Turn off, tune in & drop out
Published: Thursday 26th Apr 2012
Written by: Natalie Barker
Do any of us really know what we want, or putting it another way – what is really good for us. Heather & I enjoy what we do but like everyone else (gross generalization time) are sometimes guilty of not seeing the wood for the trees. Our company name ‘The Good Life’ came from a rather flippant comment made by me about running a business a bit like Fawlty Towers. Heather shot back with ‘We’re more The Good Life than Basil & Sybil’. At the time we grew our own veg, were reasonably thrifty & enjoyed plenty of family time with the kids.
Recently we’ve had to re-evaluate our lifestyle as we found we no longer indulged in much of the above. Even our time off was spent thinking about work, checking our emails and looking forward to the holidays being over so the kids could go back to school. Our saving grace is our caravan which is not filled with all the mod-cons so we can live a simpler lifestyle when we go away. Our few days break are the best times of our life with so much more time to enjoy each others company.
This has got me thinking about our cottages. To keep our standards up to everyone else we have to provide many things which everybody wants but doesn’t really need whilst here. Over recent years the increase in ‘smart technology’ has given everyone an expectation that they should be in contact with the rest of the world 24/7. Adding Wi-fi to a cottage has been the most requested upgrade during the past 2 years. We have found this usually results in at least one member of a group being in constant contact with work throughout their holiday & teenagers get to ignore their parents and stare at a screen the whole week. Sky TV gives so much choice that you can’t make a decision about what to watch & don’t even get me started about Facebook & Twitter (which I’m as guilty of using as everyone else).
The Lake District is a beautiful place with so much to offer that doesn’t involve anything more than a good pair of boots and a willingness to connect with nature. So we’ll continue to keep up with the advance of technology but would advise you all to ‘turn off, tune in & drop out’ for a whole week and see how great you feel at the end of it!