Picnics for Two

The weather may have been a bit grim in London over the bank holiday weekend, but in deepest darkest Somerset it was anything but.

Temps soared quiveringly close to 30C (positively tropical for the UK!) and there was only one thing for it.

A picnic!

We hopped in the car, put the roof down, the radio up and trundled off in search of a shady spot.

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BMW kindly hooked me up with this gorgeous beast last Autumn, and while it was a dream to drive all winter… it’s finally coming into its element now!

An M4 in my favourite colour, with all the trimmings.

The most beautiful piece of engineering I’ve ever driven, next to the i8 – but that’s not convertible… yet.

Having found our quiet little spot we emptied the hastily stuffed boot, pulling out blankets and our trusty picnic basket.

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Retro sunnies (hugely discounted!)

Tied up Oxford shirt (sim) // Cropped trousers (sim)

Picnic basket // Blue blanket

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We laid out our spread and made ourselves at home in the long grass.

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Mr Custard forever looking particularly cute whenever there’s food around!

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A bit of a hodge podge of picnic foods…

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I made a spiralized pasta/salad sort of dish with courgette and an avocado pesto.

Terribly easy, just spiralize a couple of courgettes. Blend together a ripe avocado with a big handful of fresh basil, a handful of grated Parmesan, 1 clove of garlic, the juice of one lemon, pinch of salt and a few glugs of olive oil. Once smooth, stir through your courgette noodles and serve.

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It makes a wonderfully creamy, not too heavy sauce and goes beautifully with the crunchy courgettes.

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A few other nibbly bits, crackers, crisps, meats, and dips.

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And the laziest of caprese salads.

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Packet of cherry tomatoes, topped with torn mozzarella, herbs snipped over the top, drizzled in olive oil, balsamic, and sprinkled in rock salt.

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All polished off with berries and peaches for pudding.

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We stretched out under the waving and whispering trees, snoozing and reading.

Him with his paper, while I buried myself in the adventures of The Larkins.

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With Custard snoring beside me.

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^ The cherry on top of a gorgeous day.

Perhaps you can squeeze a little road-trip-picnic into this weekend’s agenda?

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  • Shannon

    Where do you find such gorgeous picnic spots!? I live in the U.S. and have such trouble finding glorious (private) places to plop down a picnic! Especially since the alcohol laws prohibit many places…): Do share!

    • Rosie

      Not sure I can help with your US spots Shannon… although I remember Julia posting a few from Napa. Perhaps California has more relaxed rules! x

  • This looks like a wheely lovely day out πŸ˜‰ Definitely going to give the courgetti salad a go, looks like the perfect summer super! Immy x

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    • Rosie

      You’ll love it Immy! The creamy feeling makes it so satisfying! Don’t make it too far ahead though or it’ll turn brown. Lemon should keep it nice and green for an hour or two though! xx

  • Looks like the perfect day! I always love your book recommendations – The Liveship Trilogy was amazing! What else are you reading these days?

    • Rosie

      Did you read the Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair?! http://amzn.to/1Ujr0nc
      It is GRIPPING! But make sure you read it with someone because you’ll be dying to talk about it!

      • I am reading it right now Rosie, so far so good!
        Margita http://www.gleeoflife.eu

      • Cynthia

        Great recommendation. I read it and now my Dad’s reading.

      • I’m halfway through it. So good! Have you read “I’ll give you the Sun” by Jandi Nelson? One of the best books I’ve read in a while!

  • Simply heavenly gorgeous in every angle … Such a fabulous post! πŸ™‚

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    • Rosie

      Thank you Mia, very kind xx

  • Rach

    The spread of this picnic looks amazing!! Mr Custard looks like he wants a piece of it haha!!

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  • That picnic looks so delicious! Looks like you had a great time x

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  • This is SO cute, Rosie… what a dreamy picnic spread!! XO

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Oh my gosh, Mr. Custard is absolutely cute!

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

  • Looks like a lovely day!! I’ll have to try your recipes! They look delicious!

    xo Bryn
    http://www.waketonroad.com

  • Looks like a lovely picnic, what a delicious spread!

    http://www.blushandbordeaux.com

  • I love picnics! I’ve been wanting to go on a little picnic adventure for so long now, but we just haven’t really had the weather for it yet, or if we have we’ve been too busy! Your picnic looks absolutely delicous!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • Such a beautiful place for a weekend picnic, finally the weather is warm and sunny enough to start enjoying the outdoors more! πŸ™‚ And that pasta looks so delicious! xx

    Matea
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  • AurΓ¨

    Hello,Ciao…che Meraviglia!Great post…it’s …Artistic!…hey Mr Custard is on Instagram…haha…how cool!…
    cheers
    http://aureart.blogspot.it

  • I love the UK so many places to sneak off to for a cheeky picnic : ) I love your outfit, not forgetting the car! and of course Mr Custard. There is something about reading in mother nature, I can’t wait for it to get warmer so I can do this : ) (goes into a distant gaze) xoxo

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  • Such a cutie ball of fluffs, your dog is! πŸ™‚

  • Kim

    Looks lovely, Custard looks so chilled. My pup would have been bouncing all over that spread of yummy food!

    Have a nice weekend,
    Kim
    http://www.thebeachedbrunette.com

  • Such a pretty place, and the food looks SOO good!

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  • That looks like a lovely picnic! The food looks absolutely delicious and the green everywhere is just so calming!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  • This looks dreamy. I just a picnic basket and need to use it as many times as I can this summer. Excited!

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  • Can’t beat a good picnic! After years of searching I’ve finallyy found my perfect hamper, just waiting for a nice to take it out on now! xo

  • This is adorable! Your spiralized pasta looks so yummy πŸ™‚

    Diana | thechicdiary.com

  • This picnic spot is amazing! And the food looks so good too πŸ™‚ Really jealous of the beautiful weather you’re having, it’s freezing and raining here in Melbourne!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Looks like an utterly dreamy way to spend the day!

    Meg | Elmpetra

  • We were in Somerset for the Bank Holiday, it’s such beautiful countryside. Looks like you had a delicious and healthy picnic

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Marisa Market

    I am in love with that picnic basket! And your dog is such a cutie! This looked very fun to shoot.
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  • What a gorgeous picnic! The spread is even more enticing than the location!

    xoBH

    http://workandtheweekend.com/herstuff/

  • Victoria
  • Yes, Rosie! I’m such a sucker for a good picnic with great food and company. It’s so much fun and chilled at the same time. My secret spot in Richmond Park has been discovered, so I’ll have to scout out a new place! πŸ™‚

    Joelle
    xx
    FebruaryGirl.

  • I jut dream of having a picnic that looks like this on day!

  • This looks the yummiest picnic Rosie!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • This looks like such a perfect afternoon… Need to organise my first picnic of the season! Also LOVE your Fortnum’s hamper…

    Maggie X

  • Gorgeous photos and the dog is adorable!
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  • Lush weekend, we’ve just been test driving the new 2 series and it’s a really smooth drive.

  • Harjot

    Lovely post Rosie! P.S Nice car! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Picnics are my fave summer activity, and seems you found a dreamy spot! Love Andrea xxx

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