Month: April 2016

Slip Sliding Away

Kimberley Murray is a most determined young woman. A skeleton hopeful for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, she tells Amber Beard all about her rise to the Olympic challenge and why she still loves the Isle of Wight. At the tender age of 27 Kimberley Murray has achieved much and in her own words has plenty more to achieve going forward.  An Island girl born and bred she lived in Binstead until setting off for the University of Bath where she gained her degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Loughborough where she gained her Master’s degree in Exercise...

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Haddon Lake House Garden

A Jewel in the Undercliff Crown Haddon Lake House built on what was formerly part of the pleasure grounds of the Victorian mansion, Old Park, is a contemporary house and extensive garden, that has been restored to glory by award winning garden designer Phillippa Lambert and her husband Stephen and is a testament to great design and sympathetic landscaping and planting. The site that Haddon Lake House stands on has always had gardens at its heart. From its earliest days in the 1820s when it was a ‘picturesque garden’ developed by Thomas Haddon, the builder of Old Park and the still standing walled gardens, then subsequently improved by later owner William Spindler who established fountains and cascades, brought fresh water to the surrounding villages, as well as planting a million trees on his Undercliff lands. The ‘subtropical’ site bloomed until it fell into dereliction on the death of Spindler in 1898, remaining neglected until 1947 when the Thornton family redeveloped the site into a hotel. In 1975 the lake site transformed into the Tropical Bird Park until 1996, when the attraction closed, leaving it once again to become overgrown. Phillippa and Stephen first saw the very neglected site in 2001 and with the help of local architects, Rainey Petrie, proposed a new build of architectural significance as a way forward for a development in this ‘no build’ zone. Planning...

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Floating Islands

Floating Islands Method Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Weigh the egg whites and whisk with the equivalent amount of caster sugar and half of the seeds of the vanilla pod until the mixture forms stiff peaks. Warm the milk with the remaining vanilla seeds in a saucepan on the hob. Bring to a gentle simmer. Place tablespoonfuls of the meringue mixture into the milk and poach turning occasionally with the spoon for about three minutes.  Tap off any excess milk and place to one side. Whisk up the four remaining egg yolks with 50g caster sugar until...

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