Early New Years Eve...

New Years Eve is always tough for us. By nature (preference) we are not raging night owls, who are willing / wanting to kick on to the wee small hours. That sentiment helps us look after the animals on our property who don't like noise, explosions, flares etc. And I think we righty feel a responsibility to tend to them.

However do we like a life away from domestic responsibilities, so an arrangement was made to meet up with our friends Chris and Julie Mason in Mt Martha for some pre-dinner drinks and snacks to celebrate our friendship and to toast the year ahead.

A loose timetable of 3.30PM to 6PM was assigned to the transaction. As an ominous sign, we were 5 minutes early…. Just to be sociable, I bought along two bottles of wine, and as a decent card player, Chris saw me my two and raised me another! We also bought smallgoods, cheese and biscuits and in turn they were trumped by Julie with gourmet pies, sautéed chorizo and crudite.

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The host and hostess - 2014

After many tall tales, some almost believable stories and laughs it was about 8.30PM. Robin keenly sensed that perhaps afternoon tea was almost over (!) and decided we should leave, much to the chagrin of our hosts. I suspect they had BBQ duck and lobster ready if we had stayed…

Although I put up a modest fight, it probably was time to go home while I could still find the driveway… But what a great afternoon snack! Many, many thanks to the Masons for being such gracious hosts and wonderful friends.

Bye for now, BomberBoy