Welcome . . .

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

2016 – another year full of blogging opportunities! And on 3 April, I posted my 300th blog post.

You’ll find quite a ‘potpourri’ here. Many of my posts are about the places I’ve visited and what I achieved during a 40 year career in international agricultural research in South and Central America, in Asia, and in the UK. 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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This week’s header image
In May 1974, I spent three weeks or so in the Department of Cajamarca in northern Peru collecting native varieties of potatoes. This photo was taken in the early morning as we left the city of Cajamarca heading north out of the valley. There are hot springs (‘Inca baths’) in Cajamarca and that the mist you can see in the valley bottom. A glorious part of the Peruvian Andes.