Days out

Wanting a sea view with fish & chips in the camper


With a free day and the promise of a sunny Autumn day we headed to the south coast with the mission of finding somewhere we could park up in our VW California whilst eating fish and chips in the warmth of the van. Poor old Betsy the camper had been a bit neglected over the last few weeks.

We set off for East Wittering, not finding quite what we were looking for and then onto Bracklesham Bay before heading to our favourite beach at West Wittering, not that we’re fussy buggers!

Wittering beach_1

Finally we got our fish and chips (sausages and chips for the children) which were a bit disappointing for the amount it cost (£24!!) with no drinks. Even Charley looked at hers and said she didn’t have enough, but at least the beach was pretty stunning!

Fish and chips Wittering Autumn

For a change we had a (slow) walk around East Head, the children sliding down the sand banks, running, digging in the sand and generally being really nice and friendly with each other. A nice change from how they’ve been in close company with each other recently! It was pretty stunning, with the tide out and the sun peeping round clouds.

Bodhi sand dunesCharley sand dunes

Eventually we got back to Betsy for hot chocolates and cups of tea, unfortunately we’d forgotten to bring the milk from home that we had specifically bought (i.e. a small 2 pinter) so Tim had to go and get some from the cafe. Glad I didn’t have any as it looked like powdered milk when it was boiled up for the hot chocolates for the children. Yuck. I really, really need to get more organised when we go out in the camper van.

One last photo of the beautiful sunset on Wittering beach before we set off.

Wittering sunsetWe then headed to some nearby shops to get some tea on the way home. Edible but unhealthy! Pork pie for husband, sausage rolls, crisps, cookies (raspberries & strawberries not eaten), cocktail sausages. Why is it so hard to buy healthy food to go – or maybe it is and I just need to change my thinking/buying habits?


Betsy Wittering

Great day out in the camper though, just need to get a bit organised and get some healthy food in just in case we’re out longer than expected, it can always be kept in the fridge if not used.

Looking forward to our next trip!


Days out

5 fab things this week – summer 5

This week we’ve had a shopping trip, visits to garden centres, a day out at the local Forestry Commission, a birthday party, C’s last nursery session of the year, the local show and BBQ’s so a few fab things to choose from. Luckily summer holidays start next week so I’m hoping to have a few lie-ins!!!

B discovers dipping

This week I braved it when there was a bit more time at home for lunch and gave B one of those little houmous pots with a breadstick. He loved dipping in the breadstick and sucking off the houmous. It was a right mess but houmous comes off fairly easily compared to some food (like crusty weetabix).

Summer 5 dipping


Colouring books for adults

I’ve only just discovered that these even exist, but I love them. I could keep buying them each time I go to the shops. These were brought from WH Smiths and it was really hard to choose which to buy as there is such a range. I’ve only started one picture but even my husband enjoys sitting there colouring and is on his second. Often, when I’ve tried to start colouring with C she’ll take the pen off me or tell me what to do so I’m quite looking forward to doing this when the children are in bed.

Summer 5 colouring

Birthday party bouncing

Both children had a great time at a friends childs 2nd birthday. They’ve got a great garden with a swing and trampoline (pronounced bouncelina by C) so they used a lot of energy up on these, then had chocolate cake and fell asleep in the car on the way home.

Summer 5 bday swings

Summer 5 bounce

 Day out at Alice Holt

We had a great day out at Alice Holt which is just down the road from us. We had a walk around one of the short trails to start off with, where there are a few climbing things for the children. Then we stopped for a quick picnic before the children were eager to get into the next playground area using the swings, merry-go-round, wooden pirate ships and houses.

Summer 5 AH swings

I think C would have stayed on the swing all afternoon if we hadn’t suggested going to find the Gruffalo.

Summer 5 AH Gruffalo

It was a great day out in the air enjoyed by all. B even managed to have a little snooze in the middle of it all.

Summer 5 AH sleep

Local village show

Last year when the local show was on C was at her worst with arthritis and all she wanted to do was sit in the pushchair. So this year it was fab to see her on the bouncy castle and some of the other rides like nothing was wrong with her. Such a difference from the previous year.

Summer show

Days out

5 fab things this week – summer 2

Wow a great week of weather has meant there has been plenty of excuses not to stay in and do housework. Wahoo!

Playground fun

Before I picked up C from nursery one day I decided to take B to the swings and park. He absolutely loves the swings and will sit for ages on them, kicking his little legs and laughing away. So great to be able enjoy these simple moments.

Swing time
Swing time

A trip to Goring By Sea

My parents were away for a few days at the coast so we decided to visit them for the day as it wasn’t too far (although I was in two minds about not having the children in a ‘routine’ for the evening). The weather was brilliant, typical English breeze on the coast but sat by some rocks we were sheltered and the sun was shining. The children played happily for ages on the pebbles, putting them in buckets. C pretending they were pancakes and then washing them with water.

Goring by sea
Goring by sea

We also had a fab lunch in the cafe there where they have a large selection of huge cakes and buns! We felt truly stuffed while sitting on the beach.


Armed Forces Day

We had a fantastic time at the Armed Forces Day in Guildford Stoke Park. Another sunny day which started with a trip on a bus to get there. C has never been on a bus before so this was very exciting for her. The transport was free and entry was free.

A first bus trip
A first bus trip

The park was really busy when we got there. There were loads of food stalls, ice-cream vans, static and live displays. We never did get to the main arena stage but saw some of the acts on the large tv screen.

Fortunately we arrived in time to see the RAF Falcons. Amazing how they came down and landed where they were supposed to!

Where are the they daddy?
Where are they daddy?
RAF Falcons
RAF Falcons

Then it was off to the see the numerous army vehicles which were all open for children to go in. C loved going in the different helicopters and tanks.

Tanks and helicopters
Tanks and helicopters

There was a great atmosphere and we thoroughly enjoyed our day. The Red Arrows also did a fly past although it was so quick I didn’t get to take photos.

We rounded the day off with some lovely healthy chips for the little ones!

Chippy chips
Chippy chips

Cake, coffee and a sit in the park

I love a piece of cake and a cappuccino, doesn’t everyone? I’m trying to wean myself off cake and some days I’ll be really good. However, as it was my wedding anniversary last week I thought I’d treat myself whilst B was asleep and C was at nursery. Of course, B took longer to go to sleep and I ended up walking round the park quite a few times. I felt a bit guilty that I’d got him to go to sleep so I could eat cake! But it didn’t last for too long.

Breakfast Out at Bills

We don’t often go out for meals anymore, shame I know, but as it was our wedding anniversary we thought we’d go to our local Bills for breakfast. The children had beans on toast and both ate all of it, with C having a bowl of ice-cream for pudding! B wasn’t so lucky and had to have a healthy bowl of fruit. Hubby had the full cooked brekkie while I had poached eggs with salmon on an English muffin. Washed down with some coffee it was definitely a great way to start the day!

Nearly a cuddle
Nearly a cuddle