Yesterday we set out to spend a day at the beach. We've never done this before, not with the sole aim of being a family at the beach all day. It was a first for us.
We decided to drive to Boscombe and enjoy the quieter beach experience there. It was a good choice. We had the beach almost to ourselves at 10am and found the perfect spot to set up. We brought chairs, a picnic, swimming stuff, a bucket and spade and my kindle.
Mike and Rachel immediately set about digging a massive hole or "trap". They made it deep enough to hold Rachel.
They then decided to decorate it. First with sand castles and shells; then with a protective wall and gate.
I'm mighty impressed by their creation.
After that Rachel decided to brave the sea. After a few screams she eventually aclimatised and spent the next hour playing in the waves and splashing Mike.
I was safely guarding their castle creation and reading http://llmcalling.blogspot.com/2011/07/sister-by-rosamund-lupton.html on my Kindle!
Three hours flew by before we had our picnic of ham and cheese sandwiches, crisps, bananas and a drink.
There is a fabulous little land train that runs up and down the front from Boscombe to Bournemouth.
After lunch we rode the train to Bournemouth. There we walked along the front, took the west cliff lift, walked along the cliff top and then back to the pier. We meandered through the gardens, had an ice cream and after a few hours caught the train back to Boscombe.
The day was topped off with dinner at the restaurant on the beach at Boscombe before we drove back to the flat properly exhausted and a little sandy.
If ten years ago you'd told me that one day I'd enjoy a day at the beach just chilling out, I'd have thought you were mad. But we had a fabulous day and might just do it again soon.