The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Devon Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Hopefully you've read about mega on-trend Devon-based Home & Lifestyle brand Nkuku in my review on the blogaroo? Now feast your peepers on this gorgeous weekend bag. Spring break, anyone?

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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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A Muddy Brunch at Brixham’s Coolest Cafe

1 Feb 2017

Any cafe that calls itself The Curious Kitchen is bound to bring a Muddy editor sniffing about the place, isn’t it?  And besides, it was about time I made a pilgrimage back to Brixham to cathartically cleanse myself of some dodgy memories.

You see, me and this fishing town on the English Riviera have got previous.

About ten years ago, I found myself at Brixham harbour at the crack of dawn, with a horrendous hangover, to produce  a day of filming out at sea, alongside one of those huge, smelly Russian cargo ships that looks like a block of flats from land.  

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Alternative, Fromage-Free ideas for Valentines Day

30 Jan 2017

My head hit the table today at speed when I realised that V-day is creeping up on us like a red velvet-caped assassin.  For crying out loud, just as we’ve got Christmas done and dusted, now the pressure is on to roll out a massive show of affection for our loved ones.  I’ll tell you what, this year shall we make a pact not to go too over the top on the roses and dodgy poetry and, instead treat the day as a chance to simply enjoy doing something a bit different to the mundane and ordinary?  

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Cloud Cuckoo Land? Kinda wish I was there now

28 Jan 2017

Just before Christmas I was at a craft fair at Dartington Hall, trying desperately to placate the Mudlet, who was rather irritatingly attached to my left leg like a prickly limpet.  I was just about to give up and strop off back to the car, dramatically declaring the day over (read: large G&T time), when I discovered the arts & crafts room for kids – hallelujah!  But it wasn’t the sight of pipe cleaners and pencils that bought me an extra half-hour of grown-up time, it was a quirky-looking fella, a kind of rock n roll version of Rik Mayall in the corner,  who made a beeline for us and asked if we wanted to hear a story.  

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Is this the new ‘Girl on the Train’?

27 Jan 2017

Looking for the new hot read? The Girl Before, just released is being touted as the new Girl on the Train and Muddy Sussex editor Debbie has somehow already gotten her mitts on it, devoured it and written this review for us. Check out her post below, it’s well worth the read.

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life’ so begins The Girl Before, a psychological thriller by J.P.

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What’s On: The Muddy Guide (Thurs 26 Jan – Wed 1 Feb)

25 Jan 2017

Healthy Breakfast Weekend at Darts Farm, Fri 27 – Sun 29 Jan

Breakfast, brunch, brinner, brupper, whatever you want to call it, I’m a massive fan, so you might just catch me loitering at this one, taking place at the best farm shop in the UK (that’s not me bragging, it’s true, they’ve got the award!).  It’s a celebration of healthy ways to kick off the day, as loads of the region’s best artisan suppliers will be coming together.

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Spare pair of pants? 6 Awesome Deals on Quick Getaways in Jan

23 Jan 2017

I don’t know about you but I start to pout a little bit come the end of January.  I feel sulky that I’ve just endured a month of good behaviour/cold, dreary skies/the scales not telling me anything new/failed resolutions.  And fed up that a holiday seems a very distant speck on the horizon (I’m getting slightly hysterical just thinking about it).  But actually,  now is the ideal time to take off on a spur-of-the-moment escape to break up the monotony  as we prepare to trudge into February.  

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On My Soapbox: Healthiness Shouldn’t Be a Status Symbol

21 Jan 2017

I reckon that around about now, some of you are beginning to waver on your fitness regimes.  More still probably never got around to beginning one despite promising to.  And others are sick to the back teeth of seeing people’s Facebook updates telling us how many miles they just ran…. at six o’clock on a freaking Sunday morning.  Wherever you currently stand on the idea of healthy living, I thought that a timely rant from Muddy founder Hero Brown might help ease those feels of frustration.  

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Fancy A Coffee? This Muddy Offer Will Have you Full of Beans

19 Jan 2017

It might be the caffeine high, but I’ve just got to tell you about my little discovery today.  I checked out Plymouth’s newest indie coffee shop, Good Coffee Headquarters (GCHQ if you want to be cryptic).  Not only is it a dose of retro cool and a balm to the soul for serious coffee-drinkers, but I also managed to twist the arm of the owners to give you, my dear Muddies, a special offer.

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What’s On: The Muddy Guide (Thurs 19 – Weds 25 Jan)

19 Jan 2017

In the weekly Muddy Guide, I’ll be doing all I can to prise you away from the sofa and give you a gentle shove towards the front door. So let’s kick things off with 9 awesome things happening this weekend and beyond.

Last days of the Clangers, Bagpuss & Co Exhibition, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, 19 – 22 Jan 

This is your last chance to see this really lovely-sounding touring exhibition, organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood, before Bagpuss takes one final yawn and curls up to sleep.  

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Devon Edition