Last Saturday, Ruari and I took Joseph to a seaside town in Kent called Broadstairs. Having originally come from a stony-beached town (Eastbourne) I always consider it a novelty to go to a sandy beach in England; and I was determined to make the most of the sunny day and let Joseph feel sand between his toes seeing as he didn't get to experience that in Goa due to the heat.
We headed straight to the seafront when we arrived and found a patch of sand to sit upon. It took a little while for Joseph to take in his surroundings and it was cute to see him clutching and letting go of handfuls of sand.... And then attempting to eat it from time to time.
We were originally going to find somewhere to sit down for lunch but we decided to have fish and chips on the beach; well. just chips for me. Whilst Ruari went to get the food, I took Joseph's shoes and socks off and buried his feet in the sand a few times before he decided he was ready to explore.
The food arrived and Joseph wasn't content with his packed lunch and wanted some of Ruari's cod! I loved how they shared.
After lunch we took it in turns to take photos by the beach huts and the water - Joseph loved being thrown in the air by Ruari. I like how he snuggled into my lap as we sat by the water... he crawled off shortly afterwards.
Ruari and I then had ice cream as we walked along the seafront. Joseph was given a cone to nibble on, which he enjoyed, and I fed him his yoghurt in a park to make it kinda as though he'd had an ice cream.
We stopped by at a little shop and I bought Joseph a big knobbly rubber ball, a bit like the ones they have at some baby groups... Or is that just my local one?!
(Ruari wanted to strangle me after I made him take this photo of me as it's on the side of the highstreet where cars kept driving past between us (he was on the other side of the road to take the shot!))
After reaching this point we turned around and headed back to the car. It was a glorious couple of hours spent pretending we were still on holiday and trying to ignore the fact we weren't in swimming costumes and 30 degree heat. I really do love a sandy beach.
Thank you for reading x
P.S. Apologies for the horribly unedited photos; I transferred all of my pictures to my laptop before fiddling with them as I was out of space... Not that my fiddling does any good as I have no idea what I'm doing!