Well Spring has certainly been a long time coming through a very wet and windy winter. In this Spring’s specially dedicated ‘Outdoor Edition’ we have lots of new things going on here at Country Child too, with a new feature writer to introduce. Miranda Avis, a former BBC producer, has come on board and will be writing some interesting pieces throughout the year to come. She has kicked off in tremendous style with a fabulous piece on butterflies in our extended Great Outdoors section, as well as an article about how us mums need more ‘Me Time’. Another new columnist, Martin Hughes-Games gives us his BBC tips, so get outside and see if you can find all his sights and sounds. Staying with our outdoor topic, Miranda has been finding out about the benefits of outdoor education and what we can all learn from the natural world. This quarter is a busy one, with Mother’s Day and Easter as well as two school breaks (Easter and May half-term) so of course we have found out about all the region’s events and days out so you and your family can enjoy some quality time together. This issue also sees us launch our new ‘Family Matters’ column, think of it as your sounding board/Agony Aunt page – our topic this issue is ‘screen time’. We sparked the debate online and were thrilled with your comments, follow us on twitter and facebook to keep up with what people are saying. We’d also welcome any ideas for future issues, so let us know any parenting challenges you’d like to see covered. As ever thank you to all advertisers, writers, colleagues and family who have helped this issue become the issue we hoped for in 2014! Happy Easter to everyone!
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