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Shire to Shore

Established in the fields of Great Britain, Joules can be found all across the land. From Shire to Shore we will introduce you to beautiful towns and cities that we love. This week Bryony from Joules of Lymington gives us a guided tour of this beautiful town.

 

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Situated on the Southern edge of the New Forest, the beautiful Georgian town of Lymington is surrounded by some of the most outstanding natural beauty in the South including ancient woodlands, New Forest heathlands and stretches of sandy beach. Ahh..We love it here, and we’re sure you’ll love it too!

Things you may not know

 

Our favourite day of the week in Lymington has to be a Saturday! The famous Lymington market dates back to the 13th century where you can find the best freshly baked artisan breads and locally caught fish as well as a whole high-street of stalls selling items for the home and garden, fresh flowers and plants, vintage furniture and Persian rugs to name just a few! It’s great with a capital ‘G’!

We’re also lucky enough to be the home of Sir Ben Ainslie, Sailing champion and Olympic Gold Medalist! We’ve even got a gold postbox right outside the shop to celebrate his success. (Johnny Depp is also rumored to have a house in Lymington.. if your reading Johnny, I’m single!)

 

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Our favourite finds in Lymington…

If you’re visiting on holiday there’s lots of lovely things to do and see and one of our favourites on our day off is to check out the monthly art exhibitions held at the St Barbe Museum. Showcasing local artists work, its definitely worth a visit and there’s also lots of historic information to be learnt in the museum itself if your feeling studious!

 

Things to do with the little ones…

There are loads of activities to get stuck into with the kids here in Lymington. Our best picks would be taking a dip in the seawater baths on a hot sunny day (but watch out for the crabs!) Or hire a bike or tandem from Figgures cycles situated just off the highstreet. There are loads of great routes for beginners as well as longer, windier routes for the more experienced riders. The New Forest bus tour runs from the 28th June to the 14th September, which is super fun if you enjoy sightseeing from the top of an open top double decker bus!

A walk along the sea wall will take you about an hour and a half from Lymington to Keyhaven but be sure to take your binoculars, as there are some great views across the Solent and lots of wildlife to be spotted! The reedbeds are worth a visit too as they are nesting grounds for the rare Cetti’s Warbler and Bearded Tit and habitat for martins, swallows and yellow wagtails, calling all birdwatchers! You’ll love it! When all else fails, there’s nothing better than grabbing an ice cream from Alfano’s Ice-cream shop (just over the road from Joules) and heading on down to the quay for an afternoon of crabbing. (Don’t forget to pick up crabbing bait from Seafayre Seafoods for just 50p) Dangle your feet off the harbor and see how many of the little nippers you can catch with a Joules crabbing kit, our record is 14! Come and let us know if you beat us!

 

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The best place for a slice of cake and cup of tea…

Fancy a rest after all of that excitement? There are lots of great places to grab a wonderful coffee and slice of cake including Lounges and Willow but our absolute favourite has to be Drifters! Situated on the cobbles near the Quay, Bianca bakes all her cakes and nibbles freshly that morning (what a trooper!) and we’re so grateful she does because our lunch breaks wouldn’t be the same without one of her delicious chocolate brownies or slice of fluffy coffee cake to go with a cup of tea.

 

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The best place to eat alfresco…

We must admit we’re all foodies here at Joules of Lymington and we all agree that food tastes better when it’s eaten outside, especially when its sunny. Our top pick for laid back alfresco dining would have to be Fine Food 4 Sail. Follow Quay hill at the bottom of the high street onto Quay Road and then follow Bath road to find it tucked away between the mariners. It offers gastro dining in a relaxed atmosphere, we’re big fans!

 

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The best place for a good nights sleep…

After all that I’m sure you’ll be ready for a rest. Stanwell House Hotel, a couple of doors along from Joules would be our first port of call. Peter Crouch and lots of other famous faces are rumoured to have stayed here and we’re not surprised because it’s simply stunning while still affordable. If you’d rather, a stones throw away from the high street is Leyland Country House Bed and Breakfast, a good choice for more of a country retreat away from the hustle and bustle. We hear the breakfast at Leyland is a real treat!

 

We must say we feel very lucky to live and work in such a lovely coastal town and we hope we’ve inspired you and given you a few ideas of what to do when you visit.

 

We hope to see you very soon!

Bryony

Be sure to pop along and see us while the Lymington Regatta is on

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Bryony, Luke, Jemma, Emily, Luana and Kirsty

Hawking around!

Rus and andy

 

If you have been following Wimbledon, you may have come across the name ‘Rufus The Hawk’. Not a comical nickname for one of the players, Rufus is a 6 year old male Harris Hawk, who works for the family business Avian Environmental Consultants based in Brigstock, Northamptonshire. Rufus works at Wimbledon with his handlers Donna and Imogen to prevent pigeons from causing any interruptions and distractions during play, which is of the utmost importance in such a demanding game!

 

Harris Hawks are designed for weaving in and out of shrubs and woodland, and are renowned for being stealthy in flight, therefore lending themselves perfectly to weaving in between the courts and the girders up in the roof. The presence of a Harris Hawk is effective as the pigeons realise it is not a safe place for them to roost, and simply relocate elsewhere. In the wild, Harris Hawks are one of the only birds who hunt in their family groups, working together to flush out their prey, and our relationship is exactly the same – Rufus flushes out any birds within the vicinity of Wimbledon and then returns for a reward, usually of chicken or quail. Rufus is a wild animal and likes to remind us that every day he will work on his own accord, and as long as we fly him at his optimum flying weight of 1lb 6oz, we know that he will return to us at the end of his flight.

 

Working with a variety of of birds of prey dependent on the location and problem species, Donna and Imogen provide non-lethal, environmentally-friendly bird control solutions in a range of locations across London and the Midlands including the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Westminister Abbey, Northampton Saints Rugby Club, Billingsgate Fish Market, the Royal Marsden Hospital, TATA Steel and many more. Alongside the bird control services, Donna and Imogen also hold hawking and falconry days, educational visits and environmental monitoring services.

 

Rufus has received increased exposure in recent years, and now has over 7000 followers on his twitter account @RufusTheHawk where he gives sneak peeks of behind the scenes at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships – even being lucky enough to meet Andy Murray.

Read more about Imogen, Donna and Rufus http://www.avianenvironmental.co.uk/

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