For the second part of my birthday weekend, on Sunday I headed to Burley in the New Forest with Dan and my family. Burley has always been one of my favourite places to visit - it's a quirky little village in a beautiful area. Simply driving there is a nice trip as there is a fantastic vista over much of the New Forest countryside. It isn't at all unusual to see wild New Forest ponies making their way up the main road, oblivious to the traffic and people around them.
|Huddling in my coat! In the car park with Nan.|
The village's main gift shop, Coven of Witches, was named by Sybil. On the outside walls, metal decals of witches in flight glint in the sunshine, and inside, you'd better duck, because hanging from the ceiling are dozens upon dozens of little witch figures on broomsticks.
And Coven is far from the only Goth-worthy gift shop in this tiny village. Be sure to check out Witchcraft and The Sorcerer's Apprentice for more Wiccan and witchcraft paraphernalia and themed gifts, WizzyDora's for all kinds of eccentric and unique gifware, The Old Shed for T-shirts and tops from the likes of The Mountain, and many of the other gift shops sell items such as incense with scents like Poison and Midnight, or collectible, Goth-friendly ranges such as BEGoths, Living Dead Dolls and Scary Fairies.
|Enjoying an ice cream in the Burley Stores Cafe|
Halloween is, of course, the perfect time to visit - Burley 'does' Halloween the traditional way, with fancy dress competitions, apple bobbing, Tarot readings and a parade through the village.
|My Burley purchases|