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Out & About

11:35

The first of the Ladybird books, a part of so many people’s childhood, was published 100 years ago. Sandra Deeble goes behind the scenes of a Hitchin exhibition to mark the anniversary and explores the success of these much-loved little hardbacks

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11:29
View across the walled garden, which once fed the grand estate

An orchard, meadow, woods, café, walled garden and even an amphitheatre – Kiran Reynolds explores the grounds of historic ShenleyPark, a perfect spot for a late summer day out

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Monday, August 24, 2015
The map plots our most peaceful spots

We all crave a tranquil space at times. Liz Hamilton, of Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Hertfordshire group, outlines a service that will help you find it in the county and beyond, and help to keep it that way

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Monday, August 24, 2015
Make the most of summer's fleeting days with a picnic

Grab a blanket and pack some goodies as Sandra Smith covers the length and breadth of Herts to discover her top 10 picnic locations in the county

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Monday, August 24, 2015
Cakes at Simmons

From the Domesday Book to some of the world’s biggest concerts, Knebworth has kept itself in the history books. The village’s businesses, packed into the area around London Road, have also stood the test of time and it remains a vibrant trading centre with lots on offer. Julie Lucas visits

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Style

Monday, August 17, 2015

Three essential dress styles every woman should have in her summer wardrobe, selected by St Albans Fashion Week director Ellena Ophira

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Monday, August 10, 2015
Give a pet a home from the RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre in Potters Bar

The Radio 2 holistic health expert, Imperfectly Natural Woman author and Herts mum chooses her favourite treatments, therapies and foods in the county

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Bombshell by Katya Wildman, £267

Fashion in full bloom is one of this season’s hottest trends as designers take their cue from nature. But with the next trend just around the corner, how do you best shop for it? St Albans Fashion Week Director Ellena Ophira gives her top tips

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Organic pollen barriers are an alternative to anti-histamine

The Radio 2 holistic health expert, Imperfectly Natural Woman author and Herts mum chooses her favourite treatments, therapies and foods in the county

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The NHS website has short workouts that can be done at home with no equipment

TV fitness expert and BBC presenter Nana Akua’s tips for the exercise averse

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Homes & Gardens

Monday, August 24, 2015

Julie Wise’s garden at Rustling End has wonderful naturalistic planting that is simply inspirational, Philippa Pearson writes

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Property: Home of passions

Monday, August 17, 2015
The contemporary orangerie opens onto the walled garden. The table is Paul's company's old boardroom table. He paid £25 for it and painted it silver; sofas by Nayuzzi

Former home of human rights campaigner the duchess of Bedford, and with a garden created by eminent designers, Woodside House not only makes a beautiful home but plays a part in the nation’s history. Pat Bramley visits

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Gardening: Inspired by the wild

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The garden has many layers of planting

In the North Herts village of Breachwood Green, a pretty 17th-century cottage has a very unusual collection of plants, landscaping and containers inspired by wilder parts of the UK and our gardening heritage. Philippa Pearson visits

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Property match-making

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Choosing a home that fits with your future plans is key

Finding the right home is like finding the right partner - the fundamentals and future plans need to be compatible, says Matthew Craker of Fine and Country Brookmans Park

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Tips from the showhome

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Chesham, Chiltern Grange

Many of us would love our home to look like a show home but how do the experts make them look so appealing? Carrie Edwards of house builder CALA Homes, which has opened a show home (above) at its Chiltern Grange development in Chesham, gives her top five tips.

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Food & Drink

Monday, August 24, 2015

The warm weather lures food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne up-country for a not-so-traditional Sunday lunch

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Chef Q&A: Ivor Morgan, The Sheene Mill

Monday, August 10, 2015
Ham hock and chorizo terrine

The head chef at the Melbourn restaurant (nr Royston), opens the door into his kitchen

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The Great British Bake Off Contestants, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc and Mary Berry - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

*SPOILER ALERT* Get your baking tins, aprons and oven mitts ready; the Great British Bake Off is on our screens once again! From the bakers revealing their ‘cracks’, to another near #bingate episode leaving one contestant in tears, #GBBO 2015 is well and truly back…

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Glass of Herts

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Win-Win, Paradigm Brewery, Sarratt

Laura Vickers celebrates a new Hertfordshire brewery

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Dinner at The Tilbury, Datchworth

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Garlic butter whelks with wild garlic gazpacho and cockles

Food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne revisits an old friend under new ownership and finds it in good hands

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People

12:10

As the Women in Business Network, founded in Herts, celebrates its 10th anniversary, we talk to managing director Lindsay Loxley about its success

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Monday, August 24, 2015
Bishop's Stortford College

Headmaster of Bishop’s Stortford College Jeremy Gladwin gave up the idea of studying to be a barrister in favour of geography and teaching. He says, ‘I still wear the black gown four times a week, but I haven’t yet found the need to wear a wig!’

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Monday, August 17, 2015
Nicola Bourne

Harpenden’s Nicola Bourne, shortlisted for BritMums’ Brilliance in Blogging Award, talks to Carrie Bone about the cancer journey that inspired her writing

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Monday, August 10, 2015
The Great British Bake Off contestants - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

After star baker Marie was compared to Rod Stewart this week, we couldn’t help but spot that many of the other contestants shared some spooky similarities with celebrities too…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Simon Pegg (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Hertfordshire’s Simon Pegg has risen from cult TV to key roles in some of the film industry’s biggest film franchises. But he says it’s family, not work, that drives him on

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Arts & Culture

11:35

The first of the Ladybird books, a part of so many people’s childhood, was published 100 years ago. Sandra Deeble goes behind the scenes of a Hitchin exhibition to mark the anniversary and explores the success of these much-loved little hardbacks

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Monday, August 10, 2015
Pop Carousel

Inspired by memories of childhood, Hitchin artist Sarah Graham creates big, bold hyperreal works that evoke the irrepressible excitement of a seven-year-old at a pick n mix

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins

Alastair Gunn, Bishop’s Stortford thriller author of My Bloody Valentine shares his best three latest reads

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Andrew Wilson

Art@Gravelly Barn celebrates 10 years and a huge fundraising effort at its summer show in Braughing this month. Caroline Foster reports

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Dune, Frank Herbert

The Herts author of Possession is Nine-Tenths of Desire shares her three favourite latest reads

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