I've been meaning to write this post all week, but as I've just gone back to Sixth Form I literally haven't had the time at all - I seriously underestimated how much work I was going to be set in my first week back, but I can safely say that I am swamped with lots of lovely vocabulary to learn and essays to write.
Anyway, moving away from the dismal topic of education, and onto the not so long ago Summer holidays which have sadly just ended. As far as I'm aware, there's been a tradition in Ellie's (one of my absolute best friends) family for quite a while now, that on the last day of the Summer holidays every year, the girls in her family take a trip to Filey for the day. And I was lucky enough to go with her, her Sister, Mum and Grandma two years ago, so was so excited when she asked me to come again this year! Her sister Maddy drove us (Me, Ellie, Maddy and Natalie) there, which was super fun as we listened to a tape (that's right - an actual tape - so retro) called 'Beach Party' which has the cheesiest but best, old summer songs on it; which include Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard. Oh yeah.
So we arrived there late morning and immediately headed for the beach, hooray. We were insanely lucky with the weather, the sun was shining, the sky was crystal clear and it was actually warm as well. Perfect beach weather. We set up picnic blankets and scattered our buckets and spades across the sand in preparation for the construction of the ultimate sand castle we proceeded to make. Building the sand castle (or should I say, a re-construction of Camelot from Merlin, as Natalie suggested), was the first thing we did, and it was complete with a huge moat, steps, all sorts of towers, and a wonderfully sculpted bridge, courtesy of Ellie. After the strenuous task of creating our masterpiece, we had a really cute picnic, and the other three girls got into their bathing suits (I tactfully 'forgot' mine) and decided to go for a quick dip in the freezing cold sea. I was delegated the job of photographer, and managed to get some lovely photos of the three of them looking in absolute agony from the freezing cold sea, which caused me great amusement. After a while their lips started to turn a light shade of blue, and the tide began to come in, which was an indication that we should probably pack up our things and re-locate onto the sea front higher up for ice cream - but not before Ellie and Natalie busted some moves to our cassette, had a sword and wand fight with the spades, and done some serious air guitar for all those on the beach to see.
We had a wander round the town of Filey, not really finding much, so decided ice creams were the best plan. Ellie's was very impressive; I think she ordered pretty much everything you could possibly have on top of an ice cream (there's a picture if you scroll down). By then we were all tired and hungry, so decided to drive back home.
To finish off the tradition, we met Ellie's Dad and Natalie's parents in our local fish and chips restaurant for tea, which was just what we needed. After checking out how burnt me and Natalie were (we both have red hair and deathly pale skin - so exposure to sun can cause extremely funny but painful sunburn). I later discovered that my burn was only getting worse and I went to bed looking slightly like a tomato/lobster.
It was a really lovely end to the Summer holidays, and I really hope we get as lucky as we did this year with the weather, next year when we go again (I say with anticipation).
I'm sorry if I have waffled on too much, has anyone else been to the beach this Summer? Or Filey even? I hope you all had a lovely Summer, and are not finding the return to school/university/work too taxing. Remember it's the weekend tomorrow so that's something to smile about!
Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip - I hope you enjoy them!
Thanks for reading as always
Love Harriet x