Features Sneak Peek: July 14, 2018 issue

The Scottish Borders have so much worth exploring, including glorious Manderston House.

It’s absolutely stunning, and Willie’s in the area on a visit to the historic town of Duns this week.

Willie’s not the only one at a historic house, either, as Gillian Thornton spends a day at Mount Grace Priory, where green fingers have brought back to life a heritage garden.

Booking is open now for Shirley’s Story-writing Workshops, so turn to page 43 and reserve your spot.

Ahead of our new Hand of Friendship campaign beginning next week, we’ve got another heartening catch-up with Lisa Ashton from the Winnie Mabaso Foundation.

And we’ve also got a cat that thinks it’s a sheepdog. Well, Bodacious now lives on a farm, and he considers his role a bit more supervisory than actually getting his paws dirty. We catch up with his owner, Suzanna, for a chat about how the two of them met.

With St Swithin’s Day on Sunday, I take a quick look at the folklore behind the old saying. Apparently, it’s never actually been right – but could this be the first year it is? We’ve had hardly had a drop of rain in weeks up here.

Oh, and don’t miss our book recommendations for the month!


Alex Corlett

Alex is the "Friend's" Features Editor, working with the talented Features Team to bring you everything from cryptic crosswords to financial advice, knitting patterns to international travel and inspirational real life stories. Always on the hunt for a new feature idea, Alex also enjoys cycling and loves a good tea room.