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).

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 — keep coming back!

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This is the view northwest from Little Round Top across the so-called Valley of Death on the battlefield at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

On 2 July 1863, this position was commanded by Union Brigadier General Gouverneur K. Warren, who was the chief engineer to General Meade (officer commanding the Union troops at Gettysburg). Warren (whose statue can be seen on the left of the photo looking out over the valley, and further battlefield) alerted Union officers to the Confederate threat and called in reinforcements to defend this position. Confederate snipers hid among the rocks on the far side of the valley and caused many Union casualties.

To read more about Gettysburg and how the Civil War ended, click on this link.