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Motoring: Lexus NX review

Motoring editor Andy Russell looks at the options for the innovative new mid-size Lexus, released from next month

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Catherine with pet border terrier Flurry in her garden

Interview: Catherine Alliott – Writing bestsellers under a tree

In more than 20 years living in rural Hertfordshire, Catherine Alliott has published 12 best-selling novels, with a focus on the lives and loves of contemporary women. Here, she describes the influence of country living on her work, how getting older has influenced her writing, and swapping a city desk for a deckchair in a field

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Win this REC Cooper watch, courtesy of WatchWarehouse

WIN! a REC Cooper watch worth £245

New independent watch retailer, WatchWarehouse has opened an outlet at INTU Watford shopping centre, showcasing the latest fashion and exclusive brands for men and women. To introduce the store and a new brand to the market, WatchWarehouse is giving away a REC Cooper watch to a lucky Hertfordshire Life reader.

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Rabbit saddle, Aubrey Park Hotel

Chef Q&A: Peter Knight

The executive chef at The Brassiere at Aubrey Park, Redbourn, gives an insight into his kitchen

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Champneys Wellbeing Week tasters

Champney’s is hosting a Wellbeing Week this month designed to inspire and motivate people to take steps towards a happier and healthier lifestyle

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Team GB's Jamie Nicholls in action at The Snow Centre. Photo: James Streater

The changing face of Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead is changing fast. Now home to two of the UK’s leading centres for extreme sports, it is also undergoing an ambitious five-year £30m regeneration plan. Ewan Foskett reports on the changing face of the country’s third new town

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Horse chestnuts are in abundance, while sweet chestnuts roasted make an unmistakably autumnal treat

September nature notes

A guide to what to look out for in the countryside and even your back garden this month

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Shenley Cricket Club pavilion

10 Things to do in...Shenley

Set high on a ridge and a popular location for the gentry, Shenley was home to some of the first commuters, who came to the Hertsmere village to escape London’s smog and smells. Today’s pretty village grew around Porters Park Estate and the old mansion still dominates the landscape. Julie Lucas find 10 things to entice you here

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Pan-fried sea bream with saffron and fennel compote and sauce vierge

Dinner at: The Waggoners, Ayot Green

With all the recent emphasis on Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, it’s about time the French, whom many would consider the grand-père of them all, had a look-in, says food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne

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Leoro Jewellery: Annamaria Cammilli Premiere collection

Business Profile: Raoul Sagal

The founder and MD of Leoro Jewellers in St Albans gives an insight into what he loves and has learnt

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Yumiko Reynolds

Free fabric and stitch show

A free exhibition of textile art is being shown at The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted from September 9 to 27

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Tassel Bush

The gardening coach: September

In the lingering heat of early autumn it’s thankfully hard to imagine the gloomy days of winter and it seems that the colour and warmth in our gardens will last forever. Sadly it won’t, and a bit of advance planning and planting now will make those winter months easier to bear, writes Judy Shardlow

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St Albans Abbey

Multi-million pound plan for Abbey

A £7.1m project to restore St Albans Cathedral and put the story of the origins and evolution of Christian Britain at its heart has been launched

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Youngsters on a Puckeridge Hunt trail. Photo: Geraldine Rand

From field to river: Herts country pursuits

As summer mellows into autumn, what better time to get into the great outdoors and discover the rich array of country pursuits Hertfordshire offers? By Doretta Sarris Hogan

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Portrait of Samuel Ryder with his cup, commissioned by The Concession Golf Club, Florida

St Albans’ world golfing legacy

One of the highlights of the world golfing calendar, the Ryder Cup, takes place this month, but many may not know it was founded by a St Albans horticulturalist. Gillian Thornton follows in the footsteps of the remarkable Samuel Ryder

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Freya North and Maureen Pegg

Book festival reaches for the stars

Bestselling author Freya North and PR expert Maureen Pegg have joined forces to create the biggest Hertford Children’s Book Festival yet, which aims to increase the importance of books, literacy and imagination among children in the county. Kiran Reynolds reports

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Without a proper will, people run the risk of their estate being severely reduced

Planning for inheritance tax

Will Skentelbery, of Skentelbery Wealth Management in Borehamwood, says there is a greater need to mitigate inheritance tax after the steep rise in property values

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Tufted vetch

Harmony in Composers Park

Countryside Management Service projects officer Paul Evans explains a project to allow people and wildlife to live in harmony at Composers Park in Elstree

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