Mum’s Birthday Weekend

By Ant

Phew, what a scorcher we’ve had this weekend! And it looks set to continue into this week. Be sure to slap on the sun cream and bust out your shades.

We spent the sunny weekend down in Surrey to celebrate Mama Cule’s [number redacted] birthday.

Juliette and Ross arrived at our (Ros and Ant’s) flat - we piled into the car, picked up snacks from M&S and wended our way to phase one of the glorious weekend:

Phase One: Garson’s Farm

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Garson’s Farm in Esher is a pick-your-own farm, that allows public access from June - October. Ros and I have been twice before, in August, when the raspberry pickings are good. This time round, the selection was a bit more limited as it’s still early in the season - but we picked plenty: marrows, peas, sugar snaps, spinach, beetroot, (illegal - they weren’t meant for picking..!) carrots and oh so many strawberries!

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The gang shell peas

The gang shell peas

We cooked or chopped and served pretty much everything we picked and had a delicious, honest midsummer’s feast. Sadly, I was too busy being a guzzle-guts to get a picture of it.

We blanched the peas and served them with a bit of butter melted through them; we glazed the carrots and sugar snaps; roasted the marrow and beetroot; mum had bought two quiches; and we garnished it all with delicious cheeses from the Garson’s Farm Shop.  

Ross posing with pineapple

Ross posing with pineapple

We all went to bed with full bellies, and rested up for phase two:

Phase Two: Chilling at Home and Lunch for Mum’s Birthday

It wouldn’t be a trip to mum and dad’s without a picture of a dog

It wouldn’t be a trip to mum and dad’s without a picture of a dog

Phase two of our excellent weekend entailed waking up at a leisurely pace, lounging around and eating more strawberries - watching some of the England game - and then going to a local pub for lunch. But not before we gave mum her present: Loungewear with photos of Billy and Rosie’s faces on them, from Dogsy.

Mum, with her present

Mum, with her present

After which we returned home to hang around with the dogs, and chat, and play board games and generally have a lovely and recharging time. What more could you want?

Cheers! And Happy Birthday Mum!

Cheers! And Happy Birthday Mum!