I don’t know about you but I find the beach in summer is often hot, and sticky, sandy (of course), FULL of people and the last straw is often trying to find a car park. We tend to surf in summer and walk in winter and in autumn we play.
We’ve had a stunning run of autumn weather these last couple of weeks with chilly mornings and sunny days and marvellous afternoons. So on Sunday we headed to our favourite playing beach, Sumner. Sumner has been hit pretty hard by the earthquakes and the raw damage is still evident to some beautiful homes once perched on the edge of the cliffs, now literally hanging off them. Lines of shipping containers have been brought in to protect the main road to Sumner, and these are now the site for an art exhibition in the form of canvases stretched over a container. Clever, as they’re pretty ugly.
The boys and I took their best buddy and headed across town. The aim of the afternoon was to make sandcastles, well that’s what I wanted to do, but boys being boys, were keener to dig holes and ‘quarry’. The littlest one and I made a small sandcastle, then I left them to it, digging happily away.
Being autumn the wind soon became chilly so after a while we headed back for ice creams – there’s always such a good selection with cones, and licked away watching the kite surfers.
Next time you’re wondering what to do on an autumn afternoon try the beach – it’s often better than the height of summer.