Photos: A day in the market in the Punjab, Pakistan

Cabbage was definitely in season at the market

Cabbage was definitely in season at the market

The steady procession of people coming to the market made for some beautiful visions. Hope you like this one from the market of Gujranwala, Pakistan

The steady procession of people coming to the market made for some beautiful visions. Hope you like this one from the market of Gujranwala, Pakistan

Men unloading more cabbage from the large trucks and tractors arriving in the morning. in the foreground, some camels are feeding after carrying some loads to Gujranwala market in the Punjab, Pakistan

Men unloading more cabbage from the large trucks and tractors arriving in the morning. in the foreground, some camels are feeding after carrying some loads to Gujranwala market in the Punjab, Pakistan

This woman was on the way to the market as we were getting near. The fog was really dense, and this feels otherworldly

This woman was on the way to the market as we were getting near. The fog was really dense, and this feels otherworldly

A man looking serious at the market in Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan. I couldn't resist taking a close-up

A man looking serious at the market in Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan. I couldn’t resist taking a close-up

in the morning at Gujranwala vegetable market in Punjab, lots of cabbage is being unloaded to trade and sell

in the morning at Gujranwala vegetable market in Punjab, lots of cabbage is being unloaded to trade and sell

In Pakistan, colourful trucks are the norm on the roads. This one, carrying some potatoes to the market, was just one of many!

In Pakistan, colourful trucks are the norm on the roads. This one, carrying some potatoes to the market, was just one of many!

Photo: when the snow falls, peace generally follows…

Ascot, snow, relaxation, black and white

I did my masters near the town of Ascot (near the famous horse racecourse). One day it snowed on campus, and the giant conifer tree in the fields was grandiose. It was silent and very relaxing. I find the empty bench is inviting us to sit, ponder and wander in our own thoughts, next to a very wise soul… It is important to possess a place you know you have in order to find peace of mind, if only for a moment in this crazy life…

Photo: The UK also has some beautiful colours!

Going for a lovely walk on an autumn day in Berkshire. We came across a tiny little reservoir in the middle of the forest. The picture, colours, and beauty speak for themselves! All of this taken with a 2 mega pixel camera!

Going for a lovely walk on an autumn day in Berkshire. We came across a tiny little reservoir in the middle of the forest. The picture, colours, and beauty speak for themselves! All of this taken with a 2 mega pixel camera!

Photo: A South Sudanese woman in a market in Northern DR Congo

South Sudanese woman in Northern Congo market

This woman, whose name I unfortunately cannot remember, lived in what is now South Sudan and left during the recent troubles in Juba. She crossed into DRC and now lives in Aru, near the Ugandan border. She is growing cassava and banana to sell at the moment and is an expert seamstress. She owns her own sowing machine and gets good income from it. She was very happy to talk to me about the problems in the area. The North East Congo-Uganda-South Sudan region used to be a lawless area where many bad things happened. It is however easier now, and she is looking forward to returning to her native Juba soon. For her and her family, I really hope this happens! good luck!

Photo: Kid in Congo trying to understand what I am doing in his village

This picture was taken when I was working in a little village called Azumba, 18 hours by motorbike into Ituri province, North Eastern DRC. This was an extremely secluded location and whilst the accommodation for the training course and subsequent plant clinic development was extremely basic, the villagers were lovely people and took great care to make sure I had a great lasting impression. I still do, and look forward to seeing them in March this year!

This picture was taken when I was working in a little village called Azumba, 18 hours by motorbike into Ituri province, North Eastern DRC. This was an extremely secluded location and whilst the accommodation for the training course and subsequent plant clinic development was extremely basic, the villagers were lovely people and took great care to make sure I had a great lasting impression. I still do, and look forward to seeing them in March this year!

Photo: how interesting is a passion fruit flower

This flower was the only one out in the greenhouse in Kenya. The passion fruit crop had not done well that year, and farmers were beginning to get worried. As a fairly lucrative market, many farmers depend upon their passion fruit crop for their financial means during the year. In this greenhouse, the crop had not done well. We gave the farmer some advice on how to improve next year, so that each plant can be as healthy as the one with this flower!

This flower was the only one out in the greenhouse in Kenya. The passion fruit crop had not done well that year, and farmers were beginning to get worried. As a fairly lucrative market, many farmers depend upon their passion fruit crop for their financial means during the year. In this greenhouse, the crop had not done well. We gave the farmer some advice on how to improve next year, so that each plant can be as healthy as the one with this flower!