The Muddy Guide
How to Find Your Style Workshop with Farrow and Ball, Thur 9 Mar, 10am-4pm
Calling all lovers of interior-design (erm, that’d be all of us). To celebrate the opening of Orchid’s latest store in central Winchester, it’s collaborating with Farrow & Ball for this inspirational and interactive one-day workshop.
Farrow & Ball’s Colour Consultant will talk about how to use colour and pattern to transform your home, whilst Orchid’s Co-founder and Director, Jemma Page will focus on how to bring scale and texture to your interiors through furniture. Learn how to mix-and-match colour, texture and accessories. Gain the confidence to create interiors you love, make a style board and take home an Orchid and Farrow & Ball goody bag.
Farrow and Ball Showroom, 32 The Square, Winchester SO23 9EX, 01962 843179, orchidfurniture.co.uk
Yamuna Body Rolling, Blossom Yoga, Winchester Discovery Centre, Sat 4 Mar, 10-12pm
Mid-thirties onwards, some of us post-pregnancy — we have less time to exercise and if we do find time for the swimming or running, less time to stretch: our bodies feel different, tighter, bunched even. Yoga is great, but something else is needed. So my heart leapt when I read about this and I knew that I needed to share with my Muddy Readers. Yamuna Body Rolling is a delicious total body unwind. A form of self-massage if you like, it’s designed to open, free tension and restore ease in the body using different sized balls to lengthen and tone the muscles. Yes please! See you all there.
P&G Well Booksellers, Under-3 Story Time, Wednesdays 10am, Winchester
World Book Day is upon us, bring on that last minute dash for costumes. To celebrate, head to the wonderful P&G Wells Booksellers in Winchester (the oldest bookseller in the UK #HantsBraggingRights) for its weekly story time for Under-3’s. On your way back to the carpark scoot by Flat Whites for the best coffee on the go. Meanwhile have a squizz at the Top Ten Books for Small People from P&G’s Children’s-books guru, Clare Maltby.
P&G Wells Booksellers, Kingsgate Village, Winchester, So23 9LZ, bookwells.co.uk
Grow your Insta Account with @cookiencandies, Mar 4, 10am-4pm
Join the Insta-famous @cookiesncandies (yes peeps, 50.7k followers and counting) a.k.a Marlene Lee for a photography tour of Winchester. Learn how she achieves those cream and neutral architectural compositions plus dig around Winch’s backstreets, more famous than you think — find the backdrop for TV series The Crown and movies such as Da Vinci Code and Les Miserables. N.B. This image is by yours-truly, however much I love Marlene’s work, copying from someone’s Instagram feed just ain’t cricket.
The Grapes of Wrath, Nuffield Southampton Theatre, 6-25 Mar, tickets on sale now.
Books punctuate my life: Jane Eyre and Cider With Rosie as a country teen; Kerouac’s On the Road as a feckless student in Florence; then bumping along East Africa’s dust rivers to Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath — but here was another time, another place when people were not on the road by choice. They were Okies, Elvis amongst them, refugees from the American dust bowl. At the height of the Great Depression, one family begins an epic journey driven as much by fear as by hope. Route 66 to California, the Promised Land. In search of work. A new life. The Grapes of Wrath is a towering testimony to the integrity, strength and perseverance of the human spirit.