A Look Back – 2016

So another year draws to a close and it is time to give thanks to 2016. Once again, life provides a rich abundance of experiences that shapes our lives and provides us with life-time memories. Thank you to all my clients, friends and especially my family for being such an important part in a good year.

When it comes to highlights, its hard to choose. This gallery presents just some of what 2016 meant to me.

  • Three books released. The Birkebeinerne Location Guidebook, Into Norway and Visit Somerset.
  • Watching the sunset over the Mediterranean from Monaco.
  • Achieving a lifelong dream by seeing Zermatt and The Matterhorn. The beauty reduced me to tears.
  • Going to Berlin and standing underneath the remains of the Berlin Wall.
  • Spending time with wonderful friends at Mesna Activities and Accomodation and experiencing magic.
  • Walking Kew Gardens with my amazing wife.
  • Experiencing the beauty of a Bluebell Wood.
  • Soaking up the English heritage at Somerleyton.
  • Staying on the Norfolk Broads.
  • Visiting the set of my favourite television series, Dads Army.
  • Spending time with friends – Jerry and Galya, Trevor and Jenny.
  • Smelling the aroma and seeing the beauty of an English rose garden at Mottisfont Abbey.
  • Walking the streets of Shaftesbury.
  • Affirming that Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world at Rjukan, Hemsedal and Flam.
  • Drinking coffee with friends and family at the best cafe in the world at Au Chineur, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
  • Living in Provence for three months.
  • Traveling through the canals of Venice on a beautiful winters day.
  • Meeting a true English gentleman and purveyor of that most English of customs at Miles Tea.
  • Photographing steam trains.
  • Realising a dream and buying a Discovery.
  • Launching a book at Westminster Palace, a milestone in my life. Celebrating that launch with great friends John and Gemma Turner.
  • Spending a wonderful day in Hemsedal and drinking coffee in Rjukan with friends.
  • Being together as a family in Perth – the most important event of the year.

There are so many more places I could share, moments with friends that were not recorded.

In memory of all those who we lost this year. Bob Smart – I will be raising a glass for you tonight – I wish it could be a Potholer.

 

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