Monday, 3 May 2010

Veuve Cliquot

Saturday we were up early and off to Mum's,the garden needed to be done. Dave cut the lawns while I pulled a few weeds. We were home in time for James and Becky to call in for lunch, the sun was shining so we sat in the garden. They had been to visit Mum and said that although she was in good spirits she was very shaky and didn't look very well. After spending a bit of time sorting out my workroom, we visited Mum and she was really tired and not at all well.

Sunday we went to see Rachel and Alec on his stall at Brick Lane-Back Yard Market
, they are there most Sundays, we liked two of Alec's prints, we walked away from the stall a few pounds lighter. Luckily Atlantis is not to far away from Brick Lane, we paid them a visit and bought two frames. I just had to buy a few art necessities as we were there! Then we went for long lunch at Carluccios in Spitalfield's. On the way home we visited Dave's Dad, as usual he found plenty of little jobs that needed doing, that keeps him happy for a while. Then we called into see Mum, she was a lot worse than the day before, and had morphine during the morning.

Today we decided not to wait to visit Mum and went this morning, she was much better than the previous two days. She'd had a good night sleep and no morphine, she was showered and had her hair done. The nursing home has a visiting hairdresser once a week. Mum was reminiscing about all the places that we have been together over the last few years. We were finding it difficult to buy her Christmas, Birthday, Mothers Day presents so started taking her out instead, to the theatre, dinner and various events. I took her to the Lanesborough Hotel for afternoon tea, as a Christmas present one year. For her birthday the year before last I got tickets for us to visit Buckingham Palace and then met Dave, James and Rachel for Sausages and Mash in a restaurant that James knew in Soho. But the thing she talked about today was in 2003 Dave and I took her to the Hampton Court flower show, for lunch we booked a table and had a bottle of champagne.
I don't think we would have sat with her today and reminisced about the jumper we bought her for Christmas 2003 or the slippers she had for her birthday 2004. Little did I know when I put so much thought into those trips that they would mean so much now.

We had just arrived home today when Rachel phoned to say she was just about to go and visit Mum and would be calling in to see us and could she have lunch. The weekend is nearly over and we didn't get half the things done that we had hoped, our garden needs tidying and I've still not finished clearing up my room but there's always another day! But Alec's prints are on the wall and very nice they look!


  1. I am pleased your Mum is a little better today ,how lovely to have all those memorys to chat about ,would like to see a picture of your new Art ,your room will still be there tomorrow hee hee Jan xx

  2. Memories mean so much. Our lives are so busy that we take so many of the things we do for granted. You have been a wonderful daughter. X

  3. Diane, It's not always been a bed of roses, by any stretch of the imagination. Mx

  4. Those are precious memories... I think it is wonderful that we somehow hang on to the good ones.
    Lots of love. x

  5. A lovely picture of your mum Miriam.
    My Auntie Pam who when I was a child did teach me something of grave importance.
    Definitely no afters,if you haven't eaten your befores. So because of that I never did get to taste her golden syrup pudding. That memory always comes to mind when I'm having that for dessert. It remains one of my favourites.

  6. Oh and I forgot to say, I never eat dessert unless I finish my main course!