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Sunday, 26 March 2017

My first Welsh Mother's Day


This was my first Mother's Day where my mum was in England and I was in Wales.

My husband, our two boys and I relocated to Wales last year.

Previous years my mum and I have spent the day together but this year we had a 250 mile gap between us.

Not having my mum just down the road has made me appreciate even more all of the little things she did to help us all out when we lived close by.

I'd been super organised and the boys and I made cards and I knitted her a little something (an ear warmer/headband).  I've only been knitting since January so it was nice to be able to use my new skill to make her something unique.


I'm so glad we have technology as we were able to do a video call so I could watch her open her cards and present!


Me, the boys and hubby took ourselves off to the National Botanical Gardens of Wales for their special 'pamper day' where mums got in free!

We first visited the Great Glasshouse, where there were lots of stalls selling jewellery, food and pampering for mums.

I immediately made a beeline for Apprentice winners stand, Ridiculously Rich by Alana, and got to meet the lady herself! (I'm a massive apprentice fan!)


Once we'd looked round the stalls, I couldn't resist temptation and I bought one of her Creme Brûlée Brownies (nom nom, very very tasty).


We then took a wander over to the falconry display by Pembrokeshire Falconry, where the boys got to see the birds of prey up close.


After lunch we sat to watch the birds in action. The narrative through the show was brilliant and really informative and the children were given the chance to lay on the floor so a bird could fly close over them (my two weren't so keen).




Our boys really enjoyed it, and spotted all the birds as they flew around, so much that our youngest went over to 'the cupboards' where they kept the birds and opened a door and said 'no birdy in there' - a bit later, just before we left, he went back to check again in 'the cupboards' and was disappointed to still not see a birdy.


We then took the opportunity to make the most of the sunny weather, and had a wander around the lovely gardens.






We also visited the butterfly house which the boys loved, and they pointed at all of the different butterflies and our eldest told me to 'stop taking pictures of them otherwise they will fly off'.



The boys opted to make a human train to navigate through the path to see the butterflies.


I lifted our eldest up to see one of the feeding stations, and a butterfly landed on him, he was fascinated with it and I think it really made his day.

We then went visited the Bee Garden, where the boys got to see all of the honey bees coming in and out of the hives. There was lots of information explaining what the bees did.




The boys are absolutely worn out, and we all had a fantastic day at the gardens, think everyone will sleep well tonight!


Came home to cherry cake which my gorgeous boys made (with daddy's help) and a cuppa.


Perfect end to a lovely day.



  1. Wow, what a fabulous Mother's Day you had! Those brownies look and sound so yum! xx

  2. What a busy day! The brownies looked good! Love seeing birds of prey!

  3. That Mother's Day sounds absolutely perfect! Glad you had a great day!


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