A rather short and sweet blog today as I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Italy with my family to a mountain of work and correspondence (and washing!) Proofs to check, covers to approve, storylines to create. Don’t get me wrong, I love my work (not so much the correspondence and washing) but somehow the sheer mountain of what has amassed while I have been away threatens to undo all the good that the holiday has done. Which got me thinking about holidays and what they mean to different people, especially for a writer. For many, a holiday is a chance to sample somewhere new… to feel a sense of adventure.
Whereas for others, it’s simply a chance to relax and unwind.
For me, a holiday is definitely a time to stop and take stock. A place to recharge the batteries, but also somewhere I can think. Many of my storylines have come to me whilst I’ve been sitting by a pool, or dreaming on a mountainside but now I’m thinking for three – husband, son and me. All of who have different requirements in a holiday. So here’s where we went this summer (don’t worry, I’m not going to show you one of those ‘feet photos’ that have taken Twitter by storm).
Beautiful isn’t it? A converted chapel, deep in the heart of the Umbrian hills in Italy. An agroturismo (the Italian equivalent to a B and B) with ten rooms. For me, it was definitely a place I could stop and think about all the ideas that have been going round and round in my head for the last few months but have never been put to paper. For my son, it was a place he could swim and play. The swimming pool with its clear blue waters, set against a background of green was just perfect for dive-bombing all day.
And for my husband, the highlight was definitely the food and wine!
Where are you off to on hols? I hope you get the chance to go away. Do you have the spirit of adventure in you? Or, like me, do you prefer something on the quieter side? A place to dream and reflect and work on all ideas. Whatever you do, I hope you have an amazing summer. xxx