first hints of spring on a lovely New Forest day out

Hi lovelies! How lovely was the weather at the weekend? You may have seen in a few tweets that I was feeling quite blue and anxious towards the end of last week. However, as soon as the sun came out on Friday, it instantly lifted my spirits and added the vitamin D that I’ve been lacking for the past few weeks. Luckily, the lovely weather continued on Saturday when Dave and I decided to have a day out in the New Forest to spend some time together in a peaceful setting. For our sunny day out, we first chose to visit the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary near Lyndhurst, where we hoped to catch a glimpse of these lovely forest creatures. We actually first came here with Dave’s family at the end of December when his cousin visited from the Philippines, but I was wearing my new boots that day and it was quite muddy so I stayed in the car while they briefly looked around. It was really lovely to return in much warmer weather and with appropriate shoes this time!

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Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary

The Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary is a beautiful reserve in the heart of the New Forest with a viewing platform over the meadow where the deer hang out. Since the deer are fed between April and September, spring and summer is probably the best chance of spotting them! However, there are also three trails looping around the park where you can spot some other wildlife and enjoy a peaceful forest walk, which is exactly what we did. I have to admit that I am not really an outdoors person at all – I hate being cold, I’m terrified of creepy crawlies and I don’t like getting mud on my clothes haha – but for some reason, when the sun comes out, I love getting outside for a break from everyday life, whether it’s to the beach or to the countryside. The New Forest is full of these wonderful spots to visit and reconnect with nature, and what’s even more amazing is that you could have an entire day out without spending a penny.

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Experimenting with photography

The nature reserve is obviously very picturesque and we found a wonderful spot in a clearing between the trees with this beautiful ethereal lighting. Photography is a recent hobby that Dave and I have both taken an interest in so it was really nice to experiment with the different lighting here. Since starting blogging, I’ve picked up a few photography tips along the way and one of those was to shoot against the light for that really dreamy effect. I really like this natural look of photos and it’s also much more flattering as imperfections tend to not show up as much, which is always a plus! However, it does sometimes make the photos a little washed out so I know that I’ve still got a long way to go before mastering this trick. It’s quite sweet as whenever Dave or I manage to get that perfect shot, we excitedly show each other, so you can probably tell that we are still very new to photography!


Photography tip: Shoot against the sun, or where the light is coming from, for a dreamy effect and that ethereal glow around the subject. When editing, up the contrast only a little to avoid harsh lines and increase the shadows and definition subtly for a little more clarity.


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Perfect place for a picnic

The woodland area around the reserve is huge and you could easily spend a day wandering around, taking in its natural beauty. I really wish that we had packed a picnic as it would have made a perfect break from all of that walking! We did actually see a group having one and we were a little disappointed for not thinking to bring one. I feel like a picnic is a staple of a forest adventure, and just thinking about it is making me really excited for more of this warm weather to come. My dreamy picnic would definitely include some gourmet sandwiches like brie and red onion chutney with some fresh salad leaves on granary bread, or salmon and cream cheese with a squeeze of lemon – all cut into cute triangles, of course. Some fancy crisps from M&S, lemon-topped shortbread biscuits, fresh strawberries and rose lemonade would complete this perfect picnic. If only we had thought of it before leaving the house!

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The White Buck

After lots of walking around and not bringing any snacks, we were feeling quite peckish. Since it was such a beautiful day and felt like the beginning of spring, we decided to continue our little adventure with a trip to our favourite pub in Burley, because what could be more British than sitting in a beer garden, soaking up the sun! The White Buck is a huge characterful pub with a cosy and sophisticated interior, as well as a lovely patio and lawn with outside tables. Unfortunately, by the time we returned from Bolderwood and got dropped off at the pub, the sun had moved behind the trees so it wasn’t quite warm enough to sit in the garden. Inside, it was very lively but we managed to find a spot by the window in the Gun Room, our favourite area of the pub, so we still had some of the sun without getting too cold! I really love how typically British this pub is and its relaxed atmosphere. You can sit pretty much wherever you like, whether you’re having food or just drinks, and it’s just a really nice place to chill out in on a weekend afternoon.

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Wandering around Burley

Following a drink at our favourite pub, we decided to have our second walk of the day and wander down to the centre of Burley. Before, we always assumed that The White Buck was just a tiny bit too far on foot from the rest of the pubs in Burley, but it ended up being only a fifteen minute walk along a footpath behind the golf course. At this point, it literally felt like summer and reminded us of the first few months we spent together after graduating, when we had lots of forest adventures and walks in the countryside by Dave’s old house. It was such a perfect summer and made us both look forward to this summer! Burley is a cute little village in the New Forest with just a handful of shops and cafes. However, it’s a very tourist-central spot and is usually packed on weekends, this day being no exception. There’s quite a whimsy feel to it thanks to village’s history of witchcraft and all the stores dedicated to it. We stopped at the quaint Burley-licious cafe for a cream tea and panini before wandering around some stores, including a fudge shop, and a couple of little ones selling gifts and small home accessories. We finished our perfect early spring Saturday with a drink at The Queen’s Head, another lovely pub that’s perfect to sit back in and chat over some drinks.

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We had such a lovely and relaxing day out in the sun. It was nice to take a step back, be silly together and just enjoy each other’s company! Burley is such a quaint and adorable village so I would definitely recommend spending an afternoon here, as well as a visit to the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary for a tranquil day out in the New Forest.

Have you been to Burley or Bolderwood in the New Forest before? How did you spend your weekend?

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38 Comments

  1. February 21, 2017 / 3:07 am

    Such a beautiful place, Milenka! And your back is too cute I love it! I had a nature themed weekend too and I’ll be sharing it on a post later today. Xo!

    • milenkamillie
      February 21, 2017 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you, Mercy! Ooooh that sounds lovely, I can’t wait to hear about it ☺️ xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 21, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Aw thank you, girlie! xxx

  2. February 21, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    Aww this post was so lovely! I definitely want to go to the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary! It looks like the perfect day out! You and Dave are so cute together! I love days out like this where you can just get away from technology and enjoy being outside. Like you I’m not a creepy crawly person but really enjoy countryside walks. Lyndhurst is so lovely too! Your photos are stunning btw! Thanks for the tips too – I will definitely try them. I love how you have captured the light and enjoyed showing off the sparkles of light around the subject! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 22, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Aw thank youuuu ☺️ Yessss you definitely need to, it’s such a lovely place and not too far from Dorset! Hehe thank you! Exactly, it’s so nice to take a break from it all – especially with blogging, it can sometimes get a bit much always thinking about staying on top of social media etc. Lyndhurst is really cute too! There’s a little Thai restaurant that Dave and I have wanted to try for a while but I can’t remember what it’s called 🤔 You’re welcome! And thank you so much! I’m really trying to work on my photography, especially after seeing some of Josie’s latest posts on Fashion Mumblr when she shoots against the sun – soooo dreamy 😍 xxx

      • February 23, 2017 / 11:25 am

        Taking a break sometimes is the best medicine! I think being cooped up indoors doesn’t help either! Yay for the spring – woop woop! Ah, I love Josie’s posts and videos – fashion inspo!! She just has great taste and her photos always look amazing! I definitely need to try this shooting against the light! I feel like I need a day off from blogging but just taking photos for the fun of it kinda day! xxx

        • milenkamillie
          February 24, 2017 / 11:26 am

          It really is! Everything she posts is just so perfect and feminine ☺️ Yeah that sounds really lovely! Just practicing and not worrying about getting that perfect shot – it helps so much! xxx

          • February 24, 2017 / 12:39 pm

            Definitely need to do that! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 22, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Oooh thank you so much lovely! xx

  3. February 21, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    Omg, the pictures in the forest look almost magical! And mysterious! Loving the photo tip, more of those please! Also, loving your little white ruffled top! Lookslike you had a wonderful time! xx

    • milenkamillie
      February 22, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you so much, Ingrid! ☺️ I might put together a little photography post soon! Thank youuuuuuu hehe I was excited to wear it! ☺️ xxx

  4. February 21, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    So beautiful! Seeing this post made me really excited for spring, the weather was beautiful near me too this weekend and I did the exact same thing a nice long walk. I loved your photography tips! Xxc

    • milenkamillie
      February 21, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you, lovely! I literally can’t wait until we have more of this warm weather, it always feels so special here in the UK haha! Thank you! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 22, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Aww thank you so much that is really lovely to hear! ☺️ xx

    • milenkamillie
      February 22, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Hehehe thank you lovely! ☺️☺️☺️ xx

  5. February 21, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Such a beautiful post. The lighting, angles, and models 😉 in your pictures are SO perfect. They’re stunning- and the location in itself is so picture-esq! Although I’m sure it could be the most bland spot and you’d still capture amazing photos. I also can’t get over your gorgeous eyes, you have such beautiful big green eyes. We’ve been getting some nice warm weather over here too and it’s beginning to feel a lot like spring. I’m praying that this is the end of winter, I’m so ready to get on to the nice weather and be out of the cold, winter funk myself!

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      February 22, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you! Ahahahaha yessss Dave and I were made to be Gigi and umm (google male model) David Gandy! The location was really beautiful, especially with the sun out, which rarely happens here in England hehe. Aww thank you ☺️ And awwwwwww that is so sweet of you to say! I’m blushing! Yayyyy no more snow for you guys. I really hope it is the end of winter as it has dragged on a bit, and after Christmas everyone’s a bit bored of it by then haha. It’s hard not to get in these moods when it’s so miserable outside, isn’t it! The sun definitely fixes a lot ☺️ Thank you for another lovely comment as always, Jenny! xxxxx

  6. February 21, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    this is the cutest! I would love a day out like this 🙂 xx

    • milenkamillie
      February 22, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you! Aw you should totally do a day out like this soon when it gets a little warmer again ☺️ xx

  7. February 22, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Gorgeous photos! The one of you sitting on the trunk is stunning! I’m heading to the New Forest for a weekend away soon – can’t wait to explore it 🙂

    • milenkamillie
      February 22, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Aw thank you so much! Yayyyy I’m sure you will have a fab time, it’s so pretty there! xx

    • milenkamillie
      February 22, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Aw thank you so much! x

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    • milenkamillie
      February 23, 2017 / 11:04 pm

      Thank you!

      • February 23, 2017 / 11:06 pm

        you’r welcome, my friend 🙂

  9. February 24, 2017 / 9:50 am

    Looks like another fabulous day out! And as always, amazing photos. Do you just use your phone or have a super camera? And clearly a talent for catching the perfect shot!
    Was this forest a dog friendly place do you know? I love exploring new places with my dogs…but not everywhere is so accepting of them
    Xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 24, 2017 / 10:58 am

      Aw thank you so much! I use a Sony A5000 ☺️ Yessss everywhere in the New Forest is really dog-friendly, including lots of pubs and cafes! It’s a shame when places aren’t, especially outdoors since that’s the most likely place you would take your dog – how silly! xxx

  10. February 24, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    I love your photography! Thank for that little tip about the lighting! I am definitely going to try that out because me and my husband are really into photography ♥

    • milenkamillie
      February 27, 2017 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you Danielle! And you’re welcome! It’s probably not the best photography tip but it’s worked for me (kind of) so far! Aww it’s a lovely hobby to share together ☺️ xx

  11. March 3, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Lovely place to visit! But what caught my eye was the awesome ruffled detail on your top. Ah this fashion addiction, hahaha 🙂

    • milenkamillie
      March 3, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Aww thank youuuu hahaha yesss us fashion addicts will always spot the clothes first! 💛

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