A lovely long October weekend mooching around Christchurch and Hampshire

It's becoming something of a family tradition to head down to Christchurch in early October for my sister's birthday. Once again we were blessed with gorgeous sunshine and warmth - nothing quite like strolling along the beach listening to the waves crash in October sunshine....and then eating lunch outside surrounded by pretty pastel beach huts :)

The full set of photos can be found on Flickr, as always.

Last beach hut (for today) I promise!
Baby blues
Lovely day for a walk on the beach....
Sea Chest

Yes, the sunshine and stunning greenery and dappled light really was tonic for the soul, and wonderfully refreshing. I have just bought a second-hand Fuji X100 and this was it's first outing - loving the simplicity of a fixed lens and just having a small light camera around my neck :) We very much enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the beautiful grounds of Mottisfont - a very grand National Trust property in Hampshire. The river walk is just divine at this time of year.

Cascade of leaves at Mottisfont
Riverside reflections at Mottisfont

We then topped off a wonderful day by heading home via the New Forest and pottering around Blackwater Arboretum in the golden hour. It took us a while to find it (it's not sign-posted at all!) but it was well worth it. Will have to go back for more another time!

Blackwater Arboretum, New Forest
Blackwater Arboretum, New Forest
Blackwater Arboretum, New Forest
Blackwater Arboretum, New Forest

And last, but by no means least, my sister and I spent a good bit of the weekend talking Blythe. My sister has recently rediscovered her love and talent for knitting and sewing and has recently set-up an Etsy shop selling Blythe clothing. We had so much fun trying things on and styling some photo shoots :)

Strawberry Shortcake :) #blythe #punkaholicpeople #onblythestreet
Flower girl #blythe #snowflakesonata #onblythestreet #poppytreelane
Walking the dog #blythe #onblythestreet #poppytreelane #factoryblythe
Love this mohair knitted coat my sister made - will be added to her shop soon  #blythe #phoebemaybe #onblythestreet