A birthday trip to the Gower

Our little boy turned 5 at the weekend, and we celebrated with a picnic and a play at Horton beach on the Gower.

Rhys absolutely loves going to the beach at the moment, and specifically asked to go to Horton or, as he calls it “the beach Daddy used to go to when he was little”.

I love that Rhys and Nerys are growing up exploring the same places that their Daddy did when he was a child, getting to know places that previous generations of the family have known.

So on Sunday we packed up some food and headed out to the Gower to meet my in-laws and some friends for a few hours of sandy fun.


Considering some parts of the UK had snow at the weekend we got so lucky with the weather in Swansea!  Where we were on the beach we were sheltered from the wind and enjoyed gorgeous blue skies and sunshine, and it was warm enough to be out with no coats on.

Nerys even nabbed her Auntie Heidi’s sun hat at one point, and now I want to go and buy her one just like it, she looked so cute in it!


After we’d had some food we went for a wander along the beach to explore the rockpools and build some sandcastles.  And while I snapped away with my camera, Nana, Steve and Uncle May showed Rhys and Nerys how to build dams and divert the stream of water that was running towards the sea.

I’m not sure who had the most fun with this, the kids or the adults.

Actually, who am I kidding, it was clearly the adults!


The more time I spend on the beach with my family, the more I love it.  Watching my children play and explore is such a pleasure, and there really is something about being at the beach that soothes me.  I don’t know if it’s the sea air or just being so close to the water and listening to the waves, but I always feel better after a trip to the beach!

We all had a gloriously relaxed day for Rhys’ birthday, taking our time to just eat and chat and wander on the beach, and at bathtime Rhys turned to Steve and said “thank you so much Daddy, I’ve had the best birthday ever”.

Well, you can’t get much better than that, can you.


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  1. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 04/03/2018 / 12:32 pm

    I’m the same about a beach – it’s just such a calming place to be! Especially at this time of year when they’re all a bit quieter than at the height of summer. Gorgeous photos 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

    • Madeline 04/03/2018 / 1:20 pm

      It’s so calming isn’t it, and some places on Gower are so quiet, it’s lovely! x

  2. Savannah 05/01/2016 / 9:20 am

    Oh, that looks like such a wonderful birthday celebration! I absolutely love the beach, though we live about 5 hours from the nearest one so we don’t get to go very often. I absolutely love your photos, your kids are beautiful <3 #happydayslinky

    • Madeline 05/12/2016 / 1:01 pm

      It was such a great day! And thank you so much for your lovely comment! x

  3. Harry's Honest Mummy 05/02/2016 / 7:53 am

    I don’t think you can ever have a bad day out at the beach. Your photos are lovely and Nerys looks fab in her Auntie’s sun hat. Looks like a great birthday treat. #HappyDaysLinky

    • Madeline 05/12/2016 / 12:32 pm

      Ahh, thank you! He really did have a great birthday. x

  4. becky, cuddle fairy 05/03/2016 / 2:38 pm

    Awww what a fun day out. There’s something extra special about bringing your kids somewhere you went yourself as a child. I had that experience last summer when we visited the US & it meant the world to me! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #bloggerclubuk

    • Madeline 05/12/2016 / 11:48 am

      Oh I can imagine that was wonderful to take your children to the US! x

  5. Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid 05/06/2016 / 3:31 pm

    What a beautiful day for a birthday! Your photos are just gorgeous. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Madeline 05/07/2016 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you! We got really lucky with the weather, it was gorgeous down there! x

  6. Katy (What Katy Said) 05/06/2016 / 9:03 pm

    Oh you are making me want to go to the beach! Love her in that hat, LJ has one from Next just like it. Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky xx

    • Madeline 05/07/2016 / 12:30 pm

      Ooh, I’ll have to pay Next a visit if I know you can get hats like that there! x

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