Thursday, 23 April 2015

A day at the beach, M's style...

In half term last spring, we visited Crosby beach for the very first time. Its where my logo badge was captured. It was a great day out, albeit very muddy, when we were not expecting mud. You can read about it here. We had so much fun, that we decided to go back again this half term, with some different friends then last time, with 3 boys. Crosby beach is famous for the 100 cast iron statues of naked men, which the girls found hilarious last time.
 

 
This time with boys though, that hysterical side wasn't there, but I did hear from one of the boys, "mum, why is he showing his weaner?", then that was all on the subject. This beach in particular only took us 1hour 20 minutes from home, which really surprised me, I think we will be going more often. We don't get to visit the beach often due to the distance, so it really is a novelty to the girlies. When we arrived it was still foggy, but the sun was trying to break through, it made it really errie, and it seemed so peaceful, as we couldn't see the docks, or other people, just statues emerging... 


The sea soon captured all the children, and they were off to the sea line, it felt like we were abroad, not in Liverpool...


Once at a sea line, J's temptation couldn't last anymore, she was in the sea. We came prepared this time in wellies, expecting it to be muddy. It didn't seem it this time, just sand. She was allowed up to the buckles on her wellies, as were due to be out all day, and no one likes wet children...


JW also joined her, heading into the mist..


The water didn't tempt S who was happy enough to just draw in the sand with a stick.


We took along the girls metal detector, which they have had for a few years, but never used. This was a true novelty, especially with the iron men around... unfortunately, I don't think I programmed it right, and it didn't really do anything...

 
The statues couldn't keep J out the water for long, and she was soon back in. The tide was coming in quick, and we had to keep reminding her to walk closer into the beach.  This picture I think really captures the different personality of my girls. Both enjoying the location, but happy doing different things. S trying to skim stones, and J happy splashing around.


J was carefully trying to make big splashes without getting to wet..


Whilst, S didn't like sandy hands, and decided to clean them on me... Thanks sweetie...


JW soon was back by J's side, and they were happily playing together, got a little giddy splashing each other, and then I caught this... teeheee... couldn't help but laugh... think JW got his payback for J kicking water up at him...


Thankfully it was followed by laughter, and lots of it... and then as she was already wet through, there was no point in being careful with the splashes, as she tried to make as big a splash as she could...


Whilst S looked for shells...


 ... and made sand angels...


...we managed to tempt J back onto land with the metal detector, but she was soon complaining she was getting cold...


So after a "I told you so" she was stripped off and in my hoody. Her spare clothes were back in the car, and it was time for a picnic... JW was also cold, but hey ho, kids will be kids, and they need to learn.... however, J doesn't need anymore tips on pulling of a stroppy teenager. At aged 5, I think she has it perfect. I'm not looking forward to those years...

 
Once she was dried off, it was time for a picnic. The sea defence was the perfect place for it, off the sand..  and natty mats, came in handy to soften them on the bums... (and pack J's sodden clothes away without getting everything else wet, review coming soon!)
 

 S was soon bored of eating, like usual, and was climbing...


After the picnic, and with two children cold and wet, we decided it was best to head back to the car, and change them, ready for a walk, out of the sea. Once changed, they headed up onto the sand dunes...  the beaches of Bournemouth and Sandbanks, which I grew up with don't have dunes, so they are a novelty for me too, and yes, I did "have" to help S didn't I...
 

The photos came out amazing, the sky was a deep blue, and J stood out in her bright pink jumper... she was happy being "one of the boys" as much as could, trying to keep up with them..


 ..and climbing steep dunes, pretending they were castles...


..SW was showing J how to do it, by cannon balling it off the edge...


...J was a little hesitant, and S was following behind too...


 ...but with SW at the bottom egging her on, she did do it, and S followed too holding onto to my hands...


...it was then back to chasing the boys along the top of the dunes..


...and attempting to slide down the dunes... she soon realised that they weren't very slippy...


..we managed to persuade them all down from the dunes, with a race to the post...


...they all managed it before the mummies, and were rewarded with some juice..


...and back at the other end, rewarded with ice creams, and ice lollies...


So that's how we spent our time at the beach this half term. The beach makes a change from the woods, and hill climbs and walks around the lakes that we usually do. I'm not sure if we are classed as country kids or city kids... but we are not beach kids...

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10 comments:

  1. What a really lovely family day out - made me laugh with the comments about the statues! Great pictures too.

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  2. Looks like you had a great day out with the family. I used to love going to the beach as a child x

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  3. Oh wow. If we go to the beach we go to southport. I will def think of Crosby though.

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    1. We prefer Crosby as it is quieter, slightly closer and free parking. If you park near the leisure centre, you have the toilets too. :-)

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  4. Fab photos, love the action shot of your LO falling into the water! ;)

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  5. Those statues are quite something aren't they! Lovely photos and it looks like you all had an enjoyable day too. Thanks for linking up with the #BinkyLinky

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  6. Looks like you had a lovely day, your photos are fab although I would have been upset at getting so wet ha ha lovely to meet you yesterday too x

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  7. Looks like you had an amazing time brilliant photos thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

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  8. Naked men?! We've never heard of these - how funny! Great photos, thank you for linking up to #travelwithkids

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  9. Looks like a fab day out :) Thanks for linking up to #travelwithkids

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