Oh My Blog is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have heard of before, and learn a little more about them!
This month, the theme is Mums (because it’s Mother’s Day soon!) and we’re hosting Laura from Edinburgh with Kids.
1. Introduce us to your mum. What’s her name? What does she do? Reveal her age if you dare!
My Mum’s name is Patricia but she usually goes by Pat. She’s retired but has a very busy life – she splits her time between Edinburgh with my family and a small Sussex town where I grew up. She does the normal Granny thing of knitting/baking etc. but also is a member of a few wine societies! When not running after the grandchildren, her life seems to consist of lots of coffee dates, art exhibitions, meals out with friends, exercise classes and the cinema.
2. What’s the one thing your mum always used to say to you?
I can’t think of just one thing – she has several turns of phrase that are fairly unique. My favourite is that ‘you’ll never notice it on a trotting horse.’ This applies to mistakes in knitting all the way to dropping food down yourself.
3. Someone’s playing your mum. Who is it and why?
Mary Berry! My daughter Katie thought that Mary Berry was Grandma. Despite the fact that Mary Berry is considerably older than my Mum – she thought this was quite a compliment! It would help if Mary Berry could do an American accent but I’m sure she’d do a good job.
4. She’s won the lottery. What’s the first thing your mum buys for herself?
My Mum has specifically said she wouldn’t want to win the lottery as she wouldn’t know what to do with the money. But I would guess that if she did really pretty shoes would be high on the agenda.
5. What embarrassing story about you does she always tell when you meet new people?
Mum actually doesn’t go in for embarrassing stories. Very occasionally she’ll hint to people that I was naughty at school, or could be quite strong minded but she doesn’t really spill any details. I was recently lamenting some feedback we had from parent’s evening at my daughter’s preschool and all she did was chuckle and whisper ‘revenge’!
6. What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year?
This year my Mum is actually in Edinburgh for Mother’s Day – we don’t have any definitive plans but I would hope that they would involve cake.
7. What’s her favourite TV show at the moment?
We are awaiting the next series but I would guess Poldark.
8. What’s the biggest or most important thing that your mum inspired you to do?
Be adventurous. My Mum left America at 16 to go study in Wales. I think this was an incredibly courageous thing to do given that she had never left the country before. Last year, she spent 6 weeks travelling round New Zealand – still ready to try new things. I think this is a great attitude that I hope to always emulate.
9. Your round at the bar! What’s your mum drinking?
White wine – probably new world.
10. What’s the biggest difference between you and your mum?
She is incredibly good with numbers. She has this cool thing where she sees colours as numbers which I’m sure helps her with patterns/sequences. Whilst I’m ok at spreadsheets and things – she’s a ninja.
11. Most important question of the lot. What is your mum’s stance on 50 Shades of Grey? Does she love it? Hate it? Not even know what it is?
I had to ask her this one – she says given that she hasn’t read it she really can’t give an opinion.
12. What’s your favourite memory of your mum?
She has never liked people taking pictures of her whilst eating. This of course, became a favourite family pursuit when we were little – but only when she was eating bananas. It caused an incredible amount of hilarity at the time and remembering it always makes me smile.
13. What do you think your mum was like as a kid?
I would guess very much like me – I’m fairly sure that my Grandma would’ve been the one whispering ‘revenge’ to her too. I’m certain she would’ve been as cheeky and naughty as the rest of us.
14. Cast your mind back a bit; what was the thing you did as a child or teenager that made your mum the angriest she has ever been with you?
Chewing on the collar of my brownie uniform. She seemed to take it as this personal affront rather than me just being a bit bored!
15. Finally, what’s the BEST piece of advice your mum ever gave to you?
To save money. She has always been careful to plan and prepare for the future – I’m very glad that it’s stuck with me.
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