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28 minutes ago

Frinton has been considered one of the county’s most special seaside destinations for decades. Petra Hornsby takes a look at what makes Frinton such a good bet for both visitor and resident

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32 minutes ago
EXG MAY 15 ARTS PAGE

As the most recently opened gallery in Essex, the Sentinel Gallery is set to raise a few eyebrows as it stages an exhibition of nudes. Assistant curator, Tilly Worth, reveals more to Caroline Foster

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38 minutes ago
Switzerland. get natural.
Lavaux, the wine-growing region on Lake Geneva, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Hiking through the vineyards at Rivaz, Canton Vaud.

Schweiz. ganz natuerlich.
Lavaux, das Weinbaugebiet am Genfersee, gehoert zum UNESCO-Welterbe. Wandern durch die Weinberge bei Rivaz, Kanton Waadt.

Suisse. tout naturellement.
Lavaux, region viticole sur les bords du Lac Leman classee au patrimoine naturel de l'humanite par l'UNESCO. Randonnee dans les vignobles pres de Rivaz, canton de Vaud.

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Charmed by the peaceful heartbeat of Geneva, Rebecca Underwood picks out some of the highlights of this stunning city and raises a glass to its beauty

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Monday, April 20, 2015
EXG MAY 15 RAYLEIGH

After experiencing something of a population surge in the 1960s, Rayleigh has been developing ever since. Petra Hornsby discovers more about the town and some of its more famous features

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Monday, April 20, 2015
EXG MAY 15  BLUEBELL WALKS

One of the great pleasures of an Essex spring is wandering among the lakes of bluebells that suddenly spill out in April and May through many local woods. Here are four of the county’s best spots for a springtime stroll courtesy of Pheobe Taplin

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Homes & Gardens

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chris Mills and his wife Maggie knew they had an historic treasure when they bought Wisemans in Great Waltham, but this Grade II* listed home held yet more secrets

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Monday, April 13, 2015
Admiring the flower display

As the world’s most prestigious horticultural event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, opens later this month, Philippa Pearson looks at the latest gardening trends and who’s exhibiting from Essex

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Monday, March 30, 2015
The sunken Italin Garden

The restored historic gardens at Easton Lodge near Great Dunmow are looked after by an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Philippa Pearson finds out more and also helps out with the digging

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APR 15 NGS GARDENS

A record number of 80 Essex gardens will be opening across the county this year as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Here Susan Copeland, NGS County Organiser, reveals some of the highlights, from private gardens not usually open to the lavish landscapes of stately homes, plus 23 exciting new gardens opening for the first time in 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APR 15 TTK

When Colin and Christine Thompson bought Highfields in Coggeshall, they knew they were buying something with potential, but had they really unearthed a hidden gem? Pat Bramley explains more

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Style

Friday, March 6, 2015

Taking the time and the care to look after our own health is something that can be easily forgotten in the rush of a busy lifestyle, but maybe now is the time to make it a number 1 priority

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Friday, February 13, 2015
Why not enjoy a relaxing spa day ahead of your big day?

One Skin in Riverdell Village in Maldon is a beautiful spa and the perfect place to make final preparations before the big day.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
EXG FEB 15 HEALTH

Looking for some down time in the build up to the big day or need some health and beauty solutions? Petra Hornsby discovers how Clarice House in Colchester has the answers

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Friday, January 16, 2015
Inside TC2 Salon in Maldon

Holly Eells speaks to Jane Crane from TC2 hair salon in Maldon

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Purple trousers, £89, with matching sequin top, £79, and purple shoes with bow, £95, all by Jacques Vert and from Quadrant. Silver, gold and peridot earrings, £125, and daisy pearl necklace, £345, both by Marisa Arna Jewellery. Christmas tree, from Christmas Wrapped Up By The Easters and Christmas decorations by The Willows Flowers

Essex Life gets dressed up for Christmas with this stylish collection for festive looks on show at Wakes Hall Lodges in Wakes Colne

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Food & Drink

44 minutes ago

Old romantic Julie Rooke tells Essex Life why even with years of baking behind her she can still burn herself and drop the best of sponges, plus how she woos her husband with comfort food

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Monday, April 20, 2015
EXG MAY 15 Producers

LAMBTON & Jackson began trading last year, but its smokehouse is already making a big impression among lovers of smoked seafood. Raised in the Maldon area, Sean Jackson has been smoking fish professionally since leaving school more than a decade ago. However, the dream of running his own artisan smokehouse only became a reality after joining entrepreneurial forces with Darcy Lambton. Both men have extensive contacts in the restaurant world, so the tie-up makes plenty of commercial sense.

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Monday, April 13, 2015
EXG MAY 15 RECIPE DUKES

Sous chef Marcin Kowalik has worked with Justin and Liz Flodman at The Duke’s Head in Hatfield Broad Oak for the past four years. He moved to the UK 14 years ago and worked in Soho House in London before moving to the village. ‘One of my favourite dishes to prepare is slow-cooked Chiltern lamb shank, with sweet potato mash, pearl barley, celeriac and pancetta ragout,’ says Marcin. Here he shares his recipe for fresh mussels with a pleasing kick…

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
EXG APR 15 Recipe Mutton

For 33 years, Roger Underwood has worked in the catering industry, initially training as an army and now head chef at the Shoulder of Mutton in Fordham. Originally from South Worcestershire, Roger came out of the army and worked in Michelin-stared hotels in London and the Cotswolds before settling in Essex. ‘I worked in London for 10 years and finally moved out to Essex for a quieter pace of life,’ he says. At the Shoulder of Mutton he is kept busy with a restaurant and tea room and this summer they will also be offering picnic basket lunches for people to enjoy while sitting by the pretty riverbank setting of the River Colne.

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Monday, March 30, 2015
EXG APR 15 Recipe Bosworth

Bosworth’s is the latest venue to come under the tea cosy-style umbrella of the Tiptree Tearooms and Le’Anne Grabowski is head chef. All the team at Bosworth’s have skills in the kitchen and front of house too. ‘We have a team of five and we all take turns to cook, so whichever part of the restaurant is busy, we can all help,’ says Le’Anne. Le’Annne also trained as a pastry chef at the Westminster Kingsway College in Victoria and her family ran the popular tearooms for almost 10 years before Tiptree came along. Here Le’Anne shares her recipe for a delicious, traditional dessert

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People

Monday, April 20, 2015

Jackie Callow is passionate about organic skincare and, after five years of research and experimentation, she has taken this obsession to the next level by setting up Earthzest Organics. She is committed to providing the best organic skincare on the market and she makes everything by hand ensuring that it’s 100% organic and 100% cruelty-free. Jackie is passionate about animal welfare and it’s essential that none of her ingredients contain animal derivatives or have been tested on animals. When Jackie isn’t working, she enjoys keeping fit, spending time with friends and family as well as helping to organise Essex Mind, Body & Soul holistic events.

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Monday, April 13, 2015
EXG MAY 15 Peter Frimin

Harwich-born Peter Firmin, famously the co-creator of Ivor The Engine, the Clangers and Bagpuss, speaks to Pat Parker in what the 86-year-old says will be his last ever interview

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Monday, March 30, 2015
EXG APR 15 Meet The Head

Head of St Cedd’s School in Chelmsford, Dr Pamela Edmonds, has not strayed from her chosen career path, although her journey has offered plenty of scope to travel the world

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APRIL 15 OLLY MURS

Six years on from his rise to stardom via The X Factor, Witham’s Olly Murs has seen his star continue to rise. Holly Eells went to meet the Essex boy everyone loves to love

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