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Humming Birds in California

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Humming Bird

The first time I visited California was on my first ever overseas trip, a family holiday when I was 12 years old.



Feathered Friends

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Birds

There’s a tree right outside my bedroom window and in the early mornings I watch the antics of the birds in the branches, especially this little couple.



A Secret island

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Nearly everyone in this part of the world has heard of the Gili Islands, but not everyone knows that there are more than three. In fact, there are 26 Gili islands surrounding the mainland of Lombok. This one’s a secret treasure.



Lovely Belitung

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I’ve always loved islands (which is why I’ve chosen to live on one) and, with 18,307 islands making up the Indonesian archipelago, there are plenty more to explore. This week I visited Belitung Island off the east coast of Sumatra



The Clove-perfumed Island of Ternate

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Ternate

In 1579, Francis Drake (who, two years later became SIR Francis Drake) dropped anchor off the clove-perfumed island of Ternate, which rests in the Moluccas, now part of Indonesia.



The Civet Cat and the Pussycat

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The Civet Cat and the Pussycat

I met this pair of cool cats at Tanah Lot at a stall selling ‘kopi luwak’ (civet coffee) AKA ‘cat-poo-ccino’.



The North Island, New Zealand

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There are so many good reasons for visiting New Zealand



Buffaloes on Selong Belanak Beach

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Buffalo

Stayed in South Lombok for a few days recently at Selong Belanak.



Kuta Beach Dogs

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Beach Dogs

I met these two friendly, happy, beach dogs on Kuta Beach yesterday



Jackfruit

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Jackfruit Tree

Seven years ago, I attended a wedding. The Groom, an avid active environmentalist, gave each of his 500 guests the gift of a sapling.



Lake Toba, Sumatra

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Toba

In 1996, when I was visiting my good friends Jackie and Andrew in Tanzania, I met the country’s very well-travelled British High Commissioner. I asked him what was his favourite place in the whole world and he told me it was a lake in Indonesia called Lake Toba.



Remembering the Victims of the Tsunami

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During our trip to Sumatra, we spent one night in Banda Aceh, the city where around 150,000 people were killed in the Tsunami of 26 December 2004.



 
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