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…

How do you know when fear is ruling your life?

I'm a natural scaredy-cat. As a child I lagged behind my big sister and cousins as they tore around the fields and scrambled up trees outside our grandparents' house in France. I wanted to keep up; I wanted to be brave and fearless like them and not care about hurting myself - but even from…

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…

Coronavirus may have curtailed my Costa Rica adventure, but I know my journey is just beginning

I'm sitting in an almost empty airport in San Jose after a zippy drive up the Pacific coast through the dawn with a really friendly taxi driver who treated me to The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers for most of the way. My lack of Spanish meant we couldn't talk much, but he smiled…

I just qualified as a yoga teacher… shame the world is ending

I'm writing this blog in a grassy clearing at the top of a jungle-covered mountain overlooking the bright blue Pacific ocean. I've just spent the last hour or so climbing some scarily steep, rubbly hills to get up here so I am disgustingly sweaty. I am also, slightly unnervingly, being circled by vultures. Still, I'm…

Today I stared into the eyes of a Blue Morpho butterfly for ages and it was basically a religious experience

Today, while walking barefoot in the surf of a Costa Rican beach in a happy, slightly disconnected daze, I caught a flicker of dazzling blue from the corner of my eye. My first thought was that it was a bit of plastic, because it seemed so unnaturally blue, but upon closer inspection I realised it…