Hello Flowerona readers! I hope you’re all well? If you’re wondering why there haven’t been any blog posts over the last week, it’s because I’ve been away. My husband Matt and I returned yesterday afternoon from a wonderful holiday on the beautiful island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea. Today, I thought I’d share with you some photos of our time there, including (of course!) photos of the flora which I spotted.
Kokka Beach, near Baia Sardinia in the north of the island, is where we spent the majority of our stay. This was our first beach holiday abroad in over five years and we really wanted to simply chill, relax and ‘recharge our batteries’. We were so lucky with the weather…every day there was wall-to-wall sunshine and 80-85°F temperatures.
I had a complete digital detox…no emails and no social media. For the first two days, I just read books and magazines, whilst catching some sun rays. But then, once I’d had chance to unwind, I couldn’t resist making the most of my clear headspace to think about my plans for Flowerona over the coming months and even drafted some blog posts too. One evening, we went to nearby Porto Cervo in the Costa Smeralda.
The main pedestrian areas were adorned with lots of colourful flowering plants and succulents.
I did look out for florist shops but unfortunately didn’t discover any. The flowers in the public areas in our hotel though were either roses, chrysanthemums or delphiniums, massed on their own with leather leaf as foliage.
A biennial sailing regatta called The Rolex Swan Cup was taking place whilst we were in Sardinia. We’d seen the magnificent yachts sailing by our beach and here are some of them in one of the marinas in Porto Cervo, together with a plethora of glamorous super yachts.
And here are a couple of general shots of Porto Cervo…
This photo below was taken at the start of the holiday, whilst I was enjoying a pre-dinner Prosecco at our hotel. We’d booked just B&B, so that every evening we could try a different restaurant. And by far our favourite was Il Guscio in Baia Sardinia…delicious, freshly cooked and simple Italian cuisine.
One of the best parts of each day was watching the sun set, from our hotel and from the nearby Phi Beach…both pictured below.
Our holiday was the perfect tonic and I’ve come back completely revitalised! I look forward to sharing with you shortly the results of all my planning and my new blog posts.
P.S. There’s something else that I’d like to share with you…I used to LOVE flying and in the late 1980s after I’d finished university, I worked for a year for tour operator Thomson in Mallorca and Fuerteventura. Back then, I wouldn’t bat an eyelid about jumping on a flight. But since I had labyrinthitis and BPPV (ear disorders) over 10 years ago, I’ve really not enjoyed flying…at all! The cabin pressure meant that I sometimes felt extremely dizzy and had ear pain. Plus, not surprisingly, I’d be a little anxious (slight understatement!). To be honest, I’ve actively avoided flying. I realised though that I needed to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’! So, here are my remedies, which I hope help you if you experience similar symptoms: Bach Rescue Remedy Spray (to calm your nerves), FlyFit Ear Plugs (to rid yourself of ear pain…they are amazing!) and Travel Bands. It may seem a bit excessive, but it works for me. And I’m very pleased to say that I’m starting to (gingerly) fall back in love with flying again…
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)