A fond farewell

Get­ting out in na­ture

Country Smallholding - - Inside This Month -

This month marks a change of ed­i­tor at Coun­try Small­hold­ing. I am re­tir­ing after 10 years at the helm and my suc­ces­sor will be Julie Hard­ing. Julie has a small­hold­ing/farm in Som­er­set, where she keeps horses and poul­try. She is also an ex­pe­ri­enced jour­nal­ist, hav­ing edited an in­ter­na­tional eques­trian mag­a­zine. So she is ide­ally qual­i­fied for the job and I have no doubt that Coun­try Small­hold­ing will be very safe in her hands. I am sure you will join me in wish­ing her ev­ery suc­cess.

I will greatly miss edit­ing Coun­try Small­hold­ing. It has been a big part of my life and it has been a most re­ward­ing and ful­fill­ing job. But all good things come to an end. I have lots of plans for re­tire­ment, in­clud­ing some long dis­tance hik­ing and ex­plo­ration. I look for­ward to be­ing away from the com­puter and out in na­ture.

There have been so many mem­o­rable mo­ments over the past 10 years, but per­haps the high­light was pub­lish­ing a spe­cial is­sue mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the launch of Coun­try Small­hold­ing and re­view­ing the his­tory of the mag­a­zine. I will miss you, our read­ers, and the many small­hold­ers I have com­mu­ni­cated with and vis­ited over the years. I will also miss our ded­i­cated and tal­ented team of writ­ers; they have been a plea­sure to work with and have taught me so much. I would also like to pay trib­ute to my won­der­ful col­leagues at Archant who have been un­fail­ingly friendly and sup­port­ive.

A very fond farewell and wish­ing you ev­ery suc­cess in pur­su­ing ‘the good life’, wher­ever you are. Si­mon McEwan, Ed­i­tor

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