Goodbye 2002

Happy New Year!
We brought the new year in at Small and Kent’s place, playing a large and entertaining game of poker over bowls of cashews and slabs of pizza. I played dismally (yet cheerfully) but fortunately after a slow start Big-P’s luck changed and we came home up 60 cents. Obviously we are in for a good year! As our nominated clock ticked down to midnight we stood in the backyard and toasted each other with glasses of champagne, looked up at the stars and listened to other distant parties over back fences counting down to 12 shortly before or shortly after us. All around us the streets and parks of Brunswick and Coburg were filled with folks setting off an incredible array of illegal and massively noisy fireworks. From our back yard view we would catch a glimpse of an occasional splash of colour but it was nice enough just standing there and enjoying the cold after days of heat, and appreciating the fact that the babies were still sleeping through all the noisy festivities.

After Special-K cleaned up the table with a night long string of good luck we hit the road for the long trip back to the ‘burbs. Driving through Fitzroy was a little like playing a crazed game of Frogger as cars meandered dangerously across lanes and pedestrians staggered out of various drinking holes ready to launch themselves into the road in front of us. Back out here in our dark and sleeping burgh all was quiet – not a party in sight. We got to bed at 3am and Amelia J woke at 6.30… naps all round today I think.

Here’s to a wonderful and peaceful 2003.

Mr Howard’s holiday: “Mr Howard will attend the Sydney Test, relax with family and read books including Bob Woodward’s Bush at War and Rudy Giuliani’s Leadership.”

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18 Responses

  1. says:

    Hoppy New Year, Claire! And best wishes for a year un-perturbed by heads-of-state (borderless or otherwise).

  2. Happy New Year!I wish you Claire and family prosperity and exhilarations for 2003

  3. Happy New Year! I went out to the pub Saturday night instead of tonight.I really shouldn’t have then either. I’ve just got too much to do and too little time.
    Anyhow, all the best from the freezing cold northern hemisphere.

  4. says:

    It feels weird to read all of that since New Year is only in two hours here in Canada 😉
    Happy New Year !

  5. Happy New Year! Sounds like lots of fun.

  6. Happy New Year Claire!

  7. Happy New Year! Wishing you lots of good naps the year round. 🙂

  8. a very happy new year to you, big p, and adorable little Amelia!

  9. Happy New Year, Claire and Big P and Amelia! Sounds like you had a wonderful end and beginning on New Year’s Eve and I hope that 2003 is an absolutely amazing year for you all! 😀

  10. I’m glad to hear you had a good new year. Ours involved slightly less poker and champagne and more cold and fireworks (I think your new year celebrations were better).
    Happy new year!

  11. says:

    Felíz Año Nuevo!!!!Que este nuevo año traiga mucha felicidad para tí y tu familia y que tu estrella interior siga brillando e iluminando tu vida…

    Saludos desde Chile!

  12. Great site there. Glad I surfed in…happy new year and many happy returns of the day to you.

  13. I’m a bit late, but Happy New Year! How lucky you are to be able to celebrate it in the middle of summer!

  14. Quite a poker face you have my dear.

  15. Quite a poker face you have my dear.

  16. Have yourself the most blessed, wonderful year ahead Claire.
    Lots of love to Am J and Big P. 🙂

  17. says:

    I just came upon your site and wow, you are super talented. Really love your work. Do you do all that drawing with a computer? Very kewl.