The Lady Magazine

The Lady Magazine has been in publication since 1885 - that's an amazing 124 years. It's current publisher and chief exec is Ben Budworth who is the great- grandson of the founder - that's amazing too, don't you think? A real family business. In celebration of being almost 125, the magazine has had a make-over or a face lift - colour is in, amongst other things. It's not a magazine that I've much looked at, I have to confess, although I do remember my mother and stepfather putting in adverts years ago when they had a little holiday cottage round the corner from them in Devon. It's the place to look for all sorts of holidays or if you need a gardener or nanny - that's quite well known. But they are introducing additional headings for their classified columns such as fashion and home furnishings, arts crafts and gifts, entertainment. So that's where I will have an advert in the next issue - in the arts, crafts and gifts section. And there are some interesting articles too - gardens, theatre, places to visit (even with some special offers), an article on taking care of your tax allowance. And I might try their version of fish pie (it does look very similar to the recipe I use which my mum gave me - so who knows, she might have got the recipe from The Lady herself!). Fish pie is great in our house, simply because everyone enjoys it. And I'm sure there must be many readers of the magazine who really love to send fabulous greeting cards...