Welsh Country Magazine is the pan Wales magazine that is essential reading for those that are passionate about the countryside of Wales, Welsh Food, Arts in Wales, the history of Wales and its people, lifestyle, gardening and much more. Here’s a list of just some of the fascinating articles that feature in the Sept – Oct 18 issue:
FISHING – Tony Rees knows that angling is not all about just fishing and catching fish it has many advantages for healthy.
STORIES IN STONE – Geoff Brookes tells us about Robert Recorde’s invention, which you’ve perhaps used, even on a daily basis. It’s just that no one has told you it was him, but it was.
WALKING WALES – Tom Hutton’s walk explores the wooded Cwms inland of Fishguard, climbing out of the beautiful Cwm Gwaun a steep-sided vale as lovely as any in Wales, to track along the rock-adorned hilltops that tower above.
PICTORIAL WALES – Talented photographer Nigel Bevans shares images from next year’s calendar of his ‘Seasonal Pembrokeshire’.
GARDENING – National Gardening Scheme looks at the early autumn garden.
Kath Rhodes editor of Welsh Country commented:-
After a glorious summer I am not complaining about the heatwave, it’s given our tourist trade a much needed boost as our tourist season is way too short. Visit Wales must engage with the industry and work on ways to lengthen the tourist season and ensure that people know Wales is open for business all year round, after all that’s their job – marketing Wales! I’m sure the warm weather has encouraged more families to ditch Europe and enjoy a staycation in wonderful Wales. Yet as tourism is revelling in the heatwave our farmers and others working the land are having a terrible time. Some will say farmers are always moaning, but unless you’ve tried to make a living in agriculture, I’d proceed with caution!
Our Pictorial Wales feature is one I get lots of positive feedback about and I can understand why as the quality of photographers that submit ideas for Pictorial Wales is mind-blowing. I love Pembrokeshire as a county and in this issue photographer Nigel Bevan showcases some fabulous pictures taken from his new calendar for 2019 ‘Seasonal Pembrokeshire’. This would make a great gift idea and dare I say it’s a great Christmas stocking filler! Another item people chat to me about is our illustrations. I’m in awe of photographers, artists and illustrators and so pleased that my idea of using illustrations has been so positive with our readers. I’m always on the lookout for illustrators and pleased when schools, colleges and universities get in touch with students looking for some experience.
Now back to my favourite subject, Welsh food and drink. Ian and I are still busy visiting as many food festivals and local producers’ markets as we can. With Monday to Friday being our working week, we still try and get out over weekends to do something food related. I do worry about the future of food festivals and if the Welsh Government will continue to support them. I’ve grave doubts that many of our food festivals could run without some funding, but I do think the Welsh Government needs a realistic, workable plan on their future. Food festivals and markets are a wonderful way for our artisan producers to sell their wares, so it’s essential our food festivals keep growing and improving.
Hopefully you’ll notice and love the new layout changes we have begun to make with Welsh Country magazine and I’ll be waiting nervously for your feedback. We’ve still plenty of ideas we are mulling over so expect a few more tweaks, but don’t worry your favourite features will remain – albeit with a newer look.
Until next time……..
If you would like to read a snippet of each or any of the articles mentioned above, CLICK HERE