A short drive takes us to the beach, the New Forest, several Country Parks and even the Isle of Wight (okay you cheat by using a boat but it’s still a short drive!)
Our Paultons Park annual pass ran out a couple of weeks back and J was becoming a bit dependant on visiting there, always asking us to go every weekend, in fact she became a bit obsessed with it! For that and a couple of other reasons we decided to renew next year and spend this summer enjoying and exploring the local area
The last couple of weekends we have made the most of the good weather and better health, and this Saturday we visited a local country park to meet friends on the bikes. We also ventured out to the New Forest with some friends for a picnic last Sunday and again today as a family
It’s been quite a while since we explored the New Forest and now that J is running about and happy to explore it’s something we are looking forward to doing more of. Prior to J arriving we visited the New Forest a lot and it holds some very special memories for us and I’m sure as the years go by we will make many more with J and our Lexi
Today we went to somewhere we went for the very first time with Lexi, we haven’t been back since her outing at 11 weeks and it was a beautiful as it was the first time we went there. I love how vast the New Forest is and the fact it can go on forever and you can just walk and walk
Lexi acted like she was 11 weeks old again, constantly wanting to chase the ball and nudging us for our attention to throw it again. J happily stood there for ages by the picnic blanket throwing the ball for Lexi and that dog/owner bond really is starting to show between them both
We decided to stop for a picnic at the bottom of the hill and were joined by the local wildlife as we were trying to eat! Every time we looked round they had moved closer which was a little freaky but cute at the same time. You can’t get much better in terms of animal encounters and all for a free day out by car!
For me, it doesn’t have to cost a lot, or involve a big theme, it’s something as simple as being out in the sun with my family and a picnic that will always bring a smile to my face