My daughter left the nest – so I found a way to hold our relationship together

She was about my age or older, I guessed, and aptly the whole exhibition revolved around the need to respect mothers, including Mother Nature. Scarlett laid down on a spongy rock formation and looked up at the mobiles of flotsam and jetsam above her through the binoculars that had been provided. “I feel like a baby in a cot,” she said, almost nodding off. She was in every element.

Even though travel was the main activity I brought to her childhood, I realized then that art was also a large part. I’m still easing into the next phase of being a mother to an adult, but it got off to a good start in the Norwegian capital.

And despite Scarlett’s new life, it’s reassuring to know she still makes time for me, especially when there’s artistic endeavors involved – and perhaps a good plate of gnocchi, too.


Getting there: A number of airlines fly directly to Oslo Gardermoen, including Norwegian ( from London Gatwick and Edinburgh, from £90 return.

Where to stay: Jane and Scarlett were guests of Visit Oslo ( and Sommerro (, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ Legend Collection (, with doubles from £225pn, including breakfast.

Further information: Visit Oslo provided Jane and Scarlett with an Oslo Pass (£37 for 24 hours, £55 for 48 hours,, which gives free access to 30 museums and sights plus unlimited public transport on any tram, subway, bus or public ferry.

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