In October, we celebrated my birthday at Elmley Nature Reserve. This was our third visit; testament to our love for this little kentish island. We have holidayed here for anniversaries, birthdays and a babymoon; in Summer, Autumn and Winter. We especially love being here in winter however; there is something special about the quieter, out of season months. The reserve in winter is harsher, beautifully stark, but the huts are warm and cosy.
We managed to lose quite a lot of photo’s from tis trip (wah!) but here are a few from inside the hut. Everything is so well thought through; it’s compact but all the basics- and some luxuries (hello thick dressing gowns and gorgeous bathroom products) - are provided. The interior design is also on point, I love the white washed wooden panelling, the simple curtains, the reclaimed wood in the kitchen and f course that huge window.
We stayed in Samphire and brought both kids. Frankie-Rose loved sleeping in the hammock for one night, and Auden slept happily in the travel cot provided.
Sleeping with the curtains open meant waking to a breathtaking dawn breaking across the reserve in front of our cabin. Moon gazing from outside the hut by the warmth of the fire, watching the resident owls hunting in the darkness is another favourite Elmley pastime. We do our best talking here, our most thorough relaxing and connecting.
And a few photo’s from outside too. We went for a long walk with the buggy one afternoon (which was fine as the paths are relatively flat) and went out to enjoy the sunset on both days too. One of the things we love about the nature reserve is that parts of it are not classically beautiful. There a sweeping bucolic views for most part, but there is also a cardboard factory on the island so one view is quite industrial. It’s Daves favourite part, in fact.
32 has been the most wonderful, raw, exciting year for me. 32 saw my body ever expanding to accommodate my sweet boy baby, then birth him in the most powerful, transformational home birth. 32 held my (very) wobbly newborn, hormone-fuelled emotions, and my eventual stride into mothering two. It was a year of deep inner work, soul searching, creativity, rawness and openness.
33 has been wonderful so far, with a surprise and very welcome house move on the cards in just a few weeks time (eek!), and my own path becoming ever clearer before me. I always find the first year post partum to be a ripe year of creativity and a sense of being wide open. It’s pretty cool actually, but also a little exhausting. I feel things so deeply, still! I continue to ponder and learn but my tools and guide posts are clearer than ever. 33, I welcome you warmly. I know, I really know, that this year will hold great things (and thats in no small way due to the fact that we have our fourth trip to Elmley in the diary to look forward too!)
This trip was gifted as thanks for our previous recommendations. Lots of you have been in touch to say you’ve booked visits on the back of our recommendation which is so lovely! However, I happen to know that the huts are almost fully booked up already, right into next year, so if you want to go, then get on it quickly! I am happy to answer any questions you have below.
P.S We are moving house in a few weeks! I am so excited! and also a tad daunted, but mostly excited. I cannot wait to show you all the new place!