Ahhhh we have been away at the beach. It was OH SO LOVELY. Just what the doctor ordered!! We only had a few chilly days (it is winter after all!). But it was so nice to shed those jumpers and enjoy the sun. I always forget how beautiful the beach is no matter how often we visit. Here are a few snaps of our first day. The chilly weather did not stop Ben.
We are finally here….. at Kingscliff Peppers Salt. We have been preparing Ben for our holidaty for the last few weeks. He has been talking about the beach but hasn’t seemed that excited about it until today. He was so keen to get in the car this morning. While we finished packing he spent most of his time hovering at the door.
We are finally here….. at Kingscliff Peppers Salt. We have been preparing Ben for our holiday for the last few weeks. He has been talking about the beach but hasn’t seemed that excited about it until today. He was so keen to get in the car this morning. While we finished packing he spent most of his time hovering at the door.
Last time we took Ben to the beach he wasn’t keen on it (The Beach #2, The Beach #1). But this time……………it was amazing. It was late afternoon and the sun was low in the sky making the water looked almost pink. We had a strip of beach over two hundred meters long just for us. Ben was trembling with excitement. He held my hand tightly as the water touched our toes. His smile was enormous and he soon let go of my hand and went running in announcing ‘BEACH!!’ with great excitement. He didn’t seem to mind that he was still fully dressed and the water was ….. well freezing! Unfortunately we had no cameras or phones with us. Luckily we have the memory. It was one of those unforgettable moments. I of course shed a little tear. Simple things really make the best memories.
We recently visited Southbank Parklands at Brisbane. It has been quite a while since we were last there and a lot has changed. As usual we parked in the underground levels and then took a casual stroll from one end to the other (heading towards the performing arts complex) following the arbour.
Ben walked along most of the way with Belinda, Grandma Karen and I. It was a bright and sunny day so we tried to encourage Ben to wear his hat and sunnies (didn’t last too long).
Ben soon discovered that if he held on to two sets of hands he could get lifted high into the air (great fun). Well as you can see he loved it (again and again and again). Not so sure this is great for his shoulders??!!
Of course we were intending to take a ride on the new (and temporary) Wheel of Brisbane.
The wheel is a large ferris wheel with fully enclosed and air conditioned capsules that lifts to nearly 60m. A surprisingly gentle ride, comfortable and a fantastic view. Belinda is not fond of heights, but found the ride quite enjoyable.
Ben was surprisingly quite initially. He just sat on my lap and took in the view.
Afterwards we followed the arbour back to the beach. The last time we took Ben to the beach at the Gold Coast he was not particularly interested. This time though he was intrigued !. Perhaps it was the lack of crashing waves and wind. We walked up and down in the edge of the water, past lots of people (and kids) enjoying the cool water. Ben chatted away, pointed to the kids splashing, jumped up down himself and generally had fun. I think our next visit to the real beach will be much better.
On the way back to the car we discovered one of the new attractions. Aquativity is a fantastic new water play area for kids but we didn’t have our togs. Oh well a great excuse to come back another day.
We are staying at the Gold Coast in Mantra Wings Surfers Paradise, which is very close to Surfers Paradise Beach. Initially Belinda took Ben out into the water where he proceeded to make a few noises (not keen apparently). Then some friendly passers by stopped to offer Ben some encouragement. I took over for a few minutes and got Ben into the sand and water (still not keen it seemed). We finally escaped with Ben running in the air.
Aunty Claire suggested that a first beach experience might be like a “cat on wet grass”. I think she got it pretty close.
The last shot is of the pram (Bugaboo Bee) on the beach. It is not very well suited to the soft sand but we persevered anyway. Oh yeah, Belinda found a little bucket and spade for Ben which we are going to go back and try out tomorrow.