October 2016 - Who-ooo are you looking at, sunshine?

October 2016 - Who-ooo are you looking at, sunshine?

In this issue

WILTSHIRE LIFE OCTOBER ISSUE OUT NOW! Who-ooo are you looking at, sunshine? The little owl that stares out from our October issue is sadly in decline. Inside, researcher Emily Joachim reveals her passion for these birds and her work to uncover the secrets of their demise. We also look at one way to live longer: reading books. We bring you the lowdown on Marlborough LitFest, with our top 10 lit picks and a chat with author of Athelstan, Tom Holland. October is a great time to get out and about, so discover more fascinating ‘secret’ places, follow Chris Cole’s walk at Lydiard and explore Steve Roberts’ wicked King John trail. We also meet Aldbourne’s accountant turned smithy, the co-presenter of a new BBC antiques show, and the winner of Britain’s Got Talent, who’s in Salisbury for a curry with you. The Wiltshire Life Independent Schools Guide comes free with the October issue, looking into good manners, the positivity of failure and much more. Grab a cup of tea and sit down for a good read – and if the one thing you’re missing to make the experience perfect is a piece of cake, we can help, with four pages of recipes from Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.

From the editor

If you love owls, the October 2016 issue is for you. Birds of prey researcher Emily Joachim brings us a heartfelt piece about the little owl – diminutive, dumpy and a little bit grumpy. Michael Marshman writes about Purton in Village Life, accompanied by the most stunning photos by Tony Braime. Steve Roberts plots wicked King John’s course through Wiltshire, while Dr Clive Brooks delves into the boaters’ dispute on the Kennet and Avon Canal. I particularly enjoyed the My Wiltshire piece by Tim Weeks, thought to be one of the youngest auction house owners in the country…Enjoy! Claire Waring, Editor, Wiltshire Life