The Adventures of Mr Bump

Mr Bump: famous for his clumsiness and bumbling worries. And King of the Castle for a day at our recent winter water beach trip.
The Adventures of Mr Bump

Eomer loves his characters – from superheroes to dinosaurs, each grasps his imagination in a different way and at different times, setting off on amazing adventures. Today was the incredible journey of Mr Bump!

We generally tag-team our time on the beach, turn-taking having a surf and playing with the kids. By the time I came out of the water, an enormous fort had been carved out of the sand, with a moat, bridge and castle on the top. Ramona built a further 28 castles as extra defence, finishing just as the incoming sea began to lap at the edges.

building sandcastles

These first nail-biting moments as the waves rippled towards the fort are always truly exciting, no matter how old you are or how many tides you’ve seen! Those wow! minutes when the fort really does stand up to the power of the sea and there is even a glimmer of hope that it might actually be the first sandcastle in history to actually withstand water without falling…?!

tide comes in

Then reality comes with the collapse of critical walls and it’s suddenly all about simply holding on to the last moments as long as possible for the surrounding sea gets too deep.

Mr Bump goes surfing

So, we rescued Mr Bump and he had a few more adventures, climbed on my surf board, swam and washed in the waves and Eomer rolled him down the dunes while Ramona got braver and braver with ever bigger leaps from the top.

An exciting adventure for Mr Bump and a marvellous sand-packed day for us all.

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Ruth Lively-Masters

Ruth Lively-Masters

About Me & Mine

Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.

Favourite place in the world:

Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.

Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.

Comments (4)

  • Cally Worden

    Cally Worden

    25 February 2015 at 09:34 | #

    Wow, that's a very impressive fortress! Looks like Mr Bump and his helpers had a fun-packed day. And I'm seriously impressed that you actually went out in water that looks so chilly!


  • Jay Greengrass

    Jay Greengrass

    26 February 2015 at 09:47 | #

    What a fort! My favourite bit is the wiggly path leading up to the keep at the top. It looks like it withstood the waves for longer than average, though - great job! I agree with Cally, I'm shivering just thinking about the water temperatures


  • Ruth Lively-Masters

    Ruth Lively-Masters

    01 March 2015 at 08:25 | #

    Good wetsuits are the way to go! Just bought Ramona a winter suit actually, with hood so hopefully she's be out soon too. Need to pick up some boots and gloves first though as she feels the cold like me. Nothing a run about on the beach can's solve though :)


  • Ruth Lively-Masters

    Ruth Lively-Masters

    01 March 2015 at 08:29 | #

    *can't* not can's


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