Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

I spent a warm summer day last year in Kew Gardens, enjoying the beds and borders and getting inspiration for my own garden (which is actually a small balcony covered in flora). There is a lot of ground to cover there and I was pretty exhausted by the end of the day. Luckily my hotel... Continue Reading →

Sunday morning in Oxford

My favourite time to be in Oxford - and this is true of most European cities - is Sunday morning. The city is almost entirely my own at that time, before the buses laden with day tourists pull into Gloucester Green and when the shops are still dark inside. This is the best time to... Continue Reading →

Creativity and inspiration

I have been enjoying a radio programme about writing the last few days called "The Invisible College". I don't think I have learned anything new as far as creative writing techniques go, but I love listening to the voices of genius writers past and present, and their often conflicting ideas of working that always turns... Continue Reading →

Highlights from Tel Aviv

The Wedding The reason we were in Tel Aviv - in fact, the reason we were in Israel - was to attend a wedding. And without a doubt, this wedding was the highlight of our week in Tel Aviv. We started with a drinks reception on the rooftop of a building at the top of... Continue Reading →


It's past time I started my next story. It's a short one, only 1,000 words - a pre-course story for my novella writing module this summer. I know what I want to write about, and planned to do it while traveling around Israel. But I was living in the moment of traveling instead, and have... Continue Reading →


My silence these last several days may seem like laziness but I have been writing or researching nearly every day, for my next assignment, and had to neglect the blog. The deadline is looming but for me its even sooner than required, as I want to submit it before my next journey. (I will have... Continue Reading →

Observations from Basel: Eating

Food is not only essential to survive, but also is part of the definition of a culture. When someone says "French cuisine", you immediately form an image in your mind, and perhaps imagine a certain taste in your mouth or scent in your nostrils. Pizza and pasta are strongly tied to Italy, but are both... Continue Reading →

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