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  • Gardener’s paradise

    It feels a bit strange writing about a trip outdoors on a day as miserable as this, but the weather is supposed to perk up over the next few days, so my optimism may yet prevail. I visited Rousham Gardens over the summer with my mum (below, demonstrating the biggest tree trunk I’ve ever seen), […]

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    If you have grand designs for your garden this year, check out the striking work of award-winning Oxfordshire sculptor David Harber. I've got my eye on this bronze beauty - isn't she pretty?

  • Let’s PARTY!!! Cornwell Manor opens for guests

    Whoo-hoo! I’m so excited to tell you about this because I know Cornwell Manor – I had a sneaky peaky around it last year (friend of a friend stuff) – and I’m not kidding, it’s one of the loveliest manor houses in the Cotswolds. It’s a total stonker. Cornwell Manor is close to Chipping Norton […]

  • Watlington: small but perfectly formed

    I haven’t had a Muddy day out in one town for a while – the last one was Chipping Norton last summer – but they’re good fun to do and always surprising too, because what you see from the car window on the main road never tells the story. That’s definitely the case for Watlington, […]

  • A drop of art

    I was up at Waddesdon Manor a few weeks ago and totally forgot to tell you about this fantastic installation in the garden aviary (above). It’s been there for a while, and is called Bit.fall, by German artist Julius Popp, just the latest in a long line of brilliant interactive collaborations between the Rothschild estate […]

  • TRY THIS: Blenheim Horse Trials, Woodstock

    Let it be said right from the off that I’m not particularly horsey – in fact the one time I did ‘ride’ a horse it refused point blank to move – but I went to Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials on Thursday anyway, to see if it would appeal past the zealots to equine luddites […]

  • DAY OUT: Claydon House (mid Bucks)

    There’s no shortage of gorgeous estates out in Bucks & Oxon, but I have to admit I’m rather fond of Claydon House in mid Bucks. It doesn’t have the big adventure playground of Waddesdon and Cliveden, and no-one can accuse the cafe of being trendy unless you find orange pine sexy. But the house is […]

  • Woburn Safari Park

    As you can see from the above picture, it’s quite something when you see a wolf the size of a donkey heading straight for you. Or a monkey land on your car. Or a tiger prowling metres from your tender body. I haven’t been to a drive-through safari park for years, rather embarrassing given that […]

  • Fancy a walk then?

    The posts I like writing most are the ones that get me excited to try something different myself. Having researched lots of lovely pubs with circular walks attached, I wanted to go and try one too, so off we went a few weeks ago, the whole Muddy lot of us, for the three village walk […]

  • See this: Bruce Munro at Waddesdon

    Another day, another great event at Waddesdon Manor. Sorry to bang on about Waddesdon so much – it’s my local NT place so I guess I go to it more than others – but the truth is it puts on such an incredible array of special events and extraordinary art that it’s hard not to […]

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