Living in England means I am never more than an hour or two from the sea and its restorative powers. The sea is always there, a constant, yet always changing with the interplay of light, weather and season. We have our favourite coastal spots that we like to visit at different times of year: for a bracing seaside walk in the autumn, a cosy weekend away in midwinter, a picnic lunch in the spring, or a coastal day trip in the summer. All of them restore and recharge me in different ways.
And for our summer holiday we like to stay within sight of the Mediterranean, mare nostrum (“our sea”), though that is another story.
For the past two years we have been denied one of our annual seaside rituals, a seafood lunch in the coastal town of Whitstable on New Year’s Day. We eat fish and chips (preceded by an oyster or two) at our favourite seaside spot, watch the early afternoon sunset, look back on the the past year and make our resolutions for the next one. Lockdowns prevented us from doing this in 2021 and 2022, but in 2023 we will be back in Whitstable, pressing reset on the year in a way that only the sea, untouched by time, allows.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!