Hello & Welcome

to the May edition of TheBAY

Our newly launched Bay TRAVEL CLUB is gathering pace – details of our first trip are on the Lifestyle and Leisure section. We have limited availability for this excursion to the Royal Mint and Llanerch vineyard – just call me for booking information – my number is 01792 290486.

We have another day out which will appeal to all food lovers – a trip to the Abergavenny Food Festival in September including a three course lunch at The Angel Hotel.

On previous occasions when I have gone to this annual festival I have struggled to find a parking space, so to be able to travel by luxury coach takes that headache away – and there will be no arguing over who’s going to be the designated driver! See our Lifestyle section for more information on this gourmand day out.

Our Culinary Causerie this month features several places to eat out, ranging from high end dining to a quirky café in Ynystawe. It is often wrongly assumed that we eat out for free – in exchange for a review in the magazine. To set the record straight, we never review by invitation – we make our booking and pay for our meal – it’s the only way that you can be sure of a truly unbiased opinion. That’s not to say that it isn’t a legitimate business expense!

Dr Isabella Brey’s bug of the month is not for the squeamish – slugs. Gardener’s will be all too aware of the resurgence of these ghastly creatures at this time of year, chomping on all the new foliage as it emerges from the ground. My hostas barely had time to unfurl their leaves before the slugs got to work on them – sorry Isabella I have resorted to poison pellets.

Fulke Andel has plenty of gardening advice for those who are just starting out on a vegetable patch this year. He too wages a war on slugs and snails and suggests placing a large stone in a convenient position on which the birds can smash the snail’s shells.

Family History contributor, Charles Wilson Watkins has had a request from a reader to help with re-uniting a photograph with its rightful owners. If you can help find the family of airman George Williams, do get in touch.

To the Ends of the Earth with Nick Smith is a bit closer to home than usual this month. Nick explores the Channel Island of Jersey while Liz Barry tells of her trip to Granada to see the Alhambra Palace. I visited this Andalusian gem when there was snow on the ground, so I was interested to see Liz’s pictures of it in the height of summer. No matter what time of year, Granada is the perfect place for a weekend break.

Liz Hinds’ article this month is about living life to the full, which is a philosophy we should all live by.

If you look in our Snippets section you will find all sorts of events going on this month that are worth taking part in, from a Food Fair to the colourful Clyne in Bloom. If you haven’t been to Clyne in May to see the Rhododendrons and Azaleas then do it this month – you will not be disappointed.

Have a great month and we’ll be back in June.