Sunday, January 01, 2012

On the Eighth Day of Christmas Memories: New Year's Eve

Overall I would say I have not found New Year's Eve to all that it is cracked up to be! The most memorable of all was seeing in the year 2000. We spent the evening through to the early hours of the Morning with our closest friends in Southport. There were four couples in all and quite a few of our children to see in that special year. Because of the intimacies of the friendships the evening became a joyous event of laughter and food and of course champagne. A few minutes before the magic hour we turned on the television to see the Queen in the Millennium Dome in a great traditional circle singing Auld Lang Syne and looking mightily uncomfortable, too. How much luckier we were in a favourite home with our favourite people and no wish to be anywhere else in the world. Our friends lived in a very big old house overlooking the sea and soon after mid-night we went outside to light up the sky with some fireworks. None of us were exactly sober, but we were very funny -- especially The Man who managed to set off a firework and blow up some bushes -- but no harm was done and he will be forever teased his 'prowess'!

The Man and I have had our share of going out to a restaurant and paying an enormous amount of money -- finding ourselves squeezed into tables that have been squeezed together to take more and more people -- so the quality of the food is often disappointing and the party atmosphere is hindered by the discomfort everyone is feeling. One year we went to a restaurant that was booked up -- but not over-crowded and had a brilliant meal. Around 11.00 the band began to play and we were all dancing away quite happily. At mid-night a Conga started to wend its way through the place, when suddenly the band stopped playing -- for good. The owner of the restaurant was on the verge of bankruptcy and when he tried to pay the leader of the band with a check instead of the promised cash -- well -- the show did not go on!!! So the owner opened up the bar and it was drinks on the house for the rest of the night. The last night the place ever opened -- which was too bad because it was a good place to eat and we had enjoyed several fabulous meals there.

Most years, however, have been spent at home, in front of the box watching Jools Holland's Hootenanny. Last year we discovered to our dismay that this extravaganza is recorded several days before New Year's Eve and they pretend it's being aired 'live'! What a scandal!!! For a few years now we have spent the evening with very close friends in Gargrave, Yorkshire and last night for a change they came  here. So on that note, and since this post has itself been 'pre-recorded' I will wish you all a very Happy and Blessed New Year!


  1. And a happy and prosperous New Year to you. I hope everyone has a great 2012.

  2. G'day Broad. Great post. I think my most memorable New Year's Eve was also saying goodbye to 1999 and seeing the year 2000 in. Hubby and I went down to the beach and saw the last sunset of 1999 dissapear over the horizon and then came home and watched the firework displays from some of the major cities in Australia, that were shown on the television. I don't think we have had a better night. Take care. Liz...

  3. Best wishes to you and your family for 2012.

    We are also fans of the Hootennany and although it was a shock when we found out it was pre-recorded the music and atmosphere is still pretty good.

    Hope you had a good evening with your friends.

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  5. P.S. I am really enjoying this interesting series of posts.

    I must check my grammar and spellings - hence the previously deleted comment!

  6. We went to friends for New, drink,music...and the national anthem on the box at midnight followed by fireworks all around...made me think of Messines Ridge!
    In France we used to go to thrashes organised by friends who would hire the village hall...and they were fun too....marathon oyster opening sessions.
    Best wishes for 2012.

  7. Another great post in a splendid series, Broad. I've never celebrated New Year's Eve anywhere but at home (ours or with family) in my whole 65 years. My late father-in-law was a Scot, so Hogmanay was very important to him and he made the most of it, which means we have some very happy memories. This time we were with my mother-in law and DS and his family and played charades for most of the evening. :-)

    A very happy New Year to you and The Man.


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