My old year finished of with my neighbors mad firework display just on my doorstep … and my first ice cream for 2014- that I served myself in one of my beautiful breakfast cups made by “Hutschenreuther” – I only have two … cost me two arms and a leg when I bought them 15 years ago. I think I fall to sleep just after 2am, watching some film from my bed.
So my first morning of this year started a bit late – didn’t wake up until 10.45am and The Vienna New Year’s Concert started 30 min later – that is always how my New Year starts – so the fastest leg first.
Because I needed my pancakes with grilled bacon and poached egg ready for the opening …
I was 5 min late for my seat in front of the 36”.
This is one of my highlights of my year …. The beautiful music, the flowers and the ballet, my breakfast and my champagne, this year I had my favorite, Taittinger.
And my brunch is always finished off with coffee and truffles and no change to this morning.
But after 1 hour in front of the TV I need to get on with my real life – so I started to iron on the same time as I was watching the concert – hate ironing, but it was very enjoyable today. Have a brand new steam station too – a Grunding, what a mean machine.
The concert and I had perfect timing because when they were playing “Radetzky March” I was ironing my last piece. A wonderful start of my first day on 2014 – not totally without discomfort, but filled with beautiful music, magical flower arrangements … cheeky and wonderful ballet costumes by Vivianne Westwood – my “sorry ass” wasn’t that palpable.
Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world – at least of the ones I have visit .. and when I walk amongst all stunning buildings and beautiful parks I can hear all the fabulous music in my ears.
Also I’m lucky that I have very good friends in Vienna, so when I visit my pillows are for free.
I don’t visit often enough. Last time I visit was a month before I was diagnosed with cancer , June 2010.
But my friends, Robert and Carol, and I have a bit of tradition – that nearly every New Year’s Eve we have been phoning each other. So we did yesterday too.
4 years ago they decided to take a little cat home that had been so terrible mistreated and abused by former owner, Fluffy. She is understandingly very shy and scared … but has become a bit better.
They now asked me if I could come and look after Fluffy while they are away in June – and of course I will. Don’t have a clue for how long, but who cares … I will be in Vienna.
Of course the cloud over this post has to be “An der schönen blauen Donau” – the waltz of all waltzes, by Johann Strauss II, composed in 1866. I had a magnificent start of my New Year and I hope You had the same.
Bring 2014 on!!!!
“Today, is the first blank page of a 365 page book.
Write a good one.”