Happy New Year…Sydney!

Sydney wishes you a Happy New Year!

On the count of midnight,  Sydney became an exploding supernova as a firework extravaganza illuminated the night sky and the deep, still waters of Sydney Harbour showering such colour.

To read about our incredibly exciting NYE, check back to my previous post: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/sydney-fireworks-a-prelude-to-midnight/


Midnight was pretty low key here. With 15 minutes to go, we woke up the kids to join us for the countdown. The countdown being as much for the midnight fireworks as the New Year.

As you could imagine, even sitting watching the fireworks at home, I couldn’t resist getting out my camera and photographing the fireworks like a photographer on assignment.

I wasn’t disappointed. Indeed, I was amazed. Not bad!


The incredible beauty of fireworks… peering right inside the flares.

Just in case you’ve never seen Sydney’s NYE fireworks, the finale usually involves a cascade of “melted cheese” over the edge of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Even though we’ve seen it all before, we hang on for that incredibly intense, stunning moment when the entire Bridge erupts. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and so full of superlatives that words can’t do it justice. You simply need to feast with your eyes and feel yourself come to life.


With all the excitement of the fireworks and just being at home with the kids and of course the dogs (Lady still panting heavily with renewed terror as more fireworks went off at midnight), we forgot all about singing Auld Lang Syne…an Australian NYE tradition harking back to the UK.


So perhaps we could sing it together. It’s also better singing it with the words in front of us. I usually mutter and mumble my way through:

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o’ lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

Robert Burns



Just as we forgot Auld Lang Syne, New Year’s resolutions also passed us by. I think the list is looking so long that it it could simply be summed up by four simple letters…HELP!

I suspect no fairy Godmother is going to tap me three times on the head while I’m asleep tonight and give me a clean slate. Then again, I must’ve learned something about life so far and do I really want to start again from scratch? I don’t think so.

Maybe, I just need to have a bit of faith!


The Kids Watching the Fireworks.

So, we wish you a very Happy New Year and if this time of year is difficult, you’re in my prayers and I’ll keep you close. All that exuberant joy, can either give you a lift or more than likely, amplify your grief. Take care!

Meanwhile on a global level, I pray for peace. “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me”. Not giving to terrorism or violence but through somehow reaching a global acceptance of our humanity and all that unites us. In the words of Lennon: “You might say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one!”

I also pray for our planet. That humanity will wake up to the warning signs of global warming and general exploitation of our beautiful blue planet. You can’t keep taking and taking before she starts to fall apart.

Anyway, while I’m getting all deep, I’m having a glass of Moscato, a Scotty Dog shortbread biscuit and a Lindt chocolate while sort of watching a real 80s throw back: “You Can’t Stop the Music”, featuring the Village People. It is so retro. I even saw a cassette tape.

Meanwhile, I’m not sure where Lady is hiding. She finally calmed down from the fireworks but after being in my face all night, she’s conspicuously absent and I suspect she’s snuck her way in somewhere. Lady is definitely looking like a liability…

So, wishing you and yours a Happy New Year and I look forward to reading about NYE around the world.

Love & best wishes,





24 thoughts on “Happy New Year…Sydney!

  1. roweeee Post author

    Thanks very much, Kat. You too. I was amazed at how well the photos turned out. Better than live. Happy Birthday! xx Rowena

  2. abyssbrain

    Happ New Year. Greetings from Hong Kong.

    Fireworks displays in Sydney are always impressive. I saw it on the news earlier.

  3. roweeee Post author

    Thanks very much, Derrick. You’re very alert today. I’m usually pretty good at spotting shadows. You’ve probably seen the shadows of Miss dancing at the beach. I often take photos of a scene including my shadow as well. Selfies aren’t easy with my SLR camera.

  4. roweeee Post author

    Thank you very much and Greetings back from Sydney. I have been trying to watch Midnight around the world on TV but coverage of the fire in Dubai has dominated. Take care and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog xx Rowena

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  6. roweeee Post author

    Hi Trent,
    Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. A few messages slipped through the radar. I can tell you that it wasn’t due to too much Christmas cheer but an anxiety little black dog could well explain it. ed the fireworks.
    Hope you had a fabulous NYE and a wonderful year ahead. We’re now busy renovating our son’s bedroom while he’s away. It currently looks like a young kid learning to shave with patches of plaster dotting the old paint. It’s a standard sized room but a huge project. Need to get him sorted out for a great start to high school.
    Will catch you for coffee tomorrow xx Rowena

  7. trentpmcd

    All night Thursday into Friday we had a dog barking every time she thought she heard a noise. With a party down the road and a lot of fireworks, that was a lot of woofing, so I understand the anxiety of a little black dog (ours is white)!
    Glad your NY and NYE went well. I guess now is a great time for renovation.

  8. roweeee Post author

    My empathies with the dog. I know quite a few people who had a rough night with their canines. One friend also posted on FB about thoughtless owners getting upset when their pets got lost overnight and didn’t take precautions. we were actually quite surprised Lady was so anxious. It was quite out of character for her.
    Day 2 of renovating my son’s room…I think I have something of a hangover. I wondered into the loungeroom filled with all his stuff and thought: “What the heck were we thinking?” Too late to go back now. Have to keep going. My husband is at work today and has only given me a small job to do while he’s out. So, I’m hoping to get my coffee post done and the job done before he gets back. He’s very much the home handyman type and quite particular. He re-did the patch I put on the wall, which I must admit was strangely bulging outwards instead of being flat. Even though I should probably stick to writing, as we know the real world doesn’t work like that and we’re expected to be practical!
    xx Ro

  9. trentpmcd

    Good luck with the renovation! Yes, our dogs were in bed with us, so not lost wandering the streets, but the poor thing (just the one, Idina) was very upset.

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  11. roweeee Post author

    Not good but at least safe at home.
    We will need luck with the renovation. I’ve woken up today feeling totally unmotivated and am about to get started now that it’s almost 5.00 PM. I’ve ended up in my own time zone on holidays xx Rowena

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