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Exmoor Magazine spring 2017Welcome to the spring issue, the first magazine of our twentieth birthday year!

One of the many people who we have visited for this issue is Kate Hetherington, Master Collar and Harness Maker – what an inspiring woman, and yet another fantastic and quirky workshop in which we have been lucky enough to take photos.

Michelle Werrett has travelled south to Chittlehampton to meet the Waterers and their fantastic working horses, Avril Stone has been on milk round investigations in Braunton and Barnstaple, and in Tiverton, Museum Director Pippa Griffith has put a piece together for us about the Heathcoat 200 exhibition. Mel Roach was tasked with heading off in two directions – first down to Romansleigh, near South Molton, to visit furniture maker David Ames and then to see various medical herbalists in and around Wellington, as well as beyond.

Elsewhere our writers have ventured off left, right and centre – to Minehead, Luxborough, along the West Somerset Coast Path, and to Dulverton, Exford, Ilfracombe, Porlock, Watchet, Timberscombe and Ralegh’s Cross, to name but a few locations.

Our cover photo is by Jack Clegg (www.exmoorphotography.co.uk) and shows two tawny owlets photographed very one May morning at Pool Bridge.

We hope that you enjoy reading this issue and perhaps even feel inspired to take up a new Exmoor-related hobby, whether that be monitoring wildlife for the Exmoor Natural History Society, doing some research at the Exmoor Society Resource Centre or heading out to walk the West Somerset Coast Path or onto Exmoor to peer at wood anemones or to try to spot an elusive polecat. Please share your photos with us as you go exploring or trawl through your archives.

Wishing everyone a great spring and a lovely Easter as we look forward to a busy, interesting birthday year.

Happy reading!

Naomi, Elaine & Sue

PS: Below you will see a link to our Instagram account. Please take a look and get in touch if you have photos you’d like us to share or, if you already have an Instagram account, please tag us #exmoormagazine or mention @exmoormagazine.

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