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Devon - delightful and delicious

.kalie

semi-overcast 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

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(Shaldon, Devon)

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)

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(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

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(Angel Tea Rooms, Torquay)

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(London Inn, Shaldon)

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(Castle Drogo, Exeter)

4. Time with people you love is well-used

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4. Moments like this can't be 'scheduled in'...
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(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.

Posted by mark.kalie.kobi 28.12.2012 00:57 Archived in England Tagged castle time devon dartmoor exeter teignmouth torquay shaldon angel_tea_rooms drogo

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Glad that all is going well. Hope your travelling companions are able to keep your motor revving slowly so they can savour the moments at a slow gallop!!

30.12.2012 by Tim Lovegrove

They're doing their very best! Mark referred to me today as the Hurricane Tourist because I have a short attention span and we did the Edinburgh Zoo in 3 hours:) (which I thought was A Very Long Time!)

30.12.2012 by mark.kalie.kobi

You're efforts at feigning bravery on the rocks was wasted. You look petrified in the photo.

30.12.2012 by Chris

:) I know. The small children were braver than me :)

31.12.2012 by mark.kalie.kobi

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