Wonderful musical adaptation of Dodie Smith’s first novel at Watford Palace Theatre.Read more
There have been some brilliant young adult novels published in the last few years, and Mother Tongue, the latest book from Berkhamsted-based author Julie Mayhew, came out this week to some serious critical attention and acclaim…Read more
It was a grey old day when I rocked up to the Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden, but the fire was blazing away and the pub was warm and welcoming as I waited for my friends to arrive. One of those pubs you could quite happily sit in all afternoon reading the papers on a Sunday…Read more
Mr C wasn’t really up snuggling up on the back row with me to watch ‘Suffragette’ – so I was delighted when our eldest announced that it was one of the new films he wanted to see. Not, perhaps, the most obvious choice for an 11-year-old boy, but hey ho….Read more
There had been a load of speculation about who would end up in the glass-walled corner unit of the recent development on Berkhamsted High Street. After Costa and M&S took the other two units, it looked like another chain (yawn) might be on its way. Imagine the excitement, then, when Porters, an independent restaurant that had been cooking up deliciousness in the heart of London for more than 35 years, announced that it was relocating to the town….Read more
Hero, over at Muddy Bucks & Oxon, managed to snaffle what must have been one of the last tickets available for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time recently, and she loved it. It’s on tour, though, so there’s always a chance to catch it somewhere else….Read more
Every so often, I just need a big city fix. Usually that involves 40 minutes on the train into London, just enough culture to say we’ve been there done that, and then far too many cocktails with my much-more-glam-than-me friend Kate. And if there’s food involved, then it’s probably sushi because it’s just about my favourite food in the whole world.
Now – hoorah! – I’ll only have to whizz into Berkhamsted to get my sushi kicks.Read more
It’s great not having to hop in the car for hours to escape somewhere for the weekend, so having Champneys just five minutes down the road – well, up the hill – is an absolutely brilliant bonus to living, as I do, in Tring. That said, it’s not really that far from anywhere in Herts and it’s a drive worth taking.
Though there’s something to be said for super-new spas, with their glass and chrome and modern lines, there was something rather lovely about staying somewhere that used to be one of the Rothschild’s stately homes.Read more
Let me get this out on the table before we start: I’m not a big fan of the burger. But even though my eldest barely eats meat, and never really has done, he’s still been thoroughly seduced by the idea that a burger is really the only food that a wannabe teenager should ever want…Read more