An Italian oddity in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Every town has its oddities and Cheltenham is no exception. Behind the Town Hall in Imperial Square, tucked away in a recess in one of the buildings is a fountain. It's not functioning, or even very clean, but there it sits behind a fence with a nice little ornate hedge in front of it. The … Continue reading An Italian oddity in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

People, pigs and picnics: Nympsfield Long Barrow, Gloucestershire

High above the Severn Valley at the top of Frocester Hill, where you can look west across to the Severn estuary and the hills of the Forest of Dean, is a small-ish structure made of stone, soil piled up around it. The stones form an entrance behind which are three chambers. This is Nympsfield long … Continue reading People, pigs and picnics: Nympsfield Long Barrow, Gloucestershire

In Photos: St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay, Cornwall

Heading along the road towards Marazion, Cornwall, from the A30 affords the first view of St Michael's Mount. The huddle of buildings on the top of the island makes it look bigger than it perhaps is, but it's the obvious focal point of Mount's Bay. I visited a while ago with my family taking photos … Continue reading In Photos: St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay, Cornwall

Hidden stories: the amazing life of a Budleigh Salterton pebble

Who doesn't love a pebble? Find one on a beach and it's hard to resist throwing it in the water, especially the flat, thin ones ideal for skimming. What I've rarely thought about, though, is how that piece of stone happened to end up there, nicely smoothed and rounded on the beach. So this post … Continue reading Hidden stories: the amazing life of a Budleigh Salterton pebble

Photo essay: Gloucester Docks, Gloucestershire, England

Last weekend was warm, sunny and bright, and I spent an hour or so walking around Gloucester's historic docks on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. It's changed a lot over the last 30 years, and regeneration projects are still ongoing. As I walked I photographed anything which interested me, and thought I'd share a selection. … Continue reading Photo essay: Gloucester Docks, Gloucestershire, England

Walking the Exe Estuary Trail, Devon

The Exe Estuary Trail in Devon follows the banks of the River Exe from the south of Exeter to the sea. I’ve looked out over the estuary from the train on several occasions, the line skirting along its banks, boats on the water, wading birds and fishermen hunting for shellfish, and discovering the trail along … Continue reading Walking the Exe Estuary Trail, Devon