so, to change the mood around, we set off on holiday to mudeford, shared with my parents and my nephew and niece. we were staying at sandhills which is right on the beach. It is a place with memories. my sister and i had holidays with my parents in mudeford as children, and also with nanny and grandad at highcliffe. Then, soon after my sister's diagnosis of breast cancer we all went to sandhills for a holiday. so there is a soothing time element, of feeling us all there.
we arrived was M's birthday - he is now 14! - and loved his presents,
giggled madly over the plastic giraffe from BB!! and loved his party tea
and cake, and us all making a fuss of him. amongst the presents, we
also bought him minecraft, and since the holiday, he has played it
nearly non stop! so that was a good present :) . the kids had a lovely
holiday together, and get on very well.
we had a timetable for
most days - brekkie, swimming in the pool, lunch, beach and then
crabbing/kiting/games. we did have 2 excursions - one to highcliffe castle which I am fairly certain we visited in 1977! and once to hurst castle
. Both were good trips. highcliffe as interesting, some clothes to try
on for FrB, which she loves! and a great cafe - I had a cream tea =
yummy. DH and the 2 big girls walked back to the camspite along the
beach. Hurst was bigger and more to do. the ferry ride there and back is
lovely, and the tudor defence is interesting to walk round, and we
could see the similarity with deal in kent. The modern bit also houses a
rather lovely bijou lighthouse museum. Again a cafe, and lunch this
time! afterwards we walked to the lighthouse and looked at all the
yachts for cowes week.
otherwise we mostly swam in the pool,
visited the beach and on the last day the tide was really out, so it
felt you could walk to the isles of wight! we also ferried across the
spit and tried out the beach on the other side - which was nicer ;) DH
left his phone on the ferry, but thankfully it was still there. A fair
bit of scootering and games playing. not so much crafting as the weather
was so fabulous. [v lucky :) ] mostly all was lovely. some up and down
kids moments - to be expected! - but mostly managed ;) .
last evening we went out for a meal at the restaurant on the beach and
really loved it. the kids were well behaved, and ate well, and the
atmosphere was nice. it rained a complete downpour as we walked home
tho! the big 2 took lots of selfies, as it was the last day of FrB being
ours. big deep breath.
thankyou all for a lovely holiday.