• Top 10 picture books this Christmas

    The Muddy Top 10 guide to picture books for little people, as recommended by Woodstock Books.  A feast of good reading… well, and looking at pictures.  And very lovely ones, too. Orlando The Marmalade Cat: A Camping Holiday by Katherine Hale A new generation can discover the charms of Orlando the marmalade cat, first published 70 years ago, with this […]

  • Loads of clothes but nothing to wear?

    You know that ‘I have loads of clothes but nothing to wear’ feeling? Yup, me too.

    That said, I’m not much one for clothes shopping – mostly because I don’t have the best sense of what suits me. And then since the children turned up, it’s been more about things that wash easily – and cover up those hard-to-shift wobbly bits that I’d like to blame on having kids but are probably more to do with having the odd glass of red once they’re tucked up in bed…

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    A hot pink coffee pot? Yes please! It only makes 3 cups, but who’s going to mind having to make more when it looks this gorgeous?

  • Glitz and glamour in Tring

    It has to be something pretty special to tempt me out on a cold and rainy night, but failing Jamie Dornan turning up on my doorstep with a bottle of champers, the launch of the spanking-new British makeup range delilah at The Clinic in Tring had me grabbing my coat and heading out the door. […]

  • The best Christmas fairs in Herts!

    It’s mid November which can only mean one thing – a Christmas fair frenzy. There’s bound to be one where you live, but there are a few worth travelling further afield for too. Here’s my pick of the best ones around, plus a round-up of the best-of-the-rest. Hatfield House Christmas Frost Fair It’s the fifth […]

  • High-end Hitchin store for vintage and more

      You have to love a place that lays out an actual red carpet for you. Especially when it’s bright red shag pile. Graceland is definitely the newest – and most fabulous – place in Hitchin to pick up something completely unique to wear. It’s a teeny tiny boutique on Sun Street – so small […]

  • Love at First Sight

    Sarah and Yoshie only met six short months ago in Hitchin (they both live in the town), but they’re already finishing each other’s sentences like a happily married couple, and producing designs through their illustration and textiles company that are creating quite the stir locally. Only last month they launched their illustration, textiles and design […]

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