Mother’s Day comes early this year.
“What’s that smell?” NG wrinkles her nose. I sigh inwardly and I try to remember where I’ve put the wipes.
“Have you done a poo?”
“No,” she looks shocked and disappointed in me. “Mummy, what is that yum-mazing smell?”
NW strides into the house, almost tripping over the large cardboard box in the hallway. “Did Mummy call it ‘Mother’s Day’ instead of ‘Mothering Sunday’ again?” He actually wags a finger at me.
But as I plunder the depths of my sarcasm well, I see the rapture in NG’s face. The wide eyes filled with wonder. The penny drops (into the well with a little ‘plop’ so I leave the sarcastic comment for later). I see something click in NG too.
“Mummy, those are beautiful flowers for me!”
Actually, they’re for me. And they are beautiful and smell gorgeous. They’re from The Flower Studio – an enchanting shop based in Marlow (just down the road from the Middletons’ village, Bucklebury), which offers exactly the right kind of nasal/floral pleasure we mothers crave at this time of year. I mean, come on. Flowers. They’re traditional. Unquirky. But unless you can afford Mauritius or Tignes, who doesn’t want to forget the last few grey, late winter, nappy-filled months by burying their sleep-starved faces in roses?
The box is the first sign of something truly special. A sturdy, child-friendly tower that survives longer than five minutes – in our cottage, it’s a rare honour not to be relegated to the recycling bin IMMEDIATELY. NL sniffs the box with interest as we recently ordered him 200 tennis balls but then wanders off, oblivious to the fact that the spring he has doubtless also craved for the last few weeks lies within.
Because … LOOK! They are stunning. The Flower Studio has sent a mix of pink and white roses and herbs from their Spring collection and I call it the ‘Carole’ because even though it is tasteful and traditional, like Kate’s mum when she necked a bottle of mini booze at the England Rugby defeat match, it has spirit and I think she’d love them.
“What is this, Mummy?”
I raise my head from the floral vaccuum and see NG turning the accompanying instruction postcard over and over. She has just learned to use (blunt-ish) scissors. She loves them as if they were her own children. I have an idea.
“Would you like to do some snipping?”
She looks at me as if I have offered her a life size solid chocolate Peppa Pig.
“YEEEEAHSSSSS! Please Mummy.”
So for the rest of the afternoon, we amuse ourselves by snipping and sniffing. Thank you Flower Studio for a pretty, yum-mazing (early) Mother’s Day present.
To order flowers for Mother’s Day (it takes 2-3 days for delivery, so do it soon) and receive 15% off, click here and use the code ‘MUM15’.
Disclaimer: I was provided a bouquet from The Flower Studio for this review.
KEY TO CHARACTERS
Characters are abbreviated as follows:
NW – not William (husband and father)
NG – not George (daughter, sister and two and a half year old)
NC – not Charlotte (son, brother and four month old)
NL – not Lupo (a Labrador)