As some humorous person wrote on my Facebook wall last year, I think, congratulations you have reached level 49.
It made me smile then and in a funny sort of way it makes me smile even more now.
Not only just reaching level 50 in the game of life, but managing to hang on in there and somehow reinvent myself in the game of photography.
This year is my 35th year as a pro photographer.
I'm actually quite proud of staying in the game as long as I have - though I do have to be careful, as when I tell some clients on the phone how long I have been shooting I think they expect to see some guy holding a Zimmer frame turn up on the shoot.
If you have been following my blog over the years, you may have noticed that my frequency of blogging has somewhat petered out.
I do have an excuse - sort of.
Over the last year I have entered a new genre of photography - new to me anyhow.
My new direction will surprise some people and I will share it with you in the next couple of months - along with a brand spanking new website to showcase my new work - exciting times.
Does this mean I am turning my back on things like the 'Forest' ?
The Forest in fact, is right now touring China and by way of a (slightly) early birthday present this week I heard the news that the 'Forest' has won the grand award of the Qinghai photography festival
Which means I get this trophy and quite special certificate adorned with red stars and hammers and sickles.
Well, lots to tell.
My TV doc will be screened in the coming months....more of that too on the new site.