The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Given up wine for Lent? Probably unlikely, but whichever way you flop, you can enjoy the heady aroma of the sweet stuff from this recycled wine bottle candle. Glass of Sauvignon wax, anyone?

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6 Mar 2017

Happy days to one very lucky Muddy reader who is about to float off with a luxury weekend at Another Place The Lakes in Ullswater, The Lake District.

Thousands of you entered this one – I guess everyone needs a holiday! – but the winner is (*drum roll*)…

Michelle Tebbutt.

Congratulations to you lady. I’m not gritting my teeth honestly, just smiling very very hard.

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Helen Reeley’s best places to hug trees in Herts

1 Mar 2017

Hello March. This morning the sky was ribboned with rhubarb pink and my garden was spangled with frost. What better time to warm up for spring by getting out to embrace the wonders of our county. Helen Reeley, garden designer and lover of all things arboreal, has kindly shared some things to look out for, together with top tips about the best places to see them. Over to you, Helen!

Early spring and winter trees can be enjoyed for their natural form and bark once the leaves have dropped.

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The Oscars: 5 unmissable moments

27 Feb 2017

Hot off the press from Muddy HQ: As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realised someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar?

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Your Muddy guide, Thurs 23 Feb – Weds 1 March

23 Feb 2017

I know it’s tempting to batten down the hatches, but Doris, don’t think you can stop us! There’s far too much to see and do. Saunter around a Burberry pop up, learn moves with a teacher who has danced with Darcey, eat cake, make cakes, and learn Dutch floral design in an arts and crafts house.

Burberry & Henry Moore, Inspiration & Process, Makers House, until Mon 27 Feb

Henry Moore inspires Burberry’s new collection.

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New! Muddy Book Club: February’s Best Reads

22 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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20 Feb 2017

What? Where?

St Francis’ College is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3-18 in Letchworth Garden City. St Francis’ College is in a building that typifies Letchworth: attractive, thoughtfully designed and solidly built; in a safe and very green residential environment, but at the same time less than 10 minutes’ walk into town. It’s ten minutes from Junction 9 on the A1, and roughly an equal distance between London and Cambridge.

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Muddy meets James Mayhew

17 Feb 2017

James Mayhew is the illustrator of the best-selling children’s books Katie and Ella Bella. He studied illustration at Maidstone College of Art and his first book, Katie’s Picture Show, was published in 1989 and is still in print. There is a wonderful display of his books at the equally wonderful David’s Bookshop in Letchworth. On Sunday 5 March, James is performing with Realm of Music at the new Broadway Theatre.

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14 Feb 2017

London Fashion Week used to be a case of ‘if your name’s not down, you’re not coming in’ but these days the biannual round of fashion shows are a much more democratic affair. While you’re still unlikely to find yourself snuggled up front row next to the editor of French Vogue (wearing sunglasses indoors and a ‘whatever’ expression mandatory), there are plenty of other ways to get involved. With the AW17 collections being showcased in the capital from 17-21 February, Muddy’s Kerry Potter – a glossy mag journo escapee and veteran LFW attendee – has some ideas for soaking up the fashion vibes, even if your FROW ticket got (*cough*) lost in the post.

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Muddying about this week

14 Feb 2017

The sun is out, we’re shucking off our winter colds, things are looking up. Time to boot up and get out.

James Mayhew paints to the Four Seasons, Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, Sun 5 March

Performance illustration classical music mash up in the drop dead gorgeous new Broadway theatre. Get in! And be quick, James Mayhew tells me that tickets are selling faster than you can say Vivaldi backwards.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Hertfordshire Edition