The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Property Flirt: I think I’m in love…

21 Feb 2017

There are properties that I like to flirt with. Just the usual flirting: a little blushing of cheek, fluttering of eyelash and possibly flashing of leg. It’s nothing serious, just a little crush. My heart’s not in it for the long haul.

And then there are the properties I go doolally over. These are the ones I would introduce to my parents. To my grandma. These properties are the keepers. They have everything on my tick list, and more.

Folks. I’ve found my keeper.

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New! Muddy book club: February’s best reads

21 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases? Make space on your Kindle or bedside table pronto for her February literary picks, and if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear them – you can write in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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How to do London Fashion Week (if you’re not Anna Wintour)

14 Feb 2017

London Fashion Week used to be a case of ‘if your name’s not down, you’re not coming in’ but these days the biannual round of fashion shows are a much more democratic affair. While you’re still unlikely to find yourself snuggled up front row next to the editor of French Vogue (wearing sunglasses indoors and a ‘whatever’ expression mandatory), there are plenty of other ways to get involved. With the AW17 collections being showcased in the capital from 17-21 February, Muddy’s Kerry Potter – a glossy mag journo escapee and veteran LFW attendee – has some ideas for soaking up the fashion vibes, even if your FROW ticket got (*cough*) lost in the post.

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Muddy eats: The Running Horses

14 Feb 2017

Yup, it’s pretty chilly at the mo, but if anything can lure me outside it is a scenic stroll with the promise of a warming gourmet pub lunch with a girlfriend I haven’t seen in a while. And it was on one of those gloriously clear, yet crisp, days that I discovered this perfect combo at The Running Horses in the pretty village of Mickleham.

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Eco fashion: Five easy ways to cut clothing waste

1 Feb 2017

With the SS17 fashion season almost upon us and frosty days forcing us inside, now is as good a time as any to look inside our wardrobes. Not an open-the-door-then-force-it-shut-quickly type of look. But a good honest look at what you wear, and what you don’t.

I found out recently that the average UK home owns about £4,000 worth of clothes, about a third of which goes unworn. And between us we have £30 billion worth – yes, 3-0 billion – of unused clothing sitting in our closets. That’s a lot of clothes. It’s quite shocking isn’t it?

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Muddy eats: The Plough Inn, Coldharbour

1 Feb 2017

This week the Muddy Surrey team came down with a dreadful bout of lifestyle envy. It came about unexpectedly, but hit each of us with a powerful force. We had been to sample an out-of-the-way pub that had a long-standing reputation for being a lot less than brilliant.

That, of course, was before Becky and John Hopper took over and waved their magic wands. Okay, some heavy-duty building tools and a couple of paintbrushes may have also been waved around, but The Plough Inn, in the tiny village of Coldharbour, near Dorking, has been transformed and is now a glorious pub and B&B, with a barn for private venues and its own micro brewery. It’s gorgeous. And I wanna run it!

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And the winner of the Always the Sun competition is…

30 Jan 2017

Wow! A hard-fought competition. Loads of you wanted to win the family ticket to the Always the Sun competition. And no wonder… four stages of live music from global, local and emerging artists and DJs, as well as five areas of workshops, demonstrations, theatre and comedy performances – you name it, it’ll be at Stoke Park in Guildford from Oct 8-10.

But alas, there can only be one winner, and the first round the final bend past the finishing line is…

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Appeal: George and the Giant Pledge

29 Jan 2017

Sometimes people you’ve never met can have the most profound effect on you. It’s happened to me, and without doubt thousands of others who have heard the heartbreaking story of George Woodall from Reigate.

This is George.

He’s four years old, and on January 3 he was diagnosed with cancer. In those few short weeks, he’s already become well acquainted with the Royal Marsden Hospital. And during the next year he will continue to do so.

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