Happy New Year to you all! I don't know about you, but I always feel the post-Christmas lack of sparkle quite keenly - I'm a huge fan of Christmas, and all its attendant twinkly lights, delicious scents and good company, and New Year, followed by cold, bleak January always feels like a real anti-climax.
But this year, I have special memories of a lovely New Year to cheer me up. For the first time ever, Mr G and I went away and stayed by the sea.
You all know by now that I have an abiding love for our coastline, and to spend a few days there, in winter, was a new and fulfilling experience. Not hindered by the fact that (for once!) we were exceedingly lucky with the weather. We had beautiful sunshine for all but one day (New Year's Day), and we didn't get rained on once! Well, until we were packing the car to come home, but that's quite normal ...
That's not to say it wasn't cold - it was! But we bundled ourselves up in many layers (and daft hats, in my case, much to the delight (!) of my long-suffering hubby) and did lots of beach-walking.
We made a trip to Cromer - where it really was flippin' cold! - and enjoyed hot chips on the seafront, watching an intrepid surfer with amazement.
And, because we were there at the right time of year for the first time ever, we had to go to Horsey to see the seal pups. The seals arrive there every year to have their babies - and the humans also arrive there in droves to see them. It was very busy (we had to queue for ages just to park), but worth it, to see the cute blobs of blubber rolling around on the beach and up in the dunes. I'm a HUGE seal fan, and I like to think that I might have paddled with the parents of one or two of those babies, on that very same beach.
New Year's Eve was spent barbecuing (yes, really) and drinking champagne, and you won't hear me complaining about that! So I started 2015 in the most awesome way, and am hopeful the rest of the year will follow suit. ;) Yes, the house looked rather sad, once it had been denuded of most of its sparkle - but I used some of my Christmas money to buy myself a ridiculously bright rose light tree for my work room, so that will suffice. :)