as we return to school this week I'm finally getting round to sharing our main family holiday, which we took in the last week in July. It's another long post but I hope you enjoy a glimpse at our Heatwave week.
This year I decided we should stay in Dorset again, and return to a beach we first visited on our second ever holiday with children, way back in 2002.
This is that very beach, Studland Bay . It was our first port of call upon our arrival and I was happy to see it was still just as lovely as I recalled.
We spent a happy few hours exploring and paddling before heading off to find our accommodation.
Well, for me at least.
I wanted to walk to Old Harry Rocks, but after a few wrong turns we decided to try it another day, and just enjoy the views from Ballard Down instead.
maybe tomorrow Harry.
Time to head back to the rest of the family, It's looking like a great beach day.
We decided to try the beach closest to our caravan site, Swanage main beach. Here we happily found parking right by the beach. Because we have a rather large two person Kayak this was a huge bonus.
Just take it off the roof rack and carry it over the soft sand. Easy.
Another reason this beach suited us so well was because we had the boy's Nanna with us. My lovely Mum in Law is not so mobile these days but she does very well and still loves the beach. It was fun having her with us for the week. All her mixed up words had us in fits of giggles. She didn't seem to mind. Bless her.
The view from Swanage beach is towards the Isle of Wight.
It was never too crowded and the only thing the boys missed were the big waves of our Cornish holidays, but you can't have everything and this was pretty close to perfect in my eyes.
and a pretty harbour to wander around.
This is not me by the way. It's my 18 year old twins. 18! How did that happen?
I think this holiday felt so precious because we are not guaranteed the pleasure of their company next summer...That's only natural I know, but...well...gulp.
So to have ended up in such a lovely spot and to be blessed with the best weather we have had since that first seaside holiday when they were just a year old, it just seemed a dream come true.
Instead we headed out in the evening on a couple of occasions, firstly to pretty Corfe Castle village
So many Swallows here. Lovely to watch.
followed an emergency Chip trip back to Swanage harbour.
Hubby and I wandered about in the dusk, while said chips were shared in the car :0)
Though we did have to buy two parasols for shade.
This is what remains of the old pier. Just look at those colours.
more harbour views.
and street scenes.
all looking perfect with a blue sky backdrop.
Back at our static caravan I was happy to read my library book.
And this was walking down to Durdle Door.
Here it is.
complete with swimmers heading through the arch.
Right, lets walk back, beach time again :0)
On our final day also we enjoyed watching the steam trains of the Swanage Railway from the bridge.
The water refilling was fascinating.
and happily we squeezed in a cream tea with a perfect view.
When it was to to pack up the parasols for the last time the light changed and we had to leave in a hurry as lightening bolts struck the sea. But it didn't rain, just as it hadn't rained for so any weeks, or was it months before?
This was the sunset on our final night. The next day we would have to leave our sweet little caravan home with it's lovely sea view. We would have to head inland away from the cooling sea breezes to the sweaty Midlands. I really did not want this holiday to end.