Country Brunch

There is absolutely nothing as glorious as sun drenched British countryside.

When the sun comes out to play, you have to make the most of it.

For Love And Lemons “Kiss Me Dress” // Jimmy Choo sunnies

Silver May hand-made “Trinket” Necklaces

Monty & Roger invited us over for a double family brunch.

They’re some of our oldest friends, I can still remember Monty cooking up mammoth breakfasts on the AGA when I was about 7.

I’d go over to see Freddie, wearing my striped cotton school dress. We’d roam around the gardens and essentially lived in Fred’s old gypsy caravan.

We’d feed the chickens, climb trees, build dens and generally destroy our school uniforms!

Not much has changed.

Keen to make use of my new toy; a 4 series BMW…holllaaaa! (Just a loaner!) we all jumped in and headed through England’s green & pleasant land…

Wading through chickens, barking dogs, hugs, kisses and hellos, we finally made it to the table.

All laid in the dappled shade of the vines.

As always, Rog was in charge of drinks and set-to whipping up tall, cool glasses of Buck’s Fizz.

Monty filled the table as he poured, leaving the bubbling glasses surrounded by platters of sausages, bacon, home grown asparagus, salads and toast.

Having done our own little toast, we all took our seats.

A lively game of table chess erupted, people passing each other plates while taking one from someone else. Sliding sausages onto hot buttered toast, flipping eggs to each other and pouring beans over just about everything.

But it wasn’t long before it all calmed down as everyone slipped into a happy silence for the first few mouthfuls.

All you could hear was the wind in the vines, the chickens in the yard and the sporadic murmurs of enjoyment from each of the brunchers.

Of course, once bellies were filled, the chatter soon picked up again.

Even little Henry couldn’t resist joining the rowdy party.

The afternoon was spent wandering, playing and swimming in the ol’ swimmin’ hole.

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Let’s keep our fingers crossed for more of these glorious days.

Come on Summer, you can do it!

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  • Wow what an amazing little Gypsy caravan to have at the bottom of the garden- reminds me of something out of a Famous Five book or something!

    KatieJane
    katies-rose-garden.blogspot.co.uk

    • Rosie

      I have so many happy memories from that caravan!

      (And a few painful ones! Fred and I used to sleep in it over the weekends and I’d cook breakfast on the little stove, I still vividly remember casually resting my hand on the metal chimney without thinking and the searing pain as my hand burnt and stuck to it! I had to run out and dunk my arm in the pond to cool it down. Argh!) xx

  • Looks like a gorgeous day! We all love family brunches and lazy days.

    Are the flats the Topshop ones from your Gucci post?

    Fie x

    Coffee & Confetti

    • Rosie

      Yes! Comfiest flats in town! x

  • You look so beautiful Rosie! That garden is stunning as well everything is so lovely πŸ™‚ Who takes your outfit photos for you I can never find anyone to take ones of me!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

    • Rosie

      Thanks Jordan!
      Any pics I’m in are always taken by family or friends, whoever I’m with really!
      I’m sure your mum wouldn’t begrudge taking a few snaps for you.
      If you’re worried about them coming out well, just hand over the camera and say “don’t stop clicking!” then do your thing, get LOADS of shots and 1 or 2 are bound to come out perfect.
      If you think of an ad campaign or a fashion editorial, the photographer will have shot HUNDREDS of frames just to get that one picture. I’m sure your BFF would be happy to fire off a few rounds of you in a new dress! πŸ˜‰
      xx

      • I will take that advice and put it to good use! Thank you for taking the time to reply, I really appreciate it! xx

  • When I was a kid, I wanted to be a gypsy! That would have been my caravan! Love the little arm ties on your dress! X
    http://whatkatemadenext.com

  • This is gorgeous. Looks like an Italian veranda or somewhere similar! The gypsy caravan is pure Enid Blyton and man oh man is that breakfast table making me hungry. Fab pics as always! xx

    Katy | http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk

  • Han

    Possibly my favourite of your blog entries – really felt like I was there. Beautifully captured as always <3 xxx

  • Good morning! This post made me miss England so much… a long fry-up brunch with all the trimmings, the smell of grass in the breeze & icy Pimms for later! The sun is shining in Germany too though, maybe I’ll have to track down a bottle of Pimms and bring the English summertime here! Have a lovely week! Ailish

  • Amy

    Rosie this looks so gorgeous. I live in Surrey right in the countryside so have spent the weekend frolicking with my dog too!
    Definitely got everything crossed for a heat wave this summer.
    Also, seeing as you are a fellow flower fanatic, Kew is doing a series of events in July called ‘Lotions and Potions’, workshops teaching you how to make your own baths bombs etc. out of fresh flowers and plants – thought you might want to take a look!
    Amy x
    http://www.upanddowninsurreyandlondon.com

  • My great grandparents lived in a caravan like that one for their entire lives. They were true gypsy travellers and we have a model one in our house that my grandfather built years ago. What a lovely thing to have in the garden.

  • Roger the founder of Mulberry?? Rose! Stop it! You are just far too cool. That garden is perfect. You could totally have lied and said this was in Italy and I would have believed you! Now, excuse me while I go and pin every single picture from this post x

  • Looks beautiful. Brunch is definitely the best meal of the day!!

    http://jenniferbakes.blogspot.ie

  • Camilla Boglione

    It seems to be a really perfect day!!

    XOXO

    Cami&Marci

    Paillettes&Champagne

  • Beccy

    Lovely photos! What a spread – this just looks like the most delicious brunch. The gypsy caravan is so pretty – what a lovely hideaway!

    Beccy ~ http://www.bluebellandbumpkin.com

  • Emily Kalbun

    wow, Brittain truly is gorgeous at this time, it reminds me a bit of southern ontario. Your family looks lovely and you and your brother look like two peas in a pod! It is truly so amazing to just sit down with people you love and share delicious food and great conversation. I love this post a lot and I hope that you will have many more great summer days anywhere you go!
    em

  • Elizabeth

    The photos on this post are beautiful! You really have such a good eye, and I imagine a lot of patience- I bought myself a new camera this weekend (Sony RX100 ii- camera twins!) and I’m super excited for the sun to come out so I can have a good play around.

    Thank you for such a gorgeous post! xx

  • Alicia

    Hi Rosie- what a beautiful weekend! So I just moved to London from Chicago on Thursday and I’m on the flat hunt. I’m torn between angel and notting hill. Which would you recommend for a 20 something gal who love food, shopping and looking to find a nice man? I don’t no anyone yet so thought you would be helpful to ask! Love your blog. πŸ™‚

  • What an absolutely idyllic setting & they gypsy caravan is the perfect alternative to a tree house. Of course the brunch looked yummy too!

    Hugs xoxo

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • So jealous! That caravan looks gorgeous – I think everyone needs a caravan in their backyard!

  • Gosh, you are really making me miss England. Especially my in-law’s fishery in Kent. :o(

    I think it is absolutely wonderful that your Mum has a skill like jewelry design at her age (no offense intended). I just thank my lucky stars every single day that I have parents who continue to pursue their interests and hobbies even into their retirement years. I swear it keeps them healthy and happy. What an awesome thing. β™₯

    x
    V

  • I loved the video!!!! Seems like you had an amazing time!!!!

    http://the-haute-strawberry.blogspot.gr/

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    this is just absolutely lovely! what a magical home and garden

    ladies in navy

  • Chrissabella

    Your dress is gorgeous and love your garden, so idyllic (makes me miss the countryside)!

    chrissabella.blogspot.com

  • Queenie Lee

    This is so beautiful, the food looks lush too! xxx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • Simply magical. I love eating alfresco! If the weather would stay perfect I would dine outside for every meal. Gorgeous and stunning pictures, as always! πŸ™‚

    Whitney

    http://www.livingwithlocks.com

  • You know it’s summer when the Pimm’s comes out! I love that dress, and that video at the end just sums up the beauty of summer perfectly. x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • Lovely photos Rosie. Your mum looks so happy in the photos of her and your brother in the car.

    Hayley

    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • This looks like it was an absolutely gorgeous day! Perfect day for a country brunch πŸ™‚
    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

  • Joanna bunting

    The garden is amazing. Just love the English country side. Can’t beat an English Summers day.
    Jo xoxox champschocchoos.blogspot.com

  • Liv

    Rosie, this is how I want to grow old! Beautiful countryside!

  • That Caravan is gorgeous! This is just so homely and such a lovely post. Love reminiscing memories!

    What a beautiful house and garden too and lets not forget that tasty looking brunch!

    Katie <3

  • Kate

    Stunning photos! Your posts never fail to make me smile. x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • absolutely loving this post, brunch and countryside combined, what more could you want. Love all the pics.

    The guy on the right to you looks bizarrely like my boyfriend, i had to triple take haha!

    mel x

    http://www.mediamarmalade.com

  • thunderlegz

    Oh Rosie! Well played. Could you post the ingredients to all these cocktails? I’m not much of a drinker, but your brunch fizzes and fruity Pim’s Cups look so good.

  • Hannah Pearce

    BEAUTIFUL garden

  • Samantha Bei

    That yard looks amazing with all of those flowers! Looks like the perfect place to spend the afternoon with your family.

    thefoxandtheclown.blogspot.com

  • Lovely pictures! Dining al fresco is always great, but that scenery looks stunning.

    xo Tia | http://www.bigcitytyro.com

  • But seriously, how much more blissfully British can this post get? So, so lovely, Rosie!
    http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com

  • Giggled seeing Custard there in your first pic! What a lovely day!

  • Holly von Bock

    such beautiful pictures – it make me so thankful to be living in the countryside!! xxxxx

  • Emma and Emily

    Looks like you had an amazing weekend! Love that dress so much!

    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • Annacus

    LOVE love love the photo of a tall purple flower (budlia?) so different – but as always a wonderful selection of photos – and very envious of a beautiful brunch! Will be pinning straight away! Xx

  • Henry is adorable! And wow those flowers are gorgeous! πŸ™‚

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • lisa robb

    Looks like a lovely day!!
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

  • Great day in the sun πŸ™‚ I would love to organise this in the summer with my friends πŸ™‚

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

  • What a lovely start to a sunny day! This sounds perfect and you look lovely!

    Nicola xx

  • Carmen Jabier

    The house, the garden, the flowers, the table, the caravan … EVERYTHING about this post screams magical! Your photos are lovely!

    http://www.gokotta-blog.com

  • Wowzers! Simply gorgeous Rosie and that Gypsy Caravan “I want it”
    Rosie
    http://www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

  • I loved this post Rosie! I’m daydreaming about an upcoming Summer in Europe trip, and these photos are definitely going up on my vision board to help my dreamin! πŸ™‚ Oh and btw, love the IG video at the end, you should do more of them! πŸ™‚

  • Carla Roque

    amazingly beautiful. love the video rosy. greetings from Dubai πŸ™‚

  • Sounds like a perfect day!

  • Cremaluisa

    It is fantastic to have great friends.. they look after you very well. Love your dress.Marisa.x
    http://www.cremaluisa.blogspot.co.uk

  • That garden is heavenly! And so is your dress!

  • Oh my, your life is truly picture perfect!

  • Oh my gosh this is beautiful! Your blog makes me want to up and move to England ASAP.
    Know anyone who needs a roommate?! haha

  • Yippee for a golden summer, going home for a family garden brunch is always so lovely and nostalgic. Fingers crossed it stays like this forever

    x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

  • Lauren Wilkinson

    There is one key reason your blog is my favorite Rosie; your amazingly beautiful photos. X

  • Bella

    lovely photos hun! god bless Leica and Monty’s infamous bacon and eggs xxx

  • Moriah Mattix

    So pretty, I love being outdoors with friends & family.
    http://thegirlinredlipstick.blogspot.com/

  • Michelle

    wonderful photos and spread and of course nothing beats summer in the countryside

    http://pomegranateandcoffee.blogspot.co.uk

  • This looks awesome – gotta love sunny England.

    I’ll be finding my own slice of sunshine by escaping to the Caribbean (by way of Carnaby Street…) and drinking rum punch at The Rum Kitchen – highly recommend! http://hyhoi.com/2014/06/the-rum-kitchen-caribbean-soho/

  • The slow pace

    That’s my idea of a perfect day: brunch, the countryside under the sun, family and friends!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • That is one of the prettiest yards/gardens I’ve seen! I would want to spend all day out there too! Such beautiful pictures.

    ~ Shannon

    adashofsparkle.com

  • Catharine

    Beautiful photos!!!

  • Natalie Oleksyshyn

    love the video!