Welcome . . .

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

I blog about anything that takes my fancy: travel, visits to National Trust and English Heritage properties here in the UK, science, and aspects of my 40 year career in international agricultural research and academia in South and Central America, in Asia, and in the UK, particularly the conservation and use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

You’ll find quite a ‘potpourri’ here.

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

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 can be seen if you place the cursor over the image, and a box will appear with the details.

If you find that any of the links are ‘broken’, please drop me a line in the comments box. Sometimes videos are removed on YouTube, or web sites moved. It’s hard to keep track on so many links in this blog of mine.

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).

I hope you enjoy your visit to A Balanced Diet – keep coming back!



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The city of Ephesus, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, south of Izmir, is one of the wonders of the Ancient Greek world. I’ve visited there twice, in 1972 and in 1978 or 1979. Once a major port, the harbour became silted, and now the site is several miles from the sea. This is a view of Harbour Street from the amphitheatre.



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