General (Chit chat)

A weekend with my parents

So a couple of weeks ago my mum came to stay mid-week. She absolutely loves Lee Mead (yeah, the guy who won Any Dream Will Do to become Joseph), and my Dad refused to go see him in concert with her, so I did the dutiful daughter thing and said I’d go. He was playing at the Wycombe Swan, so it was ideal. We mooched around the shops in the afternoon, and then met up with Hubby for a nice Thai meal (yum yum) then headed to the Swan to see Lee Mead. I think I brought the average age down by about 20 years, but all in all it was a good night

I had the next couple of days off work to spend with mum, while Chris went to work, and so we headed down to the allotment and did a couple of hours digging, and then walked back in the rain showing mum the sights of Lane End (didn’t take long!) and then we curled up on the sofa and watched Les Mis on DVD.

Friday we had the car, so we spent the day shopping in Marlow, bought a couple of Christmas presents, and had tea and cake in a very nice cafe. We spent the day chatting away and it was lovely. When we headed home I started preparing dinner (cooked a paella!) while Mum very kindly did Chris’ ironing for him while she watched TV. Dad came down in the evening and we had a really nice evening of eating and drinking

On Saturday we headed in to London and saw the poppies at The Tower Of London. They were really astounding, and it was amazing to see so many of them, I was amazed they took up so much space. Unfortunately they had already taken the ‘waterfall’ ones down from the window as they didn’t want them to get to weathered and worn, but we didn’t find this out until we had walked aaaaallllll the way round through the throngs of people! It was absolutely heaving, but I can imagine it was quieter than that it had been previous weeks as technically when we went the exhibit was closed and they were beginning to take them down. Next we headed over to Borough Market, which again was heaving, but what do you expect really when it’s lunch time on a Saturday. We had a fantastic time wandering round, trying samples, and even bought a few bits and pieces. We stopped at Yotam Ottelenghi’s restaurant in Islington for lunch, which I wasn’t too sure on at first. I think it’s a great idea though, you get to choose a main and a selection of salads, which I pulled a face at at first, but it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! It was delicious and so healthy as well. I’d definitely go back again. We finished the day off with a quick look round the Grayson Perry exhibit at The National Portrait Gallery, by which time I think we were all ready to head back and collapse!

Sunday was a really lazy day, we didn’t do much, got up late, had a lovely breakfast of croissants with bacon in and home-made bread, then wandered down to the allotment to show Dad what it was like and get some advise on a few bits and pieces and then Mum and Dad headed off home! I made some Clam Chowder with the clams that we’d got at Borough Market the day before while Chris packed as he was buggering off to Germany in a few hours for work, and then collapsed on the sofa and didn’t move until it was bed time!


It was a fantastic weekend (or half a week!) and I really enjoyed spending some time with Mum. I think I may have driven her mad at times, as I’m not organised, and I don’t like making decisions, but tough, that’s who I am!! Do you guys spend much time with your parents? What do you like to get up to with them?


  1. Stephanie

    November 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely time with your parents. Like you, my mum and I love to had a chat whilst enjoying tea and cake or a bit of shopping x

    1. Sophie

      December 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Sorry for the late reply, life has been a little crazy! You can’t beat a good bit of tea and cake and a natter. I love spending time with my mum 🙂

  2. Lilinha Espindula

    November 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I love spending time with my parents, but it’s a shame I don’t get to see them often as they live in Brazil. In January, my mum came to London for 6 weeks and we did lots of things together, it was great! x

    1. Sophie

      December 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Sorry for the late reply, life has been a little crazy. I bet you loved spending such a nice long period of time with your mum. I find I appreciate my mum more and more the older I get 🙂

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