Last Saturday my mum came up to visit me in Cardiff. Conveniently we chose the day before Mother’s Day and so I got to spend some quality time with my favourite person when I wouldn’t have seen her otherwise. We actually picked the date because it was part of my mum’s birthday present I gave her last year. As part of the 50 things I challenged her to do this last year, I told her she must visit me in Cardiff, go to Cardiff Bay for lunch and buy some Welsh cakes! Realistically – and terrifyingly – I actually have one more week of lectures left and three more deadlines. Therefore I am one week and three deadlines away from adulthood. Proper adulthood. Last Saturday with my mum allowed me to soak in Cardiff in the best way before I wave goodbye in a few months.
Before mum and I headed to Cardiff Bay for the afternoon, I wanted her to visit my favourite Place to Be Mindful in the whole world: Roath Park. Another of her challenges is to take an artsy fartsy photograph so I let her loose with my camera. As Roath Park is one of the most aesthetically pleasing places I’ve been to, I thought my mum could create quite the photograph. And she definitely did (I’ll link her post about it when it’s up!). More importantly, we both had a blackcurrant and clotted cream ice-cream which further made me itch for summer.
We soon realised we were in for a day that would tease us about the warmer days that will surprise us in a few months. We hopped on a train for a quick ride to Cardiff Bay and I was delighted to finally be in there on a warm and blue day- in the past, I only seem to have gone in drizzly grey weather. We first went to Bill’s for a pub lunch before we got mum another tick in her book of fun [book that causes her frequent moments of panic where she believes she’ll let me down- I’m the worst daughter]. Mum bought herself some white chocolate and blueberry – my recommendation – Welsh cakes before we wandered around trying to take the perfect selfie (my fault, again).
We headed back to the centre of Cardiff, did a bit of shopping (she completed another challenge- to spontaneously buy a physical copy of an album) before ending up at Treetop Adventure Golf. As per usual, it was oodles of fun. And then, not as per usual, I won a free round at the end… And so did my mum! We found – and find, still, a week on – this particularly amusing.
As my time in Cardiff is drawing to a close, I’m finding every opportunity to get overly sentimental about the place that I can. Every time I run around Roath or Bute Park, walk through Cathays as the sun sets and sit in my favourite cafe taking in the city, I feel like I’m saying a little, happy goodbye. (Because it isn’t quite goodbye yet.) You can find my last post about Cardiff here: Bute Park | The Last Five Months.
~ Kat ~
P.S. Check out my mum’s post about our day HERE! ❤