Hello & Welcome

July 2016 Edition of The Bay

Home-page-Magazine-Mock-up-74As you can see from our cover, we have once again teamed up with Wales’ biggest independent music promoter, Orchard Entertainment to bring you a fantastic competition to WIN tickets to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds concert in Singleton Park, in September. We’ve got two pairs of tickets available so make sure you enter the competition.

Reader Survey

There’s also the opportunity to WIN a £30 voucher to spend at the Welcome to town in Llanrhidian. All you have to do is take part in a short on-line survey to be entered into the draw. Paul and Natasha Crowther, owners of the Welcome to town are keen to gather your opinions on eating out on Gower and how often you do so. Details of the survey are on our Food & Drink section.

Gower Show

Again we’ve collaborated with the Gower Show to bring you a competition to WIN one of five family tickets for the event on Sunday 7 August. If you’ve never been to the show I can highly recommend it for a family day out. You’ll find livestock; cattle, sheep, pigs and piglets and of course horses, as well as some beautiful examples of poultry and rabbits. Throughout the day there will be displays from The Little Nippers terrier racing team and falconry with Ben Long. Two of my favourites are without doubt the food and craft tents- not forgetting the hog roast and salt marsh lamb burger stands. TheBAY will as usual be there with copies of the magazine to give away – do pop along and say hello.

Garden History

I hope you are enjoying Caroline Melling-Thomas’ garden articles as much as I am. Not only is Caroline an accomplished garden designer, but also very knowledgeable about the history of the garden which she is sharing with us in her monthly articles. This month she looks at the medieval garden with its allegory and symbolism. Fulke Andel has his usual advice on what to do in the garden this month. I confess to feeling very inadequate when reading about all the wonderful produce I should be harvesting from my garden, when in truth I spend more time reading than weeding and cultivating.


Tatiana Bento’s recipe for octopus is not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but it is considered a delicacy in Portugal, as you can see from this photograph from our holiday with them last year. Bay Template

Tatiana knows a thing or two about cephalopods and how to tenderise them, so why not give it a go? Sadly this will be the last recipe from Tatiana for some time as her time is taken up with their holiday-rental business. Fortunately for us, we have some excellent chefs locally who are more than happy to take up the mantle and contribute to TheBAY. This month Adam Horton from The Welcome to town shares his recipe for lamb rump with redcurrant jus.

Reader Feedback

I was contacted by reader Charlotte Thomas, who had read in TheBAY about the three night blitz. She showed it to her grandfather Hayden Thomas as she knew that he had told her stories about his childhood in Swansea, at this time. Charlotte, quite rightly thought that her grandfather’s recollections should be documented, so you will find them featured in our Lifestyle & Leisure section with Charles Wilson-Watkins.

Another reader John Weston, got in touch as he had just returned from Albania. As it isn’t usually considered a tourist destination John thought we might be interested in what this country has to offer. If you’ve been somewhere off the beaten track and have some good photographs, do let me know and we can look to publish it in future editions.

Have a fun filled July and we’ll be back next month.