For some in Scotland today is the big party day, with neighbours operating an open door policy…..the door staying open until the wee early hours of the next day. We kicked the new year off early yesterday with a late afternoon meal out for 2 before the stramash of madness kicked in that is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.
Walking against the flow of the inward bound city revellers, we could taste the excitement in the air. Back home the dark had crept in whilst we emptied our messages, the boys still not home from the cinema….we cracked a bottle of fizz and got ourselves setup in the kitchen. The hourly count down started at 6pm lighting the skies with a flurry of colour. We are lucky that in if you turn your head 88 degrees and stand on your tippy toes we are able to see some of the castle way way in the distance.
A smoked, haddock risotto was the plan followed by a crumble….it ended up being a sea wolf risotto. Having had a doh moment when Iunwrapped the paper to find that I’d taken the wrong block out the freezer. My excuse being that the paper had stained yellow! The good news is that I now have some smoked haddock to look forward to in the freezer.
Our eldest sensing there were better things to be doing willed his phone to ring at our weakest point, we’d had dinner and a 2nd round of Cluedo was going to be too much for the boy. Despite the promise of MarioKart for 4 on the switch, he disappeared for a couple of hours whilst we washed up, channel surfed and entertained the youngest whilst he put me in my place time and time again despite switching cars, wheels, characters and race tracks.
The minutes tick by and the boy returns closer to 12 rather than the agreed 10, he’s kept in touch which is the main thing. The fireworks last for 8 minutes and by 12:10 give or take a minute we hit the hay.
8am came around fast and there is a calm about the place, I don’t hear any street noise, coffee in bed and the sun rising above the chimney tops hitting the crags with a majestic force that says this day is mine. There isn’t a cloud to be seen.
I’d started the post with a view to giving some advice mainly to myself around the plan of attack for the year and ended up with a match report of the last 12 hours or so. I am going to write that advice post…..but to start, remember the moments are passing by, enjoy today. Work will be there first thing in the morning…..and it’s going to be a tough 6 months by all accounts.
Happy New Year Folks