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Two days where we live

We've just got back from a couple of days staying in a hotel not far from us in the New Forest.  It might seem strange to stay in a hotel just a few miles down the road but I was lucky enough to win some Red Letter Day vouchers in a competition a couple of months ago and they had New Forest hotel stays on offer so I thought I'd spend some of my voucher on a little local break for Tom and I.  Luckily the hotel (Moorhill House Hotel) is dog friendly so we could take Bodhi along for the ride too.

We picked this weekend because the town the hotel is in has a Cider Pressing Weekend on this weekend every year. We've been once before and it was so much fun - there's steam-driven cider pressers, cider stalls, a hog roast, a band and lots of yummy produce on sale.  We thought it would be great to be able to walk there from the hotel, but sadly the weather had other ideas.  After eating a hog roast in the pouring rain and sloshing cider everywhere from trying to hold the dog and an umbrella, we gave up and went back to the hotel.


Luckily the next day we awoke to beautiful sunshine.  I just love crisp, sunny, Autumnal mornings.  I wish I could wake up every day in the heart of a forest to the sound of birds singing.


After a big hotel breakfast (which I was dreaming about the night before, oh how I love a Full English!) we went for a long walk with Bodhi.  It really is beautiful where we live, we're so lucky to have so many lovely places to walk the dog.  Bodhi loves tramping around in the puddles, sniffing all the leaves and plants and chasing through the undergrowth after other dogs.  We usually do a similar stretch of this walk at the weekends so it was lovely to be out in the forest on a weekday, it was so calm and quiet.


Excuse no make-up in the last photo - a day spent walking the dog and mooching around in Hunter wellington boots is a good excuse not to have to put any on!  After the walk we went on to Lymington which is another few miles away. Lymington is really pretty with a lovely harbour and lots of boutique-y and nautical shops.  People were sat on the harbourside enjoying steaming piles of fish and chips and lots of expectant seagulls hovered overhead (along with some rather threatening looking clouds).



When we got back to the hotel the car park was full of piglets! They are released into the forest for a few months a year.  The pigs eat all of the green acorns that are poisonous to ponies and cattle (they also eat a whole host of other things including apples and sometimes people's flowerbeds apparently!) This is called the pannage season.  They are tagged and have rings through their noses to prevent the damage they cause from rooting around!

One of the owners of the pigs showed us that if you stroke the pig's belly they will roll onto their backs for more as they love it so much! This reminded me of Bodhi who does exactly the same.  The owner was there because sadly the Mummy pig had just been kicked by a horse and was limping so they were calling the Verderers (who protect and look after the New Forest) to come and see if the sow was okay.



After our time fussing the piglets we headed back into the hotel for Afternoon Tea, which I also bought as a treat with my vouchers.  I must admit it did take a while to come but when it arrived it was a nice selection, and lovely to look out on the garden whilst drinking our tea and tucking into cakes and sandwiches.


The Afternoon Tea perked up even more when the piglets decided to crash the party! They broke into the hotel garden and started hunting for acorns in the flowerbeds! I know it's a little mean but I was almost crying with laughter watching the hotel staff and some onlookers trying to herd pigs out of the garden.  Tom even got involved at one point and picked one of the pigs up, making it expel the most hilarous 'grunt-squeal' I've ever heard. It was chaos!


After a while they trotted out of their own accord and normal business was resumed.  We had a light dinner in the hotel that night and headed back this morning.  We're now lucky enough to be washing and re-packing, ready to head off to a yurt in Wales for a couple of days, and then a holiday cottage to celebrate my Mum's 60th.  I bought even more books to take with me, watch out world I'm ready for some relaxing time!  Can't wait to tell you all about that little trip too when I get back!

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21 comments

  1. Always jealous of your little getaways - hope you have a lovely time in Wales as well and get plenty of relaxing done as you deserve it x

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  2. Ah Rosie you always have the best adventures! Here, there and everywhere! You make me want to explore more of the UK!
    Sophie
    x

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  3. And this is why the New Forest is my favourite place in the world.
    I grew up nearby in Chandlers Ford and used to love my childhood weekends spent exploring the forest.
    So jealous you live there! I'd move there in a heartbeat!
    x

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  4. aw those piglets look so cute! My auntie and uncle live in the new forest so I get to visit fairly regularly - it's a lovely part of the country x

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  5. It looks like you had an awesome time Rosie! That afternoon tea looks so lovely! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I'm always so envious of where you live - it's so scenic and beautiful, and always seems like there's so many little village festivals and things to do. Looks like you had a nice break and it's so good of the hotel to welcome dogs too! I'm also starting to become slightly envious of your collection of coats and jackets. Can I come visit for a week and borrow them? ;) x

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  7. Haha that picture of the pig-herding is hilarious! I'd have been cracking up too! Sounds like you had a lovely time. We nearly went to that cider festival but decided against it due to the weather. We went a couple of years ago and I had great fun listening to the thick Dorset farmer's accents!
    Those little piglets are so cute! I hope the mummy pig was okay.
    Have an amazing time in the yurt!
    x

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  8. Check out those little pigs, they're loving it.


    Buckets & Spades

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  9. Sounds like such a perfect little getaway, such lovely pictures xxxxx

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  10. aw look at the little piggies! A quiet country hotel weekend sounds perfect right about now and I adore your second photo capturing the beauty that is autumn sunshine! xox

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  11. Aahhh such adorable pictures! :)

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  12. What breed is your dog? So cute! The new forest is lovely, loved riding my bike through there over summer! xx

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  13. Just found your blog and it is super sweet! Your weekend looks fab... especially those pigs. What cuties!
    Lucy xo | We Resolve Blog

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  14. Those piglets are amazing, I really want one!

    Maria xxx

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  15. Wow, such beautiful photos! Very scenic and it sounded like you had a yummy, relaxing time.

    Tara xo

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  16. those piglets are supercute! A lovely post, hope you're enjoying your time away :) x

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  17. GARGHH left you a big ole comment so here it goes again! It looks like you've had such a lovely time, it's always nice to do things locally and appreciate them - we always tend to go further a field, but must try something like this! PS you deifnitely dont look bad with no make up on (infact you look smoking!) andddd I hope you brought a piglet back with you because I heard that Bodhi wanted one! ;) xxxx

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  18. It looks like you had a lovely time away, the pictures look fab!! Also, congratulations on getting engaged, you must be so so happy! Can't wait to read all about it!! :) xo

    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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  19. Oh my good golly goshhhh, those piggies :D :D :D

    xx

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  20. Your photos are always so dreamy and gorgeous. I just want to uproot and to the country whenever I see them. The piglets are super cute, and that afternoon tea! Divine! x
    Heroine In Heels

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  21. Sounds like an amazing weekend, I love being a tourist in my own backyard.
    The piglets are hilarious!
    You are looking so skinny missy! xx

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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