Thursday, 6 August 2020

Days Out in Kent - Reculver

Lockdown has made me realise how much there is to do in our local area.  We are so used to spending the school holidays and weekends exploring further afield when really we could spend more time discovering local gems and making the most of the landscape.  This week we visited Reculver, known mostly for the ruins that can be seen from miles away along the coast.  It is easy to reach by road (not so much by public transport) and we spent a long afternoon enjoying the sunshine and the park.

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The ruins of the church are set on a small hill and are free to visit.  The children love climbing all over the walls and the sea is fenced off around.  There are plaques with more information and the views are spectacular.  Just down the hill from the ruins is a lovely playground surrounded by picnic benches.  All four of the children aged 4-9 loved the playground.  There were swings, slides, roundabouts and see saws as well as disabled swings which you need to bring your own harness for.  There was plenty of seating and the area is kept really clean.  There is a toilet block and two cafes on the site that serve ice cream, drinks and cakes as well as chips and basic food.  

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Reculver connects along the coastline to Minnis Bay and you can walk or cycle along the promenade from here.  The car park for the ruins is spacious enough and costs £1.30 per hour.

My children loved exploring, they were fascinated by the ruins and they enjoyed the variety in the playground.  They are is part of a bigger country park and there are lots of walks and trails to discover more of the area as well as little pubs.  If you are looking to spend a day outdoors it is worth a visit and the children are looking forward to going back.


Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent

Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent

Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent

Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent

Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent

Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent

Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent

Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent

Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent

Reculver ruins, reculver castle, days out in Kent, days out with kids in kent


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Saturday, 1 August 2020

Nun Night Eight Year Old

The countdown started earlier than ever this year, I think with every passing year the excitement grows and unfortunately you will always be the last of your friends to have a birthday.  We are here though, I have just tucked you in for the last time as an eight year old and you will wake up nine, probably another inch taller and a little bit more grown up again.

Over lockdown you felt a bit younger again, you played more with toys and with your siblings once we took away friends and the social normalities but as things start to lift, as you find a social side of your gaming, as you went back to school for a few weeks, I saw you grow up again and we are caught in the middle now, two sides of you, the boy who is still my baby and the child who is racing towards independence and maturity.  


Eight was the year you seemed to learn more about the world, to understand things a bit better and to ask interesting questions.  It was the year you gained such amazing confidence skiing and I have seen recently how much you have progressed in swimming as you finally choose to swim in the sea after years of rarely going in past your ankles.  Eight was the year you started to think more about your future and your school report shows me how much you have been trying at school.  I still haven't managed to get you loving books but I will never give up trying.

This year your birthday is a bit different.  Lockdown is lifting and we can do much more than we could, but we still can't celebrate in the same ways and you are happy with a smaller party and a special family day out.  You have asked for a gaming headset so you can talk to your friends as you play on the x-box and you can't wait to connect.


These photos are from yesterday, we went to the beach after dinner and you wanted to go swimming in the sea and practice treading water.  You weren't that deep when I took these but you are turning into such a water baby and I love that.  You were so happy.  I find it hard to capture photos of you as you get older but I see you so clearly in these.  You are my son, my baby boy and my friend and I love getting to spend time one on one and learn more about you.

9 is going to be a big year, school is going to be different, everything will be different and year 5 is important in an area where you are expected to sit the 11+ in the first week of September (when you will have only just turned 10).  I know you are strong enough to cope with everything, you have a brilliant attitude to life and you can't wait to get stuck in to learning again.


Eight was full of fun but I think nine is going to be an exciting new adventure for you, I can't wait to be part of it.

Sleep tight my gorgeous eight year old, for tomorrow is a big day 

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