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Adventurers need tea

In our house, Saturdays are for days out and doing things and Sundays are for relaxing.  I love spending a day out exploring - blasting the cobwebs away and taking photos and then either filling up on pub food next to a roaring fire or coming home and whipping up a feast - adventurers' bellies need sustenance!

Saturday brought sunshine and mild temperatures so we headed out into the forest with Bodhi for a walk.  We try and mix up our walks - being a water baby, Tom prefers to walk along the beach but I love the forest.  I love that you can walk deep into the forest and get that feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, with no-one else around and experience utter silence and tranquillity.  On Saturday we walked at Wilverley Plain near Brockenhurst and walked for miles across open heathland - pine cones crunching underfoot, Bodhi leaping excitedly around, bracken brushing against our trousers and horses casting inquisitive looks as we wandered through their territory with our four-legged friend.


As you can see from the second photo, despite the initial sunshine the skies eventually turned grey and began to threaten rain and so we wandered back to the van seeking shelter and tea.

As we were near Brockenhurst we decided to visit a little tea rooms that's been high on my 'to visit' list since we moved here.  Rosie Lea's Tea House boasts a wealth of breakfasts, teas, cakes and afternoon teas and comes very highly recommended.  Our mouths were practically watering as we perused the menus, eventually settling on afternoon tea for two which came with sandwiches, cake, a pot of tea each and scones with jam and cream.


The food was excellent but the service was terrible - the waiter couldn't really describe what it came with and asked us to choose sandwiches and cake but then sent different ones.  We had to ask for the table to be cleaned and cleared and... sacrilege of all sacrileges, they had run out of plain scones and only had fruit ones! (I hate sultanas, they do not belong in scones!) Whinges aside it was really yummy and exactly what we needed after stomping around in the fresh air for a couple of hours.  Not long after we arrived at the café it starting pouring down so we had the perfect excuse to return home for more tea, DVDs and an early night (not to mention finishing off the cake we couldn't finish at the café and took home in a box!)

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21 comments

  1. Such pretty photos! I love your blog - you've got yourself a new follower! :)

    Emma x
    http://beautyandrags.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. That looks so scrummy! I love a good afternoon tea, shame about the service... I'm a waitress so I'm so picky when it comes to eating out. I know how hard waitering is, but bloody hell, it doesn't take a genius! I love the first photo of you, you look amazing :) x

    http://helloscrapbook.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. That sounds like an absolutely lovely weekend! I love days like that, full of adventures, good food, and a cosy evening to end it all off with..I'll have to keep note of this place to visit in the near future! (;

    - Killian x
    indulgenceonabudget.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. How wonderful! There isn't much in the way of forest near my place which is a real shame, as I love hiking. So when we do make the hour or so trek by car up to the mountains, it's a real treat. Your afternoon tea looks delicious - perfect after a long day of exploring! Shame about the stinky service, but at least the food was delicious!

    x

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  5. Oh these photos are just lovely. Sounds similar to my Saturdays (when I'm not working!) x

    LittleGlitter.org

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  6. Aw, I love (and also am jealous) that you have so many lovely places near you to explore. I love the afternoon tea photos, but sorry to hear about the shoddy service. Hoping we come up with something better on Saturday!

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  7. Agreed, sultanas are evil. The food does look tasty though and super cute tea shop! Shame about the service!
    Love your shoes her and Bodhi is so cute!

    xx

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  8. Lovely post, you look so cute in that first pic :) and I'm with you, sultanas RUIN scones xx

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  9. Looks wonderful! And I am absolutely in your side. WHY DO ENGLISH PEOPLE THROW SULTANAS IN ALL THE GOOD STUFF? They ruin scones, cake, puddings .. ARGH!

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  10. Looking forward to our walk on Sunday now :) Need to walk off all of Sarah's cake xx

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  11. These photos are brilliant! What setting were they taken on? I'm still learning all about my camera :)

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  12. Beautiful photographs Rosie, I love the wooden place mats/settings they have in the cafe. I actually adore sultanas in scones but each to their own :)

    Hannah http://cagneyandlace.com

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  13. You look wonderful! These pictures are stunning, it seems like you had a brilliant time! Everything looks so yummy! xxx

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  14. This just looks utterly perfect.
    x

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  15. I love Sundays like this, I love your blog layout too! The colours are perfect xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  16. This sounds lovely, i'm the same as you, i much prefer the woods to the sea. I think because i've always lived near the coast, in Cornwall and now Bournemouth, I take it for granted now! Looks like you had a perfect Saturday, despite the fruity scones! xxx

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  17. Such pretty pics. I love days like these :)

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  18. You inspired me to spend a day like this.. great photos!

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  19. the photos are amazing and you look amazing!

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  20. Great outfit :) Love your jacket x


    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I love this post :) Reading about your little trips & visits always makes me happy, awesome photos too. The tea & cake looks amazing, YUM! X

    Stephanie

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