Welcome . . .

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

Publishing this blog allows me to combine two of my favorite hobbies: writing and photography.

I call it A Balanced Diet because I write about anything that takes my fancy. I don’t focus on any single theme.

You will find that many of my stories are about plant sciences or international agricultural research, travel, politics even, and all have regularly featured since I started this blog in February 2012.

Just search Recent Posts, or the various Tags and Categories, on the right-hand column. There’s a 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.

On 9 September 2020 (with more than 616,000 words and 572 stories) my blog had received more than 200,000 ‘views’ and 102,000 ‘visitors’. 

Onwards and upwards! Here’s to the next stories.

Click on many of the images in the various blog posts to open a larger version. And images included in a gallery will open as a slideshow when you click on any of them.

Most images in this blog are mine. Where I have used other images, the source and citation appear if you place the cursor over the image.

It’s not always possible to keep track of broken links. Sometimes videos are removed on YouTube, or web sites moved or taken down. Please drop me a line in the comments box if something doesn’t work as it should. 

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).

In terms of Travel, you can find the whole list of posts here, or click on the map below.


I hope you enjoy your visit to A Balanced Diet. Keep coming back!





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On 1 October 2020, we moved from our home of more than 39 years in northeast Worcestershire to Newcastle upon Tyne, almost 230 miles north. For our ‘first’ walk on 7 October, we went to Seaton Sluice beach (that we have visited several times before during visits to the area). What a glorious day, and we hope will be foretaste of many more enjoyable days to come.