The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hampshire Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Happy birthday COS! The cooler, older sister of H&M, much-loved by the fash' pack, has given us a decade of pared-back high street style with an obsession for detail. I love it.

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Pimp My Pancake

25 Feb 2017

Saucepans at the ready — Shrove Tuesday beckons, time for one last hurrah before we behave ourselves during lent (*cough* except for my birthday, and my husband’s… not forgetting the dog). Pimp your pancakes with these naughty twists on the fillings we know and love.

 

1/ Lime with chilli-infused warm maple syrup and dark chocolate shavings

(To replace… lemon and sugar)

  • Infuse dried chilli flakes in maple syrup over a very low heat (taking care not to burn the syrup).
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14 Beautiful Beach Cottages to Rent This Summer

25 Feb 2017

One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.

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Swallows and Amazons Stays

25 Feb 2017

Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The landlocked Muddy editors (*sob*) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you through spring and summer.

STAY IN… BERKSHIRE

River Arts Club, Maidenhead

Who needs the coast when you can have the mighty Thames?

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Chic Sleeps at Rathfinny Wine Estate

22 Feb 2017

It’s been a long winter so let’s be honest, a short-break would not go amiss.  The brilliant Debbie, aka. Ms Muddy Sussex, found this stunning winery across the Hants/Sussex borders in the sprawling South Downs. Have you popped over to Muddy Sussex yet? Oh, but you must! Over to you Debbie…

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Ever keeled over on a settee hugging a bottle of Pinot Noir? No, me neither <cough>.

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New! Muddy’s Best Reads

21 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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Top Five Things to Do in Hants

21 Feb 2017

Half-term planning’s done and dusted, no time to draw breath though Muddy Readers things to do, things to see…

 

Gangsta Granny, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, Thur 23 – Sun 26 Feb

Friday nights with Granny means only one thing for Ben: cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake. Boring! But, oh how very wrong he is. David Walliams’ best-selling children’s book (yes, he of Little Britain fame)  has been adapted for stage to huge acclaim.

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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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Wine with Guts: Caviste showcases Australia’s finest wines

14 Feb 2017

OK, time to dump the jammy Jacob’s Creek associations, turns out that Oz produces some mighty fine wine. Forgive the negativity — I’m married to a Kiwi so a touch of Antipodean rivalry goes with the territory, but my, my it seems that Caviste is about to turn my prejudices WAY down-under; sorry, but that was too easy.

If you haven’t come across this Overton-based wine merchant, then pop down (the Co op, a.k.a.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Hampshire Edition