Let’s catch up! {also, an Instagram round up!}



The past couple of weeks have been such busy ones, it feels as though I’ve not had chance to sit down and catch up here for a horribly long time! How *are* you all? Hasn’t this week been such a beautiful one, with all this glorious sunshine and the long, bright evenings? Warm evenings are my favourite thing about summer, by far. They make me feel almost as though I’m on holiday- when each day of sightseeing or sun-soaking is finished off with dinner and drinks in warm, slightly humid air. The best.

So, what’s new! Well, nothing exciting, in particular. What’s that? You want to hear all about the boring stuff we’ve been up to lately, in a rambly kind of fashion? Well, if you insist! Here goes…

Yesterday I had ice-cream for lunch. Well, actually it was gelato, AND it was coffee flavoured, which makes it far more sophisticated and legitimate than if it were a Mr Whippy. That’s my story anyway, and I’m sticking to it. See the thing is, I’ve been doing all my grocery shopping lately at the garden centre (their fruit and veg in summertime is better than any you can find in the supermarket, and about a third of the price to boot!) and right outside the entrance to the garden centre is an Italian food truck kinda thing, selling extortionately priced but so tasty you can’t say no gelato. Yesterday I’d already had to drive to and from the garden centre twice (I got there first time and realised I’d left my purse at home), and so when I finally arrived all ready to do my shopping, I decided it was probably best to reward myself with a little coffee gelato as a pick me up. Did the trick…


Weddings! Let’s talk weddings! Today is the 17th July, which means that we are now officially one year to the day away from getting married! THIS IS VERY EXCITING! Jason and I are in the happy respite period of wedding planning, where we’ve sorted the big stuff (venue, church, caterers- all the crucial things that make you want to cry with stress whilst you try and pin them down) and now have a month or two before we need to start thinking about photographers, suits, flowers, band…the list goes on. We are starting to have conversations about Save the Dates (they kinda need to be great, given that Jason runs a design agency and all…) and also the all important colour scheme. But we keep forgetting to talk about all things wedding in the evenings after work until we’re doing the washing up right before bed, and then we’re both tired and cranky and not in the best frame of minds for intense debates about things like How Green Is Too Green, and Do We Really Want Pop Up Wedding Stationery.

On the whole though, we’re feeling faaaiiirly laid back about the whole wedding planning thing. People keep telling us that we’re doing well to be so far along in the planning with still exactly a year to go, but they wouldn’t say that if they saw how disorganised we both can be, and how long it takes us to get out of the door on time each morning. We’ve learnt, in the past year or so, that the very best way for us to be on time for things (family events, dinners, meetings, whatever) is to force ourselves to aim to be ready exactly half an hour before we actually need to leave the house.  And we’re kind of applying that same principle to the wedding planning! We’re giving ourselves an extra few months of planning on top of the year most people say you need, because it gives us a little leeway and counters our inherent lateness. So! That’s where we are!


Last up- quick fire, entirely mundane, pretty boring news! Not done this in such a long time! Here goes…I went shopping! Jason went shopping! Teddy did no shopping, but did go swimming in the lake and also tried to eat a wasp! The hugest spider I’ve ever seen in my life ran across our living room floor when I was home alone, and I despatched it with a slate tile! The dishwasher is still broken, one month after it first started leaking! The ducklings on our pond are getting bigger, but (sadly) there’s only four left! We’re addicted to halloumi, & putting spices and BBQ sauce on all our food! I’ve got lip-freckles!

Phewph. Anything new and exciting (or mundane, you know I love a bit of happy mundane!) going on in your life? Let’s catch up!

p.s. All photos from my Instagram feed. I’m ‘ciderwithrosieblog’, if you want to follow along :)

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  • Jess

    Hi Rosie

    Ice cream for lunch sounds lovely! Ive read in your posts a few of times that you do body balance and yoga dvds at home… could you recommend some? Just had a look on amazon and there were no body balance ones. Ive really gone off the gym lately so flexibility to work out at home woukd ease the guilt!

    Thanks :-)

    • Rosie

      Ohhh it so was! I do indeed do Body Balance at home (which is a mix of yoga, Pilates and tai chi) and also take an actual Pilates class once or twice a week. The Body Balance DVDs I use are Les Mills ones, which are actually instructor DVDs that my Pilates teacher leant me. My favourite one is called ‘Les Mills Body Balance Release 62′, and I’ve found it for sale online here (http://www.fitnessmusic.cc/views.asp?hw_id=283) but I’ve never used that site so can’t vouch for how secure/reliable it is. Body Balance is my favourite, I absolutely adore it! It’s so musical, but also really strengthening too. Defnitely would recommend it! Hope that helps a little! :)

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

    You’re hair looks so lovely tied up. You’re making me coffee obcessed to at the moment with all your pictures of coffee related food & drinks!

  • http://www.bluebellandbumpkin.blogspot.com Beccy

    One year to go – how exciting!

    It is amazing how detailed wedding planning conversations can be – I find myself obsessing about the smallest things, but then have to remember it will all be alright on the day!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  • http://amberluiselove.blogspot.com Amber

    Love these posts :) pop up wedding stationery is the way to go! Me and my housemates had such a rep for being late last year our friends used to tell us times an hour early, we’d still end up there like two hours late! And I was always laughed at by my friends as I strolled into lectures just a minute before they started :)
    Don’t even mention spiders! My family have been so patient and not so patient as I try not to have panic attacks when I see a teeny one! My life is in limbo at the mo, in between moving house with the fam (maybe), then moving back to uni at the end of August! So my life is all in boxes and very confusing! But i’m also enjoying the sunshine and wish it was sunny all year round :) xo

  • http://samsamcherie.blogspot.com Samantha

    Such beautiful photos…and I love posts like these, it’s just like having a conversation with ya! :)
    ~ Samantha

  • http://www.hannasplaces.com Hanna

    Your week(s) sound lovely! Ice cream for lunch is definitely a good decision!

    PS: How do you edit your instagram photos? They are so bright and sharp :)

    • Rosie

      It really was a great lunch! ;) I don’t actually put a filter on my photos, but instead just edit them by fiddling about with the brightness, contrast, and clarity in the Afterlight app. It’s a great app, would really recommend it!

  • http://www.escapetothewestcountry.co.uk Sarah

    Your suppliers will be forever grateful that you are an organised and non stressy bride. Take it from me as a wedding marquee supplier! I have had a call today (Thursday) wanting a marquee for 100 people on Saturday…. *siiiigh*

  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica Edmunds

    Wow I can’t believe it’s been a year I have been reading your blog for so long now xx

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren S

    congrats on all the progress with your wedding – so exciting it’s only a year. Love your instagram post they’re always so clean and pretty
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Fiona

    Hi Rosie, happy last insignificant 17th July! Definately done well to get the big things sorted, everything else are just (lovely) extras. I got married last year and my husband also designed the stationary (he was a final year graphic design student) made it extra special, though we were both awkward clients haha. Have a lovely week.

    Fi. X

  • http://www.endlesslyjustifying.wordpress.com Lori

    Hi Rosie,

    I absolutely adore your blog! Your photos are so sweet to look at. I find your whole blogging and photography style really inspiring and quaint :)
    Not to mention your awesome blog design!! Props to the bf on that one! Looks amazing!!!!
    All the best,

    Lori xo …@_loriloves

  • Lindie

    I just adore your posts. The “mundane” ones are the best :) Just love your pics! Beautiful and vivid. Linds

  • http://polkadotsandchai.wordpress.com Parina Patel

    You get married a week and a day before we do – how exciting!! We have all the big stuff sorted like venues, registrar and photographer but the smaller things can wait till after our holiday. I am still slightly concerned we have yet to find a caterer but not concerned enough to do anything about it! It’s funny, when people ask how the wedding planning is going they seem to expect you to be in a crazy, hectic mess over the whole thing. Don’t they know about wedding spreadsheets?? The smaller stuff is more fun. We need to find James a suit which will either be a really quick job or take a painfully long time! Men hey?! Xx

  • http://www.waterpainteddreams.com Hayley

    Ice cream for lunch sounds good to me!
    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.se Mimmi

    Love this post! Ice cream for lunch sounds like such a nice little treat, and planning seems both really exciting and nerve-wrecking! Can’t wait to see how everything will turn out.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://northernambitions.com Ursula

    Gorgeous pictures. I love instagram because it’s a glimpse into how people see the world. My fiance and I are the exact opposite of you guys when it comes to wedding planning. Ian and I have our venue and that’s about it….but we have until April and we wanted a casual wedding. Plus I’m such a stress case that I figure the longer I put it off the less stressful it’ll be. Closer to the date, we’ll buckle down. I’ve come to realize that everyone plans differently and whatever works for you guys is the perfect way to do it.

  • http://www.ensembledeux.blogspot.com Precious

    I love your pictures, they are so refreshing!! :)


  • http://www.orbitingoceans.bogspot.co.uk Bekka

    Sounds like a pretty great week to me, Rosie! I do love summer evenings, but I don’t love the humidity that comes with them – though if you forced me to choose I would always pick having summer evenings over winter! I’m also impressed with how much of the wedding plans you have accomplished, woo. How exciting that it’s only a year away though?! Have a wonderful weekend! x

  • http://www.sheandart.vo She

    You have a stunning instagram!

  • http://wanderfulways.blogspot.nl cheyenne

    what a lovely, lovely post. everything sounds and looks so dreamy :)
    xo, cheyenne

  • http://bluehairinbelgium.blogspot.be Kerri H

    I seemed to have lost your blog and i’m happy to have found it again… I don’t know what happened.

    I love the mundane, it’s nice to hear about other people’s every day life.

    Mines been pretty mundane to, save a beach trip and some good long walks.

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