My mum is sunshine

27 May

Its typical… the day following mum’s departure from London, the temperature in the city reached into the high twenties. Its been sunny and lovely ever since. But despite the weather turning nice the moment mum stepped onto the plane, London seemed sunnier when she was here even though it was grey and murky in reality.

We certainly made the most of her time here, packing in six days of sightseeing in London; three days in Edinburgh and three in Vienna and sent her away on three day trips to Stonehenge, Bath, Paris, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and a couple of villages in the Cotswolds. Her almost three weeks of visiting us went by in a flash, but we overly enjoyed showing her the places we work, where we live and our favourite sights of the city. We took her to the places we had been to over and over and still love to visit in London, we took her to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, swept her off to The Dome in Edinburgh to meet our Scottish cousins (and took her walking around the streets in the freezing weather!) and traipsed around parks, gardens, cobble stoned streets, shopping areas and (I’m sure her favourite!) down into the tube and onto red double-decker buses. In her own words, we “walked [her] feet off!”

But really, it wasn’t all the fabulous sights or proximity to Europe that mum had come over for. Before she arrived I asked her countless times: “What do you want to see?”, only for mum to reply: “You two”. Mum flew – in her first oversees trip – all of 25 hours just to see us (I’m sure the sights of Europe were a bonus though). And then she flew the 25 hours back and that’s not adding on the road trip to Toowoomba before returning to Brisbane to fly back to Mount Isa. And then, finally, the six-hour drive back to the station after all of that. That’s a lot of travelling, but she did it simply to see us. We were so lucky that she was able to visit us all the way over on the opposite side of the globe, just to bring that warm sunshine that only mothers seem to radiate. She brought warmth to the UK for a few weeks and I know that there will be plenty of sunshine waiting for us when we return back home. Thanks mum xx

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5 Responses to “My mum is sunshine”

  1. Monica Briano May 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM #

    How sweet! It must have been nice to show her your English world. 🙂

    • mmeblog May 28, 2012 at 6:38 AM #

      Thanks Monica, it was really special for us to be able to show my mum our lives over here.

  2. Carol Edwards May 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM #

    Beautifully written as always Melinda. We had a great catch-up with your Mum yesterday and on the road to Brissie to drop her at Steven’s. I fondly remember having ‘walked my feet off’ too.

    • mmeblog May 28, 2012 at 6:39 AM #

      Thanks Carol… it was nice to be able to show mum our lives over here. I spoke to her after she got to Mt Isa… she’s almost home!

  3. Grandma May 30, 2012 at 1:54 AM #

    your Mum had a great time with you and Matt an experience I`m sure she will never forget
    It was great to have her home ( looking very tired ) but happy

    love you Melinda and will be looking forward to seeing you and Matt in September

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