Monthly Archives: March 2016

Country diary: Shetland’s high energy coastline

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I headed to Shetland for Lerwick’s Up Helly Aa fire festival and while there took the time to pen this short entry for the Guardian’s brilliant Country Diary section, which prints short nature ‘postcards’ that charts the progress of the seasons.

Find it at the Guardian’s website here, or after the fold. The lovely pic above is of the Eshaness lighthouse, a beautiful example of the Stevenson-designed lighthouses, taken by Ian Cowe.

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Walking the Cinque Terre in winter

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I spent a lovely fortnight in Italy last month putting the very final touches on Thicker Than Water while staying at my friend Anna Blundy’s beautiful Tuscan home.

While there, my boyfriend Rich and I made the trip to Cinque Terre, near La Spezia, where we saw the area to its best advantage – almost empty of tourists! The weather can be changeable in February, but I highly recommend an off season trip if, like me, you dislike feeling like one of a faceless crowd.

As you can see in my photo above, we lucked out with the weather, and found the lemons  on the trees, bringing a splash of colour to the spring landscape. I wrote it up for an article for the Telegraph’s travel section, which you can find here, or after the fold.

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