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The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

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Don't just upgrade your wardrobe this autumn, give your home a lit too, with these great upcycled homewares from Norfolk-based company Memento Amare

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Strictly Fever

24 Sep 2016
WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 02/09/2014 - Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing  - TX: 07/09/2014 - Episode: Generics (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: **STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2014**  - (C) BBC  - Photographer: Ray Burmiston

If Strictly Fever has hit your household then – like me – you may be casting your mind back to you favourite dances from previous years (or – also like me – some of your favourite professionals wearing tops open to their navel!).

This is what I was doing at midnight last (the tangos, not the totty) when I re-called a particularly memorable Salsa performed by Jake Wood of Eastenders’ fame.

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North Norfolk Railway 1940s Weekend

13 Sep 2016
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If you love all things vintage then you’ll want to head over to the North Norfolk Railway 1940s Festival this weekend. Running both Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 Sept, dress in ‘40s style and be transported back in time for a weekend of vintage delight.

Live music, dancing and even Spam sandwiches are the order of the weekend; get in the mood with these goodies available online or at most large department stores (including the wonderful Muddy Boutique) – just don’t forget your gas mask and ration books!

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Hottie watch – Top 5 TV Men

9 Sep 2016
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Hero over at Muddy Oxford spent a very unproductive morning this week googling – and goggling – the hot men that are gracing our TV screen this autumn, proving that even successful entrepreneurs need some distractions… Here’s how that morning, er, went down (cough). Get it out of your system Hero…

How can women maintain the high ground in their complaints about the many instances of male sexism? Well they can stop me lowering the tone for starters.

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Property flirt: Kia Manzi, Hoveton

6 Sep 2016
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When it comes to properties, a lounge decorated wall-to-wall in Muddy hot pink certainly gets my attention – put it on the waterfront of the beautiful Norfolk Broads and I’m gagging to get in and take a closer look. Luckily local Estate Agent Abbot Fox has let me have the keys so that I can do just that. Let’s go, shall we?

This gorgeous oak-framed, four-bed house was hand-crafted in 2005 in Hoveton, boasting panoramic views over the river.

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The Muddy guide – what’s On 7 – 11 September

5 Sep 2016
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From late summer BBQs to Sequence Dancing and from high-energy gigs to Pirate Festivals, summer may be over but Norfolk isn’t resting in its laurels. And with an Indian summer on the cards – for this week at least – neither is Muddy. Get out and about while it lasts…

Weds 7 September
Sequence Dancing, Hoveton
If the return of Strictly has made you keen to get your dancing shoes out the loft and start strutting your stuff on the dance floor, then why not check out Hoveton’s Sequence Dancing from 7.30pm until 10.00pm this coming Wednesday.

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Gardening tips for September

2 Sep 2016
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Autumn is here – can you believe it? – which means a new focus for gardens. Resident gardening guru Ellen Mary gives five gardening tips for September. Take it away Ellen…

1. A great way to save a few pennies in the garden – and grow more of your favourite plants – is to collect seeds from your existing collection and re-sow them. You’ll notice the seed pods on numerous plants at this time of year; simply extract and store in a cool dry place until its time to sow them.

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Let’s visit… Wells-next-the-Sea

2 Sep 2016
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The low down:
Unlike many British seaside resorts, Wells-next-the-Sea (I don’t know why the ‘to’ is missing) has charm in spades with three things to keep you coming back for more: a beautiful beach, a pretty quay peppered with boats and a pleasant town. Voted Best UK Beach by The Telegraph this year – beating Holkham for the first time – it really is a beauty, with miles and miles of soft, creamy sand and pastel-coloured beach huts hoisted up on wooden stilts .

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