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Once I was holding a friend’s mare for the farrier when she started jumping around. We couldn’t calm her until I squirted Rescue Remedy spray – a combination of flower essences – into her mouth. Within minutes she was calm enough to shoe. Sceptics dismiss any effect from these natural...
When you’re young, how do you cope with the death of a best friend? A new campaign aims to help these ‘forgotten mourners’. Here two women share their stories The death of a young person is devastating by its very nature and is often sudden and unexpected. In the aftermath,...
A handwritten 17th-century book of recipes, household tips and medicinal potions gave historian Lucy Moore a fascinating insight into the life of the woman behind it.  If you had to leave your home with no more than a few hours’ notice, forced out by war or the risk of fire,...
Tea (or champagne) and festive fancies, served in opulent surroundings, is the ultimate seasonal indulgence. Here’s our guide to afternoon tea with a Christmas twist.  Allow yourself a time out from Christmas shopping with a festive retreat to an opulent hotel for afternoon tea with a seasonal twist: Cliveden House, Berkshire Dating...
With fashion brands crossing the generational divide, dressing like your mother or daughter has never been so on trend, says Amy E Williams. Word, fresh from fashion month, is that looking – and dressing – like your mother is bang on trend. See Cindy Crawford, 51, and her doppelgänger daughter...
Oscar-winning actress JULIANNE MOORE’s latest film Suburbicon may be set in the 1950s, but it tackles some very current issues. She tells Elaine Lipworth why co-star Matt Damon is a dream to work with and how fatherhood has changed the film’s director George Clooney Even after decades of interviewing Hollywood...
Thanks to the rise of artisan distilleries, savvy women are helping to make the quintessentially British spirit more popular than beer, reports Miranda Thompson. Gin, gin, glorious gin! Not since the 18th century has the country fallen so head over heels for the spirit. The statistics speak for themselves: in...
Autumn calls for these standout pieces... From left: Double-breasted coat, £2,940, Erdem. Trousers with detachable trim, £420, 16Arlington. Buckle Bag, £1,650, Roger Vivier. Mini bag, £49, Charles & Keith. Shoes, £325, Tara Jarmon. Coat, £2,025, Mary Katrantzou. Earrings, £105, Apples & Figs. Bag, £952, Mayra Fedane. Skirt, £139, Whistles. Shoes,...
Genius idea! The new book by Donna Hay helps you master essential recipes then turn simple into special with clever variations. Try these to add sparkle to your baking repertoire. Carrot cake and cream cheese muffins MAKES 12 250g cream cheese, softened 1 tbsp raw caster sugar 3 carrots (450g), peeled and grated 2 tsp...
If chilly damp days make you yearn for body-and mind-warming comfort food, slow-cooked and sloppy enough to need a bowl and a big spoon, Jasmine Hemsley is right behind you. ‘Eating hot food in cold weather – porridge, soups and stews – is easy on the digestive system and...

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