It's been a quiet start to the New Year.
New Year's Eve was spent on a coffee crawl catching up on the papers and not yet written Christmas cards followed by a slink down to the beach to watch the last sunset of the year.
For the very first time I tried a very strange and popular concoction often to be found in the paleo /hipster hang outs - Turmeric latte which is a coffee substitute made with almond or coconut milk, turmeric and an assortment of spices.
There were lots of folks down at the beach and it was spooky to be within earshot of a party playing David Bowie as a soundtrack to the end of the year.
I spent most of the day at the Dursleys before slinking off to the annual ritual of a local fireworks display by the river which is always held on the evening of 1st January rather than the expected 31st December. I missed it the last two years one due to laziness and the other due to being in Amsterdam.
Their budget must have been cut because the show lasted only 10 minutes as opposed to the usual 20 that it has been for at least the last 10 times that I have attended.
New Year's celebrations in the rest of the world have not been so quiet and peaceful. It was like the Orlando night club all over again in Turkey.
The week of amazingly gorgeous and mild weather is now over. It's forecast to be a sizzling 38 for two days in a row as of tomorrow. So the serpent will have to slink about just after sunrise watering the weeds and putting up umbrellas to keep them shaded.