People are Being Sued for Using Creative Commons Images
Anyone who’s been paying attention to my occasional ranting about photography copyright infringement, might have noticed I’m keen to stay within the law on image licencing and I’m perhaps a little paranoid about it. This is mostly because I had to pay a £1000 fine once in relation to a colleague’s lax approach to picture licencing at work.
Crazy Guinea Pig Lady Writes a Book About Her Critters
Have you ever felt your guinea pigs were trying to tell you something? I felt this regularly. So in partnership with Charlie Guinea Pig, I decided to put together a book on how guinea pigs can train their humans.
Amazon Prime's Cinderella - And A Palace Fit for a Princess!
Amazon Prime Video's 2021 adaptation of Cinderella features my local National Trust House, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England. It's a favourite haunt of mine. The gardens are tranquil and great for quiet walks and exploring the countryside.
Bees and Bras at Attingham Park’s Kitchen Garden
Attingham Park in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, has a walled kitchen garden, which is something of an inspiration for kitchen gardeners everywhere. Restoration began in 2001, following 40 years of neglect during which time it was used as a football ground and Christmas tree plantation. A lot of hard work was needed to restore the facility to the glorious kitchen garden we see today complete with bee hives, sculptures, and enough fruit and vegetables to feed an army. Work parties began by re-pointing the walls and reinstating the dipping pond. In 2008, a kitchen gardener, Jenny Chandler, was appointed, and she, with lots of enthusiastic volunteers, planted the first quarter of the garden.
As Exotic Pets Increase in Popularity, Neglect is a Growing Problem
The RSPCA Reptile Rescue, in the south of England, opened in 2007 after it became apparent there was a need for a safe haven for unwanted and stray reptiles. Since then, hundreds of reptiles have been rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed throughout the country.
30 Years to Publication
I was just 16 when I penned the first draft of ‘Pestilence’. It was 1990, and I wanted to be a novelist. Inspired by the success of James Herbert’s Rats and similar stories around at that time, I wanted to create a deadly threat that would bring about the end of the world.
Children Learn About Tudor Plants, Traditions and Gardening
Trerice is an impressive National Trust property in Cornwall, England, dating back to the Tudor period and the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The liveliness and cultural significance of the times is reflected in the visitor experience today, as occasional displays of Tudor music echo around the quiet surroundings of the country estate. Volunteers recreate the atmosphere of times past, by encouraging visitors to dress up, play Elizabethan games, and get into role play!