Last weekend Mr Ship-Shape and I went to Dorset to visit our families. Mine have lived there all my life and his have recently moved, so we took the opportunity to show them one of my favourite places on along the south coast, Hengistbury Head.
Taking a ferry out to Christchurch Harbour and Mudeford Quay bought back memories of my GCSE Art project, where hours were spent taking photos of lobster pots and sketching seashells and driftwood that had washed up on the shore. I used to fantasise about living on one of the beach huts here, though to snap one up today you’d be looking at spending the price of a small house to secure one.
For the brisk walk around Hengisbury Head and back up the river, I wore my new faux leather trousers from Zara – an error given how surprisingly warm it was – plus an old red and black plaid shirt that I picked up in Florida a few years ago. The wind played havoc with my fringe so a chunky knit beanie from Accessorize attempted to keep it in check, and my new scarf, also from Zara, kept the chill of the brisk wind at bay.
Enjoying the last drops of summer walking through trails surrounded by blackberries and watching the waves was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, I only hope there are a few more sunny days on the horizon.
Do you have any childhood haunts that you love to visit?