Summer in the garden at Mum’s. 



It wouldn’t be summer if I didn’t dedicate a post to the garden at my Mum’s now, would it?

We moved into that house when I was 17. Jason and I drank tea in the kitchen there after our first date (to a local Italian restaurant, he ate risotto and pannacotta, I ate salad because I was 18 and felt that was what I should do on a date, HA!), an acceptance letter from the dance school I’d trained my way towards for a decade came tumbling through that letterbox (I got halfway through reading the first sentence of said letter, then promptly burst into tears and screamed myself hoarse in joy!) and some of our most treasured family memories took place within those four walls.

And yet, despite how special the house itself is, it’s the garden at Mum’s I love the most of all. I love the sunken patio and how the garden itself slopes up and away from the house. I love the fact that, when the grass is long, you can see the track the cats follow as they cut a path up the garden. I love the twisted lilac tree branches that bloom for the briefest moment each spring, and the shushing noise the big tree makes in the wind. And mostly, I love the silly, insignificant memories attached to that beautiful outdoor space- like the time I hung tealights from branches when my Mum, Grandma and I sat out late one summer evening, and peace turned to drama when a tealight set fire to the bay tree, and the competition we all once had of who could spit cherry pips farthest down the length of the garden. The many, many glasses of Pimms drunk, and parties held, and meals eaten al fresco.


We gathered in the garden last Sunday evening for dinner. My sister is busy revising for her final few GCSEs and stressed beyond belief, so we left her to her frantic highlighting and scribbling and paperwork-shuffling and sat outside drinking cider instead. Mum cooked duck with bay leaves and juniper and roasted new potatoes and threw together a couple of different salads, whilst I pottered around twirling in my dress (it begs to be twirled in, what can I say!) and taking photos of bees and things.

Then, as if the evening couldn’t get any more perfect, a cheese board was produced as if by magic after we’d finished our duck, featuring a wedge of brie so runny and ripe it looked as though it’d spend the afternoon in a sauna. It was heaven.

Here’s to another hazy summer spent making memories in the most perfect little garden that ever was

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What I’m wearing :: Dress – H&M {sold out now, but if you like the shape of this one you’ll absolutely love *this one*, and also *this* and *this*!}
Hat - Topshop
Necklace – Monica Vinader.

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  • Hilary

    Would love to hear more about your dancing days … beautiful dress by the way! :)

  • Anna

    so lovely!!! love the haristyle <3

  • Imogen H

    I second Hilary’s comment, I would love to hear about your dancing days! Your Mum’s house sounds beautifully idyllic, I hope I speak of my parent’s house like this when I’ve moved out completely. At the moment it’s just frustrating being back at home before final year, when I want to be in my own place. I know I appreciate it a lot more when I’ve been away for awhile though!

    Imogen //

  • Carina Maree

    It certainly looks like a gorgeous garden and the perfect place to eat dinner in the summertime. My mouth was watering reading about the food…and then you mentioned the brie and I could almost taste it! I’ve always wanted to try baking a little wheel of brie, I can imagine how delectable and gooey it would be mmm.

    Food aside, I adore your dress! I can see why you would want to twirl around in it
    xx Carina

  • emily couture

    It looks like a beautiful garden :)

    emily xx

  • Ceri

    Beautiful! You look like a forest fairy or something (that’s a good thing by the way!) ;) I so miss having a garden!

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  • Elizabeth Rebecca

    Your hair looks gorgeous – very tempted by those dresses haha!

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Camille

    I love family meals outside. The heat and the humidity gets to be too much where I live so very few summer meals are spent outdoors. Your dress just begs to be twirled in!

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  • Alliyah

    So lovely!

  • Lauren S

    What wonderful memories! I really don’t make the most or appreciate the garden my mum has created over the years, it really becomes magical every summer :)

    Lauren x

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  • Steph & The Spaniels

    How gorgeous! Gardens and flowers are just the prettiest thing. So pretty xx

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    What lovely memories! My mom just moved to a new house and it’s incredibly strange that I haven’t seen it yet. (And hair tutorial on that plait please!)

  • Cat

    Rosie, one thing that always brings me back to your wonderful blog is the fantastic way you have with words. This is a beautiful blog post not just for the summery snapshots, but for the eloquent way you have of describing your fond memories. I love it! :)

  • Laura Clarke

    This sounds like my perfect evening!! Here’s hoping the summer brings lots of long sun filled evenings x

  • Shannon Clark

    You look gorgeous Rosie! I love everything about this post – from the beautiful summery photos to the perfect way that you describe your memories!

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  • Rosie McKay

    I love al fresco dining, especially surrounded by my family!



  • LillianZahra

    Love these photos and your hair looks amazing! x

  • Sally Crangle

    That Bumble photo is HEAVEn dear lady! Such a lovely little post xxxx

  • Polly Cat

    Beautiful photos and a beautifully written post! Houses and gardens really do frame our memories. My parents have had the same house for about 20 years (I’m 19), and I know that when they eventually move on, it’ll still feel like our house and will be attached to so many of my childhood memories :) x

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    This garden is a special place that holds a lot of your memories. I can feel the freshness and cosiness from the garden. The cute floppy hat goes well with your lovely braids.

  • Lizzie Woodman

    Lovely post and photos. My parents still live in the same house I grew up in, so the garden holds lots of memories. Love the plait – it’s so pretty!

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