This weekend saw us take a wee spontaneous trip to the sea. (Another one to tick off our Valentines Hearts To Do List!)
We woke up on Sunday and in London the sky was a brilliant blue, it just seemed right to do something and utilitise the day to its fullest!
We literally looked at a map of the South East, decided on the sea and jumped in the car – heading for Shoreham by Sea.
Full of excitement, the children stayed awake all the way (not the intention) chatting away about what it would be like ‘to visit the sea’ for the first time this year.
As soon as we arrived, the blue skies turned to hail (hail? What is up with our crazy weather?!) so we abandoned the picnic-outside-idea and settled for a picnic in the park. For our children, this is as good as an outdoor picnic. They get excited about anything out of the ordinary involving the car. Second to wearing their PJs in the car-picnics in the car are rock and roll to my kiddos. The seagulls hovered round the car and practically pounced on us as we opened the door!
Once we were fed and watered, the skies had cleared and so we headed out for a little potter.
We had not appreciated (being such townies) that anything outside of London wouldn’t actually be open on a Sunday nor that it would be ABSOLUTELY freezing! Nevertheless we found the odd vintage shop to scour and Bean enjoyed spotting boats at the harbour. We tucked into a scrummy chocolate and chilli brownie (Mr M thought we were bad parents because the brownies tasted like they had a fair bit of liqueur in) and hot chocolate.
The highlight of the little trip was probably the railroad crossing. Bean could not believe that we could step on the tracks and watch the train cross the road!
The simplest things to excite little minds!
And as we ventured beyond the harbour, we just saw the slightest glimmer of blue sky!