My Day In Pictures: Bough Beech Reservoir


A short drive (or train ride) from London will take you to Bough Beech in the heart of the Kent countryside.  If you ever fancy filling your lungs with truly fresh air, treating your ears to bird and bat song over a hum of crickets on the breeze this is the place to be.

I visited a few months ago to see the marshland awash with frog and toad spawn and on my most recent visit I had to tread carefully as the spawn had hatched and seemed to clamber over every blade of grass I came across, gangly legs and all.

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My Day in Pictures: Orchids at Kew



At the tail end of 2015 I had my first visit to Kew Gardens for their Christmas at Kew night time light show. I had such a great time that when my inbox pinged with news of their Orchid Festival I booked my ticket right away.

I used the trip as a chance to photograph the flora at close range. My long suffering friend Sophie came with me and waited patiently while I hovered over the most sought after species to get the best shot.  She also very patiently took many a photo of me in an attempt to get just one without a sea of people in the background.  I think she did a great job!

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Sweet Cheat: DIY Bounty Bars


If you’ve ever fancied yourself as Willy Wonka’s protégé now’s your chance to dabble in the delectable  dark (chocolate) arts by making treats that will rival the most popular shop bought chocolate bars.

I used to love Bounty bars when I was wee but the truth is they are so easy – and cheap – to recreate at home there’s really no need to buy them in the shops.

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