The thing I miss most about Syd being at school and Betsy being off at Uni now is our spontaneous adventures. When he was at home and Betsy had whole mid-week days free at college, we would often have days out to explore – visiting the local coastline, manor houses with elaborate gardens or nearby woodlands.
Of course Betsy is now in Manchester in term time and when Syd first started school, back in September, he was too tired to do much in the way of adventuring after school. And then by the time he got used to it a little, Winter was upon us and it was pretty much dark by the time we got home at quarter to four. The last couple of weeks, however, have been light for a while longer, as Spring begins to reach out it’s tendrils towards us. With the extra hour or so of daylight in mind, and with Betsy at home with her car, we snuck in a post school trip to Weymouth beach last week.
I love the beach in winter. For one, it is more or less deserted, and there is something about it’s slightly bleak expanses of sand, greyed by the cold, that appeals to me. It was freezing, and the wind sent layers of sand rippling towards us in an eery ankle height mist. We only managed an hour before numb hands and noses sent us scurrying for relief, but it was lovely to run up and down the shore, write our names in the sand and listen to the sound of the waves greeting the land.
We turned our back on the beach to get back to where we were parked, but a last minute glimpse over our shoulders showed us the most stunning sight – the sun setting behind the buildings on the prom. It was almost like an image from the blitz, as if the world was on fire behind them. Amazing.
Our adventures happen less often now, which in some ways is a little sad, but it means I treasure these moments a little bit more, making the most of them and storing the magic away in my memory pockets to get me through the daily dirge of uniforms and lunchboxes.
I am looking forward to half term next week in the hope we may manage some sun between the inevitable rain so that we can have a little escapade or two!
Love Miss Cisco XXX