Sometimes, N can be really grouchy. It’s mostly unexpected because he’s a happy little chap usually. But sometimes a trip really doesn’t make him happy at first.
On one morning on holiday, the weather was looking a little drizzly so we decided a morning rockpooling and collecting shells would be a good idea. Barricane Beach and Watersmeet were calling. With the 3rd family having gone home, we headed off with the remaining family to the little bays.
Walking down some extremely steep steps kept N interested as well as looking for snails. All was looking optimistic. Until we got on the beach at Watersmeet and N decided it was all too barren (despite there being a lot of clean sand to dig and rocks to explore).
I’d bought N some neoprene slipper shoes to help him walk on the rocks, but he wasn’t keen. And walking through water to the rockpools wasn’t top of his mind either. Of course I had on jeans with it being a cooler morning, so they were soaked even though I’d rolled them up. But my encouragement wasn’t working. Or that of N, the girl we went with.
So I let him to his gripes and moaning, while we wandered off. I’ve never done rockpooling before and although we didn’t find any live crabs, and only a few fish, and lots of limpets, it was still good fun. We didn’t find many shells either but that didn’t stop us trying.
It was windy enough to fly the kite until it got wet, but the turnaround for N was something simple.
‘Let’s write on the sand and do drawings’. N drew a person, and I started writing our names. Next thing I knew, N was there joining in, drawing circles and going over the letters. If only I’d known.
As it was low tide we made our way through the rocks round to Barricane Beach. This one is usually full of shells to collect, but there wasn’t much around. Just the broken, scrunched up shells to walk on up to the café kiosk.
Stopping for a bap, drink and ice cream, we watched the surfers heading down to the sea, and the few families setting out their blankets or heading off to rock-pool. The 2 beaches are lovely to walk on and explore. They’re wilder (aided by the weather) than the gentle traditional seaside beach at Woolacombe. But they’re definitely worth a visit if you want more beach variety during a holiday there.
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