The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: My Favourite Places

Finca you for the memories – Muddy visits Lanzarote

20 Jan 2017

Who wants to go on an Eco Retreat, meet some brilliant people and relax with your family – or if you’re really lucky ‘sans’ kids? Me. We’ve been to Lanzarote a few times, which is unusual because I like to try new things and broaden my horizons; but sometimes it’s good to hit the ground running. Is it the winter sun that draws me back?  Well ‘yes” but Lanzarote Retreats (loads of varied accommodation), and Finca De Arrieta (Eco Retreat) in particular tick so many more boxes too (right near the beach, total self-catering flexibility, glamping or cottages, good restaurants nearby…).

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Fave Places – The Wonder Kitchen’s Sammie Goddard

5 Sep 2016

Sammie Goddard runs The Wonder Kitchen, a lipsmacking cupcake business that services Oxfordshire, Northants and beyond and has a huge local following. Her pink customized 18ft van Lily is a regular at food festivals, parties, school proms and weddings and has racking for a mind-blowing 500 cupcakes (yeah, just mull that around!). Here are some of Sammie’s favourite places, a couple of which are in our lovely Shire.

Bletchley Park

I started my cupcake business five years ago, after years in the city doing recruitment, but I do have another job too – as a singer with the 1940’s trio The Sasparillas.

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My favourite places – Author Joanne Harris

21 Mar 2016

Joanne Harris is the acclaimed author of Chocolat made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche (was it just me, or was Johnny Depp a bit weird in that film?). Since then, she has written 15 more novels, two collections of short stories, three cookbooks and her books are now published in over 50 countries (phew). She’s appearing at the Oxford Literary Festival in three separate events from Friday 8 – Sunday 10 April 2016, so pop in and see her if you’re there.

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