The evening closes in on a warm summer's day and also another year.
The wine is coursing through me and through my friends but not down into the tributary of political discourse that can end up in an almighty row, but down the waterfalls of laughing memory.
Long forgotten stories and cackles emerge of times past while grand plans are made for the future still to be lived.
Sharing bread, barbeques, wine and those generous anecdotes - the simple gentleness of caring for the people we love.
Here's hoping 2017 is an awesome year for all of us. May everyone experience calm, peace, excellent health and success.
And may it be filled with good food, good friends and good memories......oh yes and good wine!
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."
~~ Oprah Winfrey
"Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy."
~~ Lao Tzu
When barging in Eastern France my friends and I experienced good food, good company, good memories and good wine!