Summer // Scenes from the {hot} Bank Holiday Weekend

May 11, 2018

Happy Friday! This week has felt so short after that long weekend which is always a bonus. Did you enjoy the bank holiday? I'm not normally a fan of bank holidays, they always tend to rain, everywhere is busy and we never plan anything because the traffic is normally crazy. But last weekend was a different story, firstly that heat! That sunshine! Days and days of the most perfect hot summer weather when even the evenings were balmy. H e a v e n. Especially combined with the fact that England looks at her prettiest right now with the fields and trees so green. Naturally, I took a million photos of our long weekend so had to find a home for them somewhere;
It started with my Mum's Birthday on the Thursday evening, we gathered with family for a BBQ and the start of the warm weather was just creeping in.

My Dad cooked a delicious BBQ, my Auntie was over from the Isle of Wight and it was lovely to catch up with my Grandparents after we'd been in Florida. I made a lemon cake for my Mum, recipe here.

On Friday we woke up to sunshine and the promise of a hot day. I was excited to finally bring out my summer wardrobe, it had been so cold up until we'd gone away I was beginning to think I'd be wearing jumpers forever!

My Mum, Ben and I went out for a walk with the pup and although I had lots of work to do, we decided that we should get over to our favourite garden centre before it would be wiped out over the busy bank holiday weekend.

The cow parsley is at it's best. It's my very favourite time of year and the blue skies made it all the better to capture.

Crews Hill bound, we loaded up the car with blooms for summer planting {see this post for the end results}. It's an annual trip for us three and always good fun plant shopping for garden addicts like us.

I shot our new M&S furniture, and sorted the house out ready for the weekend before cracking on with work from my new sunlounger. Ben was busy sorting the garden, we had a magazine shoot the following week and it needed lots of tidying!

Outdoor office in the sunshine. Heaven.

It was really nice to minimise plans and just enjoy spending time at home with the doors wide open and enjoying the garden. We had our first BBQ of the year {at our house} and walked to the allotment after dinner, amazed by just how warm it still was.

On Saturday morning Ben was busy getting our allotment organised for the season so I popped to the flower stall and market town to pick up flowers for our shoot. It's peony season again and that makes me so happy!

Then it was up to London to visit our friends James & Hannah and have lunch with them. We ate in the garden and joked that we could have been in Europe somewhere with the hot sun.

When their baby woke up after her nap we took a stroll around Wanstead Flats, it was just such a beautiful afternoon.

Too cute.

A 99 with a flake! Except they definitely don't cost 99p anymore... it had been years since I last ordered one.

We ate ice creams and walked through the bluebells. 

It definitely felt worlds away from London.

Green and blue.

Confetti lined petal streets!

I couldn't stop taking photos of these peonies all weekend, changing colour by the hour.

Before we went away we were lamenting just how muddy the fields were and how bare the trees still looked. What a difference two weeks makes! 

Sunsets over the common.

My running routes take some beating right now.

On Sunday we had a lazier day. Breakfast and the papers in the garden.

And lazing around in the sunshine

Our wisteria is blooming and it got fuller and fuller every day.

Planted up some new tubs by the front door.

And had the first of the British asparagus for this year by making pizzas.

We planted sweet peas at the allotment. I say we, I mean Ben... 

One of the many, many reasons that I love this guy. He's the best garden and allotmenter.

Um, more cow parsley. Can you tell how obsessed I am? You should see my camera roll...

On Monday I caught up on some work in the morning and then we had a Soho Farmhouse date planned with Ben's family.

It was actually hot enough {26c!} to wear a dress I normally only ever wear on holiday. And a sun hat! in England!

Farmhouse was looking ridiculously beautiful. I don't think we'll ever see it on a better day. There was a DJ in by the pool and everybody was enjoying the sun. We cycled around the farm, stopping for the odd photo.

Such a fun afternoon with these guys.

Dinner was incredible, partly for the view out across the blossom and fields. But mainly for the seasonal menu, having crab, asparagus, slow cooked lamb with spring greens and then the best rhubarb. Ben and I actually couldn't decide on puddings so decided to share all three! 

The vegan chocolate mousse with berry sorbet, I DIE!

The sun was setting and most people had gone home. We decided to play crazy golf and stay until the sunset. 

And what a sunset it was. One of those pinch yourself kind of evenings. 

Oh England... 

And then it was Tuesday {which totally felt like a Monday} and it was back to normal again.

A busy week was ahead with the long awaited magazine shoot {more on that soon} and a big week of shooting myself for a few new campaigns. 

Hooray for Friday again though. I hope you have a lovely weekend planned? I'm just getting ready to go out for drinks with some girlfriends then we're hosting a BBQ tomorrow but in true British fashion it's forecast to rain! 

We were so spoilt with last weekend. Come back soon summer!

R <3 xx 

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