The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

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We're full of the joys of Spring here at Muddy. Why, you ask? We've spritzed the office and everyone in it with this zingy, sunshiny, delicious new fragrance from natural beauty brand Neom.

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New series: Muddy’s speedy suppers for frazzled cooks

23 Mar 2017

Having one of those days when ‘make dinner’ is just one of 8 million things on your to-do list? Totally run out of ideas?  Yup, us too. So with frazzled, time-poor cooks in mind, here’s the first recipe in our new series of speedy weekday suppers.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking our favourite cooks to inspire us with an nifty new dish. Because there’s only so much pasta and pesto a girl can eat.

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7 stunning candles for Mother’s Day

23 Mar 2017

Being a highly fragrant bunch here at Muddy HQ, we’re obsessed with scented candles – and we think they make a brilliant Mother’s Day gift for this Sunday (you had remembered, right?) Here’s our edit of the Muddy favourites.

(Top, left) Loving by Bella Freud (£40) This tuberose, amber and sandalwood number has serious mantelpiece appeal thanks to its trademark Bella Freud slogan red glass jar. And Loving is very mum-appropriate, isn’t it?

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Tried and tested: Julian’s salon, Newbury

23 Mar 2017

It’s taken me a while to find my groove with hairdressers. For ages, I used to sit down in the chair, nervously laugh and say ridiculous things like ‘oh, I’ll leave it up to you.’ I know. Nutcase.

This, as you can imagine, led to lots of *fun experiences* including a blonde pixie crop that made me look like Bart Simpson, many fringe-cutting disasters, bad colouring, bad perms and my childhood short back and sides (I have two brothers and my dad snipped our hair).

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How to stop the food fight

21 Mar 2017

Making sure your kids eat a balanced diet is hard. Is it five-a-day or seven these days? I’ve lost count. And if you have a fussy eater in the fam (guilty as charged, m’lud), the last thing you want to do is turn every mealtime into a battle ground. Add into the mix the occasional fish finger or chicken stripper dinner that (eek) hasn’t been made from scratch (who’s got the time?) and you’re left feeling a bit crap really.

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Muddy Book Club: March reads

21 Mar 2017

Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her March picks. That precarious tower of tomes on your bedside table is about to getting even taller…. And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – literary musings in the comment box below please!

 

How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn

Now there’s a book title after my own heart.

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What’s on nationally this weekend

18 Mar 2017

Feel like exploring somewhere new? Muddy tenticles cover the South of England and who better to know the cool stuff that’s hard to unearth than our brilliant regional Muddy editors (all national journalists in their own right) who are constantly scouring their counties for the best arts and cultural highlights? Whether you’re day tripping or planning for longer, here are some of the treats in store for you.

MUDDY BERKSHIRE

Meet Louis Sidoli, Castle Fine Art Windsor, Sun 20 March

Love neon?

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8 brilliant things to do this weekend

15 Mar 2017

Welcome to the Muddy fun factory, if you’re running the Reading half marathon – good luck, hats off to y’all. If you’re not,  treat yourself to something cold and bubbly because we’ve got plans to make.

Meet Louis Sidoli, Castle Fine Art Windsor, Sun 20 Mar

Love neon? I do, I do. Elbows sharpened then, as we bowl down to Castle Fine Arts in Windsor to meet celebrated British artist Louis Sidoli.

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Try This And Win: Neverland Skincare bespoke facial

13 Mar 2017

How’s your skin holding up? Mine definitely needs industrial help. It’s feels like sand paper after months of freezing temperatures, the central heating on full blast coupled with my rather lazy beauty routine. Basic is an understatement. Yes I need to drink more water, moisturise twice a day and get more sleep (tell me something I don’t know *yawn*). But a facial that has a ton of science behind it might just perk my skin up – and knock a couple of years off in the process.

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Muddy Review: Faust x2 at The Watermill

13 Mar 2017

What on earth does Faust – a work-weary academic with a dicky heart – and Star Wars’ evil Emperor Palpatine have in common? Well, both are played by Scottish acting legend Ian McDiarmid, for starters, both turn to the dark side, frustrated by their limitations and they both want to have their wicked way. Although in Faust’s case, this has more to do with getting his dirty old man hands on the virtuous Gretchen, than it does with galactic domination.

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Muddy eats: Oxford Blue, Old Windsor

10 Mar 2017

I literally couldn’t contain my excitement when I finally made it to the Oxford Blue, Old Windsor. Why all the girlie hysteria? Having semi-stalked the pub on social media, after a two-year renovation, chef proprietor Steven Ellis finally flung open the doors to his fine dining pub-restaurant on the last day of 2016. Is that not enough?

You’re right. Let me make the introductions. Muddy readers meet Steven Ellis. He’s a top chef caked in stardust having worked at three-michelin-star Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and Ian Pern’s Michelin starred Star Inn in North Yorkshire.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Berkshire Edition