The temperatures were into the nineties all last weekend – very hot! We had arranged to have a picnic with friends on Sunday and decided to go to the beach at Breakheart Reservation. This is a beautiful spot not far from us where we have taken some lovely walks, both in the winter and spring.
Come Memorial Day weekend a lot of the seaside and inland beaches ‘open for business’ – that is, lifeguards at the weekends and restroom/refreshment facilities are provided. Once the school holidays start, most of these beaches will have lifeguards on duty seven days a week.
The boys have never swum outside before – the weather in Scotland is not all that conducive to outdoor bathing, particularly in the sea/lochs! And, although I have many memories of childhood swims in the North Sea, I wouldn’t dream of doing it now :)
As soon as we arrived the boys headed straight for the water. Now that summer has ‘officially’ started the swimming area in the lake has been ringed off, and it is fairly shallow, visible and safe. With either me or my husband on watch in the water, the boys were able to explore the area next to where we were sitting freely.
Seeing them walk into a warm, fresh water lake in the sunshine was just wonderful. And they loved it, we were there for a few hours and apart from a quick lunch, they spent the entire time in the water!
There was of course much splashing!
Lunch was a fantastic picnic. Our friends were more organised than us and had a gorgeous picnic set with them (and very tasty homemade quiche!) so the adults were able to have a very civilised picnic at one end of the blankets, with a free for all with bread, cheese, ham and sandwiches that we had brought at the other end for the kids!
And yes, that is the wee girl attempting to eat a strawberry with a knife and fork… Anything the boys can do, she can do better :)
We’ve had lots of wonderful days since we moved here, and some amazing outdoor adventures. But this day, to use my 4yo’s favourite phrase was the ‘best day ever!’. Seeing the kids swimming outside, in such beautiful surroundings was really quite magical. Thankfully, this beach is only about a ten minute drive from our house. And, next time, I’ll be in there with them :)
I am linking up with the wonderful Coombe Mill’s Country Kids again this week. This is such a fab linky – encouraging us all to get outside with the kids and enjoy our surroundings. Click on the badge to see what everyone else has been up to!
I am also linking up with the wonderful Magic Moment linky, hosted this week by the lovely Victoria!