I asked personal trainer Zita Alves, a self-confessed former couch potato who now runs the award-winning Zest Bootcamps in Bath and 1-to-1 personal training sessions around Bath and Wells – she was Juliette Binoche’s personal trainer when she was filming Chocolat – for some advice on keeping it up (so to speak)…Read more
Wouldn't you though?
This cold weather really dries out the skin doesn't? I've been slapping on loads of my usual moisturizer but I'm still looking far more prune than plum. I wondered whether this brand new face serum (it's only been out a couple of weeks) would do the trick...Read more
Fancy getting Muddy?
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Lots of ideas for kids in the Muddy Half Term Guide Guide but for adults only (not like that!) read on…Read more
Did you know that not one but three Somerset pubs made it into this year’s Top 50 Gastropubs Awards? Organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, these are the pubs that industry insiders have voted as having the best food in the UK, food cooked by chefs whose skills wouldn’t be out of place in the world’s best restaurants…Read more
Tropical plants and ‘Greenery’, Pantone’s colour of 2017 will be all over the nation’s coolest wallpapers and fabrics this year. Here’s how to extend the look out into the garden, with some easy-to-grow exotics – and some unique vintage planters and other garden stuff to go with.Read more
Now Somerset, with its mellow, rainy, mild climate is famous (and justly so) for its cider orchards, and it may be that, like me, you’ve been too busy knocking back prosecco to explore the vibrant crop of hand-made, small-batch, craft beers that our breweries are producing. So over the past week, I decided to discover just what I’ve been missing out on (hic)…Read more
Just a brief one this week as the Muddy Half Term Guide is so flipping bumper…Read more
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster, take the best seat in the house at the ballet, discover the truth about dinosaurs – and more, this week and beyond in Somerset…Read more
OK, it’s time to clamber back onto my soapbox. Actually, can you just bear with me while I do three sets of tricep dips off it first? As is the drill in January, I’m using this relatively quiet time of year, undistracted by mulled wine and stilton, to ramp up my health and fitness. Eating a bit less, moving a bit more, trying to jiggle into my lycra leggings that I’m sure didn’t feel like tighter than clingfilm this time last year.Read more
Ah, V-Day is approaching. Will it be a table for two in your fave restaurant – again? Or a quiet night in with a box set and a bicker or a snooze? Me? I’ll probably still be opening cards from the huge sack that will arrive on the doorstep on Tuesday morning (what a fag) but I’ve had a nose around for some, hopefully not too cheesy, ideas for the rest of you …Read more
Just before Christmas I went to a sell-out, standout concert by jazz pianist Jason Rebello in Frome’s stunning, purpose-built music and performance space the Cooper Hall. The acoustics were perfect and the setting, in the grounds of a beautiful old Somerset house, idyllic….Read more