Features Sneak Peek: February 16, 2019 issue

Such a gorgeous painting of Alnwick Castle on the cover this week – Morag Fleming’s there to discover some of its fascinating history.

Not all of that history is as old as you’d expect, either, as it’s had a starring role in the “Harry Potter” films, Kevin Costner’s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “Downton Abbey”. Alnwick Garden also sounds like a fascinating place – Morag’s booked a tour in the “poison garden”. You’ll have to read the feature to find out how she gets on!

Choose Cheese

Marion has brought together some incredibly tempting cheesy recipes in the cookery this week. The Asparagus, Ricotta and Pancetta Pizza looks delicious. It’s not the only food to play a starring role in this week’s issue, either – turn to page 21 to find out why lentils are so incredibly good for you.

Helping Others

It’s time for another catch-up with Emma and Hansie. Six months on (already?) and Hansie’s won an award. It means so much to Emma, and you can find out why on pages 44 and 45. The Pets As Therapy team will also be at Crufts, if you’re planning on heading along. If you want to say hello, find out more about where they are on the page.

Meeting People

We’ve got a couple of interviews this week, as well. Merrill Osmond – of the famous Osmond family – chats to Lorraine Wilson, and author Margaret Dickinson is speaking to me about her new book, “The Brooklands Girls”, which we’ve got a coupon for so you can pick it up for just £2.99 at WHSmith. Morag Fleming is also in the issue on page 75, doing a wee piece for us on the Winter Words festival at Pitlochry.

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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.