6 mundane things I learned today

1. Somewhat like lizards and snakes, British people come to life in the sun. After months of hibernation slouching from bed to desk and back again, everyone in the entire country went for a walk on the South Downs today in Hawaiian boardshorts and no shirts, with tinny music blasting cheerfully from their phones. 2.…

Fine, eat animals if you must but don’t support factory farming

Some time at the end of 2018, I ate my last piece of bacon. Never again in my life would a piece of delicious fried flesh pass between my lips...and do I have any regrets? Only that I didn't do it sooner. Vegetarianism came to me quite late (I was 28 when I finally made…

Celebrating 100 Whalebeings (followers) with 10 photos of nature being too beautiful for its own good

It's been six weeks since I created this blog Whalebeings.com, and as of the moment I'm writing this, an incredible 89 of you have already clicked the 'follow this blog' button to receive a notification when I post something new. To be honest I'm amazed and completely chuffed that you're not only clicking on my…

The ‘be outside more’ challenge – 7 different tasks to do in nature and how it could make your life better

We all know instinctively that nature does something good to our souls. After all - we're animals: we are nature. But being the clever monkeys that we are, we realised at some point a few thousand years ago that building walls around ourselves kept us pleasantly distanced from things like sharp-toothed animals and weather. And…

5 Tenuous connections between the keto diet and Hawaiian monk seals

The fun thing about having a blog that doesn't make any money is that you can write about absolutely anything you want, which, as you can probably tell, is what is happening here. Up until about 15 minutes ago, I'd never even heard of the Hawaiian monk seal. This is probably because a) I'm not…

Pandemic paradise: Waterfalls, crystal clear pools and hobbit huts in the Lake District

It's mad. I've lived in England all my life. I'm a keen walker, I love nature, I studied Wordsworth at university, grew up enamoured by Peter Rabbit and all of his other fluffy little mates and yet, until Christmas 2020, I'd never been to the Lake District: THE most walkery, naturey, Wordsworthy, Peter Rabbity place…

It’s official: I’m going to Costa Rica to become a yoga teacher

If you're an average earner who's ever spent a very large sum of money in one go with a single, terrifyingly easy click of a computer mouse, you might be familiar with the sensation I'm experiencing right now of sort of wanting to be a little bit sick. Quite a large chunk of this Sunday…

Mindfulness: what is it and is it good, or is it a load of bollocks?

Mindfulness definitely sounds like a load of bollocks. It's the sort of word that sounds like it was made up by an American women's magazine columnist in an article about how she went to find herself at a yoga retreat up a mountain in Goa. Surprisingly, this is not the case. The word mindfulness was…