a very sunny saturday

Although May was apparently the coldest one we’ve had for years (anyone else only just given up their winter coat?!), June has been much kinder to us weather-wise, which is why I’ve not been blogging much. When the sun’s out, the last thing I want to do is sit in front of the laptop when we could be off on an adventure!

We’re pretty much permanently skint, so our adventures to tend to rotate through the same places – the beach, the countryside and the city, but we always have a pretty good time. There’s a lot to be said for exploring your local area – I’ve just bought this book, which I’m hoping will inspire us for the rest of the summer. We’re not going on holiday this year, and we’re definitely not going to be heading off to any festivals either (seriously, HOW do people afford to do more than one when you’ve got kids in tow?!), so we’ll be making the most of the lovely South Coast.

A couple of weeks ago we packed the car and spent the morning at the beach – we always, always go to Witterings because a) it only takes about fifteen minutes to get there and b) it’s always beautiful. We’ve never come back without beautiful shells or driftwood or other treasures, and the dunes act like brilliant windbreaks and places to jump around.

Because the beach cafe is pretty pricey, and I wasn’t organised enough to think about packing food, we went home for lunch. That carrot salad might look impressive, but the only thing I can take credit for is opening the box – courtesy of Waitrose, I’m afraid!

We finished the day over at Petersfield; I popped into Wild Damson which is my absolute favourite shop – at Christmas they sell all sorts of dried fruits and foliage for decorations, and the rest of the year there are candles and succulents and plants and enamelware and baskets and pots *takes breath* If you’re ever in the area, I strongly suggest you pay a visit! I could have bought a million things, but managed to limit myself to a few vintage flower pots – I’m slowly trying to replace all of my plastic (ugh) ones, and these were too good to pass up!
Round the corner is Petersfield Physic Garden which is beautiful, but not really somewhere to take rowdy kiddos – I had eough time to snap a few pictures, then we left under the glare radiating from a gentleman trying to enjoy some peace and quiet. Whoops!


  1. Anonymous
    June 23, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    You're so lucky living near the Witterings, it is gorgeous there, perfect beach! I try to squash in a visit there every summer, but is about 2 hrs away from us! I'll have to check out Petersfield next time I'm over that way. Lovely pots and flowers xx

    • Victoria Haynes
      June 28, 2015 / 6:57 pm

      It's so beautiful – there are loads of campsites not too far away as well, so I think we're going to try a few overnight stays this year! x

  2. Zoë Power
    June 24, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Oh how lucky you are to live so close to the Witterings – I adore it there too! And absolutely no need to go anywhere else! My favourite days out are the ones that don't cost any money 🙂

    • Victoria Haynes
      June 28, 2015 / 6:59 pm

      They're the best aren't they – I always find the ones that you don't plan work out pretty well as well! 🙂

  3. Katie Bedlow
    June 28, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Such jolly summery pictures, even with the weather not being too warm! Those beach huts look so jolly, I'd love to spend a sunny afternoon people watching in one of those! Katie xhttp://long-may-she-rain.blogspot.co.uk

    • Victoria Haynes
      June 28, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      We went this weekend and I had a sly peer inside one when we were walking past – they'd decked it out with a proper kitchen, it looked like something out of Country Living! I wanted to move in, ha! x

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