Last evening we sat by the fire with family and friends and saw the New Year come in. We watched the rather splendid firework display on the television - it does seem as though world capitals are competing for attention with their ever more spectacular displays. It was a beautiful show and it was lovely to see the faces of the people watching, who had been standing in the cold for hours waiting for it to start. I do like the idea that London Transport were providing free travel home on the underground until something like 4.30am.
There is a little bit of me which thinks of the huge amount of money spent on such displays and wonders if the money couldn't be better spent on helping - for example - the homeless people on the London streets - but maybe I am being a killjoy.
Last evening there was quite a snowfall and my guests had to unfreeze their windscreens before starting off on the journey home, but at least the weather was seasonal. And we had a glimpse of the blue moon (only occurs when there are two full moons in one month) in its partial (very partial) eclipse. I took a photograph of it and I show you it here. Not a very good effort, but the moon, with that hazy halo, was looking her very best to see the new year in.