Tag: beach

Fun in the Sun at Crooklets Beach

We’ve been lucky to have good weather this week.  Managed to spend some time on Crooklets beach last Monday along with one of little T’s friends.  We brought their scooters with us, so while my husband and I were sipping our lovely cappuccinos at Rosie’s kitchen outside, the girls were having a lovely time riding on their scooters.

And after a quick snack of cheesy chips and fruit shakes, the girls were ready to have some fun on the beach.

And yes, we did go away with soggy bottoms, the kids that is.  The grown-ups were dry, but I don’t think we had as much fun as they did.

What have you guys been up to this Easter break?

Country Kids

A Country Kid’s Post: Winter on The Beach

This is actually a late-post.  Like most people who live by the coast on Boxing day, we found ourselves blowing cobwebs at our go-to-beach, Widemouth Bay which is a mere ten-minute drive from where we live.

And of course, it being a holiday, there were a lot of people on the beach although they aren’t shown in the photos.  T also took her Baby Alive doll on the beach with her, a present she asked from Father Christmas.

Are you familiar with Baby Alive dolls?  They are a bit freaky.  I ought to write about them on a different post and you’ll know why.

T gives Holly, her doll, a piggyback ride all the way back to the car.

Yes, it was time to go home.

Have you visited the beach lately?

A Country Kid’s Post: Beachcombing on an Autumn Day

It was a beautiful late autumn day, not wanting to waste it, our little family decided to head for the beach in Polzeath after little T’s ballet a few Saturdays ago.

When we arrived, there were people getting ready to go in the water in their wet suits, there were dog-walkers around, and people, who were like us, not wanting to waste the lovely day indoors. Here, let me share some photos with you:

It was a lovely day of walking on the beach and just breathing in the cold autumn air.  T and the Historian had fun doing a bit of beach combing and exploring the few caves dotted around the cliffs of Polzeath.  We ended the visit with ice-cream – as it should always be.

A breath of fresh air on the beach, with lovely weather, ending it with ice-cream, what more can we ask?  Bring it on winter, we’re ready for you!

Have you visited the beach lately?

Here’s a little shortie of what the day was like…

A Country Kids Post: Playing Tag with the Waves

It’s officially little T’s first week of summer and it doesn’t feel like it at all.  Not allowing the grey skies and low temperatures to dampen our summer spirit, we decided to brace it and have a little fun at the beach.  It was summer after all, right?

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When we got to the beach, people were already in the water and the beach was also covered in sea foam.  These energetic folks were wearing fleecies, not exactly summer wear, I know.

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The plan really was to just play on the sand and maybe, T could have a little dip in the water.  But the waves were too strong.  They decided to just play tag with the waves.

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Here’s T and her dad getting read to be “tagged”.

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A playful wave came by and caught them by surprise.

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Before they knew it, both the dad and the daughter were soaked with sea water.  It was actually a scary moment for me.  I had this brief scenario in my head where both were swept into sea, luckily they weren’t.  In fact, they were both giggling.  But I decided to be the party pooper and announced it was time to go home.  After all, they were both soaked with sea water and it wasn’t exactly a warm day either.  T of of course had some change of clothing, but the husband didn’t.

Later that night, my husband admitted that the wave at one point, was really strong and he feared that there would be both carried away.  That’s it.  No more playing tag with the waves, I announced.

Looking at these photos, you wouldn’t think that they were taken in the summer, would you?  They look more like Spring.  Were those few glorious days of summer last week or lot then?  Oh well.  We’ll just have to learn to make the most if it then.

What do you think?

Has summer decided to pack it’s bags and say “Hasta la vista, baby”?

Then again, this is England, with its ever-changing weather, there might just be a “heat-wave” tomorrow – brace yourselves folks!

My Top 5 Beach Wear Must-Haves

We’ve been having really lovely warm weather since last Sunday, it almost feels like we’re on holiday in a warm country.  Sadly, today is a different story.  To think that it’s actually little T’s last day in school.  Temperature has dropped again, the sun has disappeared and instead we are enveloped in a thick mist, at least it is dry … for now.

But that won’t dampen my spirits, the British summer is here and I’m trying to be optimistic that the lovely warm weather will be back. And since we’ve had a taste of the lovely hot days, I’m sharing with you guys my Summer Wish List.

 Top 5 Beach Wear Must-Haves

  1. Seafolly Riviera Stripe Soft Cup Halter Swimsuit Was £100 now £70.
  2. Rayban Female Brown Square sunglasses £152.00
  3. Rose Gold Havaianas flip-flops £24.00
  4. Batela Anchor Printed Beachbag £29.00
  5. Dickins & Jones Crochet Hem cover-up was £40 now £28.00.

All items can be purchased at House of Fraser.

Now of course the reality is I wouldn’t spend that much for a swimsuit, but hey, one can always dream right?  But might reconsider the price if it’s a swimsuit that has magic, and that every time I wear it, my body would look as slim as the woman in the photo, then I’m sold!

What about you?

What are your beach wear must-haves?

Do share.

*This is a sponsored post.  All photos were taken from the House of Fraser website, however, as always opinions are by yours truly.

The Aborted Plan

We had lovely plans last Saturday.

One of T’s best friends came over for a play-date.  The plan was to go to the beach after lunch and spend time exploring the rock pools at Widemouth Bay in Bude.  The weather was supposed to be okay for this little adventure.  We should’ve known better.

Since we knew it was going to be cold, we bundled the kids in weatherproof coats, complete with wooly hats.  We even had a picnic prepared.

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But the sky looked ominous and foreboding as we parked our car and as soon as I stepped out, a gush of very cold wind almost knocked me off my feet.  But I brushed it aside and quickly got the kids ready.

The girls turned whingy.  But I ushered them out, hoping a play on the beach would cheer them up.

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But no sooner had we walked towards the rock-pools, I felt a few drops coming.  I was hoping it was only going to be a drizzle, but nope.  It turned into a real Cornish downpour, so we accepted defeat and ran back to the car with two whingy little girls and a bewildered dog trailing behind us.

Maybe next time …

How is your weekend going?

Ours will probably be spent indoors, since little T has chickenpox and the weather outside looks horrible, as always.

Monkey and Mouse

 

Summer in November

The first day of November felt like summer.  After the experiencing Halloween madness the previous night, we along with some friends, decided that a beach day was a must, especially since the day looked very promising.

But it being late autumn, I packed coats, wellies, wooly hats and scarves in the car.  It turned out that we didn’t need them at all.  Widemouth Bay (as you all know is a fave) and was surprisingly packed well not the beach (there’s always space enough for everyone), but the parking lot, considering it was the last day of the half-term break.

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While waiting to meet up with her best friend F, as always, little T and her dad were lost in the rock rockpools.

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Soon little F joined his best friend and they quickly had a small collection of rock pool finds, a small fish, crab and some snails.

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One must never forget the rock pooling rule: What one finds, must always return back to the sea:

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T and F letting their precious finds back into the water.

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And then it was time to run around like loonies.

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 This was what it was like the first day of November.  It certainly felt like summer that day.  Today, the 14th is an altogether different story.  As I type this, I can see our little village clothed in grey and rain.  It is definitely autumn once again.

What’s the weather like on your side of the world?

Is it sunny or gloomy like it is here?

Five Reasons why Widemouth Bay is a Fave

There’s no doubt summer is fading and it’s happening really fast!  In spite of that though, it still manages to show up once in a while as if to say “You haven’t seen the last of me yet!” And last Sunday it definitely felt just a little bit like our favourite time of the year was still hanging around with us.

One of our favourite jaunts here on our side of England, especially when the weather is good is a place called Widemouth Back, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably heard me mention the name in past posts.  It’s a place where we like to go to, especially since it’s only about a 20-minute drive from where we live.  Why do we keep coming back, you may ask?  Here are a number of reasons:

A Long Beach

Perfect for walking the dog and for little ones to run around like loonies since it has a long stretch of beach, regardless of whether it is low tide or high tide.  You see, there are some beaches here in Cornwall that disappear as soon as the tide comes in.  You’ll need perfect timing to visit those beaches.

Here at Widemouth, it doesn’t really matter what time of the day you come.  You’re guaranteed to have nice long walk in the sand.

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Rock-Pools

And when it is low tide, it has the most interesting and massive area of rock pools to explore, not just for children, but for rock pool aficionados just like my husband.  He and little T can spend hours and hours exploring every nook and cranny much to the annoyance of the little creatures who call it home.  I can imagine an emergency siren going through all the rock pools announcing T and her Dad’s presence.  Ugh.  Them again!  Apologies creatures of the sea…

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A Headland

Once you get tired of mucking about in the beach, there is also a headland nearby to walk the dog or do a little bit of hiking.  The views up there are breathtaking. And there are a few dotted benches around, where you can just sit, rest and take in the lovely picture-perfect view of the ocean like this couple I spied on our walk:

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The last time we were here, this touching memorial bench wasn’t even around:

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I can imagine why her mother loved this spot.  One can just spend hours staring out to sea, provided of course you’re dressed for strong winds, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Cafe

And if that isn’t enough reasons, there is also a nearby cafe where one can order delicious hot chocolate, ice-cream and other snacks like this yummy waffle T had fun devouring.  A great place to seek refuge especially since the Cornish (or should I say English weather) drastically changes from good to bad within minutes.

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Public Toilet

And lastly, all parents with young children will understand why I included this on the list:  Widemouth Bay has a nearby public toilet!  Perfect for those emergencies that often come with spending long times on the beach.  There are loads of lovely beaches here in Cornwall, but sadly most of them have toilets that are very far from the beach and when you’re running with your child about to do a number two, a nearby toilet is heaven-sent!

So if you’re visiting down here in North Cornwall and want a little bit of everything, chances are Widemouth bay might just foot the bill.

Have you been to North Cornwall?

What’s your favourite jaunt in the area? Do share.

Swimming in a Warm Sea

“The water is warm Mum!”  Squeals little T as she first dipped her little toes on the beach.  We were visiting my sister-in-law’s lovely family whose house is located by the beach.  Yes, I know.  Lucky people.  This was little T’s first experience of visiting a beach in a tropical country.  Here in Cornwall, the water is always cold even in the summer, so the experience was really a joy for little T.

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And here she is swimming with my brother.

As you would have guessed, after those first few dips, she was hooked and would nag us every morning to go to the beach.  She wasn’t the only one who loved it, their black labrador named, Ali would happily bounce along with T for a little jaunt on the beach and water.

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T also loved beach-combing and would spend hours hunting for special shells and shiny stones to take with her back to Cornwall.

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And then she found this:

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I want to take this back with us to England!  She exclaimed.

Adamant that she was taking this driftwood back with her, she didn’t stop until her dad agreed to take it back with us to the house where we were staying.  Thankfully, she forgot all about it after a few days.

We also had a chance to visit, Boracay.  A famous beach where tourists would flock to every month of the year.  Since the Philippines is a tropical country, there is no such thing as tourist season.  People visit from all over to bask in the warm weather, white sands and turquoise sea.

 Since we were already nearby, we decided to visit it too.

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Little T loved the powdery white sands and warm water.

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She also enjoyed having her hair plaited by the many women who for a fee, offered to braid tourists hair with different styles.  I didn’t know there were many to choose from!

Last time I was here was sometime in 2005.  It was better then of course, sadly today, Boracay is amassed with tourist and “touristy stuff” which frankly isn’t appealing to me at all.  Thank goodness the white powdery beach and lovely sea is still breathtaking … just keep your eyes focused on that and try to forget everything else that is in the island.

What about you?

Did you go anywhere warm over the summer holiday?