From one beach, to another, far far away……
I love winter holidays, as I wouldn’t be anywhere else except the UK from March till November…. So we are off for a couple of weeks in the sun…. The lovely bag was made for me by Sally Walton of Carry-a-Bag from vintage ticking with hand blocked printing. Sally’s ethos when founding the company several years ago was that if you have a bag you love enough, you will have no trouble remembering to take it with you when you go to the shops – and I have to say that since she gave me this bag I have done a lot better in this respect.
And may I be the first to note the irony of writing about the notion of saving plastic bags when one is flying half way around the world…. Ahem.
Tucked away in the bag is my reading matter: Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky, Leviathan by Philip Hoare and AS Byatt’s The Children’s Book for some suitable seaside reading. Oh, and a much-thumbed copy of Peace is Every Step by the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, which I re-read on every holiday (an advantage of getting older, it seems to me, is that books can be enjoyed again and again!) And talking of books, thank you for the nice comments about the Wonderful Weekend Book, which has just been re-published in paperback, price £8.99 from a bookshop near you, or very possibly cheaper on line.
I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.
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