The Sunday ritual.



S L O W   D O W N .

My alarm went off at 8.30 on Saturday morning, and I drove to Heathrow feeling more than a little bleary-eyed after having accidentally (but happily!) spent every evening since Jason went away to the Highlands on Wednesday catching up with friends over dinners and drinks.

We decided that our weekend needed to make up for having spent most of the week apart, but between the Saturday catnaps, the tidying and organising that always comes after a trip away, and the errands we each had to run, it felt as though we barely saw each other for the first half of our weekend.

And so, it fell to Sunday to make up for lost time…


We started with coffee, freshly ground and served with warm, frothy milk. I’ve found recently that oat milk makes the best foam- I’ve even managed to nail one of those fancy latte art ‘hearts’ once or twice, which is absurdly happy-making!

The winter sunlight streams in though the kitchen window first thing in the morning, and makes the pond outside look like a sheet of glass.

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Next came breakfast, both hearty and healthy all at once.

We’re in love with green smoothies at the moment (usually frozen mango and pineapple, then a ripe banana, a handful of kale, and splash of coconut water), and, of course, bowls of nourishing oats topped off with raspberry jam.

It took me years to fall in love with porridge, but now I wouldn’t be without it. There’s nothing like waking up to dew-tipped grass, and having your breath curl like smoke on the air as you stand watching the dog stretch his legs outside, in the knowledge that a pan full of oats is thickening on the hob whilst you wait.

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With bellies full and coats and scarves piled on, what next to do but head outside?

We picked up my sister on our way over to the woods not far from where my Mum lives, and spent an hour tramping up and down the hills and through the bracken with Teddy dancing along in front of us. All that was missing was some hot chocolate

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S O U P   +   B R E A D .

Lunch came in the form of ribollita soup, with my current favourite snack served alongside it- sourdough rye toast with hummus and homemade tapenade! The combination of the creamy hummus and rich, salty tapenade is just heaven. I’ve gone through a whole jar of olives in three days…


Our final stop of the day was at the lake, with family. We headed up about an hour or so before sunset, so that I could shoot some maternity photos for my sister-and-brother in law, who are expecting their first baby in January. <3

Oh, and I should explain that this shoot is why I’ve been pinning lots of maternity and baby photos on Pinterest lately- for inspiration! I’ve had a few questions about whether I’ve been hinting at something recently, and I can promise you that that’s not the case!

We caught the most beautiful light, and finished the shoot down by the waters’ edge just as the sun dipped over the treeline. The results were some of my favourite photos I’ve taken in a long time.

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Tell me, how was your weekend?

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  • sophie warner

    This looks like such a blissful Sunday Rosie. Just how Sundays should be!

  • Melodie | Happy Melodie Blog

    That really sound like a perfect sunday to me… Hope you enjoyed dear Rosie! :*

  • Ashleigh

    Beautiful pics Rosie, sounds like the perfect weekend xxx

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  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    It took me ages to grow to like porridge too, but now it’s my staple cold weather breakfast. Beautiful photos as always! Homemade tapenade sounds so delish! xxx

  • Lauren S

    Beautiful photos Rosie, it really captures a quiet but peaceful Sunday – I wish mine had been that relaxed recently!

    Lauren x

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  • Mimmi

    This is simply perfect. I find that oat milk is perfect for coffees too, much better than almond milk (which is my favourite for other things). Porridge is no doubt the best breakfast, especially during autumn, and I love long nature walks. I wish I lived as close to the countryside as you seem to do!

    Mimmi xx

    Muted Mornings

    • Rosie

      See I just can’t get on with almond milk! I’ve tried since I know it’s so healthy, but I’m not really a fan. I love Koko coconut milk in tea, and oat milk in porridge and to make flat whites!

      We do love being so near open fields and forests :) x

  • Charlotte Buttrick

    Such a gorgeous post, I love your photography and your kitchen looks divine! I haven’t taken Brody to the forest in so Long so this had really inspired me to get some more fresh air! xxx

  • Courtney

    This sounds like the perfect Sunday! Your pictures are beautiful and all of your meals look delicious!

  • Natalia

    Beautiful post! I love Sundays! My favourite Sunday thing is brunch at home- you can check it here x

  • Camille

    Sunday is the perfect day to unwind with loved ones. I’m jealous that this is your ritual! The photos taken at the lake are gorgeous!

    Stamp, Please! Lifestyle and Travel

  • Tisha | The Nourished Mind

    This post is so beautiful. So wonderful!

  • Pili G

    Sounds like a perfect Sunday. I love your pictures and the way you wrote it! I always say how your blog is one of my favorites!



    Records of my Troubles

    • Rosie

      Thank you so much Pili! <3 I always notice and appreciate your lovely comments :) xx

  • Nina Marshall

    Stunning photos and sounds like a lovely Sunday. Love reading your blog

    Nina x

  • Claire @ Country Mouse Claire

    Beautiful! Making me pine for the country…and porridge!

  • Carina

    What a glorious sunset!! and the porridge looks so gooood! i hope you have more time to spend with Jason. Sometimes life just does get in the way of a relationship, but we just have to find some way to balance it all out i guess and…Yeah SLOW DOWN! haha :)

    x Carina
    Running White Horses – Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle blog

  • Devilishly British

    Love this post. This blog inspires me to make my site better

  • Olivia Grace

    Such a beautiful post Rosie xx

  • Alyssa G

    Love these photos, so beautiful!

    xx Alyssa

  • Sarah’s Chapter

    This sounds amazing, and your photos are beautiful! Craving porridge now!

    Sarah | Sarah’s Chapter

  • Rosie

    I hope you love porridge with jam! It’s my absolute favourite breakfast for this time of year! x

  • woodenwindowsills

    Absolutely beautiful Sunday, I’m totally inspired to replicate it in my own way this weekend! I need a day like that! Alice xxx

  • Leanne

    I love how simple your weekend adventures are xx

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  • Rosie

    Ooh I could do…but to be honest, all I do is just whizz up black kalamata olives in the NutriBullet and eat it as is! I know there’s a fancy way to do it, with herbs and whatnot, but I just love it plain! :) xx

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