Well we are already 9 days into the New Year, but I thought I would share my New Year's Eve party pictures with you. It is only the second time in my life that I haven't been in the UK for New Year – the first was way back in 1975/76 when I was a dancer on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.
Being a musician, Chris is always working at New Year so if I'm not at work at QVC, I am often 'home alone'. This year, with Chris's blessing, we decided to do something a bit different and headed off to Spain. The four of us; Daniel, Sophie, our friend Natalie and I went to a restaurant with music and dancing for the evening, and really got into the spirit with our various headwear adornments!
A little later we persuaded my daughter Sophie to get up and sing and, even though I am her Mum, I can honestly say she did a cracking rendition of 'Valerie'. The audience wanted more, but it's always best to quit while you are ahead!!
After almost choking on the Spanish tradition of eating a grape for each of the twelve bongs, I only managed six by the way, we went down to the beach and released our balloons with a wish for the year ahead. It was about 2am when Dan and I got home, but the girls stayed out 'clubbing' until 6 am… what it is to be young!
We had a lovely few days in Spain enjoying the sunshine during the day and then coming indoors to light the log fire and put the Christmas tree lights on. I had managed to keep the tree as a surprise for the children and you should have seen their faces when they walked in. It faired a lot better than our 'real' tree at home which Chris had to take down while we were away as it was drooping so badly.
I don't like taking the decorations down because the house always looks so bare, but this year Daniel and Sophie did it for me and actually I quite liked the feeling of being 'back to normal' if you know what I mean?
Yesterday was Sophie's 24th birthday which we celebrated quietly as she had had a night out on the Saturday, but tonight, as a birthday treat, we are going to the theatre to see 'Shrek the Musical'… I'll let you know about it on my next blog.
Much love, Julia x