Hello & Welcome

to the October edition of TheBAY

“Did you enjoy your holiday?” This was the question I was asked on several occasions following our double issue for August/September. Holiday? No we didn’t break for a trip to sunny climes – that wasn’t necessary as we were having such good weather here. The reason was that Simon our designer had an illustration commission to complete that would take him a month, and our daughter was returning to Swansea after living in Kent for the past 38 years – she sold up and moved back with our 3 year old grandson, and we had to be on hand to help out. They are now living with us in our tiny two up two down cottage until her house purchase goes through – so my month ‘holiday’ was anything but peaceful. But I’m not complaining at all – I no longer have to travel 240 miles up the M4 to be woken up at 6.00 a.m. to play caves under the duvet with torches and battery operated fans.

We have also acquired a cat. A very handsome male tabby turned up on our doorstep one day and despite many efforts to find his owners and get him to go home, he simply kept returning. I was tempted to call him boomerang but grandson decided that although his name was Buddy, Kat was more appropriate. Kat doesn’t care, as long as he is kept fed and watered he will oblige with appropriate purring and ankle rubbing. Unfortunately the resident tom cat aka thug decided that Kat was an interloper and gave him a severe beating. After many trips to the vet an x ray revealed that not only had he several puncture wounds that needing stitching, but that he had a broken ankle. Not just a simple fracture – but one that required a trip to the Bristol University Veterinary Hospital. As I write this I am awaiting the call to say that the procedure has been completed. So no, I have not been on holiday.

Fortunately some of our contributors have though; Liz Barry to Yorkshire where she followed in Bram Stoker’s footsteps to Whitby, Liam Bird went to Bavaria and Nick Smith, well Nick went to Libya which isn’t going to be everyone’s ideal holiday destination but from his photography it looks pretty stunning.

   Ian Bateman has another local walk for you this month, with a 7 mile circular trek around North Gower along with a suggested soundtrack to accompany you. I’m afraid that Ian’s walk is nothing to compare with one that is being undertaken by local army veteran Chris Lewis from Killay who with his dog Jet is walking around the coastline of Britain raising money for SSAFA. As we went to print he had raised £46,000 – his goal is £100,000. He started his walk on 1 August 2017 from Llangennith and is currently somewhere in the Outer Hebrides. SSAFA supports members of the armed forces and their families – details of how to donate are at the end of the article on page 98.

You know that Christmas is coming when we run our pantomime competition – oh no you don’t. We have a family ticket to give away for the opening night at 19.00 on the 14 December. Details are on page 38. Another sure sign that Christmas is on the horizon is the advert for Old Castle Farm free range turkeys. My order will be placed this month to ensure that my family aren’t disappointed. Everyone that I know who ordered one last year said the same thing – that it is the best turkey they have ever tasted. There’s only one way to find out!

Have a wonderful October and we’ll be back next month.