Have you been enjoying this unexpected late May heatwave? It really feels like summer is showing what she could be. Here in North Cornwall temperatures have dropped a little today but we’ve enjoyed day after day of beautiful sunshine for the past week or so. The lanes are overflowing with colour and growth and I think I’ve managed beach yoga three weeks running, which means it has been sunny the last three Monday mornings.
As I’ve written about a lot after moving down here, we are trying to simplify life and enjoy living slowly, seasonally and in the moment. So, we have developed a policy much like the farmers – if it is a sunny evening, we make the most of the weather and often end up having a bit of a late bedtime, favouring getting outside and enjoying the fresh sea air. (We have observed that one a sunny evening, the farmers work until the darkness falls and the most interesting time can be had watching the tractors making their way along the tiny lanes, moving mowing machines, and large trailers and all sorts. Heaven for those that like that sort of entertainment, like some two-year-olds I know, but I digress).
The contrasts of these periods of warm soft sunshine with the gorgeous rain that Cornwall does so well are what makes these kind of evenings special. If it happened every evening, it wouldn’t seem half so lovely, I don’t think. So, we often head to the beach straight from school pick up. Sometimes we take food with us, sometimes we pick up a picnic from the village shop, or get fish and chips. And sometimes, we eat at our favourite beachside restaurant, SurfSide.
We try not to overpack or over think these sun-filled outings. Everyone in this family (bar M, perhaps) loves a simple striped top so the kids changed straight into these striped tops on the beach, discarding their school uniform into my basket. Thrown on over warmed salty skin, I think the kids looked super cute, but more importantly, the kids liked how they felt. Lighthouse had sent us these a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to give them a few wears to try them out. As that evening I was coincidentally wearing mine, I had M take a few photos of the three of us together, but no-one really wanted to stop and pose, so these were the best I could manage!
When we don’t fancy the sandy beach, or eating out, we head for our favourite pebble beach and eat at Nana and Granddad’s house before heading down to play at the water’s edge, the adults chatting gently whilst the children skim stones, grub around looking in the rock pools and just generally splashing around.
I love that on the beach the kids barely need any input from us – it is fascinating seeing and hearing their imaginations coming to life – Pip is rather into superheroes at the moment and spends a lot of time on the beach either looking for faeries and so on, or fighting the baddies with the help of her girls, (invisible girl, blend girl and chameleon girl). Buster on the other hand has only just started playing alongside her in his imagination, so he is usually doing more everyday things like cooking, which seems to be his favourite pretend pasttime, or playing football, or just digging. With his hands, or a spade, he doesn’t seem to mind. And we love to sit (or stand in the water’s edge) chatting about our plans and work and life and just watch them get on with their games. That’s one of the (many) things I’m appreciating about being here – there are lots of simple things to enjoy, whatever the weather.
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