Back from hols and raring to go (I think!)

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What a brilliant week’s holiday we’ve had!

Admittedly, we haven’t ventured far from home, but know what? We haven’t needed to! We are so lucky to live within a stone’s throw of some extremely picturesque and fascinating places, and since the main aim of our break this time was to chill out and recharge the batteries (ours not the cameras!), driving for hundreds of miles just wasn’t an option.

So, we’ve been to some great, mainly local sites, and had some brilliant days out with family and friends. Naturally, as always, I was on the lookout for inspiring subjects for my 365Photo Project 🙂  And boy, have I been spoilt for choice!!

Getting the week off to a flying start last Saturday was a visit to Eastleigh Unwrapped – I’m guessing some of you may have gone along too? In fact, we happened upon this amazing festival by accident.  We’d been invited along to The Summer Open Studios at The Sorting Office by the very talented Anita (http://anitavandenbroek.co.uk/) where her fantastic work and that of her wonderfully creative colleagues was on display, and then found we had the added bonus of being treated to amazing performances of acrobats, musicians and a myriad of other wacky and wonderful things outside in the street! Great stuff.

Our other trips included a wonderfully colourful visit to Hove (just LOVE its vibrant beach huts and canoes!!); and a trip back in time to the vintage car museum and historic house at Beaulieu http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/attractions .  The World of Top Gear Exhibition has been added since our last visit – that’s fun to see! We also spent a lovely sunny day ambling round Burley and the New Forest http://www.burleynewforest.co.uk/ ; and saw the gorgeous roses in full bloom at Mottisfont http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont/

On Thursday we took a trek up the slopes of Corfe Castle http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle/, soaking up the fascinating history, not to mention the absolutely  stunning views from the top. That followed by a visit to what is, by all accounts, one of the most haunted houses in England – yikes- Athelhampton.  http://www.athelhampton.co.uk/. We didn’t encounter any apparitions (phew!) but we did discover some of the most beautifully-kept gardens we’ve ever seen, not to mention a delicious afternoon tea in the lovely restaurant there!

All in all, our week off gave us exactly what it said on the tin: rest, relaxation, beautiful places, fabulous company and even the sun kept his hat on for the most part 😉

Now, all set to get back to work – yay, raring to go!!!

Thanks to everyone who got in touch whilst we’ve been closed and for your patience. I’ll be replying very soon.

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Clockwise from top left:

Beaulieu Motor Museum; Anita van den Broek, Open Studios, The Sorting Office; Burley; Hove; New Forest; Corfe Castle; Hove, Beaulieu Motor Museum; Beaulieu Motor Museum; Mottisfont Walled Garden; Corfe Castle; Hove; Burley; Athelhampton House & Gardens; Lee and I drive in our automobile ;), Beaulieu Motor Museum; Open Studios, The Sorting Office

Centre:

Athelhampton House & Gardens

 

 

 

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