As readers know, we love visiting the beach all year round. During winter, we still go down to our local beach most days. As I write this, it is currently high tide combined with high winds, meaning the waves will be crashing over the sea wall onto the road, eventually flooding it. During this wild weather, the sea seems to call us and it's one of our favourite places to be (always take care in extreme weather!).
At weekends, as a reward for surviving yet another crazy, busy week we love to drive to one of the larger, sandier beaches, such as Newgale. When the tide is out, it's huge and even on busy days there is room for all. At this time of year parking is free so that's another bonus!
On this particular visit, it was a cold, windy day (although nowhere near as windy as it is today thanks to Storm Barney). I was suffering from a headache but that eased as soon as I stood on the sand- oh the wonders that fresh air and nature can do!
We find that naturally in winter, we have less time outdoors due to the early dark nights. Some days, the school run, school playtimes and a quick after-school play are all we manage. Of course, it's a lovely time of year to cosy up with a book, puzzle, craft or film, but we really appreciate our carefree outdoor time too.
A run around on the beach, time to blow away the cobwebs, the wind on our face and our legs flying through the air. It was so windy, we couldn't hear anything except for the howling wind and crashing waves. We were very much together and yet each of us alone.
Stretched legs jumping over the sea made puddles, arms made stronger by the throwing of pebbles (more like rocks in some cases).
Giggling as the cold wind tickled our necks.
Cuddling together to share our warmth.
Laughing as the wind puffed up our jumpers and hoodys.
We watched the kite surfer and whooped each time she jumped and landed safely. We'd love to experience this one day!
We wrote messages and drew pictures in the sand (it was the perfect day to make a "circle of life"- I must remember to bring string to the beach next time).
The girls cuddled their baby dolls imagined from large pebbles (who needs expensive toys?).
More family cuddles for warmth and love. No ice creams today, instead a hot flask of tea in the car and a top up once home.
What We Wore
Thankfully, our Saltrock hoodies kept us warm enough to enjoy a long playtime on the beach. We love the warm fur lined hoodies and fun designs. As readers know, Saltrock is one of our favourite shops when we go on a shopping trip but it was the first time I'd ordered from them online. There were lots of good offers available, such as a Limited 50% off all Saltrock Clothing! Our new clothes arrived quickly in the post and they offer no hassle returns. I will definitely be checking the site for more hoodies for me and the kids. Danny chose a basic hoody so I'm going to get him a fur lined one for Christmas.
Izzy: Grom's Girls' Flower Shower Fur-lined Hoody - Star Sapphire Blue - She looks so cute and the fur keeps her really warm!
Caitlyn: Ahoy Pullover - Grey Marl This printed jumper is from the boys section, but a great unisex wear. Caitlyn loves pirate prints and oversized jumpers- it has a very 80's feel!
Rebecca: Salt Wave Fur-lined Hoody - Black Rebecca chose the most stylish polka dot hoody that I have ever seen, with complimenting turquoise (her favourite colour) cuffs. The fur keeps her warm so it's practical too.
Danny: Patchy Zip-up Hoody - Esate Blue Danny loves this hoody but I want to buy him a fur lined one such as Multi Vitamin Fur-lined Hoody - Celestial Blue to keep him warmer. I also love this shirt- Laird Long Sleeve Flannel Checked Shirt ( a bargain for £8.74)
Me: Cable Warm Teddy Lined Cable Knit Hoody - Blue Indigo I prefer to keep hoodies for running so this knit style hoody is great for a casual style. Having both a zip and toggles as well as the fur lined hood, it keeps me toasty warm. I can also adjust the hood so it actually stays up in the wind too. Unfortunately, it doesn't have pockets, so I must try and wear it with my pocketed dresses (I love pockets!).
One point to note is all of the clothes are generously sized so you don't have to order up to allow the kids extra wear as I would do otherwise.
Do you enjoy the beach on a windy day? How do you keep warm?
An Extra 10% off all hoodies at Saltrock with code MEGAHOODY10
The Saltrock clothes were provided for the purpose of review. They are all items that we would have purchased anyway and all views and opinions are our own.