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‘Mushrooms’ by Roger Phillips

Lara Akeroyd

This masterwork is the culmination of over thirty years’ work by Britain’s – possibly the world’s – authority on mushrooms. It’s the essential illustrated mycological encyclopaedia. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says, ‘it’s the best mushroom book I know’. Know your 'oyster' from your 'chanterelle.'

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Download ‘Roger’s Mushrooms App’

Jonathan Finchley

The ultimate tool for learning about and identifying mushrooms! Also ideal for networking with fellow mushroom hunters. This app contains over 1,600 species, with 3,000 high quality pictures and is backed by the best (and most charismatic) man-about mushrooms in the business, Roger Phillips.

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Wales: Go on a Fungi Forage, Rhayader

Arthur Nottle

Fill up your basket with edible mushrooms in Wales! Go on a mushroom hunt or a ‘fungi foray’ in Rhayader where they run days of mushroom hunting, with lunch and tasting sessions on weekends through September, until mid-October. Then rustle up a wild mushroom paté or risotto with your findings.

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Chester: Stay in Gladstone's Library, Hawarden

Lysander Tyler-Green

Britain’s — possibly the world’s — only residential library. It runs 'Sleeping with Books' breaks for reading, writing or simply relaxing in peace and quiet. One review said, it’s a place “to recover from this mad world”. Something like 300 published books have been worked on at the library.

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Visit Modern Shows for Midcentury Furniture

Hamish Charlton

Visit this website to get a healthy dose of Midcentury Furniture. Modern Shows pop up at Midcentury destinations, like Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston School for Girls with its compelling, angular brickwork. At places like this, they then sell sculptural wooden furniture, intriguing lights & all sorts.

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Online: 'Waterside Properties' to find a home

Trevor Littleboy

This site exclusively lists properties for sale, and to rent, by the water – whether that’s a marina, the sea, a river or a lake. They have over 25-years’ experience and, as they preach on their website, ‘have all the expertise and knowledge to help you fulfil your waterside dream’.

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Julia Turshen’s ‘Now & Again’ Cookery book

Rich Davey

A long-awaited sequel to the exceptional ‘Small Victories’. The ultimate cookbook to unite friends around a kitchen table. Brimming with useful tips on making thrifty food choices and extremely useful ‘It’s Me Again’ recipes – helping make the most out of leftovers! Plus, mouth-watering photography.

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Audible: Listen to 'Emma' by Jane Austen

Annabel Sampson

The dulcet notes of Dame Emma Thompson, make her the perfect voice for an audiobook of Jane Austen’s 'Emma'. Before she began writing, Jane Austen wrote, ‘I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like' and thus introduces the handsome, clever, rich - & flawed - Emma Woodhouse'.

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Crocus.co.uk for cheery houseplants

Lucy Blanchette

If the prospect of longer, darker nights fills the soul with dread as we wade ever deeper into Autumn, then bolster your defences now by purchasing greenery in bulk! Crocus.co.uk will make for a more spritely winter. It has an excellent range of leafy, verdant houseplants to set you on your way.

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Read 'The Great Grilled Cheese Recipe Book'

Mary Canon-Belle

Here’s a book of Grown-Up Recipes for a Childhood Classic – a great grilled cheese directory. Fifty chef-created recipes—some classic, some boundary pushing—for America’s best-loved sandwich, the grilled cheese. It spans both common & elevated ingredients like brie, poppy seed bread & smoked salmon.

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Online: 'Period Property UK' to find a home

Jonathan Finchley

Whether you want a thatched cottage, a medieval manor house or any other type of historic home, this search engine can help.

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'An Anarchy of Chillies' by Caz Hildebrand, published by Thames & Hudson

Thea Dale

The ultimate chilli manual for chefs with a taste for ‘the heat’. The book is organized by heat level on the infamous Scoville scale. It offers advice on how to identify, grow and prepare them. It is not only a go-to reference but also a work of art with beautiful vibrant, spicy iillustrations.

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Online: Personalised Letterbox Wine

Charles Fergusson

If you’re ever stumped about what on earth to get a friend as a congratulatory note or a thank you – this could be the one. A personalised bottle of red, white of rosé. 750ml of your tipple of choice with a bespoke label wittering on about … anything you like!

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Online: British & Irish Stately Homes for sale

Sally Longville

Known as ‘BISH’ for short this website cuts out the tatter of regular homes and only lists the ‘Statelys’. If money is no object, this is the place for you. With manicured, striped lawns, topiary, bird life and water fountains that frame mansions. Much to oggle at.

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Red Stag Safari in Exmoor

Edith Warren

See Red Deer, Exmoor Ponies and neck-jerking birdlife (kestrels, buzzards, herons and kingfishers!) on an Exmoor Safari with Andrew Turner, an Exmoor native born and bred, whose family has farmed the land there for over 200 years. The safaris are by Land Rover and last just under four hours.

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Buy a Church to live in in Scotland

Genevieve Delacroix

It might be many people's dream to live in a converted church. Have a peruse of the website for ideas. The Church of England sells off around 20 “closed churches” each year, but fails to list prices on their website. Well worth a gander for the sought after 'ideal home'.

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London: Beef & Brew Haggerston

Lucy Blanchette

Famous for its fabulous steak, this fantastic bar is worth the trip to Kentish Town. The line-up of beers is every changing, but there is always a tasty ale on tap.
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Online: 'The Modern House' for your property search

Mary Canon-Belle

An alternative place to find your future home. If you know that modern is your desired aesthetic and don’t want to waste time scampering around the wrong sites, make The Modern House the HQ for your property search.

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Online: Bespoke Papercut Family Portraits

Margot Petherick

Laura makes papercut portraits and they’re utterly charming. She does all kinds of things – custom-made paper cut couples, families, houses, characters from literature … and perhaps my very favourite – a papercut person in a hanging frame..

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Online: Personalised Pet Emboidered Sweatshirts

Coralie Purves

Have your beloved pet – dog or cat – embroidered on to a sweatshirt, jacket, pillow or anything else… It is quite pricey, sweatshirts cost £120, but they are ‘lovingly’ made by Carol Tai in East London and must take a great deal of time. They are pretty hilarious and have a 2-week turn around.

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London: London House, Battersea

Edith Warren

Gordon Ramsay is known for his loud mouth and good food. Fortunately, at his pub in Battersea, you only have to deal with the latter. The triple-cooked chips are fantastic, but their chocolate brownie with cornflake ice cream is a slice of heaven.
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Plebs

Edith Warren

Brilliantly marrying the sitcom with ancient Rome, this witty show isn’t exactly educational, but it is good for a twenty-minute giggle.
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Black Mirror

Genevieve Delacroix

Charlie Brooker's brilliant dystopian tv series is a look at the dangerous path that technology could lead us down. It is all the more chilling when you consider that it is set in a future, which appears to be just around the corner.
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Cosmos: A spacetime odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Alfred Watchley

This is not like any other science documentary. DeGrasse Tyson, the celebrated astrophysicist, brings his infectious enthusiasm for science to bear. It combines biographies of great scientists with a fascinating analysis of science's core concepts.
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London: Funicular Productions’ Journey to the Underworld

Charles Fergusson

This train ride through the seven circles of Hell is not for the faint-hearted. You will meet guardians, demons and many more among the damned. On the non-pant-wetting side of things you will also be treated to a fabulous meal. The pan seared guinea fowl is a must.
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