When I look at the photos that bring me joy I am reminded that my happy place is anywhere I can sleep beneath the stars, being amongst like minded people, probably with an element of jeopardy to keep me on my toes - and to live simply and honestly. 

I am so glad I have been able to live the life I have so far - especially to have been able to do so before having children as since having them I would not opt to travel voluntarily to anywhere dangerous now. 

My time spent reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq will remain with me for the rest of my life.  Whatever one's thoughts on the political wisdom and the moral justifications of war - one can reserve pride in and respect for our military.  The men and women I met during my time covering both conflicts appeared honourable, humble and brave in the extreme. 

For a journalist in that position, working to deadlines and having every skill learned tested beyond measure is professionally very fulfilling. 

The fact that I was able to work with the most incredible team too - we worked with a wonderful symbiosis and confidence together and as anyone who works with a great team will know the energy leads to an collaborative excellence which cannot be achieved alone. 

I thank my cameraman Nick Woolley for taking as many photos as he did and for the opportunity to reproduce here.  They are precious indeed.