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  • 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 […]

    • Fab fashion on a Farm

      The recently opened shop Allotment seems to have got it just about right, selling beautiful, wearable British and European clothing, footwear and accessories that work together and are perfect for the mud-dogs-mud-school-mud-work-mud-pub-mud aspects of country life.

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