Winter in my house means two things, days spent working in the garden pruning, fertilising and planting (not to mention filling in the ever-present results of my dogs’ excavations) and evenings snuggled up under a blanket with a nice warm throw, possibly a glass of something mulled and a good book.
If your plans for the coming months are along these lines, then you’ll love our Homes & Gardens feature. I got the chance to visit Bahrain Garden Club for a chat with chairwoman Zahra Abdul Malik and, I must say, I’m a total convert and ready to sign up. Their lovely garden in Juffair is a little oasis of greenery among the urban greys and it sounds as if they might actually manage to help get my grass growing. I also met designer Francois Lemaitre to talk about interiors and loved watching the artisans in his workshop.
Our feature includes lots of tips for getting the best from your space, whether you’re in an apartment with a balcony or a villa with a garden. And, having read through the pages, I can’t wait to get stuck in all my autumn jobs.
Also this month, we got a visit from cybersafety expert Ravi Jayasundera. A dad himself, he is passionate about keeping kids safe online and works with schools to do just that. He popped into the office to give us some tips that are great for kids and also useful for adults. You’ll find them in our parenting section which also includes a selection of educational gadgets and some sneaky tricks to deal with picky eaters.
In the lifestyle section Behnaz Sanjana tackles a question close to many of our hearts. “Why am I always tired?” Some of the answers might just surprise you. She’s also just come back from a flying visit to Indonesia, lucky girl, and was more than happy to share her experience.
As always we’ve got the latest news and products from the worlds of fashion and beauty and don’t forget to check out the Month in Focus page for ideas for some great things to do in November.