As is the norm, my good friends celebrate with a luncheon every new year's day, and I am invited to attend....however, I can't show up without taking a delicious dessert or two.
The drive over to the south coast where they live is always a nice scenic one, and I thought I would show you some photos of the coastline area in their neighbourhood.
So here goes.
I pulled off on to a grass verge high above the cliff, where folks were fishing and picnicing and having a good time.
Not sure if they were catching any fish, but still a nice way to while away the afternoon.
I caught sight of many heads bobbing in the water.....swimmers and paddleboarders as well.
Sitting under a coconut tree relaxing and fishing...what more could you ask for?
Rock crevasses along the shore
It was very windy, and I had to make sure I was not swept off the cliff.......
.....on to the jagged rocks below
Across the bay, on the popular Miami beach, a host of folks enjoying themselves as well.
Puffy "marshmallow" clouds floating across the sky.
The host and hostess are the chief chefs, and others like myself contribute a dish to the meal as well.
This year I made a Pina Colada cake with bits of candy cane in the topping, and also a "lick-me-down" RUM and raisin bread pudding. Once again I was teased about eating my liquor and claiming not to drink hard liquor....why don't they leave me alone?
I enjoyed the camaraderie of my friends, who are really like family, and I always ponder why we only get together this one time of the year. This year we were missing two of our own....life changes circumstances at the blink of an eye.
Throughout the evening, I enjoyed inhaling the scent of fresh pine needles from the beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?"........not in this family of friends.