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Five Fun Activities to do on a beach when you're Four

Summer certainly feels like it has finally come.  Although of course we still do have days when it rains and it actually feels more like autumn than summer, but then again, this is England.  It rains in every season, that’s just the way it is.

We had a close friend stay with us during the break in May and we took her to New Polzeath beach.  When you’re four years-old, the sea is still a bit off-limits to you, unless you’re wearing a wet suit, then you can probably do belly-boarding with your parents.  But since little T has outgrown her suit and we haven’t bought a new one for her, she had to content herself with playing in the sand or:

1.  Play or splash-about in the little pools.

When the tide has ebbed, it leaves lovely little pools perfect for little ones to have a play-on.  Some of them are deep enough for a little swim, and some are perfect for splashing around as seen on the picture below.

2.  Meet and make new friends.

And of course, just like swimming pools, these little body of water are perfect for meeting and making new friends.

Little T and her new-found friend played together for a few hours.  Chasing each other around and just lolling around the little pools chatting.  It was lovely to watch them, isn’t this what summer memories should be all about?

3.  Eat ice-cream

If you’ve visited any beach in Cornwall, seeing a Kelly Whip Cornish ice-cream van on the beach is a typical scene around here.  And of course, when it’s there, you must not miss the chance to eat your favourite flavoured ice-cream, it’s all part of being on the beach, you see, especially on a Cornish beach.

4.  Make a sandcastle or a sand sculpture.

But if you’re as creative and as artistic as our close friend S, instead of a sandcastle, why not make a seahorse instead?

And here’s little T with her creative/craft/arty Auntie S, making a sea-horse sculpture which she aptly named Curl.

They used sea-weed to decorate Curl and an ice-cream cap and some shells for her eyes.

5.  Watch the tide come in.

And lastly, wait and watch the tide come in to take your sea-horse back home again.

Little T and her Auntie S watching the tide come in.

And from the top of the hill, we watched Curl slowly disappear.  In little T’s head, she was waving goodbye to her and saying “Thank you little T for releasing me back into the sea”.

What about you?

What are you favourite things to do on the beach?

NaBloPoMo: October 1- 3 Daily Prompts

I’ve joined NaBloPoMo’s daily prompts for October.  I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired lately, and I’m hoping these little writing exercises will sort of help me get back on track.  But I’ll be cheating a bit here, I don’t think I’ll be able to write everyday, what I’ll do instead is bundle the days up together in one blog post.  Sorry!  But who knows, maybe I’ll be inspired to write longer and more interesting posts rather than my usual Today, little T did this, did that, said this, said that kind of thing.

For the 1st of October the daily prompt is: What is your favourite thing about Autumn?  I don’t have one reason, I have four!  And they are:

1.  The changing of the colours of the leaves from brown to gold, everything seems to be tinted in gold!

2.  The cold air does not bite, but is enough to reason to wrap oneself up in a nice cardigan, or layer up.

3.  As a parent of a young child, I’ve learned to embrace everything about Halloween: carving pumpkins, Halloween costumes and of course, the treats.

4.  And lastly, I love it because we had a lovely small but beautiful wedding in Autumn.

October 2 Daily prompt: What is your favourite autumnal flavour?

The first thing that came into my mind is ginger!  I don’t know why, perhaps it reminds me of all the lovely soups to be made when the air is cold and ginger happens to be one of the main ingredients in some of the delicious recipes I’ve found like this yummy, creamy must-try Ginger Carrot Soup recipe.  If you’re not a big fan of carrots, try this Butternut Squash Soup recipe instead.  I’ve tried them both and can attest to how delicious they are, even the little one loves it!

October 3 Daily Prompt:  Will you dress up for Halloween?  What will you be?

Nope.  I’m just going to be me.  But I’m thinking of dressing up little T in this lovely no-sew Spider Web cap I’ve found in this lovely woman’s blog called Delia Creates.  She’s absolutely a goddess when it comes to DIY stuff.  When I grow up, I want to be her! =)

What do you love about Autumn?  Do share!