I'm writing this at 0200 1 January 2011 NZ time, 1300 New Year's Eve UK time and 0800 New Year's Eve US Easter time. In California it's probable that at 0500 you are still in bed!
I'm eating cheese and biscuits and downloading 287 photos that I took this evening. At about 2100 I went out and 'climbed' the Sugar Loaf Reserve at Tiranui not far from here and overlooking Napier. In fact from the top I had a complete 360 deg panorama from the coast to the central ranges of the Island. Then the family and friends and I all went to the beach at Napier waterfront and watched the midnight firework display.
Drinks to toast the New Year in at friends and then home. Now, as I've had almost nothing to drink this evening, I'm treating myself to a glass of wine and some cheese and biscuits before bed whilst I blog.
Napier City from Sugar Loaf Reserve, Tiranui, Napier
Everyone starts to gather on the foreshore
Lots of 60s songs
Outside the Soundshell
It's getting busy
Twenty minutes of fireworks
OK it's nearly 0300. I'm going to bed. Sorry, Adrian, I wanted to post them tonight before bed so I haven't even had time to de-noise the images.