Saturday, 2 September 2017

Camping in the New Forest!

Every year as a youngster, we would go on a family holiday to the New Forest. I've always been a country girl, so seeing the hundreds of horses, donkeys and cows roaming free excited me beyond belief. Not much has changed! 

This August bank holiday weekend, we decided we would go camping with some of our friends for a mini holiday. For once, the British weather decided to be kind on a bank holiday weekend (if anything it was too hot!), so we loaded up my little car and set off.
Where we were is kind of in between Hampshire and Dorset. If you've never been, I urge you to go! It's honestly the single most beautiful, relaxing place I have ever been in my life; so much open green space!

           

We arrived after about three and a half hours of travelling (damn you, bank holiday traffic!), we chose our pitch and began to set up. We had some furry visitors come and welcome us to the campsite too! We were SO organised, bringing with us barbecues, blankets, marshmallows and copious amounts of wine. We were in for a good time!

As night began to fall, we cosied up around the (now dying) barbecue as we weren't allowed open fires on site (although it doesn't quite have the same affect, does it?) with snuggly blankets, the distant moo-ing of the cows and bellies full of food. We spent so long gazing up at the stars - we'd never seen the sky so clear! 

The day-times mostly consisted of trying not to sweat ourselves to death and drinking New Forest ice-cream milkshakes (which btw are heavenly) as the temperature was unbearable. It didn't stop us going for an 'all-you-can-eat' Chinese though. Much to my dismay, before filling my guts with Chinese yumminess, we spent what felt like FOREVER mooching around Christchurch town centre for a pub that as playing Sky Sports so the boys could watch the football match. (Ugh. Blisters galore!) The only thing that kept me going was the thought of my Chinese. Can you tell that I like Chinese food yet?!

After what didn't seem to be very long at all, it was time to pack up and head home, stopping at a lovely little country pub on the way of course. It's rare that I actually do anything with my bank holiday weekends, but this will definitely make me consider doing something other than remaining in a pyjama-covered heap in front of the telly in the future. 

What did you do with your bank holiday weekend? Let me know in the comments :)

Love, Samantha x
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