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…

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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.

The Boat That Rocked…

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Fathers Day can be quite a sad affair when your dad is no longer alive, so I was extremely grateful that a friend suggested a trip to the coast to get me out of the house for a few hours. It was actually the hottest day of the year so far, so the slightly cooler breeze from the sea was extremely welcome.

We’d ended up in Harwich (Essex), and after a lovely walk along the promenade, admiring the dozens of ships and yachts of all shapes and sizes, I was treated to lunch and an ice-cold drink. Satiated by paninis and fruit juice we continued strolling along the seafront when we came across the actual vessel which featured in the Bill Nighy film The Boat That Rocked!

It’s a good job I’d taken my blood pressure tablets earlier because the excitement was almost too much for me to cope with; especially when we discovered it costs just £2 each to spend as much time as you want on it. Well, it just goes to show that you never can tell how your day will pan out, and sometimes something fabulous is just around the corner…literally!

When your Babies Come Home For Christmas…

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I’ve had such an amazing few months that I didn’t believe anything could top it, but I didn’t anticipate my gorgeous daughters would announce that they’d be coming back home to spend Christmas Day with me! Oh my goodness, I honestly couldn’t ask for a better present.

Of course, I did the typical mum thing of going overboard with daft gifts and bought way too many festive snacks, but nothing gives me more pleasure than being able to spoil my children at this special time of year.

Being able to eat, drink and be merry with the people I love most means everything to me, and today has been wonderful. Such joys are precious and I will never, ever take them for granted. We pulled crackers, wore paper hats, and consumed far too much junk food, but that’s what a traditional Christmas Day is all about and it was magical.

Mothering Tuesday…

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Some mums have Mother’s Day on a Sunday, but this year I had my special day on a Tuesday. When your grown up daughters are very busy people, it’s really lovely that they still arrange to give you a treat even when they can’t manage it for the traditional weekend version.

They arrived with a beautiful bouquet full of pink, cream and white flowers, which was a lovely surprise. We ate iced lemon cake and french fancies (as you do), while discussing everything from holidays to politics, and generally putting the world to rights. The afternoon passed within the blink of an eye and sadly it was all too soon for them to return to their respective homes.

I actually prefer being a bit different, and I think that Mothering Tuesday is a fabulous idea, especially when you get to spend it with the people you love most in the world. I’m a very lucky mum indeed.

Happy Mothers Day…

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Having children is a privilege and a blessing, even more so when your daughters grow up to become beautiful, talented, kind and caring young ladies.

I’ve just spent a very special Mothers Day in the company of my wonderful offspring. After being given a ‘naughty‘ yummy, choccy gift and a card that’s so fabulous I shall frame it, we tucked into cheese & ham rolls and Pringles, drank tea and munched on chocolate digestives. We chatted about all manner of girlie stuff, laughed at daft things and just enjoyed each other’s company. They are my raison d’être and today has been magical. Thank you to my ‘baby girls’  XXX