Our Valentines Day in Southport

For some weeks now, or even perhaps months, I’ve been hankering after a seaside day.  A good run about on the beach with the kids and Thomas, a paddle in the sea, some chips . . . you know the drill.  We decided it would be a lovely way to spend a family Valentines Day and made our plans to head out to the coast today.  We had contemplated a trip to Crosby to see ‘Another Place’ by Antony Gormley (better known in our house as ‘the dudes in the sand’) . . however after taking advice from friends we decided to save that one for a warmer day when we can take a picnic and spend a day on the sand playing with buckets and spades.  We decided to take a run up to Southport, having not been for a number of years we thought it would make for a nice change. 

The forecast for today was bright sunshine for the morning and clouding over into the afternoon so we figured it was best to just get up and out.  We left the house around 10am and set off.  It takes just over an hour to get to Southport from our house and I’d rather hoped that Bo would take advantage of the journey and have a snooze.  Sadly not. 

The kids were really excited when they realised we were going to the seaside for the day – though I think “seaside” is over egging the pudding a little when it comes to Southport as I certainly couldn’t see any sea today!  (A far cry from the East Coast resorts of Whitby, Scarborough and Filey that I grew up with myself).  Just a vast expanse of soggy sand covered in a blanket of shells.  I’ve never seen anything like it but Ben and Chloe thought it was fab and set about searching for treasures.  From the moment we set foot on the sand Amy wasn’t impressed. Despite her double layer of trousers, thick wellie socks, thermal vest etc etc I think the cold and wind was still too much for her.  Combined with a lack of sleep and it getting on for lunch time she was nothing short of a right misery.  Of course this rather took the edge off for the rest of us – well except for Thomas who thought all his Christmases had come at once and he got very giddy gadding about on the sand like a puppy! 

We managed to spend about an hour on the beach but it was pretty hard work; not at all the bracing, refreshing walk I’d hoped for!  I had expected that all three kids would have loved the opportunity to have a good chase about on the open sand but Amy just clung to me whinging and I can’t say Chloe was on the best form either . . . What joy. 

Hungry tummies and the promise of fish and chips drew us away from the beach and to the end of the pier.  Unfortunately all the tables outside the chippy were occupied so we had to leave Thomas in the car and take ourselves inside – the plus side of this was that it was warm!  The chips weren’t the best I’ve ever had by a long shot but they went some way to taking the edge off the general state of nithered we were all suffering and everyone finished their dinner in record time! 

An old fashioned carousel outside the chip shop caught the eye of the girls with Amy requesting “Ride horsey” but a lack of foresight on our part meant we didn’t have quite enough money on us – which resulted in frustrated tears from Chloe who offered me the coins she had in her pocket (3p to be precise bless her).  I was as gutted as the girls really as it would have been a lovely treat to end our less than perfect adventure but sadly it wasn’t to be. 

It was something of a relief when Bo gave in to a much needed sleep on the way home and the big two were happy to chat away with one another leaving Dave & I free to talk garden plans, work and tech goals.  All the romance right there. 

So no, our Valentines trip to Southport wasn’t what we had planned but that’s life.  Sometimes things don’t go to plan.  Sometimes the kids aren’t in the mood.  But hey, at least the sun was shining and it got us out of the house and into the fresh air!  Fingers crossed the rest of half term is more successful! 


Monkey and Mouse


  1. Katherine Swainston
    February 14, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Oh goodness, I know all about cold 2 yr olds!! B has recently been 'GP' diagnosed (we are yet to see the consultant) with Raynaud's which is a whole new level of 'cold'!! We are in a desperate learning curve faced with winter with a 'frosty', she's a bit of a real life Elsa haha!! I have been advised that polystyrene is the best thing ever in wellies (!?!?!) I am thinking of sheepskin insoles cos she can only cope in sheepskin boots atm (not practical on the beach but then we live about as far from a beach as you get in this country haha!)…other than that…just how can you keep them any warmer?!

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Oh bless her – a good friend of mine suffers from that too.

  2. February 14, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Ahhhh, isn't that sods law that you didn't have enough money for the ride! Nice to get out though and great photos too x

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      It was such a shame, I felt so mean! We just hadn't thought to get more cash out.

  3. February 14, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Beautiful pictures, there is nothing better than just getting outdoors. x

  4. February 14, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    If it's any consolation I think we've all been there "we've driven a long way and it's my only day off so you will bloody well enjoy it" 😀 Hope the rest of half term is better – and seriously the beach? In February? 😀

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      I think that's exactly where we were with it Jen! It was so frustrating to have gone a long way and then them (or more so Amy) not really enjoy it.

  5. February 14, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    If it's any consolation I think we've all been there "we've driven a long way and it's my only day off so you will bloody well enjoy it" 😀 Hope the rest of half term is better – and seriously the beach? In February? 😀

  6. February 14, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I haven't been to Southport in years. I think the last time I went was with my parents on a Sun £9.50 holiday. Whilst it wasn't my children who were grumpy it was my stepdad who I kept reminding of how little our holiday had cost.

  7. Tori Gabriel
    February 14, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Oh no! I'm sorry your trip didn't go as well as you'd hoped. Kids have that way of messing up even the best laid plans, don't they. Still, as my grandad used to say it "got you out for five minutes."

  8. February 14, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Oh what a shame the day wasn't what you'd hoped. I always find that happens when I plan a day I think my daughter would love. The pictures are lovely though. At least you got some fresh air whilst the weather has been so rubbish x

  9. February 14, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    Sorry to hear that it was not what you had planned but lovely that you got to enjoy the outdoors. Beautiful photographs.

  10. February 15, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Bless, 3p 🙂 it sucks when you plan something and think it will be just wonderful and fun and everyone will enjoy themselves… And then it just falls flat. We've been there too, many times. Last time was when we went to an outdoors market that was highly recommended. travelled ages, then it was so packed we could t get any food, and little one had an accident. Was freezing too! Luckily there was a shop we could buy some new, dry clothes for her 🙂 haven't been to the place since and think won't go ever again! 😀 suppose it happens but it's never nice!

  11. February 15, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Ah bless you, I have so many days out like this, that are great in my head and then don't turn out that way. At least you made the most of the day though and spent it as a family which is lovely xx

  12. February 16, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    what a lovely day out and super cute video too. I've never been you Southport but I grew up by the sea & miss it! x

  13. February 17, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    What a lovely look place, such a shame it didn't go quite to plan

  14. February 21, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    we went to the beach last week, Joe loved it, but Jack was not as convinced. I loved the open space and views though. Great pics, shame they didn't all love it, but if they are anything like our two then you think they are going to love something they shock you ha ha x

  15. February 28, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    What a beautiful Valentines day. A beach walk followed by fish and chips sounds so perfect. A shame the chips weren't up to scratch though. Your pictures are gorgeous. It looks like you had such a fab day. I hope you blog about the 'dudes in the sand' when you go on a warmer day, I'd love to see them. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with #whatevertheweather x

  16. March 2, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Lovely photography and looks like you had a great day!

  17. March 3, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    A shame it wasn't quite what you had hoped, but you're right, we all have those days and sometimes it's best to just remember the good bits. The beach does look like a great place to race around for a while, maybe in warmer weather? Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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