we had a lovely new year with friends, with some amazing culinary experiences;
I know some of you from the other side of the world may be used to picnicing on the beach in January, but it's not something we'd expect in Yorkshire!
A long walk up a steep hill, followed by a very muddy slither down again, a very competitive game of beach football, some beach combing, and some fossiling was followed by sandwiches, christmas cake and coffee on the beach, and then hot baths and a dvd in front of the fire for tired and dirty children.
when all were clean and warm we wished in the new year with
hibiscus flowers in champagne! (or lemonade if you are too small for champagne..)
and some very delicious fruit,
some very pretty marshmallows,
a christmas present of our hosts,
and more dirty children again!
can it still count as part of your five a day if it's smothered in chocolate?
this morning, we've all been out to participate in my Christmas present from J, a family photo session at a studio, we haven't had a decent family photo with all of us in it for about 3 years, I usally hold the camera to avoid being photographed!
and soon we're going out to try and find a hill to sledge down because there's snow! not much by Lina's standards, but enough to excite the little ones, (well me too actually!)
photos tomorrow, hopefully not of us sitting in A&E in plaster casts....
thanks for all the Christmas and New Year wishes, hope 2008 is great for everyone!