Athena loves planes. Sam loves planes, possibly because his dad was a pilot. His sister works with private jets too so it seems to be in the blood! We decided to give Athena a treat last week and take her to see the planes at Shoreham Airport, although it’s actually Brighton and Hove city airport these days! We took a stroll along Adur River path first to ogle at the house boats!
A few of the houseboats are fairly standard looking but the vast majority of them were originally something completely different! Planes, war ships, caravans… they all make an appearance! It was a really warm day so we thought we’d give Arlo his first buggy experience out of a carry cot in the Icandy Raspberry! Because it lays flat and has a nice padded seat liner it’s perfect for little ones although at 12 weeks he’s not so small these days!
We actually tilted the seat up slightly as he was desperate to look around, and he also had a bit of a cold so being more upright made him more comfortable! Athena took great pride in pushing Arlo, although we waited until we were off the elevated river path before letting her have a go in case we ended up with wet babies!
I love being able to see the vast chapel of Shoreham College in the distance, it looms out of the hill and always seems a bit Harry Potteresque to me! When we got to the end of the footpath we were annoyed to see that the foot bridge to town was closed for repair, so we turned round and headed back to the car. Thankfully the Raspberry folds up easily without having to take the seat unit off, so that went in the boot and we all piled in the car and drove the short distance to the airport!
The outdoor seating at the Hummingbird Cafe is right on the tarmac so you can see planes taxiing and taking off, helicopters starting their flights and everything lands close by too! I felt the need to apologise to the table next to us for Athenas high pitched screeches whenever she saw a plane landing, although the little boy a few tables down was doing the same thing too! We’ve never seen her so excited before! Lunch was lovely and when we finished we had a quick look in the tiny museum too.
On Saturday we had to do a few things in town and Athena decided she fancied a spin with the new wheels, it’s lovely that a quick turn round of the seat and she can use it in world facing mode too! Arlo is still too small for the seat unit of our other buggy so to have a stroller that can be used for both children without any extras is ideal!
There was a rather funky looking mirrored beach hut on the pebbles so we played around taking photos for a while there! After lunch we headed to a local fun fair too, and although Athena walked round a lot she got tired on the way home so she went in the stroller and I carried Arlo! Best of both worlds, plus it meets with Sam’s approval as he can comfortably push it at six foot six!