Welcome to the summer issue of Exmoor Magazine. With publication comes arguably one of the best months as the lanes crowd with flowers and the air is filled with the warming buzz of life. This issue celebrates many creatures – and plants – great and small; it includes a feature on antler growth by Michelle Werrett and a foray into the gloriously green and secret world of moss, a look at the amazing sundew and a walk amidst the wildlife on Dunkery.
On the seashore, Mel Roach finds out about some mysterious jewels of our intertidal zones as part of our North Devon Coast Special. This section of the magazine celebrates various aspects of local history, conservation and sporting and walking opportunities in this beautiful part of our area. As ever, the issue has been a huge team effort and we had the pleasure of working with lots of people on this section – collaborating with the South West Coast Path team, the AONB, the Coastwise group, and the North Devon Maritime Museum, to name but a few. In the course of all this we also met some new (to us) photographers, including Jamie Bott, whose image of Baggy Point appears on our cover.
We meet characters from the past in Jeff Cox’s history of Dunster Show, take a trip down memory lane in the Chidgeys’ look at Watchet Carnival over the last 40 years or so and Rosemary FitzGerald talks to the Chittendens about their garden at Vellacott. This issue also sees some new writers joining our ranks who, together, will form part of our newly-growing team of ‘Active’ writers.
Sometimes small pieces turn into longer pieces because they tell such a good story. Avril Stone’s tale of Thumbelina the Taxi falls into this category. This, the first of our ‘Touching Tales’, will hopefully bring a tear to your eye, in the nicest possible way. We hope that you enjoy this and much more besides on our summer pages.
Naomi, Elaine & Sue
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