Wouldn’t you though?

Why do I constantly scour the shops for clothes for my daughter rather than myself? Grrrrr. But look, isn’t this dress a thing of total beauty?

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Happy holidays!

A super family-friendly hotel with all the luxe trimmings

What's On: The Muddy Guide 22-29 Jan

The last week of January - time to have some fun again (huzzah!)

Snippety snip

The new hair salon on the block in Old Beaconsfield

My Fave Places

Hitchin's Felix Camfield-Walker on where he likes to hang out
J-Lo’s clothes ‘closet’ – prepare to weep!

25th Jan 2015

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I took my only serviceable pair of jeans off the other night to get into my jarmies – as you do – only to realise there was a huge rip in the the middle of the bum section. I’d rejected …

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Muddy eats @The Chequers, Berrick Salome

24th Jan 2015


It’s always interesting when a pub changes hands to see what the new landlords have learned from the old. The eighteenth century The Chequers in Berrick Salome saw Mark and Sandra Duggan take over from a pub that seemed to …

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Mr Muddy, what a man!

19th Jan 2015

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I had a hilarious email from a reader the other week requesting that I never show full photos of Mr Muddy as she likes the image of him in her head (borderline pervy but I like her style).  So with …

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Check out the *NEW* Muddy noticeboard!

19th Jan 2015

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Let it not be said that I just sit drinking coffee-wine-gin chasers on my chuff in front of the telly (um, well, ok, maybe sometimes), bashing out Muddy posts, and taking you for granted! Here, my lovely Muddiers, is a …

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Saro Brindley’s Favourite Places

19th Jan 2015


Saro Brindley is the owner of EyeLike in Beaconsfield, a contemporary gallery that boasts Banksy, Pure Evil and Peter Blake amongst its artists. From going walkies with her dog, to eating out big style, here are her favourite places.  Burnham …

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Wellies on! Perfect pub for the end of a walk

18th Jan 2015

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If you’re looking for a great pub where you can park your wellies at the end of a bracing walk and fill up on food that isn’t just your average pub offering, The Fox and Duck in Therfield would be a …

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Having a wiggle and a giggle

16th Jan 2015

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OK, here’s my comfort zone. And then, over there, there’s dancing. And then, a whole lot further out from that, there’s burlesque. So no one was more surprised than me when, one night after clearly one glass too many, I …

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What’s on: The Muddy Guide 15 – 21 Jan

14th Jan 2015

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Ready to go out yet? 2015 is starting to pick up, with plenty on this week to rattle your social cage. Have fun and, as ever, if you try something out, please let me know what you think. Knowledge is …

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MEDIA: Come on, let’s go for it girls

13th Jan 2015


Have you seen this yet? I  loved the promo for This Girl Can, released yesterday by Sport England in the hope of encouraging more women to take up exercise. Did you know, fact fans, that in Europe equal numbers of …

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Bright eyed and bushy tailed…

12th Jan 2015


Feeling hungry yet? I’m getting a bit twitchy about soups and stir fries and have been starting to fantasise about a juicy whopper pub lunch. Anyway, my erotic musings about dribbly burger juices and wobbly panecottas reminded me that I …

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Little pig, little pig…

11th Jan 2015


I took a fantastic little course last month on Christmas wreath-making (oh my days, hand me my velvet Alice band and get the vicar over for tea, I’ve finally turned Home Counties!). Obviously wreath-making is the last thing on your …

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The Muddy Best Schools Guide #7

5th Jan 2015

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A new Muddy Guide to the Best Schools today, and it’s a lovely one – The Manor Prep School, in Abingdon. Know of it? Well, now’s your chance!  I went and had a good look around a few weeks back, …

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Is your wardrobe ready to party?

17th Dec 2014


If you’re anything as disorganised as me (and please tell me you are or I may as well go sob in the corner right now) you may still be looking for a party frock to knock ‘em dead, or accessories …

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What’s on: The Muddy Guide 11-17 Dec 2014

11th Dec 2014


Christmas at Grey’s Court, Henley, open through December and January  An early heads up on a fab family option for the Christmas hols. The gorgeous National Trust-owned Greys Court in Rotherfield Greys (nr Henley) is opening this year for the …

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Canape tips for idiots (like me)

11th Dec 2014


  See the canapes on this beautiful table at  Humphry’s in Stoke Park? Guess who made them? Me! (With, um, a bit of help ALRIGHT!). I’ve met a lot of fab chefs recently, but I have to say I have …

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A fab Warhol/Morris art mash-up (Oxford)

5th Dec 2014


You have to see this exhibition! I went to the preview at Modern Art Oxford a few days ago (it opens tomorrow – Sat 6 Dec) and was blown away by it. Love is Enough is a mash-up of Andy …

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Review: The Akeman Inn, Aylesbury

3rd Dec 2014


Well, well, well! I was very interested to review this place, newly opened in the last few weeks, because I had been in under its previous guise as The Cook & Fillet and had left feeling unable to put it …

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‘One Guvnor’ actor Gavin Spokes: My Fave Places

3rd Dec 2014


Gavin Spokes stars in the much-acclaimed ‘One Man Two Guvnors’, currently at the Wycombe Swan until Sat 6 Dec, having previously been in the West End production of the show. Recent credits include She Stoops to Conquer at the National …

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Crafty boxes for creative kids

30th Nov 2014


I was sent these the other day by Oglee Poglee in Berkhamsted, which has just launched craft boxes for kids, and they’re FAB.

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All eyes on Iris

27th Nov 2014


I’m soooooo excited to tell you about this boutique! There aren’t many in Bucks and Oxon that really are brilliant across the board but Iris in Amersham is one of them, stocking a selection of great, accessible designers with sensible …

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Get away: The perfect hotel for R&R

12th Nov 2014


  Howard’s House is a very sweet hotel in a tiny Wiltshire village called Teffont Evias (and no, I don’t know how to pronounce it either), not far from Salisbury. The village is mostly a church, a stream, lots of …

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Please please pleasey please Vote Muddy!

11th Nov 2014


It’s been a year since a blog called the OCD Squirrel (nope *sigh* I’m not kidding) beat me to take the title of Most Innovative Blog at the UK Blog Awards, and it still irritates like a stiletto in the …

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Sushi? In Berkhamsted? Yes please!

11th Nov 2014


Every so often, I just need a big city fix. Usually that involves 40 minutes on the train into London, just enough culture to say we’ve been there done that, and then far too many cocktails with my much-more-glam-than-me friend …

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High-end Hitchin store for vintage and more

9th Nov 2014


  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 …

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