20.12.2012 - 26.12.2012 7 °C
"Try to imagine a life without time-keeping. You probably can't. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or on the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar...Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check it's watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour." - from 'The Timekeeper', by Mitch Albom.
I'm a time keeper. When I'm not on holidays, I have an 'old school' paper diary, a wall full-year calendar, as well as diaries and alarms in my phone, iPad and laptop.
My professional life requires a high level of organisation...however (she admits rather unwillingly), it's a teensy bit possible I'm occasionally too focussed on aforementioned schedules and diaries.
While I did most of the organising for this adventure before we left, I took my hands off the reigns the day we flew out and left the rest to Mark.
Because I secretly believe I should be in charge of everything, some might argue this has been good for me - the same way taking medicine is good for a cold...not necessarily pleasant, but useful and important for recovery.
Our week in Devon taught me the following important things about time:
1. When I'm not busy 'being productive' with my time, I appreciate stillness, and notice colour more
2. More time on the planet hasn't necessarily made me braver (I had to pretend I wasn't afraid of climbing these slippery rocks on the windy, wintry moors)
(Hay Tor, Dartmoor)
3. There is always time for high tea, a pint in an English pub (in my case, a coffee), and a good book
(Angel Tea Rooms, Torquay)
(London Inn, Shaldon)
(Castle Drogo, Exeter)
4. Time with people you love is well-used
4. Moments like this can't be 'scheduled in'...
(Hay Tor, Dartmoor)
...they happen regardless of whether we're marking time or not.
Devon was as delicious as the clotted cream I tasted there - it's a meal in itself, one to be be savoured and luxuriated in; definitely not rushed through.
A perfect place to spend time.