This Mothering Sunday was pretty special. I actually took some time out (i.e a whole weekend!) and completely downed tools. The joyous feeling of being on a break was obviously enhanced by the sunshine being out to play all weekend too.

My daughter and I delighted in the smell of fresh flowers everywhere and they really were everywhere!

Since she was a tiny tot she has always bent right into the flowers and taken a huge sniff, appreciating the scents. It's always made me smile.

I don't know who had the most fun really as my husband, both children and I played hide and seek all afternoon in the sunshine. We were dashing about and giggling like mad things and getting lots of smiles and quizzical looks from other visitors. I think secretly us adults had the most fun as we are doing this second time around! I remember playing like this when I was my childrens' age and I loved it as much then!

'Cotehele' is a Tudor House in Cornwall. The house is really stunning though we really wanted to make the most of the fresh air and sunshine so we didn't spend a huge amount of time in there. The tapestries were amazing and there were lots of interesting details to behold around the house. I am sure that we will visit many more times. There was so much to do and see there.

The gardens were fantastic with lots of opportunities to hide and jump out on your opposing team! The water in this lily pond was amazingly clear, though you can't really tell from this picture.

We meandered our way through the gardens and back down from the house to the Quay. There was a lot of oohing and ahhhing at all the flowers and plants along the way (mainly form myself!).

The light was stunning through the trees and we came across these "fairy umbrellas" which were just gorgeous. I don't recall seeing white Fritillary flowers before. They were translucent in the sunlight and reminded me of tiny chinese paper lanterns!

After so much walking and running around in the sunshine, I was rewarded with the most scrumptious cream tea! We sat down by the Quay where we watched the boats go by and enjoyed the last of the days warm rays. I hope you all had an equally happy and sunny Mothers Day!