THE first day of 2014 was cloudy, wet and not altogether warm at Bridport.
In inclement weather, people are forced to think creatively with ways to keep seven boys under the age of 12 entertained, according to West Launceston's Kristy Howard.
"We could have had them running riot in a two-bedroom shack," she said.
"But we decided to bring them down to the beach to get wet instead."
Ms Howard and friend Helena Hollingsworth, of Youngtown, watched on as their husbands and sons splashed around in the waves at Bridport beach.
"We've been told the water is nice and warm once you're in," Ms Howard said.
"I suppose we'll just have to take their word for it."
Seeking shelter from the rain in a nearby barbecue area yesterday was South Launceston dad Brad Brimfield.
Despite the crummy conditions, he had spotted sausages in the local supermarket, and simply couldn't resist.
"I couldn't think of a better way to see in the New Year than with a sausage sizzle," he said.
"It's a bit of a yucky day and there's nothing better than a nice fry-up to warm you up inside."
Mr Brimfield said he was more than happy to be cooking lunch for partner Fairleigh Laidler and children Maverik, 3, and Piper, 11 months.
"To top it all off it's nice and warm standing beside this barbecue, that's for sure," he said.