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Honour your Ceiling

I was once told, when walking outside, ‘look up’. Great advice; all that aesthetic beauty to see, instead of uneven paving. Why then, inside our homes, do we give so little attention to the humble ceiling? A well-decorated ceiling can elevate a room, giving it that ‘wow’ factor. It provides an opportunity to add layers, to enhance your chosen scheme, and to be as bold as your creativity allows. The belief that a white ceiling makes a room look taller is often a misconception unless you seek the all-white minimalist look. I recently completed the smallest bathroom redesign imaginable, and, by painting walls and ceiling in the same non-white colour, I successfully blurred their boundaries. The result is a bathroom, not limited by its modest proportions and which feels spacious and harmonious. Ceiling fashion has changed over time, from the elaborate ceilings of the renaissance periods to ‘swirled’ or ‘stippled’ artex, woodchip and, heaven forbid, polystyrene tiles of the 70’s and 80’s! Today’s smooth ceilings bring a myriad of opportunities with a little imagination. Cornicing, …

Pets corner: Living with a bossy cat

Most of us are familiar with the horrendous yowls and screams that are the soundtrack to fighting felines. Cats will occasionally scrap for territory or access to resources they value but especially bossy cats will rule other cats in the neighbourhood (aka “Topcat’s Yard”) with an iron paw. Having established itself as the cat ‘in charge’ it takes only a hard stare to warn other cats what follows if they do not defer. These are the cats that can also turn the desire to control with violence onto their human owners. In an earlier article I explored how inappropriate handling in kittenhood can lead to inappropriate play induced aggression. But these cats are different and for want of a better word literally terrorise their owners. This type of puss is very clear about its own boundaries, its likes and dislikes, and it is not scared to impose its wishes onto human owners, with force. Living with a truly aggressive cat is frightening and cats can cause serious injury through bites and scratches- cat scratch disease …

Help to celebrate 25 years of Creative Camberwell

June 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Camberwell Arts Festival – the longest running visual arts festival in the UK. To celebrate, Camberwell Arts want to commission the artwork of 25 local artists to showcase at our 2019 Festival. Anyone living or working in Camberwell can apply. For details visit: www.camberwellarts.org.uk  To help raise funds to do this, Camberwell Arts are launching a beautifully curated colouring book (A4 sized) consisting of 25 illustrations of Camberwell created by local artists.  From city scenes to local characters and snapshots of colourful history, every page features a unique piece of art ready to be brought to life with colour. No longer just for the kids and a proven stress reliever, the Colour in Camberwell Book makes the perfect gift for anyone with a creative streak. Furthermore all profits from book sales will go towards commissioning works of art by emerging, local and under-represented artists for the 2019 Festival. The Camberwell Arts Kickstarter campaign will run until 9 December and offers a variety of gift packages for your pledge. For …

Link Age Southwark Big Give Christmas Challenge

Link Age Southwark is a vibrant, local volunteering charity supporting older people experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation. Their fantastic network of volunteering provide befriending, group activities, volunteer transport and light DIY and gardening services. Last year, with the help of their fantastic friends and supporters, Link Age Southwark raised £22,314 through the Big Give Christmas Challenge, an online match funding campaign, which doubles the value of a donation. This money was used to fund transport older people to group activities and parties throughout the year. This year, the charity is taking part in the campaign again with the opportunity to raise £25,000 to fund their 24 social and activity groups, which include gentle chair-based exercise, singing, reminiscence and three groups specifically for people living with dementia. The groups help to ensure that the older people of Southwark can age healthily and happily, meet new people and remain part of the local community. Link Age Southwark’s newest group start in December 2017 with members meeting every other Monday to enjoy a varied programme of activities. …

Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Brownies

Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Brownies Makes 9 Brownies In October we cooked for a wonderful Bride and Groom at a wedding that was attended by Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Greg Wise, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Derek Jacobi, Ben Elton and many more. To accommodate quite a few special diets we created this wonderful Gluten Free Vegan Brownie! Ingredients 2 batches of flax eggs (2 tablespoons (14g) of flaxseed meal + 5 tablespoons (75ml) of water) Half a cup of melted coconut oil Half a cup of coconut sugar Quarter of a cup of maple syrup (or agave nectar) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Three quarters of a teaspoon of baking powder Quarter teaspoon sea salt Half cup unsweetened cocoa powder Three quarters of a cup of Gluten Free Oat Flour Quarter cup of corn meal One third of a cup of pecans or walnuts (optional) One third of a cup of vegan chocolate chips (optional) Method First preheat the oven to 3500F (1760C) and lightly grease an 8”x8” baking dish with coconut oil, then line with parchment …