Just another new year?

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New Years eve and new year means different things to different people. Some people don’t think anything of it and treat it like any other day, others hate the hype and stay in and others use it just to party and have a good time. For me and my amazing wife 2014 has been a real mixed bag, with some very good and exciting things happening mixed with some very testing moments.

So what was new years eve like for me and my family as a whole? In picture format I am going to sum up my experience.


The evening started off at a local newly opened restaurant in Ards, County Down, NI which took a staff member several minutes just to find our name on the booking sheet. Not a good start especially when my wife had to point out our name and table number.

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As the menu wasn’t that extensive or creative we all ordered our main courses and finally started to enjoy the cuisine even though the staff forgot about our drinks to begin with.

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From left to right my youngest looking so natural as usual when I point the camera at her, Mamma Crowe (mother-in -law) and Ray checking out the dessert menu and my wife and Leah her sister enjoying their own company as usual.


Emma and Demi clearly lapping up the moment as well as the food and drink.

After a relatively disappointing experience at this new restaurant we decided to head back to Mamma Crowe’s house to see the new year through. Pretty much the usual was to follow with the TV on BBC 2 for Jools Holland’s Hootenanny a game of charades which us lads lost in dramatic style to the girls and then hearing Big Ben see the new year through with it’s recognisable chime, with a drink in the hand singing daft songs.

Yes it appears that I have experienced the typical new years eve that many experience every year, but wait! For me this was all about being with the people that I care about most and what 2015 holds for my wife and I. Things have developed for both of us in 2014 to help build on opportunities in 2015 such as new writing opportunities for my wife and a couple of new and exciting photography projects for myself.

So it could be just another new year for us, if we continue life without taking opportunities and making something of them. A new year for me is about getting rid of useless things in our lives (cleaning out the closet so to speak) and creating new opportunities with positive ideas.

What about you?


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