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Another Devon Winter Beach Day

Another Devon Winter Beach Day

I love school holidays for all the obvious reasons; no morning rush, time with my boys and just the general feeling of not having to be so organised around packed lunches, tea times and housework, before you start questioning my credentials as a wife and mother,  I do, do housework and feed my family, it’s just a more relaxed affair! But the biggest plus for me is spending time with my sister.

She left our little village at the tender age of 19, never to return. (sob) Instead opting for the dizzy heights of middle earth, Oxford.   I always expected her to return to the fold once she’d left university there but as fate had it she met her soul mate, married, had children, and they chose to remain in Harry Potter county and who wouldn’t, it’s simply stunning and if there was anywhere else I’d want to live, it would be there. Our children are exceptionally close, just like my siblings and I so, we do feel the pang of separation and 6 weeks is usually just enough time before we’re ready for a reunion. The great thing about her home comings, is that it really doesn’t matter what we do or where we go, our children are just happy to be together, so we tend to keep it simple and do basic family fun days out on the beach no matter what the weather. We’ve spent gloriously sunshine fuelled days and camped out under brollies when the weather hasn’t been so kind. .

Devon beach on a sunny winter day


Luckily though, this week we were granted another sunny Devon Winter beach day, even managing the first beach picnic of the year.

A winter picnic on the beach in Devon

It was the first Devon beach picnic Baby R had the pleasure of and seemed to adapt to the idea of al fresco dining very well.

Picnic on the beach on a sunny winters day in Devon

The older boys, meanwhile, made full use of having the beach to them selves with a game of hide and seek. I love that their imaginations come alive and they resort back to some basic childhood fun.

Hide and seek during a winter picnic on a Devon beach

Tween has been poorly since Friday, but the fresh air really seemed to brighten his spirits and it was lovely to see him up and about.

Devon beach winter fun

Even Teenager joined us which was a rare delight. He’s stuck in the crux of spending time with the adults and enjoying play with his cousins. This is where I’m really noticing the age gap which is a shame as it’s never really mattered until this last year. He is, however, fantastic with little ones and isn’t afraid to be seen cuddling his baby brother in public. He lasted all of 45 minutes with us before skateboarding off to call on his friends. I never insist he stays with us all day as I totally understand his perspective and there’s only so much girlie banter and gossiping he can take. I’m just glad of the little moments he does spend with us.

Winter Devon beach picnic


Even my toddler niece joined in with the fun. The poor thing is surrounded my boys; a result of which, she can be silly and rough tumble play as much as the boys. Un luckily for her, she also gets subjected to hair styling and girlie play by my Mum and I, she’s got a whole life time of this ahead of her though as she brings up team pink on a solo mission.

A Winter beach picnic in Devon

After our picnic, we headed up to the cliff top gardens so the kids could carry on their game. I remember as a child, trying to climb onto this old winch and playing the same game of trying to stay put while everyone else jumps on. Some things just never change, except maybe for the fact I haven’t got a hope in hell of getting up there now!

Fun in the sun on a devon beach on a sunny winters day




  1. 18th February 2015 / 8:30 pm

    It’s funny you say that, i’m oxford born & Bred, but can’t wait to move to the coast! seems like a much more relaxed way of life! xx

    • 19th February 2015 / 6:48 am

      I think my sister would like to live by the sea again, I know her children definitely would, My Tween though years for a big flat village green that he cannily football on, he doesn’t appreciate the beach just yet.

  2. Star Traci
    19th February 2015 / 12:18 am

    Looks like a truly lovely day — filled with sun, fun, and love!

  3. Jenny
    20th February 2015 / 4:27 pm

    Gorgeous winter beach family day. I love all your photos so beautiful. The sun was shining for yall too. We just had a similar winter beach up north. So fun and the kids love it don’t they? Freedom! Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • 20th February 2015 / 4:47 pm

      Thanks Jenny, I saw your winter beach day. It looked fab. Proves the kids just need fresh air and beaches for a good day out. No expensive theme parks.

  4. 20th February 2015 / 10:23 pm

    What a gorgeous day, we love a winter trip to the beach. Blue skies and a picnic just make it perfect!

  5. 21st February 2015 / 8:16 am

    The beach on a sunny cold day is the perfect place. So interesting to see the family dynamics change as they get older – lovely pics of all of them 🙂

    • 21st February 2015 / 8:17 am

      Thank you. I love seeing them all together like this

  6. 21st February 2015 / 8:58 am

    We had a gorgeous Devon winter beach day this weekend too, there is something so special about the sea. #countrykids

    • 22nd February 2015 / 9:03 am

      we’re lucky to be close to any beaches in Devon (even better in Cornwall)

  7. 21st February 2015 / 3:16 pm

    It looks like you had a great time getting some fresh air with your sister and her kids. It’s always difficult when you don’t live as close to family as you would like but it also always gives you something to look forward to when you get to see them. The kids all look like they’re having a great time together. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  8. 23rd February 2015 / 7:12 am

    What lovely pictures I really enjoying seeing them on a dull Monday morning

  9. 23rd February 2015 / 7:13 am

    what gorgeous pictures – looks like such a lovely day out with your family.

  10. 23rd February 2015 / 8:21 am

    What a gorgeous day! I would love to live so close to the beach. I think I prefer winter trips to summer trips x

    • 23rd February 2015 / 4:13 pm

      It’s so much quieter and nice having the place to ourselves

  11. 23rd February 2015 / 9:19 am

    Just a tad jell I have to say, I’d love to live by the sea and have days out like this on tap. Really sweet post and fab photos xx

  12. 23rd February 2015 / 10:08 am

    That looks like such a gorgeous day out and I love all your photos. Holidays are great for being able to spend time with family – I had my sister and nieces come to stay last week for a couple of days too and it was wonderful. Looks like you had a lovely time with yours 🙂

    • 23rd February 2015 / 11:32 am

      Thank you Louise. Family time is so important, that’s great you got to spend time with yours.

  13. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    23rd February 2015 / 10:13 am

    Such a happy post full of sunshine and smiles – lovely photos and what a fab beach to live so close to! We often drive the 45 mins or so to Frinton to enjoy the sand and sea but only when it’s warm – you’ve reminded me that we mustn’t wait for that this year! Thanks so much for linking this up at #ShareTheJoy x

  14. 23rd February 2015 / 11:34 am

    This looks like such a lovely day! I’ve never had a picnic in February (I do live up north though!) but you’ve made it look great. Fab pictures too. xx #magicmoments

    • 23rd February 2015 / 4:11 pm

      It is isn’t it, nothing like the smell of the sea air

  15. 23rd February 2015 / 3:23 pm

    This sounds like a perfect adventure and it looks like everyone had lots of fun!

    Heres to more magic days like this x
    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

    • 23rd February 2015 / 4:09 pm

      It was, you’ve got to grab sunny beach days when you can in our lovely British climate!

  16. Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    23rd February 2015 / 5:56 pm

    I love your wintry beach shots! The weather and sky looks incredible. My favourite is your little girl enjoying herself! Thank you so much for linking to #iotw

    • 24th February 2015 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you, I love the contrast of the sky and the pebbles. great photography weather.

  17. kidGLloves
    24th February 2015 / 6:19 am

    Lucas says – It sounds like you had a fab day. I love picnics and a picnic on a beach sounds mega awesome. We live really far away from the beach so think you’re very lucky 🙂 #sharewithme #whatsthestory

    • 24th February 2015 / 7:50 am

      We are lucky and I know it. As a child we didn’t live by the beach so I really appreciate it now.

  18. 24th February 2015 / 11:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your Devon adventure. Makes me want to book a holiday weekend.

  19. 24th February 2015 / 2:56 pm

    What a lovely day out together. The beach looks gorgeous and it sounds like everyone enjoyed it. It’s great when you get to spend time together with family.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

    • 24th February 2015 / 7:25 pm

      It was a fab day. Nothing beats it down there when the sun’s out.

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