Fewer than 700 people in the world hold the prestigious title Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. The latest addition to its ranks is Alastair Cochrane from Avoch – we meet him in our Spring edition and see some of the photos that earned him the honour.

Also featured in another bumper 48-page edition is physiotherapist Geoff Field, whose search for a better work-life balance led him to the Highlands, and whose love of cheese saw him settle in Cromarty.

In Easter Kinkell we catch up with young chefs Lynsey McCallum and Laurie Meddle, back in their home area and in charge of the restaurant at Kinkell House Hotel after travelling the world.

In Rosemarkie we join avian visitors from the north who congregate on the beach every year.

And in Fortrose we meet charity stalwart Ethel Urquhart who is already hard at work preparing Christmas gifts for delivery to Asia and Eastern Europe.

We look back to a Jacobite bishop's visit to Fortrose in 1762, look forward to the completion of renovations to historic Kirkmichael, and anticipate the latest Crime and Thrillers Weekend in Cromarty in May when Ian Rankin will head the cast of speakers.

Also on the horizon is the next Black Isle Gathering – we check up on preparations for a busy day in October.

All this, and much more, plus a coupon for a cut-prize pizza at Sutor Creek – and we're still only £1.50. How can you resist?

Russell Turner
Editor