It has now come to an end, but what a fantastic conference it has been. I have learnt so much about peoples work and met some really wonderful people and made valuable connections with them. I also had the opportunity to speak myself about the orchid project which had some incredible feedback about how brilliant the project is but also about how I spoke at such a young age! The picture shows myself along with Gerrit Van Ede to the left who I must say a massive thank you to for organising such a successful conference and on my right I had the privilege to meet Professor Rapee who is 93 years old and has been working with orchids most of his life and gave an inspirational talk. I also need to say a massive thank you to the people who got me to South Africa in the first place and this is to Cheltenham and District Orchid Society, Bournemouth Orchid Society, The Sperring Trust, all the wonderful people who donating at my fathers funeral and of course to Simon Pugh-Jones and the Writhlington Orchid Project..thank you so much for this opportunity! Now I have travelled down the George, a small city on the Southern Coast of South Africa and so far I have seen stunning mountains on one side and fantastic coastline on the other…will keep you informed!