Hello and welcome to the September issue of TheBAY Magazine

Tatiana Bento has a passion for figs, and this month her recipe is more a serving suggestion than a recipe as she teams ripe figs with tangy goat’s cheese and salty Parma ham. According to poet and novelist D H Lawrence in his poem Figs, the way to eat a fig in polite society is to “split it in four, holding it by the stump, And open it, so that it is a glittering, rosy, moist, honied, heavy-petalled four-petalled flower”. He also explains the vulgar way to enjoy the forbidden fruit - but as this is a family magazine, we won’t go there. Make sure you find the ripest figs available – Tatiana has the advantage of being able to buy them at the peak of ripeness in Portugal.

From veggie patch to table
Being able to pick your own produce from the garden ensures that you eat it when it is at its absolute best. Fulke Andel has, over the past year or so, encouraged us to grow our own vegetables and has passed on some excellent hints and tips. If you’ve been following his advice, you should be harvesting all manner of fruits and vegetables right now. Caroline Thomas of Slade Garden Company has been giving us the benefit of her experience in garden design and selecting the best plants for our coastal climate. We are lucky to have such knowledgeable contributors.

Nellie the elegant
Liam Bird our motoring contributor brings us a fantasy car this month in the Rolls Royce Wraith. I had to look up the definition of wraith and when I discovered that it meant spectre, phantom or spirit all became clear. I must admit when I saw the model for the Spirit of Ecstasy, Eleanor Velasco Thornton, she didn’t remind me much of the willowy model that graces the bonnets of this most prestigious of cars.

Less is more
Cats Protection provides us each month with images of appealing moggies, each looking for a good home. And this month is no exception - you can see a selection of kittens available at the time of going to press in our home and garden section – one from the gallery is Alf, who has found himself homeless as a child in the family is allergic to cats. Llys Nini animal shelter has teamed up with Cats Protection and Bayer to provide cat neutering for just £5 if you’re on a low income – you can see the advert on page 40 of the magazine for further details, see if we can halt this overpopulation.

To Clydach and back
John Ashley joins us again this month with a walk taking in the hills around Clydach. It’s a walk with a mix of ups and downs but you are rewarded with a view of Gower and beyond - plus the reward of an ice-cream.

In recent months we have seen John Ashley and Kim Jones on alternative months. This has been due to the increase in John’s workload impacting on his free time. So it came as no surprise when our resident vet Geraint Jones apologised for a lack of article this month as he had simply run out of time. Geraint will be back next month and from then on bimonthly. I think there is something to be said for quality over quantity!

Next month we’ll be well and truly into autumn or maybe an Indian summer – who knows?