We took another trip up the coast last week, but this time we were able to take the girls with us. We pretty much did the same trip as the week before but we made a bit of an epic beach day of it and visited 4 beaches in total. It included my absolute favourite, the secluded cove at Flamborough lighthouse. The gazillion steps that you have to climb down (and then up again) are well worth it. It's an amazing spot.
As well as the two beaches at Flamborough we took the girls to Filey, for the first time in years. Jim and I found it funny to realise that we both remembered it as so much bigger. I guess everything seems bigger when you have babies with you. But honestly, I'm sure the paddling pool used to be 4 times that size!
The girls enjoyed the promanade and the rides at Filey but I was really pleased to hear that they both preferred the beaches at Flamborough, with their rock pools and swallows nests.
Over the weekend we also took the girls to a local nature reserve, so that they could go pond dipping. It was a beautiful day and the girls were very excited to catch lots of whirliegig beetles, pondskaters and (the highlight of the day) a stickleback.
It's almost impossible not to catch a picture of Lily talking. We have a running commentary, everywhere we go.
I love the fact that both the girls are at an age where they enjoy learning about nature and wildlife. It probably won't be too long before Bella hits the stage when she's not interested and we'll be that family dragging around a moping teenager. But until then (and maybe we'll get lucky and it won't happen), I'm going to enjoy the fact that we all get excited over catching a really big (it was really big, almost a little too big) water beetle in our fishing net.