Mrs The Millbrooker and I will be doing our usual thing (has it become a tradition yet?) this coming December 31st.
Last year, we had a small and select group celebrating the chimes at midnight.
No, that's not everyone who came around - The High Lord of Southwick was with us, as was Dong. Slocombe dropped in, too.
The year before that, we had to scour the house to find enough chairs to accommodate the massed bottoms of most of Millbrook's high(ish) society. That was a busy one.
Whether there are half a dozen of us or thirty-odd, we hope to spend the New Year amongst friends with a drop or two of decent wine and plenty of bonhomie.
So here's how it works for the uninitiated.....
Our front door will be open from 7:30 in the pm and if you know where Millbrooker Towers is, and if we have some vague notion of who you are, you are cordially invited to share some or all of the evening and a little of the early morning with us.
We really don't mind if you drop in for ten minutes before heading off elsewhere, nor if you decide to stay with us throughout the evening. The choice is entirely yours - we're "at home" and your company for however long will be much appreciated. If you do plan on staying for more than a swift glass - please bring a bottle.
Nibbles will be laid on, but nothing that resembles a full meal.
Participation in cross-hand-handshaking and getting the words to Auld Lang Syne wrong is not a spectator sport and midnight will bring with it a requirement to join in.
The High Lord of Southwick will once again be making the long trip from his estates in Wiltshire and has promised to bring his concertina. There's a chance that guitars will be strummed at some point in the proceedings. It is possible that a melodeon might be smuggled into the house by a yet-to-be-confirmed guest. Musical interludes and singalongs are therefore quite possible.
The Millbrooker Sis is also planning to drive from her home in the northern wastelands to celebrate the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 with us. She can be quite a party animal when the mood takes her- lively goings-on might occur.
So, there you have it - New Year's Eve at Millbrooker Towers. We hope to see you here.