Seaside Sing Along: Oh I Do Like To Be……..

……sing along now “Beside the sea siiiiiiiiide……”

Oh, I do like to be beside the sea. In fact, we live beside the sea. Well, a few streets away from the sea, anyway. But, like anyone who has something wonderful on their doorstep, I have to admit that we don’t really make the most of it.

Beach and blue sea with wind turbines
Beautiful beach with my beautiful boy

I know, I’m sorry. Deeply ashamed, and apologetic.

In my defence, I’m not always well enough to manage a walk on the beach. Even this week, I drove there and met Daddy and the boys (and dog) on the sea front. I’m so glad I did, though, it’s the best Bank Holiday Monday I’ve had for a while.

Sun reflecting on the water in the rockpools
Sun reflecting on the water in the rockpools

Simple, beautiful pleasures. The dog (our little Daphne Doodle) went absolutely crazy, running between the boys and jumping in the water. She’s still very young and doesn’t have brilliant recall, being so excitable and easily distracted, so she doesn’t get off the lead much.

Dog running between boys on the beach
Daphne Doodle running wildly between the boys
Our normally fluffy Daphne turned into a drowned rat!
Our normally fluffy Daphne turned into a drowned rat!

The boys don’t get ‘off the lead’ much either really – they spend lots of time outdoors doing structured, sporting activities, but just being allowed to get wet and dirty is a rarity.

Toby finds a prized stone in the rock pools!
Toby finds a prized stone in the rock pools!

Daddy was a little concerned about just how wet and dirty they were getting, but I was chilled, and I do the washing! Yes, Toby was wearing his (awful) school coat, but hey, if it isn’t dry by the morning, he can wear his ski jacket to school. Let them play.

Toby showing the treasure he found whilst digging in the sand
Toby showing the treasure he found whilst digging in the sand

The boys waded in the rock pools. They threw stones and wet sand. They picked up shells and looked for creatures. They dug holes with their bare hands. The holes and piles of sand turned into castles and pyramids and an entire Egyptian temple (they are learning about Egypt at school – it’s obviously influencing their design choices!).

Sand castles and holes turned into entire Egyptian villages
Sand castles and holes turned into entire Egyptian villages
The boys struggled on with their digging despite the cold wind
The boys struggled on with their digging despite the cold wind

The boys used creative language to describe what they saw, and felt, and made, and I revelled in the whole experience. It was natural, educational, and so enjoyable. It reminded me of the joy they found in being at the beach when they were younger, and it reminded me how young they still are, and how much joy they can still find in these experiences (without an Xbox remote in their hands).

More stones in the rock pools
More stones in the rock pools

We watched the weather closely, and as it got increasingly dark and windy, we knew it was time to head back. On the way back to the car, I was lucky to find a starfish by the rocks. We were so excited!

Starfish on sand
Poor starfish was out of the water

It was out of the water, so we decided to gently lift it and put it in a rock pool. How beautiful it looked! We were treated to seeing its little tube feet ‘suckers’ on its underside moving it along to a shallow point, then curling up almost to give us a wave of thanks, before moving back along into the deeper water again. What a fabulous end to our trip!

Starfish giving us a wave of thanks
Starfish giving us a wave of thanks

When we got home, and after a hot bath for the cold, wet, sandy children, we were discussing our lovely afternoon. “See what happens when you let boys be boys!”, Toby told me in a lecturing tone.

Yes my darling, I’m continuing to learn.

Hugo got a rainbow face, and look at the other approving face, smiling down from the clouds!
Hugo got a rainbow face, and an approving face smiling down from the clouds

We have some great beaches along the North East coast. Come and enjoy them!

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31 Replies to “Seaside Sing Along: Oh I Do Like To Be……..”

  1. Brilliant post Carol. You and your hubby have similar roles to me and mine by the sound of it. I love to see my boys being boys like this too and you are right. It is also good to see them being creative or imaginative without a controller in their hands too. TY for linking up to #FamilyFun

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, Catie. Did you ever visit this beach? It’s a lovely space.

  2. Azaria Lynch says: Reply

    What a lovely day you had. I lived by the beach at Uni and never made the most of it which I totally regret now. I cant’t wait to take my little one to the beach for the first time. Maybe this summer.

    Azaria- Being Mrs Lynch
    #fortheloveofBlog

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy it – there’s something special about being at the beach. Thanks for coming over x

  3. That looks like briliant fun! Lovely beach. Great star fish find, beautiful. It’s great to see kids just getting wet and muddy with no reprecussions. Daphne Doodle is adorable. Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks for your kind comments Karen, and for coming over to see us here!

  4. how amazing to find a starfish, we’ve only ever seen one in an aquarium before! We live by the sea too but definitely don’t make the most of it #countrykids

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I know Elaine, I was absolutely amazed! We rarely even find a tiny crab these days!

  5. How lovely to live that close to a beautiful Sandy Beach. The boys look like they are having a wonderful time there and all right on your door step . I couldn’t agree more about just letting them play and worrying about the washing later, after all washing machines do make it easy these days. Thank you for sharing your lovely beach adventure with #CountryKids

  6. I’m pleased you were able to get out and have a great day at the beach. Love the starfish story. #CountryKids

  7. We live near a very similar looking beach and it is one of my absolute favourite places to and switch off. We walk our dogs there and they absolutely love the freedom of running round like lunatics. We let them off lead on the beach from a very young age and found this really helped them to learn recall – essentially as they are pack animals, dogs want to be with their pack so they stick close by. Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing with us on #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks for your lovely comment, and the great doggy advice. We’re getting there with her, bit by bit!

  8. WOW I love that you found a star fish! EPIC! I just love our Northumberland beaches and you are right, a trip can be fun AND educational. #LoveNorthEast

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I know Sam, I couldn’t believe we found a starfish, I felt so lucky!

  9. Sue Stoddart says: Reply

    Looks like you had lots of fun!! I hope it’s nice weather over the new few days, as I really want to take the kids to the beach! x x

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      It should be nice most of the week, Sue. Except Friday, when we have Queen’s birthday street party, ans Saturday, for Toby’s party!

  10. What beautiful photos! The boys looked like they had loads of fun. How amazing that you got to see the starfish so close up- a great experience for the boys. Definitely think I need to visit more of our beaches this year! Xxx

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      We’ll look out for you!

  11. Love Toby’s little lecture at the end of the day – what a wonderful afternoon of letting boys be boys. I am quite envious of you living so close to the sea and how amazing that you found a starfish too. Thanks for linking up to #ftmob 🙂

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Louise, Toby always comes out with a classic! I wish I could remember them all!

  12. What a lovely day that sounds. I just love the beach. I am looking forward to out summer holidays in Suffolk so we can get the kids out and about at the seaside 🙂

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      There’s something very refreshing about the seaside, isn’t there? Have a great holiday x

  13. Looks like a fun day was had by all 🙂 It’s funny because I live in the middle of two beaches and I rarely visit either, yet when I go somewhere else, one of the first things I go for is the beach!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
    Debbie

    1. I’m back again lol!
      Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
      Debbie

    2. Familymakes says: Reply

      Me too Debbie, although I prefer a beach without the cold of the North Sea!

  14. What a beautiful day out! Even if a tad cold! #bloggerclubuk

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thank you! We’re used to the cold here!

  15. I can see our beach from my bedroom window but i know w dont go as often as we should. I love a day at the seaside though no matter hat the weather and i love that we can go rockpooling and our rare starfish finds are our favourites, this picture of your little wave of thanks is so lovly! Thanks for linkng up to #LoveNorthEast

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks for coming over Karen! Our North East beaches are beautiful but can be pretty cold too, can’t they?!

  16. […] we’re lucky enough to have lived very close to some lovely beaches in our time, particularly along the North East and Scottish coastlines. So no prizes for guessing where we’ll be heading this Bank […]

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