The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Gloucestershire 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 a nifty new dish. Because there’s only so much pasta and pesto a girl can eat.

First up wearing the Muddy (not literally, don’t worry) apron, Emma Collen from the brilliant The Jericho Kitchen Cookery School in Oxford. Over to you, Emma.

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The Muddy Guide: Thu 23 to Wed 29

23 Mar 2017

The weather may be busy prevaricating about what it’s doing – warm, cold, sunny, rainy – but don’t let that stop you from getting out there and enjoying what’s on this week – from a bring-it-to-the people pop-up opera in a brewery to an über-cool Pop Art exhibition on tour from London. Just don’t forget to pack your all-weather gear.

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Let there be light! British Summer Time here we come!

22 Mar 2017

The clocks go forward on Sunday which means we’re finally coming out of the dark months and embracing the light. Hurrah! And while it might feel a bit harsh for a few days to have the alarm effectively going off an hour earlier, the extra hours of daylight more than make up for it. In fact, at this time of year you want to get up because the birds are singing, the sun is out (hopefully – please weather be kind this year) and you feel like you’ve got more juice in the tank. So how to make the most of the longer days? Read on, I’ve got a few ideas.

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The Muddy Book Club – March’s best 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!

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How to wake up to spring

18 Mar 2017

Despite the odd biting wind (why am I always on a touchline when this happens?), it feels like we can pretty confidently say spring has now well and truly arrived. Transition dressing has become a thing – coat or no coat, tights or bare legs, boots or trainers – getting up in the morning is feeling slightly less tortuous (which is a good thing because it’s taking sooo long to decide what to wear) and sticky toffee pudding doesn’t feel like a daily need anymore. In fact, you might even be contemplating pulling on some Lycra. For, in seasonal terms, now is the new year. “Spring is the perfect time for new year’s resolutions,” says Chalford-based yoga teacher and life coach Claire Beeley (who in January provided pearls of wisdom about how to survive winter). “In many Eastern calendars this is the new year, not January.” So, what’s the best way to seize this moment and wring out what we can from the season? Over to you Claire.

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The Muddy Guide: Thu 16 to Wed 22 March

16 Mar 2017

We’re halfway through Race Week – and here are the runners and the riders for a good time for the week ahead, from a St Patrick’s Day at the races (and night at the bar) to middle-aged laughs and Shakesperian tragedy.

St Patrick’s Thursday, Cheltenham Races, Thu 16 March

St Patrick’s Day comes a day early at Cheltenham this year to make way for Race Week’s Gold Cup finale on Friday.

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Made By Bob, Cirencester

15 Mar 2017

Walk through the glass doors of Made By Bob in Cirencester and you walk into another world – not the quiet, genteel world of a Cotswold market town, oh no! These doors open into an altogether buzzier, more urban world, which makes you feel as if, like Alice in Wonderland, you’ve drunk a magic potion and been transported in a heartbeat to a funky brasserie in Chelsea.

Located in the Corn Hall arcade, Made By Bob, which opened in 2008, but recently underwent a fab new renovation with a denim blue colour scheme blending perfectly with its low-beamed ceiling and windowed archways, is the place to lunch in Cirencester.

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Stop press: style masterclass, champagne included!

13 Mar 2017

Phew, after a month of meeting the inscrutable gazes of catwalk models just about everywhere – in print, online, all over Instagram – the autumn winter 2017 shows are finally over and we can get back to business as usual. But while the sight of these preternaturally beautiful women strutting down the runway can seem pretty far removed from real life – and it’s easy to ridicule some of the out-there stuff designers dream up (Comme des Garçons fat suits anyone?) – fashion nevertheless touches us all and can have a big impact on our lives from how we feel and interact with people to how we work and succeed.

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Book ’em up! Top 30 quirky stays in the UK

10 Mar 2017

Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay. The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!

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