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  • oglee poglee childrens party bag jungle themed crafts

    Ready-made party bags?

    These clever party bags will make kids' birthday bashes less of a soul-zapping palaver. Where do we sign up?

  • Rumsey’s: Chocoholics unite!

    Yes you can send your kids to a paint zone or trampoline park for their birthday party, but is there anything as perfect as a choco-guzzling exercise masquerading as a 'learning experience?' I think not. No, scrap that, I *know* not, because my 9 and 7 year olds just spent a morning at Rumsey's Chocolaterie in Thame, making the most amazing Easter chickens, eggs and baskets, and frankly now nowhere else will bleedin' do even for a cappu-frickin-cino!

  • Ready to party?

    I’ve grabbed Caroline at Bucks-based Perfect Peony for a quick piece of ‘events therapy’.

  • Recipe: Poached salmon in rice wine and soy sauce with sprout stir fry

    This the lovely Pamela, one of a growing band of dedicated foodies I meet who has turned her passion into a business and is found a rather tidy niche. ChenMoore Chopsticks is all about demystifying oriental food (Pamela is from Taiwan originally, but cooks across the Far Eastern regions) and showing that it’s not all […]

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Yeah I'm *totally* eating my five a day! These iced biccies come via the Bluebell Biscuiterie in Henley, specialists in weddings, christenings, birthdays and bringers of joy to gluttons like moi.

  • Let’s parrrrrrrrrrty!

    Is it too early to get excited about Christmas parties? Too late, party-poopers, I’m already in the zone! I’ve been on the sly look out for good party venues for a while actually – partly because I’m thinking of holding my Awards drinks somewhere other than my home in the summer (the Weetabix on the […]

  • Book this: Rush are doing Kids Summer Camps!

    It was with a feeling of slightly weepy gratitude that I received a newsletter from Rush Trampolining the other day. The independently owned trampolining park in High Wycombe recently won the Muddy Award for Best Family Attraction, but to that I can now add the accolade ‘Best Place to Dump Your Kids for the Day’. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Wouldn’t You Though?

    I love hampers, mostly because I'm lazy and can't be bothered to cook. (Ever tried picnicking horizontally? It's a skill, you know).

  • Stellar private dining

    I am sooooo looking forward to telling you about Oxford Private Dining. Because it’s amazing. And good value. And a really special thing to do. The Sir Charles Napier is a fine dining pub near Chinnor that Mr Muddy and I have gone to countless times for the simple reason that it’s incredible food in […]

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