Keswick Woods

River Dibbin

In which I return to a favourite childhood haunt after a gap of 40 years.

The great Darwin fossil hunt

Fossil barnacles

For my 50th birthday, a friend beyond compare organised a very special birthday present for the only self-confessed ‘Darwin groupie’ in her life.

Wild Cat Island

Three and a half decades after I first became enchanted by the place, I finally set foot on the island that inspired Arthur Ransome's ‘Swallows and Amazons’.