Fun in Felixstowe

August 11, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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Her stripey rainbow hat was used as a makeshift bag to collect them.

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It was wonderful just sitting there watching her whilst taking in the views and seeing the sun glisten on the sea. 

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POD even walked down the waters edge on her own and just stood looking at the sea. She looks so tall in her toweling dress. 

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She got to make sandcastles before she left – a combination of sand and shells. 

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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.

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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.

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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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before finishing the day off with the largest ice-cream in the World. 

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Linking up with #whatsthestory here on PODcast.


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  • Coombemill August 11, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Looks like a lovely beach day and great use of my favourite hat. You picked the best of the weather for going away too. Super photos as always.

  • brummymummyof2 August 11, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Oh I really love the British seaside it is one of my fav places. We are going away next week and plan to go to the beach for the day and I can’t wait. I prefer it to beaches abroad really. They are so quaint. Lovely photos – as per! xxx

  • YouBabyMeMummy August 11, 2014 at 7:54 am

    We would love to live near the sea. Your pictures are stunning, I especially like POD and the ice cream x

  • Kara August 11, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Loving the sandcastle – mine always get flattened before we get the chance to decorate them……where is her robe from, its gorgeous?

  • The Reading Residence August 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Well that looks just about perfect! My kids love the beach, but we live so far away from any, it’s a rare treat. That last photo is adorable x

  • sustainablemum August 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

    What a wonderful day out 🙂 We really wanted to get to the beach this month but the weather is so wet and wild we may not make it 🙁

  • mascara and mud August 11, 2014 at 10:56 am

    these photos are not helping my craving for the seaside {or this Monday, if i’m honest!} at all. gorgeous photos!

  • Honest Mum August 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    How glorious, my post linked up is all about the pretty British seaside, love your shots x

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) August 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Gorgeous shots of what sounds like a lovely day! There’s nothing quite like the beach is there? Xx #whatsthestory

  • Dean August 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    O-oh, is POD also a Frozen fan? Looks like! 😉 …. She certainly looks like a “big” girl in her towelling dress! #WhatsTheSTory.

  • Jenny August 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    WOW what a beautiful post, and love all the seaside photos too. Sounds like everyone had a brilliant time too. I have been loving seeing all your seaside photos on Instagram too! You are so talented. Thanks for hosting lovely.

  • Iona@redpeffer August 11, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I agree, there’s something so relaxing being by the sea. Beautiful photos of a lovely sounding day x

  • LauraCYMFT August 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Gorgeous photos. I love going to the beach, especially when it’s lovely and warm. Such a great day out.

  • Louisa August 12, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Looks like a great day at the beach. When we were away we had to change the song to “do you want to build a sandman”!

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