Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Saturday 31 December - A happy new year at the beach!

Current location: Porthgwarra, Cornwall
11.11pm, Eating, drinking and being merry. This year, we decided to do something a bit different for New Year's Eve. Most years, we have opted for a Cornish night out, which involves going to The Ritz and drinking gin from plastic cups. It's fun, but I've done it for the last few years now, so was up for something else. So Jack, Ruth, Laura, Dave, Andy and I headed over in the rain to Ruth's mum's house in Porthgwarra. It is one of the most beautiful houses I have ever been in and, being right on the cliffs, it is about a 12-second walk down to the cove.

So, with a storm brewing outside, we huddled in by the fire and dined on scallops and steak, enjoying a murder mystery and generally being silly as the clock got closer to midnight. With the murder solved, the rain magically stopped just in time, and we all scrambled down to the beach to see in the new year with bottles of champagne and a midnight dip in the freezing cold sea!

After some singing, paddling and photo-taking, we ran back up to the house to get warm again (everyone) and put on our pyjamas (just me)...and crack out the most extravagant cheese board.

Songs, drinks, games and new-years-resolution decisions later, an impromptu game of Sardines broke out, which went on for quite a long time, thanks to the numerous tiny hidey-holes in the house. A few hours later, and we all went to bed, with high hopes for what the new year would bring.

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