Hello & Welcome

to the March edition of TheBAY

It hardly seems any time at all since I was doing this very same thing last month – February really did go by very quickly.

I had a really lovely letter from one reader last month. She’s been getting the magazine delivered every month for some time – it just keeps popping through her letterbox – and she really enjoys it. So much so, that she felt compelled to send me a cheque for a subscription. It’s great to know that we are appreciated. I replied to her and said that receiving her letter had made my day.

We’ve got a new contributor in the fold this month. Tina Price is a travel consultant of many years and will be bringing her expertise to Bay. If you have any travel-related questions that you’d like to ask Tina, you will find her contact details at the end of her article. Tina writes this month on how you can get help when travelling if you have mobility issues – something she experienced first-hand when she suffered a knee injury just before a holiday in Budapest.

We seem to have a lot of travel in this month’s issue. Liz Barry has been to Bhutan – a kingdom high in the Himalayas. It’s not a destination that many people have travelled to as there are many restrictions on visitors, and there is a 250 US Dollar per day govern-ment charge put on every single visitor; this covers all food and accommodation, tour guide and transport.

Nick Smith’s To the Ends of the Earth this month takes us to South Carolina where the pace of life is slow. Nick has a close encounter with an alligator, learns the difference between a bald eagle and a fish hawk, and declines to kiss a pig.

Liz Hinds takes a leaf out of Miss Piggy’s book as she looks at how others see her. Miss P’s attitude is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and woe-betide the beholder if he doesn’t appreciate her particular brand of beauty, as he’ll get a black eye. Of course it goes without saying that neither Liz nor Bay would ever condone violence!

We had fantastic feedback on Rae Howells’ poem Airlings which we published last month. Rae sent me a St David’s Day inspired poem that although most of you will be reading after the 1st March, I’m sure you’ll still enjoy. It seemed only right to let Simon (Bay illustrator and designer) to illustrate this one too.

Dr Isabella Brey’s bug of the month is the ethereal glow worm. Simon had a Disney moment some years ago when we were living in rural Kent. One evening at twilight he was in the garden when he was aware of a strange glow just a few yards from where he was sitting. Gradually the number of little lights increased until he was surrounded by them – closer investigation revealed them to be what Wordsworth referred to as ‘earth-born stars’. Dr Brey gives us the nitty-gritty on why they glow and the answer is as usual all about finding a mate!

Have a great month and we’ll be back at the beginning of April with another issue.