I went to Middle Lodge with my Mum, Dad and big brother Josh for a short break over Easter. When we arrived we were amazed! It was even nicer and bigger than we imagined. The kitchen was huge and we had been left a big chocolate cake and lots of Easter Eggs, as well as bread, milk, butter and jam.
I ran upstairs to pick my room, I would have liked to have the bedroom with the balcony, but Mum and Dad said that they were going to have that room, so I chose the middle bedroom because it had a really cute chair and pod, and Josh had the room with a big window seat. All the rooms had really comfy double beds, so there was lots of room in my bed for me and the toys I had taken on holiday with me.
I couldn't wait to go out exploring, so after unpacking we walked through the nearby pine woods to the beach at Branksome Chine. I wanted to do that walk every day! The next day we went on a chain ferry, and drove to Corfe Castle. We walked around the castle ruins and the pretty village, and found a yummy cake shop and a great outdoor gym for children. In the afternoon we left the car at 'home' and went to Bournemouth on the bus. There is a large park really close to the shops and we walked down through the park to the beach and pier. There were very friendly squirrels in the park, a duck race on the river and a man drawing pictures with chalk. There was a fair on the pier and I won a cuddly frog on hook-a-duck!
When I woke up on Easter Sunday I was really pleased that the Easter Bunny had been (I wasn't sure if she would have known I was on holiday). Later on we met Nanny and Grandad at Beaulieu, we looked at lots of cars, had a race in go carts and a ride on an old fashioned open top bus and a monorail. We heard about a village called Brockenhurst where pigs, goats, ponies and donkeys roam around freely, unfortunately we only found two donkeys when we were there. Lots of houses in the village have cattle grids to stop the animals getting into the garden.
The weather was cold and windy while we were at Middle Lodge, but we were warm and toasty in the evenings as Dad lit the open fire each night and we toasted marshmallows. If the weather had been warmer it would have been really nice to eat outside in the garden, but we just had to look at the garden through the patio doors while we kept warm inside! On the last day we drove home via Lyme Regis, and I looked for fossils on the long pebbly beach. We didn't want to leave Middle Lodge, but hopefully we will be able to go back again for another visit soon.....