Welcome to my very first issue of at home magazine – it’s been a real pleasure to put together and I know you’ll enjoy reading it. I’ve had a very busy couple of years hosting Loose Women, which I love. It’s been such a laugh, with some great guests and I find the live element totally engages my brain, which is always a good thing for me – see pg 60.

I’ve also just finished presenting Food Glorious Food for ITV1, but it does mean that I’m now having to up my exercise routine having sampled so many delicious dishes! We round up this unique show on pg 86. As well as TV appearances, I’m learning to fly aeroplanes with a little bit of help from my partner Duffy (Graham Duff), a former RAF pilot who fl ew for the Red Arrows. I’ve got a few more written exams before I become a fully fledged pilot and then I want to fly solo around the world. So many more women are taking up this fantastic hobby, there’s really nothing else like it. Read about one convert on pg 282.

We also have fashion to inspire a new summer wardrobe, tips on how to dress for your shape (pg 44), high tech anti-ageing solutions (pg 174) and what makes a true best friend (pg 64). Enjoy the issue!

Carol xx

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You’d think that as an editor, I’d have deadlines mastered by now, but there’s one that always gets the better of me – the countdown to summer. Usually, it’s a chance to revisit the health promises I made to myself at the start of the year – and let’s face it, as we approach our 40s and 50s, our wellbeing becomes more and more important – check out Doctor, will I get it? on pg 137 to take action and put your mind at ease. The good news is most women over 40 are in the best shape they’ve ever been in – mentally, physically, financially and personally. And this month’s guest editor, Carol Vorderman, is a prime example. Carol continues to reinvent and challenge herself, taking on new projects such as presenting Food Glorious Food (pg 86) and learning to fly (pg 282).

This issue is about embracing every bump in the road at whatever age you are. So, every time you move house, change jobs, start or end a relationship, travel to a dream destination, don’t let fear hold you back (pg 76). What’s more, something definitely happens to friendships as you get older – you learn to identify those who support and enhance your life from those who don’t – see pg 64 for ways to nurture your own friendship bonds. See you next time!

Rashmi Madan, Editor

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