The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Bloomtown Botanicals is less than a year old and is already making waves in the super-competitive beauty world, with a clutch of awards and packaging so pretty I want the whole goddam range...

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Mothering Sunday ideas for the best mum!

15 Mar 2017

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and is it just me or is time suddenly going at a gallop? If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do with your mum this weekend, or if you feel the need to give others a steer with the planning and booking process, here are some ideas. Choose from talks about the history of Mother’s Day at the Museum of Brands in London, or go for the complete clotted cream and bubbly guilt-free overload afternoon tea in an old post office, or a newly restored vineyard.

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Deliciously Ella recipe: pistachio and orange truffle bites

12 Mar 2017

Here is the first of three recipes I’ll be sharing with you from Ella Mills‘s new book, Deliciously Ella With Friends. I was lucky enough to meet Ella when she was in Hertfordshire for an event organised by Chorleywood Bookshop. She invited me to visit one of her cafes, MaE Deli, and I have recently had lunch at her cafe in Weighhouse Street – review to follow.

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Blade runner: the man on a mission in Hitchin

10 Mar 2017

What do your kitchen knives say about you? I have learned something valuable about myself, and it’s nothing to shout about. My kitchen knives were pronounced ‘Entirely average’ by Tim Hitchin Sharpening Keegan, when I rocked up at his workshop with a car load of embarrassingly blunt knives. Leaving your house carrying a knife is illegal by the way, just to be clear. The reason I score ‘average’, is because, according to Tim, ‘Every blasted knife in this country is blunt.’

Tim looks rather marvellous when he is angry.

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Your guide to colourful fun in Herts and further afield

9 Mar 2017

WOWzers. Literally. Women of the World unite, with an explosion of creativity and colour. In this week’s guide there is fun to be had with paintings and flowers and loads of good things to inspire you to get out and celebrate life and spring. Now is the time. Give yourself permission to have a ball.

WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, South Bank Centre, Fri 10 March

Hello, look who it is.

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She Inspires Me, St Francis’ College

8 Mar 2017

To celebrate International Women’s Day, St Francis’ College Letchworth invited three inspiring women to talk to the students, parents and teachers at the school. The event was also open to the good people of Letchworth, and the house was full.

Speak. Do not remain silent.

First up was Dr Preti Taneja, who went to school at St Francis’. Preti is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and human rights advocate.

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DID YOU WIN? DID YOU? DID YOU?!

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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