Just back from a few days in the magical New Forest ❤??????
It went like this: Long walks deep in the trees every day, sleeping in a teeny tiny shepherd’s hut complete with cat (& duckpond!). Local ale & great pub food in the evenings, woken up by owl hoots in the night.
Out of shot: bees, beetles, butterflies, birds, donkeys, deer & scotch-egg picnics.
I chose the New Forest for our holiday after reading ‘Gossip From The Forest’ by Sara Maitland, a wonderful book about the UK’s forests and the history of fairytales. Totally recommended if you are in any way a fan of trees and forests.
Reading it made me crave a trip away in the wild, out of sight and out of contact with everyone, and that’s exactly what I got. Bliss.
Bonus fact: West Norwood, a London train station I commute through every day, is the site of where a huge forest used to grow.
Once you know that, you notice the green and wildness curling round the edges there, how the trees are trying to grow back through the cracks and side streets’ corners. Adds some magic to my otherwise sterile commute.
Soundtrack: Let’s Get Lost, by Ride.