I'm completely fed up of all this cold and rain, and the prospect of the wettest winter in more than 30 years ain't makin' it any better.
I can't help but day dream about sunnier times as I sit in the library and write boring essays.
I've got a whole summery backlog of posts so I thought that instead of wallowing in the winter doom and gloom I'd re-live those warmer adventures here.
First up is a visit to the stunning Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest.
Say hello to countryside chic at it's finest.
My fabulous Godmother, Judy, lives just twenty minutes from this picturesque boutique hotel, so when I went to stay with her during the summer she made sure we made a trip. She's queen of spoiling so I knew I was in for a treat.
The hotel is set in a 13th century former hunting lodge and features modern and luxurious decor, without losing any authentic charm.
Rather than eating in the main restaurant, Judy had booked for us to have lunch at the spa where they have a little food bar called 'Raw & Cured'. It serves fresh, seasonal healthy dishes and juices.
She knows how much I love my whole-foods so it was absolutely perfect.
It was one of those scorchingly hot days (hard to recall now, I know) so we sat outside in the shade.
We ordered basically everything on the menu. It was heaven.
Veggie filled nori rolls with a parsnip and pine nut 'rice'.
Asparagus, pea and goat's cheese salad.
Dehydrated tomato salad with dates, tomatoes, walnuts and balsamic. This was my favourite - I've been meaning to recreate it since!
Spicy Thai wraps filled with veggies, chilli and spices.
Raw pizza topped with houmous, feta and tomatoes (sooo good!).
Courgetti topped with Crab tartar and avocado.
Raw picnic board (including some amazing sweetcorn 'bread')
It was all completely delicious, I felt like I was in LA or something. If only there were more places like this!
I've been longing to return ever since.
After stuffing our faces we were in serious need of a wander. Luckily the beautiful grounds provided the perfect place in which to do so.
Don't you just love Hattie's (Judy's lovely daughter) jumpsuit?
The gorgeous gardens are scattered with sculptures.
We became rather fond of this egg chair. Boy do I miss being so tanned!
The inside features a boot room filled with lines of pastel hunters in all sizes.
Countryside without the mud is my kind of countryside.
The whole feel of the hotel is something of rural luxury. It's the perfect mixture of fun and cool with a heavy dose of sophistication.
I imagine it's wonderfully cosy in the winter, I might have to go back and check though... Just to be sure.
Until next time Lime Wood.