While Sarah from Muddy Berkshire and I would come from opposite directions, we’d both happily end up at this gorgeous little cafe near the shopping mecca that is Bicester Village. Shop ’til you drop — then head round the corner and treat yourself to lunch… then maybe a cake… or an ice cream… Anyway, I’ll leave it to Sarah to show you around properly…Read more
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These 2017 diaries from Julie Slater and Sons tick all my stationery fetish boxes...Read more
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Forget London, Paris, Milan. Next week, the frow to be on is right here in Herts. St Albans Fashion Week, now in its fourth year, will be kicking off — in the most stylish way — next Monday and running-in-heels until the following Saturday..Read more
There are all sorts of reasons to visit Berkhamsted — and now there’s a very stylish new one to add to the list. The Berkeley, on Lower Kings Road in the heart of the town, opened last week, and I can see it becoming a real favourite for an evening out — or a cheeky coffee during the day…Read more
Off-the-wall centrepiece? Check out this oh-so-cool up-cycled art from rising star Denim & Bone…Read more
Seeing It Through is a new play from Hertford-based Pins & Feathers Productions. It tells stories — surprising, moving, engaging — from home-front Herts. The stories are taken from real life accounts of life from 1914-1918, and give an insight — an entertaining and moving one — into what wartime life was like locally…Read more
We all do it, don’t we? Take on too much and then get stressed out about it — it’s far too easy to be busy all the time. Muddy Berkshire editor Sarah has been chatting with Laurence Shorter, whose new book is all about the delights and benefits of being lazy. Feet up and read on…Read more
I’m something of a fan of sloe gin, having properly discovered it a few years ago — courtesy of my lovely friend Lucy, who always manages to rustle up a super selection of sloe gin, damson gin, and more. So I’m not-very-quietly excited at the prospect of the return of the Alford Arms’ Sloe Gin Competition…Read more
I’d like to say that all the Muddy Editors are *ahem* in peak physical condition — and Hero, over at Muddy Bucks & Oxon, has been to try working out with a fitness instructor who’s perched precariously on the Bucks-Herts border. She’s just about stopped gasping…Read more
We’re lucky in Herts to have a wide range of independent schools to choose from — both prep schools and senior schools. Duncombe School, over in Hertford, is a little gem — but it’s a school you could drive past and not even know that it’s there. I went to have a look around recently, and I liked what I saw…Read more
Yes, Summer’s waning… ok, it’s properly Autumn already… but that’s no reason not to head off for a cheeky weekend — love a short break, me. If you’re headed Norfolk-wards (or should that be Norfolk Broads?), then Jo of Muddy Norfolk has the perfect pub to please you and any stray kids you’ve not managed to shake off…Read more