I’ve really enjoyed putting together this post. It’s nice to be reminded of all our adventures this month. As I mentioned in July’s post, we had no plans for August and the weather has been mixed. Never the less, we have been fortunate to enjoy some lovely days out. Here are my highlights from our August adventures.
On the first Saturday in August we had a spontaneous trip to the coast. I mentioned in Julys adventures post that we wanted to explore St Annes more. Last month we visited Lytham, this month we visited St Annes. We started out on the pier before exploring the promenade area. My eldest enjoyed a ride on the little train with my mum and some time in the park. We then headed down on to the beach. It was a little windy. Perfect for flying our kite but our youngest got a little too sandy with sand being blown around. We finished the day with fish and chips by the beach and more kite flying. Finally, we headed home with two sandy and tired little girls.
I don’t often take the girls on days out on my own but one Friday I took them to Quarry Bank, a local National Trust. We had a lovely picnic and play at the park. We explored the gardens and the mill and took part in school holiday activities (storytelling, crafts and dancing). I think all 3 of us enjoyed it more than a day at home and thanks to our national trust membership it cost us nothing.
In the middle of the month, we went to a family BBQ with some of my husband’s extended family. We don’t get together as a big group often but it’s always nice when we do. It was the first year F has really played with the other children as she is a good year older than last time we all met up.
F and I had a lovely morning at forest school last week. I don’t know which of us enjoyed it most. It was lovely to have a few hours just to focus on F, whilst my mum watched E. We did lots of crafts, various hunts around the woodland area, blackberry picking, listened to Where the wild things are, read books in the hammocks and enjoyed delicious camp fire snacks. I wish I could spend every Thursday morning at forest school.
We made the most of the bank holiday weekend and for once the weather was lovely. On Saturday we went to Dunham Massey. A local National trust site. We explored the grounds and had delicious ice creams. It’s an amazing place where deer roam freely. I can’t wait to go back.
On Sunday we had a quiet day at home. The sun was still shining so we spent most of it in the garden. We pitched our tent which hasn’t been used since we went to Just So festival 2015. We decided it would benefit from an airing and were relieved to find it had survived. F loved playing in the tent all afternoon and we spent the afternoon day dreaming about where we should go camping next summer. On bank holiday Monday, we had a lovely walk with my parents in the Peak District.
For the last weekend of the summer holidays, we went to Anglesey for 4 days. We travelled down on the 31st August and stopped off at Penrhyn castle. We went to see a storytelling session of The great paper caper (an Oliver Jeffers book). Both the storyteller and the story were fantastic. The weather was wet and miserable at the castle but once we arrived on Anglesey we discovered there had been no rain! We spent the rest of the afternoon at the park by the beach. If you want to hear about the rest of our weekend, you’ll have to wait until September’s adventure’s post (or #littleloves this Friday).
As well as days out, we have had fun at home too. The big news this month is that E started walking and standing unaided. This has opened up a whole host of activities that she can now enjoy such as the water table, chalk board and more things in play grounds.