I am really enjoying documenting the ordinary moments, our simple saturdays and everything else but I feel like a theme might become obvious. We live to close to the beach, it has too many possibilities for us to ignore it and whenever we are struggling with something to do or the children need some fresh air and to run off some energy, it is where we end up.
I love the beach in summer when we can cool off in the sea, eat ice cream at any opportunity and soak in the sun but there is something so special about it in winter too, especially on a milder day. There are hardly any people which means the children can have so much more freedom with where they can run to without having to worry about losing sight of them. They love to draw on the walls with the chalk that is everywhere and we take buckets, spades and balls still. The beach is where I see their imaginations emerging more as there is nothing but space.
On this visit, we did decide to try paddling in the sea although it was still super chilly! I asked the little ones to just dip in a toe and feel it but they of course understood this to mean walk in up to your ankles and jump around a bit. We stayed down there until our feet got too cold and then went and found a warm cafe for a hot chocolate.
The children never get excited when I mention a visit to the beach, I think we go so much that the novelty has worn off but as soon as we get down there they just love it, they feel free and they play so well without any walls to bounce off. It was another ordinary day for us, a different beach to the local one we walk to, but the same sea.