|nephew, me, cousin, niece, dad, brother, sister-in-law, auntie |
in the garden at Monte
|tucking in to turkey and beef, yum|
The few days between Christmas and New Year were spent eating, drinking, playing music and going to bed a bit earlier than normal, for reasons I will disclose further down the page.
Farewell 2011 !
The old year went out with a bang - both pyrotechnical and booze-induced.
The Funchal New Year's Fireworks Display, (second largest in the world), mesmerised all who saw it - even those like me who have seen it countless times. Never fails to impress.
Twelve minutes it took to turn night into day and to blow 1 million euros of taxpayers money in the process. No one gave a hoot at hootenanny about the present economic climate. Well worth it, was the general consensus.
Austerity? What for? If the Mayans are right we may as well spend every last penny while we can!
The picture below could never hope to portray the event in all it's glory, but gives an idea. A camera that captures 360 degrees of night sky needs to be invented first.
Maybe it has already. Please let me know.
|just a tiny sample of a huge spectacle|
My 14 year old son Mattie arrived from London on the 26th December (hence my earlier to bed than usual nights) and stayed with me for 9 days. It was wonderful having him here but terribly sad to see him leave today :( See you soon sunshine, can't wait to see you again x
|My beautiful boy with my beautiful cousin Lisandra on |
New Year's Eve at Vila Da Rocha