We just about scrambled to the half-term break this year.
I felt dreadful in the week before the holiday - suffering with migraines and stuff - while Mark was completely submerged in some major changes at work too.
You know you really need a holiday when it feels like there's no time to have one!!!
Fortunately I'd spotted a great deal at one of our favourite hotels and booked it way back in July.
We packed our bags, walking boots and the camera - and took ourselves off to the New Forest.
After the storm cleared the weather was perfect for dramatic photographs.
This was the view at the beginning of our walk on Wednesday...
(The view up The Solent from Lymington Marina)
We stayed at The Master Builder's Hotel in the picturesque hamlet of Buckler's Hard.
The hotel is the last two cottages on the left (plus some extensions round the back that overlook the river). I was constantly rushing down to the water's edge with my camera to try and catch the changing light.
The hamlet is just the two rows of cottages and a marina, so it was the perfect tranquil 'get away'..
A couple of years ago we got a great deal on a room in the attic of the main building.
This time we got a sweet room in the more modern block for a ridiculously good price.
The hotel describes itself as having 'quirky luxury'.
I think it's a bit like staying with an wealthy elderly relative..
(Sadly I don't have one of these in real life!)
Red wine and an open fire completed the relaxation process!
We've come 'back to earth with a bump' today....
(Paperwork for school for me and changing the gearbox on the Discovery for Mark)
Never mind - we can still feel the residual 'chilled-ness' of our break!