A Notting Hill reunion!



A few days back (before the madness of Christmas descended upon us), Freya, Tania and I were happily united as a trio for the first time in an entire year! The last time we were together was right around Christmas 2013, when we (and Lizzie, Tania’s sister, too!) went out for cocktails (lethal ones, if I remember right!) and burgers on the South Bank. Since then, Miss Tania’s lived in Australia for 10 odd months, visited Bali, India, and now made her way back to us in good old England! And in amongst all those many months of being apart, Freya went off to Bermuda and got herself married to the darling Adam, I gained my very own soon-to-be husband, and so really, we had one hell of a lot to catch up on!

Our reunion itself (right outside Notting Hill Gate tube station, amongst the crowds of Londoners heading across town with armfuls of presents) was as full of joyful squealing and hugging and crying as you’d imagine! But then, in an instant, it felt as though we’d never been apart! The four of us (Tania, Lizzie, Freya and I) moseyed over to Westbourne Grove in search of some brunch, and found ourselves a little table at Tom’s right opposite Wild at Heart.

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We met late so ate one of those funny brunch/lunch meals, where eggs and hot chocolates get combined with heartier platefuls. Like that polenta/fried chicken combo in the photo below. It was as tasty as it looked, let me tell you! Lizzie promised that she’d make me a batch of her famous cheese and bacon polenta to make up for the fact that I can’t cook it at home (Jason hates corn in all forms!), and Lizzie? I’m going to hold you to that! ;)

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Brunch/lunch was spent discussing Tania’s adventures over the past year, Freya’s wedding in Bermuda (during a hurricane, no less!), Lizzie’s upcoming trip to Dublin, and my progress through the wonderful world of wedding planning. Honeymoon ideas and road trip plans and stories from the year floated around the table between us all like clouds, and the hours slipped away quicker than we’d have liked.

I can’t even tell you how happy it made me, to be all together again. There’s nothing making my heart so glad right now than knowing all of my closest friends are in the same time zone, and to have the luxury of impromptu trips to London for brunch and laughter and photo-taking any time we like. So three cheers for adventures! And one extra cheer for adventures that deliver your friends right back home to you safe and sound once they’re over, after you’ve spent a whole year worrying that those far off lands might prove so tempting that they won’t ever come back! ;)

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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    What a fun looking reunion, and you certainly had plenty to catch up on! Love the pic of you all with the blue wall behind you, and that brunch looks fabulous!! xx

  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    Looks like a great day! The food looks amazing.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    What a lovely reunion, you can tell it’s true friendship when after months apart, yoou can settle into conversation and company so easily

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.mochaandmoccasins.com/ Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

    What a gorgeous group of friends you have! Reuniting with old friends is always such a joy. You all look so happy together! :)

    M – Mocha and Moccasins

  • Pili G

    This is so cute! So nice you were reunited with them! You are all lovely!




  • Stefanie Meier

    what lovely photographs x

    Wishing you the loveliest new year xx

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

  • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

    What a lovely post, your friends all look so happy to see you! My bestie is in Malta and I do miss our little brunches, hopefully we’ll be able to do this at some point!

  • http://stampplease.blogspot.com/ Camille
  • http://pollyrowan.com/ Polly Rowan

    Three of my favourite bloggers! I discovered Cider With Rosie through Tania’s blog and I’m so glad I did! Lovely photos and words :)

  • http://whiskyandpancakes.co.uk/ Lou Duffy

    Such pretty photos and happy faces! Oh and I have that Zara scarf too, Rosie! My fave this season!

    Lou :)

  • http://www.amandasescape.blogspot.co.uk Amanda

    Everyone looks so happy, such lovely photos! That food looks so yummy too.

    Amanda / Amanda’s Escape

  • http://www.thesystemsmama.com Abby | The Systems Mama

    It looks like you had a lovely time!! I just had a reunion with three of my oldest and best friends…I remembered to take photos of the food and the dinner table but forget to take photos of the four of us. Ha I fail.

  • http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com/ Caroline L.

    Three of my very favorite bloggers, yay!!! I was grinning through this whole post thinking of how much fun you guys must have had – and wow, seriously so much can happen in one year!!!

  • Abbie
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  • Gabriella Granata

    Ahhh this post is so sweet, my eyes are watering! You’re very lucky that you can all pick up where you left off. You must be very close. Happy New Year!



    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Thanks so much Gabriella! <3 I do feel v v lucky to be reunited as a trio! Happy NY! :) x

  • http://www.oneineverycolour.co.uk/ Becca

    Rosie, was wondering if you’ve ever visited Slad? The village Laurie Lee lived in and set Cider with Rosie in? Sorry was just pondering your blog name…. My Grandparents live there so I’m lucky enough to go a lot! It really is worth a trip!

  • http://www.lilacpaperdoll.com/ Christine

    There’s nothing like having your friends all back together! I’m usually the wanderer, so this year it was great to be the one welcoming someone home! :)

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