What to do in Bude (or what we did anyway)

We had to decide what to do in Bude. We headed there at the end of February, but let me elaborate a little.

For those that don’t know, I am a photographer and my wife is a nurse. As a result neither of us work traditional Monday to Friday 9-5 hours. But this is good. It gives us the chance to squeeze in a few days here, a few days there to go away.

For example our next planned getaway is a Camper Van trip in April. With our 2 year old! Anyway, back to this post.

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Hatchet Pond New Forest Walk. A beautiful walk

Hatchet Pond New Forest Walk.

Christmas is becoming a distant memory. The tree is drooping, the fridge is looking emptier. The dishwasher is only put on once a day instead of what felt like 3 times a day!

Max is back in nursery, so we took the opportunity to spend the day together doing something we haven’t done for a while. Nothing. Well almost nothing.

The sun was shining, the sky was blue, so we decided to go for a walk somewhere we hadn’t been before.

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Autumn Colours in the New Forest

I have been meaning to head out and check out the Autumn colours in the New Forest. After a few hours in the office I thought I deserved to take a break 🙂

I wasn’t exactly sure where to go, only that I wanted somewhere I could park the car. Then, get out and walk around without having to worry about the pay and display, or time limits.

There are a multitude of little walks in and around the New Forest, all with car parking for a several cars.

After a 15 minute or so drive, I pulled off at a little area called Culverley.

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Weekly Photo Challenge Chaos – Or not

Weekly Photo Challenge Chaos. This weeks challenge is all about demonstrating Chaos. We were asked to share our own take on chaos. Could it be the mess in your living room. A busy street crossing. A party on the verge of getting a little out of hand. Or any other subject that celebrates a lack of (visual) control.

A group of pigeons is called a ‘Flight’, by the way. Not sure about you, but I didn’t know this, so if this challenge has done nothing else, it has taught me that!!

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Weekly Photo Challenge Transmogrify

Weekly Photo Challenge Transmogrify. This weeks photo challenge is all about Transmogrify.

Transmogrify = “ To transform in a surprising or magical manner.”

And what a better time to show this than in Autumn, when everything changes. The weather, what you wear, how you feel. And of course, nature

There is no better place to demonstrate this than The New Forest. Colours change from shades of greens and browns, to shades of orange and, errr…brown.

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Weekly Photo Challenge Shine at Lymington Harbour

Weekly Photo Challenge Shine. This weeks Photo Challenge is all about Shine, and light.

With the shining sun and the glistening puddles, this sums it up perfectly. This was shot at Lymington Harbour, as we took a stroll around the boats, in the fresh winter weather.

It did take a bit of navigation to get us, and a buggy around the puddles, but we managed it, and got some decent photos to tell the story.

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Weekly Photo Challenge Lepe Beach

Weekly Photo Challenge Lepe Beach. This weeks Photo Challenge is all about Local

Lepe Beach Country Park is very close to us, and is one of the reasons we moved to where we did. We wanted to be near the coast and near the beach. Lepe Beach isn’t a massive, sandy beach like nearby Bournemouth. But it is still great to have something on our doorstep we can enjoy.

This photo is my wife Suzanne and our son, Max, just chillin’ enjoying the sunshine, the beach and the views.

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Glamping at Knaveswell Farm Dorset

We decided, quite last minute to go Glamping at Knaveswell Farm, in Dorset. You can see from a previous post we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. This was written before our experience below.

Knaveswell Farm is a farm located just to the East of Corfe Castle, on the way to Swanage, so a great location. Being a farm, the roads to it are narrow and twisty, so be prepared for the occasional tight squeeze past other cars.

On arrival at the Farm, we pulled in as instructed to the main farm house area, where the owner Jo, greeted us and gave us directions and information about our ‘tent’.

She also advised us where we could get ice packs from for the fridge, as while the tents were well equipped, there was zero electricity, so keeping food cold was done the old fashioned way with ice packs.

Directions in hand, we headed off to our tent and prepared for Glamping at Knaveswell Farm!

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Lepe Beach Day Trip – My Tips

With time to kill, we decided on a Lepe Beach Day Trip. We live a mere 5 miles from this particular beach. As a result it is perfect for those days when the sun is shining, and you’re not quite sure what to do.

Our Lepe Beach Day Trip

Lepe Beach Day trip

Lepe location

Lepe Beach is small, mainly shingle type beach situated just south east of the New Forest. There are two carparks, right on the beach, and another in the park area which is situated a few metres above the beach car park.

We chose a beautiful day for our Lepe Beach Day Trip. It was a Tuesday nearing the end of the school holidays. While there were a few people about, it was by no means crowded. This certainly helped with the photos!

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