Here's to 2017!

Happy New Year!

Sunset on the last day of 2016.

Sunset on the last day of 2016.

I did not make it to midnight. Nor did I try, or ever intend to try. 2017 was going to start regardless, and I was more than happy to sleep as that happened.

I did think I might end up watching the sunrise, and it was a close-run thing, but Amelie, the little angel, managed to put herself back to sleep after some early morning stirring. I would like to take that as an indication of how 2017 might be...unexpectedly smooth sailing, perhaps? I can only hope!

Were you in? Or out? Big night or quiet one? Ours wasn't completely bereft of celebration. Our best friends are up at Juddface Estate with us, so we had some champagne and platter action, as is our unofficial tradition. It was, of course, also our anniversary, and we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Brick Bay Winery, near Matakana. The back route from our house to Matakana is one of the most spectacular drives, and has the added bonus of avoiding the crazy New Year traffic. All around, a highly enjoyable day.

Ending 2016 as we always do.

Ending 2016 as we always do.

It's now about 12 hours into 2017. I'm sitting in the sun, listening to the cicadas, relaxing on the deck of our little country house. At some stage H1 and I will talk about our plans for the year, our hopes, our dreams, how we're going to handle things like my return to university and work...but for now, I am more than happy to just be.

Enjoying Brick Bay...well, two of us are, anyway. Amelie was getting a little over it!

Enjoying Brick Bay...well, two of us are, anyway. Amelie was getting a little over it!

Yay for 2017! May it bring you everything you want. What are your plans for the year – and have you made any resolutions?