An awesome New Year’s Eve

In the past few years, we haven’t bothered much with seeing the New Year in.  We might watch something on TV until we can’t keep our eyes open anymore and console ourselves with the fact that somewhere East of us it’s already New Year before crashing into bed.

But we didn’t get away with it this time!  The Bakers from George came to spend the night, there was music, a fire, lots to eat and drink and plenty of fun.   We sat around the fire in the pit while the chickens cooked in the Weber.   It was a little chilly but the night was still and starry.

Earl, Lauren and Lisa before the Bakers arrived
Shan and Allan
Nicoline and Gogo (grandmother) Lily 
The trees were lit with fairy lights
Lisa and Allan
The fire in the dark
Robin found a comfortable place to sit!
Cheddar and Cinnamin on the prowl
Scott, Lily, Lisa and Allan
Sean and Scott
Lucy the Rottie looking for attention 
The kids Shan, Jay, Robin and Simon
Grandpa carving the chicken
A wonderful New Year’s Eve Dinner – Robin, Lily, Nicoline, Sean, Shan, Scott, Earl, Lisa
Tuck in everyone

After dinner, we had to find something to keep us from falling asleep before midnight!  The TV helped entertain some with a count down to 2020 programme.  The kids entertained themselves outdoors and the rest of us played ‘Sevens’ around the table.   It was great fun as we used two packs of cards which did not help with strategising!   Lauren was the overall winner but I was delighted to win at least one game!

sevens.jpgWe watched the countdown on television, popped open a bottle of champagne, wished each other and then chatted a while before going to bed.   The Bakers stayed over and to make space Jay, Simon, Shannon and Robin camped in the valley.   The boys slept under the stars on a mattress in the bakkie (pick-up) and the girls took the tent.    It was a cool evening but the hot, early morning sun woke them early and they were back at the house swimming in the pool before 08:00!

After enjoying coffee and a chat on the patio, the Bakers packed up and headed back to George just after nine.

2020 has certainly made an excellent start!


Published by puppy1952

I am making the most of the South African Lifestyle and hope with my blog to share some of the adventures my husband and I are having in our retirement. We live at the Southern Tip of Africa in the small coastal town of Struisbaai. Earl and I have a Gecko off-road caravan and we travel around South Africa frequently. We are bird and wild life enthusiasts so are often in game reserves.

3 thoughts on “An awesome New Year’s Eve

  1. That’s wonderful 🙂 I’m glad you had a good time right up to midnight. Last night was the first time I can recall contemplating sleeping before midnight on NYE. I was asleep before 12:30! Happy New Year!

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