It turned out that the incredible sunset on Saturday evening lived up to it's "red sky at night, sailors delight" promise, because we woke up yesterday to a beautifully warm and sunny day.
(Jim in particular loves seeing the girls playing in their trees, in their garden).
I was supposed to spend the day finishing the tiling in our bathroom and painting Lily's bedroom. But when we saw how sunny and warm it was we decided to head to the Botanical Gardens instead.
The first time we visited the gardens we bought the yearly family membership, so we can choose to just pop there for lunch (the restaurant is very good indeed) or have a wander around the beautiful gardens whenever we want.
The Gardens aren't huge, but they are full of colour all year round and I love that they actively encourage you to leave the path and tramp through the undergrowth and run on the grass.
One of the great things about going to the Botanics is that you can combine it with a walk down to Steephill Cove.
The 25th of October and it was too warm to wear coats! The beach was pretty busy and because it has a couple of really nice cafe's, there were lots of people enjoying ice creams (Bella got a bubble gum flavoured one, which I thought was horrible) and italian coffee (no polystyrene cups of watery coffee at Steephill!).
The tide was out further than we've seen before, so it was perfect for rock pooling. You can't tell in these pictures but there were children running all over the rocks, screaming with delight everytime they found a crab and there were some huge ones to be found!
We had only intended to be out for a couple of hours, so that we could still do some work on the house, but it was so glorious that we figured it would be silly not to make the most of it, so ended up staying out all afternoon.
Steephill Cove is a very fitting and descriptive name. The only way to get to and from the cove is up some very steep paths, but it's so worth the climb. And the view from half way up is beautiful (I'm going to have to start coming up with new superlatives).
On the way home, we stopped at a viewing point on the cliffs, so that Lily and I could watch the sunset (Jim and Bella were being boring and stayed in the car).
I know I keep saying it, but the fact that this is all just there, on our doorstep for us to enjoy on the spur of the moment, really is incredible to me.
Of course, everything isn't perfect all of the time. We still have tears and the girls miss their friends in Leeds. And it is never lost on me that we would not be here if mum hadn't died and that's a pretty bloody big price to pay for all of this. But for me, dealing with the day to day tears and arguments and general annoyances is so much easier when I can look up and see all of this.