We are a very outdoorsy family and normally a little bit of rain doesn’t stop us from getting outside, however when that rain is constant and torrential like is has been almost constantly for weeks, even we stay indoors.
On Sunday the day started as it had been for the previous week – raining, however my weather app predicted a two-hour break between 2pm and 4pm so I bundled the kids in the car and made our way to the beach. It rained all the way there and my weather app isn’t normally that accurate and I did worry that the rain wouldn’t stop, however as we pulled into the car park the rain stopped and the sun even came out to play.
We had timed it so perfectly that we were the only ones in the car park and Eliza was instantly drawn to a huge
lake puddle in the middle of it. I finally managed to crowbar her away and headed for the beach. The good thing about storms is that they wash all sorts of things up onto the beach and we collected old rope, seaweed and shells to make a mermaid on the sand.
The great thing about the beach at Sandbanks is that it has huge sand dunes to play on. We soon embarked on a game of hide and seek although I am not entirely sure that Sebby understood the concept of hiding as all you could hear was giggling, but it was fun nonetheless.
We walked much further up than we have before and the sand dunes get bigger the further you go up the beach and the kids were climbing up them and sliding back down again on their bottoms. After about an hour of climbing I could see the clouds heading back in again, so we made our way back towards the car and had some fun in the park before heading home.
We timed our escape just right as the heavens opened again as we drove out of the car park but we were all happy to have had some much-needed fresh air in our lungs.