Abbie Mellé photographer based in Wiltshire, UK


What are the three things that you spoil yourself on Sundays?

Sundays are a much loved day of rest for me. It's a day filled with family gatherings, attending church and also quiet moments. Those three things are such a joy after a busy week. Spending time both together with extended family but also individually is so important. Sunday evenings are often the quietest night of the week for me and I love to spend it reading and getting an early night's rest before the week begins.

Morning or afternoon tea, is this something your Sundays can't go without? What is so great about this process for you?

Afternoon tea on a Sunday is a moment that has been part of my life since childhood. I would observe my parents make a percolator of good coffee and then quietly sit sipping it in quaint old cups and saucers, often paging through family photo albums with my sisters and I, sharing stories and memories. Nowadays, I love to make a pot of tea and savour each sip, in one of my own quaint cup and saucer sets, while reading or journaling.

You come from Australia, but at present you're living in Great Britain. How different are your Sundays in Great Britain compared to Australia? 

Sundays in Australia tend to be filled with many family moments. It's winter over there now and the fire will be roaring in the living room. Blankets and quilts are thrown over the couches with hot tea nearby and books stacked high. Some of us might brave the cold and have a brisk walk around the quiet Sunday streets, coming back with rosy cheeks and cold feet. More often than not we'll pop a batch of scones in the oven or have a pot of soup simmering away on the stove, and when they're ready we'll gather around in front of the fire to enjoy them as a family.

English Sundays have been a delight. Living here over the spring and summer months has meant many long days filled with sunshine and warmth. I love to be outside as much as I can on those sunny days (I miss the constant Australia sun!) and often spend the afternoon wandering through the fields of ripening wheat and hedges filled with summer roses. Taking the bike and peddling over the narrow tiny lanes is another joy, gathering bunches of foliage and wild flowers to bring home. Those quiet peaceful moments outdoors are one of my absolute favourites.

When you catch yourself in moments of quiet, where does this happen mostly?

Generally quiet moments for me are at home, curled up in my bed, nestled down with books and hot tea and the window stretched wide open. In spring and autumn when the sun isn't too hot I love to sit out under a tree in the garden, soaking up the warmth and watching the clouds float over the sky. These moments are so precious and the favourite ones of my Sunday.

Photography: Abbie Mellé @abbie_melle