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The New Forest

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I can't believe it has already been a month since I last blogged. That's quite sad really that I haven't found the time to sit down and write some words about what I've been up to lately! To be honest I've just been working and doing my school work like mad. I had a awful cold for 2 weeks and was literally laid up in bed and feeling shit. I'm feeling much better now.

My course work is taking alot more time then I envisaged which I guess I just didn't plan for it properly, or I was much to optimistic! Most of it is pretty interesting so at least it's not boringly dragging on like some courses I took in college. I'm sure after this course though there will be some that I will have to force myself to focus on.

We've really just been saving money for our vacations coming up (3 weeks ya ya!!). I've met some cool people lately and have actually started to have more of social life but it's about time since I've been here a year already!! Making friends only gets more difficult as you get older I swear.

I have officially developed a taste for something that is kinda like beer. lol. It's cider!! I thought it was beer or something but I stand corrected as it's actually made from apples. Thinking..hot apple cider?? Thats what I thought at first anyways. Nope, it's not like that. Ok, so I like the fruity tasting ones that kinda taste like your drinking a cooler anyways..but hey!

Last weekend Rich and I went for a walk and Sunday pub lunch in the New Forest. The New Forest is spread out over 142,000 acres and includes many counties and villages within. It was designated as a royal forest in 1079 and 90% is still owned by the crown.



I love that there are wild animals running around and there is so much open space that it almost makes you forget about the clauisterphobic feeling that you get in most places in England! We went to Brockenhurst which is a village within the New Forest. It's quite cute with its thatched cottages and quaint high street. They also have a ford (not the car!) which is a shallow area of a river that you can cross. This is at the end of the high street. Quite odd as you could see that the water has risen very high at points and I'm not sure how people could get into town!






The thing that made me most excited was that there were wild horses roaming all over the fields and even in town. As we walked down the road we passed an old converted barn house and there standing on the front doorstep was a horse. It just looked as if it was waiting on someone to come out and play! So random! Another was when we were coming out of the pub in town and we passed a beautiful cottage house right by a main road and there standing outside again was another horse! It looked so out of place.



This weekend I went to Winchester for a girly lunch with my friend from work, Catherine, and some of her friends. We drank way too much wine and shopped all afternoon. Just what I needed!! Richard and I also went our first BBQ of the season at our friend James's house on Friday night. It was a bit chilly in the evening but who cares! We all watched Comic Relief, which is a week long charity fundraiser that's done in Britain every other year to raise money for Africa. Tons of celebs take part and they have everything from one off versions of the Apprentice and Fame and comedy skits just for comic relief. Quite entertaining!

Now that it's Sunday, I'm back to the books. Although I'm distracting myself with this blog and also listing some items on Ebay. Damn it's already past 3 in the afternoon!

Will write again soon!


Posted by ashleym66 16:53 Archived in United Kingdom

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