The Viewpoint.

An ancient Buddhist tradition with a modern Wind turbine.

  I snapped this beautiful scene in the south of Phuket island in Thailand during our recent holiday. 

  This high hill overlooking the popular Ya Nui Beach on one side, and the bay of Nai Harn on the other, is called the Windmill Viewpoint, The Windmill is actually a huge wind turbine that is visible for miles around. Our first sight was an interesting green-coloured Buddhist shrine containing offerings of flowers, fronted by an impressive pair of Elephant statues. I have included a photograph of this at the bottom of this post. The view here was spectacular with a cloudless blue sky overlooking a darker blue sea. The green vegetation on the hillside, consisting mainly of palms and cacti, looked beautiful. We were high above Ya Nui Beach, looking down on the tiny figures of people on the beach below. The deep-blue sea was dotted with small boats. Passing sea traffic, ranging from long-tail boats to fishing boats heading out into the Andaman sea,    This impressive viewpoint overlooks a tiny, green, tree-covered island, named ‘Koh Man’, which reminded me of a tiny green emerald set in a sapphire blue sea. These beautiful photographs brighten up our strangely compressed lockdown days. We can but relive the memories. Perhaps one day Margaret and I will safely return to our travels again. Stay safe and keep well. Love ❤️ and Peace ☮️ from John and Margaret 

Steam Trains

SATURDAY 18th APRIL 2020

 I snapped the above photograph when Margaret and I travelled on the train pictured above last Summer.  Hopefully the leisure steam train industry will survive the current lockdown ban, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

  This wonderful image takes me back in time to the days when these wonderful steam trains would transport millions of people from town to city to metropolis around the various railway lines across the world. Nowadays they mainly carry tourists and leisure time enthusiasts on short journeys from point A to point B. Sadly, due to government restrictions on the use of coal to enable the country to become carbon neutral in the future, it’s feared that the price of coal will go through the roof and these wonderful railway engines will become uneconomical to use. This will make photographs like this rarer and rarer, as demand for the steam railway leisure industry declines for lack of affordable seats. 

  Margaret and I have had the pleasure of riding on the North Norfolk Poppy steam train line on a number of occasions with various grandchildren. It’s always a delight to see the children’s faces light up as they watch the fires being stoked in the engine, before boarding. The authentic carriages are comfortable and the windows look out onto a wonderful view of the countryside as the train sedately steams along. These railways are staffed by volunteers who are always dressed in the original style uniforms. The children love to see them acting their parts as guards and ticket collectors and there is usually a stationmaster on hand when the intrepid tourist travellers board and exit the trains. Thankfully, I’m sure these smoke-emitting, steamy trains will survive, in spite of the smoky coal-fired air surrounding them, wherever they travel. They should forever bring pleasure to children of all ages who delight in reliving History.