One of my favourite parts of living by the seaside is having the house full of visitors. Middle Daughter prefers to be the visitee so isn’t a visitor here very often, Eldest makes lots of visits to lots of different people so we always make our arrangements well in advance with lots of time to look forward to them, but Youngest just decides she wants to come and turns up.
With surprise visits from Youngest in mind, I messaged her with last weekend’s dates to let her know I’d booked my Mum and Dad into the guestroom. “Well that’s unfortunate,” was her reply. It had seemed a possibility of a surprise visit was on the cards for the same weekend.
As Youngest’s plans progressed, she came for the weekend as well and brought Heidi too making use of our very comfortable double blowup bed downstairs. I haven’t used the big blue tent since we moved, Eldest has it on loan at the moment, but I’m pretty certain it will fit quite easily on the grass of the upper level in our garden to give us another two bedrooms if needed.
Weymouth’s very popular Seafood Festival had landed last weekend too so there was plenty of extra entertainment for all. I’m not a big seafood fan, but when it comes to holidays, for both visitors and visitees, calories are guilt free so there were plenty of coffee stops, plenty of cakes and ice creams and with the added bonus of the food festival, plenty of crepes and pancakes too.
Saturday evening we decided to head off in a quieter direction, even with one of Weymouth’s most well attended events happening around the harbour you can still find a quiet wander, if you know where to look for it.
I set off along the Rodwell Trail with Youngest and Heidi, and Dad met us at “Sandsfoot Castle” with Mum in the car. Mum wasn’t up to the walk this time, she’d fallen in a carpark the previous week, bumped and bruised her face and had her wrist in plaster.
By the time we arrived, the cafe had closed for the day, but the gardens looked beautiful, as always, and Heidi enjoyed the castle, as well as the views across to Portland.
Heidi has grown up in Oxfordshire, landlocked on all sides so the seaside is a new experience to her. The sea is still a vast unknown, but she’s learning what to do with it a little more each visit.
Entertainment for, and photographs of, the weekend provided by Youngest Daughter… And Heidi.
More from before: a variety of “visitors and visitees” .