TheBAY Magazine July 2015


May and June were very busy months for Simon and me. As many of you know, we became grandparents for the first time when our daughter presented us with a bouncing baby boy. Archie’s name is down for becoming a BAY delivery boy just as soon as he can reach the letter boxes.


Continental Catch-up

We also managed to get away to Portugal last month, for a catch–up with our resident chef Tatiana Bento and her partner Dave. However, reading back my write-up (see food & drink) it appears to have been a gastro-tour of the Algarve.


Tatiana has a very traditional Portuguese recipe for us this month. Egg based desserts are popular in Portugal, it’s part of the Moorish influence on their cuisine, along with figs and almonds. Custard tarts can be a bit fiddly to make but with Tatiana’s detailed explanation in our food & drink section it should be a cinch.


Reader Recommendation

I had a lovely email from reader Janet White who wanted to sing the praises of one of our advertisers Dave Clarke. Dave had resurrected a collapsed playhouse and had done an “excellent job”. If you want to commend one of our advertisers do get in touch as it is always good to get positive feedback.


Gower Show

This year we have again partnered with the Gower Show to bring you the chance to WIN a family ticket to this great Gower event. We have 5 sets of tickets to give away – each made up of two adult and two concession tickets; details of how to enter are in lifestyle & leisure. Make a note in your diary now for the 2nd August and keep your fingers crossed for a super sunny day like we had last year. Come and see us on our stand – we love meeting up with our readers and some of our contributors will be on hand if you’d like a chat.


COMPETITION TIME – 3 competitions to enter!

As well as a competition to WIN tickets to the Gower Show, we also have a pair of tickets to give away to the August Bank Holiday race meeting at Goodwood. Details of this competition are in our lifestyle & leisure section and a little closer to home, we have lunch for two at Fairyhill to give away in our food & drink section.


Hello Goodbye

We have a couple of new contributors on board this month. Charles Wilson-Watkins has an interest in family history, and has researched his own genealogy. Charles will write a series of articles intended to help anyone wanting to start their own family tree. If you have any questions for Charles he’s more than happy for you to contact him on the email address at the end of his article (see lifestyle & leisure).

Rosie Jones is an osteopath and she joins us page this month (health & wellbeing) with an article that might strike a chord if you suffer from headaches.


And it’s goodbye to Dr Chris JohnsDr Johns has been writing in TheBAY for a number of years but is standing down due to increasing work and personal commitments. We’ve loved having his contributions – they’ve been full of sound advice but with his unmistakeable sense of fun.

Thank you Chris.


Love Bugs

Dr Isabella Brey knows all about bugs and insects, in fact I would go so far as to say she is passionate about them. Conversations with her inevitably come around to creepy crawlies and this month she writes about dragon flies and damsel flies who lead a very interesting albeit short life. The photography that Isabella supplies to support her articles is quite stunning and comes courtesy of Paul D Brock. Paul has written a Comprehensive Guide to Insects in Britain and Ireland that should be on every bookshelf. Next month we will have a competition to WIN a copy of this informative book worth £28.95.


At The Click of a Mouse

Our fashionista Chantele Cross-Jones has been looking out for young designers who are pro-ducing and manufacturing in the UK and selling on-line. Most of them are producing in very small quantities so there is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a designer one-off at amazingly low prices. I have my eye on a couple of pieces and have bookmarked the websites for future reference.


Best Foot Forward

John Ashley is back with us this month and has been exploring an area of coastline that we often pass when travelling on the M4. Kenfig Burrows lie between Port Talbot and Porthcawl, and are largely made up of sand dunes. John gives general guide lines for this four to six mile walk, but it is a bit of a DIY-er. Look out for a pool, a beach and the ruins of a castle.


On Your Bike

Kim Jones generally brings us a bike ride, but last month he put on a different hat/helmet when he travelled north to Aberaeron. Kim and his son Josh stayed in The Harbourmaster Hotel and met the owners Menna and Glyn Heulyn who are keen cyclists – see there is a connection! Kim will be back in our August issue with a family bike ride - just right for the school holidays.


Eyes to the Sky

Don’t forget that the Welsh National Airshow returns to Swansea on the 11th and 12th of July. At the time of going to press the timetable hadn’t been produced as it is wholly dependent on the weather conditions, but we should see the Red Arrows, a Spitfire, Typhoon and Vulcan to name just a few.


Have a wonderful July and we’ll be back with you in August – don’t forget to come and say hello at the Gower Show!


Lesley Williams TheBAY editor