"Let's go away and have a little break, just you, me and Scampi!" Pete announced late one evening. He had been looking at unbeknownst to me at a four day get away at Hawkchurch Resort & Spa. Some time away with my little family sounded extremely appealing and so I didn't need a lot of convincing to be honest!
Our mini break really started though with seeing Ricky Gervais' new stand up show "Humanity" in Southampton. Obviously I didn't really get any photos of that, but I couldn't leave it out of this blog post.
The Office, Extras and The Ricky Gervais Show are all very dear to me, and I honestly don't know how I would survive without them. Every now and then I re-listen to all The Ricky Gervais Show when I have a lot of editing to do (and the theme to "monkey news" is my text tone!). Pete, Steve (my brother-in-law) and I laughed the whole way though. Another thing ticked off my bucket list!
Our first evening in Dorset, we decided to be incredibly british and head into Lyme Regis and get some fish and chips..
We had seen the River Exe Cafe featured on an episode of "Hidden Restaurants" on Channel 4 with Michel Roux Jr. (Every time I see that guy I want to give him a big hug and I will also lament about the fact that I still haven't been to Le Gavroche!..) It looked like a great experience and the food looked bloody lovely too. I have to say that the River Exe Cafe didn't disappoint and I would highly recommend it!
Prepare yourself for two photos of me squinting and looking windswept!...
That day was also the summer solstice, so we managed to sit outside having a few drinks and laughing about rubbish until about ten pm. To top it off the sunset wasn't half bad either...
We had some time to kill before catching the Red Funnel back to the Island the next day, so we decided to make a detour and have a walk to see "Old Harry Rocks".
Congratulations and thank you if you made it to the end of this blog post, it's always a bit awkward showing people photos from your holiday (it always reminds me of Patty and Selma in The Simpsons showing off their holiday slides!).
It was so lovely to have a break with my family though, and from a photographic point of view there is something so wonderful about just taking your camera out with you for the hell of it. No outcome in mind, no agenda, no briefs or deadlines, no-one counting on you to get the shot. Lovely creative freedom.
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