Honest Mum Vicki Psarias: Windsor, summer 2019 and a day at the races
PUBLISHED: 12:28 01 October 2019 | UPDATED: 12:28 01 October 2019
I'm not sure there's anywhere as pretty as Windsor in the summer. Windsor Castle and the Long Walk bathed in sunlight never fails to make my heart sing. Soppy but true! No wonder it's such a haven for tourists
This month marks two years in this glorious town for my family and I, and it really is our Happy Place (#noregrets). 11th century architecture by the River Thames, friendly locals and a quick commute into London has meant it's proved to be the perfect place for us.
And what a summer it's been too. The children lapped up the longer daylight hours (mostly in Bachelor's Acre Park. If you visit, take swimwear so you can run in the fountains) and the slower way of life suited us all: al fresco dining, later to bed (the kids might never resume their usual routines), river trips and days out in the Big Smoke too (Kensington Gardens is our second home thanks to my long-standing relationship with the adjacent beautiful five-star Royal Garden Hotel).
Soon, though, it will be back to school and the juggle of work and children will commence at a faster pace than my current routine of leisurely days with the kids, and making deadlines by night. I'm a night owl anyway so this way of working suits me (I joke it's me 'working on LA time'). It just doesn't feel quite so pain-free with early school runs, but for now I'll be writing from 10pm-2am. The late nights have been worth it though, for the memories made.
We spent a perfect family day out at the races with Great British Racing at the famous Ascot Racecourse, and got to hang out with the very witty and pretty Tess Daly. GBR's 'Under-18s Race Free' initiative sees 60 racecourses over the UK offer under-18s free entry when accompanied by a paying adult all year long, with family days including fairground attractions, pop-up food vans and live entertainment. We had a ball!
Speaking of balls, I promised myself more nights out at the start of the holidays, after last year's summer of cancelled plans due to a big thyroid operation I've since recovered from. Being out of sorts for the best part of a year has meant a renewed gratitude for, a now, painless throat and a renewed joie de vivre. I'm enjoying life to the full again, saying 'yes' to more fun and 'no' to the mum guilt that so often accompanies the much- needed 'me time'.
Case in point, when I attended the Veuve Clicquot Terrace Bar launch at my most favourite Berkshire hotel, the iconic Cliveden House, for bubbles, canapés and a live band. I'm pictured here with close friends actors Harriet Thorpe and Kelly Juvilee. Thank you to Business Development Manager and pal James Rogers, and host with the most, GM Kevin Brooke. We had an absolutely fabulous time. Cliveden also have a beautiful spa and is, of course, known for being the setting of the Profumo affair, and where the Duchess of Sussex stayed the night before her wedding. Wonderful!
Here's to more magical memories made all year long.
- Honest Mum Vicki Psarias: My MUMBOSS tour, awards, holidays and more - This past month has been a heady mix of MUMBOSS book tour dates in both Belfast and York (I lost my voice and heels in a taxi, which is always a sign of a successful event, right?), plus entertaining the kids during the holidays (thank goodness the sun came out to play in Windsor so the children could too).