26.5.15

CAMPING IN THE NEW FOREST

New Forest camping
New Forest camping

Recently I have been craving the outdoors and a simpler, quieter life. We all know London can be a tough place to live but when it's chewing you up and spitting you out it's hard to see a life beyond the cloudy, hazy fog that surrounds you. 
We've been toying with the idea of camping for a little while now but for one reason or another we've never managed to pull our fingers out and put the idea into practise. It's quite daunting to initially make all the purchases required for camping - new tent, sleeping bags, cooking stuff, appropriate outdoor clothes etc etc (and also finding a place to store all this stuff in a pokey flat!) But after we were loaned the use of a 6 man tent from Steven's sister we didn't really have an excuse not to go for it. 

New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping

On Sunday I was second shooting a wedding not too far from the New Forest so we decided to try this weekend as our first attempt at camping - and we were only a 2 hour drive from London if all went horribly wrong. We booked in at Sarah's Field for two nights, a cosy camp site that only opens for 28 days of the year that is equipped with portaloos and portashowers and lovely people who work there selling fresh pastries every morning and also a pub just ten minutes walk down the road!

New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping

At the risk of sounding completely smug... we really did have the best time, we loved it! (sorry, sorry). It's the antithesis of London and right now that's what we both need, two nights just wasn't long enough. I'd say the only bad thing was the devil child that was camped next to us singing and screaming (just for fun) at the top of her voice at 6am which her parents managed to ignore!? But I'm just putting that out of my mind and remaining zen about the whole thing.

New Forest camping

A highlight for me was Sunday night when the fish and chip van visited the camp site (pizza van was on Saturday but we'd already booked in at the pub, boo) and we sat outside our tent, bag of chips in hand and glass of wine in the other and we had this amazing sky as the sun set that evening. And I felt so calm and didn't think about real life stuff once! Camping is good for the soul and the brain.

New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping

Before we drove back to London on Monday we went for a walk in Hale Purlieu which is a National Trust site just up the road from the campsite. It felt like there was no one around for miles except for these beautiful ponies completely unfazed by our presence. 

New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping

And then back to work today with as you can imagine, a major case of post bank holiday blues! 

Hope you had a good one too. 

4 comments :

  1. Gorgeous pictures as always. I want to go camping! Let's do a bloggers camping trip :) xx

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  2. Looks amazing Jo, gorgeous photos. And YES to a camping trip with you guys! xx

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  3. Great weekend away! I had planned to camp last weekend but it got rained out. I've booked 2 more weekends in replacement and the kids are very eager to get out and use of camper caravan under sunny skies! Thanks for sharing your pics!

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  4. Wow this looks beautiful. I always quite fancy the idea of camping but I'm never sure if we'll enjoy the reality of it! We had a go at glamping a few weeks ago and really enjoyed that (we had a roof, walls and a sofa bed so it was definitely cheating!)

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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