The best Mother’s Day ever!


Hi everyone,

I do hope you’re all well and looking forward to Easter (although, by the time you read this it will have no doubt been and gone!).

As usual, it will be a full house here (which I love) with all the family getting together and lots of visitors. Louise (my niece), her husband, along with her Dad and little Sophie will be joining us from Nottingham. My mother-in-law is coming down from Cumbria plus all the boys will be here too with girlfriends, fiancés etc. Saying that, my eldest will be coming with his fiancé and my youngest with his girlfriend, my middle son Phil will be returning from Texas, which is unfortunately where his girlfriend lives. Not that I have anything against Texas (I watched ‘Dallas’ with the best of them lol!), it’s just rather far to commute, shall we say? Anyway, I digress…

Now, you’re probably expecting me to say that the 6th March this year was the best Mother’s Day ever as I was truly spoiled with lovely flowers, gifts and cards as well as a delicious meal in a lovely restaurant. (Is it just me or do meals in restaurants where there’s no cooking or clearing up always taste better?)

Well if you said that, you’d be right… to a point… but this one was exceptional! Why? Well I’m afraid you need a little background info for that!

About 25 years ago I asked my Mum if I could borrow a load of old photos to bring down from Scotland – please don’t ask me why… I have no idea – anyway, I never got around to taking them back. Unfortunately, several years later I was moving house and, as usual, some things were very organised and packed perfectly, and then the rest of the stuff was thrown in boxes and bin bags. Well, the day I was moving into my new residence was in fact the day the bin men came… and yes, you’ve guessed it… all of the family photos ended up being taken to the local dump!

We didn’t have loads, but I was heartbroken. I have no pictures of me as a child with my Mum and Dad, I have a few photos of my Mum in her late seventies and only one photo of my dad.

When my mum sadly passed away nearly nine years ago we brought my brother down to live here, it was all terribly rushed (just as well,as I found the whole process terribly painful), and the few bits that I brought down south got put in the loft (usually when that happens it means they’ll never see the light of day again!). The night before Mother’s Day I was hunting for something in the loft and I pulled out a couple of old carrier bags… when I looked inside, I couldn’t believe it!

There was my Mum’s wedding album and a load of old photos!

Mum and Dad's wedding day

There was even one of me and my maternal Granny taken in Glasgow when I was just five years old. I can remember that photo being taken by a random person in the street who had taken our details and sent it on! We were just coming out of Woolworths and the bag I’m holding was my pick ‘n’mix!

With Granny

This was just the best Mother’s Day present in the world and I haven’t stopped looking at them since! Three generations in one carrier bag! Brilliant!

So I thought I’d share my new found joy with you. One thing for sure is that these days everyone seems to take a lot more photos (okay, I know most of them are stored on phones and tablets etc), but I think those memories are so important.

I know we shouldn’t have regrets really, but I do wish I’d taken more pictures when the boys were growing up. I have quite a few, but not as many as I’d like.

We’re all a bit odd in this family (for those of you that haven’t already picked up on that!) in that nobody likes having their photo taken! Including me! Which is even more odd given my job! Presenting in front of the camera is one thing, posing for a photo, quite another!

And on that happy note of my joyous discovery of true hidden treasure, I would like to say a very Happy Easter to all of you, and a special congratulations to…

Jayne K – the lucky  random winner of my Easter Competition! Jayne’s favourite is a Cadbury Flake egg – I must say, a very good choice!

Thank you to all of you who entered with all your favourite Easter eggs, delicious!

Will be in touch soon with another update on my progress with The Body Rescue Plan by Christianne Wolff. It’s all going rather well really. Hope I can say the same after all the Easter chocolate!

Now where did I put that creme egg? Lol!

Take care,

Anne xxx


  1. Joanna Downey March 29, 2016 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    Hello Anne, What a wonderful story. Like you i also don’t like having my photo taken – my husband was delighted when I had one done at work for my ID, telling me that at least he’d have something to show the police if I ever went missing… However, I love looking at old ones, especially black and white, and even better if someone tells the history of the shot at the same time. You were a dear little girl with a super smile and I love the fact that your granny was wearing a hat. Your shoes look to be the same ones I wore every Summer, they were by Clarks and the style was Joyance. Love from Jo x

  2. Caroline Barnes March 31, 2016 at 3:42 am -  Reply

    I’m so glad you found those lovely and heart warming photographs. The same happened to my mum and dad only in those bin bags taken by the bin men where all of their wedding photos including the album and my mums wedding dress along with the shoes, head dress and accessories. My mum was heart broken and 40 yrs
    on she still is. She has been given a few snaps of the day taken by guests which she is very grateful for. Pictures are so important and we should all take more family ones even if we do hate cameras as one day we will look back on them when people are gone and we will be glad we have a memory to hold. Happy Easter x

  3. Susan April 4, 2016 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Brill blog Anne! And love your ending lol. Where did I put that creme egg! So pleased you came across those photos. Gorgeous too. How is everyone doing? Brother, boys, bump?x

  4. Lesley April 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Loved your story and I am exactly the same, unfortunately I only have 1 photo of myself at about 3 or 4 years of age and none of my parents except in my wedding album. I also like black and white photos, they seem to bring out more detail somehow. I also don’t have many of my boys after about the age of 10 and 8, that’s when all “that mushy stuff like kissing me goodbye etc ” stopped LOL. I was saying to my son that I am going to sort all the ones I have of them and their grandparents put them in an album to show to my grandchildren (his children) to give them a good laugh!! He is all for it too, to bring back memories and so they can see the fashions go round. All the best to all of you QVC customers too. Bye for now!!

  5. Christine April 6, 2016 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi what nice blog. I know how you feel. I lost my mum and dad when I was teenager. You never forget. Hope diet going well. X

  6. Anne dawson April 11, 2016 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Joanna for your lovely comments. On the shoe front………they’re back in fashion!! For adults!! Can you believe it ??? Lol. Take care xx

  7. Anne dawson April 11, 2016 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caroline. You’re so right. Nothing can replace those precious memories!! Your poor mum!! I so know how she feels xx

  8. Anne dawson April 11, 2016 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, great to hear from you as always! Boys,bump and brother!! Love it :)!! Yes they’re all good thanks. They do keep me constantly on the go though!! (Well maybe not the bump!! Lol)
    Take care xx

  9. Anne dawson April 11, 2016 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lesley!! Lovely comments!! I keep saying I’m going to sort out our photos too (not that there’s loads!!), but I’ve still to get round to it. It’s funny you only have to look at how fascinated kids are when they see old photos, to appreciate just how precious those memories really are!! Good luck xx

  10. Anne dawson April 11, 2016 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christine, good to hear from you! Diet all going well thank you.
    Latest results in my next blog 🙂 xx

  11. Elizabeth McCracken June 16, 2016 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne just catching up on your blog, love the photo of you and your Granny, it’s looks like you have just come out of Woolworths on Byers Road in Glasgow. I lived just up the road from there and went to St. Charles ‘s in Kelvinside.

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