An adventure in Yorkshire :: a country walk, the peacocks, + reconnecting.



After breakfast, came exploration and adventure.

And when I say adventure, I mean a gentle walk through the countryside, followed by an afternoon of eating and drinking. But we were in a new place, so that’s an adventure in itself, right? Right?

Although our tent was so snug and charming I could happily have settled in for the long haul there with my book (Girl on the Train- finally getting into it, two thirds of the way through!) and endless rounds of coffee, we were determined to see as much of Yorkshire as we could in the few short days we had there. So, after testing out the shower with, I’ll be honest, a little trepidation (we couldn’t bring ourselves to believe that a tent could *possibly* have an instant hot water supply, and were proved quite happily wrong!), Jason and I layered on enough clothes for every possible weather outcome, and headed out into the countryside.

On our agenda for the day was a visit to a village called Harome, where we’d been told we’d find a pub called ‘The Star Inn’ serving some of the best pub lunches to be had for miles around. But first, since we’d maybe eaten one too many slices of toast at breakfast, a walk to work up an appetite!

What I wore :: White T shirt  || Check shirt (past season, similar) || Jeans || Boots.

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We wandered through the village in search of a likely looking footpath to set out on, and stopped to admire a sweet gated farmyard that had the flounciest peacocks you’ve ever seen strutting around inside it. In fact, the one in this photo was doing his ‘look how snazzy my feathers are’ dance for the peahen just behind it! The owner of the farm came out and told us that he’s the oldest of all the birds she has, and that the hens mostly ignore his showing off. Clever ladies ;)

The walk we took didn’t last all that long (it felt SO strange to walk without a dog running along up ahead of us!), but we managed to catch the worst luck, and by the time we got back to the Star Inn we found out they’d stopped serving lunch only 15 minutes beforehand. ‘No matter!’ we said, and hopped back into the car and headed to the nearby village of Helmsley (singular, not plural ;) instead!


^^ Sometimes, a little cheesy self-timer action is just totally necessary, right? ^^

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Helmsley was as chocolate-box a village as you could dream of finding, but I captured it all via video instead of photographs! You’ll have to stay tuned for the video if you want to see the giant fruit scones with jam and cream we ate for afternoon tea, and the adorable greengrocers on the corner of the village square where we purchased our dinner (so totally charming!), and all the sweet grey-stoned cottages we made heart-eyes at as we walked past…

I’ll tell you though, that scone is up there amongst the best I’ve ever eaten. Maybe it was that we’d been pottering around the countryside for a good few hours and so were ravenous by the time we sat down to eat, or maybe it was that scones are just better when served alongside a cup of good old fashioned Yorkshire tea- I don’t know. But it really was a special one.

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And so, to home. We’d picked up a handful of things to cook on the barbecue that evening, and set to work making up new potato and red pepper skewers dressed with oregano, cooking ribs, and also cracked open the bottle of champagne we’d brought with us as a Bank Holiday weekend treat!

It was pretty blissful, that evening. Sipping icey champagne from our favourite little tin mugs (brought with us from home, because we couldn’t pass up the oppurtunity to use them in their natural camping habitat ;), eating a dinner straight from the grill followed by several rounds of cheese and biscuits, and then toasting up marshmallows over the remainder of the heat from the barbecue.

In between the rush of planning our wedding (we’re ticking off the final tasks now, which is crazy exciting!), each of us getting ready to take the best part of a month out of our normal working routines, and all of the other occurrences and tasks and jobs that make life eventful and exciting and busy, I feel as though we hadn’t had chance to really connect in a while. To devote time to just talking, and to catching up with each other and where we’re both at right now, and not getting distracted by things like phones and Netflix and Twitter. It’s amazing how easy it is to become wrapped up in the bubble of ‘self’, and to forget about the importance of quality time spent with the people who matter most.

We talked about it a little whilst we were away, and decided to try and spend less time ‘rushing’, and more time concentrating. On whatever task is at hand, on work, on relaxation- on each other.

And on that note, we clinked tin mugs, and toasted to another happy evening spent in front of a roaring fire in a little tent on the edge of a forest.

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  • Ladies & croissants

    Beautiful photos! I love the idea of champagne in tin mugs!!

  • Rosie McKay

    Looks like a lovely little camping trip & you were very luck with the weather :)
    Where did you get those enamel mugs from?
    I would love a pair of them!

  • emily couture

    Stunning photos :)

    emily xx

  • Cate Cruse

    Oh I know I’ve said it before but your blog does just make my heart happy. Your relationship reminds me so much of mine and we’re getting married this year too – shall we all elope and live on a farm in Yorkshire?! Yes? Yes?! Haha x
    Cate x

  • Jessie Lewis

    This place looks absolutely gorgeous! The perfect getaway from hectic city life. I will have to tell my boyfriend about it as I know he would love it too! Glad to see you had a wonderful time :) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • Mimmi

    This looks like such a lovely day. Yorkshire looks beautiful (really want to visit!) and spending the day just wandering around, exploring quaint villages, eating good food and talking sounds simply perfect. Loved this post!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Anna

    Such a peaceful place!!! Looks beautiful :)

  • Jennie / Scarletscorchdroppers

    What a gorgeous post. It sounds like the perfect way to reconnect with each other and take some time to just be. I love that you had your champagne from tin mugs too, surely the best way to drink it!

    Jennie x

  • Kelsey Douglas Short

    What a wonderful trip and so nice before your busy and exciting time ahead.

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    It sounds wonderful. If you were around Harome, you were only about an hour away from Sam’s home town on the coast. It’s a lovely part of the world! x

  • littlemidge83

    Looks amazing. I love camping! :) x

  • Sophie Cliff

    It looks like you had the PERFECT long weekend in our lovely little Yorkshire :)
    Sophie Cliff

  • Camille

    This all sounds amazing. I’m going to have to find a glamping spot near where I live asap! Disconnecting from the world and connecting with a loved one sounds very appealing right now.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Ana Ravishing Roses

    Your blog constantly makes me want to improve my photography. such a great post. Love your blog,

  • Sarah Elizabeth Lahoud

    Oh my goodness this looks absolutely spectacular. Your weekend of exploring and adventure has me swooning :D

  • Gemma

    What beautiful pictures! Helmsley is my closest town and I love how many independent businesses there are, from the brewery through to the deli’s and hardware shop. I’m off to The Star for a celebratory meal on Friday, it is a really great pub!

  • Lauren S

    These images are gorgeous, the countryside looks so calming and a relaxing escape – I could use some of that right now!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Sally Crangle

    Ah ROSIE this place looks like a little slice of heaven and a world away from the nine to five and general rush we all seem to be in for 99% of our lives. You really do just need these moments, even if you often don’t comprehend quite how much until you get them. Loved this post so!xxx

  • Lizzie Woodman

    This looks wonderful Rosie! Champagne definitely tastes great in a tin mug…

  • Gemma

    What a lovely little weekend away! Yorkshire really is beautiful :) Helmsley sounds beautiful! I can’t wait to see the video of it.

    Gemma x (A UK Lifestyle Blog)

  • Collette Rigby

    I have just finished reading Girl on the Train and very much enjoyed it. I may have accidentally-on-purpose stayed up until 2:30am because I had to finish it!

  • Connie Consumes

    Looks oh so pretty… which is making me excited for our little country break to Yorkshire at the end of the month! Just doing some vague planning (I’m not that organised lol) now so this was just what I needed! x

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