My Monthly Meanderings in February

February will always be better than January, and this year was no exception (thank goodness). A month that includes the following is good…

…A luxury staycation at the Chewton Glen….

It’s where my obsession with luxury travel began, and it was a pleasure to return for Mr P’s birthday!

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… Weekends exploring more of our backyard…

We’ve started picking places for pub walks that we don’t know so well to help us house hunt.  This time it was Kingley Vale, some of whose trees are the oldest living things in the UK.

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… Sparkly lights and new restaurants in Southampton…

We have a new set of restaurants, and a 4th cinema.  Not sure about the need for another cinema but I’m pleased to see Byron, Wahaca and Thaikun on our doorstep.  And the lights.  The lights were great fun, even for big kids!

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… A weekend away with friends in Dorset, on Symondsbury Estate…

What a way to celebrate a birthday – in a country pile in the gorgeous spring sunshine, in our, er, socks and slippers!!

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… Lunch on the beach in Westbay where we got engaged in 2009…

The view hasn’t changed a bit, I took the same picture I’d taken the day we got engaged.  We had fish and chips this time, that was a good addition!  And Broadchurch (set in Westbay) is back, and as good as ever!

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… The arrival of spring and daffodils…

Specifically in the garden, the return of the daffs that we had as our table centre at our wedding 7 years ago!

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… Getting back into running in the sunshine…

There isn’t that much prettiness in the city of Southampton, but I love that my running route takes me to the nice bit, Southampton Common.

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… The requirement to eat ones body weight in pancakes…

Apologies, there are no pictures here, we were too busy eating!

… And meeting a few other animals…

Sadly no picture of a blue tit.  At one point this month there was clear nesting, but it seems like something ‘got’ the blue tits.

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And February ends with the arrival of birthday month! There’s nothing not to like about March? Birthday treats, vegan ladies lunch at Offbeet in Wickham, a return to the Chewton Glen to try out the new restaurant, a stay at Cliveden House and a long weekend in Lisbon. Can’t wait!