After spending three days in hospital with my big girl, a relaxing day out with one of my best friends was just what I needed to recharge my batteries. Days out in London are usually hectic – we go into town so rarely these days that there often seems to be pressure to see and do as much as possible while we there. But this wasn’t one of those days. This was a day with no pressure to go sightseeing – just a day enjoying the company of a friend; a day to sit in tea shops and watch the world go by or just wander. An almost perfect day – except for one sad event scheduled for the afternoon – the funeral of a lovely lady who was a part of my midwifery days.
Other than attending the funeral, Gillian and I had only two aims for the day – to visit the Primrose Bakery and sample their yummy cupcakes, and to head to the Yumchaa café for some of their fabulous tea. Hubby was taking the girls to see Nanny and Auntie Fizz so I could enjoy a rare child-free day out – and get to use the lovely handbag I got for Christmas for the first time. Is it just me who gets excited about being able to swap the big change bag for a tiny handbag?
The Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden was our first stop of the day. The cupcakes and brownies on display looked and smelled divine – choosing which ones to try was a challenge! I opted for a peanut butter cupcake to start with followed by a cinnamon one – both of which were delicious. The cakes were moist and crumbly and the icing full of flavour and not too sweet (my usual bugbear with cupcakes). I’ll definitely be making a return visit next time I’m in the area!
Having filled up on cupcakes, we pottered around Covent Garden for a while, browsing through the shops, enjoying the music being played by a string quartet, chatting together or just wandering quietly together as the mood took us. Being with a friend where there is no pressure to talk and entertain – just being able to “be” is blissful. L.M. Montgomery, one of my favourite authors summed it up perfectly in this quote:
After we’d had enough of browsing in Covent Garden, we made our way through Soho towards the Yumchaa café for a pot of tea. I love the range of different types of tea that Yumchaa offers and decided on one I hadn’t tried before – Marzipan Superfan – a blend of rooibos tea with red cherry, plum, marzipan and almond. Yumchaa describe it on their website as being “reminiscent of a good slice of Cherry Bakewell” which is a very good description of the taste – the cherry flavour particularly worked well with the rooibos.
It was lovely just to sit with a cup of tea and watch the world going by and we had no desire to move on until it was time to leave for the funeral. I won’t say much about the funeral other than it was a beautiful and moving send-off for a lady who always brightened everyone’s day with her sunny smile and had the gift of making everyone feel better about themselves. There was so much love in that room, and I don’t think I ever realised what a truly inspiring lady she was until I heard the stories that so many others had to tell. And as sad as the occasion was, it was lovely to see some of my former colleagues again.
Sad events aside, it was a lovely day out – a brief period of taking off Mummy and putting on me. I have to admit, it was equally lovely to go home to cuddles from my girls and go back to being Mummy again – and a happier Mummy for having had that little bit of time out.