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Good Housekeeping UK September 2017

Good Housekeeping Magazine gives you the best recipes, health advice, beauty and fashion expertise, consumer testing reports, great ideas for your home and real life inspirational stories. It is the one magazine you can always trust for expertise and tireless attention to detail delivered in a positive and accessible way which gives readers direct access to “the best of everything”.

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2 min.
happy new year school

With my daughter all grown up and now two Summers out of education, September should no longer have that new-pencil-case feeling… But it still does. I always think of this time of year as the Women’s New Year. The first of January may be technically the date the calendar flips over, but early Autumn – with its crisp, misty mornings and the comfort of proper shoes, not sweaty sandals, and a nice tailored wool jacket instead of wrinkled linen – seems so much more full of promise. Autumn is my favourite season – a time for signing up for new evening classes, developing new interests, and feasting on nature’s bounty of apples, plums and blackberries. And there’s plenty to whet your appetite in this issue, from picking up unexpected new skills…

2 min.
worth sharing

THIS MONTH, WE ASKED YOU TO PUT ON YOUR CREATIVE HATS If you could invent something to make your life easier, what would it be? Q. A. Red ruby slippers like Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, to enable me to travel where and when I want. JUNE GREGORY A ‘mood monitor’ that I could strap to my wrist to tell me when I’m being grumpy, argumentative, bossy or moaning. That way I could stop before I drive myself, and everyone else, mad! ELIZABETH LITTLEY It would have to be a programmable night cap, which, when placed over my head would style my hair as I sleep – imagine the time, effort, frustration and bad hair days it would save! NICKY CLIFFORD A self-unloading dishwasher! I don’t mind loading the machine, but if it could put away…

8 min.
my face tells the story of my life

it seems fitting that Julie Walters starred in last year’s drama National Treasure: the title is an apt description of one of our most popular actresses. At 67, she has just been honoured with a damehood for services to drama, and shows no sign of slowing down – with two films out this year and the highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns in 2018, she couldn’t be busier. Away from the limelight, Julie enjoys the good life with her husband, Grant Roffey, who runs an organic farm in Sussex. They met over 30 years ago when he was an AA man (he soon taught her to drive), and have one daughter, Maisie. She’s also known for her longstanding partnership with close friend Victoria Wood, who sadly died of cancer last year. ‘The…

2 min.
8 roles that made us fall in love with dame julie

EDUCATING RITA (1983) Julie captured our hearts for her iconic role as the Liverpudlian hairdresser who signs up for an Open University course in English Literature to escape her life and marriage. Starring opposite Michael Caine, who played her jaded lecturer, it catapulted her to worldwide fame and landed her a Golden Globe as well as a BAFTA. ACORN ANTIQUES (1985-2007) She showcased her comedic talents as the clumsy tea lady Mrs Overall in the spoof soap, which was originally a sketch in Victoria Wood As Seen On TV. The very British comedy cemented the lifelong friendship between Wood and Walters. Julie says Mrs Overall – who quite rightly believes a cup of tea and a macaroon solves everything in life – will always be part of her. BILLY ELLIOT (2000) Set in the mid-1980s…

7 min.
happiness costs nothing!

‘Moving furniture around is like therapy’ It’s the simple things in life that matter to KIRSTIE ALLSOPP, who is at her happiest pottering around at home… Just being at home really cheers me up. I travel a lot for my work – all around the country – so I spend quite a few nights staying in hotels. I love my job but I’ve never liked being away from home. I always suffered from homesickness when I was a child, and it’s something that I still suffer from now. I love walking the dog, cooking… normal domestic stuff. There’s a difference between relaxing and winding down. I wind down in the bath with my tablet and something like Call The Midwife, The Good Wife or The West Wing. But I relax by tidying up,…

8 min.
how we found our little place of calm

‘PLAYING THE PIANO makes my heart sing’ As a child, Sheena Abbot-Davies hated learning the piano, but now it brings her the clarity she craves F or years I regretted giving up the piano. When I was six, I had lessons for a year or so, but my teacher shouted at me and I loathed practising the boring scales. I moaned and nagged my parents to let me stop and eventually they gave in. It would be more than 40 years before I’d try again. As an adult, my days were filled with raising a family, running my own pyjama company and hosting B&B guests in our home. But as my three boys grew, my role as a mother became redefined. They still needed me, but I gradually found I had more time…