Open Gardens- Probably Britain’s Best Kept Secret

I walk past 15th and 16th century houses in my village every day with their thatched roofs, cob walls, and character windows. One house always has the most wonderful perfumed roses with fragrance drifting over the wall of the back garden. I have always been curious as to what else is in that garden and…

Elephants Everywhere

Elephants never forget- and the experience of seeing so many in one place in Sri Lanka is something i’ll never forget.

Spotting the Leopard

Leopards are some of the most elusive creatures in the wild. To spot one is a special moment.

Zen in Medellin

I had always imagined Medellin to be a dangerous city on the edge but first impressions changed all that. Right in the city centre is Barefoot Park- a public space for people to de-stress. How could I resist an hour exploring and how would this change my perception of Medellin? Built 14 years ago by…

Coffee Picking in Colombia

“There is only one way to ride these jeeps,” said my guide,” and that’s standing up!” How could I resist an offer like that- and so the journey to the coffee plantation commenced. It was a misty morning as I left Salento in the centre of Colombia’s coffee producing region. The jeep raced up and…

Encounters with Otters

The first time I saw an otter in the wild was on a walk. I couldn’t believe seeing this beautiful creature on a path and was mesmerised by its appearance. So, when I saw a sign to the Otters and Butterflies in Buckfastleigh, Devon, I couldn’t resist a visit. Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies is…

The Bluebells at Duncliffe Woods

A forest transformed into a blue idyll. That is the joy of bluebell season- a short but strikingly beautiful time of year. One of my personal joys each year is to walk in a bluebell wood. Traditional ancient woodlands in the UK are carpeted with bluebells each spring and are a truly spectacular sight. Duncliffe…