I was thinking the other day about how we take for granted, of the places we live in, the surroundings or the monuments around us. I know I don’t make the most of living in London, there are so many place that I have yet to visit and explore. We happen to live near Richmond Park and prior to having children I may have gone for walks or for a picnic only a few number of times in a given year. But after having the boys I must say we sure do make the most of this beautiful park with its wide open spaces, vast grasslands and of course the beautiful deer herds, which just happens to be a stone’s throw away from our house. The Park has protected status as an important habitat for wildlife and is a National Nature Reserve, it is London’s largest site of special scientific interest and a European special area of conservation. It is also one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of 2500 acres.
The park is a top UK site for ancient trees and supports a range of rare species including fungi, birds, beetles, bats, grasses and wildflowers. If you get a chance to visit London or leave nearby than I would recommend you discover the Isabella Plantation woodland gardens. These are absolutely stunning and a must to see, after which you can then refuel at the Pembrooke Lodge Tea Rooms. Here you can either sit indoors or take a seat outside and enjoy the breathtaking surrounding views. It is also a firm favourite for weddings and when your driving by on most Saturdays during the summer months you will no doubt see a wedding taking place. From King Henry’s Mound you can enjoy the spectacular distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral. There are plenty of other activities you can try your hands at like power kiting, horse riding, or hiring a bike for some off-road cycling along the Tamsin Trail. The boys favourite of course are the deers, it never gets tiresome and has become the norm now!
I guess we have no choice now with three very active boys, and I am glad that through them I am doing things that I would not do as often. It is also a bonus as it keeps me active and fit to an extant having to keep up with them! I always get asked, “You have three boys how do you keep up?” Mainly from mothers of boys who have one or two of their own. They understand how active they can be, and I am always telling them that they do a lot of different activities which keeps them busy and I am constantly chauffeuring them around like most of them. It was very hard when they were younger as I had three babies under the age of four at one point. As most of you will know they are not very cooperative sometimes and having to deal with that is not easy, specially if I am out with them by myself. Not enough hands to deal with a toddler and a four year old running off in two different directions even when you have the baby in the sling your still restricted as you can’t run fast enough!
I somehow managed to get through that stage and must credit my eldest son who apart from a few incidents was very mature for his age and still is, was very helpful and understanding and did as he was told. So that in turn made things so much easier for me. He was happy to look after his brothers and made sure that they did not wonder off. He still is that caring and considerate always looking after his brothers and helping me out too. I must say the are very well behaved young boys and I am not just saying that because I am their mother. I have been told numerous times from their teachers and other mothers how well behaved they are. I am so proud of them all!
I would recommend you go for a picnic and enjoy the views and spot the deers nearby. For those days I would personally wear a maxi dress like this gorgeous coral pink number I am wearing from Zara. The story behind this dress is that when I was visiting Athens with my sister a few years back. My sister wanted a few things from Zara so we went in to have a look and I spotted this dress, but they didn’t have it in my size, so once back at the hotel I decided to go online and check, and to my surprise they had it in my size, so straight away I placed the order.
It was waiting for me when I returned home from my holiday. I had something to look forward to when I got back home to beat the holiday blues. I love the beading details around the neck area and the long tassels. It also has pockets too, a real bonus for me as I love dresses, skirts and Jumpsuits with pockets. I am sure a lot of you do too! It is a simple dress but the beading gives it that ethnic vibe and the colour is just so vibrant and summery. I styled mine with my Ego Official mules in black, these have some eyelet detailed straps at the front similar to the Miu Miu style and also comes with lace ups another firm favourite of mine. The dress can be easily worn with some flat sandals or flip flops too.
Finally for the finishing touch I wore my Michael Kors sunglasses, I have had these for such a long time now and I love to wear them now and again. On my lips I went for a nude lipstick and wore Sable Smoke by Tom Ford with a brown lipliner.
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Sunglasses: Michael Kors similar here (@Nieman Marcus)
Lipstick: Tom Ford Sable Smoke (@Selfridges)