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A Winter Treat

Something we have never considered before - a winter break between Christmas and New Year.  We stayed at an old coaching inn at Snettisham for a couple of days.  Was this a good idea, considering the weather forecast for heavy rain and gales, yes it was.  The rain never materialised  until Saturday afternoon - and although the wind was strong enough to take you off your feet - it was reasonably mild.  Although windproof waterproof coats and fleeces were needed it was great to be out in the elements - being sandblasted!



After stopping off for turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches and a glass of ale at the Globe Hotel in Wells, we made our way down to the quay for a quick look, only to be surprised at how many holidaymakers had braved the elements.  We British are hardy folk, neither wind, nor rain, nor snow or blow will stop us visiting our lovely coastline in the depths of winter.



We then carried on with our journey back down the coast to Snettisham which is inland and separate from its beaches.We have often stopped for a meal at the Rose and Crown, but this was our first time of actually staying there.  We were shown to 'The Old Blue Room' which was as comfortable as can be, all the bars had great big log fires, crackling and snapping, the Inn was as warm as an oven - in fact, too warm, stripping off became an option.



Saturday was to be our full day at the coast, and we visited the RSPB Bird Reserve at Snettisham, which is like being at the edge of the world - in the distance you could see the Lincolnshire coastline.  The tide was way out leaving behind slate-coloured mudflats where the overwintering birds were picking their way through the mud looking for tasty morsels.  This part of the reserve is famous for the flocks of Golden Knot that come in their hundreds - and they did not fail us - up they all lifted in a great mass - to perform their wheeling dance - hard to photograph unfortunately.  If only the day had been sunny instead of grey and overcast - it would have been a sight to behold.



We also dropped by the dunes at Holme for a woodland walk and a pub lunch of French Onion Soup and Pate.






This morning, after breakfasting and packing, we headed out to the beach area for a walk - the temperature had dropped quite a lot but the morning was bright, and the strong winds pushed us onwards - turning round to head back to the car it hit us straight in the face, prickling our skin and making our eyes water.  The area behind the beach is wild and wonderful  full of rabbit holes and shingle where all kinds of coastal flowers grow in the summer.  After hibernating for most of the winter - I felt invigorated by our short break in the great outdoors and I have a feeling we may be doing this again next year  it was so enjoyable.







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  1. Im glad you enjoyed your break - that is my old stamping ground as I was brought up in the next but one village to Snettisham. The geese are a sight, and sound to behold aren't they. We used to walk/cycle to the bird reserve and I spent hours and hours down there negotiating the mudflats etc!

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    1. You were so lucky to have grown up in the area I would have loved it having so much to explore out there. The more I see of Snettisham the more I love it.

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  2. Sounds nice! Holidays don't always have to involve sunshine and lazing around by a swimming-poll, do they?

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    1. They certainly don't Mark - and after all the fuss and ado of Christmas I really enjoyed getting away from it all for a couple of days.

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  3. What a splendid idea! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself. Sometimes I think the coast is all the more dramatic and enjoyable when the elements are out in full force. Wonderful pixs!
    You have planted a seed in my mind now, I'm always so full after Christmas so a walking holiday would be ideal....mmmmmmm about to browse the internet.
    Have a wonderful New Year.xxxxx

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    1. I don't know why we never thought of it before - it was definitely one of our better ideas. Have a happy new year yourself.

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  4. How lovely to have a break at this time of year, what a lovely pick u up between christmas and new year. I always feel really deflated after christmas day itself and that would be wonderful!

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    1. I thoroughly recommend it Anne - to be waited on hand and foot for a couple of days was heaven.

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  5. It sounds a wonderful break - thanks for sharing.

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    1. It certainly was Susan - now I can't wait for our next proper holiday.

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  6. I so enjoyed your photos and the tale of your Christmas break, almost like I was there :-) Thanks for letting me tag along! All the best for 2013.

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    1. I was lucky some of the photos turned out okay - the wind was so strong that the camera was shaking.

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  7. Brilliant idea -- apparently you aren't the only ones who will brave the weather and cold temperatures to enjoy the views. Your room looked very cozy as did your descriptions of roaring fires at every stop :-)

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  8. I have lived in Norfolk and Suffolk. The coastline is amazing. I am going to hike part of it next summer. I think I would almost prefer to do it in winter.

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  9. What a wonderful way to relax after such a busy Christmas. Loved sharing your photos and reading what a great time you had, making the best of the weather as well. Must have been a very regenerative experience :)

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  10. A lovely, if somewhat bracing, break and one which I'd be more than happy to have. Terrific photos. Flighty xx

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  11. Lovely to have a short break in this time of year. When I see your pictures I just can feel how it is, because I am a great fan of the "great outdoors" and spend almost more time outside than inside. Wish you happy gardening and a wonderful 2013.

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  12. One of my favourite places to visit ... it's always lovely even if it rains!

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