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Oc­to­ber. Au­tum­nal out­ings and walks, the vi­brant chang­ing colours of the sea­sons, Hal­loween fun with the chil­dren and also the tasti­est har­vest of the year. Yes, we’ve been en­joy­ing the fruits of the sea­son: ap­ples. Be it ap­ples cov­ered in choco­late and sprin­kles, or even gooey, sticky tof­fee, or the fruit from our ap­ple tree in the gar­den be­ing used in some de­li­cious home­made crum­bles, we have been gob­bling up ap­ples like they’re go­ing out of fash­ion. But this year, we’ve also be cel­e­brat­ing ap­ples in a new way in our house­hold, af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced to a new gen­er­a­tion of ciders. I’m talk­ing about cider made like wine, from 100 per cent ap­ples or pears, and it’s re­ally good stuff. The real deal. Try a bot­tle with the Cider is Wine cam­paign seal of ap­proval and let me know your ver­dict. I, for one, think classy cider is mak­ing a come­back!

This month, we’ve brought you ideas of our favourite haunts to ex­plore. From Hal­loween ram­bles to so­cially dis­tanced the­atre per­for­mances, we hope there’s some­thing that ap­peals.

This year has been the most chal­leng­ing of times for theatres, but af­ter talk­ing to 10 won­der­ful lo­cal venues, we’ve dis­cov­ered there’s lots we can all do to help save our county’s arts scene, even if we can’t get out and see a show – from us­ing their cafes to spon­sor­ing a seat.

We’ve been en­joy­ing some lovely pub walks lately, courtesy of the clas­sic Coun­try­side Books’ Berkshire Pub Walks. So far, we’ve loved re­vis­it­ing the River Thames at Pang­bourne and Cookham, and dis­cov­ered wood­lands and sur­pris­ing wildlife. But it’s not just the pic­turesque vil­lages and gor­geous land­scapes that make Berkshire so bril­liant; it’s the peo­ple too, and we love to meet lead­ing lights in the com­mu­nity.

Af­ter bore­dom set in dur­ing lock­down, Read­ing-born artist and ac­tivist Jessy Blake­more be­gan hand-paint­ing corsets and sell­ing them for char­ity. We chat to her about cre­at­ing art as a woman of colour, plus how her po­lit­i­cal fash­ion re­flects the feel­ings and frus­tra­tions of many at the mo­ment. I was in­spired by all that she stands for, draw­ing at­ten­tion to the most vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als in so­ci­ety. Her courage and con­fi­dence is cer­tainly to be ad­mired, as well as her thought-pro­vok­ing art and lyrics, and I can’t wait to see what she achieves in the fu­ture.

ABOVE: Sarah has been en­joy­ing Cin­derella’s Slip­per Cider, walks along the Thames with her girls in Pang­bourne and mak­ing home­made black­berry and ap­ple crum­bles

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