Monday, 18 January 2010


At last - I finally managed to escape from the house!  It seems like I've been stuck in there forever, what with Christmas, holidays and hoards of people visiting...then the snow...
My little friend Harry (he who is getting a new quilt), for some reason, calls me Lover.  He's 8, I might add!  I'm not really sure why, but I couldn't resist a photo opportunity when it arose this weekend while I was away.

I sent him the picture and he wants to go there with me!  Maybe someday...

Anyway, the village of Lover is just outside the New Forest and we spent a lovely but rainy day driving through the Forest, stopping to look at the amazing lichens growing...

...the wonderfully green, mossy branches...

...and, of course, the rather bedraggled New Forest ponies.

We ended up right on the coast at Milford-on-Sea and huddled in the car with a picnic.

On Sunday we saw something that has been quite elusive for some time now... sky.  The perfect backdrop to Salisbury Cathedral.  I've been before, you can read about it here.  It is stunning.  As were the shadows in the cloisters.

I like escaping, I want to do it again.  Soon.


  1. Oh, those poor ponies, I bet they're relieved to see grass again, even if it is brown & soggy!

  2. Oh I love the New Forest!!! And tell me about it, blue sky! We had plenty on Sunday and it made a most welcome change!

  3. Sounds like a perfect escape.

  4. There is a cornish phrase, used by many a local....often tagged on to a thank it would go something like this: "All right, my lover?" or "Thank you, my lover" can lead to many a misunderstanding, as you can imagine!
    Love the tins below.

  5. Hello!
    I've just discovered your blog via "Pebbledash" and so glad that I have! So much here to read and enjoy and so many beautiful photos too :-)
    I guess the village of "lover" gets a lot of visits around valentines day and plenty of proposals too....!
    Have a super week,
    Denise x

  6. How sweet is he to call you Lover (though it may raise a few eyebrows if he's still at it 10 years from now!)

    A great escape, by the looks of it.

  7. Oh what a wonderful blue sky! And I've only ever seen Salisbury Cathedral in art history books...

    Looking forward to escaping from the house on Thursday!

    K x

  8. Looks like you were down in my neck of the woods! Milford-on-Sea is lovely, especially on bright winter days.

    We've never been to Lover though. I might have to suggest to Moogsdad that we take Moogy out that way this weekend :)


  9. Hi Tracy! Oooh a lovely escape day. All the more because I used to live in Barton-on-Sea which is right next to Milford on Sea ... have you been there .. FABULOUS beach - rocky and craggy, just right for cobweb blowing away ... I used to go back there alot when I moved to Oxford. Usually to blow away boyfriend troubles! It always felt so much better afterwards! Off to catch up on the rest of your posts - you have been so busy!!



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