Children walking up the hill in wet clothes, wet suits and often bare feet means Summer has finally arrived at Gelliswick. The beach is enjoyed by locals all year round, but once the weather warms up and the tide is high, then the sea can really be enjoyed for jumping and swimming.
On Friday after school, we quickly got all the homework and reading books done, dusted and packed ready for Monday. We made a few rolls, packed fruit, swimming costumes and a towel each (the girls packed their goggles and swim hats too!) and made our way down the hill to enjoy the bay.
We watched the tide coming in, ate our picnic, then tested the water.
The sea was so calm and still. It was like wild swimming in a river.
Once the tide was high enough, the jumping commenced!
There is also a lower step to slip into the sea for those wanting to swim without the run and jump!
The kids did it again and again, making the most of the deep sea, as all too soon it would be heading out again.
As it was only one night after a full moon, the sea went out rapidly. Suddenly the steps and “pier” were visible once again.
The older kids enjoyed a late evening swim then.
The kids came back for cuddles to warm up. We relaxed and enjoyed a bottle of beer.
I love sitting on a beach at dusk. I could have set up a fire and stayed there for longer, but Dave knows how much easier it is to get all four kids back UP the hill while they are still wide awake, so we began to make our way home.