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Living Magazines Great Gaddesden from near the start of the walk

Hertfordshire Mansions and Parklands

A circular walk from Great Gaddesden created by Walking Britain. START/FINISH: Dirt layby on the A4146 (Grid ref TL030116), the Hemel Hempstead to Leighton Buzzard Road at Great Gaddesden DISTANCE: 7 miles / 11.4 km TERRAIN: Easy to moderate; ascent: 560 feet / 170 metres  MAPS: Ordnance Survey Explorer 181 You can view Walking Britain’s […]

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Velvet Dreams

Once again, velvet is the fabric of the season, but like all interior trends, it’s important you get the perfect balance for your home. Simple appeal Velvet is the timeless material that patterns and makes perfect such a range of items, despite having a largely streamlined appeal – the way it feels. Regardless of the […]

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Autumn Revival

How to revive your garden after the long hot summer. If you think you suffer from the heat as far as summer goes, think how that sun-baked garden fares without even so much as a dash of sun lotion. Of course, any knowledgeable gardener will tell you it’s better to take action to protect your […]

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How to Boost Your Energy and Your Metabolism

Your energy level is often connected with the good health of your entire body including your mind,  emotions and spiritual fulfilment. Here are a few main steps you may need to consider to boost your energy and metabolism: Sunshine is the best remedy for vitamin D as it helps to assimilate calcium, the natural building […]

Living Magazines Books The Feather Thief


A mixed selection of reads from or about the local area. The Feather Thief By Kirk W Johnson This is a slight diversion from our normal book reviews, which generally feature local authors. Our  publisher Alison was intrigued by this title and had been wanting to read The Feather Thief for some  time. She writes: […]

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This quick and easy Northern Italian dessert is made with a creamy mascarpone filling, coffee-dunked ladyfingers and finished with a dusting of cocoa. This recipe comes from Tring’s Nonna’s Pantry, where you can find authentic ingredients so you can  create your own delicious tiramisu at home. They say: ‘A traditional recipe involves no alcohol, however  […]

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The Eighties Fashion Revival

The era that provoked a fashion and music revolution is being celebrated right now, and it’s not too late to jump on the fashion trend of the year – Eighties revival! All that glitters is not gold In fact it can be silver, blue, pink, vermillion, turquoise, or any colour as long as the overall […]

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First School Steps

What you need to consider when applying for a school place for the first time. As the new school year begins, many of us will have an eye towards next September when our youngsters will be embarking on the school journey for the first time. While the excitement associated with seeing kids take their first […]

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Hive of Local Industry

Tring’s Silk Mill is now a hub for small local businesses, but in its past life it has produced silk, electricity, plane parts – and even lipstick cases! Today, Silk Mill in Tring is a hub for local businesses including a martial arts centre and winery, but its history begins, as its name suggests, with […]

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The Legacy of Capability Brown

The legendary 18th-century landscape designer Capability Brown has left his mark on a number of  properties in the Chilterns – most notably the Ashridge Estate. Even if you are not a keen gardener, you are bound to have heard of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The influential 18th century landscape designer worked on a number of significant […]

Hypnotic by Sherry Hostler


The latest reads from our bevy of local authors! Hypnotic By Sherry Hostler Is it possible to hypnotise someone to do something unthinkable – like commit a murder? You’ll find out in Sherry  Hostler’s debut novel Hypnotic. In this contemporary psychological thriller, Tom takes part in a university experiment – but it’s not what he […]

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Mini Coronation Chicken Pies with Pickled Walnut Chutney

Prep time: 1 hour (plus 4 hours marinating time) Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients For the Coronation Chicken Pies: 6 chicken thighs, bone and skin removed 1 ball of Opies Stem Ginger, finely grated 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp turmeric powder 3 tbsp korma paste 125g yoghurt Pinch of salt 2 sheets shortcrust pastry 1 […]