Waking up last Saturday to the glorious sunshine, we just knew it was a day to take advantage of. So we decided to head over to the beach which turned out to be packed, not a carpark space in site!! The tide was in, the beach was rocky, the few sandy spots were murky grey, gritty sand – but the children didn’t care!! Dressed in their rain suits, wellies and accompanied with buckets and spades they were in fresh air heaven, digging away, building dams with the rocks across the mini rivers than emanated down from the rocky cliff face, finding rectangular ‘car’ shaped rocks to drive through the makeshift sandy roads, braving the shallow waves hitting the shoreline to fill their buckets with seawater, they were in their element playing as the bright sunshine hit the beach for the afternoon.
Buckets and spades at the ready, Miss M and Mister B couldn’t wait to get digging. With the tide in, there was little sand to be found amongst the rocks but this didn’t deter them one little bit. There were squeals of excitement as they dug in, trying to build the biggest hole they could!
Mister B was excited by a rectangular shaped rock he found and decided it was a car. He then made a sandy track with his hand to drive his ‘car’ through. He was absolutely thrilled with his little road and just loved the freedom of the beach and fresh air to play in.
Miss M was keen to have a little paddle and fill her bucket with water to fill their freshly dug hole. She loved waiting for each wave to come in although had to keep emptying her water filled wellies!! Not that it bothered her, it just seemed to add to her fun!!
They then decided to venture over the rocks at the back of the beach and Miss M was eager to climb, while Mister B was desperate to copy. I wasn’t too keen so they posed for a couple of photos and came back down.
All in all we had a fantastic afternoon at the beach. The children loved being outside, the thrill of the beach, however small and stony kept them entertained for hours and they were sad to go home, but after some dinner and a warm bath they were soon tucked away in their beds fast asleep for the night and mummy wasn’t far behind after spending time in the fresh sea air!
With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, daddy working ten hours shifts each day and the children desperate to get out in the fresh air I asked them where they wanted to go yesterday. The answer was to have a picnic, collect nature things and not go in the car. Miss M loves cycling and was keen to go on her bike so I decided we’d spend the afternoon in Central Park, the main park for the city and only a 5 minute walk from us.
So we set off with Miss M leading the way on her bike, and Mister B in his pushchair (I knew his little legs wouldn’t last long walking), and explored the winding paths, up and down the hills and stopped whenever we saw something of interest.
They each had a bag to collect their treasure and we found a lovely area full of willow, oak and horse-chestnut trees where we parked the bike/buggy and set off exploring.
We then decided to move on with Miss M going full steam ahead on her bike, she turned a corner and as we followed we saw her bike parked up. I looked over to the side of the path and there she was, straddled across a fallen tree trunk pretending to ride a horse!!
After lots of fun and giggling we decided to find a spot for our picnic and carried on up the winding paths until we came across a beautiful open space, the grass full of daisies and a gorgeous hedgerow blooming with pink flowers. We sat down and enjoyed our lunch with the glorious sun rays beaming down upon us – we had found ourselves a little sun trap with no one in sight and silence apart from a few birds tweeting in the trees.
After eating we carried on through the park and found a bench which they both got really excited about and insisted on sitting on. We then headed up to the little playground which Mister B absolutely adored having a go on everything he could.
After four hours strolling around, foraging for nature’s treasures, enjoying a picnic in a field full of daisies we were exhausted and headed home to relax and share our adventures with daddy.
Last week we had our long awaited family summer holiday. We set off for the small town of Selsey in West Sussex where our beach side bungalow awaited. The unique aspect of the bungalow was that it was built around a luxury turn of the century railway carriage that has been restored and incorporated into the build of the seafront holiday house.
The big draw for this particular holiday house was the fact that it sits right on the edge of beach and although full of pebbles, we did manage to find some sand at low tide to keep the children occupied, along with collecting shells and playing in the fully equipped child friendly back garden. The children loved being in the fresh air all day and it was great to see them running around freely enjoying each other’s company and exploring new things.
Fortunately we were incredibly lucky with the weather and had one of the sunniest weeks of the year which makes a big change to other summer holidays we’ve had in recent years – umbrellas, raincoats, wellies have been the usual attire!!
So after a fabulous week relaxing, eating ice creams and spending time with other family who joined us we are finally home sweet home. xx