29.07

Four-countryside-scenes

Right now we can’t stop dreaming about moving house, and heading further into the countryside. Where we live now is lovely, but it’s kind of neither one thing nor the other. It’s not got a busy urban feel (where you can walk down the road to grab a coffee, or ever even consider leaving the car at home for the day) yet isn’t quite proper countryside either. Jason’s been desperate to move somewhere truly rural for a good couple of years now, and all of a sudden I’m right there with him. This little house of ours has served us well over the past few years and we love it so much, but I think we’re starting to outgrow this space. Once our wedding is out of the way, I think it’ll be time for us to start thinking about spreading our wings. Until then, we’ll just have to keep dreaming…

1. A basket-full of freshly laid eggs (for poached-egg mornings, & pancake weekends)

2. A littl’un and a kid (the very picture of an idyllic childhood)

3. A feast caught, cooked, and eaten all outdoors (what better way to spend a long, warm summer evening?)

4. A collection of tomatoes, straight from the vine (perfect eaten just as they are, with a sprinkling of flaky salt between each bite)

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  1. Beccy

    Lovely post Rosie! We’re leaving London this year for Buckinghamshire and cannot wait. Whilst it won’t be the complete countryside living we want (we still have to commute into London daily) it’s a step in the right direction!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  2. Maria @ A bookworm's life

    We currently live in a place that combines both rural & city living, I suppose. We walk & cycle to shops, coffee shops, and restaurants but we are also a 5 minute walk away from meadows, the river and open countryside. Which is pretty awesome!
    However, I long for the day when we can move to a properly rural place; I think my dream location would be a farmhouse outside a small town or village. Bliss!

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  3. Heidi-Elizabeth

    I know exactly your sentiment. We live in the same situation, not close enough to benefit from urban life but not exactly in the country either. We are in the process of buying our first house out in the countryside, a satellite village in the shire. It may be small but the location is spot on for long countryside walks and that village lifestyle I so crave!
    I couldn’t be more excited!!

    H
    http://www.louiesmummy.blogspot.com

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  4. Samantha

    2 and 4…those could definitely get me to move to the countryside! I think animals are such a great part of childhood, they definitely help create an appreciation for nature! And tomatoes? Can one ever have enough? Yum :)
    ~ Samantha
    samsamcherie.blogspot.com

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28.07

Cider-with-Rosie-River-Cottage-soda-bread-recipe

Let’s start this week out with a simple loaf of bread. Proper bread- the good stuff- homemade, with a dark crackly crust and soft, tender crumb.

Soda bread is something of a revelation to me. I’d never tried it before making it down at River Cottage a couple of weeks back, and it has to be the easiest bread going. No kneading necessary to create flavour and structure (bicarbonate of soda plus some live yoghurt or buttermilk take care of all that for us), and it’s as delicious as it is quick to put together. I made this loaf a couple of days ago, and it’s still going strong as toasting-bread now! Soda bread has this amazing ability to taste intensely savoury and salty when served plain (and eaten with butter and other savoury toppings) and yet as soon as it’s smothered in jam or something equally sweet, its rich, dairy flavour comes out and it tastes almost cake-y! It’s kind of like a two-for-the-price-of-one recipe, and there’s nothing I love more than that!

The lovely folk at River Cottage have said that I can share their soda bread recipe here on Cider with Rosie, and I’m so very glad because it really is too good a recipe not to share! I must tell you, whilst we’re on the subject of bread, that all of the bread-making techniques I learnt down at River Cottage have been life-changing! We try to be quite moderate about how much bread we eat at home, and so I like to try and make from scratch any bread we do eat because we really want to make it count. This pizza here was made according to the techniques we were taught at River Cottage, and Jason categorically stated that it was the best pizza I’d ever made! And I’m certain I’ve tested pretty much every ‘best ever pizza dough’ recipe going and had Jason act as guinea pig for all of them, so that man knows his stuff!

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Now, let me tell you the recipe for this beautiful soda bread! I’ve made a little video to go along with the recipe, so do give it a watch to see a step-by-step for how to make this most simple and heart-warming of loaves.

Ingredients:
500g plain white flour {plus a little extra for dusting}
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp table salt
400ml buttermilk or live, whole fat yoghurt {plus a couple of extra tbsp milk if necessary}

- Preheat the oven on to 200 degrees celsius, and place a tray into the oven to heat up.

- Measure out 500 grams of plain white flour into a large bowl, then add in the 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda. Use a whisk to mix it all together, and get rid of any lumps in the flour.

- Stir in the teaspoon of salt, and mix that in with the flour. This recipe makes quite a salty bread, so you can dial back the salt by a quarter of a teaspoon or so if you’d like. Use the back of a spoon to make a well in the centre of the flour.

- Measure out the 400 millilitres of buttermilk or live, whole fat yoghurt, and slowly pour it into the flour mixing as you go. If the mixture still feels particularly dry when it’s all been mixed in, add in milk a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be, as Hugh describes it, ‘just this side of sticky’.

- Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and then shape it into a round. Transfer it onto a sheet of parchment paper, then firmly press the floured handle of a wooden spoon into the surface of the dough to get that distinctive soda bread cross!

- Slide the dough on its parchment paper onto the preheated tray, and then put it into the oven to cook for about 40 minutes. When cooked, the soda bread should be a dark golden brown colour, and will sound hollow when tapped on the base.

- Let it cool for a couple of minutes, then crack that baby open! It’s best eaten fresh on the day it’s baked, or toasted for a few days after that.

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Do tag me in on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag ‘#ciderwithrosiecooks’ if you have a go at making the loaf yourself, so that I (and River Cottage!) can take a look! I’d so love to see :) Thanks again to my friends at River Cottage for letting me share the recipe here. Oh, and for anyone who might fancy learning more about bread themselves, the course I took (with Boden, earlier on in July) featured elements from the Advanced Bread Making course. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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14 thoughts on “River Cottage soda bread {+ a video!}

  1. Imogen

    Thanks for this recipe Rosie! I don’t think I’ve really tried Soda Bread before, but you’ve convinced me to give it a go because it does look tasty AND pretty easy. In fact I’ve only just started making my own dough, so this could be great for testing out techniques. I absolutely love the way you edit your videos by the way, they’re so creative and beautifully presented and somehow perfectly match the style of your blog! I’m amazed that you’ve managed to move into the world of YouTube without losing any of your style. Please keep making lots of videos! And blog posts too of course :)

    Imogen // imogenscribbles

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  2. Niobe

    Looks lovely! I bake the odd loaf here and there, but was put off soda bread after someone told me it was always really dry and didn’t taste good. This looks good though so I’ll have to try it sometime soon! Also, as a new visitor to your blog can I just say your design is gorgeous!

    PS I’ve recently got back into blogging, if anyone fancies checking out http://www.betterhalffull.blogspot.com!

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  3. Samantha

    Do you think this would work with soy yogurt for a vegan version?? It looks incredible and sounds mouthwatering!
    ~ Samantha

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  4. Jaclyn

    Your recipe videos are just so delightful Rosie – I think they are officially my favourite way to get baking inspiration. I’ve just recently started eating soda bread after I found out it doesn’t include yeast and I really love it – it helps avoid that bloted feeling after too much bread and has a nuttier taste I find. Thanks again for a great recipe – can’t wait to try this one!

    Jac
    http://www.bumpkinbetty.com

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  5. Anca

    Yummy! I bake bread quite often, I tend to add different ingredients to make it more interesting: a few slices of olives, basil, nuts and seeds, sundried tomato paste, spices.
    So far, I never tried a soda-bread recipe. I’ll have to make it, sounds very yummy. The shop-bought soda bread has an interesting flavour, but nothing can taste as good as the one made at home.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle

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  6. Cat

    Aww, your videos are always so adorable and awesome. I’ve never made soda bread before, but I have personal experience with how challenging it can be to make bread with yeast, so this sounds far easier.

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

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  7. Ursula

    soda bread is my favourite weekend indulgence. I never make it but it reminds me of being a kid when my mom would make it. thanks for sharing can’t wait to try this recipe out next time we make Sunday brunch

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  8. Emily

    First off your video is absolutely gorgeous and you have such a nice accent. This looks so tasty, I do love a bit of homemade bread. I will most definitely be trying my hand at this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

    emily | HONEY LOAF x

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  9. Lindie

    This looks absolutely amazing Rosie. Would love to try this. Thanks for sharing :)

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26.07

Lazy-Sunday-Cooking-sweet-peas
** Photo by the amazing Marta Potoczek from Lazy Sunday Cooking

I am SO excited to introduce you to the wonderful bloggers who’ve been linked in my blog’s sidebar this month! There are so many blogs that I added to my own reading list right away after coming across them, and continue to check in on on a daily basis! Some of them might be new to you, others I’ve featured here before. Some write about food, others about beauty, and a few more write about their lives in the way I write here about my own. There really is a blog for everyone! So have a little read through, and then go show them a little love! <3 Happy weekend everyone!


Dear You Love Em

I first was introduced to Em’s blog right back when she’d first started it, and had only written one or two posts! It’s been amazing to watch it grow and develop over the past few months, and to get to know lovely Em herself too! Dear You Love Em is a lifestyle blog, and features photos from Em’s beautiful life in Sydney, travel posts, product reviews, and style posts. I absolutely adore it! Em’s photographs are always absolutely gorgeous, and always make me want to move right on over to Australia! Definitely one to add to your reading list!
Favourite post of the past month? Santorini photo diary (because the donkey photos are worth clicking through for alone!)

This Particular
A lovely blog, written by an even lovelier lady! Ala’s blog has been a favourite read of mine for months now- it’s one I added to my reading list right after being introduced to it, and always click through to when scrolling through my mammoth blog feed! Ala shares lots of simple, unfussy recipes on her blog, and her posts never fail to make me hungry! I also love her ‘lifestyle’ posts, which always read like a catch up with a friend. It’s an all-round great read, and one I recommend adding to your ‘following’ list right away!
Favourite post of the past month? Giant cupcake (because it’s a giant cupcake, so that’s reason enough right?)

The What Now Blog
The What Now Blog has become the place I check in on for a dose of inspiration and motivation. It’s crammed full of thoughtful posts that aim to inspire positive thinking, thoughtfulness, and general wellbeing. Louise began her blog at a time in her life when she didn’t feel she had a particular direction or focus, and so now aims to inspire other people who might find themselves experiencing those same feelings! Cool idea, huh? It’s a brilliant place to check in on for a daily dose of motivation!
Favourite post of the past month? The Practise of Positive Thinking (because it’s such a lovely post to read, and filled me with positivity!)

The Peppermint Pencil
Oh my. Anya’s blog is just divine. Her photos are stunning, posts are all beautifully written- I mean, even the design is a lovely one! I’ve so loved following along with it in the past month. It’s hard to pick a favourite amongst so many lovely posts, but I think my absolute favourite from the past month or so was Anya’s gorgeous series of photographs from a day spent in Bakewell. You must stop by and check it out, and don’t forgot to follow along with The Peppermint Pencil whilst you’re there! :)
Favourite post of the past month? An Afternoon in Bakewell. (because Anya’s photos tell a story, and it’s a lovely story at that.)

JessCasillasx
Jess’s blog has been such a pleasure to have linked in my sidebar this month! She writes such lovely posts- mainly beauty focused, though with the odd lifestyle one thrown into the mix too! I especially loved reading all about her experiences at Glastonbury & other summer festivals this year! I’m not much of a festival-goer myself, but have LOVED living vicariously through lovely Jess and her even lovelier blog! (p.s. I seriously do not know how Jess managed to look so lovely right through her stay at Glasto?! It’s a feat!)
Favourite post of the past month? Glastonbury Festival Part 1 (because Jess’ post makes you feel almost as though you’re right alongside her at the festival!)

Cocktails & Caroline
Cocktails & Caroline is always a pleasure to read, and this month has been no exception! Caroline is another blogger who’s been covering the festival scene this past month, and her post about Latitude festival may just have convinced me that I should go along next year! Her photos were just amazing! Caroline’s blog is one that I never fail to click through to when it pops up in my feed, as I know I’ll always be sure to find a fun, beautiful, and engaging post to read on it. Can’t recommend it highly enough!
Favourite post of the past month? Latitude Festival (because Caroline makes everything look fun, even my least favourite activity of camping! ;)

Rosedog & Co
Ohh, I just love Rosie’s blog! She lives in Australia, and I like to think of her as my Aussie counterpart ;) Rosedog & Co is a lifestyle blog with a lots of lovely recipes, pretty photographs, and fun ‘life lately’ posts! It’s the sort of blog that you’ll find yourself checking in on on your lunch break, and whilst walking the dog. It’s so happy, and light, and a pleasure to read- it’ll just become a part of your daily reading routine before you know it! Rosie herself is just so lovely too- do follow along with her blog right away!
Favourite post of the past month? Raw Energy Bliss Balls (because they look so insanely tasty, and they’re healthy too!)

Kirsten Learns
Kirsten’s blog was new to me this month, and let it be known, that I absolutely LOVE IT! Her wedding photos in particular have made swoon- you must go and check them out right away! In fact, all of Kirsten’s photos are just beautiful. On her blog Kirsten shares posts about travel, her home, reviews- and writes each and every post so beautifully, eloquently, and not to mention hilariously, that you won’t be able to help fall for it! It’s a blog that I’m certain will stay high in my reading list for a long time to come.
Favourite post of the past month? Dessert teas (because Kirsten can even make a post about tea funny!)

A Little Lusciousness
Just for a brief moment, can we talk about how lovely the A Little Lusciousness advert itself is? It makes me want to go and attack the jar of capers in my fridge every time I look at it! A Little Lusciousness is written by the lovely Rosie (another Rosie! It must be the most popular blogger name going!) and is a food-focused blog. Rosie’s posts are always such a pleasure to read, and I find her restaurant reviews especially to be just fantastic. They’re always so informative and beautifully put together- just like the whole of Rosie’s lovely blog actually!
Favourite post of the past month? Carnaby Street Eat (because it made me want to dash up to Carnarby St, & start eating!)

Pink Confetti
Nicola’s blog is such a lovely one. She writes posts about all sorts of things- from food, to reviews, to thoughts on wellbeing, to her life in general! I love reading her posts- they always read as honest and truthful to me, which is something I look for in a blog. Especially great this month was Nicola’s post about her DeGusta box (such a fun concept!) and her thoughts on kindness. If charming, unassuming lifestyle blogs are your cup of tea, you’ll absolutely love Pink Confetti!
Favourite post of the past month? Simply Cook: Mexican Beef Chilli (because I dare you to not crave a bowl of spicy chilli after having read it…)

From Lucy With Love
I just love reading Lucy’s blog! It’s a lifestyle one, full of happy posts and lovely photos and updates about her beautiful life with her partner Joe! Lucy has a wonderful writing style that makes you feel as though you’re catching up with a friend, and her blog is always such a cheerful place to check in on! I added From Lucy with Love to my reading list right away after being introduced to it, and haven’t looked back since! Oh, and Lucy’s YouTube videos are pretty fun too- do go and have a little watch! :)
Favourite post of the past month? Up-cycling coffee jars (because HOW CUTE are those pastel colours?!)

Supernaturally Healthy
Kezia’s aims to encourage people to pursue a healthy lifestyle via her site. She crams it full of healthy recipes, information about living well, and tips for general wellbeing! It’s such an inspiring place to visit- I always come away from it feeling motivation to try out some new superfood-full recipe, or to do a little light exercise! Definitely a site I’d recommend having a browse through, for a dose of daily inspiration!
Favourite post of the past month? Three ingredient banana pancakes (because they’re pancakes, and they’re healthy. That’s all that needs saying, right?)

Other blogs to read and fall in love with! ::
Treasure Every Moment || Favourite post? :: Photograph Inspiration: Little Wedding Helpers Edition.
Kirsteaparty || Favourite post? :: FAVOURITE THINGS: Fabulous fig.
Teeny Titch || Favourite post? :: When Life Gives You Lemons
Keep Calm and Live With Me || Favourite post? :: Moving in with a boy- Part 2
Dipped in Rococo || Favourite post? :: Umami tales.
Poppytails & Trails || Favourite post? :: Prawns & Hearts.
World of Wynne || Favourite post? :: Blooms on a Budget
Bluebell & Bumpkin || Favourite post? :: I might be the villain of this story.

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  1. Ala

    Rosie, yet again thank you so much!!! I’d just like to say there is a lovely collection of blogs on your sidebar this month and I’ve been getting stuck reading in. I don’t know how I’m going to find time for anything else other than blog reading soon! Have a fab weekend x

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  2. Kirsten

    Well thank you, kind lady! I am blushing. Although I must say that I am very much looking forward to seeing YOUR wedding photos and having a good old swoon myself!

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  3. Lucy

    Thanks so much for the lovely new reads! I am always looking for new blogs to follow. Particularly as I went through my blogroll the other day and discovered that lots of the ones I’m following have deleted their blogs so my blog list is looking a little bare at the moment! Will definitely be adding lots of these recommendations! x x

    http://www.curiouser-and-curiouser.co.uk

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25.07

London-Eye

This week can be summarised by the following two words: SPIDERS. EVERYWHERE. I thought autumn was supposed to be the time at which they all head for the nearest open window and get comfy in our spare bedrooms, not in the height of summer? I’m finding the horrid things everywhere in our house these days, and it’s giving me the heeby jeebies. I even found a teeny tiny money spider on the tip of my nose yesterday, when I was at my friend’s house. I don’t know what’s up. Tell me it’s not just my house? This week’s been a good one, aside from my spider phobia being triggered 24/7. This weekend we’re planning to have a BBQ (again, we’re becoming those annoying people who have one every weekend…) this time with my Mum and Godparents, and also celebrate Jason’s brother Joe’s birthday on Saturday- his first since he became a Dad to baby Eddie! We’re looking forward to it! In the meantime, here’s a little list of what’s made me most happy this week…

1. The relief of spotting the fourth little duckling scoot on over to join its Ma and brothers and sisters, after we’ve had a mini panic that it’s been stolen by one of the neighbourhood cats! We scared off a fox from getting too close to them all the other night, too. It’s a tough ol’ job you know, being Protectors Of The Ducklings! ;)

2. The chocolate peanut butter fudge bite I sampled at Selfridges on Wednesday. It was one of those mouthfuls of food where you think, whilst eating it, ‘I don’t want this to be over yet’. Oh boy. Seriously amazing!

3. Wednesday evening in London. I took a cab over the river from the Houses of Parliament at sunset, and it was just beautiful.

4. Freckles on the backs of my hands. They’re the sign that it really is summer!

5. Golden hour sunlight. I miss it so much in winter, so am savouring every drop we’re getting right now!

6. Emily’s Fruit Crisps! I’ve been sampling them all this week, and they’re really really delicious! Perfect summer snacking.

7. The brief, two minute breakfast Jason and I ate together whilst perched on the edge of our bed yesterday morning. I brought up bowls of yoghurt + fruit + granola, and we ate them quickly together before getting on with our morning routines. It was a nice pause, in an otherwise hectic week.

8. Lunches of thickly sliced vine tomatoes on rye bread, with plenty of salt and basil. So tasty, I start thinking about eating it at around 11am ;)

9. Feeling of confidence, and empowerment.

10. Using my married initials for the first time! I had a little keychain monogrammed at an event this week, and decided to have my married initials put on it instead of my current ones. Cheeky really, but it made me so excited!

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week :: Tania’s healthy blueberry pancake recipe || Erin’s five things || + Sonia’s beautifully simple post.

What’s made you happy this week? :)

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24 thoughts on “10 things that’ve made me happy this week!

  1. Simone

    There’s nothing annoying about BBQ’s! Keep them coming I say :) It sounds like a great week apart from all the spiders. Over here in Malta it’s cockroaches you have to look out for *shudder*

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  2. PinkCatJo

    Fantastic reasons to be happy. London in the sunshine or at sunset really is a magical thing!
    I’ve been happy all week long about just being on school holidays and going at my own pace. Not having to do any work for school has been wonderful although I should start to dip into it now rather than live it until the last week in August! Enjoy your barbecue! x
    http://www.pinkcatcustardandcake.co.uk

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  3. Maria @ A bookworm's life

    You are right about the spiders Rosie, our house is slowly turning into Spiderman’s lair. I was reading in bed last night when I saw one taking a casual stroll on the blanket, a few inches from my arm. Major panic ensued but thankfully The Boy took it outside and I was able to get into bed again. I dread to think what autumn will be like.
    This week, we’ve been having a lot of Caprese salads because our basil is just thriving. It makes me happy!

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  4. sophie

    I’ve always noticed that spiders come inside more around summer time! I have such a deep fear of them that panic attacks are frequent – not so much fun! I did read somewhere just to give them a little name and story… “like oh, Gerald is way too hot outside he’s just camping on the ceiling to cool down…”

    It doesn’t usually work when they are the size of my hand! ;)

    sophie.

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  5. Lydia

    The spiders! Oh, the spiders! They are terrifying me from morning ’till night at the moment. Hiding under blankets, in shoes, dangling from ceilings so I walk in to them! I don’t know where they are all coming from, but I feel like our house has been overrun with them! I can’t relax!
    Lydia
    x

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  6. Jessica Edmunds

    I NEED to go to selfridges the samples sound amazing. glad you are feeling confident- and using married name/initials is SO good (when things are good obvs haha) xxx

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  7. kezia

    Iced coffee with almond milk, walks in the hills and sun and deciding to make some big life changes:) Happy heart!

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  8. Natalie

    Spiders EVERYWHERE!! I thought it was just us! Maybe it’s the heat? TERRIFYING!!

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  9. Kerri H

    For us it’s the fruit flies rather than the spiders, just as annoying but not a creepy. The golden hour sunlight is lovely in the summer and I’m actually around to enjoy it too rather than being stuck at work.

    ~ K

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  10. Mimmi

    I had a BBQ with some friends yesterday which was lovely. I really do think BBQs are one of the best things about summer! And I wish I got freckles!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  11. Candy

    I get very emotional about ducklings. A few years back, there was that viral video of all the ducklings being blown about by the wind, and another with ducklings crossing a motorway… I am not ashamed to admit that I cried through both of them. So duckling family reunion is definitely a happy hap.

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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  12. Emma

    I haven’t seen many spiders, but the other day I spotted an ant on my drink bottle just as I was about to take a sip, and got such a fright that I spilt water everywhere!!! Ants aren’t even scary, I think I was just so surprised!
    the Earth through a Lens

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  13. Jade @ Bits & Bobs

    Do you know what’s trying to take over our house – flies! I hate them! You leave the backdoor open for just a few minutes and then you can never get rid of the blighters!

    So of the precious moments are those snatched ones.
    :-)

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  14. Katie Matthews

    I totally agree, spiders are everywhere and they scare me witless. No matter the size, I scream. My boyfriend tries to be subtle and get them away from me, but I always realise and run a mile.

    Omg growing up in the country, I was forever trying to save ducklings/chicks etc from the dogs and foxes!

    Katie <3

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