Wednesday started with me getting all my photocopying done for the first few weeks at work and sorting out some other work bits and bobs.
Then a quick visit to M&S, for what else but knickers!
Then over to the park for the Not Back to School Picnic. Arriving early is not really the done thing for home educators but surprisingly Shane and Bran were already there. We sat together looking like a dysfunctional family – Shane at one end of the bench and me perched at the other end – separated by a large puddling in the middle – Ruth sat with her back to us ignoring us and reading a book and all of us completely ignoring Bran and Jonathan in the play park! Eventually others arrived and we had a lovely picnic in the sun.
We had to head off early in the afternoon as we had a plan to go to Whitecliff Bay. We love Whitecliff bay. We used to own a caravan at Sandhills holiday park and while we hated all the hassle renting it out was we loved the quiet times when we could have it to ourselves. The grandparents had the use of a caravan there for the week and we headed over there to relive all the wonderfulness that we felt at Our Beach.
We arrived and headed straight for the beach – Ruth even forgot to put her bag down she was in such a hurry and even martin had a paddle although he did only need a knotted hanky to finish off the look!
Rebekah insists she is not going to get wet (but we know she can’t help herself) and it’s nice to see that even at their age they’ll tolerate playing with their grandpa (who is not as brave as he thought he was!).
Ruth is looking beautiful and I am looking even more ridiculous than Martin!
Jonathan spent his time digging a big hole – well it’s what small boys are supposed to do! Ruth tries out her Kate Winslet impression!
I managed to persuade everyone that what would really make my day was a cuppa in peace and quiet at the lovely little cafe on the beach.
When I had eventually finished I discovered lovely blackberries to pick on the way back up the cliff to the caravan park.
They were lovely and I managed to pick a fair few on my slow walk back. They all thought I was drinking tea for the whole time, I can’t understand how they could think that! As i walked along the coastal path a little I could smell the BBQ that Martin had started and returned to find the everyone settling down for food.
Jonathan and I had a wonder around the site hunting for pine cones. Rebekah objected most strongly to this as I said I was collecting them for an Autumn display but also to be sprayed gold for Christmas. – it was the C word at this time of year that she strongly objected too!
Jonathan also rediscovered the swings and we found a good supply of FUNGI, we dug up a few samples to make spore prints for our nature table (that didn’t go quite to plan but more on that later)!
By the time we headed back to the caravan and the rest of the BBQ the girls had decided that the summer was now over and winter had begun, either that or they were getting in practice for the queues at the next Next sale! We had an altogether lovely day 🙂