A few photos from our weekend, & thoughts on family.



This weekend was wall-to-wall amazing. The sunshine! Brunch! Blossom! Ducks on the pond! Endless coffee, and Netflix-marathoning, and spending time with family! I don’t think it could’ve been more perfect if it tried.

Let me break it down :: I woke up early both days, which I’m learning for me is the key to a great weekend. Jason and I differ wildly on this, and I don’t know about you, but I kind of feel like I’ve wasted the day if I lounge around in bed till midday and don’t get showered or dressed until the early afternoon. We started the weekend with breakfast in bed (on that little pink tea tray I’m so obsessed with) with the curtains and windows open to let in as much sunlight as possible. You know, it still feels such a novelty to actually *want* to spend time in our bedroom. The old combination of pink carpet, pale pink walls and a floral wallpaper border (picture that!) was so hideous that we basically spent as little time in there as possible. We’re still kind of giddy to have a bedroom that feels serene and beautiful, and that we can enjoy spending time in.  We talked over our week, and ate yoghurt and fresh fruit with a little Nutella for dipping. Jason and I have been working hard recently to share our stresses and worries with one another, because we both have a tendency to clam up about the big stuff and then find ourselves venting our stress and frustration by being irritable with one another. Even though I’ve always considered us to be pretty good at talking and sharing with each other, communicating so openly is making the hugest difference to our relationship.

Jason tends to take care of Teddy on Saturdays- they go on a little morning walk before Teddy’s training class in the afternoon- so I spent most of the day tidying up the house (which felt SO GOOD I can’t even tell you!) doing a work out (which also felt amazing, though I’m still aching) and then popped to the garden centre in the afternoon with my Mum. I needed to buying a new notepad and Teddy some rawhide treats, but came away with some a bunch of pink ranunculus and a bluebell scented candle instead. Such is the overwhelming power of pretty candle displays and cut flower departments, I guess.
  Cider-with-Rosie Fego's-Sunningdale Poached-egg-halloumi-spinach Cider-with-Rosie-Brunch

Sunday marked the two year anniversary of my Grandma’s passing, so we met up with my Mum, sister and cousins to eat brunch together and to celebrate her life. And it really did feel like a celebration, which is strange because in those early days, just after we watched yet another member of our family fade away, it felt as though there’d never be anything to celebrate again. Grief is a strange thing. It sits, pooled, at the bottom of my lungs, heavy and constant and still, only rising up like a wave and spilling forth in the rare moments when my mind is quiet and unoccupied by the present. It felt like drowning right at the beginning. The grief bubbled high in my throat- a physical squeeze around my windpipe that constricted my ability to breathe and speak and eat, and made all the words that came out of my mouth either a whisper or a shout. It recedes though. Slowly, steadily, reluctantly even.

My family, like all families, have lost. We’ve lost fathers, and uncles, and mothers, and grandfathers. And yet even after all that we are able to unite, years on, and laugh and celebrate and remember without feeling broken by the amount of empty chairs at our table. Family astounds me. The human spirit astounds me.

It was a really, really good weekend. I hope you had a beautiful one, too. <3

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  • http://www.nishaantishu.com Freya

    I don’t think I could ever put it better myself. Reading this I was so amazed because that’s exactly it! It just sits there in your lungs. I can’t wait until it recedes enough for me that I can talk about the good times without it coming out as a whisper or a shout. You’re the best for writing this.xx

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  • http://www.catherinesprunt.com catherine

    Such a lovely, heartfelt post (as usual!).

    Also, THAT TRAY

  • http://www.everywordhandwritten.co.uk Rosie W

    What you’ve said about grief is SO true. My Mums best friend passed away two weeks ago so we’ve had lots of heavy hearts in our house.

    I absolutely love these photos, and your skirt is gorgeous!
    Rosie x
    Every Word Handwritten

  • http://ofsounds.blogspot.com Sara

    Your description of grief is so accurate. You’ve written about it so beautifully!

    It sounds like you had a beautiful weekend and you look soooo lovely! Hope your week is just as nice :)

  • http://littlelettersinc.com stp

    such beautiful words, so eloquent and heartfelt.

  • http://seekingvictory.blogspot.com Nicole

    Oh Rosie you are so good at this life business- what a gorgeous weekend. I work weekends and then my staggered days off are filled with dull grocery shopping, washing and appointments. Beautiful pictures (as always:)

  • http://www.homeiswherethetartis.com Donna

    You brought tears to my eye! you wrote about grief so perfectly its beautiful! I have only just started reading your blog after getting back in to my neglected blog, I had just done a post about my nan who passed away 3 years ago. You inspire me to write from the heart.

  • http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/greenwich-on-a-sunday.html gina

    sorry to hear about your grandma, its so good that you can celebrate her tho
    love your shoes in that pic, wouldn’t think to put them with a skirt but it works! http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/greenwich-on-a-sunday.html

  • http://www.theperfectionistpen.wordpress.com Gemma

    This is such a beautifully written post

  • http://www.tamarasblend.com/ Tamara’s Blend

    I’ve become quite an early bird myself these past years – for the same reasons as you. And mornings are so delightful it would be a shame to spend them in bed.


  • http://madeinhunters.blogspot.co.uk Emma

    Rosie the way you write is so soothing. I’m glad that you were able to celebrate your grandmothers life in such a lovely way, grief is such a strange thing, i can remember loosing someone i loved and honestly feeling like i would never be normal again, but we all just keep chugging along. Glad you had a lovely weekend, your photos are beautiful.

  • http://www.thisparticular.blogspot.com Ala Skrakowski

    Reading about having breakfast in bed and just talking makes me even more excited to move into our little home together in May!

    Stunning post as per usual, Rosie! x

  • http://lolacolakate.blogspot.co.uk/ Laura

    So beautifully put Rosie. My Grandma passed away 10 years ago and the grief still sits at the bottom of my heart. Every now and again when I smell her smell or see someone who reminds me of her I feel great pain but I am comforted by the memories that I obviously still hold so close! Lovely post x

  • http://www.intoruth.com/ Ruth Johnston

    I can’t not comment on your beautiful photos as usual but your description of grief is just so accurate. Always there but less overwhelming over time. I think it’s really wonderful that people are still able to come together with lighter hearts and celebrate life the way you did.

  • http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk Lauren

    Looks like you had a lovely weekend!

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  • http://danueli.blogspot.de Dani

    Amazing pictures ! Spending time with your family is one of the most important and also fun things to do. :)
    I wish I would see mine more often :/

  • http://www.foodielaura.com Foodie Laura

    Families are great like that – always there for you.

  • http://www.gingerlypale.blogspot.co.uk Jessica

    This is a beautifully written post, Rosie. Your weekend sounds delightful, and although I can’t force myself to get up early on Saturday’s, you’ve given me some kind of motivation! Your words on grief are so heartfelt, and so, so meaningful. I’m so glad that you were able to celebrate the life of your Grandmother, too.

  • http://nuttystyleoflife.blogspot.com Emma

    Such a heartfelt post.. it makes me want to give you a big hug! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I have mixed feelings about early mornings at the weekend myself – I enjoy my time in bed but if I do get up early it feels like I haven’t wasted the day!

  • http://shewearsburgundy.blogspot.co.uk Jo

    What a beautiful weekend! Brunch and breakfast is one of my favourite things and nothing will ever change that – yours looked divine! So much sunshine and happiness and it’s wonderful that you celebrated your nans life too :)

    There’s a whole lotta love in this post! Thanks for making me smile :)

    Jo xxx

    She Wears Burgundy

  • http://www.daisychainsanddreamers.wordpress.com Sarah Linda

    Now that sounds like my kind of weekend! Love the pleated skirt and top, so summery! I can’t wait to get out of my heavy clothes and into my spring wardrobe.


  • http://www.melissalovesthis.blogspot.co.uk Melissa

    Those breakfasts look AMAZING! Yum!


  • http://aimeecorneliusx.blogspot.co.uk/ Aimeecorneliusx

    Glad you had a nice weekend. Such a lovely post Rosie!!!

  • http://www.sallytangle.blogspot.com sally

    This is such a beautifully written post lady! Infact reading how you described losing your dear grandma made me well up! You have the most beautiful beautiful way with words and it just made me want to give you a hug! What a special person she must have been.

    Lots of love xxxxxx

  • http://www.fancypantsandsugarshacks.com Meghan

    We just recently redid our bedroom and have had the same experience – we just love it so much and are actually able to enjoy it as a room, not just a space. Great post!!!

    Meghan xo

  • http://kimiandme.blogspot.co.uk/ christina

    your writing and photography is so beautiful, just like you x

  • http://monovhromecool.co.uk Winnie Ann

    Lovely post, gorgeous photography and heartfelt writing

  • Emily

    Where is your yellow skirt from, Rosie? It’s gorgeous. Love the photos in this post.

    • Rosie

      Thanks! It’s from Topshop, from their Autumn collection (but I think this shape is one of their staple pieces!) :)

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