French Adventures

This is a long post, so pace yourself! Grab a cuppa and maybe biscuit?

Rude not to, eh?

Without much of a plan, we headed out into the wilds of The Lot Valley to see what we would see.

Surrounded by glorious fields of French sunflowers, we couldn’t resist running and dancing through them in the last of the summer sunshine.

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Armful of Silver May bangles (but I’m ‘armless really!)

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We wandered the valley, stopping off in Cahors and heading right on through to the river.

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We pulled off and bounced along a dirt road, hoping to find a swimming spot.

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We hit the jackpot, stumbling across a disused deck, and a shuttered up old canoeing shop.

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All that was left was to strip off and jump in!

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We let dad go first.

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But Emma (Harry’s girlfriend, my sister outlaw) and I quickly followed suit!

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Much to Custard’s utter dismay.

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Soon enough we were all in, splashing around, spinning and playing like a family of otters.

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My fella and my mum stayed dry and snapped away as the rest of us took running leaps into the fresh, cool river.

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Poor Custard!

Too fearful to jump, he watched his two favourite people disappear into the abyss!

He stood howling on the deck and lay with his head on his paws until we got out again.

We all clambered back into the car with wet hair and aching cheeks from too much laughing.

And we climbed up, into the mountains.

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Where we stumbled upon Saint Cirq Lapopie.

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A medieval town, perched on a cliff edge.

Just the spot for a spot of lunch.

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We sat under the on the terrace under the vines and gorged ourselves on local delicacies.

The storm clouds which had been quietly gathering overhead, suddenly burst.

Showering the little village in a month’s rain, all at once!

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The smell of hot stone suddenly being sloshed with fresh rain wafted in on the breeze.

The herbs and vines found a new lease on life and filled the air with their scent.

We ordered more cider, more wine, and more profiteroles!

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Which we walked off, groaning, as we climbed through the town.

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Window shopping along the way.

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Off the shoulder dress

Straw hat // Gold sandals // Similar basket

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We ducked into the little clifftop church to avoid another dusting of rain.

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And found the perfect place to reflect.

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We explored every nook and cranny, staying as dry as we could.

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And walked down into the valley below.

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By the time we reached the bottom, we were soaked to the bone!

So thought we may as well do it properly.

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My chap finally put down the camera, and jumped in with us.

A day spent with the people I love most in the world (minus my big brothers and sisters, sadly) making memories I can only hope I’ll never forget.

Swimming in the rain with the man I love? The gilded cherry on top.

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  • I can’t wait till I’m back in France. Although I think it’ll be too cold to be jumping in the water then! Are we ever going to find out about your fella?

  • Aw bless Custard, I saw the picture of you jumping in the river from the deck on Instagram and it so perfectly captured the moment! (You also now completely have me sold on a holiday to france… just need to persuade the hubby now!!)
    Laura | http://www.lovedbylaura.com

  • lisa newton

    your life…wow. are we ever going to lay eyes on your ‘mister’? the suspense is killing me! x

  • Wow this sounds like the best family vacation ever! I love the idea of exploring the town in the summer rain!

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  • What a gorgeous trip, you always forget that rural France is so beautiful and its only a car ride away from London! Had you heard of these places before? Or was it truly a lucky find? I am intrigued 🙂 Frankie from http://www.newgirlontheblog.me

  • Your red dress is so gorgeous

    Xoxo

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  • This was such a lovely post to read through, those photos of Custard absolutely melted my heart! What an absolutely incredible place, the scenery is so beautiful!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • So beautiful and full of emotion 🙂 I love Provence and I hope I’ll soon make it there!

  • azalia

    Rosie, reading your blog is like a story filled with all kinds of exciting adventures and I cannot wait to get to the next chapter!

  • TheManchesterTart

    I’ve just been wild swimming in Norway. It is the BEST way to spend a day. Great pics Rose!
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  • Katie Harwood

    This makes me nostalgic for family holidays down in our summer house in the south of France… they were pretty magical. Oh and you know that smell you mentioned, about rain and hot stone…I love it and it has actually got a name. It’s called petrichor 🙂

  • Amazing photos – looks like you had the best time xx:)

  • Those profiteroles. YUM.

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  • Beautiful photos as always Rosie and it looks like a wonderful family vacation!! To bad Custard didn’t join you swimming…it would be fun!

  • The slow pace

    What a wonderful joyful post! And that village looks like a fairytale scenario!
    Holidays with the family are the best. I remember I hated travelling with my family as a teenager (I was absoltely stupid… oh those years are terrible) but now I love it! We get to talk, spend time together, eat tons of food… the life!
    xx,
    E.
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  • Gorgeous family post Rosie! Enjoy the memories 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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  • Brittany Brown

    But for real the question we’ve all been wondering, how do you go strapless all the time!?!? I’ve been trying to figure out a way to keep the girls contained without straps, to no avail 🙁 What’s your secret Rosie?

  • Oh those old houses look so dreamy Rose, Absolutely love this post! <3

  • PAAR

    I love your photos! Always so natural! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • Emma and Emily

    Looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Emily x
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  • What a beautiful place!!! Might need to add it to the bucket list!

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  • Madison

    Rosie, you are a dream.

    -Madison at FeminineFeminists.me

  • I love that you brought Custard on the trip! Those pictures with him on the dock are hilarious!

  • OH FRANCE IS STUNNING! I wish i could go on such lovely trips too 🙂 your dress is perfect and your pictures are amazing as always

    x Carina | Running White Horses

  • Lisaemmerton

    Your fella sure is a gifted photographer! Lovely post Rosie!

  • Beautiful sentiment. Really got me thinking about the last family holiday we all managed to take.
    Hold onto these memories because when the people go at least you have this.

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  • I adore that custard is the most sensible one in all of the diving 😉

  • Excuse me, but did you momentarily step into a storybook for a vacation? I can’t think of anything more fairytale-esque than medieval French towns and dips in the water with no one else around. And of course Prince Custard 🙂
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  • What a heartwarming post – so lovely. Xx

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  • There is so much love in this post, makes me super emotional! These are my favorite and I’m so happy you have such amazing people in your life to call family 🙂

  • OHhhh this post makes my heart so happy!! The best day with your loved ones and the man you love… so beautiful!

    This town looks perfect. I really want to see France. I’ve never been but this looks idyllic!

  • Beautiful photos, looks like you guys had an amazing time! I love the photos of you guys jumping into the water — you dog has that look “maybe I should jump in too?” haha 🙂

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  • great photorealation, so interesting place to visit

    and that bath at lake just awesome

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  • I love the spontaneity of this post, and especially when Mr Custard joins in running along the deck with you!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Natasha Lancaster

    What a fantastic trip, you all look so relaxed and happy. That’s what a family holiday should be all about. And of course you look gorgeous as ever
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  • Emma Pilgrim (EmmaJessica)

    I would love to be able to go on a trip like this with my family! Looks amazing!

  • So pretty, wish I could go there one day!

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  • I was hoping that Mr Custard would have jumped in too, I don’t think he fancied getting wet.

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    xx

  • This is just everything that encompasses France – sunflowers, architecture, puddings, rivers to swim in, and your red outfit is just everything! Poor little Custard too, but what a cutie!

    Lauren x

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  • The shutters, the balconies the scenery… Whoahmygod that village is a cute one!
    I love that everyone curious about your fella – personally I don’t care who is is but I love that he’s magnifying your happiness! xo

  • Callie Hagdorn

    The L word!!!!! Yay for you Rosie xx

  • Holly & Boydie G.

    Gorgeous post!! I can only imagine custard howling on the dock! And what a cute little town, I bet it held lots of little surprises.

  • Queenie Lee

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like you had a whale of a time 😉

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  • Beautiful post!

    Hara – http://www.fashion-and-thecity.com

  • this red dress is sooo lovely 🙂

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  • PL

    Dreamy photos! The ones with Custard not jumping are so sweet haha!
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