This photo perfectly encapsulates my holiday in the sun.
I spent a week in my beloved Portugal, east of Faro, in the places that are becoming an annual ritual for us.
I swam – in the sea and in the pool – ate delicious pasteis de nata and spent time generally hanging out with my love and my three gorgeous ’step daughters,’ relaxing in the sun and shade, playing their favourite card games (the game ‘Cheat’ seems to feature heavily) and gathering shells on Barril beach.
One highlight of the holiday was my rediscovery of the pleasures of the hammock. I last encountered hammocks of many bright colours strung between the trees in the grounds of a hotel on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This holiday, the hammocks were white (courtesy of the owners of the stylish Quinta do Anjo , possibly the best holiday house in the sun that I’ve ever encountered – and believe me, I’m picky).
This holiday, I remembered just how good it feels to surrender to the gentle rhythm that is hammock relaxation, the ropes gently swaying, the light filtering through the cut-cane canopy and dappling my face, the crickets chirruping somewhere above my head.
Is this a kind of self-hypnosis? I think so. I can just close my eyes and be there now.
It’s good to be back in my beloved Yorkshire – via the Edinburgh Festival, where we were guests of the fabulous Dean Parkin (more on this later) – and to work with wonderful hypnotherapy clients this week.
I’m also returning – slowly, gradually – to the blogging thing and the Facebook and Twitter thing – but with a new insight into how my break from the world of social media reinvigorated my creativity in many ways. More on this in days to come too.
In the meantime, thank you to those who noticed I was gone and enquired after my well-being. (I forgot to say that I was going away!) I so appreciate your kindness and caring.
It was good to be away-but-at-home-in-myself and it’s good to be home-and-fully-present-here in that way that taking some time out always creates for me.
Thank you for being part of it and connected with me.