The following morning, we set off for Weymouth harbour for a spot of crabbing. Crabbing nets, buckets and bait purchased, we were ready and raring to go. Initially, the nets were in and out of the water like a dog on a hot day, but the smallest of the girls soon realised that a little patience was required… Success, the crabs took the bait and ended up taking a short swim in our buckets.
As lunchtime approached and tummies began to rumble there was only one lunch that felt right beside the sea. Yes, you’ve guessed it, fish and chips from Bennetts and they didn’t disappoint!
After lunch, the boys went to watch the football and the girls (and Bruno) headed off to the beach for a paddle and a play in the silky, soft sands. Venturing cautiously into the sea, Bruno stepped through the water like he was walking on hot coals. A short time later, he was back on dry land rubbing his face in the sand! It was beginning to look a lot like Andy would be giving him a bath this evening!
Using a mixture of wet, dry and sloppy sand, the girls created a magnificent fortress, before deciding it must be time to purchase some ice-cream. As we walked along the sea front, the dilemma was deciding which shop to purchase ice-cream from. Decision made, we sat in a seafront shelter and enjoyed our Eton mess, rocky road and candyfloss ice-creams.
Once we had collected a triumphant Andy (having watched Aston Villa win and get promoted back to the Premier League) from the pub, we set off on the journey back to Eype. Once we were back at the caravan it was time for a spot of tea before getting the girls ready for bed. Meanwhile Andy packed down the awning in preparation for our departure tomorrow.
Feeling that we hadn’t made the most of this lovely site we were determined to fit in a costal walk and a swim before leaving at 11 am. Briskly, we walked along the cliffs to West Bay enjoying the magnificent views of jagged cliffs, speckled with an abundance of wildflowers. On our return, excitedly, the girls and I went swimming whilst Andy, less enthusiastically, prepared the van for moving on all by himself.
Tentatively, the girls stepped into the warm water, yet it wasn’t long before they were diving in and out of the water like two little dolphins. They had a splashing time collecting their hoops from beneath the water and racing each other from one side of the pool to the other. Once we had finished swimming, we commenced onwards to our next destination… Longleat.