OUR SUMMER DAYS was photographed by Amanda Thomas in the grounds of Beaulieu Estate in the New Forest. We stayed at Rightmans Place, a beautiful self-catering holiday home, with thanks to New Forest Living (01590 427887, newforestliving.co.uk). Read more here

Thanks to Tatchbury Manor Farm (tatchburymanorfarm.co.uk) for providing a picnic hamper and refreshments.

Our canoeing adventure was courtesy of New Forest Activities (newforestactivities.co.uk), which offers instructor-led, guided canoeing and kayaking trips, cycle hire, archery, foraging and wildlife walks and bushcraft sessions.

See the full feature in August's The Simple Things, on sale 29 July 2015.