Picnic by the Pond

What better way to enjoy the glorious English sunshine, than to picnic by a pond, surrounded by an idyllic setting with good food and company!? Nope, no better way! I found these pictures hidden away in an album that are from a few months back, which I totally neglected to post at the time! *bad blogger*! I think I must have been about 7 months here, but in actual fact, the dress almost completely disguised much sign of a bump at all! I thought it was the perfect sun dress for the day and for keeping cool in the heat. It belonged to my Uncle's Mother, which he kindly passed down to me knowing I would appreciate the vintage print and enjoy styling up. It had always been a little big for me though, but with a baby bump to fill it out somewhat, it was a perfect fit!

Pretty floral tea dresses perfect for a picnic!

Bracelets from Accessorize and Forever 21

This is one of my favourite locations to visit when the weather is beautiful and I'm back at my Mother's in Basingstoke, and it is literally a 5 minute drive down the road. What with the picturesque pond filled with happy little ducks, the stunning weeping willows and hidden wooded area complete with a little bridge and tiny waterfall, it really is hard to believe you're in Basingstoke. There is a play area for children a little over the other side, but crazily the whole place is almost always empty whenever I go; it truly is a hidden gem in the summertime. 

I took my time enjoying the peaceful and tranquil environment, taking in the beauty of my natural surroundings with great appreciation, and wandered down into the more wooded area, where I was greeted with the most beautiful sight of a lone swan. I probably spent a good hour just taking pictures of her, making the most of nothing else around disturbing the moment. It was such a lovely way to spend my time, and reignited my love of photography for non-related fashion imagery. It was almost like she was posing for me, as she kept gliding off and coming back to where I was standing; I think it's the closest I've ever been to a wild swan, enabling me to get some really beautiful shots. I have only posted a few images (there are many, many more!) on this post, as I want to carefully select my favourites and then I shall post them onto my Photography tab.

Does anyone else have a favourite 'hidden gem' to go to in the Summer?


  1. What a great idea to go on a picnic. It looks beautiful. Now I really want to have a picnic. I love your floral dress, totally wonderful for the ocassion too.

  2. Awww thank you Imogen, I think the dress dates from the 1970's so it's 'real' vintage too! No more picnics this year now....unless they are of the indoor variety, lol! xo

  3. this looks like the perfect day :) love your dress with the cardigan & hat, dream combination :)

  4. such pretty pictures! love your dress too x
    The Frill Seeker

  5. you look so gorge Maddie, love this!


    1. Awww, thank you so much Em, you are too kind! :) xo



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