Looking on the Bright Side

Sue Gillman

Winter is here, but it’s not long now until we reach the shortest day and things start getting lighter and brighter.

During these dark days, though, it’s vital to get out and enjoy what little daylight there is.

There are still plenty of jobs to do in the garden – for some timely inspiration turn to our Garden Notes section, or check out Adam Appleyard’s feature on bringing a blast of brilliant blue to your borders this coming spring.

Watching the local wildlife is another excellent way to enjoy time outdoors. Spectacular winter visitors like the waxwing are arriving in their thousands, so keep your eyes peeled for the species featured in our article on p.18. Our local wetlands – we’ve listed six of the best – attract vast numbers of winter wildfowl, so grab your binoculars and head out for a brisk winter walk!

As well as projects for keeping busy outdoors, we’ve brought you plenty of great ideas for festive entertaining, including recipes from top TV chef James Martin and stylish supper dishes from Gary Lee, Head Chef at the iconic Ivy Restaurant. In our Food Notes and Drinks Notes we’ve highlighted some of the goodies on offer from our fabulous local producers and retailers.

Finally, I’m delighted to announce the winners of our Yorkshire-themed prize giveaways. The stay at Grantley Hall was won by Diane Cartwright from Northallerton, lunch at Swinton Park’s Terrace restaurant was won by Barbara Porritt from Thirsk. The Stone House Hotel stay was won by Timothy Worley from Barnard Castle and Anne Hatton from Northallerton won the Taplin & Mageean Gin Gift Pack.

We’ll be back in spring. In the meantime, stay safe, shop local and here’s looking forward to a very happy and healthy 2021.

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Sue Gillman and the Dales Life team