Pink scallop on a Sussex beach
There's something about Christmas being over and a new year beginning that almost feels like spring has already come. I feel a little like this unbelievably pink scallop, emerging from the sand.
Though the weather is cold, very cold, we made the most of a sunny day at the weekend and went to the beach. At first the bracing weather (1 C without factoring in the wind chill) was a shock to our systems, but in the end I had to bribe Tristan and Gracie to go home as the sun was getting low.
Tide going out
We did have to huddle in the car to eat our picnic, it was too cold to sit still for very long on the beach, best to keep moving.
Burying a little sister
This was our first time to this beach, it's really lovely but not exactly as deserted as I imagined it might be at this time of year, I'm sure it's very popular in the summer.
Beach huts all buttoned up
Okay, now this actually does look deserted, but by the time I took this beach hut picture the last of the sun was dipping down and all the smart people were already making their way home.
Messages in the frost
This was the frost the morning we went to the beach; you can see what inspired our trip to the seaside.
I was in the middle of uploading the pictures for this post when I took a break to get Gracie from school then carry on with usual family stuff: dinner making, chit-chat about the school day, searching for missing socks, lamenting our drooping Christmas tree...
As the sun was setting clouds gathered and as we ate dinner, snow began falling, then it began falling faster and heavier.
Meanwhile, Hubby was working and on the telephone in his office about three miles away and down the hill, he hadn't an inkling that the town was turning white all around him and that all transport was stopped. He then tried to make his way home, found it impossible and decided he'd walk through the deep snow up the steep, unlit hill. I said "Just stay the night in your office." "No, he said, I'll be fine, I'll see you when I see you."
I'll cut this short; he got to the steep part of the journey and ran into a lovely young couple in an old Land Rover who were going up and down the hill, fetching stranded people at the bottom and bringing them up. He was brought right to our door, safe and sound, and as an added bonus he made two new friends along the way. People are good :)
Then we had a night time snowball fight. Why not, no school tomorrow - yippee! The forecast is for more snow and continued freezing temperatures for the rest of the week and beyond - no telling when this thick blanket will melt.
Surfacing can wait, we're snuggling down. I hope warmth is surrounding you wherever you are.