Well folks, we made it to the end of 2017. It was a funny old year, and not a particularly great one for me personally. I sadly lost both of my parents at the start of the year, a month apart. It was a difficult time and has continued to be so during the …

So, along with writing a travel photography blog comes the challenge of taking photos that I think people will enjoy. This year has taught me that there is a difference between quickly capturing a moment vs taking time to take a photograph which tells a story. Both options are fine, but there definitely needs …

Weekends away are nice. Weekends away in the country are nicer. Weekends away in the country less than an hour from home are the best. So, that’s what we did one weekend. We fancied getting away, but without having to deal with that horrible Sunday morning motorway traffic. Luckily for us we managed to …

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey Winkworth Arboretum is the only Arboretum in the National Trust’s portfolio, and has been maintained by them for the past 60 years. Created in the early 20th century by Dr. Wilfrid Fox, it is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and shrubs, many of those rare. Located in the …

A long time ago, by chance, I relocated to the town of Reading, Berkshire. I was a 22 year old graduate living with my parents in a tiny North Wales village, working in a local pub and looking for a career direction. I applied for a job in Manchester, the position had been filled. …

Perugia is the capital, and largest hilltop town in the Italian region of Umbria. A university town dating back to the Etruscan period, the collection of piazzas, archways, cobbled streets and steep stairways in the historical centre create a level of charm that is typically Italian. It’s a vibrant town that hosts a variety …

I did it again. Trawling through Instagram, I came across a fantastic photograph of a landscape that looked other worldly, like a scene from Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings. ‘Where is this magical place?‘ I thought, before looking at the location tag of the photo and figuring out that it was in …

I have a confession to make. I am a theme park geek. There was a time I would visit theme parks a couple of times a month, sometimes more. I would happily take a flight to ride the newest roller coaster. I would plan US road trips around visiting different theme parks. I could …

Surf Snowdonia – Riding the waves in the mountains It always rains in Wales, or at least that’s what you are told. This is not factually correct, but if you are heading up to the Conwy Valley on the outskirts of the Snowdonia National Park you will be sure to want to spend a …

Overview The National Trust is a conservation organisation which works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces in the UK. The trust owns 350 heritage properties including historic houses, gardens and monuments which can be visited for a fee, as well as many sites of natural beauty which are open to the public …