The daze of Christmas / by Mario Mirabile

After the mad pre-Christmas rush and the pleasant excess of Christmas Day, the period between Christmas Day and new year is a time to let the year unwind gently. OK, you may be unfairly burdened by having to work, or foolishly caught up in the post-Christmas sales mania, but there are rewards for those wise enough to take it easy.

A pleasant brunch at Rickett's Point followed by a walk and spot of bird watching is a good start. If you have the time and inclination to drop a line in the bay, you'll find it quite relaxing as you're unlikely to be burdened by the tedium of having to clean any fish. After all, it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason.

By the time new year's eve rolls round, you'll have recharged the batteries and, with luck, stay awake past 10:00 PM.

Have a great New Year.