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The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Herts Edition

Tea is the new Cocktail, dahhhling…

12 Aug 2016
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Now, I love a good cuppa — although some might say I make it a bit on the weak side — so I was shocked to discover that Ali, down in Muddy Kent, could take or leave a nice cuppa. However, she calmed me down with the revelation that you can make cocktails with tea. Seriously. Read on…

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Muddy Sussex heads up the pole…

8 Aug 2016
By Kevin Meredith

I heard about the shiny new i360 — the newly-opened world’s slenderest building — on the radio the other day, and hurried to chat about it with Muddy Sussex, aka Debbie who knows all there is to know about that particular stretch of the south coast. Sure enough, she’s already been up it — lucky thing — and here’s what she thought…

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Great reads for kids and teens

3 Aug 2016
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Are they bored yet? Are those rainy days proving a bit of a challenge in the whole ‘don’t just turn a screen on’ battle? Sheryl Shurville, owner of the Chorleywood Bookshop, has just the thing — some cracking suggestions of great reads for kids, as well as for any awkward teens you might have lolling around complaining that life is just so unfair…

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Perfect rainy day place: The British Schools Museum

3 Aug 2016
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I’m a big fan of a little museum.  The British Schools Museum in Hitchin is one of the ones I’ve driven past loads of times, but never managed to stop and have a look round.  So when it was raining the other day — hello, August! — me and my youngest met some friends there for a good old nosey.

It was great watching all three kids — 10, 7 and 6 — getting stuck in with old-school wooden games. 

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Property Flirt: Millstream Cottage, Harlow

1 Aug 2016
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We’re sneaking over the border into Essex for this month’s Property Flirt, and Millstream Cottage is a gorgeous reason to do just that. A detached, weather-boarded family home set in a whopping 1.1 acres — and it’s a winner inside and out…

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Trash or Treasure?

1 Aug 2016
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How’s your attic looking, Muddies? Or the back of your wardrobe? Dare I even mention what’s under your bed…? If you’re anything like me, you probably need a good clear out. And instead of just bundling it all into black bags and heading down to the tip, why not be a champion?

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Herts Edition