Hello & Welcome

to the February edition of TheBAY

I hope the rest of the year goes by a little more slowly than January –

Christmas is a distant memory

We’ve got a magazine full to bursting point with interesting articles, local information and very importantly, the adverts – because without our advertisers, we wouldn’t have a publication. So make it your New Year’s resolution to ditch internet shopping and return to shopping locally – never has the adage ‘use it or lose it’ been so true.

In our lifestyle and leisure section Liz reminisces of a warm afternoon in Seville – when she sent in her article it got me in the mood for making marmalade. Seville oranges are available for such a short period of time – January and early February – so you’ll have to get your skates on if you want to fill your kitchen with the aroma of caramelised oranges. It really is a very simple process and you’ll feel like a domestic god/goddess when you serve your own home-made preserves for breakfast.

Nick Smith has been on safari to Kenya, but the only shooting of animals that he participated in was with his camera. It’s at times like this that Simon our designer yearns for a bigger format for the magazine as he is limited by our B5 size. Hopefully our diminutive dimensions won’t detract from your enjoyment of the ‘armchair safari’.

Closer to home, Ian Bateman has been on a ten mile stroll taking in Ogmore-by-Sea and St Brides Major. This walk takes in Europe’s second largest sand dune – the largest being in the west of France not far from Bordeaux. Our dune is an SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest) because of its important invertebrate life including the great green bush-cricket – and when they say great they mean huge as they can grow to be 55mm or just under 2 ½ inches in old money. If you see one please send me a photo.

This month sees the centenary of the vote for women, and Charles Wilson-Watson has been conducting some research into Swansea suffragettes. I would loved to have been able to witness Mrs Cleeve ‘drawing attention to herself’ outside the old Bush Hotel in Sketty, in protest at having to pay her carriage licence when she didn’t have the right to vote. I now imagine the scene every time I pop down to Sainsbury’s. Thank goodness for women like Mrs Cleeve.

We couldn’t publish our February issue without a nod to St Valentine, so Liz Hinds’ article this month is on the subject of love. Liz’s love has lasted over 40 years – but even a love that has endured so long has its limits – especially when it comes to Maltesers.

I was contacted at the end of last year by local poet Rae Stephens, who had won the prestigious Welsh International Poetry Competition 2017 with her poem Airlings.

As soon as I read it I could imagine how it would look if it was illustrated. Fortunately for Bay, we have the talented Simon Williams on hand to undertake the task. You can see the result and read the poem in our lifestyle and leisure section.

That’s all for now – have a wonderful February and we’ll be back in March.