Places & Spaces Whilst Away

Walnuts Farm – A Bloggers Day Out

April 10, 2014

What do bloggers like best? Yep, it’s a get-together in a stylish place with lots of food, laughter, props, photography and some mad antics. I give you a day at Walnuts Farm.

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Organised by the lovely Emily, we all arrived from all over the UK and Europe, excited as kids for our play day. Here you see her excitedly receiving her thank you bouquet of flowers from us all.

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Armed with cameras, tripods and some enthusiastic styling agendas, we each roamed freely to explore every nook and crook while chatting away and doing our thing!

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The chickens and Turkey were our companions. I ask you, wouldn’t you stand proud in all your glory if you looked like this turkey?

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I told you we had fun. Who says, swings are just for kids? I think Igor here is getting a Nikon camera lesson from Bridgee. Meanwhile Geraldine was looking pretty in her yellow dress and teal blue Hunters.

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I adore these Craspedia, also known as Billy button flowers.

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Inside the farm it was as charming as expected. Full of taste and interior splendour, we made ourselves comfortable and of course snapped away to our heart’s delight.

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Shabby chic? You decide!

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I was loving all the details and personal touches of the family’s possessions. How gorgeous are those kettles?

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Out of the 11o emails or so swirling around communicating about our day at the farm (who’s counting) a fair few were about the food. Who’s bringing what? Are we having catering? Shall we have a picnic? What does everyone eat and not eat (that would be me:-)

Oh, and the much coveted Diet Coke. (Emily, you’re lucky I didn’t take a shot of ‘you know what’) LOL. People schlepped their melamine ware, baked, cooked, made sure that everything looked pretty and tasted amazingly.

I just couldn’t resist this shot of Yvonne (see below, bottom right) looking like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth! Yeah, right:-)) A huge congratulations to Yvonne for the release of her wonderful first book, which I absolutely loved. I cannot wait for the English edition to come out in February 2015.

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Ah, lucky us that Kat arrived with great props for afternoon tea. As someone who UNFORTUNATELY can’t eat scones, jam or cream I couldn’t resist this beautiful strawberry jam jar by the Hambledon. Look at those roses, crazy big and beautiful! The spring wreath is also Kat’s doing and you can find the ‘how to’ on her blog here.

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I ask you, can I write a post about a happy day at a farm without showing you the #happyman himself? Obsessed with #urbanjunglebloggers, Igor was doing his thing!

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Some of the beautiful details you will find at the farm, should you visit.

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OK, to finish off, the obligatory group shot! Thank you to Kat for organising so expertly by even bringing a remote control so she could be in the picture and we could have loads of takes and have tons of fun! There are more serene versions, but hey, after all we were mad farmbloggers for the day!

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Group photograph by Kat ©
Back row – left to right: Kat, Yvonne, Bridgee, Lottie, Me. Front row – left to right: Geraldine, Emily, Igor, Heather, Catherine

No doubt there are different accounts of the day from everyone present so make sure you check out their blogs! Thank you to Walnuts Farm, Emily and my fellow #farmbloggers for a super day. See you all soon, some of you at Blogtacular!

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45 Comments

  • Reply Lucy April 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    That looks like A LOT of fun. Great photos Tina and love Kat’s spring wreath – will definitely be checking out how to make that for Easter celebrations!

    • Reply tina April 11, 2014 at 6:09 am

      Hi Lucy, thanks for stopping by.

      Thank you, we had a LOT of fun and actually were greatful for very decent weather. It could have poured down with rain all day:-)
      Kat’s spring wreath was gorgeous and a great photo opportunity for all. Yes, the tutorial looks like a lot of fun…. enjoy doing your own!

  • Reply Igor April 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    This gif is hilarious, Tina!! One can tell I am a devoted #urbanjunglebloggers member, right? Love your round-up, it is so beautifully put together and the pics are marvelous. How beautiful is the shot of the charming billy buttons? Love every bit here!! Big hugs my dear!

    • Reply tina April 11, 2014 at 6:11 am

      Ha. You had no clue, right? Oh, yes, a devoted #urbanjunglebloggers member indeed!
      Thanks Igor:-) I love those Billy Buttons. Must get some for myself. That colour…..

      It was so nice to see you. Hope we don’t leave it another year…..

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine April 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Gorgeous place! And it looks like you had a blast. I already saw the snapshots on instagram but these give a more elaborate visual story. I bet you had many laughs.

    • Reply tina April 11, 2014 at 6:16 am

      It’s gorgeous and probably 100 times more so in summer when everything blooms. Ha, yes, you can imagine 10 Bloggers let loose:-))
      Glad I provided more of a visual story here. It’s so interesting to see the other blogger’s posts….
      Thanks Louise.

  • Reply Catherine April 11, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Gorgeous write up Tina and beautiful images too! Such a fun day I miss it already!

    • Reply tina April 11, 2014 at 6:27 am

      Hi Catherine.

      Thank you… wasn’t it just. In fact I was thinking, time passed far too quickly and before we knew it, we had to leave!

  • Reply Emily April 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Love your images! Such a happy write up and I am still giggling about the diet coke. 😉
    Can’t wait to have another adventure with you all soon. I think we might need a weekend next time! xx

    • Reply tina April 12, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Emily:-) Hahahahahaha, that was sooo funny LOL

      Yes, agreed, we need to have a repeat. You know, once we do a weekend we’ll think we need a whole week, haha!
      Thanks for organising love xx

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily April 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Fab pics Tina! It’s been lovely seeing everyones’ stories-so sorry I couldn’t be there, but the kids would have been deeply unimpressed if `i abandoned them on my Birthday! xx

    • Reply tina April 12, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Thank you sweetie. I knew you couldn’t make it BUT had no idea that it was because it was your Birthday!!!
      Many happy belated Birthday wishes. I’m sure you had an equally fab day!
      Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at Will’s Book Launch xx

  • Reply Bridgee April 12, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Wonderful post Tina and your photos are simply stunning – especially the interior shots !! Also, you must be some kind of miracle worker because I happen to like myself in your pics (which hardly EVER happens) ! 😉 What a wonderful time we all had and I am really looking forward to seeing you next week… Hugs from Munich ! xx

    • Reply tina April 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Aww, thank you Bridgee. I’m glad we all recorded it i some way or another so that it will not be forgotten!

      Haha, you know how much I hate terrible photos of me (unfortunately most are) so am super sensitive to it for others:-))
      Yeah, see you and the little man on Wednesday xx

  • Reply Mel April 12, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Oh that would have been a riot! It looked like so much fun and such an inspiring place to style and photograph. Mel xx

    • Reply tina April 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

      It was a total riot!! What’s not inspiring, right? A bunch of enthusiastic bloggers, a beautiful setting and tons of food to keep us happy! xx

  • Reply James Balston April 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Looks lovely, where in East Sussex is it?
    x

    • Reply tina April 12, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Hi James,

      Yes, it’s a great place to shoot.
      It’s not far from Tunbridge Wells, around there.

      Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday x

  • Reply Elaine McKnight April 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Hi Tina,
    You look as much at home in the country as you do in the city.

    • Reply tina April 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Hi Elaine,

      Was just thinking about you this morning….

      Hahahahaha, wishful thinking. It’s ok for the day:-) I’m definitely an urban chic!
      Hope you’re well x

  • Reply Holly April 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Bloggers on a farm 🙂 The recount of your time there looks and feels so happy!! Everything looks so nice, the colours are beautiful and your pictures are stunning!! That turkey is really puffing his feathers in a way that shows off the intricacies of his outfit. Marvelous!!!! The gif of Igor is just a riot!

    LOVE the group shot! Tina, you are just so cute 🙂

    xoxo

    • Reply tina April 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Hahaha. That name… I loved it #farmbloggers
      Thanks sweetie. Isn’t that Turkey just the biz? I would stand proud too:-))
      Had to do a gif on Igor. It was such a hoot, him and his succulents:-)

      Thanks H… kiss for P x

  • Reply Gudy Herder April 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Fantastic round up with plenty of really nice pictures to get a good idea of your wonderful weekend! Igor’s gif is perfect, that says a lot about him! Everything speaks good time and friends here! xx

    • Reply tina April 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Gudy, believe it or not, we were there for 1 day only. It probably looked like a whole weekend, sadly it wasn’t.
      Igor is just like that. A true gentleman and a gorgeous person.
      We had a real blast x

  • Reply Heather April 14, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Wonderful shots and your write-up has reminded me how much fun the day was! Didn’t the day fly past so quickly? I remember thinking that lunchtime arrived before I’d even felt like I’d taken a breath! Really looking forward to catching up with you again soon. x

    • Reply tina April 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Wasn’t it great. I was so impressed with you and your props and styling agenda. Wish we had more time to chat.
      It was far too quick… hope to see you soon and have a good catch-up x

  • Reply Carole Poirot April 14, 2014 at 8:50 am

    That looks so much fun and the farm looks gorgeous! To spend a day chatting, laughing and in good company away from the big city has to be a perfect way to unwind from everyday stress. Love the interiors of that farm, absolutely stunning. xo

    • Reply tina April 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      It was… you would have enjoyed it and with your new camera…:-) next time you have to join us!
      It’s so weird but as soon as you leave London there is a sense of calm and relaxation. A perfect set-up for the weekend.

      The interiors were rather marvellous xx

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey April 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Looks like a great day was had by all. And it’s a very pretty farm. Not at all mucky and messy.

    I’m sure Igor was well looked after by the nine women there 😉 x

    • Reply tina April 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Hahahaha. Of course, you would have hated the experience:-)
      A pretty farm??:-) Not all mucky and messy.. well at least not on the days they rent it out!

      I think Igor loved the experience… spoilt by us all! Hope you had a great time in Milano x

  • Reply Jocelyn Casey April 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Tina, fab post AND I love your hat!!!! The farm is beautiful, filled with with so much joy! glad to see all the smiling faces. xx

    • Reply tina April 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Ha. Thanks Jocelyn but it isn’t my hat. I ‘borrowed’ it for the prop. Was meant to be the farmer!!:-))

      Yes, a great day all round x

  • Reply alisonsye April 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Great hat Tina.
    Looks like you all had a great time.
    Love the look on Igor’s face on the last photo!

    • Reply tina April 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      I wanted to be as much in disguise as possible….
      We had a hoot and Igor’s expression in the photo is priceless. Thanks Alison x

  • Reply geraldine@littlebigbell April 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Another wonderful round up! Lovely photos of all too. It was such a fun day out. My dress really matches that Craspedia doesn’t it? Hope we will all do it again some day. Good memories! x

    • Reply tina April 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      It’s been so much fun reading everyone’s accounts. I’m glad that your dress and Hunters have been commemorated on lots of blogs:-)
      I wish I would have taken a picture of you carrying both baskets with all the plates!

      Yes, perfect matching….:-) That yellow looked so good on you.
      It was such a fun day. It really went too quickly… oh well, I’m sure some are already plotting the next adventure.

      Happy belated Birthday. Hope you had a fab time in Paris and shopped till you dropped xx

  • Reply Jacintha (@urbanpixxels) April 17, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I didn’t you know you were here too! I already saw lots of fun pictures on Instagram from some of the other bloggers. Looks like you had an amazing day together. And the location looks lovely. I don’t think I would have been able to put my camera down for a second :-).

    • Reply tina April 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Yes, went incognito:-) The farmer with the hat!!

      It was an amazing day and yes, you wouldn’t have put your camera down even for a second… well maybe to scoff that wonderful lunch!

  • Reply noreen April 20, 2014 at 1:08 am

    it looks like a wonderful, creative day, tina! happy for you and all your friends. happy easter!

    • Reply tina April 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      It was spectacular Noreen.. really special! Hope you had a nice Easter!

  • Reply Doris April 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Oh you guys looked like you had a great day out! The farm looks fab and your photo’s captured all the fun and joy of the day beautifully. I think that you really couldn’t go wrong though, I bunch of lively bloggers in a lovely location was bound to be fun. Thanks for sharing. xD

    • Reply tina April 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      It was such a fun day and looking at the weather right now, we were so lucky there was no rain. A really great memorable time was had. Thanks Doris x

  • Reply Anya Jensen April 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Lovely lovely day with fab people doing what bloggers do best 🙂 Fantastically shot as well. Thanks for sharing your fun day – hugs Ax

    • Reply tina April 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Hahaha, you got us right…. there was no other way but Love it all:-) xx

  • Reply Heather April 30, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I’m finally over to comment – better late than never! I really enjoyed spending this day with you, and I love how you’ve captured it here – your shots of everyone really convey how relaxed we all were. I hope we can do it again soon. x

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