Benjamin loves boats.
I mean REALLY loves boats.
His first proper word was ‘boat’.
Taking him to see the boats is a guaranteed way of cheering him up if he’s grumpy.
It all started on our holiday to Wales in the summer, when we first toyed with the idea of moving here. We had gone to what is now one of our favourite little spots, the Caffi Hwb Yr Harbwr (Harbour Hub Cafe) in Rhyl. It’s the perfect place for a drink and to sit and watch the boats come in and out of the harbour. All of the kids loved then, but Ben was absolutely enthralled by them. Every time we came back to Wales to look at houses, we would pop to the harbour cafe and he would sit and watch the boats quietly.
We have to drive or walk over the harbour bridge most days to get into Rhyl, and all we hear from the back of the car or the pushchair is Ben shouting ‘boat’. It takes us ages to walk past, as we have to watch them all come in and out. When we went to the marina at Conwy, where all the flashy yachts and boats were moored, he was in seventh heaven.
On the odd occasion I let him watch something on YouTube on my phone, it’s no Peppa Pig he wants anymore – no, it’s ALL about the boat launches. Who knew watching ships being pushed into the sea was so fascinating for a toddler?
I don’t know whether this is the start of a lifetime love of all things boat related, but I know one thing – we certainly live in the right place to encourage it!