Well, we’re the first time zone to say goodbye to 2009 but I guess technically the sunset earlier for the people on the East Coast and even earlier for the people out on Chatham and Pitt Islands, but I claim poetic license for my title. OK?
We have a pretty quiet time, not being big party animals, and we did even (accidentally) see in the New Year – more because we hadn’t yet gone to bed, than because we specifically still planned to be up at midnight!!!
Earlier in the evening we spent some time with PB’s Mum and had take-aways for tea. (She has big day of eating planned for us today, so no-one much wanted to cook last night.) We realized it was time to educate our readers about the traditional Kiwi take-away of ‘fish and chips.’ The Brits amongst you will be familiar with this concept – but I think it is a foreign one to the American part of the world. So, as a picture says a 1000 words, here are our fish & chips!
Fish & Chips - traditionally wrapped in newspaper
Cover them with tomato sauce (similar to ketchup.)
Fish, chips and a potato fritter
We also showed out colonial heritage by watching a bit of the ‘Royal Variety Performance’ with PB’s Mum, before heading off to another hangout.
On the way through town we were treated to an amazing glowing orb as the sun set – PB tried to get photos and we zoomed down to the beach, but it was almost gone by the time we got there.
New Year's Eve sunset
Last 2009 sunset
We hung out with some folk from church and ate delicious desserts and played a crazy game called ‘Man Bites Dog.’ There had been plans for a bonfire on the beach and fireworks, but the weather was a bit dicey, so our hosts settled on indoor games.
As we were leaving we got a great view of the ‘Blue Moon’ to end our year with. Although 2009 has had a few good moments, on average we are hoping and praying that 2010 will be a year to remember for some great reasons instead of the not so great ones of 2009!!!