From Our Own Correspondent

Holiday photo

Oh, man! Ever felt the sudden and urgent need for a holiday? I did. Ever sat propped up in bed and watched your finger tremble over the keyboard, before pressing, ‘Confirm payment’? I did!

But I’m here. I’ve come away. It’s blissful.

I had a vague aim to finish sewing a dress, imagining photos taken on a golden beach – but in the end I decided against unnecessary deadline stress. (And the dress was awful! Unpicking overlocked seams when I should be packing? No, thank you.) All I really needed were a couple of sarongs and a swimsuit. Oh, and my Tiny Pocket Tanks. These come out summer after summer. Something that packs easily, to throw on with shorts, indulging my fondness for Liberty tana lawn? There really is no argument. I’m wearing the yellow tulip version as I type!

Tiny Pocket Tank CollageIs my holiday doing the trick? I think so. Early signs are good. I’m knitting, reading, sleeping and writing. I can’t remember the last time I did any creative writing outside of this blog. It feels good.

And today I discovered that Handmade By Carolyn visited the same resort, only a month ago. I wish we’d met. She’d have looked cool and composed. I’d have been the pathetically sunburnt Brit. How does a person apply Factor 50 sunscreen to their own back? Answers on a postcard, please!

Photos of the holiday to be found on Instagram. Photos largely involve cocktails.

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17 Responses to From Our Own Correspondent

  1. Jen (NY) says:

    A postcard: spray-on sunscreen. Tricky to apply in a breeze, but possible. Enjoy your holiday!

  2. Chloe says:

    Sounds like you’re having a great holiday – and I second the spray-on sunscreen. It really does work!

  3. Nathalie says:

    Spray on sunscreen in one of those aerosol cans not the once that you sprits yourself. And the tops are really pretty, perfect for summer

  4. Jane says:

    “That’ll do pig, that’ll do” xxxxxxx

  5. You are an inspiration 🙂 you mean there are no nice looking men out there that can apply the said sun cream on your back? hehe!! enjoy the rest of your stay, my next choice for applying would also be the spray.

  6. Emma Jayne says:

    I once heard a local radio DJ talking about his self-tanning method of squirting the lotion into his dry bath then squirming around on his back till he was covered… I guess the same would work with suntan lotion! Or you could ask a fellow Brit Abroad?!

    • LinB says:

      I was going to suggest something similar. You can lay out a plastic sheet — think painters’ drop cloth — and squirt on some sunscreen, then wriggle yourself around on it to apply. When I still went out in the sun, I’d strip to the skin, apply sunscreen all over, THEN put on my swimsuit. Remember to put some lotion on the part in your hair, or you’ll get a scalp burn.

  7. sewmanju says:

    Enjoy your holiday looks amazing! Spray sun lotion sounds ok…better option: find a hunky man to rub it on for you. 🙂

  8. The holiday looks blissful. I am closing my eyes and imagining I am there in the sun.

  9. Hélène says:

    I sometimes feel the urge to go on vacation by myself, leaving husband and children behind. But I’m such a coward. I’ve not been all myself for years! I agree with delightfullypeculiar, you’re such an inspiration!

  10. Love the tanks! Rarely can we find something so feminine and so comfortable for summer. 🙂

  11. Carolyn says:

    Omigosh, I SO wish I was there with you! but I’ll enjoy it all over again vicariously throughout your pictures. Post more!! Please!
    I would have loved so much to have met and had a few cocktails with you. Hopefully some time in the future 🙂

  12. katemcivor says:

    I have the same love/maybe-don’t-love relationship with my Factory Girl Dress. I made mine out of Brussels Washer Linen. It shrunk in the wash, which made me like it a little better. I wear it all the time with leggings. It’s so comfortable!

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