Monday, 7 May 2018

A Walk to Sooth your Soul in Lymington

If you live local to Lymington or even if you're on holiday here or hereabouts, these bluebell woods are a must visit. 
The vibrant colours in the sunlight were exquisite this morning.

Bluebell Woods at Efford Bridge Lymington (Efford Bridge, Lymington SO41 0JE).  You may have to park a little bit further along the road, but the walk is worth it.  

Or take a bus ride from Lymington High Street to Efford Bridge, Milford Road.  The pathway is right beside the bus stop.

Straight up the path beside the field where you are met by sheep abaaing ......... 
 .......'It's ok for you but we're over heating just so you can have a woollie coat in the Winter!'  :)

and through the gate to the woods where all paths, as you can see below, lead you to bluebells in abundance. 

 And the sweetest little white flowers in between trying to do their best to compete.  Actually they're not doing a bad job at all.
Be a shame to miss them. 

Still a bit muddy under foot so be sure to wear walking shoes. 

Also keep well covered to keep biters at bay! 

This is definitely a walk to sooth your soul and leave you remembering what a beautiful world we live in.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

We Know a Place Where You Can Go .... Fun for all Ages - Interested?

Lots of people told me about this place last year, but when the grandchildren came to visit the weather had, until now, always been beach weather.  As all my grandchildren live in the city, going to the beach is always a favourite when they visit us.

However, this year proved to be very different and when I suggested we go and try the Lymington Adventure Golf there was cheers all round.

On South Baddesley Road in Lymington luckily not far for us to go, hence a very short and quick car journey which also pleased the kids and adults alike.  Not having to sit in holiday traffic is always a bonus.

18 holes and set out just like the New Forest - it is really well thought out and seemed to be a success with adults, the young children and the older children, boys and girls!

There are beautiful carvings all around the course and animals to find too, which makes a bit more of a competition.
The Isle of Wight Ferry is great fun.  The kids particularly love it as they can pull it across the water.
Lots of fun and lots of competitive spirits, teasing and laughs ...... umm?  Where did that go?
Yes, I think you can quite genuinely say this was a resounding success.
Lymington Adventure Golf is well worth a visit.  Just head for the Isle Of Wight Ferry signs (that's the real one!) and just a bit further on is the Lymington Golf Centre car park.

No need to book.  Just turn up buy your tickets and play. 
Open from 10am 7 days a week.  Last booking 5pm
See website for more info.

As you can see it is loads of fun for all the family.  Definitely worth a visit.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope to see you again soon. :)

Thursday, 19 April 2018

I Know A Place Where You Can Go to Brush off Your Troubles

Brush off your troubles and let's get happy ... I do believe that's a song from way back.  However, this place always makes you forget your troubles.  Well it does for me.

Now kick off your shoes, grab a cuppa and come with us on a beautiful walk in the gardens.

Even the grandchildren couldn't resist the temptation to take photographs. 
I suppose when Nana is a photographer there's a bit more encouragement to do so. :)

And wow the Camellias are spectacular at the moment. 
Go now if you don't want to miss these.


The Rhododendrons are just beginning to flower so even more colour will be splashed around these beautiful gardens in the coming weeks.
We sat on the bench looking out across the lake and I could see the image I wanted but didn't want to kneel down to get it.
I know what you're thinking .... I wouldn't be able to get up again!  Tut!  Because I didn't want to get my knees dirty 😉

Anyway I explained to my 9 year old grandson what I had in mind, set up the camera and here you have it.  Clever boy.  I may have a job for him later! 
Of course, once he got the camera he wanted to do more ..... so another one below with a view down to the Beaulieu River.
Oh and another one across the daffodil meadow ...............

And now I have the camera back!

Wouldn't be the same without the train

We always have to do the train ride.  But today we were honoured to have the lovely Charlotte de Rothchild on the train 😊 who gave us a very informative talk on the gardens.  Very special.

The newly refurbished Mr Eddy's was a great success

Lunch in Mr Eddy's restaurant was absolutely delicious. 

So thrilled to see that they are now doing little lunch boxes for the children with sandwiches.  Or there is a choice of a hot snack if preferred.

The adults' meals are delicious too, generous helpings and very tasty.  Mr Eddy's refurb and the new caterers Searcys have been a great success as far as this family are concerned.

The Old Tennis Courts Cafe

After quite a long walk around the gardens, however, we needed another refreshment stop. 

Ah here we are ..... cake and a cuppa for the adults
and, of course, ice creams for the boys. 
Yes, the look on this face tells me we can safely say this day was a success!

Where is this place 

where you can go to brush off your troubles?

In the beautiful New Forest just 20 minutes from Junction 2 of the M27 
You can buy your tickets online 


If you go once, you'll want to return!  It may well be worth you getting a Season Ticket.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Enjoy :)

Friday, 16 February 2018

Shout from the Rooftops but You'd Better Be Quick

If you love the Tudor period, then you'll love The Vyne at Sherborne.
Not only has it the most amazing Tudor House but the most beautiful grounds.  

Snowdrop Mania

And the snowdrops are spectacular at the moment.

Even my granddaughters couldn't resist taking photos of these snowdrops in all their glory.  They really are quite a treat.

The light today was incredible.  It was cold but so worth a stroll around these grounds.  However, boots are definitely an advantage as the recent rain has caused quite a soggy walk!

If you have been following our blogs you will have seen the amazing rooftop walkway.  A £5.4m roof project which is nearing completion.

Tag a roof tile

Write a message or draw a picture and leave your mark on a tile to go on the roof!

As you can see my granddaughters loved it and made their mark along with many others.

February is last chance for this treat ... 

If you want to shout from the rooftops and tag a tile, you'd better be quick. 

The geese are always fascinating.

Oi this is my territory...

The swan below felt that the lake was his and was picking on any bird that dared to enter his domain!

 He seemed to be quite successful at chasing them off too!
 And obviously felt very proud of himself after the chase!
If you'd like to take a Winter ramble round the grounds you can download a Winter Woodland walk  Remember have your walking boots at the ready.

And be warned on a lovely sunny day the car park gets full to overflowing!  We had difficulty getting parked when we arrived at 12noon, so I guess you need to get there early.

Long queues and a bit of a squeeze

Also there is always a queue for the food at the cafe and it becomes quite cozy whilst you are waiting ... so I'm advising you to prepare yourself for the wait.  The food is good so it's worth it!

Go, enjoy, and take your time.  Make a day of it.  You won't regret it.