The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Wouldn't you though?

Here at Muddy, we're full of the joys of Spring. Why, you ask? We've spritzed ourselves all over with this zingy, sunshiny, delicious new fragrance from natural beauty brand Neom.

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Making Moghul chicken in the Mendips

15 Feb 2016

Having a dog-eared Madhur Jaffrey classic on the bookshelf and a cupboard full of Indian spices with use-by-dates that don’t start with 20  *hangs head in shame*, are the signs of someone who loves the idea of cooking Indian food but never actually does it.  Cue the half-day North Indian Adventure cooking class, one of Sweet Cumin‘s Indian home cooking classes in the tiny village of Clapton near Radstock – recently listed as one of The Guardian‘s top foodie cookery courses in the UK.

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Tips for instant colour in a February garden

14 Feb 2016

Sadly, this is not my garden. I forgot to put my garden to bed at the end of last year and it’s in a bit of a sorry state now: a jungle of dead stalks, a thick layer of leaves turning to mulch (but that’s good, right?) and a few green shoots (could they be daffs?) poking up through the soil. I’ve got the secateurs set to chop down the jungle but I need colour in the garden and I need it now, so: what to plant for instant horticultural gratification?

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Get the family outdoors on a treasure trail

14 Feb 2016

When a friend told me about these self-guided themed Treasure Trails I practically yelped for joy, so I thought I’d bash out a quick post so you can yelp with joy too.  Anything that screams ‘half-term saviour’ and gives you a fun excuse to get kids out of the house and out into the fresh air for an hour or two is good in my book. Best of all they are nationwide so you can use them at home or take them on holiday.

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Top 10 films for 2016 (Bridget’s back!)

14 Feb 2016


We’ll admit to being total film nerds here at Muddy Somerset, and we’re practically squealing for 2016’s offerings after last year’s cinematic line-up was somewhat of a let down. So, whether you’re looking for a bit of chick flick and chill (Ms Bridget Jones), or something for the rabble (a new Jungle Book!) we’ve got you covered. Muddy intern Daisy Ward gives us her recommendations for the coming year.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 18-Weds 24 Feb

14 Feb 2016

Wondering what to do and where to go over the coming week? I’m assuming you’ve already got your tickets for the bagpipe workshop at Halsway Manor but here are a few other ideas…

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences, Victoria Art Gallery in Bath until 10 April

The UK’s most famous transvestite potter Grayson Perry travelled the country exploring the taste of Britain’s different social classes as part of the Channel 4 series All in the best possible taste.

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7 fitness tips to find your inner olympian

14 Feb 2016

Toby Garbett is an Olympian and two-time World Champion rower (I mean, come on, credit where it’s due!), having competed in 5 World Championships and 2 Olympic Games.  He later swapped rowing for triathlon becoming National AG Champion in 2012 & 2013, and came 6th in the World Triathlon Championships in Hyde Park. He’s also a personal trainer, pilates instructor and Level 2 triathlon coach. Here are Toby’s insider tips for fitness and weight loss success.

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