Looking On the Bright Side

Sue Gillman

Summer is here at last, delighting us with its balmy days, long evenings and masses of colourful flowers. It’s the perfect time to revel in everything our glorious Dales landscape has to offer.

Best of all, life is at last beginning to return to normal. We can start enjoying some of the simple pleasures we’ve been denied for so long – meeting up with friends, dining out and taking day-trips. There may be question marks hanging over travelling abroad, but to be honest North Yorkshire has so much to savour that it’s no hardship staying local. People from all around the country pay good money to holiday here for a week or two, so let’s make the most of what’s on our doorsteps!

Food, Flowers and Fascinating Wildlife

To help you enjoy the long, lazy days we’ve got plenty of recipes for light, fresh food that’s perfect for alfresco lunches or summer suppers. And if you’re looking for top quality locally produced ingredients our Food Notes feature will point you in the right direction. The cottage garden look is back in fashion, and big, bold border plants – colourful stunners like gladioli, delphiniums and hollyhocks – are a must. On p.18 Adam Appleyard shares his tips for getting the best out of these gorgeous garden giants.

If you take a saunter beside a Dales watercourse, pond or lake at this time of year you’ll probably glimpse one or more of our jewel-like native dragonflies or damselflies. These beautiful insects have a surprising history and a strange and highly specialised life-cycle, as our feature on p.44 explains. If you don’t already have a garden pond, why not build one to attract dragonflies to your garden? We’ll be back in autumn with more inspiration for Dales-lovers – meanwhile, get out and make the very most of summer!

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Sue Gillman – Editor