The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hampshire Edition

Category: Health & Fitness

6 Courses for Creative Mammas

13 Mar 2017

Flowers? Choccies? Pah been there done that. With Mother’s Day looming why not book yourself and your mum onto one of the frankly ginormous selection of creative, crafty courses in this fine county. Forget the here-and-now and lose yourselves in paints, clay, charcuterie or the pure joy of flying. Read on for Muddy Hant’s favourites.


Felt Design… Rum’s Eg, Romsey, Weds 29 Mar, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Revel in felt’s joyous colour and texture focusing on the design and colour-mixing of the fibres plus cutting and layering techniques.

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The Muddy Guide

28 Feb 2017

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.

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Muddy Walks: The Mill Trail, Whitchurch

18 Feb 2017

Finally, spring is doing its things: there’s warmth in the sun, carpets of snowdrops, and children in the park after school.

Time for a good leg-stretch then.  The Mill Trail in Whitchurch, North Hampshire, is an easy, circular hour-and-a-half. Flat, push-chair friendly with kissing gates all the way and a rope-swing en-route, it hugs the River Test — Hampshire’s most famous chalk-stream — then flattens out through rolling farmland ending in Bere Mill.

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Muddy Walks: St Mary Bourne

14 Feb 2017

We live in the countryside, many of us have dogs — walking is in our DNA, but my gosh sometimes it’s a struggle especially when you factor in busy roads, parking and deeply reluctant mini-Mudlets (see this post on Geocaching).

With this in mind, can I recommend an easy circuit in St Mary Bourne, North Hampshire? A manageable part of Hampshire’s Test Way, it’s a reasonably easy, pushchair-friendly circular route with off-street parking, a children’s playground and a pub that backs onto one of Hampshire’s famous chalk-streams.

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The Red Lip and The Feline Flick: Valentine’s Day Make-Up

6 Feb 2017

Make-up, it’s powerful stuff: Cleopatra had her eyeliner, Monro her red lip.  With Valentines Day looming what better time to embrace our inner Egyptian Queen/ Movie Goddess hybrid with a feline flick and some proper grown-up red lipstick?

Enter make-up artist extraordinaire, Faiza Hyder. Not only is she drop-dead stonkingly gorgeous (inside and out, of course), but she rocks the red lip and liner flick combo — a hard one to achieve Muddy Readers.

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Muddy Walks: Whitehill, Kingsclere

28 Jan 2017

Ever feel a tad hemmed in by Hampshire? I love this county to my bones, but sometimes an antidote to the farms and woodland is needed and you’ll see me running to the hills: a crazed Julie Andrews desperate for that big ol’ sweeping vista. St Catherine’s Hill outside Winchester is a favourite, but on those rare turquoise-sky winter days there is only one place that you’ll find me — White Hill, Kingsclere.

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Healthy Food: Hampshire Style

19 Jan 2017

While the world of health-food faddism plumbs new depths of mad  — Amanda Chantal Bacon’s Moon Juice Dust with cordyceps, reishi and shilajit resin now retailing on net-a-porter for £50 a tin — us sensible mortals are embracing a different way of eating.

Books like Bee Wilson’s This Is Not A Diet Book: A User’s Guide to Eating Well, encourage us to reject the guilt and indulgence cycle and embrace food as joy: broccoli, for example, is moreish heaven when pan fried with the best olive oil, chilli and garlic.    

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