My weekend: Sam Mundell

Sam Mundell
Sam Mundell

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Sam Mundell, 44, is a housewife, former Wren and member of the Portsmouth Military Wives’ Choir. She lives in Gosport with her husband Andy and three children.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I last went away to Venice in September last year. My eldest daughter and I spent a couple of days there, walking through the streets and enjoying a trip down the Grand Canal on a water taxi. We loved looking at all the old buildings full of history. We found places away from the touristy areas and enjoyed watching the world go by whilst sampling the beautiful Italian food.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s Compendium of Reason. Lots of science, astronomy and Eric Idle leading the audience in a rendition of Always Look On The Bright Side of Life, which was hilarious.

What was the last book you read?

Alicia, Memoirs Of A Survivor, the story of a young girl who survived the Holocaust. It’s a harrowing read, but her story is so courageous.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Reading, or baking cakes. I make a great Victoria sponge and fabulous cupcakes. Curled up on the sofa with a good book is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. If I have a glass of red wine, even better. In spring and summer, I love gardening and trying to make my garden look 
as good as possible.

What’s your signature dish?

Spaghetti Bolognese with my own sauce I make from scratch.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

I would happily spend a weekend with my favourite Doctor, David Tennant. And if Michael Palin could come along that would be an added bonus.

Where’s good for a day trip?

We enjoy going to the New Forest, the kids really love seeing all the ponies roaming the roads and Beaulieu Motor Museum is great. We try and get up to London every now and then to visit our eldest daughter who is studying there. The kids enjoy visiting the Natural History Museum and looking at the dinosaurs.

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a space enthusiast. I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of astronauts, from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo era, and the Space Shuttle era. I have a large collection of astronaut autographs, some pieces of each shuttle orbitor, and Apollo 17. I also collect meteorites