And the struggle to return to Belgium continues ...
Belgians are all surprised by, and talking of, the long grey sunless winter continuing on into February.
Did I mention ... no sun, tons of greyness, and loads of pollution as all of Europe passes by us on our highways?
Anyway I've been busy. I photographed the most delicious Belgian wedding on Saturday. Truly lovely people and I hope to get permission to post some of those images soon but Sunday and Monday ... Oh My!
I was back out on Flanders Fields attending the reburial of a WW1 soldier from New Zealand ... he was recently discovered and although they did all that they could, and came close, they were unable to identify him for sure.
But where to begin because it was about so much more ...
Saturday night, just after the wedding, there I was at Central Station in Antwerp waiting for the talented London-based New Zealand, soprano Carleen Ebbs. Gert and I spent a enjoyable evening with her before Martin, from the blog Messines 1917 picked us up, early Sunday morning. We were heading off to Flanders Fields, through snow, to participate in the reburial of the New Zealand world war one soldier.
The moment was captured by Belgian television (I am there at around 8 seconds, completely oblivious to the cameraman, as I planned my next shot). New Zealand television was there too. I only appear in the Belgian clip and had to laugh, as I had no idea I was being filmed but do have a photograph of the cameraman filming me ... I discovered it today. I was photographing someone near him.
But first there was Sunday, the day before the reburial. Martin OConnor and I went wandering with some New Zealanders based in London.
It felt like a time of privilege as we were introduced to a little Maori history and protocol and I was allowed to photograph this man as he made his way through the cemeteries.
Anyway, below is a random series of photographs taken over those two days ...