After several cancellations, Cromarty subpostmistress Estelle Quick and village resident Nigel Shapcott finally made their charity skydive – and on to the cover of our Winter edition. She tells her story inside.

Someone else with a dramatic story to tell is Lucy Armitage from Avoch, who was caught up in the New Zealand earthquake.

Staying in Avoch, we learn all about the work around the harbour and celebrate with the Skiffties who won their home regatta.

In Fortrose we meet the family who marked its housewarming with a traditional Hindu ceremony, look back at five years of the village's Charity Shop, and join author Stuart Edmond at a glittering awards night in London.

Another author was celebrating too – Elizabeth Sutherland from Rosemarkie whose new book, Foretold: The Tale of a Highland Village, has just been published.

Two local choirs are striking the right note – Highland Harmony in Rosemarkie and Unionstreet in Fortrose – and we look forward to the annual visit of Edinburgh-based Octavoce.

In Culbokie we learn about developments in the community market and in Inverness discover the bar created by Munlochy-based Black Isle Brewery that's winning friends.

If you like your ice-cream sundaes, we've a coupon for a special offer at Couper's Creek – good news whatever the weather.

And that's just some of what you'll find inside another packed 48 pages. And still only £1.50. Don't miss your copy.

Russell Turner