Richmond Park, + Hummingbird.



This Sunday, Jason, Teddy and I took a family trip to Richmond! I’d heard on the grapevine (Twitter, naturally) that a new branch of the Hummingbird Bakery was opening up in town, and since Hummingbird’s red velvets are up pretty high on my list of All Time Favourite Foods, I decided a visit was in order. We stopped by the bakery early, picked up supplies (lattes for us both, a raspberry cheesecake brownie for evening dessert, and two post-walk cupcakes) and then bickered our way across to Richmond Park. I say bickered, because we didn’t know the way and I was in charge of navigating, and if any couple out there knows how to find your way somewhere new in the car *without* bickering then I want to know your secret ;)

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^^ He is so handsome, he sets my heart a-flutter. ^^

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Richmond Park was pretty beautiful this weekend. Windy though. So windy! Even having hot lattes in our hands didn’t stop them freezing stiff and sore. (I don’t know why I keep leaving the house without gloves at the moment. Stop doing that Rosie.) I had about 500 heart attacks whilst we were there, watching Teddy take an interest in the deer. There were some huge stags with the biggest antlers I’ve ever seen, and I kept having awful visions of Teddy charging on up to them trying to make friends, and them not taking too kindly to his presence. Jason told me over and over not to worry, and that Ted was under control, but I still couldn’t stop my stomach doing flips every time he so much as looked in the direction of the herd. I think it’s a sign of what I’ll be like as a Mama ;)

Aside from all the worrying, it really did feel like the biggest treat to be able to see the deer so close up. We only ever get to see deer for a second or two before they bound away whilst out walking in the woods back home, and so I stood and enjoyed being able to watch them for ages and ages on Sunday.

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^^ He’s my favourite photo subject. Those wispy ears get me every time. ^^

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I know I’m biased (being that I took the photo) but I think this one’s a frame-er for certain! Those boys are the handsomest. We met a little dog called Bertie whilst out walking who thought Ted was the handsomest, too. He’d run off from his owners, took a liking to us, and then spent 15 minutes trotting along behind Teddy with his face as close to Ted’s butt as he could manage. We ended up having to pop a lead on him, and go off in search of his owners. Turns out the little man was deaf, and so hadn’t heard them calling and calling him. A cutie, for certain.

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We ended the trip by eating our cupcakes in the car, looking out over the park in all its glory. We shared the cakes, of course. Above is my favourite red velvet cupcake, and a special edition Bounty flavoured one too. It was really super delicious…but the red velvet still took the crown. Goshdarnit I do love cream cheese frosting.

Hey, Hummingbird! Thanks for opening up a bakery so close to home! You’ve made this sweet toothed-couple very happy.

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  • Chelsea

    Looks like you had a great day, Rosie! I’m sure you’re more than aware, but Teddy is so handsome :) xx

  • Rosie W

    So much lovely stuff in one post! Cakes, doggies, deer… :)

  • Antonia @ Health Inspirations

    I love the Hummingbird Bakery and was at their Portobello Rd. store on Saturday. The red velvet cupcakes are my favorite too :)

  • Michelle

    Absolutely loved reading this post Rosie, your photos are just stunning, and you look gorgeous! I must admit I’m fairly envious of your ‘local’ Hummingbird Bakery too, I have to venture 25 miles right into London for a mere cupcake! xx

  • Christy

    Looks like a lovely day! Ted is very handsome xxx

  • Laura

    Wow I’ve never seen so many deer at once! Looks like a lovely day. Red velvet cupcakes are my favourite, too!

  • Beeta

    Rosie, this is absolutely wonderful. I have the fondest memories of running around at picnics in Richmond Park when I was little and driving through it to get from my side of London to the other with my parents pointing out the deer every time. I haven’t been there with my family much recently but perhaps when (if??!) this rain stops, I will drag them all along again like the olden days :) My best friend recently did a charity run here so it’s a place full of special memories. I also have this memory of falling of my bicycle not TOOOOO many years ago…I thought I could jump over a ditch but I went flying over the handlebars and the bike landed on me. My friends thought it was hilarious and I don’t think I’ve been on a bike ride since! Anyway, thanks for bringing back these lovely memories. Just what I needed this afternoon :) Love Bee xxx

  • Heidi-Elizabeth

    I wish I looked half as lovely as you do in these photographs. The windswept hair is stunning!

  • Deenie

    This sounds like such a fun day out! Ted and Bertie are such cuties, and those cakes look sooo delicious I’m dying to try something from Hummingbird now!

  • Emma

    This post has just reminded me of one of the funniest videos on Youtube, featuring Benton and Richmond Park:

  • Laila

    Hi Rosie,
    I came across your blog because someone I follow recommended you (I forget who!). I wanted to tell you how much I liked your post. The photos are beautiful and the way you approached the post was very creative. Well done!
    Laila x

  • Maria

    This sounds like a perfect day, you can’t go wrong with cake!

    Maria xxx

  • Kay

    Oh my goodness, I would have been terrified too! Have you seen the clip of Fenton on YouTube?! It could have been a case of TED-DDDDDDDYYYYYYY!

  • Tamsin

    Gorgeous photos. I love Richmond and Max does too! x

  • Leith

    Beautiful pictures! I love watching wildlife (and the not so wild family pets :) it always takes my breath away. – Leith

  • Teffy

    I can’t look at deer in Richmond park and not imagine “Feeeentoooon!”
    Isn’t hummingird bakery amazing? and they always make all their goodies at each site every day. Quality.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • Ellie

    ahhhh hummingbird bakery! my favourite! would love to visit richmond park one day, looks lovely! xx

  • Kristen

    Oh man, I have been wanting a cupcake for days, and seeing yours makes me so jealous! What kind of dog is Teddy?

  • Georgina

    I only ever managed to try a real hummingbird cupcake once while I was at university in London and I regret that so much now being so far away, they are by far my favourite recipes to follow and I only wish I had regularly sampled the real thing, for comparison purposes only of course! It’s all in the aid of research! I’ve never ventured to Richmond Park but it looks like such a lovely day out, you capture it beautifully xx
    P.S. I don’t know any couples who don’t bicker while navigating, I think it’s an impossibility!

  • Ala

    Pictures are amazing! And that picture of Jason & Teddy is definitely frame-worthy! I’ve just moved into Surrey for a few months and can’t wait to shimmy my way down to Richmond Park! x

  • Amber

    Looks like you had a lovely trip out :) might have to drag my family there!
    Teddy is so photogenic it’s crazy, that photo is def one for a frame:) x

  • Charlotte

    Well this is just adorable, you look like you had the best day :) I’ve never actually been to Richmond Park, despite living in London for 3 years – it’s definitely on my to-do list though!
    Completely sympathise with your Hummingbird love – a couple of weeks ago I was feeling a little sad so my long-distance boyfriend ordered me a box of red velvet cupcakes from there… Best. Surprise. Ever! Definitely cheered me up :) xx

  • Ibbs

    What a lovely outing, Richmond park is just so stunning. My friend lives just round the corner and we always go for a stroll when I visit :)
    Also, I have the female version of Jason’s coat – it’s ever so comfy and snuggly.
    Such dashing men in your life
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

  • sally

    ROSIE!!! this post is truly beautiful!!! I would go as far as to say that it might even be my most favourite of yours since the whole of time began!!! I dont even know why. And i do not for one minute mean that in a negative way. It is just the perfect beautiful story of your day, and the pictures are just gorgeous! Whilst being up here in Cumbria is beautiful, i do miss being so so faraway from the big big smoke sometimes.

    Have you guys ever ventured this way? I bet you would LOVE the Lakes, teddy would be in his little element!!!! WE might not have a hummingbird bakery in sight but we more than make up for it in the most lovely country pubs, sweet little independent bakeries and a beautiful beyond belief landscape.

    I digressed a little then, not like me at all! Have the most wonderful Sunday lovely lady xxxxx

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