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  • Valentine’s Day the Muddy way

    Nine ways to show someone that you love 'em (spoiler: one of them is a bit cheesy)

  • Last minute Christmas gifts near you

    Cracking good gifts from local Somerset businesses: pop in or browse and buy online

  • Hot Shop

    Around 50 indy biz selling an eclectic mix of homewares, gifts and more at The Emporium Somerset in Wellington

  • Play it again glam

    OK,OK, I know it's early but just getting in quick with some cool and original vintage Christmas gift ideas for grown ups

  • Top 10 Xmas books for kids aged 8-12

    Here you go, the fourth of the Muddy book guides to help you decide the best tomes for Christmas: the top 10 fiction picks for kids 8-12. Don’t buy on Amazon, hop over to your local bookshop! Star Wars Galactic Atlas This is the must have Christmas present for Star Wars fans of all ages. […]

  • Christmas gift edit: for kids

    Kids can be as hard to buy for as adults. So if you're struggling, take peek at these nine Christmas present ideas and shop local or online...

  • Christmas gift edit: for men

    Need some inspiration for man gifts? Here are some suggestions, shopping local and surfing from your sofa....

  • Christmas gift edit: for women

    Christmas present ideas for a friend, sister or mum, or little old you. No need to write a list and send it up the chimney – just send Father Christmas a link. From shops in Somerset and online...

  • Father’s Day Gift Guide

    If you’re looking for a gift for Father’s Day, if you’re a Dad looking for hints to drop – or if reading this has only just reminded you that it is Father’s Day on Sunday 19 June and that you’d better get your skates on – then check out this collection of goodies put together […]

  • Four flamingos and a new garden nursery

    I’ve just had a sneak preview of the new garden nursery at the Kilver Court Designer Village in Shepton Mallet. The nursery – and the newly restored and replanted ‘secret gardens’ – are opening this Easter weekend. Put together by designer, Mulberry founder and keen plantsman Roger Saul and his wife Monty,  you won’t find […]

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