My first Mother’s Day as a mum to TWO! yaaaayyy…more presents..NOT! Saying that, I was a very lucky girl indeed as my hub treated me to a new pair of black Chelsea boots. Which I am currently living in and will be through the whole of Spring and until they are falling apart!
Harry came home from school friday with the usual sweet homemade card complete with a drawn caricature of myself in thick felt tip and smothered in ‘I love you so much’ and endless kisses. He’s terrible (just like me) at keeping secrets, he always tells me a few days in advance what he’ll be giving me, whether it’s mother’s day, my birthday or christmas!
This Mothering Sunday we went on a family day out with my parents and siblings, niece and nephew, to Painshill Park in Surrey (www.painshill.co.uk).
If you haven’t been, then go. It’s so lovely. It’s an 18th century landscape garden maintained and restored by the Painshill Park Trust, a registered charity. Because of this, you do have to pay a small amount to go in, but this weekend entry for mummy’s was FREE! There’s a wonderful Lake and Vineyard, Ruined Abbey, Gothic Tower, Waterwheel and best of all… a Crystal Grotto.
It’s pretty spectacular and the kids loved it. We took my sister’s dog, and all had a leisurely stroll (in the rain) with our hot chocolates.
I pre-booked a country pub for lunch in the local town of Cobham, called The Running Mare (www.therunningmare.com). After a wet walk, it was just what we needed, open roaring fires and low beams, full of character and charm. Because there was such a large group of us, we took over a small snug area of the pub which was perfect. The food was wonderful and to say our eyes were way too big for our bellies was a total understatement! I can imagine it being fab in the summer too, as the beer garden was a decent size. We’ll certainly re-visit.