It's been a busy week: had one daughter's family over for dinner; went for a long walk in a small forest with another's; spent one morning cycling to a favourite wetlands park with my husband; two Italian evening classes (Zoom) and a Skype conversation with my French tutor; a couple of yoga classes; an appointment with my physio; bread-baking, soup-making. . . You know how it goes.
And so many emotions to process watching and listening to and reading the news. So much going on that makes our daily concerns feel insignificant, irrelevant, petty. And yet perhaps more than ever we need to focus regularly on the domestic quotidian, on what we can manage and what we can take pleasure in every day, so that we can stay healthy, physically and emotionally. Without that self-care, our efforts to make a contribution to the greater good become more precarious. That hummingbird who kept carrying water --drop by tiny drop -- to help put out the raging forest fire must surely have taken time to splash 'round in a circle of water cleaning feathers occasionally. Given her metabolism, she would have had to stop to sip nectar regularly. (I wrote about "philosophy of the hummingbird/philosophie du colibri here -- scroll down in that post for the reference and explanation.)
All of which preamble, I hope, will explain why today's post is a What I Wore post. Even against the background of craziness that we're living through at the moment, and even with social life and life outside our homes as constrained as it is, I'm still taking pleasure in getting dressed. And the dress I'm wearing in the photos in this post has brought renewed pleasure to my wardrobe since I picked it up in a summer sale on a visit to my son's family early August. Besides being on sale and in a sale I'm crazy about, it's made of 100% cotton (men's shirting-weight), by a Scandinavian company (Two Danes), sold in a local and independent boutique in my son's city, so it ticked a number of my shopping-ethics guidelines. (How much do I like my new dress? Even let myself smile a full smile in the photo above, which also has something to do with my orthodontic work nearing completion.)post here on Wafting your Way through a Heat Wave) So easy to "style": Just add sneakers and sun-hat and your choice of straw beachbag and you're ready (I generally choose my small leather backpack instead, for hands-free city walking). . . I wore this when I took a quick overnight trip to visit friends on the island early September (taking advantage of good weather that allowed long conversations on restaurant patios).