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Spring has sprung - I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling glad that winter is behind us, although I did try hard to feel positive about January and February this year, even though all I really wanted to do was hibernate! Just a reminder, in case anyone has forgotten, that Mothering Sunday is on 11th March this year.  If you’re looking for inspiration for somewhere to take your mother on the day itself, why not head to Lyveden New Bield, situated between Brigstock and Oundle? They are featuring ‘Ladies At Lyveden’ and encouraging visitors to take a stroll around the garden, enjoy a cream tea in the Cottage Tea Room and suggest that you might even catch a glimpse of Lady Tresham as she wanders amongst the spring flowers in the Labyrinth! Open from 11am until 4pm, normal admission prices apply.  For further details, please visit Whereas gin may have been once known as ‘Mother’s Ruin’, apparently it’s now become the UK’s favourite spirit - and we are fortunate that some of the best is created right here in Northamptonshire.

Warner Edwards are based at Falls Farm, Harrington, and have become a well-known name nationwide thanks to their fabulous range of artisan gins. They are offering tours of their distillery, and the opportunity to find out more about their finely-crafted flavoured spirits - with tasting opportunities aplenty, please make sure you bring a designated driver. Tours can be booked via the company’s website - - now that’s an ideal gift for mothers, or fathers, and indeed everybody who’s over the age of 18 and likes gin! Also, don’t forget that the clocks go forward on Sunday 25th March, heralding the start of British Summer Time.  

Our Corner of Northamptonshire by Helen Bach  March 2018