Of all the wonders the Caribbean has to offer there is perhaps no island so green and pleasant as unspoilt, tranquil Antigua. Bay’s Nick Smith packs his notebooks and cameras and heads to this little-known jewel in the Caribbean crown…Read More
After we’d been liberated and allowed to leave the immediate area, it seemed a good idea at first to spread our hitherto clipped wings and plan a route a bit further afield. However, Gower seems to have an allure allRead More
As lockdown restrictions are easing, have you had one of those moments of pure joy, triggered by experiencing something you haven’t been able to enjoy for a long time? I had one last week – I was walking down aRead More
Competition Time with Dewkes of Mumbles Win a hamper of goodies to the value of £50 for your pet Bay has teamed up with Dewkes of Mumbles to bring you a competition to win a hamper of goodies for yourRead More
Now that the health and fitness industry is back open, have you got a weekly plan? Do you have a target in mind or a goal you are working towards? Do you know what you are going to do atRead More
As we go to press on this issue, we’ve had one of the wettest Mays on record – it has certainly been a far cry from the May of 2020 when we basked in lock-down sunshine. As the hospitality industry slowly emerged from the Covid restrictions this month and we were allowed to eat out – literally – the heavens opened. Now that things are returning to some semblance of normality and we can once again meet up with friends in public places I’m looking forward to being able to bring you restaurant reviews. We did manage to squeeze in a couple of meals out before the copy deadline; a quick lunch in the King Arthur, and a birthday lunch in The Secret Bar & Kitchen. We also revisited a pre-Covid favourite, Truffle in King Edward Road for our first ‘proper’ meal out in months – all reviews are in my Culinary Causerie pages.
Something else that I have been missing are my regular sessions at the gym. Both Simon and I are members at the Gower College gym in Tycoch. It is a very convenient location for us and has all the equipment that we need. They have very strict procedures in place to keep us safe and well. Nicky Holland gives us good advice on how to get ourselves back to fitness – last month he told us to ease ourselves back into our routines and not expect to pick up where we left off. Even so, my muscles were definitely not happy 48 hours after my first session back. Nicky’s website has lots of great advice for those that are just starting out on developing their fitness as well as those who have already reached their goals. Details are at the bottom of his article.
Ian is back with a walk this month, and although he could have travelled further afield he felt the need to stay local. This woodland walk isn’t heavy going and you should get to see some of our local wildlife. All we need now is for the weather to become a bit more seasonal.
The new Copr Bay Bridge over Oystermouth Road has certainly divided local opinion, but funnily enough the Slip Bridge wasn’t well received when it was first completed in 1915. Work on the Digital Arena has continued despite the pandemic, and a new road has been created – Cupid Way. Charles Wilson Watkins looks at the life of Cyril Cupid and why he has been honoured by having a road named after him. Charles connected with Cyril’s granddaughter to find out more.
Private chef Christos is back this month with a traditional, Greek beef recipe – Stifado. You don’t have to use beef, it would originally have been made with pork or rabbit and you could even substitute chicken. You will just have to adjust the cooking time, so you don’t overcook it.
We’ve teamed up with Dewkes of Mumbles to bring you a great competition to WIN a hamper of goodies worth £50. The prize will be tailored to suit your pet – whatever it is – and if you don’t have a pet, you can enter to win treats for the wildlife in your garden.
Have a wonderful June and we’ll be back in July.