Hello & Welcome

to the Winteer issue of the BAY magazine

Did you miss us last month? We had to make the difficult decision to hold fire on publishing in November as we were in lockdown for the first two weeks – but not to worry, we are back on track and have plenty of great articles for you in this issue.

2020 has been a very trying time for all of us, businesses have been put under immense financial hardship and families have had to endure emotional strain. Let’s hope that 2021 will be a lot happier and healthier for us all.

In this festive issue we follow Nick Smith on a journey to the Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China, and Ian Bateman on a circular walk around Oxwich. At least the last one is still achievable – well for some!

If all that walking sounds a bit too energetic, you could always snuggle up on the sofa with a good book. Dr Alyson Hitch has some great recommendations to keep you occupied this winter, and one of them is The Party Wall, by local author Stevie Davies who was much admired by Sarla Langdon. In fact, one of Sarla’s quotes for Bay is printed in the inside cover, along with those from The Times and the Independent. It’s a great read – I can thoroughly recommend it.

Another book with a local connection is of a completely different genre. Kate Probert is renowned for her food, and more recently her cookery school based in her home on Gower and her picture book chalet in Chamonix. From Mountain to Sea is packed full of recipes inspired by ingredients local to both the French Alps and Wales. Kate has shared one of her recipes for Welsh Breakfast Canapés – using quail eggs and laverbread.

Antoinette Milne has some great wine recommendations for the festive period. As well as a champagne, Antoinette has found a terrific Rioja to match with the turkey this Christmas – and best of all it is a magnum. That’s the equivalent of two normal 75 cl bottles, so there is plenty to go-round.

Liam Bird’s car choice for this issue is the Aston Martin DBX. I know it is beyond most of our budgets at in excess of £158,000 – you could buy a house for that sort of money! But as this is the final issue of the year, I thought we could at least day-dream of being James Bond. Unlike lots of motoring reviews in magazines, Liam really does have the car to drive – sometimes for a week or more, so his reviews are based on real experience and not from what he’s read on the internet.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our contributors who make Bay so special – they are the ones who provide us with the interesting content that you tell us you love so much. Also, to our advertisers – some of which have been with us for over 10 years – without them there would be no magazine. And lastly but certainly not least, our deliverers who are the final link in the chain delivering your copy of Bay through your letterbox –whatever the weather. A huge thank you to you all.

That just leaves me enough space to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy new year.

With love, Lesley