Country Bumpkin

Over the years I have lived in cities and large towns and small towns nestled amongst the countryside. I have been a little gypsy over the years and moved about a fair bit which makes me realise how much i love being surrounded by fields and trees and beautiful views.  I guess i am a country bumpkin at heart. Paul and I long to live in a field in a beautiful detached house with spectacular views and a few sheep wandering round. With a tree swing for the kids and wellies by the back door, this is our dream.
But for now, we just have to travel a few minutes up the road for those views and sheep;)

These were taken on Sunday just gone. We went to the top of the town with the kiddos and the dog and took in the views and fresh air which is just so good for the soul. 

The dog was in her element and the kids really really enjoyed it and asked if we could go exploring again next weekend. I cant wait. We have so many beautiful places around us i just want to show you them all.

 Dress: Joules c/o: John Lewis

Tweed Jacket & Tights: Matalan

Boots & Bag: Next

Scarf: Peacocks

Dog photo bomb!! and  captured her best side heehee!

 I can i just take a moment to express my love for this dress? Yes ? Thanks! Ok, i LOVE this dress. I actually wore it three days on the trot when i first got it a couple of weeks ago (i know pee-ewww stinky Rachel, haaha!) Its just so comfy and easy going. And it has pockets which makes it perfection.
It has a really vintage-y type print of an old fashioned horse and riders on it which is so quaint. I have heard of Joules over the years but assumed it was for the rich country folk, but when i received vouchers from John Lewis this was the dress that caught my eye. Since then i have been constantly perusing the Joules website. They have some lovely stuff, lots of bright colours , comfy practical stuff and and pretty dresses too, which is great for a girl who loves long walks but still likes her dresses 🙂

Just love this place

Old McNeo looks like a Farmer 😉
Photo Bomb from Talyn, he was so funny, he kept calling himself  Talyn the Hat and jumping in the picture

 I fear you may see these boots A LOT over winter. Brace yourselves! 
Also i have wanted a Tweed blazer for a while now. I just love how they can look smart with jeans and be remixed with dresses too. This matalan tweed blazer is the one! I swear it is sooo wonderful i have tried on a few over the past few months but didn’t like how they sat, the colour of the tweed or the price tag. This one is spot on. It’s been worn every day since i got it!

D’you know what though it was real windy up there, Fringes (bangs) and wind do not mix! My hair was all over the place. Vanity eh! I ended up just letting it go crazy in the wind there. Very refreshing!

When we got back i looked like i’d been dragged through a hedge backwards. I also ended up having to pick Neo up as we walked to the top of the hill, his lil legs, bless him, just couldn’t make it!

I cant wait for our next walk! I think i should have been a Park Ranger or Farmer as i just Love being outdoors.

Are you and outdoorsy person or happier in doors?

pleated poppy



  1. October 23, 2012 / 12:57 pm

    I love your dress, and the pics with your hair in the wind, your smile and you playing with your kids, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  2. October 23, 2012 / 1:06 pm

    You've totally captured and expressed exactly what I love about being in the countryside. I am a complete country bumpkin too. Can't beat getting out into open spaces and blowing the cobwebs away. Lovely dress, I agree, such a fab print x

  3. October 23, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    As much as I love the city I live in, I would love to live a wee bit further out, somewhere there is at least access to fields and woods and open spaces. Then again I am also totally addicted to the ease of life in a city, I don't know if I could liuve without super fast broadband and access to my favourite charity shops!

    I love this outfit, your dress has a lovely pattern, and that blazer looks perfect for Autumn. I totally need to invest in a stylish pair of winter boots too, I've got a couple at the moment but they are definitely more practical than I like to show off in outfit photos! xo

  4. October 23, 2012 / 4:56 pm

    Love the yellow tights. Wearing colorful tights is my FAVORITE fashion part of fall.

  5. October 23, 2012 / 5:25 pm

    Love the colours in this outfit! I live in Devon so should be a bit of a country bumpkin but I'm really more of an indoorsy girl! xxx

  6. October 23, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    I do love your style and if that's country bumpkin then that's me too. I would hate to live in a city and am happy in my small village. The only change that would improve my lifestyle would be to live closer to the coast than the 15 minute drive currently.
    You look very relaxed and happy 🙂

  7. October 23, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    You look amazing in these pictures Rachel! The outfit is gorgeous (we all know my love of mustard), but you also look so happy and calm!
    I love the countryside, I have miles of it very close to my house and feel very lucky =) xx

  8. October 23, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    What a view! I think I am a city girl really, I get angsty without a corner shop in walking distance or a 24 hour supermarket haha. I like my conveniences.

  9. October 23, 2012 / 8:55 pm

    Oooh, what a gorgeous view! The model in the photo isn't bad either!!!! Lovely dress, I really like Joules too!
    I've been making something very silly (well, upcycling something!) I'd love your opinion on it! As a fellow, slightly insane blogger (you know it be true!) x

  10. October 23, 2012 / 11:08 pm

    Such beautiful views! I love the photos and I love your dress!

  11. October 24, 2012 / 2:45 am

    Wow these pictures are gorgeous and I love the way you've styled your scarf- too cool! How have I not been following you! Fixed that 🙂

    Pearls & Paws

  12. October 24, 2012 / 11:52 am

    I adore this dress on you and the location is beautiful. I am lucky enough to see cows and rolling fields out of the window of my flat and I love it, I am definitely a country bumpkin!

    Maria xxx

  13. October 24, 2012 / 12:23 pm

    I am in love with how you tied that scarf… gonna have to try it! =)

  14. October 24, 2012 / 3:14 pm

    This dress really is gorgeous – no wonder you wanted to take a moment to express your love for it, it suits you to a tee! The backdrop for these photos is absolutely stunning, as well. I mean seriously – what a view!

  15. October 24, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    Lovely pictures 🙂 great dress and boots …

  16. October 24, 2012 / 8:01 pm

    Aww I miss this landscape so much! It's taken a move to the other side of the world to appreciate it, but I'm definitely going to make the most of being an outdoorsy girl when I come home!
    Love your scarf and tights matching and your dress looks like it's been made for you! xx

  17. October 25, 2012 / 12:43 am

    Your dream house/lifestyle sounds so wonderful. I think you should come and live in New Zealand: detached houses are the norm, sheep, gumboots (wellies) and a good country view are like our culture! 🙂
    The print on your dress is so sweet. I really like the way you've tied your scarf, I must go and experiment with my own…

  18. October 25, 2012 / 11:09 am

    Im a country girl at heart too 🙂 Its in my blood, born and raised in the countryside, my parents have a farm. 🙂 I love this look on you, the horsey porsey print is adorable 🙂

  19. October 25, 2012 / 3:30 pm

    You're just so lush Rachel 🙂 just as lovely as your surroundings.

    You're boots look fab and I'm loving your dress. I'm on a mission to own more Joules. I want a pair if their pheasant print wellies and a floral print dress 🙂 xx

  20. October 26, 2012 / 10:43 am

    I am a huge fan of Joules and I absolutely love this dress. You look amazing!

  21. October 28, 2012 / 6:15 am

    Love these photos and the colour combos. The print on the dress is so great!

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