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Saturday Spot: Beach Days…

February 25th, 2013 · 26 Comments

When you live two blocks way from the beach then beach days are a way of life… here’s a typical trip to the beach…


Always check the flag… black = “poor visibility…”


Yes, their slops go in a circle…


Yes. The blue towel for me to sit on and the pile of everyone else’s towels… beach toys in front and an impending museum in the circles to the left of the picture… always the same!!! We are creatures of habit!!!


First stop, to find some actual factual treasures…


And a careful selection process…


Decisions made…


And everyone creates a circle…


Time for some races… we play flags, only we don’t have flags… but spades will do…


The race is on…


And as you take the spades away… it doesn’t matter too much to little people that are totally used to sharing!!!


It’s down to three…


And getting closer…


And go, go, go…


And a younger brother…


Has been working on this all summer…


And cooling off…


A small boy and his beach…


It is his favourite place…


Sand angels…


Big brothers…


Cold brothers…


The water wasn’t as warm as usual!!!




Construction time…


While one of us tries to empty the ocean… just a bucket at a time…


Hard work…


Spot the home schoolers… not just any castle, “A Motte and Bailey Castle Ruin…” if you don’t mind!!!


Last dip…


And everyone grabs their towel and their treasures…


Perfect timing… to see the train… and miss the shark siren, yikes…


And home to add to the museum…

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shells // Feb 25, 2013 at 10:51 am


  • 2 Nora Szekely Arkosy // Feb 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm


  • 3 Jo // Feb 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    We love that beach too! My son was looking over my shoulder and said, “Look how much children they have!” I said, “yes, 8.” He said, “Yho! That’s a lot of school bags they have to buy!” (out of everything to think of….!) I explained that you homeschool (his cousins do too), so he replied, “That’s ok then.” !!!

  • 4 se7en // Feb 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks Shells!!! Glad you enjoyed it!!!

  • 5 se7en // Feb 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Hay Nora!!! Good to hear from you, hope you have a good week!!!

  • 6 se7en // Feb 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Oh Jo, That is funny… that would be a lot of school bags and lunch-boxes and shoes and oh my goodness, imagine the mornings!!! Glad it is all sorted that we home-school then!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 7 Tammy // Feb 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Oh I love living here!

  • 8 Sandra // Feb 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I wonder. When do you find the time to go to the beach? It is really lovely….

  • 9 jacqui // Feb 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    What a beautiful beach, glad you’re putting it to good use! And I love that sand castle!
    jacqui´s last blog post ..Been reading Audrey of the Outback to the older three boys. They are loving it. Set in the South…

  • 10 se7en // Feb 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hay Tammy, there is not a whole lot to complain about is there, hope you are having fabulous week!!!

  • 11 se7en // Feb 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Hay Sandra… We live less than a five minute walk from the beach… and we go as soon as everyone is awake… if I stop and start doing chores or anything at all then we don’t get there… Gotta roll out of bed and keep moving!!! We usually get home about 9:30 and we start school about an hour later than usual… the day evens out eventually and it is so worth it!!!

  • 12 se7en // Feb 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Hay Jacqui, Isn’t it a fab beach… great for everything!!! Hope you are having a fun week!!!

  • 13 katherine marie // Feb 27, 2013 at 4:02 am

    seriously awesome!!!! as much as I LOVE winter here your pictures get me excited for sweet summertime moments.

  • 14 se7en // Feb 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Oh Katherine Marie, I have to say we are so loving summer… just not ready to send any to the Northern Hemisphere yet!!! You keep on enjoying all that snow!!! Lots of love!!!

  • 15 Anna // Feb 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

    So much fun! We need to be more dedicated in getting to the lake each day this summer. Like you said if you just do it you make the time and it is done. A good swim and the exercise getting there make it quite worth it.

  • 16 se7en // Feb 28, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Hay Anna… I can tell you that for years it was a huge mental effort to get up and go. Honestly it isn’t difficult to do – everyone picks up their towel and one child grabs the sand toys and we go. I have always thought of it as our relaxation time, because it is… and everything in me says that relaxing is not the best way to start a school day. This year I made a mental jump… this is our phys ed!!! We are walking, racing, swimming etc… and actually what a good way to get all the wriggles sorted before we get stuck into school. Now I just do it and we are all better for it!!! Start small… new habits aren’t bu

  • 17 se7en // Feb 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Hay Anna, In the past I always battled to be consistent in getting to our beach. I have always thought of it as our relaxation and struggled to start the school day with a break!!! But as the day wanders on I always ran out of time. This year I made a mental shift: We are walking, running, swimming… this is our phys ed. and what a good way to start the school day but getting all the wriggles out!!! I feel much better about it and thrilled that I have found a way to include some exercise, albeit not vast amounts (starting small) for myself into the day!!! Give it a try, it is well worth the effort!!!

  • 18 Sandra // Mar 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Around what time does everyone gets up? I am thinking of doing the same but go to our local Gym (we are in Gauteng) and let the kids have it out in the pool before school??

  • 19 se7en // Mar 18, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Hi Sandra, Talk about asking about true confessions!!! WE usually get up around 7:30/8:00 and we usually start school about 9:00… On beach days we make muffin for breakfast, that they can eat on their walk to the beach and as the last person wakes up we leave about eight… and we are usually home and ready to start school about 10:00… the extra hour is well worth the fun and exercise and sunshine!!! Of course none of these times are set in stone and we could vary widely on either side of any of them…. sorry that was a bit of a vague answer for you!!! All the best with your swimming idea!!!

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