Fresh from life in London, for some of us, the idea of dressing for the country conjured images of muted colour-palettes, Ralph Lauren campaign girls legs akimbo around a beautiful (and somewhat pristine) palomino, and cuddly layers of white cashmere and lambswool with The Holiday’s Cameron Diaz character in mind. As many of you will know, this romantic vision of country life seen through Vogue-tinted spectacles is not quite on the mark. So after a quick whizz through a Narnia-style cupboard of waxed coats in fifty shades of moss-green and having picked out pairs of wellies with the fewest holes (thorough inspections were indeed carried out), we were ready to take on the hills and march onwards and upwards (mostly upwards!). Juno was raring to go…
There was time to stop for a family portrait, complete with urinating dog.
Jess’s mummy took the lead and we all concealed our various degrees of unfitness and panting as we jogged to keep up.
With lactic acid pumping to our calves at a rate of knots, layers of woolly jumpers being shed and water slowly finding the little tears of our Wellingtons in pursuit of dry and cosy socks we all had the same thing in mind- the plateau! Motivation that perhaps we would be rewarded after the walk with legs as slim and as toned as Jess’s Mum’s leggy assets kept us going. Whilst the optimistic promise of instantly slender pins was particularly empty and lacking, the breathtaking views were good enough to make up for it! Its safe to say that our Instagram accounts had a field day- no filters required.
Homeward bound we then were with a much speedier descent. Feeling thoroughly rejuvenated and now in possession of a good excuse to consume zillions more chocolates and drink gallons of wine we all felt deservedly smug.
Before we could scuttle off inside for hot showers, heaps of tea and an obligatory pre-Christmas viewing of Love Actually we had to pay a visit to Henrietta. Hop over to the next blog post if you fancy joining. If you missed the first instalment of Condé Nast taking on Dorset then click here!