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This Plus That Equals…. Beach Days

This plus that equals…. beach days

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about how we make the most of having the seaside so close and enjoy our beach days.

New Years Walk at the Beach
Cromer Beach, Norfolk

Always bring a towel

It doesn’t matter if we are popping to the beach for an hour or a day. We always bring a towel and spare socks, sand goes every where and even if it was just a calm walk by the sea L’s shoes get filled with sand.

It’s not nice for him. So a clean pair of socks and a towel to wipe off his feet is a must. The towel is also useful as a last minute picnic blanket, to dry him if he gets wet, to protect the car seat from too much dirt, even once as an extra layer (think shawl crossed with a cape) on a day we had REALLY misjudged the temperature and the jumper and thick coat he was wearing were not enough.

Beach fun with Peppa
Beach fun with Peppa. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

As much stress as fun

Please don’t eat the sand. No you cannot go on another ridiculously expensive ride. You don’t always win on the 2p machines. No you cannot have an ice cream and donuts and candy floss. I’m sorry but because you let go of your kite it is actually gone.

Going to the beach is not always an easy task. But for all the stressful parts we always have fun. Skimming stones, winning cheap tat, enjoying fish and chips and searching for shells. We will often end up laughing until we cry about something that has happened. The sea air and beautiful beaches are good for the soul, whatever your age.

Southwold Beach
A misty but perfect day at Southwold Beach, Suffolk

Ridiculously heavy bags

Even for a short trip the bags are heavy. We always collect up 2p coins to take to the beach, they can weigh a lot on their own. Then there are the buckets and spades. All of the baby wipes. A change of clothes. Towels. Snacks. Extra drinks because of the inevitable sand eating. Sometimes we win more amazing beach tat at the arcades.

If I’m extra lucky I also get to carry a worn out child.

Heavy, heavy, heavy.

The beautiful beach at Wells, Norfolk

Chips, ice cream, donuts. Just all the food

A trip to the beach isn’t the same without beach food. We often take a picnic but will still share a portion of chips between the three of us.

Hot days call for ice cream, obviously. You cannot beat fresh hot donuts at the beach, they taste even better for being at the seaside. I love a pot of shrimps.

The best thing is finding out my favourite chip shop sells battered brie and chips. Mmmmmm. It is so good. Or heading to our favourite pub for a pint and whatever amazing food is on their menu.

Beach days are very often food days.

Exploring the beach at Sandaway
It’s hard not to be exhausted when you’ve got to find such big stones

Exhaustion

Fresh air, running around, too much fun, too much food. It all leads to sleep. You have got to get the timing right with a beach day to avoid a complete melt down.

Because we have plenty of stunning beaches in Norfolk we are never too far from home so can adjust our days as we need to. We have always found mornings best for us, with the promise of lunch to keep him going and then if we want to make a full day of it we leave the lure of arcades and sweet treats to pull us through the afternoon.

Sadly the days of long walks as he napped in the pushchair are long gone but we are at least guaranteed a peaceful drive home.

Mermaid's Cove
Mermaid’s Cove Devon. We do love visiting the beach.

Finally, I’m linking up with #TwinklyTuesday, #Blogstravaganza, #StayClassyMama and #fortheloveofBLOG

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22 thoughts on “This Plus That Equals…. Beach Days”

  1. This summer we took Peachy to the beach for the first time and it was amazing. Good time had by all even though the bags were heavy and sand was in everything. Thanks for joining #Blogstravaganza. Hope to see you again.

  2. Oh my! I couldn’t agree more. We live opposite the beach and my bad is still so so heavy. Also stressful as much as fun is probably the best way to describe it too. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassymama

  3. Beach food is definitely the best. I think despite the obvious balance of stress it does sound like a lot of fun. I wish we lived closer to the beach. Thank you for joining #fortheloveofBLOG

  4. You are so lucky to have lots of gorgeous beaches. Towels are always a must but so easily forgotten. We always end up with a bag full of pebbles to bring home. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  5. I love going to the beach, luckily our local one isn’t sandy so we don’t all get covered in sand but we still seem to take half the house. I love the fresh air as well. #fortheloveofBlog

  6. I LOVE beach days (even though they are a ton of work), and you’re right – it’s all about the food. When my boys were tiny, I used to keep changes of clothes in the mini-van all the time because I never knew when or
    how they would find an opportunity to get wet or dirty.

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