Monday, 5 January 2015

On New Year's Day...

New Year's Day in Wales, windy and wet, a day to stay indoors. The wind howls like the dog who bit me last night. He's beginning to loosen his grip now and the beer I am slowly sipping is flattening his hair.
I set my rocket soaring into the sky after midnight, green and blue to mark the passing of another year and not a bad one. The wind was so strong it blew my rocket over four or five times, but I got there in the end. Whooosh as my message was flown into the night sky.
Sometimes it's a lantern or a small fire, turning the flames blue with salt. Once I walked to the standing stone and listened to it hum. Another time I stood and watched until a shooting star flew over my head, just catching it from the corner of my eye. Some years I walk to the bridge and drop the message into the dark stream below.
Just another of my rituals, seeing the early New Year in alone with my New Year's Eve madness, then in to drink liquid fire until I fall asleep.
What do my messages say? Ah, that would be telling. But I'd rather dance to a tune of my own making after the songs have been sung and the bells are chimed out.
Yes, the New Year has started.


  1. Cloe Fyne on FB
    Same weather here. Day to stay in but we have nothing for tea. So one of us at least has to brave it xxx

  2. Tim Preston on FB
    Was your message a wish for world peace nice things for Peter Andre?

    1. Andrew Height
      I always wish for peace Tim.

  3. Pauline Campbell
    Happy New Year Andy all the Best.

    Robert Mills
    Good tidings to you x

    Rebecca Jane Brookes
    Happy New year andy. I Thank you & your writing for getting me through 2014, you've done more than you think. I wish you & your family the best for 2015 xx

    Steve Bishop
    A very Happy, Healthy, and Joyous New Year to you too Mr H. Hope 2015 is a great one for you, Gaynor and the rest of the family.

    Andrew Height
    Blowing a gale this New Year's morn. A day for staying close methinks.

    Lucy Whitehead
    I send a balloon up x

    Zoe Prax
    We did 2 rockets. Happy New year Andy, keep writing x

    Graham Ido Taxi Kinsey
    Happy new year Andrew

    Karen Scrace
    Happy new year. Im sure 2015 is going to be an exciting one for you x

    Linda Kemp
    happy New Year Rocket Man! x

    Sarah Farmer
    Happy New Year xx

  4. Maggie Patzuk on FB
    Sounds wonderful! I envy you living in such a magical place!!!!

    1. Andrew Height
      There are downsides Maggie. But they ate mainly to do with the rain.

    2. Maggie Patzuk
      Rain is very cleansing. And a rainy windy storm can help to wash away our anger. I know you see the beauty in all of nature. That's why you are so magical!!!

    3. Andrew Height
      Rain is cleansing and I love the sound of the wind Maggie.

  5. Margaret Hamilton-Jones6 January 2015 at 07:27

    A Very Happy 2015 Andrew, I hope it brings you health, wealth and happiness. Saw midnight in very quietly this year but with a toast for all we lost in 2014