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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Saint David’s Day

Don your leeks and your daffodils – the 1st of March is St David’s Day. Here is a little insight into the history of our Patron Saint. St David, or Dewi Sant in Welsh, is the patron Saint of Wales and we celebrate his feast day on 1st March each year – the exact anniversary […]

Turkish Delight

a selection of handmade sweets

Recipe by local chef and restaurateur Simon King, proprietor of 1861 Restaurant in the hamlet of Cross Ash, near Abergavenny.   Ingredients 1 quarter of a pint of water 120z caster sugar 2 fluid oz of rose Water 1 Lemon, juice and zest 1 and a half oz corn flour, (dissolved in 2 tablespoons of […]

If walls could talk

Howick is an old farmhouse that survived the Reformation, decades of neglect and a Victorian makeover. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports   Howick near Chepstow is a stone farmhouse that is often described as being built in about 1550 and extended in Jacobean times. Whilst true, it actually began life in 1306 […]

Designing Your Garden

Winter is now rapidly fading into the record books as one of the warmest to take its place alongside the coldest winter for 30 years – and only 12 months apart. It’s time to dig out the spade, shake out the wellies and step boldly out into the garden reciting your mantra: “this is the […]

Nana’s Kitchen – Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

Our monthly columnist shares her baking secrets with recipes just like Nana used to make. This month: Nana’s Bread Pudding This is a delicious way of using up stale bread, however not to be confused with bread and butter pudding which is usually served as a dessert. This recipe was handed down from my Grandmother […]

Gary’s Lucky Day

By Oliver Barton Gary gazed at the passing countryside, and toyed with what he would do with the money. £384 million. He would give his parents and his brother and his few close friends a million each. Or perhaps half a million. It wouldn’t do to spoil them. Of course he would spend some on […]

Best child’s pet? Zhu Zhu vs. Guinea-Pig

A Guinea Pig

Children’s pets are a landmark in their young lives and the first real object of responsibility they will have owned.   This introduction to the joy of pet ownership is why I recommend a guinea-pig as a great choice for first timers. I was very kindly given some young guinea-pigs, pups as they are known, to […]

Come Away with Me

some palm trees

Meet Lisa, our newest monthly columnist. Over the coming months Lisa will guide us through the world of travel including useful tips, anecdotes and destination reports. This month she advises us about what to look for in a good travel agent. This is my first appearance in the Abergavenny Focus and I thought it best […]

Last chance to see the Resistance exhibition

Last chance to see the Resistance exhibition at Abergavenny Museum this week. The exhibition which ends on Saturday 25th February tells the story of Britains secret resistance movement during World War II. It is inspired by the novel Resistance by local writer, Owen Sheers. It has been turned into a film and will be released […]

The Wild Rover

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us an insight into what’s good to read this month   The end of this month sees the ever popular Crickhowell Walking festival enter its 5th year, I thought it apt to introduce you to ‘The Wild Rover – A Blistering Journey along Britains Footpaths’ by Mike Parker (bestselling […]