Today is the last day before the start of Lent for many people, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or simply Pancake Day. Tradition had it that you would clear out your larder of all your food and cook it up into a feast to be shared with family, friends & neighbours. This is of […]

Happy January 2017 memories for me for this week’s Monday Morning Blues. We visited the Carnival Museum in Cuba’s second city and were treated to a fabulous music & dance jamboree. This lady was a fabulous dancer whose expressions told a thousand stories. Why not join in the Monday morning fun over on Twitter? See […]

I came down this morning and immediately noticed that two of the four fatballs that I had put out for the birds had disappeared. Cue an appearance by Mr Squirrel who had come back for a third helping. After first taunting me as I watched from my kitchen, with a swish of his tail he […]

Snake Restaurant, Guanggzhou, China

The Snake King Completely & Restaurant, Guangzhou, China I have dined in a handful of Michelin Star restaurants in my time, taken lunch with high society at The Ivy and had the world famous salad at The Waldorf. All enjoyable in their way, but nowhere near as much fun as dining with locals in a […]

School Group, Guning Mas Tea Plantation, Java, Indonesia

This photo is one of my favourite from my travels. It was 1997 when we visited the tea plantation near Bogor to learn all things tea. The unexpected highlight was meeting this school group who were keen to hear English spoken by native tongue. Cue impromptu English lesson. They also had Hamish and I sing […]

My 2015 visit to Cambodia with Mrs Wilbur left an indelible mark on me. The picture below was taken at the Royal Palace in the Cambodian capital. The bitter/sweet visit inspired me to write my first novel, a drama set in the country as well as in Thailand, Vietnam & The UK. Drip by Drip […]

Belgrade sits on the confluence of two rivers – the Sava and the Danube. The Ada Bridge over the Sava opened in January 2012, causing much controversy due to the construction costs spiralling out of control. It is also known as the blue bridge due to the lighting effects that you can see below.

Che Guevara Statue, Santa Clara, Cuba

I visited Che’s monument in 2017. Santa Clara was where Che masterminded a defining victory in the Cuban Revolution against the corrupt leadership. He and a small band of comrades managed to blow up a train carry munitions down south to Santiago where the revolutionaries were based. If the train had arrived, the government forces […]

I took this photo five minutes ago from our kitchen window in Surrey, UK.