Editor’s Letter: November 2021

Dear Neighbours,

I can’t avoid it any longer – it’s time to get myself organised ahead of the festive period. If I put the time in now to find the right gifts and plan my food requirements, it will hopefully free me up to enjoy the weeks leading up to Christmas, and not get caught up in the frenzy of last minute panic buying! However, if previous years are to go by, my boys have a habit of changing their minds at the last-minute as to what they want and are still suggesting things a few days before Christmas day itself! So, no matter how organised I intend to be, things never quite go according to plan!

As last year’s festivities were somewhat curtailed, I think we’re all wanting a bit of Christmas magic this year to make up for it. In this issue, we recommend some Christmas light trails in the south of England which have everything you need to add some sparkle to your winter this year; page 10.

Pantos are back on! What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than taking the family to see a panto… or two! The Core at Corby Cube presents Sleeping Beauty between 17th and 31st December, page 11; and Royal & Derngate Theatre showcases Dick Whittington between 9th December and 2nd January, page 18.

At this time of year, when we’re making so many purchases, it’s key to know your rights to a refund – we have guidance on page 20.

As the colder days draw in, it’s hardly surprising that gardening activities gradually slow down or even cease, but November is the perfect planting time to create a visual feast that will carry you through the colder months of the year. Gardening expert Caroline Knight has advice on page 34.

We also have our regular interior articles, book reviews and recipes… look out for next month’s issue which will be full of Christmas features.

Until then…

Zoë