionate about the natural...

Sport outside the box

Not all kids love the classic team and gender-assigned games, so forward-thinking schools are introducing different activities to inspire a lifelong love of exercise. Dulwich Prep Cranbrook recognises that team sport is not for everyone The sport curriculum at Dulwich...

Discover the Gadget that Helped Battersea Re-home Anxious Dogs

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: If you're a pet owner you'll be familiar with the tug on the heartstrings as you leave your beloved furry friend at home and you may have experienced the worry of an anxious pet.   Separation anxiety can become a major issue for both...

Seeds of hope

The days are short, damp and dark, but Jo Arnell doesn’t care – she’s got her head deep in the seed catalogues. As soon as the last Christmas card is in the recycling, or even before, I am flicking through...

Lancashire Hotpot

Soften the onions in a tbsp of oil for 5 minutes before adding the lamb, salt and pepper. Colour on a high heat for 5-10 minutes before stirring in the flour. Add the wine followed by the Worcestershire Sauce. Let...

Vegan Black Bean Chilli with Avocado, Lime and Tomato Salsa

This is my vegetarian daughter’s favourite meal. It’s ready in 30 minutes is packed with flavour, plus the black beans are a great antioxidant and source of protein. Serve with rice and you have a perfectly balanced vegan meal. The...

House and garden

With a skilled eye for uniting inside with out, interior designer Lisa Evans has made a High Weald cottage into a sophisticated home. Using nature as an inspiration for interior design is appealing; many of us are drawn to prints...

Stairway to heaven

A gloomy 1930s chapel has been brilliantly converted into a light-drenched modern townhouse. Back in 2011, when Ian and Lisa decided to make the move from Tunbridge Wells to Hastings, they had an offer accepted on an old pub which...

Gooey Chocolate Cups with Salted Caramel Sauce and Cream

Gluten free, these easy peasy chocolate pots are made with no flour. The caramel sauce is worth making yourself if you have the time. If you don’t there are lots of salted caramel sauces available in supermarkets. For the salted...

Slow Cooked Beef and Beetroot Curry

Aside from giving this curry an amazing colour, the beetroot adds a sweetness and richness. Serve with rice, a dollop of yogurt and fresh coriander. Chop the beetroot into large chunks and in a food processor or blender whizz one...

New Year – new attitude

Hilary Wilce suggests the month of high-minded resolutions is a good time to talk to children about their aspirations It’s the start of the New Year – but not in schools. There the new start comes in September, when hopes...

Gothic glamour

Cinematic, dramatic, palatial... it’s hard to know where to start describing the bold interior style of this historic building and family home, inspired by the films of Jean Cocteau – and Hammer horrors. It was Valentine’s Day when fashion designer,...

How to age naturally

What does it mean to embrace the passage of time – gently, holistically and positively? asks Eminé Rushton. Ageing – as natural as breathing. So, why do we strive so very hard to stymie the passage of time? The Western take on...

Cool yule

Giving Christmas a contemporary rethink, with Scandi styling in a brilliantly renovated 1950s beach house. As you head out across Romney Marsh towards the sea, Rye’s medieval citadel is the most prominent view on the skyline. Along the coast is...

Parma ham and Gruyère gougères

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Place the water and butter into a large saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Turn up the heat, then pour in the flour and salt all in one go. Remove from...

Baked Camembert with cobnuts and honey

Preheat oven to 180C. Take the cheese out of the wooden box. Score the top of cheese crossways to make an ‘X’ pattern. This helps the heat penetrate to the middle. Wrap it in parchment paper and place onto a...

Salmon gravadlax with beetroot

Salmon preparation Finely chop the raw salmon, put in a bowl, add half of the chopped dill, the vodka and the salt, cover and leave in the fridge overnight.  Method for oatcakes (or buy a packet of mini oatcakes) Place...

Easy pea hummus canapes

Blitz in a food processor all the ingredients (except crackers and radishes). For a more rustic, less smooth finish mash with a fork. Place the hummus mix onto the crackers. Finish with a quarter of radish on each cracker. Wine+...

Smoked salmon and cucumber bites

Peel, then slice the cucumber into about 20 rings - 1cm thick. Place about ½ teaspoon of the cream cheese on each cucumber slice. Then take each slice of smoked salmon and cut them into strips, (with 200g of salmon...

Celeriac remoulade on a new potato base

In a bowl grate the celeriac and immediately add the zest and juice of the lemon to reduce the celeriac going brown. Add the mayonnaise and whole grain mustard and mix. Cover and rest in the fridge (this mix can...

Keeping it real

Ditch the plastic says Jo Arnell and decorate your home with boughs of real holly (and other lovely things). Our Christmas decoration box is full, we’re wading through clutter and I really do want to cut back on plastic and...

Pillow Talk

We are all born knowing how to do it, but can get worse at it as we age – Eminé Rushton takes a look at the all-important function of sleep and how to improve it We’ve all been there, desperate...