When the sun has left the building on a decidedly autumnal and blustery UK, there is no better tonic (preferably with gin) than a quick trip to Spain. Civil war looming aside, Marbella in October has possibly the best climate on the planet right now. 20 degrees give or take a few every day – not too hot, not too humid, lazy, hazy sunshine dancing off a very flat sparkly sea. A cool breeze, a few clouds, but enough sun to pick up a few rays and recharge your batteries. It’s also quite peaceful. Given that it’s half term, I thought it would be busier, but it’s relatively quiet
I had forgotten what the point of holidays were, having not been away with my children this summer, but 24 hours later, eating tapas and chatting with my youngest son and his girlfriend about life in old Marbella and it’s all come flooding back. Literally time out. A chance to switch off (mainly from the white noise of the daily Brexit debacle) and focus on other things. Surroundings, new people, new spaces. A chance to step back from your busy old life and just simply be.
YAY. It’s great. I hope the weather stays like this I can literally feel my body uncurling in the sunshine. It’s a shame I’ve got my legs out for the first time this summer only to stuff them back into opaque black tights until June next year, but oh well….
I had also forgotten that Spain serves the best gin and tonics in the world – the right sort of glass and lots of BIG ice cubes, so that it’s as cold as possible and the ice doesn’t melt so that the tonic stays fizzy:-