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Ladies Day at the Epsom Derby with Greenall’s Gin

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on Friday, 09 June 2017
by Katrina Schollenberger

The races are a quintessential part of British culture. Hats, dresses and suits galore, the Epsom Derby bring people together from all over the country in spirit of horse racing.

Greenall's Gin kindly invited The Lady to enjoy Ladies Day at the Epsom Derby in their private box at the Investec grounds. Donning our most elegant dresses and fascinators, we enjoyed a beautiful three course lunch of fig, truffle and goats cheese salad, roasted guinea fowl and leek and mash puree, and a fantastic deconstructed Eton mess.

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We were introduced to Greenall's master distiller Joanne Moore who talked us through the ingredients she handpicked to achieve Greenall's smooth original flavour. This included juniper berries, dried lemon peel and cassia bark. We also sampled Greenall's Wild Berry gin, inspired by the blackberries that grow on English hedgerows. Berry notes are infused with a cinnamon-like spice to create a memorable flavour.

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We sipped on mojitos, Wild Berry Flora Dora's, Wild Berry and lemonade's, martinis, basil smashes and classic G & T's throughout the course of the day. The cocktails were refreshing and garnished beautifully according to the recipe. With seven races total, we bet on three, with 'Highland Reel' blazing into first place in race 2 and winning me a whopping £8!

Afternoon tea was also served just before the final few races commenced. We enjoyed raisin scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and of course, hot tea. It was swiftly back to Greenall's cocktails to finish off a delightful afternoon at Eposom Derby's Ladies Day!
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I recently moved to a small village and I'm worried I might become lonely

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Hello Patricia Marie,

I have recently moved away from London to a new area, 150 miles from where I have lived my whole life. I now live in a lovely little home in a small village community, as I wanted to get away from the rat race of life. My problem is, I had imagined that once I'd moved in, the neighbours would be popping round, and I would chat to people in the street, and that I would easily make new friends. However the opposite has happened. My nearest neighbour seems a grouchy moaner, who merely stared at me when I tried to introduce myself, the people I meet in the street have no interest in striking up conversation, and not one person has come round to welcome me into the area. In fact I feel I am most unwelcome and an outsider.

I feel very low as I really had expected this move to give me the peace and tranquility I have always desired, but all I now feel is ostracism and unfriendliness. I do not have the money to move again, in fact I am struggling financially, but having to consider that this may be my only option as I am worried how lonely I am going to become if I stay.

Patricia Marie says...

I am not surprised you are feeling lonely living in a new area with no friends or family nearby. However, I do feel you need to give yourself more time to adapt to your new home and surroundings. Of course it's important for everyone to have a good support network, and this will happen - just not overnight. However, you can make some good contacts straight away.

Get out and about, look for groups, clubs or societies in your area where you can become involved in your passions. You could also volunteer for a local charity or church group. Helping is a great way to meet others, to counteract loneliness and to feel connected. If you are able to work, perhaps look for a local job where you could make new friends, and earn some money too. Also, do consider getting a dog, which would not only offer great companionship, but dogs provide a neutral topic for conversation and, therefore, act as social 'ice-breakers.'

Just as you feel the outsider in your neighbourhood, established residents can often feel threatened by newcomers, so why not take the initiative. Be hospitable, perhaps organise a coffee morning, or an evening drinks party. Send invitations to your neighbours, saying you would love to meet them, be able to get to know them properly and look forward to welcoming them into your new home.

Rather than put any pressure on yourself at this moment, give yourself a good year before making any decisions on moving again. I believe during this time you would have made friends and settled in well, and most importantly be enjoying your home which you say you love. Finally, try not to lose sight of the fact that you are at the start of a new adventure in your life and need to cherish the experience whatever the outcome.
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A Day at the Races- Epsom Derby

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on Thursday, 08 June 2017
by Annette Kellow 

There are fewer pleasures in life than BST (British Summer Time) combined with race season. Top this with a huge hat, strawberries and cream with a view from the Queen's stand and life can't get much better!

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Epsom Derby and with just 24 hours notice, the race was on for defining an outfit and the hugely important millinery.

When visiting the races a stunning hat is essential and choosing one can seem a daunting task. But in my mind there was an obvious winner- John Boyd of Knightsbridge who make glorious hats for every season and every occasion.

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Their showroom is located on the historic Beauchamp Place and Mr Boyd is known as the Royal Milliner, serving for over 75 years. A favourite of Princess Diana as well as other royals and high society including Kate Middleton, his beautiful designs are a confection of the classic and experimental. After spending a deliciously long time deciding on suitable colour and size, (indeed I needed a large cup of tea afterwards it was that difficult!), I eventually plumped for a rich, deep blue number with tones of purple, that filled my head like a cloud.

Now that I had the right millinery, it was time to discover all that the Epsom Derby is about!

The Epsom Derby is Englands oldest race, starting in 1821 and more recently marking the Queens 90th celebrations in 2016. Come rain or shine, every year on the first Friday of June, a multitude of ladies and gents head to Epsom Downs Racecourse to experience a day full of high octane racing, music, glamour and fashion. Across the Queen's Stand to The Hill there is an air of excitement all round and upon arrival I was very impressed by the array of beautiful dresses, suits, top hats and fine millinery.

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After spying some strawberries and cream and then a glass of fizz (of course I said yes to both) I was ready to watch the Investec sponsored races. I enjoyed listening to people's chatter about favourites and odds, hearing the roar as they won, some of the crowd went wild as their chosen horses ran first past the post! Amongst the race day characters I met a couple of lovely gentleman who go to the biggest races throughout the year. They happily gave me a wealth of betting tips which I hoped I would remember for later on that day (of course I promptly forgot them!)

In-between the races my top-hatted and tailed boyfriend and I took a wander around as we were having so much fun talking to the cavalcade of other racegoers. As we ventured outside we noticed that beside a small back entrance quite a few people were waiting, seemingly in anticipation. We wondered what for and as I got closer I heard one of them whisper 'Queen.'

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Then like a vision in canary yellow, her Majesty the Queen exited through the building! I must admit I was quite in shock but managed to get my camera out quickly enough to take a photo. She looked utterly mesmerising in her floral dress with yellow hat and matching coat, it made quite a few of us gasp in awe. Where else but the races can you flit from a glass of champagne to bumping into the queen in a matter of minutes!

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After such excitement I felt it was time to place a bet myself and as I'm not very in tune with the best racehorses I decided to pick a horse that matched my dress. What a lucky choice that the jockey's silks of Wings of Eagles matched the purple of my vintage dress, romping home in first place at 40-1! I would say it's the best pound I have ever spent and I of course promptly celebrated with another glass of champagne (hic!)
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Sushi making class at Murakami

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on Tuesday, 06 June 2017
by Katrina Schollenberger

Sushi is not only a staple of Japanese cuisine, but is loved by Brits across the nation. Murakami is a Japanese favourite of the Covent Garden area in London, and they recently opened their doors to welcome guests to a master sushi making class.

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Arriving at Murakami with my guest, we filled up on fresh sushi made by the chefs including California rolls, Murakami rolls, softshell crab rolls and more. We were treated to a glass of sake before settling into our places, putting on our plastic gloves and being greeted by Murakami's head sushi chef.

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In the class we were to be making salmon avocado rolls, crab cucumber rolls and salmon/prawn nigiri. We began by rolling hot sticky sushi rice into a small ball before spreading it across a sheet of nori. The nori was already placed atop a bamboo mat that was to become our rolling utensil. After the rice was spread, we sprinkled sesame seeds, and placed strips of fresh avocado and salmon in the centre of the rice.

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The rolling process worked in three steps, 'squaring off' the sushi at each turn. It wasn't an easy feat at first, but with the help of the head chef, the group managed to each perfect their rolls. We moved onto our crab/cucumber rolls before trying our hand at nigiri, which was much simpler to make. Having rolled another small ball of sticky rice, the trick was to mould the rice almost into a rectangular shape with an arch where the fresh piece of fish would sit, stuck on with wasabi.

All in all the class was fun, different, and I learned a new skill I never thought I was capable of. The sushi was absolutely delicious, too, if I do say so myself!
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My daughter aged 13, died 6 months ago and now she's no longer here, I feel lonely and abandoned

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Dear Patricia Marie,

I don't know what to do, or where to go for help. I keep having panic attacks, and can't go on feeling this way for much longer. My daughter aged 13, died 6 months ago, after suffering a devastating degenerative condition. She gave me the greatest purpose in life, and now she's no longer here, I feel lonely and abandoned. When my daughter was alive, I received much support from my family and friends.

However, since she's been gone, I have hardly any understanding from my close ones. In fact, if I mention my daughter, the conversation soon changes, leaving me feeling frustrated and tearful. I am lucky to have another child, and a caring husband, but he gets annoyed with me for expecting too much from people. I am very close to my mother, but as soon as I mention my daughter, she becomes extremely upset, so I withdraw from opening up about my feelings. Can I please ask you, am I wrong for expecting others to be there for me?

Patricia Marie says...

The loss of a child is the most devastating experience a parent can face, and you should not be expected to 'get over' the pain it causes at any stage.
For 13 years you took care of your daughter who was totally dependant on you, and as you so rightly say, gave you a purpose. I make a heartfelt request to you to see that your purpose as a mother still goes on with your living child.

Let me ask you not to see your husband as annoyed, nor your friends as lacking compassion. It's not uncommon for friends to pull away during a grieving period, simply because they often do not know what to say. Have you considered that they could be feeling guilty if they have children who are all alive and well? They may well want to help, but don't know how. Tell them what you need, and don't push your husband away, as he too is having to deal with his own grief, as indeed is your mother who seems to be struggling to come to terms with the loss of her granddaughter. Your quarrel is not with them, but with what life has thrown at you - taking your beautiful daughter from you. Whilst you have every right to feel angry, by expressing it to others, you will only be hurting yourself.

Counselling won't bring your daughter back. Nothing will. But it will allow you to explore the feelings that you are clearly needing and wanting to express. Grief can feel very lonely, even when your loved ones are close. I think you would benefit greatly from attending a bereavement group, as sharing your sorrow with others who are going through similar experiences could be comforting, and will help you to feel understood. And I urge you to see your G.P for help with your panic attacks.

When you are feeling lonely and wanting to feel close to your daughter, perhaps light a candle and enjoy those special memories you have - which can never be taken from you.
Your life is forever changed - but it's not over. You must feel at this moment that you won't ever recover from your loss, but be patient, and allow yourself time to heal. I believe with the right help and support, you may begin to find a way forward that acknowledges and continues to incorporate the love you will always feel for your daughter.

Cruse offer bereavement support groups in most areas: 0844 477 9400 www.cruse.org.uk 
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