It’s important to take some time for ourselves, especially after the rush of the first few months of the New Year. Ocean Finance very kindly gifted me some money to have a relaxing day out.
I’ve been feeling rather stressed recently and not myself, and even though it’s difficult to push out of this, I find having a day out somewhere different can help tenfold. Lymington is a great place for us to go as a family and so we all met up and started with a good old English breakfast. We ambled down the high street, in and out of shops, browsing market stalls and stumbling upon a little garage tucked up a side street that was selling vintage pieces. Lymington is a seaside town and I wandered down the hill with my Dad to see the harbour. The winding street and uneven cobbles, the black and white signposts and the union jack made it feel like such a British day out! And, in typical fashion, the skies were grey and threatening, but luckily the rain held off.
After our little jaunt in the high street and a few purchases in the Oxfam bookshop sale, we headed back to the car and continued on to New Milton to a place called ‘Molly’s Den’. Molly’s Den have four vintage and antique emporiums on the south coast and I’ve been to most of them now – they’re essentially giant treasure troves of bits and pieces, both new and old. You’ll never know what you’ll find and each one is different and I’m always excited to explore. It reminds me of a car boot but in a sort of jumble sale fashion, with different areas and ‘stalls’ for traders selling everything from antique furniture to vintage clothing. It’s a great place to get lost and so easy to discover little treasures, like Aladdin’s Cave, but colder, I’d imagine! I left with a large pile of books (you can see my second-hand book haul over on instagram) so I was very happy – definitely made a dent in my ‘to-read’ list! After a decadent hot chocolate in the cafe, we decided to head on home with a detour at a garden centre. It wouldn’t be a British day out with family without a trip to a garden centre now would it?! There’s something very nostalgic about it, as well as being a great place to take photos and a chance to see that Spring is well on its way now. Then it was back to my parents where we spent a relaxed afternoon enjoying each other’s company, before indulging in a Chinese takeaway for dinner.
I loved having a relaxing day out with my family – good food and good company is always a winner. Though the stresses of everyday life and work don’t go away, it’s important to try and balance it out with days where you can remove yourself and forget about the worries for a little while. I had such a nice day and it definitely helps my outlook if I head outside and spend some time with loved ones. Ocean Finance’s philosophy is to take the stress out of everyday life, so thank you Ocean – I did just that.