Where do I start with this special lady except that she was my mum for nearly 50 years of my life and I never remember hearing her ever raise her voice!

I guess the most important things I have learnt from my Mum are that there is nothing quite like home baking, being taught how to sew and knit is a lost art, laughter is great medicine, and there is a lot to be said for a simple lifestyle.

Her sense of humour was there right until the end and she loved a good laugh. I will never forget going to visit Mum in hospital one day and I could hear her laughing from the corridor with one of the other patients.  They were having so much fun together and never wasted a moment in that hospital to cause havoc!

When my Mum passed away (just over two years ago) I decided to turn her “Legacy” (autobiography) into a book which I worked with a graphic artist to bring to life. Her story is really nothing extraordinary but she achieved so much, was loved by so many, and was very happy – and that is what makes it so special to me.

Sometimes we keep striving for more, when really we should be happy with what we have. I hope you all have special times and make great memories with your Mum (and your Dad and your whole family). I love being a Mum and inspiring my children to be happy and do what they enjoy.