You know how sometimes in life you have those moments when you wonder to yourself what on earth you are doing? Well I had one of those last night.
It was 7pm and I was standing on the beach in Cornwall underneath Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, wearing a wetsuit (complete with cracking VPL), looking upwards whilst fastening a strap on the helmet I was wearing before going for a “stand up” paddle surfing lesson.
Not only had I foregone my meal in the restaurant at the hotel to engage in this activity but the chandeliers from Fifteen were twinkling at me and I just wondered what had possessed me.
I have fear of being eaten alive – by anything – and having just read about a girl who had been eaten by a shark in the Indian Ocean, and having recently watched a film where three people were eaten by sharks, I probably wasn’t in the best frame of mind to go out to sea on a 12 ft board with only a paddle to use as a weapon against the 30ft great white which I was convinced was going to attack me. I feared that I was about to take the lead role in my own movie.
Clearly my fears were mis-placed as I lived to tell the tale. All that I encountered were a few jelly fish and a sore bottom where I fell off the paddle board and hit the sand. Blimey that stuff can be hard.
Being on holiday and with the weather so warm, I have spent more time in the water than out of it over the last few days. Here are one or two outfits I have worn though.
Above (slightly grainy I know but it’s the best of a bad bunch) I’m wearing a Jigsaw silk dress, with the one necklace that I bought with me and the same three bracelets that I have been wearing for days. I hadn’t worn this dress for several years but have found it really useful whilst away. It could be dressed up but I always tend to dress it down with converse or flip flops.
The Boden tunic has again made an appearance together with flip flops, habitat beach bag, Boden sunglasses and a hat from Asda which I bought on the way down. You know how you get a few miles from home and think “OK, so what have we forgotten?” Well that would be a toothbrush for the youngest then, extra sun tan cream, flip flops for the eldest and before you know it you’ve spent £50 on essential items like fruit pastels and Barbie dvds too, just because you’re going on holiday.
I wore this on the one evening that I got changed for dinner. These are the whale coloured cuff/zip trousers from Hush, Carvela snake print wedges, Marc Jacobs clutch and a White Stuff top.
But this is largely what I’ve been wearing for the past few days, together with attractive surf shoes. Helpfully my husband placed himself at the furthest end of the bar/restaurant last night so that after my lesson finished at 9pm I had to walk all of the way through it to find him to get the card for the room. Thankfully though it’s fairly relaxed here though. I even spotted a little boy “Bertie” relieving himself under a table. He would have got away with it had his Dad not shouted at him for being naughty. It’s always so great when you find children naughtier than your own.