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My Captured Moment – A birthday trip to Whitstable beach

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I haven’t joined in with the gorgeous Heledd over at Running in Lavender and her linky, My Captured Moment in a very long time. This is very remiss of me as I truly love this linky.

But it has been hard to find the motivation to sit down at the lap top and blog. I have had other priorities and I’ve needed to take some time to look after myself and to become a more positive, happier and healthier person.

Today I am happy to be back writing another My Captured Moment post. They are always lovely to write as they give me the opportunity to look back at a moment of my life that has made me smile.

This week’s My Captured Moment is a series of photographs that were taken back in May. It was Little Miss H’s second birthday and we had taken a day trip to Whitstable to visit the beach.

A birthday trip to Whitstable beach

Whitstable Beach

Every year on Little Miss H’s birthday we like to arrange a trip as a family. We use this special day as an opportunity for the three of us to spend some quality time together and to do something fun.

Last year, on Little Miss H’s first birthday we took a trip to Howlett’s Wild Animal Park. We had a fantastic day and Little Miss H loved seeing all the animals. She particularly adored the monkeys, elephants and tigers.

This year we decided that we wanted to do something different. Also, Little Miss H was poorly and we didn’t want to pay a hefty entrance fee to an attraction when there was a chance that she would feel miserable all day.

We decided to take her to Whitstable and visit the beach.

Little Miss H has inherited my love of the sea. She adores rivers, ponds, lakes and the sea. She can spend hours just staring at the ocean and has recently discovered that throwing handfuls of pebbles into the water is one of the best games ever.

Whitstable Beach

We arrived at Whitstable at 11.oo. We had a quick wander down to the water front. Past all the shops selling oysters and down to the shingle beach.

Little Miss H was begging to get out of her buggy so we let her have a walk on the beach.

Whitstable Beach

Whitstable Beach

It began to look like it was going to rain and we headed off to Harbour Street to look for somewhere to have lunch.

Harbour Street is quaint. It is full of lovely little shops and I could have spent a happy few hours window shopping. But Mr H informed me that he was hungry and that shopping (even window shopping) was not on the agenda.

We headed to Pizza Express and Little Miss H gobbled up a huge margarita pizza smothered in roasted vegetables and mushrooms. For pudding she happily and very messily munched her way through a large slice of chocolate cake.

Whitstable Beach

Whitstable Beach

After lunch we headed back to the beach. Little Miss H and I kicked off our shoes and played by the water’s edge. Little Miss H had so much fun throwing shingles into the water and watching the tide come in. She found it very amusing that we had to continually move further up the beach as the water crept closer and closer to where we were sitting.

Whitstable Beach

Whitstable Beach

After a while, Little Miss H began to get tired. So we loaded her into the buggy and went for a walk. We were hoping that she would have a little snooze whilst we walked. Once she was awake we planned to grab an ice cream and head home.

But Little Miss H is an independent soul and always likes to make up her own mind. Plus, it was her birthday and she wanted to have a leisurely stroll with her daddy. Which left mummy pushing the buggy and worrying about whether we were all wearing enough sun tan lotion.

Whitstable Beach

Eventually Little Miss was too tired to walk and wanted to be carried. So we headed back to the car and bundled her into her car seat. Her eyes closed as soon as Mr H turned on the engine and she snoozed all the way home. I like to think that she was dreaming of a life on the ocean waves.

We had a wonderful day in Whitstable and visiting the shingle beach. It was the perfect way to spend a second birthday.

Do you like going to visit the beach? Do you have a favourite beach in this country that you visit time and again? I would love to know. Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!

Hugs

Mrs H

xxxx

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    Katie / Pouting In Heels
    July 31, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Sounds like you had such a wonderful day out! Gorgeous photos too. Glad to hear you’ve taken some time out to feel happier and more positive, but like so many others have said it’s SO good to have you back. Lovely post darling. xxx
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      Mrs H
      August 6, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you for your gorgeous comment lovely lady. It was so nice to have some time out. To concentrate on what is important – me and my family. But it is lovely to be back and feel all the love from my fabulous blogger friends. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Sarah christie
    July 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Ah Mrs H such beautiful photos, I love the cake one its looks as though she enjoyed it, I am so glad you all had a lovely day x
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      It was a lovely day. Thanks honey. And Little Miss H does love her chocolate cake. Hee hee! Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Heledd -Running in Lavender
    July 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Welcome back Mrs H, I’ve missed you and your beautiful captured moments. These shots are just stunning, the colours are gorgeous and you all look lovely. We love going to the beach, regardless of the weather. Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment again xxx
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Awwww, H, thank you for your lovely comment. You are such a gorgeous friend. It was a wonderful day. I just wish we lived closer to the beach. I could quite happily live by the seaside. That would be wonderful. Thank you for hosting #MyCapturedMoment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Claire
    July 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Looks like a great day out… The beach is such a lovely place to celebrate a birthday! It’s a bit cold for mine as most of them were born in December or march! #sundaystars

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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Ha ha! I don’t know, if you wrapped up warm you could still go to the beach in December or March. I think it would be quite fun. And in fact, I love the seaside enough and am just mad enough to do this. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    zoe dunn
    July 27, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Looks like you had a lovely time and I love your little ones red and white striped dress very cute! #sundaystars

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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks for your comment. We had a fantastic day. I love Little Miss ah’s stripey dress too. It is from Mothercare and is brilliant for going out and about. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Emma Chanagasubbay
    July 27, 2015 at 7:32 am

    This is one of our favourite seaside towns. At Easter we stayed in the fisherman’s huts along the sea front.
    It looks like you had a really love lovely day for a special second birthday #sundaystars
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Oh, that sounds lovely. Those fisherman’s huts look fantastic. It is so gorgeous in Whitstable that I bet you had a lovely time. Little Miss H certainly enjoyed her birthday on the beach. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Jenny Eaves
    July 27, 2015 at 7:04 am

    A lovely captured moment! A walk on the beach is definitely a favourite outing of mine and good on little Miss H for eating so much pizza and cake, excellent birthday food! ๐Ÿ™‚ x
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Pizza and cake is excellent birthday food. I agree! We thought about going for fish and chips as we were at the seaside. But in the end we plumped for good old pizza and cake because we knew that it would go down well. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Mud cakes and wine
    July 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    What a lovely day out, nothing better than a special family day for a birthday. The pizza and cake sounded lovely. Glad you all had fun #sundaystars

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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      We love having family days out to celebrate birthdays. We do it to celebrate our birthdays too. We had such a fabulous day that we have to think of something even better to do next year. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Kristen
    July 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful day! We don’t have any beaches close to us but I love going to the lake and or ocean.
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Going to the lakes or the ocean sound lovely. I could quite happily live by the sea. When we are older I might convince Mr H that we should retire to a seaside town. I’d love that. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    July 26, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Aaah I LOVE it there! There’s a beachhouse called The Beacon House that I shot in one year. It hold such lovely memories โ€” it was the first proper location shoot I’d ever organised myself and the shots were gorgeous of my model on the beach there. Your post has just reminded me of it! What a magical place ๐Ÿ™‚ #SundayStars

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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Oh, this is a lovely story. It is such a gorgeous beach. And I actually love the fact that it is a pebbles beach. That seems more quintessentially English to me. Thanks so much for your comment gorgeous. Hugs Mrs H xxxx Ps. You’ll have to root around for those photographs. I would love to see them.

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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    July 26, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I love Whitstable! Sounds like the perfect birthday treat. Your pictures are lovely – sometimes a low key day of just ambling about is just the ticket xxx

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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      I love low key days. I like to plan normally but sometimes it is just right to mooch around and go where the wind takes you. I also adore these photos because they just capture the day perfectly. Thanks for your comment lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Emma's Mamma
    July 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I love the seaside! Sounds like she had a great birthday despite the rain! Lovely photos! ๐Ÿ™‚ #sundaystars

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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      She had a wonderful birthday and the rain wasn’t really a problem. We missed it as we were eating pizza and cake. The best way to avoid a shower. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Sarah-Jane
    July 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Awe looks like she had a lovely day. Your pictures are gorgeous too. I love trips to the beach with Agent M ๐Ÿ™‚

    It goes in fast when they are growing up doesn’t it?

    Hugs xxx

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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I can’t believe how fast Little Miss H is growing up. She seems to be changing day by day. That is why days like this one are to be treasured. Time as a family. Enjoying each other’s company. There is nothing better. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Random Musings
    July 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    It’s weird because I live about 10 minutes away from a beach and I very rarely go, yet whenever I go anywhere else, the beach is one of the first places I head for! Sounds like Little Miss H had a lovely birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for hosting #SundayStars
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      Ha ha! That made me laugh. I think if I live 10 minutes away from a beach then you would never get me away from it. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Lisa (mummascribbles)
    July 26, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    What gorgeous photos! I am pretty sure we visited whitstable a couple of years ago and loved it! We were on the beach a couple of times last week and it is lovely – until your child starts throwing sand!! I wouldn’t want to live by the sea though, I’m more of a country girl! Thanks for hosting #sundaystars lovely
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Ha ha! Does this mean your child started to throw sand?! Little Miss H and I actually spent quite a while throwing pebbles into the water. She seemed to think it was the best game ever. Thanks for your lovely comment honey. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    jeremy@thirstydaddy
    July 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    looks like a nice day. Sometimes a nice simple walk on the beach is better than a crowded park somewhere. Hope she’s feeling better
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      She is feeling much better now, thanks for asking. It was a lovely day. I think Little Miss prefers days like this. She finds big parks etc all a bit overwhelming and she likes to have mummy and daddy all to herself. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Silly Mummy
    July 26, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Lovely pictures & sounds like a great day! Looks like she enjoyed that chocolate cake! #sundaystars
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      She LOVED the chocolate cake. Given a choice, she would have gone without the pizza and just had double chocolate cake. Or may be a chocolate cake pizza! Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Rachel
    July 26, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Oh this looks lovely. I love the beach, I spent my uni days living right next to one and I still miss it 8 years on. It is great for a little thinking space too. #sundaystars xx

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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      I would love to live near a beach (ideally in some gorgeous country like Australia). I find that being by the sea is so relaxing and as you said, a lovely quiet time. It also makes you take a step back and appreciate the beauty in the world. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Mummy Tries
    July 26, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Sounds like it was such a fun birthday for Little Miss H. We’re off to Whitstable the week after next for a few days, cannot wait xxx
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      Oh, have a lovely time in Whitstable. It is a great place. Plus, if allowed, I could spend hours in all the little shops on the high street. Have a wonderful few days away and thanks for your comment lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    theloveofacaptain
    July 26, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Looks like you all had a lovely day and definitely that Little Miss H enjoyed her lunch. hehe. Nice post xx #SundayStars
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Little Miss H always enjoys her lunch if it is pizza and chocolate cake. But then, I would too. We had such a lovely day. I hope to go there again soon. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Chloe
    July 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

    This sounds like such a lovely way to spend her birthday. It looks like you’ve all had an incredible time. Our favourite beach is Porthminster in St. Ives, Cornwall. But I am so lucky to call Cornwall my home so we go to the beach most days. It’s so great with little ones isn’t it? So much to explore and so much space to run around! xx
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      Mrs H
      July 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      I would love to live near a beach. I would be down there most days too. I envy you. I think I need to start making a plan to escape to the seaside soon. Thanks for your lovely comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    MyLifeMyLove
    July 26, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Oh what gorgeous piccies. I love it that you make her birthday a special day out so that you can spend time together as a family, and what a wonderful place to chose. I love the beach we try to go every week as it’s on our doorstep. xx #sundaystars
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      Mrs H
      July 31, 2015 at 6:24 am

      Oh, I would love to be able to go to the beach every week. That would be fabulous. I am very jealous. We love spending days out together as a family. But it is always extra special on Little Miss H’s birthday. Thanks for your comment lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Mini Travellers
    July 26, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Oh what a gorgeous day out. LOVE the photos. It looks like a really pretty beach. #sundaystars #mycapturedmoment
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      Mrs H
      July 31, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment. It was a fabulous day. And Whitstable has some gorgeous beaches. Plus it is such a quaint little seaside town. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Beth
    July 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Sounds like a lovely day. I haven’t visited the beach this year, yet. But I hope to sometime next month once the weather picks up x
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      Mrs H
      July 31, 2015 at 6:26 am

      I really hope that the weather picks up so that you can visit the beach. I love a day by the seaside. There is nothing quite like it. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Sam
    July 26, 2015 at 8:07 am

    It looks like you had such a lovely day out. We love a trip to the beach especially for birthdays. Our twins are 1 next week and as long as the rain stays away, we’re heading off to Hunstanton.
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      Mrs H
      July 31, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Oh, I do hope that you were able to manage a trip to the beach for your twins’ birthday. It is such a lovely way to spend a birthday and create lots of happy memories. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Ellie Mulligan
    July 26, 2015 at 6:45 am

    whitstable is stunning and not a far drive for us! Lovely photography! x

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      Mrs H
      July 31, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Thank you for your comment. Whitstable is lovely and we had a fab day out. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Emily
    July 26, 2015 at 6:41 am

    That beach looks lovely. I love the pictures you’ve taken as well #SundayStars

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      Mrs H
      July 31, 2015 at 6:30 am

      I love these photos too. They capture some really happy memories. It was s lovely day. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Something Crunchy Mummy
    July 26, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Looks and sounds like the perfect birthday for your little girls ๐Ÿ™‚ #MyCapturedMoment
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      Mrs H
      July 31, 2015 at 6:31 am

      It was the perfect birthday outing for Little Miss H. She had a wonderful time and was completely exhausted when we got home. Which is always a bonus. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Ali
    July 26, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Glad you’re back lovely, fab photos. Sounds lik a fab day #sundaysStars
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      Mrs H
      July 31, 2015 at 6:32 am

      It was a fab day. And it is nice to back blogging too. Especially when I get to write posts like this. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    July 26, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Happy birthday Little Miss H! Looks fab. The sea is soooo relaxing isn’t it? I’d have enjoyed the pizza and cake just as much though. Thanks for hosting the #happydays linky xxx

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      Mrs H
      July 31, 2015 at 6:34 am

      It was a fabulous day and I love being beside the seaside. As you say, it is hugely relaxing. And is a lovely way to clear the mind and get some fresh air. Thanks for your comment lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Everything Mummy
    July 24, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I love visiting the beach it is my favourite place to be in the world! beautiful pictures Lucy looks like a lovely day x
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      Mrs H
      July 24, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      I love the beach too and I am very envious that you live so close to the seaside. I always feel so relaxed and peaceful when I am by the sea. Little Miss H loves the ocean as much as I do and it was the perfect place to visit on her birthday. We had a wonderful day. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    July 24, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    It sounds like such a lovely day and I like that you make a little outing each year for her birthday. Lovely photos and the beach really does look beautiful, I bet all that fresh air tired her out and it is so sweet to think she was dreaming of the sea! Lovely post xxx
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      Mrs H
      July 24, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you for your gorgeous comment honey. It is so nice to spend the day as a family doing something special for Little Miss H’s birthday. Our day at Whitstable was perfect and we all had an amazing time. Little Miss H was exhausted afterwards. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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