After planning so much of this summer, we've had a couple of fairly unplanned weekends. Somehow, they've ended up being some of the more memorable ones. Last weekend (yes, I maintain my record of belated posts) we made a last minute trip to the beach. This was a letterbox-inspired trip, so we had some particular beaches to visit. But Daddy and I remembered a tiny little hole-in-the-wall cafe where we could pick up yummy sandwiches on thick, fresh-baked bread. We hadn't been there in about 10 years, so we were relieved to find the tiny cafe was still there.
We found two of the letterboxes we were after and settled for lunch on this lovely little beach, which was nearly deserted when we got there.The beach was really too steep for swimming and even made it a little questionable to going wading, but it didn't keep the kids from doing their best to get wet.
As we left, the kids found several of these gem-like beetles. Mam wanted so badly to take this one home with her. I somehow convinced her it was better off with its family and would certainly die at our house. Although leaving it with its family failed to move her, she was completely stricken with the idea it might die and put it down immediately!