Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter fun

I so love having the kids home during school holidays, it gives us a kind of freedom not available during term time, free from the routine and demands of conforming to school rules and a chance to just relax, chill and have fun, a chance to just be ourselves and make decisions for just us.

We've spent the last couple of weeks caught up in a mixture of relaxing and chilling out at home and of adventures and fun. We took full advantage of the glorious sunshine we've been blessed with, some days with not even a cloud in the sky.......

Just that beautiful sky blue colour I named my cat after!

One of the days we took full advantage of living in a town right on the train line and hopped on board and headed to Weymouth, bags packed for a bit of fun by the sea. This was Jasper's very first trip on a train and although he's a pretty easy going puppy dog and I've done most things with him, this was something new that I realised he hadn't experienced before, however I had no need to worry, other than needing a bit of a shove up the bum to get him from the flat form onto the train, he was fine.

The train was really busy, with lots of people with the same idea and everyone seemed to think it was a real novelty to have a dog on board, but after 10 minutes Jasper had had enough of being the star attraction and went to sleep under the table!

It only takes about 50 minutes to chug our way along through the picturesque Somerset/Dorset countryside before arriving in Weymouth. And I have to say I found using the train far easier (and far cheaper than taking the car) The kids seem to enjoy it far more too, and on leaving the train station you meet Wenlock or perhaps Mandeville, can never remember which one is which, because of course, Weymouth hosted the Olympic Sailing in 2012

Little H was desperate to get on the beach. The thing I absolutely love about Weymouth beach is that it has a large area by the pier dedicated to dogs all year round. A lot of the times I feel like a lepper owning a dog, Britain does seem to be particularly dog unfriendly :0( but Weymouth welcomes them and its one of the reasons I visit so often.

Straight away, Little H and Jasper-Joe were engrossed in digging, building castles, dashing around and generally having lots of fun. The sea at Weymouth is very safe, you can wade out for ages and still only be knee deep, making it fab for kids.

The water was also incredibly warm for April and there was a good few brave souls taking a dip, not me though, it has to be 90 degrees in the shade on a tropical island before I'd consider submerging myself! Jasper and H weren't bothered though and had lots of fun chasing balls, splashing around and enjoying themselves.

The colour of the sky was incredible

And I love how the town comes right down to meet the shoreline

By midday our tummies were rumbling so we left the beach in search of food. We headed for the harbour which is a beautiful place, full of old fashioned chocolate box cottages, cafe's and bars. There's a little old man, who's been there for as long as I can remember, certainly since I was a child, who rows a little rowing boat ferry backwards and forwards across the harbour, taking people from one side to the other. We paid our £1 fare and sailed across, little H very excited and Jasper completely unbothered by the whole adventure.

We enjoyed lunch amongst the hustle and bustle of the harbour, hot fish and chips and cans of fizzy Coca Cola, watching the boats gently passing by before returning to the beach for more fun and games. Jasper made lots of new friends and loved the freedom to romp and play with other dogs, in particular this beautiful Dalmatian.

And after a quick dip in the sea, 

came back for a good roll in the sand before shaking it all over lovely Lady M, who I have to say was none to impressed!

We had such a lovely day, playing in the sand, lazing in the glorious spring sunshine and enjoying the freedom of the Easter holidays, before returning back to the train for a lovely relaxing ride home with sunkissed faces, sand inbetween our toes and a warm fuzzy feeling of happiness!

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