15 July 2014

OH MOTHER // BRISTOL

As part of the new series Oh Mother, I have reached out to other mamas, to catch a glimpse through their eyes as they explore life around them. Five mothers raising babes in adopted cities that they now call home.

The third amazing woman I'd like to introduce to you is Yasmina, a jewellery designer and mother of three gorgeous boys: Pablo (11), Khalil (9) and Felix (4), a French mama living in Bristol, UK. Here she shares some moments with us.

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1. Describe what the word motherhood means to you?
Infinite and unconditional love, lots of laughter (and tears), chaos, patience and guilt. It’s the hardest job I have ever loved.

2. Tell us a bit about the place you call home?
We live in Bishopston, Bristol, in a welcoming, light and airy house with white walls and dashes of colour, vintage finds -  and the noise of three young boys.

3.  What are the ups and downs of raising a family in Bristol?
Bristol is a fantastic place to raise a family. It is full of parks and green spaces, each with its own character. It has lots of cafes and child-friendly places to eat, and a great emphasis on local community and independent shops. My salvation was to discover so many mums and baby/ toddler groups when my 1st child was born – from yoga to music groups. And there is even a French school! The downside is that public transport is not great and the traffic can be terrible. And sometimes it’s hard to be so far from my family.

4. What is your favourite thing to do in Bristol with your kid?
Going to Leigh Woods on a walk/adventure, stopping on the way home for an ice cream (even in the winter). Also going to the park on a sunny evening for a picnic.

5. How has becoming a mama changed you?
I’m more tired I think but also more patient and more organised -  I can get dressed and ready to go in a record time!

6. How does the cityscape influence your parenting style?
I don’t think I have a parenting style (it’s more often just spontaneous) but I love Bristol - from museums to the riverside to graffiti to parks, it is such a lively and inspiring city to bring kids up in.

7. How do you achieve a creative work-life balance?
I try to find time and space to work while the kids are at school/playgroup, and sometimes in the evenings and at weekends, but it’s a constant challenge. It would be great to have long uninterrupted hours to work, but it just doesn’t happen very often.





8. What's your favourite thing to do in the city when you're child free?
Bristol has some great places for vintage shopping hidden away so I go whenever I can. I also love going for a coffee with a friend – and to the Watershed, the local arts cinema, for a film.  And if I don’t feel like going out, I can spend hours on Pinterest, my new addiction!

9. How would you describe the childcare in Bristol?
We’ve been a little disappointed with some larger nurseries but with our last child, we have found a wonderful playgroup in St Werburghs, run by a women’s cooperative, which Felix loves.


10. What's the best bit of parenting advice your family ever gave you?
My mother is always there to offer advice when I need it, but the best single piece of advice was, when in doubt, follow your own instincts;  no one knows better your child than you do.

Thanks Yasmina for sharing your thoughts with us. If you missed the other Oh Mother interviews you can read them here.

All interior images are via Good Spaces.

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7 comments

  1. Wow, I love the kitchen/living area leading out to the garden, such a beautiful space. x

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  2. I really love reading about other people's lives and her house looks gorgeous, so much space! x

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  3. love reading these - her kitchen!! Just a tad jealous!

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  4. Love this post, it's local and Yasmina has a gorgeous home! I've shared it on https://www.facebook.com/TheBristolParent for any other Bristol fans who are interested. Oh Mother is such a great idea Lori, love it!

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  5. What a great idea for a series, I love reading about other mothers and their experience. Yasmina's kitchen is gorgeous! It was lovely to meet you last night. xx

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  6. Love these series you are doing and such an inspiring little interview. I love her house and interiors - so beautiful.

    Laura x

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  7. Distressed Cabinet on Castors - love it

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