My favourite part of the Christmas holidays is that no man's land time from Boxing Day to New Year's Eve. All the excitement, present buying, cooking and hosting is done and dusted and there is a short lull before the next lot of celebrations kick off. Unless you are very unlucky, there is no work, and you can just grab a few quiet days together as a family.
Much as I love chilling out at home reading interiors magazines, watching Scandi noir films and drawing up plans for the garden, I need to get out into the fresh air everyday or I start going stir crazy. Miraculously, the rain let up for a brief interlude, so we packed the protesting children into the car and drove to the beach. It wasn't the prettiest stretch of coastline, but the clouds were doing amazing things in the sky, and the air was so clear, it felt like you could reach out and touch the Isle of Wight across the water. Perfect.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!