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Living Magazines Giggling Squid Golden Money Bags

Giggling Squid, Berkhamsted

The first surprise when we picked up our takeaway for two from Berkhamsted’s Giggling Squid restaurant was the pretty takeaway bags. I’m used to takeaways coming in brown, usually slightly greasy bags. But the flower-strewn designs on the bags from this restaurant in the High Street looked like they contained some beautiful high-end skincare or […]

Living Magazines James Osborne VC

James Osborne VC

Who was James Osborne? Born 13 April 1857 in a small cottage in Wigginton later demolished by Lord Rothschild and replaced with a new Huckvale design in 1912. He was a volunteer soldier before joining the regular army in early 1877 and later that year served as a Private with the Northamptonshire Regiment (58th Foot) […]

Living Magazines Skating Berkhamsted Castle Christmas 1890

A tale of two Christmases

Christmas can be a very different beast depending on how much money you have, and that was certainly true in the 19th century… In the 1800s the wealthy and the poorest people in the land were worlds apart, as this tale of two festive seasons shows. A report in the Bucks Herald in January 1887, […]

Living Magazines Father Christmas distributing gifts to the evacuees in Albert Street Tring in 1939

Ghosts of Christmas past

This Christmas may be a little different for all of us, but what was Christmas like for Tringalings in the past? As a hotel, Pendley Manor hosts Christmas for many guests each year, and when it was opened as a Centre for Adult Education by Dorian Williams in 1947, it also played host to a […]

Living Magazines Christmas Traditions

Keeping With Tradition

Take time over the festive season to start some new Christmas traditions Over the past few months we have all come to appreciate the time we can spend with friends and family. While Christmas may not be the big affair it usually is, we might have time to create family traditions, make memories and have […]

Living Magazines Winter Skin Glow

Get That Winter Glow

We may not be able to have huge parties over the festive season, but you can still look fabulous this winter, even if you are celebrating at home Winter beauty often concentrates on party make-up and hair ideas, but as we write this, it’s not clear quite what Christmas will look like this year. Whatever […]

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Berkhamsted and Ashridge

This walk offers some great views over Berkhamsted from Ashridge as well as fields, valleys and woodland – and allows for social distancing START/END: Berkhamsted Railway Station, Station Approach, Berkhamsted HP4 2AR DISTANCE: 5 miles MAPS: OS Explorer 181, Chiltern Society 17 & 20 TERRAIN: Easy stile-free walking on level paths with just two short […]

Living Magazines Traditional English Trifle

Traditional English Trifle

Sarah Murray at Tring’s Beechwood Fine Food brings a taste of Christmas past with her trifle recipe: ‘My mother always made a trifle at Christmas; a pack of trifle sponges, a tin of Del Monte fruit cocktail, custard made with Bird’s custard powder, lashings of whipped cream and a good soaking of sweet Sherry. ‘What, […]

Living Magazines Sorry I was Miles Away

Latest Books from our Local and Regional Authors

Sorry, I Was Miles Away By Mike Wall Published by: Cow Roast Associated Publishing Out now Apparently Mike missed so much at school while staring out of the window, he thought he should revisit some of what he missed and see if it mattered. He found it didn’t! This book covers everything from gravity to […]

Living Magazines Childrens activities for winter

Keep Boredom at Bay

As the evenings draw in and there are fewer outdoor activities for children to keep busy with, we’ve found some fun ideas to keep them (and the whole family) occupied until spring! Mini engineers Demand for people with science, technology, engineering and maths knowledge continues to grow, so spark their enthusiasm with some fun activities. […]

Living Magazines Garden frost

Get Some Backbone

Winter gardens don’t need to be dull. Now’s the time to give your garden some structure that will reward you with a great view all year round So many of us are guilty of getting busy with our gardens during spring and summer – and then when it comes to winter, we find they are […]