It’s no secret that my little family are slightly obsessed with the beach. As often as we can we pop down there for a stroll, to collect pebbles, build sandcastles and dunk our toes in the sea. On really lovely beach days we even have an ice-cream.
It’s a place we go as a family that costs nothing but time and petrol getting there, it’s moments from our house and it’s such a calm place to be with our little ones.
A lot of the time I visit there with the kiddies by myself, while Mr F is at work. It’s the one place I feel completely comfortable taking the kids to. I know that there’ll be no tantrums, no arguing, no worrying of them wandering off. It’s just fun and dare I say easy.
This morning I decided to whizz the kids down to the beach as soon as we woke up. The sky was blue and I could already feel the stifling heat creeping into our home. I knew to escape this horrid heatwave we’re in right now we needed to escape to the beach.
None of us have been sleeping very well since the heat has been turned up a few notches. Our home is one that catches the sun all day, from every window, on every wall. Even with the curtains and blinds drawn it seems to absorb the heat making us all very sticky and irritable. During the night I’ve been tending to my littlest one around five times and both have been waking before 6am, sometimes not being able to settle at night until hours past their bedtime. Any other time this would bother me, but I can’t help but feel sorry for them. I wish I could suck the heat out of their rooms and make them feel comfortable to sleep in it, but unfortunately it’ll just take lots of cuddles and midnight water runs until the temperature drops. I’m ok with that, more than ok with it. But it does mean we’re all grizzly the next day, which means escaping to the beach is the best option for a peaceful morning.
The good thing about the sunshine is how beautiful it can make our country look. Driving past the lavender and wheat fields on the way to the beach with the golden sun beating down on them made me feel as though I was on holiday. Mr F jokes sometimes that motherhood is one long holiday, but mums that stay home with their kids know that’s not the case!
We arrived at the beach at the perfect time, there were a few people catching their morning fish. The sun was still creating a golden sheen on everything it touched and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We visited Dungeness, which is also known as Britains only Desert (that idea makes me giggle), but this morning it felt tropical. The beach felt different to the other times we visit. If I knew no better and someone told me that we were in Spain or France, I’d probably agree.
We walked along the board walk and were met with a glittering ocean, with teeny sail boats dotted across it. The sea was blue and calm, which was a photographers dream with the sail boats and bright blue skies above. I wished that Mr F could have been there with us. but somebody needs to work to pay the bills! But it felt lovely to be enjoying this with my two other favourite people.
We sat right on the cusp of the sea edge, for me I just enjoyed watching the waves. The kids on the other hand had so much fun throwing pebbles into the sea, searching for shells and filling their buckets. Of course the day wasn’t as glossy as I make out. They threw pebbles at each other and had a few falls on the uneven ground, but it was a perfect morning. It felt like a real holiday and made me realize that we don’t really need to go abroad to experience the buzz of the beach. The UK has so much to offer. Although I would like to get their first flight out of the way pretty sharpish!
We left just as the intensity of the heat started to increase and made it home for lunch. Which ended up being a bowl of fruit, because it was simply too hot for anything else.
It was such a lovely morning. Sometimes it’s the ordinary moments and the days we put little effort into that we appreciate the most. I’m looking forward to our next visit to the beach, which will probably be in a few days, you know how we love it. I am hoping that it cools down a little though, it’s so tempting to only live in our undies right now but I don’t think my sagging body would be a welcome sight anywhere!