In the end I did sleep, and did wake, then drove to the seaside, slid across the car park gracefully, crunched my way over the frostly pebbles and watched dawn come up by over the Solent.
I have now returned, and bring with me festive JPEGs and clean bedding (plus special chicken treats!) for the rats.
Behind the cut is a short thumbnail photo-diary. Click on the thumbnail for larger image!
Southampton Docks by Moonlight
Frost on the beach
Dawn on the Beach
Dawn on the Refinery including steam coming off the water (outlet pipe?)
Royal Victoria Country Park/Royal Victoria Hospital Chapel