I’ve always found it difficult to find a Mothers Day gift that truly reflects my appreciation for everything my amazing mummy has done for me over the years.
I mean, my mum got the potty out in what she thought was a secluded delivery area outside the back of a shop because I just HAD to go, and proceeded to keep smiling whilst I held up a burly man driving a huge delivery truck, who apparently enjoyed the whole scenario immensely. Here mum, that deserves a few chocolates.
She also partook in numerous ear shattering renditions of ‘Wheels On The Bus’, whether on a bus or not, the only requirement being that we were in a public place, preferably somewhere like a posh restaurant or library. Yeah mum, here’s a bunch of flowers for that.
She’s built tents out of bed sheets with me, wiped my snotty nose, stayed in hospital with me, picked me up from all the break-ups, and is the only person in the world I can be myself with, good or bad, knowing she’ll always love me no matter what. So what better present can I give than the very thing she’s given me most of over the years….time.
I took Mummy Gwynne out for the day and first stop was a decadent champagne afternoon tea at the newly opened Chandelier Bar, part of one of my favourite restaurants The Boathouse in Christchurch.
The Chandelier bar opened just before Christmas and takes up the whole of the Boathouse Restaurant’s top floor featuring panoramic views over the beautiful Christchurch Quay.
This trendy bar is usually only open on Friday and Saturday nights, offering a selection of champagne, wines, beers, spirits and a wide choice of cocktails. And for the peckish, they serve a delicious selection of tapas nibbles made fresh to order.
However, today was the first time they were open during the daytime and my first impressions of this quirky, stylish bar were very good. Check out our amazing chairs right under the biggest chandelier I’ve ever seen!
The rest of the bar is just as stunning, I absolutely loved the colours…
And the furniture……
And even the cute designs on my champagne glass!
But we all know what it’s really about….the food! I’ve had a lot of afternoon tea in my time and this has to be in my top 3.
The food at The Boathouse Restaurant is always amazing and this new addition did not disappoint, with a wide selection of sandwiches, deliciously mouth-watering cake, chocolate truffles and macaroons, plus TWO scones each! (That’s never happened to me before).
I was majorly impressed with my first Chandelier experience and can’t wait to go back in the evening for some cocktails and tapas. The bar is also a great place to hire for a private function.
After lunch, we definitely needed to walk off that second scone so we took a stroll along the stream from Christchurch Quay into the quaint town centre.
The remains of the 12th Century Christchurch Castle and Norman House are free to explore and provide a beautiful backdrop to the stream.
We also made some new feathered friends!
We finished up in Christchurch town centre, a beautiful place full of both modern eateries and traditional pubs. Its also home to the magnificent Christchurch Priory, built over 900 years ago, trust me, it’s always well worth a wander.
It was great spending some quality mother daughter time, it reminds you what’s really important in life, always make time for those you love. I ended the day by treating her to something she always brought back for me when she went shopping each week…
Hope all the mummy’s and mummy’s-to-be out there had a wonderful weekend, what did you do for Mother’s Day?