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The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

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Wouldn't you though?

You can actually personalise these fun comic-book inspired super hero prints by adding your child, partner or friend's name and features. That's several Christmas pressies sorted!

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Gardening tips for December

1 Dec 2016
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I’m sure you’d rather boil your head on a freezing day like today than tackle the weeds in your garden, but there’s nothing like a bit of exercise to get the blood flowing and put some colour in your cheeks. And if you want a beautiful array of colour come spring, now is the time to put the work in.

Luckily, resident gardening guru Ellen Mary isn’t afraid of the cold and is here again to give her gardening tips for December.

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*The* Christmas present to buy your bloke

29 Nov 2016
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If you’ve no idea what to buy the bloke in your house (or blokess), then read this hilarious post written by Hero over at Muddy Bucks/Oxon who joined Muddy Northants for a race around Silverstone – you call this work girls, seriously?! Neither of them are petrol heads but both loved the experience all the same. Take it away Hero (and Anna-Lou):

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The Muddy Guide: What’s on, Thurs 24-Weds 30 Nov

23 Nov 2016
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Pull your wellies on, grab that scarf and get out and about this week – from beer festivals to The Commitments, it’s all happening right here in Norfolk.

Great Yarmouth Winter Beer & Cider Festival, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Thurs 24- Sun 27 Nov

Featuring around 50 real ales, craft beers and ciders – many hailing from Norfolk & Suffolk’s growing number of micro brewers – winter tipples and live music from some of the hottest local acts will be the focus of this three-day event. 

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The ultimate guide to Thanksgiving

21 Nov 2016
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For our friends across the pond, this Thursday is one of the most important days in their year – Thanksgiving. It’s bigger than Christmas for many American families, with people coming together from miles to spend the day together.

I don’t know much about this grand tradition – but luckily for us, Muddy contributor Zoe Dudgeon lived in the States for five years when she was growing up and can tell us all we need to know…

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Top 10 fiction books for Christmas

17 Nov 2016
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As the nights draw in and the fires come on, there’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good book. Affordable, educational and fun, books (the physical kind) also make great Christmas presents, too, creating memories that will last long after the wrapping paper has been torn off and thrown into the recycling. Trawling around independent book shops is also a treat, with great examples in Norwich, Holt, Swaffham and Wymondham to name but a few hotspots.

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8 of the best cosy pubs

17 Nov 2016
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Winter: brrrrr. Cold, dark, damp… Despite the twinkly lights and the alcohol-fueled Christmas parties, this time of year isn’t always kind weather-wise. Thankfully, Norfolk is stuffed like a Turkey with cosy pubs to retreat to – open fires and hot cider at the ready. So, pick up a paper, a loved one and (or) a dog, and bunker down in one of these beauties.

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It’s Christmas advert time…

10 Nov 2016
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The countdown to Christmas is officially on. Today’s release of the John Lewis advert – and the release of several others last week including the super-stylish Burberry advert – made that certain. Christmas is coming for you, as the House of Fraser advert trills out.

There are hundreds of Christmas adverts out there – some better than others – all designed to get us into the festive spirit, and part with some cash along the way.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Norfolk Edition