If there's one thing that really makes the summer for me then it's time spent at the beach. Long, lazy days, the warmth of the sun, and a gentle sea breeze. The soft scent of sun cream, sand between my toes, the time to relax and unwind.
At this time of year we spend a lot of our time at the beach. Our bag and picnic rug are always at the ready for a sunny day, and fortunately we have enjoyed so many of those recently. Just a picnic to throw together, grab the bucket and spade and we are out of the door.
There is something so soothing that comes from sitting on the sand, watching the waves and breathing in the salty sea air. And Lily is happy to while away her time pootling about on the beach, making sandcastles, collecting shells and poking around in rock pools. Some days we make sandcastles and sometimes sandpizzas with shells, pebbles and seaweed as toppings.
A paddle in the sea and jumping over the waves as they lap against the shore usually means getting more wet than originally intended but we soon dry off in the hot sun.
As the day comes to a close the air is cooler, the heat of the sun on our skin is replaced by our sweatshirts and we return home with salty skin, windswept hair, and sandy toes, but more importantly, happy memories of another summer day.