{The Ordinary Moments} #23 - Ladies Who Lunch

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Growing up I spent a lot of time with my nana. She used to pick me up from kindergarten on her bicycle, and look after me until my parents finished work. We used to build dens out of blankets and towels, walk to the shops and get a cake that she called a "naughty but nice" and do lots of artwork at the dining room table. I loved the time we spent together, but as I got older and didn't need looking after we started to drift apart. I really wish we were as close as we were when I was a child, and I know it's my own doing. 

When I was at university I used to ring my nana on the way home from volunteering. It became a little routine, and I loved being able to catch up. I'm sure we spoke more when I lived on the other side of the country than we do when we're in the same city! When I moved home I knew I wanted to make an effort to see her more often, and started to join her and my mum on their Wednesday trips out. It's something they've done since my nana's best friend sadly passed away a couple of years ago, as the two of them used to go out every other Wednesday.

Usually we head to a cafe where we can sit and chat, but occasionally we go to a garden centre. There's something so nostalgic about it as we used to go a lot when I was little. I love browsing the gifts and wandering through the plants dreaming of how my garden could look. My nana always buys herself some fudge, my mum gets bird food, and then there's me sniffing all of the candles. The best time to go is Christmas of course, when the decorations are out and all the trees are giving off their sweet pine scent. It makes me get that tingly feeling inside! I can't wait until we get to make that trip!

We headed there this week, and it was so nice to catch up and spend some time together. We used to meet up quite often when I was pregnant, but since moving out of the city and having Zach it's been harder to find the time. I often kick myself when I realise I haven't seen my nana in a while because she's getting old now and I feel like every second together is so much more important. Although knowing my nana she'll out live us all!

What you might not realise though when you see us three ladies (plus Zach!) lunching is that my mum and my nana aren't technically related. You see my nana is my dad's mum, and my parents haven't been together in over ten years. My mum is from Germany, and with her family so far away she became close to my nana. She has been like a mother to my mum whilst her own was so far away, and they've stayed that way no matter what. It makes me so happy that although my family is "broken" we can't see the cracks.

Zach and Nana
mum and Zach

Linking up with Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for the Ordinary Moments.


  1. Ah this is lovely Chantal and such nice photos of your family. It is so important to make time for our families isn't it? I love getting that feeling of nostalgia and having memories of my own childhood. x

  2. Aww that's really lovely that they've stayed so close and lovely for you and Zach to get to spend time with them.

  3. Its lovely that your Mum and Nana are so close despite your parents splitting up. I would be with you smelling the candles in the garden centre! xx

  4. She looks like such a cool grandma! I love spending time with grandparents too..lovely pics and lovely you have so many wonderful memories with her x


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