Birthday Surprise…

 

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Although my ‘special day’ was three days ago, I wasn’t able to fully enjoy it due to work commitments. However, now it’s the weekend the fun can really begin, and there’s no better way to tick off another successful year on the calendar than to spend it with my gorgeous twin daughters.

This year, not only did they want to celebrate my birthday but also the fact that it’s been ten years since I graduated from University, and therefore my presents were an adorable graduate teddy bear and a beautiful certificate holder. I was completely stunned by such wonderfully thoughtful gifts, and had no idea they were planning this. Wow. What amazing daughters I have, and how proud I am that they’re such beautiful human beings…

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Tea For Three…

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Just spent another lovely afternoon with my beautiful, grown-up twin daughters and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Not necessarily for any awards or great achievements (although both have enjoyed their fair amount of successes) but for the fact that they’re such grounded young ladies who are a joy to spend time with.

We covered the usual wide range of topics while munching on cheesey biscuits alongside chunks of mature English Cheddar, all washed down with gallons of PG Tips. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree as we all agree wholeheartedly that the 11th commandment should read ‘Thou shalt not pour the milk in before the teabag has been removed‘.

It’s heart-warming that no matter how hectic their lives are, they always make sure that we have some quality time together on a regular basis. I know that I’m biased, but I really do have the best girls in the world…

Special Days…

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Days can be special for many reasons; birthdays, anniversaries, and so on, but today was special for me because I got to combine two things I really love doing. I spent the morning catching up with my gorgeous twin daughters over cups of tea and jammie dodgers, which is my most favourite pastime in the whole wide world.  Just seeing their faces and listening to all of their news fills my heart with joy.

In the afternoon I took full advantage of the sunshine and went for a three hour walk in the countryside to a quaint little town next to a river. Spring had well and truly sprung and the air was full of birdsong as I wandered along the winding pathway flanked with hawthorn bushes in full bloom.

Upon arrival there were plenty of nautical things to appreciate and as I sat on the quayside, enjoying the warm sun on my face and the sound of the splashing of boats passing by it occurred to me that sometimes the best things in life are the things that money just can’t buy…

Quality Time…

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When the weather is cold and wet and the sky is all grey and miserable, there’s no better way to lift your spirits than to spend some quality time with your gorgeous girlies. Today has been another one of those warm, snuggly indoors days catching up with gossip while munching on chocolate chip cookies and squishy cakes. There was plenty of hot, sweet tea to quench the thirst while covering our usual diverse range of topics; putting the world to rights and laughing about feline shenanigans.

As usual I’ve learnt new things and reminisced over old things. My babies are lovely, grown up young ladies and I couldn’t be prouder of how they’ve both turned out. By my own choice I don’t have a partner to share Valentines Day with this week, and in any case no man on earth could ever make me feel more loved and cherished than my wonderful daughters do every time I see them. I’m a very lucky mum indeed…

Hygge Christmas…

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What could be more hygge that spending Christmas Day with your nearest and dearest surrounded by gifts and cards while enjoying all manner of cakes, biscuits and crispy treats in a warm and cosy, candle-lit room? I’m truly blessed to have such wonderful daughters who always make sure that no matter how busy they are during the festive season, they find the time to make it special for me by turning up with a fabulous present and spreading their joy.

One definition of hygge is ‘A mood of cosiness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment‘ which perfectly sums up my Christmas Day this year. We caught up with each others news, drunk tea and were suitably merry. This year it was a double-celebration with news of an engagement! Being able to share Christmas Day with the happy couple was, indeed, magical.

There’s no other feeling in the world quite like being with your babies on Christmas Day and I’m a very lucky mum to have such gorgeous girls.

Counting My Blessings…

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I’ve enjoyed some quality time with my family this week and it’s been extremely rewarding. At the weekend I spent a whole afternoon with my gorgeous twin daughters; putting the world to rights and catching up on all their news over cups of hot, sweet tea and fancy biscuits; and today I’ve spent several hours with my elderly mother celebrating her birthday.

I met mum off the bus in the town centre and we had our usual browse in shop windows as we passed them en route to the local park. It’s mild for the time of year so we were able to perch ourselves on a bench overlooking lovely autumnal scenery while enjoying a good old natter about anything and everything. As the town hall clock struck twelve we sauntered towards a nearby cafe for coffee and baguettes, and once sustained off we went again for a further wander through the town until it was time for her to catch the bus back home.

I’m so lucky to have my mum still with me and even luckier to have produced such beautiful, intelligent and caring children. I really do feel extremely blessed…

Birthday Girl…

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Birthdays are never something I particularly relish, especially now I’m fully aware I have far more behind me than ahead of me, however, when your grown up babies visit with fabulously thoughtful gifts and a beautiful card that IS cause for a celebration.

Along with the posh dark chocolates (my favourites) and proper Steampunk sunglasses (with a leather case, drawstring pouch and cleaning cloth), I had a lovely long chat with them, as always. We passed several hours within the blink of an eye while munching on chocolate coated malted milk biscuits and jammie dodgers along with the customary cups of tea, with Mr Kipling French fancies as a special treat.

Despite me waving a tearful farewell to 54 and resentfully accepting 55 my twin daughters always have the knack of knowing exactly how to put a great big smile back on my face. I’m so proud of my girls, who have grown up to be beautiful, talented, kind and generous young ladies – I love them to the moon and back…