Hello! How are you enjoying the school holidays so far? Surviving? We are, just about. I’m knee-deep in work as I try to smash through some deadlines before we go to France, but I wanted to pop over here today to share some photos from our day out in Lyme Regis yesterday. It was our last day with my sister and her boyfriend before they head back to Australia. We’re not likely to see them before February next year when (hopefully!) they’ll be moving back to the UK.
If you’ve not visited Lyme Regis before, I highly recommend it. Granted, it was packed with tourists enjoying the beach, but it’s SUCH a pretty place you can’t blame us for descending on it. I’m excited to go back once peak season ends and explore more of the town itself without the crowds.
We didn’t get a chance to do any of the things Lyme Regis is famous for – fossil hunting, retracing Jane Austen’s steps, exploring the scenes of the book and film The French Lieutenant’s Woman etc – but we did eat crab sandwiches, pasties and ice-cream on the beach (gotta love that pre-holiday diet), play in the sea and appreciate the high volume of incredibly Instgrammable houses.
I sometimes worry that my content across YouTube, Instagram and this blog doesn’t tally up. They say consistency is the source of social media success and I know sometimes my photos are too picture-perfect to match with my often severely honest vlogs or posts here. HOWEVER, I’ve come to the conclusion that I bloody love pretty pictures and this is no bad thing. I get genuinely excited when I’m in Insta-heaven and love that moment when you realise you’ve got the Insta “money shot”.
This doesn’t mean I’m not “keeping it real” or being consistent (my captions will often prove otherwise) it just means I’m sharing some of my favourite pics. Obviously my family aren’t often on board with my chasing of Insta-perfection, but I’m always honest about these clashes of priorities and they tend to make good vlog fodder.
Anyway, now we’ve got that out of the way, back to the photos…
Seeing the girls enjoying the water made me feel excited for our holiday. Frog is seven now and she still can’t swim without a backfloat or woggle, but we’re hoping this summer is the summer that all changes. She’s had swimming lessons since she was a tiny baby, so it’s not for lack of trying. The thing that holds her back is her anxiety – especially in swimming pools when she’s terrified of the grates, lights and plugs in the pool (this has been an ongoing thing for her for four years now).
Ironically, her little sister is the complete opposite which can be equally frustrating because she feels absolutely zero fear. At two years old she can almost swim by herself, but thinks she’s capable of doing anything in the water which means we have to watch her with care before she chucks herself in the deep end. How is it possible my children are so different?!
Seeing my sister and her boyfriend Kiran with the girls was so lovely (helped by their patience when one or other of the kids kicked off about something). By the end of the day Frog was knackered and emotional after a busy weekend. She refused to walk and my sister, saintly aunt that she is, offered to give her a piggy-back. This is the kind of stuff that makes her such a great aunt as far as the girls are concerned. And it’s always nice for me to have a break from being chief piggy-back giver.
These will be the last photos we’ll get with my sister for at least another six months, so I wanted to take as many as I could. We didn’t manage a group shot as everyone had had enough of my paparazzi antics by the end of the day (again, my family are never on board with my Instagram goals) but I love that I managed a few shots of us together, even if it did mean bribing my hugely reluctant husband to take the photos.
Have you been to Lyme Regis before? Where would you recommend visiting there when we head back after the tourist season?