Features Sneak Peek: Special 196


It’s time for another Special! You won’t want to miss out on this one, it’s filled with fabulous features we can’t wait for you to read.

The Scilly Isles

First up, Lorna Cowan has been exploring the Scilly Isles with her trusty canine companion, Chutney.

The archipelago 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall is bursting with wildlife, exotic greenery and breathtaking views across the cluster of islands.

Lorna scouts out the best spots for visitors (human and dog!) in our latest Special.

Crafty Cruising

Julie runs various craft workshops on board cruise ships. Photograph courtesy of Julie Peasgood.

Many of you will know actress Julie Peasgood from “Hollyoaks”, “Emmerdale” or “Loose Women”. But did you know Julie also has a talent for crafts?

Gillian Thornton spoke to Julie about her passion for all things craft and how she came to run craft workshops on cruise ships. Read up on Julie’s lesser known side in Special 196.

Join the Book Club

Richard and Judy are avid readers. Shutterstock.

From Richard and Judy’s book club to Oprah’s book club to Reese Witherspoon’s book club, book clubs have never been more in.

Dawn Geddes celebrates book clubs in our latest Special, discussing her own experience with book clubs, what we can gain from them and the emerging trend of online book clubs. Discover why you should join a book club in Special 196.

A Centenary at Exbury


Exbury Gardens are stunning in spring. Photograph by Pat Coulter.

Exbury House in Hampshire is 100 years old this year. In honour of this momentous anniversary, Pat Coulter took a stroll around its famous gardens.

Exbury House was originally commissioned as a “stone frigate” for HMS Mastodon, and is surrounded by stunning greenery. Take in the view in Special 196.

A Day in the Life of an Emergency Vet


Sara has always been passionate about animals. Vets Now.

Emergency vet Sara Jackson works 15 hour night shifts performing complex surgery on injured pets.

Get an insight into the emotional roller coaster of life as an emergency vet in Special 196.

That’s Not All…

Elsewhere in this week’s issue, Polly Pullar celebrates Britain’s native deer, Bill Gibb learns about the Edinburgh Tool Library, Solange Hando takes a tour of South Carolina, and much more.

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Mairi Hughes