{Try this in Autumn} :: take a flask of hot chocolate along on a walk.


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If you, like me, are fond of the contrast between hot and cold (think burying down under a heavy duvet but leaving the windows wide open on chilly autumn nights, and the satisfaction of changing into warm dry clothes after getting soaked with rain), then taking a flask of hot chocolate along on a country walk this autumn will most certainly be a thing to try. We did it this past weekend, and drank our way through several mug-fuls of piping hot chocolate whilst enjoying the crisp autumn breeze on our faces, and watching Teddy charge around us chasing crows. I think it’s set to be my new favourite way of making a routine weekend dog walk feel extra special this autumn.

p.s. I’m wearing jumper from Brora (past season, similar cut here), shirt from Hollister, jeans from GAP (on sale right now!), and Hunters. Jason’s wearing shirt from H&M, jeans from Tommy Hilfiger, and Hunters. Teddy is wearing a rather handsome black spaniel coat he grew all by himself.

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  • http://www.thestoryofacake.sk Marta

    wow. Beautiful post. I am craving hot chocolate right now.


  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica Edmunds

    This looks gorgeous! I really want a pair of hunters for autumn, and am planning on a cold picnic for my birthday in november! xx

  • Cath

    Love this. I want to take a similar photo series of doing this with Minty. The image series would run like this: Img1 – Dog stands on rug while Cath is trying to lay it out; Img 2 – Dog barges up under Russ’ arm while he tries to pour hot chocolate and spills it all over Russ’ leg and the rug; Img 3 – Cath sips hot chocolate straight from flask like gin while sitting on dry bit of rug with Dog standing on her lap trying to lick her face while Russ stands some distance away, taking deep breaths.

    It. Would. Be. Amazing. Not the same as this beautiful series of photos. Not that kind of amazing. The other kind. ;)

  • http://www.lifeoutsidelondon.co.uk Michelle

    I don’t know how I’ve lived 30 years and not ever taken a flask of something on a dog walk before!! Someone blew my mind with tea last week and now you (adorable) guys and the hot chocolate – I really need to get on this.
    Gorgeous photos Rosie.
    M x

  • http://www.bluebellandbumpkin.com Beccy

    Lovely post Rosie – I completely agree about the contrast between hot and cold. I’m always leaving windows open and then snuggling down under blankets and duvets. Oh, and those Gap jeans are just brilliant – I bought my first pair a couple of months ago and am addicted!

    Beccy : Bluebell & Bumpkin

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    Great idea with the hot chocolate. The pictures are beautiful as always.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  • http://unciaandtigris.blogspot.co.uk Clare Marie

    Ah, I thought I was the only one that left the windows wide open but wrapped myself up in my quilt! I love your dog, he’s so adorable in these photos.

  • http://brambleandthorn.blogspot.com.au/ Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

    Beautiful post, your dog is so adorable! Love the idea of taking a flask of hot chocolate with you on a walk :)

  • http://www.girlinbrogues.com Saskia

    Great pictures! Makes me want to do exactly the same (I LOVE hot chocolate).

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

  • http://theprimroseparasol.com Menekse

    Ooh I am sooo trying this. I love autumn, I just hope it’s not too wet so we can enjoy the crisp air and changing leaves by spending lots of time outdoors! :)

  • https://theoldfashionedgirls.squarespace.com/ The Old Fashioned Girls

    Beautiful photos! I love those green and white enamel cups. A picnic involving hot chocolate is definitely perfect for autumn! Miranda

  • http://www.asimpleelegance.com arielle

    your little family is the absolute cutest and I this idea is just lovely! also, I have been watching the great british bake off as per your recommendation and my (fairly masculine) husband and I are hooked! you haven’t lead me astray yet :)

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • http://thefoxandfurrow.blogspot.co.uk Abigail

    I love taking hot chocolate out on walks, especially in Richmond Park, as if it’s raining (no matter how hard) you can hide under the rhododendrons and stay completely dry whilst you warm up!

  • http://writtenbymexoxo.blogspot.co.uk Tori

    This is such a cute idea! Love the pictures too!

  • http://just-add-deenie.blogspot.com Deenie

    Oh man, this looks like the perfect day out. I live only a short train away from a really adorable little forest so it’s a lovely day out when we do go, and my dog loves it! The falling leaves would be the perfect scenery for a few snaps- and of course I’ll be hauling flaskfuls of tea and hot chocolate!

  • http://allienotsally.blogspot.com Allie

    Love this idea!! And these photos look like something straight out of a J.Crew ad!

  • http://daydreamsofsummertime.blogspot.co.uk/ Sarah

    Genius! I have recently been taking my travel cup with tea in it when I take my dog out but hot chocolate is taking it to a whole new level! I loves it! xx

  • http://www.unorganisedchaos.com Natasha

    What a beautiful post Rosie! You look like such a happy little family :) xo

  • http://www.moreaboutcat.co.uk Cat

    I’m considering a little stroll to the fields tomorrow so I might be tempted to do this! That hot chocolate looks so lovely and creamy :) x

  • http://www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au Rosie

    Oh what a wonderful idea Rosie. I will definitely be doing this in Aus with probably some ice tea as we are heading into summer. I am definitely with you about the window open snuggling down into a big thick duvet. Ahhh lovely England.
    Rosie x

  • http://channelislandsblog.wordpress.com Emma

    This post has made me want to go and buy a pair of Hunters wellies so I can stomp through puddles and drink hot chocolate. They are really beautiful photos :-)

    Em x

  • http://www.twenteasomething.com Laura M George (@ltwenteaSblog)

    I’ve just read a list of autumn date ideas..one of which was make some hot choc and go watch the sunrise. This has inspired me even more!! It looks like a perfect day x

    • Rosie

      Oohhh I would be so amazing to watch the sunrise!

  • http://homeatsix.com Jill

    Love these pics! My bf would never wear hunters but they look totally hot on your man!
    I love taking a travel mug of hot cocoa or tea on a walk on a brisk fall evening.

  • http://thatgirlintheattic.blogspot.co.uk/ Jess

    This post is everything I’m going to miss about Autumn when I go traveling next month. The open window/warm duvet combo is a particular favorite! ♥ J x
    That Girl In The Attic
    Photo size = 642

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.se Mimmi

    This is a great idea! These pictures are so idyllic! And you guys make such a lovely couple :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://msbubuandhergirlyness.blogspot.ca/ Stephanie

    Great idea! Never thought of this, but so simple!


  • http://www.teawithgayle.blogspot.com Gayle

    Oh my, this sounds absolutely perfect ❤ I will definitely be doing this at the weekend! :)


  • http://bettybuttonbeauty.blogspot.com Ashlie

    I love this idea, so cute and romantic on those crisp afternoon walks xx

  • Rain

    This is the cutest thing ever, and you both look wonderful together with your adorable dog Teddy. He does look very teddy-bear like. I think I might try this with the bf the next time autumn rolls round. I love hot chocolate and long walks so it sounds perfect. Like a cold-weather alternative to summer picnics. I don’t think I could get my malamute Kai to sit for long though.

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