The weekend of happiness :: part one.



A   C O U N T R Y S I D E    S T A Y C A T I O N .

If you asked me to describe my perfect weekend away, I’d tell you about a weekend in the countryside.

I’d be with Jason and Teddy and Elsie, of course, and we’d spend our time taking long leisurely walks through the fields and forests (with no time constraints, or need to rush back to crack on with work), and then coming home to eat so much delicious food we feel as though we might burst, before falling asleep on the sofas for a spell.

This past weekend had all those things, and more.

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Our ‘Weekend of Happiness’ came courtesy of the lovely folk at FatFace, and it was such a treat. We’re really trying to treasure the time we spend just the two of us right now, since we know our lives are set to change so drastically in September!

We arrived at Bemba’s Barn (set in a sweet village called Biddenden in the heart of the Kent countryside) at around midday on Sunday, with our bags packed full of beautiful pieces from FatFace’s dreamy Spring Summer collection to see us through our stay.

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We were greeted by our host Emma, handsome labrador Bemba (who the barn is named after, and who Elsie become OBSESSED with during our stay!), and a bowl of freshly laid eggs on the dining table from Emma’s brood of chickens.

Ted and Elsie ran along behind us as we explored the barn- they were giddy with excitement, both at having such a big space to charge around in, and also because they’d spotted pheasants in the field behind the barn as we arrived!

Once our bags were unpacked, and after a brief pause to admire our new surroundings over a cup of coffee, we welly-booted up and set out down the lane that ran along the back of the barn.

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Jumper || Jeans



The bluebell woods near where we live haven’t sprung to life yet, but the little patch we stumbled upon just down a bank between some farmers’ fields were out in their full glory. There’s nothing quite like bluebells in the spring time, is there?

The light was low and shining golden through the trees, and we paused for a moment to appreciate the quiet and stillness. Well, as much stillness as you can get with two spaniels bounding around your feet…


Now, we need to pause for a moment, in these beautiful bluebells woods, to talk about this pair of dungarees I’m wearing…

All my life, I’ve had this secret silly life goal of being a pregnant lady wearing dungarees.

I don’t know why, exactly, it’s just always been an idea that captured my heart! In the way that some girls grow up dreaming of their wedding dress, in all its magical ivory glory, I always dreamed of the day that I’d shimmy myself and a bump into a pair of dungarees made from the softest, most worn-in denim, perhaps with a rip here and a fray there to add to the cosy, well-loved feel.

And so, as you can imagine, these dungarees are something of a dream come true for me!

 Dungarees || Breton top


FatFace don’t sell maternity wear, but their pieces are so well cut and have such a wonderful relaxed feel to them that just ordering a size or so up from normal makes their clothes totally ideal for wearing through pregnancy and beyond.

And these dungarees really are the *most* comfortable thing to wear with a growing belly. Despite still being fairly small on the bump front, I can’t bear having anything tight cutting into my stomach or putting any extra pressure around my abdomen. These are so roomy around the middle, I’m practically living in them at the moment!

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^^ Both Jason and I agreed that this jumper is one of the nicest pieces of knitwear he’s ever owned. You won’t believe the price either- a total bargain! ^^

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With the dogs suitably worn out (and as muddy as only a pair of fluffy spaniels can get during a 20 minute jaunt), we waved goodbye to the bluebells and the stream and the setting sun, and made our way home to the barn.

Dinner was made and eaten in a flash when we got back, and after an evening spent chatting and cat-napping on the sofas, we took ourselves off to bed for a night of sound sleep in the countryside quiet.

The perfect beginning to three blissful days away…


This post was sponsored by FatFace, who right now are offering an exclusive online 15% discount to Cider with Rosie readers!

The offer is for 15% off a single purchase of full price merchandise at FatFace, and is valid until the 24th April. Quote ROSIE at checkout to redeem the discount!

(Terms and conditions: This promotion cannot by used in conjuction with any other promotion. Returned items will be refunded (on production of a valid receipt) at the discounted price paid. Offer cannot be used in FatFace stores.) 

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  • Jes Cohen

    I really need this in my life right now – the getaway, I mean haha.

    It looks beautiful. :)

  • Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic

    I am still madly in love with your dog!

  • Sophie Blumenthal

    Gorgeous photos, looks like a lovely spot!

    Sophie x

  • reneejessome

    Looks like such a cute spot!

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • Lucy

    Such beautiful pictures – it looks really lovely there! x

  • Kelsey Douglas Short

    Sounds like a lovely trip away and oh my gosh little Elsie’s face in that last photo!


  • amelia may

    It all looks and sounds glorious. Xx

  • Emma

    Beautiful imagery, looks like spring has officially sprung

    Not Copper Armour // Bloglovin’

  • Kayleigh

    Looks like a beautiful place to stay! Beautiful photos Rosie :)
    Kayleigh |

  • Mimmi

    Oh what a beautiful place! Sounds like a wonderful weekend. And Elsie is really starting to grow, isn’t she!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

  • Lauren S

    What a lovely weekend, and loved the part about your dream of dungarees – that’s so cute!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Rowan Collins

    This has to be one of my favourite posts of yours yet, Rosie. The photos are gorgeous! Sounds like you had the perfect weekend, too :) x

  • Helen

    Those bluebells! :D

  • Kezia @ Super Naturally Health

    I have some fatface dungerees and they are so comfy and flattering and I am not pregnant and they still look good!! Yay for the good news – just realised and it SO good!

  • Abby | Lace & Lilacs

    Just beautiful, Rosie. You look lovely – such cute dunagrees! <3 xx

  • Jenna & Cortney

    This sounds like the most magical little weekend getaway! Lovely writing & photos!

    Jenna & Cortney | A Whimsy Wonderland

  • Small_Acorns

    This is such a lovely post, the photos are beautiful! There is nothing better than discovering a patch of bluebells in a shady wood. I am pregnant and have been wearing a lot of fat face clothing, its a great tip about buying a size or two bigger; that way you can also wear them after the birth too. Xx

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