The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Read me: The top 10 young adult reads

24 Feb 2016

Muddy OX/Bucks is running this lovely feature collated by Books and Ink in Banbury, so I thought I’d steal it for Northants teens to have a gander (*pulls 15-year-old son kicking and screaming from PlayStation).

So if you’re despairing of young fingers prodding phones and want to redirect their energies, have a gander at these books and fire up their imaginations.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The new and final Hunger Games film was hot over Christmas and if there are any teens out there that haven’t already read and enjoyed the books, now is the time to get them a set of these.

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Muddy loves indie cinema: Errol Flynn Filmhouse

24 Feb 2016

When I lived in London I was a frequent visitor of the Everyman cinema. The Baker Street one had the most divine comfy seats, a cafe atmosphere, and you could take wine in during the film. Sold! Moving out to the Shires I found myself in various multiplexes, surrounded by kids (fair enough, a couple were mine), but I missed the intimate, cozy surroundings of an indie cinemas, especially when I fancied a film for one, which I sometimes do (I you get both armrests)!

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On, Thurs 25 – Weds 2 March ’16

24 Feb 2016


Sushi Made Simple, Bay Tree Cottage Workshops, Towcester, Thurs 25 Feb

I only got into sushi relatively late in life, but once I was in, yum. Hone your sushi skills, using the traditional Japanese bamboo rolling mat with tutor Rashmita Shah. She will be sharing her culinary know-how and passion to show you all the techniques you need to make your own selection of homemade sushi (be warned though, I once had a sushi session with the kids, and was hoovering up sticky rice three weeks later)!

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What’s that you say, it’s still half term?

17 Feb 2016

So, it’s four days into the school holidays! Torn your hair out yet? Fear not, we have a few more suggestions, avec and sans children. From interactive theatre to National Trust shizzle, there’s definitely something here to coast you through back to school! If you’re not a regular reader of Muddy Stilettos, sign up here to be the first to know about the cool, quirky and unmissable events in the area – ’tis totally freeeeeee!

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I Hart beer

12 Feb 2016

 

I like beer. Not pints and pints of it, but those little third of a pint glasses, you know the ones, you get them in craft beer pubs in a taster paddle with three drinks in the hole (a kind of beer tapas, if you will). Beer and I became  better acquainted after I became features editor on a magazine called Off-Licence News; it was difficult (nigh on impossible) not to try the offerings on display, and over the last few years as the craft beer industry (or is it indie beer now?) has really taken off, well, it would have been rude not to.

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Hsssssssss – snake venom facial

12 Feb 2016

Let me start at the very end, not such a very good place to start. BUT…

After I’d had my snake venom facial, I was relaxing that evening, all thoughts of snake or venom from my mind…I was probably thinking about food, I usually am, when up comes Muddy Paws, happy to see her Mamma and proceeds to lick my face warmly, while we both giggle and wrestle before I stop mid-lick and think holy crapola, SNAKE VENOM!!!! 

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Got your head around half term? You have now!

12 Feb 2016

Woo hoo, the first half term of the year (I say woo hoo, because to me it means a lie in). It’s also the first Muddy Northants Guide: my edit of things going on in our glorious county. I’ve popped in a few kiddy friendly activities, it seems only fair, but when you’re done with those, there are a couple of more adult friendly events (Robbie Williams you say?), to pepper your week while the ankle biters are off school.

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Muddy walks: Irchester Country Park

12 Feb 2016

When I was a kid, I always wondered why grown-ups went on walks. Was there a mysterious coven that covered up the real reasons they willingly decided to go out in the cold for two whole hours!!! A secret party they never told us about…Of course, as I’ve grown into a, ahem, mature lady, the appeal of the walk has miraculously made itself clear (also deciding to own a Labernese who chews the entire house if she doesn’t walk, kind of forces the issue).

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Meditation’s what you need, if you want to be a habit breaker

12 Feb 2016

Just off the A14, one of the worst roads in the western hemisphere, is not a place I thought I would find calm. In fact, that damn road was nearly responsible for the break up of me and Mr. Muddy, but that’s a story for another time.

The Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre (yup, try saying that on a glass of Pinot) is just off the busy road, but far away enough away to feel like you’ve stepped into another world.

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Where the travel experts go on holiday!

12 Feb 2016

Everyone who knows me knows I like a good holiday. Who doesn’t?! And I always get to thinking about warmer climes around February, when the mercury hits a consistent -0! As a journo (but unfortunately not a travel journo, pah), I’ve always wondered where the travel experts head on their hols. Tim Winkworth from the Family Adventure Company  (check them out, they’re pretty nifty) knows a thing or two about what to look for, so here are his tips for a brilliant break.

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