Being apart from my folks during the pandemic has felt challenging to say the least and whilst we managed to meet up a handful of times over the years (yes, it’s been years), not having my Mum around as much as usual was tough-going, particularly during my first fraught trimester after losing a baby late last year. No one can replace your Mama when you’re pregnant.
Thankfully, Mum and I speak every day, usually multiple times a day to be honest and I’m grateful we were able to spend the past 2 weeks together in Windsor, Eton, and Cornwall respectively (with an 11 hour drive home from the coast, to boot).
As a family, we enjoyed those simple but most meaningful and memorable of times together: cooking stir-fry dishes (my latest craving) as well as Greek feasts I’d missed spanning scrambled eggs, onions and courgettes, garlicky chicken tray bakes and Mum’s famous wheat-free apple and blueberry crumble with a side of Dad’s lump-free custard (no one makes custard like Papa G).
Dad and I are the early risers of the family and we got into the routine of watching the Olympics over boiled eggs each morning in Cornwall followed by a morning swim that saw us laughing as much as swimming (we both share an immature sense of humour).
Back in Windsor, I toured them around new discoveries and old favourites of ours from restaurants and parks to shops and coffee shops (we spent most of our time in Eton this time) and Peter and I were grateful my parents babysat the kids on a couple of occasions so we could spend some quality time together just the two of us from attending my 20 week scan (I’m almost 23 weeks now) to grabbbing a veggie sushi lunch from YO! Sushi we ate in the park. Bliss.
What have you been up to this summer?
P.S. If you’re thinking of visiting Windsor and Eton, I’ve written a comprehensive list of my recommendations of the best things to do in the area, HERE.
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