Sunday, March 31, 2013

March Photo-A-Day

I am excited to share the photos I have taken as part of the March FMS Photo-A-Day project. This time I have included the list of daily prompts so you can see what the topic for each day was. Whenever possible I upload my photo each day to the Facebook group which has 6000 members and growing rapidly. Anyone is welcome to join at anytime - it is a lovely way to add a bit of creativity to each day.

What has been amazing and so wonderful is that in posting my photos each day I have started to get to know some of the other amateur photographers, and in particular some people have taken an interest in the images I have that show our fairly unique life here in Bhutan. The photos give me a great opportunity to put Bhutan on the map and some followers have mentioned they are developing a real interest to visit after seeing the photos.

The most positive thing to come of all of this is that quite a few members have decided to send parcels of books and other items over to me at the school to enhance the learning opportunities for students. It all began when I posted  the photo for 'Something beginning with L' - Library - and some wondered if there was a way they could send books for the library. In a month that has swelled to the point where a large number of photo-a-day members are planning to send parcels on April the 5th - which just happens to be the day where our photo prompt is 'Something good' - definitely a photo opportunity there!

Enjoy - and again - let me know which is your favourite!

March 1st: L is for - Library
The beautiful primary school library developed by last year's volunteer teacher.

March 2nd - I made this!
I call it a kitchen miracle when I make something like a pizza with local ingredients and my limited kitchenware and appliances.

 March 3rd - Key
Its not so much the key, but the rustic door and latch of my classroom that is so lovely.

March 4th - Lucky
In the middle of winter here in Bhutan, we were lucky to find bananas in the shop today as a treat for lunch.

March 5th - Under
Standing under a pine tree next to our house.

March 6th - Chair
The chair at my desk in the classroom has definitely seen better days!

March 7th - Fear
I fear these large trucks that teeter around the corners on Bhutanese mountain roads. But I also love the way they are all uniquely decorated.

March 8th - Favourite
Nothing like starting the day with a cup of Earl Grey.

 March 9th - Face-less self portrait
Walking down the street in the late afternoon I noticed my lovely long-legged shadow!

March 10th - I want
I want a hot shower!!! Amazingly enough an opportunity came from nowhere on this day to go to a nearby resort for dinner. When they realised we hadn't had any water for days they let us have a hot shower before dinner!

March 11th - Important
After three days without running water it became very clear how important this 'luxury' is.

March 12th - In the distance
Far away on top of the distant hill is a little temple (which we eventually walked to on
International Happiness Day - see March 20th).

March 13th - Sound
Xavier is spinning the prayer wheel at school which makes a bell sound for every rotation.

 March 14th - Tasty
A lovely treat for dessert- papaya and pomegranate.

March 15th - Explore
As teacher on duty I had to be present at school from 6.30am til 6 pm. I got to explore the kitchen and dining area where the boarders eat.

March 16th - 9 0'Clock
At 9am on Saturday morning I was teaching 'Rainbow Facts' in maths.

March 17th - Green
The view out our kitchen window is of an evergreen pine forest.

March 18th - Shoes
Due to overnight snow, I wore my trekking boots with my kira to school - perfect for slushy puddles even if they make a strange combination!

March 19th - Sign
The sign out the front of school asks all visitors to wear Bhutanese national dress.

March 20th - Clean
We had a public holiday for International Happiness Day and went for a walk to the little temple of the hill. The air was clean and scented with fresh pine.

March 21st - Work
The students do SUPW - Socially Useful Productive Work everyday - here they are planting a large crop of potatoes and other vegetables

March 22nd - I am
I am vegetarian!

March 23rd - What you do for fun
I made a batch of 24 Honey Joys and they were gobbled up in 15 minutes flat!!!

March 24th - Up
We went up and over the Kiki-La pass at 2980m - the view of the himalayas reminded us we are really up on top of the world.

March 25th - In your drawer
Without a single drawer in the house, I instead photographed the tray of our bukhari wood heater.

 March 26th - Something I did
Here I am teaching (wearing a kira) in my classroom.

March 27th - Pair
A pair of chairs outside the general shop.

March 28th - Mirror
This truck stopped as we were walking to school - I quickly snapped a picture of the rear-vision mirror as the driver made a delivery.

March 29th - Goodnight
Goodnight to my two little boys!

March 30th - Relax
Relaxing with the Bhutanese ladies began with tea and snacks and moved swifly onto beer and x-rated conversation in Dzongkha!!!!

March 31st - Stuff
I sent stuff from Australia and bought stuff in Thimphu 2 months ago so I could make these hot cross buns today: vanilla, icing sugar, sultanas, yeast, measuring spoons and cups.

And onwards to April!


  1. Love the photos and the memories they bring back Andrea We are still battling with Internet connections ourselves but today in a cafe in Arusha I could finally post and see

  2. Maybe I am just hungry, but my favourite pictures were from March Second (YUM!), 4th (the bananas were so tiny!), 5th (beautiful tree!), 8th (tea = love), 14th (looks so amazingly yummy), and 22nd (very cute cow!).

    I love your photo months! My favourite to read.