Hello & Welcome

to the August edition of the BAY magazine with editor Lesley Williams

If you are a regular collector of bay, and keep them on your shelf, you will have noticed an anomaly in last month’s magazine. Our printers didn’t print the spine correctly and used part of the back page advert by mistake. There wasn’t an awful lot we could do about it once it was delivered, as we had all our deliverers on standby and we were due to go on holiday, leaving us no time to go for a reprint. We’ve included the spine as it should have looked at the side of the hello and welcome page of the magazine – all you have to do is cut along the dotted line and stick the panel onto last month’s issue and all should be well.

We’ve lots for you to read in this month’s magazine – Nick Smith takes us to the Caribbean paradise of Dominica, while Ian Bateman stays closer to home with a circular walk to Nash Point and the town of Llantwit Major.

Charles Wilson Watkins has been busy making connections between last month’s front cover and Scott of the Antarctic. Charles loves delving into the archives and researching on family history – if you live in a property over 100 years old and would like to find out who lived there before you, do get in touch with him.

We spent a week in Loire Atlantique at the beginning of last month. We rented a gite in a remote village and did very little apart from read and cool off in the pool – the temperature went over 40 degrees at times. We had one restaurant nearby – but as the gite had a very well equipped kitchen, I was more than happy to buy local produce and cater for ourselves. The quality of the vegetables was fabulous – the tomatoes were so juicy and ripe that I was eating them just with a drizzle of olive oil and a scattering of sea salt. I wish I’d had Christos’ recipe for gemista with me as this would have been perfect. You’ll find his recipe for these stuffed tomatoes and peppers in the food and drink section.

On the subject of local produce, I was surprised to find that the Gower Heritage Centre was now home to a lovely little mill shop which stocks all sorts of unusual products. They make cider from apples grown in their own orchards in Parkmill, and then press them on an old cider press. They have lots of foods that would make the perfect impromptu picnic on the beach – and a great takeaway coffee too.

You may remember last year I told you about a business located near the Bay Hospital that was selling stock that would otherwise go into landfill. Well this enterprising team of sisters Laura and Abigail has now expanded into their own brand of leisurewear, in dedication to their late mother.

That’s all for now – I hope we have some glorious weather in Swansea in August – we’ll be back with you in September.