“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”. Kahlil Gibran. The children have had a wonderful week camping in Devon. We try to visit this part of South Devon every year now. The kids love the beaches down here, seeing family and carrying on holiday traditions. This time we changed it slightly by having my Mum stay nearby for a few days so she could enjoy a holiday as well. We’ve also extended the trip by heading into Cornwall in a hired camper van for a further week.
Finlay and Daisy had their usual surf lesson at Bantham beach and are now capable of hiring boards and taking them out on their own. Not bad going since they only surf when they’re down here. They also got a chance to try out paddle boarding, so I think this will be the next watersport they try to master.
Teddy overcame his fear of the sea this year and is swimming and learning to body board. It’s a real transformation from last year where he was scared of crabs and wouldn’t go in.
Daisy had her usual holiday hair braid in Salcombe and this year Flo joined her. She was so excited to pick the thread and went for mermaid colours, she looked so grown up having it done.
The children humoured me with their annual picture of all of them sat on the wall at Torcross beach. A spot that we all reminisce about all year!
It made me realise that they have all really shot up when I compare this one to previous years.
On Saturday we said goodbye to camping in Devon and switched it for a camper van in Cornwall. Our first day was spent on the Helford River, somewhere I have wanted to explore for a while now. They all enjoyed taking a turn at driving the self hire boat. We ended our first day down here with a dip in the water and a lovely riverside pub meal.
The 3 kids have adapted well to the local social distancing measures. Florence being 3 is understandably needing a little more work and she’s had a few tantrum moments as to why she can’t go into a shop or go and order food with us like she used to. All in all we have definitely appreciated the holiday here, this year more than ever.