Monday, 26 September 2011
The Great Outdoors...
The tent has had its first outing and I couldn't have hoped for a better weekend considering it is late September. First stop, Roundhill camp site in the New Forest.
The local animals were completely comfortable with sharing their space with us and Pippin was quite fascinated.
Seeing the ponies roll about joyfully, you just couldn't help but smile. Seeing them galloping in line, wild and free, made me cry. I'm daft like that.
For supper, it was a red pepper and chorizo stew with home-baked bread and some regional cheese. Hearty and warm and very do-able in one pot on the stove.
Waking up to the perfect sunrise, the grass heavy with dew and a quiet that I am quite unused to in London.
Driving just a few miles and finding rivers that remind me of my childhood. I am too used to seeing just the Thames.
Watching these cygnets gliding up the river after deciding it may be a better option while there is a chocolate brown snout nosing about around their nest.
Coming back and lighting the bucket bbq for a bit of extra warmth and to make hot dogs for supper.
Which were eaten by the light of the lanterns. Then, tumbler of wine in hand, sitting back to be stunned by the stars. The sky was full and the constellations were so much more visible than I am used to at home.
I have a wanderlust. I am making plans to escape London. I want it all now but know that I am going to need to exercise more patience. I will get outdoors more in the meantime...