Pinch punch first of the month. This week’s What’s On has us running from one side of the county to the other like a March Hare. We’ve got gorgeous gardens, beautiful spring bouquets and should it get a bit nippy out there we’ve got plenty of Northants arts and culture to keep us company. We’ve even got a Northants to London day planned. Goodbye February – Spring has almost sprung. Yippee.
Status Update, Royal & Derngate, Friday/Saturday, 8pm, 24-25 Feb
We know facts.
What? Are those green shoots I spy on the firmament of the Northamptonshire countryside? Well, yes, but let’s not rush into spring shall we? There’s plenty of time for that once we’ve dealt with frosty February, and only the hardiest species (Muddy types) know how to hand the last throes of Winter. And check out two culinary jewels associated with warmer, spicier climates at this time of year. Let’s get on with it…
Snowdrop Days, Evenley Wood Garden, Nr.
Hello Mudsters. This week’s What’s on guide brings you sparkle in many varieties – People, Venues, Events and Charity. It’s a great time of year, and it’s a great county to be in too. Don’t forget to sign up to Muddy Alerts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. With so much going on, not all of the county’s best stuff makes it into the What’s On guide.
I love flowers, but I have to be completely honest, they’re often bought in a rush alongside the spring onions and facial wipes. I’ve still got this idea that going into a florist for flowers ‘just for me’, is quite indulgent (and expensive), and if I did go the cheaper option and get loose flowers, how the heck do I get them into some semblance of prettiness. Cue, Creative Fleur in Wellingborough, which is running workshops on just that, and even took some time out of their busy schedule to give Mini Muddy her very own masterclass!
Hero, our Muddy editor over in Bucks/Oxon, went to stay at Thornbury Castle and she reckons us Northants peeps will want to hear about it, so here you go you gorgeous lot!
Fancy something a bit different on the blogaroo today? No problem, may I offer you a stay in the Cotswolds castle where Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn spent 10 days of their honeymoon? Yes, seriously!
This gorgeous piece of stoneware is Thornbury Castle, a Tudor beauty built between 1512 – 1521 whose history includes the beheading of its owner Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham on charges of treason.
Althorp Literary Festival, Althorp Estate, Thurs 30 Jun to July 3
Building on the success of Festivals past, the 13th Althorp Literary Festival promises once again to be a tres impressive event, with sessions from renowned novelists, comedians, politicians, sportsmen, screenwriters, biographers, historians and broadcasters (plus yours truly will be there with bells on). A bit of background (because we all like some context), when the founder of Althorp, Sir John Spencer died in 1522, his will stipulated that the house must forever be ‘a place of entertainment’ (good man).
Time to pimp up your patio? I’ve just discovered this range of funky deckchairs and cushions that will help your garden get its groove on…
Mediterranean Breads, Bay Tree Cottage, Towcester, Thurs 12 May
That Bay Tree Cottage makes so much bread I reckon the lucky employees are in a permanent carb coma! This week they’re using an authentic range of ingredients, baking methods and techniques, and learning how to create a selection of delicious Mediterranean breads. I’m looking at a carb light three weeks pre-holiday but I don’t think I could resist these melt in your mouth goodies – 9.30am – 3pm, £65.00
Bay Tree Cottage
Megan Henwood, Thurs 12 May, Towcester Mill
Award-winning singer-songwriter Megan Henwood will be performing in Towcester including tracks from her acclaimed album Head, Heart, Hand.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m no green fingered goddess, but after a mooch around a few gardening centres over the last few weekends, these are the tips I’ve garnered from the experts (you’re welcome ; )
Put support in place
Get your stakes and plant supports in now for taller growing and back of the border perennials. The plants will grow through and conceal their underpinning, plus it’s so much easier to do before things flop or snap!
Do you have a favourite hair salon or pub that you can’t go a week without visiting? Do you love the county we live in and want to help your local business communities? Then move in a little closer while I tell you more about the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016!
Muddy Stilettos Northants is following hot on the heels of its Ox/Bucks sister and is holding its very first Awards in Northants from 4 May 2016!