In the summertime when the weather is fine…

On Friday I checked the forecast and it said that Saturday would be beautiful and hot so a quick text to the hubster and a couple of our friends and a beach trip was booked for the weekend

Every time we go to the beach you can pretty much guarantee its going to be a long day at West Wittering. I love that you can stay on the beach all day and end with a BBQ on the grass while the masses queue to leave and you watch the sun set

It took a while to heat up but once the sun was out it was hot hot hot!

As always, J was the first in the water with her rubber ring. Although she wouldn’t go straight into the sea she had a great time splashing about in the small pools that were left after the tide went out

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J was the first as always in the ‘puddles’
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When the tide is out the small pools are perfect for toddlers
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Daddy and J coming back with water for the hole they dug

They didn’t have the “anti inflatables” flag up this week so we took the opportunity to put J in her boat which also came in handy as a sleeping aid when she requested a nap and a warm lunch

We took her in the sea on several occasions with the boat and added “Captain” to her name. She has said her name for the last year but the pronunciation was a bit out although on our beach trip she said it perfectly for the first time. I was so excited and am so proud. Only the other day my grandparents were saying her pronunciation wasn’t great but earlier in the year she called Lexi “dee-dee” until recently, and on this occasion once more she proved me right

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Snuggled up in towels and her inflatable boat with a sausage roll as lunch
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The Minnie Mouse glasses are essential for a nap in a dinghy…

The group also decided to build a helter-skelter sandcastle for the boules balls to go down. It took much of the day and we had several interested looks and discussions with onlookers. It was mostly the hubster and our friends making it, with the odd addition from J (I often wonder who the kids are!)

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J helping with the initial dig of the helter-skelter
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Testing the helter-skelter
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2 boules balls and several hours later they were complete!
I really like this shot
I really like this shot

Before we knew it (and a couple of snoozes later) we realised it was nearing 6pm and time to head for a BBQ on the field. One of our portable BBQ’s wouldn’t light but that didn’t deter the mood and “chef Shell” made us a scrummy dinner of lamb burgers and sausages

There were a few boiled eggs set aside which J picked up and promptly started peeling. She has always had an issue with eggs and been reluctant to eat them until recently, where as long as she’s peeled them she will sit there happily eating them

The sunset was absolutely beautiful and we finished our amazing day off with a family picture as the sun set in the background

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J and her peeled boiled egg
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Family sunset photo
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A beautiful sunset captured from the car as we were driving home

 Linking up with fiona at Coombe Mill for the fantastic Country Kids linky
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Also linking up for the #Whatevertheweather linky

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17 thoughts on “In the summertime when the weather is fine…

  1. Lovely photographs – it looks like a fabulous day. My husband is always the one building the epic sandcastles (or playing most enthusiastically with many toys, come to think of it!) I, too, sometimes wonder who the child is, but I do love that fatherhood is giving him a perfect excuse for such fun!

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  2. Ah it looks like a fabulous day at the beach and I love the photo of her asleep in the dinghy. So cute. That sunset is just beautiful too. x

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  3. What a gorgeous day and very like the one we have just had down at Polzeath. Nothing like a day on the beach when the weather is good. Lovely photos and great helter skelter. I do love to be able to stay until the sun goes down and feel the salt tingling on my skin on the journey home. Thank you for sharing your family day with me on Country Kids.

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  4. Oh my god this brings back so many of my own childhood memories. I live in Cornwall right by the sea and we used to have beach days followed by bbqs watching the sunset. They were my favourite days. I can’t wait to repeat them with my daughter. The pictures of her napping the boat are adorable! And what a genius idea to make a helter skelter. It’s nice to do something creative other than the usually pits and hills you see on the beaches. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather x

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  5. A perfect beach day! So sweet that she can now pronounce the names correctly, sometimes certain words can take longer anyway. O hasn’t managed to get his quite right until very recently and he’s almost 4, kept getting the letters the wrong way round!
    I love the nap in the boat idea, a perfect bed! She looks so snug in there. And that helper skeleton sandcastle is a great idea! I might have to borrow it for our next beach day!
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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