Featured in this issue of Welsh Country Magazine:
6 WELSH CONNECTIONS – Karen Foy gives us an insight into the thoughts and observations of an English tourist travelling to mid Wales just as the Victorian era was drawing to a close.
9 FISHING – Moc Morgan explains why there has always been a certain affinity between big fish and ladies!
11 STORIES IN STONE – Geoff Brookes recounts the tale of the Rebecca Riots and Thomas Rees – a gardener from Mynachlog-Ddu.
14 HELL ON WHEELS – Hans Tammemagi describes a north American’s perspective on driving in Wales.
16 WALKING WALES – St. Non was St. Davids’ mother and Tom Hutton’s walk tracks around the bay named after her.
20 NEWSROUND – A brief snapshot of what’s happening around Wales.
22 BEST OF WELSH & BORDERS FOOD GUIDE – It’s really important we all buy local Welsh food & drink. Do back our artisan food producers by sourcing the best food and drink from Wales & the Borders.
28 WELSH KITCHEN – Four delicious recipes; Dragon Cheddar & Leek Pate, Sophie Wright’s Leek and Cheddar Cheese Crumble, Viva Strawberry Rocky Road and Piccolo Parsnip and Orange Cake with Mascarpone Frosting.
30 WHERE TO EAT – Fabulous food from our selection of wonderful restaurants, bistros, inns and pubs.
32 FOOD LARDER – Keep up-to-date
with the latest foodie news from our artisan Best Of Welsh & Borders producers.
35 HOT FROM THE KITCHEN – Mary Ann Gilchrist raises her concerns about the 20% tax on hospitality businesses. Restaurants, bars, B&Bs and hotels all have to pay this tax if their turnover exceeds around £80K a year.
56 STAY AWHILE – Some great places for you to try if you can escape after Christmas.
36 ARTS – If you’re ever stuck to find that perfect gift, then try using one of our talented Welsh artists and craft makers.
40 POETRY – Martin Perry shares his poem about Shirley Bassey
41 PICTORIAL WALES – How wonderful to discover the talented photographer Nigel McCall and for him to feature some of his stunning photographs with us.
46 MUSIC – A selection of CDs that we hope you’ll enjoy.
46 GRUMPY OLD GEEZER – Grumpy Old Geezer wishes the National Helth Service would return.
47 PAMPER – Our guide to Valentine’s Day as well as some perfect pampering suggestions.
54 BOOKSHELF – Winter months are a great time to curl up in front of the fire and read – hope our choices help.
61 GARDENING – Richard Cain completes his series for us with an interesting feature on the beautiful hellebores, which give a sure sign of a new growing year.
66 HOROSCOPES – Wendy Stacey looks at holiday destinations for those born under the signs of Leo and Virgo.
67 NOTHING TO WEAR? Clothing suggestions from Berghaus,
Crag hoppers, Musto and Weird Fish.