Welcome to our site Home page, the start point for your enjoyment of our blog. We are currently focusing on Wine, Photography and Philosophy, though in the past this has been quite different and has included Travel, English History, Personal Ancestry, Mountaineering, and our Education Aid work in Nepal. Most of these previous activities however are severely curtailed due to our age (!) and the Covid Pandemic. But, we still love writing so hopefully you will enjoy our current topics:
WINE: This has been a serious hobby for 50 years. We collect wine, incorporate vineyard visits into our travels, enjoy drinking it with friends, and have even written a book about our wine adventures in 2020 called It’s Not About The Wine with more details below. Our interest has led us to explore England’s wines recently and we are “touring” many vineyards virtually until we can move around and explore them in reality. Young estates, but surrounded by lots of history and culture too going back to medieval times.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Have camera will travel, though nowadays it seems to be iPhones that we click away with. Who doesn’t take snaps of buildings, landscapes, people, nature, cars, trains, wines, events etc etc, and we are no exception. Currently we are running a weekly photography challenge we call Challenge Your Camera which has a different theme each week. Perhaps you’d like to join in and become part of our community of happy snappers and serious photographers?
PHILOSOPHY: This has been one of our areas of interest since we left university as scientists many years ago, an antidote to rigorous, logical and provable processes! Our interest ranges from Ancient Greece, to Buddhism, existentialism and modern day thinking on aesthetics. We are not academics but have a deep interest in the things that influence our lives and the way we live. Wine and philosophy are natural bedfellows and features regularly in our posts.
It’s Not About The Wine
Released on November 30th, this is the way to learn about wine …… through experiences, whether you are young or old, a traveller or a “stay at home” or a WSET student. This book is not a wine guide, nor is it a travel guide. It is a memoir of our wine experiences over half a century from student days to retirement and old age. Certainly this book involves and includes travel, mostly across the wine regions of France especially Burgundy, Loire, and Alsace which are our three favourite places to visit. Several chapters however may read like a guide, though this is only because of our experience with terroir, culture, history, appellations, philosophy, winemakers, wine tasting, wine collecting, neuroscience and on being a wine judge. But rest assured, everything is practical and has added to our enjoyment of wine, we hope you will learn from our experiences and mistakes and really hope It’s Not About The Wine will add to your enjoyment too.