Editor’s Letter: June Issue

Dear Neighbours,

Every now and then I look back over my back catalogue of editions and re-read my editors letter for a particular month and year; it’s a lovely snapshot in time and a reminder of what was happening in my life at that point – almost like writing a diary, which I regret not continuing with after my teens…life just becomes too busy to make the time, unfortunately. As I flicked through past June issues, where I talk about the yo-yoing weather in 2017 (no change there then!), the 2016 Olympics, and my sky-dive in 2015; it was my opening paragraph in 2014 which made me reflective… “It can’t possibly be four years since the last FIFA World Cup! Where has the time gone?”

And yet here we are again! Another World Cup, signifying four more years of my life have elapsed in a blink of an eye… four years older (and not necessarily wiser!)… two strapping teenagers, now as tall as me… highs and lows within that period of time… and regardless of the particular milestone, it acts as a reminder that time flies and to pause every so often to reflect, appreciate and enjoy each chapter.

That can, at times, be difficult if faced with a challenging period in your life; emotionalskills psychotherapist, Deanna Joyce, provides advice on well-being on page 26 and our health feature this month looks at when ‘Golden Years’ are tarnished by stress, page 54.

With summer on its way, we have tech for outdoor living, page 10; money saving tips for your summer holiday, page 12 and beauty travel buys on page 16.

Gardening expert, Pippa Greenwood, gets creative with containers, page 34 and our interiors feature this issue is on bathroom lighting, page 40.

Finally, we have a family ticket for Bugsy Malone to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 31.

Until next month…