Taking It Easy

Sue Gillman

Winter, with its short, chilly days, is a great time to curl up at home and enjoy our creature comforts.

With that in mind, food and drink play a big role in this issue. We’ve got plenty of recipes to keep you busy in the kitchen, including delicious new dishes from celeb chef James Martin. Our Food Notes and Drink Notes pages will help you plan your festive shopping, and our feature on collectable whiskies might even inspire you to start a new hobby – or perhaps discover an unexpectedly valuable bottle at the back of the sideboard.

Even when the weather keeps us indoors, houseplants are a valuable link with the natural world, and with a little care and attention many will flower profusely at this time of year, as Adam Appleyard explains on p.40. And when the weather’s fine, why not get out and plant some bulbs to brighten up the garden in spring? Find out how they do it at Harlow Carr on p.29.

New Year, New Look

With 2022 in the offing, this is a good time to look to the future and make plans for the coming year. And here at Dales Life we’re doing just that.

We’re fast approaching our 30th birthday, and whilst everyone agrees that the magazine has gone from strength to strength we’re certainly not going to be resting on our laurels. Behind the scenes we’re already busy working on a new look – and new features too – for our next issue. If you have any ideas about how we can make Dales Life even better, do let us know!

Of course, we’re only where we are today thanks to the support of our loyal advertisers, and it’s only because of them that we can bring you such a top quality magazine completely free of charge. So do make a point of supporting them in turn, and letting them know you’ve seen them in Dales Life. We’ll be back in spring. In the meanwhile, here’s wishing everyone, readers and advertisers alike, all the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

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Sue Gillman – Editor