As we enter yet another weekend in lockdown, albeit one with cooler weather on the horizon, I can’t help but cast my mind back to last weekend.
It really was lovely – one of the nicest Easter weekends I’ve ever experienced; so different from the ones in my childhood, which I remember as being grey and damp.
In fact, it was so nice that I was able to don the swimming costume I bought for my holiday, lie on my sunbed, close my eyes and be transported to the Caribbean, despite being in sunny Oxfordshire.
This transportation was only possible with Nivea sunscreen.
My mum always used this one us when I was a child in Italy, Kuwait and Cyprus.
As soon as I open the bottle I am transported to exotic, hot beach locations.
It has to be the old school cream though; I’ve tried the spray, and it just doesn’t smell the same, nor have the same effect.
So I lay in the sunshine, eyes closed, imagining that just out of reach was a glittering swimming pool, with the sandy beach and warm sea in the other direction.
It was a bit of a disappointment to open my eyes and find myself in Oxfordshire, but on the upside, the drinks were cheaper and I didn’t have to cope with touts trying to sell me stuff all the time!
So my silver lining for this week is the beach holiday experience with a miniscule carbon footprint – but only with Nivea.