Down by the river.


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Reasons why this walk was such a lovely one:

We dodged the rainstorms that arrived without warning on and off throughout the day.

Jason and I were out together midweek, which hardly EVER happens.

The look of quiet boredom and frustration on Teddy’s face whilst he waits for Elsie to behave herself for long enough on the lead that they both can be released and begin tearing around like lunatics.

Kayakers on the river who nod and smile and say hello, who we nodded and smiled and said hello right back to.

Watching Elsie attempt to launch herself into the water every 100 yards or so, because she’s suddenly found her springer spaniel water obsession. Teddy knows not to even try, though sometimes sneaks in when we get distracted…

Spotting the last of the elderflower blooms. Next year remind me to collect enough for a bottle of homemade cordial before the season passes?

Baggy dungarees that are too comfortable for words, and don’t fall down every ten steps like silly maternity jeans…

Both dogs mad attempts to reach the pigeons that roost underneath the big wooden bridge, through the gaps in the boards. The pigeons sit there cooing away smugly, knowing they can’t be touched.

Blackberries already growing greenly on the bramble hedges along the water.

And last but not least, the puppy who wore herself out so thoroughly that she decided to take a nap right in the middle of the field, three quarters of the way round.

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  • Cate Cruse

    Oh this is such a lovely, happy post Rosie! Your little family make my heart warm xxx

    The perks of being a hipster – My London

  • emily couture

    Such a lovely post! I love the dungarees :)

    emily xx

  • Ron Mariano

    It seems such a peaceful and lovely walk indeed. I’m sure the puppy enjoyed it so much! Hope you’re well.

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

  • Sarah

    Beautiful photos as always :) and such a lovely, happy, heart-warming post to read! x

  • Anika |

    Amazing photos, absolutely loving your blog!

    Anika |

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Elsie is sooo sweet!!! What a lovely walk. xxx

  • woodenwindowsills

    Refreshing and happy. How is it that the blackberries are already forming?! We havent had summer yet!! Alice xx

  • Samm -The Inspiration Highway

    Lush post! Have you got any tips on finding elderflower blooms and what to do with them? I’m obsessed with all things elderflower! Thanks. x

  • Jennifer

    Elsie has really grown! This sounds like a lovely walk. I can’t wait for it to be proper blackberry season (although I’m not wishing summer away too quickly).
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  • Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic

    Staying by the river or canal is now one of my favourite summer occupation :)

  • Lauren S

    So many parts of Surrey I need to explore, Godalming looks lovely (and I think they filmed The Holiday there?!)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Jolien

    Nice pictures! I have a dog too, a hyperactive Border Collie named Odin. His behavior looks like Elsie’s in this post when I go for a walk and he has seen a river or a lake somewhere.

  • Claire @ Country Mouse Claire

    I’ve done that on walks before as well! Adorable pup!

  • Peta

    What a beautiful post and lovely photos! Your pups are absolutely adorable!

  • Sophie Harrison

    What an idyllic place – it’s this little oasis, I just want to jump into the screen! Your photos especially always look so dreamy. My Millie LOVES to chase birds, but she always thinks she can catch them even when they start flying :P

    Hope everything is good with little bubba :) Sending lots of love and good wishes x

    Bumble & Be

  • Alice

    That looks like the most beautiful walk :) Your doggies are the cutest!

    Alice | Whiskey Jars Blog

  • Abby | Lace & Lilacs

    These photos are so serene; I just love them. <3

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