I don’t know about you but I always struggle when it comes to buying presents for boys, one year for Ant (my boyfriend) I made a list of things he liked or wanted, some just in passing conversation. This resulted in the most bizarre collection of gifts, including ones he couldn’t remember ever mentioning (I remember there being a gold fish pencil sharpener, and a fluffy computer screen wipe in the shape of a lion)
Anyway this is massively off the point, It was Ants birthday in June and instead of buying him pants and socks, or something even more boring – I booked a weekend in a Shepherd’s Hut.
Our special weekend finally came and it was amazing. I booked it purely off the photographs on the website - Canopy and Stars. It was pretty, vintage and very charming. I hadn’t looked any further in to it than how far it was to get there.
The Shepherd’s Hut was in a lovely field with ducks and chickens (and absent sheep) there was another hut beautifully decorated with antiques which had a large dining table and cooking area, and there was another hut with toilet and showers facilities.
The hut itself – ‘Shepherd’s Rest’ was small but wonderful, it had a little fire, table and stool and a nice big comfy bed, with plenty of storage underneath.
All this was in Foulsham in Norfolk, but we didn’t need to know anything about the area because the friendly owner had a book full of information, from the local farm shop and pub down the road to places further afield, all the coast towns and even seal watching.
We had a browse through and decided on Wells-Next-The-Sea, a beach with over 200 beach huts, all individual and unique, with their own paint job and fancy names, although one or two have sadly been neglected and are half under the sand. When we got to the end we walked back through the forest which was just behind the beach, it was a great contrast, and gave us some great photography practice with lots of flowers and bugs.
We drove back and had a little picnic – finally using my amazing basket with strawberry fabric, which I’ve had for ages. Once we'd filled up on some tasty food we headed out to Holt, which was a nice little town with pretty shop fronts, and plenty of vintage and antique shops for me to lust over.
Once we got back to the Hut we played scrabble and fired up the BBQ, cooked some lovely food (halloumi is my absolute favourite for a barby) and to finish off a wonderful day we toasted marshmellows which I had made with some of my Instagram photos on from a new online company called boomf
It was a wonderful weekend, I'm really sad it’s over, but I know we'll go back there again.