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  • In the pink: the rosé revolution

    Forget the ‘lady petrol’ cliches, here’s your potted guide to drinking the best rosé in your garden this summer, courtesy of Hugh from Muddy’s favourite wizards of wine, Slurp. Historically rosé’s had a bad reputation – how’s that changed?  Rosé is very simple to make and used to be mass-produced without much thought. Now wine-making techniques […]

  • Trend alert! Artisanal style

    Attitudes to style are shifting – we’re becoming more mindful about what we buy and are appreciating great craftsmanship more than ever. And with summer comes an influx of gorgeous artisanal goodies – think fringing, basketweave, tassels and beautiful embroidery. These kind of items are perfect for the warmer months – they’re playful, light and […]

  • 10 Brilliant Beer Gardens in Herts & Beds

    HERTFORDSHIRE Dylans – The Plough, Sleapshyde Foodies and craft beer connoisseurs (aaaand wine lovers) step this way! Take a seat in the gorgeous garden of the brilliantly re-imagined 17th century pub, Dylans – The Plough. Treat yourself to gorgeous gastro grub, perfect pints and a bottle (or two) from the fantastic wine list. The team […]

  • Culture vulture: my July hitlist

    I’M READING: Outraged by Ashley ‘Dotty’ Charles & All Adults Here by Emma Straub Everyone seems to be permanently furious at the moment (that’s what three months of homeschooling does to you) so Ashley ‘Dotty’ Charles’ Outraged, released on 9 July, couldn’t be more timely. The book is a guide to living through the age of outrage online – from Twitter battles […]

  • Recipe: Elderflower Cordial

    Kick things off by working up a thirst – and then quenching it – with this gorgeous recipe for Elderflower Cordial (what else) from the Elderflower Fields Festival director Maria. This is her own family recipe passed down through the generations, but we’ve wrestled (well, more like sweet talked) it off her so you can […]

  • Beautiful bee-friendly blooms to brighten your garden

    Lavender Bring the fields of Provence to your own patch this year with these perennial purple classics. Place them in a sunny spot, with good drainage, and they’ll keep you, and the local bumble bees, happy for years to come. Easy peasy. Where to buy it: The Lavender Garden specialises in bee-friendly lavender and buddleia. […]

  • Seven stress busting beauty hacks (from top local salons)

    Constant corona news (none of it very good), homeschooling and living and working – or trying to work – cheek by jowl with a chaotic household has left me frazzled. It’s time to give ourselves a bit of TLC – you’re worth it! *swishes hair with Jennifer Anistonesque elan* Take a bit of time out […]

  • Pimp your patio with these 18 outdoor buys

    Disco diva We’d be happy too if we had one of these bad boys in the back garden. Designed by Alice Temperley’s other half, this awesome disco pizza oven comes in three sizes and brings guaranteed party vibes to your space. £POA Buy Now Bottoms up Planning on drinking your way through the summer? This […]

  • What’s in – your guide to fun at home

    There are heaps of cultural delights online this week from world-class theatre and film to virtual exhibition tours and concerts in your living room. THEATRE Top of my cultural hit list this week is a free online stream of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire on YouTube. Starring the always brilliant Gillian Anderson (if you haven’t seen […]

  • Help improve your child’s mental health

    We all know that over the last decade mental health issues generally – and particularly in children – have reached Code Black. With the royal family and celebrities opening up about their own struggles, the stigma of mental illness is slowly disappearing. One of the interesting questions not often asked though is how, as parents, […]

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