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|Blue sky, sunshine, RELAX|
I suspected that Husband was secretly pleased as our delay gave him a few bonus days of pottering around the garden. In a burst of silver-lining vim and vigour, I decided to finish painting the windows in our study (not the best idea in gale-force winds - you live and learn! 🙄)
Turning ourselves out of bed in the chilly hours of Tuesday morning to catch the bleary 07:25 flight to Las Palmas, we were resolute in our determination: to squeeze every drop of sunshine/joy out of our foreshortened holiday. The suitcases were lighter, our Kindles were loaded and our spirits were high.
|The view of the bay at Playa Mogan|
The resort of Cordial Mogan Playa did not disappoint - it's a comfortable, old-school hotel where we've stayed several times before. In the past, I've beaten myself up about being unadventurous, but on this occasion returning to a tried-and-tested formula was an inspired choice. It meant we settled in instantly - no time lost on getting our bearings - and I fell into a deep, untroubled sleep that same evening (first nights in a new place are usually a twitchy, insomniac affair for me).
There followed three days of feasting, warm sunshine, quality family-time and reading under palm trees by the pool. Bliss! Even this short break from the hurly-burly of home sent me into an intense state of vacational mindfulness. To empty my head of work, everyday niggles and family logistics was a boon. It made me ponder whether I should be carving out a slot in my daily routine for a bit of enforced mindfulness - five minutes to turn down the noise...
|The scenic harbour at Puerto Mogan|
So it's back to the madness of the corona virus, heaps of washing, work deadlines and tired kids. But, I still have sunshine humming through my veins and the ghost of a tan. With any luck, it'll last me until the start of spring.
What we were reading on holiday
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Stories We Tell Ourselves by Sarah Françoise
Factfulness - Ten reasons why we are wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think by Hans Rosling
16-year old daughter:
Clan of the Skyriders by Florence Phillips
12-year old son:
The Trials of Apollo - The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan
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