Spring is definitely in the air and a quick look around the garden is absolutely the best way to confirm this for me. Visiting some of the beautiful open gardens across the county is on my must-do list for this year.
Steffie Shields visited the gardens created by Alan Baxter CBE at Aslackby Manor. An entrepreneur and designer, Alan has not only renovated the manor which is pictured on our cover, but also designed stunning spaces and landscapes around his home. Read more on page 24.
Our contributors have been busy interviewing even more of these Lincolnshire people with fascinating stories and their own place of contentment in the county.
Paper artist Rowena Roberts was interviewed by Kate Chapman. Rowena’s intricate, lace-like artworks are inspired by the natural world around her and her love of magical themes. The beauty of her paper cut artworks are displayed to best effect between layers of glass as you will see on page 76.
Barbara Young caught up with members of The Woodhall Spa Steamers, featured on page 30. They are a friendly running group aiming to inspire others to take up the activity. Turn to page 96 to read Barbara’s second interview, with screenwriter Laura Turner whose first feature film Lapwing recently premiered to critical acclaim.
Lincolnshire food and drink is never far from our minds here at Lincolnshire Life and the delicious treats created by The Chef’s Pantry and The Little Black Bear Bakery, based on family recipes, have certainly whetted our appetites. Their story begins on page 80.
This issue also includes the Spring edition of My Lincolnshire Wedding. With the easing of restrictions and big days back on the social calendar we feature some of the best venues, planners and wedding service professionals. If you have recently become engaged, congratulations! Be sure to find inspiration for your special day in this issue.
Finally, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day on 27th March. Dominic Franks has a recipe handed down from his mum for a luscious ginger cake, a perfect bake if you are planning an afternoon tea on the day. If you are looking for a gift which your mother will appreciate throughout the year, an annual subscription to Lincolnshire Life costs £32.
However you celebrate, have a wonderful month.