Hello & Welcome

to the May edition of TheBAY

Magazine comes out on Friday 28th April

Last month I took the opportunity to pop up to Kent, and managed to pick one of the sunniest weekends of the month. Kent is a beautiful county, and having lived there for many years it is well known to me. It also is home to many National Trust properties, stately homes and castles. Ightham Mote is a medieval moated house not far from Sevenoaks and Tonbridge (not to be confused with Tunbridge Wells). It is just a short drive from the M25, so makes a perfect stopping off point if you’re heading to the Continent via the Channel Tunnel. In our Lifestyle & Leisure section you can read about the history of Ightham and see some fabulous images.

Closer to home Ian Bateman has been to Carreg Cennen castle. If you’ve never been there, I can highly recommend it – even if you’re not up for a strenuous 13 mile walk. There is a lovely tea room where you can sit and watch the red kites coming down to feed. It’s a privately owned castle; the story of how it came into the ownership of the Morris family is quite amusing. You’ll find details of the walk and the history of the castle also in the Lifestyle & Leisure section.

Nick Smith has been venturing further afield – Bermuda to be precise. Nick has the enviable job of being both photographer and journalist, and is commissioned to travel the world and write articles for much bigger publications than ours. Nick was out in the Atlantic to cover the preparations by team Land Rover BAR for the America’s Cup which starts on the 26th of this month.

Liam Bird too has a Land Rover connection in his motoring review of the Discovery 5. Not contented with driving the Discovery, Liam also went on an away-day with Great Escape Classic Car Hire where he drove a glorious V12 E Type Jaguar, a Jensen Interceptor and a Ford Capri 280 – big boys’ toys!

Liam has negotiated a fantastic competition for us this month, courtesy of Great Escape – a weekend’s hire of any of Great Escape’s cars, up to and including their E Type convertible. It’s worth up to £699 and includes 48 hours use with insurance for one driver – but of course you can take a passenger. You could take it for a weekend away or even use it for a special occasion such as a wedding – the choice is yours. Details can be found in our Motoring section, but get your skates on as the competition closes at noon on 31st May. You could enter on behalf of your father – what a Father’s Day present it would make.

Branching Out with Dr Isabella Brey covers the blossom of the blackthorn and hawthorn both of which should be in full bloom this month. I have always loved walking down Derwen Fawr Road at this time of year when the cherry trees are in blossom. Sadly it doesn’t last past the first gusts of wind, but it’s lovely while it’s there. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about hawthorn and blackthorn can be found in our Home & Garden section – I’ll have to make sure that Ian Bateman reads it – to find out why, you’ll have to read his walk!

We have another competition, to WIN a copy of Keith Squires’ new cookery book ‘Cooking with Love’. Keith is influenced by Ayurvedic medicine and herbalism, and this book contains over 100 vegetarian and vegan recipes. More and more restaurants and cafes are catering for those who prefer a diet that is plant based; this book will inspire you to try similar recipes at home.

That’s all for now. We’ll be back in June when we’ll be looking forward to summer. Have a great month!