Snapshots of Hampshire

Thursday 23 May 2013

You know you've assimilated into the English culture when you become obsessed with the weather. It's the first thing you check when you get up. The weather forecast app gets more finger taps than anything else on my phone. You race out the door the minute there's a ray of sunshine bursting through between the grey clouds. Or find a spot in the house that gets the most sunshine.

The sun reared its weary head in the evening (finally) so I grabbed my friend Christy and Lil L and made them go for a walk right up to the hilltop.  Even after 5 years, I still get asked frequently why the heck did I prefer to live in the U.K when most people are hoping to escape to Australia or New Zealand. I don't have a garden nor do I ever have a desire to have one. I still have the remarkable talent of killing any plants on my window sill that aren't eaten up within a month. But what I have is charming and pretty countryside right in my backyard.

As we walked down the country lane, we caught a whiff of the fragrant jasmine flower (did you know that jasmine is a natural remedy for stress and anxiety?). There were aquatic insects skimming the surface of the river, squirrels scurrying about and birds chirping in the background. I can't help but feel grateful for my life here in the U.K.


  1. Such beautiful photos. Looks like a beautiful, scenic place to live :)

    Away From Blue

  2. Such a pretty time of year. Aren't weeping willows the most beautiful trees?

  3. You don't need a garden if you have that on your doorstep. Beautiful photos and reminds me of when I used to live in Saltaire and I could take a walk along the river banks. But instead of the fragrant smell of jasmine - my route was lined with wild garlic. A bit whiffy but still a lovely stroll when I used to have all the time in the world.

  4. The green! The green! I can't wait! :)

  5. Seriously, I have never checked the weather forecast so frequently as I have since I moved to the UK. Well, I guess it helps that the Met Office provides really detailed forecasts. All we got from the Bureau of Meteorology in Brisbane was something like "Fine, chance of a shower, light breeze around the bayside, max: 28°C, min: 22°C" for the entire day, as opposed to these 3-hourly break-downs from the Met Office with percentage chance of rain, wind speed, wind gusts, actual temperatures and "feels like" temperatures... it's engrossing!

    Hampshire looks absolutely magical. It's certainly on my "visit ASAP!" list.

    1. You're like me, Jess. I mean, there's no much of a difference in temperature during the day back in Auckland. I wore flip flops all year round. It's so crazy today. I thought I had to cancel my outing. Rain. Stop. Wind. Sunshine. Lots of rain. A bit of sunshine. More rain. etc etc It's insane.

  6. wow - now you are so super ace at photo taking that I need a lesson next time we meet!

  7. Beautiful photo's, even if it is freezing! p.s Just wondered what brought you to the UK ?

    1. We came to the UK because we wanted to see Europe. You're right about it being freezing!

  8. I think it's nice to live here. Just need to make a few adjustments for the weather to be happy and comfortable. :) Love the English country side, too and am also one of those crazy people who stop by a bush of lilac or jasmine to smell the flowers. :)
    You know, me and Mr always said we weren't "garden people". Things changed after we moved to a house with a tiny garden (we still don't want anything massive). And trust me, it's so wonderful to have this little place of our own, to see things grow and birds and squirrels come to visit. :) Very relaxing. So I have a feeling if you did acquire a little garden of your own, you'd eventually grow something successfully. :)

  9. aww dear... please bring me there!!!! Just staring those pictures I can sense the serenity and peace. The scent of green and trees... so beautiful place!!!!

    wish you a lovely weekend!!!! take care. xoxo,Meg of Sweet Gala's

  10. Really beautiful photo's M. So lovely I feel totally lost in them. Who needs a garden in the UK when you are surrounded by country side like this!

    - Mandi
    Find Me A Muse



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