I wanted to stay awake to celebrate the New Year. I actually had my dancing shoes and tutu on too. Instead my alarm clock woke me just before midnight and I stood on the terrace with the realisation that I have one of the best views in town of the English Harbour fireworks. Augh, why was the party not at my place? Next year people, if I’m still renting the same place, I promise to make some cocktails (and even possibly stay awake until the fireworks explode). Until then, here is our New Year, and a recipe for a cocktail I made on New Year’s Day for brunch …..
But the new year got me thinking about my home country of Ireland. Now, I’ve lived abroad for longer than I lived in Ireland, when I left I was 17 years old, off to University in Scotland. Now I am much older (ahem!) and still haven’t found the shoes (yet) to march me back home to the green isle. A recent trip back had me giggling with my cousin about Nana riding her bicycle over to their house a few streets over, with an apple pie swinging from the handlebars. Family and friends are everything in life. There is no perfect place. I am so privileged to have travelled and to have friends in many corners of the globe.
This is my New Years toast to the country that is my soul and my roots. So cheers to Ireland from a beach in the Caribbean. Always follow your heart and live your dreams. Think positive and live in the magic.
The Black Velvet, Guinness and Champagne, 2 of my favourite drinks from 2 of my favourite countries that I have lived, Ireland and France, and a marriage of cultures. Velvet is smooth, so is this.
Black Velvet cocktail
Mix equal amounts of Guinness and Champagne in a glass.
So cheers to your New Year and your plans, hopes and dreams: read books, play music, smile more, drink Guinness(!) and enjoy a beautiful life.
Happy Happy Happy New Year from me!