Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday is just around the corner (31st) and for me it’s a chance to spend some quality time with my Mum and sister. Many will say that every day is Mother’s day and yes, we should all remember to appreciate our Mum every day of the year, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with celebrating a little more on one day just because.
It doesn’t have to be gifts, although my Mum is very partial to a lovely bunch of flowers and in the past my go-to has been a pick from Bloom and Wild, my favourite flower delivery company. This year though, my sister and I thought we’d have a day together, not on Sunday as we were all busy, but mid-week. A chance to get together and do things we enjoy.
Halfway between Edinburgh, where Tess and I live, and where I grew up and my parents still live, is the quiet town of Dalkeith. The town itself isn’t much to shout about but just on the outskirts is the Country Park, now home to the Restoration Yard.
Dalkeith Restoration Yard has recently been brought to life. Owned by the Buccleuch family for over 300 years, they restored the park in 2016 spending £8.9 million to create a world-class visitor destination. They re-vamped the park to create way-marked paths for walkers, runners and cyclists – and this is the only time I’ve previously visited, on a night trail club run. The Restoration Yard itself was a collaboration with the designer of Ireland’s leading food and retail experience, Avoca, and you can definitely see some of the influence in style and decor that she’s brought across the water. Within the Yard is a Wellbeing Lab, shopping space and cafe, perfect for a girly day out.
On Tuesday, I took my Mum along to a Restorative Yoga morning class in the Wellbeing Lab, 90 minutes of relaxing yoga with all the props imaginable, chairs, cushions, bolsters, rugs and blocks. They have a selection of classes running all week so there’s bound to be something that you fancy.
After class we had a coffee in the smaller, more laid-back, family cafe/coffee bar while waiting for my sister to join, then we walked across the courtyard to the Restoration Cafe for lunch. The cafe is beautiful, elegant and light, the perfect stop for an afternoon tea, brunch, lunch or supper. Tess and Mum enjoyed local salmon dishes, while I had the choice of three vegan dishes and had the quinoa salad, colourful, light and tasty.
We then strolled through the shopping space, filled with homewares and fashion, books, gifts, beauty, jewellery and food and drink. It’s hard to resist picking up something and is the perfect one-stop shop for the perfect birthday gift or of course Mother’s Day treat.