Saturday, August 26

The New Forest!

Hello again everyone! A few weeks ago Sam and I decided we fancied a quick weekender to somewhere not too far away. We wanted nature, wildlife, and a less than four hour commute. The New Forest it was!

If you've never visited the New Forest before, as I hadn't, I could only describe it as paradise for your inner eight year old. It is literally, and this is no exaggeration, Pony Central. I knew there would be wild horses, but I didn't anticipate that they would be running freely through traffic.

Main roads, pedestrian footpaths-- wherever there was the opportunity for any sort of hazard to arise, there were the ponies.

Now I am by no means what you could call a 'Horsey-person', but nonetheless it was glorious and overall gave the sense you were visiting some sort of Dothraki dreamland (rather than, say, Sussex).

Despite the fact that nature was running rampant through the streets, we decided on our first day (of two) that we would pop down to visit the local deer sanctuary and have our first woodland wander.

I will be honest and say that the deer were somewhat scarce, but yet again there were more horses than you could shake a stick at.

Furthermore, there were plenty of plants to keep us occupied between lurking in bushes spotting wildlife, so overall a good spot to visit if you've got a bit of time.

As always we brought our intrepid spirit and Sam's Geography degree with us, but that being said, the signposting disappeared almost immediately as so we were incredibly lost for the most of the time.

Fortunately, we managed to somehow make our escape and headed over to The Pig in Brockenhurst for dinner.

 What really interested me about The Pig is that everything they cook in the restaurant is either home-grown in the house gardens or impressively local. It was great to have a wander by the veggie patch and then spot which legumes popped up on our plates later on.

The Pig itself is also part of a hotel chain, and at the end of the garden was a little hut designated for spa treatments. Bliss! For another time I hope.

Before long, we'd had our dinner and a few Espresso Martinis and so headed back to our B&B (the Daisybank, fully recommend)

After a long old drive, that's all we managed for our first day. Brace yourselves for part two, folks, there are horses on the horizon once again.

Until next time!

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