At last its here! Schools out and unbelievably, so is the sun…. and in our house that is nothing but a great thing. This is what memory making is all about isn’t it?
Hot sunny days spent whiling with family and friends; planning adventures, taking bike rides on shade dappled lanes, wallowing in puddles of sun warmed sea water on a beach at low tide pretending to be a mermaid or crashing down the steep slopes of the sand dunes …. no, its not a few pages from an Enid Blyton book – this is what my memory has cherry picked to remember from my childhood summer holidays.
I was exceedingly lucky to be brought up here in Jersey and for my mum to be able to stay at home with my sister and I. It felt like we spent every spare day on the beach as we grew up. With a surfer dude for a dad, we used to head to St Ouens as often as we could and had to make it our playground whether we fancied being there or not!
I hate it when i read that children are increasingly spending more hours inside and often in front of the TV or computer game…. BUT as our outdoor spaces are getting smaller and smaller in the homes that we can afford to buy and the fields that we used to roam get built upon, its easy quite frankly to see how this could start to happen but HEY we are the parents and we have the power to provide our kids with the experiences they need inside and outside. Come rain or shine i try my hardest to ensure that my two get plenty of (safe) sunshine or realise that they won’t melt if a bit of rain gets them soaking wet!
I loved the article in the JEP a few weeks ago, 50 things to do with your kids this summer – what a fabulous advert for the wonderful outdoor mostly and free fun available in this beautiful island. We are certainly going to try to tick a few off the list. If you missed it, it was a Jersey version of great this initiative.
We don’t live far from Greve de Lecq and just love to head down there to have a play. The girls are much tougher than me and love to swim in the sea for as long as i let them! We also just love to collect ‘treasures’ to decorate castles / pretend cakes etc and i am so so delighted (not!) but their dad has also trained them both to be quite expert rock climbers so i do tend to spend a lot of my time retrieving stuck children from rocks too!
What are your favourite summer things to do?
For us, this summer wouldn’t have been half as much fun as it has been so far without these magic ingredients to name but a few:
- This fabulous suncream from Green People
- These new squeezy freezy lolly moulds from Jamie at Home make the kids feel like they are getting a big treat when actually they are getting something yummy and home made (see top pic)
- These gorgeous cossies for the girls – love a bit of sale shopping!
- LOTS of buckets and spades
- These fab sand cake making toys from GLTC have induced hours of great imagination play on the beach
- Oh and not forgetting the ice-creams and yummy food if we have forgotten to look at our watches because we were having so much fun at Colleens