Simon Whaley explores the beautiful scenery around Lake Vyrnwy in Wales in our June 26, 2021 issue.
Behind an impressive dam, Lake Vyrnwy stretches for more than four and a half miles, covering the same area as 600 football pitches.
More than 200,000 visitors a year come here to enjoy the scenery, ride a bike, walk or take part in water sports.
While we’re here we’ll be visiting the sculpture park. Created in 1999, all its sculptures are carved from wood. We’ll also see the new Church of St Wddyn. The ceiling above the altar is painted blue with golden stars. Heavenly!
Photograph courtesy of Jason and Yvonne Lancaster.
Yvonne and Jason Lancaster were once high-fliers in London. Life was a hectic whirl of meetings, key decisions and high pressure.
Now, they have swapped the rat race for a fresh start on the Scottish island of Tiree and Yvonne spends her days knitting with wool from adopted lambs.
The couple set up an ethical and sustainable business, WELAN, as a real cottage industry and have seen orders flood in. Bill Gibb finds out more.
Photo courtesy of Magic Star.
Some people saw the pandemic as a bad thing. However, YolanDa Brown saw opportunity. In fact, the acclaimed saxophonist, broadcaster and author released a charity single with Billy Ocean. It was a cover of “Lovely Day” and raised funds for children’s mental health charity Place2Be.
However, that wasn’t the only thing YolanDa did to help kids. YolanDa had already won a legion of fans through “YolanDa’s Band Jam” on CBeebies and ended up recording an album of songs from the show. Parents’ requests for access to the music away from the BBC iPlayer inspired YolanDa.
She wanted to support music education during remote learning and was able to build five music lessons based on the CBeebies show. She said it was wonderful to get some of the worksheets back and see how it had affected so many people. Bill Gibb finds out more.
A True Trailblazer
Photo by Pittsburgh Press Gazette.
Trailblazing American journalist Nellie Bly always believed “nothing is impossible if one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction.”
That resolve led Nellie to introduce undercover journalism in 1887, travel around the world faster than anyone ever had in 1890, and become one of America’s leading female industrialists in the early 20th century.
Elsewhere, we have a collection of picnic recipes for you to enjoy in the garden or further afield. Plus we have a step-by-step guide to make a floral wreath on our craft pages. There is so much more in the magazine. Don’t miss out!
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