01 January 2021


Reihana Robinson, 2021 Moehau Coromandel, Aotearoa New Zealand: More peace, less sorrow…


Esther Wragg from St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK: seasons greetings!


Stephen Wragg from St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK: fingers crossed for 2021!


Mandira Pattnaik, India: Happy New Year / Shuvo Nabo Barsho in Bengali!


Orchid Tierney: Two kiwis surviving in Gambier, Ohio, USA: May 2021 be rich with stars and humanity.


Zainaa Hilal in New Zealand: Kia kaha!



Peter Wortsman, NYC, USA: Masked Selfie in a Forest of Books.


Phil Brady, Youngstown, Ohio, USA: ‘Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit.’ 


Aileen Hunt in Dublin, sending her greeting in Irish: Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh!


Emma Neale, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand: a Xmas tree greeting.


Mikaela Nyman, New Plymouth, Taranaki: Gott Nytt År! / Happy New Year in Swedish!


James Claffey & Maureen Foley from Santa Barbara, California, USA: Beannachtai na Nollag oraibh go leir. Ta diol agaibh go bhuil sibh go leir slainteach. / Christmas greetings to everyone. We hope you are all in good health.


Stephen Chan in London in 2020: With walking stick used while awaiting a (successful) knee operation. The masks are, of course, still used. A Happy Safe New Year to All.


Manfred Malzahn with his wife Gaby, waiting for a train at the ‘ICC/Messe Nord’ station of the metro near their home in Berlin, Germany: Sporting the black and yellow colours of Borussia Dortmund, the football club that I support, and from whose fan shop I got the black mask that bears a small ‘BVB’ logo.


Ewan McDougall, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand, in his Plague Doctor’s mask from Venice: Manuia le Kerisimasi!


Andrew Stancek, located presently in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada: ŠŤASTNÝ NOVÝ ROK (SLOVAK)!


Kit Kelen at Markwell via Bulahdelah in the State of New South Wales.


Andrew Bell, Ōtautahi Christchurch: Happy New Year from Aotearoa/New Zealand and may you have a wonderful 2021.


Mileva Anastasiadou, Athens, Greece: Καλή χρονιά! Kali hronia (in English characters) the Greek version of Happy new year!


Jacqueline Doyle, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA!


Erik Kennedy, Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand: Bliadhna mhath ùr – ‘happy new year’ in Scottish Gaelic.


Jan McCarthy, Birmingham, England, with a holiday greeting!


Happy New Year! from Kari Nguyen , New Hampshire, USA


Savarna Yang in Outram, Aotearoa New Zealand with her greeting in Mandarin.


Karuna Yang in Outram, Aotearoa New Zealand with her greeting in Italian.


Kalini Yang in Outram, Aotearoa New Zealand with her greeting, and her sheep, in French.


Holiday greeting from Sophia Wilson in Outram, Aotearoa New Zealand.


Linda Collins, in her family holiday cottage at Kakanui, South Island; New Year greeting: Gong xi fa chai! – a Singapore greeting, where Linda lived for 27 years.


Kate Rassie: A warm Happy New Year from Melbourne, Australia!


Mira Scharf, Long Beach, NY: Summer photo and holiday greeting from the pool, my refuge from the madness!


Michele Powles in Piha, Aotearoa New Zealand:
One foot before the other,
one breath, then another,
the shape of hope the shift of sand
the quiet gift of holding hands.


Steve McGinn in Newton, Mass, USA: with a tree from one of the sold-out lots!


Trish Gribben, at home in Orakei, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand (with my 25-year-old Christmas reindeers, in front of a Gretchen Albrecht painting: Let the jingle bells ring and may your 2021 have shiny bright moments dashing through your days ( *#!@***^^+++****+reindeer talk).


Charmaine Wilkerson in Rome, Italy: Tanti Auguri!
Peter Cherches, with a NYC greeting; photo credit Allan Bealy


Sandra Arnold, in Canterbury, New Zealand: Happy New Year and (in Portuguese) Feliz ano novo!


George Witt, in Annapolis, MD, USA, with a New Year’s greeting in English and Romanian: An Nou Fericit!


Les Wicks, Sydney, Australia: 2021 has to be better. Endure, enjoy…


Piet Nieuwland, about to leave for Waipoua Forest, sending his holiday hello from the North Island, Aotearoa New Zealand.


Rachel and Cristián Goméz, Wairarapa, Aotearoa New Zealand.


Steve Golden, Singapore: Happy New Year!
Eileen Merriman, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Pia Z. Ehrhardt, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Jamie Berry, USA
Annie Q. Syed, USA
Catherine McNamara, from Veneto, Italy: BUON ANNO NUOVO! 🍸
Meg Pokrass, New Year’s Greeting from the UK!
Mehreen Ahmed, Bangladesh/Australia: Wishing everyone a very happy new year in 2021!
Anita Heiss, Brisbane, Australia: Gadhaang dhalanggirr Yiradhu-galang (happy new days) from Meanjin (Brisbane)




Andrew Barker in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.


And here’s to a safe and healthy 2021 from Witi (Tāmaki Auckland) and Michelle (Ōtepoti Dunedin)!