One year wedding anniversary, Bumpkin Betty

One year ago today, around about this time, I was getting ready to walk down the aisle to greet the love of my life. To say the vows that would make us husband and wife and to laugh through the cold of that perfect winters day.

In a way I could look back at that day and think it totally unfathomable that it occurred 365 sleeps ago. The emotions I felt are still so raw, so fresh, and I only need to close my eyes to be transported right back to that time. My heart thumping out of my chest…

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The Maternity Skirt

Asos maternity wrap skirt, Bumpkin betty

Guys, I’ve done it. I’m in my first maternity piece of clothing! I know, I know I put it off for as long as I could manage but despite my initial scepticism, the comfort I felt when I put this Asos jersey skirt on (as recommended by Jen – whose pregnancy style I adored btw) for the first time was immediately welcomed. Dare I say it, I might be converted.

When I put a photo of this outfit on Instagram this week announcing my first foray into maternity wear, so many of you commented…

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Mum to Be Afternoon Tea at The Arch, London

Prettiest afternoon teas in London, Bumpkin Betty

There’s not much I enjoy more than catching up with friends over tea and cake. Which is probably why going for an afternoon or cream tea is usually always my first suggestion when friends or colleagues suggest a get together (even more so now I’m in tee total mode).

In fact, I’d say almost every time me and the lovely Danielle meet up, there’s usually some sort of cake affair involved (we just love it!). Of course, living in London for so long, meant that there weren’t many afternoon tea offerings I hadn’t tried before, and having been…

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10 Things that Inevitably Happen When Moving House

10 things that happen when you move house, Bumpkin Betty

It’s now been nearly a month since we made the move from London to our new abode in Kent. In some ways it seems like only yesterday that we were packing our life up and cleaning every possible surface of our little flat so our deposit wouldn’t go down the drain, and in others it almost feels like we’ve always lived here and walking up a set of stairs to go to the bathroom is entirely normal.

Of course, as everyone predicted, even a month in we’re still very much living out of boxes and scrabbling through suitcases each morning…

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Signs You’re in a Style Rut (and How to Get Out of It)

Boden pink richmond trousers, Bumpkin Betty

Every so often I get myself into a bit of a rut with how I dress. I think it happens to the best of us from time to time, even those who always seem to look so effortlessly chic and ‘together’ whenever you see them. When you start to question everything you thought you knew about yourself and your style, your likes and dislikes. When you start to wonder whether you’re really wearing the right type of clothes for your age/shape/lifestyle and when you realise you’ve been reaching for those same old comfort pieces day in and out for far too long.

For me, it usually happens around…

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BB Baking Club | Autumn Favourites

Chai spiced rolls, Bumpkin Betty Baking Club

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As I write this post I’m bundled up in a million layers (including a Uniqlo heat-tech top) with a blanket over me too. Yup, that bitterly cold weather that makes autumn less – trampling around the leaves without a care in the world – and more – unbearable – has well and truly hit. Of course it doesn’t help that the moment the weather decided to drop in temperature considerably was also the moment the heating in our house decided…

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A Trio of Autumn Tarts

A trio of autumn tarts, Bumpkin Betty

When it comes to baking, nothing says autumn to me more than a tasty pie. The flaky crust and piping hot filling served straight from the oven with a dollop of ice cream before cosying up in front of a warm fire after a cold day outdoors – what a treat right?

With things getting decidedly colder in the last couple of weeks, and my autumn rituals stepping up a gear, I knew my first bake in our new house needed to be something hearty, warm and comforting. With the October theme for the BB Baking Club being Autumn,…

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Knitwear Season

Boden Lovely Jumper, Bumpkin betty

Knitwear season is here, and I for one am pretty happy about it.

I love lounging around in cosy cardi’s and oversized slouchy jumpers when the weather gets colder and nights in front of the TV become more regular. Autumn especially, with Bonfire Night and other such outdoor festivals seems like the perfect time to make the transition from Breton tee to cosy knit. Plus allowing yourself to indulge in a little knitwear overhaul is one of the true joys of Autumn, am I right?

While packing up my wardrobe for the house move, I realised how pitiful my knitwear…

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A City Retreat at Wyboston Lakes

City retreat at Wyboston Lakes Hotel, Bumpkin Betty

Sometimes leaving the hum drum of daily life behind for even one night can be all you need to refresh. Even more so when your hum drum is in a busy city like London. I often don’t notice how much the noise, busyness and general frantic pace of London has been getting to me, until I have some time away from it. Releasing ourselves from the exhaustion of the daily commute, abandoning the noise of the traffic outside our flat, and taking in surroundings other than tall buildings can be hugely therapeutic and gives you the boost you need to…

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Palm Vaults

H&M blue slogan bomber jacket, Bumpkin Betty

Remember this post? Where I lamented the fact that we’d had to start considering a move out of London after almost a decade of fun times here.

Well that was the end of a long journey of ‘Should we, shouldn’t we?’ and ‘We really need to get out of this flat pronto’ conversations that had lasted the best part of two years. Somehow we managed to plan and have a wedding in that time and still not get off our butts and move out of the accommodation that we found ourselves moaning about almost every night.

It was also the…

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Reaching the Half Way Point

Pregnancy diary, Bumpkin Betty

I am now officially more than half way through my pregnancy, which in some ways is totally unfathomable but in other ways isn’t quite far enough for me as I’m DYING to meet our baby already! We had our 20 week scan this week, and breathed the biggest sigh of relief when we were told jacpot mini was developing just fine and got to see them kicking their legs around on screen again.

I’m trying not to fill the blog with too much pregnancy news, although I appear to find it hard not to mention it at least once in…

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BB Baking Club | Showstoppers

Oreo cookies and cream Layer cake, Bumpkin Betty Baking Club

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I know, I know. The very word showstoppers is making you think of GBBO and we’re all still gutted about the demise of the show as we know it (and the departure of Mary Bez and – best presenters on TV – Mel and Sue). But, I did hear today that French and Saunders might be taking up the challenge for the Channel 4 version, and although it won’t be the same, there’s at least hope that it might still be…

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