When we moved to Wales, just over six months ago, I had a little list of things in my head that I knew I wanted us to do. One of the things on that list was to have a barbecue and toast marshmallows on the beach. Obviously, up until now, it’s been too cold to do it, but last week, we finally managed to do it.
We took a couple of cheap disposable BBQ’s, some blankets and towels, and all the stuff needed for hot dogs and burgers. We went to the little spot where we usually go and sit – on some rocks by the dunes, where it is a little bit more sheltered from the wind. It wasn’t cold, but there was a bit of a chill to the air. We knew once we got the BBQ’s on we would have the warmth from that.
From the word go, the BBQ was a disaster! We managed to burn a hole in the one of the towels we had taken to sit on. We were trying to hold it up to keep the wind off so we could light the trays. Thankfully, it was one of our old ones! The kids kept walking around and kicking sand all over the food, so all the food had a lovely fine coating of crunchy sand to it. Graham had forgotten to put tongs in the bag so we had nothing to turn the food over, meaning lots of burned fingers. After a bit, we pretty much gave up!
We had taken the bits that we needed to toast marshmallows and make s’mores, but then realised we hadn’t got any skewers to put the marshmallow on. We sent the kids for a beach hunt to find some twigs and sticks off the beach and whittled the ends back using one of the knives in the picnic bag – we can be quite resourceful sometimes! We toasted the marshmallows until they went all gooey inside, and sandwiched them between digestive biscuits with a square of chocolate to make s’mores. We got into big, sticky, gooey messes, but it was so much fun! Benjamin just ate his straight off the stick.
We’re not in a rush to have another BBQ on the beach, but we’ll definitely be toasting marshmallows again!