31st December 2021 by emmadurnford

31st December 2021

1 year, 271 days since the start of the 1st lock down in March 2020.

The last day of 2021. For the last two years - 2019 and 2020 I have been hoping for the next year to be a big improvement but for obvious reasons that never happened. Here’s to their time lucky for that wish!

In the morning we drove over to the coast and enjoyed a circular walk, somewhat muddy through fields to the cliff tops. It was ‘fresh’ but so good to get the sea air forced into our lungs. As it was heading towards lunchtime we went back home again and I attempted to put together my mango and lime pavlova for this evenings dessert. Unfortunately as I had not been able to get whipping cream, the double cream I had thought would whip up well, did not hold and the filling was rather sloppy - still it tasted OK.

In the evening I cooked our three course New Years Eve dinner. We started with mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto with balsamic vinegar. Main course was a side of salmon with prawns, new potatoes and broccoli spears and dessert was my sloppy pavlova which still seemed to go down well despite the fact it was poured rather than sliced. The high point of the evening had to be the balloon crackers that I had bought in hope of last Christmas but thanks to Boris Johnson, they have lived in our loft for the past year. They were brilliant although I think the chaps rather gave up early and left myself, Mum and Hester struggling to create a unicorn! Mum and Hester clearly excelled.

We drank a couple of bottles of Prosecco over dinner so could not manage another bottle at the strike of 12.00. We headed down to the Prom in the cold at 11.50pm and counted down using Colin’s astronomical clock on his phone. There were a lot of fireworks on the horizon, over Newlyn and the Lizard. We shouted Happy New Year to passers by and watched the waves of high tide crash over the railings.

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