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Find The Calm In The Chaos…

19 September 2018

Good Afternoon Briars Blog, I’m back! 🙂

7 days of Italian life later, I’m 4lbs heavier, and significantly poorer – but have made lots of incredible memories, and seen some amazing sights. We did make it to Verona, AND I managed to actually go on Juliet’s balcony – not just look at it from below! (We also managed to have a cheeky kiss on the balcony, which got a cheer from the crowd below…!) We did a huge amount of exploring, venturing over to Venice as well as Verona, and taking in both the North and South sides of Lake Garda. I hadn’t realised how much of a cyclist’s dream the lake is – they were everywhere! They set out in the early hours, and took off either up the mountain paths, or on the specially designed trail around the lake. It almost made me feel guilty about my constant snaccidents, and daily pizza eating habit.


On the first day, we thought we’d find our feet and go meandering about the places around our hotel. Within about an hour of leaving the hotel, we ended up in kayaks on the lake. The rental company advised us a strong wind was coming, and that it was probably sensible to head out now to avoid it…so we did, and it was incredible. I remember kayaking in Wales on a school trip, and finding the whole experience cold, wet and generally a bit miserable – so I wasn’t sure how well I’d take to it again, but predictably, it was a bit of an upgrade from my year 6 experience(!) We kayaked for nearly 2 hours, taking in our surroundings and the beautiful weather – then, as predicted, the wind came, and it got a bit too choppy for my skill set! The following day was all about Venice – Rich got to grips with the Italian way of driving fairly quickly (something I found mildly concerning) – and we made it there in one piece. We did all the touristy bits – a gondola ride, visiting Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, but also managed to take ourselves off the beaten track and into some of the older, quieter parts of Venice, which were equally as interesting and beautiful. We spent the rest of the week dividing our time between walks and boat trips, and just generally basking in the sunshine, taking in the spectacular sights of northern Italy – absolute bliss.



What I find so captivating about Italy, is the pace of life. They just do not seem to rush their lives. Rich and I have been lucky enough to visit three different parts of Italy, and they all seem to be in the same mindset. They take hours looking after you in a restaurant – not in a neglectful ‘have they forgotten about our table’ kind of way, but in a way that makes you appreciate each course, and actually have a conversation during your meal. It may just be my experience, but I’ve never been hurriedly overtaken while I’m wandering about, I’ve never been shoved into in a shop – life just seems to be at a more manageable pace. I feel like it’s a trait we’re in need of adopting in this country. Slowing life down, and making it more about living each day, rather than rushing from one part to the next. How many of you forget to find time to book in a dental check-up? How many of you get to the end of the day and feel too exhausted to start with the TePe brushes your Hygienist has told you about a hundred times? It’s not just you – I think we can all put our hands up for neglecting ourselves in the mad-rush life we all seem to lead. I’m voting we embrace the Italian mindset, and calm the pace – allow time for you. (I’m also up for fully embracing the diet…but the carbs just aren’t kind to me!)

Until next time, ciao everyone!

Amy x

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I recently visited Briars Dental Practice in Newbury and had a truly excellent experience. From the moment I walked in, the receptionist greeted me warmly and made me feel welcome. The hygienist who saw me prior to my appointment with the dentist was very thorough and gave me some great advice on how to keep my teeth healthy.I was then seen by Richard, one of the dentists at the practice, and I have to say that he and his nurse were fantastic. They put me at ease throughout the whole procedure, were extremely professional and caring, and made sure that I was comfortable at all times. I was also impressed by their attention to detail and their willingness to take the time to answer all of my questions.In fact, I was so pleased with my experience that I would also like to mention another dentist named Richard who saw me previously. He too was excellent, very thorough and professional, and I felt very well taken care of during my appointments with him.Overall, I can't recommend Briars Dental Practice highly enough. The staff are all so friendly, professional, and knowledgeable, and they really go above and beyond to make sure that their patients are well looked after. If you're looking for a great dental practice in Newbury, look no further than Briars.
Beatrice Andreea
Beatrice Andreea
12:07 11 May 23
Thank you for a wonderful experience, I am a coward when it comes to the dentist, Mr Nick French, put me at ease, and has the patience of a Saint. I would also say the dental nurse was I lovely lady who let me crush her hand while I was having my injections. I give Briars Dental Centre 10 out of 10, and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Jan Hamments
Jan Hamments
19:11 29 Jun 23
I had a hygienist appointment with Jo and her nurse, Suzanne. It was the first time I’d tried GBT and found the experience much more comfortable than usual. Jo and Suzanne really put me at ease and made sure I was happy throughout the treatment. It was good being able to clearly see the areas which I needed to improve on brushing and Jo gave me great tips. Would highly recommend
Lauren Jade
Lauren Jade
16:52 19 Jun 23
After such a positive experience today with Richard I thought it only fair to delete my previous review. I am a very nervous patient and not ashamed to say I cried before my appointment. Richard and his lovely dental nurse were so understanding and treated me with kindness and empathy. Richard explained everything to me and allowed me to go at my pace. All options for my next appointment were explained to me and I now have trust in Richard that I feel I will not need full sedation. I was in alot of pain prior to my appointment today along with an enormous amount of anxiety. Richard even explained to me how to breathe when having treatment- no other dentist has ever explained that to me before!Thank you again Richard and to your lovely dental nurse.
Mary Lovelock
Mary Lovelock
15:03 24 Apr 23
I had my consultancy appointment with Chelsea today who looked after me very well. She was very friendly and easy to talk to and explained everything to me very nicely. And also answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease today and for future appointments. It was nice to meet you, and thank you.Glenn.
Glenn Cooper
Glenn Cooper
22:20 23 May 23
I recently had to visit Richard Lineker as I'd broken a tooth.He and his lovely nurse Agata made me feel comfortable and explained what treatment I needed.They work extremely well as a team andmy treatment was painless.
Pauline Preston
Pauline Preston
13:59 12 Jul 23
Wanted to share my mother's thoughts of recent experience visiting Jo Craig hygienist."Jo was attentive , caring gentle and thorough today.I came out feeling fresh and motivated.Well looked after also by her lovely nurse Jenny."Angela Shaw.
Suzanne Hendry
Suzanne Hendry
11:03 21 Jul 23
I am very pleased with the treatment I received. After another dentist had told me the tooth had to be extracted, Mr Fady Khoury managed to save the tooth. The procedure was carried out in a very efficient and professional manner and I am very happy with the outcome.
Terence Marshall
Terence Marshall
16:03 24 Jul 23
Had an appointment with Chelsea today and it went very very well. Had my scans and photos done for Invisalign, which can be a bit awkward but she made it a comfortable experience. She was very friendly, welcoming, put me at ease and asked if I had any overall questions at that stage of the process. She was knowledgeable and explained everything I asked about. It's my first time at this clinic so I'm looking forward for my second appointment to discuss treatment. Great first impression from the moment I stepped through the door! Thanks!
Diana
Diana
11:01 31 Jul 23
A very happy customer! I had quite a lot of crooked and misaligned teeth so Victoria introduced me to Invisalign. She carefully created a program to give me the smile I wanted. In the end it took longer than we had expected but Victoria very diligently took me through every step of the process and she didn’t compromise on any part of the process to ensure I got the smile and teeth alignment we both wanted. A huge thank you to her and her assistant Jen who made every effort to make me feel comfortable throughout. Highly recommended.San
San James
San James
17:16 02 Aug 23
My visit to Richard last week went well. He identified that x rays hadn’t been taken for 3 years, and showed me the images, interpreting the results carefully and explaining the steps that may be required as treatment. I am disappointed that I will need to have another consultation to confirm if a root canal is needed. Warning: if you do need a consultation with the endodontist, you will need to pay in advance. I couldn’t do that on the day, but I will be booking in to have this followed up as soon as I can. I will need my own teeth for many more years!
Emma Mulholland
Emma Mulholland
15:31 18 Oct 23
Over the years I`ve found that the Briars delivers consistently high quality dental care and yesterday was no exception. I recieved first class root canal treatment by Dr. Richard Condon and team. Everything was explained carefully and despite my misconceptions was delivered pain free. I have no hesitation in recommending the Briars.
Mark Batten
Mark Batten
10:42 24 Oct 23
Having just completed a course of treatment with The Briars I can strongly recommend Fady and his team. Thank you for your straightforward and thorough approach, and for providing treatment in a stress-free environment.
Tom Saunderson
Tom Saunderson
08:16 02 Nov 23
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