Winter Beach Fun
There is nothing I love more than to see the sea in winter time. For us summer is so easy, the kids have the discipline of surf club each week so I know I'm going to get some sea air, but in winter short days, cold weather and school commitments can make it so much harder. This year I vowed I would make more of an effort to enjoy some of the nicer winter days down at the beach and I'm delighted to say I'm managing it so far.
We were blessed with some lovely sunny and mild days over the New Year break which made my children believe it is summer and strip off to play in the rock pools!
A football at low tide is the perfect way to keep warm after a chilly play in the water. The children do love it when the grownups join in too and frankly it helped to keep the grandmothers warm!
We had such a lovely couple of hours we returned when the children's cousins came to stay. This time the tide was in so we took the spades down along the coast path to the softer sand and built a huge castle. With no prospect of the tide reaching it the kids used it as a jumping challenge. It's fair to say my lanky 16 year old had a huge advantage of leg length and strength over the triplets and their younger cousins, but that didn't deter any of them from trying to clear the huge castle.
It was wonderful to see them piling on the castle one after another, crashing, falling and laughing with sand flying everywhere until the castle was conquered. It reminds me how it really is the simple things in life that makes childhood memories to cherish.
After ice creams and pasties we stopped to watch the sun sink low and head back along the coast path to the cars. I love this time of day on the beach in winter, the sunsets are magnificent and travelling home with sand in my hair I feel like it is summer.
Keen to hang on to the summer feeling and the merry mood of the kids we phoned ahead to Farmer Nick to light up the BBQ hut and defrost some Coombe Mill sausages. It was the perfect end to a winter beach day as everyone piled in to warm up around the coals as the darkness set in.
These are some of my favourite winter days in Cornwall, making the most of our beautiful beaches and enjoying an alfresco winter meal. We are open again from half term on 14th February if you fancy some good old fashioned family fun on a winter holiday.
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A few of my favourites from last week:
I love these hobby horses from a fun day out at Hadrian's Wall with North East Family Fun
Long Grass makes a perfect playing field for Jack's Paper Moon
It is the RSPB birdwatch weekend this weekend, twitching can be fun in many locations as Diary of the Evans Crittens and The Princess and the Pickle discovered.
Gemma The Family Girl matched my post last week with a trip to Plymouth Hoe showing just how much the city has to offer.
Extraordinary Chaos found that a football match can make a great family day out, having just been myself I couldn't agree more.