We had a weekend at home mostly, but we did venture out a few times. There was a bit of owl spotting to be done: part of The Big Hoot trail around Birmingham. This owl is one of my favourites. A trip to Sandwell Valley (a local park with a great playground) meant that we bumped into H’s cousins. They had a wonderful time playing for a few hours, whilst the adults caught up on things. H had a lovely day Lego building with his friends on Monday and then they went to a golf lesson together.
Tuesday saw H and I heading over to Barmouth for a few days so that H could get a sea and sand fix. I know Sorrento, where we went for our main holiday, is by the sea, but it isn’t that easy to access the sea because of the lack of beaches. The sand there is black, volcanic sand which isn’t as nice either, so in Italy we stuck mostly to the pool. H loves the sea and he is happiest when he’s in amongst the waves with his body board. The cold water doesn’t seem to put him off at all.
We went to the beach everyday we were there. I even sat on the beach with a raincoat on, so he could go and play. He didn’t let the weather stop him. Apart from the beach, we went walking, and tried out the local cafe and pub.
Going on holiday with mum can be a bit dull if you don’t have a friend to play with: the downside of being an only child. Luckily I was able to meet up with one of my primary school friends and her son for the day. The boys had never met before, perhaps because the age gap seemed a bit big, but at the moment 3.5 years doesn’t seem too much. The boys hit it off almost immediately. They both seemed to love the sea.