I’ve had an idea to build a beach in our living room for a while now, and today it finally all came together….
It’s surprising how many seaside-type-things we already had…a lovely stripy deckchair, wind up crabs, turtles and fish, water themed toys that blow bubbles and sing and a bright yellow towel…the rest I made or bought. I think the whole thing including buying a bucket, spade, yellow blanket and one and a half metres of pebble floor covering came to well under £10.
I put the sofa cushions on the floor and covered half with a blue sheet and half with a yellow blanket. Thom loves to throw himself onto the cushions. We call it “Flumping”. I put a yellow towel across the smaller sofa and created a sand dune. I bought a plastic spade for £1 and sand castle buckets for £1.50
I made cut out shells and oysters
And a sandcastle made out of sandpaper
I made a souvenir shop out of an old Amazon box
And made postcards with backs you can wipe clean so I can use a board marker when we’re helping Thom learn to write in years to come
Our larger sofa became our Pleasure Pier
The Pier included a Ticket Office
With Punch and Judy show
A Fish and Chip shop
I printed off some newsprint so that Thom wouldn’t get mucky hands and wrapped in around some paper cups we had left over from his birthday party
And an amusement arcade
I pushed holes through an apple box with a knitting needle and pushed our Christmas tree lights through them. I painted the box black so the lights would look even brighter.
I decided to add a little fun fair and tattoo parlour to complete our pier
I know all of this clearly indicates I have employment issues…but at least Thom got some more wear out of his sun hat…
I thought it would be fun to make a message in a bottle
I tried to think of what my S.O.S message would say and all could think of was this…
After we had played for a while to a background of barrel organ music we went for some food
Me, Pickle, Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa had chips, veggie pasties, peas and fishless fingers
Thommy had roughly the same, but with steamed sweet potato chips
After diner we visited the tattoo parlour. At first I was quite restrained…
It says “Born to read” Then I got a bit carried away…
I took Pickle down with me
We were trying to arm wrestle, but we just ended up holding hands…
We dressed Thom in his “Catch of the Day” onesie and his sunshine dribble bib
He looked like such a big boy on the deckchair…
As night fell the pier looked even prettier…
We had such a lovely day! Can’t wait to take Thom to a real seaside!