On the Road: River Cottage Christmas in July Course with Boden

by Sasha Wilkins on July 23, 2014 · 7 comments

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River Cottage + breadmaking + a perfect English summer’s day + blue skies + wonderful women + Boden = perfection

River Cottage christmas course july

I had an early arrival in London from Addis Ababa, followed by a quick nap, and then a drive over the Thames to Waterloo to meet the Boden team and the other girls under the station clock.

River Cottage christmas course july

There was afternoon tea on the train, and so much chatting that we nearly missed our stop, piling out onto the platform at Crewkerne in a mass of bags, boxes and laughter. Our hotel was The Bull in Bridport, and I retired early, lured back to my room by the prospect of my tiny bed. Ahem.

The Bull Bridport

Next morning we headed to the River Cottage, where we spent the morning touring the kitchen garden, baking bread and watching demos, and the afternoon making Christmas canapes, and watching Steven make cocktails with smoke.

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july  

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july  

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

Then we drove back, slightly drunk on sun and self-satisfaction, to admire a sneak peek of the Boden Christmas collection, and eat an enormous supper at The Bull.

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

River Cottage christmas course july

mapperton gardens boden

mapperton gardens boden

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Beccy July 23, 2014 at 11:29

What a gorgeous trip – it looks like you all had a wonderful time. I received the Boden Autumn catalogue in the post the other day, and can’t stop looking at it. So many lovely things!

Beccy : Bluebell & Bumpkin

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K-Line July 24, 2014 at 04:10

Wow. This is a beautiful retrospective of your trip!

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Catherine July 24, 2014 at 15:40

Would love to know why Boden charges both for delivery and for returns. It has put me off using them.

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Lil' sis July 30, 2014 at 11:09

@Catherine:

Sightly confused by this comment. I have never paid for delivery or returns; there is usually a ‘free delivery & returns’ ‘ plus 10 or 15% off – sometimes more – deal. Sign up as a new customer and you’ll see the continual offers…

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Karen July 27, 2014 at 08:17

What lovely photos. I especially like the little piggy tails!

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Olive Cooper July 29, 2014 at 12:44

Gorgeous photos.

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Jenna Fifi August 4, 2014 at 18:17

I expected the River Cottage kitchen to be gorgeous, but it looks even prettier than I had imagined! The kitchen garden looks lovely in the sun too! I’m very envious of what looks like a dream experience!

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