I can’t believe we’re into the second week of August already. The days have flown by since I went back to work after furlough. We’re eight weeks in and our bubble has fallen into a harmonious, smooth routine; we’ve found our “new normal.” It’s hard though. Three consecutive eleven-hour days wearing PPE are demanding. However, because I work the first part of the week, Wednesday is the new Friday and a four-day weekend ensues.
I’ve just had my garden “done”. I engaged a garden designer during lockdown and the design has been realised over the last two weeks. It was an investment, and one I couldn’t have made if we’d taken our family holiday to Nerja. But I know already it’s worth it. I’m absolutely delighted. I’ll write a separate post with some before and after photos.
Talking, or at least writing, of holidays, it looks like Ian and I will be able to go to Crete at the end of your month. We booked it in February, never envisaging that a virus could and would impact travel and indeed life, on a global level.
Because I do both private and NHS optometric work, I’m classed as an NHS employee. Until the government updated the guidance on 31st July, all NHS employees were told to quarantine for 14 days after any foreign travel. Now, we no longer have to do so if returning from one of the countries with an air corridor to the UK. Thankfully Greece is one of them. Ian and I have checked every aspect of the holiday from airport transfers, to laundry services and of course the restaurants. We are fully satisfied that it will be as safe as possible.
I have an enormous responsibility to Poppy and Harry and also to the practice I work in. I wouldn’t go if I had any concerns. That said, we will be vigilant and will follow government guidelines to the letter. And exercise our common sense of course. Needless to say we’re counting the days.
I haven’t bought many new things for Crete because I was worried we wouldn’t be able to go. However, I did buy these flat raffia mules. They’re a versatile style that look as good with jeans as they will with beachwear and summer dresses. I have a thing for basket bags and indeed for just baskets so these really appealed to me.
Here, I’m wearing them with jeans and a nice top. An effortless weekend outfit.
Broderie anglaise top: Monsoon, previous season
Jeans: Boden, previous season
Flat raffia mules: Head Over Heels via TKMaxx (rrp £40, selling at £8.99)
Silver and pearl drop earrings: Hersey and Sons, (gift), current
Suri bracelet stack: Annie Haak, (gift), current