I have been thinking of the contradictory actions of our leaders and of my own response to the environment.
First, let me say, I love fireworks: I have fond memories of bonfires and cracker nights when I was a child. Of course now it is illegal to set off fireworks unless you have a license. No more backyard bungers.
On the other hand I have been pondering the cost of the massive displays that are part of New Year celebrations all over the world. Many countries are suffering the effects of the global financial crisis and yet they can "burn" millions of dollars in a matter of minutes.
As well as this I wonder about the effect on our environment of all this explosive showing off.
Am I just a party pooper - perhaps. I am happy to hear what others have to say.
I have added a pic of some parcels we took to my youngest daughter and her family yesterday. This year I have used recycled paper (butchers paper) to wrap all of the presents and used pretty ribbons (from my stash) to dress them up.
I know the ribbon will be re-used and it is not too painful to see the cheap paper go in the recycling bin.
Well, that is enough of sounding self righteous. We are going next door this evening to baby sit the three little girls.
One nearly 5 and the twins are about 3 months. Their parents are going to have a rare meal alone.
I hope our friends suffering from various natural disasters are all safe and off too a good new year of creativity. I cannot imagine what it is like to have your home threatened by wind and cold and water. Take care everyone.