Novello Noades on her perfect Surrey weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:26 07 January 2011 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 February 2013

Novello and Ron Noades at home with sons Ryan and Ross

Novello and Ron Noades at home with sons Ryan and Ross

Married to former Crystal Palace chairman Ron Noades, NOVELLO NOADES lives with her family on Purley's Webb Estate - and whether it's playing golf at one of Ron's four Surrey courses or looking after their veritable menagerie, her weekends are alw...

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2008

Married to former Crystal Palace chairman Ron Noades, NOVELLO NOADES lives with her family on Purley's Webb Estate - and whether it's playing golf at one of Ron's four Surrey courses or looking after their veritable menagerie, her weekends are always busy

Weekends used to be totally dominated by football. Wherever Crystal Palace were playing, we were usually there. Sunday was either spent on a high after a win or as an 'if only' day if we hadn't. It all stopped, of course, when Ron sold Palace, and for years there was a colossal void. It was very sad, but as is said about clouds and linings, suddenly we had our weekends free.

Free to do whatever we wanted and free from the awful emotional roller coaster that inevitably goes with the territory as a football supporter. As much as I miss those days at Crystal Palace, weekends for me now are a delight. I love indulging in minor decadence - like taking a long time over breakfast reading the newspapers and supplements, for example. It just doesn't feel right on a weekday. Weekdays are for working. It's like the fact that it's a Saturday or Sunday gives you a pink chit - a pass out - allowing you guilt-free indulgence!

The mini menagerie

We are a large, close family and all of us love animals - there is a mini menagerie here at home in Purley. Six chickens producing six eggs a day - fortunately for the neighbours, no cockerel, just hens - a parrot and three rottweilers; despite their reputation in the press, they are fabulous family dogs. Unfortunately, our snake Rex died. I do not really have a 'typical' weekend. My personality has resulted in my life always being somewhat chaotic and eclectic. I don't 'do' routine.

In summer, we play a lot of early morning golf. We might also go for a hack at one of the many stables nearby or take the dogs to Godstone to wander around the lakes. I get them to chase my car around the fields, which they absolutely love - a wonderfully lazy way of exercising them. I am Welsh and Surrey is my adoptive home. Boyo do I love it! It is a glorious place for activities and opportunities.

On cold, dark winter days - which I hate - we might all stay in and have the log fire on around the clock. I enjoy sewing and do lots of the soft furnishings for our golf clubs, so I might have some project or other going that will take my mind off horrible winter days. I might have cawl cooking - a delicious Welsh stew - which we love, or there may be competitive cooking going on. The boys, Ross and Ryan, are really good cooks but like the rest of the family are ridiculously competitive in everything they do (board games and cards can end in a near riot!). At the moment, Ross's cheesecake has top slot in the culinary stakes.

Sunday is usually very much a family day. We sometimes go to one of the golf courses for lunch, but I also love doing Sunday roast at home - the full monty -
a traditional meal with all the accompaniments. We are a big family and it is so enjoyable sitting around the table eating together and laughing - and arguing - which my family do so well! I love cooking and installed an Aga (bought at a lovely shop in Oxted) a couple of years ago, which is such a delight to cook on. Having prepared the veg and dessert the night before, I can leave a roast in the Aga all day - leaving me free to do other things knowing that the meal is cooking.

Recharging the batteries

No two weekends are the same for me, but one thing doesn't change: come Sunday evening I'll just crash out - hopefully batteries recharged ready to face another Monday.

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