A seaside stroll in the sunshine


Hello from sunny Tresco!

Today is all about the beautiful island of Tresco and specifically this beach, called Appletree Bay. Steve and I took ourselves out for an early morning stroll along the shoreline to capture some pretty outdoors shots away from the village. This beach is only a five minute cycle or a 20 minute walk from home. On a very big spring tide, this beach dries out completely, joining up with a central sandbar which stretches all the way to the island of Bryher behind me. This is where the Low Tide event is staged - see my post from last year about this here.




My weekend outfit is a mix of pre-loved and newish pieces. My sister Dianne kindly sent me these cropped trousers last year and this is the first time I've worn them. I have posh shoes and a smart jacket that would also look great together, but opted for this relaxed look instead. When I get back to work I'll feature the other option.




The sheer striped top was a second hand buy (brand is M&S) and underneath is a vest top from Topshop (again pre-loved). My mind wandered off then, to consider my preference for pre-loved clothes which supports my passion for recycling and reducing waste. I wonder if UK clothes retailers will rein in their production over the forthcoming months? Or will the hunger for all things new still be present in our consumers? Will these long weeks at home have shaped the consumerism of the future? The big question of "Do I really need this?" might be easier to answer now that we've managed without so much recently. 




My wedge sandals are by Guess and came from TK Maxx last year. Both of my rings are pre-loved. 




The sunglasses of the day are my old faithfuls by Quay Australia.








The turquoise and silver anklet was from Accessorize last year.



A sense of peace is probably the most obvious thing we locals have all noticed over the past weeks of lock-down. With no vapour trails overhead and scarcely a boat to break the silence, we have all been gifted this time to bask in the idyll of island life. We've been blessed with beautiful weather too, enabling us to make the most of our surroundings without seeing a soul. We seem far removed from the reality of Covid-19 and yet we know how fragile and vulnerable our island communities are to the very real threat of the invisible warrior. Social distancing is practiced here as everywhere and our shop operates as those on the mainland do with ours only allowing 4 shoppers at a time. Once freedom of movement resumes we're all aware that our stress levels will rise as we have visitors and workers return from the mainland and we too will experience the kind of anxieties that have become the norm elsewhere. For the moment we are savouring the calm before the storm.




I'll be back on Friday with my latest feature of Dress Up Friday - do pop by if you've got a minute!

                                                                           Anna x

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  1. Those trousers are magnificent! What a print and what a colour. I went shopping in a consignment boutique last week - it was very well set up and I felt secure and safe while I was there. Although I've been shopping my closet lots, I still felt the allure of wanting something new-to-me!

    Stay safe, sweetheart!

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I've taken a look at your shopping spree and can see the attraction of bit of retail therapy, albeit second-hand!

      Take care x

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  2. Anna! You did it again… oh the beach and the crystal clear water!!! Some day, some day… I will come to your beautiful island.

    Stay optimistic!
    Susa

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    1. It was too perfect a day not to share with my followers Susa! I'd love to think that you might manage to visit our lovely island in due course x

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  3. I just want to thank you for continuing your blog through these troubled times. I know it must be hard sometimes to put on a smile and be upbeat for a photo shoot. I just love the things you wear, combination of outfits you put together and the wonderful bright colours that would brighten anyone’s day, together with the lovely pictures of the Island. My favourite place is by the sea (sadly I live some distance from), on a rocky beach listening to the waves, so seeing your pictures of the beach gives me great comfort and the addition of being able to listen to the sea on a previous post gave me goose bumps what a wonderful experience.
    So thank you for taking the time to make mine and other peoples day and stay safe x

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    1. You've no idea how much is means to me to have your feedback. I've been very fortunate to be cossetted here on this tiny safe island during the Covid-19 outbreak, in fact it all seems to be so far removed from here that it's easy to forget sometimes. I'm a cup half full kind of person and try to share that view in my blog. We all need a little lift or escape (especially now) and it's gratifying that you see my posts as that.

      As for the dressing up, well I'm never happier than when I'm playing with clothes, trying new combinations out as well as mixing colours and patterns together. It's a joy for me that you enjoy this aspect too.

      Thanks again for showing your appreciation!
      Take care x

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  4. Anna, these photographs are just beautiful.
    I really envy you staying on this lovely island with the beach on your doorstep. I can imagine that the tranquility just now must feel very soothing and protective.
    I usually spend my summers on the Isle of Skye with daily visits to the beach, taking time to gaze out to sea; I shall miss that this year.
    Thank you for taking the time to post; reminding us of the beauty and calm that still exists.
    Lovely, summery outfit too. X

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    1. I come from Scotland, but have never been to Skye - I've seen photos though and it looks truly beautiful and is probably just as peaceful as here. I'm blessed to have lived on this island for over 40 years now and consider it home.

      It's so kind of you to take time to give me your feedback - it's what keeps me going too!

      Take care x

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  5. I love pics of your beautiful island. Blessed xx

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    1. Cheers Hilda. I do indeed feel blessed to be here, particularly at this moment in time x

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  6. Lovely to see you walking on the sand and enjoying a fab landscape, so delightfully relaxing pictures!
    And your colorful trousers are fab, such beautiful colors!
    besos

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