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Picking blackberries

The best time for blackberries

August and September is the time for picking delicious blackberriesthe RSPB tells us why

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The Waverny River Centre

A nature adventure

Get back to basics, or not so basic, with a family break on the Norfolk Broads which caters for both hardcore campers or high-brow glampers. Nick Roberts visits the Waveney River Centre

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EXG SEPT 14 COMP

Win a four-night stay for four in a luxury lodge

Essex Life has joined forces with Wakes Hall Lodges at Wakes Colne near Colchester to offer one lucky reader a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a four-night stay in a two-bedroom luxury lodge for up to four people.

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EXG SEPT 14 MR DREW

A class act

As the slightly eccentric deputy head of a Harlow comprehensive in Educating Essex, Stephen Drew became something of a celebrity. He has now set himself the aim of transforming Brentwood County High, where he is now head, into an ‘Outstanding’ school. Pat Parker asked him how he plans to do it

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EXG SEPT 14 DINING OUT

Dining out at… Intimo fresco, Maldon

WITH an impressive frontage right in the heart of the town centre of Maldon, Intimo Fresco also has a stylish interior which doesn’t let the side down, with large swirling red and black florals, dark wood furniture and leather chairs. On the lunchtime I visited the sunshine was out and so I chose to walk through to an enclosed courtyard at the back of the building to dine. With a decking floor and parasol tables, it was quite a suntrap and perfect for enjoying some authentic Italian cuisine. As I sipped my Salento Bianco from the Puglia region of Italy, I checked out the lunch menu — a very reasonable £12.95 for two courses. Five different starters including a delicious-sounding mozzarella in carrozza, fried and sliced bread, stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, anchovies and basil then topped with wild rocket salad and Parmesan. Deciding that might be a bit heavy for me, I opted instead for the melanzana Parmiggiana, which is sliced aubergine oven-baked with tomato, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. It arrived bubbling hot and the garlicky aroma made my mouth water instantly. There was so much intensity from such simple ingredients, which is what I love about good Italian cuisine.

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EXG SEPT 14 COLCHESTER

Building for the future in Colchester

In the first of a series of features looking at the redevelopment of some of the county’s major towns and cities, Essex Life looks at the changing face of Colchester and how it will be shaped during the next decade

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Perfect Eyeliner by Holly Bridges at Scarlett and Stone

Step by step... Perfect Eyeliner

Holly Bridges of Scarlett and Stone in Dunmow guides us through how to achieve perfectly lined eyes

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Fishpools

Be Inspired... Heavenly soft furnishings

Furnishings may be a final touch, but they can be a crucial element to a room, providing comfort and

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Chef Makrum Ali Kazim outside The Roslin Beach Hotel

Here’s cooking with you… Makrum Ali Kazim at The Roslin Beach Hotel

Makrum Ali Kazim describes how he sees stars when dreaming of his ultimate goal, the joys of cooking for local sporting royalty and the day he put sugar into the wrong sort of cake! Words by Stephanie Mackentyre

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The Treatment Rooms, Maison Talbooth

Step back, relax and indulge

Sometimes the school ‘holidays’ can actually be our most stressful time as it becomes more difficult to balance the demands of home life and work life. So why not take some time out just for you and re-charge the batteries?

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Red Kangaroo. Image provided with kind permission of Tourism Western Australia.

Perth Perfection

Exploring far-flung destinations to delight, Rebecca Underwood offers an insight into why Perth is a perfect stop off as part of any Australian expedition

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Naturals Elemis No Line

Beauty Review

Holly Eells visits Naturals Health and Beauty in Great Dunmow to experience a life-refreshing facial.

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Charfleet Farm, c.1930

Island of dreams

Living with the seais at the heart of Canvey Island’s heritage and this historic connection to the sea has certainly left its mark on the island in more ways than one, as Petra Hornsby discovers

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The Dogs Trust rehoming centre near Basildon does some important work to support and train the dogs in its care.

TRUE vs TOWIE: Woman’s best friend

Penny Fordham compares the True (The Real Unexplored Essex) with TOWIE

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EXG AUG 14 COop

Sole Man

Away from the fields of our splendid countryside, farmers of the sea have trawled our coastline to bring home fresh fish for centuries. Clacton’s Ken Green shares his tales of the sea

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Neil Hewitt

Promotional Feature: Investing in your Future

Neil Hewitt, chartered and certified financial planner at Scrutton Bland, shares his expert insight into the world of investing for your retirement

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Sybilla Hart

Capital to Country: Paradise Lost

Sybilla Hart reflects on motherhood and the Essex countryside

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EXG AUG 14 HOME TRUTHS

Home Truths

Paul Beresford, chairman of Beresfords, shares his views on buying new

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One of the Bridge boys with two of his sisters

Our Wartime Heroes

Writer and historian Keith Gregson reveals the Essex interest in his recent work, A Tommy in the family, published on the centenary of the outbreak of World War I

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Colchester Castle Museum

10 ideas to entertain your family

Essex Life brings you 10 great ideas to entertain your family this summer

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