The Best Mother’s Day Gift is not a Toad

No, it is not a toad. Unless of course Mum loves toads or your Toad lives in a Hall. 

The best Mother’s Day present is probably not a skinny nosy chicken. Better to have a fat one, served with roasted rosemary potatoes and gravy scented with orange zest. 

The best Mother’s day present is not a  poopy barn pigeon either. Or even two of them.  Forget about a pigeon pie too. Too much cleaning up. 

It is not the policeman sheep with her disinterested  offspring on a muddy day.  Though they are kind of cute on any day. 

The Best Mother’s Day present may not be three peacocks in a row waiting to be released. because they have to wait just a little longer.  Though they are a close second I think. 

No, the best present for a mother, because  her five children are all grown and far away and cannot collect her wild flowers with broken stems and perfectly missing petals or pin abstract big brush paintings on the wall, or at age 11 busk with a didgereedoo outside the music store counting in the money until he has enough to buy her a favourite CD.

The best present  is a Cleaning Lady for the day from the Matriarch. Only another mother would understand the joy of a house-work-free day! Yesterday my house was scrubbed from one end to the other. Brilliant. In the afternoon I wrote for hours. Just worked with words.  I just sat in my summer office, with the windows open, in a lovely clean sweet smelling house and worked on the story!

I am telling you this now because when  word gets out these amazing women who clean will be all snapped up. So find her. Bring her home. Or buy an apron and a duster.  This is the best Mother’s Day present for someone like me.

Good morning. Today is dawning clear, sunny and soggy. We have mammoth puddles still covering the fields, which is wonderful for the frogs. Last night the air was full of frog and toad sounds. The half planted Frog Garden already has two big fat residents. Mary’s cat has taken to lying on the board walk of the Frog Garden with one arm sleepily dangled through the slats to the water below,  like a lazy fishing line with a claw hook.  It won’t work Puss. The frogs can see you!

Have a lovely day.


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  1. What I would have given for a gift like that when my three were small! I remember asking (for a birthday, I think) to have an entire day to myself, take the kids to your Mama, I need Thinking Time…
    No deal.
    One of the many reasons we didn’t stay married….
    I’m hoping for a Big Ol’ Porch Swing this year, but I’d take the toads, too!
    Enjoy your day, C! I’ve got one more before the rain comes back!

    • It looks like we have a few perfect days in a row, good gardening days, no wind and in the 70’s. JOY! a porch swing with your angel in the evening sounds dreamy! c

  2. What a wonderful treat. It is such a luxury to have your house cleaned for you and then to have a day of uninterrupted time. And it sounds like you made the most of it. Love the image of sheep – they are too cute! xx

  3. Our monsoon is still here. I love your idea of the dos and don’ts of mothers day gifts. Definitely the best one is a day off. I am lucky enough (or unhealthy enough if you want to look at it that way) to have a once a week cleaner, and the feeling of relief at gazing round a clean house is one to cherish.

  4. Love the pictures!
    I didn’t know that you have 5 children, that’s wonderful. How exciting to have the prospect of so many grandchildren!

    Your mother in law is a smart woman. 🙂

  5. Now that is a great gift idea for a Mother’s Day gift! It sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed it, too. Great set of farmy pics, today. You’re too far inland for it but we had a thick fog last night and into this morning. Although the sky is still a bit hazy, the sun seems to be burning it off. I certainly hope so. Things are pretty soggy around here and a little sun wouldn’t hurt. Have a great day, Celi.

  6. Oh, what I wouldn’t do for a cleaning lady on occasion. So glad you got one and then spent much of your day writing. Wonderful. My brother and his wife hired a cleaning lady to come to my mom’s house twice a month. It is one of the best gifts ever for an 80-year-old woman, especially when most of us six children lives hours away.

    • It is so simple and works all round. Your mum got a clean house, some one dropping in on a schedule plus the cleaner gets employment.. a great idea.. c

  7. You are so right about a top to bottom (house) cleaner. I’d love that for Mother’s Day, next year in March since we celebrate ours at a different time of the year in the UK. Oh, and may I please have one of those froggies to eat all the mozzies that are breeding in our wet weather, please?

  8. True words! Once in a while it is nice to have all that invisible work that you do recognized and lifted away. I like the sound of a frog garden. My number one son is an avid frog hunter- happily, they are too quick for him!

    • It would take the heavy work out of it though, the shelves, and walls and doors, she can always pop about with the duster and do a touch up afterwards. Maybe one day! c

  9. Absolute heaven would have been a groom to clean out the barn too. Mama is so slim and the lambies so grown up. Best MIL and you deserve the treat. Laura

  10. I LOVE toads!! Seriously!! Agreed on the chicken 😉 Envious of the peacocks! My neighbors would throw a hissy fit if I brought some home, though I love their “mey-OR” cry! And were I near to you, I would happily exchange some of your good cooking for cleaning your house – I’m a little strange that way, in that I actually love that, as well 😉

  11. When the kids asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day would you believe I actually told them a cleaning lady for the day. 🙂 The kids looked at me like I was nuts. Like you said, only something another mother would understand.

  12. Oh yes! This is the best mother’s day present of all. How wonderful to have that free time just to write. I’m sure having your house cleaned was excellent for inspiration.

  13. Now that IS indeed a great Mother’s Day gift! And I know we’re all looking forward to your book – though I also understand how long the writing/editing process takes! THere is nothing like the gift of uninterrupted writing time.

  14. Stumbled on to your post here while looking for a Mother’s Day gift for Mom (of course), she just turned 82 and I know she will love your idea! Thanks so much and Happy Mother’s Day to you and all the sweet Mums out there!!! ; ) Paul in CA

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