Picnic in Richmond Park

Keen to avoid the heat in the city and catch a little of the breeze floating on by, we hitched up our skirts and headed to Richmond.

Richmond Park is the largest Royal park in London. Once Henry VII’s favourite hunting spot, it’s now a nature reserve and one of the few places in London that you can feel well and truly wild.

One second you can be frolicking through long grass pretending to be looking for Heathcliff, before turning a corner and finding yourself peering over the towering buildings of London.

Wild deer roam, birds soar and bumble bees thrive.

There’s really nowhere better to while away a sunny afternoon. Just make sure you hold on to your hat!

We found a shady spot for lunch under the oaks.

Relishing the idea that ladies have been doing the same for hundreds of years.

We nibbled on a few simple treats.

Cured ham,

Stuffed peppers,

Taramasalata and French bread.

Before marching into the meadows to walk it all off.

Flynn Skye summer dress with pockets (currently in the sale! – I got a size “2”)

I’ve become utterly obsessed with this designer. Her dresses are made from the most deliciously soft, light fabric and are cut to flatter any figure. It’s an American brand, but Shopbop ship them here for free. This dress has become my summer uniform.

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Exhausted we returned to the shade for cold bubbly, a snooze & some pudding.

Gold tattoo obsession continues…

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I was allowed ONE photo of my shutterbug Mr.

It’s a good’un!

You ready?

Ok… here it is:

Still sleepy from our snoozing we sat and chatted, with our toes wriggling into the blankets.

Before sleuthing off to hunt some deer.

(With our cameras, obviously!)

Do you think anyone would notice if I took a littl’un home?

After all, girls just wanna have fawn!

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  • Got to love Richmond in summer! Although I have to say, I’ve never managed to sneak that close to the deer!

    Your photos all look beautifully care free =)


  • Oh wow! You managed to get so close to them!! That’s incredible.

    I love Richmond Park. It’s one the only places in London you can go and pretend to be in the country πŸ™‚ xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Laura Parker

    This looks like such a lovely afternoon!
    And I love both your outfits so much.

    xx from ZΓΌrich


  • I got so excited just then! That was so mean! I hope you introduce us at some point in the future. properly this time, not just a shoe!! xxx
    Lucy @ la-lingua.blogspot.com

  • Amy

    Rosie, where on earth is that hat from? I am on a mission to find the biggest floppiest hat possible for my impending trip to Berlin and Budapest.
    Beautiful photos, but so curious to see what this Mr of yours looks like!
    Amy x

  • Hiral Mistry

    I might have just ordered that dress.. whoops! Lovely post πŸ™‚


  • Anna

    Can i just say that your pictures are stunning in this blog Rosie. I truly believe that to take a great picture the photographer has to care deeply for the subject/object being pictured and this can be seen in these photos, each and every one. I do hope you frame them all and hang them some where for them to be seen and smiled at! Just wonderful

  • Looks so lovely I love Richmond Park πŸ™‚


  • Sophie

    Beautiful photos! X

  • Valentina may well be the best hair flicker ever! Have a great time at the wedding!

  • oh gosh, the only thing I can think of is that later when the two of you are grandmothers of wonderful children you’ll look back at these pictures and how wonderful is that? Lovely post Rosie & V!

  • What beautiful pictures! Looks like a perfect day – we’ve been having similar weather in Edinburgh over the last few weeks and you really have to make the most of it while it lasts. Also that ham looks so delicious, craving that right now…
    Anna x

  • These photos are amazing! They could be and editorial or for a magazine or something. Totally in love with them πŸ™‚ You both look gorgeous! My summer uniform is also a maxi dress that my mum bought for me 4 years ago for like 30 euros!! Pay per wear is probably down to 10 cent or something now, ha ha. Hope you have a great time at your sisters wedding! Puss

  • You girls are absolutely adorable! ! Looks like a wonderful day and that dress is killer! Wouldn’t mind having one for the beach! And such a tease, with the shot of your Mr.!! Haha!

  • Hiral Mistry

    I might have just bought that dress… whoops!

    http://londonbumbles.wordpress.com/ xxx

  • skybluesounds

    Beautiful post!! LOVE that dress! Just curious, is your shutterbug Mr. PJ? Because it seems like it but somethings you call him PJ and sometimes you don’t call him by his name so I’m confused!!!

    xo Patricia

    • Clarke

      He bats for the other team, darling.

  • Jessica

    What a wonderful guy you have, he takes such beautiful photos of you two! Looks like a great summers day!

    Jess xx


  • I never knew Richmond park was so big and full of wildlife! Those deer look like bambi, so cute and adorable, you just want to go play with them. I know how it feels when you’re best friend lives in a different country but I’m so happy V came over to visit and you blessed us with another wonderful blog post! Thank you Rosie! x

  • Reminds me of the new forest! Without the horses.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Beautiful pictures! Love the last shots. Each time I have been to Richmond park the little animals are miles away.

    Visual Diary | Discover Hong Kong

  • I love that union jack blanket you’ve got, mind sharing where it’s from?

  • Anna

    I’ve visited London many times, but never traveled to Richmond though I’m pretty sure it is a lovely place to visit! Loved your photos and I’m pretty sure you had a great time! On another note, my wedding photographer would totally love this place for day-after photos….if only this was in Greece!

  • Nothing beats a good London park. And oh boy, look at how much fun you guys have together! πŸ™‚ (Also, knew you wouldn’t let a good pun opportunity slide by!)

  • Steph

    I’m confused, is PJ your boy? Or is it someone else lol. The mystery….

    Stephanie – Miami

  • Sara

    Your Mr has very delicious ankles! what a catch!

  • Nicole

    You guys look like you have so much fun together!!! πŸ™‚

  • What lovely ankles the mr has! Little London Girl x

  • Aria Alex

    Hi, Rosie! I absolutely love your blog! You look amazing)

    x Daria


  • Goodness I need a country retreat! It looks heavenly!

  • Such a lovely post! Lovely to have a picnic in the gorgeous weather! And your dress is gorgeous!!!


  • I can almost feel the summer breeze. Almost every single photo of yours looks like a Monet painting. Utterly beautiful! x


  • Oh my goodness, such beautiful pictures! I bet ya’ll had fun running around in that gorgeous field. And those deer!! Amazing!



  • Debbie Walpole

    I absolutely love richmond park… almost as much as I love your dad jokes!!!

  • Aria Alex

    Hi, Rosie! I absolutely love your blog! You look amazing)

    x Daria


  • I have those Mr. Kate gold tattoos and I absolutely love them! They’re so much fun. If only actual, reflective, sparkly, gold ink was available for real permanent tattoos!

  • Holly von Bock

    SUCH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS! Wow, it looks like an effortless photoshoot worthy of Vogue. Both of you look like a grecian goddesses with the flowing hair, flowing dress in the hazy sunshine….I want to be there!! xxx

  • Rosie, I just found your blog a few months ago and I am so THRILLED that I did. You give such a great taste of what I assume it is to be a Brit. What truly sets your blog apart, though, is how genuine and sweet you come across. A real smile in photos!! gasp! I feel I’ve made a new friend across the pond! I’m so glad you are sharing your adventures with the world. Sending you smiles and warmth from Boston! xo

  • Man I miss English parks! The one place where I felt like I was back in the wide open spaces from home (Midwestern US). I used to love Windsor park for an afternoon in the sun. So chilled.

    Looks like your Mr has good fashion sense. My husband would die before he’d put on a pair of Converse sneakers! Hey ho. I love him. Mismatched messy clothing and all.

    V @ Life+1

  • Beautiful pictures! The park looks absolutely amazing and peaceful.

  • Shirin

    That dress is amazing on you! I wish I had smaller boobs so I could pull off going bra-less!

  • Wow you both look stunning! I think this is my favourite post you have ever written, all the photos have so much energy πŸ™‚

    Beth x

  • These pictures are gorgeous!! One of my favorite things about London are the parks, and how you completely forget that you’re in a major city and not in the country. This is now becoming one of my favorite posts on this blog. x Kate

  • The perfect way to spend a summers afternoon! Love your maxi & what a great shot of your Mr!!!!!

    Have a great weekend!

    Hugs xoxo


  • Anne Borup MΓΈller

    Oh deer (!), you little teaser! – dissapointed, I am. He sounds wonderful, your mr., so maybe you could convince him that a little picture (of a little more than his feet this time, please) should be revealed to your many readers? πŸ™‚
    Thank you for another lovely post, Rose. You’re by far my favorite blogger!

    xx from Denmark

  • Chloe Holgate

    I love Richmond park, it’s so beautiful, and these pictures are gorgeous x

  • Haha! Oh Rose. Your dad jokes do tickle me. I love the gold tats & that dress! Bloody gorgeous lady!! xx



  • beautiful beautiful photos!!!

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  • You’ve managed to capture one of my favourite parks so beautifully! We moved to Dorset 3 years ago and still miss the parks just outside of london.

  • That dress looks so comfy. I had no clue this was right outside of London, it looks like a great place to go for some solitude!

  • Sarah Parker

    You make my entire day whenever you post. You’re adorable and, might I say, very witty. πŸ˜‰

  • I wish i could put some of that sunshine and blue sky in jars, store in the cupboard and use when needed! Lovely pictures!


  • ninegrandstudent

    I absolutely adore that dress – I’m not usually a maxi person but it is gorgeous! Now craving a picnic too…x


  • Aw, you’re running in the fields is so cute! Looks like so much fun πŸ™‚


  • Peppermint Dolly

    It’s the back of the dress that clinches it for me – I love the pretty straps crossing at the back!

    “…Fawn”, listen here –> I definitely laughed!! πŸ™‚



  • Those deer are adorable! I truly appreciated your “fawn” pun as well. I am so excited to finally see a picture of you and your Mr. together…though the shoe tease was funny.

  • So beautiful! What a lovely sunny day I must go to Richmond Park one day! I love those gold tattoos such a cool and unique idea. Also…I’m pretty sure your man has the same Converse as you…he hasn’t been stealing your clothes has he? πŸ˜›

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Beautiful photos Rosie, this looks like a perfect escape πŸ™‚


  • arielle q.

    these are some seriously fun pictures. and I couldn’t help but be thrown back into the time of jane austin. absolutely gorgeous views!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Victoria

    Looks like a lovely day, Rosie! Just wondering, what kind of undergarments do you recommend to wear under backless/low-cut dresses and tops?! Love the look, just not quite sure how to pull it off! Xoxo

  • Adore Richmond Park, we used to live in Barnes so lots of happy memories there x

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    this is so so amazing! adore the gorgeous dress!

    ladies in navy

  • I am so jealous of your frolic in the long grass! If we did that here in VT, we would be covered in icky ticks (blech!).

    Meghan xo

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Your puns are so dang clever! I can’t get over it. I really can’t. *FAWN*

  • OH this looks beautiful! I’m going to have to go there next time!

  • I tried to leave this comment earlier, but it’s not there for some reason. I’d love to know where your Union Jack blanket is from. I lived in London for a few years and I’m aching for something like this for my home back in the US. xx M

  • Queenie Lee

    Beautiful photos! I love your outfit and V’s necklaces! Those deer look adorable xxx


  • Malena

    Beautiful photos! Lovin’ the outfits.

    X Malena


  • Sabina

    Amazing photos, great to see you girls so playful and happy πŸ™‚

  • Absolutely beautiful photos x

  • Lisa Robb

    Looks like you had a great time !!
    L x

  • Kate

    Gorgeous photos! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • chantelle

    This is such a fun post! Loving the dress, and Mr Shutterbug is great with the camera. NO surprise there.

  • Cathryn Daws

    These photographs are so beautiful. I really need a good picnic! πŸ™‚


    Hi rosie, I would love to see a what is in my handbag post, I know that it is not something that you would usually do but I had to throw it out there!
    Dani (all the way from Uruguay :D)

  • I am so in love with your dress!!!

  • Emily Kalbun

    I honestly cannot get enough of your blog! I just returned from a three week long adventure in turkey, israel and Jordan and as much as the trip was incredible I thought about what you were posting on your blog about your adventures often! I got back yesterday and I have just spent and hour now reading each of your posts from the Italy trip! You know you really should get an app so your followers can keep tabs on your excursions from anywhere! I dunno, just a thought πŸ˜€

  • Such adorable pictures!

  • gina
  • lovely natural images, your picnic looks perfect and a great gathering

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • This post made me happy. <3

  • beautiful summers day Rosie. Ahhh I love Richmond park when I am back on that side of the world. Rosie

  • Steph

    Great post as always Rosie and lovely natural photos. Perhaps you can give us a snap of Mr’s arm next, then another body part (no not that one!) after that and then we can all piece him together!! He he.

  • Laura Seymour

    Wow those deer!! Hope i get to see those beautiful creatures when i come down next week. πŸ™‚

  • This looks like the most glorious day! You have a great photographer there! πŸ˜‰

  • These are gorgeous. I think I need to head off to Richmond Park. It looks beautiful and I always miss the country so much when I’m in London!

    I love your dress. You and Valentina look as though you’ve stepped straight out of the pages of Vogue for one of their summer campaigns!

    Katie <3

  • Nicole

    I absolutely love your blanket! Where is it from?x

  • Ahh my hometown, beautiful Richmond πŸ™‚ You should have gone to Petersham Nurseries on such a lovely day: http://hyhoi.com/2014/04/petersham-nurseries-near-richmond/ – can’t beat tea and cake in the glasshouses!

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blogger | HYHOI.com

  • I love the pictures of you standing next to the deer! So peaceful – makes me think of Bambi or Princess Mononoke. Oh, and Richmond Park and deer will always bring me back to the Fenton video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GRSbr0EYYU

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • TheWestCoastExplorer

    beautiful pictures all through your website! I am curious who usually takes the pictures?

  • Eliza Rose

    Love your blogs, and absolutely adore your fashion! I want your wardrobe!


  • Glorious photographs! Wild and vibrant and free!

  • Ka Yee Tang

    Hey Rosie, I was wondering. For low back dresses, would you suggest going braless or is there a nifty gadget to invest in? I need some support for these babies. Kay x