Editor’s Letter: July 2019

Dear Neighbours,

It’s the start of Wimbledon Fortnight (1st-14th July), so we start this issue with some fascinating facts about the prestigious tennis tournament, page 10. My husband has been lucky enough to get two centre court tickets, midway through the tournament; so I’m excited to be able to tick-off another item from my bucket list… I’m presuming he’s taking me, if not he’ll be needing to set the tent up in the garden to sleep in!

If space allows, a well-designed outdoor structure, whether for work or relaxation, (or when you want to escape the kids/partner!) can make a wonderful addition to a garden; read Katherine Sorrell’s advice on page 14.

Today, we take the ease of global travel for granted but it was the birth and rise of the package holiday that paved the way for world citizenship and changed the concept of the travel we now take for granted. We look at the history of the package holiday on page 18.

If you’re looking for a good book to while away your summer evenings with, or to read whilst relaxing on your hols, we have a great selection on page 22.
Staying on the topic of holidays, we have tips on staying safe and well whilst abroad, page 24. We also have budget friendly ways to have fun with the kids during their 6 weeks off school, page 48.

‘Neo Mint’ is set to take over the worlds of fashion and interiors in 2020, say trend forecasters; we have ways in which you can incorporate this colour into your home on page 50.

Whilst we crave a hot summer, the warmer weather can cause bugs and beasties to thrive, causing damage to our gardens. Pippa Greenwood has advice on how to tackle these prolific pests on page 56.

Until next month…

Zoë