Croatia was everything it promised and more! We have just arrived home from the most wonderfully relaxing week together where the only task was where we should eat. I feel totally regenerated and renewed and will attempt to desperately hold onto this feeling. Dan and I deduced the time went more slowly because we had little to do. I wonder (take away the necessities of working of course) could we live a more relaxed lifestyle? Is all the other stuff vital or could we lesson it and chill? Mmmmm, the thought is good however the reality, I suspect, is just a pipe dream.
We are usually most unlucky when it comes to the weather when we go away (probably due to the fact the summer holidays are often super hard for us to escape during as Dan is snowed under with making beautiful gardens) so we try and get away when good weather is not so guaranteed, the only thing we can usually guarantee is rain. However this time, aside from a humongous storm on our last day and night, we had wall to wall sunshine which showed off Croatia’s truly beautiful scenery.
We arrived in Split and after picking up the car, we caught the ferry across to the Island of Brac where we drove up and around the mountains to our beautiful villa in the town of Bol. It was a triumph and the remoteness of the villa suited us really well – there was no need to shush the children when they were overly exuberant in the pool or worry about being overheard as we sorted the inevitable sibling squabbles. I must admit to an apprehensive thought or two before we left, as a 14 year old, a soon to be 13 year old and a just 11 year old without the crutches of various devices and without the ability to befriend anyone, was making me a tad nervous, but they pulled it out of the bag and became lovely, funny children, so proper ‘family time’ was had by all.
We hired a boat as Dan was positively salivating at the huge boats which we saw from our villa, one of which you could apparently hire for £200,000 a week (!) and was valued at 65 MILLION. Wowser… how the other half live, huh? So he was captain for a day on a little hired boat and navigated us around the beautiful tiny beaches that were like hidden treasures. That was a truly relaxing day and luckily none of us were sea sick which makes me think a cruise one day could be on the cards.
So what of the lost diamond? There was utter devastation and horror as I glanced at my engagement ring on the second day and saw a gaping black hole where my diamond usually lives. I knew it was there earlier as I had carefully Ultrasun-ed the children, taking care not to miss any little bits and would without a doubt have noticed. We had swum in the pool before coming out to eat so the minute we arrived back to the villa Joe dived in and surfaced with the unbelievable words “I’ve got it”. He was holding my sparkling diamond in his fingers, utterly thrilled to be my ‘finder’ and wiped away my happy tears with positively the biggest smile on his face I think I have ever seen… except for mine of course!
Talk about luck being with me and my prayers being answered.
So a wonderful holiday, some fabulous family time and a diamond of a son… I’m a very lucky girl indeed.