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April 19, 2014

Country Kids – Whatever The Weather.

We’ve just come back from having a beautiful week-long family break at Butlin’s, Bognor Regis. We went with the family aka “The Boy and Me”, and we all had a wonderful time together. We really didn’t want to come home.

While we were away, I was thinking of what theme I could choose for Country Kids this week. Although we had lots of holiday mini-adventures, one sticks out more than the others, and it came to me while I was looking through some of the photographs we’d taken during the week.

The Butlin’s site is within walking distance of a lovely beach. This was great, as we didn’t have to load up the car and drive – the beach was just a five-minute walk away.

Here comes the Country Kids story.

We were very lucky to have had sunshine during the day and it was dry for the whole week, but it wasn’t “boiling-hot, bathers” weather. However, trying to tell that to my 8 year-old daughter was impossible. All she heard was the word “beach” and it was on with the bathers (we wrestled her into a t-shirt!) and she was away, adamant that she was going swimming.

I cantered behind, the sensible mum weighed down wearing long trousers, chunky cardigan and a warming scarf, though I did manage to show willing by slipping on a pair of flip-flops. However, I had no wish to go swimming!

This supporting role fell to my husband, who packed his bathers but kept his t-shirt on, as the warmth of the water became even more questionable when we arrived at the slightly windy beachfront. He looked at me, visibly worried.

They carefully picked and scuttled their way across the pebbles and down to the water’s edge and, (yes – you guessed it), my fearless little mermaid ran as fast as she could back to the comfort of the waiting thick towel and a tight snuggle in my arms. My poor husband was left to pick his own way back over up the rocky pebbles, with very cold toes!

So, we wrapped up warm, played with shells and tide-washed sticks, had some lunch and enjoyed the sounds of the waves crashing onto the pebbles. All in all, a lovely, relaxing afternoon.

My memory was not the chill in the weather, not the damp towels, or trying to dry her feet off and get her quickly dressed when she was cold. I love how my daughter was so determined that she was going into that water!

She didn’t understand about the chill factor, or the wind, or the fact that we were only just into April. All she saw was the sun shining and realised that we were going to the beach. I loved that.

I love how children can seek out the fun element in things and always want to give things a go, in the pursuit of fun. We adults often forget that important point, along the way.

Maybe we should all try being Country Kids once in a while, and not worry quite so much about cold feet.

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14 thoughts on “Country Kids – Whatever The Weather.

  1. A beautiful post and definitely what I feel country kids is all about. I love when children get this sense of freedom and nothing holds them back.We love the beach and it always creates great excitement in our house. #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, thank you for your lovely comment. It just came to me that we end up having to say no so much to our children over little things ,and sometimes getting your feet a little bit wet isn’t such a bad thing.

  2. I love the idea of us mums being a countrykid and just enjoy the sites and the weather & not worry =) #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, think we should all have a go at jumping in the puddles and maybe climbing a tree once in a while!

  3. I hope they at least had an indoor pool she could enjoy. Apparently Reuben’s highlight of the holiday was also the beach, but it was the sand that fascinated him. He loved knocking things down s soon as they were built. At least he didn’t try eating it.
    Kids are just so ready to try and it’s a shame when the weather lets them down like that.
    I’ll bet you got plenty of good walks during the week.
    I can stop wondering now if you were all at the same site at the same time.
    Lovely to have you back.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi, yes we had an indoor pool so she got her fix of swimming!
      Children and pebbles, its a must. We spent ages throwing them into the sea, I do love that sound.
      Lovely walk along the beach that day to!
      Hope all well with you,
      Take care,
      Kim

  4. Coombemill says:

    I bet if she was here she would have followed all the children here into our river. It was freezing but one by one they couldn’t resist going in! I love the photos on the beach there and of course that beautiful colour of hair your daughter has. Glad you had a lovely holiday and thank you for sharing your beach afternoon on Country Kids.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it looks so much fun, and yes she would have been straight in there! Her hair will go so much lighter now the sun finally out. Thank you for letting us share!

  5. Daisy Broomfield says:

    Brrr! I remember surfing in my swimmers Cornwall in the Christmas holidays as a child. Now I would only go in in a wetsuit even in August. I’m sure you’re right, we all need a dose of children’s enthusiasm to be able to live life to the full! Great to find you via #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      I’m the same, I only go in the sea when I have a wetsuit on! Bit chicken without it. She loves the beach, always first in!

  6. Karen Bell says:

    Your post has made me think of our trip to the beach last week. My kids were so desperate to get in the sea no matter what! Admittedly, my kids only paddled rather than, full body (although, they ended up soaking all over as if they had actually swam in it). It wonderful seeing them have so much natural fun in the sunshine, determined to enjoy themselves despite hurdles in their way.
    It sounds like you all had a wonderful time!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, thank you. Kids and the sea its a must that they will want to go in!
      Love #LetKidsBeKids link!

  7. TheBoyandMe says:

    Gorgeous, it was such a lovely afternoon on the beach.

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