Days out

Wanting a sea view with fish & chips in the camper


With a free day and the promise of a sunny Autumn day we headed to the south coast with the mission of finding somewhere we could park up in our VW California whilst eating fish and chips in the warmth of the van. Poor old Betsy the camper had been a bit neglected over the last few weeks.

We set off for East Wittering, not finding quite what we were looking for and then onto Bracklesham Bay before heading to our favourite beach at West Wittering, not that we’re fussy buggers!

Wittering beach_1

Finally we got our fish and chips (sausages and chips for the children) which were a bit disappointing for the amount it cost (£24!!) with no drinks. Even Charley looked at hers and said she didn’t have enough, but at least the beach was pretty stunning!

Fish and chips Wittering Autumn

For a change we had a (slow) walk around East Head, the children sliding down the sand banks, running, digging in the sand and generally being really nice and friendly with each other. A nice change from how they’ve been in close company with each other recently! It was pretty stunning, with the tide out and the sun peeping round clouds.

Bodhi sand dunesCharley sand dunes

Eventually we got back to Betsy for hot chocolates and cups of tea, unfortunately we’d forgotten to bring the milk from home that we had specifically bought (i.e. a small 2 pinter) so Tim had to go and get some from the cafe. Glad I didn’t have any as it looked like powdered milk when it was boiled up for the hot chocolates for the children. Yuck. I really, really need to get more organised when we go out in the camper van.

One last photo of the beautiful sunset on Wittering beach before we set off.

Wittering sunsetWe then headed to some nearby shops to get some tea on the way home. Edible but unhealthy! Pork pie for husband, sausage rolls, crisps, cookies (raspberries & strawberries not eaten), cocktail sausages. Why is it so hard to buy healthy food to go – or maybe it is and I just need to change my thinking/buying habits?


Betsy Wittering

Great day out in the camper though, just need to get a bit organised and get some healthy food in just in case we’re out longer than expected, it can always be kept in the fridge if not used.

Looking forward to our next trip!


Wintery Wisley
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A Wintery walk around Wisley

With the promise of sunshine the other week, we drove to Wisley to get some fresh air and see the butterflies in the greenhouse. My dad, who is a bit of a wildlife fan also ventured out with us. I was hoping to get some photos of the butterflies in the greenhouse and know the children enjoy the freedom there. It was a very wintery walk around the gardens. All the ponds and streams were frozen, apart from the parts in the January sun.

Wisley is a great place to visit at any time of the year, as there is always so much to see and with the different seasons it brings the different plants and exhibits there.

This time there was an exhibit of caterpillars and butterflies all around the gardens. Even the ginger breads in the cafes were in the shapes of these, and pretty tasty from the way Charley wolfed hers down.

This time we got to see Wisley frosty and frozen, with the ducks and swans standing on the icy ponds, their reflections on the ice making it look like they were standing on stones in the water.

We’d pre-booked our butterfly session this time so we didn’t have to queue with two little ones, not that there seemed to be a queue anyway.

It felt lovely and tropical in the butterfly part of the greenhouse and I was glad we had left our coats on the pushchair outside.

I don’t know how many butterflies they have at any one time but its quite a spacious area so it doesn’t feel like they are constantly flying round your head. Some are quite large and all very pretty. We saw one sitting on a ladies hat and one even sat on my dads glove for a little bit. Others were on the fruit that have around the greenhouse on the tables.

After all the dreary weather recently it was lovely to be out in the air and to take some (ok a lot!) of photos with the sun out.

Here are some of my photos from our day out:

Wintery Wisley

Wintery Wisley frozen stream

Wintery Wisley 5

Wintery Wisley fountain

Wintery Wisley
Frozen pond
On the butterfly seat - Wisley
Butterfly seat


Big chair, Wisley
Big chair, little Charley
Wintery Wisley swans
Wintery Wisley swans
Butterflies at Wisley
Butterflies at Wisley
Round and round the garden path
Round and round the garden path
Wintery Wisley - ginger caterpillar
Wintery Wisley – ginger caterpillar, not both for Charley

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