DH celebrated a milestone birthday on Friday and for the past few weeks he has been real grumpy about the upcoming event. He didn't want a party, he didn't want a cake, and certainly no balloons advertising the fact that he was 60 this time.
DS couldn't resist and just had to get a helium one, we also bought a big choccie cake too in the hopes of lifting the spirits
The actual day went well, friends stopped by for tea and cake, and Amy with her partner and Isabelle were here too.
Amidst the celebrations DH decided hat he really should celebrate this milestone birthday and would i like to go with him to the seaside for the weekend?
YES, YES, YES, WOOHOO!!!! YAY!!!!! fabulous news
A 100 mile drive to our favourite quaint little seaside village of Chapel St Leonards. We love this place and have spent many happy holidays with our children here.
What did we see and do???
Locate a bed and breakfast place to stay the night, busy time of the Summer and most were full up so we ended up in a very old fashioned but clean and tidy place but had to have twin beds LOL Smell the sea air and take in the beautiful view of the sea, listen to the waves crashing on the shore - perfect! Eat the picnic lunch i had packed off my new vintage looking melamine plates Feel the sand between your toes as you walk along the beach
Head up to Chapel Point and look for the tell tale brightly coloured beach huts that span the horizon - i would love to own one of these
You've just got to get your feet wet and have a little paddle
and watch the fishermen setting up in the evening light waiting to haul in a good catch Time for bed Saturday's been a long day ....
Sunday we woke early and the sun was shining beautifully. After a fabulous full english cooked breakfast we wandered along into the village as there was a craft and gift fair in the Village Hall. Lots of lovely knitting and crochet work on show, and some great paintings by local artists.
A wander round the shops, stopping to look at all the brightly coloured buckets and spades and dream of next year when we can bring Isabelle along to enjoy her first seaside adventure and Grandpa can make sandcastles with her
Sit next to the monument (the bell strikes every hour) and read the Sunday newspapers and enjoy a hot sausage roll and drink. Feel the buzz of excitement as you watch children and their parents heading off up to the beach with everything packed into their bags for a days bucket and spading, windbreaks under their arms and kites for flying and nets for fishing.
Wander along the beach and notice that up at Chapel Point there were flags on the beach huts..... pirates at the point, an invasion of pirates celebrating their annual fun day. Captain Pugwash was there and Jack Sparrow, he was walking along the sand giving out balloon swords to the children, how i wished i had a child to accompany me and get a sword LOL. Lots of fun and laughter and loud piratey music.... yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
We spent a lovely couple of hours sitting reading our books and listening to the music and fun that was being had. Soon the dark weather clouds were approaching and it was time to head for home. Just one more stop before we head off. A trip into Sutton on Sea, only a short drive of about 6 miles north and an old favourite place that i used to holiday in so often with my grandmother, such lovely memories of those times.
Time for another ice cream before we head home
What a lot we packed into our relaxing and restful weekend, we really must do it again soon. We both had a superb time and came home with batteries recharged and feeling wonderful. Not long till DH retires, i wonder if we can move to the seaside when that happens????
Happy 60th Birthday Paul, i am so glad you decided to celebrate your birthday after all!