Evenings by the sea

I love living by the sea.  We don’t make as much of it as we should though.

However, the Beavers were playing crazy golf on Monday so we all went down to Stokes Bay and watched the boats (there must have been some novices out – they really were making a big deal of bringing in the boat!)

 

 

Jack, as ever, stuck to burying his nose in a book (have I mixed my metaphors? that doesn’t sound right)

Stonehenge

The boys have been keen to visit Stonehenge for quite a while.  It has always seemed a lot of fuss though to look at some stones from a distance.

Anyway as our route back from Somerset took us nearby, we decided it was probably worth a 20min detour.

So we parked, decided that no way were we paying over £20 to go in a visitor centre about the size of our living room and queue for 20 mins to walk in a slow snake with lots of people about 20ft from the stones, when we could cross the road, spend 5mins staring over a fence (or through it if you are as short as the boys 🙂 )and then jump back in the car and head for home.

 

20 mins down the road, Sam asked if we’d be at Stonehenge soon. Think he was a little underwhelmed 🙂

Pontins, Somerset

Well it wasn’t as bad as we feared.  The room while not cleaned particularly well had been newly refurbished so no ground in muck.

Facilities were fine.  Kids loved the swimming pool and slide.  They had a games room for Jack where we played lots of table tennis and an indoor play centre for Sam.  They loved just being able to play outside the accommodation with other kids though and despite it being term time there were lots of older ones about.

Won’t go down as a great holiday as off-site the area wasn’t very nice.

The beach, while looking pretty…

…wasn’t good to play on.  The sea was far out and there were big signs warning of quicksand at low tide so we didn’t fancy the sea (which is all Jack wants to do at the beach).  The wind whipped the soft sand everywhere and it stung.  In fact on the second day when Sam and I tried to go down (Pete and Jack refusing to go) we couldn’t even get down.  Although it wasn’t really windy there was that much sand blowing that it swept straight in your face.  We found a sheltered spot in the dunes and played there instead.

The road we were on was just one caravan park after another.  Buying food was a bit of a battle, a couple of uninspiring and overpriced takeaways and the expensive and very limited onsite shop.

By Thurs we decided to escape and caught the bus to Weston Super Mare.  Which was dismal.  Town was really run down and the pier while being redeveloped was now so loud that you couldn’t spend any time there.  On the plus side The Works had loads of good books in their sale.

We did spent ages in the arcades opposite the park which had loads of cheap bits to play on and after winning loads of tickets the boys joyful collected a load of tat.

Kids had lots of fun anyway, the weather was beautifuk and we’ve not been put off Pontins (good as we’re going to the Hastings one in Sep), just Somerset 🙂

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And we’re off…

…to here.

Might have been an idea to read the reviews first possibly!

Wish us luck!!!

Titanic

Last week we had a bit of a Titanic theme.

We started off on Sunday with a visit to SeaCity in Southampton.  The photos aren’t great sorry but I was on no flash setting as I wasn’t supposed to take any, sneaked a few at the start but missed the one interesting bit which was the court room.

He'll steer it away from that iceberg
eye spy...
Deciding who to save
modern lifebelt
Titanic style lifebelt

The museum was rather rubbish really, no soul and nothing that really fired mine or the kids interest.  We had a very nice day though as we met up with a lovely family we’d met through A Little Bit of Structure.

For the rest of the week we worked though various little bits to flesh it out.

fact worksheet

We looked at replica packs and in particular the posters and they drew their own with oil pastels. 

                             

We talked about why people would have been on the Titanic. Discussed that many would have been emigrating and we looked at what they would take if they had to pack everything into one bag.

                           

We researched the different types and prices of accommodation and made first class tickets.

 

We plotted the route using longitude and latitude.

And used the timeline of events to practice handwriting and telling the time.

We made and sank models

  

And having seen at the museum the diversity of novels available that feature the Titanic (Indian Jones and Dinosaurs stick out) they wrote Dr Who stories on the Titanic.

                  

We also read