On An Island

Claremont Island

On An Island

Such a beautiful scene, the last glorious tones of Autumn, really needed a stitched panorama to get in all the details! This is Claremont Landscape Gardens, managed by the National Trust, near Esher and Cobham. A wonderful place to explore, relax, have a cuppa and feed the birds (please bring proper bird seed or duck/swan pellets that are available at most garden centres).


Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 3


Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 3

Word Origin
Fray: from French frayer to rub, from Latin fricāre ; see friction, friable

A rock climber has to regularly check the ropes they rely upon for signs of wear. This is the very last place you’d want to find a frayed rope!



The Lush Layers Of Llangollen

The Lush Layers Of Llangollen

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

I had the opportunity to visit beautiful Llangollen, in North Wales, today before going to watch the Rugby League World Cup quarter-final between Australia and the USA in Wrexham.

This post isn’t just about showing you some of the wonderful layers of Llangollen itself, but also peeling back a couple of layers on my own heritage.

My Nain (Welsh for Grandmother) lived in Holyhead, so I’m a quarter Welsh and spent many happy holidays up in this beautiful part of Britain.

I was also born in Australia! So I was delighted to watch my alternate home team in action today with a great win over the USA.


Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

I’m celebrating my Welsh heritage today! Happy St David’s Day everyone 🙂

The leek (Cenhinen) has been the traditional emblem of Wales since an occasion when a troop of Welsh were able to distinguish each other from a troop of English enemy, dressed in similar fashion, by wearing leeks.

That fact and the red colour of Wales’ heraldic dragon inspired me to colourise my photographed leeks a blood-red in an artistic nod to history.

I have so many fond memories of time spent in Wales. Holyhead, Anglesey and Snowdonia when visiting my Nain (Welsh for Grandmother). My favourite places were Trearddur Bay and The Ugly House, not far from Betws-y-Coed.

I spent time hiking, climbing and potholing around The Brecon Beacons during my scouting years.

Then my friend, Rachel, went to Lampeter University (now University of Wales, Trinity Saint David) in Ceredigion, West Wales. I loved spending time with her there and our cross country drives through The Forest of Dean.

My brother, Robin, went to university in Cardiff and I absolutely fell in love with the city, particularly beautiful Cardiff Bay. I went on to co-organise a number of fundraising walks, held in the Bay, for my charity, Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

I still haven’t visited the famous Pembrokeshire coastline but it’s on my list! Great for wildlife and landscape photography 🙂

It’s only a small country but it’s big on experience! So go on, visit Wales