A few photos from our Easter weekend in Dorset!



{ I’m publishing this post for the second time, because my site had to be restored from a backup today following server issues, and I lost the original copy of the post and all comments! I’ve had to re-write this post from a series of screenshots emailed over to me by a lovely reader named Penny! So if you’ve got a case of deju-vu whilst reading this post- it’s because you might have read it once before! ;) }

I want to thank you all a hundred times over for the sweet messages of congratulations Jason and I have received over the weekend. I’d been absolutely bursting to share the news here when we got engaged a week ago today, and have been so overwhelmed by all the sweet responses over the past few days! Jason and I read through all the comments on Saturday night just before going to bed, and they touched us more than we can say. Even though I only know a tiny fraction of the people who read this blog each day in person, it never feels like I’m writing to strangers when I share photographs and snippets of our life here. Jason and I have changed and grown such a lot as a couple over the past two years since I began writing Cider with Rosie, and I can’t even put into words how much affection I feel for everyone who follows along with us via my blog and how excited I am to have you all here to share with as Jason and I begin planning the day on which we become husband and wife! And I know that’s kind of a smooshy thing to say, but I don’t care a bit. If you can’t be overly sentimental when you’re riding high on a wave of newly-engaged joy, when can you? ;)

So, I hope you had a splendid Easter! We travelled down to visit Jason’s Dad and Stepmum at their new house in Dorset on Saturday morning, and spent a leisurely weekend enjoying the sea air with them both. Their house is just beautiful (it’s right on the edge of the New Forest, and about 2 miles from the coast) and Michaela is the most fabulous cook so we both came away with our jeans feeling uncomfortably tight. The feast she put together on Easter Sunday was so fantastic, Jason actually had to ask me to stop talking about it in the car on the way home. Apparently I’d mentioned it three times in the first 10 minutes of the journey. But there was slow cooked lamb, and potatoes cooked two ways (roasted in duck fat, and mashed!) and cauliflower cheese, and smashed parsnips! Oh man. It was a treat. I’m also very glad that Pilates starts again tonight after the Easter break, because I need it. And you know, wedding dress diet and all! ;) (I jest. I’m not going on a wedding dress diet. Not a chance.)

Flying-kiyr Teddy's-first-swim Skimming-stones

On Saturday afternoon, Jason, his Dad and I took Teddy down to Mudeford beach for a walk along the coast. It was Teddy’s first taste of sand and sea, and I really do mean ‘taste’ since Ted consumed liberal quantities of both. I was absolutely convinced he’d end up being sick from the amount of salt water he drank (great gulps of it!) but nope! The boy’s got a strong stomach (and a screw loose too, I think).

We watched people sailing, and kites flying, and hunted for pretty shells, and skipped stones, and I came home with Monica-Gellar-in-Barbados hair thanks to the salt air making it so puffy and textured. The one day I leave home without a hairband on my wrist…


^^ Pastel beach huts! Aren’t they gorgeous? ^^

Seagull Isle-of-Wight Dorset-crab

^^ There were dozens of people lined up crab-fishing along the sea wall, with buckets full of teeny crabs sat next to them. I never realised before that crabs could be caught using little mesh bags full of raw bacon, and so was very confused seeing so many open packets of bacon sitting along the sea front. It was quite the struggle keeping Teddy from making mad dives towards the packets, let me tell you…. ^^

Jason-and-his-Pa Teddys-sand-beard

^^ Sand-beard. He needed hosing-down when we got home. ^^

Jason-and-I Tapas Champagne

After we came home from the beach, we ate tapas outside in the garden for our first al-fresco meal of this year. Also, champagne! Because we’re celebrating! I’ve kind of maxed out on the champagne-front over the past week or so! First world problem right? Seriously though, I haven’t turned down a glass of fizz once for a good few days now, and that, for someone who often goes weeks at a time without having a single drink, is quite the feat! Ugh. I know Dry January is a thing already, but I’m about to make Dry-May happen ;)


So tell me, how was your Easter? :)

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  • http://lavidalaura.com/ Laura

    Hah, as soon as you said “Monica Gellar in Barbados” hair, I knew exactly what you were talking about! And those colorful beach huts are absolutely adorable :)

  • http://hannahsundae.blogspot.co.uk Hannah

    Hoooooow can you never have herd of crabbing!? My boyfriend’s parents run a shop dedicated to it :P I’m uploading photos now for a blogpost on crabbing, watch this space :)

    Dorset looks loovely btw :)

    Hannah xx

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

    Teddy is quite possibly the cutest dog I have ever seen – ever. I bet his puppy dog eyes are irresistible! Those pastel beach huts also make me want to pick up sticks to somewhere near the seaside! I’m still off on my Easter holidays (perks of being at school!) and I’ve spent the past two weeks dividing my time between revision, re-reading Harry Potter and watching Toddlers and Tiaras..

  • http://www.jedisbonjour.blogspot.com Migle

    I didn’t know you guys are engaged! Congratulations, really happy for you two! :))

  • http://www.lifethroughathousandstories.blogspot.com Daphne @ Life Through A Thousand Stories

    Just found your blog last week. Congratulations on your engagement! And I love the pics in this post!

  • http://nuttystyleoflife.blogspot.com Emma

    Looks like you had a lovely weekend! Teddy is super cute, glad the sea water didn’t make him sick! Also, those little beach huts are so pretty! Makes me wish I lived near the sea! x

  • http://www.fancysince1992.blogspot.de Kelly-Louise

    This looks so lovely!

    Could you check out my blog and follow it on bloglovin? I will follow back immediatley!
    I have a new blog post every day!

    Stay fancy!
    xxx Kelly-Louise


  • http://doorbelle.blogspot.com Liesa

    So lovely to see you had a great weekend. Teddy sure seemed to have fun! (The sand beard really got to me, haha – so cute!) Gorgeous photos as well, makes me wishing I was right there! xx

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

    Your Easter weekend sounds so lovely!!!! Gaahh i STILL can’t believe you’re engaged – that makes me so happy!!! I cannot WAIT! (which is a little ahead of myself!) but gaaah you must be SO excited!!!! I worked most of Easter unf BUT did get to spend Easter Sunday up at my parents in Scotland and meet their super duper handsome little arrival! They have just re-homed a 5 month old working cocker spaniel and he instantly made me think of Ted when we met him. He is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I just wanted to bring him home!!!!!! He has the sweetest softest little tuft of black hair on top of his little head that is the cutest. I could eat him!!!!

    Congratulations again for the squillionth time! Except i don’t care because it is the BEST news that you are engaged!!!!!!!xxxxxxxx

  • http://www.shootingandtraveling.com Imma

    I just discovered your lovely blog!
    It’s so cute and your photos are so beautiful!

    I’m glad you enjoy Easter and the food!haha

    I’m following you from now on, and I will add Dorset on my places-to-go-list.!:)



  • http://loveonthewallblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Georgia

    Ah, it all sounds so perfect Rosie! I’m so happy for you both!
    Also, that tapas feast looks delicious!

  • http://www.bloglovin.com/awanderlustblog gina

    looks like you had a really lovely weekend, love the beach huts

  • http://the-cup-and-saucer.blogspot.com Alice

    This looks perfect Rosie. That top picture is incredible, and now all I want to do is drink champagne and eat tapas outside. Might be one for the weekend actually- not that I have anything to celebrate, but any excuse!

    Alice xx | The Cup and Saucer

  • http://thatgirlintheattic.blogspot.co.uk/ Jess

    Oh Rosie! This looks so lovely. And congratulations to you and Jason on your engagement!! I’ve been following along for a while now, and you two really do seem perfect for each other. Enjoy your engagement! xx

  • http://irelatetothat.blogspot.com Rekha Monger

    Such lovely pictures as always and a splendid Easter you guys had.
    As a regular reader of your blog and follower on instagram, I couldn’t help but be so glad for you guys. Congratulations on the engagement. May all happiness be yours Rosie.

  • http://whatjessdoesnext.blogspot.com.au Jess

    Sounds like a fabulous time and congratulations again!
    I spent Easter with family and meeting my cousins little girl – super cute, but Ted does give her a run for her money!


  • http://mytwomums.com My Two Mums

    Congratulations :) Lovely photos. We live in Dorset and think you have captured what we love about the coast very well.

  • http://maellemarie.blogspot.fr/ Maelle

    Awww i just found your blog yesterday and i’m already loving it! Warm and simple, i’m enjoying reading through your past posts to discover bits and pieces of your life :) also, i’m late to the party but congratulations on your engagement!

  • http://www.hannah-bee.co.uk Hannah bee

    Congratulations love :) You’re literally a stones throw from my house in these pictures ( well a tiny bit more than that, but almost) xo

  • http://www.luxlife-blog.com Catherine Lux

    Ah I went to Dorset for Easter too! It was my birthday on Good Friday so we rented a gorgeous old barn conversion near Dorchester in the middle of nowhere and had a lovely weekend full of cake and dog walks :)

    Sadly we didn’t get to go to the beach though, which made me sad. I love the Dorset coastline so much!

    C x

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