Midnight on December 31, 2010 found Peter, Kate and I in Chiang Mai, along with my long-lost cousin and his wife (who now live in Thailand) releasing paper lanterns into the night sky and watching a magnificent fireworks display.
More evenings than not, we'd head down to one of the many restaurants along the Mekong, order a couple of beers and watch the sun go down.
This year's wanderings around Asia ended back in Thailand and a week or so on Koh Chang--Elephant Island.
On Valentine's Day, we tuktuk-ed to the end of the island, to where the fishing boats come in...
Back in Léran, I began my annual knock-down-drag-out fight against the weeds--except that, rather than cursing them, I now gather dandelion leaves for salads.
One sign of warming weather was the annual deluge of asparagus at the market.
Meanwhile, back in the garden, the Angelique tulips (no prizes for guessing why I chose those) burst into flower.
And Léran had the first of its annual vide-greniers.
Our walking group, the Lérandonneurs ventured across the countryside (and through the mud).
cerises. We ate in this lovely little square both nights we were here.