If spring is the time for anything, it’s starting over. Taking a little time out to reflect on the year to date, noting the changes of the season, breathing in warmth, and letting go of the foggy hangovers of winter.

Last week was a week free of screens, for me. I shut my phone away the vast majority of the time, left my laptop to gather dust, and went out with my camera only once- to capture this most picturesque of spots in the bluebell woods.

With no time restraints, we allowed ourselves to linger. Walked farther than usual just for the sheer joy of being out in the sunshine, and seeing Teddy so happy to be charging around after birds and peering at the sheep through fences. I caught a new smattering of freckles, and gathered bites and bruises and bites and scratches on my legs from goodness knows what.

It’s amazing what you notice, sitting quietly in the woods for twenty minutes or so. The coarse pheasant calls punctuate the near-constant chorus of delicate bird song, and the wind sets the bluebell leaves squeaking as they rub up against one another. The sun streams though the trees bright as anything one moment, then fades away in an instant the next. Even the tiny insects sit and bask in the sunlight on tree branches and logs, and don’t seem the slightest bit phased to be sharing their turf with a busy spaniel. Though, to give credit where credit’s due, after five minutes or so of my sitting quietly on that fallen branch, Ted came and stood by my side and seemed to enjoy listening peacefully to the birds just as much as I did.

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The crowning glory on top of an already overwhelmingly lovely moment was that little flask of lemonade. It had added to it a few ice cubes, a couple of slices strawberries and orange segments, and a few sprigs of marjoram- and it really was the most refreshing thing you could think of to enjoy mid-dog walk on a warm May day. I drank the lemonade, Teddy got the strawberries and crunched through the ice cubes, and the orange slices were a treat both for me and a few bold ants.

There’s a reason this patch of woods is the happy place I imagine myself in when I can’t drift off to sleep at night. There are even sheep to count, just beyond the bluebell patch…

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What I wore :: Breton top || Jeans || Welly boots.

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  • Fruzs

    Good morning! The post came just in time for my morning coffee.

  • Chrissy Lilly

    What a beautifully written post. Such an amazing moment when you can stop and take in your surroundings.

    Chrissy x

  • Sophie

    Beautiful photos!

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  • Mimmi

    This is such a beautiful post. I miss living close to the woods. There’s nothing that calms me down as much as a woodland walk. Taking a week off technology must’ve been really relaxing. Beautiful photos, as well!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Anna

    Love this so much!!! I’d love to live near the woods or in the beach <3

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    What a perfectly peaceful afternoon! It’s so important to just step away from the screen sometimes and get out into the fresh air. The bluebells are so gorgeous; I love being on the hunt for all the seasonal flowers of spring. The lemonade sounds just perfect too! xxx

  • Rosie McKay

    Such a tranquil post to read on a Tuesday morning.

    You really capture the atmosphere of the woods here Rosie, I almost feel like I am there with you!



  • emily couture

    What a great post and wonderful photos :)

    emily xx

  • Lizzie Woodman

    Lovely post! I’m with you on the gentle pottering – definitely my way to relax.

  • Michelle

    Rosie you are blowing my mind with these mid-walk drinks. Again – why have I never considered this? Pooches have a marvellous way of knowing when it’s time for a little switch off, P and B will often (ok, sometimes!) sit by my feet on a deserted beach and listen to the waves crashing with me.

    Beautiful photos and I hope you recharged fully in your tech-free week.
    M x

  • rosie alittlelusciousness

    So gorgeous!! And peaceful… And Teddy is just too cute!!!!
    Rosie xx

  • Christine

    Sounds like such a relaxing walk. Great idea bringing such a refreshing drink with you! :)

  • Deborah Cicurel

    I love this! Such a peaceful post… and beautiful photos!
    Debs x

  • Lauren S

    This is definitely inspiring me to have some time away from the tech, I’ve had some trouble with uploads etc that I feel so frazzled – time away in the fresh air seems to be what I need

    Lauren x

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  • Sed Bona

    I love this post — it’s so important to step away from the screens and just BE. Weekends are my no-blogging, no-instagram time — I’ll have to add in a walk in the woods to the ritual. You look gorgeous Rosie!

    Sed Bona

  • Giada

    I’ve been the same lately, just wanting some screen-free time to spend outside, especially in the weekends, and I find it super restorative too! The bluebells are so pretty btw! x

    x Giada | Miel Café

  • Steph & The Spaniels

    Lovely, Teddy is looking as gorgeous as ever too! x

  • Debbie

    Teddy is so adorable. What a lovely idea to have a mid-walk drink. It’s the one thing I always forget or leave in the car. I wish I could part with my tech as it seems really beneficial.

    Debbie x Hello Deborah

  • Ala

    Beautiful photos Rosie! I just got back from spending the weekend in Weybridge and I’ve re-found my love for the countryside! Teddy looks like he’s gotten a little bigger too the cutie! Sounds divine x

  • Camille

    Lovely photos! Unwinding in nature is absolutely the best stress reliever.

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  • Daisy

    What a beautiful post. So this has now sorted out what I’ll be doing on my birthday next week – a day to myself, away from screens, just “pottering”, sounds like the perfect way to spend it – absolute heaven. Glad you had such a lovely week :)
    Daisy xx


    Your post is so touching. I think it’s time for me to stop using too much technology and try to go outside to explore the beautiful nature. Your stroll through the bluebell patch seems very dreamy and peaceful.

  • Sally Crangle

    Beautiful, just really really beautiful Rosie! Gaah the beautiful words and photos so appealed to the little escapist in me. I felt like i was there with you! Magical little post. I just loved it. But i probably already mentioned that!

    Your week ‘off’ sounded pretty blissful xxx

  • Jen | Beautiful Junk

    Beautiful post Rosie… the way you described the sights and sounds was incredible, I really felt like I was there!

  • Emma

    This sounds so perfect! I love taking walks in the woods with my dog, she enjoys it just as much it seems :) a truly beautiful post.


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