The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Devon Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Chic new scented candle brand SevenSeventeen gets its name from that magical time in the evening when its founders finally herd their children into bed - and relaaaaax. We hear you, sisters - and we love your fragrances too...

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Can’t be tossed to find the perfect pancake recipe? Muddy to the rescue!

22 Feb 2017

Every Shrove Tuesday, I say the same thing to the Muddy clan: ‘Why don’t we have pancakes more often? I love pancakes!’  Then we wholeheartedly throw ourselves into a new weekend tradition of Sunday pancakes, which lasts all of, oh, three weeks tops.  And then we forget about pancakes, including how to make them properly.  And repeat annual cycle.

The thing is, practice makes perfect and perfect I am not.  I’m sure half the problem is the fear of ballsing it and the kitchen up, in the process. 

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Hello Kuku, Pleased to eat you

20 Feb 2017

Cast your minds back to the mayhem of Christmas.  Whilst we were all gorging on stilton and cocktail sausages and tottering out of bars a little bit piddled after the work Christmas do (I saw you), something pretty special happened in Plymouth; a brand new sushi and Japanese restaurant quietly opened its doors, limbering up, ready to do a number on us all come “healthy season”.

Fast forward to Feb and Kuku has elbowed its way to the top of people’s must-visit lists and provided some new energy about town.  

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New! Muddy Book Club: February’s Best Reads

19 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?

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Muddy Goes Retro at Sloggett & Son, Plymouth

15 Feb 2017

A few weeks ago, I finally poked my head in to Sloggett & Son on Plymouth’s Union Street.  For those who aren’t local, this is an, um, interesting part of town with an, err, interesting past, involving sailors, a long list of shady clubs and more than a few police vans over the years.  It’s a colourful history alright; but the street also has some fab old buildings that escaped the heavy World War II bombings and, maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’d love to see it finally shake off its dodgy reputation.

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Free Fashion and Arts Film Site

14 Feb 2017

Excitingly, Muddy Stilettos just gained another fab new editor!  Devon, let me introduce you to Muddy Gloucestershire.  She’s brought a gift, too.  Check out this free fashion-focused film and doc site.  I suggest you snuggle down under a blanket, slip on the Anna Wintour shades (nobody’s looking) and lose yourself for a while.  Take it away, Sarah…

OK people, if you’ve overdosed on drama (TabooApple Tree YardHomeland – gotta love the winter telly schedules) and fancy something a bit different, then check out Made To Measure (M2M), an unbelievable treasure trove of classic fashion films, documentaries, catwalk shows and original programming, which is free (!), but I bet it won’t be for long.

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A ridiculously stylish & fun country B&B In East Devon

13 Feb 2017

I’m beginning to notice a familiar pattern forming from my review trips: the weather is always grim. If there isn’t a thick blanket of fog, a force 10 gale and a flood somewhere en route then frankly, it ain’t a Muddy review.  On my recent visit to Old Park Hall, near Axminster, all three criteria were effortlessly fulfilled – and I decided to throw in mild concussion for good measure, having managed to shut the car boot on my head.  

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On my soap box… about body bashing

10 Feb 2017

Love this piece from Muddy Berkshire, let’s be nice this weekend! x

Wait one second while I hoist up my big pants – but why is it necessary to trash talk ourselves and other women? Whether we are debating the rights and wrongs of Beyoncé’s Insta pregnancy announcement (despite the 10million likes), slagging off a celebrity for losing weight or looking at our reflection lamenting the mum tum that hangs before us – it’s time to stop.

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The Feb Half Term Muddy Guide

8 Feb 2017

Batten down the hatches, the kids are out of school and back within your clutches.  This week’s guide is all about survival.  Enjoy x

Busted, Plymouth Pavillions, Fri 10 Feb

School’s out and Busted are back, with an all-new grown up look and sound, although I’m pleased to see that Charlie’s eyebrows are still desperately trying to be the fourth member of the band.  The two-time Brit Award-winning trio say they reunited in the studio almost by accident, but it was a happy one because now they have a new album and a UK Headline tour.  

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Blissful Spa Break: St Moritz Hotel, Cornwall

5 Feb 2017

Sometimes, all that’s needed to break up the monotony is a change of scenery and a few days away from the daily grind.  Fortunately, we’re right next door to Cornwall, (had you noticed that too?), and it turns out you really don’t have to go far to escape either with the kids, with girlfriends or with your beloved, as jammy Muddy Cornwall editor Sophie discovered recently.  She’s been for an uber-relaxing break at the St Moritz Hotel.  

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The Muddy Guide (Thurs 2 – Weds 8 Feb)

1 Feb 2017

Devon knows that half-term is just around the corner (I know, already?!), so this week you’re being treated to a smorgasbord of grown-up fun, before it arrives and sucks you into a giant, sticky vortex of soft play.  Enjoy! x

Jay Raynor: The Ten (food) Commandments, Ivybridge Watermark Theatre, Fri 3 Feb

The award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge has turned into a culinary Moses as he attempts to lead us to the edible promised land.  

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Devon Edition