Last night, just after finishing the New Year meme, we went off to see Angela, Andrew and Ben, who offered a spread of snacks, dips, wines and champagne as we talked our way to the New Year. Just on midnight, we saw the locals launching masses of fireworks, a remarkable display that didn't cost us a bean. We got home late, and then stayed up later as we called natesmountain to wish her a happy new year, for we have now formed a tradition...but don't count on it every year! Then to bed, to sleep, perchance to dream. A reasonably early start this morning. We went off to lunch at Betty's, smoked salmon, vol-au-vents, ham, cheese,prawns, chips, mini quiches, toast fingers, tomatoes, pringles, Christmas pudding, conversation...and then after the boys had gone home, Viv and I went for a walk, but the dull afternoon weather didn't make for an inspirational walk. I've just about got everything sorted out for my disturbingly early start tomorrow, the first day at work: the boys don't go back till Wednesday (or, in one case, next week) and Viv will have a house to herself soon.