Happy New Year

January 6, 2013

 

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I spent new year at the Druidstone Hotel, Pembrokeshire, as guest of some friends who rent a cottage in the grounds there. Strangely enough, it’s only now that I realise how much the place was in  my mind while writing my novel The House on the Cliff. The hotel  is an old farmhouse, whereas the house in the book is a Jacobean mansion; but the spectacular setting, on the edge of a cliff overlooking St Bride’s Bay, is very much the same.

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Today was another coastal ramble, up to Rest Bay near Porthcawl, where surfers were out in force.  Quite a few of the surfers were using paddles, which I haven’t seen before.  Less lying on the board, more standing up like a gondolier.  The sea looked freezing.  Afterwards a lot of the surfers had gathered at the cafe overlooking the bay, which serves delicious warm biscuits on surfboard-shaped tables looking out over the sea.

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