The colours of the Meditterranean

Sorry, it seems ages since I have posted anything - we have just returned from a holiday in Italy and the week leading up to it was too busy getting ready and this week it seems to be taking ages to get back into routine! I think I need another holiday!

There is always something special about arriving at a holiday destination in the dark. This was the view that greeted us in the morning from our bedroom, with Mount Vesuvius across the water.

 I thought I would share some of the vibrant colours from our time in Sorrento in Italy. The smell of the lemons and jasmine will be transporting me instantly back to last week.

We stayed in a lovely hotel which was converted from an abbey. It was located above Sorrento and was surrounded by olive groves.

The sun setting over the island of Capri every evening was so spectacular.

 The colours in the Meditterranean always seem to be so much more vibrant!

One of my favourite moments after a busy day of sight seeing was to relax in a hammock under the olive trees in the garden, looking up at the sky through these leaves.

It didn't take us long to get used to the warmer temperatures, it feels so much colder back here now. There are some more pictures of Italy but they will have to wait for another day.

Very sadly while we were away my sister-in-law passed away.She took so much interest in this blog, especially when I first started it in 2012. We shared our love of the countryside, dogs and the sea. Her family meant so much to her and she will be so missed. She had a talent of always being to find you the perfect present. I have had some fantastic books that she has given me over the years that I shall continue to treasure.

Sarah x


  1. Great photos, Sarah! We skipped both our spring and autumn trips to the Mediterranean last year and still haven't made any plans for the next one so I am very much looking forward to see more. I am so sorry about your sister-in-law.

  2. That looks a lovely place to be, I've always felt the same about the colours.
    So sorry to hear about your sister in law Sarah.

  3. I'm so sorry to hear of your sister-in-law's passing, especially while you were away. I enjoyed your photos. Your hotel looks like the sort of place I'd love to stay. My oldest just returned from Italy today so I am looking forward to his photos, too.

  4. Sarah, a very nice post to read ... and your pictures are lovely, such good colours in them.

    Very sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. I am sure you have many happy memories that will always be with you.

    With best wishes Jan

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss Sarah. Sending hugs.

  6. Beautiful memories - both in Italy and with your Sister -In - Law.

  7. Looks lovely! The warm orange glow of the sun on the buildings is especially appealing. What a shame that your enjoyment is clouded by the recent bereavement.

  8. Hello dear Sarah,
    The Med , has a magical aura, Italy too.
    I have never been to Sorento, it looks divine. It was my parents favorite place to visit.
    Nothing better, than having a nap under an olive tree.
    I am so glad that you had a memorable time and nice holiday.
    your photos are amazing.

    So sorry to read about your sister in law. A sad time . You will always have good memories of her.
    sending condolences.
    val xxx

  9. Dear Sarah - you have immediately transported me to Italy - how perfectly you have captured its magical atmosphere.
    I am sorry to learn about your lovely sister-in-law, she sounds to have been a special lady to have known.

  10. What a gorgeous place to visit. Italy is somewhere I'd like to go one day, it always looks wonderful. I'm so sorry about your loss, I'm sending you a cyber hug. CJ xx

  11. What beautiful photos of your holiday – how wonderful to have that experience and lovely pictures to remember it by. But oh, Sarah, I am so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. My condolences.

  12. Oh Sarah, I am in love with the Med. When I lived in Nice it was a dream. Lovely, lovely holiday.

    I too am on holiday as I type; we are on the northern coast of California, in Carmel-by-the-sea. YOU would love it here, and so would Tavi! There are sweet dogs in all of the art galleries (on duty of course, welcoming clients!) and the cypress trees along the rugged coast are breathtaking.

    Enjoy your stay in your own holiday home, that is quite lovely. Glad to see you here! Anita

  13. Fantastic views! Glad you had a wonderful time in Italy. I grew up in Southern Italy, and every time someone travels and shares pictures I'm transported back to my childhood. Miss it so much.

  14. Wonderful fotos from Italiy, Sarah - the yellow lemons are like sun. I'm sorry to hear about your Sister in law, Sarah.


  15. I'm glad you had such a lovely holiday and at the same time sad about your sister-in-law's passing. Beautiful photographs as always Sarah.

  16. It looks like you had a glorious holiday - I would love to visit Italy some day, and your photos certainly do a good job of promoting the country!

    So sorry to read about your sister-in-law. That must be difficult for you all. Juliex

  17. It looks like such a beautiful place, perfect for unwinding and easing life's cares.

    I am sorry to read of yours and your husbands loss x

  18. Italy looks absolutely beautiful in your photos. Sorry to hear about your sister in law - not a very good thing to come home to :(

  19. I am so sorry to hear about your Sister In Law. My condolences to you and your family. I am glad that you enjoyed your time in Sorrento and hope that you will look back on it with happy memories. We went there two years ago and absolutely loved it. All of the little shops and places to eat, the scenery and all of those wonderful lemons! It is a magical place. Hugs to you. xx

  20. It's the Enchanted April experience - you open the shutters in the morning and voila!
    Lovely lovely photos and the nicest hammock I've ever seen.

  21. Lovely photos.. Italy looks a stunning place to visit.

    So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law.. my condolences to all the family x

  22. The photos from Italy are wonderful! But I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. It must have been so hard to be away when it happened. I'm glad you have the books she has given you to keep as a reminder of her.

  23. I loved my visit to Italy with you and it will have to do until next year.

    I am so sorry for your loss and sad that you were away at the time.

  24. I´m so sorry for your sad...
    Your pictures are just beautiful from Italy! Love to see more from your travel...
    Warm hug,

  25. A first time visitor to your blog.. Lovely pics.
    And sorry to hear about your loss.

  26. Sorrento looks stunning and I will look forward to further postings. Very sorry to hear of your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with all your family at this sad time. How lovely though that you will always have good memories to treasure x

  27. So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law, such a sad time for you and your family. Thinking of you all, Paula x

  28. Beautiful photo's Sarah! What a lovely destination you had. The Amalfi coast is a dream of mine too. Hope to visit one day!

    So sorry to hear you of your sister in law. My thoughts are with you.

    Madelief x

  29. Good morning dearest Sarah and Tavi! Thank you for visiting my blog post! Yes, we are on holiday still at Carmel and we are loving the rugged beach. We are not sun bunnies and do not swim, but just enjoy the sound, the feel of the sand and the crisp air. The blue of the water makes me so very happy and the homes here are all done up like fairytale cottages. The gardens are magical!

    Have a super weekend, Anita

  30. Dear Sarah,
    I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your Sister-in-law. My prayers go out to you and your family. It is always to difficult loosing loved ones. I pray that your sweet memories of her will always bring smiles to you.

    Thank you for sharing your amazing trip. What a gorgeous place to visit. I do watch here in the States some travel channels and that is on the top of my list to visit. Probably the place to visit for me. I'm afraid if I go that I will not return. : )
    Bobbie Lynn

  31. What beautiful photos of your holiday, and such vibrant colours! The sea looks wonderful and those lemons are very appealing. I look forward to seeing more photos, and am sorry to hear about your sister-in-law :)
    Cathy x

  32. Oh...what magnificent photos. Congrats.

    I believe she will be missed, indeed.
    God bless you and all your family.

  33. How beautifully you have captured the Mediterranean feeling Sarah! It seems that you have spent some great days in Sorrento. I love Italy, it's like my second country.
    So sorry to hear the loss of a beloved person of your family. My thoughts come out to you.

  34. Very sad news.
    What a delightful place to stay x

  35. Sarah, thank you for sending me details of the beautiful hotel. Looks like my email reply has been pinged back ! Husband has anchored off Sorrento when he was skippering a boat in the Med. He's keen to visit with me so fingers crosses we will get there in the autumn xx

  36. What a lovely holiday you've had Sarah, love the can just feel the warmth in the photos! I am also so sorry to hear of your loss, it's always so difficult losing a loved one...can only imagine how you are all feeling right now, hugs and prayers to you all. x

  37. What a wonderful place to have a holiday - looks almost as good as Dorset!!!!! Beautiful photos and amazing colours. My son's girlfriend lives in Italy and he absolutely loves it there. I must try to visit one day but for now, I'll stick to holidaying in the West - Wales, Devon, Dorset & Cornwall!

  38. Oh I am sorry to hear that. Our thoughts are with you all.

  39. Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. Your photos of your trip are lovely, and I can imagine the scent of the honeysuckle and lemons must have been so pleasurable. From what you typed I'm sure your sister in law would have appreciated this post and your happy memories of her. xx


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