HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! What a wonderful year it is going to be, I am sure that there are going to be lots of new adventures to be had, friendships to be forged, illnesses to be overcome, things to be learned, work to be completed and 365 new days to be lived! The one thing that is certain is that this time next year people will once more being amazed at the speed with which the year has flown and mull over the memories and make even more New Year’s Resolutions to make it even better……..
Celebrating the new year is a tradition followed by most people with champagne or some other such form of liquid. I love to watch the celebrations from around the world, all with fireworks of some kind. We celebrate with a party as I imagine most people do and I had a thought about celebrating with every country as their new year approached so I did some research and came up with this…….Samoa and Christmas Island are the first to light the fireworks followed by New Zealand, Russia, Australia,Japan, Korea……………….and last are the outlying islands of the US namely Baker Island and Howland Island, a whole 40 time zones!!! I suppose if you live close to a time zone border you could celebrate twice by crossing over, you could cross the international date line to the east you could celebrate for another 24 hours! You might have guessed that my findings proved not impossible but even for me a 24 hour party sounded excessive,phew! so celebrations went ahead with family and friends in the usual way……food, drink, games, gifts and lots of fun.Because we have a wide range of age groups in the family it is important to make sure no one gets left out. I did notice that as we were rather raucously singing Auld Lang Syne, the teenagers were all checking cell phones and texting and twittering and What’s Apping and facetiming….how times change! And now the resolutions…..what to change? I have given up on the be more healthy, more energetic, lose weight, more tidy, punctual, kind, generous…….in favour of just being as kind as I can and attempt not to waste a second of this wonderful life that I am lucky to live!
I noticed on facebook this morning that January 2016 has 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and that it is supposedly called Chinese silver pockets full and only occurs every 823 years. I am pretty sure that I see this a lot about other years and months and so I turned to google again, sure enough it is a myth and actually occurs every year to a greater or lesser degree, 2016 has in fact 2 months, January and July, with 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, in fact the only thing not occurring this year is a month with 5 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, apparently every other
permutation exists and I have wasted at least 30 minutes checking out that fact which is indeed, correct! Full of useless information this blog!!!
The usual annual swim in the Thames which is our local beachfront, took place on New Year’s and was freezing!!!! But as usual, it raised a huge amount of money for a local children’s charity and copious amounts of mulled wine and hot chocolate soon warms one up again, all good fun!
A great last minute family get together of my brothers and sisters (minus my brother who lives in South Africa) was fabulous and fun. I try not to pass up any opportunity to get together with family and friends so when my brother and sister in law were coming from Kent, I persuaded the other outlaws and inlaws to come. The weather this December has broken records in so far as it has been so mild and it was lovely to get a walk along the seafront which although mild was very windy as you can see from the photographs. Everyone who knows me knows that my camera is never very far away and that I photograph everyone and everything that I see much to their chagrin at times………but I never ever publish an embarrassing photograph of anyone, at least almost never!!!! And the appearance of the sun throwing shadows on the beach huts prompted us all to dance and pose for photos….must run in the family!
Southend Pier is, as I always tell you, is the longest pleasure pier in the world at
1 3⁄4 miles long……there are always people walking on the pier come rain or shine, it is an ideal venue for sponsored walks, I can remember as a young teacher organising a three legged walk for charity, as I remember we did 4 lengths, phew 7 miles, it was fun though and raised money for a school charity. For those of you who know the English chef Jamie Oliver, will be interested to know that he has a television programme called Friday Night Feast which takes place in a cafe at the end of Southend Pier. He has celebrities from all genres who arrive in Southend and take the pier train down to the end and take place in the programme which include some of his buddies, some lucky diners and the special celebrity each week….this week it was Kate Hudson! The programme always highlights an important food issue and aims to do something about it…..this week is about the ‘wonky veg’ that supermarkets reject because they do not look perfect! Because they are not sold, they are used as animal feed and accounts for endless waste of labour, fuel, time and of course, food. They are going to set out to sell the wonky veg to supermarkets, that will be interesting. I love to buy my vegetables from Don Vittorio’s on Dixie because his food is fresh and wonky and tastes delicious!
My Little Free Library continues to delight and is looking beautiful each evening as the lights are switched on. I have a new book to read now thanks to a donated batch of books from a community member. Hopefully there will be a lot more around the locality if my project is successful.
And on that note…..I hope you have a great week, I know that like here, the children go back to school, a big sigh of relief for some families!!!!!