For me, a perfect summer’s day at this present time consists of a visit to the beach with the family. It’s even better when friends are visiting because then we all get to share the pleasures of an idle day. At the moment though, we are family Green Davies in Spain awaiting the next set of visiting friends.
I think a visit to the beach is tied up with family visits of my own childhood to the Gower coast. Bundled into the car with mum and whoever else was interested; dad with his radio, various siblings and later siblings with their children. Picnic loaded up and surfboards, towels, blankets. It always seemed a long way to walk but the weather was always good.
A distinct memory is of my older brother teaching me to surf, or surreptitiously trying to drown me.
I also loved the castle cars that my mum used to build that would be overcome by the incoming tide to screeches of delight from us kids.
We still build castles although the Mediterranean tide does not travel very far either in or out. There’s enough sea movement to fill the big holes that we (usually husband) dig. There is a bit of surf here, enough for the kids to learn to surf safely.
Most importantly, we keep up the traditions of plenty of snacks and sandwiches, castles to play in, and some shade, far more important here in Spain than it ever was on the Gower.
Here's Ste doing dad duty and digging a big hole (does it deserve the dignity of being called Castle?)
Did manage to get some photos of Aoife playing in the castle but they weren't too good, she's not being particularly co operative with photos at the moment, but she did play in it!
This is probably one of our fun things to do, playing in the sea, don't know why we're striking the ridiculous poses, probably because we're enjoying ourselves in a relaxed summer day sort of beachy way
Dad relaxing after busy hole digging. This is the one morning off he's had this week after working hard in school, so he deserves a bit of dad and his book time at the beach...in between playing catch, negotiating surfboard sharing between two kids, digging, eating...
More silly dancing in the sea poses, the second was very out of focus but works well in black and white I think