We stayed with my Mum for a few days this week in Warminster, Wiltshire. Her neighbour is a mechanic & was doing some work on our car for us & a good excuse for us to visit The Mothership. I'm a bad daughter & don't really go home very often anymore, this was made even more obvious by how much my little home town had changed since i last visited......the high street has been invaded by chains! The people of Warminster now appear very pleased with themselves as they shop in Waitrose & drink Costa Coffee......we never had anything like that in my day! hahaha! So on a rainy tuesday afternoon i went Waitrose & spent a small fortunes on some delicious treats & then to a Costa Coffee (Something i never do in Bristol!) purely for novelty purposes. I feel a bit sad at arrival of places like Costa & Subway on Warminster's high street as i am seeing more and more small towns start to resemble each other as chains infiltrate them leaving independent retailers struggling to keep up! However My mum is beyond happy at these new additions to town life as i'm sure i would be if i still lived there (and my teenage self who constantly moaned that there was NOTHING to do in Warminster would be over the moon at the arrival of a new coffee shop that wasn't run by old ladies who scowled at you for making a noise!)
We then all headed off to visit Henry's Great Grandma Eileen. She lives in a village called Corsley just outside of Warminster (where Henry was christened) in a beautiful house. Eileen is my Step-father's mother, but she is just as loved as any biological grandmother. She is an amazing woman & we always love visiting her, especially Henry as he loves to charge around her spacious ground floor at high speeds. She has this fantastic spiral staircase the leads from her living room up in to her bedroom & a separate staircase in the entrance hall leading to the rest of the upstairs. I love that staircase.....well i love the whole house as it's so full of character as very old houses often are. I always find her house so relaxing with it's the peaceful surroundings, the comfortable sofas, and the constant flow of tea. I hope when i'm a grandmother i have the same effect on my Grandchildren when they visit!
Henry also discovered a little brass bell & entertained us all with his beautiful bell ringing.......the good thing was the BBC were replaying the jubilee concert on the television at the time & Henry drowned out Kylie with his more alternative take on music! Good boy! Here's a video, but please excuse my high pitched voice, i'm sure it's not like that in real life.......or maybe it is!
I also wanted to share a few pictures of her garden with you all, because it is what i hope to one day achieve with a garden of my own. Yes that's right folks after years of living in a first floor flat with no outside space having a garden has gone to my head! I have many grand plans for our little outside space, but a garden like this is the long term goal! It is beautiful, colourful & well looked after while staying natural and keeping an element of wildness about it! Plus it's full of purples & purple is my favourite colour! The Bees were out in force that day too & it's always a pleasure to see them at work.....a sight that is too rare lately! I have been promised some foxglove seeds this year so watch this space the bees of Bristol will be loving my garden too soon! Eileen was also kind enough to give us a fantastic little manual lawn mower which i love! We'll be able to mow our lawn without using any energy except our own, Yay for being green while gardening!
So I guess this has been a blog post about nothing really, but i just wanted to share our time away. I love Bristol but every now and again it's lovely to get away & see more green & less shops! Also i think it does everybody good no matter how old you are to go home & see your mum every now and again! There is something quite comforting about eating your breakfast off of the same plate you did when you were 5 years old. I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend too.......even if the weather didn't behave.