Anne is one of those people that I have known my entire life. Not a family member, but obviously a close early friend of my parents, who then naturally became a sort of surrogate Aunty to me. She was their next door neighbour when they were first married and Anne’s daughter and my older brother were little baby buddies. My parents moved away before I was born, but they always remained a part of the extended friends and family list and the friendship that they formed has endured to this day. That is how lovely she is!
Growing up we didn’t see them that often, but I remember the times we did share as being very happy times… I think the most prolific memory I have of Anne is her standing in our kitchen teaching me all about yeast, the simplicity of bread making and the art of the scone. She made it seem so simple and fun! I was thoroughly engaged and learned many a lesson from her that I will in turn pass on to my daughters.
When I think of the wonderful friends that we ourselves have made since getting married and having children, I truly hope that our daughters grow up thinking of them as highly as I always have done of Anne. She is kind, loving, friendly, fun, thoughtful, an absolutely amazing mother and a wonderful friend to those that are lucky enough to know her. She has touched so many people with her wonderful home baking and simply spreads love wherever she goes.
Dear Anne, I am extremely grateful for the distant but distinctive role you have played in my life and for the friend you have always been to my parents. Thank you for the lessons and thank you for the love… x
Now over to you:
1. What does Lovelyness mean to you?
Everyday is filled with things I love to do, whether it is being with my family, walking in the sunshine or baking in my kitchen.
2. When are you happiest? What brings you joy?
Being with my family and having special mummy daughter times together.
3. What are you most grateful for in your life?
Being healthy, for my family looking after me after I broke my knee and for my husband proving he is a good cook after all.
4. What would you list as your top 3 priorities in life?
Health, happiness and family.
5. Who’s your current role model and why?
No one, as I am grateful for all the people who have crossed my path and helped me along the way.
6. Who do you see as being lovely and why? (Famous or not)
My daughter, as she is finally settled and getting married to a wonderful man who loves her and makes her laugh - although they are in Sweden!
7. What's your favourite type of food?
English through and through.
8. What are your favourite pastimes?
Cooking (I love making cakes), knitting, reading and walking when the weather is right in Cumbria.
9. Do you have a favourite quote?
Live life to the full!
10. Where’s your favourite place?
11. Which is your favourite season and why?
Spring... Winter is over and life is opening up again with longer days and warmer weather.
12. Do you have a signature style?
No, I just like to look nice and feel comfortable.
13. Who was your biggest inspiration growing up and how have they shaped who you are today?
My biggest inspiration was my mother. She was a very independent lady who I love and miss every day... she always said how it was and there was no messing, I can see her when I look in the mirror every day.
14. Which qualities do you value most from those closest to you?
Honesty, kindness and people being themselves.
15. What are your best attributes? What are your worst?
Best : I am a friendly person and find people talk to me.
Worst: I can be a bit short tempered with those I love at times.
16. How would you most like your friends to describe you?
Happy, caring and loving.
17. If you could pick any place in the world to live, where would it be and why?
Cumbria, after 30 years away living in the Midlands ‘There is no place like home’.
18. What are your aspirations for the future?
To be happy and healthy. I also look forward to spending time in Sweden with my daughter Deborah and her husband Herbert.
19. Can you recommend: a lovely song, a lovely movie, a lovely book?
- Book: Anything historical (I love them and the history)
- Movie: An old film, ‘An affair to Remember’ with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr... tears every time.
- Song: The song in the above film.
20. Any Lovely Last Words?
Be happy, healthy and look after each other ALWAYS.