Monday 8 September 2014

A Mini Adventure

It is a well known fact that I don't get to do nearly enough puddle splashing on my birthday.  That is one of the biggest problems with August birthdays it seems, my wellies are usually left dry in the cupboard whilst my sandals enjoy pride of place on my feet.  This year we managed to change that, and I believe I am due warm and sunny birthdays for the next few years.

We live quite close to Dover, and when I had an email through earlier in the year telling me about discounted ferry sailings, I thought I would book a day, with the idea that if it was bad weather we just wouldn't go.  They were offering sailings for £1 return, and as infants don't becoming paying children until they turn 4, it meant £2 return for the whole family for a day trip!  We already have our passports and I booked the bank holiday Monday, forgetting about it soon afterwards.

As it happened, we decided not to be put off by a little bit of rain (OK, a lot of it), and just go prepared, so with our wellies and rain coats, we travelled down to Dover for a mini adventure.  

It was the boys' first time on a boat and they loved it.  From exploring the various restaurants, cafes and the (minuscule) play area to standing outside and watching the waves, they were curious and excited and I think even if we had stayed on the ferry and sailed straight home, they would have had a good day out.

Well it was my birthday after all!

It turns out that there isn't a whole lot to do in Calais but that doesn't really matter when you are three and one (or twenty seven for that matter).  After a lovely lunch and a stroll around the shops whilst the boys napped, we found the biggest and best puddles and proceeded to get ourselves soaked.  I don't know how long we spent running round like loonies and jumping in every body of water we could find, but we spent just as much time giggling. (It was far too wet to get my camera out for this bit)

contemplating whether he needed his raincoat

When it finally got to much, we found what the French do very well - cake - and enjoyed a roof over our heads, a hot drink and some sugary goodness.

There really isn't much to do in Calais in the rain, but I had a great birthday and we all had a fun mini adventure in France.


  1. Cake and coffee sounds good to me x

  2. Looks like a lovely birthday with your little family Bex- your bump is blooming gorgeous already. x

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