Welcome to the spring issue of the magazine and – hopefully – a season of promise after a somewhat ‘something and nothing’ winter, a time to get out and make the most of spring in and around Exmoor, whether that be with a lovely walk which starts and ends in Winsford (turn to page 42 of our spring mag), hunting for primroses (see Rosemary FitzGerald’s article which begins on page 79) or admiring the blossoms of blackthorn, as described in Jane Mares’ beautiful article on pages 64-67.
In this issue our writers have travelled far and wide, including to Loxhore near Barnstaple and Clayhanger
in Mid Devon, where Mel Roach visited furniture maker Bobby Mills and Simon and Alison Routh at Wellhayes Vineyard respectively. Cindy Cowling went to Westleigh near Tiverton to visit jockey coach and mentor Rodi Greene and Michelle Werrett headed up onto Exmoor to visit various ponds for her fascinating article, ‘Pools of Sky’. One writer, who is new to us this issue, even kayaked to Steep Holm, Flat Holm and Lundy! Dr Liz Garnett approached me back in the summer last year with a view to this article, which includes some serious paddling and exploration.
Our regular slots celebrate many spring delights: in his Nature Diary Julian Gurney enjoys the newness of life, Endymion’s delightful characters Uncle Willow and Ginger Tigger play Pooh sticks near Heddon’s Mouth and the duo of dogs starring in this issue’s Final Paws slot have both been lucky enough to be assisted by the RNLI!
We hope that you enjoy all of this and more – and that the weather allows you to make the best of the spring.
Naomi, Elaine, Heather and Bryan