Featured in this issue of Welsh Country Magazine:
6. WELSH CONNECTIONS – Karen Foy follows in the ‘Footsteps of Darwin’ taking a look at his early life and work and his connections to Wales.
9. FISHING – Tony Rees gets an insight from John Ellis, National Fisheries & Angling Manager about canals In Wales.
Out & About
11. STORIES IN STONE – Geoff Brookes tells the tale of Dic Aberdaron who was regarded as eccentric, enigmatic and downright odd.
14. WALKING WALES – Pen y Fan, totally walkable in good, soft snow and clear conditions, Tom Hutton tackles the highest peaks of the Brecon Beacons from the north, but advises care in icy conditions or poor visibility.
18. Permaculture – Steven Jones wants to know how we respond to climate change and the countryside.
20. NEWSROUND – A snapshot of what’s happening around Wales.
Eat, Drink & Sleep
22. BEST OF WELSH & BORDERS FOOD GUIDE – Please use our listing to source the best food and drink in Wales & the Borders.
28. WELSH KITCHEN – Four suggestions to help you solve your meal and snack dilemmas: English Breakfast Salad, Mackerel with Herby Tomato and Shallots Salsa on Toast, Watercress and Smoked Bacon on Sourdough and Mixed BerryWorld Berry Fondue.
30. WHERE TO EAT – Fabulous food, much of it local in our selection of the best restaurants, bistros, inns and pubs.
33. FOOD LARDER – The latest news from our Best of Welsh & Border producers.
33. HOT FROM THE KITCHEN – Mary Ann Gilchrist, wishes punters to have patience as food produced by a passionate chef takes time!
54. STAY AWHILE – If you can escape for a break, do try one of our super places.
34. COFFEE BREAK – Test your skills with our crossword and sudoku puzzles.
36. PICTORIAL WALES – Nigel J Bevans shares some of his outstanding photography with us.
42. ARTS – Use our fabulous artists and craft workers for that special gift.
46. PAMPER – Some gift ideas for Valentine’s Day
51. Interview – Sarah Roberts catches up with Nia Lloyd Williams to learn about her role as volunteer case worker for a leading armed forces charity.
52. GRUMPY OLD GEEZER – Why are council car parks still being used as cash cows?
52. MUSIC – Five varied CDs for you to enjoy.
53. POETRY – Martin Perry’s poem is ‘Goodbye to Chepstow’ beautifully illustrated by Jason O’Brien.
59. GARDENING – Penny Davies from the National Gardening Scheme.
62. BOOKSHELF – Curl up in front of a log fire with one of our book choices.
66. HOROSCOPES – Christine Chalklin gives her forecast for January and February.
67. NOTHING TO WEAR? – There’s clothing temptation from: Didriksons, Fitflop, Sherpa and Sprayway.
64. WELSH COUNTRY MARKETPLACE