Editor’s letter T he strange back-toschool feeling is still in the air, whether you’ve got nippers in the classroom or not, and yet here we are gearing up for a half term holiday and hurtling towards yet more Covid confusion and uncertainty. All the big-gathering holiday houses that were having a boomtime and breathing a sigh of relief are now seeing bookings cancelled as longed-for get-togethers must shrink to six. Behind the mask no-one is daring to think too much ahead. Autumn is usually time for a bit of a regroup but this year it’s not so much small steps as the teeniest tiptoes in terms of what we dare look ahead to. I’m sad for the parents who can’t join the harvest assembly in school this year – it was always my parenting highlight, most notably the jolly song which featured ‘broad beans sleeping in a blankety bed’. Kemps Farm in Horsforth, Leeds: Farmers are hoping PYO pumpkins will boost their year negotiate trick or treat – you can’t hand out a dish of sweets, can you? Or do you leave a distanced basket of goodies and some wipes at the end of the drive? Sharing an apple-bobbing bowl of water – not going to happen. Even a cauldron of pumpkin soup? Bring your own flask. Nevertheless, it’s a grand time of year welcoming that bit of a chill in the air, which I will happily do having used the endless summer months getting round to having a new boiler installed. Exciting stuff. Yes, time to forage! Not for funghi unless you’re with an expert (we’ve got some on page 66) but for the foliage in the garden to magic into marvellous masterpieces for your home. Remember the nature table at school when you took your treasures to class after a weekend ramble? You proudly presented some rosehips, an abandoned bird’s nest, animal skull (once!) shiny conkers and crackly leaves? Allotment florist Helena Willcocks, on the cover, has a more stylish version of the nature table – which you’re definitely encouraged to try at home. It’s all our joyful harvest of the best of Yorkshire – hope it’s a feast for the eyes. ‘Remember the nature table at school when you took your treasures to class?’ We can still have a blast of an autumn outdoors though – kicking the leaves, picking a pumpkin (something that didn’t exist as a day out when my kids were little – other than picking it from the shelf at Sainsbury’s), foraging for conkers and fir cones. That’s the stuff of memorable autumn days. I’m pleased I don’t have to N KATHRYN ARMSTRONG, Editor Yorkshire Life firstname.lastname@example.org INSIDE THIS MONTH 2020 OCTOBER yorkshirelife.co.uk The allotment florist 6 HAPPY HIKES Otley’s garden artisan creating wow with flowers on hideaway routes HERRIOT HOTSPOT What it’s like to live in Wharfedale Our pick of cosy nights in THE GLAM GARAGE Quirky makeover for a York home BRILLIANT BOLTHOLES SPOOKY BAKES Halloween recipes with Bake Off’s Helena Garcia Dr Amir Khan Helena Garcia Bob Roberts AUTUMN You’re very likely to have seen the Bradford GP on TV talking health matters. He tells us what he loves about Yorkshire. The spookiest contestant on Bake Off, Helena comes into her own with wicked and wonderful recipes for Halloween. Fisherman Bob loves setting sail from Scarborough to catch native lobsters – and he’s got a gourmet plan for them. GLORIOUS £3.99 Pumpkin picking, foraging feasts and leafy walks On the cover: Otley’s allotment florist Helena Willcocks by Luke Fullalove p15 p118 p91 Yorkshire Life: October 2020 9
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