Ah how quickly autumn comes around. Soon the nights will be drawing in and we'll all be thinking of what this season means to us - warmer clothing, getting the garden prepared for the spring, perhaps changing our interior furnishings to richer autumnal colours and getting out that crockpot in readiness for those warming stews and casseroles.

It's often said that we don't truly appreciate what's on our doorstep until we're out of the area for a while. Home is, after all, where the heart is. That's certainly true of the Welsh valleys. With our proud heritage, sense of community, clean air and, of course, our beautiful hills and mountains, there really is something truly unique about this land.

We're hoping to share with you the hidden gems of the valleys over the coming issues. Ones that we know of, have stumbled upon on our travels, or ones that our readers have highlighted for us. If you know of a great little boutique or a fabulous restaurant that you feel ought to be featured, then do please let us know about it so that we can help spread the good word.

There are lots of reasons to get out and explore what's on offer throughout the valleys this autumn, with many of the events having a halloween, fireworks or even a Christmas theme. Yes, it's nearly that time of year again! Best to check out www.visitwales.co.uk or your local authority website to see what events are in your area.

Hope to hear from you soon and enjoy the autumn. I know I will, it's my favourite season of the year.

Jennifer Hobbs-Roberts
Editor jennifer@valleyslife.co.uk

They said don't do it...
so we did it anyway

When we told friends we were going to launch Valleys Life, they told us not to do it. The valleys isn't ready they said. They won't appreciate it. Well, we disagree.

Yes, there are places and attitudes that could be better but the simple truth is, the valleys has great people and a real sense of community. However, we need to start believing. Only then will we become what we can be - one of the great regions of Europe. It's time to stop the hands out attitude and throw our hands in. I hope you enjoy our launch issue.

The following quote from George Eliot inspired this season's cover; "Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."

Mark Roberts
Creative Director


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