Hello, I'm Annie. Welcome to my journal about life in the New Forest & beyond.




Articles about our family home-life. Experiences on trying to live a slower life, recipes we love and tales of growing up in a forest by the sea, running wild and loving nature.


Articles from my travels.  From my home in the New Forest and around the UK, to Europe and beyond. Recently Singapore, next adventures will be in Australia & Hong Kong.


I take photos and give them away for free. My photos have had over 96 million photo views on Unsplash.com, a supportive and creative community that I love to bits

The aim of the Making Winter Retreat is to use seasonal creativity, good food, good company and cosiness as an antidote to the grey days of Winter.


Run by the jolly lovely Emma Mitchell in a small medieval village on the edge of the Fens, the Making Winter Retreat was exactly what I needed, when I needed it.

At this time of the year there are many factors that can affect ones mood; shorter daylight hours, rainy weather and the pressures of Christmas looming. It was really lovely to take a weekend out to try some new things and meet some new (and old) friends.



Visiting the oldest garden in Singapore


Not only is Singapore Botanic Garden the oldest garden in Singapore but it's also the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It's a place of true beauty. Open from 5am to midnight daily it's free to visit, so good to have this vast green space open to everyone to enjoy. Families were enjoying the space, tourists and locals, some walking, some jogging, some meditating and some dancing in a group. It's a real 'peoples space'. 



Autumn Colours


“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” 

Sarah Addison Allen


I recently spent a most enjoyable weekend at a Makelight Retreat. I've added some photos from the retreat here, but wanted to share a little with you about why I decided to book myself a place on the retreat, what the weekend involved and what I took away from it.



Cape Cornwall


The name Cape Cornwall appeared first on a maritime chart around the year 1600 with the original Cornish name Kilgodh Ust.


Following the cassava journey, from farm to factory


I headed out with Kate from World Vision UK to follow the cassava journey, from farm to factory. During the rainy season, the women get together weekly to weed their plot, between 7am and 9am, whilst it's not too hot. Here they grow cassava, groundnut, okra and plantain.