Hello & Welcome

to the October issue of the BAY magazine

Autumn is well and truly here isn’t it? What a difference a couple of days made at the end of last month – one minute I was on the beach in my swimsuit, and next thing I was wearing boots and a cardie.

   This month Liz Barry continues her journey through the highlands and islands of western Scotland and takes her camera over the sea to Skye. If foreign travel is not going to be possible for the foreseeable future, we will be discovering more of our own island – Skye is definitely on my list.

Nick Smith takes us on a chilly journey to Iceland in his to the ends of the earth. One strange fact that has stuck with me is that from 1924 to 1984 dogs were banned from Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik. What a sad place it must have been. Nick too, discovered some weirdness there, but I’ll let you read about that for yourself.

Kim Jones continues his advice for those who want to take to two wheels. You’ll find his hints and tips on packing for a cycle tour. He’s an old hand at travelling light; his past adventures have taken him to places like the Sahara Desert, Albania and Kyrgyzstan. Even if you’re only venturing as far as Gower, you’ll still find his advice very useful.

Mark Rees has been in his element, Hallowe’en is his favourite time of year, and he’s written several books on Welsh ghouls and spooky goings on, he also tells us about three of Swansea’s best-known ghosts.

If you have walked past Slice in Eversley Road recently, you might have noticed that the sign above the door has changed to Fish & Ice @Slice. I’m delighted to be able to tell you that the dynamic duo behind Slice, Adam and Chris, are back but in a new guise. From this month they will be serving up posh fish and chips, homemade pies and faggots, and ice-creams and desserts, all to take-away and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. It won’t just be cod and haddock as they are going to be serving up the best of the catch of the day and hope to include lemon sole, crab and mussels. It’s good to see businesses reopening in these really difficult times.

Cygnet Distillery has a new baby – a Cherry Drop gin liqueur, which is meant to remind us of the sweeties of our childhood – but in a very grown-up way. We have a great competition for all gin lovers. You’ll find details of how to enter and be in with a chance to WIN a bottle of Cygnet gin, a Cherry Drop gin liqueur, Welsh tonic water and two balloon glasses – I suspect that we’ll have a lot of entries for this competition.

Now that we can venture out again and gather in groups of up to 6 in our bubbles, what better way to celebrate than a Sunday lunch for the family. The New Gower Hotel is offering readers the chance to eat a two-course lunch for just £30 for 2 people, when you present the voucher printed on page 99 of the October Bay. This voucher can be used multiple times in October and November and is an exclusive offer to our readers.

Have a lovely month and we’ll be back in November.