Kids’ first trip to the beach

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WHEN Anzo and Tessa Rose Font-Jones first vis­ited Woodgate Beach, the hot sun and cool sea breeze were a far cry from the chilly win­ter winds that they were used to.

The three year old and 12 month old French cit­i­zens met their Aus­tralian grand­par­ents, Bar­bara and Adrian Jones, for the first time ear­lier this month and spent a mag­i­cal 10 days ex­plor­ing the re­gion.

“Our beau­ti­ful grand­chil­dren Anzo and Tessa Rose are from the Pyre­nean Moun­tains in France,” Mrs Jones said.

“Their par­ents are both ski in­struc­tors so they are used to a very cold cli­mate and have never seen the beach be­fore.”

Anzo and Tessa were treated to a day trip to Woodgate Beach dur­ing their stay in Aus­tralia where they swapped their win­ter ski suits for surf­ing dacks and had some fun in the sun.

“Anzo was speech­less and he kept look­ing up and down the beach in awe say­ing ‘Oh wow grandpa look at that’,” Mrs Jones said.

“We spent most of the day build­ing sand cas­tles, play­ing in the wa­ter, col­lect­ing shells and eat­ing chicken bites from the lo­cal shop.”

“Lit­tle Tessa Rose loved kick­ing her feet in the wa­ter and splash­ing her mum and just sit­ting around with grandpa on the rug.”

Dur­ing their stay, the tiny duo ticked off many ‘firsts’ from their list of things to do, in­clud­ing learn­ing how to ride a bike.

“Grandpa Adrian taught Anzo to ride his very first bike. He had never learned to do that as he doesn’t have a bike he has skis!” Mrs Jones said.

“With mum and dad be­ing ski in­struc­tors, he is al­ready an ex­cel­lent lit­tle skier and not afraid of heights or speed.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mrs Jones, the hol­i­day was a great suc­cess for the whole fam­ily and Anzo and Tessa Rose now have a grand ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Aus­tralian beach life­style.

“Woodgate Beach is just the most per­fect place to in­tro­duce lit­tle ones to na­ture’s el­e­ments of sun, sea and sand. It is so safe and so clean and the lo­cals are ex­tremely friendly,” Mrs Jones said.

“We will al­ways re­mem­ber Woodgate as the first beach in the world that our grand­chil­dren had their first mouth­ful of salt wa­ter.”

PHOTO: BAR­BARA JONES

FUN IN THE SUN: Anzo with grandpa Adrian go­ing for a swim.

Anzo Font-Jones is used to ski­ing the slopes in the Pyre­nean Moun­tains in France.

Tessa Rose Font-Jones en­joy­ing her first time at the beach.

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