Hello & Welcome

to the September edition of TheBAY

The cover this month depicts our local man of mystery Fulke Andel. He’s a shy and retiring man who eschews the limelight, hence his pseudonym. Gardening is his passion and I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying the spoils of his hard work. When we went over to take the photographs for Simon to work from as reference for the illustration, I came away with not only herbs, garlic and vegetables, but a bunch of scented sweet peas too. He also likes to cook what he grows, and this month shares with us his recipe for tomato sauce which he rustles up when he has a glut of tomatoes from the greenhouse. You’ll find this recipe in our Home & Garden section.

I know that the passing of time is relative, but this year really does seem to have gone by faster than any other. Perhaps it’s because we have had such a poor summer – or maybe it’s just a sign that I am getting older. When you are 10 a year is 1/10th of your life – and when you’re 50 it is 1/50th so therefore I suppose it would appear to be shorter. Ok that’s my philosophising out the way.

This month we’ve got a lot of reading for you. When we were at the Gower show at the beginning of last month, one of the over-riding comments made to us, was the fact that we have such a lot of editorial compared with other local magazines.

We got to speak to lots of people that day – thank you to all of you who took the time to come and say hello! We had a gentleman come up to say how good one of our delivery team was, and how he looked forward to receiving the magazine each month – so thanks to Terry for being such a terrific part of our team. Our deliverers are the final piece in the chain and have to be a strong link – without them all our hard work would be wasted.

One of the subjects that proved popular with most of our readers was travel, and the photography associated with the articles in particular. We are incredibly lucky to have Nick Smith and Liz Barry as regular contributors. Both of them are Swansea born and bred, Nick now spends a lot of his time in London but regularly returns home. This month he recounts the time he was invited to a rather unusual dinner party – in Mongolia.

Closer to home, Ian Bateman has been walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park around the lake at Llyn y Fan. It’s a circular walk and it is a strenuous one; but Ian has given directions for an easier route too. There’s nowhere to stop off halfway for a cup of tea, so make sure you take a picnic with you. As with any walk in the Beacons, do make sure you’re prepared for a change in the weather and make sure someone knows that you are going. Oh, and make sure your leader knows where he’s going!

We’re delighted to have Chantele Cross-Jones back on board this month. Chantele is now a proud mum and is kept very busy with her year old son Elian, but she found time to research some great new looks for the autumn. Red is the colour of the season – but it doesn’t have to be pillar-box  red – there are more subtle shades around too. Keeping with the theme, Dr Isabella Brey’s tree of the month is the rowan or mountain ash with its scarlet berries.

Sarla Langdon has been out of circulation for the past month as it is the Booker Longlist season. She’s read all of the books that have been received for review and as usual has given them a star rating. The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the shortlisted authors. The shortlist will be announced on 13 September and the winner declared on 17 October.

Right that’s it for another month – we’ll be back in October – have a great month!