Editor’s Letter: November Issue

Dear Neighbours,

I seem to be constantly putting the kettle on now that the colder weather has descended – and what always goes hand in hand with a cuppa… cake and biscuits! Due to my lack of will-power at this time of year, I think relocating to a warmer climate would be beneficial for my health (and waistline!); in the meantime, however, I’ll justify the extra pounds gained as good insulation against the cold!

November is the month of big deals, thanks to the American tradition of Black Friday, which has now been adopted by the UK. A perfect time to shop for Christmas presents and benefit from savings, therefore making your money go further – however, ensure you do your research on any items you intend to buy to confirm it is a good deal, and importantly, stick to a list of things you are looking to purchase anyway, so as not to impulse buy. We have some advice on bagging a Black Friday bargain on page 10.

If you’re in need of more gift inspiration, we also have book recommendations, (page 12); presents for young children, (page 16); and new beauty releases, which will make ideal stocking presents, (page 20).

It’s that time of year when coughs, colds and the dreaded flu surface. Flu isn’t new and neither is the flu vaccine – yet every year, come flu season, there’s confusion about them. We set things straight in our health feature on page 24.

We have a delicious and simple-to-make chocolate cake recipe on page 30; serve hot for a perfect winter warmer.

As we head through autumn and into winter, the garden can start to look rather bare. However, although hanging baskets are traditionally a summer planting feature, they can work just as well for the winter months and make even the gloomiest garden look more cheerful; see page 54 for Pippa’s helpful tips.

Finally, we have a family ticket to give away to see the musical adventure, Pippi Longstocking, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 40.

Until next month…

Zoë