Ahhhhhh! Just one week to go until Mothering Sunday, and I’m screeching in (as usual) with arrangements for my own Mum (sorry Ma Muddy). Restaurants reservations can be a bit of challenge, but there’s always something you can do to make your mother feel a bit spesh on Sunday 26 March. Here are Muddy’s mega Mothering Sunday picks…
Family Sunday lunch – don’t worry, you don’t have to cook it
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you don’t have to cook a roast or tidy up.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (eek) and it always conjures up a certain dread. Part of me doesn’t want to be told that Mr Muddy and I should be gazing into each others eyes on demand, the other part longs for him to want to lavish me with gifts and whisk me off my feet in a rom-com stylee. It’s a fine line between fabulous and forced. Add into the mix the need to drink too much too quickly in celebration of being child-free for a few hours, while trying not to kill the vibes by voicing irritations about… well just about anything.
You probably don’t need another excuse to break for the border and head to Bicester (Bicester Village for a bit of early Christmas present shopping anyone?!) but I’m feeling generous so I’ll give you one anyway.
I had a meeting at Bicester Village last week (by which I mean coffee with my friend Jude at Villandry) and we then zipped over to The Milk Shed at Weston-on-the-Green to meet another friend, Kirsty, for *cough* a meeting (ok, ok, lunch) as it’s only 10 mins from the Village.
So it was yet another grim ‘n’ grey rainy weekend back in January, but refusing to be defeated by the British weather I chucked the Muddy family in their wellies, lobbed them in the car, and before any of them realised the X-Box controller was no longer in their sticky little mitts, we were heading to Wargrave on a recce.
We lived in Wargrave for a couple of years but it’s been a while since I’ve re-visited and every time I drive through something new and groovy has popped up.
It’s not too late to get it right on Mother’s Day! (next Sunday 6 March – it should be tattooed on your forehead). Choose from the best afternoon teas in Berkshire with my curated guide (yes, seriously, I’ve drunk a lot of tea and eaten many many scones) and say ‘I love you mum’ through the medium of cake (and contemporary dance if you’re that way inclined and have the energy). Personally, I need to lie down in a darkened room breathing pure oxygen and listening to Pan Pipes.
The Urban Guide to the Countryside -