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Issue 89 - The Changing of the Seasons

Scotland Magazine Issue 89
October 2016

 

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The Changing of the Seasons

Christopher Coates looks ahead to 2017

A little like the historic castles, houses and figures you’ll meet during the course of reading this issue, I’m speaking to you from the past. Those of you with eagle eyes may have previously noticed that we have two publication dates here at Scotland Magazine – UK and International.

I mention this in order to draw attention to what may be an elephant (or should it be a Heilan coo?) in the room. Due to the staggered publication dates, some things within these pages may, at times, seem slightly out of sync with your own calendar. In fact, as I write this, the nights are starting to draw in; I’ve just about recovered from the assault on the senses that is the month of August in the Auld Reekie; and I’m becoming very aware that autumn is approaching with alarming speed.

Of course, this move into one of Scotland’s most strikingly colourful (and, in Edinburgh, windy) seasons will already be stark reality for UK readers. You may have just returned from a relaxing walk through a landscape of russet red, sandy yellow and pumpkin orange; maybe you’ve recently restocked the woodpile for winter; or, if you’re at all like me, perhaps you’re wondering quite what you’re going to do with such a huge number of winter squash – they seemed like such a good idea at the time, didn’t they?

However, just as likely, Autumn may seem a fond and distant memory. Maybe you’re fumbling with these pages through winter gloves or relaxing with a cool drink, having settled down for an afternoon in the summer sun! Indeed, as this magazine is privileged enough to have subscribers across the globe, it really is impossible for me to guess exactly where – and when – this message has reached you.

Luckily, I have two remedies for this. Firstly, since taking up the mantle of Managing Editor I’ve received a great number of emails and written letters from readers. Thus far, I’ve responded to these directly. However, starting in the Spring 2017 issue, I plan to begin publishing reader messages as part of a regular column. With this in mind, please do get in touch and ask a question, tell a story, or share a little about what Scotland means to you.

Secondly, this issue carries information on our annual reader survey, which helps us to better understand you, what you’d like to see in future issues, and how we can ensure that
Scotland Magazine will continue to land on your doormat six times per year. The survey can be completed online and one lucky respondent will win a fabulous prize from Scottish style artisans Dunmore. Your feedback is invaluable to us, so please do turn to pp.30-31 to find out more.

And so, wherever and whenever you are, I can say one thing for certain: I look forward to hearing from you during the year ahead.