For the first time in ages we had a free day together as a family – and it was sunny. The day stretched before us like a blank piece of paper, full of possibilities and blue sky.
But first we had to do the boring stuff, like a supermarket shop, meet a couple of work deadlines, do a load of washing and (the biggest challenge considering our daughter’s current phase) get our three year old dressed.
Once that was all dealt with it was 12pm and the clouds had gathered. Ignoring the impending rain we bundled into the car and set off for Brixham, a little seaside town about half an hour from our village on the edge of Dartmoor. We bickered part of the way, then got lost looking for a car park, then realised we had no change for said car park. But, finally, we were there.
We looked at boats.
And lobster pots.
It’s no secret the fishing industry in the South West has been badly hit by the recent storms, with some fishing crews losing up to £20,000 worth of gear to the fierce seas and not being able to go out to fish (and, therefore, be paid) for over 2 months. It was quiet in Brixham on Friday afternoon, and I hope this was partly because a few of the fishing fleets were able to get out onto the water.
The blue skies held out long enough to enjoy a British classic where it was always meant to be eaten.
With sticky fingers and full bellies we wandered along the harbour – squeezing in a family selfie on the way – before promising Frog an ice cream for pudding.
And then the heavens opened, throwing down rain and hail. So we darted into a cosy looking deli and ordered hot chocolate and ice cream.
It was pretty much the perfect family afternoon. We’ll definitely be back.
Linking up to Country Kids at Coombe Mill and The Ordinary Moments at Mummy Daddy Me.
Mummy Glitzer said:
It really does sound like a perfect afternoon!
Katie @mummydaddyme said:
This honestly looks like my most perfect afternoon. I would love to live nearer to the seaside. And I know Brixham from my work days down there, it’s very lovely. The fish and chips look amazing. And love the family selfie too! x
brinabird and son said:
Awesome afternoon, always worth the pain of getting out in the end thankfully! #countrykids
Gorgeous photos! This makes me quite homesick. I’m from Plymouth and I used to love going up onto the harbour and getting fish and chips!! We are coming back to visit for the summer and I can’t wait to take Arthur up there!
It’s photographs like these that make me yearn to back in Cornwall. Looks like you had a perfect afternoon together
Sam @happyhomebird said:
Looks fantastic. I love going to see boats and nosying around the seaside. I haven’t ever been Brixham but it reminds me of Scarborough from your lovely pics.
Coombe Mill - FIona said:
A lovely afternoon of quality family time and fun! Brixham is such an interesting town to visit and very quaint with the harbour full of boats. I am feeling very hungry now after seeing the fish and chips though. Thanks for linking up and sharing your outdoor fun with Country Kids.
What a lovely afternoon you had. Pretty perfect since it involved my two favourite things, the sea and food.
Fi Star-Stone said:
Sounds like a perfect day!