There are many times that remind me why I love living in Edinburgh, and New Years Day was one of them. While trying to get over my hangover I read about Your Lucky Day as part of the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebration, and thought it might be something cool to do in order to sort out my head!
We started at the National Museum of Scotland to collect our lucky dice, the idea is you roll them, the number you got relates to a card which has a location on it, all in the Old Town. You get to the location, enjoy whatever there was on offer (they were all surprises) and then roll again!
During our 3 hour mystery tour round the old town, we ended up at Greyfriars Kirk for a Ceilidh, St Giles Cathedral for a performance by two singers, an exhibition at the City Art Centre, a band playing at The Tron, Old St Pauls Church on Jeffery Street, The Storytelling Centre and finally a Rockabilly Hoe-Down at the Roxy. We also visited Lady Luck – The Cult of Fortuna at the museum, hopefully bringing us luck in 2013!
The finale of the event was a Street Spectacular called ‘Big Bang’ by the Plasticien Volants on Buccleuch Place. The street was closed off and hundreds of people turned out for this display. Lights, music and large inflatables entertained the crowds for 45 minutes. What a great way to welcome in the new year!
Sadly we did miss one or two spots due to time, but it was a great afternoon out visiting places on our doorstep that we have never been to!
Happy New Year!! I had a lovely evening here in Edinburgh bringing in the new year with some good friends, over tons of lovely food and the odd glass of vino. We managed to leave the warmth of our flat and walk across to Inverleith Park to see the fireworks at Edinburgh Castle, which were fantastic; they looked like planets and flowers, the best I have seen in years. The bonus was as well the foggy,misty rain had cleared and it was a beautiful clear night though with a strong wind!
We all must be getting old, I remember the time when we would have all been up on Princes Street amongst it all! It was then back home for a wee dram to warm us up!
Today the partying will be continuing with a spot of First Footing, which is an old tradition whereby the first people into a home in the new year should bring some gifts with them to symbolise wealth, food, flavour, warmth and good cheer. In ye olde days this would have been a silver, cake, salt, coal and whisky. For modern times there will have to be an alternative. So I have come up with….
Wealth: just going to stick with a coin for this one… might be a foreign one though!
Food: Clementine and Prosecco Jelly and an Apple, Amaretto and Physalis Frangipane
Flavour: Paprika, a little random but we have an excess from when we were in Hungary!
Warmth: My Personality – cheesy I know
Good Cheer: Wine – a box off
Every year a crowd of us get together on New Years Day to have have food, drinks and get up to much merriment, and we take it in turns to host. Its not us this year! So we are loading up the car with our spare chairs and heading down the road to our friends flat – I am so glad I am off work on Monday, I think I’ll need another holiday after this festive season!
Normally I don’t bother with resolutions, partially because I am too lazy to keep them, or too disorganised really. But this year I have decided I should set a few, if nothing else to make me do something, and posting them here means they are out in public, so… I really have to do them in order to save face!
So here they are…
Get fit – I have been talking about this for years, but 2012 is the year! And what greater inspiration than having the Olympics in the UK this year…..maybe
Use my sewing machine – I got one last Christmas, it is still in its box. I was going make curtains for our flat, but with 15 feet drops, I think I’ll start with something small…maybe a cushion
Buy (and use) an old Polaroid Camera – No idea why, have just always fancied one.
Do cool stuff – Ok so this one is really quite generic, but if its cool, well I’ll be doing it (within reason of course!)
Read More – I used to read all the time, I don’t seem to have the time to do that anymore, so I will dedicate more time to reading, maybe a book a month or something.
Visit my friends and family around the country. So watch out… I’m coming to stay!!!
I think that’s enough for one year!
Have a great New Years Eve – see you on the other side!!