After Lizzie and Jarett had left me and made their way to Vietnam, I had a lovely string of days off, so I decided to go home for a few days to visit Mum. Since all of my siblings were elsewhere and Dad was flying, it was just Mum and me!
I landed into LHR and hopped onto the bus to Stansted airport, which is not too far from home. Mum had also just landed from Austria, where her and Dad had spent the past week, so I didn’t have to wait long for her.
Once we got home, we put the kettle on and sat down with some tea! Mum had told me to bring a big suitcase for my birthday present and I had absolutely no idea what it could be… so when I unwrapped this incredible knitted blanket I couldn’t believe it!
Every patch is different and all of the colours go beautifully with my living room. It took mum around 2 years to knit it, and I never had any idea that she was making it!
We made some dinner and spent the evening watching The Apprentice and catching up.
The next morning I woke up with the sunlight peeking through the curtains, and was greeted by a lovely sunrise across the fields.
We made some delicious fluffy pancakes for breakfast, which I haven’t had the chance to make yet in Dubai but will definitely be doing soon! Mum went out to the garden and picked some raspberries to go with the pancakes – yum!
We spent the day out picking fruit in the garden – Mum and Dad have hundreds of apples and pears this year which I think should last them a while!
Not to mention all sorts of other fruits and veggies, such as parsnips, carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, aubergine, tomatoes, lettuces, raspberries, strawberries, plums, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten some!
There’s also a hedge just outside the house which has an abundance of blackberries, so we picked a few kilos and I made a delicious apple and blackberry crumble for dessert.
We decided to visit Anglesey Abbey the next day, which is a former abbey that has now been taken over by the National Trust and is open for the public to visit.
The grounds are over 98 acres, including beautifully manicured gardens as well as lush forests.
There were also lots of pretty flowers growing all over the place, including these lovely pink, white and purple ones.
We strolled around the gardens, stopping to look at the working mill where flour is ground, and wandering past the river.
Soon we came across a lovely flower exhibition which we couldn’t help but admire.
Towards the end of our walk we found the beautiful main house, which you can visit if you wish. We decided not to go inside this time and just admire it from the outside!
For dinner Mum whipped up a delicious roast lamb, after all, what’s a trip home without a roast dinner?!
All too soon my quick trip home was nearing it’s end, and the next morning I was up bright and early to catch my flight back to Dubai.
Thanks for having me mum and thanks for my amazing birthday blanket!