A Picnic in a Garden of Roses

Sunday was the first truly hot day of Summer in London, with temperatures up to 26C/80F.

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Apart from the inspiring plane trails soaring across the sky to and from Heathrow, and one or two whispy clouds, it was a vibrant, brilliant blue.

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After a morning pedicure at The Nail Boutique in the Chelsea Farmer’s Market I headed home to decide on the best place for an afternoon picnic!

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There was no way Jorge and I were staying indoors.

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After packing our new bamboo basket with goodies, we headed to our favourite local green spot: the picturesque public gardens next to St. Luke’s church.

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This time of year, they are bursting with roses, an assortment of other pretty flowers and full green leafy trees.

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We chose a quiet green patch, away from the children running half-naked through the sprinklers on the other side of the park, just next to a lovely circle of roses.

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I loved the contrast of the bright colours against the deep blue sky.

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When London is sunny, it really comes to life.

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Blanket spread, we settled in with a bottle of wine.

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Which we polished off by the time we left.

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I apparently forgot sunglasses existed, hence the look on my face in this photo!

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Next up, food!

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We had lots of nibbles: Spanish omelette, a few types of cheese, grapes, olives, chorizo, ham, pate, baguette, salad, crackers, prawns, sun dried tomatoes.

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Jorge even bought fun yellow plates from Anthropologie and matching yellow silverware. Not to mention pretty napkins and a checkered blanket.

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Love it when guys pay attention to all the little details!

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After lunch, we poured a bit more wine and lounged around for a while.

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I took a few photos of the pretty park.

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Jorge, of course, knows all the names of the flowers, which he was telling me, and of course I’ve already forgotten…

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Aren’t they pretty?

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At certain angles, the sun shone through the petals, making them look translucent.

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Around the garden, there were couples lying on blankets, men with canes resting on wooden benches quietly observing life go by, a few dogs chasing pigeons.

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I was happy enough to be outside without a coat, so the sun was a real treat.

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Eventually we even moved to find some shade!

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I went on a hunt for tea and a cappuccino from Paul and we fiished up with some mango and passionfruit cheesecake.

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I got a bit snap-happy with the flowers, but they were just asking for it.

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So many colours really stand out when the usually grey London sky turns to Summer blue.

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It was most definitely a beautiful and memorable mid-Summer’s day!

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If you’re in the area, head across the street for a drink or lunch at the new Bumpkin Secret Garden restaurant or have a wander around Chelsea

3 comments on “A Picnic in a Garden of Roses

  1. You and I were on the same wave length. Check out my latest post for my experience on a hot day in NYC parks last Saturday.
    On another note, I didn’t realize Anthropologie had stores in London. I love that store!

  2. Pingback: Summertime: London vs New York | Little London Observationist

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