richmond6 richmond1 richmond3 richmond2 richmond4 richmond7 richmond8 richmond5 richmond9 richmond10 During the bank holiday weekend the weather was great and I was itching to get outside and enjoy the lovely weather. Our usual haunt is Wandsworth Common, since it’s within easy walking distance of our flat and when it’s nice there is always an ice cream van to be found. We packed the picnic basket and a bag full of ice cold water, sparkling rose wine, and homemade iced tea, and off we went. On the way however (in fact at the entrance to our cul-de-sac!) the picnic basket handle completely broke. Slightly annoying since it was only the second time we used it and it wasn’t full of heavy stuff since I was lugging the drinks in another bag, but rather than feel defeated we hopped right into the car and gave up on the wine notion. It’s been years since I went to Richmond park, and I probably wouldn’t have thought to drive out there if the picnic basket hadn’t given up on us, so it was a blessing in disguise.

The biggest enclosed space in London, it’s one of the royal parks and was founded in 1625 when Charles I brought his court to Richmond to escape the plague. He used it to hunt deer and built walls around it in 1637 which didn’t make him a popular chap at the time but it means that now it’s truly a little walled-off escape from daily life. It became open to the public in 1872 and is still full of deer who although thankfully aren’t hunted here any more are culled twice a year to keep numbers manageable. This makes me feel more than a little sad! They are so beautiful and although wild, aren’t as timid as deer in other places because they’re so used to seeing cars and people. I could honestly have watched them for days! There are a number of lodges in the park as well as a visitors centre but we just did our own thing and walked around after demolishing our picnic, chatting about life and future plans.

I don’t know about you but sometimes when things are stripped right back, being in such a beautiful place makes me examine every little detail and I end up feeling so overwhelmed by not only how insanely beautiful it is but also how much we take for granted every day. I might walk past a nice plant or garden and whilst I think it looks nice I am running to a meeting or checking my emails on my phone and don’t allow myself time to really lose myself in thing like that. I often find that I can really clear my head in open spaces and parks and it’s no great coincidence that I often have the most meaningful conversations with Matt and make big life decisions when we have days out like this. It’s good for the soul!

I also filmed a short but sweet little video of our day which you can find below:

Have you been to Richmond park? Where is your favourite open space?

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  • Emma

    My sister lives in South-west London and often goes to Richmond Park. The university parks near me in Oxford are lovely to go to on a summer’s day – an escape from the busy city!

  • http://seasidebeauty.blogspot.com Helena

    Wow so many deers! I’ve never been that close to them

    Seaside Beauty

  • http://www.lipsticksandteacups.com Laura

    Your hair looks lovely, Gemma!

    I personally tend to go to Hampstead Heath Park as is kind of near my house and is pretty amazing!x

  • http://grace-gibson.blogspot.co.uk Grace

    Everything looks beautiful. I cannot remember the last time I went on a picnik. Its sad that he hunted deers, they look so laid back! Your hair is look rather nice as well. x

  • http://holljc.blogspot.co.uk/ Holly

    These pictures are stunning, and you look gorgeous as usual Gemma! I loved watching your video too! It sounds like you had an awesome day once you’d got to the park! xxx


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