Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

I’m writing this blog in bed next to a sleeping Debbie just gone 11am on January 1st 2016 after a very successful New Year’s Eve celebration.  It’s the first I can remember since leaving my parent’s home 38 years ago where I haven’t woken up with a hangover and probably was the most enjoyable!

We had a great night last night, Alex and Emily arrived just before 8pm in their rented Corsa and we proceeded to unwrapping theirs/ours belated Christmas presents as soon as they had unloaded and settled into the guest bedroom…

Debbie did us proud food-wise with a starter of prawn voluvents followed by us all watching Michael Mcintyre’s “Happy and Glorious” on bluray.

After a good laugh at his antics, especially the story about shoppers in Waitrose, we sat down for a helping of nachos with melted cheese, sour cream and habaneros (which I found rather hotter than I’d remembered) and then played a great game on Emily’s iPhone which you stuck to your forehead and then tried to guess from the others the  name of the famous person, song etc. James gobsmacked me with a virtuoso performance of general knowledge too!

About 11.40pm we then sat down to watch Jools Holland’s “Hootenanny” with guest stars Tom Jones and Paul Weller, both looking a lot older than I’d expected but singing really well. Debbie, James and I celebrated the new year in with a sip of lemonade, a quick outside go of my telescope attempting (and failing) to view the half moon, while Alex and Emily polished off the remains of their Prosecco!  Emma phoned too from Snow’s which was great, she’s had a tough year but has worked so hard at her PGCE and we’re all very proud of her.

Eventually the smell wafting in from the kitchen of chilli, rice, sour cream, dressed salad proved too much and we all sat down again for the third and final course.  Hamish, as is usual when surrounded by food was barking a lot so in the end James put him upstairs in his bedroom to quiet down, fortunately there weren’t too many fireworks close by so he did settle.

2.30am saw the youngsters retire to their beds, while I helped Debbie as best as she would let me clear up the kitchen.  I think we got to bed around 4am eventually,which has to be a record for us!

I think everyone is still sleeping or at the very least tired so with this parting thought “Happy New Year to everyone – I wonder what 2016 will bring”? 😀

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

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