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I decided to give this one its own space, as it was such an intensely magical adventure. While Mum went to Bath, Sarah and I delved into the New Forest near Brockenhurst, and found a childhood dreamland. The photos kinda speak for themselves…

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We spent about 5 hours just wandering wide-eyed through the forest. Then we hopped back on the train down to Lymington, where we found a totally different landscape, but similarly charming! We stopped at a strawberry farm we happened to come across while looking for the path to the beach.

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At last, after some local help, we found the walkway to the beach, via this amazing path lined with flowers!

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Finally the coast, complete with a view of the Isle of Wight.

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That day is a precious jewel I will treasure for ever.

It was a bit bright that day.

After our brief but enjoyable few days with the Owlers, we headed down to Southampton to stay with my very dear friends Sarah and Lloyd in their little home. I was so so excited to see them, as we are very close, and it has been really tough for all of us to be apart from each other.
The week we spent there was so beautiful, such good weather and wonderful adventures, interspersed with picnics and impromptu music practice. I was very very sad to leave.

We went on some outings with Sarah. (Lloyd had to work, of course, but we saw him in the evenings and weekend) We went to Salisbury and out to see Stonehenge! It was pretty surreal. I thought we might have to stand miles away, or the surroundings would be all “touristy” but actually we got quite close, and the whole presentation was pretty tasteful! I’d love to go back and explore the surrounding area. There are miles of walking trails and old barrows to roam around. You could spend a whole day there easily!

Also during our stay, Sarah and I seized the opportunity to take some portrait photos of each other, which was great, and resulted in some photos of her that I’m very happy with, and some photos of me which are the best ones I’ve had for ages!!

(Apologies for the lack of pictures of Lloyd. He doesn’t really like being in front of the camera much so I try not to do it unless it’s really necessary. He is in the film journal though!)

During a walk, Sarah suddenly declared "Those buttercups! I want to get in them!" So she did.

During a walk, Sarah suddenly declared “Those buttercups! I want to get in them!” So she did.

One of our adventures took us to Salisbury.

One of our adventures took us to Salisbury.

Some great countryside views.

Some great countryside views.

Look! It's the real-actual Stonehenge!

Look! It’s the real-actual Stonehenge!

Oooooh!

Oooooh!

It was a bit bright that day.

It was a bit bright that day.

There were heaps and heaps of these big crows about, I liked them a lot, they gave the place even more atmosphere.

There were heaps and heaps of these big crows about, I liked them a lot, they gave the place even more atmosphere.

Also in Salisbury, we visited the cathedral, and it WAS pretty impressive. Though I must say, I liked St Albans better.

Also in Salisbury, we visited the cathedral, and it WAS pretty impressive. Though I must say, I liked St Albans better.

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And a couple of “outtakes” for fun!

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This is my “Ha! You still have the 10 second timer on!” face.

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A-mazing. Just look at that shoe.

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I took these several years ago for a Neo-Victorian Pin-Up Calendar that I produced. I haven’t done much with them since, but I’m still pretty proud of them, so I thought I’d put them up here!

Field Day – When no-one is watching, she likes to slip away with her trunk of books and tools and document the wonders of nature

Boot Camp – She is well known for her cruel and unusual methods.

The Oracle – An enigma wrapped within and enigma, wrapped within a softly spoken demeanour, this woman is never seen without her two hulking bodyguards.

Accident Prone – Despite everyone’s attempts to civilise her, she will insist on running off in search of adventure and excitement, often finding grazed knees instead

Railway – When life is slow, she likes to go down to the railway and watch the…trains.

Washing Day – She is humble and poor, and the owner of only one nice frock. So when washing day comes, try not to spy!

The Teacher – She is well known for her rather “futuristic” ideas, and strange manner of speaking, but all agree, she is an excellent tutor.

The Mechanic – Always a tomboy, the mechanic has a natural flair for “fixin’ stuff what’s broke”.

(c) Copyright, 2010 Emily McAllan

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Took some photos of my lovely friend Sarah the other week. She is so small and elf-like, so she dressed up all in green and stood in amongst the huge jasmine vine in her backyard. I also wrapped her up in a scarf and took some photos of her as an “intrepid desert explorer”! (or something like that)

Thanks Sarah!

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