The Golden Hour, Kensington

Life has significantly slowed down.

I don’t know about you, but after the rush of spring and summer, I feel autumn is something of a cooling down period. Gently easing you into winter with shorter days, cold nights and (in London’s case) drizzle.

The golden, falling leaves almost insist that you have just one more ginger biscuit and the slippery streets tell you to slow down a bit, take your time (and have another ginger biscuit).

Autumn expeditions feel somewhat like floating in a sea of treacle. You couldn’t go anywhere fast, even if you wanted to.

Which I don’t.

I’m very much enjoying the change in pace, very much enjoying the grey weather and every possible excuse to stay inside and watch the rain.

The only downside is that I really don’t have very many adventures to tell you about! No waterfall hunting, flying picnics or boat parties, just outings between downpours, and evenings spent reading books or eating with friends.

One such outing was to crunch through some of Kensignton Garden’s finest gold scenery.

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With my two favourite chaps.

Mr Custard and Mr Londoner.

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^ Totally unimpressed.

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I find it impossible to resist Britain’s changing seasons.

Even if you forget the countryside and visit the city’s parks, the transformation is breathtaking.

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Making something as simple as a dog walk, a real treat to be savoured.

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Shearling gilet // Cosy jumper 

Grey jeans // Black rain boots 

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Especially when you’re walking this guy.

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Our walks take us around the ponds, which glow pink in the evening light.

Custard spends his time trying to befriend the swans, who hate him.

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And eventually they swan off, leaving him gazing after them, wishing he could float.

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We walk through the rustling trees.

Chasing each other and playing hide’n’seek.

Some are… better than others.

 

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Along The Serpentine, lined with gently glowing lanterns and flaming trees.

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And home through the autumn mists.

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I hope you’ll excuse my lack of recent adventures, but I’m rather enjoying London’s quiet beauty and the slow slip into winter.

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  • Absolutely stunning photos, as usual! The scenery is simply beautiful and autumnal. I love simple walks through gardens like this just taking in the beauty! Your dog is adorable, I love that photo of him crouched down in the leaves, and Custard is the cutest name, I love it!

    Josie // josievictoriaa.blogspot.co.uk

  • Evenings spent reading and eating with friends sound ideal to me♥♥ Loving your photos♥♥

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  • I love how slow life gets during autumn as well! Gorgeous pictures! I always loved walking through Kensington Gardens when I lived in London!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

  • Mr Londoner takes such beautiful photos, will we ever get to meet him? x

  • The photography in this post is simply stunning. These are my favourite days in London, for sure. Custard is bloody gorgeous too, such a cheeky little face! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • Gorgeous photos. It’s definitely one of my favourite times of the year..not to mention the excuse to drink all the hot cider! 🙂

    LittleGlitter.org

  • AMAZING photos Rosie! Hyde Park is so beautiful at this time of the year+I had a first hand experience 2 years ago! I’m enjoying Custard’s photos too…

  • No need to apologise, I am loving your more relaxed homely posts! Funnily enough I just posted similar (although nowhere near as stunning!!) pics as I’ve been loving the sunsets and sunrises at this time of year – it casts everything in such a stunning golden glow and it’s a privilege everytime I manage to catch it!

    Laura x | http://www.lovedbylaura.com

  • Kate

    Custard is just too cute for words! Beautiful photos – you capture an atmosphere like no one else. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • Ashleigh

    This is exactly the nostalgic mood I’m in at the moment – loving the shifting of gears from hectic to a slow trot. I feel like the world is saying “just shhhhhhhhh”….. Beautiful colours in this post.

    Ashleigh
    http://www.quintessentiallyme.co.uk

  • The last few pictures of the trees are stunning, such amazing colours! I am arriving for my brief trip tomorrow morning, I can’t wait to see London in all it’s winter glory! Shame you’re hibernating away Rosie, it would have been lovely to have chance to bump into you and say hello! I can’t blame you though, watching rain from under the duvet with a good book, is definitely the way forward! x Jersey Girl x http://www.jerseygirl.co

  • The slow pace

    Same here, same here. We are just enjoying our evenings by candlelight and salted caramel popcorn at home! Gorgeous Autumn pictures by the way!
    Oh, and we have published a little slow-paced London guide. We would love to hear your thoughts about it, if you have a minute to read it!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • These photos are so beautiful and scream fall. Love this post! X

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  • Victoria

    Beautiful photographs!!!!
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  • Beautiful, I was in Kensington at the weekend and the streets were certainly paved with gold. I absolutely love this time of year. Katie x http://www.katiejaneonline.com

  • missgetaway

    Oh wow these pictures are absolutely gorgeous! And yes, I totally agree with autumn slowing down everything a bit, so lovely 🙂

    Love, Kerstin
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  • Alexa Engle

    This is the sort of magical adventure I love to see! Cozy autumn walks will always triumph over boat rides in my world. Though I can’t say life is slowing down over here. As a student, time keeps slipping away!

  • Lisa Kristin

    Who even needs big adventures when you’ve got autumnal London instead! I much prefer reading about that at this time of the year 🙂

    Lisa x

  • Marnie

    Beautiful post! You don’t have to go on adventures to make your readers happy-lovely pictures, style, and personality are what keep us coming back! (& maybe it’s just me, but now I am dying to be back in London)

    Marnie, Currently

  • These photo’s are stunning Rosie. I could feel myself relaxing whilst reading this. We have recently got a dog and I am seeing so much more of the changing seasons now. Animals are the ultimate therapy. Still loving your blog 🙂 Jo xXx <3

  • Oh my goodness. I laughed outloud at the part about hide and seek and that some are “better than others” and your pup was laying down. I have a toy poodle and he is so similar ! Great post 🙂

  • Anna D

    You really need to make a photo book of Custard. His little faces are too cute!
    xx, anna
    http://www.lifewiththechampions.com

  • Stunning photos! Really feels like fall

    xo

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  • Wow amazing photos! You always dress so perfect for every occasion x

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  • That’s the great thing about having a dog, it get’s you out in all weathers. You’ve captured autumn beautifully Rosie.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Stunning photos and lovely outfit 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Gorgeous pictures, beautiful autumn colours!! I love your boots!! x

    a life of a charlotte

  • You and Custard make everything look like fun!!

  • Katie

    These pictures are amazing – the colors are so gorgeous! Now that we live in California, I really miss all of the Fall colors.

    Katie

    http://www.lamiabellavita.com

  • Every time I read one of your London posts, I want to move there EVEN MORE!

  • The red orange and pinks are beyond! Autumn in england is BEAUTIFUL.

    x Carina
    Running White Horses – Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle blog
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  • CB

    That last photo is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I always think I want to live abroad in some far-flung Asian country, and then I realise I would miss the seasons to much. Where also do you get such gorgeous leaves and glowing skies?!

    CB x
    http://www.theCBlife.blogspot.com

  • Breathtaking! I’ve loved London in the winter (who woulda thought… ha!) and London in the summer and London in the early spring, but I have never seen London in the autumn & would give anything right now to change that!!

  • Sometimes the simple posts are the best, I love those golden tones and Custard looks so cute.
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • Rachel

    Loving the rich Autumn colors in the pictures!

    Rachel x
    thehappybits.blogspot.com

  • Such amazing photos! Custard is such a cutie, and so photogenic!! x

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  • The most perfect day 🙂 Could I possibly borrow Mr. Custard for one of my own autumnal adventures in London?

    http://www.eatwearwander.com

  • Ana Simões

    You’re “The Londoner”, so these posts have a really welcomed back-to-basics feeling. Lovely pictures, great mood and those Mulberry boots… *swoooooon*. Enjoy!!

  • Ashlee

    So beautiful, wish I lived there!

    http://www.tusksandtails.com

  • Peppermint Dolly

    “Mr Londoner” – you’re too cute Rosie! I’m glad you guys are enjoying the slower pace on offer at the moment, it’s got to be good for the soul 🙂

    Rxx

    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • Heather

    These are beautiful pictures, and I’m digging this outfit!

    -Heather

    http://heatherinreallife.com/

  • Wow amazing post!!

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  • Stunning photos: I feel like a walk in Hyde Park coming along too! Quick question which I hope you don’t mind: where are your gorgeous sunnies from? xx

    helloworlditsanna.wordpress.com

  • Amy

    Such lovely photos, the wind here has definitely blasted the last remaining bits of autumn so it’s nice to remember how pretty things used to look!

  • Such amazing photos! Custard has never looked cuter, and you’ve captured the beauty of autumn in London so perfectly. xxx

  • Autumnal colours, cosy sweaters and hot drinks are my favorite things of this season. Lovely photos as usual, Rosie! 🙂

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  • LookLikeGet

    Love those rain boots!

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  • Autumn in London is one stunning season. There’s really something magical about it (and here I risk being very cheesy but I guess it’s just so true). Enjoy life, slow down and unwind. It’s what we all need. xx

  • Beautiful photos! London in Autumn is just stunning isn’t it! Stephanie x

    http://www.thestylememo.com

  • Cass

    Hey Rosie! First off- I LOVE your blog. Amazing post as usual 🙂 Also, I know you must’ve posted this somewhere before, but I can’t seem to find the answer… what camera/lens do you mostly use? I especially love all the photos in this post and am curious about what you used here. All those fall colors were captured so beautifully!!

  • You captured it beautifully. Sometimes days like those are exactly what we need!

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  • These images are simply gorgeous, the mist and colours along the river are beautifully captured! Scuttle away and enjoy yourself Rosie, it’s the best time of year!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Ally

    Such a nice post and the photography is gorgeous!! I am in LOVE with the dog too – so cute:) I love how life seems to slow down this time of year too:)x

    LoveAleex.blogspot.com

  • I really enjoy the slow posts, it’s nice to sit back and relax (vicariously, through others)! What a gorgeous dusk xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

  • Rosie, you could make something that could possibly sound mundane into something amazing! London is just beautiful already, but these pictures make it pop out to life. That depth of field is wonderful!

    http://natalyg.co.uk

  • My Goodness these photos are absolutely gorgeous! The Scenery is incredible! London’s parks are always spectacular in Autumn! Custard is so cute, He always looks like he’s smiling! Wonderful post!

    Ellie Maplesyrupandteacups.blogspot.com

  • Kari Guastella

    What an absolutely gorgeous day!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • These pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and I do love any post with Mr. Custard! Don’t worry about providing us with “adventures” or if posting slows down a little. What’s most important is that you are having fun and enjoying life.
    x Kate

    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • Your photos look so peaceful and very autumnal! Wish I could see London during autumn <3

    http://www.peace-hate.blogspot.com

  • Oh wow these photos are so stunning!!! London is so beautiful this time of year, and I know what you mean about the pace of life slowing down too!

    Shot From The Street

  • Beautiful photos! I miss London’s changing seasons. Autumn used to be so quiet and colourful. In Barcelona we don’t have a real autumn, it rather feels like summer (which I can’t complain about, but I’ve realised I really miss cold, misty weather of London!).

    http://www.caramelsun.com

  • Golden hour is my absolute favourite – it always makes me so happy and your photos make me feel warm inside as I love Autumn too. Stunning photos as always.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

  • very nice in that park, great pictures and i like your style of telling how it is there, here in krakow is also kinda the same

    http://meganlike.blogspot.com

  • Custard is such a gorgeous young man!

    Emily x
    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • Lorraine

    The first picture of you, Custard, and the swan is absolutely beautiful! You should have it framed (like so many other pictures on your blog though!) =)

  • Queenie Lee

    Beautiful photos! The trees look amazing! xxx

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  • TatumRiley

    I love how your bubbly personality is so prevalent in all of your posts <3

    Tatum
    AbstractAphrodite

  • These are my favourite types of weekends. Where you literally don’t plan a thing and end up being really busy just ‘living life’ and spending time with your favourite people. Ben and I have weekend walks like this all the time. We’re just missing a little furry friend to accompany us now.

    Katie <3

    http://www.KALANCHOE.co.uk