in my lil’ Aussie beach bag
Tue 9th, Oct, 2012
OK girls, near, far and one man from the Netherlands, we be hotting it up in Sydney the last few weeks or so…and some rocking coastal shots on the way…it’s sporadic still, today is cooler and overcast, well it is, after all, still Spring, but we are getting warmer, and jiggly bits are making their way out again after a few, thankful in my case, months of being ensconced in a thermal vest.
So with Summer on the way (yep I know some of you are in Autumn, poor devils, you can dream and come visit me for the next few months girlfriends) I wanted to talk about something that I am loving in my beach bag…these Turkish towels, I am sure you have seen them all over the place..maybe not, but here, they are in all the trendy boutiques and have been for quite a while.
I first came across these towels when, guess what, I was in Turkey.
It was a very very interesting time there for me, and I would love to go back, I mean markets with waist high piles of real and proper Turkish Delight, one of my favourite things to partake in with a cup of tea mid-arvo, are enough for me to save my pennies and get myself on a flight.
I went to Turkey with a friend and let me just say that after that holiday I knew that friend a whole lot better…there was much advice in those days about the food and the hygiene and all that stuff…of course being young, naive and adventurous we did certainly not heed any advice, we ate from stalls and in dodgy little restaurants and scooped Turkish Delight by the tonne down our necks as fast as we could….there was no worrying of jiggly bits in those days that was for sure.
But a few days in, errrm let us just say that the old delicate English stomachs began to let us know that all was not good…and all thoughts of being polite, spraying air freshener and even waiting patiently were thrown out of the window as we tag teamed the bathroom with our fair little bots that were far from smelling fair
I digress anyway, this was meant to be about towels…so being in Turkey guess what, we went to a Turkish Bath…it was a huge, old white building, if I remember rightly near to the hotel…probably put on solely for us tourists lol…we had booked in for it and were wondering quite what to expect…
What we found was a big old highly ornate fully tiled wet room with the little patterned tiles and bits of ornate gold around…yep right up my alley…in the middle of this large room were two very large tiled ‘beds’ more like an altar if you like and at each one was a masseuse…not for the faint of heart was this massage though I can tell you…
All around this centre engulfed in steam sat European women with their little pale skins and blonde hair wilting and awaiting their turn, all clad in their swimmers and these soft worn and very lovely white towels were all around
After that massage, which I believe I may still be recovering from and after having every bone in my body cracked, we shopped, as all the tourists did, and I purchased as much cotton as I could from Turkey, including one of these and it has been with me ever since.
Fast forward a few years, to a whole other world and a climate and lifestyle where one of these, thank-you-very-much might go down quite nicely on the beach..and they so do.
So the point I was getting to at the start of this post, is that if there is one thing you buy for your beach bag this year get one of these…they are so easy, as you can see I am, errm collecting them, yep eyebrows from that guy also known as Mr Beach Cottage when the latest watermelon pink one was plucked from the back of that magic wardrobe of mine, placed in my basket and flicked out happily on the beach…
If you buy one, shop around, there are a few different types to choose from, the thicker kind that are brilliant as beach mats and you can actually fit in your handbag – I am aware some of you might not actually need the benefits of a beach mat that fits in your handbag, but you know what I mean…these also double up very well as towels to actually dry yourself on..
..then there are some, like the navy blue and white one in the shots here that are much thinner and do all the same things as above but also work very well for one to tie around one’s body as one walks up the beach and does not want one’s jiggly bits to jiggle…
…oh and you can find these for a lot better price online than the price tags in some of the high-end boutiques (hello $85 the other day I saw one for in a very nice boutique, I mean like really, who pays that?)
See you soon, I have a Surfer Boy recipe that goes in your crockpot and tastes delish….
Mrs Beach Cottage Towel Collector
p.s. for other ideas for your beach bag from a girl who knows, go here.
p.p.s guess who has hydrangeas in her garden? wootwoot