Apologies for the lack of posts. I have been away the past two weekends for Benji’s birthday celebrations and there’s been limited WiFi, which made a nice change.
Our first trip was to beautiful Cornwall for a stay nr Padstow. We drove down on the Friday after work with his Mum and Darcie dog, and after five hours in the car went straight to the pub for a quick drink before heading to bed, ready for the next day.
Saturday started with a long walk from the house into Padstow, through the trees, up across the windy hilltops and over a little stream and waterfall. After a well deserved early lunch and potter round the shops we refreshed with a cuppa back at the house and took to the beach to give the dogs another wet runaround.
The weekend was planned for a triple birthday celebration, Ben’s 30th, his sister’s 21st and another big birthday for his mum so we headed to Rick Stein’s pub, The Cornish Arms in the evening, with the dogs, for a few drinks and dinner. I had moules followed by steak which was delicious.
For our last day in Cornwall, we had breakfast and jumped in the car to Watergate Bay for more beach walks and stopped off for a hot chocolate on the way back, before one last lunch at the house and a long drive home.
The next weekend was Ben’s actual birthday; although the destination was supposed to be a surprise he insisted on being told the night before! I had told him that Darcie wasn’t coming so when I revealed that we were off to the New Forest with pup he was pleased.
We woke up on Friday morning, had a quick breakfast in bed and then set off reaching our hotel, the Manor at Sway by lunchtime. We had a pit stop of tea and sandwiches before going off to explore and stopped off at Wilverley for a good 3 mile walk, preparing us for a couple of drinks at a local pub, The White Buck in Burley.
In the evening we popped into the next door dog friendly pub, The Silver Hind for dinner, I had duck parfait followed by cod and king prawns in a lobster bisque. We finished the night with a quick night cap in the hotel bar.
On Saturday, we were up and down for breakfast at 9am and out the door for more stomping around the forest at 10am. For our morning walk we went to Blackwater, a beautiful stretch of red wood and fir trees, so tall and wide.
Next we popped into Lymington for a coffee and decided to drive over to Bournemouth. There we had a quick mooch around the shops and a Thai lunch. Parking was tricky so we drove to a stunning beach on the way back, Milford on Sea, to give the pup another run-around – the walk to the park is not going to cut it after the walks she’s enjoyed these past two weeks!
In the evening we stayed in the hotel, enjoyed a couple of cocktails, cosmopolitan and an asperol spritz for me and dinner in the restaurant, lemon, chilli and parmesan gnocchi with partridge, then venison with roasted cauliflower and to finish caramel and banana doughnuts – there goes the wedding diet, ha!
On Sunday we had breakfast at cute tea shop in Rosy Lea’s in Brockenhurst. Croissants, toast and jam and had one final walk around Bolderwood. I was hoping to spot the deer but they’re very elusive, however, we got up and close to a lot of New Forest ponies.
Back in the car we broke the journey in two with lunch at Vilandry and a bit of birthday shopping for Ben at Bicester village arriving at home late afternoon before a few friends popped round for tea and birthday a cake.
A fantastic two relaxing weekends of beautiful dog walks, in the depths of the forest to the long beaches and waterfronts.
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