Living inland means opportunities to walk along a beach are a rare treat for my girls. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to have fun on the beach during our recent weekend in Torquay even if it was January!
It might have been chilly, but the sun was shining and it was a beautiful afternoon. Naturally the girls made a beeline for the water so they could paddle in their wellies. I couldn’t resist joining in too! It was a shame that hubby didn’t have any wellies and wasn’t able to join in as well.
We weren’t very well prepared for a trip to the beach though. Jessica had to settle for just using her hands to try and build a sandcastle. She was quite happy though – until the tide came in and started to “melt it away.” It did make me chuckle to see Jessica holding her hand out and telling the sea to stop, like a mini modern-day King Canute!
Hubby quite enjoyed trying to explain to Jessica about tides and how the moon pulls on the earth and makes the sea go in and out. I don’t think Jessica really understood Daddy’s little science lesson though! She made herself a second sandcastle further away from the sea but it wasn’t too long before the tide came in and surrounded that one too!
Sophie had fun picking up the seaweed on the beach to decorate the sandcastles. Between collecting seaweed and splashing in the sea she managed to get quite soggy. It was just as well our hotel wasn’t too far away!
I honestly cannot remember the last time I spent time on the beach in winter. It was such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I loved seeing Jessica and Sophie having so much fun splashing in the sea and building sandcastles. It didn’t matter to them that it was a chilly winter’s afternoon. As long as they were wrapped up warm, they could have just as much fun as they would have done in summer.