Sunday 28th April 2019 – Sandcastles, Worms and Other Things

We have had an amazing week with our family. The weather was kind to us; plenty of sun, a bit of chill in the wind after the Bank Holiday weekend with just a threat of rain on Thursday. Peter put up the tent in the garden and got the ride on digger out of storage ready for our grandsons’ arrival on Good Friday. It was pretty well non-stop during the week with barbeques, playing in the garden (the big attractions were the worms and bugs in Peter’s two composters and washing various items using a couple of old kitchen brushes which are used for cleaning the bird bath). We took the bus to Cromer where our grandsons played on the wooden equipment and visited the Lifeboat. Every afternoon, except Thursday, was spent on the beach building sandcastles, excavating moats and drainage channels and investigating the limpets, barnacles and mussels on the groynes. I must not forget, digging for pirates treasure (some coins we buried in the sand and marked with an ‘X’) and then going to the shop to buy sweets with the some of the treasure. We went on the Bure Valley Railway from Aylsham to Wroxham and back and took a drive down the coast to see the lighthouse at Happisburgh. Our eldest grandson was delighted to discover there was a zip wire in the playground near the lighthouse and shrieked and laughed with joy whilst careering along on this new found experience. With a threat of rain on Thursday we went to Amazona Zoo. This was a definite hit with our youngest grandson who loves animals. The zoo has a soft play area we could retire to if the heavens opened. As it was, although decidedly chilly, it remained dry. I am not a fan of seeing animals in cages and enclosures but the layout of the zoo is sympathetic to their needs and certainly provides interest to visitors. So have I forgotten anything, ah yes, a walk to the village garden centre, where our eldest grandson purchased a terracotta pot to take home and grow peas in, visits to the village playground and watching the fishing boats launch from the beach before buying a dressed crab for our eldest grandson to try. He ate the white meat, leaving the brown for his dad. The week before they arrived, I spent a couple of mornings in the kitchen cooking up various dishes, including vegetarian, for the freezer. This meant there was minimal cooking, all I had to do was remember to take a dish out of the freezer before we went out in the morning and of course, it wouldn’t have been a holiday by the seaside without fish and chips!

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