Living on an island, albeit a large one, has some great advantages. One of our favorites: proximity to the beach! We planned a long weekend, picked a random beach location totally based on where we could find accomodations for our large family, and had the best time!
This was our first time on a rocky beach, but we all loved it. There was enough sand that those who wanted to make sand castles were able to, but the stones were just amazing! It was so fun to hunt for pretty stones along the edge of the sea. The stones also made the most amazing sound as the waves crashed against them. We felt like we hit the jackpot in finding this place to stay – our accommodations were great – including the huge garden (English for “yard”) where the kids played all sorts of games, the town was small and easy to get around, and the neighboring town was just amazing! There was shopping for those of us who wanted to shop, really yummy local ice cream, a fish & chip shop worth several thumbs up (fish & chips by the sea = bliss!), and miles and miles of rocky beach!
You might notice that we are looking a bit cold in the above picture; it is true. It was July, and highs were in the low 70’s with a “breeze” befitting of the North Sea. Totally normal for here. But the sun was out, so we called it good and enjoyed the time. For the record, some of the older kids (ahem, Gus & Buster) did actually get in the water . . . they were forewarned that they would be cold and should not complain after getting wet. They didn’t.
We closed out July at a concert. Andrew Peterson gave a concert in a barn, a huge barn. We sat on hay bales, and the hosts even had burgers and sausages for the crowd when the concert was over. So. fun. and free. Did you get that? Free. Crazy place we live. (Crazy good.)