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.

And on 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 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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This week’s image shows the landing stage at Pak-Ou Caves on the Mekong River, about 25km or so upstream from Luang Prabang in Laos. You can read more about Pak-Ou and Laos in this recent post.