It’s tough, but somebody’s got to do it. After all, somebody gets up early to put those beach umbrellas and deck chairs there – it would be terrible if nobody used them. And so Caroline and Sarah have taken to them like sand to a beach picnic. From early morning to late in the afternoon, the children get to play on the beach or in the pool, watched by an assortment of grown-ups. After 9 months with mostly just the four of us, its fantastic to have some time where Emily’s happy playing with Rachel, and Charlotte’s happily playing with Oliver. It gives the occasional moment of respite from 24 hour alertness for the children.