48 minutes ago
Saturday, 31 December 2011
2012 is just about here, where has this last year gone ... was only a week ago I was rushing around to go away for Christmas and now it is almost gone and forgotten already. I had a great time with the daughter and her husband and grandkids .. weather was just glorious ... and I guess we ate to much it always seemed to be meal time, but that is what you get with children ... seems they have to eat regularly, amazing how you get out of the habit when there is only you and you can please yourself.
We had the Traditional Christmas Dinner for Ben as requested we had to have it in the evening as the kitchen at the campgrounds was full up by 9am with people organising their Christmas lunch. So we decided evening would be good and not so much hassle as it would have quietened down by then.
But we did the whole 9 yards, candles, crackers, and all the trimmings, both boys seemed to enjoy it, I know we adults did.
On the way to the Caravan around 6pm I stopped off at Bethlehem, ( no not the Israel one ) this one is outside of Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty, they have built a lovely shopping mall there all outside so you do not feel as though you are trapped with the shops, an advert caught my eye for a " Night before Christmas Concert and celebration" so I stayed around and at 7.30pm it started it was put on by combined Churches it told the original story of Christmas and had music Christmas songs and Carols telling the original Christmas story, there must have been 1000 people there, it was all finished off by a firework display ... it was a great start to my Christmas, as the real meaning sometimes get lost in the celebrations.
So now it is New Year 2012 I am sort of pleased to see it, this year has had a few ups and downs but things will be different starting tomorrow a clean slate as they say.
So I wish you all a prosperous and Happy New Year