Welcome to the spring issue, a welcome thought after all that rain and mud. From the front cover onwards, this issue is awash with flowers, colour – and not a little bit of glamour! It is certainly the first time that I can remember our pages being filled with royalty. Not only do we have HRH Her Majesty the Queen gracing our magazine, but some of the most famous romantic royal pictures of note from the last few years. Photographer James Veysey, who grew up on Exmoor, is the man behind the lens who captured these iconic shots and I was thrilled when this came to light! The stunning photos and James’ story seemed the perfect combination for our second ‘Exemplars from Exmoor’ feature.
I hope that the royal family and the likes of Barack Obama and George Clooney will approve of the company which they keep on our pages – for they are accompanied by a wide variety of beautiful wildlife, from the seasonal inhabitants of Jane Mares’ garden, spring-flowering heathers and the otters of Somerset, to the dawn chorus at Julian Gurney’s North Devon home and the spring flowers on Haddon Hill. Also near Wimbleball Lake, we have Endymion Beer’s children’s reservoir picture quiz and a celebratory look at South West Fishing For Life as it marks ten years.
Victoria Eveleigh pays a visit to Exmoor Ranger Tim and his dog Patch, Mel Roach heads off to the Jubilee Inn for lunch and Vicky Fiddes kindly provides us with an overview of the North Devon Schools Show Jumping League. Tony James and Andrew Hobbs, meanwhile, pay a visit to the Tuckers at Stetfold Rocks Farm to hear about the memories of farming there as well as their hopes for the future.
This issue we extend a big welcome to both Bryan Cath and Heather Holt. Bryan will be familiar to many readers already; not only close to home – as the compiler of our fiendish crossword – but also through his work for the Exmoor and North Devon Walking Festival, his work for the ETA and his own company, Combe Walks. Bryan joins us as our new Office Manager now that Sue South has retired from the magazine after seven years of being a fantastic member of the team, and Heather Holt takes over Sue’s Directorship. You can read more about our team on our website.
Happy reading of all this and more!
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