Daddy Daughter day out

It was such a lovely day this afternoon that I took Caitlyn to the beach at Brown's Bay. This is an old favourite of ours as it has both a play area for kiddies that looks kinda like a pirate ship and a nice expanse of sand with very gentle waves at the water's edge. There is usually lots of parking available, but today everyone else decided it was time to go to the beach too. I did manage to grab a parking as someone was leaving.

Caitlyn of course ran to the beach because we were so far from the park she couldn't see it. There was a huge area between the lifeguard flags and I shepherded her towards the middle as much as I could before dropping out bag out on the beach and hitting the water with her. The water was surprisingly warm, and I wished Lea and Bianca were there too so I could take Bianca out a bit deeper. Caitlyn of course would run to and fro from the sand to the water throwing shells and rocks into the waves. They were gentle enough not to knock her over - I did get her to sit down briefly but she had too much energy in her to keep still for long.

Caitlyn remembered this beach has a play area, and after half an hour or so she left the water shouting "Park! Park!". Pity, as the sea is much more fun for me. I didn't have footwear with me, and the park matting had been baking in the sun all day. so I had to hop from shadow to shadow trying to keep up with Caitlyn. The coolest part (temperature wise) of course was inside the pirate ship, but since it's designed for kiddies it's a bit low, and I bumped my head twice on the rafters. Sore head or sore feet? Tough choice.

Caitlyn couldn't throw her usual wobblies when it was time to leave as the ground was too hot for her to fling herself onto more than once. Also it was past her usual supper time, which I think also encouraged her to go without too much protest.

Pity we couldn't share this with Bianca and Lea, but there will be lots of time when Bianca is out of hospital.


Anonymous said...

Isnt it illegal to drive bare footed?

Anonymous said...


I Love the photos of Caitlyn at the beach. Thank you for sharing them. :)

And May God Bless you ALL with a Happy New Year filled with Love and Laughter.

With Prayers, Love, and Hugs, Susan
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
United States

Terence White said...

I also had heard this rumour, but a quick check of http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/roadcode/about-driver-responsibility/stepping-over-the-line.html shows that there is nothing in the road code about having to wear any kind of footwear. And I can't think of a logical reason why you should anyway.

But it's a moot point. I had my shoes in the car, but I wasn't going to carry them all the way to the beach, then struggle to pull my socks on over wet sandy feet while trying to restrain a two year old using only the power of my mind.

I think investing in a pair of jandals would be high on the list of things to do this summer.

Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a great day with Caitlyn at the beach! It was 12 degrees here on New Years Eve! I am hoping to hear from Lea that she and Bianca are heading home soon. That will be wonderful when you are all together again. Thinking of you.
Happy New Year from frigid NYC