Siblings // July 2017

This month’s instalment of Siblings features photos from our adventure in Hampshire at the beginning of the month.

We had a wonderful few days in the New Forest with Hampshire’s Top Attractions, but my favourite thing about the trip was exploring the parts of the New Forest we hadn’t received tickets for. Beaulieu Heath was one of these, which is where the last half of these photos were taken. 

The first half of these photos were taken at Exbury Gardens, which was probably our favourite day out. The gardens are huge and there’s even a miniature steam train which, as you can imagine, was a huge hit with H-Bear!

On to the second half of photos! Beaulieu Heath is part of the Forestry Commission – and the car parks are free. Once you drive up one of the (slightly bumpy) tracks you are in the midst of the Heath and pretty much the middle of nowhere. Wild horses and ponies roam freely (although they stayed away from us due to one very loud toddler) and the children roamed too; gathering sticks, exploring puddles, and generally enjoying the sunshine and space.

Beaulieu Heath seemed to be on the flight path for the nearby RAF base, so that caused much excitement every time a plane flew over! As did the model aeroplanes that people in the next car park were flying high in the air!

Our trip was fairly interesting in the sleep department as we were all sharing a room. Nonetheless, it was an experience (and possibly a lesson learned). One of my favourite memories from this was Busby, H-Bear and I lying in a bed together – with me in the middle – snuggled up tight, while I sang to try and get them to sleep. It didn’t work because they kept catching each others eyes and giggling in excitement about the hotel room, and our adventures, but I felt so lucky to have two beautiful cheeky monkeys cuddled up to me asking for “more gaaaingow!” (Over the Rainbow).


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  1. 15th July 2017 / 8:53 am

    Oh what gorgeous photos, and an amazing adventure (Pip would also have been sold at “steam train”). My great aunt used to live in Bournemouth so we’d often go to visit and take her up to the New Forest – I have many happy memories of picnics and exploration in that part of the world, and when Kitty was very small we even went on a long weekend down by Lymington and took her cycling on the back of our bikes – she fell asleep!!!!

  2. 15th July 2017 / 11:30 am

    Sounds like the perfect adventure!!! I’m so looking forward to getting out and about with my little brood over the holidays! I love that picture of them walking off with their backs to you!

  3. 17th July 2017 / 10:10 am

    Beautiful photos, and what a gorgeous setting. we went down to Hampshire earlier this year and absolutely loved it, so much to explore x

  4. 18th July 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I love the bright colours and patterns you dress your two in, they always look so lovely! I adore that story of bedtime.. my two giggled and messed around so much when we stayed in a Travelodge a few months back. It must be so exciting for them! xx

  5. 20th July 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Such beautiful photos. I haven’t been to the New Forest in years, but I remember loving it as a child and even as a teenager. One day I’ll have to take my two boys there – the steam train would be a big hit too!

  6. 30th July 2017 / 8:35 pm

    I love these photos! Your trip looked lovely, but yes hotel room shares are always a nightmare aren’t they!

  7. 31st July 2017 / 11:56 am

    Beautiful pictures as always – it looks like a brilliant place for exploring. We’ve only been away to Center Parcs and Bluestone with all four of us – I don’t think I could brave a hotel yet! I sing Over the Rainbow at bedtime too though (not that it works!) #SiblingsProject

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