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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Things you never knew about…Midge Ure

6 Feb 2017

We love an ’80s rockstar here at Muddy. They don’t take themselves too seriously, they enjoy reminiscing about their worst ever haircuts (and neckerchiefs) and they always have great yarns about that time they got hammered back in 1984. Midge Ure, Ultravox singer, Band Aid co-founder and genial Glaswegian, is no exception. He’s playing ace local festival Chilfest in Tring on 8 July so Kerry Potter at Muddy HQ gave him a buzz to talk music, mullets and more.

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Hitchin hosts with the most, and farewell sloe Ginuary

6 Feb 2017

I mopped up January with two stellar awards’ events, both hosted in Herts. On Monday I headed off to Hitchin, where Hermitage Road bar and restaurant was hosting the Top 50 Gastropubs awards. And on Tuesday, in Frithsden, the idyllic hidden pocket in the west of the county, it was the sloe gin competition at the Alford Arms where I was one of the judges. It’s hard work, believe me, tasting over 20 gins in one evening, but I bore it bravely.

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Win this £800 stay at Another Place The Lake!

3 Feb 2017

We do try to push the boat out on prizes for you to win, but we’ve had we had one so delicious it was literally bobbing over the water. But check out this lakeside view!

Another Place The Lake in Ullswater in the Lake District is the most ridiculously gorgeous, luxurious, stylish hotel we’ve seen in a very long time and we’ve nabbed a two night stay, worth nearly £800, for one lucky Muddy reader (and your plus one obvs).

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Be a safety-net parent, not a helicopter

1 Feb 2017

Feeling stressed? What’s your solution? Mindfulness or double espresso? You can’t stop worrying? Do you bring wine o’clock forward or dip into downward dog? All of us experience stress, and it can be overwhelming. But if you’re a parent of a teenager, well, that’s a whole other barrel of bananas. Nicola Morgan is an expert in adolescence and teenage stress as well as being an award-winning teenage novelist. She’s going to be at the Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature on Weds 8 Feb, talking to families about The Teenage Guide to Stress and all her other work on the subject.

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Hope springs. The best places to see snowdrops

28 Jan 2017

Snowdrops spark hope. The mere sight of them can make the spirits soar. Here are the best places to see snowdrops in the county, and for those of you who don’t mind crossing borders, I’ve included Cambridgeshire and Essex and even – fasten your seatbelts – Suffolk. Get out and enjoy them while they’re here.

Benington Lordship Gardens, near Stevenage, Weds 8 Feb – Sun 5 March

The Big One.

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Review: Aylesbury Grammar School Sixth Form

26 Jan 2017

In my day, back when mullets were the vogue and Simon Le Bon was plastered across the common room, it was rare to move schools for Sixth Form – it was never offered as an option to me. But parents these days are much more willing to chop and change schools to suit their children’s needs, and actually schools themselves are often eager to bring in some new blood for the Sixth Form.

So with this in mind this is the first in a series of Sixth Form reviews to help you make informed decisions about potential next steps.

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Tring’s cake artist

24 Jan 2017

Whether you’re into medieval fantasy or naked sponge with whipped buttercream, Sherry Hostler is your woman. There are bakers and there are artists. Sherry is a well swirled mixture of both.

With a degree in sports science, Sherry eschewed a career in marketing and a ‘beige’ office in order to bring some colour into her life. And now she makes cakes that win her awards.

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