From Place To Space: Walnuts Farm, England

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Last Monday I shared a little preview of my rural escape to East Sussex in England. Today I want to give more details and above all more pictures of my countryside experience on Walnuts Farm. Now, as an urban dweller it seems to be very favorable to plan a little rural getaway every now and then. You learn to appreciated the serenity of the countryside, the rich green fields and the forests. You wander through gardens and get some face-to-face interaction with animals. All this I experienced two weeks ago on the Walnuts Farm in Stonegate, East Sussex.


Our one-day getaway was entitled ‘Farm Bloggers’ and our mutual ambition was to spend a day styling and photo shooting on the countryside. We were ten lifestyle bloggers: Emily (who kindly organized the day), Yvonne, Kat, Lottie, Catherine, Heather, Geraldine, Tina, Bridgee and me. 

Our day began with a very early departure from London. Meeting Geraldine in her happy yellow dress and two picnic baskets full with yummy food and props at 7 am at London’s King’s Cross station was such a fun moment – barely awake we already started our day chatting and giggling along. The train ride took us through the picturesque English countryside towards southeast. One and a half hours later we arrived at a tiny little station where people were smiling and greeting each other with ‘good morning’ – welcome to Stonegate! 


A very energetic and smiling Yvonne was waiting for us with her car and after a few detours we eventually arrived at Walnuts Farm where the others were waiting for us. Naturally, our first action was to ask for a wifi code and set up our connection to the outer world also known as our realm where we usually reside. A fresh pot of coffee was brewed and we gathered for a little get-together and kick-off of an inspiring blogger day. Moreover, we had the opportunity to peek into Yvonne’s brand new cooking & interiors book ‘Yvestown in de Keuken’ – what a beautiful book. I definitely need to get hold of the English copy. 


The sun peeked through some passing clouds and the turkey was prancing proudly while the geese cackled along peculiarly. The first veggies sprouted in the garden and before I even grasped all of this it was time for a mutual lunch under the English sun. Homemade food was served and colorful tableware set to be photographed and enjoyed. Rose lemonade, couscous salad and a wonderful sour bread wreath from Kat were just a few of the delicious treats served that day.


Later on I set off to discover the interior of Walnuts Farm with its rooms full of character and memorabilia. Details were abounds and yet it was so hard for me to imagine that people actually live there – probably I’ve been living for too long in a small city center apartment! Of course I couldn’t help but practice my Urban Jungle Bloggers skills by repotting a beautiful succulent – an urban jungle blogger gone rural jungle blogger. 


The day on Walnuts Farm was a great and unique experience for me. I was happy to spend the day with wonderful people devoted to the beautiful aspects of life and I was happy enough to team up with my friend Bridgee to bring back this great set of photography.

I hope you enjoyed this little getaway to the English countryside. And now I am wishing you a great Monday and a successful and happy new week!

Photography by Bridgee Melling and Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Carole Poirot April 14, 2014 at 07:21

    Looks so idyllic, beautiful and fun! Wish I could have been there, but am now looking forward to escaping to the countryside over Easter 🙂 Happy Monday x

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 14, 2014 at 09:11

      It would have been so nice to have you there too, Carole. I am pretty sure you would have enjoyed it as much as we do! But you’ll be soon on the countryside!

  • Reply Angelika Leśniak April 14, 2014 at 07:29

    Lieber Igor, heute weiß ich nun wirklich nicht mehr, welches Bild ich zuerst bestaunen soll! Das muss eine prima Zeit gewesen sein, herzlichen Glückwunsch.
    Angelika

  • Reply Emelie @florainspiro April 14, 2014 at 07:36

    Looks really lovely at the farm! And I LOVE your colourful spring bouquet! Have a nice start of the week! xx Emelie

  • Reply HeatherY April 14, 2014 at 07:43

    What a brilliant round-up of the day, and yours and Bridgee’s beautiful photographs really capture the essence of that gorgeous house and grounds. Was really great to meet you and I can’t wait to catch up again soon x

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 14, 2014 at 07:58

      Likewise Heather! I really hope to see you very soon again and exchange more knowledge about green living:-) Have a great week!

  • Reply Yvestown April 14, 2014 at 08:34

    IGOR!!! Love your report of the day. We had so much fun and your photography really reflects that. I miss you a lot, I wish we could hang out all of the time. Hope to see you soon xox

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 14, 2014 at 09:10

      I loved it so much, Yvonne!! And I can’t stop smiling when I think back of our crazy drive through the countryside looking for the farm:-) Miss you already & hope to see you soon – wherever!

  • Reply ilaria fatone April 14, 2014 at 08:47

    How cool is your last picture Igor … thank you for the flower, it made my day 🙂 You all look so happy and you must have spent an amazing week-end. I love the way we, urban souls, get a countryside gateaway from time to time. Enjoy your week xx

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 14, 2014 at 09:11

      Well you gave me a bright and airy mood board, I am offering some colourful flowers in return. Happy Monday, Ilaria!

  • Reply Lucy Hurley April 14, 2014 at 10:03

    Looks like such a fun day and East Sussex is a really gorgeous part of the country. Fab pics. Fab day. Thank you for brightening up our Monday – have a great week! x

  • Reply Catherine April 14, 2014 at 10:09

    Igor that’s the loveliest write up! What a gorgeous day we had, it’s lovely to re-live it through your images, I wish we could go somewhere like that at least once a month! Have a lovely week!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey April 14, 2014 at 10:47

    The Darling Buds of May meets To the Manor Born 😉 It’s all extremely sweet Igor… sickly (joking – you know me). Am glad you had a good day (a little secret though… the Irish countryside is even nicer than the English). Cool pic with the flowers at the end there.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 14, 2014 at 11:38

      It’s not a big secret though – I went to Ireland a few years ago and loved the countryside very much. Would love to return one day. For yet another sickly sweet countryside getaway:-)

  • Reply Amy @apidaecandles.de April 14, 2014 at 12:11

    Wow. Thanks for the little trip to the country-side. Beautiful photos!

  • Reply Christopher Mansell April 14, 2014 at 13:25

    Wow, I love it! I definitely don’t get out to the countryside enough, so this just seems like an amazing day.

  • Reply geraldine@littlebigbell April 14, 2014 at 20:03

    A wonderful round up Igor ! It was such a fun day out and so wonderful to get to know everyone better. It still makes me laugh picturing myself with those picnic baskets so early in the morning! Have a lovely week and hope to see you soon! x

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 14, 2014 at 22:59

      It really was a special day, Geraldine, and you were rocking the ‘city lady gone rural picnic girl’ look:-)

  • Reply Emily April 14, 2014 at 20:27

    Such a beautiful post about a magical day! Thank you so much for coming over for it. It was so good to meet you in real life and I can’t wait for more blogger adventures soon! x

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 14, 2014 at 23:00

      Thank you Emily for putting this wonderful day together! I enjoyed every minute of it!

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt April 14, 2014 at 20:32

    That must have been a wonderful day! I have featured images of this farm on the blog and I recognise some of the spaces. There are obviously plenty of wonderful details to enjoy.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 14, 2014 at 23:00

      I know that you would have loved it every bit, Lisa! You should join us for our next #farmbloggers adventure:-)

  • Reply Mel April 14, 2014 at 22:52

    I’m really enjoying reading the posts on what looked like such a fun English countryside day. Great photos Igor. Now I feel like going on a farm stay for the weekend… bliss! Mel

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 14, 2014 at 23:01

      Thank you Mel! After this trip I know that it is quite good for urban dwellers to go every now and then to the countryside:-)

  • Reply Casa del cuore April 15, 2014 at 06:08

    Ein Paradies auf Erden! Tolle Bilder! Das wahr bestimmt eine super Zeit.
    Herzlichst
    Melanie

  • Reply tina @ colourliving April 15, 2014 at 10:19

    Just love it!!! Such a good collaboration between you and Bridgee and you look right at home in the countryside. I think I will always now think of you with a succulent in your hands:-))

    A fab day with fab company! Great photographs ..Also loved your steller story one!

  • Reply kleine Schwester April 15, 2014 at 14:24

    Oh Gott, wie schön ! Man wünscht sich sofort dorthin ! So ruhig, so ländlich, so englisch, so schön !

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily April 15, 2014 at 15:30

    So glad you all had such a wonderful time and a little sad I couldn’t join you all! 🙂

  • Reply Ana Kamin April 23, 2014 at 00:46

    So many lovely pictures and it looks like you guys had a tons of fun!

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