Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

When I travelled by train during the recent cold weather I was surprised to see that some smaller streams and rivers had partially frozen.   I don’t ever remember seeing this before in the UK. Most people have heard of the Frost Fairs that were held on the River...
Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

Having spent much of last week talking to people whose homes have been damaged by flooding I have been reminded of the awful devastation caused by floods.   Even the smallest trickle of water can destroy treasured personal possessions.   Many people don’t...
River Deep, Mountain High

River Deep, Mountain High

St Bega’s Church, Bassenthwaite Lake I was lucky enough to spend last week in the stunning Lake District and not surprisingly visits to rivers and lakes featured heavily during my trip.   I mainly work on lowland rivers and I really enjoy this work but I have to...
Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

Having now attended four Be2camp events, three in person and one virtually, I thought it was about time for a blog post. Partly to explain the #be2camp hashtag that fills my twitter stream during the events but mainly to thank those who organise the events. For those...
Here Comes the Rain Again

Here Comes the Rain Again

Ever since the hosepipe ban came into force in the North West of England on 9 July I have heard a number of people question how there can be a hosepipe ban in place even when there have been floods in the region. To try to explain I’ll use an analogy –...
In This Garden

In This Garden

This week I was lucky enough to visit the Chelsea Physic Garden for the first time in a number of years.   I’d forgotten how much of an oasis this stunning garden is and I thought I’d share a few of my photos with you. The garden was founded in 1673 by the...
Blowing in the Wind

Blowing in the Wind

The alternative energy generator at last week’s low carbon farming event! I mentioned last week my rather chilly visit to an event run by Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit The event was excellent and really thought provoking.   In case you are wondering why I attended...
Life is a Rollercoaster

Life is a Rollercoaster

Yesterday I used Twitter to ask the question “what is your top presenting tip?” as I was finalising the slides for my talk at the River Restoration Conference so presenting skills were very much on my mind. I had some wonderful responses so I thought I...
It’s Different for Girls

It’s Different for Girls

Having read some fascinating and inspiring blogs to mark Ada Lovelace Day I was inspired to write my own blog post. Ada was the daughter of Lord Byron and wrote the world’s first computer program in the 19th century. Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of...