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).