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Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About!

Large pumpkins of various degrees of orange and gold are festooning every supermarket shelf at the moment, ready to be turned into demonic grinning faces. I started wondering – as you do – about what on earth pumpkins have got…

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Black as Hell, Strong as Death and Sweet as Love

That’s how a Turkish proverb describes coffee. Good, eh? I love coffee but as I already have pronounced Tigger-like tendencies when I’m absolutely coffee stone-cold sober, too much caffeine has me bouncing around at supersonic speed. So I have to…

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Start Something New in September

The lazy days of summer are over, and September brings new energy as people begin to focus on what needs to get done before the end of the year. Maybe it’s years of WH Smiths “Back to School” window displays.…

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The Italian Job

We were supposed to be having dinner at a very newly opened Greek restaurant in Stony Stratford. Unfortunately, although we’d made a booking, they hadn’t written it down. So, there we were at 7pm on 31st August all dressed up…

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The Ballet of the Bats

Watching bats at dusk, gracefully swooping amongst the trees in arcs and circles at astonishing speed in search of their prey, I’m always charmed and amazed by them. Bats live in the countryside, towns and cities across the UK. They…

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Caribbean Café Pops Up in Old Wolverton

Better Than Mamma's is resident at The Old School House Monday-Thursday until 22nd August and will be serving an African-Caribbean menu from 12-3pm. My advice to you is head down there while you can and spice up your summer! Blazing…

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A Treasury of Flowers

Out walking recently between Deanshanger and Whaddon Peter and I found that we were crossing a field chock full of wildflowers. At first glance it was a dry and rather scruffy looking field – not the sort of idealised thing…

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Lashings of Ginger Beer!

Every year when I was a child, we travelled cross country to spend a holiday with grandparents. Back then cafes and restaurants weren’t very child friendly and my parents didn’t have much money anyway. So, we picnicked our way from…

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Local Heroes – Capability Brown

Lancelot Brown, better known as ‘Capability’ Brown, is Britain’s most famous landscape designer – and he started his stellar career at nearby Stowe House. Born in Kirkhale in Northumberland in 1716, Brown’s big break came through Lord Cobham at Stowe.…

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