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Exmoor - The Country Magazine Winter 2017 edition 81Welcome to our winter issue. For the first time ever (I think), we bring you… penguins! And if you’re wondering why we have them in Exmoor Magazine, then please trust me. I found a very good reason indeed – one which no penguin-loving editor could possible resist. Explorer Hannah McKeand features in the first in a new set of articles featuring ‘Exemplars from Exmoor’ – extraordinary people who hail from here and who have gone off to all corners to follow their dreams.

In this, the fourth of our birthday specials, we probe into the ‘heart of the moor’, beginning with Rob Wilson-North’s exploration of Exmoor’s heartland, accompanied by some beautiful photography of the high moors in all their glory, from both land and sky. Jane Mares goes in search of Exmoor’s ridges and barrows and Victoria Eveleigh visits Peter Delbridge and his family high up at Blindwell Farm, near Twitchen. Julia Amies-Green, meanwhile, takes a different look at the ‘heart of the moor’ by capturing the hidden kingdom of an Exmoor winter through her macro lens.

But first, we begin the issue with just a small selection of images taken from and of the Flying Scotsman, which made an historic visit to the area this September. Perhaps you can spot yourself or someone you know in these images. Avril Stone visits stained-glass artist Robert Paterson at his Bideford studio to find out more about his work and that of and his late father, and we also report on her visit to South Molton at Christmas in time to provide a preview of this year’s South Molton Cristmas Craft Fair, Christmas Tree Festival and Fat Stock Show. Rosemary FitzGerald discovers the virtues of digging for happiness at West Somerset’s allotments, Mel Roach meets a number of rare breed pigs, as well the very talented Annabelle Gregory and her flock of Poll Dorset X Jacob sheep at Porlock, and Michelle Werrett talks to Toni Jones about her memories of running the Carnarvon Arms at Brushford.

Our walk this issue begins and ends in Dunster, as the perfect ingredient in a Christmassy weekend if you are planning on heading to Dunster by Candlelight and then perhaps Dulverton by Starlight at the start of December. These and many more events besides are included in our extended diary, which includes dates throughout the season, across the area.

Wishing readers a wonderful Christmas and a very happy, peaceful New Year!

Happy reading!

Naomi, Editor

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