The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Try this: Stress therapy at Haven Wellbeing Hub

23 Sep 2016

Katie Palmer is a hugger. When I turned up for my first session at her holistic therapy centre, Haven Wellbeing Hub in Wokingham, she ignored my outstretched hand and gave me a lovely hug as if we were lifelong old friends. Which, if anyone else had done on a first meeting would have freaked me out, but coming from her, seemed the most natural thing in the world.

I wondered whether my treatment had already begun..

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See this: Fashioning a Reign exhibition, Windsor Castle

19 Sep 2016

Oh my, you are in for such a treat with this amazing exhibition which opened on Saturday at Windsor Castle. I went to the press launch and, not just me, but even the ‘seen it all before’ fashion journos there were agog (great word – not used enough) for ’tis very special indeed!

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe is an exhibition of over 30 outfits representing key moments in The Queen’s life and reign, from family celebrations to State and ceremonial occasions.

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Mr Muddy Berkshire tries: Nolan Osteopathy

16 Sep 2016

I’m a natural cynic when it comes to the whole holistic gamut, but one of the more established favourites I do believe in, having seen results, is osteopathy. So when Mr Muddy B’s clicky knees and frozen shoulder returned after a gruelling session of golf over the summer (poor lamb) I shuffled/shoved him (ow, ouch, OW!) into the expert arms of Maria Nolan at Nolan Osteopathy.

Maria and her husband Fergus started their business after Maria had been so impressed by osteopathy treatment she’d received for back pain that she retrained as an osteopath.

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Muddy eats: The Crown at Bray

11 Sep 2016

Determined to eventually eat in every restaurant in Bray, Hero from Muddy Bucks & Oxon ticked The Crown off her list recently. As it’s in our neck of the woods, it seemed only right to share the love. Shame she didn’t share her pudding *humph*. Check out her review…

Another day, another brilliant place to eat in Bray. Only two to go after The Crown (*dabs mouth with napkin*) – Heston’s The Fat Duck and the Roux brothers’ triple Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn, for when I discover a spare £400 in my purse.

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Property Flirt

10 Sep 2016

Are you ready to get Flirty Gertie? Time for one of my favourite bits of the blogaroo! Because, yes I’m nosey and yes I have property envy and yessity yes YES I want to pretend for a moment that I’m going to be living in this house one day.

If you haven’t played Property Flirt before, tis easy. Look at the pics, read the clues, get a feel for the area and then see if you can guess the price.

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Live near Wokingham? Order Supper!

6 Sep 2016
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Have you heard of Supper? If you live in or around Wokingham you’re going to be praising me to the skies for this little nugget of info. It’s a brilliant healthy home-cooked food delivery service that delivers food to your kitchen table, woop! woop!

Perfect if you’re short on time but still want to eat nutritious, home-cooked food because unlike the traditional restaurant takeaway, Supper meals are all nutritionally balanced and cooked in the chefs’ very own kitchens.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide: #1 The Abbey School, Reading

31 Aug 2016
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I reviewed the Abbey School back in April and it’s well worth a read if you missed it the first time – obviously you’ll want to enjoy my Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalism again *ahem*, but they also have plenty of open days coming up so you can check them out for yourself.

Here it is! The first of the Muddy Berkshire Best Schools Guide reviews.

Per the muddy mantra, these reviews are not fluff pieces with highlights taken from the school prospectus.

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Read this: a quick life lesson in letting go

26 Aug 2016

No, you haven’t clicked on the Oprah website by mistake. It’s just that I spotted this in the New York Times earlier this week and immediately told my sister, my mum and my cleaner about it, so definitely felt it was a Muddy must-share!

It’s an excerpt from a book called Zen Shorts by Jon Muth, about a wise panda called Stillwater who befriends three children and tells them some beautiful ancient stories (‘with a slight panda accent’) in order to teach them some valuable life lessons.

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