Christchurch: October photo fun by the sea

We were lucky enough to be able to stay in a beautiful riverside holiday home in Christchurch in October for my sister's birthday. It's such a great location - lots of walks by the sea were had (including a gorgeous walk from Hengistbury Head along the beach to Mudeford Sandbank, where rows and rows of colourful beach huts can be found, with a tourist "train" to take you back again!), plus lovely walks in the New Forest in its autumn colours, with lots of friendly ponies, and a trip to Mottisfont house and grounds - an impressive National Trust property with an amazing walled garden full of perfect Dahlias for photographing.

We packed a lot in for a long weekend and returned feeling decidedly chilled out - I thoroughly recommend it! Oh, and we had a super lovely dinner at the colourful Cheese & Alfies in Christchurch town centre too - you must go there if you get the chance :)

A few photo highlights below - the rest are on Flickr, as always.

Colourful beach huts at Mudeford Sandbank
Pastel beach huts
Port hole in the sky
Playing in the waves
Lavender softness
Cottage garden
October pinks
Pretty as a picture
Me with a lovely New Forest pony