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Welcome to your latest issue of Whitchurch and Llandaff Living.

It seems that the warmer weather took its time getting to us this year but it’s been worth the wait. Spring and early summer are times of great hope.

With Spring on our minds, we’ve got some wonderful poems for you. Our collection of seasonal poems in our Winter issue was so popular that we’ve had to make room for all the Spring poems we received.

And with warmer weather on its way, we’ve hand-picked some super spots in South Wales to picnic.

In our history feature this issue, we look at the life story of Tom Cole. Tom was born in Llandaff and went on to become one of the world’s best racing drivers during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Nigel Lewis also takes us on a journey back in time to the crossroads located at the junction of the Merthyr Road and Ty’n-y-Pwll Road. The area has a rich history – who knew that the area was once just farms and cottages?

In more recent times, you may well remember the lorries of Atlas Express that would trundle around the area. The business was based on what it now Ty Mawr Road and local historian Steve Nicholas has provided us with some wonderfully nostalgic photographs. Do you recognise anyone?

Back in the present day, we’ve also brought you some advice to help you through your day; there’s a feature about the benefits of sleep and there are also some breathing techniques that can help calm you and soothe you when things get tough.

And if you want to get the most out of life, we’ve also put together some popular bucket list ideas – new experiences to enhance your life and make you feel alive again.

This time of year is perfect to start growing your own food and we’ve got some great ideas for growing your own fruit and vegetables. It can certainly help in the current cost of living crisis.

Looking ahead to the Summer, it’s the Women’s Football World Cup in July and although Wales won’t be there this year, we take a look at the great strides that the sport is making both on and off the pitch in recent times.

And if that’s not enough, there’s also a short story from Whitchurch and Llandaff Living’s co-editor Patric Morgan.

We’re already working on our next issue of our magazines and if you have a local story of interest that you’d like to share with the community, please feel free to get in touch.

See you then!

Danielle and Patric