Editor’s Letter – June 2019

Dear Neighbours,

June officially marks the start of summer in the UK… hooray! The longer, warmer days invites leisurely walks, picnics in the park, family barbecues and an impromptu drink in a pub garden. I also find the sunshine encourages me to be more healthy; favouring nutritious salads and stocking my fridge with an array of fresh fruits. For a few months, at least, I actually manage to consume the recommended quota of ‘5 a day’… the fruit in a glass (or two!) of Pimms counts, right?

With summer solstice on 21st June, we delve into the history books and look at the meanings of Midsummer; page 10.

Whether you want to create show-stopping meals on your BBQ, grow your own vegetables or just need a new novel for your holiday, we’ve got it covered in this month’s book reviews; page 14.

Last issue we discussed the dangers of heatstroke for dogs. However, there are other health hazards for dogs and cats during summer you may not have considered; details on page 20.

Driverless cars are a hot topic in the motoring world at the moment; but what are they, and what do they mean for the future of motoring? We’re going to try and clear things up; page 34.

The combination of long nights and nice weather means it’s time to head outdoors – and technology can help make the outdoors even greater and the light nights even brighter; see page 48 for our pick of great outdoor gadgets.

The Seventies revival in interiors has been brewing for a while, building up to an unmistakable trend that has even started to reach the high street. Interiors expert, Katherine Sorrell, has tips on achieving this look (page 52)… without an avocado bathroom in site!

Finally, the sensational, multi-award-winning West End show, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, triumphantly returns to Northampton as part of its landmark 30th anniversary tour… and we have a two tickets to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 18. Until next month…

Zoë