Yesterday we spent the day on the Isle of Wight. We got the Red Funnel car ferry from Southampton to East Cowes. The kids absolutely loved it on there - Archie especially! He was fascinated by the docks and all the big boats going by.
On the Island we we drove to Alum Bay. Unfortunately the chairlift down to the beach wasn't working (I think we were still a bit out of season) but the kids had fun filling their chosen bottle with layers of coloured sands taken from the cliffs there.
We spent the rest of the day on Appley Beach in Ryde. I grew up on the Island and this has always been my favourite beach. My Nan worked in the kiosk there when my mum was small and she spent much of her childhood on the beach. I too spent many days there with all the family when I was little so it has great memories for me. It was lovely to take my own kids and see them enjoy it so much. They loved building sandcastles, paddling in the rock pools and finding pretty shells.
On the way home we enjoyed the most beautiful views - the moon shining one side and the sun going down the other! A lovely end to a wonderful day, something we definitely hope to do again soon!