Not so long ago now Sara of Me and Orla contacted me to ask whether I would like to be included in the travels of a dress. A seemingly random question until you factor in my love of all things wandering (I have both received and sent such things before) and that the dress bears the name The Good Life pinafore. How could I say no?
The dress itself was designed by Nadia of Nadinoo and the plan to send it a-travelling was hatched by this pair, the idea being to see how those of us who ‘own’ the dress for a week or two interpret the name along the way…
I have been lucky enough not only to have this dress during half term, but also to have taken it travelling further as we enjoyed a brief stay in the south of Wales, that in itself is a fairly good life wouldn’t you say? More than the geography though this post encapsulates some of the best things in life, to my mind at least. My firstborn, no longer a baby but a teenager, the child who has helped me find my feet as a mother and a girl who is growing into such a beautiful person. I couldn’t be prouder of who she is. Not at all.
When I ask her to wear a dress for me to photograph she just shrugs and says ‘ok.’
A little later she says ‘I really love this dress.’
‘Let’s go to the beach in it’ I say…
I have always been drawn to the water, a swimmer since before I can remember. The day we visited Penbryn beach was calm and grey, cool and quiet. What struck me was how few birds there were here, the sky was empty. Not filled with the shrieks and cries of the gulls at home, the sound here was the gentle rumble of the breaking waves on the shore. The scent that of soft salty air with the odd gust of wind to throw strands of hair across our faces. Magical. We collected the rocks with the lines around them, wishing rocks, or near enough. A true wishing rock has a single unbroken line around it with no other lines at all. Folklore will tell you to keep it in your pocket, make your wishes on it, it will help them to come true…
After the beach we drove home (home for the weekend at least) and had hot tea and biscuits. The sun sets in front of the house, a glorious sight. Simple pleasures are by far and away my favourite, this was a day I will cherish for a long time, a day full of happiness and contentment.
The Good Life pinafore is by Nadinoo, available here
Photographs were taken at Bryncyn and Penbryn beach, the dress is worn by my eldest daughter Millie