POD is always saying she wants to build a snowman – you can guess why! Almost as regularly she asks if she can build a sandcastle at the beach. Although we headed to the wonderful Frensham Little Pond recently, Surrey isn’t known for its beaches.
We had last week off work so we spent a few days in Suffolk. POD’s Grandparents, affectionately known as Baba and Gagam, live there. They’re only half an hour away from Felixstowe too – an Edwardian seaside town on the North Sea coast.
There’s something calming about being near the sea and hearing the sound of the waves. It was a glorious day too so the sun just sparkled on the water. A gentle breeze made for a perfect temperature.
Although POD has been on beaches in the past, she wasn’t old enough to remember. This time she wanted to go in the water almost as soon as we arrived.
The waves and the chilly water spooked her a little initially. But those little toes were in the sea for the first time and it didn’t take long for her to gain confidence. She headed out with Daddy and Buba with the water up to a chest at one point.
Back on the beach she was able to dig sand and fill her bucket. She also got to search for shells, checking each to make sure there weren’t housing any ‘friends’.
Her stripey rainbow hat was used as a makeshift bag to collect them.
Then it was time to pick out the shells, fill a bucket with water and add sand. It reminded me of making mud pies with my brother all those years ago.
After the beach, next stop was lunch at the quirky Ferry Cafe in the Felixstowe Ferry village. We sat outdoors so we could enjoy our fish and chips with harbour views but the American style diner offered some fabulous 50’s-inspired nostalgia inside.
We then headed down to the docks to watch people crab fishing and have a look at a few of the boats
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