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  Having taken natural history images and photographed historic buildings and features, local curiosities, etc. for a number of years, I intended sharing my experiences giving talks. Aiming to reach a wider audience I was encouraged to write about my discoveries. A particular interest is in recording details of our disappearing heritage.

  My writing has since broadened to include a wide range of other topics including tips for parents of young children, coping with downsizing, clearing a family home and entering (and winning) consumer competitions. Entering writing competitions for both poetry and fiction has also brought some success.

  I have contributed letters, tips, recipes and photographs and provided filler items for a range of publications. These have included Best of British, The Lady, The People's Friend, Cat World, Dogs Today, TV Times, Woman's Realm, Woman's Own, Woman's Weekly, Gardeners' World, Competitors' World and Writers' Forum.

  Published items have appeared in a number of local, national and online publications. These have included:

  Village Signs
  Right Royal Signs Best of British Feb 2013
  Royal connections to the hand-carved and painted village signs you find beside the road.
  Best of British Magazine
  Village Signs Welsh Country
  Decorative Signs, with their Royal connections, the ideal way to mark the Diamond Jubilee
  Welsh Country
  Sporting Scenes on Village Signs Village Sign Times
  A look at sport as depicted on Village Signs
  Village Sign Society
  Village Lock-ups and stocks
  Village Lock-ups (Or when being blind drunk lead to the blind house.) The Four Shires
  A look at village lock-ups in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire
  The Four Shires Magazine
  Wall-painted Adverts (Ghost Signs)
  Ghost Signs of Our Past Best of British
  A look at the fading remnants of advertising past
  Best of British Magazine
  The Writing is on the Wall Limited Edition
  A look at the disappearing social history of Oxfordshire as Wall Painted adverts fade away.
  3D Trade and Shop Signs
  3D Trading Signs Best of British
  Taking a look back to a time of three dimensional shop signs
  Best of British Magazine
  Milestones and Signposts
  Milestone El Nuevo Miliario
  Cover photo of milestone with Roman numerals
  Queen Victoria Jubilee Plaques
  A Diamond Plaque Sussex Life
  A look at Queen Victoria Jubilee Plaques in Sussex
  Sussex Life Magazine
  A Small Tribute to Our First Diamond Queen Lincolnshire Life
  The story behind the Queen Victoria Jubilee plaque in Lincoln
  Lincolnshire Life Magazine
  Memorable Memorials:Marros Carmarthesnhire The Countryman August 2014
  The unusual memorial for WW1 erected at Marros, Carmarthenshire
  The Countryman
  For Whom the Bells Toll Britain at War November 2013
  Unusual war memorials. Where many communities chose to erect crosses, cenotaphs, obelisks or columns others chose more practical ways to mark the sacrifice of the fallen after the Great War.
  Britain at War
  Marking Their Sacrifice The Great War September/October 2013
  A look at British War Memorials
  The Great War magazine
  Every Man Came Home The Great War July/August 2013
  The Thankful Villages
  The Great War magazine
  The Early Days of Military Aviation The Great War (1914-1918) Magazine
  The sacrifice of our pioneering aviators
  The Great War magazine
  Remembering Lost Pioneers Limited Edition Oxfordshire
  Reflecting on the 100-year-old tragedy recalled by an elegant memorial in the village of Wolvercote
  Reasons to be Thankful Best of British March 2015
  A tour of our Thankful Villages
  Best of British Magazine
  Gardens and Gardening
  Curious Quince The Smallholder
  A look at this unusual fruit and ways to use it in the kitchen
  The Smallholder
  Rescuing Storm-damaged Plants You Farm
  A rescue plan for broken stems and branches in the garden
  You Farm
  Growing Runner Beans in Small Gardens You Farm
  Growing beans in pots or within the flower border requires good preparation.
  You Farm
  Courgettes and Cucumbers - big crops for small gardens You Farm
  Growing courgettes and cucmbers in pots
  You Farm
  Ten ways to reuse, recycle and save when growing veg You Farm
  Hints for money-saving when starting out growing your own
  You Farm
  Your Photos - Poking fun Garden Answers Dec 2014
  Sparrows enjoying the red hot pokers (kniphofia) in my garden
  Garden Answers
  Consumer Competitions
  Stirring Irish Coffee Memories Ireland's Own
  A set of Irish Coffee Glasses - first competition win
  Ireland's Own
  Stay-at-home holidays Life Info
  Planning for a stay at home break
  Tightening the Belt Life Info
  Tips for coping with downsizing at different periods of life.
  UK Travel
  Time Out View Hampshire
  Visiting Romsey with the 1936 Town Guide to hand
  View Wiltshire & View Hampshire
  Time Travellers A Tour of Salisbury with a 1950s Guide Book View Wiltshire
  Exploring the city of Salisbury using a fifty year-old guide book.
  View Wiltshire & View Hampshire
  The Rescue Retriever Best of British (April 2015)
  A look at the life of a canine hero, Swansea Jack
  Best of British Magazine
  The Search for St George - with or without his dragon This England Annual 2014
  Discovering England's Patron Saint
  This England
  When Sales Meant Bargains Best of British
  A look at a time when sales happened just twice a year.
  Best of British Magazine
  Woolworths and 50s Festive Shopping Best of British
  The contribution made by a single store to Fifties celebrations at Christmas
  Best of British Magazine
  A little bit of Ireland Ireland's Own
  The fate of a single peat turf
  Ireland's Own
  Farnborough Air Show - A Local's View Best of British
  Living with the Farnborough Air Show fifty years ago
  Best of British Magazine
  A Feast of Tiling Devon Life
  Imaginative use of tiles that helped shape the characteristics of North Devon
  Devon Life
  Martyrs to a Cause The Lady
  The story behind the memorial to the Ascott Martyrs, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire
  The Lady
  Santa Express Writelinkers Christmas Magazine
  What to look out for when choosing a Heritage Railway Santa Experience
  Helping to Build Numeracy Skills Step Ahead Magazine
  Helping your pre-school child develop numeracy skills
  New beginnings - preparing your child to start school. Step Ahead Magazine
  Ideas to help smooth the path into full time education
  Happy Holiday - At Home Step Ahead Magazine
  Ideas for enjoying a family holiday - at home.
  Opes, Shuts - What's Yours Called? Best of British
  A look at the fascinating history of alley ways and their names.
  Best of British Magazine
  Filler Fun writelink.co.uk
  A look beyond writing letters and tips
  Who's Calling the Shots? writelink.co.uk
  A look at what you can and cannot photograph when looking for material to illustrate your work.
  I've Got A Little List writelink.co.uk
  Using list -making to kick start or organise your writing
  First Draft Writers' Forum
  Writers' Forum
  Which comes first, the pictures or the text? writelink.co.uk
  Using photographs increases chances of publication in many instances. Do the photographs suggest the topic or are the photographs always suggested by the topic?
  Personal Reflections
  Jack Frost Visits Hampshire Best of British(Jan 2017)
  Memories of winter 1962/3
  Best of British Magazine
  Denis and the Duckpond Best of British
  When Village Cricket teams could play their cricketing heroes on their local village pitch
  Best of British Magazine
  A Guiding Life Best of British
  Three generations of Girl Guides
  Best of British Magazine
  On The Move The People's Friend
  Childhood memories of holiday travel by bus
  Ahoy, There! The People's Friend
  Childhood memories of enjoying the sights on the Royal Pier, Southampton
  Horse Troughs
  Watering Foals Best of British (September 2017)
  Samuel Gurney's Enduring Drinking Troughs
  Best of British Magazine
  All Aboard the Santa Express Heritage Railway Issue 184
  A look at Festive Specials on our Heritage Railways
  Heritage Railway Magazine

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