Spot the background change! There's no reason for it really; I just fancied a change for this part of the site, although it could be said to provide a more suitable background for the graphic (all my own work!) near the bottom of the page.

I see myself as having been a "serious" naturist since just before Christmas 2002, and only then while in the relative privacy of my own home. But as I think about it I remember more and more times when I've found myself thinking about – and even trying – naturism without really knowing anything about it. My First Time tells of my first real naturist experience, and how I "revealed all" (though not literally!) to my family and friends. Also, My Philosophy outlines my thoughts on naturism in general and what it means to me.

Clearly, the majority of naturists can't enjoy being nude in our everyday lives, however much we might want to. But there are ways in which we can enjoy at least some of the benefits without the risk of offending anyone or being arrested while still feeling we're making a difference to the public perception of the naked human body. One such way is Barefoot Living, simply the practice of wearing nothing on your feet. I discovered its joys in 2007, and have written about my experiences and the reactions of those around me.

I did a LOT of reading online before deciding that naturism was for me. I feel that it's important to get a wide range of views on any subject, so just below here you'll find a few links to start you off. They're all full of fun and useful information and are ideal whether you're just starting out or are already a seasoned participant. One feature of many naturist websites is the "first time experiences" sent in by naturists from all over the world. Apart from allowing people to share often humourous anecdotes, these accounts also go some way towards helping new naturists take their own first steps into the nude world, giving them the courage to share their new interest – or lifestyle, in many cases – with their family and friends.

Inspired partly by those "first time" articles I've spent a number of years writing a naturism-themed novel. It centres around Charlotte Winters (Charlie to her friends), a teenage naturist who has grown increasingly bored of the restrictions placed upon her lifestyle by both her parents and the world in general. Not to mention that despite being well known as a naturist among all of her family and friends, none of them has ever shown any interest in trying it for themselves. Eventually, with the support of her friends and her cousin Stephen she starts to make her mark on the world, but nobody can predict just what sort of effect they'll end up having.

This novel is currently unfinished and I'm still yet to settle on a title, although I do have a pretty good idea of how it's all going to pan out. But as a taste of the finished product I'm offering the latest draft of the Prologue as a Free Sample Of My Novel for you to read. I can make no promises about when or even if I'll ever finish it so this might be all anyone will get. But I do hope to finish it at some point, and sooner rather than later, too. Watch this space...