Friday, January 3, 2014

2013's Parting Shots!

This pictorial blog salutes friends and work colleagues – professionals and development practitioners in their own right – who made 2013 all the more memorable and manageable. Until we meet again!

Although 2013 was not exactly an annus horribilis  it was certainly one of peaks and troughs – stress, emotional and psychological hardship - as I'm sure many will attest to - often in the extreme. Its often under these circumstances that the most unlikely, intense and enduring friendships are forged. This is acknowledged and celebrated. No judgement or opinion will be passed, for once, on people, systems, institutions or governments – 2013 was what it was and we hope that 2014 will be far better. For the people of Afghanistan, who all deserve so much more, the struggle goes on. We carry part of your burden and hope that we can continue to be part of this journey. Equally, we thank you all for your very generous and gracious hospitality - a privilege and truly unforgettable experience!

Not quite the Full Monty but certainly mature male models with a great future! Coming to a store near you - very soon!

Colleagues from the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
All smiles - relaxing times before going our separate ways

Feet up ..... and enjoying the autumn sunshine. What a life at Le Baronne!

Mmmmmmm - something is definitely brewing here!

Premature departures - the Kabul Cabal!

Rebels without a cause ..... grounded yet again!

Obviously, Pedro has been stirring sheeeeet again!

Early days - so full of promise and potential

The boyz - big, bigger, biggest & Christophe

Spot the Aussie!

Party time at Kabul's GV

IWMP Kick off

Out and about in Mazar-e-Sharif - in good safe hands....

With VIPs at MAIL - Kabul

Baz and Thomas under 'deep' cover......

Great Indian hospitality and fun times with friends abroad


Serious integrated water resource management business

Le Baronne's friendly staff

Guru David on the couch offering some sound hydrological advice

Women in agriculture - special ones at that

Mission Helmand: Accomplished!

Where the bloody well are we? We definitely need a Guy with GIS and mapping skills!!

Another tall storey!


  1. Great Mission and nice Journey!!! Happy New Year 2014

  2. What wonderful memories. Thank you Barry for this good time together. You have been the main driver of these beautiful moments.
    Hopefully it will be even better ahead ... somewhere... in another corner of the world.
    Pierre Roy, Canada