Editor’s Letter: November Issue

Dear Neighbours,

It can’t be avoided any longer…Christmas will soon be upon us, so we may as well embrace it and get organised. I normally wait until the end of November, after my son’s birthday, to start thinking about the festive season; however, the weeks following dissipate far too quickly and my stress levels rapidly escalate. I’m therefore taking control now with a weekly to-do/buy list in the hope that by Christmas Day I will be the epitome of serenity. Who am I kidding? It’ll be as chaotic as every previous year, with last minute gift exchanges (because my family will have changed their mind for the umpteenth time!); re-stocking the kitchen cupboards (as all the snacks put away for Christmas will have been devoured by two greedy teenagers, assisted by their dad!) and replenishing the wine rack…again! Ok, I’ll put my hands up to that one…well I would, if I wasn’t holding a large glass of wine!

In this issue, we’re kick-starting the Christmas countdown with great gift ideas; we have brilliant beauty buys, page 10; recommended books, page 16 and children’s presents which won’t break the bank, page 20. Our chocolate and walnut biscotti recipe on page 24, will make a lovely foodie present, packed in clear gift bags or added to a hamper…that’s if you can refrain from eating them all yourself!

If you’re hoping to bag a bargain in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, do your research as not all deals are as good as they first appear; we have a few tips for you on page 50.

It’s time to get cosy and what better way than to embrace the Scandi winter trend; interiors expert, Katherine Sorrell, has advice on achieving this look on page 26.

Don’t get too comfy though, as according to Pippa Greenwood, there’s still plenty to be done in the garden; page 34.

It’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month; Alison Runham looks at the causes, symptoms and treatment of the third most common cancer in our health review on page 42.

Finally, we have a family ticket to see a vivid new adaptation of Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 18. Until next month…