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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!