Over the recent Easter long weekend I was with my family in the New Forest enjoying the fresh air and countryside. The New Forest is a beautiful National Park in southern England, about 2 hours from London by train or car. It’s a great place for a weekend (or longer) escape. Here are some photos from my Easter in the New Forest.
I met up with my family in Winchester, who had taken the overnight ferry from the Netherlands and driven to South of England from Harwich. We explored around Winchester for a bit and enjoyed a pub lunch (and a beer for some) at the Wykeham Arms // Arrived and settled into our cottage in Lymington. Book, tick. Fireplace, tick! I love reading on holiday. I read Little Lies by Liane Moriarty in the 3 days while away and definitely recommend reading this book – couldn’t put it down // In the New Forest there are hundreds of walks or bicycle paths to chose from to explore the National Park // There are ponies everywhere in the New Forest; around 3000 ponies roaming around the area I read somewhere!
We did about a 3 hours walk through the park and did manage to get stuck in some swamp/muddy areas. I really enjoy hiking but think I need to invest in some proper walking boots. My sneakers got soaking wet and muddy, but it was a good laugh. Well my family laughing at my expense anyway when I fell over in the mud….// Back home after showered and feeling fresh again, I decided to bake some cookies. Got this recipe from our chalet hosts when I was on skiing holiday. These cookies are amazing and didn’t last long around my family – recipe to follow soon.
For Easter breakfast I made a large Chorizo, Spinach and Ricotta Frittata for my family, recipe here. Super easy to make, delicious and perfect brunch to feed a big group of people // After breakfast it was time for our traditional family Easter egg hunt. Basically, where dad hides the eggs and we all try and find them and then he forgets where he’s put some and they are (almost) lost forever, until my sister will ensure she’s found them all haha // I found one = happy girl! // After the chocolate consumed over coffee we went out another walk, this time around the town Beaulieu.
We walked from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard and enjoyed some scones at a Tea Rooms by the little port of Bucklers Hard. Gotta love scones and clotted cream! (My fail-proof scone recipe to make them at home is here btw) // We also explored the seaside village of Lymington and enjoyed a Sunday Roast at a pub in this quaint little town.
On the last day before heading back to London it was a stunner of a
summers spring day, so we decided to get the ferry from Lymington to the Isle of Wight. The Isle had always been on my list to do, so it was great that after a cruisy 40 minute boat ride we were on this beautiful island // We did the coastal walk from Yarmouth to the Needles which is about 8 miles and loved soaking up the sunshine and beautiful scenery. Something about being near water just makes me very happy! // Also feeling very happy in my new yellow rain coat which I bought at Joules in Lymington. It is super bright and happy, it’s waterproof and it’s even got stripes on the lining. It’s just so me and I love it! You can get this same coat (or in green, coral or blue if you prefer those colours) here.
Overall a lovely family weekend in the English countryside. Have you ever been to the New Forest or the Isle of Wight?