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Between the river and the forest

A couple of weekends ago, we had a whole host of family members descending on us in Christchurch.  My Aunt, cousins and Grandma were staying at my parents' house and wanted to come up and see where Tom and I live as they live up north (in Durham) and hadn't been to our house before.  We were also meeting my brother's girlfriend for the first time so we were excited to plan a proper local day out and show them the sights and sounds of where we live.

We started with a boat trip along the river and round the harbour.  We rented two boats - of course my Coastguard boyfriend took the wheel! In the background is also my brother (in his cat hat!) and his lovely girlfriend Ellie, my cousin (also called Ellie) was sat next to me so missed being snapped!

hire a boat in the new forest

In the other boat is my Dad (driving), my Grandma, Aunt, my Mum in her trendy bandana and Breton top and my cousin Lewis.

hiring tuckton boats

It was really fun to see lots of local sights we see regularly but from a different perspective.  Christchurch Harbour is so pretty with the Priory in the background.

sailing in christchurch harbour

No visit to the New Forest is complete without a visit to a country pub and so we convoyed over to my favourite pub, The Hobler, in Lymington, for a big lunch.  There were jugs of Pimms, baked camemberts and all manner of other yummy foods.

After (or before) any big pub lunch is always a walk to blast the cobwebs away.  Tom and I have a new favourite walk near Brockenhurst which is perfect for the dogs as the open heathlands mean you can always see them wherever they run off to! Bodhi, as always, was thrilled to be reunited with his best friend Henry.

open heathland in brockenhurst


Being the awesome host that she is, even when not in her own home, my Mum had brought a traditional Cornish cream tea to have when back home from the walk.  She had baked scones and date and honey slices which are a bit of a favourite of mine.



After tea and scones we waved off the family, sad to see them go.  It was such a lovely day though and I think we really showed them how much we love where we live.  It really is the perfect place to be on a sunny day.  As I write this I am looking out on a downpour of torrential rain and some particularly grey skies whilst hugging a mug of green tea and considering putting the heating on so I'm rather cherishing the memories of this perfect day.

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12 comments

  1. These pictures are wonderful! Sounds like you had a great time, and those sweet treats look so so yummy! xxx


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  2. I love scones and jam and cream! Oh this is what I miss so much from England.
    I studied at university in southampton, and provided we weren't too hungover, would always hop in the car on a sunday and find a little country pub.

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  3. Such pretty photos, all looks just gorgeous xx

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  4. I love these kinds of posts, and the photos are so pretty! Looks like you had a lovely time x

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  5. This sounds like a really perfect day, you have taken such beautiful photos!

    Maria xxx

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  6. This sounds blissful!! Love a good boat trip, and a pub lunch and scones sounds bloody brilliant. Glad you had such a lovely time with your family! xx

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  7. You always make me want to jump in a car and drive down south Rosie!
    Sophie
    x

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  8. these photos are so gorgeous! looks like you had a great time xo

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  9. What a perfect day. Looks like a brilliant day out. x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  10. It looks like you live in such a beautiful place. It's amazing how much the sunshine can affect your day!

    Holly xx

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  11. This is so, so lovely!

    Looks like you managed to get the best out of the very last of the summer weather - it really is gloomy today!

    I'm always jealous of your food, that pub lunch sounds awesome too.
    x

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  12. Your photos are just ALWAYS amazing, Rosie.
    What a lovely day out with the family. I wish my family were more like that, all they seem to cause me is stress and sadness and it's meaning I hate spending time with them, which is an awful way to feel. :(

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