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As well as all of the awesomeness that's gone on around my birthday, August has been a pretty good month so far.  I've posted about my birthday celebrations but I thought I'd also share a couple of other bits and bobs that have happened over the last couple of weeks (how did the 'it being mid-August' - or past it even - thing happen?)

The first thing is that I've gone a bit 'framing' crazy - I bought some frames from Sainsbury's and also shipped a whole load of prints off to our local printers so our house is becoming a lot more filled with art and prints, which really makes me smile.




Since we renovated the conservatory we've been able to open the curtains at the back of the lounge, which brings loads more light in.  I love standing in the hall and being able to look right through the house onto the garden.  (Although, ooohh, that wonky fox cushion is making me a bit twitchy!)



Ah, that's better! Good one fox! On the day before my birthday, my awesome friend Kate planned a little tea party on the grass outside work. She made homemade scones and brought jam and clotted cream.  Tom got told off for putting cream on his scone first (not the Cornish way, and I'm from Cornwall! Tut tut!) We even brought our mugs of tea out onto the grass for a proper afternoon tea! (I was wearing heels and sloshed half of mine out of the mug on the way over - oops!)


We held our own little cake-based soirée at ours last Saturday, we were going over to a barbecue at a friends' house and invited them round to ours first for some cakes and an aperitif. We had Kir Bretons and some cakes from Waitrose - I was going to bake but ran out of time so Waitrose came a close second...



Those flowers were a birthday gift, aren't they beautiful? Having fresh flowers in the house is making me a happy Rosie at the moment.  As does burning fruity candles - that one glowing away right there is a Passion Flower and Mango one from Sainsbury's.  Flowers and fruity candles are my cursory nod towards it still being summer, even though now my birthday's gone I'm dreaming of filling the house with holly and conkers and burning Christmas candles! Since moving to the New Forest I think Autumn has replaced Summer as my favourite month and I must admit I am yearning for Sunday Roasts in country pubs, mulled cider and tramping around the forest in welly boots.  Sorry Summer!

Saying that, I was glad for some sunshine on Thursday night as we went to Lulworth Castle to watch Top Gun in the evening, which would have been horrid in the kind of weather that's plagued us since then (no thanks constant rain!)




We had dinner before we went but still brought a little coolbag with some rosé wine and blackberry spritzer (yum!), crisps and chocolate.  We bumped into some of Tom's friends and laid out on a rug, watching the sun set over the castle and enjoying a bit of classic 80's film action!

This weekend has been quite a lazy one so far, though yesterday I ran my first Park Run which was an interesting experience! I came 38th out of 48 so I wasn't completely rubbish but I still felt a little embarrassed as I ran most of the last lap on my own! I still felt a little rubbish after being poorly this week so I don't think I was exactly on top form, I didn't feel quite right afterwards either.  In fact, I desperately needed a bit of sugar, so, ummm... this might have happened...

At least someone has been benefitting from my early rises to go running though, Bodhi is definitely a fan of hopping right into the warm spot! 


Hope you're having a lovely August so far! Are you still clinging onto summer or are you longing for Autumn like me?

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33 comments

  1. i love the details of your home decor! so unique and eye catching. sounds like you had a lovely birthday x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder


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  2. Your home is stunning! I can't wait for Autumn either!

    Rosie xx

    Everythingsrosieblog.com

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  3. I love your prints! I've been framing crazy for about nine months now. Anything flat gets put in a frame and hung wherever there's space left; because I've decided houses look much more like homes with a bit of art/some photos/a teatowel/some playing cards on the wall. xxx

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  4. Well done on doing your first Park Run! Your living room looks lovely; love the cushions.

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  5. This sounds lovely, I cannot wait for autumn. The combination of cooler days and deep colours means jumper season can begin!

    www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Ahh I love your blog and all your photos! P/S I was the girl on twitter who asked you about your blog template. :-) You're one of my favs!

    www.marsjambelle.blogspot.com

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  7. Happy belated birthday.
    Your place is sooooo pretty!!!

    www.sugar-face.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Your house is so gorgeous! Love the decor xx

    Daisy x
    www.cupcakesandcherries.com

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  9. Lovely, I'm due a framing session!

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  10. Your photos are lovely. I wish we had a outdoor cinema close to us. I'm now longing for autumn and colder days, to pull out warm boots, mittens and crumbles. x.

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  11. Your house is so lovely Rosie! Sounds like you've been having a wonderful time these last few weeks! All those cakes look so yummy! xxx


    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. A very nice post.

    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

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  13. This is the nicest post I've seen in a long while. I really like the look of your home. It looks cosy, yet open and bright.

    These photographs are so pretty.

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say

    x

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  14. I love all the prints you picked. Especially the first one! I wouldn't have actually noticed the fox pillow if you hadn't pointed it out ;)

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
    xxx

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  15. Lovely, lovely home mate!! Adore the colour palette. Ive always always wanted to watch a film outside like that with a picnic!! xxx

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  16. Your home is beautiful! I'm so jealous that you appear to have a other half who cleans (unless you get lumped with that job just as I do). The colour co-ording of your shelves is really soothing to my colour OCD, looks so pretty!
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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  17. I love love love your house. I love your wallpaper, your new redecorated conservatory and all your prints. You have a great home. Makes me want a dog and some french doors :) xx

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  18. The prints look fabulous! I adore the style of your house - right up my street! :D I'm not looking forward to Autumn particularly... but I do have a new coat that I'm excited to wear! x

    janesjumbles.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. your house is envy inducing!! this week I have started looking towards autumn already!! tighhhts, cosy pubs, shirts!! although noidea how to entertain a child in horrid weather! xx

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  20. I'm so jealous of your bookshelves and prints, my bookshelves do not look quite so beautiful. And if that drink was half as good as it looks I'm also jealous of that as well. Yum!

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  21. Aren't the little beach houses on your bookshelf just the cutest?! A lovely look into your lovely home,

    K x
    http://jack-and-ginger.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. Sounds like a lovely month so far!
    Your house looks positively lovely,

    Rosie x

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  23. looks lovely - also loved the title of this post! Really enjoy reading your blog, its one of my favourites!

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  24. If it's possible to have shelf envy then I have it. Your home is beautiful!

    I really want to try out local park run. I think it's a really popular one so hopefully I wouldn't come last! :P Perhaps next weekend.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  25. Your photos are so inspiring. Lovely celebrations.

    Sophie @ www.zensiesta.co.uk x

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  26. Your home looks perfect, it's decorated so beautifully and you've framed some really interesting pieces of art! Lovely pics x

    http://fairygobmother.blogspot.co.uk/

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  27. It sounds like you've been having such a great time recently!! I want to have more frames dotted around, I'm getting so much future-home inspiration from you Rosie!! Don't worry too much about the Park Run- you almost certainly would have outrun me ;) xx

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  28. Aww everything looks so much fun!

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  29. Happy Belated Birthday! you have a lovely house! :-)

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  30. Your house is looking lovely. I'm pretty sure we have the same colour walls, is it Jade White? My dining room is currently that colour and the living room will be shortly.
    I've been loving fresh flowers lately too, I tend to pick up a bunch every time I go shopping, I thought it was my age!
    The film at the castle looks awesome, what a great idea. x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  31. Your home is stunning! Seeing your prints framed and nestled on the bookcases has inspired me to pick up some frames and finally frame up some of my treasures. I find it so fiddly, but the results are always worth the hair-pulling.

    Angela xx
    Little Apple Tree

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  32. Your home is stunning! Seeing your prints framed and nestled on the bookcases has inspired me to pick up some frames and finally frame up some of my treasures. I find it so fiddly, but the results are always worth the hair-pulling.

    Angela xx
    Little Apple Tree

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