Hello & Welcome

to the August edition of TheBAY

Our cover girl this month is the lovely Rachel Jamison who juggles her work life balance beautifully. Not only does she work full time as a nutritionist, but she also runs a cookery business producing vegan pates and cheeses along with cookery classes. When she gets time to relax she enjoys spending time with her family and beautiful dog Maisie at their caravan on Gower. Look out for Rachel’s recipe for tofu balls in our food and drink section.

This month we’ll be at the Gower Show again for the 7th year in a row. If you’ve never been to this highlight in the Gower calendar, I can highly recommend it as a grand day out for all the family – including the dog. Not only will you find the finest specimens of pigs, sheep and other livestock, but also the best in local produce and crafts. It is also an opportunity for you to come and meet some of the Bay team!

Have you ever thought about giving up your day job and making your hobby into your full time job? Jo Roberts has done just that. She’s left the world of HR and set up Langland Creative producing Gower inspired mugs, cushions, bags etc. Jo’s going to be at the Gower Show selling her giftware.

I’ve been trying to get in shape – not just for the summer – but because my job is pretty sedentary. But I have to confess to being very lazy and not disciplined enough to join a gym; it would simply be a waste of money as I wouldn’t have any incentive to go. So when I spotted that BodyStreet had opened up in Princess Way I was intrigued as to how their slogan ‘because 20 minutes is enough’ meant. In our health and wellbeing section you can read how I got on. If it appeals to you then give them a call and book your half price trial – you don’t have to be a gym bunny – in fact there’s no upper age limit and as long as you don’t have any blood pressure issues or a pacemaker then you’re pretty much guaranteed to benefit.

I’m sure I’m not the only one that reads Kim Jones’ cycle rides and thinks – that sound like fun but probably a bit too energetic for me. So when he sent his ride for this issue across to me I genuinely thought – this sounds more up my street. So on our first free day, Simon our designer and I hopped in the car and drove up to Brecon in search of some bikes to hire – and who should be coming out of the cycle shop but Kim himself! It didn’t take much to persuade Kim to join us on our ride and so the three of us spent a very enjoyable afternoon cycling the canal path. Whether you own a bike or not, there is no excuse for not following this route – details on where to hire your bike are in the leisure section.

We get a lot of feedback on the magazine – mostly positive! One of the main compliments we get is for the photography – specifically on our travel articles. This month Nick Smith is in Mozambique – not a place that most would consider as a holiday destination, but as Nick discovered – those intrepid enough to be among the first to visit, will find that it is a very special place. I’m sure you’ll agree that his photography this month is truly stunning and a little cheeky!

Liz Barry went to the Newlyn Fish Festival last year – this annual festival is on at the end of August so you’ll have to get your skates on if you want to catch it – pun intended! It looks like a pescatarian’s heaven. Liz also used her camera closer to home when she visited the vineyard at Cwm Deri in Pembrokeshire – if you fancy a lunch for 2 including a spot of wine tasting, head over to page to our food and drink section where you’ll find the competition details.

We’ve also got a pair of tickets to give away for the Ocean Film Festival in Porthcawl on 29 September. This is an amazing evening of short films that all have a connection with the sea. Some of the stories are inspirational and some are just beautifully filmed natural history stories. I’m looking forward to seeing a 5 minute long film called The Legacy which features Giant Pacific Mantarays. Earlier this year Simon and I were privileged to see these majestic creatures when we were in Costa Rica – something I will remember for a very long time.

I hope you get to make some great memories this summer, whether you are going away or having a staycation. We’ll be back with you in September – have fun!