Recently in the south… Or what we’ve been up to for the last three months or so

A little of what we’ve been up to for the last three months or so.

NOVEMBER

We bid a sad farewell to our beloved Manchester and our lovely neighbours and moved over 200 miles to Southampton. We settled in pretty quickly, a process helped enormously by the fact that we’re renting the nicest apartment we’ve ever lived in (photo tour to follow, eventually). Felix and I spent most of the month getting to know our not-so-exciting-but-it’ll-do new neighbourhood, exploring Southampton Common which is just up the road, and visiting John Lewis just a little too much (because we can). At the end of the month, Florian’s mum came to visit. We took her shopping in Winchester, for a pub lunch in Hamble, for afternoon tea at The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu and on a stomp around the New Forest, where it became apparent that buggies and marshland do not mix.

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New Forest ponies

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Florian, his Mum and buggy traversing the swamp

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the churchyard at Hamble

DECEMBER

Felix and I met a lovely Southampton mummy and her babies and joined some weekly playgroups. We had a few visitors, my mum included. We explored Brockenhurst (boring with a lovely teashop and The Pig nearby) and Lymington (very pleasant, by the sea). I turned 33, had birthday lunch at the Black Rat and embarked on fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing the piano (the lessons, the most amazing birthday present from Florian). We drove to London a couple of times to catch up with friends and get Felix his German passport. I belatedly got my craft on and set about making our flat a little more festive, and we had a lovely, relaxed Christmas just the three of us. Predictably, we were in bed before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

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mistletoe

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star garland (inspired by Red Boots)

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first family christmas

JANUARY

We cheered ourselves with the New Forest Wildlife Park, a trip to Brighton to visit friends and a week away in Germany. Felix experienced his first snowfall, went on a sleigh ride, and did a bit of bird watching. Florian and I cross-country skied, went on dates, and had lots of saunas.

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otter at the Wildlife Park

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three men and a baby in Brighton

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Felix-cam

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