First of all, I hope that all the readers of this blog have a Happy and Healthy New Year. The old spirits of the year past have been stamped out and the fire of the fireworks have burned them away, leaving a space for new and it is hoped better thoughts and actions and energies to come pouring in. That is a very rough and ready précis of the Chinese view on new year celebrations. For our part James and I are hoping for a smoother year with no accidents and hopefully some reuniting with friends and family early in the year.
It has been a very long year, or so it feels. So the first big event was to go to Burma in March of last year. Looking through the photos I've found some that did not feature and a few of the best.
This a woman trader I saw in a market we visited outside of Bagan.
Modern Burma with the traditions coming along in the background.
A young noviciate on his way to the monastery.
Most of our year was spent in Thailand, in Hua Hin. Mending my ankle and working hard at getting it back to usable again.
A sand castle and wild dogs on the beach early in the morning in Hua Hin.
Literally scraping a living on the beach.
Taking photos of Latifah who has recently been back to China and fought there again.
Taking shots in St Leonards while I was in England.
Goi and her brother who I photographed in their cafe in Hua Hin.
The man who sells soft drinks off a stall outside the local supermarket.
And finally and poignantly as the anniversary of the Asian tsunami has just been observed, a couple of water pictures one of fun and one which illustrated the power of the sea.
Finally the lights are still twinkling in Hua Hin. Happy New Year to you all.
Thank you for reading.