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.

Since I started this blog at the beginning of 2012, I have posted 344 stories. During the last year alone, this has been the reach of my blog.


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!



big-blue-divider-hiThis week’s header image

This is a panorama, looking north, over the town of Leek in North Staffordshire. Not my birthplace, but I think of Leek as my home. We moved there when I was seven. Lying on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Leek is surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes and scenery in England. OK. So I’m biased, but there is certainly a majesty in the Millstone Grit hills and moors. This panorama shows The Roaches that lie west of the main road A53 between Leek and Buxton.