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Autumn in the New Forest

Autumn here in the New Forest is an assault on the senses. Visually there's pretty much every colour in the orange / yellow / brown spectrum. Underfoot, depending on the weather, there's crunchy or slippy leaves (you are either striding with glee or walking carefully with the fear). Cute animals galore mooch about 'doing their thing' as they can do here - pigs and piglets snuffling in the leaves, ponies, cows, deer, sheep.

Dunnet Head, Caithness

I can't quite believe that it's been over a year since we enjoyed a few days away in Caithness with my first husband Iain and his parents - and I wanted to get down my memories on this day before I forget.  One of my favourite places in the country, we managed to get some beach time in, not to mention a climb. 

Porlock Weir

At Porlock Weir you can enjoy lunch overlooking the harbourside at the pub, enjoy a delicious ice cream from the local shop, visit a host of independent makers and businesses, build stone stacks on the pebble beach and walk the coastal path for some beautiful views.

An afternoon in Wells, Somerset

Wells is just the prettiest place to visit, and admire, be you a keen photographer or general fan of all things quintessentially English. Mentally I moved into around 85% of the houses we ambled past and literally spent the entire time giving excitable squeaks (rather disconcerting for passers by but ho hum!)

I spent a good 2 minutes staring at this next scene, thinking it looked oh-so-familiar, when Kitty pointed out that it's the setting for the film Hot Fuzz. Yarp!

Forde Abbey & Gardens, Chard

I've followed Forde Abbey on Instagram for some time now, coveting a visit. When I spied some photos from the lovely Sabrina from a visit too my desire hit the next level. Luckily I didn't have to long to wait, as we planned a few days away in Somerset, our fourth stay at Somerset Yurts.

Snowdrops at Welford Park

"We think the snowdrops here at Welford Park were planted by the Norman monks to decorate their Church for the feast of Candlemas, and also for medicinal use. The monks harvested snowdrops and used to rub them on the temple of people suffering from “mal au tete”. 

Kingston Lacy

Sunday gave us perfect Autumnal weather, teaming up blue skies & sunshine with crisp, colder temperatures. Crunchy leaves underfoot for the most part, we couldn't resist heading out for a few hours.

Jane Austen's House Museum

Nestled in the small village of Chawton, Hampshire, sits Jane Austen's house. Now a museum, Jane's house gives a charming insight into Jane's home-life and writing. This year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Emma, and this museum is a focal point to celebrate this event.

Hawkes Point Luxury Holiday Apartments, Cornwall

I recently spent a few days in Cornwall with Kitty and Ozzy, staying at a luxury holiday apartment at Hawkes Point. Located in Carbis Bay, Hawkes Point provides a lovely base to explore the area. There are 6 beaches all within a 45 minute walk including the Blue Flag beach at Carbis Bay, a 5 minute walk from the apartments.

Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher

Hell Bay Hotel is a hotel (the only hotel in fact) on the small island of Bryher, the smallest of the inhabited islands of the Isles of Scilly. Bryher has a diversity of flora and birds to enjoy. Never before have I walked past a hedgerow and heard so much chirruping! There's gorgeous beaches and cliff paths that offer up breath-taking views. Bryher may only be a mile and half long by half a mile wide but it offers so much. Exploring the white sandy shores, looking out onto the crystal blue sea whilst keeping an eye out for the seal family is the perfect way to unwind.