Something we all wanted to make time for this summer was a proper trip to the beach. Not just a walk and a paddle but a full submersion effort complete with boogie boards.
Well, strictly speaking, it was the children who were interested in the full submersion, that bit is rather less attractive to me and John.
A couple of days ago the weather was dry and not too cold so we rushed down to Gullane. We kept the children out of the water as long as we could – we knew that once they’d been in they would be pretty chilly and it would be time to pack up.
Katie had so much fun playing with her brothers and sister, though occasionally she wished she could move as fast as them and that it wasn’t such a struggle to keep up.
We had a mini olympics session in which Finn completely trounced me and John at the ‘long distance’, maybe 400m, race. We were both a little subdued after that reminder of our elderliness.
Angus and Islay, sometimes the most bickersome of children – and, yes, I’m sure that is a word or at least it should be – can, at other times, be the very best of friends. The beach brought out the best of this and they had a wonderful time making a sandcastle together and later playing on their boogie boards.
Apart from feeling rather humiliated John and I enjoyed the fresh air and seeing everyone have so much fun.
We managed to avoid getting too wet although, actually, for the North Sea it wasn’t all that cold.
I have no idea where they learnt to pose like they are in the photo above. It certainly wasn’t from me – I can’t even remember to stand with my feet together.
I’m so pleased we ticked this off our summer list. Though, of course, if we have another suitable day we’ll be back again……………just with shorter races.
Or perhaps we’ll handicap our eldest until he learns to be less pleased at beating us.