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Going Out

How to get ready for the Beast from the East

by Charlie Bond

How to get ready for the Beast from the East

1. Make some soup

Just in case you do get trapped inside for several days, it would be wise to have some provisions…and not just chocolate digestives and gin, (although they’re obviously important staples too).
In this month’s So Magazine, Rosemary Shrager shares her recipe for cock-a-leekie soup, and you can see it here

2. Wrap up warm

It goes without saying that you’ll need some very warm clothing to get you through the next few days. The Silver Sheep in Tunbridge Wells stock a gorgeous selection of handmade scarves crafted using angora wool from goats who reside in the town.

3. Embrace the outdoors

If you’re within walking distance of an open space, then the snowy weather is the perfect opportunity to see the Wealden countryside at its wintry best. Here are five walks to try, and there’s bonus points for the amount of snowmen you can make on the way…

4. Get reading

When the weather outside is frightful, settling down with a good book is a must. Local author Debbie Rix’s novel The Silk Weaver’s Wife has been shortlisted for the 2018 RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) in the Historic Romantic Novel category, and tells the story of tells the story of two women linked by a villa near Verona, set over two time periods.

5. Find a bolthole

If the snow gets bad and you need a place to set up camp, head to The George. The pub on Mount Ephraim has begun brewing its own beer, with the first of its ales now on sale. ‘Theta’ a blonde ale at 4.2% abv brewed with Target and Jester hops is the first offering on sale from Fonthill Brewing Co – and surely the perfect way to warm up in-between snow flurries.