The Spring Beach
14May

The Spring Beach

Swanage

We managed to squeeze in another trip to the beach during the Easter holidays.  It was much warmer than our winter beach experience in February but still not quite the hazy summer experience I favour.  In the summer we tend to favour the National Trust Beaches of Studland backing on to the dunes and close to the ferry crossing but this time we decided to take a trip to Swanage, Dorset in search of some fresh crab for lunch!...

Swanage has a lovely beach (Blue Flag awarded) and it was lovely to walk along the beach and let the children paddle and search for shells.  We found the Fresh Fish hut located close to the pier and ordered fresh crab, cockles and chips - proper seaside fare! The children paddled close by while we waited for our food and it was lovely to sit by the sea and enjoy a gorgeous lunch. 

Afterwards the children each had an ice-cream (compulsorily at any beach!) and as the weather had clouded over we took ourselves off for a wander along the pier.  I think there is something about the seaside that just brings out the best in children, they were running and laughing and content and we were content just to watch them.

We headed back home via the car ferry to Poole (this fools the children into thinking they have been on a really long journey!) and stopped in the large park for another walk and runabout before heading home into the rain...well it's only spring after all!

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All he needs now is a deckchair and handkerchief!

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Fresh Dorset Crab in Clam shells?!

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Shark attack!

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All along the pier were these eulogies which I couldn't help but read as I wandered behind, some of them for loved ones that had passed, some for births, marriages or just exclamations of love.  This was one of the many that were very well cared for and I loved the sentiment; 'your laughter lives on', I was almost certain I could hear a hearty laugh amid the wind as I walked on after that!

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The sea never loses its air of mystery...

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...but is quickly put to the back of their minds as they run, jump and chase each other along the pier.

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I'm not quite sure why Oli is on the floor in this pic, maybe he just needed 5 minutes!

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...

Bye for now.xx

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