We have had a hectic week, every day we have gone somewhere different and done something different. I have taken so many pictures that I may have burnt out my camera!
One of our favourite days out though was a trip to the seaside. The weather was at times a bit cloudy, although it was still very warm. So we packed up the car and headed for one of our biggest beaches, Portstewart Strand.
The beach itself is enormous, very long, wide and flat, with delightfully white soft sand. It is such a big beach that it is a drive on beach. You can take your car right down the sand and park in your perfect spot, it is controlled by the national trust, so it is regulated, you don’t just get cars driving willy nilly around it.
Once out of the car the girls just went crazy, they charged around while we unpacked, then came the sandcastle building, beach ball throwing and of course the venture into the sea. Bearing in mind it is the North Atlantic, the water is cold, very cold. However, the dedicated surfers and swimmers don’t seem to notice. Our girls were no exception, they had to get their swim stuff on and hit the waves.
We ended up staying there until around 17.00, at which point the tide was starting to come in and the national trust truck was driving along advising all the cars to reverse back. We took this as the perfect cue to prise the girls away and they accepted without protest that the tide was coming in and we would have to go.
However, we didn’t go home. Our eldest girl asked could we go somewhere else, so we threw cation to the wind and headed around the coast into Portrush. Portrush is a traditional seaside town full of arcades, amusements and rides, it also has three sandy beaches.
So we took the girls to the rides first, they went on the big carousel three times, the mini rollercoaster twice and a whole series of other little outdoor planes, trains and automobiles! We bought seaside tat, balloons, balls and naff cheap toys. They loved it.
Finally by 7.30pm, we persuaded them that they had to eat and then we would have to go home. We bought fish and chips and drove to the East Strand beach. We spread our picnic blanket on the grass above the beach and sat together enjoying the start of sunset, eating our chips. As the sun finally started to sink, we bundled them into the car and set off for home. It was a long happy day, they weren’t in bed until 9.30pm and they just tumbled in exhausted. We had so much fun, that weather permitting we are going to do it all over again on Sunday – hopefully this time we might get home tat free though!
As usual, I am linking this post up with Coombemill‘s lovely Fiona, the hardest working farmers wife I know, for CountryKids, her weekly showcase of our outdoor fun with our children. Why not pop across and join in the fun?
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