Welcome . . .

. . . to my personal blog, A Balanced Diet.

Here, I combine two important hobbies: writing and photography.

I call it A Balanced Diet because I write about anything that takes my fancy. There’s no single theme. Many of my stories are about plant sciences and international agricultural research, travel, even politics, and all have regularly featured since I started this blog in February 2012.

Just search the Recent Posts, or the various Tags and Categories, on the right-hand column. There’s the Search function as well. Recently, I’ve been doing some housekeeping, and opened a few more pages dedicated to specific themes. You can also find these in the right-hand column.

And yesterday (2 June 2019), seven years and more than 530,000 words later, I posted my 500th story about a visit my wife and I made to the country home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. Onwards and upwards! Here’s to the next 500 stories.

Click on many of the images in the various blog posts to open a larger version. And even if images are included in a gallery, a slideshow will open if you click on any of these images. Most images in this blog are mine. Where I have used other images, the source and citation will appear if you place the cursor over the image; a box will appear with the details.

If you find that any broken links, please drop me a line in the comments box. Sometimes videos are removed on YouTube, or web sites moved or taken down. I find it almost impossible to keep track on so many links.

If you’d like to know a little more about me, just go to the next page (or listen to many stories in my own words).

I hope you enjoy your visit — keep coming back!




Header image of the week
Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire was the birthplace of King Henry IV in 1367. Son of John of Gaunt (fourth son and third surviving son of King Edward III), Henry Bolingbroke usurped the throne from his cousin King Edward II in 1399.

Henry IV founded the Lancastrian branch of the Plantagenets, a move that would lead to deadly civil war a century later with Yorkist claimants to the throne.