Sheffield Park garden, Sussex

Autumn just beginning around the Upper Pond in the Grade I listed garden of Sheffield Park, Sussex. You might notice a gap on the famous skyline on the right: the Sequoia was struck by lightning in a storm a year ago and much of the tree’s height was destroyed by fire. The tree is recovering but will never be as tall again in our lifetimes.


aiguille du midi - Mont Blanc massif

aiguille du midi - Mont Blanc massif

Fantastic day at 3842 m. altitude on the Aiguille du Midi, one of the peaks which surround Mont Blanc. The first snow of the season has fallen and was sparkling on today’s clear morning, which made the already big and impressive views just fantastic. So bright it hurts unless you wear sunglasses.

More photos: Granite and Glaciers - Aiguille du Midi, 3842 m. - Mont Blanc 1

Postcard from London, September 2023


Why not be a tourist in my own town instead of travelling for hours to somewhere that anyhow is lower on the tourist must-see lists? A bit of searching online produced a variety of lists of top ten sights of London. Here are mine as I visited my own capital city this fine first Monday in September.
This day out was a reminder that London has so many fantastic views. It does need a bit of planning plus knowledge of the tube and bus map to optimise the route and take best advantage of the direction of the sunlight. You still have to walk the miles though.

More photos: Tourist in my own town

Late night under the banana tree

Memories of the tropics with a run of hot evenings to eat outdoors under Terry’s banana tree in Preston Park, Brighton.

Last of the summer’s wine,
the candles are burning low.
Maybe we’ve solved the world’s problems
or simply agreed we’re all doomed.



Red soil, green fields with rolling hills: it has to be Devon, glorious Devon.
“Red and green should never be seen” doesn’t apply in Devon, thinking of  the design rule.
Views of the Blackdown Hills, Brendon Hills, Quantock Hills and the Vale of Taunton on a family walk out from Hockworthy on the Devon/Somerset border. Also the green roads, woodland, farms and quarries. 

More photos: Symphony in red and green