First of all this month I have great pleasure in congratulating Caroline and Chris of the Slade Garden Company on their marriage at the end of August. It was a wonderfully happy day as can be seen from this picture of the happy couple! How Caroline has managed to continue to get her copy in on time while arranging her wedding is surely testimony to her organisational skills. On page 64 you’ll find Caroline recommending some seasonally spooky planting for Hallowe’en.


I look forward each day to the arrival of our postman, never knowing what he has in store for us. Sometimes it’s a disappointment and all that drops onto our doormat is bills, but occasionally there is something a little more exciting. Last month I received a hand written letter containing a poem. Ordinarily we don’t accept anything that hasn’t been sent electronically, and can be cut and paste into a document, but on this occasion I made an exception. Mr Warren Hibbert submitted a piece that he had written about a trip on the Mumbles Lifeboat, organised by his landlady Peggy Algie. Now this is where the power of the internet comes into its own – I Googled Peggy’s name and quickly discovered that in fact I knew her grand daughter-in-law. So courtesy of Nicola John we have a picture of the late Peggy Algie who died in 2014 just short of her 101st birthday. You can read Mr Hibbert’s poem on page 48.




I also received two phone calls last month, from readers who were disappointed to find that we had omitted the Tide Times for September. I apologise for their absence, but we simply didn’t have room for them. But this actually taught us a valuable lesson in that we can’t second guess what readers really want to see. So let us know if there is something in particular that you enjoy – or don’t!


This edition is jam packed with good stuff again this month, and we have more great competitions for you to enter courtesy of Fairyhill, The Russian State Ballet and Opera House, and Jimmy’s Restaurant.

David Roe of the Attic Gallery continues his article on the pitfalls of buying art for your home – if you have ever bought a painting of a goat while on holiday, this article is for you.


Tatiana Bento’s recipe for quince tarte tartin on page 138 brought back memories to me of when we had a gnarled old quince tree in our garden. Each year it would be laden with fruit that looked like a cross between a pear and an apple. They were totally inedible; they were always too hard to cut into and by the time they had softened they were rotten. I met a trader at a food fair who was making and selling quince paste and offered him the fruit from the tree, on the condition that he came and picked it himself – he did – and took away one hundredweight of quince!


Enjoy October which I hope will be warm and dry and we’ll be back in

November with the winter issue of TheBAY.