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  • Florence Geary Photography

    12 Oct 2021

    A lifelong passion that blossomed from capturing Essex’s iconic sites for everyone to enjoy, this local photographer is now seeing her hobby swiftly turning into a successful profession – and it’s easy to see why.

  • 20 things to do with kids this October half term

    Half term’s looming but don’t be afraid – we’ve sorted the fun with 20 brilliant things to do in Essex to keep everyone from littlies to teens spook-tacularly entertained!

  • 14 seasonal scented candles for autumn

    7 Oct 2021

    It’s the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness… and of scented candles! Check Muddy’s pick of the best candles for autumn from our local indies and beyond.

  • Autumn trends: easy tweaks to update your interiors

    6 Oct 2021

    Winter’s mere weeks away, meaning we’re soon going to be spending a LOT of time indoors. Perfect excuse then to give your home a gorgeous new look with these simple but effective ideas from interior designer, Alpine Rose.

  • She shed

    A (garden) room of one’s own? Cue the rise of the ‘she shed’

    5 Oct 2021

    Once the preserve of men, now sheds are doubling up as yoga studios and offices across the county. Here, we reveal how to style yours using local indie brands – and speak to the women reclaiming their gardens

  • Home office

    Shop local: the home-office updates you’ll love

    In a bid to give ‘hot desking’ a thoroughly modern respin, Essex boutiques are stocking some standout office staples right now. Here’s where – and what – to shop for the dream WFH situ…

  • WIN a beautiful BCALM Aroma Diffuser set, worth £166

    Baby, it’s cold (and wet outside), so pull on your PJs and create a calm and cosy oasis at home with this gorgeous glass diffuser and deliciously scented essential oils, made right here in Essex.

  • Best Places to Live: Thaxted

    Cobbled streets, medieval architecture and thriving indie shops – Thaxted is an under-the-radar Essex gem with great commuter links. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

  • Best Places to Live: Epping

    4 Oct 2021

    Surrounded by acres of green space, you’d never know this market town is just 17 miles from the capital. Add an ancient forest, period charm aplenty and its own tube station, and you’ve something pretty special. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

  • Best Places to Live: Colchester

    Not just the oldest town in Britain but we reckon one of the best, thanks to good schools, theatres galore, award-winning park, plus its very own zoo, and all within easy reach of both the coast and the capital. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

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