As mentioned previously, we’ve just moved out of the static caravan which has been our home for nearly a year, and into a little house. We’re actually still in the process of moving, as we still have some cleaning out etc to do. The other day, as Daddy Penguin had a day off work, we took a trip back to the caravan get a few things done, and to spend some time on the beach there.
As our car failed its MOT badly the other week, and we haven’t yet decided if it’s worth fixing, this also meant going on a little bus trip! Bus rides are of course an everyday kind of thing to a lot of people, but before this it had been a long time since Penguin last went on a bus, and having lived in Sweden until about 15 months ago, he had never been on a double-decker bus before. So this was a first, and quite an adventure!
Of course we had to go on the upper deck, and luckily the seats at the very front were free, so we got the best possible view! It’s been a loooong time since I last went on a double-decker too, and I might just have been even more excited than Penguin. But that’s not to say that he wasn’t! He was a little bit unsure about the whole thing, but at the same time excited and fascinated.
We had some Polos with us, as usual, as it helps to have something tough to chew on when getting a little stressed, unfocused or anxious (think of how football managers are often seen chewing away frantically at gum during matches). And when the bus paused for a few minutes at the station, Penguin had his iPad handy so that he could fiddle about with his pictures on there, and stay seated, rather than get worked up over us not being on the move. However much we like being out and about, and doing hands-on activities of various kinds, screens are still our friends as well.
After getting off the bus, we popped by the caravan briefly before heading to the beach. It was a beautiful and bright day. There was a bit of a cool breeze, but you could really feel the warmth of the sun, too.
The tide was quite low and going out, and we strolled along the waters edge checking out the shells and other finds from the sea.
There were quite a few dog walkers about, but we were still surprised to see that the beach shop had decided it was worth being open on a weekday in March.
After sitting down on the beach for a bit to have some snacks we’d brought along, we headed up into the sand dunes, where it was nice and sheltered from the winds. Penguin decided to sit down and enjoy the sand for a while. I know I’ve said this before, but the seaside really is a fantastic place for sensory experiences. Not all children will find all of those stimulations positive, so do take your individual child’s sensory preferences into consideration, of course. For Penguin, sea and sand are two of the best things ever.
Again, just like the bus top ride, I think I enjoy it at least as much as Penguin. I wouldn’t mind spending most of my days on a beach, gazing out to sea…
After a while it was time to head back to the caravan, through the grassy dunes, and after an hour or so there we took the bus back again, to our new home.
We were lucky enough to get a seat at the front of the top deck again on the way back, and by the end of our outing Penguin seemed very happy with the whole experience. I look forward to more bus top trips together!