Wouldn't you though?
Take a good long look at this picture of a snuggly, beautiful blanket; but can you spot the bottle? Go on, have a good gawk…
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Quite frankly the only thing likely to entice me outside at this time of year is a cosy Kent pub, roaring fire and good old Sunday roast. Sometimes we squeeze in a quick walk first (if we’re feeling particularly game and I’m wearing the prerequisite double-sock-layer-system). Afterwards we seek out the ultimate reward – mouth-watering meats, glorious gravy, yummy Yorkshires and all the trimmings. Here’s my pick of some of the best pubs to try:
Kings Head, Wye
There’s a lot to love about the King’s Head.
A trip to the flicks with girlfriends is one of life’s little pleasures: gossip, popcorn, a soupçon of culture, and a night out that doesn’t involve a hangover. What’s not to like? And right now is an excellent time to get a big screen jaunt booked in, given the slew of female-friendly movies coming up. So bench the man in your life, grab a girlfriend and go.
Jackie (out 20 Jan)
A hotly tipped Oscar contender, this biopic stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy and homes in on the bleak days following JFK’s assassination.
Some of you may be doing dry January – *groan* – but the weather certainly isn’t. And the half-term break feels forever away. It’s weeks like this that I take solace by gorging myself on potential holidays. Hot summer holidays in exotic climes with Rufus Sewell (if he’ll only stop moaning on and on about how he desires me), cool city breaks with Mr Muddy, gorgeous cottages in rugged climes for walking hols with my galpals and for family time in the UK, something luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish.
The Magic Paintbrush, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Sat 14 Jan
Educational dance company Springs will be presenting the fun and quirky production of The Magic Paintbrush. The show uses interpretative dance to tell the story of a brave young heroine and her quest to bring colour back into her washed-out world with the power of dance. This energetic and vibrant production is the perfect show for young audiences to discover a new genre of storytelling.
Do you, like me, love the theatre, but due to the extra travel expense, and time it takes, rarely make it into London anymore *sob*? Well cheer up buttercup, because the West End is coming to Kent with this touring production of Ghost. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford gets all the good shows, including this one. (In case you’ve never considered this theatre before, it takes less than 40 mins from Tunbridge Wells and only around 30 mins from Sevenoaks or Maidstone.)
Hero Brown, Muddy founder, over in Bucks/Oxon, caught the show when it hit Oxford.
Hollywood’s awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globes, celebrating the best in TV and movies. I don’t know about you but when I scan the lists of nominees and winners for these things (after I’ve gawped at the red carpet frocks), I make a mental list of cultural catch-up viewing. Too much brilliant stuff to watch, not enough time, so I’ve made it easy for us all – here are my top Golden Globes picks and where to find them.
Yup, it’s pretty chilly at the mo, but if anything can lure me outside it is a scenic stroll and a roaring pub fire. And it was on one of those gloriously clear, yet crisp, days that I discovered this perfect walk/lunch combo at The Barrow House, a gorgeous new pub in Egerton from the team behind ever popular The Milk House in Sissinghurst.
Egerton sits not far from the M20, almost exactly half way between Ashford and Maidstone – or if you’re coming from west Kent, just up past Headcorn.
It’s been a while since the Muddy barnet was tamed, and it had got awfully long and straggly so who better to Scissorhand it into shape than The Peacock Rooms, in Sevenoaks a fab new salon that promises to go that extra mile?
The Peacock Rooms is a fairly compact salon, let’s say boutique, but it’s bright and airy with a beautifully stylish interior. This is what it looks like normally, above.
I don’t want to make you jealous so early in the New Year, but check out my fantastic bum! Oh alright, this is actually my behind in about 20,000 squat thrusts time but *sigh* isn’t it a work of art?
You’re either a New Year’s resolutionist or not. I am one. I like resolutions. They frame the year, encourage perspective, empower with new goals (to fail miserably at, I grant you, but still).
BETHANY SCHOOL, GOUDHURST
What? Where? Bethany school is a wonderfully rural, independent secondary school for pupils aged 11 – 18 in Goudhurst, near Cranbrook, in the picturesque Weald of Kent. A non-selective school, which is big on pastoral care and space and small on class sizes. It’s a co-educational school with 345 kids (242 boys, 103 girls – used to be a boys school but number of girls is increasing), in a very sizeable and stunning 60 acres of grounds.