Some of my fondest memories as a child are of crab fishing and rock pool dipping. It was always something that I wanted to do with my own kids, and this year, as Banana is now four, I decided we’d give it a go during our holiday to New Quay back in June.
New Quay beach is perfect for rock pool dipping because a) it’s quite rocky and b) the tide is in during the morning and goes out early afternoon. This meant that our visits to the beach usually coincided with lots of little pools of water being left by the receding tide.
Deciding that Banana was perhaps still a little young to juggle both a crabbing hook and line and slippery, potentially hazardous rocks, we opted to stick with a good old fashioned net that she could dip into the rock pools to see what she could find.
Although she didn’t find anything as exotic as a crab or starfish as we were hoping, she did manage to net some beautiful seashells, pebbles and sea glass, which to her four year old mind, were the ultimate treasures. We also found some little fish darting around in the sea but decided to leave them in case we hurt them.
It really was lovely to see her excitement and reminded me so much of my own childhood and how special these days at the beach were to me. These are the days where armed with nothing but some basics (such as a net) those really special childhood memories are made.
what is the ultimate memory from your childhood that you’d love to relive with your own kids?
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