Our day out
We went out for the day yesterday.
Earlier last year, this would have been a perfectly normal thing for us to do – in fact, the most unusual thing about it would have been that we’d managed to snag a day off for my husband who, like most self-employed people, works far too hard!
Now, thanks to the fact that we’ve all been restricted in what we can do for the last year or so, it was with HUGE excitement that we loaded the four of us and the dog into the car and set off for a day out in Wales.
We certainly weren’t the only ones and did think for a while that our day out would extend to sitting on the M56 for the entire time, but soon we were able to lose the worst of the traffic and oh my life, it was so good to be going somewhere just for the fun of it! Fun! Ha – after my Monthly Musing last month, here we were on a day out Just for Fun – and it felt AmAzInG!
This is where we ended up after what had become a bit of a road trip – just because we could! – to see some of the places we had missed. This is Rhos-on-Sea and we like it here because the dog can go onto the beach and there’s a really good kiosk cafe on the prom 😀
The tide was right out but it was after 4pm when we arrived so we knew that it would coming back in again soon enough.
I have never appreciated an ice cream by the sea quite so much! These are the things we have missed, and I want to try hard to remember what it was like without them – not just ice cream with seagulls calling overhead, but being outside in different places, meeting friends, all those things that we couldn’t do but will fall back into being “normal” and taken for granted soon enough if we’re not careful. That’s not to say that I want to keep thinking about Covid-restricted times, but I do want to try to make sure that I fully appreciate what we’ve got when we get it back.
Oh, he was such a happy boy! He danced in the waves, snorkelled in the water and shook himself all over us. He dug holes in the sand and bounced like a puppy, and we were so glad we had been able to take him.
I’d wanted to try out my new “find” as well – I’d been watching the TV programme “Dragon’s Den” where entrepreneurs take their businesses to try to win funding from business experts. This stuff, Beach Powder (not an affiliate link), had been created by a Mum from the Isle of Man who had got fed up of trying to get the sand off her children at the end of the day at the beach – and I could immediately relate to that! I really dislike putting shoes on sandy feet, feeling it stuck between my toes and rolling around in my shoes and apparently the Beach Powder could solve the problem. In the time that it took for the Dragons to give the Beach Powder Mum a hard time and eventually make her a business offer, I had a carton of it in my shopping cart and was keen to try it out!
Well, what can I say, other than that it works?! It says on the tube to towel dry then rub the powder onto your skin and it would take the sand off. We didn’t have a towel with us, but we’d only been paddling so we just had sandy feet. The powder – it’s not talc which has been linked with health issues – smells lovely, a bit like old-fashioned baby powder, and it just swept the sand away as you rubbed it into your feet.
If you’ve got little ones, or even if you’re like us and a bit older and don’t like sandy toes, I can highly recommend this stuff! I don’t know how long a tube would last if you were on holiday with small children and on the beach every day, but for us visiting the seaside every now and again, it’s great. It’s such a good idea, I hope it really works out for the Beach Powder Mum!
And that’s me for today. I’ve just had my second Covid jab so I’ve decided not to rush around doing a hundred things today but instead, I’m going to sit in the sunshine (and the shade after about ten minutes when I get too hot) and read a book instead. I’ve bought myself a copy of the The Thursday Murder Club to read after hearing good things about it during this year’s Winter Haven KAL, so that’s my afternoon sorted.
I hope you have a good one, whatever you’re doing! xx