Well it's less than half an hour until 2004 is passed here in Aotearoa, another year over and gone. Each one seems to fly faster than the previous one and I just seem to get busier and busier with every year that passes. I don't know if I really have any resolutions for 2005, except to keep on doing all the things that I enjoy, to do a good job at school and to make home as happpy as it can be, that's not much really is it? I may not have much in the way of resolutions, but I certainly have plans for 2005, some specific and easily attainable, others nebulous and hard to pin down. Perhaps my most prominent wish for 2005 is to keep on seeing the beauty in the people and places around me, like the pohutakawa trees just coming into flower, brilliant patches of scarlet in a green world, the abundance of shells at the beach, noisy children hailing me as I try do groceries at the supermarket and friends and family who still love me even when I get everything wrong! It's been a quiet end to 2004, we had a lovely trip to the beach at Eastbourne on Wednesday, a sunny peaceful afternoon which the children enjoyed as much as we did. Since then we have been without the car while Norrie fixed up a couple of lights and the exhaust. Matthew spent a night at Scott's place on Wednesday/ Thursday. Thursday was a complete contrast to Wednesday with a torrential down pour in the afternoon. Tonight we went for a curry to celebrate the end of the year, which was delicious. So with less than 5 minutes of 2004 left I'll bring this post to a close by wishing all my friends and family a very happy and prosperous 2005, no matter where in the world they are, and no matter what time od or night they read my greetings.