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6 November 2011

Sunset and pie - a week in photos










Looking back through the photos above I feel so lucky to have had such an amazing week. If you didn't catch my last post, I've been away for five days staying in a converted barn in the Wye Valley (on the border between England and Wales), and the weekend before and after I spent with my parents' and brother in Lee on Solent (in Hampshire). It was amazing to get away and spend lots of time with my family, along with enjoying the fresh air, walks with the puppy and quality time with Tom whilst away for our break. Being away from home has been so good for me - I feel so motivated and excited now I'm home and have been furiously scribbling away in my ideas notebook; I now have lots of blog posts, Christmas presents and other ventures planned, along with loads of ideas for how to carry on with the decoration/renovation of our house.  I love how taking yourself away from routine/normality can give you so much perspective on things and make you feel really inspired.  It also gave me lots of time to think about my lifestyle and how to achieve some of the changes I'd like to make - for instance, I admitted to myself that I've put on a lot of weight over the last year and feel determined now to can all my unhealthy habits (eating a chocolate bar every day at lunchtime, for one!) and start making little changes that will hopefully reap rewards.

Talking of food, the last photo above is from our amazing dinner tonight. I bought the Pie Minister cookbook a few weeks ago and made my first pie from it today; a sausage, cider and potato pie from the Autumn section of the book.  It was even more special because we made it with potatoes dug up from our vegetable patch in the garden, and served it with tomato and apple chutney we made also from ingredients from the veggie patch. It was so delicious and perfect comfort food for a chilly November evening! The cooked breakfast in the photo before was enjoyed at my parents' house last weekend - being around the table with my family enjoying a huge breakfast and a glass of Bucks Fizz made me really excited that it's only a few weeks until I'll be going back again for Christmas! I don't want to labour the point too much because it's almost too awful to do justice to here but the horrendous accident on Friday on the M5 motorway made me so grateful to have been able to have my family around me the last few days.  Things like that make you realise how fragile life is and how important it is to cherish every moment you have with friends and family.

Yesterday we had a lovely day celebrating my Mum's birthday with a mooch around Gunwharf Quays (there is now a Cath Kidston outlet store - love!) a couple of games of bowling and an amazing dinner at Las Iguanas.  I stocked up on Christmas White Hot Chocolate from Whittards, which I will be settling down to a big mug of shortly to watch X Factor.  Hope you've all had lovely weekends.


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37 comments:

  1. This is totally my kind of outfit! You look amazing. I deffo need to get my hand on a pair of those trousers in that colour!

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  2. Wow Rosie! Sounds so lovely and cosy. Pictures are amazing. Very jealous of your veg patch, I've always wanted one, I have a lot of plans to and am trying really hard to get organised. Go you!! xxx

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  3. i live in the wye valley, in hereford! lush snaps rosie, both the fry up and pie look amazing. sounds like a nice week! xo

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  4. The sunset pictures are amazing! what a lovely part of the world to get away from it all in! I know what you mean when you say you have to get away from things to know how you want to change things.
    Also, the puppy is the sweetest thing ever! Belle du Brighton

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  5. Those photos are amazing, looks like such a world away from what I'm used to. That Christmas White hot choc sounds amazing as well (: Oh, and that second photo of you is beautiful Rosie! xx

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  6. You are so right, a trip away always blows away the cobwebs for me! I love these week in photo posts aswell, looks like yours has been busy but rather fun.

    ps Get Frankie out!

    xx

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  7. Gorgeous views...and i'm just talking about that yummy breakfast! Looks like you had a lovely time and you look beaut :) xx

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  8. It looks like you had such a lovely break xx

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  9. Your week looks lovely! I always love your hair too! The colour is so cute!
    x x x

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  10. It looks like you've had a great week! x

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  11. The view from your house in Wales is amazing!!

    I wish I had a vegetable patch- that apple and tomato chutney sounds so tasty, do you have the recipe on your blog anywhere at all? I'd love to try it!!

    x

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  12. Oh Rosie, you literally are the cutest person EVER! You and Bodhi are adorable! I love your trousers, such a gorgeous colour!
    I am VERY jealous of your week away, it looks gorgeous! And can I come round for dinner...?x

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  13. Rosssiieeeee you look SO pretty in these pictures!! You stunner! And your holiday pictures are gorgeous, I really think that people forget how gorgeous this country is at times, and jet off abroad when there are still so many amazing things to see and enjoy here! Looking forward to all your blog posts and hearing about your house renovations!

    L x

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  14. Rosie you gorgeous little thing! Sounds like you've had an amazing few days! I really love what a change of scenery really can do! I also find this happens if I go for a walk on a really cold bright day. That pie looks so delicious as well! xxx

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  15. Can I please have your puppy? And just your life actually? xx

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  16. gorgeous. Everything in this post!

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  17. Love your outfit and your puppy is so darn cute! I'm very jealous! xx

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  18. Those sunsets look amazing. Totally agree that a change of routine really sparks the creative juices. Hope the ideas prove fruitful.

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  19. I'm so glad you've had a lovely week with Tom and your little puppy baby!

    I know what you mean about the M5 crash, Rosie. So many people must be feeling devastated right now.
    Keep those you love close :) xx

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  20. Gorgeous photos, you look fab! As does the food. Mmmm

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  21. What gorgeous views! These pictures are seriously breathtakingly stunning

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  22. Your puppy is adorable!!
    I love this outfit because you look super cute while comfortable.

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  23. Aye queridita, that pie looks DELISH! Please will you come and cook me one? I have to admit, I rarely have to cook for myself living at home, and as my parents are away and I'm up to my eyeballs with work and uni, I feeling so uninspired when I look into the fridge. SO PRETTY please?!

    Sounds like you had a great time and found lots withing yourself whilst away. I know what you mean about realising how fragile life is. Saturday marked the tenth year since a school friend was killed outside our house. It's so hard to believe that it was 10 years ago and such a reminder that life is precious and far too short.

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  24. What lovely pictures! Your holiday sounds lovely, glad to hear you are feeling insprired again! Love your scarf in the 2nd pic too.

    My parents have the same plates as yours, love it :)

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  25. lovely pictures! super cute dog too

    Jessica xo

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  26. OH Geezeeeee is that a maltese? I have one too! I love them!

    great blog!

    Genuinely,
    Kelly

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  27. I spy the mustard trousers ;) absolutely gutted we didnt get to go for coffee but yay to the 16th, only 5 weeks to go :D xx

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  28. Mmm, that food looks so tasty! Such lovely countryside too... I wish I didn't take it for granted so much. You look lovely as always pretty one x

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  29. Aww! You are so adorable!

    Ayeisha
    x

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  30. Oh wow! You look so adorable in the first photo!!! :) X

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  31. The outfit is very cool! So classic that it will never go out of the date. The food makes me drool teehee.

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  32. Those photos are so lovely! I love the sunflare in that one fencepost picture. So pretty and beautiful and relaxing and reflective. I'm glad you were able to spend a few days away and have a wonderful week.

    Also, your pants ROCK.

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  33. Beautiful photos, lovely outfit and gorgeous dog!!

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  34. such a lovely blog i've found!!!
    count on me as a new follower :)

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    xxxxxx

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  35. hi, rosie! first of all, i love your blog! the banner is great, and the contents are very inspiring. you are such a lovely girl, and i really enjoyed your posts/photos. new follower here. :)

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  36. What a lovely place! I enjoyed reading your blog. Will be looking forward to your future posts and get some inspiration :)

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