Beneath The Trees

The young escaped the heavy heat of London.

Together they journeyed home, deep into the countryside. Here, in a jumbly house, surrounded by trees, ponds, meadows and cows, their parents waited. With a furrowed brow Mr Thomas sat with his paper, glasses wedged onto the tip of his nose. A dog slept and farted under his feet.

In the kitchen, May fussed. Stuffing the AGA with sausages, scones, and a honey basted chicken. Two more dogs danced around her feet, catching trimmings and crumbs.

After a long and perilous journey, the young finally arrived. Flung their bags into their bedrooms, swiping the chocolates thoughtfully left on their pillows by May, and raced downstairs for tea, cuddles and a paddle in the pond.

Picnic baskets were pulled down from their hiding places and packed in haste.

The company poured themselves into wellies and marched off, into the orchards.

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Little white cotton dress

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^ Trinity necklace, by Silver May herself!

Cornflower shirt // White skinnies // Baby blue Hunters // Big floppy hat

Once night fell they all went home and lived happily ever after (they ate leftover moussaka and watched Lord of The Rings because Rose’s boyfriend had never seen it).

A fairytale Sunday.

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  • stunning photos! the scones look delicious x

  • BEP

    How very lucky you are to have such a close, loving and beautiful family. Worth more than diamonds and pearls. xxx

    • I came down to post the same message.Very lucky! xx

  • Bethany Burroughs

    Looks absolutely brilliant. I’m loving May’s Boots! Can’t wait to see a picture of the boyfriend πŸ˜‰


    • Louise

      Assuming it’s PJ, he’s featured on the blog many times.

      • Cat

        is it? I wasn’t sure..

      • Zoe

        Not sure that PJ swings that way!

    • Cat

      I agree.. we never see pictures of him..

  • Melissa

    Beautiful post as per, but HOW HAS YOUR BOYFRIEND NEVER SEEN LORD OF THE RINGS?!?!?! Gah! Xx

    • Rosie

      I KNOW!
      He’d never even read the books, and didn’t even have an inkling of the story.
      Like an alien.

      He hasn’t seen Game of Thrones either, that’s the next stage of his education!

      • Melissa

        Oh my giddy aunt! I feel this needs to be rectified immediately! PLEASE tell me he’s at least read Harry Potter?!

        • Mine hadn’t seen Harry Potter OR Game of Thrones. That has now changed. Luckily, he already loved Lord of the Rings. Phew!

  • Sophia

    This entire post is so utterly gorgeous. I felt like I was reading a book by Beatrix Potter (there were almost as many animals). My favorite post of yours ever. xx

  • Euge Gimbatti

    Countryside! A dreamy place, for sure. How your bf never watched Lord of the Rings? Can’t believe! I hope he enjoyed the movie. xo.
    PS: LOVE the faces of happiness from Custard. He was my inspiration to get one a few months ago, and I can’t stop to love my little boy. Well done, Custard!

  • Geena

    What amazing photos! I’m now craving scones (but how could you not after looking at those?!) and champagne!

  • I love these types of posts Rose, you could almost imagine the coziness that beamed from your pictures. Long days outside which end up in curling up on the couch for a movie, are basically the best.

    XO Sipie

  • Callie May

    I love love love this post!! What a wonderful afternoon in the orchard! How lucky are you that your boyfriend (first official mention too of the b word!!) is such a keen photographer!! Half way through I was thinking, you guys must have hired a pro! So lovely, you lucky lady Rose! Xx

  • Hector watching those strawberries <3 & He's never seen LOTR! Oh my…

  • OK, you have the loveliest family ever and I would like you all to adopt me, if only for the summers. πŸ™‚

    Meghan xo

  • Stephanie

    These are magazine photos, very ralph lauren, very posh. You can feel the genuine emotions in each picture. One question Rosie how do you maintain your great tan all year round?

  • It’s like I just turned a page in Vogue and found a spread on beautiful families. Absolutely charming.

    – Southern Adventurer

  • Custard is such a photogenic little chap! beautiful photos! x

  • rah

    I’m a Brit living in America and now have the hugest craving for scones, jam and clotted cream!!!!! I wish clotted cream wasn’t so hard to find over here!

  • Nataly

    Just the best post ever! I’m one of 7 and this is exactly how we all when we escape the London smog for the fresh Somerset air! I’m going home this weekend and I cannot wait!! toot toot! x

  • Khaleen

    Rosie, I can’t believe how happy your blog makes me. It’s really come a long way from the first time I started reading your posts. Just seeing your perfect balance between work and play and then ensuring that your family remains close really inspires me. I only hope that I inherit this kind of bliss at some point in my life. Do you have any tips on how to make an apartment more homey? This coming from a first-time apartment owner. πŸ™‚ Much love from South Carolina, USA.- Lidoshka

  • Really loved this post – the narrative at the beginning was superb and made me feel like I was tucking into an Enid Blyton novel. And well, the pictures speak for themselves – it looks like a thoroughly great time was had by all! X

  • Vicky

    Such a gorgeous post. I love the pics of your parents and the pooch in the hat! Your boyfriend is in for a treat when he gets his Game of Thrones education, we started watching it from scratch a couple of months ago and can’t stop, we’re half way through season 3 already. xx

  • Georgia Christakis

    Moussaka and LOTR? Sounds like a weekend night at my house; I highly approve. Did he like the films?

  • You bunch of hotties. These should be in Vogue Living, and you need to start writing a book asap! xxx

  • Mrs. Juliette Lee

    Who needs ginger beer when you have dogs in hats!!!!! Winning. A sweet story and an even sweeter FAM.

  • Shirin

    What a lovely narrative!

  • Olivia

    Sorry for being nosy…but is PJ your boyfriend? Just judging by quality of the photos he took, he definitely knows what he is doing. Lovely photos and beautiful family. Xx

  • Leanne

    incredible photos, beautiful family! love this post πŸ™‚ x

  • These are amazing photos <3

    Oroma R.R.

  • What gorgeous photos! I think I need to get my whole family to pose like this. So beautiful! I can imagine my family now… Oh just one more scone – for the photos of course!

    Looks like a beautiful day and you describe it like a fairytale itself! DEFINITELY my favourite post of yours to date, writing-wise and photos. Fabulous.

    Katie <3

  • Awww Custard<3 cuddles! He is the most adorable. I have the same shirt as your Mum, soo comfy and easy to wear!

    Looks like a really dreamy English Sunday πŸ™‚ xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Wow what a lovely day! Custard is the cutest! Little London Girl x

  • Sarah

    Such a lovely post. I’ve been lapse at keeping up with your blog these last few months (BIG SORRY!) but caught up with it all at the weekend πŸ˜‰ and now I’m hooked again!x

  • Those scones!! Reminds me of when I studied abroad in the UK….that’s pretty much all I ate. Beautiful pics!


  • I adore how close you guys are as a family & that you spend so much time together. Gorgeous photos of some scrumptious picnic fodder!

    Hugs xoxo

  • You probably have the most beautifully photogenic family ever, as well as the many hilarious faces of custard! looks like such a beautiful day. However, you obviously missed the blue shirt memo, Rosie! πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Katerina Nkt

    The photos are so full of beauty and joy! I had a picnic with my bf recently, for which I used a couple of you recipes (BBQ chicken, BTL salad and 100 Calorie brownies) – everything turned out naughtily delicious! By the way, even though I wouldn’t consider buying this dress only by seeing its photo on the Asos website, the way you styled it makes it look 100x better!

  • arielle q.

    gorgeous pictures. gorgeous picnic. gorgeous everything. and as always, I love what you’re wearing!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Emily Kalbun

    Your family all look as lovely! I think this post was very enjoyable to read and to see. Your dress is lovely and it is very suited for the country. I am very curious to see your boyfriend though, as i’m sure we all are! He sounds so lovely and he certainly has good taste in girls if I do say so myself!
    Great post!

  • Laura

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, Rosie!

    What a happy family!

  • Photos are beautiful! Looks like you had a lovely day πŸ™‚

  • This ranks as one of my top favorite posts of yours, Rosie! I love these posts you do when you’re with your family. I think, though, the pics of your parents and the cool dog are my fave. Too classic for words. πŸ˜‰ And ending the night curled up on the couch w/ your love, leftovers and a movie? Also too classic for words. Much love! xo

  • I love these kinds of posts, full of pictures and beautiful, vibrant scenes! I can’t tell if you only visit the most picturesque places in England, or if the entirety of the country is breathtaking.

    In a previous post, you tried your first American “biscuit,” and you described it as similar to a scone. That thoroughly confused me, because a scone is not at all like a biscuit, except that it’s served at breakfast. But, now, seeing what y’all call a scone, I understand. πŸ™‚ It does look like a dense version of a biscuit!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • I love your post about your family! It always inspires me, and leaves me with a million questions about how your parents get everybody to still be so close and want to come home so often. I have four littles and I so want this someday!!

  • Cue the insane jealousy…for scones and clotted cream that is! I’ve never ever ever had a decent scone with clotted cream since my visit to the Ritz.

    What a beautiful Sunday!

    PS – Dog farts are THE WORST! I have a stinky culprit in my house too….

    V @ Life+1

  • Oh, this is the most beautiful post on your blog!!!!! You look so cute and so happy all together!!!!!!!

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    these photos look oh so gorgeous! beautiful!

    ladies in navy

  • I’ve been reading your blog for many years, and I never get over how hugely photogenic your entire fam is! Like a Boden catalogue.

  • That dog in the bandana is just too adorable! What a charmed life you lead πŸ™‚

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blogger |

  • Whoa you’re showing your family! It’s cute seeing you all together πŸ™‚ And wow that dog is so cute! This inspires me to have a picnic too πŸ˜‰

  • These photos are absolutely amazing! Your family looks like so much fun. But seriously, your boyfriend has never seen Lord Of The Rings?! Has he been trapped in Mordor or something?


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • It totally looks like a fairytale Sunday + those scones look divine.

  • sophie brewster

    The dogs faces in some of the photos – especially Custard’s! So cute and cheeky. Looks like a perfect day. πŸ™‚ x

  • nirinia

    This looks so idyllic I can barely stand it! We’ve got the stickiest, nasty weather in Oslo at the moment. It’s either grey or pouring down. But, HOW CAN ANYONE NOT HAVE SEEN LORD OF THE RINGS?!

  • Grace Denny

    This is such a cute post. You’ve got a gorgeous family!! <3

    XO, G from grace’d

  • Cannot believe he has never seen lord of the rings, good for you for making him watch it! haha. lovely photos x

  • Abigail I WhateverWild

    So beautiful, looks idyllic!

  • Rosie! I’ve been reading you forever and you are such an inspiration. Just today, after months, years(!) of back-and-forth, I finally made my blog. It’s about life in New York, and covers a lot of what you cover. Girls, any feedback would be awesome, we sure can’t all be as good as Rosie πŸ™‚

  • Just beautiful. Stunning place for a picnic, yummy food, close family, funny dogs and a sunny day, what’s not to love.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle

  • thunderlegz

    Pretty family! Could you help me with the recipe for those biscuits and the creme brΓ»lΓ©e? Have you ever made that yourself? Id like to take a stab at it.

  • Beautiful! Perfect summer’s day! Take a glance at if you like πŸ™‚

  • This is one of my favourite posts of yours..seems like the perfect day!

  • Gorgeous photos as ever- this looked like the cutest family day out xx

  • Your picnic excursions are so fancy! Mine just never seem to look like that…haha! Still fun though!

  • ninegrandstudent

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never seen Lord of the Rings, my boyfriend keeps planning on educating me! x

  • BronwynK

    Totally my favourite post of yours ever! Beautiful family – the love jumps right off the page! And then there’s Custard – too cheeky! Please can you share exactly what camera you used for these pics?

  • Lovely family

  • azalia

    Beautiful! What a perfect day captured with your camera! Thanks so much for sharing Rosie!

  • Gorgeous photos. That dress is lovely on you and Custard is always looking like quite the little gentleman πŸ˜‰

  • This is an absolutely dreamy post. πŸ™‚

  • andrealeighj

    Beautiful family photos!! xo

  • Hannah

    ‘Boyfriend’ Oooooh!!! So happy for you!

  • Lovely photos. The scones looked lovely πŸ™‚

  • Ali Moss-Thomas

    I second Tania’s Vogue Living comment, totally like a Ralph Lauren advert! Looks like the most perfect way to spend a day with the fam! Ali xxx

  • Diana

    I bumped my nose trying to climb through my screen to join you all. What a thoroughly enchanting scene!

  • beautiful!

  • You are so so so so so blessed Rose!

  • Livinz

    Custard looks so handsome! May we have another Custard post? You have such a lovely family and it looks like you grew up in a beautiful area.

  • This is lovely. You’re a lucky lady to have such a gorgeous family! And your pups are pretty much my favourite thing ever.

  • chantelle

    I totally loved the way you told this story. ADORBS!

  • A picturesque picnic. The perfect way to spend time with family. And as always adorable dress!


  • Gaby Paris


  • Mahera Inaya Kamal

    what an absolutely lovely day; makes me wish i was back in the tea gardens with my family. love the doggy swagger in the photo!

  • This is a beautiful story Rosie with beautiful photos!! I love this post!! A beautiful day spent with family. I enjoy those days as well.

    xo Kelly

  • This is so dreamy- if only Hong Kong had picnic places like this!

  • I Love the photos! You’re so stylish

  • I hope someone frames that picture of your Mum and Custard! (8th one down)

  • Queenie Lee
  • Jongeun Yum

    Love the family pic!!just love it soooo much!

  • What a lovely post!

  • Melissa Li

    wow! the pictures are simply stunning!

  • This may possibly be my favourite blog post of yours…ever! Such stunning photos of your family and dogs. – Lifestyle Blog – Vlogs & Videos


  • Cat

    I like these photo heavy posts..
    And your dress is beautiful.
    Is Tom the brother?!

  • Your family looks so happy, you guys know how to live.


  • Your boyfriend & I have something in common. I don’t want to watch LOTR as I’m such a huge Harry Potter fan & my loyalties shall remain with that saga I’m afraid. These photos are beautiful! What camera do you use?

  • saradujour

    Beautiful post and photography! Looks like you had a wonderful day.



  • gr8p

    Custard loves the camera doesn’t he? πŸ™‚

  • msmelaniemarie

    NEVER seen LotR??? Woah… Glad that was remedied right quick!

  • What an amazing setting you live in, such a dream

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Such pretty pictures! Also, thanks for including Custard in them, because he’s pretty much my favorite dog that I’ve never met.

  • Gorgeous photos – who’s the photographer?! Honestly, I feel like I’m scrolling through a Ralph Lauren ad! x

  • Hannah Oelker

    I am in love with this post Rosie! X

  • This is pure country idyll! Your dogs are all on top form (especially that sly one wearing the hat) and I’ll never get tired of pictures of Custard on here! Lovely post. Although…how has your boyfriend never seen LOTR?! Time to give him a thorough education in pop culture I reckon…;)

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • Such beautiful photos.. Those scones look lovely!

    emily | HONEY LOAF x

  • What an idyllic day! You’re glowing, your mum is gorgeous, that little white pup is a heartstopper, your family looks so happy, and I want one of those scones.

  • Custard always manages to the be star of every post in which he is featured! This is one of my favorite posts, by far.

  • I love this post.. sometimes I forget to read your words, then remember how foolish that is and go back to start all over again! And I’m so glad when I do πŸ™‚

  • I.L.U

    Your family is PURE love & joy, Rose. And your parents home and surroundings too. Loved everthing about this post: from the food to ALL the members’ outfits!! But what I reaaaaally loved is how your boyfriend (I assume he was the photographer) captured it all SOOO perfectly in those pictures. I realized I had a big smile on my face all through the post. Those pics speak by themselves. Loved them.

  • Hi Rose, just wondering what filter you use for your photos? They are absolutely stunning, always so vibrant and I just love them!

  • Marci Gallagher

    Beautiful family, pictures, food, the day was just beautiful!!!

  • this post reminds me of my home life so much its bizarre. so much so that it has inspired me to start writing a blog! have been following you for a few years now and i love your style.. hilarious writer too. cant wait for the book!

  • this post reminds me of my home life so much its bizarre. so much so that it has inspired me to start writing a blog! have been following you for a few years now and i love your style.. hilarious writer too. can’t wait for the book!

  • Absolutely lovely photos!!! This is so beautifully British it almost brings a tear to my eyes. The only thing missing are some polo ponies πŸ˜‰ Just kidding, but if there were some it would be like pictures out of my day-dreams….

  • Joy

    Rosie this looks amazing where is this orchard place !! x whats it called