After an enjoyable family get together over Christmas we were back home and back to work before the start of 2018. But what did we do with the three days off before really getting back to normal on the 2nd January?
Writing this on the 6th it all seems such a long time ago…..
Saturday 30th December 2017 – Southwold, Suffolk
A winter walk. Wrap up and you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. So, once you’ve got to where you want to be, I recommend starting the day off with a delicious sausage roll and coffee. Adnams, Southwold (Suffolk) was our destination and this was our second breakfast of the day. Tried and tested (many times) we love this place.
Second breakfast in the cafe at Adnams, Southwold
Southwold beach huts
What started out as a bit of a casual stroll turned into a brisk march. It’s easy to cover the miles from Southwold to Dunwich & back in the summer but daylight is short at this time of the year and we had almost bitten off more than we could chew! We only had 15 minutes to eat our lunch at Dunwich and get back before dusk.
A serene beach scene at Dunwich – looking back towards Southwold
Thankfully, we made it back to the car before dark and didn’t have to use our head torch!
Sunday 31st December 2017 – Norwich, Norfolk
We took the plunge and risked a shopping trip on New Years Eve. Outdoor shops are, unsurprisingly, our favourites and we were there for their 10am opening. I bought a mint green lightweight rain jacket – couldn’t resist adding another to my collection! For some women it’s shoes and handbags for me it’s everything outdoorsy.
Evening meal with Tims parents and home before the clocks struck midnight. We are really soooo old.
Monday 1st January 2018 – Winterton, Norfolk
Last minute decision to take a shortish walk at our local beach – Winterton. Previous posts have mentioned the seal colony at Horsey which has seen a population explosion and now stretches all the way down to Winterton. The crowds were certainly out today, taking advantage of the dry sunny(ish) weather.
Winterton Beach from the dunes
Amongst the lower dunes some pups were almost old enough to take to the sea. First they have to get rid of their baby white fur. This one was having a good scratch and you can see the sand covered in fur.
Getting rid of the fur
The crowds grew as we circled back to Winterton village at 3pm. Why do people leave it so late in the day to get out?
These horse riders, who had been in the sea, had confidence in their horses to tackle steep sand banks.
So what about the bomb? Well later in the week Tim was chatting with one of his clients who had also been walking on Winterton Beach the day after us, on 2nd January.
He had had an unusual find in the sand. Apparently it was partially covered so he kicked it a few times to clear the sand and take a closer look, as you do. He then left it as it was too heavy to move. This turned out to be an unexplored bomb from World War 2 and was destroyed by the proper authorities later that very day! He recognised it from a television report.
Obviously it was unlikely to have gone off, due to the time spent rolling around in the sea, but can you imagine the news headlines if a member of the public or say one of those horses I photographed had detonated it!?
Heres to a Happy Healthy Safe New Year.
The bomb was briefly mentioned on the BBC