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Hello and welcome,

I approached the production of this issue with renewed energy, following a short break in the Algarve with regular contributor Tatiana Bento. It’s always good to catch up with old friends and we spent four days enjoying good food and fine wine in the Portuguese sunshine.

 

Food Glorious Food

While in Portugal we ate locally caught fish; predominantly sardines and horse mackerel as they were extremely cheap. But one evening Tatiana suggested we cooked piri piri prawns on the barbeque – these were the biggest and juiciest prawns I had ever tasted. They require very little cooking but simply de-veining and marinading in a fiery chilli infused oil. Once you’ve made the marinade it will keep in the fridge all summer, ready to perk up a chicken leg or pork chop.

 

Glorious Gower

Next month sees one of the highlights of the Gower calendar with The Gower Show on the 3rd August. If you have never been to the show I would urge you to go this year. It’s not just an agricultural show with livestock being exhibited by the farming community but a celebration of all the best things about Gower, with demonstrations from the South Wales Police Dogs, Mountain bike stunt riders, sheepdogs and Indian Runner Ducks. One of my favourite attractions is the food tent where you can taste local produce before buying, and of course the catering outlets with Gower Salt Marsh Lamb burgers and hog roast! We have 5 family passes to give away in our competition this month – these are valued at £30 so are really worth winning.

 

Bathing Belles

Chantele Cross-Jones has spent the past month researching the best possible swim-wear whatever your shape or size. Most women have an area of their bodies that they aren’t happy to show off, and for some the very thought of wearing the equivalent of underwear in public is enough to bring them out in a rash. But as usual, Chantele has found the best that the High Street has to offer for ladies large and small. Whether you are looking for a one-piece swimsuit or an itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini, you should find something that fits the bill.

 

Summer Holiday Advice

As usual Dr Chris Johns has some sage advice for anyone going on holiday whether abroad or a staycation.

His holiday checklist of essential medicines and equipment to pack in case of emergencies is worth paying heed to even if it does constitute a huge part of your hand baggage allowance! In a similar vein Stephen Evans our contributing optometrist has some excellent advice on how to keep your eyes healthy while travelling abroad.

 

Travel Books

For many of us the only time we get to relax with a book is when we are on holiday. I’m not sure that Sarla Langdon’s book selection for this month would come under the holiday reading banner as several have the common theme of bereavement, which is also the theme of Father Andrew Pearce’s article this month. I have found Fr Andrew’s writing on C S Lewis’ book A Grief Observed very moving and I am sure you will find it so too.

I hope you enjoy July and we will see you again in August. If you are visiting the Gower Show please call in to our tent and say hello – hopefully we will have sunshine this year but if not we will be there in our wet weather gear!