HAPPY NEW YEAR
The day started quite wet, but after lunchtime the clouds broke and as I type this (5pm), there is not a cloud left in the sky.
New Year's celebrations in Holland tend to be raucous affairs, with fireworks causing injuries (in some years deaths), alcohol causing the usual problems, including a lot of wanton vandalism. Not very nice, really. However, the fireworks themselves were pretty to watch. An accident in a village near the Frisian town of Dokkum caused injuries to 17 people. A car drove straight into a crowd celebrating the new year around a bonfire; it is thought the driver was blinding by the glare from the fire, exacerbated by the steady rainfall.
In the afternoon, I went for a brief stroll around an estate nearby, which includes the village school I went to in the early 1970s. The cloudscapes were quite pretty.