After being subjected to weeks of stormy weather, Kent was bathed in sunshine this weekend.
We were already planning on visiting my Granny in Broadstairs, so couldn’t resist a trip to the beach to blow away some cobwebs.
We love Broadstairs beach, especially Viking Bay. It’s the first place that Potato swam in the sea and the location of our favourite ice cream parlour ever.
The sun may have been shining today, but it was extremely windy and very cold. So wel wrapped up warm and dressed Potato in wellies and puddlesuit, and off we went.
Once we got down to the beach itself, the wind dropped and the wet sand was much easier for Potato to run on than I’d expected. The recent storms had cleared much off the beach and the tide had turned. So the sand was clean and unblemished, ready to be marked with fresh footprints.
The sand was dotted with chalky white rocks, all worn in interesting ways by the sea and wind.
Potato was a little nervous of the waves at first, but eventually ventured close enough to get his wellies wet. His favourite pastime though, was picking up handfuls of damp sand, and feeling how it clumped together.
The retreating tide was beginning to expose rocks, creating exciting rock pools to explore. Potato still struggles a little in wellies, because of his intoeing, so didn’t want to clamber too much on his own this time. He was fine holding my hand though, and I’m sure if he’d been in his normal footwear, I’d have been scurrying after him.
As we walked, Potato amazed us with his ever-increasing vocabulary. He pointed out and named dogs, birds and birds and later trees and babies. We walked all the way along the beach and explored the boats at the end.
We stopped off for some fabulous fish and chips before walking back along the promenade and watching the children jump and slide of the sand breakwater.
After a quick visit to (Great) Granny, we bundled back into our cars and headed home. Potato was asleep before we’d even got to the end of the road!
I’m linking up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids. Click the back below to see how everybody else has been getting out and about in cold weather.