Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you are starting to get in the mood and feel all festive. Incase you’re struggling then I thought I’d share with you some of Paul’s brilliant photography of our weekend by the seaside in the New Forest last week.

The New Forest is an absolutely stunning part of the world and I would recommend a visit to anyone, particularly at this time of year. This time we visited the quaint town of Lymington for their Christmas tree festival and to have a look around their shops. It’s absolutely perfect for Christmas shopping their; packed full of independent gifty shops and places where you can pick up something unique, as well as lovely cafes and a cute little harbour. It’s also really picturesque as you can see.


The next morning the sky cleared and we heading down to one of my favourite stretches of coastline in the UK; Friars Cliff (also called Avon Beach I think). For December is was unseasonably warm and the sun was so bright – we actually sat outside to drink our hot chocolates. We walked all the way along this gorgeous beach and got some lovely photographs. The pastel beach huts are my favourite part!


Beautiful! Well worth a visit. If you want to read more about what the New Forest has to offer click here.

We all love our holidays; hot or cold, far or near our holidays are our saviours in a world where we are always working. I love going abroad and exploring new places, however, in recent years with the rise of the ‘stay-cation’ it has come to my attention that there are plenty of beautiful and well worthy places to visit in the UK. I mean we are seriously blessed with stunning coastline, rolling green hills and absolutely picture perfect countryside. If not always the weather to go with it – but hey ho! So, my husband and I seem to have found ourselves partaking in the fast growing trend of ‘glamping’ for some of our holidays.

So what is glamping?

Well, essentially it’s glam camping. Hence the name. All the beauty and wildness of camping – but with a few luxuries thrown in. The luxury element can vary – sometimes you could stay in a fully heated yurt or bell tent with a full sized double bed, or it could mean a tree house in the forest with a compost loo. The facilities are not what makes it glamping – it’s the fact that it’s camping, with a difference. Something a bit special that sets the experience apart from the rest.

I’d like to share one of our favourite glamping experiences with you. We use the website ‘Canopy and Stars’ to choose our trips and they are fantastic. They can be expensive but they only advertise the best, most different, vintage, kitch and crazy glamping opportunities out there. Eco treehouses, camping pods, lodges and even a bedroom in a sphere suspended in the middle of a forest in Cornwall are all among their offerings. There are other sites but I have found them to be the best and their write ups of the sites are very detailed and accurate. You know what you’re getting into!

Ges the Horsebox – £135 per night

‘Ges’ (coincidently pronounced Jess) is a traditional horse box and pony trap situated in the Surrey countryside; a combination of staying in a retro, up cycled vehicle and camping in total isolation and peace. Ges is sitting in a field, in the middle of another field, which can only be reached by driving down a deserted country road in the most rural part of surrey. To my delight, apart from the staff in co op when buying out supplies for the weekend, we didn’t see another human for the entire weekend. Pure escapism. Seriously, the interior was gorgeous, and to say that the owners had thought of everything was an understatement.

The little pony trap was converted into a stunning modern bathroom with luxury toiletries. There was a picnic set, board games, colouring books, fairy lights, hot water bottle. The back porch was complete with bunting and a tambourine! I felt like I had wondered into a 1960’s hippy festival daydream.

I’m a huge advocate of the ‘digital detox’ – even as a blogger! I think it’s really important to step back from our devices and reconnect with nature once in a while, whether that be as a person, as a couple or as a family. It’s so nice to have no TV or distractions, just each other. Time to talk, laugh and truly enjoy each other’s company. We had no electricity, no signal, a gas stove to boil a traditional kettle or grill some toast and a BBQ which we used have burgers for dinner. Other than that we munched on the home made cake and bread which was provided in our gorgeous hamper when we arrived, along with milk, water and a few other essentials. It was blissful. I’d recommend this glamping trip without a doubt.

You can view Ges & other amazing glamping experiences on the canopy & stars website.

Have you ever been glamping??

Oxford is one of the UK’s most popular tourist cities after London for a reason. It is seriously beautiful there and I wanted to share some of my photographs with you.

During the half term holidays I was desperate to make the most of my time off and I scoured Groupon and Wowcher for a cheap weekend away deal which wouldn’t be too far from home.  I found a great deal on Wowcher which was a hotel, dinner and spa break deal for two nights just outside of Oxford.  I have been to Oxford before but it was many years ago so I thought this was a great opportunity to explore the famous University city again and combine it with a quiet, relaxing weekend away from London.

A word about the hotel – the Bignall Park Hotel. A perfectly lovely and comfortable hotel in an excellent location for exploring both Oxford and Bicester Village. We weren’t expecting anything amazing as these deals never are but it was great for what we wanted. The food was really good quality too.

When in a city as beautiful as Oxford it is only right to spend several hours wandering around looking at the beautiful architecture and taking pretty pictures of it.  We took the decision to be frugal and not take a bus or person tour but everything is so central it is easy to get round and see all the colleges and university buildings on your own. I love how they are all nestled throughout the city and the students have the total run of the place! The whole city centre has got a really cool, studenty vibe which I really liked.

Other things worth doing while you are there? Well, I’d recommend the covered market in the city centre for food, coffee or a bit of Christmas shopping. It’s full of unique shops and crafty stalls selling beautiful gifts. Of course, the city is full of ‘University Memorabilia’ shops, which ones are legit I’m not sure but you can get some really nice hoodies and mugs with ‘University of Oxford’ emblazoned on the front. My main tips regarding planning a trip to Oxford would be; do not drive! We were planning to but were advised by our hotel to use the local park and ride. It’s super convenient, costs a few pounds and  removes infinite stress of trying to finding a parking space and then paying £5per hour to stay there.

It really is a stunning city full of culture and history, and is an important city which defines the UK’s image in a big way.  If you haven’t been I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

Have you been to Oxford?

I absolutely love glamping weekends. For those who don’t know, glamping is like camping but usually with slightly better facilities and often something ‘novel’ about the whole experience. They vary a lot in price and how ‘glam’ they are, but you can usually expect to have some sort of bed and cooking facilities set up for you already.

We use the website ‘Canopy and Stars’ to book our trips. They only advertise really unusual places with something different about them. We’ve booked through them a few times and never been disappointed.

We chose ‘The Nut Plat’ in Kent for several reasons. Kent is not far from us so it was easy for us to get away just before the wedding, the facilities looked lovely and the price was good (less than £100 per night which is less than most of them) and it looked really secluded and emersed in the country which is really important to us when choosing our glamping experiences.

The pictures can give you an idea of how lovely it was. We were completely on our own with only the owners cat for company! We woke up in the morning in a cosy Shepherds hut, which has been converted into a comfy bedroom, to look across to a golden meadow with horses. We had a fire pit for warmth in the evening and a BBQ for cooking. There was a bubbling stream right outside the hut where we caught crayfish and cooked them up for dinner (yummy-but I felt guilty!) The facilities were basic: a compost loo and a small shower, but they were private which is important to us.

We had a lovely time with country walks, crackling fires, red wine and doing the cross word. There was no phone signal at all which was a lovely way to properly relax and have some quality time together which was lovely before the wedding madness begins!

I would thoroughly recommend The Nut Plat or Canopy and Stars for your next camping trip.

xox