Hunstanton, Wells-next-the sea, anticipating a storm surge but surprised by snow Thursday the 12th of January 2017

I drove from Hunstanton to Wells-next-the sea on Thursday and went to the Lifeboat Inn, Wells-next-the-sea.  The landlord and his wife were very friendly and let me park and settle in to my room early.  The landlord explained that they weren’t very busy.  They were so friendly and their home was very welcoming.  I said that I just wanted to leave me things, get changed and go for a walk.  The bed and breakfast is very close to the harbour and I walked to have a look at the beautiful wooden boat, the Albatross moored in the harbour and which opens as a cafe serving Dutch pancakes and apple cake.


There were wooden slats across the harbour and some of the shops were boarded up.  It looked as if the town was preparing for a storm.  I walked down to the beach, to look at the chalets and back through some of the pine forest.  I was very tired when I got back. There was an inn adjoining the bed and breakfast and I was very pleased that the barman and other guests from the bed and breakfast were very friendly.  We talked about the stormy weather and the flood warnings.  The barman explained that we were on high ground, but if it was very stormy at worst we would be surrounded by water on 3 sides but we wouldn’t be flooded.

The Albatros boat, a cafe, Wells-next-the-sea harbour

The Albatross boat, a café, Wells-next-the-sea harbour

The landlord was Danish.  Pickled herring was on the menu so I ordered a delicious Danish open sandwich on rye bread with pickled herring, capers, onions and lettuce.  It was wonderful.  I loved eating herring on my childhood sailing holidays in Holland. I settled down to try to sleep in a very comfortable room, but heard the wind in the tall trees nearby and watched the storm warnings on the news.  A high tide was expected, weather conditions could lead to a storm surge, but the weather was expected to be even worse the next day.  I finally fell asleep and woke the next day to snow!

Snow covered fishing pots, Wells-next-the-sea harbour

Wells-next-the sea harbour in snow looking towards the granary


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