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Page 1: Maid Closer August 2014

Vouchers amp Discounts

Fathers day inKent

AUGUST14

WINTICKETS TO

CIDERFESTIVAL

ABIGAIL CLARKE OLIVIA ROSEWORTHINGTON

EMILY R COOK

OUR CONTRIBUTORS

MICHELEMCCLARREN

ALBERTOCONVERSANO

Hello welcome to our 3rd issue Summer has been absolutely wonderful so far lets hope it stays sunny for theentire shool holidays and longerTheres still plenty of festivals you can attend in August Lounge on the farm in Canterbury in just acouple of days Faversham Hop Fest and Feast fest at the end of the month along with endless localevents around Kent to keep your chldren or indeed yourselves entertained The good thing about usbeing online is that you can take us anywhere ) seaside coffee shop or your back garden if you likeThis month we have a wonderful giveaway from Brogdale Collections (details on a page 89) weinterviewed a founder of an inspiring ethical swimwear Ruby Moon along with articles from ourresident contributors and loads of other little readsif you find some time on your hand please dowrite to us we would love your feedback Thank you and see you next monthMon

SILVIMCMILLAN

DIANA GIBBINS

WIN TICKETS TO BROGDALEFARM CIDER FESTIVALP8-9

SUBSCRIBE AND A WINA BAGP14

SUPERNANNY

OLIVIA TELLSMAID

CLOSERHOW NOT TO

STRUGGLEP16-17

WE TALKEDTO JO

GODDENFOUNDER OF

ETHICALSWIMWEARRUBY MOON

P24-25

P22 P30

FACTS ONOUR

FABULOUSCOFFEE

P33

LOWCARB

MUFFINSP36

co

nt

en

t

ABIGAIL CLARKE OLIVIA ROSEWORTHINGTON

EMILY R COOK

OUR CONTRIBUTORS

MICHELEMCCLARREN

ALBERTOCONVERSANO

Hello welcome to our 3rd issue Summer has been absolutely wonderful so far lets hope it stays sunny for theentire shool holidays and longerTheres still plenty of festivals you can attend in August Lounge on the farm in Canterbury in just acouple of days Faversham Hop Fest and Feast fest at the end of the month along with endless localevents around Kent to keep your chldren or indeed yourselves entertained The good thing about usbeing online is that you can take us anywhere ) seaside coffee shop or your back garden if you likeThis month we have a wonderful giveaway from Brogdale Collections (details on a page 89) weinterviewed a founder of an inspiring ethical swimwear Ruby Moon along with articles from ourresident contributors and loads of other little readsif you find some time on your hand please dowrite to us we would love your feedback Thank you and see you next monthMon

SILVIMCMILLAN

DIANA GIBBINS

WIN TICKETS TO BROGDALEFARM CIDER FESTIVALP8-9

SUBSCRIBE AND A WINA BAGP14

SUPERNANNY

OLIVIA TELLSMAID

CLOSERHOW NOT TO

STRUGGLEP16-17

WE TALKEDTO JO

GODDENFOUNDER OF

ETHICALSWIMWEARRUBY MOON

P24-25

P22 P30

FACTS ONOUR

FABULOUSCOFFEE

P33

LOWCARB

MUFFINSP36

co

nt

en

t

INTRODUCING ABIGAIL CLARKE

Hello To briefly introduce myself my name is Abi and I live in a quirkylittle townhouse in Rochester where I have resided for the past yearwith my boyfriend Daniel My friends tend to describe me as ldquokinda little daft and constantly missing the pointrdquo but hey Irsquom happy I work in the city as an InvestmentSecretary and the rest of my time is spent trialling new baking recipes and force feeding my boyfriend giggling with friends and family over endless bottles of Prosecco and seeking new walkingbiking coastal adventures at the weekend

INTRODUCING EMILY COOK

My name is Emily and I am a 21 yearold student at the University ofKent I recently graduated with aFirst Class BA (hons) in EnglishLanguage amp Linguistics and I willbe staying on at the University todo a Linguistics Masters I enjoy creative and journalisticwriting and hope to become amagazine editor in the future I am ahuge Doctor Who fan and I amlucky enough to have been offered aWork Experience placement atDoctor Who Magazine

After visiting street school in Kolkata India in the summer of 2011I set up the Kent-based charity lsquoKhushi Feetrsquo (wwwkhushifeetorguk) to raise money and awareness for these schools ndashone of our fundraising events last year was an attempt to break theworld record for the largest Bollywood dance I also have a musical side I play the Saxophone so I love listening toand playing jazz big band and swing

I am currently in the beginnings ofstarting up a cake business and havemy first few wedding jobs lined upthis year Dan has recently left hisfull time London job to run avideography business from homeso it is all happening in ourhousehold Do let us know if youhave a wedding birthday oranniversary coming up and we canoffer you a cracking discount

INTRODUCING ABIGAIL CLARKE

Hello To briefly introduce myself my name is Abi and I live in a quirkylittle townhouse in Rochester where I have resided for the past yearwith my boyfriend Daniel My friends tend to describe me as ldquokinda little daft and constantly missing the pointrdquo but hey Irsquom happy I work in the city as an InvestmentSecretary and the rest of my time is spent trialling new baking recipes and force feeding my boyfriend giggling with friends and family over endless bottles of Prosecco and seeking new walkingbiking coastal adventures at the weekend

INTRODUCING EMILY COOK

My name is Emily and I am a 21 yearold student at the University ofKent I recently graduated with aFirst Class BA (hons) in EnglishLanguage amp Linguistics and I willbe staying on at the University todo a Linguistics Masters I enjoy creative and journalisticwriting and hope to become amagazine editor in the future I am ahuge Doctor Who fan and I amlucky enough to have been offered aWork Experience placement atDoctor Who Magazine

After visiting street school in Kolkata India in the summer of 2011I set up the Kent-based charity lsquoKhushi Feetrsquo (wwwkhushifeetorguk) to raise money and awareness for these schools ndashone of our fundraising events last year was an attempt to break theworld record for the largest Bollywood dance I also have a musical side I play the Saxophone so I love listening toand playing jazz big band and swing

I am currently in the beginnings ofstarting up a cake business and havemy first few wedding jobs lined upthis year Dan has recently left hisfull time London job to run avideography business from homeso it is all happening in ourhousehold Do let us know if youhave a wedding birthday oranniversary coming up and we canoffer you a cracking discount

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

WIN A NATURALCOTTON BAG WITH OUR

LOGO

For a chance to win this bag just subscribe toMaid Closer

To subscribe to Maid Closer please follow this link andnever miss another issue again

wwwmaidclosercom

WIN A NATURALCOTTON BAG WITH OUR

LOGO

For a chance to win this bag just subscribe toMaid Closer

To subscribe to Maid Closer please follow this link andnever miss another issue again

wwwmaidclosercom

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

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provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

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HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

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Page 2: Maid Closer August 2014

ABIGAIL CLARKE OLIVIA ROSEWORTHINGTON

EMILY R COOK

OUR CONTRIBUTORS

MICHELEMCCLARREN

ALBERTOCONVERSANO

Hello welcome to our 3rd issue Summer has been absolutely wonderful so far lets hope it stays sunny for theentire shool holidays and longerTheres still plenty of festivals you can attend in August Lounge on the farm in Canterbury in just acouple of days Faversham Hop Fest and Feast fest at the end of the month along with endless localevents around Kent to keep your chldren or indeed yourselves entertained The good thing about usbeing online is that you can take us anywhere ) seaside coffee shop or your back garden if you likeThis month we have a wonderful giveaway from Brogdale Collections (details on a page 89) weinterviewed a founder of an inspiring ethical swimwear Ruby Moon along with articles from ourresident contributors and loads of other little readsif you find some time on your hand please dowrite to us we would love your feedback Thank you and see you next monthMon

SILVIMCMILLAN

DIANA GIBBINS

WIN TICKETS TO BROGDALEFARM CIDER FESTIVALP8-9

SUBSCRIBE AND A WINA BAGP14

SUPERNANNY

OLIVIA TELLSMAID

CLOSERHOW NOT TO

STRUGGLEP16-17

WE TALKEDTO JO

GODDENFOUNDER OF

ETHICALSWIMWEARRUBY MOON

P24-25

P22 P30

FACTS ONOUR

FABULOUSCOFFEE

P33

LOWCARB

MUFFINSP36

co

nt

en

t

ABIGAIL CLARKE OLIVIA ROSEWORTHINGTON

EMILY R COOK

OUR CONTRIBUTORS

MICHELEMCCLARREN

ALBERTOCONVERSANO

Hello welcome to our 3rd issue Summer has been absolutely wonderful so far lets hope it stays sunny for theentire shool holidays and longerTheres still plenty of festivals you can attend in August Lounge on the farm in Canterbury in just acouple of days Faversham Hop Fest and Feast fest at the end of the month along with endless localevents around Kent to keep your chldren or indeed yourselves entertained The good thing about usbeing online is that you can take us anywhere ) seaside coffee shop or your back garden if you likeThis month we have a wonderful giveaway from Brogdale Collections (details on a page 89) weinterviewed a founder of an inspiring ethical swimwear Ruby Moon along with articles from ourresident contributors and loads of other little readsif you find some time on your hand please dowrite to us we would love your feedback Thank you and see you next monthMon

SILVIMCMILLAN

DIANA GIBBINS

WIN TICKETS TO BROGDALEFARM CIDER FESTIVALP8-9

SUBSCRIBE AND A WINA BAGP14

SUPERNANNY

OLIVIA TELLSMAID

CLOSERHOW NOT TO

STRUGGLEP16-17

WE TALKEDTO JO

GODDENFOUNDER OF

ETHICALSWIMWEARRUBY MOON

P24-25

P22 P30

FACTS ONOUR

FABULOUSCOFFEE

P33

LOWCARB

MUFFINSP36

co

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en

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INTRODUCING ABIGAIL CLARKE

Hello To briefly introduce myself my name is Abi and I live in a quirkylittle townhouse in Rochester where I have resided for the past yearwith my boyfriend Daniel My friends tend to describe me as ldquokinda little daft and constantly missing the pointrdquo but hey Irsquom happy I work in the city as an InvestmentSecretary and the rest of my time is spent trialling new baking recipes and force feeding my boyfriend giggling with friends and family over endless bottles of Prosecco and seeking new walkingbiking coastal adventures at the weekend

INTRODUCING EMILY COOK

My name is Emily and I am a 21 yearold student at the University ofKent I recently graduated with aFirst Class BA (hons) in EnglishLanguage amp Linguistics and I willbe staying on at the University todo a Linguistics Masters I enjoy creative and journalisticwriting and hope to become amagazine editor in the future I am ahuge Doctor Who fan and I amlucky enough to have been offered aWork Experience placement atDoctor Who Magazine

After visiting street school in Kolkata India in the summer of 2011I set up the Kent-based charity lsquoKhushi Feetrsquo (wwwkhushifeetorguk) to raise money and awareness for these schools ndashone of our fundraising events last year was an attempt to break theworld record for the largest Bollywood dance I also have a musical side I play the Saxophone so I love listening toand playing jazz big band and swing

I am currently in the beginnings ofstarting up a cake business and havemy first few wedding jobs lined upthis year Dan has recently left hisfull time London job to run avideography business from homeso it is all happening in ourhousehold Do let us know if youhave a wedding birthday oranniversary coming up and we canoffer you a cracking discount

INTRODUCING ABIGAIL CLARKE

Hello To briefly introduce myself my name is Abi and I live in a quirkylittle townhouse in Rochester where I have resided for the past yearwith my boyfriend Daniel My friends tend to describe me as ldquokinda little daft and constantly missing the pointrdquo but hey Irsquom happy I work in the city as an InvestmentSecretary and the rest of my time is spent trialling new baking recipes and force feeding my boyfriend giggling with friends and family over endless bottles of Prosecco and seeking new walkingbiking coastal adventures at the weekend

INTRODUCING EMILY COOK

My name is Emily and I am a 21 yearold student at the University ofKent I recently graduated with aFirst Class BA (hons) in EnglishLanguage amp Linguistics and I willbe staying on at the University todo a Linguistics Masters I enjoy creative and journalisticwriting and hope to become amagazine editor in the future I am ahuge Doctor Who fan and I amlucky enough to have been offered aWork Experience placement atDoctor Who Magazine

After visiting street school in Kolkata India in the summer of 2011I set up the Kent-based charity lsquoKhushi Feetrsquo (wwwkhushifeetorguk) to raise money and awareness for these schools ndashone of our fundraising events last year was an attempt to break theworld record for the largest Bollywood dance I also have a musical side I play the Saxophone so I love listening toand playing jazz big band and swing

I am currently in the beginnings ofstarting up a cake business and havemy first few wedding jobs lined upthis year Dan has recently left hisfull time London job to run avideography business from homeso it is all happening in ourhousehold Do let us know if youhave a wedding birthday oranniversary coming up and we canoffer you a cracking discount

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

WIN A NATURALCOTTON BAG WITH OUR

LOGO

For a chance to win this bag just subscribe toMaid Closer

To subscribe to Maid Closer please follow this link andnever miss another issue again

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To subscribe to Maid Closer please follow this link andnever miss another issue again

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

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MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

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ABIGAIL CLARKE OLIVIA ROSEWORTHINGTON

EMILY R COOK

OUR CONTRIBUTORS

MICHELEMCCLARREN

ALBERTOCONVERSANO

Hello welcome to our 3rd issue Summer has been absolutely wonderful so far lets hope it stays sunny for theentire shool holidays and longerTheres still plenty of festivals you can attend in August Lounge on the farm in Canterbury in just acouple of days Faversham Hop Fest and Feast fest at the end of the month along with endless localevents around Kent to keep your chldren or indeed yourselves entertained The good thing about usbeing online is that you can take us anywhere ) seaside coffee shop or your back garden if you likeThis month we have a wonderful giveaway from Brogdale Collections (details on a page 89) weinterviewed a founder of an inspiring ethical swimwear Ruby Moon along with articles from ourresident contributors and loads of other little readsif you find some time on your hand please dowrite to us we would love your feedback Thank you and see you next monthMon

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DIANA GIBBINS

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INTRODUCING ABIGAIL CLARKE

Hello To briefly introduce myself my name is Abi and I live in a quirkylittle townhouse in Rochester where I have resided for the past yearwith my boyfriend Daniel My friends tend to describe me as ldquokinda little daft and constantly missing the pointrdquo but hey Irsquom happy I work in the city as an InvestmentSecretary and the rest of my time is spent trialling new baking recipes and force feeding my boyfriend giggling with friends and family over endless bottles of Prosecco and seeking new walkingbiking coastal adventures at the weekend

INTRODUCING EMILY COOK

My name is Emily and I am a 21 yearold student at the University ofKent I recently graduated with aFirst Class BA (hons) in EnglishLanguage amp Linguistics and I willbe staying on at the University todo a Linguistics Masters I enjoy creative and journalisticwriting and hope to become amagazine editor in the future I am ahuge Doctor Who fan and I amlucky enough to have been offered aWork Experience placement atDoctor Who Magazine

After visiting street school in Kolkata India in the summer of 2011I set up the Kent-based charity lsquoKhushi Feetrsquo (wwwkhushifeetorguk) to raise money and awareness for these schools ndashone of our fundraising events last year was an attempt to break theworld record for the largest Bollywood dance I also have a musical side I play the Saxophone so I love listening toand playing jazz big band and swing

I am currently in the beginnings ofstarting up a cake business and havemy first few wedding jobs lined upthis year Dan has recently left hisfull time London job to run avideography business from homeso it is all happening in ourhousehold Do let us know if youhave a wedding birthday oranniversary coming up and we canoffer you a cracking discount

INTRODUCING ABIGAIL CLARKE

Hello To briefly introduce myself my name is Abi and I live in a quirkylittle townhouse in Rochester where I have resided for the past yearwith my boyfriend Daniel My friends tend to describe me as ldquokinda little daft and constantly missing the pointrdquo but hey Irsquom happy I work in the city as an InvestmentSecretary and the rest of my time is spent trialling new baking recipes and force feeding my boyfriend giggling with friends and family over endless bottles of Prosecco and seeking new walkingbiking coastal adventures at the weekend

INTRODUCING EMILY COOK

My name is Emily and I am a 21 yearold student at the University ofKent I recently graduated with aFirst Class BA (hons) in EnglishLanguage amp Linguistics and I willbe staying on at the University todo a Linguistics Masters I enjoy creative and journalisticwriting and hope to become amagazine editor in the future I am ahuge Doctor Who fan and I amlucky enough to have been offered aWork Experience placement atDoctor Who Magazine

After visiting street school in Kolkata India in the summer of 2011I set up the Kent-based charity lsquoKhushi Feetrsquo (wwwkhushifeetorguk) to raise money and awareness for these schools ndashone of our fundraising events last year was an attempt to break theworld record for the largest Bollywood dance I also have a musical side I play the Saxophone so I love listening toand playing jazz big band and swing

I am currently in the beginnings ofstarting up a cake business and havemy first few wedding jobs lined upthis year Dan has recently left hisfull time London job to run avideography business from homeso it is all happening in ourhousehold Do let us know if youhave a wedding birthday oranniversary coming up and we canoffer you a cracking discount

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

WIN A NATURALCOTTON BAG WITH OUR

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

ASOS LEVITATEBallet Flatspound2800

ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

CatwalkCollection BroguePump E Fitpound2500

MampS COLLECTIONCrochet Lace BallerinaPumps with InsoliaFlexregpound2500

FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

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in these gorgeousfeminine flats

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ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

CatwalkCollection BroguePump E Fitpound2500

MampS COLLECTIONCrochet Lace BallerinaPumps with InsoliaFlexregpound2500

FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

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in these gorgeousfeminine flats

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

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INTRODUCING ABIGAIL CLARKE

Hello To briefly introduce myself my name is Abi and I live in a quirkylittle townhouse in Rochester where I have resided for the past yearwith my boyfriend Daniel My friends tend to describe me as ldquokinda little daft and constantly missing the pointrdquo but hey Irsquom happy I work in the city as an InvestmentSecretary and the rest of my time is spent trialling new baking recipes and force feeding my boyfriend giggling with friends and family over endless bottles of Prosecco and seeking new walkingbiking coastal adventures at the weekend

INTRODUCING EMILY COOK

My name is Emily and I am a 21 yearold student at the University ofKent I recently graduated with aFirst Class BA (hons) in EnglishLanguage amp Linguistics and I willbe staying on at the University todo a Linguistics Masters I enjoy creative and journalisticwriting and hope to become amagazine editor in the future I am ahuge Doctor Who fan and I amlucky enough to have been offered aWork Experience placement atDoctor Who Magazine

After visiting street school in Kolkata India in the summer of 2011I set up the Kent-based charity lsquoKhushi Feetrsquo (wwwkhushifeetorguk) to raise money and awareness for these schools ndashone of our fundraising events last year was an attempt to break theworld record for the largest Bollywood dance I also have a musical side I play the Saxophone so I love listening toand playing jazz big band and swing

I am currently in the beginnings ofstarting up a cake business and havemy first few wedding jobs lined upthis year Dan has recently left hisfull time London job to run avideography business from homeso it is all happening in ourhousehold Do let us know if youhave a wedding birthday oranniversary coming up and we canoffer you a cracking discount

INTRODUCING ABIGAIL CLARKE

Hello To briefly introduce myself my name is Abi and I live in a quirkylittle townhouse in Rochester where I have resided for the past yearwith my boyfriend Daniel My friends tend to describe me as ldquokinda little daft and constantly missing the pointrdquo but hey Irsquom happy I work in the city as an InvestmentSecretary and the rest of my time is spent trialling new baking recipes and force feeding my boyfriend giggling with friends and family over endless bottles of Prosecco and seeking new walkingbiking coastal adventures at the weekend

INTRODUCING EMILY COOK

My name is Emily and I am a 21 yearold student at the University ofKent I recently graduated with aFirst Class BA (hons) in EnglishLanguage amp Linguistics and I willbe staying on at the University todo a Linguistics Masters I enjoy creative and journalisticwriting and hope to become amagazine editor in the future I am ahuge Doctor Who fan and I amlucky enough to have been offered aWork Experience placement atDoctor Who Magazine

After visiting street school in Kolkata India in the summer of 2011I set up the Kent-based charity lsquoKhushi Feetrsquo (wwwkhushifeetorguk) to raise money and awareness for these schools ndashone of our fundraising events last year was an attempt to break theworld record for the largest Bollywood dance I also have a musical side I play the Saxophone so I love listening toand playing jazz big band and swing

I am currently in the beginnings ofstarting up a cake business and havemy first few wedding jobs lined upthis year Dan has recently left hisfull time London job to run avideography business from homeso it is all happening in ourhousehold Do let us know if youhave a wedding birthday oranniversary coming up and we canoffer you a cracking discount

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

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ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

CatwalkCollection BroguePump E Fitpound2500

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

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in these gorgeousfeminine flats

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

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INTRODUCING ABIGAIL CLARKE

Hello To briefly introduce myself my name is Abi and I live in a quirkylittle townhouse in Rochester where I have resided for the past yearwith my boyfriend Daniel My friends tend to describe me as ldquokinda little daft and constantly missing the pointrdquo but hey Irsquom happy I work in the city as an InvestmentSecretary and the rest of my time is spent trialling new baking recipes and force feeding my boyfriend giggling with friends and family over endless bottles of Prosecco and seeking new walkingbiking coastal adventures at the weekend

INTRODUCING EMILY COOK

My name is Emily and I am a 21 yearold student at the University ofKent I recently graduated with aFirst Class BA (hons) in EnglishLanguage amp Linguistics and I willbe staying on at the University todo a Linguistics Masters I enjoy creative and journalisticwriting and hope to become amagazine editor in the future I am ahuge Doctor Who fan and I amlucky enough to have been offered aWork Experience placement atDoctor Who Magazine

After visiting street school in Kolkata India in the summer of 2011I set up the Kent-based charity lsquoKhushi Feetrsquo (wwwkhushifeetorguk) to raise money and awareness for these schools ndashone of our fundraising events last year was an attempt to break theworld record for the largest Bollywood dance I also have a musical side I play the Saxophone so I love listening toand playing jazz big band and swing

I am currently in the beginnings ofstarting up a cake business and havemy first few wedding jobs lined upthis year Dan has recently left hisfull time London job to run avideography business from homeso it is all happening in ourhousehold Do let us know if youhave a wedding birthday oranniversary coming up and we canoffer you a cracking discount

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

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CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

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We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

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BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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gorgeous feminineselection

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ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

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in these gorgeousfeminine flats

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

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Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

CatwalkCollection BroguePump E Fitpound2500

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

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gorgeous feminineselection

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in these gorgeousfeminine flats

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ASOS LEVITATEBallet Flatspound2800

ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

CatwalkCollection BroguePump E Fitpound2500

MampS COLLECTIONCrochet Lace BallerinaPumps with InsoliaFlexregpound2500

FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

Forget the heels becomfy and still look great

in these gorgeousfeminine flats

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

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Made in Kent YOUR LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL AUGUSTS BESTCOS LETTUCE RASPBERRIES PLUMS

Perfect for Caesar SaladsDRESSING 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 2 tbsp Olive Oil 60ml Yogurt Dash Tabasco Sauce Freshly ground black Pepper amp Salt

The diversity of antioxidantand anti-inflammatoryphytonutrients inraspberries is trulyremarkable and fewcommonly eaten fruits areable to provide us withgreater diversity

Certain health benefitingcompounds present in theplum fruits such as dietaryfiber sorbitol and isatinare known to help regulatethe functioning of thedigestive system andthereby relieveconstipation conditions

OUR PRECIOUS BRIGHTON READERS LETTER

The Kent Air Ambulance 30km amp100km24082014 - Ashford Kent -Charity Ride A charity cycle ride in aid of the KENT AIRAMBULANCE TRUST Take up the challenge of a30km (18 mile) or 100Km (62 mile) cycle ride Riding ongood quality roads with a feed station on the 100kmroute and all finishers will receive a medal

If you are heading to Brighton this summerlike thousands of others(amp we dont blameyou either) park your car at grand avenue further down along the seafront past all thecostly car parks if you lucky to find a spot itsa fiver for the day (11 hrs in fact)Breakfast on the beach 2 coffees amp a couple ofsandwiches will set you a pound10Dont try and resist a drink later on plenty ofbeach bars available for you to sip and chillChair hire on the beach is cheap as chips pound2 aday or pound4 for a loungerIts only a short walk into townif you doinglittle bit of shopping or planning to eatWe opted for tapas at CASA DONCARLOS on Union Street Very busy andpopular great atmosphere and food friendlyattentive staff and most importantly lovelytapasAmazing day Zoe from Bearsted

Please recommend your favourite places toothersSend us pictures and letters from your summer

adventures

FOR YOUR NEAREST FARMERS MARKET CHECK OUT

kfmaorguk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

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The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

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BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

ASOS LEVITATEBallet Flatspound2800

ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

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MampS COLLECTIONCrochet Lace BallerinaPumps with InsoliaFlexregpound2500

FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

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ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

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BRODALE COLLECTIONS23-24 AUGUST

ON 23 amp 24 AUGUSTBROGDALE COLLECTIONSWILL BE A PLACE TO BE

Festival will offer over 70DIFFERENT ARTISAN CIDERS ANDPERRYS across the weekend rangingfrom micro producers to some of thelarger artisan producers such as the KentCider Company KENT is starting to make a name for itself as aserious producer of top quality Cider The smallproducers in Kent are on the rise and have barrelsof new tastes and textures The main bar will berun by TIDDLY POMME who are based atBrogdale and make their own cider called WOOLLY PIG Other producers will be running minibars of their own Cider including the KENTCIDER COMPANY TURNERS CIDERBIDDENDEN VINEYARDS ANDLONDON GLIDER

A JUICING COMPETITION willdemonstrate how the traditional pulp and pressmethod stands against the strain method ofobtaining fresh apple juice The pulp and pressteam will be led by PETER EVELEIGHOF HARDWOOD CRAFTS who will beequipped with an electric mill and two manualpresses all of his own fabrication On the strainteam NEVIN STEWART AND CO willput two high performance juicers to the juiceand strain task GUIDED ORCHARD TOURS OFTHE NATIONAL FRUITCOLLECTION will run throughout theday both by foot and tractor trailer Thecollections preserve around 100 differentcider apple varieties all with individualcharacteristics which contribute to the tasteand texture of a cider

A complimentary shuttle bus will run fromFaversham Station to Brogdale throughout

the dayTHE FESTIVAL FOOD COURT is toinclude a BBQ Indian Cuisine Crepes Mexican andTwisted Chips Local produce and crafts will fill theMakers Tent and children will be entertained withgames kite flying storytelling and creative crafts

COMPETITION

BROGDALE COLLECTIONSare giving away a PAIR OF TICKETS to

this amazing cider festivalAll you have to do is count how manyapples there are in this issue of Maid

CloserEmail your answer to yourstorymaidcl

osercomThe winner will be announced on 1608

Tickets cost pound720 on a websiteor pound8 on the door Family ticket

only pound18wwwbrogdalecollectionscouk

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

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WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

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BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

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HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

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WHATS TICKINGby MicheleMcClarren

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring we find the best jobsbuy the best quality car within our price range including all the bits and bobsseek the greatest value for money when purchasing our first homeresearch to find the most affordable loan Tick off the checklist to ensure our boyfriend is idealforgetting that was our fantasy from Superman - Smallvillewe want the best seats in the house when we are out and aboutneed our friends to be loyal without a doubt We want so much of the highest qualitywhats all this over reliance on the economywe fuss and flutter about the latest hair style trendsand get caught up with whos dating the girl from the office called Jenso focused on dieting and then we over eat again Yawning when mum asks Are you ever gonna settle downis this not the same question we keep going around if I had time to stop and thinkto truth my brain would resemble the kitchen sinkthis is just too much DRINK Maybe the truth is I need to find timeto dedicate to myself before life chimesA place of peaceno questions or answers pleasetoday I will put as much effort into me

Made in Kent A THOUGHT ON

PLEASE TAKE OUR HOLIDAY SURVEY NOWJUST CLICK BELOW

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

WIN A NATURALCOTTON BAG WITH OUR

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For a chance to win this bag just subscribe toMaid Closer

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

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The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

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THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

MADE IN KENT EVENTS IN AUGUST

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

ASOS LEVITATEBallet Flatspound2800

ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

CatwalkCollection BroguePump E Fitpound2500

MampS COLLECTIONCrochet Lace BallerinaPumps with InsoliaFlexregpound2500

FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

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in these gorgeousfeminine flats

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ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

CatwalkCollection BroguePump E Fitpound2500

MampS COLLECTIONCrochet Lace BallerinaPumps with InsoliaFlexregpound2500

FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

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in these gorgeousfeminine flats

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

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THIS YEAR IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOP FESTIVAL AND WE WILLBE CELEBRATING IT IN STYLE

30-3108

A chance to take a look behind the scenesatChegworth Valleys home farm Guided

tours amp juice tastings For furtherinformation on the day amp to book your place

please click hereCHEGHWORTH VALLEY

Farm open daySunday 10th August

11am-4pm

FEAST FOOD FESTIVAL

Feast Festival comes to Mote ParkMaidstone AUGUST 23RD amp 24TH

2014 We will be showcasing food amp drinkfrom around the world with celebrity chefs

live

MEDIEVALFESTIVAL

23 AUG 2014 - 31AUG 2014

WEDDING FAYRE25 AUG 2014

Mercure Maidstone GreatDanes Hotel

Visit the hotel and see a variety ofexhibitors just waiting to help you plan

your perfect dayAdmission is free and everyone is

welcome We hope you can make it

0208YALDING

GREAT COMP SUMMER SHOWSATURDAY amp SUNDAY 9TH AND

10TH AUGUST 2014

Wersquore excited about this yearrsquos Summer Show ndash itrsquosour biggest event of the year and held at a time when

the garden is at its peak of colour

FRIENDS OFLEEDS amp

BROOMFIELDCHURCHES

LEEDSDURINGAUGUST

PICK YOUROWN PLUMS

CALL MIKE ON01622862916

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

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BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

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HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

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INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

HIGH STREET IS GREAT WE ALL LOVE IT DONT WE

But theres thousands of small home basedbusinesses who are trying to break through At the moment they do not stand a chanceto compete with big retailersThe cost - can we afford to buy cheap clothes Is price more important thanquality Would it be worth while if now and then say 30 of the time we shopwe shopped at small home based businessesConditions and pay - are they always ethical and legal Not soCan we all start helping each other by buying from each other

NEXT TIME YOU NEED A GIFT bag or a bracelet please consider itMaid Closer is on a HAND MADE MISSION Join in pls

BBQ BONNET HOT CHILLISAUCE pound350

BBQQ Bonnet combines our tangy BBQ Sauce withthe heat of the infamous Scotch Bonnet chilli to

provide a truly unique and hot BBQ sauce A greataddition to any BBQ or meat dish

Each bottle contains 150ml

FUZZY NAVEL - A popular blend ofpeach schnapps and orange juice withlemonade and a splash of vodka Fruity andfreshMedium Glass Jar Candle250 g pound15

SPORTS MASSAGE (12 HOUR)pound25

Anyone who does not specifically participate inexercise however in lifestyle activities are using theirbodies strenuously such as gardening mothers withchildren stressful and demanding occupations will

also greatly benefit from sports and therapeuticmassage therapy

Experience pure luxury with DEEP STEEPS fast-absorbing non-greasy DRY OIL BODYSPRITZER Addsupreme hydration to yourskin with CoconutPomegranate ApricotKernel and Olive Oils andawaken your senses withany of five deliciouslynatural fragrances in therange pound1295

5 TREATS FOR THESUMMER

ESME AND THE SAILOR makeunique items to beautify yourhome A collaboration between up-cycleddecoupage and button inspired items whichcan be customised to your own design andstunning paper cuttings by Johnathan which are created as one off bespoke art works Home picture pound7Paper cuttings from pound50

BENECOS CREAMYFOUNDATION is a radiantliquid creamy foundation Naturalingredients of Organic Shea Butterand Sweet Almond Oil gives yourskin moisture and nourishmentBenecos Creamy Liquid Foundationgives a smooth even coverage with aflawless matte finish Vegan pound895

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

INTRODUCING RUBYMOON SWIMWEARWe talked to Jo Godden its founder

1 How would you describe your business in 3 wordsSustainable ethical swimwear 2 What would be the longer description and what is your missionWe design make and sell sustainable swimwear to fundwomens micro finance in developing nations because funding women makes fundamental positive change in poor communitiesOur mission is to become the sustainable swimwear brand of choice and invest in thousands of women entrepreneurs around the world Women helping women 3 When and how did Ruby Moon begin its life2011 we formed a community interest company called RubyMoon Design CIC 4 What do you think of the fashion industry as it is todayIn a word - horrific We are manufacturing and purchasing four times as many items of clothing thanwe did in the 1980s The majority of these garments subscribe to the fast fashion ethos of low qualityfast turnover fodder that ends up in landfill In the process this exploits the sewers trapped in low wageslave employment and creates serious environmental pollution of water supplies It simply has to stop 5 If you had unlimited powers how would you change itThere are three easy steps to making clothing sustainable particularly if we continue to manufactureoverseasA All workers in the clothing industry must be paid a living wage not the living wage determined bygovernments but one that people can actually live and raise a family on This does not cost as much asyou think it doesB All raw materials must be produced and certified as clean in terms of their origin and processesEventually we will be able to use close loop manufacturing whereby we re-use every synthetic andnatural fibre again and again C All of the above must be certified by full-time western employees based in the countries ofmanufacture and certified independently without corruption Its time for retailers and consumers towake up and take responsibility for the true cost of what we wear

6 Ruby Moon sells really distinctive and great looking swimwear do you work withother people on these or do you design yourselfRubyMoon is a really collaborative business We work with lots of different people who love what wedo Going forward we have had some wonderful prints given to us by Sarah Arnett who is awonderful imaginative illustrator 7 Could we expect and look forward to new lines next summer season 2015We are working on two new capsule collections called BEACHLUXE and SPORTLUXE The latter isan exciting watersports and swimsuit line that is receiving a great response All our materials arerecycled and we are extending into beach accessories with another European partner which is trulyexcitingWe are having a lot of fun with making great products out of materials destined for landfill 8 Please tell me what your life motto isMake a positive difference 9 And lastly how can our readers help other women out there create a better life for themselves If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem How we spend our money is one of the only ways left we have of making real change You may feel despair at times but small changes you make will make a difference Buy ethically or secondhand And empower women through investing in them as entrepreneurs as we do through

lendwithcareorg To purchase rubymoon swimwear visitwwwrubymoonorguk MAID CLOSER supports handmade amp

home made products as well as ethical ampfairtrade fashion accessories and food

If you would like to support our HANDMADE MISSION

please get in touch todayyourstorymaidclosercom

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ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

CatwalkCollection BroguePump E Fitpound2500

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FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

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ASOS JESSIEEspadrillespound1200

CatwalkCollection BroguePump E Fitpound2500

MampS COLLECTIONCrochet Lace BallerinaPumps with InsoliaFlexregpound2500

FLATS AND PUMPS FOR UNDER pound30

PARISIAN CHIC (ROLLASOLES)pound1195

SEA BLUESEQUINS(ROLLASOLES)pound1295

Forget the heels be comfyand still look great in these

gorgeous feminineselection

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SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

REJUVENATE YOUR SKINBODY AND SOUL THIS

SUMMER We are now full swing into the summer season and areall undeniably spending much more of our timeoutdoors but heat sun cream late nights and one toomany Prosecco picnics are causing underlying havoc onour skin and bodies

1 MAKE A HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB Mix together olive oil and salt in a recycled jartub until you have your preferredconsistency Gently scrub all over in circular motions and rinse off Repeat this 2-3 timeseach week to loosen up any dead skin cells and unclog pores 2 AVOID OIL BASED MOISTURISERS AND FOUNDATION 3 ALWAYS CLEANSE AND TONE MORNING AND NIGHT(ESPECIALLY NIGHT) 4 MAKE SOME DIY COOLING CUCUMBER EYE PADS

After an evening of wine and luxury we tend to wake up to puffy dull eyes Try thesemagic de-puffing eye pads They are natural and made from cucumber which hascooling properties and is proven to reduce puffiness

TRY THESE SIMPLE EASY STEPS ANDUPDATE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME TOSUIT THE SUMMER AND SAVE YOUR

SKIN

METHOD- Remove the cucumber skin slice the cucumber and blitzin the blender until liquid - Strain the juice into a small bowl and discard anyleftover pulp - Dip the eye pads into the cucumber juice and dab offthe excess - Place the pads in a zip lock bag and chill in the freezer - Once chilled lie down and place on the eyes for 20minutes for tight awakened eyes

5

Release the tension and stress in every muscle of your body at Kate Ashleyrsquos Rooted in Yoga class held at the St George Hotel and other local venues in Rochester An hour of Katersquos practice will leave you feeling happy energised and free ofany aches Follow httpswwwfacebookcomRootedInYoga to keep up to datewith her timetable and occasional free classes by the castle

INGREDIENTSTOOLS1 cucumberKnifeBlenderStrainerBowlCotton wool eye padsZip lock bags

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

The characters are fools the set arefaulty and the graphics are not goodBut classic British sit-coms got comedyspot on Modern British television comedy doesnrsquot make me laugh Itmakes me smile ndash it may even make me tweet LOL ndash but itrarely makes me actually laugh out loud Comedy dramas are toooften unfunny the story lines are predictable and the charactersare idiots (most of the time) However go back 30-odd yearsreplace the idiots with fools and you have one of the best comedysitcoms ever created Of course Irsquom talking about Only Fools AndHorses Only Fools along with other classic British sitcoms suchas Fawlty Towers and The Good Life are still loved in 2014 just asmuch as they were in the 70s and 80s They clearly did somethingright I believe the success of these programmes is down to three thingsmagnified characterisation impeccable comic timing andcarefully crafted story lines Classic British sitcoms gave us some of the best loved televisioncharacters of all time However in the nicest possible way thesecharacters are failures Take Basil Fawlty although the managerof a respectable hotel he can never seem to do anything rightLaughing at his failures distracts us from crying about our ownMore than characters these people are caricatures They areexaggerated representations of character types we can relate to In real life these caricatures would be most frustrating people tolive with particularly Margot Leadbetter the no nonsense primand proper suburban housewife par excellence

But on screen they are our dearest friends Despite theirfailures they prove time and time again that they have bighearts and we canrsquot help but love themThe talented actors and actresses who brought all ourfavourite characters to life are far funnier than any moderncomedians I have ever encountered They have numerouscommendable qualities but it is their comic timing inparticular which deserves applause These actors know exactlyhow long to wait for laughs before continuing with their nextline They know just how long to hold a facial expressionThey are so in tune with one another that they create theperfect ensemble This impeccable comic timing can result inphysical comedy which is nothing less than hilarious BasilFawltyrsquos silly German walk and Del Trotter falling throughthe open bar flap Need I say more I am laughing justthinking about these scenes The comedic situations these characters find themselves in arethe work of extremely cleverly crafted story lines The qualityof the script writing is consistently high in every episode ofclassic sitcoms and as a result so is the comedy Specialmention should go to the late John Sullivan (writer of OnlyFools And Horses) who was a genius at creating scripts full ofunpredictable twists satisfyingly bringing a story arc togetherOften the story lines spend half an hour building up to theclimatic final few moments of an episode Yet these momentsnever disappoint In fact they are even better on second thirdand fourth viewing Yes classic British sitcoms look dated but their content istimeless They are the definition of comedy and will nevercease to be funny Modern British television comedy has notyet managed to produce anything in the same league and tobe honest I donrsquot think it ever will Luckily I am more thanhappy to watch repeats of Only Fools And Horses Fawlty Towers and The Good Life over and over again They distract mefrom the stress of modern life and absorb me into an audiencewhere no one has time to tweet LOL because everyone is toobusy laughing out loud

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

ALBERTOS NUTRITION CORNER

The power of Greens The power of green foods and its healing properties has beenrecognized throughout history What is the common property that all green plants share Itschlorophyll the substance that makes plants appear green Evensome citrus fruits contain at least some chlorophyll The greener theplant the more chlorophyll there is in it In a nutshell here are some of the properties and actions of chlorophyll

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DRINK ACUP OF COFFEE

1 It all started with dancinggoatslegend has itethiopiansheperd noticed how strangethe goats behaved after eatingcoffee berries

2 Coffee berries are picked dried andstripped down untill all thats left is agreen bean Once shipped the beans areroasted at around 500FT260 CelsiusAfter a few minutes the bean will popand double in size After that the beanwill pop once more and it means thebean is ready to fulfill its destiny

With over 400 billion cups consumed every yearcoffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks

- 10 minutes - caffeine enters thebloodstream heart rate and bloodpressure begin to rise- 20 minutes - increasedconcentrations becoming more alert- 30 minutes - athletic abilityincreased- up to 4 hours - fat burning (evenwhen sitting down)- up to 6 hours - feeling goodCoffee can take anywhere between 2-12hours to start wearing off- 12-24 hours widthdrawalsymptoms

SIDE EFFECTS - whendrinking more than 4 cups day- insomnia- nervousnes- restlessness- stomach upset- fast heartbeat- muscle twitches and spasms- dehydration- headaches

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEERecent research indicates thatcoffee may not be so bad after all- Antioxidants- Coffee may protect against type 2diabetes- Coffee may help preventParkinsons disease- Coffee may lower the risk of livercancer and liver disease

3 Regular black coffee(without milk or cream)has a very low caloriecount A typical cup ofblack coffee onlycontains around 2caloriesHowever if you addsugar and milk thecalorie count can shootup

KEEP IT BLACK Ths will keep itsantioxidant qualities intactGo for organic fair trade coffeeConsider small local independent cafe beforewell known coffee shop chains

2-3 cups of coffeeis pretty safe and

possibly beneficial

It takes 42 coffeebeans to make an

espresso

Purification Stops bacterial growth inwounds anaerobic yeast andfungi in the digestive tract Eliminates bad breath andbody odours Removes and counteractsdrug depositstoxins andmetals from the bodydeactivates manycarcinogens

Anti-inflammation Combats the followinginflammationsSore throatGingivitis Stomach and intestinalinflammationUlcers Skin inflammationsArthritis Pancreatitis

Renewal Builds bloodRenew tissues Counteracts radiationPromotes healthy intestinalfloraBetter liver functionActivates enzymes toproduce vitamins

Certain algae especially the micro-algae spirulina chlorella and wild-blue green containmore chlorophyll than any other foodsWe will delve deeper into micro-algae analysis in the next article introducing the uniquenutritional advantages and benefits of consuming it

ALBERTO CONVERSANO is a qualified personal fitness instructor and nutritionistcontact him at albertconvgmailcom - 07721184391

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WHAT HAPPENS IN AND AROUND MEDWAY

Now in its second year LOVE SHEPPEY X is an event day aimed atbringing together professional quality artists crafts people and local

community organisations from or relating to Sheppey and the surroundingarea

The event will take place at Bartonrsquos Point Coastal Park on SATURDAY23RD AUGUST FROM 11AM UNTIL 5 PM And no matter

what the August weather throws at exhibitors it will all still go aheadthanks to a weather proof marquee

The flea is a mixture of arthandmade bric a brac antiques furniturejewellery vintage vintage clothes cameras records books etc as well as

delicious Swedish Cakes and Bakes and is held on the last Saturday of themonth at the Gordon Hotel in Rochester and entry is FREE We often have

impromptu music and busking too

ALICE THROUGH THELOOKING GLASS

The story of Through the Looking-Glassis a real family favourite following Alices

fantastical adventures in the strangeworld she enters through the mirrorabove her drawing-room fireplace

14 AUGUST UPNOR CASTLEBOX OFFICE 0845 450 5157

ROCHESTER FLEA MARKET 30 AUGUST

WHAT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ELSE

THE LUNA CINEMA AT THE ROCHESTER CASTLE 25 amp 26SEPTEMBERBOOK NOW

Gladiator amp Mama MiaOn the banks of the river Medway sits Rochester Castle - a medieval fort boasting a 12th century keepconsidered one of the best preserved in the country The castle grounds will make a wonderful setting

to enjoy two nights of cinema under the stars this summer

Great food great music greattimes BIG FEASTIVAL 29-31 AUGUST KINGHAM THE

COSTWOLDSA festival of first-class food and top-

notch live music raising funds for theJamie Oliver Food Foundation Booknow tickets are selling with the speed

of light

Over the last 11 years leading female comedybrand Funny Women has searched thelength and breadth of the UK and Ireland to

find the best new female comic talent10 acts will perform in front of a panel of

industry judges to decide who will be crownedFunny Women Award winner 2014 and

announce the winners of the Comedy Writingand Comedy Shorts Awards

22 SEPTEMBER

3 DAYS - 90 AUTHORSBrowse through over 70 events Literary

Walks a Kidsfest Workshops SpeedPitching and Book Bites and plan your

visit to the Festival

CAMDEN BEACH

NW1 isnt usually on the list of coastal getaways butthanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse

Camden Beach is returning this summer with 900square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150

tonnes of sand Till 24 august

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

LET US KNOW YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT MAIDCLOSER

SUGGESTIONS STORIES OR LETTERS PLEASE GETINVOLVED BY FILLING IN THE FORM BELOW THANK

YOU3 eggs37g coconut flour52g melted coconut oil85g honey40g dark chocolate with hazelnuts (forease I bought a bar of dark chocolatewith hazelnuts from Aldirsquos - goodquality and reasonable)12 teaspoon vanilla extract12 teaspoon salt2-5 tablespoons of water (optionalreplacement milk or almond milk)12 teaspoon baking powder (glutenfree preferred)

METHOD1Heat the oven to 190deg and line the muffin tray withcupcake cases2Whisk or beat the eggs well and then stream in themelted coconut oil whilst continuing to whisk 3Add salt and vanilla and mix until combined 4Add the honey and continue beating5Mix the coconut flour and baking powder in aseparate bowl before combining with the wet mixture6Add the watermilk one tablespoon at a time Thecoconut flour absorbs the liquid very easily I usuallyend up using about 4 tablespoons of water7Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts spooninto the cupcake cases and bake for about 15 to 18minutes The muffins will be a little golden on topwhen ready

PALEO LOW CARBCHOCOLATE HAZELNUT

MUFFINS

This recipe involves coconut flour (mynew love) a little bit goes a long way andit creates fluffy textured muffins INGREDIENTS (makes 6-7muffins)

Abigail makes beautiful ampdelicious cakes to order

Weddings BirthdaysAnniversaries

For more info amp to order a cake callAbi on 07944832816

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

OUT 28 AUGUST

SEPTEMBERS ISSUE IS OUTON 28TH OF AUGUST

INTRODUCING OLIVIA ampMICHELE

THINK ECOTHINKNATURALTHINK ORGANIC

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATIONYET

MORE FROM MAID CLOSERS HANDMADE MISSION

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Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

Super nanny OliviaWorthington tells MaidCloser how not tostruggle through thesummer season As the summer sets in and the school bell rings thechildren who have just spent weeks weltering inthe class room run out with glee letting out adelightful squeal of excitement as they strip offtheir grass stained frilly socks and make lassos outof their schools ties that were beginning to feelmore like nooses The teachers gobble back theirhard earned milk trays as they pop the top off acold beverage as they wind in to relax mode thenervous parents wait at the school gates theirthroats thickening and drops of perspirationgather on their foreheads as they brace themselvesfor a whole six week of chaos costs and cleaning Childcare is extremely costly these days but doingit yourself can amount to a pretty large sum alsoItrsquos estimated that most families spend on averagebetween pound300- pound450 extra pounds over thesummer holiday period on children entertainmentBut when the budgetrsquos tight how can children beentertained for free As a nanny I have become pretty savvy at creatingcheap entertainment for children of a variety ofdifferent ages and I have realised that mostactivities can be adapted according to age andability In all honesty children are pretty simplethe one thing that they all crave in equal measureis attention On top of this they thrive when met with creativityand enthusiasm So when dealing with children allyou need to remember is to be ACE- attentivecreative and enthusiastic

Yes they might just be walking along a wall butmeet this simple act with as much enthusiasmas they were walking along the great wall ofchina on their hands and this simple exercisewill be enjoyed time and time again That leads me to the next tip about childrenThe best way to while away the hours is to keepthem engaged in whatever activity they aredoing for as long as possible Donrsquot simply tell them to colour give them atask to keep them interested Tell them tomake a card challenge them for example ifthey canrsquot write then draw them dots and getthem to join them up This will keep themengaged in the task for longer and they will feela great sense of achievement for completingsomething they couldnrsquot do before Children are extremely creative The best way toentertain children is to think of their level Yes to you and I a blanket draped over the backof two chairs is just making a mess which youwill inevitably need to clean up later but to achild it is a fortress to keeping out scarymonsters it is a haven for them to rule asQueen and princesses over the land or to plottheir next war against the Dragon Kingdom

By utilising their imagination even the most menial tasks can be completed with exuberantexcitement Take cooking dinner for example put an apron on the child and get them to do it with you talk themthrough the process so they feel involved and pretend they are a chef in a top restaurant The process might take twice as long but they will be amused and a lot more likely to finish theirmeal Another great way to make the boring brilliant is to make it in to a competition This worksparticularly well when there is more than one child You arenrsquot just tidying up the pens you arehaving a tidying up the pens race can you clean up all the pens in under a minute Ready steadygooooo and the pens are cleared in double-speed Drawing on siblingrsquos competitive nature can beparticularly useful when trying to tire them outMake them have running races in the garden or swimming races in the pool If something is acompetition they will try twice as hard at it and for twice as long and the bonus is the more tired thechildren become the more relaxation time for you I like to think of my day as an hour full-on and anhour off obviously not literally as the beauty of children is that the only thing you can predict them tobe is unpredictable but if you provide and hour of full action and enthusiasm then the children willburn themselves out and this will happily be followed by an hour of sedate colouring vegging orquietly playing (hopefully) but donrsquot get too comfortable like this as it will only ever be for enoughtime to recharge their batteries and then the Duracell bunnies will be bouncing off the walls oncemore So there we are The best way to handle children over the summer holidays is to be completely and utterly totally ACE- ATTENTIVE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC

SCHOOLS OUT FORSUMMER GULP

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

WE WANT YOUR CHILDRENS CREATIONSTHIS MONTH

Get your little ones to draw paint and be creative and thenemail us their pictures

Our judging panel will pick the winner and we will publishthe artwork on our front page plus there will be a little

surprise for the winnerAges 4-11

Come on get involved

AUGUSTacuteSCOMPETITION

KENTISHOASTS BY TIM

STEVENS

I am a Hawkhurst based artist specialising in oil paintings of locally inspiredlandscape scenes

Loving the bright summer colours in the fields between the local villages -withthe changing crop colours through the seasons - my latest series of pictures

depict Kentish Oast houses in bright summer scenes

Please contact Tim for furtherinformation via

stephens1912btinternetcom orfind my collection on facebook at

lsquoNjS artrsquo

Prices from - pound75

ARTISTacuteS PROFILE

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

TAKE YOUR KIDS take your kidsFAMILY FRIENDLYHOTELS

CYPRUSSTILL THINKING

LONDA HOTELLIMASSOLPrivate sheltered beachcomplimentary watersportsaccessories babysitter on calland free cots for babiesWonderful

GERMANY

ULRICHSHOF MUNICH

Europes first baby and kinder resortActivities such as horse ridingorganic cuisine adventureplaygrounds petting zoo and indoorplayroom Loads to do HOTEL MASCAGNI

ROME Four star charming hotel perfectfor a break with your bambinoKids get free colouring books onarrival access to games consolesand theres a special menu in therestaurant for fussy eaters

VILLA PIATUSCANY

Nestled at the foot of themedieval castle of Lippiano withpostcard-perfect Tuscan views itis a magical place for adults andchildren alikeTheres a sandpit a trampolinea lovely playground area and acool indoor soft play room Cotsbed rails highchairs potties andbaby crockery and cutlery areprovided

ITALY

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS The Blooming Green flower plot at Loddington Farm nearLinton will be open every Friday afternoon from midday until5pm for the rest of the summer through to October 10 2014 wwwbloominggreenflowerscouk

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS August 910 1617 23-25 amp3031 Hever Castle The summer season of jousting tournaments begins Thebrave Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at theannual Jousting Tournament Witness spectacular displays ofaction stunts falls and fights in an authentic arena completewith Royal Box wwwhevercastlecouk

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN at Buckmore Park KartCircuit Family Days 10 amp 25 August Buckmore Park Kart Circuit have a variety of Turn Up lsquonrsquo Drivekarting running throughout the summer holidays for variousages from 4 years and overwwwbuckmore4kidscouk

BRITAIN GOES TO WARWWI ACTIVITY WEEKEND Take part in wartime activities to commemorate the Great WarCentenary with Maidstone Borough Council Free drop-in (someactivities may incur a small charge) Please note activities will be from 1200 - 400 on Sunday 10August wwwmuseummaidstonegovuk

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