It rained all night so we were a bit worried that our beach plans for today wouldn’t happen. By morning though it was still cloudy and the rain had stopped, so we decided to go ahead with our original plans and change them if the weather got worse. We met my uncles G and B at Dixon Park Beach – their favourite beach, and one with a playground. It was threatening rain – looked very black out to sea, so we walked to Merewether Beach (my favourite beach) straight away to get ice creams. Caitlin and LiAM walked on the sand and the rest of us on the new, wide pathway that has recently been built. G bought us all a double scoop cup and it was delicious, and the serves were huge! Even Tony and I had trouble working our way through the whole tub. By the time we finished eating it was sprinkling so I suggested heading back to the playground quickly so we could shelter there if it got worse. The kids wanted to walk on the sand again and this time went right down to the water and had a play in the edge of the waves. Everyone got a bit wet…
We headed back to the playground and the kids played on the equipment and with G using the footballs he’d brought along. I went up to the toilets and on the way back saw whales out in the ocean, so we all came back to the path to watch the whales pass. There were several off them and they were moving fast, and breaching frequently – it was pretty incredible. A couple of them weren’t far off shore so they were really easy to see. The kids went back down onto the sand (the sun was out by now) and made sandcastles – Caitlin’s mermaid sandcastle was quite a piece of art.
|Dixon Park Beach after the sun came out|
|Waves gently breaking into ocean baths|