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Hello & Welcome

February 2016 Edition of The Bay

Hello and welcome to the first issue of TheBAY 2016

It seems a long time since I last did my ‘hello and welcome’ page – our winter break went by far too quickly and Christmas seems a distant memory. I’m sure many of you will be saddened by death of two highly talented and charismatic men at the start of this year; David Bowie and Alan Rickman. The former I had followed since the late 60s and was lucky enough to see live on three occasions, the latter only came onto my radar relatively lately when he played Jamie in Truly, Madly Deeply with Juliet Stevenson. When Bowie’s death was announced, I asked Badger from The Wave to give his personal thoughts on this truly remarkable man. Read his Reflexions on Bowie in the Lifestyle and Leisure section

We have two seasonally snowy articles for you this month, firstly Kim Jones’ bike ride around Brecon which he undertook on the one weekend last month, which was forecast to be rain-free. It was as predicted and not a drop of rain fell – but there was certainly plenty of snow. But Kim, being a consummate professional completed his ride and filed his copy on time! Secondly Chrissy and Steve Evans travelled to France to stay with Bethan and Chris of Chilled Chalets. Regular readers will remember Chris’ recipes for a traditional French Christmas lunch, in the winter issue.

I hope you like our front cover. Dr Isabella Brey has in the past, brought us articles on all manner of bugs and beetles, so I was delighted to see that her column for this month was about some of nature’s most beautiful creatures, butterflies. I’ve learnt a great deal about the creepy crawlies that live in our homes and gardens from reading Isabella’s articles, and on her frequent visits to Bay HQ. She’s very handy to know as she is not averse to picking up and relocating the many arachnids that inhabit our garden studio.

Tatiana Bento’s recipes this month could change the way that you think about tinned fish. Last year while on holiday in Portugal, we ate at a restaurant that dedicated a whole section of its menu to items that used canned fish as its main ingredient. Since then I often serve tinned mackerel on toast as a quick and easy lunch. With the addition of a dressing made with good olive oil and lemon juice, this humble dish is elevated to another level. Tatiana’s recipes can be found in the Food and Drink section. Rachel Jamison’s vegan recipe this month uses lentils to make a healthy alternative to a beef burger, which is easy on the pocket and the palate.

Lizzie Greenaway’s business trips are probably a lot of people’s dream holiday. Lizzie owns So Cocoa in Mumbles, and her business trips involve travelling to the chocolate producing areas of the world. Last month Lizzie went to Bruges in Belgium which if you have been there, you will know, is famous for just two things – lace and chocolate. Her travelogue is on page 126 and don’t forget that Valentine’s Day and Mothering Sunday are just around the corner – pop into So Cocoa to pick up some treats for your loved ones.

Liam Bird has been on his travels too, to Liverpool. It’s his family city and although he’s never actually lived there, he has spent so much time there that he knows it like the back of his hand. In the Lifestyle and Leisure section he gives us a tour of some of his favourite places to visit.

Caroline Thomas –Melling’s gardening column this month is for a rain garden – how appropriate given that we have had almost continuous rain since last November. Caroline quotes the great Dolly Parton who said “If you want the rainbow, you’ve gotta put up with the rain”.

Have a great and hopefully dry month –see you again in March.

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