Farmland, Manicaragua, Cuba

The mountain town Manicaragua on our journey back from Lago Hanabanilla to Santa Clara. Unfortunately we didn’t stay long enough to explore this pretty little town. 12th March 2013.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

Fields, Manicaragua, Cuba

The mountain town Manicaragua on our journey back from Lago Hanabanilla to Santa Clara. Unfortunately we didn’t stay long enough to explore this pretty little town. 12th March 2013.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

Manicaragua, Cuba

The mountain town Manicaragua on our journey back from Lago Hanabanilla to Santa Clara. Unfortunately we didn’t stay long enough to explore this pretty little town. 12th March 2013.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

Simple and pretty houses in a small town, Cuba

The prettily painted houses in a street in a small town somewhere on our journey back from Lago Hanabanilla to Santa Clara. 12th March 2013.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow – a story

Bea Bee is the most resourceful, hardest working and happiest bee living in a hive located in a beautiful meadow. One day she notices a new sign on the gate and goes back to the hive to get wise old bee to come to the gate with her and read the notice as she doesn’t understand all the words. The news is bad; the sign is for a planning application to build houses all over the meadow. Bea has an idea to disguise herself as a rare or endangered species in order to protect the home of all the creatures that live in it. Can Bea’s plan and her friends from the meadow find a way to save it from being built on?

The story is available as an ebook and in two different print sizes, an A4 size with larger spacing and illustrations and a 9″ x 6″ paperback. It’s available from all Amazon sites and these are two examples. Amazon.co.uk, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/198320384X/, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B08BW5Y3CS/, and .com, https://www.amazon.com/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B08BW5Y3CS/, https://www.amazon.com/Busy-Bee-Endangered-Meadow-Easy-ebook/dp/B086SBMG3Y/.

There is also a T-shirt for children of the cover artwork available from our Teemill store, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/product/endangered-meadow-cover-no-logo-no-title/.

Endangered Meadow artwork no title no logo tshirt

Our links

See more of Alice Wrights’ wonderful art, https://www.hireanillustrator.com/i/portfolio/alice-wright/ or Instagram @alicewrightillustration or Facebook @alicewrightillustrates.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

This not my beautiful house, Morges, Switzerland

As David Byrne sang in Talking Heads, “Once in a lifetime” song. Do any of us stop long enough to consider all the people who live their lives in poverty and barely have a roof over their heads while others live in a house like this overlooking Lac Leman. Our lives are but chance but for most of us we do little to help our fellow humans really live a reasonable life if we have one ourselves. It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s a question of organisation and also one of the wrong people being in a position of power. There’s a great film on the subject called The Lottery of Birth. Everyone should watch it, https://mangu.tv/film/the-lottery-of-birth/. 16th June 2013.

Our links

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

And Tumblr https://www.tumblr.com/blog/view/junagarh.

The Busy Bee stories

I’ve written two Busy Bee stories so far. The first is called Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. It deals with the problem, especially relevant in the UK, of building over meadows and farmland. These new developments have been built on the basis that everyone will own or at least travel by car. A totally unsustainable model for <0.1% of the global population. The planning system has been so bad that the country has lost 97% of its meadows since the middle of the 20th century. In this first story Bea and her friends disguise themselves as red bees to try and persuade people that a rare species lives in Old Oak Meadow.

The second story, Busy Bee and the Silent Spring takes its title from Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book first published in 1962. This very brave woman took on the male dominated agrochemical industry and they tried to destroy at a time when she was suffering from cancer. In the story the bees of Old Oak Meadow discover a farmer next door using banned pesticides. Can they stop him.

The stories are meant for the 8-12 year old reader although adult reviewers have said that they thoroughly enjoyed them too. I hope that you or your children will too. Endangered Meadow is available as an A4 printed book and ebook, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/198320384X/, and also as a 6″x9″ paperback, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B08BW5Y3CS/. Silent Spring is available as 6″x9″ paperback and ebook, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Silent-Spring-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B088JFN1ZV/.

A rare red bee is spotted

This is the illustration from my story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow where a couple camping in Old Oak Meadow catch site of the disguised Bea. Bea and her other bees are disguising themselves in the hope that they will be thought of as a rare species and that this will stop the meadow being built over by greedy housing developers. The story is available from Amazon in A4 printed format and ebook, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/198320384X/, and as a 6″x9″ paperback, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B08BW5Y3CS/.

Friends of the Trees

This illustration is of a NGO that comes to Old Oak Meadow to help protect it from greedy housing developers from building all over it with their little boxes and sterile patches of uniform grass. It’s an illustration from my story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow available from Amazon as A4 format and as an ebook, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/198320384X/, or as a 6″x9″ paperback, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B08BW5Y3CS/. The story is about some clever bees that want to protect their home and is for the 8-12 year old reader but adults seem to have enjoyed reading it too.

For those of you reading this post from outside of the UK, the country has lost 97% of its meadows since the middle of the 20th century. Our planing has been a complete disaster and has added greatly to both climate change, environmental destruction and pollution.

Fighting the housing developers

This is the scene created by Alice Wright for my story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow where all the creatures from Old Oak Meadow come together to do battle with the housing developers. The story is about some clever bees that disguise themselves in the hope that people will think that they are a rare and endangered species and therefore the meadow will not be built over.

The story is available on Amazon, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/198320384X/, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B08BW5Y3CS/.

In the UK we have lost 97% of the countries meadows since the middle of the 20th century because we have a planning system based around owning a car and living in a little box. So much of our farmland has also been built over that the country is less able to feed itself than it was before ad has to rely more on food imports. This model has helped the CO2 atmospheric concentration reach a high of 417ppm million in May 2020. When climate change really kicks in those countries that currently export food to the UK may want to keep it for themselves.