A New Forest Winter Walk

When you’ve been couped up for too long and consumed too many chocolate Santas and glasses of Baileys, nothing blows the cobwebs away like a walk on a crisp, sunny December day. Our favourite haunts in the New Forest can get pretty crowded during the school holidays. Today we fancied escaping for a while and…

Christmas & Over Indulgence – How 2017 Will Be Different

As a life-long Christmas lover, my eyes were opened this year to the sheer gluttonous and over indulgent way we spend the festive period in our house. I’m not sure why I’ve never seen it before, but this year I spent most of the time thinking, ‘Too much. This is all too much.’ Too much…

Byron Road Christmas Lights, Barton-On-Sea

Every December, a row of seven terraced houses on Byron Road in Barton-On-Sea is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. The Christmas lights on Byron Road certainly are a remarkable sight. The residents spare no expense in decking out their homes from roof to ground in lights. Musical, moving figures adorn the front gardens, which…

Positive Body Image: Promises To My Daughter

There’s a picture on the wall of me in my mid twenties. Tanned and healthy, I was a lot slimmer than I am now. My face was yet to be lined by the years of broken sleep, worry and guilt parenthood would soon bring. Today I glance at that photo and can only dream of looking like that again. But, I also…

Things To Do New Forest: Christmas At Exbury Gardens & The Postal Express

For two weekends this December, the good folks at Exbury Gardens have opened up their stunning grounds for free,  enabling visitors to explore on foot and ride Santa’s Postal Express (train ride costs £5 per person, under 3s are free). The staff spared no effort to make sure the children had a magical Christmas experience. At…

We Do Not All Have To Shine

We do not all have to shine. I came across this phrase in a wonderful article by David Brooks in the New York Times. Those six words resonated with me because they neatly encapsulated how I have recently been feeling about my own life. A life most certainly defined as ‘little’ and perhaps even ‘inconsequential’…

Christmas In The New Forset: 10 Of The Best Festive Activities

With so many festive events and activities happening in the New Forest over Christmas, I sometimes feel a bit swamped with leaflets and overwhelmed by event information. There always seems to be so much to do and very limited time to fit it all in. However, there are ten fail-safe festive events we never want…

Why The Show Must Go On

I discovered my love of Queen music at the age of ten, while listening to a tape in my friend’s bedroom. She played me Bohemian Rhapsody and I was instantly hooked. It was the same year Freddie Mercury died. Over the proceeding 25 years, Queen’s music has been a huge influence on my life. Sadly,…

Things To Do In The New Forest: Janesmoor Pond

If you’re looking for somewhere to have a picnic and a nice walk in the New Forest, a visit to Janesmoor Pond won’t disappoint. Located in the heart of the Forest, just south of Fritham, this small freshwater pond is surrounded by enchanting woodland walks and signature New Forest wildlife. The pond and much of…

Pubs With Play Areas In The New Forest

Nothing beats a nice pub lunch and a little tipple in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest. Of course, the whole pub experience is much more enjoyable when the little people have something to enjoy too. Finding a pub with a play area is the solution to a happy, stress-free meal for everyone. I’ve…