Thursday 31 December

New Year’s Eve. I never imagined when I started writing this blog in March that I would still be writing at the end of the year. Still in lockdown, nominally Tier 4, but in effect, total lockdown. No parties, no celebrations, does it matter? I guess the New Year’s resolution is to survive and pick up the threads of normal life, whatever that may be, as soon as possible.

I went for a walk in Knole Park this morning. It was bitterly cold, below freezing, but also sunny. The deer were out and about, including the white stags which are very pretty.

The park is massive, and although there were many people out for a stroll, it never seems overcrowded. Many do now seem to have discovered the great outdoors, good to see.

We found a rather isolated group of trees and sat in the sunshine to have our coffee.

This afternoon I had a Zoom call with the friends I spent last New Year with, now in all different parts of the country, one indeed in Sweden. It was fun to catch up and see Christmas trees and candles and decorations, but in some ways sad, in that however earnest the promises are to meet and catch up in 2021, it all seems a shade pie in the sky right at this moment of speaking.

In Germany the 31 December is known as Sylvester, and I have only just discovered why. With the reform of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, the last day of the year was created on 31 December, the feast day of St Sylvester, a 4th century Roman saint. So both celebrations were combined. In many European countries it is customary to stand on a chair just before midnight and then leap off it into the New Year. Makes Auld Lang Syne and first footing look a bit tame. The other obligatory part of Sylvester, in Germany, is to watch Dinner for One. It is in English, and I first saw it when on a visit, and the locals were appalled and amazed that I had never seen it before, but I imagine that few English people would find it familiar. So I commend it to you, and when you get to the end, shout out “Same procedure as last year m’lady!”

Thank you for sticking with me for so long, please give me feedback, I have over 100 comments now and yesterday 97 views, truly amazing. All the very best for 2021, see you next year!

2 thoughts on “Thursday 31 December

  1. What excellent news that your blog is so popular! We can certainly understand why, and send you our thanks, and congratulations, and warmest wishes for a 2021 that is better for all of us!


  2. Thank you so much for being such loyal blog followers, Anne and Fraser. I really appreciate your feedback. Let’s hope we can all meet up this year. Jenny xxx


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