I can’t quite believe we’re already a week and a half into the summer holidays.
Last week was a bit of a strange one with it being so incredibly hot here. We didn’t really do that much during the days because it just felt too hot to be out and about too much.
What we did do though was make the most of late afternoon high tides and pop down to the beach for a swim when the heat of the day had started to ease up a bit.
I even joined Steve and the children for a whole family swim in the sea one afternoon. The children absolutely loved us all being in the water together and I really enjoyed properly swimming instead of just paddling at the edge of the water.
The highlight of the week for Nerys though was on Friday when she went to her friend’s birthday party.
They live close to the lido at Blackpill, so after a brilliant few hours of party fun she got to splash around in the water to cool off.
I walked to pick her up so we really took our time heading home.
She played in the lido for about half an hour and then moved on to the playpark nearby after she’d dried off and got dressed.
Then we headed home along the prom, stopping halfway back for ice cream from the van that I’d spotted on my way to get her.
We also stopped a few times along the way to pop down on to the beach, to try out the outdoor gym equipment, and to play in Brynmill park.
So we managed to make what could have been a 45 minute walk home last about 3 hours, which I thought was pretty impressive!
I think Nerys just really enjoyed having that time together, not in a rush to be anywhere and with the freedom to stop wherever and whenever we wanted along the way.
It’s been such a strange school year for the children, I think we’ll make time for more things like this over the summer holidays where they can just be with us with no pressures or expectations on any of us.
Have you got a jam-packed summer planned or are you slowing down the pace for the holidays?