Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Happy New Year!

Another belated report.
New Year's Eve was a quiet one for us.
We watched the 9pm Sydney fireworks on television after dinner and then went to bed. We would have to watch the giant midnight display next day on replay.
Everyone in the valley must have done the same. No parties, no celebrations.
It had started raining around 6pm and continued on. Maybe that had put a damper on every one's evening.
I was awake briefly at exactly midnight but there was not a sound. I still wonder what woke me.
Ulladulla put on its usual NYE show, closing off the main street and providing entertainment, a carnival and early fireworks over the harbour.
So it's welcome to 2015!

And the main event for us this year?
This will undoubtedly be the daughter's marriage to Nick in Bali, Indonesia in June.
She has completed most of the arrangements and all we need to do is organize our flights and any additional travel, not to mention the FOTB speech.
The co driver and I, the mother and Nick's parents will spend five days with the happy couple on the island in a lovely villa near the village of Sesah right on a black volcanic sand beach among the rice paddies.
Seminyak is close by and hosts most of Bali's luxury restaurants, shopping and day spas.
Ubud (made famous by Julia Roberts in 'Eat Pray Love') is only a short distance away and is famous for its arts and crafts scene. It's also the spiritual center for a lot of the yoga and health retreats.
The civil ceremony will take place by the pool in the huge tropical garden that surrounds the house.

We are sure it will be a wonderful intimate affair and are already very excited about it all.
That will probably be our only overseas trip for the year.
But, for now, it's back to enjoying the remaining two months of summer and getting ready for vintage.
A happy and prosperous new year to all my readers.

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