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Tea For Two

2 April 2019

Hi everyone!

I’m back! 😀
How quickly does 2 weeks fly by!? It only seems like it was only 5 minutes ago I was telling you all that I was disappearing off – and now it’s back to work, back to the good old 6am alarm, and back to the 7am traffic! Lucky the latter has behaved itself for the past 2 days, but there is a local ‘ride your bike to work’ day tomorrow – so I’ll brace myself for that. I’m all for people living their best healthy lives, but I have a feeling I’ll find the ‘Tour De Wantage’ slightly testing at 7 o’clock in the morning. While Oxford city centre might be well equipped for cyclists, the surrounding villages haven’t quite caught up yet.

Rich and I had a brilliant time off – it wasn’t rammed full of things to do, it wasn’t overly exotic, and the sunshine wasn’t overly kind…but it was full of ‘us time’, lots of naughty food, and a little bit of Devonshire seaside – absolute bliss.
During our time in Devon we did the classic touristy things, which I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing when I’m down there, no matter how many times I go. There’s just something a bit special about losing money in the arcades, finding crabs in rock pools and getting stuck into a proper cream tea. We spent a small fortune on the 2p machines, who decided they were not playing ball for us (probably something to do with us being the first ones in the arcade…)! We walked for miles on some of the most beautiful beaches Devon has to offer. At one point, we went full British, and decided that in spite of the cold, we were going to have a paddle. So, there we were – jeans up to the calf, milky white winter skin on show, thick coats on, and two pairs of feet frozen solid in water that definitely felt a couple of degrees below zero. We wandered along the sea front, with people looking at us like we’d totally lost the plot. Which we had a bit…

Rich wasn’t totally sold on the whole ‘babymoon’ concept, but I think after taking some time out for ourselves, he’s a bit more of a convert. I think regardless of your situation, sometimes it’s good to just cut out the rest of the world for a while. Give yourself a chance to recharge the old batteries, and get away from the routine of life. The time away gave me a chance to think about all the things I need to do before my version of normal turns upside down. It started off being thoughts of silly things like, ‘oh, I can finally have my nails painted…’ (dental nurse problems…honestly)! My brain then switched to more important things, like organising our house ready for a baby, packing my hospital bag, booking in my dental check-up and hygienist appointment while I’m still working! I’m still waiting for nesting mode to kick in so I’ll feel a real urgent need to organise myself…but as yet, I’m still waiting – and none of the above has actually happened…but I’ve put some thought to it at least! 😉

I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week! If you’ve not got that time off booked just to have a bit of you, or ‘us time’ – get looking into it – you deserve it!

Love, 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
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