Featured in this issue of Welsh Country Magazine:
6 WELSH CONNECTIONS – Hidden in the dramatic Glaslyn Valley of north Wales you can find possibly the greatest Welsh wildlife success story of recent years: a pair of breeding ospreys (Pandion haliaetus).
10 FISHING – Tony Rees examines the building of the Cardiff Bay Barrage, which at the time was a hotly contested topic among anglers who fished the rivers Taff and Ely.
Out & About
11 STORIES IN STONE – Geoff Brookes uncovers the tale of life saver Professor Walter Beaumont who died in 1924 aged 69 years.
14 WALKING WALES – Donning his boots Tom Hutton enjoys the beauty and the climb of the Sugar Loaf which towers above the Usk Valley and Abergavenny and is recognisable from miles around.
18 NEWSROUND – A snapshot of what’s happening around Wales.
Eat, Drink & Sleep
20 BEST OF WELSH & BORDERS FOOD GUIDE – Please use our listing to source the best food and drink in Wales and the Borders.
26 WELSH KITCHEN – Four suggestions to help you solve your dinner and tea dilemmas: Leek and Butterbean Soup, Blue Cheese Beef Burger with a Celery & Radish Salsa and Caramelised Shallots, Green Shakshuka and Whole Roasted Cauliflower.
28 FOOD LARDER – Updates from our Best Of Welsh & Border producers.
29 STILL HOT FROM THE KITCHEN – Gareth Johns enthuses about Saint David and his special day, wanting us all to celebrate, whether it’s a ‘Cawl a Can’, a formal dinner, or just a lunch with family and friends.
30 WELSH FOOD AND DRINK – The important link between Welsh food and drink and tourism.
32 WHERE TO EAT – Fabulous food, much of it local, in our selection of the best restaurants, bistros and eateries.
56 STAY AWHILE – If you can take a break, try one of our super places.
34 PICTORIAL WALES – Talented photographer Neil Buckland shares a selection of his photographs with us.
40 PARSON & THE PUBLICAN – The pair enjoy a day in Brecon checking out the Cathedral and then of course off for lunch!
42 PAMPER – Gift ideas for Mother’s Day.
48 BOOKSHELF – Our book choices that we hope you’ll enjoy
49 Poetry – Martin Perry’s poem about Brunel’s Britain has been cleverly illustrated by Madeline Hearne.
50 ARTS – Use our fabulous artists and crafts people to find that perfect present for Mother’s Day.
53 MUSIC – Some CDs that you might enjoy.
53 GRUMPY OLD GEEZER – Worries about the damage a proposed ‘tourist tax’ will do to our economy.
54 COFFEE BREAK – Test your skills with our crossword and sudoku puzzles.
61 GARDENING – The National Gardening Scheme is delighted the days are lengthening and the soil is starting to warm up, stimulating and accelerating plant growth.
66 HOROSCOPES – Christine Chalklin gives her forecast for March & April.
67 NOTHING TO WEAR? – There’s clothing temptation from: Chatham, Craghoppers, Sprayway and Weird Fish.
64 WELSH COUNTRY MARKETPLACE