Weeknotes 3

August 30, 2020
  • We spent this week in Dorset on holiday.
  • I rented a car from Sixt (who are great) at St. Pancras station. We don’t own a car, but the hassle of collecting it, fitting two car seats, and loading in all the luggage before leaving made me slightly reconsider this position. Everything takes a lot longer with two children.
  • We visited three beaches during the week: Charmouth, Lyme Regis and Hive beach at Burton Bradstock.
  • All three were great, but I think I enjoyed Hive the best. It is a National Trust property and feels unspoilt, but it also has a great cafe serving really tasty (if expensive) seafood. I enjoyed a brief swim in the sea on each visit, and N- really enjoyed chasing the waves and making sand castles.
  • We were at Hive the day before a large section of the cliffs collapsed.
  • The last time I visited this stretch of coastline was when I walked a stretch of the South West Coast path with some friends. It’s one of my favourite places.

Hive beach

  • We visited my eldest cousin Jen and her family on Sunday. It’s been far too long since I last saw her and her youngest daughter (who was just a baby when we last met) is now 8. We took her to Lyme Regis with us on Wednesday.
  • F- will be 5 months old in a couple of days. He still needs a lot of help settling to sleep, and spends a good part of every night nursing for comfort. This is exhausting for A-. At home we have an esoteric set of rituals to try and get the kids settled and maximise the amount of sleep we each get, but these are hard to keep up in unfamiliar surroundings. On the one hand I’m looking forward to this phase being over, but on the other, aw! babies.
  • We’ve got to move into yet another flat this week. Out bathroom sprang a leak during lockdown and fixing it caused so much damage that we’ve decided to get it completely refurbished. But that’s another exciting domestic story for another weeknotes. Until then, then.