- Publisher: Roqueta Magazine
- Editor: Angie Wade-Smith
- Edition: 342
- Published: 1st June 2020
This editorial page always starts with the word ‘welcome’, as in welcome to this edition of ROQUETA. For those of you reading this June edition, we hope you enjoy it.
At this time of year, we normally ‘welcome’ the summer visitors to the island. Many of you have villas and holiday homes here and are desperate not to miss out on your regular summer visits to Menorca. If you can come, and we hope you do, you are very welcome.
Many thanks to regular and new readers who signed up for the free May digital edition. We had some lovely messages of support and thanks for actually getting a magazine out at all. It makes our task easier knowing that readers have enjoyed the fruits of our toil. The hardest part of the production at the moment is the difficulty of getting out and about and finding the stories that will be of interest. Face to face meetings are still not possible and contacting via Zoom, email or phone just isn’t the same.
So, it is a big thank you to all the regular contributors who have maintained such a professional level and preserved a little continuity between the old and new normal. This month we have the Island News, Great Outdoors, Gardening, Interiors, Doctor Proctor, Wine, fitness tips and the Book Club as usual. We have a one-off article on Fakes, and a short snippet on how Menorca is depicted on the 1300AD Mappa Mundi that hangs in Hereford Cathedral. There is also an article on the island’s lighthouses.
This month the ROQUETA kitchen team has been cooking fish and offers simple but delicious ways to serve up some Mediterranean dishes. From my personal experience as the human guinea pig, they are well worth a try.
Many of the regular social clubs have been unable to meet for weeks, so their contributions are less than usual. I know they are itching to get back to socialising and enjoying each other’s company. We look forward to hearing about it. No doubt there will be noisy gatherings, full of laughter and fun.
Once again, we have gone only digital for June, and it remains free for this month. The intention is to get a printed magazine out as soon as it is commercially viable, but alongside the digital version. To get to printing we need to have better distribution for the magazine across the island than we have at the moment, and as with all in the hospitality sector, more visitors.
As things begin to move towards the new normal, it is amazing how the memories fade of the tough times when we were stuck at home for so long. It shows that we are prepared to adapt to our immediate environment quickly, whether stuck inside, or easing outside.
The key priority for us all is that the government gets the balance right in taking all necessary steps to keep us safe and well while also allowing us to do more. And of course, for us to continue to respect the regulations concerning what we are and are not permitted to do.
Best wishes to you all from Angie and me.