It was a quiet New Years Eve here, and I was quite pleased about that.
We have been re-watching the Harry Potter movies which we originally watched so long ago that it all seems new. It's been fun. We watched one in the afternoon and another with and after dinner.
Dinner was Butter Chicken, which turned out very well, and it's not a difficult meal to make either.
Earlier in the day, I drove to our Riverside Park to take some more iphone panos, which I have recently come to really enjoy. But whether the park is more open than our neighbourhood, or there was just more wind, or I wasn't on the move as much, I really felt the chill. However, the next 3 days are predicted to be a more normal cold before we have 3 more days of deeper cold.
I don't know why, the town won't plow the path through the park in winter, but the skiers had thankfully created a bit of a path.
Another shot below, somewhat similar to the one above but closer to the river and showing footprints.
The river is more frozen than I recall seeing in 13 winters, but you can see above (barely) that there is still a free centre channel. That channel will get wider to the right (east) as the water really flows fast through the heart of town. To the left (west) where the river broadens out, eventually into a lake, it is completely frozen. So I wandered over that way to take a shot. My shadow is about dead centre. The protruding rock walls to the right are boat launch in summer. Vehicles can back right down to the river'sedge to get their craft in and out of the water.
Today will also be quiet except for a little open house drop-in for a short while this afternoon. Tomorrow, we will have the kids. It's the only day of the hols for which we have been tasked with childcare. Since it will be warmer, we hope to get them out to the little, local hill for a bit of sledding.