Eh? What you on about now, Huntley? The Bristolians among you may have some idea but, for the rest of you, what I’m trying to say is Bristol had nothing but sunshine to offer when I visited last week. It was gloriously sunny!
My daughter lives in Bristol as she is studying music there. She adores living there and always says I would, too. I must say that every time I visit I love it more and more. Such a diverse and vibrant place with a real sense of community.
Chrissie is a singer and songwriter with her own band. She’s always gigging but, obviously, geographical limitations prevent me from attending many of her gigs. I was thrilled to be able to spend some catch-up time with her as well as see her perform live again. I know some may say I’m biased but she really is fantastic and it’s always such a joy to see her enjoying what she loves doing most.
It’s quite funny going to stay with your child and have them look after you. Chrissie was the perfect host. We went for a nice walk and ended up in a sunny pub garden which overlooks the Clifton Suspension Bridge where we had a nice, leisurely catch-up while taking in the views.
In the evening we went to dinner at the restaurant she works for. It’s a lovely family-run place and Chrissie has become very close to them all. We were extremely well looked after and the food was divine!
When we returned to Chrissie’s house we got into our PJs and it was like the old days when she would come and get into my bed. We shared her bed but not just with each other. We shared with Steve and Dave! Now I know that sounds very dodgy but it won’t when I explain that Steve and Dave are cats! They’re used to having Chrissie and her bed to themselves so their spacial awareness wasn’t exactly top notch.
Here’s a cheeky snap Chrissie caught of Steve sharing my pillow!
You can see from Dave’s face he wasn’t quite as impressed at having to share, ha ha!
My darling daughter woke me up with fresh filter coffee and this beautiful, healthy breakfast! It’s oats, berries, chia seeds, milled flax seeds, banana and almond butter.
Absolutely delicious and so good for you, too! She later treated me to an early Mother’s Day lunch which included this amazing beetroot and chocolate latte. I really did get nicely spoiled by my favourite girl.
On the day of her gig she had rehearsals so, as I knew she’d be busy all day and I hadn’t seen my best friend, Steven for a while, we arranged for him to come stay a couple of days with me in Bristol. We stayed at a nearby hotel together and had a fabulous time. Loads of giggles and catching up was had and we all went to The Ivy for lunch on Friday which was amaaaaaaaazing!! A real treat! Not cheap but worth every penny!
When I returned home I had work all weekend but I squeezed in a visit to mum on Sunday morning armed with fresh flowers, a card and a huge hug. It was lovely seeing her before heading off to QVC for Mother’s Day.
As I mentioned on-air on the day, I’m very aware of how hard Mother’s Day can be for many people. People who may have lost their mums, been unable to have good relationships with their mothers, women who’ve been denied the chance to become mothers, who’ve lost children and so on. There are a myriad of reasons why days like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be very tough. I just want to say that I was thinking of you, too.
I also want to say thank you to all mothers, those who are ‘as good as’ mums, the grandmothers and anyone else I may have forgotten! You do a wonderful job and I hope you were celebrated with love last Sunday.
The icing on the cake of Mother’s Day for me was arriving home from work to the loveliest card and gift from my son who was preparing me a gorgeous, hearty meal with a large glass of red on the side. Can’t beat good old bangers and mash. The vegan bangers are Shroomdogs from Sainsbury’s. The garlic mash was perfectly accompanied by steamed kale and gravy.
We then watched the film he had bought for me. I’m the biggest fan of actor, Jim Broadbent, and he was as amazing as ever in ‘The Sense of the Ending’. Tom once bought tickets for the two of us to see Mr Broadbent in ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the West End. Simply spellbinding. My son is more camera/social media shy than my daughter so I won’t embarrass him by putting any photos up! Tom and Chrissie are so very thoughtful and I’m full of gratitude that I’m their mother. Every day I’m blessed.
Ok, enough soppiness from me… time to change the subject and talk about fashion! Now that British Summertime is officially here (well, according to the clocks, anyway) we have some cracking summer catwalk shows for you. I’ll be with you from 5-7pm on Thursday and then 6-8pm on Friday with some beautiful, fresh outfits. Look out for MarlaWynne’s gorgeous cardigan coming up on Friday at a special price! I can’t seem to get enough of her designs at the moment!
If fashion isn’t your bag but skincare is then look out for this deal from Judith Williams. It’s centred around retinol which is the beauty buzzword, it seems! It’ll be at a special price until midnight on Thursday but it’s available to buy online right now so grab it while you can.
Thanks for stopping by. Here’s wishing you a great week!
Lots of love,